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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

9 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

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The Water Diviner – The Review

23 April 2015 4:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Having worked with the likes of Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Peter Weir, Michael Mann, and Darren Aronofsky, I would venture to say Russell Crowe may have picked up one or two directing secrets over the years. The Water Diviner shows us what the Aussie actor may have learned from some of these cinematic legends. Immediately visible are traces of Ridley Scott’s wide scope as well as Ron Howard’s knack for schmaltz. In his directorial debut, Crowe feels assured in his presentation of a heartfelt historical drama, but this confidence can’t make up for a story that feels a little tired and a presentation that leans towards superfluous melodrama.

Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey four years after the Battle of Gallipoli to look for his three missing sons whom are presumed dead. World War I may have ended but other obstacles still stand in »

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Russell Crowe finds his roots with The Water Diviner

23 April 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

At least Russell Crowe is self-aware.

"It won't come as any surprise to you, but I'm completely comfortable when all the creative decisions are mine," says Crowe.

The Oscar-winning actor stepped behind the camera for the first time with The Water Diviner, a classically made epic about a father (Crowe) who travels from the Australian outback to Istanbul in search of the bodies of his three sons, who were killed at the Battle of Gallipoli. The story is at once an adventure tale, a drama, and a romance.

Inspired by Australian cinema's golden age directors like Peter WeirGillian Armstrong and Phillip Noyce, Crowe and his cinematographer, Oscar-winner Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings), weave together an intricate tapestry of striking visuals to both recreate the war and its aftermath.

Crowe talked with The Associated Press in Los Angeles recently about his foray into directing. The remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity. »

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Glenn Close Fights to End Mental Illness Stigma With Bring Change 2 Mind

21 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Glenn Close is one of Variety’s Power of Women New York honorees. For more profiles on the honorees, click here.

Glenn Close still remembers the day that her younger sister approached her with a terrifying secret: “I can’t stop thinking about killing myself,” Jessie Close confided to Glenn roughly 10 years ago.

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After doctors diagnosed Jessie with bipolar disorder, and Jessie’s son, Calen Pick, with schizoaffective disorder, Close was determined to learn more about mental illness. She volunteered at the New York recovery center Fountain House, and in 2010 started the nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind to raise awareness.

“We thought the best thing to do was work against the stigma that surrounds mental illness,” Close says, noting that one in four people are affected by it. “It’s a chronic illness like anything else.”

Bring Change 2 Mind aims to start a conversation. Close tapped her »

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Nat Geo Sets First Comedy Series, From ‘Silicon Valley’ Folks; Paul Giamatti Really Digs Science – Upfronts

15 April 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Possibly former actor Paul Giamatti is one of six guest directors of National Geographic Channel’s new series Breakthrough, which Ngc is producing in partnership with General Electric and Ron Howard/Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment, Global. It’s one of five new series announced at today’s upfront presentation in New York by Chief Executive Officer Courteney Monroe and President, Original Programming & Production Tim Pastore. Monroe said Ngc… »

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Nat Geo Slate Includes Ron Howard-Brian Grazer Science Series ‘Breakthrough’

15 April 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild unveiled their 2015-2016 slates Wednesday at the company’s upfront event. Highlights include Ron Howard and Brian Grazer‘s new anthology series “Breakthrough,” which is produced by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment and explores science innovations, and miniseries “Saints & Sinners,” which Nat Geo describes as “the epic, untold story behind the founding of America and the men, women and children in search of a new life in an unexplored land.” Both new series will run on the main network. “This year’s upfront slate is a testament to our programming commitment to rise above the clutter, »

- Tony Maglio

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Upfronts: Nat Geo Will Revive ‘Explorer,’ Test Comedy

15 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Explorers for the adventure-and-science organization National Geographic have long traveled to new places. Now the cable network that is aligned with the 127-year old society wants to do more of the same.

The National Geographic Channel, owned in tandem with 21st Century Fox, said it would test a comedic series in 2016 while rebooting its signature “Explorer” program by returning it to the schedule for the first time in five years, all as part of the network’s efforts in the upfront, the annual process through which U.S. TV outlets try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory.

Speaking at a lunch held Wednesday, Nat Geo CEO Courteney Monroe said the network wanted to place more emphasis on its affiliation with the nonprofit educational institution while trying bolder programming concepts that may push the boundaries of the organization’s signature yellow rectangle.

One of the more eyebrow-raising concepts introduced was a comedic miniseries, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Ron Howard and Nat Geo Partner for Science Anthology, Wild Re-Ups Cesar Millan

15 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

National Geographic Channel and sister network Wild rolled out their upfront slates on Wednesday — and the big story at Nat Geo is a science-centric anthology that's bringing in a different Hollywood heavyweight to direct each of the first six installments. Breakthrough, set for a fall launch, comes to the network from Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and Asylum Entertainment. Focusing on a different arena of innovation in each of the one-hour installments, Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Brett Ratner and Howard himself are all on board to helm. Read More In the Desert

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- Michael O'Connell

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Irrfan Off To Hollywood for ‘Inferno’

14 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Irrfan Khan, who has starred in Hollywood hits like Life Of Pi (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), is now off to the USA to begin the first round of preparations for American film-maker Ron Howard’s next. The actor tells us about his homework for the film — the third installment in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series.

The talented actor hopes to meet author Dan Brown and co-star Tom Hanks as he prepares for the film. The actor adds, “This trip is to decide my look in the film, what I will wear etc. Ron and I have been discussing how we will approach the role. We’ve also spoken about the character’s accent. His nationality is not important, but he definitely has some British influence. While I was looking for references for the role, Ron sent me some links, and he even got Dan to look for some material, »

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Devinsupertramp, iJustine Create Film Trailers For Canon’s ‘Project Imagination’ Contest

14 April 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Devin Graham (YouTube’s Devinsupertramp) and Justine Ezarik (aka iJustine) have released two new videos sure to inspire future filmmakers. The two YouTube stars teamed with Canon to create film trailers to promote the camera company’s newest contest, Project Imagination: The Trailer.

Created in conjunction with director Ron Howard, Canon’s Project Imagination contest will turn one consumer-submitted trailer into a Hollywood short film, produced by and starring actor Josh Hutcherson (of The Hunger Games fame). Howard and Hutcherson will select the winning trailer based on qualities like storytelling, originality, and (of course) imagination.

Canon teamed with advertising and marketing firm Grey Global Group to head promotion for Project Imagination. Grey in turn brought on Graham and Ezarik (both Canon advocates) to create their own trailers as examples of the type of content consumers could submit. In the YouTubers’ trailers, Graham and Ezarik tease their fake upcoming “movies” using »

- Bree Brouwer

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Brian Grazer Q&A: On A Career Fueled By A Curious Mind

14 April 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In his new Simon & Schuster book A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life, Imagine Entertainment co-founder Brian Grazer describes how a career-long regimen of “Curiosity Conversations” with the world’s most fascinating people helped him build one of the most accomplished producing resumes of his generation. Curiosity, and a willingness to ask questions at the risk of looking silly, helped forge his partnership with Ron Howard and expand his world with insight that… »

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Brian Grazer Q&A: On A Career Fueled By A Curious Mind

14 April 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In his new Simon & Schuster book A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life, Imagine Entertainment co-founder Brian Grazer describes how a career-long regimen of “Curiosity Conversations” with the world’s most fascinating people helped him build one of the most accomplished producing resumes of his generation. Curiosity, and a willingness to ask questions at the risk of looking silly, helped forge his partnership with Ron Howard and expand his world with insight that… »

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Irrfan Khan roped in for Hollywood film Inferno

14 April 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Irrfan Khan, who was earlier seen in big ticket Hollywood films The Amazing Spider Man and Life of Pi, continues his association with the west with his next venture that will be helmed by Ron Howard. In fact Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world's most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in the Robert Langdon series. The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April. The project's executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist's adventures on screen, when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, »

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Morel, McG To Helm New Series Pilots

13 April 2015 9:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Pierre Morel ("Taken") will direct the Lifetime drama pilot "The Clan Of The Cave Bear" for Fox 21 TV Studios, Lionsgate TV, Imagine TV and Allison Shearmur Prods. The work is based on the first book of Jean M. Auel's Earth’s Children series.

The story is set more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady) a child of the 'Others'. Linda Woolverton wrote the pilot and is executive producing with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Francie Calfo and Jean M. Auel.

Meanwhile, "Charlie's Angels" and "Terminator Salvation" director McG has signed on to direct the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" series. Ed Decter wrote the pilot script and will serve as show runner.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is The Newest Addition To Beauty And The Beast

13 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Casting is in full swing for Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle – no relation) today becoming the latest addition to the all-star cast that’s led by Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The actress, who scored Oscar buzz for her role in last year’s Beyond the Lights, will take on the supporting part of Plumette the feather duster.

Mbatha-Raw joins a cast that already boasts Watson as Belle, Stevens as the Beast, Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the clock, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts the teapot, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Audra MacDonald as Garderobe. Interestingly, her character has undergone a name change in this take – previous adaptations have featured flirty feather dusters with the names Babette and Fifi.

Bill Condon (DreamgirlsThe Fifth Estate) will direct the film, which was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Beauty And The Beast Snags Ian McKellen For Cogsworth

13 April 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

However you feel about Disney plumbing its past fairy tales for big screen redos, there’s no denying that the studio’s casting choices for Bill Condon’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast have been spot-on. With Emma Watson in the role of Belle, and Dan Stevens and Luke Evans vying for her affections as the Beast and Gaston (respectively), the film looks increasingly like a must-see for acting aficionados. Now, the production has attracted another A-lister, with news that X-Men‘s Ian McKellen is taking on the role of Cogsworth.

In the original Disney flick, Cogsworth was the loyal butler to the Prince who was magically transformed into a clock by the same spell that turned his master into a savage beast.

McKellen joins a supporting cast that also includes Josh Gad as Gaston’s right hand man LeFou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Audra MacDonald as Garderobe. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Sony Now Looking To Build Ron Howard's Dark Tower

12 April 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman have been trying for years to build an adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series. But their ambitious, expensive plans to craft a franchise that encompasses linked movies and TV shows has been bought then scrapped by the likes of Universal, Warner Bros. and HBO. Now, though, it looks like Sony is taking on the task alongside Media Rights Capital.With Howard, Grazer, Goldsman and Eric Huggins producing, the project appears to be shaping up in scaled-down form, with the current plan aimed at making a movie and a complementary TV series. Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner have written the first script to that effect, totally reconceiving the adaptation of King’s adventures starring Roland Deschain, part of a knight-like order of gunslingers in a quest to save civilisation.“There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters »

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Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' Saga Eyed for Film Franchise, TV Series

11 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy series The Dark Tower has long gestated in Hollywood, moving from studio to studio and from proposed film franchise to planned TV series for nearly a decade. However, after Warner Bros. and HBO failed to bring King's novels to the big and small screen, Sony Pictures have announced that they'll now attempt to adapt King's self-proclaimed magnum opus as both a feature film and a television series.

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital (Mrc) have agreed to co-finance »

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Sony Plans The Dark Tower Movies And TV Show

11 April 2015 1:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Judging from Deadline’s report, the only real differences between the new Sony, old Warner Bros. and even older Universal plans to bring Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series to cinemas are that we’re all now a few years older and fatter than when this all started, and that Ron Howard is no longer attached to direct.

Those two facts may not be entirely unrelated.

A primer for those who don’t remember the last attempt to get these books on screen: Akiva Goldsman is producing and co-writing, there will be multiple films and a tie-in TV series that comes between them, Stephen King is keen to see it happen.

There’s no replacement for Howard as yet, and casting won’t start until Sony book a director. Last time around, however, Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe were contenders for the lead role of The Gunslinger.

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- Brendon Connelly

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