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Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Mankiewicz directed 20 films in a 26-year period, and was very successful at every kind of film, from Shakespeare to western, drama to musical, epics to two-character pictures, and regardless of the genre, he was known as a witty dialogist, a master in the use of flashback and a talented actors' director.

The 1950 Oscar for Best Picture and Screenplay brought Mankiewicz wide recognition as a writer and a director, with his sardonic look at show business glamour and the empty lives behind it. This well orchestrated cast of brilliant and catty character actors is built around veteran actress Bette Davis and Anne Baxter as her understudy desperate for stardom.

One of Mankiewicz’ more intimate films, this highly regarded and major artistic achievement is a spirited romantic comedy set in England of the 1880’s about a widow who moves into a haunted seashore house and resists the attempts of a sea captain specter to scare her away. This is a pleasing and poignant romance that is equally satisfying as a good old ghost story.

Mankiewicz wrote and directed this witty dissection of matrimony that has three women review the ups and downs of their marriages (with all its romance, fears and foibles) after receiving a letter telling them that one of their husbands has been unfaithful. Once again Mankiewicz deftly utilizes the skills of a well-chosen ensemble, which includes a young Kirk Douglas at his dreamiest.

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''Aquaman'' movie back on track

By EdwardHavens

August 26th, 2004

It's been several years since we last heard any development about a live action movie based on the DC comics character, which, when last reported on in 2001, was set to star Kiefer Sutherland and Monica Potter. Sources close to FilmJerk tells us a renewed effort to get the film produced is underway at Warner Brothers.

Sunrise Entertainment heads Alan and Peter Riche, whose credits include the feature film versions of "Starsky and Hutch" and "The Mod Squad," are the newest team to get Aquaman to the big screen. Our source indicates first-time scribe Ben Grant is currently writing the screenplay. However, the source was unable to verify whether the production will be an origin story or one which assumes filmgoers will be familiar with the character. There are no actors signed to any roles at this time.

Sunrise Entertainment is also developing a Yogi Bear feature film at Warner Brothers, with Todd R. Jones and Earl Richey Jones, the former "In Living Color" writers and "The Hughleys" producers who made their feature screenwriting debut earlier this year with "Johnson Family Vacation."

FilmJerk will continue to watch these developing stories.