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Alan Hirschfield, Former Columbia Chief Exec, Dies at 79

18 January 2015 11:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime entertainment exec Alan Hirschfield, who oversaw such films as “Taxi Driver” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and held high posts at Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox, has died. He was 79.

According to his son, Marc Hirschfield, Alan Hirschfield died of natural causes on Thursday in his home in Wilson, Wyoming.

Hirschfield served as CEO of Columbia Pictures from 1973 to 1978. The exec was ousted from the studio after he refused on moral grounds to reinstate David Begelman, who had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from Columbia. He served as chairman for 20th Century Fox from 1982 to 1986.

Hirschfield was co-ceo and investment banker at Financial News Network from 1990 to 1992. From 1992 to 2000, he served as co-ceo of Data Broadcasting Corp.

Marc Hirschfield also credits Alan Hirschfield with starting Arista Records with Clive Davis.

Hirschfield, who was born in New York and raised in Oklahoma, is survived by his wife, »

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Alan J. Hirschfield, Former Columbia Pictures CEO, Dead at 79

18 January 2015 7:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Executive helped create classic 1970s films like “Taxi Driver” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Former Columbia Pictures chief executive Alan Hirschfield died Thursday at his home in Wilson, Wyoming, of natural causes, according to the Associated Press. He was 79.

Hirschfield held the top post at Columbia from 1973 to 1978, helping make classic films like “Taxi Driver” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” He was ousted at Columbia after taking a moral stand against the reinstatement of David Begelman, who had embezzled more than $61,000.

Also Read: IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster on Bucking Downward Box Office Trend: ‘We Had »

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How ‘The Wizard’ failed Nintendo

11 January 2015 4:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wizard 

Directed by Todd Holland

Screenplay by David Chisholm

1989, USA

Although e-sports have long been a part of video game culture since the early 70′s, competitions saw a large surge in popularity in 1989 when Universal Pictures produced The Wizard, about a trio of kids who make their way to a national Nintendo video game championship (Video Armageddon) for a grand prize of $50,000. The charismatic and rising star of television’s Wonder Years, Fred Savage, stars as Corey, a boy who escorts his deeply traumatized younger half-brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) away from a group home and sets off on a cross-country trek, chased by their father (Beau Bridges), their older brother (Christian Slater), and a child-finder, hired by their mother to bring him back home. Along the way they meet little Haley (Jenny Lewis) and discover that Jimmy is a real prodigy when it comes to video games. They make a stop off in Reno, »

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All Your Favorite Movie Cars Are Becoming Awesome Hot Wheels Toys

6 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

I've always wanted Close Encounters of the Third Kind toys. Devil's Tower playset with a giant mothership UFO and of course action figures of Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban. Those never happened, but now Hot Wheels is about to release the next best thing: a diecast replica of Roy Neary's yellow work truck, a Ford F-250 to be specific. This is one of the latest in the toy-car brand's Entertainment series of collector's items. Others in the first 2015 batch include the titular '58 Plymouth Belvedere from Christine and the black Porsche 356A from 48 Hrs.  If you want those, you're best off trying to get them somewhere online, probably for more money than you'd usually spend on Hot Wheels at the toy store. I've seen a few of these movie...

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Vin Diesel and James Gunn talk Guardians of the Galaxy

6 January 2015 12:42 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Vin Diesel goes Groot and director James Gunn discusses bringing Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a success thanks to the inventive vision of director James Gunn, as well as the vocal performance of Vin Diesel, who managed to bring his character of Groot to life despite having only one line to repeat. With the film now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, both Gunn and Diesel participated in a Q&A to discuss the movie.

Vin Diesel

Q: How was it working with a script where your only line is “I am Groot”?

Diesel: I was lucky that I had a director [James Gunn] who was willing to indulge me. I told him: ‘We know that Groot is really saying any number of things when he says that line and most people are oblivious to the nuances of his speech because of his »

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