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John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner

John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner
John Heard — best known for his roles in Home Alone and The Sopranos — died in a Palo Alto, California, hotel room after suffering a heart attack.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office tells People the 71-year-old suffered “a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.”

Despite previous speculation, the coroner says Heard’s back surgery shortly before his July 21 death did not play a role. “The manner of death is natural,” reads a statement from the coroner’s office.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard appeared
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John Heard Was ‘Filled with Optimism’ In Final Interview Before His Death: ‘He Just Wanted to Work’

John Heard Was ‘Filled with Optimism’ In Final Interview Before His Death: ‘He Just Wanted to Work’
In the days before his death, John Heard was eager to put his health woes behind him and get back on the big screen.

In his final interview, Tuesday on Illeana Douglas’ I Blame Dennis Hopper podcast, the seasoned actor opened up about his roles in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone. However, it was comments made off-mic that revealed his hopes for the future.

“He was filled with optimism and hope that he would get this back surgery and begin to start working again! That’s where he was happiest,” Douglas wrote in
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‘Never Not Good’: Elijah Wood, Michael McKean and More Remember Actor John Heard

‘Never Not Good’: Elijah Wood, Michael McKean and More Remember Actor John Heard
The life of actor John Heard — the star known for his role in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone — is being remembered by his Hollywood costars and admirers.

Heard died Friday in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirmed to People. He was 71.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard had a number of high-profile costars.

“Sad to hear of John Heard’s passing,” wrote actor Elijah Wood — who worked as a young boy with Heard in 1992’s Radio Flyer.

Heard
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John Heard, Star of ‘Home Alone’ Series, Dies at 72

John Heard, Star of ‘Home Alone’ Series, Dies at 72
John Heard, an actor best known for playing Macaulay Culkin’s dad in the original “Home Alone” movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, California. He was 72. The Santa Clarita medical examiner’s office confirmed the death to People. According to TMZ, the actor was found dead in a hotel after recovering from a “minor back surgery” on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center. In a four-decade career, Heard accumulated scores of credits but was particularly known for supporting roles in high-profile ’80s and ’90s movies such as “Big,” “After Hours,” “Beaches,” “Gladiator” and “The Pelican Brief.” Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) He.
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Home Alone Star John Heard Dead at 71

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Home Alone Star John Heard Dead at 71
John Heard — the actor known for his role in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone — died Friday in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirms to People. He was 71.

Heard’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The details of his death have not yet been relesaed.

According to TMZ, the Washington, D.C. native was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering from a “minor back surgery” he had on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood
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John Heard Dead at 72

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John Heard Dead at 72
John Heard, the beloved star of several huge 80s and 90s movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, CA ... TMZ has learned. Heard was found dead in a hotel by the maid service ... according to family sources. Police were called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. The coroner is investigating, and cause of death is unclear at this time. We do know this ... according to his rep,
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Hasbro’s Thor: Ragnarok tie-in toys revealed

Hasbro has revealed its upcoming line of tie-in toys for Marvel’s cosmic superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok which includes a Hulk Gladiator interactive figure, a Hulk mask, Hulk smash FX fists, a 12 inch Thor electronic figure, and Thor’s rumble strike hammer; take a look at the official promotional images here…

See Also: Hasbro reveals new Marvel Knights and Thor: Ragnarok Legends Series figures

Marvel’S Thor: Ragnarok Hulk Gladiator Interactive Figure

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Fall 2017)

Smash into action with this 13-inch electronic Hulk figure! With the push of a button, kids can hear Hulk’s signature phrases and sound effects. This electronic Hulk figure recognizes and interacts with the electronic Thor figure (sold separately). Includes movie-inspired gladiator deco and battle accessory. Requires 3 AA batteries, included.

Marvel’S Thor: Ragnarok Hulk-out Mask

(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2017)

Kids can easily pretend to transform
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Horror Highlights: Dolly Deadly, Like A Bat Outta Hell, The Cursed, A Haunting At The Park Hotel, Flytrap, Dark Cove, Dam Sharks!

We have a packed Horror Highlights today! Heidi Moore’s Dolly Deadly creeps its way onto Blu-ray on August 23rd. Also: release details for Like a Bat Outta Hell, The Cursed, and A Haunting at the Park Hotel, as well as home media info for Flytrap, Dark Cove, and Dam Sharks!

Dolly Deadly Blu-ray Release Announced and Cover Artwork Revealed: Press Release: “Dolly Deadly is a feature film of the psychological horror/revenge genre written by Heidi Moore and Cassandra Sechler. It’s sure to be a little creepy, a bit silly, and a lot of fun (think Troma meets John Waters).

The story of Dolly Deadly revolves around the warped psychology of a tormented young boy who can only relate to his doll collection, and the only relief from the pain in his life comes with slaughtering those he has learned to hate the most. Everyone in his trailer park!
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‘Left To Die’ Review

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Stars: Natalie Burn, Vinnie Jones, Daryl Hannah, Edward Furlong, Jason London, Robert Davi, Michael Paré, Christa Campbell, David Keith, Michael Copon, Daz Crawford, Augie Duke, Benny Urquidez | Written by Mark Atkins, Natalie Burn, Ryan Priest | Directed by Mark Atkins

What makes distributors think that joe public will grab any Vinnie Jones movie off the supermarket shelf sight unseen? The man isn’t exactly the bastion of quality direct to market movies these days (have you seen the godawful Kill Kane?) Thankfully I took a look at the rest of the credits for Left To Die and it was those that sold me on buying this gem of a film on iTunes, Not Mr. Jones… After all, just look at that cast: Daryl Hannah, Edward Furlong, Jason London, Robert Davi, Michael Paré, Christa Campbell, David Keith and there’s even a cameo by Benny “The Jet” Urquidez – a veritable who’s who of Dtv megastars!
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BAFTA to honour Angels Costumes

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Costume house that has serviced films from Hitchcock to Hammer and Harry Potter to receive honourary BAFTA.

Angels Costumes is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 14.

Now in its 175th year, Angels Costumes is the world’s longest-established and largest professional costume house, and has worked with film luminaries including Alfred Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg on features from the Ealing Comedies, films produced by Gainsborough Studios and Hammer, to the Carry On films, Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter.

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of film producer Michael Balcon and previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, [link
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Soothe Your Edc Las Vegas Fomo By Catching The Live Stream Here

If you didn’t get to make it to Electric Daisy Carnival‘s flagship festival in Las Vegas this year, we know what you’re going through. You probably don’t even want to get out of bed and start your day, food doesn’t even taste good, and life has lost all meaning since you don’t have a massive of such a scale to look forward to anymore. Well we’re not going to tell you that we can put you there – that would be a lie, and not even a remotely believable one – but we can do the next best thing: link you to the live stream.

That’s right, it’s time to get out of the tub and put those razor blades away because starting at 8:30 Pst many of the biggest performances happening at Edc Las Vegas will be available by live stream through Yahoo Live.
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The James Clayton Column: You need The Raid 2, you need violent films

Feature James Clayton 11 Apr 2014 - 06:14

With The Raid 2 arriving in UK cinemas too, James wants a word about violent movies...

The Raid 2 is now out in cinemas. I really recommend that you go and see this film. In fact, I urge you to stop whatever you're doing right now and head directly to the nearest movie theatre so that you can experience it immediately. True, it may not be showing for several hours, but that just means you'll get there early and that would be ideal. You're going to need time to settle into your seat and get comfortable before the carnage unfolds.

Still here? Get up, get out and go see The Raid 2. I am mentally slapping you across the face (with a dash of silat martial arts style) as I write this in the hope that I can telekinetically shock some sense into you
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Review: Renny Harlin's 'The Legend of Hercules' a Dull, Lazy Knockoff

It's awesome the amount of brawn is working over brain in The Legend of Hercules, the latest sword-and-sandals actioner - Sure, that's still a genre - which just so happens to be directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight). Harlin is a man who made similarly brawn-over-brain actioners all through the 1990's, movies which hit that awesome meter pretty much throughout. Now he makes WWE movies. Unfortunately what hobbles the enjoyment in The Legend of Hercules is not the action, but how awkwardly and lazily the movie rips off other, better films. It's just a lame knockoff of 300, Gladiator, and Braveheart, and no amount of chest meat Kellan Lutz puffs out can distract us from that. More below! Lutz plays the mythical half-man, half-God son of Zeus, birthed to Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) and King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins). Pay attention. There's gonna be a test, but it's multiple choice.
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Big Update In Bitter Title Fight Between Hollywood Giants

Big Update In Bitter Title Fight Between Hollywood Giants
The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.' dispute over "The Butler" added another wrinkle late on Friday as the MPAA approved the former's use of the title "Lee Daniels' The Butler" for the upcoming film.

The Wrap appeared to break the news, followed closely by THR and Deadline.com. All industry publications had been following the story -- which sent Harvey Weinstein himself to the airwaves to put pressure on Warner Bros. and the MPAA -- for the duration of the conflict. The dispute centered on Warner Bros.' claim that a 1916 short film of the same name should be enough to prohibit TWC from using the words "The Butler" in the title for a new movie (more information on the original complaints and rulings below.)

Friday's news was touted as a victory by The Weinstein Company, which had previously been banned from using the words "The Butler" in
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Sdcc 2013: Check Out The ‘Breakneck’ Prequel Comic Book Cover To ‘Praetorian’

Not only is Latino-Review.com getting into the movie making business but the digital comic book publishing business as well.

Check out below the Hot cover to our first comic book by dope artist Mark Alvarado (who is absolutely Crushing it for us) called Praetorian, the official prequel comic book which leads into Breakneck.

What is Praetorian? Back in the day during the Roman Empire, the Praetorian Guard were a special force of skilled and celebrated troops serving as the personal guard of Roman Emperors. You seen them in movies like Gladiator. Many of our Tier One Operators in the armed services like Seal Team Six aka Devgru are considered a modern day Praetorian Guard.

Being a huge G.I. Joe comic book fan growing up as a kid, my interest in Black Ops and Tier One Operators continue to this day with such comic books as Nathan Edmonson’s excellent The Activity.
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Director Pleads Case To Studio In Title Fight: 'I Am Heartbroken'

The battle between Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company over the "The Butler" took another turn on Wednesday when director Lee Daniels sent a letter to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara requesting that the studio back off from its attempt to force "The Butler" to change titles.

"I have spent the last four years of my life working on the film, 'The Butler,' and it is the proudest moment of my professional career. I am heartbroken as I write this letter to you," Daniels wrote in the letter, which was provided to Deadline.com and also The Hollywood Reporter. "If we were to change the title a mere six weeks before we open, it would most certainly hurt the film by limiting the number of people who would ultimately see this important story."

Daniels' film tells the story of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), a White House
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Oprah Winfrey Movie In Battle Over Title

Oprah Winfrey Movie In Battle Over Title
The Weinstein Company has set Aug. 16 to release "The Butler," Lee Daniels' historical drama about a White House staffer (Forest Whitaker) who served through eight administrations. Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman, James Marsden, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyleowo all star in "The Butler," a title that may very well find itself among films mentioned for the 2014 Oscar race. Unless it changes titles.

According to Deadline.com, Warner Bros. has begun attempts to prevent The Weinstein Company from calling Daniels' film "The Butler" when it's released next month. The issues stems from the fact that Warner Bros. has a film in its library with the same title. HuffPost Entertainment reached out to TWC for comment on the title fight, but has not yet received a response.

As Deadline.com notes, the tangle mostly amounts to a high-stakes example of gamesmanship between the two studios.
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Vikings - Episode 6 Recap

Robb Ghag recaps the sixth episode of The History Channel drama Vikings....

This was one of the best episodes of Vikings so far. One battle renews as one comes to a bloody end. After the challenge sent forth by Ragnar in the last episode, my mind went to several other movies and shows set in this time period.

It immediately went to Gladiator where the King cheats and eventually Maximus dies on the sands in the arena. But this is Vikings, and a death for our hero has to be something spectacular, not just a battle with his chieftain … a bitter battle with the King of England is something more likely for Ragnar.

The episode begins with Floki being brought forth to the Earl who reluctantly accepts the challenge from Ragnar. The night before the battle Ragnar and Lagertha have one night of passion as she tries to convince him to flee instead of fighting.
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‘Elizabeth’ a dynamic and visually rich tour de force

Elizabeth

Directed by Shekhar Kapur

Written by Michael Hirst

UK, 1998

The trouble with biopic is that, for the most part, the real life story of the big name doesn’t fit into any kind of cinematic format that we have become accustomed to over the years, and there seems to be a rule that the further back the setting, the more creative license can be employed. Historians may scream blue murder, educated audiences may turn up their nose, but a necessity of storytelling is spinning a decent yarn; hence Titanic, hence Gladiator, hence Braveheart. Approach such material with the perspective of ‘historical fiction’ and chances are you’re going to enjoy the drama of proceedings much more than, say, the damp squib loyalty to fact at the expense of dynamism of this year’s Hitchcock. Taking plenty of liberties but providing a fresh dose of excitement and intrigue to the
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Oliver Twist Is Back For More

Gruel-requesting, Fagin-following scamp Oliver Twist is heading back to the big screen with Sony fast-tracking a 'reimagining' of the Charles Dickens character and his pickpocketing pal, the Artful Dodger, in Dodge And Twist. Set 20 years after Dickens left them in various states of gladness and misfortune, screenwriter Cole Haddon's tale promises adventure and more of the kind of criminal activity that made the Dodger such a fixture on Her Maj's most-wanted list. The two characters are found on opposite sides of the law and a plot is afoot to unburden the Queen of her crown jewels.The Hollywood Reporter highlight Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes movies as a reference point for the combination of snap and crackle that Sony and Monsterfoot Productions are looking for from this adaptation of Ahmet Zappa's idea. Haddon, meanwhile, has an NBC series Dracula upcoming and comic books The Strange Cases Of Mr.
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