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12 items from 2015


At 85, Christopher Plummer Finds New Life in Older Roles

26 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher plummer is having “terrible nightmares” about his upcoming hand and footprint ceremony.

“How am I going to walk away?” he quips of the March 27 honor taking place at Tcl Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood as part of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. (John Huston’s 1975 “The Man Who Would Be King,” in which Plummer plays opposite Michael Caine and Sean Connery, is also screening.) “Is there a plastic surgeon available to replace my hands and feet? I dream at night that they get stuck in the cement. But it’s a terrific honor and I hope it doesn’t mean that once I’m buried, that’s it.”

The odds that the legendary Canadian-born actor, witty and distinguished and prone to jocular self-doubt, will vanish from the public eye at this point in time are, of course, nil. To the contrary, Plummer, who earned fame as the stoic patriarch »

- Malina Saval

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Boyhood and Eddie Redmayne win at BAFTAs 2015: Twitter reacts

8 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Twitter offered a range of reactions after the winners of the 68th British Academy Film Awards were announced.

The ceremony took place in London's Royal Opera House and was presented by Stephen Fry. We provide a wrap-up on Twitter's reaction below:

1. Twitter wasn't entirely impressed with Boyhood's Best Film win:

Boyhood was grueling to sit through. No wonder it's in the Oscar race.

— Mark Chaney (@markcfilm) February 8, 2015

Boyhood- amazing concept but it didn't blow me away. Great performances though.

— The Small Cochrane (@lucyboo27) February 8, 2015

Disappointed in the #BAFTAs. Predictable, safe, boring choices all around. Why do so many people fall for #Boyhood's gimmick?

— Melissa (@BombayTalkies) February 8, 2015

Every time Boyhood wins an award, a really talented film-maker dies.

— Gareth Ellis (@ellishaha) February 8, 2015

Had no idea Boyhood was this long. Geesh! Nice performances & all but what was with all the hype? 12 years of watching folks grow, I guess

— C. Wilson (@10pagesaday) February »

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Grammys: Beyonce outshines performances by Katy Perry, Madonna, Sia, Sam Smith

8 February 2015 12:55 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Given the amount of uptempo pop music that dominates the charts these days, the Grammys were unusually moody this year, both in terms of their winners and their performances. If you followed the social media response like I did, perhaps you also saw the word "boring" pop up more than once (in-between 101 "Grand Budapest Pharrell" jokes). But I'm not sure I agree with that assessment. -Break- Beck pulls off Grammys shocker for Album of the Year, Sam Smith also wins big I tend to think a musical performance improves in inverse proportion to how much bombast there is in it. That's why I much preferred Bruno Mars's showstopping 2014 Super Bowl performance to Katy Perry's parade of giant tigers, costume sharks, and shooting stars. Great performances can be enhanced by grand spectacle, but grand spectacle by itself doesn't make a great performance, so a nicely stripped down collection of »

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Annie Lennox Addresses 'Strange Fruit' Criticism

20 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Annie Lennox during the ‘Great Performances Annie Lennox: Nostalgia in Concert’ performance and panel discussion at the PBS Network portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, January 19, 2015 in Pasadena (Getty)

Annie Lennox was criticized online last fall for not mentioning on Tavis Smiley's show the connection between the lyrics of "Strange Fruit" and lynching.

On Monday night, at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour in Pasadena, Calif., where Lennox made an appearance to promote "Great Performances: Annie Lennox 'Nostalgia' in Concert" on PBS, she had a chance to address the criticisms that came ...

Copyright 2015 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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PBS & BBC Ink Multi-Title Co-Production Deal

19 January 2015 11:34 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and BBC have inked a multititle co-production deal also involving BBC Worldwide, PBS president-ceo Paula A. Kerger announced at Monday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour.

The pact will create eight to 10 new programming specials across roughly 20 hours per year, both one-offs and multipart series, to air on PBS nationwide. The specials, which may be part of PBS’ schedule or featured in ongoing PBS series, including “Nature” and “Great Performances,” will cover a full range of genres — natural history, history, science, religion and the arts.

“PBS and the BBC share similar public service missions and the same commitment to producing entertaining and educational programming of the highest quality,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS’ chief programming executive and general manager. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership bringing the best from both organizations to the table.”

Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide exec VP for TV sales and co-productions, added, “Our »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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PBS Inks Co-Production Deal With BBC; Greenlights Civil War Drama From Ridley Scott

19 January 2015 10:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TCA 2015: Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered two new “Masterpiece” dramas and two documentary series on nuclear weapons

PBS has inked a co-production deal with BBC and BBC Worldwide, PBS’s president and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced during Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered a new Civil War drama series produced by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and two new “Masterpiece” series. Also, PBS will produce two new documentary specials focusing on nuclear weapons.

Under the BBC pact, the companies plan to produce eight to 10 new specials to begin premiering as early as this summer. »

- Jethro Nededog

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