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Cannes: Remakes on the Table at Network Talk

16 May 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Remaking a film or TV project is both an art and science. Shedding some light on the subject at the 12th Cannes Producers Network program Saturday was Argentine producer Jose Levy of Creative Andina, whose remake experience includes the U.S. version of Marcos Carnevale’s hit “Elsa & Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.

Levy also holds the remake rights to Carnevale’s other Argentine hit, “Corazon de Leon,” above, which Gaumont and Vvz Prods. are remaking with Jean Dujardin playing the lead. Fox Intl. Prods. (Fip)  has bought the U.S. remake rights to the romantic comedy. Levy also holds the rights for Korea, India, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, China, Germany and Italy.

“The idea with Fip is to make a bilingual version, similar to ‘Instructions Not Included,’ in order to target both the Mexican and U.S. Hispanic markets,” said Levy, who estimates a $7 million budget and a 2016 release. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Film Review: 'Elsa & Fred'

12 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Over the past few years, the film industry's realisation that profits lie with a swathe of older viewers - the coined term is 'the grey pound' - has led to a plethora of films aimed squarely in their direction. The UK has seen big hits like The Last Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) which have cornered their market without alienating wider audiences, reaping the rewards. New romantic comedy Elsa & Fred (2014) threatens to fall short in its attempts the capture the same spirit. It stars Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer as a pair of neighbouring oldies, struggling to breathe life into a staid scenario with rote characters but the duo's undeniable quality manages to warm things up.

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- CineVue UK

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Jenny Powell wants to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

11 May 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jenny Powell wants to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 47-year-old TV presenter has revealed that she's ''obsessed'' with the BBC One show, and would love it to be her next career move, after presenting 'Food and Wine Adventures in Romania'. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, Jenny said: ''I'd love to do 'Strictly Come Dancing', if I'm honest. I'm obsessed! I always wanted to be a dancer, and be in a musical. I used to watch Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, they were all my favourite dancers, and for me it would be a treat. It would be a great way »

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Time Machine: Oscar Winner-to-Be Bale with Wife on Red Carpet

9 May 2015 10:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale at the Oscars Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Eventual Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale are seen above on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Welsh-born Bale took home the Oscar statuette for his performance as a boxer turned coach and junkie in David O. Russell's boxing drama and sleeper hit The Fighter. His co-stars were Mark Wahlberg (who also co-produced the film), Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams. Christian Bale movies The Fighter was Christian Bale's first Academy Award nomination. Among his other movie credits are: The Dark Knight (2008). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Aaron Eckhart. The Prestige (2006). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman. »

- D. Zhea

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Denise Van Outen will host new weight loss TV series

7 May 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jenny Powell wants to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 47-year-old TV presenter has revealed that she's ''obsessed'' with the BBC One show, and would love it to be her next career move, after presenting 'Food and Wine Adventures in Romania'. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, Jenny said: ''I'd love to do 'Strictly Come Dancing', if I'm honest. I'm obsessed! I always wanted to be a dancer, and be in a musical. I used to watch Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, they were all my favourite dancers, and for me it would be a treat. It would be a great way »

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Shirley MacLaine: five best moments

1 May 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Looking back on the highpoints of the Oscar-winner’s career as she stars in romantic drama Elsa & Fred

In career that’s now spanned seven decades, Shirley MacLaine has amassed one Oscar, five Oscar nominations, one Emmy, an American Film Institute lifetime achievement award, 14 books, an uncredited role as Tipsy Girl in the original Ocean’s Eleven, a previous life where she was the brother of a 35,000-year-old spirit called Ramtha and now, the lead in a deeply underwhelming romantic comedy opposite Christopher Plummer.

But while her latest film Elsa & Fred, out this weekend, is worth forgetting, her career is filled with performances that will be fondly remembered. Here are her finest:

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- Benjamin Lee

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Why 1977 was the best year in movie history

28 April 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1977 is the greatest year in film history. I'm positive. Why? It's the year that made you believe giant blockbusters could bring you state-of-the-art science fiction, modern (and enduring) takes on romance, compelling heroes, and a shrewd understanding of real people. It's the year that put us in touch with our most superheroic and most sentimental qualities, and that range alone is worth honoring. '77 is the year that gave us "Star Wars." I could go on about why that's a great movie, or we could just understand that every sci-fi blockbuster since "Star Wars" has had to deal with belittling comparisons to the greatness of "Star Wars." Sure, there've been other blockbusters with grandeur and special effects galore, but did they have C3PO's charisma? »

- Louis Virtel

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Elsa & Fred DVD Review

28 April 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michael Radford

Starring: Shirley Maclaine, Christopher Plummer, Scott Bakula, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Erika Alexander, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, James Brolin

Cert: 12

Running Time: 93 mins

The elderly have been getting a pretty raw deal from the media in recent years. Seemingly every film, TV show or advert will tolerate them, as long as they’re taking off their cardigans, putting down their cups of tea and doing everything they can to act like “the youth”. Growing old disgracefully has never been so popular, so it was with trepidation that I approached Elsa & Fred, a remake of a European film about an elderly pair stoking the embers of love against the recurring visual backdrop of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

Starring Shirley Maclaine and Christopher Plummer, arguably a more promising combination than most, and directed by Michael Radford (who brought us such diverse delights as Il Postino and 1984), it »

- Steve Palace

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Both Sides Now: The Duality of Sinatra, Small Towns, and "Some Came Running"

22 April 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This year's Tribeca Film Festival is paying a special tribute to Frank Sinatra, with Sinatra at 100: Film & Music, a centennial celebration honoring his film career. As part of the event, there will be an April 21 screening of On The Town (1949) with High Society (1956) and Some Came Running (1958) being shown April 24. Among the three films, the 1958 feature, one of the greatest of all American movies, is of particular interest, especially when it comes to the dual nature of Sinatra the man, the actor, the screen persona, and the very films that frequently drew his talent. As a remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940), High Society depicts the humorous romantic frivolity of upper crust socialites. Some Came Running is something entirely different. This is “low society.” In Some Came Running, those on the margins, those who make up society's lower rungs, those are the more earnest, the more recognizable, and the more interesting. »

- Jeremy Carr

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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

31 March 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »

- simonbrew

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TCM Film Fest: Shirley MacLaine Serves Up Barbs and Valentines

30 March 2015 10:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Shirley MacLaine is not saving any of her candor for another lifetime. Going rogue in a Q&A with Leonard Maltin at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday as part of the TCM Classic Film Festivals, she dished on directors and costars both sweet and sour, with occasional nods to the “angel on my shoulder” she quite literally believes has guided her through 60 years of near-constant Hollywood greatness. As Maltin noted, MacLaine’s the only survivor of the studio-contract era still playing lead role today in movies as estimable as Bernie. And the actress didn’t shy away from sharing her

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- Chris Willman

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Hollywood Hills Alive With The Sound Of The TCM Classic Film Festival

30 March 2015 9:45 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Tinsel Town for a sixth consecutive year, offering aficionados from across America and even some from abroad a groaning board of over 80 film classics and rarities to feast on. And starry-eyed fans got a chance to see some of their favorites do interviews or introduce films they are known for, including Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style) Shirley MacLaine (“The Apartment” and “The Children’s Hour”) and Ann-Margaret (“The Cincinnati Kid”).  The four-day event, which ended Sunday, kicked off with a 50th anniversary screening of a splendidly restored version of “The Sound of Music” […] »

- Jack Egan

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Daily | TCM Classic Film Festival 2015

26 March 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The TCM Classic Film Festival opens this evening in Los Angeles with a 50th anniversary screening of The Sound of Music and both Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will be there. The festival features world premiere restorations of 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the 1928 Buster Keaton comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr. and The Grim Game, a newly rediscovered 1919 silent feature with Harry Houdini. Shirley MacLaine will talk about working with William Wyler and Audrey Hepburn on The Children's Hour, Sophia Loren will be there and on and on. A preview. » - David Hudson »

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Cate Blanchett wants Downton Abbey role: "I did have words"

18 March 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cate Blanchett has revealed her wish to star in Downton Abbey.

Speaking on Lorraine, the Oscar-winning actress said that she has enquired about the possibility of making a cameo appearance in the period drama.

She told Richard Arnold: "I did have words and I followed up with my agent, no call has yet been received - but I'm seeing the girls again today, so I'll get them to put a good word in."

George Clooney recently made a cameo appearance in a special Downton Abbey sketch in aid of the Text Santa charity campaign.

Richard E Grant, Paul Giamatti and Shirley MacLaine have also made appearances in the ITV series.

Blanchett's Cinderella co-star Lily James stars in the drama as Lady Rose, and James recently revealed her plans to return to Downton Abbey for its sixth series.

Blanchett recently opened up about adopting daughter Edith, saying that welcoming her »

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Hugh Bonneville confirms Downton Abbey Christmas 2015 special

10 March 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Hugh Bonneville has confirmed that the upcoming sixth series of Downton Abbey will include a Christmas special.

The ITV period drama is currently filming its next run of eight episodes, which will likely air in the autumn.

Bonneville attended the Tric Awards in London today (March 10), where Downton Abbey picked up the Drama Programme of the Year award.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other press, Bonneville teased what fans can expect when the show returns.

"We're in 1925, so the series has nudged on another six months, and Lady Rose has been on her honeymoon and she's now moved to America," he said.

"Tom Branston has gone to Boston, and some faces that we met towards the end of the fifth season may or may not be coming over the horizon to break or make the hearts of Lady Mary and Lady Edith and people like that."

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Academy Awards 2015 Live-Blog

22 February 2015 5:23 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's a wonderful night for Oscar... Oscar Oscar... Who will win? Wrong host. Neil Patrick Harris is MCing Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards, which is coming down to a "Birdman"/"Boyhood" showdown for the big prize. Thanks to The Guilds, we're all expecting a "Birdman" victory, but could there be exciting upsets in store? Click through, follow along and join (or start) the conversation below... 8:25 p.m. Et. That's a lot of Red Carpet coverage. My favorite moment was Terrence Howard playing "American Idol" nerd with Ryan Seacrest. 8:28 p.m. Really, ABC? You don't need a critical citation to call "American Crime" "an extraordinary new drama"? Well, if you say so yourself! 8:30 p.m. Let's Go! 8:30 p.m. Neil Patrick Harris rises onto the stage like a fire-free phoenix. "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest," he says, helping people playing Oscars Bingo at home. 8:31 p. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Oscars 2015: 87th Academy Awards: As it happened

22 February 2015 3:55 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.

Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.

21:15What were your favourite moments from tonight? And what do you think of all the big winners, especially Birdman's victory over Boyhood? Do let us know in the comments box below, and stick around on DS for our full reaction to the ceremony.

21:14Neil Patrick Harris was undoubtedly a bit hit and miss, lacking confidence in the middle more than anything else, but there were »

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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2015 Oscars Live Blog: Updated Winners and Live Commentary!

22 February 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: AMPAS Oscar Musts: Predictions | Nominees | Presenters | Printable Ballot It's that time of year again and I welcome you to the 2015 Oscars Live Blog with up-to-the-minute live winners, commentary, red carpet coverage and overall merriment. We are kicking this thing off around 4 Pm Pst or so and carrying on until 9 Pm Pst or whenever this thing ends, which means you better have food, water and perhaps a tasty beverage or two because it's going to be a long night. I've already posted my predictions and have collated the reader polls into one, easy-to-read place along with my predictions as well as my Oscar-blogging co-hort and podcast partner Laremy Legel. You can find all three, one after another with the differences highlights right here. As far as my predicting prowess is concerned, last year I went 21 for 24 and I always shoot for at least 20 correct... we'll see how this year turns »

- Brad Brevet

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