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Spain’s Gil Parrondo, a Two-Time Oscar Winner, Dies at 95

Spain’s Gil Parrondo, a Two-Time Oscar Winner, Dies at 95
Madrid — Spain’s Gil Parrondo, an Academy Award winning art director for “Patton” and “Nicholas and Alexandra,” died on Saturday in Madrid. He was 95. “He had no other illness than his age,” his nephew, Oscar Parrondo, told Spanish news agency EFE.

Given to one of Spain’s last links with its cinema of the 1930s, Parrondo’s two Oscars was the largest recognition for a generation of Spaniards who worked their way up the ranks to key crew positions as Hollywood brought its big budget productions to Spain, making avail of its scenery, highly competitive prices and dictator Francisco Franco’s opposition to foreign companies repatriation of profits.

Born in Luarca in Spain’s northern Asturias on June 17, 1921, Parrondo’s big break came relatively early. He scored his first job on 1939’s “Los cuatro Robinsones,” assisting set decorator Sigfrido Burmann with whom he worked for 10 years, including on films by
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Antonio Resines resigns as president of Spanish Film Academy

Antonio Resines resigns as president of Spanish Film Academy
Actor cites differences with board; Costume designer Yvonne Blake appointed as acting president until election can be held.

The actor Antonio Resines has resigned as president of the Spanish Film Academy.

He had been in the post since May 2015 after producer, distributor and exhibitor Enrique González Macho resigned during his second mandate at the head of the organisation.

Vice president Edmon Roch, producer of Capture The Flag, has also resigned.

Resines, who has shot the upcoming The Queen Of Spain with Fernando Trueba, described it as an “honour” to have held the position but also explained the reason for his departure in a statement released by the Academy: “This decision has been taken due to serious differences with part of the board of directors, differences that have made our task at the Spanish Film Academy presidency impossible.”

The board of directors is formed by two representatives of 14 different specialities in the Spanish film industry. Tensions escalated
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Once Upon a Time Recap: Dairy Queen

Once Upon a Time Recap: Dairy Queen
This week on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Marian found herself in a free cone daze, Robin Hood and Emma made romantic confessions, Hook got his hooks into Gold and, in flashback, Elsa made a cool connection.

Related Regina Frozen Out? Once Upon a Time EPs Urge Fans to ‘Wait and See’

In Storybrooke…. | Robin and Marian are touring the town when they fall prey to li’l Roland’s “But Regina lets me” appeal for ice cream. Any Given Sundae’s proprietor welcomes Marian with a cone that’s on the house — and also drizzled with some hocus-pocus
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Doctor Who series 8: Robot Of Sherwood review

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Spoilers: here's our review of Doctor Who series 8 episode 3, Mark Gatiss' Robot Of Sherwood.

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

8.3 Robot Of Sherwood

"And do people ever punch you in the face?"

Three weeks into Peter Capaldi’s reign, and he gets an episode that’s more playful, dafter and – well – just plain funny.

When it was announced that Doctor Who was doing a Robin Hood episode, there was a suspicion that the character would be treated with a degree of seriousness, a bit of reverence, and one of those moments where it’s seen that the Doctor was responsible for some momentous piece of British history. You’ll be telling us he could have stopped the Great Fire Of London at this rate... *

But Robot Of Sherwood, from the pen of Mark Gatiss, veers off in a different direction. If this had been an episode
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9 movies to watch on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 - Troy, Airplane!

9 movies to watch on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 - Troy, Airplane!
It's Bank Holiday Monday, and that can mean only one thing... parking yourself on the sofa for an epic movie marathon. There really is something for everyone, from shaggy dogs to sorcerers and space adventures.

Digital Spy rounds up nine films worth watching on TV today.

1. Beethoven - 9.25am, ITV2

Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt head up the Newton family, who find their lives flipped upside down with the arrival of a puppy who swiftly grows into a slobbering, troublemaking St Bernard. This is just about the best way to kick off Bank Holiday Monday!

2. Flash Gordon - 11.15am, More4

Arriving hot on the heels of Star Wars, this sci-fi adventure got panned by critics on initial release but has since acquired cult status thanks to some booming performances from thesps like Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed, and Queen's thundering soundtrack.

3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - 1.30pm, BBC One

Nicolas Cage
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Il Cinema Ritrovato: Cinematic Treasures Lost and Found, Back on the Bigscreen

A large crowd queues impatiently outside the cinema and, when the doors open, rushes in. In an instant, every available seat is taken. Toward the back of the auditorium, a dispute breaks out between two passholders over who was there first. It’s a common enough sight at film festivals the world over: Sundance, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto. Only this time, we are in the serene college town of Bologna and the coveted premiere isn’t the latest work by a prize-winning auteur, but rather an early Hollywood sound film believed to have been unseen in nearly 70 years. The movie is called “Why Be Good?” (pictured above) and it was one of the hottest tickets you could come by at the 28th edition if Il Cinema Ritrovato (June 28-July 5), which screened the 1929 Vitaphone feature in a sterling new restoration.

One of the more than 100 feature films directed by the extremely industrious
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Breakfast At Tiffany's producer Richard Shepherd dies, aged 86

Breakfast At Tiffany's producer Richard Shepherd dies, aged 86
Film producer Richard Shepherd has died, aged 86.

The filmmaker worked in the movie business for six decades, producing many films including 1961's Breakfast At Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.

His other well-known films include 1976's Robin and Marian starring Hepburn and Sean Connery, Marlon Brando's The Fugitive Kind and 1959's The Hanging Tree with Gary Cooper.

He also set up the Artists Agency, representing many top stars including Marilyn Monroe, Rex Harrison, Peter Sellers and Richard Harris.

Shepherd was credited with rescuing the song 'Moon River' for Breakfast At Tiffany's, after executive Marty Rackin wanted to remove it from the film.

He is survived by his wife and four children from his two marriages, including Miami Vice producer Scott Shepherd.

Watch Audrey Hepburn sing 'Moon River' in Breakfast At Tiffany's below:
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Producer Richard Shepherd, Founder of Artists Agency, Dies at 86

Studio exec and producer Richard Shepherd died Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home, his wife Patricia told Variety. He was 86.

Shepherd, who was suffering from a long-time illness, produced “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and headed production at MGM and Warner Bros. before founding the Artists Agency during his 60-plus-year career.

Shepherd also produced 1959’s “The Hanging Tree,” starring Gary Cooper; 1960’s “The Fugitive Kind” with Marlon Brando and 1976’s “Robin and Marian,” starring Audrey Hepburn, whom he convinced to return to acting after a decade-long absence. He worked with longtime partner Martin Jurow on most of his projects, including “Love in a Goldfish Bowl” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

He was hired by McA owner Lew Wasserman right after graduating from Stanford in the 1940s. Shepherd would later found his own agency, The Artists Agency, and rep the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Harris. He spent two decades there,
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L.A. Film Critics Fete Richard Lester

L.A. Film Critics Fete Richard Lester
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s 2013 career achievement award will be presented to director Richard Lester, the organization announced on Saturday.

The 81-year old Lester, whose career encompassed everything from the Beatles to Robin Hood and Superman, follows Frederick Wiseman, Doris Day and Paul Mazursky in receiving the honor. Lester will be feted at the critics group’s annual awards dinner in January.

Often considered the father of the musicvideo, Lester directed the seminal Beatles features “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” in the mid-1960s. His sex comedy “The Knack…And How to Get It” won Lester the Palme d’Or at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, while follow-ups “Petulia” and “How I Won the War” (which featured John Lennon is his only non-musical film role) are both essential filmic documents of the ‘60s counterculture.

In the 1970s, Lester notched commercial successes with “Robin and Marian” and “The Three Musketeers,
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970′s

Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.

Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.

We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.

This article focuses on the 1970’s,
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Supporting Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated (part 2 of 5)

Oliver Reed as Athos in The Three Musketeers & The Four Musketeers (Richard Lester, 1973/1974, UK):

These films were actually shot all at once but ultimately released as two separate films telling one long story. As the musketeer with a dark past, Oliver Reed provides a lot of the heart and soul in these very entertaining and well-made films. Technically, since we have to isolate one film for our fantasy nomination, it would be The Four Musketeers as his role is more prominent in that film. Reed’s reunion scene with Faye Dunaway’s Milady is superb as is Reed’s intense swordplay with an array of opponents including Christopher Lee. An underrated actor whose career was damaged by well-documented alcohol problems and notorious off-screen behavior, Reed still logged in some truly incredible acting performances over the course of his career. His portrayal of Athos is definitely one of them.

Other
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Thn’s Top 10 Disney Movies: Part 2

To celebrate the release of the legendary Beauty And The Beast in 3D, Thn is taking a look back at the very best Disney films of all time. To appease the purists, we have omitted any joint productions with Pixar (we need to give the others a fighting chance, after all). There is a multitude of cinematic greats in The House of Mouse, and we have found the diamonds in the rough. Numbers 10 – 6 can be found here, below you will find the top five.

So why don’t you just ruminate, whilst we illuminate the possibilities.

5. Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Here it is. The movie whose return to the cinema we are celebrating at Thn. It will no doubt dazzle in 3D but even with a mere two dimensions, it is a magically romantic spectacle. We all know the story, let’s get down to what makes it so glorious.
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Richard Lester given BFI Fellowship

Richard Lester given BFI Fellowship
Richard Lester has been presented with the BFI Fellowship. The director was given the accolade by BFI Chair Greg Dyke after a screening of his film Robin and Marian at the BFI Southbank. Lester said: "When my career was just beginning, the elegant TV critic Bernard Levin came to see me in rehearsal with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. "He wrote, 'He seems an amiable young man who climbed into a lion's cage and realised he's forgotten his chair and his whip'. "Some 50 years later, I still haven't found a whip, but with this extraordinary honour, the BFI has kindly given me a chair." Dyke added: "Richard Lester has created a unique body of work which has enriched the lives of millions with his (more)
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Robin And Marian, The Three Musketeers Director, Richard Lester, Receives BFI Fellowship

Director Richard Lester (Superman II, A Hard Day’S Night) has been presented with the BFI.s highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship, following a screening of one of his best-loved films, Robin and Marian at BFI Southbank. The award was presented by BFI Chair, Greg Dyke.

Richard Lester said .When my career was just beginning, the elegant TV critic Bernard Levin came to see me in rehearsal with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. He wrote: ‘he seems an amiable young man who climbed into a lion’s cage and realised he’s forgotten his chair and his whip.’

Some 50 years later, I still haven’t found a whip, but with this extraordinary honour, the BFI has kindly given me a chair..

Greg Dyke said, .Richard Lester has created a unique body of work which has enriched the lives of millions with his brilliantly surreal humour and innovative style. Although born
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Nicol Williamson Dies: Stage Hamlet; Screen Merlin, Sherlock Holmes

Stage and screen actor Nicol Williamson, who played Hamlet onstage and Merlin on screen, died of esophageal cancer on December 16 in Amsterdam, where he had been living since 1970. His son announced the death yesterday, January 25. Reports vary on Williamson's age; he was either 73 or 75. For those familiar only with Williamson's movie work, he was best remembered for his cocaine-addicted Sherlock Holmes in Herbert Ross' The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and for his campy Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981, photo). Based on Nicholas Meyer's novel, in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) entices Holmes to seek psychiatric help with none other than a pre-Viggo Mortensen Sigmund Freud: Alan Arkin. (Here's wondering if Shakespeare's shrink, as found in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love, was inspired by the Holmes-Freud relationship in Ross' movie.) Though made for a modest $4 million (about $16 million today), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution turned out to be
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Cult Classics: Excalibur

British actor Nicol Williamson died Wednesday after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 75.

The English actor was perhaps best known as the sorcerer Merlin in director John Boorman's 1981 retelling of the King Arthur saga, Excalibur. That hugely influential film forever changed my perception of knights in shining armor with its gritty alchemy of blood, mud, lust, sex and sorcery.

A young, very sexy Helen Mirren stars as the seductive and budding sorceress Morgana, and as Arthur's (Nigel Terry) sometime impatient mentor Merlin, Williamson brought a welcome sense of humor to the role -- and the film -- with his wide-eyed and wily Shakespearean delivery; he broke the stereotype of the long-bearded, Gandalf-style old wizard.

Williamson won a Tony award in the mid-'60s for his role in Inadmissible Evidence, and in 1976 played both Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-Percent-Solution and Little John in Robin and Marian. He also
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Nicol Williamson, Excalibur Star Dies At 73

The Telegraph is reporting that actor Nicol Williamson (Excalibur, Robin And Marian) has sadly passed away.

Barely three months after Inadmissible Evidence, the John Osborne play that made his name, was revived in London, Nicol Williamson has died, aged 73, in Holland.

The colourful Scot - who was described by Osborne as the greatest actor since Marlon Brando, and, by Samuel Beckett, as “touched by genius” had not made a film since 1997′s superhero picture Spawn. He had, in recent years, been concentrating on music.

His son, Luke, by his former wife Jill Townsend, tells Mandrake that he died just before Christmas after a two-year fight with oesophageal cancer and was eager that no fuss should be made about his passing. To modern filmgoers, he is probably best known for The Exorcist III and for playing Merlin in Excalibur.

I’ve always held a soft spot for this actor. Loved him
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Memento Mori: Remembering those we lost in 2011

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In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.

I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #338: 50/50

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0:00 - Intro / Jay Hates Traveling 10:30 - Headlines: Kurt Russell Replaces Kevin Costner in Django Unchained, Kevin Tancharoen to Direct Mortal Kombat Reboot, Sony to Stop Covering the Cost of 3D Movies 28:50 - Review: 50/50 52:40 - Other Stuff We Watched: Terra Nova, Real Steel, Waking Sleeping Beauty, A Dangerous Method, Moneyball, Robin and Marian, Dragonslayer, Buck, 102 Minutes That Changed America, Vamp, Visiting Hours, Maniac, Bad Dreams, Community 1:32:00 - Junk Mail: Biggie and Tupac Mishap, Movies You Watch With Others, Movies You Watch By Yourself, Favourite Action Directors, The Joker is Racist, Slow vs. Fast Moving Zombies, Beauty Day Question + PS3 and Blu-ray Recommendations 1:58:50 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:03:40 - Outro » Download the MP3 (57 Mb) » View the show notes » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! » Rate us on iTunes! Subscribe to the podcast feed: Donate via Paypal: Recurring Donation $2/Month:

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