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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Director Ron Howard, Dead at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Director Ron Howard, Dead at 89
Actor Rance Howard died Saturday at age 89, his son — director Ron Howard — announced on Twitter.

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89,” Ron, 63, tweeted, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. “He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

Rance started his career at age 20, as part of a touring theater company. He acted alongside Henry Fonda in the play Mister Roberts, playing
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Deathstroke Goes Unmasked in New Justice League Photo

A new image of Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke has surfaced and it features the actor without his infamous mask. Spoilers Ahead. Slade Wilson is one of DC's most dangerous characters and his involvement in the Dceu has been teased for over a year now. He made a cameo in the incredibly divisive Justice League, where the immensely corny "league of our own" comment comes from, lifted from the female baseball movie A League of Their Own. So much for the whole dangerous thing for Deathstroke and Lex Luthor.

The new behind-the-scenes photo features Joe Manganiello on set with 2 of Lex Luthor's bodyguards played by Katia Elizarova and Gem Refoufi. Though the picture doesn't show off the eyepatch, it's still a great image of Slade Wilson, aka, Deathstroke hanging out on set. Joe Manganiello is getting his own Deathstroke movie as well, and the Justice League post-credit scene possibly teased the
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Slideshow, Audio: Bill Pullman Red Carpet at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextBill Pullman at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chicago – Bill Pullman is one of Hollywood’s treasures. The rogue-ish and handsome actor has been plying his trade for over 30 years, in such classics as “Spaceballs,” “A League of Their Own,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “Independence Day,” “Lost Highway” and the recent “Battle of the Sexes.” His latest film, which he previewed at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival with director Jared Moshe, is a western called “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.”

Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, and began his career as an acting instructor at Montana State University, where his students encouraged him to start a film career. He made his debut in “Ruthless People” (1986) and began his long and successful career. He has also done Broadway stage (“The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”) and TV (“1600 Penn”), and will appear in the film “Lbj,
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Slideshow, Audio: ‘Chasing the Blues’ Red Carpet at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | NextThat’s the Ticket! Jon Lovitz portrays Lincoln Groome in ‘Chasing the Blues.’

Chicago – The Chicago International Film Festival has always been a proponent of local filmmaking, and the 53rd edition of the Fest had a special Red Carpet for a Chicago film. “Chasing the Blues” was filmed in the Windy City, with stars Jon Lovitz, Grant Rosenmeyer and director Scott Smith, who all walked the Carpet on October 14th, 2017. HollywoodChicago.com interviewed the principle cast and crew before the world premiere of “Chasing the Blues” at the festival.

In the audio clip below, Jon Lovitz talks about returning to Chicago for a film (he was first here for “A League of Their Own”), co-star Grant Rosenmeyer talks about the transition from child actor to young adult roles, and director Scott Smith reveals his inspiration as a filmmaker.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow
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For The Postseason: Joe E. Brown As Alibi Ike

If you’re a baseball fan, particularly if you’re a Dodgers, Astros, Cubs or Yankees fan, the real baseball season started this past Friday with the inauguration of the American and National League Championship Series. I’m a Dodgers fan, which means I’m among that group who, arguably, have gone the longest without the satisfaction/excitement/nail-biting terror of seeing their team in the World Series, the next step for whoever wins in the Nlcs. The Dodgers last appeared in the World Series in 1988, capping a memorable run with a championship by beating the Oakland A’s. That was 29 years ago. The Cubs are the reigning Mlb champions, having won last year’s World Series after a 107-year drought. And the Yankees, a mainstay of the World Series around the turn of this century, last appeared in an October championship series in 2009.

The only team to come close
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Film News Roundup: Chicago Cubs World Series Movie Draws Director

Film News Roundup: Chicago Cubs World Series Movie Draws Director
In today’s film news roundup, the Chicago Cubs movie gets a director, Geena DavisBentonville Film Festival will return in May, and “Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee is developing a Christmas comedy.

Director Hires

Shane Abbess will direct a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

The film is being produced by Radar Pictures topper Ted Field, which set the project up in March when it acquired movie rights to David Ross’ memoir, “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.” The book is co-written by sportswriter Don Yaeger and was published by Hachette Books.

The book centers on the final game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, during which the 40-year-old Ross became the oldest player ever to hit a home run in game seven of the World Series. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings. Ross
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Gun Fury 3-D

Rock Hudson and Donna Reed star in a kidnapping-vengeance-pursuit western filmed in large part in gorgeous Sedona, Arizona, in 3-D and (originally) Technicolor. It’s another 3-D treasure from the 1950s boom years. The trailer is in 3-D too.

Gun Fury 3-D

3-D Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1953 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 82 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Phil Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin, Neville Brand.

Cinematography: Lester WhiteMusical Director (Stock Music): Mischa Bakaleinikoff

Written by Irving Wallace, Roy Huggins

Produced by Lewis Rachmil

Directed by Raoul Walsh

I have a new theory for why the 1950s 3-D craze only lasted about 2.5 years: they couldn’t find any more one-eyed directors to make them.

Gun Fury arrived at the end of 1953, in the thick of what would be called the ‘fad’ of 3-D. Columbia Pictures jumped into ‘depth pictures’ as if it were a gimmick,
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A League of Their Own Gets the Justice League Treatment

Justice League of Their Own….it has a nice ring to it. Granted it might not take off as much as people might want to believe but it’s an idea that has merit when it comes to the comedic and very entertaining nature of the thing. I kind of wonder who sat around just thinking this up and how they came to the conclusion as to who to use for which role. Dottie as Wonder Woman makes sense, as does Hattie Mae for Cyborg, but how in the world do you get the others? Let’s explore that a little. She’s tough,

A League of Their Own Gets the Justice League Treatment
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Why Geena Davis Shouldn’t Be Cast in Wonder Woman 2

Word on the street is that Geena Davis wants a part in Wonder Woman 2. Let’s just stop right there. Geena Davis is a PG-rated actress. It doesn’t matter that she’s been in films that have a harder rating, she isn’t the type that could fit into an action film of the day and be completely seamless in her delivery. The Long Kiss Goodnight and A League of Their Own is about as fringe as she gets to be honest and that’s where she needs to stay. Thelma and Louise was a stretch but any further and her character would

Why Geena Davis Shouldn’t Be Cast in Wonder Woman 2
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Musician to Movie Star: In the Footsteps of Elvis

With the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, here is a look at those music stars who made a transition to film. Some were more successful than others. Some made a fleeting crossover and some are best forgotten as far as their film careers went…

In terms of the King, Elvis has an undoubtedly huge legacy as far as music goes. His influence as far as attitude, showmanship and indeed the music itself is still being felt. He was in that bracket of the most influential musical acts of his era alongside the Beatles. However his impact on film was also important. He showed that a cultural phenomenon could operate over two platforms.

Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis would go onto make over 30 films until 1969. A few more iconic than others of course, such as Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and some more interesting attempts to
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Geena Davis on Hollywood Sexism and Wanting to Be in ‘Wonder Woman 2’

Geena Davis on Hollywood Sexism and Wanting to Be in ‘Wonder Woman 2’
Oscar winner Geena Davis has spent more than a decade pushing Hollywood to create meatier roles for women.

Through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a non-profit research organization, she’s been urging film and television executives to have as many girls as boys in children’s entertainment. The actress thinks the industry is turning a corner, and she believes that hits like “Wonder Woman” are changing things for the better across the media business.

Of course Davis, whose credits include “Thelma & Louise” and “A League of Their Own,” still has a day job. She’s back on screen this weekend in “Marjorie Prime,” as a woman who tries to comfort her ailing mother (Lois Smith) by enlisting a holographic projection of her late husband (Jon Hamm) to keep her company. The film asks big questions about memory and technology, and it’s earning Davis some of the strongest reviews of her career. She
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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5 Lesser Known Athletes That Need Movie Biopics

Thanks to Hollywood, we are familiar with the stories of numerous athletes who have overcome tremendous odds to succeed. The Blind Side, Rudy, Remember the Titans, The Rookie, and even A League of Their Own were all blockbusters that told the stories of amazing athletes. Of course, for every story that has been brought to the big screen, there’s another that has yet to be told. Here are five lesser known players that deserve movie biopics of their own. Billy Miske It doesn’t get much more heartbreaking than this. Billy, a 6’0” heavyweight boxer was told in 1918 that he

5 Lesser Known Athletes That Need Movie Biopics
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It occurs to me that though we did mark the year's halfway point, we did not do a "wrap" post for May or June and here we are in mid July. So let's stop to catch our breath before steaming ahead into the dog days of summer. Herewith key posts in case you're behind on your favorite blog. That's this one, right? (Rhetorical question)

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A League of Their Own - a four part retrospective

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• Interview James Ivory - on Maurice's 30th anniversary

• Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Moonlight - revisiting the Oscar winner

Susan Hayward Centennial - we looked back at four pictures

• mother! - the teaser poster

• Podcast Premiere - Wonder Woman, My Cousin Rachel...
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Star Sightings: Kristen Bell & Gal Gadot Party With a Conscience, Jessica Simpson Celebrates Her B-Day and More!

Leave it to celebs like Kristen Bell and Gal Gadot to party with a conscience!

The lovely ladies mingled with fellow actress like Lizzy Caplan, Cat Deeley, Camilla Belle and Emmy Rossum at an exclusive garden party in Los Angeles hosted by n:Philanthropy with fellow conscience brands nyakio and Fashionable. The famous guests snacked on Pure Growth Organic and drank Rethink Water and Viva Xxxii while enjoying a gorgeous sunny SoCal day on a spacious patio.

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Exclusive: Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell and More Celebrate Their Pups and the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace

After sharing a cheeky topless pic to ring in her 37th birthday on July 10, Jessica Simpson enjoyed dinner at rooftop restaurant Catch La with her husband, Eric Johnson; sister Ashlee Simpson-Ross and her husband, Evan Ross; Bff Cacee Cobb and her husband, Donald Faison; and pal Adrienne Sands. Following birthday toasts from Johnson and Simpson's family, Cobb presented
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The Classic Film A League Of Their Own Gets a Series of Justice League Mashup Baseball Card Art

If you happen to be a fan of the classic 1992 baseball movie A League of Their Own, you're gonna love this amusing Justice League mashup from HalloweenCostumes.com. They call the series A Justice League of Their Own and it reimagines some of the female baseball players from the movie as Justice League characters. You will find baseball card art for each of the characters below and each one comes with a description of their character. Here's the note that came along with the art series:

The 25th anniversary of A League of their Own is coming up and we wanted to do something to celebrate. It’s a funny and positive story, after all, plus we’re suckers for a good sports movie. So we got this idea to combine A League of Their Own with the DC Comics team Justice League, because we’re also a fan of mashups and puns.
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Catch Up with Our "A League of Their Own" Throwback!

Happy Fourth of July, readers! It's been a busy holiday weekend, but have you caught up to our A League of Their Own 25th anniversary trade-off retrospective? Well if you haven't, here's the play-by-play:

Part One by Lynn Lee Part Two by Nathaniel R Part Three by Jazz Tangcay from Awards Daily Part Four by Chris Feil

Sports are an American past-time on national holidays but if athletics aren't your thing, maybe a dive into actressing will suffice! Have fun in the comments: which Rockford Peach is your favorite? What one Oscar nomination would you bestow this unnominated classic? When is it appropriate to cry in baseball? Tell us your League thoughts!
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Justice League Meets League of Their Own in Fan-Made Baseball Cards

Justice League Meets League of Their Own in Fan-Made Baseball Cards
There's no crying in baseball and there's certainly no crying in the Justice League. The female-led A League of Their Own has just been reimagined as A Justice League of Their Own in these awesome fan-made baseball cards to celebrate the baseball movie's 25th anniversary. As with any good mashup, one has to wonder aloud "why didn't I think of this?" and this is definitely one of those times because not only is it a solid pun, but Justice League and A League of Their Own work surprisingly well together.

Artist Kate Willaert via HalloweenCostumes.com has taken it upon herself to reimagine the world of A League of Their Own as if the female baseball players were members of the Justice League. The first poster shows Geena Davis's Dottie Hinson character as Wonder Woman. If there were to be a manager and a catcher to the Justice League
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A League of Their Own, Pt. 4 - The World Series

Here is the conclusion of our 25th anniversary retrospective of A League of Their Own!

Part 1 introduced us to the team and Part 2 showed us their success and struggles on the field. In Part 3, the sibling rivalry between Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) got Kit traded to the Racine Belles and the return of her husband from the war caused an exhausted Dottie to quit the team. Where will that leave the Rockford Peaches as they go on to the first all-women World Series?

Part 4 by Chris Feil

1:30:15 - It’s the first game of the first Aagpbl World Series and it’s our beloved Rockford Peaches against the Racine Belles. And wouldn’t you know Doris has some fawning fans in the stands (including “that guy” actor Joey Slotnick in his film debut)!
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