British filmmaker and restaurant critic Michael Winner died Monday at his home in London after an illness. He was 77.
Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare
All men face the threat of death, but the Spartacus: Vengeance cast has faced it on a regular basis through their characters on the show.
From Game of Thrones to Spartacus: TV's unsexiest sex scenes
Going into the epic finale Friday (10/9c, Starz), we asked the actors to reflect on what it must have been like to be placed in Spartacus' sandals and had them weigh in on two very important subjects:
Russell Crowe is looking to join Zach Snyder's cinematic Superman reboot, Man of Steel, reports Variety's Showblitz blog reports.
The Oscar-winning actor would play Superman's biological father Jor-El, the role immortalized by Marlon Brando in the 1978 film Superman.
Henry Cavill is engaged
Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent turned producer, died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 96.
Born in Philadelphia, Seltzer moved to Hollywood in 1935, where he got a job with Fox West Coast Theatres. He quickly moved into publicity at MGM, working on films starring Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable.
Maria Schneider, who shot to international fame with Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, has died after a long bout with cancer, her family told AFP. She was 58.
Arthur Penn, the stage and film director whose iconic Bonnie and Clyde ushered in the post-classical age of Hollywood, has died. He was 88.
Penn died Tuesday — the day after his 88th birthday — his friend and accountant, Evan Bell, told The New York Times. Bell said Penn had been sick for a year, but did not disclose the cause of death.
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A Philadelphia native and brother of the late still photographer Irving Penn, Penn first made his name directing television dramas and Broadway plays in the 1950s and '60s. He earned Tony nominations for his stage productions of Two for the Seesaw, The Miracle Worker and All the Way Home, winning for The Miracle Worker. Star Anne Bancroft also won a Tony.
Penn first directed ...
Jean Simmons, whose film career spanned from 1944 to 2008, died Friday after battling lung cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was 80.
Originally from London, Simmons shared the screen with many of Hollywood's leading men, including...
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow courtesy Paramount Pictures
Question I saw and liked Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow but was wondering What was the source of Sir Laurence Oliviers performance Ive always wanted to know JayFlickChick The late Sir Laurence Oliviers performance as Professor Totenkopf dead head in German in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 was digitally built from archival BBC footage of Olivier giving a speech at some fund-raising event The movements of his mouth were manipulated to match the films dialogue and the footage was processed to look like a staticky video holograph The same basic technology was used to alter existing footage of Marlon Brando from Superman 1978 so he could speak new dialogue for Superman Returns 2006 But in Superman Returns the Brando footage looks as real as the rest so its another step toward being truly able to have a living actor appear alongside a dead one the way singers can now do thoroughly convincing duets by integrating their new tracks
Once upon a not very long time ago, Saturday Night Live had character — make that characters. Wayne and Garth, Hans and Franz, Linda Richman, Mary Katherine Gallagher, the sexually ambiguous Pat, Mango, the Cheerleaders. And so on. "It was the Yankees," remembers Chris Rock of a cast so stuffed with talent that the competition to get on air and create new comic icons and catchphrases was ferocious. (Eddie Murphy once advised Rock to create "Weekend Update" pieces delivered straight to the camera to help him break through. Which he did.) Anecdotes like these make the frankly funny and admirably frank Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (May 6, 9 pm/ET, NBC) so much more than a nostalgic clip job. There's plenty that's celebratory in this two-hour special, but also much that's self-critical — especially in addressing the mid-'90s cast upheaval that led to falling ratings,
Words can never hurt me: Anthony Hopkins
Question: I know actors improvise their lines all the time in comedies, but recently I learned that Anthony Hopkins improvised many of Hannibal's lines. I also recently learned from the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse that Marlon Brando improvised much of his dialogue in Apocalypse Now. So now I'm curious: How often do actors, outside of comedies, improvise their lines?
Answer: All the time. OK, not all actors all the time, but the practice of ad-libbing or altering lines is an entrenched part of film acting and one of the things that drives screenwriters out of their minds. Especially if they come from the theater: In theater, the script is sacrosanct and no one messes with it except with the express consent of the playwright (assuming someone dares to ask). In film, scripts are usually treated as a kind of outline — not