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A steamy day in movie history

on this day (August 28th) in showbiz-related history, things get sweaty and hot hot hot... time to rub lemons all over our bare bodies.

1980 The 37th annual Venice Film Festival kicks off. The Golden Lion that year will prove to be a tie (!) with Atlantic City, starring Susan Sarandon and her lemons, and Gloria  splitting the top prize. Atlantic City will go on to five Oscar nominations including Best Picture

1981 Kathleen Turner and William Hurt do filthy things to each other in the window smashingly erotic Body Heat brand new in theaters on this day.

1987 Dennis Quaid fingers Ellen Barkin in The Big Easy  new in theaters. The orgasm is so explosive it rockets both careers to the next level instanteously.

1998 54, legendarily butchered in the editing room, attempts to chart the bisexual opportunist antics of Ryan Phillipe in his twink god years.

2009 Taking Woodstock opens in theaters with Emile Hirsch
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The Man with Two Brains

Steve Martin brings down the house with this adoring, hilarious pastiche of mad doctor and disembodied brain motifs — surely the epitome of cultured comedy. Under Carl Reiner’s direction Martin is marvelous, and he’s aided and abetted by the daring sexpot-turned comedienne Kathleen Turner — who has a better handle on outrageous sexy comedy than they do. It’s class-act nonsense and inspired silliness. Where else can a crazed surgeon proclaim his special screw-top skull surgery method, and utter the immortal words, “Scum queen?!”

The Man with Two Brains

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Warner Archive Collection

1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 93 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, James Cromwell, George Furth, Peter Hobbs, Jeffrey Combs.

Cinematography: Michael Chapman

Film Editor: Bud Molin

Production Design: Polly Platt

Original Music: Joel Goldsmith

Written by Carl Reiner, George Gipe, Steve Martin

Produced by William E. McEuen,
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Who Will Replace Han Solo Directors: Howard, Kasdan or Johnson?

Who Will Replace Han Solo Directors: Howard, Kasdan or Johnson?
It's been less than 24 hours since Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired from the Star Wars spin-off, but there are already three candidates that have emerged as front-runners to take over the production. New reports have surfaced which claim that Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Johnston are currently in the mix as candidates for this coveted directing gig. LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated in her statement yesterday that a new director will be announced soon, but it remains to be seen how soon that announcement will come.

Deadline reports that Ron Howard is the front runner for the directing gig, while acknowledging that Lawrence Kasdan has been mentioned as a possible replacement. Another report from The Hollywood Reporter claims that Joe Johnston, who started his career by working on the visual effects for the original Star Wars trilogy, has also been mentioned as a possible replacement. That report also includes new details about how Lawrence Kasdan may not even be allowed to replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

There are already rules in place at the Director's Guild of America (DGA) that prevent anyone already working on a movie to take over for a director that is being replaced, with the only exception being for a "short-term emergency." Since Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the Han Solo spin-off script with his son Jon Kasdan, these rules may prevent the filmmaker from stepping in as a director. Lawrence Kasdan had also revealed in 2015 that Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will be his last Star Wars movie, after writing or co-writing the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he has also directed hits like Body Heat, The Big Chill and Silverado.

Whether it's Ron Howard, Joe Johnston or another filmmaker, whoever replaces Phil Lord and Chris Miller may not even get credit for his or her work. Given that they were fired with just a few weeks of the shoot left, LucasFilm would most likely prefer that the new filmmaker get director's credit, but since Phil Lord and Chris Miller were on set filming since February, which obviously gives them strong grounds for directorial credit, although the new director will oversee the post-production process and the reshoots which have already been scheduled for this summer. However, it's entirely up to the DGA, as to who gets directorial credit, and unlike the Writers Guild of America, there is no appeals process, meaning the DGA's decision is finale. It's also unlikely that the guild will give credit to Lord, Miller and their successor, since the DGA is already not terribly fond of two directors on one movie. The guild's rules state that there shall be only one director for film, but waivers can be granted, which have become more and more commonplace in recent years, especially for more established directorial teams.

Another report from The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Han Solo: A Star Wars Story may even become an "Alan Smithee" film, although that won't happen since that pseudonym has been discontinued since 2000. For decades, if a filmmaker was so unhappy with the final cut of the film that he wanted his name taken off, the name that was put on the film instead was "Alan Smithee." The name was discontinued in 2000 after the film Burn Hollywood Burn used Alan Smithee as an actual character, played by Eric Idle, and after the real meaning of the name became more well-known throughout Hollywood.

This report also states that, whoever takes over the project, will spend the next several weeks, with production shut down, to go over the footage that has already been shot, re-edit the material that has already been filmed and pick up production from there. Despite this unique setback, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be moved from its May 25, 2018 release date, but that could change if it takes longer than planned to find a director. Still, with three solid candidates in play, we may hear who's directing this Star Wars movie sooner rather than later.
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Kiss Me Deadly Restoration 20th Anniversary — Savant Article

How did Kiss Me Deadly come to be restored? The real question should be, how did filmdom lose track of its original ending in the first place? Savant uncovers evidence that may explain when, and why, United Artists mutilated the finish of Robert Aldrich’s apocalyptic film noir.

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Before home video the final home for Hollywood films was Television. Robert Aldrich’s 1955 Kiss Me Deadly never saw a theatrical reissue, and it dropped out of major TV visibility in 1962. I saw the documentation in United Artists’ legal folder on the film. To secure capital to launch more movies, Robert Aldrich sold all of his ‘Associates and Aldrich’ pictures back to UA after their original releases were concluded. More papers showed Kiss Me Deadly being included in at least two TV syndication packages, and then each time pointedly removed.
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May 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Brain Damage, The Void, Serial Mom

For this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, we have an eclectic assortment of titles coming home, including films from the likes of Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, Roland Emmerich, and Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic film. Scream Factory is keeping busy this week with two different titles—Serial Mom and Psycho (1998)—and Arrow Video has put together an impressive special edition set for Henenlotter’s cult classic Brain Damage.

For those who may have missed it earlier this year, the surreal indie horror flick The Void makes it way to DVD on May 9th, and we have a bunch of other notable titles arriving on Tuesday, too, including Making Contact, American Mummy, The Gorenos, Clown Kill, and The Evangelist.

Brain Damage: 2-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

It’S A Headache From Hell! From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker,
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Contest: Win Serial Mom Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

The "perfect" nuclear family gets a blood-stained twist as only John Waters can provide in Serial Mom, and Scream Factory is releasing the cult 1994 film on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray that would meet even Beverly Sutphin's high standards. To celebrate the new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Serial Mom.

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Serial Mom Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

On May 9th, Scream Factory is going to remind viewers why you don't dare cross Beverly Sutphin with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of John Waters' Serial Mom, and we have high-def clips and a trailer that tease what to expect from the new home media release.

Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Every woman wants to be wanted… just not for Murder One!

Director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) brings his twisted cinematic vision to the seemingly mundane world of suburbia in Serial Mom, an outrageous dark comedy starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Romancing The Stone).

Beverly (Turner) is the perfect happy homemaker. Along with her doting husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard), she lives a life straight out of Good Housekeeping. But this nuclear family just might explode when Beverly's fascination with serial killers collides with her ever-so-proper code of
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The Accidental Tourist

Is it a modern classic? I think so. Lawrence Kasdan’s best movie embraces characters often lampooned or dismissed, or stereotyped as kooks — introverts, extroverts, people trying to make personal connections and those trying to avoid them. William Hurt finds his best role and Geena Davis won an Oscar for hers; thirty years later the entire cast feel like beloved friends.

The Accidental Tourist

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The Warner Archive Collection

1988 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date May 8, 2017 / Available from the The Warner Archive Collection Movies Store 29.95

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Begley Jr., Bill Pullman.

Cinematography: John Bailey

Production Designer: Bo Welch

Film Editor: Carol Littleton

Original Music: John Williams

Written by Frank Galatiand Lawrence Kasdan

from the book by Anne Tyler

Produced by Phyllis Carlyle, Michael Grillo, Lawrence Kasdan, John Malkovich, Charles Okun

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Some of my favorite movies
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'Five Came Back': The True Story of How Hollywood Helped Win World War II

'Five Came Back': The True Story of How Hollywood Helped Win World War II
Several years ago, Mark Harris began feeling a little self-conscious about a gap in his film-history knowledge. As a journalist for Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine and the late, lamented Web site Grantland, among others, he'd covered the waterfront of contemporary moviemaking. As an author, his book Pictures at a Revolution dissected the moment in the late 1960s when the last gasp of the Golden Age studio system gave way to what become known as "New Hollywood." Ask him about the works of legends like, say, John Ford and Frank Capra,
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Beauty vs Beast: Make News Not War

Jason from Mnpp here - I didn't take my lead on this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" from Nathaniel's "On This Day" post earlier but it's not a surprise that we'd both want to mark the 67th birthday of William Hurt with an acknowledgment of Broadcast News, because I think any sane person will snatch the chance to talk about Broadcast News when it's offered. I did actually contemplate a couple other of Hurt's performances for a minute - maybe Body Heat or The Accidental Tourist? But he's made a career of making the women across from him shine and I knew Kathleen Turner & Geena Davis would dominate those conversations...

... as would Holly Hunter, which is also why we're keeping her out of this even though it's Holly's birthday today too. Sorry, Holly! You'd win way too hard.

But does Hurt stand a chance against Albert Brooks' sweaty sidekick Aaron?
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Leon Ware, R&B Songwriting Legend, Dead at 77

Leon Ware, R&B Songwriting Legend, Dead at 77
Leon Ware, the songwriter behind hits for R&B titans including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers and Quincy Jones died on Thursday at the age of 77. Though the cause of death has yet to be revealed, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the mid ’00s.

Born on Feb. 16, 1940 in Detroit, Ware began his career in the late ’60s as a songwriter for Berry Gordy’s Motown label, where he first began collaborating with Gaye, one of the imprint’s brightest stars. He would later co-produce the singer’s 1976 offering, I Want You—co-writing every track. The record
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Richard Portman, 'Star Wars,' 'The Godfather' and 'Nashville' Sound Man, Dies at 82

Richard Portman, 'Star Wars,' 'The Godfather' and 'Nashville' Sound Man, Dies at 82
Richard Portman, the accomplished sound man who collected 11 Oscar nominations and won for his work on Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, has died. He was 82.

Portman, whose prolific list of credits includes Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Godfather (1972), Paper Moon (1973), Star Wars (1977) and Body Heat (1981), died Saturday at his home in Tallahassee, Fla., his daughter, Jennifer Portman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He had recently suffered a broken hip from a fall.

A perfectionist and rerecording mixing specialist, Porter received a pair of Oscar sound nominations in 1973 for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's The...
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Richard Portman, 'Star Wars,' 'The Godfather' and 'Nashville' Sound Man, Dies at 82

Richard Portman, the accomplished sound man who collected 11 Oscar nominations and won for his work on Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, has died. He was 82.

Portman, whose prolific list of credits includes Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Godfather (1972), Paper Moon (1973), Star Wars (1977) and Body Heat (1981), died Saturday at his home in Tallahassee, Fla., his daughter, Jennifer Portman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He had recently suffered a broken hip from a fall.

A perfectionist and rerecording mixing specialist, Porter received a pair of Oscar sound nominations in 1973 for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's The...
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Mickey Rourke Signs With Apa

Mickey Rourke Signs With Apa
Mickey Rourke is getting in the ring with Apa. The Wrestler star has signed with the agency for representation.

Rourke started his career in Lawrence Kasdan's hit feature film Body Heat, with other early career roles in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, Barfly, Angel Heart and the erotic thriller 9 1/2 Weeks, where he starred opposite Kim Basinger.

In the early '90s, Rourke left acting to try his hand at a career in professional boxing, retiring a few years later and returning to Hollywood.

He starred alongside Bruce Willis in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City and gained major recognition for his role in Darren Aronofsky's The...
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Glasgow Film Festival 2017 full lineup unveiled

Glasgow Film Festival 2017 full lineup unveiled
Festival to host 65 UK Premieres, including Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time and Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro.

The full programme for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 15-26) has been revealed.

The festival will host 65 UK premieres, 67 Scottish premieres and nine world and international premieres.

As previously reported, Glasgow will kick off with the European premiere of Handsome Devil, a coming-of-age drama starring Andrew Scott and directed by John Butler (The Stag).

The world premiere of Mad To Be Normal, starring David Tennant as renowned Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, closes the festival. Tennant is expected to attend.

Premieres

Other highlights include UK Premieres of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey [pictured], Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome and Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope.

There will also be first Scottish screenings of Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe-winning Elle, Ben Wheatley’s [link
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Love and Revenge Collide on the Oregon Coast in ‘Seaside’

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Seaside

Logline: A revenge thriller about Daphne, who moves to the Coast with her boyfriend, Roger, to start a new life. But when they run into Susanna, Daphne learns Roger hasn’t been totally honest about his past.

Elevator Pitch:

Seaside” is a microbudget, female-driven revenge thriller set among the dramatic landscape of the Oregon Coast. Daphne realizes that Roger hasn’t been entirely honest about his past and she’ll have to fight to save her relationship and maybe even her life. We have four lead actors who are all New York actors with significant credits,
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Blood Simple

Neo-noir got a major boost with this splendid first outing for the Coen Brothers, who planned to produce something commercially viable but broke through with a new style in fashionable genre mayhem. A fantastic cast helps, including the auspicious debut of the great Frances McDormand. Blood Simple Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 834 1984 / Color / 1:85 anamorphic 16:9 / 95 m. Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams. Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld Production Designer Jane Musky Film Editor Roderick Jaynes (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen), Don Wiegmann Original Music Carter Burwell, Jim Roberge Writing credits Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Produced by Daniel F. Bacaner, Ethan Coen Directed by Joel Coen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Although I hear a fair amount of grousing against the Coen Bros. entire approach to filmmaking, they've earned their place through the sheer entertainment value of their work. Reading a Variety review of movies debuting at a
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1984: The Sexiness of "Romancing the Stone"

We're celebrating the cinematic year of 1984 this month. Here's Chris Feil on Romancing the Stone...

One of 1984's biggest hits was Romancing the Stone, a quippy twist on a harlequin romance dressed up as a jungle adventure. The film was the first big box office success for director Robert Zemeckis, though he only ever fleetingly matched Stone's glee for the sexy - it's almost odd that this film comes from a director who's film are often mostly crotchless.

But more importantly, Stone gifted us with the first cinematic gold pairing of Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. The duo is perfectly matched for their complimentary wits and evident sex appeal, resulting in both sequel The Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Rose before the decade's end. They may have had more overt steaminess elsewhere (see: Body Heat and Fatal Attraction, et al.), but even this film's PG rating can't contain their fireworks together.
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Alan Ladd Jr. Documentary Proves There’s Life Beyond the Original ‘Star Wars’

When Alan Ladd Jr. was president of 20th Century Fox Pictures in the 1970s, he greenlit “Star Wars” and “Alien.”

That alone ensures him a place in Hollywood history. But his career also includes a third sci-fi classic — “Blade Runner” — as well as “The Omen,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Braveheart,” “Chariots of Fire,” and other cinema biggies through 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone.”

The executive is now the subject of a documentary, “It’s Always About the Story: Conversations With Alan Ladd Jr.,” which screens Aug. 13 at the Marina del Rey Festival before it continues on the festival circuit. The doc is one of four films (so far) in the Film History Preservation Project. It’s the brainchild of director-producer Stanley Isaacs, who is planning more such docs, to bring wider recognition to Hollywood’s unsung heroes: film producers.

Film buffs know stars and directors, but rarely know producers or executives like Ladd,
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Crimes of Passion

Flamboyant artist Ken Russell was eventually sidelined for what the industry calls 'excess,' but he was a genuine artist, as indicated by this, his last American film. Absolutely beyond the pale in terms of polite viewing, it's by turns awkward and insightful, profane... and more profane. Crimes of Passion Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112, 107 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK 39.95 Starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts, Bruce Davidson, John Laughlin. Cinematography Dick Bush China Blue's dress Ruth Myers Original Music Rick Wakeman Written and Produced by Barry Sandler Directed by Ken Russell

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What separates exploitation trash from progressive film art? They say it's an artist's vision, and Ken Russell certainly has plenty of that. I can admire Russell's house brand of outrageousness but I also find much of his work just too fussy, too indulgent. He's excellent when trying
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