Purple Rain, Platoon, and Boys Don’t Cry added to National Film Registry

Movies including Purple Rain, Platoon Boys Don’t Cry, and Clerks have been selected for preservation by officials at America’s National Film Registry.Every year, 25 films are selected by executives of the U.S. Library of Congress to be added to the reg…

Movies including Purple Rain, Platoon Boys Don’t Cry, and Clerks have been selected for preservation by officials at America’s National Film Registry.

Every year, 25 films are selected by executives of the U.S. Library of Congress to be added to the registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” important and at least 10 years old.

This year, films selected for preservation include Oliver Stone’s 1986 Best Picture winner Platoon, his Vietnam War epic starring Charlie Sheen, Kevin Smith’s directorial debut Clerks, one of the lowest-budget modern films on the list, and 1984’s Purple Rain, which marked the acting debut of late musician Prince.

“I am deeply honoured that Purple Rain has been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2019,” said the film’s director Albert Magnoli in a statement. “All of us strived to create a film that would capture the attention of what we believed at the time was a small audience. None of us expected this longevity. We simply worked hard every day to get it right, and this honour is a testament to the music, story, and characters that were created by all of us so many years ago.”

Other selections include Milos Forman’s Amadeus, a fictional biography of composer Mozart, Disney’s 1959 animation Sleeping Beauty, 1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.

Kimberly Peirce, who directed 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry, which earned Hilary Swank a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of transgender boy Brandon Teena, was thrilled with her film being selected.

“To our amazement, the world embraced Brandon. It is meaningful to me as a filmmaker, genderqueer and person that the Library of Congress has recognised Boys Don’t Cry. This moment is a culmination; unimaginable and wonderful,” she said in a statement.

Other additions include The Last Waltz, Old Yeller, Real Women Have Curves, Gaslight, and Zoot Suit.

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Kevin Smith teases big budget project

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers. While Kevin has been…

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.

The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers.

While Kevin has been laying low since suffering a major heart attack in February, he indicated that he is feeling much better on Sunday (29Jul18) by sharing in a social media post that he is gearing up to tackle his next big project.

“Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “It’s the most massive IP (intellectual property) I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…”

Kevin concluded the post with two hashtags, that of his own name and “#writing”. He did not add any further details about the potential gig but did divulge that he hopes to unveil more details soon.

“Fingers crossed that I get to talk about this one day soon. Or better yet, fingers crossed, we all get to watch it next year,” the 47-year-old noted.

Though Kevin has helmed recent episodes of TV shows The Flash and Supergirl, he recently shot down rumours speculating that he was looking to partner with Marvel Studios or Lucasfilm on a movie.

“Waiting on @ThatKevinSmith to confirm or deny these @MarvelStudios or @starwars also keeping my fingers crossed,” a fan wrote on Twitter in late June, to which the filmmaker responded: “Easy to deny. The only @starwars or @MarvelStudios movies I’m involved with are the ones I pay to see in theaters. Promise.”

In the five months since his life-threatening heart attack, Kevin has lost more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and has transformed his diet and lifestyle. Speaking to E! News while at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, he explained that he had consulted with a nutritionist and decided to adopt a vegan diet.

“I said, ‘You know what? I ate any way I wanted for like the last 47 years. For one year I am going to try life as a vegan.’ It’s been okay, I don’t miss much,” he said of the plant-based eating regime.

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Kevin Smith thought heart attack symptoms were result of spoiled milk

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18). The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live…

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18).

The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live! stand up shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and had to cancel the second gig.

On Monday (26Feb18), Kevin revealed he had been struck down by a “massive heart attack”, and had to be hospitalised for emergency surgery.

The 47-year-old is now on the road to recovery, and has since shared more details about the scary moments leading up to his health crisis, admitting the thought of a heart attack never even crossed his mind as he wasn’t in that much pain.

Assuring fans he’s “fine, kind of”, he shared in a new online video, “After the first show, I started feeling nauseous, and then I tried to lay down on the floor… I wound up getting ill, like threw up, but (it was) mostly bile, so I just thought I got some bad milk.”

An ambulance was called after Kevin began having difficulties breathing, but even as paramedics arrived to evaluate him, he was still in denial about the seriousness of his condition – and was more concerned about having to expose his bulging stomach to receive treatment.

Calling the first responders “wonderful”, he said, “They were very patient with a guy who was – never mind the heart attack – deathly afraid of lifting his shirt up… They start doing what they’re doing, lifting up my shirt, I was like, ‘Woah!’ and yanking down my shirt.

“It became a struggle, a battle with these cats… I was profusely sweating…, and they were looking at me like, ‘This cat has no idea what’s going on, does he…?'”

Kevin only realised he was in real trouble when the medics called for powerful pain medication morphine, and he suddenly began to assess his life as he faced the possibility of dying.

“If they’re pulling out morphine, that usually means bad s**t, so when I heard that, I started going, ‘This could be it,’ so I thought about my life…,” he explained. “It’s not like my life flashed before my eyes, but I had a good long moment to think…

“I just thought about everything, thought about my parents…, my brother and my sister, my friends, and my wife and my kid, and this weird, wonderful career that I’ve had for so long.”

“I was content, it was weird…,” Kevin admitted. “I didn’t wanna die, don’t get me wrong, but I was like… what a ride it’s been, what an incredible f**king ride.”

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