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The Films Of Sidney Lumet: A Retrospective

9 April 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.

Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.

Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).

His directing career stretched well over 50 years, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'Scandal's' Kerry Washington a political animal by nature

5 April 2012 3:12 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Being a political animal by nature is helping Kerry Washington in her starring television series debut.

Known for such movies as "Ray," the Oscar-winning "The Last King of Scotland" and the current "A Thousand Words," the actress plays a professional "fixer" on ABC's "Scandal." Premiering Thursday, April 5, the drama is the latest project of "Grey's Anatomy" mentor Shonda Rhimes, who based the central character on crisis-management consultant Judy Smith ... earlier an aide to President George H.W. Bush.

Politically active herself, as she was during then-Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the White House, Washington deems it "very exciting" to play someone as powerful in her own way as the president (portrayed in "Scandal" by actor-director Tony Goldwyn). "I love my job, and I'm so grateful that I'm getting to do it with people at the level they're at. I feel like the luckiest broad in showbiz."

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