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Harry Gittes, Producer and Longtime Friend of Jack Nicholson, Dies at 81

13 September 2017 2:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harry Gittes, who produced multiple movies starring Jack Nicholson, died of natural causes on Sept. 2. He was 81.

Gittes attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before starting his career as an advertising copywriter and photographer in New York. In the ’60s, he began shooting album covers for the likes of Woody Allen and Cass Elliot at the Bitter End, New York’s oldest rock club. Gittes also photographed then-up-and-comers including Nicholson, Elliott Gould, and Liza Minnelli.

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He became friends with producer Roy Silver, who eventually sparked Gittes’ future as a film producer. Together, they produced the 1969 pilot of the animated special “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert.”

Gittes also cultivated a friendship with Nicholson, and produced several projects with the actor-director, including “Goin’ South,” “Drive, He Said,” and “About Schmidt.” Nicholson’s character in 1974 classic “Chinatown,” private investigator J.J. Gittes, was named after the producer.

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- Rebecca Rubin

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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Tackles Pro Football Films

10 September 2017 6:44 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.

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Photo credit: Columbia TriStar Home Video

The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).

The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Paradigm Signs Gary Scott Thompson

8 September 2017 9:26 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Writer-produicer Gary Scott Thompson has signed with Paradigm. He previously was at Wme. Best known as the writer of the original The Fast and the Furious film, Thompson went on to pen the Paul Verhoeven-directed Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon and Josh Brolin, and the Al Pacino starrer 88 Minutes. On the television side, Thompson was the creator of NBC’s Las Vegas starring James Caan and Josh Duhamel, and co-developed and served as showrunner on the French-American… »

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Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson's Pal and Producer, Dies at 81

5 September 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Harry Gittes, who produced the Jack Nicholson films Drive, He Said; Goin' South and About Schmidt and was the namesake for the actor's gumshoe character in Chinatown, has died. He was 81.

Gittes died Saturday of natural causes in Los Angeles, publicist Seth Horowitz reported.

Gittes also produced Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix; Breaking In (1989), written by John Sayles and starring Burt Reynolds; and The Girl Next Door (2004), starring Emile Hirsch.

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Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson's Pal and Producer, Dies at 81

5 September 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Harry Gittes, who produced the Jack Nicholson films Drive, He Said; Goin' South and About Schmidt and was the namesake for the actor's gumshoe character in Chinatown, has died. He was 81.

Gittes died Saturday of natural causes in Los Angeles, publicist Seth Horowitz reported.

Gittes also produced Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix; Breaking In (1989), written by John Sayles and starring Burt Reynolds; and The Girl Next Door (2004), starring Emile Hirsch.

Born on May 6, 1936, in »

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Red Line 7000

29 August 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It’s finally here in all its glory, the Howard Hawks movie nobody loves. The epitome of clueless ’60s filmmaking by an auteur who left his thinking cap back with Bogie and Bacall, this show is a PC quagmire lacking the usual compensation of exploitative thrills. But hey, it has a hypnotic appeal all its own: we’ll not abandon any movie where Teri Garr dances.

Red Line 7000

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1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt, John Robert Crawford, Marianna Hill, James (Skip) Ward, Norman Alden, George Takei, Diane Strom, Anthony Rogers, Robert Donner, Teri Garr.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editors: Bill Brame, Stuart Gilmore

Original Music: Nelson Riddle

Written by George Kirgo story by Howard Hawks

Produced and Directed by Howard Hawks

Critics have been raking Howard Hawks’ stock car racing epic »

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These Guys Were Almost Han Solo in Star Wars, Not Harrison Ford

12 August 2017 12:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Lucasfilm announced plans for a standalone Han Solo prequel, there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list reportedly included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Raynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Aron-Reich. But the search for the original Han Solo was just as wide searching, and possibly a little more difficult to nail down, with quit a few Hollywood icons targeted for the role.

Since the release of the original Star Wars film in 1977, a slew of names have surfaced as prospective would-be Millennium Falcon piloting smugglers who were nearly cast »

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Bad Books That Made Great Films

8 August 2017 6:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

In reference to movie adaptations of books, it is often said that “the book was better”. This is a look at some of the films where the opposite is true.

When I think about books that have made the transition to the big screen, I consider the reason that those books were chosen for adaptation. A lot of the time, I assume that the books are chosen because of their popularity. Movie studios want to make money, and by making a movie version of a popular book, they can cash in on that popularity. At other times, a book may be chosen because it has a unique concept that would make for an interesting film. In a time when it seems like script writers can’t come up with any new ideas, it makes sense to try and find inspiration in print. Likewise, a book may be chosen because of the person who wrote it. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Freebie and the Bean

8 August 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Here’s how one pushed the limits of good taste in 1974. James Caan and Alan Arkin run the gamut of racist, raunchy, sexist & homophobic jokes as bad boy cops breaking the rules, and director Richard Rush delivers some impressive, expensive action stunts on location in San Francisco. Does it get a pass because it’s ‘outrageous?’ The public surely thought so. If the star chemistry works the excess won’t matter. With Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit and Jack Kruschen.

Freebie and the Bean

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1974 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 113 min. / Street Date August 8, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Paul Koslo, Linda Marsh, Alex Rocco.

Cinematography: Laszlo Kovacs

Film Editors: Michael MacLean, Fredric Steinkamp

Original Music: Dominic Frontiere

Written by Robert Kaufman, Floyd Mutrux

Produced and Directed by Richard Rush

‘Buddy’ pictures have been around forever, but I »

- Glenn Erickson

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Great Films Unfairly Forgotten in Time

6 August 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…

Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.

However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or »

- Gary Collinson

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Misery

22 July 2017 4:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Lea Jul 31, 2017

It won Kathy Bates an Oscar for her role as Annie Wilkes. We take a look back at the adaptation of Stephen King's Misery...

The film: Paul Sheldon (James Caan) has just finished a new book, his first since he decided to end his bestselling Misery Chastain series by killing off his eponymous heroine. On his way to deliver the manuscript, he crashes his car and is severely injured. He’s rescued by local resident Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who just happens to be his “number one fan”. However, when Annie finds out that the author has killed off her favourite character, Paul’s recovery turns into a nightmare.

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'Undercover Grandpa': Film Review

11 July 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There surely has to be a better retirement funding plan for aging actors than the likes of Erik Canuel’s Undercover Grandpa, an action-comedy that, like Bad Grandpa, gives grandparents a bad name. Starring James Caan — you might remember him from movies like The Godfather, Rollerball and Misery — and such estimable supporting players as Oscar winner Lou Gossett Jr., Paul Sorvino and Jessica Walter, the film is the sort of cinematic dreck that seems to think it deserves to be graded on a curve because it’s geared toward families.

Although the veteran Caan is top-billed, the film’s real star is Dylan Everett, »

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Famous TV shows set in the casinos of Las Vegas

25 May 2017 5:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There is just 424 kilometres between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, so its no surprise that the so-called ‘Sin City’ has attracted many TV shows to the bright lights of the city over the years. We all know that the popular TV series CSI – Crime Scene Investigation is famously set in Vegas, but what about other shows that have chosen to head to the vast array of hotels and casinos over the years.

Well, let’s kick things off with a little known show actually called Las Vegas. The series, which ran for five seasons between 2003 and 2008, starred Josh Dumamel, who would later go on to headline the Transformers franchise, and screen legend James Caan (The Godfather). Las Vegas revolved around life in a fiction casino called the Montecito Resort & Casino on the famous Vegas strip. These days you can head to an online casino gratis, but this was a time »

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Eleanor Coppola On The Fundamental Truth Of Movie Production: “It’s Never Easy” – Deadline Disruptors

17 May 2017 9:53 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

"Francis feels very frustrated," wrote Eleanor Coppola in Notes: The Making of Apocalypse Now. "He gathers up his Oscars and throws them out the window. The children pick up the pieces in the back yard. Four of the five are broken." The shoot for Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic had yet to even begin—the director was still trying to cast the key roles of Willard and Kurtz. Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Jimmy Caan, Robert Redford and even Marlon Brando had all turned him… »

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"El Dorado": The Dawn of Caan

15 May 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

It takes a lot to stand out when you’re standing between Robert Mitchum and John Wayne. And it surely isn’t easy when you’re also standing in front of the venerable Howard Hawks. But this was the position 25-year-old James Caan found himself in when he took on the role of Alan Bourdillon Traherne, otherwise known as Mississippi, in Hawks’ 1967 Western, El Dorado. Though Hawks was nearing the end of his filmmaking career (this would be his penultimate movie) and Caan was just at the start of his (following two features and about five years of extensive television work), they were each entering the project under similar circumstances. Indeed, it was their shared experience on the disappointing Red Line 7000 (1965) that left them both wanting. It may have been a personal letdown for Caan, but that film’s poor reception wasn’t a deal-breaker as far as his prospects were likely to continue. »

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Contest: Win ‘The Godfather’ & ‘The Godfather Part II’ On Blu-ray

11 May 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This year marks the 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” opening in cinemas, and four-plus decades on, Francis Ford Coppola‘s gangster masterpiece, and its followup, “The Godfather: Part II,” haven’t lost any of its power. And today we have some copies of the 45th anniversary Blu-rays of those films for some very lucky readers.

Read More: Francis Ford Coppola & ‘The Godfather’ At Tribeca: Watch The Full 1.5-Hour Talk

If somehow you’ve gone along this far without knowing anything about these films, they star Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De NiroJames Caan, and Robert Duvall, and follow the aging head of a famous crime family who decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, resulting in a series of unfortunate events, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge.

Continue reading Contest: Win ‘The Godfather’ & ‘The Godfather Part »

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Giveaway: Win ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Part II’ on Blu-ray (3 Winners)

9 May 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Newly released in May are the original Godfather films in standalone Blu-ray configurations at exceptionally affordable prices.

We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers each a copy of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in this contest with commentary by Francis Ford Coppola (recorded in 2001).

For a chance to win the pair of Godfather films please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully »

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5 Highlights from ‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary Reunion

2 May 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A legendary line-up of speakers retold iconic behind-the-scenes stories and shared mutual, little-known memories.Photo: Tomris Laffly / Film School Rejects

The 2017 edition of Tribeca Film Festival came to a close on Saturday with an epic affair, which was kicked off with one of the greatest opening lines spoken in any American film ever: “I believe in America.”

The historic event that wrapped up the festival’s massively-scaled and star-studded 16th year was the back-to-back screenings of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, followed by a panel discussion moderated by filmmaker Taylor Hackford. After a 7+- hour screening marathon with one intermission, writer-director Francis Ford Coppola took the stage, joined by his cast-members Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Talia Shire. Even Marlon Brando was there in spirit, with his portrait positioned over the living room-like setting where the conversation took place. To the cinephiles that filled the sold-out event in »

- Tomris Laffly

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Tribeca 2017 Closing Night – The Godfather Epic 45th Anniversary Reunion

2 May 2017 5:06 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: James Kleinmann

On Saturday 29th April, following marathon back to back screenings of The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall, the nine hour event concluded with director Francis Ford Coppola and members of the original cast reunited for a conversation on stage.

Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro all took part in the discussion, with filmmaker Taylor Hackford on moderating duties.

The Godfather 45th Anniversary Tribeca Closing Night Event

There were also some famous faces in the audience, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter FondaAlessandro Nivola, Whoopi Goldberg and Sofia Coppola.

The conversation was streamed by Tribeca on Facebook Live and can be viewed in full here.

Francis Ford Coppola recalled his initial reaction to Mario Puzo’s novel: “I was attracted to it because I thought it was a foreign author, and an intellectual book about power, »

- James Kleinmann

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Watch The Godfather reunion talk at Tribeca in full

1 May 2017 11:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Godfather Tribeca panel: The cast and director of the iconic two movies from the 1970s come together in New York to celebrate the films’ 45th anniversary.

Watch The Godfather Tribeca panel in the player below.

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Over the weekend, the cast and director of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II took to the stage in New York to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of the first film at the Tribeca Film Festival in the city.

Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro, who appeared in ‘Part II’, took to the stage along with director Francis Ford Coppola to talk about the two iconic films on the final weekend of the festival, which was co-founded by De Niro back in 2001.

The Godfather Tribeca panel was moderated by filmmaker Taylor Hackford (also the husband of legendary British actress Helen Mirren »

- Paul Heath

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