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Film version of Michael Morpugo’s ‘Waiting For Anya’ set for February release

We’ve just heard that Waiting For Anya, the film based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and starring Netflix’s Stranger Things star, Noah Schnapp, has had a February release date set.

From the mind of world-renowned author Michael Morpurgo comes the cinematic adaptation of Waiting for Anya – a powerful and authentic true story of a young shepherd that had a key part to play in one of the world’s most shocking moments in history.

Based on the novel by the War Horse author, Waiting for Anya tells the story of Jo Lalande (played by Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp), a 13-year-old shepherd, his grandfather (played by Leon star Jean Reno) and a widow (played by Academy Award Winner for Prizzi’s Honor Angelica Huston), who help smuggle Jewish children across the border from occupied southern France into Spain during World War II.

Filmed in the village of Lescun and the surrounding Aspe Valley,
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‘Little Women’s’ Greta Gerwig aiming to be the first solo female adapted screenplay champ at WGA Awards in 24 years

‘Little Women’s’ Greta Gerwig aiming to be the first solo female adapted screenplay champ at WGA Awards in 24 years
Greta Gerwig is trying to follow in Emma Thompson‘s footsteps in more ways than one. Just like at the Oscars, should Gerwig win adapted screenplay at Saturday’s Writers Guild of America Award for “Little Women,” she’d be the first solo female winner in the category since Thompson was honored for “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) — yup, nearly a quarter of a century ago.

Gerwig, who’s in first place in our predictions, would also be only the third solo female champ in the category since the WGA Awards established adapted and original fields in 1970; the first was Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who received the prize for “A Room with a View” (1986).

Including writing teams, Gerwig would be the eighth female winner. Elaine May was the first, prevailing for her “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) script with Warren Beatty in the adapted comedy category, which, along with adapted drama, was discontinued after 1984. Seven years later,
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Icg Publicists To Honor Sheryl Main With Henri Bollinger Award

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Icg Publicists To Honor Sheryl Main With Henri Bollinger Award
The International Cinematographers Guild Publicists said today that Sheryl Main will receive its Henri Bollinger Award for special merit at the 57th annual Icg Publicists Awards Luncheon next month.

Named after the award-winning entertainment industry publicist, the Henri Bollinger Award recognizes a person who epitomizes the definition of special merit in the field of entertainment.

“I can think of nobody more deserving of receiving the Henri Bollinger Award than Sheryl Main,” Icg National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine said.

Main began her career in film production in New York City working on projects with Oscar-winning directors John Avildsen (Rocky) and John Huston (Prizzi’s Honor) before relocating to Los Angeles. There she worked on the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd series Moonlighting, before moving to Warner Bros. Pictures as Senior Publicist/Project Executive in the International Film Publicity department.

She became a unit publicist in 2000 and teamed with action star Arnold Schwarzenegger
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At 77, Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) could break Clint Eastwood’s record as the oldest director to win an Oscar

At 77, Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) could break Clint Eastwood’s record as the oldest director to win an Oscar
As much as the Academy voters like to reward fresh faces when it comes to recognizing new talents, they also like to honor oldies but goodies when it comes to seasoned talent. That is certainly true of Martin Scorsese, who just received his ninth Oscar nomination for directing on Monday morning.

His first bid as a helmer was for 1980’s “Raging Bull,” when he was 39 years old. His subsequent nominations came for 1988’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” 1990’s “Goodfellas,” 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” 2004’s “The Aviator,” 2006’s “The Departed,” 2011’s “Hugo” and 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

He would finally take the directing statuette at the age of 64 for “The Departed,” an Irish gangster yar starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon that was also the source of his lone Best Picture win. Many still think that he should have won for “Raging Bull” or “Goodfellas” previously.
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Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) could beat this Oscar record held by Clint Eastwood — unless Clint beats himself

Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) could beat this Oscar record held by Clint Eastwood — unless Clint beats himself
Oldies can be goodies when it comes to directing Oscar-worthy titles.

Just look at Martin Scorsese‘s record. His first nomination as a helmer arrived nearly 40 years ago for his 1980 boxing biopic “Raging Bull,” when he was a relative 39-year-old whippersnapper. His subsequent bids in the category were 1988’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,”1990’s “Goodfellas,” 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” 2004’s “The Aviator,” 2006’s “The Departed,” 2011’s “Hugo” and 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

He would finally claim the prize at the age of 64 for “The Departed,” an Irish gangster yarn starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon that also was the source of his first Best Picture triumph. At that time, Clint Eastwood held the record of being the oldest person to win the Academy Award honor at age 74 for his 2004 boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby” — which also won Best Picture — and he has continued to
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Anjelica Huston Says Oprah Winfrey 'Won't Talk to Me' Since Beating Her at the Oscars in 1985

Anjelica Huston Says Oprah Winfrey 'Won't Talk to Me' Since Beating Her at the Oscars in 1985
Anjelica Huston beat Oprah Winfrey for the 1986 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress — and claims the talk show queen snubbed her afterward.

Huston, 67, won the award for her role in her father John Huston’s film Prizzi’s Honor, which also starred her then-love Jack Nicholson. Winfrey, 65, was nominated alongside Huston for her role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple.

“She never had me on her show, ever. She won’t talk to me,” Huston claimed to Vulture of Winfrey.

Winfrey has not commented on the claims.

Huston said, “The only encounter I’ve had with Oprah was when I
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Joe Marquette Jr., Camera Operator on 'Raging Bull' and 'Prizzi's Honor,' Dies at 72

Joe Marquette Jr., Camera Operator on 'Raging Bull' and 'Prizzi's Honor,' Dies at 72
Joe Marquette Jr., a veteran camera operator who worked on such films as Raging BullPrizzi's HonorUncommon Valor and The War of the Roses, has died. He was 72.

Marquette died Feb. 6 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, friend Dominick Bruno said.

Marquette also shot the concert films The Last Waltz (1978), Stop Making Sense (1984) and Jimmy Buffett: Live by the Bay (1986).

A member of the International Cinematographers Guild for more than 50 years, Marquette also was on the crew for other notable movies like ...
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Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96

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Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96
Award-winning casting director Alixe Gordin died at her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts on November 28. She was 96. Additional details about her death were not revealed.

Born Alixe Glas on April 10, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, she took her stage name Gordin when she started performing as a musician and an actor. She got into casting in the ’60s with Studio One and The Defenders on CBS.

Gordin is known for her casting work on some of the most iconic films in history. She served as casting director for the Brian De Palma classic Scarface which earned Al Pacino and Steven Bauer a Golden Globe nomination in 1984. She worked on Alan J. Pakula’s Klute which won Jane Fonda an Academy Award in 1971. She reteamed with Pakula for his film Sophie’s Choice which went on to win an Academy Award for Meryl Streep in 1982. Gordin’s magic touch would continue with John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor,
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Alixe Gordin, Casting Director on 'Klute,' 'Scarface' and 'Prizzi's Honor,' Dies at 96

Alixe Gordin, Casting Director on 'Klute,' 'Scarface' and 'Prizzi's Honor,' Dies at 96
Alixe Gordin, the casting director who worked on Scarface, Prizzi’s Honor and 10 films with director Alan J. Pakula, including Klute and Sophie's Choice, has died. She was 96.

Gordin died Wednesday at her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts, family spokeswoman Emily M. Kellndorfer said.

Gordin also won a Primetime Emmy in 1991 for casting for a miniseries or a special for her work on ABC's three-hour Separate But Equal, which starred Sidney Poitier as Thurgood Marshall.

In addition to Klute (1971) and Sophie's Choice (1982), she collaborated with Pakula on The Parallax View (1974), Dream Lover (1986), Orphans (1987), See You in the Morning (1989) — she also ...
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Eddie Kalish, Longtime Hollywood Marketing Executive, Dies at 78

Veteran marketing executive Eddie Kalish died Friday at a hospital in Escondido, California, following a brief battle with cancer, publicist Pamela Godwin-Austen announced. He was 78.

After heading the marketing divisions at Paramount, United Artists and MGM/UA in New York starting in 1979, Kalish came to Los Angeles in 1982 to join Mark Damon's Producers Sales Organization as senior vp worldwide marketing.

There, he spearheaded the global campaigns for films including <em>Never Say Never Again</em> (1983), <em>The Cotton Club</em> (1984), <em>The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension</em> (1984), <em>Prizzi's Honor</em> (1985), <em>Short Circuit</em> (1986) and <em>9½ Weeks</em> (1986). 

After Pso went ...
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Big Bang Theory Star Battles Gremlin Monsters in The Cleanse Trailer

Big Bang Theory Star Battles Gremlin Monsters in The Cleanse Trailer
Love Gremlins? Adore The Big Bang Theory? Then you're definitely going to want to settle in for The Cleanse. Johnny Galecki takes a rare turn on the big screen in this 80s-style monster movie that is sure to tickle your spine and punch you in the gut, weirdly going out of its way to make you cringe in the process. This is not for the squeamish.

Johnny Galecki (TV's Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When Paul sees an ad for a spiritual retreat promising to restart your life, he immediately signs up, hoping to cleanse himself and fix his broken existence. But after only a few days, he discovers the cleanse is releasing more than just everyday toxins...A lot more.

Also starring Anna Friel, plus Oliver Platt and Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston (Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi's Honor,
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44 days til Oscar nominations. Screenplay stats!

by Nathaniel R

With only 44 days until Oscar nominations and lots of confusion as to what might be nominated for screenplay (there are seemingly 7 locks for Original and only 1 contender for Adapted -- the math doesn't work. Haha!) let's use today's numerical trivia prompt for writing awards. Fact: Oscar's 4 favorite screenwriters have 44 nominations between them for writing. That's a lot of hogging of writing honors. They are...

Oscar's 20 Favorite Screenwriters

(Numbers below are for screenwriting categories only)

01 Woody Allen (16 nominations and 3 wins)

He's also been in the Acting and Directing races. Classics include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan and more...

02 Billy Wilder (12 nominations and 3 wins)

He's also been in the Directing and Producing races. Classics include Sunset Blvd, The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, and more...

03 John Huston (8 nominations and 1 win)

He's also been in the Acting, Directing, and Producing races. Classics include The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle,
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New Podcast: Desperately Seeking Smackdowns

Nathaniel welcomes our first all Los Angeles panel for this discussion of the 1985 film year. Comedian/Writer Louis Virtel (Billy on the Street), Producer/Writer Abdi Nazemian ("The Authentics"), Actress Nora Zehetner and Director/Writer Michelle Morgan (It Happened in L.A.). We just wrote about the Supporting Actress nominated performances of 1985 but now it's time to zoom out on the films and the film year itself when Oprah Winfrey and Madonna began their global takeovers, Anjelica Huston became a third generation Oscar favorite, and Out of Africa eventually won Best Picture.

Smackdown '85 Companion Podcast

(58 minutes)

00:01 Anjelica vs Oprah with a little Amy Madigan on the side

10:00 Our entire group has a Jane Fonda "problem" - shout-outs to Klute and lots of head-scratching over the plot of Agnes of God

20:00 Meg Tilly and Jennifer Tilly and Oscar trivia

22:00 Should they remake The Color Purple?

28:00 Syphilitic Out of Africa,
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1985 is on. Start watching and voting!

The 1985 Supporting Actress Smackdown is on October 1st. Which means you have one month to watch or rewatch the movies and vote. 

Margaret Avery, The Color Purple available for rent on iTunes Anjelica Huston, Prizzi's Honor Amy Madigan, Twice in a Lifetime available for rent on Amazon Meg Tilley, Agnes of God available for rent on iTunes Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple 

We'll be announcing the panelists in a couple of weeks but you, the readers (collectively) are the final panelists. Your votes count towards the results. So get to rewatching or finally catching up with these four movies and send in your votes (from 1 to 5 hearts for each lady - only the performances you've seen please) with 1985 Smackdown in the subject line. You have until Friday September 29th to vote. 
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Coming Soon to the Smackdown

Hey all. You voted earlier this year on which years you'd most like to see covered on the Supporting Actress Smackdown. The next four regular Smackdowns (excluding the one in February for the new nominees of course) are drawn from your top five most requested years. 

October 1st "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1985"

Panelists: Tba; Nominees: Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple, Meg Tilly in Agnes of God, Anjelica Huston in Prizzi's Honor, and Amy Madigan in Twice in a Lifetime

November 5th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1944"

Panelists: Tba; Nominees: Ethel Barrymore in None but the Lonely Heart, Jennifer Jones in Since You Went Away, Angela Lansbury in Gaslight, Aline MacMahon in Dragon Seed, and Agnes Moorehead in Mrs Parkington.

Get to watching those 9 movies and the Smackdowns will feel even more festive for you! And yes this means that September's 'year of the month' (that thing where we very
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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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On This Day: The Bling Ring, Bambi, Prizzi's Honor...

Okay, let's get back on track with a robust daily blogging schedule here at Tfe. Happy Wednesday y'all. Here are your 5 assignments for the day.

5 Ways to Honor This Day (June 14th) in History

2013 The Bling Ring opens in movie theaters. By and large people fail to recognize its brilliance immediately. This is the same thing that happens to almost every Sofia Coppola movie.

In its honor: Take all early reactions to The Beguiled, good bad or indifferent, with a huge grain of salt. It opens very soon but first impressions are not likely to last. Her movies are sticky.

1985 John Huston's penultimate movie Prizzi's Honor starring Jack Nicholson, Katheen Turner, and eventual Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, opens in theaters. It's not even the earliest release for a Best Picture nominee that year! Get this statistic...
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Blu-ray Review: The Asphalt Jungle Is Near Perfect

John Huston was one of the greatest mid-century (or ever) American directors. He directed The Maltese FalconThe African QueenKey LargoPrizzi's HonorThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Annie, and The Misfits, among others. Huston had previously been an opera singer, and enjoyed a healthy acting career as well when he choose to venture to the other side of the camera, with stints in ChinatownBattle for the Planet of the ApesWise Blood, and voice overs and narration for animated films such as The Black Cauldron and The Return of the King. And of course, he fathered actors Anjelica and Danny Huston. Today, we're going to delve into the Criterion Collection's recent blu-ray release of one of Huston's finest noirs, The Asphalt Jungle. Starring the manly Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen (so good here), Louis...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Actor Robert Loggia Dies At Age 85

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Acclaimed character actor Robert Loggia has passed away at age 85. Loggia was a familiar face to TV viewers throughout the decades and starred in the short-lived 1960s crime caper series T.H.E. Cat, playing the titular character. In the ensuing years, Loggia became one of the most sought-after actors for high profile supporting roles in feature films. His major credits include "Big" in which he memorably performs a dance routine with a rejuvenated Tom Hanks in the F.A.O Schwarz toy store in Manhattan; "Jagged Edge" for which he received an Oscar nomination, "Scarface" (1983), "Prizzi's Honor", "Che", "S.O.B" and "Independence Day". For more click here. 
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Robert Loggia (1930-2015) ...and 80s Oscar Movies.

Tough guy Italian American actor Robert Loggia, arguably best known for supporting roles in gangster classics, has passed away at age 85. He had been suffering from Alzheimers. Condolences to his family and his fans.

The enduring character actor's career began on the Broadway stage in the 1950s but he quickly began mixing it up on television where he starred in a few short lived TV shows and made numerous guest appearances over the past five decades (!). His first big screen role (uncredited) was as "Frankie Peppo" in the Paul Newman classic Somebody Up There Likes Me but his film career didn't hit its peak until the 1980s with a string of hits including An Officer and a Gentleman, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, and the comedy Big with Tom Hanks.

Though the earliest Oscar ceremony memory I have is Shirley Maclaine winning (1983), the first Oscar race I actively followed was in 1985, the
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