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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

8 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida.

The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »


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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.

The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).

Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »


- Seth Kelley

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29 Best World War II Movies This Memorial Day (Photos)

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Surprises Are Few, But Most Winners Were Highly Deserving And A Nice Way To Bid Adieu To The 70th Cannes Film Festival

28 May 2017 5:01 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival is over and the prizes handed out on a night that surprisingly had no real surprises. I am not sure why some pundits are acting with eyebrows lifted  toward the announcement by Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes Film Festival jury that Sweden’s The Square from director Ruben Ostlund was the winner of the Palme d’Or, top prize of the fest. The wry and pertinent (if overlong at 2 hours and 20 minutes) satire of the art world… »


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Scarface-off: why another reboot would be a shot in the dark

18 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood has already had two cracks at the gangster tale – here’s hoping they look to the 30s original, not De Palma, for inspiration

Just how hungry are we all for another remake of Scarface? I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones we’ve already got, but that won’t stop Universal from remaking it again. They’ve been trying for most of this decade, churning through directors of the reboot persuasion such as Antoine Fuqua of The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven, and top-table screenwriters of a gangsterish inclination like Paul Attanasio, Terence Winter and the Coen brothers. But now it looks as if they might be getting somewhere, thanks to news that the studio is currently in talks with Training Day scribe and Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

Related: From Gladiator to Scarface: five film heroes to bring back from the dead

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- John Patterson

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'Pirates of the Caribbean': What's Really Missing from 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'

11 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl surprised a lot of people.  Few were predicting that a high seas adventure, based on a theme park ride, with zombie pirates and a quirky side-kick named Jack Sparrow would actually work.  But a 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, more than $650 million at the worldwide box-office, and an Oscar nomination for Johnny Depp proved otherwise.

Since then however, the magical formula that made that first film sail so successfully seems to have eluded the franchise. Rake in millions of dollars though they continue to do, critic and audience members alike seem »


- Chris Hartwell

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‘Rambo’ Remake’s Tiger Shroff & Siddharth Anand On Building An Indian Action Hero – Cannes Studio

18 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Indian actor Tiger Shroff is taking on a big challenge, stepping into the role of Rambo for an upcoming Hindi remake. The character was introduced in 1982’s First Blood, which of course starred Sylvester Stallone — and he recently encouraged the filmmakers in their task (see below). Siddharth Anand, who remade Fox's Knight And Day as Bang Bang in 2014, is directing. Shroff has a martial arts background and has been seen in such pics as Baaghi and Heropanti. I sat down… »


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‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and What Clues They Offer Parts 3 & 4 (An Ongoing List)

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks: The Return” episodes as they’re released weekly.]

With a huge cast and 25 years intervening between the original “Twin Peaks” and “The Return” on Showtime, familiar faces may not be all that familiar anymore. While Parts 1 and 2 reintroduced many of the main returning characters, whom you can reference here, the next two episodes that aired Sunday trickled in a few more.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Episode 4 Is a Gift Filled With Answers — And a Warning About Wanting More

Here’s a breakdown of who’s who from the original series that showed up in Episodes 3 and 4:

Major Garland Briggs (Don S. Davis)

The Air Force officer had been part of a classified operation that was investigating the White Lodge and was the father of Bobby Briggs (see below). Although actor Don S. Davis died in 2008, an image of Briggs’ floating head is seen while Agent Cooper is in space. As the head, superimposed over the space landscape, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Superhero Bits: Ben Affleck Tries Christian Bale’s Batman Voice, Spider-Man: Homecoming Tracklist & More

3 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Want to hear Ben Affleck try to do Christian Bale‘s signature growl as Batman? Which Marvel director is getting their own Funko Pop Vinyl figure? Would you like to see an Arrow movie with Stephen Amell teamed up with Batman? What is the new official “Editor’s Cut” of Spider-Man 3? Want to see the Spider-Man: […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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