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 you become involved in this Charles Brackett project? And what did your editorial job entail? […]

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 the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and […]

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 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on […]

'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 for the 1984 The Karate Kid and its various sequels, spin-offs, and reboots; and for […]

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 – or some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issues with husband Niven Busch – […]

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, Nov. 8. Howard Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But […]

'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 City-born Siritzky, whose credits include dozens of Emmanuelle movies and direct-to-video efforts, several of which […]

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. This will mark Zadan and Meron's third consecutive year as Oscar producers. In the United […]

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 are the following: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Scorsese and […]

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 Theatrical Motion Pictures – in other words, the PGA's Best Picture Award. That's the first […]

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 co-productions in the European film industry.” (Image: Ada Solomon.) According to the European Film Academy's […]

Ben Affleck Political Thriller Tops PGA Awards + Sundance Double Winner Surprise

PGA Awards 2013 winners Update: Ben Affleck's Argo wins Theatrical Motion Picture PGA Award. Argo producer Ben Affleck tells Steve Pond "I had totally convinced myself they were going to read another name." Affleck's fellow Argo producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Producers Guild of America is currently handing out its PGA Awards in a handful of film and television categories. Contenders for […]

WGA Awards: 'Batman' Movie Out + Controversial 'Pro-Torture' Drama In

WGA Awards: Latest 'Batman' movie out The WGA Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Expect the Academy Awards 2013 nominations in the writing categories to be – at least – somewhat different, for reasons explained below. But first, here are the WGA Awards 2013 nominees: Best Original Screenplay John Gatins for Robert Zemeckis' Flight; Rian Johnson for Looper, which he also directed; Paul Thomas […]

'Sons of Anarchy' Johnny Lewis Dead at 28

Johnny Lewis dead at 28: Sons of Anarchy actor falls to his death after allegedly killing 81-year-old landlady Johnny Lewis, best known for playing Kip 'Half Sack' Epps in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, after falling off the roof of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Los Feliz. Shortly before his fatal fall, Lewis had allegedly strangled […]

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 still see (a somewhat sleepy) Hannibal Lecter in there somewhere. Perhaps Hitchcock, who was known […]

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, when it was known as The Hampton Studios. Silent-era superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks […]

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 d'Honneur – or Legion of Honor – the highest decoration given to civilians, whether French […]

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 his show business career as an actor, appearing in small roles and bit parts in […]

Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams: Honorary Golden Bear & More Critics Awards

Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Take This Waltz With four nominations, Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist is the top nominee in the international categories of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle's 2011 Awards. (See further below the full list of Vancouver Film Critics nominations.) Starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, The Artist is set at the dawn of the talkie era, as screen icon George Valentin […]

Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified

Angelina Jolie In the Land of Blood and Honey director. Best known as Brad Pitt's costar in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and James McAvoy's costar in Wanted, Angelina Jolie has made her directorial feature film debut with the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey. A year-end release, the film apparently has gone unseen by some (most?) critics groups; that may help […]

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 his movie Tower Heist and, apparently, also for discussing his alleged sex life with Olivia […]

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 after he failed to show up at the Bavarian Film Awards earlier this year. Eichinger's […]

'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 the Davis Guggenheim-directed Waiting for 'Superman' (instead of Inside Job), while the producers of the […]

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 Award for True Grit – despite the fact that the Coens weren't even nominated. In […]

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 for Winter's Bone and Mike Leigh for Another Year. What's up with that? [List of […]

Geoffrey Rush Career Award + Jennifer Lawrence & Colin Firth Critics' Winners

Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech. The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Montecito Award will go to Best Actor Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, 1996) – a likely Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender next year for his role as Lionel Logue, the Australian speech therapist for the stuttering British King George VI in Tom Hooper's crowd-pleasing drama The King's Speech, also starring Colin Firth and […]

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 one the most important Hollywood productions of the 1970s. King Kong, for its part, introduced Jessica […]

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 the end of the decade, Guccione (born in Brooklyn on Dec. 17, 1930) also produced […]

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 now The Sorcerer's Apprentice have all underperformed in the U.S. and Canada despite sizable production […]

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 prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.” In the PSA, Radcliffe, […]

Jafar Panahi Arrest + Jeff Bridges Dude & Academy Email To-Do

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 leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in Iran's disputed parliamentary elections last year. The report adds that […]

'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 drama and not an unnamed “$500 million film” widely known as Avatar as the Best […]

Sandra Bullock: From Razzie to Oscar?

'Avatar' Best Picture Chances & Sandra Bullock from Razzie to Oscar At this year's Oscars, James Cameron's mega-budget fantasy adventure Avatar tied with Kathryn Bigelow's low-budget Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. Each film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. That makes Avatar one of the two top contenders for the Best Picture Oscar, right? Well, think again. Yes, Avatar […]

'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, Brown partnered with Richard D. Zanuck, 20th Century Fox's mogul Darryl F. Zanuck's son. Their […]

U.S. Military in Iraq, Dolphin Slaughter: Producers Guild (PGA) Awards

After James Cameron's best director upset at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild of America one-upped the Hollywood Foreign Press Association by choosing not the blockbuster Avatar, but Kathryn Bigelow's independently made Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker (above, top photo) as the best film (or best producers) of the year. Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal, Nicholas Chartier, and Greg Shapiro are the film's credited producers. […]

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 Air was voted the best film, but as it's happened before Kathryn Bigelow was the best […]

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 Wonder to Producer Prince, which has just been published by the University of California Press, […]

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 worker at the building site of a luxury hotel in the middle of a hidden […]

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 Block and Bengt Ekerot's Death in the 1957 classic The Seventh Seal. Also in the […]

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 Oscar history as the name attached to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' […]

Gay Murder & Political Life That Rocked California Tops WGA Awards + Academy Names Holocaust Drama Producers

Gay murder – and political life – that rocked California: Milk. The WGA Awards' Best Original Screenplay pick was Milk, Dustin Lance Black's narrative about openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Harvey Milk, murdered in 1978 – along with Mayor George Moscone – by fellow Board member Daniel White, a Vietnam War veteran and former cop and firefighter whose political career had been supported […]

Freida Pinto & Dev Patel + Meryl Streep & Kate Winslet: SAG Awards Definite Oscars Precursor? + PGA Winners

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel: SAG Awards' Best Cast winners. Danny Boyle's sleeper hit Slumdog Millionaire marked the feature film debut of British actor Dev Patel and Indian model Freida Pinto; the former plays a slum denizen with a seemingly inexplicable ability to get all the right answers in India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The latter plays the woman of his dreams, with […]

Daniel Day-Lewis Tops British Critics Awards + Joel & Ethan Coen Thriller Producers Guild Winner

2008 Evening Standard (British film/talent) award winners: Feb. 4. Note: The Best Comedy category was replaced this year by Best Score, as the jury found that British film music fared better than British film humor in 2007. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Atonement led the Evening Standard Awards field with 7 nominations. The romantic melodrama starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy is also […]

Baseball Films & Inceville + Slice-of-Life 'Lonesome' & Jennifer Jones Final 'Star' Role

Baseball films on DVD: From Babe Ruth to Up-and-Coming Superstar Colleen Moore Kino's “Reel Baseball – 1899-1926” two-disc set has become one of that DVD distributor's biggest sellers in their silent film division. Produced for video by Jessica Rosner, “Reel Baseball” includes the following: On Disc 1: Headin' Home a 73-minute feature starring baseball legend Babe Ruth (who himself was the subject of a 1949 […]

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 lives and breathes motion pictures," reported the New York Morning Telegraph in February 1924, "and […]

'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 feature Oscar winner was Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth, about global warming. John Sinno Typecast […]

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 Angeles.” Of note, Hepburn also holds the record for the most nominations in the Oscars' […]

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 Time in the West composer Ennio Morricone, another honoree at the 2007 Academy Awards ceremony […]

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 a camera assistant at Twickenham Studios. In 1935, he developed into a full-fledged cinematographer, working […]

Broadway Producer Cy Feuer Dies: 'Cabaret' & 'A Chorus Line'

Legendary Broadway producer Cy Feuer, 95, died this morning at his home in Manhattan. In addition to producing a number of award-winning Broadway musicals during his fifty-plus year career, Feuer also worked as a director, composer, musician, and was a longtime president of The League of American Theatres and Producers. His feature film credits include co-producing with his Broadway partner, the late Ernest H. Martin, […]

Best Visual Effects & Make-Up from Aliens to Gangsters + Surprise Best Actress Joan Allen

King Kong 2005: Will the reclusive giant ape allow his beloved blonde (Naomi Watts) to become a hungry tyrannosaur's next meal? Peter Jackson's remake of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 classic isn't exactly a critical favorite; even so, the film boasts first-rate production values, including those in the special effects (both sound & visual) area. Hence it's no surprise that some of […]

'Gog' 1954 Director & Brazilian Cinema Novo Producer Have Died

Gog 1954 with Richard Egan and Constance Dowling. Little-remembered filmmaker Herbert L. Strock directed the 3D thriller Gog – a 2001: A Space Odyssey precursor about the dangers posed by supercomputers and artificial intelligence. One difference from Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fier: Gog's eerily smart computer is named NOVAC. 'Gog' 1954 & 'I Was a Teenage Frankenstein' director Herbert L. Strock dies Film and television multitasker – […]

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 partner, American director James Ivory, were responsible for several classy productions made in the last […]

BAFTA Nominations' Casualties + Thespian Black Hole Clint Eastwood?

A Very Long Engagement with Audrey Tautou: BAFTA casualty. This year, several top awards season contenders have had their British Academy Award (BAFTA) chances shortcircuited by new rules and a dearth of screenings & screeners. One of these is Jean-Pierre Jeunet's sweeping World War I drama A Very Long Engagement, which succeeded in receiving one single BAFTA Award nomination in the ghettoized Best Foreign Language Film […]

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, as the nominal leading lady in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1930 backstage musical flop Lord Byron of Broadway. […]