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Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Editor's Note: The British filmmaker Michael Anderson, 94, is the oldest living best director Oscar nominee; he was nominated for helming the 1956 best picture Oscar winner, Around the World in 80 Days. 72 years ago, he was the assistant director on the film in which Richard Attenborough made his big-screen debut. He would go on to direct Attenborough in two other films over the next 33 years.

The year was 1942. The great Noel Coward and the soon-to-be-great David Lean were making a British war film called In Which We Serve. I was the assistant director and also had a small part in the film. Joining Noel in the cast were a number of young and unknown actors, carefully chosen by David, who would all go on to stardom: John Mills, Michael Wilding and Richard Attenborough.

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Telluride: The Lineup, Packed With Awards Contenders, Is Unveiled

Telluride: The Lineup, Packed With Awards Contenders, Is Unveiled

The lineup of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, which its organizers unveiled today, is packed with some of the most buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls. Among the films that are set to screen in the Rocky Mountains over Labor Day weekend are the world premieres of The Imitation Game, perhaps The Weinstein Co.'s most promising contender; Fox Searchlight's Wild, one of several Reese Witherspoon vehicles vying for attention this awards season; Open Road's Rosewater, Jon Stewart's directorial debut; another take on Madame Bovary, this one starring Mia Wasikowska, which is still seeking U.S. distribution; and Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's HBO-bound New York Review of Books doc The 50 Year Argument.

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John Lasseter Dismisses Notion of Rift With Marvel Over 'Big Hero 6'

John Lasseter Dismisses Notion of Rift With Marvel Over 'Big Hero 6'

The 2014 best animated feature Oscar race might well come down to DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Disney's Big Hero 6. Dragon was one of this summer's biggest critical and commercial hits. Hero won't be released until Nov. 7, the first weekend after Halloween. But Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseterthe film's producer Roy Conli and co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams teased the movie Wednesday by revealing 25 minutes of footage at a gathering of Oscar bloggers at the Disney Animation building in Burbank, a clear indication that Disney intends to give the film a major awards push.

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Emmys: If the Results Indicate Anything, It's That the Voting System Is Broken

Emmys: If the Results Indicate Anything, It's That the Voting System Is Broken

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were dished out at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night and, for the second year in a row, many of the TV Academy's choices left viewers in the audience and at home with their mouths hanging open in bafflement, with some even calling for a reevaluation of the voting process.

Several of the results were simply inexplicable.

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Emmys: Live Blog

Emmys: Live Blog

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Remembering Richard Attenborough, Giant and Champion of British Stage and Screen

Remembering Richard Attenborough, Giant and Champion of British Stage and Screen

People on both sides of the Atlantic — including many in the biz — are mourning the death this weekend of Richard Attenborough, one of the most talented and likable actors and directors of the British stage and screen, and a fierce champion of the arts in Britain, less than a week shy of his 91st birthday.

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Greenwich Film Fest Lands Elvis Mitchell as Director

Greenwich Film Fest Lands Elvis Mitchell as Director

The recently established Greenwich International Film Festival, which boasts a board of directors that includes former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and New York Yankees star Mark Teixeira, has set its first edition for June 4-7, 2015. The fest’s board also named named veteran film commentator Elvis Mitchell as its “marquee director.”

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Kirk Douglas Remembers Lauren Bacall: She Was My "Lucky Charm"

Kirk Douglas Remembers Lauren Bacall: She Was My "Lucky Charm"

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

With the loss of Lauren Bacall, whom we all called "Betty," a meaningful part of my history has been extinguished.

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Lauren Bacall, Political Activist: She Knew How to Whistle... and Speak Her Mind

Lauren Bacall, Political Activist: She Knew How to Whistle... and Speak Her Mind

Lauren Bacall, one of the last links to Hollywood’s Golden Age, died August 12 at 89 in her Upper West Side apartment, 70 years after shooting to stardom in her first film, Howard HawksTo Have and Have Not, opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart. Bacall is best remembered for that film (in which she famously provides instructions about how to whistle) and the three others she made with “Bogie”—The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo—before his untimely death in 1957. But contemporaries also remember her political activism at a time before it was common for celebrities to involve themselves in such matters.

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Emmys: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

Emmys: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Make your own picks at THR's Emmys Ballot.

Drama Series

What will win: Breaking Bad (AMC)

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New York Film Festival Announces Full Slate

New York Film Festival Announces Full Slate

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed its full slate of films that will screen at the 52nd New York Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12. In addition to the three previously announced marquee attractions — the world premiere of David Fincher's Gone Girl (20th Century Fox) as the opening night film on Sept.

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Ricky Gervais on Stardom After 40 and the Road to His 21st Emmy Nom, for 'Derek'

Ricky Gervais on Stardom After 40 and the Road to His 21st Emmy Nom, for 'Derek'

Ricky Gervais is one of the most famous and celebrated comedians in the world — and yet few had ever even heard of him before he turned 40 about 13 years ago.

During the relatively short period since then, he has made up for lost time by becoming one of the most prolific and multi-talented entertainers out there: a hilarious stand-up comedian (with four sold-out world tours), a no-holds-barred awards show host (who can forget the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Golden Globe ceremonies?), a star of films for children (including The Muppets and Night at the Museum franchises) and, above all else, the creator, writer and star of several of the most memorable TV comedies of all-time: BBC Two's The Office (2001-04), a British workplace comedy that spawned an American reincarnation; BBC and HBO's Extras (2005-07), through which he continued his exploration of fame that began with The Office; and Netflix's Derek (2012-), a dramedy about a middle-aged nursing home employee who, in many ways, is rather like Charlie Chaplin's tramp: sweet, simple, awkward but in possession of a heart of gold.

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Lauren Bacall (1924-2014): An Appreciation

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014): An Appreciation

Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of meeting many of Hollywood's biggest names, but rarely, if ever, have I been as excited as I was on the handful of occasions when I crossed paths with Lauren Bacall, who died today at the age of 89. I know that many others in the business who love classic movies feel the same way.

Why? Because Bacall was a true legend in a world in which that superlative is used often but rarely with justification — in her case, there was no question that it was merited — and she was one of the last and best remaining ties that we had to Hollywood's long-gone Golden Age. Consider the following.

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Robin Williams' 'Dead Poets Society' Nemesis Pays Tribute (Exclusive)

Robin Williams' 'Dead Poets Society' Nemesis Pays Tribute (Exclusive)

Dead Poets Society, which was released 25 years ago, is one of the films for which Robin Williams, who died on Monday, will always be remembered. Williams, already a celebrated comedian, played a major dramatic screen role for the first time in the Peter Weir classic: John Keating, an English teacher at a rigid prep school who inspires a love of learning in his young pupils, but who is ultimately fired after his unconventional teaching methods are blamed for a tragedy.

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