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By Lee Pfeiffer
Throughout motion picture history, there have always been "disaster" movies. From Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy facing the great earthquake in "San Francisco" to John Wayne trying to rescue an airliner in distress in "The High and the Mighty". However, the disaster movie didn't emerge as a genre until the 1970s. Most people credit "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) with being the first major entry among these kinds of films during that era, but arguably the genre began two years earlier with "Airport". That blockbuster flick set the standard for all of the disaster movies to follow:
An all-star cast ranging from top boxoffice attractions to respected veteran stars and popular character actors Big production values State-of-the-art special effects Majestic musical score (and, if possible, a Top 40 hit shoe-horned into the proceedings) A well-regarded director at the helm to preside over the mayhem
For the most part the formula worked fairly well. »
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The first time I met Jennifer Aniston, she was naked. During the rehearsals for the live broadcast version of "Fail Safe" directed by Stephen Frears, I was invited to tour the sets, talk to the people behind the event, and possibly take a peek at some rehearsals. George Clooney was our host for the day, and his assistant at the time, Amy, was the one assigned to drive us around the lot that afternoon. Amy was the sort of person who knew everyone, and she pointed out a soundstage where they were shooting the Mark Wahlberg film "Rock God." As she was pointing it out, the door to the soundstage opened and Jennifer Aniston came strolling out, wearing the tiniest kimono I've ever seen. Amy waved her over, and the two of them started talking. As they did, it was fairly obvious that Aniston was wearing the kimono and nothing else, »
- Drew McWeeny
NBC found great success with their stage production of The Sound of Music Live in 2013, and are now ready to unleash Peter Pan Live! this December. Already considering what they may do for an encore in 2015, the network is considering a live staging of A Few Good Men.
The 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was originally based on Aaron Sorkin's play, which will serve as the basis for this live show. The network is already in the stages of working out an agreement with Aaron Sorkin to make the production become a reality. The show put Aaron Sorkin on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. And the feature film proved to be a smash hit.
The Peacock is in the early stages of working out an agreement with Sorkin to mount a live telecast of the play that put him on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. The 1992 feature starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was a hit for TriStar Pictures.
The story revolves around the court-martial case against two Marines accused of killing another serviceman. The film helmed by Rob Reiner earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture and supporting actor for Nicholson.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are involved with the NBC effort, as is Sony’s TV division. The idea is that Sorkin would do another pass on the play to tailor it for the TV staging. It’s understood »
- Cynthia Littleton
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
The Hollywood Blacklist, with Screenwriter Walter Bernstein\
When: Thursday, March 6, 6:30 pm
Where: The New School, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th St (between 5th and 6th Aves.)
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In the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy carried out a witch hunt for Communists that led to the creation of the infamous Hollywood blacklist, resulting in 150 directors, actors, writers, and others in the entertainment business, being banned from making a living for over a decade.
Don't miss our screening of The Front, written by Walter Bernstein, who received an Oscar nomination for best screenplay in 1976, and directed by Martin Ritt. Both were victims of the blacklist themselves. The movie takes a comedic look at what happened during this dark period in American History. Screening to be followed by a conversation and Q&A. »
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The winners will be announced Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza following voting by the DGA’s 15,000 members.
The two nominations for Cranston were his second and third following his DGA nod last year for a “Modern Family” segment last year.
“Breaking Bad” scored a second nomination with series creator Vince Gilligan receiving a nod. They will face competition from David Fincher, receiving his sixth DGA nomination for directing “Chapter 1″ of “House of Cards,” Lesli Linka Glatter for “Homeland” and David Nutter for “Game of Thrones.”
“Modern Family” received a pair of comedy series noms for Cranston and Gail Macuso. “The Big Bang Theory” also took two nominations for Mark Cendrowki and Anthony Rich. Beth McCarthy-Miller took the other nomination for a segment »
- Dave McNary
6 items from 2014
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