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Peter Claver McAlevey, a former Hollywood film executive, producer, and marketer, died August 15, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, following a short battle with liver cancer. He was 58.
McAlevey began his career as a staff writer for Newsweek magazine’s Inside Sports. He contributed to entertainment news, and was soon recruited by chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg to join the then-new regime at Disney. While at Disney, Michael Douglas asked Peter to help start Stonebridge, Douglas’ production company at Columbia Pictures.
There McAlevey produced multimillion-dollar hits such as “Flatliners,” “Double Impact,” and “Radio Flyer.” He later produced the Toronto Film Festival-winning and semi-autobiographical “Hard Promises.” McAlevey produced his latest film, horror/thriller “Kill Her, Not Me,” with his best friend, director George Francisco.
In 2008, McAlevey took a small, BBC co-production documentary, “Screamers,” and made it into an American Film Festival-award winner, a U.S. theatrical hit (No. 1 per-screen average its first weekend) and Cannes Film Festival debut. »
- Carmel Dagan
The man who teamed with Michael Douglas to launch Columbia-based production outfit Stonebridge Entertainment died today of cancer in L.A. Peter McAlevey was 58. The Suffern, NY, native was working as a Newsweek entertainment writer when Jeffrey Katzenberg recruited him to the new Disney team. During McAlevey’s tenure there, he partnered with Michael Douglas on Stonebridge, where they produced such films as Flatliners (1990), Double Impact (1991), and Radio Flyer (1992). Outside of Stonebridge, McAlevey also produced the romantic comedy Hard Promises (1991), starring Sissy Spacek and future CSI star William Petersen, which bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival. After Stonebridge shuttered in 1994, McAlevey launched Thunderbrid Pictures, which made such pics as Klash (1995) and the boxing remake Body And Soul (2000). Other credits include Shadow Hours (2000) and the System of a Down docu Screamers (2006). The Columbia University grad, who roadied for the New York Dolls during their 1970s heyday, also produced last year’s horror pic Kill Her, »
- The Deadline Team
Peter McAlevey, a film producer who partnered with Michael Douglas’ production company Stonebridge Entertainment in the late 1980s, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 58. Survivors include his wife, Melissa Hufjay McAlevey, vp publicity at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and their 4-year-old twin daughters, Rowan and Bailey. During his tenure at Stonebridge, the company produced such films as Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners (1990), starring Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts; Double Impact (1991), the first studio hit for Jean-Claude Van Damme; and Richard Donner’s Radio Flyer (1992), starring Lorraine Bracco and
- Mike Barnes
As the son of acclaimed Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland always had a lot to live up to; renowned today for his distinctly husky voice, gruff characteristics and unabashed charisma, there’s no denying that Sutherland has managed to mark himself out as a wildly versatile talent. Indeed, Sutherland’s appeal doesn’t extend from his ability to play a single character type, despite the fact that many seem intent to peg him as a one-dimensional action star. Instead, Sutherland has succeeded in bringing all kinds of varied characters to life.
Best known today for his role as Agent Jack Bauer in TV’s 24 (a character so popular that Sutherland’s performance has near on overshadowed everything else in his filmography, for good or for worse), Sutherland is also remembered for an array of supporting characters in movies such as Stand By Me, The Lost Boys and Flatliners. »
- Sam Hill
Queer As Folk, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”
Directed by Charles McDougall
Written by Russell T. Davies
Original Air Date: 23 February 1999
That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality cordially. In 1975, ABC debuts Hot l Baltimore, a short lived Norman Lear series, which features the first gay couple on TV. In 1991, the first kiss between a homosexual couple airs on network TV during an episode of L.A. Law. In 1989 an episode of the Us drama thirtysomething featured the first gay male couple to be shown in bed together. The brief clip is considered a TV landmark, and of course proved extremely controversial at the time.
What happens in the moments before death? When the brain shuts down and those synapses fire for the last time, what is released? Maybe memories drift in and out. Is that where the cliche of life flashing before your eyes comes from? What if our darkest secrets and biggest sins were waiting?
Medical student, Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) recruits four classmates for a dangerous experiment. He wants to flat-line for one minute and then be revived. With him is a freshly expelled, reckless Kevin Bacon, an uptight Oliver Platt, a womanizing William Baldwin and lastly a death obsessed Julia Roberts. After Nelson is successfully revived his cohorts compete for who flat-lines next and for how long. But it isn’t a harmless apparition, this malicious spirit wants blood and perhaps revenge.
I won’t waste any time scrutinizing the “science” in this movie. Besides the inconsistent morality is far more interesting. »
- Jeremy Jones
Our upcoming network premiere of The Ghostmaker on Sunday really has us thinking. The movie's all about a couple of college kids who stumble upon an old coffin full of gears that allow for a transcendental experience. Anyone who lays down in the coffin can use it to walk through our world as ghosts. We love the idea, and started researching out-of-body experiences. There are so many stories of people having near death experiences and other similar out-of-body feelings that we had to dig deeper. Hoaxes, hallucinations, or something stranger? You decide.
What is an Out-of-Body experience?
Just like its title suggests, an Out-of-body experience, or OBE, is a feeling of leaving one's body and traveling away from it. Scientists account for this phenomenon as a sort of physical hallucination. Some believe this is actually the spirit leaving the body. While others think this is just an over-exaggerated dream. No matter the outcome, »
- Giaco Furino
Los Angeles, Jan 21: Actor Kevin Bacon, who has been a part of the film industry for over 30 years, says fame is bizarre, but it is to be accepted overtime.
"Fame is very, very bizarre. If you just got it all of a sudden, out of nowhere, you would be like: 'This is very weird. Then you kind of get used to it and think: 'This is what my life is," Bang Showbiz quoted the "Hollow Man" actor as saying, reports contactmusic.com.
The 55-year-old, who has a 21-year old daughter Sosie with wife Kyra Sedgwick, has featured in films like "Footloose", "Flatliners" and " A Few Good Men". He is currently seen in TV series "The Following".
- Rahul Kapoor
Sosie Bacon may only be 21, but she has a lot going for her. On top of being 2014's Miss Golden Globe, through her father Kevin Bacon, she is connected to nearly everyone in Hollywood - including every other previous Miss Golden Globe, most of whom are also the daughters (or sons) of industry power players. And while some have a connection through their famous parents, others, such as Laura Dern (who happens to have famous parents), are also connected through their own work. Don't believe us? Here's how you get from young Ms. Bacon to all of her famous predecessors, »
- Nate Jones
While she may now live the majority of her life out of the spotlight, there's no doubt Julia Roberts is still one of the biggest—and most successful—movie stars. With a smile that lights up every room and a clear dedication to her craft, the 46-year-old actress quickly climbed the A-list ladder after bursting on to the big screen and earning her first Golden Globe for Steel Magnolias before later becoming a bona fide star after headlining the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman. Her role as the beautiful prostitute Vivian Ward earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination and officially cemented the brunette beauty's A-list status. Next up came films such as Flatliners, Hook, Dying »
This April, Monster Pictures will be releasing Shawn Holmes' feature debut, Memory Lane, in a special 2-disc DVD set, and they have given Twitch an exclusive first look at the artwork.Emulating the likes of Chris Nolan's Memento, Shane Carruth's Primer and even Joel Schumacher's Flatliners, Memory Lane is a fragmented story about Nick, a returning serviceman, whose mysterious new girlfriend Kayla is found dead. Feeling devastated, Nick tries to kill himself, but in the moments between life and death he discovers he can time travel and be with Kayla once again. After his friends find Nick dying and save his life, he becomes determined to create this out of body experience again to revisit his time with Kayla and try to piece together the puzzle...
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