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Christian Bale Gains Weight and Dyes His Eyebrows Blonde for Upcoming Dick Cheney Biopic

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Christian Bale is once again undergoing a dramatic weight transformation — this time for a role as none other than former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Oscar-winner, 43, debuted the chubbier look this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, where he was in town to premier his upcoming movie Hostiles.

Bale, who also had his eyebrows dyed blonde to more closely resemble the polarizing politician, is starring as Cheney in the upcoming biopic Backseat. The film also stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller.
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Sam Rockwell to play George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic

Sam Rockwell is in final talks to take on the role of President George W. Bush in Backseat, writer-director Adam McKay’s upcoming biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The film will see Christian Bale leading the cast a Cheney, as it chronicles his life from avoiding the draft for the Vietnam War through his rise to CEO of multinational corporation Halliburton, and his stint in office as the Vice President under George W. Bush.

Also set to feature in the cast are Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne, and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller. Production is slated to get underway in September.
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Bill Pullman Joins Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Movie As A Veep Himself

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Bill Pullman Joins Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Movie As A Veep Himself
Exclusive: He's played the President who saved the world twice in the Independence Day movies and now Bill Pullman will play a Vice President in Adam McKay's film about Dick Cheney. With Christian Bale set as the controversial and Darth Vader-nicknamed 46th VP in what is now being called Backseat, Pullman will play Nelson Rockefeller in the pic. As well as a frequent would-be Presidential candidate, the scion of one of America's richest families served as Governor of New…
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Michael Mann on Political New 'Ali' Cut: 'He Was a Symbol of Resistance'

Michael Mann on Political New 'Ali' Cut: 'He Was a Symbol of Resistance'
When Muhammad Ali passed away on June 4th, 2016, those who knew him, admired him, fought him and loved him attested to his singular skill as a boxer, his fleet footwork and his way with words (especially of the trash-talking variety). What was often emphasized the most in these tributes, however, was how Ali was as much a political firebrand as a gamechanging pugilist – both the 20th century's consummate athlete and a social activist willing to sacrifice his career by standing up for what he believed. This was the heavyweight champion
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19 Things You Never Knew About Star Trek: The Original Series

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19 Things You Never Knew About Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series aired 50 years ago, Thursday. (Actually, that's a bit of a cheat: The series originally aired Sept. 6, 1966 … in Canada, so you know, it doesn't count.) The show never achieved high ratings during its original run of three seasons, but as it went into syndication throughout the 1970s, it became the cult classic it is today, with 13 feature films and five additional television series following. In honor of its 50th anniversary, we're rounding up some facts you might not have known about the series that boldly went where no other show had gone before. 1. Some of the
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19 Things You Never Knew About Star Trek: The Original Series

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19 Things You Never Knew About Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series aired 50 years ago, Thursday. (Actually, that's a bit of a cheat: The series originally aired Sept. 6, 1966 … in Canada, so you know, it doesn't count.) The show never achieved high ratings during its original run of three seasons, but as it went into syndication throughout the 1970s, it became the cult classic it is today, with 13 feature films and five additional television series following. In honor of its 50th anniversary, we're rounding up some facts you might not have known about the series that boldly went where no other show had gone before. 1. Some of the
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StreamFix: Movie classics on Netflix written by women over 40

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StreamFix: Movie classics on Netflix written by women over 40
Meryl Streep, who is officially a genius angel sent from a better dimension, is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The initiative aims to create opportunities for that contingent, and it'll be run by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers. Because this idea is so brilliant, we'll toast a bunch of 40+-year-old female screenwriters whose works are available on Netflix now. The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko) Aside from the fact that "The Kids are All Right" feels like a prime James L. Brooks feature, the 2010 family drama gives you a myriad of irresistible moments and performances. Annette Bening is biting and funny as an alcoholic lesbian mother; Julianne Moore is harried and loving as her conflicted wife. Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson add perfectly pitched dramedy with their sincere roles. You want to hug this movie, but
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Leonard Nimoy: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About His Career

Leonard Nimoy: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About His Career
Leonard Nimoy leaves a proud legacy as an actor, teacher, philanthropist and advocate for many of the qualities he infused in his enduring alter-ego, the science- and logic-loving Mr. Spock of “Star Trek.”

But who knew Nimoy once owned a pet shop in Canoga Park? Or that he teamed with Vic Morrow in 1962 to produce an indie film based on Jean Genet’s edgy play “Deathwatch.” Or that he paid for and narrated a TV special, “If The Mind Is Free,” that aired only in Chicago to raise money for the city’s St. Mary High School.

Here are 14 intriguing tidbits about Nimoy’s life and work as culled from the pages of Variety.

The first reference of “Leonard Nemoy,” as he was billed in some of his earliest appearances, came in the Oct. 17, 1950, edition noting that he had joined the cast of the C-grade indie film “Queen for a Day.
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StreamFix: 5 Weird Movies Starring Oscar Nominees on Netflix Now

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StreamFix: 5 Weird Movies Starring Oscar Nominees on Netflix Now
There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees. "Chalet Girl" with Felicity Jones Felicity Jones would have more of a chance at an Oscar if she just called herself "the other Carey Mulligan" and dealt with it. Anyway, remember "Chalet Girl"? It was about Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick enjoying wonderful times on the slopes. Let us consult The New York Times' review for some insight into this cinematic journey: "'Chalet Girl' may not be particularly creative or genre busting or even a great example of a romantic comedy. But its premise might make you smile." I know I always go to the movies for
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Edward Herrmann: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Master Character Actor

Edward Herrmann: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Master Character Actor
Edward Herrmann was a master of character, one of those actors who could be counted on to deliver no matter what else was happening on the screen or stage.

Herrmann, who died Wednesday at the age of 71, was famously adept at playing historical figures, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt (many times, most recently as the voiceover in Ken Burns’ “The Rooosevelts: An Intimate History”) to Lou Gehrig, William Randolph Hearst (in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Cat’s Meow”), Raymond Massey (in biopic “James Dean”), Joseph Breen (enforcer of Hollywood’s Production code from the 1930s-50s), Nelson Rockefeller, Alger Hiss, Fred Friendly and George Bernard Shaw.

Herrmann also had a face that was born to play priests, cops, dads and nondescript world leaders. Reviewing the 1999 NBC miniseries “Atomic Train,” Variety declared that Herrmann’s turn as the U.S. commander-in-chief was just about the only redeeming quality of the limp thriller
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Edward Herrmann, ‘Lost Boys’ Villain, Dead at 71 (Report)

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Edward Herrmann, ‘Lost Boys’ Villain, Dead at 71 (Report)
Edward Herrmann, who won an Emmy for “The Practice” and played the villain in “The Lost Boys,” has died at age 71.

The “Gilmore Girls” actor had been suffering from brain cancer and died in a New York hospital after his family decided to take him off a respirator, according to TMZ. He’s survived by three children.

Herrmann played Dianne Wiest’s boyfriend in “The Lost Boys” and Lauren Graham’s father on “Gilmore Girls.” He also played Nelson Rockefeller in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” and worked with Martin Scorsese on “The Aviator
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Netflix Airs Fascinating ‘The Search for Michael Rockefeller’ February 1 Video

TV Picks: In February, Netflix will air “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” – Written, Directed and Produced by Fraser C. Heston.Was he eaten by cannibals? Did he ever actually make it to shore? Was he kept alive as a white scion? The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century, until now. The privileged son of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Michael Rockefeller was only 23 years old, and about seven months into a quest for primitive art that took this student to the most remote areas off New Guinea. An overturned hull […]
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Le Dîner en Blanc Closes Out the Summer with the Biggest & Best Social Gathering in New York

It's hard to categorize Le Dîner en Blanc. At its core it's an outdoor picnic, but while the food remains an important focus it's also equal parts fashion show, dance party, and viral social gathering. Now in its fourth year in New York, over 5,000 people flooded Nelson Rockefeller Park in downtown to attend 'The Dinner in White,' whose exact location is kept secret from everyone until an hour before it's set to begin. It was quite the sight to see, especially for the tourists and onlookers who weren't sure what was happening around them. Diners lined up around two of the park's entrances with their tables and chairs before being funneled by staff into their designated areas. While many brought their own food, this year marked a first: James Beard Award winning celebrity chef and...
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Welcoming Welles's Lady from Shanghai to London – at last

As a sparkling restoration of Orson Welles's delirious 1947 film noir is unveiled at the London film festival, Tony Paley explores the dramatic story behind its production

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Citizen Kane may no longer automatically called the greatest film ever made, but a year after Orson Welles's movie was knocked off the top of Sight & Sound's poll on the 50 greatest films of all time, the late director is back in the spotlight with two world premieres.

This week, Too Much Johnson (1938), a forerunner to Citizen Kane, was screened where the director's "lost" silent film was found – in the Italian town of Pordenone. It coincided with the opening night of the London film festival, where the sparkling new restoration of The Lady from Shanghai (1947) will be unveiled.

Welles screened The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) for his cast and crew prior to shooting The Lady from Shanghai.
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Mad Men Takes A Swipe At Mitt Romney’s Father, Calls Him A ‘Clown’

AMC's Mad Men got topical Sunday night with a dig at Republican hopeful Mitt Romney's father. Supporting character Henry Francis, the Director of Public Relations and Research for then-New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, took a swipe at George Romney, then-Governor of Michigan. "Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan," Francis snaps. "Because Romney's a clown and I don't want him standing next to him."
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Happy days are here again

For me the best news produced by the Florida primary was Newt Gingrich's vow to take his fight all the way to the floor of this year's Republican convention. It has been way too long since a national political convention was more than a coronation stage-managed by public relations experts. It seems likely that Mitt Romney will be this year's Gop nominee, although with the party's revolving-door Surges of the Week we can never be sure. It is unlikely to be any of the other remaining candidates, although Ron Paul may use his pledged delegates to win a speaking slot. I'll enjoy that. He has the rare quality of talking turkey, and is funnier than his rivals. He is, in fact, the only candidate in either party who is likely to say something unexpected (on purpose) every time he speaks.

Newt is a seasoned politician and surely doesn't believe
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Oliver Stone Directing ‘The Power Broker’ for HBO

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Oliver Stone Directing ‘The Power Broker’ for HBO
The term 'power broker' is a familiar one, but even now I think a lot of people might not have much of a response to the name Robert Moses. That's the man chronicled in Robert A. Caro's 1974 book The Power Broker, which positioned Moses as essentially the most powerful man in New York, and described how he used that power to shape the city. Soon many more people might be familiar with Moses' name, as Oliver Stone is developing a film based on the book. He'll direct the project, which would air on HBO. THR [1] says Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Human Stain) will script based on Caro's book. Stone will be an exec producer along with James Gandolfini and Peter Guber. Check out the synopsis below, which will demonstrate how this story is very firmly entrenched in familiar ground for Oliver Stone:
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John Warner: Elizabeth Taylor 'Was a Fox'

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It seemed yet another offbeat twist in the fascinating life of Elizabeth Taylor. After a series of tempestuous marriages - and divorces - came the mid-'70s she wed, for the seventh time, a staid and handsome former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and an aspiring U.S. Senatorial candidate from Virginia, John Warner. Yet, as was the case with most everything involving the star, even their meeting was larger-than-life, prompted by a visit to Washington, D.C., by the Queen of England, who hosted a dinner at the British Embassy. Taylor was on the guest list, and Warner
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Promos – Mad Men Season 4

Season four of Mad Men will premiere on July 25 and we have three promos for you below. AMC has also released a summary of season 3, which we have for you below, in case you need to catch up.

It’s early 1963. Lane Pryce, the financial officer installed by Sterling Cooper’s British parent Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe, demoralizes the staff with mass layoffs and pits Ken and Pete against each other as co-heads of account services. Calling Don Draper "the face of our business," Lane sends him and Sal to Baltimore to mollify client London Fog. There, Don witnesses Sal in a compromising situation with a male bellhop.

Back in New York, client Pepsi requests a sexy riff on the musical Bye Bye Birdie for a television commercial for their new diet cola, Patio. Peggy questions whether this approach will appeal to female consumers, though she later imitates the routine herself.
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Doug Liman Directing Attica

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Doug Liman Directing Attica
Director Doug Liman (”Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, “The Bourne Identity”) and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”) are putting together a film adaptation of the story of the four-day 1971 Attica state prison uprising. Liman will also produce “Attica” alongside David Bartis under their Hypnotic company banner. Elliot Abbott (”Awakenings”, “A League of Their Own”) is also onboard producing, as well as financing the project. Avrum Ludwig also will produce. Liman’s father, the late Arthur Liman, actually served as chief counsel to the New York State Special Commission on Attica Prison after the incident. He co-authored the commission’s report chastising then-ny Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and [...]
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