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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

1 July 2015 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.

For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was also executive producer of the movie “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Kennedy had a close relationship with Depp’s company »

- Carmel Dagan

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After Christopher Lee, Another Nonagenarian British Actor Has Died: Oscar Nominee Moody

12 June 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »

- Andre Soares

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Christopher Lee, 'Lord of the Rings' and Horror Star, Dead at 93

11 June 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Christopher Lee, the prolific British actor whose specialty for villainy earned him roles as far and wide as Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, Bond foe Scaramanga, Sith Lord Count Dooku and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings franchise, died Sunday, in London, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93.

Lee had been admitted to Westminster Hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure. His wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, withheld the news in order to inform family first.

Born in 1922, Lee served in the Royal Air Force and »

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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Iconic star's life and career in pictures

11 June 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.

In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.

Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:

1940s: Career beginnings with Rank

Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.

After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.

1957: The Curse of Frankenstein

He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein. »

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Daily | Christopher Lee, 1922 – 2015

11 June 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Christopher Lee, "best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London," reports Benjamin Lee in the Guardian. The star of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), The Passage (1979), House of the Long Shadows (1983), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), The Golden Compass (2007), The Resident (2011), Hugo (2011) and four films with director/fan Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows), was 93. » - David Hudson »

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Christopher Lee dead: Legendary actor passes away at 93

11 June 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Christopher Lee dead at 93: Iconic actor’s career spanned eight decades and had over 250 film and TV credits to his name. Christopher Christopher Lee dead at 93

Legendary film and stage actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. The star of the recent Lord Of The Rings movies and the Star Wars prequels, passed away at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Sunday morning after suffering respiratory problems and heart failure.

The Guardian are reporting that the decision to release the news days after his passing was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple were married for over 50 years.

Lee had over 250 credits to his name including iconic roles in the Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, the 70s horror movie The Wicker Man and his many turns as Dracula in the Hammer horror movies.

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- Paul Heath

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Tomorrowland (aka Tomorrowland: A World Beyond) movie review: back to the future

21 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned. I’m “biast” (pro): love George Clooney; big Sf geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We geeks have been getting teased and taunted by the prospect of Disney and director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille) Tomorrowland for so long now, without getting anything more than vague hint of what the movie is actually about, that it seems inevitable that the actual film must be a disappointment. So is it?

Not at all. In fact, it’s a glorious reminder — in this era of reboots and remakes and sequels and based-on-something-else movies — of the joy of discovery that we get far less frequently at the movies these days. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Will Ferrell Set To Star In Lasse Hallström’s Comedy Tom’S Dad

16 May 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).

Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.

Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.

It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »

- Michelle McCue

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First images from Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

13 May 2015 11:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

More news from Cannes today, with the first images from Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film The Neon Demon arriving online via Screen Daily.

In the film, Fanning plays an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”

Refn’s Drive star Christina Hendricks is part of the supporting cast that also includes Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick).

The Neon Demon is set to be released in early 2016.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Teased in Two New Photos

13 May 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Beauty, obsession, and the sinister side of Los Angeles inhabit Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon. With principal photography on The Neon Demon almost finished, two photos from the film have been revealed.

"When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

The Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation's Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. »

- Derek Anderson

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Heath Ledger Scholarship finalists

6 May 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rising young actors who.ve appeared in Unbroken, The Water Diviner, Deadline Gallipoli, Anzac Girls and The Code are among the finalists for the 7th annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.

In all 20 are in contention for the prize which includes two round-trip flights to L.A., a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy, $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services and $10,000 cash.

Presented by Australians in Film, the winner will be announced in Los Angeles on June 1. Two runners up will each receive a round-trip ticket to La and a scholarship to attend masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).

The finalists were selected »

- Don Groves

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'Black Mass' Trailer: This Is the Johnny Depp Everyone Has Been Waiting to See Again

23 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Johnny Depp is a tremendous actor. No one is going to argue that point. And yet we can also all agree that people don't get as excited for his movies as they once did. After a string of oddballs like Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and Mortdecai, it's understandable that many fans aren't so quick to fall for yet another movie where Depp plays a cooky weirdo with a strange wardrobe. Black Mass, however, looks like it will realign everyone's expectations for Depp movies back to the likes of Blow, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Directed by Scott Cooper (Into the Furnace), Black Mass tells the true story of notorious Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, and as you can see from the intense first trailer for the movie...

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- Peter Hall

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First official look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass

22 April 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Johnny Depp has not exactly proven himself worthy of his extra large paychecks in recent years. With flops critically and commercially like The Lone Ranger, Mortdecai, Transcendence, Dark Shadows, and more, Depp has not shined the way he did just five years ago. But, from all indications, that is about to change with Scott Cooper's Black Mass. Based on the true crimes of gangster Whitey Bulger, Black Mass just received a lot of buzz out of CinemaCon based on the first footage and »

- Alex Maidy

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Cannes: Trotsky Thriller ‘Chosen’ – Murray, Sands Star (Exclusive)

22 April 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Hannah Murray (“Game of Thrones,” “Dark Shadows”), Julian Sands (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Henry Goodman (“Woman in Gold,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Notting Hill”) will star in Antonio Chavarrias’ Trotsky assassination thriller “The Chosen,” one of the high-profile movies coming out of Spain and Mexico.

The Chosen” is set up at Chavarrias’ Barcelona-sited Oberon Cinematografica and Monica Lozano’s Mexico City-based Alebrije Cine y Video, the producer of “Instructions Not Included.” Sales agent Filmax will present first footage at the upcoming Cannes Festival.

Also written by Chavarrias (”Childish Games,” “Celia’s Lives”), and set in 1940s Mexico, during one of the most turbulent periods in history, the espionage thriller centers on the incredible but true story of the brutal assassination of Leon Trotsky by Barcelona-born Ramon Mercader, played by Mexican star Alfonso Herrera (“La Dictadura Perfecta,” ”Rebelde”).

“Chosen” will shoot on location in Mexico, allowing Chavarrias to re-create its period ambience »

- John Hopewell

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Alessandro Nivola joins Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

16 April 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Nicholas Winding Refn has continued to map out his cast for his latest offering The Neon Demon, with the news that Alessandro Nivola has signed on to play a lead role in the film.

Nivola, who recently starred in Selma and A Most Violent Year, will join the project alongside Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Christina Hendricks (Lost River), who he starred alongside in 2012’s Ginger and Rosa. Nivola is also set to join Bradley Cooper for a London revival of The Elephant Man.

The Neon Demon is set for release in March 2016 and also stars Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Charles Baker (Wild).

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- Scott J. Davis

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Gremlins Remake Lands Disturbia Writer

8 April 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Color me shocked: the Gremlins remake is gaining momentum once again. In an era where TV shows like Coach and Full House are being given the redo treatment, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. hasn’t given up on a new adaptation of Joe Dante’s 1984 classic. The most recent iteration of the project had Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) producing and bringing an idea to Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus—who scripted the first film—but he recently said the project “ran out of steam.” Well it looks as though Warner Bros. has found plenty more steam to throw into the property, as Deadline reports that Disturbia screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the Gremlins remake, with Columbus and Spielberg producing. Ellsworth’s credits include the remakes The Last House on the Left and Red Dawn, as well as the upcoming Goosebumps, so his »

- Adam Chitwood

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Twisted Video Game 'Five Nights at Freddy's' to Become a Movie

8 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Fans of demonic bears are in luck: Video game "Five Nights at Freddy's" is getting the big screen treatment.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. will distribute a film version of "Freddy's," the popular game created by Scott Cawthon. Seth Grahame-Smith ("Dark Shadows," "Beetlejuice 2") and David Katzenberg are producing, alongside Roy Lee. (That trio is currently at work on Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Stephen King's "It.")

The game description, per THR:

The game takes place in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a darker version of Chuck-e-Cheese, where an animatronic animal band performs kiddy songs by day, and goes on murderous rampages by night. The goal of the game is survive a night locked inside, knowing that a furry death machine might jump out of the dark at any moment.

Grahame-Smith noted that the flick would be "an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie."

"The story really lends itself »

- Katie Roberts

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Stellar judging panel for Heath Ledger Scholarship

7 April 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Kieran Darcy-Smith and Vince Vaughn are among the judges for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship.

The winner, who will be named in early June, will get $US10,000 in cash and a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, among other prizes.

Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).

Presented by Australians in Film (AiF) , the award was created in 2008 to foster the education and career development of Australian actors in the Us.

The judging panel includes Byrne (Damages, The Internship, Neighbors), Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Dark Knight Rises), director Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here, By Way of Helena) and Vaughn (True Detective, »

- Don Groves

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'The Neon Demon' Begins Shooting with Keanu Reeves

30 March 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on Nwr's The Neon Demon. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Regarding the commencement of principle photography, director Nicolas Winding Refn said,

"I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising,&#160Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks »

- MovieWeb

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Production Begins on Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

30 March 2015 10:42 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We've been told that Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon has started production in Los Angeles, and have confirmation on the cast, which includes Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves:

"Los Angeles, CA - Monday, March 30, 2015 - Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on Nwr's The Neon Demon: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Regarding the commencement of principle photography, Refn said, "I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, »

- Jonathan James

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