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'Cooley High' Is the Most Influential Movie You've Never Seen

25 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Cooley High" ought to be remembered as a cinema milestone, and its writer and director remembered as pioneers.

Released 40 years ago this week (on June 25, 1975), it ought to be celebrated for its vast influence on movies, TV, and music. As a young-men-coming-of-age movie, it deserves to be mentioned alongside Fellini's "I Vitelloni," George Lucas's "American Graffiti," Barry Levinson's "Diner," and John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood." And yet, the film and its creators have been largely forgotten, lost to history.

The story behind "Cooley High" is even more dramatic than the comedy-drama that unspooled on the screen. It's the story of Kenneth Williams, who, like protagonist Preach, left Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects with dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. Having dropped out of high school, he hitchhiked from the Windy City to Hollywood with $5 in his pocket and no connections, and for a while he supported himself selling drugs. »

- Gary Susman

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Brewster's Millions Remake Gets a Director

28 February 2015 2:30 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Back in 2009, it was reported that Warner Bros was moving forward with another version of "Brewster's Millions," which is based on a 1902 novel. And now comes word that the project is happening again. Variety is reporting that Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats, The Meteor Man, Baps) has signed on to direct. The book has been adapted for the big twice already, first in 1945 with Dennis O'Keefe starring and then in 1985 with Richard Pryor and John Candy. The story centers on a man who inherits $1 million from a rich grandfather. When a rich uncle who hated the grandfather also passes away, the will leaves the young man $7 million -- but under the condition he spends the grandfather's million within a year and not end up with any assets from the spending spree. »

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Robert Townsend Directing ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Reboot

27 February 2015 3:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a new version of “Brewster's Millions,” three decades after the Richard Pryor comedy was released.

The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times — including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career.

The Pryor version co-starred John Candy and was directed by Walter Hill. The Universal release was a solid performer with a $45 million domestic gross.

Producers of the new “Brewster’s Millions” are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion – with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.

Apa will handle domestic sales of the film.

Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle, »

- Dave McNary

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Brewster's Millions: new remake on the way

27 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The 11th - really - big screen adaptation of Brewster's Millions is in the works...

The history of Brewster's Millions on the big screen is extensive. Based on the novel by George Barr McCutcheon, that was published in 1902, there have, to date, been ten screen adaptations of it (not including television projects). They range from the first, a 1914 adaptation directed by Cecil B De Mille and Oscar Apfel, through arguably the highest profile, the Richard Pryor-headlined version that landed in 1985.

Well, number 11 is on the way (and we're indebted to Film Divider for pointing out there have been that many).

The new Brewster's Millions, the first English language take on the book since that 1985 project (that was helmed by Walter Hill, with John Candy co-starring), will be directed by Robert Townsend, based on a screenplay by Michael William Schmidt. The basic premise will be the same: for a man to inherit a large fortune, »

- simonbrew

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Super Bowl: Watch the Players Try to Sing Along to Katy Perry

27 January 2015 6:58 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et was on the ground for Super Bowl media day in Arizona on Tuesday, testing some of the toughest football players on the planet about their knowledge of halftime artist Katy Perry.

Et's Kevin Frazier and special correspondent Michelle Williams got stars from both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks to sing some of Katy's biggest hits, and even got Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to bust out a tune.

Video: Seattle Seahawks Star Marshawn Lynch Sings in Rare Interview With Et!

Instead of Katy Perry, Lynch belted out the chorus from "Nights Like This" featured on the soundtrack of the 1991 classic The Five Heartbeats.

As a reward for playing along, Et gave the players Xbox Ones -- a prize Lynch is sending to a good cause.

"One lucky kid from my [Fam 1st Family Foundation] will be going home with an Xbox One as soon as I get home from the Super Bowl," Lynch said.

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Seattle Seahawks Star Marshawn Lynch Sings in Rare Interview With Et!

27 January 2015 3:21 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Laconic Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch remained closed-off to most outlets during Super Bowl media day on Tuesday in Arizona, but Et special correspondent Michelle Williams got him to open up in a sweet moment.

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As she did with all the other players, Williams tried to get Lynch to put his golden pipes on display and join the Destiny's Child singer in singing a Katy Perry song when she caught up with him backstage, but she didn't expect a lot of participation. During his time at the podium, Lynch told reporters bluntly, "I'm here so I won't get fined."

According to Espn, the NFL warned Lynch that he could face a $500,000 fine if he failed to make himself available on media day.

"I have to sing?" Lynch asked Williams. "I run into people, though. I think it'd be better if you sing."

Lynch eventually »

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