The writer, known for his best-selling children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, died in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday (08May12) due to complications from a recent stroke, his long-time editor Michael di Capua tells the New York Times.
Sendak penned 17 books and was also a talented illustrator, a skill which was mostly self-taught.
His popular book Where the Wild Things Are was transformed into a Hollywood film in 2009.
A number of celebrities took to Twitter.com upon hearing the sad news to pay their respect to the late wordsmith.
In a series of posts on the microblogging site, British musician Mika writes, "Maurice Sendak has died. I am so sad to hear that news. He was one of my lifelong heroes. I met him at his house last year & adored him. We spent the afternoon together & he was everything I hoped he would be. Full of mischief and joy but also the grumpiest man ever. Loveable. His life was full of achievements... He was a notorious hypochondriac & people used to joke that he was always saying he was ill or dying. This time it was for real. Such a loss."
The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood writes, "Maurice Sendak has left us for the land of the wild things. May he carry on adventuring," and director Kevin Smith adds, "And send-off to Sendak: Rest in Peace, Maurice!"
Mia Farrow adds, "Rest in Peace Maurice Sendak."
Jordan Belfort is the latest to prove that if you lead a life of crime, deceit, drug abuse and reckless behavior, Martin Scorsese will eventually want to make a movie about you. Wait, no. That's a horrible lesson. (Why can't you just remake Gandhi, Marty?)
Poor role models aside, Scorsese is teaming with his frequent-flyer Leonardo DiCaprio to make The Wolf of Wall Street, a chronicle of the life and misadventures of Belfort. The subject is a former white collar criminal who defrauded his way, via a Boiler Room operation, into a fortune that funded a life of endearingly free-wheeling exploits like intoxicated helicopter pilot-ry and intoxicated yacht sink-age, and the legitimately despicable act of child endangerment.
The dynamic Scorsese and Di Caprio duo have been considering the project for some time; but it is now official. Boardwalk Empire's Terrence Winter is writing the script.
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Dick Clark shaped the lives of the musicians, personalities and actors who worked with him, pushing many of them from obscurity to stardom. After news spread yesterday, April 18, that the iconic TV producer and host passed away, those same performers paid respect in any form they could — making it apparent that Hollywood had lost one of its greatest icons.
The immediate reactions are a reminder of Clark's influence, but the TV show American Dreams, which debuted on NBC a decade ago, may stand as one of the most fitting tributes to the late Clark. The show examined events and emotions of the '60s through the lens of American Bandstand, with a cast of behind-the-scenes creatives, performers, and dancers. American Dreams broke out actress Brittany Snow, who portrayed the show's lead Meg Pryor, a dancer who gets her own big break on Bandstand. Clark was an executive producer on American Dreams and even found himself as a character on the show, played by actor Paul D. Roberts.
Snow shared a statement about Clark's passing with Hollywood.com:
"I am deeply saddened by the news of Dick Clark's death. He was such an inspiring, intelligent and kind man. I am so honored that I was able to be a part of a television show that recreated such an iconic part of history and be a part of Dick Clark's influential work. I will not only be forever grateful [for] how he changed my life but how he also changed the world. A truly gifted man with the most genuine demeanor, he will be so greatly missed."Continuing the high praise for Clark, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger released a statement lauding the producer's innovative programming:
"For more than half a century, Dick Clark brought the best of American music to audiences across the country, creating careers and countless fans for artists on his iconic shows, American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. We’re proud that ABC was home to those programs and will always be part of his legacy. On behalf of everyone at Disney and ABC, we send our sincere condolences to Dick’s family, as well as the three generations of fans who will miss him as much as we do."
Chuck Woolery, famed television personality, said in a statement:
"I am shocked and saddened by the news of Dick Clark’s passing yesterday. The first time I came in contact with Dick was in 1968 when I did American Bandstand. Dick also produced the show Greed, with me as host, on Fox. He really was the best to work with. We stayed in touch through the years, and I knew Kari, Dick’s wife, as well as his son RAC. I considered Dick, Kari and RAC close friends. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. What an honor it is to have known him and worked for him. It is such a shock to know he is gone. Dick’s passing is a great loss to not only his family and friends, but to all those fans he touched through the years. Television will never be the same again. Dick was funny, quick, a true gentleman, and helpful to anyone who asked. What more could you ask a man to be? He could walk with Kings and still maintain a common touch."
Mario Lopez, who co-hosted the daytime talk show The Other Half with Clark said in a statement:
"It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend... Rest well DC."
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Quentin Tarantino is a man of style. When he releases promotional material for his movies, he's not one to opt simply for an image of his leading man glaring stoically — he goes artsy. The director's upcoming Django Unchained has released its first official poster, which fits right into the Tarantino vibe...
...but that's not the only thing the poster fits into. Over the years, a mass of fan-made posters have accumulated in accordance with the past works of the beloved filmmaker. In 2011, a Django Unchained fan poster hit the Internet...
...and the similarities between the two are hard to ignore. It looks as though Tarantino crafted his new poster as an homage to the work done by his devoted fanbase.
Django isn't his first movie to get tribute artwork, however. Check out these other minimalist pieces celebrating Tarantino films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and the Kill Bill films.
Django Unchained stars an all-star cast of Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Kerry Washington. The film opens Dec. 25.
[Additional Poster Artwork by Ibraheem Youssef]
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If your biggest problem with My Week with Marilyn was that it didn't feel "big" enough, Grace of Monaco might be your wheelhouse.
Consider everything about Simon Curtis' 2011 biopic. The subject matter: Marilyn Monroe. The star: Michelle Williams. The time frame: one week. The subtext: the icon's emotional turmoil. Up the ante on all four, and you get Grace of Monaco — a film about Grace Kelly, as portrayed by Nicole Kidman, over a period of six months, covering an international dispute between Monaco and France. Your move, Curtis.
The biggest question that likely comes to mind when considering this project is whether or not Kidman is the right fit for Kelly. At first glance, everything seems on point. Both women are larger than life presences who exemplify glamour and regality. The problem with this is, however, that actors of such presence sometimes find difficulty in effectively selling biopic roles. Did you really forget that it was Meryl Streep behind Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, or Leonardo Di Caprio behind J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar?
This is not to say that Kidman can't handle the role; her Kidman's capabilities regularly amaze. But hopefully, the public will be able to look past the Kidmanity and focus wholeheartedly on the Grace.
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The writer and literature academic passed away in Lisbon, Portugal at the age of 68.
Fellow writer Rushdie took to his Twitter.com page on Sunday to pay his respects to Tabucchi and urge followers to read his 1984 novella Indian Nocturne.
He tweeted, "The great Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi died today. Read his beautiful, dreamlike Indian Nocturne (Notturno Indiano)."
Meanwhile, Antonio Di Pietro, the leader of the Italy of Values party, remembered Tabucchi as "a great intellectual (and) a refined writer".
A funeral is to be held in the Portuguese capital on Thursday (29Mar12).
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has caused a little bit of a stir (at least in the royal-gossip community) after she was spotted wearing the same jewels that the late Princess Diana once wore.
At a recent horse race attended by numerous royals, Camilla sported the Prince of Wales feather brooch -- the exact one that once belonged to Princess Di.
Now, it shouldn't be too controversial or shocking as both women have been married to one Prince Charles, and the brooch originated in his family (he gave it Camilla as a gift), but it has certainly rubbed some royal watchers and commentators the wrong way.
An official statement from the palace has been issued: "The Duchess of Cornwall wore it to Cheltenham as she was presenting the Queen Mother Cup for one of the races. As it once belonged to the Queen Mother, she felt it was appropriate to wear."
Channing Tatum has such a great body that it (or rather, how he moves it) is the focus of an entire film. And it isn't just the ladies who are taking note of the Magic Mike star's perfect pecs!
Friends With Kids star Adam Scott told Details magazine, "That guy looks like he was sculpted out of ivory." He then gushed about Tatum's tuckus, saying adult stores should use it as a model for sex toys. He quickly added, "Sorry for everything I just said."
Apologies aren't necessary, because Scott isn't the only actor taking stock of of Hollywood's best rear ends. Earlier today Genesis Rodriguez said of her Casa di mi Padre co-star Will Ferrell, "He has a great butt, people!" You can judge for yourself by checking out one of Ferrell's many nude scene, but we'd like Tatum to submit more evidence.
Source: L.A. Times
The filmmaker announced plans for another Transformers sequel on Tuesday (14Feb12), and his producer pal Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed it would be a new take on the popular brand.
Leading star Shia LaBeouf is not expected to return after insisting he was done with the hugely-successful action series following the release of last year's (11) Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and now Duhamel admits he and his co-stars Tyrese Gibson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are unlikely to be a part of the Transformers' future either.
He tells Eonline.com, "I don't think anybody's doing it. I know Shia's not doing it. I don't think Tyrese or Rosie or anybody else is doing it."
But Duhamel is not surprised studio executives are rolling out another sequel, because Dark of the Moon's $1.12 billion worldwide gross made it the fourth highest-grossing film in movie history.
He says, "Whenever these movies make that much money they're going to make as many as they can. (But) I haven't heard anything about it. They haven't called me."
Huntington-Whiteley replaced Megan Fox as LaBeouf's onscreen love interest for the third installment of the franchise.
The next Transformers movie is scheduled to hit theatres in June, 2014.