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More Than 'Star Wars' Actress Mom: Reynolds Shines Even in Mawkish 'Nun' Based on Tragic Real-Life (Ex-)Nun

23 August 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »

- Andre Soares

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Bud Yorkin, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘All in the Family’ Director-Producer, Dies at 89

18 August 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bud Yorkin, director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Aug. 18 of natural causes at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.

Yorkin played a pivotal role in developing some of the most popular series of the 1970s in partnership with Norman Lear at Tandem Productions. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”

After working in the 1950s on numerous award-winning variety shows, he teamed with writer Lear in 1959 to form Tandem Productions, and made his film directing debut with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra. Yorkin had previously worked with Lear on such »

- Pat Saperstein

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Bud Yorkin, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘All in the Family’ Director-Producer, Dies at 89

18 August 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bud Yorkin, director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Aug. 18 of natural causes at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.

Yorkin played a pivotal role in developing some of the most popular series of the 1970s in partnership with Norman Lear at Tandem Productions. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”

After working in the 1950s on numerous award-winning variety shows, he teamed with writer Lear in 1959 to form Tandem Productions, and made his film directing debut with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra. Yorkin had previously worked with Lear on such »

- Pat Saperstein

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Sex Kitten Turned Two-Time Oscar Nominee on TCM Tonight

13 August 2015 9:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from »

- Andre Soares

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Pixels review: You're better off watching a game of Pong

12 August 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Chris Columbus; Screenwriters: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling; Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Sean Bean; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 12A

The prospect of a new Adam Sandler movie hitting cinemas instills the same sense of trepidation as the theme from Jaws. Shivers down the spine. Heart palpitations. A cold sweat. Can the intriguing blockbuster premise of Pixels prove to be that bigger boat and offer us salvation?

No.

Scarily similar in concept to a 2002 episode of Futurama, Pixels revolves around an attack on Earth by aliens who have received a signal beamed into outer space that includes classic arcade games from the 1980s. They interpret it as a declaration of war and use a giant size Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other such characters to launch a wave of destruction.

It's left to childhood video game champion and adulthood loser Sam (Sandler), his »

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SAG-aftra Announces Carol Burnett As The 52nd Recipient Of The Life Achievement Award

20 July 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-aftra’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

In making today’s announcement, SAG-aftra President Ken Howard said, “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. »

- Michelle McCue

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News Nuggets: Carol Burnett to receive SAG life achievement award

20 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Comedian and actress Carol Burnett will be the next recipient of the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award. The special tribute will be seen on the SAG Awards next January. Burnett is best known for her long-running CBS variety program "The Carol Burnett Show." Films have included "Annie," "The Four Seasons," "Noises Off," and "A Wedding." She has won six Emmy Awards in her career and received the Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor. She was inducted into the Television Academy's Hall of Fame in 1985. Other recent recipients have included Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore. Variety -Break- The Television Academy is throwing branch bashes for Emmy nominees throughout the next few weeks. The costume designers kicked things off this weekend. Performers will get together on August 24, followed by executives, animators, stunt nominees, choreographers, and all of the othe...' »

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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

14 July 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »

- MovieWeb

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Dick Van Patten Working And Hanging With Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner

23 June 2015 7:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Raise your hand if you remember The New Dick Van Dyke Show. Ok, a few of you wily veterans. How about When Things Were Rotten? Anyone? Well, Dick Van Patten sure remembered them. The TV stalwart, who died Tuesday at 86, was in both 1970s series, and he tells the story in this outtake from PBS’ American Masters program Mel Brooks: Make A Noise. Van Patten relates how series creator-writer Carl Reiner cast him as the title star’s boss in New Dick Van Dyke, which aired for… »

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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‘Identity Crisis’ Knows Just What It Is: Mind Blowing

16 June 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Identity Crisis #1-7 (2004)

Written by Brad Meltzer

Penciled by Rags Morales

Inked by Michael Bair

Colored by Alex Sinclair

Published by DC Comics

“Anyone who puts on the costume paints a bullseye on his family’s chests.” – The Elongated Man

Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man’s words echo throughout the entire Identity Crisis series. Even for a hero, who experiences the worst of humanity on a daily basis, it’s hard to believe that tragedy can strike home. “After all, it can happen out there, but it would never happen here. I’m home. I’m safe,” you think to yourself. Humans need to feel this sense of security. Unfortunately, for Ralph, tragedy does strike, shattering the illusion for all the heroes in the hardest way possible. Ralph’s wife Sue is murdered while she prepares his surprise party. This single crime would start a chain of events that throw »

- Cory Weddell

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With Rise of Antiheroes, Do Bad Boys Have All the Fun At the Emmys?

3 June 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For years, the prevailing wisdom in television was that people’s ability to bond with a series depended on characters’ likability. Viewers enjoyed spending time with Andy Griffith or Dick Van Dyke. Even a curmudgeon like Archie Bunker had a cuddly side.

The programming guru of his generation, Brandon Tartikoff, made this point in an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times mere months before his death in 1997. “Don’t get hung up on the concept,” he wrote, counseling executives. “Viewers make friends with characters, not the concept. Not many folks come home from work muttering to themselves, ‘I wish somebody would put on a good fire-station comedy.’ ”

Flash forward to the current TV landscape, which asks viewers to “make friends” with a veritable rogue’s gallery: Hannibal Lecter, a young Norman Bates and a U.S. president whose resume includes acts of cold-blooded murder. Moreover, they will be joined »

- Brian Lowry

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Tff 2015: Short Film Program Review – The Little Engines That Did

1 June 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Film festivals are for everyone. Whether it’s the Tribeca Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival or even Raindance, festivals are exciting events for the community and are designed to bring you and other lovers of cinema together to experience extraordinary stories that ordinarily may never be seen in the mainstream.

In particular, the sometimes-overlooked Short Film program is one experience audiences should make sure to acquaint themselves with and not miss out on. Not only is it an opportunity for you to be one of the first people to discover incredible work from perhaps a top filmmaker of the future but it is also an opportunity to be regaled, beguiled and mesmerised by fulfilling stories told to you in less than a third of feature time. They’re short and sweet – little engines that could – and more often than not, thought provoking in a totally unpredictable way.

The shorts »

- Sacha Hall

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‘Hungerford’ VOD Review

1 June 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Drew Casson, Tom Scarlett, Georgia Bradley, Sam Carter, Mark Cusack, Matthew Jackson, Nigel Morgan, Colin Murtagh, Kitty Speed | Written by Drew Casson, Jess Cleverly | Directed by Drew Casson

The lives of a group of teenagers are turned upside down when their town is taken over by sinister forces, in this deconstruction of toxic masculinity in the modern day world… Hahaha, nope. Hungerford is just another cheap found footage zombie film!

Hungerford impresses me on one level, because of it’s production cost. From start to finish, the film cost £23,000 to make and still found time to include some half decent CG and models created by Aardman, which shows what is possible if you truly put your mind to it. It’s just a shame the rest of the film is so aggressively mediocre. The kind of mediocre that irritated me and made me end up disliking the film more than it deserves. »

- Reece Jones

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The most satisfying movie threequels

21 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.

With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.

As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.

Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »

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Streaming Now: 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,' 'Fruitvale Station,' and More

15 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hungry, Netflix lovers? Season 4 of CNN's culinary travel documentary series, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," hits the streaming service on May 15 and is just one of our picks in this week's edition of Stream On. Allow the witty and candid Bourdain to take you on a delicious and insightful journey to fascinating destinations around the world. (Don't worry, you don't actually have to leave your couch.) Netflix also has award-winning Michael B. Jordan drama "Fruitvale Station" and Hulu's got '60s Dick Van Dyke kid classic "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." »

- Alana Altmann

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Jim Gaffigan Debuts His TV Land Show on His Site

14 May 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Jim Gaffigan Show” will hit TV Land this summer — but the famously food-loving comedian Jim Gaffigan posted an episode of the sitcom on his site ahead of the premiere. Between shooting scenes for the show and enjoying a Philly cheesesteak for lunch, Gaffigan explained his decision to Variety, and vowed he’ll never go back to network TV.

Why did you decide to release an episode of your show on your site months before it will debut on TV Land?

The Internet is such an important tool in my standup career, in just connecting to people who can come to the shows. Letting people know that I’m performing at Madison Square Garden, you can either rely on the wire postings, or you can post it on Twitter, and at some point you develop a relationship with people that follow you on Twitter or like you on Facebook. Why »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Grimm season 4 episode 21 review: Headache

12 May 2015 1:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grimm is going dark in its season four finale arc, and for some characters, there'll be no coming back...

This review contains spoilers.

4.21 Headache

Well that escalated quickly.

We thought last week’s episode was a little darker than usual for our favourite fairytale-based detectives, but this episode is includes mass murder, demonic possession and a Se7en-style beheading that no-one saw coming.

Headache is the first episode directed by co-showrunner Jim Kouf, which may help to explain the faster pace and blood lust.

We pick up where we were left last the epsiode, with Juliette forcing Nick to turn his gun on Monroe. Last week we heard a gun go off, but in the style of an old Saturday morning serialised adventure story, we rewind 30 seconds to see Hank push Monroe out of harm’s way.

Well they weren’t going to kill off fan-favourite Monroe, right? While that’s almost certainly true, »

- louisamellor

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Grimm season 4 episode 20 review: You Don't Know Jack

5 May 2015 11:57 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grimm takes a surprisingly sinister turn and delivers some real shocks as it finally gears up for its season 4 finale...

This review contains spoilers.

4.20 You Don't Know Jack

The last couple of weeks we’ve been left wondering when Grimm will finally decide to shift up a gear before the season’s finale in a couple of weeks.

It turns out it is this episode.

The writers have hit the pedal with some force, with You Don’t Know Jack taking a surprisingly sinister turn, as well as delivering some proper shocks. (Despite some macabre moments, Grimm has always offered the audience a sense of cosiness, efficiently dispatching any threat to the gang in no more than a couple of episodes. It’s as edgy as one of Monroe’s woolly cardigans.)

However this episode provided a couple of genuine ‘what the hell?’ moments that could signal big changes for the course of the show. »

- louisamellor

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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

30 April 2015 9:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »

- Andre Soares

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