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Memento Mori: Remembering those we lost in 2011

24 December 2011 2:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.

I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »

- Bill Mesce

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Mipcom Briefs: ITV Sells NBC’s ‘Prime Suspect’ To 30 Territories; Overseas Buyers Get ‘Happily Divorced’

3 October 2011 5:01 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The international TV market got underway in Cannes this morning with a flurry of announcements. Here are a few titbits: – ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the TV distribution arm of the Brit broadcaster, has sold the new NBC version of Prime Suspect to over 30 territories worldwide. This is despite the show teetering on the verge of cancellation in the U.S. ITV, which co-produced the remake with Universal Media Studios, has licensed the Maria Bello vehicle to broadcasters including Nine (Australia), Tvnz (New Zealand) and TV3 (Ireland). Prime Suspect drew an underwhelming 1.5 18-49 rating in its second week on NBC. My colleague Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC’s chief Bob Greenblatt is willing to give the struggling show, which got mostly positive reviews, a bit more time. – Meanwhile Shine International, the TV distribution arm of News Corp’s Shine Group, has licensed more than 200 hours of programming to Discovery Networks Latin America/Us Hispanic. »

- TIM ADLER in London

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DVD Review: "The Flim-flam Man" Starring George C. Scott

8 September 2011 10:39 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Twilight Time is the exciting new DVD label that has acquired rights to release limited edition DVDs of retro studio titles that would otherwise be ignored. So far the label has shown creativity and taste in the initial batch of films it has released. One of the most inspired choices is the 1967 Fox film The Flim-Flam Man that afforded George C. Scott one of his most memorable starring roles. Scott plays Mordecai Jones, a charismatic old timer who travels through the backwater towns of the American South conning greedy people out of their money through manipulated games of chance. An encounter with Curley (Michael Sarrazin), a young Army deserter, results in the two men forming a partnership with Mordecai acting as mentor for the up-and-coming younger con man. Director Irvin Kershner does a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere of rural life. Although the movie was set in contemporary times, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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TV highlights 03/08/2011

2 August 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Code | 24 Hours in A&E | My Resignation | The Adult Baby | The Great British Weather | Franklin and Bash

The Code

9pm, BBC2

At first glance, the hexagonal columns of the Giant's Causeway seem out of place in such a wild landscape. But understand the maths behind their creation, says Marcus du Sautoy, and all becomes clear. Essentially, for all that it looks "a bit of a mess", the world is rather more ordered than we suppose. Patterns abound: bubbles are spherical, for example, because it's the most efficient shape for them. A glorious journey through geometry that encompasses beekeeping, the ancient Greeks, extraordinary salt formations, the underlying fractal symmetry of Jackson Pollock's canvases and the virtual-landscape-driven birth of Pixar. Jonathan Wright

24 Hours In A&E

9pm, Channel 4

The real Casualty continues with more human narratives highlighting the fragility of life. These stories in another editor's hands would be »

- Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall

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Sirens: Is it worth taking yet another trip to A&E?

28 June 2011 1:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4's new hospital comedy shows promise - but do we need any more programmes set in medical surroundings?

Along with the police station, the hospital has to be one of the most visited places on TV. In the past 10 years alone, there's been Scrubs, ER, No Angels, Grey's Anatomy, House, Green Wing and Getting On (not to mention the soapy Holby City, Casualty and Peak Practice), each one combining blood-spurting bodies with varying amounts of comedy, drama and 'oops, they've croaked it' power ballads .

Tonight Channel 4, home to the excellent fly-on-the-wall documentaries One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E, girds its comedy loins to push another medical programme on to our screens. This time it's a comedy: Sirens, based on the book , Blood Sweat and Tea (itself based on the blog Random Acts of Reality ) by an emergency medical technician writing under the pseudonym Tom Reynolds »

- Sian Rowe

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TV review: 24 Hours in A&E; The Kids are Alright

22 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How to sort out a mob of angry young men with knives? Send for Sister Jen

Things remain dicey in the King's College Hospital A&E department, where stabbings are not uncommon and come accompanied by hordes of angry young men wishing to stab one another further. "Of the penetrative injuries arriving at King's," the narrator said neutrally, "over half are the result of violent attack. What kind of idiot, I mused, would injure themselves penetratively in anything other than a violent attack?; and it came back to me in a flash that I had been in this A&E, within the past six years, having suffered the non-violent penetrative injury of falling on top of a glass while "dancing". (I actually went in the next morning. The doctor said: "You're not going to like this, but we're going to have to rough it up a bit so we can stitch it. »

- Zoe Williams

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Tonight's TV highlights

15 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011 | The Shadow Line | The Sex Researchers | One Born Every Minute USA | Unnatural Histories | Ideal

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011

7pm, BBC2

The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the biggest open-submission art show in the world. This means that, for a £25 entry fee, you could conceivably find your novice watercolours hanging alongside works by the cream of contemporary art (including, this year, Cornelia Parker, Michael Landy, Richard Long and Martin Creed). Alastair Sooke goes behind the scenes of this peculiar annual art-world ritual, and also talks to Honorary Royal Academician Jeff Koons, whose giant Coloring Book sculpture currently adorns the Royal Academy's courtyard. Sam Richards

The Shadow Line

9pm, BBC2

So . . . that's all clear then? Time for the final hour of espionage, drug-deals and cat-bothering tonight as players on either side of the line enter into an endgame of sorts. The most enjoyable/baffling seven »

- Sam Richards, Richard Vine, Rebecca Nicholson, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside

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Shine Group Continues Exec Restructuring With Top Shine USA & Shine Network Hires

14 June 2011 5:08 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Shine Australia and New Zealand joint CEOs, brothers Carl and Mark Fennessy, have been given additional responsibilities within Shine Group. Carl Fennessy has been named CEO Shine USA. He will relocate to Los Angeles later this year and will be "responsible for driving the ongoing commercial strategy of the company," reporting to CEO Shine Group Americas Emiliano Calemzuk. Mark Fennessy has been named President, Shine Network. He will oversee the exploitation of Shine formats such as MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and One Born Every Minute, focusing on creating co-productions in countries with no Shine Group presence. He will continue to operate from Sydney. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Could Seven Dwarves prove a success for Channel 4?

9 June 2011 7:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Despite the title, this show is not as terrible – or as contrived – as you might have feared

For the last decade, the soundtrack to Channel 4's summer has featured Davina's screeches, forceful booing, and a booming refrain of "Who goes? You decide". But with Big Brother and its fame-desperate contestants now banished from the broadcaster's screens, Channel 4 has had to find a new household to film.

And the residents of the latest camera-filled residence? Seven dwarves, as Channel 4 has also named the programme in which they feature. Admittedly, the title doesn't exactly make it sound like an example of sensitive programme-making. But the result is not as terrible – or quite as contrived – as you might fear.

The seven dwarves in question were filmed last year as they appeared together in Snow White at Woking; instead of staying in digs, they lived together in a house full of cameras for seven weeks. »

- Vicky Frost

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BBC documentary boss wants programmes that do more than entertain

6 June 2011 6:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Commissioning editor Charlotte Moore favours quality and craft over feelgood and populist

Sheffield Doc/Fest supplement: full coverage of the festival

Charlotte Moore, the BBC commissioning editor for documentaries, is fresh from a hat trick of wins at last month's Bafta TV awards. But she has no time to rest on her laurels, with Terry Pratchett's controversial euthanasia documentary about to air.

Moore says it is not her job to get "massive viewing figures" and that she favours quality and craft over feelgood and populist. There is certainly not much feelgood about Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which will be broadcast on BBC2 on 13 June and feature footage of the Discworld author witnessing the assisted death of a man with advanced motor neurone disease in Switzerland's Dignitas clinic. The BBC has faced negative press coverage over the documentary, accusing it of being "a cheerleader for assisted suicide". Moore suggests »

- Ben Dowell

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BBC documentary boss wants programmes that do more than entertain

6 June 2011 6:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Commissioning editor Charlotte Moore favours quality and craft over feelgood and populist

Sheffield Doc/Fest supplement: full coverage of the festival

Charlotte Moore, the BBC commissioning editor for documentaries, is fresh from a hat trick of wins at last month's Bafta TV awards. But she has no time to rest on her laurels, with Terry Pratchett's controversial euthanasia documentary about to air.

Moore says it is not her job to get "massive viewing figures" and that she favours quality and craft over feelgood and populist. There is certainly not much feelgood about Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which will be broadcast on BBC2 on 13 June and feature footage of the Discworld author witnessing the assisted death of a man with advanced motor neurone disease in Switzerland's Dignitas clinic. The BBC has faced negative press coverage over the documentary, accusing it of being "a cheerleader for assisted suicide". Moore suggests »

- Ben Dowell

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Baftas 2011: Did they get it right?

23 May 2011 4:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This year's awards were dominated by the BBC, but do viewers agree with the judges' decisions?

So the votes have been cast, and the prizes handed out – but what do you make of the winners of this year's television Baftas? We saw Sherlock triumph over Downton Abbey in the drama series category – deservedly in my opinion, although probably not in others' – but Benedict Cumberbatch lose out on leading actor to Eric and Ernie's Daniel Rigby, who also beat off strong competition from Jim Broadbent and new Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

Martin Freeman, Watson to Cumberbatch's Holmes, won the supporting actor Bafta over Downton's Brendan Coyle, Misfits' Robert Sheehan, and This is England 86's Johnny Harris. But Shane Meadows' Channel 4 drama did triumph in the leading actress category, with Vicky McClure (Lol) taking the award over Anna Maxwell Martin (South Riding), Natalie Press (Five Daughters) and Juliet Stevenson »

- Vicky Frost

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Have you been watching … The Hotel?

10 May 2011 4:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4's fly-on-the-wall documentary celebrates the Great British holiday in all its tedious glory

It is a brave hotelier who invites the cameras into his establishment. And a braver guest who agrees to let them into their room. And yet here they all are in Channel 4's Sunday night fly-on-the-wall documentary: drunkenly falling over their own trousers, having a row, wandering round in their pyjamas, trying to shut the kids up for one second, attempting grand romantic gestures. Britain on holiday, making the most of a few days away surrounded by beautiful scenery and within convenient reach of a well-stocked bar.

The Hotel offers the opposite of edited holiday highlights; it's the dull bits that nobody ever mentions. There is the odd charming high note – the world's sweetest bride saying "I do", a proposal by the pond – but generally we see the bleary exchanges over breakfast, afternoon lulls and telly before bed. »

- Vicky Frost

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Baftas battle between Doctor Who and Sherlock

26 April 2011 5:16 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1 dramas go head to head for best actor award, while E4's Misfits picks up four nominations

They are both renowned for their ability to solve riddles and tendency to confound their companions, but only one of them does it with the help of a sonic screwdriver. Now Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who will go head to head at next month's Bafta television awards after the stars of both BBC1 dramas were nominated for the prestigious best actor prize.

Matt Smith, whose return as the Doctor was watched by 6.5 million on Saturday, will do battle with Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of BBC1's modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story. Doctor Who has previously been named best drama by Bafta, but nearly 50 years after it first appeared on screen it has never before received a nomination for its lead actor.

The nominations were a double reward for Steven Moffat, »

- John Plunkett

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These Bafta nominations are a mixed bag

26 April 2011 4:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There's plenty of interesting omissions but also some forward-thinking nominations. What do you think of Bafta's shortlist?

Doctor Who's Matt Smith and E4's Misfits win Bafta nods

There's always one Bafta nomination that makes you do a double take. This year it's Mrs Brown's Boys, which gets the nod in the sitcom category at the expense of shows such as Friday Night Dinner, Grandma's House, the Inbetweeners, Him & Her, and, most notably, Miranda, which aren't nominated. Perhaps the judges thought it was mandatory to include an actual joke in the comedy nominations. (See also: Come Fly With Me's nomination in comedy programme). Fellow nominees Rev, The Trip and Peep Show must be hoping Mrs Brown's Boys inclusion ups their chances of winning. Because let's be honest, it definitely couldn't beat them. Could it?

Elsewhere there are some interesting omissions. There is not a sniff of Channel 4 »

- Vicky Frost

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Munich air crash drama captivates 3.2m

25 April 2011 3:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A lavish new BBC drama about the aftermath of Manchester United's tragic Munich air disaster was seen by 3.2m on Sunday evening, the latest audience data has revealed. United, starring Jack O'Connell, David Tennant and Dougray Scott, averaged 2.89m (12.8%) for BBC Two between 9pm and 10.30pm, while 346k (1.5%) tuned in on the BBC HD channel. Channel 4's The Hotel, a new docusoap from the makers of One Born Every Minute, continued with 1.39m (6.1%) in the 8pm hour, down 650k on the previous week's debut episode. A further 219k (1.9%) watched the show on +1. On BBC One, Britain's Royal Weddings, a two-part mini-series presented by Sophie Raworth, concluded with 3.45m (14.6%) in the 9pm hour. It was preceded on the channel by Antiques Roadshow, which had 4.74m (20.7%). However, detective drama Lewis once more (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Michael Sarrazin, 1940 - 2011

23 April 2011 6:09 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 4/23.

"Michael Sarrazin, a tall, dark-eyed Canadian actor who starred opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, died of cancer Sunday," reports Claire Noland in the Los Angeles Times. He was 70. Noland quotes from a 1994 interview given to the Toronto Star in which Sarrazin recalled working on Horses: "You could have paid me a dollar a week to work on that. It hits you bolt upright; I still get really intense when I watch it. We stayed up around the clock for three or four days.... We stayed in character. Pollack said we should work until signs of exhaustion. Fights would break out among the men; women started crying."

"Sarrazin was one of the last actors to come up through the old studio system, signing with Universal in 1965," writes John Griffin in the Montreal Gazette. "After an indifferent start in television and movies-of-the week, »

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Michael Sarrazin obituary

22 April 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Canadian actor who had a decade of Hollywood success playing anti-heroes

The Canadian-born actor Michael Sarrazin, who has died of cancer aged 70, was so visible in Hollywood movies from 1967 to 1977 that one may wonder what happened to his subsequent career. A facetious answer might be that he moved back to Canada and made Canadian movies. Another answer might be that his sensitive, gently rebellious, flower-child persona and his lanky, boyish looks, with his long hair and soulful eyes, were no longer appropriate to the roles he took as he got older.

However, during the decade of his stardom, Sarrazin seemed to fit the anti-hero ethos of the era, often playing rootless characters, typically in his most celebrated role as the ex-farmboy drifter in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). Sarrazin, idealistically willing to let fate take a hand, is paired with an embittered Jane Fonda in a dance »

- Ronald Bergan

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Actor Michael Sarrazin Dead At 70

19 April 2011 3:39 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

Actor Michael Sarrazin, whose star rose in the 1960s, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. The charismatic and handsome Sarrazin found stardom almost as soon as he entered the film business, with a prominent co-starring role with George C. Scott in the 1967 comedy The Flim Flam Man. Other prominent roles in the 60s and 70s included The Sweet Ride, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, For Pete's Sake, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Gumball Rally and most prominently, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?  Sarrazin was said to have been the first choice for the role of Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy, but Jon Voight ultimately rode to stardom in the role. Sarrazin's career went into decline by the late 1970s but he continued to work in low-budget films and on television. Click here for more »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Actor Michael Sarrazin Dies at 70

19 April 2011 1:20 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Michael Sarrazin, the actor best known for his role in the dance marathon epic They Shoot Horses, Don't They? with Jane Fonda -- as well as for turns in The Flim-Flam Man with George C. Scott, For Pete's Sake with Barbra Streisand, The Sweet Ride with longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Bisset, and the TV movie Frankenstein: A True Story -- died in a Montreal hospital at age 70 after a short bout with cancer. In tribute, let's revisit his greatest film scene. »

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