AFI to honor George Lucas

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- George Lucas has been chosen to receive the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, AFI Board of Trustees Chairman Sir Howard Stringer said Friday.

Top 10 British films ranked

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The Oscar-winning epic "Lawrence of Arabia" has been named the best British film of all time by a poll of 230 actors, technicians, writers and directors.

Feature: Video release fetes Scorsese

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Warner Home Video is set to release a DVD collection of five films by Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese -- including the 1990 crime drama "GoodFellas," ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Today is Friday, Aug. 13, the 226th day of 2004 with 140 to follow.
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Feature: AFI honors Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- An all-star Hollywood lineup turned out for the American Film Institute tribute to Meryl Streep, but a series of testimonials from the likes of Robert De Niro,
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

AFI honors Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- An all-star line-up turned out for the American Film Institute tribute to Meryl Streep at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Legends stamp to honor John Wayne

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Actor John Wayne, known to millions of fans as "Duke," is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a Legends of Hollywood commemorative stamp.

U.N. to allow movie making on site

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The United Nations in New York has agreed to become a movie set, a reversal of a long-standing policy barring Hollywood. Shashi Tharoor, U.N. undersecretary-general for public affairs, has agreed to director Sidney Pollack's request to film parts of "The

Mike Nichols to get Directors Guild award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America will present director Mike Nichols with its top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization announced.

'The Missing:' Ron Howard's horror-western

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Ron Howard's first film since winning the Best Director Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" is the vastly different "The Missing." It's a highly fictionalized and stra

Meryl Streep to receive AFI lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute will honor actress Meryl Streep with its 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award, Sir Howard Stringer, xhair of the AFI Board of Trustees, a
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2003 with 140 to follow.
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Analysis: Why Benny Carter will be missed

, July 22 (UPI) -- Last week's death of Benny Carter marked much more than the loss of a quiet giant of a jazz alto saxophonist and brilliant musical composer.

Feature: 'Terminator's' old-fashioned ways

LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is attracting attention for its conventional production values -- an observation that also applies to the musical score.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Exodus' author, Leon Uris, dead at 78

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Leon Uris, the author of "Exodus," died in his New York home on Shelter Island during the weekend at age 78.
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Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen, while remaining a British subject.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognisable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside "icy blonde" female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or "MacGuffins" meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon.

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, he came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else." The magazine MovieMaker has described him as the most influential filmmaker of all-time, and he is widely regarded as one of cinema's most significant artists.

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