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George Clooney On Stepping Back from Acting: ‘I’m Not the Guy That Gets the Girl Anymore’

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George Clooney On Stepping Back from Acting: ‘I’m Not the Guy That Gets the Girl Anymore’
George Clooney hasn’t acted in a film since 2016, and in a interview with The Sunday Times, the 56-year-old actor admitted that it isn’t a priority for him anymore — because he doesn’t need the money.

“Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he said, before adding that at least he “shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl.”

The father of two continued, “But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that.
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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in November 2017

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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in November 2017
It’s a good thing that Netflix already has the “Gilmore Girls” for all of those sweet Thanksgiving vibes, because the streaming giant is coming down from that Halloween sugar high in a bad way and following last month’s blockbuster slate with a relatively unremarkable roster of new additions. Proving that there isn’t much rhyme or reason behind when they’re able to upload new movies (it’s hard to curate around contract rights), the platform’s latest batch of titles is heavy on horror movies and light on seasonal fare.

Still, it’s not all bad news for those of you who might be looking for something to stream while you’re home for the holidays. Comfort watches like “Casper” and “Field of Dreams” are perfect things to put on when you’re immobilized by a stomach full of turkey, and you can even go for an
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Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike's 'Beirut' Lands Spring 2018 Release in Theaters

Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike's 'Beirut' Lands Spring 2018 Release in Theaters
Brad Anderson's political thriller Beirut, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, will hit theaters on April 13, Bleecker Street announced Thursday.

Beirut — previously titled High Wire Act — centers on a top U.S. diplomat (Hamm) who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. Ten years later, he is called back to the war-torn city by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Anderson directed from a script by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy).

Bleecker Street made a slew of additional release date announcements as...
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Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast

Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast
Many actors profess to be surprised when they win an Academy Award; few look as sincerely stunned as Tilda Swinton did when she was named Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 ceremony, for her expertly frosted turn as a corrupt corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton.” Her shock, one suspects, had less to do with how favored she was or wasn’t by the bookies than her bewilderment at being in the hunt for Hollywood gold in the first place: Little about the way the iconoclastic British star forges and curates her unusual career has courted the awards and embrace of the mainstream, yet they’ve found her anyway.

The Oscars certainly seemed a world away when the 25-year-old Swinton — who caught the acting bug while studying politics at Cambridge, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating — began her film career with Derek Jarman, Britain’s pioneering godfather of New Queer Cinema. Playing the artist
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Lifetime Achievement Award for Clooney by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-10-06 11:09:58

Clooney received a Best Actor nomination for Up In The Air Photo: Paramount Pictures Actor and filmmaker George Clooney is to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for his career.

Clooney, whose social satire Suburbicon - starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore - recently had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, will receive the award on June 7, 2018.

Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer said: "George Clooney is America's leading man. Director, producer, writer and actor - a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art's impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award."

Clooney is no stranger to accolades. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and received Best Actor nominations for Michael Clayton, Up In The Air and The Descendants.
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George Clooney George Clooney Recipient Of 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and Vizio return as Official Sponsors of the event.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him
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George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
George Clooney will be the 46th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award, announced on Thursday, will be presented to Clooney on June 7 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast subsequently by Turner Broadcasting on TNT, followed by encore presentations on Turner Classic Movies.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Howard Stringer, chairman of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer, and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award.”

Clooney has won a best actor Academy Award for his role in “Syriana” and a best picture Oscar as a producer on “Argo.” He’s also received best actor Oscar nominations for “Michael Clayton,” “Up in the Air,” and “The Descendants”; directing and screenplay nods for “Good Night, and
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Denzel Washington is ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ in First Trailer for Dan Gilroy’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Follow-Up

After crafting one of the best directorial debuts of its respective year, Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy is back with a Denzel Washington-led crime drama-meets-character study. Shot by Robert Elswit, Roman J. Israel, Esq. premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and ahead of a fall release, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “Roman J. Israel, Esq. defies expectations at every turn. It stars Denzel Washington, but this is not the suave, in-control character the actor’s known for. Instead, the title character is a socially awkward, anachronistically dressed misfit. It’s a legal drama, but eschews the epic courtroom scenes and shocking turns that are the genre’s hallmarks. Israel is the anti-Michael Clayton. It is writer-director Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to the deliciously nasty Nightcrawler, but no thriller. Even the poster misleads: released the morning of the film’s world premiere screening
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Dan Gilroy Returns to Toronto With Denzel Washington in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ (Exclusive)

Dan Gilroy Returns to Toronto With Denzel Washington in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ (Exclusive)
The last time Dan Gilroy brought a film to the Toronto Film Festival he had “Nightcrawler” in tow, a dark urban drama focused on a nocturnal bottom-feeding stringer who peddles his video wares to the highest broadcast news bidder. This year he’s back with another rich character study, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” about a good-souled Los Angeles attorney used to toiling away at the impossible on behalf of the ungrateful, a sort of assured activist foil to “Nightcrawler’s” craven careerist.

Gilroy, speaking to Variety ahead of the film’s Sunday night festival premiere, says he wrote the eponymous role with two-time Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington in mind.

“There’s a quality about Denzel — he’s a very big believer in the human spirit and human dignity, and that is something that really defines the character in many ways,” Gilroy says. “He’s someone who really believes in people. It
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Tony Gilroy reworking Methuselah for Warner Bros.

Deadline is reporting that Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy) is in talks with Warner Bros. to write and potentially direct the studio’s long-gestating thriller Methuselah, which is being produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter).

The project was originally set up by James Watkins and recently had Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-direct Joachim Ronning attached, with Tom Cruise set to star. However, Ronning is now off the project, and is instead prepping an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s final novel Micro.

Gilroy is said to have a take that overhauls the project, although it will retain the central concept of a man who has survived for 400 years without physically ageing, and has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge and survival skills. Gilroy will soon be pitching his vision to Warner Bros., and is in line to direct should the script meet with approval.

Gilroy most
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Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer

Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer
In today’s film news roundup, Tony Gilroy has come on board the project formerly known as “Methuselah,” “Beauty and the Beast” producers join “The Punch Escrow” and Almost Never Films hires executives.

Project Development

Tony Gilroy, who made his directorial debut with “Michael Clayton,” is in negotiations to write and possibly direct an untitled thriller for Warner Bros. with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman.

If the deal goes through, it will be Gilroy’s first directing gig since 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner. Gilroy also co-wrote the script for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with Chris Weitz.

The Warner Bros. project, formerly called “Methuselah,” has been in the works since 2009 at Warner Bros. and had Tom Cruise attached at one point. Based on the character from the Bible, the story follows a man who lives for hundreds of years and has used his time to develop an incredible set of survival skills
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Tony Gilroy Writing To Direct Warner Bros Thriller

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Tony Gilroy Writing To Direct Warner Bros Thriller
Exclusive: In what will be his first big film for Warner Bros since 2008 Best Picture nominee Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy is in final talks to write with an eye to direct an untitled thriller that David Heyman will produce, with Heyday’s Jeffrey Clifford also producing. Gilroy has worked out his own take on a project that has been at Warner Bros 15 years under Methuselah, a thriller originated by James Watkins that most recently had Tom Cruise attached to star and Pirates…
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The 80th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

Here we go again folks! As promised (though perhaps a bit later than initially planned), I’m diving back into the world of previous Oscar ceremonies. This time, I have my sights set on the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. You should know the drill by now. I’m going to state what I would have picked in the major eight categories if I had been lucky enough to have been able to vote. In most cases, it deviates from the actual winner. You’ll see how much that was the case this time around, and sit tight, as I do hope to make this a bit more of a consistent thing (excuse the gap again) and really go back as far as I can go. Until then, just enjoy this new one… Alright then, once again here goes nothing ladies and gentlemen…behold my picks for this particular ceremony: Best
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‘It’: Tilda Swinton Was Considered to Play Pennywise the Clown, but the Evil Force That Is Her Schedule Wouldn’t Allow It

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‘It’: Tilda Swinton Was Considered to Play Pennywise the Clown, but the Evil Force That Is Her Schedule Wouldn’t Allow It
Here’s a bit of dream casting that literally ended up being too good to be true: Tilda Swinton as Pennywise the Clown in “It.” Nerdist has the news that the chameleonic Oscar winner, seen recently (and controversially) in “Doctor Strange” and well known for her roles in such films as “Michael Clayton” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” was considered for the terrifying part — but “she wasn’t available.”

Read More‘It’ New Trailer: Pennywise the Clown is Here to Give You Very Disturbing Nightmares

That’s according to producer Barbara Muschietti, who fielded questions about this new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel alongside her brother Andrés (who directed it). One reporter asked whether Swinton was approached, apparently as a joke; to everyone’s surprise, Barbara answered in the affirmative.

“No, no I swear to God,” she went on, explaining that the cinematic siblings did
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Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Thriller ‘High Wire Act’ Lands at Bleecker Street

Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Thriller ‘High Wire Act’ Lands at Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “High Wire Act.”

The political thriller stars “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm as a top diplomat on a dangerous mission in Lebanon. Rosamund Pike, who turned heads with her Oscar-nominated turn in “Gone Girl,” portrays a CIA operative. The film is directed by Brad Anderson (“The Call”) and boasts a script by Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”).

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“Brad’s film is the kind of adult thriller a smarthouse audience craves,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen. “It’s tense, personal, and well-crafted right through its final heart-pounding moments.”

The film is produced by Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Gilroy, and Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson of ShivHans Pictures. Executive producers are Ted Field and Steve Saeta. The cast includes Dean Norris, Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender,
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Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Political Thriller 'High Wire Act' Nabbed by Bleecker Street

Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Political Thriller 'High Wire Act' Nabbed by Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to director Brad Anderson's political thriller High Wire Act.

Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike head up the cast of the film, written by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy).

The story centers on a top U.S. diplomat (Hamm) who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. Ten years later, he gets called back to a war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Pike, Dean Norris) with a mission only he can accomplish. The film also stars Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender and Jonny Coyne.

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Midway Oscars Forecast: Studios Aim for Gold With Spectacle and Zeitgeist

Midway Oscars Forecast: Studios Aim for Gold With Spectacle and Zeitgeist
If the upcoming slate of indie Oscar hopefuls promises to be packed with the kind of risky mid-budgeted visions corporate cultures aren’t often eager to back, then the major studios are teeing up exactly what they’re capable of when they throw money at the right talent. Bold genre filmmaking and superhero yarns with actual meat on their bones dot the landscape, while a few of-the-moment dramas and comedies aim to get their licks in as well.

Twentieth Century Fox has a trio of prestige plays in store. For the holidays, Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” though that could register more as a family film than an awards juggernaut. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh aims to dust off an Agatha Christie classic with the star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express.” But if ever there was a project that, sight unseen, felt destined for gold baubles, it
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Honors Talent Working in Front of and Behind the Camera

Karlovy Vary Film Festival Honors Talent Working in Front of and Behind the Camera
Casey Affleck

President’s Award

An Academy Award-winner for his role in “Manchester by the Sea” (2016), Affleck will receive his kudo prior to a screening of “A Ghost Story,” in which he stars. Affleck, along with helmer-writer David Lowery, will introduce the film. Affleck starred in Lowery’s debut film “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (2013) and recently completed production on Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun.”

Like his older brother, multi-hyphenate Ben, Casey Affleck has a parallel career as a writer-producer-director. He is in post on his second feature as a helmer-writer, “The Light of My Life,” in which he also stars.

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James Newton Howard

Crystal Globe

American composer and songwriter Howard will conduct the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a performance of his music for the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in front of Hotel Thermal on June 30, during the fest’s opening. Howard is currently preparing for his first live concert tour, a celebration of career highlights, with music, spoken word and video, that will visit 20 European cities.

Howard has composed music for more than 120 films, including Academy Award-nominated scores for “Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Village,” “The Fugitive,” “The Prince of Tides” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” — not to mention Oscar-nominated songs for “Junior” and “One Fine Day.”

In addition to his contributions to film and television music, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning Howard has also composed concert pieces for the Pacific Symphony.

Paul Laverty

Crystal Globe

Laverty wrote the scripts for 12 features and two short films directed by Ken Loach, beginning with “Carla’s Song” (1996). Their most recent collaboration, “I, Daniel Blake” (2016), won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Laverty wrote the screenplay for Loach’s first Palme d’Or winner, “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (2006). His credits with Loach include “My Name Is Joe,” (1998), a Cannes lead actor-winner for Peter Mullan and Cannes screenplay winner “Sweet Sixteen” (2002).

He also writes screenplays for his partner, the Spanish director and actress Icíar Bollaín.

Ken Loach

Crystal Globe

An activist as well as one of Britain’s most celebrated directors, Loach worked briefly in theater before starting as a director for BBC television in the early 1960s. There, he helmed ground-breaking dramas such as “Up the Junction” and “Cathy Come Home.” The impact of the latter led to a change in Britain’s homeless laws. Acclaimed early features such as “Poor Cow” (1967) and “Kes” (1969) brought his trademarks of social realism and compassion to the big screen.

Even though Loach’s 50-plus-year career includes a dark period when he couldn’t get a project off the ground and he directed commercials to support his family, he has been extraordinarily prolific. Undoubtedly, this is due in part to his on-going collaboration with producer Rebecca O’Brien and long-term partnerships with screenwriters including Barry Hines, Jim Allen and perhaps most fruitfully, Paul Laverty. Loach is also known for introducing exciting new acting talents.

Jeremy Renner

President’s Award

Actor, producer, musician and two-time Oscar-nominee Renner will receive his kudo at the fest’s closing gala on July 8. Renner will also introduce the crime thriller “Wind River,” directed by Taylor Sheridan.

Known for his intensity and ability to fully embody the characters he portrays, Renner received early critical acclaim as a serial killer in “Dahmer” (2002). He later established himself through roles in action and war movies, garnering an Oscar nomination for lead actor in Kathryn Bigelow’s war tale “The Hurt Locker” (2008). A supporting actor nom followed two years later for Ben Affleck’s bank heist drama “The Town” (2010).

Renner’s extensive filmography balances big-budget blockbusters such as “The Avengers” and “Mission: Impossible” series with more complex roles in “American Hustle” and “Arrival.”

In 2012, he formed the production company The Combine, with partner Don Handfield, to create, develop and produce high-quality, character-driven content for mainstream audiences.

Uma Thurman

President’s Award

The sensual, statuesque American actress and producer Uma Thurman will receive her honor on June 30, during the fest’s opening night. An Oscar-nominee for Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” (1994), Thurman’s memorable acting career is notable for her collaboration with iconic helmers.

Thurman was only a teenager when she made an impact in Stephen Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) and Terry Gilliam’s surreal “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988). However, the part of Mia Wallace in Tarantino’s sensational “Pulp Fiction” marked a turning point, garnering her numerous awards and nominations. Another successful Tarantino collaboration followed nearly a decade later with the cult double-header: “Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2” (2003, 2004). She received two Golden Globe nominations for her role as The Bride.

Thurman ultimately nabbed a Golden Globe for for her role in Mira Nair’s made-for-tv feature “Hysterical Blindness” (2002). She produced “The Accidental Husband” (2008) and the forthcoming “Girl Soldier.”

Václav Vorlíček

President’s Award

Renowned for his work for younger audiences, director-writer Vorlíček, 87, will receive an honor for his artistic contribution to Czech film.

Vorlíček teamed with writer and director Miloš Macourek, to form an original creative partnership responsible for a distinctive chapter in the development of Czech film. Their poetic vision, in which real life comes up against elements of fantasy, remains unique to this day.

Prime examples of Vorlíček and Macourek’s work include the “comic book” comedy “Who Wants to Kill Jessie?” (1966); the sci-fi comedy “You Are a Widow, Sir!” (1970).

Another comedy that employs fairytale motifs in contemporary Prague titled “How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer” (1974); the TV series “Arabela” (1979-80); and “Rumburak” (1985).

Vorlíček is also known for his fairytale films, especially the comedy “The Girl on the Broomstick” (1971) and “Three Wishes for Cinderella” (1973), now a perennially popular Christmas classic on Czech television.

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