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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Rip Stan Lee: Watch The Entire Version Of Roger Corman’s Unreleased 1994 ‘Fantastic Four’ Film

Welcome to #FlashbackFriday, where we look at past moments with filmmakers, actors, etc. and highlight something in cinema history that’s fascinating, amusing, perhaps something you never knew or have seen, you name it.

Look, we’re not normally fans of just posting links to full films. However, in light of this week’s passing of Stan Lee and the fact that Marvel never released the finished version, we have a special treat for superhero fans for this week’s #FlashbackFriday.

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Employee Picks: A Rock Musical, Waterlogged Zombies, and a Revenge Thriller

(Welcome to Employee Picks, a series where Jacob Knight uses his day job expertise as a video store manager to recommend unique and often overlooked alternative options to the big movies hitting theaters and home video.) Now that we’re out of the Halloween season, it seems like it’s finally time to stick to the script. […]

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Independent Film Awards Circuit Livens Up Studio-Heavy Oscar Race

With this year’s best picture Oscar race set to feature a number of major studio releases, the independent film awards circuit is making for a lively sidebar affair. As ever, it’s an opportunity for bubble contenders to find their corner of the spotlight ahead of the holiday rush, when voters will hopefully be diligent about viewing their screeners before settling in with ballots in the new year. But this year in particular, the absence of so many expected Academy heavyweights from these proceedings is providing a wide berth that should go a long way toward ensuring events like the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards and Film Independent’s Spirit Awards don’t feel like a rehearsal dinner for the Oscars. (Recent Academy drama suggests that will be a relief for some.)

Let’s start with the Spirits. Film Independent’s 46-member nominating committee revealed its nominations for
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Tim Allen: I Like Pissing People Off. And Nothing Does More Than a Very Funny Conservative.

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Tim Allen: I Like Pissing People Off. And Nothing Does More Than a Very Funny Conservative.
If you ever needed an example of how unpredictable the TV business has become, consider the breakout new series that’s actually seven years old: “Last Man Standing.” The Fox sitcom was left for dead last year, when ABC — which didn’t own the Tim Allen show — canceled it after deciding the economics no longer worked.

Fox, however, does own the show — for now — through sister studio 21st Century Fox TV. Initial talks to immediately relaunch the show fell flat when Fox didn’t have room on its schedule. But then came New Fox.

As it prepares to reinvent itself as a standalone network, Fox is repositioning itself as more of a network with broad appeal, which includes stocking up with live events like Thursday Night Football. With the NFL on Thursday, “we saw an opportunity on Friday night for comedy,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn.

But Fox didn
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‘Smilf’ Season 2 Trailer: Frankie Shaw Returns In January With New Episodes Of The Acclaimed Showtime Series

One of 2017’s best shows, that was grossly overlooked at the Emmys, “Smilf,” is coming back in early 2019 for Season 2 on Showtime.

The series, which is written, directed, produced, and starring, Frankie Shaw, follows a single mother, Bridgette, as she tries to navigate life with a young son and the interesting folks that populate her life, including an incredible performance by Rosie O’Donnell as Bridgette’s mom Tutu.

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‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Hotel Details Revealed; First Look at Disney California Adventure’s ‘Spider-Man’ Ride

Disney is dropping some serious money to expand its theme park empire. A New York Times report says the company will be spending more on its theme parks parks than it did on Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar combined – approximately $24 billion over the next five years alone. A big chunk of that cash is […]

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‘Firecrackers,’ ‘Skate Kitchen’ Win Top Awards at Female-Centric Stockholm Film Festival

Jasmin Mozaffari’s “Firecrackers” and Crystal Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen,” a pair of bold and timely North American features, won best film and best debut at the 29th edition of Stockholm Film Festival whose awards were almost entirely scooped by female talents.

Firecrackers,” which world premiered at Toronto Film Festival, marks the feature debut of Canadian helmer Mozaffari. The timely drama follows two best friends who plot a revenge against an abusing ex who violated one of them. But things spin out of control beyond a point of no-return.

The festival praised “Firecrackers” for “its originality in portraying the love between two friends, in its urge for freedom, autonomy, loyalty in a violent world, and bringing us to situations in a way that we have never seen before.”

It’s “a perfectly directed film where all elements come together in a unique universe of its own,” added the fesitval.

Mozaffari
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Marvin Levy: The Road From Tex and Jinx to ‘Close Encounters’

It’s been more than 40 years since publicist and newly minted Governors Award honoree Marvin Levy began his close association with Steven Spielberg, but their adventures together only constitute one of acts in the Levy saga.

From the time Levy graduated from NYU in 1949, the affable but no-nonsense communications pro has been somewhere near the center of showbiz gravity.

“I was always a fan of the Broadway musicals starting in high school, and by college we were regularly scoring tickets for opening nights and showing up in tuxedos. We’d see epic shows like ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ and ‘Brigadoon,’ and being naughty boys, we’d go to the backstage door dressed in our tuxes and they’d let us in and we’d get word of where to go for the cast parties.”

When asked if a Variety column item from 1954 — “Marvin Levy and Gordon Morris penned the special material
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‘We the Animals’, ‘Eighth Grade’, and ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Lead Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards is one of my favorites because it helps bring attention to indie movies that could use a little more love. This year’s nominees have been announced, and there’s an impressive lineup that really spreads the love around. Leading the pack with five nominations is We the Animals and with four a piece are Eighth Grade and You Were Never Really Here. And if you’re wondering about why certain movies didn’t get nominated, Kris Tapley has the answer: Spirit Award nominations this morning. Some films that are Not eligible: "Beautiful Boy," "The Hate …
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2019 Spirit Awards spreads love among cluster of nominees

2019 Spirit Awards spreads love among cluster of nominees
Roma, The Favourite nominated for best international film.

We The Animals earned five 2019 Spirit Awards nominations on Friday (16), while You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed and Eighth Grade led the field in major categories on four apiece.

You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed and Eighth Grade are up for best feature, alongside Leave No Trace, and If Beale Street Could Talk, both of which earned three nods on the day.

We The Animals is in contention for cinematography, editing, first feature, supporting male, and the Someone To Watch Award.

You Were Never Really Here is also contention for director Lynne Ramsay,
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'You Were Never Really Here', 'First Reformed' lead 2019 Spirit Award nominees

'You Were Never Really Here', 'First Reformed' lead 2019 Spirit Award nominees
Roma, The Favourite nominated for best international film.

You Were Never Really Here and First Reformed led the 2019 Spirit Awards announced in Los Angeles on Friday (16), earning four nods apiece.

Both films are up for best feature, alongside Leave No Trace, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Eighth Grade.

You Were Never Really Here is also contention for director Lynne Ramsay, lead male Joaquin Phoenix, and editor Joe Bini while First Reformed earned additional nods for Paul Schrader in the director and screenplay categories, and Ethan Hawke for male lead.

Leave No Trace is nominated for director Debra Granik and supporting female Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie,
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‘Creed II’ Early Buzz: Not As Good as ‘Creed’, But Still a Solid Sequel

‘Creed II’ Early Buzz: Not As Good as ‘Creed’, But Still a Solid Sequel
Are you ready to step back into the ring? Next week, one of the many new releases trying to get audiences into theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will be Creed II. The sequel to the surprisingly great Rocky spin-off is bringing in another piece of the franchise’s legacy by bringing back Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundrgren), […]

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‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘First Reformed’ Top 2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced this morning and Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” was the standout with four nominations including Best Feature, Best Director (Schrader), Best Male Lead (Ethan Hawke) and Screenplay. “We The Animals” earned five mostly below-the-line nods including Best First Feature and Cinematography. “Eighth Grade” also earned four nods including Best Feature, Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Male.

It was a huge day for distributor A24 which saw 12 nominations overall and two Best Feature nominations in “First Reformed” and “Eighth Grade.” Amazon Studios took six nods including four for Best Feature nominee “You Were Never Really Here” and Annapurna earned five including three for Best Feature nominee “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

This was perhaps the most “independent” the Spirit Awards nominations have been in over a decade.

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What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
From their starts as lowly showbiz assistants, this year’s Irving G. Thalberg recipients Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have helped bring an impressive array of films to life. Together and separately, they have worked on movies from “The Last Picture Show” (Marshall) and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (both) to the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” (Kennedy), with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

Their films have raked in billions, earning the pair 13 Oscar noms between them.

But what’s it like to work for Kennedy and Marshall, married since 1987? Ask some of their famous collaborators — Ford, Matt Damon, Laura Dern and Lucas included — and a theme emerges.

They say the producers have come to the rescue of their productions almost as often as the heroes in their movies for Amblin Entertainment, founded with Spielberg in 1981, the Kennedy/Marshall Co. a decade later, and mostly
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Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’

Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’
Coming-of-age drama “We the Animals” has scored five Spirit Awards nominations, with “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” taking four each.

The nominees for best feature are “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace,” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

We the Animals” scored nominations for best first feature, best supporting male actor for Raul Castillo, cinematography, editing and the Someone to Watch Award for Jeremiah Zagar, who directed and adapted the script from Justin Torres’ debut novel of the same name. The film debuted at the Sundance film Festival in January and was bought for North America by The Orchard.

Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” took nods for best feature, best first feature, and best actress for Elsie Fisher and best supporting male actor for Josh Hamilton. First Reformed landed noms for best feature, best director and best screenplay for
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Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson Looks Back on a Groundbreaking Career

Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson Looks Back on a Groundbreaking Career
Cicely Tyson called her friend Arthur Mitchell soon after learning she’d be honored with an Oscar to celebrate her legendary acting career.

A trailblazer like her, the former ballet dancer accompanied her to the Oscars in 1973, when she was nominated for lead actress in “Sounder.” Tyson starred as the matriarch in a sharecropping family struggling to survive during the Great Depression and went on to star in “Roots,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Help” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”

“The Oscars were held on his birthday and he escorted me,” recalls Tyson, 93, “still speechless” about the honorary award she will receive Nov. 18. “Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after I tried to explain to him that I have an Oscar now.”

Tyson, the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar, doesn’t know who will accompany her to the Governors Awards ceremony now.

“There is no way to replace him,
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Nobody Wrote About Hollywood Better Than William Goldman

Nobody Wrote About Hollywood Better Than William Goldman
William Goldman — screenwriter, script doctor, novelist, and journalist, the man who assured us that nobody knows anything and whose memory will always be entwined with the Sundance name — has died at the age of 87. And we miss him already.

Back in the ’60s, the Columbia literature grad was the writer of sexy novels you stole from the grownups and read with a flashlight under the covers. Most cinephiles have on their bookshelf his classic, “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” and its sequel, “Which Lie Did I Tell?” along with the Oscar-winning screenplays for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and another classic, “The Princess Bride,” which he adapted from his fantasy novel and which many parents still read to their kids.

Goldman created memorable characters that would define the careers of Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Redford (the Sundance Kid lives on as
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Lost Disney Cartoon, Featuring the Precursor to Mickey Mouse, Found in Japan After 70 Years

Lost Disney Cartoon, Featuring the Precursor to Mickey Mouse, Found in Japan After 70 Years
Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the very first major animated character created by Walt Disney who starred in as many as 27 short films. But misfortune struck the long-eared anthropomorphic animal in 1928 when Disney lost the rights to the character to a rival studio, eventually bringing about the creation of […]

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