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Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru on 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 73

Robbie Knott, who worked on special effects for such films as The Muppet MovieField of Dreams and The Nutty Professor remake before a scuba-diving accident ended his career, has died. He was 73.

Knott died June 29 in Portland, Oregon, his son, Brian, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death was due to complications from the accident that occurred in 2006 during a visit to Micronesia, when Knott got the bends and became paralyzed from the waist down, he said. 

Knott helped build the giant Animal puppet with a 15-foot head that came crashing through a roof after accidentally ingesting one ...
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Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru on 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 73

Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru on 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 73
Robbie Knott, who worked on special effects for such films as The Muppet MovieField of Dreams and The Nutty Professor remake before a scuba-diving accident ended his career, has died. He was 73.

Knott died June 29 in Portland, Oregon, his son, Brian, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death was due to complications from the accident that occurred in 2006 during a visit to Micronesia, when Knott got the bends and became paralyzed from the waist down, he said. 

Knott helped build the giant Animal puppet with a 15-foot head that came crashing through a roof after accidentally ingesting one ...
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All American movies for 4th of July: 15 best patriotic films ranked include ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ ‘The Right Stuff,’ ‘Field of Dreams’

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All American movies for 4th of July: 15 best patriotic films ranked include ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ ‘The Right Stuff,’ ‘Field of Dreams’
For the Fourth of July, let’s get into the All-American spirit with good old-fashioned patriotic movies? Whether you’re an astronaut, a Congressman, a mathematician or a hockey player, you typify the kind of best Americans that the movies want to celebrate on Independence Day.

The theme of our photo gallery above is all about the American spirit, which can be a rah-rah film (like “Miracle” or “Top Gun”), fighting for the people back home or even going against the grain to fight for what’s right in society. Our gallery also includes “The Right Stuff,” “Field of Dreams,” “Forrest Gump,” “Hidden Figures” and more. James Cagney, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Henson, James Stewart and Denzel Washington are some of the big names in starring roles.

Enjoy a hot dog and sit back to peruse (or even watch again) these 15 wonderful movies that
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All American Movies: 15 Best Patriotic Films Ranked

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All American Movies: 15 Best Patriotic Films Ranked
For the Fourth of July, let’s get into the All-American spirit with good old-fashioned patriotic movies? Whether you’re an astronaut, a Congressman, a mathematician or a hockey player, you typify the kind of best Americans that the movies want to celebrate on Independence Day.

The theme of our photo gallery above is all about the American spirit, which can be a rah-rah film (like “Miracle” or “Top Gun”), fighting for the people back home or even going against the grain to fight for what’s right in society. Our gallery also includes “The Right Stuff,” “Field of Dreams,” “Forrest Gump,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Hidden Figures” and more. James Cagney, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Henson, James Stewart and Denzel Washington are some of the big names in starring roles.

Enjoy a hot dog and sit back to peruse (or even watch again) these
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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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Ray Liotta: Atx Festival Sets Career Retrospective for the ‘Shades of Blue’ Star — Exclusive

Ray Liotta: Atx Festival Sets Career Retrospective for the ‘Shades of Blue’ Star — Exclusive
As far back as anyone can remember, Ray Liotta has been a television star. Now, the Emmy-winning actor is set to share his experience on the ever-evolving industry in his debut at the Atx Festival.

Liotta, who currently stars in NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” will participate in a one-on-one conversation with IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers to discuss the actor’s lengthy television career. The retrospective will span decades, from his Emmy-winning guest role on “E.R.,” to his SAG Award-nominated portrayal of Frank Sinatra in the HBO telepic “The Rat Pack,” and through his upcoming final season as Lt. Matt Wozniak on “Shades of Blue.”

In this in-depth look, Liotta will discuss his varied career, and also the shifting television landscape from more than 30 years in the industry.

One of Liotta’s first roles was a recurring part in the NBC soap opera “Another World,” and he starred
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What’s Leaving Netflix in May 2018

A new month means new content coming in and out of Netflix, with this month’s losses include “The Hurt Locker,” “Field of Dreams,” “Goodfellas,” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Ahead of the June 8 release of “Ocean’s 8,” the first film in George Clooney’s series, “Ocean’s Eleven,” is also leaving the streamer.

On May 2, a number of Disney classics will exit, from “The Cheetah Girls” and “High School Musical” films to the “Phineas and Ferb” series, along with “The Jungle Book” at the end of the month.

Check out the full list of titles leaving Netflix below:

Leaving
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in May

Say goodbye to a few classic movies. In May, Netflix will be removing films like Bridget Jones's Diary, Field of Dreams and GoodFellas

Many of the movies and TV shows that are leaving are Disney properties, including The Jungle Book and the popular Camp Rock and Cheetah Girls films.

Will Ferrell's hit comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is also being kicked off the platform. 

As a number of titles are leaving, a variety of films and TV shows are being added to Netflix's library throughout the month. May's additions were just announced.

Take a look below...
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in May

Say good bye to a few classic movies. This May Netflix will be removing films like Bridget Jones's Diary, Field of Dreams and GoodFellas

Many of the movies and TV shows that are leaving are Disney properties, including The Jungle Book and the popular Camp Rock and Cheetah Girls films.

Will Ferrell's hit comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is also being kicked off the platform. 

As a number of titles are leaving, a variety of films and TV shows are being added to Netflix's library throughout the month. May's additions were just announced.

Take a look...
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Gone but Not Forgotten: 5 Must See Movies Leaving Netflix in May 2018

Field of Dreams – It’s hard to describe why certain movies are as great as they are. Maybe it’s the cast or the writing or the direction or some serendipitous combination of all three. Whatever it is, though, it escapes you, perched on the tip of your tongue and the outside edges of your mind. All you know for certain, though, is that it’s a classic. For me, Field of Dreams is the epitome of this kind of movie: a story that is indescribably better than the commendable (but inauspicious) sum of its parts. It’s got a solid cast, including

Gone but Not Forgotten: 5 Must See Movies Leaving Netflix in May 2018
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in May 2018

As a new month approaches, that means we have to say good-bye to movies that are streaming on Netflix. Some of these movies may return at a later date, and others might be gone for good. Either way, if you’ve had these movies sitting on your list for a while, you may want to move them to the top so you actually watch them. Notable titles leaving Netflix in May include Field of Dreams, GoodFellas, Ocean’s Eleven, The Hurt Locker, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and The Jungle Book. The service is also losing a …
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Julien Dubuque Film Fest Offers a Personal Touch to Filmmakers and Attendees

Julien Dubuque Film Fest Offers a Personal Touch to Filmmakers and Attendees
Nestled in Iowa along the Mississippi River, not far from both Illinois and Wisconsin, exists a festival celebrating independent film and filmmakers that has already been named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine. It’s the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, now entering its seventh year, taking place Apr. 26-29 in downtown Dubuque.

According to the festival’s executive director Susan Gorrell, that praise is matched by those who attend the festivities. “The best compliments we can get are what filmmakers say about us and the relationships we have with them,” she notes. “I truly believe Jdiff is the festival for the independent. A boutique, unique festival that brings back the importance of independent; the big big and the little guy. It’s about the art and what each individual filmmaker brings to it. When you come, you have such a great time,
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TLC Rebuilds Commercials for ‘Trading Spaces’

When the folks at TLC decided to bring the home-design series “Trading Spaces” back to the network’s programming lineup after a decade off the air, they knew they’d have to craft more than just the show’s episodes.

There’s a whole new advertising structure in place as well. And it will surface for the first time this Sunday, April 7, when the program makes its return at 9 p.m.

In years past, “Spaces” drew the attention of Home Depot, Lowe’s, Gmc, Bosch Tools, Behr Paint and even Procter & Gamble’s Swiffer. For its 2018 return, executives at the Discovery Inc.
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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to Speak at Produced By Conference

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to Speak at Produced By Conference
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been selected as a speaker for the 10th Annual Produced By Conference at Paramount Studios on June 9-10.

The Producers Guild of America announced Thursday the headlining sessions, which include “Conversation With: Samantha Bee & Jason Jones,” “Conversation With: Kevin Feige,” “Conversation With: Jim Gianopulos,” “Larry Gordon: Uncensored,” and the previously announced “360 Profile: The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“Conversation With: Kevin Feige” features an in-depth discussion with the president of Marvel Studios and creative force behind some of the biggest blockbusters of the past decade, including the recent box-office juggernaut “Black Panther.”

“Conversation With: Jim Gianopulos” is an open talk with the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and industry leader who has overseen the production of “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Deadpool,” and “Hidden Figures.”

“Larry Gordon: Uncensored” features a candid discussion with the prolific producer behind “Field of Dreams,” “Die Hard,” and “Hellboy” about the hard, ground-level realities of getting movies made.
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Jim Gianopulos, Kevin Feige among Produced By Conference conversations

Conference in Los Angeles runs June 9-10.

The Producers Guild of America announced on Thursday (March 29) the headlining sessions for its 10th annual Produced By Conference will include sessions with Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feig, talk show host Samantha Bee, and producer Larry Gordon.

The conference will run from June 9–10 in Los Angeles.

Conversation With: Samantha Bee and Jason Jones will discuss Bee’s Emmy Award winning talk show Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, as well as their scripted series The Detour.

Conversation With: Kevin Feige examines the experiences president of Marvel Studios has had
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson for The Highwaymen

Tony Sokol Feb 13, 2018

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play Texas Rangers in Bonnie and Clyde film The Highwaymen.

“You’ve read the story of Jesse James,” wrote Bonnie Parker during the famous crime spree she undertook with Clyde Barrow, “Of how he lived and died.” Well, an event series is on the way that's going to tell a little more.

The Highwaymen will star Kevin Costner as Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, and Woody Harrelson as his partner Maney Gault, who came out of retirement to nab the Barrow Gang, according to Deadline. Costner’s (Dances With Wolves, Hidden Figures, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, JFK and The Untouchables) turn as a Texas Ranger in the History miniseries Hatfields and McCoys earned him an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens, from Fear the Walking Dead, Thomas Mann, John Carroll Lynch, and William Sadler will also star,
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The Field in the Movie “Field of Dreams” Gets Vandalized

Even now, Field of Dreams remains a significant movie for people in the United States as well as other countries. For proof, look no further than the fact that it continues to make the lists of the best movies, which are in addition to the fact that it has been honored with a place in the U.S. National Film Registry. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that the field featured in Field of Dreams sees a fair number of visitors on a regular basis, which is now ruined because someone has vandalized it. For those

The Field in the Movie “Field of Dreams” Gets Vandalized
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Field Of Dreams’ Baseball Diamond Badly Damaged By Vandals

Field Of Dreams’ Baseball Diamond Badly Damaged By Vandals
A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to a baseball diamond that was carved out of an Iowa cornfield for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside Dyersville found the damage Tuesday morning and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs. Owner Denise Stillman
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Paramount names David Sameth head of worldwide marketing

Former Disney and Universal executive served as second unit director on Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.

Source: Paramount Pictures

David Sameth is leaving Disney to join Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing effective February 1.

Sameth currently serves as executive vice-president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar where his credits since 2009 included Coco, Zootopia, Frozen, Toy Story 3, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Finding Dory.

He will report to chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and will oversee the design, development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the studio’s global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said.

“He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our
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