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Alien Nation Remake Back On The Table At Disney

Don’t expect Disney to stop rebooting old classics any time soon. Following the studio’s extremely profitable recent live-action remakes, executives are making plans to continue dipping into the past for more overlooked diamonds in the rough to bring back for a new generation of audiences.

According to our sources, the Mouse House is eying a revitalization of the 1988 buddy cop science fiction film Alien Nation. You might remember that there were reports in the summer that said the project had been axed, but our sources insist it’s now back on the table and still happening.

For those who aren’t familiar with this lesser-known gem, the action flick stars James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp and explores themes of murder, discrimination and extraterrestrial life. The film depicts the assimilation of an alien race known as the “Newcomers,” who settle in Los Angeles despite the initial discomfort of the local population.
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Lizzy Caplan is your Number 1 Fan in the Castle Rock Season 2 teaser

  • JoBlo
In 1990 director Rob Reiner brought one of Stephen King's most chilling tales to life on the big screen with Misery. Starring Kathy Bates and James Caan, Misery told the story of Paul Sheldon, a famous author who after being rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and…
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Lizzy Caplan’s Annie Wilkes Arrives, Causes Mayhem in Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Teaser (Video)

  • The Wrap
Lizzy Caplan’s Annie Wilkes Arrives, Causes Mayhem in Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Teaser (Video)
Lizzy Caplan’s arrival as Annie Wilkes appears to be bad news for the residents of Castle Rock. Hulu released the first teaser for the second season of the Stephen King-inspired series, featuring Caplan as King’s famous nurse from hell.

Watch the trailer in the video above.

The second season stars Caplan as a younger version of Annie Wilkes, who was played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film “Misery,” which featured Bates as a former nurse and crazed fan of James Caan’s novelist, Paul Sheldon. In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Wilkes gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

Also Read: New York Comic Con 2019 Schedule: Here Are All the Must-See Panels and Screenings (Updating)

Stephen King alum Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) will also star with Elsie Fisher, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Matthew Alan. Robbins will play Reginald “Pop” Merrill, who
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Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish to star in Rocket Science Tiff sales title 'Here Today' for Astute Films

CAA handles Us rights. Production set for New York in October.

Rocket Science will launch international sales in Toronto on Astute Films’ Here Today, which stars Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish and is described as a rom-com that tears up the rule book on the generational divide.

Crystal will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his fellow Saturday Night Live alum Alan Zweibel based on Zweibel’s short story The Prize.

Principal photography is set to begin in New York in October on Here Today, which redefines the meaning of love and trust as it follows a veteran comedy
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Stage Actor and TV Icon Valerie Harper Dies at 80

Tony Sokol Aug 31, 2019

Best known as Rhoda, Valerie Harper started as a dancer and never left the stage behind.

Valerie Harper, whose Rhoda Morgenstern character is an icon of television, died on Friday August 30, eight days after her 80th birthday.

"My dad has asked me to pass on this message," Harper’s daughter Cristina Cacciotti, confirmed on Twitter. “'My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06 a.m., after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony.'”

The Emmy winning actor was battling lung and brain cancer, according to Variety. When her brain cancer was first diagnosed in January 2013, Harper was told she had three months to live. While she was never cancer-free, she responded well enough to treatment to compete on Dancing with the Stars. Harper started in show business as a dancer, and her defining
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‘Castle Rock’ Gets Premiere Date From Hulu for ‘Misery’-Themed Season 2

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‘Castle Rock’ Gets Premiere Date From Hulu for ‘Misery’-Themed Season 2
Hulu has a set a premiere date for the second season of its Stephen King-inspired anthology “Castle Rock.”

The series will return on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The second season stars Lizzy Caplan as a younger version of Annie Wilkes, who was played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film “Misery,” which featured Bates as a former nurse and crazed fan of James Caan’s novelist, Paul Sheldon. In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Wilkes gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

Stephen King alum Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) will also star with Elsie Fisher, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Matthew Alan. Robbins will play another notable King character in Reginald “Pop” Merrill, from King’s 1990 novella “The Sun Dog.” The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family,
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Carol Morley’s ‘Out Of Blue’ Set For The Home Formats – Full Details

We’ve just received the home release details for a film I have been desperate to catch, Carol Morley’s Out Of Blue. This one premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and was released on the big screen earlier this year.

The film boasts an outstanding cast led by Patricia Clarkson alongside Toby Jones, Jacki Weaver and James Caan, and it will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on 2nd September 2019.

Official synopsis: When homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is called to investigate the murder of a leading astrophysicist in New Orleans, she is confronted by a mystery that begins to affect her in ways she had never expected. As the investigation deepens, a darker world is slowly revealed and she must use all of her skills and experience to piece together fragments of a wider conspiracy that lies behind the murder.

Out Of Blue
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Why Everything About ‘Apocalypse Now’s’ Production Was Unorthodox

  • Variety
Lionsgate and American Zoetrope are releasing “Apocalypse Now Final Cut,” the third version of Francis Coppola’s 1979 war epic, to commemorate the film’s 40th anniversary. While multiple versions of any mainstream movie are unusual, everything about this movie was unorthodox.

On Oct. 14, 1969, Variety reported that Warner Bros. bought the script by John Milius, with Coppola to produce and George Lucas to direct. They envisioned a scrappy 16mm film for $2 million, to lense in San Francisco, Louisiana and Thailand.

The project remained in limbo until Coppola revived it. He told Variety in February 1976 that filming would begin in a month, on a $12 million budget, with United Artists aiming for an April 7, 1977 release. The movie finally opened Aug. 15, 1979, after endless shooting in the Philippines, on a budget of $30 million-plus.

At the Cannes world premiere in May 1979, Coppola stunned the press conference by comparing the prolonged production to America’s role in
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‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ Review: Dirs. Macarena García Lenzi & Martín Blousson [Frightfest 2019]

Rock, Paper and Scissors review: Sibling rivalry reaches new heights in this Argentinian chiller.

Rock, Paper and Scissors

Maria José (Valeria Giorcelli) and her brother Jesús (Pablo Sigal) have recently lost their father. Since his demise, the pair have been struggling to fully process what has happened. Maria has taken to spending her days watching The Wizard of Oz on repeat, and Jesús is hard at work devising a film (essentially similarWizard of Oz) for Maria to star in. Their strange little set-up is interrupted when estranged half-sister Magdelena (Agustina Cerviño) arrives to claim her share of the inheritance. After an accident confines Magdelena to her deceased father’s bed, it soon becomes clear to her that something is very off with her half-siblings.

Rock, Paper and Scissors (or Piedra, Papel y Tijera as it is known in its native language) is a claustrophobic and chilling tale with a whiff of Stephen King’s Misery.
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Disney has hit the brakes on Jeff Nichols' Alien Nation remake

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Nearly three years ago, Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special) signed on to write and direct a remake of Alien Nation for 20th Century Fox, but now that Disney has acquired Fox, it seems that the remake has been shelved for now. The original 1988 film introduced the Newcomers, an alien race who landed on Earth and were forced to live among the distrustful human population. The film starred James Caan
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Disney Has Put Jeff Nichols' Alien Nation Remake on Hold For Now

One of the projects that was being developed at Fox before Disney bought them was a remake of the classic 1988 sci-fi thriller Alien Nation. Director Jeff Nichols was developing the film, but it looks like Disney isn’t too keen on moving forward with it. According to Variety, the Mouse House has “hit the pause button” on the project.

You know what? I’m totally fine with Alien Nation not being remade. It’s one less remake that the world needs. The original movie starred James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, and Terence Stamp. The story is set in Los Angeles in 1991, “humans live alongside extraterrestrial humanoid beings whose spaceship crash landed three years earlier. This coexistence is not always harmonious, as exemplified by segregated slums and the uneasy partnership of police detective Matthew Sykes (Caan) with new humanoid partner Sam Francisco (Patinkin). However, the pair begin to overcome their differences as
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Jeff Nichols’ Alien Nation Remake Becomes A Fox/Disney Merger Casualty & Is Now Shelved

Jeff Nichols’ Alien Nation Remake Becomes A Fox/Disney Merger Casualty & Is Now Shelved
A few months after the Disney/20th Century Fox merger was inked into completion, cinephiles are still seeing the fallout in the form of project developments and priority shifts.

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While it may be some time before we see the X-Men or Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, another anticipated sci-fi movie is looking like it’s being put on hold. Last fall, “Midnight Special” and “Mud” director Jeff Nichols said his upcoming iteration of “Alien Nation” – a remake of the 1988 sci-fi actioner starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin – would be an “epic” film…but only if it survives the Disney/Fox merger, still a few months away at the time.

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Fox’s Alien Nation remake put on hold by Disney

It looks like 20th Century Fox’s long-planned remake of the 1988 sci-fi buddy cop movie Alien Nation has become the latest project to fall casualty to the Disney takeover, with Variety reporting that the Mouse House has put the feature on hold.

Jeff Nichols signed on to write and direct Alien Nation back in 2016, but there had been no updates on the project since that point. However, rather than scrapping it completely as it did with Mouse Guard, Disney has opted against putting Alien Nation into turnaround, meaning it could potentially be revived at a later date.

The original Alien Nation was directed by Graham Baker and saw Mandy Patinkin playing Earth’s first alien police officer, who finds himself partnered up with James Caan’s racially insensitive veteran detective. A moderate success at the box office, the film went on to spawn a short-lived TV series and five made-for-tv movies,
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Disney Puts the Brakes on Fox’s ‘Alien Nation’ Remake

  • Variety
Disney Puts the Brakes on Fox’s ‘Alien Nation’ Remake
Disney has decided hit the pause button on Fox’s remake of 1988’s science-fiction thriller “Alien Nation.”

Fox signed director Jeff Nichols in 2016 to write and direct the project. That deal was announced two days before Nichols’ “Loving” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Nichols was re-teaming with “Loving” producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sarah Greene for the new “Alien Nation” movie.

The original “Alien Nation” was set in Los Angeles after 300,000 members of an enslaved alien race — the Newcomers — landed in the Mojave Desert. James Caan starred as a police officer partnered with an alien, played by Mandy Patinkin.

Alien Nation,” produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Richard Kobritz, was a moderate success with a $25 million gross. Fox launched a spinoff TV series, starring Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint, which ran for 22 episodes during the 1989-90 season before it was canceled.

The “Alien Nation” movie project is being put on
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Carmine Caridi, ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 85

Carmine Caridi, ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 85
Carmine Caridi, an actor who appeared in a key role in “The Godfather: Part II” as well as “The Godfather: Part III,” has died. Caridi’s representatives told TheWrap that he died on Tuesday. He was 85.

In “The Godfather: Part II,” Caridi played Carmine Rosato, who was a member of Peter Clemenza’s regime in New York City as part of the turf war with Frank Pentangeli. He also played a separate role in the third film as Albert Volpe.

In his memoir “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” Robert Evans wrote that Caridi was director Francis Ford Coppola’s first choice for the role of Sonny Corleone, a part that was eventually played by James Caan, but Evans said that Caridi was too tall to play opposite Al Pacino.

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Caridi had more than 100 film
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Carmine Caridi Dies: Actor in ‘The Godfather’ Sequels And Expelled Academy Member Was 85

Carmine Caridi Dies: Actor in ‘The Godfather’ Sequels And Expelled Academy Member Was 85
Carmine Caridi, who played the traitorous Carmine Rosato in The Godfather, Part II (1974) and returned to the Francis Ford Coppola franchise to portray Albert Volpe in The Godfather Part III (1990), died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, where he had been in a coma. He was 85.

The veteran actor had screen credits in the triple-digits by the end of his career but his signature roles was Rosato, a key figure in the bloody mob battle that played out as a centerpiece of The Godfather, Part II, which won the Academy Award for best picture to match the gold-plated achievement of its predecessor, The Godfather (1972). Rosato’s machinations created turmoil and confusion for the Corleone Family but in the end his gambit failed and his fate was a shotgun execution.

Caridi also gained a measure of industry notoriety in 2004 when he became the first person to be expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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‘Godfather’ Actor Carmine Caridi Dies at 85

  • Variety
‘Godfather’ Actor Carmine Caridi Dies at 85
Carmine Caridi, the actor best-known for portraying Carmine Rosato in “The Godfather: Part II,” has died. He was 85.

Caridi died on Tuesday, his reps confirmed to Variety. He had been in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. TMZ first reported the news.

His Carmine Rosato character in “The Godfather: Part II” played a key role in the territorial feud with Frank Pentangeli, played by Michael V. Gazzo. Studio executive Robert Evans said in his 1994 memoir “The Kid Stays in the Picture” that Caridi was director Francis Ford Coppola’s first choice for the role of Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” However, Evans, he said in the book, thought Caridi was too tall for the role, which instead went to James Caan.

The veteran actor also appeared in “The Godfather: Part III” as a different character, Albert Volpe, an investor in Michael Corleone’s casinos who is killed in an
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Cinema Retro Issue #44 Now Shipping Worldwide!

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Cinema Retro issue #44 is now shipping to subscribers worldwide.

We present out first regular edition with a consistent theme throughout: "Girl Power!", as we celebrate female stars and films of the 1960s.

Diane A. Rodgers examines two of the first female action heroes of the big screen: Monica Vitti as Modesty Blaise  and Raquel Welch as super spy Fathom.

Mike Siegel provides a rare interview with Marianne Koch, who recalls filming A Fistful of Dollars with Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood.

Lee Pfeiffer presents an exclusive interview with Stefanie Powers about starring in The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

Dawn Dabell explores the exotic world of the Emmanuelle films, the first attempt to present erotica from a female perspective.

Actress Pamela Green talks to Tim Greaves about the challenge of appearing in Michael Powell's notorious Peeping Tom.

Lee Pfeiffer analyzes the British comedy/drama Take a Girl Like You
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The Filmmakers Podcast #109: How to Make a Guerrilla Style Indie Film

  • Nerdly
Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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T.R. Baskin

Herbert Ross directed and Peter Hyams wrote and produced this comedy/drama about a small town girl’s sordid adventures in the Windy City circa 1971. Starring Candice Bergen as an office temp-turned-hooker and James Caan and Peter Boyle as the men in her life, the film would have qualified as a pre-code cautionary tale in the 1930s.

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