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On this day in pop culture history: ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ opened in theaters

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26 years ago today, the Griswold family cemented their place in the pantheon Christmas movies. The third installment of National Lampoon’s “Vacation” comedy series features plenty of holiday hijinks ensuing  — including a squirrel in the Christmas tree, a sled ride made dangerous by an experimental substance, and a bit of kidnapping — as Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold tries to keep it all together in front of his siblings.  Fun fact: “Christmas Vacation” was one of two Christmas movies released in 1989, the other being John Hancock’s “Prancer.” Johnny Galecki, a.k.a. Rusty Griswold (now better known as Leonard from “The Big Bang Theory”) appeared in both of these holiday movies. Other notable December 1 happenings in pop culture history: • 1887: The first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet,” was published in “Beeton’s Christmas Annual”    • 1903: “The Great Train Robbery,” notable for many firsts in filmmaking, had its »

- Emily Rome

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Broad Green Signs Bob Cooper, Richard Saperstein to First-Look Deal

17 November 2015 3:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two-year-old Broad Green Pictures has signed a first-look deal with industry veterans Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein through their new Storyscape Entertainment company.

It’s the first time Broad Green has signed a first-look deal, which includes physical and financial production resources. The company, launched by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, moved into wide-release distribution in September with “A Walk in the Woods,” which grossed a moderate $29 million in the U.S.

Cooper has held executive posts at DreamWorks, TriStar, Artisan and HBO Films and overseen “American Beauty,” “As Good as It Gets,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Meet the Parents.” His current projects include “FBI Wedding” at Universal, with Jason Bateman starring and directing, and “Stealing Time” at DreamWorks.

Saperstein has been an exec with New Line, Artisan and Dimension Films with executive producer credits on “Se7en,” “Hancock” and “1408.” He has begun pre-production on the remake of “The Blob,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. »

- Dave McNary

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Concussion | 2015 AFI Film Festival Review

11 November 2015 3:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Head in the Game: Landesman Continues to Plumb the Headlines

Films based on notable or landmark pieces of newsprint tend to face an uphill battle in various phases of assembly, especially when the screenplay relies on tried and true bits of cliché to supply missing links in characterization. Compared to his 2013 Kennedy assassination reenactment Parkland, director and screenwriter  Concussion, headlined by none other than Will Smith (in another instance of questionable casting) as a Nigerian born pathologist in the center of a medical controversy involving the NFL in the early 2000s.

Landesman, basing his film an article in GQ by Jeanne Marie Laskas, does his best to convey the seemingly insurmountable challenges Dr. Bennet Omalu, a foreign born immigrant, faced in bringing his discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) to light, defying big business America and one its most beloved and brainless pastime, the aggressive, perniciously violent contact sport known as football. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Stephen Dorff in First Trailer for Superhero Comedy 'American Hero'

5 November 2015 2:10 PM, PST | | See recent news »

"Melvin is not like other people..." "What you've got is a gift." Screen Media has unleashed a trailer for the dark comedy American Hero, about a guy who has telekinetic abilities, but doesn't use them for much other than to fuel his addiction to drugs and alcohol. After barely surviving one day, he has a change of heart and realizes he has to fight back. Stephen Dorff plays the telekinetic, Melvin, and he seems like perfect casting for this kind of role. Though it's hard not to mention how much this reminds me of that Will Smith movie Hancock, or James Gunn's Super or even Chronicle a bit. This could actually be entertaining after all. Here's the first official trailer for Nick Love's American Hero, in high def on Apple: Melvin (Stephen Dorff), a reluctant hero who is far from super, has been suppressing his telekinetic powers for years with booze, »

- Alex Billington

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Second Trailer for Will Smith's NFL Drama, 'Concussion'

5 November 2015 11:01 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So it looks like Will Smith is back this year (2015), after a brief break from acting (although he had bit parts in films like "Winter's Tale," and the movie his son starred in, "After Earth"). Big Willy returns to leading man roles, with two 2015 features: "Focus" (which was released on February 27), and now, "Concussion," which has been slotted for a Christmas Day 2015 opening, via Sony Pictures. The last time Big Willy starred in 2 feature films in the same year, was in 2008 ("Hancock" and "Seven Pounds") which, in hindsight, signaled the beginning of his hiatus, while he worked primarily behind the camera, producing work »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Deadwood’s Ralph Richeson Dies at 63

28 October 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Deadwood's Ralph Richeson, who played antler-loving chef Richardson on the show, has died of heart failure, THR reports. He was 63. The HBO drama was Richeson's first film role; he was working as an extra on the show when showrunner David Milch, apparently enjoying his unique look, developed a part for him. Over the show's three seasons, his character emerged into a plain-spoken sidekick to the obsequious E.B. Farnum, and Richeson parlayed his Deadwood fame into parts in Parks and Recreation and Hancock. "I don’t think there was anyone remotely involved in [Deadwood] who didn’t love Ralph," his former co-star Jim Beaver wrote on Facebook. "He was kind, infinitely sweet and far, far smarter than his character. I will miss you forever, my friend. I raise antlers in honor of your passage." »

- Nate Jones

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'Deadwood' Cook Ralph Richeson Passes Away at Age 63

28 October 2015 2:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Deadwood star Ralph Richeson, who played the bizarre cook Richardson on the hit HBO series, passed away yesterday at the age of 63 at the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The actor's agent, Hugh Leon of Coast to Coast Talent Group, confirmed his client's passing to Deadline, revealing that he passed away on Tuesday night due to heart failure. Here's what one of the late actor's Deadwood co-stars, Jim Beaver, had to say in a moving tribute on his Facebook page.

"One of our most beloved comrades from Deadwood is gone. Ralph Richeson, an actor plucked from the crowd of background players and given the chance to create the remarkably memorable character of Richardson, the hotel flunky with the sweet spirit, died this morning in hospice. I don't think there was anyone remotely involved in the show who didn't love Ralph. He was kind, infinitely sweet, and far, far smarter than his character. »

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UK TV ratings: Strictly beats X Factor again, This Is England '90 ends with 1m

5 October 2015 3:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing still has the edge over The X Factor in the ratings, according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dancing competition appealed to 7.83 million (33.2%) last night from 7.15pm, while ITV's The X Factor rose to a Sunday series high of 7.12 million (30.8%) from 7pm (+1: 375k/1.6%).

Strictly remained ahead of its ITV rival across the overlap. At 7.45pm, the results show was watched by 8.06 million (33.5%) compared to the 6.71 million (27.9%) glued to The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge.

Elsewhere on BBC One, Antiques Roadshow averaged 5.54 million (23.8%) and From Darkness began with 4.05 million (17.8%)

Meanwhile, Downton Abbey continued with 6.91 million (30.7%) in the 9pm hour on ITV, with a further 375k (1.6%) catching it on +1.

On BBC Two, Licence to Thrill: Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin logged 974k (4.2%) from 8pm and Special Forces - Ultimate Hell Week managed 1.38 million (6.1%) afterwards.

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Drought Panic, Guilt, Finger-Pointing Put Hollywood to the Test

24 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Among the Hollywood executives and celebrities who have taken California's drought to heart are Charlize Theron, who has a yard filled with plants from her native South Africa; director Dean Parisot, who put in a less-thirsty tufted meadow in Hancock Park; and Sally Field, who has gone California native in the Pacific Palisades. Director Jan de Bont (Speed) is letting his yard go brown before replanting with climate-appropriate landscaping; Anne Archer replaced her Brentwood lawn with

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- Degen Pener

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Darren Aronofsky set to direct Channing Tatum as Evel Knievel

15 September 2015 6:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Black Swan film-maker to steer motorbike stunt rider project based on a script by The Fighter’s Scott Silver, after departure of Peter Berg

Darren Aronofsky is to take on Hollywood’s long-gestating biopic of the legendary stunt rider Evel Knievel, reports the Tracking Board.

Magic Mike star Channing Tatum remains on board to star as the daredevil motorcycle rider who once jumped 14 buses at Ohio’s Kings Island theme park and earned a Guinness world record for surviving 433 broken bones during his 20-year jumping career. But Peter Berg, the Hancock and Battleship director, has walked away for unspecified reasons and the project, which was first announced in 2012, now has a fresh script from Scott Silver, who wrote The Fighter and 8 Mile.

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- Ben Child

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Win A BBC Comedy Bundle

8 September 2015 12:45 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Simply Media

To celebrate the release of An Actor’s Life For Me, Hugh and I and Get Well Soon on DVD, we are giving 2 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a bundle containing all three!

An Actor’s Life for Me is a British sitcom starring a stand out cast including John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl), Victor Spinetti (A Hard Day’s Night and Gina McKee (Notting Hill). Written by The Vicar of Dibley’s co-writer Paul Mayhew Archer, and based on a hit Radio 4 series, it originally aired in 1991. Robert Neilson (Sinclair) is a struggling actor, desperate to hit the big time, however unrealistic his ambitions are and never quite achieves the dizzy heights he aspires to.

With the help of his incompetent agent Desmond Shaw (Spinetti), he tries to secure the romantic lead opposite Kim Basinger, attempts to play a corpse while suffering from a »

- Laura Holmes

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Will Smith Puts on a Nigerian Accent in First Trailer for NFL Drama 'Concussion'

31 August 2015 6:43 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So it looks like Will Smith is back this year (2015), after a brief break from acting (although he had bit parts in films like "Winter's Tale," and the movie his son starred in, "After Earth"). Big Willy returns to leading man roles, with two 2015 features: "Focus" (which was released on February 27), and now, "Concussion," which has been slotted for a Christmas Day 2015 opening, via Sony Pictures. The last time Big Willy starred in 2 feature films in the same year, was in 2008 ("Hancock" and "Seven Pounds") which, in hindsight, signaled the beginning of his hiatus, while he worked primarily behind the camera, producing work »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Lion King Sequel Finalizes Cast; Adds Rob Lowe As 'Simba' & Gabrielle Union As 'Nala'

12 August 2015 8:55 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

This November, Disney is gearing up to step back into the world of one of its all-time classics, The Lion King, with a televison sequel titled The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar, which will air on the Disney Channel and serve as an extended pilot for a subsequent television series titled The Lion Guard, which is set to debut in January 2016. Earlier today, the movie/show finalized its voice cast by adding a few new faces as well as bringing back a few old ones. First off, Max Charles (American Sniper) has landed the lead role of Simba & Nala's son Kion. The rest of the main cast includes Diamond White (Transformers: Rescue Bots), Dusan Brown (42), Atticus Shaffer (Hancock), and Joshua Rush (Chuck). As for the characters you know and love, Rob Lowe (Parks & Recreation) has been cast as Simba and Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) has signed on as Nala. »

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Will Smith Boards Collateral Beauty

6 August 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Less than a month after Hugh Jackman’s exit from the project, Collateral Beauty has found a replacement in Will Smith.

Smith will play a mild-mannered advertising executive battling with depression, requiring the aid of his friends and colleagues to snap him out of the sickness. Rooney Mara and Jason Segel are also attached, presumably as some of Smith’s saviours.

The project will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (also behind next month’s much hyped Me, Earl & The Dying Girl) and is based on a screenplay by Allan Loeb (Just Go With It). Loeb’s script sold to PalmStar Media for a hefty $2.25 Million, so it should be no surprise development has promptly realigned with another A-lister.

Smith was considered the biggest movie star in the world not so long ago, but a string of flops including 2008’s Seven Pounds and 2013’s After Earth have somewhat diminished his brand. »

- Daniel Kelly

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'Ant-Man' Editor Talks About Working With Peyton Reed, Cut "Wish Fulfillment" Sequence

17 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It took some skilled editors to put Ant-Man, the mighty but micro hero on the big screen. For Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man, which debuts this weekend, the studio brought in veteran Dan Lebental, who edited the studio's Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. And this time around, he co-edited the film with Colby Parker, Jr., a frequent collaborator with Peter Berg whose credits include Lone Survivor and Hancock. As Ant-Man opens, The Hollywood Reporter talked with Lebental about working in the Marvel universe, the change from Edgar Wright to director Peyton Reed, and a

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- Carolyn Giardina

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Peter Berg denounces Caitlyn Jenner’s Espy win with transphobic meme

16 July 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Battleship and Friday Night Lights director shared an anti-Jenner meme on Instagram shortly after Jenner accepted her Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Related: Caitlyn Jenner accepts courage award: 'If you want to call me names, I can take it'

In her first appearance since coming out as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner gave a rousing speech on Wednesday, accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the Espy awards. Shortly after Jenner’s speech aired on ABC’s telecast of the ceremony, director Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor) – who is also behind NBC’s beloved sports series Friday Night Lights – voiced his opinion of Espy’s choice to award Jenner on Instagram, by sharing a transphobic meme first posted on Facebook by Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts on 3 June.

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Netflix have unveiled release dates for their film slate

7 July 2015 10:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have revealed release dates for their initial film slate, starting with Beasts Of No Nation, starring Idris Elba.

Netflix are going to become big players in the film world. Fact. It’s not a question of if, but rather when as today the online streaming service have released the release dates for their first four original movies.

The Idris Elba starrer Beasts Of No Nation will kick off the initial Netflix release slate, and will be released on all of their platforms on October 16th. The film will also play in selected cinemas on the same date. Following that, The Ridiculous Six will be the first of four Adam Sandler films available only on Netflix. The movie will release on December 11th. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released theatrically in China and on IMAX and on Netflix globally in Q1 2016, and then Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, »

- Paul Heath

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Giveaway – Win a Power Rangers: Dino Charge Swag Bag with the Flickering Myth Movie Show

17 June 2015 5:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

—Tweet The Below Video Using #Fmtv To Be Entered Into Our Power Rangers: Dino Charge Swag Bag Giveaway!—

Thanks to our Comic Con chums at Bandai, they’ve kindly given us a Power Rangers: Dino Charge swag bag to give away in our monthly Flickering Myth Movie Show share competition. Which we were totally up for, until we opened it and saw the original Green Ranger action figure. Now we want it for ourselves.

The survival kit includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Edition figures. Each figure includes one battle gear item to help combat against the Evil Space Aliens and is beautifully presented in replica of the original packaging. In addition, you will receive a t-shirt that has been exclusively designed by Saban Brands. 

For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very »

- Oli Davis

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Here Are 15 Actors That Were Almost Cast as Superman

12 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.

Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.

1. Sylvester Stallone

"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »

- Gary Susman

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Civil War cast! Hipster Joker! London Comic Con! – Watch June’s Flickering Myth Movie Show

7 June 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“And I want some ‘ha ha ha’s here…”

For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very) obsessed with Willa Holland (Thea Queen from Arrow).

Not only did we get a chance to talk to her…we also chased down Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Iain de Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), the director and producer duo of The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne and super YouTuber Tomska.

But Wait – There’S More!

Like, ‘Faust from ItsSuperEffective’ more, talking comic books, Captain America: Civil War and hipster Joker from Suicide Squad; ‘James Tarpey from Robot Overlords‘ more, picking his movies of the month (there’s lots of Jurassic World chat) and working with Gillian Anderson; and, finally, ‘MusicalBethan’ more, doing that cup thing from Pitch Perfect. »

- Oli Davis

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