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Brilliant photographer whose portraits were loved by international film stars
Cornel Lucas, who has died aged 92, was the doyen of still photography in the British film industry. Although his pictures were not destined for cinema screens, his artistry and technique were much respected by his film cameramen colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic.
During the 1940s, working at Denham Studios, in Buckinghamshire, Cornel became well known for his brilliant portraiture and as the master of a huge 12in x 10in plate camera, which gave a large negative area, capable of delivering unmatched image quality. When international superstars came to work on British productions, they were invariably photographed by Cornel to create the publicity stills.
- Sydney Samuelson
I don’t know how many young people are aware of the great W.C. Fields, but they ought to be. Two years ago, Zach Galifianakis wrote on his MySpace page, “Influences – my family, my friends and wc fields…” Contemporary comedy guru Judd Apatow has said, “W.C. Fields is the funniest guy of everybody, ever.” When Conan O’Brien was asked by James Lipton, “Who makes you laugh?” he replied, “W.C. Fields I think is maybe the funniest man that ever lived.” The great man’s grandchildren keep his flame alive around the world. Not long ago, Dr. Harriet Fields sent me this note: “I just returned from Rwanda,...
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- Leonard Maltin
The classic film theme will be very audible at the Olympics
Age: 31. And it shows.
Appearance: It's a piece of music. It has no visual likeness.
All right then. Sounds like? Athletes jogging along a beach in slow-motion.
The one that goes: Bom Bom – [beat] – la lala la-laaaaaa la-la la-la – [beat] – la lala la Laaaaaa? Hard to say, given that the typed word makes no sound. But for the sake of argument, yes, the one that goes like that.
Oh lovely. I always find it extremely motivational. Really? I find it cheesy and cliched. But it seems I'm in a minority.
How so? Well, this being an Olympic year, the country throbs to the synthesised sound of Vangelis. There's a stage adaptation on in the West End, »
As Dr Buckles makes his debut on Sky Atlantic, we look at six of his finest TV moments, from Rock Dad to The It Crowd
Adam & Joe's 6 Music radio show may be a thing of the past, what with Joe hanging out with Hollywood's finest instead of imaginary slobbering dogs these days. But for fans of his erstwhile radio chum Count Buckules these are giddy days indeed. The great man and his beard are the stars of new Sky Atlantic show Bug – a mixture of music promos, insane YouTube comments and associated internet whimsy based on the show of the same name that Buxton been performing at the BFI and various festivals for the past few years.
Not one to miss out on an opportunity to record a jingle or ident, the show also features plenty of Buxton's own music and video extravaganzas including opening titles that simultaneously welcome viewers »
- Johnny Dee
As Vulture says: You Obsess About Movie Directors Because of Andrew Sarris Andrew Sarris and his seminal survey, The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968 were my earliest education about »
- Ryan Adams
Any roundup of the day's news has to begin with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Following yesterday's release of the poster, France's Premiere broke the news that the tale set in the summer of 1965 and featuring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman would open this year's Cannes Film Festival on May 16. The Festival's quickly followed up with its official announcement. Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux: "Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in Moonrise Kingdom, which once again is a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve. Sensitive and independent, this admirer of Fellini and Renoir is also in his own right a brilliant and inventive filmmaker."
A couple of related items: At Open Culture, Colin Marshall argues that, with his two ads for the Hyundai Azera (which, »
Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi in Oscar nominee (but not DGA nominee) David Lean's Summertime DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards 1948-1952: Odd Men Out George Cukor, John Huston, Vincente Minnelli 1953 DGA (12) Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, Above and Beyond Walter Lang, Call Me Madam Daniel Mann, Come Back, Little Sheba Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Julius Caesar Henry Koster, The Robe Jean Negulesco, Titanic George Sidney, Young Bess DGA/AMPAS George Stevens, Shane Charles Walters, Lili Billy Wilder, Stalag 17 William Wyler, Roman Holiday Fred Zinnemann, From Here to Eternity 1954 DGA (16) Edward Dmytryk, The Caine Mutiny Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder Robert Wise, Executive Suite Anthony Mann, The Glenn Miller Story Samuel Fuller, Hell and High Water Henry King, King of Khyber Rifles Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, Knock on Wood Don Siegel, Riot in Cell Block 11 Stanley Donen, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers George Cukor, A Star Is Born Jean Negulesco, »
- Andre Soares
7 items from 2012
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