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The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in The Longest Yard (1974) and Magic (1978).
The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller Death Hunt (1981), Youngblood (1986), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990) and The Rocketeer (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.
Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic Seabiscuit and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the »
- Craig Hunter
The veteran actor played Peppy’s butler in Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist and appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Trouble With The Curve — some of the most recent roles in a prolific four-decade career. Ed Lauter died today of a rare form of cancer at his home in West Hollywood. He was 74. He had roles in dozens of films and TV shows including a recurring gig on Showtime’s Shameless. He also recurred as a fire captain on ER. The Long Island native’s long list of credits includes the features Leaving Las Vegas, Mulholland Falls, The Rocketeer, My Blue Heaven, Alfred Hitchcock’s final film Family Plot and the Rob Lowe hockey pic starrer Youngblood. But Lauter might be most recognizable for his key role in another sports movie: He played Capt. Knauer — the imposing, football-playing prison guard and Burt Reynolds’ nemesis in 1974′s The Longest Yard. He »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Another week, another load of great telly to sink your teeth into. In addition to all the seriously sensational shows below, we're looking forward to Channel 4's '80s night extravaganza on Friday, September 20 as well.
The nostalgic tribute to the era that taste forgot kicks off with a revamp of Celebrity Fifteen to One hosted by Adam Hills at 8pm, followed by retro editions of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown at 9pm and Alan Carr's Chatty Man at 10pm, before Rewind The Tube, a documentary dedicated to the anarchic music show, closes everything at 11.05pm.
Father Figure: Wednesday (September 18) at 10.35pm on BBC One
It started life as a Radio 2 programme, but Father Figure - which stars comedian Jason Byrne as a disaster-prone dad - seems perfectly suited to the small screen, where the slapstick and silliness can be played out in all its glory.
Byrne's character »
Last August, Todd Phillips signed on to direct, taking over for Martin Scorsese who had been attached to direct since August 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, attached to star, but he is no longer involved. Deals for both Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are still coming together, and Rupert Wyatt does have an option on an untitled project at 20th Century Fox that he may still go ahead with.
James Caan starred in the original 1974 drama The Gambler, which followed a literature professor who is addicted to gambling and gets into hot water with some local gangsters. Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton co-starred in the film, which was directed by Karel Reisz.
Seeing The Wicker Man in my blooming, teenage maturing years might have messed me up more than others. I do know this, the film still stands as an amazing film. I never did see Robin Hardy’s follow up, The Wicker Tree, because I didn’t hear very high regards. Personally, I don’t want the original film soured in any way. This is also the reason why I have never fully seen Neil Labute’s remake. We are starting with a lot of negatives huh?
The Wicker Man is a one-of-a kind film. If you have never seen it, it has the ability to haunt you and question your faith. Today, we have the new Us Poster & Trailer geared towards The Wicker Man: The Final Cut.
From the Press Release
- Andy Triefenbach
It’s insane how a film print or footage snipped at the behest of producers & distributors can seemingly vanish from existence. Robin Hardy’s own 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man is one such victim that fell into the hands of a scissor happy distributor, and the directors cut prepared for theatrical distribution in the U.S. has remained unseen ever since. Now on the heels of it’s 40th Anniversary, the original 35mm elements have been found after a lengthy search, and what Hardy calls his 92 minute “Final Cut” is being released! Starting September 27th, The Wicker Man: Final Cut will screen first at the IFC Center in New York and the Nuart in Los Angeles, with a national release to follow.
A trailer has been released teasing Hardy’s true vision, which you can view below. This is truly a major victory for cinema, and cause for celebration by fans everywhere. »
- Justin Edwards
'The (original) Wicker Man' is one of those horror cult classic movies that requires revisiting every couple of years. And thankfully, just as I was thinking of breaking out my Anchor Bay wooden box special edition, the announcement of this new "final cut" is upon us! After an extensive search, the original director's cut containing footage long thought to be lost has been recovered and re-installed just in time for this digital restoration for the 40th anniversary. Below, we've got the new poster, trailer and press release for 'The Wicker Man - Final Cut'! Check 'em out!
Opening Friday, September 27 at IFC Center in NY, Nuart in La, and national release to follow.
- Rob Galluzzo
With The Wicker Man being re-released to theaters in the Us and UK, we got our hands on seven high-resolution photos that were taken to promote the movie’s original release in 1973. For those of you who missed our recent news, here are more details on The Wicker Man: The Final Cut:
“Butchered by its doomed UK distributor to fit on double bills, with its original camera negative apparently lost, The Wicker Man has gathered a devoted fan base over the past four decades, with the complete version their Holy Grail. Some missing scenes were recovered from an obsolete one-inch broadcast tape, but over the years there were rumors of complete 35mm prints floating around.
Earlier this year, the search intensified when worldwide rights holder Studiocanal initiated a Facebook campaign to recover the missing 35mm material, resulting in the discovery of a 92-minute 35 mm release print at the Harvard Film Archive. »
- Jonathan James
It was recently announced that an extended cut of the 1973 horror cult classic would be released to theaters and on Blu-ray/DVD in the UK, with a limited theatrical run in the Us starting later this month. If you’d like a look a the newly restored version, we have a brand new trailer from StudioCanal.
Due to the fact that the movie originally screened as part of a double bill, the version that appeared in theaters was shorter than Hardy’s actual cut. While the extended footage has been seen in the past on DVD, the original negatives were lost and the quality wasn’t the same. Here are more details on the discovery:
“Butchered by its doomed UK distributor to fit on double bills, with its original camera negative apparently lost, The Wicker Man has gathered a devoted fan base over the past four decades, with the complete version their Holy Grail. »
- Jonathan James
*Updated* We have great news for fans of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man. It was recently announced that an extended cut of the 1973 horror cult classic would be released to theaters and on Blu-ray/DVD in the UK. A limited theatrical run in the Us has been announced and we have a list of dates and cities.
Due to the fact that the movie originally screened as part of a double bill, the version that appeared in theaters was shorter than Hardy’s actual cut. While the extended footage has been seen in the past, the original negatives were lost. Here’s what Robin Hardy had to say about the discovery:
via Screen Daily: “StudioCanal contacted me last year in their search for the original materials that have been missing…. I’m very pleased to announce that StudioCanal have been able to find an actual print of The Wicker Man, »
- Jonathan James
Kulich plays a Russian oligarch who funds an international black market enterprise. Washington plays a former covert agent who hires himself out to those in need. [Source: Deadline]
The story focuses on a cranky war veteran (Bill Murray) who becomes an unlikely mentor to a 12-year-old boy. Adsit and McCarthy play the parents. [Source: THR]
The story follows a desolated, violent artist who escapes into the desert and encounters a brilliant, »
- Garth Franklin
Oyelowo will play Peter Snowden, a man obsessively in love with an old Army friend who begins to spiral downward as the pair’s reunion approaches. [Source: Deadline]
Gagnon will play Tucker, the son of Braff’s character, in the Kickstarter-backed feature. [Source: Deadline]
Denzel Washington stars as a shadowy ex-covert ops officer who helps those in need. Harbour plays a crooked CIA intelligence officer who helps pursue Washington’s character. [Source: Deadline]
"Firefly" and »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures has moved its feature film adaptation of the TV series, The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, from its previously-announced April 11, 2014 release date, to September 26, 2014 - a full 5 1/2 months. No particular reason(s) given, other than, as I learned, it might have faced more competition on April 11 with both family-friendly Rio 2 and Stretch Armstrong also opening that weekend. Its new September 26 release date will see a sci-fi thriller titled Selfless, as its main competition, with Washington's Safe House co-star, Ryan Reynolds, starring, in a film directed by Tarsem. Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas and Melissa Leo, co-star »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Sony/Columbia Pictures have spent years attempting to get a cinematic version of The Equalizer off the ground. The original television series ran from 1985-89, and starred the late Edward Woodward – in a Golden Globe-winning role – as Robert McCall, a g-man turned private detective, who spent his days helping out the weak and under-priviledged in an effort to make up for past dark deeds.
The film version – a loose adaptation of that premise – lay dormant until last year, following the departure of star Russell Crowe and director Paul Haggis (who had previously collaborated on The Next Three Days). Progress re-started once Denzel Washington came aboard to headline, based on a ...
- Sandy Schaefer
News Simon Brew 5 Jul 2013 - 06:36
Sony is still pressing ahead with a movie based on the TV series The Equalizer, but it's now been revealed that it's bought itself a bit more time to get it to the screen.
The film had originally been scheduled for release on April 11th 2014. It's now moving it to the relatively barren box office fields of September though, with a September 26th 2014 release date inked in. Rarely is a box office hit unleashed in September, yet Sony has had quite a lot of success with the Resident Evil movies being released in that timeframe.
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Sony Pictures has pushed the release date for its upcoming remake The Equalizer from April 11, 2014 to September 26, 2014. The action-thriller goes up against Selfless and The Boxtrolls in its new release date.
Denzel Washington is attached to star as the title character, a private detective who has dedicated his life to bringing justice to those in need.
Sony has decided that it's better for Denzel Washington to fight bad guys in the fall than the spring. According to Box Office Mojo, Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of the 1980s series The Equalizer has moved from April 11, 2014 to September 26, 2014. Washington stars a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble. The film also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett. The move gets The Equalizer away from the family-friendly fare of Rio 2 and Stretch Armstrong (although with absolutely no movement on Stretch Armstrong since Breck Eisner signed on to direct a year ago, I seriously doubt it will make a release that's less than a year away). Fuqua's movie will now face off against Laika's stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls and Tarsem's thriller Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds. The Equalizer probably has a better shot here because both Boxtrolls and Selfless »
- Matt Goldberg
Columbia Pictures has pushed back director Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer over five months. The big screen adaptation was originally set to open on April 11, 2014, but the movie will now hit theaters on September 26, 2014. The other films scheduled for the new date are The Boxtrolls and Selfless . A feature film adaptation of the hit 1980s television series, The Equalizer will star Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, David Meunier and Haley Bennett. In the original series, Edward Woodward starred as Robert McCall, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. »
Edward Woodward's Brit hardman takes on the drug-dealers, bad cops and mobsters of New York – but it's more than a simple vigilante drama
In the mid-1980s, long before headlining a hit Us TV show was at the top of every British actor's wish list, Edward Woodward hopped over to New York to play The Equalizer, a cultured, self-assured Brit with a violent streak, a guilt complex and a sleek black Jaguar.
Woodward is middle-aged, newly retired government agent Robert McCall, equipped with an arsenal that would make Kim Jong-Un jealous. Keen to atone for such past sins as toppling foreign governments and walking out on his family, he offers his services free of charge through a newspaper ad that states: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." He is the desperate citizen's last resort: employing a mainly brains-over-brawn approach (he's not exactly Jason Statham), the silver-haired »
• Idris Elba (Prometheus) is in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in the action flick The Gunman. Taken’s Pierre Morel is set to direct the project about what happens when an international operative is betrayed by his organization. Elba’s being considered for the role of Dupont, vaguely described as a “mysterious operative.” The story is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
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