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“It’s the Moment of Spontaneity that We Remember”: Director Ethan Hawke | Blaze

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? This is a phenomenal question. On my very first movie I learned incredibly quickly that the film loves spontaneity – it devours it. One of the things that made Marlon Brando’s career was the beauty everyone discovered in his spontaneity. Cinema is a little bit like jazz that way, where it needs a certain form or […]
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‘Cocaine Godmother’ Review: Brownface Casting Is Just One of Many Insults in This Schlocky ‘Narcos’ Knockoff

Of the many issues in Lifetime’s “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story,” casting white actress Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the real-life Colombian drug lord is one of the most egregious. And in this case, it’s not just lip service when it comes to the need for proper representation. Not casting a Latina actress is a missed opportunity to find someone who could’ve embodied this larger-than-life character because Zeta-Jones simply isn’t up to the task. She’s not just unconvincing; she’s outlandish.

Although the ruthlessness of “The Godfather” was an inspiration for the real-life Blanco, who even named her fourth son Michael Corleone, Zeta-Jones is no Marlon Brando, unless it’s by way of “Grey Gardens.” While she brings a certain theatrical glee to the role, she lacks the necessary menace for a woman who supposedly has the blood of over 200 people on her hands. Zeta-Jones
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‘Private Life’ Review: Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn Are Brilliant in Tamara Jenkins’ Crushingly Honest Fertility Epic — Sundance 2018

‘Private Life’ Review: Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn Are Brilliant in Tamara Jenkins’ Crushingly Honest Fertility Epic — Sundance 2018
A hilarious, profanely bougie, and crushingly honest story about a desperate couple trying something — anything — to have a baby before it’s too late, Tamara Jenkins’ first film since “The Savages” has been gestating for nine years, and it’s more than worth the wait.

Another acting showcase for a writer-director who’s previously mined new depths from talents like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei, “Private Life” stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as Richard and Rachel Grimes, 47 and 41 respectively. They live on East 6th Street and Avenue A, they have two large dogs, and they’re as hyper-literary as you might expect a theater director and a playwright to be (but they’re not all Noah Baumbach about it). But all of those details — everything that makes them who they are — is subsumed into their seemingly endless quest for a child.

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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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Interview, Audio: Illeana Douglas on Acting & the Film ‘Grace of My Heart’

Chicago – The acting career of Illeana Douglas began with director Martin Scorsese and flourished in her first lead role for “Grace of My Heart” (1996). She is best known today for hosting the “Trailblazing Women” series on Turner Classic Movies, and in Part Two of a three part interview with HollywoodChicago.com, she talks about her approach as an actor and how early influences defined that style.

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Gregory Douglas, who was the son of 1930s movie star Melvyn Douglas. She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her grandfather on the set of “Being There” (1979). After high school she moved to New York City to pursue a career. She studied acting while working various jobs, and met Martin Scorsese while he was editing “The Last Temptation of Christ.” She made her film debut in
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The X-Files Season 11 Episode 1 Review: My Struggle III

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"My Struggle III" wasn't a spoof.

If it had been nothing more than a parody of the real thing, then The X-Files Season 11 Episode 1 might have been entertaining.

Unfortunately, it was the real deal, and from the numbing voiceovers to the pointless car chase to some of the most wooden dialogue ever written, Chris Carter also had the audacity to introduce real information and assumedly important characters during the plodding hour.

Picking up right after the "excitement" of The X-Files Season 10 Episode 6, Scully was incapacitated by visions caused by seizures or seizures caused by visions, even with her advanced medical knowledge Scully didn't know what the hell the doctor was on about.

In the end, the only thing she knew for sure was the Cigarette Smoking Man needed William to operate and William was causing her seizure-visions, so no harm would come to at the hands of the former despite
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10 Facts from The Godfather You Never Knew

10 Facts from The Godfather You Never Knew
It's arguably the greatest fictionalized tale about organized crime ever committed to film and one of the greatest movies of all time, in any genre. The Godfather is still a wonder to behold, decades after it premiered in 1972. Its lines are among the most quoted, its themes among the most imitated, its performances among the most admired. The Godfather won three Oscars and was nominated for seven more. Most fans of the book and its adaptation know the line "take the cannoli" was improvised. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about The Godfather.

Warren, Jack, and Dustin wanted offers they couldn't refuse.

Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Dustin Hoffman are among the future film icons who auditioned, unsuccessfully, for The Godfather. Robert DeNiro earned an Oscar for his performance in The Godfather Part II, but he originally went after the role of Sonny in the first installment. (Producers
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How the Film’s Eclectic Costumes Were Made for Survival, Not Fashion

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How the Film’s Eclectic Costumes Were Made for Survival, Not Fashion
Like production designer Dennis Gassner, Renée April also needed a visual cue about the direction of her costume design from Denis Villeneuve. And he gave her the same description about the dystopian world of “Blade Runner 2049”: “Brutal.”

“He said it was worse than the dark and rainy mood of ‘Blade Runner,’ said April, the go-to costume designer for Villeneuve. “They’re in bad shape 30 years later and the earth is not the place to be. It’s more polluted, it’s colder, it’s really kind of dreadful.”

“So I took it from there and made it tougher,” she added. “Also, we didn’t want to do something science-fiction. We wanted to do it realistic. I didn’t want costumes with [lots of] zippers and plastic. So my job was to make the characters believable.” In other words, it was more about survival than fashion.

Starting with K’s Coat

April began,
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A Marlon Brando Biopic Is in the Works - Here Are 8 Smoldering Casting Ideas

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Over a decade ago, Marlon Brando's best friend, George Englund, released a memoir about their enduring friendship titled The Way It's Never Been Done Before. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the memoir is officially being optioned by New Republic Pictures as a biopic about the life of the American actor, film director, and activist. The production company is the same one that's been behind critically acclaimed films such as Black Swan, Hacksaw Ridge, and more, so we have faith the story is in good hands. Once the project gets greenlit, the difficult task will be finding a classically handsome actor with the right depth, complexity, and furrowed eyebrows to portray the iconic star. As for that, we have a few ideas. Fortunately, there are plenty of babes who seem to have what it takes for this epic leading role. They make our job so easy. Related20 Books Becoming Movies
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Adrien Brody Just Might Be the Best Peaky Blinders Guest Star Yet

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When it comes to Peaky Blinders guest stars, we didn't think anything could beat Tom Hardy's deranged cockney gangster, Alfie Solomons, who steals every scene he's in during seasons two and three. But from the moment Luca Changretta makes his first appearance in season four, gleefully confirming that his trip to the UK to seek revenge against the Shelby family is "pleasure," it's clear we were wrong. There's a reason the cult crime drama attracts A-list stars, and Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is just the latest in a long line of recognizable faces to hit the streets of Small Heath. The appeal of Peaky Blinders is obvious; not only does showrunner Steven Knight create one of the coolest worlds on TV with his stylized 1920s Birmingham, but he then allows stars to live out their bad-guy fantasies within it. It's no surprise that Brody saw this as the perfect
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Marlon Brando biopic in development

According to THR, Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has optioned director/producer George Englund’s memoir The Way It’s Never Been Done Before as the source material for a biopic on screen legend Marlon Brando.

Brando and Englund first became friends in the 1950s, with Englund going on to run Brando’s production company, as well as directing the two-time Oscar winner in the 1963 film The Ugly American.

“George and Marlon’s friendship spanned five decades and covered all the ups and downs in the actor’s career and personal life,” said Oliver. “It makes for both an epic portrayal of the greatest actor ever to grace the silver screen and an intimate story of two men with an almost brotherly bond.”

Brando – whose credits include the likes of A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris – passed away in 2004, while Englund died earlier this year.
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Marlon Brando biopic in the works

Alec Bojalad Dec 18, 2017

New Republic Pictures has optioned a biography about Marlon Brando, with the intent of making a biopic

New Republic Pictures has optioned a biography about the late legendary actor Marlon Brando to become a biopic, it's been revealed.

The biography to be adapted is The Way It's Never Been Done Before from George Englund, a movie director, producer, and one of Brando's best friends. Englund died earlier this year. 

Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures (Hacksaw Ridge, American Made) has optioned the biography with the intent of making a feature film biopic about Brando, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

There's certainly a joke to be made about Hollywood's penchant for making moves about itself but that doesn't really apply in Brando's case. Brando is synonymous with the film industry but his was the kind of talent and fame that would have been noteworthy in any industry. 

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Movie Talk: Which Fox Marvel Properties Will Join the McU?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Friday December 15th, 2017) Dennis Tzeng, Perri Nemiroff, Kristian Harloff, Sinead DeVries discuss the following: Reports swirl that the Deadpool and X-Men franchises may join the McU in the wake of Fox's sale to Disney. James Wan says Aquaman does not have three villains First poster for Ocean’s 8 assembles a new team New Deadpool 2 art teases the "Second Coming" with Cable John Wick director tackling Ed Brubaker comic Kill or Be Killed Marlon Brando memoir optioned by Brian Oliver for biopic treatment Mail Bag [caption id="attachment_579892" align="…
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The Essentials: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Best Performances

Daniel Day-Lewis is incomparable. A looming, legendary figure in cinema, whose stature has cemented after five decades of work as one of the greatest actors in the world, and one of all the all-time greats – period – up there with the likes of Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando. Known for his all-consuming method approach, which includes staying in character the entire time during the production of a film, like all mysterious figures who are semi-recluse —he doesn’t give a lot of interviews, he goes years in between films and once retired to become a cobbler—everyone seemingly wants a piece of Day-Lewis.

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George Englund’s Memoirs to act as basis for Marlon Brando biopic

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Considering Marlon Brando was the greatest actor that ever lived, it’s a wonder why it’s taken so long for a biopic to arise based on the memoirs of those that knew him best. Finally, we could see just that as one of Brando’s best friends, George Englund’s memoir The Way It’s Never Been Done Before has been optioned for a movie outing on the legend.

Rush, Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge producer, Brian Oliver will produce the film for the newly established New Republic Pictures. Oliver said of the new commission;

“George and Marlon’s friendship spanned five decades and covered all the ups and downs in the actor’s career and personal life,” stated Oliver. “It makes for both an epic portrayal of the greatest actor ever to grace the silver screen and an intimate story of two men with an almost brotherly bond.
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A Marlon Brando Biopic Is Reportedly In The Works

A film based upon the life and outstanding career of Marlon Brando is in the works, so reports The Hollywood Reporter. The trade reports that Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has optioned George Englund’s memoir, ‘The Way It’s Never Been Done Before’, as the basis for a film on the two-time Oscar-winning actor, as captured by Brando’s longtime friend and former director.

Englund and Brando were friends for nearly fifty years and Englund even directed him in the 1950s movie The Ugly American. Englund passed away earlier this year.

Here’s some more info on the source material:

This is an intimate and exceptionally candid memoir of the reclusive superstar Marlon Brando and a portrait of his decades-long friendship with the author, George Englund. Since bellowing and blustering his way into the spotlight with A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando has been one of the most revered performers in the world.
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The 50 best TV shows of 2017: No 3 Twin Peaks: The Return

Weird and weirdly wonderful, David Lynch’s maximalist reboot was smarter, funnier, stranger and more perplexing that anything else on TV

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Twin Peaks: The Return might not have been the best TV series of 2017 (according to this poll, at least). Then again, it might not be a TV series at all. Earlier this month, Sight and Sound’s critics’ poll of the finest films of 2017 put David Lynch’s drama at No 2, ahead of Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project and Dunkirk. The decision prompted howls of rage from snooty cineastes – but it was also quite fitting. Twin Peaks wasn’t interested in being constrained by categories and boxes; it could be anything you wanted it to be.

Still, The Return made most other TV series look small by comparison. It was smarter than most shows,
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Hey Stella, a Marlon Brando Biopic is in the Works

Hey Stella, a Marlon Brando Biopic is in the Works
The life of actor Marlon Brando, one of the greatest performers in cinema history, is coming to the big screen in the form of a new biopic. Producer Brian Oliver (Black Swan, The Woman in Black) has optioned the rights to a new memoir from one of Brando’s longtime friends and collaborators, so the film won’t just be about […]

The post Hey Stella, a Marlon Brando Biopic is in the Works appeared first on /Film.
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Marlon Brando Memoir Optioned by Brian Oliver for Biopic Treatment (Exclusive)

Marlon Brando Memoir Optioned by Brian Oliver for Biopic Treatment (Exclusive)
A new movie centering on the life and career of Marlon Brando is in the works, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures has optioned George Englund's memoir, The Way It's Never Been Done Before, as the basis for a biopic on the two-time Oscar-winning actor, as captured by Brando's longtime friend and former director.

Brando — who is considered one of the greatest actors in history and widely credited with bringing a gritty realism to stage and film acting — earned his first of eight Oscar nominations in the 1951 adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. He won...
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Peaky Blinders Season 4 Review

For us heathens that brandish figurative razor blade-endowed flat caps stateside as (un)official members of the Peaky Blinders crew, it’s been a particularly strenuous month or so. Season 4 of Steven Knight’s addictive gangster drama has been airing new episodes weekly in Europe since November 15th. Considering the manner in which season 3 concluded, international employees of Shelby Company Ltd have been suffering through their own form of detox, desperately resisting spoilers each passing Wednesday.

Thankfully, Netflix will provide the fix by releasing all six episodes of season 4 on December 21st. It’s a largely meaningless conciliation for enthusiasts, no doubt, as the entirety of season 4 will have already premiered overseas by that time, but I digress.

For those needing a refresher – in the waning moments of season 3, the Shelby family were celebrating their triumph over the Russians inside Tommy’s office while he distributed the spoils of the Blinders’ latest victory amongst them.
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