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Abrams was the perfect choice for what The Guardian called a shrewdly affectionate next-gen reboot” of Star Wars. HOME AGAIN -MOVIE-(PG-13)-Alice (Reese Witherspoon), a recently separated mother of two, finds her life upended when three young, charismatic filmmakers move into her guesthouse. In 2009, the Seven actor played Lt. Aldo Raine in the stellar Inglorious Bastards.
There is an argument that Abrams was starting from a pretty low base - the three prequel Star Wars films that George Lucas made from 1999 to 2005 were so risibly bad, any film that displayed the merest comprehension of what this epic space opera meant to people would have gained plaudits.
Actor Bradford Dillman, who starred as Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene 'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' and had an impressive film and TV career, died on January 16 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 87. This summer, as in most summers, there's a plethora of big-time sci-fi movies, including the long-dreaded Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith.
Longtime Boston television personality Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," died March 20. He was 89. Morgana King, the acclaimed jazz stylist who released dozens of albums but is perhaps best known for portraying the wife of Marlon Brando's Don Vito Corleone in the first two "Godfather" films, died March 22. She was 87.
Tarantino has already asked Margot Robbie to play the role of Sharon Tate, and as Deadline has reported Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt have been circling the project with DiCaprio for what is known to be two meaty male roles. Which is fine by me, I don't trust Tarantino to be historically accurate enough to be trusted with the inside story of real people going collectively insane.
Of his six feature film releases, Danny DeVito's most successful entries have been the darkly comic Throw Momma from the Train and The War of the Roses Those films also happen to be his first two, and while he tried to branch out with an epic biopic starring Jack Nicholson ( Hoffa ) and the kids' movie Matilda, DeVito was never able to repeat the success of those earlier films.
I'd go to a movie about the Mansons, but not one by Tarantino. Bill Maynard, the British actor best known as playing eccentric poacher Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the British police series "Heartbeat," died March 30. He was 89. But Abrams's previous films, and television series, have consistently Tom Cruise and Tate Chasers displayed an innate understanding of how epic drama, mystery, action and, most importantly, coherent characters fit together to produce seductive storytelling.
Though some critics derisively called the gee-whiz sincerity of his films Capra-corn, the director—who was born into a working class Italian family—was proud to make movies that championed the so-called little guy.” Here are 12 screwball facts you might not know about Frank Capra, on the anniversary of his passing.
It's telling, too, that a little trick from Abrams's 2009 Star Trek film - the return of a much-loved actor from the original in a supporting role - has been replicated with appearances by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in The Force Awakens.
Last Rites Tom Berenger, Daphne Zuniga, Paul Dooley Last Rites is a 1988 thriller film written and directed by Donald P. Bellisario and starring Tom Berenger. VICEROY'S HOUSE -MOVIE-(NR)-Based on a true story, this is a Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) film.
Peng is joined by Chinese stars Zhang Hanyu, who recently came off duty in Tsui Hark's "The Taking of Tiger Mountain", and director-actor Feng Xiaogang for some good old hardboiled explosions and gun fights. Quentin Tarantino - in case you wonder sometimes whether it would be a bad thing if Hollywood finally slid like a massive greasy turd into the Pacific Ocean.
Five years later, Duvall directed another small, intimate picture: Assassination Tango The film's depiction of an assassin falling in love with the tango while on a job in Argentina mirrored Duvall's own fascination with the dance. The actor will play Cliff Booth, the stunt double to DiCaprio's Rick Dalton — a '60s Western star of the day.