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'Under the Volcano' Screening: Fearless Albert Finney

'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback starring daring Albert Finney As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at […]

How to Be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez & Leading Ladies + Marriage to Tragic Drug-Addicted Hollywood Star

How to be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez, formerly known as Jacob Krantz from a working-class family of Austrian/Hungarian immigrants that had settled in New York City, succeeded in restyling himself as the next – even if, according to some, “second rank” – Rudolph Valentino. It's unclear whether or not […]

Blake Edwards Movies: 'The Pink Panther' Director Best Handling Polished Comedies & Heavy Dramas

Blake Edwards: Director of the Pink Panther movies – and Julie Andrews' husband for more than four decades – was at his best handling polished comedies and a couple of dead serious dramas. Blake Edwards movies: Best known for slapstick fare, but at his best handling polished comedies and dramas […]

Ernst Lubitsch Movies: Lost 'Touch' in Our Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking

Ernst Lubitsch movies: Subtle, sophisticated 'Touch' all but gone from contemporary filmmaking. Ernst Lubitsch movies: The forgotten, passé 'Touch' Ernst Lubitsch and William Cameron Menzies were Turner Classic Movies' “stars” on Jan. 28, '16. (This is a fully revised and expanded version of a post published that day.) Lubitsch had […]

William Cameron Menzies Movies: Murderous Joan Fontaine & Nazi Communists

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or […]

Quentin Tarantino Walk of Fame Star Unveiling Ceremony: Peaceful Despite Police Threats

Quentin Tarantino star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in the photo: Demián Bichir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and other 'The Hateful Eight' cast members. Quentin Tarantino gets star on Hollywood Walk Fame: No police protests or anti-Tarantino rally Quentin Tarantino, who has been making movies for nearly […]

Danièle Delorme: Rare Woman Director's Muse & Pioneering Producer

Danièle Delorme: Pioneering woman director Jacqueline Audry's muse would eventually become a pioneering female movie producer. Remembering pioneering woman director's muse and pioneering woman producer Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme, who died on Oct. 17, '15, at the age of 89 in Paris, is best remembered as the first actress to […]

'And Then There Were None' Movie Remake: Oscar Nominee Morten Tyldum to Direct

'And Then There Were None' movie with Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, June Duprez, Louis Hayward and Roland Young. 'And Then There Were None' movie remake to be directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum One of the best-known Agatha Christie novels, And Then There Were None will be getting another big-screen […]

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 […]

Christopher Nolan New Movie Release Date

Christopher Nolan: 'Batman' trilogy director's next movie has release date. Next Christopher Nolan movie release date Warner Bros. will release the first post-Interstellar Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, '17. The film has yet to be baptized. Warners, which began its days as the Rin Tin Tin studio, also released […]

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 […]

Jean-Luc Godard Solution for Greek Debt Crisis: 'Therefore' Copyright Fees

Jean-Luc Godard in his youthful days. Jean-Luc Godard solution for the Greek debt crisis: 'Therefore' copyright payments A few years ago, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, while plugging his Film Socialisme, chipped in with a surefire solution for the seemingly endless – and bottomless – Greek debt crisis. In July […]

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg to Join Woody Allen Movie Project?

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg: American Ultra. Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg to join Woody Allen movie cast? American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will reportedly be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as-yet-untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has […]

Kristen Stewart in Kelly Reichardt Movie with Michelle Williams & Laura Dern

Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria.' Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet […]

Marc Allégret: From André Gide Lover to Simone Simon Starmaker

Marc Allégret: André Gide lover, all-around starmaker and the initial driving force behind the film career of Simone Simon. Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (See previous post: “Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.”) Simone Simon became a film star following the international critical […]

Luis Buñuel Movies: Subversive, Challenging 'Viridiana,' 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'

Luis Buñuel movies: Challenging, subversive filmmaker. Luis Buñuel movies on TCM: 'Blasphemous' 'Viridiana'; subversive, Oscar-winning 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' The city of Paris and iconoclastic writer-director Luis Buñuel are Turner Classic Movies' themes today and later this evening, Jan. 26, '15. TCM's focus on Luis Buñuel is particularly […]

Cult Movie Classic 'Pretty Poison' Director Noel Black Dead

Cult movie classic 'Pretty Poison' filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (image: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in 'Pretty Poison') Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, […]

'The Huntsman': Frank Darabont In, Kristen Stewart & Snow White Stupidly Out

Chris Hemsworth in 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' 'The Huntsman' release date announced as 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' drops Snow White a.k.a. Kristen Stewart Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the “sequel” to Rupert Sanders' 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the […]

Oldest Person in Movies?

Oldest person in movies? (Image: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn […]

Alfonso Cuarón: First Mexican DGA Award Winner in Feature Film Category

Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year's DGA Award winner Ben Affleck Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for 'Gravity' As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a Jan. 25 ceremony held at Los Angeles' Hyatt […]

Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies: All-Star Crime Flick Biggest Box Office Hit?

Justin Bieber in Justin Bieber's Believe. A sort of sequel to Paramount's 3D box office hit Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Justin M. Chu's concert documentary Believe follows Canadian singer and teen/pre-teen sensation Justin Bieber as he embarks on the multi-continent, 33-city Believe Tour promoting his 2012 album of the […]

'La Cage aux Folles' Director Édouard Molinaro Dies: Gay Comedy Became International Hit

Édouard Molinaro 'La Cage aux Folle's director Édouard Molinaro, who collaborated with Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau & Orson Welles, dead at 85 Édouard Molinaro, best known internationally for the late '70s box office comedy hit La Cage aux Folles, which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination, died of […]

Paolo Sorrentino: Starz Denver Film Festival Honor

Paolo Sorrentino to receive Starz Denver Film Festival 2013 honor Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will receive the fifth Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival. Sorrentino will be handed his award prior to the screening of The Great Beauty / La grande bellezza […]

Stuntman & Honorary Oscar Recipient Hal Needham Dies

Stuntman and Burt Reynolds director Hal Needham dead at 82: Last year's Honorary Oscar recipient Veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Hal Needham, whose stunt-work movie credits ranged from John Ford Westerns to Roman Polanski's crime drama Chinatown, and who directed a handful of popular action comedies starring Burt Reynolds, died […]

Channing Tatum 'Magic Mike 2' Director? & Genghis Khan Admirer + Robert Pattinson Gets New Director?

Channing Tatum in a rare non-shirtless moment in Magic Mike. Channing Tatum to direct 'Magic Mike 2'? Channing Tatum, whose White House Down opens this evening in North America, may co-direct the sequel to his 2012 sleeper domestic hit Magic Mike. Unlike the original film, directed by Academy Award winner […]

'Pussy Riot' & Uri Geller Documentaries + Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco Tour & Oscar Rule Changes

Pussy Riot A Punk Prayer Pussy Riot & Uri Geller: Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up The United Kingdom's Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 kicks off on June 12, featuring 27 World Premieres. Topics range from “psychic spy” Uri Geller (Uri Geller and Vikram Jayanti's The Secret Life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy) to […]

Bryan Forbes Dies: Directed Katharine Hepburn & 3 Oscar Nominees

Bryan Forbes dies at 86: Directed Katharine Hepburn, Leslie Caron, the original The Stepford Wives Director Bryan Forbes, whose films include the then-daring The L-Shaped Room, the all-star The Madwoman of Chaillot, and the original The Stepford Wives, has died “after a long illness” at his home in Virginia Water, […]

'Jurassic Park 4' Director Colin Trevorrow: Why Him?

Not Colin Trevorrow, but the original Jurassic Park's top scene-stealer, Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jurassic Park 4 director: Colin Trevorrow Colin Trevorrow, whose low-budget, time-travel-themed indie Safety Not Guaranteed won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, will direct the 3D, sure-to-be megabudgeted Jurassic Park fourquel Jurassic Park […]

Nicole Kidman Princess Grace: Best Actress Oscar Nominee? + Steven Spielberg Cannes President

Grace of Monaco Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco: Oscar 2014 Best Actress nominee? Nicole Kidman Best Actress Academy Award nominee (possibly winner) in early 2014 for playing Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Too soon? Hardly. Heck, it feels like 3014 […]

Kristen Stewart & Daniel Radcliffe + Adele & Aaron Tveit: The Oscars

Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe with Oscar winner Rick Carter Kristen Stewart & Daniel Radcliffe: Bella Swan & Harry Potter together at last Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe – Bella Swan and Harry Potter together at last – presented veteran production designer Rick Carter with the 2013 Academy Award for […]

Michael Winner 'Death Wish': Charles Bronson Director Dies

Michael Winner: Death Wish director has died Michael Winner, best remembered for directing the Charles Bronson action hit Death Wish, died earlier today at his home in Kensington, London. According to reports, Winner had been suffering from (an unspecified) liver disease. He was 77. (Image: Michael Winner.) Born in London […]

Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near […]

Kathryn Bigelow & Benh Zeitlin Are Best Director Favorites + Michael Haneke Surprisingly Bypassed

Zero Dark Thirty with Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton. With ten wins and two nominations to date, Kathryn Bigelow is the top Best Director choice this awards season for the controversial “war on terror” thriller Zero Dark Thirty, about a dogged CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and the hunt for Osama […]

Best Documentary Oscar: Michael Moore Changes 'Miserable Failure'? + 'Subversive' Iranian Filmmaker In

This Is Not a Film with Jafar Panahi and the iguana Igi. Under house arrest[1] following accusations of spreading “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” of Iran, filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Cannes Caméra d'Or winner, The White Balloon; Venice Golden Lion winner, The Circle) got documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of Roses) to record his […]

Film as 'Communal Exorcism': Q&A with 'The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On' Filmmaker Drew Denny

Drew Denny discusses The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On Filmmaker, performance artist, songwriter, actress, screenwriter Drew Denny's first feature film, the partly autobiographical The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On, was screened at this year's AFI FEST in Los Angeles. The film, a […]

Rupert Sanders 'Van Helsing' Director?

Rupert Sanders to direct Tom Cruise in Val Helsing? Rupert Sanders, at this point in time known less as the director of Universal's summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman than for the late July “scandal” involving SWATH star Kristen Stewart, has been tapped to direct Tom Cruise in the […]

East German Filmmaker Kurt Maetzig Dead at 101

Kurt Maetzig, pioneering East German filmmaker, dies at 101 Kurt Maetzig, one of East Germany's pioneering filmmakers, died on August 8 at his home in the village of Wildkuhl, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in what used to be East Germany. Maetzig was 101. According to the New York Times obit, at first the […]

Clint Eastwood Mystery Speaker RNC: What He'll NOT Say

Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve Clint Eastwood is mystery speaker at Republican National Convention Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, and whose family has its own reality show (Mrs. Eastwood & Company), is reportedly the “mystery speaker” at the 2012 […]

'RoboCop' Remake: Director José Padilha 'Hell' & Sexy or Sacrilegious Suit?

Fernando Meirelles. RoboCop remake: 'Hell' for director José Padilha Fernando Meirelles (photo), the first and to date only Brazilian-born filmmaker to receive a Best Director Academy Award nomination, was recently interviewed by the Brazilian publication Trip. Below are a couple of quotes from the Meirelles interview, including one in which […]

Tony Scott Dies: 'Top Gun' & 'The Hunger' Director Kills Self

Tony Scott jumps off bridge in Los Angeles area Earlier today, Aug. 19, director Tony Scott jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the Los Angeles suburb of San Pedro. The British-born (June 21, 1944, in North Shields, Northumberland) director of Hollywood blockbusters such as Top Gun and Beverly Hills […]

D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

D.W. Griffith Father of Film, controversial figure. To say that the movies wouldn't be what they are today without D.W. Griffith is probably inaccurate. I mean, someone – or “someones” – would have received credit for turning filmmaking into a major art form. Either way, Griffith, a movie director since […]

George Cukor Gay Woman's Director Nonsense

George Cukor 'gay Woman's Director'? Known as a refined “woman's director,” George Cukor has had his considerable output either relegated to the sidelines or simply dismissed by those who like their directors macho and their films male-centered. Not helping matters is the general perception that Cukor was merely a hired […]

Nora Ephron & Carl Bernstein 'Heartburn' Movie

Heartburn movie 1986: “Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein” (Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson) Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein: Heartburn movie Besides her essays, screenplays, and directorial efforts, another Nora Ephron claim to fame was her marriage to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein. Their marriage lasted from 1976 to 1980. Ephron later […]

Barbra Streisand Director Making Comeback? + 'Avatar 2' News Via Sigourney Weaver

Director Barbra Streisand to make film comeback? Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to work behind the cameras on her first film in 17 years. Skinny and Cat, about the romance between writer Erskine Caldwell (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre) and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, should start filming in January 2013. Oscar […]

Carlos Reichenbach Dies: Brazilian Cinema Boca do Lixo Pioneer

Carlos Reichenbach's The Forbidden Paradise Carlos Reichenbach, a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer perhaps best known for his sex comedies and dramas of the '70s and early '80s, died of heart failure yesterday, June 14, while being rushed to a São Paulo hospital. Yesterday was also the day Reichenbach turned 67. […]

'Les Misérables' Trailer: Anne Hathaway Show-Stopper

Les Misérables trailer is out. (Please scroll down.) You can hear Anne Hathaway's miserable Fantine singing “I dreamed that love would never die … I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living.” All the while, dialogue-less bits from the film are shown featuring […]

Kathleen Turner Conversation & Woody Allen-Cate Blanchett Movie Project + Leonardo DiCaprio & Polar Bears

Kathleen Turner Actress Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films […]

'Hunger Games Part 2' Director: Francis Lawrence In & Gary Ross Out - Good Choice?

April 19, '12, update: The Catching Fire director will be Francis Lawrence, among whose (few) feature-film credits are Reese Witherspoon / Robert Pattinson / Christoph Waltz's Water for Elephants, Will Smith's I Am Legend, and Keanu Reeves / Rachel Weisz's Constantine. reports that Lionsgate's other strong possibility, Moneyball / […]

Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]

Toby Jones/Sienna Miller = Alfred Hitchcock/Tippi Hedren?

Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock, Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, The Girl The Girl is a BBC biopic about Alfred Hitchcock's Svengali-like relationship with Tippi Hedren, the star of the director's seminal The Birds (1963) and the box office and critical flop Marnie (1964). Toby Jones, next to be seen […]

'The Hobbit' Movies Behind the Scenes & Controversial Peter Jackson-Produced Documentary Acquired

The Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' movies are prequels to TLotR trilogy. 'The Hobbit' movies: Behind the scenes with Peter Jackson In one of The Hobbit movies' video blog/vlog, Peter Jackson explains that location shooting on […]

Bradley Cooper & Tina Fey, Rose Byrne & Kristen Wiig: Academy Awards

Kirk Baxter, Tina Fey, Bradley Cooper, Angus Wall Presenters Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper pose with Oscar winners Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall backstage at the 84th Academy Awards, held at the ex-Kodak Theater at Hollywood and Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2012. Baxter and Wall were the surprising Best […]

Michel Hazanavicius & Bérénice Bejo + 'The Artist' Makes Oscar History

'The Artist': Best Picture winner makes history. Best Picture winner 'The Artist': Two 'First Times' in Oscar history Pictured above are several cast members of Best Picture winner The Artist – Uggie, Jean Dujardin, James Cromwell, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, and Missi Pyle – in addition to director-writer Michel […]

Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw + Sean Young vs. The Academy: The Oscars

Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw attend the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA Feb. 26, 2012. Along with Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg produced Best Picture nominee War Horse, which he also directed, and which features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Tom Hiddleston. (Image: […]

Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn. Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn: Academy Awards' Red Carpet Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich (on Dec. 17, 1975, in Kiev, at the time part of the Soviet Union) is pictured above while interviewed – or about to be interviewed – by TV reality show celebrity Tim […]

Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar

Ingmar Bergman Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer, and surely Harvey Weinstein are thrilled they and/or their movies won Academy Awards last night at Hollywood & Highland. Not every Oscar nominee/winner, however, has felt that way. The Criterion Collection has posted (via dizzydentfilms) a May 12, […]

Martin Scorsese: Oscars' Top Actors' Directors

Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, The Departed Unless things change dramatically (apart from environmental chaos and apocalyptic wars), 30 or 40 years from now Martin Scorsese is going to be the best-remembered name of the current top-five Oscar directors for actors. (The others being William Wyler, Elia Kazan, George Cukor, and […]

Fred Zinnemann: Oscar Actors Director

Fred Zinnemann began his career during the studio era, but kept on going, however sporadically, long after most of his contemporaries had retired. Even so, today his name means little to most moviegoers and critics alike. But why? Quite possibly because, like William Wyler, Zinnemann covered just about every film […]

Elia Kazan: Oscar Actors Director

Dorothy McGuire, Gregory Peck, Gentleman's Agreement Elia Kazan: Actors Director Elia Kazan is best remembered today for two things: his association with Marlon Brando during the first half of the 1950s, and the fact that he claimed to be unrepentant about naming names – and ruining careers and lives – […]

William Wyler: Oscar Top Actors Director

William Wyler was one of the greatest film directors Hollywood – or any other film industry – has ever produced. Today, Wyler lacks the following of Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Frank Capra, or even Howard Hawks most likely because, unlike Hitchcock, Ford, or Capra (and to a lesser extent Hawks), […]

Miramax Oscar Campaign Controversy: When Robert Wise Praised Martin Scorsese Social Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York Just last week, an email ad plugging Meryl Streep's performance in The Weinstein Company release The Iron Lady raised a number of eyebrows, as the email appeared to break the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' vote-soliciting […]

Max von Sydow & Demián Bichir + George Clooney & Brad Pitt

George Clooney and Max von Sydow George Clooney and Max Von Sydow chat away at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon held on Monday, Feb. 6, '12, in Beverly Hills. Clooney is a Best Actor nominee for Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Von Sydow is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Stephen Daldry's […]

Catherine Hardwicke, Evan Rachel Wood: Erotic Thriller 'Plush'

Production designer-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke, who hit the big time following the worldwide success of the first Twilight movie, may be reteaming with her Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood in the erotic thriller Plush, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in the L.A. music world, Plush was written by Hardwicke and […]

War on Drugs & Military Rape Top Sundance + Aki Kaurismäki Booed in Rotterdam

Ra'anan Alexandrovicz's The Law in These Parts Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, the story of a young girl growing up in Louisiana (to be released by Fox Searchlight) was the top U.S. narrative feature at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In, a […]

Theo Angelopoulos Dies

Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos died earlier today at a hospital near Athens. Angelopoulos had suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing a road. He was 76. [Addendum: Angelopoulos died while filming The Other Sea, the third installment in a trilogy initiated with The Weeping Meadow […]

Chris Colfer Rare Openly Gay (Young) Actor + Katharine McPhee & Nicole Richie: Golden Globes

Chris Colfer: One of Hollywood's few openly gay actors on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. 'Glee' actor Chris Colfer at Golden Globes Chris Colfer, who became known as one of stars of the television series Glee – he won a Golden Globe last year for his performance as Kurt Hummel […]

Michelle Williams & Elle Macpherson + Piper Perabo & Sarah Michelle Gellar: Golden Globes

Michelle Williams: Golden Globes' Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical winner. Best Actress winner Michelle Williams: Golden Globes Michelle Williams poses backstage after winning the Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her work in Simon Curtis' My Week With Marilyn. […]

Michel Hazanavicius & Bérénice Bejo + Jean Dujardin: Golden Globes History Made Despite Kim Novak

Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: Making Golden Globes history. Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: 'The Artist' achieves unique Golden Globes feat Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo accept the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for the comedy-drama The Artist – a Franco-Belgian co-production […]

DGA Awards vs. Best Director Oscar: Academy Less Populist & More Daring

Ralph Fiennes in Oscar nominee (but not DGA nominee) Stephen Daldry's The Reader In 1948, the 12-year-old Directors Guild of America (DGA), then known as the Screen Directors Guild (SDG), began handing out annual achievement awards. Three Best Director Oscar winners – Frank Capra, John Ford, and Norman Taurog – […]

Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nods +Canine Getting BAFTA Nod?

The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius is the only first-timer among the five nominated directors for the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards. Hazanavicius' competition consists of Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Martin Scorsese for Hugo. […]

'The Bourne Legacy': Jeremy Renner Reboot to Succeed? + 'Akira' Debacle

Jeremy Renner in 'The Bourne Legacy': Aaron Cross replaces Matt Damon in 'The Bourne Identity' reboot. Jeremy Renner in 'The Bourne Legacy': First look at Aaron Cross Matt Damon has gone from The Bourne Identity movies to Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium. In Damon's […]

Catharine Deneuve & Martin Scorsese Honors: Film Society of Lincoln Center + BAFTA Fellowship

Catherine Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve, 68, will be the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 39th Chaplin Award. The annual fundraising gala benefiting Lincoln Center programs will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The evening will include films clips and a party. […]

Leo McCarey Movies: Marx Brothers Comedy & 'Love Affair'

Barry Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Gene Lockhart in Going My Way Leo McCarey is Turner Classic Movies' Director of the Evening this Christmas. Considering that McCarey was an ardent Catholic, TCM has made quite an appropriate choice. Unfortunately, McCarey's anti-Red My Son John – despite the fact that the Bible […]

Director Don Sharp Dies: 'The Kiss of the Vampire'

According to various online sources, Tasmanian-born director Don Sharp has died. He was 89. A former small-time actor (The Planter's Wife, The Cruel Sea), Sharp (born April 19, 1922, in Hobart) is best remembered for several low-budget thrillers he directed in the 1960s, such as Hammer's The Kiss of the […]

Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?

Clint Eastwood on the J. Edgar set with star Leonardo DiCaprio (as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover) and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. One of the great cinematic hopes of 2011, J. Edgar has turned out to be a dud with both critics and U.S. audiences. Oscar chances are slim, […]

Alan Turing: Gay World War II 'Hero' Is 'Best Unproduced Screenplay' Topic + Orson Welles Oscar Controversy

Alan Turing: gay cryptographer was World War II “hero” – well, not that he risked his life while blowing people up or bombing cities; Turing, according to some “the father of computer science and the father of artificial intelligence,” came up with code-breaking techniques that, once again according to some, […]

Denise Darcel & Cobina Wright Jr. + Two-Time Bond Girl & Several Movie Hunks: More Forgotten Ones

Denise Darcel ca. 1950. Voluptuous, Paris-born Denise Darcel was a local cabaret singer before being “discovered” and sent to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Darcel's film career, however, never quite took off; she was seen, mostly in supporting roles, in only about a dozen features from 1948 to 1961. Robert Aldrich's 1954 Western Vera […]

Betty Garrett & Leslie Brooks + Last Surviving Silent Era Actresses & the Forgotten Ones: 'TCM Remembers'

Betty Garrett in My Sister Eileen with Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon. Her movie career stillborn in the late 1940s, HUAC victim Betty Garrett, whose husband, Larry Parks, was blacklisted, made a brief comeback in 1955, as the star of Richard Quine's musical My Sister Eileen, based on Joseph A. […]

Tura Satana & Cliff Robertson + the Two Russells & Child Actors: 'TCM Remembers'

Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. One of the film world's personalities seen in this year's “TCM Remembers” video homage, Tura Satana owes her cult fame to one single movie: Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965). Following that low-budget “exploitation” romp, Satana would be credited in only two […]

TCM Cruise: Oscar Winners & Hitchcock Stars + Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz

TCM Cruise group photo (click on the image to enlarge it), from left to right: Bruce Goldstein, New York Film Forum; film critic Alonso Duralde; Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; Chelsea Hightower of Dancing with the Stars; Best Actor Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine; Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Eva Marie […]

Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani: Berlin Film Festival Gets 'Outspoken' President

Mike Leigh to be Berlin Film Festival Jury President. No Mike Leigh film has taken home the Berlinale's Golden Bear, but Happy-Go-Lucky was in contention in 2008, eventually earning star Sally Hawkins that year's Best Actress Silver Bear. More than a decade ago – in 1997 to be exact – […]

EFA: Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker

Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst. The European Film Academy (EFA) Awards' Best Film winner, Melancholia tells the story of two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) as one of them is about to get married and a fast-approaching small planet is about to collide with the Earth. Melancholia became the third Lars […]

Ken Russell Movies: Sex & Other Controversies

Ken Russell, best known for his movies featuring sex-starved nuns, nude male wrestling, “offensive” religious symbolism, and kaleidoscopic musical numbers, died Sunday, Nov. 27, '11, in the United Kingdom. Russell had suffered a series of strokes. He was 84. Now hardly as remembered or admired as, say, '70s Hollywood icons […]

Tyler Perry Defends Kim Kardashian 'The Marriage Counselor'

A couple of months ago, Christian filmmaker Tyler Perry cast reality TV star Kim Kardashian in his youth-oriented movie The Marriage Counselor. Just recently, Kardashian's 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries sparked an outcry online, whether from those with no life of their own, those who worship TV trash […]

Peter Bogdanovich, Cybill Shepherd 'The Last Picture Show' Academy Live Streaming Chat

Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show with the Los Angeles premiere of the digitally restored “Definitive Director's Cut” of the 1971 black-and-white classic. Additionally, there will be an […]

Glenn Close & Michael Fassbender + Tate Taylor & Cary Fukunaga: Academy's Governors Awards

Glenn Close: Potential Best Actress Oscar contender at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards. Glenn Close: Potential Best Actress Oscar contender at Academy's Governors Awards Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close, a likely 2012 Best Actress Oscar contender for her performance as a woman passing for […]

Hal Kanter Dies: 'Julia' Creator & Elvis Presley Director

Hal Kanter (see photo), creator of the groundbreaking television series Julia, starring Diahann Carroll (photo) as a nurse, died Sunday, Nov. 6, of complications from pneumonia at Encino Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino. Kanter was 92. Julia (1968-71) marked the first time a black actress had an […]


Filmmaker/animator Sarah Watt, winner of the Australian Film Institute's (AFI) Best Director and Best Screenplay awards for the 2006 drama Look Both Ways, has died of cancer. Watt, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, was 53. Watt directed a series of animated shorts before turning to features. […]

Cam Gigandet, Jena Malone: '5 Star Day' Q&A with Director Danny Buday

Cam Gigandet, 5 Star Day Directed by Danny Buday (photo), and starring Twilight's Cam Gigandet and Sucker Punch's Jena Malone,the psychological drama 5 Star Day opened via Breaking Glass Pictures on Wednesday in select theaters (in the Los Angeles area: the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and the Playhouse […]

Gilbert Cates Dies: Directed Oscar Nominees Joanne Woodward & Sylvia Sidney

Gilbert Cates, best known as the man behind a record 14 Academy Awards ceremonies, died last night (Sept. 31) in Los Angeles. The 77-year-old director and producer collapsed in a parking lot on the UCLA campus; emergency personnel were unable to revive him. Although the cause of death isn't known, […]

Lars von Trier: Nazi Remarks vs. French Judicial System

France is on financial brink. In fact, so is much of Europe. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Iceland have all gone Third World. Racism and xenophobia are not only a fact of life throughout the continent, but they're frequently official government policy as well. How to deal with those […]

Orson Welles Movies: 'The Lady from Shanghai,' 'The Third Man'

Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, The Lady from Shanghai Orson Welles' career as an actor was both fruitful and frustrating. From Citizen Kane (1941) to Someone to Love (1987), Welles appeared – mostly in supporting roles – in about 70 features made in various parts of the world. There was one […]

Alfred Hitchcock's Early (Non-Directorial Effort) 'The White Shadow' Found

Betty Compson, The White Shadow About thirty minutes from the long thought-lost The White Shadow / White Shadows (1923), believed to be the earliest surviving feature with an Alfred Hitchcock credit, has been unearthed at the New Zealand Film Archive. Directed by Graham Cutts, and starring Betty Compson and Clive […]

Silvio Narizzano Dead at 84: 'Georgy Girl' DGA Award Nominee

Silvio Narizzano, best known for the 1966 swinging London comedy-drama Georgy Girl, died July 26. Narizzano was 84. Based on Margaret Forster's novel, and starring Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates, James Mason, and Charlotte Rampling, Georgy Girl was considered daring at the time because its plot included sex (of the non-marital […]

Michael Cacoyannis Dies: 'Zorba the Greek' Oscar Nominee

Michael Cacoyannis, best known for the 1964 Oscar-nominated drama Zorba the Greek, died of complications from a heart attack and chronic respiratory problems early Monday at an Athens hospital. He was either 89 or 90, depending on the source. Born in Limassol, Cyprus, on June 11, 1921 or 1922, the […]

Alfred Hitchcock on TCM: 'I Confess' & 'Strangers on a Train'

Montgomery Clift, I Confess Alfred Hitchcock is the focus of tonight's programming on Turner Classic Movies, which will be showing five of the director's films: Stage Fright, I Confess, Dial M for Murder, The Wrong Man, and Strangers on a Train. None of them is a masterpiece; all of them […]

Lars von Trier 'Not Mel Gibson' But Cannes' 'Persona Non Grata' Following 'I Understand Hitler' Remark

This probably isn't the last of Lars von Trier – according to him, his project with Martin Scorsese is still a go – but the 'persona non grata' filmmaker has found the need to explain himself once again, this time to The Hollywood Reporter. Von Trier apparently wants to make […]

Gay Rights & Sperm Donor + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Catherine Deneuve Closing Cannes

Controversial 'I Am' Topics: From Anti-Gay Discrimination & Child Abuse to Abusive Cops & Sperm Donor Search "Why can't the guy get AIDS from a popular Bollywood actress?" According to 41-year-old Indian filmmaker Onir (right), that's what one potential backer asked him when he tried to raise funds for his […]

Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya: Photojournalist, Oscar-Nominated 'Restrepo' Co-Director

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger: 'Restrepo' directors. Photojournalist Tim Hetherington killed in Libya: Oscar-nominated 'Restrepo' co-director Photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who co-directed with Sebastian Junger the Oscar-nominated feature documentary Restrepo, was killed by mortar fire in Misrata (also spelled as “Misurata”), Libya, earlier today, April 20, '11. Hetherington (born on Dec. […]

Sidney Lumet Movies: 'Dog Day Afternoon' & 'Network' Director Dies

Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sidney Lumet, Murder on the Orient Express Sidney Lumet, whose performers ranged from Katharine Hepburn to Sharon Stone, from Ralph Richardson to Marlon Brando, from Anna Magnani to Al Pacino, from Lauren Bacall to Jane Fonda, from Simone Signoret to River Phoenix, from Paul Newman to […]