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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

24 June 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

Related Content Hollywood Bids Adieu to Retiring Directors Guild Chief Jay D. Roth

Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with secretary-treasurer Michael Apted.

In February, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership. Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and »

- Dave McNary

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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

22 June 2017 6:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one »

- Andre Soares

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A Dozen Movies Influenced by ‘The Dirty Dozen’ as Film Turns 50 (Photos)

14 June 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The mission is simple: take 12 dangerous men rotting in prison cells, give them guns, throw them out of a plane, and have them kill Nazis. Inspired by a real life, rule-breaking demolition unit and E.M. Nathanson’s novel, Robert Aldrich’s “The Dirty Dozen” has inspired many movies about grizzled criminals earning a chance at redemption and ragtag teams embarking on deadly black ops missions. In honor of its 50th anniversary, here are just some of the movies it has inspired. The Wild Bunch (1969) Made by famed Western auteur Sam Peckinpah, “The Wild Bunch,” features a band of outlaws who are. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Helen Hunt on Directing ‘Feud’: ‘It’s About What It’s Like to be A Woman As An Artist’

12 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Helen Hunt rose to stardom in NBC’s hit sitcom “Mad About You,” but these days her priority is spending more time behind the camera. This season, she helmed episodes of NBC’s family dramedy “This is Us,” CBS’ comedy “Life in Pieces” — and FX’s old-Hollywood flashback “Feud,” from executive producer Ryan Murphy. (Of course, she also starred in Fox’s limited series crime drama “Shots Fired.”)

Here, she tells Variety about moving from acting to directing, lessons learned from her famous father, and the deeper meaning behind “Feud.”

You started directing when you were on “Mad About You.” Was that an important switch for you?

I always knew that if I wanted to build up mileage [as a director], this would be the place to do it. The crew was on my team and Paul [Reiser] was on my team. And I had great mentors who worked with me: my dad, [director Gordon Hunt], who won a DGA award for directing the »

- Whitney Friedlander

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BBC Picks Up FX’s Bette Davis and Joan Crawford Series ‘Feud’

8 June 2017 3:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford will “Feud” on the BBC, after the broadcaster picked up the Ryan Murphy series. It is the second major deal between Fox and the U.K. public broadcaster for an FX show after the BBC took “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which was a hit for BBC Two last year.

Feud” stars Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. Fox sold the show to the BBC, and it will air on BBC Two later this year.

The eight-part series comes from Ryan Murphy and follows the intertwined lives of the two stars as they enter the twilight of their careers, starting with their collaboration on “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?”

Feud” is Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series and bowed on FX in the U.S. in March. The cable network has already greenlit a second season, which »

- Stewart Clarke

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Win The Dirty Dozen on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 2:36 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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To mark the release of The Dirty Dozen on 5th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

They are convicts, psychos, lunkheads, losers – and champs at the box office and in action movie lore. Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass.

Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) directs, blending anti authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Dirty Dozen won for Best Sound Effects.

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 8th June 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will »

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Cannes 2017. Retro Futurist—Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Before We Vanish"

23 May 2017 10:21 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Leave it to Kiyoshi Kurosawa, our favorite director of B movies that look like art films (or are they the other way around?), to upturn the nostalgia for American blockbusters of the 1980s. Japan’s modern day Don Siegel or Robert Aldrich, who admires in equal parts Jean-Luc Godard and, based on his new film Before We Vanish, John Carpenter, does Super 8, Midnight Special and Stranger Things one better by jumping off from 30-year-old conventions and making a damn good film.A bloody prologue of a massacred family and the dazzled schoolgirl culprit (Yuri Tsunematsu) suggests Kurosawa is squarely back in the horror-thriller genre, but the film’s tone and our expectations are suddenly taken an entirely other way by Yusuke Hayashi’s soundtrack shifting to a plucky comic theme. We learn that the girl is one of three aliens who have arrived on earth and inhabit human bodies, awkwardly »

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Kiss Me Deadly Restoration 20th Anniversary — Savant Article

13 May 2017 3:59 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

How did Kiss Me Deadly come to be restored? The real question should be, how did filmdom lose track of its original ending in the first place? Savant uncovers evidence that may explain when, and why, United Artists mutilated the finish of Robert Aldrich’s apocalyptic film noir.

(Note: The images below with text can be enlarged for reading, just click on them.)

Before home video the final home for Hollywood films was Television. Robert Aldrich’s 1955 Kiss Me Deadly never saw a theatrical reissue, and it dropped out of major TV visibility in 1962. I saw the documentation in United Artists’ legal folder on the film. To secure capital to launch more movies, Robert Aldrich sold all of his ‘Associates and Aldrich’ pictures back to UA after their original releases were concluded. More papers showed Kiss Me Deadly being included in at least two TV syndication packages, and then each time pointedly removed. »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Law & Order’ Director, DGA Official Ed Sherin Dies at 87

5 May 2017 3:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ed Sherin, who received eight Emmy nominations and won one Emmy for directing and executive producing the series “Law & Order,”  died Thursday in Nova Scotia. He was 87.

In addition to his work on “Law & Order,”  Sherin also directed episodes of “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,”  “L.A. Law,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Medium.”

Sherin was also active in the Directors Guild of America, including three terms as National Vice President. He  was awarded the  awarded the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2002 for service to the DGA and the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 2012.

Sherin is survived by his wife, actress Jane Alexander, stepson, actor-director Jace Alexander, and three sons.

After attending Brown University, Sherin served in the armed forces during the Korean War. He began acting in theater and television, and eventually discovered that directing was his passion. He received a Drama Desk Award for “The Great White Hope »

- Dave McNary

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‘Law & Order’ Director, DGA Official Ed Sherin Dies at 87

5 May 2017 3:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ed Sherin, who received eight Emmy nominations and won one Emmy for directing and executive producing the series “Law & Order,”  died Thursday in Nova Scotia. He was 87.

In addition to his work on “Law & Order,”  Sherin also directed episodes of “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,”  “L.A. Law,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Medium.”

Sherin was also active in the Directors Guild of America, including three terms as National Vice President. He  was awarded the  awarded the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2002 for service to the DGA and the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 2012.

Sherin is survived by his wife, actress Jane Alexander, stepson, actor-director Jace Alexander, and three sons.

After attending Brown University, Sherin served in the armed forces during the Korean War. He began acting in theater and television, and eventually discovered that directing was his passion. He received a Drama Desk Award for “The Great White Hope” in 1969 and a Tony nomination for »

- Dave McNary

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Check out these early Xenomorph concepts for Ridley Scott’s Alien

27 April 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The original Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s Alien remains one of the most iconic monsters in movie history. Coming from the twisted mind of Swiss artist H.R. Giger, the Xenomorph was at once terrifying, and eerily familiar. However, what if the Xenomorph looked a bit… different. What if it was less H.R. Giger, and more David Cronenberg? What if it just looked plain ridiculous? Producer Walter Hill was recently on an episode of the podcast Wtf with Marc Maron, and he talks about then-Alien director Robert Aldrich’s original pitch for the look of the now-infamous Xenomorph:

“[Aldrich] said the movie will succeed or fail on the conception of the beast. He said, ‘we’ve gotta come up with something really unique.’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, just off the top of my head…. this may not be a good idea but… maybe we could get, like, an orangutan… »

- Jordan Jones

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Review: Feud: Bette And Joan, A Tale of Melancholy

24 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A cloud of melancholy hangs over the eight episodes that comprise Feud: Bette and Joan, a limited series that has completed its run on U.S. cable network FX. Nostalgia creeps in at the edges and occasionally threatens to overwhelm the players in a series that focuses initially on the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Much of the early fascination for me came in watching the recreations of scenes from the movie, and then pulling back to show the interactions between Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon), Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina), on and off the set. The series, created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam, had much greater ambitions than simply recreating scenes, however, and as the...

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Martin Scorsese and Ben Wheatley on 'Free Fire,' Gunfights and Crime Flicks

24 April 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A group of criminals meet up for a gun deal. It goes bad – very bad. And the rest of the story, you ask? "Doesn't matter!" Martin Scorsese exclaims, laughing. "You don't need it. We're beyond that now." The burly, bearded man sitting next to him – British director Ben Wheatley – wholeheartedly agrees. "There's only, like, 12 characters in this movie anyway," he adds. "There are no twists, because it's either going to be that one or that one or that one. So what's the point? »

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Performer of the Week: Susan Sarandon

22 April 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Performer | Susan Sarandon

The Show | Feud: Bette and Joan

The Episode | “Abandoned” (April 16, 2017)

The Performance | Of the two lead performances in FX’s juicy Hollywood exposé, Sarandon has the far less flashy role to play. Legendary actress Bette Davis is a tough nut to crack, emotionally, with a thick shell of cynicism and sarcasm protecting her wounded heart. But in this week’s penultimate episode, “Abandoned,” Sarandon finally poked a few holes in that shell and let Davis’ true feelings come pouring out.

All season long, Davis has been warring with Jessica Lange’s Joan Crawford, with the two »

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Movie Poster of the Week: What Ever Happened to Bette and Joan?

21 April 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Say what you will about Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan, which concludes its 8-episode run this Sunday, but for cinephiles it has been extraordinary to have had a major television series so steeped in the lore of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Dramatizing the production of Robert Aldrich’s 1962 Warner Brothers hit What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the animosity of its rival stars, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, and the aftermath of both, Feud requires a measure of familiarity with all the major players and their past lives in order to truly appreciate the poignancy of its moment.Despite its potential for high camp—and if nothing else Feud is a masterpiece of fabulous production and costume design—the show has proved to be remarkably alert to the predicament of women in Hollywood and the paranoia and regret that accompanies the back nine of the life of a Hollywood star. »

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‘Feud’ Finds Joan Crawford Finally “Abandoned!”

14 April 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Joan Crawford makes her final stand as Bette Davis becomes co-producer of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte in Feud’s latest episode, “Abandoned!” I’ve never seen Robert Aldrich’s second film with Bette Davis Hush… »

- Clarence Moye

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Exclusive: ‘Feud’ Star Alison Wright Finally Gets Her Turn to Shine

13 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

These days, The Americans star Alison Wright hasn’t been able to get a good night’s rest. “I am too excited most nights to sleep,” the English actress exclaims. “I have a lot going on and I am pumped by it.”

Wright, who’s played ‘Poor’ Martha Hanson on the hit Cold War espionage series for five seasons, is now making her Broadway debut at Studio 54 in the play Sweat, which recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. “It's something I've always longed for,” Wright, 40, says of taking the stage during a phone interview with Et before an evening performance. “I did a lot of growing up in the theater. This was always a dream.”

More: James Monroe Iglehart Says Goodbye to Genie and ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway

Wright plays Jesse, a middle-class worker who faces a layoff from her job on the line of a factory floor. The shakeup gets to Jesse and her friends, who find »

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Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’ Casts Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty

12 April 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donald Sutherland has been cast as billionaire J. Paul Getty in executive producer Danny Boyle’s upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned.

Getty, the great oil man and founder of the Getty family dynasty, was the architect of the great family fortune, and of its misfortunes too. He was one of the twentieth century’s most iconic and enigmatic figures, and a man of great contradictions – a billionaire who washed his own socks; a visionary who dreamed of a dynasty, but who was baffled by family.

Sutherland is one of the most versatile film and television actors of the century, with a resume of over one hundred and fifty films and shows, including such classics as Robert Aldrich’s “The Dirty Dozen,” Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H,” and was President Snow in all four of the popular film adaptations of “The Hunger Games” novel series. On the television side, Sutherland »

- Joe Otterson

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TCM Film Festival 2017 Recap

11 April 2017 1:33 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Once again, Wamg attended the 2017 Turner Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, and as always, it did not disappoint!

Ahhh…so many movies, so little time to cover everything, but here are some highlights of my favorite movies of this year’s festival.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Shown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this classic was perfect for opening night. Brightly colored inflatable balls and lights floated in the pool like some of Wonka’s best candies as guests enjoyed snacks and cocktails on a beautiful spring evening. In attendance for this special screening were some of the cast members of the original movie. Miss Veruca Salt herself, Julie Dawn Cole; Mike Teevee, also known as Paris Themmen; and one of the original Oompaloompas, Rusty Goffe.

Along with host Illeana Douglas, they recounted some great memories of being on the set of the film in Germany more than 45 years ago. »

- Melissa Thompson

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'Feud' Boss on Staying True to the 'Baby Jane' Sequel and Joan's Descent

9 April 2017 8:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

[This story contains spoilers from Sunday's "Hagsploitation" episode of FX's Feud.]

The stories of making What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and the subsequent Oscars of 1963 have been told, but as FX anthology Feud: Bette and Joan made clear Sunday, that wasn’t where the infamous clash between Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) ended.

"Hagsploitation” jumped forward to 1964, when Crawford was on tour for Strait-Jacket and Davis was taking menial TV roles. Director Robert Aldrich's (Alfred Molina) latest film had just tanked while studio head Jack Warner (Stanley Tucci) was infuriated that his competitors were making money off »

- Amber Dowling

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