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The History of American Cinema: 2007













No Country for Old Men (2007)





3/1 -

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures votes Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima the best film of 2006. [ADD]





3/1 -

News Corp.'s Fox Filmed Entertainment studio announces an industry record global box office total of $3.56 billion in receipts in 2006 thanks to hits such as Borat, Ice Age: The Meltdown and X-Men: The Last Stand. [ADD]





11/1 -

New Line Co-chairman Bob Shaye insists his decision not to bring back Peter Jackson to direct the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit is final and not a negotiating ploy. [ADD]





13/1 -

Martin Scorsese’s latest gangster film, The Departed, is voted best film by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.   Scorsese also wins the best director award for the film. [ADD]





15/1 -

Babel wins the best film award at this year’s Golden Globes awards. [ADD]





20/1 -

The Producers Guild of America select Little Miss Sunshine as the best picture for 2006. [ADD]





28/1 -

Little Miss Sunshine receives the Best Film award from the Screen Actors Guild. [ADD]





24/2 -

Herman Brix, the former Olympic shot-putting champion who played Tarzan in The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) dies in Los Angeles from complications arising from a broken hip at the age of 100.   Brix later appeared in a number of movies as Bruce Bennett. [ADD]





26/2 -

After being nominated six times Martin Scorsese finally wins the best director award at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony for his film, The Departed, which also wins the best picture award. [MORE]





27/2 -

Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner are reported to be close to raising the near $500 million needed to resurrect the dormant United Artists studio, which was founded by Charles Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1921. [ADD]





2/3 -

Production designer Harold Michelson, who received Oscar nominations for Terms of Endearment and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, dies in Woodland Hills, California after a long illness.   He was 87. [ADD]

    Wild Hogs (2007)




5/3 -

The successful opening weekend of Wild Hogs follows a trend set by Norbit and Ghost Rider for films largely derided by critics to become box-office hits.   Wild Hogs gives John Travolta his highest-ever opening weekend. [ADD]





6/3 -

Film magazine Premiere folds after 20 years, although it continues to exist online. [ADD]





7/3 -

Producer Alfredo Cuomo is indicted in connection with fraud charges faced by Silvio Berlusconi.   Cuomo is charged with false bookkeeping and tax fraud. [ADD]





7/3 -

The Motion Picture Association of America’s annual statistics reveal that Hollywood produced a record total of 607 movies in 2006. [ADD]





9/3 -

Online retailer Amazon reports a high level of demand from Kazakhstan for DVDs of the comedy film Borat, in which Sacha Baron Cohen plays the eponymous Kazakhstani TV reporter. [ADD]





12/3 -

Marion Wong’s The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916), the first ever Chinese-American film which was until recently believed lost, is screened with Her Wild Oat, starring Colleen Moore, as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Lost and Found" film series. [ADD]





13/3 -

John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) expresses concern over the fact that the length of time between a film’s theatrical release and its release on DVD shortened by an average of 10 days in 2006. [ADD]





15/3 -

Director Stuart Rosenberg, who made such classic films as Cool Hand Luke, Brubaker and The Amityville Horror, dies of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 79. [ADD]





20/3 -

Keanu Reeves is arrested by police after allegedly running over a photographer in Torrance, California.  [ADD]





21/3 -

Posters for the forthcoming horror film Captivity are removed from billboards in Los Angeles and New York following a flood of complaints. [ADD]

    Reign Over Me (2007)




23/3 -

Reign Over Me, another attempt by comic actor Adam Sandler at more serious fare, is released.   The film’s opening weekend grosses a mediocre $8 million, suggesting that audiences prefer him in comic roles. [ADD]





30/3 -

Peter Bogdanovich announces at the Florida Film Festival that he has agreed to complete The Other Side of the Wind, Orson Welles' final unfinished film, for a cable network. [ADD]





4/5 -

Israeli director David Volach's Hofshat Kaits (My Father Was Lord) wins the best film prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. [ADD]





31/5 -

Michael Moore reopens a 58-year-old cinema in Traverse City, Michigan that has stood empty for more than a decade.   He plans to use the cinema as the site for his Traverse City Film Festival, which he founded two years ago. [ADD]





13/6 -

Because of new technologies used in film animation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences redefines an animated feature as a motion picture running at least 70 minutes, in which movement and characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. [ADD]

  Jun - Video rental chain Blockbuster announces that it will prioritise the Blu-Ray DVD format over the rival HD-DVD [ADD]




8/9 -

Warner Bros announce that the five Harry Potter films have out-grossed all 22 James Bond films to become the top-grossing franchise of all time.   The films have earned a total of $4.47 billion, $30 million more than the 007 films. [ADD]





20/9 -

Triumph (1917) and The Blood Ship (1927), two silent movies that were believed to have been lost, are screened at AMPAS’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. [ADD]





26/9 -

Boston’s Brigham’s Ice Cream Co. reveal the results of a survey of moviegoers conducted to find the top-ten one-liners in movie history:  1. "Are you talkin' to ME?," Taxi Driver; 2. "Go ahead. "Make my day," Dirty Harry; 3. "Here's lookin' at you, kid," Casablanca; 4. "I'll be back," The Terminator; 5. "I'll have what she's having," When Harry Met Sally; 6. "Life is like a box of chocolates," Forrest Gump; 7. "May the force be with you," Star Wars; 8. "You can't handle the truth!," A Few Good Men; 9. "You had me at hello," Jerry McGuire; 10. "You're gonna need a bigger boat!" Jaws [ADD]





11/10 -

Al Gore is announced as the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, largely for his work on focusing the world’s attention on global warming in his film, An Inconvenient Truth. [ADD]





14/10 -

Sotheby’s auction house announces that it has been authorized to auction the Oscar Orson Welles won for co-writing Citizen Kane (1941). [ADD]





15/11 -

Steve James’s 1994 film Hoop Dreams tops the list of best 25 documentaries of all time as voted for by members of the International Documentary Association to celebrate its 25th anniversary.   Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line (1988), Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine, Jeffrey Blitz's Spellbound (2002), and Barbara Kopple's Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) followed. [ADD]





6/12 -

The Coens' No Country for Old Men wins the National Board of Review’s Best Film award at a ceremony in New York. [ADD]





11/12 -

Orson Welles’ personal working script of Citizen Kane sells for $97,000 at auction, but his Oscar for the film is withdrawn after failing to meet the reserve price. [ADD]





27/12 -

Included amongst the 25 films added to the national registry this year are The Naked City (1948), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Oklahoma! (1955), Back to the Future (1985) and 12 Angry Men (1957). [ADD]





29/12 -

Philip B. Dusenberry, co-writer of the Robert Redford baseball movie The Natural, dies from lung cancer at his Manhattan home at the age of 71. [ADD]





29/12 -

Former Hollywood make-up artist Shu Uemura dies of acute pneumonia at the age of 79. [ADD]


31/12 -

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences attempts to block the sale of three Oscars awarded to Mary Pickford and her husband Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers by Rogers’ second wife. [ADD]


Other Key American Films of 2007

    Juno (Jason Reitman) [ADD]
    American Gangster (Ridley Scott) [ADD]
    Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli) [ADD]
    Charlie Wilson's War (Mike Nichols) [ADD]
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton) [ADD]
    Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy) [ADD]
    There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson) [ADD]
    Zodiac (David Fincher) [ADD]
    Grindhouse (Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth) [ADD]
    Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck) [ADD]


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