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Wamg Recommends the New Book Jan-michael Vincent, Edge Of Greatness

He starred opposite Charles Bronson in The Mechanic in 1972 (see where that falls on my list of best Bronson movies Here) and he played the title role in Disney’s The World’S Greatest Athlete the next year. Jan-Michael Vincent went on to star in a string of modest hits in the ‘70s – Baby Blue Marine, Buster And Billie, Defiance, Vigilante Force and my favorite – White Line Fever. He was in Bite The Bullet with Gene Hackman in 1975 and costarred with Burt Reynolds in Hooper in 1978. Jan-Michael Vincent has been somewhat forgotten over the last couple of decades, but now author David Grove has written a book about the actor; Jan-Michael Vincent Edge of Greatness

With his chiseled features, effortless screen presence, otherworldly vitality, striking blue eyes, Jan-Michael Vincent seemed destined for superstardom. However, the real Jan-Michael Vincent was a reluctant sex symbol plagued by doubt and low self-confidence, a perpetual misfit doomed to alcoholism.
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John Hancock's 'The Looking Glass' is Coming to Theaters Via First Run Features

Dorothy Tristan wrote and stars in the latest film from Academy Award® nominated director John Hancock,"The Looking Glass," set to open in New York at the Cinema Village, and in Los Angeles at the Fine Arts on October 23, 2015.

“I was very moved by the film. Dorothy gives an extremely touching performance, one that is definitely worthy of an Academy Award nomination,” said film critic Kathleen Carroll.

The official synopsis reads: "After losing her mother, troubled 13-year-old Julie must go to Indiana to live with her grandmother, Karen. Karen, a former star of stage and screen, now facing the end of her life, wants desperately to connect with her granddaughter in a meaningful way and pass on all she knows before it's too late. But the two of them—each stubborn in her own way—butt heads at every turn. Soon, Karen makes a remarkable discovery: Julie’s powerful, unique singing voice. Will the sudden discovery of Julie’s talent be enough to bring the two together and allow Karen to pass on her legacy? This beautifully shot film shows a tenderness in its treatment of family matters such as depression and low self-esteem. In watching the story unfold, the watcher is touched at the beauty and sadness of the rebellious young girl. Our hopes for her finding herself and allowing her voice to be shared with the world engages as the movie unfolds. This is the sort of film families with pre-teen and teen girls and boys would enjoy together. Then one talks of 'family entertainment,' this is the film that fits for a pleasurable movie day"

Married for forty years, "The Looking Glass" finds Dorothy Tristan and John Hancock collaborating for the seventh time. Since 1994, when their house was destroyed in the Malibu fire, they’ve been living and working in La Porte County, Indiana, and turning that little corner of the Midwest into a filmmaking hub.

Dorothy appeared in the director's “California Dreaming” and wrote “Steal the Sky,” “Weeds,” “A Piece of Eden” and “Suspended Animation.” She also did the final polish on Hancock's Christmas classic, “Prancer.” Tristan began her acting career in theatre, playing Charlotte Corday in the national touring production of “Marat/Sade.” She was Helena in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Lady Macduff in “Macbeth” at Stratford, Connecticut. She played Blanche Dubois opposite Jon Voight in “Streetcar Named Desire.” She had leading or supporting roles in a number of major motion pictures including “Klute,” “Man on a Swing,” and Aram Avakian’s “End of the Road” with James Earl Jones and Stacy Keach.

Hancock’s feature film credits include “Bang The Drum Slowly,” “California Dreaming,” “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death,” “Baby Blue Marine,” “Weeds,’ and the Christmas classic “Prancer,” starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda and Rebecca Harrell, which he shot "The Looking Glass" on his family’s fruit farm in Laporte County. His current production, , brings him home again, physically and emotionally. He says he “tried to catch the sense of returning to this place where you grew up, and falling in love with what you were not truly able to see before.

The story hits close to home for Hancock and Tristan. “Dorothy and I have reached a point in our lives where we’ve thought a lot about what we’ve accomplished, and what kind of legacy we hope to leave behind once we’re no longer here,” says Hancock, 76.

“You always hope you’ve had some type of impact on people, that what you did with your life meant something to people. That’s what this story is about: reaching out to those closest to you and imparting on them all your knowledge, all your life lessons so a part of you lives on.

“You’re preparing the next generation for greatness. That’s true not just for the characters in the film, but for Dorothy and me, that maybe we can inspire a new generation of filmmakers to create movies that mean something to people.”
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'Django Unchained' and 'Zorro' Crossover Planned at Sony

'Django Unchained' and 'Zorro' Crossover Planned at Sony
During Comic-Con 2014, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino announced that he is teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment for a comic book sequel to Django Unchained that also features the classic character Zorro. The comic book debuted in November, but now details from the Sony hack reveal that the studio may be developing an adaptation of the comic. Here's an email from Sony's Amy Pascal to Quentin Tarantino where she expresses her excitement about the movie crossover, in all caps.

"Hello Amy P Here... How Are You? I Wanna Talk About Django/Zorro When You Feel Like It ... Also I Still Wanna Do The Dion Brothers And Just Because I Didn't Get To Be A Part Of Hateful Doesn't Mean Im Ever Gonna Stop Wanting To Work With You (And Harvey) Best Always...Amy"

It isn't known what this project entitled The Dion Brothers may be about, but Quentin Tarantino did express interest in that project,
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Sony and Quentin Tarantino keen on a Django/Zorro crossover movie

Back in June it was announced that Quentin Tarantino was working on a Django/Zorro crossover comic book series with Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics, which was released last month, and now the latest leaked emails from the Sony hack has revealed that Qt has been in talks with Amy Pascal about bringing the two characters to the big screen.

According to Business Insider, Pascal contacted Tarantino by email back in September, telling him that she wanted to discuss a Django Unchained / Zorro crossover, as well as a project called The Dion Brothers. Tarantino subsequently replied stating that “D/Z could be really fun!” and expressing his interest in The Dion Brothers, along with another project, The Baby Blue Marine.

Further emails suggest that Sony is eyeing a potential 2017 release date for Django/Zorro, should plans come together. This is the second potential crossover revealed during the Sony hack, with
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