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Christian Bale brings his A-list talents to “The Promise”

19 April 2017 6:55 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Given the right role, it’s distinctly possible that there’s nobody better in the business than Christian Bale. He can just own the screen and dominate a film. There’s a reason why he’s an Academy Award winner and slowly becoming someone that voters seem to look for a reason to cite. Oscar aside, he’s simply a throwback method style actor and that’s compelling for audience members. This week, he co-stars in The Promise, while also being rumored as the choice of filmmaker Adam McKay to play Dick Cheney in a biopic set for 2018. Even as a big time A-lister, the sky remains the limit for Bale. The film is a period piece, centered on a love triangle during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Michael (Oscar Isaac), a rather brilliant medical student, is wooing the beautiful and highly sophisticated Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), but »

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Alan Menken: A Life in Disney

21 March 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As Beauty and the Beast shatters box office records worldwide, Sean Wilson looks back at the illustrious Disney career of its celebrated composer Alan Menken

Disney’s in-vogue trend of rebooting their animated classics shows no signs of abating, as their live-action take on 1991 masterpiece Beauty and the Beast waltzes onto screens. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, it’s a movie that hews pretty closely to the template of the original (with one or two additional vignettes including a new Beast solo performance), and one critical aspect of its nostalgia is the return of composer Alan Menken.

A man synonymous with the Disney brand ever since the company’s renaissance back in 1989, Menken’s return to Beauty and the Beast territory is a key factor in the new movie’s success, the composer bolstering his original, enchanting score with reworked versions of classic tunes like »

- Sean Wilson

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Shakespeare in Love > Saving Private Ryan (your periodic reminder)

21 March 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in movie history...

1617 Though the exact date of her death is unknown, Pocahontas's funeral was held on this day. She died on a ship with husband John Rolfe (played by Christian Bale in The New World but he wasn't a character in Disney's Pocahontas because that woulda been hella depressing). She was only 21 or 22

1880 "Bronco Billy" Anderson, the original movie cowboy star (he made hundreds of silent shorts) is born

1941 The Sea Wolf starring Edward G Robinson and Ida Lupino is released. Director Michael Curtiz is warming up for his rather incredible peak decade (Captain of the Clouds, Yankee Doodle DandyCasablancaMildred Pierce and more are next)

1949 Slavoj Zizek of The Perverts Guide to Cinema (2006) is born

1956 The 1955 Oscars. Marty becomes both the shortest film to ever win Best Picture and the first indie to do so.

1958 Gary Oldman is born »

- NATHANIEL R

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Island Life: Revisiting ‘Lilo & Stitch’ After ‘Moana’

17 March 2017 4:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.

Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.

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Wgn America’s ‘Scalped’ Pilot Fills Out Lead Cast, Native American Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo to Produce

10 March 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The lead cast for Wgn America’s “Scalped” pilot is now complete. The Warner Horizon Scripted TV project has added Gil Birmingham, Irene Bedard, and Chaske Spencer; the three join the previously announced Alex Meraz and Lily Gladstone.

Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo will serve as a producer and joins executive producer Len Goldstein on the creative team led by executive producer/writer Doug Jung. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (who are also directing on FX’s upcoming “Snowfall”), “Scalped” is based on characters created by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra for Vertigo from DC Entertainment. A modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American reservation, “Scalped” explores power, loyalty and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, who has returned home after years away from the reservation. If it goes to series, it »

- Oriana Schwindt

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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

19 January 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft, »

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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

19 January 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft, all »

- Dave McNary

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