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When he was Leaf: The early roles of Joaquin Phoenix

19 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Long before he was a critically-lauded and Oscar-nominated leading man, Joaquin Phoenix was a precocious child star who began working professionally when he was just 7 years old.

As a youngster, Phoenix went by the first name of Leaf before switching back to his given name Joaquin for To Die For. The Gus Van Sant drama saw Phoenix hold his own against Nicole Kidman, and he hasn't looked back since.

Digital Spy dives into the archives to pick out 5 early roles for Joaquin back when he was known as Leaf...

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)

Joaquin's older brother River Phoenix was a cast member on the short-lived '80s TV series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and he made his acting debut on the episode 'Christmas Song'.

Unfortunately, it was a less-than-auspicious start for Leaf who, if you watch the above video closely, gets clocked by a wayward fist (at 01: »

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16 dos and don'ts of travel in the movies: Hostel, 127 Hours, Hitchhiker's Guide

16 January 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Do: check the instructions (Wild)

This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."

Don't: give up (Touching The Void)

Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.

Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)

Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »

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VH1 Celebrates 40 Years of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with ‘SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975′ Mega-Marathon

14 January 2015 12:15 PM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Our favorite late-night show, Saturday Night Live, has a very big birthday coming up. VH1 Classic will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary with mega-marathon SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28. Because 433 hours of SNL is never enough.

[Cue the cheers and food delivery speed dial.] For 19 days, VH1 Classic will play back-to-back episodes of SNL. More details on your new favorite marathon are in the press release below.

New York (January 14, 2015) – VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place:  “The SNL Rewind:  2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.

Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon — the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.

Starting with season 39 and working back to season 1 from 1975, VH1 Classic »

- Taylor Ferber

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VH1 Plans SNL 40th Anniversary Marathon

14 January 2015 11:26 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

VH1 Classic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history with "The SNL Rewind," a nineteen day, 433 hour marathon of many of the 760 episodes of "Saturday Night Live" that have run over the years.

Unlike most marathons though, this one will go backwards - starting with last season and working its way back to the show's first season in 1975 with the last episode to be SNL's first episode ever hosted by George Carlin.

Each Saturday of the marathon will also take a break from 10 pm to 1 am to show a film starring an SNL alum including "Macgruber," "Trading Places" and "The Blues Brothers".

There will also be themed blocks throughout the nineteen day schedule including Justin Timberlake's episodes, episodes hosted by former cast members, Chris Farley and Eddie Murphy's best episodes, and Steve Martin's early hosting stints.

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- Garth Franklin

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Bernie Williams, Producer of ‘Manhunter,’ ‘Daredevil,’ Dies at 72

12 January 2015 5:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British-born Bernard Telvin Williams, a producer of films including “A Clockwork Orange,” “Manhunter,” “What About Bob?,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Daredevil,” died of cancer in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., on January 4. He was 72.

Williams was associate producer not only on Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” but also on the director’s “Barry Lyndon.” Other producing credits include “The Bounty,” a reworking of “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson; the epic “Ragtime,” based on the E.L. Doctorow novel and directed by Milos Forman; Michael Mann’s “Manhunter,” the first Hannibel Lecter film; Bill Murray comedy “What About Bob?”; Frank Oz’s Michael Caine-Steve Martin vehicle “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”; the Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy comedy “Bowfinger”; and 2003 Ben Affleck superhero movie “Daredevil.”

His final credit came on the 2006 version of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Williams was also unit production manager on a number of the films that he produced. »

- Carmel Dagan

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A new column examines what might have been with Brad Pitt and 'To The White Sea'

6 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »

- Drew McWeeny

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