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Terence Marsh, Two-Time Oscar-Winning Art Director, Dies at 86

Terence Marsh, Two-Time Oscar-Winning Art Director, Dies at 86
Terence Marsh, the prolific art director and production designer who received Academy Awards for his work on David Lean's Doctor Zhivago and Carol Reed's Oliver!, has died. He was 86.

The London native died Tuesday at his Pacific Palisades home after a four-year battle with cancer, his wife, former talent agent Sandra Marsh, announced.

Marsh's meticulous design skills are prominent in Sydney Pollack's Absence of Malice (1981), Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct (1992), Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (1977) and the Frank Darabont dramas The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999), for which he designed the electric chair.

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Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86

Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86
Terence Marsh, the Academy Award-winning art director and production designer behind “Doctor Zhivago,” “Oliver!,” and “The Shawshank Redemption” died in his Pacific Palisades, Calif. home on Jan. 9 after battling cancer for four years. He was 86.

Marsh shared two Oscar wins for his work as art director on David Lean’s sprawling epic “Dr. Zhivago” and on Charles Dickens period piece “Oliver!,” directed by Carol Reed. He also received Academy Award nominations as production designer for “Mary, Queen of Scots” and “Scrooge.”

He was nominated for three BAFTA Awards for “The Hunt for Red October,” “A Bridge Too Far” and “Scrooge.” Throughout his career, he collaborated with acclaimed directors such as Sydney Pollack and John Huston. Among the other films he worked on as production designer and art director were “The Green Mile,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Absence of Malice” and “A Touch of Class.”

Marsh produced, wrote, and acted in some of his films. He designed
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Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86

Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86
Terence Marsh, the two-time Oscar-winning production designer and art director whose credits included The Shawshank Redemption and Doctor Zhivago, has died at the age of 86 following a battle with cancer.

Across a more than 50-year career, the UK-born Marsh worked on a host of award-winning films with directors including David Lean, Sydney Pollack, John Huston, Carol Reed, Fred Zinnemann and Frank Darabont.

He won two Oscars for his work as an art director on David Lean’s romantic epic Doctor Zhivago and Carol Reed’s 1968 musical Oliver!, and was nominated for three Baftas.

Marsh began his career as a draughtsman at Pinewood Studios, where he honed his talents in production design. In 1960, he was hired to work as assistant art director on Lawrence Of Arabia.

After re-locating to Los Angeles in 1975, his credits included A Bridge Too Far, Spaceballs, The Hunt For
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Stephen King adaptations, and straying from source material

Riyad Emeran Dec 11, 2017

Should filmmakers stick religiously to the source material? In the case of Stephen King adaptations, it can work very well both ways...

I watched The Shining recently, a film I haven’t seen for at least 15 years, maybe more. The first time I watched The Shining I was far too young for what was an X certificate movie at the time – VHS had opened the door to a whole host of viewing options for young teens – and I remember being disappointed at the lack of 'horror' on show. But when I revisited The Shining with more mature eyes, I realised that horror wasn’t just about violence and gore, and the truly disturbing nature of the film and its underlying story became clear.

Watching it again, now, I’m surprised at how powerful it still is. Yes, Shelly Duvall’s performance is still as comically insipid as it has always been,
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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel,
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A Sleeping Giant Stirs In This Third Trailer Tease For Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Only two days remain on the great Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer Countdown, and don’t we know all about it.

All this week, a number of enticing trailer teases have trickled onto the interwebs to reveal a sleeping, prehistoric giant (“this is going to be awesome!”) along with the small matter that Isla Nublar is, in fact, a dormant volcano – you know, assuming Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) haven’t hopped over to one of the neighboring islands.

But as Thursday’s big reveal draws near, Universal has now unleashed the third trailer tease in which Chris Pratt’s dino expert gets a little too close for comfort. Dubbed Rexy (or Rexie), this is presumably the same Tyrannosaurus Rex that galloped in to save the day during the finale of Jurassic World, so we only imagine what director Juan Antonio Bayona has planned for the franchise mascot.
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'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons

'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons
Director Frank Darabont knows Stephen King, or at least that was the idea sold by the marketing of 2007’s The Mist. Known for directing two of the best King adaptations, 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile, the thought of Darabont doing another King feature implied awards and critical acclaim would follow. But when The Mist debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, audiences were perplexed. The film’s Twilight Zone-esque take on a mysterious event that turns a small town into chaos was dark and contained one of the bleakest (and most divisive) endings on record.

In short, audiences...
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Stranger Things Season 2 Episodes Reimagined As Vintage Paperback Horror Book Covers

How many people would have gladly read Stranger Things if it had come out in the stores as vintage paperback horror novels? Does anyone recall when Stephen King did this same thing with The Green Mile? People didn’t know what to think at first when one small book came out, then the next, and the next after that. For dedicated fans it was a mad scramble to get to the store and purchase each new book as it came out. Back then, as I recall, eBooks hadn’t really taken off yet and paperbacks and hardbacks were still the preferred medium

Stranger Things Season 2 Episodes Reimagined As Vintage Paperback Horror Book Covers
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10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw

10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw
Freddy Krueger is one of Halloween's most celebrated horror movie killers. A Nightmare on Elm Street, from the brilliant mind of the late fright master Wes Craven, is a stone cold classic. While the many sequels are a mixed bag, there's no disputing the greatness of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, or the bold adventurousness of Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which reimagined the entire franchise in a fascinating new way, years before "meta" became a trendy buzz word.

Jack Sholder put Freddy Krueger inside another dude, Renny Harlin put him in sunglasses, and Rachel Talalay nearly finished him off in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Though he once hosted his own TV show and finally faced off with the killer of the Friday the 13th franchise in Freddy vs. Jason, there are still multiple Freddy Krueger projects that were in some stage of development that simply never got made.
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Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush

Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Sam Rockwell has been on the brink of serious awards attention for a while now. He came close to Oscar recognition with his tour-de-force performance in Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” but his work as a racist Missouri law enforcement officer in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is perhaps his best work to date, carved with complexity and grace. It might finally be hi ticket to the dance.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Rockwell has worked from a McDonagh script three times now, having previously starred in the director’s “Seven Psychopaths” and his play “A Behanding in Spokane.” He relishes the collaboration, particularly for McDonagh’s capabilities on the page.

“[The characters are] very detailed and defined,” Rockwell says. “The
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October Horrors 2017 Day 26 – The Mist (2007)

The Mist, 2007.

Directed by Frank Darabont

Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, and Jeffrey DeMunn.

Synopsis:

Following a vicious storm, a small town is enveloped in a mysterious mist leaving a band of survivors to seek refuge in a supermarket. Trapped in the market by monstrous creatures lurking in the mist, the group also has to contend with the growing distrust and delirium of each other that soon proves to be a bigger threat than the monsters outside.

Frank Darabont is arguably the best director when it comes to bringing the work of Stephen King to the big screen, giving us the excellent weepie that is The Green Mile and arguably one of the greatest films ever made in the form of The Shawshank Redemption.

However, Darabont wouldn’t merely confine himself to bringing King’s non-horror works to the screen, using
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Video Breakdown of The 10 Worst and the 10 Best Stephen King Movies

With the popularity of Stephen King exploding right now, Looper has released a video that breaks down what they feel are the 10 worst and 10 best films that have been adapted from his work.

I personally don't agree with the lists that they've put together. For example, they put Dreamcatcher and Needful Things on the list of worst movies, which is ridiculous because those are two of my favorites! On top of that, they don't even include Pet Cemetary on the Best list, but they have Dolores Claiborne. This list was made before Geralds Game was released, but I'd definitely but that on the best list as well.

I understand that these lists are a personal opinion, so watch the video breakdown below and let us know what you would change on the list!

Stephen King's books have been adapted to film or television over 100 times, making him the all-time
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Gets A Suitably Epic Banner

The Predator isn’t the only 2018 blockbuster that has established a presence at London’s ongoing Brand Licensing Expo; Universal has also erected a suitably epic banner image for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Juan Antonio Bayona’s monstrous sequel that’s all set to become the dark and scary second chapter in Universal’s rebooted trilogy.

Pegged for a primetime June 2018 release, Fallen Kingdom has some mighty big boots to fill if it’s to emulate the success of its predecessor. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurrasic World revival was always tipped for box office stardom, but few would have predicted the film’s final tally to soar past $1.6 billion worldwide. Such an eye-watering total puts the Jurassic World franchise right up there with the highest-grossing films of all time – only Avatar, Titanic, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have grossed more. So no pressure, right?

How Fallen Kingdom fares against such
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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks

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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks
Full credit where “It” is due: Currently standing at $266 million through its third weekend, “It” is a stunning success and boosted a domestic box office in serious crisis. A reasonable estimate, if somewhat conservative, is a domestic gross around $325 million.

All this, from a September horror film made for $35 million? That’s a stunning performance. And it’s by far the best-performing Stephen King adaptation. But it’s far from the top horror movie in history.

At $325 million, here’s where “It” will stand in adjusted totals:

Horror films The Exorcist (1973) – $983 million The Sixth Sense (1999) – $512 million House of Wax (1953) – $449 million Psycho (1960) – $379 million Signs (2002) – $345 million It (2017) – $325 million (projected)

House of Wax” was by far the biggest 3D hit in that technique’s first wave. “The Exorcist” is the ninth biggest-grossing of the post-silent era and a social phenomenon in its time. M. Night Shyamalan’s films both had high-end casts and
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New Line Announces Release Date For It Sequel

We haven’t seen the last of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Mere weeks after hitting theatres, New Line has already assigned a release date to their It sequel, announcing that the film will be with us on Sept 6th, 2019. So, basically the exact same weekend that the first one opened on. And that makes sense, too, given how well the movie’s performed thus far at the box office.

Tentatively titled It: Chapter 2, the sequel will pick up with the Losers Club 27 years after the events of It. Given that, we’re unclear as yet whether the film will herald the return of Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Sophia Lillis and the rest of the gang, but assuming director Andy Muschietti and Co. incorporate flashbacks into the story, there’s a very good chance New Line’s sequel will feature both the original Losers Club and their adult counterparts, as the
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption

Rebecca Lea Sep 25, 2017

Our lookbacks at the screen adaptations of Stephen King arrive at the hugely popular The Shawshank Redemption...

The film: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Despite protesting his innocence, the jury is unconvinced and he is given two life sentences, the duration of which will be endured at Shawshank Prison. There, he meets Red (Morgan Freeman) who narrates their story. The two men form a close friendship as Andy gets used to prison life, dealing with aggressive fellow inmates, corrupt prison officials, and eventually running the Shawshank library.

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Frank Darabont is listed as one of the few directors who really manages to capture the work of Stephen King on screen.
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Batman Takes On Pennywise In Epic New Mashup Trailer

Not since Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance as the Joker has a cinematic trickster generated so much conversation, and it all stems from Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Stephen King’s flesh-munching abomination has been haunting theaters for several weeks now, pulling in a record amount of box office receipts in the process. It is currently at $417 million (worldwide) and counting, and all signs point to Andy Muschietti’s R-rated scarefest being remembered as one of 2017’s bona fide success stories.

But now that the terrifying clown is out in the open, spawning countless nightmares in the process, it’s time for all those mashup trailers to start rolling in. Just yesterday, we saw one that brought together Pennywise and the Joker in suitably epic fashion and now, it seems that the demonic entity has turned his attention towards another DC Comics character: Batman.

Yes, the Dark Knight and Pennywise go
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Harry Dean Stanton

Chicago – Harry Dean Stanton didn’t just act. He created a screen personality all of his own. The actor died last week at the age of 91, but with a 60-year career, there are a slew of highlights and shades of the man. Spike Walters, Patrick McDonald and Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com spotlight three films in his career.

Harry Dean Stanton in a Recent Photo

Photo credit: File Photo

With his hang dog demeanor and distinctive voice, Stanton made a mark in his career, and appeared in character roles for notable films such as “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “The Godfather Part II” (1974), “Alien” (1979), “Escape From New York” (1981), “Pretty in Pink” (1986) and “Last Temptation of Christ” (1988). He had bigger and more up front roles in “Repo Man” (1984), “Paris, Texas” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), “The Straight Story” (1999), “The Green Mile” (1999) and the upcoming “Lucky” (2017). To read the rest of the HollywoodChicago.
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It Primed To Topple The Exorcist As Highest-Grossing Horror Pic In Film History

The past fortnight has been a whirlwind for Warner Bros. and New Line’s It reboot.

Arriving off the back of a smart, measured marketing strategy – Bill Skarsgard ostensibly went into hiding in order to maintain the aura and mystery surrounding Pennywise – It set the global box office alight, collecting a record $123 million in North America on opening weekend.

That proved to be the first domino to fall, as the Andy Muschietti-directed pic has since chewed through practically every box office in its path to stardom, and Deadline today brings word of what is arguably It‘s most impressive feat yet. With its domestic haul of $223 million, the first chapter in New Line’s two-part Pennywise saga is within touching distance of toppling The Exorcist ($232.9m), which has clawed onto the title of highest-grossing horror pic ever since 1973.

There are, however, two caveats to that historic feat. First and foremost,
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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