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Oscar Winner Haskell Wexler Documents Occupy LA

Yesterday, we told you about the Occupy LA broadcast news coverage efforts of Margot Paez, a 27-year-old journalist posting daily video updates under the moniker of Insight Out News. Today, thanks to a piece in the LA Times by freelance writer Steve Appleford, it’s time to highlight the very opposite end of the protest media equation.

Not only is Haskell Wexler a whole lot older (89); he’s also, thanks to cinematography for 1967′s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and 1976′s Bound for Glory, a two-time Academy Award winner. In addition to posting short online interview vignettes, Wexler’s fall sojourn will be part of a much larger feature-length project:

Documentary filmmakers Alan Barker and Joan Churchill (pictured) have accompanied Wexler on a couple of his trips to Occupy LA, as part of their three-year project about the cinematographer, and have watched his particular interviewing style. Barker says that Wexler’s “activism has been continuous his whole life” but that he often challenges protesters to explain their positions.

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The Film Elizabeth Taylor Wants To Be Remembered For

Barbara Walters, who was in contact with Elizabeth Taylor right up to the death of the beloved 79-year-old icon in Los Angeles early this morning, told Good Morning America that the actress wanted to be remembered above all for her work in the 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

That’s no surprise. Of the nearly dozen film collaborations Taylor made with the love of her life, Richard Burton, this searing adaptation of the Edward Albee play stands as the pair’s best. It won Taylor one of her two Best Actress Oscars and presented the UK born stunner in a far different light, partly because she was willing to gain 30 pounds to play middle-aged Martha. (Haskell Wexler, who took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography that year, was brought on as a last minute replacement to help “beautify” the actress, but that idea thankfully quickly went out the window.)

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