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Here’s yet another “inspired by true events” film , just in time for the somber Fall season. Somber, the right word for this one. Unlike this weekend’s other non-fiction flicks, it’s set in the not too distant past, not decades ago, but in this decade, the 2010’s. It concerns a group of men who regularly risk their lives, and often make the ultimate sacrifice, in order to protect their fellow men. And it shines a light on the families that must stay behind and hope that all goes well. You may be thinking that’s it’s another those on the front line, our soldiers overseas sagas as in the films The Hurt Locker and American Sniper. Well, these heroes aren’t on foreign soil, though they are on the front line, one made of flame. And with their special clothing and gear ,they could be mistaken for soldiers.
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20 Funniest Jokes From Spike's 'One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' Roast

20 Funniest Jokes From Spike's 'One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' Roast
Alec Baldwin has been dominating pop culture headlines for the last year thanks to his trumped up impression of America's current Commander-in-chief. On Sunday, the laughs came at the star's expense, as friends and former co-stars roasted the 59-year-old actor in the Spike TV special One Night Only: Alec Baldwin. Taped on stage last month at New York City's Apollo Theater, the show didn't have quite the same bite as the famed Comedy Central roasts. But there were a few notable burns from those in attendance, including Robert De Niro,
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Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’

Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.

“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way,” Howard said when initially asked about the “Star Wars” job by panel moderator Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of Wpp.

Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).

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When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.

Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.

“So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends,” Howard said. “It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)

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Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”

Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”

Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.

“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”

Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”

Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.

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Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff

Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will take over as director of the “Star WarsHan Solo spinoff, Lucasfilm announced.

His hire comes after the movie’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired Tuesday, while in the middle of production after clashing with producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan. The duo, who had previously overseen “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” wanted to inject more humor into the storyline and encouraged improvisation, something Kasdan did not appreciate.

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Howard will begin work immediately. The picture still has several weeks left on its shooting schedule, and five additional weeks of pre-scheduled reshoots that were planned for later this year. The exact amount of time and money that it will take to actually complete the production (which was about three-quarters finished when the directors were fired), will vary depending on how much rewriting and reshooting Howard deems is necessary after reviewing the script and shot footage.

It is unclear just how Howard will be credited and whether he will share directing credit with Lord and Miller, or potentially take no credit at all (though that seems unlikely). Lord and Miller have the right to appeal any decision, but ultimately, the Directors Guild of America will make the call.

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Howard previously worked with Lucasfilm on 1988’s “Willow,” a fantasy adventure that garnered two technical Ocscar nominations (visual effects and sound editing) but was a box office disappointment. Howard’s credits also include hits such as “Parenthood,” “Splash,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” about the brilliant, anti-social mathematician John Nash, which won four top Academy Awards including best director and best picture.

These days, however, the former child actor is in need of a big hit. He’s had a string of duds that include “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush,” and “The Dilemma.” His last significant success was 2009’s “Angels & Demons.”

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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

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Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July,
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Contest: Win Virus on Blu-ray

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Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Virus is now out on a new Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and to celebrate the latest home media release of the 1999 sci-fi thriller, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Virus.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Virus Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 9th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States.
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May 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rings, Beyond The Gates, Virus

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The first week of May has some really stellar home entertainment offerings that genre fans will undoubtedly want to add to their personal collections. Jackson Stewart’s wickedly fun Beyond the Gates makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and for those who missed it in theaters earlier this year, Rings arrives on both formats as well. Scream Factory is also giving the sci-fi thriller Virus a brand new HD release, and for those who have been on the lookout for the recent indie horror flick, The Barn, you can now grab the movie on Amazon.

Other notable releases for May 2nd include Camino, Fear, Inc., The Naked Cage, The Windmill, Tunnel, and The Hexecutioners.

Beyond the Gates (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?

After their father’s unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers (responsible
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'Sin City', 'Wild Tales' producers team for Gregory Widen fantasy movie

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'Sin City', 'Wild Tales' producers team for Gregory Widen fantasy movie
Exclusive: Highlander creator to direct first film since The Prophecy; team also includes UK outfit Bad Penny Productions.

An eclectic array of international producers are assembling on intriguing European Film Market (Efm) script See How We Are, the new project from Gregory Widen, the creator of the Highlander and The Prophecy franchises.

Producers on the fantasy project include Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) of Solipsist Films, Phin Glynn (Mad to be Normal) of Bad Penny Productions and Wild Tales [pictured], The Secret In Their Eyes and Neruda producer Axel Kuschevatzky.

Widen, who also wrote 90’s thriller Backdraft, has written the script and will direct, marking only his second feature as director after the first instalment in The Prophecy (1995) franchise, starring Christopher Walken and Viggo Mortensen.

Bad Penny Productions, the fledgling UK outfit whose slate includes David Tennant projects Mad To Be Normal and You, Me And Him, will also finance
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Scream Factory to Release Blu-ray of Jamie Lee Curtis-Starring Virus This May

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Scream Factory has announced that Virus (1999), starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Scream Queens), William Baldwin, and Donald Sutherland (Hunger Games franchise), will make its Blu-ray debut in North America on May 2nd.

The Virus Blu-ray special features have yet to be announced, but stay tuned to Daily Dead, as we will inform our readers when that news becomes available, and check out the official announcement and cover art below.

From Scream Factory: “We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the 1999 sci-fi thriller Virus which makes its Blu-ray format debut in the U.S. & Canada! A release date is planned for May 2nd.

Legendary Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis plays the navigator of a tugboat crew which loses its cargo during a hurricane. In the calm eye of the storm, they come across a Russian research ship floating dead in the water. Boarding the vessel, they initially believe it to be deserted…
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Everything that’s wrong with the Batman v Superman soundtrack

Sean Wilson examines the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice score – and why its relentlessly noisy nature is bad news for everyone…

Now, I want to preface this piece by saying that I am a massive fan of Hans Zimmer, truly one of the most innovative and compelling forces in film music (when he chooses to be). From his revolutionary synth breakout with the likes of Rain Man and Driving Miss Daisy in the 1980s to the thunderous action of Backdraft and his multi-faceted collaborations with Ridley Scott (Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Hannibal et al), Zimmer is a superb storyteller who doesn’t deserve the mud that is often slung at him. On tour in the UK at the moment, Zimmer has recently courted a lot of press attention with his high-profile announcement that he is to ‘retire’ from scoring superhero movies.

And this brings me to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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Princess Diana, Princes William and Prince Harry Once Hid Out at Kurt Russell's Colorado Home

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Princess Diana, Princes William and Prince Harry Once Hid Out at Kurt Russell's Colorado Home
The perfect hideout for a princess is... Kurt Russell's place? The actor spoke about how he and Goldie Hawn wound up lending their home to Princess Diana in 1995 during an appearance on The Late Late Show earlier this month and again on Australian media this week while promoting his latest film, Hateful Eight. "It was a series of things, I did a movie called Backdraft that there was a royal premiere of in London and sat between Lady Di and Prince Charles which was an interesting experience," The Hateful Eight star said, laughing. "Things weren't going well." At the
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Princess Diana, Princes William and Prince Harry Once Hid Out at Kurt Russell's Colorado Home

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Princess Diana, Princes William and Prince Harry Once Hid Out at Kurt Russell's Colorado Home
The perfect hideout for a princess is... Kurt Russell's place? The actor spoke about how he and Goldie Hawn wound up lending their home to Princess Diana in 1995 during an appearance on The Late Late Show earlier this month and again on Australian media this week while promoting his latest film, Hateful Eight. "It was a series of things, I did a movie called Backdraft that there was a royal premiere of in London and sat between Lady Di and Prince Charles which was an interesting experience," The Hateful Eight star said, laughing. "Things weren't going well." At the
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Ioan Gruffudd’s Forever: The Complete Series Arrives Tuesday

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Once again, Warner Archive Collection rewards fan loyalty with the release of a much-beloved series – Forever: The Complete Series comes to DVD on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

Fresh off its single-season run on ABC in 2014-2015, Forever: The Complete Series includes all 22 episodes as well as additional never-before-seen deleted scenes from many of the episodes on a 5-disc DVD set. Creator and Executive Producer Matthew Miller (Chuck, Human Target, The 100) is thrilled the series will live on through its DVD release.

“We’re so proud of this series and the way it resonated with fans,” Miller says. “I’m excited for the fans that we’re not only able to release all 22 episodes on DVD, but include previously unseen footage. It’s another chance to breathe new life into the show for both devoted fans and new viewers.”

The series’ premise struck an
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Review: Chris Hemsworth seems beached by the phony 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

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Review: Chris Hemsworth seems beached by the phony 'In The Heart Of The Sea'
One of my favorite films in Ron Howard's long career as a director was "Rush," and part of what I loved about it was how it didn't really feel like a Ron Howard film. There was something audacious and rude and hilarious about the film's unlikable set of main characters. Howard is the perfect studio filmmaker because his work is rarely dangerous or challenging. He makes professional movies with good casts that tend to be good but rarely great. There are a number of Ron Howard films that I like, and a I few that I really like. "Apollo 13." "Frost/Nixon." "Parenthood." "Rush." "Night Shift." "Splash." I like that he's spent his career trying different things. He's capable of putting some of the best technical artists in the business together, and he always seems to give himself to his movies 100%. When I'm not a fan of a film he's made,
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Ron Howard’s Devotion to Storytelling Earns Him a Walk of Fame Star

Ron Howard’s Devotion to Storytelling Earns Him a Walk of Fame Star
Over the course of a 30-year career behind the camera, Ron Howard has released an array of films, from such dramas as “A Beautiful Mind” and “Frost/Nixon” to action films like “Backdraft,” comedies such as “Parenthood” and those that touch on several genres at once, like “Apollo 13.” His latest, “In the Heart of the Sea,” opening Dec. 11, examines issues of morality and spirit within the context of a historical seafaring epic.

This fascination with multiple platforms for storytelling has earned Howard box office success, as well as two Oscars, four Emmys, a Directors Guild of America Award and a host of additional laurels, including his second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that he will receive Dec. 10.

If there’s a unifying element in Howard’s film career, it is his adherence to the story at the core of each project.

“I’m always attracted to stories on a thematic level,
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Chris Hemsworth: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Made Me Stronger and a Better Actor

Chris Hemsworth: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Made Me Stronger and a Better Actor
For his role in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “In the Heart of the Sea,” Chris Hemsworth lost about 30 lbs. to convincingly portray a starving shipwreck survivor of the real-life 19th-century whale attack that inspired “Moby Dick.”

“This was the hardest movie that I’ve done,” Hemsworth told Variety at the film’s New York premiere at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall Monday night. “It was brutal. I was challenged physically, mentally and emotionally. The role really tested my commitment to acting. There were days where I kind of went insane and was very moody and exhausted because I was so hungry.”

Hemsworth and his costars went on a 500-calorie-a-day diet to lose weight in four weeks and ate mainly vegetables and boiled eggs. Their roles also required them to act in real boats around the Canary Islands under the scorching sun and swim in a 500-gallon water tank at Leavesden Studios.
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Exclusive Featurette: 'In the Heart of the Sea'

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In the featurette "Ron Howard: American Legend," In the Heart of the Sea cast members Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy, along with producers Brian Grazer and Paula Weinstein, pay tribute to the director who has become known for pushing the envelope through his cinematic storytelling.  As the director of iconic films like Apollo 13, Backdraft and The Da Vinci Code among others, Howard is never one to shy away from a challenge. One thing that is a constant in the...

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Jennifer Jason Leigh to Play Lady Bird Johnson in Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’

Jennifer Jason Leigh to Play Lady Bird Johnson in Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’
Jennifer Jason Leigh has signed on to portray Lady Bird Johnson opposite Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner’s “LBJ.”

She joins a cast that includes Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy, Richard Jenkins as Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Ralph Yarborough and Kim Allen as Jackie Kennedy.

Reiner will direct from a script by Joey Hartstone, which follows Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ascension from the poor hill country of West Texas to the corridors of power in Washington. He was thrust into the presidency by the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and signed civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in public facilities, the workplace and housing.

Lady Bird Johnson was born as Claudia Alta Taylor and married Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934. She took an expanded role in the 1960 campaign due to Jackie Kennedy’s pregnancy and was by his side in Dallas in 1963 when he was sworn in.

Lbj” is produced by Acacia Entertainment,
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