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The Arrival: exploring a gloriously odd 90s sci-fi film

31 October 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Nov 2, 2016

Before Arrival there was Charlie Sheen in The Arrival. Ryan takes a look at an unusual 90s sci-fi film...

When it came to sci-fi movies, 1996 was a crowded year: at the high end of the budget spectrum we had the invasion movies Independence Day and Mars Attacks; towards the middle we had John Carpenter's disappointing Snake Plissken sequel Escape From La, while Rutger Hauer starred in the cheap and cheerful Crossworlds and the brilliantly titled Omega Doom.

Throw in the startlingly botched Island Of Doctor Moreau, Star Trek: First Contact and Stuart Gordon's fun sci-fi oddity Space Truckers, and you have a busy 12 months in genre movies. Somewhat lost in the static was The Arrival, a nifty genre thriller which had the misfortune of coming out just a few weeks before the bigger, splashier Independence Day. A more modest and quirkier movie than Roland Emmerich's invasion flick, »

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Actress Margaret Blye, Star of the Original ‘The Italian Job,’ Dies at 73

29 March 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Margaret “Maggie” Blye, who starred in the original “The Italian Job,” died on March 24 in West Hollywood, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Blye starred in many films and worked with some of the best in Hollywood: the Oscar-nominated film “Summer and Smoke,” starring Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page, in which she played Dusty; “Hombre” with Paul Newman, Diane Cilento, Barbara Rush, and Richard Boone; “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson and James Coburn; “Waterhole #3” with Carroll O’Connor and James Coburn; “Diamonds for Breakfast” with Marcello Mastroianni; and “Ash Wednesday,” in which she portrayed Kate Sawyer, the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor’s Barbara Sawyer.

In 1969 Maggie starred as Lorna with Michael Caine and Noel Coward in the original version of “The Italian Job.” Subsequent film credits included “The Sporting Club”; “The Final Chapter: Walking Tall”; “Little Darlings,” with Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol; “The Entity »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actress Margaret Blye, Star of the Original ‘The Italian Job,’ Dies at 73

29 March 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Margaret “Maggie” Blye, who starred in the original “The Italian Job,” died on March 24 in West Hollywood, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Blye starred in many films and worked with some of the best in Hollywood: the Oscar-nominated film “Summer and Smoke,” starring Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page, in which she played Dusty; “Hombre” with Paul Newman, Diane Cilento, Barbara Rush, and Richard Boone; “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson and James Coburn; “Waterhole #3” with Carroll O’Connor and James Coburn; “Diamonds for Breakfast” with Marcello Mastroianni; and “Ash Wednesday,” in which she portrayed Kate Sawyer, the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor’s Barbara Sawyer.

In 1969 Maggie starred as Lorna with Michael Caine and Noel Coward in the original version of “The Italian Job.” Subsequent film credits included “The Sporting Club”; “The Final Chapter: Walking Tall”; “Little Darlings,” with Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol; “The Entity »

- Carmel Dagan

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Polish To Helm Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow"

2 March 2016 1:56 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Michael Polish ("90 Minutes in Heaven") has been set to direct the film adaptation of David Mamet's Hollywood-themed play "Speed-The-Plow" for Emmett/Furla/Oasis and Winkler Films.

Mamet penned the script in which a newly minted studio chief and his longtime colleague who try to lure a superstar who always works for the competition to a new project of their own. At the same time they place bets on bedding an attractive temp secretary who is a lot smarter than they think.

Randall Emmett, George Furla, and Irwin Winkler will produce the film which begins shooting July 30th. Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna starred in the original 1988 Broadway play.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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