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Tweetweek: Young Han Solo, Met Ball, and Civil War

6 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Apologies for the slim postings the past two days. Boring issues at Tfe HQ that will hopefully be remedied shortly for a jampacked next week. But enough of that...

As you may have heard Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the Young Han Solo. If you are old like me you know he won't be the first actor to have risked Ford comparisons in the role. Way back in 1989, then freshly Oscar- nominated teen star River Phoenix (Running on Empty) played Young Han Solo in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in a flashback scene wherein we learned how Indiana Jones got that scar under his lip. 

Alden Ehrenreich is all the rage at the moment due to his truly awesome work in Hail, Caesar! And the following tweet is most definitely true of actor heat both now and in general. The Coens have a rich history of making people »

- NATHANIEL R

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SXSW: Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Favorite Roles, From ‘Donnie Darko’ to ‘Nightcrawler’

12 March 2016 12:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Jake Gyllenhaal was 5 years old, he observed two weeks of rehearsals for the 1988 drama “Running on Empty,” written by his mother, Naomi Foner. “I remember sitting with my mom,” Gyllenhaal said on Saturday afternoon at South by Southwest. “We didn’t have a babysitter or anything like that,” so he’d study actors River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton (whom he had a crush on). “I remember River asking questions about things he wasn’t sure about. I remember all these weird things, and I had no idea who I was around.”

“What I saw,” the actor explained, “was a profound respect for the writer. She happened to be my mother. I tried to carry that through.”

Gyllenhaal shared these memories at a Saturday afternoon conversation in Austin moderated by director David Gordon Green, his collaborator on the upcoming Boston bombing drama “Stronger.” Gyllenhaal is at SXSW with the upcoming Fox Searchlight picture “Demolition, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Winona Ryder Reveals Her Role in Heathers Could Have Gone ... to Jennifer Connelly?

24 February 2016 4:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"What's your damage?" It's hard to imagine the 1988 cult-favorite Heathers without Winona Ryder starring as Veronica, but it turns out, filmmakers weren't immediately sold on her playing the cynical brunette. The actress, 44, revealed that she nearly missed out on the lead role. "I was not the first choice for Veronica in Heathers," she told Tavi Gevinson in a feature for Interview. "I auditioned and they were like, 'Oh, thanks.' And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy's and had them do a makeover on me. I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn't pretty enough. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Winona Ryder Reveals Her Role in Heathers Could Have Gone ... to Jennifer Connelly?

24 February 2016 4:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"What's your damage?" It's hard to imagine the 1988 cult-favorite Heathers without Winona Ryder starring as Veronica, but it turns out, filmmakers weren't immediately sold on her playing the cynical brunette. The actress, 44, revealed that she nearly missed out on the lead role. "I was not the first choice for Veronica in Heathers," she told Tavi Gevinson in a feature for Interview. "I auditioned and they were like, 'Oh, thanks.' And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy's and had them do a makeover on me. I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn't pretty enough. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'

19 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix. Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988's Running on Empty. The actor admits he was "so jealous" of Phoenix's rising fame. "It was really hurting my life," Hawke, 45, said of the jealousy while speaking at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night. "Stand by Me »

- Jodi Guglielmi and Kristen O'Brien

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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'

19 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix. Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988's Running on Empty. The actor admits he was "so jealous" of Phoenix's rising fame. "It was really hurting my life," Hawke, 45, said of the jealousy while speaking at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night. "Stand by Me »

- Jodi Guglielmi and Kristen O'Brien

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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

6 February 2016 6:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »

- Andre Soares

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Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances

30 January 2016 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.

(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »

- Variety Staff

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