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Walt Disney's Last Words

Walt Disney is a genius. Whether you like his movies or not is irrelevant. The work he did legitimizing animation as an art form has brought about many years of great movies and shorts from the likes of Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera, and many others. He formed his own movie studio which has turned into a juggernaut, responsible for movies like Pulp Fiction from their Miramax Films brand, Toy Story from Pixar, Beauty and the Beast, and many others. He realized the importance of branding by opening his own theme parks, Disney Land and Disney World. So it begs to question why the last words Walt Disney ever wrote were "Kurt Russell".

The last image you see before you die?

The Huffington Post brought up Disney's last words due to Kurt Russell starring as Ego The Living Planet in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Kurt has been acting for years,
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Sky High 2 in the Works with Original Director

Sky High 2 in the Works with Original Director
Are we about to get Sky High 2? A sequel to the 2005 Disney superhero comedy? Perhaps, as original director Mike Mitchell is currently working on the screenplay alongside Walt Dohrn. Though, the duo is torn between moving forward on the Sky High sequel or returning to the Shrek franchise, which they've both contributed to in the past.

When Sky High opened back in 2005, it was a big deal as it reunited Kurt Russell with Disney, and payed homage to some of his earliest family classics. It was a hit with critics and audiences alike, but proved to be more of a success on home video than at the box office, pulling in just $63.9 million domestically off a $35 million budget. It would go onto gross $86.3 million worldwide, and it was clearly set up for a sequel.

The original Sky High revolved around a school in the sky where teens learn how to be superheroes.
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First Photo from Filming on Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

They're backkkk!! Production is now underway on the Marvel Studios sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with James Gunn directing once again. Shooting has started and Gunn states, "I couldn't be more stoked." Gunn dropped the first official photo on social media, not actually a still from the movie, but rather an on-set shot showing the whole gang back together again. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, joined by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, plus Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper voicing Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Everyone's favorite intergalactic heroes can be seen silhouetted in the image below, with more to come as they continue filming over the next few months. Marvel is aiming for release in 2017. Gunn's message on Facebook adds some details to this sequel: "My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I'm glad to announce that, yes,
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Director Confirms Kurt Russell Casting (Photo)

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Director Confirms Kurt Russell Casting (Photo)
James Gunn officially announced that Kurt Russell has joined the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” on Wednesday. Gunn made the announcement on his official Facebook page. “My favorite movie as a small child was ‘The Strongest Man in the World,’ so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined,” he wrote. TheWrap reported exclusively in December that the “Hateful Eight” actor was in talks to join the project as the father of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). Also Read: 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'.
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Update: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts shooting, first teaser image released as Kurt Russell and more confirmed for the cast

Director James Gunn has taken to Facebook to announce that principal photography is underway on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and that Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight) has officially joined the cast of the sequel, along with Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Chris Sullivan (The Drop) and Pom Klementieff (Oldboy). Here’s the first promotional image, followed by Gunn’s comments…

Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked.

My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.

The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life.
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Josh Hartnett to Star in Police Thriller ‘Gut Instinct’

Josh Hartnett to Star in Police Thriller ‘Gut Instinct’
Caramel Films and Mednick Productions have tapped “Penny Dreadful” star Josh Hartnett to topline the police thriller “Gut Instinct,” with shooting set for April in Montreal, Vancouver and Thailand.

Daniel Roby is directing from his own script, based on actual events in 1989 with three interconnected stories: an ex-heroin junkie who gets trapped by a crime organization to set up a drug deal in Thailand, an undercover cop who’s humiliated and decides to take a shortcut to enhance the performance of his team and investigative reporter Victor Malarek, played by Hartnett, who’s forced to re-evaluate his methods after the birth of his first child.

The U.S. sales for the film at the American Film Market are being handled by UTA. International sales are being handled by Caramel Films.

Malarek, now 67, is still actively doing in-depth investigations for TV and acted as a consultant on the film script. He
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Enemy Lands Five but Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is Tops at 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

Despite not being nominated for Best Director, Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle managed to pull off what we thought was the impossible (our Leora Heilbronn has pegged the drama as the film that should win, but favored Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy as the best bet) winning Best Motion Picture at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (a.k.a Canadian Oscars). If the out of synch supposed “live” telecast wasn’t bad enough (all awards including the winning film were announced almost one hour prior to on twittersphere), the show’s producers gave Gabrielle winning producers Luc Déry and Kim McCraw the equivalent of end of toilette paper roll in terms of time.

The voters also choose Gabrielle‘s Gabrielle Marion-Rivard as Best Actress in a Leading Role, while the heavily favored Enemy grabbed five awards, Best Direction for Villeneuve, Best Original Score for the excellent Danny Bensi/Saunder Jurriaans pairing , Best Editing,
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Kurt Russell: The Hollywood Interview

Kurt Russell Teaches Us The Art Of The Steal

By Alex Simon

If you’re a guy of a certain age (think Gen X), Kurt Russell was that actor you discovered as a child who wasn’t just a familiar face on the big and small screen, he was your buddy you grew up with. Not a peer, necessarily, but the cool, slightly older kid who lived next door who you just knew, if you played your cards right, you might grow up to be: handsome, self-assured in sports, with girls and in your place on the planet. Especially if you could hang out with him on a regular basis and learn the tricks to his magic, and magic was something Kurt Russell had from the beginning.

The son of the late actor Bing Russell, best remembered as Deputy Sheriff Clem Foster on Bonanza, Kurt literally grew up on a soundstage,
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Canadian Academy unveils nominees

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Canadian Academy unveils nominees
The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the Canadian Screen Awards nominees.

“We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

“This was a year marked by a record-breaking number of submissions, reflecting a robust level of activity in the screen-based industries in Canada which we will celebrate during Canadian Screen Week, March 3-9. Congratulations to all.”

David Cronenberg will receive the lifetime achievement award. For the full list of winners invcluding television, digital and special awards click here.

The feature nominees in full:

Best Motion Picture

The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) – Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle

Empire Of DirtJennifer Podemski

EnemyKim McCraw, Luc Déry, Miguel A Faura, Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland

The F-Word – Andre Rouleau, David Gross, Macdara Kelleher

GabrielleKim McCraw, Luc Déry

The Grand SeductionBarbara Doran, Roger Frappier

MaïnaKarine Martin, Michel Poulette, Yves Fortin

Tom At The Farm (Tom À La Ferme) – [link
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Canadian Screen Awards nominees

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Canadian Screen Awards nominees
The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced its nominees.

“We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards,” said Academy chair Martin Katz. “This was a year marked by a record-breaking number of submissions, reflecting a robust level of activity in the screen-based industries in Canada which we will celebrate during Canadian Screen Week, March 3-9. Congratulations to all.”

David Cronenberg will receive the lifetime achievement award. For the full list of winners invcluding television, digital and special awards click here.

The fearure nominees in full:

Best Motion Picture

The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) – Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle

Empire Of Dirt (pictured) – Jennifer Podemski

EnemyKim McCraw, Luc Déry, Miguel A Faura, Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland

The F-Word – Andre Rouleau, David Gross, Macdara Kelleher

GabrielleKim McCraw, Luc Déry

The Grand SeductionBarbara Doran, Roger Frappier

MaïnaKarine Martin, Michel Poulette, Yves Fortin

Tom At The Farm (Tom À La Ferme) – [link
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WWE Monday Night Raw 6/17/13 – Mark Henry pulls a swerve for the ages

Another post-Wrestlemania PPV, another knockout. Cena vs. Ryback at Payback, as was expected, consisted of yet more brutality culminating in another ludicrous ending: an ambulance roof ‘collapse’ that saw Ryback miss out on this week’s Raw entirely in order to ‘sell’ his loss. The highlight of the show, though, was undoubtedly Punk vs. Jericho in a definite contender for Match of the Year.

Del Rio regaining his Championship from Ziggler was the one thing I hadn’t envisioned, nor did I expect him to linger around afterward with a promo prolonged enough to draw impatient heel heat. He did the same thing to open Raw, spouting the same generic heel rubbish about ‘not getting enough respect’ and receiving a different sort of heat from the crowd: apathy. The best cure for apathy is a popular face appearance, so Punk showed up right on cue to disagree with Del Rio and – surprise,
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David R Ellis obituary

Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane

The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.

Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.

Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed
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David R. Ellis has died aged 60

David R. Ellis has died aged 60
It’s with sadness that we report that David R. Ellis has died, aged 60. Best known for directing the likes of Snakes On A Plane and Final Destination 2, Ellis had a varied career that included acting and stuntwork. Born in California in 1952, Ellis began got his first credit as an actor on Kurt Russell Disney flick, The Strongest Man In The World in 1975. He also scored a small role in Rocky III. After dabbling in surfing, Ellis made a name for himself as a stuntman, and went on to perform or coordinate stunts in Scarface, Smokey And...

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'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dead at 60; Samuel L. Jackson tweets condolences

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Hollywood director David R. Ellis, best known for gory genre films "Snakes on a Plane" and "Final Destination 2," died today (Jan. 7) at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is unknown.

Ellis was prepping a reunion with "Snakes" leading man Samuel L. Jackson on the anime-adaptation "Kite." He most recently completed second unit directing on the upcoming fantasy film "Winter's Tale" starring Colin Farrell, "Downton Abbey's" Jessica Brown Findlay, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Matt Bomer.

Ellis' career began in acting with roles in Disney's "The Strongest Man in the World" and TV series including "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" and "Flying High." He then transitioned into stunts in the late '70s and achieved great success throughout the '80s and into the early '90s. He served as stunt coordinator on projects ranging from hit films "Misery" and "The Addams Family
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David R Ellis Has Died

David R Ellis Has Died
Some very sad – and decidedly shocking – news to report today as David R Ellis, perhaps professionally best known to some as the director of Snakes On A Plane and a couple of Final Destination films, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 60.A native of California, Ellis cracked the film world via acting in his younger days, appearing in the likes of 1975 Kurt Russell pic The Strongest Man In The World.He seemed to find his true calling as a stunt man and co-ordinator, orchestrating set pieces for such films as Scarface, To Live And Die In La, Patriot Games, Misery, Days Of Thunder and Lethal Weapon. He made the somewhat natural segue to second unit director and jumped the director's chair with Final Destination 2.From there he went on to make thriller Cellular, the pop culturally iconic Snakes On A Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination and, most recently,
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'Snakes on a Plane' Director David R. Ellis Dead at 60

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'Snakes on a Plane' Director David R. Ellis Dead at 60
David R. Ellis, the director of "Snakes on a Plane," has died, a representative for the director told TheWrap on Monday. He was 60. The cause and location of his death has not yet been released. Ellis had been preparing to direct a number of projects, including the sci-fi thriller "Bad Luck." Also read: Huell Howser, Southern California PBS Host, Dead at 67 Born in Hollywood in 1952, Ellis began his career as an actor in the 1975 Kurt Russell film "The Strongest Man in the World." He later moved into stunt work,
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R.I.P. David R. Ellis (1952-2013)

R.I.P. David R. Ellis (1952-2013)
He may not have been nominated for any Oscars, but for stuntman turned filmmaker David R. Ellis, his goals were more modest. His filmography suggests a director that was aiming for mainstream kudos despite what the critical world might have to say, but unfortunately, his career behind the camera was cut short as he has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 60. Best known for meme-generating "Snakes On A Plane," and two entries in the "Final Destination" franchise, Ellis made his debut as an actor, with a small role in the 1975 movie "The Strongest Man In The World" starring Kurt Russell. But he soon moved into performing as a stuntman and serving as a stunt coordinator, logging credits in a diverse array of films including "Scarface," "To Live And Die In L.A.," "Fatal Attraction," "Patriot Games" and more. He also cut his teeth as a filmmaker as a second unit director,
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The Cast & Creators Of 'The Adventures Of Pete & Pete' Reunite In NYC To Discuss Their Cult '90s Show

If you were a kid who grew up during the '90s, chances are you were probably watching either MTV or Nickelodeon to get your fix of entertainment for the day. And if you watched Nickelodeon, you were probably a fan of “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” the oddball series featuring two brothers both named Pete and their sometimes surreal adventures growing up in the suburb of Wellsville. Created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi -- who were working in the promo department at the still-fledgling network -- 'Pete & Pete' had begun as a series of shorts in 1989 before becoming a regular series several years later. But this wasn’t just any kids program. Not only did it feature an 8-year-old with a tattoo of a topless mermaid named Petunia and a personal superhero wildly gesticulating in skin tight pants but featured recurring guest stars, including Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop,
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Our enduring fascination with The Thing

With a third version of The Thing out in cinemas on Friday, Terence examines why a story originally written in 1938 is so enduringly popular…

Note: this article discusses the 1951 and 1982 Thing movies in depth, but we have been careful not to mention specific details about the new film.

There is now a third movie in what could now be referred to as The Thing franchise. Like the titular shape-shifting creature, the story and basic premise of The Thing has mutated and adapted to the themes, issues and even fears of the various times in which the films were made.

There has consistently been a new movie version of The Thing every 30 years or so since 1951. The original novella, Who Goes There?, written by legendary sci-fi writer John W Campbell Jr under the pseudonym Don A Stuart, was first published in the 1930s. If you take into account the underlying archetypal themes of the story,
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Spidey, Iron Man, Hit-Girl and More Go Minimal

What makes an icon? Someone so distinctive you can recognize them in silhouette? Colors that contrast in intensely vibrant fashion? Or perhaps what you really need is a damn good symbol.

Whatever combination of design and goodwill that exists in the comic book world, certain heroes have been with us for decades and are simply part of the ether, which makes them prime for the current minimalist trend in pop art.

Anthony Ocasio at ScreenRant took this idea and ran with it when he designed 30 Minimalist Superhero Posters, which include the ol' stand-bys like Batman, Superman, The Flash, etc, along with more recent creations that cut an impressive figure like "The Incredibles," Hit Girl of "Kick-Ass" and "The Simpsons"' irrepressible corporate mascot who "fills your mug with the drug you chug, ohhhhhh yeah"… Duffman!

Any graphic that perfectly embodies "Pete & Pete" hero Artie, The Strongest Man In The World is okay in our book,
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