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Dick Smith Dead: ‘Godfather of Makeup’ Dies at 92

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Smith, known as the “Godfather of Makeup,” has died at age 92. Smith’s protege, Rick Baker, tweeted of the legend’s passing on Thursday morning.

The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.

Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) July 31, 2014

The legendary makeup artist was renowned for his realistic transformations in films like “The Godfather” and “Amadeus” — aging Marlon Brando into Don Corleone and F. Murray Abraham into a wizened Antonio Salieri — garnering an Academy Award for his work in the latter alongside Paul LeBlanc. In 2012, Smith was given an honorary Governor’s Academy Award for his contribution to the field, which was presented by Baker. Earlier this year, Smith received the Makeup Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. He also won a Primetime Emmy in 1967 for his work on Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight! »


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Box office preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' aims for a cosmic debut

11 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Lorde Is Curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

19 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Here's a good idea: Lorde is curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack. (She's also written the soundtrack's first single.) To prove that she's the perfect teen for the job, she wrote about the entire thing on her Tumblr: "... to be at the helm of a project like this is easily the most responsibility i’ve ever had, and to me, that says something kind of amazing about the way the world is changing - a globally successful film franchise is allowing a teenager to run their shit. we are opening doors, we are moving walls. this makes me so insanely happy." She did a dark(er) cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the Catching Fire soundtrack: »


- Lindsey Weber

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John Stamos to Armor Up for ABC's ‘Galavant’

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Stamos is heading to “Galavant.” The actor and beloved yogurt pitchman has signed on to guest-star on ABC's fairy tale-centered musical comedy “Galavant,” a representative for the network told TheWrap on Thursday. While the actor has so far signed on for just one episode, there is a possibility that he will appear on multiple episodes of the series, which was created by Dan Fogelman. Fogelman told ABC News that Stamos will play a knight and foe to Galavant (Joshua Sasse), who shows up to face off once. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Ukrainian Silent Film Voted Best Docu in Sight & Sound Poll

15 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Ukrainian filmmaker Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent film “Man with a Movie Camera” has been voted the world’s greatest ever documentaries by a poll of filmmakers and critics organized by the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine.

The film, shot in the cities of Odessa, Kiev and Khadliv, was one of “dazzling beauty and bewitching complexity, which unleashed the camera in a teasingly surrealist fashion to capture everyday life in a unique and hugely influential way,” the BFI said in a statement.

The magazine has held a similar poll to decide the best film once a decade since 1952, with Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” receiving the most votes in the last edition in 2012. The vast majority of films nominated were fiction features, although in the most recent poll “Man With a Movie Camera” came in at a surprising 8th place and was the only documentary in the top 10. Now, for the first time, »


- Leo Barraclough

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Review: The Goofy Genius of Guardians of the Galaxy

26 minutes ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

I wish I were 11 years old again. That's the only way I could get more joy out of Guardians of the Galaxy, an outer-space romp that packs a universe's worth of goofy charm, oddball heroes, despicable villains, humongous explosions, awesome makeup, silly slapstick, smart jokes, dumb jokes, the super hits of the 1970s, a talking raccoon and the requisite orb of impossible power. What more could a kid - or a grown-up who's seen too many overly serious superhero movies - ask for? Think of it as Star Wars, only starring the weirdos from the bar scene. Our human hero is Peter Quill, »


- Samantha Miller, @smillerpeople

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People Staffers Reveal: When I Realized I Was Addicted to the Kim Kardashian Game

56 minutes ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Let's begin with full disclosure: My name is Whitney, and I'm a Kardashianholic. When Kim Kardashian's game app was released, I judged everyone who downloaded it, including my friends and coworkers. But one night I got curious and decided to try the app out for an hour, just to see what all the fuss was about. ("It's totally job related," I lied to myself.) Then everything changed. I became addicted, needing to get to the A List as quickly as possible. I found myself half-watching my favorite TV shows because I was so invested in the game. I started Googling weird phrases, »


- Whitney Little, @wplittle

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People Staffers Reveal: When I Realized I Was Addicted to the Kim Kardashian Game

56 minutes ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Let's begin with full disclosure: My name is Whitney, and I'm a Kardashianholic. When Kim Kardashian's game app was released, I judged everyone who downloaded it, including my friends and coworkers. But one night I got curious and decided to try the app out for an hour, just to see what all the fuss was about. ("It's totally job related," I lied to myself.) Then everything changed. I became addicted, needing to get to the A List as quickly as possible. I found myself half-watching my favorite TV shows because I was so invested in the game. I started Googling weird phrases, »


- Whitney Little, @wplittle

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Julia Roberts Plays "Face Balls" With Jimmy Fallon, Is "Better Handling Big Balls"—Watch Now!

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Julia Roberts and Jimmy Fallon had a ball—and took several of them to the face—last night on the Tonight Show! Why, you wonder? Well, the Normal Heart star and the late-night host played "Face Balls," a game where they each threw inflatable balls of varying sizes at each other's faces. That was great, sure, but the real fun was watching the slow motion playback of Julia and Jimmy's faces as the balls hit! Because Julia "is our guest," Jimmy let her throw the first ball at his face. She asked laughingly, "Are you fully insured?" He reassured her yes, and while she pre-apologized, the 46-year-old actress stepped forward and hurled that ball at Jimmy's »


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24-Year-Old Single Michigan Mom Wins $66-Million Lottery

1 hour ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A Port Huron, Michigan, woman who won a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June said Thursday that she didn't learn for 10 days that the winning ticket was in her purse. Kelsey Zachow, 24, will get her jackpot as a one-time lump-sum cash payment of nearly $38 million and will take home nearly $27 million after taxes, the Michigan Lottery said. She said she had accumulated several lottery tickets in her purse before checking the numbers. "When the clerk at the store told me I had a big winner I was positive that he was mistaken,"Zachow said in a statement. »


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Emma Watson Joins Twitter Protest Against Turkish Politician

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – ‎Emma Watson has tweeted a picture of herself laughing in a sign of solidarity with Turkish women. Thousands in the country have protested on social media by posting similar pictures after the country's deputy prime minister earlier this week said women shouldn't laugh in public. Photos 'Harry Potter' at the Box Office Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc had given a speech to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, a celebration at the end of Ramadan. "A woman should be chaste," The Guardian quoted him as saying. "She should know the difference between public and private.

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- Georg Szalai

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'Calvary' Director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson Talk the Betrayal of Trust (Exclusive Video)

1 hour ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Irishman John Michael McDonagh has moved from writing novels to embracing filmmaking. His first movie, taut thriller "The Guard," was scooped up out of Sundance by Sony Pictures Classics and was embraced by critics and arthouse audiences. It starred Brendan Gleeson and so does McDonagh's second film, "Calvary," which was grabbed at Sundance by Fox Searchlight. (It opens in theaters August 1.) "Calvary" marks perhaps Gleeson's best performance to date among many others--he's been nominated for three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs, for McDonagh's playwright/filmmaker brother Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" and TV movie "Into the Storm," but never the Oscar. (Tom Christie's review here.) "Calvary" is an intense Irish drama about a good priest (Gleeson) who is threatened in the film's opening scene inside the confessional by a man who plans to kill him the following Sunday, on the beach. The priest, who made his vows after his »


- Anne Thompson

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One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Was Global Album Top Seller in 2013

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One Direction's album Midnight Memories was the top selling album in the world in 2013 according to global figures cited by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The boyband's third studio album sold 4 million copies worldwide in the space of just five weeks following its release on Nov. 25. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 came in second.  One Direction had a banner year in 2013 with their sellout world tour Take Me Home grossing over $100 million and their first concert film the Morgan Spurlock directed  One Direction: This Is Us 3D making $67 million at the box office. The

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- Abid Rahman

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Picture Tree Acquires Paulo Coelho Biopic ‘The Pilgrim’ (Exclusive)

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London — Berlin-based international sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim — the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house Cuatro Dama Filmes.

Coelho’s 30 novels — including “The Alchemist” and “Adultery” — have been translated into 80 languages, distributed in 224 countries and sold more than 165 million copies.

“The Pilgrim” retraces Coelho’s own story, which was the chief inspiration for his work. He flirted with death, escaped madness, experimented with drugs, overcame torture, made rock-and-roll history in Brazil, and found fame as a writer.

Julio Andrade (“Serra Pelada,” “Gonzaga de Pai Para Filho”) shares the role of the writer with his younger brother, newcomer Ravel Andrade. The cast also features Fabiana Gugli (“Blindness”) and Lucci Ferreira in the role of Coelho’s music partner Raul Seixas. Nancho Novo (“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”) and Paz Vega (“Spanglish,” “Sex and Lucia”) complete the cast. »


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Media Luna Picks Up Samuli Valkama’s ‘No Thank You’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sales company Media Luna has acquired Samuli Valkama’s comedy-drama “No Thank You,” which is based on Anna-Leena Harkonen’s novel “Ei Kiitos.”

“No Thank You” centers on Heli, whose husband is impervious to her charms, preferring computer games to her company. She then meets Jarno, an attractive young man who pays her the attention she craves.

Pic is Valkama’s second feature, and follows debut “Love and Other Troubles,” which premiered in 2012. His short film “Alright Love” won the Berlin Today Award at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.

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China's Alibaba Invests in Maker of 'The Hobbit' Mobile Game

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alibaba's spending spree continues with Jack Ma's e-commerce and entertainment giant investing in San Francisco Bay area based mobile games company Kabam Inc.  Alibaba is investing $120 million in Kabam and will also publish a number of the company's free-to-play games across its Mobile Taobao and Laiwang platforms, including  Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon as well as the movie inspired titles The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and Fast & Furious 6: The Game.   List 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 The announcement was made by Kabam CEO Kevin Chou at ChinaJoy, the digital entertainment conference

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- Abid Rahman

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French News, Arts Cable Channels Face Closure as Government Blocks Move to Free TV

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris – France's TV regulator has declined applications from three cable channels to become free-to-air, saying adding new competition could hurt an already struggling TV advertising market. But the decision could force two of the networks to shutter. The three channels are TF1’s all-news network Lci, M6’s arts channel Paris Premiere and CanalPlus’ documentary channel Planete+. They were seeking to move out of their cable berths to become available free-to-air and fully ad-supported. But the government regulators said the French free-tv market at the moment cannot support more channels. Photos Meet 12 of Emmy's First-Time Acting

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‎Chinese Web Giant Tencent Moves Into Online Games, Novels

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The Internet publishing business of Tencent, the world's fourth biggest Internet company by revenue, signed an agreement with Giant Interactive on Tuesday to develop games based on popular Internet novels.   The first fruits of the tie up between the Tencent Literature subsidiary of Tencent and Giant is a game based on the Internet novel Ze Tian Ji.  Giant Interactive vice president Peng Cheng summed up the motivation for the deal when he said, "[g]ood stories and IP have their own values for game fans and readers.” For Tencent Literature the deal fall in line with plans to monetize its huge

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- Abid Rahman

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Spanish Industry Divided Over 'Game of Thrones' Recovery Plan

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Madrid – When HBO did an extras casting call for Game of Thrones in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, more than 55,000 people turned up for a shot at 1,000 walk-on roles. News that the phenomenally popular fantasy series will shoot parts of its fifth season in Southern Spain had people in the economically depressed region (where unemployment tops 35 percent) hoping Game of Thrones knights and dragons would ride to their rescue. Spain looks longingly at the Game of Thrones effect in Northern Ireland, where Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said in April the HBO

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- Pamela Rolfe

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Sundance Film Festival Goes to Hong Kong

5 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Sundance Institute is partnering with The Metroplex to present the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects, a screening series of new American indies to be held from September 19 to 28, 2014 at the new Metroplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will offer Hong Kong premieres of eight new films from the 2014 Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., with filmmakers on hand. Since 2012 the Sundance Institute, with Aeg Europe, annually presents the Sundance London film and music festival and in 2013 the Institute launched the Los Angeles-based Sundance Next Fest (August 7 to 10).  We'll find out the program for the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects in mid-August. Screenings will span two weekends from September 19 to 28, 2014. »

- Anne Thompson

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