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Eve Brent Dies: Jane in two Gordon Scott Tarzan Movies, Cate Blanchett's Grandmother in Benjamin Button

5 September 2011 6:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eve Brent, best remembered for playing Jane twice opposite Gordon Scott's Tarzan, died August 27 of "natural causes" at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley, Calif. She was either 81 or 82. Initially billed as either Jean Lewis or Jean Ann Lewis, Eve Brent's show business career in films and on television lasted nearly six decades. The Houston-born actress appeared in about three dozen movies, ranging from a small part in Bruno VeSota's crime drama Female Jungle (1955), featuring Lawrence Tierney and Jayne Mansfield, to playing Cate Blanchett's grandmother in David Fincher's Oscar nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Almost invariably in small supporting roles or bit parts, Brent could also be seen in the Jean Simmons vehicle The Happy Ending (1969), George Seaton's all-star blockbuster Airport (1970), the Charles Bronson Western The White Buffalo (1976), Frank Darabont's 1999 Best Picture Oscar nominee The Green Mile ("a lovely experience, »

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Daily Briefing. Film Comment, Acidemic, American Punk

3 September 2011 5:49 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »


As noted in the roundup on A Dangerous Method, Amy Taubin's cover story on David Cronenberg's new film opens a New York Film Festival preview package in the new Film Comment … Erich Kuersten introduces "The Nordics," the new Acidemic issue with contributions from Steven Shaviro, Kim Morgan and more … The Harvard Film Archive's series American Punk runs through September 15 and, as Victoria Large, tells us, Not Coming to a Theater Near You will be all over it … Mark Cousins's "ten films that changed the world" … Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are both working on new projects … Noah Baumbach may adapt Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections for HBO … Jean Lewis played Jane to Gordon Scott's Tarzan twice before Samuel Fuller changed her name to Eve Brent; she was 82.

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Literary adventure heroes the movies mangled

22 August 2011 5:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Conan. James Bond. Tarzan. Terence looks at these, and other literary characters who were changed by movie-makers on their way to the big screen...

Adapting literary heroes to the screen is a tough dilemma for filmmakers. With the possible exception of the Harry Potter phenomenon, the vast majority of a potential movie audience often has little or no familiarity with any given character's literary exploits. The end result can often be frustrating for fans of the original stories, especially when movies make too many arbitrary changes, or even do away with the spirit and intentions of the books entirely.

Conan The Barbarian, the latest rendering of Robert E Howard's pulp fantasy hero, swung its way into cinemas last week. While critics and fans are divided over its merits, most agree that it's at least more faithful and better made than such Howard adaptations as Conan The Destroyer or Kull The Conqueror. »

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