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Exclusive Interview: Alexandra Rosario talks California Dreams

6 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In an exclusive interview, Flickering Myth sat down with New York-based actress Alexandra Rosario to talk about acting and the release of her latest film California Dreams

Have you always wanted to be an actress? How did acting come about for you?

Yes, I always wanted to be an actress, since I was 6 years old. I have no idea where that desire came from, I just always had an internal certainty of acting being my calling in life. And that has never changed!

What and who inspired you to become an actress?

When I was growing up I used to watch a lot of movies. At times I would get deeply touched by an actor’s great performance and it would stay with me for a while. I used to dream that one day I would be able to do the same. Some of the actors that have inspired me are Meryl Streep, »

- Amie Cranswick

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China's Recon Holding acquires 51% of Millennium Films in $100m deal

21 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Expendables and London Has Fallen producer has sold a majority stake to the owner of Aston Villa Football Club.

Chinese conglomerate Recon Holding has signed an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in indie production powerhouse Millennium Films for $100 million (RMB688m).

Listed in Shenzhen, the company is owned by Recon Group, headed by Tony Jiantong Xia, which also owns Aston Villa Football Club. Xia will serve as chairman of Millennium Films, with the company’s founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short as CEO and COO respectively.

The deal, which includes Millennium’s nearly 300-title film library, also gives Recon Holding the option to acquire the remaining 49% shareholding in the company in the future.

Millennium is known for franchise properties such as The Expendables, The Mechanic, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, which have all been decent hits in China.

The second and third installments in The Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision »

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China’s Recon Buys 51% of Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films for $100 Million

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

China’s Recon Holding has reached an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Avi Lerner’s independent production company Millennium Films for $100 million.

The announcement was made Thursday, nine days after reports had emerged that a deal was in the works.

Recon Holding is controlled by Recon Group, a multinational conglomerate which owns the Aston Villa Football Club and is led by Tony Jiantong Xia. It said that the deal should close in the second quarter.

Millennium is an action specialist with its key properties being the Sylvester Stallone franchises “The Expendables” and “Rambo” along with the films “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” Millennium has generated over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenues since 2011.

The company’s upcoming film slate includes “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L, Jackson; “Escobar,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz; and “Hunter Killer,” starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. »

- Dave McNary

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Did the 2007 Oscars get it right?

22 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Feb 24, 2017

It’s Oscar weekend! But how well do the Academy Award choices of ten years ago hold up? We’ve taken a look...

The Academy Awards are the highest profile snapshot of what films are highly rated within 12 months of their release. What they can’t predict, however, is how well regarded their choices will age, and only time can tell you that. Which is why I thought it’d be interesting to go back a decade, and see how the winners of the 79th Academy Awards, handed out on February 25th 2007, stack up ten years on…

Best Picture: The Departed

Also nominated:

Babel Letters From Iwo Jima Little Miss Sunshine The Queen

At the time, there was a little bit of acceptance that The Departed was the Scent Of A Woman moment. That just as Al Pacino got rewarded for good work in a film that’s not his finest, »

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11 Actresses Who Earned Oscar Nods for Musicals

22 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

La La Land garnered a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations this year — it’s now neck-and-neck with Titanic and All About Eve for receiving the most Oscar nominations in a given year. Among those nods is a first-ever Best Actress nom for Emma Stone, who’s been racking up rave reviews for her performance in the film.

While we’ve got musicals on the mind, let’s take a look back at some other actresses who’ve received acclaim for their musical turns.

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (2012)

Hathaway’s turn as Fantine was the only non-technical award the 2012 adaptation of the smash musical picked up. »

- Alex Heigl

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Josh Gad and Chris Pratt Try (and Fail) to Get Star Wars Spoilers Out of Daisy Ridley

21 February 2017 8:55 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

A post shared by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on Feb 20, 2017 at 4:59am Pst If you think you're desperate to know the answers to all of the Star Wars theories floating around out there, you don't hold a candle to Josh Gad. The Beauty and the Beast actor is itching for information about The Last Jedi, so he decided to go right to the source to get it: Daisy Ridley. The actress, who plays Rey in the new trilogy, didn't give up the goods, although she nearly buckled under peer pressure not only from Gad, but also Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Penélope Cruz, Leslie Odom Jr., and more. "This has been a battle of attrition. #daisyridley has been a force to be reckoned with," Gad captioned the hilarious Instagram video of their encounter. "In many ways she is the Vader to my Luke or the Taylor to my Katy. But like any good opponent, »

- Quinn Keaney

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Great Job, Internet!: Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz, and J.J. Abrams badger Daisy Ridley for Last Jedi details

21 February 2017 8:11 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Look, the jig is up: Josh Gad has been whiling away the hours on the set of Murder On The Orient Express by trying to trick Daisy Ridley into divulging plot details of her other gig, a science fiction series about wizards and talking dogs called Star Wars. While first his ruse was pretty transparent, Ridley has continued to get tricked by him, and he even summoned the spectral presence of Dame Judi Dench to coerce her. Apparently none of it worked, so he has now pulled out the extremely big guns.

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Penelope Cruz, Chris Pratt, Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, and many more are now in the action. For what it’s worth, Chris Pratt does not actually get around to asking her any questions, mostly just mentioning other film series that he happens to be in. Realistically, though, the time has come ...


- Clayton Purdom

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Josh Gad Enlists Chris Pratt, J.J. Abrams and More to Get Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoilers From Daisy Ridley

21 February 2017 5:07 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Be strong, Daisy Ridley.  The actress has become a target for Star Wars spoilers since joining the cast of The Last Jedi, especially for her Murder on the Orient Express co-star Josh Gad. While he claimed he wasn't going to hound her anymore for insider secrets on the upcoming eighth episode, it was all a ruse. Instead, the actor brought Ridley to his house where many more fans were waiting for their chance to bother the star. "I have no more questions. They do," Gad said behind the camera as he panned to a room filled with the likes of Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz, Bryce Dallas Howard and Leslie Odom Jr.  "How many musical numbers are »

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Josh Gad Recruits Chris Pratt, Judy Dench, J.J. Abrams and More to Ask Daisy Ridley for 'Star Wars' Spoilers

20 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Josh Gad and Daisy Ridley are currently in production on the upcoming remake of The Murder on the Orient Express. So, Gad decided to use his friendship (and proximity) to the Star Wars star to try and pry out a few coveted spoilers about Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

The efforts began in earnest in late January when he invited Ridley into his trailer on the pretense of discussing their film, and then ambushed her with Star Wars questions.

Watch: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Title Confirmed to Be Plural and Fans Are Freaking Out

"I had an important question to ask you, I'm so sorry. I meant to call you last night, but it's about today's scene," Gad asks off-screen as he films his co-star on his phone. "Um, who are the last Jedi? Like, is it one [Jedi]? Or is it more than one?"

"No, were not doing this," a smiling-yet-annoyed »

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Josh Gad Enlists Chris Pratt And More To Get Daisy Ridley To Spill ‘Star Wars’ Secrets

20 February 2017 11:51 AM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Josh Gad’s latest attempt to learn spoilers about the new “Star Wars” film is the best one yet. Even with the help of a few famous faces, like Chris Pratt (who would rather talk about the huge movie franchises he is a part of instead of talking “Star Wars”), Bryce Dallas Howard, Penelope Cruz, and […] »

- Aynslee Darmon

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Josh Gad Has Enlisted a Star-Studded Group of Sleuths to Get Star Wars Spoilers Out of Daisy Ridley

20 February 2017 11:44 AM, PST | | See recent news »

There’s just under 300 days until The Last Jedi hits theaters – plenty of time for actor Josh Gad to crack its star Daisy Ridley.

Gad – who is currently filming the Murder on the Orient Express remake with Ridley – has been peppering the British actress with questions about Star Wars: Episode VIII, even enlisting some other famous faces to help out.

In his first attempt – recorded and released on social media – Ridley came by Gad’s trailer clad in her robe.

“I had an important question to ask you, I’m so sorry, I meant to call you last night »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Josh Gad Enlists Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz to Grill Daisy Ridley about ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (Video)

20 February 2017 10:46 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Josh Gad has stopped grilling “Murder on the Orient Express” costar Daisy Ridley about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — instead, he enlisted Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz and Bryce Dallas Howard to do the questioning. “Please don’t say you’re setting me up this time,” Ridley says to Gad, who is filming the interaction for the Instagram video below. “I have no more questions… they do,” he says as he pans the camera to a bunch of people sitting on a couch, including some of her other “Murder on the Orient Express” costars. Also Read: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley to Star in. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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'Star Wars': Daisy Ridley Hounded for 'Last Jedi' Spoilers in Star-Studded Video

20 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

If this doesn't work, nothing will.

Josh Gad has been trying for weeks to get Daisy Ridley, his co-star on Kenneth Branagh's remake of Murder on the Orient Express, to spill a few spoilers about her upcoming turn as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it's all failed. He even enlisted Dame Judi Dench earlier this month, but Ridley revealed nothing.

For one final try, Gad has pulled out all the stops, inviting a star-studded group to badger Ridley for spoilers, with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope Cruz among those waiting »

- Aaron Couch

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Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, J.J. Abrams and More Grill Daisy Ridley for ‘Star Wars’ Spoilers — Watch

20 February 2017 9:48 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that we know the title of the next “Star Wars” movie, everyone wants to know what actually happens in “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” And who better to ask than Daisy Ridley, one of the new faces of the revitalized sci-fi franchise? That, at least, seems to be the mentality of Josh Gad, who’s on a mission to get answers from the actress. Watch his latest attempt below.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Star Thandie Newton May Join Ever-Expanding ‘Star Wars’ Universe

“Please don’t say you’re setting me up this time,” she says in the video, which looks to have been shot on Gad’s phone; that he used portrait mode, rather than landscape, suggests the actor would be on the dark side of the Force if he were ever to appear in “Star Wars.” Gad assures her he isn’t tricking her again, which is of course a lie. »

- Michael Nordine

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J.J. Abrams, Jurassic World 2 Cast Ambush Daisy Ridley for Star Wars 8 Spoilers

20 February 2017 8:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Josh Gad is currently busy filming Murder on the Orient Express. It just so happens that the movie co-stars Daisy Ridley, who had her breakout in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will be reprising her role as Rey in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Over the last month or so, Josh Gad has been posting videos to his Instagram in which he has been pestering Daisy Ridley for spoilers. Today, he has posted yet another video and truly outdone himself, having enlisted the help of quite a few very famous people to ask her questions she most definitely isn't allowed to answer.

In the Instagram video, Josh Gad starts off by apologizing to Daisy Ridley for what has been going on over the course of the last month or so and she looks like she really isn't having it. He then promises that he has »

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Star Wars: Josh Gad, Chris Pratt, J.J. Abrams, & More Try To Pry Episode 8 Details From Daisy Ridley

20 February 2017 8:29 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s already February, and we have few to no details regarding the next entry of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. For comparison, by November of 2014, we’d already seen a teaser of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which eventually released on December 18, 2015. In short, we’re about four months past that moment. Admittedly, it’s all a bit expected. The Force Awakens was the first flick of the franchise since 2005, and a continuation of a story fans have been waiting for for thirty years. By comparison, The Last Jedi is merely the next chapter, and as such, Disney and Lucasfilm need to save their cash monies for a date closer to its release.

But that hasn’t stopped eager fans like us from trying to pull details from every little scrap of information the studio releases — just look at all the theories that have »

- Joseph Medina

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Long Awaited Sequels: A Trainspotting 2 Inspired List

20 February 2017 6:38 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Long Awaited Sequels: A Trainspotting 2 Inspired ListLong Awaited Sequels: A Trainspotting 2 Inspired ListScott Goodyer2/20/2017 9:38:00 Am

We can not be more excited about Danny Boyle's highly anticipated sequel Trainspotting 2 coming to Cineplex theatres next month!

The original 1996 movie, based on Irvine Welch's 1993 novel, defined a drug generation in the UK. With an electrifying soundtrack, a memorable group of characters and filled with moments that contributed to the pop culture of the cinema world, Trainspotting was definitely one of a kind. Not to mention a talent of a cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremne and Kelly Macdonald.

Well, 20 years later... the original crew is back as Renton (McGregor) returns to his home town after "choosing life" and abandoning his misfit friends. In honour of T2: Trainspotting, we have compiled our own little list of long awaited sequels.

Read the list below and check out »

- Scott Goodyer

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Berlinale 2017: The Queen of Spain Review

14 February 2017 5:49 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape


Poking fun Hollywood, and the golden age of movie-making in particular, Fernando Trueba’s The Queen of Spain laughs at the industry with the same affection and romanticism that Hail, Caesar! carried, to find that compatible balance between ridicule and adulation. Given this meta endeavour is set within the business it allows the filmmaker a licence to be overstated, and he uses that freedom in quite remarkable fashion, with an aesthetic almost as vibrant as that of which we saw in his enchanting, Oscar-nominated animation Chico & Rita.

Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines) has been presumed dead, but makes a shocking return to world of make believe by turning up on the set of the Hollywood blockbuster set in Spain and starring their most famous export, the fictional creation of Macarena Granada (Penélope Cruz) – a character who first graced the screen in Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams »

- Stefan Pape

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Penelope Cruz Attends 70th BAFTA Ceremony In Versace

14 February 2017 8:43 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Penelope Cruz appeared radiant on the red carpet at the British Academy of Films and Television Arts (BAFTAs) ceremony Sunday night at the Royal Albert Hall. Other luminaries attending included Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, Emily Blunt and Nicole Kidman. She wore a shiny metallic-looking dress designed by Atelier Versace. The actress posted a photo of […]

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The Queen of Spain review – Cruz control: regal method in the madness

14 February 2017 4:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Penélope Cruz rescues this frequently silly comedy, set on a 1950s film set in Franco’s Spain, as a larger-than-life actor in an entertaining, at times exasperating story

There’s a kind of excitable silliness in this disposable, film-within-a-film comedy from Fernando Trueba, starring Penélope Cruz – to whom Trueba gave her big break in his 1992 film Belle Epoque. In fact, it’s maybe the nearest thing that this year’s Berlin film festival has to a Carry On. There are one or two groans and finger-drumming moments of impatience, due to its sentimentality, perverse nostalgia and knowingly retro sexual politics. But it also has a kind of puppyish excitability, one or two laughs, and a lovely song, when Cruz sings Granada on a movie set. In fact, Cruz saves the film. The cinephilia and movie-studio fetishism are picturesque, though Almodóvar has given us the same thing with more intensity and feeling. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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