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Kolar was born in Moravia in the Czech Republic to a diplomat and got his first taste of entertainment as a child actor, before becoming an assistant director in Europe on commercials, television projects and features.
He lived in London in the late 1970s and produced fringe theatre before moving to the Us in 1979 where he built a name for himself as a production executive, notching up numerous line producer and producer credits.
After stints as vice-president of production at Fireline Productions, a subsidiary of the Armand Hammer Company, and CEO at Crossover Films Ent, Kolar worked as a line producer. His credits included Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery, Street Smart starring Morgan Freeman, Master Of The Universe with Dolph Lundgren »
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Veteran film producer Evzen Kolar died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 67.
Born in the Czech Republic, Kolar began his film and television career as a child actor. He later became an assistant director, working throughout Europe on commercials, television projects, and features, and produced fringe theater in London before moving to the U.S. in 1979.
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In addition to his role as vice president of production at Fireline Productions and CEO at Crossover Films Ent., Kolar line-produced a number of features, including “Never Say Never Again” with Sean Connery as James Bond, “Street Smart” starring Morgan Freeman, “Bat 21” with Gene Hackman and Danny Glover, and “Storyville” starring James Spader and Jason Robards.
Kolar established his own production company, Kpi Entertainment, in 1993. There, he produced films such as “Surf Ninjas,” the cult comedy staring Rob Schneider and Leslie Nielsen; the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Inferno”; and “Bride of the Wind »
- Rebecca Rubin
“I want to know everything about his personal life. Does he frequent those pathetic bars? What other homosexual facilities does he go to? What deviant groups does he secretly belong to?”
Philadelphia screens Saturday, July 1st at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). This is the eighth and final film in their ‘Tribute to Jonathan Demme’ The movie starts at 8:00pm.
Director Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia (1993) is a story about the courage of Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks who won his first Oscar for this), who needs to put closure to his life. Of course, he is gay and a victim of AIDS. He has been let go from his job because the higher ups (embodied by Jason Robards) in his firm, filled with misinformation and prejudice, think he will transmit his disease to others. It is. But it was really common when this film was made. Andrew is »
- Tom Stockman
Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.
The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released »
- Tom Stockman
June 17 marks the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, a seemingly low-profile incident that quickly ballooned into an international incident and exposed a huge web of deceit. Among the many results was the eventual resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.
Five men were arrested while breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex in 1972. The Carl Bernstein-Bob Woodward book, “All the President’s Men,” came out only two years later, and in 1976, Warner Bros. released the acclaimed film from director Alan Pakula, writer William Goldman, and starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
Redford was a driving force behind the film, which is remarkable for the speed of its completion. Most ripped-from-the-headlines projects end up as quickie TV movies, or else they languish in studio development for years.
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The Watergate events electrified the world and people became addicted to the TV coverage, »
- Tim Gray
“No one seems to love or understand me. Oh what hard luck stories they all hand me”
Paul Le Mat is an average Joe named Melvin E. Dummar in Melvin And Howard (1980) an effective combination of drama and comedy from director Jonathan Demme. Melvin often finds it difficult to make ends meet, no matter what line of work he’s in. Then, one day, it seems as if his luck might change. A stranger leaves on his desk a will proclaiming Melvin to be one of 16 heirs to the fortune of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. Once upon a time, Melvin had given a lift to an aged, decrepit looking individual (Jason Robards) who claimed to be Hughes. The »
- Tom Stockman
Easily the most mellow of the films of Sam Peckinpah, this relatively gentle western fable sees Jason Robards discovering water where it ain’t, and establishing his private little way station paradise, complete with lover Stella Stevens and eccentric preacher David Warner. Some of the slapstick is sticky but the sexist bawdy humor is too cute to offend . . . and Peckinpah-phobes will be surprised to learn that the movie is in part a musical.
1970 / 1:85 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date June 6, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring Jason Robards Jr., Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Peter Whitney, Gene Evans, William Mims, Kathleen Freeman, Susan O’Connell, Vaughn Taylor, Max Evans, James Anderson.
Cinematography: Lucien Ballard
Art Direction: Leroy Coleman
Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Produced by Sam Peckinpah »
- Glenn Erickson
On March 24, 1976, Variety reported that George Lucas had begun filming “Star Wars,” an $8 million film for Fox, in Tunisia. Alec Guinness would play “a bearded old desert rat who was once a leading general in galactic wars.” The article continued that the three younger leads hadn’t yet been revealed, but a few weeks later, Mark Hamill was announced as Luke Starkiller — yes, that was his name then — in “the outer-space comedy-adventure.”
After the movie’s May 25, 1977, opening, our front page proclaimed “Star Wars Best Start Since Jaws,” citing the nearly $2.6 million at 43 locations (an average of almost $60,000 per theater). On June 10, Variety reported “The direct cost of the film was about $10 million. Fox has 60% of the profits, Lucas 40% (from which he dealt out points to others). Break-even is estimated in the neighborhood of $22 million-$25 million.”
In 2017, it’s shocking to think anyone even speculated about whether “Star Wars” would break even. »
- Tim Gray
The great filmmakers who came to prominence in the 1970s — and Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday, was one of them — had stylistic traits that made them iconically identifiable. Robert Altman had his multi-character hubbub, Martin Scorsese had his volcanic rock ‘n’ roll virtuosity, and Francis Ford Coppola had his lavishly scaled operatic grandeur. But Demme, vivid and stirring as his filmmaking voice was, had no such obvious signature. You could almost say that he was defined by his lack of signature.
What defined a Demme film was the open-eyed flow of its humanity, the way his camera drank in everyone on screen — it didn’t matter whether the character was a goofy truck driver, a derelict billionaire, the troubled wife of a mobster, a new wave rock ‘n’ roller, or a serial killer — and took the full measure of their life and spirit. For Demme, the magic of movies resided »
- Owen Gleiberman
Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing the 1991 Best Picture winner The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away earlier this morning at the age of 74. According to a source close to the family, the filmmaker passed from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. The filmmaker had been treated for esophageal cancer in 2010, and while he did recover, the cancer came back in 2015, and sources said his condition had deteriorated in recent weeks. We have assembled a number of tweets below from filmmakers and actors paying their respects to this iconic director.
IndieWire first broke the news this morning, as tributes have started to flood in from filmmakers such as Edgar Wright, James Wan and actors such as Denis Leary, Michael Chiklis and many more. Jonathan Demme was born February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York to Dorothy Louise (Rogers) and Robert Eugene Demme, a public relations executive. »
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday in New York of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. He was 73 years old.
Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash, a critical triumph, and introduced moviegoers to Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic serial with a yen for Chianti, fava beans, and cannibalism. The story of a novice FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) on the trail of a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Though he had his greatest success terrifying audiences, most of Demme’s work was looser and quirkier. In particular, he showed a great humanism and an empathy for outsiders in the likes of “Melvin and Howard, »
- Brent Lang and Carmel Dagan
Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017
The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...
What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.
Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect »
As confirmed by Variety, legendary insult comic Don Rickles—who is probably better known to younger people as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies—died this morning from kidney failure. He was 90.
Born in Queens and raised in a Yiddish-speaking household, Rickles described himself as the clown of his high school and, later, his naval unit. As an 18-year-old, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the intention of entering the Special Services as an entertainer; instead, he was put on board the U.S.S. Cyrene as a Seaman First Class. Rickles served in the Philippines for two years, returning to the U.S. in 1946 to begin his career as a performer in earnest.
- Sam Barsanti, Kyle Daly
By Darren Allison
Attending a film festival in the mid-seventies, Sam Peckinpah was once questioned about how the studios regularly bastardised his vision, his intension and more specifically, if he would ever be able to make a ''pure Peckinpah'' picture. He replied, '’I did 'Alfredo Garcia' and I did it exactly the way I wanted to. Good or bad, like it or not, that was my film.''
The overall narrative for Alfredo Garcia is neither complicated nor convoluted. Warren Oates plays Bennie, a simple pianist residing in a squalid barroom in Mexico. He is approached by two no-nonsense Americans (Robert Webber and Gig Young) who are attempting to track down Alfredo Garcia. The womanising Garcia is the man responsible for the pregnancy of Theresa (Janine Maldonado) the teenage daughter of a powerful Mexican boss El Jefe (Emilio Fernández). In a display of power, El Jefe offers »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Post is a drama about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.
The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967.
Jason Robards won a 1974 Best Supporting Actor Oscar portraying a Watergate-era Bradlee in All the President’s Men. In this film Hanks is set to play Bradlee, while Streep would play Graham.
- Paul Heath
Hanks will portray legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee while Streep will play the newspaper's publisher Kay Graham, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
The film focuses on the Post's battle against the federal government over the right to publish the top-secret documents from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's voluminous, warts-and-all account of the Vietnam War.
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Adding yet another title to his packed slate, Steven Spielberg‘s is partnering his Amblin Entertainment with Fox for The Post, which Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep will lead and which has a Liz Hannah-penned screenplay concerning one of the most horrifying pieces of information ever uncovered by American journalists. The stars will, respectively, play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham, whose discovery of documents known as the Pentagon Papers revealed the extent to which the then-recent Johnson administration had lied about the Vietnam war — the extent of various campaigns, the outright existence of others, and how effectively the battle was being waged. [Deadline]
The New York Times first published information that was then carried on by the Washington Post following Nixon and co’s attempts to squelch the leaks, thus linking the story, in some sense, to All the President’s Men, in which Bradlee was portrayed by Jason Robards. »
- Nick Newman
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Berlin Film Festival attendees were dropped into the San Fernando Valley back in 2000, when Paul Thomas Anderson screened his California-set ensemble drama Magnolia, Julianne Moore’s second film with her Boogie Nights director. Also starring Tom Cruise, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Robards and Patton Oswalt, among many others, the 188-minute tapestry of intertwining Los Angeles lives and their coincidental losses already had been met with mixed reviews in the weeks before its Berlinale gala screening.
The Hollywood Reporter summarized the debate as either “a masterful work of the cinematic arts or a self-indulgent day-in-our-lives concept »
- Ashley Lee
Who would follow up a tense, real-life political drama with a relaxed Western set in the 1940s? Alan J. Pakula, that's who. Pakula directed All the President's Men, which was released in April 1976, in the thick of the Watergate scandal. The movie received eight Academy Award nominations and won four, including Jason Robards for best supporting actor and William Goldman for best adapted screenplay. Released in October 1978, Comes a Horseman starred James Caan (?!), Jane Fonda and Jason Robards as ranchers in a gorgeous yet unidentified area of the western United States. Circa 1945, Frank 'Butch' Athearn (Caan) and Billy Joe Meynert (Mark Harmon, in the first film role for the former U.S. football player), are military veterans who have bought a small...
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Director Robert Ellis Miller died Friday in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 84.
According to his nephew, the Emmy-nominated director, known for films “Reuben, Reuben” and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” had been living at the Motion Picture Home for two years since his wife, documentarian Pola Chasman, died.
Miller had a varied career, working on features films, television films and on the board of the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also was responsible for elevating the profile of several well known actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Sondra Locke.
Beginning his career while a student at Harvard University, Miller served as president of the Harvard Dramatic Club before returning to his hometown of New York. There, during what he called his “repertory period,” he worked off-Broadway shows and in TV on the likes of “Route 66” and “The Twilight Zone.” This and other work earned »
- Dani Levy
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