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Director Penn Hospitalised With Pneumonia

14 July 2009 12:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Penn has cancelled his appearance at the Maine International Film Festival after falling ill with pneumonia.

Penn, 86, was to set receive an award at the event in Waterville on Wednesday.

The director's son, Matthew, says Penn - whose other films include The Miracle Worker, Alice's Restaurant, The Left Handed Gun and Little Big Man - remained in doctors' care on Tuesday in a New York hospital but is expected to recover.

A special guest will now receive the honour for the filmmaker, according to festival officials. »

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Talkin' Westerns with A.C. Lyles

14 May 2009 4:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(A.C. Lyles, below)

by Jon Zelazny

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at on February 27, 2009

There’s an A.C. Lyles Building at the Paramount Pictures main lot, but you won’t find A.C. Lyles there; his office is on the fourth floor of the William S. Hart Building.

When I arrived for our interview, Mr. Lyles was chatting with some visitors in his outer office. He bid me into his main office, and asked his assistant Pam to put in a video… a short promo reel that opens with a six minute tribute by then-President Ronald Reagan, who warmly recalls his and Nancy’s many years of friendship with A.C. and his wife Martha, and congratulates A.C. on his fifty years at the studio. The President’s intro is followed by taped congratulations from President Carter, President Ford, and Vice President Bush, then assorted clips celebrating Mr. »

- The Hollywood

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Arthur Penn: The Hollywood Interview

10 April 2009 1:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director Arthur Penn.

The Left Handed Gun: Arthur Penn’S Ticket To Hollywood… And His Ticket Back Home As Well

by Jon Zelazny

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on September 29, 2008.

In the 1960’s, Arthur Penn was one of the most acclaimed directors in the world, best known for his smash hits The Mircale Worker (1962) and Bonnie & Clyde (1967), each of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

He spent his early career directing theater and live television in New York, until he and three of his TV colleagues—producer Fred Coe, writer Leslie Stevens, and fledgling star Paul Newman—went to Hollywood to make a western about Billy the Kid.

Paul Newman takes aim as Billy the Kid, in Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun.

2008 marked the 50th anniversary of The Left Handed Gun, Penn’s now-celebrated feature film debut. We spoke by phone, ironically the day »

- The Hollywood

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