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Helen Mirren: I Got 'Queenitis' When I Met the Real Queen

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Even to Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren is kind of a big deal. The mogul refers to the Oscar winner as "The Helen" and couldn't think of anyone better-suited to play the starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which hits theaters Aug. 8 and features Mirren as the haughty head of an upscale French restaurant suddenly facing competition from an Indian eatery opening across the street. "It was [fellow producer] Steven [Spielberg] ... who said, 'I think we should ask Helen.'  I said, 'The Helen?' And then we all held our breath to see if you'd say yes," Winfrey told Mirren while interviewing her »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Helen Mirren: I Got 'Queenitis' When I Met the Real Queen

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Even to Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren is kind of a big deal. The mogul refers to the Oscar winner as "The Helen" and couldn't think of anyone better-suited to play the starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which hits theaters Aug. 8 and features Mirren as the haughty head of an upscale French restaurant suddenly facing competition from an Indian eatery opening across the street. "It was [fellow producer] Steven [Spielberg] ... who said, 'I think we should ask Helen.'  I said, 'The Helen?' And then we all held our breath to see if you'd say yes," Winfrey told Mirren while interviewing her »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Film Review: Uninspired Eastwood Comes Up with Dull Four Seasons Biopic

21 June 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘Jersey Boys’ movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (photo: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in ‘Jersey Boys’) Clint Eastwood’s semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit 2005 Broadway musical — and it is a crushing bore. But we shall start with the positive: In Eastwood’s film, the music and the performances of the music (which are not the same thing) are great. That is to be expected, as the Jersey Boys movie cast is mostly composed from cast members of the stage show, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who happens to look a lot like Frankie Valli and who has a four-plus octave range. Lucky boy. Lloyd Young is also a serviceable actor with a number of (mostly stage) credits that did not require a piercing falsetto. »

- Tim Cogshell

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MGM Sets Sascha Penn To Script ‘The Idolmaker’ Remake

17 June 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: MGM has hired Sascha Penn to write the latest version of The Idolmaker, the remake that has Craig Brewer attached to direct and Justin Timberlake circling to star. Hawk Koch and Gene Kirkwood are producing and Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM. The 1980 Taylor Hackford-directed original starred Ray Sharkey in a story about the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian; Koch and Kirkwood produced that one too. Penn is currently writing an untitled firefighter project at Lionsgate, which has Jeff Chan attached to direct and he sold the pitch Yakuza Vs. Mafia to […] »

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Helen Mirren: Don't Call Me a Sex Symbol

29 May 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She insists that she needs to wear towering "stripper heels" because she's only 5'4", but Helen Mirren - who memorably twerked for a bunch of Harvard students earlier this year - insists that people shouldn't call her a sex symbol. "Oh, they're not thinking straight," the 68-year-old says in the June/July issue of Aarp The Magazine. Even though she's stripped off on screen in films like Caligula and Calendar Girls, Dame Helen admits to being "vaguely embarrassed" by the fuss that has gone along with her baring it all. Sex appeal "becomes less relevant with age, which is a good thing, »

- K.C. Blumm

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The Weinstein Company Circles The Water Diviner

22 May 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We are gradually moving closer toward seeing The Water Diviner – a war drama that is the highly anticipated narrative feature directorial debut of Academy Award winner, Russell Crowe. Having been packaged for sale at this year’s Cannes Film Festival by Wme Global, The Weinstein Company have apparently offered $4 million and a wide release for the film, on the basis of 12 minutes of footage presented by Crowe himself.

The film, written by Andrew Knight (Rake) with first timer Andrew Anastasios, follows a grieving father who travels to Turkey in search of his three sons – all missing in action after the devastating Battle Of Gallipoli in World War I. The battle, which took place between April 1915 and January 1916, followed attempts by Allied Forces to secure the Dardanelles – a strait that constituted a sea route to the Russian Empire. It was the first campaign of World War I to cause major casualties »

- Sarah Myles

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 10th 2014

10 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »

- Chris Holt

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Katie Holmes cast to star in 'Dangerous Liaisons'-style pilot on ABC

7 March 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Katie Holmes may make her first regular return to television after "Dawson's Creek." The actress has been cast in a "Dangerous Liaisons"-like pilot on ABC from writer Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra").

On the show, which is currently untitled, Holmes will play an educated and well-bred woman named Ann (according to TVLine). Basically a good and intelligent person, Ann and her husband even run a philanthropic organization.

It all changes when two "friends," Philip (Rufus Sewell) and Margot, bet that they can destroy Ann's perfect marriage and life. But when Ann learns to play this game herself, she becomes a match even for Philip.

The ABC pilot will be directed by Taylor Hackford ("Ray").

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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Katie Holmes cast in ABC pilot from 'Behind the Candelabra' scribe

7 March 2014 11:27 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Katie Holmes is going from Capeside to the East Side.

The Dawson’s Creek actress has been cast in an untitled high society drama pilot for ABC from Behind the Candelabra writer Richard Lagravenese, EW has confirmed.

Holmes will star opposite Rufus Sewell in this drama about opposing couples living in New York City. She will play Ann, a well-bred and educated woman who runs a philanthropic foundation with her husband. After Philip (Sewell) and his wife Margot make a bet to destroy Ann’s seemingly perfect marriage, Ann and Philip engage in a rivalry. The two equally-matched, powerful socialites »

- Jake Perlman

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'Black Snake Moan' Team Craig Brewer & Justin Timberlake Back Together For 'The Idolmaker'

5 March 2014 6:44 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Craig Brewer knows his way around music-centered flicks. He broke out with rapper tale "Hustle & Flow," brought swamp stomping blues to the big screen with "Black Snake Moan" and made the kids fight for their right to dance in the "Footloose" remake. And now he's going back to the golden era of pop for another music movie. Variety reports that Brewer has signed to direct the developing redo of MGM's "The Idolmaker."  A project once eyed by Ryan Gosling, the remake of Taylor Hackford's lesser known 1980 film is a biopic of music producer and promoter Bob Marcucci, who managed '50s rock'n'roll stars like Frankie Avalon and Fabian before burning out. And Brewer will have some familiar talent helping him out with his "Black Snake Moan" star Justin Timberlake lending his producing powers, though he won't be starring in the effort. No word yet on who is working »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Craig Brewer In Talks For The Idolmaker Remake

5 March 2014 2:44 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

MGM’s plan to remake the award-winning 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker has so far had a bumpy ride. Ryan Gosling was originally attached to star, as well as intending to make it his directorial debut, but pulled out due to scheduling issues. Now, as Justin Timberlake closes a deal to produce, director Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow, Footloose) has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring.

The Idolmaker was originally directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice), and starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. Loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci – the rock promoter and manager responsible for the careers of artists such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian – the story follows songwriter and manager Vincent Vacari through his obsession with finding ‘the next big thing’. After guiding a local band to success and expanding his client list, his obsession becomes a destructive »

- Sarah Myles

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Craig Brewer To Helm "Idolmaker" Remake

4 March 2014 4:25 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Craig Brewer ("Hustle and Flow," "Footloose") is in negotiations to team with Justin Timberlake on the remake of "The Idolmaker" at MGM.

Timberlake is producing and could potentially star in the Brewer-helmed project based on Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama.

The original followed a legendary music promoter and manager who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars.

Ryan Gosling was attached to the remake when it was first announced back in 2011, but that's no longer the case. Hawk Koch and Gene Kirkwood will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Craig Brewer to Direct 'The Idolmaker' for Producer Justin Timberlake

4 March 2014 3:15 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Craig Brewer is in negotiations to direct MGM's remake of The Idolmaker, which has Justin Timberlake attached to produce. It isn't known yet if the producer may star in the movie as well.

The project is based on director Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama The Idolmaker, which starred Ray Sharkey as legendary music promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. The story centered on the promoter as he sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars. Edward Di Lorenzo wrote the script for the original film, but it isn't known if a writer is attached to the remake yet.

We first reported on this project back in February 2011, as one of several movies MGM was planning on remaking, which included Robocop, Mr. Mom and Poltergeist. In May 2011, we reported that Ryan Gosling had been attached to star and make his directorial debut. »

- MovieWeb

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Hustle & Flow Director Craig Brewer in Talks to Helm The Idolmaker Remake for Producer Justin Timberlake

4 March 2014 3:12 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

MGM’s The Idolmaker remake has a new director.  Though Ryan Gosling was initially attached to star in and direct a new iteration of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 musical drama, he subsequently left the project.  Now Variety reports that Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer is in talks to take the helm as Justin Timberlake has closed a deal to produce.  The original film starred Ray Sharkey and told the story of a songwriter/manager searching for “the next big thing.”  The pic was based on the life of concert promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, but it’s unknown if this new iteration will still take cues from Marcucci’s life or if it will explore new territory. Brewer certainly has experience with music-themed projects, as he wrote and directed 2005’s Hustle & Flow and the 2011 Footloose remake.  Since he has a tendency to also write the films that he directs, one imagines »

- Adam Chitwood

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Craig Brewer Directing The Idolmaker

4 March 2014 2:56 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It looked briefly as though Ryan Gosling might make his directorial debut with the re-working of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 music drama The Idolmaker, only for that idea to vanish back into the ether almost as quickly as it arrived. MGM appears to have found a director, one versed in blending music with movies, in Hustle & Flow/Footloose man Craig Brewer.The original film starred Ray Sharkey as a music promoter who stops at nothing to turn his two young talents into big stars. It’s based on the life of Robert Phillip "Bob" Marcucci, who worked his way up to become a personal manager, first at Chancellor Records, then his own Robert P. Marcucci Productions, where he discovered and shepherded the career of such musicians as ‘50s/’60s teen idol Fabian and fellow warbling heartthrob Frankie Avalon. Marcucci later went on to become an occasional movie producer, and died in »

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Craig Brewer to Direct ‘The Idolmaker’ for MGM, Justin Timberlake (Exclusive)

4 March 2014 2:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Craig Brewer is in talks to direct MGM’s reboot of “The Idolmaker” with Justin Timberlake, Hawk Koch and Gene Kirkwood producing.

The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Marucci served as a technical advisor and Taylor Hackford directed “The Idolmaker,” which was the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Land.

The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox. »

- Dave McNary

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Craig Brewer to Helm MGM's The Idolmaker

4 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Hustle & Flow and Footloose director Craig Brewer is set to helm an upcoming remake of Taylor Hackford's 1980 musical The Idolmaker , Variety reports. Producers on the project include Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch and Justin Timberlake. Scripted by Edward Di Lorenzo, the original film served as a loose biopic of music promoter and producer Bob Marucci (Ray Sharkey's Vincent Vaccari in the film) who, in real life, discovered legendary music talent like Frankie Avalon. The plot follows Vaccari as he tries to turn two unknown teens into stars. You can check out the trailer for the original film in the player below: »

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BAFTA Film Awards 2014: Helen Mirren accepts BAFTA Fellowship

16 February 2014 1:59 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Helen Mirren has accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards.

Mirren was given the award tonight (February 16) during the glitzy ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London, hosted by Stephen Fry.

Gravity, 12 Years a Slave lead winners at 2014 BAFTA Awards

The BAFTA Fellowship was presented by Prince William, whose grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was portrayed by Mirren in the BAFTA-winning 2006 movie The Queen.

The Duke of Cambridge made a cheeky reference to Mirren's work in The Queen during his address.

"An actress, I should probably call [you] Granny," he joked.

Mirren went on to use her speech to pay tribute to her marriage to filmmaker Taylor Hackford, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

"Thank you so much. I just want to quickly blow a kiss to my husband who can't be here tonight and he's such a good supporter," she said.

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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