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‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor

‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor
The convergence of the micro and macro worlds of politics and journalism in “The Post” most appealed to two-time Oscar-winning production designer Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”). The entry point of Liz Hannah’s script was Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) finding her voice at 54 as the new publisher of The Washington Post with the landmark publication of “The Pentagon Papers” in 1971. Director Steven Spielberg added the social context of journalists having a vital voice in search of the truth with the help of Hannah and scribe Josh Singer (“Spotlight”).

“I think that when Liz grasped the idea of Kay’s rite of passage as a road map for the rest of her life beyond raising children that she was onto something that certainly was significant,” said Carter. “So then, for me, there’s the intimate side of Juliet and Romeo being the Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee [Tom Hanks] platonic love story, where their
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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“Soon to be a major motion picture.” From its publication in 1986, that was what British actor-writer Peter Turner expected of his Gloria Grahame memoir “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” But it took three decades for the May-December romance starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell to finally hit theaters December 29.

This could have been yet another film that never got made. But James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli knew Turner back when the young actor was in love with Grahame, his fellow lodger twice his age at a Primrose Hill rooming house. “I’ve known Peter Turner for 40 years,” said Broccoli. “I met him and Gloria together. It was a special relationship. Sometime after she passed away he wrote the memoir, and gave me the manuscript. I thought it was so beautiful.”

Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam optioned the book shortly after its publication, but the project went into turnaround
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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“Soon to be a major motion picture.” From its publication in 1986, that was what British actor-writer Peter Turner expected of his Gloria Grahame memoir “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” But it took three decades for the May-December romance starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell to finally hit theaters December 29.

This could have been yet another film that never got made. But James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli knew Turner back when the young actor was in love with Grahame, his fellow lodger twice his age at a Primrose Hill rooming house. “I’ve known Peter Turner for 40 years,” said Broccoli. “I met him and Gloria together. It was a special relationship. Sometime after she passed away he wrote the memoir, and gave me the manuscript. I thought it was so beautiful.”

Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam optioned the book shortly after its publication, but the project went into turnaround
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2017’s Best Films By and About Women

Girls Trip”: Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures

The big screen had a lot to offer in 2017: Amazonian warriors kicking ass (and breaking box office records), tennis stars smashing misogyny, a wildly inventive and Nsfw use of a grapefruit, and so much more. We’ve collected some of our favorite films by and about women this year, and they include biopics about athletes, war movies, and a game-changing super hero film. That’s part of what stands out about this year — the fact that women finally had the opportunity to shine in different genres, both on-screen and behind the scenes. This year’s Best Actress frontrunners aren’t playing the wives of powerful men — they are at the center of their own stories. Finally.

Here are some the year’s best films directed by women and/or about female protagonists, according to us:

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver
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Did Prince Philip Have an Affair with a Russian Ballerina as Implied in The Crown?

Did Prince Philip Have an Affair with a Russian Ballerina as Implied in The Crown?
Spoilers ahead!

The second season of The Crown wastes no time delving into the tensions in Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip‘s marriage by the mid-1950s. Episode one centers around an implied affair between Philip and a world-famous dancer.

Ahead of Philip’s five-month tour aboard the royal yacht Britannia, the Queen hides a gift in her husband’s briefcase and stumbles upon a photo of a beautiful ballerina — Galina Ulanova. At the time, she doesn’t confront Philip about the photograph, but later in the episode she attends a performance of Ulanova in Giselle, and the two women
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Riverdale: No, Jughead Is Not His Real Name, You Jugheads

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If you're watching Riverdale, then you're probably mildly obsessed with Cole Sprouse's character, Jughead Jones. And if you're not, you're completely missing out. Even though he's the mysterious loner from the wrong side of the tracks, his innate ability to do the right thing paired with his star-crossed romance with Betty Cooper make him the ultimate underdog we can't help but root for. While Archie is often painted as the show's central character, Jughead's real name proves he's the true hero of the story. In Archie comics, Jughead's birth name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, after his father, Forsythe "Fp" Pendleton II. Although it's not the juxtaposed properness of his name that has our attention, it's the meaning behind it. According to Ancestry.com, the Scottish named is loosely translated to "man of peace." Throughout this season, Jughead has struggled between the light and dark side. While he loves
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: ‘Pitchfork’ director Glenn Douglas Packard

Pitchfork is new slasher style horror from co-writer and director Glenn Douglas Packard, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Glenn about creating the character, what makes Pitchfork stand out in the genre and his favorite scenes in the movie.

What can we expect from Pitchfork?

A new slasher indie horror with a killer you will fall in love with.

How did you come up with the concept for Pitchfork and what were your influences?

Pitchfork had been in my head for 8 years and I was ready to release him. I had seen a rerun of Oprah Winfrey show episode about a boy who was treated as a dog his whole life, and now as a grown man he wrote a book and was helping people that came from child abuse. I thought to myself what if
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Allegiance, The Nutcracker and Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time top our December Events list

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Allegiance, The Nutcracker and Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time top our December Events listAllegiance, The Nutcracker and Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time top our December Events listScott Goodyer11/30/2017 10:14:00 Am

The holidays are just around the corner and we've got some fantastic holiday event screenings on our big screens to get you in that festive mood! Check out our list below and stay warm out there!

Dec 3rd: Eagles at Seahawks - NFL Sunday Nights

For four regular season and three playoff games leading up to Super Bowl Lii, NFL screenings will be hosted at Cineplex’s luxurious, adults-only VIP Cinemas, where football fans can cheer on their favourite team from ultra-wide, luxury recliners. Fans will also enjoy in-seat food and beverage service throughout the game from an expanded menu, which includes a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits as well as classic game-day favourites likes burgers,
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Exclusive Clip: Love Is Thicker Than Water, Even in the Shower

Arthur and Vida are in the shower together and it looks like fun before Vida steps away for a moment, leaving Arthur to contemplate things. And things do not look too rosy for him. Love Is Thicker than Water is described as a romantic comedy, though our exclusive clip suggests strongly that appearances can be deceiving. According to the brief synopsis, "Vida and Arthur come from vastly different backgrounds. Sensitive and touching, sometimes quirky and tragic, always uncompromisingly truthful, [the film presents] a fresh look at how conflicting family ties challenge love in a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale." Johnny Flynn (Lovesick) and Lydia Wilson (Star Trek: Beyond) star as Arthur and Vida, respectively, with Elle Kendrick (Game of Thrones) leading the supporting cast....

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Sgiff: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

Sgiff: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema
Waheeda Rehman, the 79-year-old grande dame of Indian cinema who has worked with most of the legendary filmmakers of her country during her 62-year career is very complimentary about the kind of films being made today.

“All kinds of stories are being today,” Rehman said. “Back in the day, films used to be formulaic. There was a hero, heroine and a villain, and there would be a cabaret number thrown in for good measure. I got very bored and began looking for different roles.”

Rehman was speaking at an In Conversation event for “The Song of Scorpions” that showed as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival on Friday. Other speakers included director Anup Singh and producers Shahaf Peled and Saskia Vischer.

The roles Rehman chose were in films that are considered classics in the annals of Indian cinema. She worked with Guru Dutt in “Pyaasa” (1957) and “Kaagaz Ke Phool” (1959), Satyajit Ray in “Abhijaan” (1962), Basu Bhattacharya
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Belgium's Black Duo Return With Hyper Stylized Gangsta

If you were to draft up a list of qualities of typically 'Belgian' films, you likely would end up with the description of something an entire world away from Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah's international breakout hit Black, which is almost crtainly as the duo intended. Essentially Romeo And Juliet remodelled as a bold and brash, youthful gangster tale amongst Belgium's immigrant communities, Black - the duo's second film - found great success on the international festival circuit, where it was considered a calling card for a forceful pair of new talents. And now El Arbi and Fallah are poised to return with their third effort, the simply titled Gangsta and they look poised to deliver exactly what the title promises: Not the serious...

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Theatre Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’, Northern Ballet (UK Tour)

The Little Mermaid review: You will be swept away by the Northern Ballet’s interpretation of this tragic love story.

The Little Mermaid review by Katey Thompson at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

This production is a world premiere, the third for the Northern Ballet this year for a company with ambitious vision and the ability to deliver. This interpretation of the classic fairy tale is based on the original Hans Christian Andersen version rather than that of Walt Disney. Fans of Sebastian the Crab needn’t be disappointed though as this is a visual spectacle. Versatile and simple stage design by Kimie Nakano provides the production with a stark shimmering backdrop which almost dominates the scenes. It is smoothly rearranged into a ships prow, towering waves, or a chalky cliff to add visual drama. The reflections in the curved shape delicately amplify the dancer’s fluid movements.

The story
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U.S. Man Marries Mexican Wife in Cross-Border Ceremony as Authorities Open ‘Door of Hope’ Briefly

U.S. Man Marries Mexican Wife in Cross-Border Ceremony as Authorities Open ‘Door of Hope’ Briefly
A couple forced apart by immigration status and a 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico made the most of a rare lapse in border rules Saturday.

The couple were able to say “I do” while standing in two different countries as authorities opened a gate known as the “Door of Hope” at Friendship Park which straddles San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico.

Somewhat of a modern day Romeo and Juliet, the couple were determined to bind themselves together during a wedding witnessed by Border Patrol agents and 11 other families who were there to briefly reunite with loved ones.
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Love Lives of Twilight Stars: Inside Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson & More Cast Members' Romances

Love Lives of Twilight Stars: Inside Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson & More Cast Members' Romances
Five years ago the beloved Twilight saga came to an end with the release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2. "Team Edward" t-shirts one last time as we take a look at the love lives of our favorite Twilight stars. In the popular young adult series, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson played Bella Swan and Edward Cullen respectively—Aka the modern day Romeo and Juliet—but with more dramatic flair, vampires and, of course, werewolves. Their love story quickly became every teenage girls dream when it premiered in 2008, shooting all Twilight actors to fame. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, with the fourth and final film, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, premiering five years ago....
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What Is Taylor Swift's Reputation About? A Track-by-Track Breakdown of Her Revealing New Album

What Is Taylor Swift's Reputation About? A Track-by-Track Breakdown of Her Revealing New Album
Taylor Swift doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation. Or does she?

On her sixth studio album, Reputation, the Grammy winner, 27, plays with perception. Since rising to fame in 2006, Swift’s knack for super-personal storytelling has been a blessing and a curse. She’s one of the best-selling female artists of all-time. But she’s also fallen prey to the pitfalls of fame and, in recent years, has become as well-known for the headlines she makes as the music she releases.

And it’s her experience with fame — and how it’s influenced her reputation — that fuels her latest LP.
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Riverdale season 2 episode 5 review: When A Stranger Calls

Chris Cummins Nov 9, 2017

The darkness fully envelops Riverdale in a jaw-dropping episode full of risks and surprises. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.5 When A Stranger Calls

"I told you we were the same."

Okay, pick your jaw off of the floor and breathe, because that was one, exhilarting, eventful hour of television.

We are only five episodes in to this 22-episode season and the glacial pace that marked Riverdale's first season is but a memory at this point, because there's a lot that went down tonight. Before we get into the meat and potatoes of tonight's installment, a brief recap: The Black Hood tortures Betty by making her cut her friends out of her life unless he will murder them
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5 Things to Know About Thor: Ragnarok Star Tessa Thompson

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5 Things to Know About Thor: Ragnarok Star Tessa Thompson
You may not be familiar with Tessa Thompson's name right now, but the 33-year-old actress is about to be everywhere. She recently starred in the first season of Westworld, and she's playing Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok (and maybe its followup Avengers: Infinity War). Before she blows up in Hollywood, check out a few key facts about the star below. Her father is in the entertainment business. Tessa is the daughter of singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the musical group Chocolate Genius, Inc. She's a Shakespeare buff. While her first acting experience was a school play with Amber Tamblyn, her professional stage debut came when she starred in an La production of The Tempest. In 2003, she also appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination. She's been on a few of your favorite shows. Before starring on Westworld,
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Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen heading to Little Italy

Screen Daily is reporting that Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen are set to headline Little Italy, a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from director Donald Petrie.

According to the site, the film follows “a trainee chef and an aspiring restaurateur from warring pizza clans who fall in love. While their fathers are sworn business rivals, their mothers are in fact secret best friends and their grandparents enjoy a clandestine romance of their own. When the fathers hear of their adult children’s blossoming romance, they orchestrate a pizza cook-off to determine who will be forced to leave town.”

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to represent the newest feature from acclaimed romantic comedy director Donald Petrie, Little Italy,” said Alexandra Cocean, executive vice-president of sales at Voltage Pictures. “A strong cast, along with the pedigree of the filmmaking team, make the title an excellent addition to
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Bee-utiful! Blind Melon's Bee Girl Heather Deloach Is Married — See the Photos!

You better bee-lieve there was “no rain” on her wedding day!

Heather Deloach — best known for playing a tap-dancing kid in the music video for Blind Melon’s 1992 hit “No Rain” — married Matthew Greiner at the Us Grant Hotel in San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 7, she confirms to People exclusively.

These days Deloach, 34, represents a world-renowned fertility doctor in Orange County, California, while her husband, 35, works as a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual.

“We are overjoyed to finally become husband and wife,” Deloach told People. “It’s an amazing feeling when you are marrying your best friend. We can’t
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Hellboy Star Compares Reboot to Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hellboy Star Compares Reboot to Shakespeare's Hamlet
With Lionsgate's Hellboy about to start shooting, star David Harbour recently made some interesting comments about the project, which may have fans looking at the reboot in a new light. While promoting Season 2 of his hit Netflix series Stranger Things, Harbour compared the overall story of Hellboy to the William Shakespeare classic play Hamlet. The actor had previously compared his Hopper character to characters in Hamlet, and when asked if this Hellboy reboot will also "borrow from classic stories," the actor had this to say.

"Comic books of our age are modern-day myths, similar to Agamemnon and those Greek legends. My biggest influence has always been Shakespeare. I have always loved taking stories, as Shakespeare did with something like Romeo and Juliet, these simple stories and making them very complex, with language and ideas. That's what I would love to do with the comic book world too, and I think
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