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Kris Kristofferson is 77 and still acting, out promoting his new independent film, The Motel Life, in which he has a supporting role alongside Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. But the longtime musician, who is being honored with a month-long tribute in the Cinefamily film, Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood, also reveals to FOX411 a growing struggle with memory loss. "I wish my memory weren't so bad," Kristofferson said. "They tell me it's from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago, my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs, »
- Andrea Billups
Needham in 1980.
Stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham has died from unspecified causes at age 82. Needham had a long history as one of the best stuntmen in feature films and television before he moved into directing movies. Needham's films were hardly the stuff of art house theaters. He specialized in testosterone-packed action sequences designed to appeal squarely at male audiences. Along the way, he was also credited with developing methods that reduced the risk for the many stuntmen who populated his films. Needham made his directorial debut in 1977 with Smokey and the Bandit starring his old friend Burt Reynolds. Critics scoffed at the cornball humor and endless car stunts and the film laid an egg in urban play dates. However, it resonated with its intended audiences in rural areas and eventually the grosses brought to blockbuster status. The movie not only cemented Reynolds as a genuine superstar but gave new life to the »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
One of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen and the writer-director of Smokey And The Bandit died this morning. Hal Needham, who received an Honorary Oscar this year, was 82. The co-founder of Stunts Unlimited performed and/or coordinated stunts for hundreds of films and TV shows during his long career. He also pioneered a number of technical gadgets that furthered the art — and safety — of Hollywood stunt work, including the high-fall air bag, the air ram, the car cannon turnover and Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane, for which he won a Scientific Oscar in 1987 and an engineering Emmy three years later. The Memphis native and Korean War paratrooper was Richard Boone’s stunt double on Have Gun — Will Travel from 1957-63 and also worked on such classic series as Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Mannix. By the mid-’70s, Needham was focusing mostly on movies, working »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Actress Marta Heflin has died at the age of 68. The daughter of actress Frances Heflin and the niece of actor Van Heflin, she appeared on Broadway in the 1960s and early 1970s in Fiddler On The Roof, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar. She made her movie debut in 1976 in the Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson A Star Is Born, then appeared in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy A Wedding (1978), kicking off a fruitful partnership. A year later, Altman cast Heflin as the female lead in his romantic comedy A Perfect Couple, where she was a last-minute replacement for Sandy »
Marta Heflin, who was known for her roles in film, television and on Broadway, died on Sept. 18 after a long illness, according to a paid obituary in The New York Times. She was 68. She frequently worked with director Robert Altman, including the comedy musical A Perfect Couple, A Wedding and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean. She starred alongside Barbra Streisand in A Star is Born. A versatile performer, her roles on Broadway included Fiddler on the Roof, Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. She performed cabaret frequently at New York City nightclubs. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean »
Marta Heflin, the niece of the Oscar-winning actor Van Heflin and an accomplished actress in her own right, died Sept. 18 after a lengthy illness, according to a paid obituary in The New York Times. She was 68. A stage and cabaret performer with large eyes and a waifish frame that often belied her commanding presence, Heflin frequently worked with film director Robert Altman, in such movies as Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Altman and Heflin also worked on the Broadway stage version together), A Perfect Couple and A Wedding. In addition, reports The Times, Heflin »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Broadway actress Marta Heflin dead at 68: Featured in several Robert Altman movies (photo: Marta Heflin in ‘A Perfect Couple’) Stage actress Marta Heflin, who was featured in a handful of movies in the ’70s and early ’80s, including three Robert Altman efforts, died on September 18, 2013, after "a long illness." Heflin (born on March 29, 1945, in Washington, D.C.) was 68. On Broadway, Marta Heflin was featured in the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Soon, and Jesus Christ Superstar (replacing Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene). Additionally, she was seen in Ed Graczyk’s Robert Altman-directed 1982 play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, about a group of James Dean fans — among them Karen Black, Cher, Sandy Dennis, Kathy Bates, Sudie Bond, and Mark Patton — who get together on the twentieth anniversary of Dean’s death. Marta Heflin movies Along with her fellow Come Back to the Five and Dime, »
- Andre Soares
Some films offer one an instant cheer-up and others speak to that gloom that we feel at certain ages and times. If I watch Pyaasa every afternoon, then Kagaz Ke Phool would be for each weekend since it envelopes this viewer into a sighing and sniveling wreck. The film is one of the rare cases where its trivia and history cloud the film as a whole due to its eerie significance in Dutt’s trajectory. You cannot talk of the film without looking at the overlap and meta-ness of the narrative’s role in Dutt’s filmmaking oeuvre. The film broke Guru Dutt’s heart with its commercial failure of which he never directed another film after, sticking to acting and writing for his other protégé’s projects Sahib, Bibi, aur Ghulam and Chaudvin Ka Chand.
The essential plot is similar to A Star is Born, with the rising heroine »
- Rumnique Nannar
At five-foot-two, musician-actor Paul Williams is admittedly a diminutive presence. But in profession, the songwriter behind “We’ve Only Just Begun,” The Muppet Movie’s “Rainbow Connection,” and even The Love Boat’s theme song is a bona-fide titan. (Upon receiving an Oscar for Best Original Song -- for 1976’s A Star Is Born theme “Evergreen” -- he famously quipped alongside its star Barbra Streisand, “I was going to thank the little people....”) His rich legacy was not lost on French electronic duo Daft Punk, who recruited the 72-year-old to contribute lyrics and vocals to “Touch”
- Nisha Gopalan
Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor
Directed by Mohit Suri
Rating: *** ½
It’s no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson’s 1976 drama A Star Is Born. And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older 1954 version of the same story. In spirit and in the way the two principal actors perform their parts of two soul-mates and singers torn asunder by their allegiance to the same competitive spirit of showmanship, Aashiqui 2 is robustly reminiscent of the Kris Kristofferson-Barbra Streisand film where he discovers a co-singer who steals his heart and also his career.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee made his lyrical melodious Abhimaan on the same theme. It was easy for Hrishida to portray Jaya Bhaduri as a better artiste than Amitabh Bachchan quite simply because she sang in Lata Mangeshkar’s voices. In Aashiqui 2 the two protagonists are »
- Subhash K Jha
It's no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson's 1976 drama "A Star Is Born". And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older (1954) version of the same story.
In spirit and in the way the two principal actors perform their parts of two soul-mates and singers torn asunder by their allegiance to the same competitive spirit of showmanship, "Aashiqui 2" is robustly reminiscent of the Kris Kristofferson-Barbra Streisand film where he discovers a co-singer who steals. »
- Smith Cox
Barbra Streisand's career has spanned many, many decades, and she's clung fiercely to her identity through them all. With several Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards to her name -- not to mention a slew of other highly regarded prizes and nominations -- Streisand is a rare member of the "Egot" club. In fact, she holds the high honor of being the first woman to simultaneously direct, produce, write and star in a Hollywood film ("Yentl"). It's no surprise Streisand inspires us all.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, the multi-hyphenate got her start performing in New York City's gay nightclub scene. Streisand's acting career kicked off with 1968's "Funny Girl" and 1973's "The Way We Were," and 1976's "A Star is Born" encapsulated her trajectory perfectly. As the singer solidified her acting career, she developed a rabid fan following.
Instead of resting on her laurels later in life, »
- The Huffington Post
Monday night, the Film Society at Lincoln Center in NY pays homage to Barbra Streisand for their 40th annual Chaplin Award Gala, which follows her recent performance of "The Way We Were" during the In Memoriam segment on the Academy Awards telecast. Streisand, most recently onscreen in "The Guilt Trip," is one of few entertainers who have "Egot"-ed: she won two Oscars (Best Actress for her screen debut in "Funny Girl" and Best Song for "A Star is Born") despite having appeared in just 20 films, five Emmys, eight Grammys and a Tony. Last year's Chaplin Award recipient was Catherine Deneuve. She also directed the underappreciated "Yentl," which the Film Society is trying to make up for now. Streisand answers Nyt reader questions here. While Streisand needs no introduction, take a look back at her legendary career with clips below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Legendary superstar Barbra Streisand (A Star is Born) stars in her Academy Award-winning role of famed performer Fanny Brice in the 1968 romantic musical biography Funny Girl, on Blu-ray for the first time and exclusively available at Amazon.
In her first starring film, Streisand recreated her Tony Award-nominated Broadway role for Hollywood giant William Wyler (Ben-Hur), playing the comedienne in a story that contrasted Fanny’s comic onstage antics with her dramatic offstage romance with that gambling nogoodnik Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia).
UTA has signed Barbra Streisand as a film client, representing her as an actress, director and producer. The agency also will represent her film and teleivsion produciton company Barwood Films. Though best known as a singer, Streisand has won two Academy Awards, five Emmys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globe Awards. She won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for her performance in "Funny Girl" and then won Best Original Song in 1977 for "Evergreen" from "A Star is Born." She has appeared in three films over the last decade, the two »
- Lucas Shaw
Hopefully, Oscar is ready for Seth MacFarlane, because MacFarlane sounds ready for him.
The "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director and co-writer will live the dream of many a film fan by serving as host of this year's Oscars, as ABC airs the Motion Picture Academy's 85th ceremony Sunday, Feb. 24, from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Since being named by first-time Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Smash") as a surprise choice for the job, MacFarlane has become an Oscar nominee as well: He's up for writing the lyrics to the "Ted" song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend."
"In general, we're trying to make this a more ubiquitous Oscars," MacFarlane tells Zap2it. "I think that a lot of times, there's pressure to keep everything about the movies that are nominated that year. While that is a big part of this, we're also trying to find »
Ever since being forced to watch Yentl as a young boy in elementary school (where I laughed so loud, my teacher turned the film off), I've avoided Streisand on screen. I'll never be able to remove the image of her singing/shouting "Papa!? Can you hear me!!??" from my brain.
Kristofferson on the other hand, I actively seek out. You understand my quandary here? A star I actively go out of my way to avoid with another I'm drawn to. It's a pickle.
And for those keeping score, I don't really enjoy romances. A Star is Born doesn't feature Joely Fisher's remarkable cleavage, after all. My knowledge of A Star is Born is limited to knowing that Clint Eastwood wanted to remake it with Beyonce in the lead role. But who would play Gary Busey's part? That's what I'd wanna know. That would be the 4th time A Star Is Born »
- Robert Ottone
MacFarlane and Chenoweth to perform in musical number at the 85th Academy Awards Kristin Chenoweth and 2013 Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane will be featured in a closing musical number, the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. The Academy's press release quotes the Oscarcast producers as saying that the musical number is a "'can't miss' moment." (Another apparent such moment would certainly have been James Franco singing in drag at the 2011 Oscar ceremony; however, Franco's number was axed by the Powers That Be.) [Picture above: Kristin Chenoweth up close and personal on the red carpet of the 80th Academy Awards.] Besides Chenoweth and MacFarlane, the performers at this year's ceremony, which features an homage to James Bond and to recent Hollywood musicals, include the following: Chicago's Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson, much of the Les Misérables cast (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, and Helena Bonham Carter -- but not Sacha Baron Cohen); Skyfall's Adele, »
- Zac Gille
When I ultimately seize control of the universe, which is, of course, an integral part of my five-year plan, there will be a special section of Hell reserved for Barbra Streisand. There’s a smug sense of superiority about everything she does that rubs me the wrong way, and she’s nowhere near as talented as she gets credit for. Babs can sing, I’ll give her that, I just hate every song she chooses to belt out—with the exception of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” but that’s only due to the involvement of that most fantastic gentleman Neil Diamond. Watching her try to act, however, is physically painful. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, and the true nature of my feelings are out in the open, I tried as mightily as I’m able to give the Blu-ray Book release of “A Star Is Born »
- Brent McKnight
Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! In this week’s edition, Flight makes a good case for taking the train to your next vacation destination, Here Comes the Boom hits store shelves with a – well with a boom I guess, and a beloved family classic finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
An American drama film from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. It was well received by critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor (for the film’s star Denzel Washington) and Best Original Screenplay.
Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunction reveals something troubling.
My Thoughts: I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. »
- C.P. Howells
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