British cinematographer Oswald Morris has died at the age of 98. Morris died at his home in Dorset, England on Monday (17Mar14).
In his 50 year career, he worked as the cinematographer and director of photography for some of Hollywood's most acclaimed directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet and Franco Zeffirelli, and he became John Huston's sidekick, collaborating with the filmmaking legend on eight movies, including Moby Dick.
Morris' other films include Look Back In Anger, The Guns Of Navarone, Of Human Bondage, Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun, Scrooge, Equus, The Great Muppet Caper and his last film, The Dark Crystal, in 1982.
In 1972, he won the Best Cinematography Oscar for Fiddler on the Roof, and he earned nominations in the same category for Oliver! in 1969 and The Wiz in 1979.
Morris also won three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography from 1965 to 1967, and received the organisation's Academy Fellowship in 1997.
He was also lauded with the American Society of Cinematographers' International Award in 2000, the Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Order of the British Empire in 1998 for his services to cinematography and the film industry.
The Doctor will regenerate on Christmas Day in Doctor Who's annual holiday special, and the fans aren't the only sad pandas losing Eleven. Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) will be the first companion since Billie Piper's Rose to have to get used to a new Time Lord face. (Friendly reminder that the Tenth Doctor dies alone. Happy holidays!) When Christopher Eccleston morphs into David Tennant in the first modern series finale, she is, to put it mildly, skeptical. Even when he proves to her that he is "the same man, always," she isn't sure he'd still want her along. But Clara's got an advantage. Perhaps she won't be as blindsided as her blond predecessor.Don't forget that in "The Name of the Doctor", Clara jumps into the Doctor's timestream to save him from The Great Intelligence. Over, and over, and over again. In all of his incarnations. We know that Oswin the souffle baker and Clara the governess don't have any memory of this, but at least modern-day Clara has some understanding of the regeneration concept.And then there was the 50th Anniversary special, where Clara comes face-to-face with three Doctors at once. She's pretty cool with the whole thing, though clearly Eleven is the Doctor she considers to be hers. She treats the War Doctor (John Hurt) like a friendly uncle and Ten like a particularly flirty friend visiting from out of town. Coleman and Matt Smith have settled in to their chemistry as believable best friends. Whatever Time Lord physiology knowledge Clara has up on her fellow companions, she is still losing someone.
On the other hand, we can't wait to see how the interplay between Clara and our new Doctor, Peter Capaldi develops. The reason that Doctor Who is still going 50 years strong is that it continually, by its very nature, reinvents itself. Clara, like the rest of us, will just have to roll with the punches.
Just in time for the holidays, Fox has put out a new marketing strategy to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past. TheBentBullet.com, the only place to find the real truth about the JFK assassination and the mutant thought responsible: Erik Lensherr, otherwise knows as Magneto. At least, as the site posits, unless Magneto and Lee Harvey Oswald were framed, in which case someone much more powerful (and against mutant rights) set it up. The hypothesis is worth a read, but fair warning — it's the type of site that automatically plays music, so those at work, be wary. Here's the video evidence:
This will surely tap into the one thing that's sweeping America's youth: reading long, elaborate, clearly fictional JFK conspiracy theories with no pictures. Yep, the studio jumped on the literally half-century old crime whose anniversary passed earlier this week as the best way to sell their movie that won't be coming out for another six months. Joking and possible insensitivity aside, it's not the worst idea, as one of the things missing from X-Men: First Class was a larger sense of history and the time period beyond simply Eric's experiences in the Holocaust. The whole concept behind the X-Men is a group of progressive heroes matched by radical villains, and if the whole premise of the film is that someone is out to destroy mutants, they'd start with Magneto, who is attributed to bringing mutant kind into the spotlight for the first time in the early '60s.
The clip offered gives little more than still photos of Michael Fassbender voguing in an unforgiving killer and/or victim photo shoot, but no new footage to add to what we saw a month ago. The only clue we get is that if Magneto was in fact imprisoned for killing JFK, he's a known enemy of the state as early as 1963 and yet somehow figures out a way to escape capital punishment and live to the present day either as a fugitive or prisoner.
Steven Spielberg and Jane Fonda have recalled their memories of John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago (22Nov63) for a U.S. TV news special which will be aired to mark the sad anniversary. Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, who wrote the book Where Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination, sat down with celebrities, politicians and dignitaries to discuss the day President Kennedy died - and their memories of it.
Fonda said, "It just seemed impossible that this great president... was dead. It's like everything became unsafe... It shook my world view."
The news special will air on Friday night (22Nov13) in America.
The mystery surrounding Kennedy's death remains but it is believed he was killed when gunman Lee Harvey Oswald opened fire on the presidential motorcade as it weaved through Dallas, Texas.
A moment of silence following the tolling of bells in Dallas as part of ceremonies to honour President Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination was staged on Friday morning at 11.30am local time.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg had to call on her mother to help her nail her Russian for new movie Killing Kennedy after realising she didn't know enough of the language to portray alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's wife Marina. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is fluent in basic Russian thanks to her parents' Soviet heritage - but she admits she couldn't master some of the more difficult scenes as the wife of the man who allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy.
She explains, "(My mom) translated the entire script for me; we wrote it out phonetically, so that I knew the exact pronunciations.
"I'm fluent in Russian, but I didn't grow up, luckily, with sentences like, 'You can't see your children. Hide the guns. Don't shoot the president!' That was not in my repertoire as a six year old.
"There were different conjugations... I had to change it to a housewife in the late 1950s."
And her mother's language skills were noted by producers, who listed Mrs. Trachtenberg as a consultant on the film in the credits.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is keen to meet the widow of the man accused of assassinating John F. Kennedy after portraying her in new TV movie Killing Kennedy. Marina Oswald has always made it clear she does not want to be associated with what her husband allegedly did way back in 1963, and so the actress refused to try and track her down as she researched her latest role.
But she admits she would love to meet up with the Russian, who is now in her 70s.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "Of the main players in the movie, she's the only one who's still alive... When I started to do my research, there was a minimal amount of information about her; I found an out-of-print biography, called Marina and Lee, which is a huge, thick book that I brought to set... but she didn't really exist to me.
"I found a YouTube video of her on the 30th anniversary (of the assassination) saying, 'My husband was innocent', so I didn't want to disrespect her in any way... but if she would ever like to meet me it would have to be on her terms."
It was 20 years ago (yes, you're old) that skeptic Dana Scully first teamed up with believer Fox Mulder to investigate the FBI's creepiest cases. Plenty of guest stars joined leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the paranormal paradise of The X-Files, including tons of actors who would later blow up in their own right. We've combed through the show's 200+ episodes to bring you 13 of its most significant cameos.
Seth Green already had a healthy filmography built up by the time he was cast as a teenage stoner in first season episode "Deep Throat." But his diner conversation with Special Agents Mulder and Scully probably had a big influence on his future career as showrunner of the geek-tastic cartoon series Robot Chicken.
The West Wing star, next seen in the ABC comedy pilot Trophy Wife, plays a seismologist losing his grip in second season episode "Firewalker."
Future Academy Award-nominee Felicity Huffman was trapped with our heroes while investigating the mysterious deaths of a research team at an Alaskan excavation project. She plays Dr. Nancy Da Silva in "Ice", one of the most suspenseful episodes in the entire series.
It's no surprise that Hollywood hottie Ryan Reynolds would be cast as a popular football player in third season episode "Syzygy." Of course, it's The X-Files, so his high school reign is cut short by two flaky teens driven mad by a rare planetary alignment.
Jack Black/Giovanni Ribisi
"D.P.O.", another third season episode, boasts not one, but two up-and-coming young actors. Jack Black's character owns an arcade where video-game obsessed teen Darin Peter Oswald (Giovanni Ribisi) hangs out when not using his mind to command lightning to kill anyone who pisses him off.Tony Shalhoub
A post-Wings, pre-Monk Tony Shalhoub stars as a dark matter researcher in season two episode "Soft Light." This one is also notable for being the first episode written by Vince Gilligan, who would go on to create a little show called Breaking Bad.
Teeny, tiny Shia LaBeouf can be found late in the series, pulling heart strings as a very ill young boy in season seven's "The Goldberg Variation."
Cutie Jewel Staite has huge nerd cred, having played a kidnapped girl in "Oubliette" from season three and then going on to star in Joss Whedon's epic space western Firefly. Would that the latter would have had as long a run as The X-Files.
What was it about the third season of The X-Files that predicted the future success of almost all its guest stars? We've got another one in Elementary star Lucy Liu, who is credited as "Lucy Alexis Liu" in "Hell Money."
Bryan Cranston was hardly a nobody when he took the role of Patrick Crump in season six episode "Drive." But this appearance earns a spot on the list simply because the episode was another penned by staff writer Vince Gillian, who clearly remembered Cranston's desperate, tension-filled performance when casting Walter White.
The X-Files creative team had a knack for sniffing out future Oscar nominees. Winter's Bone star John Hawkes played a tortured writer in sixth season episode "Milagro," a role written specifically for him.
What could possibly be ickier than a bile-covered, liver-eating mutant who crawls around in sewer ducts? Ask 43-year-old character actor Doug Hutchison, who played classic X-Files monster Eugene Victor Tooms, about his marriage to 19-year-old attention seeker Courtney Stodden.
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Filming has begun on the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, which will see current star Matt Smith regenerate into new lead Peter Capaldi. For the uninitiated: one of the rules of the long-running British sci-fi series is that the Doctor can dodge death by altering every cell in his body, allowing the show to continue even as Ryan Gosling steals Smith away to embark on a promising film career.
The Scottish Capaldi will be the 12th actor to take on the role of the traveling Time Lord. At 55, he ties first Doctor William Hartnell as the oldest man in the part. But what else should we know about the new captain of the TARDIS? Read on to meet the new man of mystery behind the universe's ultimate man of mystery.
He's an Oscar Winner!The next actor to whisk us across time and space is the only one who can boast an Oscar! Peter Capaldi won the Live Action Short Film Academy Award in 1995 for directing Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life. Confident from his win, he claims to have taken one disappointing meeting in Los Angeles before getting on the next plane back across the pond.
He's Totally Punk Rock!While in art school in Glasgow, Capaldi was the lead singer of a post-punk band called The Dreamboys. The drummer? Future chat show host and Doctor Who superfan, Craig Ferguson. Ferguson introduced Capaldi on his show as a guest with whom he's "dropped acid." Wouldn't you have liked to have partied with those guys?
He Has ExperienceCapaldi has already been seen in Doctor Who, playing a desperate father dealing with a ready-to-pop Mount Vesuvius right outside his front door in Season 4 episode "The Fires of Pompeii." He also played a significant role in the third season of Who spinoff Torchwood. Tissues required for that one.
The Cumberbatch ConnectionHe costars with Hollywood's current Brit obsession Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Julian Assange flick The Fifth Estate. But they've also played the same suspicious angel in two different adaptations of fantasy author Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Capaldi's was a charmingly low-budget 1996 miniseries, while Cumberbatch's is a 2013 radio play co-starring James McAvoy.
He's Most Likely Not in Harvey Weinstein's RolodexCapaldi tells reporters that he based his breakout role as the fabulously foul-mouthed Malcom Tucker in comedy series The Thick of It and spin-off film In The Loop on blustering Hollywood heavyweights, particularly Weinstein.
His Last Role Was Creepily PropheticCapaldi was last seen by American audiences in the Brad Pitt-fronted summer blockbuster World War Z, credited as a "W.H.O. Doctor." We know that acronym stands for World Health Organization, but still, hmmmm...
He's a BeatleSort of. He played George Harrison in the 1985 TV movie, John and Yoko: A Love Story.
He's a Grown-Up Fanboy.During the initial, classic run of Doctor Who, UK magazine The Radio Times published a fan letter from 15-year-old Capaldi congratulating them on a recent special edition focusing on the show. Now he's all grown up and essentially becoming his childhood hero, giving faith to Whovians everywhere.
Oh My God, He Totally Knows Brangelina!After fighting zombies with Brad, Capaldi joins Angelina Jolie on the darker side of one of our favorite fairy tales. He spent six hours in makeup every day for his upcoming role as King Kinloch in Maleficent, the origin story of Sleeping Beauty's evil witch.
The Silver Fox EffectThe Doctor is regenerating in December, but his companion is staying put. Jenna Louise Coleman, who plays the Time Lord's current best pal Clara Oswald, is 28 years Capaldi's junior, making their age difference the largest in the show's history.
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When shots rang out on a November morning, the whole world was changed forever. The assassination of John F. Kennedy sent shockwaves throughout the entire country, but the new film Parkland focuses on the select few men and women who saw it happen. The film seems not to be so much about President Kennedy or his life, but more specifically on the unsung men and women who sprung to action after his death.
Parkland showcases, from multiple perspectives, the race to save the President's life, the events of the investigation, and the life of the family of Lee Harvey Oswald. In a cast littered with Hollywood talent, Paul Giamatti plays the man who mistakenly captures the assassination on tape, Tom Welling and Billy Bob Thornton play secret service agents attempting to catch the shooter, and a scruffy Zac Efron plays a doctor tasked with saving the Commander-in-Chief's life.
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The cast also includes Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earl Haley, James Badge Dale, and Jacki Weaver. If the trailer is any indication, Parkland looks like the type of meaty historical drama that will have Oscar voters buzzing early next year. At the very least, the film looks to have the 1960's aesthetics nailed right down to the skinny ties and classic cars.
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There was a time when we all knew Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn, Buffy's little sister who wasn't really her sister but was actually her sister. (Confused? Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. How have you missed out for so long?) She's also known for her part as Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl. But now Trachtenberg is taking on a much different kind of role as Russian immigrant Marina Oswald on National Geographic's Killing Kennedy. She plays the wife of Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Will Rothhaar, pictured below), John F. Kennedy's assassin. Killing Kennedy chronicles the final years of John F. Kennedy and Oswald and is based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. It will debut in November.
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