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Buster Keaton

If you like Chaplin you will absolutely love Keaton, who is widely acknowledged for being one of the greatest directors of all time, a great screen legend and one of our finest actors, as well as one of the three top comedians in silent era Hollywood, and a true pioneer for the independent filmmaker; producing, controlling and owning his films.

Offered as one of three films in the Buster Keaton Collection, The Cameraman is Buster at his deadpan funniest. After becoming infatuated with a pretty office worker for a Newsreel company, Buster picks up a movie camera and sets out to impress the girl, which makes for some very interesting, visually groundbreaking and cleaver footage, capturing the essence of what it was like to be an innovative cameraman.

Based on a true incident, “The General” is a classic of silent screen comedy. Keaton is a Southern engineer whose train is hijacked by Union forces, which leads to a classic locomotive chase and some truly impressive and hilarious stunts, some of which could only be produced by CGI today.

Sherlock Jr is one of the comic's most inventive efforts (introducing a concept oft repeated) depicting a movie projectionist entering the film he's running in order to solve a jewelry theft. Known for doing his own stunts as well as filling in for his costars, Keaton actually fractures his neck on screen as the water from a basin flows from a tube and washes him onto the track.

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Potter Oscar Party to Enchant Hollywood

By EdwardHavens

November 18th, 2005

Rumors have begun swirling about a massive "Harry Potter" Oscar party, except that Harry won't be fighting dark wizards at this event: he'll be fighting illiteracy, and his fans will be with him. FilmJerk has been able to confirm, via multiple sources, that this event is in development and slated for the evening of the 2006 Academy Awards.


One source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, describes the event as "beyond huge. There are multiple charities on board, multiple production companies, and we're just barely getting started. [The event's organizers] are obsessive about making this a success, and I'm told the public will be able to attend. [They] are equally hardcore about promoting the literacy side of things. Everyone's going to have a wild time, but there's something serious and positive happening here as well."

The source also confirmed that the choice in scheduling is designed to take advantage of the Oscars. "Everyone's already in town, already dressed up for a night out. What better way to further a literacy cause?" A second source, a member of a third-party company contracted to design the event's theatrics, acknowledged that he'd "never seen anything like it. I'm not supposed to talk about it and I'm obviously biased, but I have worked a few post-Oscar parties in my day. What they're planning is, frankly, insane."

No one is willing to comment on any event specifics, although FilmJerk has learned at least one major band has already committed to performing. Also unknown is Warner Bros. level of involvement with the event. Warner Bros., in addition to being the distributor of the Harry Potter films, is the holder of all significant Harry Potter trademarks in the United States. Time-Warner also runs the largest corporate-sponsored literacy program in the nation, Time To Read.

The event is expected to draw a host of celebrities and personalities, including those associated with the Harry Potter books and films. The event organizers anticipate attendees in the thousands.

Will Ms. Rowling be persuaded to attend as well? We're sure to hear much more about this event as we get closer to the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 5.