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
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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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Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister in Gone With the Wind, has died. She was 94.
A close friend, actress Anne Jeffreys, tells the Los Angeles Times that Rutherford died Monday night at her home in Beverly Hills. She had heart problems and was in declining health.
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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films has announced that this year’s 38th Annual Saturn Awards will honor Dark Crystal director and Yoda-voicer Frank Oz, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Dexter actor James Remar, and The Simpsons. Both Oz and Remar are to get Life Career Awards, Kirkman has won this year’s Innovator Award, and The Simpsons is to receive the Milestone Award. The Saturn Awards will take place on July 26 at the Castaway Event Center in Burbank, Calif.
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are expecting their first child together after nearly a year of marriage, reports People. “Jim and Reese are looking forward to having a bigger family at this point in life,” a friend of the Oscar winner told the mag. “They can take the time to enjoy the next stage and make sure their transition is easy and joyful.”
This will be Witherspoon’s third child. She has two children — Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8 — with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
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This weekend, the comics world lost one of its iconic figures — and the science-fiction movie world one of its greatest influences — with the passing of Jean Giraud. Better known by his pen name of “Moebius,” Giraud was France’s best-known comics artist, and helped inspire the design of many sci-fi movies including Ridley Scott’s films Alien and Blade Runner, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. “Moebius is to comic books what Miles Davis is to jazz: the master,” Besson once said. According to the Los Angeles Times, Giraud died on Friday night or Saturday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 73.
Giraud was born in France in May 1938 and, in his 20s, made his reputation with the Old West saga Les Aventures de Blueberry, penned by Jean-Michel Charlier. In 1974, the artist launched the adult sci-fi and fantasy comics anthology Métal Hurlant, which was published here as Heavy Metal. Moebius’ detailed, intricate artwork would have a massive, and lasting, influence on the science-fiction genre from Alien, for which he supplied concept designs, to the novels of cyberpunk novelist William Gibson. “I was having lunch with Ridley (Scott),” cyberpunk novelist William Gibson once wrote. “And when the conversation turned to inspiration, we were both very clear about our debt to the Métal Hurlant school of the ’70s — Moebius and others.”
For more on Jean Giraud’s life and influence, check out the documentary, Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures.
Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, who wrote the tongue-twisting “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and other enduring songs for Disney classics, has died. He was 86. Sherman’s agent, Stella Richards, said Tuesday that Sherman died peacefully in London on Monday. With his brother Richard, Sherman composed scores for Disney films including The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Their songs also included “It’s a Small World After All,” written for the 1964 World’s Fair. The brothers won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, as well as a Grammy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Son Jeffrey Sherman wrote on Facebook that his father “wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded.”
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