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John Heard, Home Alone, Sopranos Actor Dies At 72

John Heard the actor best known as the dad in the classic festive movie Home Alone, has died at the age of 72. Heard was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California on Friday afternoon, so reports TMZ.

As well as his high-profile role in Home Alone, Heard was also seen in the likes of Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter’s Way, Cat People, C.H.U.D., After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory, as well as an Emmy-nominated turn in the hit HBO gangster movie The Sopranos.

He is survived by his children John Matthew, Annika and Max Heard.

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Stan Shaw to Star in ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’

Stan Shaw to Star in ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’
Stan Shaw is set to star in “Jeepers Creepers 3.”

The original “Jeepers Creepers” was released in 2001, followed by a sequel, “Jeepers Creepers 2,” in 2003. The two movies centered on an ancient creature, known as “the Creeper,” which hunts for 23 days every 23rd spring for human body parts and organs. Myriad Pictures will finance the threequel.

Jeepers Creepers 3” reunites the original creative team behind the first two films, including writer-director Victor Salva. Jonathan Breck will reprise his role as the Creeper and Brandon Smith returns as Sergeant Davis Tubbs.

Shaw plays the sheriff who is currently hunting the creature.

Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, which produced the first two films, will co-produce along with Kirk Shaw and Surai Gohill’s Odyssey Media, and Stan Spry’s The Cartel. Coppola, Shaw and Spry will serve as producers and Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico will executive produce.

Shaw’s past credits include “Rocky” and “Snake Eyes.
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘De Palma,’ ‘Popstar,’ ‘Raising Cain,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

De Palma (Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow)

Earlier this year, Kent Jones’ Hitchcock /Truffaut — a documentary on the famous interview sessions between the two directors — boasted perhaps the most chaotic, dignity-threatening queue of any film screened at Cannes. There is a craving for this sort of thing among cinephiles it seems and it’s easy to see why. Directors just seem to open up much more when speaking to one of their own kind. Brian De Palma, the subject of this fine documentary,
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‘Snake Eyes’: Brian De Palma’s Funhouse of Facades and Fabrications

In the weeks leading up to Snake Eyes’ release in August of 1998, my dad and I had gone together to see Lethal Weapon 4, There’s Something About Mary and The Negotiator. Both action titles were forgettable fare, but were a big deal upon release. (Riggs and Murtaugh vs. Jet Li! Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey conversing via walkie-talkie!) Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes with dad was the next order of business. The theater was packed because adults frequented the multiplexes not so long ago. You’re all of 10 years old, Nicolas Cage’s recent output – The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off — has been terrific, and something seemed off with this new one. You remember leaving the theater not disappointed, but with little to discuss with dad on the ride home. Dad passed away in 2013, long after the Gary Sinise villain era and a few years before
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‘Carlito’s Way’: Brian De Palma’s Introspective Crime Tragedy

“Did you ever kill anybody, Charlie?”

Penelope Ann Miller’s Gail asks this of Al Pacino‘s Carlito Brigante throughout Carlito’s Way, a thoroughly impressive piece of studio entertainment from Brian De Palma, the first of the director’s trio of films with accomplished screenwriter David Koepp (Mission:Impossible, Snake Eyes). Released a decade after Scarface, this film plays, in many ways, as a more intelligent, more mature counterpart.

The parallels are obvious. Both Scarface and Carlito’s Way are gangster films starring Pacino, directed by De Palma, and produced by Marty Bregman. Cocaine is a large motivator in both. Carlito is set in 1975. Scarface is set in 1980. There’s even a prevalence of cockroaches (said and seen) in either. It’s the differences that reveal how De Palma grew as a filmmaker painting on a large canvas. Gone is the over-the-top turn by Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana,
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‘Raising Cain’: Brian De Palma’s Audacious Role-Playing Experiment

These days, there’s the buffer of Redacted to shore up Brian De Palma’s credentials as a Godardian ironist. Perhaps in the time when it was fashionable for high-minded critics to bolster De Palma’s significance while decrying the filmmakers he cited as influences, the takedowns by card-carrying auteurists might have seemed a necessary antidote to all the doting. De Palma long represented the negative end of a New Hollywood excess, championed by one side of a polemic and lambasted by the other.

De Palma’s bad taste and his love of schlock discounted him from the pantheon erected by auteurists, while the same characteristics attracted the attentions of less-serious-minded populist critics, who saw the director’s near-indistinguishable alternations between facetiousness and sincerity as a plus. Still, even these De Palma diehards generally struggled to explain why he was significant, outside of an anti-intellectual impulse towards celebrating baroque kitsch
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Nicolas Cage: examining his straight-to-dvd movies

Kirsten Howard Feb 24, 2017

Last year we watched ten of the recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Since then, he's made six more...

This article has been updated to include six new films: Dog Eat Dog, The Trust, USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage, Southern Fury, Army Of One and Vengeance: A Love Story.

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The first Nicolas Cage movie I saw wasn’t one of the cool ones. It wasn’t Wild At Heart, Raising Arizona or even Valley Girl. It was the Cher rom-com, Moonstruck.

My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical
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Watch Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma’s 45-Minute Talk on The Dick Cavett Show

It’s a Brian De Palma kind of month, with most people giving their two cents on the auteur after having seen Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach‘s documentary, De Palma. We also recently launched a career-spanning series in which we will look at all of his films over the summer. De Palma is one of the more polarizing filmmakers around – one day he makes masterful filmmaking such as Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, and Carrie and then he pulls out a Mission To Mars or the quasi-unwatchable Bonfire of the Vanities.

De Palma’s best movie Blow Out, a riff/tribute to Antonioni’s Blow-Up, was a smart, hallucinatory take on voyeurism. John Travolta and De Palma evoked Hitchcockian tradition in the best of ways. It’s also the best performance from the actor we’ll likely ever see.

The 75 year-old De Palma seems to be everywhere these days.
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The Summer of De Palma: A Career-Spanning Retrospective

Bringing up Brian De Palma as if he’s still some kind of marginalized or misunderstood figure is now heavily contentious, not just in the sense that “the discussion” has, with the presence of the Internet, become so heavily splintered that every figure has at least seem some form of reappraisal, but in that this is being discussed on the occasion of a new documentary and retrospectives in New York, Chicago, Austin, and Toronto (the lattermost of which this symposium will be timed to). Yes, the line has probably tipped past “divisive,” but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t room for debate.

It’s not hard to understand why De Palma’s work strikes a cord with a new cinephilia fixated on form and vulgarity. Though, in going film-by-film — taking us from political diatribes against America to gonzo horror to gangster films your parents watch to strange European
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Femme Fatale,’ Hou Hsiao-hsien, ‘Pusher,’ Maya Deren & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


The Brian De Palma retrospective has its best weekend yet: Carlito’s Way and Raising Cain on Friday; Body Double and Femme Fatale on Saturday; and, this Sunday, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes, and the underseen, Paul Schrader-penned Obsession.

A program of Chuck Jones shorts plays on Saturday; Party Husband screens this Sunday.

Museum of
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15 Things We Learned From the 'De Palma' Documentary

15 Things We Learned From the 'De Palma' Documentary
The setup to De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's engrossing new documentary about the life and career of controversial filmmaker Brian De Palma (opening in theaters on June 10th), couldn't be simpler: The 75-year-old director dissects most of his films and shares analyses and behind-the-scenes anecdotes in between clips. Forget talking-head testimonials from collaborators, flashy visuals or dramatic reenactments. You just get the man himself, looking back and holding court in all his verbose, insightful glory.

And that is more than enough. Known primarily for his obsession with voyeurism,
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Review: 'De Palma' is more than just a casual appraisal of a director's work

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Review: 'De Palma' is more than just a casual appraisal of a director's work
Brian De Palma taught me the value of film criticism. The first time one of his films really registered for me actively was when Dressed To Kill was released in 1980. I was starting to get bit by the film bug at the time, still in the early days of the sickness, and there were many ways I would digest films beyond just seeing movies. For films I wasn’t allowed to see, there were still ways for me to get some sense of the movie. Mad magazine, for example. Undressed To Kill was one of the movie parodies that ran in 1980, and it was a beat for beat riff off of the real film. I knew the story and I even knew the twist, since Mad was not shy about spoilers. It was easy to feel like you’d seen the film after you read a Mad parody, and I
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Comic Book Review – Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #3

Gary Collinson reviews Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #3…

With the first round of duels settled, the World Warrior Tournament enters the quarterfinals! But can the forces of G.I. Joe and their Street Fighter allies remain in the fight long enough to take down M. Bison himself? The time for titanic tussles has arrived!

See Also: Check out a preview of Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #3 here

We’ve reached the quarter final stage of Idw’s Street Fighter and G.I. Joe crossover with an issue that features Rufus vs Snake Eyes, Hakan vs Jinx, Guile vs Zartan and M. Bison vs Storm Shadow as the combatants do battle for a place in the final four of Bison’s World Warrior Tournament, sponsored by Mars Industries.

Last month I bemoaned the rather formulaic four-fight structure of the series; each issue is almost neatly divided into four sections – we see the word “Fight!
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‘De Palma’ Trailer: The Influential ‘Scarface’ Director Recounts His Career in a New Doc

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‘De Palma’ Trailer: The Influential ‘Scarface’ Director Recounts His Career in a New Doc
Director Brian De Palma is one of the most influential and iconic directors that cinema has ever seen. His body of work includes films such as Scarface, Carrie, Blow Out, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes, The Black Dahlia, Carlito’s Way and most recently, Passion. Now the filmmaker himself dives into his […]

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The 10 Best Brian De Palma Films

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Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.

Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters [1973], Raising Cain [1992]) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities [1990], The Black Dahlia [2006]) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.

The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution,
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Brian De Palma heads to China for his new thriller 'Lights Out'

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Brian De Palma heads to China for his new thriller 'Lights Out'
Brian De Palma's headed to China! I am hoping that 2016 is a year of celebration for De Palma. After all, Noah Baumbach's documentary "De Palma," which played to adoring festival audiences this year, will be getting a theatrical release next year, and now it appears that there's a chance we'll get an actual new film from the filmmaker, and I'm going to preemptively cross all of my fingers hoping that it's a return to form for him. While I thought his last film "Passion" was strikingly made in places, it's been almost twenty years since the last film he made that's actually a complete movie, and that was "Mission: Impossible," where he was a (very stylish) gun for hire. I think "Snake Eyes" has some fun stuff in it, and it's certainly a De Palma film, visually speaking. There are plenty of visual flourishes that remind us just
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Nyff 15: ‘De Palma’ is a masterclass on the film industry from a prolific director

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De Palma

Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

USA, 2015

Noah Baumbach isn’t exactly the first name in a list of directors that comes to mind for a documentary about renowned filmmaker Brian De Palma. With Baumbach’s own work as of late revolving around young and somewhat hip New Yorkers (Frances Ha and his recent release Mistress America), it’s not what anyone might naturally expect him to take on as his next project. But he does so with the help of writer-director Jake Paltrow, together delving into the filmmaker’s extensive and diverse filmography in the aptly named De Palma.

Going chronologically through all of his films, De Palma explores the career of a man with many substantial successes under his belt and a handful of failures along the way. The film is essentially one long interview with De Palma, intercut with footage from his movies. The
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 'The Revenant' Will Have A Score From Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

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This morning, no one needed their coffee, because the new trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s "The Revenant" sorta blew everyone's nuts off. The gritty, grimy, snowcovered vengeance tale starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy is one of the fall's most anticipated movies, and while much attention has been paid to the natural-light-only visuals, it looks like the picture will be a delight for the ears as well. Composer and experimental/minimalist musician Ryuichi Sakamoto is scoring the picture. The artist doesn't work on Hollywood productions very often (his last effort in that vein was probably Brian De Palma's "Snake Eyes" in 1998), however his compositions are almost always memorable. His work on Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" is a total ear worm (particularly the main theme), and may still be one of his finest hours. It'll be very interesting to see what Sakamoto puts together for this movie,
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Watch: Nicolas Cage Deals with the Bp Oil Spill in 'The Runner' Trailer

Some years back, I made a promise to myself to see every movie Nicolas Cage has ever starred in, and I'll be damned if I don't make that a reality. The man's an alluring engima on-screen, never consistent enough to call a good or bad actor but never less than confounding. While I haven't made time yet to check out Dying of the Light or Bringing Out Your Dead or Snake Eyes, to sadly name a few, they'll end up on my queue sometime. And so will his latest, the headline-heavy thriller The Runner, and maybe sooner than later. Because, quite frankly, this one looks like a hoot. The general plot of this has something or another to do with Cage as an untrustworthy politician who finds his career intertwined with the 2010 Bp oil spill, and works his way up through the support of his love ones and a couple
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David Koepp interview: Mortdecai, Jurassic Park, Indy 4

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Mortdecai director David Koepp chats to us about the film, along with Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible & more.

This piece contains spoilers for Snake Eyes and Mission: Impossible (the first one)

David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.

He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.

His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a
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