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Sidney Poitier Is 89 Years Old Today - Let's Reminisce Together...

Today in history... February 20th, 1927, Sidney Poitier, a man who I'm sure needs absolutely no introduction on this website, was born in Miami, Florida. Happy 89th birthday (yes, 1 year away from the big 9-0!!) Sir Poitier! And I call him "Sir Poitier" because, in case you're not aware, he was awarded the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire(Kbe) in 1974, which entitles him to the "Sir" that precedes his name; although he rarely includes it. I've seen nearly all of his films, although it's been months since I last revisited any of them. The last Sidney Poitier film I watched was "Buck and The Preacher," some time last year....
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Sidney Poitier to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship

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Sidney Poitier to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship
Pioneering actor to receive BAFTA’s highest honour.

BAFTA is to honour Us actor Sidney Poitier with its Fellowship honour at the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on Feb 14.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker and Helen Mirren. Mike Leigh received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

Poitier said: “I am extremely honored to have been chosen to receive the Fellowship and my deep appreciation to the British Academy for the recognition.”

The pioneering actor’s award-winning career includes six BAFTA nominations, including one BAFTA win for The Defiant Ones (1958), and a British Academy Britannia Award for Lifetime
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BahamasBuzz: Sir Sidney Poitier to Bestow his Name to the Biff's Career Achievement Award

The Bahamas International Film Festival (Biff) has announced that Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival the “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award.” Biff founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool made the announcement.

“There is no person on Earth who is better suited to have the Career Achievement Award be named after him,” Vanderpool said. “Poitier is one of the finest actors for generations and is, simply put, an icon and a legend.” The American Film Institute named him among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time.

Poitier stretched his reach within the industry on film and on stage acting in productions such as "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959) and "Lysistrata." For his film role in "The Defiant Ones," Poitier was the first male actor of African descent to be nominated for a competitive Academy Award in 1958. A few years later in 1964, Poitier was the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a riveting and memorable performance as Homer Smith in Ralph Nelson’s "Lilies of The Field."

Thirty-eight years after receiving the Best Actor award, Poitier received an honorary tribute from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being. In 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

A global legend, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968 and highly respected author, director and “actor’s actor,” with more than fifty films and television shows to his credit, Poitier has starred in some of Hollywood’s most important and biggest films and earned critics’ praise for several commanding performances. Poitier’s reputation solidified with leading roles in mainstream films: "No Way Out" (1950), "Blackboard Jungle" (1955), "The Bedford Incident" and "A Patch Of Blue" (1965). The most successful films that catapulted Poitier’s career in 1967 where, "To Sir with Love," "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night."

Directing was not far away from his achievements having a directorial debut with the western "Buck and the Preacher" soon followed by "Uptown Saturday Night," "Let’s Do It Again," "A Piece Of The Action," "Stir Crazy," "Hanky Panky," "Fast Forward’ and ‘Ghost Dad."

From 1995 to 2003, Poitier served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company. Proud to represent The Bahamas, Sir Sidney was the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan, a position held from 2002 to 2007, while being the Ambassador of The Bahamas to Unesco.

What makes this addition so momentous is that he is a Bahamian who believes in building future generations of filmmakers while honoring the actors and actresses who broke ground, furthermore, upholding their careers with poise. Sir Sidney possesses a true love and appreciation for the people of The Bahamas.

One of the Bahamas International Film Festival’s missions is to ensure youth in The Bahamas have the opportunity to remember Sir Sidney while celebrating the achievements of others within the film industry.

“Leslie Vanderpool’s efforts have been extraordinary in making it possible for The Bahamas to have not only a film festival, but to also attract some of the great film artists and filmmakers from around the world. People like Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Alan Arkin, Sir Sean Connery, Sophie Okonedo, Lee Daniels, Lenny Kravitz and my own daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier, who have found, to their great surprise, that the Bahamas is moving swiftly toward a bona fide motion picture community--all of which have been structured by the imaginative young Bahamians who have committed themselves to The Bahamas having a film community of its own,” Poitier said.

Adding to his many achievements, Poitier has published four best sellers "This Life," "The Measure of A Man," "Life Beyond Measure: Letters to my Great-Grand Daughter" and "Montaro Caine." Additionally, he has many talents having recorded an album with the composer Fred Katz called ‘Poitier Meets Plato’ reciting passages from Plato’s writings.

Family is most important for Sir Sidney, He and his wife Joanna Shimkus, a Canadian-born former actress of Lithuanian and Irish descent have two daughters Anika and Sydney Tamiia Poitier. Poitier has four daughters Beverly, Pamela, Sherri and Gina from a previous marriage. In addition to his six daughters, Poitier has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leslie Vanderpool and Sydney T. Poitier will be instrumental in overseeing the granting of the Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Awards.
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Harry Belafonte & Sidney Poitier on Stage Together. That Should Be Enough, But There's More (Video)

The moment when Sidney Poitier joined him on the stage was magical and moving. I watch and I think about the years of life experiences between the 2, and the countless stories they could tell the rest of us that would probably trump any work of fiction. Maybe it's just the filmmaker in me, but I also immediately imagined both of them on screen, together again. It's been a very long time - "Uptown Saturday Night" I believe was the last film Harry Belafonte and Poitier both appeared in. That was 40 long years ago. And before that, there was "Buck and the Preacher," a favorite of mine, released in 1972.  Granted, both have, we could say, moved on to perform...
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News Shorts: Judge, Dates, Legend, Dee

The Judge

Another photo has popped up from the forthcoming drama "The Judge" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Downey plays an attorney returning to his hometown to defend his estranged father (Duvall) who is the prime suspect in a murder. The film opens in October. [Source: EW

Release Dates

20th Century Fox has scheduled the Rupert Friend-led "Hitman: Agent 47," based on the video game series, for a February 27th 2015 release.

The Weinstein Company have scheduled the Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan thriller "The Coup" on March 6th 2015. Finally, Relativity's "Desert Dancer" has been pushed back from August 15th to March 20th 2015.

Legend

Working Title and StudioCanal have revealed the first photo of Tom Hardy playing dual roles as the infamous 1960s UK gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Brian Helgeland's "Legend". Filming began today in the UK.

R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Legendary Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee
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Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Dead at 91

Now she can join her long-time husband and acting partner Ossie Davis. Ruby Dee was Mother Sister, the old black woman who observes the neighborhood goings-ons from the window of her tenement in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing in 1990. In 1950 she played the wife of Jackie Robinson opposite the ball player himself in The Jackie Robinson Story. Ruby Dee’s seven-decade career included triumphs and awards on stage, screen, print, and in the arena of civil rights. Her many movie credits credits included A Raisin In The Sun (1961), Buck And The Preacher (1972),and American Gangster (2007) for which she received an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actress. Ruby Dee died today 91.

SAG-AFTRA Mourns the Loss of SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient Ruby Dee in this statement:

SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement on the death of actor, activist and SAG Life Achievement recipient Ruby Dee:

SAG
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91
Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington’s mother in 2007’s “American Gangster,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.

Dee’s Oscar nomination in 2008 for her performance as the feisty mother of a Harlem druglord played by Washington in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” was particularly impressive because the actress made an impression on the Motion Picture Academy with only 10 minutes of screen time. She won a SAG Award for the same performance.

Dee also won an Emmy in 1991 for her performance in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie “Decoration Day.”

She and her husband, Ossie Davis, who often performed together, were among the first generation of African-American actors, led by Sidney Poitier, afforded the opportunity for significant, dignified dramatic roles in films, onstage and on television.

When Dee and Davis (who died
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A Guide to the Film References in Django Unchained

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(This article contains some minor spoilers for Django Unchained and be warned that most of the clips included are Nsfw)

Like many of Tarantino’s previous films Django Unchained is filled to the brim with film references. Below I’ve attempted to guide you through some of these references and links to other films.

I’ve only seen the film once at a screening and am sure that given the opportunity to sit down with the film on Blu-ray I will undoubtedly find even more, so the following is in no way definitive but hopefully provides some answers to for those wondering what Tarantino was referencing in Django Unchained. Also, most importantly, hopefully it will lead you to check out some of the films in question.

The most obvious film reference in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is right there in the title. Django was a 1966 ‘spaghetti western’ directed by
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News Shorts: October 19th 2012

A boatload of photos beginning with Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly filming Darren Aronofsky's Noah, photos of creepy monsters in Silent Hill Revelation 3D, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in Paranoia, and Rachel McAdams in About Time.

There's also Richard E. Grant and Jude Law in Dom Hemingway, Marlon Wayans in A Haunted House, Elijah Wood in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and eighty photos from Cloud Atlas.

Then there's posters for Life of Pi, Save the Date, So Undercover, and an IMAX poster for Skyfall.

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Robert Rodriguez' sequel "Machete Kills" and the first official photo of Danny Trejo and Amber Heard in the film has gone online.

"FilmDistrict has announced an October 11th 2013 release date for Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake. As of now, the movie has the weekend to itself…" (full details)

"'Paranormal Activity 4
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Michael Jai White Says 'Black Dynamite 2' Will Be A 'Blazing Saddles'-Style Comedy

Michael Jai White likes to talk about "Black Dynamite 2" even though the sequel seems no closer to happening than it did when the original movie first came out in 2009. While promises were made this spring that shooting would get underway by the end of 2012, it looks like those plans didn't pan out, though the animated spin-off premiered this summer. But give White a microphone and ask him about the sequel and he shall speak, and it looks like a different genre is going to be ribbed this time. "...it looks like we're getting closer to the decision of something that would be an homage to 'Blazing Saddles'. [...] It's a western comedy in that spirit of 'Blazing Saddles,' but you mix that with 'Buck and the Preacher,' " he said on the red carpet for "Alex Cross" referring to Mel Brooks' classic and the western
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'Black Dyanmite 2', Pattinson Teams with Mulligan and a 'Kick-Ass 2' Synopsis

1.) I've yet to see 2009's blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, but I know it has a lot of fans so I wonder, what will fans think of a sequel? Star and co-writer Michael Jai White recently spoke out about the possibility and told Crave Online, "It looks like we're getting closer to the decision of something that would be an homage to Blazing Saddles... It's a western comedy in that spirit of Blazing Saddles, but you mix that with Buck and the Preacher." Does that excite you? Crave 2.) Tom Cruise is attached to star in Our Name Is Adam with a script from T.S. Nowlin, which would mark yet another sci-fi feature for Cruise the heels of Oblivion and All You Need is Kill. Plot details are nil, but Nowlin seems to be on a bit of a hot streak as his previous script for Agent 13 currently has Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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Black Dynamite 2 Planned As a Western Comedy?

Following the cult success of the 2009 blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite , work is underway on a sequel with the plan being to switch characters and genres while retaining the original creative team. CraveOnline caught up with leading man and co-writer Michael Jai White on the red carpet to this week's Alex Cross and learned that the current plan is to approach the project as a western. "We had discussed," says White, "and it looks like we're getting closer to the decision of something that would be an homage to 'Blazing Saddles'. [...] It's a western comedy in that spirit of Blazing Saddles, but you mix that with 'Buck and the Preacher'." You can check out the full video interview in the player below:
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Seitz: Hell on Wheels’ Second Season Continues to Show Promise When It’s Not Killing Time

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Seitz: Hell on Wheels’ Second Season Continues to Show Promise When It’s Not Killing Time
Hell on Wheels, which returns Sunday, August 12 (AMC, 9 p.m. Eastern), is currently No. 1 on my list of Not Quite There shows, ahead of The Borgias, Episodes, Boss, and Scandal. I'm drawn to westerns that attempt to do something — anything — fresh. This drama from Joe and Tony Gayton about the building of the transcontinental railroad fits the bill, or tries to. Most critics instantly wrote it off as a Deadwood wannabe, and not without reason. But as the debut season unreeled, Hell on Wheels started to find its own intriguing if still-unsteady voice. I dug the hippie western incongruity of quasi-mythic posturing, modern pop songs, and unabashedly emotional montages (always any episode's dramatic and aesthetic high point). That the show sometimes seemed to be simultaneously channeling The Outlaw Josey Wales, Buck and the Preacher, Dead Man, and The Last Movie was, for me, at least, more
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Sidney Poitier Was Born Today… Your Favorites Of His Films?

Today in history… February 20th, 1927, Sidney Poitier, a man who I’m sure needs absolutely no introduction on this website, was born in Miami, Florida. Happy 84th birthday Mr Poitier!

I’ve seen nearly all of his films, although it’s been months since I last revisited any of them. The last Sidney Poitier film I watched was Buck And The Preacher, some time last year. It’s one of my favorite Poitier films, along with In The Heat Of The Night, For Love Of Ivy, and Let’s Do It Again, the 2nd in the comedy/action trilogy of films he made with Bill Cosby in the 1970s.

I’d say that my preference leans towards his latter films – specifically those he had some creative control over, whether writing or directing, as the above films I listed indicate (In The Heat Of The Night aside).

Buck And The Preacher
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Your Favorite Sidney Poitier Films?

I revisited Buck And The Preacher over the weekend (thank you NetFlix Instant Watch), and, having seen nearly all of Sidney Poitier’s films, I’ll put this one right up there – along with other favorites, In The Heat Of The Night, For Love Of Ivy, and Let’s Do It Again, the 2nd in the comedy/action trilogy of films he made with Bill Cosby in the 1970s.

It only recently came to me that my preference leans towards his latter films – specifically those he had some creative control over, whether writing or directing, as the above films I listed indicate (In The Heat Of The Night aside).

Buck And The Preacher was his directorial debut (although it wasn’t originally planned that way), and a fine job I’d say he did with it. He also starred in the film, as Buck, alongside Harry Belafonte as the nutty preacher.
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