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Paolo Villaggio, Comic TV and Film Actor, Dies at 84

3 July 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paolo Villaggio, a comic actor whose invented workplace characters interpreted Italians' foibles, died Monday in Rome. He was 84.

His children said Villaggio had been debilitated by complications from diabetes for some time.

Widely popular in Italy, he expressed his comic qualities through slapstick, satire and irony.

Fellow comic actor Roberto Benigni said Villaggio's iconic character, accountant Ugo Fantozzi, "represented us all." Villaggio invented the Fantozzi character, first in a book, then as the main character in 10 films.

"He was a pitiless child, revolutionary and liberating" and the "greatest clown of his generation," Benigni said of Villaggio's most celebrated »

- the Associated Press

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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

28 May 2017 11:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son, »

- altfilmguide

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Isabelle Huppert, Mariachi and a History Lesson: Cannes Celebrates Its 70th Year With a Lively Night

24 May 2017 2:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Cannes Film Festival aims to show great movies, but it also knows how to throw a good party. That much was evident late at night in the waning hours of a glitzy dinner on Tuesday night at Port Pierre Canto to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival, when Salma Hayek surprised guests with a mariachi band.

The Mexican film luminaries in the room — including “Three AmigosGuillermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarriuto and Alfono Cuaron as well as actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal — all crowded around a single table to lead a boisterous crowd in numerous songs. They were joined by guests from all over the world, from directors Michel Hazanavicius and Paolo Sorrentino to Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, 88-year-old French New Wave legend Agnes Varda and Hayek, who eventually led a conga line to the stage while shooting an iPhone video of the whole affair. »

- Eric Kohn

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Is Lin-Manuel Miranda Going to be a One Hit Wonder?

10 April 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I’ve liked Lin-Manuel Miranda for a good while now.  I say that because I first saw him way before his Hamilton acclaim but definitely not too early in his career.  I first saw him when he played a mental patient in the show House, and I thought he was excellent.   But I can’t help think of one person when I admire all the accolades Miranda is getting right now:  Roberto Benigni.   Remember when Roberto was the “it” guy after winning his Oscar for Life is Beautiful?  No one could stop talking about Benigni for at least a year.  But what

Is Lin-Manuel Miranda Going to be a One Hit Wonder? »

- Nat Berman

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'Like Crazy', 'Indivisible', 'Italian Race' triumph at David di Donatello Awards

27 March 2017 4:25 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Trio dominates Italian film awards on Monday night.

Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy (pictured) won five awards, including best picture, best director and best leading actress for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis won six, among them best screenplay and best supporting actress for Antonia Truppo.

Matteo Rovere’s Italian Race also won six mostly technical awards, although it claimed best leading actor for Stefano Accorsi.

Like Crazy from Lotus Productions (Perfect Strangers) and Manny films (7 Minutes) premiered in last year’s Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and began the night on 17 nominations.

The story of two fun-seeking, mentally disturbed women on the run from their clinic was the most successful of the three films at the box office, earning $6.5m to become one of the biggest local hits of 2016. Its five di Donatello wins included best production design and best hairstyling.

Indivisible also also earned 17 nominations and is the pulp story of two conjoined sisters exploited »

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Paolo Virzi’s ‘Like Crazy’ Takes Top Honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards

27 March 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy,” a road movie about two women who escape from a mental institution in Tuscany, took top honors Monday night at Italy’s 61st David di Donatello Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The film took home five statuettes, including prizes in the key categories of best picture, best director, and best actress, which went to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The evening’s two other big winners were “Indivisible,” a neo-Gothic drama set in Naples and directed by Edoardo De Angelis, about teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices, and Matteo Rovere’s “Italian Race,” set in the world of Gt racing. “Indivisible” took five nods, including for best screenplay, producer, and supporting actress, and “Italian Race” won six statuettes, including best actor for Stefano Accorsi, cinematography, and editing.

Virzì’s “Like Crazy” launched last year from Cannes and sold widely internationally, with Strand Releasing »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Review: ‘The Last Laugh’ Insightfully Probes the Limits of Comedy

3 March 2017 10:58 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

George Carlin had a famously controversial stand-up routine, in which he attempted to prove rape can be funny. Taken at face value, and especially if you aren’t familiar with Carlin, this sounds like it could be a shock-value gag. In delivery, it is not, and by the end of the act – which is a thinly veiled rant against political correctness — his point resonates.

But are some topics truly off limits? This is the compelling question of Ferne Pearlstein’s The Last Laugh, a documentary that questions whether the Holocaust is something that can ever be a source of humor.

Pearlstein interviews many noteworthy figures from the comedy world — Mel Brooks, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Rob Reiner and Carl Reiner, to name but a few – and what’s surprising is the disparity in their opinions on the subject. For example, one might be surprised to hear Brooks opine »

- Jordan Raup

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Emma Stone Addresses Oscars Mix-Up, Was Holding Her Best Actress Card The Whole Time

27 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Well, that was the most awkward thing to happen at the Oscars since Roberto Benigni smooched Halle Berry. The Academy has some explaining to do after the wrong film was named Best Picture. Producers of “La La Land” were nearly done their acceptance speeches, when Jordan Horowitz returned to the microphone announcing, “we lost by the way” […] »

- kmorawetz

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9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time

24 February 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.

What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.

Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942

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Beat Out: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Blossoms in the Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, [link »

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Great Job, Internet!: Should the Oscars honor more foreign-language acting performances?

24 February 2017 11:23 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Casual moviegoers who tune into this Sunday’s Oscar broadcast might be particularly surprised by one name in the Best Actress category: Isabelle Huppert. The Parisian-born French star was nominated for her turn in the French psychological thriller comedy Elle. And she joins the ranks of the less than four percent of international actors nominated for an Oscar for work in a foreign-language film. Film journalist Leigh Singer digs into that short history of foreign-language acting at the Oscars in a new video for Fandor.

Singer’s video points out that while international actors have a good chance of winning for performances in American-made English-language films (think Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained or Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men), earning a nod for a foreign-language performance is much harder. In fact Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard, and Roberto Benigni remain the only three actors to win Oscars for foreign-language »

- Caroline Siede

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Sociopsychological Drama with Central Gay Character, French Film Icon Top Nsfc Choices

7 January 2017 9:04 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »

- Mont. Steve

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