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2009-04-22 15:47:40

Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to 52 of cinema's greatest directors with a month-long festival in June, the U.S. network said. The festival will feature nearly 350 films, including the works of classic directors like Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford; mavericks like Orson Welles, Billy Wilder and Blake Edwards; international icons like Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Francois Truffaut and Akira Kurosawa; and modern masters like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Woody...

2008-09-24 15:00:35

By Geoffrey Macnab Gender scene Mickey Rourke puts his pecker in the popcorn in Barry Levinson's 'Diner' (1982) Men are beasts. They want only one thing and they'll lie and cheat to get it. Women are sweet-natured, romantic and fiercely protective of their virtue. This, at least, is the theory of the battle between the sexes advanced in countless US teen movies from the 1950s onward. Of course, the generalisations don't really add up. The predatory, leather-clad rebel on the...

2008-08-15 06:00:27

By John Ross WITH no red carpet, paparazzi or glitzy after-show party, and not even a cinema, Scotland's latest film festival is by no means conventional. The first Nairn Film Festival, founded by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, launches today, showing an offbeat mix of classic, unusual and obscure films - in a former ballroom. Entry is GBP 3 - or free if you bring a tray of home-baked cakes - and the audience will sit on beanbags. The idea for a festival on the Moray Firth came...

2008-08-13 15:05:00

Sandy Allen, 53, the world's tallest woman, died early Wednesday at a nursing home in Indiana. At 7-foot-7 Ӛ¼ inches, Allen has been listed in Guinness World Records as the tallest living woman since 1974, the Indianapolis Star reports. Her abnormal growth began soon after birth due to a tumor on her pituitary gland that was removed in 1977. "I would like to get to know someone that is approximately my height," Allen wrote in her first letter...

2008-08-01 15:00:34

By Gary Flockhart MINUTES into the interview with leading Hollywood producer Mark Platt, the man who guided Dances With Wolves, Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia and Sleepless In Seattle to Oscar-winning glory gives away a little secret. Though previously unconfirmed, Scots actor James McAvoy, who played Wesley Gibson in the comicbook movie adaptation of the Platt- produced Wanted alongside Angelina Jolie, will indeed be asked to reprise his role in the sequel. Reluctantly at first,...

2008-07-26 18:00:26

THE B-52S Juliet Of The Spirits VERDICT: ***** INSPIRED by Federico Fellini's 1965 film Giulietta Degli Spiriti, this download single is not as frantic as many of the tracks on the B-52's Funplex album, and it's all the better for it. Stylish and inventive, Kate and Cindy's voices blend beautifully, while the beat is suitably hypnotic. THE TING TINGS Shut Up And Let Me Go VERDICT: ***** SOUNDING like the natural successor to Blondie's Rapture, The Ting Tings' newie has an...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

A collection of seldom-seen sketches by late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini has gone on display in the town of Adro. ANSA, the Italian news agency, said the drawings had once belonged to screenwriter Liliana Betti, an Adro native who worked with Fellini for more than two decades as his personal assistant, then as an assistant director for some of his films. The exhibition is to run in the Palazzo Bargnani Dandolo until Oct. 19. It is then scheduled to move to the Filodrammatici...

2007-10-12 06:00:11

By Galenson, David W Kotin, Joshua Abstract. Why have some movie directors made important films early in their careers but subsequently failed to match their initial successes, whereas other directors have begun much more modestly but have made great movies late in life? The authors demonstrate that the answer lies in the directors' motivations and in the nature of their films. Conceptual directors, who use their films to express ideas or emotions, mature early; thus, such great conceptual...

2006-04-19 01:59:56

By Gregory McNamee LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Anita Ekberg, the Swedish bombshell, so admired Federico Fellini that upon arriving in Rome to work on "La Dolce Vita," one of the famed director's associates reported, "she greeted him lying naked on her bed, ready to do the deed." Fellini was no stranger to backstage romances. Still, the associate continued, he was so flustered that he faked an attack of appendicitis, which he acted out so well that an ambulance took him away...

2006-02-10 17:18:21

By Elizabeth Piper and Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - From techno beats to string quartets, Turin's Winter Olympics opened on Friday with hundreds of dancers drawing spectators on a glitzy trip through Italian history, with a nod to Botticelli, Fellini and Ferraris. Rollerbladers, red flames shooting from their helmets, sped across a stage. Cows danced and men in lederhosen played alpenhorns while the Stadio Olimpico built by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1933 rocked to modern...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'