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10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have Missed

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10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have Missed10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have MissedKurt Anthony1/18/2018 9:30:00 Am

It seems some thing has found us…

Crawling its way into theatres on January 18, 2008, today marks the tenth anniversary of Cloverfield!

Directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and co-produced by J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Bryan Burk (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Cloverfield follows a group of six New Yorkers as their city is attacked by a gigantic, building-sized monster.

Starring Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), Michael Stahl-David ("Narcos"), and then-newcomer T.J. Miller (Deadpool), the unique sci-fi thriller is presented as “found footage” from a personal camcorder and offers a modernized take on the beloved creature feature genre. Filmed on an estimated budget of $25M, Cloverfield has since earned its place in the monster movie food chain,
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James Arness: 1923 - 2011

James Arness: 1923 - 2011
James Arness, the lanky actor best remembered for his portrayal of the iconic Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running American TV series "Gunsmoke", passed away on Friday of natural causes. He was 88.

He was born James King Aurness on May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the eldest son of Ruth and Rolf Aurness, older brother to Peter, who later changed his name and gained fame as actor Peter Graves. James spent his formative years in Minneapolis before heading to university at Beloit College, dropping out of classes there when he received his draft notice in 1943. Having dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot, he was disappointed to discover that his 6'7" height disqualified him from aviation. Instead, he served in the Army as an infantry rifleman, but his Army career ended with a medical discharge after being seriously wounded during combat in Anzio, Italy, injuries which earned him a Purple Heart. While recovering, he was visited by his brother Peter, who encouraged him to enroll in the University of Minnesota's radio training course. James took his brother's advice, and a career as a Minneaoplis radio announcer followed.

After spending time as a successful disc jockey, James and a friend headed to Hollywood to try their luck at acting. James won a contract with RKO pictures, where he made his first onscreen appearance as Loretta Young's brother in 1947's The Farmer's Daughter. It was at this time that the studio officially changed his surname to "Arness". He continued to act in local theater productions, and during his time in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Candida he met and married his leading lady, Virginia Chapman. The couple would have three children, Rolf, Jenny and Craig, and remained married until 1960, when they divorced. Simultaneously, his film career was slowly gaining momentum, his height winning him parts in science fiction classics The Thing from Another World and Them!

It was his role in another play that caught the attention of Charles K. Feldman, who introduced Arness to his client John Wayne. Wayne, impressed with the young man, signed him to a three year contact that would determine the direction of the rest of Arness's career. When, in 1955, Wayne suggested him for the lead in a new television show, Arness was hesitant to accept the role, concerned that an appearance on TV might hinder his film career. He reluctantly took the role, however, and would play Marshal Matt Dillon, who honorably maintained law and order in Dodge City on "Gunsmoke" for the next twenty years until the show's cancellation in 1975. The show held the record for the longest-running American television series until 2010, when it was surpassed by The Simpsons. After the cancellation of "Gunsmoke", Arness returned to TV in another western "How the West Was Won", as a detective in "McClain's Law", and appeared in TV movies "The Alamo" and "Red River". He reprised the role of Marshall Dillon in four TV movies between 1990 and 1994, before officially retiring from acting in 2001.

He is survived by his wife Janet Surtrees, who he married in 1978, and his son Rolf Aurness. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jenny Lee Arness in 1975, his son Craig Aurness in 2004, and his brother Peter Graves in 2010.

'Davy Crockett' star Fess Parker dies

'Davy Crockett' star Fess Parker dies
Fess Parker, who starred as the racoon-skinned Davy Crockett in "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier," becoming a lifelong star to young Baby Boomers, has died of natural causes, according to reports. He was 85.

Parker also delighted young viewers with his performances in "Old Yeller" and "Daniel Boone." In more recent years, he attained a second stardom as a winery owner of the sprawling Doubletree resort along beachfront Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos, Calif.

He was hugely popular among kids in the late 1950s, starring in such Disney films as "The Great Locomotive Chase," "Westward Ho the Wagons!" and "The Light in the Forest." He was named a Disney legend in 1991.

His appeal peaked with the nationwide Davy Crockett craze as little tykes bought the coon-skinned caps and belted out the popular refrains of "Davy Crockett." He went on to star in
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‘Star Trek’ Writers Reveal Their Most Controversial Script Decisions And Why They Made Them

They say that knowledge is power. If that’s the case, well, our readers must be some powerful “Star Trek”-loving mofos right now. Centering on the film’s huge opening and the sequel plans already underway, we’ve spent the last week leaking formerly top-secret info on the Captain Kirk scene that was never shot, revealing answers to the film’s burning questions, and running through things you may have missed while watching the movie.

Now that we can safely assume that most of you are past spoiler-warning territory (if you haven’t seen “Trek” by now, um, why?), here’s a few additional tidbits we were holding back. They come courtesy of “Trek” writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who recently told us about what they consider to have been their two gutsiest choices while writing the script.

“Destroying Vulcan obviously,” Kurtzman said of the move that
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James Whitmore, 'Shawshank' Librarian, Dies at 87

Actor James Whitmore, whose career spanned nearly 60 years, died on Friday at his home in Malibu, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87.

Whitmore embodied the role of Brooks Hatlen in Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994) with rueful grace and heartfelt regret. As the longtime librarian, he was a wise and kind friend to the initially floundering Andy (Tim Robbins). But he had absolutely no idea how to live outside the prison walls. This scene (link to a big spoiler if you haven't seen the movie) with just the right touch in the narration by Whitmore as he writes to his buddies, is heartbreaking, and I found it impossible to watch all the way through after hearing the news of his passing.

My personal, sentimental favorite remains Them! (1954), the greatest giant ant movie ever made. Whitmore played a New Mexican police Sergeant who finds a little girl wandering in the desert,
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Shawshank Actor James Whitmore Dead at 87

James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater has died on Friday. He was 87. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was diagnosed with lung cancer the week before Thanksgiving and died Friday afternoon at his Malibu home. His long-running "Give 'em Hell, Harry," tracing the life of the 33rd president, was released as a theatrical movie in 1975. Whitmore was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor, marking the only time in Oscar history that an actor has been nominated for a film in which he was the only cast member. His Teddy Roosevelt portrait, "Bully," was also converted into a movie. Whitmore appeared in war movies (Battleground), in Westerns (The Last Frontier, Chato's Land), musicals (Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!), science fiction (Planet of the Apes, Them), dramas (The Asphalt Jungle, The Shawshank Redemption) and comedies (Mr. O'Malley and Mrs. Malone, The Great Diamond Robbery.
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James Whitmore, Distinguished Star Of Stage And Screen, Dead At 87

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James Whitmore, whose rugged, weather-beaten looks earned him a reputation as one of Hollywood's most distinguished actors, has died from cancer at age 87. Whitmore was a familiar face who generally appeared in supporting roles, but his filmed stage production of the Harry Truman biography Give 'Em Hell, Harry! earned him a Best Actor Oscar for the 1975 release. (Whitmore remains the only actor to receive a nomination for a film in which he was the only cast member). Whitmore was as diversified as he was talented, as evidenced by a sample of the films in which he appeared: Battleground, The Asphalt Jungle, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Red Badge of Courage, Kiss Me, Kate, Oklahoma!, Planet of the Apes, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Shawshank Redemption. He occasionally landed the starring roles in films such as The Next Voice You Hear (in which God addresses the people of earth via their radios!
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