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Ian McShane on His First Movie Role and Breaking Into the Business

18 November 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Decades before “Lovejoy” and “Deadwood,” Ian McShane was first mentioned in Variety at age 19, when he was cast in “The Wild and the Willing” (later renamed “Young and Willing”), a film about university students. It starred Paul Rogers, Virginia Maskell, and five unknown actors, including McShane and his best friend from drama school, John Hurt. Hurt and McShane are friends to this day, after making their joint film and stage debuts together. A few months after that May 30, 1962, mention, Variety reported that McShane was recording singles from the movie. Perhaps the producers were seizing on the young actor’s brilliant voice, which would go on to filthily embody Al Swearengen in “Deadwood.” McShane will next be featured on Dr. Dre’s upcoming “Vital Signs” and Starz’s “American Gods.”

Tell me about your first two mentions in Variety. I was surprised to see that they’re two soundtrack mentions!

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Ian McShane on His First Movie Role and Breaking Into the Business

18 November 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Decades before “Lovejoy” and “Deadwood,” Ian McShane was first mentioned in Variety at age 19, when he was cast in “The Wild and the Willing” (later renamed “Young and Willing”), a film about university students. It starred Paul Rogers, Virginia Maskell, and five unknown actors, including McShane and his best friend from drama school, John Hurt. Hurt and McShane are friends to this day, after making their joint film and stage debuts together. A few months after that May 30, 1962, mention, Variety reported that McShane was recording singles from the movie. Perhaps the producers were seizing on the young actor’s brilliant voice, which would go on to filthily embody Al Swearengen in “Deadwood.” McShane will next be featured on Dr. Dre’s upcoming “Vital Signs” and Starz’s “American Gods.”

Tell me about your first two mentions in Variety. I was surprised to see that they’re two soundtrack mentions!

I »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Make-Up Artist Leonard Engelman, Hair Stylist Barbara Lorenz Tapped for Lifetime Achievement Awards

16 November 2016 8:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Make-up artist Leonard Engelman and hair stylist Barbara Lorenz will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.

The awards show will take place Feb. 19, 2017, at The Novo by Microsoft at La Live.

Engelman’s credits include “Batman & Robin,” “Ghostbusters,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Princess Diaries.” He has been Cher.’s personal make-up artist for over thirty years with credits on “Moonstruck,” “Mermaids,” “The Witches of Eastwick” and “Burlesque.”

He received Emmy nominations for his work on the NBC anthology series “Night Gallery” and the CBS television movie “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.” He is the first Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch and Chairman of the Academy.’s Executive Committee.

Lorenz has worked with Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Jamie Lee Curtis, »

- Dave McNary

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Jessica Alba Has Channeled an Impressive Amount of TV and Movie Characters on Halloween

28 October 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Jessica Alba sure loves to dress up as TV and movie characters. Throughout her years in the spotlight, the actress has channeled Dora the Explorer, Romy from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Alexandra Medford from The Witches of Eastwick. In addition to her pop culture getups, Jessica has dressed up as the same thing multiple times, but who's counting? Maybe this year she'll surprise us and opt for a fun family costume instead. Related:Over 250 Celebrity Halloween Costumes!42 Times Celebrities Dressed as Other Celebrities For HalloweenThe Best Throwback Celebrity Halloween Costumes »

- Monica Sisavat

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'Stranger Things' Season 2: Here's a guide to 1984 in pop culture

1 September 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Just in case you've been living in the Upside Down, let me get you up to speed: Stranger Things Season 2 is officially happening. And as revealed by the show's unreasonably-attractive creators the Duffer Brothers, the new episodes will be set a year after the events of the first season, which would place the characters squarely in the latter days of 1984 (Season 1 took place between November and December of 1983). While that's not a whole lot later, it's still enough time for a massive number of pop-culture and consumer products to have been introduced in the interim, from film to TV to music to technology. So what, pray tell, will Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Nancy, Jonathan and Steve (but not Barb, obvs) be using, watching, wearing, reading and listening to in the new season that wouldn't have been available to them in the prior timeline because they didn't exist yet? For those curious »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Feel the burn: match the insult to the movie – quiz

5 July 2016 3:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this week’s lurid horror The Neon Demon, Elle Fanning has a sharp-edged introduction to the fashion industry. But how well do you know other bitchy cinematic quips?

"You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humour and you smell"

A Fish Called Wanda

9 to 5

The Witches of Eastwick

The War of the Roses

"He's not ugly. He's completely unattractive"

Mean Girls

Young Adult

Margot at the Wedding

10 Things I Hate About You

"There are really only two things I dislike about you. Your face"

All About Eve

The Mirror Crack'd

The Devil Wears Prada

Drop Dead Gorgeous

"You're not worth the trouble it would take to hit you! You're not worth the powder it would take to blow you up"

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Hangover

Revolutionary Road

Blue Valentine

"Everything that comes out »

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Do sequels ever really work when decades have passed since the first film?

27 June 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I still haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence, and there’s a good chance I won’t. When 20th Century Fox made the decision not to screen the film for Us press in advance of the film’s opening, they sent a very clear message to anyone paying attention, and it’s a message that I believe more and more studios would love to send to critics, especially on their giant event films: not only do we not need you, but we don’t want you. At all. And it’s true. Studios don’t really need to screen movies for critics. It’s a professional agreement that we all participate in, but more and more often, studios screen later and almost begrudgingly. I am amazed how many times this year alone I’ve had to basically beg to even find out when or if a screening is happening. The »

- Drew McWeeny

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AFI Honoree John Williams Looks Back on Six Decades of Iconic Themes

9 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars.” “E.T.” “Jaws.” “Indiana Jones.” “Superman.” “Harry Potter.”

Admit it: You can’t think of any one of those films without hearing the score in your head.

John Williams, who wrote all those classic themes [and dozens more] will receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 9 from frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg. It will be the first such honor given to a composer in the 44-year history of the award.

“This man’s gifts echo, quite literally, through all of us, around the world and across generations,” says AFI president-ceo Bob Gazzale. “There’s not one person who hasn’t heard this man’s work, who hasn’t felt alive because of it. That’s the ultimate impact of an artist.”

Over six decades in Hollywood, Williams has written some of the most memorable music in movie history. His 100-plus features have earned 50 Academy Award nominations [making him the most-nominated living person] and he’s won five times. »

- Jon Burlingame

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North American briefs: Susan Sarandon in CinemaCon honour

21 March 2016 4:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Gravitas Ventures acquires My Father’s Vietnam; and more…

Susan Sarandon will receive the Cinema Icon Award at the National Association Of Theatre Owners (Nato) convention on April 14.

Sarandon will next be seen in The Meddler, which opens on April 22 via Spc, and her credits include Thelma And Louise, The Witches Of Eastwick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lorenzo’s Oil, and Dead Man Walking, for which she won the lead actress Oscar in 1996. CinemaCon is set to run at Caesars Palace from April 11-14.

Gravitas Ventures has picked up VOD and home video rights from Circus Road Films to Soren Sorensen’s My Father’s Vietnam. The documentary will debut on May 24.Aeg and Regal have partnered with Barco to announce a multi-year, strategic partnership to create Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center. The current Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, owned by Aeg, will transform into a creative hub for all of Barco »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

6 February 2016 6:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »

- Andre Soares

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The Awesome Advice Jack Nicholson Gave George Miller On The Witches Of Eastwick

3 February 2016 10:09 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

George Miller is one of the most versatile directors making movies today. While best known for his work on the Mad Max franchise, he.s also responsible for family films like Babe and Happy Feet. Somewhere in between those extremes was the 1987 drama The Witches of Eastwick. While Miller did not enjoy the experience of making that particular film, he does say that he got some very useful advice from Jack Nicholson while directing the actor in it. In an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Miller talks about his career in filmmaking. While Miller is best known for creating very tough characters on screen, he characterizes himself as a very nice guy - something that Jack Nicholson apparently told him can misinterpreted, and so it can actually be something of a problem. Miller explained, Some of the producers were very chaotic in their thinking. It kind of got »

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The Awsome Advice Jack Nicholson Gave George Miller On The Witches Of Eastwick

3 February 2016 10:09 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

George Miller is one of the most versatile directors making movies today. While best known for his work on the Mad Max franchise, he.s also responsible for family films like Babe and Happy Feet. Somewhere in between those extremes was the 1987 drama The Witches of Eastwick. While Miller did not enjoy the experience of making that particular film, he does say that he got some very useful advice from Jack Nicholson while directing the actor in it. In an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Miller talks about his career in filmmaking. While Miller is best known for creating very tough characters on screen, he characterizes himself as a very nice guy - something that Jack Nicholson apparently told him can misinterpreted, and so it can actually be something of a problem. Miller explained, Some of the producers were very chaotic in their thinking. It kind of got »

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George Miller named Cannes jury president

2 February 2016 3:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

George Miller is returning to the Cannes film festival this May, this time as jury president.

The Australian director will make his way to the south of France a year after screening Mad Max: Fury Road out of competition. The film’s rave reviews and impressive box office run led to 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Miller’s diverse list of directorial credits range from the original Mad Max with Mel Gibson to The Witches of Eastwick to the animation Happy Feet.

In a statement released by the organisation, the 70-year-old auteur is quoted as saying: “What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I’ll be there with bells on!”

One of Miller’s »

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Mad Max director George Miller to head Cannes film festival jury

1 February 2016 10:44 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film-maker becomes the first Australian to preside over the event, saying of the announcement, ‘What an unmitigated delight!’

Mad Max creator George Miller will head the jury at this year’s Cannes film festival, its organisers said on Tuesday, the first Australian to preside over the world film event.

The 70-year-old director of The Witches of Eastwick, who launched the career of the Hollywood star Mel Gibson and a whole genre of outback-gothic films with the Mad Max series in 1979, reacted to the news in flamboyant fashion. “What an unmitigated delight!” he said. “Such an honour. I’ll be there with bells on!”

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‘Mad Max’ Director George Miller Named President of Cannes Film Festival Jury

1 February 2016 9:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Miller, the Oscar-nominated director of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” has been named president of the jury at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Cannes organizers have announced. “Mad Max,” which received 10 Oscar nominations last month, including Best Picture, premiered at last year’s Cannes, where the action film was one of the sensations of the festival. Miller’s other films include “The Witches of Eastwick” and the Oscar-winning animated film “Happy Feet.” He also adapted and produced “Babe.” Also Read: George Miller Promises More 'Mad Max' Movies After Scoring First Directing Nomination In the Cannes press release, Miller commented, »

- Steve Pond

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Meet George Miller: Oscar-Nominated Director of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

15 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The man behind one of this summer’s biggest hits, and now a best picture nominee, Mad Max: Fury Road has been directing films for four decades but many fans would have a hard time picking him out of a lineup. George Miller, the 70-year-old visionary director behind all four films in the Mad Max franchise, earned the first best directing Oscar nomination of his career yesterday morning, though his history with the Academy goes all the way back to 1993.

To say Miller has an eclectic resume is an understatement, as his directing credits have bounced from post-apocalyptic action films to heavy family drama to family films. This year, his film is second in nominations to only The Revenant, from last year’s best director winner, Alejandro G. Inarritu.

Much of Miller’s anonymity springs from his ability to not be pegged down to one specific genre, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Celebrated Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Passes Away Aged 85

4 January 2016 7:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Vilmos Zsigmond, the celebrated cinematographer behind such classics as The Deer Hunter and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, has died aged 85.

News of Zsigmond’s passing was confirmed by his long-time business partner Yuri Neyman, revealing that the Oscar-winner died on Friday in Big Sur, California.

Born and raised in Hungary in 1930, Zsigmond’s eye for cinema started early, when he would go on to study at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest, earning a Master of Arts in cinematography. After nurturing a series of low-key B-movies in Austria, his big break arrived in the form of Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller in the early 70s, before earning critical acclaim for his work on Close Encounters in 1977, along with The Deer Hunter the following year.

Throughout his long career, Zsigmond also stepped up to the plate to try his hand at directing, though »

- Michael Briers

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'The Deer Hunter' cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond dies aged 85

3 January 2016 12:31 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Visionary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who escaped his native Hungary to set up in Hollywood and became one of the most acclaimed practitioners of his generation, has died aged 85 in Big Sur, California.

The cinematographer fled Budapest in 1956 with his hidden footage of Soviet forces crushing the Hungarian Revolution and along with his dear friend and fellow émigré the late László Kovács went on to establish a brilliant career in the United States.

Zsigmond and Kovács got their foothold shooting B-movies under the Americanised names William Zsigmond and Leslie Kovacs before they embarked on more illustrious projects.

Zsigmond’s career spanned collaborations with Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma and Woody Allen.

He shot Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller and won the Oscar in 1978 for Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. He was nominated subsequently for The Deer Hunter, The River and The Black Dahlia, a collaboration with frequent associate Brian De Palma.

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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85

3 January 2016 10:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.

Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.

Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director, »

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