Seth MacFarlane Boobs Song Angered Hollywood Women. 8 Hilariously Candid Quotes By Jennifer Lawrence. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Entertainment News. Academy Awards 2012. Ben Gazzara Dead: Actor Dies At 81. Ben Gazzara, star of "Anatomy of a Murder" and "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" has died at age 81.
The actor, who was a favorite of director John Cassavetes, died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center, his lawyer, Jay Julien, told the New York Times. He was a contemporary of higher-profile stars Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger and also studied at the famed Actors Studio in Manhattan. He conquered Broadway, originating the role of Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," but didn't capitalize on his rising star when Hollywood came calling. "When I became hot, so to speak, in the theater, I got a lot of offers," he told Charlie Rose in a 1998 interview. "I won't tell you the pictures I turned down because you would say, 'You are a fool.'
Gazzara still managed to make an indelible mark on the movies, especially in the films of Cassavetes, including "Husbands," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Opening Night. " [via NYT] Movie theater stocks slide amid Wall Street rally. The stock market staged a big rally Tuesday, but it didn't include some of the nation's top theater circuits.
Shares in Regal Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas took a hit in the wake of investor concerns about disappointing ticket sales at movie theaters, especially in the final months of 2011. Shares in Regal -- the nation's largest circuit -- closed at $11.62, down 3% for the day and 16% in the last month. Shares in the fourth biggest chain, Carmike, closed at $6.59, down 4% for the day and 9% for the month. The price drops came after Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh lowered his earnings estimates and his ratings on the stocks of both cinema companies, citing an estimated overall 5% decline in fourth quarter box-office revenue. The fourth quarter results "are likely to represent a massive disappointment to investors, studios and exhibitors alike,'' Marsh wrote in a report Tuesday.
U.S. theaters get a lump of coal at the box office -- Richard Verrier. Fremaux set to take full control at Cannes. Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes Film Festival’s delegate general since 2007, looks set to take full control at the world’s premier film fest.
The new balance of power, approved by Cannes’ board of directors Tuesday, also sees Gilles Jacob’s mandate as fest prexy extended to cover the 2013 and 2014 editions. Fremaux, whose title won’t change, is already responsible for programming the Official Selection, which includes the competition, out-of-competition slots, Special Screenings and Un Certain Regard. Fremaux’s mandate will now extend to the whole fest organization, including issues such as sponsorship and new projects, with 81-year-old Jacob — Cannes delegate general beginning in 1978 and prexy since 2000 — serving as president in a non-executive capacity. The arrangement set by the Cannes board is the latest move in the delicate, incremental transfer of power from Jacob to Fremaux, begun when the latter became artistic director in 2001.