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With just a few weeks left in the big Summer season, Hollywood hopes to get a slight jump on the serious Fall/Winter awards time with an adaptation of an acclaimed biographical novel. Oh, and it’s a “heart-tugger’ about an offbeat family. Now, such movies can be heartwarming like Meet Me In St. Louis and I Remember Mama, or countless other syrupy-sweet homages to home and hearth. And then there’s the opposite, the tough profiles of hard lives with difficult heads of the household like The Great Santini or (gasp) Mommie Dearest. Really, this new flick could almost be “Daddy Dearest”, as its main focus is a man who made life difficult for his offspring, due partly to his boozing, but mainly because he could never really realize his dreams, particularly his elaborate, unmade plans for The Glass Castle.

Those blueprints are a long ago memory for successful
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Class | Blu-ray Review

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A prolific screenwriter who emerged from the late 1970s as a promising American film director, Lewis John Carlino wouldn’t get behind the camera following his third, and least successfully received feature, Class (1983), an item which, in passing, looks to have the stamp of John Hughes and the Brat Pack all over it. Aggravating in its considerable inconsistencies, this was the director’s first attempt to film a treatment he didn’t write or adapt himself, scripted by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt (both writers who would move into mainstream film and television). The result is a rather wishy-washy prep school version of The Graduate, but the comparison is merely a pale echo, trapped inside a banal resolution with troubling misogynist tendencies.

Immediately upon meeting his new roommate Skip (Rob Lowe) at prep-school, Johnathan (Andrew McCarthy) is thrust into a rigorous new environment. Initial misgivings are set aside for a
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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70

Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70
Pat Conroy, the South Carolina author of bestsellers including “The Prince of Tides,” “The Great Santini” and “The Lords of Discipline,” died Friday in Beaufort, S.C. He was 70 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Conroy was known for his family novels and memoirs that were often based on his life and featured a lush, florid writing style.

Conroy’s wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy, said in a statement, “The water is wide and he has now passed over.”

The Prince of Tides” was adapted as a 1986 film starring Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand. “The Great Santini,” which was made into a film starring Robert Duvall, was drawn from Conroy’s experiences as the oldest of seven children of an abusive Marine Corps colonel.

The 1980 adaptation of “The Lords of Discipline” was also inspired by his life, as a cadet at the Citadel military academy.

His other books included “My Losing Season,
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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ Dies at 70

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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides,’ Dies at 70
Pat Conroy, the South Carolina-based novelist whose works included best-sellers “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” died Friday at his home in Beaufort, S.C., according to the Beaufort Gazette. He was 70 and had been battling pancreatic cancer. Conroy shared an Oscar nomination with Becky Johnston for the screenplay for director Barbra Streisand‘s 1991 screen adaptation of his 1986 best-seller “The Prince of Tides.” The film, starring Nick Nolte as a troubled man who falls for his suicidal sister’s psychiatrist (Streisand), received seven total Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture. Conroy’s rich and often autobiographical novels were frequently adapted for.
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The Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Dead at 70

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The Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Dead at 70
Pat Conroy has died at the age of 70, Todd Doughty, vice president and executive director of publicity at Doubleday confirmed to The New York Times. The author, best known for The Prince of Tides, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday in Beaufort, South Carolina. "The water is wide and he has now passed over," wife Cassandra said in a statement to Variety. Conroy announced his diagnosis in February with a Facebook post writing, "I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I
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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Author Pat Conroy has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his publicist confirmed on Monday. The 70-year-old writer, best known for The Prince of Tides took to Facebook to announce his diagnosis and tell supporters he is being treated at a hospital in Houston. "I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," Conroy said in the post. "With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it." His publisher,
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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

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Prince of Tides Author Pat Conroy Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Author Pat Conroy has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his publicist confirmed on Monday. The 70-year-old writer, best known for The Prince of Tides took to Facebook to announce his diagnosis and tell supporters he is being treated at a hospital in Houston. "I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," Conroy said in the post. "With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it." His publisher,
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Blythe Danner, Lisa Jane Persky and Lewis John Carlino Reporting for Duty at The Great Santini’s 35th Anniversary Screening

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By Todd Garbarini

Lewis John Carlino’s 1979 film The Great Santini, which stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, and Michael O’Keefe, will be screened at the The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Based upon the novel by Pat Conroy (The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides), the 115-minute film will be screened on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Actresses Blythe Danner and Lisa Jane Persky and director Lewis John Carlino are scheduled to appear at the screening and are due to partake in a post-screening Q & A for a discussion on the making of the film. Please be sure the check back with the website in regards to personal appearances/changing schedules.

From the press release:

Ben Meechum (Michael O’Keefe) struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father (Robert Duvall), an aggressively competitive marine pilot.

The Great Santini
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I’ll See You in My Dreams | Review

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Dream a Little Dream of Me: Haley’s Superb Showcase for Blythe Danner

Long a supporting fixture in a variety of film projects going on five decades, actress Blythe Danner takes center stage in an endearingly warm turn in I’ll See You in My Dreams, the sophomore film from Brett Haley. Premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s a familiar narrative enhanced by an adept script that focuses on character nuance rather than cheap laughs, and proves that even the grayest of predictable tropes can still be administered in an emotionally authentic manner.

Discovering that her dog is ill and must be put down, retired schoolteacher and widow of twenty years Carol Petersen (Danners) is left with a nagging void. She develops an unexpected friendship with Lloyd (Martin Starr), the new pool cleaner that attempts to help her rid the home of an unwanted rodent. Over several glasses of wine,
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Strand Releasing Acquires Ron Judkins' Dramedy 'Finding Neighbors'

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Strand Releasing Acquires Ron Judkins' Dramedy 'Finding Neighbors'
Read More: Any Filmmaker Can Use Kickstarter -- Even an Oscar Winner Strand Releasing has acquired Ron Judkins' "Finding Neighbors," which played at the Austin Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Boston Lgbt Film Festival and the USA Film Festival. Judkins previously worked as a production sound mixer on "Saving Private Ryan" and "Jurassic Park," for which he won two Academy Awards.  "Finding Neighbors" stars Academy Award nominee Michael O'Keefe ("The Great Santini") as Sam Tucker, a once-successful, aging graphic novelist who is having trouble writing his next hit and mostly lazes around the house. Sam's wife (Catherine Dent of TV's "The Shield") has gone back to work, and suspects him of infidelity or a mid-life crisis. Sam befriends his neighbor, a younger gay man who is a big fan of his books.  "'Finding Neighbors' is that delicate comedy/drama that has found an audience with.
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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant,
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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch - as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
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Homeland’s Michael O’Keefe on His Roles From Caddyshack to Michael Clayton

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Alert: Spoilers ahead! Twists abounded in this week’s episode of Homeland: Among other things, Carrie teamed up with onetime CIA adversary John Redmond (Michael O’Keefe). But the biggest surprise for O’Keefe is that he’s still acting 35 years after earning an Oscar nomination for 1979’s The Great Santini. “I’m still very grateful that I make my living as an actor — it’s all I set out to do when I was young,” he tells Vulture. O’Keefe shared some of his favorite showbiz memories, including stories about his roles in Caddyshack and opposite Jack Nicholson and George Clooney.How would you characterize Redmond’s relationship with Carrie? They started out at loggerheads, but now that’s evolving.When she showed up, he saw her as competition, which is understandable. He is from an entirely different generation, works differently, and was trained differently from her. They don’t have different goals,
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Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex Od; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near Egot

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.

Fleming: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full program of 10 DC Comics tent poles to be released 2016-2020.

Will Smith and Tom Hardy are in talks to star in Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and 2016 also brings Batman V Superman; 2017 brings Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Justice League; 2018 brings Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman; 2019 brings Shazam and Justice League 2; Ray Fisher stars in Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot arrives for 2020.

Besides the
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu And ‘Birdman’ Scribes On Hollywood’s Superhero Fixation: ‘Poison, Cultural Genocide’ – Q&A

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu And ‘Birdman’ Scribes On Hollywood’s Superhero Fixation: ‘Poison, Cultural Genocide’ – Q&A
Exclusive: When Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu stumbles into a suite in the Park Hyatt with his co-writers Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo, each feels the influence of last night’s party after their film closed the New York Film Festival. A little hung over and more than a little giddy at the rousing response given their frenzied film that was backed by New Regency and will be released Friday by Fox Searchlight, they swap stories of a wild night that included card tricks by street magician David Blaine that left them dumbstruck. Mostly, they are relieved to have pulled off a major parlor trick with Birdman, a satire that in equal measure skewers Hollywood’s superhero fixation, artistic insecurity, and even holier-than-thou critics who kill Broadway shows.

They did it with a movie that plays more like Black Swan than any recent Oscar buzzworthy black comedy to come along since.
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Movie Review: The Judge

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The Judge is a film that is all about the pain and joy of family – mostly pain. Sure it is also about a prominent local judge in a small town who is accused of murder as well. It is also about how a hot-shot, big city lawyer rides into town to defend the judge (who also happened to be the lawyer’s father) in a backwater district. Mostly though, this film is about family; reconnecting and acceptance of who we all are as people that happen to find ourselves stuck with a group of “others” called family.

The film is directed by David Dobkin who is best known for directing Shanghai Knights (2003), Wedding Crashers (2005), and The Change-Up (2011). The Judge was primarily written by Nick Schenk who wrote Gran Torino (2008) and not too much else, with assistance from Dobkin and Bill Dubuque (this is Dubuque’s first credit).

The story opens
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Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray Set Will Feature New Jamie Lee Curtis Commentary Track

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated home video release of this year is Scream Factory/Anchor Bay's Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set, which contains every single film in the franchise and is jam-packed with bonus content both new and old.

Today comes word that the set will come equipped with a newly-recorded commentary track with Jamie Lee Curtis and Halloween H20 director Steve Miner. Included with the exciting press release was a picture of Curtis and Miner recording the track, a reunion that's sure to bring a smile to your face.

Check it out below, and read on for all the information you need to know about the September 23rd release!

Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement outlining all the great newly produced interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, and more that will be included in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.

Halloween Box Set Release Details

Last year the horror classic
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Miner Record New Commentary for Anchor Bay/Scream Factory’s Halloween: The Complete Collection!!

Anchor Bay/Scream Factory’s announcement of their joint mega-release of Halloween: The Complete Collection Bluray boxset single-handedly broke the internet when news hit, specs and goodies concerning the Bluray set, hitting shelves September 23rd, are slowly starting to come in. Today we were sent a photo that confirms that not only will there be a brand new commentary for 1998‘s Halloween: H20, but that it will feature none other than the film’s star (and scream queen of the original) Jamie Lee Curtis and director Steve Miner!

Moderated by Sean Clark, the commentary is sure to give H20‘s fans some interesting new facts and tidbits.

“For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers,
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Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Miner Record New Commentary Track for Halloween H20

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Fans are anxiously awaiting the September release of the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set, which will contain all new bonus features. While the full list of special features have not yet been revealed and are still being finalized, it has been announced that Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Miner got together for a brand new Halloween H20 commentary track:

“Work continues on the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Bonus features continue to be added on a daily basis, and an announcement is forthcoming outlining all the great newly produced interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and more that will be included in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.

So, as we near our nation’s birthday, please enjoy the attached behind-the-scenes photo of the actress who helped launched the historic franchise — Jamie Lee Curtis, as she sat down with Halloween H20 director Steve Miner (r) and moderator Sean Clark (c) for a new commentary
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Malek Akkad Talks New Halloween Film

So the big question everyone has been wondering since the announcement of the next Halloween film was whether or not it would continue on in the universe set up by Rob Zombie. Recently Collider caught up with Malek Akkad at the Saturn Awards, who shed some light on the subject.

“I can’t talk about it too much right now," says Akkad. "It will definitely keep elements and bring in new elements. But I really want to bring it back to kind of like, the classic – because the last one got a little dark – I want to bring it back to the classic Friday night horror film that people will really like.”

When asked about the ill-fated Halloween 3D, which was announced a couple of years back...

"Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier did a script. The next day after the last one came out, we were back in production for Halloween 3D.
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