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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Stanley Donen's Two For The Road

23 hours ago | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Smart, stylish, insightful and brimming with technical inventiveness, Stanley Donen's Two For The Road is a wonderful examination of the modern marriage whose influence can still be felt in Hollywood cinema today, nearly 50 years after it was originally released.Inspired in part by his own marriage, screenwriter Frederic Raphael (Darling, Eyes Wide Shut) penned Two For The Road at the specific request of director Stanley Donen (Singing In The Rain, Charade), after seeing his earlier efforts in 1964's Nothing But The Best. According to Raphael, he deliberately wrote the script in random order, accentuating its episodic structure, as it revisits the various trips from London to the South of France by the same British couple.Mark Wallace (Albert Finney), a successful architect, and his wife Joanna...

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Rip Screenwriter Guy Gallo, Dead at 59

20 January 2015 12:50 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A playwright, screenwriter, poet and essayist, he was an adjunct professor of Screenwriting at Columbia University's School of the Arts and Barnard College, as well as Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. Among his former students are James Mangold ("Girl Interrupted," "Walk the Line") and Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "Adventureland"). After receiving his Mfa from the Yale School of Drama in 1982, Gallo met Huston, who was impressed by his adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's novel, and made the film version. Starring Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset, it was released in 1984 and was a selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Gallo wrote over a dozen feature screenplays, and had four others produced. Among them was an adaptation, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Part I, which American Playhouse broadcast in 1986; its cast included Lillian Gish and Geraldine Page. Born February 16, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana, »

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Angora Sweaters and Scissorhands: Ranking the Films of Tim Burton

13 January 2015 9:05 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.

17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »

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The Dresser's Us TV rights picked up by Starz

10 January 2015 3:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Dresser's Us TV rights have been picked up by Starz.

Based on Ronald Harwood's classic play, the film marks the first time Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins have worked together.

The movie will be set during World War II and is based on Harwood's own experiences as a dresser for the distinguished British actor Sir Donald Wolfit. Hopkins has been cast as Wolfit, while McKellen will play his dresser, Norman.

The BBC co-production is directed by Richard Eyre and executive-produced by Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman, Polly Hilly and Ben Stephenson.

"The Dresser is a timeless and poignant story about the relationship between artists, and to have this classic play brought to life on-screen by such acting giants as Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen is thrilling," said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik (via Entertainment Weekly).

"We are glad to be working in partnership again with the »

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Anthony Hopkins & Ian McKellen Set for Starz Telepic ‘The Dresser’

9 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen will work together for the first time in “The Dresser,” an original movie Starz is co-producing with the BBC. Starz made the announcement at the Television Critics Assn. on Friday in Pasadena.

The television adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s World War II-set play of the same name is inspired by Hartwood’s experience of being a dresser for the British actor and manager Sir Donald Wolfit. Hopkins will play Sir and McKellen will portray his dresser, Norman.

The play was previously adapted into a 1983 feature film directed by Peter Yates and starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.

“‘The Dresser’ is a timeless and poignant story about the relationship between artists, and to have this classic play brought to life onscreen by such acting giants as Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen is thrilling,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik.

Richard Eyre will direct. Exec producing are »

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