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6 items from 2009


Interview: 50 Years of Filmmaking With Martin Landau

2 November 2009 2:30 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The legendary Martin Landau was recently in Chicago with two films in special presentation at The 45th Annual Chicago International Film Festival - the classic “North by Northwest,” also releasing on Blu-Ray tomorrow, November 3rd, 2009, and the new drama “Lovely, Still,” co-starring Ellen Burstyn.

Very few actors will ever have an experience like Mr. Landau did at the film festival in October, bringing two experiences from such different eras of their working life. We spent a lot of time with Martin discussing what’s important to him as an actor and he made clear that it’s the arc of his character that’s essential to the projects he chooses.

Landau explains, “The interesting thing is that I’ve had an interesting cross-section of directors - Joe Mankiewicz, George Stevens, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Tim Burton, Francis Coppola, Woody Allen, Steve Spielberg. The good directors create a playground for »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Lyle Kessler to Hold UCLA Seminar

19 October 2009 1:08 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Actor Martin Landau, director Mark Rydell and playwright/screenwriter Lyle Kessler will conduct the Total Picture Seminar, an immersion course in the inter-relationship of film writing, acting and directing, Nov. 14-15 at UCLA. Rydell and Landau have been directors of Actors Studio West since the late '60; Kessler, also prominent in the Actors Studio program, has been director of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab."While there are ample instructions in the skills of each discipline, no one has taught the even more complex ways in which actors, writers and directors can collaborate on the most artistically rewarding level," Rydell said.The program will be "as interactive as is the process of film production," Landau added, with full participation by writer-students in the creation and filming of a series of five-minute, two-character plays to be filmed by one of the industry's top cinematographers.Professionals and students in each of the crafts can apply at thetotalpictureseminar. »

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Collaboration key in UCLA course

18 October 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Actor Martin Landau, director Mark Rydell and playwright/screenwriter Lyle Kessler will conduct the Total Picture Seminar, an immersion course in the inter-relationship of film writing, acting and directing, Nov. 14-15 at UCLA.

Rydell and Landau have been directors of Actors Studio West since the late '60; Kessler, also prominent in the Actors Studio program, has been director of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

"While there are ample instructions in the skills of each discipline, no one has taught the even more complex ways in which actors, writers and directors can collaborate on the most artistically rewarding level," Rydell said.

The program will be "as interactive as is the process of film production," Landau added, with full participation by writer-students in the creation and filming of a series of five-minute, two-character plays to be filmed by one of the industry's top cinematographers.

Professionals and students in each of the crafts can apply at thetotalpictureseminar. »

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UCLA to host Total Picture Seminar

29 September 2009 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Actor Martin Landau, director Mark Rydell and screenwriter Lyle Kessler will conduct a seminar, called "The Total Picture Seminar," focusing on the interplay between film writing, acting and directing, at UCLA from Nov. 14-15.

"While there are ample instructions in the skills of each discipline, no one has taught the even more complex ways in which actors, writers and directors can collaborate on the most artistically rewarding level," Rydell said.

The program will be "as active and interactive as is the process of film production," Landau added, with participants creating and filming a series of five-minute, two-character plays. »

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TV veteran Dick Berg dies at 87

2 September 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dick Berg, a prominent television writer and producer whose career ranged from live TV to movies of the week and longform programming, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 87.

His producing credits range from "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater" to the detective series "Checkmate" to the miniseries "Space" and "The Martian Chronicles."

With his wife of 63 years, Barbara, he also headed something of a modern-day Hollywood dynasty. Their sons are Icm chairman and CEO Jeff Berg, author A. Scott Berg, music producer and executive Tony Berg and producer and manager Rick Berg.

"More than anybody I can think of in television, my father proved to be extremely successful on a commercial level without every compromising quality," Scott Berg said. "It wasn't just that he had a great eye for talent -- especially writers -- but he really knew how to get the best out of everybody. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Mark Rydell Remembers Killing John Wayne...And Bette Midler!

17 June 2009 4:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Mark Rydell directing John Wayne in The Cowboys, above.)

By Jon Zelazny

(Note: This interview is also appearing at Eight Million Stories.)

June 11th marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of screen legend John Wayne. Most of the directors who made his classic films are of course long gone as well, so I was very pleased to sit down with Mark Rydell, director of The Cowboys (1972), the epic cattle drive saga most Western fans regard as Wayne’s last great starring role.

Rydell began directing theater in New York City in the early sixties, and went on to television and movies, including hits like The Rose (1979) and On Golden Pond (1981). We met at The Actors Studio in West Hollywood, where he and co-director Martin Landau continue to moderate acting classes.

Jon: When did you first join The Actors Studio?

Mark Rydell: The fifties. I went through the Neighborhood »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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