July 25, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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April 30, 2013 |
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.
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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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April 9, 2013 |
A measure requiring adult film actors to use condoms while working in California was approved by a state Assembly committee on Tuesday despite opposition from several people in the industry. The measure by Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) is modeled after Measure B, approved last year by Los Angeles County voters. "This is a workplace safety bill. We have an obligation to protect our workforce," Hall told the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media before it approved the bill on a 4-1 vote.
February 24, 2013 |
Gold Standard writer Glenn Whipp has been sweeping through all 24 Oscar categories this week, assessing the races, predicting the winners and helping you prevail in your Oscar pools. He's looked at the shorts , the sound categories , the visual crafts races , the Adele-rific song and score scene, screenplays and film editing and the animation, documentary and foreign-language feature contests. Now: best picture and director. FULL COVERAGE: Oscar 2013 | Top nominees BEST PICTURE The nominees: “Amour” “Argo” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” “Django Unchained” “Les Misérables” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Zero Dark Thirty” And the winner is … “Argo.” In a year packed with so many fine movies, it's still puzzling how nearly every group bestowing awards has fallen in line (and apparently in love)
February 10, 2013 |
ROME - "For our next play, it's either Xenophon, Aristophanes or 17th century French comedy - and I would like some opinions," said the director to his troupe. The actors sitting around a theater in Rome had just settled in to discuss future projects - and to mull over how the last production they participated in became a film that had narrowly missed out on being an Oscar nominee. Keeping an eye on proceedings was a guard, since every performer was a convicted mobster or drug trafficker and the theater was in Rome's high-security Rebibbia prison.
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January 21, 2013 |
Michael Winner, a British film director who specialized in thrillers and action movies, including three "Death Wish" movies, died Monday. He was 77. A bon vivant who became a restaurant critic after his film career wound down, Winner died at his London home after an illness, said his wife, Geraldine. Winner directed a few dozen films but was best known for "Death Wish," which starred Charles Bronson as a law-abiding citizen who turns vigilante when his wife and daughter are attacked.
January 10, 2013
Don't miss the opportunity to see what is arguably Italian director Federico Fellini's greatest film, "8 1/2," on the big screen at the Egyptian Theatre. Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, the film revolves around the surreal life of a film director who is unsuccessfully trying to escape the madness of his existence at a health spa. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $9. (323) 461-2020; http://www.americancinematheque.com.