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The troubled production of The Jewel Of The Nile

Simon Brew Jan 8, 2018

When Romancing The Stone hit big, Fox wanted a sequel: quickly. And that, in turn, caused a few problems...

The recent addition of Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing The Stone to Netflix – starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner – stirred up a sizeable amount of love and nostalgia for the 1984 caper. In it, Douglas and Turner take on their own Indiana Jones-esque adventure, with crucially a couple at the heart of it that you could really root for.

But whereas Romancing The Stone tends to be very well loved, there’s a lot less affection for its rushed-out sequel, The Jewel Of The Nile. In fact, if anything, the film is best known for the song that Billy Ocean sings over the end credits, When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (itself based on a line of dialogue that’s spouted a couple of times in the
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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard Dies at 89
Actor Rance Howard, father of Ron and Clint Howard and a prolific actor in his own right, has died at the age of 89. Ron Howard broke the sad news to fans on social media late on Saturday. Howard started his career when he was 20-years old, as part of a touring theater company. He acted alongside Henry Fonda in the play Mister Roberts, playing the role of Lindstrom across the country for a year and a half. Earlier this month, his granddaughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, praised Howard at the Broken Memories premiere and said that she admired how he stuck to acting despite never really hitting it big.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to share the news of Rance Howard's death while also paying tribute to the late actor. Ron Howard shared that his father changed the course of the Howard family history when he started acting. Ron had this to say.
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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89
Rest in peace, Rance Howard.

The actor died on Saturday, his son, director Ron Howard, announced on Twitter. Rance, who is also dad to actor Clint Howard, was 89.

"Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89," Ron wrote. "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad."

Rance's acting career spanned more than six decades. After his first movie role in 1956's Frontier Woman, Rance appeared in films like An Eye for an Eye (1966), Chinatown (1974), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Nebraska (2013).

He also acted in several of Ron's films, like Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood and Apollo 13, as well as Ron's feature film directorial debut, Grand Theft Auto. He also worked with his son in TV, on the sitcom
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Rance Howard, Ron Howard’s Father, Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Ron Howard’s Father, Dies at 89
Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and Clint Howard, died on Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard announced his father’s passing on Twitter.

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons,” he wrote. “Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 25, 2017

Howard appeared in several of Ron Howard’s movies, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and Howard’s directorial debut, “Grand Theft Auto
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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Lili Fini Zanuck — “Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars”

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars”

Lili Fini Zanuck is an Oscar-winning producer with a talent for finding and transforming unconventional material into box-office champions. Her producing credits include “Cocoon,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Bessie.” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “ Revelations,” and “Rush” are among her directing credits.

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 16 and will air on Showtime February 10.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Lfz: This documentary is about Eric Clapton and his life. It’s hard-hitting and poignant but also genuinely shocking and full of surprises. Clapton is a fascinating man who has led an extraordinary life.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Lfz: Eric and I have been friends for 25 years. We worked together when he did the soundtrack for my movie “Rush.” We stayed friends and he
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Practical-ly Perfect: Pennywise, Past and Present with Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., and Bart Mixon

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Over the weekend, Creature Features in Burbank, California played host to an amazing panel called Creating Pennywise, which featured Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from studioADI, as well as fellow legendary effects artist Bart Mixon, who was responsible for bringing the Tim Curry iteration of Pennywise to life for the 1990 It miniseries.

And even though we have already celebrated Bart Mixon’s iconic design and his ambitious efforts from over 27 years ago just a few months back (which you can read about Here), the discussion held during the Creating Pennywise panel was just too good not to share as part of Daily Dead’s "Practical-ly Perfect" series.

Read on for highlights from the panel, and be sure to check out some of the photos below, which feature an amazing Pennywise bust as well as some of his various sets of teeth and more.

Tom and Alec, what role did
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Otd: The Whisperers, Marlee Matlin, and "The Power of Love"

On this day (August 24th) in showbiz-related history...

1890 "Father of modern surfing" and part time movie actor Duke Kahanamoku born in Hawaii. We've written about him before. Where's his biopic?

1967 The Whisperers premieres in London. It's about an old poor woman living in solitude who is beginning to lose her grip on reality. Dame Edith Evans sterling work was instantly lauded - she won Best Actress at Berlinale and from such disparate groups as the Nyfcc, Nbr and the Golden Globes. She landed her third and final Oscar nomination in the Best Actress lineup (sadly only the winner, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner's Hepburn, was less than superb in that shortlist!). At the time Evans was the oldest Oscar nominee of all time in any acting category having just turned 80 years old. That record has since been undone but she's still the third oldest lead actress nominee after Jessica Tandy
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Han Solo Movie: Clint Howard to Appear in ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

Han Solo Movie: Clint Howard to Appear in ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff
Ron Howard has cast his younger brother, Clint Howard, in an unspecified role in the upcoming “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff.

The director disclosed the casting on Twitter in response to a straightforward request from a fan: “Please tell me you have a role for Clint.” “You won’t be disappointed,” the filmmaker responded on Wednesday.

Please tell me you have a role for Clint.

— Andylove (@Andylov123) August 2, 2017

You won't be disappointed

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 2, 2017

Clint Howard starred in many of his brother’s early films, including his first directing gig — 1976’s “Eat My Dust!” — followed by “Night Shift,” “Cocoon,” “Splash,” “Parenthood,” “Far and Away,” and “The Paper.” He portrayed Nasa engineer Seymour Liebergot in “Apollo 13” in 1996, as Whobris in 2000’s “The Grinch,” a referee in 2005’s “Cinderella Man” and in 2008’s “Frost/Nixon.”

Clint Howard has an extensive resume with roles in all three Austin Powers movies, “Cinderella Man,
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Great Job, Internet!: And now the story of the young Han Solo movie told via Arrested Development jokes

By passing the young Han Solo film off to Ron Howard, the Star Wars universe handlers assured viewers of a certain level of competence and joy. Howard’s varied career has involved everything from beloved acting turns like Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham and well-respected directorial work like Frost/Nixon, Cocoon, and A Beautiful Mind. This general high quality and Howard’s reassuring, genial nature combined memorably on Arrested Development, which he shepherded into being and served as champion for during its long, pre-Netflix time in the wilderness. He also served as the omnipotent, friendly narrator for the Bluth family’s various misadventures.

The obvious question, then: Could the broader Star Wars universe possibly play out within the madcap Arrested Development tone? Nerdist has helpfully tested this hypothesis, appending the entire original trilogy with Howard’s smart-ass asides.

It works pretty well—particularly the “Luke was, however, getting along with
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Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’

Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.

“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way,” Howard said when initially asked about the “Star Wars” job by panel moderator Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of Wpp.

Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).


Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff

When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.

Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.

“So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends,” Howard said. “It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)


Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?

Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”

Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”

Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.

“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”

Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”

Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.

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Ralph McQuarrie's Alternate Empire Strikes Back Logos Revealed

Ralph McQuarrie's Alternate Empire Strikes Back Logos Revealed
Heads up, Star Wars fans, because this is pretty cool. While we wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit theaters on December 15, which simply can't come soon enough at this point, we can take a look at these alternative logos that were done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. And they are quite a bit different than what we ultimately ended up with.

The art made its way online courtesy of Star Wars fan Gus Lopez, who posted the artwork to his Instagram page. The image features several concept sketches done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back before settling on a logo design. There are several different options here and they all vary quite a bit from what ended up being used for the marketing materials. Though, the two at the top left look like they could
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10+ Years Later: Is Willow Still a Magical Journey?

Most people are familiar with the famous trilogies of George Lucas: The Star Wars trilogy. The other Star Wars trilogy. The Indiana Jones trilogy. (Which of course grew into a quadrilogy, whether we like it or not.) But another trilogy may not spring to mind quite so quickly. Lucas' trilogy of '80's flops: Tucker: The Man and his Dream (1988), Howard the Duck (1986), and of course Willow (1988). All three of these films, to varying degrees, have gotten a bad wrap. Even the notorious Howard the Duck is not without a few odd, fleeting charms. The best of the lot, however, is without question, the action-fantasy cornucopia that is Willow. An early high-end directorial effort from Ron Howard (coming off of the well-received Cocoon),...

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Original 'Star Wars' VFX Master Reveals the Hardest Scenes to Get Just Right

Original 'Star Wars' VFX Master Reveals the Hardest Scenes to Get Just Right
Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi and visual effects Oscars for his work on Forrest Gump, Death Becomes Her, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cocoon. He's an alum of Industrial Light + Magic, where his additional credits include the Back to the Future trilogy, and he now serves as senior VFX supervisor...
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When Maureen Stapleton Became Our Grandmother Forever

35 years ago, the actress sang the body electric.

The handful of actresses I associate with motherhood include ’80s movie and TV staples Dee Wallace, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Joanna Kerns, Judith Light, and Meredith Baxter. They were the ones that comforted me when I was a kid. But when it comes to images of grandmothers, only one woman comes to mind: Maureen Stapleton.

On January 17, 1982, Stapleton was only 55 years old. She had three Academy Award nominations under her belt and was about to receive her fourth. She would win that Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the end of March for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds. But on this particular night, she was on television in the title role of The Electric Grandmother.

The Emmy-nominated NBC special, part of the network’s Peacock Theatre, was co-written by Ray Bradbury based on his 1962 Twilight Zone episode “I Sing the Body Electric,” the
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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Leads Visual Effects Nominations

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Leads Visual Effects Nominations
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Ves Awards on Tuesday.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” leads the feature film nominations with seven nods, followed by “Doctor Strange” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” with six apiece.

“Kubo” is also top animated film contender. Two Disney films, “Finding Dory” and “Moana,” follow with four nominations.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” leads the television field and has the most nominations overall with 11 — eight for the dramatic “Battle of the Bastards” episode alone.


Game of Thrones’ Visual Effects: Inside ‘Battle of the Bastards’

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston. Ralston’s has five Oscars: a Special Achievement Oscar for “Return of the Jedi,” and four Best Effects awards for “Cocoon,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Death Becomes Her,” and “Forrest Gump.”

The Visionary Award will be presented
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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with Tony Gardner

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Hello, readers! Welcome back for another installment of one of our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable talent who have worked in the horror and sci-fi genres—both in front of and behind the camera—to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.

For this month’s discussion, Daily Dead spoke with Tony Gardner, legendary special effects artist and president of Alterian, Inc. With an already prolific career that began in the early 1980s, Gardner has consistently established himself as one of the premier talents in the industry, contributing to films like The Return of the Living Dead, Cocoon, Evil Dead II, Harry and the Hendersons, The Lost Boys, Gorillas in the Mist, Nightbreed, The Blob, Darkman, Army of Darkness, Hocus Pocus, Seed of Chucky (in which he has a pretty sweet cameo and death), 127 Hours,
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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with Alec Gillis

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Hello, readers! Welcome back for the another installment of one our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable folks from the horror and sci-fi genres—both in front of and behind the camera—to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.

Throughout his career in special effects, which has now spanned over four decades, Alec Gillis has established himself as one of the premier artists of his generation, lending his talents on numerous films including Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Cocoon, Invaders From Mars (1986), Aliens, Death Becomes Her, The Monster Squad, Alien Nation, Spider-Man, Pumpkinhead, Hollow Man, Starship Troopers, and several films in the Tremors franchise, among others.

During his career, Gillis has collaborated with some of the greatest talents in the industry—from Stan Winston to James Cameron, to Roger Corman
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James Horner's 25 most magnificent scores

Sean Wilson Oct 11, 2016

From Star Trek and Field Of Dreams to The Rocketeer and Krull: we salute the film scores of the late, great James Horner.

When composer James Horner died in a plane crash in June 2015, cinema lost one of its most profoundly emotional voices, and the final chapter on Horner's astonishing career has now closed with his last work: Antoine Fuqua's Western remake The Magnificent Seven. Horner actually wrote the score based on the script before the film even started production, such was his passion for it, and it's been posthumously completed by his longtime collaborator Simon Franglen.

To mark the occasion, here are the 25 most seminal scores from a lamented, legendary figure of film music.

1. Legends Of The Fall (1994)

Despite his reputation as a composer of melodrama, throughout much of the eighties and early nineties Horner had largely been pegged as a bold composer of action,
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Giveaway – Win Cocoon on Blu-ray, Special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition

We have three copies to give away of one of the most beloved sci-fi films of the 80s, Cocoon.

Director Ron Howard followed up the huge success of Splash with this light-hearted science-fiction tale about a group of elderly friends who find their youth returning after encountering a benevolent Alien species living next door to their retirement home.

Bucking the trend of extravagant special effects targeted at a teenage audience, Cocoon with its senior cast and more personal focus was a huge success, picking up two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor & Best Visual Effects), and remains one of the most memorable and heart-warming films of the Eighties. Eureka Entertainment are proud to present Cocoon in this Special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Blu-ray.

Order today via Amazon.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, July 31st. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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Review: Ron Howard's "Cocoon" (1985) Eureka Blu-ray Special Edition; UK Release

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By Darren Allison

I’ve always viewed “Cocoon” as the type of film that Steven Spielberg would have been very happy to have made. It has all the hallmarks of a Spielberg movie: a light hearted, warm, science fiction fantasy that is also extremely enjoyable and a perfect piece of innocent entertainment. It was, of course, Ron Howard who picked up the project, a relative newcomer in directorial terms. However, his stock was rising based on the very popular romantic comedy/fantasy “Splash” (1984) with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. It was certainly enough to attract the attention of producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown at 20th Century Fox who were happy to take on the ambitious Howard and his vision for the film.

Given that the film was targeted at teenage audiences amid the mid-80s trend for special effects- laden spectacles, “Cocoon” managed to capture the imagination of a much wider audience.
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