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March 5, 2006 |
George Hively, 72, a film editor who also worked in television and was best known for cutting several of Stanley Donen's movies, died Feb. 7 in San Pedro of complications of pneumonia. The Los Angeles native was the son of George C. Hively, a writer and film editor whose screen credits began in the silent era and included 12 of John Ford's early movies. The younger Hively worked with several notable directors, including Donen on his films "Lucky Lady," "Movie Movie" and "Blame It on Rio."
December 13, 1987 |
Terrence Malick--absent from the screen for nine years, since writing and directing the acclaimed "Days of Heaven"--is coming back. A rep confirms that he'll script "Great Balls of Fire" for Orion. The Jerry Lee Lewis bio will reunite Dennis Quaid (who'll star) and director Jim McBride, who recently teamed for "The Big Easy."
November 10, 2011
Spin the reels back for a look at some of the winners from this year's key festivals: SUNDANCE Grand Jury Prize, dramatic: "Like Crazy," directed by Drake Doremus Audience Award, U.S. dramatic: "Circumstance," directed by Maryam Keshavarz Audience Award, documentary: "Buck," directed by Cindy Meehl CANNES Palme d'Or: "Tree of Life," directed by Terrence Malick Grand Prix: "Once Upon a...
September 1, 2011 |
A cracked cosmonaut helmet, footsteps in the moon dust, a mysterious flash of light outside a spaceship window — these are some of the images the Weinstein Co. has released from "Apollo 18," a documentary-style sci-fi thriller opening Friday that the studio is marketing as a movie culled from "found footage" from a U.S. space mission. "In 1972, the United States sent two astronauts on a secret mission to the moon," the trailer says. "Despite decades of denial by NASA and the Department of Defense, classified footage of the mission was leaked to the media.
January 14, 2013 |
Nine years ago, Shane Carruth burst onto the independent film scene with "Primer," a heady, complex, sci-fi thriller that made time travel seem disturbingly plausible. Shot for only $7,000, the film took the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, beating out more buzzworthy titles like "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Garden State. " Carruth - a one-time software engineer - served as director, writer, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, composer, casting director, production designer and sound designer.
May 14, 1999 |
In just about every country in the world except our own, Ethiopian gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie is a sports superstar of the first magnitude. The U.S. tends to prefer athletic heroes with more explosive, rapid-fire attributes than those, like Gebrselassie, who can merely run faster over longer distances than any human being on the planet. For that reason and many others, "Endurance" seems as unlikely a candidate for domestic big-studio release as any film imaginable.
September 9, 2013 |
Just a few months ago, Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B Entertainment, were being skewered all over Hollywood, as the actor was personally blamed for every misstep in the making of “World War Z.” Even the celebrity-fawning Vanity Fair magazine went on the Pitt attack. Today, his zombie movie is a global hit, having grossed more than $536 million around the world. But Pitt's production of “12 Years a Slave” might end up being even more commendable, as the true account of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery, has become the runaway critical hit of the Telluride and Toronto International film festivals.
January 8, 2012 |
"Your sentences are so long," said a friend who teaches English at a local college, and I could tell she didn't quite mean it as a compliment. The copy editor who painstakingly went through my most recent book often put yellow dashes on-screen around my multiplying clauses, to ask if I didn't want to break up my sentences or put less material in every one. Both responses couldn't have been kinder or more considered, but what my friend and my colleague may...
May 12, 2013 |
Thumbs up to the American Cinematheque. The independent, nonprofit cultural organization is paying homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert with a new film series, "The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert. " The influential critic, who had written for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died in April at age 70 after an 11-year struggle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands. Ebert had undergone several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors, eventually losing his jaw and his speaking voice.