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Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed by Sydney Pollack – who had recently handled the likes of Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford – to star someone like Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman. »
- Andre Soares
Feldman is a former studio executive, awards consultant, and 27-year member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ public relations branch. His views are his own.
We’ve heard it all before.
When it comes to the Academy Awards broadcast, everyone’s a critic. The show is too long. The jokes are lame. The wrong films were nominated. Everyone knows what’s wrong with the telecast and has at least one idea about how to fix it.
Luckily for the Motion Picture Academy, ABC, Hollywood in general and those of us who toil in it, many members of the press have lots of ideas. In Ramin Setoodeh’s Feb. 24 Variety essay “How to Fix the Oscars in Five Easy Steps,” for example, the journalist proposes improvements to save a ceremony that he says is “facing an identity crisis” as it becomes “more and more insular” each year.
To explain what he means by this, »
- Bruce R. Feldman
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