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14 items from 2015


David Letterman: Remembering the Ted Koppel Interview When His Mask Came Off

18 May 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A former senior producer of ABC News’ “Nightline,” Richard Harris was in the middle of the storm in 2002 when ABC tried to woo David Letterman to take over the 11:30 p.m. slot that had long been home to “Nightline.” Letterman showed his character not long afterward when he agreed to sit for a rare one-on-one interview with Ted Koppel, which Harris produced. Here Harris shares his behind-the-scenes memories of that experience.

As the parade of celebrities has marched through the Ed Sullivan Theater during the past few months to pay respects to David Letterman, they’ve lavishing him with adulation, leaving him with a half-smile and looking slightly bemused and uncomfortable.

Getting inside the head of the gap-toothed goofball from Indiana to decipher what he’s truly thinking is no small feat. Famous for his Top Ten List and showcasing stupid pet and human tricks, Letterman’s self-deprecating, sometimes »

- Richard Harris

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Lum takes a swipe at Hollywood and emotionally empty scripts

17 May 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Troy Lum has laid much of the blame for the virtual demise of mid-level theatrical films on the Us majors. blockbusters mentality.

Speaking during a panel session at the Cannes Film Festival, the MD of eOne Australia also complained that most scripts he reads lack emotional resonance.

.The middle ground all over the world has fallen out of the marketplace,. Lum said during a session on distribution in English-speaking markets moderated by the UK.s Film Council's Ben Luxford and Screen Australia.s Richard Harris.

.The films that were doing £2-5 million in the UK and Australia aren.t really there anymore. That.s unfortunate because that.s where the independent market sits.

.There has been a lack of respect of audiences from the studios just making shit, over and over again, so it meant there's a whole audience that wasn.t being served.

.That coincided with a great boost in TV drama, »

- Don Groves

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Screen Australia plots new directions

7 May 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian cinema.s bright start to the year with The Water Diviner, Paper Planes and That Sugar Film should not distract attention from the structural problems facing producers and independent distributors.

.The theatrical sector is under stress for producers and distributors of specialty films,. Richard Harris, Screen Australia.s head of business and audience told If. The Water Diviner has grossed $15.8 million, Paper Planes made $9.6 million and That Sugar Film is a sleeper hit with $1.4 million, while nationwide receipts through the end of April were up by more than 13% on 2014. .I think it will be a big year at the box-office but that doesn.t disguise the sector.s structural problems,. Harris said. Since his appointment in March, he and CEO Graeme Mason have implemented changes in marketing and are seeking closer engagement with filmmakers.

.Around the world, not just in Australia, specialty films have to adapt and change,. Mason »

- Don Groves

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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J.K. Rowling Has Perfect Answer For Fan Who Couldn’t See Dumbledore As Gay

26 March 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

J.K. Rowling offered a quick retort to a Harry Potter fan on Twitter who could not wrap her head around beloved Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore – played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the films – being a gay man. J.K. Rowling On Dumbledore Being Gay In 2007, Rowling revealed in an interview that […]

The post J.K. Rowling Has Perfect Answer For Fan Who Couldn’t See Dumbledore As Gay appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Jk Rowling answers new fan criticism of Dumbledore sexuality

24 March 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jk Rowling has made a pointed response to a Twitter follower's question about Harry Potter wizard Dumbledore's sexuality.

The author made headlines worldwide in 2007 when she revealed that the kind-hearted wizard was in fact gay, causing a stir among a section of Harry Potter fans.

Rowling has vigorously defended her decision to make the wizard gay over the years, even engaging in a heated exchange with an angry fan on Twitter last year.

A new discussion took place on the micro-blogging site today (March 24) when a fan admitted that she had trouble seeing Dumbledore as gay.

"Maybe because gay people just look like... people?" the author replied.

Rowling's statement was subsequently applauded by many followers, and has been re-tweeted over 5,000 times.

.@anakocovic21 Maybe because gay people just look like... people?

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2015

Rowling said in 2013 that of all the characters in the Harry Potter books, she misses Dumbledore most. »

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John Osborne on Film: Look Back in Anger

6 March 2015 7:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I. The Landmine

In August 1955, George Devine, director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, ventured to meet a promising writer, living on a Thames houseboat. “I had to borrow a dinghy… wade out to it and row myself to my new playwright,” he recalled. Thus began a partnership between Devine, who sought to rescue the English stage from stale commercialism, and the 26 year old tyro, John Osborne. Together, they’d revolutionize modern theater.

Born in London but raised in Stoneleigh, Surrey, Osborne lost his father at age 12, resented his low-born mother and was expelled from school for striking a headmaster. While acting for Anthony Creighton’s repertory company, his mercurial temper and violent language appeared. In 1951 he wed actress Pamela Lane, only to divorce six years later. Osborne soon immortalized their marriage: their cramped apartment, with invasive friends and intruding in-laws, John and Pamela’s pet names and verbal abuse, »

- Christopher Saunders

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Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

23 February 2015 10:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.

In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.

The selections for »

- Frank Ochieng

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Rowan Atkinson Returns To TV As ‘Maigret’

22 February 2015 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He acquired legendary status on the small screen as Blackadder and Mr Bean. Now Rowan Atkinson swaps slapstick for The Seine as he takes on the mantle of Fifties detective Maigret for ITV.

Created in 1931 by author Georges Simenon, the French character is defined by “his laconic manner, heavy coat and trademark pipe”. Maigret was previously portrayed for the channel in the Eighties and Nineties by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon (ironically Gambon also inherited Dumbledore in Harry Potter from Harris following his death).

As with other literary figures of his ilk, it’s hoped the brand will bring in healthy ratings. The presence of Atkinson should help no end, if only so people can see how he fares in a straight role. This is the first time the comedian and actor has appeared as a serious lead. Writer Stuart Harcourt is adapting the books Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. »

- Steve Palace

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Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

9 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, is retiring from the stage due to memory issues. "It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it," the actor, 74, told London's Sunday Times" magazine. "It breaks my heart. It's when the script's in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It's frightening." In the candid interview, the Dublin-born star, who grew up in North London, revealed that he had struggled to remember his lines after reading for a new West End play six months ago. "There »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

9 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, is retiring from the stage due to memory issues. "It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it," the actor, 74, told London's Sunday Times" magazine. "It breaks my heart. It's when the script's in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It's frightening." In the candid interview, the Dublin-born star, who grew up in North London, revealed that he had struggled to remember his lines after reading for a new West End play six months ago. "There »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Harry Potter: ranking the films in order of quality

4 February 2015 12:19 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We head back to Hogwarts, and try and sort out the Harry Potter films. Is Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets the best one, then?

This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.

The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.

The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.

Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »

- simonbrew

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'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' Gets New Book Art

13 January 2015 9:24 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a timeless classic that will live on bookshelves and movie screens for the rest of mankind's existence. So it's nice to know that publishing house Scholastic intends to keep the magic alive by periodically offering a few upgrades to the printed edition of this first Hogwarts tale. Scholastic has released four images from it's upcoming, fully illustrated reprint of J.K. Rowling's bestselling fantasy novel, in stores this fall.

Kate Greenaway Medal winner Jim Kay created these new artistic renditions of the book's storyline. Today, we get to see four major characters from the Harry Potter series, including Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. You may notice that they look somewhat different than their movie counterparts.

The new deluxe hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be published globally on October 6 2015. The book will be full color throughout, »

- MovieWeb

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Rod Taylor Dead At 84; Heart Attack Claims Popular Leading Man Of '60S And '70S Cinema

8 January 2015 8:26 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Taylor in the 1960 screen version of The Time Machine.

By Lee Pfeiffer

If the year 2014 proved to be an exceptionally cruel one in terms of the number of legendary celebrities who passed away, the new year is off to an equally depressing start with the news that Rod Taylor has passed away at age 84. Taylor, who was two days away from his 85th birthday, died suddenly from a heart attack following a dinner party at his home. He was surrounded by friends and family when the end came.  Taylor was a solid leading man who came to prominence in the late 1950s. Although Australian by birth, the ruggedly handsome Taylor could effectively play Brits, Irishmen and Americans with convincing ease. He first gained attention with supporting roles in high profile, big Hollywood studio productions in the late 1950s such as "Raintree County" and "Separate Tables". His breakthrough role came in »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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