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Posts Tagged ‘Sidney Lumet’

LAFF Panelist Recalls Dog Day Turnaround

Last night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan hosted a panel discussion about the late director Sidney Lumet. Joining him at the front of LA Live’s Regal Cinemas Theater 12 were actor Andy Garcia, composer Quincy Jones, and writer-producer Frank Pierson, who won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 1975 for the Lumet drama Dog Day Afternoon.

That movie was originally intended to be more comedic. In fact, in the Columbia Pictures executive suite, it was dismissively nicknamed The Boys in the Bank. But everything changed one day when Pierson and Lumet were confronted by the sight of star Al Pacino, trying to make his point very dramatically by walking around on all fours and barking like a dog. “True story,” Pierson reminded.

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Sidney Lumet on The Verdict

The great filmmaker Sidney Lumet, of 12 Angry Men, Network and Dog Day Afternoon fame, passed away over the weekend at the age of 86. Clearly, those three films alone are enough to earn Lumet filmmaking immortality. But as myself and everyone who grew up in Boston knows, The Verdict was quite obviously his greatest film.

Above, Lumet talks The Verdict with IFC, from two years ago.

Angelina Jolie’s Esquire Profile ‘Worst Ever’? Not That Bad, Actually

Over at Slate, Ron Rosenbaum went all medieval on a Tom Junod-penned profile of Angelina Jolie in Esquire and panned it as the worst celebrity profile ever written. Interestingly, Rosenbaum didn’t mention Junod’s name in the piece once. Junod is a respected writer whose profiles of Mr. Rogers and Mike Tyson have become standard fare for college journalism classes, and he’s written about everything from Ecuadorian kidnappings to iconic 9/11 photographs. Then again, he’s also responsible for a puff piece or two. But the challenging thing is that in Rosenbaum’s screed, he treats Junow’s article like something special. He namedrops Yale University in calling it a “fallacy of imitative form” and calls the Jolie profile the worst out of “a wasteland of celebrity profiles.”

The wasteland part we can see. But the worst?

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