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Pierce Brosnan: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.

Bonding With Brosnan

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Alex Simon

There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond,
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Director-Actor Sir Richard Attenborough Dies at Age 90

Brighton Rock, The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape. A giant of the cinema world has passed away.

Lord Richard Attenborough, the Oscar winning director/producer of Gandhi (1982), died on Sunday according to BBC News. “His son told the BBC that Lord Attenborough died at lunchtime.”

According to the BAFTA biography:

His directorial debut was a screen version of the hit musical Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) and later directed two epic period films: Young Winston (1972) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He won two BAFTAs and two Oscars in 1982 for producing and directing the historical epic, Gandhi, his life’s ambition. He received a BAFTA Fellowship in 1983.

His other films as director and producer include Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993). Both films starred Anthony Hopkins, who appeared in another three films for Attenborough. He also directed the screen version of musical A Chorus Line (1985) and the apartheid drama Cry Freedom (1987). He was nominated
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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of 'Gandhi,' dies at 90

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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of 'Gandhi,' dies at 90
Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough, who delighted cinema audiences across some six decades, has died, according to his son. He was 90 years old. According to the BBC, Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, and he had been bound to a wheelchair following a fall six years ago. Attenborough began his career in front of the camera, drawing raves for work in films like John Boulting's "Brighton Rock" in 1947, John Sturges' "The Great Escape" and Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles" opposite Steve McQueen, as well as Richard Fleischer's Oscar-nominated "Doctor Dolittle" opposite Rex Harrison. He transitioned to directing with ease with the Golden Globe-winning "Oh! What a Lovely War" in 1969 and developed a keen interest in history and biopics with his work. More accolades came for the Winston Churchill early years tale "Young Winston" in 1972, star-studded World
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Richard Attenborough Dead: Oscar-Winning Director and Actor Dies at 90

Richard Attenborough Dead: Oscar-Winning Director and Actor Dies at 90
Hollywood has lost a gem. Oscar-winning director and actor Richard Attenborough died on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the age of 90.  With more than 70 years in the movie business, the late Attenborough became a celebrated cinema staple. He took home the Academy Award for Best Director for 1982's Gandhi, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. He continued his directing work on movies such as 1985's A Chorus Line, 1992's Chaplin, and 1999's Grey Owl. Attenborough also had an active acting career, earning more than 50 [...]
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Jake Eberts obituary

Founder of Goldcrest Films with a string of Oscar-winning movies to his name

It is a mark of the wide-ranging success of Jake Eberts, founder of the once-mighty Goldcrest Films, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer, that few headline writers summing up his life could agree on his most notable producing credit. Was it Chariots of Fire (1981), Gandhi (1982) or The Killing Fields (1984)? The Name of the Rose (1986), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) or Dances With Wolves (1990)? Easier instead to herald him as the man whose films won a staggering 37 Oscars.

From the mid-1970s onwards, Eberts combined business acumen and creative energy with an integrity much admired in the film industry. The actor Kevin Costner, with whom he worked on Dances with Wolves and Open Range (2003), said of him: "Hollywood is full of people who either have intelligence or integrity. Jake is the only one with both." Lord Attenborough, who collaborated with Eberts on Gandhi,
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R.I.P. Jake Eberts

Renowned movie producer and financier Jake Eberts whose many credits include films which won 37 Oscars died this morning in his hometown of Montreal following a brief illness, according to the Montreal Gazette. He was 71. Respected and resourceful, Eberts based in London for a time financed many of the great indie productions which the majors wouldn’t greenlight. Indeed he funded and/or produced more than 50 films including Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Dances With Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy, The Dresser, Local Hero, A River Runs Through It, Black Robe, Ocean, Chicken Run, The Illusionist and Grey Owl. He also worked to find financing for a who’s who of filmmakers and talents including Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Beresford, Richard Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, and Albert Finney. “He was an extraordinary film producer and an extraordinary man,” Montreal director Denys Arcand told the Montreal Gazette. “He took filmmaking seriously.
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Brosnan Proud of "Hairy Chest"

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Pierce Brosnan is proud of the body hair he displays in movie After The Sunset - particularly as his wife is a fan of the unshaven look. The Irish actor previously shaved his "hairy chest" for 1999 film flop Grey Owl, in which he played a Native American, but he feels more comfortable retaining the natural look. Brosnan, 51, says, "I shaved it for my role in Grey Owl, which was a disaster really. It wasn't a great success but it was a film I loved. I had to shave for that because I was playing a Native American. It was interesting because I was working out heavily at that time and it looked rather good. I thought, 'I can see why you guys do this.' But it's not my bag to do it all the time. No, it's a bit strange. Besides, the missus really likes my hairy chest."

Attenborough's Funding Fight

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Attenborough's Funding Fight
British director Richard Attenborough has a battle on his hands to raise funds for the film he's desperate to make - which he fears backers find "old-fashioned". The Gandhi film-maker is desperate to find money for his planned $68.8 million biopic of 18th century revolutionary Thomas Paine, who wrote The Rights Of Man. He's got an A-list cast in mind, and believes in the project completely - but because his last two films, Grey Owl and In Love And War, flopped, finding backers to put up the cash has been impossible. The Oscar-winner says, "I want to do it more than anything else. I am convinced that it could have huge box office attraction, say if Daniel Day-Lewis would play the part. I hope I could get Anthony Hopkins to play Benjamin Franklin - and George Washington would be ideal for Michael Douglas or Martin Sheen. There is a fantastic girl's part and a fine Meryl Streep character. With those actors, you can start to talk. But it's too big a sum to raise on the street and neither the project nor I are obvious box office at the moment. Because I made these two failures - commercial and critical - I am not flavor of the month. In terms of current cinema and conventional box-office wisdom, I am old-fashioned."

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