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‘Black Hawk Down’ Author Q&A: Every War Movie Of Past 18 Years “Owes A Debt” To Ridley Scott’s Epic

‘Black Hawk Down’ Author Q&A: Every War Movie Of Past 18 Years “Owes A Debt” To Ridley Scott’s Epic
The film Black Hawk Down is back in the spotlight with Sony Home Entertainment’s lavish new retrospective and the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the Ridley Scott war film that reached theaters a few short months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Emotionally wrenching, politically volatile, and technically sublime, Black Hawk Down ushered in a new era of combat filmmaking as it detailed the infamous downing of two U.S. Uh-60 Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu and the protracted efforts to rescue their crewmen – efforts that escalated into the most intense close combat involving U.S. forces since the Vietnam War.

The film was based on Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (Signet Books), the 1999 non-fiction bestseller by journalist Mark Bowden and based on his reportage for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Bowden recently spoke with Deadline about the ongoing echoes of the films, which featured a
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Cannes Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in ‘The Lighthouse’

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Cannes Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in ‘The Lighthouse’
The Lighthouse,” the second feature directed by Robert Eggers (“The Witch”), is a gripping and turbulent drama that draws on a number of influences, though it merges them into its own fluky gothic historical ominoso art-thriller thing. Set in the 1890s, and suffused with foghorns and epic gusts of wind, as well as a powerfully antiquated sense of myth and legend, the movie is shot in shimmeringly austere black-and-white, with a radically old-fashioned 1.19:1 aspect ratio. That lends everything that happens a weird immersive clarity. The entire film is set on a desolate island of jagged black rock, where a gnarly old sea dog, played by Willem Dafoe, declaiming his lines like Captain Ahab on a bender, is tending the lighthouse there for four weeks along with his new assistant, played with surly reticence — and then an aggression that bursts out of him like a demon — by Robert Pattinson.

They
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Ethan Hawke, Alessandro Nivola Team on Country Music Story ‘Satan Is Real’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Ethan Hawke, Alessandro Nivola Team on Country Music Story ‘Satan Is Real’ (Exclusive)
Ethan Hawke and Alessandro Nivola are teaming up in “Satan Is Real,” the story of the Louvin brothers. The real-life best friends will portray Charlie and Ira Louvin, influential country musicians whose relationship is forged by love, hate, jealousy, and alcohol.

In an interview with Variety, Hawke and Nivola said they hoped to achieve a music term called “blood harmony” in their performances. It’s a term that describes the kind of harmonizing that can be achieved when family members sing together, because their genetic link allows them to share the same tone in their voice.

“It’s such an important expression to us,” said Hawke. “It sounds both violent and beautiful and the music should be that. It’s aggressive, it’s electric, it’s strange. It’s not Brooklyn folk rock. It’s not wannabe cool guy country. It’s hillbilly gospel music.”

The film will be directed by Phil Morrison,
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Ridley Scott Revisits ‘Black Hawk Down’: “I Hope I Was Right”

Ridley Scott Revisits ‘Black Hawk Down’: “I Hope I Was Right”
It was 18 years ago that Ridley Scott went off to war. It was in March 2001, less than a month after Scott’s Hannibal opened in theaters, when the acclaimed filmmaker jetted off to northern Morocco to begin principal photography on Black Hawk Down, a new type of war movie and an endeavor that courted controversy from Day One. Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s intention to make a combat film about the gruesomely ill-fated U.S. military raid in 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, promised to be an emotionally combustible and politically incendiary project – the cinematic equivalent of a Molotov cocktail – but even they weren’t prepared for an unexpected intrusion by national calamity. Halfway between the final day of principal photography in June and the film’s release at Christmastime, the suicide attacks of September 11 changed the context of any and every military and geo-political conversation involving American forces.

While Sept.
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Bww Review: Well-Off Predators Feast On The Poor in Sam Shepard's Curse Of The Starving Class

Latecomers to director Terry Kinney's finely-acted Signature Theatre revival of Sam Shepard's 1977 dysfunctional family drama, Curse of the Starving Class, will miss the showstopping bit of stagecraft that opens the production, as set designer Julian Crouch's kitchen interior of a worse-for-wear California Valley farmhouse literally becomes a house divided, splitting horizontally with the top half appearing to crumble upwards.
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Rolling Thunder’ Bob Dylan Doc Hits Netflix June 12 (Exclusive)

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Rolling Thunder’ Bob Dylan Doc Hits Netflix June 12 (Exclusive)
You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows, but Bob Dylan fans have been waiting for some kind of reliable forecast to know when “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” might be rolling in. Here’s that storm alert: Netflix will be releasing the documentary June 12.

Concurrent with the streaming release, the film is being booked into awards-qualifying theatrical engagements in New York and Los Angeles. The thunder will roll into other cities as well. The night before the official release, Netflix has one-time “road show” theatrical showings set for 20 cities.

Netflix is releasing some lovely key art for the long-anticipated doc, with watercolor florals adorning a vintage B&W portrait of Dylan:

The June 11 “road show” screenings will take place in London, Paris, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Portland, Tulsa, Tempe, Chicago, Cleveland,
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Ethan Hawke’s Blazing Year: The Actor Talks Broadway’s ‘True West,’ His Ambitious New Showtime Series And The Night Paul Dano Kicked Him – Tony Watch

Few match-ups of this Broadway season seemed more right from the get-go than the Roundabout Theatre Company’s True West, director James Macdonald’s staging of Sam Shepard’s 1980 play starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano. The two actors not only stand among the finest of their generations, but each has, for better or worse, been tagged as somehow representative, Dano, the thoughtful, broody iconoclast of an uncertain new century, Hawke stamped early as a Gen X signifier. Both seem to take their work unabashedly seriously, modern variations of the old- school Actors Studio types willing to risk seeming, well, unabashedly serious. Shepard’s earthy, cowboy lyricism was virtually inevitable. True West, in particular, is very nearly a rite of passage – Peter Coyote, Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, the Quaids, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, et. al. – its tale of two estranged brothers re-meeting in the new old west to taunt,
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Ethan Hawke Celebrates Closing of ‘True West’ With Ben Dickey Album Release Party

Ethan Hawke Celebrates Closing of ‘True West’ With Ben Dickey Album Release Party
“We wanted to celebrate the closing of True West with something beginning,” Ethan Hawke said Saturday night at a New York City party celebrating both the closing of Hawke and Paul Dano’s performance of Sam Shepard’s drama True West and the album release party of singer-songwriter Ben Dickey.

Dickey, a longtime friend of Hawke who came to prominence in his lead role in last year’s Hawke-directed biopic Blaze and is now signed to Hawke’s label, led his five-piece band at the “Departures and Arrivals”-themed album release party through a blistering,
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Kit Harington on His ‘Game of Thrones’ Journey and Life After Jon Snow

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Kit Harington on His ‘Game of Thrones’ Journey and Life After Jon Snow
The first thing you notice about Kit Harington is the hair. Or, these days, the relative absence of it. On “Game of Thrones,” the show that brought him global fame as good-hearted action hero Jon Snow, Harington’s locks furl out behind him like a military banner, providing glamorous evidence of Snow’s lack of vanity. They’re the most compelling curls on the small screen since “Felicity” — which makes it all the more surprising that Harington’s now sporting short, slicked-back hair.

It’s in service of his first gig since “Thrones” wrapped shooting, as thwarted screenwriter Austin in Sam Shepard’s American theater standard “True West,” which played London’s West End from Dec. 4 to Feb. 23. But to Harington, the cut is less professional obligation than opportunity to begin the process of leaving behind Jon Snow. “For any other job I’ve had up until now, there’s
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‘Good Lord Bird’: Ethan Hawke Comes to TV to Play John Brown in Showtime Series

‘Good Lord Bird’: Ethan Hawke Comes to TV to Play John Brown in Showtime Series
After bringing in actors like Russell Crowe, Bryan Cranston, and Kevin Bacon to headline their original series, Showtime has its latest star: Ethan Hawke. The actor is set to play American revolutionary abolitionist John Brown in an adaptation of James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning novel “The Good Lord Bird.” The series will follow the perspective of Onion, a teenager living in slavery in Kansas who eventually joins Brown’s group of activists. The novel also covers the events leading up to the Harpers Ferry raid, an 1859 effort to control a military arsenal that lead to a nationwide revolt against slavery as an institution. “Good Lord Bird” is planned as an eight-part series and is the latest project in the growing portfolio of Blumhouse Television.

To help bring this story to the screen, “Good Lord Bird” has tapped “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” director Anthony Hemingway to executive produce and direct the series.
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Daniel Craig To Star In One-Night-Only Stage Reading For Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop

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Daniel Craig To Star In One-Night-Only Stage Reading For Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop
Daniel Craig, the once and future James Bond, will star in a one-night-only benefit reading next month of Caryl Churchill’s A Number as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s 40th anniversary.

Directed by Sam Gold (Tony Award winner in 2015 for Fun Home), the reading is set for Sunday March 10 at 7 pm at Nytw. Tickets go on sale today, and the reading will benefit Nytw’s Artist Workshop and Education programming.

Craig, who is set for the upcoming installment of the James Bond movie franchise Bond 25, appeared in the world premiere London production of A Number in 2002. This one-off reading reunites the actor with director Gold after their sold-out 2016 production of Othello at Nytw. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Churchill’s A Number is set in the near future when cloning has become commonplace. The story focuses on a 60something man who, having regretted his neglectful parenting of his only son,
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Bad News: Kit Harington May Be Taking a Bit of a Break After Game of Thrones

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Bad News: Kit Harington May Be Taking a Bit of a Break After Game of Thrones
Jon Snow may know nothing, but to us, he's everything. Thirty-two-year-old English actor Kit Harington has portrayed the incredibly sexy Lord Commander of the Watch on Game of Thrones for almost a decade now, and it's difficult to imagine him doing anything other than guarding the Wall and battling White Walkers. But as the premiere of GoT's season eight approaches, we must acknowledge that Jon Snow's watch will soon end. So what exactly is next for Harington?

As heartbroken as we are about losing the Lord Commander, Harington himself is ready to ditch his furs and sword to take on new roles. "I'd like to step away and enjoy the obscurity, cut my hair, make myself less recognizable as the character, and go and do some other things with a completely new look and tone," Harington told Entertainment Weekly. He added, "I can't go into my next role looking the same.
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Bad News: Kit Harington May Be Taking a Bit of a Break After Game of Thrones

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Jon Snow may know nothing, but to us, he's everything. Thirty-two-year-old English actor Kit Harington has portrayed the incredibly sexy Lord Commander of the Watch on Game of Thrones for almost a decade now, and it's difficult to imagine him doing anything other than guarding the Wall and battling White Walkers. But as the premiere of GoT's season eight approaches, we must acknowledge that Jon Snow's watch will soon end. So what exactly is next for Harington?

As heartbroken as we are about losing the Lord Commander, Harington himself is ready to ditch his furs and sword to take on new roles. "I'd like to step away and enjoy the obscurity, cut my hair, make myself less recognizable as the character, and go and do some other things with a completely new look and tone," Harington told Entertainment Weekly. He added, "I can't go into my next role looking the same.
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Audible Plans ‘True West’ Audio Release With Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn

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Audible Plans ‘True West’ Audio Release With Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn
Exclusive: Sam Shepard’s 39-year-old True West is definitely on a roll: Broadway theatergoers can see Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano in the play, London theatergoers can see Game of ThronesKit Harington and Johnny Flynn in the same roles, and in April subscribers of Audible, an Amazon subsidiary, can hear the latter production.

Audible plans an April 4 audio release of the West End True West, “allowing global audiences to experience the celebrated production after the live show concludes at London’s Vaudeville Theatre,” Audible announced today. True West closes in London Feb. 23 (though Harington departs the production Feb. 16).

“We’re thrilled that True West has been recorded for an Audible release,” said Harington and Flynn in a statement. “It has been a very special production for us and it is great that people will now have a chance to experience Sam Shepard’s exceptional play beyond the end of
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Steel Magnolias Is Returning to Theaters This May

Thirty years after the release of the cult-classic chick flick Steel Magnolias, select theaters are bringing the tear-jerker back to the big screen for a three day run. The movie is centered around the lives of six women in 1980s Louisiana, their families, their love, and their loss. The incredible cast includes Julia Roberts, who won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress, and was nominated for the Oscar in the same category, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, and Daryl Hannah. The supporting cast is just as good and memorable, and includes Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard, and Dylan McDermott.

Steel Magnolias is on my list of movies I will always tune into when it’s on TV, no matter where in the story it is. And for those of you who are not into chick flicks, my dad and husband also turn it on whenever they see it on TV,
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Disney’s Animated ‘Hercules’ to Flex as Stage Musical This Summer

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Disney’s 1997 animated hit “Hercules” will flex its muscles as a stage musical, set to debut this summer at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park in New York City.

Composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel, who earned an Oscar nomination for “Go the Distance” from the film, have written additional songs for the production, which will feature a new script by Christopher Diaz (“Glow”) and choreography by Chase Brock (“Be More Chill”).

Lear deBessonet, founder and resident director of the theater’s Public Works initiative, will direct the production, set for a limited run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8.

Also Read: 'True West' Broadway Review: Ethan Hawke Soars, Paul Dano Flits in Sam Shepard Drama

No casting is set for the show, which follows the adventures of the half-God, half-mortal Hercules as he goes through a series of test to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus beside his father,
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Broadway Box Office Cools To $26M With NYC’s Chilly Winter Temperatures

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With New York City temperatures hitting single digits, virtually every Broadway show saw at least some decline at the box office last week, and with two fewer productions on the boards than the previous week, total revenue took a 12% slide to $26.5 million.

Total attendance for the 27 productions during Week 36 of the Broadway season (ending Feb. 3) was 237,108, about 9% smaller than the previous week.

The sole outlier was True West at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater, though that’s likely due to a rebound from the previous week’s press- and comp-heavy opening night. In any case, the Sam Shepard revival starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano scored $487,144, with 92% of the subscription-heavy seats filled.

Even with the frigid temps and generally lower average ticket prices, the Street’s heavy hitters stayed warm, with Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Network, The Book of Mormon,
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Broadway Feels Slight Winter Chill As Box Office Dips To $30M; ‘American Son’, ‘Waverly Gallery’ Take Final Bows

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Broadway box office survived the New York chill last week, with receipts dropping a small 5% despite the loss of two productions and some widely spread, if undramatic, downturns. Total receipts for the 29 productions were $29,982,380, with attendance of 259,574 showing a small 3% drop from the previous week.

Gone from the roster of Broadway’s Week 35 (ending Jan. 27) were School of Rock and Mike Birbiglia’s The New One. Next week both American Son and The Waverly Gallery – fine productions, each coming to the end of limited engagements – will follow suit.

For its final week of performances at the Booth, American Son, starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, took in $798,282, with attendance of 6,327 at Sro. Netflix has plans to air a taped performance of the play, date Tbd.

Also playing its last was The Waverly Gallery, Kenneth Lonergan’s wrenching play about a young man (Lucas Hedges) and his Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother (Elaine May
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‘True West’ Broadway Review: Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano Find Direction In Sam Shepard Classic Of Brotherly Hate

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‘True West’ Broadway Review: Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano Find Direction In Sam Shepard Classic Of Brotherly Hate
As Sam Shepard’s True West brothers grim, Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano dig deep into the loamy earth of that macho post-hippie neo-cowboy near-masterpiece, mucking about the desert-edge-of-suburbia drama and surviving (we assume) to face another tequila sunrise. Shepard’s 1980 near-Pulitzer elegy for an authentically brutal frontier that’s faded into a brutally make-believe dreamland might not carry the same are we not real men urgency of the panicky sensitive-male era in which the playwright first mourned his mythologized West, but its apparent appeal for a certain type of meat-seeking actor persists.

All of which is to say, Hawke and Dano are well-suited in both temperament and talent for the Roundabout’s Broadway revival of Shepard’s once-shocking blast of new wave absurdism, opening tonight at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by James Macdonald, True West fights its battles on a homey (but ever so trashable) two-room set, no
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9 Marvel Comics Movies We Almost Got in the 90s

While DC Comics icons like Superman and Batman starred in a series of successful films back in the day, Marvel Comics stable of superheroes and villains were in a much more precarious place for decades. Marvel went bankrupt in the mid-90s. The Marvel Universe was broken apart in a myriad of licensing deals, with movie and TV rights to their biggest characters and supporting casts spread across different studios. We recently unearthed a fascinating report from Hollywood trade publication Variety, published in December 1992, which offered a look at Marvel's slate way before the blockbuster success of the Avengers, or even the X-Men. Here we'll take a look at 9 Marvel Movies We Almost Got in the '90s.

So let's break down where things stood with a bunch of Marvel properties in 1992...

Spider-man

Variety reported that James Cameron hoped to write, direct, and produce a Spider-Man movie with Terminator 2 studio Carolco,
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