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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill
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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill has evoked instant recognition and elegant associations
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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows,
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R.I.P. Robert Loggia

Veteran character actor Robert Loggia has died at his home in Los Angeles today at the age of 85. Loggia had been battling Alzheimer's Disease for five years and leaves behind his widow Audrey with whom he had been married for over three decades, three children, and a stepchild.

Starring in his first films back in the late 1950s, worked right up until this year with his last role being in the Canadian horror drama "Sicilian Vampire". Along the way he scored peer recognition including an Oscar nominated turn in the 1986 courtroom thriller "Jagged Edge" alongside Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges, and an Emmy nominated role as the lead in the detective drama series "Mancuso, F.B.I.".

His resume includes key roles in some major movies that ran the gamut in terms of critical and public appeal. Amongst the more notable titles are the likes of "Big," "Scarface, "Independence Day,
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Golden Trailer Nominations Announced

Golden Trailer Nominations Announced
The Golden Trailer Awards have announced nominations in 82 categories, a month ahead of its 16th annual awards show on May 6 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Universal Pictures had 44 nominations for films, including “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” “Minions,” “Unbroken” and “Ted 2.” Fox followed with 41 nominations, including work on “Birdman,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Gone Girl” and “Wild.”

Ignition Creative had the most nominations among agencies, working on 44 of this year’s nominees.

The complete list of nominees:

Awards Presented During The Live Stage Show Include:

Best Action

Agent 47 “New Assassin”, 20th Century Fox, Transit

The Equalizer “Domestic Trailer”, Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative Inc

Furious 7 “Family”, Universal Pictures, Av Squad

John Wick “Domestic Trailer”, Lionsgate, Av Squad

Kingsman: The Secret Service “Trailer E: Path”, 20th Century Fox, Wild Card

Best Animation / Family

Annie “Dreams”, Columbia Pictures, Seismic Productions

Big Hero 6 “Find Your Way”, Disney, Trailer Park

Cinderella “Be Kind”, Disney,
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Finally, a Summer Movie Season for Women

  • Vulture
Finally, a Summer Movie Season for Women
Glance at this summer’s movie lineup, and you’ll notice something strange. Women are getting guns. And guitars. And emotional inner lives. And the ability to have sex, no strings attached. During the all-important, typically testosterone-soaked summer movie season, women are represented onscreen in roles besides Unidentified Love Interest No. 2. Let’s rattle off the movies: Hot Pursuit, Pitch Perfect 2, Tomorrowland, Aloha, Spy, Inside Out, The Bronze, Trainwreck, Paper Towns, Ricki and the Flash. Comedies, dramas, action movies, all of them led by women. Some were even written by them. Compared to last summer, this is a nice spread; compared to 2013, it’s a feast. The best part is that many actually look intriguing, a statement exactly zero people said about last year’s Sex Tape. Between them, they illustrate more than one facet of the female experience, from a middle-school girl’s insecurity (Pixar’s Inside Out
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Poster Round-Up: The Spy Straight Outta Fury Road – Refueled!

Welcome to the latest installment of the Nerdly poster round-up, where we bring you up to speed on some of the best (and worst) movie posters to have hit the interwebs in recent weeks. Including posters for Straight Outta Compton, Spooks: Greater Good, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy, Insidious 3, Transporter Refueled, Fantastic Four and more..!

Straight Outta Compton

Spooks: Greater Good

Mad Max: Fury Road

Spy

Insidious: Chapter 3

Poltergeist

Masterminds

D Train

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Hotel Transylvania 2

The Transporter: Refueled

Hot Pursuit

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Fantastic Four
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Box Office: 'Home' is no. 1 as 'Get Hard' is Will Ferrell's biggest debut in five years

  • Hitfix
Box Office: 'Home' is no. 1 as 'Get Hard' is Will Ferrell's biggest debut in five years
The box office giveth and the box office taketh away, but this weekend was bountiful for four different movies. DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's "Home" took the top spot with $54 million.  That's the biggest debut for Dwa since "Madagascar 3: Europe Most Want" in 2012 and the first real smash opening for the company since Fox became their distribution and marketing partner. This is a huge win for DreamWorks since "Home" is their only major release in 2015.  The family film also earned an A Cinemascore rating which means it should have good word of mouth with family audiences over the coming weeks.  Globally, the $135 million budgeted flick has earned $101.5 million so far. It's one of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's worst reviewed films of their careers, but audiences didn't seem to care as "Get Hard" took the second spot with $34.6 million.  The Warner Bros. release is actually Ferrell's biggest
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John Woo Has Been Caught For A Manhunt Remake

Earlier today, Media Asia Films announced they are planning a new thriller, Manhunt, which will be helmed by legendary Hong Kong director John Woo. The film is a remake of the 1976 Japanese film by Satô Jun'ya of the same name, which starred the great Takakura Ken. Based on the novel Hot Pursuit by Nishimura Juko, the original told the story of a prosecutor who was framed for robbery and rape, and who set out on a one-man mission to unravel the truth and get his name cleared. The Japanese Manhunt is a famous film in China, because back then it was the first foreign film allowed to be shown after the Cultural Revolution, and it became a big hit. In the announcement today,...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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HK FilMart: John Woo Searches Out ‘Manhunt’ As Next Directorial Project

HK FilMart: John Woo Searches Out  ‘Manhunt’ As Next Directorial Project
Top Hong Kong film-maker John Woo will next direct action thriller “Manhunt,” an adaptation of a Japanese novel.

The project, produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia, sees a prosecutor framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders. He sets out on a strenuous solo mission to clear his name.

The book “Kimi yo Funnu no Kawa o Watare” (aka “Hot Pursuit”) by Juko Nishimura was previously adapted as a movie in Japan in 1976, directed by Junya Sato, and starring Ken Takakura (“Black Rain”) as the prosecutor. In 1978 it was the first foreign film released in China after the end of China’s ‘Cultural Revolution,’ and became a massive hit.

Media Asia confirmed that the film will start shooting in 2015, which makes it Woo’s next film after he completes two part wartime epic “The Crossing.” Woo was previously attached to an ambitious aerial project “Flying Tigers” focused on how Chinese and U.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

New on Netflix: February 2015

What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.

And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.

You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix.
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Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows To Be Available Streaming In February

February is nearly upon us and with it brings some exciting additions to Netflix's streaming lineup. Among the movies and TV shows set to stream on Netflix in February are RoboCop, Scary Movie 5 and Spartacus.. EW posted the list of movies and TV shows joining Netflix's streaming lineup over the course of February. Check it out below... February 1 Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse Dark Ride Departures (Season 12) Gimme Shelter Gucci: The Director Hot Pursuit Houseboat Into the Blue 2: The Reef Joe King Arthur Magic City (Seasons 1-2) M*A*S*H (Seasons 1-5) Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Now: In the Wings on a World Stage Proof Spartacus (Complete series) The Brothers Bloom We Could Be Kings We.re No Angels Zapped February 5-12 The Little Rascals Save the Day (February 5) Danger 5 (February 6) Ever After High: Spring Unsprung (February 6) Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (February 7) Elsa & Fred
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The New Year Brings Gains And Losses To Your Netflix Watch Instantly Queue

Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.

First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.

Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring,
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What’s New on Netflix: February 2015

  • Vulture
What’s New on Netflix: February 2015
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. We will update this list as more titles are added closer to the end of the month.Movies February 1Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2011) Dark Ride (2006) Gimme Shelter (2013) Gucci: The Director (2013) Hot Pursuit (1987) Houseboat (1958) Into the Blue 2: The Reef (2009) Joe (2013) King Arthur (2004) Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007) Now: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) Proof (2005)The Brothers Bloom (2008) We Could Be King (2014) We’re No Angels (1989) Zapped (2014) February 5The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014) February 6Ever After High: Spring Unsprung (2015) February 7Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
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Microsoft Details Huge Savings On Xbox Live Titles For Deals With Gold Black Friday

You won’t need us to tell you that this Thursday, November 27th is Thanksgiving across the States, which means one thing: an abundance of food and celebration. Well, it also means another scenario — that’s right, Black Friday. And so, to commemorate the occasion, Microsoft has unveiled the extensive line-up of games that are due to receive a discount as part of the company’s Deals with Gold promotion.

As is always the case, Xbox players will need to have an Xbox Live subscription in order to gain access to the offers, which will run through until December 1st. Discounting an array of software across both Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft has pulled no punches this year, with some games being available for a full 80% cheaper than their standard price.

We’ve included the comprehensive list for each platform below for you to check out. But before you dive in,
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The Walking Dead Recap: Where There's Smoke...

There were nearly as many smoke/fire/burning metaphors in this week’s (almost) all Daryl and Carol episode of The Walking Dead as there are matches in a matchbook. But, as the dynamic duo searched for Beth, were either of them, as the title suggests, “Consumed” by the flames? Read on and find out!

In Hot Pursuit | At the top of the hour, we flashed back to the day that Rick banished Carol, and saw her follow a trail of smoke (just the first of ’em) to the prison following the Governor’s disastrous siege. In present day, as
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Prince William Tells High School Students He Loves Coldplay

Prince William Tells High School Students He Loves Coldplay
When he's not raising his heir or attending public engagements, Prince William may be jamming to Ghost Stories. The royal revealed he's a big fan of Coldplay while speaking to school children Wednesday - though he declined to play drums with their samba band. "I used to play the piano, trumpet and drums when I was your age but I couldn't read music. There's only so much you can remember from the top of your head," he told one drummer at Goole High School in East Yorkshire, where he spent more than an hour chatting with students as he launched
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Preservation, release details for Lfo, App, the first photo from Altergeist, an interview with Felissa Rose, and much more:

First Clip from Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted
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Need For Speed: Rivals Bumped Onto PlayStation 4’s Launch Lineup

Following the delay of Evolution Studio’s Driveclub, Sony has jettisoned EA’s Need For Speed: Rivals onto the proverbial starting grid for the PlayStation 4 when it launches next week in North America. The high-octane racing sim, which was previously slated to release worldwide on November 22nd, will now appear first on Sony’s new hardware ahead of other platforms.

Taking to PlayStation Blog, here’s what EA’s community manager, Jessica Damerst, had to say about the rescheduling:

“We’re stoked to be the first racing game on PS4, and believe we’re setting a new bar for driving gameplay and visuals. PS4, coupled with the Frostbite 3 engine, will give players unparalleled next-gen gaming — epic locations and vistas, stunning time of day and weather changes, and super high fidelity cars.”

Damerst went on to explain how Need For Speed: Rivals plans to utilise the console’s new social features,
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Guy Who Sued Subway Over 11 Inch Subs Now After GameStop

by Matt Hawkins

Do you know the name John Farley? Probably not, but you may be aware what he's known for: he's that guy who sued Subway because their footlong subs are actually only eleven inches. Anyhow, what is he up to these days? Why, suing GameStop of course.

So, what he's beef with them? According to Kotaku, Farley, who hails from Marlton, New Jersey, is part of a suit that includes two other plaintiffs and they are all targeting GameStop. Because money that should have been theoretically saved when purchasing used copies of games were instead reallocated on online passes and other forms of Dlc.

According to the lawsuit, it all stems from when Farley picked up a used copy of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2011: "When Farley attempted to play his game online with other players, he discovered he could not do so and was forced
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