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Global Showbiz Briefs: Branagh As ‘Macbeth’, Harris Savides Tribute

By | Friday November 16, 2012 @ 12:30am PST

Branagh To Tackle ‘Macbeth’ In Manchester
Kenneth Branagh is returning to the stage in his first Shakespeare role for more than a decade. In summer 2013, Branagh will take on Macbeth at the UK’s Manchester International Festival, the BBC reports. Branagh, who was recently knighted at Buckingham Palace, will give 17 performances as Macbeth in a new production by Emmy and Tony Award winner Rob Ashford. Branagh directed a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost in 2000, four years after his Oscar-nominated direction of a big-screen version of Hamlet. In 1995, he played Iago in Oliver Parker’s feature of Othello and in 1993 directed and starred in Much Ado About Nothing with his then-wife Emma Thompson. The first feature that brought him great acclaim in the U.S. was 1989’s Henry V for which he was nominated as Best Actor and Best Director.
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R.I.P. Harris Savides

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 10:25am PDT

Harris Savides DeadHarris Savides, a prolific cinematographer who was a frequent collaborator of Gus Van Sant and lensed movies for the likes of David Fincher, Noah Baumbach, Woody Allen and Sofia Coppola, died today. He was 55. Savides, a native New Yorker, started his camera career shooting fashion in Milan and Paris, work that eventually got him noticed by commercial and music video directors. (He did music videos for Madonna and R.E.M. among others.) One of his first feature films was Fincher’s The Game (1997); the two would collaborate again on 2007′s Zodiac. That same year, he lensed Noah Baumbach’s Margot At The Wedding. Savides was nominated for five Indie Spirit Awards — for Van Sant’s Gerry (2003), Elephant (2004), Last Days (2005) and the Oscar-nominated Milk (2009) as well as Baumbach’s Greenberg (2011). He did six features with Van Sant, the most recent Restless last year starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper. In addition to DP credits on James Gray’s The Yards and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Savides worked with Coppola on 2010′s Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and the two paired again on Savides’ latest job, The Bling Ring, which will be released next year.

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