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Recounting Mike Nichols' climb from comedian to Egot-winner

1 hour ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When people pass away, we often praise them with, "What couldn’t they do?" Exaggeration. With Mike Nichols, there’s really no answer to the theoretical. A seasoned comedian, a pillar of New York City theater, a successful film director — earning a Best Picture nomination, four Best Director nominations, and one win in the latter category — and one of only 12 people to successfully collect the coveted Egot, when it came to the entertainment industry, there really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He went out on a high. Thursday morning, we learned that Nichols passed away at the age of 83. Fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany in 1938, Nichols wound up in New York City and called the city home for nearly his entire life. Attending college in Chicago, he became part of the theater and comedy scenes, joining Second City and forming the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with actress Elaine May. »

- Matt Patches

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Mike Nichols: ‘Angels In America’ Was Like ‘Being in Heaven Early’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In one of his final interviews, Mike Nichols said he considered “Angels in America”–the sprawling 2003 HBO mini-series adapted from the Tony Kushner play about the AIDs crisis—-as the crowning achievement of his career.

“When I did ‘Angels in America,’ and I had Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker and Al Pacino, it was like being in heaven a little early,” Nichols said.

Nichols, the director of classic films “The Graduate,” “Working Girl” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” died at 83. He spoke to me in November 2013 by phone for a profile I was working on Emma Thompson, who appeared in three of his films.

Remembrances of Nichols pored in from across the entertainment industry on Thursday, with many hailing him as a beloved visionary. But Nichols admitted that he did manage to make an enemy out of Bill Clinton after 1998’s “Primary Colors,” a political comedy starring »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Oscar & Tony Winning Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83

8 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.

William Goldman said there were two great American film directors—Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols,” said Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg, who co-produced Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Nichols, who also staged ythe play’s Tony-winning Broadway edition with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. “I think that’s true. He was a giant who could convince people to be better than they were.”

Nichols died suddenly late Wednesday night »

- The Deadline Team

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Mike Nichols, ‘Graduate’ Director, Dead At 83

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

Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, has died suddenly at the age of 83, according to information released by ABC News. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.

No cause of death was given.

Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. He is perhaps best known for his first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate.” But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.

Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships.

See More: Friends, Fans Hail Mike Nichols’ Work, Wit and »

- Terry Flores

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Emma Thompson to be Feted at British Independent Film Awards

19 November 2014 3:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emma Thompson is to receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, at the Moet British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 7 in London.

The award, which was introduced in 2002, has previously gone to John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, among others.

Thompson, who is the only person to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting, commented: “It is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”

Thompson’s portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” in 1992 netted her a BAFTA Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She earned »

- Leo Barraclough

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Emma Thompson to receive Bifa honour

19 November 2014 3:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.

Emma Thompson is to receive The Richard Harris Award at The Moët British Independent Film Awards on Dec 7.

The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.  Previous winners have included, John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters.

Thompson is known for both acting and screenwriting and is the only artist to date to have received an Oscar for both acting and screenwriting.

Speaking about the Richard Harris Award, Thompson said: “This is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”

Thompson received her first Oscar in 1993 for her leading role in Merchant Ivory adaptation Howard »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Emma Thompson To Receive The Richard Harris Award At 2014 ‘BIFAs’

19 November 2014 2:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.

The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.

Here’s the full release.

London, Wednesday 19th November – The recipient of The Richard Harris Award was announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Emma Thompson will receive The Richard Harris Award at the ceremony on Sunday 7th December at Old Billingsgate. »

- Paul Heath

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Emma Thompson to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

19 November 2014 2:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emma Thompson will get a special honor at the British Independent Film Awards. She will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film at this year’s awards ceremony on Dec. 7 in London. Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of The Moet British Independent Film Awards, made the announcement on Wednesday. View more Emma Thompson Plays Charades With Jimmy Fallon, Bradley Cooper The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honor of Richard Harris and recognizes outstanding contribution to British film by an actor or actress. Past winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob

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- Georg Szalai

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions List: An Introduction

17 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.

Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »

- Eric Lavallee

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Oscar campaign trail's first stop: What we saw at the Governors Awards

9 November 2014 7:03 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Some call it the most important dress rehearsal of awards season. Saturday night's annual Governors Awards, held just a few floors above the distinguished Dolby Theatre where the Oscars take place, was initially created as a way to speed up the prime-time telecast by siphoning off the honorary awards to an event of their own. But now, in its sixth year, in addition to honoring some very distinguished guests, including Harry Belafonte for his decades of humanitarian work and legendary red-headed screen siren Maureen O'Hara, the night has transformed into a coming out party for the year's crop of Oscar »

- Nicole Sperling

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Afm: Ketchup Forms U.K. Distribution Pact with Altitude (Exclusive)

7 November 2014 7:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ketchup Entertainment has formed a U.K. distribution partnership with Altitude Film Entertainment for multiple windows including home entertainment, pay television and free TV.

The deal was announced Friday at Afm.

The first two releases under the new deal are David Hayter’s “Wolves,” starring Lucas Till and Jason Momoa, and the comedy spoof “Superfast” from directors Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg.

Ketchup launched a U.S. film distribution division in 2012 and has released “The Love Punch,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, and the Paul Walker thriller “Vehicle 19.” It will open “Wolves” on Nov. 14.

Altitude’s creative partnerships are with filmmakers Jalmari Helander, Petri Jokiranta, and Alex Garland for “Big Game” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus; James Watkins and Simon Duric for “The Loch,” to star Peter Mullan; director Jabbar Raisani for “Outpost 37″; and producer Gregor Cameron and Owen Harris for “Kill Your Friends. »

- Dave McNary

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Afm: Ketchup Forms U.K. Distribution Pact with Altitude (Exclusive)

7 November 2014 7:44 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ketchup Entertainment has formed a U.K. distribution partnership with Altitude Film Entertainment for multiple windows including home entertainment, pay television and free TV.

The deal was announced Friday at Afm.

The first two releases under the new deal are David Hayter’s “Wolves,” starring Lucas Till and Jason Momoa, and the comedy spoof “Superfast” from directors Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg.

Ketchup launched a U.S. film distribution division in 2012 and has released “The Love Punch,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, and the Paul Walker thriller “Vehicle 19.” It will open “Wolves” on Nov. 14.

Altitude’s creative partnerships are with filmmakers Jalmari Helander, Petri Jokiranta, and Alex Garland for “Big Game” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus; James Watkins and Simon Duric for “The Loch,” to star Peter Mullan; director Jabbar Raisani for “Outpost 37″; and producer Gregor Cameron and Owen Harris for “Kill Your Friends. »

- Dave McNary

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Few Films to Open AFI Fest Have Garnered Oscar Nominations

6 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The American Film Institute’s AFI Fest opens tonight in Hollywood with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple trying to run a business and live in New York City during 1981, which was statistically one of the city’s most violent years. This is Chandor’s first film to premiere in Los Angeles. Though the film is hoping to garner some Oscar nominations, only six of the past 14 films to open AFI Fest have gone on to receive Oscar nominations and none have been for best picture.

Of the six films to garner Oscar nominations, the only film to win an award was 2005’s Walk the Line, which resulted in Reese Witherspoon taking home the Oscar for best actress. The Johnny Cash biopic scored four other nominations, including film editing and best actor. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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London Stage Star and Olivier Henry V Leading Lady Asherson Dead at Age 99

4 November 2014 4:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman — both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly educated »

- Andre Soares

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Check Out the Listings for the 'Annie' Soundtrack on Sale Dec 15

27 October 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The soundtrack to the upcoming "Annie" musical remake will be released December 15 ahead of the movie's December 19 release. Quvenzhané Wallis stars as the title character, and is joined by Jamie FoxxRose Byrne, Cameron DiazBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Dorian Missick and Tracie Thoms. Filmed in New York City, under Will Gluck's direction, the project hails from Will & Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-z (who's also working on the soundtrack). Gluck revised the script which was originally written by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna. A track »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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‘Doctor Who’ Tells the Kids to Get Off His Overgrown Lawn in “In the Forest of the Night”

26 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As much as I like the suggestion that the next Doctor Who companion should be an older woman, namely Emma Thompson, there’s something that I’ve always liked about small children on the series. And as this week’s wonder-filled fairytale of an episode, “In the Forest of the Night,” shows us, the younger may be the better for 56-year-old Peter Capaldi‘s Twelfth Doctor. It’s not just the increase in age difference but also the greater contrast in personality. Matt Smith’s version of the Doctor was rather kid-like himself, so when he first hung out with Amy Pond when she was only seven, eating fish sticks and custard, the two seemed like equals. Next to the more cantankerous Capaldi, though, little Maebh (Abigail Eames) is a bright antithesis to the Doctor. This season has already given us the show’s youngest companion ever (I think — if we consider that original sidekick Susan Foreman »

- Christopher Campbell

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Win Passes And Novel for Men, Women & Children In St. Louis

25 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways technology has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman, the film stars Rosemarie Dewitt (“Kill The Messenger”), Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club), Judy Greer (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Adam Sandler (“Grown Ups 1 and 2”) and Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks »

- Movie Geeks

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Oscars news: Matthew McConaughey lauded by 'Interstellar' director Christopher Nolan

22 October 2014 4:24 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

. Kris Tapley takes us inside the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton where Matthew McConaughey was being honored by the American Cinematheque on Tuesday. Among those singing the praises of last year's Best Actor Oscar champ ("Dallas Buyers Club) was "Interstellar" helmer Christopher Nolan: "There's no question that this is a performer who can't say, 'Pass the salt,' without it being truthful, without meaning something …I've never worked with an actor so relentless in his pursuit of truth in everything he does." In Contention -Break- And this year's Best Actor Oscar frontrunner, Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), is to be feted at the Santa Barbara filmfest the weekend before final voting by academy members commences. He will pick up the Modern Masters prize on Jan. 31. Last year, Bruce Dern collected this kudo just after reaping an Oscar bid for "Nebraska." Emma Thompson was to h..."' »

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A look at Screen Actors Guild predictions

21 October 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »

- Joey Magidson

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20 Celebrity Photobombs Guaranteed to Crack You Up

18 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Star-studded events are far from predictable, but there's one thing that's practically guaranteed: photobombs! Jared Leto kept us on our feet after the 2014 Oscars, giving us plenty of amusing moments when he crept behind Anne Hathaway, who had one of the most hilarious reactions we've seen. Jared isn't the only star to get in on the fun - Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Thompson, and Jennifer Lawrence jumped in other people's shots last award season, and that's just the beginning of the excitement. Keep reading to see all the stars who have executed perfect photobombs over the years, and if you're loving the surprises, check out all the celebrity selfie duos we didn't see coming. Source: Getty and Instagram user ryanseacrest »

- Nick-Maslow

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