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How Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch Returns In Avatar: The Way Of Water

We film types talk a lot about James Cameron’s “Avatar” and its white savior story, often comparing it to a film like “Dances with Wolves.” Less discussed but just as problematic are the movie’s ableist overtones. Let it not be forgotten, Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster sees its main character happily dump his disabled human body in […]

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Tommy Morgan, Harmonica Soloist for ‘Dances With Wolves,’ ‘Roots’ and Hundreds More Film and TV Scores, Dies at 89

Tommy Morgan, a harmonica soloist who contributed to hundreds of movie and TV shows including “Roots” and “Dances With Wolves,” died June 23. He was 89.Morgan played on film soundtracks and record dates going back to the early 1950s. His estimated 7,000 recording sessions, according to statistics on his website, suggest that more people have […]

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Rami Malek, Simu Liu, Lady Gaga, Zoë Kravitz, and More to Present at Academy Awards

Updated, March 8: Ruth E. Carter (Oscar-winning costume designer of “Black Panther”), Anthony Hopkins (last year’s Best Actor winner for “The Father”), Lily James, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek (Best Actor winner for “Bohemian Rhapsody”), and Uma Thurman have all been added as Oscars presenters for the 94th ceremony.Earlier, March 3: After a long-haul […]

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Why ‘1917’ Is the Last Film That Should Be Winning the Oscar (Column)

There’s a feeling I always get at the end of a long Oscar night when the movie that won isn’t a terrible choice, but it’s the safe, blah, Mor predictable choice, the one that conforms to the dullest conventional wisdom about the kinds of movies Oscar voters prefer, because in the core of their being […]

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Voltage Pictures to sell Roland Emmerich’s ‘Maya Lord’

Centropolis, Voltage to present to Efm buyers on Thursday.Centropolis Entertainment and Voltage Pictures will produce the historical epic Maya Lord from Roland Emmerich as Voltage kicks off international sales at the Efm in Berlin.Emmerich will direct from a screenplay by Angela Workman (The Zookeeper’s Wife) that is in the vein of Dances With Wolves, The […]

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Disaster Movie Guru Roland Emmerich to Helm Historical Epic ‘Maya Lord’

Roland Emmerich, the master of blowing shit up, is tackling a historical epic. Emmerich will helm Maya Lord, a project being compared to Dances With Wolves, Braveheart and The Patriot. So long, exploding buildings. Hello, period costumes! While primarily known for directing big disaster movies like Independence Day, 2012, and The Day After Tomorrow, Roland […]

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