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The Boy Who Inspired ‘Hook’ and 19 Other Little-Known Facts as Film Turns 25 (Photos)

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The initial idea for the 1991 Steven Spielberg film “Hook” came when screenwriter Jim Hart’s young son Jake asked him an innocent question one day: “What if Peter Pan grew up?” “It happened at the dinner table one night when he was six years old,” Hart told TheWrap. It was a few years later until the film got made and 11-year-old Jake (pictured center, flanked by Robin Williams and Hart) got to be one of the Lost Boys. “He was in all of the battle scenes, trained with combat choreographers and played on that set all summer,” said Hart of. »

- Meriah Doty

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Jumanji adds new face to its cast

6 December 2016 8:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick Harley Dec 7, 2016

Tim Matheson joins Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in the new Jumanji movie...

Jumanji is adding another player to its game, as Deadline has reported that Tim Matheson has joined the cast of Sony’s sequel/reboot.

The Leave It To Beaver, Animal House, Johnny Quest, The West Wing and most recently, Killing Reagan star will be playing Old Man Vreeke (perhaps a villainous role akin to the part Johnathan Hyde played in the original?) in the new film alongside Dwayne Johnson.

Director Jake Kasdan (Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) has revealed that the new Jumanji will continue the events from the first film and will pay tribute to Robin Williams’ character. The original Jumanji was an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. It was directed by Joe Johnston and also starred Bonnie Hunt, »

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'Good Will Hunting': THR's 1997 Review

5 December 2016 8:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On Dec. 5, 1997, Miramax unveiled Good Will Hunting, a heartfelt drama starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams that went on to win two Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards, including for Williams' performance. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

Good Will Hunting equals good certain Oscaring.

Once again put Miramax smack dab in the midst of the best-picture race with this jarringly powerful film about a working-class kid with a genius Iq who can play stump-the-professors and win big but can't muster a passing score in the one category that counts — his personal life.

Likely to »

- THR Staff

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Dwayne Johnson shares new set photos from Jumanji reboot

5 December 2016 6:24 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

When we heard there was a Jumanji reboot in the works our hearts sank and we were filled with dread…… then Dwayne Johnson was cast alongside his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart and suddenly the whole idea became rather more bearable. Jumanji was originally released in 1995 and saw the late great Robin Williams in the lead role alongside a […]

The post Dwayne Johnson shares new set photos from Jumanji reboot appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Once Upon a Time Season 6 Episode 10 Review: Wish You Were Here

4 December 2016 7:57 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Be careful what you wish for.

On Once Upon a Time Season 6 Episode 10 the Evil Queen made the ultimate wish, giving us a glimpse into what the world would be like if Emma Swan had never become the Savior. 

Elsewhere in the hour, we learned who the mysterious figure under the hood is — the person who is destined to end Emma's life.

There's a lot to talk about from "Wish You Were Here" so let's dive right in!

Where to begin?

Well, obviously with the Evil Queen, because let's face it — everything starts with the Evil Queen.

I wish that Emma Swan's wish to have never been the Savior be granted.

Evil Queen Permalink: I wish that Emma Swan's wish to have never been the Savior be granted. Added: December 04, 2016

After the Evil Queen discovered that Emma's mystery sword could hurt her without bringing any harm to Regina she upped »

- Christine Laskodi

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Alice Drummond, Ghostbusters Librarian, Passes Away at 88

3 December 2016 12:03 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

2016 has been a hard year, and over the past several months, quite a few iconic celebrities have said good-bye. Today, the Ghostbusters family has lost one of their own as the sad news was announced that Alice Drummond has passed away. She was 88 at the time of her death.

A veteran stage actress, Alice is perhaps best known as Alice the librarian in the original 1984 Ghostbusters. Though she only had a very small part, her scene kicks off what would become one of the most iconic movies of that generation. And she is a fan-favorite, getting the movie off to a rousing start as she comes face-to-face with the movie's first terrifying ghost.

Drummond reportedly died at her home in the Bronx, New York, this past Wednesday. She succumbed to complications that result from a fall she had survived over two months ago. The news was reported by the New York Times. »

- MovieWeb

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Newswire: R.I.P. Ghostbusters actress Alice Drummond

3 December 2016 11:42 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Alice Drummond, the prolific character actress best known for small roles in films like Ghostbusters—where she played the New York librarian terrified by the film’s first spectral apparition—has died. Drummond was 88.

Drummond spent much of her career on and off-Broadway, where she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1970. That came shortly after she broke into TV, with a recurring part as Nurse Jackson on ABC’s vampire soap opera Dark Shadows. Drummond would work steadily on-camera for the next 40 years, often in roles capitalizing on her small frame, sweet voice, and talent for cheerful, slightly off-kilter smiles.

Over the course of her career, Drummond would play off some of the most powerful comic voices of the 1980s and ’90s, sharing scenes and trading banter with Bill Murray, Robin Williams (in Awakenings, where she played Lucy, the comatose patient capable of catching a thrown ...


- William Hughes

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Exclusive Interview: Moana directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker talk film’s origins, Dwayne Johnson and Disney remakes

1 December 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney have this weekend continued their unprecedented run of success with their latest animated film, Moana, storming to the top of the Us charts with $81.1 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Now the film is bound for the UK this Friday and to celebrate the release, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis sat down with the film’s directors Ron Clements and John Musker to discuss the film, Dwayne Johnson’s singing and their thoughts on the Aladdin live-action remake.

The film sees our heroine Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) set sail through the vast oceans of to search for the precious heart of Te Fiti which was stolen many years ago by demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson. The film is in part about explorations and journeys and the director’s said that they both had some aspirations in their youth about being explorers.

“I read the novels of »

- Scott J. Davis

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Joaquin Phoenix to play cartoonist John Callahan for Gus Van Sant

30 November 2016 2:11 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

It seems Joaquin Phoenix is set to play quadriplegic iconoclast cartoonist John Callahan for director Gus Van Sant, reuniting after having worked together over ten years ago on the 1995 black comedy To Die For. The film, which has been in development since the late 80s (with Robin Williams attached for years) will be based on Callahan's autobiography Don't Worry, He... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant Reuniting for Cartoonist John Callahan Biopic

30 November 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gus Van Sant gave Joaquin Phoenix one of his early breakout films by casting him opposite Nicole Kidman in 1995’s “To Die For,” and it looks like the duo is finally going to reunite over two decades later on a new biopic about cartoonist John Callahan. According to Variety, the project is moving forward with production companies Iconoclast and Anonymous Content.

Read More: 9 Best Joaquin Phoenix Performances

Based on Callahan’s autobiography, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the film would follow the Oregon cartoonist after a car accident laves him paralyzed at age 21. He’d go on to use drawing as a form of therapy, creating taboo cartoon strips that lead to controversy in his hometown of Portland. Callahan’s work was featured in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy. He died in 2010. The book was published back in 1989, and Robin Williams was circling the »

- Zack Sharf

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Joaquin Phoenix to play controversial cartoonist

29 November 2016 8:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick Harley Nov 30, 2016

Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant are set to deliver a biopic about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Joaquin Phoenix and acclaimed director Gus Van Sant are eyeing to collaborate on a new biopic about famed quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

The enigmatic star and Van Sant will reunite,  after working way back on 1995’s To Die For, to adapt Callahan’s autobiography Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Callahan’s story has long been in-development as a film, with Robin Williams circling the role for quite some time before his tragic death.

Callahan was a controversial and influential cartoonist whose work was often published in big name magazines like The New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy. After Callahan was paralysed in a car crash at the age of 21, he turned to drawing as a method of coping, poking fun at taboos and social norms. »

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Joaquin Phoenix Eyes Reunion with Gus Van Sant For John Callahan Biopic

29 November 2016 5:28 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After breaking into acting under his birth name Leaf Phoenix, 1995 heralded the return of the newly minted Joaquin Phoenix to the world of filmmaking. The feature was Gus Van Sant’s To Die For, which he starred alongside Casey AffleckMatt Dillon, and Nicole Kidman. Now, over two decades later, the star and director may have found a reunion feature.

According to Variety, they are eying a reteam with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, an adaptation of the autobiography by quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. A long-in-the-works project in Hollywood, it dates as far back as 1989 with Robin Williams circling portraying the man, who was paralyzed at the age of 21 after a car accident and because an acclaimed, controversial artist. See the Amazon synopsis of the novel below.

Is it possible to find humor — corrosive, taboo-shattering, laugh-till-you-cry humor — in the story of a 38-year-old- cartoonist who »

- Jordan Raup

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Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant Eye Reunion for Biopic on Famed Cartoonist John Callahan (Exclusive)

29 November 2016 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant are eyeing a reunion on a new film. The two may reteam on “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the long-in-development biopic on quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the pic, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. Callahan became a paralyzed in a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. For decades Callahan’s work raised eyebrows for its taboo topics leading to numerous boycotts in his hometown of Portland.

His work was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy before his death in 2010.

Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce the movie for Iconoclast, and Steve Golin will produce for Anonymous Content.

Hollywood had been trying to adapt the book since its publication in 1989, with the late Robin Williams circling »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Moana,’ ‘Rogue One’ Star Alan Tudyk Looks Back on First Film Role

25 November 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alan Tudyk is one of the busiest actors around. He’s equally at home on stage, in films, and on television. He’s perhaps best known for his role as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi series “Firefly,” but he’s getting a reputation as Disney’s good-luck charm, voicing characters in all of its animated films since 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” In Disney’s latest, “Moana,” he voices a peculiar rooster; he’ll also be in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” later this year. Additionally, his crowdfunded web series, “Con Man,” debuted in September, and he’ll be back on TV next year in NBC’s superhero workplace comedy “Powerless.”

Tudyk got his first Variety mention on Sept. 20, 1996, in an item on the production of his film debut, “35 Miles From Normal,” and he hasn’t slowed down since.

What do you remember about “35 Miles From Normal »

- Terry Flores

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Is There an R-Rated Version of Mrs. Doubtfire? Mara Wilson Opens Up About Robin Williams’ Nsfw Outtakes

23 November 2016 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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John Leguizamo Got His ‘Lovable’ Poodle Through Robin Williams

23 November 2016 11:36 AM, PST | | See recent news »

John Leguizamo‘s dog Chewbacca is a fuzzy, ‘lovable’ pup — with a surprising connection to Robin Williams.

Leguizamo found Chewbacca — nicknamed Chewy — on a tip from the late comedian.

“I got him from this amazing breeder, it was Robin Williams’ breeder,” Leguizamo, one of our Sexiest Men Alive 2016, tells People. “I went to his house and he had these big, stand up poodles, he said, ‘You’ve got to get these dogs, they’re incredible.’ ”

“I went to his breeder and she said that is the cuddliest dog that she’s ever seen — he’s lovesick. I said perfect, my »

- Julie Mazziotta

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Disney’s Hercules, and the challenge of casting

22 November 2016 11:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Nov 23, 2016

Jack Nicholson was originally in line for Disney’s Hercules – but 1989’s Batman movie scuppered it…

If you believe the rhetoric, then between The Lion King and the current resurgence for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney didn’t release an animated movie of any merit. I’ve long been one of those calling bobbins on this. Between The Lion King and, say, Tangled, we had The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Meet The Robinsons and The Princess & The Frog, for example. I’d argue there’s a mix of underappreciated and flat-out excellent movies in that lot.

And we also had Hercules.

1997’s Hercules wasn’t a raging box office success, and it was the first Walt Disney Animation Studios project to fall shy of $100m at the American box office since The Rescuers Down Under in 1990. Granted, »

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Stage Door: "Dead Poet's Society"

21 November 2016 7:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Andy Warhol's prescient statement 'in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes' has been requoted to death. If he had been even more specific in his prophesies he could have added '...and every movie made in the 80s and 90s movie will become a stage play.' The latest film to make the jump is Peter Weir's boy's school drama Dead Poet's Society which was a big hit with the public and Oscar in 1989. For those who've never seen it (I'm sure you're out there somewhere) Robin Williams plays an unconventional teacher who convinces high school boys to "carpe diem / seize the day!" but this inspirational message has unintended tragic consequences when one boy's dream (Robert Sean Leonard) clashes with his reality in the form of a disapproving father. In the new play film actors Jason Sudeikis and Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, »


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Interview: Film Icon Warren Beatty Knows ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

21 November 2016 9:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – When encountering film producer, director, writer and “movie star” Warren Beatty, I entered into an interview that would be truly one of a kind. The spontaneous Mr. Beatty works a talk in a give-and-take Socratic method, searching for the truth underneath the rhetoric, as he did with his new film “Rules Don’t Apply.”

The film is a quasi-biographical profile of the legendary American billionaire Howard Hughes, but don’t mention that to writer/director Beatty (who also portrays Hughes). What he wanted to explore was the truth around Hughes, in the personification of a fictional couple (Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins) working for the billionaire. Set in 1958 Hollywood – the same year a young Warren Beatty arrived there – the film highlights the clash between the sexual looseness that existed in the movie business, and the potential seekers that “got off the bus” in tinsel town, still mired in their 1950s puritanism. »

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Stanley Kubrick's Daughter Launches GoFundMe Campaign to Support 'Very Sick' Shelley Duvall

19 November 2016 9:02 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After revealing to Dr. Phil on Friday that she's "very sick," Shelley Duvall is getting the help she asked for.

Watch: 'The Shining' Star Shelley Duvall Looks Unrecognizable, Reveals Mental Illness on 'Dr. Phil': 'I'm Very Sick' 

The 67-year-old actress is currently receiving support via a GoFundMe page launched by none other than the daughter of revered filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick directed Duvall in her iconic role opposite Jack Nicholson in 1980's "The Shining." His daughter, Vivian, created the support page for Duvall the same day as the Dr. Phil tell-all, and as of Saturday, the campaign has raised $16,000 of its $100,000 goal.

"Like many older movie stars, embarrassed finances is not uncommon," the page reads. "Showing your love and support for Shelley Duvall by making a donation can start her back on the road to independence and perhaps back to health and for her fans, more superb performances!"

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