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Drive-In Dust Offs: Class Of 1984 (1982)

I was never a strong student in high school, and it was completely for lack of trying; I had smart teachers with good intentions who tried their best to impart knowledge that I simply felt I had no use for. Ignorance, thy name is Scott and I’m certainly not proud of it. Anyway, I definitely never had the roadblocks facing the good students of Class of 1984 (1982), Mark L. Lester’s mesmerizing, brutal, dystopian look at the very worst of the educational system through the eyes of a teacher trying to wade his way through a barrel of diseased apples.

Distributed by United Film Distribution Company stateside in August with a world wide rollout continuing into ’83, Class of 1984 certainly rang some bells in the press; some critics offered effusive praise (such as Roger Ebert), while others were less kind. The film did bring in nearly seven million; which isn’t bad,
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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British Action Film ‘Close’ Receives Thailand’s First Location Incentive

British director Vicky Jewson’s buddy action movie “Close” is the first film to receive approval from the location incentive scheme launched by Thailand at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

At Cannes this year, Thailand will host two separate events for project and business pitches, as well as a major party. Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi is expected to attend the party.

Close,” due to start principal photography in June, is set in the dangerous world of elite female bodyguards who offer protection to the rich and famous. The movie is produced by the U.K.’s Jewson Films and produced by Charles Salmon.

“We are delighted that the process of application and approvals for the new incentives has run according to schedule, and that we are able to announce the first qualifying production,” said Worateera Suvarnsorn, director of the Thailand Film Office.

The new incentives offer a
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Thai Pitch to present three projects in Cannes

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Selected projects include works from producers Soros Sukhum and Prachya Pinkaew and filmmaker Jakrawal Nilthamrong.

Leading Thai producers Soros Sukhum and Prachya Pinkaew and award-winning filmmaker Jakrawal Nilthamrong have been selected to present projects at this year’s Thai Pitch in Cannes.

Organised by Thailand’s Ministry of Culture, the event will take place May 22-23 at the Thai Pavilion in the International Village. Producer and film festival programmer Raymond Phathanavirangoon is coordinating the event.

Soros Sukhum is producing artist and filmmaker Taiki Sakpisit’s first feature film The Edge Of Daybreak, about a former army general who is forced to confront the past through a series of intensive sessions of electroshock therapy.

Sukhum’s recent producing credits include Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By The Time It Gets Dark, Davy Chou’s Diamond Island and Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye[pictured], the latter two projects as a co-producer.

Prachya Pinkaew, best known as director of worldwide action hit Ong
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Sol Negrin, Emmy-Nominated Cinematographer on 'Kojak,' Dies at 88

Sol Negrin, a cinematographer who received five Emmy nominations, three for his work on the classic Telly Savalas cop series Kojak, died March 20, the American Society of Cinematographers announced. He was 88.

Negrin's other credits as a director of photography include episodes of McCloud, The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere and Rhoda; the 1972 documentary The Concert for Bangladesh; and the 1974 feature Amazing Grace, starring Moms Mabley.

He contributed additional cinematography to films including King Kong (1976), Superman (1978), Jaws 2 (1978), RoboCop (1987) and Coming to America (1988).

Negrin also earned four Clio Awards for his...
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Sol Negrin, Emmy-Nominated Cinematographer on 'Kojak,' Dies at 88

Sol Negrin, a cinematographer who received five Emmy nominations, three for his work on the classic Telly Savalas cop series Kojak, died March 20, the American Society of Cinematographers announced. He was 88.

Negrin's other credits as a director of photography include episodes of McCloud, The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere and Rhoda; the 1972 documentary The Concert for Bangladesh; and the 1974 feature Amazing Grace, starring Moms Mabley.

He contributed additional cinematography to films including King Kong (1976), Superman (1978), Jaws 2 (1978), RoboCop (1987) and Coming to America (1988).

Negrin also earned four Clio Awards for his...
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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television

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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television
James Burrows, perhaps the most successful TV director in history, owes his lengthy small screen career to Grant Tinker.

Tinker, who died Monday at 90, was a towering television titan who turned Mtm Enterprises into one of the most successful production companies in the 1970s, then took over NBC and led that network from worst to first in the 1980s.

But his legacy lives on, thanks to the writers, producers, directors and stars he championed during his long career. Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television (which NBC celebrated with a primetime special), is one of them.

“I owe my entire television career to him,” Burrows told IndieWire.

Burrows was a theater director and stage manager in New York when he worked on the musical “Holly Golightly” (later retitled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. The show closed after just four nights, but by the end,
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Mary Tyler Moore on Grant Tinker: A ‘Brilliant, Driven Executive’

Mary Tyler Moore on Grant Tinker: A ‘Brilliant, Driven Executive’
Actress Mary Tyler Moore has paid tribute to her former husband, Grant Tinker, who founded the Mtm Enterprises production company behind Moore’s groundbreaking CBS comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Tinker died Monday at the age of 90. He and Moore were married in 1962 and divorced in 1981.

“I am deeply saddened to learn that my former husband and professional mentor Grant Tinker has passed away,” Moore said in a statement.

“I’m forever grateful for and proud of what we achieved together with the creation of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and founding of Mtm Enterprises (an independent production studio that created what remain some of the best TV shows ever made),” Moore continued. “Grant was a brilliant, driven executive who uniquely understood that the secret to great TV content was freedom for its creators and performing artists. This was manifest in his ‘first be best and then be first’ approach. He
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Grant Tinker, Revered Former NBC and Mtm Chief, Dies at 90

Grant Tinker, Revered Former NBC and Mtm Chief, Dies at 90
Former NBC chairman-ceo Grant Tinker, a revered producer and executive who founded Mtm Enterprises with Mary Tyler Moore and later rose to the challenge of taking NBC from last place to first, has died. He was 90.

Tinker died Monday at his home in California, according to a report Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”

Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

The poised, avuncular Tinker’s television career spanned almost half a century, from its inception through the 1990s. He usually took the high road on most of his projects
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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow

Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow
As Hollywood mourns the loss of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, People takes a look into his most-iconic role: former NBA player Ken Reeves in the groundbreaking drama The White Shadow.

Growing up in Long Island, Howard, who was 71 when he died Wednesday, was the only white player on his high school basketball team and was given the nickname "The White Shadow."

Years later, the Dynasty actor pulled on his experiences on the court in both high school and college when pitching an idea for a series to his pal Blythe Danner's husband, late producer Bruce Paltrow.

"I said, 'How about me as a coach?
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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow

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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow
As Hollywood mourns the loss of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, People takes a look into his most-iconic role: former NBA player Ken Reeves in the groundbreaking drama The White Shadow. Growing up in Long Island, Howard, who was 71 when he died Wednesday, was the only white player on his high school basketball team and was given the nickname "The White Shadow." Years later, the Dynasty actor pulled on his experiences on the court in both high school and college when pitching an idea for a series to his pal Blythe Danner's husband, late producer Bruce Paltrow."I said, 'How about me as a coach?
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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow

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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow
As Hollywood mourns the loss of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, People takes a look into his most-iconic role: former NBA player Ken Reeves in the groundbreaking drama The White Shadow. Growing up in Long Island, Howard, who was 71 when he died Wednesday, was the only white player on his high school basketball team and was given the nickname "The White Shadow." Years later, the Dynasty actor pulled on his experiences on the court in both high school and college when pitching an idea for a series to his pal Blythe Danner's husband, late producer Bruce Paltrow."I said, 'How about me as a coach?
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SAG-aftra President Ken Howard, 'White Shadow' and '30 Rock' Star, Dies at 71

Ken Howard, the president of SAG-aftra and a veteran character actor in TV and film, has died. He was 71.

Howard was an Emmy and Tony winner who was highly regarded by those in the entertainment community, winning election to become president of the national chapter of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009. In his post, he advocated for a merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a move that he said would strengthen workers' rights in the industry; after he won reelection in 2011, the popular proposal was approved in 2012. Howard went on to win two more consecutive terms at the helm of the joint union, with his most recent election occurring in 2015.

But aside from his advocacy on behalf of SAG members, Howard was more known to national and worldwide audiences thanks to a range of eclectic acting roles throughout his career. He rose to stardom on the
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Ken Howard: Hollywood Remembers SAG-aftra President & Veteran Of TV, Film And Stage

Update with more statements: Long before he became president of the Screen Actors Guild and later the merged SAG-aftra, Ken Howard starred as an NBA player-turned-basketball coach at an inner-city high school on The White Shadow. His death today at 71 brought condolences and remembrances from around the entertainment industry — some praising his service to the union; some reminiscing about his funny, poignant and socially conscious 1978-81 CBS dramedy; some calling out…
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Ken Howard: Hollywood Remembers SAG-aftra President & Veteran Of TV, Film And Stage

Update with more statements: Long before he became president of the Screen Actors Guild and later the merged SAG-aftra, Ken Howard starred as an NBA player-turned-basketball coach at an inner-city high school on The White Shadow. His death today at 71 brought condolences and remembrances from around the entertainment industry — some praising his service to the union; some reminiscing about his funny, poignant and socially conscious 1978-81 CBS dramedy; some calling out…
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George Clooney Remembers Actor and SAG-aftra President Ken Howard with Touching Tribute

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George Clooney Remembers Actor and SAG-aftra President Ken Howard with Touching Tribute
George Clooney is mourning the loss of actor, mentor, friend and SAG-aftra President Ken Howard who died Wednesday. He was 71. Clooney honored Howard with a touching tribute, remembering one of his fondest memories with the late star, which also happened to be one of his earliest career moments. "There's a story about how a young actor met Ken on the Fox lot in 1983 and told him what a fan he was of The White Shadow," Clooney, 54, tells People in a statement. "Ken asked that actor what he did and the young man said, 'well someday I hope to be lucky enough to work with you.
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George Clooney Remembers Actor and SAG-aftra President Ken Howard with Touching Tribute

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George Clooney Remembers Actor and SAG-aftra President Ken Howard with Touching Tribute
George Clooney is mourning the loss of actor, mentor, friend and SAG-aftra President Ken Howard who died Wednesday. He was 71. Clooney honored Howard with a touching tribute, remembering one of his fondest memories with the late star, which also happened to be one of his earliest career moments. "There's a story about how a young actor met Ken on the Fox lot in 1983 and told him what a fan he was of The White Shadow," Clooney, 54, tells People in a statement. "Ken asked that actor what he did and the young man said, 'well someday I hope to be lucky enough to work with you.
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'30 Rock,' 'White Shadow' Actor Ken Howard Dead at 71

Ken Howard, who won an Emmy and a Tony Award during his career, has died. He was 71. According to the SAG-aftra guild (via The Hollywood Reporter) where he served as president, he died at his home near Los Angeles. The cause of death has not been announced.

Howard most recently starred as the father of the bride in 2015's The Wedding Ringer and as a mop executive in Joy, but it was his role as Ken Reeves in the TV series The White Shadow where he rose to fame. He
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George Clooney Remembers Ken Howard’s Help in Early Acting Days

George Clooney Remembers Ken Howard’s Help in Early Acting Days
George Clooney recalled an act of kindness decades ago by the late Ken Howard, who died Wednesday at the age of 71.

“There’s a story about how a young actor met Ken on the Fox lot in 1983 and told him what a fan he was of ‘The White Shadow,'” Clooney said in a tribute he released just hours after news of Howard’s death broke. “Ken asked that actor what he did and the young man said, ‘Well someday I hope to be lucky enough to work with you.'”

Clooney said he told Howard that he had an audition at Paramount — seven miles away — but he wasn’t going to make it in time because all he had was a bike.

“So Ken put his bike in the trunk of his car and dropped him off at Paramount,” Clooney added. “Then Ken just waved goodbye and said good luck,
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