The entertainer died at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut on Thursday (12Aug10).
His Broadway credits include The National Health in 1974, a 1975 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, and a revival of The Glass Menagerie that same year.
He also starred in the original production of John Guare’s comedy Bosoms and Neglect in 1979, was part of the original Broadway cast of David Rabe’s Streamers in 1976, and starred as Romeo in a 1977 production of Romeo and Juliet.
Alongside Meryl Streep and Philip Bosco, Rudd played the title role in a 1976 production of Henry V for the New York Shakespeare Festival.
On U.S. television, he starred in Beacon Hill, and in 1977 TV movie Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye. He also appeared in The Betsy, the 1978 film based on the Harold Robbins novel, and continued his TV career throughout the 1980s with guest roles on TV series Hart to Hart, Moonlighting and others before leaving acting to raise his children.
Rudd is survived by his second wife, Martha Bannerman, their three children, Graeme, Kathryn and Eliza and his mother, Kathryn Rudd.
The Blue Lagoon star was featured on celebrity programme Who Do You Think You Are?, which followed the actress as she voyaged to Italy and France to trace her family on her father's side.
With the help of a royal historian, Shields discovered she is a distant relative of French royals including King Henry IV, Saint Louis, Philip II and Charles V.
Shields called the journey that took her back in time "an amazing exploration" - and is excited to share her family's history with her daughters Rowan, six, and Grier, three, when they're older.
She explains, "(The journey has) taken me from New Jersey to the Palace of Versailles... I'm just looking forward to imparting what I've learned and imparting to my children where they came from. And even if they don't understand it now it will be a huge piece of their puzzle. I do feel part of something bigger and now the desire to share it with my daughters is even stronger."
Sarah Jessica Parker, her husband Matthew Broderick and moviemaker Spike Lee have also traced their family trees for the TV series.
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.
Al Pacino has bought the film rights to Philip Roth's most recent novel, The Humbling.
The New York Times reports that Pacino will play the lead with Barry Levinson directing and Buck Henry writing the screenplay. No studio is involved yet.
The news comes to the Times by way of Pat Kingsley.
The project follows an aging and irrelevant stage actor who finds hope of renewal through a younger woman.
Kaufman, wife of director Philip Kaufman and mother of producer Peter Kaufman, passed away at her San Francisco, California home on Monday (07Dec09) following a four-year battle with cancer.
Kaufman began her career in the 1970s, teaming up with her husband to write the screenplay for 1979 's The Wanderers. The husband and wife team went on to write the screenplay for 1990 movie Henry & June, starring Uma Thurman and Kevin Spacey, which was the first film in the U.S. to be given an NC-17 rating, because of the scenes of sex and violence.
The writer also dabbled in acting with cameo appearances in a string of her husband's films including 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
She is survived by her husband and son, as well as two grandchildren.
Winners were announced Thursday for the 30th Annual Student Academy Awards competition, with 11 film students chosen to participate in industry-related activities and social events in the week leading up to the awards ceremony on June 8 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
But the U.S.-based students, selected from nine American universities, will have to wait until the ceremony to find out what level of awards--gold, silver or bronze--each will receive. Besides trophies, gold medal winners take home $5,000; silver medal winners receive $3,000 and bronze medal winners are awarded $2,000.
A $1,000 cash grant is also awarded for the Honorary Foreign Film winner. This year, the prize went to Florian Baxmeyer from the University of Hamburg, Germany, for The Red Jacket. Baxmeyer was selected from a pool of 38 entries from 25 countries.
To reach this stage, students had to compete in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to send the Academy up to three finalist films in each of the four categories, including alternative, animation, documentary and narrative.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1972 "to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.''
Here is a list of the 2003 winners (alphabetical by film title within category):
The Projects Lumiere, Waleed Moursi, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
Bert, Moonsung Lee, Academy of Art College, San Francisco
Perpetual Motion, Kimberly Miner, Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Rochester, New York
A Work in Progress, Wes Ball, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Indiana Aria, Elizabeth Pollock, University of California, Berkeley
Left Behind, Christof Putzel, Connecticut College, New London
Those Who Trespass, Renee Fischer, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
fine., Michael Downing and Philip Svoboda, American Film Institute, Los Angeles
Jesus Henry Christ, Dennis Lee, Columbia University, New York
La Milpa (The Cornfield), Patricia Riggen, Columbia University, New York
Honorary Foreign Film
The Red Jacket, Florian Baxmeyer, University of Hamburg, Germany
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to hurl yourself into a spinning ceiling fan or snort a line of wasabi then Jackass: The Movie is right up your alley. Paramount Pictures and MTV Films have released the big screen adaptation of the series featuring a bunch of guys doing really gross and often dangerous stunts--all for your viewing pleasure. Here series regulars including Johnny Knoxville Bam Margera Chris Pontius Steve-O Dave England Ryan Dunn and Jason 'Wee Man' Acuna perform stunts they say couldn't be done on network television. In one gag for example Dunn inserts a toy car up his butt then visits an x-ray specialist to complain about some mysterious pain. When the doc shows him the x-ray with the silhouette of the car clearly visible Dunn asks him how it could have gotten there to which the doc replies in all seriousness "Maybe you stuck it up your ass." The lowbrow pranks however are nothing compared to having to watch the Jackass crew's pasty white butt cheeks as they prance around in thongs throughout the majority of the film. If you can stomach that then you're ready for anything.
When Knoxville wanted to turn his practical jokes into a career he approached Big Brother magazine editor Jeff Tremaine about turning his antics into a column. Tremaine instead suggested he videotape his stunts and the two released the Big Brother Video Trilogy which quickly became an underground hit. It's nice to see that despite his cult status and MTV fame Knoxville (whose real name is Philip John Clapp) is not above performing some of the movie's worst stunts including getting a beating from heavyweight boxer Eric "Butterbean" Esch which sends him to the emergency room. It is interesting to see the personalities of the some of the Jackass crew emerge like Steve-O's. Initially he was supposed to be the one pulling off the toy car prank but he backs out on camera citing health concerns. But later on we find out Steve-O simply didn't want to disappoint his father and drew the line at that stunt. Look out for some great cameos including BMX pro Matt Hoffman skateboarder Tony Hawk and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.
Tremaine who directed the film stays true to the series and delivers a movie that pretty much resembles an extended episode with wackier stunts. The footage is shot in the same fashion with hand-held cameras and spy cams hidden in oversized hats. Although the first few gags are not the best (neither are the ones involving animals which are sad rather than outrageous) the film eventually unleashes its goodies saving the best for last. By the warning that flashes on the screen at the beginning of the film it's clear that everyone involved has a sense of humor about it. It reads: "The following stunts were performed by professionals so for your safety and the protection of those around you Paramount Pictures and MTV Films insist that neither you or your dumb little buddies attempt any of what you're about to see."
A man seen prowling around the grounds of pop singer Britney Spears' home in the Hollywood Hills was held briefly by private security guards on Monday but later released when Spears did not press charges, police told Reuters Wednesday.
When the incident took place, Spears had been in New York City receiving the "Fun, Fearless Female of the Year" award from Cosmopolitan magazine. In an interview with the TV show Extra Wednesday, Spears said the home's security system had been turned off inadvertently during the weekend, "but they got the guy." Spears also added, "it makes you appreciate your security and the people that are protecting you."
Black Hawk Down star Ewan McGregor has decided to let life imitate art. He'll fly with his brother, a Royal Air Force pilot, in an RAF Tornado GR1 jet, one of Britain's fastest warplanes, to raise money for children's hospices in Scotland. Brave lad.
Director Lasse Hallstrom has dropped out of the Universal/Miramax drama Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe and has committed to helming Miramax's screen adaptation of David Liss' novel A Conspiracy of Paper instead. The story centers around the inception of the stock exchange in 18th-century London. Hallstrom switched gears when production on Cinderella was delayed.
Ed Harris will be joining Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins and Gary Sinise in Miramax/Lake Entertainment's The Human Stain. Based on the novel by Philip Roth, the story centers on a light-skinned black professor (Hopkins) who passed himself off as Jewish for many years. Let's hope the NAACP doesn't get upset that Hopkins is playing a light-skinned black man.
John Cusack will be starring in the new thriller I.D. with Amanda Peet and Ray Liotta, a whodunit revolving around a group of 10 strangers who find themselves running from a desert storm into a Bates-like motel, where they are then picked off one by one by an unknown killer. Sounds like these people are having an extraordinarily bad day.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is puzzled by the brief disappearance of Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar--and frankly, so are we. Apparently the little gold-plated guy was being shipped Friday via UPS to be refurbished by the Academy and was stolen sometime during the process. The Oscar turned up later in a Los Angeles International Airport trash bin and is now safe in a vault. Goldberg said she won't ever let the Oscar leave her house again.
Looks like Saturday Night Live alumni will be dominating the NBC 2002 fall comedy development slate. The network has greenlit several half-hour pilots, executive produced by such SNL players as creator Lorne Michaels and Adam Sandler. The network is also looking at casting old-school favorite Chevy Chase and Norm MacDonald.
Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien may be looking at a $8 million annual paycheck to stay on the air with NBC for another four years. If finalized, he'll be the highest paid host in the 12:35 a.m. time slot. Not bad for a guy everyone thought would fail miserably when he first went on the air in 1993.
Newswoman Greta Van Susteren told People magazine she decided to have blepharoplasty (more commonly known as an eyelift) on a whim, to do something just for her. "It's the first time since I was 17 that I had a month off and no responsibilities," she said. Van Susteren will be the new host of Fox News Channel's show On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, stars of the hit Broadway show The Producers, will be bowing out of the musical after playing to packed audiences for a year. Lane, who won the Tony for best actor, will be replaced by British actor Henry Goodman, while a replacement has yet to be cast for Broderick.
The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a full-scale investigation into the Screen Actors Guild election debacle last November, where poll administrators and union staffers allegedly mishandled ballots. A call for a new election was passed by a guild committee, but this investigation could result in a ruling on whether a rerun of the SAG election is actually necessary.
Country singer Alan Jackson's album Drive is still No. 1 on the album charts, with Creed's Weathered and Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory coming in at second and third, respectively. Mary J. Blige's No More Drama jumped from the 28th spot to No. 10.
French-Canadian diva Celine Dion launched her first new song in two years. "A New Day Has Come" was released for radio play on Wednesday, and her new album will reach stores March 26.
Comte Donatien Alphonse François de Sade (Geoffrey Rush) the legendary
French libertine and writer of dirty stories who lent his name to the term
"sadism " goofs away the last decadent years of his life in an insane
asylum. But the black-market publication of his latest porno masterpiece
upsets the unorthodox arrangements he has with a mischievous chambermaid
(Kate Winslet) and the open-minded priest who administers the facility
(Joaquin Phoenix). Soon a harsh new supervisor (Michael Caine) arrives with
orders to break the unrepentant Marquis.
While he bears little physical resemblance to the historical de Sade -- a
350-pound 64-year-old at the time of his death in 1814 -- Rush ("Shine")
nails the combustible mixture of monster and intellectual rebel that makes
the character such a fascinating counterculture icon. Meanwhile "Titanic"
leading lady Winslet has almost too much sultry star presence for what is
little more than an overglorified henchwoman part. The talented Phoenix
("Gladiator") has much more to work with as a young priest caught in an
increasingly painful moral dilemma.
Philip Kaufman who previously indulged in raunchy literary biography with
1990's "Henry and June " digs into substantial issues about free speech and
the incendiary power of ideas in a piece that plays like "Amadeus" meets
"The People vs. Larry Flynt." Kaufman and screenwriter Doug Wright (adapting
his own stage play) mean to wash all this down with as much lurid teen sex
necrophilia and S&M as they can cram into an art film but there's something
a little too earnestly deliberate about their attempts to be crude and
salacious. Their Marquis is an entertaining enough fellow but he starts to
wear out his welcome as this highbrow tour of hell plods through its
somewhat tedious second hour.
The Manhattan detective depicted in the magazine article, "A Cold Case," took three decades to solve a crime. The time was considerably less for mega-star Tom Hanks to acquire the rights to it.
The story by New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch appears in the magazine's Feb. 14 issue, which hit newsstands on Monday. Before the ink was even dry, Hanks and his Universal-based production shingle, the Playtone Co., put up a six-figure advance to pounce on the rights.
What's the big deal? "Case" details the real-life story of a detective's journey to solve the 1970 murder of a Manhattan restaurateur. Playtone confirmed that the actor is interested in playing the lead character.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF: And the president of the United States is ... Richard Dreyfuss. Well, at least on television.
Daily Variety reports that the Academy Award-winner will accept the chief executive position in CBS' George Clooney-produced "Fail-Safe," to be broadcast live on April 9.
Dreyfuss takes on a role originally played by Henry Fonda in the 1964 feature film. Stephen Fears will direct the latest version, which tells the story of a U.S. president working through tense negotiations with a Soviet translator Noah Wyle of "E.R."). Together, they try to agree on an acceptable retaliation after a U.S. bomber receives a faulty transmission to drop its nukes on Moscow.
Clooney has told the press that "Fail-Safe" is one of his favorite movies. Besides producing the live project, the ex-television icon will star as the pilot who mistakenly thinks he's supposed to deliver the bomb.
THE NEXT 'ANGEL': The latest buxom beauty to be added to the cast list of Columbia's "Charlie's Angels" is Kelly Lynch. For those who don't recall, she was the sexy belle opposite Patrick Swayze in "Road House," and Matt Dillon in "Drugstore Cowboy."