WEEKLY WRAP: Hollywood mourns, foreign race, bait battle

Posted by · 6:03 pm · October 1st, 2010

• A grim week for Hollywood talent, as we said goodbye to Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn and, most prematurely, Sally Menke. • Mexico’s “Biutiful” became the starriest entry yet on the Best Foreign Language Film longlist, now up to a round 60 titles. • This week’s Long Shot column examined the widely predicted […]

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Arthur Penn (1922-2010)

Posted by · 9:23 am · September 29th, 2010

I had a bad feeling that after Gloria Stuart and Sally Menke we were bound to get a third (as it always happens), and so we have.  Arthur Penn has passed away a day after his 88th birthday.  He’s obviously best known for helming 1968’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” which changed the face of American cinema […]

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Mr. Beatty, direct another film please?

Posted by · 2:19 am · June 24th, 2008

Interviewing Warren Beatty a few years ago in Toronto, I was struck at once by his intellect, which is laser sharp. The man misses nothing. He speaks slowly, taking long pauses before he speaks, and avoids personal questions, which I dislike and refuse to ask anyway. He was with Annette Bening at the time, supporting […]

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REVIEW: “The Last King of Scotland” (****)

Posted by · 11:26 am · September 2nd, 2006

Every so often a film comes along that is so celebratory of the filmmaking process and fresh in its approach to visually conveying a story that it creatively demolishes anything within earshot. “Metropolis” was an early example, as Fritz Lang opened up the world in front of the camera like no one before.  Arthur Penn’s […]

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