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Celebrity Photographer Willoughby Dies

29 December 2009 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Celebrity photographer Bob Willoughby has died, aged 82.

Willoughby, who photographed Audrey Hepburn, Roman Polanski and Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Dustin Hoffman, and many others on Hollywood movie sets, lost his battle with cancer on 18 December at his home in Vence, in the South of France.

In the early 1950s he began photographing jazz musicians in California clubs, notably Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan.

He became well known in Hollywood after Warner Brothers asked him to photograph Judy Garland on the set of her 1954 film A Star Is Born. The iconic photo later landed the cover of Life magazine.

Willoughby also created lasting images of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Jane Fonda at work on Klute, Hepburn on Roman Holiday, and Sinatra, whom he photographed with the Rat Pack in front of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the filming of Ocean’s Eleven.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his sons Christopher, Stephen and David, a daughter, Catherine, and eight grandchildren. »

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Clip joint: the best film clips featuring bridges

3 December 2009 4:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week, nilpferd wants us all to link up, join together and only connect with the best film clips featuring bridges

Bridges are essential film furniture. And not just because they are large, iconic objects whose construction, capture or destruction can take up whole afternoon matinees. A dauntingly high bridge is the ideal suspense building bottleneck in an action film – and if it happens to be a hanging walkway with rotting boards and fraying twine, so much the worse for vertigo-stricken heroes and the better for us viewers.

Slow the pace down, and the bridge's function as a connector comes into focus – crossing it can bring irreversible changes, but it can also act as a facilitator of exchange and interaction. Yet beyond these functional roles, bridges possess magical qualities which make them ideal for cinema. Neither here nor quite there, they exist somewhere in-between.

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Audrey Hepburn Film Series: Charade, My Fair Lady

24 October 2009 12:04 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn in Love in the Afternoon Audrey Hepburn Lacma Series: Roman Holiday, Sabrina Love in the Afternoon October 30 | 9:35 pm Love in the Afternoon, Wilder’s long awaited tribute to his idol Ernst Lubitsch, is based on a French novel and tells the story of Ariane, an innocent young cello student in Paris whose father is a detective, played by Chevalier, the star of four Lubitsch musicals. In order to spark the romantic interest of Frank, an American millionaire and notorious playboy ensconced at the Ritz, Ariane assumes the guise of a sophisticated woman of affairs; but when Frank hires Ariane’s father to investigate the mysterious girl who only visits him in the afternoon, complications arise. [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Audrey Hepburn Lacma Series: Roman Holiday, Sabrina

24 October 2009 12:04 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s “Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now and Forever” Intro Screening schedule and synopses from Lacma’s press release: Roman Holiday October 23 | 7:30 pm | Introduction by Peter Bogdanovich Cloistered in a Roman palace on a brief state visit and yearning for a taste of la dolce vita, a young princess from an unnamed European country breaks curfew and hits the town, where too much champagne propels her straight into the arms of an accommodating American—a reporter who knows an exclusive story when it wakes up in his apartment, needing coffee and a new outfit for the scooter. Love blossoms when they set off on a magical mystery tour of the great monuments of the Eternal City; but as [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now and Forever

23 October 2009 5:57 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s "Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now and Forever" is the title of the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art film series that kicks off this evening with a double bill: Roman Holiday (1953, right), the film that both made Audrey Hepburn a star — in her first leading role — and earned the actress her only Academy Award, and Peter Bogdanovich’s little-seen They All Laughed (1981), Hepburn’s last starring role in a feature film. Bogdanovich will introduce the screening. Classy without being aloof; alluring without being vulgar; sophisticated without being snotty. That pretty much would summarize Audrey Hepburn’s screen presence. She could be hilarious, e.g., doing her best to seduce Cary Grant in Charade (1963); she [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Kangana Ranaut's Roman Holiday

8 September 2009 2:21 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Audrey Hepburn, playing a princess, escaped her responsibilities for the day in 1953's Roman Holiday. Kangana Ranaut may not be a princess but surely the worries of a modern day Audrey Hepburn are just as wearisome as those of Princess Ann in the film. Where else could she go but Italy - the home of good food, up-to-the-minute fashion, and welcoming people! After a filming schedule of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai was canceled, Kangana escaped to Italy for a little rest and relaxation.

As she blogged on Tuesday, "I ate good food, visited beautiful places, fell in love with Michelangelo's art, made wishes throwing coins in the fountain. I loved the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, by far my favorites. The 'Last Supper' is such an exquisite piece of art...I could look at it forever."

And don't think that just because Kangana is a two-time »

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In Case You Missed It: ‘Papillon’ (1973)

3 August 2009 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Before there was The Shawshank Redemption, there was Papillon, in my opinion, the finest example of a prison drama followed closely by The Shawshank Redemption. Papillon is based on the memoir written by Henri Charriere, who was convicted of murder and spent his sentence as an inmate in the island prison of French Guiana. The film recounts many of the author’s experiences, but deviates some the from the book. While Papillon is said to be based on a true story, much of it’s authenticity has been disputed. Regardless, Papillon is a remarkable motion picture worthy of praise.

The opening of a great film can tell the viewer a lot, often by saying very little but doing so with a creative efficiency that says so much. Papillon opens with a close-up shot of the warden and his guards briskly marching towards the head of a new batch of prisoners, »

- Travis

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DVD Round Up, Mar. 23, 2009: ‘Lilo & Stitch,’ ‘The Odd Couple,’ ‘To Catch a Thief’

23 March 2009 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – A Disney movie and two all-time classics being inducted in Paramount’s “Centennial Collection” make up this week’s version of the “DVD Round-Up,” your safety net for titles that may have slipped by your home entertainment radar.

The Round-Up,’s famous recurring column about lesser Blu-Ray and DVD titles that may have slipped through your fingers at the store recently, brings you three catalog titles being reissued for DVD in new two-disc editions.

“Lilo & Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition,” “The Centennial Collection: The Odd Couple,” and “The Centennial Collection: To Catch a Thief” will all be released on March 24th, 2009.

“Lilo & Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition”

Photo credit: Disney Piggy-backing on the more awesome and high-profile Blu-Ray release for “Bolt,” Disney is giving fans a chance to catch up on one of their bigger titles from the early part of the decade, 2002’s “Lilo & Stitch,” now »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Deepika wants to become Audrey Hepburn

23 March 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Deepika Padukone has had a dream-run in Bollywood with just three releases, but the model-turned-actress says her dream is to play the elegant Audrey Hepburn, her style icon.

"I would like to play Audrey Hepburn, my style icon, in movies like 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' or 'Roman Holiday'," Deepika told reporters on the sidelines of the Wills India Fashion Week (Wifw) Saturday, where she walked the ramp for Ranna Gill and Rina Dhaka's collections sponsored by luxury brand Fiama Di Wills.

After debuting opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2007 hit "Om Shanti Om" and doing "Chandni Chowk To China" with Akshay Kumar, Deepika's next is "Love Aaj Kal" alongside Saif Ali Khan. And she is all praise for filmmaker Imtiaz Ali of "Jab We Met" fame.

"I enjoyed working with Imtiaz Ali in his movie 'Love Aaj Kal', where he cast me opposite Saif. It was a dream »

- mihirkula

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Colette and Audrey. Michelle and Kathy

8 February 2009 10:45 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I'm well into the novel Chéri, the movie version of which will premiere in just two days at Berlinale. It's a great read. There's exquisite descriptions of complicated emotions and intriguing relationships. There's also an unembarrassed sensuality to the material. If they can capture the nuances and the texture on film, it'll be quite a good sit.

I didn't know much about French novelist Colette (seated spectacularly, left) prior to the news about this movie and I blame that on Gigi the movie which is based on her most famous novel. I'd never read it because I didn't like the movie. I figured she wasn't for me. How wrong I was! The more I learn about Colette, the more I love. Not only am I instantly on board with her writing but then to learn that she was once a performer at the Moulin Rouge?!? Add in lesbian love affairs, »


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The Ultimate Guide to TCM's 31 Days of Oscar Begins Here

31 January 2009 5:56 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

From this Sunday, February 1 through Tuesday, March 3 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) begins their annual 31 Days of Oscar, which brings you night after night of Oscar winning and nominated films uncut and commercial free on TCM and I have put together for you a mini guide for films to look for each day so you can either sit down and enjoy them as they play or set your DVR to record them for later. Either way, this is a great way to knock off so many of those classic films from your must see list. First, how about the TCM video montage preview. Can you name the films?

Now, for the full schedule you can click here to download the Pdf or you can browse TCM's online calendar at the 31 Days of Oscar official site. Because one thing is for sure, even though I list films for every single day below »

- Brad Brevet

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Why I Don't Like the 'Adjusted for Inflation' Box-Office Argument

26 January 2009 3:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Photo: Warner Bros. On Friday I posted the Friday box-office estimates and inside of it I said how Gran Torino will become Clint Eastwood's highest grossing film of all-time, ahead of In the Line of Fire. Of course, the very first comment that comes in comes from Allan saying, "Adjusting for inflation, Every Which Way but Loose will remain number one." Now, to be fair, Allan was not the only one presenting this little inflation case to me with regards to Eastwood. In his Box-Office Wrap-Up our very own Laremy Legel said, "As Brad has already noted, [Gran Torino] is on the way to being the biggest Eastwood flick of all time. However, I maintain 1978's Every Which Way but Loose is still way up adjusted for inflation." In 1978 Every Which Way but Loose earned $85.1 million and according to Box-Office Mojo's inflation charts the average »

- Brad Brevet

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Paramount's Centennial Collection: Sunset Blvd. and Four Hepburn Flicks

13 January 2009 11:18 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Paramount Home Entertainment released their first wave of "Centennial Collection" DVD releases on November 11, 2008 beginning with brand new 2-disc releases of Sunset Boulevard, Roman Holiday and Sabrina. These new 2-Disc releases come with the feature film on the first disc and a host of special features on the second disc as well as an 8-page booklet each. Paramount has done very little in giving much information on their intentions with these releases outside of giving press the following: In keeping with its ongoing commitment to retrieving and presenting treasured films from its nearly 100-year history, Paramount Home Entertainment will launch of a new line of classics that were digitally mastered and restored called the Paramount Centennial Collection. Debuting on DVD November 11, 2008, the first three titles in the collection will be Roman Holiday (1953), Sunset Blvd. (1950) and Sabrina (1954). All three films will be available in a 2-disc set including an 8-page Collectible booklet. »

- Brad Brevet

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DVD Round Up, Jan. 13, 2009: ‘My Best Friend’s Girl,’ ‘My Bloody Valentine,’ ‘Little Britain USA,’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

13 January 2009 4:10 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Audrey Hepburn and Dane Cook. You won’t find that kind of variety too many places outside of HollywoodChicago’s DVD & Blu-Ray Round-Up. From serial killers to musicals to a British import, this week’s round-up features an exciting variety of titles.

Some of these are agreed-upon classics, while at least one features arguably the most critically despised actor alive. And before you see a certain 3D horror movie this weekend, you should check out the available special edition.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Funny Face,” “Little Britain USA,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and “My Bloody Valentine”. Try and find a lineup that diverse anywhere other than the round-up.

(Check out the first edition of the round-up, the second edition, and a few Blu-Ray Round-Ups here and here.)

All of these titles were released on January 13th, 2009.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released by Paramount on January 13th, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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