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Charlie Murphy, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy, Passes Away at 57

Charlie Murphy, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy, Passes Away at 57
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after losing another beloved actor and comedian. Charlie Murphy, the older brother of legendary comedian Eddie Murphy and star of the iconic comedy series Chappelle's Show, has passed away at the age of 57. Murphy's manager confirmed that he died from Leukemia earlier this morning in a New York City hospital, where he was undergoing chemotherapy.

TMZ reports that the actor's death comes as an absolute shock to his family, since they had thought he was improving. The site says that his family would call him frequently, and that he would even joke that they were calling him too much. It hasn't been confirmed how long he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for, before his death.

Charlie Murphy was born July 12, 1959 in Brooklyn to Lillian Murphy, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a New York transit officer who was also an amateur actor and comedian.
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Lebron James -- I'm Selling My Miami Mega Mansion ... For $17 Million!!

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LeBron James might be abandoning his castle by the sea once and for all ... 'cause the Cavs star is putting his Miami mega-mansion on the market for a King's ransom ... $17 million.The 16,768 sq ft pad is just plain sick ... 6 bedrooms, an infinity pool, wine cellar and dockage space that can accommodate two 60 foot yachts. James bought the place back in 2010 for $9 million ... so he's hoping to pocket a cool $8 million bucks from the sale --
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Turn Away from the Light in this Trailer for Altergeist: A Preview

First time director Tedi Sarafian has brought his paranormal thriller, titled Altergeist, to the American Film Market. This title was originally called Sighting. It has since been renamed, after its completion in late 2013. This indie thriller features Kristina Anapau (Black Swan), Mark Hapka, David Weidoff and Linsey Godfrey. And, Altergeist, whose title is based on the German word for ghost, now has a trailer. The story for Altergeist begins with five paranormal investigators. They decide to search one of the most haunted locales in America's history, the King's Ransom Winery. Here, the five researchers are set upon by a series of malevolent spirits and their lives are soon in jeopardy. The first trailer for Altergeist shows the researchers entering the vineyards and the supernatural conflict they find there. This title will show at the American Film Market November 6th, 2013 and fans of indie thrillers can preview the film here. Showing Date: November 6th,
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"Vikings: A King's Ransom"- April 14, 2013

Sneak Peek new images and footage from History's "Vikings" episode "A King's Ransom", written by Michael Hirst and directed by Ken Girotti, airing April 14, 2013, starring Travis Fimmel as 'Ragnar Lothbrok', Gabriel Byrne as 'Earl Haraldson', Katheryn Winnick as 'Lagertha', and Jessalyn Gilsig as 'Siggy':

"...three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England and to the 'Royal Villa' of 'King Aelle'.

"Meanwhile 'Ragnar Lothbrok' has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace.

"However, 'King Aelle' has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Vikings: A King's Ransom"...
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Vikings: Sunday Battle Scene Images and Ep. 7 Previews! (Videos)

What an incredible episode of Vikings that unfolded last night! We wanted to share some scenes and photos from last night.s episode depicting the epic battle. **Note . these video clips do contain spoilers Scenes From Vikings Episode 6: Airs Sundays at 10/9c on History Ragnar-Earl Battle Ragnar-Earl Battle ***Contains Spoiler If You Have Not Seen Sunday Night.S Episode*** Rollo Swears to Ragnar ***Contains Spoiler If You Have Not Seen Sunday Night.S Episode*** And here.s a preview of Episode 7, airing Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. on History .A King's Ransom. Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle. Ragnar Lothbrok
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Nyff 2011. Nikkatsu Centennial

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Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial was a sidebar at this year's New York Film Festival that Dan Sallitt, writing a couple of weeks ago, found "so exciting that it threatens to overshadow the main slate: a retrospective of the Japanese studio Nikkatsu, whose opportunistic shifts of focus always seemed to open doors for some of Japan's most creative filmmakers. Compare film magazine Kinema Junpo's 1999 and 2009 lists of all-time greatest Japanese films to the Lincoln Center series schedule, and count the overlaps." Last year in the Notebook, Dan reviewed one of the 37 films in the series, Tomu Uchida's Earth (1939).

"The sidebar is peppered with nearly impossible to see rediscoveries," notes Steve Dollar at GreenCine Daily: "early silent films like 1927's A Diary of Chuji's Travels and harshly realistic World War II dramas like Mud and Soldiers. Shot on location in China in 1939, the latter film blends
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3 'Must Buy' Criterion Blu-rays: Clouzot's 'Diabolique,' Kurosawa's 'High and Low' and 'The Battle of Algiers'

Time is an annoying thing, it ticks away, aging us all and leaving behind things we meant to do, but never got around to. This is a statement that can be related to just about anything in our short lives, but in this case it happens to be my opening for a large batch of Criterion Collection Blu-rays I, shamefully, never got around to fully reviewing after mentioning them in my weekly DVD and Blu-ray columns. For some of you that is enough, for others you would like more, this is my attempt to clean off the shelves and start anew.

Let's get started...


Thanks to my trip to the Cannes Film Festival I got so backed up with my Criterion reviews I was never able to recover, so I'm heading as far back as May 17, when Criterion issued brand new DVD and Blu-ray editions of Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique,
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Splendent Media Picks up Remake Rights to Majority of Akira Kurosawa’s Filmography including 19 Unproduced Screenplays

Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors of all-time.  It's indisputable so don't even try.  However, his work is not immune from the clutches of remakes and his classics Seven Samurai, High and Low, Ikiru, and Drunken Angel have all been in development at one point or another.  However, most of his work has remained out of the hands of a single company until now.  Variety reports that new production company Splendent Media (the folks behind Al Pacino's upcoming film Wild Salome) has picked up the remake rights to 26 of Kurosawa's films including Yojimbo, Ran, Kagemusha, Dreams, and Rashomon.  In addition, Splendent also now owns 24 films Kurosawa wrote but didn't direct and 19 unproduced screenplays. Hit the jump for why you shouldn't be dismayed. While it's tough to argue that no one will be able to tell these stories as well as Kurosawa, we should all remember that Kurosawa also adapted stories.
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Lionsgate Brings Dead Alive, Scary Movie 2 and Scary Movie 3 to Blu-ray

More high definition goodness is on the way courtesy of Lionsgate, as we're finally, finally, getting the insanity that is Peter Jackson's Dead Alive in glorious high definition! Oh yeah, and two other flicks no one really cares about.

September 20th

Scary Movie 2 Blu-ray Disc

Scary Movie 3: Unrated Blu-ray Disc

Audiences will laugh twice as hard this fall as Lionsgate debuts two hilarious Miramax films on Blu-ray Disc - Scary Movie 2 and Scary Movie 3: Unrated. Presented for the very first time in 1080P High Definition and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, both horror parodies star two of comedy's leading ladies -- Anna Faris (The House Bunny) and Regina Hall (King's Ransom). Available on September 20th, each Blu-ray Disc is loaded with an assortment of special features including deleted scenes, featurettes and audio commentaries.

Scary Movie 2

The follow-up spoof picks up from where the original Scary Movie satire left off,
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Michelle Rodriguez Finds Footage in Sighting

Michelle Rodriguez has faced zombies, driven amazingly fast cars, helped save the world from an alien invasion, and tackled Machete with literally one eye open! There's not much left for her to do that could be considered pretty cool. Unless of course you set her up against evil spirits!

That's right, kids, shooting right now is the new cinéma vérité style spooker Sighting! The flick stars Rodriguez (pictured right) along with Kristina Anapau (Cursed, Black Swan), David Weidoff, Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason, Rampage) and Sarah Oh.

Sighting, from writer-director Tedi Sarafian, takes us to "King's Ransom Winery, one of the most haunted places in America, with a long history of bizarre suicides. Six ghost hunters have been given the rare opportunity to conduct a paranormal investigation. What they discover terrifies them."

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Michelle Rodriguez Joins Ghost Hunters After 'Sighting'

Michelle Rodriguez Joins Ghost Hunters After 'Sighting'
Shooting under all of our noses is a new found footage horror film starring Kristina Anapau (Cursed, Black Swan), Michelle Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles, Machete, Resident Evil), David Weidoff, Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason, Rampage) and Sarah Oh (The Crypt and K-Town). Sighting, from writer-director Tedi Sarafian, takes us to "King's Ransom Winery, one of the most haunted places in America, with a long history of bazaar suicides. Six ghost hunters have been given the rare opportunity to conduct a paranormal investigation. What they discover terrifies them." There are no other details on the film, but it's said to be cinema verite.
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I Finally Watched 'Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever'

Photo: Warner Bros. I was completely out of the loop when it came to Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, a film predominantly known at this point as the worst reviewed movie of the last decade by RottenTomatoes standards. So, when I decided I would follow in the footsteps of my previous look at Skyline and regularly take a look back at movies considered to be among the worst ever that I had not yet seen, there was no better place to start.

In short, yes, this is a bad film. Terrible in fact. Is it the worst? That's all relative to the discussion. Worst in what way? Plot? Characters? Execution? Entertainment? In all honesty, this is a film I would consider a perfect entry in a new age of grindhouse. All I could think of while watching the inexplicable amount of explosions, lack of story and silly predicaments was of Robert Rodriguez
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Secret Millionaire Review

Coming to you this Sunday is another installment in the reality TV "feel good" series. Secret Millionaire takes you along for the ride as a millionaire searches for someone deserving of a large donation. Each week a new millionaire will embark on an adventure that showcases the needy, and will hope to not only connect with the "other side" of life, but run into someone trying to do great work who could use a benefactor.

In a style similar to Undercover Boss, we get to march along as the tremendously wealthy take a spin in the trenches, and along the way we are subject to the emotional pull of the downtrodden, and the curious joy of charity by proxy.

There is a special appeal in watching the rich come face to face with "real" people, and the circumstances of "real" life, though this appeal is largely lost in the series opener,
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"30 For 30" and the Role of Money In Modern Sports

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By the time its final episode premieres on December 11, "30 for 30" will have aired thirty films on the last thirty years of sports. Nine were about football, six about baseball, five about basketball, two about boxing, two about running, and one each about BMX, hockey, Nascar, rugby, soccer, and tennis. The series, designed to celebrate Espn's thirtieth anniversary, featured the work of thirty different directors, but through its entire range of filmmakers and topics, one theme dominated the year of "30 for 30": money's insidious effect on the purity of sports.

Consider its very first episode, "King's Ransom," about the trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers' motivation? Money. Or "The Two Escobars," about the destructive impact of drug money on the Columbian national soccer. The pursuit of money was the obvious subject of some of the films, like "Small Potatoes: Who Killed the Usfl?
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'Fable 3' Achievements Include Cross-Dressing And Ghostbusters-Related Spoilers

Even if "Fable 3" doesn't include Kinect support at launch, it will have a King's ransom worth of Xbox Live Achievements to unlock, and you don't need to be intimately familiar with the series to understand why the list looks like a mash-up of "Fallout 3" and "The Sims" accomplishments. A little Ghostbusters humor may sneak up on you, however, but you'll understand why after you read the rundown below.

"The Ruler of Albion," "Coronation Chicken," "Dye Hippie, Dye" and "I Am The Keymaster" are all titles granted to achievements in "Fable 3," according to the game's new listing on You'll have to figure out how to pull all 50 of them off in both single and multiplayer modes in order to acquire the 1000 points available, but now that you know what they are, that shouldn't be a problem:

• The Guild Seal (10): Unleash your heroic potential.

• And So It Begins
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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for April 23-25, 2010

Traditionally, late April hasn't been the most exciting time at the box office, but Hollywood has been making more and more attempts to capitalize on the days leading up to the summer movie season. Five Years Ago - 2005 The Interpreter topped the box office with $22.8 million at 2,758 theaters. It was one of the biggest-grossing debuts for a political thriller at the time. In second, The Amityville Horror (2005) had a solid second weekend hold by horror standards, while Sahara held well in third. The other nationwide debuts were a bust: A Lot Like Love opened to $7.6 million, Kung Fu Hustle mustered just $6.7 million and King's Ransom was ignored with $2.1 milllion. * Weekend Report Ten Years Ago - 2000 Trying to offer summer excitement in April, U-571 emerged with a chart-topping $19.6 million at 2,583 sites. That was and still is the highest-grossing debut ever for a submarine thriller, although it didn't pack quite as many
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Chris Rock Scribes High And Low

I haven't seen Akira Kurosawa's 1963 "High and Low," which I'm ashamed about. I'm ashamed about a lot of things.I know that the movie is based on the book "King's Ransom" by Evan Hunter and the Kurosawa iteration is closely linked to Asian culture (sorry guys who actually know - I'm grasping at straws).In 1999 Martin Scorsese and producer Scott Rudin optioned a re-make and set David  to write the film.Now, that project has re-surfaced with Chris Rock as the new writer and Mike Nichols (dir "Closer," "Charlie Wilson's War") on board to direct.I'm actually greatly in favor of this, because it's shaping up to be interesting. As far as Chris Rock's drama adaptations go, the only one that exists is "I Think I Love My Wife," which was a remake of "Chloe in the Afternoon."He's also starring in "Death at a Funeral," a re-make as well,
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Chris Rock Replaces Mamet On "High"

Chris Rock has been hired to polish a David Mamet script. Yes you heard that right.

The film is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed 1963 detective thriller "High and Low" which itself is based on Evan Hunter's novel "King's Ransom".

The story follows a wealthy executive whose son has been kidnapped and he's prepared to pay the ransom using funds he needs for a critical corporate buyout. Before he can send the payment though, he realises the kidnappers have mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur and thus the decision becomes much more complicated.

Acclaimed scribe David Mamet was commissioned to pen the first draft of the screenplay over a decade ago by then producer Martin Scorsese (no word if he's still attached).

Now, Black Voices reports that Rock has been hired to pen a new draft of the script for Mike Nichols who will serve as director.
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Brewer Gets 'Footloose,' Crawford Doesn't, 'Robin Hood 2' Talk and MacFarlane to Introduce 'Ted'

Brewer Directing Footloose, Crawford Bails: I have a hard time believing the departure of Chace Crawford and the attachment of Craig Brewer as director for the forthcoming Footloose remake is merely coincidental, then again I never thought I'd see Brewer going from Hustle and Flow to Black Snake Moan only to end up directing a remake of a Kevin Bacon '80s dance flick that once had Kenny Ortega attached to direct. So who knows, maybe it is coincidence. Paramount has said casting a new lead will begin immediately with production expected to begin this summer. [Variety]

Chris Rock Penning Kurosawa Remake?: In a strange bit of news, Chris Rock will reportedly step in for David Mamet of all people to write the screen adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's kidnapping thriller High and Low telling the story of a kidnapped boy, ransomed for 30 million yen. The film was a loose
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Chris Rock Remaking Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low

Chris Rock Remaking Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low
Chris Rock revealed his next project to Black Voices: writing the screenplay remake/adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's 1963 detective thriller High and Low for director Mike Nichols. If you were going to ask me who might replace David Mamet on this modern day remake/adaptation, Rock would certainly have been near the bottom of the list. Here are the details from Bv: Based loosely on Evan Hunter's 'King's Ransom,' the story follows an executive named Kingo Gondo, who learns that his son has been kidnapped. He is prepared to pay the ransom amount until he discovers that the kidnappers mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur. Gondo must decide between keeping the money he has saved up for a critical corporate buyout or using it to save his driver's son. Mike Nichols's filmography includes Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf, The Graduate, Catch-22, Annie, The Birdcage, Closer and Charlie Wilson's War.
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