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Meet the Military Adviser Who Helped Bring Realism to ‘Platoon’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’

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Meet the Military Adviser Who Helped Bring Realism to ‘Platoon’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’
Military adviser Dale Dye may have done more to help Hollywood deliver an accurate portrayal of war than anyone else in the business. From “Platoon” and “Saving Private Ryan” to “The Thin Red Line” and his most recent work, 2019’s “The Last Full Measure,” his attention to detail — along with his boot camp methods for teaching actors to be soldiers — share a singular vision: realism.

A veteran of three tours in Vietnam, Dye was a Marine correspondent awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in action. He’s equal parts storyteller, military historian and psychologist, and his performance prep goes where others fail to tread: into actors’ heads.

Born in 1944, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Dale tagged along with his father, a liquor salesman, as he stocked local bars. Hearing war tales from the clientele, the youngster became fascinated with the military. After the Naval Academy turned down his application, he enlisted at age 20 in the Marines,
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Oscar-Winner Roberto Benigni to Play Geppetto in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Pinocchio’

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Oscar-Winner Roberto Benigni to Play Geppetto in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Pinocchio’
Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for best actor in 1999 for “Life Is Beautiful,” is set to return to the big screen after a seven-year hiatus to play Mastro Geppetto in a live-action version of “Pinocchio” to be directed by Matteo Garrone.

Shooting on the previously announced film is set to start in the first quarter of 2019 on location in Italy’s Lazio, Tuscany and Puglia regions.

The casting of Benigni as Geppetto in Garrone’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio” was announced Friday, just days after the news that Guillermo del Toro is to make a stop-motion animated musical version for Netflix of Carlo Collodi’s classic about a puppet that comes to life. In 2002, Benigni directed and played the lead role in his own live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio,” which flopped at the U.S. box office.

Benigni’s last directorial effort is “The Tiger and the Snow,” in 2005, in which he also starred.
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Controversial Cult Leader Rajneesh Gets Indian-Italian Biopic

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Controversial Cult Leader Rajneesh Gets Indian-Italian Biopic
Leading Indian producer Subhash Ghai has joined forces with Rome-based Navala Prods. to launch biographical drama “Osho: Lord of the Full Moon.” The film will be structured as a large-budget India-Italy co-venture.

The film’s focus is the controversial Indian mystic Osho, formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who died in 1990. He proposed alternative rules for living and self-improvement. His 600 books remain hugely popular best-sellers, and he was recently the subject of six-part Netflix Original documentary series “Wild, Wild Country.”

The narrative film will contain action from the time that India gained independence from British colonial rule, as well as more poetic flashbacks. Beside Osho, the other main character of the film is a female TV journalist who puts her career at stake trying to discover if the guru is a con man, or an enlightened genius. Answering this question changes her life.

The film will be directed by Italy-based
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Watch: Woody Allen Returns With 'To Rome With Love'

Watch: Woody Allen Returns With 'To Rome With Love'
"The kid's a Communist, the father is a mortician; does the mother run a leper colony?" Try the veal, y'all!

The first trailer for Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" has arrived and it's as Woody Allen-y as you would hope. Jokes about Communism, misery, infidelity, intelligence, sexually adventurous brunettes, and nebbishes abound, as do a pair of big-screen revivals: Allen himself and Roberto Benigni.

In "To Rome With Love," a quasi-omnibus tale of a bunch of Americans and Italians living and loving in Italy, Allen appears in front of the camera for the first time since "Scoop" in 2006. The good news: He hasn't lost one smidgen of comic timing, as evidenced by his delightful repartee with nominal Allen regular, Judy Davis. Also: this looks a lot better than "Scoop"!

As for Benigni, the former Best Actor winner last appeared onscreen in "The Tiger and the Snow" in 2005; in "Love,
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Who's The Next Benigni?

Who's The Next Benigni?
As Oscar season approaches and odds are weighed, "The Artist" has become the favorite to win. But we've been here before: in 1999, "Life is Beautiful" -- another foreign-born film redistributed as an American awards success by Harvey Weinstein -- stormed the Academy Awards. Which makes you wonder: Is 'Artist' star -- and potential Best Actor winner -- Jean Dujardin the new Roberto Benigni?

The animated Italian actor made history twice during the 71st Academy Awards: he was the first male performer in a non-English-speaking role to win the gold and, when "Life is Beautiful" won for Best Picture, he freaked out. Like, really freaked out. And we've never really forgotten it since.

Unfortunately, Benigni's seat-walking cheer-fest did not yield a fruitful career, post-"Life is Beautiful." He went on to star in two not-so-warmly received films ("Pinocchio" and "The Tiger and the Snow"), while also appearing in a segment of
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Who's The Next Benigni?

As Oscar season approaches and odds are weighed, "The Artist" has become the favorite to win. But we've been here before: in 1999, "Life is Beautiful" -- another foreign-born film redistributed as an American awards success by Harvey Weinstein -- stormed the Academy Awards. Which makes you wonder: Is 'Artist' star -- and potential Best Actor winner -- Jean Dujardin the new Roberto Benigni?

The animated Italian actor made history twice during the 71st Academy Awards: he was the first male performer in a non-English-speaking role to win the gold and, when "Life is Beautiful" won for Best Picture, he freaked out. Like, really freaked out. And we've never really forgotten it since.

Unfortunately, Benigni's seat-walking cheer-fest did not yield a fruitful career, post-"Life is Beautiful." He went on to star in two not-so-warmly received films ("Pinocchio" and "The Tiger and the Snow"), while also appearing in a segment of
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Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen to pair-up in Rome? Where ya been, Roberto?

Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen to pair-up in Rome? Where ya been, Roberto?
The last time I saw Roberto Benigni, he said he wanted to make love to me. To be fair, he wanted to make love to everybody watching the 1999 Academy Awards after he’d won his second Oscar of the night for Life is Beautiful. But since that night, when the Italian Chaplin was officially crowned by Hollywood, his profile has retreated. His directorial follow-up, 2002′s Pinocchio, was an expensive flop that bombed completely on this side of the Atlantic. He appeared briefly in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes in 2003, and he hasn’t starred in any film since 2005′s Iraq War film,
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Roberto Benigni Confirmed For Woody Allen’s Next

Roberto Benigni Confirmed For Woody Allen’s Next
As Woody Allen prepares to arrive in Cannes with his latest film Midnight in Paris, he is confirming some casting reports about his next film, to be shot in Rome, which he calls "a comic picture, an out-and-out comedy." Speaking to USA Today [1] he offered that quote, said that reports pegging the film's title as The Wrong Picture were, uh, wrong, and confirming that he would indeed appear in the film. And he also confirmed Deadline [2]'s report that Roberto Benigni would play a part in the movie. We don't know what that part will be, but he'll join Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Alec Baldwin. Roberto Benigni built a big European audience with comic roles in Italy and a small Us audience thanks to appearances in films like Down By Law. But he broke into the mainstream in a big way with comic Holocaust film Life is Beautiful,
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Benigni joins Woody Allen film

Italian funnyman famous for 'Holocaust comedy' Life is Beautiful has reportedly been offered part in Midnight in Paris follow-up

He is best known outside Italy for an exuberant appearance at the 1998 Oscars, where his film Life Is Beautiful picked up three Oscars. Now Roberto Benigni is set to make a belated return to the big screen after being cast in Woody Allen's next film, Deadline reports.

The as-yet-untitled project will be shot in Italy, but Benigni is so far the sole Italian casting choice. The movie will also feature The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg – surely an actor destined to play an Allen cypher at some point in his career – along with Penélope Cruz, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin.

Benigni has only appeared fleetingly on film since the success of Life is Beautiful, his bittersweet drama about a father who pretends their life in a Nazi concentration camp is
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Will Woody Allen Cast Roberto Benigni in His Rome-Set Next Film?

Will Woody Allen Cast Roberto Benigni in His Rome-Set Next Film?
This could be fun. Deadline reports that Woody Allen will cast Roberto Benigni is his maybe-still-untitled Rome-set comedy filming this summer. Benigni -- who was last seen onscreen in The Tiger and the Snow in 2005 -- would join Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin in the cast. If cast, let's hope he reacts to the news like this. [Deadline]
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Benigni To Shoot Iraq Comedy

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Acclaimed Italian director and actor Roberto Benigni is about to begin work on a comedy movie set against the backdrop of war-torn Iraq. The Oscar-winning star hopes La Tigre E La Neve will do for the war in Iraq what his Life Is Beautiful did for the Holocaust. In the film Benigni will take the lead role of a poet who gets caught up in events in Iraq in March 2003 when the US launched its attack on Saddam Hussein's regime. He tells Italian radio. "War naturally is the background of the film and my character is directly involved in it after this poet ends up in Iraq by pure chance. What is extraordinary is his vision of the world. This is one person representing all the people in the world." Benigni also makes a veiled attack on the West's role in Iraq: "Westerners are running the show, all of those doing these things have studied in the West, it is not the Easterners. We know how many dreams the East gives, and how grateful we are to the East and love all its beautiful things."

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