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‘Gone Girl': Rosamund Pike on the Role of a Lifetime

30 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like the lead character she portrays in the widely anticipated movie version of “Gone Girl,” Rosamund Pike fell off nearly everyone’s radar.

At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.

The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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TV Review: AOL’s ‘Makers’

29 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Makers,” an AOL-backed initiative to chronicle women’s strides in traditionally male-dominated fields, kicks off with a decidedly entertainment-industry flavor, with the first two hours devoted to “Women in Comedy” and “Women in Hollywood.” Those broad topics, admittedly, represent a lot to chew on in just an hour, but this PBS series does a credible job of racing through highlights while enlisting well-placed voices — including, in the premiere, the late Joan Rivers — to address the inroads women have made, and the doors that remain tough to kick open.

While future chapters include “Space,” “Politics,” “Business” and “War,” the first two are closely related, and are probably the most accessible.

“Comedy is masculine,” Rivers explains of the standup field, and the filmmakers (the first two docs are narrated by Leslie Mann and Julia Roberts, respectively) chronicle how Phyllis Diller broke through by lampooning herself, giving way to Rivers and the many who have followed. »

- Brian Lowry

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Daily | Cronenberg, Lynch, Maddin

29 September 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Lethem's reviewed David Cronenberg's first novel, Consumed, for the New York Times. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Morgan Meis on David Lynch's paintings and films; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Adrian Martin on Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream (1993); Reverse Shot on three films by Martin Scorsese; Nick Pinkerton on Hype Williams's Belly (1998); and from the New Yorker's archive, six classic profiles: Diane Keaton, Angela Bassett, Julia Roberts, Tilda Swinton, Katharine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett. » - David Hudson »

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Why Denzel Washington May Be the Last Pure Movie Star

28 September 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Denzel Washington may exert the purest form of star power in movies today.

His name above the title guarantees a film will open to solid numbers, something few actors in Hollywood can credibly claim to deliver. He did it again last weekend, when his gritty R-rated thriller “The Equalizer” bowed to a sterling $35 million.

“He’s a name people trust,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “He is a brand. Really, it’s no different than Marvel or Pixar. People hear Denzel Washington and they show up.”

Over three decades in the film business, Washington’s films have generated north of $3 billion at the global box office, but he’s put up those lofty numbers in a unique way. At the age of 59, he is launching his first franchise with “The Equalizer,” an adaptation of the CBS action series that Sony, the studio behind the film, »

- Brent Lang

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Et's Ultimate George Clooney Wedding Guide

25 September 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et went on the ground in Italy to give you a guide to this weekend's three-day wedding extravaganza for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.

Et went on the ground in Italy to give you a guide to this weekend's three-day wedding extravaganza for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.

This morning Et cameras went inside the Hotel Cipriani, which George booked exclusively for his wedding guests for the weekend. So what makes this spot so special?

Pic: Clooney's Ex Elisabetta Canalis Weds in Italy

"When he comes, he also brings his friends," said the hotel's general manager Giampaolo Ottazzi. "He's a very good friend of ours. He's been coming here for 15 years, because here he finds the right privacy."

One of the most special places in the hotel is said to be the bar, which features drinks that George helped create.

One of their cocktails, called the Buona Notte or Good Night, makes use of »

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Jimmy Kimmel To Host Matthew McConaughey’s Cinematheque Tribute As Stars Line Up

25 September 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization’s annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton.

Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O’Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993’s Dazed And Confused, the star’s first film. Lili Fini Zanuck, producer of McConaughey’s 2002 film Reign Of Fire, has also been added to the show, with more co-stars and associates expected to be named in the coming days.

Witherspoon appeared opposite McConaughey in 2013’s Mud, while Chastain is in his much-anticipated upcoming November 14 release Interstellar. Garner worked with him on Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. »

- Pete Hammond

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Review: 'Tracks' A Gorgeous Film Led By A Terrific Performance From Mia Wasikowska

17 September 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Tracks” has been a long time coming. Ever since Robyn Davidson wrote her 1979 memoir of her 1700-mile, eight-month trek across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, and the book became an award-winning best-seller around the world, Hollywood has been sniffing around it. Multiple attempts to mount an adaptation have been made — Julia Roberts was attached to a version for much of the 1990s — but it finally took the producers of “The King’s Speech” and the oft-undervalued New York-born, Australian-based director John Curran (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”) to get it made. And for many, it’ll have been worth the wait: it’s a very handsome film with a terrific central performance, even if it’s not quite an unqualified triumph. Mia Wasikowska takes the lead role of Davidson who, haunted by tragedy and far from comfortable around civilization, heads to »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Hollywood Heads to Broadway

16 September 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.

The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.

Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and Kieran Culkin, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Will Ellen DeGeneres return as Oscars host this year? (Poll)

15 September 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are already confirmed to return to their posts for the next ceremony. Will they bring along last year's host Ellen DeGeneres for another turn at the podium? -Break- It will be the third time for Meron and Zadan in charge of the Academy Awards. Actor, comedian, and animator Seth MacFarlane was their choice in 2012. The ceremony last March was the highest-rated since 2000 and was a big hit on social media. That was largely due to the selfie DeGeneres took with such stars as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. Take our new poll below, and let us know who you think will be selected to host the next Oscars. Discuss your choice for Oscar host in our notorious forums If not DeGeneres, will the producers go back to the well with a past emcee like Billy Crystal, »

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Outback Journey 'Tracks' Stars Best Actress Hopeful Wasikowska (Behind-the-Scenes Video)

15 September 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, "Tracks" -- which bowed at Venice 2013 and hits theaters this weekend -- is a vastly engaging chronicle of the author's 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback in 1977 with her dog Diggity, four ornery camels and infinite clouds of dust, beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean. Along the way, she naturally encounters all manner of danger, from wild bull camels (Australia has 50,000 of the feral beasts roaming its interior) to her own physical and emotional limitations.   Julia Roberts was one of many actresses attached to "Tracks" during its long, difficult journey to the big screen, but it's Mia Wasikowska who impressively rises to the challenge of portraying Davidson, an unremarkable 27-year-old who mostly remains an enigma throughout the story. She has baggage - her mother hanged herself when she was nine - but Davidson's reasons for making this extreme, »

- Matt Mueller

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Life on the Streets: Richard Gere on Going Homeless

15 September 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you live in a decent-sized city, much less a metropolis, you probably see someone like George every day. Having fallen on hard times, George lives on the street; if he's not able to procure a bed at the chaotic, prison-like local shelter, he's apt to be sleeping in a cardboard box or, if he's lucky, the basement of an apartment building he's snuck into. He spends his days shuffling around the city, occasionally panhandling for change. A winter coat he's picked up from a church is pawned for money for a bottle. »

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Required Reading: Adult Adolescence and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

15 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Death of Adulthood and the Rise of Pleasure, or Why Seth Rogen is More Serious Than Woody Allen” — Adam Sternbergh’s response to A.O. Scott’s thought-catalyst on maturity, pointing out the age-old element of these discussions and the kernel at their core. “Cultural essays about the death of adulthood are often Trojan horses for a different complaint: the death of seriousness. These essays read as modern analogues to the mid-20th-century jeremiads about middlebrow, which were, similarly, taking people to task for not being sophisticated (i.e., adult) enough in their cultural tastes.” “The Darkness of Kristen Wiig” — Noah Gittell at Esquire finds seriousness in the funny woman’s latest films (and in her earlier funnier ones). “How Julia Roberts became an icon by playing the Girl Next Door” — Matt Singer »

- Scott Beggs

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‘No Good Deed’ Uses Star Power, Social Media to Top Box Office

14 September 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star power and social media savvy propelled “No Good Deed” to the top of the box office this weekend.

The $13 million film nearly doubled its production budget in its first three days of release, pulling in an impressive $24.5 million. The home invasion thriller was able to trump box office predictions because Sony and Screen Gems, the companies behind the film, expertly deployed Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson on Twitter to hawk the story of a district attorney menaced by a killer.

“You have two terrific actors who have followings and this weekend showed their collective star power is very powerful,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.

Both actors will likely see their stars rise as a result. Elba has had showy supporting roles in “Thor” and “Prometheus,” but hasn’t carried a film to these kind of heights on his own shoulders since 2009’s “Obsessed.” He retains »

- Brent Lang

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Toronto: Busy Im Global Sets Reginald Hudlin to Helm His Comic Script

10 September 2014 5:38 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Im Global’s Stuart Ford has been in Toronto selling out to the walls on The Secret In Their Eyes remake as Julia Roberts joined Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow. Now, he’s just set up a new film here. They’ve set Reginald Hudlin to direct and produce an untitled comedy which he co-wrote, with CAA selling the domestic rights and Hudlin producing through his Hudlin Entertainment banner. Hudlin, fondly remembered for helming the sleeper hit House Party, most recently was Oscar nominated for producing the Quentin Tarantino-directed Django Unchained. Hudlin wrote the script with Chris Spencer (Real Husbands of Hollywood) and Eric Daniel. He separately wrote the graphic novel The Black Panther for Marvel Comics and exec produced the animated series, and he has directed episodes of TNT’s Murder in the First and the upcoming NBC shows Bad Judge and Marry Me, and the Fox sitcom Weird Loners. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Im Global, Fuqua Films join forces

9 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and producing partner Kat Samick team with film financing, sales and distribution firm.

Im Global has signed a production partnership with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films.

Under the pact, the Los Angeles-based production, financing and sales company will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as providing the firm with business affairs and back-office support.

Fuqua, whose latest thriller The Equalizer received its world premiere in Toronto last night, said of Im Global: “They are producing the most exciting projects in the business right now and their enthusiasm and great taste make them the ideal collaborators for us.”

Fuqua’s best known features include Training Day, Broolyn’s Finest and Olympus Has Fallen, while his upcoming features include boxing drama Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Im Global CEO Stuard Ford said:  “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Toronto: Im Global In Deal With ‘Equalizer’ Helmer Antoine Fuqua

9 September 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Im Global’s Stuart Ford has signed a deal to partner in projects with with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films. Fuqua and producing associate Kat Samick will come up with the projects. Im Global will provide the overhead and this gives Fuqua an opportunity to expand his reach, since most of these projects he will produce. He’s got plenty of action on the directing front, about to launch The Equalizer, which has a sequel in the works at Sony that he’ll direct, and he’s developing the Magnificent Seven remake at MGM also with Denzel Washington.

Im Global has a slate including Autobahn, the contagion thriller Viral and a remake of the Oscar-winner The Secret In Their Eyes with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.

Said Ford, “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength to strength and we look forward to »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Toronto: Antoine Fuqua Teams with IM Global in Producing Pact

9 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Im Global has signed a production partnership deal with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films, two days after the world premiere of the director’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, at the Toronto Film Festival.

The deal calls for Im Global to develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, along with providing business affairs and back-office support.

Fuqua’s credits include “Training Day,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and “Olympus Has Fallen” along with music videos for Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Im Global is in post-production on three thrillers: “Autobahn,” directed by Eran Creevy and starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; “Viral,” directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; and “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Brad Peyton. It’s also in pre-production on Billy Ray’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.

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- Dave McNary

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Casting Net: Julia Roberts joins 'The Secret in Their Eyes' remake

5 September 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]

• Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette will star in the relationship drama Miss You Already. »

- Jake Perlman

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Movie News: Vin Diesel in First 'Last Witch Hunter' Image; Watch the First Full-Length 'Horrible Bosses 2' Trailer

5 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Last Witch Hunter: Vin Diesel shared the first official photo from The Last Witch Hunter, in which he stars in the titular role. In the movie, his character partners with a natural enemy -- a female witch -- to stop her fellow witches from unleasing a global epidemic. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star; Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directs. [Facebook via Collider]   The Secret in Their Eyes: Julia Roberts will star in The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of an Academy Award-winning thriller from Argentina. She will star opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, with Gwyneth Paltrow set for the second female lead. Billy Ray wrote the screenplay, converting a character from male to female and tailoring it for Roberts after she expressed an interest; he'll also...

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- Peter Martin

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Week in Review: Make a horror movie with Guillermo Del Toro

5 September 2014 1:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

YouTube announced a contest this week in collaboration with director Guillermo Del Toro in which entrants with YouTube channels can submit a short horror story to be judged by Del Toro, with the winner getting the opportunity to sign a deal with Del Toro’s Legendary Pictures.

The contest is called “You Tube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween“, and starting September 22, YouTube will open up YouTube Space locations in Los Angeles, London, New York and Tokyo to applicants to produce their horror film on one of YouTube Space’s custom sets. Variety has details on some of the sets YouTubers can utilize for the contest, all of which are inspired by Del Toro’s films.

And for lucky applicants who demonstrate a well-managed production schedule, a strong concept for their film and promising talent, Del Toro will be on hand to provide support and feedback during the filming and editing process. »

- Brian Welk

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