Movies

TCM To Mark Inauguration With All “Joe” Film Lineup

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump probably won’t be tuning in to Turner Classic Movies on Jan. 20. The network has scheduled an Inauguration Day lineup of films to celebrate incoming President Joe Biden, while not-so-subtly trolling Trump. TCM’s lineup on Jan. 20 is as follows: Ode to Billy Joe (1976), Polo Joe (1936), The Fabulous Joe (1947), The Story of …

Read More »

Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dies At Age 85

NPR reports: David Prowse, the British weightlifting champion and man behind the Darth Vader mask, has died. He was 85. The actor’s management company shared the news of his passing early Sunday morning on social media “with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world.” Prowse wore the Darth Vader costume in the original …

Read More »

Oscar Winner Sean Connery Dies At Age 90 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Sean Connery, the Scottish-born actor who rocketed to fame as James Bond and became one of the movies’ most popular and enduring international stars, has died. He was 90. Connery, long regarded as one of the best actors to have portrayed the iconic spy, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and marked his 90th birthday only …

Read More »

Kazakh Tourism Board Adopts Borat’s Catchphrase

The New York Daily News reports: If you can’t beat Borat, join him. After condemning Sacha Baron Cohen’s first “Borat” movie for portraying the former Soviet republic as backward and bigoted in 2006, Kazakhstan has now embraced the character’s famous catchphrase as a tourism slogan. The Kazakh Tourism board released a series of promotional spots Sunday showing travelers exploring the …

Read More »

Eric Idle Vows To Sue GOP Over Monty Python Song

The Hill reports: English actor and comedian Eric Idle on Friday threatened to sue the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for using a Monty Python song in a political attack ad released Tuesday. Idle, a member of legendary British comedy group, tweeted that the congressional committee had “stolen” Monty Python’s “Lumberjack Song” in an ad criticizing Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne …

Read More »

The Batman Star Tests COVID+, Filming Suspended

Variety reports: Robert Pattinson has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting “The Batman” to suspend filming in the United Kingdom days after it went back into production, according to a source familiar with the situation. Warner Bros. confirmed earlier on Thursday that production was being halted after a crew member tested positive but did not confirm the person’s identity. Vanity Fair …

Read More »

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dies At Age 43

Variety reports: Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 43. Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”). …

Read More »

Actor And Pitchman Wilford Brimley Dies At Age 85

Variety reports: Wilford Brimley, best known for his roles in “The Natural,” the 1982 remake of “The Thing,” “The Firm” and “Cocoon,” died on Saturday. He was 85. His agent, Lynda Bensky, told The New York Times that he had been sick with a kidney problem for two months. Brimley was also famous for the series of commercials for Quaker …

Read More »

Oscar Winner Olivia De Havilland Dies At Age 104

People Magazine reports: Olivia de Havilland, a top box-office name of the 1930s and 40s and the sole surviving principal cast member of the most popular movie of all time, Gone With the Wind, has died. She was 104. The veteran actress died in her sleep at home in Paris on Saturday. Off-screen, de Havilland was anything but sweetness and …

Read More »

Failed US House Candidate Antonio Sabato To Launch Film Studio Free Of “Blacklisting And Socialist Elites”

USA Today reports: Antonio Sabato Jr. is making plans for himself in the entertainment industry after claiming he was blacklisted from Hollywood due to his political beliefs. In a tweet on Thursday, the former soap opera actor said he plans to start a film studio for projects that Hollywood would shy away from. “We are putting together a plan to …

Read More »

Actress Kelly Preston, Wife Of John Travolta, Dies At 57

People Magazine reports: Kelly Preston has died. She was 57. “On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” a family representative tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,” …

Read More »

Disney Signs Production Deal With Colin Kaepernick

ESPN reports: The Walt Disney Company today announced an overall first-look deal with Colin Kaepernick’s production arm Ra Vision Media. The partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and will provide a new platform to showcase the work of Black and Brown directors and producers. The first-look deal …

Read More »

Famed Film Composer Ennio Morricone Dies At 91

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Ennio Morricone, the Oscar winner whose haunting, inventive scores expertly accentuated the simmering, dialogue-free tension of the spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone, has died. He was 91. The Italian composer, who scored more than 500 films — seven for his countryman Leone after they had met as kids in elementary school — died in Rome …

Read More »

Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Dies At Age 98 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98. He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety. Reiner, …

Read More »

AMC To Reopen Next Month, No Masks Required

Variety reports: AMC Theatres, the world’s largest exhibitor, has unveiled plans to re-open after coronavirus forced it to close its more than 600 venues in the U.S. for nearly four months. The company is expected to resume operations in 450 of those locations on July 15 and expects to be almost fully operational by the time that Disney’s “Mulan” debuts …

Read More »

Disney+ Coming Out Short Film Wins Raves [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly reports: Pixar’s movie lineup still leaves much to be desired in terms of LGBTQ inclusion, but a short film released on Friday shows there is the capacity to bring these stories to life through tearjerking animation. Out, the latest Pixar short released through Disney+’s SparkShorts series, arrived this week with the story of Greg as he moves in …

Read More »

Contagion Stars Reunite For Coronavirus PSAs [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The stars of the 2011 virus thriller “Contagion” — a prescient film these days — have reunited for a series of public service announcements to warn about COVID-19. Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Ehle have teamed up with scientists from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health to offer four individual homemade videos …

Read More »

Shaun Of The Dead Stars Update Plan In Virus PSA

The New York Post reports: These zombie-film actors have some advice for real-world residents: Keep calm and stay at home. Actors Simon Pegg, 50, and Nick Frost, 47, released a public service announcement on YouTube Thursday in the form of a remade scene from their 2004 Edgar Wright-directed apocalypse parody, “Shaun of the Dead.” In “The Plan,” which has already …

Read More »

PSA From Mel Brooks And Son: Don’t Be A Spreader

Page Six reports: Comedy icon Mel Brooks and his son, “World War Z” author Max Brooks, produced a video Monday encouraging viewers to take steps to avoid spreading the coronavirus. In the video, the younger Brooks notes that he is 47, whereas his father, who appears behind a glass door, is 93. “If I get the coronavirus, I’ll probably be …

Read More »

Weinstein Had Mild Heart Attack After Sentencing

The Daily Beast reports: Harvey Weinstein reportedly suffered a “mild heart attack” after he was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, according to Fox News. Citing an NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital source, the news outlet said Weinstein was rushed to the New York hospital Wednesday for an “emergency angioplasty” and stayed overnight. Hours …

Read More »