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Magnolia Buys Sundance Drama 'Experimenter' Starring Peter Sarsgaard

26 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ahead of the film's Closing Night screening at the Sf International Film Festival, the psychological drama "Experimenter" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which plans a 2015 theatrical release. Directed by Michael Almereyda (2000's brainy Shakespeare update "Hamlet"), the film stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram whose 1961 "obedience" experiments at Yale asked participants to send harmful electric shocks to strangers in order to test their will toward authority.  Read More: Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films From Sundance and SXSW The rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. "Experimenter" was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof. Sundance reviews were mostly positive. Variety wrote: "Michael Almereyda dissects the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (Exclusive)

26 March 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year.

The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede to authority. The San Francisco International Film Festival announced Wednesday that “Experimenter” would be its closing-night film on May 7.

Experimenter” premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. The film was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof.

Variety‘s Scott Foundas gave “Experimenter” a strong review, calling it “highly formal, always fascinating.”

Milgram, a social psychologist, conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University in »

- Dave McNary

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Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films from Sundance and SXSW

25 March 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Now in its 58th year, the San Francisco Film Society's two-week festival will kick off on April 23 with Alex Gibney's SXSW premiere "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a probing documentary portrait of the Apple guru. On May 2, the Centerpiece screening will be James Ponsoldt's acclaimed Sundance feature "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg as the budding Rolling Stone journalist who follows him. The fest closes on May 7 with Michael Almereyda's "Experimenter," also a Sundance premiere, starring Peter Sarsgaard as scientist Stanley Milgram opposite Winona Ryder. The full lineup lands next Tuesday, March 31. Read More: Here Are the 19 Films in Sf Film Fest Competition Sfiff previously announced a special award tribute to Guillermo Del Toro, where we'll see footage from his fall tentpole "Crimson Peak," along with the 19 films in competition including Sundance premiere "The. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

25 March 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has been selected as the opening film of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 23.

Gibney is expected to attend the screening of the film, which includes interviews with Jobs’ close friends and former colleagues, at the Castro Theater.

Magnolia Pictures  acquired North American rights to the documentary following its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival, where it earned strong reviews for its look at Jobs’ prickly leadership style and his influence in shaping Silicon Valley culture.

Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender, opens Oct. 9. Gibney is an Oscar winner for “Taxi to the Dark Side.”

“The End of the Tour,” James Ponsoldt’s portrait of David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, has been set for May 2 as the festival’s Centerpiece title. Ponsoldt and Segel are expected to attend. »

- Dave McNary

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Cruise Performs Laugh-Out-Loud Stunts in MI5 Trailer (with Bonus Teaser)

24 March 2015 5:55 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo "Desperate times. Desperate measures," says Tom Cruise aka Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer aka the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is in the doldrums – at least that's what we hear from those who see reality only through U.S.-focused lenses – and he needs all the box-office help he can get. Hence, MI5. Hollywood is in dire need of a mammoth domestic blockbuster following a year of mediocre-performing tentpoles at the U.S. box office. Hence, MI5. The world's socioeconomic fabric is about to unravel. Hence, MI5 – so humankind can go with a bang. Not only with a bang, but with mirth as well. »

- Andre Soares

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Miami Film Review: ‘Ladygrey’

13 March 2015 3:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South Africa is the star of Alain Choquart’s handsome post-apartheid melodrama “Ladygrey,” even as the country’s role in the pic’s snaking, distracted narrative never quite comes into focus. Adapted (and relocated) from a pair of novels by French author Hubert Mingarelli, the pic is a little too obviously the product of separate sources: Revolving around the variously unhappy inhabitants of a mountainside village with a violent historical legacy, its individually affecting story strands resist fusing into a more resonant whole. In his debut feature, former cinematographer Choquart unsurprisingly makes rich use of the Drakensberg landscape; his directorial touch is less assured, however, with the film’s human elements, including headliners Peter Sarsgaard, Emily Mortimer and Jeremie Renier. Despite their presence, travel prospects for this Miami fest premiere remain misty beyond a French release in May.

Choquart, who shot the 2000 screen adaptation of Athol Fugard’s Cape Flats-set “Boesman and Lena, »

- Guy Lodge

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1 Year at T. Schreiber Will Change Your Life—and Career

12 March 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Up-and-coming performers, take note! T. Schreiber Studio’s One Year Conservatory places stage and screen actors in the heart of New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway scene under the guidance of some of the industry’s most seasoned professionals. Running from mid-September 2015 to mid-May 2016, the renowned studio immerses students in the kind of technical and practical training that leads to fully rounded artists—such as alumni Edward Norton, Maria Bello, and Peter Sarsgaard—who are ready to take the industry by storm. “The One Year Conservatory has changed my life professionally and personally,” said one former program participant. “After studying at previous acting programs in the city I know and feel that there is no program quite like it. I have never worked with such incredibly passionate, challenging and encouraging teachers in a supportive and safe environment. The changes and progress that have happened collectively and individually since beginning the program are just extraordinary. »

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The Slap: Season One Ratings

6 March 2015 12:29 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC is billing The Slap as a mini-series so it doesn't seem like there's any danger of the series being cancelled. However, if the ratings are bad enough, they could certainly pull it before all eight episodes have aired. Conversely, if the ratings are really good, they could figure out a way to bring the characters back for a second season. What will happen? Stay tuned.

On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.

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NBC Cancels Allegiance; The Slap Gets Shifted

6 March 2015 11:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

NBC’s freshman spy drama Allegiance has been axed as part of the network’s reworked Thursday night schedule. Since debuting in February, the show has suffered from low ratings across its first five episodes, leading to its confirmed cancellation.

The show starred Hope Davis, Scott Cohen and David Stenhouse, and followed a CIA analyst whose parents were members of a Russian sleeper cell. Even scoring the prime 10Pm slot following The Blacklist couldn’t save the rookie drama from poor audience numbers. Its final episode broadcast on Thursday was the final nail in its coffin, hitting way below its lacklustre premiere, which snagged only 5 million viewers.

One show’s loss is another’s gain, however, as NBC has decided to shift another lagging property into that choice time slot. The network’s high-profile limited miniseries The Slap has now nabbed the vacant space on the Thursday schedule. Based on »

- Gem Seddon

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The Slap: Should NBC Drop the Thursday Night Series?

5 March 2015 9:39 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC recently unveiled a new mini-series on Thursday nights -- The Slap. How's the show been performing? Is it a big enough success that the network will want to make a second season somehow or, is it a bomb that should be pulled off the schedule?

On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.

The eight-episode series debuted on February 12th to a very disappointing 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 5.13 million viewers. Things got even worse in week two with the numbers falling more »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Stewart Joins Another Prestige Low-Budget Effort

3 March 2015 9:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »

- Zac Gille

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Comics on Film: How to Relaunch 'Green Lantern' Through 'Rebirth'

26 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Over the past several years, fans of DC Comics characters other than Superman and Batman have had it kind of rough in relation to live-action adaptations. Warner Bros. seemed either unable or unwilling to make a film out of Wonder Woman, the Flash had yet to be adapted in the 2000’s into anything but a few episodes of Smallville, and the idea of a big budget Justice League movie actually happening seemed about as remote as Darkseid asking Jimmy Olsen to the Apokoliptian Prom. In 2011, though, DC fans were given an opportunity to get excited about the possibilities for characters beyond the World’s Finest when Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, and Peter Sarsgaard, was about to be released. Over the previous 7 years, comic...

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- Chris Clow

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Melissa George to Star in NBC’s Medical Soap ‘Heart Matters’ (Exclusive)

24 February 2015 3:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Melissa George has been cast as the lead in NBC’s medical drama pilot “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned.

“Heart Matters” follows a talented female heart transplant surgeon, Alex Panttiere (George), who balances her work with the complications of her romantic and personal life.

Described as charming, yet unconventional, impulsive and socially awkward at the worst possible times, Alex seemingly gets it all together, after being promoted to chief of innovation and becoming the “face” of the hospital, which forces her to forgo her sometimes messy, scrub-wearing self. Though she’s not Ivy League-educated, she holds her own with the competition and fights hard for her patients. While her work life seems to be soaring, she’s not so lucky in the love department, as she can’t seem to commit to the man she’s living with — perhaps because she has feelings for someone else.

The medical soap hails from pilot scribe Jill Gordon. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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How 'The Slap' Represents Broadcast's Failure to Copy Cable

20 February 2015 11:23 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With "The Slap," a star-studded miniseries intending to provoke thought and incite debate, NBC has thrown their hat into the “prestige limited series” game currently dominated by HBO ("Olive Kitteridge," "True Detective") and SundanceTV ("Top of the Lake," "The Honorable Woman"). It stars, among others, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Thandie Newton; is directed by Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"); and is adapted from an acclaimed Australian series (of the same name) by playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who also created ABC's soapy family drama "Brothers and Sisters." That mix seems an ideal basis for a well-acted, perceptive family drama, or in other words, exactly what "The Slap" wants to be. Baitz's adaptation shares the same structure, characters and thematic underpinnings as the original Australian production. In his opening episode, family and friends gather for »

- David Canfield

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'The Settlers of Catan' Game Heads to the Big Screen

19 February 2015 2:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Producer Gail Katz has obtained the film and TV rights to the hit multiplayer strategy game The Settlers of Catan. The game revolves around players trying to create the most dominant community on the remote island of Catan. Each person must outwit the other as they all compete for the island's scarce resources. Here's what Gail Katz had to say in a statement:

"I've been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it. The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative."

Guido Teuber, Managing Director of Catan, Inc., also offered his own statement:

"We are thrilled to be working with Gail on The Settlers of Catan. »

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Michelle Williams to reteam with director Kelly Reichardt

18 February 2015 11:06 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that Michelle Williams is to re-team with director Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves) for a new drama.

The film would mark the third time to two have worked together, after Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, both of which had great success on the festival circuits and with critics. In fact, Williams won Best Actress at the Toronto Film Festival for Meek’s.

Reichardt is once again writing and directing, though no details on the film’s plot or supporting cast are yet to be announced.

Williams will next be seen in Suite Francaise alongside Margot Robbie and Ruth Wilson, which is released this year, while Reichardt’s latest film, Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning, is now available to buy now.


- Scott J. Davis

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Thandie Newton Goes Makeup-Free, Posts Picture While Waxing Upper Lip

17 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Thandie Newton's not afraid to go bare-faced! "The Slap" star shared a picture via Instagram on Tuesday, to show off her beauty routine before heading to a premiere. In the candid snap, the actress poses with a towel on her head as she smiles for the camera with wax lining her upper lip. "Dealing with the tash in readiness for the Royal Premiere tonight! Go Jolen! Xt," she captioned the revealing pic. The "Crash" star looks gorgeous in the photo even without a stitch of makeup on, and we love that she has no problem showing off all the aspects of her beauty routine. We're also super excited to see more of the 42-year-old's small screen debut on NBC's new mini-series "The Slap," where she stars alongside fellow A-listers like Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Uma Thurman. What do you think about the brunette beauty's new photo? Tell toofab »

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The Slap Sneak Peek: It's Judgment Day for Harry — Will He Be Punished?

17 February 2015 10:44 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In last week’s miniseries premiere of The Slap, Harry (Zachary Quinto) made it pretty clear that he’s not someone you want to anger.

And on this Thursday’s episode (NBC, 8/7c), he really drives that point home.

TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at the show’s second installment — told from Harry’s perspective — in which he faces a judge for slapping another couple’s tantrum-throwing child.

Related How Did NBC’s Slap Strike You?

Though Harry essentially walks out of the courthouse with a slap on the wrist — no pun intended! — he makes it clear to his cousin, »

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The Slap Us debuts in tough timeslot

15 February 2015 1:19 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Thomas Sadoski and Peter Sarsgaard in NBC's The Slap.


NBC.s remake of Matchbox Pictures. The Slap premiered in the Us last week, drawing positive reviews but a relatively modest audience in a fiercely competitive timeslot. Launched at 8pm Thursday, the drama starring Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Cox, Melissa George and Zachary Quinto pulled in 5.1 million viewers, equivalent to a 3.9 rating/6 share. Scripted by playwright Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (whose Olive Kitteridge screened here on showcase), the show finished fourth behind a repeat of CBS.s The Big Bang Theory, Fox.s sitcom Mom and ABC.s Grey.s Anatomy. However Us commentators were sure The Slap.s audience would swell thanks to DVR and binge-viewing and they noted the show rated 11% higher than the program it replaced, the finale of The Biggest Loser. Matchbox Pictures executives are hoping the remake.s performance in the »

- Don Groves

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Experimenter Movie Review

15 February 2015 7:16 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Experimenter Director: Michael Almereyda Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo The 1960s were an extraordinarily eye-opening time that saw many scientific achievements and discoveries. Many experiments were conducted to probe into aspects of human behavior that had not previously been explored or questioned, and which produced surprising and disquieting results. One study was that conducted by social psychologist Stanley Milgram, which tested ordinary people to see how much pain they were willing to inflict on a stranger simply because the parameters of the experiment told them that is what they must do. Experimenter highlights unquestionably fascinating research, and it succeeds occasionally but  [ Read More ]

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