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How the Depiction of Autism on TV Continues to Evolve

11 August 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

In 1988's Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic savant named Raymond Babbit, who can complete difficult mental calculations in seconds while being unable to live on his own. Although it was a specific portrayal of a very specific place on the autism spectrum, Rain Man was a blockbuster hit, and Raymond thereby became the poster child for an extremely complicated disorder onscreen.

But during the past decade, television has been ushering in a new era. Recently, series such as FX's The Bridge, NBC's Chicago Med and Parenthood and even HBO's Sesame Street have given viewers a more multifaceted look at »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Atypical: Netflix's great new comedy drama about autism

10 August 2017 8:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Catherine Pearson Aug 11, 2017

New series Atypical lands on Netflix today. Here's a spoiler-free look at why it's one of the best new comedy dramas around...

This article contains narrative references from early in the series but no plot spoilers.

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Netflix’s new series Atypical is a lovable comedy drama with well-rounded characters and a wonderful central performance from Keir Gilchrist as Sam, the latest autistic protagonist to hit the small screen.

On the big screen, the representation of characters with autism (often used interchangeably with Asperger Syndrome in fiction) leans heavily on the idea of the mathematical genius. In heart-warming 2015 film X+Y, Asa Butterfield’s character Nathan is an academically gifted teenager who takes part in an international mathematics competition. »

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Al Pacino Transforms Into Joe Paterno in First-Look Photo from Barry Levinson’s Untitled HBO Drama

16 July 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the words “Untitled Barry Levinson Project” don’t get you excited, then perhaps this first-look photo of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in the upcoming HBO movie will. Pacino is playing the disgraced coach who was best-known as the winningest coach in college-football history before becoming part of the Jerry Sandusky scandal in late 2011.

Read More‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

JoePa, as he was sometimes known, served as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011 and racked up 409 wins during his decades-long tenure. Sandusky, the team’s defensive coordinator, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys in June of 2012 — five months after Paterno’s death from lung cancer at 85. For his alleged role in helping cover up the years-long scandal, Paterno had 111 of his victories vacated by the Ncaa. »

- Michael Nordine

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The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century

13 July 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.

Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:

The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History

25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.

But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘He Was Born This Way’ Martin Shkreli’s Lawyer Uses Lady Gaga Lyric to Defend Former Pharma CEO at Trial

29 June 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Martin Shkreli‘s attorney used a pair of Lady Gaga lyrics during opening statements on Wednesday to defend the embattled former pharmaceutical CEO as his trial on fraud charges begins.

The 34-year-old is facing eight counts of securities and wire fraud for allegedly misleading investors and illegally using funds from a biotech company he once ran, the New York Times reports. And his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, gave an attention-grabbing speech to the Brooklyn court, in which he described Shkreli as an awkward, “odd duck” who often wore bunny slippers around the office.

“As Lady Gaga said, he was born this way, »

- Char Adams

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AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4

27 June 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC has renewed “Better Call Saul” for a fourth season.

Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.

“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”

Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.

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- Daniel Holloway

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‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Most Successful Live-Action Film Directed By a Woman — and 4 More Records It Will Break

20 June 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Blockbuster” has become the Kleenex of box-office descriptors, a bland adjective used to describe nine-figure films ranging from the obvious (“Star Wars”) to the also-ran (“The Mummy”). And then there’s the rare movie that genuinely deserves all the force and muscle that blockbusting suggests: Right now, it’s Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

As final numbers for the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. come into clearer view, the “Wonder Woman”performance is better than even the most optimistic pre-opening estimates. It fell just 30 percent for its third weekend, grossing $41 million for a 17-day total of $275 million domestic, $572 million worldwide. (How good is that hold? “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was considered above average when its third weekend saw a 47 percent drop.)

Expect the final domestic total to end up somewhere between $380 million and $400 million — although another strong weekend might send it above even that. Worldwide, it will rise above $800 million. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Tom Cruise And Why Top Gun 2 Should Be Canned

18 June 2017 3:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway says it’s time Hollywood started saying no to Cruise…

It’s a cliché to say success has many fathers while failure is an orphan, but it’s no less true for that. The most recent example of this in Hollywood is everyone disowning The Mummy and blaming its poor box office on star Tom Cruise having too much control over the project. It’s easily done, and most films that fail will go through similar finger-pointing and blame spreading. The thing is, in this case, you can imagine its true.

Cruise can be a superb actor; when he challenges himself to get out of his comfort zone – an all too rare experience these days – he’s brilliant. He’s better than Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, amazing in Magnolia, the best thing in Collateral, but far too often he falls back on the same stock characters in ultimately forgettable films. »

- Neil Calloway

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So Link We All

13 June 2017 7:37 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

EW reunites the cast of Battlestar Galactica for a panel

Variety Ava DuVernay to deliver the UCLA Commencement address

Awards Daily Jazz interviews RuPaul about the phenomenon of Drag Race 

Towleroad Colton Haynes dishes about his management team in Hollywood who tried to keep him in the closet 

Film School Rejects this needed to be written -- an article on the terrible but now familiar and horrifically disingenuous Hollywood excuse "we didn't make it for the critics but the fans!"

Criterion Closet Barry Levinson (Wizards of Lies, Rain Man) picks some classics from those famous shelves including Jules et Jim and Spartacus and also fantasizes about Orson Welles

Mnpp sound advice for Tom Hardy on that Jafar in Aladdin rumor - Don't Do It. 

i09 the costumes for Black Panther could be a godsend for the black cosplay community

Variety releases a list of 10 comics to watch including John Early (yay), Bollywood star Vir Das, »

- NATHANIEL R

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When gambling and casinos influenced major movies

12 June 2017 8:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Gambling and the movies have enjoyed a continuing relationship over the years. In the last three decades alone, the motion picture business has seen gambling and casinos play a huge part, not only in location settings, but as a huge part of the story. In this article, we thought we’d take a look at the films that have had their story influenced by gambling and had the narrative affected as a result.

The first film on our list is Rain Man, Barry Levinson’s 1988 Oscar-winner starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman where the two played the long lost Babbett brothers who are united after their father passes away, leaving the family’s fortune to elder sibling Raymond (Hoffman), an autistic savant. Charlie Babbett (Tom Cruise), who wasn’t even aware of his brother’s existence, and has only been left his father’s old car in his will. Learning »

- The Hollywood News

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Tom Cruise and ‘The Mummy’: Why This May Be the Weirdest Movie Choice of His Career

8 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In August 1983, Ronald Reagan was president, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police was in the middle of an eight-week run as the #1 single, Ivanka Trump wasn’t quite two years old, and few people were aware of the Church of Scientology. And “Risky Business,” the first movie to star Tom Cruise, became a surprise hit.

34 years later, Cruise is at a different kind of crossroads at the box office. He’s been charged with rebooting Universal’s Mummy franchise, which will launch the studio’s “Dark Universe” story world. And while “The Mummy” has already opened strongly in its first date (South Korea), projections here are considerably less kind. Reviews have ranged from disappointing to incendiary, and “Wonder Woman” is expected to soundly beat the film in its opening weekend.

Read More: Review: ‘The Mummy’ Is The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever

While “The Mummy” won’t be a career highlight, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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"Diner" 3Th Anniversary Screening, L.A., June 10

7 June 2017 1:32 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Barry Levinson’s 1982 comedy Diner celebrates its 35th anniversary (yikes!) with a special 35mm screening at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. A highly revered coming-of-age story directed by the man who helmed Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), and Rain Man (1989), Diner features and all-star cast that includes Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser. The 110-minute film will be screened on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Please Note: Producer Mark Johnson and actor Paul Reiser are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Diner (1982)

35th Anniversary Screening

Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 Pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Followed by Q & A with Producer Mark Johnson

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 35th anniversary screening of one of the best loved films of the 1980s, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Most Famous Las Vegas Casinos Used In The Movies

24 May 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Las Vegas is a wonderful town. Positioned in the middle of the desert and often known simply as ‘Vegas’, the town boasts to be the ‘entertainment capital of the world’, and if you’ve ever visited, you can see why. The sprawling strip is home to many of the city’s most famous casinos and hotels, and vary from very small to absolutely huge – the MGM Grand boasts 5,124 rooms alone, and is one the biggest hotels in the world.

Vegas has been thriving for many years now, the city bringing in an estimated 40 million visitors every year, something which makes the town the economic life-blood of the state of Nevada, where it lies. Of course there are many ways to gamble online now, and a lot of the sites offer an exclusive casino bonus just to sign up, but Vegas is also home to many concerts, theatre shows and spectacles »

- The Hollywood News

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Robert De Niro Interview: ‘All I Do Is Think of Donald Trump’

18 May 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The HBO original film “The Wizard of Lies,” Barry Levinson’s insightful and sharp look inside the rise and fall (and fall and fall) of American fraudster Bernie Madoff, ends with a question. Robert De Niro, as the baffled, wide-eyed Madoff, stuck in prison for a sentence he can never outlive, implores a visitor: “Do you think I’m a sociopath?”

By then, Madoff’s precise pathology doesn’t matter much; he’s a bad man who did horrible things. And ultimately, neither De Niro nor Levinson are concerned with diagnoses or medical opinions. They’re hung up on something much more timely and urgent.

Read More: ‘The Wizard of Lies’ Review: Robert De Niro’s Canny HBO Movie is a Ponzi Scheme That Pays Off

“All I do is think of Donald Trump,” De Niro said when IndieWire sat down with the pair last week and asked for his »

- Kate Erbland

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Robert De Niro Interview: ‘All I Do Is Think of Donald Trump’

18 May 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The HBO original film “The Wizard of Lies,” Barry Levinson’s insightful and sharp look inside the rise and fall (and fall and fall) of American fraudster Bernie Madoff, ends with a question. Robert De Niro, as the baffled, wide-eyed Madoff, stuck in prison for a sentence he can never outlive, implores a visitor: “Do you think I’m a sociopath?”

By then, Madoff’s precise pathology doesn’t matter much; he’s a bad man who did horrible things. And ultimately, neither De Niro nor Levinson are concerned with diagnoses or medical opinions. They’re hung up on something much more timely and urgent.

Read More: ‘The Wizard of Lies’ Review: Robert De Niro’s Canny HBO Movie is a Ponzi Scheme That Pays Off

“All I do is think of Donald Trump,” De Niro said when IndieWire sat down with the pair last week and asked for his »

- Kate Erbland

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The 5 Highest Grossing Movie Stars Not in a Star Wars or Superhero Movie

13 May 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on the five highest-grossing movie stars not in a Star Wars or superhero movie…

Film’s landscape has changed dramatically over the years – as is to be expected. Gone is the age of the traditional American movie, the sweeping drama, the movie star led original tale that could drive audiences to cinemas just to get a glimpse of their face. We have since transitioned into the age of tent-poles; the franchise movie is now the dominant force at the box office, and leading the march are sub genres like the superhero movie, along with mega franchises like Star Wars. And all this got me thinking, just where are all the movie stars? Do they exist anymore? A train of thought that led to a little investigating into just who are the highest grossing movie stars in Us domestic history that haven’t appeared in a superhero or Star Wars movie. »

- Samuel Brace

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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

10 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »

- Dave Roper

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Bob Shaye, Barry Morrow titles on Film Sales Company Cannes slate

9 May 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz Cannes-bound with Ambition, Smitten!

The Film Sales Company has acquired worldwide sales rights to features directed by two familiar Hollywood names.

Psychological thriller Ambition is directed by New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye and produced by Unique Features, the company Shaye and former New Line president Michael Lynne launched in 2008.

The completed film centres on a beautiful young woman who must decide how far she will go to get what she wants – with or without the help of her two ardent suitors.

Shaye, whose directing credits include The Last Mimzy, produces Ambition with Unique’s Sarah Victor. Katherine Hughes, Sonoyoa Mizuno, and Giles Matthey.

Film Sales Company head Andrew Herwitz’s sales slate includes the rom-com Smitten! directed by Barry Morrow, who shared the best original screenplay Oscar for Rain Man in 1989.

Glee’s Darren Criss stars alongside model and TV star Madalina Ghenea. The story takes place in Tuscany, Italy, as a couple »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Forrest Gump, and the big battles behind a monster hit

9 May 2017 2:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 15, 2017

Forrest Gump was a huge hit - but it's worth remembering just what a massive, massive gamble it was. Here's just a slice of that story...

Few major Hollywood blockbusters of the 1990s can lay claim to being some kind of cultural phenomenon, but surely Forrest Gump can. Love or loathe the film, its dialogue has slipped into everyday language, it’s inspired a spin-off bunch of restaurants, and it’s one of the top grossing films of the decade. Oh, and it won a bunch of Oscars, including a second consecutive Best Actor win for Tom Hanks.

It’s often said that the most successful films, though, have tumultuous behind the scene stories. I remember when Richard Donner directed Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas in Assassins (based on a heavily butchered script by the pre-Matrix Wachowskis), and it was widely reported that the shoot was a calm and very pleasurable one. »

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Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and More Face Social Media Backlash for Promoting Disastrous Fyre Festival

28 April 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With the help of Hollywood’s most glamorous models and influencers, Fyre Festival was billed as music festival heaven for those willing to shell out up to $250,000 for a single weekend.

But when festival-goers arrived to the private island in the Bahamas, there was reportedly nothing but chaos awaiting them — and a sad cheese sandwich.

Hey @GordonRamsay what would you rate #fyrefestival gourmet meals? pic.twitter.com/SYJIgwAIYp

Rain Man (@omgRainMan) April 28, 2017

Me, reading about the #FyreFestival disaster pic.twitter.com/M07ZbH1Tob

— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) April 28, 2017

When you go to #FyreFestival expecting Ja Rule, but it turns out to be Ashanti town pic. »

- Melody Chiu

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