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George Jenson, Production Illustrator on ‘Return of the Jedi,’ Dies at 87

George Jenson, Production Illustrator on ‘Return of the Jedi,’ Dies at 87
Academy Award-nominated art director and production illustrator George Jenson died of melanoma cancer in Henderson, Nev., on May 25. He was 87.

He was the production illustrator on 1983’s “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” Jenson received his Oscar nomination for visual effects on “2010” in 1984.

Jenson began his career in the film industry in 1964 as a production illustrator/storyboard artist at 20th Century Fox Studios, working for producer Irwin Allen’s series “Lost in Space,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “Time Tunnel,” and “Land of the Giants.” He moved to Filmation Associates as a layout artist and illustrator on the animated TV series “Star Trek,” “Mission: Magic,” “Lassie’s Rescue Rangers,” and “My Favorite Martian” during 1972-75.

Jenson worked as a production illustrator on live-action feature films including Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and MGM’s “Logan’s Run.” He joined Steven Spielberg’s Amblin for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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If You Didn't Know Zoey Deutch's Mom Is Hollywood Royalty, You Need to Read This

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If you've watched Netflix's sweet romantic comedy Set It Up, you might wonder why the frazzled aspiring journalist played by Zoey Deutch reminds you of someone you already know from Hollywood. In fact, she looks a lot like the mother in the Back to the Future trilogy and Tom Cruise's love interest in All the Right Moves. Well, that's because Deutch's mother is none other than, drum roll please, the iconic Lea Thompson!

Thompson has been in so many shows and movies over the years that it's hard to keep track of her highly productive career. Before movies and TV shows, her interest in the arts started with professional ballet training. After Thompson devoted years to the craft, a ballet instructor told her that she was good, but just "too stocky."

Thompson then switched gears to acting. She made her big-screen debut in
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2018 May Be the Best Summer for Movies Ever

2018 May Be the Best Summer for Movies Ever
For kids of the 1980s it might seem like we had the best time at the movies ever. More to the point, in our quest for the never-ending summer, it appeared like the movies we watched were never going to stop being made. And they haven't been. They've just gotten bigger budgets, better production values, and, in some cases, better actors. None of this is more present than in the 2018 Summer Movie Season.

There's no denying such films as Meatballs, Stand By Me, Cloak & Dagger, Dirty Dancing, Caddyshack, Red Dawn, Friday the 13th, The Flamingo Kid, and many other films from the 1980s are classics. And there have certainly been excellent summer movie seasons in the 1990s, the 2000s, and other decades. However, 2018 has them All beat by miles.

Many of you are going to argue with me. You are going to be outraged by my claims and call
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Tom Cruise Stood Up to ‘All the Right Moves’ Producers When Lea Thompson Felt Uncomfortable With Nude Scenes

Tom Cruise Stood Up to ‘All the Right Moves’ Producers When Lea Thompson Felt Uncomfortable With Nude Scenes
Tom Cruise was coming off the breakout success of “Risky Business” when he signed on to star in Michael Chapman’s “All the Right Moves.” The sports drama cast Cruise opposite Lea Thompson, and the actress revealed in a recent interview with Closer Weekly (via W Magazine) that Cruise had her back on set when she expressed being uncomfortable with performing nude scenes.

“[The producers] wanted me to show my breasts twice in the script,” Thompson said. “I didn’t even audition because I didn’t want to take my shirt off, but I got the part and was like, ‘Okay.’”

When Cruise heard Thompson didn’t want to be nude multiple times in the film, he took matters into his own hands and spoke to the producers himself. “Tom managed to talk them out of one of the [nude] scenes,” Thompson said.

The remaining nude scene required Thompson to appear topless. Cruise
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Dirty Dancing And Its Never-Dying Popularity

Back in 1987, a film was released which took the world by storm. With a budget of just $6 million, Dirty Dancing, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, was to star the relatively unknown Patrick Swayze, a young actor who, up until that point was most known for his work on the TV series North and South, and the minor hit Red Dawn. Its safe to say that the film’s eventual reach wasn’t predicted, the movie billed as a simple teenage romance, set in the 1960s, with little expectation at its conception.

Of course, Dirty Dancing has since become a global success, an enduring teenage-heartbreak/ love story that sits alongside other greats like Grease and even Hairspray, the former being released nearly ten years before.

Set during the summer of 1963, Dirty Dancing revolves around a 17-year-old girl named Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (Jennifer Grey), who has journeyed to the Kellerman
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Harry Dean Stanton: An Enigmatic Icon Whose Final Starring Role Might Be His Best

Harry Dean Stanton: An Enigmatic Icon Whose Final Starring Role Might Be His Best
As Ry Cooder’s slide guitar sounds melancholy echoes, the man suddenly appears in the desert, walking purposely toward some vague destination off in the distance. His sunbaked face covered with several days of beard, his pinstripe suit dusty and ill-matched with a red baseball cap, he is plainly driven by some inner demons. Just as plainly, he isn’t going to last much longer.

That’s how Harry Dean Stanton first appears in “Paris, Texas,” the classic 1984 drama directed by Wim Wenders from a screenplay credited to Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. And while taking stock of the much-respected actor on the occasion of his passing — Stanton died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 91 — I cannot help viewing that unforgettable image as metaphoric: After a long trudge through a wilderness of secondary roles, he finally broke through in this film to get the attention he so richly deserved.

Of course,
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Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.

In 1984, when he turned 58, he not only starred in the Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” — his first role ever as leading man — but in Alex Cox’s popular cult film “Repo Man.” (That
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Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.
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Gremlins 3 script is now completed, plot has a twisted & darker tone to the originals

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Patti Cake$ producer, Chris Columbus has finally finished his script for the third in the Gremlins saga, Gremlins 3, revealing the next instalment will be more twisted and dark than you have seen before with a minimal use of CGI for the franchise.

Whilst on the junket circuit for Patti Cake$, Columbus revealed the details to Slashfilm stating he is proud of the way the script has ended up.

“I’m really proud of the script. It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see. It’s always a budgetary conversation when we’re going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon.”

With all the modern day technology
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'Red Dawn': THR's 1984 Review

'Red Dawn': THR's 1984 Review
On Aug. 10, 1984, MGM/UA unveiled the war drama Red Dawn, featuring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

While John Milius' Red Dawn casts little constructive light on modern Anglo-Soviet relations, its rising at the height of our present Olympics-inspired patriotism represents a rather shrewd bit of capitalistic marketing strategy.

Reaction to the MGM/UA's release's depiction of a home-soil invasion repelled by teenage guerrillas may nonetheless prove a resounding nyet. It packs plenty of rabble-rousing ammunition, but its sloppy execution is unlikely to win any merit badges for marksmanship. 

The place...
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War For The Planet Of The Apes review

For heaven's sake, just go to the cinema and see the brilliant War For The Planet Of The Apes. Our review follows.

Poor old Caesar. The genetically-enhanced, intelligent chimp has witnessed the rise of the apes and the fall of humanity; the birth of one civilisation and the gradual death of another.

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Through 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (directed by Rupert Wyatt) to 2014’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (with Matt Reeves taking over directing duties), we’ve seen how humans have succumbed to an outbreak of a deadly virus, and how an uneasy truce between our species and the apes disintegrated thanks to Caesar’s vengeful second-in-command, Koba (Toby Kebbell).

Caesar, played so effortlessly by a performance-captured Andy Serkis, has long been the focal
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4 More Great War Films (That Still Aren’t Saving Private Ryan)

Graeme Robertson with four more great war films (that still aren’t Saving Private Ryan)…

A while back I wrote a feature in which I looked back at four of what I considered to be great war films, with the main linking theme being that they weren’t Steven Spielberg’s beloved classic Saving Private Ryan.

However, as many of you are likely to agree that those films, while great, are not the only great war films that aren’t Saving Private Ryan, so thankfully my Flickering overlords have granted me another chance to talk about even more films that I feel you all should take a look at.

While I focused exclusively on World War II films in the first feature, this time I’ve added a touch more variety when picking my cinematic depictions of war this time around, so get ready for a trip to the dying days of World War II,
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Shout Select Fights Russians, Crips, and Bloods With ‘Red Dawn’ and ‘Colors’

We take a look at new Blu-rays of two ’80s classics.

Shout! Factory’s relatively young collectors label, Shout Select, is something of an odd duck. This is less of a criticism than an observation as their releases so far bear no real discernible through line. We’ve gotten well-deserved Blu-rays of eagerly awaited ’80s classics like To Live and Die in La, Road House, and Midnight Run, but the label has also released/announced titles like Death of a Salesman, The Chinese Connection, and Simon Pegg’s forgettable 2012 film, A Fantastic Fear of Everything. So yeah, there’s something of an odd inconsistency across the catalog.

For now though we’re here to discuss their latest releases, two ’80s films of varying acclaim and renown — John MiliusRed Dawn and Dennis Hopper’s Colors.

Red Dawn (1984)

A small town in Colorado begins its day like any other until strangers drop from the sky. Soviet
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Say Hello to Our Funny, Sexy, and Magically Alluring Pick of the Week

This Week in Home VideoGet Ready to Fall in Love With the Funny, Sexy, and Beautifully Independent ‘The Love Witch’Plus 13 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!

Pick of the WeekThe Love Witch

What is it? A witch visits a small coastal community in search of love with a side of unintended consequences.

Why buy it? Writer/director/producer/composer/editor/production designer/art director/set decorator/costume designer Anna Biller delivers a singular experience with this incredibly stylish, sexy, and scathing tale of a witch in search of love. The film is a colorful, stylized nod to the days of Technicolor romance that manages to be both a take down of a patriarchal society and a loose, fun romp.

[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentary, featurette, interview, deleted scenes, dance audition]

The
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When Patrick Swayze rigged a director's loo with explosives

Simon Brew Feb 8, 2017

The late Patrick Swayze was fond of a practical joke or two - and perhaps his most infamous came on the set of the film Red Dawn...

Here's one of those stories that you may have missed over the years. It always makes me chuckle, and if all goes to plan, I'll find a few more short pieces of this ilk over the coming weeks.

The late Patrick Swayze was fond of a practical joke or two on his movie sets - and one in particular lit a fire beneath his director at the time.

Swayze was making the film Red Dawn, for director John Milius. Milius, a man fond of explosives himself, went to answer a call of nature whilst shooting the film. Unbenownst to him, however, Patrick Swayze had got there first.

As the actor recounted in his memoir, The Time Of My Life, "I
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Giveaway – Win an action/western bundle with The Timber

To celebrate the release of The Timber from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, we’ve got an action/western DVD bundle up for grabs, which features The Timber, Sicario, Slow West, 3:10 to Yuma, Wild Card and Heist. Read on for details of how to enter…

In the 1898 gold rush of the Wild West, two desperate brothers take a job as bounty hunters to save their home and find their father. But in The Timber, brutality and bloodshed is the law of the land and what they find along the way is much more than they bargained for. The Timber is tense tale of greed and redemption.

Josh Peck (Red Dawn) and James Ransone (Sinister, The Wire) are the brothers at the centre of this gripping Western which also stars Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black, The Tudors) and William Gaunt (EastEnders,
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Watch an exclusive clip from The Timber

Coinciding with its home entertainment release this week, we have an exclusive clip from western The Timber, which you can check out here courtesy of Lionsgate…

In the 1898 gold rush of the Wild West, two desperate brothers take a job as bounty hunters to save their home and find their father. But in The Timber, brutality and bloodshed is the law of the land and what they find along the way is much more than they bargained for. The Timber is tense tale of greed and redemption.

Josh Peck (Red Dawn) and James Ransone (Sinister, The Wire) are the brothers at the centre of this gripping Western which also stars Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black, The Tudors) and William Gaunt (EastEnders, The Champions).

The Timber is out now on DVD & Digital from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Order on Amazon.
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Chris Hemsworth Flops Again With ‘The Huntsman’ – Why Can’t Thor Catch a Box Office Break?

Chris Hemsworth Flops Again With ‘The Huntsman’ – Why Can’t Thor Catch a Box Office Break?
Like the otherworldly Norse god he plays, Chris Hemsworth has a history of bursting onto the screen in heroic fashion. But “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” which opened last weekend with a disappointing $19.4 million, marks the latest in a string of big-budget misfires for the Aussie star beyond his appearances as Thor in the Marvel franchise. Ever since the original “Snow White and the Huntsman” opened four years ago to $56.2 million on its way to a global haul of $397 million, Hemsworth has toplined a string of box office underperformers: “Red Dawn” (2012), Ron Howard‘s “Rush” (2012), Michael Mann‘s “Blackhat”...
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How Hollywood got the PG-13 bug

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Indirectly spawned by Steven Spielberg, PG-13 is now the rating of choice among movie studios. Ryan charts the effects of its rise and rise.

Even compared to the exploding heads and melting faces of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Temple Of Doom was an intense, gruesome affair. The Indiana Jones prequel may have begun with a breezy song-and-dance number, but it soon descended into a dark ghost train ride of human sacrifice, death by crocodiles, child slavery and chilled monkey brains for dinner.

One of the film’s most famous scenes saw a victim’s heart torn out and held, still pumping and oozing blood, before his gazing eyes. Some kids in the audience were probably cackling with macabre glee at all this. Parents and critics were far less amused. One reviewer even suggested that taking a child to see The Temple Of Doom was tantamount to wilful neglect.
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Michael Peña Heads Action-Thriller The Worker

Michael Peña (The Martian, Ant-man, Fury) has signed on as the starring lead in the action-thriller The Worker for Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production outfit, The Combine, and Content Media. Dan Bradley (Red Dawn) is directing the film from a screenplay by Kyle Rankin.

Producers are The Combine’s Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation) and Don Handfield (The Founder, Knightfall, Kill The Messenger) and Content Media’s Tom Butterfield. Peña will executive produce through his Strata Films banner, with Philip G. Flores.

Content Media will handle international sales for The Worker and introduce the project to distributors for the first time at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin next month. CAA will represent the film’s N. American distribution rights.

The Worker is Taken meets Bourne – equipped with spectacular gun fights, car chases and lethal hand-to-hand combat,
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