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Past and present by Anne-Katrin Titze

21 September 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Savannah Guthrie, Eric Fellner, Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Sharon Maguire, Helen Fielding Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Universal Pictures and Working Title Films lunch honouring Bridget Jones’s Baby at Lotos Club, I spoke with Sharon Maguire and Helen Fielding on carrying on the tradition of Jane Austen.

Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby beautifully plays out the contradictory feelings raging inside her. Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor's Pat And Mike comes to mind. She knows what is going on and still can't help it. Mr. Darcy's (Colin Firth) competition, Jack (Patrick Dempsey) is a variation of a Disney prince.

Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Colin Firth: "Look what that resulted in, you see! Pregnant, two men! That ended well."

Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's inventive birth mother, who co-wrote the screenplay with Emma Thompson and Dan Mazer, knows what she is doing and director Sharon Maguire does too, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Beauty and the Beast’: Belle herself has a book recommendation for you

21 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quarter-century ago, Disney gave book-lovers a leading lady they could really relate to. Belle became an immediate favorite for any girl who, like Belle, would rather have her nose stuck in a book than doing just about anything else. Beauty and the Beast is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a new home video release of the film. On that edition, there are over five hours of bonus materials from previous releases and a handful of new featurettes — including a couple that the folks who are bookworm Disney fans will particularly enjoy. One featurette spotlights Walt Disney’s two-month trip to Europe in 1935, where he bought 335 books; many of them are those tales as old as time: fairy tale collections that are still in Disney’s archives and that inspired later Disney films. In another featurette, called “Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration,” Beauty and the Beast’s »

- Emily Rome

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The diarist by Anne-Katrin Titze

15 September 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Renée Zellweger on Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy: "He is pretty brilliant." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At Universal Pictures and Working Title Films Bridget Jones’s Baby lunch at Lotos Club, Savannah Guthrie moderated a discussion with stars Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth, director Sharon Maguire, producer Eric Fellner and Helen Fielding.

Renée Zellweger chats with Frozen River director Courtney Hunt, as Eric Fellner, Bill Blakemore and Fred Schepisi share a laugh Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Bridget Jones’s Baby, co-written by Fielding, Dan Mazer, and Emma Thompson, Mark Darcy's (Firth) competition for Bridget Jones (Zellweger), is Jack, an American dating website guru, played by Patrick Dempsey as a variation of a Disney prince. Jack comes across like the product of his own algorithms, the perfect light-as-air fantasy catalyst for the other two. If this film were directed by Stanley Donen or Vincente Minnelli, he would do magic tricks while dancing. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Disney Renaissance’s Little Woman: Katharine Hepburn’s Imprint on Belle

15 September 2016 4:36 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Few questions feel as stale as the following: Is the Disney Princess feminist? It's become profoundly boring to scavenge for an answer, so common is this refrain that arises each holiday season since Peggy Orenstein’s barnstorm of an essay. It will no doubt be a talking point upon the release of Moana later this year. The "Disney Princess" has congealed into a homogenous, lumpen unit of capitalist excess, so much that each character’s particular idiosyncrasies often become obscured in such discussions.Belle, the heroine of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale’s Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a headstrong bibliophile with a peripatetic mind; she spends the beginning of the film longing to be elsewhere. “There must be more than this provincial life,” she screams in the film’s opening number, which economically introduces us to the townspeople who fawn over her. Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara, occupies »

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Hooten And The Lady episode 1 review

14 September 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Sep 16, 2016

Sky One’s new action-adventure series Hooten & The Lady is corny as hell but offers plenty of retro fun…

Don’t worry if you missed the first episode of Hooten & The Lady, you’ve seen it before. Granted, not necessarily in that order or in those exact words, but you’ve definitely seen it.

I’ll jog your memory. Posh girl with chutzpah is thrust into an antagonistic partnership with rakish untrustworthy bounder. Ring any bells? At one point he falls on top of her by accident and the sexual tension keeps him pinned there for slightly too long. Nothing yet?

Try this. There’s a scene where they’re tied up and bickering and have to cut through their ropes using a jagged rock. C’mon now. Through their adventures, they develop a grudging respect for and fascination with each other and it turns out the »

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What Does Tom Hanks Have to Do to Receive Another Oscar Nomination?

9 September 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by abstew

The world was a very different place in January 2001. George W. Bush was being sworn into office for the first of his two terms as President, people used disposable cameras and brought the film to be developed at...drug stores, and the main places to watch new films was in the actual movie theater (where the average ticket price was $5.39) and then later going to the nearest Blockbuster to rent it. It also happened to be the last time that Tom Hanks was nominated for an acting Oscar.

With a total of 5 Best Actor nominations for Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and Cast Away (2000) and back-to-back wins (only the second Best Actor to accomplish the feat after Spencer Tracy almost 60 years before and only one of five actors (the others are Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn, and Jason Robards) to have achieved the distinction in the Academy's »

- abstew

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Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle on the Magic and Alchemy of ‘La La Land’

3 September 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Telluride, Colo. — Director Damien Chazelle and actress Emma Stone are fresh off a trip to the Venice Film Festival, where “La La Land” opened the 73rd annual event last week. Oxygen containers in hand (the altitude can be a killer here), they’re soaking up the Telluride mountain air promoting the film as it continues to dazzle audiences here.

The two sat down with Variety to discuss the tricky tone of the film, the logistics of pulling it off and the alchemy of finding the right pair of actors to sell the experience.

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Damien, it seems like only a few filmmakers each year are brave enough to travel from Venice to Telluride to Toronto during this stretch. I heard you were very excited about having that experience, though.

Damien Chazelle: Yeah, and it’s also that selfish thing of, “Well, I’ve never been to the Venice Film Festival or the Telluride Film Festival. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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See Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Star Rachel Bloom's Saturday Night Live Audition Tape

2 September 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ok @EW, here's my SNL audition tape from 2012 in which I did Kate Hepburn auditioning for "Space Jam." pic.twitter.com/eJj0R17mQO— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) September 2, 2016 A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.Rachel Bloom is a woman of her word … and we're grateful for that. Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live posted a call for fans to tweet who they wanted to see as a "#SNLhost," and Bloom's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend costar Donna Lynne Champlin nominated the CW show's multi-talented star/creator/superwoman. "I could finally do the impression of Kate Hepburn auditioning for Space Jam »

- Breanne L. Heldman, @BreanneNYC

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Marvin Kaplan, Character Actor Known for ‘Alice’ and ‘Top Cat,’ Dies at 89

25 August 2016 4:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Marvin Kaplan, a character actor known for the sitcom “Alice” and his voice-over work as Choo-Choo on the animated series “Top Cat,” has died. He was 89.

He died of natural causes on Wednesday in his home in Burbank, Calif., according to a statement released by Theatre West.

“It is with a sad and heavy heart to inform you our very own Marvin Kaplan passed away today at 5 a.m. in his sleep,” the statement reads. “We loved Marvin. He will truly be missed.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kaplan’s made his film debut in 1949’s “Adam’s Rib” starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Known for his sarcastic and deadpan delivery, Kaplan was featured in a variety of films, TV shows and animated series throughout his 60+ year career.

Apart from “Top Cat,” Kaplan was well-known for his recurring role on the CBS series “Alice” as Henry Beesmeyer, a phone company employee named who often visited Mel »

- Arya Roshanian

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How Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn Wrote Their Dishy Memoirs With Robert Gottlieb

14 August 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whatever you think of Raymond Carver and Gordon Lish’s partnership, there’s no denying the influence of a strong editor. Robert Gottlieb is another case in point, not only for his five-year tenure at the New Yorker but for his time as editor-in-chief at Knopf, where he published, among many other things, the memoirs of both Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn. In a new Vanity Fair article excerpted from his forthcoming “Avid Reader: A Life,” Gottlieb delves into his collaborations with the two screen icons, both of which produced best-sellers.

Read More: Listen: Robin Williams & Lauren Bacall Remembered on Indiewire’s Podcast, Screen Talk

“Betty didn’t need a collaborator, and in any case would never have put up with one,” he says of Bacall (real name Betty Perske). “What she needed was a way to work.” His solution was to give her an office at Knopf where she could write distraction-free, »

- Michael Nordine

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How Meryl Streep Embraced Being Awful in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ – Video

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On the surface, Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” looks like one of those soft, middlebrow, costume pictures aimed straight at the smart adult demo. Fine.

But it’s more than that. It’s a delicious, immersive escape into a lost New York of period cars and “men in tuxedos and women in evening gowns,” as Frears told me in an interview. He reveled in recreating that vintage Manhattan in London, and giving Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant a chance to shine.

Directors count on three-time Oscar-winner Streep to deliver for them, but this particular role marks an especially high degree of difficulty. Florence Foster Jenkins was a wealthy middle-aged music lover who couldn’t sing on key, but insisted on performing for increasingly larger audiences, who loved her anyway. She was infectiously entertaining.

“The script [by Nicholas Martin] was more or less what we shot, very good,” said Frears. “They sent me the link to YouTube. »

- Anne Thompson

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How Meryl Streep Embraced Being Awful in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ – Video

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On the surface, Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” looks like one of those soft, middlebrow, costume pictures aimed straight at the smart adult demo. Fine.

But it’s more than that. It’s a delicious, immersive escape into a lost New York of period cars and “men in tuxedos and women in evening gowns,” as Frears told me in an interview. He reveled in recreating that vintage Manhattan in London, and giving Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant a chance to shine.

Directors count on three-time Oscar-winner Streep to deliver for them, but this particular role marks an especially high degree of difficulty. Florence Foster Jenkins was a wealthy middle-aged music lover who couldn’t sing on key, but insisted on performing for increasingly larger audiences, who loved her anyway. She was infectiously entertaining.

“The script [by Nicholas Martin] was more or less what we shot, very good,” said Frears. “They sent me the link to YouTube. »

- Anne Thompson

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Sorry, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep Says This Election Will Be a ‘Reckoning’

8 August 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“What does it take to be the first female anything,” Meryl Streep asked, clad in an American flag blouse on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. “It takes grit and it takes grace.”

She went on to pay homage to female “path breakers” like Deborah Sampson, the first woman to take a bullet for the country, disguised as a man in George Washington’s Continental Army; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; and of course Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated president by a major American political party.

Streep tells Variety that just before walking out to address the delegates, she fretted about her speech, whether she had prepared the proper words, whether she was doing all of this “right.” But backstage with stars like Alicia Keys and Elizabeth Banks, watching a video put together by Banks and Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

7 August 2016 10:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »

- Jim Batts

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7 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Guardian the kids of the controversial Oscar nominated documentary Jesus Camp 10 years later - how are they doing and how do they remember their evangelical childhoods?

Espn's Bodies issue is out. Check out the gallery. The human body is really so beautiful. But I realize we're not supposed to acknowledge that because people are so angry about the profile at...

Vanity Fair on Margot Robbie. Which is... Honestly I can't see anything wrong with it. Almost every good celebrity profile talks about what the star looks like, and what their big screen appeal is. It's not especially salacious as these things go. I'm stunned that it offended so many people. But me...

Nathaniel... I don't want to live in a world where we cant celebrate movie star beauty

Playbill Kristin Chenoweth doing a reading of proposed Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for the stage? Oh god oh god let this Broadway musical happen. »

- NATHANIEL R

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A writer's life by Anne-Katrin Titze

29 June 2016 2:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Scott Berg with Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Grandage's Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan, based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg, has Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald to round out their literary world.

Max Perkins (Colin Firth) with Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law)

Scott Berg also wrote Kate Remembered, about Katharine Hepburn, who died on this date, June 29 in 2003. Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (written by Logan), a Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway connection and Fitzgerald's Garden of Allah were revisited in our conversation.

Thomas Wolfe's (Jude Law) problem is that he can't stop writing. Like a feverish Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the page, he burns himself out. And the people around him, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Working with Genius by Anne-Katrin Titze

7 June 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Scott Berg, Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, John Logan and Jude Law Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions hosted a Museum of Modern Art premiere for Michael Grandage's Genius with Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan (Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Sam Mendes' Spectre and Skyfall), based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg. Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald round out their literary world.

John Logan on Scott Berg's Katharine Hepburn for Cate Blanchett: 'He absolutely offered some insight' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Angela Ashton, Joel Grey, Martha Plimpton, Oren Moverman, Kathleen Turner, Keith Urban, Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer, Tom Wolfe, Zach Grenier, Elena Kampouris, Lilly Englert, Elena Rusconi, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tommy Tonge, Nan and Gay Talese, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Ghostbusters Star Melissa McCarthy Circling Lee Israel Movie Can You Ever Forgive Me

31 May 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bridesmaid star and soon-to-be-Ghostbuster Melissa McCarthy is closing a deal to headline Can You Ever Forgive Me, a dark comedy based on the memoir of novelist and playwright Lee Israel.

Variety has the scoop, confirming that the adaptation is to be directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) from a script penned by Nicole Holofcener. Production has currently been penciled in to start later this year, lending McCarthy some downtime after donning the Proton Pack in Paul Feig’s blockbuster.

When it comes to Can You Ever Forgive Me, though, the fan-favorite actress will be trading the paranormal for profiles of the biggest names in entertainment. Set against the 1970s, Lee Israel made ends meet by profiling a series of movie stars and other celebrities – chief among them being Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead, along with Estee Lauder.

But Israel’s reign at the top was short-lived, »

- Michael Briers

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Melissa McCarthy to Play Novelist and Literary Forger Lee Israel (Exclusive)

31 May 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy will star in Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of Lee Israel’s memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” with “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller attached to helm.

The dark comedy will begin shooting early next year. Heller will direct from a script by Nicole Holofcener.

Producers are Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas of Archer Gray, partnered with Israel’s friend and longtime confidant David Yarnell. Jawal Nga executive produces.

McCarthy will portray Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s writing profiles of stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead, cosmetics executive Estee Lauder, and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When she was no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turned to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack, and began selling letters that she had forged from deceased writers and actors.

When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, »

- Dave McNary

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The 20 upcoming movies of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

31 May 2016 5:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Sep 12, 2016

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? He's got 20 movies that we know of on his slate, and counting...

Got a movie you’re trying to make? Why not put Dwayne Johnson in it? It’s what everyone else seems to be doing, and it’s bound to earn you a fervent flurry of publicity. The man who it may not be acceptable to call ‘The Rock’ anymore has a whopping 20 films on his slate at the moment, though, so he may struggle to fit you in. But is there a movie star who's working harder right now? Just check this lot out... 

The Definites Baywatch

Currently in post-production, the cinematic Baywatch revival is another example of The Rock being injected in to bring new life to an established franchise (see: Fast & Furious, The Mummy, G.I. Joe and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. They »

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