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‘The Executioner’s Song’ Limited Series TV Adaptation In Works From ‘White Boy Rick’ Writers, A+E Studios & Thruline

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A+E Studios and Thruline Entertainment have optioned the rights to Norman Mailer’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Executioner’s Song and have attached White Boy Rick screenwriters Logan and Noah Miller to adapt and produce a potential limited series, now in active development.

The groundbreaking book, likely Mailer’s best-known work and a central piece of the New Journalism movement in literature, centers on 35-year-old convicted killer Gary Gilmore, the first person in the U.S. to be executed following the restoration of the death penalty in 1976. It follows his turbulent final nine months of life, spanning his parole from maximum security prison, his ill-fated love affair with a divorced teenage single mother of two, his re-imprisonment for a pair of murders, and his firing-squad execution in Utah in January 1977.

The planned limited series aims to offer a fresh perspective on the events surrounding Gilmore’s trial, which made him
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The Executioner’s Song

The Executioner’s Song

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

1982/ 1:33:1 /188/135 Min. / Street Date January 2, 2018

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Rosanne Arquette

Cinematography by Freddie Francis

Written by Norman Mailer

Music by John Cacavas

Edited by Richard A. Harris, Tom Rolf

Produced by Lawrence Schiller

Directed by Lawrence Schiller

Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, target for Saturday Night Live, punchline for Seinfeld and tagline for Nike, was already a pop-culture sensation when he sat down before a firing squad and proclaimed, “Let’s do this.” The surprising thing about The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer’s hardscrabble epic detailing Gilmore’s final months, was that it was decidedly unsensational, a close-to-the-vest yet wide-ranging narrative focused on the killer’s tragedy, not the writer’s ego.

Mailer saw in Gilmore, if not a kindred spirit, at least a rough sketch for one of the novelist’s own conflicted protagonists. Like Mailer, Gilmore had a poetic
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Marilyn Monroe's Skinny-Dipping Pics Hit Auction Block

  • TMZ
Pictures of Marilyn Monroe wet, wild and fully naked have the same going price of a nice, brand new car, according to the New York auction house that's selling them. Rare color photos of the famous blonde swimming naked are hitting the auction block next week via Heritage Auctions, who thinks they'll fetch between $25k-$35k. The pics were taken in 1962, the same year Marilyn died, by photographer Lawrence Schiller. There are 12 total, mostly of her in her birthday suit,
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The Truth Behind That Amazing Photo of Carrie Fisher Watching Mom Debbie Reynolds on Stage: ‘She Was Mesmerized’

The Truth Behind That Amazing Photo of Carrie Fisher Watching Mom Debbie Reynolds on Stage: ‘She Was Mesmerized’
Upon hearing of Debbie Reynolds‘ passing at the age of 84 just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack, many fans paid tribute to the screen icons by posting a touching photo of a young Fisher waiting in the wings as her mother performed on stage.

The black and white snapshot, taken by Lawrence Schiller during an assignment he says lasted only two or three days, depicts a 6-year-old Fisher sitting on a stool and watching Reynolds on stage at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas in 1963. The Sin City hotel also left the world in
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Seen ‘Oj: Made in America’? 5 Oj Simpson Facts You Still Don’t Know

Seen ‘Oj: Made in America’? 5 Oj Simpson Facts You Still Don’t Know
If you’ve seen the start of FX’s “Oj: Made in America” and all of FX’s “The People v Oj Simpson,” you may think you know all there is to know about the NFL star-turned-prisoner. But there are still stunning facts that haven’t aired yet. 1. Oj Had 9 Guns According to Lawrence Schiller’s book “American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Oj Simpson Defense”: “Juice owned nine guns, including an Uzi.” The guns were one reason Simpson friend Robert Kardashian didn’t believe Simpson killed Nicole, who was killed with a knife, Schiller writes: “A
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See Dennis Hopper Ogle Tub Full of Nude Women in Lost Doc

See Dennis Hopper Ogle Tub Full of Nude Women in Lost Doc
Decades before Shia LeBeouf transformed from blockbuster actor into head-scratching performance-art weirdo and Joaquin Phoenix grew a beard for a mockumentary about his career as a rapper, Dennis Hopper explored his own mythos in a unique documentary that is now getting a new life.

Fresh off the breakout success of his 1969 directorial debut Easy Rider, the filmmaker attempted to repeat the feat with The Last Movie – a picture about a film crew member who stays in a Peruvian village after a shoot and attempts to prevent locals from reenacting the movie's dangerous stunts.
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The American Dreamer” and Jay Shaw’s Top Ten American Posters

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All this month, Mubi is presenting the exclusive worldwide online debut of L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller’s 1971 documentary The American Dreamer, a fascinating and revelatory portrait of Dennis Hopper during the making of his legendary folly The Last Movie.For the film’s theatrical screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco and Austin, Mondo creative director Jay Shaw designed a new poster for the film:When we were asked to create a poster for The American Dreamer I was instantly overwhelmed. I’ve seen the film several times and absolutely love it. It’s a candid and endearing portrait of Dennis Hopper’s maniacal creative process. Lawrence Schiller, the film’s [co-] director and acclaimed photojournalist, sent a collection of photographs he’d taken during production back in 1971. When I saw these wonderful photos I realized there was nothing we’d be able to illustrate that would capture the
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"The American Dreamer" on Mubi

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Mubi is exclusively presenting the global online premiere of L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller's cult documentary The American Dreamer, starring Dennis Hopper. Shot during the drug-and-orgy fueled making of The Last Movie, the legendary follow-up to Hopper's debut movie Easy Rider, Hopper stars as himself: a new kind of Hollywood—and American—icon. The American Dreamer is playing on Mubi through March 12, 2016. For more about the film, read Mike Opal's exploration on the Notebook.
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True Icon of a False Prophet: Dennis Hopper as "The American Dreamer"

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L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller's The American Dreamer (1971) is exclusively playing on Mubi through March 12, 2016.Photo by Lawrence SchillerWith a budget of $1 million, 1971's The Last Movie is the cheapest film ever to be considered a major folly. Tugging on his beard and watching a rough cut, Dennis Hopper prepares for his new project's inevitable critical disemboweling. He knows, after all, that among many delirious and noxious (though often brilliant) self-referential shenanigans it features a gigantic breast ejaculating milk onto Hopper's own receptive face. With self-aggrandizing irony (or is that ironic self-aggrandizement?), Hopper aspires to Orson Welles's career trajectory: "I can become Orson Welles, poor bastard." He declares his debut, 1969's Easy Rider, his Citizen Kane and The Last Movie his The Magnificent Ambersons. Nevertheless, the response to The Last Movie scared him away from directing for nearly a decade, rather than duplicating Welles's indomitable retreat to self-,
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Daily | Scorsese, Gomes, DeMille

In today's roundup: Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver at 40, a personal history of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, an appreciation of Miguel Gomes's Arabian Nights, another on Moussa Touré's The Pirogue, revisiting Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat, Alex Ross Perry on Dennis Hopper in Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson's The American Dreamer, Nicole Brenez on Jocelyne Saab, J. Hoberman on Richard Lester, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Tran Anh Hung's The Scent of Green Papaya, Daniel Kasman on Michael Bay, Stuart Klawans on Amos Gitai’s Rabin, the Last Day and Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky's Colliding Dreams, Soraya Roberts on Winona Ryder, Matt Thrift on Robert De Niro—and much, much more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Scorsese, Gomes, DeMille

In today's roundup: Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver at 40, a personal history of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, an appreciation of Miguel Gomes's Arabian Nights, another on Moussa Touré's The Pirogue, revisiting Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat, Alex Ross Perry on Dennis Hopper in Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson's The American Dreamer, Nicole Brenez on Jocelyne Saab, J. Hoberman on Richard Lester, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Tran Anh Hung's The Scent of Green Papaya, Daniel Kasman on Michael Bay, Stuart Klawans on Amos Gitai’s Rabin, the Last Day and Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky's Colliding Dreams, Soraya Roberts on Winona Ryder, Matt Thrift on Robert De Niro—and much, much more. » - David Hudson
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Film Review: The American Dreamer

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★★★☆☆ Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson could hardly have better timed their thirty-day intersection with Dennis Hopper that formed the raw materials of the quasi-documentary The American Dreamer. They caught Hopper fresh from Easy Rider when he was a generational icon, high on his success - and just plain high - and boldly attempting to establish a reputation as a serious filmmaker. The film was shot and edited in early 1971, in the eye of the New Hollywood storm, but never received a release beyond as companion piece to Hopper's Easy Rider follow-up The Last Picture.
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Interview With The American Dreamer Co-director Lawrence Schiller

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Dennis Hopper’s fleeting success with Easy Rider in the late sixties famously came undone with his 1971 follow-up, The Last Movie. A critical and commercial failure, the rambling, chaotic nature on screen mirrored that of the behind-the-scenes production. Into the fray came directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, who captured an unbalanced and tormented

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The American Dreamer review – shooting Dennis Hopper, shooting

Fuzzy 70s doc on Dennis Hopper tries to be countercultural but the weirdest thing on show is his gun obsession. A decent footnote to Us new wave cinema

In 1971, Dennis Hopper was attempting to complete his experimental film The Last Movie, which the studios were hoping (vainly) would be a zeitgeist moneyspinner to rival Easy Rider. At the same time, Hopper was submitting to the inspection of documentary makers Lm Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller; the result was this strange, downbeat study of Hopper on location and in his studio. The film was lost for many years, but now rereleased. It shows Hopper as a withdrawn, distrait figure, fretting over the editing suite and worrying about what he considers to be his career’s resemblance to Orson Welles’s. He’s not exactly the wild man of legend, and not quite, I suspect, the wild man the film-makers were hoping to get on film.
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American Crime Story: Did That Scene in Kim Kardashian's Bedroom Really Happen?

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Image Source: Getty Ryan Murphy's new series premiered on Wednesday, and one scene in particular may have left you with quite a few questions. The first episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story introduces all the key players in O.J. Simpson's infamous trial for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and it ends on a rather precarious note. Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is holed up at the house of his close friend, Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) - yes, as in Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, and Robert's father. There's a warrant out for his arrest and he's scheduled to turn himself in to the police, but instead, we see him sitting at Kardashian's desk writing out his will and letters to his fans, his children, and his mother. Kardashian goes to console him, and it's revealed that Simpson has a gun in his hand.
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Weekly Rushes. 27 January 2016

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSThe big news in Hollywood is that "the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has approved a series of major changes, in terms of voting and recruitment, also adding three new seats to the 51-person board — all part of a goal to double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020. The changes were approved by the board Thursday night in an emergency meeting," Variety reports. A major step, certainly, but we've still to see what the results will be. And certainly Academy membership does little to alter what kinds of movies get produced and by whom.Charles Silver, the head of the Museum of Modern Art's Film Study Center, passed away last week. IndieWire is running an homage by Laurence Kardish, a former MoMA film curator:"Perhaps,
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Watch: Trailer For Rediscovered Dennis Hopper Documentary 'The American Dreamer'

There are few Hollywood icons that are both as magnetic and enigmatic as the late, great Dennis Hopper. And while there are plenty of ways for you to dive into the work of the actor, director, and artist, a newly rediscovered documentary has arrived that offers a window into one of the most fascinating periods of Hopper's life. Read More: The 10 Best Dennis Hopper Performances Directed by Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, "The American Friend" drops in on Hopper as he assembles his infamous "The Last Movie," a film which found Hopper battling a troubled production and his own demons in trying to complete it. The documentary is a look at Hopper during one of the most curious periods of life, and largely unseen for years, "The American Dream" is now going to be much more widely available. “Journeying to New Mexico with Kit to make 'The American Dreamer
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The American Dreamer: exclusive trailer for the Dennis Hopper documentary – video

Shot in the wake of Dennis Hopper’s breakout hit, Easy Rider, and as he was about the embark on his personal – and disastrous – project The Last Movie, Lawrence Schiller and Kit Carson’s 1971 study of the film-maker, The American Dreamer, has been little-seen over the past 45 years. The film captures Hopper, and the country in which he lives, at a key turning point in their histories. Proceeds from the release of the film will benefit the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

The American Dreamer is released in UK cinemas on 5 February and on Mubi on 12 February and in select Us cinemas the same month Continue reading...
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Video: Robert Kardashian Begs O.J. Simpson 'Do Not Kill Yourself in Kimmy's Bedroom' in New American Crime Story Teaser

Video: Robert Kardashian Begs O.J. Simpson 'Do Not Kill Yourself in Kimmy's Bedroom' in New American Crime Story Teaser
The Kardashian family's late patriarch makes a desperate plea to O.J. Simpson in the new teaser for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., has a gun to his head in the childhood room of Kim Kardashian West, as her father, Simpson defense attorney Robert Kardashian (played by David Schwimmer), tries to talk him down.

"Do not kill yourself in Kimmy's bedroom," Kardashian says.

Lawrence Schiller, author of American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the O.J. Simpson Defense previously spoke out about this real-life incident, which allegedly saw Simpson hold a
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Robert Kardashian Begs O.J. Simpson 'Do Not Kill Yourself in Kimmy's Bedroom' in New American Crime Story Teaser

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Robert Kardashian Begs O.J. Simpson 'Do Not Kill Yourself in Kimmy's Bedroom' in New American Crime Story Teaser
The Kardashian family's late patriarch makes a desperate plea to O.J. Simpson in the new teaser for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., has a gun to his head in the childhood room of Kim Kardashian West, as her father, Simpson defense attorney Robert Kardashian (played by David Schwimmer), tries to talk him down. "Do not kill yourself in Kimmy's bedroom," Kardashian says. Lawrence Schiller, author of American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the O.J. Simpson Defense previously spoke out about this real-life incident, which allegedly saw Simpson hold a
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