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Idiot's Guide to the 'Paranormal Activity' Movies

16 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

The "Paranormal Activity" movies are credited with taking the terror out of art-directed dungeons and dilapidated bathrooms and putting it right smack dab in the middle of our bedrooms. The "Saw" series raised a white flag of surrender after "Paranormal Activity" took most of the Halloween box office dollars in 2009, bringing an end to Jigsaw's legacy and returning us to the land of lo-fi horror.

Since then, the "Paranormal" series has become something of its own "Saw"-sized franchise, with the fourth installment set to hit theaters this Friday. Somewhat unfortunately (though probably inevitably), the more this decades-spanning haunted house tale expands and explains its increasingly silly mythology, the less scary and interesting it becomes — though we have to give props to the producers for maintaining the low-budget, "found footage" aesthetic that the first film incorporated so brilliantly.

Here's a refresher on all the bumps in the night (and, sometimes, »

- Bryan Enk

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'Downton Abbey' young female stars 'lured by Hollywood offers'

6 August 2012 2:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Downton Abbey producers are reportedly concerned that the show's success in the Us will make it impossible for them to keep the younger cast members beyond the upcoming third series. Breakout stars such as Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Brown ­Findlay and Joanne Froggatt have all had movie offers following the award-winning success of the British period drama, according to The Mirror. Sources have told the tabloid newspaper that the young female cast members "know they can achieve more money" by leaving the show to work in films. It was previously reported that Dame Maggie Smith wasn't signed on to return for a fourth run (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Shows Her Makeup-Free Face: See The Pics

17 July 2012 6:41 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The Jersey Shore star proudly showed off her au natural face to her fans on Twitter and looked stunning -- Do you agree? Vote below! Snooki, 24, has quite the heavy hand when it comes to her makeup, and is always daring when it comes to trying new beauty trends. But, this makeup-free look she tweeted to fans may be her best yet! Along with this photo, Snooki tweeted, "My clean canvas before I get artistic" on July 16. Maybe the pregnant star will go natural more often when she's a mom! We think she looks beautiful with a clean, natural face! HollywoodLifers, which look do you like better for Snooki? Twitter➚ -- Jenny Pickard Check Us Out On Pinterest! More Celebrity Beauty: Jessica Brown-Findlay’s Dramatic Makeover: See The Pics Ginnifer Goodwin’s Red Carpet Makeup: Get Her Luminous Skin & Subtle Cat Eye Shakira Debuts Her Newest Fragrance, ‘Elixir By »

- HL Staff

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Jessica Brown-Findlay’s Dramatic Makeover: See The Pics

16 July 2012 2:13 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The Downton Abbey actress is a style chameleon, easily transitioning between bold looks. Check out her dramatic transformation for the cover of Love magazine and vote on your favorite look! Jessica Brown-Findlay is no stranger to elaborate get-ups. Her character on Downton Abbey, Lady Sybil, spends her days in corsets and ringlet curls. Now, Jessica, 22, appears in dramatic Snow White-esque makeup on the cover of Love magazine. Blood-red lips and powder-white skin are not for the faint of heart, but Jessica carries the look beautifully. What would Lady Sybil's family think of her transformation?! HollywoodLifers, which of Jessica's looks do you love the most? -- Kristine Kowalski Check us out on Pinterest! More Celeb Beauty: Ginnifer Goodwin’s Red Carpet Makeup: Get Her Luminous Skin & Subtle Cat Eye Shakira Debuts Her Newest Fragrance, ‘Elixir By Shakira’: Get The Scoop Jessica Alba’s Beautiful Bronze-y Mauve Makeup: Get The »

- HL Staff

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On The Rise '12: 10 TV Stars Who Should Break Through To The Big Screen Soon

12 June 2012 9:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With cinematic releases at the moment mostly involving the not-particularly inspiring likes of "That's My Boy" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it's hard not to look to television for a little nourishment. The trouble is that the TV season has wrapped up for the year. While a few shows (namely "Girls") are still wrapping up, and others get underway shortly ("The Newsroom," "Breaking Bad," "Louie"), it's pretty quiet on the box, with cast and creatives focusing on making a hiatus movie, campaigning for Emmy, or just getting some sleep for once.

Still, with the 2011/2012 TV season done, we thought we'd shine a light on the small screen this week. Tomorrow, we're going to run down our ten favorite TV series of the last 12 months, but today, we wanted to pick a few stars of these shows that we think are set to break out as movie stars before too long, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Garret Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins & Terrence Howard Lead Ace Cast Of Comedy-Drama 'Lullaby'

19 May 2012 9:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The jury's still out on the potency of Garret Hedlund's star power. The actor proved reasonably charismatic in his earliest roles in "Troy," "Four Brothers" and the big-screen "Friday Night Lights," but made some questionable choices after that -- see, or rather don't, "Death Sentence" and "Eragon." Since then, the actor was picked out to lead tentpole "Tron: Legacy," but the film was rotten, and Hedlund was pretty bad in it, so he's not quite turned into the leading man that many picked him out as.

But then again, things are looking up: Hedlund stars in Walter Salles much-anticipated "On The Road," which bows in Cannes next week, he's featuring in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," and he's just been announced as leading a new indie film that's assembled an outstanding cast.

According to a press release, Hedlund will lead Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Casting News: Lewis, Marsan, Moore

19 May 2012 8:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Driven

Damian Lewis, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Peter Capaldi and Iwan Rheon will star in "Vera" actor turned filmmaker David Leon’s debut feature - the crime thriller "Driven" at Zeitgeist Films.

Shooting kicks off in Newcastle and Northumberland in early 2013 and is based on Leon’s own childhood experiences growing up in the area in the late ’80s and early ’90s. [Source: Screen Daily]

Still Life

Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt will star in Uberto Pasolini's "Still Life" which begins shooting tomorrow in London and Southeast England.

Marsan plays council worker on his final case of notifying the next of kin for someone who died alone. The story is described as a "poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife". [Source: Screen Daily]

Very Good Girls

Demi Moore will play the mother of one of the characters in Naomi Foner’s "Very Good Girls" which begins shooting in New York next month for Herrick Entertainment and Groundswell Productions. »

- Garth Franklin

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Elizabeth Banks Asks 'What's The Matter With Margie?' With Alan Ball, 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn' Finds A Few Friends & More

18 May 2012 7:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though he scripted "American Beauty" for Sam Mendes before his two successful television shows "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood," Alan Ball has only returned to the silver screen for little-seen directorial debut "Towelhead." Last year, though, brought news that Emmy and Oscar winning writer-director (hello Egot?) was lining up a return with a dark comedy for Paramount.

While Ball has now stepped away from the director's chair for "True Blood" protégé and television vet Daniel Minahan (who came close to landing the job directing "Thor 2,") he's now found his leading lady for film in the form of the versatile Elizabeth Banks. The actress will play a stepped-on office-worker who after years of abuse snaps and resorts to murderous revenge. Lensing will begin early next year in L.A. soon after Banks team with Charlie Kaufman for his highly anticipated film industry musical satire, "Frank Or Francis." [ThompsonOnHollywood]

Robin Williams, »

- Simon Dang

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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

30 March 2012 1:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

With that in mind, and hot on the heels of our ten picks for actors on the rise yesterday, we've chosen ten actresses who, while yet to be household names, have wowed audiences and casting directors in recent years, and look like strong contenders to headline the big movies of the future. Check our picks our below, and weigh in with your own tips in the comment section. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown-Findlay Bags Female Lead In 'Winter's Tale,' Aaron Johnson & Garrett Hedlund Frontrunners To Join Her

21 March 2012 9:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There's a little show you might have been hearing about called "Downton Abbey." Well, with the show now a runaway critical hit and audience sensation, it's time for some of the stars to leapfrog into feature film roles.

Jessica Brown-Findlay (Lady Sybil Crawley to you) is one of the first out of the gate, landing the female lead in Akiva Goldsman's ambitious and long-developing directorial debut, "Winter's Tale." Brown-Findlay beat out a number of actresses who were testing for the part including Lily Collins (who has her own franchise in "The Mortal Instruments" gearing up anyway) and Bella Heathcote. Meanwhile, as for the male lead, the battle is still being fought. Benjamin Walker and Tom Hiddleston were previously reported to be in contention, though now it appears Aaron Johnson and Garrett Hedlund are the frontrunners. And in case you're wondering why Warner Bros. is letting this go ahead »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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DVD Review: Albatross

17 March 2012 10:14 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Albatross

Stars: Jessica Brown-Findlay, Felicity Jones, Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond | Written by Tamzin Rafn | Directed by Niall MacCormick

Looking for a quirky, British, coming-of-age dramedy, that though far from rubbish, isn’t quite as good as it thinks it is? Then look no further than Albatross, the debut cinematic effort for both its director and its writer, Niall MacCormick and Tamzin Rafn.

The lives of a family on the Isle of Man are turned upside down and inside out when a new cleaner, Emelia, is hired to work at their hotel. Emelia is seventeen, precocious and belligerent. She befriends the family’s bookish elder daughter Beth and begins an affair with her father, one hit wonder novelist Jonathan and events inevitably spiral out of control.

The double act between Jessica Brown-Findlay (Emelia) and rising star Felicity Jones (Beth) is the film’s strongest asset. The scenes of friendship »

- Jack Kirby

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Channel 4 buys Pillars of the Earth sequel

29 February 2012 5:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

World Without End, follow-up to medieval period drama, will air later this year, as will TV adaptation of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth

Channel 4 has acquired World Without End, the follow-up to medieval drama The Pillars of the Earth, and the TV adaptation of Kate Mosse's historical thriller Labyrinth, starring John Hurt and Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown-Findlay.

The broadcaster has acquired the UK TV rights to World Without End, the adaptation of author Ken Follett's sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, which stars Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Spooks's Peter Firth.

The eight-part mini-series, produced by Tandem Communications and Take 5 Productions, is set in the same fictitious English town as The Pillars of the Earth, Kingsbridge, but 150 years later, featuring the descendants of some characters from the earlier story.

World Without End is a co-production with Galafilm and is »

- Mark Sweney

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Black Mirror DVD Review

28 February 2012 2:39 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starring: Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncan, Daniel Kaluuya, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Rupert Everett, Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whitaker.

Running Time: 153 Mins.

Certificate: 15.

Extras: Deleted Scenes, Interviews, and Script PDFs.

Charlie Brooker is fast becoming the Nigel Kneale of the 21st Century.  A bold statement there, but one that is most definitely true.  For those not in the know, Kneale was possibly one of the most intelligent and thoughtful authors working in television during the 1950s and right up to the late 90s, producing ground breaking science fiction and fantasy programmes such as The Quatermass Experiment, The Stone Tapes, and The Year Of The Sex Olympics. These stories happened to be set in worlds not quite like our own, yet cleverly reflected and commented upon the concerns and fears that were commonplace in our society, something Charlie Brooker has succeeded in replicating in his own writing.

Brooker’s 2008 zombie-horror mini-series Dead Set was at first glance a dumb, »

- Matt Dennis

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Downton Abbey movie to be set in space?

13 February 2012 9:01 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Jessica Brown-Findlay wants 'Downton Abbey: The Movie' to be set 'on a spaceship'. The 22-year-old actress - who plays Lady Sybil Crawley in the ITV1 period drama - would love the motion picture to be based 'in the future' with the fictional estate floating around the solar system. She joked: ''Downton Abbey: The Movie'? Yeah, could be set in the future on a spaceship and Downton Abbey floats. Yeah, who knows?' As well as her excitement about the possibility of the TV show being turned into a feature-length film, Jessica can't wait for Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine to join the cast of the 'Downton' for the forthcoming third series, which will see her play Martha Levinson, the mother »

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Downton Abbey movie to be set in space?

13 February 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jessica Brown-Findlay wants 'Downton Abbey: The Movie' to be set "on a spaceship". The 22-year-old actress - who plays Lady Sybil Crawley in the ITV1 period drama - would love the motion picture to be based "in the future" with the fictional estate floating around the solar system. She joked: "'Downton Abbey: The Movie'? Yeah, could be set in the future on a spaceship and Downton Abbey floats. Yeah, who knows?" As well as her excitement about the possibility of the TV show being turned into a feature-length film, Jessica can't wait for Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine to join »

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2012 BAFTA Awards Live Blog

12 February 2012 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Hello everyone and welcome to our favourite day in the British film calendar. We’re here in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the 65th annual BAFTA awards and while the red carpet is being ironed and our colleagues fight off the cold anticipation is building for what should be an excellent evening.

Two of the films dominating the nominations are paeans to the magic of cinema with Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo up for numerous awards though a particular favourite of ours here on HeyUGuys, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, has been championed within the Academy and find itself up for Best Film, Director and a Supporting Actress nod for Carey Mulligan.

You can follow our coverage of the awards ceremony, with details of the winners as they are announced as well as other highlights from the Awards noted down before the BBC’s »

- Jon Lyus

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Casting News: Acod, Switch, Shoplifters

10 February 2012 9:14 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A.C.O.D.

"Party Down" co-stars Adam Scott and Jane Lynch are re-teaming on Stuart Zicherman's comedy "A.C.O.D." at Black Bear Pictures.

Zicherman and Ben Karlin penned the script about a down on her luck author and therapist (Lynch) who jumps at the chance to regain the spotlight when her former patient Carter (Scott) shows up seeking her advice. [Source: Deadline]

Switch

"Modern Family" star Ty Burrell has joined the cast of Daniel Schechter's "Switch", an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel featuring younger versions of two characters seen in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown".

Burrell will play a married country club member who has a crush on the wife of a crooked Detroit real estate magnate and who witnesses her kidnapping. Shooting kicks off in May. [Source: EW]

Shoplifters of the World

James Frecheville, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Jeremy Allen White and Thomas Brodie Sangster have signed on for Stephen Kijak's ensemble comedy "Shoplifters of »

- Garth Franklin

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Amy Childs returning to Towie?

10 February 2012 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jessica Brown-Findlay wants 'Downton Abbey: The Movie' to be set "on a spaceship". The 22-year-old actress - who plays Lady Sybil Crawley in the ITV1 period drama - would love the motion picture to be based "in the future" with the fictional estate floating around the solar system. She joked: "'Downton Abbey: The Movie'? Yeah, could be set in the future on a spaceship and Downton Abbey floats. Yeah, who knows?" As well as her excitement about the possibility of the TV show being turned into a feature-length film, Jessica can't wait for Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine to join »

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Michael Fassbender, Harry Potter, We Need To Talk About Kevin among winners at London Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012

7 February 2012 4:20 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Although excluded from the Oscars race and unsuccessful with its one nomination for best actress at the Golden Globes, director Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin triumphed at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

The drama - about a woman's attempt to come to terms with her son's involvement in an American high school massacre - won the trophy for best film at last night's ceremony. However, it lost out in the best actress and best technical categories in which it had also been nominated.

Also up for best film were Archipelago, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur.

Michael Fassbender (above) picked up the best actor award for his portrayal of a sex addict in Shame and his role in Jane Eyre, while Olivia Colman won the best actress award, beating three Oscar winners - Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton - to the prize. »

- David Bentley

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News Nuggets: Does Grammy's comedy category need to be fixed?

7 February 2012 4:04 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

How the comedy category has changed at the Grammys: "In a flash-and-pop show that's all about music, the comedy category has always been something of a square peg. But in the 1960s and 1970s, a heyday for comedy albums, the category was particularly reflective of the zeitgeist ... In an effort to stay current, the Recording Academy has broadened the terms of what's eligible for a comedy Grammy; two years ago it began considering audio material that originated on TV. But some in the comedy community feel the academy's standards are now too loose, and that the category lacks relevance." Los Angeles Times Michael Fassbender and Olivia Colman win at Evening Standard Award ceremony delayed by fire alarm: "Monday's ceremony, at the London Film Museum, was delayed after a fire alarm during the champagne reception meant that all the guests - including John Hurt, 'Birdsong's' Clemence Poesy and 'Downton Abbey's' Jessica Brown-Findlay. »

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