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Bulgaria’s Oscar Entry ‘The Judgement’ Is Stunningly Timely Amid Europe’s Migrant Crisis

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When Stephan Komandarev’s feature The Judgement was greenlighted at the end of 2011, Europe was just starting to see the first Syrian refugees displaced by the civil war in their home country. The day The Judgement was voted as Bulgaria’s foreign-language Oscar submission, Sept. 4, 2015, was at the height of the European migrant crisis, when footage of some 1,000 defiant refugees walking from Budapest to Germany led the news and the image of a Syrian toddler whose body… »

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‘Steve Jobs’ Review: A Smart And Complex Movie That Perfectly Fits The Man Himself

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Movies haven’t often been described necessarily as a writer’s medium, but in the case of Universal’s Steve Jobs, there can be no question that the real star of this show is screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network has pulled together another real-life tech story but in this case has created what I might call the anti-biopic. As I say in my video review (click the photo above), this is about as unconventional as movie biography gets… »

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Gene Allen Dies: Ex-Academy President & ‘My Fair Lady’ Oscar Winner Was 97

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Gene Allen, a production designer who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady and was a former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach, CA. He was 97. The Academy announced the news today. His was one of eight Academy Awards for My Fair Lady in 1965, including Best Picture. Allen also scored Oscar noms for A Star Is Born (1955) and Les Girls (1958). He was a three-term Academy President (1983-85)… »

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‘In Jackson Heights’ Trailer: 50 Years Of Frederick Wiseman Docus

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Exclusive: Frederick Wiseman has made 40 documentary films in the past 50 years and the trailer for No. 40 is now here: the New York love letter In Jackson Heights, a feature-length snapshot of the diverse neighborhood in northwestern Queens. It is in the midst of its fall fest run, having premiered in Venice before screening in Toronto and now getting a slot in its hometown fest, the New York Film Festival, on Sunday, with Wiseman in attendance. Wiseman, now 85, has won… »

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Live-Action ‘Tiger & Bunny’ Coming From Imagine And Anew

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Just-announced at New York Comic Con is the news that Ron Howard and Brian Glazer are getting into the superhero game. Imagine Entertainment is partnering with All Nippon Entertainment Works and Namco Bandai on a live action, English-language remake of Namco Bandai’s popular anime series Tiger & Bunny. For those who haven’t checked it out, Tiger & Bunny explores themes familiar to fans of deconstructionist takes on superheroes like Powers, Watchmen and the like (though… »

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Christopher Nolan Mum On New Project At London Film Festival Talk

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Christopher Nolan took the BFI London Film Festival stage this afternoon to continue his crusade for the preservation of film as digital continues to dominate production, archive and exhibition. But he stayed silent on details of his next movie. That silence has been deafening since Warner Bros announced a release date: July 21, 2017. The studio has world rights on the new one, as it has had with all of Nolan's recent pictures except for Interstellar, which it shared with… »

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Paramount Extends Brad Grey To 2020 Amid Viacom Efforts To Rebuild Studio

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Viacom has extended Brad Grey’s contract as Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures into 2020, providing some stability at a time of uncertainty at the entertainment giant. A studio insider tells Deadline the deal was completed months ago, though it just became public today. The renewal comes as Viacom launches efforts to rebuild Paramount, which is expected to account for about 24% of the parent company’s revenues but little of its cash flow. It cut the studio’s slate… »

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Cameron Thor Sentencing Postponed As Acting Coach Hires Mark Geragos

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Acting coach Cameron Thor, who was convicted last month of lewd conduct with a minor, has obtained famed defense attorney Mark Geragos to fight the conviction. Sentencing, which was scheduled to take place today in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys, CA, has been continued until November 20. Thor, who appeared in court today in handcuffs and a blue La County Jail jumpsuit, was convicted of lewd conduct with one of his students, Jordyn Ladell, when she was a… »

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Lionsgate & iQIYI Ink China Streaming Pact; Film Movement Hearts Korea’s ‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River’ – Global Briefs

9 October 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

Lionsgate and Chinese online video platform iQIYI have entered a long-term output deal for movies from the studio as well as third-party titles. The pact gives iQIYI an exclusive Svod and Tvod window on the films and includes a major promotional commitment. Under the deal are such upcoming movies as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; Divergent Series: Allegiant; and action-thriller Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Dylan… »

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CAA Book Promises To Surprise, Will Hit Store Shelves Next Summer

9 October 2015 10:50 AM, PDT

Exclusive: The definitive book on talent agency CAA is being written by James Andrew Miller, the same author who penned the bestselling Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World Of Espn and the as-yet untitled CAA book will be the launch title of Custom House, a new boutique label under William Morrow/Harper Collins. The book will cover decades of the talent agency’s history, from its beginnings when ‘the boys’ — as they were called by their agent mentor Phil Weltman… »

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‘Hail, Caesar!’ Trailer: Coen Brothers’ Latest Looks Like Best-Of Reel (In A Good Way)

9 October 2015 9:28 AM, PDT

The first look at Universal Pictures’ Hail, Caesar! has dropped, and it has all the hallmarks of a killer Joel Coen and Ethan Coen pic. Based on the trailer, this one seems to be picking from the best of the brothers’ vault: a dash of the period Hollywood feel that could make it a sequel to Barton Fink, a kidnapping mystery like the one that tied the room together in The Big Lebowski (and less serious a crime than, say, No Country For Old Men or Fargo), and of course… »

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Rob Riggle Takes On Drama With ‘Midnight Sun’ Pic

9 October 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

Exclusive: This is no joke: Rob Riggle has been cast in Midnight Sun, the Ya romantic drama that stars Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger. It begins production next week in Vancouver. Based on a 2006 Japanese film, Midnight Sun centers on Katie (Thorne), a 17-year-old girl sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie (Schwarzenegger)… »

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Wayne Bastrup Takes Flight In ‘Sully’; Beau Knapp Enlists In ‘Sand Castle’

9 October 2015 7:59 AM, PDT

Wayne Bastrup has joined the cast of Warner Bros’ Clint Eastwood drama Sully, the pic based on the true story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger’s heroic 2009 landing of Us Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River that preserved the lives of all on board. Tom Hanks plays Sully, Laura Linney is his wife, and Colt McCallany also is in the cast. Shooting is underway in New York. Bastrup, last seen onscreen in this summer’s Terminator Genisys and the Brian Wilson biopic Lo… »

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Timothy Spall And Colm Meaney In ‘The Journey’: First Look

9 October 2015 7:13 AM, PDT

Colm Meaney stars in Nick Hamm's The Journey as Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness opposite Timothy Spall as the late Sir Ian Paisley. The film is a fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland — firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and  Republican stalwart McGuinness— who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of modern history. It… »

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Tapped As Featured Speaker At Produced By: New York

9 October 2015 7:04 AM, PDT

Alejandro G. Iñárritu will be the featured speaker at the second Produced By: New York conference later this month. The headlining panel, Producers' Masterclass: An Adventurous Partnership With Alejandro G. Iñárritu, featuring the Oscar and Producers Guild Award-winning filmmaker with his producing team — Mary Parent, Steve Golin, and Brad Weston — as they discuss their latest film, Tne Revenant. Iñárritu and his team join previously announced Tina Fey and a roster of… »

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Stuntman Slaps Age-Discrimination Suit On Sony, Marvel & Others

8 October 2015 7:09 PM, PDT

Veteran stuntman Bj Davis has sued the stunt coordinator of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — along with Sony Pictures, Marvel and others — for age discrimination, claiming that he "made no secret of the fact that he felt plaintiff was too old to work as a stunt man." The case, his suit states, "represents a particularly violent instance of age discrimination and exposes the pervasive problem of age discrimination in the stunt industry." Columbia Pictures, Avi Arad Productions… »

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Hollywood Accused Of “White-Washing” Roles Meant For Asians

8 October 2015 5:51 PM, PDT

Hollywood again is being accused of "white-washing" roles originally written as Asian characters. The latest incident is on Ridley Scott's The Martian, in which white actress Mackenzie Davis stars as Mindy Park, who's identified as a Korean-American scientist in the book the film was based on. "This insulting practice of white-washing has got to stop," said Aki Aleong, President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the problem for… »

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Frank Langella Inks With ICM Partners & Circle Of Confusion

8 October 2015 2:39 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Frank Langella has returned to ICM Partners and has additionally signed with Circle of Confusion for management. He had been at Paradigm since May 2014. The Oscar nominee and three-time Tony winner is shooting HBO’s Lbj film All The Way starring Bryan Cranston as the president; Langella plays Lbj’s mentor Sen. Richard Russell. Langella will next be seen opposite Viggo Mortenson in Captain Fantastic and starring alongside Billy Crudup in Youth In Oregon. He also… »

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Stan Lee & William Shatner To Unveil Collaboration At Comikaze 2015; ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Adds Peter Nyong’o

8 October 2015 2:31 PM, PDT

Stan Lee and William Shatner will unveil a collaborative project at the fifth annual Stan Lee Comikaze Expo. The convention returns to Los Angeles on Halloween weekend, October 30-November 1. Details of the collaboration between Lee and Shatner remain under wraps. In addition, Comikaze has announced a still-developing slate of appearances and events throughout the event. Among them special sessions with comics legends Lee, Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison, Marc Silvestri, Rob… »

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‘Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan On Choosing Irish Role “Carefully”; Chantal Akerman Screenings – New York Film Festival

8 October 2015 1:36 PM, PDT

“I thought very carefully about what my first Irish film would be,” Saoirse Ronan told an appreciative Alice Tully Hall audience at Wednesday night’s screening of Brooklyn. The 21-year-old New York City native and star (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) chose well with John Crowley’s elegiac romance, adapted by Nick Hornby (Wild) from Colm Toíbín’s novel. Fox Searchlight picked up the film at Sundance for a cool $9 million and plans to release it in November. Ronan (first name… »

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