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Diablo Cody Is Done Directing Films

23 August 2015 12:45 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Thrust into fame as her first screenwriting credit "Juno" won her the Oscar, Diablo Cody tried to branch out into directing with 2013's "Paraside".

The film, which starred Julianne Hough and Russell Brand, was slaughtered by critics and was pushed straight to DirectTV. It seems like the experience was enough that Cody says she won't ever direct another movie.

Speaking about the just released Meryl Streep-led "Ricki and the Flash" which she penned, she broke the news to THR of deciding against further directorial efforts:

"I am retired from directing. I don't think I possess the leadership qualities required to be a director."

Cody is currently at work on Sony's film adaptation of Mattel's popular doll Barbie, and a TV series for Amazon that centers on comedian Tig Notaro. »

- Garth Franklin

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Diablo Cody Says She Won’t Direct Again, Listen To 2-Plus Hours Of Podcasts With The ‘Juno’ Oscar-Winner

21 August 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Few screenwriters these days are as well known as Diablo Cody. Her colorful backstory and distinctive dialogue made her a rare behind-the-scenes star when she broke out with “Juno” eight years ago, and her work, while not always as successful as that hit film, (which also won Cody an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay), has always been fascinating and worth a watch.  Cody’s been back in the limelight recently after penning Jonathan Demme’s Meryl Streep-starring “Ricki & The Flash” (read our review here), and tells the Hollywood Reporter that despite her success, there’s one thing she’s unlikely to be doing again, and that’s directing a movie. Cody’s first feature as a helmer, 2013’s “Paradise” (starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer) was critically slaughtered (our review called it “a cloying after school special”), and it was released straight to DirectTV without much fanfare. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Miley Cyrus Instagrams Another Wild 2015 MTV Vma Promo: Watch Now!

6 August 2015 5:36 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Looks like Miley Cyrus isn't skipping leg day! The former Disney darling has dropped another teaser for her upcoming hosting gig at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.  So far, she has emerged from a cloud of smoke, given everyone the finger, rode a giant cat, launched into space and painted her boobs green. Now she's strutting on a green screen treadmill in a teensy-weensy star-print one-piece and gigantic chunky heels. If Miley's Instagram promos are in any way reflective of her emceeing, this will be a VMAs for the history books.  Cyrus will join a long list of celeb hosts including Chelsea Handler (2010); Russell Brand (2009 and 2008); Jack »

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9 truly bizarre Noel Edmonds moments, from 'electro smog' to spiritual melons and Throttled Cock

6 August 2015 4:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Noel Edmonds baffled TV fans this week when he declared that "electro smog" is a bigger world problem than climate change or even Aids.

This might be a surprising claim, were it not for the fact that Mr Blobby's bearded buddy has had more than his fair share of bizarre moments over the years. Whether you consider him a national treasure, a visionary maverick or just plain wrong, here are 9 of his most memorable moments that will surely leave all but the most hardened fans scratching their heads.

1. He claims to be visited by two melon-sized 'spiritual energy' balls

Noel has spoken openly about his belief in Spiritualism and cosmic ordering, a version of positive thinking in which people can write down their wishes and wait for them to materialise.

After being introduced to the practice by his reflexologist, he went on to write his own book titled Positively Happy: »

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Podcast: How Indiewire Influencer Ondi Timoner Achieves the Impossible

28 July 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ondi Timoner is a documentarian, but that doesn’t cover the half of it. Her most recent film, "Brand: A Second Coming," sufficiently unnerved its subject, Russell Brand, that he canceled his trip to SXSW, where the film made its world premiere. (The film will be released by Ignite Entertainment later this year.)  And that’s just her day job.   There’s also A Total Disruption, which features hundreds of webisode interviews with entrepreneurs and thought leaders. That's not to be confused with Byod, her online talk show that features hundreds of her fellow documentary filmmakers. She’s also launching "Lean Content," an online course that takes the lean startup model to content creators. On this episode of the Indiewire Influencers podcast, we sit down with Ondi as she explains how she works with "impossible visionaries" and gives us the backstory of the power struggles »

- Indiewire

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New on Netflix: August 2015

27 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

New on Netflix in August: The original series "Narcos," about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Wagner Moura of "Elysium;" and the site's first Spanish-language original series, "Club de Cuervos," about a brother and sister who inherit a soccer team.

You'll also be able to stream the critically acclaimed film "White Dog," Best Picture Oscar winner "The Hurt Locker," the Kristin Wiig dramedy "Welcome to Me," and Simon Pegg as an assassin in "Kill Me Three Times."

There are also new episodes of "Doctor Who," "Revenge," "Once Upon a Time," "Transporter: The Series," and "GIrl Meets World." Happy binging!

Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in August 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in August 2015, in case you were wondering.​

Available August 1

"Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999)

"Asylum »

- Sharon Knolle

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Miley Cyrus to Host MTV’s 2015 VMAs

20 July 2015 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Get ready: Miley Cyrus is returning to the VMAs, and not just as a performer this time.

The pop star is set to host MTV’s Video Music Awards, airing next month. Cyrus announced the news Monday with a playful tweet, joking that MTV won’t let her perform, so she’s taking on a different role.

F**k yeah VMAs!!!!! #VMAs on @MTV Aug 30 at 9pm

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 20, 2015

MTV also confirmed the news on its Twitter. The Vma nominations will be released on Tuesday.

Cyrus made serious waves in her 2013 appearance on the annual music awards show, in which she twerked against Robin Thicke and waved around a giant foam finger during their performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines.” She returned to the show last year, when she offered her award for video of the year for “Wrecking Ball” to her homeless date, »

- Alex Stedman

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Movie Review – Amy (2015)

5 July 2015 11:49 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amy, 2015.

Directed by Asif Kapadia.


Documentary charting Amy Winehouse’s music and battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

What takes your breath away watching Asif Kapadia’s outstanding documentary on Amy Winehouse, Amy, is how much she was hounded. Reminding us of those final moments in Princess Diana’s life, Winehouse courted paparazzi even in death, snapping and ‘capturing’ a hospital bed wheeled out of her house, with her 27-year-old body covered. No one needed photo evidence this act happened. But it was captured nevertheless. July 23rd 2011, a day whereby once again, the assumption that fame and money means success and happiness is disproved. As it was when Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain were found dead at a shockingly young age.

Released this weekend, Amy has already gained press coverage as Winehouse’s father, Mitch, has claimed the documentary is “a disgrace” and stated the filmmakers “should be ashamed”. Contrary to his opinion, »

- Simon Columb

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Rave Review for Winehouse Doc Opening on July 3 in U.S.

1 July 2015 4:27 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school lyrics that were confessional, profane, clever, and withering. She has been compared to Billie Holiday (in more ways than one, alas) and Winehouse herself has noted Sarah Vaughn as an influence. Her phrasing could turn any note into an adventure, bending and stretching it until it made multiple emotional statements. Her voice was both propulsive and brittle with a vibrato that could pound like a jackhammer or purr like Eartha Kitt. And that's to say nothing of her signature look, the beehive hairdo, the tattoos, and the increasingly garish makeup that would eventually hide much more than facial blemishes. Unfortunately, »

- Mark Keizer

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Beautiful Disasters: "Roar"

29 June 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There is a case to be made for home movies as the purest form of cinema. It’s folly, of course, to pit films against one another based on the circumstances under which they were made; to argue what is realer, and thus more valid, than the other. In a camera’s lens, especially, the lines of truth and lies blur and overlap. It’s just that in what we believe to be reality the stakes are always higher, the emotions elevated. One of the first films ever made, the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, was a succinct 56 seconds that depicted the arrival of a train at its station in Lyon, France. When it was first shown to the public it was the audience’s virgin film-viewing experience, and it was reported that many were frightened by the illusion that the train was coming straight for them. »

- Oliver Skinner

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Watch: Rose Byrne Audition for ‘Get Him to the Greek’

25 June 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Rose Byrne got spectacularly filthy for her 2010 “Get Him to the Greek” audition to play lead actor Russell Brand’s girlfriend, Jackie Q. Not only does she flip from aggressive and hostile to loving and passive at the drop of a hat, Byrne perfectly captures the freeloading hottie who’s only dating a musician for the parties, the chance to rub shoulders with famous people, and the vacations. Also starring Jonah Hill, the comedy follows a drug-addled rock star (Brand) and the assistant (Hill) trying to get him to a concert. Watch and listen as Byrne has everyone in the audition room cracking up. Want to see more? Check out "9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes!" »

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Disability protesters attempt to storm Prime Minister's Questions

24 June 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Disability protesters attempted to storm the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions today (June 24).

BBC News aired coverage of the angry scenes shortly after the incident took place, with the assistant political editor Norman Smith describing it as unlike anything he has ever seen before.

Disability protesters try to storm into House of Commons chamber during PMQs

BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 24, 2015

The crowd gathered in the central lobby of the Houses of Parliament, just a few steps away from the entrance to the House of Commons and chanted loudly as they were surrounded by police.

The protesters also handed out flyers to highlight their cause, which is to take MPs to task over the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

It is the latest demonstration against the majority Conservative government, following their General Election victory in May.

Charlotte Church and Russell Brand were »

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Watch Murder in Successville for Free on FilmOn’s BBC Three Channel

23 June 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

BBC Three gives a comedic viewpoint towards crime in “Murder in Successville.” The television series can be seen for free on FilmOn’s BBC Three channel. “Murder in Successville” is a improv show that, crazily enough, makes murder the lead-in to laughter. Here’s what you can expect from one of the episodes of this murder mystery series. “Di Sleet is joined by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith to find out who killed pharmacist Lindsay Lohan. The three suspects are: Vladmir Putin, local gym owner who loves working out with the boys; Kim Kardashian, convicted psychopath who has already killed five people for being prettier than her; and Russell Brand, local purveyor of  [ Read More ]

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Ignite Channel Acquires Russell Brand Documentary 'Brand: A Second Coming'

18 June 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's hard to think of Russell Brand as just a comedian and actor when he's really lived the life of a rockstar. Always dressed in Bohemian glam garb, Brand has been candid about his struggles with drugs and sex, and he has seemed to turn towards activism as a way to battle his demons. While the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star has fled the Hollywood scene as of late, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Odni Timoner ("Dig!") has taken on the task of documenting his whereabouts in "Brand: A Second Coming.'  Read More:  SXSW: Ondi Timoner on Why Russell Brand Will Never Be at Peace with the Film She Made About HimThe official synopsis reads: ""Brand: A Second Coming" follows comedian/author/activist Russell Brand as he dives headlong into drugs, sex and fame in an attempt to find happiness, only to realize that our culture feeds us bad ideas and empty idols. »

- Sarah Choi

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Russell Brand Docu Gets Distributor After SXSW Flap

17 June 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brand: A Second Coming, the Russell Brand documentary whose subject tried to get the film pulled from its opening-night slot at SXSW in March, has found a North American distributor. Ignite Channel, whose pickups include Twinsters and Poached, both from SXSW, has acquired director Ondi Timoner’s film for theatrical release but gave no date. A Second Coming follows the erstwhile Mr. Katy Perry’s transformation from Hollywood star to political and social activist. Former FX… »

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Russell Brand Documentary ‘Brand: A Second Coming’ Sells to Ignite Channel (Exclusive)

17 June 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hours before it screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Ondi Timoner‘s acclaimed Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” has been acquired by Ignite Channel, an independent distributor focused on theatrical releases of award-winning documentaries with strong cultural impact. Ignite Channel will release “Brand: A Second Coming” in theaters across America, having purchased North American rights to the documentary, TheWrap has learned. Award-winning filmmaker Timoner (“We Live in Public”) turns her camera on Brand, the comedian, activist, and author who starred in the Judd Apatow productions “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.” “Brand: A Second Coming” is. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Dinosaurs rule the world

14 June 2015 5:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jurassic World has smashed industry records, becoming the first film to gross more than $US500 million worldwide in its opening weekend and setting new highs for both the Us and international debuts.

Universal.s dinopic raked in an unprecedented $208.8 million in the Us, beating the record held by Marvel's The Avengers since 2012, and $315.3 million in 68 markets internationally, toppling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . Part 2.

So the worldwide total is $524.1 million. In Australia,. the action/adventure/horror film starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy and a lot of CGI monsters, rang up $16.06 million.

That.s the biggest opening weekend this year, overtaking The Avengers: Age of Ultron.s $15.7 million, and the market's third best ever behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon..

Just the second film directed by Colin Trevorrow, whose »

- Don Groves

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Strangerland director lines up several projects

10 June 2015 8:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kim Farrant is attached to direct a UK psychological thriller produced by Michael Winterbottom's company and a Us indie drama as well as developing an ambitious TV anthology series.

The Los Angeles-based director is delighted with the critical and audience responses to her debut film Strangerland, which Transmission launched on about 25 screens on June 11 after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.

The mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving is set to open in the Us on July 10.

Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) will release the film scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher in cinemas in 15 markets and simultaneously on VOD. She plans to attend the New York premiere.

Farrant is attached to direct Hush Money for Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton.s Revolution Films. The script by Brazilian-born English writer Nico Mensinga follows a groom who is bribed on his wedding day. »

- Don Groves

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6 Backstage Picks From the 2015 L.A. Film Fest

10 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

With 39 world premieres coming out of this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, it’s quite possible there are serious discoveries to be made on the West Coast. Among the selections are 74 features, nearly half of which are directed by women and/or filmmakers of color, and 60 shorts with over 30 countries represented across the board. Here are six we can’t wait to see! “Too Late”Described as a “dark love letter to Los Angeles,” this drama shot on 35mm follows a private investigator as he searches for clues about a missing woman with whom he shares a past. Submitted to the U.S. Fiction Competition and starring John Hawkes (“Eastbound & Down”), Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”), Vail Bloom (“The Young and the Restless”), and others, “Too Late” is a story melding a journey of self-discovery with all there is to find in L.A. “Brand: A Second ComingRussell Brand »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Hannibal, Murder in Successville

10 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Interceptor: BBC One, 9pm

BBC One is looking to recapture the spirit of action crime classics like The Professionals with this new action-adventure series.

The Interceptor kicks off tonight when Ash (Ot Fagbenle) is headhunted to join Unit, a special team of law enforcers.

Hannibal: Sky Living, 10pm

Us network television's most accomplished drama series returns with a typically gorgeous and grotesque season premiere.

'Antipasto' is quite a change of pace - there's no Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) here, as we pick up with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bedelia (Gillian Anderson) living a new life in Italy.

Murder in Successville: BBC Three, 10pm

The bonkers but brilliant BBC Three series concludes with the murder of Lindsay Lohan - but was the culprit Russell Brand or Kim Kardashian?

Louis Smith is the celebrity on hand to assist Di Sleet (Tom Davis) for the final Murder in Successville - but »

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