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30 Best World War II Movies for D-Day Anniversary (Photos)

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Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb.

Pearl Harbor” (2001).

The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

A Midnight Clear” (1992).

The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.
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Natalie Dormer to tackle Vivien Leigh series

Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer is to star and produce in a new series based on the personal and professional life of Hollywood’s Vivien Leigh.

Dormer will team up with FremantleMedia and Mainstreet Pictures to create the series. Episode count has not been finalised but the vision is to break down each episode on certain milestones in Leigh’s life. These could include focusing on her long-standing marriage to Laurence Olivier, the classic films she worked on such as Gone with the Wind, to her mental health issues.

Speaking to Deadline Christian Vesper, FremantleMedia Evp and Creative Director, Global Drama said “The story of the legendary movie star will be a compelling exploration of the woman who was transcendently known for some of the most memorable screen performances of all time,”

Also in the news – Danny Boyle finally confirmed to take the helm on Bond 25

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King Lear – can the BBC's starry adaptation avoid bard mistakes?

Richard Eyre’s adaptation condenses and cuts up Shakespeare’s great tragedy, but the result could be the perfect Lear for the box-set generation and annoy purists

Most Shakespeare productions on television have been either camera-captures of a previous theatre success or were filmed in a studio that looked like a stage. Sir Anthony Hopkins’ King Lear, though, is, in every sense, specially made for television.

The actor retired from theatre in 1989, stultified by nightly repetition, and so this Lear – played at 80, the precise age the play suggests the title character to be – was unavailable to even the world’s richest and most pleading playhouses. As when Laurence Olivier, too frail for stage, recorded the part for Channel 4 in 1983, TV has given to posterity a theatrical impossibility.

Related: Anthony Hopkins: ‘Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie’

Related: Bard example: can Shakespeare translate to the small screen?
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Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90

Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90
Arthur Manson, a veteran film executive whose career in marketing and distribution encompassed numerous Oscar-winning films, died May 14 at his home in Riverdale, N.Y. He was 90.

Manson worked on the marketing campaigns for “Walking Tall,” “Platoon,” “JFK,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “All the President’s Men,” “A Star Is Born,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Great Santini,” “Angela’s Ashes,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Manson was an adviser to Oliver Stone, Scott Rudin, Miramax, the Weinstein Company, Joseph E. Levine, and Stanley Kubrick. He worked for MGM, Samuel Goldwyn Productions[/link], Stanley Kramer Productions, Columbia Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.
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Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Patrick Melrose’) could sneak off with the Emmy again

Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Patrick Melrose’) could sneak off with the Emmy again
Four years ago, Benedict Cumberbatch shocked us all when he won the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor Emmy for “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” The five-time nominee is back in the running for his passion project “Patrick Melrose,” which premiered Saturday, and could disrupt the race again to bag his second victory in the category.

Cumberbatch, who would join Fred Astaire, Hume Cronyn, Peter Falk, Hal Holbrook, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino and James Woods as the category’s two-time champs, is fifth in our overall odds. But he’s the top choice of Expert Anne Thompson (IndieWire) and Editors Marcus James Dixon and Chris Beachum.

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You’d be a fool to underestimate Cumberbatch even though “Patrick Melrose” just premiered and didn’t exactly light the world on fire in the ratings (a Saturday timeslot doesn’t help). An Emmy favorite,
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Arthur Manson, Pioneering Marketing Exec Who Mentored Harvey Weinstein, Dies at 90

Arthur Manson, Pioneering Marketing Exec Who Mentored Harvey Weinstein, Dies at 90
Arthur Manson, a veteran marketing and distribution executive who helped to usher in the era of consumer research at Hollywood studios, and one of whose many industry mentees was Harvey Weinstein, died Monday at his home in Riverdale, New York, at the age of 90. His daughter, Cynthia Manson, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.

Manson was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At 16, he landed his first job, as an advance agent in New York for Laurence Olivier's Henry V, which became one of the first British films to make major inroads in America. At 17, he headed to ...
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The Eyes of Orson Welles review – looks deep into the soul of an artist

Mark Cousins’ whimsical but heartfelt love letter to Welles connects the director’s films to his paintings and drawings

The Netflix dispute means that the restoration of Orson WellesThe Other Side of the Wind is not showing at Cannes. Here is an engaging consolation prize: Mark Cousins’ wayward, very indulgent but deeply felt love letter to Orson Welles. In particular, he looks at Welles’ huge body of drawings and paintings – examining them, rhapsodising about them, free-associating from them.

Welles painted and drew indefatigably from his teen years to his bearded age: fiercely energetic, muscular lines of charcoal, pencil and paint, which were ideas for set design, movie storyboards, sketches of faces, and just visions. Cousins makes a convincing case that his movies were an extension of his (unrecognised) brilliance as a graphic artist, and the people who love the literary filigree of Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet or Henry V
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John Stride obituary

Founder member of the Old Vic company who lit up the London stage in the 1960s and 70s and starred in the TV series The Main Chance

John Stride, who has died aged 81, was a golden boy of the early years of the National Theatre – he was a founder member of Laurence Olivier’s company at the Old Vic, appearing as Fortinbras in Hamlet, the inaugural production starring Peter O’Toole in 1963 – and a television star of some magnitude, playing the promiscuous lawyer David Main in four series of The Main Chance between 1969 and 1975.

His pre-National breakthrough was as Romeo to Judi Dench’s Juliet at the Old Vic in 1960. Kenneth Tynan hailed Franco Zeffirelli’s production as “a revelation, perhaps a revolution,” in that the lovers’ passion was, for the first time, so young, immediate, contemporary and palpable. The play was re-born.

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Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ Director, Dies at 98

Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ Director, Dies at 98
Michael Anderson, the British director who was nominated for an Academy Award for his direction on “Around the World in 80 Days,” died in Vancouver Wednesday. He was 98.

Anderson’s career began in the ’40s as an assistant director before he joined the Royal Signal Corps during the war. After Anderson was discharged, he signed a contract with Associated British Picture Corporation, for whom he directed five films.

The third film, 1955’s “The Dam Busters,” starring Richard Todd, which was the biggest film of the year for Britain at the box office.

Anderson was asked to direct “Around the World in 80 Days” after the original director John Farrow had a falling out with producer Mike Todd. Anderson also received a Golden Globe nod in addition to his Oscar nom for his work in the film, which won best picture in 1956. The film starred David Niven, Shirley Maclaine, Robert Newton and Cantinflas,
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Nothing Like a Dame review – Judi Dench and Maggie Smith trade brutal banter

Dench, Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright engage in a round-table war of theatrical anecdotes in this outrageously funny film

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The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film. I can’t for the life of me think of any other recent documentary in which I have laughed pretty much all the way through. It is nothing more nor less than an acerbic round-table chat between four of British theatre’s most famed dames: Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith, which takes place at the country home Plowright shared with her late husband, Laurence Olivier (I seem to remember it being the site of Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show special on Olivier in the 80s).

This is basically an Avengers: Infinity War of theatrical anecdotery: outrageously camp, with
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Cannes Marché Frontières platform selects Ben Wheatley, Denis Côté projects

Cannes Marché Frontières platform selects Ben Wheatley, Denis Côté projects
Second year of the event will see 16 titles presented at the Marché du Film.

A total of 16 projects have been selected to take part in the Frontières Platform at this year’s Cannes Marché du Film, with the second edition of the genre event set to run from May 12-13.

The Frontières Proof Of Concept Presentation on May 12 will include 10 projects in advanced financing stages, presenting completed teaser trailers to prospective partners. Among the 10 are Whitaker directed by Casey Walker, with the Rook Films team of Andy Starke, Pete Tombs and Ben Wheatley producing. It was previously one of the
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Film Review: ‘Mercury’

“Mercury,” which has the distinction of being the first wordless steampunk zombie eco-thriller, is a movie that’s more exotic than your average international Indian release — but also, in a weird way, less exotic. It’s about five characters in their early twenties, all of whom, as children, suffered mercury poisoning at the hands of the Corporate Earth company — a fictionalized version of Unilever, whose improper disposal practices in the southern hill town of Kodaikanal resulted in death and disabilities that led, in 2001, to a major lawsuit. In “Mercury,” the five characters — four dudes and a young woman (Remya Nambeeshan) — are deaf-mutes who make avid use of what you’d call sign language, though it isn’t all that signed. Most of it is consists of simple and rather frantic hand gestures, as if people who didn’t know sign language were trying to communicate anyway.

“Mercury” is being marketed as a “silent film,
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'Lost in Space' Star Toby Stephens Explains His Own Space-Time Continuum

Toby Stephens' dad, Sir Richard Stephens, was considered one of the greatest British actors of his generation, heir apparent to Laurence Olivier. His mom, Maggie Smith, is an even more revered fixture of stage and screen. So, naturally, their son would grow up to star in Lost in Space.

To be fair, Stephens served plenty of time in period dramas and highbrow BBC productions (everything from Twelfth Night to Onegin to Cousin Bette). But in 2002, he landed the plumb role of Bond villain Gustav Graves in Die Another Day and the next thing he knew he was being cast...
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Great Point Boards Sales On Maxine Peake Movie From ‘Deep State’ Producer Endor

Exclusive: Great Point Media has boarded international sales on the latest feature from Deep State and State Of Play (TV) producer Endor Productions, I can reveal. Bafta-nominated actress Maxine Peake (Funny Cow, The Falling) stars in the BFI-backed Gothic mystery alongside Britannia actress Eleanor Worthington-Cox, the youngest recipient of the best actress Laurence Olivier award for her role of the theatre production of Matilda, and newcomer Jodie Innes. Buzzed-about…
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Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Win Marks Awards Season Capstone for Venice Film Festival

Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Win Marks Awards Season Capstone for Venice Film Festival
Here’s a thought to chew on: It’s been 11 years since the best picture Oscar went to a film — Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” — that hadn’t premiered at a film festival (though it did screen as a work in progress at the 2006 Toronto fest to select eyeballs). Prior to that, festival indies were the exception rather than the norm in the best picture race, which was ruled by the kind of big-studio prestige pics that didn’t need the momentum-building progression of a festival rollout.

Needless to say, a lot has changed at the Oscars (and, indeed, in Hollywood) this century, as the kind of tony, adult-oriented drama that tends to rule awards season has become largely the preserve of the independent realm. Film festivals, meanwhile, have been drawn ever more integrally into the Oscar dance: the imagined “official” kickoff of awards season may come with the early-fall trifecta of Venice,
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Will ‘The Shape of Water’ be the ninth Best Picture Oscar champ not to win any of its three-plus acting nominations?

Will ‘The Shape of Water’ be the ninth Best Picture Oscar champ not to win any of its three-plus acting nominations?
The Shape of Water” is one of two Best Picture Oscar nominees with three acting nominations — the other being “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — but star Sally Hawkins and supporting players Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins are not predicted to win any of them. If they indeed go 0-3 on Sunday and “The Shape of Water” takes the top prize, the fantasy drama will join eight other Best Picture champs that did not convert any of its three-plus acting nominations into wins.

“Birdman” (2014) was the most recent Best Picture winner not to carry an acting award from at least three nominations, as Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton fell to Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), respectively. Arquette and Simmons were the supporting frontrunners all season, but Keaton was locked in a tight Best Actor race with Redmayne until the SAG Awards
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Agnès Varda could become 13th person (and first woman!) to win honorary and competitive Oscars in the same year

Agnès Varda could become 13th person (and first woman!) to win honorary and competitive Oscars in the same year
If Agnes Varda wins the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for “Faces Places” on Sunday night, she will become just the 13th person, and the first woman, to take home a competitive Oscar and an honorary award in the same year. This would be in addition to setting the record, at age 89, as the oldest person to win a competitive Oscar.

The French/Belgian filmmaker is already the 31st person to receive an Oscar nomination and an honorary award in the same year. If she wins, she would join a list that includes some of the titans of the film industry. While she would be the 13th person to accomplish this, it would actually be the 15th time that this has occurred, since Walt Disney did it three times. Listed below are the other instances where a person claimed competitive and honorary wins within the same year.

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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since 1992, at least one actor from an HBO film has been nominated in this category — films, not limited series.

Fun Fact: Benedict Cumberbatch is one nomination away from tying Laurence Olivier for the second-most nominations in the history of this category. Olivier, however, won four out of his six nominations, whereas the best Cumberbatch could hope for is half that.

Can Darren Criss follow in the footsteps of Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. in “American Crime Story”? Can Benedict Cumberbatch get back in the race without “Sherlock”? Can Kyle MacLachlan earn his first Emmy nomination since “Twin Peaks” first went off the air in 1992?

There are a lot of questions surrounding the category for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, but one thing already seems certain: HBO has at least one nomination locked up.
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Honorary Oscars: A look back at 90 years, from Charlie Chaplin to Bob Hope to Donald Sutherland

Honorary Oscars: A look back at 90 years, from Charlie Chaplin to Bob Hope to Donald Sutherland
Over the decades, special or honorary Oscars have gone to everything from a film series to animated shorts to innovators to a ventriloquist to child performers to foreign films. Tour our photo galleries for a look back featuring every performer honored (above) and every non-performer honored (below).

Two special awards were handed out at the first Academy Awards on May 16, 1929:

Charlie Chaplin, who had originally been nominated for lead actor and for comedy direction for his 1928 masterpiece “The Circus,” was withdrawn from those nominations when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors gave him a special award for his “versatility in writing, acting, directing and producing” the comedy.

Warner Brothers also picked up a special honorary for producing 1927’s “The Jazz Singer”-“the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry”.

Now called honorary Oscars, Donald Sutherland, cinematographer Owen Roizman (“The French Connection,” “The Exorcist
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Lewis Gilbert, Famed U.K. Director of 'Alfie' and 3 James Bond Films, Dies at 97

Lewis Gilbert, Famed U.K. Director of 'Alfie' and 3 James Bond Films, Dies at 97
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated British film director behind more than 40 films, including Alfie and three James Bond titles, has died. He was 97.

Born in London, Gilbert started out as a child actor in the 1920s and 1930s and had an uncredited role alongside Laurence Olivier in 1938's The Divorce of Lady X. But in his late teens he decided to move toward directing, assisting on Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn.

After WWII — during which he worked for the Royal Air Force's film unit on documentaries — he made a name for himself as a director on a number...
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