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Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White': Sneak Preview Q & A

16 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kevin Costner knows how to play the studio game as well as anyone, from directing 1991 Best Picture winner "Dances with Wolves" and his streak as a major movie star in such hits as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Bull Durham," "Tin Cup," "Field of Dreams" "JFK" and "The Bodyguard," not to mention the infamous "Waterworld," which made  a lot more money and is a better film than anyone remembers. What a career! He doesn't lack for confidence, and has always had a maverick streak--he loves his westerns, from "Open Range" to TV's "Hatfields and McCoys." Heading toward 60, Costner takes on character roles in "Superman: Man of Steel" and carried the recent football drama "Draft Day." But the guy has always been a maverick, and when director Mike Binder kept plying him with roles to follow up "Upside with Anger," it was "Black or White" that »

- Anne Thompson

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Childhood Memories: Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’

25 November 2014 5:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Tim Burton

Written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren

USA, 1989

For me, film has always been a strong source of inspiration. As long as I can remember, I have been truly captivated by the motion picture. One of my earliest memories would have to be seeing the first Batman in theaters a quarter of a century ago. In 1989, “Batmania” was sweeping the nation and I was perfectly content playing with my Toy Biz and Kenner action figures. The character of Batman had been around 50 years before I was even born and I’m sure other children before me have been amazed by The Caped Crusader’s various adventures. Tim Burton’s epic would have to be my first experience seeing The Dark Knight in action and it was monumental one at that.

If you aren’t familiar with 1989’s smash hit, then please let me enlighten you. »

- Randall Unger

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review: “Uspis” (Season 2, Episode 8)

23 November 2014 8:35 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »


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One appealing if overlooked attribute of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and various other workplace-centric comedies is the lack of jokes stemmed from references to modern culture and technology. The precinct, along with the offices on shows like Parks & Recreation and The Office, do not seem very high-tech. Since the show is not steeped with constant references to the age where it is set, that bodes well for syndication, where the stories and dialogue are more likely not to come off as dated.

Alas, the series pokes fun at some of its more antiquated charm when Jake and Boyle go to visit a snooty member of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in one of the comedy series’ more inspired episodes to date. The aide of a fantastic guest turn from Ed Helms as the fiercely uncool “federal agent »

- Jordan Adler

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Oscar Watch: From Aniston To Bening To Rowlands Best Actress Dark Horses Make Their Move In “Thin” Field

23 November 2014 1:25 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year’s Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five.

That’s a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Alice (out Dec. 5), Felicity Jones for The Theory Of Everything and Reese Witherspoon for Wild (also out Dec. 5).

When Gone Girl opened earlier this fall, it not only became by far the biggest awards contenders with a female lead released this year, it stirred up talk of an inevitable nod for Rosamund Pike. In terms of the campaign though, she has been a bit out of sight/out »

- Pete Hammond

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Interview: Lloyd Kaufman, Decades Deep Into The American Film Market

23 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The name Lloyd Kaufman and his widely beloved cult production house, Troma, stirs many wonderfully sordid images - toxic avengers, killer condoms, singing cannibals, and on. The man himself is one of the great unsung heroes of independent cinema. Like Roger Corman, Kaufman has been in the business of wackadoo filmmaking for over 40 years, churning out a plethora of believe-it-or-not titles with an endearingly haphazard emphasis on production value. Also, like Corman, Kaufman has been a mentor and friend to emerging talents, providing early recognition to greats like Trey Parker, James Gunn, Sam Jackson, and Kevin Costner. Some of the aforementioned names celebrate Kaufman to this day, as seen in his cameo appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy and Orgasmo. Others, likely advised by their...

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Kevin Costner: Susan Sarandon Is 'Timelessly Hot'

22 November 2014 2:48 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Kevin Costner has shared the screen with a bevy of Hollywood's A-list beauties during his four decades as an actor.

Access Hollywood caught up with the star at the Napa Valley Film Festival (where he was presented with the BVisionary Award), where he opened up about his past female co-stars, starting with Susan Sarandon.

"She's a woman and she is every inch that," Kevin told Access' Billy Bush of his "Bull Durham" leading lady. "And she is graceful about it… she's got it, man... She's timelessly hot and she's special. Sue is special."

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A Mid-November Oscar Predictions Update

21 November 2014 11:34 AM, PST | | See recent news »

I’m going to keep it short and sweet today folks, or at least a bit shorter than usual in terms of set up. You all know by now that it’s time for my middle of the month Oscar predictions update piece. Sometimes, there’s only a tinker or two to be done, but today…today I have a seismic shift to include, namely in the arrival of Selma on the scene. It’s gone from being shut out (what was I thinking?) to contending for wins in multiple major categories. In fact, more than one of the big eight categories have new winners listed, so this is a definite change in thinking. Some of it might be short lived, but that’s what the upcoming new set of predictions next month is for, right? I’ve also added the three short form categories (Animated Short, Documentary Short, and »

- Joey Magidson

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Shawshank Redemption celebrates 20th anniversary: The cast then and now

21 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.

Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.

Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)

Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.

Post-Shawshank he starred in films ranging from Mission to Mars, to High Fidelity and Green Lantern. His biggest career success »

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The Rise, Fall and Rise of Jennifer Aniston

21 November 2014 4:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During the 1990s, Jennifer Aniston was one of the most popular actresses in the world. She may not have been blowing up the box office like Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock, she was instead the star of the hit comedy show Friends – which had turned her into a household name. So popular was Aniston during this period that he hair even became known as “The Rachel”, a much-requested style for hairdressers during the 90s. The show was watched by millions around the world and has become one of the most celebrated Us sitcoms of all-time, launching Aniston and her co-stars into hot property. Particularly as the show couldn’t last forever and the cast would look to transition to the big screen.

Aniston was no stranger to cinema. She got her first break in the horror comedy Leprechaun in 1993, but would take a break during her first few years on Friends. »

- Luke Owen

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Dying of the Light | Review

20 November 2014 10:35 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Does Not Go Quietly: Schrader’s Latest Tampered Product

Veteran film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader just can’t seem to catch a break. Much like the fate of his 2003 Exorcist prequel, his latest directorial effort, Dying of the Light has also been reedited, scored and mixed without his approval, which led to a quiet movement of protest via social media where Schrader asked audiences to avoid this studio product, which also included the support of stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin. However, it’s just the kind of publicity that would perhaps enliven interest for a film that would otherwise have flown under the radar (and one thinks Cage should have asked audiences the same request of this year’s earlier release of Left Behind, instead). Rife with a series of awkward developments and bizarrely presented characters that are grimly determined to maintain an aura of stilted seriousness that »

- Nicholas Bell

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Relativity plots Black Or White awards run

19 November 2014 10:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the Us for one week on December 3.

Black Or White will open wide on January 30, one week later than the original planned release date.

Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie and Bill Burr also star in the story about a man left to care for his biracial grand-daughter who becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the girl’s paternal grandmother.

Binder wrote the screenplay and produced alongside Costner and Todd Lewis.

The film premiered in Toronto. Im Global handles international sales.


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2014 Napa Film Festival Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch Brunch Photos

18 November 2014 5:20 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

We have added a set pictures from the event 2014 Napa Film Festival and Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch Brunch at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Guests included Shailene Woodley, Katie Mustard, Michelle Monaghan, Christa Campbell, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard, Matthew Lillard, Carla Gugino, Bill Paxton, Eric Robinson, Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner, Lati Grobman, Kevin Costner and Jessica Elbaum. Photos are copyright by Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos. Shailene Woodley attending the 2014 Napa Film Festival for Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch Brunch at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone at the Culinary Institute of America […] »

- James Wray

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2014 Napa Film Festival Black or White Screening Photos

18 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

We have added a set pictures from the event 2014 Napa Film Festival ‘Black or White’ Screening. Guests included Kevin Costner, Mike Binder, Brenda Lhormer and Christine Baumgartner. Photos are copyright by Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos. Kevin Costner attending the 2014 Napa Film Festival for the “Black or White” Screening at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA, USA. Photo is copyright by Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos. »

- James Wray

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‘Amira & Sam’ Top Napa Valley Film Festival Awards

17 November 2014 12:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writer/director Sean Mullin’s “Amira & Sam” took home both the jury award for narrative feature and the audience award for narrative feature at the fourth Napa Valley Film Festival on Sunday. The jury award for documentary feature went to “An Honest Liar” by directors  Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, while the audience award for documentary feature went to “States of Grace” by Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman.

Zoe Kravitz and Dev Patel were awarded the audience awards for actress and actor for their roles in “The Road Within.”

The festival also played host to additional events celebrating actors, honoring Kevin Costner with the first BVisionary Filmmaker Award, Michelle Monaghan with the Spotlight Award, Shailene Woodley with the Indie Impact Award and Jeremy Jordan with the Rising Star Award.

“2014 was the filmmaking equivalent of a vintage that will go down in history. The films here touched audience in ways that will last for a long, »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection Opening On January 22, 2016

16 November 2014 6:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Millennium Films has two big films coming to a theater near you in 2015 and 2016.

Mechanic: Resurrection will open on January 22, 2016 in wide release, from Summit Entertainment.

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 global hit. When someone from his past forces him back into the business, Bishop has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

Statham can next be seen in Wild Card (Dec 7) and Furious 7 (April 3).

Mechanic: Resurrection’s cast also features Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Yeoh. The action film is directed by Dennis Gansel.

Before that, Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, and Alice Eve will star in Criminal. The action movie from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) will open in cinemas on August 21, 2015 from Summit Entertainment. Principal photography began on September 4, 2014, in London.

From writers Douglas Cook, »

- Michelle McCue

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Oscar's Acting Categories Take Shape. Or Do They?

14 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

If you're an Oscar chart junkie, you'll see some key shifts on all four acting charts which are now updated. The biggest switcheroo is Jessica Chastain moving to Supporting Actress (the original prediction back in April) which shakes that field up more than it creates a vacuum with the Best Actress race and both Foxcatcher men dropping out of the predicted lead actor shortlist.

Papa, how can I be too high in rank to dine with the servants and too low to dine with my family?

Best Actress has been hard to suss out beyond two sure things: Julianne Moore as a professor with early on-set Alzheimers and Reese Witherspoon as a woman trying to forgive herself and start anew by hiking the Pct. Both of those films are major star vehicles in that they put their leading actress and her considerable gifts front and center without obstructed views. Gone Girl »


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Napa Valley Film Festival Kicks Off With ‘The Imitation Game’

13 November 2014 10:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The fourth annual Napa Valley Film Festival has announced its complete line-up, including opening night and gala screenings, special events and celebrity tribute honorees.

The five-day festival will showcase films in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga beginning November 12 with a screening of “The Imitation Game,” with director Morten Tyldum attending. Mike Binder’s “Black and White,” “Alex of Venice,” “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” will also be presented.

The festival will present the BVisionary Award to Kevin Costner at the Celebrity Tribute Program, and the Rising Star award to Jeremy Jordan, who stars in “The Last 5 Years,” opposite Anna Kendrick.  The program will take place on Nov. 14 and will include video highlights and conversations with “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush.

Shailene Woodley will receive Variety‘s Indie Impact Award at the 10 Producers to Watch event. Variety executive editor Steve Gaydos will also be holding a Contenders »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Things I Learned on the Awards Circuit (Governors Awards Videos)

11 November 2014 12:21 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sure, the event is smack in the middle of the awards corridor, so many contenders show up to work the room. It's like shooting fish in a barrel: Michael Keaton and Edward Norton ("Birdman"), presenter Chris Rock ("Top Five") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"),  Laura Poitras ("Citizen Four"), Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Logan Lerman ("Fury"), Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo ("Selma"), Bennett Miller and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"), Kevin Costner and Mike Binder ("Black or White"), Patricia Arquette, Eller Coltrane, Richard Linklater, and Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood"), Emily Blunt and Rob Marshall ("Into the Woods"), Robert Downey Jr. (in sparkling sneakers) and Robert Duvall ("The Judge"), Phil Lord and Christopher »

- Anne Thompson

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10 Producers to Watch: Robert Ogden Barnum

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barnum has spent the past decade bridging finance and independent film, having worked with the likes of Benaroya Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. But it’s in recent years that he’s fully come into his own, partnering with Cassian Elwes last year to create e2b Capital, and boasting a slate that includes Kevin Costner starrer “Black and White,” Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way” and Paul Bettany’s “Shelter.”

Barnum first turned heads as a producer of J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call,” and partnered with the director again for last year’s “All Is Lost.” Yet per-  haps the most audacious project of his career is one that’s just starting to kick into gear: the long-

mooted biopic “Miles Ahead.”

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I’d seen the Miles Davis project a couple of times,” Barnum says. “I’d read the script, »

- Andrew Barker

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10 Producers to Watch: Campbell-Grobman Films

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Friends Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell came together as producing partners in 2011 as Campbell-Grobman Films after working as exec producers to help set up films such as Lionsgate’s “Leatherface 3D” and Kat Coiro’s romantic comedy “A Case of You,” which stars Justin Long, Sienna Miller and Brendan Fraser.

Grobman also was an exec producer on the Michael Shannon-Chris Evans crime drama “The Iceman” and James Cox’s indie dramedy “Straight A’s,” both of which co-star Campbell.

The duo scored with 2013’s “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” which took in $47 million worldwide.

But don’t label them as horror queens.

“We’ve done a lot of different things,” says Campbell, whose acting credits include “Drive Angry,” “The Mechanic” and a fair amount of genre. “We were nominated for an Emmy for (documentary) ‘Brave Miss World,’ ” she adds, and their list also includes exec producing duties on “She’s Funny That Way, »

- Carole Horst

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