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Interview: Director Whit Stillman Celebrates ‘Love & Friendship’

Chicago – Say the name Whit Stillman in certain cinema circles, and a rush of admiration soon follows. The director made a name for himself with his debut film “Metropolitan’ (1990), and followed with the same emotional pallette in “Barcelona” (1994). He is back with an adaptation of a Jane Austin novel, entitled “Love & Friendship.”

The title is taken from one of Jane Austin’s short stories, but the narrative is from her novel “Lady Susan,” published 60 years after her death. It involves the title character (portrayed in the film by Kate Beckinsale), a widow without fortune, who is looking to marry again to wealth, and wishes the same for her daughter. She visits the estate of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Charles and Catherine Vernon – in the hopes of making a match for her lovely child Frederica, or at least herself.

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in ‘Love & Friendship’

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New Teaser Trailer for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Event Series

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"The past hates trespassers" in the new teaser trailer for Stephen King and J.J. Abrams' 11.22.63 event series, premiering February 15th on Hulu.

"Based upon the best-selling 2011 novel written by King and published by Scribner, 11/22/63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.

A nine-hour event series, 11/22/63 has received a direct-to-series order from Hulu, and the project marks the first original programming collaboration between Hulu and Wbtv. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk are executive producers of 11/22/63. Carpenter will write the teleplay, based on the novel by King. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg is co-executive producer, and Athena Wickham is producer."

An eight-part event series, the first
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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Event Series

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"I'm gonna tell you something that's gonna seem crazy." Readers followed time traveling English teacher Jake Epping back to the ’60s in Stephen King's novel 11/22/63, and soon they'll witness his cautionary adventure on the small screen in Hulu's event series adaption of King's work. Ahead of its February 15th debut, the upcoming series is glimpsed in its first teaser trailer.

The first two-hour portion of the eight-part event series was directed by Kevin Macdonald (How I Live Now, The Last King of Scotland).

In addition to James Franco playing the lead role of Jake Epping, the cast includes Chris Cooper as Al Templeton, Sarah Gadon as Sadie Dunhill, Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald, Daniel Webber as Lee Harvey Oswald, George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald, and Leon Rippy as Harry Dunning. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

"Based upon the best-selling 2011 novel written
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Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Event Series Teased in New Photo

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We're less than four months away from the February premiere of Hulu's event series adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63, and a new photo unveiled by EW offers fans their first look at James Franco as time traveling English teacher Jake Epping.

EW's first photo of Franco in 11/22/63 gives a glimpse into the event series that will follow an English teacher who attempts to stop President John F. Kennedy from being killed on that fateful day in Dallas over fifty years ago. The nine-hour event series premieres February 15th on Hulu.

The first two-hour chunk of the series will be directed by Kevin Macdonald (How I Live Now, The Last King of Scotland). In addition to Franco, the cast includes Chris Cooper as Al Templeton, Sarah Gadon as Sadie Dunhill, Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald, Daniel Webber as Lee Harvey Oswald, George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald,
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Oprah Winfrey on Her Journey From Talk Show Royalty to ‘Real Freedom’

Oprah Winfrey on Her Journey From Talk Show Royalty to ‘Real Freedom’
Oprah Winfrey wants to make one thing clear: She is not retired.

Ever since her eponymous talk show ended in 2011, she’s found what she calls “real freedom.”

“I love the way my life has opened up,” she tells Variety, in her sun-drenched, spacious office at Own, her self-named cable network, in West Hollywood. “My definition of real freedom comes from the movie ‘Beloved,’ where the character Sethe that I played says, ‘Freedom is waking up in the morning and deciding for yourself what to do with the day.’ Imagine that.”

That’s what the 61-year-old media mogul thrives on now: getting to choose how she wants to spend the hours that lay in front of her.

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The same can be said for her approach to the business of entertainment: Deciding what projects she wants to make, in front of or behind the camera, whether for Harpo Films or for Own.
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Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Miniseries Finds Director And Supporting Cast

11/22/63 is proof that not every literary adaptation starring James Franco is based on the works of John Steinbeck or William Faulkner. This upcoming miniseries hails from legendary horror author Stephen King (whose works outside of the scary realm are equally as prolific as those within it) and focuses on a small-town school teacher who realizes he is able to travel through time via a door in a local diner. Franco previously snagged the lead role as the teacher Jake Epping, who takes it upon himself to prevent the assassination of JFK, and the show has now secured a director and supporting cast.

Academy Award winner Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland) has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the nine-hour event series. He will work from a script penned by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who is expected to seriously curtail King
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Kevin Macdonald to Direct Stephen King Mini-Series '11/22/63'

Hulu doesn't quite have the original content success Netflix and Amazon has celebrated, but they are trying their hardest to change that. As they accelerate into motion their mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's JFK assassination novel "11/22/63", they roped in Chris Cooper, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, Leon Rippy and Cherry Jones to star alongside James Franco, Sarah Gadon and Daniel Webber for its upcoming nine-episodes. Also, Kevin Macdonald (Black Sea) is on board to direct the first two episodes. Franco was already confirmed to lead as Jake Epping, a modern-day high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the president's assassination. Meanwhile, Gadon, just as of yesterday, signed on as the female lead Sadie Dunhill, a librarian in the '60s who falls for Franco's character. Webber will portray Lee Harvey Oswald, the man credited with the assassination of JFK. Cooper will play diner owner and Franco's mentor,
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Sleepy Hollow's Founding Mother Is... Buffy Vet Michelle Trachtenberg!

We’ve met Sleepy Hollow‘s versions of historical figures like George Washington and Ben Franklin; now the Fox drama is about to remember the ladies.

Michelle Trachtenberg has been cast as founding mother Abigail Adams, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The Buffy the Vampire vet will play the First Lady — her husband was John Adams, America’s second president — in an upcoming episode.

In addition to being the second Flotus, Abigail was mother to future President John Quincy Adams and an early advocate of equal rights for women.

In typical Sleepy fashion, we’ll learn that Abigail had a secret life that involved Katrina Crane.
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Michelle Trachtenberg To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Save the Date’, 2 Others Cast

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Michelle Trachtenberg is set to co-star opposite Maggie Lawson in CBS’ half-hour hybrid pilot Save The Date. Also cast in the romantic comedy from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, are Tom Bennett and Julie White. Save The Date centers on 35-year-old and newly single Kate (Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Trachtenberg will play Hillary, Katie’s buttoned-down, no-nonsense sister who is sharing an apartment with her. Bennett plays Roger, Hillary’s boyfriend of four years. White plays Connie, Katie and Hillary’s mother. Trachtenberg, repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, most recently played Marina Oswald in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots
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Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72

Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72
Award winning motion picture and television producer Paul Pompian, best known for films including “The Watcher,” “Swimming Upstream,” “Waste Land,” Truman Capote’s “Children on Their Birthdays,” “Resurrection,” “The Stepford Children,” “Time Served,” “Guests of the Emperor,” “The Preppie Murder,” “Fatal Deception: The Marina Oswald Story,” “Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story” and “Joshua,” died of leukemia on January 1 at the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. He was 72.

Pompian produced more than 50 film and TV productions, working first with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures beginning in 1971, and then with MGM, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Aeg, and his own production company.

At the time of his death, Pompian had several projects in various stages of development, including “Operation Family Secrets” based on his Random House book co-authored by Keith and Kent Zimmerman. He was also in pre-production on “Short Cut Man” written by Preston Sturges Jr. and to be directed by Neil Tardio,
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Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72

Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72
Award winning motion picture and television producer Paul Pompian, best known for films including “The Watcher,” “Swimming Upstream,” “Waste Land,” Truman Capote’s “Children on Their Birthdays,” “Resurrection,” “The Stepford Children,” “Time Served,” “Guests of the Emperor,” “The Preppie Murder,” “Fatal Deception: The Marina Oswald Story,” “Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story” and “Joshua,” died of leukemia on January 1 at the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. He was 72.

Pompian produced more than 50 film and TV productions, working first with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures beginning in 1971, and then with MGM, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Aeg, and his own production company.

At the time of his death, Pompian had several projects in various stages of development, including “Operation Family Secrets” based on his Random House book co-authored by Keith and Kent Zimmerman. He was also in pre-production on “Short Cut Man” written by Preston Sturges Jr. and to be directed by Neil Tardio,
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‘Killing Kennedy’ Gets Record Viewers for National Geographic Channel

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‘Killing Kennedy’ Gets Record Viewers for National Geographic Channel
Killing Kennedy” brought in the highest total viewership in National Geographic Channel’s history, earning 3.4 million total viewers. The TV movie, which stars Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy, Will Rothhaar as assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald and Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie Kennedy, earned a 2.8 household rating — the second highest in network history. Also read: ‘Killing Kennedy’s’ Will Rothhaar to Lee Harvey Oswald’s Ghost: ‘I Wish I Could Teach You How to Play Baseball’ “Killing Kennedy” was in the top 10 for total social mentions among all primetime cable programs last night across Trendrr and Social Guide,
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‘Killing Kennedy’ Draws Record Viewership For National Geographic Channel

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Scott Free and Bill O’Reilly‘s Killing movies are becoming a formidable franchise for National Geographic Channel. Last night, the second installment in the series, Killing Kennedy, pulled 3.354 million viewers and 1.1 rating in adults 25-54. Killing Kennedy edged the first movie, Killing Lincoln (3.351 million), in total viewers to record Ngc’s largest audience in history and tied Killing Lincoln‘s 1.1 25-45 rating, also an all-time record for the channel. In households, Killing Kennedy posted a 2.8 rating, second highest ever behind the documentary Inside 9/11. Additionally, Ngc says that #killingkennedy was the No. 1 trending topic in the U.S. during the telecast, with the network’s website experiencing record traffic. “Killing Kennedy demonstrated once again that our constant efforts to expand the type of programming National Geographic Channel presents is paying off,” said Ngc President Howard Owens. Killing Kennedy stars Rob Lowe (President Kennedy), Will Rothhaar (Lee Harvey Oswald), with Michelle Trachtenberg
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'Killing Kennedy': Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin bring Bill O' Reilly's JFK docudrama to life

On Nov. 22, America and the world mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most momentous events of the 20th century, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

As it did last year with "Killing Lincoln," National Geographic Channel has turned to another best-seller by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard to dramatize the occasion.

Premiering Sunday, Nov. 10, the docudrama version of "Killing Kennedy" follows the twin trajectories of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald until they meet on that fateful day in Dallas' Dealey Plaza.

Directed by Nelson McCormick from a script by Kelly Masterson, "Killing Kennedy" stars Rob Lowe as JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald, Jack Noseworthy as Bobby Kennedy, Casey Siemaszko as Jack Ruby, Francis Guinan as Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Flood as Kennedy insider Kenneth O'Donnell.

On this bright mid-June day in Richmond,
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Michelle Trachtenberg Talks Killing Kennedy, Chasing the Project, What Drew Her to Marina Oswald & Working with Will Rothhaar on Character Dynamics

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Produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy chronicles the build-up to one of America’s most shocking events – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1959, two men faced major turning points in their lives, one in Washington, D.C., preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, renouncing his American citizenship. This film charts the highs and lows of those two men, eventually intersecting with two shocking deaths that stunned a nation. It stars Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, with Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Michelle Trachtenberg talked about why she chased this project, what drew her to Marina Oswald,
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Ginnifer Goodwin Talks Killing Kennedy, Showing the Private Side of Jackie Kennedy, Working with Rob Lowe, and the Shoot’s Most Emotional Moment

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Produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy chronicles the build-up to one of America’s most shocking events – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1959, two men faced major turning points in their lives, one in Washington, D.C., preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, renouncing his American citizenship. This film charts the highs and lows of those two men, eventually intersecting with two shocking deaths that stunned a nation. It stars Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, with Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Ginnifer Goodwin talked about why she’s avoided playing Jackie Kennedy until now,
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Will Rothhaar Talks Killing Kennedy, Bringing Lee Harvey Oswald to Life, Working with Rob Lowe and Michelle Trachtenberg, and Oswald’s Motivation

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Produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy chronicles the build-up to one of America’s most shocking events – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1959, two men faced major turning points in their lives, one in Washington, D.C., preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, renouncing his American citizenship. This film charts the highs and lows of those two men, eventually intersecting with two shocking deaths that stunned a nation. It stars Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, with Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Will Rothhaar talked about why he was so interested in this project, the
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Rob Lowe Talks Killing Kennedy, Playing a Kennedy, Challenges of Bringing JFK to Life, Working with Ginnifer Goodwin & Being Fearless in Taking on Roles

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Produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy chronicles the build-up to one of America’s most shocking events – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1959, two men faced major turning points in their lives, one in Washington, D.C., preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, renouncing his American citizenship. This film charts the highs and lows of those two men, eventually intersecting with two shocking deaths that stunned a nation. It stars Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, with Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Rob Lowe talked about how he’d always secretly hoped to play a Kennedy someday,
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Michelle Trachtenberg and Rob Lowe Spill 7 Things to Know About Killing Kennedy

Michelle Trachtenberg and Rob Lowe Spill 7 Things to Know About Killing Kennedy
Killing Kennedy follows the parallel stories of President John F. Kennedy, played by Rob Lowe, and Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhar) as their trajectories head toward their fateful meeting that November day. Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Trachtenberg join the star-studded cast as wives Jackie Kennedy and Marina Oswald, respectively. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's best-selling book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, the National Geographic docu-drama sweeps through four years of Kennedy's personal and political struggles, as well as Oswald's own evolution into an assassin. The two-hour special, airing this Sunday at 8 p.m.,is the network's first full-fledged historically-based scripted drama. To...
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7 Things We Learned About NatGeo’s ‘Killing Kennedy’ at Its Premiere

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National Geographic Channel threw its West Coast premiere of “Killing Kennedy” at the Saban Theater Monday night, six days before the TV debut and a few weeks before the 50th anniversary of the infamous assassination. The TV movie, which stars Rob Lowe as JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy, Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald, was shot in just 18 days on an independent film budget, but feels much larger. Perhaps that’s the subject matter. Monday evening’s celebration mimicked a campaign party, down to the balloons and “Kennedy/Johnson” buttons and bumper stickers.
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