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Image reveal ‘Loose Ends #1′ variant cover

Image Comics have revealed a special limited variant Loose Ends #1 cover by series artists Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi.

Loose Ends is a gritty, slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida.

Loose Ends #1 will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 25th.
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‘Buried Child’ Theater Review: Ed Harris, Amy Madigan Dig Deep Into Sam Shepard Territory

  • The Wrap
‘Buried Child’ Theater Review: Ed Harris, Amy Madigan Dig Deep Into Sam Shepard Territory
“Buried Child” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 and became Sam Shepard‘s first widely produced play. Before Shepard came along, no one had thought to combine the absurdism of Edward Albee with the earthiness of “Tobacco Road.” Shepard never quite re-created the magic of his first big success, as the recent Broadway revival of his “True West” showed. His sure talent for creating monologues that actors love to chew scenery with overtook his less-secure sense of dramatic structure. In the New Group’s revival of “Buried Child,” which opened Wednesday at Off Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center, Shepard’s gift for language.
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Fox Celebrates its Centennial with 100 Digital Releases

  • Comicmix
Los Angeles, Calif. (October 2, 2015) – In 1915 William Fox founded Fox Film Corporation and forever changed the course of cinema. Over the next century the studio would develop some of the most innovative and ground-breaking advancements in the history of cinema; the introduction of Movietone, the implementation of color in partnership with Eastman Kodak, the development of the wide format in 70mm and many more. Now in honor of the 100th anniversary of the studio, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate by releasing some of their most iconic films that represent a decade of innovation.

Starting today, five classic films from the studio will be made available digitally for the first time ever – Sunrise (1927), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Man Hunt (1941), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). Throughout the rest of the year a total of 100 digital releases will follow from Fox’s extensive catalog, including 10 films
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Al Sharpton -- Unc Scandal Is Worse For Black People Than Donald Sterling

  • TMZ
Al Sharpton thinks Donald Sterling ain't got nothin on Unc -- telling TMZ Sports the academic scandal on Tobacco Road is a much more dangerous than Donald Sterling ever was. Of course, Unc is all over the news after a probe into alleged academic fraud at the university revealed rampant academic fraud ... specifically in the African and Afro-American Studies department that allegedly resulted in higher grades for athletes. Sharpton was in Nashville this week --
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If We Had Oscar Ballots... a 1941 Extra

Tomorrow when the Supporting Actress Smackdown 1941 hits, we'll just be discussing the five nominees (24 more hours to get your ballots in for the reader's section of the vote!). As it should be. But for the first time in a Smackdown I polled my fellow panelists as to who they would have nominated if, uh, they'd have been alive in 1941 and if, uh, they'd been AMPAS members.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde lust after Lana Turner & Ingrid Bergman. And so does our panel.

Angelica and I didn't vote (I haven't seen enough 1941 pictures, I confess) but our other three panelists have recommendations for you outside the Oscar shortlist. In fact, all three of them only co-signed 2 of Oscar's 5 choices... different ones mostly so the Smackdown should be interesting (I'm not telling you which as the critiques come tomorrow!). So here are some For Your Considerations for your rental queues or your
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Heroes vs. Villains: What would you call Snake Plissken?

  • Hitfix
Heroes vs. Villains: What would you call Snake Plissken?
The Ncaa basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.  The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the...
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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Batman nemesis Catwoman fit in?

  • Hitfix
Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Batman nemesis Catwoman fit in?
The Ncaa basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.   The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we then need to to know where they fit in this battle royale. Do...
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Heroes vs. Villains: Faith from 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

  • Hitfix
Heroes vs. Villains: Faith from 'Buffy' and 'Angel'
The Ncaa basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.  The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we then need to to know where they fit in this battle royale. Do they...
See full article at Hitfix »

Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Travis Bickle from 'Taxi Driver' fall?

  • Hitfix
Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Travis Bickle from 'Taxi Driver' fall?
The Ncaa basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.  The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the...
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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Michael Corleone from 'The Godfather' fall?

  • Hitfix
Heroes vs. Villains: Where does Michael Corleone from 'The Godfather' fall?
The Ncaa basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.   The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the...
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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White fall?

  • Hitfix
Heroes vs. Villains: Where does 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White fall?
The Ncaa basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.  The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the...
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Global Village: India Gets Tough on Smoking, Italy Tough on Pirates, More

India

A Tough Tobacco Road

A recent study by researchers in India and the U.K. has reinforced a strict anti-smoking campaign begun last year by the central board of film classification that requires any actor who portrays a character seen smoking in a film or TV program to make an anti-smoking video. Bollywood audiences have been exposed to more than 14 billion images of tobacco use every year, according to the paper, by Delhi Ngo Hriday and London’s Imperial College, titled Tobacco Imagery in Bollywood Films: 2006-2008. The study analyzed 44 top-grossing films released in that period. The central board’s campaign stipulates that the anti-smoking vids, each 20-seconds long, must in the case of a movie run before the start of the film and at intermission (all films released in India have intermissions). In addition, an anti-smoking message must be displayed during the smoking scene.

Indonesia

Sony TV’s
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'Mud' review: Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey star in authentically Southern mythic melodrama

  • Pop2it
The cinema's leading purveyor of Southern Gothic, Jeff Nichols, hands Matthew McConaughey his latest tour de force turn in "Mud," a down and dirty if entirely-too-long mythic melodrama in the "Tobacco Road" tradition.

Nichols ("Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter") has cooked up an exotic stew that includes obsessive love, a woman unworthy of it, a criminal on the run and a Huck Finn coming of age tale set against a dying way of life in backwaters Arkansas. 

Ellis (Tye Sheridan, terrific) is a poor kid who lives on one of the last houseboats allowed on that stretch of shoreline. He and his buddy Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) have the run of the river, know their way around skiffs and boat motors. But Ellis' daddy (Ray McKinnon), who fishes for a living, knows they're one misstep from being kicked off the houseboat his wife inherited. And when Ellis and Neckbone stumble across a
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Rachel Weisz Gets ‘Skinny,’ Denis Leary Signs For ‘Draft Day,’ Luke Evans Becomes ‘Dracula’ & More

Once set to be a new directing vehicle for Barbra Streisand (her first in over a decade-and-a-half) Skinny and Cat is in need of a new helmer. According to Showbiz 411, Colin Firth is still on board to star as writer Erskine Caldwell (famous for his novel Tobacco Road), but instead of Cate Blanchett playing war photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, Rachel Weisz has stepped into the [...]
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Barbra Streisand To Return To Directing With A Colin Firth And Cate Blanchett Romance

Barbra Streisand is undeniably still a huge cultural figure-- witness the ticket prices for her upcoming concert at the new basketball stadium in my neighborhood if you don't believe me-- but she hasn't starred in a film in over a decade, unless you count her appearances in Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers (out of respect for her talent, we'll ignore those). But she'll be back in a big way later this year, starring opposite Seth Rogen in the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip, and she may also be planning a big comeback behind the camera as well. According to Showbiz 411, Streisand is planning to direct a film based on the true love story between Erskine Caldwell, the author of Southern-set novels like Tobacco Road, and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, who was one of the first-ever female war photographers. Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are reportedly set to star-- because
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Barbra Streisand To Direct Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett

Barbra Streisand will return to the director’s chair with Skinny And Cat, starring Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth.

Skinny And Cat tells of the real life romance between Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke White, both of whom were fascinating and incredibly influential people Calwell wrote God’s Little Acre (1993) and Tobacco Road (1932), along with many other powerful and controversial novels about racism, sexuality and workers rights in the Deep South during The Great Depression. White was a photographer in the same era who was also the first female war correspondent, the first female journalist to gain access to combat zones and provided the cover for the first ever ‘Life Magazine.’

Together they collaborated on several social critiques of their southern home, most notably ‘Have You Seen Their Faces’ (1937). They were married from 1939 to 1942 and Streisand’s film will explore their complex and compelling relationship.

The singer/actor/writer/producer
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Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett Team For Barbra Streisand’s Return To Directing, ‘Skinny and Cat’

Barbra Streisand last jumped behind a camera for the Oscar-nominated drama The Mirror Has Two Faces, in which she starred alongside Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall. Having been over a decade-and-a-half since that film has hit theaters, the near-egot winner (her Tony was honorary, slacker) is now prepping her next directorial effort and she’s lined up quite a cast.

Showbiz411 reports that Streisand has signed on to direct Skinny and Cat with Oscar winners Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett on board to star. The independent film, written by producer Linda Yellen will follow writer Erskine Caldwell (famous for his novel Tobacco Road) and his epic romance between photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, famous for her war pictures.

It’s rare to get such a perfect pair of actors for such a project, so Streisand is already one step up. The pop culture icon will also be seen alongside Seth Rogen
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Barbra Streisand 2012: New Movie Director Project

Barbra Streisand 2012 news: Director Barbra Streisand (photo) is reportedly going to work behind the cameras on her first film in 17 years. Skinny and Cat, about the romance between writer Erskine Caldwell (Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre) and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, should start filming in January 2013. Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) are slated to star. The source for this information is showbiz411.com, which adds that Linda Yellen wrote the Skinny and Cat screenplay and will also produce the independently financed film. Barbra Streisand: ‘controversial’ director Barbra Streisand’s last film as a director was The Mirror Has [...]
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Barbra Streisand 2012: Movie Director Project

Barbra Streisand 2012 news: Streisand is reportedly going to direct her first film in 17 years. Skinny and Cat, about the romance between writer Erskine Caldwell (Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre) and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, should commence filming in January 2013 with director Barbra Streisand guiding Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator). The source for this information is showbiz411.com, which adds that Linda Yellen wrote the Skinny and Cat screenplay and will also produce the independently financed film. Barbra Streisand: ‘controversial’ director Barbra Streisand’s last film as a director was The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), a (in my view quite enjoyable) romantic comedy-melodrama that was widely panned at the time. Streisand co-starred with Jeff Bridges, but veteran Lauren Bacall was the one who stole the notices and received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her efforts. [Lauren Bacall Best Supporting Actress loss.] Prior to The Mirror Has Two Faces,
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The John Bensalhia Column: Long live Hooky Street

If Only Fools And Horses had started in the 21st century, it wouldn't have lasted for more than two series.

Let me explain. Back in the early 1980s, a brand new sitcom was written by John Sullivan, charting the misadventures of a wayward Peckham family, the Trotters. Three generations were spanned in a poky flat, which was part of Nelson Mandela House. The problem was that, when it first went out in 1981, the ratings were deemed to be on the low side. A second series went ahead, but even then, the ratings were not deemed world-shattering. If that had happened today, the show would have been axed quicker than you could shout “Mange Tout!” That's the price you pay for being with a ratings-hungry broadcaster, full of media-savvy trendies with buzzwords and balance sheets.

But luckily, a repeat season was to prove to be Only Fools And Horses' salvation. This time around,
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