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Rapidly skimming the latest press release from the BBC, unveiling upcoming BBC One projects, not really expecting to find anything for *us* in it, I almost missed this listing... - "To Sir With Love" - 1x90 - adapted by Hanif Kureishi, from the autobiographical novel by ER Braithwaite, made by Rainmark Films. Yes indeed, it is what you think it is. BBC One has commissioned a 90-minute film based on Guyanese author E.R. Braithwaite's 1959 novel, which was adapted for the screen in 1967 and starred Sidney Poitier, in a post-war London tale of social and racial strife in an inner-city school. In the book, relieved of war duty, Guyanese engineer »
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Rapidly skimming the latest press release from the BBC, unveiling upcoming BBC One projects, not really expecting to find anything for *us* in it, I almost missed this listing... - "To Sir With Love" - 1x90 - adapted by Hanif Kureishi, from the autobiographical novel by ER Braithwaite, made by Rainmark Films. Yes indeed, it is what you think it is. BBC One has commissioned a 90-minute film based on Guyanese author E.R. Braithwaite's 1959 novel, which was adapted for the screen in 1967 and starred Sidney Poitier, in a post-war London tale of social and racial strife in an inner-city school. In the book, relieved of war duty, Guyanese engineer Ricky Braithwaite returns to a cold welcome in a Britain that has turned its back on the black men and women who fought alongside them in the war. He takes a job as a teacher at an unconventional school in the East End, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
(Haskell Wexler, 1969; Eureka!, 15, Blu-ray)
One of America’s greatest cinematographers, Haskell Wexler made his name as a socially committed film-maker, working largely on features and documentaries produced outside the heavily unionised Hollywood film industry. This gave him the opportunity to innovate and to engage with explicitly radical themes. His first major feature was Elia Kazan’s autobiographical America America. He was later to win Oscars for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, the last year there were separate prizes for black-and-white and colour) and In the Heat of the Night (1967) starring Sidney Poitier, one of the first Hollywood films in which a cameraman lit a colour movie with proper consideration for an African American’s skin.
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- Philip French
Like many of Stanley Kramer’s once incredibly topical titles, the iconic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? seems incredibly dated by today’s standards, even if the subject matter and representation of ‘interracial’ relationships and everything that antiseptic terminology implies hasn’t quite progressed as much as one would hope since this film thundered into cinemas in 1967. Sandwiched between two lesser beloved titles in his filmography, Ship of Fools (1965) and The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), this was Kramer’s third Oscar nod as Best Director and the last great hurrah (he’d direct a handful of other features throughout the next decade, and a 1975 television pilot version of this film).
Successful San Francisco newspaper owner Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his liberal minded wife (Katharine Hepburn) are about to have their progressive viewpoints challenged when their white daughter Christina (Katharine Houghton) brings home her fiancé of one week, a black, »
- Nicholas Bell
'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as a »
- Andre Soares
This story first appeared in the Aug. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. The Beverly Hilton — a property boasting 569 rooms and a ballroom fit for 1,200 guests — has always been a major hub for Hollywood. Says Jack Gilardi (who has represented Charlton Heston and Shirley MacLaine in his 60 years at ICM Partners) of its exclusive L'Escoffier restaurant during the 1950s: "I remember walking in and seeing Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; you'd see Sidney Poitier dressed to the tens." Over the years, the hotel has
- Chris Gardner
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.
From the press release:
Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.
Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The »
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Mildred Joanne Smith, who portrayed Sidney Poitier’s wife in his film debut, the 1950 drama No Way Out, and then saw her career upended when she was severely injured in a plane crash, has died. She was 94. Smith, who after her lone movie appearance became a magazine editor and a popular English teacher for a junior high school, died July 19, her family announced. In the 1940s, Smith starred in such Broadway productions as Men to the Sea, Mamba’s Daughters, Beggar’s Holiday (as the love interest of Alfred Drake), Forward the Heart and A Long Way From Home. All
- Mike Barnes
James L. White, who wrote the original screenplay to the 2004 Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” starring Jaime Foxx, died early Thursday morning from complications resulting from pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Santa Monica, his attorney, Matthew L. Saver, confirmed to Variety. He was 67.
A statement from attorney Saver read in part: White “worked steadily and was commissioned by studios and networks to write many musical-artist-based scripts. At the time of his passing he was about to direct his own screenplay.”
Responding to news of White’s passing, Hackford said: “Jimmy White was »
- Carmel Dagan
Have you heard? Empire is about to get about 1,000 times more epic. That's because Ludacris just got added to season two's already chock-full list of guest stars. The rapper announced his role in an Instagram post, and we instantly rejoiced. For starters, despite what some people may think, Ludacris is actually a totally legit actor. His onscreen resumé is chock full of classic roles such as Law & Order: Svu and No Strings Attached. He's basically the next Sidney Poitier. Also, he could also bring some mad wordsmithing to the Empire script. Part of the reason we watch the show in the first place is for all of the awesome zingers and one-liners, and Ludacris knows a thing or »
Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »
- Andre Soares
Theodore Bikel, the Oscar- and Tony-nominated actor and folk singer, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Bikel died at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Harlan Boll announced. He earned an Oscar nomination in 1960 for his role in “The Defiant Ones,” starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. Also Read: Alex Rocco, Actor in 'The Godfather,' Dead at 79 He also originated the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and for playing Tevye in thousands of onstage performances of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” He made his first appearance as Tevye in. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.
To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Russian adopted father of the Klingon Worf.
Bikel did his first bigscreen work in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen” and Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” After acting in a series of English films, he did supporting work in two high-profile pics in 1957: historical epic “The Pride and the Passion,” starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, and “The Enemy Below,” a WWII submarine thriller starring Robert Mitchum.
He often played Germans or Russians — in his autobiography, Bikel said that his facility with accents resulted in »
- Carmel Dagan
The 90s saw Joe Eszterhas become the world's most famous screenwriter, selling scripts for up to $4m apiece. But what became of the films?
By the end of the 1990s, the screenwriting career of Joe Eszterhas was in sharp decline. His hyped Hollywood satire, Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film had come, bombed and swept the Golden Raspberry Awards. Furthermore, projects that were previously live and kicking were being swept under the carpet.
But for a long while, Joe Eszterhas was that rarest of things: a genuine Hollywood writing superstar. And in a movie era where the writer seems to have, for the most part, fallen down the pecking order again, I thought it was worth digging through the many big money scripts that Joe Eszterhas sold in and around the 1990s, to see just what ultimately became of them. Some you'll have heard of, but I'd wager »
By Alex Simon
They say that clothes make the man. They also make the man in the movie and, sometimes, even make the movie itself live on in the annals of classic filmdom. With that in mind, here is a list (in no particular order) of ten gents and the characters they played who changed our sartorial habits forever.
1. Michael Douglas/Gordon Gecko—Wall Street
Arguably the movie that set the style for second half of the 1980s, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street featured Michael Douglas’ Oscar-winning turn as corporate raider Gordon Gecko, whose ruthlessness in the boardroom was only matched by his sense of style. Douglas is all clean lines in his pinstripe suits, suspenders and slicked-back hair, creating an iconic look that screamed “power” and “go fuck yourself” simultaneously.
Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian sci-fi allegory is one of cinema’s great dark satires, »
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Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1. Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »
- Andre Soares
The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.
The board plays a key role in the School’s planning and development and supports its fundraising efforts.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall. She co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Steven Spielberg in 1982.
In other news, computational scientist Dr Bryan Smith has joined New Zealand marketing data and analytics specialist Movio as chief data scientist. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
As if she didn't have enough to do, super-achiever president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, with a raft of "Star Wars" sequels in the works, is joining the USC School of Cinematic Arts (Sca) Board of Councilors, announced Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. Typically, Kennedy joins a board comprised entirely of film and TV industry alpha males, except for alpha female Shonda Rhimes: Chair Frank Price, Frank Biondi, Jr., Barry Diller, Lee Gabler, David Geffen, Jim Gianopulos, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Levine, George Lucas, Michael Lynton, Don Mattrick, Bill M. Mechanic, Barry Meyer, Les Moonves, Sidney Poitier, John Riccitiello, Barney Rosenzweig, Scott Sassa, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Tsuijihara, John Wells, Jim Wiatt, Paul Junger Witt and Robert Zemeckis. Prior to joining Lucasfilm in 2012 to take over the reins from George Lucas, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she »
- Anne Thompson
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