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Academy Originals Profiles The Mptf’s Channel 22

For artists working in the film industry, what they contribute to motion pictures is not just a job – it’s a way of life.

Beginning more than 90 years ago as the Motion Picture Relief Fund has, today, flourished into Mptf, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a comprehensive service organization that remains at the core of the entertainment industry.

The Mptf was created in 1921 by Hollywood’s earliest entertainment luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith, who realized the need for reaching out to those in the entertainment industry who fell upon hard times. It began with a simple coin box in Hollywood where entertainment industry workers would deposit spare change for fellow colleagues.

The Academy has released a new “Academy Originals” featuring Channel 22, Mptf’s Wasserman Campus-based television station – a hallmark of creative expression. Founded with the support and vision of Mel Shavelson, and support from NBCUniversal,
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Michael Douglas turns 70: We celebrate with 18 classic pictures

Michael Douglas turns 70: We celebrate with 18 classic pictures
Many happy returns, Michael Douglas, who turns 70 today (September 25).

The actor, currently filming the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Ant-Man, has starred on the silver screen for over four decades, making his film debut with father Kirk Douglas in 1966's Cast a Giant Shadow.

To celebrate the Hollywood star's milestone birthday, we delve deep into the archives to pull out some classic images of the acting legend below:

1. Michael Douglas as a young boy lifts a goat to emulate father Kirk Douglas on the set of Howard Hawks's 1952 western The Big Sky.

2. Kirk Douglas shows off his strength (and skin-tight white swimming short shorts) as he lifts youngest son Joel (left) and eldest, Michael (right) during a family holiday circa 1955.

3. An inquisitive Michael inspects a world globe with brother Joel (centre) and father Kirk in the mid '50s.

4. Michael joins Kirk on the set of Melville Shavelson's Cast a Giant Shadow
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Blu-ray Release: On the Double

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 20, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $24.95

Studio: Olive Films

Danny Kaye and Dana Wynter gun for bedroom fun in On the Double.

The 1961 comedy classic On the Double stars Danny Kaye (White Christmas) in a dual role wherein he portrays both a Brit and an American.

The wacky World War II comedy finds Kaye initially playing a timid American soldier who bears a striking resemblance to a famous British Colonel. The top military brass decides to use the poor chap as a pawn and they recruit him to impersonate the legendary Colonel, who has been targeted by a team of Nazi assassins.

Directed by Melville Shavelson, On the Double co-stars Dana Wynter (TV’s Wagon Train) as the Colonel’s suspicious wife, sexy Diana Dors (Theater of Blood) as the Colonel’s personal driver and mistress and Wilfrid Hyde White (My Fair Lady) as the officer overseeing the mission.

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List of Cannes 2013 Winners (and Several Losers)

Cannes Film Festival awards: 2013 winners (image: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, 2013 Cannes Film Festival poster) The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, about the love affair between a woman in her 20s and another in her teens, took home the Palme d’Or. Palme d’Or: Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche (Note: the jury made a point of giving the Palme d’Or to Kechiche and the film’s two leading ladies, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) Grand Prix: Inside Llewyn Davies by Joel and Ethan Coen Jury Prize: Like Father, Like Son by Kore-eda Hirokazu Best Director: Amat Escalante for Heli Best Actress: Bérénice Bejo for Asghar Farhadi’s The Past / Le Passé Best Actor: Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke for A Touch of
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Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in Their Dresses Hoping For?

Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in Their Dresses Hoping For?
Nearly everyone I know who has seen the official poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival -- a bird's-eye view of a kiss between a young Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward -- has been crazy about it. The couple's lips meet in the center of a perfect sunburst. She's two o'clock, he's eight o'clock -- between them, they've got the whole day and night covered. Adapted from a photograph taken in 1963 during the filming of Melville Shavelson's A New Kind of Love, it's as romantic a movie image as you could hope for, a link to cinema's past that also feels strikingly modern. A gargantuan version of this poster has been hoisted high above the entrance to the Grand Théâtre Lumière here in Cannes, the theater where all the gala premieres are held. And while...
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Cannes unveils its 2013 Poster with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodword in kissing pose : Film Festivals & Markets

The 66th Festival de Cannes has used an original shooting still of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman from the 1963 film A New Kind Of Love by Melville Shavelson. Both of them are kissing each-other while lying on floor. This is the Festival’s tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favored co-star. Read More...
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66th Film Festival de Cannes Risqué Poster

To grace the poster for its 66th edition, the Festival de Cannes has chosen a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963). For the Festival it is a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favoured co-star. They were honoured at the Festival de Cannes in 1958 – the year of their marriage – with the selection In Competition of Martin Ritt’s The Long Hot Summer, the first film in which they appeared together. (…) To read more go to Cannes Film Festival Photo © 1963 by Paramount Pictures Corporation and Llenroc Productions. Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information. Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News,
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Paul Newman Gets an Upside Down Kiss From Joanne Woodward in the Cannes 2013 Poster

Paul Newman Gets an Upside Down Kiss From Joanne Woodward in the Cannes 2013 Poster
Cannes' done it again. After impressing over the past few years with posters that payed tribute to actresses (Juliette Binoche, Faye Dunaway and Marilyn Monroe), the Cannes Film Festival has chosen to showcase a famous Hollywood on/off screen couple, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, for their 2013 promo artwork. The result is pretty magical. In a release, the festival said they selected the duo to pay tribute to the memory of Newman (he passed away in 2008) and his "undying admiration for Woodward," his wife. The first film in which they appeared together, "The Long Hot Summer," played in competition at Cannes in 1958. Two of Newman's films, "The Effect of the Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" and "The Glass Menagerie," both starring Woodard, also screened at the festival. The image on the poster, remastered and redesigned by the Bronx agencry, was taken during the filming of Melville Shavelson's 1963 film " A New Kind of Love.
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Newman and Woodward Don 2013 Cannes Film Festival Poster

The poster for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has been released and it features Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963). The press release accompanying the poster said the Festival was taking the chance to pay tribute to the memory of Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favored co-star. The Festival runs from May 15-26 and I will be there, covering every inch of it through the morning of the 25th as I just booked my flight and lodging accomodations earlier this week, thanks in large part to your contributions. I can't wait to hit the ground running for my fourth year in a row. Here's the poster followed by some additional information on the image. The photograph from the shoot was isolated, remastered and redesigned by the Bronx agency,
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Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward Grace the Cannes 2013 Poster

"A Head-Turning Poster." I love it. Ever since I've been attending the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France (this will be my 5th year) their poster art and fest identity has improved year after year. While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Marilyn Monroe art last year, this one brings it right back with an eye-catching, "head-turning" poster that fits the festival perfect and simultaneously gets me excited for the screenings to come. For the 2013 fest, Cannes has unveiled artwork featuring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (in 1963). The photograph from the shoot was isolated, remastered and redesigned by the Bronx agency (in Paris), who added a kinetic element, toying with the impression of movement and depth in order to enhance the cinematographic effect. The poster evokes a luminous and tender image of the modern couple,
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Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward are new Cannes poster stars

Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward are new Cannes poster stars
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward have been unveiled as the poster stars for the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The image of the two actors, who married in 1958 and were together until Newman's death in 2008, was taken during the filming of Melville Shavelson's 1963 romantic comedy A New Kind Of Love.

Newman and Woodward's first movie together, The Long Hot Summer, screened in competition at Cannes in 1958.

The Hollywood icons follow in the footsteps of recent stars Marilyn Monroe, Faye Dunaway and Juliette Binoche in having their image used to promote Cannes.

Paris-based agency Bronx designed the latest Newman and Woodward poster.

Video: Animated poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival:

A statement from the festival said that the poster offered "a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favoured
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Festival de Cannes Unveils 2013 Poster

Festival de Cannes Unveils 2013 Poster
London – A photograph of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman taken during the shoot of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson in 1963 is the image used for the poster for this year's Festival de Cannes, which runs May 15 through 26.. Festival organizers said the poster and its image gives this year's 66th edition a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Newman, who died in 2008, and to mark "its undying admiration for Woodward, his wife and most favored co-star." The pair were honored at the Festival de Cannes

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Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward Kiss On Beautiful Poster For Cannes Film Festival 2013

In the past few years, posters for the Cannes Film Festival have been paying tribute to actresses, with Juliette Binoche, Faye Dunaway and Marilyn Monroe all taking center stage. But in 2013, it's a classic cinema couple who get the spotlight for the 66th installment of the festival. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kiss on the new poster for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The pair bucked Hollywood's tradition of fast romance; they first met in 1953, were married in 1958 and stayed that way until Newman's death in 2008. They made ten movies together, while Newman directed his wife in five pictures as well, and the image on the poster -- taken during the filming of Melville Shavelson's 1963 film "A New Kind Of Love" -- perfectly captures their enduring appeal to each other and to audiences. The Cannes connection for the pair comes with their first film together, Martin Ritt's 1958 effort "The Long Hot Summer,
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Poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival Released

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Cannes Film Festival is one of our favourite events of the year and I’m pleased to let you all know that we’ll be there again this year to bring you as many reviews from the French Riviera as we possibly can. This morning, Cannes have released this rather clever poster for the 66th Festival de Cannes which features a wonderful photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward during the filming of A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson in 1963. It’s beautifully simple and I love it!

It comes with the following information about the original photo:

To grace the poster for its 66th edition, the Festival de Cannes has chosen a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963).

For the Festival it
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Out of "Nowhere," "Four Lions" Attack and More New DVDs

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"The Man From Nowhere" (2010)

Directed by Lee Jeong-beom

Released by Well Go USA

Matt Singer said there's a sequence in this Korean revenge thriller that has "already taken up permanent residence in the Movie Hall of Fame section of my brain," so what more do you need? "Mother" star Won Bin stars as the man who is framed by local gangsters and seeks to retrieve the young girl he lives next door to after she's been kidnapped.

"Abducted" (2011)

Directed by Jon Bonnell

Released by Brain Damage Films

Originally called "Match.Dead," this 2009 thriller details the perils of online dating when a teen girl (Kathleen Benner) arranges a date with a man she soon learns is a psychopath (James Ray). Alan Smithee is the credited screenwriter on IMDb, so one might not want to go in with high expectations.

"Babysitters Beware" (2011)

Directed by Douglas Horn

Released by Phase 4 Films

If you're the
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Doc Talk: 'Tales from the Script'

Doc Talk: 'Tales from the Script'
I implore any prospective or fledgling screenwriters out there to see the new documentary Tales from the Script. And afterward, if you still feel like attempting to break into that highly competitive and rarely rewarding side of the movie business, then it's possible this is indeed the right dream and career for you. As Taxi Driver and Raging Bull scribe Paul Schrader says in the film, "if you can be happy doing anything else, do that."

Tales from the Script is basically just a supplement to the recently published book of the same name by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman (or vice versa, the book can be seen as the companion piece to the film). Hanson also directed the documentary, which features interviews with a number of celebrated screenwriters, including Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), as
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Writer-director Mel Shavelson dies at 90

Melville Shavelson, the prolific writer, director and producer whose directing credits range from 1955's "The Seven Little Foys" starring Bob Hope to 1968's "Yours, Mine and Ours" starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, died Wednesday in his Studio City home of natural causes. He was 90.

Shavelson served three terms as president of the WGA, where during the course of his career he earned five nominations as well as the 1960 award for best written American musical for "The Five Pennies". He also was the recipient of the guild's Laurel Award for Screen Writing as well as its Morgan Cox Award and Valentine Davies Award.

Shavelson also picked up two Academy Award nominations for screenwriting -- one in 1956 for "Foys" and another in 1959 for "Houseboat", starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. He wrote both films with Jack Rose.

Shavelson, who began his career as a gag writer for Hope's radio show in the 1930s, went on to write, either alone or in collaboration, 35 feature films, directing 12 of them.

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