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Michael Jackson’s Estate Shops Biopic of the King of Pop

15 November 2011 4:30 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In a move that surprises no one, the estate of the late Michael Jackson has begun shopping a biopic to interested parties. Now that the trial of Jackson’s former caregiver Dr. Conrad Murray is over, estate executor John Branca has talked to Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock of the Montceito Picture Company regarding the feasibility of a memorial film for the King of Pop. Showblitz reports that the project would not be all-encompassing, but would cover certain portions of Jackson’s life. Pollock confirmed that the discussion has taken place, but there is no deal as of yet. Jackson’s estate has not provided a comment. Hit the jump for more. With the death of such a globally recognizable cultural icon as Michael Jackson, a biopic was inevitable. (If Steve Jobs rightfully gets a biopic, Jackson should be equally deserving.) These stories are not always told in the best light, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Joel Schumacher Tells Movieline About the Time He Wrote The Wiz

10 October 2011 10:50 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

This week brings Trespass, the latest film from Joel Schumacher. The occasion prompted the opportunity for Movieline to have a candid, wide-ranging chat with the veteran filmmaker about his career, his critics and his humble origins as a costume designer in the 1970s. And despite his glossy new thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, one subject demanded even more attention: The Wiz, the Motown musical directed by Sidney Lumet and written, in his brief, scrappy scribe-for-hire days, by Schumacher. »

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Hollywood Theatre Presents ‘Master of the Flying Guillotine’ for Kung Fu Theater

17 September 2011 10:22 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

On Tuesday October 4th at 7:30 at the Hollywood Theatre, Kung Fu

Theater presents a 35mm print of the ultra-weird martial arts

masterpiece Master Of The Flying Guillotine.

Master Of The Flying Guillotine (1975) A blind assassin armed with a

vicious flying guillotine is out to kill the legendary one-armed boxer

(martial arts superstar Jimmy Wang Yu). Along the way, he interrupts

a bizarre kung fu tournament and heads start to roll. It’s up to the

one-armed boxer now, with his skull shattering punch and his ability

to walk on walls. Eagle claw masters, a monkey style fight, and a

Swami fighter with ten foot arms are just stepping stones to the

massive showdown with the flying guillotine. This movie truly has to

be seen to be believed.

Tickets are $7. All information, including the trailer, here:

“Master of Flying Guillotine” at Hollywood Theatre

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- Jeff Bayer

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TSRn: Gus Van Sant and James Franco at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland for ‘My Own Private River’

15 September 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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News: Gus Van Sant and James Franco will introduce two screenings of Franco’s documentary My Own Private River on September 25 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.

Source: Hollywood Theatre

News Release (Tsr thoughts below)

Hollywood Theatre To Host Artist Talk With Gus Van Sant And James Franco Before Northwest

Premiere Of Franco’S My Own Private River

Screening Will Raise Funds For Ongoing Improvements To The Theatre

(Portland, Or), September 14, 2011 – After casting Franco in the award-winning film “Milk” (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for “My Own Private Idaho” (© 1991 New Line Cinema Corp. All rights reserved), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Franco describes being mesmerized by Phoenix’s “uninhibited acting” in this unreleased footage. “I humbly asked Gus if I could…cut something together, and if he didn’t like it, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Grindhouse Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre presents ‘Burial Ground: Nights of Terror’

4 September 2011 12:52 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

On Tuesday September 20th at 7:30 at the Hollywood Theatre, the Grindhouse Film Festival presents a rare 35mm print of the Italian horror classic Burial Ground: Nights Of Terror.

Burial Ground: Nights Of Terror (1981) The king of the Italian zombie gut munchers! A group of vacationers visit an old isolated manor. Unfortunately, a professor has recently opened a crypt on the property, unleashing a horde of vicious zombies. Time for the blood to flow and the guts to spill. Also, in the strangest casting decision in cinema history, a thirtysomething young man plays a ten year old child with an Oedipus complex. Extreme sleaze, gruesome gore, and Italian weirdness run rampant, all accompanied by a groovy synthesized soundtrack.

35mm horror trailers before the movie. Tickets are $7.

Tuesday September 20th at 7:30 at the Hollywood Theatre.

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- Jeff Bayer

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‘A Walk to Beautiful’ documentary at Hollywood Theatre in Portland

2 September 2011 5:09 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The award winning feature-length documentary A Walk to Beautiful tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. They make the choice to take the long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of a cure and a new life.

Ohsu Global Women’s Health Initiative and Hollywood Theatre

cordially invite you to join us for a benefit on Thursday, September 8th in honor of

Footsteps to Healing:

A Global Commitment to Improving Women’s Health in Rural Ethiopia

Footsteps to Healing is an ongoing project in Gimbie, Ethiopia aiming to provide surgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, support for midwifery education, and health care training for local providers. »

- Jeff Bayer

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Bad Movies We Love: The Wiz

31 August 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Happy belated birthday to Michael Jackson, who would've turned 53 on Tuesday like his Oscars date Madonna did a couple weeks ago. May Michael thrive in heaven's Neverland where the PYTs go on forever. Since we haven't toasted Mj yet, why not revisit the Baddest Movie We Love of 1978, The Wiz? Wait, I know why: Because we hate dancing and fun. Wait. No. Reverse that! Let's strap on our flyest ruby slippers and ease on down the road! »

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Bounce TV To Launch With ‘The Wiz’

24 August 2011 2:47 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bounce TV said today that the first show to air on the network will be the Diana Ross-Michael Jackson musical The Wiz when the over-the-air African American-targeted channel launches at noon Et on Monday, Sept. 26. That will be followed by the Sidney Poitier starrer A Raisin in the Sun at 3 Pm and Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing at 8. Other highlights during Bounce’s first week include Lee’s School Daze (Sept. 27), a Ciaa conference college football game pitting Bowie St. and Virginia Union (Sept. 28), and films The Siege (Sept. 29) and The Rundown (Sept. 30). The full schedule will be released Sept. 1. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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The Top 40 Musicians-Turned-Actors

24 August 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Ever since Bing Crosby starred in the 1930 film "King of Jazz," countless musicians have tried, with varying degrees of success, to parlay their musical ability into a side career in film.

The following list -- dug up in honor of this Sunday's Video Music Awards on MTV -- is proof that not all musicians are created equal when it comes to their acting abilities.

For every Mariah Carey in "Precious," you can find a Mariah Carey in "Glitter," but these 40 artists have shown that they can, at least some of the time, create memorable roles and transcend their musical careers. Sometimes, they even win Oscars.

40. Madonna

During the nascent years of MTV, no female artist had more influence visually than the Material Girl, whose mix of eye-popping fantasy and gritty urban realism videos continue to influence a generation of vocalists. Despite a Best Actress Golden Globe for 1996's "Evita," the »

- Jason Newman

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So True? So False? Is Katy Perry Really as Big as Michael Jackson?!

17 August 2011 9:37 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Katy Perry loves acting like E.T. Michael Jackson was an out-of-this-world entertainer. She likes brightly colored vintage outfits. He sported sequined gloves. She voiced Smurfette in The Smurfs. He once played the Scarecrow in The Wiz. She's kissed a girl. He's kissed a—well anyway, both also started performing at a young age and came from strict religious households. But is the "Teenage Dream" singer really on par with the King of Pop when it comes to thrilling chart success? Well, no need for her to beat it because the answer is... So true! With her latest single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" skyrocketing to the top of Billboard's pop charts this »

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Retrospective Screenings "Remembering Sydney Lumet"

9 July 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

From July 19 to 25, the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York will hold Prince of the City: Remembering Sydney Lumet, a retrospective to honor the work of the late great Sydney Lumet. A total of 16 films will be shown, including masterpieces like Network, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men and, naturally, The Wiz. The highlight, perhaps, is a rare screening of Lumet's 1968 adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull, a film that's not even available on DVD.

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- Arya Ponto

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New ruling could put James Franco's "Wizard of Oz" prequel in danger

7 July 2011 2:18 AM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

As you probably know, the reason why there are so many modern versions of characters like Dracula, Alice, and Dorothy Gale is twofold. For one thing, they're incredibly popular and well known. For another, these characters and their stories are public domain — no one's paying royalties on these babies! Which is why we have The Wiz, Wicked the book, Wicked the musical, Return to Oz, Lost Girls, and many upcoming film adaptations, prequels, and reinterpretations of L. Frank Baum's novel — the most buzzy of which is probably Oz, The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams. People can just take these characters and run with them without paying a dime. Except maaaaaaaaybe not. Because a new ruling this week by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals could potentially muck up some of these projects, with [...] »

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Film Society Of Lincoln Center Holding Sidney Lumet Retrospective

27 June 2011 11:22 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

With the passing of iconic filmmaker Sidney Lumet came not only an outpouring of love and respect for the late, legendary New Yorker, but a re-visiting of his filmography.

Now, thanks to the Film Society Of Lincoln Center, it’s time for his surrogate hometown’s turn to share in the showing of respect.

The New York-based Film Society will be honoring Lumet with a new retrospective, entitled Prince Of The City: Remembering Sidney Lumet, and will be running from July 19 until July 25.  Including a series of guest speakers including the likes of Lauren Bacall, Walter Bernstein, Bobby Cannavale, Glenn Close, Jonathan Demme, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jenny Lumet, David Mamet, Phylilis Newman and Christopher Walken, the retrospective will feature many of his works.

Screening Schedule For Prince of the City: Remembering Sidney Lumet:

Screening Venue:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65 Street, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Exclusive: J.B. Ghuman Jr. Talks Spork

25 May 2011 2:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Amongst all the heated summer bombast experienced at the Cineplex every year, one or two smaller films usually break through, shinning like a diamond in a dumpster piled high with action clich&#233s, wobbly sequels, and one too many superheroes to care about. This summer's one true surprise comes in a small independently produced musical comedy called Spork, helmed by actor-turned-director J.B. Ghuman Jr..

Spork is a coming-of-age tale that follows a young orphaned girl (Savannah Stehlin) growing up with her brother in an Airstream trailer. An outcast in Junior High, Spork joins forces with a local dance crew to take down a 'mean girls' gang lead by Betsy Byotch (Rachel G. Fox). It's an odd, colorful ode to the musical comedies of the 80s and early 90s, strapped with a unique soundtrack and a quirky charm that is sure to win over even the most hardened summer-hating Cinefile, who »

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TSRn: Miranda July to visit Hollywood Theatre in Portland with ‘The Future’

4 May 2011 8:18 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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News: Director Miranda July will be presenting an advanced screenings of her latest film “The Future,” at the Hollywood Theatre May 6 and 7 in Portland.

Source: News Release

Thoughts by Tsr: If you’re in the area and a fan of July’s past work, why wouldn’t you pay a couple of extra bucks to see this film months early And here July speak. Here’s the complete news release.

In partnership with Portland State University’s Social Practice Mfa program led by Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes, and with support from Roadside Attractions, the Hollywood Theatre will host Miranda July on May 6th and 7th, presenting advanced screenings of her latest film “The Future,” as well as a shorts program featuring her early work.

The shorts program, taking place on May 6th, will be a collaboration between Fletcher, Reyes, their Social Practice Mfa students and July, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Mark Wahlberg Developing A Basketball Drama With Justin Bieber

28 April 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione Granger had so much work to do she used a device called a "Time Turner," enabling her to be in multiple places at one time. It's quite possible Mark Wahlberg has one of these devices. With the sheer amount of films he's currently developing, a Time Turner seems as logical an explanation as any. By our count the Oscar-nominated, former leader of the Funky Bunch is currently working on, or is attached to, at least 10 films [1]. Throw another project on the top of the pile. Wahlberg just revealed that he's developing a basketball film with music mega star Justin Bieber. Read his quotes and more about the film after the jump. Wahlberg was talking to Vulture [2] at the Time 100 Gala when the following exchange happened: And is there somebody, sort of unexpected, that you want to work with? Yeah, Justin Bieber »

- Germain Lussier

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Sidney Lumet, 1924 - 2011

18 April 2011 12:53 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience — 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, Network — became modern American film classics, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86." Robert Berkvist in the New York Times: "'While the goal of all movies is to entertain,' Mr Lumet once wrote, 'the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.' Social issues set his own mental juices flowing, and his best films not only probed the consequences of prejudice, corruption and betrayal but also celebrated individual acts of courage."

"Nearly all the characters in Lumet's gallery are driven by obsessions or passions that range from the pursuit of justice, »

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Veteran Filmmaker Sidney Lumet Passes Away

11 April 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Very sad news out of Hollywood over the weekend as longtime filmmaker Sidney Lumet has passed away at the age of 86. As someone who was born and raised in New York City, Lumet was one of those filmmakers I adored. The city always played the most important character in so many of his movies, and you’d be hard-pressed to find too many other filmmakers whose work from beginning to end was so infused with the city that inspired him. From his early days directing iconic films like 12 Angry Men in 1957 to memorable fare like Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, Murder on the Orient Express and The Wiz, Lumet was always consistent in delivering memorable lead characters, and that sort of hard-fought consistency was present in his work right up till the end, with 2007’s Before the...

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Veteran Filmmaker Sidney Lumet Passes Away

11 April 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Very sad news out of Hollywood over the weekend as longtime filmmaker Sidney Lumet has passed away at the age of 86. As someone who was born and raised in New York City, Lumet was one of those filmmakers I adored. The city always played the most important character in so many of his movies, and you’d be hard-pressed to find too many other filmmakers whose work from beginning to end was so infused with the city that inspired him. From his early days directing iconic films like 12 Angry Men in 1957 to memorable fare like Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, Murder on the Orient Express and The Wiz, Lumet was always consistent in delivering memorable lead characters, and that sort of hard-fought consistency was present in his work right up till the end, with 2007’s Before the...

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Remember Me: Sidney Lumet (1924-2011)

11 April 2011 5:10 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the true giants passed away this week:  filmmaker Sidney Lumet, dead at 86 of lymphoma.

He was one of an incredibly talented class of directors who graduated from the early days of TV; a group which included such august talents as Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde, 1967), George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969), John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962), Arthur Hiller (The Hospital, 1971), Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton, 1970), Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night, 1967), Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962), Martin Ritt (Hud, 1963), and Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, 1969). Only Jewison is left, now, and as each has passed, mainstream American moviemaking has gotten a little louder, a little emptier, and a little dumber.

TV drama in the early days was almost like good theater:  it was usually live, smart, provocative, rich with real-world character and sharp dialogue.  Very early on, Lumet was considered one of the »

- Bill Mesce

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