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James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »
- Andre Soares
After two consecutive triumphs at the Emmys (2011, 2012), Maggie Smith was bested by Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad") last year as Best Drama Supporting Actress. This time around, Smith submitted the two-hour "Downton Abbey" season finale and could win a third trophy for playing fan-favorite Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. -Break- Exclusive: Emmy episode entries for 'Downton Abbey,' 'Modern Family,' Melissa McCarthy Synopsis: In the season finale "The London Season," the characters all travel to London to attend Rose's royal coronation ceremony. Cora's American mother (Shirley MacLaine) and brother (Paul Giamatti) travel across the ocean to join in the celebration, and Violet and Martha immediately start up their catty feud again. Some of the servants are curious as to Lady Edith's (Laura Carmichael) tiredness, but Violet knows the truth, that she briefly moved away to give birth to her...' »
Downton Abbey had a disappointing fourth season. While its 12 Emmy nominations—including one for Outstanding Drama Series and one for Michelle Dockery for Outstanding Lead Actress—suggest otherwise, many complained of lackluster storylines that fell flat compared to previous seasons.
Looking ahead to the show’s fifth season, however, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Gareth Neame (executive producer, Downton Abbey), and Rebecca Eaton (executive producer, Masterpiece) spoke at the Television Critics Association, addressing season-four criticism and what fans can look forward to in season five.
Neame spoke to the »
- C. Molly Smith
The fifth season of "Downton Abbey" won't premiere on PBS until January 4, 2015. That's a long way away and, by that time, many of you will have already watched the full season through illegal means (or legal if you happen to live in England). On Tuesday (July 22) evening, the Television Critics Association is going to get at least a taste of Season 5. Since the show is still in production, creator Julian Fellowes is absent, sending Gareth Neame in his stead. Similarly, much of the cast is shooting Across the Pond, but we've got Laura "Lady Edith" Carmichael, Michelle "Non-Stop" Dockery, Joanne "Anna" Froggatt and Allen "Branson" Leech. Click through and follow along with my live-blog. Don't expect too many spoilers. 7:15 p.m. We're' being strung along by an assortment of other "Masterpiece" productions, none of which is "Downton Abbey." 7:22 p.m. "I feel a-shaking of the ground I stand on, »
- Daniel Fienberg
In a bid to tap the hefty 38% tax breaks of Spain’s Canary Islands, Beverly Hills-based Defiant Pictures, run by producers Lucas Jarach and Nicolas Veinberg, has launched a private capital film fund in partnership with Spanish investment firm Grupo Eneas. Fund will disburse coin for an annual slate of five Canary Islands-based pics with budgets ranging from $3 million to $25 million.
Since the Canary Islands incentive requires producers to raise private capital from island-based investors to fund up to 38% of a picture’s budget, gaining access to these local investors can be a challenge, per Jarach.
Eneas’ ready access to a large pool of local private investors guarantees the stability of the financial structure. These companies can then reclaim their investment as a tax deduction at the end of the fiscal year.
Rafael Lopez is the head of Eneas’ Canary Island outfit.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
To (very) loosely paraphrase Shakespeare, some comedians are born great and some have greatness thrust upon them. By his own admission, Amy Poehler’s kid brother Greg falls squarely into the latter category.
“I got started in standup when a friend literally pushed me up on stage at a club in Stockholm and told the manager I was a famous U.S. comedian,” recalls the Boston native, who’d moved to Sweden in 2006 for love. “I had only an hour to prepare. But I was ready. I was always ready, just waiting for someone to give me a microphone.”
That first performance got posted on Facebook and landed Poehler an offer to open for Tom Arnold at a new club in San Diego. “I met Tom backstage, and he asked how long I had been doing standup. ‘Umm, 10 minutes?’”
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- Iain Blair
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember award-winning actor James Garner on Monday, July 28, with an all-day marathon featuring 12 of his films. The Oscar nominated actor passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles at age 86.
TCM’s lineup features Garner’s performances in such movies as Toward the Unknown (1956), which marked his film debut; the racing drama Grand Prix (1966); the popular romantic comedy The Thrill of It All (1963); the Paddy Cheyefsky-penned The Americanization of Emily (1964); the groundbreaking drama The Children’s Hour(1961); and the gender-bending Victor/Victoria (1982).
The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to James Garner.
TCM Remembers James Garner – Monday, July 28
12:30 p. »
- Michelle McCue
James Garner passed away at his home in Los Angeles on July 19.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded at about 7:57 pm last night to an unspecified medical request at his address. West Lapd has confirmed they responded and after their investigation, it appears he died of natural causes.
Garner was not just known for his roles in television as he was able to transition from television to film. In the 1960s, he starred in The Children's Hour with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, The Thrill of It All and Move Over Darling with Doris Day, The Americanization of Emily with Julie Andrews, The Art of Love with Dick Van Dyke »
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Oscar-nominated actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86.
Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.
Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. Pdt and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.
There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.
- Movie Geeks
Amiable actor James Garner, whose moderately successful film career was eclipsed by two extraordinarily popular television series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, according to reports. He was 86.
Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. He was one of the first of TV’s leading men to cross over into films in the ’60s with such popular movies as “The Thrill of It All” and “The Americanization of Emily.” But he had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance, »
- Richard Natale
Amiable film and television actor James Garner, who starred in popular television series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” died Saturday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 86.
Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. Garner won two Emmys and racked up a total of 15 nominations. He had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance,” for which he captured his sole Oscar nomination for lead actor.
Appreciation: James Garner Gracefully Bore the Weight »
- Richard Natale
Emmy-winner Paul Giamatti (2008 Movie/Mini Actor, "John Adams") returns as a nominee three years after his last bid (Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for "Too Big to Fail"). This time, he contends for Drama Guest Actor for "Downton Abbey" (PBS), portraying Harold Levinson, brother of Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern). -Break- Emmy experts Robert Bianco (USA Today), Lynette Rice (People) split on winners Synopsis: In "The London Season," Harold and his Mother Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) attend Rose's (Lily James) coming out party after she is presented at Buckingham Palace. Harold makes his dislike of the occasion known but soon begins to warm up to it. Rose's friend Madeleine Allsopp (Poppy Drayton) is told by her father to pursue Harold because he is very rich. Harold confesses to her that he primarily prefers the company of girls he doesn't have to commit to, only commit to buy jewelry for. M...' »
Most people today would likely be shocked to think that in 1972, The Godfather went into the Oscars anything but a sure bet for Best Picture. Aside from Casablanca and Citizen Kane it is recognized as the greatest American film of all time and in hind sight most people forget that not only was it tied for nominations in 1972, but Coppola lost Best Director.
Because hindsight is anything but 20/20 when popular consensus takes over, the narrative of the Hollywood Renaissance is one of Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas getting snubbed for Taxi Driver, Jaws, Close Encounters, and Star Wars. But looking at the 1970s and the race for Best Director, what you see instead is two directors fighting it out for director of the decade, each earning three nominations.
- Mynt Marsellus
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")
Spirituality in cinema has been expressed in various ways where the feel-good aspect of faith-based films are put to great use for emotional manipulation. The triumph and tragedy of religious themes in the movies have never been championed as much as when the protagonist at the helm is a loving nun. Film nuns come in all varieties: nurturing, helpful, complex, obstinate, crusading and flawed.
Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen will take a look at some of the movies most colorful and notable women of the cloth. You decide…will these God-serving maidens give you a sense of uplifting forethought?
Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen selections are (in alphabetical order according to film title):
1.) Sister Agnes from Agnes of God (1985)
An unlikely religious murder mystery surrounds a novice nun in Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly) as questions »
- Frank Ochieng
Ansel Elgort ("Fault in our Stars," "Carrie") has signed to play the title role in the biopic "Van Cliburn" for Temple Hill and Crystal Entertainment. Ari Daniel Pinchot, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce.
Van Cliburn was a 23-year-old lanky pianist from Texas who emerged from out of nowhere to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. It was the first time the tournament was held, and was organized by the Ussr in an effort by Kruschev to lord Soviet superiority over the Us during the height of the cold war. [Source: Deadline]
Talks between Jared Leto and Legendary Pictures for the "Dallas Buyers Club" star to take over from Will Smith in Julius Onah's "Brilliance" have reportedly broken down. Leto, who met with Onah last Monday, reportedly turned down the role last week and puts him back in the running for Marvel's "Doctor Strange »
- Garth Franklin
Walsh has been cast as a con man who partners up with a fellow crook to be played by Billy Connolly, according to Deadline.
He currently portrays frazzled political aide Mike McLintock in HBO's award-winning programme Veep.
The film is expected to open next year. »
Matt Walsh, who plays the sweaty, mustachioed Mike McLintock on Veep, has joined the Wild Oats cast, which includes Demi Moore, Shirley MacLaine, and Jessica Lange. Andy Tennant (Hitch, Fools Rush In) is directing the comedy about a woman (MacLaine) who gets a surprise windfall because of a computer glitch, and decides to run and take the money rather than fess up. Walsh will be playing a grifter named Forbes. With three films coming out (the tornado chase flick Into the Storm, the rom-com Sex Ed, and his second film as a director, A Better You) and another in production (6 Miranda Drive, a horror movie with Kevin Bacon), Walsh is a busy man. »
- E. Alex Jung
Feminine roles in cinema vary as there are different types of female empowerment displayed on the big screen. The same can be said for the showcasing the vulnerability of women in the movies as well. From motherhood to savvy businesswomen women have been either represented with integrity or misrepresented with exploitative intent.
One of the most explosive roles for women in motion pictures have been in the titillating realm of prostitution. Whether considered controversial, inspirational or observational the concept of women selling sex and demonstrating sensuality poses may ethical questions in cinema. Are movies that stress moral dilemmas with femininity and flesh-pedaling philosophies a challenging venture or easy pickings for sensational themes in films?
Whatever the case the prospect of fast females in film presents somewhat of a sociological/psychological experimentation. May it be through the lens of declaration, discovery or despair She Works Hard for the Money: The Top »
- Frank Ochieng
Exclusive: Matt Walsh will join Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore and Billy Connolly in Andy Tennant’s feature comedy Wild Oats which has been lensing in Spain over the past few weeks. Wild Oats centers on a widow (MacLaine) who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law. Walsh will play a con man named Forbes, who partners with Connolly’s character. The Weinstein Company is handling domestic while Sony will distribute abroad. Walsh, who is one of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is having a busy year: On […] »
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