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Book Review – Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe by Amy Pascale

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Scott Davis reviews Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe by Amy Pascale

Over the last two decades (give or take) Joss Whedon has gone from script “puncher-upper” through developing his own films and television shows, to the pronounced G”eek of the Universe”, the title of the biography by Amy Pascale. Taking a look at Whedon’s whole career, the ups, downs, successes and heartbreaks, this is certainly an expansive look, as Pascale delves deep through his early days through to his new life in the Marvel Universe. At a whopping 400 pages, it certainly looks like a long slog, but Pascale’s book is a great read, insightful, witty and informative, as well as being fascinating and absorbing.

Throughout the book, there are many great stories about all the projects that Whedon has left his stamp on, all of which are suitably, and comprehensively covered here. It’s »

- Scott Davis

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Made In America Blu-Ray Review

27 July 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Made In America Director: Ron Howard Starring: Jay Z, Ron Howard, Pearl Jam, Rita Ora, Run-d.M.C., Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Odd Future, Passion Pit, Santigold, Jill Scott, Kanye West Running time: 93 minutes, Not Rated, Available on VOD, DVD & Blu-Ray 07.22.14 Special Features: None Jay Z proposes to city of Philadelphia with the full support of mayor Michael Nutter for a 2 day music festival in order to garner the city revenue in these hard times. Various acts including Pearl Jam, Rita Ora, Jill Scott, Skrillex and Run-d.M.C. (Just to name a few) perform and give interviews in this  [ Read More ]

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Turner Classic Movies Garner Tribute Next Monday

25 July 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »

- Andre Soares

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Get On Link

24 July 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Towleroad The Imitation Game (we just discussed the trailer) isn't the only Alan Turing focused artwork in the ether. The Pet Shop Boys just debuted their opera Breaking the Code (yes, opera) about the man.

Theater Mania there's a stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love in the West End. Here's a review

Vulture interviews True Blood's Nelsan Ellis on the lame actor who wouldn't make out with him on True Blood and his role in Get On Up

Kenneth in the (212) Ryan Gosling joins the waxworks at Madame Tussauds

Mnpp freaks out for a John Waters retrospective this September. As well we all should.

Variety big weekend expected for Lucy. I guess this means Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow solo film will get a greenlight

Boy Culture Wonder Woman in Madonna drag. Lol

Awards Daily Heart of the Sea, the Ron Howard/ Chris Hemsworth post-Rush collaboration is test »


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Competition: Win Van Damme’s ‘Enemies Closer’ on Blu-ray

22 July 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Jean-Claude Van Damme is reunited with legendary filmmaker Peter Hyams (Timecop; Sudden Death) for a rare villainous turn even more gleefully deranged than his role in The Expendables 2, with Enemies Closer – out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay.

After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of Xander and his ruthless gang who will stop »

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Oscarwatch: Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea Begins Test Screening

22 July 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Though it’s slated for 2015, Warner Bros. In the Heart of the Sea has begun test screening for audiences, a source close to AwardsDaily reports. Does this mean there’s »

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George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed by Beetles

22 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's the ultimate play on words.

By: CBS News

It's the ultimate play on words.

A memorial pine tree dedicated to late Beatles star George Harrison has been infested and destroyed by beetles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper's digital managing editor Jimmy Orr shared a photo of the dedication plaque for Harrison, which had been positioned in front of the tree:

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Harrison, often nicknamed the "Quiet Beatle," died in Beverly Hills in 2001 after battling lung cancer. He was 58.

The 10-foot-tall sapling was located at the base of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and had been dedicated to the Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artist on Feb. 22, 2004, on what was officially declared by the city as "George Harrison Day."

"George Harrison was and always will be one of our favorite Angelinos," Los Angeles city councilman Tom Labonge said at the time of the tree's unveiling. "And, sadly »

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Review: Arrested Development Season Four

21 July 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

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It was a sad day for Arrested Development fans back in 2006 when it was cancelled after three seasons. One of the most original and innovative, not to mention funny, shows on television it didn't conform to any of the usual norms for television comedy, and instead forged its own wry, witty path as the saga of the Bluth family unfolded on our screens.

When Netflix announced that they were bringing it back there was joy in this reviewer's heart as I'd missed the Bluth family, as dysfunctional and appalling as they are, and couldn't wait to see what further adventures they would get up to.

This being Arrested Development, nothing about returning for a fourth season was ever going to be conventional. Rather than being shown weekly, all fifteen new episodes were released simultaneously on Netflix, and for good reason, as while they »

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R.I.P. James Garner: Sally Field, James Woods and more mourn the 'Rockford Files' star

20 July 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood came out in force to mourn the loss of movie and TV great James Garner on Sunday, sharing their personal recollections and thoughts on the passing of the Oscar-nominated (and Emmy-winning) star at the age of 86. Check out a sampling below, then share your own fond memories of Garner and his work in the comments. Sally Field: "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." James Woods: Lois Garner just told me, "I'll never be the same. My Jim is gone." Her tears speak for all of us. #JamesGarner Rip — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 20, 2014 Carole King: I worked with #JamesGarner on the set of "Murphy's Romance". He was one of the nicest people. »

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Celebrities remember James Garner on Twitter

20 July 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

On Saturday, Hollywood leading man James Garner died of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 86.

When the news broke, celebrities immediately took to Twitter to remember the man behind Maverick, The Rockford Files, and so much more. Here are just a few of those tributes:

Rip to a legend. James Garner was both a kind man and gifted actor. It was an honor to work with him on #TheNotebook. He will be missed.

Nicholas Sparks (@NicholasSparks) July 20, 2014

Matt Weiner on casting Don Draper: “James Garner was the model. That’s who I wanted.”

Brett Martin (@brettmartin) July 20, 2014

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Rockford Files star James Garner dies, aged 86

20 July 2014 3:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Garner has died at the age of 86.

The actor passed away at his home in Los Angeles, with police dispatched to his property at around 8pm local time yesterday (July 19).

Garner is known for starring as Jim Rockford in crime drama series The Rockford Files between 1974 and 1980.

He also appeared in numerous films including The Great Escape, Grand Prix, Victor Victoria, Space Cowboys and The Notebook.

No cause of death has been confirmed yet.

Hollywood has paid tribute to Garner on social media, with Rush director Ron Howard tweeting: "Rip James Garner. Admired by all who knew him.

"When starring in Grand Prix, the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver."

Rip James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver

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10 Biggest Movie And TV News This Week (July 19)

18 July 2014 11:05 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Greetings and salutations everyone! Welcome to the best movie news wrap-up on the web, the News Brief! For those of you just joining us, we’re here to dissect the biggest movie and television developments that invaded our RSS feeds this week, and what a week it was!

On the superhero front we’ve got updates for Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Flash, Daredevil, and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (which gets bigger and bigger each week!) We’ve also got updates on the Power Rangers reboot, as well as the current state of the Spider-Man franchise (I don’t know about you, but my Spidey sense is really tingling with that one).

On the other side of the spectrum we’ve got updates about a Beatles documentary from Ron Howard, a movie about a beloved 1980s arcade game (not, it’s not Ms. Pac-Man, sorry »

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The Da Vinci Code

18 July 2014 3:56 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

All-purpose director Ron Howard brings the requisite cinematic flash to novelist Dan Brown's twistacular tale of Catholic intrigue, killer monks and mythical relics. Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, the tenacious Harvard professor who hooks up with Audrey Tautou's cryptologist to discover the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. The oddly un-Christian attitude of Paul Bettany's murderous monk is just one intriguing part of the byzantine riddle. »

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Ron Howard Will Direct New Documentary On The Beatles

17 July 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thought you’d seen everything you could possibly see to sate your Beatles appetite? Well Ron Howard, along with Apple Corps Ltd, White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are hoping that’s not the case as they announced today they have begun work on a documentary following the band’s touring years around Liverpool and beyond – all leading up to 1966 and Candlestick Park, California.

With full permission from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with John Lennon and George Harrison’s widows Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the entire Beatles back catalogue is at the filmmakers fingertips – let’s hope they make the most of it. Here’s more detail on exactly what we can expect the documentary to focus on according to the press release:

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, after an extraordinary arrival on the British scene in 1961 and ’62. However, it was their much-heralded Ed Sullivan »

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Ron Howard to direct documentary on the early days of The Beatles

17 July 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

If you were wondering what Ron Howard has been up to, while simultaneously craving a new documentary about The Beatles . . . prepare to meet catharsis. It seems this latest doc will cover the touring years of the fearsome foursome, from their tour in Europe in '63 to their last performance at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966. Ron Howard had this to say: I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young »

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Ron Howard to direct a documentary on The Beatles

17 July 2014 12:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ron Howard is to follow up his Jay-z documentary Made in America by exploring the early years of The Beatles in a new documentary which will delve into the “touring years” of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The documentary will be made with full cooperation from the surviving members of the Fab Four, in addition to Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” said Howard. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

The documentary will focus on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966. Howard will produce alongside regular partner Brian Grazer, along »

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Mowgli Cast, Focus Acquires Jesse Owens Biopic and 'X-Men' Scribes Tackle 'Power Rangers'

16 July 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

10-year-old Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in Disney's The Jungle Book for director Jon Favreau. As Mowgli, Neel will be the only actor onscreen in the film, which is a combination of live-action and animation already featuring the talents of Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. The film will be released in 3D on October 9, 2015. Focus Features has acquired the Jesse Owens biopic Race for distribution. The film will feature Stephan James (Selma) in the lead role as the record-breaking winner of four Olympic gold medals in 1936 with Jason Sudeikis starring as Owens' coach and mentor Larry Snyder and Jeremy Irons as Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin. Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, "House of Lies") is directing with filming to take place »

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Ron Howard directing sanctioned Beatles documentary

16 July 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Deadline reported Wednesday that Ron Howard, director of Rush, A Beautiful Mind and The DaVinci Code, will helm a documentary on the early years of The Beatles.

The film will focus on the years of 1960 to 1966, taking viewers through their formative days playing skiffle and at The Cavern Club in Liverpool all the way until their final tour and their infamous performance at Shea Stadium.

But separating this from many other rock docs that have touched on The Beatles’ massive influence, be it Martin Scorsese’s HBO documentary on the life of George Harrison or the much less sanctioned story Good ‘Ol Freda about the work of Beatles secretary Freda Kelly, is that Howard’s film will have the full support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison, Yoko Ono, and even The Beatles label Apple Corps Ltd.

Although there is no shortage of footage to be found on The Beatles, »

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Ron Howard to direct new Beatles documentary

16 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will helm a new authorized documentary about The Beatles based on the early part of the Fab Four’s career. The feature film, which has the full cooperation of surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, will focus on The Beatles’ early days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England through their last public concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966.  The Cavern Club was the small Liverpool venue where the Beatles played more than 200 times between 1961-1963 and were discovered by their manager Brian Epstein (the Quarrymen, the earlier version of The Beatles, started by Lennon and eventually joined by McCartney and Harrison, played their first gig at the vaunted club in 1957).  The film will include clips of home movies and photos captured by fans who were at the gigs. »

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Ron Howard To Direct The Beatles Documentary

16 July 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career — the touring years.

The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive producers.

Howard said, “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

This film »

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