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Arrivederci Signor Dino De Laurentiis!

11 November 2010 11:30 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

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, »

- Manny

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Joan Chen and Amanda Schull Interview Mao’S Last Dancer

18 August 2010 11:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Mao’s Last Dancer is a personal journey of self discovery inspired by the real life story of Li Cunxin who came from an impoverished childhood in China and went on to become an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer. Directed by Bruce Beresford and shot on location in China, Australia and the U.S., the film stars Bruce Greenwood, Kyle Maclachlan, Joan Chen, Amanda Schull and newcomer Chi Cao in his feature debut.

We sat down with Joan and Amanda at a roundtable interview to talk about their new film. Joan explained what inspired her character and how Li Cunxin’s experiences mirrored in many ways her own when she immigrated to the United States. Amanda told us about the sacrifice that comes with being a dancer and how she transitioned from ballet to pursue a career in acting.  Both shared their thoughts on the fiercely competitive worlds of acting and »

- Sheila Roberts

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