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Tiff Maverick Julie Taymor Creates Hybrid Theater/Film with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Video)

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Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get royalties. One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater »


- Anne Thompson

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George Clooney Will Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2015 Golden Globes

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The three-time Golden Globe winner will be feted on January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Clooney has a whopping 13 noms from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association under his belt, as well as Academy Awards for "Argo," which he produced, and his supporting turn in "Syriana." Earlier this year, he directed, starred in and produced -- via his company Smokehouse -- WWII caper "The Monuments Men" for Sony Pictures Classics. Among his upcoming roles in 2015 is the lead in the Coens' showbiz satire "Hail, Caesar!" Past recipients of the venerable Cecil B. DeMille prize include Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese.  Golden Globe nominations will be announced December 11. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Outback Journey 'Tracks' Stars Best Actress Hopeful Wasikowska (Behind-the-Scenes Video)

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Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, "Tracks" -- which bowed at Venice 2013 and hits theaters this weekend -- is a vastly engaging chronicle of the author's 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback in 1977 with her dog Diggity, four ornery camels and infinite clouds of dust, beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean. Along the way, she naturally encounters all manner of danger, from wild bull camels (Australia has 50,000 of the feral beasts roaming its interior) to her own physical and emotional limitations.   Julia Roberts was one of many actresses attached to "Tracks" during its long, difficult journey to the big screen, but it's Mia Wasikowska who impressively rises to the challenge of portraying Davidson, an unremarkable 27-year-old who mostly remains an enigma throughout the story. She has baggage - her mother hanged herself when she was nine - but Davidson's reasons for making this extreme, »


- Matt Mueller

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Watch: New 'Listen Up Philip' Trailer & Clips Star Schwartzman & Moss

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The acclaimed curmudgeon comedy about a middling author's (Jason Schwartzman) self-destructive ego has toured the festival circuit from Sundance to London, and will hit Nyff this Fall. It costars indie dreamboats Elisabeth Moss (as his former paramour), Krysten Ritter, Jess Wexler, Kate Lyn Sheil, Dree Hemingway and Jonathan Pryce as Schwartzman's Roth-esque literary idol. "Philip" is Perry's followup to his 2011 darkly comic road movie "The Color Wheel." He will reunite with Moss -- and team up with "Downton Abbey"'s Michelle Dockery -- on his next film, the psychological thriller "Queen of Earth." We interviewed Elisabeth Moss about "Listen Up Philip" at Sundance. Read it here. The film hits theaters via Tribeca Film on October 17, and iTunes on October 21. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailers From Hell Stops at 'Comanche Station'

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From 1960, the last of seven collaborations between director Budd Boetticher and star Randolph Scott (under Scott’s production company Ranown) is one of their best. Scott plays a (typically) lone gunman, a bounty hunter who specializes in retrieving women abducted by hostile tribesmen. The 62-year-old Scott made only one more movie after this, Sam Peckinpah’s lyrical tribute to the cowboy careers of Scott and Joel McCrea, "Ride The High Country." »


- Trailers From Hell

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Meet the Talent Behind Hot Fest Hit 'Wild Tales,' Damián Szifrón (Exclusive Video)

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When I got to the Telluride Film Festival, the movie I talked about to everyone I met was likely Argentinian Oscar entry "Wild Tales," from writer-director Damián Szifrón, 39, which Sony Pictures Classics scooped up out of the Cannes competition. I knew that among all the dark explorations of the human spirit on display, this tour-de-force collection of six insane, utterly identifiable tales of human beings pushed to extreme "primal instinctive behavior" (per the director)--from road rage-gone-wrong and a righteously precise explosive expert who fights a corrupt towing company, to the ultimate disastrous wedding--had universal appeal and was hugely entertaining. Each carefully wrought jewel of story is more delicious and outrageous and hilarious than the last. Think Almodóvar on Tarantino steroids. (The filmmaker has signed with Tarantino's Wme agent, Mike Simpson.) (With a Gustavo Santaolalla score. »


- Anne Thompson

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3D Stop-Motion 'The Boxtrolls' Joins Animated Oscar Contenders

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The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling, and sure to be an Oscar contender for best animated feature. Laika previously helmed Oscar nominated animated films "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." Focus takes "The Boxtrolls" wide on September 26. It is directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, and stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. Here's what critics are saying so far. The movie just opened in the UK, and the Brits are more in favor: The Guardian: "The visuals are dazzling, the voices expressive, and the end-credits sequence offers a laugh-out-loud appraisal of the madness of the animators’ labour-intensive craft." Time Out: "It’s no surprise that this digitally animated adventure from the producers of Edward Gorey-esque kids’ fairytales ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ is an ooky, »


- Bill Desowitz

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'Bond 24' Gets a Start Date; 'Goldfinger' Celebrates 50th

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But there's another connection to the iconic "Goldfinger" for Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007 (which opens October 23rd, 2015 in the UK and November 6th domestically). A recent casting call described a classic, physically-imposing henchman in the mold of "Goldfinger's" Oddjob (Harold Sakata) or Jaws (the late Richard Kiel, who passed away last week) from Roger Moore's more lighthearted "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker." So it seems that director Sam Mendes and scribes John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade are continuing to ramp up the combination of creator Ian Fleming's grittiness with Sean Connery's suave fun, now that the mid-life crisis of "Skyfall" has been overcome. But as Mendes indicated to me, Craig will always be the dramatic focal point with the priority to find new conflicts for Bond to grapple with. And there's still the matter of reintroducing arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and either updating his. »


- Bill Desowitz

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Director Reginald Hudlin To Produce 2014 Academy Governors Awards

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This year producer-writer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Governors will present the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte as well as Honorary Oscars to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, animator Hayao Miyazaki and actress Maureen O’Hara on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. “With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” said Academy member Hudlin, who produced “The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack” concert at the Hollywood Bowl and has executive produced the NAACP Image Awards show for the past two years.  He also serves on the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, »


- Anne Thompson

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Watch: New 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Trailer

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The new trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, has landed. This third and penultimate entry in the film series hits theaters November 21. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci round out the impressive cast. It's directed by Francis Lawrence, who also helmed last Fall's "Catching Fire." »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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