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The Gone Girl team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck have already set their sights on their next project: Strangers, a modern take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 suspense classic Strangers on a Train, according to Deadline.
In the Hitchcock original, the plot revolves a murder pact between a tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and the titular stranger on a train (portrayed by Robert Walker). Aboard, they devise a plan to kill the source of each other's problems – the tennis star's ex-wife, the stranger's father »
Above: the great Italian filmmaker, Francesco Rosi, has passed away at the age of 92. Takao Saito, the Japanese cinematographer and frequent collaborator with Akira Kurosawa, has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for his turn in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, actor Rod Taylor has passed away at the age of 84. It started out as a very casual conversation on Twitter (and eventually Facebook), but Kevin B. Lee has put together an impressive poll of the best films of the decade at its halfway mark, with nearly 300 people factoring in to the results. Here's a peep at the top 10, and you can click here to see all the details:
1. The Tree of Life (103 votes)
2. Certified Copy (91 votes)
3. The Master (76 votes)
4. Margaret (68 votes)
5. Holy Motors (66 votes)
6. A Separation (64 votes)
7. Under the Skin (61 votes)
8. Inside Llewyn Davis (59 votes)
9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (45 votes)
10. Boyhood (44 votes)
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Actor Rod Taylor passed away Jan. 7 at the age of 84. To celebrate his long career, which featured some iconic films (including his final credited role, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a five-film tribute to the actor on Jan. 29. The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to Rod Taylor: TCM Remembers Rod Taylor – Thursday, Jan. 29 (All Times Eastern) 8pm: The Time Machine (1960) – based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells 10pm: The Birds (1963, pictured) – starring Tippi Hedren and Suzanne … Continue reading →
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- Jeff Pfeiffer
Los Angeles – The suave, Australian-born Rod Taylor may have been a leading man footnote in the early to mid-1960s, but he did star in a notable classic: the Alfred Hitchcock-directed “The Birds”. His chiseled good looks and sincere acting style were also memorable in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rod Taylor passed away of a heart attack in Los Angeles on Jan. 7 2015, according to his daughter, Felicia Taylor. He was 84.
Rodney Sturt Taylor was born in Lidcombe, Australia, and was inspired to acting after seeing Sir Laurence Olivier portray Richard III. He played an American – as he would in subsequent roles – in his 1954 debut film, “King of the Coral Sea.” A failed screen test for another role got him a contract at MGM, and he made his debut as a leading man in the popular sci-fi film, “The Time Machine.” What followed was a scatter shot of lead roles, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Feeling the power of the Nbr
Remember the other day when we linked to that article using old Streep quotes to attack Russell Crowe's ageist comments about actresses? Well, Streep went and ruined it by defending him in public. So Jessica Chastain, inbetween taking super cute photos on the Oscar campaign trail, is on it, she told People:
I think there are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in films. And for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age – they're not going to the movies enough."
Preach, Jessica. Preach!
Pajiba fascinating think piece on how ineffective Nielsen ratings are and why it's unacceptable that the media still uses them like a Bible
- NATHANIEL R
Australian actor Rod Taylor has died of natural causes at the age of 84, People reports. The veteran leading man was best known for starring alongside Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, though he also appeared in The Time Machine, Zabriskie Point, and Falcon Crest, as well as voicing a dog in Disney's 101 Dalmatians, over the course of his 50-year career. Taylor kept working regularly into his 60s, with roles in Murder, She Wrote and Walker, Texas Ranger; his final role was playing Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds. »
- Nate Jones
"Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine  and in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds , then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds , died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles," reports Variety's Carmel Dagan. "He was 84." We're collecting remembrances from the Guardian, Glenn Kenny, the Hollywood Reporter, the Alt Film Guide and more. » - David Hudson »
He was the Sixties heartthrob who went on to become a character actor highly respected in the industry, a man who could blend so completely into a role that he gradually became invisible as a star but always delivered onscreen. Now Rod Taylor, best known for his role in The Birds, has died at the age of 84.
Also know for films like The Time Machine, Zabriskie Pointand, most recently, Inglourious Basterds, in which he played Winston Churchill, Taylor was born in Australia but made his home in Hollywood. A series of roles in westerns won him the respect of John Wayne, who called him "a true professional... and a great human being," but his real passion for playing complex characters in drama, and he often spoke about his great love for his work.
Described by co-star Tippi Hedren as "one of the most fun people I have. »
- Jennie Kermode
Sydney-born Australian actor Rod Taylor, best known as the star of George Pal's original film adaptation of "The Time Machine" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.
Taylor made his feature debut in 'Time,' the 1960 screen version of H.G. Wells' classic. He followed that up voicing the lead dog in Disney's "101 Dalmatians" and delivered a strong performance in "The Birds".
Yet his career never really soared as high after those early successes, even though he kept working in various films such as "Sunday in New York ," "36 Hours," "Young Cassidy," "The Liquidator," "The Glass Bottom Boat," "Hotel," "Dark of the Sun," "Nobody Runs Forever," "Darker Than Amber," "The Train Robbers," "Bearcats!," "The Oregon Trail," "Masquerade," "Outlaws," "Falcon Crest," and "Welcome to Woop Woop".
- Garth Franklin
Rod Taylor, best known for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, in L.A. He was 84. While Taylor's cause of death remains unknown, his daughter Felicia Taylor told CNN in a statement Friday that he was surrounded by his loved ones in his home when he passed away. "My dad loved his work," Felicia, a former CNN News correspondent, told the network. "Being an actor was his passion — calling it an honorable art and something he couldn't live without." Australian native [...] »
An Australian actor who transitioned into a Hollywood leading man with his breakthrough role in the 1960 sci-fi thriller The Time Machine, Taylor's career spanned nearly six decades.
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Taylor died Wednesday night after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles home, according to his daughter, former CNBC anchor Felicia Taylor, who confirmed her father's passing to CNN.
"My dad loved his work," she said in a statement to People. "Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn't live without." Taylor is survived »
Taylor in the 1960 screen version of The Time Machine.
By Lee Pfeiffer
If the year 2014 proved to be an exceptionally cruel one in terms of the number of legendary celebrities who passed away, the new year is off to an equally depressing start with the news that Rod Taylor has passed away at age 84. Taylor, who was two days away from his 85th birthday, died suddenly from a heart attack following a dinner party at his home. He was surrounded by friends and family when the end came. Taylor was a solid leading man who came to prominence in the late 1950s. Although Australian by birth, the ruggedly handsome Taylor could effectively play Brits, Irishmen and Americans with convincing ease. He first gained attention with supporting roles in high profile, big Hollywood studio productions in the late 1950s such as "Raintree County" and "Separate Tables". His breakthrough role came in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
We’re sad to report that Rod Taylor has passed away at the age of 84.
Variety revealed the somber news that Rod Taylor died from a heart attack yesterday in Los Angeles. Horror and science fiction fans remember Taylor from his lead role as Mitch Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, his turn as author H. George Wells in The Time Machine (based on the novel of the same name), his portrayal of Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes in the “And When the Sky Was Opened” episode of The Twilight Zone, and his co-starring credit in 1956’s World Without End. In 2007, Taylor played “Doc” in the Sci Fi Channel’s Kaw, another film about deadly birds.
Taylor also led an all-star cast in Young Cassidy, had key roles in the Doris Day films Do Not Disturb and The Glass Bottom Boat, and played Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds »
- Derek Anderson
Actor Rod Taylor has died at the age of 84.
His daughter Felicia told People that Rod died of natural causes on Wednesday (January 7).
"My dad loved his work," she said. "Being an actor was his passion - calling it an honourable art and something he couldn't live without.
"He once said, 'I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them'."
Later in his six-decade long career, Rod appeared in The VIPs, »
The legendary gospel singer, songwriter, record producer and pastor, spent his final days being treated at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he was admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack, Mayes said in a statement posted on the firm’s website.
In addition to his Grammys, Crouch received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the score for the 1985 film “The Color Purple. »
- Linda Ge
People.com is reporting that actor Rod Taylor died Wednesday at the age of 84 of natural causes.
His daughter Felicia Taylor, a former CNN correspondent, confirmed the news Thursday.
“My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without,” she said in a statement.
“He once said, ‘I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist,” she continued, “ ‘so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.”
Born on Jan 11, 1930 in Sydney, Australia, Rod Taylor is best remembered for his starring roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and George Pal’s The Time Machine (1960). He also provided the voice of Pongo in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (1961). Taylor also starred in TV’s “The Twilight Zone »
- Movie Geeks
Rod Taylor dead at 84: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, and for his supporting role as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's international hit Inglourious Basterds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning (January 8, 2015). Born on January 11, 1930, in Sydney, he would have turned 85 on Sunday. Based on H.G. Wells' classic 1895 sci-fi novel, The Time Machine stars Rod Taylor as a H. George Wells, an inventor who comes up with an intricate chair that allows him to travel across time. (In the novel, the Victorian protagonist is referred to simply as the "Time Traveller.") After experiencing World War I and World War II, Wells decides to fast forward to the distant future, ultimately arriving at a place where humankind has been split »
- Andre Soares
It's not every actor who has the longevity to work with the likes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino But Rod Taylor had it. The Australian actor, whose leading-man looks and solid presence kept him working in Hollywood for six decades, died Wednesday at the age of 84. The news was announced by his daughter Felicia Taylor, a former CNN correspondent. Though he racked up dozens of film and TV credits over the years, Taylor was perhaps best known for starring opposite Tippi Hedren in The Birds, playing an eligible bachelor who catches the eye of a socialite and then ends up having to protect her and his family from a squadron of murderous avians in the Hitchcock »
The Australian-born actor’s career spanned over six decades, but his first big break came in 1960 when he starred in the George Pal-directed adaptation of “The Time Machine.” In 1961, he voiced Pongo in the animated Disney’s classic “101 Dalmatians.”
- Travis Reilly
Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.
His daughter Felicia, a former CNN correspondent, confirmed the news Thursday.
Taylor made his feature starring debut in 1960 sci-fier “The Time Machine,” portraying a fictionalized Wells, who invents a time machine in Victorian England and travels to the distant future. He also starred in a brief ABC adventure series, “Hong Kong.”
The next year he voiced the lead canine, Pongo, in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” Even after an impressive performance in Hitchcock’s well-received 1963 “The Birds” (in photo above), the actor never quite made it into the first rank of Hollywood actors.
He was part of the starry »
- Carmel Dagan
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