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Independence Day: the film that defined modern summer movies

2 July 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...

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In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.

Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »

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Exclusive Clip Bound by Flesh

26 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It was back in 2012 when we first heard about Bound by Flesh, a documentary focusing on the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were featured in Tod Browning's classic film Freaks. Here we are years later with an exclusive clip and lots more.

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Sundance Selects will open the new documentary Bound By Flesh, about conjoined twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton, theatrically in Los Angeles on June 27 and on VOD. The award-winning film was directed by Leslie Zemeckis (Behind The Burly Q).

American sideshows were in fairs, circuses, and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wandered past. The Hilton sisters, however, were trained to put on a winning performance. They sang, danced, and played a variety of musical instruments. Once they quit the carnival world and started playing vaudeville houses, »

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Morgan Freeman Saddles Up for Horse Drama ‘Beautiful Jim Key’

16 May 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Freeman is on board to star in historical horse story “Beautiful Jim Key” with Robert Rodat making his directorial debut.

Cargo Entertainment is handling international sales at Cannes and financing along with Two Ton Films.

The Mark Gordon Company and Revelations Entertainment will produce with production slated to start early next year.

The story centers on the showman Dr. William Key and his performing horse, Beautiful Jim Key. His promoters claimed the horse could read, write and do math.

Key, a former slave, was relegated to carnivals so he recruited a one-time promoter for P.T. Barnum to be his front man — leading to the horse becoming a national sensation at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition.

The project marks the third collaboration for Gordon and Rodat following “The Patriot” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Producers are Mark Gordon, Revelations Entertainment’s Lori McCreary, Cargo Entertainment’s Marina Grasic and Rogers Hartmann. Executive »

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'Glee' Star Josh Sussman -- I Was Swindled In Hollywood!

12 May 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"Glee" actor Josh Sussman says he was taken for nearly $30K ... when he tried to make a movie with a phantom production company.Sussman claims in a lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he made a deal with Mikel Dusi and Gold Rush Pictures to develop a feature film called, "Wally's Revenge" -- not realizing the company had been defunct for 2 years.  The actor claims he forked over $30K to help develop the project ... and »

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Film Review: ‘The Joe Show’

9 May 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Presiding over Arizona’s largest county since 1992, Joe Arpaio has been called “the P.T. Barnum of sheriffs” by Larry King — a fairly neutral statement compared with the fulminations laid at his doorstep by innumerable more fervent admirers and detractors. Fancying himself an inheritor of the old white-cowboy-hatted Wild West tradition (or rather its mythos), he’s greatly pleased many conservatives with his “tough on crime” theatrics while appalling others on numerous grounds. Randy Murray’s “The Joe Show” provides an equally entertaining and infuriating overview of a very American self-made phenomenon whose means of enforcing the law often seem to trample upon it. This vivid warts-and-all portrait has good potential to attract niche home-turf theatrical distrib, and broadcast sales in other select territories.

Pic is structured so that its subject’s publicity-hungry deeds at first appear pandering but fairly harmless — like when he parades shackled jail inmates in nothing but pink boxers before the press, »

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Universal Television injects P.T. Barnum ballyhoo into Emmy push

30 April 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

When it comes to Emmy campaigning, Universal Television loves that classic P.T. Barnum style – big, brassy bravado. Years ago Barnum drove his elephants down Eighth Avenue to let New Yorkers know the circus was in town. Now Richard Licata, Evp of Communications, NBC Entertainment, sends his equivalent goliaths down Hollywood Boulevard – huge double-decker busses wrapped in promos touting the Emmy worthiness of "The Blacklist," "Parks and Recreation," "The Voice," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Bates Motel" and his other contenders. He also plasters his bold messages across billboards that loom down onto the Hollywood landscape. -Break- "I love the old publicity stunts," Licata tells Gold Derby. "We're trying to dazzle the voters. In this business, you need to make noise and to differentiate yourself. Let's peek inside Universal Television's Emmy campaign mailer "We have a t...' »

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NBC Entertainment injects P.T. Barnum ballyhoo into Emmy push

30 April 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

When it comes to Emmy campaigning, NBC Entertainment Evp Richard Licata loves that classic P.T. Barnum style – big, brassy bravado. Years ago Barnum drove his elephants down Eighth Avenue to let New Yorkers know the circus was in town. Now Licata sends his equivalent goliaths down Hollywood Boulevard – huge double-decker busses wrapped in promos touting the Emmy worthiness of "The Blacklist," "Parks and Recreation," "The Voice," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Bates Motel" and his other contenders. He also plasters his bold messages across billboards that loom down onto the Hollywood landscape. "I love the old publicity stunts," Licata tells Gold Derby. "We're trying to dazzle the voters. In this business, you need to make noise and to differentiate yourself. Let's peek inside NBC Universal's Emmy campaign mailer "We have a theme – everything old is new again," he add..."' »

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8 Iconic Britons That Need Their Own Biopics (And Who Should Play Them)

12 March 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

2013 was something of a turkey for the biopic: while success has been found in recounting the stories of the lesser-knowns like 12 Years A Slave, Wolf Of Wall Street and Captain Phillips, it was the big films for the big names that fell flat and failed to excite both critics and the box office. Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, Julian Assange and Steve Jobs have all had the Hollywood treatment to very little success.

Exactly why remains to be seen, but it’s clear that something needs to be done about any and all future biopics destined for the big screen. Some would argue the very idea of ‘the biopic’ should be scrapped – passing it off as little more than a glorified PR exercise, while those who still see a future in it would tell you that merely recounting one’s life is not sufficient – those films must offer something more; comedy, »

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Fox’s Starry ‘Cosmos’ Premiere Shows Off ‘P.T. Barnum Element’ in Science Docu

5 March 2014 5:46 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Greek Theater’s Cosmos Pavilion was decked out with shining stars from floor to ceiling for the live global premiere of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on Wednesday evening.

The docu-series, presented by Fox and the National Geographic Channel, is a continuation of the 1980 PBS show “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” the brainchild of the late astronomer Carl Sagan. The new take on “Cosmos,” spearheaded by science buff Seth MacFarlane, maintains the same goal of educating viewers about space and the universe, but takes advantage of modern technological advances, animation and CGI to create an immersive spacetime experience.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the program’s host, was joined at the premiere by “Cosmos” writer, director and exec producer Ann Druyan (pictured with Tyson, left, and) and MacFarlane), who is Sagan’s widow, as well as exec producers MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga and co-exec producer Jason Clark.

Tyson said that, »

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Hugh Jackman Says Wolverine Will Inevitably Be Recast

4 March 2014 10:03 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Could Hugh Jackman be done with his iconic Wolverine character after 14 years and 7 different movies? During IGN's visit to the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters May 23, the actor revealed that it's "inevitable" another actor will eventually take over as Logan, though it isn't clear when this transition to a new Wolverine will take place, since producer Lauren Shuler Donner made it clear that she wants to keep working with the actor for as long as possible.

While he has a much bigger role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he is sent back to the past to prevent a war that could alter their future, Hugh Jackman only had a cameo appearance in X-Men: First Class, which is set in the 1960s. Since Wolverine doesn't exactly age, due to his healing abilities, it made sense to use him instead of another actor portraying Logan. »

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