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George Cukor Retrospective and new selection committee at Locarno 66th

My Fair Lady (1964) by George Cukor The Retrospective for the 66th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will be dedicated to the Hollywood director George Cukor. The new selection committee to work with the Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian on the programme for 2013 has also been finalised. The 2013 Retrospective, organised in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the National Film Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema) in Turin, will be dedicated this year to the...

Oscar for Best Actress in the past

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BEST ACTRESS 2012 Meryl Streep The Iron Lady (2011) 2011 Natalie Portman Black Swan (2010) 2010 Sandra Bullock The Blind Side (2009) 2009 Kate Winslet The Reader (2008) 2008 Marion Cotillard La Vie En Rose (2007) 2007 Helen Mirren The Queen (2006) 2006 Reese Witherspoon Walk The Line (2005) 2005 Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby (2004) 2004 C...

A Tribute To Sidney Poitier

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  Sidney Poitier, an iconic screen presence and a game changer for the way that African Americans were perceived in the turbulent years of the 1950s and 1960s, is being honored this evening by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York with the 2011 Chaplin Award. Poitier will be praised by an eclectic and star-studded list of celebrities including Dan Ackroyd, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Norman Jewison, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, Ben Ki...

Jane Russell: The Brunette Bombshell

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  The number of film stars who embodied the golden age of Hollywood who are still here to tell the tale are few and far between. However, this evening the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) will have one such diva in their presence, Miss Jane Russell. The busty, brunette bombshell who set pulses racing in the 1940s and 1950s made only 25 films in a two decade career, but she was one of the iconic figures who defined Hollywood glamour. The discovery of millionaire Howard H...

Jon Wilkman Interview on "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS"

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EXCLUSIVE: TCM's "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS" Director Jon Wilkman Interviewby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Somewhere in Connecticut, Bill Haber, one of the founders of CAA, got a flash that Hollywood history should ride again. To that end, he contacted four-time Emmy winning documentary veteran Jon Wilkman and the rest is "A History of Hollywood." Set to air Nov. 1 through mid-December, "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD" will unspool every Monday night at 8 PM (ET) on Tu...

Cary Grant: Now That's A Movie Star

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  You can have your Tom Cruises, your Ashton Kutchers, your Robert Pattinsons....as far as I am concerned, the definition of a REAL movie star is Cary Grant. Evidently the Brooklyn Academy of Music agrees with me, because they are in the midst of their second Grant retrospective through the end of July. If one has never seen the great man on the big screen.....pounce. After last year’s successful series, BAMcinématek honors the leading man whose repertoire is mpressive and esse...

Connecticut Is Celebrity Country

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   Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman With the Connecticut Film Festival (www.ctfilmfest.com) launching on Tuesday, it is interesting to note the many film, television and artist celebrities who have once called or currently call Connecticut their home (those departed are also included, just to round out the list). With this kind of talent in droves, is it any wonder that Connecticut is celebrity country? Carol Alt, Greenwich Lauren Ambrose, New Haven Kevi...

Director Mark Rydell Is Montreal FF Jury President

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Montreal FF Dailies Editor Wednesday, August 20-------Mark Rydell, an Academy Award-nominated director, a classically trained actor, and an accomplished jazz pianist, will serve as the President of the Jury at the Montreal World Film Festival, which kicks off a twelve day marathon of international cinema this coming Thursday.Throughout his multi-hyphenated career, Rydell's films have received twenty-six Oscar nominations. Born in the Bronx, he studied jazz at the Jui...

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Hats Off, a feature-length documentary, profiles the beauty and eccentricities of an extraordinary woman, 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell. With the style and grace of Katharine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy, "rise above it," Mimi is truly an iconic American original, rising above the mundane and difficult confines ...

Hats Off portrait of an extraordinary woman (in her 90s)

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Hats Off, a feature-length documentary, profiles the beauty and eccentricities of an extraordinary woman, 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell.With the style and grace of Katharine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy, "rise above it," Mimi is truly an iconic American original, rising above the mundane and difficult confines of her own daily life to reach for the stars and fulfill her dreams.Hats Off captures the essence of this most unusual woman, nam...

Paul Scofield: The Golden Voice Is Silenced

Friday, March 21-----Paul Scofield, the golden-throated British actor of stage and screen, who won a Best Actor Oscar in 1966 for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, passed away on Wednesday. The seasoned actor, 86, who died at a hospital near his home in southern England, had been suffering from leukemia. Scofield had a lifelong attachment to the theatrical stage, where he began his career 60 years ago. He found his first successes in a variety of Shakespearean roles dur...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best actress

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1920s 1928 Janet Gaynor - Seventh Heaven as "Diane", Street Angel as "Angela", and Sunrise as "The Wife (Indre)" Louise Dresser - A Ship Comes In as "Mrs. Pleznik" Gloria Swanson - Sadie Thompson as "Sadie Thompson" 1929 Mary Pickford - Coquette as "Norma Besant" Ruth Chatterton - Madame X as "Jacqueline Floriot" Betty Compson - The Barker as "Carrie" Jeanne Eagels - The Letter as "Leslie Crosbie" Corinne G...

Hollywood Screenwriter Peter Viertel Dies At Age 86

 Friday, November 9-------Less than three weeks after his second wife, actress Deborah Kerr, passed away, news comes from Marbella, Spain that her second husband, screenwriter and novelist Peter Viertel, has died at the age of 86. Peter Viertel was a noted author and screenwriter who plumbed his relationships with the aristocracy of Hollywood, including Greta Garbo, John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and others, to produce provocative works of fiction and memoir.The author of at l...

Cate Blanchett to receive the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award

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Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett has been selected to receive the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award on Saturday, January 26, 2008, it was announced by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. Blanchett is one of the most gifted performers working today. She possesses an innate intelligence and ability to adapt completely to her characters, making her one of Hollywood’s most respected and revered talents.  She developed her talent at a young age,...

Cate Blanchett will receive Modern Master Award

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Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett has been selected to receive the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award on Saturday, January 26, 2008, it was announced by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.Blanchett is one of the most gifted performers working today. She possesses an innate intelligence and ability to adapt completely to her characters, making her one of Hollywood’s most respected and revered talents. She developed her talent at a young age, w...

Films sous les étoiles au domaine national de Saint-Cloud

La quatrième édition de "Films sous les étoiles" prend de l’altitude et embarque « cinévores » et cinéphiles, vers « l’infini et au-delà ».La conquête du ciel et l’aventure aéronautique, et leurs pionniers décollant des coteaux du Val de Seine, ont inspiré de nombreux réalisateurs.Pendant trois jours et trois nuits, les jardins de Saint-Cloud, vont à nouveau résonner sous les vrombissements des machines volantes grâce aux 14 projections proposées.Historique, sc...

Sir Anthony Hopkins To Be Honored At Seattle FF

 Tuesday, May 22------Oscar-winning actor and eminence grise Sir Anthony Hopkins will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, May 30 at the Seattle International Film Festival (which opens tomorrow evening). Hopkins will be presented with the Award during a special tribute evening at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre. The event will include an onstage interview, film clips and a question & answer session from the audience followed by a screening of his Oscar-nominated rol...

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Announced

Friday, January 5------With the 2007 only four days old, the awards season frenzy that had a brief respite over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays has resumed in full force. Yesterday morning, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the organization that represents acting talent on both the large and small screen, announced its nominations for the prestigious SAG Awards. Announcements were made by Elijah Wood (LORD OF THE RINGS) and Sandra Oh (SIDEWAYS, GREY’S ANATOMY). The honors, which are p...

The Last of the Film Critics Prizes

Friday, December 22----The final film critics prizes were announced by the film critics associations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas and the Southeast (including Florida, Georgia and other states south of the Mason Dixon line). There was concensus in certain categories, but critics also differed enough to keep the Oscar race varied and interesting. BEST PICTURE The Phoenix Film Critics Association, along with the Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association, chose the 9-11 docudrama UNITED 93...

Meryl Streep to receive Coolidge Award

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Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has been chosen to receive the prestigious Coolidge Award in Boston on April 5. The annual event, recognizing a selected film artist whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging cinema, was launched in 2004. The first film auteur so honored was Chinese director Zhang Yimou in 2004 (HERO, THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, RAISE THE RED LANTERN).Last year’s honors went to Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, whose long list of cinema masterpieces ...

Katharine Hepburn's "lost" last film shows at Hawai Fest

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25th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival to unveil Hepburn's "lost" last film. LVHIFF offers a rare opportunity to see critically acclaimed but virtually unseen "Writer's Cut" of THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION OF GRACE QUIGLEY starring NICK NOLTE and KATHARINE HEPBURN, in what was her last leading role in a feature motion picture.When writer-director, A. Martin Zweiback, flung a 35-page treatment over the garden gate of the house where Hepburn was recovering from hip surgery, Hepburn read th...

SAG awards Jamie Foxx, Hillary Swank and Sideways

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Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2004 at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Saturday, February 5, 2005 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The honorees were selected by the active Guild membership nationwide.James Garner was presented with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 41st Annual Life Achieve...

Oscar Quizz

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1. Six motion pictures have received 13 or more nominations. Name the two most nominated films, how many nominations they received andwhat years they were nominated."All about Eve" 1950, "Titanic" 1997, 14 nominations.2. What film has won the most Oscars without beingnominated for Best Picture?"The Bad and the Beautiful" won in five 1952, in theSupporting Actress, Art Direction (Black-and-White),Cinematography (Black-and-White), Costume Design(Black-and-White) and Writing (Screenplay) categories...

Florida Film Fest: lucky thirteen

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The Florida Film Festival, which celebrated its 13th anniversary at a Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, 13 March, has secured its position as one of the best run and most popular regional festivals in the US. With an eclectic mix of films, devoted audiences and a large turnout of filmmakers, the Festival is giving Sundance a run for its money as a showcase of American Independent Cinema.The Festival, which presented almost 150 films in the film boom town of Orlando, Florida and its envir...

Oscar Quiz

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1. Six motion pictures have received 13 or more nominations. Name the two most nominated films, how many nominations they received andwhat years they were nominated."All about Eve" 1950, "Titanic" 1997, 14 nominations.2. What film has won the most Oscars without beingnominated for Best Picture?"The Bad and the Beautiful" won in five 1952, in theSupporting Actress, Art Direction (Black-and-White),Cinematography (Black-and-White), Costume Design(Black-and-White) and Writing (Screenplay) categories...

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