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Jonny Quest Movie Isn't Dead Yet

21 December 2013 12:08 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The machine sputtered and whirred. It was out of juice, and had almost nothing left to give. "But wait!" they cried. "There must be more, please help!" "No," it replied, wheezing and struggling to put together the words. " made all the m-m-movies." "There must be something!" they cried, desperate for one last fix. The machine ignored them, turning completely around and ambling away. But a moment before it disappeared, there was a pause, and out of its back-carriage came twenty six episodes of Jonny Quest. And now Peter Segal is available to pick up that piece. Segal, a blockbuster director of sorts who anonymously helmed hits like The Longest Yard and Get Smart, is currently promoting Grudge Match. During press rounds, Segal made a curious revelation: he remains attached to an adaptation of the Hanna-Barbara cartoon, and he reveals to Coming Soon that the project is not as »

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Exclusive Look at Sylvester Stallone’s Character in Grudge Match

18 December 2013 3:40 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro go head to head for the first time in over a decade, reuniting for a little action in the boxing comedy, Grudge Match.

Following on from yesterday’s new look at De Niro’s character, we’ve got another exclusive character piece to share, this time centred on Stallone’s Henry “Razor” Sharp.

In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight.  Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers.  Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Production Begins on Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children Starring Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt; Full Cast Revealed

16 December 2013 9:50 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children.  Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.”  Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson. Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute.  No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children Begins Filming

16 December 2013 9:27 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Paramount Pictures announced this morning that Jason Reitman's next film, Men, Women & Children, has gone into production with cameras rolling on the adaptation.  Come inside to check out the press release, including the film's updated cast list!

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc, announced today that principal photography has commenced on “Men, Women & Children,” from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (“Labor Day,” “Young Adult,” “Up In The Air”).  The film stars Rosemarie Dewitt (“Kill The Messenger,” “Rachel Getting Married”), Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Draft Day”), Judy Greer (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” “Tomorrowland”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “The Counselor”), Adam Sandler (“Grown Ups 1 and 2,” “The Longest Yard”) and Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Love Actually”). The film is shooting in and around Austin, Texas.

“Men, Women & Children” is based on Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name with Reitman directing from a screenplay »

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Production Begins on Director Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children in Austin, Texas

16 December 2013 6:17 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc, announced today that principal photography has commenced on Men, Women & Children, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (Labor Day, Young Adult, Up in the Air). The film stars Rosemarie DeWitt (Kill the Messenger, Rachel Getting Married), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, Draft Day), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Tomorrowland), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, The Counselor), Adam Sandler (Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, The Longest Yard) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Love Actually). The film is shooting in and around Austin, Texas.

Men, Women & Children is based on Chad Kultgen's novel of the same name with Reitman directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe). He is producing the feature with his partner Helen Estabrook through their Right of Way Films banner. Michael Beugg (Up in the Air, Little Miss Sunshine) and Mason Novick (Bad Words, »

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People Should be Smart Enough to Listen to What We Say

9 December 2013 9:50 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Beginning at the four minute and 53 second mark in this excerpt from "At the Movies" with Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, Ebert goes into the importance of the meat of a review and not the rating a critic gives it as Roeper basically equates Ebert's rating of Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds as to suggest someone should go see either The Honeymooners or The Longest Yard instead. To quote Ebert: "How many times do I have to explain to you, ratings are relative, not absolute... People should be smart enough to listen to what we say instead of looking at the dumb thumbs or the dumb stars, because there are gradations and context that go on." It has happened less and less with the RopeofSilicon readership where I will have to explain my distaste for grading movies and to more-or-less use them as guides and pay »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Rear Window” and Other Posters That Tell Too Much

23 November 2013 7:46 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

It’s a given that a movie poster needs to be both visually and verbally succinct. It must grab your attention in the amount of time it takes to walk past it in the street; it must tell you all you need to know—or enough to make you want to know more—in one arresting image and with one pithy tagline. One of the challenges of movie poster design and movie marketing is to say as much as possible in a small space and few words.

But then there are posters which break those rules, which, for one reason or another, feel the need to make you stop in your tracks and read. I own a couple of posters for Robert Aldrich films—The Longest Yard and The Emperor of the North— which I’ve always loved because they are anything but succinct. In place of taglines these two tough-guy movies have long-winded, »

- Adrian Curry

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Hal Needham, Director And Legendary Stuntman, Dead At Age 82

28 October 2013 8:19 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Needham in 1980.

Stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham has died from unspecified causes at age 82. Needham had a long history as one of the best stuntmen in feature films and television before he moved into directing movies. Needham's films were hardly the stuff of art house theaters. He specialized in testosterone-packed action sequences designed to appeal squarely at male audiences. Along the way, he was also credited with developing methods that reduced the risk for the many stuntmen who populated his films. Needham made his directorial debut in 1977 with Smokey and the Bandit starring his old friend Burt Reynolds. Critics scoffed at the cornball humor and endless car stunts and the film laid an egg in urban play dates. However, it resonated with its intended audiences in rural areas and eventually the grosses brought to blockbuster status. The movie not only cemented Reynolds as a genuine superstar but gave new life to the »

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Honorary Oscar-Winning Stunt Worker Who Directed Burt Reynolds in Several of His Biggest Hits Has Died

25 October 2013 10:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Stuntman and Burt Reynolds director Hal Needham dead at 82: Received Honorary Oscar in November 2012 Veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Hal Needham, whose stunt-work movie credits ranged from John Ford Westerns to Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, and who directed a handful of popular action comedies starring Burt Reynolds, died today, October 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. Needham, who had been suffering from cancer, was 82. (See also: "Stunt Worker Hal Needham: Honorary Oscar 2012".) Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 6, 1931, Hal Needham began his long Hollywood stuntman career in the mid-’50s. A former tree trimmer and paratrooper, and a motorcycle and car racer, Needham performed stunts in both big-screen and small-screen Westerns, such as John Ford’s 1962 classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, starring John Wayne and James Stewart; the all-star 1963 Best Picture Academy Award nominee How the West Was Won; and the television series Have Gun - Will Travel, doubling for star Richard Boone. »

- Andre Soares

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R.I.P. Hal Needham

25 October 2013 3:24 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

One of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen and the writer-director of Smokey And The Bandit died this morning. Hal Needham, who received an Honorary Oscar this year, was 82. The co-founder of Stunts Unlimited performed and/or coordinated stunts for hundreds of films and TV shows during his long career. He also pioneered a number of technical gadgets that furthered the art — and safety — of Hollywood stunt work, including the high-fall air bag, the air ram, the car cannon turnover and Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane, for which he won a Scientific Oscar in 1987 and an engineering Emmy three years later. The Memphis native and Korean War paratrooper was Richard Boone’s stunt double on Have Gun — Will Travel from 1957-63 and also worked on such classic series as Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Mannix. By the mid-’70s, Needham was focusing mostly on movies, working »


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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's' Terry Crews Talks Going Against Character, Working With the NFL

22 October 2013 10:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Terry Crews has come a long way since retiring from the NFL in 1997. The former defensive end/linebacker had tackled roles in Everybody Hates Chris; features The Longest Yard, Idiocracy and The Expendables; and even Old Spice TV commercials before booking Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom. Now, the 6-foot-3 athlete-turned-actor has moved away from his standard tough guy role to portray a gun-shy family man on Fox's freshman police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Crews plays the squad's leader, Sgt. Terry Jeffords, who, following an emotional breakdown involving a mannequin, has lost his edge and desire to head back into

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'Longest Yard' actor Ed Lauter dies, aged 74

18 October 2013 2:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Character actor Ed Lauter has died, aged 74.

The American star's publicist Edward Lozzi confirmed that he passed away on Wednesday (October 16) from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung.

Lauter was known for playing a vast array of roles on TV and in film, including the chauffeur to Peppy Miller in 2011's The Artist.

He played a sadistic prison guard in Burt Reynolds's classic 1974 movie The Longest Yard, while also appearing in the 2005 remake with Adam Sandler.

Lauter starred in Alfred Hitchcock's final movie Family Plot in 1976, and was asked by the director to play a major role in his next thriller The Short Night, but his death in 1980 led to its cancellation.

Last year, Lauter appeared in Clint Eastwood's baseball movie Trouble with the Curve.

The actor also had roles in many TV shows, including ER, Shameless, Grey's Anatomy and The Office.

He was »

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Ed Lauter Dead: Character Actor Passes Away At 74

17 October 2013 11:23 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

So sad! After a TV and film career that stretches back 50 years, Ed Lauter passed away on Oct. 16 from mesothelioma — a rare form of cancer.

Renowned character actor and comedian, Ed Lauter died at the age of 74. The actor, who was known for his roles in the original The Longest Yard, as well as Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Family Plot, was survived by his wife Mia Lauter and four children.

Ed Lauter Dies

Ed’s face was one of the most recognizable in the industry.

Ed’s publicist, Edward Lozzi, confirmed his death caused by the rare cancer, one most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. However, before his death, he had quite the career.

He was working on various projects before his death, but his latest role was in 2011′s Oscar-winning film, The Artist, in which he played a butler. Previous to that, he played Burt Reynold‘s enemy in the original film, »

- Emily Longeretta

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Obit: Veteran Character Actor Ed Lauter (1938-2013), from Hitchcock's 'Family Plot' to 'The Artist' (Video)

17 October 2013 10:02 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Among the most pleasant experiences I have enjoyed in recent years was a long, leisurely lunch with Ed Lauter, one of my all-time-favorite character actors, last November at the Starz Denver Film Festival. For the better part of two hours before we engaged in an on-stage, post-screening Q&A after the Denver Fest premiere of Ed Burns' delightful "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," we chatted about the highlights of our respective careers -- and he was graciously polite enough to indicate he found my anecdotes almost as interesting as his.Mind you, it wasn't like we were in any sort of "Can you top this?" competition. Because, really, what could I possibly say that could top his account of being cast by Alfred Hitchcock in "Family Plot" after The Master of Suspense spotted him in "The Longest Yard"? Lauter impressed Hitchcock so much that he was set to co-star in "The Short Night, »

- Joe Leydon

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Ed Lauter, Acclaimed Character Actor, Dead At 74

17 October 2013 7:02 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Ed Lauter, the popular character actor who specialized in playing tough guys, has died at age 74. Lauter was one of those familiar faces who was recognized by audiences even though many viewers did not know his name. For movie buffs, however, Lauter was well known and highly respected. He had dabbled with being a standup comic in the 1960s before  trying his hand at acting. Lauter quickly gained a reputation as a reliable character actor and he became in-demand during the 1970s. Among his most memorable roles were a ruthless prison guard in director Robert Aldrich's 1974 hit The Longest Yard and as Ann-Margret's ill-fated husband in Richard Attenborough's 1978 thriller Magic. Other prominent roles included Hitchcock's final film Family Plot, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, Breakheart Pass, French Connection II, Hickey& Boggs, Death Wish 3 and, most recently Trouble With the Curve and the 2011 Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist. »

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Ed Lauter Dead -- The Butler in "The Artist" Dies At 74

17 October 2013 6:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Actor Ed Lauter ... who you've definitely referred to as "that guy in the thing" -- because he had one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood -- has died from a rare cancer.Lauter appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows over the past 4 decades ... including "Seabiscuit" ... "Mulholland Falls" ... "Leaving Las Vegas" -- and may be best known for his role of the brutal prison guard in "The Longest Yard" with Burt Reynolds. He »

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Ed Lauter, Beloved Character Actor, Dead at 74

17 October 2013 6:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

You know Ed Lauter, even if you don't recall his name. The veteran character actor, who appeared in countless movies and TV shows for more than four decades but is perhaps best known for roles in 1974's The Longest Yard, 1976's Family Plot and more recently The Artist, has died. He was 74. A family spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Lauter passed away at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday after battling mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer commonly caused by asbestos that affects tissue covering the body's internal organs. In The Longest Yard, Lauter played Wilhelm Knauer, the prison guard captain and coach of a gaggle of football-playing inmates who torments Burt »

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Ed Lauter, Veteran Character Actor, Dead at 74

17 October 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi. Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, »

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Prolific Character Actor Ed Lauter Passes Away

17 October 2013 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in The Longest Yard (1974) and Magic (1978).

The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller Death Hunt (1981), Youngblood (1986), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990) and The Rocketeer (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.

Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic Seabiscuit and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the »

- Craig Hunter

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Veteran Actor Ed Lauter Dies

17 October 2013 1:25 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ed Lauter, the veteran character actor best known recently for playing Peppy's (Berenice Bejo) butler in 2011's The Artist and hundreds of other films and televisions shows, has passed away.

Lauter died Wednesday, Oct. 16, in his home after battling mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, CNN reports. He was 74.

Lauter's career spanned four decades, and included memorable roles in films like The Longest Yard, Mulholland Falls, Trouble With The Curve, Not Another Teen Movie and Leaving Las Vegas.

Along with his film roles, he had TV parts on ER, Shameless, Psych, CSI and The X-Files. »

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