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As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actress Margaret Whitton—best known for playing Cleveland Indians owner Rachel Phelps in the Major League movies—has died following what a friend described as a “brief battle with cancer.” Apparently, her illness came on so suddenly that she was still developing new projects as recently as a few months ago. Whitton was 67.
Born in Philadelphia in 1950, her first acting gigs were in plays in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1982’s Steaming, where she and Judith Ivey both appeared nude as patrons of a women’s Turkish bath. Though she had small parts in films and TV shows, her first regular acting role outside of the theater was on CBS’s short-lived drama series Hometown, which was a loose adaptation of The Big Chill.
Whitton began to get more prominent movie roles after that, appearing in 9 1 ...
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The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 23rd annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.
The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, will screen 19 movies: 12 world premieres, three North American debuts, and one U.S. launch.
The narrative competition has 11 titles, while the documentary category boasts eight. Notable titles include “Dave Made a Maze,” starring Nick Thune and directed by Bill Watterson from his own script; the Sly Stone documentary “On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone”; Shumin Liu’s “The Family,” a Chinese-Australian production in which a couple in their 70s sets off to visit their adult children in three faraway cities; and the documentary “Who Is Arthur Chu? »
- Dave McNary
Programmers at the Park City jamboree’s upcoming 23rd edition announced on Monday the 11 narrative and eight documentary selections that will play in January.
The 2017 showcase will also feature Dig (Digital, Interactive & Gaming), a platform of eight works by emerging artists working in cutting-edge digital media, while Polytechnic is a series of free workshops exploring disruptive perspectives on filmmaking from industry insiders.
“As filmmakers themselves, the Slamdance programmers and staff share the same creative spirit as the festival artists,” said Slamdance co-founder and president, Peter Baxter. “Our stories are different but our divergent attitude is the same.
“Together, we give a voice to Diy filmmaking. Empowering emerging artists is what we do, and you are about to see a great group at Slamdance 2017.”
The feature competition roster includes 16 premieres – 12 world, 3 North American and one Us. All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of under $1m and without Us distribution.
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