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'Warsaw Uprising' commemorates ill-fated 1944 rebellion against Nazis

latimes.com — Filmmaker Jan Komasa described the Warsaw Uprising - the ill-fated 63-day struggle led by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate the city from Nazi occupation - as "a massacre." "Everybody thought it would only take three days to beat the Germans," said Komasa, director of the Polish film "Warsaw Uprising," which opens Friday.

'Monsters, Mummies and Mayhem,' Hollywood Museum

latimes.com — The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is getting its "Boo!" on for Halloween with its new exhibition "Monsters, Mummies and Mayhem: Your Worst Nightmares Comes to Life." The exhibition, which continues through Nov.

Classic Hollywood: Honoring Jay Ward of Bullwinkle and Rocky fame

latimes.com — In fall 1961, TV animation pioneer Jay Ward was awaiting NBC's prime-time launch of "The Bullwinkle Show" - his clever, satirical series that appealed to children and adult sensibilities. The series revolving around the naive but resourceful squirrel Rocky and the sweet but clueless moose Bullwinkle had premiered two years earlier on ABC as "Rocky and His Friends."

Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival

latimes.com — It's a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema. "We had a lot of films about the Arab-Israeli conflict," said Meir Fenigstein, who has presented about 900 movies in his festivals.

'Boyhood' earns four Gotham Independent Film Award nominations

latimes.com — Richard Linklater's acclaimed drama "Boyhood" dominated the 24th Gotham Independent Film Award nominations Thursday, earning four nods in the first event of the movie awards season. "Boyhood" received nominations for film, actor Ethan Hawke, actress Patricia Arquette and breakthrough actor for Ellar Coltrane.

Skirball exhibit looks at German film artists in U.S. during Nazi regime

latimes.com — A Los Angeles County Museum of Art show on post-World War I German cinema opened last month looking at the innovative feature film directors, producers, writers, costume designers and cinematographers who created influential 1920s classics such as "Nosferatu" and "Metropolis."

Actors ready for close-ups in ‘Styling the Stars’

buffalonews.com — A dashing and debonair Cary Grant posing in his swim trunks for a photographer on the set of his 1957 tear-jerking romantic drama "An Affair to Remember."Doris Day, dressed in pajamas and fuzzy bedroom slippers, mugging for the camera on the soundstage of her 1967 spy comedy ...

Classic Hollywood: Carl Weathers of 'Rocky' is still a hit with fans

latimes.com — Carl Weathers' iconic performance as the brash heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed in the 1976 Oscar winner "Rocky" transformed the former pro football player into an overnight sensation. But Weathers wasn't prepared for the onslaught of attention for his role as the nemesis of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa, the endearingly sweet underdog Creed chooses as his next opponent in the ring.

Gerald McRaney puts his heart into his role in 'The Best of Me'

latimes.com — Gerald McRaney is just an old softie who wears his heart on his sleeve whenever he talks about his wife of 25 years, "Designing Women" actress Delta Burke. "Ten years ago, I had lung cancer," said the actor, 67, who came to fame in the lighthearted 1981-88 CBS detective series "Simon & Simon."

Hollywood actors ready for their close-ups

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/14/2014 12:47:32 PM PDT Updated: 10/14/2014 12:47:33 PM PDT A dashing and debonair Cary Grant posing in his swim trunks for a photographer on the set of his 1957 tear-jerking romantic drama "An Affair to Remember." Doris Day, dressed in pajamas and fuzzy bedroom slippers, mugging for the camera on the soundstage of her 1967 spy comedy "Caprice."
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