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When director Jan de Bont set about casting the various faces and secondary characters that populated bus #2525 in his 1994 actioner "Speed," it was very important to him that they reflect the multicultural identity of Los Angeles. Not only that, but he wanted there to be a heavy dose of realism in his choices, actors who seemed to be people you could look over on a morning commute and see reading the paper, sipping coffee, gazing out the window and starting their day. On the occasion of the film's 20th anniversary, I thought it would be interesting to track down as many of those actors as possible and tell the story of "Speed" from their perspective. It was a gargantuan task. While a number of them have remained in the industry in some way, many have moved on to other careers. But their individual stories are nevertheless as fascinating as the »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Darryl F. Zanuck theater on the 20th Century Fox Lot was host this past Wednesday to a special sneak preview of director Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hosted by Caesar himself, Andy Serkis. Below, you can check out our account of the 20 minutes of footage screened and then sure to check back in the next few days for exclusive WonderCon interviews with the film's cast and crew! Please be aware that the following scene descriptions contain minor spoilers for the July 11 release. "Family, tribalism, empathy and prejudice," Serkis listed in his introduction as being the primary themes central to the upcoming continuation of the world established in director Rupert Wyatt's 2011 reinterpretation of the long-running science fiction franchise. While that film borrowed most chiefly from the series' third sequel, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves' Dawn brings its world that »
- Ryan Turek
The Darryl F. Zanuck theater on the 20th Century Fox Lot was host this past Wednesday to a special sneak preview of director Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , hosted by Caesar himself, Andy Serkis. Below, you can check out our account of the 20 minutes of footage screened and then sure to check back in the next few days for exclusive WonderCon interviews with the film's cast and crew! Please be aware that the following scene descriptions contain minor spoilers for the July 11 release. "Family, tribalism, empathy and prejudice," Serkis listed in his introduction as being the primary themes central to the upcoming continuation of the world established in director Rupert Wyatt's 2011 reinterpretation of the long-running science fiction franchise. While »
‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Lifeboat’ Mary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in the small role of Maybelle Merriwether — most of which reportedly ended up on the cutting-room floor. Cukor was later fired from the project; his replacement, Victor Fleming, »
- Andre Soares
Cinema Retro is pleased to announce the premiere of a new column: Criterion Corner, which will highlight reviews and interviews pertaining to new Criterion video releases. For our debut column, we are honored to have Raymond Benson's exclusive interview with Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of legendary comedy star Harold Lloyd.
On the advent of The Criterion Collection’s upcoming release of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman on Blu-ray and DVD, it’s high time that the silent film star gain some recognition from at least two generations that missed out on seeing this master comedian in action. Last year’s release of Safety Last! certainly got the ball rolling, and with Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, working as the trustee to his film library and head of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, Inc., the goal is to bring the pictures of the “third genius” (after Chaplin and Keaton) to a wider audience, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
In a fitting tribute to the late producer Richard D. Zanuck, a state-of-the art production facility on the 20th Century Fox lot has been named in his honor. The building isn't far from the theater named after Zanuck's late father and longtime Fox studio chief, Darryl F. Zanuck. Old Hollywood turned out in force for Tuesday's dedication ceremony of the Richard D. Zanuck Building, including Shirley MacLaine, legendary agent Fred Specktor, Bob Daly and Barbara Davis, widow of former Fox owner Marvin Davis. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies "Richard was a true giant of our industry
- Pamela McClintock
Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died at her home near San Francisco. A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranking of the top 50 screen legends ranked Temple at No. »
- Associated Press
Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
San Francisco (AP) - Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.
Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, publicist Cheryl Kagan said.
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," a family statement said. The family would not disclose Temple's cause of death.
A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, »
- The Associated Press
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Talk about a rollercoaster of an awards season.
Just 24 hours ago, Sony’s American Hustle was on top of the world, having won the best ensemble prize at the SAG Awards, the first ceremony of the season at which winners were determined by people who actually make movies, like Academy members. But tonight, at the 25th PGA Awards, Hustle finished no better than third in the race for the producers guild’s top film prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award (aka the PGA Award), which has an even better track record of picking best picture Oscar winners: 17 of the 24 previous PGA Award winners — or 70.8 percent — went on to win the top Oscar, including each of the last six.
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- Terence Johnson
For all the attention the likes of the Golden Globes and (to a lesser extent) the Critics’ Choice Awards receive, the Producers Guild has routinely been one of the more accurate Oscar prognosticators, with several main winners in the guild’s top categories going on to score well at the Academy Awards. So when there is a tie for the top prize – as this year, with 12 Years A Slave and Gravity, it makes the race that much more interesting.The big loser in this case, was American Hustle, which had been picking up statuettes from all sorts of other groups, but didn’t get any love from the PGA. In other categories, Frozen continued its triumphant run in animation, Behind The Candelabra topped Long-Form Television, and Breaking Bad was the not-so-shocking victor in the drama section.Here is the full list of winners:The Darryl F. Zanuck Award For Outstanding Producer »
For the first time ever, The Producers Guild of America announced a tie for its top prize, with both Gravity and 12 Years a Slave sharing the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards, which were presented at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last night. The result blows open the race for the Best Picture Oscar, which previously had 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle as front-runners.
Check out a full list of winners here (highlighted in red)...
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, »
- Gary Collinson
Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" both won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures at the 2014 Producers Guild of America awards. It's an unprecedented tie that just makes the Academy Awards much more unpredictable!
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) of the 2014 Producers Guild Awards (PGA):
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Tie):
*Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
*12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
After a week that followed the Golden Globe Awards and included the 2014 Oscar nominations, Critics Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Producers Guild Awards what can we take away when it comes to attempting to predict the winners at the 2014 Oscarsc Depending on how you look at it, a little to not much at all. Let's have a look... Best Picture After American Hustle and Gravity led the Oscar nominees with ten each, which included four acting nominations for Hustle and a boat load of tech noms for Gravity it seemed the logical was sorting itself out. Hustle would continue to be 12 Years a Slave's closest competition for Best Picture, Slave would remain frontrunner with Gravity playing the possible spoiler. This theory was aided when 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture at the Critics Choice Awards. Then came the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where American Hustle took home the »
- Brad Brevet
The 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards were handed out last night, with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tying for the guild's top honor, the The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for 'Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures'. Some guilds do not allow for ties to happen, and this is the first time in the PGA's history that it has happened for their biggest award.
Take a look at the rest of the big winners below, which were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
- 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) - Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede GardnerAmerican Hustle (Columbia Pictures) - Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard SuckleBlue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) - Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen »
The Producers Guild of America couldn't decide between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave when it came to doling out the top honor at its awards show Sunday night. The two drama flicks tied for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the Producers Guild Awards, which generally sets the tone for the Oscars. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave not only beat out frontrunner American Hustle at the event, but the tie also made the lead-up to the Academy Awards a little more interesting, considering the PGAs Best Picture has been the same as the Oscars' Best Picture winner for the last six years. This was also the first tie the PGAs have ever had in it's 25-year »
Producers Guild of America Awards 2014: ‘Gravity’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ tie for Best Picture (photo: ‘Gravity’) Earlier this evening, January 19, 2014, the Alfonso Cuarón-directed Gravity and the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave shared the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures — in other words, the PGA’s Best Picture Award. That’s the first such tie in the PGA Awards’ 24-year history. A mix of adventure thriller and mother-love soap opera, Gravity was written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón. The Cuaróns’ film received ten Academy Award nominations, but failed to be shortlisted for its screenplay. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star. Based on the story of a free black man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century United States, 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt (who also co-produced the film), and »
- Steve Montgomery
Well this is going to shake up the awards world. Sasha Stone of Awards Daily already flipped out on Twitter. The 2014 Producers Guild Awards were announced tonight, and the top winner was actually more of top winners. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave tied to win the Producer of the Year Award, which is something unprecedented and unexpected for these kind of awards, but it's a big sign that the Oscars are going to be quite interesting. In addition, Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra won for long-form television, along with Disney's Frozen winning for animation. Documentary pick below. Here's a list of all the film winners from the 25th PGA Awards - for more (including TV) visit The Wrap. Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award: Gravity (tie) Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman 12 Years a Slave (tie) Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt »
- Alex Billington
12 Years A Slave and Gravity have tied at this year’s PGA. With American Hustle taking the SAG ensemble on Saturday night, we have a bonafide Best Picture race on our hands folks! This is the first tie for the top film in Producers Guild Award history.
The PGA split keeps the Oscar race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years, with “American Hustle” still in the game following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
In addition to the competitive awards, »
- Michelle McCue
Hollywood producers love a story with a lot of plot twists. Sunday’s tie between “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” for the top Producers Guild award certainly provided a new wrinkle to the already-crazy/exciting awards season, confirming the fact that this is one of the most unpredictable and fun years on record.
In the past week, “12 Years a Slave” landed wins from the Golden Globes (drama film) and the Critics’ Choice Awards. “American Hustle” won the Globe (comedy film) and the SAG Ensemble prize.
So going into Sunday night, the two seemed neck and neck, but there was still plenty of room for suspense. “Gravity,” which had been hailed as an Oscar front-runner since September, had been widely honored (including 10 Oscar noms, tying with “Hustle”), but had not scored any high-profile top prizes until Sunday. The PGA win is a giant leap for the film.
So is it now a three-way race? »
- Tim Gray
Updated The Oscar race just got a hell of a lot more interesting. In an unprecedented double victory, both "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" tied for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards this evening. Accepting the awards were Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman for "Gravity," and Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt and the Plan B team for "12 Years a Slave." Predicted winner "American Hustle" went home empty-handed. The PGAs have perennially presaged the Oscar best picture win (a la last year's "Argo") which means that this year's Academy race may have narrowed to two films: "Gravity" and "12 Years." At the SAG Awards Saturday, "American Hustle" took home the Ensemble prize--indicating strong support from the dominant actors' branch--and "12 Years a Slave" nabbed best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o (pictured). The DGA Awards expected winner on January 25 is Cuaron. Full list of winners »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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