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Patrick Stewart of 'Star Trek' Receives Knighthood

31 December 2009 5:01 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

London – There's an especially starry knight in Britain's latest round of royal honors.Patrick Stewart — "Star Trek: The Next Generation's" Capt. Jean-Luc Picard — becomes Sir Patrick in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list, which also includes a knighthood for theater and film director Nicholas Hytner."This is an honor that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun," said 69-year-old Stewart, who recently returned to the British stage following a long career in Hollywood that included playing Professor Charles Xavier in three "X-Men" films.Erich Reich, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe who organized last year's 70th anniversary of the "Kindertransport," which brought 10,000 children to wartime Britain, also received a knighthood.A separate honors list in New Zealand bestowed a knighthood on the king of Middle Earth — "Lord of the Rings" filmmaker Peter Jackson. »

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Birthday Suits: Good Hair, and Good Music.

14 November 2009 7:29 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Celebrating the birthdays of the film-famous. If it's your birthday, we'll sing you a happy one in the comments.

Louise Brooks, Veronica Lake and Josh Duhamel

1906 Louise Brooks, dancer, silent film actress, icon, quotable diva, film critic, memoirist, ...Lost Girl, Lulu. Her hair is legend.

1908 Joseph McCarthy, he saw only Red(s). He's been a villainous figure in movies ever since, whether seen, unseen or fictionalized. See: Guilty by Suspicion, The Way We Were, The Manchurian Candidate, Good Night, and Good Luck. and many more...

1919 Veronica Lake, femme fatale, purveyor of the peek-a-boo bang (her hair also being legend). Kim Basinger didn't even have to get "cut" to look like this goddess in La Confidential. She just had to sell those glorious blonde waves.

1945 Paul Hirsch, editor of Carrie, Star Wars (Oscar win), Ferris Bueller's Day Off and more...

1951 Zhang Yimou, fine director, awesome goddess worshipper. Think of what he »


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Bruce Beresford takes on 'Zebras'

9 September 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- Australian director Bruce Beresford is on board to shoot the Canadian-Australian co-production "Zebras" early next year in South Africa.

The Apartheid-era true story about an inspirational coach who leads the country's first multiracial soccer team comes from Sydney-based indie producer McElroy and McElroy and Halifax-based Dhx Media.

Australian playwright David Williamson ("The Year of Living Dangerously," "Gallipoli") penned the script for a project long developed by Australian co-producers Marta and James McElroy ("The Year of Living Dangerously").

Chris Noonan ("Miss Potter," "Babe") was formerly attached to direct "Zebras." Now Beresford will lead a nine-week shoot in March, seven weeks in South Africa and another two in Australia. No word on casting.

Michael Donovan ("Shake Hands With the Devil") and Floyd Kane will share the producer credits for Dhx Media. Beresford will debut his latest film, "Mao's Last Dancer," in Toronto on Sunday. Also that day, David Williamson will see his latest film, »

- By Etan Vlessing

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Shooting a Bran Nue Dae

5 July 2009 10:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Despite a recent surge of digital filmmakers taking advantage of new technologies, such as the Red Camera, not all directors are keen to say goodbye to 35mm completely. Oscar winner Andrew Lesnie, the director of photography on the new Australian film Bran Nue Dae along with The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Babe amongst others, was determined to shoot the romantic comedy in 35mm. »

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'Stone' to open Palm Beach film fest

26 March 2009 5:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Charles Martin Smith's "Stone of Destiny," which tells of how four students in Glasgow, Scotland outwitted the British government, will screen as the opening-night film at the 14th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, which runs April 23-27. Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" has been tapped as the closing-night film.

James Cromwell, whose credits include "Babe," "The Queen" and "W.," will receive the fest's Career Achievment Award. Director Joel Zwick, who directed "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," will receive its Visionary Award.

The fest's awards gala, hosted by Tristan Rogers, will be held April 24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

More than 110 films will screen at the five-day event, executive director Randi Emerman said.

"We're a little shorter this year yet we have added more venues as well as a second weekend featuring the 'Best of the Fest,' " he added.

The schedule also includes a special Italian Cinema sidebar, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Garland's Critics List

11 March 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Jeff Favreproduction: A Beautiful View, Son of Semele Theatre; Robots vs. Fake Robots, Powerhouse Theatre; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Geffen Playhouse.Playwriting: David Largman Murray, Robots vs. Fake Robots.Direction: Don Boughton, A Beautiful View; John Doyle, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Tiger Reel, Cartoon, Art/Works Theatre; Elise Robertson, The Women, Circus Theatricals.Music Direction: Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Scenic Design: Simon Higlett, The School of Night, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum; Christine Jones, Spring Awakening, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre.Lighting Design: Russell H. Champa, The School of Night; Richard Jones, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Costume Design: Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady.Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Perfomance In A (Primarily) Straight Play:Gregory Itzin, »

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"The NeverEnding Story" Returns! The Leonardo DiCaprio Connection!

26 February 2009 12:04 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Remember "The Neverending Story?" I honestly remember Limahl's pop song from the film more than the movie :happy

But I heard that the film will get the reboot treatment from "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" folks (the Kennedy/Marshall Co.) and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production.

Right now, both parties are in talks with Warner Bros. which acquired the rights to the franchise.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new film "will examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first pic." Ooooh, nuanced, I'm so there!

I almost forgot that Wolfgang Petersen directed the original 1984 film after he made the fantastic "Das Boot."

Oh and did you know that the source material of the film is a German book written by Michael Ende called "Die Unendliche Geschichte?"

So why didn't they ask the "99 Luftballons" singer Nena to sing the original song? »

- Manny

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