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HBO Best Characters List, Ranked: 50th Anniversary | TVLine

By Team TVLine

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Across the past five decades, what was once a simple catchphrase has become an unassailable fact: “It’s not TV. It’s HBO. ”Home Box Office first began broadcasting as a pay-cable network 50 years ago today, and what used to be just a channel for old movies and boxing matches has grown into arguably the single greatest producer of quality programming in television history.

HBO’s original programming ambitions started out small with raunchy comedies like 1st & Ten and Dream On, but the arrival of The Larry Sanders Show in 1992 announced it as a serious player in the TV content wars. Then with the debut of The Sopranos in 1999, HBO blasted off into an era of massive success, with a tidal wave of critical acclaim (it regularly tops all networks in Emmy wins each year) and a flurry of buzzy watercooler hits from Sex and the City to Game of Thrones.

HBO’s pay-cable status allows its original series to push the established boundaries around sex, violence and subject matter, resulting in an offbeat, thought-provoking and often groundbreaking lineup of shows. And those shows have introduced us to a host of unforgettable characters over the years: heroes and villains, superstars and sidekicks, kings and court jesters.

To celebrate HBO’s 50th birthday, we’re naming the 50 greatest characters ever to appear on its original series and ranking them, based on how fascinating, complicated, and original they were. Now HBO’s exemplary output over the years did make this a truly daunting task, but we debated, we voted — and we’re happy with the results.

Read on to see how we ranked the 50 best characters HBO ever gave us — and of course, we want to hear from you, too: Hit the comments to tell us your favorite characters we left off and who you’d rank in your personal Top 5.

Editor’s Note: My Top 5:

40, 23, 14, 24, 1

Source: HBO Best Characters List, Ranked: 50th Anniversary | TVLine

The Legacy of The Godfather–50-Year Anniversary – DailyNewsGems

By Bill Lucey, 04/07/2022

Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Lost in the sheer madness during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, was an epic milestone in motion picture history.

The Godfather, the 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

Sean “Diddy” Combs introduced Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino in a tribute to the Godfather Trilogy that was (in my opinion) much too brief for such a brilliant masterpiece.

Marlon Brando and Francis Ford Coppola discuss a ‘Godfather’ scene on location in Little Italy.
Photo Credit: Anthony Pescatore/NY Daily News via Getty Images

During the 1973 Academy Awards, The Godfather was nominated for 10 awards, coming away with three, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Marlon Brando).

Source: The Legacy of The Godfather–50-Year Anniversary – DailyNewsGems

Robert Duvall, James Caan on 50th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ – Variety

By Brent Lang, Mar 22, 2022 9:49am PT

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s”The Godfather” made moviegoers an offer they couldn’t refuse.

The film was a sensation when it debuted in March 24, 1972, setting box office records, revitalizing the career of Marlon Brando, launching the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan onto the A-list, and scoring an Oscar for Best Picture.

But things could have gone very differently. Coppola, an up-and-coming director tasked with bringing Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel to the screen, was hardly the studio’s first choice for the task (Paramount production chief Robert Evans preferred Costa-Gavras).

And things didn’t improve when cameras started rolling, with Paramount openly flirting with firing the filmmaker at several key points.

Source: Robert Duvall, James Caan on 50th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ – Variety

The Godfather rewrote the rules for Mafia movies : NPR

March 11, 20222:04 PM ET, Heard on All Things Considered, by Bob Mondello

Marlon Brando in the film The Godfather (1972). Producers worried that at 47 he was difficult, and past his prime, but he won (and then declined) an Oscar for Best Actor.
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When The Godfather premiered 50 years ago, people knew it was sensational, controversial, precedent-shattering, a masterpiece even.

But they couldn’t know what we know now: It was a bridge between old Hollywood and new.

The film industry had been struggling all through the 1960s, a rough decade for big-screen entertainment as color television siphoned off much of what was left of the moviegoing audience.

Cinemas had tried everything they could think of to compete. They’d widened screens, adopted stereophonic sound, even experimented with 3-D glasses, but American moviegoing, having peaked in the 1930s, had dropped precipitously with the advent of home viewing.

Source: The Godfather rewrote the rules for Mafia movies : NPR

Editor’s Note: Some additional articles on The Godfather recently, via Google News: https://news.google.com/topics/CAAqIggKIhxDQkFTRHdvSkwyMHZNRGRuTVhOdEVnSmxiaWdBUAE?ceid=US:en&oc=3