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‘The Karate Kid’ In Training For Broadway: Musical Adaptation Has Original Screenwriter On Board

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‘The Karate Kid’ In Training For Broadway: Musical Adaptation Has Original Screenwriter On Board
The Karate Kid is being developed as a musical for Broadway, with the 1984 film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen penning the book and Drew Gasparini writing music and lyrics.

The project was announced today by producers Kinoshita Group, Kumiko Yoshii, and Michael Wolk. The Karate Kid will be directed by Japanese director Amon Miyamoto and choreographed by MTV Vma nominees Keone and Mari Madrid.

In a statement, Kamen said, in part, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think this little movie would reach across generations the way it has. And beyond my wildest dreams did I think what started out as a love letter to my devotion to Okinawan Karate and the man who taught me would become a full-blown Broadway musical. But here it is. Here I am. And here is hoping that what comes to the stage brings the same joy and relevance The Karate Kid has
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Susan Sarandon movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Bull Durham,’ ‘Thelma and Louise’

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Susan Sarandon movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Bull Durham,’ ‘Thelma and Louise’
Happy birthday on October 4 to Susan Sarandon! One of America’s busiest film performers — she has amassed nearly 100 screen credits over her 49-year film career — the Oscar winning actress has become equally at home on television in recent years, earning six Emmy nominations, including two for FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” She has also has had a string of acclaimed performances on stage, most recently working opposite Geoffrey Rush on Broadway in the 2009 revival of “Exit the King.”

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For her film work, Sarandon has become one of the most honored actresses of her generation. She has been nominated five times at the Oscars for Best Actress, winning for her performance as Sister Helen Prejean in 1995’s “Dead Man Walking.” She has also received seven Golden Globe nominations, as well as two nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (winning for
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Susan Sarandon movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Susan Sarandon movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy birthday on October 4 to Susan Sarandon! One of America’s busiest film performers — she has amassed nearly 100 screen credits over her 49-year film career — the Oscar winning actress has become equally at home on television in recent years, earning six Emmy nominations, including two for FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” She has also has had a string of acclaimed performances on stage, most recently working opposite Geoffrey Rush on Broadway in the 2009 revival of “Exit the King.”

For her film work, Sarandon has become one of the most honored actresses of her generation. She has been nominated five times at the Oscars for Best Actress, winning for her performance as Sister Helen Prejean in 1995’s “Dead Man Walking.” She has also received seven Golden Globe nominations, as well as two nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (winning for “Dead Man Walking”) and two BAFTA nominations, resulting in a 1994 win for “The Client.
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Epix Developing Comedic Western From Ron Shelton & Frank Marshall, Apollo 8 Limited Drama From Makeready

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Epix has put in development two more series, Wicked, Kansas and Rocket Men. Epix is expected to make the announcement during its TCA session.

Wicked, Kansas is a darkly comedic western from Oscar-nominated feature writer Ron Shelton and Oscar-nominated feature producer Frank Marshall.

Rocket Men, from Brad Weston’s Makeready and Brillstein Entertainment, is a six-part limited series based on the best-selling book by Robert Kurson.

Set in 1968 – the year of the Tet offensive, the assassinations of Mlk and Rfk and the Chicago DNC riots, It tells the true story of the Apollo 8 mission as a stark example of what America was capable of in a time of dramatic violence and discord, Rocket Man focuses on the three astronauts of the Apollo 8 crew and their families, presenting a vivid, gripping narrative that shows anew how much danger was involved – and how much
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Karen Golden, ‘Transformers’ Script Supervisor, Dies at 78

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Karen Golden, ‘Transformers’ Script Supervisor, Dies at 78
Veteran script supervisor Karen Golden, best known for her work on “Transformers,” died Tuesday after a seven year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 78.

Golden spent her career working alongside a long list of major film directors, including Michael Bay, John Huston and Ron Shelton. She collaborated with Bay on scripts for “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys II,” “The Rock” and “The Island” in addition to three of the installments of the “Transformers” series: “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.” Her body of work also encompasses six films with Shelton, including “Bull Durham,” “Hollywood Homicide,” “Tin Cup,””Blaze,” “Cobb” and the 1992 film starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Additionally, Golden worked on four films with director David O. Russel: “Silver Linings Playbook,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “The Fighter” and her last credit “Accidental Love.”

Born on March 28, 1941, Golden was mentored by her aunt,
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Kevin Costner: A Hollywood Gunslinger Looks Back

Kevin Costner: A Hollywood Gunslinger Looks Back
Unbeknownst to just about everybody, Kevin Costner could not have become Kevin Costner — that is to say, the biggest movie star around for a 10-year run starting in the late 1980s, with him swinging bats at balls in Bull Durham (1988) and Field of Dreams (1989), flashing badges at bad guys in The Untouchables (1987), and fast-racking the lever on his polished brass-frame Henry 1860 rifle in Dances With Wolves (1990); in the process becoming dominantly noted for his “tall, rangy good looks” and what Hollywood types like to call “flesh impact;” usually choosing to
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Hulu in July: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of new content coming in July, and highlights include the “Veronica Mars” revival and the series premiere of the new “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” We also have the list of everything that’s being removed from the streaming service at the end of July.

Season 1-3 of the original “Veronica Mars” series will be available starting July 1, so you can brush up on all the background knowledge you’ll need to fully enjoy Season 4 when it drops July 26, with Kristen Bell returning the starring role as the title character after almost 15 years. Here’s everything we know about the revival so far.

The new Mindy Kaling-produced “Four Weddings and a Funeral” series comes July 31, with “Game of Thrones” star Nathalie Emanuel in the lead role. Original star Andie MacDowell will return as a guest star.

Also Read: Summer TV Premiere Dates: Here's
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Here’s What’s New on Hulu in July 2019

Hulu has announced titles that are coming to the streaming service this July. Notable additions include the first three seasons of Veronica Mars (ahead of the forthcoming fourth season), Airplane!, An American Werewolf in London, Bad Santa, Big Fish, Bull Durham, Child’s Play (1988), Con Air, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Hard Candy, Minority Report, The Quiet American, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, Sleepy Hollow, Spaceballs, Superbad, The Silence of the Lambs, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Gone Baby Gone, and Apollo 11. These are some really great titles that show while Hulu may seem like …
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Dr. John Dies: New Orleans Music Legend, Soundtrack Stalwart And Actor Was 77

Dr. John Dies: New Orleans Music Legend, Soundtrack Stalwart And Actor Was 77
Six-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John has died. His death was announced on his official Facebook page by his family.

“Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., professionally known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack,” said the post. “As a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six time Grammy winner, songwriter, composer, producer, and performer, he created a unique blend of music which carried his home town, New Orleans, at its’ heart, as it was always in his heart. The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”

Dr. John, once a constant tour presence, had cut back drastically on public appearances in the last two years. He was honored in 2017 by the New Orleans City
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Reflecting on the Surprise Success of ‘Field of Dreams’ 30 Years Later

Reflecting on the Surprise Success of ‘Field of Dreams’ 30 Years Later
With baseball season in full swing, it’s time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Field of Dreams.” The movie, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, was part of a run of late-’80s baseball films: “Bull Durham” and “Eight Men Out” opened in 1988, and “Major League” and “Field of Dreams” the next year. Universal had big hopes for “Field,” despite conventional wisdom.

On June 8, 1988, Variety’s Richard Gold declared that there was “a prevalent industry perception that baseball pics are commercial strikeouts,” and even if they perform well domestically, “America’s pastime is mystifying to foreigners.” Also, this was Kevin Costner’s second baseball movie in 12 months, after “Durham.” And it wasn’t a fun film: Variety’s April 19, 1989, review said the lead characters “are all haunted by regrets over failed relationships, life-shattering mistakes and missed opportunities.” Viewers could relate: The movie earned $84 million globally, giving Costner his second home run.
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The First Time: Willie Nelson

The First Time: Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson recalls a string of first-time experiences in the latest video installment of Rolling Stone‘s The First Time series.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member, who appears on the cover of Rolling Stone‘s new issue, opens up about writing songs, braiding hair and, of course, his affinity for marijuana.

“I’ve been smoking something ever since I can remember,” he says. “I grew up smoking cedar bark, grapevines, Bull Durham cigarettes…that’s where I learned to roll pretty good.”

Nelson just turned 86 this week and
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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)

20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)
Let’s get into the spirit of the World Series excitement with some of the biggest baseball movies that all hit a commercial home run. These are the highest grossing baseball movies of all time, ranked from lowest to highest.

20. “Mr. 3000” – $21.8 million

Bernie Mac plays a former baseball great who returns to the league at age 47 after learning he was just a few hits shy of 3000.

19. “Major League II” – $30.6 million

Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger all came back for the sequel to “Major League,” but Wesley Snipes had become a bigger star, and his role of Willie Mays Hayes was taken over by Omar Epps.

18. “The Sandlot” – $32.4 million

The Sandlot” performed modestly at the box office in 1993, but it found a second life as a cult film on VHS and on DVD a decade after its release.

17. “Bad News Bears” (2005) – $32.8 million

Billy Bob Thornton starred in Richard Linklater
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Review: "Blaze" (1989) Starring Paul Newman And Lolita Dadovitch; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Tim McGlynn

Never trust a man who says, “Trust me.”

With those sage words of advice, 15 year-old Fannie Belle Fleming leaves her home in the backwoods of West Virginia in 1950 to pursue a career in show business. What happens next is not exactly what the aspiring country singer had in mind.

Blaze (1989 Touchstone/Disney), recently released on Blu-ray by Kino-Lorber, is based upon the true story of the vocalist- turned- stripper who changed her name to Blaze Starr and became scandalously involved with Governor Earl Long of the Great State of Louisiana.

Blaze, played by Lolita Davidovich, is persuaded by sleazy club owner Red Snyder (Robert Wuhl) to try stripping, which he assures her is a form of dancing. “Trust me,” he tells her. After a timid start, Blaze becomes a star on the Burlesque circuit moving from New York to Baltimore and finally landing in New Orleans in
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Tommy Lee Jones movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’

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Tommy Lee Jones movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
Happy 72nd Birthday, Tommy Lee Jones! Though he has played his share of rednecks in films, the Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner is in real life a top-notch polo player and famously was Vice President Al Gore‘s roommate while both were studying at Harvard. Jones is an actor who is always full of surprises.

Having gotten his start acting in soap operas and independent films, Jones quickly moved up the ladder, earning his first Golden Globe nomination as singer Loretta Lynn‘s husband in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (opposite Academy Award champ Sissy Spacek). As his work continued to grow, so did Jones’ trophy case. In his film career of over four decades, Jones earned four Oscar nominations three Golden Globe nominations (also including a win for “The Fugitive”) and four Screen Actors Guild nominations (including two SAG trophies for 2007’s “No Country For Old Men” and 2012’s “Lincoln”).

So,
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Blu-ray Review: Bull Durham Hits A Home Run From The Criterion Collection

The latest release from The Criterion Collection turned a fair few heads among the cinephile elite, but Ron Shelton's Bull Durham definitely fits the remit of the collection and I'll defend that status to my dying day. A mainstream Hollywood film with mainstream Hollywood stars, Bull Durham is not only one of the best sports films ever made (and likely the finest movie about baseball ever made), it's also a fascinating exploration and demystification of the athlete as working class bum. Released in 1988, Bull Durham hit me at just the right time. I was probably ten years old when the film found its way to my Vcr thanks to a baseball obsessed Dad who'd spent some time in his twenties playing pro ball in...

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Tim Robbins Says America’s Living a Bad Version of ‘Back to the Future’ – and Trump is Biff

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Tim Robbins Says America’s Living a Bad Version of ‘Back to the Future’ – and Trump is Biff
Tim Robbins used an American movie classic to criticize President Trump as a “child abuser” and a petulant bully in a blazing acceptance speech on Friday.

Accepting a top prize from Central and Eastern Europe’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Robbins said a failed audition earlier in is career for “Back to the Future” helped him frame the current state of discourse in his native country.

“This guy named Robert Zemeckis was directing a movie called ‘Back to the Future’ and I auditioned for the role of Biff. The arrogant, childish bully. The petulant, overgrown child monster. I got close, but I didn’t get the part. I could have been Biff. So why was I thinking about this movie?” Robbins said, accepting the festival’s Crystal Globe award for impact on world cinema.

“It occurred to me the other day that we are living through a Marty McFly moment.
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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’

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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’
Kevin Costner has returned to the western genre which has so often brought him success. It’s not feature films this time but with the new television series “Yellowstone,” currently bringing excellent ratings to the Paramount Network. Westerns have been good to Costner at the movies, with his most successful winning him two Oscars as producer and director of “Dances with Wolves” in 1990.

Costner almost had a career that ended before it really started. After very small roles in a number of big films such as Ron Howard’s “Night Shift” and the Jessica Lange vehicle “Frances” Costner then got what could have been a star-making role. However, his role as a suicide victim in flashback scenes for “The Big Chill” was cut by director Lawrence Kasdan. The same director wou would later make it up to Costner by casting him in a showy role in the film “Silverado.”

That
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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Kevin Costner has returned to the western genre which has so often brought him success. It’s not feature films this time but with the new television series “Yellowstone,” currently bringing excellent ratings to the Paramount Network. Westerns have been good to Costner at the movies, with his most successful winning him two Oscars as producer and director of “Dances with Wolves” in 1990.

Costner almost had a career that ended before it really started. After very small roles in a number of big films such as Ron Howard’s “Night Shift” and the Jessica Lange vehicle “Frances” Costner then got what could have been a star-making role. However, his role as a suicide victim in flashback scenes for “The Big Chill” was cut by director Lawrence Kasdan. The same director wou would later make it up to Costner by casting him in a showy role in the film “Silverado.”

That
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins
Academy Award winner Tim Robbins will be honored by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s top annual film event.

The multi-hyphenate star will take the Crystal Globe Award for his “contributions to world cinema,” festival organizers announced on Tuesday.

Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2003 for “Mystic River,” among other trophies that year, opposite Sean Penn. The prolific performer’s greatest hits include “Bull Durham,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and Robert Altman’s “The Player.”

Also Read: Karlovy Vary Film Festival Delivers Cinema and Glamour, With a Side of Goulash

His directorial efforts include the Oscar-winning “Dead Man Walking,” “Cradle Will Rock” and “Bob Roberts.” Robbins is also a principal in the experimental theater group The Actor’s Gang, and a musician.

Robbins will claim the prize in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic at the festival which runs from June 29 – July 7. His band will also
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TCM Classic Film Festival: Martin Scorsese and James Ivory chat with fans about Oscars at Chinese Theater

TCM Classic Film Festival: Martin Scorsese and James Ivory chat with fans about Oscars at Chinese Theater
This is the second part of Gold Derby’s coverage of the 9th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival where Oscar winners and film fans gathered at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theater. (Read Part 1 of our report here.) Every day was filled with Oscar winners sharing stories and here are some of the best.

Martin Scorsese (2006 Best Director for “The Departed”) received the first Robert Osborne Award on the opening night of the festival from Leonardo DiCaprio (2015 Best Actor for “The Revenant”) and gave an impassioned speech about the importance of preserving film culture. He also joked that he refuses to stay in a hotel that doesn’t have TCM on their cable television and that he and DiCaprio’s film “The Aviator” is probably the only film of his that TCM would be able to show unedited.

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