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

Donald Wrye, ‘Ice Castles’ Writer and Director, Dies at 80
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,
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Zephyr Benson on Scorsese-Inspired 'Straight Outta Tompkins': "I Probably Have Taken Every Drug That Exists"

Zephyr Benson on Scorsese-Inspired 'Straight Outta Tompkins':
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
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Soderbergh's Viewing List Includes "Magic Mike Xxl" Three Times!

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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Morning Confession: I've Never Seen an Ali MacGraw Movie

Happy 75th birthday today to Ali MacGraw. "Who?" Some of you might be asking, which is telling.

My first and only significant memory of Ali MacGraw, who was quite famous when I was a child, was seeing her face on the sheet music to the theme from Love Story (1970) that my sister used to play on the piano when I was tiny. I have no idea why I remember this so vividly but I do. I also remember my mom grumbling about the movie's tagline which she said was 'Totally Untrue'.

love means never having to say you're sorry

My sister had quite a few movie theme songs on sheet music and the other ones I remember looking at were Ice Castles, Jaws and Star Wars. The only one that I had actually seen was Star Wars. I don't remember seeing it in theaters. My true movie memories don't start
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Ranking the 'Anchorman 2' cameos

Ranking the 'Anchorman 2' cameos
Cameos have become one of the staples of modern ensemble movies. It’s not like they need them to succeed. They don’t even need them for plot. But, hey, if you can get Bill Murray to pop up as himself in the middle of Zombieland, why not? When done well, cameos can be as transcendent as David Bowie in Zoolander, John Hurt in Spaceballs, or Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. When executed poorly, well, at its best, it gets quickly forgotten. At its worst, it’s Bruce Willis in Ocean’s Twelve.

The Will Ferrell and Adam McKay cabal
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Beauty and the Beast Review: You Can't Control Your Heart

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If you were waiting for a week when things slowed down or maybe the series stumbled a bit, you were let down here - because "Trust No One" was another extremely strong episode in a stunning Beauty and the Beast Season 1.

Week by week, the characters, mythology, romance and mystery continue to grow.

We knew Alex was going to be trouble, but at least she wasn't doing it on purpose. Well, not maliciously anyway. She definitely couldn't keep her mouth shut and, since Vincent and J.T. grew up with her, and she did make it through medical school, they couldn't really know she was dumber than a box of rocks.

I mean, seriously? I like to gossip, too. Catch me at the right moment and I might be selling state secrets on Twitter, but if I saw my guy turning into a beast in the woods and ripping someone
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Exclusive: Corey Feldman Talks Life, Angels, and 6 Degrees of Hell

Exclusive: Corey Feldman Talks Life, Angels, and 6 Degrees of Hell
Coery Feldman Talks Life, Angeles, and 6 Degrees of Hell, on Blu-ray and DVD this week

It's been awhile since we chatted with Corey Feldman. Way back in May of 2011, the very busy actor revealed his part in the death of Osama Bin Laden*, as seen in the popular documentary Operation Belvis Bash. And then he literally disappeared. He fell of the map...

Well, Sort of.

After shooting five movies under the radar, Corey left Hollywood for the UK, where he trained to become a world class figure skater, competing in the popular British TV series Dancing on Ice.

He's back on our shores now, though, still living the life of a blue collar actor, despite being a national treasure. There is no rest for the wicked, and it seems Feldman has been burning plenty of midnight oil. This Tuesday finds the cult idol mainstay taking on a (sorta) lead role in 6 Degrees of Hell,
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Hello Brooklyn! On the scene at Barbra Streisand's concert

Hello Brooklyn! On the scene at Barbra Streisand's concert
“Hello, Brooklyn!” Barbra Streisand called out to her hometown’s swanky new Barclay’s Center early on in her three-plus hour concert. The last time she did a solo show in Brooklyn, she told the cheering crowd, was when she was 8 and singing on a stoop on Pulaski Street. Remember that, she asked her brother who was in the audience? (In case you’re wondering, he scored good seats, not great.) She looked singularly Streisandly, in a shiny black number that had enough sheer to show off those famous legs. “You like the dress?” she asked the crowd. “Good! Donna Karan!
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Robby Benson: Inside His 'Brutal Experience' of Four Heart Surgeries

Robby Benson: Inside His 'Brutal Experience' of Four Heart Surgeries
Gasping for breath after running up a steep San Francisco hill, Robby Benson began to faint. He grabbed for a parking meter to break his fall. Then he became violently sick to his stomach. It all happened on location during the filming of Die Laughing, in which he starred, co-wrote and was a producer. He was in his early 20s, a onetime teen idol now transitioning into bigger challenges with the promise of a long, successful career in Hollywood. He didn't want to tell the truth: doctors had found a heart murmur when he was a teenager and for years he'd suffered similar symptoms.
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The 8 Essential (and Fabulous) Facts About Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, one of the single most accomplished musicians of the 20th century, died Monday at the age of 68 after a brief illness. This is one of the more grueling celebrity deaths for me. Titans shouldn't ever leave us, you know? Particularly the unbelievably productive ones. Fortunately, I've created a fact sheet featuring Hamlisch's most noteworthy (and conversation-worthy) trivia bits and accomplishments. Now he'll definitely be with us forever.

1. His first job was as a rehearsal pianist for Barbra Streisand

If you know anything about Hamlisch, you know his thriving partnership with Barbra Streisand is part of his career's backbone. Their collaboration began unceremoniously during the Broadway production of Funny Girl when Hamlisch acted as Streisand's rehearsal pianist, but the two connected, and they'd stay bonded through work on The Way We Were, Streisand's 1994 concert tour, The Mirror Has Two Faces, a number of TV specials. He even performed at her 1998 wedding.
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Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar-Winning Film Composer, Dies At Age 68

A moment of silence seems inappropriate for the great film composer Marvin Hamlisch, who passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 68. The three-time Oscar winner contributed so many memorable scores to such beloved Hollywood features as Ice Castles, The Sting, The Way We Were and A Chorus Line that it seems more appropriate to play one of his soundtracks in honor of his dominant spirit. Very few details were made available regarding Hamlisch.s death, which was reported on early Tuesday morning. The site confirms that the composer suffered .a brief illness. but didn.t confirm the cause of Hamlisch.s death. So instead, let.s celebrate his life. Known by many as .the people.s composer,. Hamlisch wrote more than 40 film scores and contributed theme songs for countless television programs, including Beacon Hill and Hot L Baltimore. Hamlisch penned the score for the 1977 Bond thriller
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Marvin Hamlisch – Film Composer Dead at 68

He was something of a pop culture figure in the ’70s, appearing on talk shows and such. Marvin Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes. He made movie history in 1974 when he became the first individual ever to win three Academy Awards in one night in all three music categories (for The Way We Were and The Sting). He apparently collapsed in his home yesterday after a brief illness and is dead at 68. We’ll update here with details as they come in.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Celebrated composer Marvin Hamlisch, best known for the Tony Award-winning “A Chorus Line” and the movie classic “The Sting,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 68.

Family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness, but he did not provide additional details, according to the Associated Press.

Hamlisch was a prolific composer.
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Spotlight On Beauty & The Beast 3D: Robby Benson

Today we are talking to a star of many notable films and television shows who initially surprised many viewers with his commanding presence as the voice of the Beast in Disneys classic animated film Beauty amp The Beast, now back in theaters for its twentieth anniversary in 3D - the one and only Robby Benson. In addition to telling us all about his impressions of and experiences working on Beauty amp The Beast and what he thinks of the new 3D movie experience, he also shares his affection for co-stars Angela Lansbury and Paige OHara - both having been previous InDepth InterView participants, as well - and what the storied legacy of the film means to him. Also, Benson discusses his talented family, including his rock star wife, Karla DeVito, and their daughter, a star-on-the-rise in her own right, Lyric her Benson-produced debut album, Lyrics Love Light Revolution, is available
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Exclusive: Robby Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D

Exclusive: Robby Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D
Robbie Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D, in theaters now

Walt Disney's 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back in theaters for a limited 3D release to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Already a box office hit its first week back on screens, we now celebrate this timeless tale's second weekend out with a chat from its leading Beast, Robby Benson.

We are longtime fans of Robby, so it was a great honor to speak with the man behind the voice of Beauty and the Beast's title character, an arrogant Prince turned into a frightful monster, who must earn the love and respect of another before breaking the spell.

A voice actor since childhood, and star of such live-action classics as Ice Castles and Ode to Billy Joe, we chatted with Robby Benson about the legacy of Beauty and the Beast, his work looping Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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Curio: Fotonovels

Alexa here.  Seeing Super 8 this holiday weekend left me with nostalgia for its template, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  And that brought to mind one of my favorite bits of 70s movie kitsch, Fotonovels. 

Fotonovels were "a collection of books that were filled from front to back with photos from a particular movie" and had "a shorter life than disco itself." Like comic books, but with real photographs! They were so exciting to me as a child. Grease was my favorite; before I even saw the movie I wore out my copy. I also loved Ice Castles (I was especially taken with the "Lexie" embroidered on her collar).  Recently, I scored a copy of the Close Encounters version. Here are some pictures of mine, as well as some I've spotted around the internet.

Click for The Champ and Ice Castles...
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Motion Picture Purgatory: Born Innocent

Trembles returns this week with a look back at an oldie but a goodie: 1974 TV movie Born Innocent, directed by Donald (Ice Castles) Wrye and starring Linda Blair, Joanna Miles, Kim Hunter, and Richard Jaeckel.


A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand center for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one care worker sees her potential to rise above her tragic circumstances.

“Used to be on the run but now she thinks it's lotsa fun” –Redd Kross

Discuss Motion Picture Purgatory in the comments section below!
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Movie Review - 'The Informant!'

The Informant!

Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, and Melanie Lynskey

Directed by Stephen Soderbergh

Rated R

Mark Whitacre had a selective guilty conscience. The biotech executive a Archer Daniels Midland, then one of the biggest food additive companies in the world, couldn't let his company and its competition around the world continue gouging the unsuspecting consumer with their unfettered price fixing. The solution was to tape conversations for and work directly with the FBI in order to catch Adm red-handed.

Of course, Whitacre didn't feel nearly as guilty about some criminal activities in which he engaged on the side.

In The Informant!, director Steven Soderbergh recounts a story so strange it has to be true. And, well, it is. But Soderbergh's stylistic approach adds some artifice. For example, probably 50% of the speaking parts go to recognizable comedians, though not one of them ever says anything that's supposed to be funny.
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Taylor Firth to star in 'Ice Castles'

Taylor Firth to star in 'Ice Castles'
Figure skater Taylor Firth will play the starring role in Donald Wrye's remake of 1978's "Ice Castles," which has begun filming in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The love story set in the world of competitive figure skating also stars Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny and figure skater Molly Oberstar. Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan will appear in a cameo in the film.

The film is being produced by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group's Stage 6 Films in association with Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Magic Rock Prods.

Wrye, who directed the original film, is also handling the remake, which is being produced by Michael Mahoney. Exec producers are Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein.
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Want an 'Ice Castles' Remake? Too Late!

Because troubled times call for overwrought figure skating dramas, and love stories are always better if they're about inner sight or whatever... so we're getting a remake of Ice Castles. In fact, it's already begun filming in Nova Scotia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Figure skater Taylor Firth has nabbed the lead, and Donald Wyre (who also helmed the original) will direct.

You remember Ice Castles -- the 1978 weeper starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson, about a champion figure skater who loses her sight (a favorite accident in' 70s and '80s melodrama) and has to find the will to carry on. She learns important life lessons along the way, such as "Don't be a nasty bitch to your hockey playing boyfriend or you'll go blind."

The remake will presumably follow the same story, and will also star Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny and figure skater Molly Oberstar. THR is listing
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"Ice Castles" Remake! Real-Life Figure Skater to Star!

Remember the movie "Ice Castles?" The 1978 tearjerker starring Robbie Benson? The ballad by Melissa Manchester called "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

The story? A young girl's dream of becoming a world-class figure skater is dashed after a tragic accident. But after much drama, crying, and spinning around, redemption occurs, the end.

Donald Wrye, the director of the original, is working on the remake. Figure skater Taylor Firth will headline the new film. Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny and figure skater Molly Oberstar will co-star. Michelle Kwan will appear in a cameo.

The film is being shot right now at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you want some good-old nostalgic piece, take a look at the video below featuring Manchester's soaring ballad, and Fyi, I used to sing this song when I was a child :happy
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