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Elvis & Nixon review – the odd couple

22 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kevin Spacey plays the president for laughs in a slight but enjoyable imagining of Elvis’s real life meeting with Nixon

Before the press show for this piece of pop history whimsy, the film’s distributors wheeled out a bespangled Elvis impersonator, but sadly failed to enlist a concomitant Nixon tribute act. With his scarecrow arms, vulture shoulders and feral facial expressions, the 37th president of the United States is as easily caricatured as the King. On screen, he’s been played by such luminaries as Anthony Hopkins in Nixon, Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon, and John Cusack in The Butler, all of whom had his trademark physical mannerisms down pat. Nor should we forget Bob Gunton, who brought more than a touch of Nixon to the role of Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption before starring in 1997’s Elvis Meets Nixon, the small-screen forerunner of this flimsy but fun cinematic folly. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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What It Takes to Write ‘The Tonight Show’ (And The Writers’ 5 Favorite Sketches)

24 June 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

To appreciate how much work goes into writing a show like “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” ask a writer how many jokes they must write on any given day for any given segment. The answer is easily dozens, and that doesn’t include comedy pitches for celebrity guests and big sketch ideas like the show’s famed TV show parodies.

Gerard Bradford, a supervising writer for “Tonight Show,” broke down for IndieWire just how intense the production process can be. He also revealed some of his favorite sketches from the past year, and their more unusual inspirations.

What does having a regular schedule for specific desk bits like “Thank You Notes” mean for the rhythm of writing the show? 

It definitely helps – especially on a show like ours where we’re doing five hour-long shows a week, and each show can be very different content-wise on any given day. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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What It Takes to Write ‘The Tonight Show’ (And The Writers’ 5 Favorite Sketches)

24 June 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To appreciate how much work goes into writing a show like “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” ask a writer how many jokes they must write on any given day for any given segment. The answer is easily dozens, and that doesn’t include comedy pitches for celebrity guests and big sketch ideas like the show’s famed TV show parodies.

Gerard Bradford, a supervising writer for “Tonight Show,” broke down for IndieWire just how intense the production process can be. He also revealed some of his favorite sketches from the past year, and their more unusual inspirations.

What does having a regular schedule for specific desk bits like “Thank You Notes” mean for the rhythm of writing the show? 

It definitely helps – especially on a show like ours where we’re doing five hour-long shows a week, and each show can be very different content-wise on any given day. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Y-Films & The Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band Bring India Its First Ever Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion

23 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Y-Films and India’s first transgender pop band, the 6 Pack Band, created history late Monday night by winning the coveted Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion at the Cannes Lions Festival. The unique innovation, a first of its kind ever for an Indian campaign, in collaboration with Mindshare Mumbai and Brooke Bond Red Label, won the award for its extraordinary campaign around gender rights and outreach.

This particular category of the Cannes Lions Festival awards creative work that celebrates culture-shifting creativity and addresses and impacts gender inequality, imbalance or injustice. 30 odd brands have competed from across the world, including four from India, but the unique 6 Pack Band initiative that highlights the hidden talent of the ‘Hijra’ (transgender) community of India, was chosen as the winner of the highest Cannes Lion award for the incredible impact it has had in battling prejudice and discrimination against the transgender community. With a population of »

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Y-Films & The Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band Bring India Its First Ever Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion

23 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Y-Films and India’s first transgender pop band, the 6 Pack Band, created history late Monday night by winning the coveted Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion at the Cannes Lions Festival. The unique innovation, a first of its kind ever for an Indian campaign, in collaboration with Mindshare Mumbai and Brooke Bond Red Label, won the award for its extraordinary campaign around gender rights and outreach.

This particular category of the Cannes Lions Festival awards creative work that celebrates culture-shifting creativity and addresses and impacts gender inequality, imbalance or injustice. 30 odd brands have competed from across the world, including four from India, but the unique 6 Pack Band initiative that highlights the hidden talent of the ‘Hijra’ (transgender) community of India, was chosen as the winner of the highest Cannes Lion award for the incredible impact it has had in battling prejudice and discrimination against the transgender community. With a population of »

- Press Releases

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Elvis & Nixon review

23 June 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Kevin Spacey is Nixon and Michael Shannon is Elvis in this slightly disjointed but often very fun drama...

If you were to draw up a list of likely actors to play Elvis, I’d wager that Michael Shannon wouldn’t come particularly high up in the rankings. His acting chops are well proven, but he comes with an enigmatic energy which is so quintessentially Shannon that it would be hard for the viewer to shake that and truly believe they’re watching The King.  

This was my worry going into Elvis & Nixon, and this is still how I feel after Elvis & Nixon. But that isn’t to say that there weren’t moments of fun in between. True, I never suspended my disbelief long enough to forget that I was watching General Zod as Elvis - with all the wiry Shannon eccentricities and not much of  the “uh, »

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Elvis & Nixon review – Tricky Dicky meets the King in the Oval Office

23 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon play one of history’s oddest couples in this entertaining account of the day Presley arrived unannounced at the White House

Related: Elvis and Nixon, Reagan and Jacko, Jagger and Blair … when pop stars and politicians collide | Craig Brown

If Oliver Stone and Peter Morgan ever decided to team up for a larky look at the darker conspiratorial currents of pop culture during the Nixon presidency, it might look like this entertaining, lenient reimagining of the most bizarre unofficial summit meeting in Us history, drenched in retrospective irony and postmodern absurdity. This was the encounter of Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley in 1970 in the Oval Office, commemorated with an official handshake photograph. Maybe Stewart Lee could create an opera based on this, like John Adams’s Nixon in China.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Elvis & Nixon review: “Funny and thoughtful.”

23 June 2016 1:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Elvis & Nixon review: Not a sequel to Frost/Nixon, but the bizarre ‘true’ tale of when two icons met. Elvis & Nixon review

Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley were quite the characters. Both over-the-top but highly respected in their own way they have become quite the staple of mockery and imitation over the years. It wouldn’t be too far out there to suggest that most people these days are exposed to a recreation of the individual before they learn about the historical figure. Whether it be Nixon’s floating severed head in Futurama or Jack White’s bizarrely hilarious turn in Walk Hard: A Dewey Cox Story. They’ve been conscripted into bizarre timelines where Elvis has fought an evil Egyptian mummy, and where Nixon has overseen a country filled with people with mutant powers, and masked vigilantes being outlawed. So the fact these two figures actually met behind »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Exclusive Clip From Elvis & Nixon

21 June 2016 4:38 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

One of the most mind bending true life events of the last fifty years, Elvis Presley’s visit to the White House in 1970, comes to life on the big this Friday, and an exclusive clip from Elvis & Nixon has found its way into our little hands, showcasing the movie’s two amazing leads, Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey (who both played Superman villains by the way). Check it out below, and watch two of the best actors working today snipe at each other with glee. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Emmy Contender Michael Kelly Talks Going Naked for Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards’ Set (Exclusive Video)

21 June 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A version of this story on Michael Kelly first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Comedy/Drama/Actors Emmy Issue. In a series full of schemers, plotters and underhanded double-crossers, nobody on “House of Cards” schemes, plots and double-crosses with quite as much cold-blooded flair as Doug Stamper. The chief of staff to devious President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), Stamper is the ultimate political hitman, played by Michael Kelly with enough deadly relish to land him Emmy and SAG Awards nominations last year. Also Read: Emmy Contender Juno Temple Reveals Butt-Baring Wardrobe Malfunction on 'Vinyl' »

- Joe Otterson

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Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ With David Oyelowo & Rosamund Pike To Open 2016 BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We still have about two full months of summer blockbusters to come, but the fall festival and awards season are inching closer, and starting to provide a little motivation to get through the “Shallows” and “Ice Age” and Kevin Spacey cat movies still to come, with announcements beginning to drift in for some of the […]

The post Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ With David Oyelowo & Rosamund Pike To Open 2016 BFI London Film Festival appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Fundamentals of Caring’ Director Rob Burnett Offers 3 Critical Filmmaking Lessons From 30 Years Working on ‘Letterman’

20 June 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s Note: There are so many different paths to becoming a movie director, but a career in late night isn’t one of the more common ones.  Rob Burnett spent 30 years working for David Letterman, rising from intern to executive producer, before directing Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez in the upcoming Netflix release “The Fundamentals of Caring.” We asked the writer/director what lessons he took from “The Late Show” and how did it prepare him for being a filmmaker. What we got was the following essay, which is a great insight into the mindset it takes to direct a feature film.

Read More: ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ Trailer: Paul Rudd & Selena Gomez Take an Emotional Road Trip

During one of the Q&A sessions after “The Fundamentals of Caring” screened at Sundance, someone asked me what influence my work in television has had on me as a filmmaker. »

- Chris O'Falt

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Competition: Win ‘Elvis & Nixon’ merchandise packs

20 June 2016 2:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To co-incide with this week’s release of Elvis & Nixon in the UK, we are giving away a special merchandise pack to five lucky winners.

Here’s a bit about the film.

On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon. Starring Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon as Presley and two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey as Nixon, Elvis & Nixon tells the untold story behind this revealing yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the Us National Archives.

The Prize Pack

Elvis Glasses Branded t-shirt Elvis and Nixon M&Ms Coasters Themed badge

To be in with a chance of winning one of these five fantastic prize packs, simply answer the question below and fill in the following form. »

- The Hollywood News

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The best Richard Nixons in movie history

20 June 2016 12:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Elvis & Nixon sees Kevin Spacey join the list of Hollywood greats who are drawn to play the notorious ‘Tricky Dicky

Related: Elvis & Nixon review: Michael Shannon resurrects the King

Richard M Nixon is like Macbeth or Iago: there are as many possible versions of him as there are interesting actors to play him. I’m not quite ready to add Kevin Spacey’s portrayal to the roster of Top Tricky Dickies just yet – Elvis & Nixon is perhaps too slight a movie – but that’s because the gallery of great Nixons already teems with big thespians making big noises in the Oval Office at 3am, a large scotch near at hand as the end draws inexorably nigh.

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- John Patterson

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Giveaway – Win Elvis & Nixon merchandise packs!

19 June 2016 4:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the upcoming release of Elvis & Nixon, which is out in the UK on June 24th, we have five merchandise packs up for grabs courtesy of Entertainment One, which include Elvis glasses, a branded T-shirt, Elvis & Nixon M&Ms, coasters and a themed badge. Read on for details of how to enter…

On the morning of December 21st 1970 the world’s biggest star, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) arrived on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). Elvis & Nixon tells the astounding true story of this meeting between two men at the height of their powers.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, July 3rd. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here. »

- Gary Collinson

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Giveaway – Win The Secret Life of Pets merchandise packs!

19 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Secret Life of Pets opens in the UK this coming Friday, June 24th, and thanks to Universal we have a couple of merchandise packs to give away; read on for details of how to enter…

On the morning of December 21st 1970 the world’s biggest star, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) arrived on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). Elvis & Nixon tells the astounding true story of this meeting between two men at the height of their powers.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, July 3rd. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.

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- Gary Collinson

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How Sound and Editing Build Tension During ‘House of Cards’ Season 4 Presidential Campaign (Emmy Watch)

17 June 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Underwoods in Season 4 of “House of Cards”: Frank (Kevin Spacey) struggles to hold onto power with his Presidential re-election and Claire (Robin Wright) plots her own political path to the Presidency.

And editing and sound mixing play a significant role in conveying their tug-of-war.

“We try to keep it balanced and close to the world of believability,” said Lisa Bromwell, who edited the first two episodes and concentrated on the first half of the season. “It’s absolutely heightened in a fun way.”

From the very beginning, David Fincher wanted “House of Cards” to be cut more like a movie, according to Bromwell, which means focusing on the reactions of supporting characters. “You can always cut to Kevin Spacey at any moment. But he’s the one pulling the strings and often times it’s more interesting to see how other »

- Bill Desowitz

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Judi Dench to Star in Stephen Frears’ ‘Victoria and Abdul’ for Working Title

17 June 2016 2:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Judi Dench will star as Queen Victoria and Stephen Frears will direct Working Title Films’ “Victoria and Abdul,” to which Focus Features will hold worldwide rights.

The movie is slated to go into production this year for a 2017 release. Focus will release the movie in the U.S., and Universal Pictures Intl. will distribute the film around the world. “Victoria and Abdul” is being co-financed by Focus in association with BBC Films.

The screenplay is by Lee Hall, based on Shrabani Basu’s book “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.” Hall was Oscar nominated for “Billy Elliot.”

“Victoria and Abdul” was developed by Beeban Kidron and Hall at Cross Street Films with BBC Films, and is being produced by Kidron, Tracey Seaward (“The Queen”), and Working Title’s co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Bevan and Fellner have produced several Working Title movies for Focus release, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Gary Barlow teams up with BBC for Take That talent show Let It Shine

17 June 2016 1:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc will present Saturday night contest seeking stars for stage show

The BBC has turned to Gary Barlow in its hunt for the next Saturday night hit as he attempts to find a new Take That to take part in a Mamma Mia-style stage musical.

Let It Shine will be presented by Graham Norton and The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc.

Related: BBC's Countryfile Diaries to be rolled out across the seasons

Related: Kevin Spacey criticises 'unfair' BBC talent shows

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- John Plunkett

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Hamilton Mania, Pixar Short, Gay Rage, New Musical

16 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

• Variety Zac Efron possibly joining headliner Hugh Jackman in the new Pt Barnum movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth

Universal Studios Wicked, the movie has a release date. More on this tomorrow

• Playbill Tony Kushner writing an adaptation of West Side Story for a remake by Steven Spielberg! Since that's my favorite movie of all time I feel very weird about this. Strangely the article stays that Kushner is "currently adapting the screenplay of August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning drama Fences" which would be really bad news for the movie since it's already done filming ;) 

• My New Plaid Pants ...reacts to the news with a shout out to Pt Barnum look-alike Jim Broadbent

• THR The British Independent Film Awards, which helped Ex Machina along last awards season, and are adding award categories this year will try a new system to coincide with what voters have seen and where there are conflicts of interest. »

- NATHANIEL R

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