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20 Movie Auditions For Famous Roles You Need To See

16 September 2014 4:01 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When it comes to the really iconic characters in film history, we tend to get tremendously attached to the actors that play them. We assign ownership to these characters, and kind of forget that they didn’t always belong to the actors that brought them to life. Luke Skywalker wasn’t always Mark Hamill, and Indiana Jones wasn’t always Harrison Ford. Once upon a time, these parts were up for grabs, and these actors had to audition for them just like everybody else, competing with hundreds of other hopefuls. It’s amazing to sit down and watch the auditions that landed them these fantastic roles, which effectively changed the course of their careers.

But equally interesting are the auditions of actors who, for whatever reason, didn’t get the part, but went on to become celebrities for their work on other projects regardless. It’s a classic what if scenario. »

- Audrey Fox

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The Wire stars re-team for Pixar’s Finding Dory

12 September 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After their work together in The Wire, Idris Elba and Dominic West are to reunite and lend their voices to Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to 2003’s smash-hit Finding Nemo.

“We’re both in the sequel to ‘Finding Nemo'” West revealed in an interview this week with Shortlist, “so we were recording that.”

Also set to star retuning cast Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe, as well as new additions Diane Keaton (The Godfather), Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17th, »

- Scott Davis

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New Trailer for The Judge Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall

11 September 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Reviews have been mixed since it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, but the following trailer which has been released today for The Judge may just go some way in helping you decide whether or not the movie (which is no longer considered a serious Oscar contender) is worth watching!

The Judge is an upcoming thriller and family drama which sees Iron Man and Avengers Assemble star Robert Downey Jr. as a successful defence attorney who ends up battling it out with Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton (in the courtroom) after he reluctantly returns home for his mother’s funeral.

It’s then that he discovers that his estranged father (The Godfather’s Robert Duvall), the town’s judge who now suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder and is set to stand trial for the crime.

David Dobkin is directing the movie which marks the first project »

- Josh Wilding

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Al Pacino on Greta Gerwig, Burger-Flipping and Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’

8 September 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “The Humbling,” one of his two new movies (along with “Manglehorn”) having their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, Al Pacino plays a legendary actor in career freefall. But talk to Pacino for a while about his characters and his craft, and it’s clear that one needn’t harbor any concerns about life imitating art.

When he first read the script for “The Humbling,” which was adapted by Buck Henry and Michael Zebede from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino called the movie’s director, Barry Levinson, and told him he thought the only way to play the role was to find the humor in it. “I can’t help it: it struck me as funny,” Pacino recalls over lunch at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “This idea of an actor who’s been doing this his whole life wanting to quit because he’s lost his talent »

- Scott Foundas

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Toronto Spotlight: ‘The Drop’ Scribe Dennis Lehane On Using Small Time Crime To Trigger Big Time Characters

6 September 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Dennis Lehane has had a more charmed run that most authors, watching his superb novels Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island get turned into fine movies. Now he’s adapted one of his short stories into the Fox Searchlight drama The Drop, with Bullhead helmer Michael R. Roskam launching the film at Toronto last night and a cast led by Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Bullhead‘s Matthias Schoenarts and John Ortiz. Here, Lehane discusses what it’s like to have his dialogue made better by great actors, and what Hollywood owes authors in turning their books into films.

Deadline: You have this gift for creating memorably desperate tough guy characters on the fringes of the criminal world. Where did the inspiration for Animal Rescue come from?

Lehane: It started just with an image. A guy walking in the snow, down a street, and he hears a noise. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Tiff 2014 Review – Justice (Hustisya) (2014)

2 September 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Justice (Hustisya), 2014

Directed by Joel Lamangan.

Starring Nora AunorRocco NacinoRosanna RocesSunshine DizonGardo VersozaChynna Ortaleza and Jeric Gonzales.

Synopsis:

A woman fights for her soul while working for a human trafficking agency controlled by a powerful syndicate.

A man and woman act like a couple of love-struck teenagers while another female passenger is not impressed by what she is seeing.  A dramatic shift occurs when the three occupants leave the van and reveal themselves to be human traffickers.  The operation is run by Vivian who has Biring distribute the necessary bribes and meet with the various members of the illegal network; the two women are close but trouble arises when the former frames the latter for the murder of her lover who had connived to become a business competitor.

Biring has ignored the illicit actions of shoplifters, murderers, kidnappers, politicians and police officers; however, upon becoming »

- Trevor Hogg

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

31 August 2014 1:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life — on dry land — in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro) as seen through the eyes of a naive acolyte drawn into his web. The directorial debut of veteran Italian actor Andrea di Stefano (“The Prince of Homburg,” “Eat Pray Love”), “Escobar” offers and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming. Pickled up during production by Weinstein Co. subsidiary Radius, this smarter-than-average genre pic (scheduled for a Nov. 26 release) could prove a robust performer in niche theatrical and VOD play, especially if it connects with the large and underserved Latino moviegoing crowd.

It’s fitting that Di Stefano took pause to note the presence of Francis Coppola in the audience for the film’s Telluride world premiere, since one needn’t look too hard to see the lipstick »

- Scott Foundas

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Review: Slow-burn drama 'Manglehorn' gives Al Pacino his best role in ages

30 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice — Yesterday's Al Pacino vehicle here at Venice, "The Humbling," was a disappointment: this is not the Pacino you are looking for. Thank goodness, then, for "Manglehorn", where the sure directorial hands of David Gordon Green know exactly how to unlock latter day Pacino's strengths while reining in his worst excesses. Shot November 2013 in Austin over just 25 days, "Manglehorn" is an often impressionistic character study of a grumpy locksmith, A. J. Manglehorn, but before you run away screaming that you can only take so many impressionistic character studies in one year (off the top of my head, other recent examples include "The Goob," "Locke," "Boyhood," "Winter Sleep," Green's own "Joe"), I'll note that it is among the decent examples of the form. It's difficult to write characters studies about happy people with few obstacles (Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" is an unusual exception) so the usual form is to either put »

- Catherine Bray

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Telluride kicks off with a tribute to a masterpiece

30 August 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — While press and patrons were hustling into gondolas and over to the Chuck Jones Cinema for the World Premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival was kicking off with a bang at an over-stuffed Werner Herzog Theater for the lead program of this year's schedule: a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." The ticket was so hot that well over a hundred pass holders were turned away at the door. In introducing a new Dcp of the original theatrical cut of the film (supervised for Coppola himself), Telluride co-founder Tom Luddy said it was noteworthy the event was unfolding at the Herzog, as "Apocalypse Now" holds a fair share of homages to Herzog's "Aguirre the Wrath of God," which screened at the fest last year to dedicate the new venue. A boat in a tree, a creeping vessel barraged by arrows, the general descent into madness, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Academy's Special 2014 Honorees: Veterans Belafonte, Carrière, Miyazaki and - Finally - O'Hara

29 August 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte

One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »

- Andre Soares

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Notes from a Romantic Realist

28 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!

The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”

Alexander Pope

This writer is no romantic. As much as a need exists for romantic comedies there are few capable of breaching my cynical defences; less still which bear repeat viewing. Thankfully there are those who cater to the romantic realist, striking a balance between the fluff of Ephron and flim-flam which is Richard Curtis. Those are the ones I return to because few people intellectualise love like Allen in Annie Hall, while Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is both love letter and warning shot for the unwary.

My primary reason for revisiting is simply one of fascination. Love is defined by scientists as a chemical reaction built through the sharing of collective experience. In filmic terms »

- Gary Collinson

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Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Featured on New Poster for The Judge

28 August 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Warner Bros. have released a new poster for The Judge, the upcoming thriller and family drama which sees Iron Man and Avengers Assemble star Robert Downey Jr. as a successful defence attorney who ends up battling it out with Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton (in the courtroom) after he reluctantly returns home for his mother’s funeral.

It’s then that he discovers that his estranged father (The Godfather’s Robert Duvall), the town’s judge who now suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder and is set to stand trial for the crime.

David Dobkin is directing the movie which marks the first project from Robert Downey Jr. and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey’s production company. The Judge is big departure for Dobkin compared to his previous work, and the recent trailer made it look a lot different to the likes of Fred Claus and Wedding Crashers! »

- Josh Wilding

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Al Pacino, 74, Is All Smiles With 35-Year-Old Girlfriend Lucila Sola—See the Pics!

27 August 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Love is in the air! Al Pacino was spotted walking through JFK Airport in New York City Thursday morning after taking a cross-country flight with his girlfriend, Lucila Sola. The 74-year-old legendary actor laughed as his much-younger gal pal smiled to fellow passengers as they made their way through the arrivals terminal, and appeared to be in exceptionally good spirits. By the way, when we say much younger, we mean more than half his age considering she's only 35. Sola donned a see-through white blouse with a black bra and black skinny jeans, while her leading man opted to stay comfortable during the flight in an all-black layered outfit. The Godfather star greeted a group of adoring »

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Miley Cyrus Unexpectedly Channeled Marlon Brando at Last Night’s VMAs

25 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Marlon Brando was, quite possibly, the last celebrity we expected to be imitated on last night’s MTV Video Music Awards — to wit, this was a show that included an homage to that time that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore matching denim outfits, so that’s the direction things were headed early on — but there it was, a callback to forty-one years ago, delivered care of Miley Cyrus. No, you’re not hallucinating. Cyrus picked up the Moon Man for Video of the Year for her “Wrecking Ball” (a song that I, somewhat begrudgingly, really like), but although she stood up when her name was announced, she ultimately pushed a tall young man to the stage to accept her award from a charmingly bewildered Jimmy Fallon, who was dressed as if he had been shaken out of a Miami Vice box set. Jesse identified himself as a homeless youth, and »

- Kate Erbland

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Watch: Miley Cyrus turns homeless advocate at the MTV VMAs

24 August 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What a difference a year makes: Last year, Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards as twerker-in-chief (she left that this year to Nicki Minaj). This year, she’ll be remembered as head humanitarian. Taking a page from a book written before she was born— In 1973, when Marlon Brando has Sacheen Littlefeather decline his Oscar for “The Godfather” and use the time to talk about the American Indian Movement— Cyrus ceded her acceptance speech time for Video of the YEar (for “Wrecking Ball”) to Jesse, a homeless youth, who made a plea for help for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States. Cyrus looked on, welling up, as Jesse talked about how he had “the same dreams that many of you here tonight,” before directing people to Cyrus’ website.  There, Cyrus has posted a video asking people to donate to My Friend’s Place, »

- Melinda Newman

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Tiff 2014 Adds St. Vincent, Winter Sleep Ans More To The Lineup

19 August 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is coming up fast, but organizers are still putting final touches on the festival’s impressive lineup. Highlights of today’s newly announced titles include the world premiere of the anticipated Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent, for which the actor is tipped to garner awards buzz, and Palme D’Or winner Winter Sleep‘s North American debut.

Check out all the announcements below…

Mavericks Conversation With… Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua

Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional characters (Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Flight). Washington returns to the Festival starring in The Equalizer, an intense thriller that reunites him with director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration on Training Day. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Diane Keaton Gains Golden Icon Award

18 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Diane Keaton is to be honoured in this year’s Zurich International Film Festival by receiving the Golden Icon Award.

The American actress, producer and director is no stranger to accolades. She won a whole host of awards for Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, and in 2005 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Keaton has appeared in many features during her career, but she’s perhaps best known for The Godfather Trilogy, Something’S Gotta Give, Marvin’S Room, Baby Boom and Manhattan. Oh, and Look Who’S Talking Now, obviously.

Keaton will receive her award on 1st October, and to celebrate her life’s work the festival is screening Keaton’s most recent romantic comedy, And So It Goes. Keaton herself will introduce the film, in which Michael Douglas also stars. It’s an interesting choice – we can’t say this movie has received the most positive of reviews. »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Diane Keaton to receive Zurich award

17 August 2014 11:49 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.

Us actress Diane Keaton is to receive the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).

The Oscar-winning star of Annie Hall, Manhattan and The Godfather trilogy will also present her latest film, And So It Goes, at the festival. The romantic comedy, directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring Michael Douglas, has been selected to screen in the Gala Premieres section of the Zff, which announced several other titles last week.

The award will be presented to Keaton at the Cinema Corso on Oct 1.

Keaton has starred in more than 60 features and won the Best Actress Oscar in 1978 for her role in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. She has since received three further Academy Award nominations for leading roles in Reds (1981), Marvin’s Room (1996) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), winning a Golden Globe for the latter.

The »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cinematographer Gordon Willis Remembered at Memorial

15 August 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cinematographers and additional members of the Hollywood community gathered Saturday to remember the life of legendary director of photography Gordon Willis, whose credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy and Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Willis died May 18 in North Falmouth, Mass., due to complications from cancer. He was 82. Held at the American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse in Hollywood, the memorial was attended by leading cinematographers including John Bailey, Caleb Deschanel and Haskell Wexler, as well as guests such as director Steven Soderbergh. “We all know about Gordon’s work, and you really can't have a serious conversation about cinematography without mentioning his name," said Asc president Richard Crudo.

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- Carolyn Giardina

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