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April 10, 2011 |
Sidney Lumet, the prolific four-time Oscar-nominated director known for guiding strong performances in classic films such as "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon and "Network," died Saturday. He was 86. Lumet, whose film career spanned more than 50 years, died of lymphoma at his home in New York, his family said. Once described in Variety as "the quintessential New York filmmaker," Lumet shot a large number of his films in his hometown, including "The Pawnbroker," "Serpico" and many others.
February 10, 2011 |
Jeff Bridges had to sort through what he calls an "interesting batch of emotions" when the Coen brothers approached him with the idea of playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit. " "I said, 'Why do you want to remake that,' you know?" Bridges recalls. "But they were thinking about the book and not the movie, which was a relief for me. I didn't want to be emulating John Wayne. Who would?" He pauses, shakes his head and lets out a laugh. "Who could?" Bridges made the whiskey-soaked marshal enough of his own man to win an Oscar nomination, making Cogburn the 16th film character to earn more than one actor love from academy voters.
January 31, 2011 |
Ethel Waters The famed blues, jazz and gospel vocalist (1896-1977) made her movie debut in the 1929 musical "On With the Show!" She became the second African American to earn an Oscar nomination, for her supporting role in the 1949 drama "Pinky. " Hattie McDaniel The first African American (1895-1952) to win an Academy Award, for her supporting role as Mammy in 1939's "Gone with the Wind. " When the NAACP complained in the 1940s about her playing servant roles, she said, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week then be one for $7. " Dorothy Dandridge The beautiful singer and actress (1922-65)
January 30, 2011 |
There are many roads to Oscar. But perhaps the surest ones lead through the offices of two moviemakers responsible for 31 of this year's Academy Award nominations, including those of the two best picture front-runners, "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network. " With brash personalities and refined tastes in film, producer Scott Rudin and studio head Harvey Weinstein represent an endangered species in an increasingly buttoned-up, corporate Hollywood. In a cinematic era in which studio films are driven by superheroes and sequels, they champion ostensibly uncommercial movies ?
January 25, 2011 |
"The King's Speech" dominated the Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, earning 12 nods including best picture and best lead actor for Colin Firth as King George VI, who battles to eradicate his stammer before he unexpectedly takes the throne. Joel and Ethan Coen's spirited remake of the western "True Grit" followed with 10 nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards, including best picture. "The Social Network" and "Inception" scored eight apiece. Those four films are in the running for best picture with six other movies: "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone.
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January 16, 2011 |
Actress Susannah York, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 1969 film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", has died. She was 72. York died of cancer, according to several British media reports on Saturday. No other details were given. Known for her beauty and versatility, she became a star in the 1960s after roles in such films as "Tom Jones" in 1963 and "A Man for All Seasons" in 1966. "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" was the story of marathon dance contestants.
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September 27, 2010 |
Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning film — has died. She was 100. Stuart, a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild who later became an accomplished painter and fine printer, died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home, said her daughter, writer Sylvia Thompson.
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June 10, 2010 |
Robert B. Radnitz, an English teacher turned movie producer who made some of Hollywood's more distinguished family fare, including "Sounder" and "Island of the Blue Dolphins," has died. He was 85. Radnitz died Sunday at his Malibu home from complications of a stroke he had years ago, said his wife, Pearl. With the release of his first film in 1959 – the boy-and-his-dog tale "A Dog of Flanders" – Radnitz started to develop a reputation as a maker of high-quality movies for children and their parents.
June 9, 2010 |
If it hadn't been for a girlfriend's mother, Mike Nichols might never have become one of the few artists to earn Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards — much less the 38th recipient of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, which is being presented Thursday night at a gala ceremony at Sony Studios. The teenage Nichols and his then-girlfriend Lucy were given tickets by her mother to see a new play on Broadway: Tennessee Williams' seminal 1947 drama "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan.
January 24, 2008 |
Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell, who holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations without a win, is getting another shot. O'Connell, 50, received his 20th nomination Tuesday, this time for "Transformers." His first nomination was for 1983's "Terms of Endearment." The list also includes "A Few Good Men," "The Rock," "The Patriot," two "Spider-Man" movies and "Apocalypto." Despite his 19 Oscar losses, O'Connell says he feels like a winner. With his academy record, he's appeared on radio programs, TV talk shows and in newspapers around the U.S. "I'm, like, the luckiest guy on the planet," he said.