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‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News

22 September 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

You couldn’t script some of the things Wendy Walker experienced as a live news producer at CNN. But now, the new ABC drama “Notorious” aims to do just that.

The series, which launches Thursday night, stars Piper Perabo as a TV news producer who develops a friendship and alliance with a superstar defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata). The show is inspired by Walker’s lengthy CNN career and her pal, real-life defense attorney Mark Geragos.

Read More: ABC Upfronts Preview: First Look at New Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell Shows

Walker admits she was taken aback at first of how her “Notorious” character handled things (like, say, having sex in her office right before the live telecast). But she soon adjusted to the world of dramatized television.

The veteran news producer spent 32 years at CNN (including 18 of those as executive producer of “Larry King Live”), focusing on breaking news and other live coverage. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News

22 September 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You couldn’t script some of the things Wendy Walker experienced as a live news producer at CNN. But now, the new ABC drama “Notorious” aims to do just that.

The series, which launches Thursday night, stars Piper Perabo as a TV news producer who develops a friendship and alliance with a superstar defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata). The show is inspired by Walker’s lengthy CNN career and her pal, real-life defense attorney Mark Geragos.

Read More: ABC Upfronts Preview: First Look at New Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell Shows

Walker admits she was taken aback at first of how her “Notorious” character handled things (like, say, having sex in her office right before the live telecast). But she soon adjusted to the world of dramatized television.

The veteran news producer spent 32 years at CNN (including 18 of those as executive producer of “Larry King Live”), focusing on breaking news and other live coverage. »

- Michael Schneider

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How Taylor Swift's Younger Brother Austin Got 'Hooked' on Acting in College

21 September 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

His blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the I.T. trailer caused a stir on the Internet earlier this summer, but Austin Swift is just getting started. The younger brother of superstar Taylor Swift has always been a movie buff and has been busy pursuing an acting career since he graduated from Notre Dame last year. "I was studying mainly film theory in college, but during one of my classes, a teaching assistant said they were having trouble casting this one role in the play they were putting up. I went and read for it and ended up getting the part, but I had »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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How Taylor Swift's Younger Brother Austin Got 'Hooked' on Acting in College

21 September 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

His blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the I.T. trailer caused a stir on the Internet earlier this summer, but Austin Swift is just getting started. The younger brother of superstar Taylor Swift has always been a movie buff and has been busy pursuing an acting career since he graduated from Notre Dame last year. "I was studying mainly film theory in college, but during one of my classes, a teaching assistant said they were having trouble casting this one role in the play they were putting up. I went and read for it and ended up getting the part, but I had »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Leonardo DiCaprio, the Malaysians and Marlon Brando's Missing Oscar

21 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Almost 20 years after his first best actor nomination, Leonardo DiCaprio was starting to look disconcertingly like the Susan Lucci of the Academy Awards. But in November 2012 — perhaps as a thoughtful nod to the fact that he'd yet to win an Oscar despite three nominations, but was widely considered to be deserving of one — he received Marlon Brando's best actor statuette for 1954's On the Waterfront as a 38th birthday gift. The gifters were his friends and business associates at Red Granite Pictures, the primary backers behind The Wolf of Wall Street, which had begun shooting that

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- Gary Baum

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Film Review: ‘Finding Altamira’

17 September 2016 5:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Only slightly more compelling than those stiffly staged dramatic reenactments that alternate with talking-heads commentary in second-rate cable-tv docudramas, “Finding Altamira” relies heavily on the dynamic underplaying of Antonio Banderas to sustain interest during a respectful yet unexciting slog through an obscure historical episode. Director by Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire” … but, on the other hand, “Revolution”) attempts to imbue this attractively mounted period piece with the sort of socially-conscious gravity that was a hallmark of Stanley Kramer’s “prestige pictures” of the 1950s and ’60s. Unfortunately, Hudson also peppers his film — which details the remarkable 1879 unearthing of cave paintings dating back to the Paleolithic Era in Cantabria, Spain — with fantasy sequences involving the bison represented in those paintings. Quite inadvertently, these scenes, meant to be the product of a precocious child’s imagination, come off as not entirely unwelcome comic relief.

Banderas plays Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a well-to-do »

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Why We All Love Flops

11 September 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that we enjoy it when a film fails at the box office…

This week brought the news – unsurprising to most – that this year had been less than stellar at the box office, with several films disappointing in terms of their grosses The Bfg, Alice Through The Looking Glass and Ben-Hur have joined Ghostbusters in not pulling in the crowds.

Much of this has been blamed on sequel and franchise fatigue, though two of the biggest films of the year have been Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory, so it certainly doesn’t explain everything, but of course we all love a good flop.

Part of it is that we like to see big studios come a cropper when they remake beloved classics; schadenfreude at seeing Hollywood studios ailing and part of it is just that disasters have more interesting stories behind them. Recent documentaries have been »

- Neil Calloway

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Toronto Film Festival 2016: Welcome to the Amy Adams Fest

10 September 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When we think of capital-g, capital-a Great Acting, we go right to the grand displays of force: Marlon Brando howling for Stella, Vivien Leigh swearing to God that she'll never go hungry again, Daniel Day-Lewis theatrically slurping up that milk shake. There's something electric about watching go-for-broke performances such as these, a sort of contact high emanating from the emotional extremes onscreen. 

Amy Adams does not tend to do things like this, and Friday morning at the Toronto International Film Festival, she reminded audiences why she doesn't need to. In »

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Peter Sarsgaard Q&A: Why ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Villain Isn’t Interested In Leaving Indies Behind – Tiff 2016

8 September 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every great Western needs a great villain, and Peter Sarsgaard delivers an outsized one in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven.” In the remake of the classic 1960 feature of the same name (itself an Americanized remake of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa feature “Seven Samurai”), Sarsgaard plays the power-hungry (and just plain mean) Bartholomew Bogue, who has taken over the tiny town of Rose Creek, all the better to capitalize on its rich local mines.

Bogue’s methods for keeping Rose Creek’s citizens in line are vicious and brutal, and he’s clearly not used to being opposed by anyone, especially small-town folk who are just trying to carve out a living for themselves during the heyday of the American West. In an attempt to stifle an uprising, Bogue sets into motion a much bigger problem, led by Haley Bennett’s Emma Cullen, who takes matters into her own hands and »

- Kate Erbland

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Movie Review – Sausage Party (2016) – “An ingenious set-up…but it chooses the wrong story.”

4 September 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ghostbusters (2016).

Directed by Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon.

Starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Nick Kroll, Danny McBride and Paul Rudd.

Synopsis:

The food in a supermarket waits for Gods (humans) to take them to The Great Beyond. Thing is, ‘The Great Beyond’ is actually a horrible death where humans eat them.

Who knew food could be so erotic?

Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris, sure. And that weird video of a Japanese girl covering herself in tomato sauce someone once sent me. But Sausage Party takes sitophilia (look it up) to new extremes. Animated extremes.

Anthropomorphised buns writhe in pleasure while anal beads are extracted from their rear ends. Tacos with seductive, Spanish accents go down on other flour-based products. Sausages jerk off a bagel.

It’s horrific and hilarious at the same time. It’s a »

- Oli Davis

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Venice 2016: The Bleeder review

2 September 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ "I could've been a contender," declares Marlon Brando's brooding pugilist from On the Waterfront, and every actor these days seems to have a crack at the boxing picture to see if they can go the distance. Along with classic turns from Paul Newman and Anthony Quinn, we've had Stallone, De Niro and new kids in the ring Hilary Swank, Jake Gyllenhaal and Miles Teller. In fact, there may well have been more entertaining boxing movies than there have been entertaining, blockbuster boxing matches.

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Jon Polito, Coen Brothers Character Actor, Dead at 65

2 September 2016 9:14 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jon Polito, a character actor known for his long association with the Coen Brothers as well as memorable roles on Seinfeld, Modern Family and Homicide: Life on the Streets, died Thursday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 65. Polito, who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2008 and recently suffered an infection following a surgery, slipped into a coma Sunday and was taken off life support Thursday evening.

Polito's friend, director John McNaughton, also confirmed the actor's death on Facebook. "Very sad to learn that my dear friend and collaborator, »

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American History X and Tony Kaye, Hollywood maverick

2 September 2016 4:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 5, 2016

An often spectacular drama, American History X left its maker shunned by Hollywood. Ryan looks at a great film and its maverick director.

It should have been a proud moment for British director Tony Kaye. His first feature, American History X, had finally appeared in Us cinemas on the 30th October 1998, and was already earning deserved attention for the strength of its direction and its powerful performances - not least from Edward Norton, cast in the lead as a volcanically angry young neo-Nazi in Venice, California.

American History X might have marked the next phase in Kaye's career, which, like such directors as Ridley Scott and Alan Parker before him, had begun in advertising back in the 1980s. And yet post-production on the movie had been protracted and difficult, as Kaye engaged in an increasingly public battle for its final cut. That battle had become so heated, »

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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

29 August 2016 7:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, »

- Movie Geeks

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D. »

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing »

- Carmel Dagan

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Johnny Depp: an unruly misfit who has a troubled relationship with fame

19 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor’s acrimonious split from Amber Heard is just the latest chapter in a life that has been reluctantly played out in public

Buccaneer. Troubadour. Beatnik cowboy. The words that have been used to describe Johnny Depp through the decades make him sound less like an actor and more like a rogue character from a children’s book. They also go a long way to explaining the strange mythology that surrounds Depp, who has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable and highest paid stars, all while maintaining the persona of an unruly misfit.

These inherent contradictions are a key part of his charm: the thoughtful actor who openly discussed his drug habit, whose greatest friends have been Hunter S Thompson and Marlon Brando, a Hollywood sex symbol whose cultural cachet now lies mainly in family films.

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Portraits of Genius Dominate the Emmy Nonfiction Field

18 August 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Examining one amazing life defines this year’s lauded non-fiction contenders. In the documentary or nonfiction special category, all the nominees are films about one hyper-creative person. Although the groundbreaking artists have died, in various ways they all participated in the making of their respective nonfiction portrait.

The Emmy-nominated makers of “Listen to Me Marlon” (Showtime), “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” (HBO), and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (Netflix) crafted their intimate stories without ever meeting their subjects. Jacob Bernstein tackled the life of his mother on-and-off the page in HBO’s “Everything Is CopyNora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted.” The last on-camera interviews with helmer Mike Nichols are the foundation of Doug McGrath’s “Becoming Mike Nichols,” (the third HBO contender in the category) a look back at the groundbreaking comic performer and director’s outstanding showbiz debuts.

Access to legendary actor Marlon Brando’s archive of personal cassette recordings held by his estate bolstered Stevan Riley’s »

- Kathy A. McDonald

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Emmy Nonfiction Contenders: Portraits of the Artist, from Nora Ephron to Nina Simone

17 August 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Watching “Everything Is Copy” (HBO), on the life of Nora Ephron, it’s clear that the late writer and filmmaker was willing to use, and to massage, the truth. Of the narrator’s hamster-loving first husband, in her 1983 novel “Heartburn,” Ephron’s own ex-, Dan Greenberg, says the strange trait is an invention; of 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally…” the screenwriter admits that Meg Ryan’s cheerful, high-strung co-lead is based “more or less” on herself. As New Yorker editor David Remnick remarks of Ephron’s inimitable essays, “her voice in print really replicated her voice—almost—in life.”

Indeed, in “Everything Is Copy,” as in the other films nominated for Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special at this year’s Emmys, the subject’s work inhabits this space between the dashes, the “almost” and the “more or less.” It’s where the biographical blurs into the fictional, where fact and craft diverge. »

- Matt Brennan

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Weekly Rushes. Locarno Awards, Lynch's First Film, Comic Book Kitano, Gus Van Sant's Polaroids

17 August 2016 6:32 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSPhoto by Luca DieguezThe Locarno Film Festival has announced its awards, which include the Golden Leopard for Ralitza Petrova's Godless, Special Jury Prize for Radu Jude's Scarred Hearts, and Best Direction to João Pedro Rodrigues for The Ornithologist. Eduardo Williams, who we interviewed at the festival, won the top prize in the Filmmakers of the Present Section for The Human Surge, and Nele Wohlatz, who we also talked to, won the Prize for Best First Feature for her El Futuro Perfecto. See our index of Locarno coverage here.Michael Haneke has wrapped shooting on his follow-up to Amour. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert and Mathieu Kassovitz, Happy End "revolves around the life of a middle-class family in Northern France who are faced with a number of setbacks but pay little attention to the dire situation in the refugee camps just a few miles away from their house."The »

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