17 items from 2008
Broadway playwright Dale Wasserman has died of congestive heart failure, aged 94.
Man of La Mancha, which opened off-Broadway in 1965, won the Tony Award for best musical two years later, after making its move to the famed New York theatre district.
And 1963 stage hit One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest saw a revival when the beloved show was brought back to Broadway in 2001.
His 1955 script Elisha and the Long Knives, one of 30 small screen dramas he worked on, helped television series Matinee Theater win an Emmy Award.
Wasserman is survived by his wife of 24 years, Martha Nelly Wasserman. »
President-elect Barack Obama is apparently closer to our audience than any of his predecessors. According to “The 50 Facts You Might Not Know” in the London Telegraph, the following information has emerged:
• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
• He has read every Harry Potter book
• His favorite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
• He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
• He uses an Apple Mac laptop
• His favorite fictional television programs are M*A*S*H and The Wire
So the question is this: does he prefer Barry Windsor-Smith or John Buscmea’s depiction of the Cimmerian? »
- Robert Greenberger
Michael Douglas will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) for his work behind the camera.
The actor, best known for his starring roles in Wall Street and Fatal Attraction, is an acclaimed movie producer - winning the Best Picture Oscar for his role at the helm of 1975's One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest.
In a statement, Douglas says he feels "privileged to be so honoured by my producing peers".
The PGA announced they had decided to present Douglas with the award for his "important statements about our life and times".
Douglas is being honored for his 30-plus years in producing, starting with 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which won the top five Oscars.
"Producing came as a complete surprise to me and ultimately played one of the major roles in my film career," Douglas said of the award. "I feel privileged to be so honored by my producing peers."
Douglas has produced more than 20 films, many of which reflect changing trends and public concerns, the PGA said.
"Michael Douglas is a consummate producer, having consistently developed and produced movies that are both critical and commercial successes and that often make important statements about our life and times as well," awards co-chairs David Friendly and Laurence Mark said. »
- By Leslie Simmons
At long last, the 1968 written The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test from Tom Wolfe is heading to film. Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights for the novel, with director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black attached to the project. Richard Gladstein and his Film Colony banner will produce.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a drug-addled new journalism epic in the vein of Hunter S. Thompson. The novel follows the hallucinogenic exploits of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters, proponents of psychedelic drugs, as they drive across the country. Their vehicle of choice is a DayGlo painted school bus named "Furthur." Some prominent figures featured in the novel include The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Timothy Leary. Sadly, the Kool-Aid man does not play a prominent role.
- Josh Wigler
- The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox Searchlight Pictures were the highest bidder for Gus Van Sant’s next project after the Harvey Milk biopic. Based on the Tom Wolfe novel and written by Lance Black (his second straight project with Van Sant), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test will tell the story of a cross-country road trip that "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" author Ken Kesey orchestrated with a group called the Merry Pranksters. Driving in a psychedelically painted bus from California to visit the World's Fair in New York in 1964, Kesey and his band used the trip as a way to turn on those they met to the mind-expanding wonders of Lsd. Now that the project (which was set up last year) has a cash flow, we can expect filming to possibly begin in early 2009 and for it to be filmed in multiple locations. Van Sant is going »
Richard Gladstein and his Film Colony banner are attached to produce.
"Kool-Aid," based on a 1968 Tom Wolfe book, was first packaged last year after Gladstein, who had the rights, enlisted Van Sant and Black. The project was then hunting for a financier.
"Kool-Aid" is Wolfe's account of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" author Ken Kesey and a group dubbed the Merry Pranksters as they drive across the country in a DayGlo-painted school bus dubbed Furthur, reaching personal and collective revelations through the use of Lsd and other psychedelic drugs.
"Milk," which stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsch, already is generating advance awards buzz for its telling of California's first openly gay elected official, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Focus Features open the film Nov. »
- By Borys Kit
Michael Douglas has been selected by the American Film Institute's board of
trustees to receive the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award, which will be
presented to him at a gala tribute on June 11 in Los Angeles.
"Michael Douglas is the rightful heir to the throne of the royal family of
American film," Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board, said in announcing
the honor. "Though he is most beloved as one of the great leading men of the
movies, Michael is also a most accomplished film producer and, ultimately,
an artist whose films have been elevated in the pantheon of American film."
Douglas' father, Kirk, was similarly lauded by the AFI in 1991.
Douglas has won two Oscars ? a best actor nod for 1987's "Wall Street" and
a best picture win for producing 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
His upcoming films include "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" and "The Ghosts of
Girlfriends Past. »
- By Gregg Kilday
Hollywood star Michael Douglas is to be honoured with the American Film Institute (AFI)'s lifetime achievement award next summer - 18 years after his actor father Kirk Douglas was presented with the same accolade.
The Traffic star will pick up the prize for his work as a producer at a ceremony in Los Angeles in June - and he is delighted to be following in his father's footprints. Douglas Sr. received the honour in 1991.
Michael says, "I am honoured and overwhelmed to be included in such a prestigious group of film-makers.
"I am particularly moved to be following my father 18 years later."
The 64-year-old is best known for his work behind the camera for 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which starred Jack Nicholson. The film went on to win five Academy Awards the following year, with producer Douglas picking up the Oscar for Best Picture.
And AFI chairman Howard Stringer insists Douglas is the "rightful heir to the throne of the royal family of American film".
He adds, "Though he is most beloved as one of the great leading men of the movies, Michael is also a most accomplished film producer and, ultimately, an artist whose films have been elevated in the pantheon of American film." »
Frankfurt, Germany -- Fifty-year production design veteran Paul Sylbert, who won an Academy Award for his work on 1978's "Heaven Can Wait," will receive the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sylbert received an additional Oscar nomination for "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Other credits include "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), "Kramer Vs. Kramer" (1979) and "Conspiracy Theory" (1997). He wrote and directed the 1971 feature "The Steagle" and TV episodes of "The Defenders" and "The Nurses." In addition, the screenplay for "Nighthawks" (1981) was based on Sylbert's writings.
Sylbert is the identical twin brother of the late Richard Sylbert, an Oscar winner and Adg Lifetime Achievement Award recipient whose credits include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) and "Dick Tracy" (1990).
The award will be presented at the 13th annual Adg Awards on Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hilton. »
- By Carolyn Giardina
Everybody is making lists of the questions the candidates should be asked during the debates. My question would be: What's your favorite movie? As my faithful readers all know, the answer to that question says a lot about the person answering. It could be used as a screening device on a blind date. Among other things, it tells you whether the person has actually seen a lot of movies, and I persist in believing that cinematic taste is as important as taste in literature, music, art, or other things requiring taste (including food and politics). I know the answers of the most recent Presidents: "High Noon" (Clinton) and "Field of Dreams" (Bush). What might this year's candidates say? A Google search suggests their answers, (alphabetically):
Joe Biden on Facebook: Didn't reply on Facebook. Google search yields nothing.
Also being feted at the gala are producer Irwin Young, Congressman John Conyers (D-mi) and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television dean Robert Rosen, who is being honored with the John Huston Award.
DGA Honors recognize individuals and institutions that have made contributions to American culture through film and TV.
"DGA Honors is our opportunity to gather with friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry to recognize those people whose works and lives have had some profound influence on us," said DGA president Michael Apted.
Added DGA's national vp Steven Soderbergh, "All of our honorees have left their mark on our industry in an indelible way."
- By Leslie Simmons
Filed under: Horror, Casting, Universal, Remakes and Sequels
It would be nice if Brad Dourif's legacy could be his Oscar-nominated performance as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but it's far more likely that people will most remember him as the voice of Chucky, the killer doll from the Child's Play movies. So far, Dourif has lent his voice to the doll in five installments, and he's heading for a sixth. According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, who got it straight from the mouth of Child's Play creator Don Mancini, the remake/reboot of the 1988 original (which Scott first told us about a year ago) will feature a slightly redesigned Chucky, but the character will still have the voice of Dourif. The actor will also return in person to re-play serial killer Charles Lee Ray (aka "the Lake Shore Strangler"), who transfers his soul into the plastic body of a "Good Guys" doll. »
- Christopher Campbell
Along with early Milos Forman films like Loves Of A Blonde and The Firemen's Ball, Jiří Menzel's 1966 feature Closely Watched Trains, which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, ushered in the Czech new wave, a brief but potent movement characterized by a mix of dark comedy, political tartness, and underlying humanism. When the Soviets all but extinguished the new wave in the late '60s, many directors (including Forman, who went on to make One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus) fled to the West, but Menzel stuck around and made only a couple more movies—1969's long-banned Larks On A String (which didn't surface until 1990) and 1985's Oscar-nominated My Sweet Little Village. They never got much recognition abroad. Forty years after his breakthrough, Menzel has returned with I Served The King Of England, and it's like he never left. A ribald black comedy about the »
- Scott Tobias
DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest There isn't a whole lot to say about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest that hasn't already been said. You can look back at just about every single Jack Nicholson performance and find reason to call one or the other his best. Cuckoo's Nest is without a doubt one of his best. Warner didn't send me a review copy of this film so I can't tell you how the transfer looks, how it sounds or what the special features are like, but knowing them it's going to be impressive. Very rarely am I ever not impressed by a Warner special edition release and I highly doubt they would mess this one up. I still remember the first time I watched this movie and there is one line that gets me still to this day, "Hit me, »
- Brad Brevet
"Let's put a smile on that face!"
From the moment Heath Ledger's Joker hissed those words in one of the first trailers for "The Dark Knight" - Warner Bros. has been taunting us with them for a year now - the world's been waiting for answers.
Just how revolutionary is Heath's Joker? Could this performance possibly measure up to the hype? (Could anyone's?) And how will the shadow of his untimely drug-overdose death affect how we see him on-screen, all murder and mayhem?
Well, the moment has finally come - the film's out Friday. »
- By SARA STEWART
The film's cast is led by Don Wood (TV's Colonial House, In A Fix) and Christine Spencer (Automatons) and also includes Angus Scrimm (Phantasm, TV's Alias), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-tep), Michael Berryman (One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest, The Hills Have Eyes), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo And Juliet, Terror Firmer) and Producer Larry Fessenden (Habit, The Brave One) with appearances by Pauley Perrette (TV's NCIS, Almost Famous) and author Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide).
The film is inspired by Christian "scare" cinema of the 1950's - 70's and tells the story of two troubled individuals (Wood and Spencer) who find themselves on the fast track to losing their immortal souls.
"This film is significantly »
17 items from 2008
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