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A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com."Jack Riley, an alum of The Bob Newhart Show and the voice of Stu Pickles on Rugrats, has died at the age of 80. The actor died from pneumonia in Los Angeles early Friday morning, his representative Paul Doherty tells Entertainment Weekly. Riley is best known for playing Elliot Carlin, one of Bob Newhart’s patients — a role he reprised in 1985 on the NBC medical series St. Elsewhere. He also appeared in several of Mel Brooks’ films, including History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety, and To Be or Not to Be. »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
Riley gained recognition for his role as the selfish and neurotic patient Elliot Carlin, who is credited in 49 episodes of “The Bob Newhart Show.”
He was also a voice actor for the iconic Nickelodeon character in “Rugrats” for over a decade starting in 1991. He voiced 143 episodes of the original series through 2005, and 18 episodes of the “Rugrats” spin-off “All Grown Up” until 2007.
His voice also appeared in multiple “Rugrats” movies including “A Rugrats Vacation” (1997), “The Rugrats Movie” (1998), “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” (2000), as well as several video games based on the Nicktoon.
Riley’s career spanned close to 50 years and »
- Lamarco McClendon
Actor Jack Riley, who specialized in playing neurotic comic characters like psychologist patient Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show of the 1970s, died Friday. He was 81. Riley, who also voiced Stu Pickles on The Rugrats cartoon and appeared in several Mel Brooks comedies, died in a Los Angeles hospital of pneumonia after a long illness, Paul Doherty at Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty told The Hollywood Reporter. Riley appeared in the Brooks-directed films Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World: Part I (1981) and Spaceballs (1987) and in two other movies that Brooks produced,
- Mike Barnes
11 Iconic Stanley Kubrick Scenes in Honor of Kubrick Day: ‘Spartacus’ to ‘The Shining’ TheWrap rounds up just a few of the incredible moments from the celebrated director’s career on what would have been his 88th birthday “The Shining” (1980)–All Work and No Play “The Shining” (1980)–“Here’s Johnny!” “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)–Maj. Kong Rides the Bomb “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)–No Fighting in the War Room “Spartacus” (1960)–“I’m Spartacus!” “Paths of Glory” (1957)–Firing Squad “2001: A Space »
- Joe Otterson
Based on an infamously bloodthirsty episode in China’s history where two warring generals battled for control of China as the Qin Dynasty came to its end, The Last Supper is the very definition of historical epic.
With sprawling battle scenes filmed in sumptuous detail, an excellent cast including Daniel Wu (Warcraft: The Beginning), and enough treachery and betrayal to please even Game of Thrones fans, The Last Supper is underlined by the message that history is, indeed, written by its winners.
“Spectacularly beautiful and achingly poetic” The Hollywood Reporter
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- Gary Collinson
We're pleased to debut the U.S. trailer for Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, which takes a somewhat different approach to the latest film from Lu Chuan. The director debuted in 2002 with The Missing Gun, a terse and tense drama, and then moved on to the ambitious adventure Kekexili: Mountain Patrol. He received widespread international acclaim for the historical tragedy, City of Life and Death, before making the historical action picture The Last Supper. So a science-fiction adventure sounds like quite a departure for him. Here's the official synopsis for Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe: The Mongolian Border, 1979: Massive fossils of unknown creatures are discovered in the mountains, and the research team assigned to excavate the remains includes acclaimed Professor Yang (Wang Qingxiang), Hu Bayi...
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Have you been left bamboozled by The Flash’s season 2 finale? Let us try and help with that. Spoilers...
As you'd expect, this article contains spoilers for The Flash's season 2 finale.
The Race Of His Life has been and gone, leaving us rather shocked and overflowing with questions (well, we have four questions... but that sounds a lot less dramatic, doesn’t it?). For a while, The Flash’s season 2 swansong felt like a fairly normal finale: Zoom was dispatched into The Speed Force, Barry and Iris snogged and everyone was heading back to their respective universes. Job done.
But then That Big Thing happened at the end, majorly messing up the entire history of the show and resulting in a fair bit of head scratching. We’ll get to that bit in due course, but first let’s tackle the other three questions...
What’s a Time Remnant? »
The Flickering Myth team reacts…
With a flood of movie news coming in (Just Cause, Centipede and Missile Command and Splinter Cell to name but a few), it’s easy to forget we got our first look at Assassin’s Creed yesterday [watch it here]. The movie is set for release in December and sees Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) star as Aguilar alongside Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brenden Gleeson.
But what did the Flickering Myth staff make of it?
Tony Black: Really really good. Gets the weirdness inherent in the games, looks gorgeous, seems to understand the flow of the series, and importantly it gives just the right amount away without spoiling anything of import. Give it me now!
Eddy Gardiner: Visually, it looks perfect. Doesn’t give much away, »
- Luke Owen
The clip — which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday — stars Fassbender as Callum Lynch, a career criminal whose execution is faked so that he can be used by the nefarious Abstergo Industries. Led by Marion Cotillard's character, Sophia Rikkin, the group straps Lynch to a machine called the Animus, which sends him back in time so that they can mine the memories of his assassin ancestor, »
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The 05/09/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – featuring a big match up between The Roman Empire (aka The Family) and The Bullet Club (aka The Club), Big Cass gets a main event match, yet another Nxt star debuts and are WWE telling the best story of 2016 right now?
Chris Jericho Highlight Reel
Last week, the fans lost one of their favourite onscreen talents: Dean Ambrose’s potted plant Mitch. Chris Jericho, being one sick individual, paraded the broken remains of everyone’s most beloved talk show decoration right in the middle of the ring to open the show. I mean, WWE has done some bad taste angles in the past – the whole Katie Vick mess, Big Boss Man stealing Big Show’s dad’s coffin – but this one… »
- Oli Davis
Roman Reigns is WWE Champion, winning a good main event over Triple H at WrestleMania 32. Far from being a “disaster” for The Big Dog, the crowd actually played to his advantage. Yes, the boos were clear, but it all contributed to a mass of noise that made Reigns feel like a big deal.
The question now, is where do WWE go from here?
Even with the benefit of going over Triple H cleanly in a WrestleMania main event, Roman Reigns still has problems to overcome. The last few months of woeful creative have set him back, and the worst case scenario is that the crowd loses interest completely. He’ll be fine as long as he’s getting the old Cena reactions, with the past decade proving that there’s money in that role. But it isn’t so simple as Reigns just doing his best, he’s »
- Grahame Herbert
As you can see above, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 director James Gunn has shared a very cool frame that was cut from the first installment featuring Groot, Rocket, and Drax as they recreate Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, which has been adequately renamed "Groot's Last Supper." According to Gunn, this scene would've taken place at the end of the sequence where Drax & Rocket are getting drunk together and cheering on the F'saki chasing the Orloni. It was ultimately cut from the film due to pacing and never finished, however, this one frame was recently completed by the artists over at Framestore and gifted to Gunn. Thanks @Framestore for this gift - Groot's Last Supper (from a scene cut from #GotG Vol. 1). pic.twitter.com/SQh3iVknmY — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 31, 2016 From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, »
Last week, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Chris Pratt revealed that he is teaming up with Omaze for a new charitable initiative where one lucky fan will get to win a trip to the set in Atlanta. Fans who donate $10 or more will be eligible to win the grand prize of becoming an honorary Guardian of the Galaxy and getting to hang out with Chris Pratt while he shoots some very important scenes. Earlier this week, the actor took to his Instagram page to promote this endeavor, while posting a new sneak peek featuring himself piloting his ship, the Milano.
Unfortunately, we don't get to hear any dialogue in this scene, but it's clear that Star-Lord is having some difficulties keeping the ship under control. We aren't sure if the Milano has come under attack in this scene, but it certainly seems possible. It's also worth noting that »
“There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.”—The Republic, Book IX 572bWhat’s the best way to describe the mania of an Andrzej Żuławski film? William Grimes, eulogizing Żuławski for The New York Times chose “emotionally savage.” J. Hoberman used “hyperkinetic,” “frenzied,” and “‘awful’ in its root sense of inspiring dread. Daniel Bird, writing about the most recent Lincoln Center screenings in New York, chose “deeply disturbing.” These descriptors make perfect sense after experiencing a Żuławski film, but I’ve never been able to sell his films to a newcomer this way. How could I? They’re much too primal for adjectives in our delicate English language, crafted to communicate Enlightenment-era ideas in a pleasing series of vibrations. The intensity of this director’s films could only be described in some sort of ancient Lovecraftian squelching, »
- Zach Lewis
Our resident poet Nigel Parkin gives us some SHOCKing sonnets and horrifying haiku’s. It’s funny – death compels us to pursue the pleasures we might otherwise deny. We’ve opened bottles of long-cellared wine And crowned our heads with bacchanalian wreaths And as we sit and watch the rats consume All that we once held dear…
The post SHOCKing Sonnets: The Last Supper in Herzog’s Nosferatu appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
The Chinese director of local box office hit Chronicles Of The Ghostly Tribe is attached to direct and produce Peter Hessler’s memoir.
River Town chronicles a celebrated American writer’s journey to China for the Chinese publication of his first book as he recalls events 20 years earlier when he was a teacher in a country on the brink of huge change.
Development financing on the project is provided by Dragon Summit Culture in association with Ibp and Crystal City Entertainment.
Zhao Jin, Cleo Lee and Jonathan Rubenstein serve as co-executive producers on the project.
He is currently in post-production on Born In China for Disneynature, which will open in China and the Us in April »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Chinese director Lu Chuan is attached to helm and produce Tristine Skyler’s adaptation of the award-winning memoir “River Town” by Peter Hessler.
“River Town” depicts a celebrated American writer’s journey to China for the long-awaited Chinese publication of his first book, triggering memories from 20 years earlier when he taught English literature to Chinese college students while on the brink of a nation’s unprecedented change.
Chuan is one of China’s most well-known filmmakers, known for such films as “The Missing Gun,” “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol,” “City of Life and Death” and “The Last Supper.” Most recently, Chuan directed “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe,” which grossed $106 million in mainland China within its first weeks of release. He is currently in post-production on Disneynature’s “Born in China,” which will be released this summer in China and April 2017 in the U. »
- Justin Kroll
We’ve scoured the episode commentaries from the Game Of Thrones season 5 Blu-ray set - and here are 125 things we found out.
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 5.
You're busy people. We know this. Much as you'd like to, you may not have time to watch a dozen hours of Game Of Thrones episode commentaries in order to glean the odd fact with which to impress/bore your nearest and dearest.
That's where we come in.
Below are 125 Things We Learned from the Game Of Thrones season five Blu-ray set, packaged for your edification. Number 64 will blow your mind!!! Hang on, no, that one's not actually very interesting. But some of the rest of them are. A bit, anyway. Well, we thought so.
1. The original pilot script described the opening credits as from the perspective of a raven flying over a map from Castle Black to King’s Landing. »
18 items from 2016
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