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Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother

Antihero Ricardo Cortez in Symphony of Six Million, with Irene Dunne. Directed by Gregory La Cava, this 1932 family/romantic melodrama may have been one of Cortez's favorite among his own movies (see further below). Based on a morality tale by Back Street, Imitation of Life, and Humoresque author Fannie Hurst, Symphony of Six Million follows a young New Yorker (Cortez) who, after becoming a renowned – albeit more than a little untrustworthy – doctor, loses touch with his own family, including wife and foremost supporter Irene Dunne. During the talkie era, Cortez was usually seen as an antihero, such as the murder-solving gangster in The Phantom of Crestwood and the crooked gambler who partners up with justice system victim Kay […]


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Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother



Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.” According to the Academy's press release, “those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015.” In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 “our […]


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Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent



Harris Savides: Gus Van Sant & Sofia Coppola Cinematographer Dies

Harris Savides, cinematographer for Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, dead at age 55 Harris Savides, a cinematographer who collaborated with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Ridley Scott, died earlier today. Savides, who was 55, had reportedly been battling cancer. (Image: Harris Savides, Sofia Coppola on the Somewhere set.) Born in New York City (Sept. 28, 1957) to parents of Greek Cypriot origin, Savides collaborated with Gus Van Sant on Finding Forrester, Gerry, the Cannes Film Festival winner Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. He also shot David Fincher's The Game and the widely acclaimed Zodiac, Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Ridley Scott's American Gangster, and Sofia Coppola's controversial Venice Film Festival […]


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Harris Savides: Gus Van Sant & Sofia Coppola Cinematographer Dies