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New York — Among films that featured actress Karen Black:

"You're a Big Boy Now," 1959.

"Hard Contract," 1966.

"Easy Rider," 1969.

"Five Easy Pieces," 1970.

"Drive, He Said," 1971.

"Little Laura and Big John," 1972.

"Portnoy's Complaint," 1972.

"The Great Gatsby," 1974.

"Airport 1975," 1974.

"The Day of the Locust," 1975.

"Nashville," 1975.

"Burnt Offerings," 1976.

"Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." 1982.

"Caged Fear," 1992.

"Starstruck," 1994.

"Dogtown," 1996.

"Fallen Arches," 1997.

"Sugar: The Fall of the West," 1998.

"House of 1000 Corpses," 2003.

"Firecracker," 2005.

"Contamination," 2007.

"Vacationland," 2012.

"She Loves Me Not," (completed) 2013.

"The Being Experience," (in post-production) 2013.
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Top 5: Next-gen actors turned directors

This week, spy thriller Argo explode sonto UK screens and if America’s response is anything to go by, it will get audiences nationwide talking about not only the ‘so ridiculous, it must be true’ storyline, but also about Actor/Director Ben Affleck described by one national newspaper as “the most talented actor-turned-director since Clint Eastwood”. To celebrate the release of Argo , we’ve taken a look at other actors who have gone behind the lens to breathe a new lease of life into film direction:

1. Jon Favreau

After appearing in a number of rudimentary roles and doing voice work, Jon Favreau decided to take a risk and write himself and pal Vince Vaughan in what turned out to be their breakout film Swingers (1996). His talent now recognised on and off the camera meant that he could yoyo between the two, appearing in Dogtown (1996), Deep Impact (1998) and as a recurring character in sitcom Friends,
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The HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release Round-Up – 16th July

Last week brought Woody Harrelson’s career-best performance in Rampart to the shelves, Oren Moverman’s brilliant follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Messenger, and this week sees another great new selection of films getting their DVD/Blu-ray debut, as well as a host of classics getting the Blu-ray treatment.

Prepare for Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Cameron Crowe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Devil.

My picks of the week:

Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband & Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo & George Hickenlooper’s Casino Jack.

And the Blu-ray release of Doug Liman and Jon Favreau’s Swingers.

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DVD and Blu-ray (inc. UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Contraband has all you could ask for from an action/crime film: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, and a bit of Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas.

The film took just shy of $100m. earlier this year, and if you’re a fan
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"Casino Jack" Review | Second Prize Is A Set of Steak Knives. Third Prize Is You're Fired.

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When you come across a newsworthy item that strikes your creative fancy and feeds the instinct to turn it into some sort of screenplay is that you are not the only supplicant sipping from this particular muse's font. Jack Abramoff himself would fully appreciate this, both as an unsuccessful Hollywood screenwriter/producer and as a functionally-intellectual piece of human shit. If an idea is good, someone else is probably going to have it, and so you're gonna have to be the first to the finish line with the finished product, or else you're going to be considered derivative and lesser than. A Bug's Life trumped Antz, Dante's Peak edged out Volcano, Capote outcapoted Infamous, Armageddon aerosmithed Deep Impact, Tombstone made Wyatt Earp its huckleberry -- the streets of Hollywood are paved with the corpses of lesser flicks that were released within months of similar tales. Alex Gibney, who has been
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'Casino Jack' - 3 new clips from the film starring Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey stars in Ato Pictures' "Casino Jack" which finds release on December 29th. Check out new clips from the film which includes Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz and Rachelle Lefevre. George Hickenlooper ("Factory Girl," "Dogtown") directs "Casino Jack" from the writing by Norman Snider. We have 8 total videos available in the "Casino Jack" group. Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, "Casino Jack" lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Jack parlays his clout over some of the world's most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence...
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'Casino Jack' - 3 new clips from the film starring Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey stars in Ato Pictures' "Casino Jack" which finds release on December 29th. Check out new clips from the film which includes Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz and Rachelle Lefevre. George Hickenlooper ("Factory Girl," "Dogtown") directs "Casino Jack" from the writing by Norman Snider. We have 8 total videos available in the "Casino Jack" group. Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, "Casino Jack" lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Jack parlays his clout over some of the world's most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence...
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George Hickenlooper obituary

George Hickenlooper obituary
Director known for his documentary about the making of the film Apocalypse Now

The films of the American director George Hickenlooper, who has died unexpectedly aged 47, straddled several genres, but he will be best remembered as a documentary maker thanks to his most celebrated work, Hearts of Darkness: A Film-maker's Apocalypse (1991). This riveting account of the troubled gestation of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now (1979) combined behind-the-scenes footage shot by Coppola's wife, Eleanor, with retrospective accounts by the cast and crew.

Hickenlooper observed "a strong parallel between Francis making the movie and the war itself. He really delved into the most sordid aspects of his own character." As Apocalypse Now's budget and schedule ran out of control – and its leading man, Martin Sheen, had a heart attack – Coppola was consumed by fears and self-doubt, as captured in the documentary. "There were too many of us,
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George Hickenlooper 1963-2010

The film community(especially his home town of St. Louis) was stunned to hear of the death of director George Hickenlooper. The forty seven year old was found dead of natural causes in Denver, Co where he was helping his cousin John in his run for governor.

George left behind an impressive list of films. After making Super 8 movies during his years at St. Louis University High School, he continued his studies at USC School of Cinema and Television and Yale and interned with Roger Corman. George’s debut as a professional director was the 1988 short Art,Acting,And The Suicide Chair:Dennis Hopper. In 1991 George had great success with two feature length documentaries: Picture This:The Times Of Peter Bogdanovich In Archer City, Texas and Hearts Of Darkness:a Filmmaker’S Apocalypse (with Fax Bahr). Hearts, a look at the making of Apocalypse Now, has been hailed as one
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George Hickenlooper, 1963-2010

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George Hickenlooper, 1963-2010
Besides the initial shock that comes with the news that writer/director George Hickenlooper died in the midst of a whirlwind festival run for his latest film "Casino Jack" at the far too young age of 47 is the great irony that he reportedly passed away quietly of natural causes. For anyone who has followed Hickenlooper's career, the latter fact may come as an even greater surprise since even more so than his films themselves, he may be best known for the struggles he endured in getting them made, the product of a indefatigable love of film, and as his cousin, Denver mayor John Hickenlooper said in a statement to The Denver Post, "his unquenchable curiosity."

As the late Hickenlooper recounted in the foreword to his invaluable 1991 collection of interviews with directors and film critics, "Reel Conversations," such passion for the medium was evident from an early age when he arrived in Hollywood at 17 from St.
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Evil Spirits (DVD Review)

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Evil Spirits (DVD Review)
House of 1000 Corpses, Dogtown, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean, Capricorn One, Nashville, The Day of the Locust, The Great Gatsby, Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In, The Best Years of Our Lives, Weird Science, The Hills Have Eyes, The Hills Have Eyes Part 2, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and From Russia With Love. These are just some of the movies and television shows the cast of Evil Spirits have been in prior to taking on this 1990 release. This amazingly talented cast is set adrift in a story that never manages to live up to its potential – either for fear or for camp.

Karen Black runs a boarding house where her roomers sign over all their government checks – they are all on disability or Social Security and she cashes them gleefully and pockets the money. Once a
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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah.
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Kevin Spacey to Play George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack

Kevin Spacey is set to return to true story-based films as he takes on the role of Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack. Abramoff, a name you've most certainly heard around the news circuit (or, more likely, on The Daily Show), is the disgraced Washington power broker and notorious con man who is currently serving a prison sentence. His life is to be the focus of the Norman Snider-scripted film. More specifically, Abramoff's bribery schemes and fraudulent affairs with Native American casinos that landed him in prison will provide the meat of the film. Dogtown and Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper will be directing this. I'm not quite sure how intriguing this project really is. I'm also unsettled by Spacey's co-star - Hayden Christensen. This film may act as a sort of catharsis for us American tax payers, allowing us to vicariously take down an abuser of the broken system,
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Kevin Spacey To Play Abramoff

Kevin Spacey has signed on to play disgraced Us political lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack, based on the true story of a man who went from hanging at the White House to chilling in the Big House.For those of us on this side of the Atlantic who have (at most) the vaguest idea who Abramoff is, he was a hugely successful Washington lobbyist who was convicted in 2006 on corruption, briberty and fraud in his dealing with several Indian casino groups, who he was said to have defrauded of tens of millions of dollars. He was also connected to the Bush administration, with some of its officials caught up in his trial.The film, originally called Bagman, is set to be directed by George Hickenlooper, who previously directed Factory Girl and Dogtown. It's based on a screenplay by Norman Snider (Dead Ringers). The film shoots in Toronto this month
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Kevin Spacey to Star as Fallen Power Broker Jack Abramoff in Thriller "Casino Jack"

Kevin Spacey will play the disgraced Washington power broker Jack Abramoff in the thriller, yes thriller, "Casino Jack."

George Hickenlooper ("Dogtown," "Factory Girl") is attached to direct from an original screenplay by Norman Snider ("Dead Ringers").

The film will tell Abramoff's fall from grace as a once high-powered lobbyist brought down by his fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos.

Hayden Christensen is in talks to star as Michael Scanlon, a former communications director who plead guilty to corruption charges in connection with Abramoff.
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