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Len Cariou & Craig Bierko Set For New Off Broadway Play ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’

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Exclusive: Tony winner and Blue Bloods star Len Cariou and UnREAL‘s Craig Bierko will co-star in Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, a new Off Broadway play set for a limited run this fall at New York City Center.

Written by George Eastman and directed by Karen Carpenter, the new play is set for City Center’s Stage II for a strictly limited engagement beginning previews November 18 and opening December 4.

Producer Dennis Grimaldi announced the production today.

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand follows 85-year-old Harry Townsend (Cariou), a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan (Bierko), who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan’s
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Ryan Phillippe Signs With Gersh (Exclusive)

Ryan Phillippe Signs With Gersh (Exclusive)
Ryan Phillippe has left Wme for Gersh, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

He most recently starred as the titular military vet on the action drama Shooter, which ran on USA for three seasons, and also appeared this May on Netflix's Historical Roasts as Julius Caesar.

Phillippe broke out big with several Young Hollywood hits in the late 1990s, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, 54 and especially 1999's Cruel Intentions, playing Valmont opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar's Merteuil and Reese Witherspoon's innocent Annette Hargrove. He later went on to star in such films as Antitrust, Gosford Park, Crash, Flags of our Fathers, Stop-Loss, MacGruber and The ...
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John Gallagher Jr., Stark Sands Cast In Avett Brothers Musical, Reuniting With ‘American Idiot’ Director

John Gallagher Jr., Stark Sands Cast In Avett Brothers Musical, Reuniting With ‘American Idiot’ Director
Exclusive The Tony-winning John Gallagher Jr. and Tony-nominated Stark Sands have joined a team of similarly Broadway-familiar vets in the world premiere of Swept Away, the previously announced new stage production featuring the music of the popular folk and roots-rock band The Avett Brothers.

Swept Away is being developed and staged at Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California, and will begin performances on Sunday, June 14, 2020, now with two of the actors who worked with director Michael Mayer on productions of another Berkeley-developed musical American Idiot.

Inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers, Swept Away is written by John Logan, the playwright and screenwriter. Directing will be Mayer,.

While it’s too early for anything like Broadway plans, the cast and director should ensure that plenty of New York eyes
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Exclusive: Director Denis Delic on his influences for 303 Squadron

303 Squadron director Denis Delic discusses his influences…

To celebrate the long-awaited release of 303 Squadron, an incredible true story of courage during World War II, we caught up with director Denis Delic on the major film and television influences which inspired him in telling this incredible story.

303 Squadron is the historically accurate depiction of how the Polish pilots of 303 Squadron, forgotten legends of World War II, turned the tide during one of the most seminal battles of the war and helped pave the road to victory.

Overcoming odds at every turn, these heroes performed extreme airborne manoeuvres to hit enemy targets, becoming the highest scoring Hurricane squadron during the Battle of Britain. No one flew quite like them and their extraordinary skills and courage are revered to this day.

Showcasing exhilarating aerial action and uncovering one of the lesser known stories of WWII, based on the famous 1942 book by Arkady Fiedler,
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Ryan Phillippe To Headline CBS’ Frankenstein Pilot ‘Alive’, Katrina Law & Aaron Staton Also Star

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Ryan Phillippe To Headline CBS’ Frankenstein Pilot ‘Alive’, Katrina Law & Aaron Staton Also Star
Former Shooter star Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot Alive (fka Frankenstein). Katrina Law (The Oath) and Aaron Staton (Mad Men) are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting.

Written/executive produced by Jason Tracey and directed/executive produced by Uta Briesewitz, Alive centers on Mark Escher (Phillippe), a San Francisco homicide detective who’s mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife Elizabeth (Law) realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Staton).

Phillippe’s Escher, a San Francisco police investigator, was presumed dead after an attack and destructive fire at his home. Six months later, he shockingly
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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Sound Mixer Gregg Rudloff Dies at 63

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Sound Mixer Gregg Rudloff Dies at 63
Gregg Rudloff, who won Academy Awards for sound mixing “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Matrix,” and “Glory” and was nominated four other times, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 6. He was 63.

A representative for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office told Variety that the office is treating his death as a possible suicide with results of an autopsy pending.

Rudloff was nominated for an Oscar for “American Sniper,” Best Picture winner “Argo,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “The Perfect Storm.” He also won an Emmy for sound mixing “An Early Frost” in 1985.

Rudloff followed his father, sound engineer Tex Rudloff, into the business. The elder Rudloff was nominated for a sound Oscar for “The Buddy Holly Story” and had credits on “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “Taxi Driver,” and Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Gregg Rudloff’s earliest credit was on 1982’s “Honkytonk Man” for Eastwood,
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Gregg Rudloff Dies: Three-Time Oscar-Winning Sound Mixer Was 63

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Gregg Rudloff Dies: Three-Time Oscar-Winning Sound Mixer Was 63
Gregg Rudloff, a three-time Oscar-winning sound mixer and seven-time nominee whose career spanned more than 35 years, has died in Los Angeles. He was 63. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is treating his death as a possible suicide.

“It was reported to us possibly as a suicide,” a spokeswoman for the coroner’s office told Deadline. “His body was found at his residence in Sherman Oaks on January 6. A call was made, and during the call it was reported as a possible suicide. We won’t know for sure until the autopsy is completed.”

Rudloff, who was one of the film industry’s most prolific and honored soundmen, won Academy Awards for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Matrix (1999) and Glory (1989). He also was Oscar-nominated four other times — for American Sniper, Argo, Flags of Our Fathers and The Perfect Storm — and won a 1986 Emmy for sound mixing An Early Frost.

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Vale Gregg Rudloff, Oscar-winning sound maven

David White with Gregg Rudloff at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Gregg Rudloff, a multiple Oscar-winning re-recording mixer who worked on Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie and The Matrix franchise, has died in Los Angeles. He was 63.

The Us-born sound guru followed in the footsteps of his father Tex Rudloff, an Oscar nominee for The Buddy Holly Story in 1978.

Among his most recent credits were The Other Side of the Wind, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The Foreigner, Molly’s Game, Death Note and Fences.

He won best sound Academy Awards for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, shared with Chris Jenkins and Ben Osmo; The Matrix, shared with John T. Reitz, David E. Campbell and David Lee; and Glory, shared with Donald O. Mitchell, Elliot Tyson and Russell Williams II.

Miller tells If: “Only those privileged to work closely with Gregg Rudloff would know the mastery and brilliance of his work.
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‘Mary Poppins’ will ‘Return’ to the Best Picture Oscar race, according to our top users

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‘Mary Poppins’ will ‘Return’ to the Best Picture Oscar race, according to our top users
Mary Poppins Returns” has been climbing in our Best Picture Oscar predictions after a month of mostly positive notices and strong showings on the awards campaign trail, but it’s especially formidable according to our Top 24 Users. Those two dozen derbyites had the highest scores out of more than 8,000 who predicted last year’s Oscar nominations, so when they talk we should listen.

When you combine the forecasts of all Gold Derby users “Mary Poppins” ranks 10th in our Best Picture predictions with odds of 20/1, but our Top 24 are a little more confident than our consensus: 18 of them rank “Poppins” among the likely nominees, which places it ninth in their rankings. Under the current Oscar system where there’s a sliding scale between 5 and 10 nominees for Best Picture, placing ninth is no guarantee, but it’s a good bet. Since that sliding scale was established in 2011 there have been nine
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Alan Robert Murray (‘A Star is Born’ sound editor) on how Bradley Cooper wanted the audience to ‘feel like you were there’ in concert scenes [Exclusive Video Interview]

Alan Robert Murray (‘A Star is Born’ sound editor) on how Bradley Cooper wanted the audience to ‘feel like you were there’ in concert scenes [Exclusive Video Interview]
Bradley Cooper had lofty sonic ambitions for his directorial debut, “A Star is Born.” In fact, sound editor Alan Robert Murray reveals that the first-time filmmaker had envisioned “four soundscapes that he wanted to incorporate into the movie” — no pressure. Watch our exclusive video interview with Murray above.

See Sam Elliott (‘A Star Is Born’) on how he reacted when Bradley Cooper stole his voice [Exclusive Video Interview]

In addition to directing, Cooper stars in “Star” as Jackson Maine, a fading musician who helps propel a young singer, Ally (Lady Gaga), to stardom. For the film’s many concert sequences, Cooper and Murray wanted “everybody to feel like you were there.” And they contrasted those with more personal sequences that were “ratcheted down.” On top of that, they needed to convey Jackson’s “struggle with tinnitus” as well as transitions from “his loss of hearing” back to “reality.”

Of those four sound schemes,
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King Shark featured in unused Suicide Squad concept art

In the build up to the release of Suicide Squad, it was rumoured on numerous occasions that King Shark would feature in the DC blockbuster, and now illustrator Peter Mitchell Rubin has unveiled a few pieces of concept art from the film which confirm that the character was considered as a member of Task Force X for David Ayer’s supervillain team-up movie; take a look at the concept art here, and let us know in the comments if you’d have like to have seen this version of King Shark in the movie…

See Also: Steppenwolf was originally going to be the main Suicide Squad villain

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.
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Movie Review – I Am Paul Walker (2018)

I Am Paul Walker, 2018

Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis.

Featuring Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Rob Cohen, Cody Walker, Erik MacArthur, Caleb Walker, and Wayne Kramer.

Synopsis:

A feature-length documentary that charts the life and career of the late Fast and Furious actor, with interviews and insights from those closest to him.

Five years on from the death of Paul Walker, this documentary, which is an extended edition of the version broadcast on television earlier this year, takes a loving look back at a life cut short. Using home-video and moving talking head testimonies, I Am Paul Walker is a fitting eulogy to a reluctant actor who just seemed like an all-round good bloke.

If there is a revelation in Adrian Buitenhuis’s film, and it’s an account with very few surprises, then it’s the fact that he never truly wanted to be an actor. Early archive shows him alongside a young Josh Brolin,
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Steppenwolf was originally going to be the main Suicide Squad villain

We know that 2016’s DC supervillain team-up Suicide Squad went through a number of changes in post-production thanks to Warner Bros.’ reshoots, but it seems that the story also went through some enforced modifications during the development stage, with director David Ayer revealing that Justice League villain Steppenwolf was originally set to be the movie’s big bad.

Posting on Twitter, Ayer confirmed that the original plan for the movie was to have Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress under the spell of Steppenwolf, who was preparing for an invasion of Earth and would have squared off against Task Force X as the “boss fight” of the final act.

This is right. Enchantress was under the control of a mother box and Steppenwolfe was prepping an invasion with a boom tube. Had to lose that then the Jl story arcs evolved. https://t.co/pSAag9rpZq

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) November 25, 2018

Exactly — Steppenwolf was the original boss fight.
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Care to make any Nbr Predictions?

by Nathaniel R

The National Board of Review will reveal their winners later today. They're much harder to predict than other high profile awards bodies because their organization is secretive and untelevised. That said, there are some patterns that have emerged over the years. Though there are rumors that The Mule did not screen for them, for example, it's otherwise a foregone conclusion that if there is a Clint Eastwood film available to them in any way, they Will honor it and often in a major way. The last Clint Eastwood film they skipped from honoring in any way was Jersey Boys (2014) but that was an exception to the rule. Since Mystic River they've otherwise always given his movies something, even the ones that don't have significant awards futures like The Hereafter (top ten list) or Gran Torino (Best Actor And Screenplay) or Flags Of Our Fathers (top ten list
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30 Classic World War II Movies, From ‘Battleground’ to ‘Dunkirk’ (Photos)

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Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb.

Pearl Harbor” (2001).

The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

A Midnight Clear” (1992).

The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.
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‘Saving Private Ryan’ 20th Anniversary: 20 of the Most Brutal War Films Ever Made (Videos)

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‘Saving Private Ryan’ 20th Anniversary: 20 of the Most Brutal War Films Ever Made (Videos)
The sight of a soldier carrying his own severed arm is one of the many horrific images of “Saving Private Ryan,” which 20 years ago earned instant acclaim for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of D-Day. But it’s far from the only film to show the horrors of war. Here are some of the most brutal war movies ever made.

Fury (2014): This David Ayer WWII film starts with bits of brain being cleaned from the inside of a M4 Sherman tank, and continues to get uglier from there as a tank unit led by Staff Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) begins its final charge into Nazi Germany in 1945.

Full Metal Jacket (1987): While Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam film is more known for its first half at boot camp, the second half shows a grisly battle as Private Joker (Matthew Modine) watches as his crew is slain by a hidden sniper.
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Veteran Warner Bros Executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg Steps Down After 30 Years

Veteran Warner Bros Executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg Steps Down After 30 Years
Veteran Warner Bros. Pictures executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is stepping down as president of international distribution, the studio announced Monday.

She’ll transition to an advisory role before leaving the lot at the end of the year. Her successor is Tom Molter, who currently serves as Evp in international.

Kwan Vandenberg’s move continues an old-guard exodus like that of former marketing honcho Sue Kroll and, before her, Greg Silverman.

Also Read: Former Warner Bros Exec Sue Kroll Launches Own Production Banner on Studio Lot

Several leadership changes have come with news of her departure. They are as follows, according to a memo sent to studio employees obtained by TheWrap:

Jim Wuthrich has been named President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment and Games, with full oversight of those businesses. Jim will report to Ron Sanders and work closely with Blair Rich who oversees home entertainment marketing of new theatrical releases.
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Director Tom Verica (‘For the People’) was inspired by Sidney Lumet for story of attorneys ‘thrust into the federal justice system’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Director Tom Verica (‘For the People’) was inspired by Sidney Lumet for story of attorneys ‘thrust into the federal justice system’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
In the new Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama “For the People,” executive producer and director Tom Verica uses art direction and cinematography to “take the viewer on a journey of what these first-year attorneys are up against.” Created by Paul William Davies, this freshman ABC series starring Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman, Anna Deavere Smith and Vondie Curtis-Hall centers on a group of young lawyers who arrive in New York’s Southern District Federal Court, more ominously known as “The Mother Court.” Verica, who serves as the producing director, wanted to “create these anthem-like frames and spaces” to “bring forth what one’s experience might be when they’re suddenly thrust into the federal justice system.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Verica above.

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Verica’s direction of the pilot episode was influenced by legendary film and television director Sidney Lumet,
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Suicide Squad director explains The Joker’s original role in the film’s ending

Before Warner Bros. drastically altered last year’s Justice League with a round of significant reshoots, the studio took its chainsaw to another DC Films release in David Ayer’s 2016 supervillain team-up Suicide Squad.

One of the biggest changes to that film revolved around The Joker, with Jared Leto’s role cut significantly, and the Clown Prince of Crime’s relationship with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn toned down to make it less abusive.

As we glimpsed in the trailers and marketing material, The Joker would also have been more involved in the film’s third act, with the Clown Prince of Crime reappearing after the helicopter crash to confront Task Force X.

Taking to Twitter, director Ayer has revealed his original plans for Leto’s Joker, stating that: “After Joker dropped [Harley] from the [helicopter] and crashed, Enchantress made a deal with him. He was going to take Harley home and
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Clint Eastwood movies: 15 greatest films as a director, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Sully’

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Clint Eastwood movies: 15 greatest films as a director, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Sully’
Clint Eastwood is back in the nation’s theaters once again, but you won’t see him on screen. His latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris” is a biographical suspense drama based on the 2015 terrorist attack on a Thalys train headed to Paris. Three American soldiers (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos) thwarted the terrorist and were declared heroes by the French Government. In a bold move, Eastwood cast the trio of heroes to play themselves in the film, but as a director, Eastwood is no stranger to bold moves.

For over half a century Eastwood has been one of the world’s greatest movie stars. Comfortable in both westerns and contemporary roles, his measured growl of a voice has been a key part in creating such iconic characters as The Man With No Name and Dirty Harry.

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