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2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.
In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).
The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.
However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).
The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.
The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).
The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).
The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund. »
- Sydney Levine
Welcome to JoBlo.com's extraordinary Movie Trivia Quizzes! Each week we'll be presenting you with a new movie quiz with which to test your cinematic knowledge. Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Trilogy is one of the best crime sagas ever put to film, even with the third and final entry (which isn't as bad as people say it is) dragging things down, it's hard to deny the pure... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The Academy Awards decision process can often be frustratingly arbitrary. Actors are apparently gifted Oscars for political decisions rather than actual merit, with some seemingly winning either as reparations for prior snubs or just for having played someone with a hard life.
In these instances there is almost always another actor who was overlooked for the great work they did, and as pointless as the Oscars are – it’s a lot of patting on the back, after all – it’s a damn shame they didn’t get the recognition they deserved.
Although admittedly it’s not like the luminaries who comprise the Academy have a What’s App group chat where they all plot and plan who the winners of the awards will be, you can sense the workings of their decision-making. The kind of process that leads to Marlon Brando winning an Oscar for simply having the »
- Dan Woburn
A massive, 45-box archive originating from the estate of The Godfather author-screenwriter Mario Puzo is headed to auction in February. The treasure trove of material includes thousands of pages, drafts, notes and varying versions of both the novel manuscript and film screenplay, the latter co-written with director Francis Ford Coppola.
When Coppola was hired by Paramount for the film adaptation, the director supported Puzo's request that Marlon Brando play Don Corleone, whom the author had pictured in the title role since writing the novel. The Rr Auction archive includes Puzo's copy of a March 7th, »
Last night, on the TBS Conan TV show, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter fondly recalled the late actor, Abe Vigoda. The Barney Miller and Fish TV series star was a great friend of NBC's old Late Nite with Conan O'Brien TV show, when it was shot in New York. Watch O'Brien's Abe Vigoda tribute, below.
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While Abe Vigoda was known largely for his roles in The Godfather and Barney Miller, a whole generation was familiar with the late character actor thanks to his frequent, always hilarious cameo appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. On Tuesday night's Conan, the host remembered the actor who was always a highlight of Late Night.
"Abe was a huge part of our show in New York. I couldn't believe how many times Abe would come on the show and do hilarious things for us," O'Brien said. "We used to call him up, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Remix of the Day: The Shining wasn't weird enough, so here's a surreal remix called The Chickening: VFX Reel of the Day: See how the Oscar-nominated visual effects of The Martian were achieved in this behind-the-scenes reel: Movie Spinoff Takedown of the Day: Honest Trailers takes a break from trashing movies to make fun of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Vintage Image of the Day: Abe Vigoda, who passed away today at age 94, with Al Pacino in a funeral scene in The Godfather: Fan Art of the Day: Watch artist Wahyu Ichwandardi draw and then animate Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See more with Rey and...
- Christopher Campbell
In the 1950s and ‘60s, the actor who died Tuesday at 94 did everything from Shakespeare to musical comedies, from Broadway to Baltimore, from New Haven to San Francisco. His movie career took off after “The Godfather” in 1972, but he was still playing heavies on “Hawaii Five-0” and “The Rockford Files” after the first “Barney Miller” pilot aired in 1974.
Vigoda was such a fan favorite as “Barney Miller’s” Det. Fish that producers quickly ginned up a spinoff after the show’s first season. But behind the scenes, Vigoda and producers tussled publicly over money matters, a spat that played out in the pages of Variety like so many salary fights before and since.
Here are 13 things you didn’t know about Abe Vigoda:
Vigoda’s first appearance in Variety came in the April 26, 1950, weekly edition, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Best known as Detective Phil Fish from the Barney Miller TV series and its spin-off, Fish, Abe Vigoda passed away today, January 26, at the age of 94. This character actor appeared on the now-cancelled soap operas Dark Shadows, As the World Turns, and Santa Barbara. He also recurred in three episodes of the 2000 comedy series, Manhattan Az, which was cancelled by USA Network, before his episodes aired.
Although coming to TV and film later in his career, Mr. Vigoda had a list of credits a mile long. Arguably, his two biggest roles were in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II films, as mafioso Sal Tessio, of Don Corleone's organization. Vigoda would later voice the character for a number of Godfather-themed video games.
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'The Godfather' actor Abe Vigoda. 'The Godfather' actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94; reports of his death in the early 1980s were greatly exaggerated Actor Abe Vigoda, little-known internationally – despite a supporting role in The Godfather – but popular in the U.S. as a result of the 1970s television series Barney Miller and of an erroneous 1982 People magazine obit, died in his sleep at his daughter's home in Woodland Park, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, '15. The cause of death seems to have been old age. Vigoda (born on Feb. 24, 1921, in New York City) was 94. 'The Godfather' Following a long stint on the stage – on Broadway (The Man in the Glass Booth, Marat/Sade) and elsewhere – Vigoda landed the role of Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) ally-turned-traitor Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's multiple Oscar-winning 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo's bestseller The Godfather. “I'm really not a Mafia person, »
- Andre Soares
By Lee Pfeiffer
Abe Vigoda, whose hang-dog expression and low-key mannerisms help propel him to fame, has passed away at age 94. Vigoda toiled in films and TV without notable success until director Francis Ford Coppola cast him in the key role of Tessio, a mob lieutenant in the Corleone crime family in the 1972 classic "The Godfather". Tessio was one of the most trusted "employees" of the Corleone family but following the death of its patriarch Vito Corleone, Tessio is discovered to be planning the assassination of the new godfather, Michael Corleone. Memorably he is led away to his execution with typical understated emotion. Vigoda's stock in the film industry rose immediately and he became a popular character actor, appearing in such films as "The Cheap Detective", "The Don is Dead", "Newman's Law", "Look Who's Talking" and "The Cannonball Run II »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
La Times the Academy has clarified some of its new rulings on membership due to confusion from within its own ranks - very useful info
In Contention Kris Tapley has some thoughts on that as well and depressingly mentions there is still talk of "expanding" the acting categories. This will be very hard for yours truly to stomach if it happens. Traditions are important (and no I dont mean traditions of discrimination - don't confuse the issue!). Changing an 80 year tradition of a set of five slots in no way helps diversity and may actually serve to make the Academy look much much worse sending an accidental message (you weren't good enough for five but maybe with seven -- oops you weren't good enough for seven either!) so I pray to all the cinematic gods that wiser heads prevail and they reject it.
Fistful of Films... speaking of working through something by talking about it. »
- NATHANIEL R
Over this past weekend, Rob Zombie’s latest genre effort, 31, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Midnight programming slate. Daily Dead had the chance to catch up with both Zombie and his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, the following day to chat about their latest collaboration.
During our interview, the duo discussed making "grown-up horror", the pros of utilizing some familiar faces from Zombie’s previous films for 31, dealing with criticism and so much more.
Thanks for chatting today guys and congrats on the movie, too. Not only is it really cool to see your evolution as a director over the years, Rob, but it's also really cool to see you, Sheri, change so much throughout all these different films too. I thought Charly was just a lot of fun in 31, and while I'm not going to ruin anything for anybody, that final scene with Richard [Brake] was so great. »
- Heather Wixson
Actor Abe Vigoda died Tuesday morning peacefully in his sleep while staying at his daughter’s Woodland Park, N.J, home. After starting out as Sgt. Phil Fish on Barney Miller, Vigoda made his way to the big screen as gangster Tessio in The Godfather. The late actor was constantly battling death hoax rumors since the 1980s when a producer declared “I need […]
- Crystal Smith
Abe Vigoda, the long-faced character actor best known for his turn as Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather and grumpy Detective Phil Fish on Barney Miller, died on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. He was 94.
The character actor was best known for his role as Sal Tessio in the Coppola film, and as Phil Fish in Us TV show Barney Miller
The actor’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, confirmed his death to the Associated Press, and said her father died in his sleep at her home in New Jersey.
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- Mahita Gajanan in New York
While we aren't even one month into 2016, the entertainment industry has already lost several notable icons. Today, Variety reports that beloved character actor Abe Vigoda passed away in his New Jersey home at the age of 94. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, who revealed he passed from natural causes.
Abe Vigoda was born February 24, 1921 in New York City, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. The actor made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and performed n small theater shows for over 20 years. He had roles in notable off-Broadway productions such as "Richard III" in 1960 and 1961, "The Cherry Orchard" in 1962-63, "A Darker Flower" in 1963 and "The Cat and the Canary" in 1965. The actor made his Broadway debut with a role in a revival of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul »
Abe Vigoda, the character actor best known for playing Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and Detective Phil Fish on television’s Barney Miller, has passed away at the age of 94. No specific cause of death was cited, with his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, telling the Associated Press that he died of old age. […]
- Jacob Hall
Abe Vigoda had some of the most iconic lines and moments in what critics maintain is one the the greatest films ever made: The Godfather. Playing Salvatore Tessio, Vigoda landed the memorable, double-crossing character by going to an open casting call, director Francis Ford Coppola said on the DVD commentary. Vigoda died at 94 on Tuesday. Below are some of Tessio's more memorable moments in the Oscar-winning mob classic: Hiding the gun: Tessio suggested hiding the gun Michael would use to kill Sollozzo and Capt. McCluskey behind the old-fashioned, pull-chain toilet at the Italian restaurant. "It's perfect for us." His knowledge helps
- Ryan Parker
Abe Vigoda, the New York theatre and television actor who played Corleone family friend — and, ultimately, traitor — Sal Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," died Tuesday morning "of old age," per the Associated Press. He was 94. Vigoda's appearances in 1972's "The Godfather" and 1974's "The Godfather Part II" secured his place in film history — "Tell Mike it was only business. I always liked him," he tells consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) after his plan to kill Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is discovered — but it was in television that the actor, with his average-Joe appearance and versatile skill set, worked for much of his career. As Det. Phil Fish in the long-running "Barney Miller" and a short-lived spinoff, "Fish," he became a stalwart of 1970s TV, and appeared in many of the era's most popular programs: "Kojack," "The Bionic Woman," "The Rockford »
- Matt Brennan
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