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Peter Bogdanovich — whose The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon solidified his reputation as one of the most important filmmakers in the New Hollywood of the ’70s, but whose personal life threatened to overshadow his career behind the camera — has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 82.

The director also had acting roles on such shows as The Sopranos, on which he recurred as Dr. Melfi’s psychotherapist; The Simpsons; and as a DJ in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.

Wildly prolific and celebrated early on, then mired in hubris-laced scandal when he became involved with two of his leading ladies — the first for whom he left his wife, the second a Playboy centerfold killed by her husband — Bogdanovich nevertheless remained busy directing, writing and acting through his late years, and emerged, like Martin Scorsese, as a scholarly champion of old-school American moviemakers.

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Like his peers of the French New Wave, Bogdanovich parlayed a career in film criticism and scholarship into directing. He was among the first generation of movie nerds-cum-directors who were raised on the language of cinema, a breed that included the younger Spielberg, and later, Quentin Tarantino.

As David Thomson put it in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, “Bogdanovich was a valuable, French-inspired critic who insisted on the director as auteur, so much so that many Americans began to take directors more seriously because of what he wrote.”

Based on Bogdanovich’s movie meditations in Esquire magazine, Roger Corman, who also gave Francis Ford Coppola and Scorsese their breaks in the world of low-budget B pictures, enlisted Bogdanovich to work as his assistant director on the 1966 Wild Angels. Under Corman’s aegis, Bogdanovich would graduate to write, direct and produce Targets (1968), about a rampaging Vietnam war vet. The experience would prove to be a crash course in filmmaking for the twenty-something novice and pave the way for his breakthrough 1971 feature, The Last Picture Show, based on the Larry McMurtry novel.

A coming-of-age ensemble drama set in a bleak small town in Texas, co-written by Bogdanovich and McMurtry and shot in stark black-and-white by veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees, Picture Show premiered at the New York Film Festival, where it caused a sensation and prompted Newsweek magazine to declare it “the most impressive work by a young American director since Citizen Kane.” The comment surely could not have meant more to the son of artistic immigrants, since Kane inspired him to be a filmmaker in the first place. (Bogdanovich would attempt in his newfound fame to resurrect Welles’ career, but to no avail.)

Picture Show went on to earn eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture and writing and directing nods for Bogdanovich.

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The film also provided a springboard for a number of up-and-coming actors, including Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Randy Quaid and Cybill Shepherd, the woman for whom Bogdanovich would eventually leave his wife and professional partner, Polly Platt.

As Peter Biskind wrote in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-and-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, “[The Last Picture Show] delivered a European frankness that was new to the American screen.”

The film’s commercial and critical success allowed Bogdanovich the opportunity to cherry-pick his next project, a screwball comedy in the vein of Bringing Up Baby, directed by one of his heroes, Howard Hawks, that was called What’s Up, Doc? (1972).

The film was anchored by two of the biggest stars of the day, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. In praising the movie, critic Michael Korda, writing for Glamour magazine, called the filmmaker “both an archivist and an artist,” and that if it “proves anything, it is that Peter Bogdanovich is perhaps the most inventive and original new director to rise from the ashes and ruins of Hollywood’s Gadarene rush into youth-exploitation films.” The film would become the third highest-grossing film of 1972, after The Godfather and The Poseidon Adventure.

At a time when the director was the most sought-after talent in the New Hollywood, Paramount Pictures sweetened the pot by forming the Director’s Company, giving Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin the wherewithal to make any project of their choosing as long as it fell within a certain budget range. Although the production entity was short-lived, it granted Bogdanovich the funds for the Depression-era comedy Paper Moon (1973), another black-and-white film that re-teamed the director with Ryan O’Neal, playing a confidence man, and earned an Oscar for O’Neal’s daughter, Tatum, who was nine at the time of filming.

The boy wonder’s hot streak would eventually cool with an ill-fated adaptation of Henry James’ novella Daisy Miller (1974), Bogdanovich’s swan song for the Director’s Company that amounted to a vanity project for girlfriend Shepherd. The film received disastrous reviews and signaled the beginning of a downward slide from which Bogdanovich’s reputation could scarcely recover. Two more flops followed, At Long Last Love (1975) and Nickelodeon (1976) — both vintage Hollywood homages — and finally his filmmaking pace slowed.

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Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Carrey

The end of the decade would see a shift to the more spartan, character-driven Saint Jack (1979) and a brief, if fitful, return to critical acceptance, but he never regained his early swagger, and his relationship with Shepherd had played itself out by 1978.

The romantic comedy They All Laughed (1981), a modern-day La Ronde, was viewed by optimists as a return to form — another ensemble feature that touted Audrey Hepburn in her last big-screen appearance and newcomers like John Ritter. The movie also marked the mainstream movie debut of Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten, with whom Bogdanovich would have an affair. She was brutally murdered by her husband/manager before the film — distributed by Bogdanovich himself — was released to mixed reviews and limited business.

The episode would serve as a sordid asterisk to the director’s career, made even more so when he wrote a book about it (The Killing of the Unicorn, 1984) and eventually married Stratten’s younger sister, Louise, almost 30 years his junior.

In ensuing years, Bogdanovich would enjoy intermittent success. Every critically heralded film like Mask (1985) or Cat’s Meow (2001) would be matched by a perceived failure, like Texasville (1990), a sequel to The Last Picture Show, and Illegally Yours (1988), a comedy of mistaken identity.

Bogdanovich was born to a Serbian pianist father (Borislav) and an Austrian painter mother (Herma), having both arrived in Kingston, New York, from Europe in the year of their son’s birth. In the ’50s, Bogdanovich studied acting under Stella Adler, whose students included Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.

An avid — some would say obsessive — moviegoer, he programmed films at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in the early ’60s. He moved to Los Angeles with wife Polly Platt in 1968 with the intention of becoming a filmmaker.

The film articles he wrote for Esquire ended up in a book titled Pieces of Time (1973). Other books about movies were published in later years, including This Is Orson Welles (1992); Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With… (1997), which included interviews with Hawks, Hitchcock and George Cukor; and Who the Hell’s in It: Conversations With Legendary Actors (2005). In all, he wrote more than a dozen books, while his documentary, Directed by John Ford (1971), appeared at the New York Film Festival the same year as The Last Picture Show.

Among his last films was She’s Funny That Way (2014), starring Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson and Will Forte, about a Broadway director who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress. It was co-written by his ex, Louis Stratten, whom he divorced in 2001.

Variety called the film “an enthusiastic but low-fizz romantic farce that gets by principally on the charms of a cast speckled with gifted funnymen (and, more particularly, funnywomen).”

Bogdanovich is survived by his two children with Platt, Antonia and Sashy. Platt died in 2011 at age 72.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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