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Hasselhoff Bids For Baywatch Movie Rights

12 December 2011 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff is trying to purchase the rights to a movie of the TV hit - and he wants to make it a beach-based version of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Fans of the classic '90s show, which launched the acting career of Pamela Anderson, have long hoped to see their favourite characters on the big-screen, but the rumoured project has never materialised.

Now Hasselhoff, who played lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, is vying for the rights to the film, and he wants to base it on Paul Newman and Robert Redford's 1969 cowboy classic - starring himself as a mentor to a young playboy.

Hasselhoff tells U.K. TV show Loose Women, "Right now I'm trying to get the rights to the movie. I would be in it. I would produce it... I would be the father figure, and you put a hot young kid in there and he comes to dad (for advice) - like The Sting, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." »

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Alternate-history Spielberg: Who Almost starred in his most famous movies?

8 December 2011 10:53 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.

In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.

There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…

1941: In the late ‘70s, »

- Anthony Breznican

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A clip and some stills from the Buddy Holly-inspired The Day the Music Died

3 December 2011 1:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Day the Music Died is a new drama from independent writer-director Bruno Miotto that explores the pathos of rock legend Buddy Holly in a surreal, modern-day setting. The film – which will receive a limited theatrical release in Spring 2012 – stars newcomers Guy Kent as the re-imagined Holly and Paige Segal as his fictional muse Peggy Sue, along with the late 5-time Emmy nominee Harold Gould (The Sting, The Golden Girls) and Jon Morgan Woodward (Seven Pounds).

It is set to receive its first official trailer on Monday December 5th – take a look at the synopsis below, along some stills and a clip from the film…

“Synopsis - The Day the Music Died is a surreal and metaphorical story about a young dreamer called Buddy. Buddy, 22 years old, tries to pursue his big chance of becoming a rocker in modern day Los Angeles. Who is Buddy? Why does he look so much like Buddy Holly, »

- flickeringmyth

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The Lion King Surpasses The Graduate, Jurassic Park (Inflation-Adjusted): Box Office

2 October 2011 5:12 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Austin Stowell, Dolphin Tale New releases Courageous, 50/50, Dream House, and What's Your Number? failed to reach the top three spots at the North American box office this weekend, Sept 30-Oct. 2. Also of note, film stars — from Casino Royale's Daniel Craig to Captain America: The First Avenger's Chris Evans; from The Constant Gardener's Oscar winner Rachel Weisz to The House Bunny's Anna Faris – took the backseat to a star-powerless movie with both an inspiring Christian message and an uninspiring critics' score. A couple of kiddie flicks — both with the advantage of 3D surcharges — landed in two of the top three spots: last weekend's no. 3 movie, Dolphin Tale, was this weekend's no. 1 movie following a small -26% drop. Last weekend's no. 1 movie, The Lion King 3D, was this weekend's no. 3 movie (behind Brad Pitt's Moneyball) following a relatively steep -49% drop. This weekend, the lion's roar was »

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The Lion King Surpasses The Phantom Menace, Fantasia: Box Office (Inflation Adjusted)

26 September 2011 3:04 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Musafa, The Lion King Disney's The Lion King 3D pulled in $21.92 million in North America this past weekend, Sept. 23-25, according to box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Originally released in 1994, The Lion King has by now become a 2011 sleeper hit. The animated feature directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff was down only 27% from last weekend — the lowest drop-off rate on the North American top-twelve chart. Partly thanks to the 3D surcharges, The Lion King also boasted the highest per-theater average among the top twelve films: $9,412. After ten days, The Lion King has added $61.47 million to its already impressive box-office cume. In fact, with $676.32 million, The Lion King is now #20 on the inflation-adjusted chart of the all-time domestic top grossers. Just this weekend, it surpassed both Walt Disney's Fantasia and barely edged out George Lucas' Stars Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. In terms of actual number of tickets sold, »

- Zac Gille

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Crime Caper Film Festival, Loew's Jersey City September 23-24

17 September 2011 3:37 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


The Thomas Crown Affair

Three great movie crime capers will be shown at the legendary Loew's Jersey City movie theatre in Jersey City , just minutes from Manhattan. On September 23, the theater will show Norman Jewison's 1968 thriller The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. On September 24 the theater will present Woody Allen's 1969 comedy classic Take the Money and Run and the 1973 Oscar winner The Sting starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw. For more click here »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Redford Calls On Obama To 'Stand Up' For The Environment

7 September 2011 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood veteran Robert Redford has called on U.S. President Barack Obama to "stand up" and honour his pre-election pledge to get tough on environmental issues.

The Sting star is a vocal campaigner for green issues and was a prominent supporter of Obama during his 2008 election campaign.

But he's now written a stinging column for the Huffington Post in which he outlines his doubts over the U.S. leader's commitment to environmental protection.

He writes, "One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it? Since early August, three administration decisions - on Arctic drilling, the Keystone Xl pipeline and the ozone that causes smog - have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I'm beginning to wonder just where the man stands."

After detailing his areas of concern, Redford adds, "What's going on here? In all three cases, the administration's decisions have come in the face of a withering industry lobbying campaign based on the usual mix of fear mongering and lies... I want our smog levels to come down so more of our children and seniors can breathe clean air. Putting corporate profits above public health is unconscionable. It's outrageous that it would be countenanced - by this president or any other.

"President Obama has done a lot to protect public health and our environment... But we have to keep moving forward. This is no time to turn back from the progress we need. I have to believe that President Obama still knows it's important to protect clean air, water and lands. Like so many, I'm waiting for him to stand up for all that. I'm waiting for him to stand up for our future. But we can't wait forever." »

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Happy 75th Robert Redford

18 August 2011 4:42 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Just wanted to get this out there before the day is up. It's the 75th birthday of Robert Redford, actor/director/producer/film festival icon. Though his work as an actor and movie star isn't as obsessed over these days as his contemporaries from 60s and 70s cinema like past costars Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Natalie Wood or Dustin Hoffman, that doesn't mean his star has faded. Movie stars of yore fall in and out of fashion. Who knows which 60s and 70s giants will be beloved in 2036 for example when Redford turns 100!?

Fact: The movies wouldn't be the same without him.

 Without Robert Redford there's no Sundance Festival, no Sundance Institute and without those, so many young unproven talents would not have been boosted or introduced to us in the way they were... and some probably not at all. And without Robert Redford what would have become of The Way We Were, »


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White Collar Episode 3.4 Review: Mozzie’s Trip to The Dentist’s Office

29 June 2011 1:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We always knew that Mozzie (Willie Garson) was a man of many secrets, but the mastermind of decades of crimes too long to list, sorry Mozz, but I had my doubts. What the “Dentist of Detroit” proved most, as with the other excellent character spotlight episodes, is how much of a bad ass each of the character can, not just Peter (Tim DeKay) and Neal (Matt Bomer). We always had a clue that Mozzie was incredibly savvy and a smart con, but not always the best con. When he’s paired with Neal it’s as if he’s playing second fiddle, maybe there’s an “i” he forgot to do, or a “t” he didn’t cross. For one episode, Mozzie stood alone on top stealing nearly every scene and raising nearly every brow, as the Dentist of Detroit, an alias he had to pull out of retirement from »

- Ernie Estrella

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Oscar-winning Writer Diana Ossana to Scribe Hope’s Wish Adaptation

10 June 2011 6:05 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Diana Ossana will begin work on the script adaptation of Stuart and Shelby Stout’s Hope’s Wish in the fall.

Oscar-winning writer will also produce with Jonah Hirsch and Ossana’s Brokeback Mountain coworker and fellow Oscar winner Larry McMurtry will serve as executive producer along with Stuart Stout, Bert Hesse and Stephen Bridgewater.

Ossana said:

Hope’s Wish reminded me of the innocence of children and their refusal to accept the limits of what adults consider might be possible. I feel privileged to be a part of bringing Hope’s inspirational story to film.”

Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True is a touching story of one brave young girl used her final wish to fulfill the wishes of 155 other children. When Hope Stout was diagnosed with bone cancer, the Stouts prayed for a miracle and the God gave it to them, but »

- Nick Martin

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'True Blood,' 'Weeds,' 'Rescue Me,' and 'Entourage': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

10 June 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

If you heard loud squealing this week, it was probably just me getting my hands on the first three episodes of True Blood. (Don’t judge me.) And let me tell you, they do not disappoint! But by the sounds of it, neither will a lot of shows coming up.

Read on for more deets.

Also, be sure you’re submitting questions like good Roomies. or Tweet ‘em (@EWSandraG).

Your ‘True Blood’ Questions Answered!

Earlier this week, I inquired on Twitter if anyone had specific True Blood questions that I could answer. (Following me has its perks! »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Butch and Sundance: Who are those guys?

8 June 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Some call it the best buddy movie, best Western and best teaming of big-name talent Hollywood ever produced. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) brought stars Robert Redford (left) and Paul Newman (right) together for the first time (they reunited for 1973's The Sting) for an action-packed tale of two charming outlaws who crave the thrill of the heist despite knowing it'll cost them in the end.

Redford said their onscreen relationship was defined by "irreverence, playing on the other's flaws for fun, one-upmanship — but always with an underlying affection" It's true, and it's why this bromantic Western stands the test of time. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Who are those guys?

8 June 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Some call it the best buddy movie, best Western and best teaming of big-name talent Hollywood ever produced. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) brought stars Robert Redford (left) and Paul Newman (right) together for the first time (they reunited for 1973's The Sting) for an action-packed tale of two charming outlaws who crave the thrill of the heist despite knowing it'll cost them in the end.

Redford said their onscreen relationship was defined by "irreverence, playing on the other's flaws for fun, one-upmanship — but always with an underlying affection" It's true, and it's why this bromantic Western stands the test of time. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Interview: Director MIke Mills on the Endgame in ‘Beginners’

6 June 2011 10:05 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – What would be the circumstance if after a mother dies, the father suddenly comes out as a gay? Writer/director Mike Mills had that situation occur, and created the new film “Beginners,” featuring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor.

The highly personal but unusual story is sublimely handled by the two leads, and given sure guidance both through Mill’s story and direction. His resume includes graphic designer, filmmaker and artist. In 1996 he co-founded The Directors Bureau with Roman Coppola, which included Sofia Coppola.

He then directed advertising campaigns and music videos, and worked in the short documentary form with “Deformers” (2000) and “Paperboys” (2001). His first feature film was the highly acclaimed indie favorite “Thumbsucker” (2005), which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. He is married to another indie film director, Miranda July [”You and Me and Everyone We Know”].

The Father (Christopher Plummer) and the Son (Ewan McGregor) in ‘Beginners

Photo credit: Focus Features

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive Premiere: Soundtrack From The Movie "Beginners"

25 May 2011 4:25 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Director Mike Mills' film "Beginners" is about a young man named Oliver (Ewan McGregor) who learns his elderly father has both terminal cancer and a young male lover, and how Oliver tries to love a woman with the life lessons this dying father gives him. Mills wrote the screenplay based loosely on recollections of his own childhood. Likewise the film's refined soundtrack plays like an aural collage of memories from his parent's record collection.

"It's a part of a portrait of my parents," Mills told IFC's Matt Singer about the half classical, half old-timey piano rag soundtrack. "My dad was really into classical music and it really suits that character to me. I got into Bach cello suites and I had them done in French horn, it's a nice background for that part of the story," Mills said. "And then, my mom really listened to "The Sting" score, Scott Joplin »

- Brandon Kim

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Top 100 movies of the 1970s

12 May 2011 8:44 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Michael York dashes onto the cinematic scene as the blundering but very enthusiastic D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's hugely enjoyable period comic romp. The late great Roy Kinnear is the long-suffering vassal of aristocratic swordsmen Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay, whilst Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway shine as heroine and villainess, respectively. Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind filmed the following year's sequel back-to-back with this more successful first part, which approach they would revisit shortly for Superman and Superman II. Dumas with wit, energy and integrity.

Notable Quotable: "That man in his time has insulted me, broken my father's sword, had me clubbed to the ground, laid violent hands on the woman I love! He is inconvenient. "

Martin Anderson

Mike Nichols and Buck Henry achieve what seemed impossible, at least on the evidence of an earlier attempt: to transliterate the pitch-dark war humour of Joseph Heller into a cohesive, »

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“Blackthorn,” Purported “Butch Cassidy” Sequel, Rides Into Tribeca

26 April 2011 10:05 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

While hanging out in the Tribeca press lounge on Sunday afternoon, I ran into my friend/fellow film pundit Ed Douglas, who had been at the festival all week and told me that the best film that he’d seen, to that point, was a sequel to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969). I chuckled and said that I thought a sequel to that classic buddy movie had already been made, referring to “The Sting” (1973), which obviously involved different characters but not coincidentally re-teamed the earlier film’s director (George Roy Hill) and stars (Paul Newman and Robert Redford). No, no, Douglas said, this one was literally a sequel to the first, albeit with the different actors inhabiting the iconic parts of the bandits. It sounded sacrilegious to me, but I respect Douglas, so I got on the phone with the film’s publicist, who was kind enough to provide »

- Scott Feinberg

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"All the President's Men" @ 35

18 April 2011 10:04 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Alan J Pakula's film version of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's nonfiction book, All the President's Men," begins Marc Savlov in the Austin Chronicle. "It was one of the best of a handful of films in the crusading reporter subgenre and one that not only has withstood the test of time but also, rewatched today, provokes this thought: 'What the hell has happened to the Fourth Estate?'"

In a sidebar, Savlov notes that the film will be screening this afternoon at the Lbj Library Auditorium. Thursday sees two panel discussions, "Could the media break a story like Watergate today?," with Woodward, Bernstein, Peter Baker of the New York Times, Dana Priest of the Washington Post and Mark Miller of the Texas Tribune, and then later the same day, a discussion of the film with Woodward, Bernstein and Robert Redford. »

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Redford 'Not Comfortable' Watching His Movies

12 April 2011 5:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran actor Robert Redford rarely watches his classic movies, including multi-Oscar winner The Sting - because he feels uncomfortable "looking back" at his films.

The star admits he's never been a fan of seeing himself onscreen, and there are some films in his back catalogue that he's never even watched.

He tells CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, "Not often (do I watch my films). I guess it's weird. I'm not comfortable looking back on something - you've done something then you move on. Some movies I haven't seen simply because I was out of the country when they were shown.

"I hadn't seen The Sting for a long, long time until my grandson asked me if he could run that movie... (I watched it) three years ago with my family. That was a good movie! And well made by (director) George Roy Hill, he was really a terrific storyteller." »

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A History of (Firsts) for Women in Film

8 March 2011 5:04 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today for the International Women's History Centennial, a few "firsts" in movies. Add some in the comments if you want!  I was 2/3rds done with this when I spotted Cinematical's "women in cinematic history but I wanted to make this a little more "first"y and loopier and obviously a bit more awardsy in nature since we play it like that.

A Mary Pickford biography | Florence Lawrence "The Biograph Girl"


First movie star: That's "The Biograph Girl" Florence Lawrence Or...

First "Oprah" i.e. first woman in entertainment to basic control the universe: Mary Pickford was, like Florence Lawrence, famous by sight before actor names went in credits. Pickford was also known as "America's Sweetheart" a title that the media has virtually never tired of passing on down to newish popular actresses ever since. Mary was one of the founders of AMPAS and a studio founder too. She also commanded astronomical wealth. »


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