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hollywoodnews.com: Robert Duvall will be honored on Wednesday, January 5 at 11:00 am with a Handprint and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre along the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate 50 years of Excellence in film.
This year for his outstanding performance as Felix Bush in Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘Get Low’ Duvall is nominated for a SAG Best Actor Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Critic’s Choice award for ‘Best Actor,’ he has already won ‘The Best Actor Award’ at the Hollywood Film Festival, and recently received a career Tribute by the Gotham Awards and will be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early 2011 with the ‘Career Achievement Award.’
‘Get Low’ is a magical and moving blend of folk tale, fable and real-life legend. ‘Get Low’ is a movie spun in the Southern storytelling tradition about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party, »
Robert Duvall, pictured here in his latest film "Get Low" (he deserves a Best Actor nomination for the flick!), will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Awards Gala of the 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by .Entertainment Tonight.s. Mary Hart. Duvall will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan and Natalie Portman. The Festival runs January 6-17.
Here's the rest of the press release:
.For nearly 50 years, Robert Duvall has transfixed cinematic audiences with his gritty, intuitive performances,. said Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. .In Get Low, his most recent role, Duvall portrays a backwoodsman who stages his own funeral while still alive. Duvall gives a virtuoso performance, challenging audiences to understand his character who is caught between myth and reality. »
It's the moment fans of Dwayne Johnson have been waiting for since he burst onto the movie scene in The Mummy Returns. He followed that brief cameo up with a full-length Scorpion King movie, Doom, and a few other action flicks, but like a lot of movie stars, he wanted to branch out.
Trading on his good will and renown with kids, he eased into a lucrative career as a Disney movie star. However, he didn't abandon his action movie roots, and now The Rock is back and starring in Faster, which sells itself as a classic 70s-style revenge flick that wouldn't look out of place in the canon of Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson.
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: Jacqueline Bisset is awaiting word on the fate of “The Last Film Festival” — Linda Yellen’s big-screen comedy in which she stars with Chris Kattan and the late Dennis Hopper, which, she reveals, “We still haven’t quite finished. We still need more money to finish it. It’s a pity. They’re just struggling with the end of it, hoping someone comes forward. It’s Dennis Hopper’s last film, and it’s fun — really pretty funny.”
Bisset, who has the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” coming up Dec. 11, tells us that the cancer that took Hopper’s life in May was not apparent when they worked together. She adds, “I was actually an admirer of Dennis for years as a painter and photographer” — in addition to his work as an actor and filmmaker.
“He was such a fascinating character, »
- Beck / Smith
Part I: Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches
From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old – MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.). This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).
- Bill Mesce
Next up from the American Film Market (Afm) is Steve McQueen’s Shame. The film is the follow-up to McQueen’s BAFTA-nominated Hunger, and reunites the director with actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds). And just to be clear, this is Not the Steve McQueen (Bullitt, The Great Escape) who died in 1980.
Hit the jump to sneak a peek at the promo poster and synopsis.
Here’s the bare-bones synopsis for Shame:
Brandon (Michael Fassbender, Inglourious Basterds, Hunger, A Dangerous Method) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control.
- Dave Trumbore
(1973, 12, Optimum)
The New York film-maker Philip D'Antoni spent most of his career in television, but his reputation depends on the three seminal big-screen movies he produced 40 years ago: gritty police procedural thrillers about maverick cops, shot entirely on location and featuring extended, spectacular car chases staged in city streets.
They're Peter Yates's Bullitt (1968), William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971) and The Seven-Ups, which D'Antoni both produced and directed. Roy Scheider, a key actor of the 1970s, is promoted from the sidekick role in The French Connection to lead a special group of New York cops using unconventional methods to nail major crooks, sending them to jail for seven years and up, hence the jokey title.
His current investigations draw him via a devious informer into a battle between the mafia and a gang of freelance villains making a fortune snatching mob leaders for ransom. The chase in this film starts in the Bronx, »
- Philip French
Movie legend Steve McQueen is to be honoured in Hollywood with his own parade and square on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
The festival will pay tribute to McQueen on Thursday when members of his family and the cast of cult film Bullitt attend a special screening of the movie with fans - and when Chad McQueen will accept the Jules Verne Legendaire Award on behalf of his dad.
Cinema Retro has received the following press release: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Steve McQueen's death on November 7th and the book release of "Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool", Barbara McQueen and Steve McQueen's official biographer, Marshall Terrill, will attend a very special exhibition and book signing between 6pm and 9pm at London's Movie Poster Art Gallery on November 4th. The photo exhibition will include a selection of Barbara McQueen's personal images of Steve McQueen, along with a large selection of vintage original McQueen film posters and stills, including an extremely rare 6ft U.S Original film poster for the McQueen classic "Bullitt", and the highly collectable original poster for "The Great Escape". Also on display will be rarely seen original stills and photographs from McQueen's greatest film roles, including "Papillon", "Thomas Crown Affair" and "The Cincinnati Kid".
An exciting edition to »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Photo exhibitions, film screenings and the publication of a new book will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Steve McQueen.
The Hollywood icon died at the age of 50 on November 7, 1980, following surgery to remove tumours caused by the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
His widow Barbara McQueen is coming to the UK with his official biographer Marshall Terrill to launch the book, Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool, at a series of promotional events which will include film screenings and exhibitions.
Written by Terrill, with a foreword by Barbara, the book tells the actor's story through memories from his family, friends, co-stars, business associates, acquaintances and fans.
Published on November 1, it also details the star's battle against mesothelioma. His doctor and specialist nurse give their personal accounts of Steve's illness and how he fought hard until the end.
Barbara McQueen and Marshall Terrill will attend a »
- David Bentley
Old action heroes are back. Red writer Warren Ellis argues that audiences don't shed their love of actors and characters, but want to continue the journey for as long as possible
At the beginning of my graphic novel Red, retired CIA killer Paul Moses – the corporate spooks of the Bourne films would have called him an "asset" – is living as quietly as possible, suffering night terrors alone and waiting out his time as best he can. The only relationship he has is with the Agency clerk who deals with his pension. She doesn't know what his job was, and he never wants her to find out. At the beginning of the film adaptation of Red, retired CIA killer Frank Moses is trying to adapt to a boring life, and is engaged in a hapless long-distance almost-flirtation with the Agency clerk who deals with his pension. She doesn't know what his job was, »
Alexa from Pop Elegantiarum here with your weekly arts and crafts.
Recently I came upon these woodcut paintings by Lisa Brawn. Lisa carves detailed portraits into wood, generally beams of salvaged Douglas fir. Usually artists carve into wood in order to make prints from the resulting block; instead, Lisa paints the carved block itself to create one-of-a-kind portraits. She looks to pop culture for inspiration, and finds "suitably rustic and rugged subjects" in tough guys like Steve McQueen, but notes that "Sophia Loren holds her own anywhere". I think her chosen medium is perfect, since it calls to mind Christian wooden icons; it's like she's made pop culture devotionals (Saint Bullitt and Saint Sophia, natch).
Here's a selection.
It Was a Sort of Madness, Honey © 2008
Jake © 2009
You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat © 2008
Bullitt © 2009 »
Peter Yates, 1968
Sure, there's a fantastic car chase in it – one of the first, still one of the best – but Peter Yates's first American movie is so much more than a duel on wheels. First off, it belongs in the esteemed company of Greed, Vertigo, The Lineup, Dirty Harry and Zodiac as one of the finest movies set and shot in San Francisco, that most beguilingly cinematic of American cities. Secondly, it offers the distilled essence of Steve McQueen as an actor and icon at the pinnacle of his career. Exercising his usual restraint, the actor (working as his own producer) pruned every redundant word from his own role, making Bullitt perhaps the most taciturn hero of the 60s – McQueen knew that the less he said, the more intently the audience focused on him.
He is the near-silent centre of a very busy, compelling and violent crime drama. Blessed »
- John Patterson
The actor's family is to be handed the Jules Verne Legendaire Award on behalf of the late star at a gala event on 11 November.
The big event, dubbed The King of Cool Returns to Hollywood, will feature a screening of McQueen's movie classic Bullitt.
The cast of the film will be part of the celebration at the Arclight cinema.
One of the great never-made films in action movie history is Yucatan, an epic treasure hunt/heist film concocted by actor Steve McQueen. The star of Bullitt and The Great Escape never got to make the film, but 1700 pages of notes on the film were found among Mr. McQueen's possessions years after his death. The film has been a possible project at Warner Bros. ever since that discovery, and now Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Anthony Peckham has been hired to mold it into a star vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr. What is Yucatan? Originally conceived by Mr. McQueen in the late '60s to be an action movie without dialogue (oh, the halcyon days of the New Hollywood) the story follows... ...an archaeologist from the Museum of London who enlists a renegade Navy diver, who works for the oil companies and races motorcycles on the shores of the Mojave, in a »
- Russ Fischer
hollywoodnews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress Annette Bening will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” and Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall will receive the “Hollywood Actor Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
“It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Annette Bening’s and Robert Duvall’s extraordinary talent as well as remarkable work and to recognize their outstanding acting achievements,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.
About Annette Bening
Annette Bening has received three Academy Award nominations for her roles in “Being Julia,” “American Beauty, ” and “The Grifters.” She can be seen recently in Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right,” which also stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, »
- Linny Lum
"The Expendables" continues to dominate the box office, so "Extra" is taking a look at the manliest movies of all time! Flex your guns and punch on in!
Top 25 Manliest Movies of All TimeThe Terminator (1984)
When Arnold says he'll be back, he neglects to mention that it'll be via car through the front of a building.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
More exploding body »
Steve McQueen died at a relatively young age — he was 50 when he succumbed to cancer in 1980 — but strangely, especially considering his enormous popularity and "youthful rebel" persona, McQueen hasn’t become the icon one would have expected of him. Anyhow, those unfamiliar with McQueen’s work will be able to catch the actor at both his best and not-so-best in eleven movies to be shown on Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday, August 3: TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" day dedicated to Steve McQueen. Among McQueen’s best is the San Francisco cop in Peter Yates‘ Bullitt (1968, photo), which features a thrilling car chase in the hilly streets of the Bay Area metropolis. Also, McQueen’s poker player in Norman Jewison‘s The Cincinnati Kid (1965) remains one of his best-known performances. The film itself boasts a first-rate cast that includes Ann-Margret, Tuesday Weld, and veterans Edward G. Robinson and Joan Blondell. »
- Andre Soares
(1979, 12, Second Sight)
Equally at home on either side of the Atlantic, British movie-maker Peter Yates hit both the American tempo and the box-office jackpot with his first Hollywood film, Bullitt (1968). But after working with big stars he made this, his true masterpiece, with a little-known cast and a young writer, Steve Tesich, who won an Oscar for his first screenplay. Dealing lightly and perceptively with class conflict and the inequities of the social system, it's an unerringly accurate coming-of-age story about four discontented blue-collar 18-year-old boys (admirably played by Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley and Dennis Quaid) spending their last summer of freedom in a midwestern university town, unemployed and patronised by snobbish students. Christopher is particularly endearing in the chief role as a teenage dreamer who becomes obsessed with cycling and adopts an Italian persona to distance himself from his father, a grumpy used-car salesman (Paul Dooley). Funny, »
- Philip French
Cinematographer whose innovative work brought him five Oscar nominations
The American cinematographer William Fraker, who has died of cancer aged 86, worked on dozens of mainstream films – the good, the bad, but never the ugly. Fraker could not be praised or blamed for the direction, acting or script, but the look of a film was, on the whole, his responsibility. Although he saw himself as part of a team who tried to fulfil the director's vision, Fraker began to push the boundaries of cinematography in commercial cinema by using faster and wider lenses, restricting lighting sources and employing techniques such as flashing and deliberate overexposure.
According to Fraker: "The director is the captain of the ship, the cinematographer is the executive officer. You have to really learn who you're working with and what they think. It's like a marriage. As a cinematographer, you can immediately tell a terrific director if they »
- Ronald Bergan
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