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Donald Wrye, ‘Ice Castles’ Writer and Director, Dies at 80

21 May 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director, writer and producer Donald Wrye, best known for the 1978 figure skating film “Ice Castles,” has died. He was 80.

A relative posted a Facebook message confirming that he “died in his sleep early Friday morning at his home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.”

“Donald left a legacy of some amazingly wonderful films, which he and I had just recently spoken about gathering copies of, so that each of the children would have them when he was unexpectedly called forth,” the post read.

Wrye wrote and directed “Ice Castles,” which stars Lynn-Holly Johnson as an aspiring Olympic figure skater who goes blind after a freak accident but overcomes the handicap to pursue her dreams. The film’s theme “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award.

Wrye’s other credits include producing a pair of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, “As Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer” and “The Numbers Start With the River, »

- Seth Kelley

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Zephyr Benson on Scorsese-Inspired 'Straight Outta Tompkins': "I Probably Have Taken Every Drug That Exists"

3 March 2015 1:51 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Following in your famous father’s footsteps while pursuing your own showbiz dreams can prove to be a daunting career path. Just imagine if Dad were as beloved as Robby Benson, a teen heartthrob in the ‘70s in such films as the basketball drama “One on One” and the skating romance “Ice Castles.” He would move on to more mature roles in the ‘80s such as “Harry & Son” opposite Paul Newman and leave an enduring mark on animation history as the voice of the Beast in 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast.” And then there is Mom, Karla DeVito, no slouch, either. The actress/singer, once dubbed “The Sweetheart of Rock and Roll” by David Letterman, sang backup for Meat Loaf on his Bat Out of Hell tour and starred on Broadway in “The Pirates of Penzance.“ It makes sense, then, that their progeny and quadruple threat Zephyr Benson, who turns »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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Soderbergh's Viewing List Includes "Magic Mike Xxl" Three Times!

7 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By now you've probably heard mention that Steven Soderbergh, he who is officially retired but not really because nobody totally believes it and he still works in various capacities, just posted his list of everything he watched and read this past year. I love Soderbergh's List-Mania more than I even love Soderbergh because I relate. This is now my favorite celebrity listing tradition of each year, not that there are very many consistent ones.

 The whole list is worth reading but I wanted to share nine highlights in the order in which they delighted me.

Nine Highlights In Order Of How They Delighted

09 He watched Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback the same day he watched Birdman... a very meta Hollywood day was November 9th.

08. I can't imagine what his Oscar ballot looks like since it appears in the middle of all his TV viewings and plentiful 1970s movies, he only »


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