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Spreading the Word of Ebert - 10 Cannes Books Delivered to Cinephiles

"I had lunch with Scacchi and Makavejev at that 1985 festival, playing the fly on the wall while they tested each other. Their conversation was a sparring match that suggested they had fought great battles on the set of The Coca-Cola Kid, while still remaining friends. We were sitting on a balcony at the Martinez." To celebrate my 10th time attending the Cannes Film Festival this year, I held a small contest to giveaway 10 copies of Roger Ebert's classic book about his experiences at the festival. The book, titled "Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook", is one of my favorite books about cinema that I've ever read. He wrote little notes, drew sketches, and essentially "blogged" about his time at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival - it's stirring and entertaining to see how much his stories mirror my own experiences. I wanted to share this little-known book with
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Canadian Film Industry Celebrates 45 Years of Victor Loewy’s Boosterism

  • Variety
It was an unlikely friendship and business partnership that has outlasted most Hollywood marriages. Victor Loewy was born in Romania; Robert Lantos, pictured at left, came to Montreal from Hungary.

“Hungarians have a sense of superiority to Romanians,” says Lantos, dryly — it’s been a running joke between them for years. Yet, the two McGill students formed a bond. Lantos would hitchhike to school. Loewy picked him up.

Together, in the early 1970s, they had formed a tiny company named Vivafilm and managed to acquire the Canadian rights to the “Best of the New York Erotic Film Festival” — it was their first hit.

“My main interest was to make films, and Victor’s main interest was to make money. So we matched up perfectly,” says Lantos.

From a tiny office filled with borrowed furniture, the duo launched an empire. Lantos was the wordsmith and Loewy handled all the graphics for
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Bright Lights: 15 Surprises in the Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Documentary

Bright Lights: 15 Surprises in the Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Documentary
Bright Lights, the documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds that debuted on HBO Saturday, was filled with major revelations about the life of the Hollywood icons — but some of its best moments and most memorable lines came by far quicker.

Here are 15 of the most-surprising moments in directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ superb documentary.

1. Reynolds and Fisher were so in sync, they even wore the same shoes in one scene. The sandals were different colors, for what it’s worth.

2. Fisher’s home with Reynolds was built by Robert Armstrong, who was in King Kong. The two lived there for 20 years,
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Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn Will Open October 28

  • Indiewire
Texters, beware: The Downtown Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse officially opens next Friday, October 28. Based in Austin, Texas and beloved by moviegoers, the theater chain is known for its food and alcohol menu, no-phone policy and interactive events. A Yonkers location opened in the summer of 2013, but this new Brooklyn outpost marks the company’s first foray into New York City proper.

Read More: Alamo Drafthouse Comes to Brooklyn: The Long Road Is Almost Over

“Diverse programming has been a cornerstone of our brand since its inception and I’m beyond thrilled to finally share films we love in the city of New York,” said Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse’s CEO and founder. “Blending classics, oddities, blockbusters and new discoveries allows us to further our mission of championing cinema with the widest variety of audiences.” One of the theater’s first programming series is “New in Town,” which will feature films like
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Vale Richard Soames

Richard Soames, a well-known and influential figure in the Australian screen industry for 30 years, has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 78. Soames was the long-time CEO of completion guarantor Film Finances, the first company to provide completion guarantees at the introduction of the 10Ba tax incentives in 1981. The London-born Soames joined Film Finances in the early 1970s and expanded the business in the Us, Canada and Australia. "Richard was such a part of the scene down here in the 80s and 90s," said Sue Milliken, who represented Film Finances in Australia until Anni Browning took over as MD in 2010. "He visited at least three times a year, travelled all over the country to film locations and he was on the telex and later the fax and email on a daily basis no matter where he was in the world. Our working relationship was a fantastic one, based totally on trust.
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'Suits' creator talks 'Pound of Flesh' (and what's next)

'Suits' creator talks 'Pound of Flesh' (and what's next)
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Suits, “Pound of Flesh,” stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh talks about the “guns-down” hour that gives Sean Cahill (Neal McDonough) and Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts) more ammunition.

Mike didn’t really want to get in bed with Forstman, so he hadn’t officially taken his money yet. In the end, Forstman went behind Mike’s back and got Jonathan to accept it—twisted—and was like, “We’re partners, even if you don’t want to be.” Tell me about casting Eric Roberts. As a viewer, you
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Audrey Hepburn: an iconic problem

Audrey Hepburn: an iconic problem
Audrey Hepburn had an extraordinary, traumatic childhood and was a great actor, but never achieved all she could have. Alex Cox profiles a singular star

It used to be said that you can't be too rich or too thin. We now no longer believe this. Bankers and hedge fund managers are too rich; and now the celebrity magazines and tabloids lead the choruses of "Look how skinny's she's got!" The nicer way of saying the same thing, and making it a compliment, is to call the person elegant.

Audrey Hepburn came to be synonymous with this form of elegance. Even in her early films, her height, her skinniness and her wistfulness combined to get her noticed. In the unhelpful role of Chiquita in The Lavender Hill Mob, she attracts the attention both of Alec Guinness and of the camera: a woman visually striking and possessed of a certain quality of unhappiness.
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Emmy Nomination Spotlight: Dick Wolf on Julia Roberts

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Remember back to a time when Eric Roberts was a major moviestar and Julia was just his little sister? Now he’s on his way to CelebrityRehab with Dr. Drew and she’s one of the world's biggest movie stars, with a newfilm Eat, Love, Pray hitting theaters tonight.

But in 1988, with just a few gigs under her belt Julia was astruggling young actress. Eric, on the other hand, had already starred in ThePope of Greenwich Village and The Coca-Cola Kid and was destined to be a bigstar.

But at the time, it was Eric’s cache that helped his little sis land a covetedguest spot on the hottest show on TV. In this Archive of American Televisioninterview, Law and Order creator Dick Wolf talks about casting Julia Roberts ona little show called Miami Vice.
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