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Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award – America’s highest honor for a career in film. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Et. Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time having received the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to cinema, two AFI Awards, an Academy®Award, a Palme d’Or, Grammy® Award, two Emmys®, four Golden Globes®, a BAFTA and three DGA Awards. Scorsese’s body of work includes films such as The Departed, »
- Melissa Thompson
On the surface it seemed one of the stranger matches of the 20th century: the serious, award-winning dramatic actress Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, and the man whose fertile imagination introduced both flatulence around an Old West campfire and a singing-dancing Adolf Hitler to the silver screen, Melvin Kaminsky. Or, as the world knew them, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks. Asked about the couple's marriage, which lasted from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer in 2005, an introspective Brooks says in the new PBS American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Avnet will be recognized for his contributions to AFI while Bigelow and Coates are being heralded for their “contributions of distinction” to the art of the moving image.
The degrees will be presented during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 12 at the El Capitan Theater.
Previous AFI honorary degrees have been given to Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Avnet is an AFI alumnus and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. His credits as a director, writer and producer include “Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business” and “The History Boys.”
- Dave McNary
Mel Brooks may be short in physical stature but not in gumption and comedic prowess. The height factor caused the young Brooks to search out the absurdities of life and lampoon them to get the attention he so craved by getting belly laughs out of those around him. Fortunately, the comedy writer and performer encountered colleagues like Carl Reiner (Ocean’s Eleven) who was able to consistently push him into a creative corner so to take full advantage of his talents with the classic examples being the 2000 Year Old Manskits where no historical event was sacred or left unscathed.
Adolf Hitler and racism should not be funny but Mel Brooks was able to utilize humour to expose the follies of human nature with movies like Blazing Saddles (1974). A driven individual he pursued Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) with a single-mindedness which is both admirable and spooky. How could a man who »
More than 500 years later, historians and archaeologists have unearthed, and then validated the skeleton remains of the two-year term King of England, and in the same token, the Criterion folks issue the crisp, restored Blu-ray edition of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, his third feature as a director following 1944′s Henry V and 1948′s Hamlet. In 1957, the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. During the same year, the film won Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.
The great Olivier is Richard the Duke of Gloucester, a man with an insatiable appetite for power. He often smiles but his heart is full of poison. Assisted by the corrupt Duke of Buckingham (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago), he plans to kill his brother George (John Gielgud, The Elephant Man) and two nephews, while winning the heart of the vulnerable The Lady Anne (Claire Bloom, »
- Larry Peel
Top 10 Glen Chapman 7 May 2013 - 07:30
Glen counts down ten terrific episodes of Marc Maron's Wtf comedy podcast. See if your favourites made the cut...
There have been close to four hundred episodes of Us comedy podcast Wtf since it started in September 2009 and its list of guests read as a who's who of comedy and the entertainment industry. During that time, the profile of host Marc Maron has increased enormously, and in the week that his self-titled TV series debuts on IFC (read our episode one review, here) how better to salute the man himself than with a run-down of Wtf's ten best episodes...
Robin Williams – 67
Starting off the list with a giant of comedy is no bad thing, particularly one who has such a long and interesting story as this one. Williams' manic energy and charisma made him a star but his battles with addiction over the »
Billy Crudup will add star power into a planned Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." As if it needed it. The Tony Award winner will join Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the limited season repertoire of the two plays, which will show at the Cort Theatre this fall. Crudup has appeared on stage to great acclaim in such productions as "The Elephant Man" and "The Coast of Utopia." On-screen he is best known for his roles in "Watchmen" and "Almost Famous." In addition. »
- Brent Lang
It was ridiculously exciting to hear the recent news about Jon Favreau going indie again with his film Chef, which he.d be starring in. But that was so last week. Now here.s another movie called Chef making waves, and it sounds almost as intriguing. Even though the ridiculously well-cast drama August: Osage County still hasn.t been released . it.s coming out in November . The Weinstein Company is reteaming with its director John Wells for a character drama titled Chef. And take this with a grain of salt, given recent events, but Deadline reports Bradley Cooper is set to be the titular chef. Chances are he.ll have to postpone his Broadway revival of The Elephant Man . Working rom a seemingly clichéd script written by Steven Knight, Cooper will be playing Adam Jones, a Paris chef on the rise who temporarily throws his life into chaos with »
Exclusive: After helming August: Osage County for Harvey Weinstein, John Wells is getting ready to take on another big film for The Weinstein Company. He’s making a deal to direct Chef, the Steven Knight-scripted drama that Bradley Cooper will star in next year. 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff is producing with Double Feature Films partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. Timing on this picture got skewered with Steven Spielberg’s commitment last night to direct Cooper in American Sniper. Still open for debate is whether Cooper will have time to bring a revival of The Elephant Man to Broadway. The plan was for it to open in time for Tony Awards consideration for next year, but Cooper’s schedule suddenly got very crowded and it might have to be pushed until next fall. In Chef, Cooper will play Paris chef Adam Jones, who blows his status as an up and »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Genevieve Buechner has joined the cast of The Dark Place, playing the key role of Wendy Luckenbill, the local tavern’s prettiest waitress who hides not-so-pretty secrets, ones that may hold either the best hope to Keegan’s salvation, or the key to his downfall. Buechner, a Vancouver based actress, was also seen in Judas Kiss, but is mostly known up north for her various roles on TV, including American series that have filmed there including, Caprica, Fringe and The Killing.
Now we know that the Fiftieth Anniversary episode (movie?) of Doctor Who will have at least one previous actor who played the Doctor. The BBC confirmed on Saturday –after subscribers received their copy of Doctor Who Magazine that listed the guest-stars of that story, five days earlier than the Beeb had planned- that David Tennant will reprise the role, the first time since he passed the torch to Matt Smith »
Speculation has been swirling about which former "Who" actors may be seen in the special, and fans should be especially pleased with this news. Tennant and Piper are among the most beloved performers in recent "Who" history.
Tennant played the Tenth Doctor from 2005-2010. Piper was Rose Tyler -- a companion to both the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Tenth -- from 2005-2006 and made a few guest appearances after. They were both last seen in the 2010 special "The End of Time Part 2," which officially saw Tennant's Doctor regenerate into the current Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith).
Smith and current co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman will headline the anniversary episode, which will be simultaneously broadcast in 3D on Nov. 23 in the U.K. -- that's 50 years to the day after »
The BBC's official Doctor Who Twitter account (@bbcdoctorwho) posted an image of Tennant - apparently confirming the Scottish actor's return to the series.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 30, 2013
A second tweet - featuring an image of the character Rose Tyler - followed, confirming Piper's role in the 50th special.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 30, 2013
Tennant and Piper last played the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler in two-part special 'The End of Time', which aired on Christmas Day 2009 and New Year's Day 2010.
Doctor Who's 50th anniversary episode will be 90 minutes long, reports suggest, and receive a limited worldwide cinema release.
It was previously confirmed that the special will be shot in 3D and directed by Who veteran Nick Hurran.
Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt »
There is so much great content published every week here at Sound On Sight, that even we have trouble keeping up. So, every Sunday, we drop a list of popular articles posted by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.
5 Mind Boggling Casting Decisions (that nearly happened)
Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director’s point of view. – Steven Spielberg Ah, the joys of hindsight, such as they are. It is so easy…
Wild Rover One-Shot: On Alcoholism and Monster Slaying
Wild Rover & The Sacrifice Written and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming With »
How many filmmakers can you think of that have their own verb? “Lynchian” is a part of even the most casual cinephile, though it’s often used erroneously. All too often, anything a little out of the ordinary, with a vague sense of the uncanny, earns the term. Looking back at the man’s filmography, however, it’s clear that there’s much more to Lynch’s work than mere eccentricity, especially given that he’s made films that don’t easily fit into common ideas about what it is for a film or a work of art to even be “Lynchian.” Beyond that, Lynch himself is such a singular presence beyond his films – as a thinker, a writer, and even as a musician – that attempts to Xerox his work are doubly pointless. As it’s David Lynch month here at the site, we decided to poll our writers on their favorite Lynch movies, »
- Ricky da Conceição
We’re finally back after a long hiatus, and in conjunction with Sound on Sight’s monthly theme revolving around director David Lynch, we’ll be taking a look back at two of the director’s past films. First up, the 1980 Victorian morality play The Elephant Man starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt, followed up by our review of The Straight Story from 1999. Joining Ty and Tom this week is fellow friend and Sound on Sight contributor Deepayan Sengupta.
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- Ty Landis
Exclusive: Alessandro Nivola is negotiating to join Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence in the David O Russell-directed drama on the Abscam scandal. Nivola will play Reggio, the federal prosecutor who tried the case in court. The Eric Singer-scripted drama is about the ’70s FBI sting operation Abscam that took down a bunch of U.S. congressmen. Nivola recently wrapped the Atom Egoyan-directed Devil’s Knot, the drama that stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. He plays Terry Hobbs, a stepfather of one of the three murdered children, who later became a focus of suspicion though he has denied any part in the triple murder and has not been brought up on charges. Nivola will next be seen as Elle Fanning’s anarchist father in the Sally Potter-directed Ginger And Rosa, which opens March 15. Nivola is also booked to star with Cooper in »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Feature James Peaty 27 Feb 2013 - 06:35
A box-office failure, David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me divided critics in 1992. James looks back at a surreal cult film...
When Vincent Canby famously described Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as "…not the worst movie ever made; it just seems to be," the renowned Us critic was merely reflecting the overwhelming response to David Lynch’s big-screen prequel to his recently cancelled TV show.
Audibly jeered by the notoriously fickle festival crowd at its unveiling in Cannes, even fellow filmmakers joined the chorus of disapproval against Lynch.
At the festival for the first time with his debut feature, Reservoir Dogs, director Quentin Tarantino went so far as to say: "I’m not ragging on other people, but after I saw Fwwm […] David Lynch has disappeared so far up his own ass that I have no desire to watch another […] Lynch film until I hear something different. »
"And the Oscar Doesn't Go To..." The following dozen films are historically the biggest losers in Oscar history. All of them had 8 or more nominations and won zip on Oscar night. But, please to note, "loser" is a tongue-in-cheek title here. If you're well regarded enough to win nearly two handfuls of nominations as "best of the year" you're already a winner, even if you "lose".
How many have you seen?
The Little Foxes (1941) 9 nominations
Quo Vadis (1951) 8 nominations
Peyton Place (1957) 9 nominations
The Nuns Story (59) - 8 noms
The Sand Pebbles (66) - 8 noms
The Turning Point (77) 11 noms *tied for most noms without any wins*
The Elephant Man (1980) 8 noms
Ragtime (1981) 8 noms
The Color Purple (1985) 11 noms *tied for most noms without any wins*
Remains Of The Day (1993) 8 noms
Gangs Of New York (2002) 10 noms
True Grit (2010) 10 noms
Trivia Puzzle: It happened most often in the 50s (3 films) and 80s (3 films) though I couldn't tell you why! »
- NATHANIEL R
Mark Hamill's new movie Sushi Girl hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, and while talking about the project, the Star Wars legend was more than happy to provide ETonline with an update on his involvement with the in-development Star Wars VII – and what he thinks of those planned spinoff movies…
"It's all very, very exciting and so unexpected," says Hamill. "I think that's the quality I like about it most – it's like getting a pair of pants out of the closet you haven't worn in three years and finding a $20 bill in the pocket. It's just so unexpected."
Pics: 'Star Wars' Young Han Solo Casting Ideas
First off, will he appear in Star Wars VII? "They're talking to us," he reveals. "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I »
Actor John Hurt has spoken of his pride at becoming the first Chancellor of the Norwich University of the Arts (Nua).
BBC Norfolk quotes him as saying that he hopes to make the Nua "second to none and the envy of the most illustrious institutions, not just in this country but worldwide".
© Ian West/Pa Archive/Press Association Images
The university was established in 1854 as Norwich School of Design by the artists and followers of the Norwich School of Painters.
In 1994, it was officially incorporated as a Higher Education Institution, and renamed as Norwich School of Art and Design.
Hurt become associated with the Nua last year and accepted an ambassadorial position with the institution.
Graham Creelman OBE, chair of the Nua governing board, said that his appointment »
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