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‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis’s Funeral Will Be Open to the Public

‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis’s Funeral Will Be Open to the Public
A public funeral for “True Blood” star Nelsan Ellis will be held on Saturday, July 22 at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., a suburb south of Chicago.

Prior to the funeral, there will be a public viewing on Friday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Leak & Sons Funeral Home in Country Club Hills, Ill. Pastor Tyrone Gaston will officiate Saturday’s service, starting at 11 a.m.

Ellis died July 8 from heart failure complications at age 39. His family issued a statement attributing the heart failure to longtime alcohol and drug abuse.

The actor was born in Harvey, Ill., and lived in Alabama with his aunt and siblings before moving back to Chicago at age 15. After joining the Marines for a short period of time, he studied at Illinois State University and went on to get a degree from Juilliard School. In addition to his fan-favorite role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” he
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Simon Callow webchat – your questions answered on chugging pints, Wagner and 44 years of acting

The actor and writer talked about Orson Welles, lost TV sitcom Chance in a Million, German nationalism, Jacqui Dankworth, Shakespeare and cellos

2.11pm GMT

It's been delightful if sometimes gruelling, webchatting to you all. Let's do it again sometime!

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Mike Thorne says:

I think it's quite important with Wagner to distinguish between German nationalism as espoused by the new German Reich, from Wagner's conception of a cultural phenomenon, which is a fundamental kind of Teutonic conception of life. Which is semi-mystical, and almost anthropological, with its roots as Wagner conceived of it, in pre-history. Whether this is an attractive or real thing or not is obviously a matter for discussion, but it's a different thing from a specific nationalism of a kind that Wagner was increasingly prevalent in the 19th century across Europe and beyond. Wagner was intellectually an extraordinary mix of influences, he was never as
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Location manager Michael Harm dies aged 51

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Location manager Michael Harm dies aged 51
Experienced location manager worked on World War Z, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Harry Potter and Match Point.

UK-based location manager Michael Harm has died unexpectedly in London aged 51.

Harm, who was born in the Netherlands and moved to the UK in the early 1990s, started his career on BBC mini-series You, Me and It before working on features such as Restoration, Bent and My Son The Fanatic.

Harm served as unit manager on UK hits including Elizabeth, Notting Hill, Dirty Pretty Things and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, before taking on location manager duties for Woody Allen duo Match Point and Scoop.

In 2009 he served as location manager on Jane Campion’s Cannes competition entry Bright Star and Rob Marshall’s musical-romance Nine.

In 2011, Harm renewed scouting for the Harry Potter franchise on Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and in the following year took on Disney juggernaut Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

In recent
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‘The Lion in Winter’ Restoration Trailer: Anthony Harvey’s Beloved Adaptation Gets 4K Freshening — Watch

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‘The Lion in Winter’ Restoration Trailer: Anthony Harvey’s Beloved Adaptation Gets 4K Freshening — Watch
Anthony Harvey’s multiple-Oscar-winning “The Lion in Winter,” his lauded adaptation of the play by James Goldman, is coming back to the big screen, thanks to a carefully crafted 4K restoration from Studiocanal and Rialto Pictures.

The dazzling historical drama stars Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn as King Henry II and his Eleanor of Aquitaine, a royal couple on the cusp of bloody ruin and rebellion. The film also boasts the screen debuts of both Anthony Hopkins (as Richard) and Timothy Dalton (as King Philip of France), with stellar turns from John Castle (as Geoffrey) and Nigel Terry (as John) to round out one of the most impressively casted features in Hollywood history.

Read More: ‘Citizen Kane’ Trailer: Orson Welles’ Classic Get Stunning Restoration for Its 75th Anniversary

The Lion in Winter” is appropriately set during Christmastime — and you thought your family gatherings were messy — and follows the royal
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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Fantastic Fest: ‘Anomalisa’ a winningly bizarre exploration of love and mental distress

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Anomalisa

Directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

2015, USA

The original Anomalisa was a “sound play” by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation), performed before an audience only twice. The “sound” aspect referred to the fact that its main character has a disorder that makes him see everyone with the same face and hear the same voice. Character actor Tom Noonan (The House of the Devil, Manhunter) acted out this sea of parts on stage opposite David Thewlis’ (Naked, Restoration) Michael Stone. Stone, famous in the world of customer service, is a married motivational speaker struggling with depression and the need for intimacy when he lands in a Cincinnati hotel for a contracted engagement. There he ruminates about a love he threw away and finds hope in a new woman named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Thanks to Dino Stamatopoulos (writer, animator, perhaps best
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Take Down first to $50m Welsh fund

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Take Down, a thriller starring Jeremy Sumpter [pictured] from the director of I Know What You Did Last Summer, is to be the first feature to receive investment through the Welsh Government’s new £30m ($50m) Media Investment Budget.

Take Down, directed by Jim Gillespie (I Know What You Did Last Summer), will be shot equally between Wales and Isle of Man and begins principal photography today (June 2).

The film follows a group of spoiled teens sent to a school for troubled students from rich families who are taken hostage and attemp to escape their captors.

It is written by Alexander Ignon (Ransom) with Sarah Ryan Black (Restoration) and Ed Elbert (Anna and the King) producing. Executive producers are Steve Christian (Belle), Stefan Brunner (Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengance) and Jamie Brown (Belly Of The Beast).

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International is handling worldwide rights and made sales during the Cannes Marche to the Middle East (Gulf
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Wales's $50m fund makes first award

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Wales's $50m fund makes first award
A thriller from the director of I Know What You Did Last Summer, starring Jeremy Sumpter [pictured], is to be the first feature to receive investment through the Welsh Government’s new £30m ($50m) Media Investment Budget.

Take Down, a thriller directed by Jim Gillespie (I Know What You Did Last Summer), will be shot equally between Wales and Isle of Man.

The film follows a group of spoiled teens sent to a school for troubled students from rich families who are taken hostage and attemp to escape their captors.

It is written by Alexander Ignon (Ransom) with Sarah Ryan Black (Restoration) and Ed Elbert (Anna and the King) producing. Executive producers are Steve Christian (Belle) and Stefan Brunner (Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengance).

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International is handling worldwide rights.

The two main characters are played by Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan, Soul Surfer) and Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries, Bait). It will
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who
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Leonardo DiCaprio Leads Lacma Art Fundraiser

Leonardo DiCaprio Leads Lacma Art Fundraiser
Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s third annual Art + Film Gala on Nov. 2 drew a stellar black tie crowd of film industry heavies and society/industry luminaries from both coasts, garnering over $4 million in much-needed funds for Lacma’s coffers. With the major current project an ambitious film museum to be housed at the Wilshire Blvd. arts complex in partnership with the Motion Picture Academy, the message presented by one of the two honorees of the evening, artist David Hockney, resonated.

“I’m a worker. I’m not a hedonist. I approve of hedonists, but artists are workers,” said Hockney in the Lucy Walker-directed doc that preceded the English contempo master’s speech.

Next up on the dais was the night’s film honoree, Martin Scorsese, introduced by the event’s co-chair (with Eva Chow), an as-always dapper Leonardo DiCaprio, dressed up by the gala key sponsor, Gucci.
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Zombie Classic Deadworld Returning in December with Deadworld: Restoration

Idw Publishing is bringing zombie comic Deadworld back to life this December. Gary Reed and Sami Makkonen, the team behind Deadworld: War of the Dead, continue where they left off and push the story into even darker territory with new mini-series Deadworld: Restoration.

“I’m excited about this series,” said writer Reed, “and the title of the series, Restoration, ties in with a number of different elements within the story. Yes, some things are restored, but it’s not going to be what most people think.”

Reed is the one of the original writers of the Deadworld series and a longtime contributor as well as the co-creator and writer of the Harvey Award nominee for Best New Series, Baker Street. Makkonen, of Eisner Award nominated series Hatter M fame, has won the prestigious Sarjis Award in Finland for Best Illustrator and is the artist for Idw’s recently
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‘Time Bandits’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughan, David Warner, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Jack Purvis, Tiny Ross | Written by Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin | Directed by Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits was first released in 1981. A family adventure film that sported a fantastic and massive cast of names, with the likes of Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm and Michael Palin, among others. It was like a fantastical family film with the cast of Monty Python.

Director and another former Python, Terry Gilliam, who went on to direct such incredible cinematic events as Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas was behind the camera here, much like he was in the Monty Python movies and it feels very similar to his previous work in many ways. Surreal and at times incredibly weird, Time Bandits just feels like a Gilliam film.
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Best of the Week: 'Pacific Rim' Needs You, Outfest Begins, Antonioni Restored, News and More

Best of the Week: 'Pacific Rim' Needs You, Outfest Begins, Antonioni Restored, News and More
The top stories of the week from Toh! Reviews: "Pacific Rim" Review: Del Toro's Monster-Scale Epic Needs You! Don't Miss the New 35mm Restoration of Antonioni's "L'Avventura," Starting July 12 in New York and La Review: In Vinterberg's Riveting "The Hunt," Mikkelsen Plays a Man Wrongly Accused of Society's Worst Crime Features: Rinko Kikuchi: Actress on Fire in "Pacific Rim" Outfest: Review: Young Lovers Go Asunder in Mark Thiedeman's Lyrical Debut "Last Summer" Review: David Sedaris Adaptation "C.O.G." a Charming Coming-of-Age Picaresque Outfest Weekend Preview: What Films to See and Why We Need the Festival Television: "The Newsroom" 2.1: "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers" News: Studios Sticking with Hulu Read This: Harvey Weinstein Calls Errol Morris "Boring" in 1988 Letter About "Thin Blue Line" Interview In the Works: Ava DuVernay to Direct Martin Luther King Biopic "Selma" Box Office: Will "Pacific Rim" Open Better Than Predicted?
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Lookout, London! Gorgo is Marching to Blu-ray!

Seeing as how we may very well be just a few short months away from a new boom in giant monster cinema, it should come as no surprise to see more and more classic kaiju flicks like Gorgo getting the hi-def treatment.

Britain’s answer to Godzilla, Gorgo first stomped her way onto the big screen back in 1971. The final directorial effort from Eugene Lourie (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Colossus of New York, and The Giant Behemoth) starred Bill Travers, William Sylvester, and Vincent Winter and featured top-notch special effects by two-time Oscar winner Tom Howard.

Though the MGM production would prove a one-off, the ear-wiggling reptilian titan managed to spawn a 23-issue comic book by Charleton Comics and remains one of the most respected giant monster movie offerings from the golden age of creature features.

A volcanic eruption in the North Atlantic brings to the surface a 65-foot prehistoric monster.
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Check Out These Production Images From ‘The Bodyguard’ – Opens In London Next Week!

There is just over a week to go until the opening of perhaps one of the most anticipated musicals of the year. The Bodyguard was one those films, along with the likes of Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing, which were the ultimate ‘date’ movies during the late 1980s/ early 90′s, and this December 5th, the film based on Lawrence Kasdan scripted 1993 movie, which starred Kevin Costner and the late, great Whitney Houston, takes to the stage at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.

Heather Headley plays the role of Rachel Marron in the film, while Lloyd Owen plays her bodyguard Frank Farmer. As mentioned above, the musical debuts on stage at the Adelphi on 5th December, and Thn will have the definitive review on the morning of the following day. We can’t wait.

Here’s the full press release, including full cast list and bio, plus some
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DVD Playhouse--October 2012

By Allen Gardner

Prometheus (20th Century Fox) Ridley Scott’s quasi-prequel to his 1979 classic “Alien” has an intergalactic exploratory team (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba) arriving on a uncharted planet, where they discover what appears to be a dormant alien spacecraft and what might be the first discovery of intelligent life outside of Earth. Of course, everything goes straight to hell before you can scream “Don’t touch that egg!” Sumptuous visuals and strong performances from the cast (not to mention a nearly-perfect first half) can’t compensate for gaping plot and logic holes that nearly sink the proceedings in the film’s protracted second half. It feels as though some very crucial footage wound up on the cutting room floor. Perhaps, as with “Alien” and “Aliens” we’ll see a “Director’s Cut” of “Prometheus” arriving on DVD within the next year. In the meantime,
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Gambit Trailer Starring Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth Arrives

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Earlier we posted some footage from the trailer for the upcoming Gambit remake of the 1966 comedy and today we have the full international trailer.

The film follows Harry Dean (Colin Firth) whose revenge plan to his boss is missing one final component: the participation of a beautiful woman to act as his gambit. Dean then meets Pj Puznowski (Cameron Diaz), someone who appears to be the perfect candidate to be his gambit. However, Dean himself becomes enraptured with her, causing his plan to take a series of wrong turns.

Gambit, written by Joel and Ethan Coen, directed by Michael Hoffman (Restoration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), also stars Alan Rickman, Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman, Anna Skellern, and Togo Igawa.

Gambit premieres in U.K. on November 21st, 2012 and a U.S. release date is still to be decided.

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Full Trailer for Gambit, with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

Just recently we showed you some footage from the trailer for the upcoming "Gambit" remake, which stars Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. And today we have the full trailer. Watch it below. The story revolves around a London art dealer (Firth) who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Diaz) in a scheme to con the richest man in England (Rickman). The original 1966 film starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The remake is written by the Coen brothers, but directed by Michael Hoffman (Restoration, A Midsummer Night's Dream). It's set to appear in UK theaters on November 21st. Trailer:
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Trailer for Gambit Remake, Starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

Today we have some of the footage from the trailer for the upcoming "Gambit" remake, which stars Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. Check it out below. The story revolves around a London art dealer (Firth) who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Diaz) in a scheme to con the richest man in England (Rickman). The original 1966 film starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The remake is written by the Coen brothers, but directed by Michael Hoffman (Restoration, A Midsummer Night's Dream). It's set to appear in UK theaters on November 21st. Footage:
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Doctor, doctor, can anyone save Robert Downey Jr's Restoration?

This film about King Charles II and a fictional doctor flips messily from frippery and farting to 17th-century mental healthcare

Restoration (1995)

Director: Michael Hoffman

Entertainment grade: C–

History grade: B

King Charles II was restored to the throne of England after the fall of the shortlived Commonwealth in 1660.

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Dissolute fictional doctor Robert Merivel (Robert Downey Jr) has pawned his instruments, and must go to his father, a glover, for cash to get them back. His father agrees, reluctantly, on the grounds "that the son of a glovemaker should not be denied the use of those gifts that marked you as a physician before you could spell physic!" English spelling had been somewhat standardised by the King James Bible of 1611 (which spells "physic" as "physick", in "Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick", Apocrypha, Sir 1:19). Even so, bearing in mind that Samuel Johnson would
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