R.I.P. Paul Mazursky (1930-2014)

Acclaimed writer, director and occasional actor Paul Mazursky passed away Monday in Los Angeles from a pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84.

The five-time Oscar nominee started out as an actor in Stanley Kubrick’s first fiction film Fear and Desire at the age of 22, after being noticed in a play. 1969 saw the release of his first directorial effort, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon, which he also wrote and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

His last work as a director is the 2006 documentary Yippee and he had also remained active as an actor, recently appearing on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm and voicing a character in Kung Fu Panda 2.

Our thoughts go with Mr Mazursky’s family and friends, including his widow Betty and daughter Jill. If you are unfamiliar with his work, I’ve included an interview and a few trailers after the jump. Continue reading

No Money For Old Men

Tommy Lee Jones hasn’t been paid for latest Oscar winner No Country For Old Men, and he’s pissed. The 61 year old actor filed a lawsuit in San Antonio three days ago against Paramount Pictures, claiming they owe him over 10 million dollars. Jones was paid a reduced, upfront salary upon joining the film, but was promised compensation depending on the film’s profit. No Country For Old Men is of course viewed as one of the finest films of 2007, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and made more than 160 million dollars worldwide, more than making up for its 25 million dollar budget.


Jordan dreams of Oscar (trailer included)

For the first time in history, the Kingdom Of Jordan has submitted a film to the Academy Awards for consideration in the Best Foreign Film category. The film, Captain Abu Raed, is the latest out of Jordan’s non-existent film industry and tells the story of an airport janitor who is mistaken for an airplane pilot by a group of poor children.

In order to compete, the movie will have to be one of five selected among submissions from all over the world. As of now, South Korea, Denmark, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the Philippines have all made their submissions. To check those movies out and keep up with new submissions, go here.