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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Lands PG-13 Rating in Latest MPAA Ratings Bulletin

7 April 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

First and foremost, what is likely to end up being the biggest blockbuster of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron, has scored a PG-13 ratings for "intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments." This isn't too much different than the PG-13 rating for The Avengers, which was for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. Sounds like there may be a little more destruction and -- oh, la, la -- some suggestive comments. This week's bulletin also has a PG-13 rating for Cameron Crowe's new movie Aloha starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and we also have a PG-13 for Before We Go, directed by and starring Avengers star Chris Evans and Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Alice Eve. Nancy Meyers has a new movie coming this year called The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway »

- Brad Brevet

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Weinsteins Think Big: Unload TV Division, Spend on Movies, Take 'Finding Neverland' to Broadway (Trailer)

7 April 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

And now that the theatrical market is proving more challenging than ever for The Weinstein Co., which won just one Oscar this year for adapted screenplay for fall smash "The Imitation Game" ($91 million domestic), it's clear that the Manhattan mogul is looking to change things up. Weinstein has been exploring new distribution models via innovative digital arm RADiUS-twc ("Snowpiercer," "It Follows" and Oscar-winner "Citizen Four") and deals with Netflix. And rather than wait to launch holocaust-themed drama "Woman in Gold" in the usual way in the fall for awards season, after early mixed reviews, Weinstein opened the movie wide with a massive ad campaign in concert with star Helen Mirren's opening on Broadway in Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry's "The Audience." It scored. Read More: Weinsteins' Dimension Drops Big Bucks on "Gold" Weinstein has »

- Anne Thompson

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12 Broadway Shows with Hollywood Connections in 2015

3 April 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

All the world is a stage. But what is on that stage these days, at least when it comes to the Great White Way, is increasingly likely to be either based on a movie, boast a movie star as the headliner or both. “The Audience” recently opened on Broadway to solid reviews as Helen Mirren once again stepping into the sensible shoes of Elizabeth II, the role that won her a 2006 Oscar in “The Queen,” which was also written by Peter Morgan. Directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Hours” and “Billy Elliot,” both the film and musical), the play offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on Her Majesty’s private meetings with a parade of prime ministers through the years. Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her April 2, David Hare’s “Skylight” – also directed by Daldry -- officially arrives with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy as »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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In ‘Skylight’, Bill Nighy & Carey Mulligan Spark And Smolder In David Hare Revival

2 April 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Bill Nighy made his Broadway debut almost a decade ago in David Hare’s The Vertical Hour. He returns in Skylight, an earlier but better Hare play from 1996, and it’s cause for celebration. In a season marked by alpha stars in beta plays (Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man; Hugh Jackman in The River), Nighy and co-star Carey Mulligan have a brilliant vehicle worthy of their complementary talents. Piloted with exceptional sensitivity by Stephen Daldry and beautifully… »

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'Skylight': Theater Review

2 April 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The last time Bill Nighy displayed his rangy yet precision-tooled physicality, his world-weary vocal and facial expressivity and his needling intellect on Broadway was in 2006 in The Vertical Hour. In that otherwise disappointing follow-up to Stuff Happens, playwright David Hare continued his reflection on the personal and political consequences of war, albeit with less incisiveness. It's a pleasure to have the British actor back, and in top form, in the far superior 1995 Hare play Skylight, which also to some degree is about individual versus collective responsibility. Directed with probing clarity by Stephen Daldry, the beautifully

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- David Rooney

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BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

26 March 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her (Video)

23 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears' 2006 "The Queen," Helen Mirren was reluctant to reprise the role but unable to turn down director Stephen Daldry and writer Peter Morgan when they wanted her to topline their Broadway play "The Audience." Mirren says inhabiting the Queen on the stage is less difficult than navigating the very hidden Elizabeth Windsor in closeup on film. The play is about how England's prime ministers all meet with Queen Elizabeth every Tuesday behind closed doors, like she's their shrink. (Read Variety's favorable review.) Mirren says the Queen has never not been there in her life, and that she admires Elizabeth's extraordinary service and discipline.  Below, on Charlie Rose, she also talks about how she digs back into the Holocaust (as she did for one of her favorite roles as an Mossad spy in John Madden's "The Debt") in order to play elderly Jewish woman Maria Altmann, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ed Harris Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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

No, Ed Harris, did not throw a chair at Marcia Gay Harden while filming “Pollock,” he wants you to know.

“I didn’t throw it at her,” he says of the Hollywood urban myth. “I smashed it on the ground. She wasn’t quite getting to the point that she needed to and we had a really good relationship and it just got her adrenaline flowing and helped her out a little bit.”

Whether it was the flying furniture that prodded her along or his directorial savvy, Harris’ instinct was spot-on. The actor-cum-helmer of the 2000 biopic helped to propel Harden toward an Oscar for her supporting role as Lee Krasner, the acclaimed painter and long-suffering wife of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, who tragically died in a drunken driving accident. Harris, who will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 13, the same day his latest film “Run All Night »

- Malina Saval

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Ian McKellen’s Mr Holmes To Open Friday July 17 in Select Us Theaters

11 March 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Roadside Attractions and Miramax announced on Wednesday that director Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes will be released Friday, July 17 in select Us theaters.

Mr Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.

Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, »

- Michelle McCue

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Theater Review: Helen Mirren Holds The Audience

8 March 2015 7:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Seldom do costumes provide the bulk of a play’s drama, but in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, the greatest surprises and transformations are all in the clothes. As the curtain rises we find Mirren styled as Elizabeth circa 1995, in a very red dress and gray-frosted wig, talking with Prime Minister John Major during their regular Tuesday-evening meeting at Buckingham Palace. The politics of the discussion are not very exciting — Major is mostly whining about his historically low popularity — but when we soon flash back to Elizabeth’s first such meeting, with Winston Churchill in 1952, the fireworks, such as they are, begin. While the director Stephen Daldry distracts your eye with doings stage right, Mirren, stage left, sheds 44 years in just a few seconds, with a new wig, a new voice, and, seemingly out of nowhere, handsome mourning clothes. (It’s 1952, »

- Jesse Green

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Remembering Actress Wright: Made Oscar History in Unmatched Feat to This Day

4 March 2015 9:02 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright movies: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotten, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s, when she was nominated for each of her first three movie roles. »

- Andre Soares

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‘Baby,’ ‘Matriarca,’ ‘Suria’ Join Brazilian Powerhouse 02 Filmes’ TV Slate (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Underscoring the rapid consolidation of top-echelon Brazilian producers as diversified multi-project film-tv production houses, Sao Paulo’s o2 Filmes, whose credits include Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God” and “The Constant Gardner” and Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” has eight TV fiction dramas in development, including half hour comedy “The Friends of My Baby” and the corruption-themed “Matriarca.”

Meirelles began his career working in TV. But the size of O2 Filmes’ current development slate suggests that Brazil’s top companies are taking the opportunities for TV production based out of Brazil very seriously indeed.

In early development, “The Friends of My Baby” is a comedy about a single father and a baby. Gnt, Brazil’s most prominent femme-targeting cable TV channel and one of the jewels in the crown of Globosat, Globo’s giant pay TV operator, has acquired Brazilian rights.

“Matriarca” is a “dark humored” fiction drama about Brazil’s political classes and corruption, »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil’s Alice, Felipe Braga on ‘Neymar Jr…,’ Branded Content and Giving Celebs Their Own Voice

27 February 2015 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starring Alice Braga, the best-known Brazilian actress of her generation, (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) directed by Felipe Braga, co-scribe of Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” and produced by both Bragas (no relation) and Rita Moraes at Los Bragas, 2013’s “Latitudes” was a cry of modernity in Latin America.

An Internet, then TV series (on TNT) then theatrical feature film, it tapped branded-entertainment financing and abandoned local social issues to pick-up on societal trends worldwide: Here the dislocated love story between a fashion editor and photographer which, unspooling at seven luxury hotel worlds, is both enabled and frustrated by their globe-trotting lives. On Friday, at the Rio Content Market, Alice and Felipe Braga present their second production, where they also share directorial duties: the three-season web series, then featured TV series, “Neymar Jr’s Life Outside the Fields,” which is again out of the box, and an act of enfranchisement, »

- John Hopewell

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Ukrainian Director Remains Locked Up After Torture in Detention in Crimea (Guest Column)

27 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Downey, deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, is seeking to spread the word about Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been imprisoned on charges of terrorism.

The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov first came to the attention of the international film world in 2012 with “Gamer,” which screened to great acclaim at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Inspired by a computer and videogaming club for kids that Sentsov had founded, “Gamer” was shown in the Bright Future section of the festival for talented newcomers.

Today the “bright future” that Sentsov is looking at is 20 years in a Russian prison, accused of being a terrorist.

Sentsov was arrested in his home town of Simferopol, Crimea, in May 2014. Since then he has been tortured, locked up on false charges in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison and refused access to representatives of the Ukrainian government.

A campaign by the European Film Academy for Sentsov’s release, »

- Mike Downey

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Brazil’s Alice, Felipe Braga on ‘Neymar Jr…,’ Branded Content and Giving Celebs Their Own Voice

27 February 2015 2:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Starring Alice Braga, the best-known Brazilian actress of her generation, (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) directed by Felipe Braga, co-scribe of Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” and produced by both Bragas (no relation) and Rita Moraes at Los Bragas, 2013’s “Latitudes” was a cry of modernity in Latin America.

An Internet, then TV series (on TNT) then theatrical feature film, it tapped branded-entertainment financing and abandoned local social issues to pick-up on societal trends worldwide: Here the dislocated love story between a fashion editor and photographer which, unspooling at seven luxury hotel worlds, is both enabled and frustrated by their globe-trotting lives. On Friday, at the Rio Content Market, Alice and Felipe Braga present their second production, where they also share directorial duties: the three-season web series, then featured TV series, “Neymar Jr’s Life Outside the Fields,” which is again out of the box, and an act of enfranchisement, »

- John Hopewell

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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Helen Mirren on Winning an Oscar and Why She’s Revisiting The Queen

17 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Helen Mirren insists that she wasn’t that nervous at the 2007 Academy Awards while awaiting the opening of the Oscar envelope for best actress.

But her actions would suggest otherwise.

When Philip Seymour Hoffman announced she had won for her turn as Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” Mirren stood up, embraced her director husband Taylor Hackford, and made her way to the stage — in one hand clutching her purse and in the other holding a clip-on earring she had removed moments earlier because it was pinching her.

“When they gave me the Oscar, I had no hands left!” Mirren recalls with a laugh. “It was very klutzy of me. These are the thing they don’t tell you; what do you do with your purse?”

But the veteran actress, who turns 70 in July, appeared cool and collected when she then delivered a speech thanking the Academy for “the best gold »

- Jenelle Riley

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Fifty Shades of Grey and 9 More Examples of When Fan Fiction Became Blockbusters

12 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Berlin: Vincent Cassel Set for Selton Mello’s ‘A Movie Life’ (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) will co-star in Selton Mello’s upcoming “A Movie Life,” one of the most anticipated movies going into production this year in Brazil.

Produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Films and helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello, whose “The Clown” was Brazil’s Oscar entry, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “Il Postino.”

A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.

Cassel, who speaks fluent Portuguese, will play Tony’s father. Mello, who appeared recently in Stephen Daldry’s “Trash, »

- John Hopewell

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From BAFTA to DGA and Everything in Between, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

9 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!

Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):

Best Film

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory Of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Director

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

The Theory Of Everything James Marsh

Whiplash Damien Chazelle

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything »

- Manny

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