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Issur Danielovitch Demsky was to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in Amsterdam, New York, on this day in 1916 and, to celebrate, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Telegraph have posted photo galleries. Both are fine as these things go, but not nearly as much fun as Douglas's own official site, which greets you with a clip (you know which one) from Kubrick's Spartacus (1960).
It was while serving in the Us Navy during World War II that Izzy Demsky changed his name to Kirk Douglas, by which time he'd already made a name for himself as a champion wrestler and as a performer in plays at Saint Lawrence University in upstate New York. He'd attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where he met Betty Joan Perske (later to become better known as Lauren Bacall), who'd eventually score him a screen test for his first film role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, »
Kirk Douglas, the cleft-chinned actor best known for his roles in movies like "Spartacus," "Out of the Past" and "Lust for Life" and for fathering actor/director Michael Douglas, celebrates his 95th birthday on Friday (Dec. 9).
Douglas was born to Russian-Jewish parents (he titled his 1988 autobiography "The Ragman's Son") in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1916. At Saint Lawrence University he became a champion wreslter, but an interest in acting drew him to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the Navy before returning and making his way to Hollywood. His first role was in 1946's "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" with Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin.
Huffington Post writer John Farr sums up Douglas' larger-than-life life nicely:
An iconic star and producer in Hollywood, he has lived the life of ten men. He was almost on the plane that went down with »
The Da Vinci Code, of course, is full of Leonardo, but I prefer my Last Supper posed by beggars, as in Viridiana
Ah yes, An American in Paris. Gene Kelly's character is a heel, but audiences are so busy ooh-la-la-ing over MGM's soundstage mock-up of Montmartre they don't care, and neither, really, does the film, which finally gives way to a barely relevant 16-minute ballet inspired by the work of painters such as Dufy, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec. The results, as so often with director Vincente Minnelli, pass all the way through kitsch to emerge somewhere on the side of sublime.
Minnelli once again dodges the kitsch bullet in Lust for Life, which ends up a moving study of Van Gogh, though artist biopics that aim to be tasteful, such as Girl with a Pearl Earring, usually end up as upmarket ersatz, best appreciated by folk who think film is »
- Anne Billson
Kcet is airing a special broadcast of Les Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by a show about the 1938 radio drama The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin left radio in 1955 during the McCarthy era and wrote Hollywood screenplays, including Lust for Life, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Thanks to documentary filmmaker Jeff Kaufman, I got to meet Corwin, who was still dazzling as he neared his centennial. Here's the Nyt obit:Mr. Corwin was a prolific writer and producer for CBS in the 1930s and ’40s, best known for his dramatizations of American history, vivid human-interest reports from abroad »
Kcet is airing a special broadcast of Lee Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin left radio in 1955 during the McCarthy era and wrote Hollywood screenplays, including Lust for Life, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Here's the Nyt obit:Mr. Corwin was a prolific writer and producer for CBS in the 1930s and ’40s, best known for his dramatizations of American history, vivid human-interest reports from abroad during World War II, adaptations of American literary works and dozens of radio plays. One of his most celebrated broadcasts came eight days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when four American radio »
Norman Corwin, the famed writer and director of radio plays during their 1930s and 1940s heyday, has died at the age of 101.
The Radio Hall of Fame inductee wrote, produced and narrated more than 100 radio plays. Some of his more famous titles include "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas," "Descent of the Gods" and the "Spoon River Anthology."
Corwin died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.
Here's "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas."
And Part 2
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Norman Corwin has died aged 101.
The broadcasting pioneer passed away on Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
His career spanned more than 70 years, during which time he worked in radio, TV, film and theatre as a writer, producer and director.
Corwin first made a name for himself in the so-called Golden Age of Radio in the 1940s, creating variety shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries enjoyed by millions of Americans.
Corwin also wrote more than a dozen books and theatre plays, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993. »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the heroic WWII epic adventure The Guns of Navarone, based on the Alistair MacLean novel and directed by J. Lee Thompson (Battle for The Planet of the Apes, MacKenna’s Gold, Cape Fear, What A Way To Go), with the release of a 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on October 24.
Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird), Anthony Quinn (Lawrence of Arabia) and David Niven (The Pink Panther) are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.
Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the 50′s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel to the screen. Academy Award »
- Matt Holmes
• As featured in our Edinburgh city guide
Muriel Spark's celebrated 1961 novella was, until Trainspotting, Edinburgh's most readily identifiable contribution to modern literature. Inspired largely by Spark's own time at [James] Gillespie's school, this elaborate, empathetic satire on a fascism-admiring teacher would not have been expected to be a major candidate for Oscar attention, but Maggie Smith won the best actress award in 1969, after Ronald "Poseidon Adventure" Neame directed the film version. Sixties Edinburgh has no problem standing in for 30s Edinburgh: the Marcia Blaine school is sited in the Edinburgh Academy building in Henderson Row, while it's possible to stand in the exact same spot as Maggie Smith on the Grassmarket and bellow: "Observe, »
- Andrew Pulver
Before there was “Lust for Life”, one of the greatest things to come from Iggy Pop’s collaboration with David Bowie, there was Iggy and the Stooges. They started with modest roots, excelling in a strange and eclectic mix of instruments that gradually gave way to the rock that would elevate them above their competition. After years of struggling to find success they recorded two albums before finally hitting upon the sound that would catapult them to stardom: Raw Power. It seems only right then that that album would be the focal point for their 2010 reunion where they played most of the Raw Power tracks along with a few off of Fun House and The Stooges. The show they played in Monticello was filmed, but to avoid making it just another concert film, the cameras were put in the hands of six Stooges fans who got to have a sit-down Q&A with the band. »
- Lex Walker
Ten years ago tomorrow, the bad cop / good cop drama Training Day debuted in theaters. It was a relatively inauspicious debut (for our purposes) in that, though the film was an instant hit, Oscar fanatics weren't really breathlessly awaiting its debut like it was a 'prestige picture' per se. The film surprised and wound up with two nominations for its leading actors, one in lead (Denzel Washington) and one in supporting (Ethan Hawke) because that's how Oscar do.
All it took was a couple of awesome soundbites and a sense that Denzel Washington was peaking as a movie star with that loss for Malcolm X still a regularly discussed Academy embarrassment and *Boom* Julia Roberts was all
I love my life!"
.... and it was Oscar Number Two for Denzel!
Were you watching?
King Kong ain't got shit on him.
Oscar #2 let Denzel into the slim ranks of actors with two competitive gold men. »
- NATHANIEL R
The rich, dramatic story of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh--who has his own museum in Amsterdam--hasn't been brought to life (in English, anyway) in a feature film since Robert Altman's underappreciated Vincent and Theo (1990), starring Tim Roth. Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Lust for Life memorably starred Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh; Anthony Quinn won the supporting actor Oscar as Paul Gauguin. Australian Paul Cox also directed a 1987 documentary on the painter, featuring John Hurt reading his letters (clip below). Now Kalliope Films wants to do the full soup-to-nuts biopic treatment: Van Gogh. They plan to shoot the film throughout Europe (Belgium, France, the UK and The Netherlands), using restored locations where Van Gogh actually lived. Kalliope CEO Kira Madallo Sesay is producing from her »
Everyone has at least one or two movies that came out at just the right time in their life which not only creates a personal attachment, but also allows the film to be life affecting in some shape or form. When Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Irvine Welsh, was released in 1996, my 15-year old self was truly mesmerized by a film the likes of which I had never come across before. It was perfect timing, as I was truly discovering music, fashion and rebellion, and this movie had it all.
Here it is 15 years later, making its Blu-ray debut, and the film still has that same punch that it always did.
Trainspotting takes place in Scotland and follows Marc Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his gaggle of misfit friends; Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Tommy (Kevin McKidd) and Spud (Ewen Bremner). Each »
As the Toronto Film Festival winds down, I want to tell you about one last movie I saw there — a movie that, for me, turned out to be the most surprising one of the festival. I went to a showing of From the Sky Down, a documentary about U2 directed by Davis Guggen- heim, with more or less one thought in my head: Do I really need to see another U2 documentary? There was U2: Rattle and Hum (1988). There was the concert film U2 3D (2008). There was the edition of VH1′s Classic Albums in which the Edge showed you »
- Owen Gleiberman
Kirk Douglas is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of September. Though hardly a great film actor — or even a good one — Douglas has had one of the longest and most prestigious film careers anywhere in the world. That's probably because enough audience members loved how Douglas ferociously attacked his characters — instead of merely bringing them to life. [Kirk Douglas Movie Schedule.] The 94-year-old actor (who'll be turning 95 next December 9) starred or was featured in numerous major classics — and a number of minor ones — from the mid-'40s to the mid'-60s, nabbing three Best Actor Oscar nominations along the way. He has continued working since then, but for the most part his projects have been low-quality fare. The list of Kirk Douglas' movie classics, however, is quite long. It includes Jacques Tourneur's film noir Out of the Past (1947); Mark Robson's boxing melodrama Champion (1949), for which Douglas received his first »
- Andre Soares
Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony Quinn and Dino's voice in Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has died. Quinn collapsed, apparently from a heart attack, while jogging with his son Max in Malibu's La Costa neighborhood on Friday evening (Aug. 5). He was 48. One of Mexican-born, two-time Oscar winner Anthony Quinn's 13 children, Francesco Quinn was born in Rome on March 22, 1963. His mother was costume designer Jolanda Addolori. An actor for 25 years, Quinn was featured in more than 30 movies. His film debut took place in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning Platoon (1986), in which he played the drug-dealing character Rhah. Among his other credits, usually in minor fare, were Casablanca Express (1989), Cannes Man (1996), and Man vs. Monday (2006). According to the IMDb, he has one movie coming out: Giuseppe Ferrara's Roma nuda. Charles Leinenweber and Thadd Turner's Buttermilk Sky was in pre-production for a possible 2012 release. Additionally, Quinn had roles »
- Andre Soares
Is it faintly conceivable that "a hopelessly depressed individual" would outsource his psyche to a garrulous glove puppet to distance himself from "the negative aspects of his personality"? Not really. Depression isn't like that.
The Beaver gets it right in its first few minutes, when Mel Gibson's Walter has yet to place his trust in rodent therapy. Then, all he does is stare vacantly at the ceiling from the marital bed or lie comatose on a lilo or a couch. That's pretty convincing. For depression doesn't prompt weird and imaginative behaviour; its manifestations are as dreary as its impact on the lives of its victims.
We frequently hear the complaint that cinema perpetuates "myths and stereotypes" about mental illness. Its "pervasive negative portrayals" are accused of having "harmful effects". Well, the »
- David Cox
Sometime in between hearing The Pogues’ “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” in a minivan commercial and the words “Whaaaat the Fffff?” fully processing in my brain, I decided to cathertically compile the following list of the 20 Most Inappropriate Songs Ever Used In Commercials. This subject has been broached numerous times online before, but before doing some research (some Google, but mostly library microfiche), I had no idea just how widespread this phenomenon was. Prepare your “huh?”s now: 20. Wendy’s – “Blister In The Sun” by Violent Femmes Nothing gets people in the mood for some Value Menu chili quite like one of pop music’s most notorious masturbation songs! I love Wendy’s and make it a point to stop there on any road trip, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been quite… that… excited about the fry-Frosty combination. Could they not acquire the rights »
- Dan Hopper
Clips from One-Man Show and Special Screening of Spartacus (1960)
Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas will be a special guest at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. During the festival, which takes place April 28-May 1, the three-time Oscar nominee and honorary Academy Award winner will join TCM host Robert Osborne for an interview on stage, leading into a screening of Stanley Kubrick.s epic film Spartacus (1960), which Douglas also produced. The evening.s festivities will include clips from Douglas. biographical one-man show, Before I Forget (2009).
.Kirk Douglas is an American icon whose performances have struck an indelible chord with moviegoers for more than 60 years,. Osborne said. .At the age of 94, he retains the great vitality and enthusiasm which has always been the Douglas trademark. We couldn.t be more pleased that Spartacus himself will be joining us at »
- Melissa Thompson
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Read an Excerpt from an Upcoming Robert Redford Biography from VanityFair.com
“The Wire” As 19th Century Engraved, Serialized Novel from HoodedUtilitarian.com (Suggested by clr)
Your Move, Nathan Fillion: Choose Wisely from TheWrap.com
Lust for Life: Movies, Men and Melodramas from NYTimes.com
Trent Reznor: Iconoclast To Icon, Via Oscar from NPR.org
Undemanded Sequels from AVClub.com
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