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SYNOPSIS

A 12-minute short based on the Beatles’ song “Girl.” A boy and girl walk toward each other in a park. Both daydream of love, marriage and their future together. But they pass and continue walking in opposite directions. Music by St. Louis Union.

CREDITS

  • Director: Paul Williams
  • Cast:

    Sue Kingsford

    ,

    David Collins

  • Producer: Edward R. Pressman

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Golden Eagle Award for non-theatrical film

    TRIVIA

  • Edward R. Pressman’s first film.

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SYNOPSIS

Over Summer vacation, Paul (Barry Gordon) attempts to woo sexy Christine (Lada Edmund Jr.) away from her jock boyfriend Russ (Jon Voight).

CREDITS

  • Director: Paul Williams
  • Screenplay:

    Paul Williams

  • Cast:

    Jon Voight

    ,

    Barry Gordon

    ,

    Lada Edmund Jr.

  • Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Associate Producers: John G. Avildsen, Thomas Sand

  • Distributor:

    United Artists

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • OCIC Award (Paul Williams)/Berlin International Film Festival, 1970

  • Interfilm Award (Paul Williams)/Berlin International Film Festival, 1970

  • Nominated:
  • Golden Berlin Bear (Paul Williams)/Berlin International Film Festival, 1970

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The Revolutionary (1970)

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SYNOPSIS

A college student wrestles with his conscience in this exploration of radical left wing activity in the late 60′s. Based on the novel, The Revolutionary by Hans Koningsberger.

CREDITS

  • Director: Paul Williams
  • Screenplay:

    Hans Koningsberger

  • Cast:

    Jon Voight

    ,

    Robert Duvall

    ,

    Seymour Cassel

    ,

    Jennifer Salt

  • Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Associate Producers: Hans Koningsberger, John Pellat

  • Distributor:

    United Artists, MGM Home Entertainment

MEDIA

    TRIVIA

  • Jeffery Jones’ movie debut

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SYNOPSIS

In 1959, Kit (Martin Sheen), who has killed several people, and his new girlfriend Holly (Sissy Spacek), who watched him do it, are adrift in a double fantasy of crime and punishment across South Dakota and Montana. They’re playing make-believe but the bullets and bloodshed are very real. Inspired by a real-life 1958 Midwestern killing spree. Writer/director Terrence Malick imaginatively transforms their story into a provocative study of people alienated from everyday life—but fascinating to us.

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    Among the great American crime movies, 1973’s Badlands stands alone.

    " - Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

CREDITS

  • Director: Terrence Mallick
  • Screenplay:

    Terrence Malick

  • Cast:

    Martin Sheen

    ,

    Sissy Spacek

    ,

    Warren Oates

  • Producer: Terrence Malick

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Co-Producer: Jill Jakes

  • Associate Producer: Louis A. Stroller

  • Distributor:

    Warner Bros.

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Golden Seashell (Terrence Malick), Prize San Sebastian Best Actor (Martin Sheen)/San Sebastian International Film Festival, 1974

  • Nominated:
  • Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Sissy Spacek)/BAFTA Awards, 1975

    TRIVIA

  • Terrence Mailck's feature film directorial debut.

  • Sissy Spacek met her future husband, Jack Fisk on this film. Source: Imdb

  • Badlands received a place in Steven Jay Schneider’s film reference book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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SYNOPSIS

John Belushi was the high school sweetheart who ruined her reputation with lies. Richard Jordan was the college lover that she almost married. Keith Carradine is the unstable brother of her first real love. Talia Shire is Diane Cruise, a woman whose life has shattered into a myriad of pieces after the dissolution of her marriage. She decides to delve into her past and seek out the men who marked her milestones of her life.

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    Gripping, dramatic, well-acted and intelligently written.

    " - Gene Shalit, NBC Today Show

CREDITS

  • Director: Joan Tewkesbury
  • Screenplay:

    Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader

  • Cast:

    John Belushi

    ,

    Richard Jordan

    ,

    Talia Shire

    ,

    Keith Carradine

    ,

    Buck Henry

    ,

    John Houseman

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Michele Rappaport

  • Executive Producer: Paul Schrader

  • Associate Producers: Will Hokin, Alan Stern

  • Distributor:

    AVCO Embassy Pictures (US)

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SYNOPSIS

Postwar America was a time of status quo, a conventional era at which three unconventional people thumbed their noses, lives foreshadowing the social and sexual upheavals of the 1960s: Jack Kerouac, Carolyn Cassady and Neal Cassady, the free spirit who became the heroic model for Kerouac’s landmark novel On the Road. Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek and John Heard star in writer/director John Byrum’s atmospheric portrait of the trio that marched to the sound of the Beat Generation before it was labeled by the media. In bringing to heartfelt big-screen life this poignant three-way love affair, each star gives an impressively revealing performance. All roads in mainstream America once led to tract homes just like those in Heart Beat. But Jack, Carolyn and Neal threw that road map away.

CREDITS

  • Director: John Byrum
  • Screenplay:

    John Byrum

  • Cast:

    Nick Nolte

    ,

    Sissy Spacek

    ,

    John Heard

    ,

    Ray Sharkey

    ,

    David Lynch

    ,

    John Larroquette

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, David Axelrod, Alan Greisman, Michael Shamberg

  • Executive Producer: William Tepper

  • Distributor:

    Orion/Warner Bros.

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    TRIVIA

  • Jack Kerouac’s only child, Jan Kerouac, was an extra.

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SYNOPSIS

Talking Heads front man David Byrne visits a typical (and fictional) Texas town on the eve of its Celebration of Specialness. Along the way he meets various colorful characters, most notably Louis Fyne (John Goodman), a big-hearted bachelor in search of matrimony.

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    The most joyous and inventive rock movie-musical since the Beatles scrambled through Help!

    " - JAY CROCKS, Time

CREDITS

  • Director: David Byrne
  • Screenplay:

    David Byrne, Beth Henley, Stephen Tobolowsky

  • Cast:

    David Byrne

    ,

    John Goodman

    ,

    Swoosie Kurtz

    ,

    Spalding Gray

    ,

    Annie McEnroe

  • Producer: Gary Kurfirst

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Co-Producer: Karen Murphy

  • Associate Producers: Michael Flynn, Neal Weisman

  • Distributor:

    Warner Bros.

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Nominated:
  • Best First Feature (David Byrne, Gary Kurfirst), Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman)/Independent Spirit Awards, 1987

    TRIVIA

  • The British band Radiohead took their name from the song "Radio Head" featured in this film.

  • 50 sets of twins appear in the movie.

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SYNOPSIS

A series of short skits and parodies of television shows, cartoons and movies.

CREDITS

  • Director: Peter Winograd
  • Screenplay:

    Larry Arnstein, David Hurwitz, Lane Sarasohn, Peter Winograd

  • Cast:

    Pamela Sue Martin

    ,

    Joan Hackett

    ,

    Martin Mull

    ,

    Richard Belzer

    ,

    Betty Kennedy

  • Producers: David Axlerod, Bert Kamerman, Irving Axelrad

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Salah M. Hassanein

  • Associate Producer: Edward Glass, Barry Schoor, Penn Sicre

  • Distributor:

    Media Home Entertainment, Fox Video, Amazon.com

MEDIA

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SYNOPSIS

William Walker (Ed Harris) and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d’etat. All is being financed by American multimillionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle), who has his own interest in this country.

CREDITS

  • Director: Alex Cox
  • Screenplay:

    Rudy Wurlitzer

  • Cast:

    Ed Harris

    ,

    Richard Masur

    ,

    Marlee Matlin

    ,

    Rene Auberjonois

    ,

    Marshall Bell

    ,

    Peter Boyle

  • Producers: Angel Flores Marini, Lorenzo O’Brien

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Associate Producers: Debbie Diaz, Michael Flynn

  • Distributor:

    Universal Pictures

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    AWARDS

    Nominated:
  • Golden Bear (Alex Cox)/Berlin International Film Festival, 1988

    TRIVIA

  • On the commentary of the Criterion Collection DVD, Alex Cox says that he believes that Walker is his best work.

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SYNOPSIS

Acerbic radio talk show host Barry Champlain (Eric Bogosian) discovers that his controversial talk show is about to be “picked up” nationally. He finds himself in a state of turmoil with a crazed love life and fears that the management of the network will try to alter the content of his show. To make matters worse, he copes with the burden of being harassed by a neo-Nazi angered by his forthright opinions – angered enough to kill. Based on the play by Eric Bogosian and Tad Savinar.

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    Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio makes you laugh, makes you mad and keeps you edgily watching for the killers in the shadows.

    " - MICHAEL WILMINGTON, Los Angeles Times

CREDITS

  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Screenplay:

    Oliver Stone

  • Cast:

    Eric Bogosian

    ,

    Ellen Greene

    ,

    Alec Baldwin

    ,

    Leslie Hope

    ,

    Michael Wincott

    ,

    John C. McGinley

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, A. Kitman Ho

  • Associate Producers: Diane Schneier, Neal Weisman

  • Distributor:

    Universal Studios

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Silver Bear Outstanding Single Achievement (Eric Bogosian)/Berlin International Film Festival, 1989

  • Nominated:
  • Golden Bear (Oliver Stone)/Berlin International Film Festival, 1989

  • Best Director (Oliver Stone), Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Best Male Lead (Eric Bogosian)/Independent Spirit Awards, 1989

    TRIVIA

  • The screenplay was almost entirely based on Bogosian's original play and some biographical information about Alan Berg, a Denver talk show host who was murdered by white supremacists in 1984.

  • Michael Wincott also played the role of Kent in the stage version.

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To Sleep With Anger (1990)

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SYNOPSIS

Generational disputes between the family patriarch, Gideon (Paul Butler), his wife Suzie (Mary Alice) and their two married sons, Junior (Carl Lumbly) and Babe Brother (Richard Brooks) become amplified when an unexpected visitor drops in. Enter Harry (Danny Glover), a smiling charmer from the old days in the Deep South and a bona fide trickster who serves as a catalyst to explore the conflicting beliefs of this middle-class black family.

  • "

    …a tantalizing study of the haunting effect of the past on the present… it’s a showcase performance for Glover and easily the best of his career.

    " - JAMIE RUSSELL, BBC Online

CREDITS

  • Director: Charles Burnett
  • Screenplay:

    Charles Burnett

  • Cast:

    Danny Glover

    ,

    Sheryl Lee Ralph

    ,

    Mary Alice

    ,

    Paul Butler

    ,

    Richard Brooks

    ,

    Carl Lumbly

  • Producers: Thomas S. Byrnes, Caldecot Chubb, Darin Scott

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Danny Glover, Harris Tulchin

  • Associate Producers: Michael Flynn, Linda Koulisis, Ron Stacker Thompson

  • Distributor:

    The Samuel Goldwyn Company

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Director (Charles Burnett), Best Male Lead (Danny Glover), Best Supporting Female (Sheryl Lee Ralph), Best Screenplay (Charles Burnett)/Independent Spirit Awards, 1991

  • Special Jury Recognition – Dramatic (Charles Burnett)/Sundance Film Festival, 1990

  • Best Screenplay (Charles Burnett)/National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA, 1991

  • Nominated:
  • Best Feature, Best Female Lead (Mary Alice), Best Supporting Female (Ethel Ayler)/Independent Spirit Awards, 1991

  • Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic (Charles Burnett), Sundance Film Festival, 1990

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Waiting for the Light (1990)

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SYNOPSIS

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, two children cause an explosion in their neighbor’s backyard that leads everyone to believe a miracle has taken place. As pilgrims flock to the small town, their wild Aunt (Shirley MacLaine) comes to the children’s rescue and helps them carry on the illusion.

CREDITS

  • Director: Christopher Monger
  • Screenplay:

    Christopher Monger

  • Cast:

    Shirley MacLaine

    ,

    Teri Garr

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Ronald M. Bozman, Caldecot Chubb

  • Associate Producers: Michael Flynn, Linda Koulisis

  • Distributor:

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

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SYNOPSIS

When Rich Bower (Oli “Power” Grant) decides to leave behind his life of crime and reinvent himself as a hip-hop impresario, he is confronted for the first time by the internecine dealings of the white world. Documentary filmmaker Sam Donager (Brooke Shields) and her fascinatingly perverse husband (Robert Downey Jr.) enter the scene as they follow a group of privileged uptown teenagers who, intrigued by Rich and his crowd, find themselves drawn to the hip-hop lifestyle. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to all, NYPD detective Mark Clear (Ben Stiller) attempts to trap Bower by blackmailing his childhood friend, Dean (Allan Houston), a popular college basketball player.  When Dean’s malevolent girlfriend (Claudia Schiffer) tells Rich about the sting, she sets in motion a chain of events that will change everyone’s lives forever.

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    Black And White is not smooth and well-oiled, not fish, not fowl, not documentary, not quite fiction and not about any single theme you can pin down. Those points are all to its credit.

    " - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

CREDITS

  • Director: James Toback
  • Screenplay:

    James Toback

  • Cast:

    Robert Downey Jr.

    ,

    Mike Tyson

    ,

    Brooke Shields

    ,

    Jared Leto

    ,

    Joe Pantoliano

    ,

    Ben Stiller

    ,

    Allan Houston

    ,

    Elijah Wood

    ,

    Claudia Schiffer

    ,

    Scott Caan

    ,

    Gaby Hoffmann

    ,

    Bijou Phillips

    ,

    Marla Maples

    ,

    Method Man

    ,

    Oli “Power” Grant

  • Producers: Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer, Ron Rotholz

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Hooman Majd

  • Co-Producer: Beata Rosenbaum

  • Associate Producers: Oli ‘Power’ Grant, Raekwon, Alinur Velidedeoglu

  • Distributor:

    Screen Gems & Sony Pictures Video

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    TRIVIA

  • Claudia Schiffer had to have her ears pierced specifically for this role. source: Wikipedia

  • Brooke Shields wore a nose ring for this film, for which she had her nose temporarily pierced. source: Wikipedia

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SYNOPSIS

Alan (Adrian Grenier), a Harvard basketball player, is dating Cindy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the daughter of a mob boss, and Chesney (Joey Lauren Adams), the daughter of his philosophy professor. While attempting to keep the two girls a secret from each other, Alan has to face financial difficulties, a debt from the mob, and the FBI. Harvard Man shows the trials of college life played out against a background of love, sex, basketball, crime, and experimentation.

CREDITS

  • Director: James Toback
  • Screenplay:

    James Toback

  • Cast:

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    ,

    Adrian Grenier

    ,

    Eric Stoltz

    ,

    Rebecca Gayheart

    ,

    Joey Lauren Adams

  • Producers: Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Michael Burns, Donald Kushner, Peter Locke, Jeff Sackman, Phil Mittleman (Co-Executive Producer), Ron Rotholz (Co-Executive Producer)

  • Co-Producer: J. Miles Dale

  • Associate Producers: Jeff Franks, Alinur Velidedeoglu

  • Distributor:

    Cowboy Pictures

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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

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SYNOPSIS

Who’s the certified circumcised private dick that’s a sex machine to all chicks? Meet Semitic Super Stud, Mordechai Jefferson Carver, a.k.a. The Hebrew Hammer (Adam Goldberg). When a psychotic Santa (Andy Dick) tries to destroy Chanukah by hypnotizing Jewish children with bootlegged copies of the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, it’s up to The Hebrew Hammer to save the day. Together with Mohammed (Mario Van Peebles), head of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, The Hammer takes no prisoners in his quest to hunt down the renegade Santa and make the holiday season safe for all.

  • "

    Titular character (Adam Goldberg) brings Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal (Judy Greer) to climax with his sweet nothings: ‘I want to have lots of children by you. I want to get a good-paying, stable job. I want for our children to go to private schools . . . Also, on a daily basis, I want you to tell me what to do, where to do it and how I should live my life.’ Simply put: the greatest Jewish love scene in the history of film.

    " - ABBY SCHREIBER, Heeb Magazine, MARCH 1, 2009

CREDITS

  • Director: Jonathan Kesselman
  • Screenplay:

    Jonathan Kesselman

  • Cast:

    Adam Goldberg

    ,

    Andy Dick

    ,

    Judy Greer

    ,

    Mario Van Peebles

    ,

    Rachel Dratch

    ,

    Peter Coyote

    ,

    Nora Dunn

    ,

    Annie McEnroe

    ,

    Grant Rosenmeyer

    ,

    Harrison Chad

  • Producers: Lisa Fragner, Josh Kesselman, Sofia Sondervan

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, John Schmidt

  • Associate Producers: Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof

  • Distributor:

    Comedy Central Films

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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

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SYNOPSIS

Much as an actual Diane Arbus photo transports us into strange and unfamiliar worlds, Fur travels through the looking glass to explore the transformation of a shy woman into a powerfully original artist. Nicole Kidman stars as ‘Diane Arbus’, a devoted wife and mother whose innate talents and dark obsessions are profoundly at odds with the conventional life she leads in 1958 New Yorik. Robert Downey Jr. co-stars as ‘Lionel’, an enigmatic new neighbor who launches Diane on her journey to becoming the artist she is meant to be. Inspired by Patricia Bosworth’s book Diane Arbus: A Biography.

CREDITS

  • Director: Steven Shainberg
  • Screenplay:

    Erin Cressida Wilson

  • Cast:

    Nicole Kidman

    ,

    Robert Downey Jr.

    ,

    Ty Burrell

  • Producers: Laura Bickford, Andrew Fierberg, Bill Pohlad, Bonnie Timmerman

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Alessandro Camon, Michael Roban

  • Co-Producers: Patricia Bosworth, Gerry Robert Byrne, Vincent D. Farrell III, Mary Jane Skalski

  • Distributor:

    Picturehouse Entertainment

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Golden Fleece/Golden Trailer Awards, 2007

    TRIVIA

  • Director Steven Shainberg's uncle, Lawrence, was a close friend of Diane Arbus. source: IMDb

  • Robert Downey Jr. played a small part in Greaser's Palace, a film by his father, filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., which starred Diane Arbus’ ex-husband Allan. source: IMDb

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