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Johnny Depp to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award at 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival

17 November 2015 3:31 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Whether he likes it or not, Johnny Depp is going to be a part of this year's Awards Season for his mesmerizing portrayal of Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass" (See my review right here).

The actor, previously nominated for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," infamously told BBC Newsbeat that he "doesn't want to win one of those things ever." Well, guess what? He maybe nominated and perhaps win! Why? Because he's just been baptized by the Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Desert Palm Achievement Award. And that's a good sign as we traverse Awards Season.

This is in my hood and I'll give you reports from the red carpet! Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, »

- Manny

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Woof! The talking animal roles stars would rather we forgot

19 October 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Penélope Cruz as a ninja guinea pig, André 3000’s method crow … as Bradley Cooper prepares to play a dog in Lasse Hallström’s new film, we look at the not so glorious history of animal voicing

Actors love voiceover work: you don’t have to learn your lines, you can basically turn up in your pyjamas, read whatever the script says in a silly voice, then forget about it until the cheque arrives. This was especially true of doing talking animals, where your audience was unlikely to question your commitment anyway. But not any more. For one thing, advances in film mean CGI animals look as if they’re really, actually talking, rather than trying to get peanut butter off their teeth. For another, our YouTube-enhanced collective memory remembers everything. In honour of the news that Bradley Cooper is set to play a talking dog in Lasse Hallström’s new movie, »

- Steve Rose

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Bradley Cooper to Voice Dog’s Inner Thoughts in ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

16 October 2015 4:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks is in negotiations with Bradley Cooper to provide the narration as the inner voice of a dog in “A Dog’s Purpose.”

The film is an inspirational story of one devoted dog finding his purpose in the lives of the humans he loves. It’s based on the 2010 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, written in the voice of a dog who is reincarnated several times.

The dog’s names given by his human owners include Toby, Bailey, Ellie, Bear and Buddy.

The film, produced by DreamWorks in association with Walden Media, is currently in production Manitoba with Lasse Hallstrom directing from a screenplay by Cameron, Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells.

Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and John Ortiz are starring. Gavin Polone is producing with executive producers Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian.

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- Dave McNary

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Bradley Cooper Set To Voice A Canine For DreamWorks’ Adaptation A Dog’s Purpose

16 October 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having made quite the impression bringing the irreverent Rocket Raccoon to life in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper has found himself on DreamWorks’ radar to fill the leading role in its upcoming adaptation of A Dog’s Purpose.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, who brings word that the actor is on the verge of joining both Britt Robertson and Dennis Quaid in the film to be based on W. Bruce Cameron’s novel of the same name. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the film doesn’t feature a talking dog strictly speaking, though Cooper will provide the voice of the canine’s inner monologue, as he attempts to be reunited with his original owners.

Said to be an inspirational piece, DreamWorks’ A Dog’s Purpose will see Cooper’s pup reincarnated several times over, and though he acts as man’s best friend to each respective owner, it »

- Michael Briers

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Bradley Cooper to Voice a Dog Because He’s a Good Boy, He’s a Good Boy, Yes He Is, Yes He Is

16 October 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Bradley Cooper has played a sniper, a raccoon, a theater enthusiast, and a chef (twice!), but now he's about to face his greatest challenge yet: According to THR, Cooper is in final talks to voice a dog in Lasse Hallström's adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose, a novel that tells the story of a reincarnated dog's search for fulfillment over the course of many lifetimes. Cooper would play the dog's "inner voice," which sounds ruff. »

- Nate Jones

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Cooper scooper: Bradley to take lead in talking dog movie

16 October 2015 3:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A Dog’s Purpose follows the inner voice of a mutt who is repeatedly reincarnated but longs to be reunited with his original master

Bradley Cooper will voice a hound who longs to be reunited with his original owner in Lasse Hallström’s animal-themed drama A Dog’s Purpose, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Related: American truffle: Bradley Cooper plays a tortured chef in first trailer for Burnt

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- Ben Child

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Bradley Cooper Knows A Dog's Purpose

15 October 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He had success voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Bradley Cooper has decided to share his tonsil talents with another member of the animal kingdom. He’s in negotiations to voice the main canine character in Lasse Hallstrom’s A Dog’s Purpose.Adapted from W. Bruce Cameron’s best-seller, the film boasts a cast that includes Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance and Peggy Lipton in the story of a devoted pooch that is reincarnated various times, helps a number of different owners (think The Littlest Hobo, but across the plain of existence, not just the wilds of Canada), always with the driving aim of reuniting with his original human friend. This is one that, like Cameron’s 2010 tear-targeting tome, hops across several lives for the dog as he inhabits different canines. Robertson and Quaid are part of the same timeline, but with »

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Bradley Cooper Discovers "A Dog's Purpose"

15 October 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to voice the title character in Lasse Hallstrom's "A Dog's Purpose" for DreamWorks Pictures. Production is currently underway in Winnipeg, Canada.

An adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's novel, the inspirational tale centers on a devoted dog that is reincarnated several times in an effort to be reunited with his original owner and best friend.

Cooper will provide the dog's inner voice throughout the film, joining a cast that also includes Britt Robertson and Dennis Quaid. Gavin Polone is producing.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Exclusive: Xavier Gens Producing Post-Apocalyptic Hostile

6 October 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

French writer/director Mathieu Turi has graced these pages before when his short film Sons of Chaos impressed us all back in 2011. Since then, Turi has been working behind the scenes of a few little films you've probably never heard of like Luc Besson's Lucy and Lasse Hallström's The Hundred Foot Journey. Nothing major!

Today we're super excited to report that Turi has partnered with Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontier(s)) who will produce his first feature film called Hostile, which definitely has an intriguing, high-concept premise... and it's [Continued ...] »

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Lionsgate U.K. Opens Its Purse For Passion Projects

29 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.

“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”

The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”

The company has a diverse »

- Leo Barraclough

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Walden Media’s Naia Cucukov on ‘Everest’ and Why Family Movies Can Be PG-13

16 September 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the Friday release of “Everest,” the PG-13 fact-based thriller starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley, Walden Media is preparing to scale new heights at the box office — and expand the scope of its production slate beyond more traditional children’s fare like “The Chronicles of Narnia.” “We’re in an age where family movies have changed,” Walden Media VP of development and production Naia Cucukov told TheWrap. Walden is currently in production on two projects with DreamWorks: Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of “The Bfg,” due in 2016, and Lasse Hallstrom‘s “A Dog’s Purpose.” “It »

- Jeff Sneider

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The Danish Girl | 2015 Tiff Review

12 September 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Danish Modern: Hooper’s Painterly Costume Drama Mounted on a Glossy Stage

Much as last year’s The Imitation Game served to honor the memory and legacy of Alan Turing, a man whose reputation was tarnished by the homophobic stigma of the times in which he lived, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl is a glossy delivery of 1920’s Danish painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Both these films hold a certain degree of importance and cultural relevancy due to the validating platforms and pedigree of the filmmakers behind them, both in their ability to reach mass audiences and garner significant accolades, but also in how these films acknowledge openly the dire struggles of their subjects to flourish in a world rigidly set against their sexuality.

Unfortunately, much like the Turing biopic, a certain lack of interiority is lacking in this examination of Elbe, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Eddie Redmayne on Transgender Rights and Finding ‘The Danish Girl’

8 September 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To portray the transgender artist in “The Danish Girl,” Eddie Redmayne built the character from the inside out. He started by poring over Lili Elbe’s pseduo-autobiography “Man Into Woman,” chronicling her groundbreaking 1920s gender reassignment surgeries, and studying sketches of her. He read other books, such as the 1974 memoir “Conundrum” by transgender author Jan Morris, and watched the British TV series “My Transsexual Summer.” He even met separately with six transgender women from different generations to absorb their experiences. “Their openness of spirit was unlike anything I’d ever seen,” Redmayne says on a recent afternoon near his home in London. “That was galvanizing — you felt the trust.”

Then there was the day last summer when he screen-tested as Lili. It was the first time he appeared in public as the character — wearing an auburn wig and lipstick. Like most transgender people stepping out for the first time, Redmayne felt self-conscious. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Danish Girl’

5 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A year after Eddie Redmayne proved his incredible capacity for reinvention in “The Theory of Everything,” the freckle-faced Brit pulls off the ultimate identity overhaul as “The Danish Girl,” portraying gender-reassignment trailblazer Lili Elbe, nee Einar Wegener, who was one of the first to make a “sex change” via surgery. For an actor, there can be few more enticing — or challenging — roles than this, in which the nature of identity, performance and transformation are all wrapped up in the very fabric of the character itself, and Redmayne gives the greatest performance of his career so far, infinitely more intimate — and far less technical — than the already stunning turn as Stephen Hawking that so recently won him the Oscar. Reuniting with “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper in a return to the handsome, mostly interior style of the helmer’s Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech,” Redmayne finds himself at the heart — one shared by Alicia Vikander, »

- Peter Debruge

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Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Leave Disney, Possibly for Universal

2 September 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks will not renew its current distribution deal with the Walt Disney Co., which expires in August, sources have confirmed to Variety.

The Disney deal dates back to 2009, but since then Disney has acquired both Marvel and Lucasfilm, underlining its focus on branded, tentpole films.

Disney will release two more DreamWorks films, both directed by Steven Spielberg, before the deal expires: Tom Hanks’ Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” on Oct. 16 and “The Bfg” on July 1.

The Bfg” is a co-production with Disney that will be Spielberg’s first Disney-branded film. All of the previous films from DreamWorks have been released under Disney’s Touchstone banner.

Sources also indicate that DreamWorks is most likely to wind up with a distribution deal at Universal while emphasizing that no agreement has been reached. They noted that Spielberg has kept his offices on the lot, even after the Disney deal was struck, and »

- Dave McNary

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Dreamworks Leaving Disney For Universal?

2 September 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It looks like DreamWorks may be leaving Disney's fold and joining Universal.

THR reports that Steven Spielberg is currently in the midst of negotiating a distribution deal for DreamWorks before its current arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. expires in August 2016. The Spielberg-directed Roald Dahl adaptation "The Bfg" is looking to be the last released under the Disney deal.

DreamWorks' likely future home will be Universal Pictures where Spielberg has maintained his offices even as DreamWorks shacked up with Paramount and then Disney. Spielberg's involvement is also said to be key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises and the trade suggests the likes of "Jaws" and "Back to the Future" may get that treatment.

Several DreamWorks movies are in or near production including Lasse Hallstrom's currently shooting "A Dog's Purpose," Tate Taylor's high-profile novel adaptation "The Girl on the Train," and the Scarlett Johansson-led »

- Garth Franklin

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Eddie Redmayne plays Lilli in the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s ‘The Danish Girl’

1 September 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After grabbing Oscar gold last year, Eddie Redmayne looks to be in the thick of the hunt again with his latest role (no, not Jupiter Ascending!)

The first trailer for The Danish Girl arrived on Tuesday with Redmayne starring as Danish artist, Einar Wegener, who is one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in the 1920s. The film also stars Alicia Vikander as his wife, Gerda, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

From director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables), the film’s synopsis is as follows:

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The subject is very topical with the rise in transgender characters in pop culture in Orange is the New Black and Transparent on television and Tangerine in movies, »

- Zach Dennis

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Watch: Eddie Redmayne Is 'The Danish Girl' In First Trailer For Tom Hooper's Transgender Drama

1 September 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The drama “The Danish Girl” is one of those projects that has been around in many, many different incarnations for several years. In almost every iteration, two women were cast in the story of Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Versions of the film had Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard were attached at one point, and directors Tomas Alfredson, Lasse Hallstrom, and Bill Condon were also set to helm. But the project took on a new direction when Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) took on the mantle. Instead of two female leads, one of them undergoing surgery to become a woman, Hooper decided to cast Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Elbe, which seems like an inspired choice given our cultural conversation about gender fluidity and the rise of transgendered awareness, »

- Edward Davis

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Raising Caine on TCM: From Smooth Gay Villain to Tough Guy in 'Best British Film Ever'

5 August 2015 11:27 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »

- Andre Soares

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Britt Robertson joins A Dog’s Purpose, Dennis Quaid also on board

5 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson has signed on to star in upcoming Dreamworks and Walden Media adaptation A Dog’s Purpose, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

A Dog’s Purpose tells of a dog that is reincarnated over and over again, and aims to be reunited with it’s original owner.

Robertson, who also starred in this year’s The Longest Ride, is joined by Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), who will co-star in the film which is based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron and will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules).

Frank Smith, Waldern Media CEO and president said on the film “We are proud to once again partner with the great team at DreamWorks on A Dog’s Purpose, a heartfelt and uplifting story that is in great hands with Lasse Hallstrom directing….This film is a perfect addition as we continue to »

- Scott J. Davis

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