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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.
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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
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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 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
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
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
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.
- Andre Soares
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
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
- Pamela McClintock
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
Mass Effect 3 Premiere Video Game Trailer
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- Charles Webb
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 »
- Ronald Bergan
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.
- Blaine Kyllo
"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 »
Imagine "M-a-s-h" without the no-nonsense but fair Army Col. Sherman Potter, who knew how to traverse the line between military discipline and wartime humanity.
Here's Potter, on his first day as commander of a Korean War hospital camp, discovering the moonshine-making operation run by his brilliant but wayward surgeons and holding his fire: "Had a still in Guam in World War II. One night it blew up. That's how I got my Purple Heart."
Or go back to the 1960s version of "Dragnet" and Morgan's tour of duty as police Officer Bill Gannon, playing droll foil to laconic Jack Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday. Or consider Morgan's stalwart judge at the center of an intellectual clash in "Inherit the Wind, »
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. »
- Associated Press
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 »
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. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Los Angeles — 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.
"He was an imp," said Mike Farrell, who starred as B.J. Hunnicutt in "M-a-s-h" along with Morgan and Alan Alda. "As Alan once said, there's not an un-adorable bone in the man's body. He was full of fun, and he was smart as a whip."
Morgan died Wednesday at »
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. »
- Mike Fleeman
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, »
- Andy Patrick
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