Australian-born, British-based animator Bob Godfrey has died at the age of 91, according to the U.K. Guardian. Godfrey won an Academy Award in 1975 for his animated short film Great, about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He received Oscar nominations on three other occasions for 1972’s Kama Sutra Rides Again, 1979’s Dream Doll, and 1994’s Small Talk. But Godfrey was best known for his work on the Richard Briers-narrated BBC TV show Roobarb, which concerned the adventures of an excitable dog named Roobarb and a mischievous cat named Custard and which delighted a generation of British children in the ’70s. Briers himself passed away last week.
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British actor Richard Briers died yesterday at the age of 79, according to BBC News. Briers was beloved in the U.K. for his starring roles in the longrunning sitcoms The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles. In 1987, Briers joined Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance theatre company, playing King Lear in a 1990 production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. He also appeared in several films directed by Branagh, including Henry V (1989) and Frankenstein (1994).
For the past few years, Briers had been battling a lung condition but continued to work and will be seen in the forthcoming horror-comedy movie Cockneys vs. Zombies. Briers died peacefully at his home in London.
Death Wish director Michael Winner has died at the age of 77. According to BBC News, the filmmaker’s wife, Geraldine, said her husband passed away today at his home in Kensington, London. Winner had endured a run of ill heath since eating a bad oyster on holiday in Barbados in 2007, and last summer, liver specialists had given him 18 months to live.
A piano featured in the classic 1942 Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca sold at Sotheby’s in New York Friday for $602,500, according to NBC News. The auction house had previously sold the prop for $154,000 in 1988, and this time around had set a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2m. Sotheby’s did not name the purchaser.
20th Century Fox has announced that it is canceling planned events before and after today’s premiere of the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance, following yesterday’s shooting incident in Connecticut. In a statement, a spokesperson for the studio said, “In light of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut we are canceling the red carpet press event and the after party for the Parental Guidance premiere, scheduled today in downtown Los Angeles. The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community, and our entire nation in mourning.”
The European Film Academy celebrated its 25th anniversary with a ceremony in Malta Saturday. Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci received the lifetime achievement award, while the Achievement in World Cinema award went to Helen Mirren. Michael Haneke’s Amour won the top prize and took three other EFAs; the full winners list is below: READ FULL STORY
A filmmaker named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is linked to the inflammatory film Innocence of Muslims, was interviewed today by federal probation authorities, according to the AP. The interview took place early this morning at a sheriff’s station in Nakoula’s hometown of Cerritos, Calif. The filmmaker was not arrested. In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to bank fraud charges.
Authorities have identified Nakoula as the key figure behind the Innocence of Muslims. The movie lampoons the prophet Mohammed and inspired riots in many Middle Eastern countries, one of which led to the killing of the U.S ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, after a trailer for the film appeared on YouTube.
Yesterday, one of the film’s few supporters, Terry Jones, told EW that the movie’s producer was concerned for his safety. Jones is the founder of the Stand Up America organization and is himself an outspoken critic of Islam. Jones had talked with the producer — who he said did not reveal his name — about distributing the film and on Sept. 12 Jones uploaded the movie’s trailer to the Stand Up America Facebook page. “I spoke to him yesterday twice,” Jones told EW on Friday. “He is definitely very concerned, afraid, and is definitely not planning on coming public in any form.”
Finder actor Michael Clarke Duncan has suffered a heart attack, EW has confirmed.
“According to doctors, Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a myocardial infarction early this morning. He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery,” his publicist said in a statement.
The Academy Award-nominated actor, 54, most recently played Leo Nox on Fox’s Finder, which was cancelled in May.
Actress Susan Tyrrell has died at the age of 67. Tyrrell was best known for her Oscar-nominated supporting performance as a barfly in director John Huston’s 1972 boxing drama Fat City. Her eclectic filmography also included Andy Warhol’s Bad, Paul Verhoeven’s Flesh + Blood, and John Waters’ Cry-Baby.
In 2000, the actress was diagnosed with thrombocythemia, a rare disease of the bone marrow, and had both her legs amputated. Tyrell continued to act, appearing in such projects as Masked and Anonymous and, most recently, Kid Thing.
Although never a household name, Tyrrell’s fondness for leftfield projects and her at times outre behavior helped her acquire a devoted following amongst cult film fans. “The last thing my mother said to me was, ‘SuSu, your life is a celebration of everything that is cheap and tawdry,’” the actress recalled to writer Paul Cullum, who penned a 2000 profile of Tyrrell for the LA Weekly. “I’ve always liked that, and I’ve always tried to live up to it.”
Her death was confirmed by Cullum who said he was told by Tyrrell’s niece that she passed away in her sleep on Saturday at the actress’ home in Austin, Texas.
They may have been Oscar rivals earlier this year, but there’s nothing but love between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis. Streep, who ended Davis’ awards run for The Help by winning the Best Actress Oscar for The Iron Lady, lauded her friend and colleague Tuesday at Women in Film’s annual Crystal + Lucy Awards.
She called Davis “a lion-hearted woman;” a gifted and determined actress who studied at Juilliard, won Tony Awards and captivated Hollywood with her eight-minute performance in Doubt. “She was a newcomer at 45,” Streep joked.
Davis returned the love as she accepted the award. “I have a confession,” she said, sharing how touched she was when Streep sent her a card after the film wrapped. Davis also kept a photo of the two of them together on set. “Okay Meryl, I framed the card,” Davis said. “So you can never come over to the house.”
Other honorees at the private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were actresses Christina Applegate and Chloe Grace Moretz, NBCUniversal Cable chief Bonnie Hammer, cinematographer Anette Haellmigk, and five female executives from Fox.
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