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Why You Recognize The Handmaid's Tale Ann Dowd

It's exciting enough to receive one nomination on Emmys morning, but imagine being nominated multiple times in the same year for two different roles. Enter Ann Dowd, nominated for supporting actress in a drama series for the role of Aunt Lydia on Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and guest actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Patti Levin on HBO's The Leftovers. And now, she's Emmy winner Ann Dowd and Critics' Choice award winner Ann Dowd! RelatedThe Handmaid's Tale Star Ann Dowd's Haunting Words About Our Reality If you're wondering where else you've seen this 61-year-old star of stage and screen, the answer is . . . basically everywhere. Dowd is a quintessential "Hey, it's that guy/gal" character actor, starting with her work in '90s movies Lorenzo's Oil, Philadelphia, and Apt Pupil. She then moved on to TV for recurring roles in shows like Freaks and Geeks, The Education of Max Bickford,
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Bryan Singer Steps Down as 'Legion' Executive Producer

Bryan Singer Steps Down as 'Legion' Executive Producer
Filmmaker Bryan Singer has asked to have his name removed as an executive producer on the X-Men–themed series Legion ahead of the show's second season. The show's creator and executive producer, Noah Hawley, confirmed the news to Deadline.

The website's sources claim that Singer made the decision after accusations of alleged sexual misconduct surfaced recently. A rep for Singer did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Singer was one of three people who'd worked on Hollywood X-Men adaptations to have his name on the series. Hawley said
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Director Bryan Singer Being Sued For Alleged Sexual Assault Of A Teenager

Rumors that X-Men director Bryan Singer has been up to some pretty shady stuff behind the scenes with young male actors have been doing the rounds for years and now, with the Harvey Weinstein allegations ringing in our ears, he’s facing a lawsuit for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy back in 2003. It comes at the end of a bad week for Singer, too, having been fired a couple of days ago from Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The lawsuit reads as follows:

“As a result of the misconduct and unlawful acts described herein, Plaintiff has suffered, and continues to suffer, general and special damages. These damages include, but are not limited to, emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life, past and future medical expenses, attorneys’ fees and costs, and other general and special damages, all in an amount
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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teen Boy

X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teen Boy
Bryan Singer has been accused of raping a 17-year old boy back in 2003, and is being sued by the now 31-year old man, according to TMZ. The news comes after a rough week where Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, for what he claims was a pressing family matter, but the cast and crew say otherwise. The director is notoriously difficult to work with and it appears that there may have been more going on that not many were privy to. Singer is denying any and all claims against him at this time.

The X-Men director issued a statement in which he strenuously denied all the claims. The lawsuit, filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, alleges that Bryan Singer was at a party, with young gay men, on tech investor Lester Waters' yacht in Seattle in 2003. It claims that Singer offered to
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The Bryan Singer Timeline: a History of Allegations and Defenses, from Troubled Films to Sexual Assault Claims

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The Bryan Singer Timeline: a History of Allegations and Defenses, from Troubled Films to Sexual Assault Claims
Bryan Singer has had a ruinous week. On December 4, 20th Century Fox fired Singer from the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” for abandoning the London set; on December 6, the studio announced Dexter Fletcher as his replacement. In a statement, Singer ascribed his absence on “Bohemian Rhapsody” to caring for an ailing parent, but Fox also declined to renew its long-term deal with Singer’s production company, while his longtime publicist cut ties a few months ago.

Read More:Fox Fired Bryan Singer, but It Won’t Be Able to Remove Him as the Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody

And then, on December 7, Singer hit the news cycle again: In a lawsuit filed by attorney Jeff Herman, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman accused Singer of sexually assaulting him in 2003, when Sanchez-Guzman was 17.

All of this represents a tremendous comedown for Singer, a blockbuster director whose films have made over $1 billion in domestic release alone.
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Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teenage Boy in 2003

Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teenage Boy in 2003
Director Bryan Singer is being sued for the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy while on a yacht in Seattle in 2003, Variety reports.

The suit claims the director allegedly forced Cesar Sanchez-Guzman to engage in several sexual acts against his will. According to the court document obtained by Variety, Sanchez-Guzman was at a party on a yacht owned and hosted by Lester Waters, who, according to the lawsuit "was a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area."

According to the suit,
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‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Removed from ‘Queen’ Biopic

Like The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer was art-house post-child before being plucked from relative security to helm an A-list superhero blockbuster in the early 2000s. His 1995 mind-bender The Usual Suspects took the world by storm and still, decades later, has one of the unquestionably best twist endings in the medium. His immediate follow-up, the Stephen King adaptation The Apt Pupil, cemented him as a directorial force to be reckoned with. He was unexpectedly given the reins of the X-Men film franchise, to which he contributed X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. By

‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Removed from ‘Queen’ Biopic
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Shocking Details Emerge as Bryan Singer Blames Fox for Queen Biopic Firing

Shocking Details Emerge as Bryan Singer Blames Fox for Queen Biopic Firing
The long gestating Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been in trouble for years. There were many starts and stops, but the movie's future finally looked bright when Rami Malek signed on to play iconic singer Freddie Mercury and X-Men director Bryan Singer agreed to direct earlier this year. Now, the movie is trouble again. There were only a few weeks of filming left, but 20th Century Fox has decided to fire Singer. The studio blames Bryan Singer's termination on his chaotic and erratic work ethics. As well as his tendency to suddenly disappear without notice. The filmmaker doesn't agree with this assessment, and has released his own statement on the matter.

In shorter words, Singer is putting the full blame for his termination on Fox. He claims the studio would not allow him to care for his ailing parent. Bohemian Rhapsody production was halted indefinitely last week. At the time,
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Tom Cruise and the failed United Artists experiment

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

In late 2006, with much fanfare, Tom Cruise was announced as headlining a revived United Artists. But what went wrong?

Lurking in the corners of Netflix UK is a not-very-widely-seen Tom Cruise movie, that a decade ago was all set to herald a new filmmaking dawn. Directed by Robert Redford, and with a cast that includes Redford, Cruise, Meryl Streep and a then-relatively-unknown Andrew Garfield, Lions For Lambs looked on paper to be a heavyweight political drama. Its focus is on three stories: an ambitious politician giving an interview to tough reporter, an army platoon being ordered to go on a top secret mission by said politician, and a professor trying to talk a promising student into turning his life around.

It looked like Oscar-bait. It turned out to be a footnote to the failure to resurrect United Artists.

United Artists was originally founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin,
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Bryan Singer Halts Production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Due to ‘Health Matter’

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Bryan Singer Halts Production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Due to ‘Health Matter’
Production on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the forthcoming biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury starring Rami Malek, has been suspended so that director and producer Bryan Singer, 52, can tend to what his representative described as “a personal health matter,” the BBC News reports.

Read More:‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ First Look: Rami Malek Resurrects Freddie Mercury For Queen Biopic

In its own statement, distributor Twentieth Century Fox made no reference to Singer’s health, stating: “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.” Although the film’s December 2018 release date remains, the studio offered no timeline for his return.

However, Singer’s representative told the BBC that there was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family,” and added this statement: “Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.” According to the outlet, “Both Singer and
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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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USC Students Launch Petition to Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From the School of Cinematic Arts

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USC Students Launch Petition to Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From the School of Cinematic Arts
Students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts have launched a petition calling for Bryan Singer’s name to be removed from the Division of Cinema and Media Studies. The call for action comes amid the ongoing sexual-harassment scandal emanating out of Hollywood, with the petition calling it “completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia.”

Read More:‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton Accused of Sexual Harassment By Reporter Danielle Young

Singer, who transferred to the USC School of Cinematic Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, has directed such films as “The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men,” and “Valkyrie.” The university recently refused a donation from Harvey Weinstein following the many accusations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him.

Singer was accused of asking a
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Hollywood’s Underage Sexual Abuse Problem: 5 Shocking Injustices From ‘An Open Secret’

Hollywood’s Underage Sexual Abuse Problem: 5 Shocking Injustices From ‘An Open Secret’
An Open Secret” sounds like the perfect title for a brand-new documentary addressing the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment and assault epidemic, which in recent weeks has uncoupled Harvey Weinstein, Roy Price, and Andy Signore from their companies (and caused James Toback, President George H.W. Bush, Oliver Stone, Ben Affleck, and Mark Halperin to confront their own allegations). However, the documentary — which focuses on the abuse male managers, agents, and publicists inflict on young, male clients — premiered at Doc NYC in November 2014 and had a small release the following June (IndieWire awarded it an A-).

Despite its current 93 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, director Amy Berg — who’d previously investigated sexual abuse in “Prophet’s Prey” and “Deliver Us from Evil,” for which she earned a 2007 Best Feature Documentary Oscar nomination — was unable to find a distributor. “An Open Secret” producer Gabe Hoffman claims the film was even accepted,
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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First Look At Dean Devlin’s Bad Samaritan Starring David Tennant

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment announced today that they have sold German, Latin American and Middle Eastern territories for Devlin’s latest directorial effort Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned the screenplay with Electric’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan producing alongside Devlin.

Buyers include Atlas in Germany, Imagem in Latin America, and Eagle in the Middle East. The deals were brokered by Sonia Mehandjiyska, Ralph Kamp and their international sales team, which will continue sales at the Marché du Film in Cannes.

Bad Samaritan centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for these petty thieves until they target the wrong house, changing their lives forever.

The company recently announced the high profile acquisition of Rob Reiner’s Lbj starring Woody Harrelson in the role of the bombastic 36th President.
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The true story behind Dougray Scott playing Wolverine in X-Men and why Hugh Jackman took over

Luke Owen looks back at a time when Hugh Jackman was not Wolverine

There was a lot of buzz and excitement in 1999. People around planet earth were excited to see what the new Millennium would bring; while big companies panicked that the Y2K bug would kill all their hard work and shut down the working world. For Dougray Scott, 1999 was set to be the year that changed his career. He had been handpicked by Tom Cruise to play the villain in M:i:2 and he was set to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men.

The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics property had been a long one. In 1984 Marvel writers Gerry Conway and Rob Thomas wrote a screenplay for production company Orion Pictures (Platoon) who had optioned the film rights. But when the company fell into financial troubles the rights went over to Carolco Pictures (First Blood) who began
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Afm: Dean Devlin Optimistically Expands Electric Entertainment

Afm: Dean Devlin Optimistically Expands Electric Entertainment
Amid massive uncertainty in the independent movie business, longtime Hollywood player Dean Devlin remains relentlessly optimistic about his 15-year-old Electric Entertainment.

Electric is currently in post-production on its third season of “The Librarians” for TNT, and in post-production on the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm,” which marks Devlin’s feature directorial debuts and stars Gerard Butler. He re-teamed with Ronald Emmerich for “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

He’s in pre-production on his second directing gig on thriller “Bad Samaritan,” launching pre-sales at the American Film Market. David Tenant and Robert Sheehan portray car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons, until they target the wrong house.

“It’s the kind of bread-and-butter drama that major studios have mostly stopped doing,” Devlin said from Portland, where he’s in pre-production to start shooting next month. “It’s not the typical buzzy title but people can
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David Tennant Signs On For Dean Devlin’s Bad Samaritan

As a writer and producer, Dean Devlin has had a hand in some of the highest profile projects of the last quarter of a century. Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla – all have been revisited repeatedly by Devlin and others, in numerous media. This is why – even though he is not the most prolific filmmaker – when he sets up a new property, people pay attention. We pay even more attention, when he casts an actor like David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), in a thriller like Bad Samaritan.

The script comes from Brandon Boyce, who previously wrote effective dramas Apt Pupil and Wicker Park. It centres on two young men working as car valets, who use their position to rob the homes of their customers. Inevitably, they eventually rob the wrong home, and face some unexpected consequences.

The first thing that is very clear about this movie is that it is about men.
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David Tennant To Star In ‘Bad Samaritan’ Directed By Dean Devlin

David Tennant To Star In ‘Bad Samaritan’ Directed By Dean Devlin
Exclusive: David Tennant has been tapped to star in Bad Samaritan, the next film from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment that Devlin is set to direct himself. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned the screenplay for the thriller, which is lining up a shoot later this year in and around Portland, Or. The film centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize the houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for the petty thieves…
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Directors' Trademarks: Bryan Singer

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Bryan Singer as director.

Bryan Singer studied film at the New York School of Visual Arts and USC School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, one of his short films caught the eye of a production company who funded low budget films. He then wrote Public Access with childhood friend Christopher McQuarrie, which he then directed as his first feature film in 1993. Two years later, he had his breakthrough with The Usual Suspects, which caught the eyes of critics at the Cannes Film Festival before ultimately becoming profitable in theaters. Next, Singer adapted a Stephen King novel for the screen, directing Apt Pupil (1998). That film received mixed reviews and was not a financial success. Singer was then hired to direct X-Men
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