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  • Bruno Ganz Dies: Swiss Actor In ‘Downfall’ Was 77
    by Bruce Haring on February 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Bruno Ganz, whose best-known roles were portraying the extremes of an angel and Adolph Hitler, died in Zurich at age 77 on Friday. His cause of death was colon cancer, according to representatives. His memorable portrayal of German dictator Adolph Hitler in 2004’s Downfall was considered Ganz’s biggest role. But his appearance as an angel in the 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire also drew accolades. He later reprised the role in the 1993 follow, Faraway, So […]

  • ‘Alita’s Agita At The Domestic B.O.: James Cameron Production Headed To $37M+ 5-Day
    by Anthony D'Alessandro on February 16, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Refresh for box office chart and more analysis on this weekend’s films: When a studio or a filmmaker builds a movie for north of $170M, the expectation is to soar to the greatest heights at the box office, and a passion project in the hands of James Cameron as producer — what studio wouldn’t double down on that, especially in an era starving for fresh franchises? His Alita: Battle Angel, directed by Robert Rodriguez, is easily winning the Presidents Day box office with a $ […]

  • Dave Smith Dies: Walt Disney Archives Founder Was 78
    by Bruce Haring on February 16, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Walt Disney Archives founder and Disney Legend Dave Smith died today in Burbank, California at age 78. His four-decade career at The Walt Disney Company was dedicated to preserving Disney's treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Smith shared his wide knowledge of the company's rich history in books and through his popular magazine column, "Ask Dave." "I'm deeply saddened to learn of Dave Smith's passing," said Bob Iger […]

  • Christopher Knopf Dies: Former President Of The Writers Guild Of America West Was 91
    by Bruce Haring on February 16, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Christopher Knopf, the former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died on Wednesday at age 91 of congestive heart failure. The Emmy nominated writer also served as president of the International Writers Guild and national chairman of the WGA. He received 10 Writers Guild nominations, winning three. Knopf's credits included "Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime," "Mrs. Sundance,"  "Baby Girl Scott," "Peter and Paul," and the pilot for "The Big Valley." His Emmy […]

  • Bill Maher Likens Nitpicking Of Oscar Best Picture Field To Undermining Of 2020 Democratic Field: “Let’s Not Eat Our Own”
    by Dade Hayes on February 16, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Bill Maher closed a fairly by-the-book episode of HBO’s Real Time with an inspired anti-P.C. monologue linking leftist criticism of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates with attacks on this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees for various sociopolitical reasons. “This time, let’s not eat our own,” Maher suggested about the Democratic hopefuls, referencing the undermining of Hillary Clinton in 2016 by many Democrats. With the early field of candidates already being picked […]