11 items from 2013
Chicago – The TV show “Get Smart,” which had its original run on the NBC network from 1965-1970, was an oddball classic. Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the sitcom was a goofy satire on cold war politics of the 1960s, with a hapless operative named Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) working for the Control agency, spying against a foreign menace called Kaos. Barbara Feldon (Agent 99) and Bernie Kopell (Sigfried) were part of the supporting cast.
Feldon and Kopell were also part of The Hollywood Show, a two day gathering of favorite TV and movie stars to meet fans and sign autographs. The next show in Chicagoland will be at the Hilton Rosemont on September 7th and 8th, 2013 (details below the article). The Show will have over 30 celebrities in attendance, including Barbara Eden and Bill Daily (“I Dream of Jeannie”); Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”); Barry Livingston, Stanley Livingston and Tina Cole »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Twenty-seven new features will screen over the extended five-day anniversary event and there will be tributes to Robert Redford, T-Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers and Mohammad Rasoulof - and there has already been a Us acquisition.
While observers do not expect much buyer activity at the festival, Zeitgeist announced it had made a preemptive Us buy on Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s The Galapagos Affair (see below).
The Sony Pictures Classics team, RADiUS-twc, IFC, Fox Searchlight’s production head Claudia Lewis and president of Paramount Film Group Adam Goodman are among those expected to attend the Colorado event, which runs from Aug 29 through the additional day of programming on Sept 2.
The main programme features are:
All Is Lost, Robert RedfordBefore The Winter Chill (France) Philippe ClaudelBethlehem (Israel) Yuval AdlerBlue Is The Warmest Color (France) Abdellatif KechicheBurning Bush (Czech Republic) Agnieszka HollandDeath Row: Blaine Milam + Robert Fratta, Werner HerzogFifi Howls From Happiness, Mitra FarahaniThe »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Apart from the three sneak screening titles that will stir up the buzz in the coming days, Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy’s 40th edition of the Telluride Film Festival excels in bringing a concentration of solid docus from the likes of Errol Morris and Werner Herzog who this year cuts the ribbon on a theatre going by his name and introduces Death Row, a pinch of Berlin Film Fest items (Gloria, Slow Food Story, Fifi Howls from Happiness) Palme d’Or winner (this year Abdellatif Kechiche will be celebrated), upcoming Sony Pictures Classics items (Tim’s Vermeer, The Lunchbox), Venice to Telluride to Tiff titles (Bethlehem, Tracks and Under the Skin), the latest Jason Reitman film (Labor Day) and the barely known docu-home-movie whodunit (by helmers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine) The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden which features narration from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen. »
- Eric Lavallee
The lineup, unveiled Wednesday, includes Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; Robert Redford’s “All Is Lost”; Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern, who won the actor award at Cannes; Scarlett Johansson’s sci-fier “Under the Skin”; Gia Coppola’s debut “Palo Alto,” starring Emma Roberts; the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which won the Grand Prix at Cannes; Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; and Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Women.”
French love story “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, is the most prominent international title in a lineup that features several notable films that will head to the Toronto Intl. Film Festival including Cambodian doc “The Missing Picture, »
- Dave McNary
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
There’s a great scene in the opening moments of Robert Altman’s The Player where Tim Robbins’ puddle-deep studio exec is taking pitches from a grizzled old screenwriter played by Buck Henry. “Okay, here it is…,” the hack begins. “The Graduate… Part II. … 25 years later.” It’s supposed to be funny, and it is, especially since Buck Henry himself was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Graduate in 1967. It became even funnier — or sadder? — in »
- Jeff Labrecque
The beleaguered Hollywood screenwriter has rarely reached the upper pay echelons achieved by other studio talent categories. The best-paid ranks of legendary A-list screenwriters William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), Robert Towne ("Chinatown'), Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Aaron Sorkin ("A Social Network") still never commanded the exorbitant fees that actors and directors do. The paydays of the likes of "Pirates" scribes Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio or "X-Men" writer Simon Kinberg are also not public knowledge; studios pay many top rewriters and polishers huge weekly rates. Writer Buck Henry bought a house on his weekly salary (rumored to add up to about $3 million) for his open-ended stay through producer-star Warren Beatty's runaway "Town and Country" production. Back in the heyday of the speculative script market, the fantasy was to write a fabulously commercial original script and auction it in a bidding war for a fortune. Millionaires were made. »
- Anne Thompson
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award – America’s highest honor for a career in film. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Et. Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time having received the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to cinema, two AFI Awards, an Academy®Award, a Palme d’Or, Grammy® Award, two Emmys®, four Golden Globes®, a BAFTA and three DGA Awards. Scorsese’s body of work includes films such as The Departed, »
- Melissa Thompson
Field will direct and produce through his Standard Film Company with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Smuggler Films’ Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. Adam Kassan will oversee production for Cross Creek.
Field and Walter will write the screenplay. The story is set in 1962 off the Ligurian Sea on the Italian Coast, where an American actress comes to stay in a hotel owned by the family of a young man named Pasquale. The story is set in motion in Rome during the shooting of “Cleopatra” with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and also jumps to Hollywood and Florence.
Field produced, directed and co-wrote “In the Bedroom” in 2001 and “Little Children” in 2006.
- Dave McNary
Review by Sam Moffitt
I used to fantasize about going to Plato’s Retreat. The heyday of Plato’s was the late 1970s, during my time in the Navy. I still remember an article Playboy magazine ran about the first out in the open bath house/swing club for straight couples in American history. To say I was sexually frustrated during my time in service would be a major understatement, and not just from the long time spent at sea on a Navy warship, absent any female company. I had issues that had nothing to do with the Navy and which I will not go into in a movie review. Quite frankly the idea of being able to go into an open club and have sex with any woman on the premises, totally anonymous, no dating ritual, no games, sounded like pure heaven.
Now after seeing this excellent documentary about »
- Movie Geeks
The Five-Timers Club — the elite group of actors chosen to host Saturday Night Live at least five times — was first officially codified in 1990, when Steve Martin, Paul Simon, and Elliott Gould welcomed new member Tom Hanks to the group. This Saturday, the small group expands yet again as Justin Timberlake comes back; he is only the thirteenth member of the club, and the first new one since Bill Murray notched his fifth appearance in 1999. Back in the day, SNL repeated hosts way more often — Candice Bergen, Buck Henry, and Gould all hosted twice in the first season, for example. But for our purposes, we're only including people who've hosted at least once in the modern era, which we're calling the last twenty years; nothing against Henry's ten gigs, or Gould's six, but neither has hosted since 1980. (The musical guest when Gould last hosted? Kid Creole »
- Margaret Lyons
11 items from 2013
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