From the Margaret Herrick Library's generations of Hollywood landmarks to the cinematic preservations of the Academy Film Archive, we proudly present an ongoing spotlight on the rare and exclusive content preserved by the Academy.
Join us for a look at the greatest movie moments as you've never seen them before with treasures to be found nowhere else.

E T GETS TENTED

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This may look like someone’s tenting for termites, but it’s actually crew members in Northridge, California, preparing to quarantine Elliott’s house during production of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Tonight Bay Area fans can see this Oscar-winning classic on the big screen, hosted by Variety’s David S. Cohen and featuring members of the crew, at the Academy’s 30th Anniversary Prime Tech screening in conjunction with the Palo Alto International Film Festival.

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TROUBLED TEENS

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The iconic teen drama The Outsiders follows a group of troubled and occasionally violent, young men. The original novel was actually written by a high school girl. The author, S.E. Hinton, went on to write Rumble Fish which was also turned into a movie by Outsiders' director Francis Ford Coppola.

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN LOOKS FOR LADIES

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For Charlie Chaplin’s final U.S, film “Limelight” he looked high and low for a leading lady - a role that later went to budding star Claire Bloom. You can see this ad and many more in our archive of clippings folders at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.

Also, L.A., fans should be sure to check out our special screening of “Limelight” on October 2, 2012. More information can be found on our events page.


ARE YOU A MAN OR A MUPPET

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To make Kermit perform in the opening scene of “The Muppet Movie,” Jim Henson worked the puppet from underneath the water and received air through a tube. He was helped by his longtime colleague Kathryn Mullen to track Kermit’s performance. The short scene took a whopping five days to film.

Photo credit: The Academy


OSCAR BRAWL

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"You stole my script!" Muhammad Ali takes playful jabs at Sylvester Stallone during the 1976 Oscar Ceremony. That year Stallone was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role AND Best Screenplay for the first installment of the "Rocky" franchise.

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THE SINGING SISTERS OF PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

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While Meryl Streep admits to only taking three days to prep, Lily Tomlin took two months of singing lessons to prepare for her role as half of the singing Johnson Sisters of the 2006 hit “Prairie Home Companion.”

Photo Credit: The Academy.


NORA EPHRON LOVED HOBOKEN

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Director Nora Ephron filmed scenes that were meant to look like Paris metro terminals at the New Jersey Railway Station - Hoboken Terminal.

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MONTY PYTHON AND THE THE HOLY GRAIL ACTOR GRAHAM

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"Monty Python and the the Holy Grail" actor Graham Chapman, who played King Arthur, was the only person to wear extremely heavy, authentic and expensive chain mail. The rest of the actors’ costumes were created from light, breathable and significantly cheaper wool.

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BRITISH CENSORS PRAISE PECK

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When “To Kill a Mockingbird” was submitted to the British Board of Film Censors, they wrote a letter directly to Gregory Peck – not about cutting the film, but to say how much they enjoyed it.


Via: The Academy


CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE MUSIC MAN

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The role of Harold Hill in “The Music Man” was offered to Cary Grant, but he refused – insisting to Warner Bros. that the only man who could play it was Robert Preston, who originated the part on Broadway.

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