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18 items from 2017


Joe versus the Volcano

6 June 2017 1:36 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

“May you live to be a thousand years old, sir.” Still the most widely unheralded great movie on the books, John Patrick Shanley’s lightweight/profound fable is an unmitigated delight. See Tom Hanks at the end of the first phase of his career plus Meg Ryan in an unacknowledged career highlight. How can a movie be so purposely insubstantial, and yet be ‘heavier’ than a dozen pictures with ‘big things to say?’

Joe Versus the Volcano

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1990 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 20, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda,

Dan Hedaya, Barry McGovern, Amanda Plummer, Ossie Davis

Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt

Production Designer Bo Welch

Film Editors Richard Halsey, Kenneth Wannberg

Original Music Georges Delerue

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and Teri Schwartz

Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley

 

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- Glenn Erickson

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Get Your Renfaire On + More Actor-Friendly Events in Atlanta This Week

23 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

If you're not headed to Tybee or Blue Ridge this Memorial Day weekend, have no fear—Backstage has you covered for anything creatively nourishing you could possibly want to do in town. Skip the inevitable traffic jam, chill in the city, and check out one (or all!) of the events below. Get artistic.The Decatur Arts Festival continues throughout the weekend with Jerry G. White’s readings of George Washington Career, Bass Reeves, and Ray Charles (May 27, 11 a.m.), and OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company performing a reading at noon. (Free) Channel “kinetik” energy.Scad Atlanta is considered one of the best motion graphics schools in the world, and here’s your chance to get a first-hand look at the work they’re doing. On Thursday, May 25, join student filmmakers for “Kenetik,” a showcase of various multimedia projects that merge computer animation, abstract film, and more. Doors open at 7:30 p. »

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Photographer Norman Seeff’s Archive Inspires TV Series

15 May 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Norman Seeff has immortalized them all.

The legendary photographer has snapped the biggest names in media, sports and entertainment, with the likes of Ray Charles, John Travolta, Joni Mitchell, Steve Jobs, Martin Scorsese, and Tina Turner all stopping by his studio. Now, Network Entertainment will take viewers into Seeff’s inner sanctum with “The Sessions Project,” a multi-part, multi-season television series that chronicles some of his most famous photo sessions. Seeff will direct the project.

Derik Murray (“I Am Heath Ledger”) will produce the series along with Seeff.

Seeff began filming his photo sessions in the early 1970s and kept filming for the next four decades. As he looked on from behind the camera, he would quiz the artists or entrepreneurs about their lives, their setbacks, and their successes, creating a mini-confessional atmosphere. The private archives amount to over 500 filmed sessions, many of which were not previously developed. They were featured in an April “60 Minutes” piece.

“Early »

- Variety Staff

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Norman Seeff Will Bring His Legendary Photoshoots to ‘The Sessions Project’

2 May 2017 1:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

You’ve probably seen Norman Seeff’s work before. Maybe it’s Tina Turner in all of her energetic glory. Or perhaps Mick Jagger looking somewhat puckish. Over the years, he’s snapped Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jim Henson, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, Frank Zappa Joni Mitchell, and many more.

Seeff isn’t just any celebrity photographer though, and there’s a reason why his images are vibrant and unique. He’s a filmmaker who documents the essence of a person in interactive photoshoots in which he also uses a film crew and conversation. The “sessions” themselves are the art, and the resulting photos are just an extension of the bigger project.

Read More: The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2017

Fortunately, these celebrated sessions that have captured so much of pop culture over the past four decades will be available on TV. Derik Murray and Network Entertainment, which also produced the »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Norman Seeff Will Bring His Legendary Photoshoots to ‘The Sessions Project’

2 May 2017 1:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You’ve probably seen Norman Seeff’s work before. Maybe it’s Tina Turner in all of her energetic glory. Or perhaps Mick Jagger looking somewhat puckish. Over the years, he’s snapped Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jim Henson, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, Frank Zappa Joni Mitchell, and many more.

Seeff isn’t just any celebrity photographer though, and there’s a reason why his images are vibrant and unique. He’s a filmmaker who documents the essence of a person in interactive photoshoots in which he also uses a film crew and conversation. The “sessions” themselves are the art, and the resulting photos are just an extension of the bigger project.

Read More: The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2017

Fortunately, these celebrated sessions that have captured so much of pop culture over the past four decades will be available on TV. Derik Murray and Network Entertainment, which also produced the »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Hollywood Icon Sidney Poitier Makes Rare Public Appearance as TCM Celebrates In the Heat of the Night’s 50th Anniversary

7 April 2017 6:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier made a rare public appearance on Thursday at the TCM Classic Film Festival to take in a celebratory 50th-anniversary screening of one of his most enduring and iconic films, In the Heat of the Night.

In the audience at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater during opening night festivities of the classic movie cable channel’s annual film festival, Poitier, 90, rose for a sustained standing ovation that roared for several minutes prior to the screening of the groundbreaking 1967 film.

Made at the height of civil rights tensions in America, Poitier played Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs, who »

- Scott Huver

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On Eve of ‘Fate of the Furious,’ F. Gary Gray Celebrates 25 Years of Filmmaking

5 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

F. Gary Gray was 16 when he decided he wanted to become a filmmaker. Always a compulsive planner, he drew up a step-by-step plan to break his way into the film business, and prepared himself to spend years in the trenches manning cameras, getting coffee on set, working as a driver. By his initial set of benchmarks, he hoped to be ready to direct his first feature by the time he turned 45.

As it turned out, that schedule was more than two decades off. Gray is now 47, and preparing to release his ninth feature later this month, nearly a quarter century after accepting his breakthrough directing gig, for Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” video. The most expensive film of his career, “The Fate of the Furious” was shot across three different countries, from New York and Atlanta in the U.S. to Iceland and Cuba. It’s a long way, »

- Andrew Barker

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Here's John Legend Casually Performing "All of Me" in a London Train Station

29 March 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Imagine just strolling through a train station, getting ready to hop on a car and maybe fall asleep or have a Bloody Mary, when all of a sudden you hear the sweet, sweet sounds of John Legend crooning the song you probably danced to at your wedding or at least cried to after a breakup. That's what happened to passengers at London's St. Pancras Station on Wednesday, when they stumbled upon the singer at a randomly placed piano, belting out his hit songs "Ordinary People," "Surefire," and "All of Me." Related:John Legend and Cynthia Erivo's "God Only Knows" Is Begging to Be Your Wedding Song Live Nation UK shared a video of the performance to Facebook to help promote the UK leg of John's Darkness and Light tour, which starts in September. John first walked through the station like a boss, then casually flipped his camel coat over »

- Brittney Stephens

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Swan Songs: 8 Great Albums from Artists Who Died Shortly After (or Before) Release

21 March 2017 1:32 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chuck Berry’s Chuck, his first album in 38 years, will come out this year. It’s hard to say whether Berry recorded it — with his longtime backing band — knowing that his remaining time was limited, but he did include a dedication to his wife Themetta in the album’s release statement: “My darlin’, I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

However the record turns out, it will be impossible to listen to it without Berry’s death coloring how we enjoy the music. Given that the »

- Alex Heigl

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‘The Voice’ blind audition poll results: Coaches made a mistake by not turning for Paul Adrian (‘I Got a Woman’)

10 March 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Of the six artists who sang on Tuesday’s edition of “The Voice,” all but one advanced from this blind audition to the Battle Rounds. The lone non-survivor was Paul Adrian, who failed to impress with a rendition of Ray Charles‘ 1954 song “I Got A Woman.”  We asked you if the coaches had made a mistake by not turning for […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

26 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. At this year's ceremony, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won for their supporting roles, adding to a pretty short list. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Sixteen. A whopping sixteen distinguished, talented people in 89 years. Scroll through to see who they are and learn about the records they've broken. »

- Brittney Stephens

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ABC News, People Magazine Team Up for Primetime Series (Exclusive)

14 February 2017 10:02 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC News and Time Inc.’s People are teaming up for a new limited primetime series titled “People Icons,” premiering Tuesday, March 7 at 10 p.m. Et on ABC, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The hour-long weekly program will be hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer and is inspired by iconic People magazine covers that have made an impact on American culture. People editor-in-chief Jess Cagle is featured throughout the show, with other editors from the magazine expected to make appearances during the series. Also Read: 'Gma' Wants to Warm Your Heart With Campaign Set to Ray Charles Classic (Exclusive »

- Brian Flood

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The 10 Biggest Grammy Upsets of All Time

8 February 2017 9:39 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The article originally appeared on EW.com.

When the 59th Annual Grammy Awards go down Sunday at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS, you can expect usual suspects like Beyoncé and Adele to be hoarding the hardware. But music’s biggest night has also provided its share of surprises. As we brace ourselves for a shocker or two on Sunday, let’s rank the 10 biggest Grammy upsets of all time.

10. Bon Iver wins Best New Artist in 2012

First off, there was the fact that Bon Iver wasn’t really new: While nominated behind their 2011 self-titled set, Justin Vernon’s indie-folk outfit released their debut album, »

- Chuck Arnold

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Elton John Honors George Michael as ‘One of the Best Vocalists Ever’ on Beats 1 Tribute Show

7 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mere days after George Michael was found dead in his home on Christmas day, friend and fellow music superstar Sir Elton John paid tribute to the later singer with an emotional performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”—which the pair sang together in 1990. Now John has honored the singer on his Beats 1 show, Rocket Hour.

“Not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country’s ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever,” he told listeners. “One of the best in the world. »

- Jordan Runtagh

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‘Gma’ Wants to Warm Your Heart With Campaign Set to Ray Charles Classic (Exclusive First Look)

6 February 2017 12:14 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC’s “Good Morning America” will debut a new promotional campaign on Tuesday that features the show’s talent set to the Ray Charles classic, “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning.” It marks the launch of the show’s new campaign titled “#WeAreGMA.” Robin Roberts, George StephanopoulosMichael StrahanAmy Robach, Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee are all prominently featured in the feel-good ad, which is expected to be the first in a series of spots promoting the #WeAreGMA hashtag. The slickly produced campaign starts off with black and white footage of the anchors greeting each other while emerging from an »

- Brian Flood

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Lrm Exclusive Interview: Diamond White for Boo! A Madea Halloween

30 January 2017 8:29 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Madea is definitely larger than life with each new movie.

In the next installment from Tyler Perry, Boo! A Madea Halloween will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download tomorrow. The film was made in part due to a mockery in Chris Rock’s Top Five as the next Tyler Perry movie back in 2014.

Here’s the synopsis:

Trying to win the approval of her friends, 17-year-old Tiffany sneaks out of the house to go to a Halloween bash at a fraternity. The fun soon ends when police and the cranky, fast-talking Madea arrive to crash the party. Unhappy with this sudden turn of events, the vengeful collegians decide to scare Madea and her cronies with a series of pranks. She soon finds herself under attack and on the run from assortment of ghosts, ghouls and zombies on the scariest night of the year.

The films also stars Cassi Davis, »

- Gig Patta

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Osamu Tezuka’s “Metropolis” is a truly unique anime

16 January 2017 7:04 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Based on the classic manga by Osamu Tezuka, itself inspired by the homonymous, 1927 German silent film by Fritz Lang, and featuring a script by the anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), direction by Tezuka’s collaborator, Rintaro (Astro Boy), and animation by Madhouse,  “Metropolis” had all the tools for becoming a masterpiece. In that fashion, it succeeded to the fullest, taking advantage of its huge budget ($15 million) in the best way possible.

Metropolis is an industrial, tri-level city, where robots and humans co-exist, although the former are discriminated (they cannot even have a human name, resorting in codes to name themselves) and segregated to the lower levels. Duke Red is a paramilitary leader with ties to the government and a plan to create the most perfect robot of all, in the image of his deceased daughter, Tima. Furthermore, he has just erected a massive skyscraper called the Ziggurat, which he claims »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Toshiaki Toyoda’s “Unchain” proves that a documentary about a loser can be utterly compelling

9 January 2017 11:00 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Films and documentaries about underdogs that manage to win, or people who were winners all their life is something common in cinema. Toshiaki Toyoda though, chose to deal with the exact opposite subject, a group of people (Tetsu Garuda, Seichiro Nishibashi, Osamu Nagaishi) headed by “Unchain” Kaji, who do not seem to get a break from the day they were born.

As the story unfolds starting with Kaji, we learn of his unfortunate life, which actually initiated from birth. His parents abandoned him when he was an infant and he was raised by his uncle, although he did not know that until he became 18. His uncle eventually died and he took up boxing, without, though, managing to win even once, as he retired with a record of eight losses and one draw, after severe damage to his eye. As he tries to start a new life as a civilian, his situation becomes even worse, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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