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Cannes Review: Terrifying 'Son of Saul' is Unlike Any Other Holocaust Thriller You've Seen Before The 28th Annual Virginia Film Festival (Vff) has announced its lineup, which includes awards contenders like "Son of Saul, "Carol" and "The Lady in the Van." The Charlottesville-based festival is running November 5-8 with a collection of more than 100 films. The event is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts, and it will open with a screening of the Hank Williams biopic "I Saw the Light," starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. This year’s guest list will be highlighted by actress Meg Ryan, who will be screening her directorial debut, "Ithaca," which was filmed in Virginia. Other guests include "Snowden" director Oliver Stone; "The Normal Heart" writer and activist Larry Kramer; celebrated film critic and historian Leonard Maltin; Emmy Award-winning »
- Zack Sharf
Few people have had more impact on the modern gay rights movement than Larry Kramer, the combustible Oscar-nominated screenwriter, author and activist who's played a supporting role in every gay milestone of the past 30 years. So when news of the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage decision broke last Friday, it seemed only natural to give him a call. Kramer, who celebrated his 80th birthday a day before the ruling, is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. He recently finished writing a screenplay that's a sequel to The Normal Heart, his transformative AIDS-era play that was adapted into a
- Maer Roshan
Gannett has split its publishing and broadcasting divisions into two separate companies, the media conglomerate announced Monday. The broadcasting and digital division, called Tegna Inc., will encompass the company’s television stations and websites. The company, which owns 46 TV stations and is the number one affiliate operator for NBC and CBS, and the fourth biggest operator for ABC. Tegna begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under “Tgna.” Gannett’s publishing unit will keep the Gannett name and include flagship paper USA Today, local national publications and Newsquest, a U.K. regional news provider. Also Read: USA Today Publisher »
- Jordan Chariton
One of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary gay America gets an admiring but honest portrait in the upcoming HBO documentary "Larry Kramer in Love & Anger." Jean Carlomusto profiles the activist and playwright in her new film, which focuses on Kramer's battles on behalf of his fellow gay men during the AIDS crisis of the '80s and '90s. The trailer shows "The Normal Heart" playwright's electrifying speeches and fiery rage, which helped bring attention to his urgent cause, but also earned him enemies among would-be allies. In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Carlomusto recalled, "I first became interested in Larry Kramer back in 1986. I had started a cable TV show called 'Living With AIDS' at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in NYC to counteract the fear and hysteria that was rampant at that time. Although Larry co‑founded Gmhc in 1981, by the »
- Inkoo Kang
Larry Kramer, the president and publisher of USA Today, is leaving the newspaper as parent company Gannett prepares to split in two. According to a storm of tweets from journalists at the paper and an internal memo from Bob Dickey, who will become CEO of Gannett publishing when the broadcast/digital and print businesses separate later this month, Kramer will join the board of the new publishing company. Kramer was named publisher in 2012. Dickey said the search for Kramer’s replacement is underway. Also Read: Gannett to Split Publishing and Broadcast Businesses Into Two Companies His departure comes as the »
- Jill Goldsmith
HBO’s new documentary “Larry Kramer in Love & Anger” profiles legendary gay rights activist and playwright Larry Kramer, who helped give voice to the outrage that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight back.
Kramer is known for his 1985 play “The Normal Heart,” which was adapted into a highly acclaimed HBO miniseries last year. He was an early activist for warning the gay community about promiscuity and AIDS. Kramer won a Tony Award for “The Normal Heart” and an Emmy Award for the HBO movie “The Normal Heart.”
- Reece Ristau
The AFI Docs Film Festival will include 81 films representing 25 countries, including four world premieres, three U.S. preems and four East Coast bows. The fest runs June 17–21 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Md.
As previously announced, the 13th edition of American Film Institute’s event opens with Magnolia Pictures’ “Best of Enemies” from directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville and concludes with the HBO docu “Mavis” from Jessica Edwards.
Panel discussions or extended Q&As with special guests will follow each of the four Spotlight Screening. There will also be two Special Screenings, including “Salam Neighbor,” which coincides with World Refugee Day with a world premiere screening on June 20.
“Audiences will see the most renowned documentary films of the year, »
- Tim Gray
With a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a wax figure on the way to Madame Tussauds, Et went for a trip down memory lane in the life of Jim Parsons for a look at how he went from a nice Texas kid to Hollywood superstar.
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"Jim is a perfect example of how a dream can come true," the actor's mom Judy told Et in 2010.
Jim's mom and his sister, Julie, took Et back to Jim's high school Klein Oak in Spring, Texas, where he got his start doing school plays.
"I wasn't the coolest person in school by any measure, but I didn't have a bad time either," Jim told Et in 2010. "I luckily never experienced a wedgie."
After high school, the 41-year-old Golden Globe winner graduated from the University of Houston and later »
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.
“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”
Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.
“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.
- Dave McNary
Oftentimes, you don't know where your documentary will take you. For Jean Carlomusto, making her feature directing debut with "Larry Kramer in Love & Anger," that lesson was unavoidable: things took an abrupt turn when her subject turned ill. The film goes into the mind, the temperament and the will of the "Normal Heart" scribe, a man best known for his fiery and confrontational personality. Carlomusto found a way to move beyond that perception, as his illness and battle for life revealed his innate, profound sweetness and timidity. The result? A full, intimate portrait of a legendary activist. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? “Larry Kramer in Love & Anger” is an intimate look at the life and work of the playwright, author and Lgbt activist Larry Kramer, whose foresight and passion inspired a generation to fight for their lives. Now what's it Really about? It’s a warts-and-all portrait »
- David Canfield
Mark Ruffalo missed the SAG Awards on Sunday when he won the Actor for outstanding performance in a television movie or miniseries for The Normal Heart, but he didn't miss his chance to acknowledge his win or thank his peers. Ruffalo took to Twitter moments after the win and got to chime in on his victory. First, he tweeted a cute message about how his wife and kids woke him up to tell him the big news, mentioning that he had to be at work in four hours, implying that's the reason he missed the show: Ha ha ha! Sunny and my kids just woke me up to tell me I won a SAG award. Have to be at work in 4 hours. Thank you! @SAGawards — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 26, 2015 Then, he took the opportunity to thank The Normal Heart director Ryan Murphy. Thank you @ryanmurphy24 for giving me the incredible part! »
Mark Ruffalo won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries on Sunday for his performance in HBO's The Normal Heart. Ruffalo was up against Adrien Brody (Houdini, History), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS), Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge, HBO) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo, FX). The award was presented by Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Ruffalo - also a nominee for his supporting performance in the film Foxcatcher - was not at the ceremony. After Leto and Nyong'o accepted the award on his behalf, »
- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating
HBO is following up on the success of "The Normal Heart" with a feature-length documentary on playwright and author Larry Kramer. Per the film's official synopsis, "Larry Kramer in Love and Anger' provides an 'in-depth, 'warts and all' portrait of one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary gay America, a political firebrand who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. " In this exclusive clip from the film, Kramer explains how his anxiety compelled him to abandon his career in Hollywood in favor of returning to New York. Directed by Jean Carlomusto, "Larry Kramer in Love and Anger" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday January 23 and will air on HBO in June 2015. For a sneak peak, check out the clip below. Read More: 6 Hidden Gems in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Lineup »
- Shipra Gupta
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