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Martin Landau, Actor Who Won an Oscar for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89

Then, in 1994, he played Lugosi, the faded horror star — now elderly, poor and morphine-addicted — in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.” Johnny Depp played Wood, the enthusiastic but inept 1950s filmmaker, who befriends and employs Lugosi. Photo Mr. Landau, right, with Peter Graves, in a 1969 episode of the hit CBS suspense drama “Mission: Impossible.” Credit CBS Photo Archive, ...

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‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman Dies After Fall on Set

Photo A scene from Season 7 of “The Walking Dead.” Credit Gene Page/AMC John Bernecker, a stuntman for AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” died on Wednesday night after being injured on set in Georgia, according to a local county coroner. Mr. Bernecker suffered a fall and was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center, where he died around 6:30 p.m., the Coweta ...

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David Lynch Weaves Film History Into ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’

But Mr. Lynch’s perspective penetrates further into the smoke and fire of the blast, locating, it seems, the origins of the evil that the central characters of “Twin Peaks” are in constant battle with. This extraordinary sequence, using both a stationary camera and one that tracks forward with grim relentlessness, is scored with the Polish modernist composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Threnody ...

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‘Lady Macbeth’ Kills the Bonnet Drama, and a Few Other Things, Too

“The people who’ve gone before us have made a choice to not include black people in films, when black people were clearly there,” he said of other period films. “Ultimately, we did feel like we were more representative of that region and period.” Video Trailer: ‘Lady Macbeth’ A preview of the film. By ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS on Publish Date July 7, ...

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Why Hollywood Is Relying on China to Halt a Box Office Slide

Over all, box-office revenue in China totaled $3.7 billion in the first six months of the year, up 2 percent, an alarmingly low growth rate compared with what the market has delivered in the recent past. The slowdown is one reason the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents the six biggest Hollywood studios, recently hired an accounting firm to ...

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Quentin Tarantino Exploring New Movie on Manson Family

Photo Quentin Tarantino in January. The Oscar-winning writer and director is in the early stages of a new and as-yet-untitled project about the Manson family murders. Credit Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images Quentin Tarantino, known for his graphic and violent films, is reportedly tackling a real-life crime for his next project: a film about the Manson family murders. The Hollywood Reporter said ...

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Elsa Martinelli, Italian Model and Actress, Dies at 82

She eventually chafed under the contract she signed with Mr. Douglas. He wrote that he ended the deal because she was impatient about the money she was being paid. But she insisted that she ended it after he lent her to Universal Pictures for “Four Girls in Town,” which she called a “very bad film.” “I thought if he would ...

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Review: In ‘Swim Team,’ Autism Is No Barrier to Competition

Photo Mikey McQuay and his father, Michael, the coach of the Jersey Hammerheads, in “Swim Team.” Credit Nicole Chan/Argot Films Autistic children typically don’t have an easy time learning to swim. “Every kid in the pool is different,” notes Michael McQuay, the coach of a youth team in Perth Amboy, N.J. Some have sensory issues with touch and sound. That’s ...

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Review: Drama Students Aren’t Merely Players in ‘The Rehearsal’

Photo Ella Edward and James Rolleston in “The Rehearsal,” directed by Alison Maclean. Credit Mongrel International The talented director Alison Maclean has not made a fictional feature film since her superb 1999 adaptation of Denis Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son.” (She hasn’t been idle all this time, though; she’s worked extensively on TV series such as “The L Word,” “The Tudors” and ...

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Review: In ‘City of Ghosts,’ Fighting ISIS With Journalism

Photo A scene from “City of Ghosts,” a documentary by Matthew Heineman. Credit Amazon Studios/A&E Indie Films, IFC Films In 796, the caliph Harun al-Rashid moved the seat of the Muslim Empire to the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, on the banks of the Euphrates. There, Harun — the inspiration for a caliph in “One Thousand and One Nights” — ...

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