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Sayonara

Back when interracial marriage was a shady topic (are those dark days coming back?) the U.S. military had some adjustment issues. Full integration of the ranks didn’t remove the anti- Japanese bigotry. James Michener’s novel has been transformed into a big-scale romance, with Marlon Brando coming to terms with a split in loyalty between the flag and his private life. The big shock is that the Paul Osborn’s screenplay doesn’t let the military off easy.

Sayonara

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1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 147 min. / Street Date November 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, James Garner, Martha Scott, Miiko Taka, Miyoshi Umeki, Red Buttons, Kent Smith.

Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks

Film Editors: Philip W. Anderson, Arthur P. Schmidt

Production Design: Ted Haworth

Original Music: Irving Berlin, Franz Waxman

Written by Paul Osborn from the novel by James Michener

Produced by William Goetz
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Prominent NFL Players Diagnosed with Cte, the Degenerative Brain Disease

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In an announcement today by his family’s attorney, Aaron Hernandez was added to the growing list of athletes who have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or Cte.

The degenerative brain disease is linked to repeated head trauma or concussions. Its symptoms depression, short-term memory loss, impulsive behavior and confusion — and these symptoms can begin to appear long after a player’s career. Evidence is mounting suggesting a link between playing football and the disease.

Cte can only be diagnosed after death, and in a recent study of the brains of 111 deceased NFL players, a Boston University researcher found
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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Screens at Webster University July 14th – 18th

“I myself don’t recognize the word ‘jazz.’ I just feel that I play John Coltrane.” –John Coltrane Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary screens Friday, July 14th through Tuesday July 18th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts each evening at 8:00pm. Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?) the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich,
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Star Sightings: Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer Raise Big Money for Charity, Joe Jonas DJs in Vegas!

Star Sightings: Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer Raise Big Money for Charity, Joe Jonas DJs in Vegas!
Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen's Hilarity for Charity held its third annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show at New York City's Webster Hall on June 9, raising nearly $400,000 to fund free in-home care for struggling families with Alzheimer's Disease. The Neighbors star was also joined by comedy pals Amy Schumer, Colin Jost and Jim Gaffigan, ​who turned out to ​support the cause by taking to the stage to perform stand-up routines. Later ​in the night, ​Seth welcomed fellow funnyman Paul Rudd to the stage -- together raising over $32,000 through audience text donations.

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Meanwhile,​ "Forever" singer Chris Brown attended the premiere of his new documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome ​t​o My Life, chronicling the songwriter's roller​-​coaster career and life at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. The film, produced by Riveting Entertainment, also features interviews with family members, friends and supporters​,​ including Usher, DJ Khaled, Mary J. Blige, [link
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The Wanderers (1979) Screens This Weekend at Webster University

“I don’t blame you. When I was your age, I was knockin’ ’em off left and right; but I never did it with nobody’s daughter.”

The Wanderers (1979) screens Friday December 16th through Sunday December 18th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30 all three evenings.

The Bronx, 1963. The 50’s style greaser gang the Wanderers find themselves becoming obsolete as the world changes all around them. The beginning of the Vietnam war and the assassination of President Kennedy signify the end of innocence while these lovably macho and rugged Italian-American lugs deal with gang fights, racial conflicts, finishing high school, and the awkward, yet inevitable transition from adolescence to adulthood. With the 1979 film The Wanderers, based on Richard Price’s cult novel, Director/co-writer Philip Kaufman delivered a vivid, funny, moving and sometimes even surreal evocation of a magical period in time. He
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UK industry figures offer Brexit reassurance at Tiff

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“We are in unknown territory” but “everyone is pulling in the same direction”, suggested the speakers.

Opening this year’s Industry Conference at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18), a panel of UK experts moved to calm fears over the British public’s decision to leave the European union. BFI head of international Isabel Davis, Creative Scotland senior executive Robbie Allen, the British Film Commission’s evp, Us productions, Kattie Kotok, and producer Paul Webster of Shoebox Films were all present to disclose their opinions on the looming spectre of Brexit.

Screen International Us editor Jeremy Kay, moderating the panel, set the scene by stating that “we are in unknown territory”: “With Article 50 yet to be triggered, we are still at least two to three years away from leaving the EU”, noted Kay.

Davies revealed that the BFI has put together a bespoke taskforce featuring key figures from the film, television and videogames
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Pan preview footage reaction: Director Joe Wright speaks

This morning in central London, we were treated to around 15 minutes of new footage from director Joe Wright’s upcoming fantasy/adventure, Pan. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman as the movie’s lead villain Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lilly, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter, arrives in cinemas in October.

When Joe Wright‘s Pan was announced, I must admit to being one of those who rolled his eyes at the thought of a new re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. In the very near past we’ve had the likes of Peter Pan (2003), Finding Neverland, and even last year’s TV special Peter Pan Live on our screens, and it seems too soon to take a trip back. Does the world need another movie? It is very clear from the footage that Warner Bros. showed off this morning that director Joe Wright
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Actor Emory Bass Dies at 89

Actor Emory Bass Dies at 89
Emory P. Bass, an actor of stage and screen, died March 4 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 89.

Bass began his career with a tour of the play “Glad Tidings” with Tallulah Bankhead, who remained a friend for life. Other tours included “Everybody Loves Opal” with Nancy Walker, “Time Out for Ginger” with Art Carney and “Woman of the Year” with Lauren Bacall.

On Broadway he appeared in “Teahouse of the August Moon,” “Pay Joey,” “Can Can,” “Irene” with Debbie Reynolds as well as “1776” (and the subsequent

film adaptation).

Abroad he starred in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and he made Off Broadway appearances in revivals of “By Jupiter,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Lysistrata” and Terrence McNally’s “Bad Habits.”

On television Bass recurred as Phipps on the sitcom “Angie” and he guested on shows including “Hart to Hart,” “Mr. Belvedere,
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Actor Emory Bass Dies at 89

Emory P. Bass, an actor of stage and screen, died March 4 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 89.

Bass began his career with a tour of the play “Glad Tidings” with Tallulah Bankhead, who remained a friend for life. Other tours included “Everybody Loves Opal” with Nancy Walker, “Time Out for Ginger” with Art Carney and “Woman of the Year” with Lauren Bacall.

On Broadway he appeared in “Teahouse of the August Moon,” “Pay Joey,” “Can Can,” “Irene” with Debbie Reynolds as well as “1776” (and the subsequent

film adaptation).

Abroad he starred in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and he made Off Broadway appearances in revivals of “By Jupiter,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Lysistrata” and Terrence McNally’s “Bad Habits.”

On television Bass recurred as Phipps on the sitcom “Angie” and he guested on shows including “Hart to Hart,” “Mr. Belvedere,
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The 6 Most Baffling TV Holiday Specials Ever Made

The 6 Most Baffling TV Holiday Specials Ever Made
Making a beloved Christmas special can be a daunting task. But the basics for a decent holiday special are simple: a happy moral lesson, some winter cheer, and absolutely no death, kidnapping, or insanity.

Really, during the holidays, all people want to do is relax, sit down with their families, and watch wholesome entertainment that won't leave anyone psychologically scarred or emotionally confused for years to come. That is why it is absolutely inexplicable that these totally bonkers holiday specials ever made it onto TV.

1. Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

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This depressing Christmas special takes place during the days of the Roman Empire, and tells the story of a donkey with freakishly long ears that is disliked and made fun of by all the other animals in the stable.

News: All of Santa's Reindeer, Ranked From Best to Worst

Essentially, the story is just a weird version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, only with a
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Showbiz Photographer Guy Webster Captured Hollywood Zeitgeist

Showbiz Photographer Guy Webster Captured Hollywood Zeitgeist
In the introduction to the new book “Big Shots: The Photography of Guy Webster,” musician Brian Wilson, a longtime friend of Webster, writes, “I am so glad that Guy was there to document the making of history and thrilled to invite you into his book.” And Webster’s book is a thrill for anyone interested in the L.A. music and film scene of the ’60s and ’70s, when artists were breaking boundaries and building a new aesthetic.

Webster photographed the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Harry Nilsson, Liza Minnelli, Igor Stravinsky, Henry Mancini, Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Harry Dean Stanton, Cher (and Sonny) and just about anyone else making the scene.

He also did album covers, like “Turn! Turn! Turn!” for the Byrds, which was shot at Webster’s studio in his parents’ Beverly Hills home, according to guitarist Chris Hillman.

Webster is the son of Oscar-winning lyricist Paul Francis Webster.
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Watch James Avery Talk About Voicing Shredder in the Ninja Turtles Cartoon

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Watch James Avery Talk About Voicing Shredder in the Ninja Turtles Cartoon
As pop-culture obsessives and children of the 1990s mourn the passing of James Avery, aka Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it's important to remember that Avery was the soul of another iconic '90s character. He was the voice of Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, and we can never, ever forget that. Avery should have won The Sixth Man award for '80s television (an award we just made up). He guested on a wide swath of the decade's most iconic TV shows, including Webster, The Dukes of Hazzard, St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, L.A. Law,
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'Between Two Ferns' Holiday Special with Samuel L. Jackson & More

We've featured plenty of editions of Zach Galifianakis' ongoing talk show Between Two Ferns, including last year's two-part Oscar specials (here and here), which we hope will return when the Academy Awards roll around in 2014. This time the comedian and star of The Hangover franchise is back with a holiday special, sitting down with Samuel L. Jackson (star of the third Die Hard movie ever) and Tobey Maguire of this year's The Great Gatsby. It's exactly as awkwardly hilarious as you'd expect, and there's even a special guest for some holiday music with the band Arcade Fire showing up at the end. Watch it! Here's Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns Holiday Special from Funny or Die: We'd like to point out how awesome that reference to Emmanuel Lewis, star of "Webster" is, if only because he was used in the Oscar special as a mistake while trying to book Daniel Day-Lewis,
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Venice: Making Locke under the radar

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Venice: Making Locke under the radar
Exclusive: The team behind Tom Hardy drama Locke talk about how they quickly put the project together and shot in only eight nights.

Eight nights, one star, one car. That’s the formula behind Locke, Steven Knight’s UK drama that has its world premiere in Venice tonight [Sept 2].

Tom Hardy stars as Ivan Locke, an ordinary guy with a loving family and burgeoning career, whose life changes during the course of 85 minutes – the time of one single car journey.

“He’s the most ordinary guy in the world, a construction director working on a huge skyscraper,” says Shoebox Films director Paul Webster. “The film takes place on the eve of the biggest moment of his career. He’s got a home a wife, two kids, a perfect job. By the end of the movie he has none of these things.”

The low-budget drama was shot in real time in an under-the-radar production that reunited Knight with his
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Henry Polic II [Voice Of Scarecrow In Batman: The Animated Series] Dies At 68

TV actor Henry Polic II has passed away from cancer at the age of 68. While he might be best known for his role as Jerry Silver in ABC's Webster, people of comic book movies will likely remember him as the voice of Jonathan Crane A.K.A the Scarecrow in Batman: The Animated Series. Henry Polic II provided the voice of Scarecrow in the Episodes "Nothing To Fear","Fear Of Victory","Dreams in Darkness", "Harley's Holiday" and "Lock Up".
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Henry Polic II, Voice Of Scarecrow In Batman:The Animated Series, Dies At 68

Tv Actor Henry Polic II has passed away from cancer at the age of 68, While people Henry Polic II might be best known for his role as Jerry Silver in ABC's Webster, People of comic book movies will likely remember him as the voice of Jonathan Crane A.K.A the Scarecrow in Batman: The Animated Series, Henry Polic II provided the voice of Scarecrow in the Episodes "Nothing To Fear","Fear Of Victory","Dreams in Darkness",Harley's Holiday" and "Lock Up
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R.I.P. Henry Polic

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Veteran TV actor Henry Polic, who played Jerry Silver on ABC’s Webster and voiced Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series, has died. He was 68. The longtime character actor, game show personality and host, and stage and TV thesp had fought a long battle with cancer, per his agent Brad Lemack. His first TV credit as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ 1975 comedy When Things Were Rotten was another of his career highlights; Polic also earned fame for his appearances on game shows Super Password, The $25,000 Pyramid, and The $100,000 Pyramid and hosted ABC’s Celebrity Double Talk in 1986. Polic played Dracula on the 1976 series Monster Squad and guest starred on shows including Alice, Mork & Mindy, Eight is Enough, Murder She Wrote, Sheena, and Saved By the Bell. His film credits include The Last Remake of Beau Geste, All You Need, Bring Him Home, The Trial of Old Drum,
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Sliff/Kids – Children’s Film Festival in St. Louis Announces Guests of Honor

Cinema St. Louis introduces Sliff/Kids, the First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival, presented by Pnc Arts Alive. With a half-dozen presenting partners, Csl will offer film programs, camps, and a workshop as part of Sliff/Kids, which is held from July 26-Aug. 4, 2013. A total of 14 film programs will be screened on the fest’s two weekends (July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4) at Webster University, the St. Louis Public Library, the Missouri History Museum, Washington University, Lindenwood University, and the Wildey Theatre. With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, filmmaking camps on live action and animation will be held at the St. Louis Public Library’s Creative Experience on the fest’s weekdays (July 29-Aug. 2). And on Aug. 3, a full-day animation workshop will be held at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Sliff/Kids film programs and camps will be offered free of charge; a
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Zach Galifianakis Goes 'Between Two Ferns' with 2013 Oscar Nominees

Either I am in the minority or my comedic sensibilities are so vastly different from that of the general public I can't even see the folks on the other side because I simply don't get what is so funny about Zach Galifianakis' ignorant shlub schtick in these "Between Two Ferns" videos. Clearly others find some fascination in it considering Part 1 in the latest "Oscar Buzz" installments has been viewed more than 1.1 million times since being released 24 hours ago. In the two most recent videos Galifianakis, playing what may as well be his character from either The Hangover or Due Date, "interviews" Oscar hopefuls including Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Amy Adams (The Master), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Sally Field (Lincoln), Emmanuel Lewis ("Webster") pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis and Bradley Cooper (Silver Lining Playbook). Give 'em
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Classic W I D E S C R E E N Cinema at Webster University Starts this Weekend

From the silent movie era into the early 1930s, the standard aspect ratio of Hollywood films was 1.33:1, a ratio developed by cinema pioneer Thomas Edison. Early in the “talkie” era, when the soundtrack was added to the side of the film frame, the width of the image was reduced even more, creating a more square-shaped picture. Since the early 1950s, most movies have been filmed in a process where the width of the visual frame is between 1.85 to 2.4 times greater than the height. This means that for every inch of visual height, the frame as projected on the screen is between 1.85 to 2.4 times as wide. This results in a panoramic view that can add a greater breadth and perception of the environment and mood of a movie. The rise in popularity of television is credited with inciting the motion picture’s move to the widescreen systems that flourished throughout the 50s,
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