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Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. With its exotic setting, tortured emotion, and overbearing soundtrack, "Doctor Zhivago" is the perfect Bollywood movie, despite not technically being in Hindi. Its iconic refrain, “Lara’s Theme,” is as familiar and evocative a leitmotif to an entire generation of Indians as Darth Vader’s Imperial March is to Anglophones. To talk about the theme is to talk about the entire movie, as it appears at least 15 times, with additional versions on the official soundtrack. Composer Maurice Jarre famously protested its overuse when producer Carlo Ponti trimmed the rest of the score, but Ponti, still mainlining pleasure to the masses on his Hundred And Second Film, knew what he was doing. Jarre won an Academy Award. In the late 1960s, »
- Priyanka Mattoo
In 1969, Kirk Kerkorian entered into an unholy alliance with the most hated man in Hollywood. The Las Vegas investor had just gobbled up MGM following a series of stock purchases that took many in Hollywood by surprise. Now he needed someone to run it. Twelve years after the death of Louis B. Mayer, the man who personified the studio, the fabled company was a mess. With one glittering exception, 1965’s Doctor Zhivago, most of its movies had flopped; it was hemorrhaging money, and many insiders questioned Kerkorian’s wisdom in buying the studio at all, not knowing that the parts
- Stephen Galloway
Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: if you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? David Lean is best known for directing such big-screen epics as "Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," but he first came to the attention of American audiences with the small-scale 1945 romantic drama "Brief Encounter," which charts the doomed love affair between two restless Brits (Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard) who are both married with children yet feel stifled by their dry middle-class existences. The film is an adaptation of Noel Coward's one-act play "Still Life," which some contemporary critics suggest was a coded representation of the "forbidden love" Coward experienced as a closeted gay man. The play and Lean's film version could certainly could be construed that way, but even taken straight (no pun intended »
- Chris Eggertsen
Omar Sharif, the iconic actor who starred in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Omar Sharif’s Alzheimer’s Sharif’s son Tarek El-Sharif told Spanish newspaper El Mundo about his father’s illness over the weekend. The news was confirmed by Sharif’s agent Steve Kenis on Monday to the Los Angeles Times. According […]
- Chelsea Regan
Once a handsome dashing leading man who starred in one of the most loved epic romantic films. “Doctor Zhivago,” Omar Sharif now is battling Alzheimer’s disease, his agent confirmed to the Associated Press after it was revealed in a Spanish newspaper.The thrice Golden Globes winner and Oscar nominated Lebanese-Egyptian Christian born actor converted to Islam in 1955 when he met and married his wife Faten Hamama, and in 1957 they had a son, Tarek.Sharif was well educated, obtaining a degree in mathematics and physics before entering the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After working in Egyptian films, David […] »
- April Neale
The actor's agent Steve Kenis told The AP that Sharif has been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease.
Omar's son Tarek Sharif first revealed the news in an interview with Spanish outlet El Mundo.
The Egyptian actor's English-language breakthrough in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) earned him two Golden Globe Awards, and led to his casting in another Golden Globe-winning title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965).
While stars Helen Mirren (Peter Morgan's "The Audience"), Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivolo and Patricia Clarkson (revival "The Elephant Man"), Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan (revival "Skylight"), Elisabeth Moss (revival "The Heidi Chronicles"), Ruth Wilson ("Constellation") and Ken Watanabe (musical revival "The King and I") all scored Tony nominations, others were snubbed. Not adored by awards voters were Harvey Weinstein's much-publicized movie-to-play "Finding Neverland" and Movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal (“Constellations"), Mia Farrow ("Love Letters"), Glenn Close and Bob Balaban ("A Delicate Balance") and James Earl Jones ("You Can’t Take It With You"). “Doctor Zhivago" and "Honeymoon in Vegas" starring Tony Danza also came up empty-handed, while "Gigi" got one nod, but not best musical revival. Director Bill »
- Anne Thompson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
It’s got more marches than “The Music Man,” more battle scenes than “La Forza del Destino,” and it must set a record for the number of gun shots and bomb detonations in a Broadway musical. If all that noise doesn’t inspire an immediate visit to the ear doctor, there’s the score by Michael Korie, Amy Powers and Lucy Simon that’s guaranteed to require it. If that opening paragraph reads like an overly critical assessment of the new musical “Doctor Zhivago,” which opened Monday at the Broadway Theatre in New York, it’s nothing compared to the »
- Robert Hofler
The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: Stx Entertainment is saying hello their new production executive Cathy Schulman who made the move from Mandalay Pictures. Get ready to lay the smack down for “Pin Down Girl!” The film about the early days of female wrestling featuring Kristen Stewart, is casting through Rich Delia Casting and shooting this fall. Alyson Silverberg is hunting down the mysterious human–angel hybrids known as the “Shadowhunters” for ABC Family; the series is set to begin shooting this May in Toronto. History Channel nabbed Vickie Thomas to cast their reboot of the famous miniseries “Roots” which is set to shoot around July in Louisiana. "Doctor Zhivago" may fall for paramour Lara within the pages of the script, »
Distributors Abramorama and The Orchard have teamed up to release “Lucky Stiff,” a movie musical starring a slew of Broadway talent, this summer.
Broadway regular Christopher Ashley (“Memphis,” “Xanadu”) directs the screen adaptation of the first musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Rocky,” “Once On This Island”). Tony winners Jason Alexander — soon to return to Broadway in “Fish in the Dark” — and Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”) star alongside Cheyenne Jackson, Jayne Houdyshell, Kate Shindle, Dennis Farina, Pamela Shaw and Dominic Marsh.
The musical comedy centers on a young British man (Marsh) who takes his dead uncle to Monte Carlo in a madcap attempt to fulfill the requirements of a will that would bequeath him $6 million. Victor Symris (“Psycho Beach Party”) and J. Todd Harris (“The Kids are All Right,” as well as stage projects “Doctor Zhivago” and “Heathers the Musical”) produce.
“Lucky Stiff” will be »
- Gordon Cox
Voice actor Robert Rietti has died, aged 92.
Rietti was known for lending his voice to James Bond villains when filmmakers wanted to re-record lines.
According to The Times, Rietti died on April 3.
"In nearly every Bond picture, there's been a foreign villain, and in almost every case, they've used my voice," Rietti once said.
Throughout his career, he also voiced characters in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Barbarella (1968), Frenzy (1972), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). »
It’s difficult to tell what may be the most menacing aspect of the Stalin-era thriller, Child 44: Is it the serial killer preying on young children encountered along the train tracks? The nonstop purges conducted by the Soviet secret police, forcing men to betray their loved ones in order to survive? Or is it the array of thick Russian accents performed by an entirely non-Slavic cast, in what may be the most Westernized version of the U.S.S.R. since David Lean made the great Doctor Zhivago? Granted, such a sprawling and gloomy tale of murder, treachery
- Jordan Mintzer
We're all over the board today beginning with a new celebrity drop, I work commentary on Ex Machina and World of Tomorrow into our conversation without technically reviewing them, we discuss eliminating cable a little more, tons of news stories, rube stories from the listeners, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option, you can leave us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and »
- Brad Brevet
★★★☆☆ John Schlesinger's Darling (1965), reissued this week for 50th anniversary celebrations, is at once a time capsule piece and an oddly prescient fable about vacuous, ephemeral celebrity which remains tartly relevant in 2015. It is perhaps best remembered as the film that crowned the imperial phase of Julie Christie's career with an Oscar, part of a golden run encompassing Billy Liar (1963), Doctor Zhivago (1967) and Don't Look Now (1973), and lasted right up until Shampoo and Nashville (1975). In retrospect, it's difficult to fathom why the award came for her portrayal of the one-note Diana Scott in this slightly confused film rather than for her spectacular performance in, say, The Go-Between (1971).
- CineVue UK
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
A naive American starts an affair with a sophisticated Frenchwoman in New York in a sweet take on un liaison that emulates the auteur without totally aping him
Set in a New York where cellphones barely exist, a gentleman wouldn’t be caught dead without a tie at dinner and a would-be author still tacks his rejection letters to the wall (I guess he prints them out first?), 5 to 7 is a full carafe of cliche but nonetheless intoxicating. Young Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin), winner of the Tobey Maguire lookalike contest, taps out short stories in a Manhattan studio while his parents urge him to go to law school. On one of his many walks around the Upper »
- Jordan Hoffman
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »
- Andre Soares
Well, almost as successful as the last one, this eighth addition finished with two films completely unguessed and one film that was eventually figured out, but only after I gave a hint on Twitter. To be honest, I'm a little surprised no one figured out numbers 12 and 14, though I wasn't the least bit surprised it took a hint for anyone to guess number four, that was a tough one even I debated including, but thought it would be fun to see if anyone could figure it out. Number one clearly kept some people guessing as it appears if you put a spider in any screen capture Enemy will be everyone's first guess... says something about the effective nature of that film ehc That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or »
- Brad Brevet
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