RIP Ernest Borgnine; Fassbender Joins Videogame Franchise: Biz Break

In Monday morning's round-up of news briefs, Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine is remembered after he died over the weekend. Also, as awards season approaches, SAG opens up its submissions; Christopher Nolan gets his prints at Grauman's Chinese; Michael Fassbender boards a franchise; Beasts still strong in the specialty box office and Norway's The Almost Man wins a top film festival prize.

Submissions for SAG Nominations Open
Submissions for performances for consideration for the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are now open online at For the first time, submissions will be accepted online only. Submissions are open through Thursday, October 25 at 5pm Pacific Time.

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RIP Ernest Borgnine
Actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Oscar for 1955's Marty, playing a lovelorn butcher, died at the age of 95 his manager said Sunday. He gained a reputation playing heavies in early films From Here to Eternity, and Bad Day at Black Rock. He received three Emmys over his career, the most recent in 2009 for a guest spot on television's ER, CNN reports. Deadline's Pete Hammond also has a great remembrance of Borgnine, found here.

Christopher Nolan Receives Rare Hollywood Honor
Nolan had his hands and feet cemented at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater. At 41, he's one of the youngest to receive the honor and out of 262 that have left their prints over 85 years, he's only the eighth director to do so, Deadline reports.

Fassbender Boards Assassins' Creed
Michael Fassbender will star and co-produce the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft's video game franchise via his DMC Film label. The story centers on a man who finds out his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a mysterious group with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts, Variety reports.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Still Strong in 2nd Weekend; Newcomers Soft: Specialty Box Office
A trio of holdovers grabbed the bulk of specialty business this weekend, with Fox Searchlight’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Sony Classics’ To Rome With Love and Focus’ Moonrise Kingdom leading the pack. Three films, China Heavyweight from Zeitgeist, Magnolia’s The Magic Of Belle Isle and Red Flag’s The Do-Deca-Pentathlon reported numbers for their new, very limited rollouts, Deadline reports.

Norway's The Almost Man Takes Top Prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Martin Lund's character study of a man in his 30s grappling with aging won the Czech festival's Gran Prix Crystal Award. The Almost Man star Henrik Rafaelsen won the Best Actor prize, while Iranian director Ali Mosaffa's The Last Step took the FIPRESCI prize with the film's Leila Hatami winning Best Actress. Susan Sarandon received a lifetime achievement award and dedicated the prize to Nora Ephron, tearfully calling her "my friend and wonderful director," THR reports.


  • Dennis R. Miller says:

    i will greatly miss his acting. I had the privilege to meet him at the Glendale Library one evening where i took his picture and had him sign my book at 91 still making movies. I saw him in a christian movie when he played a stranger who help mend this man of the law that had been robbed and beat up and then took him back to his family and town as their father and law man who was taken care of by and angel. It was a good role for him then aired on TBN one evening this year. I remembered his many rolls like McHayles Navy with Tim Conway and the cast. It was a great friend and actor to all of us. God bless and best wishes for his in a better place now with our Lord in Heaven now.after 95 years on the earth God made for us to live on and serve Him and glorify Him in our lives. God loves you and that makes two of us.

  • Dennis R. Miller says:

    Much Thanks. Dennis R. Miller

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