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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time

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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time
Two months after The Dark Tower stunk up the multiplex, It came along and reminded all of us that it's possible to adapt a Stephen King story in a way that can be embraced by audiences and critics, to the tune of new box-office records, even. There are quite a few good films as you can see in our best Stephen King movies list. But while that may be true, there are probably more that just haven't hit the mark.

It's almost hard to blame Hollywood for getting it wrong so often, simply because there have been so many attempts at adaptations from wildly diverse source material, tackled by filmmakers with wide ranging levels of talent. Stanley Kubrick, Frank Darabont, Brian De Palma. There have been some real heavy hitters who have smartly adapted the work of our favorite Maine based ultra prolific author. But for every Stand By Me,
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Dance Academy review – a pleasantly soapy dance drama for the iGeneration

The feature adaptation of ABC TV’s hugely successful series for teens is less Flashdance and more Black Swan meets The Baby-Sitters Club

Some of us look back on the turbulence of our university years with a mixture of horror and nostalgia, recalling the title of Errol Flynn’s autobiography. For others, like Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin), their wicked, wicked ways encompass those diabolical occasions when they neglected to pick up kombucha and activated almonds on the way home from dance class.

Or, in the case of her fame-hungry friend Kat (Alicia Banit), when a social media post generates bad engagement – as in a topless selfie that derails her credibility (who would have thought?) as the star of a squeaky-clean kids show. This puts Kat in a pantheon of badly behaving children’s television personalities, Death to Smoochy’s Rainbow Randolph leading the modern charge.

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John ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia, ‘Sopranos’ Actor and Restaurateur, Dies at 75

John ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia, ‘Sopranos’ Actor and Restaurateur, Dies at 75
John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia, guest actor on “The Sopranos” and owner of a bustling Italian restaurant in New York’s Little Italy, died Nov. 21 at Nyu Langone Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 75.

Dubbed the “unofficial mayor of Little Italy,” Ciarcia’s acting career included film appearances alongside long-time friend Danny DeVito in “Hoffa” and “Death to Smoochy,” in addition to his guest role on HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

Decades ago, Ciarcia served as the boxing manager to Tony Danza, who he later co-starred with in “A Brooklyn State of Mind.”

Both DeVito and Danza, along with his other high-profile showbiz pals including Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese, would later become regulars at Ciarcia’s Mulberry St. restaurant, Cha Cha’s In Bocca Al Lupo. The Brooklyn-born restaurateur also once owned a Coney Island bar, which failed to recuperate following the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Ciarcia was
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Jon Stewart's Final 'Daily Show': Our Moment of Zen

Jon Stewart's Final 'Daily Show': Our Moment of Zen
After 16 years of being mad as hell, Jon Stewart finally doesn't have to take it any anymore. On his emotional farewell to The Daily Show, he didn't even try to hide his relief that he can now go entire weeks at a time without watching Fox News. The last shebang had a roll call of Daily Show superstars, along with Bruce Springsteen doing "Land of Hope and Dreams." John McCain said, "So long, jackass." (All these years later and McCain still can't keep his Nineties MTV comedy bros straight — Jackass was Johnny Knoxville,
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Locarno: Edward Norton on Honoring Cinema and Embracing New Technologies

Locarno: Edward Norton on Honoring Cinema and Embracing New Technologies
Fresh off a third Oscar nomination and a healthy haul of critics’ gongs for Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman,” Edward Norton isn’t so prize-hungry as to covet career honors like the Excellence Award presented to him Wednesday night at the Locarno Film Festival. “I tend to look at these things just as very nice compliments,” he says, his tone almost diffident, before passing the credit back to the festival itself, now in its 68th edition. “In its first year, Locarno showed Rossellini’s ‘Rome, Open City,’ and that’s still such a radical film. It’s flattering to be connected to that tradition of hosting and promoting cinema, even in a small way.”

Mike Shiner, the brilliant egomaniac thespian Norton played in Inarritu’s film, mightn’t have been so magnanimous. If there was a purported hint of self-parody to the performance, Norton’s persona — onscreen or off — has
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Tom Cruise Loves the 'Mission: Impossible' Series, Sixth Entry Looking to Film Next Summer

I won't be seeing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation until Thursday night at the absolute earliest, but that won't stop Tom Cruise from discussing the possibility of a sixth installment in the long-running action franchise. "I love making these movies. Mission Impossible is the first film I ever produced," Cruise told Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" last night. "Now this is the fifth one. This is the fifth one. It's pretty amazing because ... I thought if I could keep making these kinds of movies," Cruise continues, at which point Stewart cuts him off and points out: "I think you -- I mean if I may, and I don't mean to be presumptuous -- I think you can. I'm pretty sure it's not like Death to Smoochy where they're like, 'One and done!' You can get in there and knock around a few more." Below-the-belt shots at Death to Smoochy aside,
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Jon Stewart Reveals Which 'Daily Show' Pals He'd 'Marry, Shag, Kill'

Jon Stewart Reveals Which 'Daily Show' Pals He'd 'Marry, Shag, Kill'
With his final Daily Show on the horizon, Jon Stewart took time from Tuesday's episode to reveal some insider secrets – like whom he'd "marry, shag and kill" from group of friends Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert.

Stewart answers that riveting query during a segment called "Askhole," wherein Daily Show correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper interrogate the host with fan questions and bully their boss like grizzled detectives. "Some things are best left unsaid," Stewart says of his shagging options. But he relents after they threaten him with an Arby's enema.
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‘American Sniper’ Producer Signs First-Look Deal at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. has signed “American Sniper” producer Andrew Lazar to a first-look deal through his Mad Chance production company.

Lazar recently set up “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” with Jennifer Lawrence starring and Steven Spielberg directing. Warner Bros. won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist.

Lazar is one of the five producers on “American Sniper” along with Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Rob Lorenz and Peter Morgan.

Lazar first worked with Eastwood on 2000’s “Space Cowboys” for Warner Bros. Other producing credits at Warners include “Get Smart,” both “Cats and Dogs” films, “Assassins,” “Death to Smoochy” and “Jonah Hex.”

Lazar also produced “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Mortdecai.”
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‘Manglehorn’ Review: Looking For Love In All The Yawn Places

In one of his more infamous reviews, Roger Ebert wrote “Only enormously talented people could have made Death to Smoochy. Those with lesser gifts would have lacked the nerve to make a film so bad, so miscalculated, so lacking any connection with any possible audience. To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams.” This philosophy — which suggests only the most creative minds are capable of making the best and worst films — aptly describes Manglehorn, the latest film from director David Gordon Green. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, it’s damn near impossible to classify or categorize Green’s work. Varied and eclectic, the only throughline in Green’s career is that there’s is no throughline – no theme or aesthetic that ties his films together. A master in indiscrimination, one has to look no further than George Washington, Your Highness
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Tiff: Jon Stewart on 'Rosewater' and his 'Nice job, Spielberg' moment

Tiff: Jon Stewart on 'Rosewater' and his 'Nice job, Spielberg' moment
For Jon Stewart, last night’s screening of his directorial debut, Rosewater, was a glorious homecoming of sorts. After all, he filmed Death to Smoochy in Toronto. But last night’s standing-room-only showing at the Toronto Film Festival was a true celebration, and before the screening, Stewart joked that Canada’s earnest warm reception felt like sarcasm to a cynical New Yorker like himself. Afterwards, the audience responded with a standing ovation, as much for the real Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned and accused of being a spy by Iranian authorities, as the cast and their first-time director.
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Junkfood Cinema: Viva Smoochy!

Comedy is probably the most taste-variable of film genres, and never was that fact thrown more sharply into focus than when folks were listing their favorite Robin Williams movies in the wake of his untimely death. So many different titles to choose from! Turns out, Cargill and I share an abiding affinity for one of Williams’ most maligned films: Death to Smoochy. Now that some time has passed, we felt it appropriate to honor the great Robin Williams by delving into all the things we love about this darkly absurd oddity. We also examine the roots of the film’s ice cold reception and the slowly pervading cult appreciation it has since garnered. We can’t necessarily change your mind about Death to Smoochy, but maybe we can make a dent. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #23 Directly On This Week’s Show: Smoochy Lives [2:22 - 35:10] More of Our Favorite Williams
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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the
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16 Robin Williams Movies That Defined His Legendary Career

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16 Robin Williams Movies That Defined His Legendary Career
The world is just, quite simply, not nearly as funny a place now as it was just a few hours ago, before the tragic death of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. For nearly 40 years, the man kept us in stitches in ways only he could, with an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable charm that is often mimicked but never equaled.

As the world mourns this comedy legend, we take a look back at our 16 favorite Robin Williams performances, some in classics that are beloved the world over, and some in overlooked and/or underrated gems that deserve to be noticed.

1Popeye (1980)

While some actors spend years paying their dues in thankless guest starring or supporting roles on film and TV, it didn't take Robin Williams long to find a foothold in Hollywood. His appearance as the alien Mork on one episode of Happy Days was so popular it lead
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How Robin Williams Inspired a Generation to Seize the Day

How Robin Williams Inspired a Generation to Seize the Day
It was “Dead Poets Society” that did it. That was the movie that pushed me over the edge from casual moviegoer to full-blown film junkie, the one that sent me back to the video store night after night looking for my next fix, desperate to discover other movies that could make me feel the same way.

There, in the role that earned Robin Williams his second Oscar nomination, was the full range of the actor’s incredible talent: He could have you laughing hysterically one minute and crying the next, often within the span of a single film.

At the moment movies mattered most in my life, Robin Williams was my favorite actor. Let me assure you, Oscar nomination or not, this was not a popular position at the time — nor is it now. Here was a high-energy actor who had gotten his start playing a spastic alien on “Mork and Mindy,
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The 6 Robin Williams Roles We'll Never Forget

We don.t mention Popeye, where he collaborated with Robert Altman. We don.t mention Steven Spielberg.s Hook. We don.t mention The World According to Garp, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Fisher King or Death to Smoochy. When trying to honor the cinematic legacy of the late Robin Williams, the only guarantee is that you are going to leave at least one classic film off of the finalized list. The impossibly gifted performer did so much in his too-short time, entertaining and amazing audiences in imaginative comedies, heartwrenching dramas and whip-smart stand-up routines. His talent seemed unlimited. The loss, at the moment, seems immeasurable. But while we currently lament the future features Robin Williams won.t be able to deliver (including a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel that recently was discussed), let.s do something healthier. Something happier. Let.s turn our attention to the movies that have and will earn
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The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams (1951-2014) has left behind a legacy of memorable entertainment in stand-up comedy, television and film following in the aftermath of his tragic passing on Monday, August 11, 2014. Indeed, Williams will be remembered for his versatile presence in show business running the course of over four decades.

In a rather unconventional tribute of recognizing the late and gifted actor/comedian Robin Williams let us engage in The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014) highlighting the performer’ s arcane facts and revelations pertaining to his film and television work.

So just how well do you know Robin Williams and his esteemed Hollywood career throughout the years in the media? Just sit back and enjoy this brain-teasing trivia-minded column about the dearly departed manic artist whose devotion to his craft of off-kilter comedic and shockingly dramatic showmanship on the small and big screen has and will always
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Robin Williams Found Dead At 63

Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead today.

The Marin County Sheriff department has released an official statement saying that authorities found the actor unconscious in his home in Tiburon, California.

Williams was pronounced dead this afternoon and suicide is suspected, though the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Williams' publicist released a statement saying: "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

From his early work on the sitcom "Mork & Mindy" through more dramatic big screen fare like "Dead Poets Society" and "Good Will Hunting," the actor was known and beloved throughout the world and his unexpected death comes as a major shock.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a statement, saying: "He arrived in
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Reactions To Robin Williams Death: Shock And Sadness As The Laughter Ended

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Reactions To Robin Williams Death: Shock And Sadness As The Laughter Ended
Robin Williams‘ shocking death, in what appears to be a suicide in his Bay Area home, has elicited a flood of reactions, from those who knew him best, from colleagues and friends, and from fans who’ve followed his work from Mork & Mindy through his Oscar-winning turn in Good Will Hunting, an array of other film, TV and Broadway projects, his standup comedy and much more. Here’s a selection of those reactions: Danny DeVito, Williams’ friend and co-star/director on Death to Smoochy: “So sad to think about this. Hard to speak. Hard to say. Hard to take. All I can think about is what a joy […]
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What did Robin Williams mean to you?

Open thread: The actor and comedian has been found dead at his California home. What will you remember him for?

Robin Williams found dead in California home aged 63

Peter Bradshaw on Williams: a big heart, a love of broad comedy, a staggering talent

The actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. He rose to fame on the TV series Mork & Mindy and went on to a career starring in some of the biggest films of the era.

His oeuvre spanned the spectrum of film: serious drama (Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King), childrens films (Mrs Doubtfire, Hook, Aladdin, Jumanji, Flubber, Patch Adams) and comedies (Good Morning Vietnam, Death to Smoochy).

One of the best artists to ever grace the screen. This feels like a personal loss. I got into poetry after watching Dead Poets' Society and felt like I too was a student of his.
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Hollywood ‘Stunned,’ ‘Heartbroken’ Over Robin Williams’ Death

Hollywood ‘Stunned,’ ‘Heartbroken’ Over Robin Williams’ Death
The shock of Robin Williams’ death spread far and wide on Monday, a reflection of the actor’s long career in movies, television, stage and standup comedy.

Tributes came in from friends and colleagues, studios and executives, the directors of his many movies, fellow comics and even President Obama. Those who knew and worked with him described Williams as a comic genius with a generous heart.

Steven Spielberg called him “a pal” and expressed shock at Williams’ death of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams starred as Peter opposite Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook in Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook,” and he had a voice role in the director’s 2001 feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”

“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,” Spielberg said.

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