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Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership



Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood



Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett Movies: Old Hollywood Top Screenwriting Team

Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd., starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from […]


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Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett Movies: Old Hollywood Top Screenwriting Team



'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' Producer Jerry Weintraub Dead at 77

The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio. Producer: Jerry Weintraub. Jerry Weintraub: 'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' producer dead at 77 Former talent agent turned film and television producer Jerry Weintraub, who died of cardiac arrest at age 77 on July 6, '15, in Santa Barbara, California, was best known […]


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'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' Producer Jerry Weintraub Dead at 77



Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out

Teresa Wright 'The Men' publicity shot. Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight.”) Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – […]


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Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out



Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards & (Nearly) Jim Carrey

Howard Hughes movies: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. Howard Hughes movies Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, […]


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Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards & (Nearly) Jim Carrey



'Emmanuelle' Movies Producer Dies: Sex and Technology 'Visionary'

'Emmanuelle' 1974, with Sylvia Kristel: French blockbuster distributed domestically by Alain Siritzky's Parafrance Films. 'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as “a short illness” on Saturday, Oct. 11, '14, at a Paris hospital. The (reportedly) New York […]


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'Emmanuelle' Movies Producer Dies: Sex and Technology 'Visionary'



Oscar: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return Again

Oscar 2015: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as Oscar show producers (image: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the 2015 Oscar ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced yesterday, April 21, 2014. […]


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Oscar: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return Again



Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese Get Second Oscar Nomination

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese nominated as 'The Wolf of Wall Street' producers: Oscar nominations According to a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producers nominated for the Martin Scorsese-directed satire-drama The Wolf of Wall Street […]


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Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese Get Second Oscar Nomination



PGA Awards: First 'Best Picture' Tie Ever

Producers Guild of America Awards 2014: 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' tie for Best Picture (image: 'Gravity') Earlier this evening, January 19, 2014, the Alfonso Cuarón-directed Gravity and the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave shared the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of […]


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PGA Awards: First 'Best Picture' Tie Ever



Romanian Film Producer Ada Solomon: Prix EURIMAGES

Romanian film producer Ada Solomon: European Film Awards' Prix EURIMAGES 2013 The European Film Academy has announced that the 2013 European Co-Production Award – Prix EURIMAGES will go to Romanian film producer Ada Solomon. The purpose of the European Film Awards' Prix EURIMAGES is to acknowledge “the decisive role of […]


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Romanian Film Producer Ada Solomon: Prix EURIMAGES



Movie Producer Jake Eberts Dies: 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'Dances with Wolves'

Movie producer Jake Eberts dead at 71 Movie producer Jake Eberts, whose credits (as executive producer) include Best Picture Oscar winners Gandhi, Driving Miss Daisy, and Dances with Wolves, died Thursday morning (Sept. 6) in Montreal, following a “brief illness.” Eberts was 71. According to The Montreal Gazette, the Montreal-born […]


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Movie Producer Jake Eberts Dies: 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'Dances with Wolves'



Anthony Hopkins 'Hitchcock' + Ingmar Bergman & Liv Ullmann Documentary + 'The Lion in Winter' Producer Dies

Hitchcock: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins plays Alfred Hitchcock, who never won a competitive Oscar, in Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, which is scheduled to open in 2013. Hitchcock's massive double chin, prominent nose, and bald head are all there, but I can […]


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Anthony Hopkins 'Hitchcock' + Ingmar Bergman & Liv Ullmann Documentary + 'The Lion in Winter' Producer Dies



Pickford-Fairbanks Studios' Mary Pickford Building Destroyed

Mary Pickford Building: The Lot a.k.a. Pickford-Fairbanks Studios Los Angeles just got uglier. Despite protests, the Mary Pickford Building on West Hollywood's The Lot has been destroyed by its current owner, the CIM Group. (See video below.) The Lot, as previously reported on this site, was built in the 1910s, […]


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Pickford-Fairbanks Studios' Mary Pickford Building Destroyed



Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor + Nicolas Sarkozy Letter Kept Secret During Oscar Race

Harvey Weinstein: Legion d'Honneur Chevalier nominated by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Oscar race secret: Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor 'nomination' Below is a letter (dated July 22, '11) French president Nicolas Sarkozy wrote to The Weinstein Company's cochairman Harvey Weinstein, who has been inducted as a chevalier into France's Légion […]


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Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor + Nicolas Sarkozy Letter Kept Secret During Oscar Race



Zalman King Dies: Produced 'Torrid' Sex Dramas '9½ Weeks' & 'Two Moon Junction'

Producer Zalman King dead at 69: Best-known for risqué dramas Actor-director-producer-screenwriter Zalman King, among whose credits are “scandalous” sex dramas such as 9½ Weeks, Two Moon Junction, and Wild Orchid, died of cancer earlier today. King reportedly was 69 years old. Born Zalman Lefkovitz in Trenton, New Jersey, King began […]


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Zalman King Dies: Produced 'Torrid' Sex Dramas '9½ Weeks' & 'Two Moon Junction'



Terrence Malick & Clint Eastwood Movies Bypassed: PGA Award Nominations

Owen Wilson, Alison Pill in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris The biggest surprise among the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Theatrical Motion Picture nominations was the inclusion of George Clooney's political drama The Ides of March, which hasn't exactly been a critical favorite or a runaway box office hit. Also […]


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Terrence Malick & Clint Eastwood Movies Bypassed: PGA Award Nominations



Brian Grazer Replacing Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer

Brian Grazer will replace Brett Ratner as co-producer of the 2012 Academy Awards, according to “sources” cited in The Hollywood Reporter. So far, there has been no official word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ratner was out after using the word “fag” at a q&a for […]


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Brian Grazer Replacing Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer



Producer Bernd Eichinger Dies: 'Resident Evil' & 'Downfall'

Til Schweiger, Sima Bürgin, Der bewegte Mann / Maybe…Maybe Not Producer-director-screenwriter Bernd Eichinger died of a heart attack yesterday while having dinner with family and friends at his home in Los Angeles. Eichinger was 61. According to The Hollywood Reporter, rumors had floated around that Eichinger was in poor health […]


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Producer Bernd Eichinger Dies: 'Resident Evil' & 'Downfall'



'The King's Speech': Surprising Producers Guild Award Winner

Colin Firth, The King's Speech My Producers Guild Award predictions couldn't have been more off the mark. Well, come to think of it, I did get the Best Animated Feature right, Toy Story 3. But the PGA Award for the producer of the Best Documentary went to Lesley Chilcott for […]


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'The King's Speech': Surprising Producers Guild Award Winner



Producers Guild Awards Predictions: Facebook vs. Buckingham Palace?

Justin Timberlake, The Social Network If David Fincher's The Social Network, produced by Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin, doesn't win the Producers Guild (PGA) Award on Saturday, Jan. 22, that'll be an upset akin to, say, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen winning the Directors Guild […]


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Producers Guild Awards Predictions: Facebook vs. Buckingham Palace?



Robert Pattinson & Zac Efron Golden Globes Presenters + Producers & Writers Guild Nominations

Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey in writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra's I Love You Phillip Morris David Seidler's widely praised screenplay for The King's Speech was left out of the 2011 Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominations announced earlier today. Also missing from the WGA shortlist were Debra Granik […]


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Robert Pattinson & Zac Efron Golden Globes Presenters + Producers & Writers Guild Nominations



Dino De Laurentiis Dies: Prolific & Eclectic Producer Went from 'La Strada' to 'King Kong'

  Some will remember Dino De Laurentiis, who died in Los Angeles at the age of 91, as the producer of Serpico (1973), King Kong (1976), and Dune (1984). The Sidney Lumet-directed Serpico, which stars Al Pacino as a New York cop battling widespread corruption within the police force, remains […]


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Dino De Laurentiis Dies: Prolific & Eclectic Producer Went from 'La Strada' to 'King Kong'



Bob Guccione Dies: 'Penthouse' Publisher Was 'Caligula' Producer

Malcolm McDowell, Caligula Penthouse founder Bob Guccione died of cancer on Oct. 20 at a hospital in Plano, Texas. He was 79. Best known for the explicit sexual content found in his magazine, a Playboy rival that began circulating in England in the mid-60s and in the United States near […]


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Bob Guccione Dies: 'Penthouse' Publisher Was 'Caligula' Producer



Jerry Bruckheimer-Walt Disney Box Office Duds, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Win Tabloid Lawsuit

Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (top); Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (bottom) In The Hollywood Reporter, Carl DiOrio talks about Jerry Bruckheimer's recent string of disappointments at the domestic box office. Confessions of a Shopaholic, G-Force, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and […]


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Jerry Bruckheimer-Walt Disney Box Office Duds, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Win Tabloid Lawsuit



Daniel Radcliffe LGBT Youth PSA, 'The Hurt Locker' Producer Latest Email Storm

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, who'll next be seen with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the fall, has done a public service announcement for the Trevor Project, described as “the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide […]


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Daniel Radcliffe LGBT Youth PSA, 'The Hurt Locker' Producer Latest Email Storm



Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested + Academy Bans Oscar-Nominated Producer from Ceremony

Jafar Panahi's Offside Jafar Panahi, 49, the Iranian director of the Venice Film Festival winner The Circle, was arrested on Monday night along with his wife and daughter and 15 house guests following a raid at his home in Teheran, according to The Times of London. Panahi had supported opposition […]


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Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested + Academy Bans Oscar-Nominated Producer from Ceremony



'The Hurt Locker' Oscar Controversy: Producer Nicolas Chartier Vote-Soliciting Email

Feb. 27 update Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier will be facing some sort of punishment from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following multiple e-mails he sent out asking Academy members to vote for the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Iraq War […]


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'The Hurt Locker' Oscar Controversy: Producer Nicolas Chartier Vote-Soliciting Email



Official Best Picture Oscar-Nominated Producers Named

Best Picture Oscar-nominated drama 'The Blind Side' with Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock. Official Oscar-Nominated Best Picture producers named for 'The Blind Side,' 'The Hurt Locker' Producer credits for 2010 Best Picture nominees The Blind Side and The Hurt Locker have been determined (Feb. 4) by the Academy of Motion […]


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Official Best Picture Oscar-Nominated Producers Named



'Jaws,' 'Cocoon' Producer David Brown Dies

David Brown, who co-produced Jaws, The Verdict, The Player, and A Few Good Men, died Monday (Feb. 1) at his home in Manhattan. According to the New York Times obit, Brown suffered kidney failure following a long illness. The New York native and former journalist was 93. In the '70s, […]


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'Jaws,' 'Cocoon' Producer David Brown Dies



Meryl Streep & George Clooney Win More Awards + Only One Oscar Ballot Selection Counts

George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount)   Usual suspects Up, Up in the Air, Kathryn Bigelow, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique, and Christoph Waltz are the Kansas City Film Critics Circle's choices for best of 2009. Jason Reitman's comedy-drama Up in the […]


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Meryl Streep & George Clooney Win More Awards + Only One Oscar Ballot Selection Counts



Irving Thalberg Biography: Mark Vieira's Book Signing

“I'm looking forward to being 'onstage' Sunday at the Egyptian. I love talking about Irving, Norma, and Joan.” That's author Mark A. Vieira, commenting on Allan Ellenberger's post about his book signing at Larry Edmund's Bookshop and the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Mark's latest book, Irving Thalberg: Boy […]


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Irving Thalberg Biography: Mark Vieira's Book Signing



Irish Fairy Tale in Contention: European Film Awards & Prix Eurimages + Gotham Nominations

The Secret of Kells (bottom) The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees for the new European Film Award category “Best Animated Feature Film.” They are: Mia and the Migoo (Mia et le Migou) (France 2008) by Jacques-Rémy Girerd A young girl sets out looking for her father, a […]


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Irish Fairy Tale in Contention: European Film Awards & Prix Eurimages + Gotham Nominations



Ingmar Bergman Auction & Irving Thalberg Exhibition + Montreal Film Festival Winners

Clapperboard used in Ingmar Bergman's 1962 drama 'The Silence' Nearly 340 items that belonged to Ingmar Bergman are to be auctioned by Bukowskis in Stockholm on Sept. 28. Among the items are film cameras, Golden Globe awards, and the chess set that was “probably” used by Max von Sydow's Antonius […]


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Ingmar Bergman Auction & Irving Thalberg Exhibition + Montreal Film Festival Winners



Irving Thalberg - MGM 'Boy Wonder': Author Mark Vieira Discusses 'Hollywood Dreams Made Real'

Author and photographer Mark A. Vieira (right), who has been a friend for a number of years, has recently written no less than two books on Irving G. Thalberg, the young MGM mogul whose high-quality productions earned him both a reputation as Hollywood's “Boy Wonder” and a special place in […]


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Irving Thalberg - MGM 'Boy Wonder': Author Mark Vieira Discusses 'Hollywood Dreams Made Real'



SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz

SAG Awards: Laura Linney Holly Hunter Dev Patel, Freida Pinto Photos: Lester Cohen (Hunter), Kevin Mazur (Patel/Pinto), Michael Buckner (Linney) Sean Penn Kate Winslet, Sally Field Meryl Streep Photos: Kevin Mazur (Field/Winslet, Penn), Michael Caulfield (Streep) Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet Photos: Kevin […]


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SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz



Inceville: Film Pioneer Thomas Ince's Studios

Libby Motika in The Palisadian-Post: “Once there was a city spread out idyllically on the slopes of Santa Ynez Canyon [between Santa Monica and Malibu] with sweeping views of the sea. The streets were lined with houses of many types, from humble cottages to mansions, and the buildings were fashioned […]


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Inceville: Film Pioneer Thomas Ince's Studios



Pioneer Female Movie Producer June Mathis: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger

June Mathis / © Allan Ellenberger Collection June Mathis. The name means nothing to most of today's filmgoers and to the vast majority of self-proclaimed film historians. Yet, nearly nine decades ago June Mathis was, next to Mary Pickford, one of the two most powerful women in Hollywood. “She fairly […]


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Pioneer Female Movie Producer June Mathis: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger



IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS Producer John Sinno's Open Letter to AMPAS

Below is an open letter (dated March 2) that producer John Sinno sent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sinno co-produced James Longley's Iraq in Fragments, which earlier this year was nominated for an Academy Award in the best documentary feature category. Note: This year's best documentary […]


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IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS Producer John Sinno's Open Letter to AMPAS



Katharine Hepburn Oscars Exhibition + Crowd-Pleasing Indie Tops Producers Guild Awards

Katharine Hepburn Oscars: Morning Glory with Adolphe Menjou. An RKO star in the 1930s and an MGM star in the 1940s, Katharine Hepburn won a record-setting four Best Actress Oscars. These will be on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' upcoming exhibition “Meet the Oscars, Los […]


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Katharine Hepburn Oscars Exhibition + Crowd-Pleasing Indie Tops Producers Guild Awards



Sherry Lansing: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for Former Paramount CEO

Sherry Lansing. At the next Oscar ceremony, composer Ennio Morricone will be honored with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award, while former Paramount chairperson Sherry Lansing will be handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Sherry Lansing to receive Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Besides Once Upon a […]


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Sherry Lansing: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for Former Paramount CEO



Monty Berman

Brief Obit: British cinematographer, director, and film and television producer Monty Berman, whose television series The Saint became an international hit, died in London last June 14. His obit was reported in The [London] Independent on Aug. 4. Born in London in 1912, at the age of 17 Berman became […]


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Monty Berman



Richard Pryor + Director of '2001' Precursor 'Gog' & Brazilian Cinema Novo Producer Have Died

Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy with Gene Wilder. Directed by Best Actor Oscar winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, 1963), the 1980 blockbuster comedy Stir Crazy marked the second pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor following Arthur Hiller's 1976 box office hit Silver Streak, which also featured Jill […]


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Richard Pryor + Director of '2001' Precursor 'Gog' & Brazilian Cinema Novo Producer Have Died



Ismail Merchant Dies: James Ivory Longtime Partner

Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory's producing partner, has died Ismail Merchant, longtime movie producer and sometime director, died today in London. The cause of death was not immediately made available. Merchant was 68. Ismail Merchant and James Ivory movies Ismail Merchant (born in Mumbai on Dec. 25, 1936) and his […]


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Ismail Merchant Dies: James Ivory Longtime Partner



Western Actress Marion Shilling & 'Cyrano de Bergerac' Producer René Cleitman Have Died

Marion Shilling. Mostly a B Western actress opposite Hoot Gibson, Tim McCoy, Rex Bell, Buck Jones, and other oater stars, Marion Shilling was seen in more than 40 movies in the early 1930s. When not supporting cowboys, horses, and cactuses, Shilling could be found in low-budget thrillers and, most notably, […]


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Western Actress Marion Shilling & 'Cyrano de Bergerac' Producer René Cleitman Have Died