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Viper Room Nightclub May Be Imperiled As Developer Buys Its WeHo Property

A parcel of Sunset Strip land that includes the famed Viper Room nightclub has been purchased by an Arizona developer, who claims they haven’t decided yet what to do with the property.

The sale of the land, which stretches over 38,000 square feet from San Vicente Boulevard to Larrabee Street in West Hollywood, CA., closed on June 15 for a reported $80 million. In addition to the Viper Room, the parcel includes the Aahs costume store, Bar Code barber shop, the Liquor Market and Ta-Ke Sushi and Amarone restaurants.

West Hollywood is an independent city between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It is home to several famed nightclubs, including the Roxy, the Troubadour, and the Whisky a Go Go.

The Viper Room land parcel buyer is 8850 Sunset, a limited liability company based in Scottsdale, Ariz. A company spokesperson said the firm hasn’t yet decided what to do with the property.

However, West Hollywood
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Melora Hardin Shares Her ‘Really Gross’ Oliver Stone Sex Scene Audition Story

Melora Hardin Shares Her ‘Really Gross’ Oliver Stone Sex Scene Audition Story
Last November, actress Melissa Gilbert shared an audition story the long-time performer deemed “humiliating and horrid,” recalling her experience auditioning for Oliver Stone and his “The Doors.” At the time, Gilbert said that Stone made her audition a “special scene” that was a “really dirty, horrible” sex scene. Gilbert was inspired to come forth after former actress Caitlin O’Heaney broke an Nda she signed to tell BuzzFeed of an alleged assault at the hands of Val Kilmer during her own audition for “The Doors.”

Gilbert and O’Heaney aren’t the only actresses with stories about their “really gross” auditions for Stone and his lauded band biopic, as yet another long-time Hollywood star, Melora Hardin, has now shared a similar tale. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Hardin recalled auditioning for Stone twice, and while her experiences were different, they were both awful, bad enough that Hardin recounted them for
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10 Things About The Lost Boys You Never Knew

10 Things About The Lost Boys You Never Knew
Sleep all day, party all night, never grow old, never die - it's fun to be a vampire. It's one of Movieweb's favorite movies of all time: the 1987 classic The Lost Boys. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about The Lost Boys.

The Goonies in Neverland

With its badass vampires, California cool, and slick visuals courtesy of Michael Chapman, famed cinematographer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, The Lost Boys is an '80s teen classic, but it began as something remarkably different. Early drafts were much more "on the nose" with the Peter Pan references, with David's character originally going by Peter. The main characters were all going to be much younger, too, with Richard Donner attached to direct. But The Goonies director, who stayed on as a producer, moved on to make Lethal Weapon instead. He was replaced by Joel Schumacher, whose St. Elmo's
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Natural Born Killers, The Virgin Suicides and More: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Viewing Recommendations

From 1986, the year in which he made two flat-out masterpieces (Salvador and Platoon) to 1995, when he directed his boldest and richest film to that point (Nixon), Oliver Stone was on a streak like no other filmmaker has ever had before or since. Ten films in ten years, many of them enormous epics and all of them ambitious attempts to assess where America had been, where it was, and where it was going. The scale and depth of Stone’s work during this period is equaled by the diversity of tone, […]
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Natural Born Killers, The Virgin Suicides and More: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Viewing Recommendations

From 1986, the year in which he made two flat-out masterpieces (Salvador and Platoon) to 1995, when he directed his boldest and richest film to that point (Nixon), Oliver Stone was on a streak like no other filmmaker has ever had before or since. Ten films in ten years, many of them enormous epics and all of them ambitious attempts to assess where America had been, where it was, and where it was going. The scale and depth of Stone’s work during this period is equaled by the diversity of tone, […]
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Check Out the New Trailer for Carter & June – In Theaters May 18th

Carter & June, the action comedy from the producer of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ hits theaters and digital platforms on May 18th. Check out the new trailer:

Freestyle Digital Media, the recently-acquired Digital Film Distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired the domestic rights to Carter And June, an action/comedy heist film directed by Nicholas Kalikow (Concrete Blondes). The film was produced by Sean C. Covel (Napoleon Dynamite), Diane Richey and Kyle Roper, with Rob Warren Thomas, Matt Post and Kalikow writing the screenplay. Carter And June stars Michael Raymond-James, Samaire Armstrong and Timothy Omundson, while The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger composed original songs for the soundtrack. The film will be available in theaters and on digital platforms on May 18th, 2018.

The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher, VP of Acquisitions of Freestyle, and by Jack Campbell, President of Octane Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.

Inventive blackmail schemes,
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Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital for Criminals in ‘Hotel Artemis’ First Trailer

Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital for Criminals in ‘Hotel Artemis’ First Trailer
Jodie Foster is a wisecracking nurse with gallows humor in the violence-laden first trailer for the near-future action-thriller “Hotel Artemis,” released on Monday.

Foster runs a 22-year-old, secret, members-only hospital for criminals in a 2028-set Los Angeles that’s torn by riots. The cast also includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.

“You might want to burn some scented candles because it smells like somebody died,” Day tells her at one point. “Somebody did,” she responds evenly.

At one point, Foster’s seen dashing down a hallway and muttering, “It’s a rough night at the Artemis.”

But amid the chaos, Hotel Artemis appears to be a bit of a sanctuary. “This place was built on two things — trust and rules,” Foster asserts.

“Hotel Artemis” marks Foster’s first acting project since 2013’s “Elysium.” The plot has been kept under wraps,
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Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital for Criminals in ‘Hotel Artemis’ First Trailer

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Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital for Criminals in ‘Hotel Artemis’ First Trailer
Jodie Foster is a wisecracking nurse with gallows humor in the violence-laden first trailer for the near-future action-thriller “Hotel Artemis,” released on Monday.

Foster runs a 22-year-old, secret, members-only hospital for criminals in a 2028-set Los Angeles that’s torn by riots. The cast also includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.

“You might want to burn some scented candles because it smells like somebody died,” Day tells her at one point. “Somebody did,” she responds evenly.

At one point, Foster’s seen dashing down a hallway and muttering, “It’s a rough night at the Artemis.”

But amid the chaos, Hotel Artemis appears to be a bit of a sanctuary. “This place was built on two things — trust and rules,” Foster asserts.

“Hotel Artemis” marks Foster’s first acting project since 2013’s “Elysium.” The plot has been kept under wraps,
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Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Jacqueline Bisset has joined “Honey in the Head,” Freestyle Digital buys “Carter and June” and the editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio have unionized.

Casting

Jacqueline Bisset is set to join the cast of “Honey in the Head” opposite Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer, Variety has learned exclusively.

She will play the mother of Mortimer’s character, and likes to playfully flirt with Nick Nolte’s character whenever she has the opportunity. “Honey in the Head,” the English-language remake of the 2014 German drama “Honig Im Kopf,” will start production in May in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

The original movie, produced by Barefoot Films, was directed by and starred Til Schweiger as the son of a retired veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who convinces his widowed father (played by Dieter Hallervorden) to move in with him. The film, co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros.
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Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)

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Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Jacqueline Bisset has joined “Honey in the Head,” Freestyle Digital buys “Carter and June” and the editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio have unionized.

Casting

Jacqueline Bisset is set to join the cast of “Honey in the Head” opposite Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer, Variety has learned exclusively.

She will play the mother of Mortimer’s character, and likes to playfully flirt with Nick Nolte’s character whenever she has the opportunity. “Honey in the Head,” the English-language remake of the 2014 German drama “Honig Im Kopf,” will start production in May in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

The original movie, produced by Barefoot Films, was directed by and starred Til Schweiger as the son of a retired veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who convinces his widowed father (played by Dieter Hallervorden) to move in with him. The film, co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros.
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Living in the End Times: Close-Up on Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days (1995) is showing March 25 - April 24, 2018 in many countries as part of the retrospective The Present Is Woman, the Woman Is Present.The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation between people that is mediated by images.—Guy Debord, The Society of the SpectacleBodies confusedMemories misused—“Strange Days,” The Doors A blindfolded woman experiences her own rape and murder through the eyes and senses of the man raping and murdering her. The act done, the life gone from her, the blindfold is removed. In her eyes, dark black in the unlit room (the woman's name is Iris), we see the masked perpetrator. It’s an image of an image: displaced. For we are watching this heinous monstrosity unfold as a point-of-view shot, our viewing experience shared by a helpless onscreen
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Berlin: Gael García Bernal’s ‘Museum’ Powers Up Sales for Luxbox

Berlin: Gael García Bernal’s ‘Museum’ Powers Up Sales for Luxbox
The highest-profile Latin American film at Berlin, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo” (Museum), starring Gael García Bernal, has racked up first major territory sales, with more in the pipeline, its sales agent, Luxbox, announced out of Berlin.

World premiering Thursday in Berlin competition, “Museo,” – a “gorgeous, giddy shaggy-dog movie,” according to Variety – has been licensed to France (Memento Films Distribution) and Italy (I Wonder Pictures), Greece (Spentzos Film), Turkey (Bir Film) and Taiwan (Filmware International).

Cinepolis Distribución, the theatrical distribution arm of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis, acquired rights to Mexico and the rest of Latin America in a deal announced on the eve of the Berlin Film Festival.

Interest in the film has grown, said Luxbox’s Hedi Zardi. “We have received offers from many additional territories, and look forward to closing more deals this weekend,” said Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh.

That should come as no surprise. Written by Ruizpalacios and Manuel Alcalá and marking the director’s follow-up
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Museum’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Museum’
Made of dazzle and wit and melancholy, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ fabulously entertaining “Museum” is loosely inspired by the tale of Mexico’s most infamous museum heist: the theft of 140 Mayan and Mesoamerican objects of inestimable value from the National Museum of Anthropology on Christmas Eve, 1985. In just his second feature after 2014’s cheekily stylish “Güeros,” Ruizpalacios spins an irresistibly inventive and unusually intelligent tall tale from this kernel of truth. All the mischief, however, is precisely counterbalanced by a deep affection for his funny, flawed (largely fictional) characters and shot through with a surprisingly biting assessment of the compromised nature of the museum trade: Who’s a thief if everything was stolen anyway? If you’re going to pick history’s pocket to tell a shaggy-dog story of distant fathers, weak sons and friendship so steadfast it can withstand even the bad weather of one’s worst ideas, you better do it with movements this deft and fingers
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10 Terminator 2 Facts You Never Knew

10 Terminator 2 Facts You Never Knew
"Have you seen this boy?" In the wake of success for The Terminator, it was hard to imagine how a sequel could up the ante. Yet Terminator 2: Judgment Day did exactly that, with a battle hardened super-ripped Sarah Connor, a rebellious adolescent John, a brand new liquid metal Terminator and an Arnold model programmed to do good. Here we take a look at 10 things you never knew about Terminator 2.

To kill or not to kill.

Arnold originally met with the team behind The Terminator about the role of Kyle Reese. Arnold was looking for heroic leading man roles, not villainous killing machines, but James Cameron coaxed him into playing the T-800 by assuring him that The Terminator would be such a cool character, audiences would root for him. In a fun twist of fate, by the time the sequel rolled around, Arnold had the opposite concern: he was
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Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dead at 74

Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dead at 74
Ray Manzarek, whose keyboard playing was a central element to the sound of '60s rock group The Doors, has died at the age of 74, it was reported on the band's Facebook page. According to the band's Facebook page, Manzarek died shortly after noon on Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, while surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James. Manzarek had been battling bile duct cancer. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. in Chicago, Manzarek formed The Doors in 1965, after meeting
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Hollywood Choreographer Landrum Dies

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Hollywood film choreographer Jacqui Landrum has died. She was 64.

Landrum died of cancer on 29 August, her husband, Bill Landrum, tells the Los Angeles Times.

Landrum, born in Los Angeles as Jacqui Levy, began her work as a choreographer for 1960s U.S. TV show called Hollywood a Go-Go.

She choreographed scenes for films including Great Balls of Fire and The Doors and Coen brothers' classics The Big Lebowski and Barton Fink.

The couple was also nominated for an Emmy award in 1987 for their work on TV series Moonlighting.

'Dances With Wolves' Star Dead at 71

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Dances With Wolves star Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman has died from complications of leukemia. He was 71. The Native American actor and folk singer was working right up to his death, teaming up with Dances With Wolves star Kevin Costner again in new movie Swing Vote this year. In Costner's acclaimed wilderness film, Westerman played Sioux leader Ten Bears. His musical career included albums like A Tribute To Johnny Cash, which was released in 2006, and collaborations with Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, among others. As well as appearing in Dances With Wolves, Westerman also scored a film credit in The Doors, in which he played Jim Morrison's spirit guide. A keen environmental activist, Westerman also toured the world with Sting a decade ago, raising cash for rainforest preservation.

Stone Hits Back at "Great Satan" Tag

Stone Hits Back at
Moviemaker Oliver Stone has responded to Iranian critics who called him "part of the Great Satan" as they refused his official request to make a movie about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Doors director approached Iranian officials at the beginning of 2007 and revealed his plans to turn the life of the country's leader into a biopic. But with Iranian/American cultural relations at a new low thanks to the portrayal of Persians in films like 300 and Stone's Alexander, Middle Eastern film authorities have denied the filmmaker access to Iranian locations. Responding to Stone's request, Ahmadinejad's media advisor has said, "While it is true that Oliver Stone is considered to be among the opposition in the U.S., the opposition is still part of the Great Satan." The director is taking the snub in his stride, stating, "I've been called a lot of things, but never a Great Satan. I wish the Iranian people well and I only hope their experience with an inept, rigid idealogue president goes better than ours."

Kilmer: I'm Not Difficult, My Characters Are

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Kilmer: I'm Not Difficult, My Characters Are
The Doors star Val Kilmer has hit back at suggestions he is a nightmare to work with - insisting it's his characters that are difficult, not him. The hunky Top Gun actor's on-set antics have been slammed by director John Frankenheimer and troubled actor Tom Sizemore, but he claims his bad reputation is unfair and unfounded. He says, "Often I have been accused of being difficult, when in fact it's a difficult character that I'm playing. (Hollywood) confuses the two. I work hard. I don't know anybody who's good at their job who doesn't get into trouble." However, the philosophical star is glad he's never been under the media spotlight like some celebrities, such as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. He adds, "I've never been slammed for existing like some actors have. I've been lucky."

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