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Ambi Pictures to remake Princess

16 October 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ambi Pictures acquires English-language remake rights to Princess.

Ambi Pictures Group has acquired the English-language remake rights to Arto Halonen’s Finnish feature Princess, based on the true story of cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen.

Ambi’s Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi are financing and producing the remake with an eye toward aligning with A-list female talent for the picture.

Sales arm Ambi Distribution is handling worldwide sales.

Ambi’s president of worldwide sales and acquisitions, Julie Sultan, brought the project to Ambi and will develop and produce with Iervolino and Bacardi.

Produced by Art Films, Princess starred many of Finland’s leading actors including Katja Kuttner, Samuli Edelmann, Krista Kosonen and Peter Franzen, and was the fiction debut of documentary filmmaker Halonen, director of Shadow of the Holy Book, Pavlov’s Dogs and The Magnetic Man.

Princess tells the true story of former cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen’s redemptive struggle with insanity, who checked »

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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

15 October 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »

- Steve Montgomery

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5 Burning Questions on Neil Patrick Harris as Oscar Host

15 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In 2010, when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted the Academy Awards, Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a song-and-dance number and cracked, “I know: What am I doing here?” The audience laughed then, but in the years since, as Harris became the go-to emcee for the Tonys and Emmys, the notion that he’d someday host the Oscars felt inevitable. Still, even though today’s announcement that Harris had scored the big gig came as no out-of-left-field shocker, it did prompt us to ask a few questions. Won’t you indulge us in our curiosity?Could Tina Fey or Amy Poehler now host the Oscars someday?The only thing that had previously held back Harris as an Oscar host — well, besides that time-consuming sitcom he starred in — was the perception that by selecting him, the Academy would be making a “sloppy seconds” pick after Harris had already hosted every »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Neil Patrick Harris to host the Academy Awards

15 October 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Neil Patrick Harris is not just one of those multi-hyphenate performers who could conceivably win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony -- he could also be the first to possibly score an Egot through hosting. The actor has signed on to emcee the upcoming Academy Awards, following his lively stints as host of two Emmy broadcasts and four Tonys, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan confirmed to EW. The Oscars take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, but it won't be his first time on the stage. Harris led a song-and-dance routine to open the show in »

- Anthony Breznican

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host The Oscars

15 October 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Whenever a fantasy list of Oscar hosts is drawn up, Neil Patrick Harris’s name tends to appear somewhere near the top. Fantasy became reality today as producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made him their choice for the 2015 award ceremony.Harris is a man with a proven hosting record. He’s won plaudits for his work on the Tonys, and while his Emmy hosting gig wasn’t met with as much unalloyed positivity, he certainly didn’t do a bad job. He even appeared at the Oscars to do the opening number in 2010, when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted (that video is below). It doesn’t hurt that he’s got charm to spare, a talent for friendly, witty comedy and chops when it comes to singing and dancing. He’s probably closer to the Bob Hope or Billy Crystal model of host than some more recent efforts (looking at you, »

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'Marry Me' Stars Casey Wilson and Ken Marino Offer Up Some Must-Have Marriage Advice

14 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Two comedy favorites, Casey Wilson and Ken Marino, are about to become the couple you love to watch on the new NBC sitcom, "Marry Me."

You've probably seen writer and actor Ken Marino in one of his many comedy classics, including "Wet Hot American Summer," "Role Models," or "Party Down." Casey can currently be seen on the big screen in "Gone Girl," but you may also know her as the ah-ma-zing Penny Hartz on the sadly short-lived sitcom, "Happy Endings."

Now the hilarious pair play Jake and Annie, a newly-engaged duo who deal with the awkward, silly, and highly relatable trials and tribulations that come with a relationship. The show starts out with a proposal, but don't expect to just watch wacky wedding drama around picking a dress or losing a ring here.

We got the chance to speak with the show's hilarious two stars, who filled us on their »

- Alana Altmann

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Indie distribs salute Hobart cinema

13 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

John Kelly.s role in transforming Hobart.s 100-year-old State Cinema into a highly successful seven-screen complex which attracts more than 200,000 patrons each year has been recognised.

The exhibitor received the Independent Spirit Award from the Australian Independent Distributors Association (Aida) at the 69th Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast on Monday night.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason presented Kelly with the award, which recognises an individual whose career has been based primarily in Australian independent exhibition, distribution or production and who has made a significant contribution to the success of independent fllms.

Voted by Aida members, previous recipients include Ingrid van den Berghe from Luna Palace Cinemas, Wa (2013), retired Greater Union exhibitor John Politzer (2012) and Bob Parr, head of programming for South Australia's Wallis Cinemas (2011).

The other honorees at the Aida dinner were:

Best suburban cinema - Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne Presented by: Alaric McAusland . MD »

- Don Groves

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'SNL' pays tribute to Jan Hooks with 'Love is But A Dream'

12 October 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

SNL” pays tribute to Jan HooksSaturday Night Live” paid tribute to the late Hooks twice on Saturday: First in primetime, in a 1990 “Vintage SNL” episode hosted by Alec Baldwin. That was followed by a tribute by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig during the live show, featuring a re-airing of the famous “Love is But a Dream” short film that co-starred the late Phil Hartman. Wiig called Hooks “one of the best there ever was and her influence is clear in everyone of us who’s been here since." “SNL” confirms Jim Carrey as host with musical guest Iggy Azalea Carrey, who returns to “SNL” on Oct. 25, previously hosted in 1996 and 2011. “SNL” brings back Stefon to mock "MTV’s Dan Cortese" — Cortese responds For the first time, Stefon appeared on Weekend Update without Seth Meyers, who was performing in Las Vegas. Stefon repeatedly name-dropped Cortese, who quickly responded on Twitter: »

- Norman Weiss

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Luke Wilson in talks to join Will Smith's NFL concussion drama

11 October 2014 7:27 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Luke Wilson has been attached to act alongside Will Smith in an untitled NFL football concussion drama.

Wilson is in talks to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the movie, which also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser, reports The Wrap.

David Morse and Arliss Howard are also said to be nearing deals to join the Ridley Scott-produded movie which will see Peter Landesman in the directors chair.

Based on Jeanne Marie Laskas' GQ article 'Game Brain', the drama tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), a forensic neuropathologist who was the first to discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in NFL football players.

Wilson can be seen in Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's drama The Skeleton Twins. The actor was previously in HBO series Enlightened, which was cancelled in 2013 after two seasons.

Smith will soon be seen in Focus, »

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Luke Wilson in Talks to Play NFL's Roger Goodell in Will Smith's Football Concussion Film

11 October 2014 4:09 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Luke Wilson (Idiocracy) is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Sony's upcoming football concussion movie, which stars Will Smith and produced by Ridley Scott. The movie has yet to get a title. In addition to the two actors, the cast also includes David Morse, Arliss Howard, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is directing the movie, which is based on the GQ article "Game Brain." Smith is set to star as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public. As he blows the whistle on player injuries, Omalu's quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports . and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of pro sports. »

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Olivia Benson, Walter White: Us Weekly Ranks TV's Best Characters

10 October 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It's a tough job, but Us Weekly has done it: We've looked back over the last 20 years and ranked the 20 most beloved characters! Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) made the list, as did Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his baddie predecessors Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) earned her way onto our list, too. After all, who can fault a woman whom 30 Rock's Jack (Alec Baldwin) declared to be a "New York third-wave feminist, college-educated, single-and-pretending-to-be-happy-about-it, over-scheduled, undersexed, [...] »

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Bryan Cranston Is The Infiltrator; Luke Wilson to Play Roger Goodell in NFL Concussion Drama; Billy Crystal Teams with Jim Henson Co. for Which Witch

9 October 2014 8:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A few casting notices to report: Bryan Cranston is attached to star in The Infiltrator, an adaptation of Robert Mazur’s autobiography directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). Luke Wilson is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the untitled NFL concussion drama directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland).  Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw, and Paul Reiser also star. Billy Crystal will write, produce, and star in Which Witch, an animated movie from the Jim Henson Company directed by Brian Henson. Hit the jump for more on each project. Variety reports Cranston is attached to play federal agent Robert Mazur (aka Bob Musella) in the adaptation of Mazur's autobiography The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel.  Here's the book synopsis: Federal Agent Robert Mazur spent five years undercover as a money launderer to the international underworld, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Luke Wilson in Talks to Play NFL's Roger Goodell in Will Smith's Football Concussion Movie (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Luke Wilson is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Sony's untitled football concussion movie, which stars Will Smith and is being produced by Ridley Scott, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Additionally, David Morse and Arliss Howard have closed deals to join the ensemble, which includes Alec Baldwin, Albert BrooksGugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser. A representative for Sony had no comment on Wilson's casting. Also read: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Pens Long Letter to League Owners: We Did Not See Ray Rice Video Peter Landesman is directing the movie, which is based on the GQ article “Game. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Jeremy Renner doesn't need to justify being in 'The Avengers' franchise or 'M:i-5'

8 October 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The film has gone a bit under the radar, but Michael Cuesta's "Kill the Messenger" deserves your attention this weekend. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the film chronicles how the San Jose Mercury News beat writer discovered that the CIA was knowingly funding drug smuggling into the United States during the 1980s. It's not an exaggeration to say breaking the story destroyed his life. Webb uncovered that the CIA knew its Nicaraguan Freedom Fighters -- known as Contras -- were smuggling cocaine into the nation's inner cities in order to fund their battle against the country's new socialist government, which had overthrown the previous regime in 1979. These massive shipments helped fuel the crack cocaine epidemic in major U.S. cities. His reporting was documented in a series of articles titled "Dark Alliance" in 1996. Unfortunately for Webb, he worked for a regional paper, and »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The Most Unexpected Celebrity Op-Eds

7 October 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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We’re used to stars being multi-talented. After all, celebdom is full of double-and-triple threats like Kristen Bell (actress/singer), Jenna Dewan Tatum (dancer/actress), and Beyoncé (singer/dancer/actress/surfbordt-specialist). But sometimes, stars come out of the woodwork and surprise us entirely — with writing talent.

Recently, a slew of A-listers have taken to publications like the New York Times and the Daily Beast to air out their most controversial innermost thoughts, from private medical struggles to blazing political statements. Or, they make like Alec Baldwin, who pouted about the paparazzi for six hundred highly-entertaining words in New York magazine.

From Ke$ha‘s eating disorder confession to George Clooney‘s blistering defense of his mom-in-law, check out the most jaw-dropping superstar op-eds, ever.

[Photos: Getty Images] »

- Tia Williams

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‘Gone Girl’ Vies To Keep Its Distance From ‘Annabelle’ At Int’l B.O. — Monday Update

6 October 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3Rd Update, Monday, 3:25Pm Pt: The majors — Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. — have updated their weekend estimates which are now reflected throughout the story. Some dips from what was originally reported yesterday among Sony and Paramount’s titles, but nothing too earth-shattering. While Gone Girl barely notched No. 1 with roughly $400K more than Annabelle stateside, $37.5M to $37.1M respectively; their spread at the overseas B.O. is wider in their weekend takes with the David Fincher film grabbing $24.5M and The Conjuring spinoff taking $20.7M for the weekend.  However, Annabelle has a leg up on Gone Girl since it opened in Russia last weekend, hence the horror film’s total cume is $23.6M, $887K short of Gone Girl’s foreign take.  Next weekend, the spooky doll film and the missing chick pic will pull each other’s hair in France and Spain where they bow against each other. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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10 Best Twitter Celebrity Comebacks

6 October 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Twitter: home of open discussion, honest opinions… and thousands of people being outrageously rude and abusive, particularly to celebrities. If you look at David Cameron’s Twitter, for example, whether you support him or not it’s quite surprising just how much Twitter vitriol that he attracts. From calls of “Panface”, “Moonface”, “Pieface”, and other observations around how his head looks like a particularly shiny egg with a wig on it, to simple, expletive-filled dedications (“w*nker” seems to be a particularly popular thing to tweet at the current leader of the UK), Cameron’s Twitter account is a perfect example of how unflinching Twitter critics can be. Unfortunately for Cameron, he (or at least, his social media team) probably aren’t allowed to respond with snappy comebacks, or even “your mum” jokes.

It’s not just troll-hunting though: someone of the biggest and best celebrity feuds have made their way onto Twitter. »

- Hannah Spencer

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Casting: Daniels, DeKay, McBurney, Reed

2 October 2014 9:21 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Martian

Jeff Daniels is in talks to join the cast of Ridley Scott's "The Martian" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on Andy Weir's 2012 e-book, the story centers on an American astronaut (Matt Damon) who becomes stranded on Mars as Nasa launches a rescue mission to bring him back home.

Daniels would play the director of Nasa who is dealing with this crisis. Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig are also said to be circling roles in the project. [Source: Heat Vision]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"White Collar" star Tim DeKay has been cast as Senator Christian Ward, the brother of Agent Grant Ward in the second season of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".

The Grant Ward character revealed last season his brother would force him to beat up their younger brother. DeKay will make an appearance in the sixth episode this season. [Source: EW]

Mission: Impossible 5

Simon McBurney ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting Net: Catherine Zeta-Jones to play real-life drug kingpin in 'The Godmother'

2 October 2014 5:22 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the true story crime biopic The Godmother about Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes) is directing the Oscar winner as one of the most fearsome figures in the Miami drug wars of the '70s and '80s who was killed in a motorcycle drive-by assassination in 2012 after serving 18 years in prison. Filming will begin early next year with a script by Frank Baldwin. [Deadline] • Erica Bana has joined the ensemble of Disney's The Finest Hours directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm). Bana will play Daniel Cluff, the deeply respected Coast »

- Jake Perlman

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Simon McBurney Enlisted For Mission: Impossible 5

2 October 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In franchise terms, the three years between Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and upcoming sequel Mission: Impossible 5, is a whopping gap. Paramount Pictures and Skydance’s decision to wait until the perfect line-up was assembled is a gamble that seems to be paying off. As the follow-up continues its shoot, Variety has the news of another pawn added to the espionage mix: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘s Simon McBurney.

So far we’ve little to go on in terms of story for the fifth instalment, which makes the details of McBurney’s role redundant. According to Variety, he’ll play the boss of franchise newcomer, Rebecca Ferguson. The report re-confirms the addition of Prometheus star Sean Harris to the cast, who’s reportedly on board to play the movie’s big bad. Alec Baldwin is also attached in an undisclosed role.

Back on the spy game are returning cast members Simon Pegg, »

- Gem Seddon

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