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Ever wonder why “In the Heat of the Night” beat “The Graduate” and “Bonnie and Clyde” for Best Picture Oscar in 1968? Well, as Bobby Kennedy told director Norman Jewison when he presented the movie with the New York Film Critics Award, “Norman, timing is everything.”
It’s hard to believe that the movie came out 50 years ago. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger lit up the screen in the racially-charged murder mystery that not only captured the Civil Rights zeitgeist but also delivered a damn good drama. On April 6, the TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates that anniversary with a gala opening night screening at the Chinese Theatre IMAX on Hollywood Boulevard, attended by Jewison, Poitier, producer Walter Mirisch, Lee Grant, and composer Quincy Jones.
Considered an underdog that year, “Heat” took home five Oscars, including Best Actor for Steiger, Stirling Siliphant’s Best Adapted Screenplay, Hal Ashby’s Editing, and Sound Mixing. »
- Bill Desowitz
5 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
was a young Canadian filmmaker who had made the transition from TV when producer Walter Mirisch sent him a script. Written by Stirling Silliphant, it was a low-budget drama set in the South — an adaptation of a 1965 novel by John Ball — about a black police detective who gets caught up in a murder investigation. Jewison liked it immediately, but he put Silliphant through six months of rewrites to create what would became 1967's In the Heat of the Night. The film won five Oscars, including best picture, adapted screenplay and lead actor for Rod »
- Norman Jewison, as told to Stephen Galloway
This video has been all over the internet today and I feel like I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t post it. And when I say everywhere I’m talking CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, every viable news outlet you can think of. So who am I to try and act all mighty like I’m above this? Non one’s above poop humor let alone the kind that involves a chimpanzee throwing his own poop in a Grandma’s face. A YouTube video posted Sunday by zookeeper Erin Vargo captured the entire incident. It started with the chimpanzee getting
Chimpanzee Poop Incident Gives Pause To Visit the John Ball Zoo in Michigan »
- Nat Berman
Grandma won't be going to the zoo anymore... An elderly woman paid a visit to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently and was greeted by a disgusting surprise from a cheeky chimpanzee—a moment that was all caught on camera. YouTuber Jacob Mitchell shared the video of the chimp getting riled up in his cage, bouncing up and down before fiercely launching some of his feces into the crowd of onlookers above his enclosure. The poo ended up hitting "grandma" right in the face, landing on her nose and sticking there for a solid amount of time. Though the people around her couldn't help but giggle over the incident, poor grandma was none too please, »
When Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning film In The Heat Of The Night was released in 1967, the world was a different place. Americans were embroiled in an acrimonious national conversation on race relations, white supremacist organizations were making alliances with law-enforcement agencies, and cinema was coming into its own as a platform for thoughtful social commentary. Today, movie theaters are almost exclusively for superhero adaptations. But now we have cable television, and since most of the rest of that stuff remains unchanged, that’s where the rebooted version of In The Heat Of The Night will soon be found, as Deadline reports.
Based upon John Ball’s 1965 novel, the original cinematic version starred Sidney Poitier as a black police detective from Philadelphia who gets caught up in a murder investigation in a rural Mississippi town and must work alongside a less-than-progressive white local police chief played by Rod Steiger ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
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