Thursday, September 30, 2010

A sad week for the film industry. Several notable filmmakers and performers passed away recently.

Arthur Penn (1922-2010)
"Start your shoot with something unimportant and work too fast. You have to inculcate a sense of recklessness in the crew."
First established in the days of live television, Penn transitioned easily to feaure film directing, helming several classics in the 1960's (such as The Miracle Worker, Mickey One, and The Chase) and helped to usher in the New Hollywood movement with Little Big Man, Alice's Restaurant, and the iconic Bonnie & Clyde.

Sally Menke (1953-2010)
A talented editor who cut every one of Tarantino's films, from Reservoir Dogs to Inglourious Basterds.

Eddie Fisher (1928-2010)
A crooner and occasional actor who received a great deal of publicity for his scandal-laden marriages (including to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor).

Greg Giraldo (1965-2010)
Comedian who appeared on several series (including as a judge on Last Comic Standing) as well as in the documentary Comedian. Also a staple of Comedy Central's Roasts.

Tony Curtis (1925-2010)
A true star and fine actor who began his acting career in the late 40's and continued working right up till his death. A charismatic presence, some of his memorable films include Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Defiant Ones - among many others.

In lighter news, the week saw the release of a good number of new releases, including:

Iron Man 2

Get Him to the Greek

The Killer Inside Me
(based on a novel by Jim Thompson - it's also worth checking out these other adaptations of his books: The Grifters, Hit Me, After Dark My Sweet, Coup de Torchon, & The Getaway.)

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky



The Oath

I'm Gonna Explode

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

Perrier's Bounty


7 Days


Chasing 3000

Les Doigts Croches (Sticky Fingers)

Todd P. Goes to Austin

New Series:

Party Down - 2nd Season

Tim & Eric Awesome Show (Great Job!) - 4th Season
(coming to Higher Ground, November 28th!!)

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - 5.1st Season

Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment

Scrubs - 9th Season

Just a few more days to enter for a chance to win tickets to see Christopher Lloyd in Death of a Salesman at the Flynn! Stop by the store to fill out an entry form. Drawing will be held on Monday, Oct. 4th.

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