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Billy Drago, ‘Untouchables’ Star, Dies at 73

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Billy Drago, ‘Untouchables’ Star, Dies at 73
Billy Drago, who often played harming but chilling gangster roles and appeared in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” and Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider,” died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73.

The character actor played Al Capone’s henchman Frank Nitti in 1987’s “The Untouchables.”

On TV series “Charmed,” he put his reptilian stare to good use as the demon Barbas in several episodes over five seasons.

Born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kan., his actor-director father was said to be of Native American origin. His mother’s family was of Romany extraction; he took their name Drago as his stage name. Starting out as a stuntman, he moved to New York and beginning his acting career.

Drago started acting in the late 1970s, appearing in films including “Cutter’s Way,” “No Other Love” and “Windwalker.” On television, he had guest roles in “Hill Street Blues,
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Northern Exposure revival in the works with Rob Morrow returning

CBS is in development on a revival of the Emmy Award-winning 90s comedy-drama series Northern Exposure, with show creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey attached and Rob Morrow on board to reprise his role as Dr. Joel Fleischman.

According to THR, the series would serve as a continuation of the original show, with Joel returning to Cicely, Alaska for the funeral of an old friend, which reunites him with some of his former neighbours, along with a new set of quirky characters.

Northern Exposure premiered in 1990 and followed Dr. Joel Flesichman, a New York City native who moves to Ciceley, a small town in Alaska, to repay the state for underwriting his medical education. The show ran for 110 episodes across six seasons, while the cast also included the likes of Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, John Cullum, John Corbett, Darren E. Burrows, Elaine Miles, Cynthia Geary and Peg Phillips.

The Northern
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‘Northern Exposure’ Revival in Development at CBS

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A revival of “Northern Exposure” is currently in development at CBS, Variety has learned.

Original series star Rob Morrow will reprise his role as Dr. Joel Fleischman, who returns to Cicely, Alaska, for the funeral of an old friend. Once there, he finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones.

Morrow will also executive produce in addition to starring. Fellow original series star John Corbett is attached as a producer, though he is not set to appear in the revival at this time.

Josh Brand will write and executive produce, with Morrow, John Falsey, and Ben Silverman executive producing. Universal Television will produce. Brand and Falsey co-created the original series. The duo also co-created the medical drama “St. Elsewhere” as well as shows like “A Year in the Life,” “Going to Extremes,” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

“Northern Exposure” ran for six seasons and over 100 episodes
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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival
If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

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Designing Women Cast Will Reunite at Atx Festival 2017

Designing Women Cast Will Reunite at Atx Festival 2017
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

The casts of two popular ’80s television series are reuniting at Atx Television Festival next year.

On Thursday, the Austin-based festival announced the cast and creator of CBS’ Designing Women will reunite for a special 30th anniversary panel. Stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook and Douglas Barr will join creator and executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for the event. The festival is also planning retrospectives for Bloodworth-Thomason’s Evening Shade and Hearts Afire.

The cast of the quirky CBS comedy-drama Northern Exposure will also get together at Atx next year.
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‘Love Is Strange’ – Cast Interviews

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In the New York Premiere of the narrative film Love Is Strange, Ira Sachs shines in his writing and directing of the challenges faced by two mature gay men, played by Alfred Molina and John Lithgow.

Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) are a same sex couple living in New York who get married after spending 39 years together. However, with George being a music teacher in a Catholic school, he is fired after the marriage and now he and Ben must decide what to do since they cannot afford their apartment. Just recently married, they are separated to go into different living quarters, with Ben moving to Brooklyn and George staying with neighbors. In Brooklyn, Ben stays with his nephew and his family, Elliot (played by Darren Burrows), Kate (Marissa Tomei) and their son Joey (Charlie Tahan), all the while George now lives with Roberto (Manny Perez) and Ted (Cheyanne Jackson
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Leeds International Film Festival 2014 Review – Love is Strange (2014)

Love is Strange, 2014.

Directed by Ira Sachs.

Starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows and Charlie Tahan.

Synopsis:

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Love is Strange is a film about love and modern city living, and how those things aren’t necessarily always simpatico. After getting married to Ben (John Lithgow), his partner of 39 years, George (Alfred Molina) is fired from his job as a Catholic school music teacher for “making a statement.” Faced with financial difficulties, George sells his apartment with his new husband and they each agree to live separately with friends while looking for a new place. Separated – George rooms with two cop friends, Ben stays at the home of his nephew
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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The Stars – September 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September
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Film Review: Sachs' Latest Comparable to Bergman, Godard, De Sica

Love Is Strange’ movie review: Gay romantic drama is ‘beautiful in every way’ (photo: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in ‘Love Is Strange’) Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love of ethereal, aesthetic beauty in all its forms, it is a film that reaches for the truth — the deepest truths of what we often call “the human condition.” For all these reasons I love Ira Sachs’ movie as much as it wishes we would love each other. I love the artistry of it. I love what it has to say and that it’s something seldom said. I love that it is forgiving. Without hyperbole, I tell you that Love Is Strange is the stuff of Jean-Luc Godard (Notre Musique and In Praise of Love), Vittorio De Sica (Umberto D.
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Love Is Strange Review

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Love Is Strange opens today in limited release.] “Write what you know,” is a common piece of writing advice. I don’t know how much of Ira SachsLove Is Strange is autobiographical, but it feels true to life. Boring, boring life. Because the film feels true to life, it also feels like one of the most self-indulgent films I’ve ever seen. Sachs is completely oblivious to what its audience would find remotely interesting or even emotionally relatable. The director takes his central relationship, one featuring great chemistry between Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, and completely undermines it with a hypocritical narrative. Not content to ruin his picture’s strongest asset, Sachs also drags his movie down with worthless side-plots and then tries to give his picture the illusion of depth and emotion with cheap tricks and unearned sentiment. Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) have been together for 39 years, and they’ve finally tied the knot now
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‘Love Is Strange’ tells the wrong story

There is a wonderful scene in Ira Sachs’ new film, Love Is Strange, in which Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) share a drink at a venerable gay bar in New York City. Ben relates a powerful story to the bartender, in which he and several gay friends marched into that very same bar nearly 4 decades earlier, newspaper reporters in tow, and demanded to be served. It began a revolution of sorts, instituting a level of acceptance never before seen in the gay community. Clearly in awe, the bartender thanks Ben for his bravery and gives them a free round of drinks. Ben and George, a romantic couple who have been together for 40 years, look at one another and share a mischievous laugh. George chides the obviously-lying Ben, “You’ll do anything for a free drink!”

This scene masterfully draws upon the shared experiences—the pain, the joy, the
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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Love Is Strange’, ‘Are You Here’, ‘To Be Takei’, ‘Winter In The Blood’, ‘The Olivia Experiment’, ‘Expedition To The End Of The World’

Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Love Is Strange’, ‘Are You Here’, ‘To Be Takei’, ‘Winter In The Blood’, ‘The Olivia Experiment’, ‘Expedition To The End Of The World’
There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira SachsLove Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay marriage takes the spotlight this weekend courtesy of Starz Digital doc To Be Takei about the multi-faceted actor/activist and social media talent who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in TV’s original Star Trek. It will be joined by Millennium Entertainment’s Are You Here with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler which will open day and date by Mad Men writer Matthew Weiner.
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Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange
In a summer of movie romances, Love Is Strange is the one that cuts deepest. Without the usual bull and spackled-on sentiment, it hits you like a shot in the heart. Director Ira Sachs, who wrote the subtly nuanced script with Mauricio Zacharias, intuitively knows where attention must be paid.

George (Alfred Molina), a music teacher, and Ben (John Lithgow), an artist, have lived together in Manhattan for nearly 40 years. When state law finally allows them to marry, they do so happily among family and friends. But being legal gets
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Love Is Strange | 2014 Review

Married Life: Sachs’ Latest a Subtle Portrayal of Love, Marriage, and Familial Bonds

Following on the heels of his 2012 film, Keep the Lights On, which documented a rather tumultuous and sometimes toxic relationship between two gay men over the course of a decade, director Ira Sachs delivers what is perhaps his most heartfelt and warmly observed film thus far. While many of the central relationships depicted in Sachs’ works are marked by melancholy and discord, whether that be the arresting loneliness of the superb Dina Korzun in Forty Shades of Blue (2005) or the dark comedy underpinning the extra-marital affair in Married Life (2007), here with Love is Strange, we are graced with a couple played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, partners of nearly forty years that have finally taken it upon themselves to exchange overdue marriage vows.

After thirty nine years of living together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George
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Love Is Strange Review

Love, for being such a harmonious emotion, has received numerous lashings from pop culture over time. It’s been likened to a battlefield, dubbed crazy and stupid – hell, it’s even been called a “motherf&cker” by Old School - but I believe writer/director Ira Sachs hit the nail on the head by simply stating “Love Is Strange.” How does one capture such a wild, untamed emotion in one movie, guiding us from a lustful spark’s initial lighting all the way to its bittersweet flickering out? Easy, he doesn’t. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina may fearlessly play two long-time lovers in what appears to be a typical genre setup, but Sachs merely uses the homosexual couple as a wonderful portrayal of love’s rawest state – avoiding preachy civil rights issues and obvious statements about equality. Instead, Sachs suggests we live, laugh, love, and touch as many hearts
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Watch: First Look At John Lithgow In Trailer For ‘Love Is Strange’

Ira Sachs’ forthcoming drama, Love Is Strange, has a new trailer.

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star as Ben and George, a same-sex couple who finally get round to tying the knot. But the course of true love never did run smooth. You see, George is a Catholic music teacher and when his boss (that’s the archdiocese) finds out, he suddenly finds himself without a job. Faced with having to downsize their living space, the couple have no choice but to part for a while and stay with different friends and family. But will their relationship survive?

Check out the trailer below:

Love Is Strange is fresh from Sundance Film Festival this year and has a solid cast in Lithgow and Molina. Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Harriet Sansom Harris, Darren E. Burrows, Christian Coulson and John Cullum also star. It comes to cinemas from August.

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Love is Strange Movie Review

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Love is Strange Movie Review
Title: Love is Strange Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Ira Sachs Screenplay: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias Cast: Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Cheyenne Jackson, John Cullum Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/23/14 Opens: August 22, 2014 The recession brought on by the bankers and Wall Street may be over, but tell that to the hundreds of thousands of newly minted college grads who must remain living with their parents because they can’t find jobs. But what about the millions of people who have been laid off from their jobs, have gone through unemployment benefits, and are still [ Read More ]

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Love Is Strange Trailer Showcases John Lithgow And Alfred Molina Brilliantly

You don’t often get films that truly reinvent a general dynamic that we’ve seen countless times before, but Love is Strange is such a film. You’ve seen older people in love, and you’ve seen married couples go through various hardships. Hell, you’ve even seen people thrown into the deep end of the generational conflict pool. But, you’ve never seen two aging gay men forced to live apart, who have to make sense of things all over again.

The casting of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina couldn’t be better, if the trailer can be believed. Even just from what you get here it look as though both of them hit every note perfectly, and its a film that requires them to take on a lot more than your average story.

Take a look at this one, and watch for it on August 22nd. This
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Check Out The New Poster & Trailer For Love Is Strange; John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Star

Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer and poster for the upcoming drama Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina and it looks absolutely charming.

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home.

While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom.

While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family
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Watch: Alfred Molina and John Lithgow Show Us Why 'Love Is Strange' In This Delightful Trailer

Watch: Alfred Molina and John Lithgow Show Us Why 'Love Is Strange' In This Delightful Trailer
Ira Sachs' latest film, "Love Is Strange," is already on its way to becoming one of this year's most beloved films and it hasn't even been seen by most outside the festival circuit. So for now, this new trailer will have to do.  Read More: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Give Their Best Performances In Years As Struggling Couple In Ira Sachs' Tender NYC Drama 'Love Is Strange' The drama, which first premiered at Sundance, stars Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a long-time couple who finally get married after 39 years together. But just as they're about to settle into married life, Molina's character gets fired from his job as a Catholic school music teacher. The couple are forced to move out of their apartment and end up living with friends and family -- separately. Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson also star. Check
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