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Paul LeBlanc, Hairstylist for ‘Amadeus’ and Princess Leia, Dies at 73

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Paul LeBlanc, Hairstylist for ‘Amadeus’ and Princess Leia, Dies at 73
Paul LeBlanc, Oscar-winning hairstylist for stars like Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone and Javier Bardem, died Wednesday at the age of 73, his family announced.

Born in New Brunswick, LeBlanc’s biggest claim to fame was his hairstyling on the 1984 Best Picture Oscar winner “Amadeus.” LeBlanc won the Best Makeup Oscar for that film alongside makeup artist Dick Smith and later received the lifetime achievement award from the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild in 2003.

Also Read: Rip Taylor, Colorful Confetti-Throwing Comedian, Dies at 84

Prior to “Amadeus,” LeBlanc worked on the hair of one of the most iconic characters in film history: Princess Leia. The 1983 “Star Wars” film “Return of the Jedi” was one of LeBlanc’s first major jobs in cinematic hairstyling, fashioning the braids that Leia wore as Jabba the Hutt’s slave and as a guest of the Ewoks on Endor.

In the 1990s, LeBlanc became the hairstylist for Sharon Stone on multiple films,
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Wayne Fitzgerald Dies: Main Title Designer Of ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ Was 89

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Wayne Fitzgerald Dies: Main Title Designer Of ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ Was 89
Wayne Fitzgerald, the main title designer of films including Pillow Talk, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather II and Total Recall died Monday on South Whidbey Island in Washington. He was 89.

Fitzgerald was born in Los Angeles on March 19, 1930. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he went on to work at Pacific Title & Art which did the main titles for various studios including Warner Bros., MGM, Fox, Paramount and Columbia. While there he worked on films such as Touch of Evil (1958), The Music Man (1962) and My Fair Lady (1964). In 1968, he launched Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign Inc.

His expansive resume spans 55 years and includes a diverse array of films including some of the most acclaimed and noteworthy films that have shaped Hollywood including Bonnie and Clyde (1967), as well as Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Chinatown (1974).

In 1968, he launched Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign Inc. and continued to churn out memorable title design.
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Hulu in September: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of new and expiring content for the month of September, and what better way to beat the back-to-school blues than with a whole bunch of binge-watching.

Among the new goodies coming next month is the 12th episode and season finale of horror anthology series “Into the Dark.” Out Sept. 6, the finale is called “Pure,” and is described as a female coming-of-age horror story in which a group of teenage girls perform a secret ritual at a “Purity Retreat.” When one of them begins to see a “supernatural entity,” a scary question is posed: “What is more dangerous: the demon they’ve unleashed, or the pressure to conform to their fathers’ expectations?” Scary indeed!

The Hulu original documentary “Untouchable” will be released on Sept. 2, described as “the inside story of the meteoric rise and shocking fall of movie titan Harvey Weinstein.” Directed by Ursula Macfarlane,
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Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy Thriller ‘Fatale’ Lands at Lionsgate

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Lionsgate has picked up the North American and key international rights to the psychological thriller “Fatale” starring Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake announced Thursday.

Mike Colter and Tyrin Turner also star in the film directed by Deon Taylor, who most recently directed the summer sleeper hit “The Intruder.”

Fatale” follows a married man who finds himself living in a nightmare as he is manipulated by a mysterious woman after having a one-night stand with her. David Loughery wrote and produced the film. Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylor also produced, while Robert F. Smith executive produced.

Also Read: Hilary Swank's 'I Am Mother' Lands at Netflix

“We previously acquired Deon’s thriller ‘Traffik,’ and when Damon Wolf came to Lionsgate on the heels of working with Deon, he mentioned we should keep our eye on ‘Fatale.’ He could not have been more right.
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Walter Skinner on 'X-Files' 'Memba Him?!

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Walter Skinner on 'X-Files' 'Memba Him?!
Mitch Pileggi was only 42 years old when he gained fame for playing FBI's assistant director, Walter Skinner, in the '90s supernatural show "The X-Files" on Fox. Mitch Pileggi shared the science fiction show with stars like Gillian Anderson as the skeptical agent Dana Scully, David Duchovny as the credulous agent Fox Mulder and William B. Davis as the super secret, Smoking Man. Pileggi went on to roles on both of the break out
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Michael Douglas Comes Full Circle With Monte Carlo Award

“It’s a nice full circle,” says Michael Douglas, speaking exclusively to Variety ahead of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, reflecting on a career that began in TV, blossomed in film, but has seen him return to the small screen in Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.”

Douglas is this year’s recipient of Monte Carlo’s Crystal Nymph, awarded by Prince Albert II of Monaco to a major international television actor to recognize a stellar body of work.

For Douglas to accept an award from a TV festival is, on the surface, pretty remarkable. He fought hard early on to escape being pigeon-holed as a television actor.

While starring in the popular 1970s television series “The Streets of San Francisco,” he started his move into film, which was not an easy feat back then, producing 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” best picture Oscar winner.

“It was extremely
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‘The Cleaning Lady’ DVD Review

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Stars: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig, Elizabeth Sandy, Mykayla Sohn, JoAnne McGrath, Keri Marrone | Written by Jon Knautz, Alexis Kendra | Directed by Jon Knautz

Based on the 2016 short of the same name (also written and directed by Jon Knautz), The Cleaning Lady follows a floundering love addict who forms a dangerous bond with her new domestic while trying to avoid her married lover. As Alice struggles to end her affair with a married man, she finds solace in Shelly, a reclusive burn victim who cleans Alice’s apartment. As their friendship grows, so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with Alice. When Shelly learns of Alice’s on-and-off affair, she takes matters into her own hands in order to cleanse Alice of her bad behavior.

Jon Knautz is, for me, one of the most fascinating writer/directors working in horror today. Knautz’s work often times feels like a love
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‘Ma’ Review: Dir. Tate Taylor (2019)

Octavia Spencer goes against type in service of a delightfully bonkers thriller from the director of The Girl on the Train and The Help.

There is a great sense of pleasure in seeing a performer tackle a role that you would not usually expect of them. It is particularly pleasing when that actor or actress chooses a role that allows them to really let loose and deliver something so odd, so mad and so knowingly off the rails, that you can’t help but reel your head back with giddy delight. Such is the case with Octavia Spencer and Ma.

Teenager Maggie Thompson (Diana Silvers) has just moved back to her Mom’s (Juliette Lewis) home-town. Maggie quickly makes new friends at school, the type of friends who like to pass the time in their quiet town driving around and trying to score alcohol. When they manage to convince the
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What/If Creator Reveals the Inspiration Behind Renee Zellweger's Netflix Villain

Summer may not technically start for another month, but Netflix has already given us our first sudsy beach “read” in What/If, a 10-episode social thriller from the mind of Revenge creator Mike Kelley. The twisted series also marks Renee Zellweger‘s major television debut, as she steps into the role of vindictive seductress Anne Montgomery.

“I’ve been thinking about this character for a long time,” Kelley tells TVLine. “She was born out of my slightly unhealthy obsession with all things Mrs. Robinson. That character is so powerful and witty and compelling, but also tragic. The Graduate was my first real movie obsession,
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The Last 10 Years of Cannes: From ‘Up’ to Gaga to ‘Persona Non Grata’ Lars Von Trier

A version of this story about the first 10 years of TheWrap first appeared in TheWrap’s Cannes magazine.

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The 62nd Cannes Film Festival got underway as stars, jury members, auteurs and executives walked the red carpet for “Up,” Disney/Pixar’s 10th collaboration. But even as everything kicked off with glitz and glamour, the 2009 edition wasn’t immune to a changing world.
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Renee Zellweger is an evil seductress with an indecent proposal in Netflix’s ‘What/If’ trailer [Watch]

Renee Zellweger is an evil seductress with an indecent proposal in Netflix’s ‘What/If’ trailer [Watch]
2019 is the Year of the Reneessance. Less than a week after the first trailer for her Judy Garland biopic “Judy” was released, the first trailer for Renee Zellweger‘s Netflix limited series “What/If” is here. And she has an offer you can’t refuse. Or Jane Levy and Blake Jenner can’t.

From Mike Kelley (“Revenge”), the sudsy anthology thriller stars Zellweger as Anne Montgomery, a mysterious, high-powered woman who makes an indecent proposal to cash-strapped newlyweds played by Levy and Jenner: Let me sleep with your husband and I’ll finance your company.

You can probably surmise that they take her up on that, and well, sh– of course hits the fan. “What is it you imagine I did to him,” Anne taunts Levy’s character. That’s nothing compared to the last seconds of the trailer when Anne shoots an arrow at her head.

See Renee Zellweger looks — and sounds!
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‘You Don’t Nomi’ Film Review: Documentary Asks, Were We Too Hard on Camp Classic ‘Showgirls’?

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Jeffrey McHale’s feature debut, the “Showgirls” appreciation documentary “You Don’t Nomi,” works awfully hard to justify both its subject and its mission. But if you instantly appreciated the cleverness of its title, you’ll enjoy commiserating with fellow travelers.

It’s hard to overstate what a big deal “Showgirls” was when it hit movie theaters in 1995, though McHale gives us some sense of the pop-culture buildup that preceded it. It was directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, the team behind 1992’s similarly controversial success “Basic Instinct.” It was the first Nc-17 movie in wide release. And it would also be the first big-screen splash from a “Saved by the Bell” cast member, Elizabeth Berkley..

And then it opened.

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After being primed for the biggest hit of the year — a rawer, more honest update on
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‘You Don’t Nomi’ Review: Disjointed ‘Showgirls’ Doc Won’t Reach Cult Status — Tribeca

‘You Don’t Nomi’ Review: Disjointed ‘Showgirls’ Doc Won’t Reach Cult Status — Tribeca
It’s a shame that “You Don’t Nomi,” a new documentary about the failure and reevaluation of Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 pulp film “Showgirls,” doesn’t live up to its truly inspired title. A play on the movie’s enigmatic, beguiling, and totally unhinged protagonist Nomi Malone, played by Elizabeth Berkeley in a career-defining (and -ending) role, the title calls to mind Lesley Gore’s 1963 classic “You Don’t Own Me” — a connection that amuses at first glance, but becomes quite tenuous once you think about it. The same could be said for “You Don’t Nomi.”

For the uninitiated, “Showgirls” follows a young Nomi Malone as she arrives in Las Vegas with dreams of becoming a dancer. Fresh off the success of “Basic Instinct,” Verhoeven attracted top-tier talent of the era like Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon, both of whom thought they were signing onto a grittier, more daring “Basic Instinct.
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For the Man Who Has Everything: Close-Up on "The Game"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Fincher's The Game (1997) is showing March 23 – April 22, 2019 in many countries around the world.“...from any given body of fictional text, nothing necessarily follows, and anything plausibly may.”—William H. Gass, “The Concept of Character in Fiction”What is The Game? “The eternal question,” an unnamed character intones, when he is asked this by its newest player, Nicholas van Orton (Michael Douglas), a middle-aged millionaire unaccustomed to befuddlement. Mainstream critics, who similarly dislike being perplexed, didn’t quite know what to make of the film when it premiered in 1997: responses were tepid and noncommittal, and, despite its $100 million box office draw, it has long been considered a minor work in David Fincher’s oeuvre, ensconced between the seminal Se7en (1995) and the belatedly-loved Fight Club (1999). It is a film that is at once subtle and silly, whose perfunctory
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Sharon Stone movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Basic Instinct,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘Total Recall’

Sharon Stone movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Basic Instinct,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘Total Recall’
Many first spied Sharon Stone when she made her wordless big-screen debut in 1980, billed as Pretty Girl on the Train, in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.” She does leave an impression while blowing a kiss from behind a train window. As Stone has said, “I gave it my best shot to melt that sucker.”

SEEWoody Allen movies: Top 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

She would come to define a ‘90s brand of sex symbol, one who was more in control of her fate in films and not afraid to enjoy sex as well as dabbling in lethal behavior. Her signature performance remains 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” as a bisexual psychopath with likely murderous intent. It is hard not to acknowledge that the quality of her films has been up and down, resulting in nine Razzie nominations, including three wins. But she compensated when she poured her soul into Ginger McKenna,
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Sharon Stone movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Sharon Stone movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Many first spied Sharon Stone when she made her wordless big-screen debut in 1980, billed as Pretty Girl on the Train, in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.” She does leave an impression while blowing a kiss from behind a train window. As Stone has said, “I gave it my best shot to melt that sucker.”

She would come to define a ‘90s brand of sex symbol, one who was more in control of her fate in films and not afraid to enjoy sex as well as dabbling in lethal behavior. Her signature performance remains 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” as a bisexual psychopath with likely murderous intent. It is hard not to acknowledge that the quality of her films has been up and down, resulting in nine Razzie nominations, including three wins. But she compensated when she poured her soul into Ginger McKenna, a booze-addicted, me-first ex-hooker married to Robert De Niro’s
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Globo, Under the Milky Way Sign Five Film Deal (Exclusive)

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Berlin — Brazilian TV giant Globo and international digital film distributor Under the Milky Way have announced a distribution deal for seven new feature films from Globo Filmes, allowing the titles access via Umw to major platforms in 70 territories.

The deal covers more than ten major on demand” platforms – including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Xbox – in seventy English and Spanish-speaking countries for which Under the Milky Way acts as a one-stop shop solution for catalog and programming.

Announced Tuesday at Berlinale’s Drama Series Days, the deal takes “Tungsten” the award-winning drama by Heitor Dhalia, based on the award-winning graphic novel of the same title, by Marcello Quintanilha, a slice of life drama set in Salvador where characters’ lives intersect fatefully.

Also making the cut: Andrucha Waddington’s ER social -issue thriller “Under Pressure,” which inspired the smash hit TV series, plus “Alone Man,” “The Eternal Son,” “Tim Maia,” “The Moving Forest” and “Good Luck.
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Glenn Close Wants to Remake Fatal Attraction from the Female Perspective

Glenn Close Wants to Remake Fatal Attraction from the Female Perspective
Glenn Close has revealed plans to try and remake Fatal Attraction through the eyes of her character Alex Forrest. Adrian Lyne's 1987 psychological erotic thriller starred Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher who has an affair with Close's Forrest character. After Gallagher breaks it off, Forrest goes off the rails and becomes unstable, stalking Gallagher and his family, even going as far as to boil the family's pet rabbit. The bunny boiling scene quickly became a part of the cultural lexicon and is still used to this day to describe an "emotionally unstable and likely to be dangerously vengeful" person.

While many look at the Alex Forrest character as the villain of Fatal Attraction, Glenn Close believes that now is the time to tell the story through her character's eyes. Close has looked back at her character in another light and she believes it's time for audiences to do the same.
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‘Fatal Attraction’ Remake: Glenn Close Is Right to Want the Story Told From Female Perspective

‘Fatal Attraction’ Remake: Glenn Close Is Right to Want the Story Told From Female Perspective
When Adrian Lyne’s unlikely blockbuster “Fatal Attraction” hit theaters in the autumn of 1987, the psycho-sexual thriller a critical and commercial hit, garnering $320 million at the box office and six Oscar nominations, including one for Glenn Close. Now, the actress has said in a recent interview with IndieWire that “Fatal Attraction” is due for a remake from the perspective of her character, Alex Forrest. And she’s exactly right.

While the sub-genre doesn’t have much heat in Hollywood these days — though Gillian Flynn’s novels have spawned some notable exceptions like “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects,” and the horror genre has always been compelled by unstable women and their inner lives — Close herself is hoping to give it some new blood with a fresh perspective.

“We’ve gone back to Paramount to find out, because they own the title,” Close told Deadline. “I think they’ve had some things in the works,
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New Terminator 6 Video Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Arnold Schwarzenegger

New Terminator 6 Video Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in a new Terminator 6 behind-the-scenes video. Fans have been waiting to see any official footage from the upcoming movie and this is it, though it doesn't contain any scenes from the highly anticipated sequel. James Cameron is back with the franchise as a producer this time around and it marks the first time that the director has worked with Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who is back as Sarah Connor, since 1991's Terminator 2. The sequel is still untitled as of this writing.

The latest look at Terminator 6 comes to us from the Hungarian National Film Fund. The project started filming in Budapest, Hungary over the summer and has since taken production to the United States. Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Tim Miller are seen on the set praising the country along with the crews and the studios that they utilized. Schwarzenegger says that "Budapest is one of the nicest cities in the world,
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