A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism....
"I actually have, apparently, Steve McQueen's personal print of Papillon... that apparently has 20 extra minutes... It's 20 extra minutes of close-ups of Steve McQueen!" Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino owns a rare copy of the late movie icon's 1973 movie.
Filmmaker Steve Mcqueen has tipped an unknown actor for success after casting him as the lead in his new TV drama Codes Of Conduct. American-born Devon Terrell, who was raised in Australia, will make his screen debut as Beverly Snow in the programme pilot, about an African-American man who enters New York high society, and the 12 Years A Slave director insists the newcomer is poised for big things.
Discussing the 10-month auditioning process, McQueen says, "We came across many talented actors, but only one Beverly.
"Although you're trying to find something you recognise, it's more about finding something you're surprised by. Devon had this quality."
McQueen, who co-wrote the drama, will make his TV directing debut with the first episode, which will air on America's HBO cable network.
If the show proves popular with network bosses, the British Oscar winner plans to turn Codes of Conduct into a full series.
Director Steve Mcqueen, veteran musician Harry Belafonte and TV titan Oprah Winfrey were among those honoured at Harvard University for their contributions to African-American culture. Belafonte, Winfrey and 12 Years A Slave director McQueen were feted at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday (30Sep14) by officials at the school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Medals, which were given to eight individuals this year (14), are Harvard's highest honour in the field of African and African American Studies.
In addition to Belafonte, McQueen and Winfrey, other winners included Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award on behalf of her good friend and late poet Maya Angelou, who died earlier this year (14).
British moviemaker Steve Mcqueen is to be honoured for his career achievements at the 2014 European Film Awards. The 12 Years A Slave director will receive the prestigious European Achievement in World Cinema prize at the 27th annual ceremony in recognition of his contribution to film.
McQueen will also be the European Film Academy's guest of honour at the prizegiving in Riga, Latvia on 13 December (14).
Previous recipients include Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, Dame Helen Mirren and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.
United Artists via Everett Collection
Steve Mcqueen's thrilling chase sequence in The Great Escape has been voted the best motorbike scene in movie history.
The Hollywood star's character is chased by Nazis in the 1963 war film, stealing a motocycle and leaping over a barbed wire fence before he eventually becomes entangled in the wire and apprehended. Carole Nash spokeswoman Rebecca Donohue says, "The Great Escape is a film people watch over and over. It's almost like they hope if they watch it enough times, he will get over the last line of barbed wire."
Tom Cruise's Top Gun motorcycle ride came in second place in the poll by specialist super bike insurer Carole Nash, while third place went to a scene from biker classic Easy Rider and Arnold Schwarzenegger took fourth for his ride in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Daniel Craig landed fifth place for his rooftop race in 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall.
A vintage sports car bought by Hollywood icon Steve Mcqueen while shooting classic cop movie Bullitt has sold for $10 million (£5.8 million), almost $2 million (£1.1 million) less than experts hoped. The red, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was acquired by the actor during filming of the 1968 hit, and he owned it until 1971.
It was put on sale by staff at RM Auctions in Monterey, California over the weekend (16-17Aug14) with hopes that it could fetch as much as $12 million (£7 million), but the vehicle attracted a highest bid of just over $10 million.
It is believed the fact it was formerly owned by The Great Escape star pushed the price of the car up to more than three times its usual value.
Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions, says, "There's definitely a multiplier. Any car that's owned by a famous person will have an extra bit to it. When it comes to cars with celebrity provenance, it doesn't get any better than a Ferrari owned by Steve McQueen."
The sale was held as part of Monterey Car Week.
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is to close early due to disappointing ticket sales.
The stage show, based on the music of the late rapper, officially opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on 19 June (14) and less than two months after its debut, the curtain will come down for the last time on Sunday (20Jul14).
Producer Eric L. Gold made the announcement on Monday night (14Jul14), attributing declining sales to the show's ultimate demise. He says, "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves."
"It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway. Tupac's urgent socially important insights and the audiences' nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world."
The production reportedly cost $8 million (£4.7 million) to stage, and, after receiving mixed reviews from critics, box office figures have been declining ever since the show began previews on 2 June (14).
Movie icon Steve Mcqueen's son is to return to the site of his father's Le Mans movie this weekend (06Jul14) for the classic car race, 44 years after his first trip to the track. Chad McQueen was just a boy when he joined his dad on location and now he's backing a new documentary about the making of the 1970s film, which resumes filming in France on Friday (04Jul14).
McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, co-directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, features stock footage of McQueen on set as he strives to make "the ultimate racing motion picture".
It will include interviews with five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, David Piper, who lost a leg during filming, and McQueen's co-star in the film, Sigi Rauch.
Chad McQueen tells WENN, "I remember my time as a boy on the set in Le Mans as though it were yesterday, so it is exciting to return. My dad set out to make the most realistic racing film ever, and it was one of the most personally important films in his career, which is why now, more than 40 years later, I believe he would have been proud that it has become one of the greatest stories about racing ever told."
Dustin Lance Black has paid tribute to Harvey Milk's speech writer Frank M. Robinson following his death at the age of 87. Robinson passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in San Francisco, California. No further details about his death have been released.
A noted sci-fi novelist and journalist, Robinson is best remembered for penning rousing speeches for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate to be elected into office in the U.S.
The politician's story was told in 2008's Oscar-winning film Milk, starring by Sean Penn, and the movie's screenwriter Black has remembered the man who helped the gay activist speak to the masses.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "This morning Frank M. Robinson left this world. He was Milk's speech writer, an acclaimed sci-fi author and was like a father to me. To say the earth feels made of quicksand lately makes it sound too solid. Frank, I'll miss your thunderous laughter, your protective love and your razor sharp writer's mind."
His death comes just weeks after Black lost his mother.
Robinson, who made a cameo appearance in the movie, will also be remembered for his books The Power, which was transformed for the big screen in 1968, and The Glass Inferno, which was combined with Richard Martin Stern's The Tower and adapted into 1974's The Towering Inferno starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
Kim Kardashian had no idea opera superstar Andrea Bocelli would be singing at her wedding until she began walking down the aisle. The reality TV star wed rapper Kanye West in a lavish ceremony in Florence, Italy last month (May14), and guests including John Legend and director Steve McQueen watched as she arrived to the sound of Bocelli's singing.
However, Kardashian thought the song was pre-recorded because West had hired Bocelli without her knowledge.
She tells Dailymail.co.uk, "I got up the altar and didn't even see him (Bocelli) standing there. And I turned around when my sisters were helping me fix my veil, and I did a double-take - I thought it was a CD of him singing.
"He sounded so amazing. And it was really him. I was blown away. It was so Kanye to have him there. I should have expected that.
"He seems to be able to... surprise me and that's hard to do. The fact that he can surprise me is really good."
Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to the Arts
Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to Visual Arts
Grew up in West London
Won the Turner Prize for his film installation work and exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, England
Directed second feature starring Michael Fassbender, playing a sex addict, in "Shame"; also co-wrote with Abi Morgan
Feature directorial debut with "Hunger," about a Northern Irish prison hunger strike; also co-wrote with Enda Walsh; film starred Michael Fassbender
Named the Official War Artist for Iraq in association with the Imperial War Museum
A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism. A devotee of the <i>nouvelle vague</i> style of the 1960s French New Wave, McQueen started his film career off with a series of experimental shorts exhibited in an unusual fashion, including screening without sound and/or on multiple art gallery walls rather than a conventional screen. Known for his meticulous sense of detail and guarded personality, McQueen maintained that his work was apolitical, though this was disputed, given its implied criticism of how the British government treated Irish Republican Army prisoners and displayed reluctance to suitably honor military personnel killed during the Iraq war. One of the few artists to garner instant acclaim upon transitioning to feature films, McQueen's "Hunger" (2008) and "Shame" (2011) - both starring Michael Fassbender - were heralded for their quiet, refined power and McQueen was cited as one of Britain's most promising and creative directors. This early promise was met in "12 Years a Slave" (2013), a harrowing period drama that won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for McQueen.