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Jeff Hunter, Longtime Agent for Morgan Freeman, Dies at 91

Jeff Hunter, the veteran agent at William Morris Endeavor and its predecessors who discovered and then represented actor Morgan Freeman for more than four decades, has died. He was 91.

Hunter died Saturday at his home in New York City, close friend and casting director Bonnie Timmermann announced.

Hunter's clients through the years included Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, Mary Martin, Gloria Stuart, Bernadette Peters, Barbra Streisand, Harvey Keitel, Whoopi Goldberg, F. Murray Abraham, Jim Dale, Nathan Lane, Raul Esparza, Celia Weston, Frances Sternhagen, Patti LuPone, Robert Sean Leonard, Christine Lahti, Linda Hunt, Adina Porter,...
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The Hospital

A story of murders in the ER becomes, courtesy of writer Paddy Chayefsky, either a preview of social breakdown or an impassioned examination of why we invest our lives and souls in imperfect institutions. George C. Scott is the doctor coming apart at the seams, who meets his match in a New Age hippie from a New Mexico commune. My instinct is that such a person would not look like Diana Rigg, but everybody needs a dream girl.

The Hospital

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Twilight Time

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date December 19, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Richard A. Dysart, Stephen Elliott, Donald Harron, Andrew Duncan, Nancy Marchand, Jordan Charney, Roberts Blossom, Lenny Baker, Richard Hamilton, Katherine Helmond, David Hooks, Frances Sternhagen, Robert Walden, Jacqueline Brooks, Stockard Channing, Dennis Dugan, Julie Garfield, Christopher Guest, Janet Paul, Sab Shimono, Tracey Walter.

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper
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Blu-ray Review – Misery: Collector’s Edition (1990)

Misery, 1990.

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, and Frances Sternhagen.

Synopsis:

Rob Reiner’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s very personal novel Misery comes to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The disc features a new 4K restoration of the film, along with new interviews with Reiner and effects artist Greg Nicotero and the rest of the bonus features found in a previous home video edition.

A co-worker and I like to talk about how the marketing content we produce isn’t the flashiest, sexiest stuff out there, but it’s the kind of nuts-and-bolts work that gets the job done. Our analogy is that we’re making well-built furniture that may not win design awards, but it’s functional.

That’s how I feel about Misery, which was directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by the legendary William Goldman from
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Misery Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Announced by Scream Factory

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You want to stay on Annie Wilkes' good side... especially if you're on bed rest. This November, Scream Factory will release Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery on a 4K restoration Blu-ray, and Scream Factory recently revealed the impressive special features for the release:

From Scream Factory: "The extras on our upcoming Collector's Edition of Stephen King’s iconic film Misery are now finally settled and can be officially revealed today! Official release date is November 28th but if you order directly from us you'll get it two weeks early plus receive a limited-edition rolled 18" x 24" poster ofthe newly-commissioned artwork (while supplies last). Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/pr…/misery-collector-s-edition…

• New 4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements

• New Interview With Director Rob Reiner

• New Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero

• Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner

• Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman

• “Misery Loves Company” Featurette.
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‘Raising Cain’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, Teri Austin, Gabrielle Carteris | Written and Directed by Brian De Palma

One of the reasons I enjoy Arrow Video releases are the love they give to underrated movies. While this is my first time watching Raising Cain, it is fair to say that after watching it I’m surprised it doesn’t get more praise. Maybe the new Director’s Cut that is included will change that… for this release at least.

When Carter (John Lithgow) reports his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) missing to the police, it is soon revealed that her lover Jack (Steven Bauer) may have killed her. When Carter is recognised by an old retired cop though for his likeness to Dr. Nix a discredited doctor believed to be dead, his story comes under scrutiny as does the possible connection to recent
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Blu-ray Review – Raising Cain (1992)

Raising Cain, 1992.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, and Amanda Pombo.

Synopsis:

The wife of a respected child psychologist starts to suspect that her husband’s obsession with their daughter’s behaviour may not be very healthy.

Returning to the well of Brian De Palma movies to give their meticulous treatment the wizards at Arrow Video have turned their attention to his 1992 thriller Raising Cain, a movie sandwiched between the disappointing The Bonfire of the Vanities and the brilliant Carlito’s Way in the director’s filmography and a film that was possibly his most blatant nod to Hitchcock – and Psycho in particular – since Dressed to Kill back in 1980.

John Lithgow (Cliffhanger/Blow Out) stars as Dr. Carter Nix, a child psychologist who is married to nurse Jenny (Lolita DavidovichGods and Monsters) and who dotes
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The Revelations Of Raising Cain Recut

When Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain bowed in American theaters during the summer of 1992, it was anticipated by fans of the director as a welcome return to the sort of formalist genre contraption he hadn’t indulged in since the creative blow-out (forgive me) of Body Double eight years earlier. However, when the lights came up, even within the ranks of the De Palma faithful there was polarization. A handful defended it as one of the director’s masterpieces, while a greater number seemed to consider it at best middle-tier De Palma, a fully committed attempt to deal with typical De Palma-esque narrative elasticity and thematic concerns such as time, chronology and dream logic, all in the context of an examination of the morphing perimeters of American masculinity and parental responsibility which somehow, in the end, seemed as out of balance as its psychically fractured protagonist. Meanwhile, the
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Bruce Willis to Star in Stephen King's 'Misery' on Broadway

Bruce Willis to Star in Stephen King's 'Misery' on Broadway
Stephen King's 1987 novel Misery, which was adapted into the hit 1990 movie, will be turned into a new play, with Bruce Willis set to make his Broadway debut alongside theater favorite Elizabeth Marvel. Bruce Willis will play novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by a nurse named Annie Wilkes (Elizabeth Marvel), who just happens to be the author's biggest fan. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the feature adaptation, which also starred James Caan as Paul Sheldon.

William Goldman, who wrote the feature screenplay adaptation, is writing the script for this play, which will be directed by Will Frears. The director previously staged the world premiere of his Misery stage adaptation in 2012 at the Bucks County Playhouse. Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll starred as Annie and Paul in that production.

The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures' Mark Kaufman,
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Film Review: Script Weakens Cast, Director in ‘And So it Goes’

Chicago – “And So it Goes” can be summed up in its incredibly weak title, as just lazy hackery. In attempting to tell a story of redemption for a old white rich man, the film falls back on clichés, predictability, improbability, overdone physical comedy and stereotypes. The first-time pairing of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, and the direction of old pro Rob Reiner, couldn’t overcome the stench of the hackneyed screenplay.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Rob Reiner’s ability to recognize good scripts seems to have faded. The man knows how to make American classics (“When Harry Met Sally…,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Princess Bride,” etc.), but can’t seem to find or identify the type of work lately that can keep his reputation sound. The Mark Andrus screenplay is just not interesting, and couldn’t have been interesting on paper. None of the characters have any depth, they are just given
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And So It Goes -The Review

Here’s a film that tries to prove that the multiplex from May through September isn’t off-limits to the Aarp crowd. Hey, they like to get out of the heat for an escape to a cool theatre too! Usually a flick with a (ahem) more mature cast and subject is released in the late Fall or Winter. So, who’s giving you a chance to take the folks (or your auntie or “Nan-Nan”) to the cinema in July (hopefully far down the hall, away from those noisy action epics) ? Why, it’s none other than Mr. Rob Reiner (no meathead jokes or I’ll age myself), a big time feature director for thirty years now (three decades since Spinal Tap)!. And he’s reteamed with the Oscar-winning star of one of his most popular efforts, Michael Douglas from The American President. Whose co-star is another Oscar winner, Annie Hall herself,
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‘And So It Goes’… and goes… and goes…

And So It Goes

Written by Mark Andrus

Directed by Rob Reiner

USA, 2014

While most movies end with ‘happily ever after’, real life is rarely that generous. Rob Reiner’s latest romantic-comedy, And So It Goes, ponders the challenges of love and loss for the senior set. Though it has the noblest of intentions, there’s just not enough romance or comedy to warrant a recommendation. Even the considerable charms of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton aren’t enough to distract you from the glacial pacing and familiar storylines.

Douglas plays Oren Little, an embittered widower whose only kind words are reserved for potential clients of his real estate agency. All Oren wants is to sell his family home and retire to a sleepy little village in Vermont. Living next door to him is the ever-cheery widow, Leah (Diane Keaton), who spends her evenings cultivating a second career as a middling lounge singer.
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Interview: Director Rob Reiner on Latest Film ‘And So it Goes’

Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”

The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”

Michael Douglas (left) and Rob Reiner
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening Of And So It Goes In St. Louis

Opening in theaters on Friday, July 25 is director Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes.

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There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down.

Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah (Diane Keaton) and tries to resume his life uninterrupted.

But little by little,
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Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas in And So It Goes trailer

Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas in And So It Goes trailer
And So It Goes has debuted its first trailer.

Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas star in Rob Reiner's romantic comedy.

The film centres around an ageing and antagonistic real estate agent (Douglas) who is forced to look after the granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew he had.

With the help of his long-suffering neighbour (Keaton), he begins to reverse the misanthropic habits of a lifetime.

Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen also feature in the movie.

Reiner is best known as the director of This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and The Bucket List.

And So It Goes will open in Us cinemas on July 11 and in the UK on July 18.
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And So It Goes First Trailer

Check out the first trailer for And So It Goes starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down.

Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah (Diane Keaton) and tries to resume his life uninterrupted.

But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart – to his family, to Leah, and to life itself – in this uplifting comedy from acclaimed director Rob Reiner.

Also starring Frances Sternhagen, And So It Goes
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First Trailer Lands For The Michael Douglas Comedy ‘And So It Goes’

Michael Douglas is enjoying somewhat of a comeback. Following on from last year’s success with Behind The Candelabra, and the average-though-relatively-harmless Last Vegas, Douglas will next be seen in the comedy And So It Goes, where he plays a self-centered estate agent who couldn’t care less about anyone else. The film is directed by filmmaking legend Rob Reiner, and is set to hit cinemas in the Us on the 22nd July, and the UK a touch before on the 18th July.

New York realtor Oren Little is obnoxious, self-centered and greedy. His plan is to make one more killing on the housing market, retire and spend the rest of his life alone. But Little’s life is turned upside-down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he didn’t even know existed on his doorstep. Little tries to fob off his new charge with his quirky neighbor Leah,
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'And So It Goes' Trailer with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton

'And So It Goes' Trailer with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton
Summer isn't just for giant monster movies and super hero adventures. This July brings us the romantic dramedy And So It Goes... starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Oren is a self-centered real estate agent who couldn't care less about anyone else. But Oren's life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew. Now, with the help of his determined and loveable neighbor, Leah, Oren stubbornly learns to care, and unexpectedly, to fall in love again. We have your first look at this pleasant romp perfect for an air-conditioned escape. Take a look at the trailer for And So It Goes..., in theaters soon.

And So It Goes... comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd, Frances Sternhagen. The film is directed by P.J. Hogan.
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Berlin: Rob Reiner Talks New Film ‘And So It Goes’

Berlin: Rob Reiner Talks New Film ‘And So It Goes’
In 2006, when Rob Reiner was shooting “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, he got the idea for another project — a feature dealing with people falling in love later in life.

Eight years later, Reiner’s “And So It Goes” is up for sale at Berlin. Produced by Foresight Unlimited in association with Reiner’s Castle Rock, it marks the first time Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton have appeared onscreen together.

Douglas portrays a self-centered real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter, played by Sterling Jerins, whom he never knew. Keaton plays the neighbor of Douglas’ character. The cast is rounded out by Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen.

“We really thought about getting Jack (Nicholson) in the film but he really does not want to act any more,” Reiner said.

Reiner notes that recent films
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31 Days of Horror – ‘The Mist’ a hypnotically sensastional risk taker

The Mist

Directed by Frank Darabont

Written by Frank Darabont, from the novel by Stephen King

Us, 2007

The professional relationship between filmmaker Frank Darabont and author Stephen King is perhaps one of the most notable collaborations in modern cinema, a tale of hero worship turned ostensible business partnership. So many ships it’s a wonder none of the films produced as a result were ever set at sea. A young aspiring filmmaker with untold cinematic vision and a fondness for Maine’s most famed son, Darabont earned his ticket to the big time through the sheer verve and passion of his pitch to King regarding his short story Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption. Parallel to this, King’s sentimentality for such ambitious upstarts meant that the resulting sleeper hit resulted in two of his books becoming legendary motion pictures. Over the course of three such enterprises, Darabont managed to
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