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'Olive Kitteridge': Venice Review

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Venice – Hollywood studios are no longer in the business of making minor-key contemplations of life, marriage and family like Olive Kitteridge, which turns out to be an excellent thing for Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel. While not all the book’s 13 interconnected stories and throng of characters are covered, the tone is captured and the essential elements given ample breathing space in this emotionally satisfying, funny-sad four-part HBO miniseries. Produced by Tom HanksPlaytone banner, it’s directed with an impeccable balance of sensitivity and humor by Lisa Cholodenko and expertly adapted by Jane Anderson.

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- David Rooney

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'X Factor' U.K. Loses Steam Ahead of BBC Clash

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After a stronger season launch on Saturday night, Simon Cowell's The X Factor U.K. on ITV on Sunday lost ratings steam ahead of a key showdown with BBC ballroom dance hit Strictly Come Dancing. Sunday night's second episode of the 11th season of X Factor averaged 8.2 million viewers, down by 1.7 million from the year-ago episode, according to overnight data. It was also down from the audience of 9.5 million viewers on Saturday, which ranked as the show's best season debut since 2011 amid Cowell's return as a judge. Some say the boost may

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- Georg Szalai

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Stars Respond to Leaked Photo Hacking Scandal

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In response to what has been described as the biggest celebrity hacking scandal in history, Hollywood stars who have seen private photos of themselves leaked online have turned to social media to express their outrage. Over 100 mostly female celebrities featured on a list posted Sunday by a user of the website 4chan alongside claims that they had found personal photographs or videos. Since then, images purporting to be of the stars – including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton - have been circulating online, believed to be obtained following an iCloud security leak enabling the hacker to

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- Alex Ritman

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Kate Bush Sets U.K. Album Charts Record

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Kate Bush's current series of comeback concerts in London sold out in 15 minutes. Now, amid all the buzz, she has set a British album charts record by becoming the first female in history to score eight entries in the weekly top 40 ranking simultaneously. "Following a triumphant start to her critically acclaimed Before The Dawn live shows (her first in over 35 years), legendary British singer/songwriter Kate Bush has claimed a place in history as the female with the most simultaneous entries in the Official Albums Chart Top 40," British music sales tracking firm The Official Charts Company

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- Georg Szalai

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James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up' to Open Zurich Film Fest

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Get on Up, the biopic of legendary performer James Brown, will open this year's Zurich International Film Festival. The feature from The Help director Tate Taylor looks at Brown's rags-to-riches rise from extreme poverty to topping the music charts as a soul and funk superstar and proponent of black pride. Chadwick Boseman, who played another African American legend, Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland's 42, is the Godfather of Soul in Get on Up. Boseman and Taylor will be in Zurich for the festival premiere on September 25. Boseman is no stranger to Zurich. His Oscar-winning hit The

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- Scott Roxborough

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Telluride: Hilary Swank Enters the Oscar Race With the Western Classic 'The Homesman'

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Hilary Swank proved for the second time in her career that she can go up against one of the grand old masters of the screen and more than hold her own in The Homesman, a period piece from Roadside Attractions that debuted Aug. 31 in Telluride.  Last time she did this, it was opposite Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby, and the movie won both of them Oscars (Swank for lead actress, Eastwood for picture and director). This time it’s opposite Tommy Lee Jones, who — like Eastwood — directed while also co-starring. The stars had some surprising

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- Stephen Galloway

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Telluride: Mia Wasikowska Tackles France’s Most Famous Fictional Heroine

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Mia Wasikowska top-lined the latest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic 1856 novel Madame Bovary, an exquisitely shot endeavor that nonetheless drew only tepid applause from an audience gathered Aug. 30 at Telluride’s Werner Herzog Theatre. That would seem to indicate the movie’s awards chances are slim — even if it finds domestic distribution, which has yet to be announced. Director Sophie Barthes, making a follow-up to her debut feature, 2009’s Cold Souls, was present to introduce the film, and apologized for the absence of Wasikowska and costar Rhys Ifans, both of whom are filming Alice in Wonderland: Through

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- Stephen Galloway

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Sails Closer to Australia Shoot

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Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is edging closer to production in Australia, after the government there approved a $20.2 million incentives package on Monday.  Up until the announcement, there was still some mystery as to what Disney production was behind the request for a renewal and increase in the incentives, with previous tentpole production, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake falling into limbo after David Fincher left the director's seat.  A spokesman for the Australian Arts Minister George Brandis said, "The government is pleased to agree to Disney's request to enable earlier funding to be repurposed for the production

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- Abid Rahman

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Jennifer Lawrence's Rep Responds to Leaked Nude Photos

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Jennifer Lawrence's name can be added to the list of stars who have had nude pics of themselves leaked.  The 24-year-old Hunger Games star's phone was apparently hacked, and the photos appeared online over the weekend. A spokesperson for Lawrence has issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." Lawrence, who next appears in November's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, is certainly not the first high-profile star to deal with such

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- Ryan Gajewski

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'True Blood' Cast, Showrunner on the Storylines That Could Have Been

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True Blood fans aren't the only ones wanting more of the recently departed series. The HBO drama's seven seasons concluded on Aug. 24 with a finale that disappointed some Truebies, but there are more stories the cast and showrunner Brian Buckner wish the show had explored, they tell The Hollywood Reporter. Joe Manganiello says he understood that Alcide had to die. Sookie (Anna Paquin) was not going to end up with her werewolf love interest, but having her break up with him would make viewers dislike her. "You've got to kill him," Manganiello tells THR. He says that when he got the news, he told

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Taylor Swift Joins 'The Voice' as Adviser

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Taylor Swift has reportedly joined The Voice as the universal adviser for season 6. The "Shake It Off" singer will help all four coaches — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams — as they strategize with their remaining teammates for the second round of battles. The round pits singers from the same team against each other in sudden-death duets. The role, introduced last season along with the rebooted battle round, is still relatively new to the series, as Coldplay's Chris Martin stepped in to equally mentor singers from all teams for the first time in the

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- Ashley Lee

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