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Aarp Movies For Grownups Awards Celebrate Mature Achievements

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Forget tired jokes (pun intended) about arthritic winners too stiff to climb up on stage, or audience members too feeble to help them — the 15th Movies for Grownups Awards show, which will be held Feb. 8 at the Beverly Wilshire, promises to be a star-studded and lively event.

This year’s edition honors Lily Tomlin and Bryan Cranston as lead actress and actor for their work in “Grandma” and “Trumbo,” respectively, with the supporting actress award going to Diane Ladd for “Joy” and the supporting actor to Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies.”

And while the Oscars snubbed Ridley Scott and David O. Russell, Scott will receive the director award, and Russell is the screenwriter winner for “Joy.” Michael Douglas will be presented with the Career Achievement Award.

In a crowded awards season, “our show is unique in honoring the best in films with particular relevance to a 50-plus audience,” says Robert Love, »

- Iain Blair

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Hong Sang-soo, Leonardo DiCaprio, and More Developing New Projects

3 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Not exactly slowing his roll, Hong Sang-soo is already shooting the follow-up to last year’s Right Now, Wrong Then — one of the finest films we saw in 2015, and one likely to end up on a few best-of-2016 lists if it actually gets released — all the while reuniting with leads Jung Jae-young and Kim Min-hee. Information on his 18th feature remains essentially non-existent to outsiders, but such is my enthusiasm for his work, arguably the best streak in modern cinema, that even a brief notice seems worthwhile. [Korean Film and Keyframe)

Also vague is a report from The Wrap that Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite with Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith for Conquest — a project about which nothing else (save for the involvement of Paramount and producer John Davis) is known. But there you have it.

Here are two casting stories out of Berlin: first, THR tell us Brendan Gleeson, director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man »

- Nick Newman

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Trumps ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Flops

7 February 2016 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.

For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.

Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »

- Brent Lang

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Kimberly Fox to launch MadRiver sales arm

5 February 2016 9:34 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Megan Ellison’s sales chief is joining Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures as a partner and will launch the international sales arm in Berlin.

The new division will handle sales on all MadRiver films and those from Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment, which has made a strategic investment in MadRiver Pictures following the $30m revolving equity investment it committed to when the company launched last May.

MadRiver’s upcoming slate includes Burr Steers’ new release Pride & Prejudice & Zombies starring Lily James, John Hillcoat’s imminent crime thriller Triple 9 with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson, and James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z starring Charlie Hunnam.

The company is in pre-production on Peter Landesman’s Felt, which was announced during the Afm last November and stars Liam Neeson. Sierra/Affinity handles sales on that title.

Fox will continue to run the Annapurna International label, whose titles include Richard Linklater’s upcoming SXSW opener [link=tt »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Box Office: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ No Match for Super Bowl

3 February 2016 2:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Clooney, Nicholas Sparks and some zombie hordes will take the field against the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, as a few brave movies try to hold off Super Bowl mania in what is shaping up to be a quiet weekend at the multiplexes.

The hope for “Hail Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” is that the three new releases can make enough money on Friday and Saturday to tide them over through Sunday when millions of Americans will be glued to the big game. Football’s starriest weekend is traditionally a fallow period for movie-going — 2008’s “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” holds the record for a Super Bowl gross with $31.1 million, with last year’s “American Sniper” slightly behind that result with $30.6 million.

None of the trio of newcomers will come close to matching those figures. Barring an upset, »

- Brent Lang

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Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk

3 February 2016 1:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cinematographers are guiding forces behind the camera that help directors achieve the aesthetic and vision for the films. They don't always get the recognition they deserve, but they are a crucial part of any production. However, everyone has their limits, and in a new, one-hour roundtable talk with THR, Robert Richardson, the cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" explains why he removed his credit from the Brad Pitt zombie debacle "World War Z."  Read More: Watch: 1-Hour Directors Roundtable Talk With Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, David O. Russell, Danny Boye, And More "I took my name off 'World War Z.' It was a digital show. We worked very hard coming up with lookup tables [a digital roadmap]. They were pretty radical, but they were a look the studio had agreed upon. There was no disagreement with the studio, nor the director. Then they dropped it all," Richardson said. "They chose their own lookup tables. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is an agreeably silly mash-up

3 February 2016 12:40 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First and foremost, I can't believe this movie actually finally exists. In development since 1921 or thereabouts, this is one of those films that has had roughly 300 different directors attached since it was first announced. At one point, this was going to be a David O. Russell film with Natalie Portman starring, and I'm still not sure what that would have looked like. The thing is, when Seth Grahame-Smith first published his mash-up novel, built onto the skeleton of Jane Austen's classic, I'm going to bet he never imagined how long it would take for this to become a movie, or even that it would be one someday. It felt like a sort of English major goofing around, only to somehow see it become this publishing smash. And all credit to Grahame-Smith, who has made a lovely career out of bending and breaking icons, for actually seeing this through. What »

- Drew McWeeny

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Joy Review – A Second Look – Adrienne’s Take

1 February 2016 10:31 AM, PST | FilmReview.com | See recent FilmReview.com news »

David O. Russell is a master of character above all else, and his recent collaborations with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro (2012’s Silver Linings Playbook and 2013’s American Hustle) have been largely entertaining successes, despite the oddity of some casting decisions (a then-23-year-old Lawrence playing the battle-ax mother of a kindergartner in […]

The post Joy Review – A Second Look – Adrienne’s Take appeared first on FilmReview.com. »

- Adrienne Ryan

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‘Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Art Directors Guild Awards

31 January 2016 10:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Martian” walked away with film honors at the Art Directors Guild’s 20th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Sunday night. “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards” and “American Horror Story: Hotel” were among the TV champs.

“The Revenant” fended off composition in the period category from “Bridge of Spies,” “Crimson Peak,” “The Danish Girl” and “Trumbo.” “Mad Max” won over “Cinderella,” “Jurassic World,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Tomorrowland” in the fantasy field, while “The Martian” topped “Ex Machina,” “Joy,” “Sicario” and “Spectre” in contemporary.

All three film winners were Oscar-nominated.

Owen Benjamin hosted the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, Calif. Special honors were given to David O. Russell and Robert OsborneBill Anderson, Harrison Ellenshaw, William J. “Bill” Newman II and Patrizia von Brandenstein received lifetime achievement awards.

See the full list of winners below. »

- Variety Staff

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All Five Oscar-Nominated Directors to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Award

28 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lenny Abrahamson ("Room"), Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("The Revenant"), Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") — the Oscars' final five — will all receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Director of the Year Award. (Check out our interviews with the five Oscar nominees for Best Director at the links above.) Read More: "Oscar Predictions 2016" The individual honors, to be handed out February 11 at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater, will be followed by a conversation among the directors. Past recipients include Oscar winners Laura Poitras ("Citizenfour"), Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), as well as Oscar nominees Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Bennett Miller »

- Matt Brennan

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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Clips: Elizabeth Bennet Kicking Ass and Taking Names

24 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Before director David O. Russell made his major comeback, he was at one point attached to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Eventually the Joy director left the project, along with many others, as the film was stuck in development hell. It’s taken years to get this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel made, but it’s finally reaching the big screen next […]

The post ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Clips: Elizabeth Bennet Kicking Ass and Taking Names appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Dumb and Dumber Recut As a Drama Reveals the Poignant Friendship of Two Lonely Men Who Just Happen to Have Terrible Haircuts

22 January 2016 7:32 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Could there be any funnier movie than a serious drama in which the only comedic element is every character having terrible hair? Not in a David O. Russell "explosion at the wig factory" way, but intentionally? Mashable's artful dramatic recut of Dumb and Dumber certainly makes the case for the idea. Their new trailer turns the Farrelly Brothers' film' into the tale of one man's heartfelt journey to find love in a lonely world, but oh, you can't recut Jim Carrey's baby bangs! Astronauts on the International Space Station could identify Dumb and Dumber as a comedy based on that bang length alone. »

- Halle Kiefer

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Quentin Tarantino Talks 'Sgt. Rock,' Female Directors, And Says 'The Intern' Was One Of His Favorite Movies Of 2015

22 January 2016 6:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Rom-coms are a guilty pleasure of mine. Especially on airplanes," Quentin Tarantino recently declared, citing "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" as a movie that recently pushed him to break out the Kleenex. And it would seem that the filmmaker is attracted by high gloss comedy in general. In an interview with Metro, Tarantino was asked about a recent roundtable talk he participated in with Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, David O. Russell, and Ridley Scott, and what it would take to get a woman at that table. And he replied that while he senses things are cyclical in the industry for women, right now there are female directors in Hollywood who are being overlooked, and used the opportunity to shout out an unlikely picture. "It does seem to be to some degree there’s a boom or bust aspect when it comes to Hollywood when it comes to female directors. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First 2 Clips From 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Plus New Images Of Undead Action

21 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you were one of the five people who enjoyed the genre mashup "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," then "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" is probably right up your alley. After all, it's based on another book by 'Vampire Hunter' author Seth Grahame-Smith and is exactly what it sounds like: Jane Austen's beloved book populated with the undead. And while we'll have to forever dream of what David O. Russell would've done with the material (he was fleetingly attached to write and direct), Burr Steers ("17 Again," "Igby Goes Down") is now at the helm. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey, the movie promises all the gowns and period detail you'd expect from Austen's story, but twisted into something much weirder and more gnarly.  Check out the two new clips below to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joy Mangano Talks Jennifer Lawrence's Awards Show Nods for Joy: 'She So Deserves It'

20 January 2016 12:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The real-life Joy Mangano couldn't be happier for Jennifer Lawrence, who is receiving a lot of awards show attention for her performance in Joy. Last Thursday, Lawrence, 25, received her fourth Academy Award nomination for playing the Miracle Mop inventor. She also won the Golden Globe for best actress in motion picture, musical or comedy. "She so deserves it," Mangano, 59, told People Tuesday at a party celebrating her 20th anniversary as a Good Housekeeping Seal holder and her appearance on the cover of the magazine's February issue. "I can say, knowing her and seeing her as the world has seen, you »

- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard

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Joy Mangano Talks Jennifer Lawrence's Awards Show Nods for Joy: 'She So Deserves It'

20 January 2016 12:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The real-life Joy Mangano couldn't be happier for Jennifer Lawrence, who is receiving a lot of awards show attention for her performance in Joy. Last Thursday, Lawrence, 25, received her fourth Academy Award nomination for playing the Miracle Mop inventor. She also won the Golden Globe for best actress in motion picture, musical or comedy. "She so deserves it," Mangano, 59, told People Tuesday at a party celebrating her 20th anniversary as a Good Housekeeping Seal holder and her appearance on the cover of the magazine's February issue. "I can say, knowing her and seeing her as the world has seen, you »

- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard

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Jennifer Lawrence Attached To Play Marita Lorenz For Sony

20 January 2016 10:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

David O. Russell’s Joy may not have hit the dizzying hits of, say, Silver Linings Playbook or even American Hustle, but that hasn’t quelled Jennifer Lawrence’s enthusiasm to continue working with the director’s creative team.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that The Hunger Games star is in line to take on the title role in Marita. Pitched by American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer, the project has set up shop at Sony Pictures, and it’s understood the studio is eager to set the wheels in motion as soon as possible.

It’s a role that’ll have Lawrence portray another real-life woman following her turn as famed entrepreneur Joy Mangano, only this time swapping out novel domestic inventions for a daring CIA mission. Headlining the feature as Marita Lorenz, the actress is attached to the role of the German-born mistress of Fidel Castro, »

- Michael Briers

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Jennifer Lawrence To Play Fidel Castro's Lover 'Marita' In Project Penned By 'American Hustle' Writer

20 January 2016 6:11 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It says something about the talent and appeal of Jennifer Lawrence that she was the only one to receive an Oscar nomination for David O. Russell's "Joy." And at 25 years old, there are few if any other actresses her age who can team up with a writer, shop a project around town, and land a deal for a movie that's not part of some branded IP or blockbuster slate. And that's just what she's done. Read More: Review: David O. Russell's Bold And Vibrant 'Joy' Starring Jennifer Lawrence THR reports Lawrence will play Fidel Castro's Marita Lorenz in "Marita." The movie comes from the pen of "American Hustle" scribe Eric Warren Singer, who researched the life of Lorenz, who had an affair with Castro at the age of 19, became pregnant, had an abortion, and joined the anti-Communist movement in the U.S. after leaving Cuba. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Hot Titles From the Sundance Film Festival

19 January 2016 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On paper,  nearly every film scheduled to screen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks like a breakout. That’s why predicting the titles that will draw the most interest from studios and score the biggest deals is nearly impossible. You don’t know which films will deliver on the hype and which will wither under the spotlight as much of Hollywood descends on Park City hoping to find the next “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Brooklyn.”

That said, here are 10 films that are certain to draw interest from bidders by virtue of their casts, their concepts, or the director calling the shots.

Christine

Director: Antonio Campos

Stars: Rebecca Hall, Tracy Letts, Michael C. Hall

Sales: UTA, Wme/Great Point Media

Why Buyers Are Circling: The story of an ambitious journalist struggling to make a name for herself in the 1970s world of TV news showcases a tour de force performance from Hall. »

- Brent Lang

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DiCaprio, Stallone and More React to 2016 Oscar Nominations

15 January 2016 12:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday morning, filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, actor John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday, February 28. An Oscar nomination can be a career-changing moment for any actor, filmmaker or crew member, and whether it's your first nomination (Brie Larson) or your 50th (John Williams... seriously, he has 50 Oscar nominations), it's always a special moment. Entertainment Weekly caught up with several of this year's nominees to get their reactions to the big news.

The Revenant led all movies with 12 nominations, including one for Leonardo DiCaprio as Best Actor. This is his fifth acting nomination, but he has never taken home an Oscar in his storied career. Some think this year might be his best chance to take home that little gold man, but we'll have to wait until February 28 to find out. »

- MovieWeb

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