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Angela Lansbury isn’t one to rest on her laurels. Fresh off an honorary Oscar for decades of memorable performances in such films as “Gaslight” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” the 88-year old Lansbury is returning to the stage in a West End revival of “Blithe Spirit.” She will play doddering clairvoyant Madame Arcati, the same role that won her a Tony in 2009. It marks Lansbury’s first time on the London stage in nearly 40 years, her last stint crossing the boards in the city coming with a performance as Gertrude in the National Theatre’s 1975 production of “Hamlet.” Also read: Angelina Jolie, »
- Brent Lang
Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.
Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned »
- Gary Susman
• John F Kennedy assassination: 50 years of conspiracy in film and fiction
Just about the only interesting things about the new Hollywood movie Parkland is its demonstration of how far Hollywood has shifted to the right over the last couple of decades.
John F Kennedy was quite a conservative president. He opposed the March on Washington and did little to promote the cause of civil rights, whereas Hollywood celebrities as diverse as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, and Steve McQueen joined the march and heard Martin Luther King discuss his dream. Nevertheless Kennedy's murder sent shockwaves through the liberal Los Angeles community. The humourist Mort Sahl remarked that »
- Alex Cox
The first big show of the Awards Season happened Saturday night as Hollywood’s A-listers turned out to celebrate 2013 Governors Award honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Piero Tosi. The Governors Awards, along with the Academy Awards, bookends the entire award season annually.
The Academy blogged the event Live for fans during the arrivals and ceremony. You can read it here: http://www.oscars.org/awards/governors/index.html.
Produced by Paula Wagner, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and three Honorary Awards were presented to Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but did not attend the ceremony.
On hand were Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Rash & Nate Faxon, Jonah Hill, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lee Daniels & Ruth E. Carter, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Michelle McCue
It won’t take a historian to convince you how turbulent the political atmosphere was in the 1960s — simply look at the American cinema for proof. There had been an influx of the film with the residue of McCarthyism (The Manchurian Candidate), spy thrillers with the looming threat of the Russians (From Russia with Love), and the deep-seated fear of nuclear apocalypse (Dr. Strangelove). These were films about professionals and about the jobs the men in high positions carried out with our voices and votes at a passive distance. The United States’ personal struggle, one dealt with on a day-to-day basis by the average citizen, was the civil rights movement, a stark attempt of reconciliation of the nation’s troubled past by affirming a real equality for black citizens — a cultural as well as legal battle. Cinema’s visual representation for African Americans at this point was throwing Sidney Poitier into a Hollywood production, »
- Zach Lewis
The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity requires no further explanation or scene-setting; when it provides instead a well-signposted point of departure for artistic creativity. The matter of Dallas has been as resonant in the fiction and film of the past half century as the story of the Trojan war was in the literature of classical antiquity. Only Hitler and the Nazis rival its influence on the modern imagination.
Yet the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination will not be marked by consensus. »
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
On Sunday, November 3rd the investigative documentary JFK: The Smoking Gun premieres on Reelz. This special television event details the extensive investigations of the Kennedy assassination that were conducted by ballistics expert Howard Donahue and veteran detective Colin McLaren. Though the conclusions they each came to were stunning, it turns out that the theory presented is remarkably simple, straightforward, and sure to convince almost anyone. In honor of the premiere of JFK: The Smoking Gun, we're releasing Kennedy-related trivia questions, clues, and tidbits regularly from now until the premiere. Keep up with the clues, and you'll have the inside scoop when the truth is revealed.
One of the JFK conspiracy theories that makes the rounds suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was manipulated by mind-control experts and “programmed” to kill President Kennedy. People who crafted this theory were likely inspired by a 1962 flick that featured Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury and a »
- Mandy McAdoo
From Terry Keefe
Dear L.A. Friends, The Red Robin, the film that I co-produced and worked for a few years on is having its U.S. Premiere tonight at the Hollywood Film Festival. The screening is at 7 and is at my favorite theater in town, the Arclight Hollywood.
The Red Robin was written and directed by Michael Z. Wechsler, who will be in attendance to introduce the film and do a Q & A afterwards with the cast. I believe that C.S. Lee of Dexter, as well as Caroline Lagerfelt of Gossip Girl, will be there as well. The film also stars Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Independence Day), Ryan O'Nan (The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best), Jaime Ray Newman (Red Widow, Supernatural), and Joseph Lyle Taylor (not sure who is coming from the rest of the cast).
The Red Robin was originally pitched by »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The second series of this long-form Israeli drama that inspired Homeland asks tough and necessary questions of its audience
It's increasingly obvious that the social legacies of military conflict can be as corrosive as the carnage, maiming and "infrastructure degradation" of the battlefield. Collateral damage, as the Us military euphemistically calls inconvenient or unintended civilian deaths, is one side of the equation. Ptsd among former and serving combatants is another.
A further, sinister element of modern conflict emerged in 1962 with John Frankenheimer's film (remade in 2004) of Richard Condon's 1959 novel, The Manchurian Candidate, which relates the story of an American soldier, captured and brainwashed during the Korean war. He returns home to his right-wing family as a "sleeper" agent programmed to assassinate the Us president as a prelude to a Communist uprising. Similar themes have emerged in Telefon, No Way Out, and in TV series such as Sleepers, Spooks, Battlestar Galactica »
- Doug Anderson
Glenn here. First things first: let us congratulate the four people selected by the Academy to receive statues at their annual Governer's Awards in November. The names are screen (big and small) and stage legend Angela Lansbury, five-time costume design nominee Piero Tosi, actor and comedian Steve Martin, as well as Angelina Jolie who will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
I think we can all agree that the first three names listed there are bona fide deserved winners. Lansbury with her nominated screen roles in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray (which I think made her the first person ever nominated for both their debut and sophomore performances?) and perhaps most famously as the wicked puppet master mother in The Manchurian Candidate, not to mention also appearing as the voice of sweet Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. She ranked #7 on The Film Experience's poll of women »
- Glenn Dunks
The racing is superb as is Daniel Brühl's performance but the film is undermined by clunky dialogue and fundamental untruths
It was Jackie Stewart who gave the old Nürburgring a nickname: the Green Hell. He hated the 14-mile circuit in the Eifel mountains. But that wasn't good enough for Peter Morgan. When the writer of Frost/Nixon and The Queen came to create his screenplay for Rush, the new film about the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, a more dramatic introduction was needed for the location of Lauda's terrible crash in 1976.
"In Formula One," a TV commentator announces in the film, setting the scene for the near-fatal weekend, "it is known as the Graveyard."
Well, no, it isn't. And it wasn't, even in 1976. Yes, five drivers died there during grand prix meetings. A terrible toll, of course. But at Monza, to take just one example, the equivalent »
- Richard Williams
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Angelina Jolie. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.”
Lansbury has received three Academy Award® nominations for her supporting performances on film – the first in her 1944 feature debut in “Gaslight,” followed by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Her numerous other credits include “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Blue Hawaii, »
- Michelle McCue
Angelina Jolie will be bringing home a second Oscar, but not for a performance on the silver screen. The actress will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. Jolie, who won in 2000 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted, will receive one of four honorary awards, with the others going to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi. "The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive Honorary Awards and Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the fifth annual Governors Awards, to be held Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
When a separate ceremony was decreed a few years ago, some Acad members balked. But new Acad prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday told Variety, “Having a separate evening has gotten everyone more engaged about these awards than they used to be. The event makes the awards closer and more personal.”
The evening also provides a more complete look at their careers; before that, the salutes were limited by TV’s time constraints.
Boone Isaacs declined to talk about the process by which the honorees were chosen at Tuesday night’s board meeting. But she said industry people offer names year-round. »
- Timothy M. Gray
Each has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the honorary Governors Awards.
Jolie will receive the The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” In addition to her longtime work with the United Nations and Council on Foreign Relations as an advocate for refugees, she helped raise breast cancer awareness after opening up about her recent preventative double mastectomy, »
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its 5th Annual Governors Awards recipients, with Honorary Awards going to actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and costume designer Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award going to actress Angelina Jolie. Both awards are Oscar statuettes.
In a press release announcing the news, the Academy notes that the Honorary Award is given to "honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy." The Humanitarian Award is given "to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."
Lansbury has received three Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress -- 1944's "Gaslight," 1945's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate" -- and also memorably lent her voice to 1991's "Beauty and the Beast," the first »
- Katie Roberts
The motion picture academy announced Thursday that Angelina Jolie will receive the Hersholt humanitarian prize at the upcoming Governors Awards while Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi will all get honorary Oscars. Jolie already has an Academy Award on her mantle, winning in 1999 for her supporting performance in "Girl, Interrupted." Last year, eyebrows were raised when no performers were part of the quartet recognized at these kudos. While three-time Oscar nominee Lansbury ("Gaslight," 1944; "The Picture of Dorian Gray," 1945; "The Manchurian Candidate," 1962) will be a popular choice, she may have bumped out your top pick for the honor -- Doris Day. Once again, the board of governors snubbed this screen legend who topped the box office list for four years (1960, 1962 - 1964) and was a one-time Oscar nominee ("Pillow Talk," 1959). With all the work she has done over the years »
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be brainwashed? Whether you would easily succumb, or if your mind is simply too strong to be controlled by anyone/anything else but you?
We’re celebrating the release of upcoming film Upstream Colour, the story of a man and woman who are drawn together and engrossed in what can only be described as mind control. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
To mark its release, we’re looking at other films that feature brainwashing.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
After Alex DeLarge gets sentenced to time in prison, he volunteers for an experimental program which makes convicts loathe violence. By going through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he’ll be back on future Britain’s streets before he realises the full extent of aversion therapy.
Howard Beale is an aging Ubs news anchor, »
- David Agnew
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