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Ten Great Movie Music Moments by Michel Legrand

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Ten Great Movie Music Moments by Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand, who died in Paris Saturday at the age of 86, was among the most renowned film composers and songwriters of our time. He won three Oscars and five Grammys, and many of his songs have entered the pantheon as among the greatest of the 20th century. Here are 10 great film music moments from the career of this French genius:

1. “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964). The close collaboration of Legrand and filmmaker Jacques Demy produced this stunning, all-sung romantic drama about a star-crossed couple. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and ultimately earned five Oscar nominations (three of them for the score). “I Will Wait for You” was the biggest song hit that emerged and quickly became a standard:

2. “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967). Legrand and Demy reunited for this splashy, colorful musical that added Americans Gene Kelly and George Chakiris to the usual French cast. The tuneful score
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Michel Legrand, Oscar-Winning Film Composer, Dies at 86

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Michel Legrand, Oscar-Winning Film Composer, Dies at 86
Michel Legrand, the French composer who won three Oscars for his songs and film scores, died Saturday at age 86, according to his official website.

The son of conductor and composer Raymond Legrand, he first made his name as a musician and songwriter and then earned fame in the 1960s composing film scores — particularly Jacques Demy’s big-screen musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1964.

Four years later, Legrand won his first Oscar for the hit song “The Windmills of Your Mind” for the thriller “The Thomas Crown Affair.” (A cover by Dusty Springfield became a Billboard hit in 1969.)

Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2018, From Stan Lee to Aretha Franklin (Photos)

He won two more Oscars, for his scores for 1971’s “Summer of ’42” and Barbra Streisand’s 1983 musical “Yentl.”

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, Legrand also racked up 10 additional
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Rodney Kageyama, 'Gung Ho' Actor and Asian-American Activist, Dies at 77

Rodney Kageyama, 'Gung Ho' Actor and Asian-American Activist, Dies at 77
Rodney Kageyama, an actor who appeared in films and television shows like Pretty WomanGung Ho and Quantum Leap, died Sunday in his sleep in Los Angeles, his husband said. He was 77.

In the Ron Howard movie Gung Ho (1986), starring Michael Keaton, Kageyama played an automobile factory executive named Ito, then reprised the role for a short-lived ABC sitcom that was toplined by Scott Bakula.

He starred opposite Max von Sydow in the 1990 NBC telefilm Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes and appeared in other films like Best Friends (1982), Teen Wolf (1985), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) and ...
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Discovery to Re-Air Burt Reynolds ‘Fast N’ Loud’ as Tribute to Late Muscle Car Lover (Exclusive)

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Discovery Channel plans to honor the legendary Burt Reynolds, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, with a special rebroadcast of the muscle car-loving actor’s “Fast N’ Loud” episode, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

The network will rebroadcast the special two-hour installment featuring the late star and a replica of the iconic “Smokey and The Bandit” ’77 Trans-Am this Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. Et/Pt.

Per Discovery, this two-part episode, Richard Rawlings and his Gas Monkey crew are hired to help build the legendary vehicle. Rawlings, who is a huge fan of the renowned actor, along with fellow builder Aaron Kaufman head to Jupiter, Fla., with the Bandit-style Trans-Am in hopes of getting Burt Reynolds to help Rawlings win a big bet against an old rival.

Also Read: Burt Reynolds, Oscar-Nominated Star of 'Boogie Nights' and 'Smokey and the Bandit,' Dies at 82

Discovery will also
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Burt Reynolds dead at 82: Our appreciation of a guy’s guy and ladies’ man always having a good time

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Burt Reynolds dead at 82: Our appreciation of a guy’s guy and ladies’ man always having a good time
Burt Reynolds was a guy’s guy, a ladies’ man, the ruggedly handsome alpha male of the entertainment world, who always seemed to be having a good time – whether cracking jokes on TV talk shows with pals like Dom DeLuise or saucily posing nude as a centerfold in “Cosmopolitan” magazine — except maybe when he broke his leg during that ill-fated canoe outing in 1972’s “Deliverance,” his breakout film role. According to his reps on Thursday, the actor is dead at age 82 in his adopted home of Jupiter, Florida.

With a thicket of hair, a dapper mustache and a twinkle in his eye, he often came across as a good ol’ Southern boy in such films as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “W,W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” while claiming to be from Georgia. But he was born in Lansing, Michigan, although he would eventually end up in Riviera Beach,
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Burt Reynolds Didn’t Shoot Any Scenes for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

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Burt Reynolds Didn’t Shoot Any Scenes for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor who died Thursday at the age of 82, did not get the chance to shoot what would have been a remarkable final film appearance.

Earlier this summer, Reynolds was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” alongside a stacked cast that includes Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.

A person with knowledge of the project said that Reynolds had not yet shot any of his scenes for the film, which follows a faded TV actor and his stunt double as they embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry in 1969 Los Angeles, during the Charles Manson murders.

Reynolds was expected to play George Spahn, the ranch owner who rented his land out to Manson and his cult of followers.

The actor was scheduled to begin shooting in early October, according to his agent.
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Mark Wahlberg Honors ‘Boogie Nights’ Co-Star Burt Reynolds: ‘Rest in Peace to a Legend and a Friend’

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Mark Wahlberg Honors ‘Boogie Nights’ Co-Star Burt Reynolds: ‘Rest in Peace to a Legend and a Friend’
Mark Wahlberg paid tribute to his “Boogie Nights” co-star and friend, Burt Reynolds, who died of cardiac arrest at the age of 82 on Thursday.

He posted a picture of the two in a scene from the 1997 Oscar-winning Paul Thomas Anderson film, captioning it, “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend. #BurtReynolds.”

Others who have worked with Reynolds, such as Reba McEntire and Paul Wesley, also paid tribute to the late star.

Rest in peace to a legend and a friend. #BurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/HnmCCTv1d1

— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018

Boogie Nights” depicted the rise and fall of pornographic actor, Dirk Diggler, whose real name is Eddie Adams. Wahlberg played Adams while Reynolds played pornographic filmmaker Jack Horner, who first discovers Adams and launches him to fame.

The film garnered critical acclaim and landed Reynolds a Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor as well as an Oscar nomination for his role.
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Burt Reynolds, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82

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Burt Reynolds, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82
Burt Reynolds, who has starred in films like “The Longest Yard,” “Boogie Nights” and “Deliverance,” died of cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 82.

Reynolds received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1997’s “Boogie Nights,” and also had major roles in movies like 1982’s “Best Friends,” 1977’s “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Man Who Loved Women” (1983).

He was filming Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” before his death.

Also Read: Burt Reynolds ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Death of “Great Friend’ Jim Nabors

Reynolds was born in 1936 in Lansing, Michigan. Although initially a football player, but quickly became interested in a career in theater. He was cast in “Tea and Sympathy” at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and debuted on Broadway with “Look, We’ve Come Through.”

He also gained prominence by starring in the TV series “Gunsmoke” and made his film debut with 1961’s “Angel Baby.
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Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82

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Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82
Burt Reynolds, one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men during the ’70s and early ’80s in such films as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit, “The Longest Yard” and “Semi-Tough,” has died. His rep confirmed that he died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. He was 82.

He later earned an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to skin flicks, “Boogie Nights.” He had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Hollywood.”

Reynolds’ appeal lay in his post-modern macho posture undercut by a wry self-awareness, which he used to good effect in comedies as well as action films. For a period during the ’70s he was the nation’s top box office draw. But after one too many bad movies, his popularity waned. He returned to television, where he’d gotten his start, mostly in Westerns, and produced his own sitcom, “Evening Shade,” which brought him an Emmy.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Dee Williams, Steve Harvey Among Stars Paying Tribute to Burt Reynolds

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Dee Williams, Steve Harvey Among Stars Paying Tribute to Burt Reynolds
Hollywood stars were heartbroken over the news of Burt Reynolds' death on Thursday and took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor. Reynolds, who is most recognized for his roles in Boogie Nights and Deliverance, died at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter. The actor was 82. 

The accomplished actor was notorious for starring in a variety of action films and romantic comedies, including Starting Over (1979) opposite Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) with Dolly PartonBest Friends (1982) with Goldie Hawn; and ...
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Eden Sassoon, Kat Von D And Harold Owens To Be Honored At Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Luncheon

Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, the first residential program in the country for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, will honor MusiCares/Map Fund’s Senior Director Harold Owens with the Excellence In Service Award; entrepreneur and television personality Eden Sassoon with the Woman of the Year Award; and tattoo artist, author, activist and musician Kat Von D with the Shining Star Award at their 28th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

“We are honored to celebrate each of these remarkable individuals for their generosity, commitment, and myriad of contributions to our community,” said Friendly House Board Chair, Peggy Albrecht. “Our organization is fortunate to have such dedicated supporters. With their generosity, we are able to provide an environment where women can recover from the devastation of drug and alcohol addiction, help to renew family relationships and reintegrate each woman back into the community.
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Goldie Hawn Grieves Over the Death of Her Best Friend: ‘Please Treasure Each Other’

Goldie Hawn Grieves Over the Death of Her Best Friend: ‘Please Treasure Each Other’
Goldie Hawn is mourning the recent death of her best friend.

My best friend has passed,” the Snatched star announced on Sunday, captioning a vintage black and white photo of herself and the unnamed friend on Instagram.

“Please treasure each other,” she added. “Best friends get us through. Blessings to all this Sunday.”

Hawn followed up the announcement by posting a photo of her granddaughter, Rio Hudson, 4, hugging her own best friend. “Says it all!” she captioned.

The actress spoke about the importance of friendship during a recent sit down with People. Asked who makes her laugh these days, Hawn said,
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Goldie Hawn Mourns the Loss of Her Best Friend in Touching Instagram: ‘Please Treasure Each Other’

Goldie Hawn Mourns the Loss of Her Best Friend in Touching Instagram: ‘Please Treasure Each Other’
Goldie Hawn is mourning the loss of a very important person in her life. The 71-year-old actress posted a throwback photo to Instagram Sunday with her late friend.

Watch: Goldie Hawn Looks Ageless in Black Bathing Suit During Greece Vacation With Kurt Russell -- See the Pics!

My best friend has passed. Please treasure each other. Best friends get us through. Blessings to all this Sunday,” Hawn captioned the black and white shot.

The sweet photo features both women smiling ear to ear as they appear to be mid-laugh.

Hawn has been spending time with the people who are most important to her lately. Last week she shared a cute video with her longtime partner Kurt Russell.

More: Goldie Hawn Celebrates Granddaughter Rio's Pre-School Graduation With Flower Crowns and Selfies

“Morning walk with My man! I swear there were geese there!!” Hawn captioned the funny clip of herself calling out to some geese across a pond.

For
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Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon Test Their Friendship, Sing 'Ironic' and Throw Pizza Party on 'Tonight Show'

Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon Test Their Friendship, Sing 'Ironic' and Throw Pizza Party on 'Tonight Show'
When Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon get together, the results are always entertaining.

The Trolls star sat down with the Tonight Show host on Wednesday for a wild night of bromantic bestie fun that started with a flashback to their time at sleepaway camp as children.

Donning ridiculous wigs, fake braces and camp uniforms, Timberlake and Fallon shined with yet another installment of their signature sketch in which they play teenagers in the ‘90s, hanging out in their camp cabin after lights out.

This time around, the adorable besties passed the time by singing a hilarious rendition of Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," which is made all the funnier by their braces-induced slurring.

Watch: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Poke Fun at Their Epic Friendship

After the always-adorable sketch, the two sat down to talk about Timberlake's upcoming animated film, Trolls. But the singer couldn't help but mention how he stirred up a quasi-controversy recently at a voting
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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries.
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UK Set to Get Afflicted in October

If there's one "found footage" flick that you should really be putting the effort in to dig up, it's director/actor duo Derek Lee and Clif Prowse's thrilling Afflicted – and it'll be spreading its charms on UK DVD this October 6, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Executive produced by Insidious and Sinister producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones alongside producers Chris Ferguson and Zach Lipovsky, Afflicted stars Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Michael Gill and Baya Rehaz.

Special features on the disc are yet to be determined.

Synopsis

Best friends Derek and Clif embark on the trip of a lifetime, planning to travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest, while documenting their adventures via video footage posted to their website. But things take a dark and bloody turn when, following an amorous encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris, Derek starts to show signs of a mysterious affliction.
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Everyone's keeping secrets in the 'Faking It' season 2 trailer

Everyone's keeping secrets in the 'Faking It' season 2 trailer
The story of Faking It started with one lie: Best friends Amy and Karma decided to pretend to be a couple so that they could be “cool.” But one lie turned into many more when Amy realized she had real feelings for Karma, was rejected by her bestie, and then slept with Karma’s boyfriend. But as the season-two trailer puts it, “What does it all mean?”

Well, for now, it looks like it means keeping secrets, acting normal, and eventually, everything blowing up in a dramatic fashion.

Faking It kicks off its second season Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 p.
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Females On Film: Ranking the summer's biggest box office winners based on lady roles

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Females On Film: Ranking the summer's biggest box office winners based on lady roles
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital.
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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'A to Z'

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'A to Z'
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "A to Zed" (NBC) The Pitch: "When Ginsberg Met The Mother" Quick Response: In my Tmttp entry for "Manhattan Love Story," I wrote "I'll watch a love story in which I kinda like the idea that the two main characters might find happiness together." Proving that it's not like I'm asking the moon, I give you "A to Z," a new comedy that I don't find especially funny, but because I like Ben Feldman's Andrew and I like Cristin Milioti's Zelda, I'm prepared to make at least a moderate commitment here. Basically just "500 Days of Summer" filtered with a little "How I Met Your Mother" "A to Z" is a more-than-slightly twee story about a romantic pairing drawn together by fate, but seemingly doomed to be separated in "8 months, three weeks, five days and one hour," or at least that's the assumption we make based on Katey Sagal's opening voiceover,
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Vampire Academy Sequel Frostbite Is In The Hands Of The Fans

I’ll avoid the obligatory joke about a vampire flick lacking bite at the box office, but when Vampire Academy failed to make it past seventh place on opening weekend, with just $4 million upon release and a total worldwide gross of $15 million, chances of a sequel appeared less than likely. However, it turns out that fans of Rachel Mead’s novel series can still make an adaptation of the second book, Frostbite, happen. They’ll just have to stump up the cash for it first.

The producers behind Vampire Academy, hoping to save the franchise, have launched an IndieGoGo campaign asking fans to donate in order to get Frostbite off the ground. According to the campaign page, they have exhausted their resources and successfully raised most of the money for the film’s budget, but financiers want to see fan interest before committing to Frostbite.

So, the campaign is asking
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