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2 items from 2017


John G. Avildsen, Director of ‘Rocky,’ ‘Karate Kid’ Films, Dies at 81

16 June 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the original “Rocky” (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, and also directed all three of the original “Karate Kid” films, has died in Los Angeles. He was 81.

A rep confirmed his death.

Avildsen also won the DGA Award for directing “Rocky,” which also won Oscars for best picture and film editing and was nominated in multiple other categories.

In 2006 Variety interviewed Avildsen, who said that a film with a boxing story didn’t excite him at first, but he was “moved by the urban character study of Sylvester Stallone’s script.” He held out on directing part two in lieu of another project — a decision that Avildsen said was “one of my greatest mistakes.” He returned to the franchise to direct 1990’s “Rocky V.”

In 1983 he was Oscar nominated again, this time for the documentary short “Traveling Hopefully.”

Avildsen developed a reputation for making movies about losers, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Day Two: Santa Barbara Film Festival – From ’80s Nostalgia to Tuna Fishing, and a Powerful Speech by Casey Affleck

12 February 2017 7:55 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The Vanguard Award and more screenings, against the relaxing backdrop of Santa Barbara. With an early wake up call, I headed to Metro Four for the 8am screening of Derek Wayne Johnson »

- Jazz Tangcay

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