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The Last Detail

30 January 2016 11:18 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jack Nicholson found his personal favorite role in this fine road picture: Navy signalman Buddusky, charged with escorting sad-sack prisoner Randy Quaid to prison. Hal Ashby's direction and Robert Towne's script pitches the story at the human scale favored by '70s director-driven filmmaking. The Last Detail Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty, Luana Anders, Kathleen Miller, Nancy Allen, Gerry Salsberg, Don McGovern, Pat Hamilton, Michael Chapman, Jim Henshaw, Derek McGrath, Gilda Radner, Jim Horn, John Castellano. Cinematography Michael Chapman Film Editor Robert C. Jones Original Music Johnny Mandel Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan Produced by Gerald Ayres Directed by Hal Ashby

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- Glenn Erickson

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Oscar voter tries defending Academy's respect for diversity, fails

27 January 2016 5:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to chapter 4,535 of #OscarsSoWhite, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter: An Oscar voter named Rutanya Alda, a member of the Academy's actors branch, wrote a letter in defense of AMPAS' current voting practices. In it, she defends the Academy's historical appreciation of nonwhite performers with a variety of empty stats and uselessly vague anecdotes. Read the whole thing, but here we'll be responding to the grimmest portions of her plea. We begin with a shockingly assertive, wildly unnecessary claim: "Actors are the least racist people I have ever known in my life." Is this an actual talking point? Alda somehow ranked the racism within every profession in her social orbit, and -- without citing any sources -- came to the conclusion that the sprawlingly broad world of actors is unified in its lack of racism. That strikes me as a reach! I learned from the news once that Mel Gibson is a very racist person, »

- Louis Virtel

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Louis Gossett Jr Is ‘Breaking Brooklyn’: Jay Huguley Has ‘Heart, Baby’

4 January 2016 11:03 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Production recently wrapped on Breaking Brooklyn, a drama starring Louis Gossett Jr. as Miles Bryant, a dance teacher and former performer struggling to keep his family-owned theater alive. When he takes two talented homeless boys under his wing, they team up with his family to save the theater. The film includes tap dance styles of music along with soulful Broadway and contemporary hip hop. Breaking Brooklyn also stars Colin Critchley, Nathan Kress, Madeleine Mantock… »

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