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February 11, 2014 |
Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation's spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85. Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given. From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12. PHOTOS: Shirley Temple Black Hollywood recognized the enchanting, dimpled scene-stealer's importance to the industry with a “special award” -- a miniature Oscar -- at the Academy Awards for 1934, the year she sang and danced her way into America's collective heart.
December 15, 2013 |
Peter O'Toole, the legendary star of stage and screen who shot to stardom with his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic film "Lawrence of Arabia," died Saturday at age 81. The charismatic actor had a career that spanned more than half a century and included eight Academy Award nominations and an honorary Oscar in 2003. So many of his performances moved viewers to laughter and tears. Here are just five that we won't soon forget. "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962). This epic ranks No. 7 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest films of all time.
December 2, 2013 |
Film and television director Robert Mandel ("F/X," "Lost") is stepping down as dean of the AFI Conservatory at the end of June 2014, the American Film Institute announced Monday. After nine years as academic head of the graduate-level film school, Mandel will be returning to directing while remaining on the faculty. Mandel is an alumnus of the conservatory's class of 1979. "Mandel embodies the ideal of the AFI Conservatory: storytellers who have enjoyed great acclaim returning to share their trials and triumphs with storytellers of the future," AFI President Bob Gazzale said in a statement.
November 18, 2013 |
Syd Field, described by many in the film community as the "guru of all screenwriters," has died at age 77. According to his website , Field died Sunday of hemolytic anemia at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by his wife, family and friends. Field was the author of eight books, mostly notably "Screenplay: The Basics of Film Writing," considered the the industry's most authoritative guide to screenwriting. It is credited with helping establish the now traditional three-act structure for feature film scripts.
November 18, 2013 |
Syd Field, author of one of the most essential guides to screenwriting, has died at age 77. According to his website , Field passed away at home in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Originally published in 1979, "Screenplay" quickly became a bestselling staple of the trade. It was updated many times, most recently in 2005, and has been translated into 23 languages. He was a popular speaker and held workshops and seminars for writers hoping to grasp Hollywood's magic formula. Writers who learned from Field -- including Tina Fey, John Singleton, and Frank Darabont -- worked in all genres of film and television.
November 13, 2013 |
Do you meet the "Fockers" guy? Or do you like Spike? How about a biopic and a chance to shake hands with the daughter of the film's subject? Or perhaps you'd like to listen to some toe-tapping musical performances from the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis. " Or tune into modern hipster folk singer Jose Gonzalez. Or rewatch "12 Years a Slave" and (gulp) learn about modern human trafficking. Or ... or ... or ... Even in an awards season already overstuffed with brunches and cocktail parties, fetes and meet-and-greets, Wednesday night's calendar seems just plain insane in the membrane , an example of the extreme measures studios are taking this crowded Oscar season to attract academy members and well-connected movie lovers.