31 Jul

Why Columbia Scrapped A Tom Hanks Prequel To A League Of Their Own

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With its gumption, charm, and an empowering story, 1992’s “A League of Their Own” is one of the most lovable sports movies ever made. The Penny Marshall-directed comedic drama stars Geena Davis and Lori Petty as two sisters who make it big in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. Along the way, […]

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31 Jul

Preparation Was The Key To Sidney Lumet's Filmmaking Style

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If you have any interest in pursuing a career as a director, one of the first books you should read is Sidney Lumet’s “Making Movies.” It is not a heavily technical guide to the craft. Far from it. It’s basically about how to set down a solid foundation that will allow you to withstand the […]

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31 Jul

The Season Of Dexter With The Highest Body Count

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Oh, Dexter. That lovable scamp. The Showtime crime drama series that housed the disturbed forensic analyst (played by Michael C. Hall) racked up a sky-high body count over its eight-season run, and even more in its 2021 limited revival series “Dexter: New Blood.” Though the first season of the “Dexter” series was based on Jeff […]

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31 Jul

Akira Kurosawa's Early Career Was A Constant Struggle With The Censors

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The globally acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa had a long a fruitful career, but like many artists, it got off to a rocky start. The Japanese government was aligned with the Axis powers in the 1940s and was strongly opposed to Western influences in media. They put extreme censors in place and directors had to […]

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31 Jul

Community Cut A Joke That Would Have Completely Changed Shirley's Character

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Dan Harmon’s “Community” was a show that hid its clever interplay between characters behind the veil of a traditional NBC sitcom. Set in the fictional Greendale Community College, “Community” started as a show revolving around a study group for a Spanish class. This group of characters would eventually find other courses to take together and […]

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31 Jul

A Half-Baked Script Wasn't Enough To Sell Arnold Schwarzenegger On The Rock

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“The Rock,” Michael Bay’s gloriously over-the-top action hit from 1996, represents a transition stage for┬áNicolas Cage. Fresh off winning an Academy Award for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Cage ventured into blockbuster territory in his follow-up project, then rode the success into nineties action movie stardom with “Con Air and “Face/Off” the following year. It turns out, […]

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31 Jul

Russell T. Davies Had 'Massive Doubts' About Working On Doctor Who

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Every modern-day Whovian knows Russell T. Davies was instrumental in helping revive “Doctor Who” after its 16-year hiatus in 2005. The BBC sci-fi series made a memorable return to television with Christopher Eccleston leading the series as the ninth incarnation of the Time Lord. It was an incredible moment for fans who had been denied […]

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31 Jul

Network's Dialogue Didn't Leave Any Room For Error

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Sidney Lumet was born to the boards. His parents were theatrical professionals who thrust him into Broadway productions before he’d turned 10. But, as a young man, he came to love actors more than he loved acting. In his 20s, he earned acclaim as an Off-Broadway director, which drew the attention of television producers looking […]

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31 Jul

David Leitch Had A Tightrope To Walk While Directing Deadpool 2

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The “Deadpool” films were a production that came from a place of passion. The first “Deadpool” film fought tooth and nail to come to fruition. A few leaked demo reels later, director Tim Miller with star Ryan Reynolds brought a true-to-form R-rated “Deadpool” to audiences in 2016, quickly becoming one of the most successful R-rated […]

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30 Jul

A Simpsons Writer Still Defends This Infamous Episode

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Across the 700+ episodes of “The Simpsons,” you’d be hard-pressed to find one which exists in as much infamy as the second episode of season 9, “The Principal and the Pauper.” Principal Seymour Skinner (Harry Shearer) is revealed as an imposter named Armin Tamzarian, a former street punk who took the name of his MIA […]

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