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Oscar week festivities made room for the serious on Friday as docu filmmaker Rory Kennedy, Oscar-nommed for “Last Days in Vietnam,” was celebrated at Dom Perignon’s fourth annual Academy Awards luncheon.
A mix of industryites (“American Experience’s” executive producer Mark Samels; producer Ron Yerxa; thesps Minnie Driver, Peter Fonda, Julian Sands and Cheryl Hines), fashionistas (Valentino’s Carlos Souza, Nicky Hilton) and friends of the producer-director (including “Still Alice’s” executive producer and Kennedy first cousin Maria Shriver) joined Kennedy at the Chateau Marmont for a flower-filled and bubbly-fueled luncheon on the hotel’s scenic garden terrace.
Hotelier Andre Balazs was the host along with executives from the French champagne house. First-time nominee Kennedy found that documentaries and champagne “go very well together, as it turns out.” Notably, the documentary feature category (unlike the director category) includes two women director nominees — Kennedy as well as “Citizen Four’s” Laura Poitras. »
- Kathy A. McDonald
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
Fleming: I just can’t get past that a superb Super Bowl shaping up as one for the ages fell off the cliff so abruptly. Seahawks down by four, little over a minute left, both teams with timeouts. A miracle catch by Seattle by Jermaine Kearse who’d fallen on the ground. Seattle hands to the best goal line back in football, and Marshawn Lynch gets to the half yard line. I’m already thinking he scores on the next run, Seattle kicks off and Tom Brady, now down by three, has to race the Patriots up 40 yard for the game tying kick and overtime. No! Instead Seahawks coach Pete Carroll okays Russell Wilson to pass into the teeth of the Patriot defense. »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Before Katharine Ross garnered an Oscar nomination for “The Graduate,” the actress was working in a San Francisco theater troupe and starting to catch fire with guest roles on TV in the early 1960s. She’s onstage on Valentine’s Day at the Malibu Playhouse production of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” starring opposite her real-life husband, Sam Elliott.
Your first notice in Variety was for the San Francisco Actors Workshop production of something called “Twinkling of an Eye.”
And I’m not even sure that we even opened!
So it was more learning experience than thespian breakthrough?
It was where I learned I was bitten by the acting bug. But I actually learned a lot because we all did all of the jobs on the production from acting to ticket-taking to props.
Did your stage work lead to getting cast on television?
I did hear about a casting call »
- Steven Gaydos
Michael Douglas. Josh Brolin. Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Jeff and Beau Bridges. David, Keith and Robert Carradine. Ben Stiller. Kiefer Sutherland. Scott Caan. Peter Fonda. What do they have in common? They managed to become respected actors in their own right despite being sons of famous fathers and often mothers. There is a long tradition of acting clans in Hollywood and it continues to grow with this relatively recent list of seven acting sons of movie stars: 1. Domhnall Gleeson, 31. The son of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary,” “In Bruges”). They both were participants in the Harry Potter franchise – Domhnall as Bill Weasley and Brendan as Mad-Eye Moody. Domhnall was a standout as farmer Konstatin Levin in 2012’s “Anna Karenina” and starred in last year’s time-travel romance “About Time.” This year, he has four titles coming out: “Ex-Machina” (April 14), where he falls in love with a cyborg; “Brooklyn, »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the son of a fiercely independent-minded Hollywood mogul and the producer of many independent films in his own right including “Mystic Pizza” and studio hits including “Master and Commander,” died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son John Goldwyn told the New York Times he died of congestive heart failure.
Goldwyn Jr. received his final credit as a producer, together with son John and others, on Fox’s long-gestating remake of the Goldwyn Sr.-produced classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller and released in December 2013.
The courtly and soft-spoken scion was known for shepherding independent and foreign films and got his start in documentary filmmaking, in contrast to his brash father, who made his way from a youth of poverty in Poland to a partner in MGM.
“I love it. If you don’t love this business, »
- Carmel Dagan
2007's Ghost Rider was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who also provided the same two services on Ben Affleck's Daredevil. The film starred Nicolas Cage as John ″Johnny″ Blaze/Ghost Rider, Eva Mendes as Roxanne Simpson, Peter Fonda as Mephistopheles, Wes Bentley as Blackheart, Sam Elliott as Carter Slade/Phantom Rider/Caretaker and Donal Logue as Mack. Check out the video below to see "Everything Wrong With Ghost Rider." Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) was only a teenaged stunt biker when he sold his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda). Years later, Johnny is a world renowned daredevil by day, but at night, he becomes the Ghost Rider of Marvel Comics legend. The devil's bounty hunter, he is charged with finding evil souls on earth and bringing them to hell. But when a twist of fate brings Johnny's long-lost love (Eva Mendes) back into his life, Johnny realizes »
6 items from 2015
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