Best Director Oscar Winners – 1980s

With the auteur era of the New Hollywood 1970s nearing an end, Hollywood films began taking on a more conventional form once again as directors were reviving once popular genres like the historical epic and family drama. In the 1980s, a pair of huge screen stars won their first Oscars for directing while an Italian legend became the first Western filmmaker to shoot behind the walls of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Some extraordinary films were made in the decade of greed and indulgence, some of which have been elevated into modern classics. Here are all 10 winners for the Best Director Academy Award for the years 1980-1989.

Classic Movies on Blu-ray for October 2013,…

A ton of great movies are set to be released on the popular Blu-ray format in October. Among those making the transfer are an all-time classic marking its 75th anniversary; a romantic drama for the ages; the Master’s late return to the spy film genre; a charming fantasy starring Veronica Lake; a cynical World War II comedy from Billy Wilder; two family-friendly adventures from 20th Century Fox; and a long-forgotten musical comedy starring Danny Kaye.

7 Classic Christmas Movies

There is no shortage of great Christmas films that were made in the classic era, which is why cable networks air then nearly round the clock during the holiday season. Whether dealing with ghosts visiting a miserly Scrooge, an angel trying to show what life would be like without a small town banker, or a nine-year old boy who will risk shooting his eye out for a BB gun, there are plenty of great Christmas movies for everyone. Here are seven the entire family can enjoy.

7 Classic Christmas Movies

There is no shortage of great Christmas films that were made in the classic era, which is why cable networks air then nearly round the clock during the holiday season. Whether dealing with ghosts visiting a miserly Scrooge, an angel trying to show what life would be like without a small town banker, or a nine-year old boy who will risk shooting his eye out for a BB gun, there are plenty of great Christmas movies for everyone. Here are seven the entire family can enjoy.

What to Watch This Easter on Turner Classic Movies

As one would expect, Turner Classic Movies will showcase several biblical epics for the whole family to watch this Easter Sunday. The holiday starts off just right with an early morning showing of William Wyler’s great Ben-Hur (1959), which stars Charlton Heston as a former prince sold into slavery after being sold out by a childhood friend turned powerful Roman tribune. Turner finishes the morning hours with Nicholas Ray’s depiction of Christ King of Kings (1961). … Read Full Post

Classics on Blu-ray for January 2013

The New Year starts off right with a number of choice classic movies making their debuts on the popular Blu-ray format this month. Among those making the transfer are the classic 1932 melodrama, Grand Hotel , starring John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. Also debuting on the format is the original 1962 version of Cape Fear with Gregory Peck as a small town lawyer whose family is terrorized by vengeance-minded ex-convict Max Cady, played by Robert Mitchum. … Read Full Post

Classics on Blu-ray for January 2013

The New Year starts off right with a number of choice classic movies making their debuts on the popular Blu-ray format this month. Among those making the transfer are the classic 1932 melodrama, Grand Hotel , starring John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. Also debuting on the format is the original 1962 version of Cape Fear with Gregory Peck as a small town lawyer whose family is terrorized by vengeance-minded ex-convict Max Cady, played by Robert Mitchum. … Read Full Post

What to Watch on TCM for Thanksgiving

The holidays always give Turner Classic Movies the chance to showcase a special slate of movies and this Thanksgiving is no exception. On Thursday, TCM will spend the day focusing on classic movies the whole family can enjoy together. … Read Full Post

What to Watch on TCM for Thanksgiving

The holidays always give Turner Classic Movies the chance to showcase a special slate of movies and this Thanksgiving is no exception. On Thursday, TCM will spend the day focusing on classic movies the whole family can enjoy together. … Read Full Post

‘Gone With the Wind’ Star Dies at 94

Ann Rutherford, famous for playing the youngest sister of Scarlet O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) in Gone With the Wind , died on Monday, June 11th from heart failure. She was 94. Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but moved to Los Angeles, CA with her family when she was nine years old. Her father, John Rutherford, was a former Metropolitan Opera singer, while her mother, Lillian Mansfield, was a silent film actress, so it was no surprise that she pursued an acting career. … Read Full Post