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Watch John Travolta as Mob Boss John Gotti in the First 'Gotti' Trailer

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John Travolta hasn't portrayed a lof of real people. Back in the '90s, he kind of played Bill Clinton in Primary Colors and had the role of non-famous actual lawyer Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. Then last year he embodied the part of famous O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro on television and earned an Emmy nomination for the performance. Now he's about to grace the big screen in another true story as notorious mobster John Gotti Sr.  The first trailer has arrived for the biopic, titled Gotti, care of Good Morning America. Travolta fits the part of the titular Gambino family boss well, through the decades. We've seen a lot of this sort of real-life mafia movie, from Goodfellas to Black Mass, and we've seen Travolta...

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Watch John Travolta as Mob Boss John Gotti in the First 'Gotti' Trailer

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John Travolta hasn't portrayed a lof of real people. Back in the '90s, he kind of played Bill Clinton in Primary Colors and had the role of non-famous actual lawyer Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. Then last year he embodied the part of famous O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro on television and earned an Emmy nomination for the performance. Now he's about to grace the big screen in another true story as notorious mobster John Gotti Sr.  The first trailer...

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Mom of Florida Teen Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Boy’s Family

Legal battles between the families of two Florida teens missing at sea, who disappeared nearly two years ago, continue with a wrongful death lawsuit announced Friday at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

“This lawsuit is about truth, accountability and justice,” attorney Guy Rubin wrote in a prepared statement delivered on behalf of Pamela Cohen, mother of Perry Cohen, who vanished into the waters off Jupiter Inlet with friend Austin Stephanos during a fishing excursion on July 24, 2015. Monday marks two years since the 14-year-old boys’ disappearance and presumed deaths that made headlines worldwide.

The suit also names co-plaintiff John Eric Romano,
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'Little Pink House': Film Review | Santa Barbara 2017

'Little Pink House': Film Review | Santa Barbara 2017
Following in the tradition of issue-oriented films like Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, the world premiere of Little Pink House at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unmistakable timeliness. This story of little people against Big Pharma certainly resonates today. The presence of two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and an excellent supporting cast should help to give the movie more visibility. It has some structural problems, but with canny marketing, it could find a distributor and even a sympathetic audience.

The film is based on the true story of a Connecticut woman, Susette Kelo (Keener), who fought an...
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‘Goliath’ Review: Billy Bob Thornton Goes H.A.M. on Big Business in Amazon’s Addictive Court Drama

‘Goliath’ Review: Billy Bob Thornton Goes H.A.M. on Big Business in Amazon’s Addictive Court Drama
The first two hours of “Goliath,” the new Amazon drama from David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, should remind viewers of their favorite courtroom dramas.

A Few Good Men” certainly springs to mind, as does “The Verdict,” “A Civil Action” and “The Rainmaker.” Various other tales of little-guy lawyers taking on impossible odds will undoubtedly pop up, depending on personal favorites, but that’s not necessarily a compliment. It’s also not a detriment. Depending on your leniency toward genre tropes, “Goliath” will either be your guilty favorite, or you’ll feel not guilty at all.

Read More: David E. Kelley Has Given Up on the Broadcast Networks, Partly Because His Last Show ‘Wasn’t Very Good’

Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) is a drunk, down-on-his-luck lawyer scraping together plea deals wherever he can find one. Permanently living in a hotel a few blocks from the beach, McBride wakes himself
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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement.
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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe?
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan
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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch - as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
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Oscar Track Records for Previously-Nominated Acting Vets

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards acting race is almost evenly divided between veterans and first-time nominees.

Nine of the 20 nominees in the four acting categories are newcomers — four lead actors (Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch), two lead actresses (Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones), two supporting actresses (Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone) and one supporting actor (J.K. Simmons).

As for the 11 veterans, the number of Oscar nominations between them ranges from 19 to one. Four of them have previously taken Oscars home.

Meryl Streep received her 19th nomination this year for her supporting role as The Witch in Disney’s Into the Woods, the film adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical. She holds the record for most acting nominations ever received and is one of six actors to have won three or more Oscars. Streep was first nominated in 1979 for her
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Robert Duvall, Alejandro González Iñárritu to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies,
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Predicting The Screen Actors Guild Film Nominees

With the Screen Actors Guild nominees just around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to try and guess what we’d be seeing in the five film categories. Obviously we have a lot that seem like 100%-certain locks, but, as usual, there are spots that are a toss-up between several potential nominees, making this a fascinating guessing game based on the awards we’ve seen thus far and what picks seem to have a lot of buzz behind them. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the first category.

Best Supporting Actress

Right now, I would only venture to say that two nominees appear to be a certainty, those being Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Emma Stone for Birdman, a commonality that we’re going to be seeing a few times in these categories. Both of them have already been nominated multiple times, and in many cases won,
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Look Who’s Still Talking – The Strange Hollywood History Of John Travolta

John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.

He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.

After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction,
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Halle Berry, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Name 606 Films Shingle After Anti-Paparazzi Bill

Exclusive: Halle Berry and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have christened a new company that has come out of the Oscar-winning actress’ decision to star in the CBS series Extant. They’ve hatched 606 Films, a shingle that will be housed at CBS Television Studios and is named for the anti-paparazzi bill that Berry championed to keep over-aggressive shutterbugs from harassing the children of celebrities. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law last fall after testimony by Berry, Jennifer Garner and others. Berry and Goldsmith-Thomas have hired Kathryn Tyus-Adair to be Svp of 606 Films. She moves from Don Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions where she spent five years working on TV and film projects including the upcoming St. Vincent. She has also worked as development exec for Robert Redford, Curtis Hanson and George Tillman Jr in projects that include The Horse Whisperer, A Civil Action, Barbership and the Showtime series Soul Food.
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Halle Berry, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Name 606 Films Shingle After Anti-Paparazzi Bill

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Halle Berry, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Name 606 Films Shingle After Anti-Paparazzi Bill
Exclusive: Halle Berry and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have christened a new company that has come out of the Oscar-winning actress’ decision to star in the CBS series Extant. They’ve hatched 606 Films, a shingle that will be housed at CBS Television Studios and is named for the anti-paparazzi bill that Berry championed to keep over-aggressive shutterbugs from harassing the children of celebrities. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law last fall after testimony by Berry, Jennifer Garner and others. Berry and Goldsmith-Thomas have hired Kathryn Tyus-Adair to be Svp of 606 Films. She moves from Don Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions where she spent five years working on TV and film projects including the upcoming St. Vincent. She has also worked as development exec for Robert Redford, Curtis Hanson and George Tillman Jr in projects that include The Horse Whisperer, A Civil Action, Barbership and the Showtime series Soul Food.
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His Last Two Films

His Last Two Films
New York -- James Gandolfini left behind numerous projects in various states of development, including two films that have already completed production.

The 51-year-old actor, who died Wednesday, had been busy, appearing in a flurry of late 2012 releases, including the Osama bin Laden hunt thriller "Zero Dark Thirty," the stylish crime saga "Killing Them Softly" and the 1960s coming-of-age drama "Not Fade Away," which reteamed him with "Sopranos" creator David Chase. Gandolfini continued to gravitate toward character actor roles, several of which will now be released posthumously.

The Brooklyn crime film "Animal Rescue," which was shot this spring, was his final movie. Directed by Michael R. Roskam ("Bullhead") and written by Dennis Lehane, it stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, with Gandolfini playing a bar owner. Fox Searchlight is expected to release it next year.

Gandolfini also co-stars in "Enough Said," a romance from writer-director Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give"). He plays ex-husband to Catherine Keener,
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Obituary: Actor James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

James Gandolfini in Zero Dark Thirty

The man who gave a Mob boss a soft side, actor James Gandolfini died on Wednesday June 19, 2013, from a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Rome, Italy. He was 51.

Gandolfini became a household name playing Tony Soprano, the reluctant Mob boss of HBO’s hit show The Sopranos. As well as making Gandolfini a star, the show secured HBO as a home for brilliant original entertainment. Gandolfini played Tony for six seasons, carrying the series on his broad shoulders.

The role wasn’t easy for Gandolfini. The best roles never are. In a Fox News interview around the time of the show’s finale, Gandolfini said that playing Tony was “wearing” and that “it’s very calming to move on.” But his performances in The Sopranos won him numerous awards over the years, including three Emmy statuettes and a Golden Globe. Check him
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R.I.P. James Gandolfini

Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," suffered a heart attack in Italy today and passed away. He was 51.

The New Jersey-born character actor received three Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work on the show.

At the same time, he made a successful transition to film with memorable roles in such features as "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "In the Loop," "Where the Wild Things Are," "Welcome to the Rileys," "The Taking of Pelham 123," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "The Mexican," "The Last Castle," "8Mm," "Fallen," "A Civil Action," "Get Shorty," "Crimson Tide" and "True Romance".

Gandolfini had just finished work on the Tom Hardy-led poaching drama "Animal Rescue" in New York, and indie filmmaker Nicole Holofcener's latest effort.

Gandolfini was in Rome for a holiday ahead of an appearance this
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