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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Sam Shepard

3 August 2017 3:42 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – He was a true renaissance man, but his unassuming persona would conceal that lofty designation. Sam Shepard was a playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director of countless important stage and screen works. Shepard died on July 27th, 2017, of complications due to Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Als). He was 73.

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He was born Samuel Shepard Rogers III in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and graduated high school in California. After a brief stint in college, he started his career in a traveling theater repertory company. After landing in New York City, he dropped the Rogers from his name and began to work Off Broadway. He won six Obie Awards for his stage writing, and began his screen career by penning “Me and My Brother” (1968) and “Zabriskie Point” (1970). His had a love connection with rocker Patti Smith, which led to the collaborative play “Cowboy Mouth” (1971). He »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Golden Globes’ Biggest Red Carpet Rebels

2 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy Awards has a long reputation of being the straight-a cheerleader big sister to the Golden Globes’ more rebellious, drama club younger sibling, at least as far as its fashions are concerned. Save for some break-the-mold looks like Bjork’s infamous swan dress (and, lest we forget, its accompanying egg clutch) and Cher’s Bob Mackie headdress, the Oscars are remembered for polished jewels while the Globes are there for stars to make statements.

The go-to example for this argument is still, now over a decade later, “The Practice” star Lara Flynn Boyle’s skimpy petal pink prima ballerina faux paus from the 2003 ceremony. The get-up served its purpose; that is, it changed her narrative for the evening from solely being about her recent breakup with Jack Nicholson, who would win lead actor in a motion picture drama for “About Schmidt” (he told the Associated Press that Boyle’s Swarovski-dazzled tulle skirt and matching Chanel shoes »

- Whitney Friedlander

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This Is the Play That Won Sam Shepard a Pulitzer Prize

1 August 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

This week, beloved actor and playwright Sam Shepard died of complications from Als at the age of 73. His passing was met with an outpouring of emotion from famous fans who have long been inspired by his work; in addition to starring in classic films like The Right Stuff, Steel Magnolias, Black Hawk Down, and The Notebook, Shepard also penned over 40 plays, as well as a handful of books, short stories, memoirs, and essays. It was one of these projects that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. RelatedRemembering Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange's 30-Year Hollywood Love Story Shepard took home the Pulitzer Prize for drama thanks to his play Buried Child in 1979. It follows a family during the rural economic slowdown of the 1970s and depicts the disillusionment with the American Dream. It launched Shepard into fame as a playwright, and Buried Child's Broadway production in 1996 also garnered five Tony Award nominations. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Deadpool 2 and mother! top our daily movie news roundup!

31 July 2017 2:24 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Deadpool 2 and mother! top our daily movie news roundup!Deadpool 2 and mother! top our daily movie news roundup!Amanda Wood7/31/2017 4:24:00 Pm

In today’s movie news: A creepy teaser trailer, some funny Deadpool news, and a sad loss for the industry.

The Tiff-bound Darren Aronofsky thriller mother! finally released its first teaser trailer, and it sure does tease some craziness and mayhem. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple whose lives take a turn when unexpected visitors arrive, mother! is one of our most anticipated films of Tiff, and also just in general. Check out the creepy teaser below and catch mother! in Cineplex theatres September 15th.

Ryan Reynolds is back to his usual Twitter shenanigans, promoting Deadpool 2 with an amusing character poster for Domino, a new face in the series. She’s lying on a rug made out of Deadpool’s suit, »

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Sam Shepard dies at 73 by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-07-31 22:15:23

31 July 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Sam Shepard in Blackthorn Photo: Mongrel Media Sam Shepard: 'I still don't like to look at myself act' Hollywood today paid tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor Sam Shepard, who died on July 27, aged 73.

Shepard, who won the Pulitzer for Buried Child, died from the complications of Motor Neurone Disease at his Kentucky home.

In addition to his career as a playwright - penning more 40 plays - he also forged a career onscreen. He featured in films including Terrence Malik's Days Of Heaven and went on to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Philip Kaufaman's biographical drama about test pilot Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff.

Other film roles included Steel Magnolias, Black Hawk Down and Don't Come Knocking. More recently, he also starred in Blackthorn, Ithaca and Midnight Special. His last film Never Here had it's premiere last month and he »

- Amber Wilkinson

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An Appreciation of Sam Shepard: A Countercultural Playwright Who Became, as an Actor, an Ironic Icon

31 July 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a grand irony to the life and career of Sam Shepard, who died Thursday at 73, that couldn’t have been lost on him. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when he was first coming up as a playwright, he was part of a shaggy experimental New York theater scene, a kind of loose downtown collective that emerged from the dead flowers of the counterculture and grew into something else: a hazy ’70s druggie/poet garden of indolent creativity. It was an off-Broadway, off-kilter, semi-off-the-grid scene that sprouted up through the cracks of what had been hippie culture and would soon become punk.

Shepard wrote his plays with a wild-dog discursive freedom that would have been unimaginable before the ’60s, and his fabled romantic affair with a singer-poet named Patti Smith seemed baptized in a kind of bohemian purity. At that point, he’d already begun to flirt with Hollywood, though »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Sam Shepard, Rip: 5 Essential Performances That Illustrate His Genius

31 July 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sam Shepard was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose contributions to the theater world spanned decades; by the time he started acting in movies, his career had already taken off. As such, even as he landed an Oscar nomination for “The Right Stuff” and continued to be a regular presence in front of the camera, the multi-talented writer-performer remained primarily associated with the stage. Nevertheless, Shepard remained a major figure in American cinema for 40 years in more ways that one: It’s his tender screenplay that makes Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” such an emotional powerhouse, and he even directed two features, but it’s Shepard’s acting credits speak to his astonishing range — and the way he continued to evolve his skills as the decades wore on. Here are five standouts from a career so rich with talent that we can only begin to explore it with this limited sampling (sorry, »

- Eric Kohn, Michael Nordine, Ben Travers and David Ehrlich

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Playwright, actor Sam Shepard dies aged 73

31 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor who suffered from Als died at his home.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard has died from Als. He was 73.

Shepard died on July 27 at his home in Kentucky surrounded by family. “The family requests privacy at this difficult time,” Chris Boneau, the spokesman for the family, said.

Shephard won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play Buried Child and received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

His final on-screen appearance came in 2015 on the Netflix drama Bloodline. As an actor his screen credits include Days Of Heaven, Resurrection, Frances, Country, Fool For Love, Crimes Of The Heart, Baby Boom, Steel Magnolias, Bright Angel, Defenseless, Hamlet, The Notebook, Black Hawk Down, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Brothers, Mud, August: Osage County, Cold in July, Midnight Special, In Dubious Battle, and You Were »

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Sam Shepard: Celebrities Pay Tribute to Legendary Playwright and Actor

31 July 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Sam Shepard's death Thursday spurred an outpouring of old Hollywood memories from some of the industry's biggest stars, including Alyssa Milano, Antonio Banderas and Jason Alexander.

Shepard died at his Kentucky home surrounded by loved ones, his family announced Monday. The celebrated playwright and actor had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, family spokesperson Chris Boneau told ABC News. He was 73.

Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him. https://t.co/EmkNymyohG

Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 31, 2017

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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and 'Notebook' Actor, Dead at 73

31 July 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Accomplished playwright and actor Sam Shepard has died, Et can confirm. He was 73 years old.

Shepard died at his home in Kentucky on July 27 of complications from Als, and was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, Chris Boneau, spokesman for the family, said on Monday. Shepard is survived by his children -- Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard -- and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.

Funeral arrangements remain private, and plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.

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"The family requests privacy at this difficult time," Boneau said in a statement.

Shepard found incredible success as both a playwright and as an actor. He won a Pulitzer Prize for drama for his 1979 play, Buried Child, and wrote 40 plays over the course of his career. He also wrote the screenplays for Zabriskie Point; Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas; and Robert Altman's Fool for Love, a film »

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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Oscar-Nominated Actor, Dead at 73

31 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sam Shepard has died.  The Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright passed away on Thursday at his home in Kentucky, the New York Times reported. As a spokesman for the Shepard family confirmed to the newspaper, the star suffered complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. Shepard was 73 years old.  As famous off camera as he was in front of it, the star first earned his stripes in the theater world as an off-off-Broadway playwright and later wrote more than a dozen films, a few of which he also directed.  He made his debut in front of the camera in 1970 and rose to fame as a prominent actor with roles in The Right StuffSteel Magnolias, Days of »

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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Celebrated Actor, Dies at 73

31 July 2017 8:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sam Shepard, the acclaimed playwright who was also praised as an actor, screenwriter, and director, has died. He was 73.

He died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky following complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a family spokesman confirmed to Variety.

Known for writing that suffused the fringes of American society with a surreal and brutal poetry, Shepard rose to fame when he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.” He was also nominated for an Academy Award in the supporting actor category for his part in the 1983 film “The Right Stuff.”

He wrote or co-wrote screenplays for Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point,” and Robert Altman’s “Fool for Love,” based on his play.

Shepard was one of the leading figures of the Off Off Broadway movement that flourished in downtown New York beginning in the early 1960s. His »

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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Celebrated Actor, Dies at 73

31 July 2017 8:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Shepard, the acclaimed playwright who was also praised as an actor, screenwriter, and director, has died. He was 73.

He died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky following complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a family spokesman confirmed to Variety.

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Known for writing that suffused the fringes of American society with a surreal and brutal poetry, Shepard rose to fame when he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.” He was also nominated for an Academy Award in the supporting actor category for his part in the 1983 film “The Right Stuff.”

He wrote or co-wrote screenplays for Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point,” and Robert Altman’s “Fool for Love,” based on his play.

Shepard was one of the leading figures of the Off Off Broadway movement that flourished in downtown New York beginning in the early »

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Sam Shepard, Lauded Director, Playwright, and Actor, Dies at 73

31 July 2017 8:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director, playwright, and actor Sam Shepard has passed away at the age of 73. BroadwayWorld first reported the news this morning.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff.” He was also the author of forty-four plays, as well as several books, including short stories, essays, and memoirs. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.”

As BroadwayWorld notes, “Shepard’s plays are chiefly known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society.”

In 2009, he received the Pen/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist. Shepard was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986. Shepard was also a dedicated teacher of the arts, »

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Horror Highlights: Five Nights At Freddy’S Board Game, Lifetime Scary Movie Set, Twin Cities Horror Festival 2017

27 July 2017 7:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

See if you can survive five whole nights at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria while playing the Five Nights at Freddy's board game from Moose Games. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a Lifetime Scary Movie DVD set and the lineup for the 2017 Twin Cities Horror Festival.

Five Nights at Freddy's Board Game Release Details: "Five Nights at Freddy's Board Game: "(Moose Games; Ages 8+; August 2017; $24.99) Five Nights at Freddy’s from Moose Games is the first licensed, non-digital game to bring the popular entertainment property from Scottgames to life. The jump/scare-style game tests players’ nerves and adrenaline levels as they try to collect the most pizza game pieces without waking Freddy Fazbear.

Game play is as simple as it is scary! Each player takes a chance spinning the spinner board and collecting the required number of colored pizza pieces from Freddy’s pizza tray. The player that awakens the included animatronic Freddy, »

- Tamika Jones

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Julia Roberts to Topline Amazon Series “Homecoming”

19 July 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Homecoming” is headed to the small screen and Julia Roberts is leading the way. The Oscar winner will star in a TV adaptation of the fictional podcast of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the psychological and political thriller landed at Amazon with a two-season pickup in a “competitive situation.”

The show will follow a “caseworker at a secret government facility (played by Roberts) and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.” No word on who will play the soldier.

The project hails from “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, who is among the show’s executive producers and will also direct. Writing duties will be taken on by the podcast’s creators, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg.

Amazon has secured the international rights to “Homecoming.” The series will debut “all at once on Amazon Prime Video around the world,” according to THR.

Roberts won an Oscar in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich.” She’s also received nods for “August: Osage County,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Steel Magnolias.” Her recent credits include “Money Monster,” “Secret in Their Eyes,” and “The Normal Heart.”

While Roberts has never starred in a TV series before, “Homecoming” isn’t her only small screen project in the works. She’s signed on to topline and produce an upcoming HBO limited series based on Maria Semple’s bestselling novel “Today Will Be Different,” a story about a woman who decides to reinvent her life.

Julia Roberts to Topline Amazon Series “Homecoming” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Inside Julia Roberts' Peaceful Malibu Life: How the Star Has Swapped Film for Family

23 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Just this week the world celebrate a major cinematic milestone: The 20th anniversary of My Best Friend's Wedding. It was a landmark moment not just because it bookended two decades of fully understanding that Crème brûlée can never be Jell-o, but also for one Julia Roberts. That film, lauded as it was for its effect on the romantic comedy genre (and complicated female characters, and the portrayal of gay men in the media, and we could go on and on...), was just as important to the actresses' career.  You see, the flick came at a time when she was at a professional crossroads. She had had a few big hits (Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias, to name a few) followed by several years of relative »

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‘Pretty Woman’: Looking Back at Julia Roberts’ Star-Making Role

24 March 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On March 21, 1990, Touchstone Pictures previewed “Pretty Woman” at the Avco Westwood near UCLA, two days before its national launch. Variety columnist Army Archerd reported that laughter drowned out much of the dialogue and young Julia Roberts “is headed for heavy stardom.” In retrospect, that seems like a pretty safe prediction, but Roberts was not well known when she was cast in the film. (She had completed her role as Sally Fields’ daughter in “Steel Magnolias,” but the film hadn’t been released yet). Roberts was only cast in “Pretty Woman” after numerous other actresses had passed on the role, including Meg Ryan, Karen Allen, Molly Ringwald, Diane Lane and Michelle Pfeiffer.

And the project began with a much darker tone; in J.F. Lawton’s original screenplay, streetwalker Vivian (Roberts) agrees to give up cocaine for her week with banker Edward (Richard Gere), but at the end he dumps her back »

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The dark arts of poster billing

19 February 2017 4:07 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Feb 23, 2017

Working out what stars go in what order on a movie poster is quite a job. And causes many, many arguments...

Billing can be important to an actor's career. Arguably, it's more important to their ego. Most of all, though, it's cross-eyed dead crucial to their agent. The order in which actor's names appear on a poster might be contested as if it's a matter of life or death. It's no exaggeration to say that people have been sent to the electric chair with less wrangling or dispute than a handful of movie star names have been splashed onto a poster.

To be 'top of the bill' originally meant, literally, that your name is at the top of the bill – i.e. the poster. In variety theatre or music hall terms, this implies that you would take the stage last of all, the big attraction that the »

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Shirley MacLaine and Producer Sarah Green to Be Honored at 2017 Texas Film Awards

1 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shirley MacLaine and producer Sarah Green will be among the honorees for the 2017 Texas Film Hall of Fame, with the duo set to be celebrated at the Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards in March.

MacLaine, winner of a 1983 acting Oscar for “Terms of Endearment,” will accept the Star of Texas Award for the Texas-set film. She will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. MacLaine’s long career encompasses classics like “The Apartment” and “Steel Magnolias,” and she was awarded the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2012.

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Academy Award-nominated producer Green has produced Texas-made films including Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” and “The Tree of Life.” She also produced the films “Mud” and the Academy Award-winning “Frida.”

Founded in 1985 by Richard Linklater, Afs launched the Texas Film Awards »

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