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Photos: Jodie Fisher, Hp Scandal Actress, In Movies & TV

30 December 2011 10:05 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Jodie Fisher has become best known for her involvement in the sexual harassment scandal that prompted Hp CEO Mark Hurd to resign from the company. At this point, it may seem like a career footnote, but as the after-effects of the scandal reverberate -- the letter she wrote that led to his ouster was made public on Friday -- Fisher has begun to act in small movie and TV roles.

This fall, Fisher guest starred in an episode of "NCIS: Los Angeles," playing a woman named Emma White in an episode about a former Navy Intelligence officer who turns out to be living an illegal double life. She also had a bit part in the re-imagining of the classic Peter Fonda film "Easy Rider," in which she played a bartender.

Prior to this mini-renaissance, and before she began a career in consulting and marketing that would eventually lead her to Hurd, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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The ‘Blue Velvet’ Project, #60

30 December 2011 6:40 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Second #2820, 47:00

Throughout this entire sequence, we never once see Dorothy from Frank’s point of view. In fact, the camera stays positioned entirely on Jeffrey’s side of the room, adopting, if not his precise point of view from within the closet, then at least his general angle of vision throughout. Even when we see Dorothy’s face close up, it is not from Frank’s point of view; we are never permitted to cross the invisible line that divides the room to see things from Frank’s side. On one level, this increases our identification with Jeffrey; for the most part, we see what he sees. But more fundamentally, the refusal of the camera to adopt Frank’s perspective makes his actions both more terrifying and more banal. It is the specific, fetishistic details of his assault that propel him deep into the imagination, where he burns like a hot ember. »

- Nicholas Rombes

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Overlooked at the Oscars: 109 movies not nominated for best picture | Charles Saatchi

29 December 2011 10:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The films that weren't even given a shot at winning best picture

• Charles Saatchi: my love affair with Orson Welles

Here, in no particular order, is Charles Saatchi's list of the post-1950 films that should have been nominated for a best film Oscar. Tell us your picks below.

North by Northwest

The African Queen

Paths of Glory

Spartacus

Hud

What's Up Doc?

The Manchurian Candidate

The Big Country

Scarface

Vertigo

Kill Bill

Parenthood

Reversal of Fortune

Harold and Maude

Being There

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Lost in America

Minority Report

Jurassic Park

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Heat

Once Upon a Time in America

Seven

The Searchers

Psycho

Rear Window

The Producers

Toy Story

Some Like It Hot

2001: A Space Odyssey

Lolita

The Shining

Touch of Evil

Gran Torino

Beetlejuice

Edward Scissorhands

Raising Arizona

Advise and Consent

Mean Streets

King of Comedy

Reservoir Dogs

Manhattan

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- Charles Saatchi

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'Corman's World': Interview with Alex Stapleton

21 December 2011 11:36 AM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

These are times to get your hands dirty.

Revolutions are ripping up the map overseas. Mobs are taking the streets at home. Industries from film to finance are discovering their idols have clay feet.

We're living in Corman's World.

Director Alex Stapleton gets this. It's not just gloss on her eye-catching documentary, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. It's the core of the film — the do-or-die meat of it. She knows these are Diy times, and Alex is a Diy Lady.

"Get off your butt," Alex Stapleton says to new filmmakers, "and go do something . . . You're never going to read enough books or have enough lectures to teach you to make a film. You learn by doing."

Armed with simple tools and an ambitious will, Stapleton has managed to assemble a stellar first effort. Corman's World has an array of luminary facets going for it: sharp technical skill; a »

- M C Funk

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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Still In Business

16 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.

The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.

Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today

Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine

Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »

- Connor Folse

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[Interview] Director Alex Stapleton Talks ‘Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel’

15 December 2011 7:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I was recently afforded the opportunity to talk to Alex Stapleton, the director of the wonderful documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (review here) about the many sides of the “schlock king” Roger Corman. Through a tenuous phone connection (I do have an At&T iPhone and live in New York City, after all), we discussed the process of making this film, how she got roped into doing crew on a Corman movie, Jack Nicholson‘s lounging gear, and doing interviews from the barber’s chair. The Film Stage’s questions are in bold, Alex’s responses follow.

Is there going to be a big premiere out there?

Well we had our kind of fancy premiere at Lacma [Los Angeles County Museum of Art], actually as a part of Film Independent’s series that they were running with Elvis Mitchell. So that was kind of our fancy night. So we will have on the 16th of December, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Bert Schneider, 1933 - 2011

14 December 2011 1:09 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

On the right: Bob Rafelson (left) and Bert Schneider (right)

"Bert Schneider, the iconoclastic producer behind a trio of influential movies — Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show — that captured the rootlessness and discontent of the late 1960s and 70s and became symbols of a new era in Hollywood, has died," reports Elaine Woo in the Los Angeles Times. "The son of a Hollywood power broker — his father, Abraham, ran Columbia Pictures in the late 1960s — Schneider helped revitalize moviemaking in the 'New Hollywood' movement in which directors, not studios, held the creative reins and made movies that embraced the sensibilities of the emerging counterculture. 'This was a beginning of the independent movies and, more than that, a kind of celebration of anti-establishment movie subjects,' producer-director Bob Rafelson, who was one of Schneider's partners in the company that produced Easy Rider and six other films, said in an interview Tuesday. »

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Bert Schneider obituary

14 December 2011 11:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Producer of films that expressed the late 60s and early 70s zeitgeist, including Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Hearts and Minds

In the late 60s and early 70s, youth movies identified with the draft-dodging campus rebels disillusioned by their elders and the war in Vietnam. Among the leading lights that embodied the counterculture were the producer Bert Schneider, who has died aged 78, and the director Bob Rafelson. They came together to form Raybert Productions, and then Bbs Productions (with Steve Blauner), which produced several pictures that expressed the zeitgeist, such as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Drive, He Said (1971) and the Oscar-winning anti-Vietnam war documentary Hearts and Minds (1974). 

Schneider was no bandwagon jumper, but a committed leftist, who vigorously opposed the American presence in Vietnam. He was also close to the 1960s political activists Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther party, the African-American radical organisation, and Abbie Hoffman »

- Ronald Bergan

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Bert Schneider: 1933-2011

14 December 2011 11:32 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Berton "Bert" Schneider made his big mark in the world as movie producer, most famously responsible for the countercultural landmark, Easy Rider. The 1969 film took on the themes of the counterculture and ushered in the era of New Hollywood. Schneider continued to produce films throughout the 1970s including Hearts and Minds in 1974, which won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary". »

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Easy Rider Producer Schneider Dies

14 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning movie producer Bert Schneider has died, aged 78.

The Easy Rider filmmaker passed away from natural causes on Monday, his daughter Audrey Simon has confirmed.

The New York native, who was the son of former Columbia Pictures president Abraham Schneider, started his television and film career in the 1960s.

Teaming up with Bob Rafelson to form Raybert Productions, one of Schneider's first projects was to create sitcom The Monkees, which followed a fictional rock band.

The group went on to be a successful international pop act, and helped Schneider and Rafelson break into feature films.

His first major success was 1969's iconic movie Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and he also made 1970 movie Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson.

Schneider and Rafelson went on to create films including The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens, while Schneider also won a Best Documentary Oscar for 1974's Hearts and Minds, about opposition to the Vietnam War.

Schneider married four times throughout his life, and once dated actress Candice Bergen. »

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Movie News in 60 Seconds: Denzel Washington as ‘The Equalizer,’ Tom Cruise and David Beckham Make Action Movies, ‘Easy Rider’ Producer Rides Into the Sunset

14 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

    He’ll Set Things Straight: Get ready for Denzel Washington as ... The Equalizer! A big-screen version of the 80s TV series is under development wth Washington is attached to star; Richard Wenk (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) is poised to pen the script. (Variety) We Know He Can Kick ... Balls: Could soccer star David Beckham make the transition to the big screen? Tom Cruise thinks so, saying: “I’d love to do action movies with Beckham. He would be great, he could kick ass.” So get on that, Hollywood! (Daily Mirror) ‘Easy Rider’ Producer Dies: Producer Bert Schneider has died, aged 78. Among his many accomplishments, he won an Academy Award for Vietnam War protect documentary Hearts and Minds and produced...

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- Peter Martin

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Bert Schneider Dead: 'Easy Rider,' 'Last Picture Show' Producer Dies at 78

14 December 2011 12:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

You might not know the name Bert Schneider, but you certainly know his movies: 'Easy Rider,' 'The Last Picture Show,' 'Days of Heaven' and even the bananas Monkees film 'Head.' Schneider died on Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 78. He was in a state of failing health, according to his daughter.

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- Christopher Rosen

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Win: Punishment Park On Blu-ray, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away

2 December 2011 3:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Punishment Park (Masters of Cinema) is to be released in the UK in a new Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD edition on 23 January 2012. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away.

Both controversial and relentless in its depiction of suppression and brutality, Punishment Park was heavily attacked by the mainstream press and permitted only the barest of releases in 1971. However, like Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool (1969) and Robert Kramer’s Ice (1969), Peter Watkins’ film has established itself as one of the key, yet rarely seen, radical films of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Giving voice to the disaffected youth of America that had lived through the campus riots at Berkeley, the trial of the Chicago Seven and who were witnessing the escalation of the Vietnam War, Punishment Park was named by Rolling Stone as one of their top ten films of 1971 and has earned many admirers in the four decades since its release. »

- Matt Holmes

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Forgotten B&W Movies #2: Shock Corridor

1 December 2011 1:18 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Now I realise that this film is not exactly forgotten, indeed it has just been re-released by the Criterion Collection in a lavish DVD/Blu-ray edition, but it isn’t an Easy Rider or Bonnie and Clyde, it’s not a picture that comes straight to mind when one thinks about 1960s American cinema, but it should be. Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor is a primitive, angst ridden allegory, fusing a noir inflected style with intense psychodrama which is still shocking and relevant today, “it has to be seen to be believed” wrote Andrew Saris in the American cinema, such a phrase is simply apt.

With a performance as smouldering as hot coals, Peter Breck plays investigative journalist Johnny Barrett, an ambitious and daring reporter with his eyes on a Pulitzer Prize. Johnny envisions his prize winning piece as an exposé on a recent murder at a local mental hospital, »

- Tom Day

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Win: Two Lane Blacktop On Blu-ray, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away

1 December 2011 5:07 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Two-lane Blacktop (Masters of Cinema) is to be released in the UK on Blu-ray & Ltd Edition Blu-ray Steelbook on 23 January 2012. We have 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.

With the melancholy open-road epic Two-Lane Blacktop, American auteur Monte Hellman (The Shooting, Cockfighter, and the recent Road to Nowhere) poeticised the beautiful, terrible rootlessness of his nation in the era of Vietnam. Funded by Universal in a bid to recreate the success of Easy Rider – by giving a number of filmmakers $1m and final cut – Hellman’s effort is now regarded as one of the key films of the New Hollywood renaissance of the early 1970s.

While driving eastward on Route 66, two rival car owners – The Driver (singer-songwriter James Taylor) and The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys) in a souped-up, drag-racing ’55 Chevy, and a middle-aged braggart (Warren Oates) in a gleaming Gto – begin to »

- Matt Holmes

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Ken Kesey's Magic Trip: A Merry Pranksters redux

24 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Footage of Ken Kesey's 1964 LSD road trip has finally been edited into a (mostly) coherent film

In 1964 Ken Kesey embarked on a coast-to-coast-and-back road trip, spreading the word of LSD with a busload of costumed cohorts; it is the stuff of pop-culture legend, and the founding gospel of the hippie movement. But most of what we know comes from Tom Wolfe's florid account in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. It's said that if you can remember the 60s, you weren't there, and in a way, Wolfe wasn't; he didn't meet Kesey and his Merry Pranksters until they had returned.

It was largely forgotten that Kesey planned his own account of the trip in the form of an improvised movie. The film would be "a total breakthrough of expression", wrote Wolfe, "but also something that would amaze and delight many multitudes, a movie that could be shown commercially as »

- Steve Rose

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Peter Fonda Photo: Governors Awards 2011

24 November 2011 3:22 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Peter Fonda, Parky Fonda Oscar-nominated Actor Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold) and wife Parky attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar recipient, as Jones is co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Death Becomes Her, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Son of Oscar winner Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond) and brother of two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), among Peter Fonda's credits are The Wild Angels, The Trip, Easy Rider, with »

- D. Zhea

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American Zoetrope: In a galaxy not from Hollywood …

17 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If there had been no Zoetrope, the film studio founded by Francis Coppola and George Lucas in San Francisco in 1969, there would be no Star Wars, argues John Patterson

In April 1979, Francis Ford Coppola threw a characteristically grandiose bash to celebrate the completion of Apocalypse Now, the picture that had threatened to become his Waterloo. It was at the apogee of the 1970s Hollywood renaissance, whose directors were suspended in that delightfully rarified moment after their biggest blockbusters and before their flops – and they all had at least one gargantuan flop ahead of them.

Coppola, as usual, was ahead of the game, or so it seemed. Apocalypse Now's chequered production history had produced wild press rumours of directorial overindulgence, perhaps even of a full swandive into film-making insanity, and the film's subsequent lofty place in the cinematic firmament was then far from secure. The film historian Peter Biskind, in his book Easy Riders, »

- John Patterson

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Fiddler On The Roof – Bluray Review

15 November 2011 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Tevye (Topol) is a Russian Jew, eking out a meagre living as a milkman in the early 20th century, in what is now the Ukraine. He is married with five children and wishes to marry them all off as well as he can, given he has no money for the sort of dowry that would secure the most eligible (i.e. wealthy) suitors. But the times are changing and each of his eldest three daughters have other ideas, setting their sights on a poor but kind tailor, a “modern” intellectual with seemingly fanciful notions of development and even revolution and (horror of horrors) a non-Jew Ukrainian. As all of the match-making progresses, Tevye must also reckon with a further spectre hanging over him and his family, the prospect of the entire village being moved on and displaced by increasingly inhospitable and anti-Semitic forces within Tsarist Russia.

*****

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- Dave Roper

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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

11 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Silent Running

There aren't many science-fiction movies that will make you cry (bored to tears doesn't count, nor do tears of laughter).

Douglas Trumbull's much-loved 1972 classic comes with an emotional punch that's rare in the genre. After Easy Rider hit big, major studios were keen to invest modest sums on more unusual projects, so first-time director Trumbull shot his hippies into space. After spending five glorious years as a key special effects artist on 2001, he saw this as an opportunity to make a space movie full of the sort of passion and emotion that were absent from Kubrick's futuristic vision. Bruce Dern plays Freeman Lowell, one of a small team of astronauts charged with looking after the overpolluted Earth's remaining forests, which have been sealed into domes and sent orbiting Saturn. The complex geometrical design and model work is as dazzling as you'd expect from someone with Trumbull's technical credentials, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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