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Newswire: R.I.P. John Hostetter, Murphy Brown actor and voiceover performer

8 September 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As reported by Deadline, character actor John Hostetter—who had a recurring role on Murphy Brown and did voiceover work for a handful of anime films—died last week from “cancer complications.” He was 69.

Born in Brooklyn but raised in Maryland, Hostetter was a stage actor before making the transition to film and TV. His first movie role came in the 1979 Arthur Hiller comedy The In-Laws, and from there he moved onto a whole bunch of minor roles in big shows like CHiPs, T.J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Family Ties, and Moonlighting, as well as the occasional movie role in stuff like Into The Night, Heartbreak Ridge, and the Bill Cosby vehicle Leonard Part 6. However, his most recognizable role came in 1988 when he joined the cast of CBS’s Murphy Brown. The show went on to become a big hit for the network, and ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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The early screenplays of Jj Abrams

7 September 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

Before he hit big with Star Wars and Star Trek, Jj Abrams was penning films such as Forever Young, Regarding Henry and Armageddon...

Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.

You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his »

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Iconic Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

30 August 2016 6:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The sad news for fans of film comedy spread like wildfire earlier this week. Here’s the opening paragraph facts from the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

And what an actor. That’s from the »

- Jim Batts

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Peter Bart: Remembering Arthur Hiller, The Director Who Loved Writers

25 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

"Film directors think they always have to be right, but some of us get lucky now and then when we turn out to be wrong." This was the observation of Arthur Hiller, who directed some 33 films, as he started working on Love Story some 46 years ago. Hiller, who died this week at 92, made some outstanding films over his career – some against his better judgment – but his philosophy about filmmaking ran counter to that of today's young auteurs. Hiller was thoughtful and well… »

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D. »

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing »

- Carmel Dagan

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Criterion Review: The In-Laws

23 August 2016 12:31 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Alan Arkin and Peter Falk send up their dramatic personae to great effect in Arthur Hiller's 1979 The In-Laws, a wonderfully balanced and often hilarious comedy that benefits from the formidable talents of its leads. Sheldon Kornpett (Arkin) is a successful dentist excited about his daughter's impending wedding. Little does he know that the father of the groom (Falk), is waist-deep in organised crime, having recently pulled off the heist of the century. Invariably, Sheldon quickly becomes tied up with his new in-law Vince's nefarious dealings, forcing the pair to go on the lam in Honduras and attempt to hawk Vince's stolen Us Mint imprints to loopy military dictator General Garcia (Richard Libertini).

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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – War Dogs, Ben-hur, Blood Father and More!

22 August 2016 5:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Jim Batts and Tom Stockman talk movies. Our guest in the studio this week is Lynn Venhaus, film critic for The Belleville News Democrat and the Kirkwood/Webster Times. Michelle McCue will call in to discuss the weekend box office and we’ll review War Dogs,  Ben-hur, Kubo And 2 Strings. Little Sister and Blood Father. We’ll then talk about the upcoming “Classics on the Loop” Film fest at the Tivoli  and pay tribute to the late director Arthur Hiller

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Jack Riley, ‘Bob Newhart Show’ Star, Dies at 80

19 August 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jack Riley, who played Elliot Carlin on “The Bob Newhart Show,” died on Friday at the age of 80, TheWrap has learned. Riley, a venerable character actor, began working in television back in the 1960’s. He appeared in numerous hit shows, including “Gomer Pyle:usmc,” “The Flying Nun,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Hogan’s Heroes,” to name just a few. His best known role came in 1972 when he was cast as the highly-neurotic Elliot Carlin on “The Bob Newhart Show.” Riley appeared in over 50 episodes over the show’s six-season run. Also Read: Arthur Hiller, 'Love Story' Director and Former Academy President, »

- Joe Otterson

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Arthur Hiller (1923-2016) and "Making Love"

18 August 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Arthur Hiller with his Jean Hersholt Huminatarian AwardOscar nominated Canadian born Hollywood director Arthur Hiller died yesterday at 92 years of age. Though he's best remembered for the 1970 mega-hit Love Story  -- so popular in its day it would have been equivalent to a Jurassic World at the box office today (no really) -- his career was actually quite varied. He did dramas, romances, buddy comedies, period pieces, you name it.

Among his best known films which is your favorite?

The Americanization of Emily (1964) The Out of Towners (1970) Love Story (1970) Plaza Suite (1971) Man of La Mancha (1972) Silver Streak (1976) The In-Laws (1979) Making Love (1982) Author! Author! (1982) Outrageous Fortune (1987) See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) 

Outrageous Fortune was probably my favorite of his films - Bette Midler & Shelley Long were so funny together --  but the film that's the most interesting, historically, is Making Love as it was the very first mainstream Lgbt film. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Arthur Hiller obituary

18 August 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director of Love Story whose Hollywood career spanned 50 years

Arthur Hiller, who has died aged 92, was regarded as a journeyman director, but when a brilliant screenplay, such as Paddy Chayevsky’s The Hospital (1971), came his way, he created a scabrous black comedy. Similarly, when Neil Simon provided him with a witty, original script for The Out of Towners (1970), Hiller once again did it justice. These films and a dozen others stayed in the mind long after his biggest hit, the romantic drama Love Story (1970), had been subsumed into the category of guilty pleasures.

Love Story, a weepy based on the bestselling novel by Erich Segal and starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw as lovers struggling to overcome their families’ objections to their union, was the most popular film of its year, with its much-repeated catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It was nominated for seven Oscars, »

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Arthur Hiller obituary

18 August 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director of Love Story whose Hollywood career spanned 50 years

Arthur Hiller, who has died aged 92, was regarded as a journeyman director, but when a brilliant screenplay, such as Paddy Chayevsky’s The Hospital (1971), came his way, he created a scabrous black comedy. Similarly, when Neil Simon provided him with a witty, original script for The Out of Towners (1970), Hiller once again did it justice. These films and a dozen others stayed in the mind long after his biggest hit, the romantic drama Love Story (1970), had been subsumed into the category of guilty pleasures.

Love Story, a weepy based on the bestselling novel by Erich Segal and starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw as lovers struggling to overcome their families’ objections to their union, was the most popular film of its year, with its much-repeated catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It was nominated for seven Oscars, »

- Brian Baxter

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Daily | Arthur Hiller, 1923 – 2016

18 August 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Arthur Hiller, an Academy Award-nominated director whose long career began in live television and flourished in the movies in the 1970s with crowd-pleasers like the phenomenally successful Love Story, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles," writes Dave Kehr for the New York Times. As Patrick Hipes notes at Deadline, Love Story would lead "to a streak of big movies for Hiller that spanned especially comedy including The Hospital, penned by Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote The Americanization of Emily); Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin; The Lonely Guy with Steve Martin; and Outrageous Fortune starring Shelley Long and Bette Midler. He also helmed the film adaptations of Neil Simon’s The Out of Towners and Plaza Suite." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson »

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Arthur Hiller, 'Love Story' director, dies aged 92

18 August 2016 4:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-nominated director was AMPAS president between 1993-97.

Canadian Arthur Hiller, best known for directing popular Us romance-drama Love Story and comedies including See No Evil Hear No Evil, has died aged 92.

The filmmaker made more than 30 films across six decades. His work with actor-comedians Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder also encompassed 1976 comedy Silver Streak.

Love Story was easily Hiller’s bigget hit, making more than $100m [not adjusted] at the global box office in 1970.

Love Story star Ali Mcgraw said in a statement that “Arthur Hiller was an integral part of one of the most important experiences of my life. He was a remarkable, gifted, generous human being, and I will miss him terribly.”

The film’s huge breakout success is credited with helping Paramount to produce films such as Chinatown and The Godfather.

Hiller was president of  the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences between 1993 and 1997.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend »

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Critic's Notebook: Arthur Hiller, Hollywood Utility Player

17 August 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Arthur Hiller, who died Wednesday at the age of 92, was certainly one of the elder statesmen of Hollywood. A past president of the Directors Guild of America as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he was perhaps better known for his diplomatic skills than for a distinctive directorial vision. But that diplomacy served him well when working with several strong-willed actors and writers; he was always willing to subordinate his own personality to the talents of his collaborators. Never a critic’s darling, Hiller sustained a very long career with a number of surprising highlights.

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- Stephen Farber

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Director Arthur Hiller, whose 'In-Laws' was a perfect comedy, dies at 92

17 August 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Arthur Hiller was never the coolest filmmaker in the room. He leaves behind a list of films that were genuinely loved by audiences and an ocean of collaborators and friends who speak of him in glowing terms, and honestly, as a storyteller, what more could anyone ask? There’s certainly some cachet in the idea that you’re breaking new ground stylistically or you’re doing things that other people are ripping off or you’re part of some formal movement of deconstructionists. I like plenty of filmmakers who chase cool like it is oxygen, necessary for their entire existence. Arthur Hiller, though, was a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he made movies that spoke to his optimistic view of who we could be as people, shot through with just a hint of cynicism at times. My personal favorite of his movies is The In-Laws, which I just rewatched a few weeks ago. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Newswire: R.I.P. Arthur Hiller, director of Love Story

17 August 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As reported by Variety, filmmaker Arthur Hiller—the director behind the 1970 romantic drama Love Story—has died. He was 92.

Hiller was born in Canada in 1923, and though his parents weren’t really part of the entertainment industry, they would put on a play every year or so for the fellow members of their local Jewish community. After serving in Canada’s Air Force during World War II, he went to college and got a job directing local productions for Canadian radio. He moved onto TV by the time it started taking off and eventually attracted the attention of NBC, which led to him getting directing gigs on shows like Gunsmoke, Thriller, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

In 1957, Hiller directed his first film, The Careless Years, but he primarily remained in the TV world for the next decade. By the late-’60s, though, he switched over to directing ...

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Arthur Hiller, 'Love Story' Director, Dead at 92

17 August 2016 1:46 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Arthur Hiller, the director of Love Story, The Out-of-Towners, The In-LawsThe Hospital, among others, died Wednesday of natural causes, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. Hiller, who served as the Academy president between 1993 and 1997, was 92.

Hiller is best known for directing 1970's Love Story, the Oscar-nominated drama starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. Filmed on a shoestring budget of $2 million, the film went on to gross over $106 million, or $659 million in today's adjusted box office. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the success of Love Story, considered one of cinema's greatest tearjerkers, »

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Former President of the Academy, Arthur Hiller Passes Away.

17 August 2016 11:58 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Former Academy President Arthur Hiller has passed away. Hiller served as Academy president from 1989 to 1993 and also enjoyed a career in motion picture. His career spanned five decades with credits including; The Americanization of Emily, »

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Arthur Hiller Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Love Story’ Director & Former Academy President Was 92

17 August 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Arthur Hiller, the Oscar-nominated director of Love Story and a former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the DGA, died today in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 92. The Academy confirmed the news. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller," said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs today. "I was a member of the Board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness firsthand his dedication to the… »

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