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Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74

Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74
Hugh Wilson, creator of the CBS comedies “Wkrp in Cincinnati” and “Frank’s Place” and writer-director of the first “Police Academy” movie, died Jan. 14 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74.

Wilson was a writer for the “Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show” and won an Emmy for best comedy writing in 1988 for “Frank’s Place.” He received Emmy nominations for his work on “The Famous Teddy Z” and “Wkrp in Cincinnati.” He was twice awarded the Humanitas Prize, given for television and film writing that promotes meaning and human dignity.

Wilson excelled as a creator of ensemble comedies with enduring appeal. “Wkrp,” which ran from 1978-1982, revolved around a motley group of characters at a run-down Cincinnati radio station. “Frank’s Place,” which lasted only one season in 1987-88, was set a restaurant in New Orleans. Both shows are often cited among TV’s all-time best comedies.

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The evolution of Noel Clarke

Simon Brew Sep 10, 2016

From Doctor Who’s Mickey to a one-man film industry, and Brotherhood. So why doesn’t Noel Clarke get more respect?

Over the past weekend, the final part of Noel Clarke’s The Hood trilogy of movies, Brotherhood, hit big in the UK. The movie has earned £1.98m in its first seven days on release, on just 220 screens. It did so in spite of Clarke at one stage struggling to raise the finance for the film (only two companies ended up putting in tangible offers), and also in spite of it being eight years since the release of its predecessor, Adulthood.

In a summer of box office disappointments, Brotherhood has offered a very welcome contrast.

The box office numbers were being reported as a surprise, and not unreasonably. Rounding off a trilogy that’s been off screen for many years is a gamble, and a trilogy too
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Movie Review – The End of the Tour (2015)

The End of the Tour, 2015.

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Joan Cusack, Ron Livingston, Mamie Gummer, Anna Chlumsky and Mickey Summer.

Synopsis:

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’

The End of the Tour is the latest film directed by James Ponsoldt, which shows the real life story of Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) spending five days with acclaimed writer David Frank Wallace (Jason Segel) and interviewing him for the famous magazine. This takes place just after Wallace’s groundbreaking novel ‘Infinite Jest’ was released. Ponsoldt takes us through the five day interview and we see as these two guy become good friends but start to constantly bicker and argue the more they get to know one another.
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SXSW Announces Full LineUp

South by Southwest (SXSW) is just one of many film festivals, we here at Sound On Sight cover yearly. The fest, which takes place every spring in Austin, Texas, began in 1987, and has continued to grow in size every year. The fest announced the first wave of films back in early January, and the lineup included some highly anticipated films such as The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Evil Dead, Downloaded and Spring Breakers. Now the full lineup has been announced, and it just might be one of the best lineups the festival has ever programmed.

SXSW takes place March 8-16 in Austin Texas. Here are just some of the films we are excited about.

Narrative Feature Competition – This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,191 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.

Awful Nice

Director/Screenwriter: Todd Sklar, Screenwriter: Alex Rennie

Estranged brothers Jim and Dave must travel to Branson together when
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SXSW 2013 Lineup Announcement and Films Breakdown

The SXSW Film Conference & Festival has just released a nearly complete lineup of its planned features for SXSW 2013, taking place March 8-16. The Festival will be kicking off with the world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and will feature other headliners Evil Dead, Spring Breakers, and Hawking.

The lineup announced today consists of 109 full-length features, including 68 films from first-time directors. There are 69 World Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, and 5 U.S. Premieres. These were selected from a record 2,096 submissions, including 1,482 from the U.S. and 614 international features. Submissions overall went up 7% to a total of 5,682. For the first time, Audience Awards will be selected in all categories.

"It's an incredible privilege to sift through so much exciting work, and every year brings new surprises. Though trends emerge after the fact, not consciously while we're programming, much of this year's program embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection," says
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Exclusive: D23 Spring 2013 First Look Featuring Oz: The Great and Powerful

Exclusive: D23 Spring 2013 First Look Featuring Oz: The Great and Powerful
The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, "A Great and Powerful Odyssey," gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney's Oz Oz: The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. We have an exclusive sneak peek at this dazzling issue, which also celebrates the 15th anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom, and offers never-before-seen concept art from Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen.

"A Great and Powerful Odyssey" features interviews with Oz: The Great and Powerful stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there's a sneak peek of 2014's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.

The Emerald City theme continues
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Episode Recap: CSI: NY - 8.07: "Crushed"

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A teen party goes viral and out of control when a balcony collapses, leaving one dead, Libby (Valentina de Angelis). Flack (Eddie Cahill) calls it "most parents' worst nightmare: someone spills their drink on a new carpet." Continuing, "Welcome to the end of the world as we know it." Wow Flack actually got the end line before the opening credits. Sid (Robert Joy) actually gets out of the autopsy lab to personally attend the Db at the scene. She was asphyxiated. Jo (Sela ward) estimates there were than fifty on the balcony, plus the marble table. Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) collects prints from the table. Back at the lab, Hawkes (Hill Harper) and Lindsay (Anna Belknap) calculate the stress analysis (could have just put her on the contraption.) Hawkes calculates without the use of a calculator, but Lindsay insists on using a calculator anyway, as if he'd be wrong. The balcony
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Review: The Lincoln Lawyer – Thoroughly Entertaining Legal Thriller

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

(Apologies in the lateness of this review, there were no online press screenings in the U.K.)

Few among us still have hope for Matthew McConaughey, following a decade of work populated largely with meek romantic adventure fare (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Sahara, Failure to Launch, Fool’s Gold, and Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past) amid the odd honourable effort (We Are Marshall) and one truly memorable turn (as Ben Stiller’s breezy agent friend in Tropic Thunder). It seems that all the once-promising actor needed was a fine script and a director confident in the promise he showed on early works such as Lone Star and A Time To Kill, because compelling legal whodunnit The Lincoln Lawyer sees Matthew McConaughey rise from the embers of Hollywood mediocrity like a Phoenix, soaring like he hasn’t in years.

Adapted from Michael Connelly’s titular novel,
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'The Lincoln Lawyer': The Reviews Are In!

Should viewers flock to Matthew McConaughey's legal drama? The critics weigh in.

By Eric Ditzian

Michael Peña and Matthew McConaughey in "The Lincoln Lawyer"

Photo: Lionsgate

Matthew McConaughey's "The Lincoln Lawyer" joins a crowded field of box-office newbies this weekend — including the thriller "Limitless" and the sci-fi comedy "Paul" — but the top B.O. spots are nonetheless likely to go holdovers: "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Rango."

While McConaughey's return to legal drama, following 1996's "A Time to Kill," has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, the actor simply doesn't have the box-office clout he once had, especially outside the rom-com wheelhouse in which he's been swinging for the last five years. Yet in revisiting legal territory, McConaughey seems to have found a winner. Critics have cheered the film's expert handling of genre material and its star's winning onscreen presence, even as they've often dinged the story for stumbling at its conclusion.
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'The Lincoln Lawyer': The Reviews Are In!

Should viewers flock to Matthew McConaughey's legal drama? The critics weigh in.

By Eric Ditzian

Michael Peña and Matthew McConaughey in "The Lincoln Lawyer"

Photo: Lionsgate

Matthew McConaughey's "The Lincoln Lawyer" joins a crowded field of box-office newbies this weekend — including the thriller "Limitless" and the sci-fi comedy "Paul" — but the top B.O. spots are nonetheless likely to go holdovers: "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Rango."

While McConaughey's return to legal drama, following 1996's "A Time to Kill," has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, the actor simply doesn't have the box-office clout he once had, especially outside the rom-com wheelhouse in which he's been swinging for the last five years. Yet in revisiting legal territory, McConaughey seems to have found a winner. Critics have cheered the film's expert handling of genre material and its star's winning onscreen presence, even as they've often dinged the story for stumbling at its conclusion.
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Latino Review's Winter 2011 Movie Preview

2010 has gone by in a blur and another year at the movies has come and gone. So may films that seemed promising have turned out to be disappointments and the surprises audiences received were few and far between.But the past is the past, it's time to look onward as a fresh new year begins and hopes are raised for it to be an exciting time in the world of cinema. Kicking off the Winter season are a number of films described in detail and listed below:january 7Season Of The WITCHNicolas Cage stars alongside Ron Perlman as knights who return from the Crusades to find their homeland ruined by the Black Plague. Two church elders accuse a girl (Claire Foy) of being a witch and being responsible for the destruction. They command Behmen and Felson to transport her to a monastery so the monks there can lift her curse from the land.
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Eight

Kaboom

Opens: 2011

Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Kelly Lynch, James Duval

Director: Gregg Araki

Summary: Smith's everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.

Analysis: A year after "Thelma and Louise" came "The Living End", an independent film which had a similar premise but made the protagonists two gay HIV+ men. It was raw, intense and signalled the arrival of a new talent in the form of filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the subsequent two decades, he's delivered several trippy films involving young, good-looking omnisexual people having lots of graphic sex and dealing with some wacky cobbled together plot shenanigans.

The tone has ranged the light-hearted "Splendor" and "Nowhere" to the darker "Mysterious Skin
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From Grisham to Connelly, “The Lincoln Lawyer” Trailer Shows Mcconaughey Playing Lawyer Yet Again

New to trailers this week is the trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe. Adapted by Michael Connelly’s novel of the same name, the story follows Mickey Haller (McConaughey), a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, who defends Louis Roulet (Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder, to later find out that there is more to this spiraling case than expected. The synopsis includes:

Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet, a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.”

Known for middle-of-the-road thrillers, director Brad Furman lines himself up for
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Matthew McConaughey Defends A Shady Ryan Phillippe In 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Trailer

Matthew McConaughey Defends A Shady Ryan Phillippe In 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Trailer
There's nothing quite like a little bit of legal drama to start your work week off right, is there? Certainly, when you've got actors like Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei at the helm, there's plenty of room to launch into Monday with a star-studded legal affair like "The Lincoln Lawyer."

Yahoo Movies posted the first official trailer for "The Lincoln Lawyer" over the weekend, showcasing McConaughey's latest turn as a lawyer thrust into a hairy legal battle filled with murder and deception. Based on a novel from crime writer Michael Connelly, director Brad Furman's adaptation of "The Lincoln Lawyer" arrives in theaters on March 18, 2011.

"The Lincoln Lawyer" focuses on Mickey Haller, a criminal defense attorney who works in and around Los Angeles using a Lincoln Town Car as his mobile office. Haller's clients aren't exactly the cream of the crop, many of them gangsters and drug dealers — or, as
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Lincoln Lawyer Teaser Pulls Up

Lincoln Lawyer Teaser Pulls Up
After a string of rom-coms, Matthew McConaughey is back in A Time to Kill territory, although this teaser trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer stems from novels by crime-genre heavyweight Michael Connelly, rather than John Grisham.McConaughey is Mickey Haller, the legal eagle of the title, who's so professionally unimpressive that he essentially works out of his Lincoln town car. His usual clientele are drug dealers and gangsters, but Haller smells an opportunity when the wealthy La realtor Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) crosses his path in need of a defence. But Roulet may not be all he seems, and the case casts doubt on the safety of a previous conviction.It's a legal thriller, and we've seen plenty of those before. The Lincoln Lawyer looks like solid stuff though, with McConaughey perfect to fill the shabby shoes of Haller, and a great cast to back him up, in Phillippe, Marisa Tomei,
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Take Three: Dianne Wiest

Craig here. It's Wiest week on Take Three.

Today: Dianne Wiest

Take One: Avon calling!

As Peg Boggs, the perkiest, friendliest Avon lady you’ll ever meet at the cinema, Wiest introduced Edward Scissorhands (1990) to the curious inhabitants of pastel-perfect suburbia with the kindliest demeanour seen in a Tim Burton film; she’s the most good-natured character he’s conjured yet. She trots from house to house in matching mauve, enthusiastically spouting her cosmetic spiel, but getting no joy from the idle ladies of Burton’s uniformly stylised Fantasyville, America. So off to the dank, dark castle on the hill she goes - and finds a guy with mangled scissors for hands. Edward needs love, acceptance and Peg offers it; she’ll be the mother he never had. But she thinks he needs a makeover too - it’s his scarred and pallid complexion which brightly troubles her: “at the
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Tony Scott to Direct Shia Labeouf in 'The Associate'?

Tony Scott to Direct Shia Labeouf in 'The Associate'?
Remember the obsession with John Grisham back in the '90s? It started with the The Firm, followed into The Pelican Brief, and continued with The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, and The Gingerbread Man. For a handful of years, his stories spread like wildfire. But they also burnt out quickly, and the 2000s have only offered Runaway Jury in the typical thriller vein, plus the easily forgotten Christmas with the Kranks and the screenplay for Mickey.

At the end of 2008, it looked like the scribe might be slated for a return to form with Shia Labeouf starring in his not-yet-out novel, The Associate. Though the project hasn't moved much recently, it's finally gotten new life as new reports see Tony Scott circling the project.

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DVD Playhouse--November 2009

DVD Playhouse—November 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Watchmen—The Ultimate Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday
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Tommy Lee Jones to Direct Matthew McConaughey in "The Lincoln Lawyer"

Tommy Lee Jones is in talks to direct and co-star in "The Lincoln Lawyer." Matthew McConaughey heads the cast of this film adaptation based on the 2005 best-seller by Michael Connelly.

McConaughey is set to play Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles lawyer whose office is the back of his Lincoln. He defends run-of-the-mill criminals until he lands the case of a lifetime -- defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder.

It's still unclear what Jones will play because in the book, the playboy character is a lot younger than the actor, But, they may change the age to fit him.

John Romano ("Nights in Rodanthe," "Intolerable Cruelty") wrote the script. Jones has directed a film before, the excellent "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada." He also starred in that movie, winning a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.

McConaughey has played a lawyer before in the John Grisham adaptation,
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News: Clooney Leaving Warner Brothers / Soderbergh Abandons Moneyball / Details Emerge on American Remake of Let the Right One In / Adams to Star in The Fighter? / Jones to Follow Up Moon with Mute

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smokehouse Entertainment have left their longtime friends at Warner Brothers and have signed a two year contract with Sony. It kind of feels like strange timing after Sony just screwed over longtime collaborator Steven Soderbergh and his baseball docu-drama Moneyball. It kind of feels like the end of an era with this announcement. This was one of the great actor studio partnerships of the past 20 years. It began with the Clooney / Soderbergh company Section Eight. It included such intelligent adult fare as Good Night and Good Luck, Michael Clayton, Syriana, Far From Heaven, Insomnia, Criminal, and A Scanner Darkly. They would recoup their losses through The Ocean’s Eleven Trilogy. Whatever you thought about these films they took risks and tried to inject some originality and intellect into Hollywood. Their critical successes did outweigh the honorable failures (The Good German, Leatherheads). Section
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