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The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult

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The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult
Before Charles Manson — who died on Sunday at age 83 — and his murderous “family” of followers embarked on a plan to kill famous people in the ’60s, the group sought out celebrities as friends, roommates and professional connections.

Manson was drawn to the famous and glamorous, biographer Jeff Guinn explains to People: “Manson fully intended to become the most famous rock ’n’ roll star in history” — and he worked to connect with those who he believed could aid his career.

The time period is also important, Guinn says: From the mid- to late-‘60s, many celebrities embraced an egalitarian idea that
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Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds

Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds
Production designer Adam Stockhausen, known for creating much of the fantastical look of Wes Anderson films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” for which he won the Oscar, says he derives much of his inspiration from intensive research.

Working closely with Anderson, Stockhausen most recently designed the upcoming “Isle of Dogs” while also creating the look of adventures inside a video game for Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi actioner “Ready Player One.”

Stockhausen, also known for Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” for which he was Oscar-nommed, has achieved a notably quick rise from theater work in New York through his film debut in 2004, working for production designer Mark Friedberg on the surreal “Synecdoche, New York” by Charlie Kaufman.

The old-fashioned stop-motion look of “Isle of Dogs” is already generating buzz.

It’s an amazing story. I’m so excited for it to come along. The actors
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Hans Zimmer Got ‘Starstuck’ Meeting Jonny Greenwood, Names Him His ‘Favorite Film Composer’

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Hans Zimmer Got ‘Starstuck’ Meeting Jonny Greenwood, Names Him His ‘Favorite Film Composer’
Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific film composers in movie history. An Oscar winner with 10 nominations to his name, Zimmer has worked with everyone from Christopher Nolan to Ridley Scott, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen, Mike Nichols, and Ron Howard, among many others. He’s such a legend that to be named his favorite film composer would be a huge honor, and such is the case with Jonny Greenwood.

Read More:‘ocean (bloom)’ First Listen: Radiohead and Hans Zimmer’s First Collaboration is An Orchestral Explosion

Speaking to CBC Radio, Zimmer called Greenwood his “favorite film composer” and even admitted to being “starstruck” when he met Greenwood for the first time this year. Zimmer joined forces with Radiohead for a track off the “Blue Planet II” soundtrack, and it was a task that made Zimmer more nervous than usual. “[I didn’t want to] mess up their song, because they’re not just anybody,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Production Designer Adam Stockhausen to Be Feted at Camerimage

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Production Designer Adam Stockhausen to Be Feted at Camerimage
Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest will be honoring Adam Stockhausen with its prize for production designer with unique visual sensitivity, organizers have announced.

The creative force behind the look of Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” and Kevin Macdonald’s “State of Play,” Stockhausen won an Oscar for his production design on Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was nominated two more times, for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

Stockhausen’s work will be seen next year in McQueen’s “Widows,” a thriller about four women who have to take over a heist when their husbands are killed, and in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated pic “Isle of Dogs,” and Spielberg’s sci-fi action adventure “Ready Player One.”

Stockhausen developed his distinctive style with genre films including Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s “The Switch” and Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” and made his
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Moves Forward With Nick Stoller

Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Moves Forward With Nick Stoller
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount Players hires Nick Stoller for “Dora the Explorer,” Sean Patrick Flanery will star in racecar action film “Dirt Track,” Steve McQueen signs an overall deal with New Regency, “Mudbound” wins at Middleburg Film Festival, and Orion hires Kevin Shelby.

Project Development

The fledgling Paramount Players division has hired writer-director Nick Stoller to work on the script for a live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie.

Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing the movie, which has been in the works since 2015.

Details are under wraps beyond the movie centering on Dora as a teenager. The animated “Dora the Explorer” television series ran on Nickelodeon from 2000-2014 with 172 episodes aired following a young Latina girl who went on adventures around the world.

Platinum Dunes has a first-look deal with Paramount. Stoller’s writing credits include “Get Him to the Greek,” “Neighbors,” the Muppet movie reboots,
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New Regency Sets Multi-Year Deal With Oscar-Winning Director Steve McQueen

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New Regency Sets Multi-Year Deal With Oscar-Winning Director Steve McQueen
Exclusive: New Regency has signed a multi-year overall deal with Steve McQueen. The Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave director will develop feature films to be produced and financed by New Regency. The deal extends a relationship with the director/writer/producer, who followed the New Regency-backed Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave with Widows. McQueen is shooting that film now with Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriquez and Cynthia Erivo starring alongside…
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Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama

'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama
If you've been to the movies any time over the last century, you're familiar with men like Eric Marsh. They're hard-ass guys, often stoic but capable of being sensitive and, in rare cases, prone to sentimentality. Their flaws and temper-flares are balanced out by their virtues: staunch professionalism, a salt-of-the-earth nobility, an almost stubborn loyalty to their men. The kind of dudes who treat their enemies – in this case, the massive forest fires that annually scorch acres of Arizona landscape – with something close to respect. ("What are you up to?
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Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender Marry In Secret Ibiza Getaway

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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender got married over the weekend in a secret ceremony in Ibiza. Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender Married According to reports, both actors were wearing weddings rings on Sunday. They were first spotted on the Spanish island on Friday, and Steve McQueen, who’s directed Fassbender in film, was pictured at a party […]

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Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers

Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander Got Married in an Ultra-Private Ibiza Ceremony, People Confirms

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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander Got Married in an Ultra-Private Ibiza Ceremony, People Confirms
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander have officially tied the knot!

The happy couple got married over the weekend in Ibiza, sources confirmed to People.

The pair exchanged vows at the luxurious La Granja farmstead resort surrounded by friends and family, according to the sources.

In photos on the Daily Mail, both Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, sported bands on their ring fingers on Sunday.

Ahead of the ceremony, Fassbender and Vikander were spotted hanging out with friends and family on the Spanish island Friday, with the Swedish actress wearing a white, summery gown with matching heart sunglasses. Meanwhile, the Irish-German actor showed
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Fresh, diverse and earthy: 2017’s great debuts from UK film directors

The end of the London Film Festival highlights the growing success of a new wave of UK film-makers, including Michael Pearce and Rungano Nyoni

Ever since the late Colin Welland collected his screenwriting Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1982 and declared with a most un-British triumphalism that “The British are coming!”, such public displays of confidence in the country’s film industry have been uncommon, even frowned upon. Perhaps it is time to amend Welland’s cry this year and state the obvious: the British are here. In 2017, there have been more distinctive homegrown debut features funded, made and released, displaying a greater diversity of theme and focus, than in any other year in recent memory.

Previously it has been possible to identify small, localised pockets of new talent: think of 2006, when both Andrea Arnold (Red Road) and Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton) made their debuts, or 2008, which brought
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Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o Eyed For ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot

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Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o Eyed For ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot
Kristen Stewart is being floated for Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, reports Variety. Actress and “Pitch Perfect 2” director Elizabeth Banks is signed on to direct. The studio is also floating Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o to be part of the ass-kicking trio of private detectives.

If Stewart does sign on, it would be the actress’ first studio film since 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.” The “Twilight” star has wracked up an impressive roster of highly acclaimed indie films in recent years, including Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Personal Shopper,” Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society.”

Read More:Kristen Stewart Explains Why She Didn’t Cast Herself in Her Short Directorial Debut, ‘Come Swim

Since her Oscar-winning breakout in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Nyong’o has filmed multiple “Star Wars” movies, as well as Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.
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'Steve McQueen: American Icon': Film Review

'Steve McQueen: American Icon': Film Review
Fans of Steve McQueen may be surprised at the not-so-hidden agenda of Steve McQueen: American Icon, a new documentary about the legendary actor. Although it dutifully recounts McQueen’s hardscrabble beginnings and his most famous movie roles, the film seems more interested in shedding light on the actor having become a born-again Christian late in his life. The doc is being shown in theaters nationwide Thursday, with an encore screening on Oct. 10.

The film prominently features Greg Laurie, a mega-church pastor, who describes himself as one of McQueen’s biggest fans. Professing to identify with the actor because they both endured...
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Production wraps on supernatural thriller ‘When It Rings’

Action movie vet Mel Novak (Samurai Cop 2, An Eye For an Eye) has completed work on his latest film, the supernatural thriller When It Rings.

For the first time since the death of his sister, Zach (Martin) returns to his childhood home to get it ready for sale. While there, he uncovers an old toy phone he once used to “talk” to his dead sister. Years of counseling convinced him it was all in his head until an unexpected call comes through the plastic phone, setting off a series of terrifying events, and making him question what, and who, is real.

Novak, whose many credits also include Game of Death, Holy Terror and the upcoming Steve McQueen: American Icon, joins Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland and newcomer Gonzalo Martin in the film – which is directed by Ty Haisten and David Rivers – whose short film “Chatter,” inspired this movie.

Kirkland
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Disney's Aladdin Remake Gets Into the Woods Star Billy Magnussen

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Disney's Aladdin Remake Gets Into the Woods Star Billy Magnussen
The cast of Disney's Aladdin remake keeps getting bigger and bigger, with today bringing news that another actor has signed on to play a brand new character that didn't originate in the 1992 animated classic. Billy Magnussen has come aboard to play a character named Prince Anders, although no other details have been given at this time. He will become the second cast member who is playing a character created specifically for this musical, with Nasim Pedrad playing another character named Mara, a handmaiden and friend of Jasmine who wasn't in the original animated classic.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the casting news today, with the report adding that this is not the first time Billy Magnussen has portrayed a Disney prince. The actor portrayed the prince vying for the attention of Rapunzel in the 2014 live-action musical adaptation of Into the Woods. He joins a growing cast that includes Will Smith as the iconic Genie,
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The Punisher Goes to the Moon for the Director of ‘La La Land’

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The Punisher Goes to the Moon for the Director of ‘La La Land’
Over the past few years, actor Jon Bernthal has worked with one impressive list of filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve, Edgar Wright, Steve McQueen, and more. The actor recently wrapped shooting McQueen’s heist film, Widows, and he’ll soon work with another Oscar-winning director, Damien Chazelle (La La Land), on First Man. The actor has signed on to play astronaut […]

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Damien Chazelle’s First Man adds Jon Bernthal to its cast

Jon Bernthal can soon add Damien Chazelle’s name to the list of Oscar-winning filmmakers he’s worked with (a list that includes Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese and Steve McQueen), as the former Walking Dead actor is the latest addition to the cast of the director’s upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.

The Tracking Board broke the news, claiming that Bernthal is in negotiations to play the seventh man to ever walk on the moon (as part of the Apollo 15 mission in 1971), David Scott. Scott, who is still alive at the age of 85, piloted the Gemini VIII spacecraft alongside Armstrong on an unsuccessful mission that nearly ended the space program, three years before Armstrong would become the first man to step foot on the moon’s surface.

Bernthal is coming off of a wildly successful past few months, starting in late June with Edgar Wright’s sleeper hit Baby Driver,
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