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Dog Day Afternoon Broadway Play In The Works


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Bosses at Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures have announced an adaptation of the 1975 film starring Al Pacino is heading to the Great White Way.

Pulitzer prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis will adapt the play from Frank Pierson's Oscar-winning script, about a botched bank hold-up which is based on true events.

Executives did not share any further details about the project.

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Kevin Spacey Likes Theatrical Films


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Kevin Spacey says films can "embrace the best of theatre".

The actor-and-director has worked on both movies and plays and believes they don't have to be that different.

He said: "I'm a big believer that film can not only be big and explosive, with lots of action, but can also have real power in claustrophobic settings. Go back and look at 'Twelve Angry Men', 'Dog Day Afternoon', 'The Social Network' last year was a movie about people sitting in rooms talking. Film can embrace the best of theatre, which is the actors' medium, and you put actors in a room, set a camera there, and you don't cut away every three seconds."

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Director Sidney Lumet Dead At 86


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Sidney Lumet, whose career as a director began during the Golden Age of Television sixty years ago and continued into the 21st century, died in New York today (Saturday) at the age of 86. In 1951 he landed his first job as a director at CBS on the live weekly drama Casey, Crime Photographer , starring Darren McGavin, and went on to direct episodes of some of television's classic anthology series, including Studio One, Playhouse 90, Kraft Theater, The United States Steel Hour, The Alcoa Hour, Goodyear Playhouse , and Hallmark Hall of Fame. He made his debut as a movie director in 1957 with 12 Angry Men , a nearly word-for-word film adaptation of the play he had previously directed on television. He became one of the most prolific and respected directors in the business -- although he preferred working in New York, not Hollywood. His films included such classics as Long Day's Journey into Night, The Pawnbroker, Fail-Safe, Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express, Dog Day Afternoon, Equus, The Wiz, Prince of the City, The Verdict, Network , and most recently 2007's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. He was nominated four times for an Oscar but never won. In 2005, he was honored with the movie Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Drunk Pacino Quit Dog Day


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Al Pacino quit work on Oscar-winning heist movie Dog Day Afternoon during a drinking binge in London - and he was only tempted back to the set after a producer persuaded him to read the script sober.

The veteran actor signed up to play a bank robber in the 1975 drama in a role that won him an Academy Award nomination, but he changed his mind during a booze-fuelled night out.

Producer Martin Bregman refused to give up on Pacino and eventually was able to persuade the actor to return after ordering him to quit drinking.

Pacino tells talk show host Larry King, "It was during one of those episodes of drinking in London that I turned down Dog Day. I actually turned it down. I said I don't want to go into a bank, rob a bank and do all of that stuff...

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Pacino Accepts Irish Honour


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Hollywood star Al Pacino picked up an honorary patronage of Ireland's prestigious Trinity College in Dublin yesterday (22NOV06).
The Dog Day Afternoon actor accepted the honour during his current stint in Ireland, to research playwright/novelist Oscar Wilde for a new documentary.
Receiving patronage of the university's Philosophical Society, Pacino said, "My first visit to this country, to this beautiful great city Dublin. It has made the connection to Wilde and Salome more real, more complete. I just want to say thank you for this honour."
Philosophical Society president DAIRE HICKEY adds, "He has a huge interest in Oscar Wilde and his play SALOME. He is making a documentary called Salomaybe. He is soaking in the atmosphere and very much loving it."

Pacino Is King Of The Heist Movie


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Al Pacino movie Dog Day Afternoon has been voted the best heist film of all time.
The 1975 classic, directed by Sidney Lumet, beat another Pacino movie, HEAT, to first place in the poll of readers of British magazine Empire.
In third place is the Clint Eastwood film THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT, while George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez's Out of Sight is at number four.
Rounding out the top five is the recent INSIDE MAN, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster.
The Top 10 Heist Films are:
1. DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975)
2. HEAT (1995)
3. THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT (1974)
4. OUT OF SIGHT (1998)
5. INSIDE MAN (2006)
6. QUICK CHANGE (1990)
7. SWORDFISH (2001)
8. THE HOT SPOT (1990)
9. Two Hands (1999)
10. STANDER (2003).

O'Toole's Lawrence Tops Movie Performances Poll


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Peter O'Toole's portrayal of TE LAWRENCE in David Lean epic Lawrence Of Arabia has topped a new list of the greatest movie performances. The iconic actor sprained both his ankles, dislocated his spine and knocked himself out twice while making the 1962 movie, and admits he became "obsessed" with adventurer Lawrence. But it seems it was all worth it - the portrayal beat Marlon Brando's role as Terry Malloy in ON THE WATERFRONT and Meryl Streep's acclaimed part (Sophie Zawistowska) in SOPHIE'S CHOICE in the 100 Greatest Performances of All Time list in US movie magazine Premiere. In a related poll, Naomi Watts and LAURA ELENA HERRING (Mulholland Drive), Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine (SLEUTH) and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?) were named among the Dynamic Duos of movie history. The top 10 greatest performances are: 1. PETER O'TOOLE as TE LAWRENCE (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA) 2. MARLON BRANDO as Terry Molloy (ON THE WATERFRONT) 3. MERYL STREEP as SOPHIE ZAWISTOWSKA (SOPHIE'S CHOICE) 4. Al Pacino as Sonny Wortzik (Dog Day Afternoon) 5. Bette Davis as Margo Channing (All About Eve) 6. James Cagney as George M Cohan (YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) 7. Dustin Hoffman as Ratso Rizzo (Midnight Cowboy) 8. James Stewart as George Bailey (It's A Wonderful Life) 9. Gene Wilder as Dr Frederick Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein) 10. Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta (Raging Bull)

Pacino Peaked 30 Years Ago


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Hollywood legend Al Pacino admits he hasn't made a good movie in 30 years.

The actor believes he peaked in 1975 movie Dog Day Afternoon and hasn't had a decent role since, despite the four ACADEMY AWARD nominations and one win - for 1992's SCENT OF A WOMAN - he has achieved since.

He tells the New York Daily News, "I know I haven't made a good film since Dog Day Afternoon.

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Lumet To Receive Honorary Oscar


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Veteran director Sidney Lumet will receive an honorary statuette at next year's (FEB05) OSCAR ceremony - his first ever Academy Award.

The Dog Day Afternoon filmmaker has previously picked up five Oscar nominations for films including 12 ANGRY MEN and THE VERDICT, but he has never taken home an award.

ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES president FRANK PIERSON says Lumet's award is for "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture".

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Pacino Found Making Movies 'Strange'


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Al Pacino longed for a return to his theatrical roots during his early years as a struggling film star, despite gaining stardom in a string of classic 1970s films.

The revered actor, 64, who won praise for starring roles in SERPICO and Dog Day Afternoon, found working in cinema "impossible" and struggled to acclimatise to the "strange world" of movie-making.

He says, "To tell you the truth, I didn't like being away from what I knew - which was my home, New York and the theatre. I felt I was in a strange world, in a strange land.

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