4 items from 2011
There was a point in the 1990s where Michael Crichton's novel, Disclosure, was something of a must read. This was a book that dared to address sexual discrimination against men in the workplace, from that man who wrote the thing with all the dinosaurs. And thanks to that combination of factors, it shot up the charts and stayed there for a long time.
Also in the 1990s, Michael Douglas was riding high. Off the back of Basic Instinct, he was Hollywood's go-to guy if they wanted someone to have sex while wearing a jumper. And thus, when the movie version of Disclosure came together, in fairly quick time, he was the obvious choice for the male lead.
The first Critics' Choice Television Awards are fast approaching, and now that the votes are in (well, mine are... I think they are all supposed to be in by now), there's so more very cool news. The awards are going to feature an Icon Award, and the first recipient is going to be Danny DeVito.
Presenters were also announced, and it's going to be a great show.
Danny DeVito To Be Honored By Btja With Critics’ Choice Television Icon Award
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja), a new offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, today announced that Danny DeVito will be honored as the first recipient of the Critics’ Choice Television Icon Award at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards, hosted by Cat Deeley and scheduled to take place at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel »
- Marc Eastman
The Cannes film festival is the launchpad for many a still-to-be-realised movie: the streets, cafes and hotels are packed with dreamers and hucksters alike. But some pitch-merchants have more pedigree than others: here, for example, is Barry Levinson, director of Diner, Tin Men and Rain Man, who has slipped quietly into Cannes to talk up a film of which not a frame has yet been shot, but the world is already very well aware: the biography of notorious mafioso John Gotti, the "Teflon Don".
"I find it awkward to talk about a movie before there's a movie," says the 69-year-old Levinson, baseball cap pulled down over his eyes. "I'm not crazy about any of this. I don't like speculation about what may or may not happen." But on some level, »
- Andrew Pulver
Acclaimed director Barry Levinson is to tackle the subject of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the deadliest act of terrorism on Us soil before the 9/11 attacks, in an independent film titled Okc, reports say.
Deadline says the film will focus on a young legal clerk on bomber Timothy McVeigh's defence team whose determination to expose the truth almost destroyed him. Screenwriter Clay Wold is the brother of the clerk and has supposedly written the story based on his sibling's experiences. Wold is due to hand his latest draft in to producers next week.
The Oklahoma City bombing took place on 19 April 1995. It killed 168 people and injured hundreds more. McVeigh was later executed by lethal injection for his crime.
Levinson won an Oscar for best director for Rain Man. »
- Ben Child
4 items from 2011
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