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John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner

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John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner
John Heard — best known for his roles in Home Alone and The Sopranos — died in a Palo Alto, California, hotel room after suffering a heart attack.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office tells People the 71-year-old suffered “a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.”

Despite previous speculation, the coroner says Heard’s back surgery shortly before his July 21 death did not play a role. “The manner of death is natural,” reads a statement from the coroner’s office.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard appeared
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John Heard Was ‘Filled with Optimism’ In Final Interview Before His Death: ‘He Just Wanted to Work’

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John Heard Was ‘Filled with Optimism’ In Final Interview Before His Death: ‘He Just Wanted to Work’
In the days before his death, John Heard was eager to put his health woes behind him and get back on the big screen.

In his final interview, Tuesday on Illeana Douglas’ I Blame Dennis Hopper podcast, the seasoned actor opened up about his roles in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone. However, it was comments made off-mic that revealed his hopes for the future.

“He was filled with optimism and hope that he would get this back surgery and begin to start working again! That’s where he was happiest,” Douglas wrote in
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‘Never Not Good’: Elijah Wood, Michael McKean and More Remember Actor John Heard

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‘Never Not Good’: Elijah Wood, Michael McKean and More Remember Actor John Heard
The life of actor John Heard — the star known for his role in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone — is being remembered by his Hollywood costars and admirers.

Heard died Friday in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirmed to People. He was 71.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard had a number of high-profile costars.

“Sad to hear of John Heard’s passing,” wrote actor Elijah Wood — who worked as a young boy with Heard in 1992’s Radio Flyer.

Heard
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Newswire: R.I.P. Home Alone dad John Heard

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Variety reports this morning that John Heard, the longtime character actor best-known as the dad in Home Alone, has died at 72. No cause of death is known at this time, but TMZ reports that Heard was found in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering from a “minor back surgery” he had on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center.

Few actors could rival Heard’s long and varied acting career. He started out in TV movies in the ’70s and was working steadily right up until his death. Although best-known for his patriarch role in two Home Alone movies, he also had major roles in ’80s hits like Big and Beaches. Other standouts from his career heyday include appearances in After Hours, Heaven Help Us, The Trip To Bountiful, and The Pelican Brief.

His career took another upswing when he played Vin Makazian on The Sopranos, a tragically corrupt detective ...
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John Heard found dead in hotel room by Jennie Kermode and Amber Wilkinson - 2017-07-22 15:31:18

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John Heard in Home Alone

Home Alone star John Heard has died, aged 72.

The actor, whose film roles also included Big and The Trip To Bountiful, was reported by TMZ, who broke the story, to have been found dead on Friday in a California hotel, where he had been recovering from back surgery. The cause of death is not yet known.

Heard was much loved for his turn as Macaulay Culkin's hapless dad, and also appeared in films including After Hours, The Pelican Brief, Cutter's Way, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, and the original Sharknado. He had roles in a number of popular Us TV series, including The Sopranos, Prison Break and CSI Miami.

He is survived by children Jack, Max and Annika....
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John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71

John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71
John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the “Home Alone” movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

He was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

In the 1990 “Home Alone,” Heard stars as the father who forgets his son, played by Macauley Culkin, when making a business trip to France. After “Home Alone” became a big hit, Heard returned to star in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

He also appeared in “Cat People,” “After Hours,” “Big,” “Beaches,” 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” and on TV in “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos,” for which he won an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard started out acting off-Broadway. His first major role came in the romantic comedy “Chilly Scenes of Winter” in 1979.

His
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John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71

John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71
John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the “Home Alone” movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

He was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

In the 1990 “Home Alone,” Heard stars as the father who forgets his son, played by Macauley Culkin, when making a business trip to France. After “Home Alone” became a big hit, Heard returned to star in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

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He also appeared in “Cat People,” “After Hours,” “Big,” “Beaches,” 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” and on TV in “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos,” for which he won an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard started out acting off-Broadway. His first major role came in the romantic comedy “Chilly Scenes of Winter
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John Heard Dead at 72; TV Roles Included The Sopranos, Prison Break

John Heard Dead at 72; TV Roles Included The Sopranos, Prison Break
Veteran actor John Heard, familiar to many as Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone pop, was found dead on Friday in a Palo Alto, Calif. hotel room. He was 72.

A cause of death is not yet known, reports TMZ.

On the smaller screen, Heard’s credits included CBS’ adaptation of the 1994 John Grisham film The Client, The Sopranos (for which he earned an Emmy nomination as corrupt cop Vin Makazian), Jack & Bobby, Prison Break (playing Sara Tancredi’s governor father), NCIS: Los Angeles and, most recently, spring episodes of Fox’s APB and WGN America’s Outsiders.

In addition to his turns as Peter McCallister,
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New to Streaming: ‘Sense8,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)

Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to
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Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix

Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix
Condola Rashad has joined Chiwetel Ejiofor in Netflix’s religious drama “Come Sunday,” with Joshua Marston directing.

Ejiofor stars as Carlton Pearson, a popular evangelical minister of the Higher Dimensions Family Church in Tulsa, Okla., whose services drew as many as 5,000 people. He was deemed a heretic by his peers in 2004 as a result of his decision to begin preaching the doctrine of universal salvation — based on the concept that there is no hell — as what he called “the gospel of inclusion.”

Rashad will portray Pearson’s wife Gina, who filed for divorce from him last year, citing “incompatibility issues.”

The script was written by Marcus Hinchey, based on a 2005 “This American Life” radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing alongside Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp of “This American Life.”

Rashad worked with Marston on “Complete Unknown,” which he directed and co-wrote. She appeared earlier this year
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Turner’s FilmStruck Movie-Subscription Service Now on Apple TV; Roku, Chromecast Promised in 2017

Turner’s FilmStruck Movie-Subscription Service Now on Apple TV; Roku, Chromecast Promised in 2017
FilmStruck, Turner’s subscription movie service for film fans, is now available on fourth-generation Apple TV set-tops.

FilmStruck, which launched Nov. 1 after a two-week delay, offers hundreds of current and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films and is the exclusive streaming home to the Criterion Collection. Apple TV joins the service’s lineup of other devices, including Amazon Fire TV and iOS and Android devices, and it’s also available on the web.

Turner says it plans to add FilmStruck access for Roku devices and Google Chromecast in early 2017, followed by Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One later in the year.

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The service, managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM), is available only in the U.S. initially. Pricing starts at $6.99 per month without the Criterion Channel, and $10.99 monthly with the Criterion Channel. Turner also
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The Chase

Horton Foote, Lillian Hellman and Arthur Penn's All-Star vision of an Ugly America found few friends in 1965; now its overstated scenes of social injustice and violence are daily events. Marlon Brando leads a terrific cast -- Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall! -- to endure the worst Saturday ever to hit one cursed Texas township. The Chase (1966) Blu-ray Twilight Time 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95 Starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Richard Bradford, Robert Duvall, James Fox, Diana Hyland, Henry Hull, Jocelyn Brando, Clifton James, Steve Ihnat Cinematography Joseph Lashelle Production Designer Richard Day Art Direction Robert Luthardt Film Editor Gene Milford Original Music John Barry Written by Lillian Hellman from the novel by Horton Foote Produced by Sam Spiegel Directed by Arthur Penn

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Turner Delays Launch of FilmStruck Movie-Subscription Service

Turner has pushed back the launch of FilmStruck — its subscription VOD service with hundreds of indie, foreign, classic and cult films — to November, citing the need to iron out kinks on the registration process.

Originally, the service, developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, was slated to debut on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Just like the final stages of completing a film, this additional time will allow us to put the finishing touches on FilmStruck in order to bring you a premium service with beautifully curated content and the largest streaming library of world-renowned arthouse, indie, cult and foreign films,” TCM said in an email to users who had registered with the service. “Rest assured, we’re working hard to bring you the high-quality streaming movie service you’ve been waiting for.”

Turner did not provide a specific date in November when FilmStruck will be available.
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FilmStruck and The Criterion Channel Reveal Subscription Pricing Plans

It’s been about half-a-year since we learned The Criterion Collection would be departing Hulu soon and bringing its entire streaming library to the new service FilmStruck, alongside films from Turner Classic Movies, Janus Films, Flicker Alley, Icarus, Kino, Milestone, Zeitgeist, Warners Bros. and more. Basically, it’s cinephile heaven, but on everyone’s mind is how much would this service-of-our-dreams cost?

Ahead of a launch on October 19, Turner has now revealed the subscription pricing plans, and thankfully it’s quite reasonable. The subscriptions are broken down into three options. First, for $6.99 a month, you get “a constantly refreshed library of hard to find & critically acclaimed films,” which we imagine will be the Mubi-style of a curated, more limited line-up featuring hand-picked selections from their entire library.

Then, for $10.99 a month, you get access to the entire The Criterion Channel, as well as exclusive bonus content, and “exclusive contemporary and previously unavailable films.
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First Look: ‘Billions’ Star Condola Rashad Wraps ‘Bikini’ Filming In New York

First Look: ‘Billions’ Star Condola Rashad Wraps ‘Bikini’ Filming In New York
Condola Rashad, whose shimmering stage performances in Ruined, Stick Fly, Romeo and Juliet and The Trip To Bountiful made the daughter of Phylicia Rashad one of the most sought-after young actors in the business, has just wrapped Gotham filming of Bikini for producers Anja Wedell and Munire Armstrong. Helmed by Oscar nominee Milcho Manchevski, Bikini tells the story of a documentary filmmaker and his girlfriend who take a charismatic but troubled woman (the title role…
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‘Billions’ & Broadway Star Condola Rashad Lands Title Role In Indie ‘Bikini Sunshine’

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‘Billions’ & Broadway Star Condola Rashad Lands Title Role In Indie ‘Bikini Sunshine’
Exclusive: A star of Showtime’s Billions and lauded Broadway actress (Romeo and Juliet, The Trip To Bountiful, Stick Fly, as well as Ruined off-Broadway) Condola Rashad will play the title role in the independent pic Bikini Sunshine, written and to be directed by Spirit Award winner Milcho Manchevsk. Anja Wedell and Munire Armstrong are set to produce. Bikini is described as a charismatic, mercurial and troubled former Marine who returns from Iraq and inadvertently…
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‘Billions’ & Broadway Star Condola Rashad Lands Title Role In Indie ‘Bikini Sunshine’

Exclusive: A star of Showtime’s Billions and lauded Broadway actress (Romeo and Juliet, The Trip To Bountiful, Stick Fly, as well as Ruined off-Broadway) Condola Rashad will play the title role in the independent pic Bikini Sunshine, written and to be directed by Spirit Award winner Milcho Manchevsk. Anja Wedell and Munire Armstrong are set to produce. Bikini is described as a charismatic, mercurial and troubled former Marine who returns from Iraq and inadvertently…
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Can you pass HitFix's hard-harder-hardest Oscar Quiz?

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Can you pass HitFix's hard-harder-hardest Oscar Quiz?
Last year HitFix threw down a 21-question quiz for Oscar fanatics, and this year we're at it again. Join us for an ultimate Oscar test featuring three tiers of difficulty: hard, harder, and hardest. Get out a notepad! The answers are on the next page. (Please note that the term "actor" can mean a man or a woman, and that any listed year refers to the time of the movie's release, not the year of the ceremony.) Hard 1. What's the highest-grossing of this year's eight Best Picture nominees? 2. Jennifer Jason Leigh just received her first Oscar nomination for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Only two performances in Quentin Tarantino's filmography have earned Academy Awards. Who performed those roles? 3. Which of this year's Best Picture nominees stars a character named Joy? 4. Who's the only person in history to win both an acting Oscar and a songwriting Oscar? 5. Name one
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Lifetime Digs Into Original Movie Vault to Launch Svod Service

Lifetime Digs Into Original Movie Vault to Launch Svod Service
The phrase “Lifetime movie” has become synonymous with a certain breed of made-for-tv melodrama. Lifetime is looking to harness that built-in branding with the launch of an Svod service that will offer a package of about 30 original telepics for $3.99 a month.

The Lifetime Movie Club app bows today on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch platforms to start. It will expand to other platforms, likely Android, in the fall. The movies will be available without commercials, and the assortment of titles will be refreshed weekly.

In recent years, Lifetime has expanded the focus of its original telepics to everything from high-end Emmy-nominated adaptations of “Steel Magnolias” and “The Trip to Bountiful” to kitschy behind-the-scenes looks at pop culture favorites such as “Saved by the Bell” and the upcoming “unauthorized” movies revisiting “Full House,” “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and “Melrose Place.”

But the perception of the “Lifetime movie” brand has been hard to shake.
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Wgn America's 'Manhattan' wins SXSW prize for Excellence in Title Design'

Wgn America's 'Manhattan' wins SXSW prize for Excellence in Title Design'
Wgn America's period drama "Manhattan" has won the jury award for Excellence in Title Design at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The opening titles were illustrated by Dan Gregoras, Creative Director at Imaginary Forces, and defeated 22 other film and television finalists, including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Godzilla," "American Horror Story: Freak Show," and "The Leftovers." -Break- 'Manhattan' creator Sam Shaw on race against time to build atom bomb The SXSW prize follows another recent honor for the series. Director of photography John Lindley recently won the American Society of Cinematographers award for Best Movie/Miniseries/Pilot Cinematography for shooting the premiere episode. There it defeated the telefilms "The Trip to Bountiful" and "Deliverance Creek" as well as the pilot for Fox's "Gotham." Could ...
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