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Paramount Pictures Taps Writer Barbara Curry For Dating App Killer Feature ‘Gasp’

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has tapped screenwriter Barbara Curry to pen their upcoming feature Gasp, the dramatic investigative thriller is inspired by several true stories of women who were killed by men they met on dating apps. Kind of like a modern day Looking for Mr. Goodbar, it seems. And what better writer to script: Curry segued to screenwriting after a decade serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office. Produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman's…
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John Heyman, Distinguished Financier and Producer, Dies at 84

Film producer and financier John Heyman, who founded influential British agency International Artists and the World Group Companies, died Friday in New York, his family told Variety via statement. He was 84.

John Heyman passed away in his sleep today, Friday the 9th of June,” the statement read.

His son, David Heyman, is the producer of the Harry Potter films, among many others.

Heyman’s World Film Sales pioneered the foreign pre-sales of films on a territory by territory basis.

John Heyman produced films including “The Go-Between” (1971), family sci-fi film “D.A.R.Y.L.” (1985) and “The Jesus Film” (1979). He was also an uncredited executive producer on David Lean’s 1984 E.M. Forster adaptation “A Passage to India.”

Over the course of his career he arranged financing of more than $3 billion to co-finance films including “Awakenings” and “The Odessa File” (at Columbia), “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Fox), “Victor/Victoria” and
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The Dramas of Diane Keaton

“It’s not a good idea to be identifiable, though it’s reassuring. It feels safe in most ways, and that’s bad, because it means that you’re accepted, and once that happens that’s where you stay. You have to watch yourself. I’d like a life like Katharine Hepburn’s in terms of work. She matured. She made the changes. Like Martha Graham.”

Diane Keaton, New Yorker, 1978

Diane Keaton is to receive the American Film Institure Lifetime Achievement award on June 8th. We should be pleased, not only deserved because Keaton is a true legend, but also because highly accomplished comic actors are so often overlooked by awards bodies. Think of Keaton and Annie Hall comes immediately to mind along with other Woody Allen films, as well as comedies like The First Wives Club, Father of the Bride and Something's Gotta Give. But few actresses have a
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Beauty Break: The Men of "Mr. Goodbar"

by Seán McGovern

Annie Hall turns 40 this year and Diane Keaton will be the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award next month (June 8th to be exact). Keaton, a perennial A-lister, reminds us every few years about the extent of her talents. She's been enjoying recent success in The Young Pope and her upcoming projects Hampstead and Book Club sound promising at least. Since Annie Hall turns 40 this year so too will Keaton's other '77 triumph, Looking For Mr. Goodbar

Though Goodbar is remembered for Keaton in a dramatic role (which this author will pay attention to here at a later date), the film is definitely what we'd call in contemporary parlance "problematic". I recently watched Goodbar for my own podcast, but amongst the reprehensible moments I finally understood why so many women of a certain age (i.e. my mother) swooned over Richard Gere - who we get
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'Daphne': Film Review | Rotterdam 2017

'Daphne': Film Review | Rotterdam 2017
Looking for Mr. Goodbar meets Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret on the streets of 21st century London in Peter Mackie Burns' disarming debut Daphne, the intimate character study of a 31-year-old singleton who goes off the rails after witnessing a random act of violence. First and foremost, it's a cracking little showcase for rising British actress Emily Beecham, who's seldom offscreen for long as the tale's lively, complex, intriguing quasi-heroine.

A low-key but promising first feature from Mackie Burns, winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2005 for his short Milk, it is essentially an expansion of his 11-minute Happy Birthday to Me (2013),...
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Diane Keaton to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Diane Keaton to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton will be honored by the American Film Institute with its 45th Life Achievement Award. The organization’s highest honor for a career in film is set to be awarded at a gala tribute on June 8 in Los Angeles.

Diane Keaton is one of the most beloved leading ladies of American film,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Peerless in her mastery of both comedy and drama, she has won the world’s heart time and again by creating characters of both great strength and vulnerability. Her career as a director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents.”

The tribute special will return to television on TNT for its fifth year, to be followed by an encore presentation on TCM.

Over five decades on screen, Keaton’s achievements include winning best actress
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Us Briefs: AFI Lifetime Achievement Award to Diane Keaton

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Us Briefs: AFI Lifetime Achievement Award to Diane Keaton
Plus: Katharine DeShaw to lead Academy Museum fundraising efforts; and more…

The actress and sometime director will collect the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute on June 8, 2017.

Chair of the AFI board of trustees, Howard Stringer, described Keaton as “peerless in her mastery of both comedy and drama”.

Keaton’s credits include her Oscar-winning performance in Annie Hall, as well as The Godfather, Play It Again, Sam, Sleeper, Love And Death, Manhattan, Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Marvin’s Room, Something’s Gotta Give, Father Of The Bride, Finding Dory and The Young Pope.

Arts and philanthropy veteran Katharine DeShaw has been appointed managing director, advancement and external relations at the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures, effective November 1. DeShaw will direct all aspects of fundraising, including completion of the $388m capital campaign to support the new museum, which is now under construction.Doc NYC programming includes the eight-day Doc NYC Pro conference comprising talks, panels
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Daily | Goings On | Brooks, Yamamoto, Welles

In today's roundup on special screenings, we're collecting reviews of Richard Brooks's Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Eiichi Yamamoto's Belladonna of Sadness, King Hu's Dragon Inn, Tony Conrad's The Flicker, David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers and Riley Stearns's Faults. Plus: Celebrating Orson Welles in Los Angeles, talking with Kelly Reichardt in Vienna, Whit Stillman in Liverpool, discussing The Walking Dead in London, and in Gent, Pere Portabella's Informe General and Informe General II. El nuevo rapto de Europa. » - David Hudson
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Pretty Baby | DVD Review

At the time of its production, Louis Malle’s 1978 title Pretty Baby (the title derived from the Tony Jackson song) was quite the scandal, a period piece frankly depicting child prostitution in turn of the century New Orleans. But like many provocative titles from the period (another being Richard BrooksLooking For Mr. Goodbar), decades of suppression has resulted in unavailability and a disappearance from modern cinematic conversations. Recently made available courtesy of the Warner Bros. Archive collection (solely on DVD) this is property begging for a more masterful restoration.

In the Red Lights district of 1917 New Orleans, legal prostitution is on the wane as a surge of conservative, religious rhetoric begins to sweep through the country. Nell (Francis Faye) owns a booming brothel in the famed Storyville district, and one of her most notable employees is Hattie (Susan Sarandon), whose twelve-year-old daughter Violet (Brooke Shields) has grown up within the house.
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No Thoughts Of Love: The Professionals – 1966

“This 1966 western… has the expertise of a cold old whore with practiced hands and no thoughts of love. There’s something to be said for this kind of professionalism; the moviemakers know their business and they work us over. We’re not always in the mood for love or for art, and this movie makes no demands, raises no questions, doesn’t confuse the emotions. Even the absence of visual beauty or of beauty of language or concept can be something of a relief. The buyer gets exactly what he expects and wants and pays for: manipulation for excitement. We use the movie and the movie uses us.”

- Pauline Kael on The Professionals, from her collection Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

I’m not speaking from direct experience here, you understand, but I would imagine that old whores, cold or otherwise, could be pretty entertaining, not only in their professional
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Terrence Malick and the Tao of the Sojourning Soul, Part 1: Spiritual Voices

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Sometimes I imagine that it is 1983 and Terrence Malick is somewhere in Paris, living a quiet, normal life. As he walks to one of his favorite cafes, he catches a glimpse of Gilles Deleuzes’ Cinéma 1: L’image-mouvemont in a bookstore window. Naturally, he’s curious. In an intellectual era dominated by Theory, the only other book of philosophy that had taken up cinema as a way to do philosophy was The World Viewed, written by his friend and one time academic advisor Stanley Cavell. I imagine that Malick seeks out Deleuze, who is lecturing at the University of Paris VIII. Two years later, he buys a copy of Deleuze’s Cinéma 2: L’image-temps. Deleuze confirmed what Malick has long suspected, but either forgotten or was distracted from in the hedonistic atmosphere of 1970s L. A. chronicled by Peter Biskind in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls—cinema “thinks” philosophically. Other
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No, Really. Ask Me Anything

Screenwriter, director, and novelist Allison Burnett adapts his critically-lauded book Undiscovered Gyrl, retitled Ask Me Anything for the screen, with excellent results. (By the way, only two writers I can think of have even attempted to migrate their prose from page to screen as both writer and director -- Norman Mailer and Stephen Chboksy.) This dramatic coming-of-age indie boasts an outstanding cast with a wickedly twisted plot twist that is so left field that you may have to watch it again to get it. Part Lolita meets Looking for Mr. Goodbar a la a precocious teenage blogger gone rogue.

The film's complex ingénue is the beautiful, blond Katie Kampenfelt (Britt Robertson), an 18-year-old girl who starts blogging, for her own kicks, the year following her high school graduation. Falling in love with a college film professor (Justin Long) as well as the married husband (Christian Slater) of couple she is the nanny for,
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Desperate Housewives Emmy-Nominated Actress Lost Her Fortune Following Stock-Market Crash

Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a
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Tiff 2014 Adds St. Vincent, Winter Sleep Ans More To The Lineup

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.
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20 Least Romantic Movies Ever

Like an avenging angel wrapped in red cellophane, Valentine’s Day is back to remind us all that we should be better lovers. You know what, Valentine’s Day? F*ck you and the Whitman’s Sampler you rode in on. Here are 20 reasons why nobody should bother with romance this February 14.

1. The Talented Mr. Ripley

Ripley is a great movie, but it’s long on suspense and deception and short on romance. Ripley connives and insinuates his way through a whole gaggle of actual and imagined romantic partners – both female and male – and even those who manage to survive to the final reel are most assuredly a bit more guarded after dating him. Side note: did you realize that the guy that Ripley romances and then murders is Derek from Smash? Seriously, one of the best casts ever assembled, and also Gwyneth Paltrow.

2. Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Anti-romance, anti-feminist,
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Test Your Madonna Knowledge Against TheBacklot’s Louis Virtel On The YouTube Game Show “The Experts”

It feels bizarre to claim that I’m a Madonna expert when, really, casual fans of the 55-year-old Material Monarch can accidentally know everything about her too. Madonna’s history is pop history, so even if you’re a Radiohead fan or a sports junkie, you still might know that “Take A Bow” is Madonna’s biggest single and that Christopher Walken guest-stars in the “Bad Girl” video. (Though you might not know that Madonna’s cited inspiration for the “Bad Girl” video is Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Diane!)

Nonetheless, I’m the anointed “Madonna expert” on this week’s episode of The Experts, a YouTube game show that tests savants on a specific area of expertise and pits them against other geeks. I’m competing with a Batman expert and a Melrose Place expert, so whether you’re a dead-eyed Madonna zealot or a low-key Daphne Zuniga fan, there’s something here for you.
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Happy Birthday, Diane Keaton! What’s Her Most Underrated Role?

Strap on your leather gloves and jaunty hat, because it’s Diane Keaton‘s 68th birthday this weekend! The legendary thespian will always be known for Best Actress-earned turn in Annie Hall, but she’s given us enough joy to last us a few cinematic lifetimes: Love and Death, Sleeper, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, Marvin’s Room, The First Wives Club, and hell, Something’s Gotta Give. She eked an Oscar nomination out of Something’s Gotta Give, people. The woman has earned her props. And her memoir? Is outstanding.

To celebrate her big day, I ask you: What’s the most underrated Diane Keaton performance?

I already hear your shouts of Crimes of the Heart, but I’m going with a simpler, lighter film: Manhattan Murder Mystery. Although I love Mia Farrow in Woody’s movies, Diane takes to his often
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Pretty in Pink

Cary Leibowitz: (paintings and belt buckles) Invisible Exports Through October 13, 2013 "In the beginning was the Word…" John 1:1 "On our way to a single pictorial audience! We are the Plan, the System, the Organization! Direct your creative work in line with Economy!" El Lissitzky, Unovis street flyer, 1919 "So funny it just occurred to me I haven't thought about suicide in weeks" Cary Leibowitz

In or around 1920 or '21 the painter and propagandist El Lissitzky painted a small, unassuming gouache picture for reproduction in a magazine or journal with the words "Rosa Luxemburg" lettered in, then painted over, to make a once-declarative statement (political solidarity with the case of Rosa Luxemburg) instead a quiet, self-effacing comment, though unintentional, about the absurdity of making art a weapon or tool of politics. El Lissitzky knew even back then, in another century, before Wikileaks or Edward Snowden, that he was trafficking in shit way above his head.
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Check Out the 'Daughter' of Marilyn and Ava: Morphing Montage

Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet.
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'The Big Chill' turns 30: Tom Berenger says 'It sort of bookends with 'The Graduate''

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Tom Berenger may not be in touch with his peers from "The Big Chill" all the time, but they remain in his mind and heart.

Thirty years ago, the actor teamed with other then-rising stars -- including Glenn Close, William Hurt, Kevin Kline and Jeff Goldblum -- in director and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan's Motown-scored comedy-drama about college friends drawn back together to mourn a suicidal peer (played by Kevin Costner, who went unseen in the version ultimately released).

"I kind of did a little bit afterwards," the friendly Berenger tells Zap2it of maintaining contact with fellow cast members from the modern classic that cast him as television star Sam Weber, magazine-cover famous for playing "Magnum, P.I."-like action hero J.T. Lancer.

"I remember getting together with Bill Hurt in New York a couple of times, and there were phone calls after that. And of course, I
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