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When the movie director Alan Parker made a TV documentary about the British film industry, he gave it the subtitle Un film de Alan Parker. The butt of the joke was the pretentious possessiveness of French cinematic auteurs and, increasingly, American directors, who take the credit a film by but there was an additional layer of irony because television is very rarely a directors medium.
In drama, a project will generally be credited to an actor James Nesbitt in The Missing or occasionally, as almost never happens in cinema, a writer: especially with the late Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective) and Jack Rosenthal (The Evacuees, Bar Mitvah Boy) but also, more recently, with Sally Wainwrights Happy Valley. »
- Mark Lawson
Steve Martin is being saluted with this year's Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
The AFI announced Friday that Martin would be getting its highest honor for a career in film.
The award will be given at a tribute in Los Angeles next June. The gala ceremony will be aired for a third year on the TNT network and by its sister channel, Turner Classic Movies.
The 69-year-old Martin followed initial stardom as a standup and TV performer with his debut feature film, The Jerk, in 1979.
Martin, who has been touring with his bluegrass band and won a Grammy for his collaboration on an album with Edie Brickell, hasn't appeared on the »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.
The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
“Steve Martin is an American original,” said Stringer. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us »
- Melissa Thompson
Everyone loves Steve Martin. Everyone used to like him when he was pumping out comedies in the '80s, but now everyone loves him. He has the awards to prove it. American Film Institute announced today that Steve Martin will receive the organization's 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the "highest honor for a career in film," according to a press release. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015. "Steve Martin is an American original," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck »
- Matt Patches
Steve Martin has been named recipient of the highly prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented June 4th and aired on TNT and later on sister network TCM. After generally reserving this coveted prize to actors and directors who made their mark in dramatic films this is second time in the past three years that the American Film Institute has decided to lighten things up by giving their award to a person who made their mark in comedy. And it has paid off. Mel Brooks got the honor in 2013 and it resulted not only in a hilarious and memorable evening, it got higher ratings and brought the AFI special its first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special in August. But Martin is the first recipient who actually started and made their reputation as a stand up comic. And his films beginning with The Jerk and continuing with such modern comedy »
- Pete Hammond
Shiver me timbers -- Captain Hook is ready to do some dastardly deeds.
NBC released the first image of the infamous pirate, played by Christopher Walken, from its upcoming "Peter Pan Live." The musical adaptation's executive producer, Neil Meron, posted the picture on Twitter:
wow!!!! #allisonwilliams #chriswalken @craigzadan @broadwayworld #PeterPanLive Dec. 4 pic.twitter.com/mzObXroj1i
- Neil Meron (@neilmeron) September 24, 2014
- Kelly Woo
Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a »
- Andre Soares
Tom Huller look at this amazing commissioned poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Black Maria the nuance of silence in Ida
Stage Buddy reviews the cast album of the Tony Winning "Lady Day"... won't someone please make it into a movie so Audra McDonald can have an Oscar?
Cinema Blend Stan Lee getting greedy in his old age - wants to cameo in DC movies, too
- NATHANIEL R
Ahoy, Captain Hook! NBC used the Television Critics Association summer press tour today to announce that they have found their Captain Hook for the upcoming Peter Pan Live! musical coming later this year. While the person chosen might not immediately seem like the best fit, he's actually the perfect man for the job.
None other than Christopher Walken will don a pirate getup and portray Captain Hook in the NBC's live musical adaptation of Peter Pan per EW. He will play alongside a female Peter Pan that has yet to be cast, though should be soon.
Walken's extensive resume includes numerous stints of dancing and singing including Pennies From Heaven and Hairspray, to name a few. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt suggests that Walken could be the first Captain Hook to bust out tap-dancing.
As for Pan, NBC had wanted Kristen Bell for the part but her schedule won't allow it. »
Oscar winner Christopher Walken is ready to terrify small children and to share a live "Tarantella" with America. NBC announced on Sunday (July 13) morning that although the network has yet to secure a Peter Pan or Wendy for its "Peter Pan Live!," the network has cast the "Deer Hunter" star as Captain Hook. "We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event ‘Peter Pan Live!,’" blurbs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He’s not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way." Add "Peter Pan Live!" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "We’re so happy to reunite with Chris, »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's been firmly proven that Christopher Walken has some serious moves. The actor is now set to put those dance skills back to work in the role of Captain Hook in NBC's live musical broadcast of Peter Pan.
Christopher Walken Goes Off the Cuff: The Extended Version
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced the casting news at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, Entertainment Weekly reports. "He might really be a song and dance man at heart," Greenblatt said of Walken. "He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. »
Peter Pan Live!, NBC's follow-up to ratings giant The Sound of Music Live, has made its first major casting announcement: Christopher Walken will be taking on the role of Captain Hook. Walken will be rejoining executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, whom he worked with on the 2007 remake of Hairspray. While Walken might not be as spry as he was when he was singing "Let's Misbehave" to Bernadette Peters in Pennies From Heaven or hoofing in that Fatboy Slim music video from the '90s, you know that his Captain Hook will be brilliant: kooky, charming, and just a little bit creepy. Time to dust off those tap shoes! »
- E. Alex Jung
Oh this should be good: Christopher Walken is going to play Captain Hook — live.
NBC has tapped the veteran Pulp Fiction actor to play the top villain in its next big live musical special Peter Pan. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed the decision at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Though usually considered a dramatic actor, Walken has a long history of singing and dancing roles. From Pennies from Heaven (1981) to Hairspray (2007) to Jersey Boys (2014) to appearances on NBC’s own Saturday Night Live.
“He might really be a song and dance man at heart, »
- James Hibberd
It was the 1990s, the early days of reality television, and legendary actor Marlon Brando had an idea. Perhaps he was inspired by MTV's “The Real World,” which premiered in 1992 and featured a house filled with cameras. Christopher Walken recalled the strange phone call he got from Brando during an appearance on “Late Show” Wednesday night. See video: Watch the Supercut of Every Christopher Walken Dance Scene Apparently, Brando reached out to Walken because of “Pennies from Heaven,” a 1981 musical film that Walken starred in. He was looking to track down “Pennies from Heaven” choreographer Danny Daniels, whom Walken was still in. »
- Jason Hughes
In his book A Rumour of Angels, the American sociologist Paul Berger poses an astonishing question. When a child wakes at night and cries out, and its mother comes and comforts him, saying, "There's no need to be afraid it's all right everything is all right," is she telling lies? That question haunted Dennis Potter. In interviews, he shared Berger's answer, that, in ways mysterious to us, the mother tells the truth, everything really is all right.
Yet in play after play, Potter appears to offer the contrary thought. Suffering possesses him; he wants to embrace the hope that the world is beautiful and good, but knows why it is foul and full of sorrow. It would be easier to give up on the beauty, »
- Michael Newton
Often called “The Prince of Darkness” for his tendency to artfully cloak onscreen characters in ominous shadows, cinematographer Gordon Willis was the closest thing Hollywood had to a Rembrandt. His playful visual style, daring use of chiaroscuro, and seemingly effortless ability to conjure a mood of unsettling paranoia made him the ideal Director of Photography for the 1970s — a glorious filmmaking decade when Technicolor artifice was swept aside for New Hollywood naturalism.
- Chris Nashawaty
Legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis, the "Prince of Darkness" who was responsible for the look of such era-defining films of the Seventies as the first two Godfather films, All the President's Men, Annie Hall and Manhattan, died Sunday at the age of 82, according to Variety. His cause of death was not listed.
A native of Queens, New York, Willis cultivated an early interest in photography and, while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, joined the motion-picture unit. After the war, »
Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »
- Andre Soares
Bob Hoskins dies aged 71
Xan Brooks: Bob Hoskins - five-foot-six cubic and bursting with brilliance
After getting his first theatre role by accident he only went along to support a friend at an audition Hoskins' screen career got off the ground in 1978 with Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, a six-part series for the BBC; he played sheet-music salesman with a penchant for showtunes and extramarital affairs.
He then moved on to what is still his defining role The Long Good Friday, still the benchmark for Brit gangster thrillers, and one that still towers over the pale imitators of recent vintage. Hoskins' performance as aspirational hoodlum Harold Shand, ambushed by the Ira, was an absolute barnstormer, filled with instantly quotable lines and beautifully detailed performance. »
- Andrew Pulver
Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures
Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute
Bob Hoskins obituary
Bob Hoskins: a career in clips
Patrick Barkham: 'He was unforgettable'
The actor Bob Hoskins has died aged 71. His agent said that he died on Tuesday, surrounded by his family, suffering from pneumonia. He retired in 2012 following a diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in the autumn of 2011.
One of Britain's best-loved actors, Hoskins was known for his gruff bonhomie, and career that spanned more than 30 years. He first found fame on the small screen in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, and then in cinemas as a London gangster-turned-businessman in The Long Good Friday (1980).
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- Catherine Shoard
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