FD News: ‘Die Hard’ to live forever; Gottfried passes; ‘Josie’ to open Mammoth Film Festival
Sophie Turner’s drama Josie to open first ever Mammoth Film Festival
Sophie Turner’s indie drama Josie is due to open the inaugural Mammoth Film Festival, dubbed the tiny-Sundance, on February 8, 2018. The pic, directed by Eric England (Get the Girl) and written by Anthony Ragnone II (Endings, Inc.), centers on a solitary man living a dull existence in a sleepy town. “It’s a real honor to have such a prestigious title as Josie open our first ever Mammoth Film Festival,” commented festival founder and organizer Tanner Beard.
Howard Gottfried, producer of the Oscar-winning film Network, passes away
Howard Gottfried, a former executive at United Artists, has passed away aged 94. Throughout his long and varied career, Gottfried helped to produce The Hospital (1971) and the Oscar-winning film Network (1976). During his time at United Artists, the award-winning producer oversaw the company’s involvement in television hits such as Gilligan’s Island and The Patty Duke Show.
Yippee-ki-yay; Die Hard enters the National Film Registry where it will die hard forever
The Christmas classic Die Hard, with Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction) and Alan Rickman (Galaxy Quest) in the lead, has been selected as one of 25 motion pictures to enter the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The film has been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, and will now become the life’s work of many historians, as they attempt to preserve it until the end of time. James Cameron’s Titanic, Richard Donner’s The Goonies, Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus will also receive similar treatment.