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Kate Hudson Is Back in a Long, Blonde Wig a Week After Shaving Her Head

Kate Hudson Is Back in a Long, Blonde Wig a Week After Shaving Her Head
It’s high time we go ahead and call it, 2017 is officially the year of the buzz cut. It seems like every woman in Hollywood is suddenly totally gung-ho to test out the look, chopping off their hair to a length somewhere between G.I. Jane and Rosemary’s Baby. Perhaps it was Millie Bobby Brown’s instantly iconic performance in Stranger Things last year that kicked off the trend, but ever since then stars like Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, Zoë Kravitz, and Cara Delevingne have all made the chop for one reason or another. And the latest celeb to jump
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6 Filmmakers Who Launched Massive Female Action Stars

6 Filmmakers Who Launched Massive Female Action Stars
It’s unfortunate that Luc Besson’s latest multi-million dollar action spectacle is called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” because the film is as much about its male hero (the eponymous Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan) as it is about his female partner, Laureline (Cara Delevingne). A long-time passion project of the filmmaker, Besson’s newest feature is based on the French sci-fi comics series “Valérian and Laureline,” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, a childhood favorite of Besson. Like the series that inspired it, the film follows a pair of “spatio-temporal agents” who are charged with keeping the peace across the universe.

Valerian may get title billing, but both DeHaan and Delevingne’s characters exist on very equal footing. Most of the time, it’s actually Laureline who saves the day when the notoriously hot-headed Valerian goes off the rails and biffs yet another important mission.
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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail

‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail
A true story so pure that it almost grants its teller the permission to be sloppy, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey” is a bit of a mess from the moment it starts, but it’s hard to completely dismiss any movie with a soul this strong, just as it would be hard to dismiss a disobedient puppy so long as its tail keeps wagging. An unlikely mutt that crossbreeds the cuteness of “Must Love Dogs” with the suspense of “The Hurt Locker,” “Megan Leavey” is the kind of movie that writes itself, and often feels as though it has.

Based on the very real, very believable bond between a young marine corporal and the volatile German Shepherd with whom she partners during her tours of duty in Iraq, this broadly engaging drama is gripping when it deals with the details of being a woman on the front lines, and it
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Ridley Scott: His best films to date

Late last week, I got a chance to see Ridley Scott’s latest film, the franchise outing Alien: Covenant. A sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien, it is still a few weeks out, but 20th Century Fox is clearly feeling bullish about it. You’ll see what think in detail later on this month, but with it fresh in my mind, I wanted to take a look at Scott’s career on the whole. A few years ago I ranked his ten best movies, and I’m going to be doing that again today, just wish an added twist. Scott is fairly prodigious with his outings, so this can be a fairly consistent thing. There’s always some new coals in the fire for him. Before I get to the top ten list, I figured I’d do a full ranking of total filmography, up until those best ones,
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‘Empire’: Taraji P. Henson on Cookie’s New ‘Nemesis’ and Guest Stars Eva Longoria, Demi Moore

‘Empire’: Taraji P. Henson on Cookie’s New ‘Nemesis’ and Guest Stars Eva Longoria, Demi Moore
“Empire” went on hiatus in December, and after more than three months, the broadcast juggernaut returns this week with the back-half of its third season.

When the Fox drama last signed off, the Lyon family left viewers with many cliffhangers — Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) sent Jamal (Jussie Smollett) to rehab; Angelo (Taye Diggs) and Cookie’s relationship was left on the rocks after Lucious (Terrence Howard) uncovered his dark past; and Andre (Trai Byers) vowed to kill his father, Lucious. (For a full refresher, click here.)

Taraji P. Henson tells Variety that the new episodes will see “the family fall apart and come back together again and then fall apart again.” With a laugh, she adds, “That’s the best way I can put it without giving too much away.”

Here, in an exclusive Q&A, Henson tells Variety what to expect in “Empire” Season 3, plus teases new guest stars Demi Moore, Rumer Willis
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Flex 'Em, Ladies! Actresses Who Packed on Muscles for Their Movies

Flex 'Em, Ladies! Actresses Who Packed on Muscles for Their Movies
When it comes to getting silver screen ready, it's not always about dieting. In fact, for a handful of Hollywood's most successful female action stars, fitting the part meant bulking up—in the kitchen and at the gym. Whether it was a boxing Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby or one-handed push-ups from Demi Moore's lieutenant-in-training for G.I. Jane, actresses have proven flexing their muscles can be beneficial on the big screen. For Swank, getting in the ring meant her second Oscar. Eight years later, Jennifer Lawrence blazed onto the scene yielding a bow and arrow as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, a film that remained number one at the...
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Kristen Stewart Explains Her Buzzy New Hairdo (Video)

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Kristen Stewart Explains Her Buzzy New Hairdo (Video)
Kristen Stewart caught a major buzz this week, debuting a dramatically close-cropped hairdo. On Thursday the “Twilight” alum explained why she decided to go with the “G.I. Jane” look. Appearing on NBC’s morning show “Today,” Stewart — whose new film “Personal Shopper” premieres this week — explained that the new look is “practical,” given the demands of an upcoming role. “I’m doing a movie in a couple of weeks called ‘Underwater,’ and I play a mechanical engineer that’s working in an oil rig that’s on the bottom of the ocean floor,” Stewart said. “So for me, I was like,
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Looking Back 25 Years: The Indie Film Awakening

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This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we're finishing out tour by going back to 1992.

This article is part 4 of 4 in a series.

Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of Classic Hollywood

Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film

Read Part 3 Here: Looking Back 50 Years: A New Generation Takes Over

On December 26th, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. This signalled the formal end of the Cold War, which left the United States as the sole remaining superpower, but did not necessarily usher in an era of peace at home and abroad. This shift in power instead opened a void in eastern Europe and the middle east which would come to be a source of conflict for the next two decades and beyond. A deadly civil war
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Ridley Scott to Receive Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Ridley Scott to Receive Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Ridley Scott will receive the Directors Guild of America’s top honor, the lifetime achievement award for distinguished achievement in motion picture direction.

“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world,” said DGA President Paris Barclay.

“Stunning visuals, immersive worlds, and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work, which ranges from ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Thelma & Louise,’ to ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and, most recently, ‘The Martian,'” Barclay continued. “Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”

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China’s Leeding Media scoops up Im Global, Lakeshore titles

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Producer and aggregator has acquired Chinese digital rights to 95 films and also secured investment from WinDigital Investment Fund.

Us and China-based producer and aggregator Leeding Media has acquired exclusive digital rights to 95 films in library deals with both Im Global and Lakeshore Entertainment.

Im Global titles covered by the deals (47 in total) include The Wedding Planner, Malcolm X and G.I. Jane, while the deal with Lakeshore covers 48 titles. Leeding Media, which now has Chinese digital rights to around 500 titles, will exploit the films across Chinese Tvod and Svod streaming platforms.

Leeding Media has also received investment from China’s WinDigital Investment Fund, whose backing will enable the company to increase its footprint in licensing, co-financing and producing films for the Chinese and global market.

“Our company has been growing steadily and the response has been enthusiastic, as evidenced by our recent acquisition of 95 titles and our attracting WinDigital as an investor,” said [link=co
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China’s Leeding Media Buys 95 U.S. Films From Im Global, Lakeshore

Leeding Media, a specialist in aggregating U.S. movies for the Chinese market, has acquired exclusive digital rights to 95 films from Im Global and Lakeshore Entertainment.

The transaction boosts the number of films that 9-year-old Leeding Media licenses to all Chinese streaming outlets to nearly 500.

The agreement with Im Global covers 47 Intermedia films, including “The Wedding Planner,” “Malcolm X” and “G.I. Jane.” The deal with Lakeshore is for 48 titles.

Leeding Media’s digital film rights include “Million Dollar Baby,” “Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler,” “A Single Man” and “Underworld.”

The company also disclosed Thursday that it has received a “sizeable” investment from China’s WinDigital Investment Fund, enabling Leeding Media to increase its footprint in licensing, co-financing and producing films for the Chinese and global market.

“Our company has been growing steadily and the response has been enthusiastic, as evidenced by our recent acquisition of 95 titles and our attracting WinDigital as an investor,
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China’s Leeding Media Acquires Digital Rights to 95 Films From Im Global, Lakeshore

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Leeding Media, a Beijing and Los Angeles-based company that focuses on connecting U.S.-produced content with digital distribution in China, has acquired exclusive digital rights to 95 films in separate deals with Im Global and Lakeshore Entertainment, the company announced in a statement Thursday. The company’s deal with Im Global comprises of 47 films, including “The Wedding Planner,” “Malcolm X” and “G.I. Jane.” Its agreement with Lakeshore covers 48 movies. With the latest deal, Leeding now licenses almost 500 films to Chinese streaming companies. Its catalog includes award-winning films such as “Million Dollar Baby” and “Whiplash,” as well as “Nightcrawler,” “A Single.
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Labyrinth Visual History Book Trailer Goes Behind the Classic | Exclusive

Labyrinth Visual History Book Trailer Goes Behind the Classic | Exclusive
Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive 30th anniversary exploration of the Jim Henson classic, featuring rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos. Just in time for the 30 year anniversary, we have a trailer for this magical book. It arrived in stores this week, and is available for purchase right now.

Three decades after its release, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, continues to enthrall audiences with its winning mixture of fairy tale whimsy, fantastical creatures, and unforgettable music. Filled with a wealth of rare and unseen behind-the-scenes imagery, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History explores the creation of the film as seen through the eyes of the artists, costume designers, and creature creators who gave the beloved fantasy classic its distinctive look.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the talented crew and cast, including Jennifer Connelly, Brian Henson, Brian Froud, and George Lucas, this deluxe book brings together a
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Ridley Scott Feted by Matt Damon, Russell Crowe and Sigourney Weaver

Ridley Scott Feted by Matt Damon, Russell Crowe and Sigourney Weaver
“Let’s grab this night by the pussy,” said Russell Crowe, exhorting the Beverly Hilton ballroom attendees at the annual American Cinematheque Ball to go out and vote on election day. Then the night’s charming master of ceremonies got down to the business at hand: tributing director Ridley Scott.

Crowe reminded us that Scott made his first feature film at 40—and showed us his delightful black and white 1962 “Boy and Bicycle” short student film, shot on a borrowed 16mm camera and starring his younger brother by six years, Tony, who also became a director.

At night’s end, when grateful “The Martian” Oscar nominee Matt Damon presented Scott, 78, with his award, Scott tracked back in time, recalling how he wasn’t a very good student, hard as he tried, and the teacher who suggested that he go to art school. Scott attended the Royal College of Art and studied film,
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Ridley Scott Feted by Matt Damon, Russell Crowe and Sigourney Weaver

Ridley Scott Feted by Matt Damon, Russell Crowe and Sigourney Weaver
“Let’s grab this night by the pussy,” said Russell Crowe, exhorting the Beverly Hilton ballroom attendees at the annual American Cinematheque Ball to go out and vote on election day. Then the night’s charming master of ceremonies got down to the business at hand: tributing director Ridley Scott.

Crowe reminded us that Scott made his first feature film at 40—and showed us his delightful black and white 1962 “Boy and Bicycle” short student film, shot on a borrowed 16mm camera and starring his younger brother by six years, Tony, who also became a director.

At night’s end, when grateful “The Martian” Oscar nominee Matt Damon presented Scott, 78, with his award, Scott tracked back in time, recalling how he wasn’t a very good student, hard as he tried, and the teacher who suggested that he go to art school. Scott attended the Royal College of Art and studied film,
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Russell Crowe, Matt Damon Toast Ridley Scott at American Cinematheque Fete

Russell Crowe, Matt Damon Toast Ridley Scott at American Cinematheque Fete
If director Ridley Scott didn’t get his fill of lifetime achievement recognition during last year’s awards season, when his film “The Martian” was on a crash course with Oscar night, the American Cinematheque was ready and willing to oblige.

The org honored Scott with its 30th annual honor Friday night. Actor Russell Crowe served as host of the evening’s festivities.

“At this point it’s very clear that Ridley Scott is a filmmaker with the talent to do anything he wants in any genre you care to mention,” Crowe said. “From film noir to fantasy, from comedy to crime, from period pieces to the distant future, this man can do it all … He not only knows the language of film, he speaks all of its dialects. He speaks camera, editing, grip, gaffer, hair, makeup, all of those things — and he’s getting better at speaking actor.”

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The legend of Ridley Scott’s I Am Legend

Padraig Cotter Oct 5, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star in I Am Legend, with Ridley Scott directing. We look back at a lost movie...

Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is one of the greatest vampire novels ever written, and is a noted inspiration on people like Stephen King and George Romero. The book tells the story of Robert Neville, who is seemingly the lone survivor of a plague that turned most of humanity into bloodsucking ghouls. Neville survives nightly attacks by hordes eager for his blood while trying to overcome the crushing loneliness of being the last human left. It’s a book that manages the twin feat of being a great horror story and an achingly sad character study; it’s got a gut-punch of a twist too.

I Am Legend is an inherently cinematic concept, but it hasn’t had a smooth ride on the big screen.
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Stranger Things Season 1 Review

All 8 episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

At one point in Netflix’s perfectly titled Stranger Things (no plot spoilers, pinky promise), one of the show’s plucky, impeccably nerdy heroes, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), loses his mind over the short run-time of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Defacto leader Mike (Finn Wolfhard) rebuffs: “It was 10 hours!” By the time the credits roll, Stranger Things more than earns Dustin’s meta joke: it’s hard to leave the sleepy, Amblin-inspired hamlet of Hawkins, Indiana behind, even when you realize you just spent 8 hours embedded in its strangeness.

Like Dead of Summer (although far more lovingly, obsessively detailed), Stranger Things first-and-foremost perfects its tonal period balance between a charm- and menace-filled Spielbergian kids’ adventure, and the hyper-modern update of that, à la Super 8.

In Hawkins, shadowy figures roam an abandoned lab in the middle of the forest, a group of pre-teens debate the
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Ridley Scott collaborator Julie Payne dies aged 64

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Ridley Scott collaborator Julie Payne dies aged 64
Producer and managing director of Scott Free has died.

Film producer Julie Payne, a long-time collaborator of Ridley Scott, has died aged 64 following a short battle with cancer.

Payne managed the London operations of Scott’s Scott Free Films for more than 15 years, producing and executive producing projects for the company including Richard Loncraine’s The Gathering Storm and follow-up Into The Storm - winning two Golden Globes and two Emmys.

Payne also executive produced Scott’s own France-set comedy A Good Year, and produced Jordan Scott’s debut feature film Cracks.

Payne’s collaboration with Scott dates back to the late-80s, when she worked across some of Scott’s most notable movies in various roles starting with Thelma & Louise in 1991 through to G.I. Jane and Gladiator.

Payne originally started her career at the BBC in the early 1970s, working first in their costume department and then in costume allocation. She subsequently
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Ridley Scott Longtime Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64

Ridley Scott Longtime Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films has revealed that the managing director of its London office, producer Julie Payne, died of cancer last month at the age of 64.

Payne managed Scott Free’s London operations for more than 15 years, producing and executive producing projects for the company including Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner “The Gathering Storm” and follow-up “Into the Storm.” Payne also executive produced Scott’s own France-set comedy “A Good Year,” and produced Jordan Scott’s debut feature film “Cracks.”

Payne’s collaboration with Scott dated back to the late-80s, when she worked across some of his most notable movies in various roles starting with “Thelma & Louise” in 1991 through to “G.I. Jane” and “Gladiator.”

Payne originally started her career at the BBC in the early ‘70s, working first in their costume department and then in costume allocation. She subsequently joined producer Sandy Lieberson, who ultimately introduced her to Scott.

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