That’s not to take anything away from the superb entertainment Skyfall is, or the sentimentally treasured place the Bonds hold. It’s only to say that where there was once just the one, there are now many.
The blacklist, which ended some 55 years ago, is still a polarizing issue.
There is no doubt that blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman felt betrayed by Kramer in connection with the 1952 masterpiece High Noon. Foreman, who died in 1984 and was a longtime friend of Chetwynd’s, said as much in a lengthy letter to New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther after his glowing review of the film. Foreman never forgave Kramer for denying him associate producer credit on the film. Foreman
The decision to give the Texas Republican its American Spirit Award had polarized the caucus’ membership, with internal objections leading to an emergency meeting of the executive committee Monday, which upheld the decision to honor Cruz. The caucus traditionally hands out American Spirit Awards to a Republican and a Democrat (California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be the choice on the liberal side this year, though it is unclear whether the Cruz controversy would affect his decision to accept it). Other prominent conservatives have received the award in the past, including include Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-ca) and Eric Cantor (R-va), but none has been as polarizing or anti-union as Cruz.
Co-founded in 1977 by Hollywood liberal icon Norman Lear,
As a coda to the Sos’s James Bond salute, there’s still a point I think deserves to be made.
The Bond franchise which has been with us so long, has become so deeply entrenched in popular culture, that we often forget what it was that first distinguished the Bonds a half-century ago. Skyfall might be one of the best of the Bonds, and even, arguably, one of the best big-budget big-action flicks to come along in quite a while, but it’s not alone. The annual box office is – and has been, for quite some time – dominated by big, action-packed blockbusters of one sort of another.
Earlier this month, humorist Ricky Gervais presented his arguments for atheism and why he thought he was a better Christian than many Christians. In follow-up essays, Lee Strobel gave his take on Easter and Tony and Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth offered her take on being a believer in world of make-believe. In this final installment, Tim Lahaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series, presents his thoughts on Easter and the movies.
DAP president Guido DeAngelis said the Callas project, to be shot next year, will also be co-produced by crystal producer Swarovski, whose bling was often worn by the iconic opera star on stage and off.
DeAngelis and Canadian co-producer the Fremantle Corp. are also prepping the $28 million, 12-hour mini-series "Titanic: The Untold Story of How it All Began," for a May 2011 shoot in Ireland.
Also on board the "Titanic" TV series as co-producers are Future Films, Play Productions France, the Irish Film Authority and Wilshire Films USA.
DeAngelis said the sinking of the Titanic has already been told widely, not least by James Cameron. The Fremantle/Dap dramatization, originally created in Italy for
Italian broadcaster MediaSet earlier picked up the broadcast rights to "The Merchant of Flowers" TV drama, which will be shot in Italy as a Canadian-European co-production and sold into the international market.
The project, set against the backdrop of international sex slavery, is the first in a slate of TV dramas from Toronto-based Fremantle and Italian partner Dap.
"For me this is one of those rare opportunities to deal with a true infection of the human spirit in an uncompromising way," Chetwynd said in a statement.
The cable news channel is "completely out of control," said writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat.
She added that she would prefer a lunch date with right-leaning Fox News star Sean Hannity over left-leaning MSNBC star Keith Olbermann.
Olbermann was criticized by many who attended Monday's luncheon sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was dubbed "Hollywood, America and Election '08."
Bloodworth-Thomason and others seemed especially critical of the way MSNBC -- and other media -- has attacked Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while demeaning her supporters.
"We should stop the demonizing," she said, adding that Democrats have been worse than Republicans as far as personal attacks on candidates are concerned.
In addition, the caucus on Wednesday announced the nominees for its producer, writer, director and actor-producer awards, which will be handed out Dec. 7 at the annual Caucus Awards black-tie gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Herskovitz, who also is president of the Producers Guild of America, recently launched with Edward Zwick a Web series on MySpace titled Quarterlife, which "keep(s) with the intent of the New Vision Award," according to awards chair Chuck Fries, who said the series is "on the cutting edge of new-media content production and distribution."
Herskovitz's other credits include the series thirtysomething, My So-Called Life and Once and Again and films including Legends of the Fall, Traffic, I Am Sam, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond.
The nominated producers are the teams of Paul Attanasio & Katie Jacobs and Silvio Horta & Salma Hayek as well as David Chase, Doug Ellin and Jon Stewart. Writer nominees are Bill Blinn, Lionel Chetwynd, Larry Gelbart, David Mamet and Shonda Rhimes.
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