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Heather Menzies Urich, Sound of Music Star, Passes Away at 68

Heather Menzies Urich, Sound of Music Star, Passes Away at 68
With just a few days left in 2017, another beloved performer has left us as the Hollywood community is in mourning once again. The Sound of Music star Heather Menzies-Urich passed away. Her son, Ryan Urich, confirmed that his mother died from brain cancer, and that the actress was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme last month, with her health rapidly deteriorating since then. Here's what Ryan Urich had to say about his late mother.

"The most important thing was my mom was an actress, talented dancer (and) really avid in arts and theater. She had this unbelievable network of friends."

Ryan Urich also confirmed his mother passed away on Sunday, at a family home in Canada, surrounded by loved ones. Heather was born December 3, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, although she moved to the United States with her family at the age of 11. The late actress graduated from Hollywood High School and then
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'Sound of Music' Star Dies

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2017-12-25T12:52:48-08:00'Sound of Music' Star Dies

Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in the original film version of The Sound of Music, died this weekend at age 68. She is also well known for her role in the 1970s science fiction TV series Logan's Run.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for playing Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died on Sunday. She was 68.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein estate, representing Sound of Music musical creators Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, announced the news on Christmas Day, saying, "Heather was part of 'the family.'

We Mourn the Loss of Heather Menzies-Urich... https://t.co/dpuHJBoBWD pic.twitter.com/V3YqfNSCO3

The Sound of Music (@SoundofMusic) December 25, 2017

"There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of The Sound of Music," read the statement from president Ted Chapin.
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Micronauts movie coming in 2020

Chris Cummins Dec 22, 2017

Beloved 1970s/'80s toy line, Micronauts will be discovered by a new generation at the movies.

Having already had enormous global success with their Transformers franchise (G.I. Joe, not so much, but that's stopping a new movie from getting made) Hasbro/Paramount are bringing another - although somewhat lesser known - toy franchise to the big screen with Micronauts.

The glorious sci-fi toys were based on a line created by the Japanese company Takara and licensed by the Mego Corporation (a company which was better known for their superhero toys and 2-xl, an interactive, educational robot toy that used 8-track tapes). From the late 1970s through the early 1980s. 

Accompanying the toys was a world-building comic from Marvel that ran from 1979 to 1984, before morphing into Micronauts: The New Voyages and going for another two years. You have to remember that during this time, Marvel never met
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Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have addressed director Peter Jackson’s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s. Harvey Weinstein denied the allegation, through a spokesperson.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff, Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.

At the time, Jackson said, he and his team had no reason to question Weinstein’s intentions.

“In hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I
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Kino Lorber to Release Trilogy Of Terror (1975) on Blu-ray

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It's regarded by many as one of the creepiest made-for-tv movies of all time, featuring one of the most unsettling (and relentless) killers to grace the small screen. Over 40 years after its initial premiere, Trilogy of Terror is coming to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

As announced on their Facebook page, Kino Lorber will release Trilogy of Terror on Blu-ray (and DVD) sometime in early 2018 (according to Blu-ray.com) with a brand-new HD master.

Directed by Dan Curtis, the anthology film features segments based on stories by horror master Richard Matheson, including one featuring a Zuni Warrior Festish Doll that attacks Karen Black and has certainly crossed over into more than a few nightmares over the years.

There's no word yet on the special features, cover art, or specific release date for the new Blu-ray, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime,
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70s Rewind: Logan's Run, Forever Young

In the summer of 1976, I became a man. I saw Logan's Run. Several years before, I was a founding member of the Science Fiction Book Club. Initially we met to talk about Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. Eventually we expanded our discussion to includes movies, and why so few good science fiction movies were being made. Because we met at the local public library, where we each consumed mass quantities of science fiction, we also discovered that the magazine section included slick publications that covered motion pictures. Somehow we heard about the upcoming adaptation of Logan's Run, and one of our members volunteered to read the novel it was based on and give us a report. Written by William F. Nolan...

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Director Robert Day Has Passed Away

He took viewers into the steamy jungles of Tarzan, the sleek (and foreboding) future of Logan's Run, and a skyscraper under siege by a deadly blaze. Filmmaker Robert Day brought many worlds to life in his career, and it's with great sadness that we inform readers that the director has passed away at the age of 94.

According to THR (via Legacy.com), Day passed away on March 17th on Bainbridge Island in Seattle. A British filmmaker, Day made his mark in the world of directing with four Tarzan movies—Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), and Tarzan and the Great River (1967)—and he also helmed one episode of the Tarzan TV series in 1966.

Day also directed horror legend Boris Karloff in Corridors of Blood and The Haunted Strangler, and he helmed plenty of other horror and sci-fi projects, including First Man Into Space and Ritual of Evil,
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30 Days Until Oscar

30 is...

...the running time of Wallace & Gromit's Oscar winning shorts A Close Shave (1995) and The Wrong Trousers (1993)

...the number of features directed by Steven Spielberg from Sugarland Express (1974) to The Bfg (2016)

...the age of Bette Davis and Hilary Swank when they won their second Best Actress Oscars for Jezebel (1938) and Million Dollar Baby (2004) respectively

...the year of Best Picture winner All Quiet on the Western Front

... and the age at which you get all dressed up to be "terminated" in Logan's Run (1976). For the good of society!
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The Avenging Silence: new details emerge for Nicolas Winding Refn's action thriller

Ryan Lambie Jan 12, 2017

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's next film is an action thriller, The Avenging Silence. Here are some early plot details...

Whether they're about violent British prisoners, Los Angeles models or Bangkok gangsters, Nicolas Winding Refn's movies are reliably low on dialogue and high on saturated, sometimes unnerving images. That style is likely to continue in Refn's next movie, which is described as an action thriller about a mute spy on a mission in Japan.

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The Danish director's been saying for over a year now that he wanted to make some kind of spy movie, and although some of his projects have inevitably struggled to bear fruit in the past - his planned remake of Logan's Run
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First Trailer for YouTube's Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Film 'The Thinning'

"Are you ready for test day?" YouTube Red has unveiled the first trailer for a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller titled The Thinning, from writer/director Michael J. Gallagher. Set in the future, the story focuses on a high school aptitude test that is used to manage the population. Two students, played by Logan Paul and Peyton List, discover the test isn't what it seems and may actually be covering up a bigger conspiracy. This sounds kind of like Logan's Run, but revised to a high school level "aptitude test". The full cast includes Lia Marie Johnson, Calum Worthy, Matthew Glave, Michael Traynor and Ryan Newman. This looks like a mix of Hunger Games and a bunch of other much better sci-fi, but that may be why it's direct to VOD. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Michael J. Gallagher's The Thinning, direct from YouTube: YouTube's The Thinning takes place in
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Bryan Singer Now In A Race To Get '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'!

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Poor Bryan Singer. It seems like every time he goes off to work on one project, he misses the boat on one he really wanted to work on. Maybe he needs a better manager. Ten years ago, he really wanted to direct X-men: The Last Stand, but then a dream gig presented itself, and he went off to do Superman Returns. He told Fox that if they could just wait a bit, he'd definitely come back for that film. Sr ended up being a bit of a sore spot for his career and Fox, in the meantime, made X-men: The Last Stand without him- a move they, too, would regret.

Then there was a remake of Logan's Run that Singer had been talking about for years upon years. Somehow or other, that movie is getting made...without him. 

This brings us to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. He's been talking up
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Refn Talks Bond, Wonder Woman & Barbarella

"Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn continues doing promotional rounds for his L.A.-set horror tale "The Neon Demon" this week and as part of a new interview with the Happy Sad Podcast, he revealed one bit of sad news.

It seems his proposed TV series remake of "Barbarella" is no longer in the works and mostly because it seems he's moved on from the idea of remaking things and instead will pursue his own material:

"Well, I don't own 'Barbarella,' the estate does, but I decided to be more interested in the 'Neon Demon'. Plus there are other television things that caught my attention [because] I actually enjoy designing it from the beginning. It became…'Barbarella,' it was like 'Logan's Run': certain things are better left untouched. You don't need to remake everything... I'm much more interested in the creative
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"Logan's Run" Remake Scores A New Scribe

The long in the works remake of pulp sci-fi classic "Logan's Run" us back on track with "Colony" showrunner Ryan Condal to pen a new script based on a treatment by "X-Men Apocalypse" co-writer Simon Kinberg.

A new adaptation of the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, the story is set in a future society where citizens are euthanised when reaching their 21st birthday. Those who refuse and try to escape to a rumored refuge called Sanctuary are chased down and executed by agents called 'sandmen'.

The action follows Logan-5, a sandman who upon turning 21 decides to go out on a high note by locating and dismantling Sanctuary - until he becomes converted to that cause. Kinberg, famed film producer Joel Silver and "The Flash" TV series producer Greg Berlanti will all produce the film which has been in the works for nearly two decades and has
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'Logan's Run' Remake Gets a Writer

Warner Bros. has been hard at work on a Logan's Run remake for decades (literally). Now, it sounds like the production may finally get back on track. According to Deadline, the studio has tapped Colony creator/showrunner Ryan Condal to write a new script based on the treatment written by X-men: Apocalypse co-writer/producer Simon Kinberg. Kinberg will also be producing the project alongside Joel Silver and DC's Arrow-verse overlord Greg Berlanti

Logan's Run will be a new take on the 1967 novel (written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson), which was last adapted to the big screen in the 1976 Michale York film of the same name. As it's a new take on the actual source material, don't expect it to have a whole lot in common with the 1970s counterpart.

For those unfamiliar, Logan's Run takes place in a dystopian society where its citizens are executed when they turn 21. However,
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Logan’s Run Redo Starts Anew With Colony’s Ryan Condal

Logan’s Run Redo Starts Anew With Colony’s Ryan Condal
Exclusive: Warner Bros is back on track with its long-gestating remake of the pulp sci-fi classic Logan’s Run, and has tapped USA’s Colony co-creator/showrunner Ryan Condal to write a new script. Condal will be basing his screenplay on a treatment by X-Men Apocalypse co-writer Simon Kinberg, who will be producing along with Joel Silver and DC television universe honcho Greg Berlanti. The film would be a fresh take on the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton J…
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The Neon Demon: first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest

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Elle Fanning stars in the latest film from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. Here's the first trailer for The Neon Demon...

It's all modelling, murkiness and possibly murder in the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn. Elle Fanning stars as a young woman swept into a hallucinatory hinterland of glamour, nightclubs and intense competition. There's a hint of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan to The Neon Demon's first trailer, though that may just be our interpretation of what is sure to be a far more bizarre and unpredictable film than even this promo suggests. 

As such films as Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives proved, Refn's films aree sumptuous-looking but also wayward and highly unpredictable. The Neon Demon will screen at Cannes in May, so we should hear more about a UK release over the next few weeks or so.

More as we get it.

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Why 'Bad News Bears' Is the Greatest Baseball Movie Ever Made

Why 'Bad News Bears' Is the Greatest Baseball Movie Ever Made
For folks who loves both baseball and movies, it's incredibly sad that Hollywood's takes on our national pastime continually whiff with a frequency that makes Adam Dunn look like Joe Dimaggio. But 40 years ago today, a film was released that got everything beautifully, hilariously and even painfully right: The Bad News Bears. A tartly-scripted comic saga about a no-hope Little League team from L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, the film — directed by Michael Ritchie from an original screenplay written by Bill Lancaster — shocked and amused audiences with its unbridled
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The Divergent Series: Allegiant review

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The third Divergent film, Allegiant, may be the best of the lot but sadly, that's not saying much...

This is a spoiler-free review of Allegiant, but it does contain plot details from the previous two Divergent films, so if you're not up to date, proceed with caution.

It's that time of year again. It may still be stomping around in the too-big shoes of the Hunger Games movies, but The Divergent Series: Allegiant marks the third of four instalments in the series of movies based on Veronica Roth's trilogy of novels. You'd never know it from the way it's been presented, but like Katniss and Harry Potter before, we're in Part One and Part Two territory for the first half of Roth's climactic story.

If you haven't been back since 2014's Divergent, you needn't be too concerned with jogging your memory about the series' convoluted caste system,
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Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.

Two 1980's science fiction efforts from the 'eighties: Millennium is an expensive book adaptation with Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd navigating a time travel story about body snatchers from the future. R.O.T.O.R is direct to video and strictly from hunger. Oh, the agony… However, both films surely have lessons to teach the budding filmmaker who thinks moviemaking is easy. Millennium and R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray Color Scream Factory Street Date February 23, 2016 / 26.99

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream Factory plumbs the depths of the MGM library, which includes not only the holdings of United Artists, Orion and the old American-International Pictures, but also an alphabet soup of smaller outfits that were bought up in the 1990s. The independent productions seen on this Scream Factory Blu-ray double bill give us two kinds of science fiction properties. One is an expensive Canadian production with a big star, and the other is a
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Trailer: Sex Finds A Way In The Future Dystopia of Equals

A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The Island and Equilibrium, to George Lucas' cooler ideological Thx-1138, the flower-powered Logan's Run, ll the way back to George Orwell's seminal novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is good happenstance that Ridley Scott, who famously re-purposed the iconography of Orwell for Apple Inc. as a TV advertisement to launch their Macintosh computer, acts as the producer on Equals, a handsome looking indie from director Drake Doremus.I dug the film quite a bit when I caught it at Tiff last year. Maybe it is the sound track, but...

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