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River Phoenix's Final Film Picked Up By Lionsgate At Cannes

May 17th, 2014 11:42am EDT
River Phoenix
The final film starring late actor River Phoenix was been bought by Lionsgate films for distribution in North America at this year's Cannes Film Festival, over 20 years after the star's untimely death.

"When River died, the movie was totally cancelled and everyone went away," director George Sluizer told The Hollywood Reporter about his film 'Dark Blood.' "It was declared impossible to finish.

"The insurance company decided to destroy the film."

The 82-year-old Dutch director explained that the film, which was 65 percent complete at the time of Phoenix's death, was set to be destroyed, b...
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11 Stars Who Passed Away Mid-Production

April 8th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
11 Stars Who Passed Away Mid-Production
The death of a favorite actor or actress usually brings about feelings of sentiment and regret. Sentiment over the enjoyment of the deceased actors body of work and regret that they will no longer be gracing moviegoers with their talent. But when stars die during the production of a movie, death brings with it an entirely new set of problems. Would and should the picture be released to the public? How to handle the endless questions about a deceased star while keeping your film's integrity intact?

These famous faces tragically did not see their last works to completion. Some never made it ...
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Kiefer Sutherland Misses 'Wonderful Young Actor' River Phoenix

January 25th, 2012 9:07am EST
Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland is still mourning the loss of his friend and "Stand By Me" co-star River Phoenix because the young actor was on course to become one of the greats.

Phoenix was just 23 when he died outside Los Angeles club The Viper Room in 1993, and Sutherland admits he still can't believe such a promising star is gone.

The 24 star says, "I liked River Phoenix so much and he passed at such an early age and he was one of those wonderful young actors.

"He couldn't have been more than 13 or 14 at the time (we made Stand By Me) and he was the one that would call you in your room every nigh...
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Happy 40th Birthday Christina Applegate

November 25th, 2011 7:30pm EST
Christina Applegate
Not only is she gorgeous, hilarious and down to Earth - Christina Applegate looks damn good for turning the big 40 today! Best known for playing Kelly Bundy, the dumb blonde, on the FOX sitcom Married...with Children, Christina has surpassed any stereotype she may have earned from that role and turned her career into a very successful one. Growing up in Hollywood with a producer father and an actress mother definitely helped out her career but Christina made a name for herself, independent from her parents. Although she did make her television debut with her mother on Days of Our Lives, her...
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'Five Films' – In Memory Of Sidney Lumet

April 11th, 2011 10:51am EDT
Sidney Lumet photo
Sidney Lumet: 1924-2011: The movies have lost one of their magical masters. Dramatic wunderkind Director Sidney Lumet, who sadly died on Saturday April 9, 2011 at the age of 86 after suffering from lymphoma, was a classic old school filmmaker. Making interesting stories and the characters within his focus, Lumet was the maestro behind such work as "Network," "The Verdict" and "Dog Day Afternoon," with his films tallying an impressive thirty-six nominations and whopping thirty-three wins. And even though he never won an Oscar for his amazing directing (he got the 'Honorary Award' in 2005)...
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Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
SuperBad
Making the transition from adolescence into adulthood is a critical phase in an individual's life. This coming-of-age period, which has been coined "emerging adulthood" by Clark University research professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, is characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, a belief in boundless possibilities, and feeling in-between. According to Arnett's theory, in industrialized societies the types of experiences that people have who are in their late teens to mid-20's have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Instead of being quick to make that walk down the ...
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A Salute To Our Favorite Fat Kids In Film

May 28th, 2009 9:45am EDT
The Goonies
Sure, it's true that childhood obesity is a serious problem that menaces the health and well-being of many American tots, whose rate of becoming the deep-fried and taterized variety has risen significantly over the past 30 years. Yet, we are not here to discuss alarming statistics or to point fingers (at the fast food industry for example) for America's increasingly doughy population. No siree. Rather, we come here today to raise our soda-filled glasses to pay tribute to all of those wonderful pie-faced kids who have cinematically graced us with their weighty presence over the years. So, he...
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25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...
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Leonardo DiCaprio Was 'Horrified' By Ledger And Phoenix Deaths

January 12th, 2009 12:47pm EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo Dicaprio has never been tempted to dabble in drugs after growing up on a heroin-riddled neighborhood - and was left horrified when fellow actors Heath Ledger and River Phoenix died from overdoses.

The Titanic star was brought up by his mother in a Los Angeles suburb that was rife with drugs and prostitution. And being exposed to substance abuse from an early age put DiCaprio off ever experimenting for himself.

He says, "I knew drugs were bad, even as a little kid. Seeing the effects that drugs had on my block, seeing heroin addicts, it made me think twice about ever get...
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Harrison Ford's Seven Best Films (Not Including 'Star Wars')

May 20th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford is, without question, one of the biggest box office stars of all time. With the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Thursday it couldn't be a better time to take a look back on the seven best movies of Ford's career.

We purposely left the Star Wars trilogy off the list considering those are not really "Harrison Ford movies" and quite an entity unto themselves. Plus, we do not need every movie on this list being a "Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" movie. At times we do like to be challenged.

Once a surefire box office success, lately it has...
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Top Five Best/Worst Action Sequels

May 19th, 2008 12:23pm EDT
Indiana Jones
With summer now upon us, people across the country will be flocking to multiplexes everywhere. Let's face it, this summer will usher in yet another season of sequels. With highly anticipated action films such as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "The Dark Knight," and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," it is only fitting to take a look back at the top five best and worst action sequels of all time.

Best Action Sequels:

5. Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are reluctant allies as they try to hunt down a villain who is all...
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Dreadlocked Jason Castro Sent Packing On 'American Idol'

May 8th, 2008 8:56am EDT
Jason Castro
After several weeks of theatrical and soulful themes, this week's round of performances on "American Idol" arrived like a breath of fresh air. Heading into Tuesday night's show, I was hoping for an upbeat night and that is exactly what I got. It was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night. If only Michael Johns could have been there, I thought. But nonetheless, each performer brought something exciting and unique to the stage.

David Cook kicked off the show with his rock n' roll version of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." For me, this song was featured in a made for television mov...
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Celebrity Spotlight: Casey Affleck

February 4th, 2008 1:36pm EST
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck is an Academy Award-nominated actor, but many people know him as Ben Affleck's little brother. Affleck was born Caleb Casey Affleck on August 12, 1975, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Affleck attended George Washington University and later transferred to Columbia University where he studied Physics, Astronomy and Western Philosophy.

Affleck's first film role was in the 1995 Gus Van Sant dark comedy "To Die For," which also starred Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix. He than appeared in the box office flop "Race the Sun."

In 1997, Ben, Casey and Matt Damon's career ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 23

August 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Scott Caan
Happy Birthday to Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin (1982), The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas (1978), LA Laker Kobe Bryant (1978), actor Scott Caan (1976), Crazy Town singer Shifty (1974), "Star Wars Episode I" actor Ray Park (1974), actor River Phoenix (1970; d. 1993), actor/comedian Jay Mohr (1970), singer/soap star Rick Springfield (1949), "Cheers" actress Shelley Long (1949), British actor David Robb (1947), The Who drummer Keith Moon (1947; d. 1978), novelist Nelson DeMille (1943), "I Dream Of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden (1934), actress Vera Miles (1929), singer Tex Williams ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 23

August 23rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Rick Springfield
Happy Birthday to Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin (1982), The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas (1978), LA Laker Kobe Bryant (1978), actor Scott Caan (1976), Crazy Town singer Shifty (1974), "Star Wars Episode I" actor Ray Park (1974), actor River Phoenix (1970; d. 1993), actor/comedian Jay Mohr (1970), singer/soap star Rick Springfield (1949), "Cheers" actress Shelley Long (1949), British actor David Robb (1947), The Who drummer Keith Moon (1947; d. 1978), novelist Nelson DeMille (1943), "I Dream Of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden (1934), actress Vera Miles (1929), singer Tex Williams ...
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