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Bob Shaye, Barry Morrow titles on Film Sales Company Cannes slate

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Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz Cannes-bound with Ambition, Smitten!

The Film Sales Company has acquired worldwide sales rights to features directed by two familiar Hollywood names.

Psychological thriller Ambition is directed by New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye and produced by Unique Features, the company Shaye and former New Line president Michael Lynne launched in 2008.

The completed film centres on a beautiful young woman who must decide how far she will go to get what she wants – with or without the help of her two ardent suitors.

Shaye, whose directing credits include The Last Mimzy, produces Ambition with Unique’s Sarah Victor. Katherine Hughes, Sonoyoa Mizuno, and Giles Matthey.

Film Sales Company head Andrew Herwitz’s sales slate includes the rom-com Smitten! directed by Barry Morrow, who shared the best original screenplay Oscar for Rain Man in 1989.

Glee’s Darren Criss stars alongside model and TV star Madalina Ghenea. The story takes place in Tuscany, Italy, as a couple
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Gerard Butler and Morgan Brown Split Up

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Gerard Butler and Morgan Brown Split Up
Gerard Butler and Morgan Brown have broken up.

A source close to the actor confirmed the news to People, saying, “they split some time ago.”

The London Has Fallen star, 47, and interior designer, 39, had been dating on and off for the past two years, and were last spotted out together in mid-November, according to E!

The exes were also seen together in London in August, where they were photographed locking lips while on a stroll around the city.

Gerard and Brown were first spotted together during a Pda-packed beach date in Malibu in September 2014. Page Six was first to report the split.
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Film Review: Elegant, Delicate Emotions Are Forged in ‘Youth’

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Chicago – When a film tries to be philosophical, it easily can devolve into heavy handedness. But the exception is the latest from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino, the richly presented “Youth.” It treads upon many definitions of the title, and lands upon all of them, because that’s life.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Sorrentino’s last feature film was the underrated “This Must Be the Place” (2011), another meditative work that featured Sean Penn. This film features older actors Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda as representatives of different life phases in their golden age, each searching for something that remains a bit elusive. The great young actor Paul Dano adds his particular spice, this time in a reactive character rather than a antagonist, and he handles one of the most surprising scenes with perfect energy. The film is awash with imagery that fortifies the director’s point of view in the story, and
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Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda Talk Retirement & Staying Young at ‘Youth’ Premiere

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda Talk Retirement & Staying Young at ‘Youth’ Premiere
Michael Caine confessed to Variety that he has already retired from his illustrious acting career, but fear not. The actor also revealed that he has a hard time saying ‘no’ to really good movie roles.

“I’ve mentally retired, but I keep getting these scripts that I can’t refuse,” said Caine at the Los Angeles premiere of “Youth” Tuesday at the Directors Guild Theater.

He continued, “Now, I don’t have a job. I don’t have a script or anything and it would take something incredible to get me out of bed in the morning.”

Caine described Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” as something incredible that got him out of his flat. The actor joined co-stars Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano.

The feature follows a recently retired music composer on vacation with his daughter and good friend that is a working filmmaker. Variety‘s Jay Weissberg described
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Nsfw clip from Youth featuring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Madalina Diana Ghenea

An extened red band clip has arrived online from Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, which features Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Madalina Diana Ghenea. Warning, this one is not safe for work…

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From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner The Great Beauty comes Youth, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.

Youth opens in Us cinemas on December 4th and in the UK on January 15th.
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'Youth' Trailer Starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine

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'Youth' Trailer Starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Youth, arriving in theaters December 4, which could give us an early look at a potential Academy Award contender. Rachel Weisz, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel lead an all-star cast in this drama, which will go up against the horror-comedy Krampus when it hits theaters at the end of this year. The story centers on Fred and Mick, two old friends on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps.

Fred (Michael Caine), a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick (Harvey Keitel), a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay
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Fox Searchlight Piracy Fears Spoiling The Fun For Paolo Sorrentino’s More Discerning Italian Fans

Fox Searchlight Piracy Fears Spoiling The Fun For Paolo Sorrentino’s More Discerning Italian Fans
The current release in Italy of Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” is drawing ire with discerning Italo auds after the pic made a splash with global cinephiles in Cannes.

Italian movie buffs are up in arms against the odd fact that Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine-starrer, which is shot in English, is on release across Italy only in a version dubbed into Italian. They are being prevented from seeing the original version due to piracy concerns.

Gag on the hot pic being seen in Italy’s movie theaters the way it was shot is ostensibly due to a diktat imposed by Fox Searchlight when it recently acquired North American rights from French sales company Pathe.

“There are plenty of you — and that makes us glad — who are asking where they can see the film in original language,” noted the film’s production shingle, Indigo Films, in a statement.

“Unfortunately, our U.
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Review: Caine, Keitel and Weisz are at their best in Sorrentino's glorious 'Youth'

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Review: Caine, Keitel and Weisz are at their best in Sorrentino's glorious 'Youth'
Cannes — Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino has already dipped his toe into the familiar genre of characters of a certain age reminiscing about the good old days with 2013's "The Great Beauty." He even won an Oscar for it. Two years later he returns to the Cannes Film Festival with "Youth," a follow-up that stands besides "Great Beauty" thematically while also presenting a decidedly different point of view. “Youth” starts off with The Retrosettes Sister Band performing a cover of “You Got the Love," interpreted in a retro style and a twist on the old adage “everything old is new again.” In this case, everything new is old again, a theme that may or may not apply to the central characters in Sorrentino’s cinematic opera. The movie centers on Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), a legendary British composer and conductor, and Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a famous American film director. Friends for 60 years,
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Jane Fonda Gets Real About Aging at Cannes: "Age Is a Question of Attitude"

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Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz are the leading ladies in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, which debuted for press today at the Cannes Film Festival. They star in the epic film along with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, who respectively play an aging composer and director questioning the end of both their careers and younger years. It's a lavish and indulgent ensemble piece, much anticipated at Cannes after Sorrentino's last film, The Great Beauty, won the best foreign language award at the 2014 Oscars. Jane's character Brenda, an aging actress who appears overly made up, dressed to the nines, and clad in a big, blond wig, was a hot topic at the press conference following today's screening. Journalists were curious as to whether or not Jane was afraid to play someone who, on the surface, seems to be barely keeping her wits together. "There is something very vulnerable about an
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Jane Fonda Gets Real About Aging at Cannes: "Age Is a Question of Attitude"

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Jane Fonda Gets Real About Aging at Cannes:
Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz are the leading ladies in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, which debuted for press today at the Cannes Film Festival. They star in the epic film along with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, who respectively play an aging composer and director questioning the end of both their careers and younger years. It's a lavish and indulgent ensemble piece, much anticipated at Cannes after Sorrentino's last film, The Great Beauty, won the best foreign language award at the 2014 Oscars. Jane's character Brenda, an aging actress who appears overly made up, dressed to the nines, and clad in a big, blond wig, was a hot topic at the press conference following today's screening. Journalists were curious as to whether or not Jane was afraid to play someone who, on the surface, seems to be barely keeping her wits together. "There is something very vulnerable about an
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Cannes: 'Youth' Actress Books Trio of Projects (Exclusive)

Cannes: 'Youth' Actress Books Trio of Projects (Exclusive)
Model turned actress Madalina Diana Ghenea has caught Cannes' attention with her bottom – on beautiful display on the poster for Paolo Sorrentino's competition title Youth – but soon her acting, and not just her posterior, will come into sharp focus. Ghenea has three new projects lined up, including two starring roles and a supporting part in a major Hollywood production. She will shoot them back-to-back-to-back through October this year. Ghenea will play the lead in Condemned to Love, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Morrow (Rain Man), which she describes as a “magical

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Jude Law Will Topline Paolo Sorrentino’s TV Skein ‘The Young Pope’, HBO On Board

Jude Law Will Topline Paolo Sorrentino’s TV Skein ‘The Young Pope’, HBO On Board
Jude Law will topline Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series, working-titled “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history. Rupert Murdoch’s Sky paybox and Canal Plus will co-produce with HBO, marking the first multiple-player production of this type in Italy.

The series is being produced by Wildside, and co-produced by Haut et Court TV. Executive Producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons. Executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.

Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer and continue through early 2016. The show will film predominantly in Italy with additional locations to include the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico.

Law will play Lenny Belardo, a conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. “No one, even at the Vatican, is
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Fox Searchlight Near Deal for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

Fox Searchlight Near Deal for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’
Fox Searchlight is near a deal for North American rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” which is in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Caine stars as a retired orchestra conductor vacationing in an Alpine resort when he receives an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Paul Dano portrays a film director also staying at the resort. Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Romanian model Madalina Ghenea also star.

“Youth” is Sorrentino’s sixth film in the Cannes competition, after “The Consequences of Love” (2004), “The Family Friend” (2006), the jury prize-winning “Il Divo” (2008), “This Must Be the Place” (2011) and “The Great Beauty” (2013), which went on to win the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Producers on “Youth” are Carlotta Carlori, Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliana. Pathe is handling sales.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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Watch: Trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

Rome – Italy’s Indigo Films has released its teaser/trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s buzzed-about “Youth” (La Giovinezza), the Italo auteur’s English-language follow-up to 2014 Foreign Language Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty,” which which it shares music by contemporary American composer David Lang.

“Youth,” which is tipped for Cannes, stars Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor vacationing in an Alpine resort who receives an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Cast also includes Paul Dano, as a still-working film director also staying at the resort, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, and Rumanian model Madalina Ghenea who plays Miss Universe.

If selected, “Youth” will mark Sorrentino’s sixth film in the Cannes competition, after “The Consequences of Love” (2004), “The Family Friend” (2006), the jury prize-winning “Il Divo” (2008), “This Must Be the Place” (2011) and “The Great Beauty” (2013).

Medusa will release “Youth” in Italy in an unspecified date in May.
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Green Hair, Twentysomething Culture and Camaraderie Rule at TV Land’s ‘Younger’ Premiere

Green Hair, Twentysomething Culture and Camaraderie Rule at TV Land’s ‘Younger’ Premiere
A deep sense of camaraderie filled the small space of indie theater Landmark Sunshine Cinemas on the Lower East Side on Tuesday night for the New York premiere of “Younger,” TV Land’s new comedy series from “Sex and the City” and “Beverly Hills, 90120″ creator Darren Star.

The show, which revolves around a 40-year-old woman (Sutton Foster) attempting to pass for 26 in order to land and keep a competitive job at a Manhattan publishing house after years as a homemaker, is not so much about agism or sexism or the hazards of social media, as it is just about staying current, Star said. “It’s about how to stay relevant, and how not to be defined by one’s age,” he told Variety. “Part of the show is that, twentysomething culture is omnipresent. It’s not like you have to wonder what’s going on; it’s surrounding you, it drives our culture,
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Dom Hemingway – The Review

Oh, the curse of being an attractive film star! Nobody takes you seriously. Those poor, pretty people! Enough with the bitter sarcasm, I know, but there’s more than a bit of truth in it, especially for actresses. Often Oscar has rewarded them for “glamming-down”! Charlize Theron gained weight, wore fake choppers, and endured hours in the make-up chair for Monster and took home the gold as did Nicole Kidman when she donned a phony “schnozzola” in The Hours. And there’s reward in tackling a role from the down-trodden classes as Halle Berry did in Monster’S Ball. Of course, this is not exclusive actress strategy. Brad Pitt scored a nomination for his twitchy turn in 12 Monkeys and just a few weeks ago mega-hunk Matthew McConaghuey grabbed Best Actor for going gaunt and sickly for Dallas Buyers Club. With Dom Hemingway Brit glamour guy Jude Law has forsaken his
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Film Review: Jude Law Tolls the Bell for ‘Dom Hemingway’

Chicago – “Dom Hemingway” begins with a tight close-up on a barely recognizable Jude Law, portraying the title character. He’s giving a monologue, literally spraying the words. When the circumstance is revealed as to what is happening to him, there is an awareness that this is not going to be your Daddy’s petty safecracker ex-con film.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

With a style and depth that creates its own distinct energy, “Dom Hemingway” is a party wrapped with a cinematic bow, along with Jude Law providing the performance of his career, considering how different it is from his usual characters. Dom Hemingway the man invents his own moral code, and the way the rest of the world reacts to that code is the basis for the barely put together “plot.” The overall effect feels like a groovy film from the 1960s, except with much more violence, swearing and carnal knowledge. The Dom is a trip.
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Blu-ray Review – Dom Hemingway (2013)

Dom Hemingway, 2013.

Written and Directed by Richard Shepard.

Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Kerry Condon, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Jordan A. Nash.

Synopsis:

After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed.

At face value Dom Hemingway shouldn’t work. By 2013 the charm of cockney criminals has worn so thin you can see right through it thanks to imitations of Guy Ritchie’s early work; I’m referring to rubbish like Love, Honour, and Obey, Revolver, RocknRolla, Gangster No. 1 and anything starring Danny Dyer. The resurgence in these kinds of films since the late 90s has marred British cinema, so when I saw Jude Law was starring in a film about a cockney criminal, you can forgive me for wanting to give it a wide berth.
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Dom Hemingway | Review

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Vacant Domicile: Shepard’s Latest Hides Absence of Narrative Behind Titular Character

As foul mouthed and over-the-top as it sometimes tends to be, Richard Sheperd’s latest, Dom Hemingway falls a bit short absurd glory, considering the balls out bravado it promises prior to the opening credits. While it features perhaps one of the best performances of Jude Law’s career, its raunchy energy fizzles out by the mid-point as it switches gears from uneasy gangster flick to family dramedy. That’s not say it isn’t without merit, as even though the plot can’t get it together, Shepherd’s got a knack for engaging dialogue and entertaining characterization, something the film tends to bank on a bit too broadly.

Loud, onerous and with a tendency to spew curse word laden diatribes like an acolyte of Tom Hardy’s Bronson character, Dom Hemingway (Law) has just been released from
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"Dom Hemingway": Enter Emilia Clarke

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Sneak Peek 'red-band' restricted footage, images and synopsis from the upcoming Brit crime drama "Dom Hemingway", written and directed by Richard Shepard, starring Jude Law ("Road To Perdition") , Emilia Clarke ("Game Of Thrones"), Richard E. Grant, Demián Bichir, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea and Kerry Condon, opening in North America April 2, 2014:

"...'Dom Hemingway' (Law) is a 'safecracker' with a loose fuse, funny, profane, and dangerous. Back on the streets of London after twelve years in prison, it’s time to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut.

"Travelling with his devoted best friend 'Dickie' (Grant), Dom visits crime boss 'Mr. Fontaine' (Bichir) in the south of France to claim his reward.

"But Dom’s drink and drug-fueled ego decides that what he's lost can't be replaced. One car accident and a femme fatale later, Dom realises that his priority must be to reconnect with his
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