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Career Breakthroughs: Bruce Willis

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This month we look at the interesting stories of how some of the biggest names in movies got their big breakthrough. Today we take a look at Bruce Willis.

Bruce Willis has made a name for himself as an action movie star, but he has performed in many different types of roles across nearly every genre. In addition to his prolific career in film, he has acted on stage and television. He is also a producer and signer, having released three solo albums. Altogether he has been featured in an acting or voiceover role in 88 feature films since 1980, which altogether have grossed more than $3 billion at the Us box office. He is currently the 9th highest grossing actor of all time in a leading role.

Bruce Willis is perhaps best known for his role of John McClane in the 5 films (so far) that have made up the Die Hard franchise.
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First Trailer for Awkward Comedy 'Born Guilty' with Rosanna Arquette

"What happens when you secretly pay someone to romance your Mom?" Freestyle Media has debuted an official trailer for a cute New York-set indie romantic comedy titled Born Guilty, from writer/director Max Heller. The ensemble comedy is about a mother and her son, both intervening in their lives a bit too much. Acclaimed actress Rosanna Arquette stars as a "lonely and frazzled New York social worker." Her son is played by Jay Devore, and he decides to setup his free-spirited Australian friend Rawl, as played by David Coussins, with his mother - all the while trying to balance his own relationship, too. The cast includes Keesha Sharp, Anna Lore, Jay Klaitz, John Lavelle, and Xander Berkeley. This looks pretty bad, but have a look anyway. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Max Heller's Born Guilty, direct from YouTube: Born Guilty is the story of a lonely and frazzled
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Film Review: ‘Three Identical Strangers’

Separated at birth, then reunited at age 19 in 1980, New York triplets Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman became the toast of the talk-show circuit after learning that they were long-lost brothers. Though their story received considerable exposure at the time — making them a welcome fixture at Studio 54, landing them a cameo with Madonna in “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and so on — the public tended to focus on the inspirational reunion rather than asking questions about the circumstances of their adoption.

Turns out, the brothers’ story is much bigger and more complicated than anyone imagined, and is only now being properly revealed, thanks to director Tim Wardle’s jaw-dropping decades-later doc “Three Identical Strangers.” A gripping, stranger-than-fiction account of a real-world medical conspiracy, the film begins as a human-interest story and builds to an impressive work of investigative journalism into how and why they were placed with the families who raised them.
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Blu-ray Review – Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)

Amazon Women on the Moon, 1987.

Directed by John Landis/Joe Dante/Carl Gottlieb/Robert K. Weiss/Peter Horton.

Starring Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Peter Horton, Griffin Dunne, Joe Pantoliano, Forrest J. Ackerman, Sybil Danning, Henry Silva, Carrie Fisher, Steve Guttenberg, Jenny Agutter, Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Russ Meyer.

Synopsis:

An anthology of comedy shorts and sketches based around the broadcast of a spoof 1950s sci-fi movie.

French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once noted that the more things change, the more they stay the same and how right he was because Amazon Women on the Moon, despite being made in the 1980s, is as largely relevant today as it was back then. Yes, the fashions and the technologies change but the sentiment and the ideas that are being parodied remain as funny and sharp as they did 30 years ago, which is quite depressing when you think about it.
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Laurie Metcalf or Allison Janney: Who will complete her Triple Crown of acting first?

Laurie Metcalf or Allison Janney: Who will complete her Triple Crown of acting first?
Laurie Metcalf and Allison Janney are both one notch away from completing the Triple Crown of acting — that is, winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony — but who might get there first? As a refresher, Metcalf has prevailed at both the Emmys and Tonys, while Janney is an Emmy favorite who just won her first Oscar. Give us your thoughts on this hot topic down in the comments section.

See 2018 Oscars: Complete list of winners (and losers)

At last year’s Tony Awards, it looked like Metcalf and Janney would be going head-to-head for Best Lead Actress in a Play. Janney was starring in a revival of John Guare’s 1990 Tony-winning play, “Six Degrees of Separation” where she was taking on a role that was originated on stage by her “The West Wing” co-star, Stockard Channing. Channing received a Tony nomination for her performance in the original production as well as
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Sundance Documentaries Were First-Rate, But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Coming to Theaters

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Sundance Documentaries Were First-Rate, But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Coming to Theaters
What makes a documentary suited to a theatrical release—and all the expense and effort associated with it? And when are they more appropriate for smaller screens? After several straight months of disappointing box-office sales for most nonfiction films, including several hits from last year’s Sundance, this question would seem to be a pressing one out of this year’s film festival. But the answer—as evidenced by the few distribution deals that closed before and during Sundance, those that are still pending, and those that should be—isn’t so easy to nail down, though some combination of topicality, celebrity or artistry certainly comes into play.

Before Sundance kicked off, Oscar-winner Morgan Neville’s Mister Rogers film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was one of the few documentaries to already have a major theatrical distributor (Focus Features) behind it—and its rapturous Park City unveiling appeared to justify it.
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Paris Hilton Argues with Photographer Jean Pigozzi Over Who Invented the Selfie

Paris Hilton was a purveyor of some of the biggest cultural moments of the last decade. She made Juicy Couture sweatsuits cool. She coined the phrase, “That’s hot.” But one thing she didn’t do — invent the selfie. (Just don’t tell Hilton that!)

In November, Hilton claimed that she invented the selfie back in 2006 with a snap of her posing with Britney Spears. Unsurprisingly, Twitter went wild proving the star wrong. They shared photos of of Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon taking a selfie in 1991’s Thelma and Louise, Madonna taking a selfie in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan
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How ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ was inspired by ‘Celine and Julie Go Boating’

By Jacob Oller

Seidelman and Rivette: BFFs. adies going on adventures in the city isn’t an inherently innovative plot. Wacky run-ins and the meshing of the uptight with the absurd are some of the small delights embraced by dozens of films. But Celine and Julie Go Boating and Desperately Seeking Susan are too similar to ignore their shared […]

The article How ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ was inspired by ‘Celine and Julie Go Boating’ appeared first on Film School Rejects.
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Twitter Disproves Paris Hilton’s Claim that She and Britney Spears Invented the Selfie in 2006

On Sunday, Paris Hilton announced on Twitter that she and Britney Spears invented the selfie back in 2006, but it didn’t take long before Twitter users began to disprove her claim

“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!” Hilton enthusiastically proclaimed alongside two selfies of the two starlets that served as a receipt for her boast.

However, almost immediately, Twitter users started providing some receipts of their own.

“Liar,” one user wrote alongside a Gif of Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon cozying up to take a selfie with a Polaroid camera in 1991’s Thelma and Louise.

11 years ago today,
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New Podcast: Desperately Seeking Smackdowns

Nathaniel welcomes our first all Los Angeles panel for this discussion of the 1985 film year. Comedian/Writer Louis Virtel (Billy on the Street), Producer/Writer Abdi Nazemian ("The Authentics"), Actress Nora Zehetner and Director/Writer Michelle Morgan (It Happened in L.A.). We just wrote about the Supporting Actress nominated performances of 1985 but now it's time to zoom out on the films and the film year itself when Oprah Winfrey and Madonna began their global takeovers, Anjelica Huston became a third generation Oscar favorite, and Out of Africa eventually won Best Picture.

Smackdown '85 Companion Podcast

(58 minutes)

00:01 Anjelica vs Oprah with a little Amy Madigan on the side

10:00 Our entire group has a Jane Fonda "problem" - shout-outs to Klute and lots of head-scratching over the plot of Agnes of God

20:00 Meg Tilly and Jennifer Tilly and Oscar trivia

22:00 Should they remake The Color Purple?

28:00 Syphilitic Out of Africa,
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Smackdown '85: Anjelica, Amy, Meg, Margaret and Oprah

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '85. It was all scandal all the time at this colorful party. There were three much gossiped about women (a mafia princess, a drunk promiscuous entertainer, and a delusional pregnant nun) and two stubborn women who were just Not having either the gossip or the abusive and cheating men around them. It was the about appreciating the color purple (Oprah & Margaret), seeing red (Amy & Meg), and embracing jet black comedy (Anjelica).

The Nominees 

from left to right: Avery, Huston, Madigan, Tilly, and Winfrey

Oscar celebrated newcomers in 1985 with a shortlist composed entirely of first timers. All five actresses were relatively inexperienced (as Oscar lists go) having made less than ten films each so no overdue conversations were to be had. One of them (Oprah Winfrey) was even making her film debut though the eventual winner (Anjelica Huston) was already Hollywood royalty, being the daughter of
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How Film Forum’s Expansion Plans Could Impact Indie Distribution

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How Film Forum’s Expansion Plans Could Impact Indie Distribution
New York City’s movie-going options are getting even bigger, thanks to the news that Film Forum is set to not only renovate its three screens, but to add a fourth screen to its fold. The venerated theater — known for decades as a haven for specialty releases and repertory programming — will undergo a simultaneous renovation of its current screens and the addition of a new theater. Stephen Tilly, who designed Film Forum’s earlier incarnation on Watts Street (alongside Alan Buchsbaum), is the architect in charge of this project.

The news is exciting for New York cinephiles, but has a potentially even greater value for the specialty film marketplace.

Film Forum was founded in 1970, and made its mark as an independent theater equally invested in NYC-centric premieres, repertory programming, and new features alike. (A glance at its upcoming lineup speaks well to its depth of programming, including planned showings of
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Telluride: ‘Wonderstruck’ Lenser Ed Lachman Reflects on His Career

Telluride: ‘Wonderstruck’ Lenser Ed Lachman Reflects on His Career
The Telluride Film Festival has held tributes for but a handful cinematographers over the last 44 years. The names are titans of the form: Karl Struss (“Sunrise,” “The Great Dictator”), Sven Nykvist (“Cries & Whispers,” “Fanny and Alexander”), John Alton (“An American in Paris,” “Elmer Gantry”), Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Now,” “The Last Emperor”). This year, on the heels of a lifetime achievement prize from the American Society of Cinematographers earlier this year, Ed Lachman joins their ranks.

Oscar-nominated for “Far From Heaven” and “Carol,” Lachman is a frequent collaborator of director Todd Haynes. This year’s celebration of his work is pegged to their latest, “Wonderstruck,” which is part of the festival’s main program. But Lachman’s career outstretches those three movies alone, from working with icons of pop (Madonna) and humanitarianism (Mother Teresa), to collaborations with artists at the beginning (Sofia Coppola) and end (Robert Altman) of their careers.

Lachman spoke to Variety about his career to
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Musician to Movie Star: In the Footsteps of Elvis

With the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, here is a look at those music stars who made a transition to film. Some were more successful than others. Some made a fleeting crossover and some are best forgotten as far as their film careers went…

In terms of the King, Elvis has an undoubtedly huge legacy as far as music goes. His influence as far as attitude, showmanship and indeed the music itself is still being felt. He was in that bracket of the most influential musical acts of his era alongside the Beatles. However his impact on film was also important. He showed that a cultural phenomenon could operate over two platforms.

Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis would go onto make over 30 films until 1969. A few more iconic than others of course, such as Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and some more interesting attempts to
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One Film, One New York

Have you heard about NYC's fun new free arts event? On September 13th they'll be playing one famous shot-in-and taking-place-in New York film, chosen by the public, all over the city in all five boroughs, at the public screening outdoor venues and in some theaters. The five options are The Wedding Banquet (1993), On the Town (1949), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), New York New York (1977) or Crooklyn (1994) and were selected by the film critics of the New York Times. You can vote on which one here but the best thing about it is whichever film wins, the public wins because they're all good films.

Where would your vote go? I'm still trying to decide on mine. I'm only sad that this date is during the Toronto International Film Festival so I'll have to miss it. *cries*
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New York City Wants Its Own Citizens to Pick Their Favorite NYC-Centric Film, From ‘Crooklyn’ to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

New York City Wants Its Own Citizens to Pick Their Favorite NYC-Centric Film, From ‘Crooklyn’ to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’
What is the quintessential New York City film? The city’s own Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is eager to know, and has launched a new citywide campaign — in tandem with the New York Times — to “unite New Yorkers around one great film.” The initiative, known as “One Film, One New York” is inspired by the success of its recent “One Book, One New York” campaign, which asked citizens to pick a favorite book to then “read together” as a city.

“We are thrilled to be launching this program to unite New Yorkers around one film, and provide the opportunity for all New Yorkers to watch it for free on the same night,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin in an official statement. “Film has the power to bring people together and to spark a civic conversation. These five films all raise important themes in their respective genres,
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Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe Launch Consulting Firm Blood Sweat Honey

Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe Launch Consulting Firm Blood Sweat Honey
Indie filmmaking veterans Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe have announced the launch of consulting agency Blood Sweat Honey, which aims to provide strategic counsel to indie filmmakers.

Blood Sweat Honey will offer services ranging from producer representation, film festival strategy, script and post-production creative consulting to theatrical release, hybrid distribution, marketing and international consultation.

Dowd has been involved in the indie film industry for over 45 years, and has consulted on films such as “Blood Simple,” “The Black Stallion,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Gandhi,” “War Games,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “The Blair Witch Project.” A founding member of the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival and inspiration for “The Dude” from the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski,” Dowd has extensive knowledge of scriptwriting, marketing, distribution and exhibition. Currently, he is working on interactive transmedia series “Our Classic Tales that Fuel Our Future,” which will be released this fall.

Nohe is a film distributor and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of executive and management experience in the film industry. Most recently, he was a partner in Circus Road Films, where he helped more than 100 films find distribution. Nohe has broad-based relationships with talent agencies, managers, publicity firms, festival programming, post-production, marketing, and theatrical distribution. Nohe has worked with filmmakers including Christopher Nolan on “Following” and Bill Condon on “Gods & Monsters.”

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Jeff Dowd, Alex Nohe launch Blood Sweat Honey

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Jeff Dowd, Alex Nohe launch Blood Sweat Honey
Partners bring more than 65 years of industry experience.

Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe have launched a full-service distribution and creative consultancy.

Blood Sweat Honey will specialise in providing strategic counsel to independent filmmakers, offering producer representation, festival strategy, script and post-production creative consulting, and hybrid distribution and marketing strategy.

Dowd (main picture), the inspiration for the character of ‘The Dude’ in the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski, has worked in the independent sector for more than four decades as a producer, distributor, exhibitor, festival director and producer’s rep.

He has consulted on such films as Blood Simple, Chariots Of Fire, Ghandi, War Games, Hoosiers, Desperately Seeking Susan, Kissing Jessica Stein, and The Blair Witch Project.

He and several partners are preparing to release the transmedia series Our Classic Tales That Fuel Our Future this autumn.

Nohe is a film distributor, filmmaker and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of executive and management experience in the film business
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Madonna Honors Herself on Father's Day

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2017-06-19T11:41:14-07:00Madonna Honors Herself on Father's Day

Madonna gave herself a special shout out on Father’s Day.

Taking to Instagram, the mother of six shared a photo of her family with “Happy Mother’s Day” written across the top, in addition to a caption that made clear she knew exactly what day it is.

“And Happy Father’. Day to Me too because lets face it …………,,..,,,,,… Im the Mommy and the Daddy. I don’t care what the papers say,” the 58-year-old pop star wrote.

Madonna adopted 4-year-old twin daughters Stella and Esther from Malawi in February. She shares daughter Lourdes Leon, 20, with ex Carlos Leon and son Rocco Ritchie, 16, with former husband Guy Ritchie. They also adopted son David Banda, 11, from Malawi in 2006. She also adopted daughter Mercy James, 11, in 2009.

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Madonna has appeared in Desperately Seeking Susan and Evita.
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Madonna Gets Naked on Instagram

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2017-05-07T09:22:38-07:00Madonna Gets Naked on Instagram

So this is what 58 looks like! Madonna showed off her killer body in a naked selfie she posted on Instagram on Saturday, May 6.

"Gold," the Grammy winner captioned two pictures on Saturday. The first showed just her mouth and décolletage as she showed off what looked like a gold-and-diamond grill and a collection of gold necklaces.

The second picture showed her lying naked on her side on a white towel with only the lower part of her breasts and curve of her backside visible.

Gold
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