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By Lee Pfeiffer
It's rare that a feature included as a bonus in a Blu-ray release of a classic movie would rate having us provide a separate review. However, director Richard Shepard's acclaimed documentary "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazle" merits exceptional treatment. The 2009 movie gained considerable praise when first released but suffered the fate of most documentaries in that it was not widely seen outside of the art house circuit and a DVD release the following year. Fortunately, Warner Home Video had the good instincts to include it in their 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of "Dog Day Afternoon" (click here for review) , a film in which Cazale stole the show despite sharing the screen with some of the most talented actors on the planet. The documentary packs a great deal into it's all-too-brief 40 minute running time and sheds much light on the career of Cazale, perhaps »
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Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, and Tracy Morgan have already been announced as the first few hosts of Saturday Night Live Season 21, and there are a few more famous faces who would be great hosting the late-night comedy institution. To start? SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who should team up to promote their upcoming movie, Sisters. Meryl Streep — who has never hosted before — needs to take a turn in Studio 8H, because obviously. And welcoming Taylor Swift back to the stage would be a [...] »
Jacob Bernstein's Everything Is Copy, a documentary about his mother, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…, Julie & Julia, Sleepless in Seattle), features anecdotes from the likes of Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Amy Pascal, Gay Talese, Rob Reiner, the late Mike Nichols and passages from Ephron's essays read by Lena Dunham, Reese Witherspoon, Rita Wilson and Gaby Hoffmann. For some, the film is mere hagiography, but others are "moved and inspired by this frisky, funny, and heartbreaking bio-doc." We're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »
After conquering Bollywood, it now seems that there is no stopping the 'Queen girl' aka Kangna Ranaut from conquering the world. Just a few days back, she was in the news when she walked the ramp to launch her fashion line. The super-busy woman will now be flying to UK to attend the prestigious 'Women In The World' summit to speak about and share her inspirational story with the world. The said event will be held on October 9.
For starters, 'Women In The World' is the world's most powerful women's summit which is held annually to present vibrant voices and personal stories that illuminate the challenges facing women and girls around the globe. Many international celebrities like Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie etc, have been part of this in the past. Kangna is the first Bollywood female celebrity to be invited to be a part of this summit.
As per the sources close to the actress, »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The BAFTA La hierarchy announced on Friday that they will present the star with the Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution To Entertainment in Los Angeles on October 30.
Ford is set to reprise his career-making role as Han Solo in the December 18 release of Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.
The Us television premiere of the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards will air on Pop on November 6. The show will also air in the UK and other broadcasters in Europe, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and Asia.
“We are proud that the British Academy Britannia Awards will be aired around the world this year, including both the Us and UK,” said BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards. “This is a big year for the ceremony, and so we are delighted that Pop will »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton.
“It is impossible to imagine the past 40 years of Hollywood history without Harrison Ford, and his performances are as iconic as the films themselves,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said in a statement.
The ceremony, hosted by actor-comedian Jack Whitehall, will air Nov. 6 on Pop. The Britannia Awards had aired on BBC America in recent years but were carried by TV Guide Network, the predecessor of Pop, in 2010 and 2011.
Other Britannia honorees this year include Orlando Bloom, who will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award, and Meryl Streep, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. »
- Margaret Lenker
Brian Friel, the Irish playwright who wrote the Tony-winning drama “Dancing at Lughnasa,” died Friday at his home in County Donegal. He was 86. The acclaimed writer first emerged in the 1960s with “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” which followed a young Irisman on the verge of emigrating to America and earned a Tony nomination for Best Play in 1966. But Friel is best known for the 1992 Tony winner “Dancing at Lughnasa,” which became a 1988 movie starring Meryl Streep as one of five unmarried sisters in rural Ireland in the 1930s. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Friel’s other plays include. »
- Thom Geier
Three-time Oscar-winner disappoints campaigners on Hollywood sexism after refusing to call herself a feminist in Time Out interview
She led the applause during Patricia Arquette’s famous speech demanding equal pay in Hollywood at February’s Oscars and has been an outspoken proponent of improving diversity in the film industry. But Meryl Streep, the three-time Oscar-winner and star of new historical drama Suffragette, sidestepped the question when asked by a journalist whether she considers herself a feminist.
Related: ‘99% of women working in the film and TV industries have experienced sexism’
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- Ben Child
Since 1978, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award 19 times. They're mostly all incredibly deserved honors. Even the 19th-ranked one. But it's still 19th. And that movie is coming to Netflix October 23. Before we unveil her worst nomination, let's count up all her other nods. Consider it in a cleansing Silkwood shower before the radiation kicks in. 1. "Sophie's Choice": A cliched #1, but her confessional to Stingo and eerie relationship with that Kevin Kline-portrayed buffoon are chilling. 2. "Kramer vs. Kramer": That searing courtroom testimonial? She aced it. She also wrote it herself. 3. "A Cry in the Dark": Love Streep's stony resolve as Lindy Chamberlain, a media scapegoat whose story predates Monica Lewinsky's Ted talk by three decades. 4. "Silkwood": Karen got cooked and it was delicious. 5. "The Devil Wears Prada": Grimly hilarious and real-seeming. The way she utters, "Why isn't anybody rea-dy..." to squabbling magazine interns is legendary. »
- Louis Virtel
The Oscar race for Best Actress is shaping up as a battle between two-time champ Cate Blanchett ("Carol") and newcomer Brie Larson ("Room") according to the predictions of our experts from Yahoo, Variety, Rollling Stone, IMDb and other top media. See the individual predictions of all 18 Oscar Experts here. Currently, 8 out of 18 Oscarologists making predictions at Gold Derby are backing Blanchett for her performance as a closeted lesbian in Todd Haynes' period drama. That support translates into odds of 3/1 for this Aussie import to win her third Oscar in 11 years. "Blanchett is the new Meryl Streep (who was the new Katharine Hepburn)," says veteran Hollywood journalist Jack Mathews. "She seems to be getting her pick of the best roles and she always finds ways into her characters to make them originals." Six experts are betting on Larson for her breakout role as a kidnap victim in Lenny Abrahamson's thr. »
On 25th September, 193 World Leaders unveiled the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development at the Un General Assembly. If met, we can eradicate global poverty, remove inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.
The Global Goals campaign has set out on a mission to reach 7 billion people in 7 days from the day the Goals are launched (26th Sept – 2nd Oct) using a number of ways. The Global Goals Campaign has hence launched “We the People” – a crowdsourced film where everyone is invited to join the world’s biggest cast and star alongside some of the world’s biggest names. The film was unveiled on the Google homepage on the 25th September.
From India, A R Rahman, Jacqueline Fernandez, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Kapoor, and Hrithik Roshan contributed and crowdsourced footage for We the People. Other artists and activists include Ashton Kutcher, Bill and Melinda Gates, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence, »
- Press Releases
Pin your eyelids back and fire up the popcorn maker: October is promising a visual smorgasbord for film fans. From intense Bond action in Spectre to Oscar buzz in Suffragette, take a read of our quick guide and prepare to diarise...
1. Spectre - October 26
The one everybody will be talking about
Why you should see it: Skyfall recharged Bond's batteries after the woeful Quantum of Solace, meaning all eyes are on Spectre to see if Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes can pull off the same trick twice. The introduction of Christoph Waltz's mysterious new villain - who's definitely probably classic 007 nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld - is reason enough to see this. But does he come with a white Persian cat?
2. The Walk - October 2
The one that'll give you vertigo
Having always thought of cinema as a safe space, I was ready to cry about five minutes into Nancy Meyers’ The Intern, and then continued wailing and sniffling until the end credits rolled. There’s something about her films that acts as weaponised emotionality, and this lovely, gentle movie about life, ageing and death got me good.
It’s also bloody funny, much like Meyers’ previous film It’s Complicated, which is for my money one of the finest sex comedies of the past decade. (It’s hard to argue with Alec Baldwin cupping his hand over Meryl Streep’s vulva and musing, “Home, sweet home!”)
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- Clem Bastow
So what’s up with that Oscar race? Well, as Oli just outlined in his piece on the contenders for Best Actor and Best Actress, Focus Features’ women’s right drama, “Suffragette” was sort of cooly received by audiences in Telluride (read our review). But as he also noted, the film is arriving right as the topic of feminism and equal rights is hitting the zeitgeist once again and its classicism could strike a major chord with Oscar voters who don’t care what critics think. Backing up, “Suffragette” centers on the struggle for women’s voting rights in 1910s Britain and it has a hell of a cast. The always terrific Carey Mulligan stars (and she’s great) and the ensemble also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Natalie Press and Meryl Streep. Here’s the official synopsis: Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, »
- Edward Davis
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor Orlando Bloom with the Britannia Humanitarian Award, the org announced Wednesday.
The actor, who is recognized for his work with We Day, the Children’s Defense Fund, Global Green and Uniceft, will receive the award at the Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“At BAFTA Los Angeles, we recognize that our industry’s power to raise social awareness and push for change is enormous, said Kieran Breen, BAFTA/La chairman. “We are delighted to honor Orlando with this award and to draw a spotlight on the issues he cares about most.”
The Britannia Humanitarian Award is given to those who have used their position in the entertainment industry to promote a positive social change and bring awareness to important humanitarian issues. Previous recipients include Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth and Mark Ruffalo. »
- Mannie Holmes
The 39-year-old actress - who is reprising her role of Eve Moneypenny in the latest Bond blockbuster - told Cosmopolitan UK: "I think you absolutely can [be a feminist Bond girl]. Sam loves strong, multidimensional women; that's incredibly important to him.
"Barbara Broccoli [daughter of original Bond producer Albert] is at the helm of the franchise too, and she's a strong woman who has a big say in how the characters are developed."
"She's like, 'I can do this on my own!'"
Lamenting the lack of meaty roles for women in Hollywood »
Both as warm and as no-holds-barred blunt as its subject, “Everything Is Copy” proves a stirring portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, writer-director Jacob Bernstein. Ephron passed away in 2012 at the age of 71 from leukemia, a fatal disease whose manifestation she kept secret from all but her closest confidants. That deliberate silence struck many, upon her death, as not only shocking, but something of a betrayal, given that Ephron had previously operated by her own mother’s motto that everything in life was fair-game fodder for her work. Whether Ephron truly believed that creed is the investigative through-line of Bernstein’s doc (which, following its New York Film Festival premiere, is slated for HBO in March 2016), and helps turn it not only a loving biography of a titanic talent, but a look at the way in which artists strike a balance between the personal and the private.
Like his mother a journalist by trade, »
- Nick Schager
Over the course of this year, an increasing number of actresses have spoken out about their unequal employer, showbiz. Geena Davis is the latest star to air her grievances about Hollywood sexism.
“After ‘Thelma & Louise,’ which was pretty noticed and potent and significant, (people said) ‘This changes everything! There’s going to be so many female buddy movies!’ and nothing changed,” Davis said in an interview with The Guardian.
Despite the recent flurry of films with strong female leads, including the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot, “Trainwreck” and “Bridesmaids,” Davis says the ratio of male to female movie characters has not changed since 1946.
“The big takeaway I got from ‘Thelma & Louise’ was the reaction of women who had seen the movie being so profound, so different,” she added. “It was overwhelming and it made me realize how few opportunities we give women to feel excited and empowered by female characters, to come out of a movie pumped. »
- Mannie Holmes
The actress admitted in a new interview that despite breaking up, she still sees their 13-year relationship as "a massive gift".
"I could write a thesis on what's happened and it is all-absorbing when a relationship breaks down, but I think we're coming through it, and I think we'll have something very precious still," Bonham Carter told Red magazine.
"Our relationship was always somewhat special, and I think it'll always remain special. We did find each other. And really, the mark of a successful relationship shouldn't be whether you're there forever after.
"Sometimes you're not meant to be forever together. Sometimes you have to come to terms with the fact that that was it. But that was a gift, a massive gift.
"We gave each other children and a lot more else. And we might be better, »
Spectacle has gone over well enough at the Oscars in recent years. James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” were big hits with the Academy. Ditto Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.” And you could argue last year’s champ, “Birdman,” was a breed of spectacle, too.
That’s the lineage Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” is hoping to join after it opens the New York Film Festival tonight (after being delayed a day due to the Pope’s visit). A jaunty, slick, commercial presentation of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s death-defying stroll between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center in 1974, the film could spark for Academy members looking for something unique in the race this year. That is, unless they feel like they’ve already seen this one before.
- Kristopher Tapley
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