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Anne V. Coates At "Young Cassidy" Screening, L.A. January 6

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By Todd Garbarini

Jack Cardiff’s 1965 film Young Cassidy, which stars Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Maggie Smith and Michael Redgrave, will be screened at the Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Based upon Sean O’Casey’s autobiography Mirror in My House (he also contributed to the screenplay), the 110-minute film will be screened on Wednesday, January 6th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Film editor extraordinaire Anne V. Coates is also scheduled to be on hand following the screening to discuss her work on the film as well as her career.

From the press release:

This vivid film about the early life of celebrated Irish playwright Sean O’Casey was filmed on location in and around Dublin and showcases an extraordinary cast. Rod Taylor plays the title role, and the supporting cast includes Oscar winners Maggie Smith and Julie Christie early in their careers, along with British theater and film veterans Michael Redgrave,
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L.A. Film Critics to Honor Editor Anne V. Coates

L.A. Film Critics to Honor Editor Anne V. Coates
Academy Award-winning film editor Anne V. Coates will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s award for career achievement, the group announced on Saturday. She is the second editor to receive a lifetime honor from the L.A. critics, after the late Dede Allen in 1999.

The British-born Coates, 89, began her career splicing together religious short films for church tours — a job that she received with the help of her uncle, the film producer and entrepreneur J. Arthur Rank, who hoped that she would lose interest in the industry. Instead, she eventually became an assistant film editor at London’s Pinewood Studios.

Coates received her first editing credit on Noel Langley’s “The Pickwick Papers” (1952), a full decade before she would win the Oscar for cutting David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962). In addition to its impressive balance of imposing desert landscapes and vivid human drama (culled from some 31 miles
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Tomorrowland – The Review

Review by Dana Jung

Of all the “lands” at Disneyland/Disney World (the others are Frontierland, Adventureland, and Fantasyland in case you’ve forgotten), Tomorrowland holds the most promise to an impressionable youth. With visions of Buck Rogers rayguns and Jetsons flying machines, the park promises more than it delivers, with its slow “people-movers” and static displays of smart homes and fashions of the future. Except for Space Mountain—a truly incredible roller coaster ride—this park is at once the most visually stimulating, and the most unexciting. The new film Tomorrowland shares some of these qualities, but is the end result a wild coaster ride of a popcorn movie, or a rehash of stale ideas about a utopian future?

Britt Robertson (Under The Dome, The Longest Ride) plays Casey, a smart and capable teenager living in a single-parent household consisting of her caring father (Tim McGraw) and not-so-annoying little brother (Pierce Gagnon,
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R.I.P. Rod Taylor

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".

His last role was that of Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds".

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'Time Machine' Star Rod Taylor Dead at 84

'Time Machine' Star Rod Taylor Dead at 84
Actor Rod Taylor, star of The Birds, passed away Wednesday at 84.

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.

He is perhaps best known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic The Birds, as well as celebrated performances in Seven Seas to Calais, Sunday In New York, and Young Cassidy.

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Taylor's most recent appearance was a cameo in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 war film Inglorious Basterds playing Winston Churchill.

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
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Rod Taylor Has Passed Away

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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
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The Birds actor Rod Taylor dies, aged 84

The Birds actor Rod Taylor dies, aged 84
Actor Rod Taylor has died at the age of 84.

The Australian was best known for starring in the 1960 movie The Time Machine and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

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'."

The actor made his debut as Herbert George Wells in George Pal's adaptation of The Time Machine, before starring alongside Tippi Hedren in the role of Mitch Brenner in 1963's The Birds.

Later in his six-decade long career, Rod appeared in The VIPs,
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Actor Rod Taylor of The Birds, The Time Machine Dies at 84 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
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The Birds, Inglourious Basterds Actor Taylor Dead at 84

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
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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84

Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84
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
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'The Birds': 25 Things You Didn't Know About Alfred Hitchcock's Terrifying Classic

Fifty years after its release (on March 28, 1963), we can't stop talking about Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." We're still terrified by it, perhaps because Hitchcock wisely avoided providing any explanation for the avian attacks on Bodega Bay. We're still fascinated by how it was made, especially because, at 83, star Tippi Hedren continues to hold forth on the pleasures and horrors of working with Hitchcock. Much of the story has been retold, in books (notably, Patrick McGilligan's "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light") and in last year's HBO movie "The Girl." Still, as familiar as we think we are with the scary masterpiece, there's still plenty that remains a mystery -- how did Hitchcock wrangle all those birds? How did he mix live ones with pretend birds so seamlessly? And what really went on between him and Hedren? Read on to learn some of the secrets of "The Birds.
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DVD Review: "Young Cassidy" (1965) Starring Rod Taylor And Maggie Smith

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Count this one among the most-requested DVDs to come from the Warner Archive. Young Cassidy is based on Irish poet Sean O'Casey's multi-volume autobiography. (O'Casey often used the pseudonym "John "O'Casey" in in these works that chronicle his life in Ireland.) The film was started by director John Ford but when the elderly director fell ill, Jack Cardiff took over. The production bears plenty of hallmarks of a Ford production, but under Cardiff's direction the it has an appropriately harder edge and less sentimentality than it probably would have had if Ford had completed the film. Rod Taylor gives another fine performance as the titular character, a charismatic, roughshod young man who resents being born into poverty under the heel of the British government with scant opportunity for upward mobility. Although Cassidy can drink and brawl with the best of them, he is an intellectual at heart.
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Movie Alert! "Dark Of The Sun" And "The Liquidator" On TCM Thursday/Friday

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The terrific response to Howard Hughes' and Dave Worrall's article on the 1968 adventure film Dark of the Sun in the latest issue of Cinema Retro leads us to this movie alert. Tomorrow, January 26, Turner Classic Movies (North America) is showing three Rod Taylor films back-to-back beginning with Young Cassidy at 11:30 Pm (Est), continuing with The Liquidator at 1:30 Am Friday and concluding with Dark of the Sun at 3:30 Am. Happy viewing!
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Donal Donnelly obituary

A talented Irish actor on stage and in films for Ford and Huston

For an actor who worked with two of the greatest movie directors of the last century and appeared in the world premieres of plays by Brian Friel, Ireland's leading contemporary dramatist, Donal Donnelly, who has died after a long illness, aged 78, was curiously unrecognised. Like so many prominent Irish actors in the diasporas of Hollywood, British television, the West End and Broadway – all areas he conquered – Donnelly was a great talent and a private citizen, happily married for many years, and always seemed youthful.

There was something mischievous, something larkish, about him, too. He twinkled. And he had a big nose. He had long lived in New York, although he died in Chicago, and had started out in Dublin, although born in England.

In John Huston's swansong movie The Dead (1987), the best screen transcription of a James Joyce fiction,
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Jack Cardiff, Legendary Cinematographer, Director And Writer, Dies At Age 94

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The legendary Jack Cardiff is dead at age 94. He began his career as an actor in silent films, but later established himself as one of the industry's greatest cinematographers, with films such as The Red Shoes and The African Queen to his credit. Cardiff was a man of many talents, and dabbled in directing as well. Among his feature films were The Long Ships, Sons and Lovers, Young Cassidy and The Liquidator. Cardiff also wrote, directed and shot the popular 1960s cult film Girl on a Motorcycle (aka Naked Under Leather) starring Marianne Faithfull as a sexually promiscuous free spirit. Ironically, that film is the cover story of the latest issue of Cinema Retro, now out in England and due to ship in North America in early May. Cardiff was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2000. For more on his life and career click here.  
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