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For Sid Sharma (Sendhil Ramamurthy), life has not quite worked out the way he planned. A thirty-something disillusioned architect struggling to save his failing marriage, Sid stumbles through his days on a self-destructive path while holding his wife’s beloved cat hostage. Meanwhile Ashok (Roshan Seth), Sid’s estranged and widowed father living in Boston, decides to make a last-minute trip to La for an academic conference. When Ashok arrives at Sid’s doorstep unannounced, the two men begin a journey to mend their strained relationship until Sid discovers the true purpose behind his father’s visit – a woman with whom he had an affair years ago.
Starring Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast, Covert Affairs, Heroes, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife), BAFTA nominated actor Roshan Seth (Gandhi, Indiana Jones, Monsoon Wedding), Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen (Back To The Future Part 3, Melvin and Howard, Gulliver’s Travels), Justin Bartha »
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Five promising AFI Conservatory graduates have won awards from the film institute’s community of supporters.
The grads from the class of 2014 received grants for excellence in their thesis work.
The William J. Fadiman Award for Screenwriting — worth $15,000 — was awarded to Emily Ackerman for her screenplay “Higher” and Derek Ustruck for his screenplay “Yi Qi.” The award recognizes achievement in screenwriting.
The Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award was given to director Stefan Kubicki for the film “Against Night,” which was also nominated for a 2015 Student Academy Award in the narrative category. The $15,000 prize is doled out annually to a director whose performance embodies the spirit of its documentarian namesake.
- Jacob Bryant
Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed by Sydney Pollack – who had recently handled the likes of Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford – to star someone like Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman. »
- Andre Soares
'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision »
- Andre Soares
Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering TV director, died Aug. 4 at her home in Santa Monica. She was 96.
Swift worked her way up the ranks from production gopher to assistant director to helmer while CBS was in its infancy as a TV network. She directed episodes of such anthology series as “Studio One,” “Suspense” and “The Web.” Later in her career she worked on “Dark Shadows” and had a 14-year run on the ABC soap “Ryan’s Hope.”
Swift was mentored by “Studio One” producer Worthington Miner and prominent helmers including Franklin Schaffner and Paul Nickell. In 1950 she was tapped to replace Schaffner as a lead director on “Studio One.” Among her notable episodes was a two-part adaptation of “Little Women” starring Nancy Marchand.
- Variety Staff
Read More: 'It Isn't Very Pretty... The Complete Films of John Waters' Heading to London Southbank This Fall This summer's Meltdown Festival is showing two classic blockbusters paired with live electric and orchestral soundtracks. For Talking Heads fans, it will be a must-see event, as David Byrne himself is curating the festival. On August 19th, Paul Thomas Anderson's Academy Award-winning film, "There Will Be Blood" will screen alongside Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood's score, as performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Conductor Hugh Brunt will lead the orchestra, as Greenwood will be performing on one of the first ever-electronic instruments, the ondes Martenot. This ridiculous instrument is the cherry on top of what already promises to be a one of a kind performance. The second film accompanied by a live soundtrack this season will be Franklin J. Schaffner's 1960s epic, "Planet of the Apes," which promises to show Charlton Heston on the. »
- Elle Leonsis
Director John Frankenheimer.
I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenheimer.
We instantly clicked the day we met at his home in Benedict Canyon, and spent most of the afternoon talking in his den. A friendship of sorts developed over the years, with visits to his office for screenings of the old Kinescopes he directed for shows like "Playhouse 90" during his salad days in live television during the 1950s.
We hadn't spoken for nearly a year in mid-2002 when the phone rang. It was John, who spoke in what can only be described as a "stentorian bark," like a general. "Alex!" he exclaimed. "John Frankenheimer." He could sense something was amiss with me. It was. My screenwriting career had stalled. My marriage was progressing to divorce. I had hit bottom. John knew that »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Master cinematographer and television director Caleb Deschanel will receive AFI's 25th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which has previously gone to the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Wally Pfister and fellow Dp Janusz Kaminski. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI Conservatory alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner, the Oscar-winning director of 1970's "Patton." An AFI grad from the class of 1969, Deschanel is a five-time Oscar nominee for "The Passion of the Christ," "The Patriot," "Fly Away Home," "The Natural" and "The Right Stuff." AFI cinematography alumni have been nominated 17 times across the past 12 years — winning five times. Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award for "The Patriot" and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asc in 2010. His directing credits »
- Ryan Lattanzio
American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.
The honour recognises the creativity of an AFI Conservatory alumnus “who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking.”
The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin in Hollywood on June 4.
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Cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel will receive the 2015 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, the organization announced today. The award recognizes the creative talents of an AFI Conservatory alumnus who “embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking.” The medal will be presented during the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin, taking place on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood. A… »
Deschanel is a 1969 alumnus of the AFI Conservatory. He’s been nominated for best cinematographer Oscars for “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Patriot” and “The Passion of the Christ.”
The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin on June 4. Past recipients of the medal include cinematographers Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.
Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for “The Patriot” and was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the Asc in 2010. He was also in the first class of the AFI Conservatory, »
- Dave McNary
'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury, »
- Andre Soares
'Nicholas and Alexandra': Movie starred Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. The elaborate sets and costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush musical score, and frequent David Lean collaborator Freddie Young's richly textured cinematography provide the perfect period atmosphere for this historical epic. Missing, however, is a screenplay that offers dialogue instead of speeches, and a directorial hand that brings out emotional truth instead of soapy melodrama. Nicholas and Alexandra begins when, after several unsuccessful attempts, Tsar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) finally becomes the father of a boy. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife, the German-born Empress Alexandra (Janet Suzman), have their happiness crushed when they discover that their infant son is a hemophiliac. In addition to his familial turmoil, the Tsar must also deal with popular »
- Andre Soares
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
The Directors Guild of America held the 67th annual DGA Awards Dinner in Los Angeles last night, during which Alejandro González Inarritu was honoured with the DGA Award for Oustanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Birdman.
Innaitu was nominated alongside Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), and the award makrs his second DGA success, having received the DGA Award for Commercials in 2012 for a Proctor and Gamble ad.
Here’s a full list of the winners…
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
“Transparent,” “Best New Girl” (Amazon Prime)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series »
- Gary Collinson
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