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Glenn Close Named Honoree Of 2018 Museum Of The Moving Image Salute

Glenn Close Named Honoree Of 2018 Museum Of The Moving Image Salute
Glenn Close will be this year’s honoree of New York’s Museum of the Moving Image 32nd annual Salute. Past honorees have included Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Jimmy Stewart and Warren Beatty, among others.

“Glenn Close is one of the most acclaimed actresses of our time, with nominations for six Academy Awards, twelve Golden Globes, twelve Emmys, and four Tonys,” said Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Whatever the role, from her star-making performances in The Big Chill and Fatal Attraction to her unforgettable portrayal of Patty Hewes in Damages, she commands our attention through the brilliance and emotional power of her work.”

The announcement was made by Lustig and Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director.

Set for December 3, the Salute dinner will feature clips from Close’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues, as well as the award presentation.

“Glenn Close
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Why "Paris Blues" Didn't Hit The High Note

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Eve Goldberg looks back on a "can't miss" film production that fell short of expectations:

Paris Blues could have been a hit. It could have been a game-changer. It could have become a classic. Starring Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as expatriate jazz musicians, this 1961 movie was filmed in Paris, directed by Martin Ritt and written by Walter Bernstein (The Front). All the ingredients for a compelling, top-notch entertainment were in place.

But the movie misses. Despite strong performances, a fascinating milieu, meaty subject matter, gorgeous cinematography, several unforgettable set pieces, and a score by Duke Ellington, the whole is distinctly less than the sum of its parts.

So, what went wrong?

The problem is the script. How the script falters, and why, is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the film.

Paris Blues is based on a 1957 same-titled novel by Harold Flender. The book tells the story of Eddie Cook,
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Malcolm D. Lee Eyes Directing Kevin Hart ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Redo

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Malcolm D. Lee Eyes Directing Kevin Hart ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Redo
Deadline has confirmed that Girls Trip filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee is in talks to direct a remake of the 1974 Bill Cosby-Sidney Poitier film Uptown Saturday Night. The original pic follows two buddies who enter an illegal high class club and have their wallets stolen, one of them containing a lottery ticket.

Overbrook Entertainment partners Will Smith and James Lassiter are producing. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is writing the latest draft of the project which is set up at Warner Bros. Lee recently completed Night School with Hart starring alongside Girls Trip‘s Tiffany Haddish. Night School scheduled to open on Sept. 28. Variety first reported the news
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Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Direct Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)

Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Direct Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)
Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee is in early negotiations to direct Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of “Uptown Saturday Night” starring Kevin Hart, sources tell Variety.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft of the script. For years, the project was developed as a possible starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington, but busy schedules for both A-listers have forced Smith to serve as a producer on the project, opening the door for Hart to take the lead.

The original pic starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby and followed two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club, and trouble ensues. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.

Sources say that once Hart was attached to the project, Lee immediately looked to be in a good position to take on the remake.
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Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Direct Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)

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Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Direct Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)
Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee is in early negotiations to direct Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of “Uptown Saturday Night” starring Kevin Hart, sources tell Variety.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft of the script. For years, the project was developed as a possible starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington, but busy schedules for both A-listers have forced Smith to serve as a producer on the project, opening the door for Hart to take the lead.

Kevin Hart and John Cheng will also produce through their HartBeat banner.

The original pic starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby and followed two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club, and trouble ensues. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.

Sources say that once Hart was attached to the project,
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The Evolution of Denzel Washington, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘The Equalizer 2’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Denzel Washington, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘The Equalizer 2’ (Photos)
Three Oscars, Three Golden Globes, a Tony, and a lifetime of memorable performances. Denzel Washington has proven that he is one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood today. With his latest film “The Magnificent Seven” out and his expecting Oscar-contending film “Fences” coming soon, let’s look back at his long career.

Let’s start with this picture of him as a kid that was used in a Boys & Girls Club of America ad, just to show you he was born with that steely-eyed gaze.

After getting started in Maryland and Off-Broadway theatre, Washington got his first major role on the 80s hit medical TV show “St. Elsewhere” as Dr. Philip Chandler.

In 1987, Washington earned his first Academy Award nomination playing the famed South African activist Steve Biko in “Cry Freedom.”

Two years later, Washington was officially a major star in Hollywood when he won Best Supporting Actor at
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Why Dwayne Johnson Pic ‘Skyscraper’ Went Up In Flames At The B.O. With $25M+

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Why Dwayne Johnson Pic ‘Skyscraper’ Went Up In Flames At The B.O. With $25M+
4th Update with Sunday Am Analysis: This weekend The Rock is getting squashed by a horde of bloodsucking vampires, as Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the prime destination for families, with a studio-reported $44.1. That knocks down Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper to third place, with a Universal-reported $25.4M, a low result for the action star in his recent solo PG-13 credits. The opening for HT3 currently ranks behind Hotel Transylvania 2‘s $48.4M, and ahead of the first installment’s $42.5M. For full Sunday analysis click here.

There’s a few reasons why Skyscraper is in shambles, but chiefly, Johnson’s family crowd here is being swallowed up whole by both HT3 and the second weekend of Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which remains solid with an estimated $28.8M in second place. In addition, we hear Johnson’s Rampage played more family than Skyscraper. Another
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Film News: Chicago Gala to Honor Michael Kutza on July 14, 2018

Chicago – One of the greatest representatives of Chicago cinema history, Michael Kutza, the Founder and CEO of the Chicago International Film Festival, announced his retirement after 55 years on North America’s oldest film festival. He will be honored at the Festival Summer Gala in Chicago on July 14th, 2018.

The Gala, appropriately called “Celebrating Michael,” will be chaired by Chaz Ebert, Candice Jordan and Maria Pappas, and will take place Loews Chicago. The event will feature film luminaries and guests to honor Michael’s passion for cinema and his dedication to fostering the appreciation of film for an entire career. Michael Kutza was 22 years old in 1964, when he founded the Chicago International Film Festival, with former silent film star and Chicagoan Colleen Moore. He was Artistic Director until 2017, and held that title longer than any other festival Artistic Director. As part of the event, Michael will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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George Clooney receives AFI life achievement award, joining group of 46 film legends [Photos]

George Clooney receives AFI life achievement award, joining group of 46 film legends [Photos]
Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney became the 46th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award on Thursday, June 7. The recorded ceremony airs June 21 at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt on TNT. Last year’s recipient Diane Keaton opens the show, and 2012 honoree Shirley MacLaine presents the award at the end of the ceremony. Other presenters include Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Don Cheadle, Amal Clooney, Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Anna Kendrick, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianna Margulies and Bill Murray. Miley Cyrus performs a tune from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?.”

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Once a year, the AFI singles out an actor or filmmaker who’s distinguished career is worthy of inclusion. In honor of Clooney’s achievement, let’s tour through the 46 illustrious names that have been lionized by this prestigious group in our photo gallery above.

Prior to picking
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American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Recipients

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American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Recipients
Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney became the 46th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award on Thursday, June 7. Last year’s recipient Diane Keaton opened the show, and 2012 honoree Shirley MacLaine presented the award at the end of the ceremony.

Once a year, the AFI singles out an actor or filmmaker who’s distinguished career is worthy of inclusion. In honor of Clooney’s achievement, let’s tour through the 46 illustrious names that have been lionized by this prestigious group.

Prior to picking composer John Williams in 2016, the AFI had only opted for actors, actresses, and directors beginning way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler (1976), actress Bette Davis (1977), actor Henry Fonda (1978), and director Alfred Hitchcock (1979).

Along with Clooney, Keaton and MacLaine, others still alive are: actor Kirk Douglas (1991), actor Sidney Poitier (1992), actor
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George Clooney Receives 46th AFI Life Achievement Award In A Night Where Wife Amal Stole The Show

George Clooney Receives 46th AFI Life Achievement Award In A Night Where Wife Amal Stole The Show
Presenter of the 46th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Shirley MacLaine told recipient George Clooney on Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre gala that ,yes, maybe he was too young to get a “lifetime achievement award” but that she observed he was a very “old soul” so it was okay. As someone who has purported to have several lifetimes of achievement (including the 2012 AFI Honor) we should listen to her.

Clooney just turned 57 last month but he is more than deserving having already packed an impressive career on TV and in movies in this lifetime , but also becoming one of our great humanitarians engaging the philosophy that one of the evening’s on- stage participants Don Cheadle reiterated, “if they are going to put the cameras on me, I am going to put the cameras on them” referring to those far less fortunate suffering in Sudan and around the world.
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Giveaway – Win No Way Out on Dual Format

Eureka Entertainment releases No Way Out, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s intense drama about racial tensions starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, for the first time ever on Blu-ray (and in its debut on UK home video) as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on June 11th, and we have three copies to give away!

A pivotal early film in the wave of racially progressive dramas of the 1950s and 60s, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s No Way Out is an electrifying film-noir about a doctor whose ethics are put to the test when he comes into conflict with a racist criminal.

Dr. Luther Brooks (Sidney Poitier; The Defiant Ones) is assigned to treat two prisoners, the Biddle brothers, who were shot during an attempted robbery. Ray Biddle refuses to be treated by the black doctor, and when his brother John dies under Luther’s care,
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Odds Against Tomorrow

“Racial Tolerance: It’s Good for America And good for Criminals!” Harry Belafonte’s second production is a noir keeper, thanks to a top-flight cast and sharp direction by Robert Wise. The big heist is on, but Robert Ryan’s anger management problem all but assures doom and disaster. It’s Wise’s last gritty action picture before moving up to big-scale audience pleasers; he pulls off some slick images with film sensitive to infra-red light.

Odds Against Tomorrow

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1959 / B&W / 1:77 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date May 29, 2018 / available through the Olive Films website / 24.95

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame, Will Kuluva, Kim Hamilton, Mae Barnes, Richard Bright, Carmen De Lavallade, Lew Gallo, Lois Thorne, Wayne Rogers, Zohra Lampert, Mel Stewart, Cicely Tyson.

Cinematography: Joseph C. Brun

Film Editor: Dede Allen

Original Music: John Lewis

Written by John O. Killens (fronting for Abraham Polonsky), Nelson Gidding,
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Our Top Five Sidney Poitier Movies of His Career

To call Sidney Poitier a good actor is to make a serious understatement and possibly insult the man’s performance since he’s been deemed as one of the greatest of all time. He’s been around long enough to have seen a great many actors come and go, and has done enough in his life that his acting talent should never be in question. Thinking of all he’s done however isn’t enough since he hasn’t really translated all that well to the current generation. Many people living today don’t even know he’s alive and those that do are those that were either

Our Top Five Sidney Poitier Movies of His Career
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Kevin Hart to star in Uptown Saturday Night remake

According to Variety, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star Kevin Hart is in talks to star in a remake of the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros. Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment.

The original film starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class, illegal club, with trouble then ensuing. Will Smith and his Overbrook partner James Lassiter are producing the remake, which at one point the project was being eyed as a starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington.

Kenya Barris (black-ish) has written the most recent draft of the script, and according to Variety, the plan is to secure a director before casting Hart’s co-star. Things are expected to come together quickly, and Hart is looking to shoot the movie before production on the Jumanji sequel gets underway in early 2019.

Hart will next be seen alongside Tiffany Haddish in Night School,
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Kevin Hart Will Lead ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake Without Will Smith or Denzel Washington

Kevin Hart Will Lead ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake Without Will Smith or Denzel Washington
It’s been years since we heard about the gestating remake of Uptown Saturday Night. But the project appears to be back on track, albeit with some changes behind the scenes and in front of the camera. The original 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night starred screen legend Sidney Poitier and sexual assaulter Bill Cosby as two […]

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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake

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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake
Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of 1974’s “Uptown Saturday Night,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sidney Poitier directed the original comedy and also starred in it alongside Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte and Calvin Lockhart. (With Richard Pryor in a supporting role.) The film followed two friends as they barely navigate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a winning lottery ticket stolen during a robbery.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing the remake, while “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is penning the most recent draft of the script.

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Hart’s most recent credits include “Captain Underpants” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and will star in “Night School,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and the “Jumanji” sequel next.
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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s long-gestating remake of the 1974 comedy “Uptown Saturday Night” looks to be gearing up again, with Kevin Hart in negotiations to star.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft. For years, the project was developed as possible starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington, but busy schedules for both A-listers have forced Smith to serve as a producer on the project, opening the door for Hart to take the lead.

Sources say the studio is now focused on finding a director before tapping Hart’s co-star, and should have one locked in soon.

The original pic starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby and followed two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club and trouble ensues. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.

Hart has become one of
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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)

Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s long-gestating remake of the 1974 comedy “Uptown Saturday Night” looks to be gearing up again, with Kevin Hart in negotiations to star.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft. For years, the project was developed as possible starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington, but busy schedules for both A-listers have forced Smith to serve as a producer on the project, opening the door for Hart to take the lead.

Sources say the studio is now focused on finding a director before tapping Hart’s co-star, and should have one locked in soon.

The original pic starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby and followed two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club and trouble ensues. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.

Hart has become one of
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Kevin Hart to Star in 'Uptown Saturday Night' Remake From Will Smith, Kenya Barris

Kevin Hart to Star in 'Uptown Saturday Night' Remake From Will Smith, Kenya Barris
Kevin Hart is in talks to star in a remake of <em>Uptown Saturday Night</em>.

Will Smith, who at one time was circling the project as a possible starring vehicle, is set to produce via his Overbrook banner. 

The original 1974 buddy comedy starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as two friends who visit a high-end, underworld nightclub where they get robbed and have to go searching for a winning lottery ticket.

<em>Black-ish </em>creator Kenya Barris wrote the most recent draft of the movie that is set up at Warner Bros.

Hart, who is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Schreck ...
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