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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

22 September 2016 11:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »


One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….

Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.

Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.



Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell. »

- Jim Batts

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Goodbye, Curtis Hanson

21 September 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director of films including L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, and In Her Shoes, has died. He was 71 years old. Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada but grew up in Los Angeles. After dropping out of high school, he pursued opportunities as a freelance photographer and editor of the now-defunct Cinema magazine before turning to screenwriting, which bore fruit with 1970's The Dunwich Horror, a Roger Corman-produced fright film that he co-wrote with Henry Rosenbaum and Ronald Silkosky. Hanson subsequently moved to directing with Sweet Kill, a 1973 horror film about a sexually-repressed man who finds gratification in murdering the women he sleeps with. That was followed by a string of other low-budget efforts in multiple genres, including Losin' It, a teen comedy starring a pre-Risky Business Tom Cruise.  Though he worked consistently through the '70s and '80s, Hanson wouldn't achieve mainstream recognition until »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Curtis Hanson, Director of ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

20 September 2016 6:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Curtis Hanson, director of “L.A Confidential” and winner with Brian Helgeland of an Oscar for adapting James Ellroy’s novel, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 71.

The official said paramedics responded to a call of an unconscious man at Hanson’s home at about 4:52 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, it appears as though Hanson died of a heart attack; while the Lapd spokesperson could not confirm that specific information, he said Hanson died of “natural causes.”

He had been retired in recent years and was reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s.

As a producer of the stylish 1997 period film, Hanson shared the nomination for best picture and was nominated for best director. The film won an Oscar for actress Kim Basinger, »

- Carmel Dagan

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'80s soundtrack gods Tangerine Dream cover the 'Stranger Things' theme

12 September 2016 2:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein's Stranger Things score became one of the most acclaimed elements of the hit Netflix series this summer, with many noting the debt owed to electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream, who famously crafted synth-driven soundtracks for such classic/cult '80s films as Risky Business, Legend, Near Dark and Three O'Clock High in addition to releasing over 100 albums over the course of their nearly five-decade career.  "We listen to a lot of Tangerine Dream and they did a ton of soundtracks," said Dixon in a recent interview with Salon. "There’s a few key soundtracks by them that definitely influenced us in a lot of ways, like Thief and Sorcerer." Well, the group clearly caught wind of the reference, as over the last several days the trio -- currently consisting of Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Ulrich Schnauss -- have released three tracks on Soundcloud that pay tribute to the series, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Stranger Things' Season 2: Here's a guide to 1984 in pop culture

1 September 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Just in case you've been living in the Upside Down, let me get you up to speed: Stranger Things Season 2 is officially happening. And as revealed by the show's unreasonably-attractive creators the Duffer Brothers, the new episodes will be set a year after the events of the first season, which would place the characters squarely in the latter days of 1984 (Season 1 took place between November and December of 1983). While that's not a whole lot later, it's still enough time for a massive number of pop-culture and consumer products to have been introduced in the interim, from film to TV to music to technology. So what, pray tell, will Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Nancy, Jonathan and Steve (but not Barb, obvs) be using, watching, wearing, reading and listening to in the new season that wouldn't have been available to them in the prior timeline because they didn't exist yet? For those curious »

- Chris Eggertsen

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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

31 August 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and »

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Blood Simple, Sweet Charlotte, Suicide Squad And Other Scattered Shots And Short Ends

7 August 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

I’ve been back from my Oregon vacation for a couple of weeks now, and though the getaway was a good and necessary one, I’m still in the process of mentally unpacking from a week and a half of relaxing and thinking mostly only about things I wanted to think about. (I also discovered a blackberry cider brewed in the region, the source of a specific sort of relaxation that I’m still finding myself pining for.) It hasn’t helped that our time off and immediate time back coincided with the bombast and general insanity of the Republic National Convention, followed immediately by the disarray and sense of restored hope that bookended the Democrats’ week-long party. The extremity of emotions engendered by those two events, coupled with a profoundly unsettling worry over the base level of our current political discourse and where it may lead this country, hasn »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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‘Nerve’ Directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost: How They Made the Most Topical Film of the Summer

29 July 2016 8:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost are having a good week. The “Nerve” directors opened their latest film on Tuesday evening to a stellar $1.1 million, and by the time they sat down with IndieWire on Wednesday afternoon, it was trucking its way to an estimated first-day take of $3.8 million. Not too bad for a mid-week, mid-summer release about an online game gone bad.

And that’s not the only thing the duo have on their plate right now: The long-time filmmaking pair are opening another film this week, the horror feature “Viral,” which will hit limited release and VOD on Friday. It’s clear, however, that “Nerve” is their primary concern and one they’re very pleased to see hitting the zeitgeist so perfectly.

 “You work on this thing for two years plus and you screened it a couple months ago and all of a sudden you know that people respond, »

- Kate Erbland

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From Snapchat Movies to Web Series: The ‘Sickhouse’ Team Plans ’60 Second Docs’

28 July 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first feature-length movie released on Snapchat was just the tip of the iceberg for Indigenous Media, which is following up “Sickhouse” — which it produced on the social media platform — by turning to documentaries. The aptly named “60 Second Docs” is a new web series profiling eccentric real-life characters in just one minute. Its tagline: “Life. One minute at a time.”

The first installment, which premiered on June 1, is available on Facebook, YouTube and VidMe. The latest episode was released today. Already, the series has gained significant momentum, with over two million views to date.

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The company has developed the idea out of its recent experiences with short-form content. “Since they’re so easy to consume, we found that people go down the rabbit hole,” said Indigenous COO Jake Avnet by phone. »

- Jude Dry

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'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »

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5 Must-See Films At The 2016 New York Asian Film Festival

21 June 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If it’s late June in Manhattan, it must be time for the city’s annual dose of martial-arts madness, indescribably twisted revenge stories, and go-for-broke dramas about sexually liberated high school girls. A collaboration between Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival has established itself as one of the summer’s most vital (and occasionally traumatizing) annual events, a celebration of the best and most bonkers in classic and contemporary Asian cinema. Even in an age of VOD and streaming, many — or most — of these gems never receive American distribution, making the fest that much more valuable to local cinephiles.

Running from June 22 thru July 9, the 2016 edition promises to live up to the Nyaff legend, as iconic films like “All About Lily Chou-Chou” and “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” will be screened alongside a smorgasbord of new stuff that’s just waiting to be discovered. »

- David Ehrlich

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Emmy Awards: 18 Underappreciated Shows That Deserve a Vote

16 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy Awards voting has never been more complicated, with more series than ever vying for those coveted few slots in 2016. And while the usual suspects will naturally get attention, it’s those hidden gems that tend to get buried in the stacks of “For Your Consideration” mailers. To cut through the clutter, Variety’s TV team has selected a few favorites that we think deserve your vote.

Baskets,” FX

Starring Zach Galifianakis as “non-identical” twins Chip and Dale, Louie Anderson as their Costco obsessed mother, Christine, and 47-year-old acting novice Martha Kelly as the romantic lead, Martha, FX’s “Baskets” is not like any other comedy, or show, on television. The funny-sad serialized storytelling of showrunner Jonathan Krisel takes all of these characters on unexpected journeys full of emotional discoveries, pratfalls, bittersweet self-reflection and fart jokes. It’s completely silly, completely serious and completely wonderful. — Geoff Berkshire

Blunt Talk,” Starz »

- Variety Staff

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Top Movies That Launched Actors' Careers

6 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's the role all actors dream of -- the one that puts them on the map. Breakout movie moments are born from a combination of factors, including raw talent, the movie's reception, and a little bit of showbiz luck. When the elements are all there and the sun is shining just right, an actor can go from "Hey, didn't I see her in ...?" to household-name status in no time.

These performances are examples of movies that hit the "launch" button on an actor's career. A couple of these performers may have had credits stretching back years before that defining role, but this was the one that made the entire industry and the movie-going public sit up and take notice. Read on to remember when six of the most bankable actors saw their careers take off.

Tom Cruise in 'Risky Business' (1983)

There's a reason every Halloween party ever brings »

- Sage Young

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X-Men: Apocalypse review – smack bang into the 80s

22 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar Isaac takes his turn as the bad guy in this latest likable instalment of the comic superhero saga

“The weak have taken the Earth…” In Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine’s consciousness was teleported back from an apocalyptic future to a retro-1970s past to achieve a Terminator-style rewriting of the present. This messy sequel (technically still a prequel) goes back further to ancient Egypt, where a proto uber-mutant’s Temple of Doom-style-meets-Stargate regeneration is stalled, only to resume in 1983. With Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) hiding her true-blue colours in East Berlin and Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) passing as a production-line worker in Poland, new recruits continue to gather at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. But when sunlight awakens Oscar Isaac’s En Sabah Nur (aka Apocalypse), it’s time for forces old and new to pull together once again. Suffering from the »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Top Gun’ premiered, ‘Seinfeld’ killed Susan

16 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »

- Emily Rome

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The Little Film Company boards 'Hard Sell' for Cannes

11 May 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Robbie Little has added worldwide rights on the coming-of-age tale from debutant Sean Nalaboff to his Cannes slate.

Hard Sell is styled as in the vein of Risky Business and centres on a poor high school senior at a wealthy school who comes up with a scheme to save the ailing family dog.

Skyler Gisondo, Kristin Chenoweth and Katrina Bowden star.

Jared Greenman and Jimmy Seargeant produced along with Nalaboff. eOne will release the film in select theatres and on demand in the Us on May 20.

“This is an impressive first feature from Nalaboff — you can’t help but fall in love with the characters Skyler Gisondo and Katrina Bowden portray, and be taken back to the many heart-breaking and character-building firsts of those important teen years,” said Little. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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7 Great (and Random!) Dance Breaks in Film

10 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Random dance breaks are charming surprises when snuck into non-musical movies, and when actors are given the chance to show off their moves, it’s always entertaining! Below are seven memorable and spontaenous dance moments in feature films.  “500 Days of Summer” – “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and OatesA joyous ensemble, an animated blue bird, and an appearance by Han Solo: this scene truly has it all. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's musical talent is no secret: he’s partaken in many a lip sync battle and was even rumored to star in a film remake of “Guys and Dolls.” This scene gave him the perfect opportunity to showcase his broad skillset, and it looks like he had a blast while doing it! “Risky Business” – “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Bob SegerThis iconic dance break has been recreated time and time again since “Risky Business” hit theaters in 1983, but »

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Exclusive: Official ‘Dances with Films Film’ Festival Poster

9 May 2016 1:36 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

True to independent films, Dances with Films film festival will be celebrating its 19th year and sharing the festival week with the Los Angeles Films Festival in June.

Over 100 independent films will be shown from June 2nd through June 12th at the family Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theaters.

The festival based solely on merit and discoverability and mandating that all competitive films have no known actors, writers, directors or producers.

Legendary producer Steve Tisch joined the Dwf esteemed Advisory Board last festival season.  One of the most successful producers in the motion picture industry, Steve has produced such films as Risky BusinessThe Pursuit of HappynessThe Weather ManSeven PoundsKnowingThe Taking of Pelham 123The Back-Up Plan, and Hope Springs.   A pantheon of industry heavyweights, Dwf’s Advisory Board also includes:  Cindy Cowan, Jonathan Dana, Steve Elzer, Kevin Kasha, Eriq La Salle, Michael Lehmann, Mike Macari, Valerie McCaffrey, »

- Gig Patta

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Richard Gere To Star In Jon Avnet’s ‘Three Christs’

9 May 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Gere is set to star in Jon Avnet’s (“Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business”) “Three Christs,” based on a biographical novel by Milton Rokeach.

Eric Nazarian and Avnet penned the adaptation, with Avnet set to direct. The story follows a doctor (played by Gere) who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ.

Avnet and Dr. Aaron Stern will produce under his Brooklyn Films banner alongside Highland Film Group’s Arianne Frasier, Delphine Perrier and Molly Hassell.

Highland Film Group is financing the project and will introduce it to international buyers in Cannes this week. CAA reps domestic rights.

Gere can next be seen in Oren Overman’s family drama “The Dinner,” alongside Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney. He is repped by Wme. Avnet is repped by CAA.

Highland Film Group will »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Richard Gere Joins "Three Christs" Cast

9 May 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Richard Gere is set to star in "Risky Business" director Jon Avnet's film adaptation of Milton Rokeach's novel "Three Christs" at Brooklyn Films and Highland Film Group

The story follows a doctor (Gere) who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ.

Eric Nazarian and Avnet penned the adaptation which Avnet, Dr. Aaron Stern, Arianne Frasier, Delphine Perrier and Molly Hassell will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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