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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall,
Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists

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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the very unusual step of releasing Oscars shortlists in nine categories at once. Here are the lists

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

Annihilation

Avengers: Infinity War

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians
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The 20 Best Film Soundtracks & Scores Of 2018

As the year races to a close, we’re all on the verge of killing each other, at least on Film Twitter. Everyone’s ornery as we sprint to make those deadlines, but before we declare war on one another, remember we still have inspiring and movie music to celebrate and soothe us. In crafting this piece over the years – Best Soundtracks and Scores – we’ve discovered it’s one of the most soothing, one of the best balms of the end of the year.

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‘The Terror’ Season 2 Cast Adds George Takei and More

‘The Terror’ Season 2 Cast Adds George Takei and More
The Terror season 2 has rounded out its cast, and added a very recognizable name: George Takei. The Star Trek actor will both appear and serve as a consultant on the second season of AMC’s horror anthology series. Season 2 will be set in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, something Takei has actual experience […]

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Battles ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in Crowded Holiday Weekend

Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Battles ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in Crowded Holiday Weekend
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most competitive time at the multiplexes. This weekend sees two very different heroes vying for the box office crown with “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” both eyeing sizable debuts.

Mary Poppins Returns” is getting a head start by opening on Wednesday, though estimates show “Aquaman” is swimming toward the No. 1 spot when it launches on Friday alongside “Bumblebee,” “Welcome to Marwen,” and “Second Act.” Jason Momoa stars as the Atlantean King in “Aquaman,” the latest DC entry that could make as much as $65 million to $72 million during its first three days of release. Box office watchers anticipate that number could float up to $120 million through Christmas, which falls on a Tuesday this year.

If its overseas reception is any indication, “Aquaman” could make a big splash during its Stateside debut in over 4,000 venues. The superhero adventure directed by James Wan
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‘Resident Evil’ Reboot to Be Directed By ’47 Meters Down’ Filmmaker Johannes Roberts [Updated]

‘Resident Evil’ Reboot to Be Directed By ’47 Meters Down’ Filmmaker Johannes Roberts [Updated]
Update: In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, James Wan reveals that he is no longer producing this film. “I’m not doing that anymore. That has been dropped,” Wan confirmed. “I hate it when my projects get announced. It makes it seem like I’m attached to a lot of things when in fact I’m not necessarily […]

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Penny Marshall, sitcom star and 'Big' director, dies at 75

Penny Marshall, sitcom star and 'Big' director, dies at 75
Marshall made a string of hits in the eighties and nineties, including A League Of Their Own.

Penny Marshall, the American actor, director and producer who made eighties and nineties hits including Big and A League Of Their Own, has died aged 75.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Marshall died in her Hollywood home due to complications from diabetes.

New Yorker Marshall first became famous starring with Cindy Williams in Laverne And Shirley, the seventies sitcom created by Marshall’s brother Garry Marshall.

She got her start in feature directing with 1986 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Jumpin’ Jack Flash
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Penny Marshall, Director of ‘Big’ and Star of ‘Laverne and Shirley,’ Dead at 75

Penny Marshall, Director of ‘Big’ and Star of ‘Laverne and Shirley,’ Dead at 75
Penny Marshall, the star of the iconic 1970s and 1980s sitcom Laverne and Shirley and the director of beloved classic films like Big and A League of Their Own, has died at the age of 75. She leaves behind her a long and lasting legacy as one of the faces of ’70s television and as one of the most […]

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John Mulaney’s Pitch for ‘Spider-Ham’ Film: ‘‘Spotlight’ … but Family Friendly’

John Mulaney’s Pitch for ‘Spider-Ham’ Film: ‘‘Spotlight’ … but Family Friendly’
There is much to celebrate about “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: groundbreaking inclusion, a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack, Kathryn Hahn’s neurotic villain. But the arguable breakout star of the film is Peter Porker, aka Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney.

The prolific comedy writer, stand-up, and rising animation star (see “Big Mouth”) charms as one of the more oddball Spider-folk to enter the storyline of lead Miles Morales. Porker is a crime-fighting pig whose day job is as photographer for his hometown paper, the Daily Beagle.

He’s also a throwback to the classic Warner Bros. cartoon character Porky Pig. He wafts through the air whenever a freshly baked pie is cooling and wields a wooden mallet to take on bad guys.

His unlikely popularity already has producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad mulling over a possible standalone film. Variety caught up with Mulaney to get his pitch for that project.
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Nic Cage Says ‘Face/Off’ Is One Of His “Best Movies” & Describes Himself As A “Shamanic Performance Artist”

It doesn’t matter if Nicolas Cage is talking about his new film “Between Worlds,” his meme-ified action film “Face/Off,” or his love of Prince, whatever comes out of his mouth is gold. An enigmatic, talented, and unusual acting presence on screen, the Academy Award-winning actor is perhaps even more mysterious and thoughtful during interviews, often talking about his craft, inspirations, and film choices.

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Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Trailblazer,’ ‘Pioneer’ Penny Marshall

Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Trailblazer,’ ‘Pioneer’ Penny Marshall
Stars across Hollywood are mourning Penny Marshall, who died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. The “Laverne & Shirley” star was 75.

Marshall first rose to fame playing Laverne DeFazio in the hit ABC series “Laverne & Shirley” before going on to become the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million and the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million. She was also only the second woman director to see her film Oscar-nominated for best picture.

Rob Reiner, her ex-husband of eight years, remembered his relationship with Marshall fondly, praising her gift for comedy and her natural funny bone. “I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have
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2018’s Ten Best Films Directed by Women

The films on this list represent only a small fraction of films from 2018 directed by female identifying filmmakers ranging greatly in production from impressive big budgeted masterpieces, to smaller, spirited low-to-no budget indies. One thing that emerged more than in recent years was that many films on this list implicate the audience in their inquiries and creativity; they reach into the senses to make sense of our unmoored present to provide meaningful connection. These directors remind how human the medium of film is and how our choices as an audience make us just as responsible as the filmmakers, artists, […]
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Film director and TV star Penny Marshall dies aged 75

Marshall’s Big was first female-directed film to gross $100mFrom 1976 to 1983 she starred in ABC’s Laverne and Shirley

Penny Marshall, who starred in Laverne & Shirley before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.

Marshall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall passed away at her home in the Hollywood Hills, California, on Monday due to complications from diabetes.
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Amblin Entertainment is Turning Akira Kurosawa’s Classic ‘Rashomon’ Into a TV Show

Amblin Entertainment is Turning Akira Kurosawa’s Classic ‘Rashomon’ Into a TV Show
A Rashomon TV show is in the works at Amblin Entertainment, proving once again that no property, not even an acclaimed classic, is safe. Read more about the new adaptation of director Akira Kurosawa‘s 1950 masterpiece below, which is being described as a “dramatic mystery thriller series.” Kurosawa’s movie is almost universally hailed as one of […]

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Legendary Actress & Filmmaker Penny Marshall Has Passed Away At Age 75

Golden Globe-nominated actress and famous filmmaker Penny Marshall has passed away at the age of 75, according to reports.

Marshall is probably best known for her work on the iconic ‘70s/’80s sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The sitcom, a spin-off of the classic “Happy Days,” featured Marshall as one half of the titular comedic duo and would go on to be nominated for six Golden Globes and one Primetime Emmy.

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Warner Bros., Bron Strike $100 Million Co-Financing Deal

Warner Bros. and Bron Creative have closed a $100 million co-financing deal for five movies, including Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” and Rebel Wilson’s “Isn’t It Romantic.”

The deal, announced on Tuesday, also covers the “Joker” origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix; crime drama “The Kitchen,” with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish; action-comedy “Superintelligence,” toplined by McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, and James Corden; and the tentatively titled “Torrance.” It expands Warner’s relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s “The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon and starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, to be released on Nov. 15, 2019.

Bron Creative is a joint venture between Bron Studios, led by Aaron L. Gilbert, and Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth. Gilbert and/or Cloth will serve as executive producers on these upcoming movies.

“Aaron and the team at Bron have been great partners with us on ‘The Good Liar
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Penny Marshall, Director of ‘Big’ and ‘A League of Their Own’, Passes Away at 75

We have some sad news to report today as Penny Marshall, the director behind Big, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own, has passed away at the age of 75. According to THR, she died from complications due to diabetes. Marshall first earned fame playing Laverne DeFazio on the Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley. However, that show, which ran for eight seasons from 1976 – 1983, was before my time. I became a fan of Marshall thanks to her directing work. While she got her start by stepping into replace Howard Zieff on the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Jumpin’ Jack Flash, …
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Adam McKay Explains the ‘Vice’ Musical Number He Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Adam McKay Explains the ‘Vice’ Musical Number He Left on the Cutting Room Floor
Adam McKay’s “Vice” has clearly divided critics, with some calling it a bold and daring analysis of one of the most pivotal figures in American politics, and others mincing no words in labeling it, full stop, the worst film of the year. But, as a filmmaker friend confides, “Divisive is always better. Otherwise, you go gently into that good night.”

Both fan and hater alike can at least agree that McKay at times breaks form in drastic fashion with the film. Shakespearean pillow talk from Christian Bale and Amy Adams might not work for you, but you sure as hell weren’t expecting it in a Dick Cheney biopic.

One outrageous sequence (which actor Steve Carell mentioned earlier today) was left behind on the cutting room floor, and it had achieved a level of lore even before the film first started screening over a month ago. “Is the musical number still in there,
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