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Stephen King’s ‘The Gingerbread Girl’ Optioned for Film by Brainstorm Media

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Stephen King’s ‘The Gingerbread Girl’ Optioned for Film by Brainstorm Media
Brainstorm Media is getting into the Stephen King business, and has optioned the author’s 2007 novella “The Gingerbread Girl” for film. Brainstorm will handle U.S. and Canadian distribution.

King is set to co-write the script with frequent collaborator Craig R. Baxley, who will also direct. Baxley previously directed television adaptations of King’s novels “Storm of the Century,” “The Triangle,” “Kingdom Hospital,” and “Rose Red.” Casting for “The Gingerbread Girl” is currently underway.

Mitchell Galin will produce “The Gingerbread Girl,” having previously produced adaptations of King’s “Pet Sematary,” “The Stand,” “Thinner,” “The Night Flier,” “The Langoliers,” and “Golden Years.”
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Paul Rudd's Dramedy 'Ideal Home' Finds Distribution

Brainstorm Media has picked up the Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan-starrer Ideal Home.

A day-and-date theatrical and VOD release is scheduled for June 29. The dramedy, directed by Andrew Fleming, follows Erasmus (Coogan) and Paul (Rudd) as a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a 10-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson.

Rudd and Coogan previously worked together on 2011's Our Idiot Brother.

"Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd are a perfect comedic match. We can't wait to bring this smart, funny, heartfelt comedy to audiences this summer," Brainstorm marketing and...
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People Explains: Natalie Wood’s ‘Suspicious’ Death at Sea — and How Robert Wagner Is a ‘Person of Interest’

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People Explains: Natalie Wood’s ‘Suspicious’ Death at Sea — and How Robert Wagner Is a ‘Person of Interest’
The enduring mystery surrounding actress Natalie Wood’s fatal drowning 37 years ago leapt back into the headlines recently with six words from an investigator, who stated that Wood’s then-husband Robert Wagner now is “more of a person of interest” in the case that for decades had been labeled an accident.

Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department followed up on his comments Monday, telling reporters at a news conference that since the agency reopened the case in 2011, more than 100 tips have come in.

The tips have allowed investigators to create a new timeline of events that transpired
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New Witnesses, New Questions in Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death at Sea

New Witnesses, New Questions in Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death at Sea
The weekend outing was meant as a celebration of friendship.

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, the glamorous and youthful Hollywood couple, had invited the actor Christopher Walken to join them for an overnight sail off California’s Catalina Island on the couple’s yacht over Thanksgiving weekend 1981.

But there was tension throughout. And in the dark night of Nov. 28, Wood, 43, vanished from the boat. Her body was found floating the next morning clad only in a burgundy nightgown, blue socks and red down coat. It was the tragic realization of her oft-expressed fear of dark waters and drowning.

Authorities said
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Natalie Wood Investigators Say Robert Wagner’s Story Still Doesn’t ‘Add Up to What We Found’

Natalie Wood Investigators Say Robert Wagner’s Story Still Doesn’t ‘Add Up to What We Found’
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that actor Robert Wagner is indeed a “person of interest” in the decades-old drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood, though as Deadline reports, the term, splashy as it might sound, “has no legal meaning and does not mean that Wagner is a suspect.” In a Monday press conference, the department addressed the newest details in the 1981 death of Wood, recently bolstered by a wide-ranging “48 Hours” special that aired over the weekend, one that offered new theories while continuing to highlight Wagner as a possible suspect.

During the press conference, Lt. John Corina shared that “since they have been investigating actress’ drowning death, about 100 people came forth, and new witnesses were identified that have helped articulate the timeline.” The case regarding Wood’s death was reopened in 2011. A year later, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office amended Wood’s death certificate, as CBS noted,
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Investigator on Natalie Wood's 'Suspicious' Death: 'I Don't Think She Got In The Water By Herself'

Investigator on Natalie Wood's 'Suspicious' Death: 'I Don't Think She Got In The Water By Herself'
It has been nearly four decades since Hollywood icon Natalie Wood was found dead in the water near Santa Catalina Island off the California coast — but the question of how she got there remains unanswered.

Wood’s body was found floating in the water on Nov. 29, 1981, after she disappeared from the Splendour yacht, on which she was spending Thanksgiving weekend with her husband Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken, her co-star in the movie Brainstorm.

Initially, law enforcement officials classified Wood’s death as an accidental drowning. But officials reopened the case in 2011 and now deem her death as “suspicious.”

“She got in the water somehow,
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'Credible' Witness Says Natalie Wood’s Husband Was Jealous Over Christopher Walken: Investigator

'Credible' Witness Says Natalie Wood’s Husband Was Jealous Over Christopher Walken: Investigator
Investigators reviewing the 1981 death at sea of actress Natalie Wood say the account of a boat captain who says he saw Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner, explode in a jealous rage over her relationship with the actor Christopher Walken on the night she died is “credible.”

In an upcoming CBS 48 Hours special, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina is asked if Wood’s widower Robert Wagner, 87, is considered a suspect. He responded by saying Wagner is now considered “more of a person of interest” in the reopened case.

The account of Dennis Davern — who captained Wagner’s 60-ft.
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Natalie Wood’s Death Now Deemed 'Suspicious' by Authorities as New Witnesses Come Forward

Natalie Wood’s Death Now Deemed 'Suspicious' by Authorities as New Witnesses Come Forward
Nearly 40 years after the tragic loss of Hollywood actress Natalie Wood, new witnesses in her 1981 drowning have emerged prompting Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators to deem her cause of death “suspicious.”

The news — which was reported by CNN, and the Associated Press — comes hours after CBS News released a clip from an upcoming 48 Hours special where Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina — when asked if Wood’s widower Robert Wagner, 87, is considered a suspect — responded by saying he is now considered “more of a person of interest” in the case.

Police had initially classified Wood’s death as an accidental drowning,
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'We Were All So Shattered': What Robert Wagner Has Said About Natalie Wood's Mysterious Death

'We Were All So Shattered': What Robert Wagner Has Said About Natalie Wood's Mysterious Death
Nearly 40 years after Natalie Wood died under mysterious circumstances, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say her widower Robert Wagner is “more of a person of interest” in the case.

The Hollywood star was married to Wagner from 1972 until her death.

Though Wagner has largely remained tight-lipped about Wood’s death, he’s opened up in recent years about his family’s heartbreak.

“We were all so shattered by the loss, and we were hanging on to each other,” Wagner told People in 2016 for a cover story on her passing. “You just take it moment by moment and hope that it gets better.
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Robert Wagner Now Considered ‘Person of Interest’ in Wife Natalie Wood’s Death, New Interviews Allege

Robert Wagner Now Considered ‘Person of Interest’ in Wife Natalie Wood’s Death, New Interviews Allege
It’s one of Hollywood’s most tragic mysteries: what happened to Natalie Wood on the night of November 28, 1981? The beloved actress drowned off the coast of California’s Catalina Island after an ocean outing with her husband Robert Wagner and her “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken, having gone missing the night before. The next morning, she was found nearly a mile away from the yacht “Splendour,” though the circumstances of her death have long remained strange and unanswered.

Four decades on, a new “48 Hours” special, titled “Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water,” appears to offer up still more questions. CBS reports that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators have told the televised news magazine that Wagner is now a person of interest and, further, “investigators want to speak with Wagner about the circumstances surrounding her death.” The new special includes interviews with new witnesses, plus supposedly new evidence and
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36 Years Later, the Twists and Turns of the Investigation into Natalie Wood's Drowning Death

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on April 13, 2016. On Thursday, CBS News published a report quoting an investigator who described Robert Wagner as a “person of interest” in then-wife Natalie Wood’s drowning death.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Natalie Wood on Nov. 29, 1981, while sailing off of Catalina Island outside Los Angeles, have become the stuff of Hollywood legend and mystery.

Wood, 43, drowned while sailing with her husband, Robert Wagner, on their yacht, Splendour. Christopher Walken, Wood’s then-costar in the movie Brainstorm, and the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, were also on board.

At the time,
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Robert Wagner Now Considered a 'Person of Interest' in Wife Natalie Wood's Mysterious Death

Robert Wagner Now Considered a 'Person of Interest' in Wife Natalie Wood's Mysterious Death
Nearly 40 years after Natalie Wood died under mysterious circumstances, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say her widower Robert Wagner is a person of interest in the case.

“As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think he’s more of a person of interest now,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina said in an upcoming interview with CBS’ 48 Hours. “I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared.”

Wagner’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to People’s request for comment.

The Hollywood
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"Silent Running" 45Th Anniversary Screening, L.A., December 13

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By Todd Garbarini

Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running celebrates its 45th anniversary with a special screening at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. Starring Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, and Ron Rifkin, the G-rated film runs 89 minutes and is being showcased on the big screen in a rare opportunity.

Please Note: Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer Michael Gruskoff are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Silent Running (1972)

45th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, December 13, at 7:30pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts

Q&A with Special Guests Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer Michael Gruskoff

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 45th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking sci-fi movie Silent Running which marked the directorial debut of special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull. Set 100 years in the future, the prophetic script by Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, and Steven Bochco
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The Mysterious Details of Natalie Wood's Death Will Make You Angry 35 Years Later

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The Mysterious Details of Natalie Wood's Death Will Make You Angry 35 Years Later
Natalie Wood was one of the brightest Hollywood stars in the '70s. She solidified herself as a serious actress with appearances in movies like West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause, but her life was tragically cut short when she mysteriously drowned while boating with her husband, Robert Wagner, at age 43 on Nov. 28, 1981. The couple had gone sailing for the weekend around Catalina Island on their 60-foot yacht, Splendour, with Natalie's Brainstorm costar Christopher Walken and captain Dennis Davern. Authorities found Natalie's body one mile south of the Splendour yacht, off an isolated cove called Blue Cavern Point. She was wearing a flannel nightgown, wool socks, and a down-filled jacket. Related17 of Hollywood's Most Horrifying Murders After an autopsy was conducted, authorities revealed that Natalie's arms had been covered in bruises, a scratch was found on her neck, and she had abrasions on her face.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Strange Invaders (1983)

Long live Michael Laughlin. Two years after he released one of my favorite early ‘80s oddities, Strange Behavior (I wrote about it here), he was back to unleash the next chapter in a proposed ‘Strange’ trilogy, Strange Invaders (1983). And while the former is a tribute to Mad Scientist films of the ‘50s via an updated Slasher take, the latter tips its fedora to the great Alien Invasion films of the same era. It may not reach the same dizzyingly weird heights, but Strange Invaders is an affectionate romp that captures the feel of those bygone drive-in classics and solidifies Laughlin’s unique voice.

A co-production between Emi Films and Lone Wolf McQuade Associates, Strange Invaders was released by Orion Pictures in mid September stateside to positive reviews and lackluster box office. Returning only a quarter of its $5 million plus budget, this was the Way of the Laughlin – everyone liked his movies,
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James Horner's 25 most magnificent scores

Sean Wilson Oct 11, 2016

From Star Trek and Field Of Dreams to The Rocketeer and Krull: we salute the film scores of the late, great James Horner.

When composer James Horner died in a plane crash in June 2015, cinema lost one of its most profoundly emotional voices, and the final chapter on Horner's astonishing career has now closed with his last work: Antoine Fuqua's Western remake The Magnificent Seven. Horner actually wrote the score based on the script before the film even started production, such was his passion for it, and it's been posthumously completed by his longtime collaborator Simon Franglen.

To mark the occasion, here are the 25 most seminal scores from a lamented, legendary figure of film music.

1. Legends Of The Fall (1994)

Despite his reputation as a composer of melodrama, throughout much of the eighties and early nineties Horner had largely been pegged as a bold composer of action,
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Competition: Win sci-fi thriller ‘Brainstorm’ on DVD

Brainstorm, the award-winning debut feature from visionary director Khalil Sullins, is a psychological thriller about penniless grad students who invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives – and we have Five copies to giveaway on DVD!

For years, we have tried to harness the power of the human mind… and failed. Now, one breakthrough will change everything. Beyond technology, beyond humanity, beyond control. David, Ryan, and Jordan hope their telepathy invention will solve all their problems but the bleeding-edge technology opens a Pandora’s Box of new dangers, as the team discover that when they open their minds, there is nowhere to hide their thoughts. Secrets and betrayals surface and the technology is stolen by a covert government agency with a hidden agenda. With no one left to trust, David is forced against his friends in a life-or-death battle over not only the privacy of the human mind but the future of free will itself.
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Ang Lee Reveals Secrets of ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ (Exclusive)

Explorers go where there is no map.

There’s no safe path, no way to know what’s over the next hill. They figure out their route as they go, and blaze a trail in hopes that someday, others will follow.

So it is for director Ang Lee with “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

His new movie, about Iraq War heroes whisked back Stateside for a victory tour, is slated for release on Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 11). The picture blends different flavors of high-tech — 3D, 4K and high frame rates — to push filmmaking beyond anything the public has ever seen, even beyond the capacity of the world’s movie theaters. It marks Lee, who turned “Life of Pi” into a surprise global smash (and earned a directing Oscar for it) as one of the boldest explorers in cinema today.

You might expect such a visionary to speak with steely resolve,
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Mystery on the Water: 35 Years Later, the Latest on the Investigation into Natalie Wood's Drowning Death

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Mystery on the Water: 35 Years Later, the Latest on the Investigation into Natalie Wood's Drowning Death
Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner is opening up about the private side of the beloved mother she lost in a tragic boating accident. Subscribe now for the exclusive untold story, only in People.The circumstances that surround the death of Natalie Wood on November 29, 1981, while sailing off of Catalina Island, have become the stuff of Hollywood legend and mystery. At the time, her death was classified as an accidental drowning. Thirty-five years later, the case, which was reopened in 2011, is still making headlines. "We continue to look into it and we will continue to look into it until
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Mystery on the Water: 35 Years Later, the Latest on the Investigation into Natalie Wood's Drowning Death

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Mystery on the Water: 35 Years Later, the Latest on the Investigation into Natalie Wood's Drowning Death
Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner is opening up about the private side of the beloved mother she lost in a tragic boating accident. Subscribe now for the exclusive untold story, only in People.The circumstances that surround the death of Natalie Wood on November 29, 1981, while sailing off of Catalina Island, have become the stuff of Hollywood legend and mystery. At the time, her death was classified as an accidental drowning. Thirty-five years later, the case, which was reopened in 2011, is still making headlines. "We continue to look into it and we will continue to look into it until
See full article at PEOPLE.com »
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