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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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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

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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 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 Uptown Saturday Night.

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.

Black-ish 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 Rose, most recently starred in...
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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)

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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Mother’s Day: Top 18 best Oscar-winning mom performances ranked, including Shirley MacLaine, Brie Larson

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Mother’s Day: Top 18 best Oscar-winning mom performances ranked, including Shirley MacLaine, Brie Larson
How would you like to spend a special Mother’s Day with your Mom? Here’s a suggestion — why not sit down for a couple of hours and watch one of these movies that’s all about mothers, both terrific and horrible? Our ranked photo gallery above includes many fine suggestions, all of which feature an Oscar-winning performance by an actress who plays a mother where that role was pivotal to the plot.

Though there are thousands of films in which one character happens to be a mother, you won’t find them all on this list. Besides the fact that these 18 films contain a maternal performance that won an Academy Award, they show a wide array of what it means to be a mother. There’s the courageous mother, the inspirational mom, the loving mother and even the monstrous mother. Lead and supporting actresses include Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand,
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Sidney Poitier Documentary in the Works at Studio Sidecar Productions

Sidney Poitier Documentary in the Works at Studio Sidecar Productions
An authorized documentary about Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier is among the diverse slate of projects in the works at the downtown L.A.-based Studio Sidecar Productions, the company announced Tuesday.

Michael Dunaway (“21 Years: Richard Linklater”) is directing and producing the untitled Poitier doc, which is sanctioned by the star’s family and co-produced by Studio Sidecar founder and president Glenn Kalison.

Reginald Poitier, Jeffrey Poitier, The Mass Appeal, Barbara Kopple and Danny Glover are also producing. The film, about the first black performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actor (for 1963’s “Lilies of the Field”), is currently in production and is expected to be released in 2019.

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Studio Sidecar is an offshoot of Studio School Los Angeles, which leverages strategic partnerships, production infrastructure and emerging talent via its training programs to develop and produce innovative content.

“Our production capabilities and industry reach is vast, which lends itself to interesting partnering opportunities and great entry-level opportunities for Studio School students and recent graduates,” Kalison said.

In addition to the Poitier doc, other titles on the production company’s slate include:

• Director Jenni Gold’s “Aaah Roach,” a horror film now in postproduction about flesh eating killer cockroaches that attack a college campus that stars Jason Mewes, Barry Bostwick, Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien and Robert David Hall. 21 Rivers and Gold Pictures teamed up with Studio Sidecar Productions to produce.

• Director William Kirkley’s untitled doc about Questa, New Mexico, a town on the brink of extinction after the closing of Chevron mine three years ago. The story follows a group of former miners as they train to become below-the-line film technicians.

• “Esl,” a fact-based thriller developed with Matt Taylor and Ikumi Yoshimatsu’s Rim Entertainment. Set in an international boarding school in Pennsylvania, it follows a group of students who uncover urban legend and expose dark local lore still alive underneath the small town that unleashes a dark evil.

• A multi-digital platform hip-hop dance series from Cameron McLeod, a Radio Disney host known on social media sites as CamdogFX.

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Jamie Foxx ‘got his s*** together’ after being brought down by Oprah and Sidney Poitier

Jamie Foxx’s appearance at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival was just one of the many highs at this year’s event — with him telling a captivated audience the story of how he “got his s*** together” after being brought down to earth by Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier. The actor, musician, producer and comedian joked with the press as he took photos on the red carpet ahead of his appearance as part of the Tribeca Talks Storytellers line-up. But he then truly gave the audience more than they bargained for, taking command of the stage with what may have as well been a stand-up […]

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Jamie Foxx Was an ‘Embarrassment’ During ‘Ray’ Oscar Season, Until Oprah and Sidney Poitier Intervened — Tribeca

Jamie Foxx Was an ‘Embarrassment’ During ‘Ray’ Oscar Season, Until Oprah and Sidney Poitier Intervened — Tribeca
Jamie Foxx got brutally honest during a sit-down at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival about the awards season he spent campaigning for “Ray.” The hourlong conversation, moderated by “Genius” news anchor Jacques Morel, found the Oscar winner looking back at his career in film, music, and television, but the most surprising tidbit came when Foxx admitted to being an embarrassment for part of the 2004-2005 awards season, in which he eventually won the Academy Award Best Actor.

“When I was up for the Oscar I didn’t take it seriously at all,” Foxx said. “I thought there was no way to win that. I took [Oscar season] as an excuse to party. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m nominated? Break out the champagne and let’s party.’ I remember having paparazzi on me for the first time. I remember going absolutely nuts. I went to the Golden Globes and there was champagne involved
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Hollywood Flashback: When the Oscars Were Postponed for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Funeral

Hollywood Flashback: When the Oscars Were Postponed for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Funeral
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. put the Academy Awards in a tricky position.

The 1968 ceremony was shaping up to be one of the most diverse Oscars to date, with two African-American nominees (Quincy Jones and Beah Richards), two best picture nominees that centered on race (In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) and four black artists (Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll) slated to perform. But the show was scheduled for April 8, the night before King's funeral.

The day after the killing, Davis declared on The Tonight Show that...
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Stars Attend Fulfillment Fund's A Legacy Of Changing Lives Gala

A Legacy of Changing Lives, presented by the Fulfillment Fund honored the legacy of founders Cherna and Dr. Gary Gitnick with a star-studded gala that raised nearly 1.3 million dollars on Tuesday, March 13 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Robert De Niro Speaks At Fulfilment Fund A Legacy of Changing Lives Event

Special guest presenters Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, and hosts Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (“The Fosters”) joined the festivities to celebrate the Gitnicks’ 40 years of service on behalf of the students of Los Angeles. A Legacy of Changing Lives also included a special appearance by Joshua Rush (Disney’s “Andi Mack”) and performances by Grammy Award-winning composer Charles Fox, actress and singer Rita Wilson and singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop. The gala dinner was catered by celebrity chef and famed restauranteur Wolfgang Puck.

Bradley Cooper Speaks At Fulfillment Fund A Legacy of Changing Lives Event

Among
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Tyler Perry Refused to Be Outbid by Blue Ivy Carter at an Auction

Tyler Perry Refused to Be Outbid by Blue Ivy Carter at an Auction
Tyler Perry says he "could not be outdone by a 6-year-old" when he outbid Blue Ivy Carter for a piece of art. This past weekend, Beyoncé and Jay-z brought their daughter to her grandmother Tina Knowles' 2018 Wearable Art Gala and the child stole the show by bidding on a couple of art pieces at an auction. She lost an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier to Perry. She had bid up to $19,000, after which Jay-z appeared to try and stop her from going higher, and Perry won the piece for $20,000. "Somebody else was bidding against me. I didn't know who it was," Perry said on NBC's Today show on Thursday. "I look over and...
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Blue Ivy Carter Bids $19K on Art While Attending Auction With Beyoncé and Jay-z

Blue Ivy Carter Bids $19K on Art While Attending Auction With Beyoncé and Jay-z
Show them the money! Beyoncé and Jay-z's 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter threw up bids at an art auction on Saturday...to the tune of $19,000. The three attended the 2018 Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles, organized by Bey's mom Tina Knowles and her husband Richard Lawson to raise money for a non-profit art and performance complex. Blue Ivy initially bid $17,000 for an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier. She then went higher at $19,000. After she raised her hand, Jay-z jokingly tried to stop her from continuing to bid, drawing laughs. The moment was captured on camera and went viral on social media.  "Her mother and...
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Are We Losing Objectivity? Critics and Joe Public Succumb to Hyperbolic Overstatement

Tom Jolliffe on whether the lavish praise from critics or utter derision from the public for a film is always justified…

There seems to be a trend in films recently. There are films which come out with a level of relevance that mean that the reaction to said film is under the microscope from pre-release, to long after the dust has settled on the final box office takings. A lot is expected of every Disney or Marvel release, particularly those of pre-established comics and franchise (the less said about some of Disney’s gambles outside of the ‘safe’ choices, the better).

Of late a lot of things are being said about the disparity between the critical response and the audience reaction. To an extent in those films that don’t make up the 5-10 major tent-pole releases of the year, there is a general consistency. If critics think something like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Long Live the Sweathogs: What You Didn't Know About 'Welcome Back Kotter'

In the mid-1970s, ABC introduced a pair of unique comedies that tried to shake things up a little bit. One was the Hal Linden cop sitcom Barney Miller, while the other was stand-up comedian Gabe Kaplan’s high school-set Welcome Back, Kotter. The premise of the latter (which introduced John Travolta to the world) had Gabe playing Gabe Kotter, a teacher with a sense of humor who takes a job at his alma mater, James Buchanan High School, located in Brooklyn, New York. He’s given a classroom of juvenile delinquents known as the Sweathogs, and assigned by school assistant principal Michael Woodman to keep them “contained” until they either drop out or somehow manage to graduate. But, instead, Kotter, who was one of the original Sweathogs in his youth, tries to connect with them to make them better people in the process. It sounds more like a serious drama (going way back,
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