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When I was a kid, I devoured the kitschy fun of producer Dino De Laurentiis' films such as the 1976 "King Kong" remake. His name got branded in my feeble mind. When you see his "Dino De Laurentiis Presents" before a trailer, you know that film would be fun!
So the death of the Oscar-winning Italian film producer saddened me. The Italian media was reporting that Laurentiis, who gave the world nearly 500 films including "La Strada," "Serpico," and "Three Days of the Condor" died in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Here's a lengthy but absolutely wonderful snap shot of Laurentiis' life written by John Gallagher from film reference:
One of the most colorful, prolific, and successful producers in the contemporary motion picture business, Dino De Laurentiis has proven his entrepreneurial skills time and again, growing from an independent Italian producer into an international conglomerate. His product, from low-budget neorealist works to multimillion dollar spectacles, »
Italian movie tycoon whose list of credits featured as many disasters as hits
The Italian-born film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who has died aged 91, will perhaps go down in movie history as the last "transatlantic" tycoon. Over a career spanning more than 60 years, producing films on both sides of the ocean, he had as many flops as hits. But De Laurentiis almost always succeeded in staying afloat.
In Rome, he produced Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning La Strada (1954) and the grandiose spectacular War and Peace (1956), but also made The Bible: In the Beginning (1966) and Waterloo (1970), which never recovered their costs. Relocating to the Us, he enjoyed success with Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Conan the Barbarian (1982), but had financial disasters including Year of the Dragon (1985) and a failed food emporium, which he opened in New York. De Laurentiis was also a starmaker, both in Italy, where »
- John Francis Lane
I'm an old school Oliver Stone fan. I was a freak about Oliver Stone the screenwriter before he ever started directing. Movies like "Midnight Express" and "Scarface" and "Year Of The Dragon" and "Conan The Barbarian" all had his name on them, and as someone who wanted to write movies and who was blown away by the rabid energy of his work, I started paying close attention to his career. I became manic about his work in '86 when he released "Salvador" and "Platoon" back to back, and I dug both "Wall Street" and "Talk Radio" when they were released. It »
Sylvester Stallone has gathered an all-star action cast for his latest throwback. Most of these stars are known for their gravitas in the action genre long before The Expendables existed. While this may not be true for Steve Austin, Randy Couture or Terry Crews (Little Man aside), we have compiled our ten favorites films from Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Arnold Schwarzenegger with an emphasis on action. Check it out below and comment with your favorites.
One of the better efforts of his career, in a decent year for Sly (1993 provided this and Cliffhanger, the years surrounding contained Oscar, Stop or My Mom… and Judge Dredd among others), Demolition Man is an actioner that is, above all else, fun. The plot is ambitious, as wronged-but-prone-to-destruction (hence the nickname that provides the film’s title) police officer »
- TFS Staff
0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Nineteen eighty-five was a great year film wise. In addition to Back to the Future (and, ahem, Teen Wolf, both starring Michael J. Fox), moviegoers in 1985 could pick from any number of soon-to-be classics, near-classics, or soon-to-be cable fodder at movie theaters, including Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rocky IV, Jewel of the Nile, Out of Africa (a multiple Academy Award winner), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, The Goonies, Year of the Dragon, Young Sherlock Holmes, and for the horror-oriented, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead, and Return of the Living Dead, a horror-parody of Romero's contributions to the undead sub-genre. For me, Martha Coolidge's Real Genius, a Reagan-era, geek comedy-satire loaded with quotable lines, memorable scenes, a synth-pop score by a who's who of 80s' one-hit wonders, and Val Kilmer, giving one of his all-time best performances, deserves to be at or »
- Mel Valentin
Hollywoodnews.com: It takes a tiger to save a tiger.
“Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world’s most important ecosystems,” DiCaprio tells UsMagazine.com in a statement. “Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planet’s last wild habitats and help sustain the local communities surrounding them.”
“By protecting this iconic species, we can save so much more,” DiCaprio says.
DiCaprio is one of the leading celebrity environmentalists. He is so passionate about saving the environment that he drives a Toyota Prius. In 2007, he produced, wrote and narrated the environmental documentary “The 11th Hour.”
In honor of the Year of the Dragon, WWF has a $20 million charity goal to double the tiger population by »
6 items from 2010
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