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Paul Rosenfeld Dies: Former Mann Theatres Head Film Buyer & Distribution Exec Was 71

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Paul Rosenfeld, a former head film buyer for Mann Theatres and distribution executive at Gramercy Pictures and Cineplex Odeon, has died. He was 71. His daughter said Rosenfeld died January 7 of natural causes at his home in Portland, Or.

Rosenfeld had a long and varied career in exhibition and distribution, starting out as a film booker at Walter Reade Theatres in New York in the late 1960s. While working there, he met Fox film exec Bruce Snyder, who said, “Despite his seemingly gruff personality, Paul was one of the kindest, most sensitive people I have ever met.”

Veteran film buyer Bob Lenihan said in a statement: “Chances are if you were lucky enough to meet Paul Rosenfeld, you loved Paul Rosenfeld, and the loss of such a great and gifted personality is profound.”

Rosenfeld left Walter Reade for Los Angeles after then-Mann Theatres president Larry Gleason hired him as head film buyer.
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Every DC Comics Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Including ‘Joker’

The DC Comics universe hasn’t flooded the big screen the way Marvel ones have, but the DC brand has been hitting the big screen longer in the era of color, starting with the 1966 Adam WestBatman.” We ranked all those modern flicks, from “Batman: The Movie” to this year’s “Shazam” and “Joker.”

35. “Jonah Hex” (2010)

Despite the efforts of Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender, this is one of the worst comic book movies of the modern era.

34. “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987)

Christopher Reeve is by far the best Superman. But “Superman IV” is a bomb in every sense — partly because of its heavy-handedness about bombs. Nuclear bombs. The film finds Superman trying to eliminate the world’s nuclear threat, but his best intentions run afoul of a silly, badly dated villain named Nuclear Man.

33. “Supergirl” (1984)

We had a female-superhero movie in 1984, and it was pure cheese. But hey at least they tried.
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Brightburn Review: Evil Superhero Movie Delivers Gore and Shocks

Brightburn is a superhero origin story meets a horror shocker produced by James Gunn.

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It’s a question that has been addressed on and off in comic books almost since superheroes first came on the scene: what would happen if someone like Superman, ostensibly a godlike being sent to Earth to protect humankind, actually ended up being bad instead?

The idea has been approached in ways both direct and indirect, from an evil Superman introduced in the comics 55 years ago to a sort of drunk-and-disorderly version of Kal-El in 1983’s execrable Superman III. More recently, the 2003 comic book arc Red Son proposed what might happen if Superman landed in a field in Ukraine instead of Kansas, bringing up the question of “nature vs. nurture.” We’ve seen it with other superheroes as well, from Batman to Captain America (the upcoming Dark Phoenix also examines similar territory), but
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The Threequel Exceptions: Six Movies Where ‘3’ Was The Magic Number

“You wanted me back… I’m back!” Indeed we did, Mr Wick. By all accounts, Keanu Reeves’s third John Wick adventure is every bit as insanely entertaining as the first two. In this, he has achieved something truly rare and exotic – a Part III that isn’t a godawful disaster.

Number three is usually where the wheels fall off a movie franchise sending it veering over a cliff. Think of Superman III, Jaws 3-D, Smokey and The Bandit Part 3, Beverly Hills Cop III. Then there’s Blade Trinity, Spider-Man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand, after which the series had to actually go back in time to recover itself. The most notoriously disappointing threequel is probably The Godfather Part III which put the mark of Cain on the words “Part III” for over 25 years.

And yet, every now and then, like John Wick Chapter 3, the stars realign and
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Brightburn Review

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After the firing (and since rehiring), of director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3, his writer brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn crafted this dark Superman-like origin/ spin with Jg on board as producer. In many ways, Brightburn could be interpreted as a twisted manifestation of Gunn’s burnt feelings for superhero cinema after the Disney debacle. With his family writing and director David Yarovesky (The Hive) behind the mic, Brightburn sears like a great flaming bird flip: a sit, swivel and spin on superhero franchises, crafted with an energy, ironic venom and flair to make it timely, fun and electrifying.

The film starts in Brightburn, Kansas, on the farm of thirty-something married couple Tori and Kyle Breyer (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman), who have been trying for a while to fall pregnant. Cue the mammoth fiery meteorite/ space capsule (conveniently carrying a baby) that comes crashing down into the forest near their farm.
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How to Beat Yourself in a Fight – According to the Movies

Chris Farnell May 8, 2019

Having to fight another version of yourself is always inconvenient. Here are some tips gleaned from onscreen doppelganger dust-ups...

This article contains Avengers: Endgame spoilers.

As it says on the death screens of various military first-person shooters, "'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles' - Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War." But what about when your enemy is yourself? Not in a figurative “I’m my own worst enemy” kind of a way but in a far more literal “I’m my own worst enemy and I’m coming at me with a Samurai Sword” kind of a way?

Knowing how to win such a battle is a journey through philosophy, causality, self-knowledge and fighting dirty, but it will also require some Avengers: Endgame spoilers, The Lego Movie 2 and more. I mean, sorry, but this
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All 34 DC Comics Movies Ranked, Including ‘Shazam’

The DC Comics universe hasn’t quite flooded the big screen the way Marvel ones have in the past decade, but the DC brand has been hitting the big screen longer in the era of color, starting with the 1966 Adam WestBatman.” We ranked all those modern flicks, from “Batman: The Movie” to the DC Extended Universe’s “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League,” “Aquaman” and “Shazam.”

34. “Jonah Hex” (2010)

Despite the efforts of Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender, this is one of the worst comic book movies of the modern era.

33. “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987)

Christopher Reeve is by far the best Superman. But “Superman IV” is a bomb in every sense — partly because of its heavy-handedness about bombs. Nuclear bombs. The film finds Superman trying to eliminate the world’s nuclear threat, but his best intentions run afoul of a silly, badly dated villain named Nuclear Man.

32. “Supergirl” (1984)

We
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The Punisher Season 2 Easter Egg Confirms Batman Exists In The McU

We’re used to Marvel’s Netflix shows making oblique references to the Avengers, like a nod to “that green dude” here or a kid dressed up as Captain America there. It turns out though that The Punisher season 2 actually featured an easily-missed easter egg relating to a hero from the other side.

An eagle-eyed Reddit user has shared a screenshot from episode 1, from the scene where Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) meets the young son of a woman he spent the night with. It looks like the kid’s a big fan of the Dark Knight, too, as his backpack has a Batman logo on it. Specifically, the emblem from the 1966 TV series.

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DC easter eggs in the McU aren’t all that common, but we do
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Flashback: Roger Miller Sings for Superman

Flashback: Roger Miller Sings for Superman
Roger Miller would have turned 83 years old today. Born January 2nd, 1936, in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Erick, Oklahoma, Miller would become one of the most celebrated songwriters in American history, an entertainer and composer distinguished for his contributions to country and pop music, as well as for his 1985 Tony-winning Broadway show Big River.

Much of Miller’s creative genius was rooted in his left-of-left-field humor, which sparked creative wordplay in the songwriter. But even on those rare occasions when he recorded material written by others, his delectable wit made those tunes his own.
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Make Up Artists And Hair Stylist Guild Sets Career Awards For Susan Cabral-Ebert & Robert Louis Stevenson

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Make Up Artists And Hair Stylist Guild Sets Career Awards For Susan Cabral-Ebert & Robert Louis Stevenson
Susan Cabral-Ebert and Robert Louis Stevenson are set to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards next year. The duo will accept their hardware February 16 at Muahs’ annual awards ‘do at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The outgoing president of Muahs (Iatse Local 706), four-time Emmy nominee Cabral-Ebert joined the guild at a time when it just was beginning to allow women as makeup artists. After working on such popular TV series as Dallas, La Law and ER, she transitioned to films and worked primarily as Department Head on The Perfect Storm, Erin Brockovich, Pleasantville, Dead Poets Society and dozens of others. After 25 years on the sets, she was hired in 2002 as the Assistant Business Representative for Local 706 while she was Vice President and soon afterward was elected President — an office she has held for five terms.

Emmy winner Stevenson’s hairstylist career
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Al Matthews Has Passed Away

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In a cast filled with memorable characters, Al Matthews enhanced the performances of those around him with his portrayal of Sergeant Apone in Aliens, and we're sad to share the news that the actor and real-life Marine veteran has passed away at the age of 75.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, via the "Spanish international news agency Efe and the El Pais newspaper," Matthews passed away at his home in Alicante, Spain. The cause of death is not known at this time.

In addition to playing Sgt. Apone in James Cameron's Aliens, Matthews voiced the cigar-loving character in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines. While he is perhaps best known as Sgt. Apone, Matthews also appeared in Superman III, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, and the upcoming Western The Price of Death. Matthews also inspired the character Sergeant Major Avery Junior Johnson
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Al Matthews, Aliens and Superman III Actor, Dies at 75

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Al Matthews, Aliens and Superman III Actor, Dies at 75
Today brings about some very sad news for fans of James Cameron's Aliens, as we can confirm the passing of Al Matthews at the age of 75. A neighbor recently found the actor unresponsive in his Spanish home, where he had been living since retiring there in 2005. Matthews was declared dead soon after he was found, and the official cause of death will be revealed after an autopsy.

Aliens has a very strong cast, but Matthews might have had the most quotable lines in the film. Notably, nobody can ever forget the way he gets his team moving in the morning. "Alright, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed?" Apone would ask them. Humorously, when one soldier complains about his feet being cold, the sergeant responds, "What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?" Certainly, Matthews' portrayal of Apone is one of the film's most entertaining aspects.
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Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75

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Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75
Al Matthews, the actor who portrayed Sergeant Apone in Aliens, was found dead in his home in Spain. He was 75.

The actor and Vietnam War veteran was found by a neighbor in his bedroom on Saturday at about 10 p.m., according to Spanish newswire Efe. Details about his death were not immediately available Monday. He lived in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 21, 1942. Matthews was based in the United Kingdom and retired to Spain in 2005, according to El Pais. His film roles extended to Superman III, The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies.
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Al Matthews: ‘Aliens’ & ‘Superman III’ Star Dies Aged 75

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Al Matthews: ‘Aliens’ & ‘Superman III’ Star Dies Aged 75
Al Matthews, the Brooklyn-born actor best known for playing Sergeant Apone in Aliens, has died aged 75.

Matthews died in Spain, in the province of Alicante, according to local news reports published by El Pais. He retired to Spain in 2005.

Best known for his role in James Cameron’s sci-fi sequel, uttering the line, “Alright sweethearts, what are you waiting for, breakfast in bed? A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I love the corps!”

Matthews appeared in over 30 films including as General Tudor in the Fifth Element, in Tomorrow Never Dies and as the fire chief in Superman III. He also appeared in a raft of British television series including teen soap Grange Hill.

He also voiced the Sergeant Apone character in the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines. His last filmed
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Al Matthews, Cigar-Chomping Sgt. Apone in 'Aliens,' Dies at 75

Al Matthews, Cigar-Chomping Sgt. Apone in 'Aliens,' Dies at 75
Al Matthews, the real-life military man who portrayed the no-nonsense, cigar-chomping Sgt. Apone in the sci-fi horror classic Aliens, has died. He was 75.

Matthews was found dead in his home in Alicante on Spain's Mediterranean coast Saturday at 10 p.m. by a neighbor, the Spanish international news agency Efe and the El Pais newspaper confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Matthews also had bit parts in Rough Cut (1980), Ragtime (1981), Superman III (1983), The Fifth Element (1997) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

But it's his performance in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi horror film that endeared him to audiences. Near the movie's ...
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All The Movies, TV Shows And Comics We Know To Be Coming To DC Universe

By now, there’s a solid chance you’re already willing to lay down money on the soon to be launched DC Universe streaming service. After all, not only will it feature original series such as Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders, but it’ll also boast much in the way of archived content.

Speaking of which, you’re probably wondering what movies, TV series and comic books will be at your fingertips once it’s showtime, so we’re here to help you out. Basically, we’ve compiled everything that could be gleaned from the menus and clips included in the launch trailer (seen above), as well as the few selections that have already been revealed in the media.

As you read on, it’ll become apparent that while there’s certainly already much to offer, any films included in the DC Extended Universe
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‘DC Universe’ Beta Access Sign-Up Begins; Some Streaming Content Unveiled

The DC Universe streaming service took one step closer toward launch today by unveiling an email signup form for beta access, some new features, and a sneak peek at some of the content expected to be available at launch.

Fans have to pay for access to DC Universe so Warner Bros. is hoping to offer enough content and features to keep them coming back for more. That list includes fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news - and presumably sneak peeks, classic TV series and films, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise available to buy.

As a paying member you'll also become part of the DC community with the ability to earn premium rewards and participate in a variety of sweepstakes and contests exclusive to the streaming platform.

Some of the content subscribers are expected to
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Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' Blaster Sells for $550,000 at Auction

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' Blaster Sells for $550,000 at Auction
The blaster Harrison Ford's Han Solo wielded in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction Saturday.

The prop weapon was the top-selling item in a Hollywood-themed lot offered by Julian's Auctions. The auction house added that Ripley's Believe It or Not purchased Solo's blaster, the Associated Press reports.

The weapon, made mostly of wood, was one of nearly 40 Star Wars-related items from the collection of the film's art director James L. Schoppe that hit the auction block. Other items
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Homelessness, Addiction and Recovery: Inside Margot Kidder's Battle with Mental Health

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Homelessness, Addiction and Recovery: Inside Margot Kidder's Battle with Mental Health
While Margot Kidder is best known for her recurring role as Lois Lane in the original Superman films, she will also be remembered for her long and courageous battle with bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression.

The actress died at the age of 69 on Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana, People confirmed on Monday. Her cause of death is unknown.

“The reality of my life has been grand and wonderful, punctuated by these odd blips and burps of madness,” Kidder told People for a cover story in 1996, not long after her last reported manic episode, which left her homeless for a time.
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Margot Kidder, Lois Lane of 'Superman' Films, Dead at 69

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane of 'Superman' Films, Dead at 69
Margot Kidder, the actress who helped immortalize Lois Lane in the 'Superman' series, has died at age 69. Kobal/Rex Shutterstock

Margot Kidder, the actress who portrayed Lois Lane in four Superman films, died Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana at the age of 69.

The Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory first announced Kidder's death, which was later confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter by the actress' representative. No cause of death was provided.

During the Seventies and Eighties, Kidder's most prolific decades, the actress starred in films like Brian De Palma's Sisters,
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