British actress Alexandra Bastedo has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 67. The Casino Royale star passed away on Sunday (12Jan14), according to theatre director and close friend Roger Redfarn.
Bastedo was discovered at the age of 16 and made her debut in horror film 13 Frightened Girls in 1963.
She went on to star in several movies and TV shows, including The Champions and Batman Begins.
Bastedo dated actor Omar Sharif and English journalist David Frost and was married to theatre producer and director Patrick Garland, who passed away in April (13), at the age of 78.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
S2E16: Tonight's episode of Hawaii Five-0 employs the old out-of-sequence technique: The beginning is really the end, and the rest is shown via flashback.
The episode opens at a hospital, where Steve appears to be in bad shape and Lori is washing off quite a bit of blood from her hands -- and getting reprimanded by the governor.
Eighteen hours earlier ...
The whole Five-0 crew was at an environmental fundraiser hosted by Gov. Denning, when they're informed that a murder has occurred at the hotel at which the event is taking place. Denning gives Lori and Steve specific instructions to swiftly get to the bottom of the crime -- which centers around the dead body of a woman named Victoria Chase found in the laundry room -- but keep it hush-hush.
The first suspect, as is pretty much always the case on Hawaii Five-0, is the wrong one. A man named Dennis Mack was the last person to see Victoria alive, per elevator surveillance footage, but it's all a mix-up, as he has nothing to do with the crime at hand.
Next up: a guy named Roger Furman, a bouncer at the restaurant where Victoria waited tables who fits the bill in the case -- but although he isn't exactly a good Samaritan, Furman turns out to be Victoria's ally. He was, in fact, set to do her the favor of "laying a beatdown" upon a guy who had wronged Victoria's sister.
That's when Steve and Danny uncover the real dirt from Vicky's sister, Amanda: She'd gone out with a man from a company called Garland International. A few dates in, she found out that he was married, at which point she tried to leave his house, only to be raped.
His name: Dmitri Vonokov. His whereabouts? Seemingly hiding out at the Russian consulate, but getting the consul general to give him up isn't going to be easy. So Steve, Danny, Kono, Chin and Lori are forced to do things the really hard way -- and after Steve and Vonokov are hit by a car (that's how the former wound up in the hospital in the episode's opening sequence), Chin is detained at the consulate for "acts of terrorism," and Kono obtains (albeit not so legally) the necessary blood sample from Vonokov while he's in the hospital, Vonokov's guilt is proven and justice served for Amanda.
It comes at a price, though: Lori Weston hands in her letter of resignation to Steve after Denning gives her an ultimatum.
TOP FIVE MOMENTS FROM TONIGHT'S EPISODE
1. A scene early on in the episode, in which Steve and Danny are outbidding each other by one dollar for season tickets to the University of Hawaii's football team. They bicker and taunt each other for the rest of the episode.
2. A scene that hints at certain death for Dennis Mack – before the commercial break. After the commercial, it seems like certain death for McGarrett, who jumps off the roof with Mack, only to land on a balcony not far below.
3. “OK, I’m thinking that this could just be a Cinderella story gone bad: Nice lady, she saves up to buy a ticket to the ball, she gets herself a fancy dress … right? She’s looking for Prince Charming. … Take it from me, because I know that nobody wants to be alone on Valentine’s Day.” –Danny’s initial hypothesis on the crime
4. The obligatory chase scene, in which Danny and Steve run after the perp, in this case (the ultimately proven innocent) Furman – who jumped out of a window to try and escape.
5. “Ohhhh, OK. This is your … your pity party? Is it, uh, personal invite only, or can anybody else attend? Can I come too?” –Danny to Steve, who tries to take the blame for the whole debacle
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out 21 awards tonight for scientific and technical achievements.
Actress Charlize Theron hosted the black tie gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel.
Scientific and Technical Awards are presented by the academy for ``devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures.''
Seven Scientific and Engineering Awards were presented in the form of plaques, and 14 Technical Achievement Awards were given out as certificates. Its board of directors chose the winners based on recommendations from the
Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.
Achievements receiving the scientific and technical awards needn't have been invented during the current year, said Awards Administration Director Richard Miller. They are considered ``only if they have proved their exceptional merit through successful use,'' he said.
An Oscar statuette was presented to Edmund M. Di Giulio, who the academy calls one of the film industry's ``foremost engineering minds.'' De Giulio was the Gordon E. Sawyer Award recipient. The award, established
in 1981, is ``presented to an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.''
Perhaps best known for his part in the engineering and development of the Steadicam, Di Giulio has been active on various Academy subcommittees. He chaired the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Committee for five
An Award of Commendation went to Rune Ericson, who was honored for ``his groundbreaking efforts on and dedication to the development of the Kodak Super 16mm film format for motion pictures.'' According to the academy, the Swedish director of photography has worked for more than 30 years to improve the Super 16mm, which has been used for more than 500 feature films shot throughout the world since the 1970s.
The system gives the camera extreme mobility, allowing cuts in production costs and shooting time without corrupting the quality of the image, according to AMPAS. The 16mm film format has also played a significant part in furthering the mainstream success of low-budget films. By extending the width of the 16mm frame, more of the frame height can be used, which allows low-budget films to be produced in a technically compatible version for widescreen theatrical release.
Here are the Scientific and Engineering Award recipients:
John Eargle, Don Keele and Mark Engebretson for the concept, design and engineering of the modern constant-directivity, direct radiator style motion picture loudspeaker systems;
Iain Neil won for the concept and optical design and Al Saiki for the mechanical design of the Panavision Primo Macro Zoom Lens, a compact, wide-angle, macro focus lens;
Peter Kuran for the invention, and Sean Coughlin, Joseph A. Olivier and William Conner for the engineering and development, of the RCI-Color Film Restoration Process, which restores color to faded color negatives;
Franz Kraus, Johannes Steurer and Wolfgang Riedel for the design and development of the ARRILASER Film Recorder, which demonstrates a high level of engineering resulting in a compact, user-friendly, low-maintenance device while at the same time maintaining outstanding speed, exposure ratings and image quality;
Makoto Tsukada, Shoji Kaneko and the Technical Staff of Imagica Corp., and Daijiro Fujie of Nikon Corp., for the Imagica 65/35 Multi-Format Optical Printer, a liquid-gate optical printer that offers ease of set-up and change-
over to various formats from 35mm to 65mm;
Steve Gerlach, Gregory Farrell and Christian Lurin for the design, engineering and implementation of the Kodak Panchromatic Sound Recording Film, which allows all four soundtrack systems to be exposed on a single negative
with relative ease, facilitating more economic distribution of motion pictures; and
Paul Constantine and Peter M. Constantine for the design and development of the CELCO Digital Film Recorder products.
Here are the Technical Achievement Awards winners:
Pete Romano for the design and development of the Remote AquaCam, an underwater camera housing system for use in motion pictures;
Jordan Klein for his pioneering efforts in the development and application of underwater camera housings for motion pictures;
Lance Williams for his pioneering influence in the field of computer-generated animation and effects for motion pictures;
Bernard Werner and William Gelow for the engineering and design of filtered line arrays and screen spreading compensation as applied to motion picture loudspeaker systems;
Tomlinson Holman for the research and systems integration resulting in the improvement of motion picture loudspeaker systems;
Geoff Jackson and Roger Woodburn for their DMS 120S Camera Motor;
Thomas Major Barron for the overall concept and design; Charles Smith for the structural engineering; and Gordon Seitz for the mechanical engineering of the Bulldog Motion Control Camera Crane;
John Anderson, Jim Hourihan, Cary Phillips and Sebastian Marino for the development of the ILM Creature Dynamics System;
Dr. Steve Sullivan and Eric Schafer for the development of the ILM Motion and Structure Recovery System;
Carl Ludwig and John Constantine Jr. for their contributions to CELCO Digital Film Recorder products;
Bill Spitzak, Paul Van Camp, Jonathan Egstad and Price Pethel for their pioneering effort on the NUKE-2D Compositing Software;
Dr. Uwe Sassenberg and Rolf Schneider for the development of ``3D Equalizer,'' an advanced and robust camera and object match-moving system;
Garland Stern for the concept and implementation of the Cel Paint Software System; and
Mic Rodgers and Matt Sweeney for the concept, design and realization of the ``Mic Rig,'' a self-contained, low bed picture car carrier and camera platform.
Movie of the Year
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Male Actor of the Year
Denzel Washington, Training Day
Female Actor of the Year
Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom
Featured Male Actor of the Year
Gene Hackman, The Royal Tenenbaums
Featured Female Actor of the Year
Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
Director of the Year
Robert Altman, Gosford Park
Screenwriter of the Year
Christopher Nolan, Memento
Cinematographer of the Year
Roger Deakins, The Man Who Wasn't There
Editor of the Year
Jill Bilcock, Moulin Rouge
Production Designer of the Year
Grant Major, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Digital Effects Artist of the Year
Jim Rygiel, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Composer of the Year
Craig Armstrong, Moulin Rouge
AFI Awards for Television
Drama Series of the Year
Comedy Series of the Year
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Movie or Miniseries of the Year
Band of Brothers
Male Actor of the Year: TV Series
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
Female Actor of the Year: TV Series
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Male Actor of the Year: TV Movie or Miniseries
Jeffrey Wright, Boycott
Female Actor of the Year: TV Movie or Miniseries
Judy Davis, Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows