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Tom Stoppard: Brexit is too big for the stage

10 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Daniel Radcliffe appears in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Tom Stoppard remembers the dandy who wrote it 50 years ago, picks his favourite play – and reveals why he’s less interested in dazzling audiences than making them cry

No one seems to have informed Tom Stoppard that he is shortly to turn 80, and could by rights be slowing down. Last autumn he delivered the script of a film adaptation of A Christmas Carol for director Bennett Miller, then helped rehearse a revival of his comedy Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, directed by Patrick Marber. After that, he decamped to the Us to shepherd his most recent work, The Hard Problem, on stage in San Francisco. This month, just as Travesties transfers to the West End, a starry 50th-anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opens at the Old Vic, with the playwright, as ever, paying obsessive attention.

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- Andrew Dickson

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From Kevin Costner to ‘Kubo,’ Left-Field Oscar Nominations That Could Happen

23 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscar nominations are about 16 hours away. We’ve already declared final predictions in all 24 categories, but while we bide our time, here are a few thoughts on some unexpected nominations that could be in the cards. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Kevin Costner or Taraji P. Henson for “Hidden Figures

Octavia Spencer has been the default honoree from the “Hidden Figures” cast so far this season, netting Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. But the film came on very strong when ballots went out in the first week of the new year, turning into a big box office story and enjoying events hosted by the likes of George Lucas and Jeffrey Katzenberg. So don’t be surprised if the coattails extend a bit farther. I’m placing a bet on Kevin Costner in the supporting actor category, but Taraji P. Henson could surge in the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Chelsea Barnard to head film at Annapurna Pictures

12 January 2017 1:05 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Founder and CEO Megan Ellison announced on Thursday that she has promoted Barnard to president of film.

Barnard (pictured at left with Ellison) will oversee all feature development and production and continues in her role as chief creative officer.

Barnard has been with Annapurna since its inception six years ago, when she oversaw production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

She served as executive producer on Spike Jonze’s Her, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and most recently Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women.

Barnard will remain the lead executive on Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming untitled film starring Daniel Day Lewis and Bennett Miller’s A Christmas Carol that Tom Stoppard is writing. 

Prior to joining Annapurna, Barnard served in various creative and production roles on Larry Charles films such as Borat, Bruno, and Religulous.

Ellison praised Barnard’s “aptitude for leadership and finding deeply interesting material”, adding: “Chelsea’s specific eye for content that supports »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Annapurna Promotes Chelsea Barnard to Film President

12 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Chelsea Barnard has been named President of Film at Megan Ellison’s Annapurna, the company announced Thursday. Barnard has been with Ellison since the company’s founding six years ago, and will now oversee motion picture development and production. She’ll remain the lead film executive on Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, an untitled movie about fashion that reunites him with Daniel Day Lewis, as well as Bennett Miller’s take on “A Christmas Carol.” “Chelsea’s specific eye for content that supports and enhances the Annapurna brand is invaluable and I could not be happier to watch her »

- Matt Donnelly

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Don't You Kind of Wish Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller Were a Couple? Be Honest

11 January 2017 4:35 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller hit the red carpet together for the London premiere of their new film, Live by Night, on Wednesday. The duo, who play love interests in the '20s-era crime drama, were all smiles while posing for photos, and Ben even gave Sienna a sweet kiss on the head for the cameras. There have been no shortage of romance rumors between the stars since they began filming on the project back in 2015. While they are super cute together and clearly have chemistry (admit it), Sienna is currently dating her Foxcatcher director, Bennett Miller - which is really nice, because if they decide to tie the knot, she won't have to change her last name. Ben is still single after his split from Jennifer Garner in 2015. Before Ben flew across the pond to promote Live by Night, he talked up the movie during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! »

- Brittney Stephens

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