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Podtalk: Actor Tom Skerritt at 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival

Chicago – One of the great movie character actors is hale and hearty at age 85. Tom Skerritt has over 50 years of roles, and has appeared in such film classics as “M*A*S*H,” “Harold and Maude,” “Up in Smoke,” “Top Gun” and “Steel Magnolias.” Skerritt was at the 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival for the 40th Anniversary of “Alien.”

Thomas Roy Skerritt was born in Detroit, and after the Air Force and college developed a fascination for acting. He made his film debut in “War Hunt” (1962), which was also the debut for Robert Redford, who would later direct Skerritt in “A River Runs Through It” (1992). He spent most of the 1960s doing episodic TV, and began to get film notice around the time of “M*A*S*H” (1970), where he portrayed a southern doctor named Duke, as well as a small-but-crucial appearance in “Harold and Maude” (1971).

Tom Skerritt at the 7th Chicago Critics
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Video Sundays: Jonas Mekas, Harmony Korine, and Britney Spears

"Leave [Britney Spears] alone!" Jonas Mekas exclaims, in this excerpt from his 365 Films Project in 2007. The project, all of which can be found on Mekas's website for free, records the filmmaker's daily interactions with mundane artifacts , including the tabloids surrounding Britney Spears after she'd shaved her head. Spears's plight strikes Mekas as a sign of the impossibility for an artist to be truly "normal." As Ed Halter points out, Jonas Mekas's video-blog entry (published in January) comes "months before Chris Crocker," whose video "Leave Britney Alone!" echoes Mekas in its front-facing camera and strong defense of the pop star. When returning to many of Britney Spears's music videos one also notices that she, like Mekas, remolds dimensions of personal experience to explore grander notions of the self in the world.Three months following his analysis of Britney Spears and the disparaging press, Mekas films this encounter with a young Harmony Korine,
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Britney Spears Musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’s’ Film Rights Land at Sony

  • Variety
Sony Pictures has won screen rights to the Broadway-bound “Once Upon a One More Time,” a fairy tale featuring classic songs from Britney Spears, sources have confirmed to Variety.

John Davis’ Davis Entertainment will produce the film along with Spears and her manager, Larry Rudolph. Neither a writer nor a director has yet been attached.

In the story, Cinderella, Snow White and the other fairy tale princesses gather for their book club when a rogue fairy godmother drops Betty Friedan’s landmark feminist novel “The Feminine Mystique” into their laps, causing a revelation. The musical features such Spears hits as “Oops I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Circus” and “Toxic,” and includes an original book by Jon Hartmere. Kristin Hanggi is directing the upcoming Broadway version with choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid, who starred in Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” music video.

The stage version world premieres this fall at the James M.
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Sony Lands Britney Spears-Inspired Fairy Tale Musical 'Once Upon a One More Time'

Sony has landed film rights to the fairy tale musical Once Upon a One More Time, which features the music of Britney Spears.

The musical introduces feminism to classic fairy tales. When Cinderella, Snow White and other storybook princesses meet for book club, they are given copies of The Feminine Mystique by a fairy godmother, prompting an internal revolution.  

Once Upon a One More Time, which is set for a Broadway run after a world premiere in Chicago this fall, features songs like "Oops I Did It Again," "Lucky" and "Toxic." Jon Hartmere wrote the book, and ...
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Britney Spears Leaves Mental Health Facility to Celebrate Easter With Boyfriend Sam Asghari

Britney Spears Leaves Mental Health Facility to Celebrate Easter With Boyfriend Sam Asghari
Britney Spears is looking "happy and relaxed," as she makes a rare public outing since checking into a mental health facility. According to an eyewitness at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, the "Lucky" pop star was in good spirits after enjoying Easter Sunday with her long-time boyfriend, Sam Asghari. "The singer emerged from the hotel looking relaxed and happy with Sam guiding her out and getting the door for her," the eyewitness tells E! News. Apparently, the 37-year-old songstress "spent a relaxing day at the upscale hotel" with Asghari. "Britney appeared happy, smiling as she emerged and headed to her car in a summer dress and Birkenstocks." The source adds,...
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Exclusive: First Trailer for ‘Lucky’ Reveals Nickelodeon’s CG-Animated Leprechaun Tale

Not to be too superstitious, but you're in luck today because we have an exclusive trailer reveal to share with you for Nickelodeon’s all-new original CG-animated TV film, Lucky. Premiering Friday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), the movie follows an unlucky leprechaun on the adventure of a lifetime when he and his friends set out to retrieve his family’s long-lost pot of gold. The hour-long film stars the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Kira Kosarin (The Thundermans), Ron Funches (Trolls), Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) and Gunnar …
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Horror Highlights: Lucky, Broken Ghost, After The Lethargy

Dread, formally known as Dread Central Presents, will begin pre-production on the company's second original project — that's described as a feminist horror story, titled, Lucky. Most known for her work on 2017's Imitation Girl, Natasha Kermani has been tapped to direct the film. Also: trailer and release details for Broken Ghost and After the Lethargy's trailer and poster revealed.

Pre-Production Begins for Dread's Lucky: "Dread Central Presents starts 2019 under the new moniker, Dread will release its first in-house production, The Golem, as a Dread Original this February 5th.

Directed by the Paz Brothers (Jeruzalem), The Golem, tells the story of a vengeful Jewish woman who conjures the evil, mythological entity to strike down her enemies.

Following the release of The Golem, Dread will begin pre-production in Los Angeles on its second Dread Original, Lucky, which will be directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) from a script by Brea Grant who will also star.
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Movie Review – The Mule (2018)

The Mule, 2018.

Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Taissa Farmiga, Alison Eastwood and Andy Garcia.

Synopsis:

A 90-year-old war veteran struggling for cash after the collapse of his flower business is enticed into running drugs by a Mexican cartel.

Clint Eastwood is still everyone’s favourite slightly problematic old dude. He’s an all-time legend of the movies and so he’s able to get away with being a little nutty and conservative. It’s into that landscape that his new movie, The Mule arrives – his first on-screen role since Trouble With the Curve back in 2012. With Eastwood sparkling and grouching his way through the story of a nonagenarian horticulturalist who becomes a drug runner for a Mexican cartel, this is definitely going to be your grandfather’s new favourite film. It’s Narcos with a bus pass.

All of that sounds like criticism,
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Danielle Renfrew Behrens To Head Maya Rudolph & Natasha Lyonne’s Animal Pictures

  • Deadline
Danielle Renfrew Behrens To Head Maya Rudolph & Natasha Lyonne’s Animal Pictures
Exclusive: Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have tapped veteran independent producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens as president of their Animal Pictures production banner. In her new role, Renfrew Behrens will oversee development and production of Animal’s slate of original series, in addition to feature and documentary projects. The company recently inked a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios.

“We are thrilled and lucky to have the brilliant Danielle Renfrew Behrens join forces with us here at Animal Pictures headquarters,” said Lyonne and Rudolph. “We could not have hoped for a greater fit. She has impeccable taste in material and an eye for spotting fresh, integral voices. We cannot wait to create wholly original and exciting new shows together.”

Most recently, Renfrew Behrens ran Superlative Films, a film fund she founded in 2016. Through Superlative, she produced critically acclaimed films including Columbus starring John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson, which was nominated
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Song You Need to Know: Zayn, ‘Good Years’

Song You Need to Know: Zayn, ‘Good Years’
At some point, any person who has spent their teens as a professional performer starts to wonder if they wasted their good years. Often, that reflection comes later in life, when the world begins to slow down around them. For Zayn Malik, it seems to be happening at the age of 25. Only two solo albums into his post-One Direction career, he’s openly considering and perhaps even regretting the time he lost.

In the midst of Icarus Falls, a too-long album that loses Malik’s charm in all the ideas it tries to get across,
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Jacob Young Opens up About Returning to General Hospital as Lucky (Exclusive)

Whenever General Hospital mentions the character of Lucky Spencer, fans can’t help but wonder if he’ll be coming back to the canvas again. And one of the actors to play the role, Jacob Young, is available now that he’s off-contract at The Bold & The Beautiful where he played Rick. “It’s always been on my radar,” the actor told Soaps In Depth of a possible return to Port Charles. “Lucky was a really special time and of course, I won the Emmy for that role, so that’s always gonna stick out in my mind.” Young joined the cast of Gh as a recast Lucky in 2000, taking over for Jonathan Jackson. He played the role until 2003, taking home the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 2002. Young went on to play Jr Chandler on All My Children before returning to B&B in 2011. However, in May
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Giveaway – Win Lucky on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment is set to release Lucky, an endearing and poignant swan song from the late great character actor, Harry Dean Stanton, on DVD & Blu-ray from 12 November 2018, also featuring the acclaimed 2012 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction available for the first time on home video in the UK. And we have three copies to give away! Read on for details of how to enter…

John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut featuring Harry Dean Stanton in his final role.

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of Harry Dean Stanton’s character ‘Lucky’, a cantankerous, self-reliant 90-year-old atheist, and the quirky characters that inhabit the Arizona town where he lives. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Released in the Us just days after Stanton’s death at age 91, Lucky,
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The Voice Recap: Which Knockouts Performances Really Packed a Punch? — Plus, Grade Mariah Carey as Adviser

Before we get to discussing, dissecting and debating the first of The Voice’s Season 15 Knockouts, some fearless predictions — eight to be exact. The following are the singers — chosen, cross my heart and hope to die, prior to seeing a moment of Monday’s show — that I didn’t expect to reach to reach the Top 24. Ready? Here we go…

From Team Adam: Tyke James, Steve Memmolo

From Team Blake: Colton Smith, Funsho

From Team Jennifer: Anthony Arya, MaKenzie Thomas

From Team Kelly: Claire DeJean, Zaxai

Ordinarily, I’d say that my fearless predictions should be taken with a whole shaker of salt.
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John Carroll Lynch’s ‘Lucky’ Heads To The Home Markets In The UK In November

Lucky, the outstanding film from John Caroll Lynch and Harry Dean Stanton’s final role, is heading to the home markets in the UK this November. We gave the film the full five stars at last year’s BFI London Film Festival and we suggest you try and track it down.

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of Harry Dean Stanton’s character ‘Lucky’, a cantankerous, self-reliant 90-year-old atheist, and the quirky characters that inhabit the Arizona town where he lives. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Released in the Us just days after Stanton’s death at age 91, Lucky, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness,
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Susan Lucci Looks Fabulous At 71 In New Unretouched Bathing Suit Photos — See Them Here!

There's no way she's 71! Susan Lucci just posed for new unretouched bathing suit photos in the newest issue of Harper's Bazaar, and she looks more fabulous than ever in the sexy snapshots! “I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s, maybe even better physically... What I’ve learned is that if you train hard, you can offset some of what you’ve got going against you," the All My Children star told the magazine. "People look at me and say 'Wow, she doesn’t seem old, but she is old.' Meanwhile, the reality is if you're strong, you're beautiful, no matter what age you are." (Photo Credit: Justice Apple) (Photo Credit: Justice Apple) She also opened up about how impressive bikini body has turned her into a frequent Instagram user. "I’m a private person by nature, so at first I really didn
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How to Train Your Dragon 3 Will Be the End of the Franchise

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How to Train Your Dragon 3 Will Be the End of the Franchise
How to Train Your Dragon 3 will mark the end of the road for the massively successful franchise, according to director Dean DeBlois. The first installment made its debut in 2010 and earned over $494 million worldwide, while gaining two Academy Award nominations in the process. The sequel proved to be even more successful, bringing in an additional $618 million to the franchise. How to Train Your Dragon is based off of Cressida Cowell's series of children's books and fans are preparing for a bittersweet finale.

Dean DeBlois and veteran animation producer Brad Lewis are preparing fans for emotions to run very high in How to Train Your Dragon 3. Lucky attendees at the Toronto Film Festival were able to see some brand-new clips from the upcoming film, along with some background information. The director stated that How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be the final film in the series and says that the conclusion will explain why.
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Movie Review – Lucky (2017)

Lucky, 2017

Directed by John Carroll Lynch.

Starring Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, James Darren, Tom Skerritt and Ed Begley Jr.

Synopsis:

Lucky is elderly and lives alone. When he collapses at home, he realises he has to face up to his inevitable decline and accept it

Harry Dean Stanton’s penultimate film is also his swan song, one that’s released in the UK just a day short of the first anniversary of his death. The fact that he’s gone lingers like a delicate shadow over Lucky as we walk hand in hand with the elderly man of the title who takes a journey of self-discovery as he comes to terms with his own mortality.

He’s alone but, as he stresses, he’s not lonely. He’s never married, has no children – that he knows of – but admits he’s been in love during his life. He has friends,
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Toronto: Visit Films Acquires Neto Villalobos’ Discovery Comedy ‘Helmet Heads’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Madrid — New York-based Visit Films has acquired world sales rights outside Chile and Central America to Costa Rican comedy “Helmet Heads,” Neto Villalobos’ follow-up to first feature “All the Feathers” which, screening at Toronto in 2013 and playing over 30 festivals, established him as one of Central America’s most distinctive auteurs.

Produced by Karina Avellán and Marcelo Quesada for Costa Rica’s Pacífica Grey and Vilalobos, at Sucia Centroamericana, and co-produced by Dominga Sotomayor and Omar Zúñiga for Chile’s Cinestación – which, along with Sotomayor’s own “Too Late to Die Young,” gives the Chilean production house two movies in Discovery – “Helmet Heads” (Cascos Indomables) weighs in as a comedic but loving tribute to friendship and the streets of San José, where it was shot.

That is framed in a coming of age tale of Mancha, so called because of a blotch on his face, who leads a carefree adultescent life,
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12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Robert Redford (Photos)

12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Robert Redford (Photos)
Morgan Freeman just turned 80 years old, but that’s not going to be slowing him down any. Here are 12 other actors that are part of the 80 club and still killing it.

Morgan Freeman (born 1937)

The Oscar winner was recently seen in a remake of “Going in Style.”

Jack Nicholson (born 1937)

Other than being the most male nominated for an Academy Award, Nicholson is starring in the 2017 remake of Toni Erdmann.

George Takei (born 1937)

Best known for his role on the hit TV series “Star Trek,” Takei most recently voiced Ohga in the upcoming 2017 film “Blazing Samurai.”

Burt Reynolds (born 1936)

This multi-hyphenate could most recently be seen in the Tribeca film “Dog Years.”

Alan Alda (born 1936)

This six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner just starred in the 2015 film “Bridge of Spies.”

Donald Sutherland (born 1935)

The eight-time Golden Globe nominee is set to star as John Paul Getty in the upcoming
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Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film ‘Lucky’ Finally Gets A UK Release Date

We’ve been championing it on the site for months, and now we can reveal that Harry Dean Stanton’s poignant final film Lucky has a UK release date.

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of Harry Dean Stanton’s character ‘Lucky’, a cantankerous, self-reliant 90 year old atheist, and the quirky characters that inhabit the Arizona town where he lives. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

The cast also features director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet), Ron Livingston (The Conjuring, Swingers, Office Space), Ed Begley Jr.(St. Elsewhere), and Tom Skerritt (Alien, Top Gun, Contact).

Our review of the film from the London Film Festival last year read:

John Carroll Lynch’s film may plod for some, but make no mistake,
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