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Chewbacca Lookalike Wins National Dog Show, Internet Freaks Out

Chewbacca Lookalike Wins National Dog Show, Internet Freaks Out
For many, the National Dog Show is a time-honored Thanksgiving tradition. Much in the same way that Turkey and stuffing are for many families. Those who watched the show last night witnessed history as a Brussels Griffon named Newton won the coveted Best in Show, which is the top prize given at the annual event. This marks the first time a Brussels Griffon won the award, but everyone was much more obsessed with the fact that Newton looks a lot like a tiny version of Star Wars icon Chewbacca.

"Is Newton the Brussels Griffon the National Dog Show winner, or a miniature Chewbacca? You Decide."

Yes, the 3-year-old Brussels Griffon who beat out six other challengers for Best in Show happens to look an awful lot like Han Solo's trusty co-pilot from Star Wars. And people noticed. Newton beat out an American Staffordshire terrier, a French bulldog, an Old English sheepdog,
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Actress Tara Subkoff Says Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her (Exclusive)

Actress Tara Subkoff Says Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her (Exclusive)
Actress Tara Subkoff has opened up about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, alleging the producer sexually harassed her in the 1990s when she was up for a part in one of his movies.

That night I was offered the role, and I went out to a premiere after party that Harvey Weinstein was also at,” she told Variety. “He motioned for me to come over to him, and then grabbed me to sit me on his lap. I was so surprised and shocked I couldn’t stop laughing because it was so awkward. But then I could feel that he had an erection. I got quiet, but got off his lap quickly. He then asked me to come outside with him and other things I don’t want to share, but it was implied that if I did not comply with doing what he asked me to do that I would not get the role that I
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Canon Of Film: ‘Broadcast News’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we will be taking a look at James L. Brooks‘ ‘Broadcast News‘. For the story behind the genesis of the series, you can click here.

Broadcast News (1987)

Director/Screenplay: James L. Brooks

Broadcast News‘ is brilliantly accurate in it’s portrayal of the daily life of broadcast journalism; at least it was at one point. Who knows now; with cable and internet news playing as important a role, it’s a little hard to tell. In that respect, the movie–like most films about the television industry–either take place in the past from the start, or now seems instantly dated. What ‘Broadcast News‘ is slyly brilliant at is the realistic portrayal of human relationships and love. Love of work, with the occasional fleeing possibility of love with another human being. That’s not true actually, the possibility of love with a human being is always there,
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Kaya Scodelario and Josh Hutcherson set for Romeo and Juliet update Die in a Gunfight

The Mark Gordon Company has set Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets) to star in the action romance Die in a Gunfight, a modern update on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Die in a Gunfight is being directed by Collin Schiffli (Animals) from a script by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man and the Wasp), and will see Hutcherson and Scodelario as two star-crossed lovers Ben and Mary. Set against a backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge, and a long-standing feud between their families, the film will explore whether “true love conquers all… but if it can’t, it’ll at least ensure you go out swinging, in spectacular fashion.”

Production on Die in a Gunfight is slated to begin in Boston this month. Scodelario meanwhile will next
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Helen Hunt, Olivia Munn To Star In ‘Die In A Gunfight’ From Mark Gordon Company

Helen Hunt, Olivia Munn To Star In ‘Die In A Gunfight’ From Mark Gordon Company
Oscar-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise), and Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Game films) have been tapped the star in action romance film Die In A Gunfight from The Mark Gordon Company. Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari penned the screenplay, which has Animals helmer Collin Schiffli in the director’s chair. The film follows two star-crossed lovers – Ben…
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‘Victoria and Abdul’: Judi Dench could win Oscar 20 years after ‘Mrs. Brown’ loss

‘Victoria and Abdul’: Judi Dench could win Oscar 20 years after ‘Mrs. Brown’ loss
Twenty years ago, Judi Dench earned her first Oscar nomination for her heartfelt portrayal of Queen Victoria in “Mrs. Brown.” Despite winning the Golden Globe and BAFTA, she lost at the Academy Awards to Helen Hunt for the comedy-drama “As Good As It Gets.” Dame Judi returns to the role in “Victoria and Abdul,” which […]
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Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan Break Up After 16 Years

Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan Break Up After 16 Years
Not all loves last a lifetime. Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan have broken up after 16 years of dating. "She has been split up with Matthew for several months. They had a rocky relationship and many offs and ons over the years. They stayed together as long as they did because of their daughter," a source close to the actress tells E! News. "They've split up before, but this time seems to be different." Hunt, 54, and Carnahan, 56, had been together since 2001; they share a 13-year-old daughter. Carnahan also has a 20-year-old son from a previous relationship. (The actress, who won an Oscar in 1998 for As Good as It Gets and multiple Emmys for her leading role in NBC's Mad About...
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6 Challenges Facing New Academy President John Bailey

6 Challenges Facing New Academy President John Bailey
As new Academy president John Bailey opens up about what he plans to do in his new job, we read the tea leaves. He faces an unusually tumultuous time, as the Academy confronts multiple challenges, from the industry’s transition to digital, and pressures from ABC to increase viewership of the Oscar show, to the need to raise more funding to build the troubled $400 million Academy Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Here are Bailey’s main concerns. So far, he seems more than up to meeting this new assignment.

1. Will the Academy change its diversity outreach?

No. As someone who has long hired men and women of different ethnic, socio- economic, and racial backgrounds, Bailey supports Academy CEO Hudson’s outreach imperative via the A2020 program which is designed to double the Academy’s diverse membership by 2020. He’s proud of such Academy efforts as the Academy Gold internship program,
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6 Challenges Facing New Academy President John Bailey

6 Challenges Facing New Academy President John Bailey
As new Academy president John Bailey opens up about what he plans to do in his new job, we read the tea leaves. He faces an unusually tumultuous time, as the Academy confronts multiple challenges, from the industry’s transition to digital, and pressures from ABC to increase viewership of the Oscar show, to the need to raise more funding to build the troubled $400 million Academy Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Here are Bailey’s main concerns. So far, he seems more than up to meeting this new assignment.

1. Will the Academy change its diversity outreach?

No. As someone who has long hired men and women of different ethnic, socio- economic, and racial backgrounds, Bailey supports Academy CEO Hudson’s outreach imperative via the A2020 program which is designed to double the Academy’s diverse membership by 2020. He’s proud of such Academy efforts as the Academy Gold internship program,
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20 Years Back: Celebrating the Cinematic Delights of 1997

Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1997…

1997. It doesn’t feel that distant but we’re now talking 20 years. This was the year I left school. That officially makes me old as fuck I believe. Lady Di passed, Tony Blair became Pm, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, Mike Tyson had a Holyfield Ear pie and more. The Spice Girls reigned supreme. Hanson were Mmmbopping all over the place and confusing horny teenagers who thought the girl singing lead was hot.

In film, the year is significant. This was the year the Titanic did the opposite of sink (erm… float). James Cameron’s historical (which icebergs aside wasn’t that historical) epic was seen by pretty much everyone on Earth. It probably grossed a further Trillion Wibblewangs outside the Milky Way (I just invented an alien currency). It thundered away as the highest grossing film ever (if you don’t
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Best of: The best movies of 1997

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Hindsight is 20/20. Does it get sharper when the distance between then and now is 20 years? The A.V. Club wasn’t putting together best-of lists in 1997, so it’s impossible to know how this retroactive ranking of the year’s movies might compare with one compiled by the staff at the time—especially since that staff has changed dramatically in the interim. So don’t think of the following hierarchy of great films (all released theatrically in America sometime in ’97) as a snapshot of how anyone, these writers included, felt back then. We’ve had two decades to mull 12 months of movies, to let them marinate in our imaginations, and to catch up with the sleepers we’ve missed. The years have been kind to the films below. To others, not so much. Remember when anyone thought As Good As It Gets was as ...
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the
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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy
In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents the Oscars for excellence in filmmaking. The decision was made Tuesday night at a monthly meeting of the AMPAS board of governors.

The new Academy leader will succeed exiting president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served a maximum four-year term in the role and, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, oversaw many dramatic shifts in the movie monolith’s demographical makeup and procedural status quo.

Bailey, 74, is a dark-horse winner. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, but he has never received an Oscar nomination.

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Random Roles: Skeet Ulrich talks about Riverdale, Scream, and the only time he ever got fired

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: Skeet Ulrich may have spent years suffering the slings and arrows of critics who’ve described him as Johnny Depp Lite (not to mention far worse things), but it’s easy to endure these sorts of remarks when you’re in a bona fide box office sensation like Scream and co-starring in a film that‘s nominated for Best Picture (As Good As It Gets), even if your role does end up getting cut down dramatically. In recent years, Ulrich has spent the majority of his time on television, starring in such short-lived cult favorites as Miracles and Jericho, but he’s just been upped to series-regular status on the latest CW sensation, Riverdale. If you
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Helen Hunt to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘I See You’

Helen Hunt to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘I See You’
Helen Hunt has come on board to star in the horror-thriller “I See You” for Zodiac Features with shooting starting in Cleveland in the late summer.

Adam Randall is directing from a script by Devon Graye. Hunt will portray the well-heeled wife of the lead investigator in a child abduction case which has brought into the spotlight a similar case from years past. The investigator struggles to find a way to forgive his wife for infidelity — and while her guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, a malicious presence begins manifesting itself in their home, putting their young son in mortal danger.

Matt Waldeck will produce for Zodiac Features. Executives producers are Ben Hecht for Zodiac, alongside Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher and Patrick Howson for Bankside Films, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films.

CAA packaged the film and will co-represent domestic sales with Bankside Films,
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Exclusive: Director Chris Smith on road movie Detour

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Author: Hannah Woodhead

You might not know the name Chris Smith, but you’ll probably have seen at least one of his films. In 2004 he made the tube (even more?) terrifying with horror movie Creep, and a decade later he took on Father Christmas in the underrated Get Santa. With a varied filmography spanning horror, comedy, and historical action under his belt, Chris has gone stateside for his latest film – a neo-noir road trip movie starring Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen and Bel Powley. We caught up with him for a quick chat about writing and directing Detour, and what he’s moving onto next.

Were there any films in particular that inspired the stylistic feel of Detour, and how much of the film did you visualise when working on the script?

That’s a very good question. In terms of the visual style, everything starts for me from the narrative style,
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