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Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90

Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90
Arthur Manson, a veteran film executive whose career in marketing and distribution encompassed numerous Oscar-winning films, died May 14 at his home in Riverdale, N.Y. He was 90.

Manson worked on the marketing campaigns for “Walking Tall,” “Platoon,” “JFK,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “All the President’s Men,” “A Star Is Born,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Great Santini,” “Angela’s Ashes,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Manson was an adviser to Oliver Stone, Scott Rudin, Miramax, the Weinstein Company, Joseph E. Levine, and Stanley Kubrick. He worked for MGM, Samuel Goldwyn Productions[/link], Stanley Kramer Productions, Columbia Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.
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Ralph Woolsey Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘It Takes A Thief’ & ‘Batman’ Cinematographer Was 104

Ralph Woolsey Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘It Takes A Thief’ & ‘Batman’ Cinematographer Was 104
Ralph Woolsey, an Emmy-winning cinematographer who worked on such series as Batman and It Takes a Thief and films including The Iceman Cometh and The Great Santini, has died. He was 104. The American Society of Cinematographers, which gave him its career award in 2003, said he died March 23 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills. The Asc described Woolsey as a consummate technician whose Hollywood career paralleled the birth and…
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Ralph Woolsey Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘It Takes A Thief’ & ‘Batman’ Cinematographer Was 104

Ralph Woolsey, an Emmy-winning cinematographer who worked on such series as Batman and It Takes a Thief and films including The Iceman Cometh and The Great Santini, has died. He was 104. The American Society of Cinematographers, which gave him its career award in 2003, said he died March 23 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills. The Asc described Woolsey as a consummate technician whose Hollywood career paralleled the birth and…
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Ralph Woolsey, 'Batman' and 'The Great Santini' Cinematographer, Dies at 104

Ralph Woolsey, the Emmy-winning cinematographer who worked on the first season of Batman and shot films including The Great Santini, The New Centurions and The Iceman Cometh, has died. He was 104.

Woolsey died March 23 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, the American Society of Cinematographers announced. He served as Asc president from 1983 to 1984.

Woolsey's prolific career included 22 features made during the 1970s, ranging from John Frankenheimer's four-hour The Iceman Cometh (1973) and 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974) to The Great Santini (1979), starring Robert Duvall.

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Ralph Woolsey, 'Batman' and 'The Great Santini' Cinematographer, Dies at 104

Ralph Woolsey, 'Batman' and 'The Great Santini' Cinematographer, Dies at 104
Ralph Woolsey, the Emmy-winning cinematographer who worked on the first season of Batman and shot films including The Great Santini, The New Centurions and The Iceman Cometh, has died. He was 104.

Woolsey died March 23 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif., the American Society of Cinematographers announced. He served as ASC president from 1983 to 1984.

Woolsey's prolific career included 22 features made during the 1970s, ranging from John Frankenheimer's four-hour The Iceman Cometh (1973) and 99 and
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s are some of Hollywood’s most beloved acting legends. We saw icons of yesteryear finally winning their first Oscar, like Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, in addition to actors who have endured through decades of film, like Robert De Niro, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Daniel Day-Lewis. The decade also saw newer stars like F. Murray Abraham and William Hurt step into the spotlight and launch lasting careers of their own.

Who is your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull” (1980) — The ’80s started off with one of the most memorable performances in movie history — De Niro as troubled boxer Jake Lamotta in “Raging Bull.” De Niro won Best Supporting Actor five years earlier for “The Godfather Part
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Beauty vs Beast: Sibling Rivalry

Jason from Mnpp here wishing us all the happiest Lovely Laura Linney Day! Today Linney is celebrating her 54th birthday, which means we're celebrating as well because she's a national treasure that one. But that happiness and celebration might not last long, I ruin everything, because I'm about to force a horrible choice on you with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" contest and ask you to consider choosing between the siblings of Kenneth Lonergan's 2000 sibling masterpiece You Can Count On Me -- Linney's hometown mama and boss-schtupper Sammy versus Mark Ruffalo's home-crashing money-grubbing seatbealt-wearing Terry. Vote and then tell us why you voted how you voted down below in the comments!

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Previously Last week's Best Actor contest handed Timothee Chalamet a win as sound (to the tune of 87% of the vote!) as his trounced competitor Gary Oldman's eventual win at the Oscars next month is assured,
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The Glass Castle – Review

With just a few weeks left in the big Summer season, Hollywood hopes to get a slight jump on the serious Fall/Winter awards time with an adaptation of an acclaimed biographical novel. Oh, and it’s a “heart-tugger’ about an offbeat family. Now, such movies can be heartwarming like Meet Me In St. Louis and I Remember Mama, or countless other syrupy-sweet homages to home and hearth. And then there’s the opposite, the tough profiles of hard lives with difficult heads of the household like The Great Santini or (gasp) Mommie Dearest. Really, this new flick could almost be “Daddy Dearest”, as its main focus is a man who made life difficult for his offspring, due partly to his boozing, but mainly because he could never really realize his dreams, particularly his elaborate, unmade plans for The Glass Castle.

Those blueprints are a long ago memory for successful
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Class | Blu-ray Review

A prolific screenwriter who emerged from the late 1970s as a promising American film director, Lewis John Carlino wouldn’t get behind the camera following his third, and least successfully received feature, Class (1983), an item which, in passing, looks to have the stamp of John Hughes and the Brat Pack all over it. Aggravating in its considerable inconsistencies, this was the director’s first attempt to film a treatment he didn’t write or adapt himself, scripted by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt (both writers who would move into mainstream film and television). The result is a rather wishy-washy prep school version of The Graduate, but the comparison is merely a pale echo, trapped inside a banal resolution with troubling misogynist tendencies.

Immediately upon meeting his new roommate Skip (Rob Lowe) at prep-school, Johnathan (Andrew McCarthy) is thrust into a rigorous new environment. Initial misgivings are set aside for a
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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70

Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70
Pat Conroy, the South Carolina author of bestsellers including “The Prince of Tides,” “The Great Santini” and “The Lords of Discipline,” died Friday in Beaufort, S.C. He was 70 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Conroy was known for his family novels and memoirs that were often based on his life and featured a lush, florid writing style.

Conroy’s wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy, said in a statement, “The water is wide and he has now passed over.”

The Prince of Tides” was adapted as a 1986 film starring Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand. “The Great Santini,” which was made into a film starring Robert Duvall, was drawn from Conroy’s experiences as the oldest of seven children of an abusive Marine Corps colonel.

The 1980 adaptation of “The Lords of Discipline” was also inspired by his life, as a cadet at the Citadel military academy.

His other books included “My Losing Season,
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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ Dies at 70

Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ Dies at 70
Pat Conroy, the South Carolina-based novelist whose works included best-sellers “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” died Friday at his home in Beaufort, S.C., according to the Beaufort Gazette. He was 70 and had been battling pancreatic cancer. Conroy shared an Oscar nomination with Becky Johnston for the screenplay for director Barbra Streisand‘s 1991 screen adaptation of his 1986 best-seller “The Prince of Tides.” The film, starring Nick Nolte as a troubled man who falls for his suicidal sister’s psychiatrist (Streisand), received seven total Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture. Conroy’s rich and often autobiographical novels were frequently adapted for.
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The Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Dead at 70

The Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Dead at 70
Pat Conroy has died at the age of 70, Todd Doughty, vice president and executive director of publicity at Doubleday confirmed to The New York Times. The author, best known for The Prince of Tides, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday in Beaufort, South Carolina. "The water is wide and he has now passed over," wife Cassandra said in a statement to Variety. Conroy announced his diagnosis in February with a Facebook post writing, "I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I
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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Author Pat Conroy has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his publicist confirmed on Monday. The 70-year-old writer, best known for The Prince of Tides took to Facebook to announce his diagnosis and tell supporters he is being treated at a hospital in Houston. "I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," Conroy said in the post. "With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it." His publisher,
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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Author Pat Conroy has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his publicist confirmed on Monday. The 70-year-old writer, best known for The Prince of Tides took to Facebook to announce his diagnosis and tell supporters he is being treated at a hospital in Houston. "I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," Conroy said in the post. "With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it." His publisher,
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Blythe Danner, Lisa Jane Persky and Lewis John Carlino Reporting for Duty at The Great Santini’s 35th Anniversary Screening

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By Todd Garbarini

Lewis John Carlino’s 1979 film The Great Santini, which stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, and Michael O’Keefe, will be screened at the The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Based upon the novel by Pat Conroy (The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides), the 115-minute film will be screened on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Actresses Blythe Danner and Lisa Jane Persky and director Lewis John Carlino are scheduled to appear at the screening and are due to partake in a post-screening Q & A for a discussion on the making of the film. Please be sure the check back with the website in regards to personal appearances/changing schedules.

From the press release:

Ben Meechum (Michael O’Keefe) struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father (Robert Duvall), an aggressively competitive marine pilot.

The Great Santini
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I’ll See You in My Dreams | Review

Dream a Little Dream of Me: Haley’s Superb Showcase for Blythe Danner

Long a supporting fixture in a variety of film projects going on five decades, actress Blythe Danner takes center stage in an endearingly warm turn in I’ll See You in My Dreams, the sophomore film from Brett Haley. Premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s a familiar narrative enhanced by an adept script that focuses on character nuance rather than cheap laughs, and proves that even the grayest of predictable tropes can still be administered in an emotionally authentic manner.

Discovering that her dog is ill and must be put down, retired schoolteacher and widow of twenty years Carol Petersen (Danners) is left with a nagging void. She develops an unexpected friendship with Lloyd (Martin Starr), the new pool cleaner that attempts to help her rid the home of an unwanted rodent. Over several glasses of wine,
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Strand Releasing Acquires Ron Judkins' Dramedy 'Finding Neighbors'

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Strand Releasing Acquires Ron Judkins' Dramedy 'Finding Neighbors'
Read More: Any Filmmaker Can Use Kickstarter -- Even an Oscar Winner Strand Releasing has acquired Ron Judkins' "Finding Neighbors," which played at the Austin Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Boston Lgbt Film Festival and the USA Film Festival. Judkins previously worked as a production sound mixer on "Saving Private Ryan" and "Jurassic Park," for which he won two Academy Awards.  "Finding Neighbors" stars Academy Award nominee Michael O'Keefe ("The Great Santini") as Sam Tucker, a once-successful, aging graphic novelist who is having trouble writing his next hit and mostly lazes around the house. Sam's wife (Catherine Dent of TV's "The Shield") has gone back to work, and suspects him of infidelity or a mid-life crisis. Sam befriends his neighbor, a younger gay man who is a big fan of his books.  "'Finding Neighbors' is that delicate comedy/drama that has found an audience with.
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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant,
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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch - as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
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Homeland’s Michael O’Keefe on His Roles From Caddyshack to Michael Clayton

  • Vulture
Alert: Spoilers ahead! Twists abounded in this week’s episode of Homeland: Among other things, Carrie teamed up with onetime CIA adversary John Redmond (Michael O’Keefe). But the biggest surprise for O’Keefe is that he’s still acting 35 years after earning an Oscar nomination for 1979’s The Great Santini. “I’m still very grateful that I make my living as an actor — it’s all I set out to do when I was young,” he tells Vulture. O’Keefe shared some of his favorite showbiz memories, including stories about his roles in Caddyshack and opposite Jack Nicholson and George Clooney.How would you characterize Redmond’s relationship with Carrie? They started out at loggerheads, but now that’s evolving.When she showed up, he saw her as competition, which is understandable. He is from an entirely different generation, works differently, and was trained differently from her. They don’t have different goals,
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