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Film Review: Tom Cruise in ‘American Made’

Film Review: Tom Cruise in ‘American Made’
There’s a lot going on in “American Made,” a hectic, hyperactive true-life tall tale that jumbles Colombian drug-smuggling, CIA arms-trading, Midwestern fortune-making and a whole lot of very fancy flying. Yet the most salient image in the whole coked-up kaleidoscope is a simple one: Tom Cruise’s sunglasses. There may be significant stretches in Doug Liman’s film where the star, as Twa pilot turned all-sides-of-the-law hustler Barry Seal, isn’t wearing wire-rimmed aviator shades, yet somehow it feels as if they’re always there. An accessory that Cruise made wholly his own in “Top Gun,” they connote as much rakish bravado and slightly impenetrable machismo now as they did then — 1986, coincidentally the year that the action in “American Made,” which spans eight fast years of Carter-to-Reagan-era governmental skulduggery, comes to a startling head.

A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, “American Made” is more interesting as a showcase for
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'The Reagan Show': Film Review

According to Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill's The Reagan Show, the administration of America's first entertainer-turned-president shot more film and video than the previous five administrations combined. Harvesting both bloopers and well-rehearsed sound bites, the two comb through this massive trove in a documentary composed entirely of vintage source material, letting the era speak for itself and the "Great Communicator" show, oddly, both more and less of himself than intended. The film will be a peculiar artifact in its likely limited art house run, both quaint and full of painful reminders of our current Bedtime for Bonzo moment.

The doc...
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Famous Primates in Film: A Brief History

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Later this month, the mighty Kong returns to the big screen! To celebrate, we’re looking back at all the major primate appearances in film.

For as long as films were being made, humans have starred alongside primates. Unlike other animals, their human-like qualities can lend a sense of comedy or horror. Throughout the history of film, primates have been used to fulfill certain roles. In the early days, they were often a form of antagonist, carrying out dastardly deeds or causing mayhem. More common is the primate cast in a role of mischief, causing all sorts of comedic hijincks. While most primate roles were portrayed by live animals, it was not uncommon for men to dress up in ape suits for roles where the primates needed to carry out specific actions. Later, the advent of CGI has led to men mimicking primates in real time to create a motion-capture performance.
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Reagan’s Chief of Staff Jim Baker Assesses Trump Presidency So Far: ‘We Have Allies That Are Just Scared to Death’

Reagan’s Chief of Staff Jim Baker Assesses Trump Presidency So Far: ‘We Have Allies That Are Just Scared to Death’
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a successful businessman and deal-maker who gets things done. But former Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III warns that “running a business and running the government are two entirely different functions.”

In a wide-ranging new interview with Politico, the widely respected Republican — who counts admirers from both sides of the aisle and reigned as Washington’s top backstage power broker under former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan — shares his criticisms, hopes and advice for the 45th president.

Rule No. 1: “Process matters,
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'Open at Night' ('Ouvert la nuit'): Film Review

'Open at Night' ('Ouvert la nuit'): Film Review
Part Birdman, part After Hours and at least one-quarter Bedtime for Bonzo, French comic star Edouard Baer's directorial debut is a pleasant, occasionally funny romp through the streets of late-night Paris in the hands of an overzealous theater impresario and his no-nonsense young intern. Better crafted than many Gallic comedies, if a bit unconvincing in its final reel, Open at Night (Ouvert la nuit) should see a good turnout from Baer's local fan base and pickups in Francophonia and beyond.

Set during one roller-coaster 24-hour period, the story (written by Baer and Benoit Graffin, Priceless) follows the travails of Luigi,...
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NBC Boss on Network’s Role in Creating Trump’s Celebrity: That’s TV’s Job

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NBC Boss on Network’s Role in Creating Trump’s Celebrity: That’s TV’s Job
Bob Greenblatt knew he’d get a Donald Trump question Tuesday morning during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour — he just thought it’d be earlier in his executive session. “I can’t believe we got all the way through this without question,” Greenblatt joked about the penultimate query of the morning’s first panel. Specifically, a reporter asked the NBC Entertainment chairman to discuss the responsibility of the broadcaster in growing the Gop nominee’s celebrity to the point of his current political opportunity. “Isn’t the role of television to create celebrity in the world? That’s what every show does,
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NBC Not Responsible For Donald Trump, Bob Greenblatt Tells Reporter Looking For Someone To Blame – TCA

NBC is not responsible for Donald Trump’s Gop nomination, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made very clear this monrning when asked pointedly about that, by a reporter clearly looking for someone to blame, at TCA. “Bedtime For Bonzo helped [Ronald] Reagan become a nationally prominent figure,” Greenblatt responded, in the nicest possible way. In that ’50s film, the future Potus played a psychology professor teaching human morals to a chimp, whereas Trump played…
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Disney Star David Henrie Will Be Ronald Reagan In New Biopic

I know that you were waiting with bated breath to find out who would play Ronald Reagan in the upcoming (and cleverly titled) Reagan, so I shall keep you in suspense no longer. Ronald Reagan will be played by…David Henrie!

Who is David Henrie, you ask? I am not really sure, but some of the younger crowd among us might know. Henrie is a Disney star, apparently, renowned for his roles on Wizards of Waverly Place and That’s So Raven. The slightly older members of the TV-going community might know him from How I Met Your Mother, on which he played the role of the son. Now he’s going to take on the part of a young Ronnie Reagan, back when he was a bad actor and stern anti-communist.

Reagan will be told from the perspective of a Kgb agent keeping tabs on our man Ronald in
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Monkeys on Film | Celebrate Urban Tarzan on Reelz with Our Top Ten Non-Human Primates from TV and Movies

It's official: Urban Tarzan has moved to Reelz. In honor of next week's episode which features Urbantarzan handling a gun-toting chimp, we've compiled a list of our very favorite monkeys and other non-human primates to star in movies or on TV. Check out this list and don't miss Urban Tarzan Thursdays at 10pm Et/Pt.

Next Showing:

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Urban Tarzan | Urbantarzan | Any Which Way You Can | Bedtime for Bonzo | Project X | The Hangover II | The Brady Bunch Movie
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Rip Margaret Thatcher: 10 Right-Wing Films She Probably Loved

As an American born in the 80′s with no direct ties to the United Kingdom, writing this for free, I believe I am the best person to write any article relating to Margaret Thatcher, who recently passed on April 8th.

From my glib perspective, she was the Ronald Reagan from across the pond. Only she wanted the Berlin Wall to stay up. And unemployment rose. And she is responsible (and blamed by Argentinians) for the Falklands War.

At some point during Thatcher’s relationship with Reagan, the topic of movies had to have come up at some point. I’m sure Reagan probably lent her laserdiscs and VHS tapes of Kings Row, Bedtime for Bonzo, or Knut Rockne, All American.

Thatcher, probably nodded and smiled politely and opted to view on of the following, as she probably loved them over Reagan’s work. And she probably preferred soft-serve ice cream over jelly beans.
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You'll Never Guess The Original Title Of 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial'

Universal Pictures executives may have had a tough last weekend with "The Five-Year Engagement" underperforming at the box office, but Monday was all about celebrating.

Per a press release, "Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912." That means this is the venerable film company's 100th anniversary. Party time, y'all!

To honor the centennial, Universal sent out a press release of 100 facts about the studio, 17 of which were kinda awesome. Check out some great Universal Pictures trivia below (via press release); for the full list of facts, click here.

1. The only physical damage made during the filming of "National Lampoon’s Animal House" was when John Belushi made a hole in the wall with a guitar. The actual Sigma Nu fraternity house (which subbed for the fictitious Delta House) never repaired it, and instead framed the hole in honor of the film.

2. The working title for
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100 Facts on Universal Pictures' 100th Birthday

Today marks the 100th birthday of Universal Pictures and to celebrate the studio has released a list of 100 facts based on its first 100 years in existence. I have placed in bold some of the ones I found interesting as well as offered a selection of photo and video accompaniments here and there. 1. Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912. Company legend says Carl Laemmle was inspired to name his company Universal after seeing "Universal Pipe Fittings" written on a passing delivery wagon. 2. The only physical damage made during the filming of National Lampoon's Animal House was when John Belushi made a hole in the wall with a guitar. The actual Sigma Nu fraternity house (which subbed for the fictitious Delta House) never repaired it, and instead framed the hole in honor of the film. 3. The working title for Et: The Extra Terrestrial was "A Boy's Life.
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Me Cheeta … no, me Cheeta: the myth of Tarzan's favourite chimp | Andrew Wood

I was privileged enough to 'interview' the chimp, so breathed a sigh of relief when I discovered he was still hanging around

Tape machine on table, chair a suitably safe distance from the "talent", it was a nerve-racking one. Usually with celebrity interviews danger can come from one of three sources: jet lag, substance abuse or monstrous ego – sometimes, if you're unlucky, all three rolled together, perched on the edge of a hotel bed. The fear here, though, was from the purely physical. Natural aggression. Instinct. The advice from the actor's "people" was simple and chillingly clear. "You don't touch him! If you touch him he could break your arm. If he goes for you, you dive into the pool. He has been tethered to the chair for your safety."

When #cheetah started trending on Twitter this morning, I feared the worst. Possibly the most famous ape in history had climbed into heaven's hanging tyre.
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Morning Meme: Meeting Max's Girlfriend On "Happy Endings," How Kevin Keller Met His Husband and Farewell Steve Jobs

Fox is planning to adapt The Magicians into a series for television. What caught my interest, since so many scripts get picked up this time of year, was that Michael London is producing, and he was heavily involved in Milk. Anyone read the books?

During the premiere week for The Rosie Show, Rosie will be flying the entire cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to Chicago to perform a medley.

Is the next James Bond movie going to be called Skyfall?

Sarah Palin will not be running for president in 2012. In possibly related news, Fox News president Roger Ailes says "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings."

E! is starting a new modeling show called Scouted, and it sounds slightly interesting. This isn't about people who want to be models – they're heading into cities around the country and plucking the hot waitress or barista, giving them a fast makeover,
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Primate cuts: the strange world of movies for chimpanzees

Apes rule at the box office – but films for chimps? Chris Michael reports on an evolution in film-making

Just as ice ages are cyclical, recessions come and go and Iron Maiden T-shirts periodically pop back into fashion for a few seconds, so it is undeniable: as we do every couple of decades, we are living through what can only be described as a Chimp Moment. The major symptoms you know about. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a prequel to the 1968 Charlton Heston film, a Chimp Moment that itself came about two decades after Ronald Reagan made 1951's Bedtime for Bonzo. Project Nim documents the post-hippy social-experiment Chimp Moment of the 70s. There's even the remarkable success of Go Ape!, the treetop zip-line obstacle course "for those in search of their inner Tarzan" – now with 27 branches across the UK. But perhaps the most disturbing blurring of the line
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What monkeys mean in the movies

Friend, killer, lover, specimen ...

The guinea pig

Cinema persistently tries to achieve what science so far has not: make a man/monkey mashup. In The Doctor's Experiment; or Reversing Darwin's Theory (1908) men are turned into apes, while in Balaoo the Demon Baboon (1913, twice remade) a doctor has a go at the reverse, with the side-effect of turning them murderous. In 1932's Murders in the Rue Morgue, women are injected with ape blood (they die); in Return of the Ape Man (1944) Bela Lugosi swaps John Carradine's brain with that of a gorilla (again, doesn't go well). The Man Without a Body (1957) tells of an impressionable gent who submits to the ministrations of a scientist who has been seeing what happens when you play switcheroo with monkey heads.

The erotic cipher

King Kong resonates because, much as Kong repels us, we empathise too: who hasn't been rejected by the object of
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Bill Maher - Sarah Palin could 'absolutely' win presidential race - Video (IrishCentral)

Bill Maher was asked on "Piers Morgan Tonight" whether he would rather see Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann as President of the United States. The HBO host and comedian said "I guess Bachmann…I don't know. Who can say? At least she is somebody who can read. She has a job. She was a lawyer. She's in Congress. She's not someone who just sits there and reads the prayer on her Blackberry like Sarah Palin. I mean, we're splitting hairs here." Pier Morgan went on to asked whether Maher thinks that Palin could actually win the presidency. He said "Absolutely. Absolutely. Yes. People say, 'This one is a joke or this one is a joke.' I remember when I was 12 years old in 1968 and Ronald Reagen was first considering running for president. I remember what a joke that was. Ronald Reagan? You mean the "Bedtime for Bonzo" guy? Well,
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Ronald Reagan Centennial

It's a big day for USA history today. 100 years ago today in 1911 Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois. He lived there until his college graduation in the early 30s. By 1937, after a brief dip in Iowa, he was seeking movie stardom in Hollywood. Forty-four years later he became the 40th President of the United States.

Reagan in the late 20s or early 30s in Illinois

He remains the only Us President who ever starred in motion pictures, though he isn't remotely the only entertainer who has been elected to public office. Even when movie stars don't express a desire to run for office, they often dive in in a big way. (Warren Beatty is a prime example. His political life has a supporting role in the book Star. Today is the last day to enter the contest to win the book).

Jane Wyman & Reagan in 1940. She won "Best Actress" shortly after divorcing him.
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Tarzan Chimp Makes Hollywood Comeback

Tarzan Chimp Makes Hollywood Comeback
The chimpanzee star of movies Tarzan and Bedtime For Bonzo is making his return to Hollywood after a four decade-long hiatus - the ape's handlers have signed a record and DVD deal and announced plans to publish a memoir on his behalf.

The 76-year-old ape, Cheeta, starred in his last feature film Doctor Dolittle opposite Rex Harrison in 1967, and has been hailed by The Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living ape.

And now his owner, Dan Westfall, is looking to capitalise on the Liberian-born chimp's unusual life, publishing details in a memoir entitled Me Cheeta, slated for release next year.

Westfall tells the New York Post his pet's nine-year struggle with Type 2 diabetes has not prevented him from enjoying a full life - claiming the ape has enjoyed married life and fathered one child.

He says, "When (Cheeta) sees the needle, he holds his hands out...He's the light of my life, and I'm the light of his."

Westfall, who cares for Cheeta at his shelter in Palm Springs, California, has also announced plans for Cheeta to take part in a music single available for download on iTunes. The record, a cover of 1976 country-music hit Convoy, will release in conjunction with the promotion of his DVD - showing Cheeta on film as he drives a buggy and eyes a bikini clad girl.

Cheeta - who has starred in 12 Tarzan movies - has tried and failed seven times to get his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

His latest attempt was denied earlier this month after he failed to attract enough votes from committee members to grant him a special spot on Hollywood Boulevard in 2009.

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
Former President Ronald Reagan, whose career as an actor preceded his highly successful run in politics, died Saturday after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease; he was 93. Reagan died at his home in California, after his health reportedly took a swift turn for the worse, and word of his death was given to news sources on condition of anonymity by a family friend, who also said the Reagan family was currently making funeral arrangements and would issue an official statement later Saturday. "Dutch" Reagan, as he was known in his younger years, started his career as a radio sportscaster in Chicago and moved to Hollywood in 1937, where he became a contract player for Warner Bros., making his debut in Love Is on the Air. Numerous Warner films followed through the 30s and 40s, most notably a supporting role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory and the iconic part of George Gipp, aka "the Gipper," in Knute Rockne All American. 1942's Kings Row (where Reagan uttered the memorable line, "Where's the rest of me?") marked a turning point for the actor, and after completing military service during World War II and returning to Hollywood, well-received roles in The Voice of the Turtle, The Hasty Heart, and Storm Warning followed. Alas, most of his post-war films were less than memorable . though Bedtime for Bonzo, in which Reagan was paired with a monkey, became something of a comedy classic . but 1957's Hellcats of the Navy paired him with his second wife, Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952 (he had previously been married to Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman from 1940-1948).

TV work followed, though Reagan also began pursuing a career in politics, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild twice; he also made a notable turn from liberal to conservative in the 60s. Reagan made his last film in 1964 . the acclaimed The Killers opposite Lee Marvin . and successfully ran for governor of California in 1966, a post he held for eight years. Though he lost the Republican party's candidacy for president in 1976, he successfully ran again in 1980, and his eight year term as President, in which he survived an assassination attempt, defined the 80s; the rest, as they say, is history. After his presidency, Reagan's health quickly declined due to Alzheimer's, and was said to have contributed to his rapidly deteriorating mental condition; he lived the rest of his life in seclusion, tended to by his wife. According to news reports, Reagan's body is expected to be taken to his presidential library in Simi Valley, CA, and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. A funeral is expected to be at the National Cathedral, with his body to be returned to California for a sunset burial at the library. Living longer than any US President, Reagan is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three children: Michael Reagan, Patti Davis and Ron Reagan Jr. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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