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Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Morton Share Emmy Excitement, Wardrobe Plans at Performers Peer Group Celebration

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” exclaimed TV Academy governor Bob Bergen of Monday’s Performers Peer Group party at Montage Beverly Hills. “We get to celebrate the Performers Peer Group and the nominees as well — it’s so wonderful.”

And celebrate they did. Nominees and members of the Peer Group turned out to mingle and celebrate ahead of the 66th Emmy Awards with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Morton among the attendees.

“There’s nothing like a party with some old friends and some new friends, and we’re all here to breathe, I think,” said Morton, nominated for his role on “Scandal.” This will be the actor’s first Emmy Awards, and he says he is “really looking forward to it.”

“It’s a lot of fun getting dressed up,” said Minnie Driver with a grin. Driver is nominated for Lifetime’s “Return to Zero. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Venice unveils festival lineup

24 July 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.

Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.


The Cut, directed by Fatih Akin

Starring Tahar Rahim, Akin Gazi, Simon Abkarian, George Georgiou

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson

Starring Holger Andersson, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Venice Lineup Announced

24 July 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Variety listed the Venice films upcoming. A Lisa Cholodenko film called Olive Kittredge, playing out of competition, caught my eye immediately. It is not a feature, of course – do they make features like this anymore? »

- Sasha Stone

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Venice Film Festival Reveals Lineup For Its 71st Edition

24 July 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.

The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.

As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.

At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – July 21st 2014

21 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This week annoyed by a loudmouth blogger of some repute, who declared anime for paedophiles and insulted more or less the whole of Japanese culture, I decided to watch Netflix original anime Knights of Sidonia. His comments have widely been circulated and condemned by many people and he’s just made himself look a fool, and all this just because Gus Van Sant might be directing a Death Note movie. I recognise that anime is not for everyone but still, by dismissing all of it you are missing out on an awful lot of classic work and influential stuff.

Knights of Sidonia has been billed as a Netflix original but it’s quite hard to imagine that they would have been involved in the production of something like this, it’s pretty far out there even for anime and its more likely that Netflix have done what they did with »

- Chris Holt

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‘Fargo’: The Pivotal Decision That Made the FX Miniseries Shine

19 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There would be no middle ground when it came to “Fargo.” The bold decision by FX and MGM Television to mount a miniseries inspired by the “Minnesota nice” world crafted in the Coen brothers’ 1996 feature would either be a creative home run or the equivalent of “television karaoke,” in the words of MGM TV exec Steve Stark.

Writer Noah Hawley and producer Warren Littlefield didn’t need 18 Emmy nominations to know how well the effort turned out. But the recognition for all aspects of the production — from stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Allison Tolman to the sound mixing — confirms how deftly they threaded the needlepoint.

“We knew if we were ever going to make this, it had to hold its own against the movie,” said Eric Schrier, FX’s prexy of original programming and FX Prods. “It took a lot of courage to do it.”

FX execs plucked »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Olive Kitteridge’ Director Talks Fisticuffs and Drinking at TCA Panel

10 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Filming an ambitious adaptation of a lauded novel can be a trying experience. Creative direction can veer off-course. Creative differences can flare up. But according to Lisa Cholodenko, director of HBO's upcoming miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” — based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel — it's nothing that a little bit of sparring and booze can't overcome. Also read: Dave Grohl Takes Dig at ‘Song Contests’ During HBO's ‘Sonic Highways’ Panel Discussing the miniseries — which stars Frances McDormand as the title character and Richard Jenkins as her husband Henry — at the Television Critics Association at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Cholodenko »

- Tim Kenneally

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Stars Come Out For HBO's "Olive Kitteridge"

10 July 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.

Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .

Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.

Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »

- Garth Franklin

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – July 7th 2014

7 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.

Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs.  I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »

- Chris Holt

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Flashback: Siskel and Ebert Spar Over 'The Big Lebowski'

1 July 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Roger Ebert is inarguably one of the most brilliant film critics in history, so it's only fair that somebody finally made a great movie about him. The documentary Life Itself - directed by Steve James - rolls out to theaters across America this month. It traces his entire life, from his early days writing for the Chicago Sun-Times to the creation of his 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls to his long (and often contentious) relationship with Gene Siskel

'The Big Lebowski': The Decade of The »

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Critical Mass: Come for the Transformers, stay for the critics' zingers

27 June 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Critics have long given Michael Bay and his Transformers franchise the high hat—but after more than $2.7 billion in box office across the globe, the filmmaker can basically thumb his nose at the naysayers who sniff at his brand of CG rock-em, sock-em spectacle. The fourth film, Transformers: The Age of Extinction, is both a sequel and a reboot, with Mark Wahlberg coming aboard to anchor the franchise as a poor Texas inventor who accidentally salvages the remnants of Optimus Prime and gets entangled in a city-leveling war between good and bad alien ‘bots, as well as the secret »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Kelsey Grammer: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

27 June 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Today sees the Us release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth instalment in Michael Bay’s seemingly endless franchise which has brought him enormous financial success and equally enormous amounts of critical bile and derision (most of which he deserves). While audiences no longer have to endure Shia Labeouf, the trailers suggest that little else has changed: there’s still the obsession with military hardware, the pseudo-pornographic visuals, and the incoherent shooting style that has gradually infected Hollywood.

Following in the footsteps of John Turturro, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand (shame on all of you), this film finds Kelsey Grammer taking the Bay shilling. In a way it’s fitting that the man who played one of culture’s most recognisable psychiatrists should now be playing a paronoid government agent. But there is so much more to Grammer’s career than the sardonic radio shrink, »

- Daniel Mumby

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The 21 Stupidest Things About The Transformers Franchise

25 June 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Transformers: Age of Extinction set to open in the States this week, Anthony Stokes looks at the 21 stupidest things about the Transformers franchise….

Like many American kids from the past three decades, I grew up with Transformers to some capacity.  There were toys, video games, and a few different cartoons.  That being said, I never saw the shows are these infallible pieces of modern Shakespeare. I’m going to go ahead and lump in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe in here as well. Fun shows but nostalgia aside, I don’t think they’re all that great. But even as someone who has little if any loyalty to the brand, I can see that the recent Transformers movies have been a spit in the face to the original series. The first Transformers, while not a “good” Transformers movie, was a little closer to what I remember from the television show, »

- Gary Collinson

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Briefs: Ansel Elgort To Play Van Cliburn, Michael Arden Is Engaged, And Previewing “The Night Shift”

23 June 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Joel Edgerton (above), who is 40, Jason Mraz is 37, Joss Whedon is 50, Selma Blair is 42, and Frances McDormand is 57.

Us student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany

Ed mentioned Tamar Iveri this morning, and now Opera Australia has officially given her the boot.

Hollywood It Boy Ansel Elgort will play the late pianist Van Cliburn in a new bio-drama. The article makes no mention, but Van was gay, and involved in a palimony suit in the 90′s. I wonder if the movie will get that far.

Congrats to Michael Arden, who instagrammed his engagement announcement. “”Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humour and like enough to consent.” #engaged #andyandmichael”

We’ve been talking all day about the Epic F*ck-up at last night’s Daytime Emmy Awards, with Days of Our Lives airing the wrong clip for Chandler Massey, »

- snicks

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Everything Wrong With Transformers: Dark Of The Moon In 20 Minutes

21 June 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. Transformers: Dark of the Moon featured: Director: Michael Bay Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Carly Hugo Weaving as Megatron Josh Duhamel as Major Lennox Tyrese Gibson as Usaf Master Sergeant Epps John Turturro as Simmons Patrick Dempsey as Dylan Frances McDormand as Mearing John Malkovich as Bruce Brazos Kevin Dunn as Ron Witwicky Julie White as Judy Witwicky Alan Tudyk as Dutch Ken Jeong as Jerry Wang Glenn Morshower as General Morshower   Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters June 27, 2014. Follow @KingPatel7 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); »

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'Fargo': Rounding up every Coen Brothers Easter egg

17 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Watching the FX drama Fargo has sometimes felt like playing a game of I Spy: What loving homage to the original Coen brothers film might pop up next?

That’s not to say the series is a mere knockoff or shoddy imitation. Though heavily inspired by the Coens’ 1996 classic and rooted in its lore, the 10-episode adaptation more than stands on its own, thanks in large part to a stunning study in character transformation by star Martin Freeman. As Lester Nygaard, he has gone snow-booted toe-to-toe with some of the darkest criminals (Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo) and most »

- Amber Ray

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Thank You, ‘Fargo,’ For Giving Us the Gift of Allison Tolman

10 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you’ve been holding off on watching Fargo, the television spin-off of Joel and Ethan Coen‘s cinematic classic of the same name, now is a pretty good time to get going on the FX series, not just because the limited series is approaching its end, and not just because it’s getting to be seriously good, but because it features one of the most exciting and zippy leading ladies to hit the small screen in quite some time. Basically, you’re going to want to get on board with superstar-in-the-making Allison Tolman right now, at least before the accolades and other roles start pouring in. (Some spoilers follow.) Fargo is best described as a spiritual twin to the film (though later episodes do quite directly link up the series and the movie), so it should come as little surprise that the show’s most cheer-worthy and compellingly human character is a female police officer (in »

- Kate Erbland

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Fargo's Allison Tolman

7 June 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Allison Tolman

The Show | Fargo

The Episode | “The Heap”

The Airdate | June 3, 2014

The Performance | It could not have been easy, an admittedly unknown actress landing the lead in TV’s take on a revered film, all but following in the footsteps of Academy Award- and SAG Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. But Allison Tolman is gettin’ the job done, you betcha.

In the first eight episodes of the FX drama, Tolman gave us a character to root for like none other — Molly Solverson, a police deputy in the brittle burg of Bemidji, »

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Fargo Breakout Allison Tolman on That Big Twist and Channeling Marge Gunderson

3 June 2014 8:17 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

FX’s Fargo is its own thing, a wonderfully kooky and violent homage rather than a copy of the Coen brothers film — but I’ll be damned if that wasn’t Marge Gunderson in tonight’s episode. Spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up.Right after Gus and Molly decide to take their flirting to the next level and head to a logging festival together, we jump ahead a year to 2007. They’re now married. Gus has quit being a cop. Molly’s still obsessed with getting Lester, but she’s also expecting and has changed her hair to look, well, not unlike Frances McDormand’s Fargo bob. What’s going on? Vulture turned to series star Allison Tolman for answers. The actress, a Texas native who worked such odd jobs as personal assistant, children’s theater teacher, and dog walker before getting the offer to be on Fargo, »

- Denise Martin

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Watch: 'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley might be a 'little nuts' to adapt classic film into FX series

28 May 2014 3:03 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Noah Hawley knows he took on a daunting task by adapting the beloved Oscar-winning film "Fargo" as a television program for FX. In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he admitted, "No one blatantly warned me against it, but I did have a moment of wondering whether I was a little bit nuts for doing it, that's for sure." -Break- The hit miniseries is based in part on the 1996 movie of the same name from Joel and Ethan Coen (who serve as executive producers of the series). It won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay (the Coens). Hawley revealed that they put their names on this project but have not been actively involved. As he explained, "Their movies are so inventive and iconoclastic, that it really allowed me to do anything I wanted structurally and to play with tone to surprise people." In the new version, »

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