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Book Review: "Steve McQueen: The Actor And His Films"

21 December 2011 4:24 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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By Tom Lisanti

Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films by Andrew Antonaides and Mike Siegel from Dalton Watson Fine Books is one of the finest, most lavish movie books about a single actor that I have ever read. All of iconic superstar Steve McQueen’s films are equally discussed from his classics (The Blob, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Papillon), to his lesser known earlier movies (Never Love a Stranger, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery)An Enemy of the People, The Hunter), to his misfires (The Honeymoon Machine, Soldier in the Rain, Baby the Rain Must Fall), to his TV series (Wanted: Dead or Alive). Most coffee table-type movie books that I have encountered are extravagantly- made, featuring glorious photographs, but containing very little substance. However, Steve McQueen »

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 3)

11 October 2011 11:41 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the third of a five-part feature (read parts one and two)...

“You’ve got to keep stretching out and trying other stuff,” observed actor and director Clint Eastwood. “I could have chosen a lot of scripts that were different than Bronco Billy [1980], that were less of a challenge but it was worth trying.” The native of San Francisco, California explains, “It’s about the American Dream, and Billy’s dream that he fought so hard for. It’s all the context of this outdated Wild West show that has absolutely no chance of being a hit. But it’s sweet. It’s pure.” The subject matter resembles the work of two legendary Hollywood filmmakers. “My first thought was that Frank Capra [It’s a Wonderful Life] or Preston Sturges [Sullivan’s Travels] might have done it in their heyday. It has some values that were interesting to »

- flickeringmyth

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My Favorite Movie: Kevin Dillon

24 July 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

"'Papillon' is the first one that comes to mind. It just leapt out at me.

"Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman are just incredible. That's what acting is at its best, right there. I don't know if I can think of any film that tops it.

"The ending is just incredible. You've got Steve McQueen on that coconut raft and he's saying, 'I'm still here, you bastards!' It's very powerful, that moment. I kind of like to think of myself as that guy -- it's like, 'I'm still here! I'm hanging in here, somehow!' It's like a battle cry, really, and it sets 'Papillon' apart from so many other films.

"When I need a battle cry, I watch 'Papillon.' It gets me going every time."

Kevin Dillon stars in HBO's hit series "Entourage," which returns for its eighth and final season tonight. »

- Elizabeth Durand

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New this Week: ‘The Hangover Part II,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ and ‘I Am Number Four (DVD)’

25 May 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Hangover Part IIBradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms

Kung Fu Panda 2Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan

Movie of the Week

The Hangover Part II

The Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms

The Plot: Right after their infamous Las Vegas bachelor party, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

The Buzz: Like many wines and cheeses before him, Hangover II writer/director Todd Phillips has aged well. With Road Trip, his directorial debut, he made a film just funny enough to facilitate the production of his 2nd film, the far superior, Old School. From there Phillips helmed Starsky and Hutch, which was respected well enough, for what it was, before taking a major misstep with School for Scoundrels. Phillips bounced back big-time from his first flop, »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: May 24, 2011

23 May 2011 11:22 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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The Great Dictator (Criterion Collection) Great film, though since getting back from Cannes I haven't had a chance to watch the Criterion disc, but I plan on giving it a watch tomorrow along with the Marx brothers' Duck Soup, sort of a farcical political comedy double feature for the ages. Papillon This is a very good movie. I first watched it as part of the Essential Steve McQueen Collection back in 2005 and I have to say, if it were up to me I would spend $40.99 on that collection instead of spending $25 on this one Blu-ray, but that's just me. Solaris (Criterion Collection) I have never seen this film, but really cannot wait. Truth be told, I have a ton of Criterion titles sitting here I need to watch. I watched Something Wild a couple nights ago and enjoyed it, »

- Brad Brevet

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Blu Monday: May 24, 2011

22 May 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 Andrew Scott & Fiona Glascott star in Anton Chekhov’S The Duel (2011) Richard Grieco & Kevin Nash star in Asylum’s The Almighty Thor (2011) Antonio Banderas stars in The Big Bang (2011) “5 Stories That Will Mess You Up For Life” Burning Palms (2010) Philippe Diaz’s documentary The End Of Poverty? (2010) Tom Berenger & Martin Sheen star in Gettysburg: Director’s Cut: Blu-Ray Book (1993) Gnomeo & Juliet: 3-Disc Combo (2011) Gods & Generals: Extended Director’s Cut: Blu-Ray Book (2003) James Garner & Eva Marie Saint star in Jerry Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix (1966) Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator: Criterion Collection (1940) Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011) D.J. Caruso’s I Am Number Four: 3-Disc Combo (2011) Steve McQueen stars in Le Mans (1971) Steve McQueen & Dustin Hoffman star in Papillon: Blu-Ray Book (1973) Charlie Sheen stars in Oliver Stone’s Platoon: 2-Disc Combo (1986) Andrei »

- Travis Keune

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Jeremy Renner To Play Steve McQueen?

28 April 2011 10:32 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In early 2010 Sam Worthington was the rising actor linked to pretty much every project in development. In early 2011, that mantle has been passed to "The Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner.

Renner and partner Don Handfield have formed the production company The Combine, with their first project in development set to be a Steve McQueen biopic that will serve as a starring vehicle for the actor says Risky Biz Blog.

McQueen was the movie star who epitomised 'cool' in the 1960s and 1970s. Older and more rugged than many of today's pretty boys, his anti-hero persona was very popular with the public and allowed him to demand large salaries, however he was also combative with filmmakers.

His memorable roles were in pictures such as "Bullitt," "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "The Getaway," "Papillon," and "The Towering Inferno".

James Gray ("We Own the Night") is attached to »

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Jeremy Renner playing Steve McQueen in biopic

28 April 2011 1:42 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Jeremy Renner has formed a new production company called The Combine, which he plans to run with partner Don Handfield. The company has their first project in development, a Steve McQueen biopic that will be a starring vehicle for the actor. The screenplay will be written by James Gray, (writer and director of We Own the Night) The story will be based on the two books by Marshall Terrill: Portrait of an American Rebeland The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. Ivan Zacharias is attached direct the film, his first gig since starting as a video director.

Renner and Handfield will produce the McQueen project with Hurt Locker producer Greg ShapiroCross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (one of the producers of Black Swan), and Zacharias’ producing partner Nick Landon. The project is still in the development stage. Renner has the perfect look to play the iconic 70's star, »

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Len Lesser obituary

22 February 2011 4:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film and TV actor best known as Seinfeld's bothersome Uncle Leo

The American actor Len Lesser, who has died aged 88 from pneumonia, after suffering from cancer for two years, won many fans in his role as Uncle Leo in the offbeat sitcom Seinfeld. He was notable for the boisterous "Jerry! Hello!" greeting he gave his screen nephew. The elderly uncle had an obsession with greetings and insisted that Jerry must always say "Hello!", no matter how embarrassing the situation. That applied even when Jerry caught Leo shoplifting at a bookshop. "You still say hello," he chastised.

"He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid," said the bald, moustached actor of his character. Lesser joined the sitcom during its second series (1991) and appeared, on and off, until the end of the show's lengthy run, in 1998. The programme featured the »

- Anthony Hayward

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Len Lesser obituary

20 February 2011 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film and TV actor best known as Seinfeld's bothersome Uncle Leo

The American actor Len Lesser, who has died aged 88 from pneumonia, after suffering from cancer for two years, won many fans in his role as Uncle Leo in the offbeat sitcom Seinfeld. He was notable for the boisterous "Jerry! Hello!" greeting he gave his screen nephew. The elderly uncle had an obsession with greetings and insisted that Jerry must always say "Hello!", no matter how embarrassing the situation. That applied even when Jerry caught Leo shoplifting at a bookshop. "You still say hello," he chastised.

"He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid," said the bald, moustached actor of his character. Lesser joined the sitcom during its second series (1990-91) and appeared, on and off, until the end of the show's lengthy run, in 1998. The programme featured »

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Character Actor Len Lesser, Seinfeld's "Uncle Leo", Dead At Age 88

17 February 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Character Len Lesser, who appeared in 15 episodes of the classic Seinfeld TV series, has died from pneumonia at age 88. Lesser gained popularity as Seinfeld's obnoxious Uncle Leo, a loudmouth, unscrupulous schemer. Lesser had a long career in films and TV. Among the features he appeared in: Kelly's Heroes, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Birdman of Alcatraz, Papillon and Some Came Running. For more click here »

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Seinfeld's' Uncle Leo Dead at 88

17 February 2011 9:41 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Actor Len Lesser, best known as crazy Uncle Leo in the hit '90s show "Seinfeld," has died of cancer. He was 88.

Lesser was admitted to a rehabilitation center near his home in Burbank several weeks ago, and died peacefully after breakfast on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

The veteran actor had a varied career in TV, film and on the stage. Other memorable film roles include starring opposite Steve McQueen in "Papillon" and with Clint Eastwood »

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Seinfeld's Uncle Leo Dies

17 February 2011 5:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Len Lesser, best known as the scene-stealing Uncle Leo on Seinfeld - "Jerry! Hello!" was his slogan - died from cancer-related pneumonia at a care facility in Burbank, Calif., it was announced Wednesday. He was 88. "Heaven got a great comedian and actor today," his daughter Michele said in a statement. Of Uncle Leo, Lesser told the Los Angeles Times in 1998: "He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid. He's a very expansive character, and that has an attraction to it." The New York native, who graduated in economics »

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Uncle Leo from Seinfeld Dead at 88

16 February 2011 9:48 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Len Lesser, best known as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld" and a veteran actor with more than 500 appearances on film, television and the stage, died Wednesday in Burbank of pneumonia related to cancer. He was 88. The New York native and City College graduate also had more than 50 feature films to his credit, among them "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962), "Kelly's Heroes" (1970), "Papillon" (1973), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976) and "Death Hunt" (1981). "Heaven got a great comedian and actor today," said his daughter Michele Lesser. "The outpouring of sympathy we've already received has been amazing and is so greatly appreciated." »

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Len Lesser, Seinfeld's "Uncle Leo", passes away

16 February 2011 8:07 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Len Lesser, best known for his television roles of Uncle Leo in Seinfeld and Garvin in Everybody Loves Raymond, has passed away in Burbank, California. He was 88.

With over 160 portrayals and 60 years of acting experience under his belt, Lesser first broke into television in the early 1950s, eventually taking on parts in a variety of programs including The Monkees, Get Smart, The Outer Limits, All in the Family, and The Rockford Files.  Although the majority of his acting work was on the small screen, he also co-starred in such classic Hollywood features as The Outlaw Josey Wales, Papillon, and Kelly's Heroes, but it wasn't until landing the role of Jerry Seinfeld's boisterous, overbearing, and enthusiastically-eccentric Uncle Leo in 1991 did Lesser achieve mainstream recognition.

Soon after Seinfeld's run ended in 1998, Lesser took the role of Garvin in Everybody Loves Raymond, playing a boisterous, overbearing, and enthusiastically-eccentric Lodge buddy of Raymond's father, »

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Len Lesser, Seinfeld's Uncle Leo, Dies

16 February 2011 7:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Uncle Leo always had a hearty "hello!" for his nephew Jerry. Len Lesser, the character actor who was most recognizable for popping up on Seinfeld, be it to shirk a gambling debt or get his eyebrows blown off, died Wednesday of complications from cancer-related pneumonia. He was 88. His crack comic timing led to other roles as a cantankerous old-man type in Mad About You, Boy Meets World, Everybody Loves Raymond, ER and, most recently, Castle. The New York City native's career got rolling, however, on shows like The Munsters, The Monkees and Get Smart, and he had small parts on the big screen, as well, in Papillon, Outlaw Josey Whales and Bird Man of Alcatraz. Lesser, an Army vet who »

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