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Billy Chapin Dead: ‘Night Of The Hunter’ Child Actor Was 72

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Billy Chapin, who as a child actor held his own against Robert Mitchum’s murderous preacher in Charles Laughton’s brilliant The Night of the Hunter, died Friday following a lengthy illness. His death was announced by his sister Lauren Chapin, the former child actress who costarred in TV’s classic family sitcom Father Knows Best. “It is with a saddened heart that I say ‘Good Bye’ to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful Star of Movies, Television and Radio,” Lauren… Read

There’s Plenty Of Adorable Baby Groot In New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’ Teaser

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In case the last several weeks have been something of a downer – or perhaps you’re just experiencing seasonal affected disorder, cough cough – here’s an easy cure: a extremely entertaining new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped online this afternoon, and you can watch it here now. Some of what you’ll see here is straight out of the mindblowing presentation last summer at Comic-Con – which, we told you it was awesome. But there’s plenty of new stuff too… Read

‘Sieranevada’ Actors Judith State And Rolando Matsangos On The Fastidious Pursuit Of “Little Miracles”

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A Palme D’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada has been submitted as Romania’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. A sprawling, ambitious family drama, coming in at a nearly three hour running time, the latest entry from the much-lauded filmmaker tells the story of a successful neurologist, who gathers with family on the anniversary of his father’s death. A thoughtful, melancholy reflection on family and one’s place… Read

Hollywood Reacts With Disgust At ‘Last Tango” Rape Scene Revelations

BERTOLUCCI Director Bernardo Bertoclucci, left, discusses a scene from "Last Tango in Paris" with leading actor Marlon Brando and actress Maria Schneider during location shooting in Paris on . The movie, which opens in New York has evoked more pre-release comment than any in recent years largely because of the sex scenes between Brando and Schneider. The 31 year old Bertolucci faces a decision in an Italian court over government charges that the film is pornographic
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Actors and other public figures are responding with outrage at recently surfaced news that Last Tango In Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci, in a three year old video that only came to light this week, confirmed what co-star Maria Schneider has long said about the film’s most controversial moment: the brutal rape scene was shot without her full consent. The scene in question featured Brando’s character raping Schneider’s character using a stick of butter as lubricant. It… Read

L.A.-Based Music Label In Oakland Fire Chronicled In 2013 Documentary ‘Silk’

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Update The Oakland Athletics will match donations to victims of last night’s warehouse fire up to $20,000, the baseball team tweeted today. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Oakland fire,” the A’s said. “We will work together to heal our community.” See tweet below. Previous The massive Oakland, California, warehouse fire that might have claimed as many as 40 people broke out during a concert staged by the Los Angeles-based electronic music label 100% Silk… Read

Alice Drummond Dies; Veteran Character Actress Was 88

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Alice Drummond, a prolific character actress nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony in 1970 and known for appearances in the films Awakenings, Synecdoche, New York and Ghostbusters, among many others, died November 30 from complications following a fall in her home. She was 88. The news was confirmed by Drummond’s friend, June Gable, to The New York Times. Born in 1928 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond was a 1950 graduate of Pembroke College, then the women’s… Read

Pharrell Williams On His ‘Hidden Figures’ Contribution: “It Made Sense For Everything We Stand For”

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There are few musicians in this year's Oscar race who can have had as significant a contribution to the projects they're attached to as Pharrell Williams with Hidden Figures. Already Oscar nominated for the phenomenal hit song "Happy", which was attached to Despicable Me 2 in 2013, the multi-hyphenated musical artist steps into his second feature film as a producer—after last year's Dope—with Theodore Melfi's movie, which tells the true story of the African American women… Read

Haim Saban Slams DNC Chair Hopeful Keith Ellison: “Anti-Semitic And Anti-Israel”

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Despite the victory via Electoral College of President-elect Donald Trump, there’s no love lost between various factions of the Democratic party. Democrats are currently looking for a new person to head up the Democratic National Committee, and Minnesota representative Keith Ellison has been considered a top contender for the job since throwing his name into the hat November 14. But, as past statements by Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, have come to light… Read

Johnny Depp, Sam Raimi & Others Contribute To Film By 16-Year Old Cancer Patient

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A group of A-list talent came together in November to help 16-year old cancer patient Anthony Jonathan Conti fulfill his dream of writing and starring in his own film. Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Chad Coleman, and Richard Chamberlain were joined by David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, Sam Raimi, Peter Farrelly, and Sean Furst for The Black Ghiandola, a post-apocalyptic zombie story about a young man whose family has been… Read

‘Jackie’ Review: Natalie Portman Astonishes With A Side Of Jackie Kennedy Never Before Seen

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There have been so many movies, miniseries, books and who knows what else on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis over the decades that it’s hard to imagine there is anything new or original left to say. But in the movie Jackiedirector Pablo Larrain, writer Noah Oppenheim and star Natalie Portman pull off something of a miracle. As I say in my video review above, the word to best describe this new film about the former First Lady and wife of President John F. Kennedy… Read

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: When Warren Met Kirk; #OscarsSoWhite A Thing Of The Past?

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A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. It was, as usual this time of year, another big week on the awards circuit. From the standpoint of critics’ group love, Warren Beatty — who is no stranger to lots of awards in his legendary career — was AWOL from East Coast and Critics’ Choice lists this week for Rules Don’t Apply, his first directorial effort in 18 yearsThe movie also didn’t exactly light up the box office, either, but this… Read

‘Aquaman’ To Swim Into Theaters October 2018

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Aquaman finally has a release date. The Warner Bros superhero pic starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan will hit theaters October 5, 2018 in both 3D and Imax. Aquaman made his cinematic debut earlier this year via a short cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The character will next be seen in a major role in the Zack Snyder-directed follow up Justice League, which sees the major heroes of the DC Universe united to face off against DC Villain… Read