‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Rian Johnson Steers the Ship – Variety

As the fate of the Jedi religion hangs in the balance, one begins to detect a certain unwillingness to stray too far from the official text.

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‘Jurassic World 2’ trailer: Dinosaurs, volcanos and Jeff Goldblum: Oh My! | TribLIVE

Some movie franchises will never die.

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Cineworld to buy Regal cinemas in blockbuster deal – BBC News

The $3.6bn (£2.7bn) takeover will create the second largest cinema chain in the world.

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John Hillerman, Who Played Snooty Caretaker on ‘Magnum, P.I.,’ Dies at 84

Mr. Hillerman was an Emmy Award-winning actor who also had roles in classic movies like “The Last Picture Show,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Chinatown.”

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Netflix to plow billions more into original content

Netflix is facing new competition in the video space — and not just as traditional TV networks launch their own apps.

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‘Justice League’ trailer pits heroes in an explosive battle

And includes a first look at Henry Cavill’s Superman…The trailer premiered Sunday morning, starting off with Lois Lane (Amy Adams) finding Cavill’s Clark Kent in a field, but alas she’s next seen presumably placing dirt on his grave and waking up to a news report on the death of Superman during “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Scores $4 Million on Thursday Night – Variety

“Blade Runner 2049” has opened with a solid $4 million at the North American box office on Thursday night.

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Harry Dean Stanton Dead: ‘Paris, Texas’ Star Was 91 | Hollywood Reporter

Rarely a leading man, the Kentucky native was memorable in ‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Repo Man,’ ‘Alien’ and ‘Big Love.’

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‘It’ obliterates box-office records with $117.2M | TribLIVE

LOS ANGELES — ‘It’ is a hit.The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday.

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Jerry Lewis Dead: ‘Nutty Professor,’ ‘Bellboy’ Star Was 91 | Hollywood Reporter

He dominated show business with Dean Martin in the 1950s, starred in ‘The Bellboy’ and ‘The Nutty Professor,’ hosted the Labor Day telethon for decades and received the Hersholt award.

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Original Predator Actor Sonny Landham Has Died At 76

Actor Sonny Landham has died from congestive heart failure in Lexington, Kentucky. He was 76. Landham is an actor who was most prominent during the 80’s and 90’s, typically portraying big muscular men in action movies. He is most famous for his roles in the original Predator film and movies such as 48 Hrs.Action Jackson, and Lock Up.

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Tom Cruise Injured in ‘Mission Impossible 6’ Stunt | TMZ.com

Tom Cruise was injured on the set of ‘Mission Impossible 6’ while shooting in London.

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June Foray: Voiced Natasha, Rocky the Squirrel in Bullwinkle Cartoons | Variety

June Foray, the voice of “The Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha, has died.June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and  Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others.

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James Bond Producers Set 25th 007 Film for 2019 – Rolling Stone

The upcoming James Bond film, the 25th in the official 007 canon, does not have a title, director or a lead actor, but it does have a release date.

Bond producers announced Monday that the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre would arrive in approximately 28 months, but most other details – including whether Daniel Craig will portray the British superspy for the fifth time – haven’t been revealed.

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Waterworks Cinema held “Zombie Party” to remember George Romero – WTAE

Hollywood Screenwriter and Director, George Romero, known for his classic “Night of the Living Dead”is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, guests were transformed into zombies by makeup artists from the Tom Savini School of Special Effects. Savini was a longtime friend and colleague of Romero.

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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: International Makes Christopher Nolan Film No. 1 | Variety

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is leading the global box office with a $105.9 million debut.

Christopher Nolan’s latest looks to beat out expectations on the domestic end with $50.5 million. On top of that, the World War II epic is bringing in $55.4 million on 10,775 screens in 46 overseas markets, which will give it a $105.9 global debut.

The U.K. is the top international territory for “Dunkirk,” with an estimated $12.4 million on 1,313 screens. Korea is next, accounting for $10.3 million from 1,252 screens. Other leading territories include France ($4.9 million from 668 screens) and Australia ($4.7 million from 535 screens).

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Martin Landau Dead: ‘Ed Wood,’ ‘Mission: Impossible’ Actor Was 89 | Hollywood Reporter

His résumé includes ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and ‘North by Northwest.’ It does not, however, include ‘Star Trek.’

A former newspaper cartoonist, Landau turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the NBC series Star Trek, which went to Leonard Nimoy (who later effectively replaced Landau on Mission: Impossible after Trek was canceled).

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‘Walking Dead’ stuntman dies after on-set accident

Production on the hit series’ eighth season has been halted after the tragic death.

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Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

The report released Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the Dec. 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later.

It also found traces of heroin, other opiates and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but that they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the “Star Wars” actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.

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Stephen Furst Dead: ‘Animal House’ and ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actor Was 63 | Hollywood Reporter

The actor and filmmaker was well known for his breakout role of Flounder in ‘Animal House.’

The actor was also known for playing the role of Dr. Axelrod in the 1980s medical TV drama St. Elsewhere, and later as Vir Cotto in Babylon 5, which he occasionally directed as well.

Source: Stephen Furst Dead: ‘Animal House’ and ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actor Was 63 | Hollywood Reporter

The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far.

A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis rank the best films made since 2000.

There Will Be Blood” tells the story of an American oilman, Daniel Plainview, who persuades the locals in a California ranching town to let him drill on their land. He also establishes an uneasy rivalry with a preacher, Eli Sunday, and the two men, each selling his own brand of faith, enact the timeless battle between God and Mammon – though who is on what side is not always clear.

Spirited Away,” by the Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki, follows the enthralling and terrifying adventures of a young girl named Chihiro. The film’s artistry and magic defy description, but we asked Guillermo del Toro, a Miyazaki fan and a formidable movie magician in his own right, to share his thoughts. He spoke by phone with A.O. Scott. Here are edited excerpts from his comments:

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Box office: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is No. 1

The latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie hasn’t fared well when it comes to reviews — the film, subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales, currently has a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — but it did c…

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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor Was 89 | Hollywood Reporter

Before Bond, Moore made his reputation as a suave leading man on the television series Maverick, The Saint and The Persuaders.

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The 15 Films Everyone Will Be Talking About at Cannes | Vanity Fair

The movies we’re most excited to see at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

For its 70th celebration of the art of moviemaking, the Cannes Film Festival, beginning May 17, has assembled quite a lineup. From long-revered auteurs to promising newcomers, the main competition and smaller sidebar slates are packed with exciting entries. In order to make sense of it all, here are the 15 films we’re most looking forward to this year.

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Netflix-nears-100-million-subscribers – Story | WIVT and WBGH

Netflix is closing in on a major milestone.

“We expect to cross the 100 million member mark this weekend,” Netflix wrote in its letter to shareholders Monday. “It’s a good start.”

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James Bond actor Clifton James dies at 96 – BBC News

He appeared alongside Roger Moore as Sherriff JW Pepper in two Bond films during the 1970s.

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Long-Unfinished Orson Welles Film to Appear on Netflix

Netflix announced that it would provide the funding to complete Orson Welles’s long-unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind.

The Other Side of the Wind is the latest in Netflix’s aggressive push into making its own films. Other recent high-profile projects have included The White Helmets, which won the Academy Award for best short documentary at the 2017 Oscars, and Martin Scorsese’s return to the gangster film (and reunion with Robert De Niro) The Irishman, which is scheduled for release in 2018.

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Penn Jillette: Don Rickles was the kindest man on earth – CNN.com

Don Rickles did the most dangerous and naked act possible: insult comedy. And the only way to get through doing an act like that is to be kinder than someone who plays it safe.

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(USA Today) – Quentin Tarantino ‘surprised’

Quentin Tarantino was ‘surprised’ by backlash to police brutality remarks:

(fox news) – Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

FILE – In this May 24, 1966 file photo, actor Dean Jones, poses for a photo while on set for the Warner Bros. film, “Any Wednesday,” in New York. Jones, has died of Parkinson’s Disease at age 84. He passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles, publicist Richard Hoffman announced on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)

Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney’s favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as “That Darn Cat!” and “The Love Bug,” has died of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones’ publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday.

Jones’ long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show “Ensign O’Toole,” noting it had “some good closing sequences.” Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.

Jones puzzled over Disney’s remark until it occurred to him that “Ensign O’Toole” preceded Disney’s own Sunday night show on NBC, and he realized Disney probably only watched each episode’s ending.

Two years later, Jones heard from Disney again, calling this time to offer him a role in “That Darn Cat!” opposite ingénue Hayley Mills. His FBI agent Zeke Kelso follows a crime-solving cat that leads him to a pair of bank robbers.

Released in 1965, it would the first of 10 Disney films Jones would make, most of them in the supernatural vein.

“I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “We’re always looking for social significance but maybe people just like to be entertained.”

“The Love Bug” (1969) was the most successful of the genre, with Jones playing a struggling race-driver who acquires a Volkswagen that wins races for him. The Bug, named Herbie, has hidden human traits, and when it feels unappreciated it disappears. Jones must rescue Herbie from the hands of his nefarious rival and issue the car an apology before it wins the big race for him.

After “The Love Bug,” Jones returned to the stage, winning the lead role of Robert in “Company,” Stephen Sondheim’s now-classic musical about marital angst, Manhattan-style. He withdrew from the 1970 production after a short time, citing family problems, but he is heard on the Grammy-winning Broadway cast album.

He had actually started his career as a singer before going on to appear in a string of mostly forgettable films throughout the 1950s. A notable exception was 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock,” one of Elvis Presley’s best-remembered vehicles, in which Jones had a small role as a disc jockey.

In 1960, Jones made his Broadway debut with Jane Fonda in “There Was a Little Girl,” playing Fonda’s boyfriend in a short-lived drama about the rape of a young woman.

He had better luck on Broadway later in 1960, when he appeared in the hit comedy “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” Sparring with Gig Young, who played a comically wolfish character, Jones had “the right blend of sturdiness and lightness,” The New York Times wrote.

He returned to Hollywood to make the film version of “Under the Yum Yum Tree” and to star in television’s “Ensign O’Toole” from 1962 to 1964. He also reteamed with Fonda for the film version of a racy stage comedy, “Any Wednesday.”

It was in Disney’s gentle family comedies, however, that Jones truly hit his stride. Walt Disney himself died in 1966, but the studio and its style of film lived on.

In “Monkeys, Go Home,” Jones tried to teach four monkeys to pick grapes at a French vineyard he inherited. In “Million Dollar Duck,” he was a scientist with a duck that began laying golden eggs after being doused with radiation.

He returned to the Disney studio in 1977 for one more film, “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.”

Twenty years later, he had smaller parts in the remake of “That Darn Cat” and the TV version of “The Love Bug.”

He worked regularly into his 70s, appearing often on TV and in films. His later credits included “St. John in Exile,” ”Beethoven” and “Other People’s Money.”

In 1969, he was host of a TV variety show, “What’s It All About, World?” But he said delivering jokes, stand-up comedy style, was not really his forte. “My bag is acting or getting into an amusing situation and then sharing my amusement,” he told the Times. “I can sense a situation or a character much better than I can sense a line.”

Dean Carroll Jones left his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, at 15, supporting himself by picking cotton and cutting timber until he landed a job as a singer in a New Orleans nightclub. When the club closed, he returned to Decatur to finish high school.

After studying voice at Asbury University in Kentucky, he spent four years in the Navy. Soon after his release, he was signed by MGM, and it appeared for a time that he was being groomed as a possible successor to James Dean.

Jones married Mae Entwisle, a onetime Miss San Diego, in 1954, and the couple had two daughters, Carol and Deanna. He and his second wife, Lory, had a son, Michael.

Over the course of his career, he’d appear in 46 films and five Broadway shows. In 1995, Jones was honored by his longtime employers with a spot in the Disney Legends Hall of Fame.

Besides Lory, his wife of 42 years, and his children, Jones is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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