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Penelope Strikes One Pose After Another For Nine in Interview

3 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Penelope Cruz went with red lips and lots of diamonds for the January cover of Interview. She posed for an accompanying sexy spread and talked about Nine with her costar in the film, Marion Cotillard. There's all sorts of speculation about Penelope's personal life and possible engagement to Javier Bardem, but the ladies kept things strictly focused on business - Penelope shared about what compelled her to act, her inspirations, and what it was like on the female-centered set of Nine. Here's more: On what inspired her to act: "That question actually brings me to the reason why I decided to become an actress, which is my constant curiosity about the endless mysteries of human behavior. Because we are dealing with the beauty and complexity of human confusion, no? And we are always trying to get answers." On when she knew she wanted to act: "I think since I was around four years old. »

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Brando, Depp, the missing millions and Divine Rapture, the lost movie

26 November 2009 2:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The first sign things were going wrong on the set of Divine Rapture was when Marlon Brando shaved his head. But that was the least of the film's troubles

If all the roads in Ireland were to converge at a final destination, you would probably find yourself in Ballycotton, Co Cork. A tiny village on a rocky headland, it is as removed and cosy as its name suggests. Its harbour is stocked with a colourful fishing fleet and traditional music seeps from the pubs on Main Street. Despite an annual running marathon that passes through the town, it is slow-paced, sleepy, and cocooned from the outside world. But although 200-ft cliffs keep the Atlantic at bay and an offshore lighthouse looks out for danger, nothing could protect Ballycotton from nature's cruellest force: Hollywood.

Back in 1995, Johnny Depp, Debra Winger, and Marlon Brando rolled into town to make a film called Divine Rapture. »

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'Ballybrando' Explores the Greatest Irish Film Never Made

4 November 2009 11:23 PM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Hotshot Films are currently in the edit suite with 'Ballybrando', a documentary that follows the story of ill fated Irish film 'Divine Rapture'. Starring Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp, the project is now known as the greatest film never made in Ireland. 'Divine Rapture', a feature film about an elderly priest (Brando) who believes in the power of miracles, was filmed in the Cork village of Ballycotton in 1995 for 10 days. Locals of the town could not believe their luck when the location was decided upon, hoping for a surge in tourism as a result of the film and the presence of its cast which also included John Hurt and Debra Winger. However, filming was brought to a halt as a result of financial difficulties. It later transpired that just over 20 minutes of footage had been shot. »

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A Conversation with Danielle Harris

17 October 2009 2:29 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Danielle Harris, star of four films in the Halloween franchise, as well as pictures like The Last Boyscout, City Slickers, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, and the television series Roseanne was kind enough to sit down with me at the 2009 Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida to talk about her career. The interview was filmed live, but due to surrounding noise I have transcribed the conversation below.

Ja/Fangoria: First of all, can I say how nervous I am that we are making a film with John Landis sitting right over there?

Danielle Harris: (laughs)

Ja: We're here at the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida, and how has it been going for you so far?

Dh: It's been good! It's been really busy.

Ja: Have you met any creeps so far?

Dh: Not really at this show, only a handful. (laughs)

Ja: You actually lived here in Florida, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Jason Anders)

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C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" Set for Big-Screen Adaptation

5 October 2009 12:17 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Beloved Pictures has secured the film rights to C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce." This is from the bestselling author who gave us "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.

The first two books under the "Narnia" banner, "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," and "Prince Caspian"), were translated brilliantly on the big screen by Disney and Walden Media. Lewis was also the focus of the Academy Award-nominated film, "Shadowlands," starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

"The Great Divorce" is an adventure tale about one man's journey from the post-apocalyptic world of Grey Town to the outskirts of heaven.

Beloved has hired director David L. Cunningham ("To End All Wars," "Seeker: The Dark is Rising") to helm. »

- Manny

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Russian title 'Wolfy' wins Zurich Film Fest

5 October 2009 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany --This year's Zurich Film Festival will be remembered most not for any the films or for the stars but for the guest that never made it. The arrest and continued incarceration of director Roman Polanski overshadowed all other events in Zurich this year and briefly put the young festival at the center of an international media storm.

Attention has since shifted, given the Adhd nature of the news cycle, and the fifth Zurich Film Festival wrapped up Sunday out of the media spotlight.

There was some Hollywood dazzle to close, with Morgan Freeman in town to receive this year's Golden Icon award and Michael Keaton picking up a career achievement honor.

The festival's top honor however, awarded by another VIP -- jury president Debra Winger -- went to "Wolfy" a traumatic mother-daughter tale from Russian director Vasilij Sigarev. "66/67 -- Fairplay is over," a soccer hooligan drama from directors »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Lol: Chris Rock Speaks the Truth About Roman Polanski

2 October 2009 11:08 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I've been surprised by the groundswell of support for the notion of freeing Roman Polanski since he was arrested on Sunday in Zurich. Ok, Debra Winger saying the arrest was part of a "philistine collusion"...whatever. But then a whole bunch of great filmmakers signed a silly petition demanding Polanski's immediate release. Woody Allen, fine, no great surprise, but David Lynch and Martin Scorsese? Sigh. Now, thankfully, we've got Chris Rock weighing in on the case. Frankly, I'm surprised that anything has got me to link to clips from The Jay Leno Show, because that enterprise is a disaster. And this isn't the best clip of Rock on TV, but his indignation over the Polanski affair is fun. "People are defending Roman Polanski because he made some good movies?!? Even Johnnie Cochran don't have the nerve to go, 'Well, did you see O.J. play against New England?'" And that's exactly it. »

- Russ Fischer

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District Attorney: 'Polanski Must Return To Complete Justice'

1 October 2009 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has fired back at Roman Polanski's celebrity supporters, insisting the filmmaker needs to return to California so justice can be "completed".

Steve Cooley has responded to those upset about Polanski's detention in Switzerland, which is the first step in extraditing the Chinatown director, explaining the movie mogul must answer for his crimes.

Polanski fled Los Angeles on the eve of sentencing after he admitted to having illegal sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

He has been living in France ever since, but international officials joined forces at the weekend to detain the director as he attended a film festival in Switzerland, and his celebrity pals have been outraged by the undercover operation, which led to Polanski's arrest. He is now fighting extradition.

And Cooley insists it's important Polanski returns for sentencing: "Mr. Polanski pled guilty to a crime... and there are still five or six other much more serious charges pending that have yet to be resolved. They won’t be resolved until his final sentence."

As part of a 32-year-old plea bargain with Polanski, prosecutors had promised to drop rape, sodomy and other charges after the sentencing.

Cooley tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "It’s about completing justice. Justice is not complete when someone leaves the jurisdiction of the court."

Whoopi Goldberg, Penelope Cruz, Debra Winger, Woody Allen and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein are among those who have spoken out in support of Polanski and Samantha Geimer, the girl he had unlawful sex with in 1977, has publicly forgiven the director, insisting he doesn't deserve a prison sentence. »

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This Roman Polanski Chatter is Simply Out of Control

28 September 2009 11:46 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Did you know read what Debra Winger, standing in as Zurich Film Festival jury president, was quoted saying with regard to Roman Polanski's recent arrest? "We hope today this latest order will be dropped [as] it is based on a three-decade-old case that is all but dead but for minor technicalities," she said. "We stand by and wait for [Roman Polanski's] release and his next masterwork." What? Does she even know what she is saying? Does the addition of "minor technicalities" in that statement make it any better? I would be interested to hear her explanation as to these "technicalities," and if it's that simple why wouldn't Polanski have returned to the U.S. since he fled 31 years ago? Doesn't Polanski's continued time abroad as well as requests to have the charges dropped insinuate he would return if he wasn't worried about facing the music these minor technicalities? Like I said when »

- Brad Brevet

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The Wild Wiki West of Roman Polanski

28 September 2009 5:30 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Ranking somewhere near the bottom of Roman Polanski's current troubles, you'll find his oft-vandalized, recently unlocked Wikipedia article. According to reports this morning, a torrent of revisionists, slanderers and other haters besieged the entry with less-than-official tweaks. Among the most recent found in a browse by Movieline: "First Paedo to be arrested after 30 years," "Polanski is a sicko," and "Roman Raymond Polanski (born August 18, 1933) is a Polish-French rapist currently under arrest in Switzerland." Tough crowd! Assuming Debra Winger's not busy after fest-jurying and petition-circulating in Zurich, maybe she can keep an eye on things at the site. [The Telegraph via Hollywood Elsewhere] »

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Debra Winger demands for Polanski's release

28 September 2009 12:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As you saw on the site in a post late last night, film director Roman Polanski has been arrested on 30 year old rape charges in Switzerland this past weekend (read more about that here). In follow-up news today it seems that Polanski is all set to fight and extradition moves put forward by Us authorities.

According to Daily Variety, Polanski's French lawyer said ealier on Monday that the director would fight extradition as the arrest has 'spiraled into an international incident, with France announcing it had appealed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for his release.'

Polanski has lived in Paris and avoided countries with extradition agreements with the U.S. since being charged in 1977 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, Zurich Film Festival jury president Debra Winger on Monday demanded the release of Polanski from jail in Switzerland.

More at Variety here. »

- Paul

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Jury member boycotts Zurich Film Fest

28 September 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany -- Studio Babelsberg producer Henning Molfenter, scheduled to attend the Zurich Film Festival as a member jury judging German-language films, is boycotting the festival to protest Saturday's arrest of director Roman Polanski.

Fellow jury members -- actor Til Schweiger and composer Niki Reiser -- are expected to follow suit.

"There is no way I'd go to Switzerland now. You can't watch films knowing Roman Polanski is sitting in a cell 5 km away," Molfenter told The Hollywood Reporter.

Zurich's international jury -- headed by actress Debra Winger -- will make a statement on Polanski's arrest at 12:30 p.m. local time.

Swiss police arrested the 76-year-old Polanski on Saturday night as he entered Switzerland to attend the Zurich festival. He is being held on a U.S. warrant connected to a decades-old charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Studio Babelsberg is a co-producer on Polanski's latest, »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Roman Polanski to fight extradition

28 September 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany -- Roman Polanski has refused to be extradited from Switzerland to the U.S. over a decades-old underage sex case, the lawyer for the Oscar-winning director of "The Pianist" said Monday.

Polanski's French lawyer Herve Temime said in a statement that he would ask Swiss authorities to release the 76-year-old director immediately.

"After that, his defense team will demonstrate the illegal nature of the extradition request he is facing," the statement said.

"He is in a fighting mood and determined to defend himself," Temime told France Info radio, adding his client was stunned by the arrest as he was a regular visitor to Switzerland, with a chalet at the ski resort of Gstaad. In fact, the director was in Switzerland earlier this summer, editing his upcoming feature "The Ghost."

"We have begun by requesting his release, which should be done today in principle," Temime said. "There is no reason in law, »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Strathairn on My Mind

12 August 2009 4:42 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

When I woke up this morning, David Strathairn popped into my brain. Totally unbidden. Before I'd even had coffee! Usually I can't master anything other than the basic motor skills required for that beeline to the coffee maker and the shower (uh...not in the same place).

First thing in the morning and I'm thinking about his crazy big hair in the 80s and that time in 2008 when I sat four seats away from him at the Walter Reade and was too scared to say anything. Then the mind drifted to his enviable pairings with far more famous actresses onscreen (Kathy Bates, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger among them), to his supporting cast ubiquity for 30 years and finally to that welcome Lead (gasp) Oscar nomination for Good Night, and Good Luck. Few Oscar nominations this decade have been as satisfying. It was clearly for that one role (biographical »

- NATHANIEL R

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Streep Nom #9 and Act III: Funny Lady

11 July 2009 9:59 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Streep at 60: We've been looking at each Meryl Streep Oscar nod and its competition. Previously 78, 79, 81, 82 and 83, 85, 87 and 88

I believe that Meryl Streep's film career can be divided into five chapters or acts (thus far).

Act I (Liberated Lady) 1977-1981Act II (Chamaeleonidae Erotica) 1981-1988Act III (Funny Lady) 1989-1992Act IV (???) 1993-2001Act V (The Great Entertainer) 2002-presentAfter the High Drama years it came as a shock to many when Meryl was suddenly making comedies. Some felt it was a career crisis and there was some backlash going on. This is possibly hard to comprehend for her new young fans but great success always leads to it and many people were sick of Streep's total dominance as the Eighties wound down. It was somewhat common wisdom at the time that her run at the top was ending, having turned 40 in 1989. Several younger stars were coming into their own »

- NATHANIEL R

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Hutton Splits From Wife

8 July 2009 12:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Timothy Hutton has split from his wife Aurore Giscard D'Estang, according to U.S. tabloid reports.

The couple married in 2000, and has a seven-year-old son, Milo.

Us Weekly reports the couple's marriage is over and they are living apart.

Hutton also has a 22-year-old son, Emmanuel, with his ex-wife, actress Debra Winger.

A representative for the star could not be reached for a comment as WENN went to press. »

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John Lithgow: The Hollywood Interview

23 June 2009 2:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Actor John Lithgow

John Lithgow: Confessions of a Actorholic

By Ben Braddock

Veteran performer John Lithgow is a member of the impressive cast of Confessions of a Shopaolic. The zany comedy revolves around shopping crazy Becky Bloomwood(Isla Fisher), who can’t resist temptation when it comes to shopping. Whether it’s dresses or accessories, this irrepressible young woman has no self-control and will get out her credit card at every possible opportunity. She cannot pass a shop window without walking in and buying something.

Hoping to get a job on a leading fashion magazine – she ends up instead landing a job on a financial publication and actually becomes successful – helping readers to sort out their money problems, even though she cannot stick to a budget herself. Hugh Dancy plays the magazine editor; John Lithgow is the powerful boss. Witty and charismatic, the actor hits just the right notes in the film, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The Father Link (plus Sherlock Holmes)

21 June 2009 1:58 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Thompson Father's Day Favorites

A Socialite's Life "Hollywood's Hottest Dads"

By Ken Levine entertainments to avoid on father's day

Pop Hangover Dad Awards (television related)

In Contention Top 10 Movies I Watched With My Dad

previous post What movie reminds you of your Dad? Join in the comment sharing.

And more Jude Law because I'm in the mood. Not that that particular mood is infrequent... quite the contrary. Here's the new character posters for Sherlock Holmes. I realize I've put them in reverse billing order but in my world Jude Law goes before Robert Downey Jr (not a knock on the always entertaining Rdj, just a preference) so it's elementary that Dear Watson goes first.

Billing is often so weird. Did you know, for example that Debra Winger had top billing in Terms of Endearment over Maclaine and Nicholson? (That's on my brain because of the 1982/1983 Oscar rundown).

I'm sure »

- NATHANIEL R

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Streep Noms #4-5 and Oscar Trivia

20 June 2009 2:07 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Streep at 60: More movie discussions to follow but today we're discussing Oscar competitive fields again

(the winner links take you to their acceptance speech)

The Best Actress races of 1982 and 1983 hold special meaning for me as they were my inaugural Oscar years. On April 11th of 1983 I saw my first Oscar ceremony. My only point of reference for the glitzy tradition was that my parents and my older siblings didn't like it -- something about Star Wars being way better than Woody Allen??? --and even though my parents didn't take me to that many movies, I had somehow seen and liked 3 of the 5 Best Picture nominees (Gandhi and the two blockbusters Tootsie & E.T.) For the first two years of my Oscar watching I saw a total of Zero Best Actress nominees. My how life has changed.

1982...Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria -this is the one I desperately wanted to see, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Woman Collapses At Falco's TV Party

5 June 2009 12:20 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Celebrity guests at a party for Edie Falco's new TV show Nurse Jackie got a medical scare of their own when an elderly female collapsed and was carried away on a stretcher.

Julianna Margulies, LL Cool J and Debra Winger were among the star-studded crowd at the hospital-themed party in New York on Tuesday.

Showtime executives had a space at the Parker Meridien hotel decorated with a hospital bed and an X-ray machine, leading some guests to believe the woman's fall was a stunt.

But actress Merritt Wever, who also plays a nurse on the show, quickly realised the incident was no performance and called paramedics to the scene.

The woman was treated for exhaustion and released, reports the New York Post. »

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