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Larry Hagman obituary

25 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor renowned as the machiavellian oilman Jr Ewing in Dallas

On 21 November 1980, 83 million people in the Us and 24 million in the UK watched the TV show Dallas to see who had shot the villainous Jr Ewing. While working late at the office, the boss of Ewing Oil was suddenly fired on by an unseen assailant. Who shot Jr, and would he survive?

Any character who had ever come into contact with the oleaginous Texas oilman had good reason to do away with him, but there was no way he could really have been killed off. If Jr had died, then the series would have died, because Jr was Dallas – and Larry Hagman, who has died aged 81 after suffering from throat cancer, was Jr.

Other actors were at times replaced in their roles, but Hagman was irreplaceable. Nevertheless, just in case, Hagman quickly renegotiated his contract with Lorimar Studios just after »

- Ronald Bergan

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Larry Hagman obituary

25 November 2012 1:48 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor renowned as the machiavellian oilman Jr Ewing in Dallas

On 21 November 1980, 83 million people in the Us and 24 million in the UK watched the TV show Dallas to see who had shot the villainous Jr Ewing. While working late at the office, the boss of Ewing Oil was suddenly fired on by an unseen assailant. Who shot Jr, and would he survive?

Any character who had ever come into contact with the oleaginous Texas oilman had good reason to do away with him, but there was no way he could really have been killed off. If Jr had died, then the series would have died, because Jr was Dallas – and Larry Hagman, who has died aged 81 after suffering from throat cancer, was Jr.

Other actors were at times replaced in their roles, but Hagman was irreplaceable. Nevertheless, just in case, Hagman quickly renegotiated his contract with Lorimar Studios just after »

- Ronald Bergan

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Dallas Icon Larry Hagman Dead at 81

23 November 2012 8:01 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

TV icon Larry Hagman, best known for playing the iconic J.R. Ewing on both the original Dallas on CBS and the current incarnation on TNT, passed away on Friday at Medical City Dallas hospital from cancer complications. He was 81.

Hagman — shortly after TNT’s update was announced in summer 2011 — revealed that he was being treated for “a very common and treatable form of cancer,” later specified as Stage II throat cancer. After enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Hagman announced in mid-2012. “I beat that thing. I am in remission now. All good!”

Dallas is currently in production on its second season, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Exclusive: Matthew Lillard Talks Fat Kid Rules the World

9 October 2012 3:48 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Matthew Lillard Talks Fat Kid Rules the World, playing in New York now, opening in Los Angeles this weekend

Playing in New York and opening this Friday in Los Angeles, Fat Kid Rules the World marks the directorial debut of actor Matthew Lillard.

Based on the bestselling novel by K.L. Going, the story follows Troy Billings Jacob Wysocki), an overweight teen who decides to end his high school career on a high note, by jumping in front of a bus. When Marcus Macrae Matt O'Leary), a charismatic punk rock superstar, tackles him to the ground moments before impact, it changes Troy's life forever.

Set against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene, Fat Kid Rules the World is a coming-of-age story about two dysfunctional teenagers searching for something more out of their completely hopeless existence. And it sets up director Matthew Lillard as a striking new voice in cinema.

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- MovieWeb

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'Dallas': Larry Hagman and the show's head of makeup explain those eyebrows

25 July 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Since the premiere of TNT’s Dallas, viewers have been in awe of two things: How much they’re enjoying the reboot and how gloriously out of control Larry Hagman’s eyebrows are. For EW’s cover story, writer Karen Valby spoke to Hagman about his now signature look. “Before,” he says of his first time around on Dallas, “they were always using mustache wax to keep them down and tame. And I thought well I’m an older person now, and I can do whatever I damn well want to. So just let ‘em grow out and become wild. »

- Mandi Bierly

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'Dallas': The family that bathes together stays together

28 March 2012 1:45 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

At the time, the "Dallas" dream season was considered the standard by which all other TV "shark jumping" was to be measured (outside of the original "Happy Days" episode, of course). Well, to promote the TNT reboot of the series, they're bringing the fabled Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) shower scene back and everyone is coming with him.

The campaign, which reads "They're back. And no, you're no you're not dreaming," features the full cast, dressed in bath towels, standing in a shower the size of Texas. Perhaps the most odd part of the whole matter, outside of one group shower among family members, is that J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) stands awkwardly with his cowboy hat still on. Also, did someone paint Josh Henderson's abs or are they naturally marked that way?

The whole poster got us thinking about some other famed scenes of group semi-nudity, towels and general weirdness through the years. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Features 65 World Premieres

2 February 2012 8:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound On Sight will once again be covering the SXSW Film Festival this year, making it our second time attending. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas fest taking place March 9-17, including 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. As previously announced, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods will have the honours of opening the festival, and now they have released the full list of films – and it’s looking pretty amazing. Enjoy!

Narrative Feature Competition

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin

When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.

Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)

Eden

Director: Megan Griffiths, »

- Ricky

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SXSW Announces 2012 Feature Film Lineup

1 February 2012 4:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 9 - 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. We are also pleased to reveal the world premiere of Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express as our Closing Night Film, which follows a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Big Easy Express will screen on Saturday, March 17. The program will also include the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' 21 Jump Street, screening in the Centerpiece slot on Monday, March 12. The 2012 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of celebrating ambitious experimentation with risk takers both in front of and behind the camera, and a deep immersion into cultural touchstones. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 8.

"SXSW has long been a haven for bold »

- MovieWeb

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SXSW 2012. Features Lineup

1 February 2012 3:46 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, shot by Bob Gruen in 1977

Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen

screens as part of 24 Beats per Second

SXSW Film has just announced its features lineup for the 2012 edition, running March 9 through 17. We already knew that the Opening Night Film would be Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods. For its Closing Night Film, the festival will host the world premiere of of Emmett Malloy’s documentary Big Easy Express (more below). The lineup, with descriptions from the festival:

Narrative Feature Competition

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin. When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail. (World Premiere)

Eden

Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips & Chong Kim. »

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SXSW 2012 Line-Up Includes ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘The Raid,’ ‘Casa de mi Padre’ & More

1 February 2012 12:32 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Sundance 2012 Film Festival over, the next big one on the horizon is South by Southwest, which we’ll be heavily covering. The biggest chunk of the line-up has been announced today, which has some great premieres including 21 Jump Street, Tiff and Sundance hit The Raid, Will Ferrell‘s Casa de mi Padre, the documentary Girl Model (which we liked at Tiff), as well as the next from Broken Lizard, The Babymakers. There are many other promising titles included and you can see them all below. Check back for our coverage for the fest, kicking off March 9th.

Narrative Feature Competition

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin

When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Features World Premiere Of ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘God Bless America,’ ‘The Raid’ and Much More

1 February 2012 12:01 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Attendees of South by Southwest 2012 are in for a treat. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas festival taking place March 9-17. Among them are 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. The organization already announced [1] Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods would open the festival (the movie is phenomenal [2]) and today the majority of the remaining line up has been revealed. One of the highlights is the unbelievably smart and hilarious 21 Jump Street, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Both of those are World Premieres. Other highlights include The Hunter, Killer Joe, The Babymakers, frankie goes boom, God Bless America, The Imposter, The Raid, Bernie and Casa de mi Padre just to name a few. After the jump, read descriptions of all the films that have been announced so far. Before I copy and paste the rest of the list, a few minor notes. »

- Germain Lussier

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Ellen DeGeneres And Brad Pitt To Make It Right In New Orleans

26 January 2012 11:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Make It Right has announced that Ellen DeGeneres will join Brad Pitt as host of “A Night to Make It Right”, a charity gala to raise vital funds to complete Make It Right’s goal to build 150 environmentally friendly homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.

The gala will be held at Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Saturday, March 10, 2012 and also celebrates the hotel’s grand re-opening. Performers will include Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, Seal and The Neville Brothers, and the host committee includes Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Spike Lee, Blake Lively, Djimon Hounsou, Josh Brolin, Bennett Miller and Chris Paul.

“I’m so happy I can be a part of this incredible foundation,” said Ellen DeGeneres, a long-time supporter of Make It Right. “I’m from New Orleans, I love New Orleans and I love that Make It Right continues to help the people there rebuild their beautiful city. Brad Pitt »

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The Boss Is Heading To The Big Easy

24 January 2012 2:43 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New Orleans -- The last time Bruce Springsteen performed in New Orleans it was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina hit, and "The Boss" moved thousands to tears at Jazz Fest by belting out such lyrics as "How can a poor man stand such times as these?"

Springsteen is returning to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this April. But this time, things will be different in a city that is healing from the devastating 2005 hurricane, according to Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis.

"The last time he walked on that stage this was a city in ruins," Davis said Tuesday, recalling an emotionally fragile audience with hands in the air and tears in their eyes as Springsteen sang the lyrics to "City in Ruins".

"Now this is a city that's alive. It's a city of triumph," Davis said. "We've come a long way."

Springsteen is the latest addition »

- AP

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