Today’s specials:


HE STAYED ON TARGET.
Star Wars fans, it is a day to mourn. We’ve lost Porkins.

He also had memorable roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark and A River Runs Through It. And he was the voice of an extraordinary audiobook version of Moby Dick.

ONLY ONE FILM PER COUNTRY GETS TO PLAY
The annually-screwed Foreign Language Oscar category has named its list of qualifying films for the year. As usual, each country only gets to submit one film for consideration. So, if the ten best films of the year were all made in France, it wouldn’t matter… only one of them would qualify for consideration at the Oscars. Ah… America… what a country.

HERE COMES MAGDALENA
A comic book hero named Patience, who is apparently a descendent of Mary Magdelene, is coming to the big screen. It’s a Gale Ann Hurd project.

The film’s present-day action-adventure storyline draws on elements of biblical history, reminiscent of “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. “‘Magdalena’ is exactly the kind of project we love: a strong female lead character, a story with rich mythology, and compelling characters,” said Hurd. “The religious overtone adds a new dimension to the adventure story, while Kevin Taft’s terrific storyline still deals with realistic, contemporary issues in an entertaining and relatable way.”

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