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A version of this story first appeared in the May 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many
- Pamela McClintock
Logo TV announced Friday that “Cocktails & Classics,” a new film series hosted by former “Ugly Betty” actor Michael Urie, will debut this Sunday. Each week Urie and his guests will gather to discuss the behind-the-scenes gossip during breaks of one of their favorite movies. Together they will re-watch iconic scenes and reenact their most beloved quotes from classics including “Cabaret,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Valley of the Dolls.” See Photos: 28 Classic Movies That Never Won Best Picture Oscars – From ‘Raging Bull’ to ‘Chinatown’ The series first screening will be “Steel Magnolias.” In the episode, star Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter Robert Harling share how Meg. »
- Joe Otterson
Although the programming of the Colcoa French Film Festival falls mainly in the hands of executive producer and artistic director Francois Truffart, he acknowledges that the annual event, now in its 19th year, would not be possible without the involvement of the Directors Guild of America, which physically hosts the festival at its headquarters on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, and the Writers Guild of America West.
In 1995 the two guilds banded — along with the Motion Picture Assn. and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music, among others — to form the Franco-American Cultural Fund, which produces the festival. “All strategic decisions are made with the board — the DGA, the Wgaw and the Mpa together, so they are very much involved in the development of the festival,” Truffart says.
- Steve Chagollan
There is a scene around two thirds into Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest film from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, where forty-something actor Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) and her twenty-something personal assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) go to see a goofy sci-fi epic. That film is set on a spaceship and features characters with neon hairdos and colorful costumes shouting inane dialogue. Valentine and Maria gaze at the screen, the former wearing a grin of goofy enjoyment, the latter bored, even taking off her 3D glasses to see if they are worth wearing. Discussing the junky blockbuster afterward, Maria snorts at the headache-inducing flick. Valentine responds, saying that even if the movie is full of simplistic sci-fi pop psychology, it is no deeper than a more serious film.
Of all the meta comments to spill out of the thematically overbearing Cannes favorite, that may be its most telling. Clouds of Sils Maria »
- Jordan Adler
Two determined men all set to do battle, William F. Buckley Jr., the conservative trailblazer, and Gore Vidal, renowned author and iconoclast of the left, clash in Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's high-spirited and illuminating Best Of Enemies. "One must have a mind of winter", to take the cue from Wallace Stevens' poem, The Snow Man, to not be irresistibly drawn in by their bigger-than-life personalities. Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitchens, Matt Tyrnauer, Brooke Gladstone, Ginia Bellafante, Reid Buckley and Sam Tanenhaus give their take on this polarised pair in Best Of Enemies.
At Le Cirque in New York following a dinner honoring the filmmakers, I spoke with Robert Gordon, who is also »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
When it comes to the world of heroic fantasy, there have been a hell of a lot of really great butlers. We’ve got such luminaries as Ram Singh (The Spider), Bernardo (Zorro), Cadbury (Richie Rich), Ianto Jones (Torchwood), Lurch (The Addams Family), Max von Mayerling (Sunset Boulevard), two different Smitherses (Veronica Lodge and the Simpsons), Fritz Brenner (Nero Wolfe), Birmingham Brown (Charlie Chan) and of course Edwin Jarvis (The Avengers or Agent Carter – take your pick). There were the Green Hornet’s Kato, but that dude was more of a partner/sidekick than a butler, and Jack Benny’s pal Rochester was only technically a butler. He was actually Benny’s arch-enemy.
But head and shoulders above all other butlers, the king of the mountain of butlers is Bruce Wayne’s own Alfred Pennyworth. You can tell from the actors who played him on film and television – Michael Caine, »
- Mike Gold
Tickets go on sale Friday for a Paley Center for Media event featuring the cast of FX’s “Justified.” The series, which ends its six-season run April 15, tells the story of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens who was “reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky.” Cast members Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant, Erica Tazel and Jacob Pitts are set for the April 8 confab. Ticket information here. Other events for L.A. actors include: Submit to Project InvolveApril 2-27Film Independent9911 West Pico Blvd., 11th Floor, Los AngelesMore information here. An Evening in GreeceApril 3 from 7-10 p.m.Hollywood Arts CouncilAddress given after RSVP.Tickets start at $30. 7th Annual Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World April 10 at 7:30 p.m.The Canon USA, Inc. Screening Room, 6060 Sunset Blvd., HollywoodA limited number of free tickets are available. Call 818-760-3106 or email knkproductioninc@cs. »
When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.
Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film »
Matthew Weiner has always been more comfortable talking about the past of “Mad Men” rather than letting anyone know anything about the future — even when that future is only seven episodes long, starting Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Having spent enough time over the years asking Weiner questions that he responded to with a very guarded, “Well, you’ve got to watch,” I knew enough to focus as much on the past as possible when we recently sat down for an hour-long interview to discuss the end of his Emmy-winning baby. We talked about the last days of production, looked back all the way to the show’s origins when Weiner was a staff writer on “Becker” looking for a different kind of career in television, the show’s long acting Emmy drought, and more. And I made it almost to the end without a single “You’ve got to watch. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Performers looking to get into character as terrified campers have the opportunity for some method acting this week. The Great Horror Campout presents a screening of “Friday the 13th” in the Old Zoo of L.A.’s Griffith Park on Friday the 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and include prizes, merchandise, “monsters,” and photo opportunities. Details here. Other events for L.A. actors include: PaleyFestThrough March 15Dolby Theatre6801 Hollywood Blvd, HollywoodTicket info here. Cops for Causes Golden Ticket BenefitMarch 13 from 7-9:30 p.m.Avalon Theatre1735 Vine St., Los AngelesTickets info here. Horrible Movie Night “Body Rock”March 14 from 9-10:30 p.m.NerdMelt Showroom7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles Ticket info here. Performance of “Class” and Q&A Moderated by Garry MarshallApril 2, 9, and 16 at 8 p.m.Falcon Theatre 4252 Riverside Dr., BurbankTicket info here. Want more L.A. news? Sign up for our Backstage L.A. newsletter! »
Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events. »
- Andre Soares
Three Variety critics agree to disagree about Oscar winners and losers both onscreen and on the Dolby stage.
Peter Debruge: Last year, the Academy made a statement in giving the best picture award to “12 Years a Slave.” This time around, over the course of a spread-the-wealth evening, it was the winners’ turn to speak their minds, and they did so in force, using Hollywood’s prom as a podium to demand equal rights — for women (“Boyhood’s” only winner, Patricia Arquette), for African-Americans (Common and John Legend, accepting “Selma’s” only win), for gays (“The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore, urging young Lgbt viewers to “stay weird, stay different” as he collected the film’s lone statue), for those with disabilities (both Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne turned the spotlight on talents who achieved while coping with Als), and for immigrants (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, offering a plea on behalf of »
- Peter Debruge, Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We wrap it up today with arguably the hottest contested race: Best Director.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the directors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu. The Academy loves an innovator -- just look at Alfonso Cuaròn's 2014 win for "Gravity" -- and this year will be no different. "Birdman" is a wild ride, visually and emotionally. Iñárritu took what could have been an inside-baseball, rarified glimpse into the world of stage acting and the Hollywood career cycle and turned it into a riveting voyage into Batman's burned-out actor Riggan Thomson's comeback-obsessed psyche. »
- Moviefone Staff
There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.
But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.
Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”
They managed to do Ok, though.
- Tim Gray
Ktla Channel 5 in Los Angeles plans to air a half-hour tribute, “Stan Chambers: L.A. Newsman,” to the pioneering T.V. reporter who died Friday morning at his home in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles. After the 9 p.m. broadcast, the tribute will be posted on Ktla.com.
Chambers, 91, helped introduce TV news in Los Angeles and delivered its first “live shot” in the late 1940s, when he covered the dramatic attempt to rescue 3-year-old Kathy Fiscus from an abandoned well in San Marino.
Chambers’ more than six-decade career at Ktla Channel 5 began in the era of black and white reports filmed by cumbersome cameras and ran until the run-and-gun computer age of multiple feeds, often supplied via digital cameras and satellite uplinks.
“Stan Chambers was a newsman in the truest sense. His dedication to producing the best story possible led to innovations that define the newscasts we watch today. »
- James Rainey
Written by Sydney Boehm
Directed by Rudolph Matté
When Joyce Williecomb (Nancy Olson), humble assistant to wealthy businessman Henry Muchison (Herbert Heyes), takes the train to Chicago, little does she know that the next few days will prove to be the greatest test of patience and nerves she has ever known. Shortly after the train departs for its destination, it is halted in order for two suspicious looking gentlemen to embark. Convinced something is amiss, Joyce, upon arriving in Chicago, immediately alerts the security at Union Station of the two mystery men, sending railroad police detective William Calhoun (William Holden) into action. Much to Joyce’s surprise and horror, it turns out that targets have in fact kidnapped her employer’s blind daughter, Lorna (Allene Roberts), to whom she had said goodbye mere hours ago. Now demanding a ransom, a game of cat and mouse »
- Edgar Chaput
If you’re looking for alternatives to raiding Target for costumes for your next production, UCLA can help. Its School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA Tft) is hosting a panel of top Hollywood costume designers Feb. 21. Mark Bridges (“Inherent Vice”), Milena Canonero (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Jacqueline Durran (“Mr. Turner”), Anna B. Sheppard (“Maleficent”), Ruth E. Carter (“Selma”), Kari Perkins (“Boyhood”) and Albert Wolsky (“Birdman”) will be featured at the fifth annual Sketch to Screen Costume Design Panel. The event, which starts at 2 p.m., takes place on campus at Schoenberg Hall. Tickets range from $10-$30. Other upcoming events include: Horrible Movie NightFeb. 13 from 9-10:30 p.m.NerdMelt Showroom 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Popcorn is free. Puppetzilla’s Anti-Valentine’s Day SlamFeb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.Bootleg Theater2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles Tickets $8 in advance, $13 day of at the door. Meet the Casting Directors 2015Feb. »
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies (See previous post: "The Charles Brackett Diaries: Billy Wilder and Hollywood in the '30s and '40s.") Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and One, Two, Three. However well-received, Wilder's later films generally lacked the sophistication and subtlety found in his earlier work with Brackett. Charles Brackett, for his part, became associated with 20th Century-Fox, working as a producer-screenwriter. His Fox films, though frequently popular and at times applauded by critics, were decidedly made-to-order, »
- Andre Soares
Billy Wilder screenwriter-producer partner Charles Brackett remembered: Q&A with film historian Anthony Slide (photo: Charles Brackett ca. early 1940s) Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He's renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Sunset Blvd., Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in film history facts. That's why the Charles Brackett diaries offer such a refreshing glimpse into his and Billy Wilder's moviemaking process. Now, Charles who? Oscar winner Charles Brackett Charles Brackett (1892-1969) just happens to be the – largely forgotten – guy who co-created with Billy Wilder (and, at times, with a third screenwriting partner) classics »
- Andre Soares
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