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Sam Shepard, Lauded Director, Playwright, and Actor, Dies at 73

Sam Shepard, Lauded Director, Playwright, and Actor, Dies at 73
Director, playwright, and actor Sam Shepard has passed away at the age of 73. BroadwayWorld first reported the news this morning.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff.” He was also the author of forty-four plays, as well as several books, including short stories, essays, and memoirs. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.”

As BroadwayWorld notes, “Shepard’s plays are chiefly known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society.”

In 2009, he received the Pen/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist. Shepard was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986. Shepard was also a dedicated teacher of the arts,
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Video of the Day: Watch a new compilation video of First and Final frames in films

The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.

Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.

After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64
Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs,
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64
Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs,
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Irvine, Timlin Set To Lead "Fallen"

Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") and Addison Timlin ("Californication") have been set as the leads in the film adaptation of Lauren Kate's best selling young adult novel series "Fallen" at Lotus Entertainment and Mayhem Pictures.

This "Southern gothic supernatural romance" is based on the first of four novels about an shy girl sent to a reform school after being the suspect in a teen's death.

She is soon torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.

Scott Hicks ("Shine," "Snow Falling on Cedars") directs, while Michael Ross, Kathryn Price and Nicole Millard adapted the script. Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel are producing.

Source: Deadline
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Chris Evans Books '1:30 Train' For His Directorial Debut

It seems almost every actor has a burning desire to direct at some point, and for Chris Evans, it's a gig he's been itching to get for a while now. "I’ve seen movies with the best scripts and the best actors on the planet, and they make shitty movies because they’ve got shitty directors. Something about having the responsibility to tie all of these pieces together, and being able to speak coherently to all of your different artistic people and all of these different departments… I just want to do it so badly." he told AICN in 2011 about his desire to get behind the camera. And now he's going to. Deadline reports that Evans will star in and direct "1:30 Train," a movie he had been slated to appear in with another helmer previously, before it fell apart. Produced by McG's Wonderland Sound And Vision and penned
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Chris Evans To Make His Directorial Debut Before Working On The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Chris Evans' schedule is rather packed nowadays thanks to his commitments to Marvel Studios and his role as the star-spangled hero Captain America, but in between the upcoming Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier and Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron Evans is taking a break to do something rather surprising: make his directorial debut. Deadline is reporting that the Boston-born actor is prepping to step behind the lens to make 1:30 Train, a romance in the vein of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise movies. Based on a script by Ron Bass, who wrote the Oscar winning screenplay for Rain Man as well as Snow Falling on Cedars, Stepmom, My Best Friend's Wedding and many others, the film tells the story of two strangers with extreme conflict in their lives who are drawn together one night in Manhattan. In addition to directing, Evans will also be starring
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'White House Down' & More

"Americans ... still believe in an America where anything's possible — they just don't think their leaders do." – Barack Obama

Greetings from the apocalypse! This week some Texas Republicans tried to implement a dastardly plan but were narrowly defeated by plucky State Senator Wendy Davis. Hopefully direct-to-video kings The Asylum can make a "White House Down" knockoff called "Texas State Capitol Down" for DVD shelves two weeks from now, starring Debbie Gibson as Wendy Davis. Yay!

Friday, June 28

Pow! In Theaters

Ah Roland Emmerich, only you have the antidote to the summer blues. The German who's cinematically blitzkrieged more than one of our national landmarks several times over is taking down 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue once again in "White House Down." He's enlisted Channing Tatum as an Aryan super soldier to rescue President Ray Charles (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx) from terrorists intent on burning Washington D.C. to the ground. I visited the set
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‘Shine’ & ‘The Lucky One’ Director Scott Hicks Descends Into Ya Adaptations With ‘Fallen’

Despite what your thoughts may be on his filmography, director Scott Hicks‘ next move is always a difficult one to predict. After breaking out with prestige dramas like Snow Falling on Cedars and Shine, he moved to the general rom-com territory with No Reservations before taking a more mature stab at drama with The Boys Are Back and then dropping [...]
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Tiff Movie Review - Emperor (2012)

Emperor, 2012.

Directed by Peter Webber.

Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masayoshi Haneda and Kaori Momoi.

Synopsis:

After the defeat of Japan in World War II, the American occupying forces led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur must decide whether to execute Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal.

The American military occupational force under the command of General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) search for war criminals in post-World War II Japan. Of particular interest is whether or not the Emperor Hirohito sanctioned the attack on Pearl Harbor. The investigation into the man believed to be a deity by his own people is given to General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) who also conducts a personal inquest to discover if the Japanese student Aya Shimada (Eriko Hatsune) he fell in love with while in college has survived the carnage of war.

In many ways the love story between General
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The Lucky One—movie review

People crave romantic movies, be they dramatic or funny—the box-office numbers prove it—and novelist Nicholas Sparks has provided the raw material for a number of such films including Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, and most successfully, The Notebook. I think it’s fair to say that moviegoers know what to expect when they see one of these adaptations: attractive people in stories that bring them together, draw them apart, and offer some form of happy ending after necessary tears are shed. That’s all true of The Lucky One, directed by Scott Hicks (Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars) from a screenplay by Will Fetters. Zac Efron plays a Marine who, while serving in Iraq,...

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Watch: 5 Minutes Of Clips From 'The Lucky One' With Zac Efron Plus Full Soundtrack Details

Oh boy, Zac Efron's "The Lucky One" is coming, and in case you couldn't tell, this was his "serious" movie. Director Scott Hicks ("Shine," "Snow Falling On Cedars," "No Reservations") is going to make sure you feel it in every frame.

A handful of clips from the film have emerged, totaling over five minutes, and they find Efron playing an Iraq war veteran (snicker), who credits the photo of a woman named Beth, whom never met, for saving his life. Instead of going to therapy like most people would, he tracks her down and a romance begins. Oh yeah, this is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. So, how can we tell little Zac is damaged? Well, they've got him wearing a scruffy half-beard (giggle) and in order to amp up the drama this thing is bathed drowned in Thomas Kinkade-style Golden Lighting emerging from every cinematic orifice.
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24 Hours of... Love

Yay, love! If you’re not in it... well, that’s too bad for you! I realize Valentine’s Day isn’t really a movie marathon type of holiday, compounded by the fact that it’s not usually celebrated in groups, but let’s pretend that doesn’t matter and enjoy this article for what it is - an excuse for me to get some writing done!

Did I say that out loud?

On with the show!

8:00 Am - Romeo and Juliet (1968) 138 min

This is the definitive version, not that music video by Baz Luhrmann. It’s got more of the original text, young Michael York, it’s actually shot in Italy and let’s not forget boobs. That’ll wake up your loved one.

10:15 Am - Snow Falling on Cedars 127 min

Golly, do I hate Ethan Hawke. I really hate how he winds up in excellent movies,
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War Horse Bypassed; Hugo, The Artist In: American Cinematographers Nominations

Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Hugo Guillaume Schiffman, Afc (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, Asc (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, Asc (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, Fsf, Nsc (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC (The Tree of Life) are the five nominees for the 2012 American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards, now in their 26th year. The winner will be announced at the Asc Awards ceremony at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 12. Glaringly absent from the shortlist is Janusz Kaminski's work on War Horse, the Steven Spielberg World War I drama that has been performing well enough at the domestic box office, but that has been — surprisingly — generally bypassed by the various guilds. Kaminski's absence from the Asc Awards' roster is particularly surprising because his work on War Horse has been widely praised, and he has already been nominated four times in the past.
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American Society of Cinematographers Announces Nominees

HollywoodNews.com: Guillaume Schiffman, Afc (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, Asc (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, Asc (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, Fsf, Nsc (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC (The Tree of Life) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winner will be announced at the Asc Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 12.

“These five cinematographers have created works of art that serve the story and director’s vision in unique and engaging ways,” says Asc Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo. “Their talent for translating the script and performances to the screen demonstrates the phenomenal power of the visual image.”

This is the second consecutive Asc Award nomination for Cronenweth who was recognized last year for The Social Network.

Richardson earns his 10th nomination. He was
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American Society of Cinematographers Announce 2011 Asc Awards

American Society of Cinematographers Announce 2011 Asc Awards
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees for the 26th Annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards. The nominees are: Guillaume Schiffman, Afc (The Artist) Jeff Cronenweth, Asc (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Robert Richardson, Asc (Hugo) Hoyte van Hoytema, Fsf, Nsc (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC (The Tree of Life) Most notably sitting out of the race was Janusz Kaminski's work from "War Horse." That's another blow to Steven Spielberg's quickly fading Oscar chances. As for the nominees... This is the second consecutive Asc Award nomination for Cronenweth who was recognized last year for The Social Network.   Richardson earns his 10th nomination. He was previously acknowledged for Inglourious Basterds (2010), The Good Shepherd (2007), The Aviator (2005), Snow Falling on Cedars (2000), The Horse Whisperer (1999), Heaven & Earth (1994), A Few Good Men (1993), JFK (1992),...
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Patricia Arquette to Play Jeff Buckley's Mother in 'Mystery White Boy'

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Patricia Arquette to Play Jeff Buckley's Mother in 'Mystery White Boy'
Patricia Arquette will play the mother of Jeff Buckley in Jake Scott's biopic, "Mystery White Boy," TheWrap has confirmed. Arquette will play Mary Guibert, the widow of singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley's father. The size of her role has not been made known. Also read: "Spider-Man" on Broadway Actor Reeve Carney Lands Jeff Buckley Role The film is currently in preproduction in Memphis, where Jeff Buckley accidentally drowned in May 1997. He was 30. Jeff Buckley will be played by Reeve Carney, star of "Snow Falling on Cedars" and the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn
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Blu-Ray Review: Stellar Comedy Ensemble Rocks in ‘Horrible Bosses’

Chicago – The summer of the R-rated comedy, which was So clearly inspired by the success of “The Hangover” and its sequel, was an interesting case of the law of diminishing returns. If you over-saturate a market, critics and viewers will turn away. By the time that “The Change-Up” and “30 Minutes or Less” thudded into theaters, we all remembered why they don’t make that many R-rated comedies in a year any more — most of them are dumb. Looking back on the trend, two films stand out as the R-rated comedies of Summer 2011 — the widely-beloved (and a bit overrated) “Bridesmaids” and Seth Gordon’s very-funny and consistently-entertaining “Horrible Bosses,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

As is cleverly referenced within the film, “Horrible Bosses” is basically a riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” (or “Throw Momma From the Train” for younger viewers) in the world of modern workplace nightmares.
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‘E.T.’ Writer Melissa Mathison Adapting Roald Dahl’s Children’s Classic ‘The Bfg’

‘E.T.’ Writer Melissa Mathison Adapting Roald Dahl’s Children’s Classic ‘The Bfg’
[1] Like so many young bookworms, I counted Roald Dahl among my very favorite authors growing up. Dahl's books were childlike without being childish, thanks to Dahl's ability to whip up the perfect combination of humor, drama, and just the tiniest bit of terror. Hollywood apparently agrees with me, as Dahl's works have been adapted for the silver screen several times over -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches are just some of his novels that have been turned into feature films. The next Dahl book to get the Hollywood treatment will be is 1982 classic The Bfg, which is being developed as a feature over at DreamWorks with E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison tapped to write the script. More details after the jump. The Bfg tells the story of a girl named Sophie, who encounters and befriends the Big Friendly Giant (i.
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‘Snow Falling on Cedars’: The veracity of hope

Directed by: Scott Hicks

Written by: Ronald Bass & Scott Hicks

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh

Genre: Drama

Year: 1999

Some films cannot be contained by a script. And some filmmakers cannot just trust in their material. They must believe in the themes of their story and in the facets of filmmaking that enrich a viewing experience. Simply put, a filmmaker must know when to indulge. Snow Falling on Cedars is a film that indulges–in its visual splendor, the potency of its dramatic arc, and even in the talent associated with it.

In the sleepy coastal town of San Piedro, a fisherman has been found dead. It is 1950, only nine years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in a community with a heavy Japanese population, tensions have never ceased. Kazuo Miyamoto is charged with the murder of the fisherman. Reporter Ishmael Chambers (Ethan Hawke), a local man whose compassionate father
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