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There's an obvious omission in Beyoncé Knowles' new movie, "Cadillac Records" [Review Here.] - the story about the Chess Records label that left out Bo Diddley while including Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry. Diddley, who died last June, wasn't fond of Chess. "It's no secret that Bo had real issues with the Chess brothers and their 'creative accounting practices,' " Margo Lewis, who heads up Talent Source, Diddley's management company, »
Photo: Universal Pictures Adapted from Thomas Hauser's book of the same name Missing won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1983 and was nominated for Actor, Actress and Picture as well. The film tells the story of a father who flies down to an unnamed South American country (known to be Chile) to search for his missing son during a time of civil unrest. If the film was trying to get any specific political message across it never quite hits home even though a jab at American involvement in Chile is quite obvious. Instead it comes across more as a family piece as a man and his daughter-in-law are able to set aside their personal and political beliefs in an attempt to find Charles Horman (John Shea), the missing member of their family. Jack Lemmon stars as the father, Ed Horman, with »
- Brad Brevet
Jack Lemmon was perhaps the quintessential Everyman of American cinema, a reliably earnest, down-to-earth performer who was equally good at playing the put-upon hero in Billy Wilder comedies and embodying an average, relatable guy in dramas like The China Syndrome or Glengarry Glen Ross. So it's especially heartbreaking to watch Lemmon's performance in Costa-Gavras' Missing, which casts him as a conservative American businessman who searches, with mounting disillusionment, for a son that disappeared in the midst of a bloody Latin American putsch. While there's an element of left-wing fantasy in Lemmon's conversion from unquestioning patriot to newly awakened skeptic of U.S. covert activities, Lemmon's emotional directness, driven by a need simply to find answers, makes that transition entirely plausible. Within this decent citizen lies the conscience of a nation. Based on Thomas Hauser's book The Execution Of Charles Horman, Missing takes place in an unnamed Latin American country, »
- Scott Tobias
COLOGNE, Germany -- Danish director Susanne Bier, German actress Diane Kruger and French star Sandrine Bonnaire are among the names to sign up for jury duty at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
The jury, headed by famed political filmmaker Costa-Gavras ("Z," Missing) also includes Oscar-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Taiwanese actress Shu-Qi (The Transporter), Russian film producer and CTC president Alexander Rodniansky (East-West) and award-winning German production designer Uli Hanisch ("Perfume -- The Story of a Murderer").
The four-man, four-woman jury will select the winners of Berlin's Gold and Silver Bears from among this year's Berlinale competition films.
Actresses Kruger, Bonnaire and Shu-Qi are no strangers to the Berlinale. Kruger, famous for her break-through role alongside Nicolas Cage in the National Treasure films, was in Berlin last year for the In Competition premiere of Bille August's Goodbye Bafana. Shu-Qi last appeared in Berlin in Stanley Kwan's in-competition entry The Island Tales in 2000 and Bonnaire starred in Patrice Leconte's Intimate Strangers, a Berlinale competition film in 2004.
4 items from 2008
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