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Sammy Davis Jr Miniseries in the Works From Tom Hanks’ Playtone and Lee Daniels Entertainment

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Sammy Davis Jr Miniseries in the Works From Tom Hanks’ Playtone and Lee Daniels Entertainment
A miniseries on legendary crooner Sammy Davis Jr. is in the works from Lee Daniels Entertainment and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone production banners.

The project, titled “Sammy,” is in its early stages, but its producers are considering basing it off Wil Haygood’s 2003 book “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.”

Playtone has several Emmy-winning miniseries to its credit, including “Band Of Brothers,” “The Pacific,” “John Adams” and “Olive Kitteridge.”

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This isn’t the first attempt at a Davis Jr. biopic — a project was announced at Paramount Pictures in 2018 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Lionel Richie and Mike Menchel, as well as Davis’ estate, signed on as producers.

Davis was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor, comedian and activist known for doing comedic impressions of celebrities. From a young age,
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Sammy Davis Jr. Miniseries In Works From Lee Daniels & Playtone

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Sammy Davis Jr. Miniseries In Works From Lee Daniels & Playtone
Exclusive: Lee Daniels and his Lee Daniels Entertainment have teamed with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone to develop a miniseries about dancer-singer-actor-musician Sammy Davis Jr., I have learned.

The project, titled Sammy, is still in preliminary stages, but I hear the producers are circling the 2003 book In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. by Wil Haygood as source material.

For Lee, bringing Davis’ story to the screen has been a longtime passion; in 2013 there were reports about him eyeing a movie about the former Rat Pack-er that was in the works at HBO.

Meanwhile, Playtone brings in a strong track record with a slew of Emmy-winning miniseries including Band Of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams and Olive Kitteridge.

There have been multiple attempts at a Sammy Davis, Jr. biopic, most recently a project set at Paramount Pictures last year with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Lionel Richie
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Ocean’s Eleven Dresses up

Historical synopsis of the Saga

On June 5th, 2018 Ocean’s 8 premiered, collecting more than 300 million dollars at the box office, becoming the fifth success this famous and exciting saga gives us.

The fruits of success have not been strange to this film since it appeared in the middle of the 20th century; on August 10, 1960, to be more specific.

The first installment of this series of films was originally called Ocean’s 11, and had the participation of great actors of the time, as they were: Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

The plot takes place in Las Vegas, when a group of ex-soldiers intended to steal the five largest casinos in the city in a single night: the Sands Hotel and Casino, the Riviera Hotel and Casino, the Flamenco Las Vegas, the Sahara Hotel and Casino and the Di Hotel and Casino.

Everything they planned
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The Naked and the Dead

One of the splashier WW2 combat sagas adapts Norman Mailer’s respected book but ends up a bona fide mess. Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson and Raymond Massey flail about in a compromised screen story, augmented with side-dish appearances by sultry Barbara Nichols and — even though she’s allowed to contribute almost nothing — famous ecdysiast Lili St. Cyr. Let the search for outtakes begin.

The Naked and the Dead


Warner Archive Collection

1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date August 28, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Lili St. Cyr, Barbara Nichols, William Campbell, Richard Jaeckel, James Best, Joey Bishop, Jerry Paris, Robert Gist, L.Q. Jones, Max Showalter, John Beradino, Saundra Edwards, Lydia Goya, Val Hidey, Taffy O’Neil, Liz Renay, Grace Lee Whitney.

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Film Editor: Arthur P. Schmidt

Original Music: Bernard Herrmann

Written by Denis Sanders & Terry Sanders from the novel by Norman
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Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic is Set to Be Produced At Paramount Pictures

The Sammy David Jr. biopic is set up at Paramount Pictures and it will be produced by Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. According to Deadline, the project is on the fast track and they are in the process of hiring a writer and director to take on the life of the iconic entertainer who could do it all.

The movie will be based on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. that he penned with Jane and Burt Boyar. Davis’ heirs are also joining a producing team, which will also include Lionel Richie.

Apparently, Richie was the key to getting all the right deals done to be able to bring Davis’ story to the big screen. In a statement, he said:

“I cannot tell you how excited I am about the signing of the Sammy Davis Jr. project with Paramount. I knew and loved Sammy dearly.
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Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Happening at Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has set up a biopic following the legendary life of music icon Sammy Davis Jr., with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing through his first-look deal with the studio. The studio is said to be putting this project on the fast track to development, with the studio looking to hire a writer and director very soon. The project will be adapted from Sammy Davis Jr.s' 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr., which the musician wrote with Jane and Burt Boyar.

Producing alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura and his Only the Brave producing partner Mike Menchel will be another iconic musician, Lionel Richie. Richie was a key figure in obtaining all of the rights needed to put this project together. While Richie has a few acting credits to his name, this will mark his first foray into feature film producing. Here's what Richie had to say
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Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Project Sets Up At Paramount Pictures

Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Project Sets Up At Paramount Pictures
Exclusive: The biopic about Sammy Davis, Jr. now has been set up at Paramount Pictures, where producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has his overall deal. The project is on the development fast track, soon to be hiring a writer and a director to make the feature film about the dancer-singer-actor-musician to becoming a reality.

The movie will be based in large part on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. that he penned with Jane and Burt Boyar.

Davis’ heirs are joining a producing team led by Lionel Richie, di Bonaventura and Mike Menchel. The latter two most recently joined forces for Only the Brave, the feature about the 19 firefighting heroes who died during the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona.

Richie was the key to getting all the rights deals done to be able to bring Davis’ story to the masses. “I cannot tell you how excited
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Sammy Davis Jr.: I’Ve Gotta Be Me – Jff 2018 Review

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7pm

USA • English

Director: Sam Pollard

Documentary: 100 minutes

With musical introduction by close-harmony group The Caesars, including some Sammy Davis Jr. signature hits

In the late 1950s the Rat Pack was the pinnacle of cool, a collection of entertainer pals including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford – and Sammy Davis Jr. The multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr., the only African American member of that elite group, was a major star in the 1950s-1960s, although today less well-remembered than Sinatra. The documentary Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’Ve Gotta Be Me might correct that, introducing younger audiences to how amazingly talented Davis was, and how remarkable was his life.

Director Sam Pollard’s documentary Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’Ve Gotta Be Me is as much a crowd-pleaser as the charismatic star himself. Pollack takes us through Sammy Davis’ life and career,
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast suggestions: Jc Chasez, Billy Zane and more would be welcome additions

The four-week, all-athlete edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” got mixed responses from fans, but the show’s 27th season coming up this fall will return the show to its normal schedule, and there’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on the dance floor. Below is a list of male celebs I think the show should consider inviting to the ballroom to vie for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Do you agree with my picks? Check them out below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which you’d most like to see on “DWTS.” And feel free to let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see when the show comes back in September.

Jc Chasez

Chasez was a cast member on “The Mickey Mouse Club” along with other future stars like Britney Spears,
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Hollywood Flashback: How Sinatra and the Men of 'Ocean's 11' Made Vegas "Pop" in 1960

Hollywood Flashback: How Sinatra and the Men of 'Ocean's 11' Made Vegas
Ocean's 11 — the cinematic progenitor to the all-female Ocean's 8, out June 8.

The quintessential "Rat Pack" film starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop as a gang of World War II vets who plot a New Year's Eve heist on five casinos. Lawford first heard the idea in 1955 and bought the outline for $10,000 ($85,000 today).

Sinatra caught wind of it and brought it to Jack Warner, who liked it enough to order a script ...

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Hollywood’s Best Movie Remakes

Hollywood’s Best Remakes On 6th April, Bruce Willis will star in the new action-packed crime drama Death Wish directed by famed horror filmmaker Eli Roth.

Following an attack on his wife and daughter, Paul Kersey (Willis) dedicates himself to seeking justice for his family and also avenges other innocent victims he meets through his work as a doctor in a hospital. Set on bringing his own kind of justice to the city by whatever means necessary, the internet buzzes wondering who this hooded man is, asking “is he a hero, or is it wrong?” to take the law into your own hands.

As Death Wish is a remake of a 1974 film of the same name, we are celebrating its release on 6th April by looking back at some of the best remakes to have graced the big screen.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

When the Us remake of
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Hollywood and Las Vegas: The Perfect Movie Relationship

There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.

Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united
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Valley of the Dolls

High camp or just plain trash? A cultural-cinematic swamp in perfectly rotten taste, this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's supermarket 'dirty book' seeks out tawdry sleaze like no American movie had before. Junk beyond belief, and great entertainment if you're in a sick frame of mind. Valley of the Dolls Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 835 1967 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion, Lee Grant, Naomi Stevens, Robert H. Harris, Jacqueline Susann, Robert Viharo, Joey Bishop, George Jessel, Dionne Warwick, Sherry Alberoni, Margaret Whiting, Richard Angarola, Richard Dreyfuss, Marvin Hamlisch, Judith Lowry. Cinematography William H. Daniels Film Editor Dorothy Spencer Conductor / Music Adaptor John Williams Written by Helen Deutsch, Dorothy Kingsley Jacqueline Susann Produced by Mark Robson, David Weisbart Directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries Director, Dies at 81

Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries Director, Dies at 81
Sad news for movie fans. Iconic American filmmaker and legendary TV sitcom creator Garry Marshall has passed away. Perhaps best known for turning Julia Roberts into a household name with his classic 1990 romanic comedy Pretty Woman, the man succumbed to complications from pneumonia following a stroke. A Los Angeles resident most of his life, he died Tuesday night in a Burbank, California hospital.

Garry Marshall was 81 years old at the time of his passing. Along with Pretty Woman, he also helped establish actress Anne Hathaway as a true Hollywood star with both 2001's The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. A true legend in both the world of film and television, news of his untimely demise was first announced by Access Hollywood. Cause of death was then later confirmed by TMZ.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Marshall began his career on television writing for Jack Paar's Tonight Show.
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Rip Garry Marshall

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Happy Days. Overboard. Beaches. Pretty Woman. Garry Marshall had a hand in all of these, and it’s with a heavy heart that I report the legendary filmmaker and creator has passed away at the age of 81 due to complications of pneumonia following a stroke. Born in The Bronx in November of 1934, Marshall’s career began as a joke writer for comedians Joey Bishop and Phil Foster, before landing a gig writing for The Tonight Show. This got his foot in the door in the world of television, working on the like of The Joey Bishop Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Lucy Show, before creating his first t.v. show with Jerry Belson, Hey, Landlord, in 1966. His first contribution to popular culture came in 1974 when he created sitcom Happy Days, which led to two more Marshall created sitcoms, Laverne and Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Having previously had
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Garry Marshall Dies At 81: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy

TV will never be the same. Acclaimed producer Garry Marshall has died at the age of 81. The brother of Laverne & Shirley's Penny Marshall created the Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, Mork & Mindy, and Angie TV shows, and so much more.The Bronx-born son of Marjorie Irene and Anthony Wallace, Marshall began his career as a joke-writer for Joey Bishop. Marshall's other TV series work includes: Blansky's Beauties, The Brian Keith Show, Me and the Chimp, Love American Style, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, The Joey Bishop Show, and Make Room for Daddy.Read More…
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Comedy Icon Garry Marshall Dead at 81

Comedy Icon Garry Marshall Dead at 81
Garry Marshall, the beloved comedy legend who created TV hits like Happy Days and Mork and Mindy, and directed box office smashes like Beaches, Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, has died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California. He was 81.

A representative for Marshall confirmed his death to Rolling Stone. In a statement, Marshall's family said his funeral service would be private, but a memorial service is being planned for his birthday, November 13th.

Born in the Bronx in 1934, Marshall began his storied
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Garry Marshall, Happy Days Creator and Filmmaker, Dead at 81

Garry Marshall, Happy Days Creator and Filmmaker, Dead at 81
Garry Marshall, whose contributions to screens small and big included Happy Days and the original TV adaptation of The Odd Couple, died on Tuesday at age 81.

Access Hollywood was first to report on the legend’s passing; per TMZ, he died from complications from pneumonia.

A Bronx native and brother to actress/director Penny Marshall and TV producer Ronny Marshall Hallin, Marshall started out his career as a writer for Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Hour and The Dick Van Dyke Show. From there, he went on to develop for TV an adaptation of the Neil Simon play The Odd Couple,
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Ocean’s Eleven is Back: A Celebration of the Franchise

In recent years, Hollywood has come under increasing pressure to address what’s seen as a huge gender inequality issue within the movie industry. With an overwhelmingly positive response to Paul Feig’s upcoming all-female remake of Ghostbusters, and now the news of a possible Ocean’s Eleven reboot, this time with an all-star female cast, it’s looking like things may be about to change.

Rumours of the all-female sequel began to circulate last year, as reported by The Playlist. Since then there have been numerous reports of who will join the cast. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is reportedly set to step into the lead role, made famous by George Clooney in the 2001 remake of the original film and its sequels.

Hunger Games director Gary Ross has been tipped to direct the remake, which has the backing of the last trilogy’s director Steven Soderbergh, who is also rumoured
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Sandra Bullock to headline new all-female 'Ocean's 11' franchise

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Sandra Bullock to headline new all-female 'Ocean's 11' franchise
Ghostbusters” won't be the only franchise getting the all-female treatment -- Sandra Bullock has partnered with George Clooney to revive the “Ocean’s 11” series, this time with an all female cast! In the original “Ocean’s 11” film, starring Rat Pack actors Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop, a team of men set out to pull off a record breaking heist on New Years Eve. In Steven Soderbergh's revival of the series in 2001, George Clooney and Brat Pitt lead another all-male team to steal over $150,000,000 from the Belagio Casino in Las Vegas. Clooney and Pitt made two more films, rounding the “Ocean’s” franchise out to a trilogy. Now Indiewire is reporting that Clooney will be reviving the series again, this time with Sandra Bullock staring in the lead role, presumably as a female Danny Ocean. Her team will consist of all women, which
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