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We lost one of our oldest Oscar nominees this weekend. 98 year old film director Michael Anderson passed away of heart disease. The quadrilingual reportedly very amiable director had a long career stretching from a couple of acting gigs in the 1930s through directing The New Adventures of Pinnocchio in 1999. His two biggest claims to fame were the Best Picture winning blockbuster Around the World in 80 Days (1956, one of the biggest hits of its decade) and the sci-fi hit Logan's Run (1976). People keep referring to Logan's Run as a cult hit online but it was actually just a regular sized success

His two most famous pictures were both naturally eyed for remakes...
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Film Director Michael Anderson Dead At 98; "Around The World In 80 Days" And "The Dam Busters" Among His Credits

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Anderson (left) on the set of Around the World in 80 Days with producer Michael Todd and Frank Sinatra, who filmed a cameo appearance.

Michael Anderson, the Oscar-nominated British film director, has died at age 98. Anderson directed producer Michael Todd's star-packed 1956 screen adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days". The film won the Best Picture Oscar and became a boxoffice blockbuster, earning Anderson a Best Director nomination in the process. The previous year, Anderson had directed "The Dam Busters", which became the top-grossing British film of the year. Anderson had the ability to comfortably move between genres with equal skill. Among his other credits: "The Wreck of the Mary Deare", "Shake Hands with the Devil", the 1958 film version of Orwell's "1984", "All the Fine Young Cannibals" (the title of which inspired the name of a short-lived 1980s rock group), "Operation Crossbow", "The Quiller Memorandum", "The Shoes of the Fisherman
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Michael Anderson Dies: Oscar-Nominated Film Director Was 98

Michael Anderson Dies: Oscar-Nominated Film Director Was 98
Director Michael Anderson, who was Oscar-nominated for his role in bringing to life the epic film Around The World in 80 Days and later was behind the cameras for the sci-fi classic Logan’s Run, has died. He was 98 and passed away at his home in Canada of heart disease. Anderson had a long film career, directing such war movies as The Dam Busters (which the British Film Institute named one of the best British films of the 20th century), The Yangtse Incident, Operation Cros…
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Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Director, Dies at 98

Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Director, Dies at 98
Michael Anderson, the British filmmaker who directed the 1956 Oscar Best Picture winner “Around the World in 80 Days,” died of heart disease in Canada on April 25, according to a spokesperson for the family. He was 98.

In a career that spanned decades, Anderson also won acclaim for the 1955 WWII film “The Dam Busters,” as well as 1976’s influential sci-fi movie “Logan’s Run,” about a dystopian future in which everyone is killed off when they reach the age of 30.

The son of an actor, Anderson landed small acting roles in his teens, and then worked as an office boy and later assistant director at London’s Elstree Studios on films like “Pygmalion” and Noel Coward’s “In Which We Serve,” the Times of London reported.

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He served in the Royal Signals Corps in WWII, then returned to the British film industry. “The Dam Busters,” starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd as British airmen who help devise an effective system of aerial bombing, won critical raves for its accuracy — and earned an Oscar nomination for special effects.

The success of “The Dam Busters” led Anderson to Hollywood — and the epic scale of “Around the World in 80 Days,” with its star-studded cast, 110 locations and 68,000 extras. The film got middling reviews but was a giant hit, winning five Oscars. (Anderson himself lost to George Stevens for “Giant.”)

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He followed that success with films like 1965’s “Operation Crossbow,” 1966’s “The Quiller Memorandum” and 1968’s “The Shoes of the Fishermen.”

In the ’70s, Anderson drifted from action thrillers into science fiction with the 1976 hit “Logan’s Run,” starring Michael York. Four years later, he directed Rock Hudson in a TV miniseries adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles.”

Read original story Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Director, Dies at 98 At TheWrap
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Star Wars Rebels Writer Simon Kinberg Confirmed To Be Writing New Star Wars Film

Simon Kinberg, who's been a producer and writer on the X-Men film franchise since 2006, the Fantastic Four reboot, and Star Wars Rebels, is working on a new Star Wars movie project. A few months ago it was rumored that he was developing the upcoming Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm and now Deadline confirms that he's working on a Star Wars project, but doesn't say what that project is.

I just assume it is Boba Fett because he was working on that film with director Josh Trank before Trank was fired after Fantastic Four came out. Lucasfilm has since put the project on hold, but maybe it's not as on hold as we thought it was.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kenndy previously talked about the project, saying:

“It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell. There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it
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Logan’s Run remake lands its new director

Simon Brew Mar 5, 2018

Simon Kinberg will jump from X-Men: Dark Phoenix to Logan's Run...

The long-in-gestation remake of Logan’s Run has, in the past, seen Bryan Singer and Joseph Kosinski both come close to directing the movie. Now, though, a new helmer has been found, with Simon Kinberg signing up to direct the film.

Kinberg has recently wrapped on his directorial debut, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, that arrives in cinemas this November. Peter Craig is set to pen the latest draft of the screenplay for new Logan's Run. The lead role this time will be female, although no casting has thus far been announced.

Kinberg, a long-established writer and producer, firstly needs to complete post-production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and undertake the obligatory press tour. It may be that Logan’s Run will need to wait in line before production can begin.

More on the project as we hear it.
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Logan's Run Remake Finally Moves Forward with X-Men 7 Director

Warner Bros. is currently developing a Logan's Run remake that will reportedly be directed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg with a script by Hunger Games scribe Peter Craig. Joining the ranks of the new dystopian projects including Black Mirror, Fahrenheit 451, and Blade Runner 2049, the Logan's Run remake will be right at home. No production start date or casting has been officially announced, but it looks like the new movie will join another popular trend at the moment of swapping the main character from a male to a female.

The Logan's Run remake has been talked about for years, but it is believed that a deal with Warner Bros. was closed earlier this week, meaning that we are one step closer to seeing the project on the big screen. The idea of for this remake came about in the 1990s and was brought up again in the early 2000s,
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The Logan's Run Remake Will Be Directed By X-men Producer Simon Kinberg

Warner Bros. is set to move forward with their Logan's Run remake and according to Deadline, they've hired longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg to direct it. Kinberg, who is directing X-Men: Dark Pheonix, was originally hired to write and produce the movie. Now he's jumping into the director's chair!

The script for the film will be worked on by Hunger Games writer Peter Craig and according to the report the studio hopes that Logan’s Run "can replicate the success of Denis Villeneuve’s Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford-fronted sci-fi drama and receive a similar buzz to Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which is being released later this year."

They certainly have high hopes! It's also said that this remake will feature a female lead instead of a male lead because that's what Hollywood is doing these days.

Logan’s Run is based on William F. Noland and George Clayton Johnson’s novel,
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Warner Bros Sets Up ‘Logan’s Run’ With ‘Hunger Games’ Writer Peter Craig

Warner Bros Sets Up ‘Logan’s Run’ With ‘Hunger Games’ Writer Peter Craig
Exclusive: The current political climate has led to a growing popularity of dystopian stories such as Black Mirror and Blade Runner 2049 so it seems as good a time as ever to reboot Logan's Run. I hear Warner Bros has just closed a deal to kickstart the project, written by Hunger Games writer Peter Craig and directed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg. The project has been in the works for a few years but I understand a deal closed this week. The studio will be…
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Riverdale season 2 episode 11 review: The Wrestler

Chris Cummins Jan 25, 2018

Archie hits the mat while a town-wide Civil War heats up in a dynamic outing of Riverdale. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.11 The Wrestler

Let's recap things going from most to least interesting. At the start of tonight's episode, Jughead muses that in Riverdale "everything was the same and nothing was the same." He does this because, well, he's a terrible writer who isn't above aping Dickens' style to be profound. But also the ongoing battle between Riverdale's North and South Sides has turned his hometown into a, wink wink, tale of two cities, with seemingly everyone against the Serpents.

You see, it's time for the town's Pickens Day ceremonies that celebrate the Founding Father of the Sweetwater Valley, General Augustus Edward Pickens.
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Heather Menzies Urich, Sound of Music Star, Passes Away at 68

Heather Menzies Urich, Sound of Music Star, Passes Away at 68
With just a few days left in 2017, another beloved performer has left us as the Hollywood community is in mourning once again. The Sound of Music star Heather Menzies-Urich passed away. Her son, Ryan Urich, confirmed that his mother died from brain cancer, and that the actress was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme last month, with her health rapidly deteriorating since then. Here's what Ryan Urich had to say about his late mother.

"The most important thing was my mom was an actress, talented dancer (and) really avid in arts and theater. She had this unbelievable network of friends."

Ryan Urich also confirmed his mother passed away on Sunday, at a family home in Canada, surrounded by loved ones. Heather was born December 3, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, although she moved to the United States with her family at the age of 11. The late actress graduated from Hollywood High School and then
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'Sound of Music' Star Dies

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2017-12-25T12:52:48-08:00'Sound of Music' Star Dies

Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in the original film version of The Sound of Music, died this weekend at age 68. She is also well known for her role in the 1970s science fiction TV series Logan's Run.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for playing Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died on Sunday. She was 68.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein estate, representing Sound of Music musical creators Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, announced the news on Christmas Day, saying, "Heather was part of 'the family.'

We Mourn the Loss of Heather Menzies-Urich... https://t.co/dpuHJBoBWD pic.twitter.com/V3YqfNSCO3

The Sound of Music (@SoundofMusic) December 25, 2017

"There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of The Sound of Music," read the statement from president Ted Chapin.
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Micronauts movie coming in 2020

Chris Cummins Dec 22, 2017

Beloved 1970s/'80s toy line, Micronauts will be discovered by a new generation at the movies.

Having already had enormous global success with their Transformers franchise (G.I. Joe, not so much, but that's stopping a new movie from getting made) Hasbro/Paramount are bringing another - although somewhat lesser known - toy franchise to the big screen with Micronauts.

The glorious sci-fi toys were based on a line created by the Japanese company Takara and licensed by the Mego Corporation (a company which was better known for their superhero toys and 2-xl, an interactive, educational robot toy that used 8-track tapes). From the late 1970s through the early 1980s. 

Accompanying the toys was a world-building comic from Marvel that ran from 1979 to 1984, before morphing into Micronauts: The New Voyages and going for another two years. You have to remember that during this time, Marvel never met
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Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have addressed director Peter Jackson’s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s. Harvey Weinstein denied the allegation, through a spokesperson.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff, Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.

At the time, Jackson said, he and his team had no reason to question Weinstein’s intentions.

“In hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I
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Kino Lorber to Release Trilogy Of Terror (1975) on Blu-ray

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It's regarded by many as one of the creepiest made-for-tv movies of all time, featuring one of the most unsettling (and relentless) killers to grace the small screen. Over 40 years after its initial premiere, Trilogy of Terror is coming to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

As announced on their Facebook page, Kino Lorber will release Trilogy of Terror on Blu-ray (and DVD) sometime in early 2018 (according to Blu-ray.com) with a brand-new HD master.

Directed by Dan Curtis, the anthology film features segments based on stories by horror master Richard Matheson, including one featuring a Zuni Warrior Festish Doll that attacks Karen Black and has certainly crossed over into more than a few nightmares over the years.

There's no word yet on the special features, cover art, or specific release date for the new Blu-ray, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime,
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70s Rewind: Logan's Run, Forever Young

In the summer of 1976, I became a man. I saw Logan's Run. Several years before, I was a founding member of the Science Fiction Book Club. Initially we met to talk about Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. Eventually we expanded our discussion to includes movies, and why so few good science fiction movies were being made. Because we met at the local public library, where we each consumed mass quantities of science fiction, we also discovered that the magazine section included slick publications that covered motion pictures. Somehow we heard about the upcoming adaptation of Logan's Run, and one of our members volunteered to read the novel it was based on and give us a report. Written by William F. Nolan...

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Director Robert Day Has Passed Away

He took viewers into the steamy jungles of Tarzan, the sleek (and foreboding) future of Logan's Run, and a skyscraper under siege by a deadly blaze. Filmmaker Robert Day brought many worlds to life in his career, and it's with great sadness that we inform readers that the director has passed away at the age of 94.

According to THR (via Legacy.com), Day passed away on March 17th on Bainbridge Island in Seattle. A British filmmaker, Day made his mark in the world of directing with four Tarzan movies—Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), and Tarzan and the Great River (1967)—and he also helmed one episode of the Tarzan TV series in 1966.

Day also directed horror legend Boris Karloff in Corridors of Blood and The Haunted Strangler, and he helmed plenty of other horror and sci-fi projects, including First Man Into Space and Ritual of Evil,
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30 Days Until Oscar

30 is...

...the running time of Wallace & Gromit's Oscar winning shorts A Close Shave (1995) and The Wrong Trousers (1993)

...the number of features directed by Steven Spielberg from Sugarland Express (1974) to The Bfg (2016)

...the age of Bette Davis and Hilary Swank when they won their second Best Actress Oscars for Jezebel (1938) and Million Dollar Baby (2004) respectively

...the year of Best Picture winner All Quiet on the Western Front

... and the age at which you get all dressed up to be "terminated" in Logan's Run (1976). For the good of society!
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The Avenging Silence: new details emerge for Nicolas Winding Refn's action thriller

Ryan Lambie Jan 12, 2017

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's next film is an action thriller, The Avenging Silence. Here are some early plot details...

Whether they're about violent British prisoners, Los Angeles models or Bangkok gangsters, Nicolas Winding Refn's movies are reliably low on dialogue and high on saturated, sometimes unnerving images. That style is likely to continue in Refn's next movie, which is described as an action thriller about a mute spy on a mission in Japan.

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The Danish director's been saying for over a year now that he wanted to make some kind of spy movie, and although some of his projects have inevitably struggled to bear fruit in the past - his planned remake of Logan's Run
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First Trailer for YouTube's Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Film 'The Thinning'

"Are you ready for test day?" YouTube Red has unveiled the first trailer for a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller titled The Thinning, from writer/director Michael J. Gallagher. Set in the future, the story focuses on a high school aptitude test that is used to manage the population. Two students, played by Logan Paul and Peyton List, discover the test isn't what it seems and may actually be covering up a bigger conspiracy. This sounds kind of like Logan's Run, but revised to a high school level "aptitude test". The full cast includes Lia Marie Johnson, Calum Worthy, Matthew Glave, Michael Traynor and Ryan Newman. This looks like a mix of Hunger Games and a bunch of other much better sci-fi, but that may be why it's direct to VOD. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Michael J. Gallagher's The Thinning, direct from YouTube: YouTube's The Thinning takes place in
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