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‘Thirteen Lives’: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell & Joel Edgerton Headline Ron Howard’s Upcoming Drama

Last year, around this time, people were predicting that Ron Howard’s most recent film, “Hillbilly Elegy,” would be a major Oscars player and potentially land Amy Adams her first trophy. Well, things didn’t necessarily go as planned. But that isn’t going to stop Ron Howard from landing major actors for his films that seemed primed […]

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‘The Mandalorian’ Director Bryce Dallas Howard Confirms ‘Apollo 13’ Homage in Episode 3

Well, it turns out that making great content set in outer space runs in the family. Director Bryce Dallas Howard confirmed she included an homage to Apollo 13, the 1995 movie directed by her dad Ron Howard, in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 3 “The Heiress.” The latest episode of The Mandalorian marks Howard’s return […]

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Tom Pollock, Risk-Taking Ex-Universal Chairman, Dies at 77

Tom Pollock was not your ordinary studio chief. Trained as a lawyer, Pollock chaired Universal Pictures for nine years (1986 to 1996) and went on to partner with Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company, chair the Board of Trustees at the American Film Institute, and teach at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pollock steered Universal […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Apollo 13’ Set for Release on 50-Year Anniversary of Launch

In today’s film news roundup, “Apollo 13” gets a three-day re-release, “Calm With Horses” gets a home, and Malin Akerman’s action-comedy “Chick Fight” rounds out its cast.Anniversary Release“Apollo 13” will be re-released to 600 North American theaters on April 5, 6 and 8, nearly 50 years after the liftoff of the ill-fated 1970 space mission.Fathom […]

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Concert Review: ‘Apollo 13’ Revisited With Live to Picture Performance

A screening of “Apollo 13,” Ron Howard’s dramatization of the “successful failure” mission to the moon in 1970, doubled as a touching tribute to the film’s late composer, James Horner. The American Youth Symphony performed Horner’s entire score, live to picture, at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday.The composer died in a plane crash in 2015 […]

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Fly men to the moon: Ad Astra and the toxic masculinity of space films

Brad Pitt’s saga is the latest sci-fi film to fall back on stereotypes of heroic men and emotional womenBrad Pitt has not minced his words while talking about his new space epic Ad Astra, in which he plays a stoic, closed-off astronaut with daddy issues. “What we were really digging at … was this definition […]

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