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Actor Ralph Waite has died at age 85. He became an icon of American television as the kindly father on the hit TV series The Waltons, which ran for nine seasons beginning in 1972. Waite received an Emmy nomination for his performance and he appeared in several Waltons reunion shows and TV specials over the years. Waite had a diversified career prior to acting. He was a Marine, social worker and ordained minister. He became disillusioned with the church and entered the acting profession. Despite a battle with alcoholism for many years, Waite was always in demand both on TV and in feature films. He received another Emmy nomination for his performance in the 1977 TV miniseries Roots. His feature films include Cool Hand Luke, The Stone Killer, Lawman and The Magnificent Seven Ride! He peppered his acting career with political activism and ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for Congress on three occasions. »
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The two-time Emmy Award-winning actor — who was nominated for his role on The Waltons in 1978 and for his role in the miniseries Roots in 1977 – played the Waltons patriarch for its entire nine-season run, later reprising his role in several Waltons telepics. A man of many talents, Ralph also directed 16 episodes of the classic show.
Ralph appeared in many films during his seven-decade-long career, including classics such as Cool Hand Luke in 1967 and Five Easy Pieces in 1970. He starred in several early 1970s films such as Chato’s Land, The Magnificent Seven Ride! »
Ralph Waite, a hard-working actor best known for his role as the father on CBS’ hit drama “The Waltons” during the 1970s but more recently seen in recurring roles on “NCIS” and “Days of Our Lives,” has died. He was 85.
The actor appeared on “The Waltons” during its entire run from 1972-81 as well as in a number of “Waltons” telepics that followed.
Waite also appeared in a number of feature films, including classics “Cool Hand Luke” in 1967 and “Five Easy Pieces” in 1970, as well as several in the early 1970s including “Chato’s Land,” “The Magnificent Seven Ride!” and “The Stone Killer” before settling in with “The Waltons.” More recently he appeared in Kevin Costner-Whitney Houston vehicle »
- Carmel Dagan
20th Century Fox
In the business of moviemaking, name recognition is the key. Even if you have the greatest original idea in the world, it faces a much tougher road to the big screen that something that can be easily marketed and sold. This is why Hollywood continues to fill up their schedules with remakes, reboots, sequels and adaptations; it’s much easier to cater to a built-in audience than trying to build a new one. For this reason, the remake train shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Of course, not all remakes are inferior to the original. Some are on a par with the original (True Grit, The Departed), some are arguably superior (Ocean’s Eleven, Let Me In) and some all-time great movies from various genres are remakes (Scarface, The Thing, Cape Fear, The Magnificent Seven). That being said, a lot of them are pointless and some downright awful (Total Recall, »
- Scott Campbell
The Super Bowl is usually the highest-rated single television broadcast of the year, so the post time slot is probably the most coveted in TV because of the massive lead-in audience (upwards of 100 million viewers). But if the program that airs right afterwards typically draws big ratings, why don’t networks take advantage of this and premiere the pilot of a new series? Wouldn’t this be the best way to promote a show you think will be a huge hit? It would seem like a no-brainer, but in fact, that strategy isn’t always bulletproof. More often than not, a pilot for a new series won’t bring in the same high ratings as a special episode of an established series. Once the Big Game is over, most viewers will go ahead and switch the channel. Unless your a fan of the winning team, and care to sit through the post-game wrap up, »
By Paul Talbot
The poster screamed: “Most criminals answer to the law. The world’s most savage executioner must answer to Bronson.” Since the late 1960s, Charles Bronson’s name on a marquee was a guarantee of unchained action. When The Evil That Men Do opened in 1984, fans were hit with the expected violence─but this time they were also assaulted with thick layers of sadism, sleaze and depravity. And they loved it.
Born in 1921, Charles Bronson (originally Bunchinsky) was a dirt-poor Pennsylvania coal miner before he was drafted and later used the GI Bill to study acting. After dozens of small roles, he became a popular supporting player in hit films like The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963)─then went overseas to star in European pictures like Farewell, Friend (1967), Once Upon a Time in the West (1967) and Rider on the Rain (1970). Although ignored in the States─where they »
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Content announced today that it will be handling worldwide rights to the Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna produced documentary The Man & Le Mans at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The Man & Le Mans will be executive produced by Motorsport consultant and former PR executive Andrew Marriott, noted archive producer Richard Wiseman, and Content's Jamie Carmichael. By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. Hot off the back of classics The Magnificent Seven , The Great Escape , The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crown Affair , McQueen made an indelible mark as the maverick cop in Bullitt . the movie that made car chases a staple of the movie industry. He was at the top of his game, commanding respect and wielding power; securing a six-picture deal with »
[Press Release] Los Angeles, January 30, 2014 - Content will be handling worldwide rights to the Gabriel Clarke and Jon McKenna produced documentary The Man & Le Mans at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The Man & Le Mans will be executive produced by Motorsport consultant and former PR executive Andrew Marriott, noted archive producer Richard Wiseman, and Content's Jamie Carmichael. By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. Hot off the back of classics ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’, McQueen made an indelible mark as the maverick cop in ‘Bullitt’ – the movie that made car chases a staple of the movie industry. He was at the top of his game, commanding respect and wielding power; securing a six-picture »
- Pietro Filipponi
Following an announcement that he would shelve the film The Hateful Eight after the script was leaked around Hollywood,Quentin Tarantino is now taking legal action against a website he says was responsible for the leak.
The Oscar-winning director is suing Gawker for "blatant copyright infringement by their promotion and dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the leaked unreleased complete screenplay." The suit charges that "there was nothing newsworthy or journalistic" about what the site did in allegedly sharing Tarantino's script. Gawker apparently refused to take down the filmmaker's writing even after being repeatedly asked to do so.
This past week, Deadline reported Tarantino had given the newly-written script to a very small circle of friends -- namely, frequent collaborators Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, along with Django Unchained producer Reggie Hudlin--only to have it leaked.
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"I'm very, very depressed," he told the »
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
Quentin Tarantino ‘The Hateful Eight’ screenplay leak Quentin Tarantino will no longer be making the Western The Hateful Eight. Why not? Well, Tarantino claims he sent out the film’s screenplay to a group of six people, one of whom allegedly showed it to his agent, who then showed it to other agents, who then began calling Tarantino’s agent Mike Simpson, asking him to cast their clients in the film. (Photo: The Hateful Eight screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino was quoted as saying at Deadline.com, which first broke The Hateful Eight Screenplay Leak story on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.” Now, before they begin flailing and wailing, Quentin Tarantino fans should be »
- Zac Gille
Well, so much for that.
It was recently announced that Quentin Tarantino’s next film was set to be The Hateful Eight, a western thought to be a riff on classic team-up movies like The Magnificent Seven. But yesterday we received word that the project has fallen apart. Why? Personal betrayal.
The director has revealed that he gave the script to exactly six people. Six! And they were all folks he trusted implicitly. Then one of them did the unthinkable: They carelessly allowed it to leak. Tarantino’s people started to receive suggestions from agents about which clients of theirs would be good for specific parts in a script that no one was supposed to have had access to yet.
“I’m very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Speaking to Deadline, an angry Tarantino said he would publish the screenplay instead, and described himself as "very, very depressed" over the experience. He claims to have given the script to just six actors.
"I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now," said the Oscar-winning film-maker. "I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out today.
"I gave it to one of the producers on Django Unchained, Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it. That's a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn't end up with the script. »
- Ben Child
It was announced this past weekend that Quentin Tarantino is already moving forward with his next project following Django Unchained, another Western going by the title of The Hateful Eight. It’s not too difficult to discern from that title that the film might be a loose remake of or at least inspired by The Magnificent Seven (which is itself a remake of Seven Samurai), and clearly, there will be 8 key roles that are likely to be filled by name actors.
It’s already heavily rumoured that a part was written specifically for Tarantino’s most recent major find, Christoph Waltz, and Bruce Dern is also said to be circling a role in light of his career resurgence in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
But who else would we like to see show up in The Hateful Eight? The writer-director has a tendency to cast a mixture of established actors, »
- Jack Pooley
Back in late November, Quentin Tarantino revealed on "The Tonight Show" his follow-up to Django Unchained would be a Western, though all we could do is speculate as to what that meant. News has now been revealed the title of said Western will be The Hateful Eight, an obvious allusion to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and even more so to John Sturges' remake The Magnificent Seven. According to Deadline, Tarantino has finished the first draft of the screenplay and is interested in once again reuniting with his Django and Inglourious Basterds star and two-time Oscar winner, Christoph Waltz as well as Bruce Dern who's enjoying his time in the sun on the awards trail for his work in Nebraska, but you'll also remember his small role in Django Unchained as Old Man Carrucan (pictured above). The script is reportedly out to agencies (which means it will likely leak »
- Brad Brevet
The maverick film-maker revealed in November that his experience shooting Django Unchained had left him determined to revisit the genre. He also said the new film would not be a sequel to his debut in the form. "I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it's like, 'Ok, now let me make another one now that I know what I'm doing,'" he told Us talk show host Jay Leno.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, there will be a part in The Hateful Eight for Christoph Waltz, who has won best supporting actor »
- Ben Child
News Simon Brew 13 Jan 2014 - 07:04
Might Quentin Tarantino's new western be going by the name of The Hateful Eight?
It now looks certain that Quentin Tarantino will be following up on his plan to make another western his next film. Following the huge success of Django Unchained, the writer/director/not actor had revealed towards the end of last year that he intended to make another, and a few details of what he has planned next have come to light.
The new film is reportedly called The Hateful Eight (although that's the working title right now), and the plan is apparently to go before the cameras this coming summer. Christoph Waltz is set to reunite with Tarantino for a third time too, and according to one report, Nebraska's Bruce Dern is also on Tarantino's radar.
You may recall that, at the end of November last year, Quentin Tarantino visited the Jay Leno show across the pond, ostensibly to pimp the graphic novel of Django Unchained, and let slip that he’s writing a new Western. He’s clearly been letting people read the work-in-progress script as details are beginning to slowly leak out, including the fact that it’s reportedly called The Hateful Eight at present.Of course, that riff on The Magnificent Seven may not stick – Qt’s usual practice is to solicit feedback on the drafts he writes and then go back and keep polishing and refining the script. But according to Deadline, the screenplay as it stands now is definitely still a Western (though not a sequel to Django) and the writer/director apparently already has his sights on two potential actors.One is his current muse, Christoph Waltz, the man he »
When Quentin Tarantino annouced his latest film would be another western, people were beyond excited. Understandable, since Django Unchained was one of his best films to date (narrowly being beaten by Gravity in this years Moviebit Movie of the Year poll), and showed the director had a real eye for the genre. Now, when Tarantino announces a movie, it's no guarantee he will go through with it, he seems to have a million projects running through his head at any one time. It's better to wait for a script, and Deadline are reporting a script for his latest western has indeed being written, under the working title The Hateful Eight. Nothing much is known about the project, though, judging by the title, it would be safe to assume that the movie will be a take on The Magnificent Seven, much like Django Unchained took it's cue from the Djano movies from the 60's. »
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The project has not been cast yet, but insiders say Tarantino’s script includes a part for Christoph Waltz, who won Oscars starring in Tarantino’s last two films — “Django” and “Inglourious Basterds.”
Tarantino revealed two months ago during an appearance on “The Tonight Show” he would be doing a Western again.
He told Jay Leno, “I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western. I had so much fun doing ‘Django,’ and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘Ok! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.’”
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