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Steve Guttenberg: 'I learned humility from Laurence Olivier'

Steve Guttenberg: 'I learned humility from Laurence Olivier'
As the ordinary guy in Police Academy and Three Men and a Baby, Guttenberg was one of the 80s unlikeliest stars – then disappeared. He talks about defying audience expectation, partying with Tom Selleck and Ted Danson and his latest role as a foul-mouthed British gangster

Steve Guttenberg … in a British gangster film!” sounds like a movie pitch by Alan Partridge. Mr Nice of 80s movies – the actor who embodied friendly normality in films such as Short Circuit, Cocoon and Three Men and a Baby – starring in a weird subgenre of film that is now little more than violence porn and misogyny?

And yet, here we are in 2021, with Guttenberg playing an alarmingly bewigged capo in something called – let me check my notes – Original Gangster. It’s not quite as weird as Donald Trump becoming president of the United States, but it’s not far off.
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M-Appeal sells Berlin Generation title ‘Cocoon’ to North America, Europe, Brazil (exclusive)

M-Appeal sells Berlin Generation title ‘Cocoon’ to North America, Europe, Brazil (exclusive)
Leonie Krippendorff’s teenage drama picked up for the US, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Benelux.

German sales outfit M-Appeal has closed a raft of deals across Europe and in North America and Brazil on Leonie Krippendorff’s teenage drama Cocoon.

The coming-of-age story, which received its world premiere in the Generation section of the Berlinale in 2020, will be released in the US by Film Movement.

European deals have also been secured in Spain (Barton Films), Denmark (Angel Distribution), Sweden (Filmcentrum Distribution) and Benelux (Cinemien). Cinemien is planning a theatrical release in late summer 2021.

Olhar Distribuição will release in Brazil, beginning with six theatres in August,
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M-Appeal sells Berlin Generation title ‘Cocoon’ to North America, Europe (exclusive)

M-Appeal sells Berlin Generation title ‘Cocoon’ to North America, Europe (exclusive)
Leonie Krippendorff’s teenage drama picked up for the US, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Benelux.

German sales outfit M-Appeal has closed a raft of deals across Europe and in North America on Leonie Krippendorff’s teenage drama Cocoon.

The coming-of-age story, which received its world premiere in the Generation section of the Berlinale in 2020, will be released in the US by Film Movement.

European deals have also been secured in Spain (Barton Films), Denmark (Angel Distribution), Sweden (Filmcentrum Distribution) and Benelux (Cinemien). Cinemien is planning a theatrical release in late summer 2021.

The film marks the second feature of Germany’s
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Psst! Bill Murray (‘On the Rocks’) has a secret advantage in Best Supporting Actor Oscar race

Psst! Bill Murray (‘On the Rocks’) has a secret advantage in Best Supporting Actor Oscar race
Hey, Oscar pundits: Don’t count out Bill Murray just yet to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in the A24/Apple TV+ release “On the Rocks.” Over the years this specific category has been the equivalent of the veterans achievement award, with 10 men claiming victory after the age of 70 (see below). Murray just turned 70 in September, which makes him one of only two septuagenarians in Gold Derby’s Top 8, the other being 73-year-old Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”). Could Murray’s decades of experience in the industry give him a secret advantage in this race?

Murray plays Felix in “On the Rocks,” a caring father who gets involved in the marital troubles of his daughter Laura (Rashida Jones) and her possibly cheating husband Dean (Marlon Wayans). Sofia Coppola wrote and directed the dramedy film, which serves as a reunion of sorts between she and Murray. The first time
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Hey, Oscar voters: Attention must be paid to Brian Dennehy in ‘Driveways’

Hey, Oscar voters: Attention must be paid to Brian Dennehy in ‘Driveways’
When Brian Dennehy died this past April at the age of 81, the “Everyman” character actor of extraordinary complexity left behind memorable performances in such films as 1979’s “10,” 1982’s “First Blood,” 1985’s “Cocoon” and “Silverado” and 1990 “Presumed Innocent,” countless TV appearances and gut wrenching, Tony Award-winning turns as Willy Loman in the 1999 revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and as James Tyrone in the 2000 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

“He was a towering, fearless actor taking on the greatest dramatic roles of the 20th century,” Robert Falls, artistic director of the Goodman Theater in Chicago, told the New York Times. “There were mountains that had to be climbed, and he no problem throwing himself into climbing them.”

Dennehy was nominated for six Emmys including for his terrifying performance as serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the 1992 miniseries “To Catch a Killer” and won
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In Memoriam: Movie, TV and Music Stars We Lost in 2020

In Memoriam: Movie, TV and Music Stars We Lost in 2020
Looking back over the beloved stars we lost in the past year is always emotional, and this year has been especially devastating, given how many members of the entertainment community died due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic hit the music community especially hard, but television and film performers, as well as stage actors and below-the-line workers were also affected. Singer-songwriter John Prine, record producer Hal Willner and “Nashville” actor Allen Garfield all died of coronavirus on April 7. Broadway actor Nick Cordero died on July 5 after a four-month battle with the disease.

Adam Schlesinger, a composer and co-founder of Fountains of Wayne, died on April 1 at 52. Charley Pride, remembered as country music’s first Black superstar, died on Dec. 12 of coronavirus complications.

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Chadwick Boseman‘s death due to colon cancer rocked the entertainment industry on Aug. 28. The “Black Panther” star was just 43, and his death came as a
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Evolutionary Films takes ‘Heckle’ for worldwide sales, UK distribution (exclusive)

Evolutionary Films takes ‘Heckle’ for worldwide sales, UK distribution (exclusive)
The film has its market premiere at AFM online.

UK-based sales agent Evolutionary Films has acquired worldwide rights to Martyn Pick’s comedy horror Heckle, starring Steve Guttenberg as famous stand-up comedian stalked by a deranged heckler.

The company is also handling UK distribution on the title, which it is launching at this week’s AFM Online (November 9-13).

Pick directed from a screenplay by Airell Anthony Hayles. It is produced by Giselle Fryatt, Jane Ledsom, Mike Willoughby and Hayles for the UK’s Voodoo Productions and Haunted Cinema.

Guttenberg, best known for his roles in Cocoon and Police Academy,
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16 Classic Movies You Can’t Stream Anywhere, From Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’ to ‘Wild at Heart’ (Photos)

16 Classic Movies You Can’t Stream Anywhere, From Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’ to ‘Wild at Heart’ (Photos)
No matter how many streaming platforms seem to pop up and demand your attention and subscription dollars, there are incredibly still movies that are just…missing. Not for streaming, not for rental, not for digital purchase, nothing. These movies are simply unavailable digitally. Maybe you can catch a cable broadcast or can find a DVD lying around, because chances are you’re not seeing a repertory screening of these either right now.

For years there were Disney movies, Studio Ghibli films, art house classics and James Cameron blockbusters that had no home, though that’s changed even within the last few months as HBO Max, Disney+. Criterion Channel and Peacock have all emerged, but there are still plenty that are not available at the push of a button. It can do with how Hollywood treats its film history, legal puzzles in terms of who owns what or the financial reality
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UK Trailer for German Coming-of-Age Sexual Awakening Film 'Cocoon'

UK Trailer for German Coming-of-Age Sexual Awakening Film 'Cocoon'
"Imagine if it were like that with everything that's beautiful. One minute it's there. And then it's gone." Peccadillo Pics in the UK has released a UK trailer for the German coming-of-age / sexual awakening drama Cocoon, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Kreuzberg is Nora's microcosm. The silent observer, she's always tagging along: at parties, at school, at the pool, on rooftops. Nora drifts around the monotonous housing blocks with her big sister and her friends... But Nora has her own way of looking at the world, and when she meets Romy, she realizes why. There is music in the air, Nora's body is changing, and caterpillars are spinning cocoons. A "true depiction of the trials and triumphs of female adolescence, Cocoon is a raw and honest coming-of-age tale that every woman can relate to." The film features Lena Urzendowsky, Jella Haase, and Lena Klenke. Looks like a very vibrant,
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Why Isn’t Evan Rachel Wood’s ‘Once and Again’ Available to Stream?

Why Isn’t Evan Rachel Wood’s ‘Once and Again’ Available to Stream?
Once and Again,” created by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz — those experts in the emotional lives of sensitive, upper-middle-class white people, as evidenced by their other shows, “thirtysomething” and “My So-Called Life” — was a family drama that ran on ABC from 1999 to 2002. It revolved around the lives of two divorced people, Lily and Rick (Billy Campbell), who first meet at their kids’ school, and then fall in love and get married at the end of Season 2, blending their families. It was a show about feelings, and its characters would sometimes address the audience in black-and-white interstitials as if being interviewed for a documentary.

To look back on the ratings that led ABC to bounce “Once and Again” around its schedule for three seasons, before canceling it in 2002, is to remember how much the standards for success have changed. During its first season’s Nielsen ratings, the show drew nearly 11 million viewers each week,
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The films opening around the world this weekend: ‘Babyteeth’, ‘The Perfect Candidate’, ‘The Roads Not Taken’

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The films opening around the world this weekend: ‘Babyteeth’, ‘The Perfect Candidate’, ‘The Roads Not Taken’
Indie titles hoping to capitalise on blockbuster absence.

UK-Ireland, opening Friday August 14

Picturehouse Entertainment heads the new titles this weekend with Shannon Murphy’s Australian comedy-drama Babyteeth in 140 locations.

The debut feature of theatre and TV drama director Murphy played in Competition at Venice last year, where Toby Wallace won the Marcello Mastroianni award for emerging actor/actress. It most recently won the top prize at the 19th Transylvania International Film Festival last weekend.

Adapted by Rita Kalnejais from her stage play of the same name, the film centres on Milla (Eliza Scanlen), a seriously ill teenager, who falls in
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LGBT Coming-of-Age Movie ‘Cocoon’ Sells to U.K., Other Territories (Exclusive)

LGBT Coming-of-Age Movie ‘Cocoon’ Sells to U.K., Other Territories (Exclusive)
Sales agent M-Appeal has closed distribution deals for LGBT coming-of-age movie “Cocoon,” the opening film of Generation 14Plus at the Berlin Film Festival, with the U.K. and several other territories.

The film, directed by Leonie Krippendorff, stars Jella Haase and Lena Klenke. Haase won the talent showcase Shooting Stars at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016. She also starred in this year’s Berlinale competition film “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” directed by Burhan Qurbani. Klenke starred in Lars Kraume’s “The Silent Revolution” and Netflix series “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).”

Peccadillo Pictures will distribute “Cocoon” in the U.K and Ireland, with theatrical and premium VOD releases expected at the end of October. Queer Kino has acquired all rights in Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, except free TV, and it’s planning to release the title in theaters in December.

CutAway has acquired all rights in North Macedonia and Albania,
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Outfest Los Angeles Sets ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’, ‘Monsoon’, ‘Two Eyes’ And More For Virtual LGBTQ Film Fest

Outfest Los Angeles Sets ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’, ‘Monsoon’, ‘Two Eyes’ And More For Virtual LGBTQ Film Fest
Outfest Los Angeles is going virtual this year and they have unveiled their stacked lineup for the 11-day festival which kicks off August 20.

The LGBTQ film fest fest will include over 160 films with 35 world premieres, 10 North American premieres and 4 U.S. premieres to Los Angeles for 2020. The fest will live on http://www.outfestla2020.com and there will also be “Outfest LA Under the Stars”, a drive-in experience will take place at the stunning Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, where for two extended weekends the Festival will be hosting a series of drive-in screenings across six-nights on two lots, including both kick-off and closing events. The drive-in screenings will start with the Sundance pic The Nowhere Inn starring musicians Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein. Other screenings will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Over 70% of films at Outfest LA directed by female, trans, and Poc filmmakers. The Breakthrough Centerpiece will be
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‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’: Still Packing A Punch After All These Years

‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’: Still Packing A Punch After All These Years
The summer of 1985 was a good one for movie fans — ushered in over Memorial Day weekend with Rambo 2 and the latest James Bond film, A View to a Kill, it produced a number of beloved blockbusters, including Fletch, The Goonies, Cocoon, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and Back to the Future. Then, in [...]

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Wilford Brimley (1934-2020)

Wilford Brimley (1934-2020)
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Wilford Brimley and 80s child star Barret Oliver in Cocoon (1985)

A beloved character actor passed away this weekend. Wilford Brimley was born and died in Utah, but he became a fixture in mainstream Hollywood for a couple of decades for his earthy appeal and facility with adorable curmudgeons. Though he'd been acting since the 1960s he didn't crossover into true fame until the mid 80s...
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Shannen Doherty Mourns Our House Co-Star Wilford Brimley: 'He Was Like a Grandpa to Me for a Very Long Time'

Shannen Doherty Mourns Our House Co-Star Wilford Brimley: 'He Was Like a Grandpa to Me for a Very Long Time'
Shannen Doherty is remembering former Our House co-star Wilford Brimley, who died on Saturday at the age of 85.

From 1986 to 1988, Brimley played family patriarch Gus Witherspoon on the aforementioned NBC family drama, on which Doherty played his teenage granddaughter, Kris. On Instagram Sunday, Doherty mourned her TV granddad, choosing to remember him as a man who “gave big hugs and told great jokes.”

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Ron Howard Reflects on Wilford Brimley’s Famous Fishing Scene in ‘Cocoon’ (Video)

Ron Howard Reflects on Wilford Brimley’s Famous Fishing Scene in ‘Cocoon’ (Video)
Following the passing on Saturday evening of Wilford Brimley, director Ron Howard looked back on his work with the actor on the 1985 film “Cocoon,” particularly in one of the film’s most heartbreaking and honest scenes.

In the scene, Ben Luckett, played by Brimley, is out fishing with his grandson at his favorite spot by the highway in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ben, along with other members of his retirement home, has been given an offer by the Antareans to come to their home planet where they will be immortal. While fishing, Ben does his best to break the bittersweet news to his grandson that he will be saying goodbye forever.

“We didn’t always see eye-to-eye but I owe this ‘Cocoon’ scene to Wilfred who asked me to throw out the script & let him improvise while fishing with the boy,” Howard recalled in a tweet. “I agreed and shot a
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Actor Wilford Brimley Dies At Age 85 And Ron Howard & John Carpenter Pay Tribute

Actor Wilford Brimley Dies At Age 85 And Ron Howard & John Carpenter Pay Tribute
Actor Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2020. He was 85.

Utah-born Brimley found his way into the film industry through stunt work around horse riding, before taking on successively larger roles in his 40s and 50s which brought him fame playing sometimes gruff but lovable moustachioed seniors.

In Ron Howard’s 1985 Sci-Fi feature “Cocoon”, Brimley played a man in his 70s who together with the other residents of a Florida retirement home, discovers an alien energy source that rejuvenates them.

Rip #WilfordBrimley We didn’t always see eye 2 eye but I owe this Cocoon scene to Wilford who asked me to throw out the script & let him improvise while fishing w/the boy. I agreed & shot a few 3-camera set-ups & he was brilliant & honest https://t.co/hjgCVyUArc via @YouTube

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward
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Wilford Brimley Remembered by His Our House Co-Star Deidre Hall: 'Heaven Just Got a Lot More Interesting'

Wilford Brimley Remembered by His Our House Co-Star Deidre Hall: 'Heaven Just Got a Lot More Interesting'
Days of Our Lives‘ Deidre Hall is mourning the loss of former Our House co-star Wilford Brimley, who died on Saturday at the age of 85.

From 1986 to 1988, Brimley played family patriarch Gus Witherspoon on the NBC family drama, on which Hall played his widowed daughter-in-law, Jessie. On Instagram Sunday, Hall spoke fondly of the esteemed character actor, referring to his loss as “a great one.”

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Wilford Brimley, Star of ‘Cocoon’ and ‘The Thing’, Has Died at 85

Wilford Brimley, Star of ‘Cocoon’ and ‘The Thing’, Has Died at 85
Wilford Brimley may best be known as the spokesperson for Quaker Oats and the face of diabetes awareness, not to mention having one of the finest mustaches and a soothing, grandfatherly voice. But he was also a gifted character actor, having appeared in movies such as Cocoon, The Thing, The Natural, and The Firm. Unfortunately, […]

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