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Easy Rider Producer Schneider Dies

14 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning movie producer Bert Schneider has died, aged 78.

The Easy Rider filmmaker passed away from natural causes on Monday, his daughter Audrey Simon has confirmed.

The New York native, who was the son of former Columbia Pictures president Abraham Schneider, started his television and film career in the 1960s.

Teaming up with Bob Rafelson to form Raybert Productions, one of Schneider's first projects was to create sitcom The Monkees, which followed a fictional rock band.

The group went on to be a successful international pop act, and helped Schneider and Rafelson break into feature films.

His first major success was 1969's iconic movie Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and he also made 1970 movie Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson.

Schneider and Rafelson went on to create films including The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens, while Schneider also won a Best Documentary Oscar for 1974's Hearts and Minds, about opposition to the Vietnam War.

Schneider married four times throughout his life, and once dated actress Candice Bergen. »

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McCormack Heading Back To Broadway

2 December 2011 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Will & Grace star Eric McCormack is heading to Broadway for an upcoming revival of political drama The Best Man.

The Canadian actor will join a star-studded cast and portray Joseph Cantwell, a U.S. senator vying for a presidential nomination in the production.

McCormack, who last hit the stage in 2006 for Some Girl(s), will appear opposite theatre veterans James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Angela Lansbury, Michael McKean and Candice Bergen.

The show will be directed by Michael Wilson and is slated to begin previews on 6 March.

Gore Vidal's The Best Man received a Tony Award nomination in 2001 for Best Revival of a Play during its last New York City run. »

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Happy 50th Birthday, Meg Ryan!

19 November 2011 6:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former American sweetheart Meg Ryan might not be the star she once was when she was breaking our hearts in classic romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle but there's no doubt she deserves her place in Hollywood history.

Nowadays, she's more famous for her private life and her romances than she is for film roles, but she has already amassed some iconic characters including orgasm-faking Sally Albright (When Harry Met Sally), Annie Reed (Sleepless in Seattle), Alice Green (When a Man Loves a Woman) and Kathleen Kelly (You've Got Mail).

Away from the big screen, she's a mum of two, the former wife of Dennis Quaid and rocker John Mellencamp's current squeeze.

And now she is turning 50 on Saturday, it's time to salute magical Meg.

Here's 10 things you may not have known about Ms. Ryan:

- She provided the voice for Russian royal Anastasia in the hit 1997 animated film about the Russian royal.

- She has played Kate, Catherine, Katharine or Kathleen in five movies, Maggie in three.

- Savage Garden's song All Around Me is a tribute to her, inspired by songwriter Daniel Jones' celebrity crush.

- She shares a birthday with Jodie Foster.

- She was offered the role of Clarice Starling in the movie The Silence of the Lambs, but the part eventually went to Jodie Foster.

- She has starred alongside Tom Hanks or ex-husband Dennis Quaid in six movies - Sleepless in Seattle, Joe Versus the Volcano, You've Got Mail, Innerspace, D.O.A and Flesh & Bone.

- Meg Ryan is an anagram of 'Germany'.

- She has played Candice Bergen's daughter twice, in Rich & Famous and The Women.

- She has an asteroid named after her - 8353 Megryan.

- She turned down two roles in romantic films that went on to become box office hits for Julia Roberts - Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias. Meg also turned down the lead in Ghost. »

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Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals preview, on PBS Nov. 15

12 November 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Tune in alert for Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals, An Investigation of the Global Search for the 20th Century.s Greatest Criminals, Premieres Tuesday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Candice Bergen narrates new documentary providing a definitive account of efforts . official and unofficial . to locate, prosecute and punish fugitive Nazis around the world. From PBS In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Allies declared the Nazi party a criminal organization and pledged to prosecute and punish all those who took part in genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Nuremberg Trials, approximately 1,000 Nazi officials were convicted of crimes against humanity; but hundreds of thousands of suspected war criminals »

- April MacIntyre

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The cast of Broadway's 'Best Man' gets better, with Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, and Candice Bergen

1 November 2011 2:39 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Call them theater’s new supergroup: Five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, Tony nominees John Larroquette and Michael McKean, and five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen are joining James Earl Jones in next spring’s Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. That’s a lot of talent in one place when they start rehearsals on Jan. 30 (previews begin on Mar. 16, with an official opening on Apr. 1).

Watch out Evita: This could be 2012’s hottest ticket in town.


- Aubry D'Arminio

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Candice Bergen narrates Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals fo PBS

20 October 2011 10:37 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

PBS is airing "Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals," premiering on Tuesday, November 15 at 9 p.m. Et (check local listings). Acclaimed actress Candice Bergen narrates this new documentary from Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jonathan Silvers, chronicling the efforts - official and unofficial - to locate, prosecute and punish fugitive Nazis around the world. You should have received the DVD earlier this week. From PBS Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals profiles the men and women who took matters into their own hands and succeeded in tracking down Nazi fugitives when official institutions failed. The film includes interviews with suspected war criminals, their families and defenders, professional and amateur investigators, as well as »

- April MacIntyre

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Hollywood Legend Sue Mengers Dies at 81

18 October 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Sue Mengers one of the first star agents died this past weekend. I have always been interested in her story. I first came across her when reading one of the various books about Barbra Streisand. She was a super agent before Mike Ovitz and Ari Emmanuel. In the 1970s, she represented everyone who was hot from Ryan O'Neal to Faye Dunaway to Sidney Lumet to Candice Bergen to Brian DePalma to Barbra Streisand. In a business where people represent actors and other represent directors, she represented both. She was packaging talent and movies together way before it became the standard… »

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Sue Mengers, Hollywood super agent, was truly “A-List”

17 October 2011 12:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news » You’ll read a lot about Sue Mengers today. In the 1960s and 70s she was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. A super agent before there were any, Mengers guided the careers of Barbra Streisand and so many A list names. In Julia Phillips‘ infamous memoir, “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again,” Mengers figures largely in the failure of Phillips to make Erica Jong‘s “Fear of Flying” into a movie with Goldie Hawn. But Mengers also figures largely in a lot of movies that were made, like Peter Bogdanovich‘s classics “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up Doc?” as well as the remake of “A Star is Born” with Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, among others.

Mengers’ clients included Cher, Michael Caine, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Bob Fosse, Peter Bogdanovich, Tatum O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret, Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. »

- Roger Friedman

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Daily Briefing. Sue Mengers, Carrie Rickey — and more Žižek!

17 October 2011 9:06 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Sue Mengers died last night at her home, a short walk from the Beverly Hills Hotel, and surrounded by three of her close friends, Ali MacGraw, Joanna Poitier, and Boaty Boatwright," wrote Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter yesterday. "Sue was a Holocaust baby, arriving in upstate New York before America entered the war. Nobody in her family spoke English, and like so many immigrants, she set her sights on a career in show business. In time she became, as Fran Lebowitz says, capital 'S' Sue Mengers. By the early 70s, she was not only the most powerful female agent in Hollywood; she was the town's most powerful agent, period. At one time or another during that period, she represented Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Cher, Joan Collins, Burt Reynolds, and Nick Nolte — all at heights of their careers. She also had the directors they wanted to work for, »

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Remember Me:  John Calley (1930-2011) – “A Class Act”

20 September 2011 9:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Hollywood joke: 

A writer, a director, and a producer are crawling across the desert without water, dying of thirst.  They look up and sticking out of the sand is a nicely chilled bottle of apple juice.  Before the writer and director can grab it, the producer is on his feet, unzips his pants and starts peeing into the bottle. 

“What’re you doing?” the writer and director cry. 

“Fixing it!” says the producer. 

So, that attitude in mind, when I tell you John Calley died last Tuesday at age 81, and if the name is unfamiliar and I try to enlighten you by saying he was a producer and – worse – a studio executive, no doubt at least a few of you who regularly patronize this site out of your love for film and filmmakers might shrug and say, “So what?”  A dead studio exec?  That’s like that other joke, the »

- Bill Mesce

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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

14 September 2011 8:28 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided »

- Marc Eastman

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Win House Season 7 on DVD

13 September 2011 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of House Season 7 on DVD and Blu-ray 26th September, Universal Playback have given us three copies to give away on DVD. You can also pre-order your copy here or scroll down to enter our competition.

Brilliant, cantankerous and witty in equal measure – join Dr Gregory House and the staff at Princeton Plainsboro Hospital for more baffling medical mysteries and emotional traumas in House Season 7 released on Blu-ray & DVD from 26 September 2011.

Starring two-time Golden Globe® winner Hugh Laurie in the title role, Season 7 sees Dr House and Dr Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) finally confront their feelings for each other and try to make a relationship work.

Meanwhile ‘Thirteen’ is unusually absent, Taub’s marriage is under threat and Chase is experiencing personal problems of his own. As always, they all have to put these issues aside and help House save the lives of his patients.

The release »

- Competitons

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Blu-Ray Review: Seventh Season of ‘House’ Shows Symptoms of Series in Decline

8 September 2011 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – There are reasons to worry about “House.” Let’s look at the symptoms. First, the temperature — the show’s ratings. They’re down nearly 50% from the season-three peak, averaging just under 10 million last year, down from closer to 13 million the year before. They’re still impressive numbers but when there were rumors of a network shift or even cancellation last year, no one was shocked.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

What happened? Well, every drama starts to lose its footing at some point and the percentage chances of that happening increases exponentially with each passing year. The fact that the seventh season of “House” was just released on Blu-ray and DVD and the eighth is about to premiere is kind of remarkable. But I wonder if this season will be the one that people look back on as a major chunk of the very-slow shark-jumping that’s been done by the program. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Lion King Bloopers You’ve Always Wanted

22 August 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

We can all probably agree that one thing we’re still missing from the experience of bearing witness to one of the best things Disney has ever created is the Bloopers And Outtakes. That’s just something we always want to see. For many, we seriously appreciated when Dick Clark would gather the best clips of Candice Bergen flubbing lines of Murphy Brown. For others, it started when we stayed for the credits of Toy Story. And now, Finally: bloopers and outtakes from The Lion King (well, technically, The Lion King 3D, which comes out next month, so Good Job At Viral Marketing Because This Is The Best). »

- Eliot Glazer

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Emmys 2011: Who Deserves the Award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series? Take Our Poll!

16 August 2011 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bad news for Nurse Jackie‘s Edie Falco: Emmy voters haven’t awarded the Lead Actress in a Comedy statuette to the same lady in consecutive years since Patricia Heaton’s victories for Everybody Loves Raymond back in 2000 and 2001. But it’s even worse news for Tina Fey, as no woman has claimed said prize in non-consecutive years since Candice Bergen collected two of her five trophies for Murphy Brown in 1992 and 1994 respectively.

Nonetheless, Falco (who won the Emmy in 2010) and Fey (a winner for 30 Rock in 2008) will attempt to dash the hopes of Laura Linney (The Big C »

- Michael Slezak

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Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius dish on Jackie and O'Hara's close friendship

1 August 2011 10:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On Saturday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Nurse Jackie creators Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius were present for a panel for the upcoming PBS documentary series America In Prime Time. The four-part series, which airs in October, looks at four different archetypes of television including "Man Of The House," "The Crusader," "The Misfit" and "The Independent Woman."

In the “Independent Woman” segment, Wallem and Brixius talk about how the television housewife has transformed from model housewives (think June Cleaver on Leave It To Beaver) to the complex and sometimes controversial women like Rosanne Barr in Roseanne, Candice Bergen in Murphy Brown and, of course, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.

Post-panel, grabbed a few minutes with Wallem and Brixius to see if there was anything gay included in the documentary and, of course, if they had any »

- J. Halterman

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The Forgotten: Sparkles

27 July 2011 8:22 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"This was never a fun place. Oh, they had a pool and everything, but it was never fun."

The title 11 Harrowhouse (1974) has a grim sound to it, but it's a largely light movie, tipped over from heavy heist to comic caper by the onscreen presence and script contribution of Charles Grodin. But more on him later.

Director Aram Avakian made only a few films (this was his last), including an adaptation of John Barth's End of the Road (1970) scripted by Terry Southern that's soon to be reissued courtesy of Steven Soderbergh, and Cops and Robbers (1973), adapted from Donald Westlake's novel by the author himself. His strongest suite as filmmaker was his editing, hardly surprising since he was an editor himself, cutting early films by Coppola and Arthur Penn.

In his untrustworthy memoir The Kid Stays in the Picture, Robert Evans recounts firing Avakian from The Godfather, after a Machiavellian attempt to get Coppola fired. »

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Michael Cacoyannis Dead at 89: Oscar-Nominated for Zorba The Greek

25 July 2011 1:12 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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 young Cacoyannis (Mihalis Kakogiannis in Greek) was sent to London to study Law, but later turned to the theater, studying Drama at the Old Vic and playing various roles on the British stage, including the lead in Albert Camus' Caligula. Unable to find work in the British film industry, he eventually moved to Athens. Cacoyannis' directorial debut took place in the early '50s, with the breezy comedy Windfall in Athens (1955), whose production lasted two years. International acclaim followed the release of Stella (1955), which was screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This drama about a free-spirited young woman (Melina Mercouri) torn by her »

- Andre Soares

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Director Cacoyannis Dies

25 July 2011 9:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Acclaimed Zorba The Greek director Michael Cacoyannis has died in Athens, Greece, aged 89.

The Cyprus-born filmmaker passed away in hospital on Monday after suffering complications from a heart attack and respiratory problems.

Cacoyannis made his directorial debut with Windfall in Athens in 1954 and, just two years later, his movie Stella picked up a Golden Globe for best foreign language film.

He went on to work with stars including Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave and Candice Bergen, but is best known for his 1964 classic Zorba the Greek, starring Anthony Quinn.

The big screen adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel received two technical Academy Awards as well as the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Lila Kedrova in 1965.

Paying tribute to Cacoyannis, Greece's Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos says, "His movies received awards at the most important film festivals in the world. His work became the vehicle that took Greek culture to every corner of the earth, and served as a source of inspiration for Greek and foreign artists."

Cacoyannis is survived by his sister Giannoula, according to the Associated Press. »

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Graydon Carter ‘Hates’ the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

24 June 2011 1:30 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

David S. Rubin From left: Liz Smith, Gloria Steinem, Marlo Thomas and Joni Evans, in studio at SiriusXM.

You know that Oscar party you read about in all the glossy magazines that you’ll never in a million years get invited to? Its host, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, says it’s kind of a drag.

“I hate it, actually,” he tells Lesley Stahl and Candice Bergen in tomorrow’s debut of SiriusXM’s “The wowOwow Radio Show” (8 am Et »

- Katherine Rosman

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