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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman

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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman
"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Sylvester Stallone?!" Christopher Reeve cast such a long shadow after his incredible portrayal of Superman it took years to get another actor into the cape. (And lookalike actor Brandon Routh's performance in Superman Returns was nothing short of homage.) But before Christopher Reeve, and in many developmental stages along the way, under the guidance of directors like Tim Burton, Brett Ratner, and McG, a handful of major movie stars came close to securing the role of DC's Last Son of Krypton. Here, we're looking at 15 actors who were almost Superman.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman, the late screen legend who starred opposite Robert Redford in the cinematic classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among other notable roles, turned down Superman not once, not twice, but three different times. He was offered the lead role, as well as the roles of Lex Luthor and Superman's dad,
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Celebrate Neil Diamond's 50th Anniversary Tour with These 7 Fascinating Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

Celebrate Neil Diamond's 50th Anniversary Tour with These 7 Fascinating Stories Behind His Biggest Hits
Neil Diamond will always be a classic gem in the rock business.

With over 130 million albums sold, multiple Grammy wins and a spot in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the 76-year old singer is currently celebrating more than half a century in the music industry with his 50th Anniversary tour. To join in his festivities, here are the stories behind some of Diamond’s biggest hits.

1. “Red Red Wine” (1967)

Though the song was first recorded by Diamond, UB40 recorded this song as a cover of the Tony Tribe 1969 reggae version.

UB40 didn’t realize until after it topped
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Horror Highlights: Exhumed Films’ 35mm Marathon, Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Godzilla Faq, Ghastlies, Mountain Fever

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Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.

Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!

Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema.
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Remembering Forgotten Early Female Documentarian and That Talkies Began Long Before 'The Jazz Singer'

'Amazing Tales from the Archives': Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest sound films would have enjoyed the first presentation at the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 1–4: “Amazing Tales from the Archives,” during which Library of Congress' Nitrate Film Vault Manager George Willeman used a wealth of enjoyable film clips to examine the Thomas Edison Kinetophone process. In the years 1913–1914, long before The Jazz Singer and Warner Bros.' sound-on-disc technology, the sound-on-cylinder system invaded the nascent film industry with a collection of “talkies.” The sound was scratchy and muffled, but “recognizable.” Notably, this system focused on dialogue, rather than music or sound effects. As with the making of other recordings at the time, the
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Prom-Themed 40th Anniversary Carrie Reunion/Charity Event Heading to La’s Ace Hotel; October 14th Sees Reunion/Screening

With Scream Factory’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Bluray release of Brian de Palma’s 1976 classic Carrie on its way, what better way to not only celebrate the release, the legacy and the film that brought so many of us into either discovering or rediscovering the work of Stephen King, than with an all out 40th Anniversary reunion/screening/charity event?

Going down on Friday, October 14, 2016, the event is taking place not only to celebrate the release, but also as an effort to raise critical funds for the weSPARK Cancer Support Center (which sees Carrie star Nancy Allen as its Executive Director). The Ace Theater will be transformed head to tow with prom-themed decorations, and attendees are encouraged to dress in their best ’70s formal attire (or favorite character from the film for an opportunity to pose for a photo in a special photo booth and win Best Dressed “Carrie” character
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Carrie Reunion Screening & Prom-Themed After Party to Raise Money for weSPARK’s Cancer Support Center

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Scream Factory is already celebrating the 40th anniversary of Carrie with a Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the iconic film, and now they are taking the prom party one step further with a cast and crew reunion screening in Los Angeles to raise money for the weSPARK Cancer Support Center.

Taking place at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, October 14th, the 40th anniversary screening of Carrie will reunite cast members Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, William Katt, and P.J. Soles, as well as editor Paul Hirsch and casting director Harriett B. Helberg.

The 1970s prom-themed evening will feature a screening of Scream Factory's new 4k transfer of Carrie and a cast and crew Q&A moderated by Bryan Fuller (NBC's Hannibal). The money raised through the event will go to weSPARK's cancer support programs. To learn more, we have the official press release with full details:

Press Release: Los Angeles,
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‘Pray For Death’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Matthew Faison, Parley Baer, Robert Ito, Michael Constantine, Alan Amiel, Woody Watson | Written by James Booth | Directed by Gordon Hessler

Pray For Death was the second film – outside of the Ninja Trilogy – to feature Sho Kosugi in a lead role and is easily one of, if not the, best film Kosugi has ever made. The film sees Shô Kosugi star as Akira, a Japanese businessman who, jaded by his job and looking for a better life for his family, moves to America. He opens a restaurant with his wife and kids but his world is shattered when he stumbles upon the headquarters of a sinister gang, led by crime lord Limehouse Willie. Wrongfully accused of stealing a precious necklace, the gangsters begin a rampage of murder that takes the life of Akira’s wife and threatens
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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later.
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‘Selma’ Star Wendell Pierce to Make Film Producing Debut With Racial Drama ‘Billy’ (Exclusive)

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‘Selma’ Star Wendell Pierce to Make Film Producing Debut With Racial Drama ‘Billy’ (Exclusive)
In his first foray in producing since winning a Tony Award for producing “Clybourne Park” on Broadway, “Selma” star Wendell Pierce has come on to produce the racial drama “Billy” with Jerry Leider (“The Jazz Singer”), TheWrap has learned. Writer-director Martin Davidson is behind the adaptation of author Albert French’s debut novel, which was published in 1995. Davidson is the filmmaker behind the cult classics “Eddie and the Cruisers” and “The Lords of Flatbush.” A “To Kill a Mockingbird”-esque drama set in 1947, “Billy” is an emotional roller-coaster that tells the story of how a small segregated town in Mississippi reacts.
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Past Oscar Nominees Could Dominate Costume Design Category

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.

Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland
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To Date, Academy Has Had Only 3 Female Presidents; Today, Stronger Female Presence in Board of Governors

Women presidents at the Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs is only the third one (photo: Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Brad Pitt) (See previous post: "Honorary Award Non-Winners: Too Late for Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich.") Wrapping up this four-part "Honorary Oscars Bypass Women" article, let it be noted that in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 85-year history there have been only two women presidents: two-time Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis (for two months in 1941, before the Dangerous and Jezebel star was forced to resign) and screenwriter Fay Kanin (1979-1983), whose best-known screen credit is the 1958 Doris Day-Clark Gable comedy Teacher's Pet. Additionally, following some top-level restructuring in April 2011, the Academy created the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the CEO post currently held by a woman, former Film Independent executive director and sometime actress Dawn Hudson. The COO post is held
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Neil Diamond is engaged; 'I'm lovestruck' he says

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Legendary singer Neil Diamond has found his "Sweet Caroline." The crooner announced on Twitter on a "September Morn" (Wednesday, Sept. 7) he is engaged to Katie McNeil.

"Good news coming from sunny La ... and you're the first I want to tell ... Katie & I just got engaged ... I'm lovestruck," writes "The Jazz Singer" star.

McNeil is Diamond's manager and was the executive producer for the 2009 documentary "Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC."

It's been a good year for the 70-year-old Diamond. In addition to the engagement, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Game in March. It was also announced Wednesday that he will receive a Kennedy Center Honor, recognizing his contributions to American culture.

This will be his third marriage.
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Neil Diamond in the Rock Hall of Fame...Really?!

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Neil Diamond in the Rock Hall of Fame...Really?!
The Jazz Singer is getting some rock recognition. Neil Diamond—yes, that Neil Diamond—is atop today's list of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Bon Jovi and Alice Cooper. We get Bon Jovi, with the '80s hair and riff-driven hits like "Livin' On a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "Wanted Dead or Alive." And Cooper was the original shock-rocker, with his bad mascara and parent-scaring cuts "School's Out" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." But the guy who sings "Sweet Caroline?" What kind of rock cred does he have? Plenty, it turns out. While Diamond might be best known for his...
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Forget the Oscars; Avatar was the year's real milestone

Historians of the Oscars will remember the 2010 celebrations as the year that a possible scenario for a screwball Hollywood comedy became actual when a former husband and wife – James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow – went head to head for the big prize.

However, what will be remembered forever as the cinematic milestone of 2009 is that a week before Christmas an American film called Avatar opened in cinemas from Chicago to China and by the end of January had taken billions of dollars at the box office, becoming the most profitable movie ever made. Moreover, its commercial success established beyond doubt that audiences throughout the world are in thrall to special effects, that they're as ready to accept computer-generated creatures as they are human beings, and that these fantasy figures don't need to speak any known language.

And contrary to the views of superior critics and the advice of concerned oculists, these
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What Classics Have You Been Meaning to See for Forever?

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What Classics Have You Been Meaning to See for Forever?
There are the classic films we've never seen (that we confess to on Twitter on #fessupfriday), and then there are the movies we just keep meaning to see and for whatever reason just keep putting off. The former might include titles we never expect to see nor desire to put any effort into seeing. (I'll likely never feel the need to see either Doctor Zhivago in its entirety or The Jazz Singer at all, even for historical purpose.) The latter are those films in our Netflix queue that might remain in a position between #5 and #10 for years, but which will never make it up into the top five due to being sidelined for other more preferred titles (usually new releases).

Looking at my own queue right now, some of the titles that have been in the same relative spot for way too long include Last Year at Marienbad, The Foot Fist Way,
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AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes

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AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes
"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." --Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." --Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

"You don't understand!
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How 100 years of Hollywood have charted the history of America

Next month marks the centenary of In Old California, a 17-minute adventure yarn directed by Dw Griffith and the first Hollywood production. Philip French records the changes in film and Us society in the past century, and names the films that defined each decade

1910-1919: The birth of Hollywood

According to Hollywood myth, the first film made there was Cecil B DeMille's The Squaw Man in 1914, after the director decided not to alight in a snowbound Flagstaff, Arizona, but to proceed to Los Angeles. In fact, four years earlier the prolific Dw Griffith had come west to take advantage of the California sunshine, and the 17-minute In Old California, an adventure set in Spanish colonial days, was the first to be filmed in its entirety in the village of Hollywood. Now commemorated by a monument at 1713 Vine Street, it was released on 10 March 1910, one of Griffith's 98 films of that year.
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Discuss: Which Movie Should Be Re-Released in 3D Next?

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Discuss: Which Movie Should Be Re-Released in 3D Next?
Now that Avatar is the second-highest-grossing film of all time, 3D is finally confirmed as the future of movies. In a way, it's as if The Jazz Singer hadn't really harked the arrival of talkies and instead it took until Frankenstein arrived four years later to prove converting to sound was truly worth it. Anyway, just as films in production in the late 1920s were quickly turned into talkies, this year we keep hearing word of upcoming blockbusters being turned into 3D releases. For example, The Sunday Times is certain Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will indeed be available, as rumored, in both 3D and 2D versions when it opens this May (Update: Universal says the Times is incorrect in this information).

The Times additionally reports on what we've been expecting for years now, that theatrical favorites like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings will now definitely receive 3D-version re-releases.
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The House of the Devil Returns... on VHS?!

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With vinyl making a comeback and almost every franchise from the 1980s finding its way to remakesville, one has to give credit to Magnet Releasing, the studio behind the sleeper, spookfest of 2009, The House of The Devil. Not only does The House of The Devil look like an '80s film. From the opening credits which have a pulsating soundtrack behind them, to the film's measured pace, to the clothes the characters wear and even the film's one sheet!The House of The Devil doesn't just look like an '80s film... it is an '80s film. Now, to beat the drum for this movie and the decade that spawned it even more... Magnet has seen fit to send us the movie on VHS. Yes, you read that right. So it seems that in this day and age when everything from The Jazz Singer is going to be redone in 3D,
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Jamie Cullum: 'I download music illegally'

Jamie Cullum: 'I download music illegally'
Jamie Cullum has admitted that he illegally downloads music, although added that he also still buys CDs. The jazz singer claimed that while he condones downloading of songs from filesharing sites, it has subsequently hit sales of his own records. "I'm a music consumer of the highest order, and I spend an awful lot of my time looking for music, buying music, downloading music legally and illegally," Cullum explained. "I make no bones about it - if there's some Thom Yorke Ep floating around and it's not out until next week, then I'll download it illegally. "However, the following week I'll buy it because I want the artwork, and (more)
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