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Bryan Forbes dies at 86: Directed Katharine Hepburn, Leslie Caron, the original The Stepford Wives Director Bryan Forbes, whose films include the then-daring The L-Shaped Room, the all-star The Madwoman of Chaillot, and the original The Stepford Wives, has died "after a long illness" at his home in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Forbes was 86. Born John Theobald Clarke on July 22, 1926, in London, Bryan Forbes began his film career as an actor in supporting roles in British productions of the late 1940s, e.g., Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Small Back Room / Hour of Glory and Thornton Freeland’s Dear Mr. Prohack. Another twenty or so movie roles followed in the ’50s, including those in Ronald Neame’s The Million Pound Note / Man with a Million (1954), supporting Gregory Peck, and Carol Reed’s The Key (1958), supporting Sophia Loren and William Holden. Bryan Forbes director Despite his relatively prolific output in the previous decade, »
- Andre Soares
Nicholson and Hoffman: 85th Academy Awards list of presenters completed Multiple Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson have been added to the roster of presenters at this year's Academy Awards show, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Pictured above: Academy Awards ceremony in 1980, with winners Stanley R. Jaffe, Robert Benton, Meryl Streep, and Dustin Hoffman.) Dustin Hoffman's Academy Awards nominations Hoffman has been nominated for a total of 7 Best Actor Oscars. He won twice, for Robert Benton's broken-family drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), with Meryl Streep, and Barry Levinson's fraternal drama Rain Man (1988), with Tom Cruise. Hoffman's other Academy Award nominations were for the following movies: Mike Nichols' comedy The Graduate (1967), with Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross; John Schlesinger's social drama Midnight Cowboy (1969), with Jon Voight; Bob Fosse's psychological drama Lenny (1974), with Valerie Perrine; Sydney Pollack's comedy Tootsie (1982), with Jessica Lange »
- Anna Robinson
The Western is a genre which is somewhat unique in the way it can be both serious and fun, often at the same time. While some works are defiantly one or the other, The Searchers is a film for which “fun” is essentially absent for instance, they are wish-fulfillment films which also get a sense of the profound. Looking at Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid from the outside, it would be easy to think that the film is entirely light-hearted, indeed even the tagline proudly exclaims “Just For The Fun Of It!” but on this first watch, it struck me just how much the film feels like an ode to realising that at a certain point in life you have to either accept what’s coming, and eventually what comes to everyone, or die in a stubborn bid to prove that you can always live at your highest.
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- Ian Loring
Bad news for storytellers: the kind of movie amnesia we're used to, in which somebody wakes up and can't remember who they are, doesn't exist in reality. If you've lost you're memory so far back that you're name is gone, you'd also be unable to talk and probably unable to move about. The only time we forget who we are, possibly, is in dreamless sleep, but who knows what's happening then?
Still, filmmakers have made entertaining use of this fictitious complaint (lost time is real; lost identity is not), and Mister Buddwing (1966) is a good example. Waking up in Central Park, James Garner can't recall who he is, even though it's obvious to us that he's James Garner. Taking a temporary name from a passing Budweiser truck and the wing of a plane, he follows the only clue in his possession, a phone number, which leads him to Angela Lansbury, »
- David Cairns
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