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From the start, Edyta Sliwinska learned that being a mom of two wasn’t for the faint of heart.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the former Dancing with the Stars pro, who welcomed her second child, Leia Josephine, on June 18, reveals she nearly missed making it to the hospital for her daughter’s delivery.
“My husband brilliantly decided to fix a broken toilet in the upstairs bathroom. So he’s like, ‘Going to Home Depot, buying a toilet.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s fine’ – I didn’t have any contractions,” she recalls.
But soon after her husband, »
- Anya Leon
Congratulations are in order! Dancing With the Stars professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo welcomed a baby girl named Leia Josephine on June 18, 2017, People reports. Their newborn daughter weighed 7 lbs. and measured in at 20 inches long. A rep for Edyta told the magazine, "The new family of four are over the moon and absolutely in love with their little princess." This marks the married couple's second bundle of joy. Edyta and Alec's first son, 3-year-old Michael Alexander, can now officially consider himself a big brother! Michael's proud 'rents even let him decide upon the baby's name, with the rep adding, "He picked the »
Edyta Sliwinska is a mom again!
The former Dancing with the Stars pro gave birth to a baby girl named Leia Josephine Mazo — her second child with husband Alec Mazo — on Sunday, June 18, Sliwinska’s rep confirms to People exclusively. Born at 7:08 p.m., little Leia weighed in at 7 lbs. and measured 20 inches long.
“The new family of four are over the moon and absolutely in love with their little princess,” the rep tells People.
Sliwinska, 36, and Mazo are also parents to 3-year-old son Michael Alexander, whom they welcomed into the world in January 2014.
Turns out Michael is actually »
- Jen Juneau and Patrick Gomez
Set in a smoggy Pennsylvania mill town, the first film from director James Foley and screenwriter Chris Columbus sounds like the plot of a Springsteen song with Aidan Quinn in the role of a misunderstood dreamer from the wrong side of the tracks romancing a poor little rich girl played by Daryl Hannah. Beautifully photographed by Michael Ballhaus, the film is jam-packed with 80’s musical faves but no Bruce to be found (though his kid sister Pam has a bit part).
- Charlie Largent
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017) - Cinematographer. He received Oscar nominations for his work on Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs of New York. In addition to the last of those, he shot many other Martin Scorsese's movies, including Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Departed and The Color of Money. For Mike Nichols, he shot Working Girl, Postcards From the Edge, Primary...
- Christopher Campbell
Aged just 37, the German director and relentless provocateur died too soon, but he left behind a biting body of work for us to remember him by
Related: Berlin 2015 review – To Love Without Demands: the torrid life and work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The 35th anniversary of the death of Rainer Werner Fassbinder this year was grimly presaged two weeks ago by the death of his longtime, long-suffering cameraman Michael Ballhaus. Ballhaus was 81 and had forged a second career in Hollywood. Fassbinder, had he lived, would be 71. Having knocked out 40 features, several TV series, countless plays and adaptations in a 13-year career, one can only wonder what he might have done with another 35.
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- John Patterson
One would have a difficult time disputing the notion that Martin Scorsese’s two most notable onscreen collaborators are Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The three of them have made any number of classics together — “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Departed,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” — but, to date, the two leading men have never worked with ol’ Marty on the same picture together. (They did come close once, though.) Deadline reports that that could soon change with an adaptation of David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”
Imperative Entertainment purchased the rights to the book for $5 million last year and is now trying to assemble a high-profile team; they’ve got their hearts set on Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro, »
- Michael Nordine
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSKornél Mundruczó's Jupiter's Moon, competing in the 70th Cannes Film FestivalIn case you missed it, the Cannes Film Festival has announced its Official Selection (the separate but simultaneous festivals of Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week should reveal their lineup this week). Arnaud's Desplechin's Les fantômes d'Ismaël will open the event, with films in competition by Michael Haneke, Sofia Coppola, Bong Joon-ho, and the Safdie brothers. Hong Sang-soo has two films at the festival, Mathieu Amalric's Barbara will open the Un Certain Regard section (where a Kiyoshi Kurosawa alien film will be premiered), and films by Takashi Miike, Claude Lanzmann and Agnès Varda are scattered through other sections.Across the divide of cinema, many films by the legendary but too often under-distributed and under-seen filmmaking team of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet will soon be much more widely available in the United States, »
This week we get into the gutter with Dave Eves and James Hancock as we play a game about the biggest jerks on film. We also talk about the lineup from Cannes, Michael Ballhaus, John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and the latest from FilmStruck.
7:45 – Jerks in Film
22:30 – R.I.P. Michael Ballhaus
26:00 – Cannes 2017
34:30 – Wishlist and Predictions for July Releases
49:00 – FilmStruck
Episode Links Wrong Reel 230 – Dave Eves and His Criterion Top Five Wrong Reel 249 – Disaster Movies of the 1970s Eclipse Viewer 54 – Duvivier in the 1930s Part One Michael Ballhaus Dies at 81 Cannes 2017 Lineup All of the Films Joining FilmStruck this April Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Dave Eves: Twitter James Hancock: Twitter | Podcast Criterion Now: Twitter Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter
Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project. »
- Aaron West
What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.
My crush on Michael Ballhaus’ camerawork started with the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. I love their fucked-up aesthetics: the funky typefaces and hairdos; the ugly German housing; the warbled theme songs; the mirror-window obsession; the severe, theatrical blocking; the physiognomies of his makeshift family of regular actors, who all look a little off in memorable ways, their faces painted over with too much make-up. Ballhaus was one of three Fassbinder cinematographers, the others being Dietrich Lohmann and Xavier Schwarzenberger. Really, the two didn’t have a lot in common. Fassbinder was a wunderkind—all of 25 and already on his 10th feature when he met Ballhaus—with a miserable postwar upbringing, two facts that seemed to have inspired both ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
by Nathaniel R
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. The 81 year old artist was a crucial figure in making me the movie maniac that I am today. Michelle Pfeiffer on the piano top in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) -- hell the entire movie -- being a defining image in my life, after which I went from enthusiastic regular moviegoer to celluloid-devouring obsessive.
Ballhaus had retired after Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006) making only one German movie in the last decade of his life and we had hoped each year that he'd be announced as an Honorary Oscar recipient. His three scant nominations -- The Fabulous Baker Boys, Broadcast News, and Gangs of New York -- do no justice to his long and gorgeous career. That's because they don't feel representative of his career as a whole and because, »
- NATHANIEL R
Michael Ballhaus, the German director of photography known for his mastery of camera movement and his partnerships with directors Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese, has died. One of the most remarkable cinematographers of his generation, Ballhaus brought the expressive and fluid camera of the classic studio long take—exemplified by director Max Ophüls, a family friend—into the strange new world of lightweight dolly tracks, zoom lenses, and Steadicam, and in the process created some of the most iconic and breathtaking shots of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. He was 81.
Born into a well-known family of stage actors, Ballhaus developed an early interest in photography, but didn’t catch the film bug until the age of 19, when he was invited to the set of Ophüls’ final masterpiece, Lola Montès. (He appears in the film as an extra.) The experience inspired him to become a cinematographer, and he ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The late cinematographer Michael Ballhaus didn’t grow up watching movies. His parents were stage actors, and he first fell in love with the art of performance. And as a cinematographer, one of his many gifts was the way he captures actors’ faces and how his camera found its rhythm with their movements and emotions.
He fell in love with movies at age 20 when he visited the set of Max Ophuls’ “Lola Montes.” Ballhaus spent 10 days on the circus set and became entranced by the period style and the master director’s virtuoso swirling camera movement. Not until Ballhaus’ later Hollywood work, on films like “The Age of Innocence” or “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” did he get the chance to work on lavish sets and play with all the toys of prestige filmmaking. Yet »
- Chris O'Falt
Cinematographer who brought dynamism to the films of Scorsese and Fassbinder
The cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who has died aged 81, helped to realise the work of two visionaries: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with whom he made 15 films, and Martin Scorsese, for whom he shot seven, including the gruesome gangster drama Goodfellas (1990), which tested this exceedingly gentle man’s tolerance of violence. “I wouldn’t have done this movie with another director,” he said in 2010. “These discussions – whether there is enough brain in the blood – are so absurd that you almost want to throw up.” Their other pictures together included the lustrous Edith Wharton adaptation The Age of Innocence (1993), the grand-and-grubby period piece Gangs of New York (2002) and the thriller The Departed (2006), which won the best picture Oscar.
- Ryan Gilbey
The film world lost a true artist yesterday, with the death of celebrated cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. It was a passing that shook the movie community, and it didn’t take long for tributes to pour in, including one from frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese honoring the lenser.
Ballhaus’ reputation was cemented by his extensive work with German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, which made him sought after by artistic leaning Hollywood directors, landing him a wide range of mainstream projects including “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” ”Working Girl,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Primary Colors,” “What about Bob?
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who died Tuesday at the age of 81, is remembered fondly by Martin Scorsese as “a great artist” who “gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies,” Martin Scorsese said of the man who lensed “Goodfellas” and “Gangs of New York.”
For over two decades, the Scorsese and Ballhaus “had a real creative partnership, and a very close and enduring friendship,” Scorsese said in a statement. “By the time we met, he had already made film history with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and I revered him. He was a lovely human being, and he always had a warm smile for even the toughest situations—anyone who knew him will remember his smile. We started working together in the 80s, during a low ebb in my career. And it was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies.”
- Jude Dry
Michael Ballhaus shot several of Scorsese's films, including Goodfellas. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has died, aged 81. Nominated three times for an Oscar - for Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs Of New York - the Berlin-born filmmaker passed away after a short illness.
In a career that spanned more than five decades, he worked with directors including Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Marriage Of Maria Braun, Fox And His Friends and others), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula) and Martin Scorsese (including Oscar-winner The Departed and Goodfellas).
Scorsese led the tributes last night. In a statement he said: "By the time we met, he had already made film history with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and I revered him. He was a lovely human being, and he always had a warm smile for even the toughest situations — anyone who knew him will remember his smile. We started working together in the '80s, »
- Amber Wilkinson
Michael Ballhaus, Berlin 2016. Image The Hollywood News/ Heathside Media
Legendary cinematographer and frequent Martin Scorsese collaborator Michael Ballhaus has passed away at the age of 81. Ballhaus passed away at his Berlin home on Wednesday (12th April) following a short illness.
Ballhaus had over 100 credits to his name including 16 productions with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the films After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York and The Departed, all with Martin Scorsese.
He is survived by his two children, Sebastian and Florian Ballhaus. May he rest in peace.
The post Legendary cinematographer Michael Ballhaus passes away at 81 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Martin Scorsese shared some kind words about his longtime friend and collaborator Michael Ballhaus, who passed away at the age of 81 on Tuesday evening after a short illness. The director and the cinematographer worked together on six films, including the Oscar-winning drama The Departed. The two started working together in the ’80s, “It was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies. For him, nothing was impossible,” Scorsese wrote in a… »
Martin Scorsese has paid tribute to his former colleague, longtime partner and friend, Michael Ballhaus, following his death at 81. The Oscar-winner described his director of photography on “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Departed,” and “Goodfellas” as a “precious and irreplaceable friend … this is a great loss for me.” Ballhaus, who received three Academy Award nominations over the course of his own 25-year career, passed away on Tuesday. Also Read: Michael Ballhaus, 'Goodfellas' Cinematographer, Dies at 81 “He was a lovely human being, and he always had a warm smile for even the toughest situations — anyone who knew him will remember his smile, »
- Debbie Emery
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