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Rose Byrne Reminisces About Her Sweet Friendship with Heath Ledger: ‘He Was a Goof!’

24 April 2017 2:23 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Rose Byrne‘s connection to the late Heath Ledger goes way back, and the actress can’t help but smile when she thinks of her dear friend — and the many lives he touched.

“He was a goof,” Byrne, 37, tells People Now. “He was such a goofy, funny, you know, adorable guy. He was incredibly generous. He had a huge heart. He was kind of, actually, really shy.”

“I mean we met each other when we were 18. We were kids. kinetic energy. He was nonstop. I adored spending time with him,” she says, adding that their friendship represented “a really seminal part of my life, »

- Mariah Haas

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What You Need to Know About Oprah Winfrey's "Absolutely Stunning" Performance in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

22 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oprah Winfrey is a force, both on screen and off. The media mogul has everybody buzzing with her new acting role in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. In the film, Winfrey plays Deborah Lacks, the daughter of the woman whose cells revolutionized medical treatment. It's a role she was intimidated to do. "I've done five movies in my life," Winfrey told us. "So my repertoire is very small. Every time I'm on stage I just feel like everybody here knows more than I do, so you have to then hand yourself over to somebody who knows what they're doing, so that's what I did." "Isn't that funny?" Rose Byrne told us about her costars fears. "It's »

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Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to star in 'Fahrenheit 451'

19 April 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ramin Bahrani to direct for HBO.

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are set to star in HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451

Ramin Bahrani will co-write and direct the film through his Noruz Films, while Amir Naderi will co-write.

The film, based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and ‘firemen’ burn books.

At the centre of this is Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity.

Jordan is set to star as Montag, while Shannon will portray Beatty, Montag’s fireman captain and mentor.

The casting announcement comes more than a year after the film was first put into development at the premium network and sees Michael Shannon returning to HBO following his turn on Boardwalk Empire.

Fahrenheit 451 also reunites the actor with Bahrani and Naderi after he starred in their film 99 Homes. 

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George C. Wolfe Hails ‘Brilliant’ Oprah Winfrey at ‘Henrietta Lacks’ Premiere

19 April 2017 6:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At Tuesday premiere of HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Oprah Winfrey’s cast mates could not say enough about the work experience on the movie and the multi-faceted talents of its star and producer.

“Henrietta Lacks” comes as Winfrey has already stepped up her acting work — in addition to running a cable channel, a magazine and sundry other ventures — with a role in Own’s “Greenleaf” and movies including the upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time” directed by Ava DuVernay.

“Henrietta Lacks” director George C. Wolfe said Winfrey needs to make time for more thespian work. “She needs to do more and more and more and more. She’s brilliant,” Wolfe told Variety before the premiere screening at Manhattan’s Sva Theater.

“Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of an African-American woman who died young and had her cells harvested for years for research that led to astounding breakthroughs in medical science — unbeknownst to her family »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Review: Oprah Winfrey Dominates an HBO Film Told From the Wrong Perspective

19 April 2017 3:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Racism. Classism. The goddamn patriarchy. All of these issues are of great relevancy to our current culture, and all of these issues are pertinent themes of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the new HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Chronicling the legal but unethical theft of a black woman’s cells by white doctors, the film proves to be more concerned with finding a happy ending than discussing how the systemic nature of America’s racial rift has adversely affected a family, if not generations of families. That might be a viable option if the “Henrietta Lacks” emotional core wasn’t built on rage, but — as is admirably encapsulated in Winfrey’s performance — there’s too much suffering here to settle for complacency.

Serving as yet another example of a storyteller stealing focus from the story she’s trying to tell, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks »

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Review: Oprah Winfrey Dominates an HBO Film Told From the Wrong Perspective

19 April 2017 3:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Racism. Classism. The goddamn patriarchy. All of these issues are of great relevancy to our current culture, and all of these issues are pertinent themes of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the new HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Chronicling the legal but unethical theft of a black woman’s cells by white doctors, the film proves to be more concerned with finding a happy ending than discussing how the systemic nature of America’s racial rift has adversely affected a family, if not generations of families. That might be a viable option if the “Henrietta Lacks” emotional core wasn’t built on rage, but — as is admirably encapsulated in Winfrey’s performance — there’s too much suffering here to settle for complacency.

Serving as yet another example of a storyteller stealing focus from the story she’s trying to tell, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks »

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Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey Says She Was ‘Scurred’ to Take on Her Role in ‘Henrietta Lacks’

19 April 2017 2:26 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Even pop culture icons have their moments! Oprah Winfrey is returning to the acting world in her lead role as Deborah Lacks in the upcoming movie based on a true story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

“The word is scurred, s-c-u-double r- double r - e- d. I was a little scurred and the reason is, you know, most people get nervous or afraid when you're out of your comfort zone,” she told Et’s Jennifer Peros at Tuesday night’s premiere. “I really haven't acted a lot, I've been doing more of it lately, but it wasn't my calling, I did that other thing for more than 25 years so every time I'm on a set and you have something really serious to do for a long period of time, more than two minutes, I get nervous about it because it isn't what I do regularly.”

Watch: Exclusive: Rose Byrne Talks Returning to Work After Giving »

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Exclusive: Rose Byrne Talks Returning to Work After Giving Birth, Telling Oprah Winfrey to ‘Shut the **** Up!’

19 April 2017 12:33 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rose Byrne has gotten to do what few would dare try! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks star played journalist Rebecca in the upcoming HBO film and in one particularly tense scene, she had to tell Oprah Winfrey’s character, Deborah, to “shut the **** up.”

“It was intense! It was a long day, but we wanted to do a good job and we were g-ed up to do it,” she told Et’s Jennifer Peros at the film’s premiere on Tuesday. “It was one of those strange surreal moments in your life but that's acting you know? I think I said that to Glenn Close a few times as well so I'm clearly cornering a market, telling legendary woman to eff off.”

Watch: Reese Witherspoon Dishes on What It's Like to Make a Movie With Oprah Winfrey: 'She'd Do the Voice!'

Winfrey also admitted to being intimidated by Byrne’s lengthy acting credits, which »

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TV Review: ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,’ Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, on HBO

18 April 2017 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The immensely readable book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is ultimately the story of three extraordinary women: The title character, a Baltimore woman who died young, and whose cancer cells changed the course of scientific history; her daughter Deborah, who persevered against incredible odds to find out more about her mother; and Rebecca Skloot, the author of a nonfiction bestseller about both, who knit scientific history and family saga together with an inspired elegance not seen since Watson and Crick came up with the double helix.

The HBO movie about this trio makes only one of the women truly memorable, but it’s worth seeing in order to witness Oprah Winfrey give one of the best performances of her career. Winfrey is mesmerizing as Deborah Lacks, whose quest to connect with the history of her mother, who died when she was a baby, forms much of the spine of Skloot’s book. (Henrietta »

- Maureen Ryan

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‘Fargo’ and ‘Veep’ are Back, Plus More TV You Must See This Week

16 April 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ewan McGregor in ‘Fargo

Two of the best series on television return this week as HBO brings back Veep and FX debuts another season of Fargo. Additionally, there are anticipated fiction and nonfiction shows as well as a new HBO biopic we’re excited about, at the same time we’re set to say goodbye to other favorites, either for the year or forever. To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for April 16–22:

(All listed times are Eastern)

SUNDAYVeep (HBO, 10:30pm)

This show is back for the first time since the election, and fans are surely wondering how the political humor will reflect the new administration. Probably not at all, considering it was never a reaction to current events before. Instead, the focus on the first episode of season six, “Omaha »

- Christopher Campbell

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How Heath Ledger’s Legacy Is Nurturing the Next Generation of Dreamers

14 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nine years after Heath Ledger’s death, members of his inner circle share memories of his zest for life and his troubled final days. Subscribe now for the emotional new details and never-before-seen photos — only in People.

Heath Ledger‘s legacy is helping aspiring Aussie actors get a start in Hollywood.

In partnership with his family and high-profile friends, the organization Australians in Film created the Heath Ledger Scholarship, which aims to help young actors make the difficult transition to Hollywood — just like the late Australian actor did.

“It’s designed to help Australian actors make their international career leap, »

- Ale Russian

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The Incredible True Story of Henrietta Lacks — the Most Important Woman In Modern Medicine

12 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Henrietta Lacks was just 30 years old when she discovered a lump on her cervix while in her bathtub at home.

A private-care doctor referred her to Johns Hopkins Hospital for further testing and she was diagnosed with cancer in January 1951. Lacks, the wife of a steelworker and a mother of five, was treated with radiation and sent home, but she was hospitalized the following August. She died at the age of 31 two months later.

But that’s not where her story ends.

Without her knowledge or permission, doctors harvested samples of Lacks’ cervical tissue during her treatments and discovered her »

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HBO Launches ‘The HeLa Project’ Multimedia Exhibition Inspired by ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

7 April 2017 2:28 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

HBO announces the official launch of “The HeLa Project,” a culturally-grounded, multi-media exhibition inspired by the highly anticipated HBO film, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is… Continue Reading → »

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to HBO Go/Now in April

31 March 2017 11:09 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

HBO released the new slate of stuff coming to its streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now today, and, per usual, it’s a mix of older films and the network’s own stuff, out the same day it airs on cable. The biggest name on that latter list is April 22’s The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, which stars Oprah Winfrey as a woman working with a reporter (Rose Byrne) in order to learn more about her mother’s considerable contributions to medical history.

In terms of theatrical films, last year’s supervillain feature Suicide Squad is making its way to the services in both theatrical and extended versions. (So heads-up, Leto-heads.) Meanwhile, the list of older films has a bit of a “somber Westerns vibe” to it, with Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and Andrew Dominick’s The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford both ...

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HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

31 March 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Credit: Europa Editions’ Instagram account

The TV adaption of Elena Ferrante’s novel “My Brilliant Friend” — book one of her Neapolitan series — has found a home. HBO, in partnership with Italy’s national public broadcasting company, Rai, announced that the eight-episode series will begin production in Italy this summer.

According to a press release from HBO, Saverio Costanzo (“Hungry Hearts”) will helm all episodes of “My Brilliant Friend.” Ferrante, who writes under a pseudonym, will pen the adaptation alongside Costanzo, Laura Paolucci, and Francesco Piccolo. Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani are producing, as is Fandango’s Domenico Procacci. Jennifer Schuur serves as executive producer for Wildside and Fandango.

Ferrante’s Neapolitan series was published in the U.S. by Europa Editions. Published in the U.S. by Europa Editions, Ferrante’s Neapolitan series follow the complicated, longtime friendship between Elena and Lila, from Elena’s point of view. The synopsis of “My Brilliant Friend” reads: “When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story thus begins and goes on to cover over 60 years of their lives, trying to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — her best friend, her worst enemy.”

No word yet on who will star as Elena and Lila.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wildside, Rai, and Fandango to bring the powerful, epic storytelling of Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan Novels to life,” president of HBO Programming Casey Bloys said in a statement. “Through her characters, Elena and Lila, we will witness a lifelong friendship set against the seductive social web of Naples, Italy. An exploration of the complicated intensity of female friendship, these ambitious stories will no doubt resonate with the HBO audience.”

Adds Lorenzo Mieli, CEO, Wildside, “Producing a series based on the incredible work of Elena Ferrante is an exciting challenge. Through the eyes and lives of two extraordinary friends, her quadrilogy describes 50 years of Italian history, touching on universal themes and feelings. We and Fandango are particularly proud of having brought together two partners like HBO and Rai for a series with a strong Italian identity, but aimed at a global audience.”

The adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend” is just the latest of HBO’s women-centric programming. “Big Little Lies,” a limited-series adaption of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 bestseller, has been garnering critical acclaim, especially for Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The final episode of the murder mystery airs April 2. The TV movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will broadcast April 22. Based on Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book of the same name and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne (“Spy”), it tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American tobacco farmer whose cells were used — without her knowledge — to create the first immortal human cell line.

Animals,” another Europa Editions publication, will also be adapted for the screen. Australian director Sophie Hyde will helm a film adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s cult favorite, which centers on a co-dependent, toxic relationship between two adult women. Unsworth wrote the script, and Sarah Brocklehurst (“Black Pond”) is producing. Holliday Grainger (“The Riot Club,” “Cinderella”) will star.

HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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First Look: See the Powerful Character Posters for HBO’s Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Starring Oprah Winfrey

24 March 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The fascinating story of Henrietta Lacks‘ life and legacy is less than a month away from making its small-screen debut.

Ahead of the HBO biopic’s premiere, People can exclusively reveal a First Look at the powerful character posters for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an adaption of Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 critically acclaimed book of the same name.

The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells were used without her consent to create the first immortal human cell line, HeLa, in 1951.

Oprah Winfrey plays protagonist Deborah Lacks, Henrietta’s daughter. (Winfrey, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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‘Chips’ Review: Dax Shepard’s 1970’s TV Reboot Is Offensive and Awful

23 March 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s hard to pinpoint when Dax Shepard’s “Chips” takes a sharp turn into indefensibly racist humor, but one place to start would be a passing reference to Michael Peña as “the little brown one.” It’s not the only cringe-worthy moment.

It may be unfair to pigeonhole Shepard as endorsing ugly stereotypes, even if he did write, produce, and direct a movie that derives 90 percent of its humor from gay jokes, race jokes, and punchlines about attractiveness that basically amount to a beta version of the pre-Facebook website “Hot or Not.” But they’re all there, in this overblown and completely baffling adaptation of a 1970’s TV series that literally nobody asked for.

Read More: ‘Chips’ Trailer: Dax Shepard and Michael Peña Patrol the Highways in Big Screen Adaptation of 70s TV Drama

Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol »

- Jude Dry

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’The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Trailer: Oprah Goes Looking for Truth in HBO Genetics Drama

16 March 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Truth is stranger than fiction in HBO’s upcoming drama, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Oprah Winfrey teamed up with “True Blood’s” Alan Ball to executive produce the adaptation of journalist Rebecca Skloot’s bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The novel tracks the titular Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who is the progenitor of the HeLa immortal cell line. Even though she died in 1951, the cells from her cervical cancer were harvested without her knowledge or consent and have been used and replicated since then in biomedical research.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

Lacks (“Hamilton” alum Renee Elise Goldsberry) had just given birth to her fifth child when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Winfrey plays Deborah Lacks, the second-to-last child born to Henrietta, who was only 2-years-old when her mother died and, as an adult, learned »

- Hanh Nguyen

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’The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Trailer: Oprah Goes Looking for Truth in HBO Genetics Drama

16 March 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Truth is stranger than fiction in HBO’s upcoming drama, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Oprah Winfrey teamed up with “True Blood’s” Alan Ball to executive produce the adaptation of journalist Rebecca Skloot’s bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The novel tracks the titular Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who is the progenitor of the HeLa immortal cell line. Even though she died in 1951, the cells from her cervical cancer were harvested without her knowledge or consent and have been used and replicated since then in biomedical research.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

Lacks (“Hamilton” alum Renee Elise Goldsberry) had just given birth to her fifth child when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Winfrey plays Deborah Lacks, the second-to-last child born to Henrietta, who was only 2-years-old when her mother died and, as an adult, learned »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Official Trailer for HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Movie

16 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Science took her cells. Her family reclaimed her story." HBO has unveiled an official trailer for a film titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, adapted from the book of the same name, telling the story of Henrietta Lacks. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, but her cells were taken without her permission for medical research, and they eventually became the first "immortal" human cells. Renée Elise Goldsberry plays Henrietta. The movie follows two timelines, the second involving her ancestors fighting to reclaim her name in medical history. Oprah Winfrey stars as Lacks' daughter, with a cast including Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, Lisa Arrindell, and Reed Birney. This is technically a "made-for-tv" movie, but we're making an exception because this is an HBO production, and they're at the top of their game recently. Here's the official trailer for George C. Wolfe's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, from »

- Alex Billington

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