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Thomas Stanford, Oscar-Winning Film Editor on 'West Side Story,' Dies at 93

Thomas Stanford, Oscar-Winning Film Editor on 'West Side Story,' Dies at 93
Film editor Thomas Stanford, who won an Academy Award for his work on West Side Story, died Saturday, his family reported. He was 93.

Stanford collaborated with director Sydney Pollack on three films — The Slender Thread (1965), Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and The Yakuza (1974) — and with helmer Mark Rydell on two: The Fox (1967) and The Reivers (1969).

Born in Germany and educated in Switzerland and England, Stanford received his first editor credit on Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Suddenly, Last Summer (1959).

He later worked on movies including In the Cool of the Day (1963), Emil and...
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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy.
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AFI Honoree John Williams Looks Back on Six Decades of Iconic Themes

AFI Honoree John Williams Looks Back on Six Decades of Iconic Themes
Star Wars.” “E.T.” “Jaws.” “Indiana Jones.” “Superman.” “Harry Potter.”

Admit it: You can’t think of any one of those films without hearing the score in your head.

John Williams, who wrote all those classic themes [and dozens more] will receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 9 from frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg. It will be the first such honor given to a composer in the 44-year history of the award.

“This man’s gifts echo, quite literally, through all of us, around the world and across generations,” says AFI president-ceo Bob Gazzale. “There’s not one person who hasn’t heard this man’s work, who hasn’t felt alive because of it. That’s the ultimate impact of an artist.”

Over six decades in Hollywood, Williams has written some of the most memorable music in movie history. His 100-plus features have earned 50 Academy Award nominations [making him the most-nominated living person] and he’s won five times.
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Review: "The Spikes Gang" (1974) Starring Lee Marvin, Gary Grimes And Ron Howard; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Review

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By Doug Oswald

Three teenage boys discover a gunshot outlaw and nurse him back to health in “The Spikes Gang,” a 1974 western directed by Richard Fleischer available for the first time on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber. Lee Marvin plays Harry Spikes, an outlaw who inspires Gary Grimes, Ron Howard and Charles Martin Smith to join him as outlaws. Harry is calm, cool and calculating, endearing himself to the boys who have romanticized his life as an outlaw.

Will (Grimes), Les (Howard) and Tod (Smith) are farm boys seeking excitement and adventure and find it in Harry who recovers from his wounds with the boy’s help. The three boys are bored with the farm life as well as the harsh treatment they receive from their parents. Harry offers the boys a reward for helping him, but they turn him down instead asking to join Harry who declines their offer. The boys,
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Watch 'A Gentleman Always' - Short Film Inspired by William Faulkner's 'The Reivers'

A short film inspired by "The Reivers," a William Faulkner novel that some referred to as the author's own "Huckleberry Finn," check out the new short film below from writer/director Drue Metz, titled "A Gentleman Always," which stars Jean Elie and Myles Cranford, in a story about a son (Lucius) laboring to come to terms with what it means to be a man. It's a short (7 minutes) 2-character piece - something you can consume and reflect on in short order.
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The Reivers

Steve McQueen spent most of the 1960s avoiding lightweight movie roles -- only to do well with his winning comedy-drama performance in William Faulkner's most cheerful tale of old Mississippi. Get set for music by John Williams and an exciting climactic horse race. In storytelling terms this show would seem to have given Steven Spielberg a few ideas. The Reivers Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Steve McQueen, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel, Sharon Farrell, Will Geer, Ruth White, Michael Constantine, Clifton James, Juano Hernandez, Lonny Chapman, Diane Ladd, Ellen Geer, Dub Taylor, Allyn Ann McLerie, Charles Tyner, Burgess Meredith. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Thomas Stanford Original Music John Williams Written by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. from the book by William Faulkner Produced by Irving Ravetch, Robert Relyea Directed by Mark Rydell

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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Steve McQueen TCM Film Festival Friday, August 9

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Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn in the 1968 blockbuster Bullitt.

On Friday, August 9, Turner Classic Movies (North America) presents a day long tribute to Steve McQueen that extends to the wee small hours of Saturday morning. Films to be screened include The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, Never So Few, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Reivers, Bullitt, The Cincinnati Kid (followed immediately by the original production featurette for the film), The Honeymoon Machine and Soldier in the Rain. Can you say, "Couch potato time?" Check local listings for times.  
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Famed Producer Behind Hollywood Classics Dies

Famed Producer Behind Hollywood Classics Dies
Los Angeles — The film producer and director whose credits included "The Magnificent Seven" and "West Side Story has died. Robert E. Relyea was 82.

A spokeswoman for Relyea says he died March 5 of natural causes in Los Angeles.

Relyea's career spanned over 40 years. He worked with stars such as John Wayne on "The Alamo" and Elvis Presley on "Jailhouse Rock."

He collaborated with Steve McQueen on several films, including "Bullitt," "Le Mans" and "The Reivers."

Relyea started as an MGM crew member in 1955 and served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001. He released his autobiography, "Not So Quiet on the Set," in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children; two stepchildren and grandchildren.
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"The Sound And The Fury": Milch And HBO Adapting Faulkner

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According to reports, David Milch ("Deadwood") has has entered into a multi-year deal with HBO and author William Faulkner's estate to develop films/TV, based on Faulkner's books and short stories.

Milch and Lee Caplin of Picture Entertainment Corp., will executive produce the projects, selecting which stories to develop, package and produce. Milch will also serve as executive writer.

HBO will get the first opportunity to finance, produce and distribute any Faulkner-based movies, miniseries or TV series.

American author Faulkner is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in fictional 'Yoknapatawpha County', based on 'Lafayette County', where Faulkner spent most of his childhood.

Faulkner received the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, while two of his others works, "A Fable" (1954) and his last novel "The Reivers" (1962), both won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

In 1998, his 1929 novel "The Sound and the Fury" was ranked sixth on a list of the
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Spartacus To Play As Part Of AFI’s Tribute To Steven Spielberg And John Williams

Just a few days after the release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (as well as, albeit unofficially, his film Killer’s Kiss), as part of the Criterion Collection, fellow Criterion release, Spartacus, appears to be getting yet another day in the sunshine.

Turner Classic Movies and the American Film Institute have announced that they will be teaming up to launch a new series of screenings, entitled Quarterly Specials: TCM Presents: AFI’s Master Class –The Art Of Collaboration. As part of this series, launching on November 15, and will look at the collaboration between John Williams and director Steven Spielberg.

Now, where does Spartacus come in, you may be asking? Well, both Williams and Spielberg have cited Kubrick and the work of his composer Alex North, as influential on their careers. The film will be a part of the night in a special presentation.

It goes without saying that Spartacus
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TCM And AFI To Launch Master Class Specials On Film Collaboration, Starting With Steven Spielberg & John Williams

Longtime Collaborators Steven Spielberg and John Williams to be Honored in First Special, Premiering Nov. 15

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the American Film Institute (AFI) are teaming up for an extraordinary series of quarterly specials exploring some of the greatest artistic collaborations in film today. TCM Presents: AFI.s Master Class . The Art of Collaboration will launch Tuesday, Nov. 15, with an in-depth, one-hour special focusing on the 40-year collaboration between filmmaker Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. Upcoming specials in the series will be announced later.

.It is understood that film is a collaborative art, but the enormously successful artists featured in these specials have taken collaboration to its highest level,. said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TCM, TNT and TBS. .We are enormously proud to be working with the American Film Institute on this vital project, which will capture the vision and processes of artists
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Irving Ravetch obituary

Oscar-nominated Us screenwriter known for his work on Norma Rae, Hud and Hombre

The husband-and-wife screenwriting team of Irving Ravetch, who has died aged 89, and Harriet Frank Jr specialised in adapting the work of writers as varied as William Faulkner, Larry McMurtry and Elmore Leonard. The pair enjoyed a particularly successful collaboration with the director Martin Ritt, with whom they made eight films notable for their acute concern with social justice. The screenplays for two of these, Hud (1963) and Norma Rae (1979), were nominated for Academy awards. The latter, for which Sally Field won an Oscar for best actress, had a pro-union theme that illustrated Ravetch's belief in film's ability to "seed ideas and wake up dormant minds".

He was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Jewish immigrant parents. His father, from Russia, was a pharmacist who became a rabbi. His mother, from what is now Israel, taught Hebrew. When Ravetch
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Hud Screenwriter Ravetch Dead At 89

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Hud Screenwriter Ravetch Dead At 89
Revered Hollywood screenwriter Irving Ravetch has died in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Ravetch and his wife Harriet Frank teamed up to pen the screenplays of Hud and Norma Rae, which won them Oscars in 1963 and 1979, respectively.

The couple co-wrote 20 films, including classics like Hombre, The Reivers, The Long Hot Summer and The Cowboys.

Ravetch/Frank-written films also contributed to Academy Award wins for Sally Field (Norma Rae) and Patricia Neal (Hud) for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively. Three of their films starred the late Paul Newman - Hud, Hombre and The Long Hot Summer.

Ravetch was born in 1920 in New Jersey. His wife and collaborator is still alive.

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