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Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression," or so the saying goes, and sometimes with a film all it takes is one scene or perhaps even a single shot to draw viewers into a film. An opening shot often sets the tone for the rest of the story, something one YouTuber examines in the video below. More of a tribute video than a true video essay, the extended montage explores the art of the opening shot using clips from esteemed classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars as well as more modern fare, too, including clips from The Dark Knight, No Country for Old Men and Stoker. Go ahead, check out the video below and see if you can spot which clips are from which films, and then take to the comments and let us know which films impress you »
- Jordan Benesh
It’s impossible to create a list on the internet, especially when it comes to movies, without starting a hotly contested debate. And while CineFix's “Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All-Time” will certainly stir some arguments, they shy away from making it a definitive ranking, instead breaking things down into ten different categories. Read More: 20 Visually Stunning Movies That Go For Broke Some of the categories include: European cinema, black-and-white in the modern era, Asian cinema, sweeping Hollywood epics, etc. Altogether, the aim is to pick a movie that’s purely a representation of cinematic beauty, whether it’s the striking 70mm desert imagery of “Lawrence of Arabia,” the deep focus cinematography of “Citizen Kane,” or the decadent use of color in “Hero.” It’s not so much about how the cinematography services the movie. They’re instead picking movies that would look like a masterful painting if you pressed the pause button. »
- Ken Guidry
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's new trailer gets mashed up with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Iron Man takes to the streets of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V and Real Fake History examines Little Mac's legend in Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Not enough for you? Then check out Game of Thrones' 8-bit death scenes and the most beautiful movies in cinematic history. Oh, and we have the Super Mario Bros. honest trailer you've been waiting for since 1993! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Batman v Superman and It's Always Sunny Mashup
Just a few weeks ago at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. unveiled the »
2015 has already been a good year for DVD/Bluray releases from the gang at Scream Factory, with many new and old titles being released quite regularly. Everything from Tobe Hooper’s Invaders From Mars to the upcoming special feature-heavy Bluray of Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs, Sf have given genre fans exactly what they’ve asked for. While those fan favorites are awesome and are most definitely worth picking up, the films I’m excited for the most, are the somewhat forgotten gems that Scream Factory are set to unleash, like the Pierce Brosnan-led Nomads and the subject of this announcement, the 1978 Sam Elliot film The Legacy. The film, which also stars Katherine Ross and The Who’s Roger Daltrey in supporting roles, and was directed by Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand is hitting Bluray on September 15th, complete with new special features as well. »
- Jerry Smith
Scream Factory has detailed their plans for the Blu-ray release of The Legacy, revealing the list of bonus features and the fact that this this will be a new HD transfer from the inter-positive:
"It is a birthright of the living death...Scream Factory proudly presents the Blu-ray debut of The Legacy on September 15, 2015. This release comes complete with a new HD transfer and bonus features, including new interviews with film editor Anne V. Coates and special effects artist Robin Grantham.
How far would you go to inherit everlasting life? When Margaret (Katharine Ross, The Stepford Wives) and her boyfriend Pete (Sam Elliot, Frogs, Road House) have a car accident in the English countryside, the other driver offers to take them to his lavish country estate to make amends. But once there, they are surprised to learn that all of the other houseguests are already expecting them! It's not long »
- Jonathan James
In 1962, Mary Badham was a nine-year-old girl plucked from among 200 contenders by Universal Studios to star as Scout opposite Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch in the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Mockingbird would go on to earn eight Oscar nominations, including best picture (it lost to Lawrence of Arabia), best actor for Peck, who won, and best supporting actress for Badham (she lost to 16-year-old Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker). “When the film came out in 1962, I got an Oscar nomination,” says Badham today. “I don’t think my brother
- Bill Higgins
It seems like every movie franchise is expanding with sequels, prequels, and anthology films. Every character must be explained and every moment must be felt for us to truly know it happened. We take a look at some of the upcoming prequels, such as the Han Solo solo film that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing, and why it may not be entirely necessary to have these films that focus on the details of characters that we learned to love without much explanation.
Sdcc 2015: First teaser for ‘Suicide Squad’ shows the whole team (and briefly Batman)
Sdcc 2015: New trailer for ‘Batman v. Superman’ shows why the two heroes are clashing
Sdcc 2015: ‘Deadpool’ was the Marvel showstopper at Comic Con
Hayao Miyazaki creates an animated short after retiring from »
- Zach Dennis
Four years ago, in 2011, the Romanian director Anca Damian first made herself widely known to the international film community by presenting her animated feature Crulic at the Locarno film festival. Based on a true story of Claudiu Crulic that has gained a lot of publicity in 2008, the film consists of a mix of techniques including hand-drawn animation and animated photographs. They are of Crulic’s personal possessions – that he kept while imprisoned in a Polish prison after being arrested for theft, although he had supposedly been in Italy at the time. A Romanian citizen, Crulic sought help from the Romanian consul and went on a hunger strike after his requests were dismissed. The signs of his deteriorating health have been dismissed and he finally died from starvation four months later.
Reality keeps intruding into Damian’s animations – and while in Crulic, it was the things the real, historic Claudiu Crulic kept, »
- Tina Poglajen
Following Giles Fraser’s excellent article (Money is the only God Tories want us to worship on a Sunday, 11 July), may I propose that we now rebrand as Sunday as “a day of contentment”. This would not only emphasise the benefits of connecting to and enjoying the natural world and the company of friends and family, but also provide an opportunity to truly enjoy, use and benefit from the material possessions we already have. This might also provide a useful antidote to the commercial pressures which build a constant sense of wanting things that we don’t need and of needing things that we don’t want.
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• Peter Bradshaw rightly refers to Omar Sharif’s appearance in Lawrence of Arabia as “one of the greatest entrances in movie history” (Report, 11 July). However, that famous scene also has the distinction of being the only one »
There is a shot in “Doctor Zhivago” in which Omar Sharif’s face is almost entirely veiled in shadow, so that all we see are his eyes, focused on the woman who will soon become his lover. For all the visual sweep of David Lean’s magnificently mushy 1965 romance, it contains few images as telling or revealing as this one: Here were eyes for the audience to lose itself in, but also to study closely. The film historian and professor Constantine Santas summed it up in his appreciative 2011 study of Lean’s epics, when he wrote that Sharif’s Zhivago “is frequently described as ‘passive,’ his eyes reflecting the reality he sees in reaction shots; his eyes then become the mirror of reality we ourselves see.”
It’s a conceit that could only work, of course, if your leading man had the eyes to do it justice. And Lean, the »
- Justin Chang
The passing of Omar Sharif on Friday saw instant heartache emanate from across the cinema world and beyond. One of the last great male icons from Hollywood’s golden age – the suave, dark-eyed and dashingly handsome gent who sent hearts racing in Doctor Zhivago, Funny Girl and numerous others – had gone. But from Egypt and the wider Middle East, there was distinctly more emotional outpouring. For Sharif, ever since his first arrival on Western cinema screens as a barely discernable speck through the heat thermals of the Jordanian desert in Lawrence of Arabia, represented the Arab world on
- Alex Ritman
Omar Sharif, the international film star famed for roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has passed away of a heart attack at the age of 83, leaving behind a limelight legacy rivaling any of Hollywood’s favorite leading men.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt as Michel Demitri Shalhoub, Sharif changed his name as a young university graduate landing his first film roles in his native country. In what seemed like no time for the life of a beginning actor, Sharif—in part due to his famous good looks—soon gained traction in the world of film, but also in the tabloid press, converting to Islam and marrying co-star and Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955. These trysts with female leads, however, would continue during their marriage, and Sharif’s flirtations would soon become almost as notable as his films.
Still, Sharif’s screen presence won out when his first English-language film »
David Zucker, famed Hollywood veteran known for writing and producing “The Naked Gun” and directing “Scary Movie,” is mourning actor Omar Sharif’s passing. Sharif, who died Thursday of a heart attack in Cairo at age 83, worked with Zucker on the 1984 comedy “Top Secret!” Though Sharif earned an Oscar nomination for “Lawrence of Arabia” and starred in classics like “Doctor Zhivago,” Zucker recalled forcing the Egyptian actor to endure all sorts of silliness for “Top Secret!” — from exploding cigars to whipped cream in the face. Also Read: Omar Sharif Tributes: Hollywood Remembers 'Lawrence of Arabia' Star Through it all, »
- Kathy Zerbib
Legendary Hollywood actor Omar Sharif, who starred in such cinema classics as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago” and “Funny Girl” died Friday, July 10 following a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. He was 83. The Egyptian actor born Michel Demitri Chalhoub had a long, storied career that spanned the better part of six decades. During this period he was featured in more than 100 movies and TV series. Certainly a sex symbol in his time, it was Sharif’s role as Sherif Ali in the 1962 Oscar-winning film “Lawrence of Arabia” that catapulted his career. For his work in the film, Sharif won Golden Globes for “Best Supporting Actor” and “Most Promising Newcomer - Male” as well as an Oscar nomination. In 1966, Sharif would also win a Golden Globe for “Best Actor” in “Doctor Zhivago.” Celebrities, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Dana Delaney and Josh Gad, chimed in on social media to mourn the actor’s death. »
- David Eckstein
I met him only once, but it would be impossible to forget an encounter with Omar Sharif, who died today at the age of 83; the circumstances made it all the more memorable. To promote the reissue of Lawrence of Arabia in 1989, I had the opportunity to jointly interview four of its creators: director David Lean, cinematographer F.A. (Freddie) Young, composer Maurice Jarre (all of whom won Academy Awards for their work) and Sharif (who earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor). What a day that was. They were justly proud of their achievement and happy to talk about it. Sharif had no illusions about what the role of Sherif Ali meant to his career. “That was my...
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- Leonard Maltin
The news that Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor known for his roles in classic films like “Doctor Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” has sparked heartfelt reactions across Hollywood. “He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo,” the actor’s agent, Steve Kenis, told TheWrap on Friday. He was 83. “Omar was my first leading man in the movies,” Barbra Streisand, who starred opposite Sharif in her Oscar-winning debut, “Funny Girl,” said in a statement. “He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people’s eyes, the idea of casting him in ‘Funny Girl’ was. »
- Debbie Emery
Omar Sharif, who received an Oscar nomination for his towering performance in the 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia, passed away earlier today at the age of 83. His agent, Steve Kenis, revealed earlier this year that the actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Steve Kenis confirmed that Omar Sharif died after suffering a heart attack in Cairo, Egypt.
The actor was born as Michel Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt in April 1932, to a lumber merchant. After graduating from Victoria College in Alexandria, and later from Cairo University, he entered his family's lumber business, before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (Rada). In the 1950s, he became a rising star in Egyptian cinema, starring in films such as The Blazing Sun, Our Best Days and The Lebanese Mission before making his English-language debut with Lawrence of Arabia, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for and received an Oscar nomination. »
Legendary actor Omar Sharif, who starred in Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, has died of a heart attack at the age of 83. Rip Omar Sharif Sharif was born Michel Shalhoub in 1932 and will be remembered as one of the most successful Egyptian actors, who starred in huge Hollywood classics including Lawrence of […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Omar Sharif, the iconic star of classic movies Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago has died at the age of 83. His agent confirmed that the Egyptian actor die from a heart attack in Cairo earlier this afternoon (July 10th, 2015).
Sharif was born Michael Shalhoub in 1932, but changed his name after converting to Islam upon meeting the self proclaimed ‘love of his life’ Faten Hamama. He was perhaps most famous for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean‘s 1962 epic Lawrence Of Arabia, and in Doctor Zhivago opposite Julie Christie four years later. He found fame in the Arab world much earlier however, after appearing in Sira’a Fil Wadi opposite Hamama in 1954, who would go on to become his wife, and mother to his son. »
- Paul Heath
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