Paul Newman

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Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 83 years old. Newman was nominated for 10 Academy Awards during his lifetime and he finally won a Best Actor trophy for reprising his role as Eddie Felson in 1986's The Color of Money.The Academy also awarded Newman the Honorary Award in 1986 and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1994. In addition to acting, Newman was an avid racing enthusiast and he also donated to charity thanks to his "Newman's Own" line of spaghetti sauces and salad dressings.

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Dissecting New 'W.' Clips

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By Phil Contrino With less than a month before the release of Oliver Stone's latest film, W., more footage is making its way to the masses. As is usually the case with Stone, it's certainly worth talking about it. The theatrical trailer that has just been released online via Yahoo! Movies takes a similar to approach to the television spot that has been making it's rounds and then expands upon it with new footage. ...

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The Flakes of Wrath

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And speaking as we were yesterday of the great ZaSu Pitts , it has not escaped our attention that there is a certain irony to the fact that the self-same woman who starred in Erich Von Stroheim 's mangled 1924 masterpiece Greed (still the Great White Whale of film preservationists) is probably best known for her role as the ditzy sidekick on 50s TV's The Gale Storm Show. But did you know that Pitts was also a great cook and that some of her recipes for sweets were collected in the culinary masterpiece Candy Hits by ZaSu Pitts (first published posthumously in 1963 and still available )?

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LaBeouf Pushes Forward With 'Eye'

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By Phil Contrino Shia LaBeouf's last two films have each crossed the $300 million mark domestically. To put that into perspective, most actors don't star in so much as a $100 million grossing film during their entire careers. Then again, the argument can certainly be made that with well-known properties such as Transformers and especially Indiana Jones, even Pauly Shore could rake in big bucks at the box office. Of course, LaBeouf may not need any established properties to bring people to the theatre at this point in his career. He may have already built a solid name for himself.

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Ranking 'Terrace'

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By Phil Contrino While nobody would ever accuse Samuel L. Jackson of being the most discriminating actor when it comes to picking his film roles, he does have a pretty solid track record at the box office. With a total haul of $15 million this past weekend (updated: 9/23) , Terrace lands somewhere in the middle on the list of Jackson's best opening weekends. It should come as no surprise that the actor's best opening weekend comes from Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, which brought in $108.

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Adapting 'Choke'

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By Phil Contrino Sex addiction. Underground fight clubs. Jet crashes. These are just some of the topics that populate the world of best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk. Yet until now, the only time that any of his blistering works of fiction have made it to theatres was in 1999 with David Fincher's Fight Club. While Club only grossed $37 million domestically during its theatrical run, it has since gathered a considerable cult following and many consider it to be one of the best films of the 90's.

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Looking Ahead: October

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By Phil Contrino How To Lose Friends and Alienate People Release Date: October 3 Director: Robert B. Weide Cast: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox, Gillian Anderson, Danny Huston Distributor: Paramount Right off the bat, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People has a built-in audience thanks to the success of Toby Young’s memoir, which serves as its base.

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