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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Bogdanovich’

John Wayne Biography Gets Seal of Approval from Peter Bogdanovich

JohnWayneBioTopping the bestseller lists is nice; racking up hardcover sales in today’s digital age is always good. But chances are little will give author Scott Eyman more satisfaction than the following passage from Peter Bogdanovich‘s weekend review in the New York Times of April 1 release John Wayne: The Life and Legend:

The portrait Eyman paints very much resembles the Wayne I knew for nearly 15 years: extremely likable, guileless, exuberant, even strangely innocent.

Because ultimately, that’s all a writer is aiming for with a biography. To accurately and effortlessly capture the true nature of their subject.

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HuffPo Writer Checks Out Peter Bogdanovich’s Latest Picture Show

On this particular day, cast and crew for Squirrels to the Nuts, Peter Bogdanovich‘s first feature directing effort in 12 years, were camped out in Washington Heights around West 175th Street. Since the production was winding down, HuffPost Entertainment reporter Mike Ryan caught sight of some more-unusual-than-usual scenes, like this one:

Cybill Shepherd is sitting in a director’s chair to my right, signing her autograph to a stack of periodicals. One is a Rolling Stone with the headline “Cybill Sizzles.” Another is an old TV Guide featuring the cast of Moonlighting. Part of me likes to think that this is just what Shepherd does in her free time, but it’s the last day of filming, so these are most likely requests from the crew.

The crux of Ryan’s piece is his failure to get much going conversationally with Bogdanovich. He notes that unlike most set visits, where a group of journalists are herded around to precise, scheduled chat sessions, he was left to his own solo devices.

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Peter Bogdanovich’s Very Strange Netflix Experience

For the first time since the Burt Reynolds-Cybill Shepherd musical comedy At Long Last Love was released in 1975, there exists a proper version on DVD. A reconstituted Blu-ray edition was released this month by 20th Century Fox and to mark the occasion, writer-director Peter Bogdanovich retraces on his Indiewire blog this unlikely miracle of modern film restoration.

The original version opened to very mixed reviews, although Woody Allen later told Bogdanovich he had seen it three-four times at Radio City Music Hall and loved it. The director cut a new “TV version” of the film shortly thereafter, but despite that effort, the movie quickly faded away. Cut to a few years ago:

A friend called to tell me that Netflix was streaming At Long Last Love. I decided to take a look at it that way; I hadn’t seen the movie in 35 years.

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UCLA Prof Comments on Pauline Kael’s Research Theft

If UCLA professor emeritus Howard Suber one day finds himself sitting in a chair in his dying old age, muttering about a traumatic, formative turning point, his golden whispered word could well be “research.”

As detailed in Brian Kellow‘s October 27 biography of revered film critic Pauline Kael, the famed journalist was guilty of stealing Suber’s groundbreaking Orson Welles research for a two-part 1971 New Yorker article “Raising Kane.” Suber cooperated with the author and is now commenting in the media for the first time about this resurrected scandal, via a Brent Lang bylined article today on TheWrap:

“I take no satisfaction in the story coming out,” Suber said. “I was depressed over the weekend, despite getting included in the New York Times and New Yorker reviews, because it did stir up a lot of painful memories…”

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Anne Thompson Adds Another to indieWIRE Blog Network

Since being named indieWIRE editor-at-large last fall, veteran LA based journalist and blogger Anne Thompson has made it her quiet mission to expand the indie film site’s diverse blog network. Her first such partnership, announced just a few weeks after she had taken over, was with Montreal-run The Playlist.

Now comes news of Thompson deal #2. Although Peter Bogdanovich blogs weekly for indieWIRE, the addition to the site of producer Ted Hope (pictured) makes him, officially, the first fully active filmmaker to join the site in a writer capacity. Hope’s several dozen credits include 21 Grams, American Splendor, and Adventureland.

“One of the reasons I started blogging and kept it up is that I feel like we have the potential to build a stronger more active more participatory film community that supports us all,” says Hope. “IndieWIRE seems like the immediate solution of how to build that community.”

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Scorsese, Bogdanovich Jump on Same Band Wagon

It’s not uncommon for identical movie projects to surface in Hollywood at the same time, typically forcing one to fold. Less common is the notion of two old-time Oscar caliber directors simultaneously blogging their love of the same movie.

Martin Scorsese chimed in October 15th on behalf of “favorite musical” The Band Wagon for his ongoing DirecTV.com column “The Scorsese Selection.” Then came Peter Bogdanovich; his latest Sunday indieWIRE blog on October 24th sang the praises of the very same Vincente Minnelli-Fred Astaire collaboration.

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