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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering
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'Milk' writer Dustin Lance Black honoured with Hunter/Zakin award

'Milk' writer Dustin Lance Black honoured with Hunter/Zakin award
Dustin Lance Black is to be honoured with the Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award.

The Milk writer was named the 14th recipient of the award by his alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

The award will be presented on April 30 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater.

The evening will also include a screening of Milk and a Q&A with Black.

Recipients are required to have taught a ten-week course at UCLA/Tft, which Black did last year.

Black most recently wrote Clint Eastwood's J Edgar and the Proposition 8 drama 8.

Watch a trailer for Milk below:
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Dustin Lance Black Wins UCLA Hunter/Zakin Screenwriting Award

Dustin Lance Black Wins UCLA Hunter/Zakin Screenwriting Award
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has named Academy Award-winning screenwriter and UCLA alum Dustin Lance Black as the recipient of the 14th Annual Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award. The award will be given to Black on Tuesday, April 30th at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater. The evening will include a screening of the Oscar-winning film Milk, in addition to a Q&A with Black.
See full article at Deadline TV »

'Milk' Writer Dustin Lance Black to Receive Hunter/Zakin Screenwriting Award from UCLA

'Milk' Writer Dustin Lance Black to Receive Hunter/Zakin Screenwriting Award from UCLA
Academy Award-winning screenwriter and prominent gay rights activist Dustin Lance Blank, who shot to fame after penning Gus Van Sant's hit biopic "Milk," is being honored by his alma mater with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Hunter/Zakin Award. Black, who also penned Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," as well as directing Jennifer Connelly in "Virginia," has been teaching a ten-week feature writing course this quarter at UCLA's graduate program. The award will be given to Black on Tuesday, April 30th at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater alongside a screening of and Q&A about "Milk." The Hunter/Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award was established in 1999 by San Francisco businessman Jonathan N. Zakin and requires that the recipient teach a seminar at UCLA, alongside their prestigious achievements in screenwriting. Black is a two-time WGA winner for his work on HBO's "Big Love," and an Academy
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Blood & Chrome and general updates

Eventful week. To play catch-up:

The big news that every site reported in a slightly different way is that Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will be a digital series and a TV film, but not a TV show, at least not one produced by Syfy/Universal Cable Prods. You have probably read the Deadline article by now.

With the possibility that Universal may still shop B&C around, it doesn't sound like they have any immediate plans to make more of it beyond the existing pilot/web series/Mow.

No word yet on a release date, but Battlestar Wiki reports that we'll be seeing Blood & Chrome as a web series first and then as a TV movie.

Doug Drexler posted this the other day (full post at the link):

If sets had been built for this show, it would have cost 6 million easily, instead of only the 2 million it did cost,
See full article at CapricaTV »

October A.M.P.A.S. Events In Los Angeles

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release from A.M.P.A.S

2009–2010 Contemporary Documentaries Series

Wednesdays at 7 p.m., through December 9

The latest installment of the free Contemporary Documentary series showcases 2008 feature-length and short documentaries. In October: “The Garden,” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Flow” and more.

Linwood Dunn Theater

1313 Vine Street

Hollywood, CA 90028

Wednesday evenings, through December 9, at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Admission is free; tickets are not required.

(310) 247-3600

www.oscars.org

Academy Seminar Series: Perspectives on Editing

October 6 and 14 at 7-10 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater

The final two sessions in the seminar series on film editing focus on editing for documentary films (Tuesday, Oct. 6) and the accomplishments of Oscar winner Anne Coates (Wednesday, Oct. 14).

Linwood Dunn Theater

1313 Vine Street

Hollywood, CA 90028

Doors open at 6 p.m.

General Admission – $10 per evening

Academy members and students with a valid ID – $7.50 per evening

(310) 247-3600

www.
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