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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Lands PG-13 Rating in Latest MPAA Ratings Bulletin

7 April 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

First and foremost, what is likely to end up being the biggest blockbuster of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron, has scored a PG-13 ratings for "intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments." This isn't too much different than the PG-13 rating for The Avengers, which was for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. Sounds like there may be a little more destruction and -- oh, la, la -- some suggestive comments. This week's bulletin also has a PG-13 rating for Cameron Crowe's new movie Aloha starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and we also have a PG-13 for Before We Go, directed by and starring Avengers star Chris Evans and Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Alice Eve. Nancy Meyers has a new movie coming this year called The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway »

- Brad Brevet

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Director Simon Curtis talks Woman in Gold's Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Tatiana Maslany

2 April 2015 10:48 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Woman in Gold follows the true-to-life story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, and her attempts to win back the famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), an American lawyer with Viennese roots, helps Maria navigate the rough waters of legal procedure during the “Republic of Austria v. Altmann” trial that would reunite Maria with her aunt’s likeness.

Yeah, that’s an entire country’s government against one eight-seven-year-old woman. Maria Altmann is now our favourite person.

Woman in Gold, which hits theatres Friday, also stars Katie HolmesDaniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil).

Simon Curtis, the director of My Week with Marilyn, was in Toronto to talk about his newest film, »

- Sasha James

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Round-Up: Trick ’r Treat Cake Pop Sam Print from Cavity Colors, Gehenna – Where Death Lives Kickstarter Campaign, Stigmata Blu-ray

24 March 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.

Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:

"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free »

- Derek Anderson

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Michael Palin: 12 things you might not know about the Monty Python star

19 March 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael Palin Cbe has achieved that rare feat of being not only a man of multiple trades - actor, comedian, writer, presenter and political campaigner - but a master of them all.

Best known for being one sixth of iconic comedy group Monty Python, Palin has carved a hugely successful and varied career in showbusiness.

His achievements range from winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 1989 for his role in A Fish Called Wanda, to travelling across the world in 80 days, to reuniting with his fellow Pythons for a hugely anticipated series of live Monty Python shows last year.

In the name of getting to know one of Britain's most famous men a little better, we headed to BAFTA HQ on Tuesday night (March 17) for the latest in BAFTA's live strand A Life in Television. Host David Walliams certainly extracted a host of fascinating facts about Palin's life (and »

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Get ready to Bleed when Scream Factory Unleashes Stigmata on Bluray This May!!

19 March 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I’m a sucker for religion-themed horror. There just something absolutely enthralling about the darker side of faith battling the lighter, and the journey that whoever is in between said battle is always enjoyable to watch. With that said,  I couldn’t be more excited about Scream Factory announcing today that they’re giving 1999’s Patricia Arquette (A Nightmare On Elm Street III, Boyhood)-led Stigmata the Bluray treatment (hitting shelves on May 19th), complete with special features never before realed in the U.S. Read on!

Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the stigmata — the living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie’s miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican’s top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil, Ronin), discovers that Frankie is actually channeling an extraordinary and provocative »

- Jerry Smith

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SXSW Review: Captivating And Timely 'Peace Officer' Is A Must Watch Documentary

15 March 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Late night in a rural Utah town, around Christmas, a family of three is startled to hear strange noises outside their home. The wife and the child hide in the bedroom, while the man picks up a baseball bat to protect his home against people he assumes to be intruders. The “intruders” were police officers, members of the local Swat team who were there to serve the man with a warrant. They point their guns to the man’s head, ordering him to drop the bat. He does. Eventually, it turns out that the Swat team came to the wrong house and terrified a family with a small child because of a simple spelling error. Yet things could have always gotten much, much worse. Before they leave, the Swat members say two things: “Merry Christmas,” and “If you had a gun instead of a bat, we’d have wasted you. »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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MipTV Unveils Its Four ‘Medaille’ Honorees

13 March 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– This year’s MipTV will pay tribute to Ben Silverman, Electus chairman and CEO, Cécile Frot-Coutaz , FremantleMedia CEO, Ricardo Scalamandré, head of Globo’s international business and Irfan Sahin, Doğan TV CEO, who will all receive a Medaille d’Honneur (Medal of Honor).

MipTV’s Médaille d’Honneur is awarded to international execs who have made a significant contribution to the world of television and to the development of the global TV community.

“It is a great honor to recognize these four exceptional industry figures, who have each, in their own way, made major contributions to the international entertainment content sector, and whose vision and leadership have set the standards in their respective fields,” said Laurine Garaude, Reed Midem’s TV division director.

Silverman exec produced recent major hits including “Jane the Virgin” at the CW, NBC’s “Fashion Star,”Netflix’s “Marco Polo” and NBC’s Running Wild. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

11 March 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »

- Andre Soares

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Jonathan Pryce talks about his role in Game of Thrones Season 5

4 March 2015 10:27 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We only have just over a month to wait for Season 5 of HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones to return to our screens and one of the new cast members joining us for the ride this time around is legendary Welsh thespian Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Evita).

Pryce recently spoke about his role in the upcoming season and the veteran actor admitted that he wasn’t a fan of “swords and sorcery” type TV shows or movies and that he only got involved after reading the scripts and realising that his character ends up being very influential to the whole story.

“If the role hadn’t been what it turned out to be for High Sparrow, I probably would not have been involved…I remember starting out and my agent said ‘does the character change the situation or is he just a functionary’ and this character changes the situation. »

- Gavin Logan

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Interview: ‘The Last Five Years’ Director Richard Lagravenese

19 February 2015 6:13 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”

The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.

Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in ‘The Last Five Years

Photo credit: Radius-twc

Richard Lagravenese is an influential screenwriter of the past 25 years, who has worked with some of the most notable directors of his generation, including Terry Gilliam (“The Fisher King »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Off-Broadway Hit Sex Tips Celebrates Anniversary with Launch of National Tour & International Productions

12 February 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, the hit comedy written by Matt Murphy, based on the best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, is celebrating one year of performances this week at The 777 Theatre (777 Eighth Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets) and has announced the launch of a national tour in April 2015, followed by Las Vegas in Summer 2015 and international productions in Brazil, Australia and Toronto in Summer/Fall 2015. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. Directed by Tim Drucker, Sex Tips began performances on January 22, 2014 and opened on February 9, 2014. The show features Grant MacDermott (Now or Later) as Dan »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Jupiter Ascending review – absolute nonsense

8 February 2015 12:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In space, no one can hear you scream… with laughter. Which is helpful when watching the Wachowskis’ latest effort

“Bees don’t lie…” When it comes to bonkers, overcooked, overambitious sci-fi, writer/directors Andy and Lana Wachowski really are in a world of their own. It took me three runs to get my head around their adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas but I suspect that this colourfully ridiculous (and strangely archaic) Star Wars/Matrix/Flash Gordon mish-mash has delivered all of its riches on first viewing.

The plot is sub-Hitchhiker’s Guide/Guardians of the Galaxy bunkum about extravagantly coiffured extraterrestrials who rule Earth from afar, but whose plans to “harvest” its riches are confounded by the genetic resurgence of intergalactic royalty in the unsuspecting shape of toilet-cleaning Mila Kunis (she is the one!). Channing Tatum is the wolf/man hybrid who plays Clark Kent to Kunis’s »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Jupiter Ascending movie review: princess drearies

5 February 2015 12:32 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven’t seen it before, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. And not in a good way. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): science fiction isn’t treated so well at the movies these days

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh my god, hooray! A space adventure with a woman at its center! And it’s Mila Kunis, who is awesome! She’s gonna be like a new Luke Skywalker, whisked away from a boring life on Tatooine– er, Earth for more exciting interstellar horizons beyond! Woo-hoo!

Yeah, not so much, as it happens. What happens is more like: Kunis (Annie, Blood Ties) gets drugged, attacked, chased, menaced, threatened, rescued, kidnapped, chased some more, rescued again. Rinse and repeat for a good hour and half. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Part one of a major interview with the Wachowskis - 'Jupiter Ascending' secrets

4 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you're at a film festival, it saps you, no matter how you arrange your schedule. There's just something about the pace and the sleep and, in the case of Sundance, the altitude, and it takes a toll. There are very few people I would get out of bed early for on the morning after returning from Sundance, but when I got an e-mail from the good folks at Warner Bros asking if I would sit down with Lana and Andy Wachowski on the Friday morning that I got back, I told them without hesitation that I would happily be there. We talked for a few minutes just to catch up personally before I started the formal part of the interview. I think the Wachowskis are genuinely charming people, something I learned during their publicity run for "Cloud Atlas." I was able to spend some time chatting with them, and »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Manglehorn’, ‘Spy’, ‘Brand’ headline South by Southwest 2015 film lineup

3 February 2015 12:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.

SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.

Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.

On the small screen, »

- Brian Welk

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'Jupiter Ascending' Review: An Impassioned Defense of the Wachowskis' Space Epic

3 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Sometimes a movie can be doomed before it even opens.

This happens when a film is discussed openly without anyone having firsthand knowledge of (or even having seen) it, and it becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy when said movie come out and underperforms, thanks in large part to countless write-ups lacking reliable sources and built on foundations of hearsay and conjecture. Most of the time, these movies are rediscovered years later because, as it turns out, they weren't that bad after all. Right now, swarms of ill will seem to be circling "Jupiter Ascending," which opens Friday, due largely to a shift in its release date, from a coveted summer-of-2014 slot to a desolate winter 2015 position. Now that it's finally here, though, reviewers are sharpening their knives in anticipation. I am here to say that those knives are not necessary; "Jupiter Ascending" is actually a delightful space epic, full »

- Drew Taylor

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20. Dead Man Walking

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »

- Joshua Gaul

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'Game of Thrones' Season Five Trailer: Snakes, Revenge, Beards

30 January 2015 9:26 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Sand Snakes, dragons, revenge plots, a haggard-looking Tyrion: It's all there in the epic trailer for Game of Thrones Season Five, which premiered this past week during IMAX screenings of Season Four's final two episodes, "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children." While the teaser hasn't been officially released, one quick-thinking theater attendee recorded the footage and uploaded the above clip. 

"Justice has a price" is the tagline and essential theme of the trailer, which is soundtracked by a droning cover of David Bowie's iconic "Heroes." Other notable »

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5 Things to Know About Vine Star Jerome Jarre

29 January 2015 6:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jerome Jarre is the most loved person you've never heard of. Eight million people follow the 24-year-old on Vine, where he's probably known best as "that French guy." Jarre's Vines typically preach acceptance and a love for life, and his savviness with the platform has earned him a massive Snapchat following as well. Here are five things to know about this French fellow who's got everyone in such a tizzy. He Taught Himself EnglishJarre taught himself English while living in China, mostly from the audiobook version of Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. (He and Vaynerchuk are now partners in an »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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