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10 Characters From Famous TV Shows Who Were Swept Under The Carpet

3 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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In the world of popular culture, a dreaded disease exists called the Chuck Cunningham syndrome, named after the oldest son on Happy Days who tragically disappeared from the series without explanation. This disease often ravages innocent characters whose only crime was not being useful enough to the progression of a plot. On television, some characters suffering from Chuck Cunningham syndrome are major characters whose absence we notice and puzzle over (for example, Judy Winslow in Family Matters). More often than not, they are characters who, for one reason or another, just did not work when production of a series began.

Of course, Chuck Cunningham syndrome is actually the result of lazy writers who hope we will not remember these minor characters and will focus, instead, on the more well known and loved characters of a series. But some of us do remember, and we puzzle over »

- Christopher A. Rothbauer

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Nikki Rocco Retiring In December After Nearly 50 Years at Universal Pictures (Exclusive)

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nikki Rocco, the first female president of a theatrical distribution division at a major studio, will retire in December from Universal Pictures, where she has worked for nearly 50 years.

Rocco, who has been the head of U’s domestic distribution since 1996, will retain a consulting position with the studio. While Universal has not yet named her successor, it is likely the studio will promote from within and tap Nicholas Carpou, who currently serves as co-president of distribution.

Throughout her time as one of the longest-running employees at Universal over 47 years, Rocco has managed to survive six separate corporate owners, as well as many more executive regime changes, including the recent ousting of former Uni topper Adam Fogelson, with NBCUni exec Jeff Shell named chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment and Donna Langley upped to Universal Pictures chair.

The longevity and staying power of Rocco’s career as the first female head »

- Andrew Stewart

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Frank Langella Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)

21 April 2014 11:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony Award-winning actor Frank Langella has signed with Paradigm, according to an individual close to the actor. Langella joins the agency from ICM Partners, where he had been a client since 2010. The Syracuse graduate has been acting for more than four decades, starting his career in off-Broadway theater. He earned his first Tony in 1975 for Edward Albee's “Seascape,” and by that point he was already alternating between film, television and theater. Also read: Frank Langella Narrates Nicole Kidman's Fairy Tale in First ‘Grace of Monaco’ Trailer (Video) Langella has acted in movies directed by Mel Brooks and Ron Howard, »

- Lucas Shaw

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Monday, April 21 - Harry Potter, The Inbetweeners

21 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 11am, Film4

Ron Howard directs a typically over-the-top Jim Carrey as the cult children's favourite Grinch from the Dr Seuss story, as the over-sized hairy green bean prepares to ruin Christmas with wacky stunts and madcap antics.

Gone with the Wind - 2pm, 5Usa

It might have been the most expensive movie in 1939, and the most financially successful, and four hours long, but for all its records, this epic Civil War drama has a compelling narrative and romance between Clark Gable's Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 3pm, ITV

After Alfonso Cuarón came on board for the third instalment, the Harry Potter films went darker and stepped up a notch, becoming thrilling fantasy adventures, rather than just children's stories set in a boarding school.

Wall-e - 7.30pm, BBC Three

Andrew Stanton, of Finding Nemo fame, »

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Monday, April 21 - Harry Potter, The Inbetweeners

21 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 11am, Film4

Ron Howard directs a typically over-the-top Jim Carrey as the cult children's favourite Grinch from the Dr Seuss story, as the over-sized hairy green bean prepares to ruin Christmas with wacky stunts and madcap antics.

Gone with the Wind - 2pm, 5Usa

It might have been the most expensive movie in 1939, and the most financially successful, and four hours long, but for all its records, this epic Civil War drama has a compelling narrative and romance between Clark Gable's Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 3pm, ITV

After Alfonso Cuarón came on board for the third instalment, the Harry Potter films went darker and stepped up a notch, becoming thrilling fantasy adventures, rather than just children's stories set in a boarding school.

Wall-e - 7.30pm, BBC Three

Andrew Stanton, of Finding Nemo fame, »

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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »

- Gary Susman

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We Are the Best! review Lukas Moodysson rediscovers his sense of fun

19 April 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A film about a 1980s proto-riot grrrl band is a boisterous pleasure

Sweden's Lukas Moodysson scored a likable crossover hit with his 2000 comedy Together, about 1970s commune living, but later veered off into dark, experimental realms so confrontationally outre that they made Lars von Trier look like Ron Howard. In We Are the Best!, he unexpectedly rediscovers his sense of fun, with a teen-feminist tale set in Stockholm in 1982, about three girls two of them 12, one slightly older who form a punk band, with just one song to their name. It's a good one, though, a cri de coeur against sport with lyrics that, in translation, demonstrate the glory of the subtitler's art: "The atomic bombs blow up our cities, yet you want more tennis committees!"

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- Jonathan Romney

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Apollo 13: In space, no-one can see you exaggerate

17 April 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ron Howard's take on the crew of the stricken Apollo 13's fight to get back to earth introduces chaos into Nasa's well-rehearsed damage control

Apollo 13 (1995)

Director: Ron Howard

Entertainment grade: B

History grade: A

Apollo 13 was a 1970 moon landing mission mounted by Nasa's Apollo Space Program, which ran from 1961 until 1972. It ran into trouble after an oxygen tank exploded, leaving crucial systems damaged.

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- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Tribeca Film Festival Highlights

16 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

8 p.m.-midnight April 15

New York Filmmaker Party

Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall

7:30 p.m. April 16

Opening-Night Gala

Time Is Illmatic” (One9) World premiere doc that explores the roots of one of hip-hop’s enduring masterworks, with a concert by Nas; Beacon Theater. After-party at Providence

6:30 p.m. April 17

Opening Night – Documentary Competition

Dior and I” (Frederic Tcheng) Behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ maiden haute couture collection as the house of Christian Dior’s new artistic director; Sva Theatre

7:30 p.m.

Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Gala

When the Garden Was Eden” (Michael Rapaport) A snapshot of the New York Knicks’ glory days; Bmcc

8 p.m.

Tribeca Interactive & Interlude

A Music Film Challenge in Collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Co., with a performance by Damon Albarn; Highline Ballroom

3 p.m. April 18

Tribeca Talks

Lee Daniels (“Precious,” “The Butler”) expounds on his career; SVA-1 »

- Variety Staff

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Jennifer Lawrence's 'East of Eden' May Be Two Movies, Says Director (Exclusive Video)

12 April 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jennifer Lawrence may star in not just one but two movies adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden, writer-director Gary Ross said April 12. Ross helped launch Lawrence into global stardom with The Hunger Games. “It may be two films,” he said. “We may break it in half, into one generation and the next. And that’s what we’re talking about now.” The picture is in development at Brian Grazer's and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, with no start date yet set. Just when it shoots will depend on her crammed schedule and also Ross’s, as he

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Double Negative gets animated with Tom Jacomb

10 April 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jacomb

After getting involved with co-producing Rush (2013) directed by Ron Howard, Double Negative is expanding its movie aspirations into the realm of animation with the help of former DreamWorks Associate Producer Tom Jacomb.

“Animated Feature Films are an exciting next step in the development of Double Negative,” stated DNeg co-founder and CEO Matt Holben.  “We recognise that whilst there are synergies with VFX it requires a different approach. We are thrilled that Tom Jacomb has joined us to develop our new division. We are excited by the long-term potential of feature animation and are determined to build a sustainable pipeline of work.”

The newly appointed Managing Director of Animated Features served as an Associate Producer on Oscar nominated Puss in Boots (2011) and Rise of the Guardians (2012). “I am incredibly excited to be coming back to London, with all the incredible animation talent here, to build a top quality feature studio with Double Negative, »

- Trevor Hogg

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Which of Today's Child Actors Do You See Having a Long Career?

9 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Some remarkable child performers have very brief moments in the spotlight -- Carrie Henn in Aliens is a great example. Others fizzle around the time they reach adulthood, often through unfortunate circumstances like drug addiction. Then there are people like Ron Howard, Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Sidney Lumet, Jackie Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor ... The list can go on and on and on (especially if we're counting those who switched roles in Hollywood like Howard and Lumet). We should also include the ones who had missteps during the transition to adulthood but made comebacks, like Drew Barrymore and Jason Bateman.  But nobody today, certainly not the younger generation of talents like Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, can be...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Marvelous Da7e #41: How Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Future Was Worth Ruining ‘Cap 2′

9 April 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Well, Well, here we are. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the number one movie in America and the shockwave it’s third act sends through the unified universe is affecting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. It’s unprecedented for something to happen at this level, though it has been previously discussed, specifically when Ron Howard was pitching his grand Dark Tower adaptation as three movies with TV series in-between to fill in the narrative gaps provided by flashback.

While Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a fine film, the most interesting parts of it, culturally, are it’s place in the world’s biggest megafranchise. Yes, poor Harry Potter was dethroned by Captain America, poor Potter who kicked the sh*t out of James Bond and vaulted over Star Wars.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (9) – $2,463.3 billion

Harry Potter (8) – $2,390.1 billion

Star Wars (7) – $1,918.0 billion

James Bond (24) – $1,912.8 billion

Batman (8) $1,897.8 billion

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- Da7e

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UK Release Details For Ron Howard & Jay-z’s Documentary ‘Made In America’

8 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thn have received news from Signature Entertainment, as they’ve set a release date for Ron Howard’s documentary Made In America for VoD and DVD on 19th May 2014.

It’s produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Jay-z and stars him alongside side the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Santigold, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, Odd Future, The Hives, Passion Pit, D’Angelo and Gary Clark Jr, it was filmed in 2012 during a two-day set in Philadelphia featuring a host of music’s heavyweights.

The event is put together by Budweiser for their ‘Made in America Festival‘, which is an annual event held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and launched in September 2012. Sponsored by Anheuser–Busch, the festival features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and Edm.

The great Ron Howard made his directorial debut »

- Dan Bullock

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My guilty pleasure: Trading Places

7 April 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eddie Murphy steals every scene and redeems this role-reversal comedy, with its toe-curling scenes of blacking-up, a cliched tart with a heart, and gorilla-human rape

I am of the very firm opinion that, unless what you like causes actual harm to others or yourself, you should never feel guilty for liking anything. This motto for life will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever seen my DVD collection (which proudly includes the Ron Howard slushfest, Parenthood) and music collection (yes, that Is a Four Non-Blondes album you're holding there, what's your point?), both of which are unashamedly forced on any visitor who makes the mistake of stopping by. But even I can admit to some pangs of conscience for loving one particular film: Trading Places.

Trading Places is, by some measure, one of the funniest films ever made, and certainly one of my absolute favourite movies of all time but it is also, »

- Hadley Freeman

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What do The Goonies look like now? Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

7 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Goonies director Richard Donner has delivered the news we've been anticipating for almost three decades - a sequel toThe Goonies is in the works.

And Donner has also revealed that all of the original cast from the cult 1985 movie will "hopefully" be reprising their roles. Relieve your childhood by taking a fond look back at the young stars from the adventure movie - and find out what they have gone on to do since below:

Sean Astin

Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.

The 43-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version »

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Deadline Big Media 79 – The Amazon Streaming Box Podcast

4 April 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In this week’s podcast, Deadline’s executive editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom wrap up the latest in the big Aereo case before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month, including briefs from an unexpected collection of supporters and financial backer Barry Diller’s comments on the TV service’s future if it loses. The two Davids also weigh Amazon’s rather tardy arrival as a purveyor of video-streaming devices with this week’s launch of the Amazon Fire TV; the Tribune Co.’s evolution as its digital wing buys one TV-oriented data company and relaunches another; and Discovery’s latest in a flurry of deals, as it launches a digital studio in partnership with two big-name Hollywood veterans, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Listen to the podcast in your choice of audio formats here: Deadline Big Media podcast 79 (.MP3 version) Deadline Big Media podcast 79 (.M4A »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Discovery Upfront Presentation Returns Spotlight To Non-Fiction

3 April 2014 3:37 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

This was a subtle contrast to last year when the company also highlighted scripted fare and trotted out a parade of celebrities including Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Freeman, William Hurt, Latoya Jackson, and Nascar’s Jeff Gordon. Filmmaker Ron Howard was perhaps the biggest new name showing up this year: He told Discovery advertisers that New Form — the online content production venture he and Brian Grazer are launching with the pay TV company — expects to “generate great scripted programming for today’s digital viewers.” They’re already weighing “several series” as they delve into “shortform content and all its possibilities.” Howard also intends to encourage other creative types to “bring their talent to New Form.” Oprah Winfrey returned, of course, to promote Own. With its recent ratings success, “no one is happier than we are right now about what is happening to Own.” She says the network is heading toward its »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Discovery Upfront: Nik Wallenda, Leah Remini, Roseanne Barr Talk Up Shows

3 April 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Discovery Communications execs opened the cable group’s upfront presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center with a pitch about how keenly engaged viewers are in the range of programs that air across its 14 networks.

“Our super fans are like no others. What sets Discovery apart is a curiosity effect,” said ad sales topper Joe Abruzzesse. “Our audiences are more likely to engage with your message and purchase your product because we make our talent your talent.”

Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Own unveiled a tidal wave of fresh series and specials for the coming season in advance of Thursday’s presentation. The upfront presentation marked a parade of stars and executives touting the strength of the individual brands with distinct demographic groups.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda (pictured) promoted his plan for a tightrope walk across Chicago’s famous skyline in the fall. Willie Geist, who will host Wallenda’s special, »

- Addie Morfoot

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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: A Movie Piracy App, a 'Halo' Digital Series and More

3 April 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. Movie Piracy App Alive and Well (for Now): Popcorn Time's Argentina-based developers shut down in March following legal threats, but the site that makes movie piracy as easy as watching Netflix refuses to die. This week, a new website cropped up — Popcorn-time.tv — which says the open-source app is developed by “a bunch of geeks from All Around The World." In an email from contact@popcorn-time.tv, one of the anonymous members running the new site said it was launched Wednesday "after we lost contact with the developer managing our previous website. We cannot tell you where it is hosted." Go to Variety for more. 2. Ron Howard/Brian Grazer to Launch Digital Studio: Howard and Grazer are teaming up with Discovery Communications to launch New Form, which will create programming outside the traditional molds of TV and movies where Discovery and Imagine Entertainment, the shingle run by Grazer and Howard, »

- Max O'Connell

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