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Kevin Spacey to play Gore Vidal in Netflix biopic

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Variety is reporting that two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is set to portray the late American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming biopic entitled Gore, which is being produced by Netflix.

Gore is being directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and will explore the life of the author, playwright and political commentator during the 1980s. The film is currently shooting in Rome, but will soon move to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, where he entertained a host of high-profile friends including the likes of Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mick Jagger.

Kevin Spacey was most recently seen in Edgar Wright’s latest film Baby Driver, while his upcoming films include Rebel in the Rye, Billionaire Boys Club and All the Money in the World – all of which see him portraying real life people in Whit Burnett, Ron Levin and J. »

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Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film

21 July 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is next slated to play Gore Vidal in a new Netflix film about the writer's life. 

Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) is directing the film for Netflix. The project is currently in pre-production in Rome. Andy Paterson is producing. 

Shooting will begin at the end of August in Rome, according to sources, and then move to the Amalfi Coast, where most of the film will take place. 

Vidal purchased his infamous cliffside mansion in Ravello, La Rondinaia in 1972 and moved there permanently in 1993. 

The writer hosted numerous international celebrities in the seven-bedroom »

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Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic

21 July 2017 9:14 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Kevin Spacey is set to play celebrated American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming Netflix original biopic titled Gore. Michael Hoffman, who directed 2009's The Last Station starring Helen Mirren and James McAvoy, will direct the 1980s-set film with UK producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring) producing. The film is shooting in Italy. Vidal had a love affair with Italy, spending large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the… »

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Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)

21 July 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, “Gore,” which is in production in Italy.

U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.

British producer Andy Paterson (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) is producing “Gore” for Netflix.

Netflix was not available for comment.

Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo, »

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Will Smith, Joel Edgerton Deal With Strange Things in Netflix’s ‘Bright’ Trailer

20 July 2017 5:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“They didn’t teach us this at the Academy,” admits Joel Edgerton to Will Smith, who play cops in a strange Los Angeles-based alternate universe in the first trailer for Netflix’s police thriller “Bright.”

“No, they did not,” Smith concurs in typical movie-cop-to-movie-cop banter.

Smith, Edgerton, and director David Ayer finally unveiled the trailer during Thursday afternoon’s session at Comic-Con’s Hall H in San Diego.

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Smith’s human cop Ward and Edgertons’ orc officer Jakoby are not pleased to be paired together — “I’m not here to be your friend,” says Smith — but manage to get along while on a routine night patrol … until they discover a deadly wand that could destroy everything. “This is like a new killer weapon that grants wishes,” Edgerton observes.

Edgerton further notes that the pair may be a prophecy, prompting »

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Will Smith, ‘Bright’ Director David Ayer on Netflix: ‘They Let You Be a Filmmaker’

20 July 2017 4:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Put David Ayer squarely in the pro-Netflix camp.

The “Bright” director praised the streaming service for giving him creative freedom to make his upcoming fantasy adventure during a panel discussion on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con.

“They let you be a filmmaker,” Ayer said. He later added that the picture, which reunites him with his “Suicide Squad” star Will Smith, “Ain’t no bull s–t, PG-13 studio movie. This is real s–t.”

Smith also praised Netflix for rolling the dice on “Bright,” a special effects-heavy picture that reportedly cost $90 million to produce. “I’m sure this will end soon, but they just give you the money and say, ‘Go make a movie,'” said Smith.

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Ayer hasn’t had the happiest experience with big studio filmmaking of late. “Suicide Squad,” a Warner Bros. and DC release, was a commercial success, grossing $745.6 million, »

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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

22 June 2017 6:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one »

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Susan Sarandon on Why She Hasn’t Watched ‘Feud,’ Bette and Joan’s Relationship

22 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The role of Bette Davis was one Susan Sarandon had avoided playing until she was presented with Ryan Murphy’s scripts for “Feud.” Her performance as the legendary movie star has won raves — though she admits she’s hasn’t watched it herself.

Congratulations on “Feud.”

I haven’t seen it. It’s always heartbreaking when things are cut or you look at yourself and you think, “Well, I could have done that better or more courageously.” So I’ve decided just to dine out on everybody else saying they’re having a good time.

What made you sign on? »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Espionage Tonight’ Clip: Reality and Entertainment Come to Blows in Timely New Political Satire

2 June 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmaker Rob Bralver (best known for his editing work on “Gore Vidal: The United States of America”) turns his attentions to a different side of filmmaking with his feature narrative debut, “Espionage Tonight,” bound for a world premiere at Dances With Films next week. The film stars Sean Astin, Lynn WhitfieldJoe HursleyGreg Davis Jr.Chasty Ballesteros, and many more. 

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Bralver wrote and directed the film, billed as “an inventive and sly critique of American media culture and politics,” which blends some timely issues around politics, “fake news,” the value of supposedly fact-based entertainment, and good old-fashioned espionage into a very amusing mix.

But there is some real meat here and, as Bralver explained in an official statement, some warnings, too. Said Bralver, “What used to be an intersectional space »

- Kate Erbland

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Jared Kushner’s New York Observer Lays Off Film Critic Rex Reed

31 May 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The New York Observer has laid off longtime film critic Rex Reed, in addition to several other members of its entertainment staff, in the latest cutbacks to the newspaper since owner Jared Kushner divested from the paper after the 2016 presidential election.

Reed was notified of the decision last week, he said, concluding a career at the paper that lasted more than 25 years. His last reviews, for “Alien: Covenant” and “Wakefield,” ran May 19. Reed’s editor at the Observer did not return a request for comment.

“The shocking truth is that the Observer has been going down the drain financially for quite some time,” Reed said via email, adding that he felt the future of the paper was thrown into doubt after investment banker Arthur Carter sold it to 25-year-old Kushner in 2006. The young mogul left the paper after his father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, was elected President of the United States last fall. »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Citizen Kane’ Was Shunned By the Hearst Family, But Now One Heir Admits He Loves It — San Francisco Film Festival

7 April 2017 3:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Citizen Kane” has been hailed for generations as the greatest movie ever made, but the newspaper mogul who inspired Orson Welles’ iconic portrait of a reclusive, affluent entrepreneur who dies alone did everything he could to act as if it never happened. Throughout his life, William Randolph Hearst kept the movie out of Hearst newspapers and never discussed it publicly, a tendency that was picked up by his heirs in the years following his death.

That all changed on Thursday night at the 60th Sf International Film Festival, when Hearst’s grandson, William Randolph Hearst III, spoke for a half hour before a screening of the film. The biggest surprise? He’s a huge fan of the movie — and has a lot of ideas about it.

Discovering a Masterpiece

“Inevitably, someone wants to ask me what I think and I usually disappoint them by saying how much I love the movie, »

- Eric Kohn

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I Am Not Your Negro review – astonishing portrait of James Baldwin's civil rights fight

6 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Raoul Peck dramatises the author’s memoir of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and Medgar Evers, in this vivid and vital documentary

Raoul Peck’s outstanding, Oscar-nominated documentary is about the African American activist and author James Baldwin, author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time. Peck dramatises Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, his personal memoir of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and civil rights activist Medgar Evers, murdered by a segregationist in 1963. Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.

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Gentleman of letters by Anne-Katrin Titze

22 February 2017 3:11 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Gay Talese on James Baldwin: "Baldwin had his words and his voice in the forefront of the change in American politics."

In the 1960s, Gay Talese developed a friendship with James Baldwin when they were regular contributors to Esquire magazine along with Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, William F Buckley Jr, and others and he stayed in touch with Baldwin until his death in 1987. In Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, James Baldwin's writing is voiced by Samuel L Jackson over clips from movies that include an Indian-shooting John Wayne in John Ford's Stagecoach, Harry Beaumont's Dance, Fools, Dance with a tap dancing Joan Crawford, Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger's goodbye in Norman Jewison's In The Heat Of The Night, and Richard Widmark's breakdown in Joseph L Mankiewicz's No Way Out.

Anne-Katrin Titze captures High Notes author Gay Talese Photo: »

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Gentleman of letters by Anne-Katrin Titze

22 February 2017 2:46 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

In the 1960s, Gay Talese developed a friendship with James Baldwin when they were regular contributors to Esquire magazine along with Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, William F Buckley Jr, and others and he stayed in touch with Baldwin until his death in 1987. In Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, James Baldwin's writing is voiced by Samuel L Jackson over clips from movies that include an Indian-shooting John Wayne in John Ford's Stagecoach, Harry Beaumont's Dance, Fools, Dance with a tap dancing Joan Crawford, Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger's goodbye in Norman Jewison's In The Heat Of The Night, and Richard Widmark's breakdown in Joseph L Mankiewicz's No Way Out.

Gay Talese notes that one of the New Yorker's great achievements was when editor William Shawn published James Baldwin's Letter From A Region In My Mind. Truman Capote's In Cold. »

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Comedian Jim Jefferies Blasts Trump-Defending, ‘Apprentice’-Winning Piers Morgan On ‘Real Time WIth Bill Maher’

10 February 2017 8:16 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated with video It wasn’t exactly Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer on The Dick Cavett Show, but Australian comedian Jim Jefferies and Piers Morgan certainly weren’t joking around on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight. (Watch the video below.) When the British Morgan proclaimed that Trump’s so-far-failed executive order was “not a Muslim ban,” Jefferies snapped, “Oh, f*ck off. This is what you do, Piers. You say ‘He hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that, he’s not going… »

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30 January 2017 6:54 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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A Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

7 January 2017 9:32 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

2016 claimed a long list of entertainers, but the grim reaper’s most unexpected one-two punch came between the final two holidays with the death of movie icons Carrie Fisher on December 12 and her mother Debbie Reynolds a mere 36 hours later. With the premiere of the documentary about the pair, “Bright Lights” on HBO this weekend, we at the Geeks site thought we should take a look at their considerable contributions to film.

Let’s start with Carrie, who was born in Hollywood, USA on October 21, 1956, the daughter of Debbie and singer/actor Eddie Fisher. She appeared on stage with her mother throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s, even getting her first small screen credit in the 1969 TV movie “Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children”. It wasn’t until 1975, when she would make her big screen debut opposite Warren Beatty (quite an arrival) in Hal Ashby’s hit Shampoo. »

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