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  • 'Gone With the Wind' Actress Mary Anderson Dies at 96

    04/07/2014 2:50:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 7, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Mary Anderson, who played Maybelle Merriwether in Gone With the Wind and was one of the nine survivors cast adrift from a torpedoed ship in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, has died. She was 96.
  • The Great Enigma: A celebration of Sir Alec Guinness's life (born 100 years ago today)

    04/02/2014 7:43:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 122 replies
    Daily Express ^ | April 2, 2014 | Allan Hunter
    Today marks the centenary of the birth of Sir Alec Guinness and to commemorate this, several of his finest films are being reissued on DVD and shown at the cinema. Such fuss would probably have caused the intensely private star acute embarrassment. After all, his good friend John Le Carré once noted how much Guinness "loathes the world's flattery and mistrusts its praise".
  • Top 100 Actresses and Their Best Movies (poll)

    04/02/2014 3:52:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    List Challenges ^ | March 31, 2014 | lookingup4783
    These are considered to be the Greatest Actresses in film based on talent, versatility, influence, characterization, charisma, and success in the movie business. (The actors are followed by a movie that showcases their talent.) How many of these great movies have you seen?
  • The Secrets Behind John Wayne's Many Names

    03/30/2014 11:07:03 PM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bryan Enk
    Can you believe the real name of one pop culture's most prominent icons of rugged American masculinity was... 'Marion'? The Duke himself (another name he went by, originally belonging to his boyhood pooch) would argue that the name 'John Wayne' is just as real as the one that appeared on his birth certificate. The Hollywood legend didn't take his aliases lightly; each represented a different persona in the late actor's life and career, a subject explored in Scott Eyman's exhaustively researched new biography, "John Wayne: The Life and Legend." "In Wayne's own mind, he was Duke Morrison," writes Eyman in...
  • Lorenzo Semple Jr., Creator of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 91

    03/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Lorenzo Semple Jr., the creator of the campily classic Batman TV series who went on to craft such big-screen paranoid thrillers as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor -- though he would be replaced on both films -- has died. He turned 91 on Thursday... Semple’s résumé also includes the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman escape tale Papillon (1973); Paul Newman’s Harper sequel The Drowning Pool (1975); Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong (1976) starring Jessica Lange; and the rogue James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983)...
  • Top 10 Movies of the 1970s

    03/25/2014 4:42:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 185 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 25, 2014 |
    This decade saw Hollywood focus on the harsh truths of war, rich cinematography movies on a blockbuster scale. Welcome to, and today, in this installment of our series on the greatest movies of all time, we're counting down our picks for the top 10 movies of the 1970s.
  • Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' to Open on Same Day in U.S., China

    03/24/2014 7:51:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 24, 2014 | Clifford Coonan
    Upcoming Johnny Depp-starring sci-fi thriller Transcendence will open in China as a day-and-date release with the United States on April 18 -- and China will be the only territory where the film will be screened in 3D, the Beijing-based studio DMG, co-producers of the film with Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Scent of a Woman star James Rebhorn dies, aged 65

    03/23/2014 11:12:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    Digital Spy ^ | March 23, 2014 | Ben Lee
    James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65. The veteran character actor passed away at his home on Friday afternoon (March 21). Rebhorn is known for starring in Scent of a Woman opposite Al Pacino as Mr Trask and Independence Day as Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki.
  • Mozart Bond

    03/18/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
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  • "Life After PI"--the Oscar winning FX company goes bankrupt

    03/16/2014 9:31:41 AM PDT · by LS · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/16/2014 | LS
    For you movie buffs, this is a fascinating documentary called "Life After Pi" about the special effects company called Rhythm and Hues that did the incredible effects for "Life of Pi" and "Snow White and the Huntsman." They begin by blaming "foreign subsidies" (i.e., Canadian and British subsidies for outsourcing work, often to Vancouver) and feature Obama making one of his typical stupid appearances calling for "supporting" Hollywood. But then you lean that this company, which has been in business for over 20 years, was using a poor, unsustainable business model in that it would bid "fixed" price contracts on...
  • SO LONG, STARMAN! Ken Utsui: 1931-2014

    03/15/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker ^ | March 14, 2014 | Brett
    Starman actor Ken Utsui passed away on March 14, 2014, of chronic respiratory failure. He was 82. Although Utsui was a prolific actor for many decades, he is best known in the United States as Starman (a.k.a. Super Giant), the Shintoho superhero who fought a bevy of outlandish creatures in the late 1950s.
  • Longtime Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas dead at 92

    03/14/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    AP via the Houston Chronicle ^ | March 14, 2014 | John Rogers
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP's bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas, a last link to Hollywood's studio age who retired in 2010, died of age-related illnesses at his longtime Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn...
  • Alain Resnais, whose complex, intellectual films include ‘Hiroshima, Mon Amour, ’ dies at 91

    03/02/2014 8:02:33 AM PST · by Borges · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/2/2014 | Tim Page
    Alain Resnais, a French filmmaker who directed a riveting early documentary about Nazi concentration camps and whose later films “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” and “Last Year at Marienbad” melded opulent, baroque imagery with complicated narratives that could be as puzzling as they were compelling, died March 1 in Paris. He was 91. Producer Jean-Louis Livi confirmed that Mr. Resnais had died but did not provide a cause of death. Mr. Resnais, a major figure in international cinema in the 1950s and 1960s, was occasionally linked to the “new wave” of unconventional French filmmakers, including François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. The new...
  • 'Non-Stop' Review: Liam Neeson Thriller Hits New Left-Wing Low

    03/01/2014 6:25:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    **SPOILER ALERT** Most of the suspense and therefore enjoyment of Liam Neeson's new action thriller "Non Stop" comes from trying to figure out who the villain is and why this person is doing what he or she is doing. If you read the rest of this article, it will spoil the entire movie for you. Period. You have been warned.
  • 'Non-Stop' Review: Liam Neeson Thriller Hits New Left-Wing Low

    03/01/2014 5:37:40 PM PST · by This Just In · 29 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | March 1, 2014 | John Nolte
    **SPOILER ALERT** Most of the suspense and therefore enjoyment of Liam Neeson's new action thriller "Non Stop" comes from trying to figure out who the villain is and why this person is doing what he or she is doing. If you read the rest of this article, it will spoil the entire movie for you. Period. You have been warned.
  • 'Non-Stop' Review: Liam Neeson Thriller Hits New Left-Wing Low (Major Spoiler Alert)

    03/01/2014 10:55:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 99 replies ^ | 3-1-2014 | John Nolte
    **SPOILER ALERT** Most of the suspense and therefore enjoyment of Liam Neeson's new action thriller "Non Stop" comes from trying to figure out who the villain is and why this person is doing what he or she is doing. If you read the rest of this article, it will spoil the entire movie for you. Period. You have been warned. There is no question that "Non-Stop" is a well-made, involving, not-terribly-dumb action-thriller that delivers plenty of suspense and endears Liam Neeson further into the heart of those of us who love well-made, involving, not-terribly-dumb action-thrillers. "Non-Stop" is a good movie....
  • Top 10 Greatest Airplane Movies

    02/28/2014 10:54:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 182 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 28, 2014 |
    Excitement always seems to happen at ten thousand feet! Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 greatest airplane movies. Special thanks to our users viliguns and Andy Roehl for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at! Check out the voting page here,
  • Do Christians care if ‘Noah’ movie jibes with the Bible? Survey says … yep

    02/21/2014 4:27:31 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/21/2014 | By Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – Paramount Studios has poured an estimated $125 million into the production of “Noah,” casting big names like Emma Watson and Russell Crowe, and trusting their baby to Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky. But six weeks ahead of its theatrical release, concern is brewing that the flick may not be popular with Christians at the box office. Since early drafts of the script were leaked a couple of years ago, “Noah” has been plagued by suggestions that it portrayed the famous flood as a punishment for man’s disrespect for the nature, as opposed to sins against God.
  • Rough Seas on 'Noah': Darren Aronofsky Opens Up on the Biblical Battle....

    02/13/2014 6:00:58 AM PST · by 4Runner · 51 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 12, 2014 | Kim Masters
    The trouble began when Paramount, nervous about how audiences would respond to Aronofsky's fantastical world and his deeply conflicted Noah, insisted on conducting test screenings over the director's vehement objections while the film was a work in progress. Friction grew when a segment of the recruited Christian viewers, among whom the studio had hoped to find Noah's most enthusiastic fans, questioned the film's adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the lead character. Aronofsky's Noah gets drunk, for example, and considers taking drastic measures to eradicate mankind from the planet. Hoping to woo...
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at age 46

    02/02/2014 5:54:27 PM PST · by robowombat · 59 replies
    cBS News ^ | Feb 2, 2014
    NEW YORK - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment. He was 46 years old, and leaves behind a longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and three children. While the cause of death has not been made official, a drug overdose is believed to be responsible. Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment after a 911 emergency call from a friend...
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman dead after apparent drug overdose: cops

    02/02/2014 10:43:03 AM PST · by John W · 176 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 2, 2014 | Larry Celona and Bruce Golding
    Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday, cops said. Hoffman’s body was found by a friend at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning in an apartment at 35 Bethune St., sources said.
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman Dead

    02/02/2014 10:39:54 AM PST · by Yaelle · 46 replies
    KFI am 640 Los Angeles ^ | 02/02/2014 | KFI radio
    WSJ and KFI reporting that the great actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his NY apt.
  • 'Ryan's Daughter' Star Christopher Jones Dies at 72

    02/02/2014 10:28:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 31, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    He also starred in "The Looking Glass War" and TV's "The Legend of Jesse James" before leaving Hollywood after the murder of Sharon Tate at the peak of his brief career in the '60s. Christopher Jones, an heir apparent to James Dean who starred in such films as The Looking Glass War and Ryan's Daughter before quitting show business at the height of his brief but dazzling career, has died. He was 72.
  • Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

    02/01/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    AP via ^ | February 1, 2014
    Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
  • Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 (video)

    01/19/2014 11:48:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 17, 2014 |
    It's another year chock full of exciting pictures to look forward to!
  • Vanity - Don't waste your money on "Jack Ryan" (Spoiler alert)

    01/18/2014 9:35:54 PM PST · by Perdogg · 99 replies
    This thread contains talk about Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit - read at your risk if you don't want any spoiler.
  • Golden Globes 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners

    01/13/2014 11:53:10 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 12, 2014
    "12 Years a Slave" went into the 71st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with seven nominations but was passed over again and again. That is, until the last award of the evening, and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took home the prize for best drama of 2013. But the evening's biggest victor was David O. Russell's Abscam-inspired comedy, "American Hustle." It won three trophies during the three-hour ceremony that aired on NBC from the Beverly Hilton, including for best musical or comedy, best actress for Amy Adams and best supporting actress...
  • Run Run Shaw, Kung Fu Movie Pioneer, Dies

    01/07/2014 10:30:13 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | January 07, 2014 | Mark Memmott
    "If you've ever enjoyed an action-packed Kung Fu film," Morning Edition host David Greene says, "take a moment to thank Sir Run Run Shaw, who passed away Tuesday." There are conflicting accounts about whether Shaw was 106 or 107 at the time of his death. There's no disagreement, though, about his influence on the film industry. The New York Times calls Shaw "the colorful Hong Kong media mogul whose name was synonymous with low-budget Chinese action and horror films — and especially with the wildly successful kung fu genre, which he is largely credited with inventing." Sir Run Run Shaw...
  • More of Jerry Lewis’ Holocaust Comedy Surfaces

    01/06/2014 12:15:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Tablet ^ | January 6, 2014 | Stephanie Butnick
    These 25 minutes of footage and interviews are the last of it, we’re promisedRemember Jerry Lewis’ never-released Holocaust film? The one about the German-Jewish clown sent to Auschwitz (!) to entertain children as they’re sent to the gas chamber (!)? The grotesque comedic rendering of concentration camp life in which—spoiler alert—Lewis’ clown decides to voluntarily enter the gas chambers himself could have been the stuff of cinematic urban legend—Lewis told the New Yorker the film would never see the light of day—but thanks to the Internet it’s very, very real. The 1972 film, The Day the Clown Cried, which Spy...
  • Legendary Producer Saul Zaentz Dies at 92

    01/04/2014 10:01:09 AM PST · by Borges · 37 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/4/2014 | Duane Byrge, Mike Barnes
    He won Oscars for producing three best picture winners -- "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient" -- after a great career with Fantasy Records and feuds with John Fogerty. Saul Zaentz, who parlayed a successful career in the music business into a Oscar-winning second act as an independent movie producer, died Friday at his home in the San Francisco area from complications of Alzheimer's. He was 92. His nephew Paul Zaentz, a fellow producer, confirmed the news. "He was an extraordinary man," Paul Zaentz, who worked with his uncle for 37 years, said. "He had...
  • National Science Fiction Day

    01/02/2014 10:37:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Neatorama ^ | January 2, 2014 | Miss Cellania
    Happy National Science Fiction Day! January 2nd is the day selected for this wonderful holiday because it was Isaac Asimov's birthday. It's a day to celebrate, appreciate, and even read some of the many science fiction offerings at your local library, bookstore, website, or your own bookshelf.
  • Roundtable: 6 Composers on Dealing With Delusional Directors and 'Fake Praise Rejection'

    12/23/2013 12:35:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 23, 2013 | Kevin Cassidy, Shirley Halperin
    Put six film composers in a room with a bottle of wine and camaraderie is sure to develop quickly. That’s exactly what happened on Dec. 5 at Acabar in Los Angeles when THR’s composer roundtable got underway. While actors, directors and producers routinely get all the filmmaking glory, composers are, as one prominent agent said before the roundtable, the “red- headed stepchild” of Hollywood. Frequently working in isolation, facing punishing deadlines and often tasked with “fixing” problematic material, film composers certainly have their fair share of angst — but they also love to discuss the minutiae of a craft that...
  • 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Right Stuff' among 25 named to 2013 National Film Registry

    12/18/2013 7:21:11 PM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    HitFix ^ | December 18, 2013 | Gregory Ellwood
    'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Right Stuff' among 25 named to 2013 National Film Registry Plus: 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Forbidden Planet' and more The Library of Congress announced the 25 films selected for the 2013 National Film Registry and they feature some Academy Award winners, a groundbreaking documentary, genre classics and family favorites. The highlights include Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964), "Forbidden Planet" (1956), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), "The Quiet Man" (1952), Michael Moore's "Roger & Me" (1989) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" (1966).
  • Atheist film critic says 'Philomena' movie is an attack on Catholics

    12/11/2013 6:26:07 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | December 10, 2013
    New York City, N.Y., Dec 10, 2013 / 12:37 pm (CNA).- An atheist movie reviewer has criticized the new film “Philomena” as “another hateful and boring attack on Catholics,” saying that it unfairly shows the Church as exploitative and coercive. “Anyone who is honest understands that it lambastes the way Irish Catholicism played out in 1950s Ireland, using falsehoods whenever necessary to underscore the point,” said Kyle Smith, a movie critic for the New York Post. “Some like ‘Philomena’ for that reason. Some think there should be a little more art than diatribe to a film,” he continued. The...
  • Actress Rossana Podestà dies

    12/10/2013 9:50:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Gazzetta del Sud ^ | December 10, 2013
    Actress Rossana Podestà, best known as Helen of Troy in a 1956 film featuring a young Brigitte Bardot, died in Rome aged 79 Tuesday. Podestà was queen of the 'peplum' genre of mythological epics that found a global audience in the 1950s and '60s.
  • Actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

    12/09/2013 3:25:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Actress Eleanor Parker, a three-time Oscar nominee who played the scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at age 91.
  • Playboy Interview: Actor Ben Affleck on Batman, Argo & Politics (Mod Warning: Racy Content at Site)

    12/09/2013 11:31:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Playboy ^ | December 4, 2013 | Michael Fleming
    Ben Affleck arrives for his Playboy Interview beaming after dropping off his kids for their first day of school. For Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner, it is the familiar ordeal of dodging the cameras of 20 paparazzi who have followed every step taken by son Samuel and daughters Violet and Seraphina ... Playboy sent Michael Fleming, who last interviewed Quentin Tarantino, to catch up with Affleck. Reports Fleming: “We met right after his Batman announcement elicited hostility he hadn’t seen since the Bennifer days. A more mature Affleck doesn’t care. After his career overhaul, who’s to doubt him when he...
  • 75 Of The Most Popular Films Of 1980-1995

    12/02/2013 2:25:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 126 replies
    Here is a list of 75 of the 200 most popular films of 1980-1995 according to IMDB - how many have you seen?
  • 50 Must-See Science Fiction Movies (how many have you seen?)

    11/22/2013 5:50:21 PM PST · by EveningStar · 413 replies
    There are so many amazing science fiction movies that it's hard to include all the greats in a list of 50. It may not be the same 50 you'd pick, but I hope you enjoy this list of must-sees. How many have you seen? Click items to mark as completed.
  • New Film Puts Christ Back into Christmas

    11/22/2013 4:13:51 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 22, 2013 | Anita Crane
    Above all, Christmas is about celebrating the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While many Christians try to faithfully rejoice, the holidays can be tinged with sorrow for any number of reasons, especially loneliness. Today, however, a sweet uplifting movie premiers. “The Christmas Candle” opens November 22 in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.A., hundreds more in the United Kingdom and still more in Australia and New Zealand. It is distributed by EchoLight Studios of Dallas, whose CEO is the Catholic former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum. The film is well made, Catholic singer Susan...
  • Syd Field, 'screenwriting guru', dies aged 77

    11/19/2013 12:50:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 18, 2013
    Syd Field, whose books on screenwriting became set texts for many aspiring film writers, has died at the age of 77. Famous for outlining the "three act" structure used by many screenplays, the author and lecturer died of haemolytic anaemia at his Beverly Hills home.
  • William Peter Blatty, writer of ‘The Exorcist,’ slips back into the light for its 40th anniversary

    10/31/2013 3:02:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2013 | Dan Zak
    Ignore, for a moment, the pea soup. Forget the head swivel, the crucifix, those 75 stone steps that tumble from Prospect to M Street. Forget that demonic voice and what your mother may or may not be doing in Hell. The creator of the scariest movie of all time would like very much if you’d remember that he wrote the Peter Sellers caper “A Shot in the Dark,” that his early collaborator in Hollywood was the comedy director Blake Edwards, that an esteemed book critic once wrote that “Nobody can write funnier lines than William Peter Blatty.” This career in...
  • Chicago Critics' Scariest Films

    10/29/2013 12:14:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    Alt Film Guide ^ | August 27, 2013 | Andre Soares
    I tend to ignore top 100 film lists because they are usually made by people who know little about movies beyond Hollywood stuff made in the last 15 or 20 years. But the list of "100 scariest movies" compiled by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association does include several oldies and even, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films.Since I'm a total wimp when it comes to scary movies, I found it curious that several titles in the Chicago critics' list left me utterly unimpressed (e.g., Misery, Psycho, The Exorcist), while others that - whether good, bad, or...
  • Stanley Kauffmann, Erudite Film Critic, Dies at 97

    10/09/2013 11:39:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2013 | William Grimes
    Stanley Kauffmann, whose literate, tightly constructed movie reviews appeared in The New Republic for more than half a century and set a standard for critical ease and erudition, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 97.
  • Richard C. Sarafian dies at 83; directed cult film 'Vanishing Point'

    09/19/2013 7:10:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 18, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
    Richard C. Sarafian, a Hollywood director best known for the speed-addled saga of squealing brakes and existential angst chronicled in the 1971 cult film "Vanishing Point," died Wednesday. He was 83. Sarafian was recovering from a broken back when he contracted pneumonia, family members said. He directed numerous films and, earlier in his career, TV shows that included episodes of "Gunsmoke," "The Twilight Zone" and "Batman." He also acted, appearing as hitman Vinnie in the Warren Beatty satire "Bulworth" and gangster Jack Dragna in Beatty's "Bugsy."
  • This Fall's 5 Biggest Movie Hits

    09/14/2013 11:58:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | September 14, 2013 | Steve Symington
    Without a doubt, 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year at the box office so far. Led by Disney's Marvel-inspired Iron Man 3, which brought in $1.21 billion in gross ticket sales worldwide, audiences around the globe have spent a whopping $7.81 billion at the movies year-to-date. In fact, this summer, consumers have set a new record by spending an incredible $4.76 billion at the box office, which bought them an estimated 583 million tickets. For those of you keeping track, that's also the highest number of tickets sold since the summer of 2007. But that certainly doesn't mean the film...
  • Hollywood Legend Jack Nicholson Retires From Acting

    09/04/2013 6:20:46 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 50 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Sep 4, 2013 | Dylan Howard
    He’ll still sit court side at Los Angeles Lakers’ games, but Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson has quietly retired from the movie business, has exclusively learned. The 76-year-old icon has no plans to appear in films again after a career spanning five decades. “Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” a well-placed Hollywood film insider confirmed to Radar.
  • Julie Harris, Celebrated Actress of Range and Intensity, Dies at 87

    Julie Harris, the unprepossessing anti-diva who, in the guises of Joan of Arc, Mary Todd Lincoln, Emily Dickinson and many other characters both fictional and real, became the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway, died on Saturday at her home in Chatham, Mass. She was 87. The cause was not immediately known, said Francesca James, a longtime friend who was with her when she died. Ms. Harris had a lengthy, overstuffed résumé as an actress, with dozens of movie and television credits, including the 1955 film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of brotherly rivalry, “East of Eden,” in...
  • Julie Harris, Broadway star, dies at 87

    08/24/2013 7:58:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    AP ^ | August 24, 2013 | Mark Kennedy
    Julie Harris, one of Broadway's most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," died Saturday. She was 87.
  • 'Magnum Force' Director Ted Post Dies at 95

    08/20/2013 11:20:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 20, 2013 | Mike Barnes
    Ted Post, who directed Clint Eastwood on TV’s Rawhide and in the classic action films Hang ’Em High and Magnum Force before clashing with the actor, has died. He was 95. Post, who also helmed 56 episodes of the venerable CBS Western Gunsmoke, 90 installments of the 1960s ABC primetime soap Peyton Place and the 1981 pilot episode for the famed CBS cop show Cagney & Lacey, died early Tuesday ...