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Bonnie & Clyde, and the film critic who helped change its fate

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Meet the film reviewer who gave Warner Bros a review even better than a five star rave...

The late 1960s were widely regarded as a turning point for American cinema, and this was thrown into focus by the nominees for the 40th Academy Awards. Held on April 10th 1968, and celebrating films released in 1967, the line-up of five Best Picture candidates notably had only one film that could be bracketed as traditional Hollywood. Even then, the bloated Doctor Dolittle, featuring Rex Harrison gamely trying to belt out a few tunes across the best part of three hours, was disregarded pretty much the minute the nominees were read out. Instead, the focus turned to the other four contenders.

In The Heat Of The Night took home Best Picture gold in the end, beating out The Graduate and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. But also in the mix was
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Robert Downey Jr. Will Talk to the Animals in New 'Doctor Dolittle'

Way back in 1967, Rex Harrison starred in the family musical Doctor Dolittle as a veterinarian who could, quite literally, talk to the animals. The movie was plagued with problems during production involving its reluctant star and all the animals; the challenges were well detailed in Mark Harris' absorbing book Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. As Harris pointed out in his book, the rather old-fashioned musical also clashed with emerging trends during a very tumultuous time for the major Hollywood studios. Audiences were tired of the old formulas and yearned for something new, which began to be satisfied as movies like Bonnie and Clyde, In the Heat of the Night and The Graduate broke out big. Still, Doctor Dolittle (pictured below...

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Contest: Win The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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"Out of the garbage pail and into your heart!" The little troublemakers from outer space get the Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory on Tuesday, and ahead of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition high-definition release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Garbage Pail Kids Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 11th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Based on the wildly popular trading cards,
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Blu-ray Clips: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and Women’S Prison Massacre

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A trashcan from space that's brimming with troublemakers and a life-or-death jailbreak are both coming to Blu-ray next Tuesday from Scream Factory. Ahead of the December 8th Blu-ray releases of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition and Women’s Prison Massacre, we have high-definition clips from each film.

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Based on the wildly popular trading cards, The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie stars singer/songwriter Anthony Newley (Doctor Dolittle), Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will, Wyatt Earp), Katie Barberi (The Bronx Zoo). This grossly entertaining cult classic features great makeup effects by John Carl Buechler (Troll, Dolls, Ghoulies).

The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie Collector’s Edition

Special Features:

New The Effects of the Garbage Pail Kids Movie – interviews with special makeup effects creator John Carl Buechler and makeup effects artist Gino Crognale New On the Set – an interview with first assistant director Thomas A. Irvine
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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Collectors of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards are in for a treat this winter when Scream Factory releases their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Rod Amateau's The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Ahead of the film's December 8th home media release, we have a look at the cover art and its full list of special features:

Press Release: This holiday season, your favorite grime bandits – Windy Winston, Messy Tessie, Foul Phil, Valerie Vomit and rest of the raucous crew come to life with outrageous personalities and irreverent humor when The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie Collector’s Edition arrives on home entertainment shelves on December 8, 2015 from Scream Factory™. Based on the wildly popular trading cards, The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie stars singer/songwriter Anthony Newley (Doctor Dolittle), Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will, Wyatt Earp), Katie Barberi (The Bronx Zoo). This grossly entertaining cult classic features great makeup effects by John Carl Buechler (Troll,
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Joan Collins Is Made a Dame at the Palace

Joan Collins Is Made a Dame at the Palace
Queen of showbiz Joan Collins showed off her new honor from a real Queen on Thursday when she visited Buckingham Palace.

The actress, who is set to appear in an upcoming episode of E!'s The Royals as the (fictional) Queen's mother, was presented her damehood by the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, 66.

"Not in a billion years did I think I would be made a Dame; it never even crossed my mind," Collins, 81, told reporters at the palace. "It wasn't anything I ever aspired to. I just wanted to be a jobbing actress, a working actor and somebody who could still perform.
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Geoffrey Holder, Live and Let Die's Baron Samedi, dies aged 84

Geoffrey Holder, Live and Let Die's Baron Samedi, dies aged 84
Geoffrey Holder, the actor, dancer, choreographer, designer and painter, has died at the age of 84.

Holder, who was most widely known for playing villain Baron Samedi in the Bond film Live and let Die, passed away on Sunday (October 5) in Manhattan. His spokesman, Charles M Mirotznik, confirmed the cause as complications relating to pneumonia.

During his varied career, he directed a dance troupe, performed on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera, and won Tony Awards for musical direction and costume design for The Wiz.

He was also an accomplished painter, sculptor and photographer, with his work having been shown in galleries such as Washington's Corcoran Gallery. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in painting in 1957.

Holder was born in 1930 in Trinidad and Tobago, moving to New York City in 1954 when he took over his brother's dance company as director and lead performer.

He made his Broadway debut later that year as
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Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Artist, Has Died

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Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Artist, Has Died
Geoffrey Holder, a larger-than-life presence in the worlds of movies, stage, TV, art, publishing, music, dance - even advertising - died of pneumonia Sunday, The New York Times reports. He was 84 and a resident at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood, New Jersey. Holder's imposing 6'6" frame could barely contain his many talents, and a 1975 People profile that ran at the time he won two Tonys for his directing and costuming Broadway's groundbreaking The Wiz described him as having "a voice as deep as Othello and as smooth as Caribbean rum." TV watchers will remember
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Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Artist, Has Died

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Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Artist, Has Died
Geoffrey Holder, a larger-than-life presence in the world of movies, stage, TV, art, publishing music, dance - even advertising - died of pneumonia Sunday, The New York Times reports. He was 84 and a resident at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood, New Jersey. Holder's imposing 6'6" frame could barely contain his many talents, and a 1975 People profile, at the time he won two Tonys for his directing and costuming Broadway's groundbreaking The Wiz, described him as having "a voice as deep as Othello and as smooth as Caribbean rum." TV watchers will remember him as
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Remembering Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Sir Richard Attenborough and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Sir Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) - Actor and Filmmaker. He won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi and also directed Chaplin, A Bridge Too FarCry Freedom and A Chorus Line. He'd been an actor first, earning Golden Globes for supporting in Doctor Dolittle and The Sand Pebbles. He also starred in Jurassic Park (see below), Lost World: Jurassic Park, the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street, The Great...

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Richard Attenborough's 8 Most Beloved Roles

Richard Attenborough's 8 Most Beloved Roles
Honored and adored, British actor and director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, leaving a void in the world of entertainment. Over the course of his 60-year-plus career that took him both behind (as a director and producer, of Gandhi, Shadowlands and Chaplin) and in front (as an actor) of the camera, Attenborough notched a considerable number of indelible roles. Here are some of the finer examples of his acting. The Great Escape (1963) Attenborough made a number of films with Steve McQueen, but probably none better remembered than this WWII adventure classic, largely responsible for the "motley crew of outcasts band together
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R.I.P. Lord Richard Attenborough

Oscar-winning British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Attenborough passed away at lunchtime on Sunday.

Lord Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years and had been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago.

Attenborough's career spanned six decades. Acting wise he's best remembered for the likes of "The Great Escape," "Jurassic Park," "Brighton Rock," "Flight of the Phoenix," "Miracle on 34th Street," "Elizabeth" and "Doctor Dolittle".

As a director his most well-known works included "Gandhi," "Chaplin," "Cry Freedom," "Shadowlands" and "A Chorus Line".

His family, including his equally famous brother David Attenborough, are expected to make a full statement on Monday.

Source: The BBC
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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A True Filmmaking Giant On Both Sides Of The Camera

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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A True Filmmaking Giant On Both Sides Of The Camera
Lord Richard Attenborough was an Oscar winner. In fact he had two Oscars for both producing and directing 1982’s elegant epic biopic, Gandhi. But considering the breadth of his career not only in those capacities, but particularly as an actor, it is astounding to me that the Gandhi wins represented his only nominations in a six-decade career that memorably started with the British World War II classic In Which We Serve in 1942. As an actor, Attenborough deserved far better than he got from the Academy.

It’s almost criminal, for instance, that he was overlooked in 1964 for his creepy performance in Seance on a Wet Afternoon as Billy, the weak, complicit husband who gets involved in a kidnapping so his wife, played by the great Kim Stanley, could become famous as a psychic.

Stanley got a richly deserved Best Actress nomination that year but Attenborough, who also produced the film,
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Richard Attenborough has Died at the Age of 90

Another sad passing in a long line of them lately as word has arrived Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of Ghandi and probably best known to the current generation as John Hammond, founder of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, has died at the age of 90, five days shy of his 91st birthday. Attenborough hadn't been in a film or television series since 2004. As of right now there is no official word on his death, but he'd been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years according to the BBC as well as having been confined to a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago. As an actor, Attenborough starred in films such as The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, Doctor Dolittle, The Sand Pepples, 1994's Miracle on 34th Street, Hamlet (1996) and 1998's Elizabeth. As a director, Ghandi is obviously his most well known work,
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R.I.P. Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

Academy Award-winning British filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough has passed away aged 90, his son has revealed today.

Born in Cambridge in 1923, Attenborough began his career in his teens, working on the stage before making his screen debut in 1942′s In Which We Serve. After his breakthrough in 1947′s Brighton Rock, he would go on to become one of Britain’s most celebrated actors with roles in films such as The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle – with the latter two providing him back-to-back Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor.

In the 1960s, Attenborough branched out into producing and made his directorial debut with 1969′s Oh! What a Lovely War. Following the all-star war film A Bridge Too Far, he enjoyed Academy Awards success with the historical epic Gandhi, winning Best Director and Best Picture, as well as a further two Golden Globes. His
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R.I.P. Sir Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

There is a great sadness in knowing that those we have come to love across generations have parted with us. It is with this in mind that we are saddened to report that Sir Richard Attenborough, skilled actor turned director, producer and entrepreneur passed away this afternoon at the age of 90, told his son to the BBC this evening. Today we remember the countless contributions Attenborough made to the world, and it is with those contributions that he instilled a sense of wonder that captivated billions. Though it is not yet fully understood the circumstances of Attenborough’s passing, reports indicate that his family will be issuing a full statement to the press come Monday.

Though the four-time BAFTA and Golden Globe winner is perhaps most well-known for his acting roles in films such as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Miracle Of 34Th Street and Jurassic Park, he first started
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Director-Actor Sir Richard Attenborough Dies at Age 90

Brighton Rock, The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape. A giant of the cinema world has passed away.

Lord Richard Attenborough, the Oscar winning director/producer of Gandhi (1982), died on Sunday according to BBC News. “His son told the BBC that Lord Attenborough died at lunchtime.”

According to the BAFTA biography:

His directorial debut was a screen version of the hit musical Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) and later directed two epic period films: Young Winston (1972) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He won two BAFTAs and two Oscars in 1982 for producing and directing the historical epic, Gandhi, his life’s ambition. He received a BAFTA Fellowship in 1983.

His other films as director and producer include Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993). Both films starred Anthony Hopkins, who appeared in another three films for Attenborough. He also directed the screen version of musical A Chorus Line (1985) and the apartheid drama Cry Freedom (1987). He was nominated
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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of 'Gandhi,' dies at 90

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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of 'Gandhi,' dies at 90
Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough, who delighted cinema audiences across some six decades, has died, according to his son. He was 90 years old. According to the BBC, Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, and he had been bound to a wheelchair following a fall six years ago. Attenborough began his career in front of the camera, drawing raves for work in films like John Boulting's "Brighton Rock" in 1947, John Sturges' "The Great Escape" and Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles" opposite Steve McQueen, as well as Richard Fleischer's Oscar-nominated "Doctor Dolittle" opposite Rex Harrison. He transitioned to directing with ease with the Golden Globe-winning "Oh! What a Lovely War" in 1969 and developed a keen interest in history and biopics with his work. More accolades came for the Winston Churchill early years tale "Young Winston" in 1972, star-studded World
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Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90

Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90
Actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died, aged 90.

The legendary filmmaker passed away on Sunday (August 24), his son has confirmed.

Lord Attenborough began his carer as an actor in the early 1940s, making his first screen appearance in In Which We Serve in 1942, and five years later had his career breakthrough in Brighton Rock.

His career blossomed in the 1950s and beyond, as he became a fixture of the cinema with roles in The Great Escape, Doctor Dolittle and Ten Little Indians.

Lord Attenborough also gained acclaim for playing Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and for portraying bioengineering magnate John Hammond in the Jurassic Park series.

His work as a director began with Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969 and Young Winston in 1972.

Gandhi earned Lord Attenborough two Academy Awards - for Best Picture and Best Director - in 1983.

His other high-profile directorial credits include A Bridge Too Far,
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Jurassic Park star and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90

Jurassic Park star and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90
Actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died, aged 90.

The legendary filmmaker passed away on Sunday (August 24), his son told BBC News.

Lord Attenborough began his carer as an actor in the early 1940s, making his first screen appearance in In Which We Serve in 1942, and five years later had his career breakthrough in Brighton Rock.

His career blossomed in the 1950s and beyond, as he became a fixture of the cinema with roles in The Great Escape, Doctor Dolittle and Ten Little Indians.

Lord Attenborough also gained acclaim for playing Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and for portraying bioengineering magnate John Hammond in the Jurassic Park series.

His work as a director began with Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969 and Young Winston in 1972.

Gandhi earned Lord Attenborough two Academy Awards – for Best Picture and Best Director – in 1983.

His other high-profile directorial credits include A Bridge Too Far,
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