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Miami - Let it never be said that the Miami Film Festival doesn't know its competition. I'm not talking about South By Southwest, running concurrently in Texas at a pace so comparatively frantic that they scarcely seem like equivalent events, but the glorious spring sunshine, currently bathing the city's Art Deco-staggered skyline in honey-clear warmth too delicious to ditch for even the comfiest movie theater. Fully aware of this, Miami is the festival that comes out at night, concentrating its screenings in the evenings and following them up with parties that shoot for Cannes levels of razzle -- all without the shadow of a 7am wake-up call. If there's a more coolly considerate festival on the circuit, I haven't been to it. Activity intensifies over the fest's opening and closing weekends. Arriving late on Sunday, I missed much of the former, including a glittery kickoff bash attended by Anne Hathaway, »
- Guy Lodge
Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine were charming the hell out of each other -- and everyone else in Miami – during Friday night’s gala opening of the Miami International Film Festival, which hosted the world premiere of “Elsa & Fred,” Michael Radford’s remake of the 2005 Argentine crowd-pleaser “Elsa y Fred.” But don’t tell Plummer it’s a remake. “I don’t like that word,” said 84-year-old Plummer, who did agree that working with his old pal Shirley was a joy, and seemed ready to take his one-man show “A Word or Two” on the road, or at least to Broadway (which he implied was a possibility). “For one thing, we’re in it, Shirley and I, and Michael totally rewrote it. So I prefer to think of it as the English-language version. “Some of the Argentine crew came and watched while we were filming,” he said, including director Marcos Carnevale. »
- John Anderson
Director Peter Landesman credits Paul Giamatti’s involvement in Parkland as one of the key reasons that Abraham Zapruder’s family – consistently silent until now – agreed to collaborate with his film.
Landesman had reached out persistently to the relatives of Zapruder, the man who had witnessed the shooting of JFK through the lens of his little 8mm camera, but was turned away on numerous occasions.
“I’d go back to them and say, ‘no, really we want to tell his inner story.’ And there’d be silence. So I’d go back again because I just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer,” says the director.
“I was starting to think that it would never happen, but then, when Paul Giamatti agreed to play Abraham Zapruder, we were able to present them with one of the finest actors of our generation – or of any generation for that matter. »
- Gary Collinson
In this image by an unknown photographer, Shirley MacLaine tries on the gown that she will wear to the Academy Awards ceremony in 1959. But the real star of the shot is renowned costume designer Edith Head, who is holding a preliminary sketch of the dress. Over her career, Head won a record-breaking total of eight Academy Awards and was nominated for 35
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- Karin Andreasson
And now another edition of "Where My Girls At?" which occurs whenever Nathaniel is longing for actresses who have temporarily gone missing. I'm focusing this one on the beauties we won't even be seeing at the Oscars this year.
Did you see this photo Jessica Chastain posted to her Facebook account?
Somehow I hadn't clocked this new project but it's an 1980s NY set thriller (so that explains the look) about an immigrant (one presumes that's Isaac, who seems to symbolize any "foreign" element these days to Hollywood) trying to capitalize on business opportunities but beware of Violence! Decay! Corruption! I miss Jes, don't you? I know that's insane since I saw her live »
- NATHANIEL R
In a fitting tribute to the late producer Richard D. Zanuck, a state-of-the art production facility on the 20th Century Fox lot has been named in his honor. The building isn't far from the theater named after Zanuck's late father and longtime Fox studio chief, Darryl F. Zanuck. Old Hollywood turned out in force for Tuesday's dedication ceremony of the Richard D. Zanuck Building, including Shirley MacLaine, legendary agent Fred Specktor, Bob Daly and Barbara Davis, widow of former Fox owner Marvin Davis. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies "Richard was a true giant of our industry
- Pamela McClintock
Digital Release Date: April 1, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Based on the classic short story by James Thurber, the movie follows Walter Mitty (Stiller), a timid magazine photo manager whose only adventure comes in his constant daydreamers. But when a negative goes missing, he embarks on a real-life adventure that proves much bigger than anything he could have imagined.
The PG film also stars Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) as Walter’s love interest, Adam Scott (Friends With Kids) as the work bully, Kathryn Hahn (Wanderlust) as his sister and Shirley MacLaine (Bernie) as his mother.
“For those of us that work at Fox — he was family,” said Fox topper Jim Gianopulos. “He was an integral part of our legacy, he was like a pater familias to us.”
Zanuck was known in the industry for producing hits like “Jaws,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” He won the Academy Award for “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989 and was nominated for two other Oscars.
Zanuck was made president of 20th Century Fox at the age of 28, making him the youngest studio chief in Hollywood history. During his eight years as head of studio, Fox amassed 159 Oscar nominations.
“We waited to try and find a building worthy of Dick. We couldn’t, so we built one,” Gianopulos said.
The 15,000 square foot building is the most state-of-the-art movie »
- Nikara Johns
Dare to live your dreams! Get Ready To Let Life In. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will take movie-lovers on an uplifting adventure when The Secret Life of Walter Mitty debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 15 and Digital HD April 1- perfectly timed for Easter gifting! Led by director Ben Stiller and an all-star cast, the film has been hailed by critics worldwide - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a must-own for every collection.
With sweeping cinematography and stellar performances The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, tells the story of a timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams and when a negative goes missing must embark on an incredible true-life adventure.
Those who purchase The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on Blu-ray or DVD can own a special gift with purchase redeemable until August 31, 2014: a Shutterfly 20-page 8x8 hard cover photo book valued at »
What do we know for sure? That Oprah Winfrey has some spectacular guests lined up for Season 5 of Super Soul Sunday! The spiritually based Own programming block will return March 23 (11 a.m./10c) with a slate of all-new Winfrey interviews. First up is Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine who will discuss her latest book, What If...: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know For Sure. After decades of spiritual seeking, MacLaine will share why asking one simple question can open up a world of wonder.
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- Michael Logan
Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 8
Directed by Jon East
Written by Julian Fellowes
Aired Sunday at 9 pm on PBS
Downton Abbey concludes yet another season of ups and downs with a pretty even-keeled finale. Like the end of Season 3, the events of this special happen mostly away from the titular residence, but this time, Scotland is exchanged for London and ballrooms and Jazz clubs take the place of horseback rides and hunts. And this time, everybody can just relax and enjoy the show. There’s nothing to fear for fans who have become accustomed to the risks of loving the show’s characters. Julian Fellowes has allowed the festivities to proceed without interruption from sudden deaths or acts of violence.
The reason for the move to London is Rose’s coming out ceremony, where she will be presented to the King and Queen and thereafter be considered an eligible young woman »
Downton Abbey's fourth season ends with the Crawleys helping rescue the reputation of Prince Edward, the then-Prince of Wales and son of King George V. The heir's good name is put at risk after the sneaky Mr. Sampson (Patrick Kennedy) steals a letter the prince wrote to his mistress, Freda Dudley Ward (Janet Montgomery). While the love-letter storyline was pure fiction, Edward and Freda's relationship is based on the young royal's scandalous real-life romance with the married socialite, which would eventually repeat itself when he got famously entangled with Wallis Simpson. Source: ITV The Real Freda Freda is often called Prince Edward's "first love," and the two carried on a long affair. The pair reportedly met in a doorway in the tiny Mayfair neighborhood of London while seeking shelter from a Wwi air raid in 1918. At the time, Freda was 23 and a mother to two daughters and had »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Sunday's Downton Abbey on PBS Masterpiece brought a nice, gentle close to a difficult, unsatisfactory season. At the end we got to see Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes on a rare day off, at the English seaside, wading into the water and holding hands like two children afraid of being carried off by a wave. This may even have hinted at a growing, sunset intimacy between the two. Given all the misalliances on Downton, what could be better than the prospect of a romance between the two characters with the best hearts? Considering last season's brutal finale and the sometimes »
- Tom Gliatto
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
Well, at least nobody drove a car off the road. No, the fourth season of “Downton Abbey” pretty much stayed in its lane – and also proved less satisfying, ultimately, than any of its predecessors, getting mildly dinged up, after a promising start, on two parallel tracks.
That’s not to say PBS’ breakthrough hit still isn’t enormous fun – or that viewers won’t be lined up waiting for season five, which is already loading up on prestigious new players – but rather that some of the events of season four, and this season’s major one, didn’t fully pan out.
While there’s good reason to give series creator Julian Fellowes considerable leeway (and Spoiler Alert if you’re two seasons behind) over the death of Matthew Crawley – Dan Stevens wanted out of the show, and with such an enormous cast, the writer graciously obliged him – watching his widow »
- Brian Lowry
I don't want to say the Christmas episode of "Downton Abbey" was much ado about nothing, as there really wasn't much ado at all. This was a relatively staid ending to a fairly low-key season, and even the significant twists either happened off-screen or, thanks to our stiff-upper-lip Brits, barely registered. Admittedly, that doesn't mean nothing happened. There were a few notable guest appearances (Paul Giamatti for the win!) and there are clearly big plot lines brewing for next season. Well, maybe. The biggest storyline was Edith's, though initially we had every reason to believe this one was going to be wrapped up and shoved under the carpet as yet another dirty little Crawley secret. Though some of Edith's scenes of self-discovery were ploddingly on the nose ("We should make more scenes! We should let it all out! Hint, hint!"), at least we were given some idea of how she »
- Liane Bonin Starr
"Downton Abbey" is bringing Season 4 to a close Sunday, Feb. 23 with a trip to London for most of the Crawley family, as Lady Rose is being presented during "the season." In this sneak peek clip, Cora's mother and brother, Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Harold (Paul Giamatti) arrive at the London manor.
Martha is her usual outspoken self, while Harold seems rather prickly to his never-before-seen niece Edith. He's nice enough, but he would definitely rather be anywhere than going to London society balls.
He brings with him a wide-eyed valet named Ethan Slade, who says to Daisy, "Aren't you excited?", to which she replies, "I'm never excited." That's our Daisy.
"Downton Abbey" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on PBS. »
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Rose asks the women of Downton Abbey. Yes, love is in the air at Downton, and there's no better place to show it off than at the church bazaar. While Lord Grantham is in America helping Cora's brother out of jam (which history knows as the Teapot Dome Scandal), Cora manages to stage an elaborate fundraiser for the church, complete with games, drinks, bunting and plenty of gossip. Here are 7 quotes to remember from this season's penultimate episode: 1. It's not exactly news to Mary, given that Tom Branson saw Rose and Jack Ross out on the town together, and she's »
- Melissa Locker
Chancellor, whose credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral and BBC2's The Hour, will play Lady Anstruther, with Russian actor Rade Sherbedgia, who appeared in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, playing a refugee who fled the Russian revolution after the first world war.
The period drama, which »
- John Plunkett
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