The filmmaker, who was nominated for six Oscars, died in Los Angeles on Monday (31May10).
His film credits include Heaven Can Wait, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, madcap cult movie 1941, Rosemary’s Baby and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
After serving in World War Two, Fraker began a career as a photographer and his first project involved a Marilyn Monroe calendar.
He got his start as a camera operator on the popular TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and landed his first job as a cinematographer in 1967's Games.
Fraker went on to work with moviemaking greats like Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg and Milos Forman.
He also directed Lee Marvin and Jack Palance in 1970 western Monte Walsh and the films The Legend of the Lone Ranger and A Reflection of Fear.
He was working on the movie Section B, with Tippi Hedren, Cyndi Lauper and Marla Maples, when he died.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Top Story: Quirky Comedies Win Top WGA Honors
The quirky comedies Lost in Translation and American Splendor took top honors Saturday at the 56th annual Writers Guild of America Awards, which were doled out in simultaneous ceremonies at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Pierre Hotel in New York. The awards, handed out by Hollywood's screenwriters, honor outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television and radio during the 2003 season. Lost in Translation, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, won original screenplay, while American Splendor, penned by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, took best-adapted screenplay--a prize that was an expected shoo-in for the third and final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But The Return of the King scribes Frances Walsh and Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson will get their chance again at the Academy Awards on Feb. 29, where they are nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay along with Pulcini and Berman for American Splendor, Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain, Brian Helgeland for Mystic River and writer/director Gary Ross for Seabiscuit. The odds, however, are tipped in American Splendor's favor: In the past 12 years, eight Writers Guild of America adapted screenplay winners have gone on to win an Oscar.
Bobby Brown in the Hoosegow
Bobby Brown is back in the Big House. The 35-year-old singer, whose hits include "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step," was being held Saturday without bond at the DeKalb County Jail in Georgia, The Associated Press reports, after being taken into custody for violating his probation on a previous drunken driving conviction. He is expected to remain in custody until a court hearing Friday. According to the AP, the ruling may be related to Brown's charge of misdemeanor battery in December following an argument with his wife, singer Whitney Houston. Brown has been on probation since January 2003, when he was convicted of a 1996 drunken driving incident. He had been ordered to remain on probation until Feb. 17, 2005.
Jackson's Exposure Not a Federal Case
While most American believe Janet Jackson acted in poor taste when she revealed her right breast during the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 1, only a few think it warrants a federal investigation. An Ipsos Group research poll conducted for the AP found that only 18 percent of those surveyed thought Jackson's exposure was an illegal act, while 54 percent said it was in bad taste. Meanwhile, a fourth of those in the poll said the act was neither in bad taste nor illegal, according to the AP. The AP-Ipsos poll of 1,000 adults was taken Feb. 16-18. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
American Idol Reject's Popularity Surges
Despite being unceremoniously booted off the Fox American Idol audition stage a few weeks ago, 21-year-old William Hung has become an instant celebrity. Hung has taken his gotta-see-it-to-believe-it version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" and turned it into a bizarre quasi-career. Hung, a Southern California native studying at the University of California, Berkeley, tried out for American Idol in San Francisco last September but promptly got the brush-off from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. But he has since become a hot commodity. After being invited to sing at a Cal volleyball game last week, he received offers from music cabler Fuse and New York-based record company Koch Entertainment for a record contract and music video production deal. Hung also made a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he performed four songs. Three Web sites devoted to Hung have also gone up on the Internet in the past week, including one that generated 4 million hits in four days.
Ozzy Osbourne Ready To Rock
Though he's recently questioned his ability to perform onstage again, a neck brace-sporting Ozzy Osbourne says he will indeed headline the ninth annual Ozzfest touring festival this summer and denies reports that a team of paramedics and a mobile surgery would be standing by at the side of the stage should anything happen. "Number one, I'm not gonna die; I'm gonna make the tour," Osbourne, 55, said at a news conference Friday. "I'm not dead. I'm ready to rock, man." Osbourne crashed his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle on Dec. 8 at his estate in Buckinghamshire in southern England, leaving him with fractures in eight ribs and a vertebra. He expressed fears earlier this week that he might never perform again. The Ozzfest tour, which will play 26 locations across the United States, begins in Hartford, Conn., July 10 and wraps in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 10.
Shaun Cassidy in Fender Bender
Former teen idol Shaun Cassidy was involved in a Thursday morning car crash that left a Warner Bros. studio security guard with minor leg injury. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Cassidy was driving into the studio when his car struck a vehicle that was stopped at the security gate. That car was then pushed into a third vehicle, trapping guard Conrad Perez between them. Perez was treated at a hospital and released. Cassidy was not cited. Cassidy, who costarred in the TV series The Hardy Boys Mysteries, went on to stage acting and then became a writer and producer for TV shows including American Gothic, The Agency and the current CBS series Cold Case.
Kristin Davis Keeping Charlotte's Wardrobe
Talk about a job with fringe benefits.
The Producers Guild of America will give out awards tonight, with the teams behind A Beautiful Mind, Moulin Rouge and Shrek among those in contention for its top honor. The producers of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring are also in the running for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.
The honor is similar to the motion picture academy's best picture prize, and the winner is considered a near shoo-in for Oscar gold. The 1,500-member Producers Guild has correctly predicted the best picture Oscar winner 10 out
of the last 13 years.
A Beautiful Mind, Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge are
nominated for both the PGA award and best picture Oscar. But the guild opted for box office hits Shrek and Harry Potter for its other two slots,
while the Academy chose the indie critic faves In the Bedroom and Gosford Park.
The Producers Guild will also hand out awards in three television categories, with such shows as The West Wing and The Sopranos among those in the running.
The teams behind CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and The West Wing are nominated for the Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in episodic television-drama.
Contenders for the Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in episodic television-comedy are Frasier, Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Sex and the City and Will & Grace.
The nominated producers of Frasier include the late David Angell, who was aboard one of the hijacked planes that crashed on Sept. 11.
Among the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in longform television nominees are some well-known names--Billy Crystal for HBO's 61*, and Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for HBO's Band of Brothers.
Husband-and-wife actors Bradley Whitford of The West Wing and Jane Kaczmarek of Malcolm in the Middle will host the guild's 13th annual ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Formed in 1950, the Producers Guild has about 500 active members and 1,000 affiliated members.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Darryl F. Zanuck Theatrical Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award in Motion Pictures
A Beautiful Mind, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, David Heyman
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
Moulin Rouge, Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron
Shrek, Aron Warner, John H. William and Jeffrey Katzenberg
Norman Felton Producer of the Year in Episodic Television-Drama
CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ann M. Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker, Jonathan Littman, Sam Strangis, Danny
Cannon, Cynthia Chvatal and William Petersen
Law & Order, Dick Wolf, Barry Schindel, Jeffrey L. Hayes, Lewis H. Gould and Kati Johnston
Six Feet Under, Alan Ball, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari and Alan Poul
The Sopranos, David Chase, Brad Grey, Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green, Ilene S. Landress and Terence Winter
The West Wing, John Wells, Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Llewellyn Wells, Christopher Misiano, Alex Graves and Michael Hissrich
Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television-Comedy
Frasier, David Angell, Peter Casey, Kelsey Grammer, David Lee, Dan O'Shannon, Mark Reisman and Maggie Blanc
Friends, Kevin S Bright, Marta Kauffman, David Crane, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri, Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen and Todd Stevens
Malcolm in the Middle, Linwood Boomer and James S. Simons
Sex and the City, Michael Patrick King, Cindy Chupack, John P. Melfi and Sarah Jessica Parker
Will & Grace, James Burrows, Jeff Greenstein, Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and Tim Kaiser
David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Longform Television
61*, Billy Crystal and Ross Greenburg
Anne Frank, Hans Proppe and David R. Kappes
Band of Brothers, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Tony To
Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Robert Allan Ackerman and Lorna Luft
Wit, Cary Brokaw
David Lynch's Mulholland Drive was voted the best picture of 2001 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Robert Altman was named best director for his 1930s period piece Gosford Park, while Helen Mirren took the best supporting actress nod for her performance in the film. Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson were voted best actress and actor for their stunning work in Todd Field's In the Bedroom and Steve Buscemi won best supporting actor kudos for Ghost World. Rounding out the picks, the Chinese In the Mood for Love was chosen as best foreign-language film and Richard Linklater's Waking Life took top honors in the animation category.
Tom Hanks is DreamWorks' flavor of the month. Having already signed on to star in two new films for the studio, Terminal and The Road to Perdition, he is now in negotiations to star in DreamWorks' Comrade Rockstar based on the life of the late rocker Dean Reed.
"You talkin' to me?" Robert De Niro heads the list of the 100 greatest film actors of all time, at least according to a poll of 13,500 British movie channel FilmFour viewers. Al Pacino came in second, while Kevin Spacey and Jack Nicholson followed in the third and fourth spots. Jodie Foster was the highest ranking female star in 23rd place.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford is going to try her hand at acting once again. She'll be starring in the romantic drama The Simian Line with William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr. Crawford's last movie, 1995's Fair Game, bombed at the box office.
The Wall Street Journal reports that NBC will be the first network to run advertisements for hard liquor in 50 years. In a deal with UK's Diageo, whose brands include Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Johnnie Walker whiskies, NBC will run the ads during primetime hours (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), as well as during late-night television. The first commercial for Smirnoff will run this weekend during Saturday Night Live.
The six-million dollar man, Steve Austin, is coming back--to the big screen. The 1972 Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, on which the hit '70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man was based, is being developed as a feature by Dimension Films and Universal Pictures. Kevin Smith is being rumored to direct.
Fox's hit show Malcolm in the Middle will air a special one-hour post-Super Bowl episode Feb. 3, with guest stars Susan Sarandon, Bradley Whitford, Christina Ricci, Patrick Warburton, Stephen Root, Tom Green and Fox Sports personalities Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw.
The never-shy Elton John will promote lipstick for cosmetic company MAC, in an effort to raise money for AIDS. He'll be joining Mary J. Blige and Shirley Manson, lead singer of the band Garbage, in the ad campaign.
Chevy Chase and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels will be developing a new NBC series targeted for the 2002 fall season. A twist on the popular 1960s series My Three Sons, Chase will play a modern-day Fred MacMurray who is a single dad to three teenage daughters.
The Walt Disney Co. has paid $902,778 to settle claims that a subcontractor of Disney, who made beaded tiaras and wands for Disney, were paying their workers less than a quarter of the mandated minimum wage. A spokeswoman for the studio said they were unaware that labor laws were being violated.
Eagles guitarist and solo artist Joe Walsh will receive an honorary doctorate in music from Kent State University during a commencement ceremony on Saturday. Walsh has stated that he regrets having not graduated.