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James McAvoy Takes Best Actor Crown at BAFTA Scotland Awards

16 November 2014 3:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BAFTA Scotland's annual awards ceremony on Sunday saw James McAvoy take home the best actor gong for his turn as a corrupt, drug-taking and alcoholic cop in Filth, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel. The best actress award went to relative newcomer Sophie Kennedy Clark for her performance in Philomena, in which she played the younger version of Judi Dench's titular character. Read more James McAvoy Heads Back to London Stage in 'The Ruling Class' Broadchurch star David Tennant won the TV actor award for BBC drama The Escape Artist, while Shirley Henderson, also one of McAvoy’s co-stars in Filth,

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The Antic Visions of Herbert Achternbusch

10 November 2014 3:57 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Das Gespenst (1982)

“I always have a simple story, but I tell it so fanatically and wildly and tenderly and cursingly and on fire and in need of being loved that you’ll find a slice of life in front of you.”

The first time I saw Herbert Achternbusch he was hypnotizing a chicken in Werner Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. Anybody who has seen the film might recall the chicken, but who is Herbert Achternbusch? It is a question that cannot be simply answered. Achternbusch captions his entire artistic output with a paradox: ‘You don't have a chance, but use it’. Trying to make sense of his work, this epigram sounds appropriate.

Matters are not helped by the unavailability of most of his films on DVD. In Germany, a boxset devoted to Achternbusch is now out of print, although two key works—Heilt Hitler (1986) and Das Gespenst (1982)—remain in circulation. »

- Yusef Sayed

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James McAvoy Heads Back to London Stage in 'The Ruling Class'

31 October 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Having played the tyrannical monarch in a postapocalyptic Scotland in Macbeth, James McAvoy will reteam with director Jamie Lloyd early next year to tackle another kind of delusional nobleman in a revival of the cult satire The Ruling Class. Written by Peter Barnes, the play was first performed in 1968 and was adapted for the screen in 1972, earning a best actor Oscar nomination for Peter O'Toole as Jack, a paranoid schizophrenic who believes he is the Messiah. When his father, a member of the House of Lords, dies in a bizarre accident, Jack becomes the 14th Earl of Gurney, landing him at the

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Peter Medak in Hffla honour

27 October 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This year’s 14th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (Hffla) presented by Bunyik Entertainment marks the centenary of Hungarian animation and the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.

Hungarian-born film and television director Peter Medak, whose credits include his 1972 comedy The Ruling Class starring Peter O’Toole (pictured), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the animation screenings will be Son Of The White Mare by Marcell Jankovics, Rabbit And Deer and Symphony #42.

The Holocaust remembrance will feature Swiss documentary Carl Lutz – Forgotten Hero, as well as The Last Mentsch from Germany, The Hungarian Cube from Israel and Regina from Hungary.

Scheduled attendees include director Denes Orosz and actor Sandor Csanyi with Coming Out, writer-director Mark Bodzsar with Heavenly Shift and Spymaster writer-director Agota Varga.

The festival is set to run in North Hollywood from November 14-20. For further details click here. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Trailers From Hell on 'The Changeling'

29 September 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Peter Medak fled Hungary during the 1956 revolution and his best work, like "The Ruling Class" and "Let Him Have It," usually expressed a strong socio-political bent. "The Changeling," his 1979 ghost story is no different, mixing supernatural thrills and political intrigue. An eerie and elegant film with haunting overtones of 1944’s "The Uninvited," it stars George C. Scott and Melvyn Douglas who bring welcome gravitas to the proceedings. »

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First Look: Empire of the Dead – Act Two #1

18 August 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

This September, the legendary George Romero’s undead epic begins anew in Empire of the Dead: Act Two #1. Written by the horror master himself along with acclaimed artist Dalibor Talajic, prepare for an undead onslaught as zombies and vampires wage war on the walled in streets of New York City! Undead forces are laying waste to the last surviving humans of New York City – but now outside forces seek entry to the once safe haven. An invading militia seeks to take over the Big Apple…

“Act Two opens just a short time after the conclusion of Act One, but in that time all of our major players are advancing their interests,” editor Bill Rosemann explained to Marvel.com. “Zombie wrangler Paul Barnum has added fresh performers to his Circus Maximus, the zombies fighting there may be much more capable than even he imagined, Mayor Chandrake continues his seduction of medical scientist Penny Jones, »

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Peter O'Toole: Academy pays tribute at 2014 Oscars

2 March 2014 7:56 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eight time Oscar nominee, best known for David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, remembered at Oscar ceremony

• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony

• Full list of winners as they're announced

The Oscars paid tribute to Peter O'Toole, the celebrated star of Lawrence of Arabia who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor.

O'Toole was nominated eight times for the best actor Oscar, but was unsuccessful in winning any, though he was partly compensated by being given an honorary Academy award in 2003. His Oscar-night losses included some of his best-known roles, among them Te Lawrence in 1962, the title role in Becket in 1964, and mentally ill aristocrat Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, when he was defeated by Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) respectively. His final nomination came in 2006 for Venus, when he lost »

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One of Top Stars of Hollywood's Studio Era and Later on a pro-Vietnam War, 'Conservative' Republican, Has Died

11 February 2014 7:04 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Shirley Temple dead at 85: Was one of the biggest domestic box office draws of the ’30s (photo: Shirley Temple in the late ’40s) Shirley Temple, one of the biggest box office draws of the 1930s in the United States, died Monday night, February 10, 2014, at her home in Woodside, near San Francisco. The cause of death wasn’t made public. Shirley Temple (born in Santa Monica on April 23, 1928) was 85. Shirley Temple became a star in 1934, following the release of Paramount’s Alexander Hall-directed comedy-tearjerker Little Miss Marker, in which Temple had the title role as a little girl who, left in the care of bookies, almost loses her childlike ways before coming around to regenerate Adolphe Menjou and his gang. That same year, Temple became a Fox contract player, and is credited with saving the studio — 20th Century Fox from 1935 on — from bankruptcy. Whether or not that’s true is a different story, »

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Marc Forster Feels The Red Rising

5 February 2014 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following the troubled production and surprising success of World War Z, Marc Forster has found his next directing gig. He'll be behind the camera for an adaptation of Pierce Brown's recent novel Red Rising. Brown wrote the screenplay himself, and Joe Roth (Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful) is among the producers.The novel is a sci-fi action film set on Mars, at a time when it's been colonised by humans, apparently due to the impending death of Earth. Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a "Helldiver", one of the miners - the "Red" caste - who live a bleak existence below the surface, doing the desperately hard work required for the terraforming project. The ruling class on the surface are "Golds", but the social order is destined for a shake-up when Darrow discovers his life is premised on a lie. Disguised as a Gold, Darrow sets out to infiltrate Mars' »

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Schell as Director: Three Academy Award Nominations for His Films

1 February 2014 7:47 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maximilian Schell movie director (photo: Maximilian Schell and Maria Schell) (See previous post: “Maximilian Schell Dies: Best Actor Oscar Winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg.’”) Maximilian Schell’s first film as a director was the 1970 (dubbed) German-language release First Love / Erste Liebe, adapted from Igor Turgenev’s novella, and starring Englishman John Moulder-Brown, Frenchwoman Dominique Sanda, and Schell in this tale about a doomed love affair in Czarist Russia. Italian Valentina Cortese and British Marius Goring provided support. Directed by a former Best Actor Oscar winner, First Love, a movie that could just as easily have been dubbed into Swedish or Swahili (or English), ended up nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Three years later, nominated in that same category was Schell’s second feature film as a director, The Pedestrian / Der Fußgänger, in which a car accident forces a German businessman to delve deep into his past. »

- Andre Soares

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Oldest Surviving Credited Gwtw Performer Has Died

5 January 2014 3:53 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gone with the Wind’ actress Alicia Rhett dead at 98; was oldest surviving credited Gwtw cast member Gone with the Wind actress Alicia Rhett, the oldest surviving credited cast member of the 1939 Oscar-winning blockbuster, died on January 3, 2014, at the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community in Charleston, South Carolina, where Rhett had been living since August 2002. Alicia Rhett, born on February 1, 1915, in Savannah, Georgia, was 98. (Photo: Alicia Rhett as India Wilkes in Gone with the Wind.) In Gone with the Wind, the David O. Selznick production made in conjunction with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM head Louis B. Mayer was Selznick’s father-in-law), the stage-trained Alicia Rhett played India Wilkes, the embittered sister of Ashley Wilkes, whom Scarlett O’Hara loves — though Ashley eventually marries Melanie Hamilton (Rhett had auditioned for the role), while Scarlett ends up with Rhett Butler. Based on Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller, Gone with the Wind was (mostly) directed by Victor Fleming »

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Featured in One of Universal's Biggest Blockbusters Dead at 99

1 January 2014 4:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar-nominated ‘Imitation of Life’ actress Juanita Moore has died Juanita Moore, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for the 1959 blockbuster Imitation of Life, died on New Year’s Day 2014 at her home in Los Angeles. According to various online sources, Juanita Moore (born on October 19, 1922) was 91; her step-grandson, actor Kirk Kahn, said she was 99. (Photo: Juanita Moore in the late ’50s. See also: Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner photos at the 50th anniversary screening of Imitation of Life at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.) Juanita Moore movies The Los Angeles-born Juanita Moore began her show business career as a chorus girl at New York City’s Cotton Club. According to the IMDb, Moore was an extra/bit player in a trio of films of the ’40s, including Vincente Minnelli’s all-black musical Cabin in the Sky (1942) and Elia Kazan’s socially conscious melodrama Pinky (1949), in which Jeanne Crain plays a (very, »

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