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Jorge Estrada Mora, Argentinian Producer, Dies at 68

Jorge Estrada Mora, a cosmopolitan, multifaceted and enterprising producer who helped take Argentina cinema onto the world stage, died Dec. 9 from a prostate tumor. He was 68.

From the get-go, Estrada Mora’s life and cinema knew few borders. He was born in Colombia, in the Antioquia highlands, educated at Washington and Lee University in Virginia – going on to serve on its board until 2012 — worked in the oil business for Geosource in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Kenya, and settled in Argentina.

It was from Argentina, that he launched an effective second career as a film producer, emerging from the get-go as one of its internationally most ambitious producers.

Among early productions, all set up at Buenos Aires’ Jempsa — which he founded in 1987 — 1987’s “Under the Earth,” from Beda Docampo Feijoo, was set in Poland; 1988’s “Southbound,” from Juan Bautista Stagnaro, shot in Yugoslavia; “The Loves of Kafka,” also Docampo’s, in
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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the second of a five-part feature (read part one here)...

“After Hang ’em High [1968], I acted in several pictures without being actively involved in their production,” recalled California filmmaker Clint Eastwood. “Then I found myself making my directorial debut directing second unit on a picture of Don Siegel’s.” The action crime thriller introduced audience members to the actor’s signature role of no nonsense Police Inspector Harry Callahan. “Don had the flu and I replaced him for the sequence where Harry tries to convince the would-be-suicide not to jump into the void. That turned out Ok, because, for lack of space on the window ledge, the only place to perch me was on the crane. I shot this scene, then another one, and I began to think more seriously about directing.” The helmer of Dirty Harry (1971) had a
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'American Idol' Frank Sinatra week: What should the Top 5 sing?

The "American Idol" contestants are being saddled with the songs of Ol' Blue Eyes for this coming week. What should they sing?

This is probably the hardest week for song choice so far. Shania Twain may be limited but at least her songs were written in the last 15 years.

Don't get us wrong -- love Sinatra. But his songs are from the 40s and 50s and are classics, so the Idols are stuck in a catch-22 of "make it your own, make it current" and "don't mess with an original." It's a very hard line to walk and the judges are really harping on it this season. But here are our choices for the Idols:

Crystal Bowersox, "One for My Baby"

Raise your hand if you vote for "Idol" and remember Bette Midler singing this to Johnny Carson. That's what we thought. Regardless, Crystal should glam it up even more
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Blu-Ray Review: Pair of Oscar-Winning Musicals Tap to HD Beat

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0 Chicago – Two of the most beloved musicals of all time recently made their debut on Blu-Ray with extravagant collections of special features, beautiful HD, and crystal clear audio. All musical fans will want to add the Best Picture-winning “An American in Paris” and “Gigi” to their Blu-Ray collection.

One of my favorite musicals, 1951’s “An American in Paris,” an Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Score, and Screenplay, is such an essential film to the history of the musical genre that it seems like a no-brainer for HD Blu-Ray. It’s an undeniable classic featuring one of the great stars of the musical, Gene Kelly, at his athletic peak and includes the debut of the magical Leslie Caron.

An American in Paris was released on Blu-Ray on March 31st, 2009.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers

As if Kelly and Caron weren’t enough to entice musical fans,
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