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Mark Hamill Has Fun with Fake News of His Death

A fake Huffington Post Twitter account announced that Mark Hamill had died yesterday, leading many to question if it was real or fake news. Hamill is alive and well after the second death report hoax to happen this year. In February, Sky News, yes you read that correctly, reported that Hamill had passed away leading the actor to tweet out “Don’t rush me already!” with a hashtag that read: “still very much among the living thank you.” Hamill took the same humorous approach this time around as well.

After being alerted to the fake news account by Business Insider’s Steve Kovach, Hamill again took to his Twitter page to troll the trolls with a healthy dose of self- deprecating humor that the actor is known for. Hamill’s tweet reads: “MUCH OF THE NATION MOURNS, RIP Hamill a wonderful, underrated and beloved icon. Truly a legend in his own mind.” Now that’s pretty funny by itself, but Hamill goes on to nail those hashtags yet again. “So glad I got to meet him and kinda sad” are posted beneath the tweet that has currently been liked 15,938 times and re-tweeted over 6,000 times.

In less morbid news, 10-year old Jacob Tremblay, The Book of Henry star, got to meet his idol, Luke Skywalker on the red carpet earlier this week,E! News reports. Tremblay is a huge Star Wars fan and had not yet met Mark Hamill. Hamill was interviewed on the red carpet for Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry and asked about Tremblay. Hamill said that he had not met him, but that he loved his appearance on Billy on the Street. E! then brought Hamill over to introduce him to Tremblay.

Hamill asked Tremblay if his appearance on Billy on the Street was fun and then they exchanged a private moment before posing for pictures with fake lightsabers in hand. Tremblay remarked that Hamill was “so cool” before stating that he’ll never forget that moment for the rest of his life. He even captioned the photos on his Instagram as: “Geeked out, big time, don’t even care. Thank you (Mark Hamill) for chatting with me!” The latest moment of Star Wars fandom comes after Tremblay couldn’t hold his excitement in during the 88th Academy Awards when C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 took to the stage. The 10-year old actor even got to get his picture taken with the droids and Daisy Ridley. If that wasn’t enough, Tremblay even asked The Book of Henry director for a role in the upcoming Star Wars 9. Hopefully Trevorrow grants the request.

Alright, So Mark Hamill is clearly alive and still taking care of Star Wars super fans all over the world while maintaining an amazing sense of humor. Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry is currently in theaters while Star Wars 9 is set to begin production very soon. It would be pretty cool to see a super fan like Tremblay make it into the movie in any capacity. Perhaps a child Stormtrooper? Check out the video of Hamill and Tremblay meeting as well as Hamill’s hilarious tweets below.

Mark Hamill Meets His Biggest Fan Jacob Tremblay! This is so cool! [email protected]/dKCwStARbV

— HamillMania ???? (@HamillMania) June 17, 2017

MUCH OF NATION MOURNS-RIP @HamillHimself a wonderful-underrated & beloved icon-Truly a legend in his own mind #SoGladIGotToMeetHim#KindaSadhttps://t.co/mmilUuJrlL

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 16, 2017

In case anyone is keeping track of numbers, let’s see if your current tweet beats the one in February this year. pic.twitter.com/nS3xExhpYK

— MarkHamillsLeftThumb (@HamillLeftThumb) June 16, 2017

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Deadpool 2 Begins Shooting in the X-Men Mansion

Deadpool 2 is currently filming scenes in the X-Men mansion at Hatley Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The castle was used in 2003′s X2: X-Men United, 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand, and 2016′s Deadpool. It was previously reported that Deadpool 2 had started production in Vancouver, Canada, which is pretty close to Victoria. The report comes from CBR via an anonymous source.

In addition to filming on the Hatley Castle set, the anonymous source also revealed that the yellow cab from the first Deadpool adventure was seen on set and the production name is apparently “Daisy.” Vancouver Island News also reported on the story, but they had a reporter on the ground who spoke to a publicist that informed the news channel that they were shooting a movie called Love Machine within the castle. Love Machine was the original production title announced earlier this year for Deadpool 2. The local news station also said that Friday was the only day scheduled for a shoot and that the rest of the movie was being filmed in Vancouver.

It seems as though CBR’s anonymous source may have been correct, but no further mention of “Daisy” has been reported anywhere else. Elsewhere, James Brolin has been pumping up at the gym for his role of Cable in the hotly anticipated sequel. Brolin took to his Instagram account to post a picture of him lifting weights with a caption reading: “Cable’s coming, growing from the inside. Clean building from a past of donut travel to the present hard case that he is. No sugar. No bread. No pastas. The machine is being built. I’m pissed off.”

In other Deadpool news, a 21-year old California man is in a bit of hot water after being arrested for sharing the first Deadpool movie on his Facebook page eight days after the movie was released. He has been charged with criminal copyright infringement, which is a felony and if convicted he faces up to three years in prison in addition to a hefty fine and probation. It has been reported that the man’s illegal stream received over 5 million viewers and could raise a monetary penalty of upwards of $2,500, not counting court fees and other costs. I would argue that the man be sentenced to stupid school, how could someone be that dumb?

Deadpool 2 is currently in production in Canada, which means more news will definitely follow. CBR’s source and Vancouver Island local news both reported that the filming took place within the castle leading one to speculate that we’ll get a better look into the X-Men mansion this time around. So far, filming was only scheduled for one day, but the castle is in a pretty well known neighborhood and the neighbors will definitely let the public know if and when the production rolls back into town. Check out pictures from the set below.

Deadpool 2 is being filmed at Hatley castle by my house. NO BIG DEAL. I’M NOT FREAKING OUT. MARRY ME RYAN!!!! pic.twitter.com/ejRBSKrNyg

— Rebecca Sky (@RebeccaSky) June 16, 2017

Deadpool 2 reportedly being filmed at @RoyalRoads#HatleyCastle. Have you spotted any of the stars? @CHEK_News#yyj#yyjfilmspic.twitter.com/xQADqCBHhK

— Ceilidh Millar (@CeilidhMillar) June 16, 2017

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Goldblum’s Jurassic World 2 Dialogue Is Pulled from Jurassic Park Book

It was announced earlier this year that Jeff Goldblum will officially be reprising his role as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2, and it has now been revealed that his dialogue will be taken straight from Michael Crichton’s original Jurassic Park novel. The first Jurassic Park movie came out 25 years ago and it was widely known that it was based off of Crichton’s novel of the same name, but that fact seems to have faded over time for younger generations getting into the new series. Crichton also wrote the sequel The Lost World, but as with most projects based on novels, the movies of both books changed quite a bit, angering some fans of the books.

Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World pretty much ignored the previous movies in the franchise, but he did bring back Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) and now we get to see the glorious return of Goldblum’s slightly scummy Ian Malcolm to J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World 2. Trevorrow is currently out promoting The Book of Henry, which has been getting torn apart in the media lately. Trevorrow spoke to MTV News (I guess that’s still a thing, where’s Kurt Loder?) to talk about The Book of Henry and the upcoming Jurassic World 2.

Trevorrow talks about some of Malcolm’s dialogue coming straight from the pages of Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel. He says this.

“You know, I did rely on Crichton for a lot. I used a lot of Crichton’s dialogue. Maybe one of my highlights of this whole process is Goldblum. Jeff Goldblum called me, and I’m not going to do an impression, but he was like, “Look, I’ve added a couple of things, and I thought I’d perform it for you”

Trevorrow laughs while recounting the story of Goldblum contacting him. It appears that fans of the original movie and novel aren’t the only ones ecstatic about the return of Jeff Goldblum to the Jurassic Park universe. Trevorrow continued his story about his phone call from Goldblum, highlighting the collaboration. He explains.

“So, we sat on the phone for an hour as he ran lines, and I talked about it. And I mean, that’s…It was better than being there on set. It was great.”

As it turns out, Colin Trevorrow took inspiration from Crichton’s original novel for parts of Jurassic World. The hypothetical situations that were mentioned in the novel made it into the final movie with Chris Pratt’s character sharing emotional connections with the raptors. That hypothetical situation was first brought up in the novel for Jurassic Park and other parts were taken straight from the pages of the novel’s follow up, The Lost World. It’s this type of detail that one hopes Trevorrow brings to Star Wars 9.

It is unclear at the moment how Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm will fit into the Jurassic World template. One could make the point that since some original dialogue is being used that maybe Malcolm could be used in a flashback scenario, but it’s still way too early to tell at this point. At any rate, Jurassic World 2 will open June 22, 2018.

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Will Ferrell Reveals Weird and Wild Original Anchorman Script

Will Ferrell reveals why Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is the favorite amongst his own movies along with its bizarre origins. Ferrell was on the Bill Simmons Podcast where he shared the story. Will Ferrell was still at Saturday Night Live with writing partner Adam McKay when the duo started writing a script that was loosely based off a “Glengarry Glen Ross meets a car dealership” called August Blowout. Everybody loved their script, but nobody would make it, so it sat on a shelf until Paul Thomas Anderson did a guest writing stint on SNL. Anderson mentioned that he had read the script and offered up his help to get their movie off of the ground.

Part of the reason that Ferrell loves Anchorman so much is because it was a nightmare to get made. Part of the reason may have been that the version that we all know and love was drastically different from what he and Adam McKay first had in mind. Ferrell explains.

” The first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia, and all the newsmen from around the country are flying in to have some big convention. Ron convinces the pilot that he knows how to fly the charter jet, and he immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. And it’s just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside.”

Ferrell probably shouldn’t have shared the initial plans because he could still go out and make this movie with different characters. Ferrell goes on to share the rest of the plot that involves killer orangutans with Chinese throwing stars. Read what Ferrell said below.

“They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to them, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars. So throughout the movie we’re being stalked by orangutans who are killing, one by one, the team off with throwing stars. And Veronica Corningstone keeps saying things like, ‘Guys, I know if we just head down we’ll hit civilization.’ And we keep telling her, ‘Wrong.’ She doesn’t know what we’re talking about. So that was the first version of the movie.”

Even after the duo made changes to the script to get it close to what it became, nobody would make the movie. Ferrell recalls getting 10 rejection letters in one day. It wasn’t until after the success of Old School that DreamWorks enthusiastically offered to make the movie. The comedian mentions that even after the movie was completed that they had to reshoot the ending and that some people just didn’t get the movie at all. Ferrell explains.

“We even had one of the marketing people at the studio at the time say to other members of the press, ‘Oh, you don’t even have to watch it. It’s not that good.’ I had a buddy of mine who witnessed a fight in a theater break out, like a verbal fight, where the movie was in its end credits and someone yelled at the screen, ‘Will Ferrell I want my money back!’ and someone went, ‘Screw you! That movie’s great!’”

It’s crazy to think that Anchorman almost didn’t get made. It’s even crazier to hear what the original idea for the movie was, but then again 2004 was a long time ago and Ferrell had not proven himself to be box office gold yet.

The difficult birth of Anchorman was worth it and that’s why it’s Ferrell’s favorite of his movies. Everybody loves Anchorman now and fans frequently repeat the dialogue to Ferrell and the other members of the cast on a daily basis. Empire magazine named it 113 in the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time and Ron Burgundy has become a part of the cultural lexicon.

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Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Responds as Coroner’s Report Is Released

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiners Office has officially found that “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors” led to the death of Carrie Fisher. Fisher died on December 27th, 2016 after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was just 60 years old and news of her death shocked the world. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away three days later after suffering a severe stroke at the age of 84. They were both buried together at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

ABC News reports that the coroner’s office listed sleep apnea as the cause of death in addition to atherosclerotic heart disease, which is a hardening of the arteries. And drug use. The report also determined the “manner of death has been ruled undetermined,” with the full autopsy report set to be released on Monday. The aforementioned factors may not have been the direct cause of Fisher’s death and the statement did not identify which drugs were in her system at the time, but drug use is widely known to make the symptoms of sleep apnea worse.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd issued a statement that is both emotional and straight to the point, highlighting her late mother’s open honesty about drug abuse and mental illness. Read Lourd’s statement below.

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died from it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.”

Lourd continues to speak about her mother’s struggles and she sought others to be open about their personal struggles as well. She explains.

“She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.”

Fisher’s openness about her struggles was seen as revolutionary and she helped many people understand that it was ok if there brain chemistry was a little bit off. After her untimely death many took to social media admitting that they had never even heard the term bipolar until Fisher started to publicly talk about her personal struggles. “If you claim something, you can own it, but if you have it as a shameful secret, you’re f$#%^&” Fisher told Vanity Fair in 2009. Her transparency and openness was refreshing and helped many to seek out help for themselves or loved ones.

Fisher was more than Princess Leia in Star Wars for too many people to count. Though she wasn’t the first artist to turn their personal strife into art, she was one of the first female actresses to openly admit it in a candid, humorous way. Fisher conquered her demons by accepting them. After she had accepted those demons she shared them publicly and never looked back, proving herself to be a light of hope for those who struggled and still struggle with mental illness. Carrie Fisher will next be seen in http://movieweb.com/star-wars-9-no-leia-carrie-fisher/Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will serve as her final film role.

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John Avildsen Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Rocky’ Director And ‘Karate Kid’ Helmer Was 81

UPDATE with statements from MGM’s Gary Barber, DGA: John G. Avildsen, who won the Best Director Oscar for 1977’s Best Picture winner Rocky that introduced the world to Sylvester Stallone, and who later helmed three Karate Kid movies, has died in Los Angeles. He was 81.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Avildsen’s eldest son said the director had pancreatic cancer.

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Avildsen, who started in the business as a cinematographer, broke into directing with movies like 1970’s Joe starring Peter Doyle and then Save The Tiger, which won Jack Lemmon a Best Actor Oscar in 1974. Three years later, he took on a script from Stallone and made Rocky, which also earned Stallone a Best Actor Oscar nom and launched one of moviedom’s most iconic franchises. The pair later reunited for 1990’s Rocky V.

“We mourn the loss of John G. Avildsen, one of America’s treasured filmmakers,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber. “Everyone remembers the first time when they saw Rocky. For over 40 years, the enduring classic underdog story about an every man overcoming all odds defined generations of moviegoers. He will always be remembered by his MGM family.”

The director found himself at the helm of another big franchise when he directed 1984’s The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. He also helmed the next two sequels. Other directing credits include 1981’s dark comedy Neighbors starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and 1989’s Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman as a tough inner-city school principal with a heart of gold.

John G. Avildsen told some great American stories in films such as “Save the Tiger,” “Rocky,” “Karate Kid,” “Lean on Me…” Rest In Peace.

— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) June 16, 2017

According to IMDb, he was attached to a pair of movies in development: a biopic of Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa and a road trip comedy Nate & Al starring Martin Landau and Josh Peck. A documentary, John G. Avildsen: King Of The Underdogs, won the docu prize at the Beverly Hills Film Festival this spring. It bows on VOD and Blu-ray on August 1.

Avildsen also served on the DGA’s National Board for three terms, including as First Vice President from 1978-1981, and among other roles was a member of the 1987 and 1996 negotiating committees. He also won the DGA Award for Rocky in 1976.

“We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of beloved director John Avildsen,” DGA president Paris Barclay said today. “His iconic Rocky, which won the DGA Feature Film Award in 1976, has been lionized throughout our culture as the quintessential underdog story — a recurring theme in his notable body of work which included Save The Tiger and The Karate Kid franchise. Throughout the decades, his rousing portrayals of victory, courage and emotion captured the hearts of generations of Americans.

“A prolific director, John always found the time to give back to his guild — from his service on our National Board as First Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, to his work on the Eastern and Western Directors Councils and DGA Negotiating Committee — advancing and protecting the creative and economic rights of directors. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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Bill Cosby Jurors Working Saturday After No Verdict This Week

After a fifth day of deliberations in Bill Cosby’s Pennsylvania criminal trial over the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand, the jury has adjourned for another night without reaching a verdict. Passing more than 50 hours of consideration of the case, the jury of seven men and five women will be back in the Norristown, PA courthouse Saturday to resume deliberations.

On Friday, the jury continued to ask Judge Steven O’Neill for questions and clarification in the case, in which the 79-year-old Cosby faces more than 10 years in jail if convicted of three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault. Having seen Cosby arraigned in December 2015 just before the state’s statute of limitations for sex crimes expired, this is the only criminal case again the actor despite more than 60 woman accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the decades.

As well as asking Friday to re-hear testimony from Constand’s mother, the jury wanted to look over the ex-Temple University employee’s cell phone records in the months immediately following the alleged assault at Cosby’s Philadelphia-area residence in January 2004. Additionally — and tea-leaf readers had many different assumptions as to what this question could mean — one of the requested clarifications asked for on Day 5 was the legal definition of the phrase “reasonable doubt.”

While the man once called “America’s Dad” admitted in his unsealed deposition in Constand’s civil case of more than a decade ago that he had Quaaludes to give to women for sex, and that he gave the Temple basketball staffer at least two Benadryl supposedly for stress, Cosby has always insisted the incident in question was consensual. In fact, Cosby’s defense lawyers during the trial and in their closing argument insisted the pair had a romantic relationship that was consensually intimate on at least three occasions. 

The jury on Thursday told O’Neill they were deadlocked in the case, raising the possibility of a mistrial. The judge told them to “try again.” And they did for the remainder of yesterday and today amid several unsuccessful attempts by the defense to have a mistrial declared.

While shutting down those efforts by Cosby’s lawyers, a clearly annoyed O’Neill also made a point Friday of making sure the actor understood he could be tried again by the Montgomery County D.A.’s office for the same or similar charges if a mistrial was declared.

The exchange with O’Neill wasn’t the only time today Cosby was vocal. In the afternoon, The Cosby Show star took to Twitter twice to thank supporters both outside the courthouse and elsewhere. Later on Friday, after several turns by his PR Rep Andrew Wyatt at a podium set up outside the courthouse, Cosby waved from a top-floor window to those assembled in front of the building.

That caused a stir, but Wyatt’s proclaimations to the media that the jury should be allowed to go home and that a mistrial was an acquittal and a win for Cosby really apparently got under O’Neill’s skin. At one point in court Friday, he essentially told the defense team to rein in the PR flack and curb his incorrect assessment about what a mistrial actually meant.

The trio of current charges against Cosby break down to “penetration, however slight” of Constand without her consent; that penetration happened while Constand was “unconscious or the defendant knows the complainant is unaware that the penetration is occurring”; and giving the victim an intoxicating drug for “the purpose of preventing resistance.” As has been the case throughout the deliberations, Constand and several police officers who worked on the case were in the courtroom today.

Cosby jury ends deliberations at 9:15. Judge notes they are seriously deliberating & working toward verdict. Now 52 1/2 hours.

— Montgomery County DA (@MontcopaDA) June 17, 2017

The trial began June 5 and wrapped June 12 after Cosby’s defense team called no witnesses.

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Donald Trump’s Financial Disclosure Has Hollywood Starpower

President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure released today by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics has provided the greatest detail yet of the CEO-turned-Commander-in-Chief since he ran and became President of the United States. The 98-page filing dropped today doesn’t include his much-discussed still-private tax returns, but it does show Trump’s income related to his Hollywood interests, including his annual SAG pension totaling $84,292, and monies from his production businesses that co-produced The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice.

In the filing (read it in full here) submitted by Trump on June 14, Trump reported assets totaling around $1.4 billion, with $596.3 million in total for the reporting period through April 15. His debts totaled more than $300 million.

Among his Hollywood assets, Trump reported income from Miss Universe LLP of $10,973,722, and his Trump Productions LLC — noted as the television production and entertainment business arm of the privately held Trump Organization — brought in income of $1,103,161 and is valued between $1 million-$5 million.

He also received stock dividends during the period that included from such entertainment-industry related companies as Comcast, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal Media LLC, Apple, Yahoo, Alphabet, Verizon and Microsoft.

Among the 12 books listed in the filing, royalties for 1987’s The Art Of The Deal grew to as much as $1 million as his profile rose during the GOP primaries and general election. Crippled America, published in 2015 the year he announced his POTUS run, netted royalties as high as $5 million.

Among his numerous golf holdings is Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, which was valued at more than $50 million, earning $14,982,417 in golf-related income and $12,035,000 in land sales.

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John G. Avildsen, Rocky & Karate Kid Director, Passes Away at 81

John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the iconic Rocky and also helmed all three Karate Kid movies, has passed away at 81. While no cause of death was revealed, the director’s representative confirmed his death in Los Angeles today. The filmmaker leaves behind a lasting legacy of telling some of the best underdog stories ever put on film.

Variety confirmed the director’s death with his rep earlier today, although no further details were given. It hasn’t been revealed yet if there will be any sort of public memorial service for the filmmaker. The man was born December 21 1935, in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, graduating from the prestigious Hotchkiss School and NYU. He got his start in the movie business by serving as assistant director on movies helmed by Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger.

The late filmmaker made his feature directorial debut in 1969 with Turn To Love, which he also served as the cinematographer on. He also worked in several different areas on other films, writing the scripts for movies such as Cry Uncle and OK Bill, which he also directed, serving as a cinematographer on Out of It, Cry Uncle, OK Bill and The Stoolie and even serving as the editor of several movies including all three Karate Kid movies that he directed. He kept working in the early 1970s by directing his first big hit Joe, starring Susan Sarandon, Save the Tiger in 1972 with Jack Lemon and a pair of 1975 movies, Foreplay and W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, before directing Rocky, which won him his first and only Academy Award.

The filmmaker was slated to direct the follow-up Rocky II, although he held out on directing the sequel in lieu of taking another project. Sylvester Stallone would end up directing Rocky II himself, along with Rocky III and Rocky IV, before John G. Alvidsen returned to the Rocky franchise by directing Rocky V in 1990. The late director would direct seven actors to Oscar nominees, including Rocky stars Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith and Talia Shire, The Karate Kid star Pat Morita and Save the Tiger stars Jack Lemon, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of Harry Stoner, and Jack Gilford.

After Rocky, John G. Avildsen directed Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978) starring Paul Sorvino, The Formula (1980) starring George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, Neighbors (1981) starring John Belushi and A Night in Heaven (1983) starring Lesley Ann Warren, before his blockbuster The Karate Kid became a worldwide sensation in 1984. He returned to direct The Karate Kid II in 1986, followed by Happy New Year in 1987, starring Peter Falk, For Keeps in 1988 starring Molly Ringwald and two hits in 1989, Lean On Me, starring Morgan Freeman and The Karate Kid III. He also directed The Power of One in 1992, 8 Seconds with Luke Perry in 1994, A Fine and Private Place in 1998 and Inferno in 1999 starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. According to IMDB, the filmmaker was in pre-production on his first film in nearly 20 years entitled Nate and Al, which has Richard Dreyfus, Josh Peck and Martin Landau attached to star. The filmmaker is survived by his four children, daughter Bridget, and sons Anthony, Jonathan and Ashley.

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Sony Pictures Television: Early Potential Candidates Emerge For Top Studio Job

It’s barely been 24 hours since Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht exited their posts as presidents of Sony Pictures Television to head programming for Apple, and the town already is buzzing with names of potential candidates to replace them.

Because Van Amburg and Erlicht’s departure happened pretty quickly, there wasn’t a succession plan in place. The process is barely starting, and there is no short list in place but there are a couple of hypothetical candidates that has people talking. Two of them have worked closely with new Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who is getting his first test two weeks into the job with the search for the top Sony TV post. Luckily, he comes from the TV side, so he knows well all movers and shakers there.

The three veteran TV executives buzzed about early on are former Fox and Regency TV president Gail Berman, who runs her own Fox Networks Group-based company, The Jackal Group; WGN America president and former EVP Matt Cherniss; and former NBC Universal TV Studios president Katherine Pope, currently head of TV for Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8.

Word is that there have been no discussions with any of the three, and it’s unclear whether Vinciquerra would actually pursue any of them but all are logical candidates having held top network/studio positions.

Vinciquerra has a personal relationship with Berman and Cherniss who previously had worked with him at Fox. Before the Sony TV job became vacant, Cherniss, who may not be available right away as he is still under contract at WGNA parent Tribune, had been rumored as a candidate to run programming for Sony’s Playstation. And Pope is already on the Sony lot, working for Sony-based producer Robinov. CBS and Warner Bros. took a similar route with former ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz who was a WBTV-based producer when he was drafted to become president of the CW.

While the guessing game is a favorite past time for industry types anytime a big job is open, those hypothetical early lists are always speculative and have to be taken with a big grain of salt. Let’s remember that Vinciquerra was nowhere near the initial rosters of “likely” candidates to replace Michael Lynton ay Sony. He emerged later in the process but went all the way.

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