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Video: James Van Der Beek's Totally Embarrassing Tgif Cameo Unearthed

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Before he was Dawson, James Van Der Beek was alien food!This week, the Internet did what it does best and uncovered a gem from the actor's past -- showing him on the extremely short-lived Tgif sitcom "Aliens In the Family" back in 1996. The show revolved around a mixed human/extraterrestrial family living in the suburbs, and this episode found James taking one of the daughters out on a date.Let's just say it didn't go well, check out the clip above.The show only lasted two weeks on ABC's popular Friday night lineup and it's not hard to see why.After Variety posted the clip earlier today, Van Der Beek took to Facebook to talk about the embarrassing role ... and revealed how it cost him a pretty sweet gig!"Busted! One of my very early TV gigs unearthed, somehow," he wrote. "This was a show that was So good
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'Godfather' cinematographer Gordon Willis dies

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'Godfather' cinematographer Gordon Willis dies
Falmouth, Mass. (AP) — Gordon Willis, one of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers, nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness" for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as "The Godfather," ''Annie Hall" and "All the President's Men," has died. He was 82. Suzanne Berestecky of the Chapman Cole & Gleason funeral home in Falmouth confirmed Monday that he died and that the home is handling arrangements. Details on Willis' death were not immediately available. Willis was nicknamed The Prince of Darkness for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as "The Godfather," ''Annie Hall" and "All the President's Men." He retired after the 1997 movie "The Devil's Own." Through much of the 1970s, Willis was the cameraman whom some of Hollywood's top directors relied on during one of filmmaking's greatest eras. Francis Ford Coppola used him for the first two "Godfather" movies, Woody Allen for "Annie Hall" and
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Cinematographer Gordon Willis Is Dead

Cinematographer Gordon Willis Is Dead
One of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers has died. Gordon Willis was 82. Suzanne Berestecky of the Chapman Cole & Gleason funeral home in Falmouth, Mass., confirmed Monday that he died and that the home is handling arrangements. Details on Willis's death were not immediately available. Willis was nicknamed The Prince of Darkness for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as The Godfather, 'Annie Hall and All the President's Men. He retired after the 1997 movie The Devil's Own. Through much of the 1970s, Willis was the cameraman whom some of Hollywood's top directors relied on during one of filmmaking's greatest eras.
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The Godfather and Manhattan Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dead at 82

Cinematographers never get enough credit.  Their so crucial to a film's success, but if you mention their names to casual filmgoers, they'll probably give you a blank stare.  Variety reports that Gordon Willis, the cinematographer behind some of cinema's best films, passed away at the age of 82.  Willis was a giant of 1970s cinema, and helped to create some of Hollywood's all-time classics including The Godfather, Annie Hall, Klute, Manhattan, and All the President's Men.  To quote The Playlist's obituary, "Willis' greatest gift was in collaborating with the filmmakers he worked with on evoking that intangible mood for each of their pictures."  Willis' last film was 1997 was Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own after which he retired due to his failing eyesight. Hit the jump to check out some clips from Willis' films and an interview with the master cinematographer.  Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Willis' family and friends.
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'Godfather" D.P. Gordon Willis, Hollywood's Prince of Darkness, dies at 82

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'Godfather
One of the most joyous sequences in American film is the opening of Woody Allen's "Manhattan." As Allen's character Isaac speaks in voice-over, Gershwin's remarkable "Rhapsody In Blue" plays. "Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. No, make that… he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Mm. No. Let me start this over." Don't bother, Woody. You got it right the first time, and to provide that black-and-white counterpoint to the soaring sounds of Gershwin, cinematographer Gordon Willis shot some of the greatest images of New York City ever burned onto celluloid. Black-and-white felt like a perfect form of expression for Willis, who was referred to by many filmmakers as "The Prince Of Darkness,
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'Godfather" D.P. Gordon Willis, Hollywood's Prince of Darkness, dies at 82

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'Godfather
One of the most joyous sequences in American film is the opening of Woody Allen's "Manhattan." As Allen's character Isaac speaks in voice-over, Gershwin's remarkable "Rhapsody In Blue" plays. "Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. No, make that… he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Mm. No. Let me start this over." Don't bother, Woody. You got it right the first time, and to provide that black-and-white counterpoint to the soaring sounds of Gershwin, cinematographer Gordon Willis shot some of the greatest images of New York City ever burned onto celluloid. Black-and-white felt like a perfect form of expression for Willis, who was referred to by many filmmakers as "The Prince Of Darkness,
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The Godfather cinematographer Gordon Willis dies, aged 82

The Godfather cinematographer Gordon Willis dies, aged 82
Cinematographer Gordon Willis has died, aged 82.

Willis was best known for his influential photography on the Godfather series.

He helped mould the style of 1970s cinema, and also worked on Woody Allen's Annie Hall and Manhattan.

His nickname was the 'Prince of Darkness' due to his use of shadows, and was the director of photography on classics including Klute, The Paper Chase, The Parallax View and All the President's Men.

In 2009, he received an honorary Academy Award at the first Governors Awards ceremony.

He was Oscar nominated for The Godfather III and Woody Allen's Zelig.

Willis's father worked as a make-up artist at Warner Bros, and he served in the motion picture unit during the Korean War in the Air Force.

His last film was 1997's The Devil's Own.
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Brad Pitt Apologized to a Gossip Columnist—Find Out Why!

Brad Pitt Apologized to a Gossip Columnist—Find Out Why!
It's not often you hear about an A-list celebrity like Brad Pitt apologizing to a gossip columnist. But that's exactly what the World War Z star did some years ago. George Rush recalls the story in Scandal: A Manuel, his new memoir with Joanna Molloy about their days as New York's leading gossip columnists (for the record, yours truly worked as one of their reporters for their column Rush & Molly at the New York Daily News). Rush met Pitt at a book party. "I was introducing myself when he said, 'I know you. You're the guy who made me move,'" Rush writes. "I was baffled. He explained that when he was in town shooting The Devil's Own, he'd rented an...
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Name That Movie: Brad Pitt Edition

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We're gearing up for Fall movies, and getting excited to see Brad Pitt in two upcoming films! The former Sexiest Man Alive will be in both The Counselor and 12 Years a Slave, but today we're looking back on some past Pitt. For this week's movie quiz, see if you can identify the actor from films throughout his career. Even if you don't do well, at least you'll get a little eye candy in the process. Enjoy! Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: Troy Legends of the Fall Interview With the Vampire The Devil's Own
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Harrison Ford's Characters Have All Kinds of Family Dilemmas

Harrison Ford's two most beloved characters, Han Solo and Indiana Jones, were single guys without a care in the world. However nearly every other character he ever played had a wife and/or family, and they were almost invariably in some sort of jeopardy. We found a supercut that demonstrates this fact by featuring a variety of Ford's characters expressing concern for family members. After watching this compilation, chances are that most people will have a hankering for more Ford action. Luckily The Devil's Own, starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, airs this weekend on Reelz. There's an airing on Sunday, July 14th at 8p Et/ 5p Pt with another chance to watch on Monday at 5:30p Et/ 2:30p Pt. Check out the schedule for more movies on Reelz.

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The 15 Worst Accents in Movies Ever

So many actors have tried, and so many actors have failed. Accents have long proven to be one of the hardest things to hone when it comes to a film role. While Irish seems to be the most challenging of dialects to lock down, there are also other accents — even American — that have yet to be mastered in cinema.

Playing a Serbian posing as a Bosnian in the upcoming "Killing Season," John Travolta is going a rare route. It's debatable whether he can pull it off, but he doesn't have to worry about sounding all sorts of wrong if he's in the company of these actors with the worst movie accents.

15. Gabourey Sidibe, 'Tower Heist' (2011)

Playing a maid with a knack for cracking safes, Sidibe didn't initially plan on her character having a Jamaican accent. But "Tower Heist" director Brett Ratner requested it, and even with the use of a dialect coach,
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'That Movie Sucks': Actors Who Trashed Their Own Movies

'That Movie Sucks': Actors Who Trashed Their Own Movies
Actors don't often trash their own movies, but when they do, it's usually a cathartic experience for film goers. After all, it's one thing to think "The Happening" was a bad movie; it's quite another to have those thoughts confirmed by the film's star, Mark Wahlberg. ("It was a bad movie that I did.") Ahead, 10 instances of actors bashing their films, from Wahlberg and Shia Labeouf to Katherine Heigl and Shia Labeouf. (Shia does this a lot.)

Shia Labeouf on "Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull": "I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you've made [a bad movie]. And I think if you don't acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you're promoting a movie. […] We [Harrison Ford and Labeouf] had major discussions. He wasn't happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn't universally accepted." (via
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Saoirse Ronan: 200 years young

Best known for her spiteful sister in Atonement, Saoirse Ronan is about to play her first adult: a centuries-old vampire in Neil Jordan's new film. Ryan Gilbey takes her pulse

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The big question concerning Saoirse Ronan – apart from how on earth one pronounces her first name (try rhyming it with "inertia") – has been when exactly she might cross the threshold into adult roles, and how. The Irish actor has only just turned 19, so it's hardly surprising she has spent her career playing children, though that rather under-represents the challenging nature of her parts to date.

Unusually for a young actor, she has achieved fame and acclaim without first passing through the brightly lit high-school corridors of the teen-movie genre. She was Oscar-nominated at the age of 13 for her otherworldly performance as Briony Tallis, the spiteful catalyst for catastrophe in Atonement; she
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A Peek Into the Soul of the Great Cinematographer Gordon Willis (Videos)

A Peek Into the Soul of the Great Cinematographer Gordon Willis (Videos)
  Gordon Willis is regarded by all of his peers as one of the greatest cinematographers in the history of film, and for many as the greatest of all time, period. Meeting with him only served to have him rise in our esteem. Without wanting to use hyperbole, between lensing "The Godfather' trilogy, many of Woody Allen's best films (including "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Stardust Memories," "Interiors" and others) and several master thrillers for Alan J. Pakula ("All the President's Men," "Klute," "The Parallax View," "The Devil's Own" and others), Gordon Willis practically
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Risky blockbusters of the 1990s that underperformed

Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03

It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...

This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.

In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.

However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a
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David R Ellis obituary

Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane

The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.

Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.

Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed
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Brad Pitt Eating: The Mashup

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Movie characters may seem more glamorous than you and me, but they've gotta eat. And you know who eats a lot in movies? Brad Pitt. And unlike the rest of us, even in comic moments, he looks good doing it (shocker).

Pitt did a fair amount of eating in his Oscar-nominated turn as Billy Beane in "Moneyball," but he chows down so much in so many movies, we're starting to wonder if the actor just gets hungry on set and brings his lunch into the scene with him. We're just waiting to see how much he ingests in "Killing Them Softly," out this week.

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

TroyMr. and Mrs. Smith | Moneyball | Ocean's Eleven | Johnny Suede | The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford | The Devil's Own | Inglorious Basterds  | Across the Tracks | Cutting Class | Kalifornia | Spy Game | Meet Joe Black | Sleepers | Seven Years in Tibet
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'Air Force One': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Harrison Ford Classic

"Get off my plane!" Just reading that sentence, you can hear Harrison Ford barking the famous catchphrase at Gary Oldman during a climactic sequence in "Air Force One." It's a familiar line, since we've all seen the classic 1997 thriller about a president (Ford) thwarting the Russian terrorist (Oldman) who's hijacked the flying White House. Still, there's probably plenty you don't know about the movie (which opened 15 years ago, on July 25, 1997), including how accurate it is (and isn't), how the filmmakers got access to the real Air Force One, the battle over the film's instrumental score, and the financial windfall that made one cast member the richest star by far (it's not who you think). Read on for the plane (get it?) truth behind the movie. 1. "Air Force One" was actually director Wolfgang Petersen's second movie in four years about a president whose life is threatened; it followed the German-born
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Drink and a Movie for St. Patrick's Day

With a full weekend to celebrate St. Paddy's this year, we're venturing a guess that some of you may wish to spend at least one of those nights at home... In which case, we've got a list of 10 Irish movies and a themed drink, courtesy of Lavo in Las Vegas, if you'd like to branch out from the Guinness and Jameson's.

Lavo Shamrocker

Blend the following:

– Shot of Bushmill's Irish Whiskey

– 1/2 oz Green Creme de Menthe

– 2 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

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Far and Away | The Devil's Own | The Brothers McMullen | Waking Ned Devine | Darby O'Gill and the Little People | The Quiet Man | Gangs of New York | Leprechaun | The Departed | Barry Lyndon
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Brad, Angie Ditch the DGA, Enjoy a Cirque du Soleil Show

Brad, Angie Ditch the DGA, Enjoy a Cirque du Soleil Show
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their brood headed for some fun at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday night for the Cirque du Soleil show, "Ovo." According to X17Online, the high-profile couple decided to forgo the Directors Guild Awards and spend the evening with their kids.

Brad and Angie had previously told "Extra" their children were not thrilled with their absence during award season... perhaps they coaxed their parents into taking them out!

The
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