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King Cohen Review: An Inspiring Look at the Exploitation Genre Genius

King Cohen Review: An Inspiring Look at the Exploitation Genre Genius
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen is a deftly made documentary about the life and films of iconoclastic director Larry Cohen. Like Melvin Van Peebles before him, Larry Cohen is one of those artists for whom the rules don't apply. Sure, it would be great and illustrious to have the career of Christopher Nolan or a Stanley Kubrick. However, the career of Larry Cohen certainly looks to be a lot more fun and prolific.

Getting his start in the Kraft Theater in the 1960s, Larry Cohen worked on a litany of shows like The Fugitive, The Defenders, Columbo and many others. However, it would be his work as a writer on a franchise like Maniac Cop, Phone Booth, It's Alive (another franchise!), that would cement his legacy as the go-to guy for a different kind of cinema. One that could best be described as elevated exploitation. This
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‘Midnight Cowboy’ Actress Georgann Johnson Dies at 91

‘Midnight Cowboy’ Actress Georgann Johnson Dies at 91
Midnight Cowboy” actress Georgann Johnson died June 4 in Los Angeles. She was 91.

With a career spanning six decades, the Iowa native first appeared on television in 1950s commercials, later appearing opposite James Dean in TV drama “Life Sentence” (1953).

Johnson’s live TV performances include the original production of “Bang the Drum Slowly” (1956) with Paul Newman as well as playing Tony Randall’s wife in “Mr. Peepers” from 1952 to 1955.

The actress recalled: “It was a terribly good and terribly funny show and yet very gentle. I realized how much a special thing it was at the time.”

Her dream of singing
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Gail Berman, Lucy Fisher Tapped as Producers Guild of America Presidents

Gail Berman, Lucy Fisher Tapped as Producers Guild of America Presidents
The Producers Guild of America has elected industry veterans Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher as presidents for two-year terms.

The duo ran unopposed and were introduced during the PGA’s annual membership meeting on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot in Los Angeles on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the first day of the guild’s two-day Produced By conference.

Berman and Fisher’s election marks the first time two women will serve as PGA presidents.

“Gail and Lucy have long since established themselves as leaders in our industry, steering their respective networks, studios and companies to great success in an era of unprecedented change,” said outgoing PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary. “They are a pair of brilliant and fearless producers who are devoted to the ideals of the PGA and the professional welfare of its members. We can’t wait to watch the guild thrive under their stewardship.
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Review: “The Man From Earth: Holocene” (2017; Directed by Richard Schenkman) MVDvisual Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Sci-fi For The Mind”

By Raymond Benson

Renowned science fiction writer Jerome Bixby produced many short stories in the genre, but he is perhaps most well-known for writing a handful of classic Star Trek episodes. The memorable original Twilight Zone entry, “It’s a Good Life,” was based on his short story, as was the same segment in The Twilight Zone—The Motion Picture (1983). Bixby was also responsible for the stories or scripts for sci-fi films such as Fantastic Voyage (1966), and It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958).

Bixby’s last work, allegedly completed on his deathbed in 1998, was the screenplay The Man from Earth. Nearly ten years later (2007), Bixby’s son Emerson helped bring it to the screen as producer. The low-budget feature was directed by Richard Schenkman and starred David Lee Smith as “John Oldman,” a man in the present day who has lived without aging for 14,000 years. Released with little fanfare,
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What The Cast of the Movie “The Fugitive” Is Up to Today

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the remake of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones came out? A lot of us were probably still just kids when this movie hit theaters and thought it was the original deal, but found out thanks to our parents that it wasn’t. A lot of those actors that made the movie what it was haven’t gone on to do much of anything but supporting roles ever since, but there are still a good number that went on to continue a career that had already been something special, or made

What The Cast of the Movie “The Fugitive” Is Up to Today
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Joseph Campanella dies at 93: Former Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful actor passes away

There is sad news to report this morning, former Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful actor Joseph Campanella has died. The 93-year old New York City native passed away yesterday at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. Although he was best known for his work on tv shows like Route 66, The Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, Quincy, M.E., Murder, Mannix, She Wrote, and Dallas, Campanella was a fan favorite on two popular daytime dramas. He debuted in the role of Harper Deveraux on NBC sudser Days of Our Lives (Dool) […]

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Dwayne Johnson Wants a Movie Team-Up With Chris Pratt

Dwayne Johnson has congratulated Avengers: Infinity War on its box office victory while also teasing a movie team-up with costar Chris Pratt. The Rock enjoyed a short-lived reign atop the box office with his video game movie Rampage before Infinity War hit the scene, but will soon be back for more. In fact, the ever prolific Johnson already has another action/thriller scheduled to hit theaters around two months from now. The film in question, Skyscraper, is an original feature inspired by classics of the genre like The Towering Inferno, Die Hard, and even The Fugitive according to The Rock himself.
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Ebertfest at 20: Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Keeps the Beloved Critic’s Passions Alive

Ebertfest at 20: Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Keeps the Beloved Critic’s Passions Alive
The Ebert name is starting to move in new directions, but after 20 years, Ebertfest remains largely the same. Roger Ebert’s annual film festival, held in his hometown of Champaign, Illinois, threw a cake-and-ice-cream party for its anniversary edition but otherwise stuck to programming a familiar mix of fare the beloved film critic championed during his life and newer work chosen for its similarities to films and themes he had embraced in the past. This year, the newer selections included “13th,” “Interstellar” and “Columbus,” while choices from the Ebert vault included “American Splendor,” “Rambling Rose” and opening-night selection “The Fugitive.”

Meanwhile, Chaz Ebert, Roger’s widow and co-founder and chair of the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, plans moves into film production and broader social action. She announced during the festival that she would be co-producing a biopic of Sojourner Truth, to be helmed by Lateef “Cal” Calloway, who previously
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‘Holes’ Author Louis Sachar on How Important It Was That Film Didn’t End Up ‘Soft, Fluffy’

‘Holes’ Author Louis Sachar on How Important It Was That Film Didn’t End Up ‘Soft, Fluffy’
Louis Sachar got a lot of calls from Hollywood after his book “Holes,” which turns 20 years old this June, won the Newbery Book Award and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

But Sachar was so choosey about who he’d sell the book’s film rights to that it took five years before “Holes” the movie, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and a young Shia Labeouf, hit the big screen. Now as the film likewise celebrates its 15th anniversary this month, Sachar is thrilled it’s his book, as well the movie, that is still remembered.

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“That was one of my concerns actually when I first decided to make the movie. I hope it doesn’t keep people from reading the book, that it just becomes a movie now,” the author told TheWrap. “I’m now hearing from kids who are reading the book in school and are just now realizing there was a movie made before they were born, which is amazing to me. The movie is 15 years old, and these kids are 10, 12 years old reading it. So the movie is ancient history to them.”

Holes” is about Stanley Yelnats, a kid with rotten luck who winds up in a correctional camp for boys for a crime he didn’t commit. Stanley and his fellow “campers” are forced to dig a five-foot deep hole every day in order to “build character,” but Stanley comes to suspect that it’s just a ruse for the camp’s warden to find something buried on the grounds.

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Sachar explained that though it’s a grim subject, he was inspired to write a “fun story” and “grand adventure” in the vein of William Goldman’s “The Princess Bride.” So it was important to him to work with a producer and director like Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”) who could bring to the project a strong cast and would take the book seriously.

“I didn’t want ‘Holes’ being turned into some soft, fluffy film,” Sachar said. “I liked the idea that it would be a director coming from making tough, gritty films making it.”

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Sachar made his screenwriting debut on the film, guiding some of Davis’s choices to limit the amount of voiceover narration and preserve the story’s mythical flashbacks.

“I was surprised that he asked me to write the screenplay. My first reaction was, ‘no, get someone who knows what they’re doing,” Sachar said. “Even though I wrote it, and I was there, I never like movies of books that I like. So I was surprised how well the movie came out.”

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Sachar remembers liking the film so much, he would sit through screenings of the film where he and Davis toured it for teachers across the country ahead of its release. Now 15 years removed from those screenings, he’s hearing from teachers who read the book and saw the film as kids, grew up to become teachers and are showing “Holes” to their own students.

“People had the sense this was something special,” Sachar said. “Certainly that was the case on the set. I was constantly being told by people on the crew, it’s not always like this. Everything felt like family, and there wasn’t a whole lot of ego involved. Everyone was just trying to make a good movie.”

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‘3 From Hell’ Updated Cast for ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ Sequel

Rob Zombie‘s next film 3 From Hell is off and running. Production of the film began mid March as the newest film in the Firefly Family trilogy was announced. Since the announcement of the film, there have been quite a few new members added to the cast. Rob Zombie has been very kind in updating his fans on the daily cast changes via Instagram. We have a list of the updated cast of today.

Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects. Machete, Desperado)

Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy, Mayans M.C.)

Austin Stoker (Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes)

Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Critters, Cujo)

Jeff Daniels Phillips (Lords of Salem, 31, The Gifted)

Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, Final Destination)

Clint Howard (Apollo 13, Star Trek, The Andy Griffith Show)

David Ury (31, Breaking Bad, Community)

Tom Papa (The Informant!)

Dot-Marie Jones (The Boondock Saints,
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DC’s ‘Batgirl’ Movie Lands ‘Birds of Prey’ Screenwriter Christina Hodson

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DC’s ‘Batgirl’ Movie Lands ‘Birds of Prey’ Screenwriter Christina Hodson
Screenwriter Christina Hodson has been hired to write “Batgirl” for Warners and DC Films, multiple insiders tell TheWrap.

As TheWrap first reported, Hodson wrote the Harley Quinn “Birds of Prey” spinoff for Warner Bros. and DC Films. An Insider also tells the TheWrap that the studio is high on Hodson’s “Bird of Prey” script and is currently out to directors.

Joss Whedon stepped down as director of “Batgirl” in February, saying in a statement at the time, “Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

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Batgirl made her debut in the Batman mythos 50 years ago as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Since then she has become one of the most popular superheroines in the world. When Barbara Gordon was paralyzed by a gunshot from the Joker in the classic graphic novel “The Killing Joke,” other crimefighters, like The Huntress and Orphan, took up the Batgirl name while Barbara became Oracle, a tech-savvy aide to Batman. Barbara later returned to the Batgirl role, while her assault in “The Killing Joke” was retconned.

Hodson is a hot commodity, as the screenwriter has made the Black List with scripts three times since turning to writing four years ago. One of those — her female-centered sci-fi action spec script “The Eden Project” — sold to Sony and Material Pictures.

Hodson has also written a reboot of “The Fugitive” for Warner Bros. and producer Arnold Kopelson, and wrote “Bumblebee,” the first spinoff of Paramount’s billion-dollar “Transformers” franchise, based on the popular Autobot in the series.

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DC die-hards may remember that “Birds of Prey” was also a short-lived series on The WB network in 2002-3, featuring Mia Sara as Harley.

Hodson is represented by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone Ent. and Ziffren Brittenham.

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Breaking Film and TV Industry News — April 3

Tuesday, April 3

Sundance Selects announced that it has acquired U.S. rights to the film “Blaze,” co-written, produced and directed by Ethan Hawke. Sybil Rosen co-wrote the film with Hawke based on her memoir “Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley.” Jake Seal, John Sloss and Ryan Hawke produced alongside Ethan Hawke.

The film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where newcomer Ben Dickey won the Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting for his portrayal of Blaze Foley. The is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his final performance in a near-empty honky-tonk; his last,
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'NBC Nightly News' Anchor Lester Holt Is the Newscaster Hollywood Has on Speed Dial

Veteran TV reporter Lester Holt has the solemn duty of delivering the headlines each weeknight on NBC Nightly News, but the guy has a lighter side, too. He was a recurring guest-star on 30 Rock, for example, portraying a fictionalized version of himself. And he actually has a ton of experience playing newscasters on film and television — scroll down to read more fun facts about Lester! Lester has Jamaican roots Lester's nationality is American, but his maternal grandparents were born and raised in Jamaica, and his maternal grandfather was half-English and half-Indian. He even went back to Jamaica with his mother for a 2007 Today segment. "It was a rich journey of discovery for both of us, as we visited the 173-year-old church some of our ancestors built and walked across the plantation my triple-great-grandfather owned, even finding his grave in a tiny tree-sheltered cemetery," he later wrote on MSNBC.com.
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Robin Williams (‘Good Will Hunting’) voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s for profound performance [Poll Results]

Robin Williams (‘Good Will Hunting’) voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s for profound performance [Poll Results]
Robin Williams has been voted your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s for his profound performance as psychologist Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting.” The late actor handily won Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your top Supporting Actor of the decade.

Williams won with an impressive 38% of the vote, with Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas”) coming in second at 23%. The only other performances to gain double-digit percentage points were Kevin Spacey (“The Usual Suspects”) with 11% and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood”) at 10%. Gene Hackman (“Unforgiven”) rounded out the top five with 6% of the vote. From there we had Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”) at 5%, Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) at 4%, Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) at 2% and James Coburn (“Affliction”) at 1%. Jack Palance (“City Slickers”) was the only actor to not earn a single percentage point.

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‘Dark City’ 20th anniversary: The underrated sci-fi classic was released in 1998, but got no love from the Oscars

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‘Dark City’ 20th anniversary: The underrated sci-fi classic was released in 1998, but got no love from the Oscars
Dark City” was released on February 27, 1998, and it helped me fall in love with movies. It also sparked my interest in awards. During the same period I was wrestling with continued Emmy snubs for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dark City” made me wonder how the Oscars could miss the boat on what is still one of the most visually and narratively innovative films I’ve seen. So on its 20th anniversary I decided to revisit the underrated science-fiction gem, which deserved Oscars 20 years ago.

Dark City” was a unique amalgam of genres with elements of murder mystery, film noir, horror and sci-fi dystopia, using those tropes to examine human memory and how we construct and perform our identities. It was undoubtedly a tough sell for New Line Cinema, and even tougher when you consider that at the time “Titanic” was still swimming circles around other releases at the box office.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing
Blade Runner 2049,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dunkirk” were among the film winners at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 65th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. Netflix lorded over the television fields with wins for five series, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” picked up a pair of trophies.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality experience “Carne y Arena” was awarded in the special venue category. The installation, currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2017 and received an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the organization’s November Governors Awards ceremony.

There were a pair of ties from the Mpse, in the computer interactive gameplay (“Call of Duty: WWII” and “Star Wars: Battlefront II”) and episodic long form (“Godless” and “Ozark”) categories.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, whose films “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” won Oscars
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing
Blade Runner 2049,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dunkirk” were among the film winners at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 65th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. Netflix lorded over the television fields with wins for five series, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” picked up a pair of trophies.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality experience “Carne y Arena” was awarded in the special venue category. The installation, currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2017 and received an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the organization’s November Governors Awards ceremony.

There were a pair of ties from the Mpse, in the computer interactive gameplay (“Call of Duty: WWII” and “Star Wars: Battlefront II”) and episodic long form (“Godless” and “Ozark”) categories.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, whose films “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” won Oscars
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Joe Pesci … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Joe Pesci … ? [Poll]
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 1990s went to many long overdue veterans of the industry. Actors like James Coburn, Jack Palance and Martin Landau finally earned Oscars in this decade, alongside then-newer stars like Cuba Gooding Jr and Kevin Spacey. What is your favorite Best Supporting Actor performance of the 1990s?

Read through a recap of their performances and vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

Joe Pesci, “Goodfellas” (1990) — Joe Pesci won his Oscar with the most iconic role of his career. In “Goodfellas” Pesci plays Tommy DeVito, a blustering gangster who provides some of the funniest lines in the film. Pesci was previously nominated in Best Supporting Actor for “Raging Bull” (1980).

SEEWho’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme … ? [Poll]

Jack Palance, “City Slickers” (1991) — Jack Palance finally won his Oscar thanks to “City Slickers,
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Stephen Lang Jokingly Takes Credit For Training Josh Brolin’s Cable

Stephen Lang, who once was in the running to play Deadpool 2‘s counterpart Cable, is joking around about training Josh Brolin for the role. Lang is the consummate journeyman actor, who has constantly worked in film and television over the past 30 years, appearing among the all-star cast in the modern Western classic Tombstone and such TV series as the update of The Fugitive.
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The Commuter Review: Liam Neeson Gets Taken on a Crazy Train Ride

The Commuter Review: Liam Neeson Gets Taken on a Crazy Train Ride
Liam Neeson revived his career about a decade ago as an older-than-usual action star with Taken. Since then, director Jaume Collet-Serra has helped to shephard along that career change, collaborating with him on several of his more recent action efforts. Their fourth and latest collaboration, The Commuter, is easily one of their best collaborations and feels like the kind of movie that simply doesn't get made that often anymore. A fun, if imperfect, mid-budget action/thriller.

In The Commuter, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman named Michael, who has been working hard for the better part of a decade to provide for his family. This means, commuting on the train from the suburbs to the city every day. However, things take a turn for Michael one day and, on his final daily commute home, it quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced
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