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Review: William Friedkin's "To Live And Die In L.A." (1985); Blu-ray Special Edition From Shout! Factory

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By Todd Garbarini

William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A., which opened on Friday, November 1, 1985 to lukewarm notices and underwhelming box office despite being championed by Roger Ebert’s four-star review, is a highly stylized, dark, and uncompromising crime thriller that boasts a then-unknown cast with a story and a pace that feels more suited to the 1970’s. It also contains what I consider to be the greatest car chase ever filmed and edited for a major motion picture, which took no less than five weeks to plan and shoot. Having seen Mr. Friedkin’s brilliant East Coast police thriller The French Connection (1971) on VHS in 1986, I made it a point the following year to catch up with his West Coast-based story of a Secret Service agent, Richard Chance (William Petersen), whose best friend and partner Jim Hart (Michael Greene) has been murdered by artist/currency counterfeiter Rick Masters
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Blu-ray Review – To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

To Live and Die in L.A., 1985.

Directed by William Friedkin.

Starring William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, Dean Stockwell, John Turturro, Robert Downey Sr., Dwier Brown, Michael Greene, Darlanne Fluegel, Steve James.

Synopsis:

A secret service agent goes out for revenge when his partner is killed but has to resort to criminal methods to get his man.

Richard Chance (William PetersenManhunter) is a secret service agent whose partner Jim Hart (Michael GreeneWhite of the Eye) is due to retire in a few days, but before Hart can hang up his badge he single-handedly goes to investigate a warehouse where known counterfeiter Ric Masters (Willem DafoePlatoon) is operating. Hart is killed by Masters and his henchman, an action which sends Chance on a mission to nail the counterfeiter at whatever cost. When the opportunity arises for Chance and his new by-the-book partner John Vukovich (John Pankow
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Thriller wins Awg award for unproduced screenplay

Melbourne-based screenwriter, video artist and filmmaker Harry Aletras has won the 2015 Australian Writers Guild.s Insite award for unproduced screenplays.

Aletras will attend the Adelaide Film Festival (October 15-25) and meet industry directors and producers with a view to moving the project, crime thriller Martingale, onto the screen.

Martingale follows Finnigan Wallace, a 24-year-old gambling addict and philosophy major whose addictions have ruined his relationships with his girlfriend and his widowed mother. Owing a considerable debt to a gangland boss, he is ordered to go to a criminal club in Vietnam to collect a sizeable quantity of heroin, an ultimatum. which he sees as a symbolic suicide.

Awg president Jan Sardi hailed the screenplay as a .taut crime thriller showcasing a talented writer with a bright future..

Aff director Amanda Duthie joined the Awg panel to determine the winner. The judges gave a special runner up (highly recommended) commendation to
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Best of the Week: Jared Leto's Joker, the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Screening and More

The Important News We got our first look at what Jared Leto really looks like as The Joker in Suicide Squad. And we saw more images of the new Batman. And we got our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer also revealed more images. And more. 21 Jump Street will crossover with Men in Black and spinoff a female-driven sequel. Maika Monroe joined Independence Day 2 in Mae Whitman's childhood role. Michael Green is writing the next Wolverine movie. Furious 7 is now one of the top 5 highest-grossing movies of all time. James Wan might direct a Robotech movie. Alamo Drafthouse wants to send you to the real Area 51. Don't Look Now is being...

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‘White of the Eye’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Alan Rosenberg, Art Evans, Michael Greene, Danielle Smith, Alberta Watson, William G. Schilling, David Chow, Pamela Guest, Marc Hayashi, Mimi Lieber | Written by Donald Cammell, China Kong | Directed by Donald Cammell

Arrow Video are good at finding the cult movies that although sometimes obscure always deserve to be watched. White of the Eye is a release that fits into this criteria, for the most part it would be just another average serial killer movie until Donald Cammell adds some style to it. With a hint of mysticism and an artistic touch White of the Eye is a unique mystery that although flawed is well worth the experience.

Taking place in an isolated desert community a sound expert Paul White (David Keith) finds himself a suspect in the killings of some of the local suburban housewives. Trying to prove his innocence, memories from the past are
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White Of The Eye Blu-ray Review

Director: Donald Cammell

Starring: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Alan Rosenberg, Art Evans, Michael Greene, Danielle Smith, Alberta Watson, William G. Schilling

Running Time: 111 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance Feature Length Documentary, The Argument: 1972 Short Film by Cammell, Into The White: Interview with Cinematographer, Deleted Scenes, Alternate Credit Sequence

Donald Cammell only directed four films in his career, before taking his life after losing final cut on his final film The Wild Side. Whether his suicide was a direct result of studio interference or not is open to debate, but it either way, the man was intense, dedicated, and visionary. White Of The Eye is a fantastic piece of work in a fantastic package thanks to the ever faultless folks over at Arrow Video.

David Keith plays Paul White, a man who customises the latest stereos for a living. After a serial killer strikes in Tucson,
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Meghan Ory To Star In CBS’ ‘Intelligence’, Robert Buckley Cast In ‘Holding Patterns’

Exclusive: Once Upon A Time‘s Meghan Ory has been cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger. Also joining the pilot, created/executive produced by Michael Seitzman, exec produced by Rene Echevarria and directed/exec produced by David Semel, is P.J. Byrne. For Ory, who is a regular on Once, Intelligence is in first position. Both Once and Intelligence are produced by ABC Studios, which allowed the flexibility. After recurring heavily on Season 1 of Once, Ory was promoted to regular in part because of interest for pilots she received last season. Her character Ruby has not been as prominently featured in this season’s storylines as it was last season. Intelligence is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent (Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been
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‘Alcatraz’ Star Sarah Jones Joins Upcoming CBS Drama ‘Vegas’ As New Regular

Exclusive: Sarah Jones, the star of Fox’s J.J. Abrams drama Alcatraz, has joined the star-studded cast of CBS‘ new fall drama Vegas as a new regular. The show, toplined by Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, also co-stars Carrie Ann Moss and Jason O’Mara. The series is inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Quaid plays Lamb, who clashes with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Jones will play the smart, fiery daughter of one of Chicago’s most powerful men who works in the casino running the skim. Together with Savino they’ll devise ingenuous ways to get the cash back to Chicago. Jones is with Michael Greene & Associates and Management 360.
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South Australian Screen Awards nominees announced

The nominees for the South Australian Screen Awards have been announced.

The announcement:

2012 South Australian Screen Awards Nominees Announced

The Media Resource Centre – South Australia’s centre for screen culture development – is pleased to announce the nominations for the 2012 South Australian Screen Awards (Sasa).

Now in its 13th year as Sa’s premier screen awards, Sasa continues to reward excellence and outstanding achievement from South Australian-based filmmakers.

With thousands of dollar in cash and prizes, Sasa provides an exciting platform for South Australian screen practitioners to showcase their work across drama, comedy, documentary, animation, music video, non-narrative and digital media.

Sasa also recognises the invaluable contribution made by Sa key ‘creatives’, offering awards in eight craft categories, as well as two jury prizes recognising notable contributions from Sa’s up-and-coming young filmmakers.

Sasa continues to grow in size and scope along with the quality of short form screen production in this state.
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The Palace leads South Australian Screen Awards nominations

Short film The Palace has led the nominations at this year's South Australian Screen Arts Awards with seven nominations, including Best Picture.

The Cyprian-Australian co-production was also nominated for Best Drama while writer-director Anthony Maras was nominated for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Nick Matthews was nominated for Best Cinematography.

Maras was raised in Adelaide but studied film production at the University of California before returning to Australia to direct critically acclaimed films Azadi and Spike Up. He then directed The Palace, which has garnered an array of awards including the Aacta Award for Best Short Fiction Film, as well as the Australia.s Writer.s Guild and the Flickerfest awards for Best Australian Short Film. Maras also picked up last year's If Award for Rising Talent.

Other films nominated at the South Australian Screen Arts Awards include Suburban Samarai, Horace in Slow Motion, Stunt Love and A Tale of Obsession.
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ABC fall development 2012: Out to please soap fans?

ABC fall development 2012: Out to please soap fans?
Like Revenge on ABC? Well you may get a lot more of it.

The lion’s share of the net’s drama pilots in development for fall offer sudsy tales in the vein of the Hamptons-based drama that’s currently tearing up the screen on Wednesdays. (To wit: The drama, which is averaging 8.7 million viewers, leads its hour against old dramas on CBS and NBC among adults 18-34 and key female demos. It’s also the net’s most-watched series in the hour in more than four years, since Lost in 2006-07).

Female-skewing serials fit in best for the home
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‘Annoying Orange’ Toys and Tees in Toys “R” Us and JCPenney

Fans of YouTube’s most favorite anthropomorphic fruit with a penchant for puns will be able to catch his kitchen antics on television screens sometime in the first half of 2012. Cartoon Network picked up a 15-episode order of The Annoying Orange TV series from creator Dane Boedigheimer and “full-service entertainment management, media and content production company” The Collective back in November. As Boedigheimer told us, ““Basically the plan is to really take advantage of TV’s longer format and expand the Ao world way beyond what it is on YouTube…really dive into the characters and their personalities.” But television and Cartoon Network aren’t the only places to which The Annoying Orange is expanding. You can currently find the irritating little guy in your local neighborhood Toys “R” Us and JCPenney. The Collective teamed up with toymaker The Bridge Direct (the same company that makes miniature likenesses of Justin Bieber,
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Harrison Ford to Star in Jackie Robinson Biopic

Harrison Ford and relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman are set to star in Legendary PicturesJackie Robinson biopic. Brian Helgeland wrote the script and will direct the movie, titled 42.

Ford will play Branch Rickey, President and manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 when he broke the “color barrier” by signing Robinson as the first African-American in Major League baseball. Deadline reported his offer this week and Legendary sent a press release blitz Friday confirming his casting. Robert Redford had long been attached to the role.

30-year-old Boseman, whose resume consists of mostly bit television parts until now, will play the second baseman. Robinson won the inaugural Rookie of the Year award that year, the National League Mvp two years later, a world series title in 1955 and, in 1962, he was inducted in the Hall of Fame. Mlb retired his number, 42, across all teams in 1997.

Helgeland is best known as an Oscar-winning screenwriter,
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Brian Helgeland’s ’42′ Drafts Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford

42 is a movie that will tell the story of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, the Dodger Executive who was the first to sign an African American player on a Major League Baseball team. Breaking the color barrier was a risky movie back then, but it was more a message than it was a risk. For obvious reasons the message was clear. Now a press release from Legendary Pictures confirms two major players joining the cast of 42. Harrison Ford, who was in talks to play as Rickey, has official joined the cast. And he will star opposite of relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who will play as Jackie Robinson.

42 is written and will be directed by Brian Helgeland. Legendary Pictures will be producing. Here is the official press release for the movie:

Burbank, CA – December 9, 2011 – Legendary Pictures announced today that it has cast Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford to star in the
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Chadwick Boseman Cast As Jackie Robinson In ‘42’; Harrison Ford Signs On

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Variety reports that Brian Helgeland and Warner Bros. have taken an unusual turn for their Jackie Robinson-centered 42, casting Chadwick Boseman as the iconic baseball star. (No, me neither.) The actor has spent the majority of his career in random episodes of random TV shows, with the occasional film role, such as The Express, being thrown his way. I don’t think you need me to tell you that this is a huge deal for him.

Not only because he’s playing one of baseball’s most iconic figures, either; Variety also confirms Harrison Ford‘s role as Branch Rickey, the man who signed Robinson into the Mlb in 1947 and forever changed the game. When he was rumored just yesterday, many (including myself) didn’t see it happening — if only because the once-iconic actor had relegated himself to easy genre fare or features drowned in sentimentality.

The latter characteristic could easily apply to here,
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Toldja! Legendary Sets Jackie Robinson Baseball Film Cast: Harrison Ford & Chadwick Boseman

Toldja! Legendary Sets Jackie Robinson Baseball Film Cast: Harrison Ford & Chadwick Boseman
Burbank, CA – December 9, 2011 – Legendary Pictures announced today that it has cast Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford to star in the company’s film based upon history’s most celebrated baseball figure, Jackie Robinson. Boseman will depict the iconic baseball star, paying tribute to the legacy and impact Robinson made when he became the first African American Major League Baseball player. Ford will star as Branch Rickey, the innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for breaking Mlb’s color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, at the start of the 1947 major league baseball season, Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team with the help of Rickey. Rickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. Legendary worked early on in development with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, to ensure the movie adaptation of the famed player’s story is authentic.
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Relative Newcomer Chadwick Boseman to Play Jackie Robinson in ’42;’ Harrison Ford Confirmed

Relative Newcomer Chadwick Boseman to Play Jackie Robinson in ’42;’ Harrison Ford Confirmed
Briefly: We've just heard that Harrison Ford is the latest actor [1] that the producers of Jackie Robinson film 42 have eyed to play Branch Rickey, the La Dodgers exec who helped break the color barrier in baseball by signing Jackie Robinson. While we don't know if Ford will end up playing the role (somehow I expect not) we do know who'll play Jackie Robinson. Chadwick Boseman, whose credits are primarily in small TV roles going back to 2003, will play Robinson, according to Variety [2]. Update: Looks like I was wrong in the opening paragraph, as Jeff Sneider at Variety just said via Twitter [3], "Breaking: Harrison Ford set to play Branch Rickey in Legendary Pictures' Jackie Robinson biopic 42! Link coming..." The full press release from Legendary Pictures is below. Brian Helgeland wrote and will direct; this is the evolution of a Jackie Robinson film that has been kicking around Hollywood for some time.
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Showbiz Should Start Focusing On Addicts; Russell Brand On His Pal Amy Winehouse: Her Drug Death "Is Not Preventable Today"

Showbiz Should Start Focusing On Addicts; Russell Brand On His Pal Amy Winehouse: Her Drug Death
Russell Brand usually plays the fool in his movies. But he has written a very smart blog post about addiction, his own addiction, and his friend Amy Winehouse's addiction and death this weekend. I have said it before and I'll say it again: the entertainment industry is not doing enough institutionally to stop enabling its addicted artists and start helping them.This is a town that has no notion of personal responsibility, much less corporate responsibility. (Witness how long it took for the moguls to realize that closing the Mptf's intensive care facilities was not a humane idea even if it made financial sense.) In the mid-1990s, the music industry took a long hard look at its addiction problem and its role before more artists died. But that was back-burnered when National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences president Michael Greene was forced out. The film and TV business
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Marc Maron Shoots Pilot Presentation With Ed Asner (Update)

Marc Maron Shoots Pilot Presentation With Ed Asner (Update)
Comedian and former Air America personality Marc Maron has shot a pilot presentation with Ed Asner playing his father. Maron said on his "Wtf" podcast Monday that the pilot reflects his own life: He plays a man with cats who records a podcast in his garage in which he interviews comedy stars and dissects his own life. His podcast guest in the pilot presentation is "The Hangover" star Ken Jeong, Maron said. Wouldn't you know it: Jeong has also appeared on the "Wtf" podcast. Asner's agent, Michael Greene, told TheWrap the pilot presentation
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Arctic Monkeys, Dawes, Sondre Lerche lead June 7 new album release slate

Arctic Monkeys, Dawes, Sondre Lerche lead June 7 new album release slate
The release slate remains a little light in the wake of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” although there are some tasty rock treats coming June 7 from Arctic Monkeys, Dawes and Sondre Lerche. Adelitas Way, “Home School Valedictorian” (Virgin): Las Vegas rock band is firing on all cylinders with Top 10 first single “Sick” and a summer tour with Seether. All Time Low, “Dirty Work” (Interscope): Punk popsters release their first album for Interscope after a few sets on Hopeless Records. Produced by John Fields, Matt Squire and Mike Green, the set takes its title from the band’s past, according to...
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