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John Exshaw's The Last Round-up: Reports On Irish Western Film Events During 2011 (Plus A Christopher Lee Tribute Included For Good Measure)

31 December 2011 11:27 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Being reports of certain events which would have appeared earlier, had fate and the need to earn a buck not intervened.

Western Season

Irish Film Institute, 24-28 August 2011

Waiting at the station for the 3:10 to Tara Street, I was feeling good – deep down good, the way a man can feel when he’s got a bunch of Westerns to watch and a passel of press passes in his pocket. Leaving the Iron Horse at Westland Row, I cut across Grafton Street (no sign of them pesky Rykers) and on down to the Irish Film Institute, where they were about to let rip with a four-day, eight-film season called ‘The Western: Meanwhile Back at the Revolution ... The Western As Political Allegory’. Well, I reckoned they could use all them fancy five-dollar words and dress it up whatever they damn well liked, »

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Charles Saatchi: My love affair with Orson Welles

29 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood's treatment of Citizen Kane's maker is no surprise from an industry that gives Oscars to so many dud films

• Charles Saatchi's 109 movies not nominated for best picture

How do you handle failure? I handle failure very badly. Bitterly. Indignantly. Girly tears. I once saw a three-hour BBC interview with Orson Welles, and if it is possible to fall for a man just from seeing him on the telly, Mr Welles has had me as his love slave since.

Welles had manifold reasons to be bitter about life's setbacks, not the least being that his unquestioned prowess as a film-maker didn't stop Hollywood treating him like a disease. After years of having to panhandle for backing to fund his film projects – all unwanted by the studios, all later to be recognised as exquisite jewels – he eventually had to rely on appearing in TV commercials, endorsing wines or Spanish sherry, »

- Charles Saatchi

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In Memoriam: A Look Back At People Who Passed On in 2011

29 December 2011 12:49 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

We take a look back at some of the names in entertainment whose spotlights faded out this year. Granted, this is only a small number of people who passed, but to all those mentioned below and to the seemingly countless other lives lost this year, we thank them for the memories and may they rest in peace.      Harry Morgan (April 10, 1915 – December 7, 2011; age 96) – Morgan was best known for his portrayal of Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H and Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet. Morgan appeared in more than 100 films over his career which began in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. Other notable big screen credits include The Ox-Bow Incident, High Noon, The Glenn Miller Story as well as a cameo in the 1987 film version of Dragnet. Morgan died peacefully...

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Angie’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

29 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] I find it difficult to say whether 2011 was an unusually strong or unusually weak year for films. As in any year, there were pleasant surprises and disappointments alike. If I had to pinpoint the one thing my favorites tend to have in common, though, it's a sense that each of them were made with great love by people who cared desperately about them. I don't think there's anything anyone can say at the start of a top 10 list to totally deflect the disgruntled comments from readers who incensed to see that X made my top 10 when Y didn't, etc., but I'm still going to throw out the usual caveats. There are certainly deserving films that were left off just because I forgot about them, or because I missed the theatrical run, or because I couldn't fully appreciate them due to my own biases, or what have you. I also want »

- Angie Han

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Top 7 Films in Real Time

21 December 2011 2:32 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Real time – in which the plot of the film covers the same amount of time as it takes to watch – can be a blessing or a curse. When a film calls attention to it, real time can become a gimmicky distraction. On the other hand, it can add a real sense of urgency if the film just allows the events to unfold before us. There are a number of different ways filmmakers use it. For example, the action may be primarily set in one location. Other ways it is used involve hostage situations, characters waiting for something, or simply following characters around from place to place. It can be a tricky thing to pull off perfectly. So I’m deciding that as long as the film makes a real attempt, and the majority of the action takes place in real time, it is fair game. »

- Shane T. Nier

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Angelina Jolie's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' lands PGA honor

14 December 2011 7:36 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Angelina Jolie’s debut directorial effort, In the Land of Blood and Honey, will be honored with the 2012 Stanley Kramer Award at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Jan. 21. “In the Land of Blood and Honey is an extraordinary film that portrays a complex love story set against the terrors of the Bosnian War, especially towards women,” said Producers Guild Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon, in a statement. “This film truly embraces the legacy of Stanley Kramer.”

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, a producer, or another individual whose achievement or contribution »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Angelina Jolie/In The Land Of Blood And Honey Angers Some Serbs, Wins Producers Guild Award

13 December 2011 8:00 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Zana Marjanovic, Ermin Sijamija, In the Land of Blood and Honey

Some Serbians may be furious at Angelina Jolie and her first directorial effort, the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, but the Producers Guild of America feels differently. Jolie's socially conscious film has been named the recipient of this year's Stanley Kramer Award given to "a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion." In In the Land of Blood and Honey, a Bosnian woman is held captive — and used as a sex slave — at a Serbian prison camp while her former lover is fighting on the side of the Serbs.

As per PGA co-presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon, quoted in a press release, In the Land of Blood and Honey "is an extraordinary film that portrays a complex love story set »

- Andre Soares

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Angelina Jolie's 'Blood and Honey' Wins Producers Guild Award

13 December 2011 4:44 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," picked up its first awards-season mention on Tuesday, as the Producers Guild of America announced that the film will be honored with its Stanley Kramer Award. The award, named after the producer of "The Caine Mutiny," "High Noon" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," was created in 2002. According to the PGA, it honors "a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion." "In the Land of Blood and »

- Steve Pond

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Producers Guild to Honor Angelina Jolie's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' With Stanley Kramer Award

13 December 2011 4:16 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Producers Guild of America announced Tuesday it will honor Angelina Jolie's Bosnian war film In the Land of Blood and Honey with the 2012 Stanley Kramer Award at the guild's annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21. Photos: Angelina Jolie's Top 10 Red Carpet Looks The award was established in 2002 following the death of legendary director and producer Stanley Kramer--whose films included The Caine Mutiny, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Judgment at Nuremberg, High Noon and The Defiant Ones--and recognizes a motion picture, producer or other individual whose "achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an

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Premiere Trailer: 'Transformers: The Fall of Cybertron'

10 December 2011 6:57 PM, PST | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

Bumblebee, no!

Robots on fire, robots getting knocked the flip out, Dinobots, and is that dead Bumblee? I don't know what the actual gameplay looks like but The Fall of Cybertron looks like bad news for the Autobots and the Decepticons.

High Noon Studios has been responsible for the last couple of pretty well-received Transformers games, and The Fall of Cybertron carries over those game's distinctive art style which is a bit more coherent and emotive than the versions used in the Michael Bay films. From the looks of it, this game is going to involve an all-out war that will have Dinobots for some reason, but I'm not really complaining too much about the inconsistency of the presence of dinosaur precursors to a bunch of robots—Grimlock looks great.

Vga 2011: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Exclusive Debut Trailer

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Harry Morgan obituary

8 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known as the warm and authoritative Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H

The actor Harry Morgan, who has died aged 96, was best known as Colonel Sherman T Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in M*A*S*H, the wonderfully witty and sharp television series set in an army camp during the Korean war. He played Potter, an expert surgeon and a father figure in the camp, from 1978 until 1983.

Those who knew Morgan from films alone might have been surprised by his warm and authoritative performance as Potter. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, as a supporting actor, he played runtish bad guys and worms that seldom turned. He gradually began to reveal a more likable side, as a musician buddy of Glenn Miller (James Stewart) in The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and in the typically bland 50s TV sitcom December Bride (1954-58). Later, he played »

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Harry Morgan, ‘M*A*S*H’ Star, Dies at 96

8 December 2011 3:57 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Harry Morgan and Gary Burghoff on the set of Mash.

Harry Morgan, who portrayed Colonel Sherman Potter in the television version of M*A*S*H, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He had been suffering from pneumonia.

His role as Col. Potter won Morgan an Emmy in 1980, but he was also well-known as Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet, the 1967 television series.

The actor also appeared on The Partridge Family, Gunsmoke, The Love Boat and Murder She Wrote, and starred in films like High Noon and How the West Was Won. »

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Harry Morgan, 1915 - 2011

8 December 2011 2:13 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series M*A*S*H, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles," reports Michael Pollak in the New York Times. "In more than 100 movies, Mr Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs…. In The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), which starred Henry Fonda, he was praised for his portrayal of a drifter caught up in a lynching in a Western town…. He went on to appear in All My Sons (1948), based on the Arthur Miller play, with Edward G Robinson and Burt Lancaster; The Big Clock (1948), in which he played a silent, menacing bodyguard to Charles Laughton; Yellow Sky (1949), with Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter; and the critically praised western High Noon (1952), with Gary Cooper. Among »

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'Dragnet,' 'M-a-s-h' actor Harry Morgan dies at 96

8 December 2011 4:15 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Harry Morgan never planned to be an actor, yet he spent 10 years on one of the top TV series of all time, made 50 films and appeared on Broadway. He became one of the best-known character actors in Hollywood.

But it was Morgan’s portrayal of the fatherly Col. Sherman Potter on M-a-s-h for which Morgan became most famous, and he knew it.

“M-a-s-h was so damned good,” Morgan told The Associated Press. “I didn’t think they could keep the level so high.”

His wry humor, which helped net him an Emmy for the CBS-tv hit, carried onto the show. »

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M*A*S*H star Harry Morgan dies age 96

7 December 2011 2:11 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Los Angeles - Harry Morgan, who staked his place in television history as the gruff but sympathetic colonel in the Korean War black comedy series M*A*S*H, died Wednesday at the age of 96 at his Los Angeles home after a bout with pneumonia, the Los Angeles Times reported. Morgan played Colonel Sherman Porter for eight years on the ground-breaking show, from 1975 to the 1983 finale, which was the most widely watched television episode in Us history. The role won him an Emmy for best supporting actor in 1980. Morgan also appeared in over 50 films, including High Noon and The Glen Miller Story, and starred for four seasons as Officer Bill Gannon in the crime series Dragnet, from »

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R.I.P. Harry Morgan

7 December 2011 12:21 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Harry Morgan, a character actor on the stage, screen and TV whose most iconic role was playing Col. Sherman Potter for 10 seasons on M*A*S*H, died Wednesday in Brentwood of complications from pneumonia, the AP reported. He was 96. He was nominated for eight Emmys — including two for directing the Korean War comedy-drama, which was one of the longest-running series in history — and won for playing Potter in 1980. Morgan appeared often on TV, starting in the business in its early days, and also had a long stint as Sgt. Joe Friday’s trusty partner on Dragnet. In addition to appearing on Broadway early in his career, Morgan made 50 films, working with the likes of Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Elvis Pressley and amassing credits like High Noon, Inherit The Wind, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist. »

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Harry Morgan Dies at 96

7 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harry Morgan, who played Col. Sherman Potter on TV's M*A*S*H and Jack Webb's detective partner in Dragnet, died Wednesday at age 96. The actor died in his home in Los Angeles after suffering from pneumonia, his daughter-in-law Beth Morgan tells the Associated Press. "He was side-splittingly funny, a very gentle and loving father-in-law," Beth Morgan said. "He was very humble about having such a successful career." The Detroit-born Morgan became interested in acting while taking public speaking courses at the University of Chicago. Local theater stints led to a Broadway production of Golden Boy with Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. »

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Harry Morgan, of M*A*S*H and Dragnet, Dead at 96

7 December 2011 10:18 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fly your flag at half mast: M*A*S*H’s Col. Sherman T. Potter, Harry Morgan, died on Wednesday morning.

The actor, who was 96, appeared in more than 100 movies, among them High Noon, Inherit the Wind and How the West Was Won (as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, no less). He also appeared frequently on television, popping up on everything from Gunsmoke to The Simpsons, and playing Officer Bill Gannon in the late-’60s Dragnet update.

But it is M*A*S*H for which he is sure to be most widely — and fondly — remembered. After a showy guest performance on the series, »

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Harry Morgan: 1915-2011

7 December 2011 10:11 AM, PST | IMDb News

Harry Morgan, the actor best known for his role as the well-respected, sometimes irascible Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the long-running series "M*A*S*H", died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

He was born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, to Henry and Anna Bratsberg, where his father worked for war hero and car designer Eddie Rickenbacker. The family soon moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where Harry, hoping to be a lawyer, became heavily involved debate and speech classes; his junior year in high school he won a debate championship at the University of Michigan. He attended the University of Chicago for a few years, before leaving school and finding employment with an office equipment maker who eventually sent him to Washington D.C. It was during his time in Washington D.C. that Harry got his start on the stage, joining the Civic Theater in Ben Hecht’s "Front Page". Eventually, he moved on to a Mt. Kisco summer stock theater company, where he met and acted regularly with actress Frances Farmer. Ms. Farmer had quite an impact of his life; she promoted his career by involving him to acting classes with Elia Kazan, and also introduced him to her University of Washington classmate Eileen Detchon. He married Detchon in 1940 and they would have four children, sons Christopher, Charles, Paul and Daniel. Harry's stage career continued to grow, as he joined New York's Group Theater, whose members included Kazan, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. When Hollywood agent Charlie Feldman saw him perform on Broadway, he signed the young actor and had him quickly under studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox, where he changed his name to Henry Morgan.

Harry and Eileen made the move to Hollywood in the early 1942 and his first billed appearance (as Henry Morgan) came that year in To the Shores of Tripoli. To avoid confusion with a popular comedian of the time, another name change soon followed, and he became Harry Morgan. Morgan’s film career prospered, and in the next 5 decades he appeared in many now-legendary dramatic films, including The Ox-Bow Incident, All My Sons, Madame Bovary, High Noon, The Glenn Miller Story, Inherit the Wind, Cimarron, How the West Was Won, Frankie and Johnny, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist.

While building this impressive film resume, Morgan was simultaneously working regularly in radio and television, with brief roles in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Cavalcade of America" and "The Twentieth Century Fox Hour" before landing the role of comedic neighbor Pete Porter in "December Bride", which eventually lead to the spin-off series "Pete and Gladys". In 1963, his TV career took a turn toward more serious projects, as part of the ensemble in "The Richard Boone Show" and an iconic role as Officer Bill Gannon in 1967’s "Dragnet". The series, and his performance in it, was not only a precursor to modern police and detective series, but would also inform the 1987 film Dragnet, a comedic reimagination of the show starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks; Morgan appeared in this film as Captain Bill Gannon.

Despite decades spent working in film and TV, it would be his work in the TV series "M*A*S*H" that made him instantly recognizable around the world. After a memorable, Emmy-nominated guest turn as loony Major General Steele at the beginning of the third season in 1974, Morgan was invited back to join the cast a year later as Colonel Sherman T. Potter, the late-career Army man sent to run the eccentric medical unit after the loss of their previous commanding officer. Morgan's nuanced performance as dedicated leader and surgeon with an unwavering sense of right and wrong combined with a father-like protectiveness of his staff, allowed Potter to grow organically through the long run of the series. The small touches he brought to the role – Potter's paintings were done by Morgan himself, and the picture of Mildred Potter on Potter’s desk was actually Morgan's wife Eileen – only added to the authentic humanity of his portrayal, and in 1980 Morgan won an Emmy for his performance. After the series came to an end in 1983, Morgan continued the role in the short-lived spin-off "AfterMASH".

After the death of his wife Eileen in 1985, he kept himself busy making guest appearances in series such as "The Love Boat" and took a regular role in the single season run of "Blacke's Magic". In December of 1986, he married Barbara Bushman, the granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman. His work as a TV guest star continued through the late 1990s in "The Simpsons," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Grace Under Fire", and his final movie work included Family Plan and the short film Crosswalk.

He is survived by Barbara, his sons Christopher, Charles and Paul, and grandchildren Spencer, Rosemary and Jeremy.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Eileen in 1985 and his son Daniel in 1989. »

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M*A*S*H* actor Harry Morgan dies, aged 96

7 December 2011 10:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Harry Morgan has died, aged 96. The actor was perhaps most well known for playing Colonel Potter in the long-running sitcom M*A*S*H*. His son Charles confirmed that Morgan passed away at his home in Los Angeles. Morgan was a prolific character actor who appeared in over 100 movies, including High Noon, Inherit the Wind, How the West was Won and the 1987 Dragnet remake with Tom Hanks. He often played loyal sidekicks, sheriffs, Western baddies, police chiefs and judges in his many roles. Morgan was also known for portraying officer Bill Gannon in the 1967 update of Dragnet, Pete Porter in sitcom Pete and Gladys and Amos Coogan in Hec Ramsey. He won an Emmy (more) »

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