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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85

Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85
Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.

Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.

Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director,
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Film Review: ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’

Film Review: ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’
A flat-footed stage piece gets a better screen interpreter than it deserves in Gena Rowlands, a delight to watch even in the creaky, listless affair that is “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.” Adapted by Richard Alfieri from his own widely produced play, and directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman (who helmed the original 2003 Broadway production), this two-hander about a Florida retiree and her gay dance instructor serves up lessons in tolerance and acceptance that feel as stale and inauthentic as the characters’ ready-made tragic backstories. Still, the popularity of the source material and the rare prospect of seeing Rowlands in a substantial movie role should give the English-language Hungarian production a commercial boost in DVD/VOD play following a brief waltz through theaters.

A ballroom full of dancing extras and a brief reckless-driving scene provide some obligatory “opening up” of this bare-bones two-hander, which consists of little more than the
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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks | Review

Dance, Fools, Dance: Performances Elevate Seidelman’s Stagnant Adaptation

Marking the fifth film collaboration between director Arthur Allan Seidelman and writer Richard Alfieri is Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the adaptation of the latter’s Broadway play. It’s garish, highly photo-shopped poster places an uncomfortable and off putting stress on the film’s marketing campaign, which seems to be geared toward senior audiences attracted to headlining screen legend Gena Rowlands. Seidelman surpasses these limiting expectations with a product that ends up being incredibly sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess, which is glaringly evident whenever it turns away from the unique energy of its two leads.

Struggling Broadway actor turned dance instructor, Michael Minetti (Cheyenne Jackson) has been forced to relocate to his childhood hometown in Florida. There, he is forced to take a job utilizing the only skills available to him, but
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Gena Rowlands of Seniors Onscreen: "You Can't Think People Don't Count Because They're Old"

Richard Alfieri's 2001 play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is finally jumping from the Geffen Playhouse stage to the big screen — and at the right time as well. "Movies nowadays have gotten pretty bloody — there are not too many that I would go rush out and see," admitted star Gena Rowlands to guests of an intimate lunch last week at New York City's 21 Club, hosted by Ellen Burstyn. "This movie, I thought, showed how much love there is in the world, and you can love anybody. ... Love is love and there's plenty of it here, if

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Politically Active Actress Bergen Made into Nixon's 'Enemies List'

Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (image: Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. late 1950s) (See previous article: "Polly Bergen Movies: First U.S. Woman President.") As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise — the first United States woman president as a palpable reality — Kisses for My President, written by veteran Paramount screenwriter Claude Binyon (Search for Beauty, The Gilded Lily) and newcomer Robert G. Kane (whose sole other movie credit was the poorly received Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Western Villain), was an unabashedly reactionary, "traditional family values" effort. Ironically, Polly Bergen, for her part, was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat. At around the time Kisses for My President was released, Bergen, along with Gregory Peck, James Garner, and other Hollywood personalities, publicly came out against California's Proposition 14, a 1964 ballot initiative that would have nullified the Rumford Fair Housing Act, thus paving the way for
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Photo Flash: First Look at Leslie Caron and David Engel in Laguna Playhouse's Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors,Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie A Chorus Line and directed by Michael Arabian Waiting for Godot. Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks also features six-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below
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Jacki Weaver Joins Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks Cast

Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) and Julian Sands ( A Room With A View, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) have been added to the cast of Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, the feature film based on Richard Alfieri ’s international hit play of the same name.

Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson, Rita Moreno, Kathleen Rose Perkins (Showtime’s Episodes), Anthony Zerbe and Simon Miller were previously set for lead roles.

“We’re particularly excited to have Jacki Weaver join the cast as a follow-up to her Oscar-nominated role in Silver Linings Playbook,” said producer Andras Somkuti. “She, Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Julian Sands reflect the caliber of actors that our casting director Paul Ruddy has reached out to for key roles in the film.”

Filming is underway at Astra Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary, to be followed by location shoots in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Arthur Allan Seidelman,
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Casting News: Dormer, Barton, Sands

Elementary

"Game of Thrones" and "The Tudors" star Natalie Dormer has been cast in the pivotal role of Irene Adler in the CBS drama "Elementary". Dormer's three-episode arc begins on May 9th.

The character was the his first and only love of Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes. Her mysterious murder by Sherlock's nemesis Moriarty caused his downward spiral into drug addiction. [Source: The Live Feed]

Fast Life

Mischa Barton has signed on to star in Rock Jacobs' indie drama "Fast Life" which Jessie Rusu is producing. Shooting begins this Summer in Los Angeles.

The story centers around an ad executive who falls in with an unsavory fast money crowd, only to be drawn to its antithesis when introduced to an unimpressed young woman (Barton). [Source: Variety]

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Julian Sands has joined the cast of Richard Alfieri's film adaptation of his Broadway play "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks". Shooting begins Monday in Budapest.
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Julian Sands To Take ‘Six Dance Lessons’ (Exclusive)

Julian Sands To Take ‘Six Dance Lessons’ (Exclusive)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” thesp Julian Sands has joined “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” rounding out the cast of the feature film version of the Broadway play.

The British thesp will portray the owner of the dance studio where a dance instructor (played by Cheyenne Jackson) teaches ballroom dancing to a Florida retiree (Gena Rowlands). Jacki Weaver, Rita Moreno, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Anthony Zerbe and Simon Miller are also in the cast.

Movie is based on Richard Alfieri’s play of the same name. Shooting began Monday in Budapest.

Budapest-based Docler Entertainment is producing, in association with Los Angeles-based Entpr. Producers are Gyorgy Gattyan, Andras Somkuti and Thomas H. Brodek.

Arthur Allan Seidelman, who directed legit productions on Broadway, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and on London’s West End, is also directing the movie version based on Alfieri’s adaptation.
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Jacki Weaver Joins 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks Comedy!

6 Dance Lesons In 6 Weeks, is that even possible? Apparently it is, so you better get ready for another romantic comedy which comes from director Allan Seidelman! The whole thing is based on Richard Alfieri‘s Broadway play, and what definitely sounds great is that Jacki Weaver has joined the cast which already includes Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson. Allan Seidelman will direct the project from Alfieri’s script which revolves around: …an elderly woman who hires a much younger and much more energetic dance instructor to give her one-on-one lessons for six weeks. Throughout the weeks and lessons, they develop an intimate friendship, putting aside...

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Casting Net: Chloe Moretz in talks for 'Dark Places'; Plus, Jennifer Garner, Selena Gomez, more

Casting Net: Chloe Moretz in talks for 'Dark Places'; Plus, Jennifer Garner, Selena Gomez, more
Chloë Moretz just can’t stay away from the macabre. The Kick-Ass 2 star is currently in talks to join the adaptation of (former EW writer) Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. In the novel, Libby Day (who will be played by Charlize Theron) revisits the gruesome reality of her youth (at 7, she testified against her 15-year-old brother Ben for the murder of their mother) 25 years later. Alternating between flashbacks to the time when the murder and conviction took place and the present, Moretz would play the character of Diondra Wertzner — Ben’s girlfriend in the flashbacks. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) is set to direct.
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Rita Moreno Joins ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’

Rita Moreno Joins ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’
Rita Moreno, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Anthony Zerbe and Simon Miller have joined the cast of the feature version of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.”

Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Ann-Margret have been cast previously in the movie, based on Richard Alfieri’s play of the same name. Filming is set to start April 8 in Budapest.

Budapest-based Docler Entertainment is producing in association with Los Angeles-based Entpr. Producers are Gyorgy Gattyan, Andras Somkuti and Thomas H. Brodek; exec producers are Jerry Offsay, Marc Platt and Bruno Gyorgy.

Arthur Allan Seidelman, who directed legit productions on Broadway, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and on London’s West End, is also directing the movie version from Alfieri’s adaptation.

Story centers on a retired woman, played by Rowland, who hires a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons — one per week for six weeks— in her condo in Florida.
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Meme: Kellan Lutz' Rubdown, Cheyenne Jackson Replaces Sean Hayes In "6 Dances," and Rebel Wilson Straddles Channing Tatum For MTV

In his new film Java Heat, Kellan Lutz does bare-chested pull-ups from the ceiling, no-feet pushups, then decides to get a Thai massage, baring his perfectly sculpted behind in these Nsfw shots. Sadly, when he flips over, there's a man blocking the shot just perfectly. The director should be fired.

In what has to be the funniest news to come out of Vatican City in a while, the Vatican bought a share in a giant Roman apartment block that just happens to house the largest gay men's sauna in Europe. The priests will have a short commute.

Third place The X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney has come out as gay. ”Do you know what, I’m going to admit it – yeah. Honestly, I’ve never denied it or anything like that. It’s just that with the show it was always an inappropriate time or people just asked inappropriate questions.
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Sean Hayes To Star In Indie ‘6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks’

Exclusive: On the heels of his comedy pilot getting picked up by NBC, Sean Hayes is finalizing a deal for the lead opposite Gena Rowlands in the independent movie 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks, based on Richard Alfieri’s play. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman from a screenplay by Alfieri, 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks is described as a touching comedy about a retired woman, Lily Harrison (Rowlands), who hires a handsome, energetic dance instructor, Michael Minetti (Hayes), to give her private dance lessons —one per week for six weeks— in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Andras Somkuti is producing the film, with Marc Platt and Jerry Offsay executive producing. Since its Los
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"Dark Of The Moon" But No Transformers

Chalk this up to a titular coincidence with the upcoming "Transformers" sequel to which it bears no connection.

Entpro, ArtReach and Paul Mason have teamed to pick up the film and stage musical rights to Howard Richardson and William Berney's 1945 Appalachian Mountain-set play "Dark of the Moon" reports Variety.

Based on the folksong "The Ballad of Barbara Allen", the story centres on an Appalachian witch boy who attempts to become human after he falls in love with a human girl.

Scribe Richard Alfieri will pen both the stage musical and the film adaptation, while Arthur Allan Seidelman will direct both incarnations. The musical hopes to hit Broadway in early 2012. No word on the film's schedule yet.
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Screen Version of Supernatural Appalachian Tale ‘Dark of the Moon’ in the Works

Screen Version of Supernatural Appalachian Tale ‘Dark of the Moon’ in the Works
Well, this could be confusing. The third Transformers film is subtitled Dark of the Moon, but there's an older tale that shares that name, and now a film based on the original Dark of the Moon is edging towards development. This alternate story with the same name features no giant bearded robots on the moon, but it might be just the thing for those who have no interest in that sort of thing. The earlier version is set in the Appalachians and follows John, "a witch boy who seeks to become human after falling in love with a human girl, Barbara Allen." Classic setup, right? In 1939 Howard Richardson dramatized a folk song 'The Ballad of Barbara Allen,' and in 1945 his friend William Berney did some additional work on the script and the play premiered on Broadway. So there's a supernatural Appalachian musical floating out there, and producers have bought
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First Serve picks up 'Revolutions' film rights

First Serve Prods. has acquired film rights to "Revolutions," a Richard Alfieri play being staged at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.

First Serve chief Jerry Hanks said the play's director, Arthur Allan Seidelman, will helm the big-screen adaptation. Alfieri and Seidelman also teamed on "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," which producers Marc Platt, Jerry Offsay, Mark Harris and Jan Korbelin are developing as a film with Seidelman attached to direct.

Stage productions also are planned in New York and L.A. for "Revolutions," a college-reunion yarn that flashes back to the 1960s.

Based in L.A. and New Mexico, First Serve also is developing coming-of-age film "Chrome Bike" and TV miniseries "A Story of the Renaissance," an eight-hour production set in Italy.
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News: Movie Legend In 2009 Specials?

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According to press reports today, actress Claire Bloom - best known for appearing in Laurence Olivier's film version of Richard III (1955), as well as being married to actor Rod Steiger - has been cast in either or both of the final Tenth Doctor 2009 Specials The 78 year old star - who most recently appeared in BBC One's New Tricks in 2008 and on stage in London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Richard Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks alongside Billy Zane also appeared...
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Glenn, Keitel hit indie pic 'Squeeze'

Glenn, Keitel hit indie pic 'Squeeze'
NEW YORK -- Scott Glenn and Harvey Keitel are joining the indie feature Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, based on the novel by The Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller. The project -- shooting in Mexico -- is a romantic thriller about an American government hit man who is on the run and enlists the aid of two innocent travelers in his desperate attempt to escape through the wilds of Mexico. Miguel Sandoval, Craig Wasson, Jonathan Brandis and newcomer Giovanna Zacarias also star. Arthur Allan Seidelman is directing the script by Richard Alfieri, Craig Fernandez and Ami Canaan Mann. Robert Katz and Carolyn S. Chambers are producing. Glenn is repped by ICM. Keitel is repped by Endeavor.

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