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Tommy James Biopic ‘Me, the Mob and the Music’ in Development (Exclusive)

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Tommy James Biopic ‘Me, the Mob and the Music’ in Development (Exclusive)
Pop music star Tommy James and film producer Barbara DeFina are developing the biopic “Me, the Mob and the Music,” based on James’ autobiography.

DeFina, whose credits include Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” and “GoodFellas,” and James have tapped three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall to helm the film adaptation from a screenplay by Matthew Stone (“Intolerable Cruelty”).

James was the leader of Tommy James and the Shondells with No. 1 singles for “Hanky Panky” and “Crimson and Clover” along with a dozen other Top 40 hits, including “I Think We’re Alone Now”, “Mirage”, “Mony Mony”, “Sweet Cherry Wine”, and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” He has sold an estimated 100 million records.

The book, co-written with Martin Fitzpatrick and published in 2011, centers on James’ years at Roulette Records and his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with mobster Morris Levy, also known as the “Godfather of the Music Business.” Levy operated through payola and strong-arm tactics.
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New York Asian 2019 Interview: Han Dan Director Huang Chao-liang On Sparking Rituals and Rivalries

A box office success in his native Taiwan with films like Summer Times, Love Is Sin, and Hanky Panky, director Huang Chao-liang turns his eye to the rituals of his rural hometown. At the New York Asian Film Festival, director Huang spoke exclusively with Lmd about Han Dan, his semi-autobiographical exploration of two young men’s coming-of-age against an explosive backdrop of societal pressures and fireworks. The Lady Miz Diva: I understand that the firecracker ceremony was a ritual where you grew up, but what inspired you to make a film with it as your centre? Huang Chao-liang: I am Taitung born. I grew up there. When I was a kid, looking at these grown men in the middle of all these firecrackers...

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Interview with Hung Chao-liang and George Hu: I just want young people, when they see this film, to think that a word, a phrase or an action can actually have ramifications.

Huang Chao-liang is one of Taiwan’s most successful directors in recent years. His films, “Hanky Panky” and “The Wonderful Wedding” were both huge domestic box office hits. He is known for his artistic portrayal of everyday life in films that are both genuine and emotionally charged.

George Hu is an American-born actor and singer based in Taiwan. He made his film debut in 2014 with Where the Wind Settles” but he has been acting on TV since 2006.

On the occasion of their film, “Han Dan” screening at New York Asian Film Festival, we talked with the director and the protagonist to talk about the Han Dan ritual, the firecrackers in the movie, male friendship and many other topics.

Why did you decide to shoot a movie about the particular ritual and can you give us some more details about its practice in nowadays Taiwan?

I was born in Taitung, so
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Love, Gilda – Review

With the year’s end “light at the end of the tunnel” in sight, 2018’s parade of distinguished feature documentaries marches on with another “crowd-pleaser” bringing up the rear. Cinemas have been host to truly exceptional works of non-fiction filmmaking. This week’s release joins the impressive list of the “celebrity showbiz profile” sub-genre that includes the box office hit Won’T You Be My Neighbor along with Whitney, McQueen, and Quincy. Though music doesn’t play as big a role in this subject’s life as in several of these films, she made her greatest cultural impact on television, just as Neighbor’s Fred Rogers. Oh, and her works were much more “adult” in nature, While Rogers was a daytime TV king to countless kids, she was the first real “queen of late-night TV comedy”. And while she’s been gone for nearly three decades, her influence seems to be felt now,
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K.D. Lang on ‘Ingenue’ Tour, Recording ‘Shadowland’ in Nashville

K.D. Lang on ‘Ingenue’ Tour, Recording ‘Shadowland’ in Nashville
On September 12th, k.d. lang will be presented with the Americana Music Association’s Trailblazer Award at the organization’s 17th Annual Americana Honors and Awards show taking place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. A few days later on September 16th, she’ll close out the Americana Music Festival by bringing the Ingénue Redux Tour to the Ryman stage.

The tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of her landmark album, Ingenue, which catapulted lang to pop stardom after several years of playing on the fringes of country music during the Eighties.
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Beatty Holds Onto His "Dick Tracy"

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According to new reports, because of a "pre-existing licensing deal" with Tribune Co. "Archie" Comics cancelled their comic book reboot of "Dick Tracy", as actor Warren Beatty continues to hold onto the character's rights, despite a 'use it' or 'lose it' clause in a long-standing  agreement with Tribune to produce a "Dick Tracy" movie or TV show:

The monthly comic book series was illustrated by Thomas Pitilli...

...with the first cover by Francesco Francavilla.

Created by Chester Gould as a newspaper comic strip, 'Dick Tracy' has so far appeared in five movie serials from 1937 through 1941, six movies, including Beatty's 1990 feature, plus three TV series including animated cartoons.

In a previous announcement of the new comic book series, Tribune Co. was "...very excited to work with Archie Comics. 'Dick Tracy' is an iconic character, who still resonates with his fan base. 

"The reboot of the franchise will keep 'Dick Tracy' and
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"Dick Tracy" Returns

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Archie Comics has confirmed a comic book reboot of "Dick Tracy", available April 11, 2018, as actor Warren Beatty continues to hold onto the character's screen rights, despite a 'use it' or 'lose it' clause in a long-standing  agreement with Tribune Co. to produce a "Dick Tracy" movie or TV show:

The monthly comic book series will be illustrated by Thomas Pitilli...

...with the first cover by Francesco Francavilla.

Created by Chester Gould as a newspaper comic strip, the character has so far appeared in five movie serials from 1937 through 1941, six movies, including Beatty's 1990 feature, plus three TV series including animated cartoons.

Tribune Co. is "...very excited to work with Archie Comics. 'Dick Tracy' is an iconic character, who still resonates with his fan base. 

"The reboot of the franchise will keep 'Dick Tracy' and his cast of rogue villains at the forefront of heroic characters in the battle of good and evil.
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‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make

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‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make
[Editor’s Note: Mild spoilers for Season 3, Episode 10, “Lantern” follow.]

It’s at times easy to forget that “Better Call Saul” is a period piece, if only because its 2002-2003 setting isn’t always noticeably distinguishable from the present day. But then every once in a while, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould slap us in the face with a reminder that this show is happening in the past. It can be as simple as a trip to a video store — but not just any video store.

Read More: ‘Better Call Saul’: The 7 Times Jimmy and Kim Kissed On Screen, And How That Makes It The Most Rewarding Romance on TV

It’s something we all accepted as routine, just 15 years ago: Want to watch a movie? Go to Blockbuster Video. So in the Season 3 finale, “Lantern,” Kim (Rhea Seehorn) asks her assistant Francesca (Tina Parker) for a ride to what was once the dominant source for Americans in search of movie rentals, and we then get to see her browse the aisles in search of the perfect comfort viewing, following her near-fatal car accident the episode prior.

Executive producer Gennifer Hutchison, who wrote the season finale, told IndieWire that the decision to have Kim visit a video store came in the writers’ room, as the team discussed what Kim might possibly do after deciding to relax following her accident. “I just really loved the idea of her renting a bunch of videos and sitting around watching movies and eating junk food. Just because it’s something I relate to, it’s something I like to do when I destress. And I feel like it’s not something you see a lot of on TV and in movies,” she said.

And as a result, Gould — who directed the finale — got very excited about the idea of Kim going to not just any video store, but Blockbuster in particular. However, don’t think that this was an easy choice for the show — because according to production designer Michael Novotny, “it was a total nail-biter.”

Novotny told IndieWire that as soon as he received word that “Saul” wanted to recreate a Blockbuster, he got his team to work — specifically, the graphics department. “I can always do a set. A set’s the easy part. The hard part is the graphics and all of the art work you’re going to turn out,” he said.

But that process started before the show had actual permission to recreate a Blockbuster. “We started to build it without approval. That’s part of the nail-biting process,” he said. “It wasn’t until the day before we shot it that we got approval.”

This is because, as anyone who works in production might tell you, trying to depict a real brand on screen can be an incredibly difficult task. And the “Saul” team wanted to actually use Blockbuster iconography, which isn’t the easiest thing given that it’s a brand name you haven’t probably seen in the wild in years.

Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010, and “roughly a dozen” stores currently exist today. Thus, the set was built on one of the show’s Albuquerque soundstages, and in fact, a great deal of what was on screen was made from scratch by the “Saul” production team, including the big Blockbuster sign hanging in the wall and the period-accurate movie covers.

One thing they were able to buy: the shelving units came thanks to an ironic stroke of luck and an Albuquerque video store that was going out of business. The production was thus able to buy those displays, which Novotny made sure were shortened so that, as they shot the scene, Kim and Francesca could be seen walking through the aisles. That framing was based on Gould’s storyboards, which were altered slightly during the production process, but otherwise didn’t require any major additional construction.

But really, here’s what people care about — the movies that are being considered, as Kim prepares for an epic binge in the pre-Netflix days. None of the titles are fake, and Novotny did work carefully with his team to carefully curate the movies that appeared on screen during the scene, all of which were drawn from a list provided by Peter Gould and the writers. Here are just some of the ones we happened to spot while freeze-framing:

“A Knight’s Tale” “Lawrence of Arabia” (the 40th anniversary special edition) “Love Liza” “The Mothman Prophecies” “Punch-Drunk Love” A Richard Pryor stand-up special “Beverly Hills Ninja” “The Cheap Detective” “Hanky Panky” “Blue Thunder” “American Sledge” “Darkness Falls” “Night of the Living Dead

They’re all movies that feel appropriate to the era at least within a year or two or as classics, though unfortunately a quick Internet search can reveal whether a film in question would have been available on DVD in the year 2003. Perhaps the most glaring oversight is the appearance of Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” which was released in theaters December 10, 2003 and made available on DVD April 27, 2004 — something Hutchison’s husband (who actually worked at Blockbuster in the past) noticed while watching the final product. “We don’t always get it right,” she admitted.

Novotny acknowledged the “Big Fish” error, but he was relatively zen about it, given the intense pressure of making the scene happen in the first place. “It really was a down to the wire thing,” he said. “If that’s as much as I’m wrong… I’m sad to hear that but at the same time I’m happy that it went as good as it did.”

Update: On Twitter, Gould offered a little clarity as to why “Big Fish” might have time traveled back a year:

And that #BigFish they mention? Could be a shoutout to my former student @johnaugust… #YesYouReadThatRight

Peter Gould (@petergould) June 23, 2017

Hutchison couldn’t remember every one of the 10 films Kim officially rented, though such a list was made during production. Beyond “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Monty Python,” she said the rest were mostly legal dramas, though she did make sure to include the Luc Besson sci-fi romp “The Fifth Element.” “That was one for some reason I was really stuck on making sure was in her stack,” Hutchison said.

While hardly the most memorable scene of the finale, it still sticks in the mind because of how it triggers memories of an experience we’ve largely lost, traded in for the convenience of Netflix.

“I like the idea of physically walking around and choosing movies,” Hutchison said. “There is something about actually going into a store, having everything broken down by genre. Sometimes with the streaming services it’s a little overwhelming, but having that physical space… I don’t know. It was like a ritual.”

And depicting that ritual was just more proof that “Better Call Saul” will always find a way to surprise us with the seemingly mundane.

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Shopping: Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Sales

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and if you’re looking to score big on holiday sales we’ve got you covered. There are tons of amazing opportunities to score a deal — up to 70 percent off — on all your must-haves for summer, from clothing and accessories to luggage and home decorations. Scroll down to see where and when to shop the best deals all weekend long.

Department Stores

Nordstrom: up to 40 percent off designer clearance; up to 40 percent off select clothing, shoes and accessories (through June 5); 25 percent off select rugs for a limited time (through June 4)

Lord and Taylor: 20 percent off regular,
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16mm Tribute to Gene Wilder Oct. 4th – Blazing Saddles and Hanky Panky at The Way Out Club

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness and a tribute to a beloved movie star – 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club presents A Tribute To Gene Wilder! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday October 4th and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis

“Hey, where are the white women at?”

First up at 8pm is Gene Wilder as ‘The Waco Kid’ in Mel Brooks uproarious 1974 comedy classic Blazing Saddles.

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman(R.
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September 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Haunted Honeymoon and Hammer Films Double Features

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Now that September is finally underway, you can expect to see a lot of horror and sci-fi offerings making their way to Blu-ray and DVD from now until Halloween. This Tuesday, we have a handful of selections to look forward to, including a double dose of Hammer Films double features, Haunted Honeymoon (directed by and starring the late, great Gene Wilder), and a trio of new releases: The Neighbor, Tale of Tales, and The Ones Below.

Other notable home entertainment releases for September 6th include Supernatural: Season 11, The Flash: Season Two, The Dead Room, The Darkness, and Night of the Living Deb.

Hammer Films Double Feature: Revenge of Frankenstein & The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

For more than four decades, Hammer Films’ unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!
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Match the Gene Wilder character to the film - quiz

As we bid farewell this week to the mighty Gene Wilder, find out how many of his movie roles you can recognise

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

Bonnie and Clyde

The Producers

Young Frankenstein

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

Rhinoceros

The Woman in Red

Silver Streak

The Frisco Kid

Haunted Honeymoon

Blazing Saddles

Stir Crazy

Blazing Saddles

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

Start the Revolution Without Me

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

The Woman in Red

The World's Greatest Lover

Silver Streak

Stir Crazy

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Hanky Panky

Another You

Silver Streak

Sunday Lovers

Bonnie and Clyde

Blazing Saddles

The Little Prince

Young Frankenstein

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

Rhinoceros

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
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New Release Date for Gene Wilder’s Haunted Honeymoon Blu-ray

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Earlier this week, we lost one of the world's great sources of laughter, joy, and creative wonder with the passing of Gene Wilder. While Wilder and his endearing benevolence will be sorely missed, his comedic genius will live on through his work, including 1986's Haunted Honeymoon, which will now be released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber a bit sooner than originally expected.

Blu-ray.com reports that Kino Lorber will release their Haunted Honeymoon Blu-ray on September 6th, bumping it up from its initially scheduled September 27th debut.

Wilder co-wrote, directed, and starred in Haunted Honeymoon alongside his wife, the late, great Gilda Radner. According to Amazon, the special features for the Blu-ray will include trailers, and you can view the cover art and synopsis below.

In addition to Haunted Honeymoon, Kino Lorber has also moved the Blu-ray release of another Gene Wilder film, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother,
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Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's Tragic, Heart-Crushingly Beautiful Love Story

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Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's Tragic, Heart-Crushingly Beautiful Love Story
This week, an icon from movies, comedy, and many of our childhoods passed away: Gene Wilder, the original Willy Wonka, died at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer's. The loss, like so many beloved actors, was felt deeply by many, but when I heard the news, I had a second, happy thought after the initial grief-filled surprise: he's with Gilda now. Gilda Radner was Gene Wilder's third wife - she was married to someone else when they met, and he would marry after her death. On paper, it sounds like the kind of Hollywood marriage you'd read about in every tabloid today - they were married to others before their union and only had a few years of marriage; nothing incredible-sounding. But Gene and Gilda had so much more than a Hollywood marriage; theirs was the meeting of two comic geniuses, of course, but also, the kind of romance that's
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Iconic Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

The sad news for fans of film comedy spread like wildfire earlier this week. Here’s the opening paragraph facts from the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

And what an actor. That’s from the
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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles
On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles
On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
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A Look Back at Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's Beautiful, 'Technicolor' Love Story

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A Look Back at Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's Beautiful, 'Technicolor' Love Story
Twenty-seven years after the death of his beloved wife Gilda Radner, iconic actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. Their celebrated romance, however, left a legacy of laughs, even as her early death from ovarian cancer devastated a nation of fans, just four years after the couple's marriage. Beginning on the set of 1982's Hanky Panky - the first of their three onscreen collaborations - the Saturday Night Live star and Wilder's spark was unmistakable. "When I went to see Gilda, Gene was across the room," psychotherapist Pain Katz told People in 1989 of visiting the Sidney Poitier-directed film's set.
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A Look Back at Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's Beautiful, 'Technicolor' Love Story

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A Look Back at Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's Beautiful, 'Technicolor' Love Story
Twenty-seven years after the death of his beloved wife Gilda Radner, iconic actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. Their celebrated romance, however, left a legacy of laughs, even as her early death from ovarian cancer devastated a nation of fans, just four years after the couple's marriage. Beginning on the set of 1982's Hanky Panky - the first of their three onscreen collaborations - the Saturday Night Live star and Wilder's spark was unmistakable. "When I went to see Gilda, Gene was across the room," psychotherapist Pain Katz told People in 1989 of visiting the Sidney Poitier-directed film's set.
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BahamasBuzz: Sir Sidney Poitier to Bestow his Name to the Biff's Career Achievement Award

The Bahamas International Film Festival (Biff) has announced that Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival the “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award.” Biff founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool made the announcement.

“There is no person on Earth who is better suited to have the Career Achievement Award be named after him,” Vanderpool said. “Poitier is one of the finest actors for generations and is, simply put, an icon and a legend.” The American Film Institute named him among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time.

Poitier stretched his reach within the industry on film and on stage acting in productions such as "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959) and "Lysistrata." For his film role in "The Defiant Ones," Poitier was the first male actor of African descent to be nominated for a competitive Academy Award in 1958. A few years later in 1964, Poitier was the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a riveting and memorable performance as Homer Smith in Ralph Nelson’s "Lilies of The Field."

Thirty-eight years after receiving the Best Actor award, Poitier received an honorary tribute from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being. In 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

A global legend, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968 and highly respected author, director and “actor’s actor,” with more than fifty films and television shows to his credit, Poitier has starred in some of Hollywood’s most important and biggest films and earned critics’ praise for several commanding performances. Poitier’s reputation solidified with leading roles in mainstream films: "No Way Out" (1950), "Blackboard Jungle" (1955), "The Bedford Incident" and "A Patch Of Blue" (1965). The most successful films that catapulted Poitier’s career in 1967 where, "To Sir with Love," "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night."

Directing was not far away from his achievements having a directorial debut with the western "Buck and the Preacher" soon followed by "Uptown Saturday Night," "Let’s Do It Again," "A Piece Of The Action," "Stir Crazy," "Hanky Panky," "Fast Forward’ and ‘Ghost Dad."

From 1995 to 2003, Poitier served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company. Proud to represent The Bahamas, Sir Sidney was the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan, a position held from 2002 to 2007, while being the Ambassador of The Bahamas to Unesco.

What makes this addition so momentous is that he is a Bahamian who believes in building future generations of filmmakers while honoring the actors and actresses who broke ground, furthermore, upholding their careers with poise. Sir Sidney possesses a true love and appreciation for the people of The Bahamas.

One of the Bahamas International Film Festival’s missions is to ensure youth in The Bahamas have the opportunity to remember Sir Sidney while celebrating the achievements of others within the film industry.

“Leslie Vanderpool’s efforts have been extraordinary in making it possible for The Bahamas to have not only a film festival, but to also attract some of the great film artists and filmmakers from around the world. People like Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Alan Arkin, Sir Sean Connery, Sophie Okonedo, Lee Daniels, Lenny Kravitz and my own daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier, who have found, to their great surprise, that the Bahamas is moving swiftly toward a bona fide motion picture community--all of which have been structured by the imaginative young Bahamians who have committed themselves to The Bahamas having a film community of its own,” Poitier said.

Adding to his many achievements, Poitier has published four best sellers "This Life," "The Measure of A Man," "Life Beyond Measure: Letters to my Great-Grand Daughter" and "Montaro Caine." Additionally, he has many talents having recorded an album with the composer Fred Katz called ‘Poitier Meets Plato’ reciting passages from Plato’s writings.

Family is most important for Sir Sidney, He and his wife Joanna Shimkus, a Canadian-born former actress of Lithuanian and Irish descent have two daughters Anika and Sydney Tamiia Poitier. Poitier has four daughters Beverly, Pamela, Sherri and Gina from a previous marriage. In addition to his six daughters, Poitier has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leslie Vanderpool and Sydney T. Poitier will be instrumental in overseeing the granting of the Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Awards.
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