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Shailene Woodley: I have the luxury of having been an actor since I was five

15 March 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Knife-throwing, pole dancing… the Divergent star on learning new life-skills, working on a biopic of Edward Snowden – and why she cleans her teeth with clay

As soon as I walk into her suite at London’s Soho hotel, Shailene Woodley bounds over and gives me a warm hug with a back-pat finisher. This is her thing – a courtesy extended to colleagues and sometimes journalists and fans – something she has said helps “to cut the bullshit” when she meets a new person. And hugging is really one of the lesser eccentricities of the 23-year-old American actress; others include brushing her teeth with clay, making her own deodorant and fixing home-made medicines when she’s under the weather. Unforgettably, she once commented that she likes to sunbathe naked to “give my vagina a little vitamin D”.

Hippy soundbites like that could overshadow the day job, but Woodley is doing just fine, curating »

- Tim Lewis

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SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris'

14 March 2015 5:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the younger Edith Beale in "Grey Gardens" — the insular middle-aged socialite still living at home with her mother — ventured beyond her insular world and pursued romance with a younger man, she might resemble the adorable, melancholic figure played by Sally Field in "Hello, My Name is Doris." Directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" co-writer Michael Showalter, who wrote the script with Laura Terruso, the movie follows the titular 60-year-old Staten Island residen in the wake of her mother's dead as she explores an unlikely courtship with much younger co-worker John (Max Greenfield, "New Girl"). The ensuing bittersweet tale touches on the themes of loneliness and aging that might seem at home in Alexander Payne's universe, and while Showalter's broad comedy approach never burrows that deep, Field's performance is a different story. Read More: The 2015 Indiewire SXSW Bible A world away from her dreary turn as a tortured First Lady in. »

- Eric Kohn

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Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #8: Timothy Wheeler Exposes the Strange, Serious Problem of Egg Theft in 'Poached'

14 March 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With "Poached," Timothy Wheeler wanted to tackle a problem as unusual and underreported as it is serious and fascinating. In this informative, detailed and surprisingly illuminative documentary, egg thieves -- yes, people who steal eggs -- are identified, profiled and then examined. Taking inspiration from such character-focused filmmakers as Alexander Payne and the Coen Brothers, Wheeler explores this ostensibly-unusual behavior by way of fashioning profound and affecting character studies. The trick of "Poached," pulled off by Wheeler with a delicate hand, is that it allows its subjects to adequately share their side of the story, while also maintaining a focus on the truth, and on what lurks underneath such peculiar motivations.  What's your film about in 140 characters or less?"Poached" exposes an obsession that can wipe out a species of birds: illegal egg collecting. Now what's it Really about?Egg thieves rob the nests of rare »

- David Canfield

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Shailene Woodley

13 March 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the fastest-rising young stars in Hollywood right now is Shailene Woodley, who become known to teenage girls the world over with her lead role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She followed this up by winning a supporting role as George Clooney’s daughter in Alexander Payne’s 2011 smash hit The Descendants (for which she earned rave reviews), and alongside starring in indie films such as The Spectacular Now and White Bird in a Blizzard, has gone the blockbuster route with the Divergent series and smash hit drama The Fault in Our Stars.

The second entry into the Divergent series, Insurgent, is due for release this coming week, and so what better opportunity to look back at the actress’s life and career, to dig around and discover 13 tidbits you surely didn’t know about her? From the mystery surrounding her cut part »

- Jack Pooley

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Jim Burke Named President of Production of Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Burke has been tapped as president of production of Focus Features.

Also, current Focus Features senior VP of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive VP and will report to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years, and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases. Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable, and I am pleased to announce his promotion, one that he earned by taking stewardship of our production slate while the company transitioned under our new mandate.”

Burke has considerable experience as a producer, having worked »

- Justin Kroll

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Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Schlessel.

“Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases.

Speaking about McLaughlin, he added: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Jim Burke joins Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer and executive named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent. Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases,” commented Schlessel.

He continued: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased to announce his promotion »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Want to Work with Harvey Weinstein One Day? Remember These Tips

11 March 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'The Intruder' and 'I Believe in Unicorns' Among Winners at First Time Fest Harvey Weinsten is known for taking chances on first-time filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs"), Steven Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies and Videotape"), Baz Luhrmann ("Strictly Ballroom") and Alexander Payne ("Citizen Ruth") during his time at Miramax and now The Weinstein Company.  Naturally then, Weinstein was an honoree at this year's third annual First Time Fest, a festival designed to showcase and discover first-time feature filmmakers. During the closing night discussion and throughout the festivities, The Hollywood Reporter was able to nab a few details about what Weinstein looks for from collaborators and first-time directors.  Want to work with Harvey Weinstein one day? Here are the four tips Indiewire was able to cull from the piece. Write Your Own ScriptWhen asked what gives him the confidence to »

- Casey Cipriani

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Facts on Pacts: Sony Ups Roster Despite Recent Challenges

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

Amid the massive changes and financial challenges facing Hollywood, the six major studios managed largely to maintain the status quo on their on-lot film production pacts. Ironically, Sony Pictures, despite being under pressure to slash its annual spending by $250 million, and having cut hundreds of jobs, actually amped up its roster over the past year.

Sony’s increase to 30 first-look deals from 22 represents by far the biggest hike in several years for any major, and drove the overall number of studio-funded arrangements to 142, an increase of four over the same time last year. The new deals at Sony include an ultra-lucrative agreement for ousted studio chief Amy Pascal; a three-year pact for “Captain America” directors Joe and Anthony Russo; deals for Channing Tatum and Josh Donen, former execs Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Michelle Raimo Kouyate and for up-and-comers, Josh Bratman’s Immersive and Joby Harold’s Safehouse.

Among all studios, »

- Dave McNary

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Harvey Weinstein Talks Taking a Chance on First-Time Filmmakers, George Clooney Regret

10 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

During his time running Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein has released a number of movies directed by first-time filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Rob Marshall's Chicago, Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom, Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station and George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. This background made Weinstein an ideal honoree for the third annual First Time Fest, designed to discover, showcase and celebrate first-time feature filmmakers. Weinstein was honored during the closing night of this year's festivities, participating in a discussion with First Time Fest's director

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- Hilary Lewis

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Virginia Madsen Joins Jennifer Lawrence In David O. Russell’s Joy

26 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Once you’re in with David O. Russell, you’re really in. The Oscar-nominated director’s next film, buzzy biopic Joy, will reunite him with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, ensuring another round of Oscar nominations for them all. Luckily, though, it won’t be all familiar faces for Russell: Sideways actress Virginia Madsen has just joined the cast, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The film, set for a prime awards season release on Christmas Day this year, will focus on Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence), who began inventing at a young age and eventually hit it big with the Mop and Huggable Hampers, in addition to more than 100 other patents. As her empire grew, Mangano also juggled the responsibilities of playing single mom to three children.

Edgar Ramirez also stars, though the specifics of his, Cooper’s, De Niro »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

23 February 2015 6:11 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.

The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.

The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »

- Frank Ochieng

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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 Live-Blog

21 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list.  And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards. So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below... And remember that Saturday's show, hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, is airing live on IFC, not that obnoxious tape-delayed thing they used to do! 1:50 p.m. Pt. The show hasn't started, but if you're following the Winners list, you know that "Birdman" has already won for for cinematography, while "Whiplash" won for editing, both results I can accept. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Oscars 2015: Fast Facts and Stats

20 February 2015 8:04 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The Oscars are almost here.

In anticipation of the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, here is a breakdown of some fast facts and statistics we’ve gathered. Click the links below for more information:

Best Picture

Of the 86 films to win best picture, 36 (42 percent) have won without procuring a single Oscar in the acting categories. Only one film has ever won the DGA, SAG and PGA Awards and not gone on to win the best picture Oscar, and that was Apollo 13 19 years ago. Four of the past 14 best picture winners are based on actual people and events, two of which won last year and the year before, and three others were inspired by real events. Birdman joins a number of Oscar-nominated films that center on performers or feature performance elements. Selma is the 15th race-related film to land a best picture nomination.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter review – tiresome and twee

19 February 2015 1:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A depressed Japanese woman, inspired by the film Fargo, goes to the Us, where very little of consequence ensues

There can hardly be a bigger waste of time than this piece of twee nonsense. Bafflingly, it bears the imprimatur of Alexander Payne, the director of Election and Nebraska, who serves as executive producer. Rinko Kikuchi stars as Kumiko, a deeply depressed young woman in Japan who becomes obsessed with a fuzzy, old VHS copy of the Coen brothers’ movie Fargo. Believing the treasure buried in the drama is real, she journeys to Minnesota to find it. Her emotional breakdown evidently explains this delusion: either that, or she is a faux-childlike imbecile. Poor Kumiko duly arrives in the Us and proceeds to run out on various hotel bills and cab fares, with no consequences, either legally or in terms of plausible narrative development. She is helped, sort of, by a police officer, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Interview: ‘The Last Five Years’ Director Richard Lagravenese

19 February 2015 6:13 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”

The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.

Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in ‘The Last Five Years

Photo credit: Radius-twc

Richard Lagravenese is an influential screenwriter of the past 25 years, who has worked with some of the most notable directors of his generation, including Terry Gilliam (“The Fisher King »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

- simonbrew

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Willem Dafoe Joins Matt Damon for Legendary's 'The Great Wall'

13 February 2015 8:10 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The next couple years are going to be very busy for Matt Damon. In addition to the return of Jason Bourne in a new film directed by Paul Greengrass, he's working on The Martian for release this year, and is set to star in Downsizing with director Alexander Payne. In addition, he's also got The Great Wall at Legendary Pictures from director Zhang Yimou, and the action adventure has just gained a new cast member. THR reports Willem Dafoe has joined the film which features a fantastical retelling of the origin of The Great Wall of China. However, details on Dafoe's character are being kept under wraps for the now. More below! But the good news is we actually have some plot details as the trade reports Damon is playing a soldier in a group of mercenaries traveling to China in order to bring back gunpowder to Europe. But when »

- Ethan Anderton

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Directors: Marc Webb To Helm 'Limitless' Pilot, Gareth Evans Starts Work On 'Blister' And More

4 February 2015 8:20 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As he waits for Sony to figure out their next move with "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, Marc Webb is staying busy in the TV realm. He's already slated to helm the pilot for Showtime's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and now he's bouncing over to CBS to take over "Limitless" from Neil Burger, who has had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Based on the latter's feature film, the series will follow "Brian Sinclair...as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI." So, yet another network procedural... [Deadline] One project long brewing on Alexander Payne's plate has been an adaptation of Daniel Clowes' "Wilson," but last year he moved on from the gig. Now, "The Skeleton Twins" director Craig Johnson is taking over, with Woody Harrelson eyed for the lead role, in the story of opinionated, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel And Citizenfour Top Winners At 65th Ace Eddie Awards

1 February 2015 7:57 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Boyhood (edited by Sandra Adair, Ace) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards Friday night where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.

The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.

The Lego Movie (edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and Citizenfour (edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock – His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective – Who Goes There” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, »

- Michelle McCue

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