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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Biloxi Blues

Biloxi Blues is one of the earlier soldier movies that has little if anything to do about war and everything to do with basic training. The central character is sent to Biloxi, Mississippi, in order to train with his fellow soldiers and eventually runs afoul of a sergeant that is quiet but very controlling. Thankfully he befriends another person that happens to be able to counter the sergeant and thus makes life a little more livable for the recruits. If you haven’t seen it you might give it a look, it’d be worth it. 10. The opening and closing scenes

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Biloxi Blues
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Oscar-Winning Production Designer Paul Sylbert Dies at 88

Paul Sylbert, who shared an Oscar for production design for Warren Beatty’s “Heaven Can Wait” and worked on notable films including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” died Nov. 19. He was 88.

Producer Hawk Koch, who worked with him on five films, said “Paul was one of a kind. He was as smart and well-read as anyone I have ever come in contact with, and he was respected by all that knew him. Aside from the work, he loved music, literature, opera, and friends.”

Sylbert shared shared a second nomination for the 1991 Barbra Streisand film “The Prince of Tides.”

He was the identical twin brother of fellow production designer Richard Sylbert, who died in 2002.

Paul Sylbert’s career began with a production designer credit on an early TV show, CBS’ “Premiere,” in 1951 and work as a set decorator on the CBS series “Suspense” the following year and stretched through
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Ioncinephile of the Month: Reed Morano (Meadowland)

Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema….but we would be disingenuous in categorizing this month’s spotlighted artist as a “new” arrival on the scene as this person as added a significant of contributions to the American independent film landscape.

This October, we feature Reed Morano, an award-winning cinematographer who’s deft craftsmanship can be found in works dating back to Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen to more recent oeuvres in John KrokidasKill Your Darlings and Mark Jackson’s War Story. Morano made the transition to directing, wearing not one but two hats on Meadowland, a soberingly thoughtful examination on loss, grief and an eschewing type of salvation starring Olivia Wilde in a performance that several are calling both fearless and ferocious.

Premiering this past April at the Tribeca Film
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Actor and Tony Award-winning director Gene Saks dies, aged 93

Actor and Tony Award-winning director Gene Saks dies, aged 93
Gene Saks has passed away, aged 93.

The actor and director, who starred in such films as A Thousands Clowns, died of pneumonia in his Long Island home yesterday (March 29).

A Tony Award-winning director, he famously staged Neil Simon's 'double-b' trilogy, which consisted of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound, and also a revival of The Odd Couple in 1985.

He starred in 1994's Fool alongside Paul Newman, Bruce Willis and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The last Broadway play Saks directed was William Luce's Barrymore in 1997.

Saks is survived by his wife Keren.
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Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Stage and Film Director, Dies at 93

Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Stage and Film Director, Dies at 93
Gene Saks, a director who earned three Tony Awards and frequently collaborated with Neil Simon, has died. He was 93. Saks died March 28 following a bout with pneumonia, his wife, Keren, said, according to the New York Times.  Saks had a long-standing professional relationship with Simon and directed many of his plays, including Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983) and Biloxi Blues (1985). Both projects earned Saks a Tony for directing, as did the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical I Love My Wife (1977). Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 Other Simon plays staged by Saks include Half a Sixpence (1965),

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93
Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of
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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93
Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of
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Working Girl | Blu-ray Review

Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray is the 1988 classic gender politics rom-com Working Girl. Famous for giving us Melanie Griffith her most iconic role and it’s Oscar winning track “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, the film was director Mike Nichols’ return to box office and awards success following the lesser celebrated Heartburn (1986) and Biloxi Blues (1988). And it would be his last Oscar nod for Best Director.

The Wall Street Cinderella story (a template writer Kevin Wade would retool once again in 2002 for Maid in Manhattan) begins in the secretarial pool, where ambitious and intelligent Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) wishes to rise above her station and snag a ticket up the corporate latter. Having no fear of battling her way through a masculine sea of privilege, including not being afraid to act out after having been pimped off by her boss (Oliver Platt) to a high roller
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Recounting Mike Nichols' climb from comedian to Egot-winner

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Recounting Mike Nichols' climb from comedian to Egot-winner
When people pass away, we often praise them with, "What couldn’t they do?" Exaggeration. With Mike Nichols, there’s really no answer to the theoretical. A seasoned comedian, a pillar of New York City theater, a successful film director — earning a Best Picture nomination, four Best Director nominations, and one win in the latter category — and one of only 12 people to successfully collect the coveted Egot, when it came to the entertainment industry, there really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He went out on a high. Thursday morning, we learned that Nichols passed away at the age of 83. Fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany in 1938, Nichols wound up in New York City and called the city home for nearly his entire life. Attending college in Chicago, he became part of the theater and comedy scenes, joining Second City and forming the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with actress Elaine May.
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Rip Mike Nichols

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Word has just reached us of the sad passing of Mike Nichols, a true Hollywood legend. One of the few people to win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award, Nichols' career began on the atge before he made his feature directorial debut with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He followed that up with the classic The Graduate, a movie whose impact can be felt even to this day. His career is filled with an eclectic group of movies which never really saw his quality wane, including Catch-22, Wolf, Biloxi Blues, Regarding Henry, Primary Colors, The Birdcage, and his final film, Charlie Wilson's War. Even though he retired from movies in 2007, he kept himself busy, returning to the stage where he worked up until last year. The thoughts of everybody here at The Movie Bit  are with his friends and family during this hard time.
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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son
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Mike Nichols, 'The Graduate' Director, Dead at 83

Mike Nichols, 'The Graduate' Director, Dead at 83
Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director of films like The Graduate and The Birdcage and a nine-time Tony Awards winner, has passed away at the age of 83. Good Morning America reports that the filmmaker died suddenly Wednesday night of cardiac arrest.

Nichols was also the husband of longtime ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the Egot — an Emmy, a Grammy,
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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83 from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Born in Germany and moving to the U.S. in the late 1930s as a child, Nichols started out as a comedian before segueing into being a director, writer and producer of productions both on stage and on screen.

His first film was 1966's screen adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" which scored five Oscars, while he personally won an Oscar for his second effort "The Graduate".

Other famed films he directed included "Working Girl," "Postcards from the Edge," "Primary Colors," "The Birdcage," "Regarding Henry," "Biloxi Blues," "Wolf," "Silkwood," "Catch-22," "Carnal Knowledge, "Closer" and his last feature "Charlie Wilson's War".

He also directed the acclaimed TV adaptations of "Angels in America" and "Wit," and helmed a bunch of Broadway productions of various plays and musicals including "Uncle Vanya," Death of a Salesman," ""The Seagull,
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Mike Nichols, director of 'The Graduate,' passes away at 83

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Mike Nichols, director of 'The Graduate,' passes away at 83
Sad news this Thursday morning as word comes that legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at age 83 on Wednesday night.   Reports indicate that the cause of death may have been cardiac arrest. Nichols, one of only a handful of Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners, was the director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Biloxi Blues," "Regarding Henry," and "The Birdcage."  His last film was 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War."  Nichols' Oscar came for "The Graduate," while he won Emmys for "Wit" and "Angels in America," and a Grammy for "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May."  The director won nine different Tony awards including ones for "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and "Spamalot." ABC News President James Goldston, who announced the death in a statement, said, "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film,
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Mike Nichols, ‘Graduate’ Director, Dead At 83

Mike Nichols, ‘Graduate’ Director, Dead At 83
Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.

Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos

Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.

Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters
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Is Netflix Removing Your Fave Movie In 2014?

Is Netflix Removing Your Fave Movie In 2014?
You better watch Titanic, Top Gun and Braveheart while you can, because come 2014, Netflix will remove 80 films and a handful of TV shows from their streaming site.

According to Reddit, on New Year's Day, nearly 40 million streaming Netflix subscribers will no longer be able to watch some of the classic films and TV shows that have been so readily available in the past. Instead, they will have to join the seven million DVD subscribers and order their films to come in the mail.

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The heads-up came from an anonymous post on Reddit, in which the user listed every film that is to be removed from instant streaming as of Wednesday, January 1. A Netflix spokesperson told CNN that the company often changes what films will be available for streaming based on licensing contracts made with the studios and filmmakers.

The silver lining in all of this is that a few new films
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Netflix To Ring In The New Year By Purging A Whole Lot Of Movies

Life is ephemeral. Nothing lasts forever, least of all your favorite streaming movies and TV shows on Netflix. It used to be you could go to third-party websites to find out when movies would be expiring from Netflix’s streaming service, but no more. Now the only place to find that information is on individual listings within Netflix’s own website or apps. How are we to know which films we never got around to watching that we’ll be missing in a few days?

Well, where there’s a will there’s a way. In this case, that way is through the seedy back alley of the Internet known as Reddit, where one user was kind enough to list all the various films and TV shows that will no longer be on Netflix after the first of the year. Here is that very list:

TV shows expiring January 1st:
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Netflix TV shows and movies expiring on Jan. 1: What are they?

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The New Year is a time to look forward at all the exciting things that are coming ahead, but is also a time of loss. That loss, of course, is with Netflix, as the streaming service will be saying goodbye to a number of previously-available TV shows and movies.

Since Netflix no longer advertises when various titles in its library are expiring, one Reddit thread (via Vulture) collected them for your pleasure. It's worth noting that some of these titles may not permanently disappear, and might return as soon as a day or several hours after being removed as per Netflix's contract agreements.

Fortunately for all your TV-loving folks out there, not many television shows are being removed. The ones on the chopping block are "The Kids in the Hall," the original "Dark Shadows," "Mr. Bean," "Saturday Night Live The 2000s" and "Perfect 10 Model Boxing: Vol. 1." So if any of
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Netflix Loses A Bunch Of Its Movies

A major downside of VOD services compared with having a vast Blu-ray or DVD library is timing. Services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. have contracts with content providers - contracts that expire usually around the end of a calendar year unless otherwise renewed.

Thus from January 1st, certain films will no longer be available on that service to watch when you want. Today, a Reddit post has listed the films that are about to drop off Netflix due to contract with various rights providers running out. When (or even if) they will return is anyone's guess. The list is as follows:

1492 Conquest Of Paradise

As Good As It Gets

Brick

Being John Malkovich

Back To School

Battle Of Britain

Best Of Times

Born On the Fourth Of July

Braveheart

Body Of Evidence

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Biloxi Blues

Can't Hardly Wait

Capote

Dressed To Kill

Do The Right Thing

Desperado

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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Netflix Loses A Bunch Of Its Movies

A major downside of VOD services compared with having a vast Blu-ray or DVD library is timing. Services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. have contracts with content providers - contracts that expire usually around the end of a calendar year unless otherwise renewed.

Thus from January 1st, certain films will no longer be available on that service to watch when you want. Today, a Reddit post has listed the films that are about to drop off Netflix due to contract with various rights providers running out. When (or even if) they will return is anyone's guess. The list is as follows:

1492 Conquest Of Paradise

As Good As It Gets

Brick

Being John Malkovich

Back To School

Battle Of Britain

Best Of Times

Born On the Fourth Of July

Braveheart

Body Of Evidence

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Biloxi Blues

Can't Hardly Wait

Capote

Dressed To Kill

Do The Right Thing

Desperado

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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