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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

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- Anne Thompson

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

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- Anne Thompson

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Michael Strahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ Final Show: ‘It’s Bittersweet’

13 May 2016 6:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were all smiles and hugging on Friday at the start of Strahan’s final outing as co-host of “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

The pair spoke briefly about Strahan’s departure after nearly four years on “Live” for a permanent slot on “Good Morning America.” Strahan said showed some emotion but also sought to downplay the melodrama of the situation that was magnified by Ripa’s angry response to having been kept in the dark about the decision to shift Strahan until moments before the news was made public.

“It’s bittersweet,” Strahan said. “This is a moment I didn’t anticipate being here. (But) it’s here we’re going to enjoy it. I’m not dying. I’m still in the family. I’m still available to come back if I’m ever called to co host….I’m not going anywhere.”

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Jenni Konner on Her ‘Girls’ Directing Debut, the ‘Taxi Driver’-Inspired Last Shot

18 April 2016 5:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sunday night’s season five finale of “Girls” confirmed two already widely suspected truths: that Lena Dunham is an artistic prodigy who is able to convey and compartmentalize the nuance and angst of womanhood better than most writers and television series creators twice her age, and Jenni Konner, executive producer and writer of “Girls” and Dunham’s partner since the show’s creation, has now officially emerged as a heavily skilled director.

For Konner, who had zero directing experience prior to taking the reins on Sunday’s episode, ironically titled “I Love You Baby,” the impulse to add to her resume of producing and writing duties stemmed from being surrounded by the ever-inspiring and always supporting “Girls” cast and crew.

“I had been sitting next to the most talented people in the world for five years and watching them do their job and I really wanted an opportunity to direct the show before it ended, »

- Malina Saval

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Here's Why Ginnifer Goodwin Knows Her Son Is More Than Excited to Become a Big Brother

2 March 2016 2:42 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

They say every pregnancy is different and Ginnifer Goodwin knows that all too well. As the Zootopia star eagerly waits to welcome her second child with husband Josh Dallas, fans are learning more about the family's dynamic before another member is introduced. On Wednesday's all-new episode of The Talk, co-host Sheryl Underwood had to ask if her son Oliver is excited to be a big brother. The answer may just surprise you in the best way possible. "He's excited. But then if you ask him are you a unicorn, he will say yes," she shared with the audience. "We think he gets the concept. He lifts up my shirt every single morning and says, 'Hi baby. I love you baby.'" She »

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5 Times The Voice's Jordan Smith and Fiancée Kristen Denny Were Cuter Than Cute

5 January 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Voice's Jordan Smith is experiencing a winning streak. The singer, 21, proposed to the love of his life, Kristen Denny - and, as he shared with glee on Twitter, "She said Yes!" It all went down on New Year's Day, when the 21-year-old vocalist announced their engagement with a sweet photo of the spouses-to-be and her new ring. And then there was his victory on NBC's singing competition in December, which came on the heels of him topping Adele on iTunes. "[Denny] came on stage and hugged me and just told me, 'This is it,'" Smith told People of what »

- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow

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5 Times The Voice's Jordan Smith and Fiancée Kristen Denny Were Cuter Than Cute

5 January 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Voice's Jordan Smith is experiencing a winning streak. The singer, 21, proposed to the love of his life, Kristen Denny - and, as he shared with glee on Twitter, "She said Yes!" It all went down on New Year's Day, when the 21-year-old vocalist announced their engagement with a sweet photo of the spouses-to-be and her new ring. And then there was his victory on NBC's singing competition in December, which came on the heels of him topping Adele on iTunes. "[Denny] came on stage and hugged me and just told me, 'This is it,'" Smith told People of what »

- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow

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