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September 4, 2013 | By Susan King
Pioneering French film director Agnes Varda will serve as guest artistic director at AFI Fest 2013 , which takes place Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. Varda, 85, will present a program of films that have inspired her work during the festival. Details of her program will be announced later in September. Varda is considered to be a key influence on France's New Wave movement that began in the late 1950s with such young filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Varda actually began making her own films before the New Wave officially began.
August 28, 2013 | By David Ng
The director of the 2001 French movie "Amélie" has expressed his displeasure over the planned adaptation of his movie for the musical theater, although he acknowledged that he gave his approval for the stage production. Jean-Pierre Jeunet said in a recent interview with a French radio station that the prospect of a musical version of his movie "disgusts me," and that he only agreed to it for the money, which he plans to give to a children's charity he helps support: Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque (Patronage for Cardiac Surgery)
August 20, 2013 | By Dennis McLellan
Ted Post, a veteran television and film director who directed a young Clint Eastwood on TV's "Rawhide" and later directed the film legend in the hit movies "Hang 'em High" and "Magnum Force," has died. He was 95. Post, who had been in failing health, died early Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, said his daughter, Laurie Post. Beginning with an episode of the TV dramatic anthology series "Danger" in 1950, Post went on to direct segments of series such as "Armstrong Circle Theatre," "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars," "Medic," "Waterfront," "Perry Mason," "The Rifleman" and "Gunsmoke.
August 9, 2013
A 1,100-pound bronze angel stands sentry at 7 Fountains, a community of 20 courtyard residences rooted in Hollywood history. The one- to four-story Spanish Revival-style villas are on the former site of the family compound of silent film-era director Irvin Willat. Location: 1414 N. Harper Ave., West Hollywood 90069 Asking price: $1.1 million to $1.65 million Year built: 2002 (interiors completed in 2013) Architect: Moule & Polyzoides Size: One to three bedrooms, home office/guest suite, 1.5 to 3.5 bathrooms, 1,311 to 2,211 interior square feet Site size: 30,400 square feet Features: Terra cotta and hand-painted inlay tile; custom wrought iron; thick plaster walls; wood-burning fireplaces; copper gutters; arched ceilings; private outdoor spaces that include yards, balconies, covered sleeping porches and roof decks;12,000 square feet of gardens and courtyards; fountains and trees.
August 7, 2013
If "Fruitvale Station" is not yet on your must-see list, it should be. This emotionally potent, true story of the Bay-Area killing of a young African American man is a striking debut for writer-director Ryan Coogler. It is also a game-changer for Michael B. Jordan, who plays 22-year-old Oscar Grant with such nuanced complexity that there is already awards talk. Much has been written - and litigated - about who is responsible for those fateful final minutes of 2008 when a transit cop shot Grant at Oakland's Fruitvale subway station.
July 25, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Samantha Geimer, the woman Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with when she was 13, has released a provocative cover for her new memoir, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” The image is a photograph that the “Chinatown” director took of Geimer in 1977, three weeks before the notorious night that changed both of their lives. In the photo, Geimer, then an aspiring model named Samantha Gailey, still has the chubby cheeks of a girl on the cusp of adolescence, a gold heart dangling from a chain on her neck and a far-away look in her eyes.
July 6, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It almost seemed like a typo when the Sundance Film Festival announced not one but two films made by Sebastián Silva in Chile with American actor Michael Cera. Yet it was no mistake, as the pair have indeed collaborated twice, with "Crystal Fairy" an amiable road movie about an adventure to find a hallucinogenic cactus, and "Magic Magic," a dark and disturbing tale of a young woman whose mental breakdown is ignored by her traveling companions. "'Crystal Fairy' is the feel-good movie and then 'Magic Magic' is the feel-bad movie" is how Silva recently described the distinction between the films.
May 10, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- One of China's most prominent film directors, Zhang Yimou, is under investigation for fathering seven children -- a violation of the country's strict family-planning laws. The 61-year-old Zhang directed the opening spectacle of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and some of China's best-known films. Zhang's success could expose him to fines of up to $26 million, according to Chinese state media, because penalties is such cases are assessed on the basis of income. The Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, reported Friday that Zhang has one daughter who is about 30 years old with his first wife, and three children ages 7 to 12 with his current wife, actress Chen Ting.
April 30, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Jack Shea, a Hollywood veteran who directed popular sitcoms such as "The Jeffersons" and who, as president of the Directors Guild of America, forcefully argued for minority hiring and local production, has died. He was 84. Shea's death Sunday at a Tarzana care facility was caused by complications from Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman said. His first TV directing gig came when he was 27, a frightened novice who suddenly was asked to fill in when the director of the game show "Truth or Consequences" called in sick.
April 9, 2013
Sara Montiel Spanish actress was 1950s Hollywood star Sara Montiel, 85, a famed, sultry-voiced Spanish actress who achieved Hollywood stardom in the 1950s, died Monday in Madrid, according to her biographer, Peter Villora. The cause was undetermined. Also known as Sarita Montiel, she was born Maria Antonia Abad on March 10, 1928, in Campo de Criptana in the La Mancha region of central Spain. An acknowledged beauty with an almost husky singing voice, Montiel starred in more than 50 films, many of which were musicals.
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