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Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Toyko, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib or Judgment At Nuremberg or Inherit The Wind.
Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say, it from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, you name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “”It’s what every actor tries to strive »
- Mindy Newell
Ron Weaver, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV producer who worked on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and who was part of the original team that created “Sesame Street,” died in his Los Angeles-area home on May 11. He was 75.
Renowned for his work on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver joined the skein as associate producer in 1986 and served as a member of the team, which included co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, that launched the series. Weaver climbed the ladder to senior producer and veep of Bbl, Inc., staying aboard the daytime drama ship for 27 years.
Prior to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver served as director of operations and production services for Children’s Television Workshop, where he worked on “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “3-2-1 Contact,” “Feeling Good” and “The Best of Families.” He also played a pivotal role in the international launch of »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The courtroom drama is one of the most reliably entertaining and rousing of movie genres, one that allows for great acting, shocking plot twists, and compelling themes concerning the justice system, ethics, morality and other such matters. The genre has produced some of the finest films of the classic Hollywood system, as well as more recent strong entries that continue the legacy of performance.
It hasn’t changed much over the course of history – but it really didn’t need to – as the stories these films tell fit comfortably within a specific framework. This article will focus on 10 outstanding examples of the courtroom genre, many of them produced within the old Hollywood system…
10. …And Justice For All
Al Pacino is in his 1970s prime in Norman Jewison’s 1979 …And Justice For All, in which he plays lawyer Arthur Kirkland, a man trying to get justice served in an often cruel and unfeeling justice system. »
- Andrew Edward Davies
Way back in 1897, the Moscow Art Theatre was born. Playwright Anton Chekhov collaborated with many actors and directors and in particular a man called Constantin Stanislavski, a man who pioneered method acting with what he called ‘Theatrical truth’.
Bounce forward a few decades later in the 1940′s and 50′s to the group theatre in New York city and a man called Lee Strasberg who, along with others at the now world famous ‘Actors Studio’, popularized the work of Stanislavski to create what is now known today as ‘Method’ acting. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman are just a few famous names to go through the actors studio, and are now possibly the most famous (with the exception of Daniel Day Lewis) advocates of getting into character by living and breathing every nuance of the world they inhabit.
Here listed for your discretion, is a »
- Shaun Lappin
Tacit assumptions are both the plague of and the creator of everyday conversation. You’ll have noticed this; someone will say something inane like “There are 9 planets in the galaxy!” and someone else will say “There’s 10, actually.” This will be disagreed with, thus creating a debate and in this way, the time with your friends becomes infinitely more profitable than the turgid silence in which you would otherwise languish. Urban myths are the same; someone will blurt out some ad-hoc belief like “That building over there is haunted” and you will fulfill your end of the deal by calling them a smelly tramp, thus debate, thus joy, happiness, goodness, existence.
Cinema invites such assumptions, being as it is one of the popular media of the 21st Century. You see, the more esoteric the interest, the less opportunity there is for myth to arise; in quantum physics, for example, if »
- Callum Mcleod
In a time when the box office is driven by special effects, super heroes, remakes and reboots, it’s easy to forget when movie magic was predicated primarily on the power of a great performance over all other concerns.
Each year the Oscars and other awards ceremonies try to remind us that there are still actors working today who are committed to mastering their craft, but arguably the golden age of the “Screen Actor” – rather than merely the “Hollywood Star” – was in the 1970s, when a new-wave of unconventional male leads broke through, who had little interest in being magazine pin-ups, like their heroes Brando or Newman, yet who did share those pioneers’ passions for honesty and integrity in characterisation.
Few were more successful in this than legendary New York actor, and champion of the Lee Strasberg Method, Al Pacino, who can rightly consider himself one of the most celebrated »
- Keith Tomlinson
Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib, or Judgment At Nuremberg, or Inherit The Wind.
Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say it – from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “It’s what every actor tries to strive for – to make it so simple, »
- Mindy Newell
Previously, on Smash: Liza!
We open closer to Christian Borle's face than we have any right to be.
Tom stands on a darkened stage, calling out for the company. Spotlights blaze on and as the company howls with laughter Tom realizes he's naked. He screams...
...and awakens in his bed. It was just a dream. He breathes a sigh of relief and rolls to his side, and spots Ellis in bed next to him.
Tom screams again and jerks awake. Julia rushes in and he starts to tell her about his horrible opening night dream. She tells him not to worry, that's weeks away. Tonight is “invited dress” where friends and family will be in attendance.
Derek and Ivy wake up next to each other at Ivy's place. Neither of them screams. He apologizes for staying over but she's Ok with it. As they dress they chat about their respective shows. »
Life on the road has taken its toll on Meat Loaf, who's now on his second new knee. But will this coming tour really be his last? He talks about high Cs, being signed for $6 and outwellying Wagner
A decade ago, Meat Loaf was invited on to Sky Sports' Saturday morning show Soccer Am. He didn't know anything about football, but being an actor by background, he did what actors do – he prepared. First, he knew he needed a club to support. "I thought, I don't want to go on and say I'm a Manchester United fan or a Liverpool fan – I'm gonna go down to the third level. And so I picked Hartlepool. I read about them and I found that the people of Hartlepool had hanged a monkey thinking he was a Frenchman, and I loved that story. I read everything I could about every game they played. »
- Michael Hann
Keeping up with his career plan of paying homage to every film genre going, Quentin Tarantino has moved onto the spaghetti western with Django Unchained (2012). It’s not a remake of the pasta classic Django (1966), or indeed a spaghetti western, but it has clearly taken its inspiration from those violent Italian productions that swamped the late sixties.
Hollywood may have dominated the field since the beginning of motion pictures but European westerns are not exactly new; the earliest known one was filmed in 1910. Sixties German cinema made good use of Kay May’s western heroes Shatterhand and Winnetou, and the British produced The Savage Guns (1961), Hannie Caulder (1971), A Town Called Bastard (1971), Catlow (1971), Chato’s Land (1972) and Eagle’s Wing (1979). When the genre showed signs of flagging in the mid-sixties, a clever Italian director named Sergio Leone took it upon himself to reinvent the western – spaghetti style!
What made the spaghettis »
Chicago – One of director Tim Burton’s great actor collaborators is the veteran performer Martin Landau. Landau voices Mr. Rsykruski, a science teacher who inspires young Victor Frankenstein in “Frankenweenie,” released on Blu-Ray on January 8th. This is part of Laudau’s magnificent 60 year career in film, television, stage and acting instruction.
It’s difficult to sum up Landau’s career because of it’s depth and breadth. The 84 year old actor was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had an early interest in cartooning for newspapers. He worked as an illustrator for the New York Daily News for five years, before the acting bug bit him. He was in an exceptional era and place for the craft, as Lee Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio was being formulated, and out of the 2000 applicants for 1955 only two were selected – Martin Landau and Steve McQueen. From there he began a stage career in Manhattan, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
1.) Legendary Pictures is currently targeting Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages) to star in their "gritty" new reboot of Godzilla. I mentioned a few days ago Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the first actor to get an offer for the role, though he passed on it back in the fall. A recent shortlist included the names of Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Them Softly) and Caleb Landry Jones (Contraband, X-Men: First Class). While a reunion between McNairy and director Gareth Edwards seems enticing since Monsters was the film that put both of them on the map, that shortlist now looks like old news. With shooting expected to begin in March and a May 16, 2014 release already announced, a deal should come shortly and it sounds like Johnson could very well be their man. Deadline 2.) Though he has been attached to the project for months, Ben Affleck has now confirmed Live By Night »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Don Scardino has become attached to Going in Style. The television director will helm New Line Cinema's remake of the 1979 caper, reports Deadline. The original film starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as an ageing trio who decide to put excitement back into their lives by robbing a bank. The successful heist is only the beginning of their troubles as they decide (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Don Scardino's feature directorial debut, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, is still months away from release, but already the filmmaker has found his follow-up project. He is now set to reunite with New Line Cinema to make Going In Style, a remake of the 1979 George Burns crime comedy. THR notes that the original actually began the successful career of Martin Brest, who later went on to make movies like Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run. The film starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as a group of old men who find themselves bored with life and sick of just waiting around to die. In order to spice up their lives they decide to rob a bank. Prior to The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Scardino made a name for himself on the small-screen, best known for helming episodes of Tina Fey's 30 Rock, but also doing Royal Pains, Rescue Me and »
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
New Line Cinema has hired The Incredible Burt Wonderstone's Don Scardino to direct the upcoming remake of the Martin Brest comedy Going in Style. We reported back in October that the the studio had plans to revive this senior bank heist thriller, originally starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.
The film follows three old men who share a small apartment in Brooklyn. The trio decides to hold up a bank disguised with novelty Groucho Marx-style glasses, and they get away with over $35,000 dollars. After one of them suffers a heart attack and dies, the remaining two head to Las Vegas to splurge the rest of their take.
No production schedule has been released.
Don Scardino, who recently directed The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, is now in talks to helm a remake of the 1979 caper comedy, Going in Style. The original film starred the comedic trio of George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three elderly friends who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They decide to organize a bank robbery for kicks and carry it out with their signature style. Scardino would direct the remake from a Ted Melfi script with Tony Bill, a producer on the original film, returning to executive produce. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer and poster from the original. Deadline reports that Scardino is in talks to direct the Going in Style remake for New Line. check out the trailer and poster for the original film below: »
- Dave Trumbore
Don Scardino, who is prepping New Line’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone for a March release, will direct the company’s remake of the 1979 movie Going in Style. The original movie starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as seniors who, tired of the monotonous life of feeding pigeons and waiting for Social Security checks, decide to rob a bank. Photos: Tim Goodman's 15 Best TV Comedies of 2012 Martin Brest launched his career as a director with the movie, going on to helm such movies as Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run. (And, yes, Gigli.) Sam Brown and Michael Disco
- Borys Kit
Breaking: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone helmer Don Scardino is in talks to go right back to work for New Line and helm Going In Style, the remake of the 1979 caper pic. The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as geriatrics who are bored with their lives and decide to knock off a bank. The remake is being scripted by Ted Melfi, who wrote and will direct Saint Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray starring. Donald De Line is producing on board to produce. Tony Bill, the producer on the original, will executive produce. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi as Vegas magicians, bows March 15. Scardino’s repped by CAA and Parseghian/Planco. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
First announced last fall , New Line Cinema has plans to remake the 1978 caper comedy Going in Style . Deadline now reports that they've attached The Incredible Burt Wonderstone director Don Scardino to helm. Directed by Martin Brest, the original film starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as a trio of senior citizens who decide to rob a bank and take their winnings to Las Vegas. The script for the new version arrives from screenwriter Ted Melfi, the writer/director behind the upcoming St. Vincent de Van Nuys , set up at 20th Century Fox with Bill Murray in the lead. »
20 items from 2013
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