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الموت يغيب الممثل السوري عمر حجو



توفي الممثل السوري عمر حجو صباح اليوم.
وقد اكدت بعض المصادر هذا الخبر كما نشرت الممثلة السورية ليليا الأطرش صورة لحجو معلقة "
الفنان عمر حجو في ذمة الله ".

الفنّان عمر حجو من مواليد مدينة حلب 1931، وهو من مؤسسي نقابة الفنانين السوريين، من مؤسسين مسرح "الشوك" السياسي النّاقد بالتشارك مع الممثل دريد لحّام، وهو والد المخرج الليث حجو، وشارك بأهم الاعمال الدراميّة خلال مسيرته".
 
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    Harrison Ford seriously injured after his vintage light aircraft crash lands near Los Angeles, report claims



    The Hollywood actor Harrison Ford suffered serious injuries - but escaped with his life - after the small plane he was piloting crashed onto a Los Angeles golf course.

    The 72-year-old star of movies such as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, was said to have suffered moderate trauma but was alert and conscious when he was taken to a local hospital.

    Officials said that Ford, who was flying solo, reported that the plane was experiencing engine failure shortly after he took off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport and was trying to return to land. Officials released a recording of the actor's calm conversation with air traffic controllers.

    The actor was taken to hospital where it was said he had suffered moderate trauma. His son, Ben Ford, tweeted a message to say his father was battered but alright.

    "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man," he said.

    Los Angeles Fire Brigade spokesman Patrick Butler told a press conference that the incident happened around 2.30pm local time. Reports said his plane – a yellow Ryan PT-22 Recruit that was used for training during World War II - had hit a tree as it came down and that Ford was helped by bystanders.

    Patrick Jones, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the incident, said anytime someone walked away from such an accident they were "absolutely lucky".

    "It appeared he clipped the top of a tree and came to rest on a golf course," he told reporters. "There was one person onboard."

    One report said Ford had blood on his face but that this appeared to be his only obvious visible injury as he was helped from the wrecked vintage two-seater plane.

    “We can confirm that there was a plane crash and the male occupant was a 65-70 years old man. He was transported to a local hospital in stable condition,” Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Nuria Vanegas said earlier.

    Carlos Lugo, 63, said he was playing golf at the Penmar Golf Course when he saw a plane that he believed had taken off from nearby Santa Monica Airport lose power and turn around in an apparent attempt to return to the runway.

    “When he flew over us we knew it was too late to make it back to the airport,” he told Reuters.

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    Marvin Gaye's family claim Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' sounds like 'Ain’t That Peculiar'

    After winning their court case against Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and TI for copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”, the late singer’s family have now claimed William’s hit “Happy” borrows from Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”.


    “I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” Gaye’s daughter
    told CBS News.

    “I heard the mash-ups – but I didn’t really need to hear them,” said Gaye’s ex-wife Janis. “I know ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’ and I’ve heard ‘Happy.’”

    However, the family – who inherited the copyright to the soul legend’s music following his death in 1984 – said they did not intend to bring about further legal action. “We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied.”



    Williams and Thicke were ordered to pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family earlier this week following a ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles Court.

    Nona, who reportedly wept when the verdict was read, said: “Right now, I feel free. Free from…Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”


    In a statement following the trial, Thicke and Williams’ lawyer Howard E King said: “There was no properly admissible evidence upon which the jury could have found copying. A comparison of the two songs readily reveals that there isn’t one note in the melody that’s the same, there isn’t one chord in the entire song that’s the same, and there are no more than three notes in the bass lines, out of 26 notes, that are the same.”

    He added: “This matter is not finished by any stretch of the imagination”.

    “Blurred Lines” earned more than $5m each for Thicke and Williams. Although both are credited as its songwriters, Williams reportedly wrote the song in about an hour in 2012, and the pair recorded it in one night.

    William's hit single “Happy” became the best-selling song of 2014, selling more than 1.5m copies in the UK and 6.5m in the US.

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    و ظهرت كلمة النهاية في رحلتة … وداعا الفنان محمد وفيق



    كلنا عرفنا محمد وفيق من خلال اكبر مسلسل للجاسوسية جذب ملايين المصريين و كان الاقرب لقلوبهم رأفت الهجان , ولد محمد وفيق في 24 سبتمبر عام 1947 ، كان والده يعمل استاذا بالجامعة , و قد أتم دراسته الثانوية بالمدرسة المرقسية الثانوية في محافظة الإسكندرية .


    حصل محمد وفيق على (بكالوريوس فنون مسرحية) بتفوق عام 1967 , و كان ذلك في الدفعة التي ضمت الفنان (نور الشريف )و الراحل (مجدي وهبة) و الفنان (عبدالعزيز مخيون).

    برع محمد وفيق في اداء الأدوار التاريخية , وكان مسلسل بلاط الشهداء من أبرز و اهم مسلسلاته.


    كما قدم الفنان محمد وفيق أيضا عددا من حلقات البرنامج الدينى الشهير أسماء الله الحسنى مع الممثليين حامد مرسي وأشرف عبد الغفور وسميرة عبد العزيز ومديحة حمدي.

    قدم عدد من الافلام المختلفة و المتنوعة من اهمها :

    * كتكوت في عام (2006) مع النجم محمد سعد .

    * مجرم مع مرتبة الشرف في عام (1998) مع النجم هشام عبدالحميد .

    * 131 أشغال في عام (1993)

    * الرقص مع الشيطان في عام (1993)

    * امرأة آيلة للسقوط في عام (1992)

    * سمارة الأمير في عام (1992) مع سناء شافع و النجمه الكبيرة نبيلة عبيد.

    * الهروب في عام (1991) مع النجم الراحل احمد زكي وهالة صدقي و الفنان عبد العزيز مخيون .

    * قضية سميحة بدران في عام (1990) مع النجمه نادية الجندي .

    * حكاية نصف مليون دولار في عام (1988)

    * عصفور الشرق في عام (1986)

    * سعد اليتيم في عام (1985) مع النجوم محمود مرسي و أحمد زكي و أحمد بدير و نجلاء فتحي و السيدة كريمة مختار

    * المنحرفون في عام (1976)

    * حب تحت المطر في عام (1975)

    * لا شيء يهم في عام (1975)

    * الرسالة في دور الصحابي عمرو بن العاص رضي الله عنه و ارضاه

    * خطة الشيطان في عام (1988) مع النجمة المعتزلة سهير رمزى وهشام عبد الحميد ومن إخراج يس إسماعيل يس

    و من ابرز و اهم مسلسلاته

    * رحلة ابو العلا البشري

    * ليالي الحلمية

    * بوابه الحلواني

    وداعا محمد وفيق
     
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    The X-Files officially returns with new season starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

    13 years after its original run, The X-Files is coming back, with FOX ordering a six-episode 'event series' that will see Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate new supernatural mysteries.

    Expected to arrive in 2015, the series will be helmed by original X-Files writer Chris Carter.

    "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," he commented. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."



    Originally premiering in 1993, The X-Files won 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes, with its creepier episodes (e.g season 4's 'Home' *shudder*) still being talked about to this day.

    A return for the show has been mooted for a while and rumours resurfaced earlier this week.

    Duchovny previously said he was "f*cking overjoyed" at the idea.

    "We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of THE X-FILES – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again," FOX CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden said.

    "THE X-FILES was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as THE X-FILES, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for."

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    Spoiler Alert: The First Four Episodes Of Game Of Thrones Season 5 Just Leaked

    Ouch. If you hate Game Of Thrones spoilers, you might want to keep your head down and your router disconnected for the next…like, month. Don’t worry, though: this post, at least, will be spoiler free.


    The very
    night before Game Of Thrones Season 5 was set to premiere, the first four episodes of the season have been leaked simultaneously.


    Rumors of this leak started circulating on the afternoon of the 11th; by 6 p.m., the files started appearing across myriad torrent trackers. In just a few hours since, over 50,000 people have grabbed the first episode.



    Game Of Thrones is already the world’s most pirated show. This.. probably won’t help it lose that title.


    Like each season before it, Season 5 of
    Thrones will consist of just 10 episodes. With this, nearly half of the season has leaked before the first episode even got a chance to officially premiere.


    While not as awful as having the
    entire season leak, I imagine some pretty harsh words are being thrown around HBO HQ right now. The timing has to be particularly painful.



    HBO carefully timed the launch of their new, long-awaited standalone streaming service, HBO Now, around the premiere of this new season.



    It’s banking on easy, instant, cable-free
    Game Of Thrones access as a primary selling point.


    And now, said service is going to be behind the pirates by a full
    month. Again: Ouch.


    How can HBO respond? Do they ride it out and hope subscribers are willing to wade through spoilers for the next four weeks? Do they release all of the leaked episodes in one blast in order to get everyone on the same page?



    HBO has not yet replied to a request for comment.

     
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    Christopher Lee: Goodnight to cinema’s prince of darkness

    His death at the age of 93 robs British cinema of one of its most enduring stars




    Sir Christopher Lee seems to have been around almost as long as his two most famous roles, Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. His death at the age of 93 robs British cinema of one of its most enduring stars.

    Though it has been long and eclectic, his career will probably always be most associated in the public mind with those Hammer horror film roles of the 1950s, as well as the quartet of tall, debonair, deliciously evil screen figures – Lee, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, all real-life friends – who scared the living daylights out of innocent matinee audiences in a golden age of British film.

    Indeed, one only has to look at the Lee CV to be struck by how it evokes British cinema, and its different eras. It’s not just the journey in cinematic cults from Hammer horror via The Wicker Man to (in his eighties) Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. It is where he was obliged to do some of his actor training that also catches the eye. That was at the Rank “charm school”. When did that wonderful little institution disappear, and what on earth went on there?

    Sir Christopher, always as impeccable in manners as in dress, hardly needed charm-schooling. His father, Geoffrey, a colonel decorated in the First World War and an inveterate gambler, was married to Estelle, a society beauty of the 1920s and the daughter of the Italian Marquis de Sarzano. Christopher was born in Belgravia and educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, and could trace his ancestry to the emperor Charlemagne. He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War, where he was mentioned in dispatches.

    It was a background that oozed confidence and charm. He was even a distant cousin of another debonair Englishman, Ian Fleming (who wanted to cast Lee as the villain in the first Bond film, the eponymous Dr No, a role that would have suited him perfectly).

    A possessor of a rich baritone voice, which he is said to have exercised every day, he could have become a singer but opted for the movies, making his first film in 1947. It was a career that continued right up to the present. He was even slated to star opposite Uma Thurman in a film about 9/11 due to begin shooting in November.

    And it was a career that stretched well beyond horror film. I was on a trip to Karachi in the 1990s and was surprised to bump into him in a hotel lobby. He was making a film about the founder of Pakistan, Jinnah, in which he played the title role. He said it was one of his most important films. And it speaks volumes about the respect afforded to him around the world that Pakistan was happy to see him playing its most revered hero.

    He was bewilderingly eclectic, even when he should have been in his dotage. He made a record of Broadway and light opera tunes in his seventies, and graduated to heavy metal in his eighties. In 2010, his album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross won a Spirit of Metal Award from Metal Hammer magazine. He marked his 92nd birthday by releasing an album of heavy metal cover versions. His 2013 single, “Jingle Hell”, entered the Billboard Hot 100 in America at number 22 – which made him the oldest living artist ever to enter the charts.

    News of Sir Christopher’s death was released by his wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, who had held back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. The couple had been married for over 50 years and had one daughter, Christina.

    Among the many tributes to Sir Christopher was one from David Cameron, who called him a “titan of the golden age of cinema”. That would, indeed, have been sufficient, but his was a career that went well beyond that golden age and even beyond cinema.

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    Rue McClanahan, One of the "Golden Girls" Stars, Dies at 76

    Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 76.

    "She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," her manager, Barbara Lawrence told People magazine. "She had a massive stroke."

    McClanahan had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery, according to the report. She had undergone treatment for breast cancer in 1997 and later lectured to cancer support groups on "aging gracefully."

    Lawrence added that at the time of her death, the actress "had her family with her. She went in peace."



    McClanahan had an active career in off-Broadway and regional stages in the 1960s before she was tapped for TV in the 1970s for the key best-friend character on the hit series "Maude," starring Beatrice Arthur. After that series ended in 1978, McClanahan landed the role as Aunt Fran on "Mama's Family" in 1983.

    But her most loved role came in 1985 when she co-starred with Arthur, Betty White and Estelle Getty in "The Golden Girls," a runaway hit that broke the sitcom mold by focusing on the foibles of four aging - and frequently eccentric - women living together in Miami.

    "Golden Girls" aimed to show "that when people mature, they add layers," she told The New York Times in 1985. "They don't turn into other creatures. The truth is we all still have our child, our adolescent, and your young woman living in us."

    Blanche, who called her father "Big Daddy," was a frequent target of roommates Dorothy, Rose and the outspoken Sophia (Getty), who would fire off zingers at Blanche such as, "Your life's an open blouse."

    Fellow "Golden Girl" Betty White called McClanahan a close and dear friend.

    "I treasured our relationship," said White, who was working on the set of her TV Land comedy "Hot in Cleveland" on Thursday. "It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that's even possible."

    McClanahansnagged an Emmy for her work on the show in 1987. In an Associated Press interview that year, McClanahan said Blanche was unlike any other role she had ever played.

    "Probably the closest I've ever done was Blanche DuBois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at the Pasadena Playhouse," she said. "I think, too, that's where the name came from, although my character is not a drinker and not crazy."


    Her Blanche Devereaux, she said, "is in love with life and she loves men. I think she has an attitude toward women that's competitive. She is friends with Dorothy and Rose, but if she has enough provocation she becomes competitive with them. I think basically she's insecure. It's the other side of the Don Juan syndrome."

    After "The Golden Girls" was canceled in 1992, McClanahan, White and Getty reprised their roles in a short-lived spinoff, "Golden Palace."

    McClanahan continued working in television, on stage and in film, appearing in the Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau vehicle "Out to Sea" and as the biology teacher in "Starship Troopers."

    She stepped in to portray Madame Morrible, the crafty headmistress, for a time in "Wicked," Broadway's long-running "Wizard of Oz" prequel.

    In 2008, McClanahan appeared in the Logo comedy "Sordid Lives: The Series," playing the slightly addled, elderly mother of an institutionalized drag queen.

    During production, McClanahan was recovering from 2007 surgery on her knee. It didn't stop her from filming a sex scene in which the bed broke, forcing her to hang on to a windowsill to avoid tumbling off.

    McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Okla., to building contractor William McClanahan and his wife, Dreda Rheua-Nell, a beautician. She graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa with a degree in German and theater arts.

    McClanahan's acting career began on the stage. According to a 1985 Los Angeles Times profile, she appeared at the Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse, studied in New York with Uta Hagen and Harold Clurman, and worked in soaps and on the stage.

    She won an Obie - the off-Broadway version of the Tony - in 1970 for "Who's Happy Now," playing the "other woman" in a family drama written by Oliver Hailey. She reprised the role in a 1975 television version; in a review, The New York Times described her character as "an irrepressible belle given to frequent bouts of `wooziness' and occasional bursts of shrewdness."

    She had appeared only sporadically on television until producer Norman Lear tapped her for a guest role on "All in the Family" in 1971.

    She went from there to a regular role in the "All in the Family" spinoff "Maude," playing Vivian, the neighbor and best friend to Arthur in the starring role.

    When Arthur died in April 2009, McClanahan recalled that she had felt constrained by "Golden Girls" during the later years of its run. "Bea liked to be the star of the show. She didn't really like to do that ensemble playing," McClanahan said.

    McClanahan was married six times: Tom Bish, with whom she had a son, Mark Bish; actor Norman Hartweg; Peter D'Maio; Gus Fisher; and Tom Keel. She married husband Morrow Wilson on Christmas Day in 1997.

    She called her 2007 memoir "My First Five Husbands ... And the Ones Who Got Away."

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    Roger Rees dead: West Wing and Cheers actor dies aged 71



    Tributes have been paid to the actor Roger Rees, who has died at the age of 71 following a brief illness.

    The Tony award winning actor is best known for his roles on Cheers and The West Wing.

    Born in Wales, Rees was originally an artist before turning to acting in the 1960s. He was painting a backdrop to a set at Wimbledon Theatre when he was asked to fill a part in a play.

    He won Tony and Olivier Awards in 1982 for his performance in the lead role of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    Rees is survived by his husband, the playwright Rick Elice, who he married in 2011.

    Tributes to the actor have been made on social media. Choreographer Matthew Bourne wrote: “RIP Roger Rees- a lovely, generous & kind man & an heroic and passionate actor. We all fell in love with him in #NicholasNickleby. So sad.”

    In the late 1980s and early 1900s, Rees featured in the long-running Cheers as English tycoon Robin Colcord. In The West Wing, he played the erudite but dishevelled British diplomat Lord John Marbury.
     
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    Al Pacino interview: Hollywood's go-to gangster on why he has no regrets - not even Godfather III

    Al Pacino has so much chutzpah that he commands every room, every film set, and every theatre stage on or in which he appears. “I am a movie star,” he spouts at one moment, and he doesn’t want us to forget it. Even at 75, he has the brash confidence of youth, and yet his escapades of yesteryear provides the chorus to his oratory.

    He makes jumps into the past with the voracity of Doctor Who. Speaking about the director of his new film Manglehorn, he says: “When David Gordon Green came to me with the script, I thought I would be interested in any movie working with such a good director.” And then he jumps of his own volition. “The first Godfather, Francis [Ford Coppola] wanted me and nobody else wanted me. The studios didn’t want me, nobody knew me, and I think when a director is interested I have a tendency to lean forward rather than backing off, even if I didn’t know what I would do in this part.”

    The eponymous character he plays in Manglehorn is a man living in the past, who still writes letters to a woman he loved and lost many years ago. He is thrown into turmoil by Dawn, a bank cashier who takes an interest in his eccentric ways.



    Talking about Manglehorn sees Pacino ramble about obsessions, the pertinence of Holly Hunter’s character being called Dawn, which then fuses into more praise for the director, before he ends on a commentary about his acting method: “I tried to make the performance come from the unconscious. When I look at it now, I guess that is what I did. I don’t work like that. I wish I talked to myself about that before.”

    The danger with interviewing Pacino is that you let him run away with himself. He has been known to give 20-minute Shakespeare soliloquies in interviews. So it seems appropriate to ask him a more forthright question, in the hope that this works like a bucket of cold water.

    Do you regret any of your movies? The Godfather: Part III for example? “What is that supposed to mean?” arrives his shortest response. So I repeat the question, omitting the Godfather example, and not mentioning much of the work he has done since the turn of the millennium. He stopped getting Oscar nominations in 1993 after he won his long overdue gong in 1993 for Scent of a Woman.

    “I don’t regret anything,” he says with the bravado one would expect from one so brash. Then he checks himself. “I feel like I’ve made what I would call mistakes. I picked the wrong movie, or I didn’t pursue a character, but everything you do is part of you and you get something from it. Having the idea and excitement of being in these situation and places, they are more than just memories, they inform your life.”

    He famously turned down the Han Solo role on Star Wars. Nonetheless, that’s probably a good thing, as it’s hard to imagine him as the loveable rogue. Yet there is one director he turned down whom Pacino seems to regret not having worked with. Manglehorn was filmed in Austin, the home of the reclusive director Terrence Malick. Pacino and his co-star Hunter would meet up with Malick in their breaks. “Terry, a long time ago, asked me to be in a movie, and I always wish, there is another one of my mistakes, there is a museum of mistakes, all the movies I rejected.” Pacino opted for Bobby Deerfield, one of Sydney Pollack’s minor works, rather than Badlands. He also turned down Kramer vs. Kramer, Pretty Woman and Die Hard.



    The greatness of his performances mean that sometimes the roles that he has played have taken on lives of their own. This has never been as true as with Scarface, in which he played the Cuban immigrant turned drug baron Tony Montana. The character and the life he lived have become a go-to for criminals, and lauded by a plethora of gangsta-rappers. The rags-to-riches story has been used to glorify violence. Does Pacino feel that his film has impacted culture in a negative way?

    “Well I don’t know what to say about that, I don’t know.” But his moment without an opinion is short-lived.

    “I look at Scarface and I don’t see that as the metaphor. I see what Brian De Palma was talking about when we made it. It was the crazy Eighties, the decade of avarice, greed and introducing that into the world; greed is good and the whole thing from Gecko in Wall Street. I thought it was a very socio-political statement, which is why rappers took to it. Hip-hop people were so buoyed up on Scarface. I know a lot of people who don’t deal drugs who are inspired by it. It’s about a kind of ingenuity, suddenly coming from the bottom and rising, which is why the original was so inspiring for me. There is something else too that seems to trigger off a certain thing, and that is this sense of his ideals as an outsider.”



    Pacino was born in New York in 1940. His Italian-American parents divorced when he was two. He started smoking and drinking young and took menial jobs to fund his dream of becoming an actor. He took acting classes with Lee Strasberg. He started acting on stage in the late Sixties, and it was playing a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park that brought him to the attention of Coppola. The Seventies, he says, was a blur: the hit films, the fast life. He says he has never written a biography because he doesn’t remember much of the decade that saw him wow in Scarecrow, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and The Godfather.

    “You don’t think of those parts as achievements,” he says of those heady days. “Imagine an actor saying, ‘I don’t want to go on anymore because I can’t outdo the last movie I made’. I might as well quit now. We call that resting on your laurels. You’re not supposed to do that. But I’m all for that, resting on your laurels, taking another profession, but for some reason I want to go back and do this stuff.”



    He struggled to cope with the fame and adulation that came his way in the Seventies and he hit the bottle. His alcoholism began affecting his career, and he reached a point where he was out of work more than he was in work. “It’s a bit of a madness I get,” he says about the time before he changed his ways. “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I don’t do drugs.”

    The Eighties saw his first career slump. He took a four-year break from making films after the epic failure that was Revolution, set just after the declaration of American independence, but continued to wow on stage. His love of Richard III and Salome has seen him make films revolving around the plays. He has never been married but has three children, the first with acting coach Jan Tarrant in 1989 and then twins with actress Beverly D’Angelo. He has been attached to a host of his co-stars, including a two-decade long on-off affair with Godfather co-star Diane Keaton.

    In her autobiography, Then Again, Keaton says of Pacino: “He liked plain,” adding, “sometimes I swear Al must have been raised by wolves. There were normal things he had no acquaintance with, like the whole idea of enjoying a meal in the company of others. He is more at home, eating alone, standing up.” He has been dating 36-year-old Argentinian actress Lucila Sola since 2007, making light of their almost four-decade age gap.



    In his heyday Pacino was commanding $14m a picture. In 2011 he was hit with a bill of $188,000 for failing to pay his tax in 2008 and 2009. His business manager at the time was Kenneth Starr, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for his part in a Ponzi scheme. Pacino promptly paid the bills and sent up his financial predicament when playing himself in the Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill. It’s his career nadir. It seemed a really long time since he made Heat, Donnie Brasco and Carlito’s Way in the mid-Nineties.

    Recently Pacino seems to have a renewed zeal for making movies and choosing roles that suit his talents. In addition to Manglehorn, he has starred in Danny Collins, inspired by the true story of folk singer Steve Tiltson, and he optioned the 2009 novel The Humbling, about an aging actor suffering bouts of dementia. “I’m sorry for working so much,” he quips. “But I hadn’t worked for a few years. On HBO, on television I got good work, Phil Spector and Angels in America, they are portraits. If I find something and feel as though I can contribute to [it] in a way and feel I’m in it, whatever that means, I’m expressing something that I feel is a way to exercise my talent and help communicate a role as a human being in a movie, I will do that.

    “You know I don’t talk politics and I don’t talk philosophy or anything like that, but if you look at my work, you might get an expression of me as a person. I think that is part of what we all do.”

    As for the future, “I have things that are being developed”. One of which is his Manglehorn co-star Harmony Korine’s new film The Trap, and he hasn’t completed ruled out the long-gestating Martin Scorsese film The Irishman. It would put Pacino with one of the great directors he has never worked with, as well as Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. One can only hope. “I’m actually, as they say, always trying to get out of show business. But I still think there is something for me to do, but it gets tougher.”

    He doesn’t yet want to consider hanging up his gloves. “I’m not going to say the word ‘retirement’. Philip Roth, The Humbling is a movie of his book, he quit writing and he’s happy he says. He goes off and does what he does; I can understand that, so you look for other things. For me that is the director who wants to use you, the risks you take, the challenge, the fact you fall down, get up and go on. When you do it long enough, you want to go on. You want that challenge.”



    His biggest challenge seems to be acting against his past. “We have to deal with our image, even though we play different characters, we have to deal with our image and that is part of why there is a kind of pretentiousness in saying that you are an artist, because you’re a movie star. That is wrong too, that is pretentious, to say ‘I’m a movie star’, so what do you say?”

    He adds, “There are days when I do enjoy it. I have a life and do a lot of things, and so far my work has been my life. If I was a painter no one would question me about my age. I’m an artist, I hate saying that. One thing I learned early on, a woman I lived with said: ‘Whatever you do, don’t tell them that you are an artist.’ I said: ‘I don’t. I’ll avoid that.’ And I have been avoiding for many years to say that. Let’s put it this way, I think I’m an artist. I hope I am.”

    ‘Manglehorn’ is released on 7 August

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    The controversial episode “SpongeBob, You’re Fired!” airs Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

    "SpongeBob SquarePants" may look innocent enough, but the animated Nickelodeon character is causing controversy after losing his job in an upcoming Nov.11 episode.

    Many are saying the storyline is symbolic of a harsh economic climate, sparking a heated debate over unemployment.

    Here's the plot line: SpongeBob is fired from his job of 15 years at the Krusty Krab after his boss figures out he can save "a whole nickel" from his payroll. One day later, SpongeBob is already a disheveled beggar — but his friend Patrick assures him that "glorious unemployment" can be fun and filled with free stuff and more time to relax.

    While eating a free meal, a downtrodden SpongeBob realizes "Unemployment may be fun for you, but I need to get a job," he tells Patrick, at which point the sad sea sponge turns into a sparkly clean, energetic sponge again.

    Here's why people are mad: "The episode subtly introduces a couple of hot-button issues, including the worth of social services, labor laws that caused SpongeBob's boss, Mr. Krabs, to fire his best employee, and more," notes The Hollywood Reporter.

    Here's what the critics are saying: After the New York Post and Fox News remarked on the episode, the progressive group Media Matters for America took action.

    In response to the Fox News segment (see below for video), Media Matters quickly posted an item titled "Right-Wing Media Use SpongeBob SquarePants' Firing To Attack Social Safety Net," arguing that the talking heads "are using the firing of fictional cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants to attack the social safety net and those who rely on it."

    According to the Media Matters article, "Right-wing media have a long history of attacking the social safety net. Recently, Fox attacked low-wage workers in the fast food industry who have to rely on necessary federal benefit programs because they earn below subsistence wages."

    Media Matters was also particularly bothered by this line from The Post story: "Lest he sit around idly, mooching off the social services of Bikini Bottom, a depressed SpongeBob sets out to return to gainful employment wherever he can find it," reporter Andrea Morabito wrote. "No spoilers -- but it's safe to say that our hero doesn't end up on food stamps, as his patty-making skills turn out to be in high demand."

    Here's what Nickelodeon is saying:

    “Like all really great cartoons, part of SpongeBob’s long-running success has been its ability to tap into the zeitgeist while still being really funny for our audience,” Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president of content, development and production, told Page Six.

    “As always, despite this momentary setback, SpongeBob’s eternal optimism prevails, which is always a great message for everyone.”

    The episode “SpongeBob, You’re Fired!” airs Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

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