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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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‘Mean Girls’ Actor Daniel Franzese Accuses Bijou Phillips of Homophobic and Physical Abuse on ‘Bully’ Set

Update (November 13): Bijou Phillips has issued the following apology to TMZ: “I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don’t remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad. I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the Lgbtq community and Daniel.”

Earlier: Daniel Franzese, best known for playing Damian Leigh in “Mean Girls,” has published a lengthy statement on his Facebook page in which he reveals he suffered homophobic and physical abuse from actress Bijou Phillips during the production of Larry Clark’s “Bully.
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Review: "Ghost World" (2001); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

High school friends Enid Coleslaw (Thora Birch) and Rebecca Doppelmeyer (Scarlett Johansson) absolutely cannot wait to be free of the prison of school, defiantly flipping the bird and squashing their mortarboards following their graduation. Enid isn’t off the hook just yet: her “diploma” is instead a note informing her that she must “take some stupid art class” (her words) if she hopes to graduate. Their fellow classmates are caricatures of everyone we all knew during our adolescence. Melora (Debra Azar) is inhumanly happy all the time and oblivious to Enid and Rebecca’s sense of ennui and contempt. Todd (T.J. Thyne) is ultra-nervous to talk with the insouciant Rebecca at the punchbowl. Another bespectacled student sits off by himself. Enid and Rebecca are at both an intellectual and emotional crossroads. They want to share an apartment; however, they seem unaware of the amount of money they
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The George A. Romero Resident Evil Movie You Never Got to See

The following is an extract from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which is available now for pre-order…

Note: I can’t remember the first time I saw Night of the Living Dead, but it has stuck with me for my entire life. Dawn of the Dead is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Romero was more than just “the zombie guy”, but it was his movies that influenced myself as a young filmmaker. My first attempt at a mini-feature was The Good, The Bad and The Undead, a zombie movie heavily inspired by Romero’s work. When making the movie we cast sixth-formers from my old school (where we shot the film) as extras, and I went into their assembly to show them the end of Day of the Dead, essentially to show what we intended to emulate. So, as a tribute to the great man,
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Ghost World

Daniel Clowes’ comics creation receives an A-Plus film adaptation through the directorial filter of Terry Zwigoff. The show has more going for it than the bleak alienation of disaffected quasi- gen-Xers — the script offers a depth of character revealing the insecure, hopes and fears behind all the insulting attitudes and behaviors. It’s caustic, funny and also strongly affecting.

Ghost World

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2001 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 30, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas, Bob Balaban, Stacey Travis, Teri Garr.

Cinematography: Affonso Beato

Production Designer: Edward T. McAvoy

Art Direction: Alan E. Muraoka

Film Editors: Carole Kravetz, Michael R. Miller

Original Music: David Kitay

Writing credits: Daniel Clowes & Terry Zwigoff from the comics by Daniel Clowes

Produced by Pippa Cross, Janette Day, Lianne Halfon, Barbara A. Hall,

John Malkovich, Russell Smith

Directed by Terry Zwigoff

Enid:
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Audition Polaroids Of Actors From The 1980s from Casting Director Mali Finn

Mali Finn was an American casting director and former English and drama teacher. She cast numerous actors in successful films, including Edward Furlong, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe. She already had a handful of casting credits on her résumé, including The Untouchables (1987), when she established her own firm, Mali Finn Casting, in ’89. She boosted Leonardo DiCaprio’s career by casting him in the James Cameron film Titanic (1997); she also cast Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential (1997). Finn discovered actor Brad Renfro when he was ten years old and cast him in Joel Schumacher’s The Client (1994). Recently a

Audition Polaroids Of Actors From The 1980s from Casting Director Mali Finn
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Why George Romero’s ‘Resident Evil’ Film Failed to Launch

Why George Romero’s ‘Resident Evil’ Film Failed to Launch
From Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Dune” to Terry Gilliam’s “Watchmen,” cinema history is filled with a tantalizing array of abandoned projects. And amid these fascinating what-if scenarios, one unrealized film has haunted horror fans for almost two decades: George A. Romero’s “Resident Evil.”

In 1998, video game developer Capcom hired Romero, whose landmark classic “Night of the Living Dead” single-handedly created the modern zombie genre, to direct a live-action TV commercial for the game “Resident Evil 2” (known as “Biohazard 2” in Japan). Set in an abandoned jail overrun by the walking dead, the 30-second spot starred Brad Renfro and Adrienne Frantz.

“It was an honor to work with a legend like Romero,” Frantz said. “All of the zombie TV shows and movies that we see today are because of him. He started an entire horror film revolution.”

Frantz was struck by Romero’s dedication to recreating specific images from the game.
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11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?

11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?
Charlie Lyne's documentary Beyond Clueless harks back to the classic teen movies that shaped the '90s.

Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.

So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:

1. Devon Sawa - Idle Hands (1999)

Dreamy Devon Sawa starred as lazy stoner Anton Tobias - who turns mass murderer after his hand becomes possessed - in the horror comedy Idle Hands.

He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music
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Icons of Fright Interview with actor/writer/director Amanda Aday!

(photo credit: Collette Lash Photography www.collettelash.com)

Known for her recurring role as Dora Mae Dreifuss on HBO’s Carnivale (amongst countless other projects), Amanda Aday has surely proven herself as much more than “Meat Loaf’s Daughter.” An actress and writer, Aday has recently taken the leap to try her hand at directing, with her new horror flick Painless. Icons of Fright was fortunate enough to have a chat with this jack-of-all trades about the industry, dream projects, and directing while female.

Icons: I know you have been acting for a very long time and you’ve developed a pretty nice career out of it, what made you decide to direct?

Amanda Aday: I think it’s always been in the back of my mind. Even when I was little during class projects, instead of making dioramas or writing papers, my friends and I would always make movies.
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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil On The Big Screen!

The end has arrived for the Twitch presented Kingdom Of Fear Stephen King retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto. We wrap things up tomorrow with a 10pm screening of Bryan Singer's adaptation of King's Apt Pupil with Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro.Once again, we've got two pairs of tickets to give away for lucky Twitch readers and we're going to make it easy for you. For your chance to win simply email me here and name your favorite performance by the great McKellen. Winners will be drawn at random....

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Basketball Diaries Director Scott Kalvert Dead at 49, Possible Suicide

Scott Kalvert, best known for directing 1995's "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday. He was found in his home in Woodland Hills and pronounced dead at 1:55 pm. The L.A. Coroner's Office is investigating the death as a possible suicide. He was only 49 years old. In addition to his work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg in "Basketball Diaries," Kalvert was known for directing music videos such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith's "Parents Just Don't Understand," Salt-n-Pepa's "Shoop" and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations." He also directed the 2002 feature "Deuces Wild," starring Stephen Dorff and Brad Renfro. His most recent credit was for the 2009 made-for-tv Nickelodeon musical "School Gyrls," on which he served as an executive producer. Donnie Wahlberg, whom Kalvert directed in New Kids on the Block's 1993 video "Dirty Dawg," remembered the director in a series of tweets Friday. "Rip to a dear friend; Scott Kalvert.
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The Basketball Diaries director Scott Kalvert dies, aged 49

The Basketball Diaries director Scott Kalvert dies, aged 49
Scott Kalvert has been found dead at the age of 49.

The director was found at his home in Woodland Hills, California on Wednesday (March 5) and pronounced dead at the scene. His death is currently being investigated as a suspected suicide.

Kalvert is best known for directing the 1995 movie The Basketball Diaries. After working with Mark Wahlberg in the video for 'Good Vibrations' with his former band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, the director cast him in the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film was an adaption of Jim Carroll's juvenile diaries and chronicled his decline from promising basketball player, to heroin addict.

He also directed the 2002 crime film Deuces Wild which starred Stephen Dorff and Brad Renfro. Elsewhere, Kalvert took on the role of executive producer for 2009 Nickelodeon film School Gyrls, featuring Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy as themselves.

In his career, Kalvert also worked on
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'Basketball Diaries' director Scott Kalvert found dead at 49

'Basketball Diaries' director Scott Kalvert found dead at 49
Scott Kalvert, the director best known for his work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg on 1995′s Basketball Diaries, was found dead Wednesday at his Woodland Hills, California, home. He was 49 years old.

His death is being investigated as a suicide by the L.A. Coroner’s Office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Before Basketball Diaries, Kalvert was best known for his music videos, directing Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop,” Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It to My Heart,” and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations,” as well as teaming up with Wahlberg on a 1993 workout video. The last project
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This Hour-Long Lena Interview Is the Bff Coffee Date You Always Wanted

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This Hour-Long Lena Interview Is the Bff Coffee Date You Always Wanted
You may not be able to call up Lena Dunham to meet for drinks, but you can have that smart, candid conversation with her that you've been dreaming of - vicariously, anyway. In a recent sit-down interview with Grantland, Lena opens up about her Brad Renfro crush, loving women's tennis, dealing with backlash, and what it was like to learn that her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, used to date Scarlett Johansson. Lena also hilariously shares which Girls character she's most like in real life according to a recent BuzzFeed quiz, and spoiler alert: it isn't Hannah. Watch the full interview above, and check out some of the best quotes below. On her musical preferences: "That's like my genre - women with guitars and pianos of the 1990s. That's where my true musical passion lies, and everything else kind of springs forth from that." On her sports career: "I took lessons until
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This Hour-Long Lena Interview Is the Bff Coffee Date You Always Wanted

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You may not be able to call up Lena Dunham to meet for drinks, but you can have that smart, candid conversation with her that you've been dreaming of - vicariously, anyway. In a recent sit-down interview with Grantland, Lena opens up about her Brad Renfro crush, loving women's tennis, dealing with backlash, and what it was like to learn that her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, used to date Scarlett Johansson. Lena also hilariously shares which Girls character she's most like in real life according to a recent BuzzFeed quiz, and spoiler alert: it isn't Hannah. Watch the full interview above, and check out some of the best quotes below. On her musical preferences: "That's like my genre - women with guitars and pianos of the 1990s. That's where my true musical passion lies, and everything else kind of springs forth from that." On her sports career: "I took lessons until
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Lena Dunham Wants to Be on Scandal

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Lena Dunham Wants to Be on Scandal
Lena Dunham is on today's "B.S. Report," where she talks about her obsession with the Old Loves Tumblr (join the club), a deep enduring love for Brad Renfro (join the club), and a few of her dream projects. She says she'd love to direct one of Espn's "30 for 30" docs, perhaps about women's tennis, since she's a fan. Bill Simmons pitched her Monica Seles's stabbing, or maybe the relationship between Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors, either of which could be great, though Seles seems more intriguing, because there's already an Evert-Navratilova installment. Dunham also says she dreams of guest-starring on other shows. "My life's great passion is the idea of being a guest star on Scandal," she says. "I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong." She admits that she's probably not "technically allowed to" be on another show, but surely there's a way to get around that.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Inspires Hollywood to Share Personal Experiences With Addiction, Heroin

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Inspires Hollywood to Share Personal Experiences With Addiction, Heroin
Two weeks before he died, Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly introduced himself to a stranger at the Sundance Film Festival as “a heroin addict.” Hoffman’s battle with heroin has inspired that same level of candor in others, who are slowly beginning to share their stories of experiences with addiction, both first-hand and as observers. “Slc Punk!” director James Merendino took to Facebook late Monday night to share a story about his deceased friend Brad Renfro (below, left), “an actor who had been injecting heroin at 12 years old.” Also read: Philip Seymour Hoffman ‘Seemed High,’ Took Out $1,200 From Supermarket Atm Before Death,
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Ranking the Films of Director Bryan Singer

8: Jack the Giant Slayer

Although most of the story follows a predictable trajectory, there are some things to like. It’s enthusiastically acted and at times fun, but Jack the Giant Slayer also feels like it was made by a committee. It’s fast paced, energetic but also overwhelmed by digital effects. And it could be a great recommendation for children under the age of ten, only the CGI-heavy battle scenes, landed it with a PG-13 rating. Ultimately it’s an entertaining diversion but not something you’ll revisit ever again.

- Ricky D

7: Public Access

Playing with the A Face in the Crowd formula (including a sly “naming names” reference), Public Access is the film that started the Bryan Singer-Christopher McQuarrie collaboration. The Sundance splash follows Whiley Pritcher (Ron Marquette) as a preppy drifter who shows up in the idyllic town of Brewster to start
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How to Differentiate Movies With the Same Title

It's a horror story that any movie fan can relate to, Twi-Hard or not: You're watching TV and you see the name of your favorite movie listed on your channel guide, only to flip over and discover that the "Twilight" they're showing doesn't have Edward and Jacob battling for the love of Bella — but instead Gene Hackman and Paul Newman fighting over Susan Sarandon.

You were just punked by Same Name Syndrome. (Hey, at least it also includes a topless Reese Witherspoon.)

It happens often. In fact, just this week, "The Butler" hits theaters ... except it's officially titled "Lee Daniels' The Butler," 'cause the rights to the title "The Butler" belong to a 1916 silent short film that no one's ever seen (yes, really). Read all about that silly saga here.

Anyway, here's our guide on How to Differentiate Movies With the Same Title (That Are Not Remakes).

'Savages' (2012) vs.
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Cory Monteith: the Glee star's death is an all-too familiar teen idol plotline | Hadley Freeman

Every generation has its death and for many teenagers the death of a celebrity is how they learn about mortality

The night before it was announced that Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old star of the hugely popular and very fun TV show Glee, was found alone and dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, I was thinking about River Phoenix. This October, it will be 20 years since Phoenix, then 23, died on a sidewalk in La while his sister Rainbow and girlfriend Samantha Mathis stood helplessly by and his little brother frantically called 911. Those of a younger generation may need reminding that River was Joaquin's older brother. Those of my generation and older will doubtless be reeling at the realisation it has been two decades since Phoenix went from being one of the world's most famously promising actors to one of its infamously dead.

Hollywood loves recycling plotlines, and one plotline that
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