8 items from 2014
Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan »
- Kristopher Tapley
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board.
The first-time governors are Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch.
The reelected governors are Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter, Designers Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch; and Phil Robinson, Writers Branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »
- Michelle McCue
Los Angeles (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home. Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and it was not a police case. He said he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking up film and TV credits more than 80 years later — a tenure likely unmatched in the history of show business. "I always say, 'Don't retire — inspire,'" he told The Associated Press in March 2008. "There's a lot to be done. »
- Anthony McCartney (AP)
Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.
Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said it was not their case because Rooney died a natural death.
There were no further immediate details on the cause of death, but Rooney did attend an Oscar party last month.
Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking »
- The Associated Press
As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below. Scribe Dalton Trumbo and costume designer Edith Head, both legends in their fields, also scored Academy Awards for "Roman Holiday," while the film was nominated in an additional seven categories, including for Best Picture and Director (William Wyler). The Oscar ceremony was held on March 25, 1954, almost 60 years ago. »
- Beth Hanna
Woody Allen’s alleged molestation of his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, reemerged in the headlines after 21 years last week. Now, Allen is speaking out against the claims in his own words.
Woody Allen Speaks Out
Allen, 78, penned a lengthy, detail-heavy op-ed for The New York Times in which he makes a number of arguments against the veracity of Dylan Farrow’s account of his alleged sexual abuse. The director concedes that his daughter might believe her account of the incident, but is adamant that what she might think happened did not. He also places a considerable amount of blame for Dylan’s distress on his ex, Mia Farrow.
Allen began his essay by recounting his initial feelings upon learning that Mia Farrow had accused him of sexually abusing their daughter.
“When I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so »
The Oscar-winning actor died of an apparent drug overdose in New York City on Feb. 2, and immediately after the sad news went public, thousands and thousands of fans began tweeting their condolences and messages of serious grieving on Twitter.
It’s clear that we have lost one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. Philip Seymour Hoffman, most recently a star in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was found dead at 46 in his NYC apartment on Feb. 2 from an apparent drug overdose, and it did not take long before a huge amount of fans began mourning and grieving online.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies: Fans Mourn On Twitter
One note that many of the heartbroken fans made is just how good Philip was in every role he took on. He was passionate, relatable, and lovable, and for that reason his sudden death — at the young age of 46 — has already really »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Josh Olson on Noir! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Olson introducing 1953's "Wicked Woman," starring Richard Egan as a small-town barkeep and perennial femme fatale Beverly Michaels as the sexy drifter who has his number.The memories of movie fans are papered with the work of the remarkably prolific producer Edward Small, ranging from such sophisticated fare as Witness for the Prosecution to boomer favorites like Jack The Giant Killer and It, The Terror From Beyond Space. In 1953 Small produced Wicked Woman, a memorably sleazy but amusingly self-aware noir out of the Jim Thompson playbook. Directed by Russell Rouse (The Oscar), and co-starring Percy Helton, the high-pitched gnome from so many other essential noirs including Kiss Me Deadly and Criss Cross. »
- Trailers From Hell
8 items from 2014
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