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Peter O'Toole RIP, plus looking back at Superman: The Movie on its 35th Anniversary

December 15, 2013 - 2:58 pm   |   by
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All right, we’re back as expected today with a great new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our very own Michael Coate.

But first, we wanted to take a moment this afternoon to acknowledge a bit of sad breaking news: The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died.  He passed away yesterday at the age of 81.  Cinephiles will of course know him from his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, but other favorite film roles include such titles as Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Stunt Man, The Last Emperor and My Favorite Year.  Younger readers may best recall him for voicing a character in Pixar’s Ratatouille.  If you’re one of them, I envy you – it means you have so many great O’Toole films yet to discover.  In fact, I think a fresh viewing of Lawrence just might be in order in O’Toole’s memory.  Our hats off to him.  You can read more here at The New York Times.  [Read on here...]

Now then, hard to believe though it may seem, today marks the 35th Anniversary of Richard Donner’s original Superman: The MovieSo Michael Coate has cooked up a great retrospective look back at that debut release, including a fine new interview with film historian Bruce Scivally and soundtrack producer and film music preservationist Mike Matessino.  We hope you enjoy it!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

 

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