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Daily Briefing. Cahiers du Cinema in English 11

25 December 2011 4:28 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Happy holidays indeed: Letter to Jane editor Tim Moore presents his last copy of Cahiers du Cinema in English (you may remember a couple of others). Number 11, from September 1967, features "Orson Welles and Jack Falstaff," a dossier with an interview with Welles and contributions from Serge Daney and others, plus articles on Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Luis Buñuel and more — and editor Andrew Sarris publishes stills Curtis Harrington sent to him from the set of Games (1967).

Lists. For the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation is the best film of 2011; the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle goes for Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist.

Obits. "Doe Avedon, a bookish beauty reluctantly transformed into a high-fashion model at the hands of a visionary photographer, Richard Avedon — a story that inspired the 1957 musical Funny Face, about a bookish beauty (Audrey Hepburn) reluctantly transformed into a high-fashion model at the hands »

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Distant Relatives: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The Assassination of Jesse James

22 December 2011 7:10 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.

What is it about the American West that endures? No other specific time and place has been so ubiquitous in film that it's spurred its own genre. There's no genre for colonial films, or films about the depression. There's no genre for medieval movies or ancient Egypt. The closest we come are "period films" (more of a general catagorization than a genre), epics (a designation that depends on more than mere setting) and war movies (narrowly limited depending on the war, but so many wars to choose from) but none of them have the same lure as the Western. America being as young as it is, was founded during a time of general civility. Yes it was born out of Revolution, but the civilization itself was defined by men in suits and manners and polite society. »

- Robert

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Doe Avedon Dies: Inspired Audrey Hepburn Character in Funny Face, Married to Don Siegel (Dirty Harry)

21 December 2011 12:14 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Model and actress Doe Avedon Siegel, best known for her marriages to photographer Richard Avedon and to Dirty Harry movie director Don Siegel, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 86. Born Dorcas Nowell (on April 7, 1928) in Westbury, New York, she was discovered by Avedon, who married her in 1944. (Avedon herself told journalists she began her acting career while working as a waitress.) A highly romanticized version of their courtship was turned into a would-be play by Leonard Gershe, Funny Face, which finally was produced as a Paramount musical in 1957, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn under the direction of Stanley Donen. By then, the Avedons had been divorced for six years. Doe Avedon's stage debut took place in 1948, in the Broadway production of N. Richard Nash's The Young and Fair, which also featured Julie Harris, Rita Gam, and future Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge. For her efforts, Avedon was »

- Andre Soares

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Doe Avedon Siegel Dead At 86

21 December 2011 4:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Doe Avedon Siegel has died at the age of 86.

The veteran star passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles, according to Variety.

Avedon Siegel was married to actor Dan Mathews, photographer Richard Avedon and later to Dirty Harry director Don Siegel, with whom she adopted four children before their divorce.

While she was married to Avedon, the couple's friend - playwright/screenwriter Leonard Gershe - based his popular musical Funny Face loosely on their relationship.

Avedon Siegel started her career on Broadway, touring with Mae West, before going on to star in films such as The High and the Mighty with John Wayne and Stanley Donen's Deep in My Heart.

Her TV roles included appearances in Big Town, The Ford Television Theatre and Climax!, and her last big screen appearance came in John Cassavetes' 1984 film, Love Streams. »

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The James Clayton Column: take a bow, film year 2011

15 December 2011 3:07 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As 2011 draws to a close, James looks back over the year’s films, and concocts his very own awards ceremony to celebrate the best of them…

Drum roll and peppy fanfare, please. 2011 is coming to a close, which means it's time to construct end of year lists. "Build it and they will come," as Kevin Costner once said in a baseball movie. I, however, don't like this sort of activity, and don't think I can do it, partly because I find it impossible to work out what my favourite thing is.

How, after all, can you compare, say, X-Men: First Class, The Tree Of Life, Immortals, The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec, Submarine and The Troll Hunter? And, indeed, which one is 'best'?

The answer is you can't – none of them are better, and you shouldn't even try to find a favourite 'superior' flick, because moods are fleeting, minds and memory are fickle monsters, »

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Celebrity PopWatch Confessional: For a big guy, I cry a lot at the movies

14 December 2011 9:35 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

I confess: I find myself getting more and more emotional during particular movies. Sometimes I’ve even hidden tears: from dates, family members, friends. If I’m watching Star Wars with a male friend and he sees a tear running down my cheek when Han Solo returns at the end to help Luke destroy the Death Star, how am I going to live that down? Like that’s not going to be brought up at every possible occasion. Real men don’t get misty eyed at that stuff. I bet John Wayne never welled up watching Gone With the Wind »

- Stephen Merchant

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Pam Grier takes raunch to the ranch

10 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She was the queen of the 1970s blaxploitation movies. But being a black woman in Hollywood hasn't been Pam Grier's toughest fight. She talks to Shahesta Shaitly about rape, cancer and finding peace with her horses in the country

Pam Grier has spent the morning grooming and feeding her beloved horses, drinking green tea and working on her farm in Denver, Colorado. "I grew up in an urban environment and on military bases, but now my life is based on this ranch. My nickname is Mother Earth these days!" she says, talking at high speed in a lilting accent that combines California and the South.

It comes as a surprise to find that the 1970s "Queen of Blaxploitation" – she starred in more than 20 films between 1971 and 1981 – now drives a John Deere tractor and spends her time rescuing and rehabilitating horses for a therapeutic riding programme. "I'm rural now, and love it, »

- Shahesta Shaitly

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Hollywood Auction Includes 'Oz' Ruby Slippers, 'Back to the Future' Time Machine, and Marilyn Monroe's Wedding Ring

10 December 2011 1:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Looking for a unique one-of-a-kind Christmas present for that special someone? How about a pair of ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz? A DeLorean from Back to the Future III? The Central Perk couch from Friends? These items and many more, including rare material belonging to Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen and John Wayne will be auctioned off on December 15-16 at Profiles in History’s Icons of Hollywood Auction at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Photos: 10 of Hollywood's Priciest Pieces of History: From the 'Friends' Couch to Oz's Ruby Reds Among the most coveted

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- Andy Lewis

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Burning Questions: How Much is "Overdue" Worth?

9 December 2011 3:20 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Michael C here to introduce my new column: Burning Questions. Every week I will tackle an issue of pressing importance to film lovers the world over - or I'll just let fly with whatevers on my mind when I sit down at the laptop. Either way, I'm jazzed to get started. First up, the question of the "career honors" Oscar win. 

One of my most vivid memories as a young Oscar viewer is the '97 race when Juliette Binoche beat out Lauren Bacall’s heavily-favored performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces. The press had declared Bacall a mortal lock. Not only was she Hollywood royalty, she was overdue Hollywood royalty. Should've been nominated for To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and a half dozen others, so forget everything else and bet the farm on the former Mrs. Bogart. The unmistakable shock on both her and Juliette’s »

- Michael C.

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'Mash' actor Harry Morgan dies at 96 - Realbollywood.com News

8 December 2011 11:42 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 9: Harry Morgan, who is best known for playing Colonel Sherman Potter in Us TV show 'Mash' from 1975 to 1983 has passed away at the age of 96.

According to his family, the veteran actor died at his Los Angeles home after suffering from pneumonia, the BBC reported.

Morgan also appeared as Officer Bill Gannon opposite Jack Webb in TV crime serial 'Dragnet' from 1967 to 1970.

He appeared in more than 100 movies, mostly supporting roles from the early 1940s, playing opposite stars including Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Garner, Elvis Presley and Dan Aykroyd.

Morgan began his TV career in the 1950s. »

- Rahul Kapoor

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Harry Morgan obituary

8 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known as the warm and authoritative Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H

The actor Harry Morgan, who has died aged 96, was best known as Colonel Sherman T Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in M*A*S*H, the wonderfully witty and sharp television series set in an army camp during the Korean war. He played Potter, an expert surgeon and a father figure in the camp, from 1978 until 1983.

Those who knew Morgan from films alone might have been surprised by his warm and authoritative performance as Potter. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, as a supporting actor, he played runtish bad guys and worms that seldom turned. He gradually began to reveal a more likable side, as a musician buddy of Glenn Miller (James Stewart) in The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and in the typically bland 50s TV sitcom December Bride (1954-58). Later, he played »

- Ronald Bergan

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Harry Morgan, 1915 - 2011

8 December 2011 2:13 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series M*A*S*H, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles," reports Michael Pollak in the New York Times. "In more than 100 movies, Mr Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs…. In The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), which starred Henry Fonda, he was praised for his portrayal of a drifter caught up in a lynching in a Western town…. He went on to appear in All My Sons (1948), based on the Arthur Miller play, with Edward G Robinson and Burt Lancaster; The Big Clock (1948), in which he played a silent, menacing bodyguard to Charles Laughton; Yellow Sky (1949), with Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter; and the critically praised western High Noon (1952), with Gary Cooper. Among »

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Alternate-history Spielberg: Who Almost starred in his most famous movies?

8 December 2011 10:53 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.

In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.

There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…

1941: In the late ‘70s, »

- Anthony Breznican

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M*A*S*H Was One of Many Enduring Roles for Late Harry Morgan

8 December 2011 7:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harry Morgan might have been best known as Col. Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H, but that role was one of hundreds the Emmy-winning actor played in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Morgan, who died Wednesday at 96, also had a starring role as officer Bill Gannon on NBC's remake of Dragnet in the late '60s. In the years between Dragnet and M*A*S*H, he played a doctor on the NBC Western Hec Ramsey. But Morgan was best loved for his comedic side, perhaps best captured, aside from M*A*S*H, in his role »

- Tim Nudd

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Bill McKinney obituary

8 December 2011 6:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Supporting actor who seesawed from menacing villain to comic fool

Many of Clint Eastwood's hit films of the 1970s and 80s were made with a stock company of distinctive supporting actors. This kooky troupe included the elfin Sondra Locke, the wild-eyed Geoffrey Lewis and the effortlessly villainous Bill McKinney, who has died of cancer aged 80. Switching between westerns, comedies and thrillers, McKinney was seldom called upon for more than a few minutes of screen time but had the seasoned character actor's knack of making a memorable first impression. In Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), the first of his seven films with Eastwood, he appears as a gibbering driver with a caged raccoon by his side and a boot full of white rabbits.

He was subsequently cast as the bloodthirsty Terrill, who oversees the massacre of Eastwood's family in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976); as an oily, sex-crazed constable coolly ridiculed by Locke »

- Chris Wiegand

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'Dragnet,' 'M-a-s-h' actor Harry Morgan dies at 96

8 December 2011 4:15 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Harry Morgan never planned to be an actor, yet he spent 10 years on one of the top TV series of all time, made 50 films and appeared on Broadway. He became one of the best-known character actors in Hollywood.

But it was Morgan’s portrayal of the fatherly Col. Sherman Potter on M-a-s-h for which Morgan became most famous, and he knew it.

“M-a-s-h was so damned good,” Morgan told The Associated Press. “I didn’t think they could keep the level so high.”

His wry humor, which helped net him an Emmy for the CBS-tv hit, carried onto the show. »

- Associated Press

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M*A*S*H Star Morgan Dead At 96

7 December 2011 2:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Character actor Harry Morgan has passed away at the age of 96.

Morgan died of pneumonia at his home in Brentwood, California on Wednesday.

He is best known for portraying fatherly Colonel Potter on the long-running hit American TV series M*A*S*H, a role which earned him an Emmy Award in 1980.

The actor was born in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan and he went on to study pre-law at the University of Chicago in Illinois before taking up a two-year stint on Broadway in the original production of Golden Boy.

Morgan later starred opposite Elvis Presley in Frankie and Johnny, veteran John Wayne in The Shootist, actor James Garner in Support Your Local Gun Fighter, and even Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd in Dragnet.

He also appeared in the TV shows December Bride and Dragnet and made a number of guest appearances in TV hit like 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Gunsmoke, The Love Boat and The Partridge Family.

He last appeared in a comedy short titled Crosswalk in 1999. »

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R.I.P. Harry Morgan

7 December 2011 12:21 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Harry Morgan, a character actor on the stage, screen and TV whose most iconic role was playing Col. Sherman Potter for 10 seasons on M*A*S*H, died Wednesday in Brentwood of complications from pneumonia, the AP reported. He was 96. He was nominated for eight Emmys — including two for directing the Korean War comedy-drama, which was one of the longest-running series in history — and won for playing Potter in 1980. Morgan appeared often on TV, starting in the business in its early days, and also had a long stint as Sgt. Joe Friday’s trusty partner on Dragnet. In addition to appearing on Broadway early in his career, Morgan made 50 films, working with the likes of Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Elvis Pressley and amassing credits like High Noon, Inherit The Wind, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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'M-a-s-h' Star Passes

7 December 2011 11:58 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles — Harry Morgan never planned to be an actor, yet he spent 10 years on one of the top TV series of all time, made 50 films and appeared on Broadway. He became one of the best-known character actors in Hollywood.

But it was Morgan's portrayal of the fatherly Col. Sherman Potter on "M-a-s-h" for which Morgan became most famous, and he knew it.

"M-a-s-h was so damned good," Morgan told The Associated Press. "I didn't think they could keep the level so high."

His wry humor, which helped net him an Emmy for the CBS-tv hit, carried onto the show.

"He was an imp," said Mike Farrell, who starred as B.J. Hunnicutt in "M-a-s-h" along with Morgan and Alan Alda. "As Alan once said, there's not an un-adorable bone in the man's body. He was full of fun, and he was smart as a whip."

Morgan died Wednesday at »

- AP

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Has Little Fun With High Concept

7 December 2011 3:37 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – For all of its ambition and integrity, Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens” is a dull genre exercise devoid of charm or wit. Whereas “Iron Man” got a great deal of mileage out of Robert Downey Jr.’s deadpan persona, this sci-fi/western hybrid is marred by its two one-note leads: the morose Daniel Craig and the snarly Harrison Ford. Viewers expecting a “Bond meets Indy” lark a la “The Last Crusade” will be sorely disappointed.

By populating his 1873 town with legends like Keith Carradine, Favreau aimed to make a straightforward western that just happened to collide with an alien thriller. The first juxtaposition of sleek spaceships against the primitive setting produces a kinetic thrill, but the novelty wears off quickly. The plot’s high concept is no more revolutionary than the genre hodgepodge in “Super 8,” and at least that film had an endearing coming-of-age tale to make up for its mediocre aliens. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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