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“I’m Not Qualified For Anything Else”: Writer/Director Steve Kloves on The Fabulous Baker Boys and Flesh and Bone

Twelve years before he became the screenwriter of the most successful franchise in film history, adapting all but one of the Harry Potter novels for the screen, Steve Kloves directed the first of two extraordinarily powerful and original films – movies all the more remarkable for how different they were from each other. Kloves had one produced screenplay to his credit, 1984’s Racing with the Moon, when he assembled the dream cast of Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Beau Bridges to create The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989. Its story of two piano-playing brothers and the singer that upends years […]
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“I’m Not Qualified For Anything Else”: Writer/Director Steve Kloves on The Fabulous Baker Boys and Flesh and Bone

Twelve years before he became the screenwriter of the most successful franchise in film history, adapting all but one of the Harry Potter novels for the screen, Steve Kloves directed the first of two extraordinarily powerful and original films – movies all the more remarkable for how different they were from each other. Kloves had one produced screenplay to his credit, 1984’s Racing with the Moon, when he assembled the dream cast of Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Beau Bridges to create The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989. Its story of two piano-playing brothers and the singer that upends years […]
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Richard Benjamin To Attend "The Sunshine Boys" 40th Anniversary Screening In L.A., August 4

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Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.

Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The
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Ray Charles, Leader of Ray Charles Singers, Who Backed Perry Como, Dies at 96

Ray Charles, Leader of Ray Charles Singers, Who Backed Perry Como, Dies at 96
Ray Charles, an American musician, songwriter, composer, conductor, arranger and leader of the Ray Charles Singers, died Monday at home in Beverly Hills. He was 96 (and was not the soul singer of the same name, who died in 2004).

An authority on American music, Charles served as a musical consultant to the Kennedy Center Honors for 31 years and for “The Muppet Show.”

As a singer, he is best known for the vocals, with Julia Rinker Miller, on the theme song for ABC comedy “Three’s Company.”

The Ray Charles Singers — named so by Perry Como, with whom Charles had a close association — recorded some 30 vocal albums and appeared on Como’s albums, TV series and specials over a period of more than three decades starting in 1959.

His film projects included “Funny Lady” and “Racing With the Moon”; much earlier, in 1947, he conducted the original cast album for the Broadway musical “Finian’s Rainbow” on Columbia Records.
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Actress Kate Williamson Dies at 82

Actress Kate Williamson Dies at 82
Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as “Disclosure,” ”Dahmer,” ”Dream Lover” and “Racing With the Moon,” has died at age 82 after a lengthy illness, said her manager, Judy Fox.

Williamson died Friday at her suburban Encino home, less than a month after the passing of her husband of nearly 60 years, veteran character actor Al Ruscio. “They were the epitome of true and forever sweethearts,” Fox said.

Williamson also appeared in dozens of TV shows going back to the 1970s, including “7th Heaven,” ”Jag,” ”NYPD Blue,” ”Home Improvement” and “Ellen.”

Williamson is survived by four children and five grandchildren.
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R.I.P. ‘Ellen’ Actress Kate Williamson

Character actress Kate Williamson, who played Mrs. Rogers on ABC’s Ellen and turned in supporting roles in films including Barry Levinson’s Disclosure, Dahmer, Dream Lover, and Racing with the Moon, died Friday evening at her Encino, CA home. She was 82. Williamson, born Robina Jane Sparks, was the daughter of actress/singer Nydia Westman and producer/writer Salathiel Robert Sparks. In 1954 she married actor and acting teacher Al Ruscio, whose credits include The Godfather, Part III , Life Goes On, and Seinfeld. Ruscio had served on the SAG board of directors and died less than a month ago on November 12. The couple leaves behind four children, three of whom also went into showbiz: Actress and poet Elizabeth Ruscio, director and editor Michael Ruscio, production designer Nina Ruscio and teacher Maria Ruscio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Actors’ Fund of America, 729 7th Ave., Floor 10, New York,
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Actress Kate Williamson Dies at 82

Actress Kate Williamson Dies at 82
Actress Kate Williamson, whose film and television career spanned more than two decades, died Friday evening at her home in Encino, her manager, Judy Fox, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 82.  Williamson died mere weeks after her husband, veteran character actor Al Ruscio, 89,  died Nov. 12. "She had been in failing health for quite some time," Fox said in a statement.  The actress is perhaps best known for her role in Ellen DeGeneres' 1990's sitcom Ellen as opinionated teacher Mrs. Rodgers, a member of Ellen's quirky book club. Her film résumé includes Racing With the Moon (1984),

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UTA Signs Husband-Wife Globe Nominees Simon Curtis And Elizabeth McGovern

UTA Signs Husband-Wife Globe Nominees Simon Curtis And Elizabeth McGovern
Exclusive: UTA has added two Golden Globe nominees to the agency fold. UTA has signed My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis as well as his wife Elizabeth McGovern, the Globe-nominated star of Downton Abbey. McGovern was a rising feature actress in the 1980s with leads in films like She’s Having A Baby, Ordinary People, Ragtime and Racing With the Moon, before moving to the UK to raise a family with Curtis. She has continued working there, and has found herself back on the Hollywood radar with the British series Downton Abbey. McGovern is managed by Anonymous Content, and both continue with their UK reps. McGovern is with The Rights House and Curtis with Independent.
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Video of the Day: A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliches

Cliché: a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel.

With Hollywood producing so many movies ever year, it is no surprise that they are often full of clichés. Jeff Smith created this montage under the Bottoms Up Productions label for acclaimed movie blog FilmDrunk.com, showing clips of some of the biggest movie clichés from a total of 102 films. The list of films are below the video. Enjoy!

“You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?” – A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliche from Jeff Smith on Vimeo.

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1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

2. Breaking and Entering (2006)

3. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

4. Annapolis (2006)

5. Daylight (1996)

6. Platoon (1986)

7. The Invincible Iron Man (2007)

8. Tooth Fairy (2010)

9. Hud (1963)

10. The General’s Daughter (1999)

11. Clockers (1995)

12. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

13. I Sell the Dead
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Seven-Day Summary: 'Hall Pass' Holds On to Top Soft Week

Seven-Day Summary: 'Hall Pass' Holds On to Top Soft Week
Hollywood executives can breathe a slight sigh of relief: Winter 2011 has finally come to its ignominious conclusion, with Hall Pass topping an otherwise uneventful week at the box office. Not too far behind was fellow Warner Bros. release Unknown and Disney/Touchstone animated hit Gnomeo and Juliet, while the week's other opener Drive Angry failed to shift out of first gear. Thanks to Hall Pass's middling result and Drive Angry's disastrous start, overall box office was off 11 percent from last year when Shutter Island led for the second week in a row. Hall Pass ended its first week just shy of $18 million. That's down from The Farrelly Bros.'s 2007 comedy The Heartbreak Kid but up a bit from Fever Pitch and Stuck on You (though the gap with Fever Pitch closes when adjusting for ticket price inflation). While it did take the top spot, Hall Pass has the
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The Evolution Of Nicolas Cage’s Hair

A while back we posted the video Nicolas Cage Loses His Shit, by editor Harry Hanrahan. Well Harry is back with another montage, this time showcasing the evolution of Nicolas Cage’s hair. If there’s one thing more versatile than Cage’s brand of mania, it’s Cage’s hairstyles over the years, which come complete with their own personalities. Enjoy!

Here is a list of movies used in the video:

00’08 – Valley Girl

00’14 – Rumble Fish

00’18 – Racing with the Moon

00’21 – The Cotton Club

00’23 – Birdy

00’27 – The Boy In Blue

00’31 – Peggy Sue Got Married

00’35 – Raising Arizona

00’40 – Moonstruck

00’44 – Vampire’s Kiss

00’49 – Fire Birds

00’52 – Wild at Heart

00’55 – Zandalee

00’59 – Honeymoon In Vegas

01’02 – Amos & Andrew

01’05 – Red Rock West

01’08 – Deadfall

01’13 – Guarding Tess

01’15 – It Could Happen to You

01’17 – Trapped In Paradise

01’19 – Kiss of Death

01’24 – Leaving Las Vegas

01’27 – The Rock

01’30 – Con Air

01’35 – Face/Off

01’38 – City of Angels

01’39 – Snake Eyes

01’40 – 8Mm

01’42 – Bringing Out the Dead

01’44 – Gone In Sixty Seconds

01’46 – The Family Man
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The Evolution of Nicolas Cage's Hair | A Video by Harry Hanrahan

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A month after unleashing Nicolas Cage Loses His Sh*t, Harry Hanrahan has returned in this spin-off of sorts to that video, The Evolution of Nicolas Cage's Hair. If there's one thing more versatile than Cage's level of crazy, it's Cage's hairstyles over the years, which come complete with their own personalities. It's like a Chia of Crazy. It will amaze and confound you.

Prepare to be follicly-hypnotized for the next two-and-a-half minutes.

Here is a list of movies used in the video:

00'08 - Valley Girl

00'14 - Rumble Fish

00'18 - Racing with the Moon

00'21 - The Cotton Club

00'23 - Birdy

00'27 - The Boy In Blue

00'31 - Peggy Sue Got Married

00'35 - Raising Arizona

00'40 - Moonstruck

00'44 - Vampire's Kiss

00'49 - Fire Birds

00'52 - Wild at Heart

00'55 - Zandalee

00'59 - Honeymoon In Vegas

01'02 - Amos & Andrew
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McGovern calls Sean Penn 'exhausting'

McGovern calls Sean Penn 'exhausting'
Elizabeth McGovern has admitted that her relationship with Sean Penn was "exhausting". The actress, who dated Penn in the 1980s after they met on the set of film Racing With the Moon, claimed that Penn was too intense for her to handle, reports the Daily Mail. "Sean was an important relationship for me. It was the frenzy of Sean's feeling that overwhelmed me," she said. The Oscar-nominated star added: "But there's a drama to the way Sean lives every bit of his life. (more)
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Billy Burke On Set Interview Drive Angry 3D

Twilight fans aren’t going to know what hit them. That’s because while Billy Burke has made an impression as Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) mild mannered father in the Twilight movies, in director Patrick Lussier’s Drive Angry 3D, Burke plays an over-the-top villainous cult leader that dresses like a rock star.

But let me back up a second. Back in early May, I got to visit the set of Drive Angry while the film was being shot in Shreveport, Louisiana. While studios usually wait till closer to release to let us post on set interviews, I’m giving Summit a lot of credit for letting us get a jump on Comic-Con and lifting the embargo today. Much more after the jump:

For those not familiar with Drive Angry, you should start by reading my set report. But the quick synopsis is the film “centers on a man
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Billy Burke Exclusive Interview The Twilight Saga: Eclipse; Plus Info on Drive Angry

Billy Burke is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film. In the phenomenally successful Twilight films, he plays Charlie Swan, the Forks Chief of Police, who is also the father of Bella (Kristen Stewart), a young woman torn between her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and her werewolf best friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

The latest installment, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, sees Bella and Charlie sharing some highly memorable, touching and funny father-daughter moments, which the actor said he really enjoyed filming. In this exclusive interview with Collider, Billy Burke talked about working with the talented Kristen Stewart, how he could never choose between Team Edward and Team Jacob, his thoughts on the baby in Breaking Dawn and how he’s looking forward to working with Bill Condon.

He also talked about his role in the upcoming 3-D action thriller Drive Angry,
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The M/C Review: 'Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans' serves up delicious crazy

It's been a while since I've proudly identified myself as a Nicolas Cage fan. But I'm saying it here, and I'm saying it's because of all the years in the wilderness, not in spite of it. I've been there from the start.  13-year-old me saw "Valley Girl" in the theater.  Twice, courtesy the movie theater usher older brother of a friend.  14-year-old-me took two different girls to see "Racing With The Moon" when it played, and both times, I got to touch a boob as a direct result of the movie, which automatically made it better-than-almost-any-other-movie-ever.   Cage was a guy...
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In Which We Discuss the Need for Nicolas Cage to Stop Making Bad Movies

Whatever happened to the Cage who started out making films like Racing with the Moon, Peggy Sue Got Married, Raising Arizona and Moonstruck? Or the later Cage, who intrigued with potent, evocative performances in Wild at Heart and Leaving Las Vegas? Or even the Cage who carried solid, action-packed films like The Rock (one of the few Michael Bay films that are worth watching) or Face/Off? There was a time when I looked forward to seeing a new Nic Cage film, when his talent on screen, combined with an ability to discern which scripts were worth making, made a new Nic Cage film something to at least be interested in, if not excited about. But these days, his choices tend more toward the explosion-packed and banal than the engaging and brilliant. And I miss the other Nic Cage.
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