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Frances Fisher Joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds In ‘Woman In Gold’

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Exclusive: With filming underway in La, The Woman In Gold has added Frances Fisher to its cast. Fisher, whose ABC freshman hit Resurrection was renewed for a second season, joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes in the fact-based drama about a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, including Gustav Klimt’s famous painting The Lady In Gold. Mirren plays real-life heroine Maria Altmann, Reynolds stars as her lawyer, and Fisher will play Reynolds’ mother in the film helmed by BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated Simon Curtis. Curtis’ most […] »


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Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe Making First Appearance At Fanboy Confab With ‘Horns’

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Daniel Radcliffe is attending Comic-Con for the first time in conjunction with Horns, the Radius-twc fantasy horror release that he is toplining. Radcliffe will appear alongside Horns director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill in Hall H from 3-4Pm Friday, July 25, to show off the trailer for the film, which follows “Ig” Perrish, a young man who sprouts horns following his girlfriend’s (Juno Temple) murder. Ig’s horns have the power to put people in a trance and trigger them to speak unspeakable thoughts. Horns premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In 2010, eager Harry Potter fans clad in Hogwarts robes waited […] »


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R.I.P. Rosemary Murphy, ‘Mockingbird’, Broadway, Emmy-Winning Legend

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Rosemary Murphy, thrice nominated for Tony Awards and a favorite of writers as disparate as Edward Albee, Horton Foote and Woody Allen, died July 5 at home in New York City. She was 89. The Germany-born actress had a distinguished film career that began in 1957 with That Night and included key supporting roles in Foote’s Oscar-winning 1962 adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and the Broadway (1964) and screen (1966) versions of Any Wednesday. For Allen, she had roles in September, the telefilm of Don’t Drink The Water (1994) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995). Adept in comedy and drama, she was best known on […] »


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‘Jem’ Star Joins ‘Equals’; Comedy ‘This Is Happening’ Sets Cloris Leachman & More

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Exclusive: Aurora Perrineau has been cast in sci-fi romance Equals following her gig rocking out as Shana in the upcoming Jem And The Holograms movie. Equals, from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and one man, Silas (Nicholas Hoult), finds himself suffering from “Switched-On Syndrome.” Kristen Stewart plays Nia, another of the “infected” who is able to hide her condition. Perrineau’s credits include Pretty Little Liars and indie thriller A House Is Not A Home. She’ll play Iris, a new mother whose baby is born crying — a sign the […] »


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Hiroyuki Sanada Joins Sherlock Holmes Drama ‘A Slight Trick Of The Mind’

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Exclusive: 47 Ronin and The Wolverine star Hiroyuki Sanada has been tapped to join Ian McKellen in A Slight Trick of the Mind, the drama about an aging Sherlock Holmes that Bill Condon is directing this summer in London. Sanada will play Umezaki, a Prickly Ash plant enthusiast who Holmes (McKellen) visits in Japan. He joins McKellen and Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, who with her young son is regaled with the tale of the unsolved mystery that ended Holmes’ career. Script was adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty) from Mitch Cullin’s novel. Anne Carey is producing […] »


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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Female Lead Goes To Rebecca Ferguson

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Swedish up-and-comer Rebecca Ferguson, who got a Golden Globe nom for her English-language debut in the title role of BBC’s The White Queen, has been set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot. This comes after Deadline revealed that Alec Baldwin is in talks to play the head of the CIA in the film, which Chris McQuarrie will direct with shooting to begin in August. This was a coveted role. Ferguson was raised in Sweden and became established in London. The actress, who next will be seen […] »


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Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:i-5′; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The Offing

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Exclusive: Alec Baldwin has two killer movie projects lined up, along with a possible TV successor to his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock. He’s in talks to star in Mission: Impossible 5, playing the head of the CIA. He’s also in talks to join Will Smith in the Peter Landesman-directed movie about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Here’s the capper, though: Baldwin is developing a new TV show with NBC Productions, in which he would play the central character, a Rob Ford-type Mayor of New York City. Ford is the buffoonish Toronto, Ontario mayor who has had his troubles with the crack […] »


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‘Academy Originals’ Mini-Docs Channel Filmmaking On AMPAS Site, YouTube

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The Motion Picture Academy‘s new, and wide-ranging, weekly series of short videos talks about filmmaking of many kinds. Already, shorts posted on the two-month-old YouTube channel feature notables such as Mike White, Seth Rogen and Dustin Lance Black, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jurassic Park and a video portrait of inner-city filmmakers. “It’s an opportunity to really further inspire people about filmmaking and viewing film,” said Josh Spector, the Academy’s Managing Director of Digital Media and Marketing. “We really look at movies from a broad spectrum. We’re not locked in, we’re not sponsored, there are no ads. That frees you […] »


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Wme Signs ‘Reckless’ Creator And ‘Safe Haven’ Scribe Dana Stevens

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Wme has just signed Dana Stevens, the prolific feature writer who is the exec producer and sole creator of Reckless on CBS. Stevens last year adapted the Nicholas Sparks novel Safe Haven for Relativity, and her other credits include City Of Angels and the Kevin Costner baseball pic For Love Of The Game. She currently is adapting for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and Fox The Dive, the touching story of Cuban free diver Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestres, the latter of whom died trying to better her record for a free dive, in which she plunged to an unimaginable […] »


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Hurricane Sandy Inspires ‘By The Water’, First Offering Of New Development Alliance

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The Writer’s Room, a new development effort underwritten by veteran off-Broadway and Broadway nonprofit company Manhattan Theatre Club (which presented two of last season’s Tony contenders for Best Play) and off-off-Broadway group Ars Nova (which had a major hit with the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812) will launch By The Water, its first show, in November at Mtc’s Studio At Stage II, its smaller theater at New York’s City Center. The Sharyn Rothstein play, to be staged by Hal Brooks, is set in Staten Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A couple is trying to put their […] »


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‘Rathergate’ Drives ‘Truth’ Film; Robert Redford To Play Dan Rather, Cate Blanchett To Play Producer Mary Mapes

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Exclusive: Robert Redford is attached to play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is attached to play his producer Mary Mapes in Truth, a film that will mark the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, the A-list screenwriter behind the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man. The film will explore the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s reelection campaign left Mapes fired and Rather’s storied reputation in tatters. […] »


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Monterey Media Acquires Canadian Pic ‘Rhymes For Young Ghouls’

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Monterey Media plans an October theatrical release after acquiring U.S. rights to Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes For Young Ghouls, which has played Tribeca and was one of the Toronto fest’s top 10 Canadian films of the year. The pic is set on the Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation in 1976 and centers on an Aboriginal teenager guided by the spirits of her departed mother and brother who plots revenge against a sadistic Indian Agent who runs her school. Devery Jacobs stars. Prospector Films produced through the Canadian Film Centre features program. Entertainment One Films International & Seville International’s Anick Poirier, Xyz FilmsNate Bolotin and Monterey […] »


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Comic-Con: Columbia Spotlighting ‘Pixels’, ‘Goosebumps’ And Jack Black

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Jack Black will be taking the stage at the Hilton Bayfront’s  Indigo Ballroom on Thursday, July 24 for Columbia Pictures‘  Goosebumps panel.  From 12: 30-1:30 Pm, Black will be joined by director Rob Letterman, who he worked with on Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels, as the two show clips on how they’re bringing the monsters to life in their big screen adaptation of the bestselling kids’ book series. In Goosebumps, Black plays the book’s author R.L. Stine. Pic will open on August 7, 2015.  In addition, director Chris Columbus will make a video announcement about his May 15, 2015 release  Pixels starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James […] »


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Official: China Has A New Box Office King As ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Tops ‘Avatar’

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After 12 days of release (and a bit of confusion over official numbers), Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction now has the distinction of passing Avatar as the highest-grossing film ever in China. With $225.1M (1,396M Rmb), the movie has bested James Cameron’s record of $221.9M that was set in 2010. On Tuesday, Chinese research firm Ent Group reported that the Autobots had overtaken the Na’vi as of July 6 with $222.74M, but Paramount has just weighed in with its official numbers. Because of currency fluctuations, the yuan renminbi figure was key. Avatar was worth about 1.39B during its life […] »


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Spwa Acquires ‘The Bronze’

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired The Bronze, the Bryan Buckley-directed comedy scripted by Melissa and Winston Rauch. The former stars with Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, and Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong. Rauch plays a foul-mouthed former bronze medalist in gymnastics whose local celeb status is threatened by an upstart tumbler. The Duplass Brothers shingle is behind the film, which is in production. »


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‘30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski Joins Adam Sandler Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Pixels’

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Exclusive: 30 Rock alumna Jane Krakowski is powering up with the cast of Columbia PicturesPixels opposite Adam Sandler and Kevin James. She’ll play the First Lady to James’ President Cooper, who also once dated Sandler’s character Jules Brenner, in the science fiction comedy directed by Chris Columbus. The Happy Madison and 1492 Pictures production unfolds when aliens invade Earth after misinterpreting feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of intergalactic war. Pic is now filming in Toronto. Krakowski is the latest addition to a cast that includes Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Ashley Benson. In the […] »


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Anne Morrison To Succeed John Willis As BAFTA Chair

9 July 2014 12:34 AM, PDT

Anne Morrison is the second woman to be named Chair in the history of BAFTA. She succeeds John Willis who will act as Deputy Chair for the next year. Morrison was previously Deputy Chair, a member of the Television Committee, Chair of the Learning Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. Since 2009, she has also been Director of the BBC Academy, overseeing the largest broadcast training organization in the UK. She officially departs the BBC later in 2014. Her tenure as BAFTA Chair will run for the next two years. Her background is principally in television production, […] »


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Global Showbiz Briefs: Nigerian Censor OKs ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Release; ‘My Man Can’ Headed To France; More

8 July 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Nigerian Censor OKs ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Release Nigeria has given a greenlight to the distribution of Chiwetel Ejiofor starrer Half Of A Yellow Sun. The drama will be released August 1, after being certified by the National Film and Video Censors Board. It previously was due to open in April, but some scenes were deemed objectionable at the time, the BBC notes. Thandie Newton also stars in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel. Set in 1960s Nigeria, the story brings audiences into a country torn apart by civil war and shows how the interwoven lives of […] »


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Film Purist Chris Nolan Predicts Hope For The “Bleak” Digital Future

8 July 2014 5:30 PM, PDT

Interstellar director Christopher Nolan has long been a vocal champion of film over digital. This week, asked to play Nostradamus in a WSJ op-ed on the future of moviegoing, the filmmaker has made predictions for the “bleak” digital future months after appealing to theater owners at CinemaCon. Related: Hot Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Studios have already largely phased out film prints in favor of digital files. Nolan writes that the digital future of exhibition risks reducing films to “content” that can be easily viewed on mobile devices and other alternative screens “and the idea would be that movie theaters should […] »


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Hot Trailer: ‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’

8 July 2014 4:45 PM, PDT

Here’s our first look at Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic that’s hitting theaters at Christmastime. Christian Bale stars as Moses, who rises up against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and leads more than a half-million slaves out of Egypt. Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley co-star in the action-adventure film written by Steve Zaillian from Bill Collage & Adam Cooper’s story. Fox releases Exodus: Gods And Kings on December 12. Have a look: Related: Biblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood To Stay? »


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