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Associated Press Withdraws Premature Death Report on Director Costa-Gavras

  • The Wrap
The Associated Press on Thursday withdrew a report that Oscar-winning writer-director Costa-Gavras had died at age 85, saying that its story was based on a tweet from “a fake account” it incorrectly attributed to Greece’s culture minister.

“Gavras is alive and spoke on Greek state television Thursday,” the wire service said in its follow-up report.

The Associated Press said it had based its its now-retracted report on what it described as a statement from Greek culture minister Mysini Zorba.

The AP has deleted a tweet about Greek-French film director Costa Gavras. The Greek Culture Ministry says the Tweet on which his 'death' was based came from a fake account.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018

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Born Konstantinos Gavras in Iraia, Greece in 1933, the filmmaker is known for his politically charged films,
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Francoise Bonnot Dies: Oscar-Winning Editor & Costa-Gavras Regular Was 78

  • Deadline
Francoise Bonnot Dies: Oscar-Winning Editor & Costa-Gavras Regular Was 78
Francoise Bonnot, a film editor who won an Oscar for Z and a BAFTA Award for Missing among dozens of credits, died Saturday in Paris. She was 78.

The France native worked with a number of top directors during her nearly 50-year career, notably editing seven consecutive films by Costa-Gavras — from 1969’s Z to 1983’s Hanna K. She won a BAFTA Award for his 1982 film Missing. She also worked with such noted helmers as Jean-Jacques Annaud — on his 1976 debut feature Black and White in Color — Roman Polanski, Michael Cimino (1985’s Year of the Dragon and 1987’s The Sicilian) and four film for Julie Taymor: Titus (1999), Frida (2002), Across the Universe (2007) and The Tempest (2010).

Among her earliest editing credits during a career that would span nearly a half-century was 1962’s A Monkey in Winter for director Henri Verneuil. They also would work together on three other films that decade and eventually were married.
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The joy of discovering a hidden videogame gem

Ryan Lambie Jan 17, 2018

It's fun playing the acclaimed classics, but there's a certain thrill in discovering an old, half-forgotten videogame gem, too...

From the earliest computers to the PCs and consoles of the present, every system has its undisputed classics. The Zx Spectrum had things like Manic Miner, Chaos and Deathchase. The Snes had such games as Super Metroid and Super Mario World. The Amiga? Cannon Fodder, Another World, The Chaos Engine and many more besides.

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The sign of a true classic, of course, is that it's still hugely playable even years after its release - hence the enduring affection for so many of those games mentioned above. But while it's always worth visiting the medium's most respected titles, there's also a certain thrill in roaming further afield and discovering something you've never
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Review: Chevalier

This is the Pure Movies review of Chevalier, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari and starring Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos and Yorgos Pirpassopoulos. Written by Dr. Garth Twa. Greece is renowned for many things: it is the land of myth, of Dionysian revels, of octopuses hung like pantyhose on clotheslines to dry. It is the land of our first storytelling, birthplace of epics, of comedies, of tragedies; but not, until now, cinematic stories. As a film industry, there hasn’t been much to talk about except, of course, the exceptions, like Theodoros Angelopolous (Ulysses’ Gaze, 1995, Eternity and a Day, 1998—both won big at Cannes) and Costa-Gavras, who, really, made American movies, like Missing (1982) with Jack Lemmon, or Mad City (1997) with John Travolta, or French movies like Z (1969). ‘Greek’ films like Never On a Sunday (Jules Dassin, 1960) and Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis, 1964) were Greek fetishisation made palatable to tourists by having non-Greek lead actors being swarthy.
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John Travolta to receive Karlovy Vary honour

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John Travolta to receive Karlovy Vary honour
Actor to receive Crystal Globe at the festival, which will screen his latest film, Killing Season.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has announced that the 2013 recipient of its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic contribution to World Cinema will be actor John Travolta.

The star of Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction will attend the festival in the Czech Republic to accept the award.

The festival, which runs June 28 to July 6, will also host a gala screening of Travolta’s latest film, Killing Season.

Jiří Bartoška, Kviff President said: “John Travolta is an artist of incredible versatile talent. Aside from extraordinary popularity, he has gained particular recognition within the industry’s professional circles. His contribution to world cinema is unquestionable and we are incredibly honoured to host him at Karlovy Vary 2013 and premiere his latest film.”

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Travolta to receive Karlovy Vary honour

  • ScreenDaily
Travolta to receive Karlovy Vary honour
Actor to receive Crystal Globe at the festival, which will host the world premiere of his latest film, Killing Season.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has announced that the 2013 recipient of its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic contribution to World Cinema will be actor John Travolta.

The star of Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction will attend the festival in the Czech Republic to accept the award.

The festival, which runs June 28 to July 6, will also host a gala screening of Travolta’s latest film, Killing Season.

Jiří Bartoška, Kviff President said: “John Travolta is an artist of incredible versatile talent. Aside from extraordinary popularity, he has gained particular recognition within the industry’s professional circles. His contribution to world cinema is unquestionable and we are incredibly honoured to host him at Karlovy Vary 2013 and premiere his latest film.”

Millennium FilmsKilling Season, which Nu Image is handling worldwide, is an action
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Kendrick Lamar on His Upcoming Major-Label Debut, Tupac Hologram, and Fruit Snacks

  • Vulture
Kendrick Lamar on His Upcoming Major-Label Debut, Tupac Hologram, and Fruit Snacks
On October 2, Kendrick Lamar will release his major-label debut, Good Kid, Mad City, via Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint. But don’t take that to mean Lamar, a 25-year-old fiercely lyrical Compton Mc, was discovered by Dre. Alongside his crew Black Hippy, Kendrick has hustled for years, releasing a string of exceedingly acclaimed mixtapes and albums on L.A. indie Top Dawg before getting called up to the majors. While still in the studio, between fifteen-hour, all-night mixing sessions and family hang time, Lamar spoke to us about Fruity Pebbles, Tupac Hologram, and changing his stage name.Do you have any studio rituals?One of the main things I gotta have is a whole bunch of fruit snacks and Fruity Pebbles and Gushers and little stupid shit like that. That and Google. Sometimes my mind be working a million minutes at one time, and I could be writing, and I
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Kendrick Lamar Brings Some 'California Love' To 'The Recipe' Video

'There hasn't been that 'California Love'-type feel since the '90s and I wanted to ... represent where I'm from,' K. Dot tells MTV News.

By Nadeska Alexis

Kendrick Lamar

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The lead single from Kendrick Lamar's major-label debut, "The Recipe," includes a feature from his mentor Dr. Dre. And when the video for the Good Kid in a Mad City track drops, the Compton native will be giving the world a taste of his own brand of "California Love."Kendrick filmed his video for "The Recipe" at a mansion in the Los Angeles last month, and after performing the single at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee last week, he explained his vision behind the clip.

"I felt like there hasn't been that 'California Love'-type feel since the '90s, and I really wanted to display that and represent where I'm from," he told MTV News. "So
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Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre Host a Recipe Swap

  • Vulture
Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre Host a Recipe Swap
Compton up-and-comer Kendrick Lamar broke out on the buzzy rap scene last year with the critically adored Section.80, thanks — at least in part — to the very vocal support of fellow Compton native Dr. Dre. (His thoughtful, well-crafted "conscious" rapping might also have had something to do with it.) Lamar and the rest of his Black Hippy crew recently signed a joint deal with Interscope and Dre's Aftermath imprint; together the labels will release Lamar's official debut, Good Kid in a Mad City, sometime this year. This is all by way of saying that Kendrick Lamar is on the verge of being pretty famous, and his new single, "The Recipe," is maybe worth a moment of your time. Dre guests, if one very proud Californian emcee is not enough for you, and there's a Twin Sister sample to boot. Enjoy.
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Kendrick Lamar And Dr. Dre Cook Up New Single 'The Recipe'

K. Dot and Dre premiered their new Scoop DeVille-produced single on L.A.'s Power 106 Monday morning.

By Rob Markman

Dr. Dre

Photo: Noel Vasquez/ Getty Images

Looks like Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar have found the perfect ingredients for a new single. On Monday (April 2), K. Dot paid a visit to L.A.'s Power 106 morning show Big Boy's Neighborhood to premiere "The Recipe," his new joint featuring Dr.Dre.

Before playing the record for the first time, Kendrick and Dre explained to Big Boy the meaning behind the breezy tune. " 'The Recipe,' it's one of those things that everyone in the world can relate to," Kendrick said.

Dre called in to the studio to reveal what the three key ingredients to his and Kendrick's recipe are: "The original title was 'Women, Weed and Weather.' That's what represents L.A."

"That's the three things you need
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'Batman' Posters Imagine Futures With New Directors

Everyone is on pins and needles wondering what Warner Bros. has in store for the Caped Crusader after director Chris Nolan does his last tango with him in this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises." Now a series of (very fake) posters imagine some cheeky possibilities that are probably closer to what the studio definitely will not do.

Hero Complex charged lead writer Geoff Boucher and artist Sean Hartter to noodle with 15 imaginary scenarios for the next Batman reboot displayed via old-fashioned lobby cards promoting a 1960's-tinged "Batman: Mad City," re-teaming Michael Fassbender with "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn.

Another '60s-styled entry is "Mister Freeze's Icy Revenge" from "Incredibles" helmer Brad Bird, in which he justifiably casts "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant as Bats and lets Kevin Spacey "kick some ice" as the title villain.

Owen Wilson's ridiculously goofy Two-Face is the ensemble standout of Wes Anderson's "Alfred Pennyworth – The Life Nocturnal,
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Beyond The Dark Knight - Fun Poster Art for Future Batman Films

As you all know, The Dark Knight Rises will be Christopher Nolan's last Batman film, but Warner Bros. has made it clear that the franchise will not die. They already plan to reboot the series, and there's a possibility we will see a whole new Batman movie by 2014. It will be interesting to see who the studio brings on to reboot Batman again. I just don't think it will live up to Nolan's vision.

The La Times have put together a few cool pieces of fun poster art showing us what several different Batman reboots by different directors would look like. For example, the poster above imagines a Batman film called Batman: Mad City, directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and starring Michael Fasbender (X-Men: First Class) as Batman. Each poster also comes with a concept description.

Matthew Vaughn’s “Batman: Mad City”: Maybe the future of Gotham is in the past?
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Catharine Hardwicke, Evan Rachel Wood: Erotic Thriller Plush

Catharine Hardwicke, Evan Rachel Wood: Erotic Thriller Plush
Production designer-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke, who hit the big time following the worldwide success of the first Twilight movie, may be reteaming with her Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood in the erotic thriller Plush, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in the L.A. music world, Plush was written by Hardwicke and Artie Nelson. Both Hardwicke and Wood are officially attached to project, which will be hawked to prospective foreign buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival's European Film Market beginning next week. Thirteen created quite a buzz when it came out in 2003, but Hardwicke's first — and to date only — major commercial hit has been Twilight, which turned Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into movie stars. Starring Amanda Seyfried, last year's Red Riding Hood was a critical and box-office disappointment. Hardwicke is currently working on Knock-Out, the story of Swedish boxer Bosse Högberg and his relationship with cabaret singer Anita Lindblom.
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John Travolta, Kelly Preston Photo: Governors Awards 2011

John Travolta, Kelly Preston Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta and actress Kelly Preston, Travolta's wife, attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Amadeus, The Sentinel, Taxi Driver), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for the Steven Spielberg movie The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. John Travolta has received two Best Actor nominations, for Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Other film credits include Primary Colors, Blow Out, Mad City, Face/Off, Broken Arrow, Staying Alive, The Punisher, Hairspray, From Paris with Love,
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In praise of movie novelisations, and the gold they offer movie geeks

Mere marketing tool, or thumping good read? Here, David praises the greatness of movie novelisations…

They’re the novels film buffs love to read, and collect omnivorously. The books take up at least a single shelf, and their collectors smile, impressed, at the way a multi-million dollar scene sparkling with special effects can be effectively emulated in prose. Or maybe that’s just me.

But seriously: haven’t you ever watched Lethal Weapon and thought, “This should have been a book!” If you ever have, then track down and pick up Joel Norst’s paperback version and see how he can make maverick cop Martin Riggs jumping off a building while clinging to a hysterical civilian just as breathtaking as when Mel Gibson does it onscreen.

Or how about when James Bond free-falls over a cliff in Goldeneye? Check out veteran Bond novelist John Gardner’s take on it. These scenes,
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Mathieu Kassovitz & Gabriel Byrne Join Costa-Gavras' 'Le Capital'; Naomi Campbell Sought For Role

While Costa-Gavras has rightfully earned his place among the great filmmakers thanks to films like "Z" and "Missing," let's be honest for a moment, he hasn't really resonated on the arthouse front since "Amen." in 2002 (and we'll forget "Mad City" ever happened). But it looks like the helmer is coming back in a big way as the stars seem to be lining up for his next project, the topical financial world drama "Le Captial." In case you missed it Vincent Cassel is already on board and Variety reports that Mathieu Kassovitz (who starred in "Amen.") and Gabriel Byrne have…
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Interview: Julie Gavras

  • Filmmakers with last names like Coppola, Cassavetes, Leth and Gavras don’t enter the film world innocently. Growing up on film sets, there’s a certain expectation that the films of the offspring will channel the genius of the parent. Fortunately in Julie GavrasJulie Gavras
[/link]’ case the expectation is met. Blame It On Fidel is the narrative debut of Costa-Gavras' (Z, Mad City) daughter Julie and the naturalism of her father’s camera is reflected in his daughter’s film. Going to law school, then deciding to move into documentary filmmaking, Julie’s steady progression to narrative is a smooth transition. It’s not easy growing up with radical parents. It’s even more traumatizing when parent’s switch from a life of luxury to a life of poverty and political activisem in the upheavals of the seventies. Anna, the precious 9-year old heroine of the film endures a
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