Throughout his career, Mr. Palance, an imposing presence at 6 feet 4, was instantly recognizable for his rugged profile, deep-set dark eyes, high cheekbones and, when the part called for it, which was almost always, a deliciously sinister sneer. It was put to use over and over as he played crooks, murderers, maniacs, barbarians (like Attila the Hun), uncouth lovers and at least one violence-prone carrier of pneumonic plague.
When reporters asked him what he thought about most of his films, he tended to dismiss them as â€œgarbage.â€ Still, his part as a homicidal husband stalking Joan Crawford in â€œSudden Fearâ€ (1952) also won him an Oscar nomination, and his role as a robber with a heart in â€œI Died a Thousand Timesâ€ (1955), a remake of Humphrey Bogartâ€™s â€œHigh Sierra,â€ won him better reviews than the movie itself.
The AP reports that the "Borat" frat boys are suing 20th Century Fox and three production companies involving in making the film. "The young men ‘engaged in behavior that they otherwise would not have engaged in,’ the lawsuit says."
AFI Fest winners:
Grand Jury Prize, International Feature: "Grbavica"
Special Mention: "The Art of Crying"
Grand Jury Prize, International Documentary: "Buddha’s Lost Children"
Grand Jury Prize, International Short: "Disappearing"
Special Mention: "Silence is Golden"
Audience Award, Feature: "Vitus"
Auduence Award, Documentary: "Blindsight," "Screamers"
Audience Award, Short: "Fair Trade"
Welcome to Junk Artâ€”with the emphasis squarely on the latter wordâ€”starring a director so divisive perhaps a symposium is the only way of getting at him. And with most of the pieces endlessly referencing other films in his oeuvre, this might be our most complete auteurist issue. So, step on up, horny straight boys and queer theorists, pure cinema thrill-seekers and film studiesâ€“drenched scholars, men, women, and chainsaws: this oneâ€™s for you.