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Brothers Ron and Clint Howard Reflect on Their Late Father's Legacy in Heartfelt Obituary

Brothers Ron and Clint Howard Reflect on Their Late Father's Legacy in Heartfelt Obituary
Rance Howard died Nov. 25 at the age of 89. In a statement posted on Twitter, his son, director Ron Howard, announced his father’s death: “Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89,” Ron, 63, tweeted, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. “He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.” In the days following his passing, brothers Ron and Clint reflected on their father’s life in an obituary,
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Ron and Clint Howard Remember Dad Rance’s ‘Enthusiasm, Dignity and Fearlessness’ (Guest Column)

Ron and Clint Howard Remember Dad Rance’s ‘Enthusiasm, Dignity and Fearlessness’ (Guest Column)
“Having Opie sass back to Andy might get a few laughs, but it’s like every other sitcom and it hurts the father/son relationship.”

Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Leonard, and Andy Griffith were surprised. Where did this 32-year-old father of child actor Ronny Howard find the nerve to chime in and pitch changes to their new CBS sitcom? Where did this guy come from?

Our Dad, Rance Howard, born Harold Beckenholdt (11-17-28), was an Oklahoma farm boy who caught the acting bug at age 12, performing in a Christmas pageant in the town’s one-room schoolhouse.

A brief stint at the University of Oklahoma was highlighted when he met his first wife, Jean, at a scene study class. They married in Kentucky while touring as actors in a children’s theater company and ultimately landed in New York. Dad’s big break came when he was cast as Lindstrom in the original Broadway hit “Mister Roberts.”

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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard Dies at 89
Actor Rance Howard, father of Ron and Clint Howard and a prolific actor in his own right, has died at the age of 89. Ron Howard broke the sad news to fans on social media late on Saturday. Howard started his career when he was 20-years old, as part of a touring theater company. He acted alongside Henry Fonda in the play Mister Roberts, playing the role of Lindstrom across the country for a year and a half. Earlier this month, his granddaughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, praised Howard at the Broken Memories premiere and said that she admired how he stuck to acting despite never really hitting it big.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to share the news of Rance Howard's death while also paying tribute to the late actor. Ron Howard shared that his father changed the course of the Howard family history when he started acting. Ron had this to say.
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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89
Rest in peace, Rance Howard.

The actor died on Saturday, his son, director Ron Howard, announced on Twitter. Rance, who is also dad to actor Clint Howard, was 89.

"Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89," Ron wrote. "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad."

Rance's acting career spanned more than six decades. After his first movie role in 1956's Frontier Woman, Rance appeared in films like An Eye for an Eye (1966), Chinatown (1974), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Nebraska (2013).

He also acted in several of Ron's films, like Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood and Apollo 13, as well as Ron's feature film directorial debut, Grand Theft Auto. He also worked with his son in TV, on the sitcom
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Rance Howard, Ron Howard’s Father, Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Ron Howard’s Father, Dies at 89
Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and Clint Howard, died on Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard announced his father’s passing on Twitter.

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons,” he wrote. “Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 25, 2017

Howard appeared in several of Ron Howard’s movies, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and Howard’s directorial debut, “Grand Theft Auto
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Diasporhahaha! How Fresh Off the Boat reshaped sitcom convention

With the critically acclaimed Us show now on in the UK, its creators explain how it is more a thank-you letter to immigrant parents than a traditional comedy

Set in 1995, and based loosely on the memoir of Viceland TV chef Eddie Huang, Fresh Off the Boat is about the fictionalised Huangs, a family of Taiwanese-Americans who move from Washington DC’s Chinatown to a mostly white neighbourhood in Orlando, Florida, so dad Louis can open a cowboy-themed steakhouse.

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Kevin Spacey Accused of Inappropriate Groping, Showing Porn to a Teen in New Claims

Three more men have come forward with harassment and sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey.

In a Buzzfeed News report published Friday, Spacey's latest accusers detailed being inappropriately groped and asked for sexual favors by the actor.

One recalled being invited over to Spacey's home in 1988 while working as an usher at a Connecticut theater, where the House of Cards star performed plays. Justin Dawes told the publication he was 16 years old at the time, and he and a friend showed up expecting to watch Roman Polanski's Chinatown. When they arrived, Spacey, then 29, served them...
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Kevin Spacey Allegedly Showed Teen Porn & Groped a Journalist in New Claims Against Him

Kevin Spacey Allegedly Showed Teen Porn & Groped a Journalist in New Claims Against Him
Kevin Spacey is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct, including one involving a 16-years-old boy.

In an article published Friday by BuzzFeed News, three more men accused the actor, 58, of being inappropriate.

People has reached out to the actor’s lawyers for comment but has not received a response.

According to BuzzFeed, Justin Dawes was a junior in high school in 1988 when he met Spacey, at the time 29-years-old, at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, when the actor was performing in the play National Anthems.

Dawes claims Spacey had invited him and a male friend over to
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Afm: Alice Eve Talks About Starring in and Producing Her Brother’s Film ‘Bees Make Honey’

Afm: Alice Eve Talks About Starring in and Producing Her Brother’s Film ‘Bees Make Honey’
Bees Make Honey,” the stylish debut from writer/director Jack Eve, is a true family affair. His sister Alice Eve (“Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Black Mirror”) headlines the cast, while their father, Trevor Eve (“Troy”), is featured in a supporting role. Pic mixes 1930s period decor with modern music, flashy photography and energetic editing in a dark comedy. Alice Eve spoke with Variety about her work on “Bees Make Honey.”

How did “Bees Make Honey” originate?

It was born out of my brother’s wild imagination and his love for movies in general. He knows me very well, and knew I’d be well suited to the part. There are bits that are certainly inspired by films we’ve loved, but this is his creation.

What was it like working with your brother considering that it was his feature debut, and you’re one of the producers?

My focus was on giving exactly the performance that he
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Roman Polanski Tribute Erupts Into Protest in Paris After New Rape Allegations

Roman Polanski Tribute Erupts Into Protest in Paris After New Rape Allegations
A controversial retrospective honoring Roman Polanski erupted in protest Monday evening in Paris.

Several members of France’s topless activist group Femen crashed their way inside the nation’s film museum, shouting “No honor for rapists!” at the director before a ceremony honoring his lifetime work.

Outside the Cinematheque, nearly one hundred feminists gathered outside the event, greeting the Oscar-winning director and invitees with boos, signs and protest songs.

L'hymne des femmes: "découvrons-nous des milliers" répond particulièrement bien à #Polanski agresseur #StopAgresseurs pic.twitter.com/8yjibK9gYv

— Jean-Marie Coquard (@jm_coquard) October 30, 2017

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Roman Polanski Tribute to Be Protested by Feminist Group Following New Accusations; Polanski Will Still Attend — Report

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Roman Polanski Tribute to Be Protested by Feminist Group Following New Accusations; Polanski Will Still Attend — Report
Roman Polanski plans to attend a retrospective of his work at the prestigious Cinémathèque Française in Paris tomorrow, and he won’t be alone. One of France’s best-known feminist groups plans to protest the event, which it previously lobbied to have canceled via an unsuccessful petition.

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Polanski, who has not been in the United States since fleeing his rape trial in 1977, has recently been accused of rape and molestation by new alleged victims. “It’s an affront to all rape victims, and particularly Polanski’s victims,” the petition reads in part, according to the Guardian. “Polanski deserves dishonor, not honors.”

Polanski’s films include “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown.” He won an Academy Award for directing “The Pianist” in 2003 but did not attend the ceremony. Costa-Gavras, who serves as head of the Cinémathèque, issed a statement saying that canceling
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Makeup-Hair Designer Specializes in Bruising Looks for ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Stronger’

Makeup-Hair Designer Specializes in Bruising Looks for ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Stronger’
This is a busy year for makeup and hair designer Donald Mowat, who worked on two major releases: “Blade Runner 2049” and “Stronger.”

Mowat was a big fan of Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner,” released in 1982, so he was psyched when helmer Denis Villeneuve asked him to lead the makeup department for the sequel — a revisiting of the L.A.-based futuristic tale set 30 years later. Mowat overcame initial anxiety over the epic scope of the project and was happy to reteam with the director and cinematographer Roger Deakins, with whom he had worked on “Sicario” and “Prisoners” as well.

“Blade Runner 2049” required every type of makeup application: character, aging, beauty and fantasy. Mowat and Villeneuve met to discuss initial concepts. The designs found inspiration in many sources, including Alexander McQueen’s fashions, Jack Nicholson’s torn nose in “Chinatown” and Rutger Hauer’s bloodied face in the original “Blade Runner.”

Some design
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Blu-ray Review – L.A. Confidential: 20th Anniversary Edition

L.A. Confidential, 1997.

Directed by Curtis Hanson.

Starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, and Danny DeVito.

Synopsis:

L.A. Confidential has been reissued on DVD and Blu-ray for its 20th anniversary. Unfortunately, nothing new was created for this release, so owners of the 2008 Blu-ray can skip this one, although those who have the earlier two-disc DVD Special Edition may want to upgrade to a high-def copy of the movie. A code for a digital copy is included too.

L.A. Confidential is one of those movies that bears repeat viewings. While its story of three La police officers gradually uncovering deep-rooted corruption may seem simple on its surface, the plot adds the complexities of Hollywood’s seedy underside to the proceedings. Set in any other city, it might be a more straightforward narrative, but La’s mystique gives the story another layer for viewers to navigate.
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German Actress Accuses Roman Polanski of Rape

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German Actress Accuses Roman Polanski of Rape
Roman Polanski’s sexual assault allegations are back in the spotlight after former German actress Renate Langer reported to Swiss police Tuesday that the “Chinatown” director raped her when she was 15. According to The New York Times, the 61-year-old Langer claims the assault occurred at a house in Gstaad in February 1972. She is the fourth woman to accuse Polanski of assault. Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, has declined comment. Polanski in 1977 pleaded guilty in the United States to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer – aged 13 at the time – but fled the country before he could be sentenced. In...
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The 1970s – The Best Era In Cinema History?

Tom Jolliffe on the 1970s and why it is the best era in cinema history…

There will always be a great deal of debate about the best era for cinema. For my two cents I’ll say with a great deal of assurance that the best period in cinema history was the 1970’s. There was most certainly a transition through that decade which saw the gritty cinema of the late 60’s onward, into the birth of the blockbuster as we know it today.

You could almost split the 70’s into two categories, although I will make some mention of sub-categories like the Blaxploitation period too. On one hand directors were beginning to really move as far from the traditional classic Hollywood production code as they could. Boundaries were being pushed and optimism was being replaced with deeply pessimistic work. It wasn’t all happy endings. Things were getting dark, reflecting
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Harry Gittes, Producer and Longtime Friend of Jack Nicholson, Dies at 81

Harry Gittes, Producer and Longtime Friend of Jack Nicholson, Dies at 81
Harry Gittes, who produced multiple movies starring Jack Nicholson, died of natural causes on Sept. 2. He was 81.

Gittes attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before starting his career as an advertising copywriter and photographer in New York. In the ’60s, he began shooting album covers for the likes of Woody Allen and Cass Elliot at the Bitter End, New York’s oldest rock club. Gittes also photographed then-up-and-comers including Nicholson, Elliott Gould, and Liza Minnelli.

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He became friends with producer Roy Silver, who eventually sparked Gittes’ future as a film producer. Together, they produced the 1969 pilot of the animated special “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert.”

Gittes also cultivated a friendship with Nicholson, and produced several projects with the actor-director, including “Goin’ South,” “Drive, He Said,” and “About Schmidt.” Nicholson’s character in 1974 classic “Chinatown,” private investigator J.J. Gittes, was named after the producer.

Gittes
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Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson's Pal and Producer, Dies at 81

Harry Gittes, who produced the Jack Nicholson films Drive, He Said; Goin' South and About Schmidt and was the namesake for the actor's gumshoe character in Chinatown, has died. He was 81.

Gittes died Saturday of natural causes in Los Angeles, publicist Seth Horowitz reported.

Gittes also produced Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix; Breaking In (1989), written by John Sayles and starring Burt Reynolds; and The Girl Next Door (2004), starring Emile Hirsch.

Born on May 6, 1936, in...
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Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson's Pal and Producer, Dies at 81

Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson's Pal and Producer, Dies at 81
Harry Gittes, who produced the Jack Nicholson films Drive, He Said; Goin' South and About Schmidt and was the namesake for the actor's gumshoe character in Chinatown, has died. He was 81.

Gittes died Saturday of natural causes in Los Angeles, publicist Seth Horowitz reported.

Gittes also produced Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix; Breaking In (1989), written by John Sayles and starring Burt Reynolds; and The Girl Next Door (2004), starring Emile Hirsch.

Born on May 6, 1936, in...
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Fresh Off the Boat: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four on ABC?

Vulture Watch: Will Eddie and his family realize the American dream before the show ends? Has the Fresh Off the Boat TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on ABC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of Fresh Off the Boat, season four. You can bookmark this page or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?What's this TV show about? Airing on the television network, Fresh Off the Boat follows a Taiwanese family that moves from DC's Chinatown to Orlando in Florida. Pursuing the American Dream in the 90s, the parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu) open a steak restaurant. They and their kids (Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen) experience
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Third Woman Claims She Was ‘Sexually Victimized’ As A Teenager By Roman Polanski

A woman claimed at a news conference Tuesday that film director Roman Polanski sexually victimized her in 1973, when she was 16. She is the third woman to come forward with similar allegations about the director of movies such as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. The filmmaker has lived as a fugitive in Europe since pleading guilty […]
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