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Friday 17 December 2010
For two decades, Stephen J Cannell was one of American television's most successful writers and producers. He claimed that his greatest successes, shows like The Rockford Files or The A-Team, came about "by mistake". Having created, or co-created, by his own count, 43 different series, and produced something like 1,500 episodes, he said he was bound to get the elements right occasionally and tap into something the audience liked.
Dino De Laurentiis: Film producer crucial to Italy's cinematic resurgence who also enjoyed Hollywood success
Friday 12 November 2010
Few producers in the history of cinema could stake a better claim to F Scott Fitzgerald's title of "the last tycoon" than Dino De Laurentiis, the Italian mogul whose career spanned more than 60 years and whose vast output of films made him a legendary figure both in Europe and America. Best known for his flamboyant production of War and Peace with AudreyHepburn, and the Biblical epics Barabbas (1961) with Anthony Quinn, and The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), directed by and starring John Huston, De Laurentiis was also an important figure in the Italian film industry's postwar renaissance, a fact acknowledged by Federico Fellini, who noted: "Paradoxically, Italian cinema was healthier during the period of the great adventurers, people like Peppino Amato, Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti and Angelo Rizzoli, who were successful at producing films in the grand style, which stood comparison with Hollywood productions."
Sunday 07 November 2010
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone, 133 mins (12A)<br/>Life As We Know It, Greg Berlanti, 114 mins (12A)
Sunday 10 October 2010
Friday 30 July 2010
There is deception at the heart of all good art. Were it just to tell the plain old truth it would be fact not fiction. But for fine art you need the finest quality of deception. Which is why the latest piece of Hollywood high technology is so to be lamented. Until now, sound effects have been added to movies using time-honoured techniques which date back to the days of the first talkies. The breaking of a human bone is recreated by the snapping of a stick of celery. The sound of a bird's wings is reproduced by the flapping of a pair of gloves. Corn starch in a leather pouch provides the noise of boots crunching in snow. Even today's highest-tech films, with their cutting-edge, computer-generated imagery, still rely on these wonderfully old-fashioned methods.
Saturday 24 July 2010
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Wednesday 30 June 2010
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Friday 14 May 2010
It is an accepted truism that in a town built on a giant fault line which risks billions of dollars on the public's appetite for film, Hollywood doesn't much care for the word stability. So it's a sign of the times that Universal Studios has promoted from within to preside over Universal Pictures.
Saturday 08 May 2010
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
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- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 #Teamnigella: It’s the only side to be on
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police