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Review: Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

For 100 points, what is the thread connecting the world’s oldest sports car race and Hollywood’s brightest star in the ‘60s and ‘70s? Other than possessing a near-mythical stature in their respective fields, Le Mans (1971) is Steve McQueen’s passion project, one that aims to become the definitive cinematic portrayal of racing and elevate the actor’s clout. Neither happened – the film cursed all those involved and altered the “King of Cool” forever. Documakers Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna have chosen that as the subject, and their final product absolutely deserves a spin.

If, for some reason definitely of the odd kind, the content of The Man & Le Mans isn’t captivating enough, know that Clarke and McKenna are interspersing previously unseen footage and sound bites with interviews with surviving crew members. McQueen’s son Chad, the female lead Louise Edlind, writer/confidant Alan Trustman, driver/racer David Piper,
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Film Review: ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’

Film Review: ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’
If you see only one 44-years-later postmortem on a critical and commercial misfire this season, it might as well be “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” an inside-baseball documentary best appreciated by movie geeks with a taste for cautionary tales about superstar hubris, slow-motion trainwrecks and dream projects that devolve into, if not full-blown nightmares, then extremely rude awakenings. It might also attract longtime fans of McQueen, who died of cancer in 1980, as well as a few under-30 curiosity seekers interested in knowing what the “King of Cool” was all about. And, yes, there’s definite appeal for those fervent cultists who insist “Le Mans,” the 1971 film maudit examined here, is some kind of underappreciated masterwork, though there certainly aren’t enough of those folks to make much of a difference. Theatrical pit stops will be fleeting, but the movie could have respectable mileage in small-screen platforms.

Some of
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Watch: Steve McQueen Can Only Act the Truth in Exclusive 'The Man & Le Mans' Clip

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Watch: Steve McQueen Can Only Act the Truth in Exclusive 'The Man & Le Mans' Clip
Read More: FilmRise Acquires Cannes Classic Doc 'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans' In this exclusive clip from "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans," the iconic actor would rather have natural sweat with a throbbing vein than water splashed on him from the makeup guy, proving his commitment to never faking it in front of the camera. For the documentary, directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna bring to the screen rare and exclusive interviews with Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, John Sturges, Neile Adams and racing drivers Jonathan Williams, Derek Bell and David Piper. The film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the San Sebastian and Deauville American film festivals. The official synopsis reads: "By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. He was the King of Cool and the world’s most notorious ladies’ man. Hot off the back of classics like 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Bullitt,
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San Sebastian: John McKenna on ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’

San Sebastian – “Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting,” Steve McQueen muses in the 1971’s “Le Mans.” But while McQueen had a deep passion for road racing and a sincere admiration for his fellow drivers, it is his character in the film who is talking. A FilmRise pick-up for the U.S., which racked up healthy pre-sales and is now rolling out more territories, the Content Media-sold “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna of Noah Films and produced by McKenna, paints a more complex picture. Fresh off “The Thomas Crown Affair,” the film suggests, McQueen imagined building a film empire andx taking control of his career as a filmmaker, not just Hollywood star, in the line of Robert Redford and Paul Newman. His first step would be “Le Mans,” the definitive racing movie. Starring McQueen as a
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Wamg At The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival

There’s truly no place quite like Hollywood. For the third straight year, the TCM Classic Film Festival was staged in the historic center of the world’s film industry. The event once again united a great community of film fans. The 2012 event celebrated style in the movies, from fashion to architecture and everything in between and lined up great films, terrific guests and many special events.

There were so many classic films to choose from over the 4-day festival, it was nearly impossible to decide what to see! Here are a few of my favorites from the weekend.

Auntie Mame (1958) .

Fantastically restored, and screened at the legendary Egyptian Theater, this Rosalind Russell classic was easily a fan fave at the festival. Even at 9am on a Saturday morning, the house was packed. The screening was hosted by two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar Cari Beauchamp,
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TCM And The Academy Team Up With TCM Classic Film Festival Style In The Movies Events

The TCM Classic Film Festival is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to showcase a unique slate of programming that taps into Academy archives and distinguished membership to illustrate this year.s overall festival theme of Style in the Movies.

AMPAS will exhibit Hollywood home movies, preserved by the Academy, featuring legendary stars and filmmakers, presented by Randy Haberkamp of AMPAS and Lynn Kirste of the Academy Film Archive with special guests Margaret O’Brien; Steve McQueen.s former wife Neile Adams McQueen Toffel; Henry Koster.s son, Robert Koster; and the daughter of Fred MacMurray, Kate MacMurray.

AMPAS will also present a discussion of how art directors use various items to aid in storytelling featuring members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Art Directors Branch as well an exhibit of sketches and behind-the-scenes photography that illustrate the work of costume
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Jeremy Renner To Produce and Star In Steve McQueen Biopic

Jeremy Renner is quickly becoming the next James Franco. With the latter actor getting attached to a million projects, the former has the actual work to prove it. The Oscar-nominated star from The Hurt Locker and The Town is currently shooting Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol already completed. He then has The Avengers and is all but committed to star in The Bourne Legacy. And we can’t forget his attachment to Sheldon Turner‘s By Virtue Fall and his voice talent in the next Ice Age film. THR reports that has now launched a production company with partner Don Handfield and is already developing a starring vehicle.

His newly formed company The Combine will produce a Steve McQueen biopic for their first film. It is reported the company will provide support “across all platforms” with an “artist-based perspective.” James Gray (We Own The Night, Two Lovers
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13 On-Screen Couples That Were Also Off-Screen Couples

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13 On-Screen Couples That Were Also Off-Screen Couples
In the new film "Breaking Upwards," struggling twentysomething couple Daryl and Zoe decide to address their relationship problems by planning and then executing their own breakup. Daryl is played by director/producer/editor/co-writer Daryl Wein, Zoe is played by producer/co-writer Zoe Lister-Jones, and the breakup in the film is based on the one the two went through in real life. In his director's statement, Wein says that the duo "thought it would make it more interesting to explore the nature of performance by casting ourselves in the roles. To be in the story, as opposed to having a fictional couple play us, gives the film a true sense of authenticity."

Actors act, and people who hate each other off-screen can spark with electricity on it and vice versa. But there is something innately fascinating, and extremely voyeuristic, about movies in which people who are or who were intimate
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The big picture: the Oscars, 1967

Stars will make sure the cameras catch them at their best at the Oscars tonight, but 43 years ago Steve McQueen was caught off guard, and goofy, on the red carpet with his wife Neile Adams

The sky over Hollywood is inky, except for the glare of the klieg lights. If it weren't for the blue eyes of Steve McQueen and the lilac dress of his first wife, Neile Adams, the scene would be grimly and unglamorously monochrome. The whitest thing in this particular spectrum has to be the portcullis of porcelain teeth displayed by Mrs McQueen. The blackest thing is also white: the cigarette that dangles from the mouth of the man behind McQueen's left shoulder, who would be arrested as a menace to public health if he lit up at this year's Oscars. You can find a "memento mori" in every photograph, and here is a premonitory hint
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The Curious Case of Brad Pitt as Steve McQueen

Since it's a glorious Memorial Day Weekend, Neil and I ended up watching Bullitt on Blu-ray yesterday, reliving the genius of Steve McQueen. Who else could make waking up look bad ass? No one. That's your answer. Which is why a biopic of the actor is such a great and terrible idea. We reported back in March that there were actually two projects in the works, one based off a memoir from his first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, and the other based off the biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel" written by Marshall Terrill. It would be fantastic to see a project shine a greater spotlight on this American icon, but the problem - as usual - is finding just the right actor to play the part. It would have to be someone who can pull the camera's gaze even when he's in the background of a scene, and
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Robert Vaughn At Lincoln Center Steve McQueen Tribute; Reflects On "The Magnificent Seven"

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Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer (L) and contributing writer Todd Garbarini with Robert Vaughn, who is holding both his recently-published memoir and an ultra-rare promotional brochure for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Photo copyright: Mark Yuknevitch) By Lee Pfeiffer

On Saturday May 23, actor Robert Vaughn appeared at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's tribute to Steve McQueen, introducing a screening of John Sturges' 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven. Hundreds of classic movie lovers gave Vaughn an enthusiastic greeting, as he reflected on the making of the film in his introduction. He quipped that he got the gig by default because he's the last remaining member of the legendary "Seven". Vaughn recalled how Sturges cast him after seeing the 27 year-old actor's Oscar-nominated performance in The Young Philadelphians.Sturges then asked him if he knew a "Gary Cooper-type" to play the part of Britt, the knife-thrower. Vaughn instantly recommended his college buddy James Coburn,
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Scribe Hired for McQueen Biopic

Jesse Wigutow has been hired to pen the screenplay for a biographical treatment of screen legend Steve McQueen for producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the writing deal is for seven figures.

Wigutow will adapt Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel", the film rights for which were nabbed by Cerenzie-Peters Prods. in January. The company will produce with Arthaus Pictures' Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock, who brought in the project.

Wigutow's script will trace McQueen's development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the star's obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages and affairs and his hard-fought battle with cancer, which felled him in 1980 at age 50. According to the trade, Cerenzie acquired the cooperation of McQueen's widow, Barbara Minty, as well.

"McQueen wasn't only the leading man of his era,
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New Steve McQueen Biopic in the Works

Jesse Wigutow has been hired to write the screenplay for a big screen Steve McQueen biopic, which will be based on Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel." Wigutow's script will trace McQueen's development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the star's obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages and affairs and his hard-fought battle with cancer, which killed him in 1980 at age 50. "McQueen wasn't only the leading man of his era, he was the prototype for the modern-day movie star," Wigutow said. "Between the motorcycles and the paparazzi and his highly publicized relationship with Ali MacGraw, he epitomized fame and intrigue. When the opportunity comes along to really examine what makes a man like that tick, you say yes." The producers are looking to nail down a director and a star in time for a fall production.
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Writer hired for Steve McQueen Biopic

Right now, for reasons we can’t entirely explain, there are two separate biopics of the late, great Steve McQueen in development – and today, one of them got a serious headstart on the other by hiring a writer.Jesse Wigutow has picked up a seven-figure deal (we hope for his sake that any decimal point comes after the seventh figure) to write an adaptation of Steve McQueen: Portrait Of An American Rebel, the Marshal Terrill biography to which producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters bought the rights back in January.Soon after that came news that producer David Foster, who worked with McQueen on The Getaway, was planning his own biopic of the legendary king of cool, based on the book, My Husband, My Friend, written by McQueen’s first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel.But with Wigutow’s hiring, American Rebel (Empire’s working title; the movie itself is
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Steve McQueen biopic in the works

Steve McQueen biopic in the works
Jesse Wigutow is taking on the King of Cool.

Wigutow has been hired to pen the screenplay for a biographical treatment of screen legend Steve McQueen for producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters. The writing deal is for seven figures.

Wigutow will work from Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel," to which Cerenzie ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead") and Peters ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days") nabbed film rights in January. Cerenzie-Peters Prods., which has a first-look deal with Paramount, will produce with Arthaus Pictures' Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock, who brought in the project.

Cp Prods. president Graham Kaye is executive producing alongside Brett Granstaff, Keith Watkins and Kenny Johnson.

Wigutow's script will trace McQueen's development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the star's obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages
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Second Steve McQueen Biopic Gets Going

Ok, I'll admit it. I'm part of a younger generation that doesn't know all that much about Steve McQueen. But apparently my elders in Hollywood are dead set in me learning more about that guy, now that there are two biopics in the works about the action star. We've already told you about the first project, and now Variety has announced that there's a second one planned, based on the memoir by McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, titled My Husband, My Friend. This is by no means the first time two battling biopic have been in the works. Recently both Gus van Sant and Bryan Singer were planning biopics about Harvey Milk, and now that van Sant's Milk is an Oscar nominee, it's hard to imagine that Singer will ever get his made. Now the question is which project can get going first, and whether we'll be seeing McQueen's
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Another Steve McQueen biopic in the works

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If it seems like mere weeks ago we were pondering ideas for who could play Steve McQueen in a just-announced biopic, that’s because, er, it was. But now there’s another one. Yes, hot on the heels of Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters’ film announcement comes news that producer David Foster is throwing his hat into the ring. Foster has two advantages – he used to work for McQueen as his publicist before becoming a producer and working with him, and McQueen’s first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel has given...

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Two Battling Flicks About Steve McQueen

Two films about the iconic Steve McQueen are racing to the big screen!

Here's the comparison breakdown:

First Film

Working Title: "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel"

Producers: Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters

Based On: Marshall Terrill's biography of the same title

Project Will Focus On: McQueen's career as well as his three marriages, including his stormy relationship with Ali McGraw, as well as his battle against lung cancer.

McQueen Connection: Barbara Minty, McQueen's widow, is collaborating with the producers

Second Film

Working Title: "McQueen"

Producer: David Foster

Based On: Memoir by McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel called "My Husband, My Friend"

Project Will Focus On: Relationship between Toffel and McQueen

McQueen Connection: Toffel, plus Foster used to be McQueen's publicist and he was also the producer of the actor's flick, "The Getaway"

Alright, both films have the blessings of McQueen's ex-wives, but the first film sound more intriguing -- drugs,
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