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Anita Pallenberg, ‘Barbarella’ Actress and Keith Richards’ Longtime Girlfriend, Dies at 73

13 June 2017 7:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Anita Pallenberg, an actress, model and longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones founding member Keith Richards, has died. She was 73. The Italian-German had roles in “Barbarella,” “Performance” — with Stones singer Mick Jagger — and “Candy” starring Marlon Brando and Richard Burton. Pallenberg’s friend Stella Schnabel announced news of her death on Instagram Tuesday, writing: “I have never met a woman quite like you Anita. I don’t think there is anybody in this universe like you.” Also Read: Adam West, TV's Batman in the '60s, Dies at 88 Born in German-occupied Rome towards the end of World War II, Pallenberg met »

- Debbie Emery

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin Have an Uneven Affair in Moody Daphne du Maurier Adaptation

13 June 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Despite its title, “My Cousin Rachel” is not a family comedy set over a Bat Mitzvah weekend in New Jersey, though it might yield similar audience demographics. Rather, it is a moody period romance from “Notting Hill” director Roger Michell starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and one of a diminishing breed of mid-budget studio dramas.

Of course, the title wouldn’t have been so funny when the novel came out in 1951, written by Daphne du Maurier. The twentieth century British author and playwright’s work has inspired many great films over the years, including Nicholas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” (1973), starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, as well as two from Alfred Hitchcock (“Rebecca” and “The Birds”). Lesser known is 1952 version of “My Cousin Rachel,” starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland. Though classified as a romance novelist, her stories are more about the darker side of love and its obsessive qualities, »

- Jude Dry

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Transformers 5 Story Left Anthony Hopkins Baffled

11 June 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Anthony Hopkins says he just doesn't get the story behind Transformers: The Last Knight, he's not trying slam the latest sequel. He's 79 years old, and as any Transformers fan of any age can attest, the last four movies had convoluted, confusing storylines that sometimes didn't make a lick of sense. On that note, the iconic actor does want fans to know he had an absolute blast making the movie.

The Transformers movies have never been accused of having coherent storylines, and it sounds like Transformers: The Last Knight isn't any different. Sure, there was a writers' room with some of the most brilliant screenplay writers in Hollywood helping to hammer out the two hundred and ten page script. But that doesn't mean they were able to come up with something that makes any sense. All in all, that's kind of the charm of a Transformers movie. Who really cares what it's about? »

- MovieWeb

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‘Beatriz at Dinner’ Pulls Specialty Crowds as ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Struggles

11 June 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fox Searchlight pushed Rachel Weisz melodrama “My Cousin Rachel” into national release this prime summer weekend, which boasts only one new wide studio opening. But the romantic mystery thriller failed to click with audiences.

On the other hand, Roadside Attractions kept Miguel Arteta’s Sundance hit “Beatriz at Dinner” in limited dates, where the edgy and compelling story of a mismatched dinner at a Southern California estate thrived in its first limited run. With a $30,000+ per theater average and a potential appeal beyond core art house audiences, this Salma Hayek starrer could make a significant impact in upcoming weeks.

Eleanor Coppola’s romance “Paris Can Wait” continues to lead wider releases, at a decent level for its theater break but significantly below such top 2016 crossover performers as “Love and Friendship” and “The Lobster” at this time.

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My Cousin Rachel (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 63

$954,000 in 523 theaters; PTA (per theater average): »

- Tom Brueggemann

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My Cousin Rachel review – fateful attraction

11 June 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rachel Weisz is captivating as the enigmatic heroine in a Daphne du Maurier adaptation that adds modern psychology to the period drama

“Did she? Didn’t she? Who’s to blame?” When 20th Century Fox first brought Daphne du Maurier’s slippery 1951 novel to the screen a mere year after its publication, its overheated publicity promised that Olivia de Havilland was “the only star in the world” who could portray its titular heroine, a mysterious beauty who left bewildered men wondering: “Was she woman or witch, Madonna or murderess?!”

Now, Rachel Weisz gives De Havilland a run for her money in a new screen version of Du Maurier’s twisty tale. It’s written and directed with pastiche-inflected panache by Roger Michell, whose diverse CV ranges from the romcom Notting Hill to the psychodrama Enduring Love via the provocative The Mother. Pitting Weisz’s captivating 19th-century widow against Sam Claflin »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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John Heyman, Distinguished Financier and Producer, Dies at 84

9 June 2017 4:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film producer and financier John Heyman, who founded influential British agency International Artists and the World Group Companies, died Friday in New York, his family told Variety via statement. He was 84.

John Heyman passed away in his sleep today, Friday the 9th of June,” the statement read.

His son, David Heyman, is the producer of the Harry Potter films, among many others.

Heyman’s World Film Sales pioneered the foreign pre-sales of films on a territory by territory basis.

John Heyman produced films including “The Go-Between” (1971), family sci-fi film “D.A.R.Y.L.” (1985) and “The Jesus Film” (1979). He was also an uncredited executive producer on David Lean’s 1984 E.M. Forster adaptation “A Passage to India.”

Over the course of his career he arranged financing of more than $3 billion to co-finance films including “Awakenings” and “The Odessa File” (at Columbia), “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Fox), “Victor/Victoria” and »

- Carmel Dagan

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John Heyman, Producer, Agent and Film Financier, Dies at 84

9 June 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

John Heyman, a producer, agent, film financier and father of Harry Potter producer David Heyman, has died. He was 84.

Heyman died Friday in New York City, his daughter, Dahlia Heyman, who also is a producer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Heyman was the founder of the London-based International Artists Agency, with clients that included Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael Caine, Richard Harris, Shirley Bassey and Burt Bacharach, and among the films he produced was the Burton-Taylor starrer Boom! (1968).

He also produced Joseph Losey's The Go-Between (1971) — which starred Julie Christie and Alan Bates and won the Palme d'Or »

- Mike Barnes

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John Heyman, Producer, Agent and Film Financier, Dies at 84

9 June 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

John Heyman, a producer, agent, film financier and father of Harry Potter producer David Heyman, has died. He was 84.

Heyman died Friday in New York City, his daughter, Dahlia Heyman, who also is a producer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Heyman was the founder of the London-based International Artists Agency, with clients that included Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael Caine, Richard Harris, Shirley Bassey and Burt Bacharach, and among the films he produced was the Burton-Taylor starrer Boom! (1968).

He also produced Joseph Losey's The Go-Between (1971) — which starred Julie Christie and Alan Bates and won the Palme d'Or »

- Mike Barnes

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Rachel Weisz On the ‘Vivid’ and Unexpected Feminism of Her Gothic Thriller ‘My Cousin Rachel’

9 June 2017 11:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Audiences will have to draw their own conclusions about the eponymous character at the center of Roger Michell’s “My Cousin Rachel” — that’s the whole point of the tricky Gothic thriller, after all — but star Rachel Weisz has no time for such speculations. As the mysterious woman at the center of the Roger Michell film, based on the 1951 Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Weisz made an early decision about Rachel’s motivations, and used that concealed knowledge to fuel her performance in the purposely deceptive film. It’s a perfect fit for a film that’s all about a woman bent on being unabashedly herself in a world that’s unwelcoming to such desires.

“It’s a really vivid, interesting role for a woman,” Weisz said in a recent interview. “She’s definitely very contradictory, »

- Kate Erbland

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Exclusive Interview: Sam Claflin on the dark romance of My Cousin Rachel

9 June 2017 5:16 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Following his trials in The Hunger Games and a couple of prominent roles in films such as Their Finest and Me Before You to engage his natural charm, Sam Claflin’s latest film finds itself in UK cinemas today. My Cousin Rachel is the second film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel following the 1952 feature starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland.

Related: See our red carpet interviews from the World Premiere of My Cousin Rachel

Claflin leads the film with Rachel Weisz, and they fall under the direction of Roger Michell whose previous films include Notting Hill, Morning Glory and Hyde Park on Hudson. The film co-stars Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and Holliday Grainger (Their Finest Hours) who we also spoke to – check back later for those interviews.

Scott Davis was our man asking the questions, and he spoke to Claflin about his take on his character, »

- Jon Lyus

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ Review: Rachel Weisz Brings Mysterious Allure To Fine Remake

8 June 2017 4:26 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton are tough acts to follow, but in Fox Searchlight’s attractive new production of the Daphne Du Maurier gothic classic My Cousin Rachel, the teaming of Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin (Me About You, The Hunger Games) give it a nice try and succeed on their own terms. Burton won his first Oscar nomination opposite de Havilland in the 1952 screen adaptation playing Philip, a young man who becomes obsessed with the enigmatic Rachel, a… »

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My Cousin Rachel review: Dir. Roger Michell (2017)

7 June 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

My Cousin Rachel review: Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love) directs Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in this new adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s 1950’s novel.

My Cousin Rachel review by Andrew Gaudion, June 2017.

My Cousin Rachel review

‘Is she? Isn’t she? Did she? Didn’t she? These are the opening lines to set the tone for the ambiguous nature of Roger Michell’s adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s 1950’s novel. The ambiguity as to the true nature and intention of the eponymous cousin Rachel (here played by Rachel Weisz) undoubtedly stirs interest from the off, and for anyone with an interest in du Maurier, this new adaption does offer a gorgeous painterly depiction of the text. But it too often fumbles along with the mystery, resulting in a new version that struggles to keep the candle aflame when standing in the company of both the original »

- Andrew Gaudion

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'My Cousin Rachel' Review: Rachel Weisz Sells This First-Rate Gothic Potboiler

6 June 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's easy to pre-condemn period pieces – like, say, this take on famed author Daphne du Maurier's 1951 throwback potboiler – as yet another droning Masterpiece Theatre snorefest. Except when they work, of course – and My Cousin Rachel works just fine, thank you. Credit Rachel Weisz, who's just the dynamite actress needed to play a character who could be a misunderstood innocent or a fortune-hunting seductress who could be a cold-blooded killer. How delicious to watch the star keep us guessing.

Adapted by director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) from the novelist's Victorian-era bodice-ripper, »

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Beauty vs Beast: Bad Romance

5 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Howdy, everybody - Jason from Mnpp here with a brand new round of "Beauty vs Beast" for you on this first Monday of June. Coming up on this first Friday of June a movie called My Cousin Rachel is coming out (you can watch the trailer right here) that stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin and is adapted from the 1951 book by Daphne du Maurier (who also wrote The Birds and Rebecca). The book was already turned into a movie once in 1952 with  Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland (which I have never seen; have you?) - anyway it's one of my favorite genres, the overheated gothic romance, brimming with lace and poisons, and I can't wait.

So in the spirit of such things this week we're tackling one of the greatest of all when it comes to these stories - Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. There are a couple »

- JA

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Film Review: ‘My Cousin Rachel’

2 June 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The words “your reputation precedes you” may as well have been coined with “My Cousin Rachel” in mind: From the title of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, which stirs an air of fevered anticipation around a character that doesn’t actually make her entrance until more than 20 minutes into the story, to the wild rumors swirling around her early on — that she’s a sex fiend, a murderess and maybe even a witch — “My Cousin Rachel” encourages us to jump to conclusions before using its tricksy ways to call all of those hasty half-truths into question.

Du Maurier’s novel was adapted for the big screen once before, with Olivia de Havilland in the title role, though the enigmatic antiheroine has never been as seductive, cunning or deliciously ambiguous as she is in the hands of Rachel Weisz, who steps into a character practically overshadowed by others’ idea of her »

- Peter Debruge

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My Cousin Rachel Releases New Images

26 May 2017 7:22 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

My Cousin Rachel, which hits theaters June 9th, has released some new images, and while they don’t exactly reveal anything integral to this adaptation, they certainly show off the charm and mood of the period piece.

The film stars Rachel Weisz as the titular character, which, if nothing else, alleviates concerns about not responding during production, with Sam Claflin as Philip and Iain Glen (one presumes) as Ambrose.

It’s unclear at this point where the adaptation is heading precisely, and whether director/writer Roger Michell is aiming to deliver something true to the du Maurier novel, or the Richard Burton/Olivia de Havilland film. The two have their differences, an idea noted even by du Maurier. It’s a question worth pondering, mainly because the tone and ending of neither fit very well within the confines of today’s “Hollywood ideals.” That’s perhaps a curious point to ponder in an adaptation, »

- Marc Eastman

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Movie Review – La Strada (1954)

23 May 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

La Strada, 1954.

Directed by Federico Fellini.

Starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, and Richard Basehart.

Synopsis:

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Entire essays could be written on Giuletta Masina’s face alone. There’s a childlike quality to her puppy dog eyes, her ability to express such sadness with a simple tilt of the head, or exuberance with a blink. If there was ever a face for the big screen, it was hers, and with the re-release of Federico Fellini’s tragic masterpiece, La Strada, once again she can be celebrated.

Although married to Fellini, he never found a role more purely “Masina” than that of doleful reluctant clown Gelsomina. When news of the death of her sister reaches Gelsomina and her poverty stricken family, she is forcefully sold for 10,000 lire to manipulative, drunken strongman Zampano (an indelible Anthony Quinn). The two travel, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

23 May 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.

In 1972, Moore was »

- Carmel Dagan

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Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

23 May 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.

In 1972, Moore was asked to join Her Majesty’s Secret Service »

- Carmel Dagan

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Ron Berkeley, Makeup Artist on Richard Burton Films, Dies at 86

21 May 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ron Berkeley, an Emmy-winning makeup artist who worked with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on such films as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Taming of the Shrew, has died. He was 86.

Berkeley died May 9 at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home in Woodland Hills, his family announced.

Berkeley was Burton's makeup guy on about two dozen projects, also including Staircase (1969), Bluebeard (1972), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Equus (1977), The Wild Geese (1978) and the 1980s TV series Wagner.

In addition to Who's »

- Mike Barnes

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