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Peter Falk, TV's Columbo, Dead at 83

Peter Falk, TV's Columbo, Dead at 83
Very sadly, there won’t be “one more thing” for Columbo fans. Peter Falk died on Thursday night at his home in Beverly Hills, following a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 83.

Falk created one of TV’s most iconic personalities in Lt. Columbo, a disheveled-looking and rambling homicide detective who’d arrive at a crime scene clad in a trench coat and full of questions — many of them quietly revelatory — and leave with his prime suspect shaking in their shoes. Since viewers almost always saw who committed the crime in the cold open, the series was described as a “howcatchem” versus a “whodunnit.
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Marisa Tomei & Sarah Jessica Parker Are 'Married And Cheating'

Marisa Tomei & Sarah Jessica Parker Are 'Married And Cheating'
Consider it Carrie Bradshaw, 2.0.

According to Variety (via FirstShowing.net), Jessica Parker and Marisa Tomei are close to signing on to star in the romantic comedy "Married and Cheating." The film follows three unhappy married couples as they try to recapture past happiness.

Indie director Raymond de Felitta will write and direct; he helmed 2009's "City Island," as well as 2005's "The Thing About My Folks" and the 2000 Sundance Award winner, "Two Family House."

Parker, of course, is well known for her work in the troubled relationship genre, having starred in the "Sex and the City" TV series and films. In addition to this new film, she has said that she hopes to do a third Satc film.

"I think there's one more story to tell. I know there is," Parker told the newspaper. "I'd definitely tell that [third] story, and I know Michael [Patrick King, series creator] would do it right. But maybe not now.
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DVD Review: Fine Cast Adds Substance to Contrived ‘City Island’

Chicago – There are many reasons why “City Island” shouldn’t work. It’s entirely contrived, from one end of the script to the other. Every gargantuan misunderstanding in the film has been spawned by festering lies, the kind that sitcoms have thrived on since the beginning of television. Yet what works in a 23-minute TV sketch often becomes tedious and exasperating when stretched to feature length.

This quirky indie comedy from writer/director Raymond De Felitta (“The Thing About My Folks”) aims to be the “Love Actually” of sitcom contrivance, balancing various misconceptions and outrageous twists until they erupt in a shrill expulsion of cathartic revelations. Like so many quirky indies, the film centers on a dysfunctional family, The Rizzos, where each member is secretly living a double life, mirroring the dichotomy of their town’s name, City Island, a small fishing community defined by De Felitta as the Hamptons of the Bronx.
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TV Editor Amos Loses Cancer Battle

TV Editor Amos Loses Cancer Battle
Emmy-nominated U.S. TV editor Sheila Amos has lost her battle with leukaemia, aged 63.

Amos died in her sleep on 11 July at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York.

She received Emmy nominations for her work on hit '90s U.S. series Cheers and Mad About You.

Her TV credits also include Cheers spin-off sitcom Frasier, starring Kelsey Grammer, and the 2005 feature film The Thing About My Folks, starring Paul Reiser and Peter Falk.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Iris Geik, and niece, Johanna Geik.

Andy Garcia indie 'City Island' crosses $5 million mark in twelfth weekend of release

Andy Garcia indie 'City Island' crosses $5 million mark in twelfth weekend of release
Finally, a little good news at the box office. The little indie-that-could City Island has now grossed $5 million after twelve weekends in theatrical release. The Andy Garcia-Julianna Margulies family drama seems to have struck a nerve with audiences around the country despite its limited run. At its widest release, the PG-13-rated film from Raymond De Felitta (The Thing About My Folks) was in 269 theaters. This weekend it will be in 175 U.S. locations.

And City Island isn’t the only movie withstanding these tough market conditions. The Swedish adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has
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Tobey Maguire's Next Role: 'Prisoners of Trebek' or Bilbo in 'The Hobbit'?

Tobey Maguire's Next Role: 'Prisoners of Trebek' or Bilbo in 'The Hobbit'?
In the tradition of great movies based on real game shows (Quiz Show; Slumdog Millionaire), Tobey Maguire is said to be producing and starring in a film called Prisoners of Trebek, based on a true story about a guy who found romance while attempting to master Jeopardy. Pajiba has the exclusive scoop on the project, which was scripted by The Hoax screenwriter William Wheeler and is being likened to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Producing with Maguire's company is Mark Gordon, who worked with Wheeler on The Hoax and regularly collaborates with Roland Emmerich (2012; The Day After Tomorrow).

The Kaufman connection could mean we should expect Alex Trebek to show up as himself in a surreal sort of comedy akin to Being John Malkovich. Or, Trebek could be more similar to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which also went behind the scenes of a game show in its biographical portrait
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Anchor Bay Picks Up Tribeca Winner 'City Island'

  • First Sundance (Spread), then the Cannes market (The Open Road) and now Tribeca, it looks like Anchor Bay Films are getting serious about the theatrical side of the movie business acquiring modestly sized comedies with star power. They happen to believe so much in Raymond De FelittaRaymond de Felitta
[/link]'s Tribeca winning film that they've grabbed all rights for North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. De Felitta last directed The Thing About My Folks and doc film 'Tis Autumn - The Search for Jackie Paris. City Island is set in a fishing village in the Bronx, De Felitta's original screenplay stars Andy Garcia as Vince Rizzo, a correctional officer who is keeping a couple of secrets. He’s taking an acting class in the city with Molly Charlesworth (Emily Mortimer) and he’s taking home a prisoner from the jail where he works— a young man (Steven Strait) who
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"City Island" wins Tribeca's Audience Award. See images from the film with Andy Garcia.

  "City Island," a drama set in the Bronce, won the Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award. Pic stars Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Alarn Arkin and Steven Strait.   Raymond De Felitta directs and writes the film produced by Andy Garcia, Zachary Matz and Lauren Versel. The helmer will take home a cash prize of $25,000 for his win.   De Felitta's work includes the 2005 comedy drama "The Thing About My Folks" starring Peter Falk and Paul Reiser.   We have three images in from the film, see them all here.    
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"City Island" wins Tribeca's Audience Award. See images from the film with Andy Garcia.

"City Island," a drama set in the Bronce, won the Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award. Pic stars Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Alarn Arkin and Steven Strait. Raymond De Felitta directs and writes the film produced by Andy Garcia, Zachary Matz and Lauren Versel. The helmer will take home a cash prize of $25,000 for his win. De Felitta's work includes the 2005 comedy drama "The Thing About My Folks" starring Peter Falk and Paul Reiser...
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"City Island" wins Tribeca's Audience Award. See images from the film with Andy Garcia.

"City Island," a drama set in the Bronce, won the Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award. Pic stars Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Alarn Arkin and Steven Strait. Raymond De Felitta directs and writes the film produced by Andy Garcia, Zachary Matz and Lauren Versel. The helmer will take home a cash prize of $25,000 for his win. De Felitta's work includes the 2005 comedy drama "The Thing About My Folks" starring Peter Falk and Paul Reiser...
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'City Island' Gets Shot in the Bronx

  • It's so refreshing to see a picture filmed where it is supposed to be set. This week, Raymond De FelittaRaymond De Felitta
[/link]'s City Island has begun shooting on its namesake island in the Bronx, New York. De Felitta is utilizing new media, keeping a detailed blog about the shoot.Set in a fishing village in the Bronx, De Felitta's original screenplay stars Andy Garcia as a Bronx prison deputy who recognises a prisoner as his long lost son and tries to act as his guardian. The cast also includes Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin, Dominik Garcia-Orido, and Ezra Miller.De Felitta's previous works include 'Tis Autumn, an examination of the life and music of jazz vocalist Jackie Paris, and The Thing About My Folks, an underseen award-winning comedy.Medici Entertainment (De Felitta), CineSon (Garcia), Lucky Monkey Pictures (Lauren Versel), and Zachary Matz are producing.  Domestic and international
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Falk Strips On Camera for the First Time

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Veteran actor Peter Falk has given his fans a huge incentive to watch his new movie The Things About My Folks, by announcing he performs his first nude scene ever in the film. The 78-year-old actor strips down for the first time ever in front of cameras for the recently-released movie - and he promises that fans should like what they see. He says, "I am not totally nude - I'm wearing talcum powder!" His co-star Paul Reiser explains, "We're very proud of it. It's a lovely dance he does with talcum powder. Peter basically is playing my father. My father used to use more talcum powder than you could ever imagine. He'd come out of the shower and the floor around the whole house would be like a scene from Scarface. There would just be acres of (powder on the floor)."

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