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Can Luc Besson score another French-import blockbuster with 'Lucy'?

45 minutes ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.

Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »

- Chris Lee

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2014 Independent Film Week Includes Latest From Barry Jenkins, Alistair Banks Griffin, Passon, Frammartino & Landes

10 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has »

- Eric Lavallee

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Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon Headline the Toronto International Film Festival

22 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Oscars don't take place until February next year, but for awards hopefuls like Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, the campaign starts in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival announced its lineup Tuesday, featuring several fall films with lots of buzz, including two from Witherspoon: Wild, based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed, and The Good Lie, a drama about several of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who are taken in by an American (see the trailer below). Other noteworthy films include Cannes favorite Foxcatcher starring Carell and Channing Tatum, The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, »

- Mary Green

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Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon Headline the Toronto International Film Festival

22 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Oscars don't take place until February next year, but for awards hopefuls like Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, the campaign starts in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival announced its lineup Tuesday, featuring several fall films with lots of buzz, including two from Witherspoon: Wild, based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed, and The Good Lie, a drama about several of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who are taken in by an American (see the trailer below). Other noteworthy films include Cannes favorite Foxcatcher starring Carell and Channing Tatum, The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, »

- Mary Green

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8 Performing Arts Summer Camps and Their Famous Alumni

22 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Going away to summer camp is a time-honored tradition, offering kids and teens the chance to make new friends, see new places, and experience life away from home. But it’s not all bonfires and mosquito nets for the sleepaway camps on our list. Check out some of the best-known summer camps for young performers—and the major celebrity alumni! Stagedoor Manor (New York)What do Natalie Portman, Lea Michele, Jon Cryer, and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? Among other things, they all spent childhood summers treading the boards at Stagedoor Manor. Located in Loch Sheldrake N.Y., Stagedoor is one of the most famous performing arts camps in the world. It was the subject of the 2006 documentary “Stagedoor,” Mickey Rapkin’s book “Theatre Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor,” and the inspiration for the 2003 independent film “Camp.” Other notable alums include Mandy Moore, »

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Video: Zach Braff tries to be a better man in 'Wish I Was Here' teaser

22 July 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In Wish I Was Here, the first film Garden State’s Zach Braff has directed in 10 years, Braff plays struggling actor Aidan Bloom, whose dreams are now standing in the way of his responsibility as a husband, father, and son. His wealthy, conservative-Jewish father (Mandy Patinkin) has always bankrolled his kids’ private school, but when the older man’s cancer returns, he tells his son that he can’t foot the bill anymore. Aidan’s wife (Kate Hudson) is already doing everything she can to keep her family upright, so it falls on Aidan to homeschool his children.

“I came »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Will Luc Besson Make The Professional 2?

22 July 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

French filmmaker Luc Besson has won fan-adoration for his sexy thriller La Femme Nikita and his sprawling science-fiction adventure The Fifth Element. But it's The Professional (A.K.A. Leon: The Professional) that is generally regarded as his best, most beloved offering. Like so many things fans can't get enough of, there's been speculation about a potential sequel to The Professional for years. But what does Besson say about this possibility? The answer might surprise you. While doing the press rounds for his upcoming female-fronted thriller Lucy, Luc Besson was asked directly by JoBlo about the possibility of a Professional sequel that would center on the Mathilda character originally played by a young Natalie Portman. To this, Besson responded: "Natalie is old now, she's a mother. [Laughs] It's too late. If I got an idea tomorrow about a sequel, of course I would do it. But I never came up »

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Priceless Advice From Stylist Kate Young That Will Cost You Almost Nothing

21 July 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Kate Young is one of Hollywood's go-to talents for styling stars on the red carpet. She outfits a long list of actresses that includes Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, and Emilia Clarke, and she even promotes products like Procter & Gamble's new Swash. We caught up with Kate in New York recently to find out how easy it is to add glamour to Summer outfits - even if you aren't on the red carpet. »

- Allie Merriam

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Which Marvel movies pass the Bechdel Test?

19 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe." So ran this week's statement from Marvel Comics, announcing that hammer-wielding Norse god Thor will be female in a new comic series. While a number of reactions from fans and industry folk have been dead on, others have been predictably hostile.

Coupled with the imminent release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the first Marvel Studios movie to date with a female screenwriter, this announcement has reignited an ever-brewing debate about women in superhero movies. More to the point, the lack thereof.

After Black Widow proved to be more or less second lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year, many were hoping that Marvel would finally bite the bullet and announce a standalone movie for Scarlett Johansson as part of their Phase Three plans. »

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The 18 Zach Braff–iest Moments in Wish I Was Here

18 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Love him or hate him, Zach Braff sure is Zach Braff. His signature directorial style is this specific blend of quirky and schmaltzy, like early Wes Anderson meets late Lasse Hallstrom. Then there are the heavy-handed decisions — in Garden State, the shirt that matched the wallpaper, Natalie Portman's weird dance that no one has ever done in human history, or the characters screaming into the "infinite abyss" while "The Only Living Boy in New York" is playing — that make some people want to die and some people fall in love. Where you land comes down to taste, but personally, I'm onboard — so as a celebration, here is a countdown of the 18 Zach Braff–iest moments in Wish I Was Here, ranked by their Zach Braff–iness. [Giant, massive Spoiler Alert. Please, do not read if you haven't seen the movie and are ever planning to. We literally spoil »

- Jesse David Fox

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Amy Adams Goes Glam in Debut as New Face of Max Mara (photos)

18 July 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Amy Adams, best known for her comedic skills on the big screen, takes a more dramatic turn as the new face of Max Mara accessories. She goes high glam in the brand’s fall and spring campaign. Adams was a standout in the David O. Russell-directed comedy-drama “American Hustle,” and earned a best supporting actress nomination at the Oscars. Other Hollywood actresses such as Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart have all landed major campaigns for fashion brands. [...] »

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Wish I Was Here | Review

18 July 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Anywhere But Here: Braff’s Kickstarter Baby a Painstaking Smog of Forced Emotion

It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since actor Zach Braff’s directorial debut, Garden State, was sold for a pleasant sum at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to reach a certain amount of acclaim, generating one of the first millennial iterations of the manic pixie dream girl with the prototype performance from Natalie Portman. The indie landscape has shifted a bit, and Braff’s return to the director’s seat with Wish I Was Here arrives like an interesting litmus test.

His debut hasn’t aged as well as we might have predicted due to the countless amount of similarly conceived films since then, though one must admit there’s a certain amount of nostalgic charm wrapped up in its well-meaning intentions. Comparatively, Braff’s unstudied earnestness to a fault irreparably »

- Nicholas Bell

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The 2014 Teen Choice Awards Reveals Their Very Long List Of Nominees

18 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Check out who got nominated for a 2014 Teen Choice Award.

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards nominees were announced today, with a massively long list of contenders in a number of theme categories including movies, television, music, fashion, and sports.

22 Jump Street, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Vampire Diaries were honored with scores of nominations for various award categories.

You can see the full list of nominees from all 65 categories below, and see who wins when the Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, August 10 on Fox.

Movies

Choice Movie: Action

Divergent

Edge of Tomorrow

Godzilla

Maleficent

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Choice Movie Actor: Action

Jamie Campbell Bower, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow

Theo James, Divergent

Kellan Lutz, The Legend of Hercules

Mark Wahlberg, Lone Survivor

Choice Movie Actress: Action

Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow

Lily Collins, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Elle Fanning, Maleficent

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Stop Using ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’

16 July 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It isn’t always easy for a film critic to admit he’s wrong or say he’s sorry. Our job is to defend our statements, even if it comes to revising them later.

It’s even harder for a modern film critic, today’s most dwindling yet thriving non-occupation, to leave a lasting influence on popular culture, the web and language itself.

Yet The Dissolve critic Nathan Rabin did manage to make an impact with a coined turn of phrase that has since hit ubiquity, and he’s now taken to the pages of Salon to apologize.

Back when he was an A.V. Club staffer, Rabin used the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in a 2007 essay to slam Kirsten Dunst’s character in the Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown. The rest is history, with The A.V. Club themselves doing an Inventory feature looking at Manic Pixie Dream Girls through the ages, »

- Brian Welk

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Marvel Pushes Hard For Female Fans With This New Thor

15 July 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Marvel hears the complaints. The company, as a whole, recognizes that . at face value . the Marvel universe can be mistaken as a Boy.s Club, where characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor swoop in to save the day. And they understand that the recent blockbuster movies based on the generations of comic books have made progress, introducing key female characters like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), but big changes have to continue if the company wants to remain viable. The introduction of a female Thor, by all accounts, is a massive step in that general direction. The studio revealed on ABC.s The View that Thor, in the ongoing comic books, will now be a female character. Marvel.com posted a few stills, which we will share below. And in a release shared shortly after that announcement, the company »

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Why the Creator of the Term ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ Wants It to Die

15 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Like a Frankenstein with doe eyes, Nathan Rabin unknowingly created a monster back in 2007, when he coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” while critiquing Kirsten Dunst's character in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown and characters like hers, such as Natalie Portman's Sam in Garden State. Now, after years of the terms use, overuse, and misuse, Rabin wants to apologize. "At this point in my life, I honestly hate the term too. I feel deeply weird, if not downright ashamed, at having created a cliche that has been trotted out again and again in an infinite internet feedback loop," he writes for Salon.Rabin explains that, at the time, his goal was to point out the "fundamentally sexist" trope of female characters that "seem less like autonomous, independent entities than appealing props to help mopey, sad white men self-actualize." However, Rabin sees now how the term itself has become sexist. »

- Jesse David Fox

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5 Reasons You'll Never Forget Garden State

14 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Garden State marks the moment when most of us fell in love with Zach Braff. Ok, let's not fail to mention the gorgeous and quirky Natalie Portman. With the upcoming release of Wish I Was Here, the Kickstarter-funded film that Zach worked so hard to put together, we decided to reminisce about the good ole days. What's your favorite Garden State moment? »

- Matthew Rodrigues

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5 Reasons You'll Never Forget Garden State

14 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Garden State marks the moment when most of us fell in love with Zach Braff. Ok, let's not fail to mention the gorgeous and quirky Natalie Portman. With the upcoming release of Wish I Was Here, the Kickstarter-funded film that Zach worked so hard to put together, we decided to reminisce about the good ole days. What's your favorite Garden State moment? »

- Matthew Rodrigues

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Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

14 July 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

14 July 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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