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The Great Moonshine Film Festival

Every so often the stars align in such a way as to allow a perfectly inert and “nonproductive” weekend spent in the company of four, or five, or maybe even six movies, the sort of cine-bliss-out designed to decompress the mind and spirit after a particularly insistent week of breadwinning. Back in the salad days, when all thoughts were ostensibly devoted to expanding one’s horizons, this sort of motion picture marathon was known as a typical college weekend. But similar opportunities come far less frequently 40 years later, and when they do, they’re usually accompanied by at least four or five loads of laundry demanding to be sorted and folded. Thanks to the largely unplumbed depths of my DVR queue, I stumbled into one such marathon last Friday night, and it was a doozy, an entirely unplanned, thematically linked four-picture blast that would have been a honest-to-God B-movie treasure
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Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin

Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin
With just six weeks left for 2018, Gold Derby celebrates over 40 celebrities and entertainers who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to 25 losses from this year so far.

Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes, died on November 12 at age 95. For Marvel Comics and later many films and TV programs, his characters included Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the Avengers.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died on October 15 at age 65. He and Bill Gates helped start the microcomputer revolution in the mid-1970s by creating the world’s largest PC software company.

Burt Reynolds died on September 6 at age 82 in Florida. He was an Oscar nominee for “Boogie Nights” and an Emmy winner for “Evening Shade.” He was one of the top box office stars of the 1970s with movies such as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard,
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Midland on Covering Jerry Reed’s ‘East Bound and Down’ at Cma Awards

Midland on Covering Jerry Reed’s ‘East Bound and Down’ at Cma Awards
Since releasing their debut album On the Rocks in 2017, Midland have made their home on the road, supporting the LP on tours with Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett and with their own headlining sets. The latter gigs are typically raucous affairs, with the band playing the majority of On the Rocks and firing off a string of on-the-nose cover songs — like Jerry Reed’s Smokey and the Bandit trucker anthem “East Bound and Down,” which Midland performed Wednesday night on the 52nd annual Cma Awards.

Billed as a tribute to the late Burt Reynolds,
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Celebrity Deaths 2018: In Memoriam Gallery

Celebrity Deaths 2018: In Memoriam Gallery
Throughout 2018, we will continue to update this photo gallery with major celebrity deaths from film, television, theater and music.

For this year, losses have included Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Marvel founder Stan Lee, Tony winner Neil Simon, Oscar winners Milos Forman, Dorothy Malone, Emmy winners Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Reg E. Cathey, Olivia Cole and Burt Reynolds, Emmy nominees Harry Anderson, John Mahoney, Charlotte Rae and Jerry Van Dyke, Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson, and legendary sports announcer Keith Jackson.
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Ennio Morricone Threatens to Sue Playboy: ‘I Have Never Called Quentin Tarantino a Cretin’

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Ennio Morricone Threatens to Sue Playboy: ‘I Have Never Called Quentin Tarantino a Cretin’
Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone released a statement on Sunday, threatening to sue Playboy Germany for quoting him as calling filmmaker Quentin Tarantino “a cretin” and deriding his films as “trash.”

The 90-year-old Morricone, who won his first Oscar in 2016 for his score for Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” said he is considering a libel lawsuit against the publication, calling the interview “totally false.”

“In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time,” said Morricone in a statement.

Also Read: Burt Reynolds Didn't Shoot Any Scenes for Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

“I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage,” he continued. “I have given a mandate to my lawyer in
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10 Election-Themed Movies to Watch When You’re Finished Voting in the Midterms

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10 Election-Themed Movies to Watch When You’re Finished Voting in the Midterms
As you may have heard, there’s an election today. Its importance is impossible to overstate no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, and Bill Hader thinks you’d be “a moron” not to vote. Our imperfect electoral system has inspired many great movies over the years, a few of which celebrate it but most of which either lampoon it or show how vulnerable it is. After you, being the responsible citizen you clearly are, fulfill your civic duty by voting in the midterm election today, take a break from anxiously watching the results by watching one of these 10 films instead.

“All the President’s Men”

The soft glow of Deep Throat’s cigarette in a shadowy garage; Ben Bradlee’s (Jason Robards) “Okay we go with it” order to Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) as his elevator doors lightly close in
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Sally Field movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Norma Rae,’ ‘Steel Magnolias,’ ‘Places in the Heart’

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Sally Field movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Norma Rae,’ ‘Steel Magnolias,’ ‘Places in the Heart’
As she said when she collected her second Oscar for Best Actress, Sally Field hasn’t had an orthodox career. Plucked out of a drama class when she was barely out of high school Field was cast as the perky surfer girl Gidget for one season on TV. She then did three seasons in the preposterous series “The Flying Nun.” Not exactly the kind of work that would portend a serious new actress had arrived. In fact at the age of 24, Field found herself to be somewhat of an industry joke.

While many sitcom stars who fell into obscurity, Field managed to turn her career around. She began working with famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg and slowly things started to change for her. She found work in a series of well regarded TV movies and won an Emmy for the miniseries “Sybil” about a child abuse victim that developed 16 different
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Raymond Chow, ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Police Story’ Producer, Dies at 91

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Raymond Chow, ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Police Story’ Producer, Dies at 91
Raymond Chow, the man credited with introducing the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, has died at the age of 91, according to the Associated Press.

Chow, also responsible for bringing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the big screen, was the founder and chairman of Golden Harvest Company, which released hundreds of martial arts films — especially during the golden era of Hong Kong filmmaking — including the seminal Lee-led “Enter the Dragon,” as well as Chan’s “Police Story.”

In a statement to the AP, Hong Kong secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said that Chow “helped nurture a pool of Hong Kong talents and brought them to the international stage.”

Also Read: Quentin Tarantino Finds His Bruce Lee for 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': How Mike Moh Honored Lee

Chow, who studied martial arts under the famed Lam Sai-wing, began his career as a journalist
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Raymond Chow, Iconic Hong Kong Film Producer, Passes Away

Joseph Baxter Nov 2, 2018

Raymond Chow, the legendary Hong Kong producer who oversaw the rise of Bruce Lee, has passed away at age 91.

Raymond Chow, a giant in the Hong Kong film industry and perennial purveyor of some of cinema’s most important offerings of chopsocky, has died today at the age of 91.

The greatest contribution to the film industry of producing giant Chow stems back to his founding of Hong Kong studio Golden Harvest, providing a platform for the rise of Bruce Lee as well as Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.

Chow was born in British-colonized Hong Kong in 1927, going on to study journalism at St. John’s University in Shanghai. However, he wouldn’t stick with the trade long and subsequently transitioned to work in the film industry as a PR man, starting in 1958 with Shaw Brothers Studios. However, brighter prospects glistened for Chow, who, joined by Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung,
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Georgia’s Production Incentives Seal the Deal for Hollywood

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Georgia’s Production Incentives Seal the Deal for Hollywood
Homer Simpson gave the Georgia film and TV production community backhanded props in this season’s premiere of “The Simpsons,” telling prospective producers he had three conditions for permission to turn son Bart’s near-death experience into a movie: input on the script, tickets to the premiere, and, “I’m not thanking the Georgia Film Commission, no matter what.”

The fictional Homer’s ire is likely inspired by the real-life ubiquity of the “Filmed in Georgia” peach logo on screens big and small these days. In the past year, it’s appeared in the end-credit rolls of Marvel blockbusters and numerous other films such as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Rampage,” as well as a TV series including “The Walking Dead,” “Atlanta,” “Stranger Things,” “Insatiable” and “Ozark.”

Save for “The Walking Dead” and “Atlanta,” none of the above projects are set in Georgia, and if it weren’t for the logo,
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Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Six Billion Dollar Man’ Taken Off Release Schedule

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Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Six Billion Dollar Man’ Taken Off Release Schedule
Mark Wahlberg’s “Six Billion Dollar Man” has been taken off Warner Bros.’ release schedule.

In May, the sci-fi action film was pushed by a year, moving from May 31, 2019 to June 5, 2020. That announcement came two weeks after director Damian Szifron exited the project.

Szifron, who wrote and directed Argentina’s Oscar foreign-language nominee “Wild Tales,” also wrote the screenplay for the modernized update of the 1970s TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man.” Both are based on the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin.

Also Read: 'Six Billion Dollar Man': Director Damián Szifron Exits Warner Bros Remake

Wahlberg was set to star as former military officer turned secret agent Steve Austin, who undergoes life-saving surgery following a horrific accident and is outfitted with cutting-edge bionic implants that grant him extraordinary abilities.

The film was set to begin shooting this summer.

Also Read: Mark Wahlberg Honors 'Boogie Nights' Co-Star Burt Reynolds
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Bruce Dern Home From Hospital, In Good Spirits Following Jogging Accident

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Bruce Dern Home From Hospital, In Good Spirits Following Jogging Accident
Update: Bruce Dern is out of the hospital, in no pain, and eager to get back to work, according to his publicist, Lee Wallman. Earlier reports had Dern hiking in Runyon Canyon, but the accident that briefly hospitalized him turned out to be borne of jogging at the Silver Lake Reservoir. Dern was described as being in “incredibly good spirits” and anxious to get back to work.

Earlier: Actor Bruce Dern has a possible fractured hip suffered while hiking in Los Angeles. The 82-year-old was jogging at Silverlake Reservoir, as he does daily, when it happened. He has been discharged and is in good spirits, we’re told. He’s already looking forward to getting back to work.

Dern just completed filming Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a role he took over from the late Burt Reynolds. Dern plays rancher George Spahn in the film, a
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Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn to star in Clark Duke’s Arkansas

Actor Clark Duke has enlisted Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Vince Vaughn (Brawl in Cell Block 99) to star in his directorial debut Arkansas.

The film will see Hemsworth and Duke as “a pair of low level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin, played by Vaughn, whom they’ve never met. But when a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences ensue.”

Hemsworth will next be seen in the rom-com Isn’t It Romantic alongside Rebel Wilson, and has recently completed filming on the action thriller Killerman. Vaughn meanwhile reunites with his Brawl in Cell Block 99 director S. Craig Zahler opposite Mel Gibson in Dragged Across Concrete, while Duke was last seen in Burt Reynolds’ final film The Last Movie Star.

In addition to directing and starring, Duke has also written the script for Arkansas, and filming is now underway in Alabama.
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Bruce Dern, 82, Is in 'Incredibly Good Spirits' After Fall While Jogging

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Bruce Dern, 82, Is in 'Incredibly Good Spirits' After Fall While Jogging
Bruce Dern took a tumble on Friday but a source tells People he is recovering.

“He’s an avid jogger. He jogs every single day and this was likely a fall while jogging,” the source says of the 82-year-old actor.

Despite his love for fitness, Dern’s fall at Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles did not leave him without any injuries.

“[The injury] is probably a broken hip. He’s in incredibly good spirits,” says the source, who adds that Dern is in no pain and already back at home.

Dern is starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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Bruce Dern Hospitalized With Possible Hip Fracture

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Bruce Dern Hospitalized With Possible Hip Fracture
Update – Bruce Dern has suffered a possible fractured hip after collapsing while jogging in Los Angeles and has been released after being hospitalized.

The news was first reported late Friday afternoon by TMZ, which reported that the incident took place at 3:45 p.m. The site posted a photo taken by a bystander of a shirtless Dern on the ground as he was being treated. The original report said the incident occurred at Runyon Canyon, a popular hiking area in the Hollywood Hills but his publicist said the location was Silver Lake Reservoir.

Dern’s manager Alan Somers told Variety that the accident took place after he slipped on gravel while jogging.

Dern’s publicist Lee Wallman told Variety that Dern jogs every day. “He was in good spirits,” she added.

Wallman said that Dern had recently completed filming his role as George Spahn in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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Bruce Dern Collapses, Hospitalized with Possible Hip Fracture

  • TMZ
6:54 Pm Pt -- A rep for Bruce tells TMZ, the actor did indeed fracture his hip while he was on a run -- Bruce is an avid runner. We're told he's in good spirits and could be released from the hospital as early as Friday night. Bruce Dern collapsed Friday in Los Angeles, and he's been hospitalized for a possible fracture ... TMZ has learned. The 82-year-old Hollywood veteran was in Runyon Canyon around 3:45 Pm when it happened.
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Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth to star in drama ‘Arkansas’

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Both Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth have signed up to star in the feature directorial debut of Clark Duke’s drug drama ‘Arkansas’.

Duke, who also penned the script, is also set to star in the story that follows a pair of low-level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, portrayed by Hemsworth and Duke, who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin, played by Vaughn, whom they’ve never met. But when a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences ensue.

Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock and Storyboard Media will produce with Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman (who funded the film) will serve as executive producers alongside Hercules Film Fund, which is providing funding as well.

Also in the news – Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as the Warrens in Annabelle 3

Shooting is expected to begin this week.

Hemsworth has previously starred in the
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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn to Star in Drug Drama ‘Arkansas’

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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn to Star in Drug Drama ‘Arkansas’
Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn are set to star in Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut “Arkansas,” which Duke wrote and will also appear in.

The film follows a pair of low level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, portrayed by Hemsworth and Duke, who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin, played by Vaughn, whom they’ve never met. But when a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences ensue. Principal photography begins this week in Alabama.

Producers on “Arkansas” are Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock and Storyboard Media. Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman funded the film and will serve as executive producers alongside Hercules Film Fund, which is providing funding as well.

Executive producers include Rhea Films’ Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti, Don Kee ProductionsJason Allison, Michael S. Smith and Franchesca Lantz, Andre Relis, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Phil Kim.
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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn Join Clark Duke’s Directorial Debut ‘Arkansas’

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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn Join Clark Duke’s Directorial Debut ‘Arkansas’
Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn have joined Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut “Arkansas,” which Duke wrote and will also star in, Vmi Worldwide President Andre Reis announced Thursday.

“Arkansas” follows a pair of drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, whose lives get turned upside down when a drug deal goes horribly wrong.

“Arkansas” is produced by Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock and Storyboard Media. Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman funded the film and will also serve as executive producers alongside Hercules Film Fund. Rhea Films’ Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti, Don Kee ProductionsJason Allison, Michael S. Smith and Franchesca Lantz, Andre Relis, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Phil Kim are also executive producing.

Hemsworth’s credits include “The Hunger Games” films as well as “The Expendables” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.
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Why Rockstar Stopped Hiring Celebrity Voice Actors

Matthew Byrd Oct 15, 2018

It turns out there's a good reason why Rockstar stopped hiring so many celebrities to voice Grand Theft Auto games.

Have you ever wondered why modern Rockstar games feature significantly fewer big name celebrity voice actors? Well, it turns out that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser and others within the company simply got tired of dealing with their egos.

In an interview with Vulture, Houser recalled a time that he and Burt Reynolds argued about the direction of a Grand Theft Auto: Vice City scene. The argument apparently became quite heated and resulted in Reynolds yelling “Get the limey out of here.”

“I don’t want to speak ill of the dead, poor bugger,” says Houser, “but we don’t bring in name actors anymore because of their egos and, most important of all, because we believe we get a better sense of immersion using talented actors whose voices you don’t recognize.
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