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Seven Up! filmmaker Paul Almond dies, aged 83

15 April 2015 4:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Canadian filmmaker Paul Almond has died, aged 83.

The director was behind the ground-breaking and long-running Seven Up! documentary, which focused on a group of 14 British 7-year-olds.

The 1964 special has continued every seven years since as the Up series. Almond co-created the project, before Michael Apted took over the series.

Almond died on Thursday (April 9) in California of complications relating to a recent heart attack, his son Matthew said.

The filmmaker came up with the idea for Seven Up! with Granada producer Tim Hewat while discussing the class system in a pub.

Hewat is said to have remarked: "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man," allegedly originated by St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

Originally intended as a one-off, researcher Apted later revisited the children every seven years. Its most recent version 56 Up aired in 2012.

Almond also wrote and directed a trilogy of films called Isabel, »

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‘Hand to God’ Theater Review: Humans Are Here Simply to Service Their Puppets

7 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As scenarios go, the one about the dummy that takes over the life of the ventriloquist is nearly foolproof. My favorite variation is the old “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episode in which the ventriloquist is revealed to be a life-size doll and the dummy turns out to be a midget. In Robert Askins’ new play “Hand to God,” which had its Broadway premiere Tuesday at the Booth Theatre in New York, the playwright doesn’t deliver a major twist to the venerable ventriloquist/dummy story, but in act two of this raunchy comedy, he and his able director Moritz von Stuelpnagel do introduce. »

- Robert Hofler

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James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

7 April 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.

Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”

The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon »

- Carmel Dagan

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James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

7 April 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.

Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”

The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon »

- Carmel Dagan

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Attention, Filmmakers: Learn the Secrets of Hitchcock's Genius in 'Hitch20' Docu-Series

27 March 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Title Sequences: The Leap from Alfred Hitchcock to David Fincher Filmmakers looking to strengthen their visual language skills should definitely take notes while watching the first season of BorgusFilms' "Hitch20," now streaming in its entirety on Youtube. Given the abundance of critical analysis that exists around the Master of Suspense's lengthy filmography, "Hitch20" takes a new and exciting approach to breaking down the movie icon's visual style -- by focusing exclusively on the twenty episodes of television Hitchcock personally directed. Most filmmakers are familiar with the visual compositions that makeup the shower scene in "Psycho" or the crop-duster chase in "North by Northwest," but what about the moments in various episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that also detail Hitchcock's filmic language? Luckily "Hitch20" and its various special guests, including William C. Martell (screenwriter »

- Zack Sharf

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Inside No. 9 series 2: Pemberton & Shearsmith's twisted genius

16 March 2015 4:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Here's a spoiler-free look at what to expect from the second series of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's glorious Inside No. 9...

Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.

Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton, »

- louisamellor

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Examining the Christopher Nolan backlash

23 February 2015 10:33 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Another Oscars season, and Christopher Nolan is overlooked again. With Interstellar getting a mixed reaction, we look at the Nolan backlash.

This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.

In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?

This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »

- simonbrew

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Watch: A Video Essay on Robert Altman’s TV Work

19 February 2015 8:09 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Robert Altman’s formative years working in episodic television are examined by Violet Lucca in this Film Comment video essay. Highlighting one of his two Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes, Lucca argues its foregrounding of a disintegrating female psychopath anticipates Altman’s later studies of women with fragmented psyches (Images, Three Women). After finding his autuerist signature on Bonanza! and examining one of his most famous contributions to Combat!, the essay concludes with a look at Altman’s Bus Stop episode “A Lion Walks Among Us,” controversial enough amongst widespread hysteria about juvenile delinquency and violence on TV to merit Congressional questioning of ABC president Oliver Treyz. »

- Filmmaker Staff

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Robert Blees, Writer of Sirk’s ‘Magnificent Obsession,’ Dies at 96

5 February 2015 4:22 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Blees, a writer and producer for film and television who penned the screenplays for Douglas Sirk’s 1954 classic “Magnificent Obsession” and Joan Crawford film “Autumn Leaves,” died January 31 in Menlo Park, Calif. He was 96.

Over the course of a show business career lasting more than four decades, Blees amassed a considerable number of credits in television, from “Damon Runyon Theater,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Peter Gunn,” “Zane Grey Theater” and “Kraft Suspense Theater” to the 1985 TV movie “Gidget’s Summer Reunion.” He was a  producer of series including “Combat,” “Bonanza” and “Cannon.”

Blees also served for decades on the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

“While my tenure on Mptf’s board overlapped Bob Blees’ for only a few years, it didn’t take long to appreciate his grace and intellect as well as his compassion for the people of our industry,” said Mptf CEO Bob Beitcher. “Bob served »

- Carmel Dagan

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Robert Blees, Writer of Sirk’s ‘Magnificent Obsession,’ Dies at 96

5 February 2015 4:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Blees, a writer and producer for film and television who penned the screenplays for Douglas Sirk’s 1954 classic “Magnificent Obsession” and Joan Crawford film “Autumn Leaves,” died January 31 in Menlo Park, Calif. He was 96.

Over the course of a show business career lasting more than four decades, Blees amassed a considerable number of credits in television, from “Damon Runyon Theater,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Peter Gunn,” “Zane Grey Theater” and “Kraft Suspense Theater” to the 1985 TV movie “Gidget’s Summer Reunion.” He was a  producer of series including “Combat,” “Bonanza” and “Cannon.”

Blees also served for decades on the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

“While my tenure on Mptf’s board overlapped Bob Blees’ for only a few years, it didn’t take long to appreciate his grace and intellect as well as his compassion for the people of our industry,” said Mptf CEO Bob Beitcher. “Bob served »

- Carmel Dagan

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Rip Edward Herrmann

2 January 2015 7:25 PM, PST | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

A lengthy run on the popular Gilmore Girls may be what Herrmann is best remembered for but his body of work is lengthy and admirable. Included on his ledger are numerous horror films including the classic and muchbeloved Lost Boys. The reboot of The Town That Dreaded Sundown My Boyfriends Back Here Comes the Munsters a turn on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Death Valley are just a few other genre standouts on his ledger. »

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