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Writers David Diamond and David Weissman (The Family Man) have sold dual-reality drama The Double Life Of Emily Reed to ABC through ABC Studios and studio-based Temple Hill. Emily Reed is a 35-year-old divorcee from New Jersey with two kids who’s at a tipping point in her life when she makes the life-changing decision to move herself and her kids in with her mom. Just when she gives up on all her dreams, Emily magically wakes up the next morning in a gorgeous Soho loft lying next to an even more gorgeous naked man. And thus begins the double life of Emily Reed, where she lives each day twice — once as a divorced mother of two in suburban New Jersey, and again as a successful independent New York business woman. The premise is reminiscent of the parallel universe movie Sliding Doors and the NBC series Awake. Diamond and Weissman »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
For most of my childhood, Dido's music was inescapable; on the big screen, on the small screen, on the radio, in my shower. Although given her marvelous melodies, lyrical mastery and haunting voice, I'm at a loss for why anyone would ever choose to evade her tunes. And judging from her Billboard chart dominanace, and omnipresence for the last two decades, it's clear no one else could settle on a reason either.
Now Dido's most popular songs have been culled together for a Greatest Hits album. ETonline recently chatted with the Grammy and Oscar-nominated performer about the odd experience of compiling this collection, her favorite tracks ever and the most bizarre moment in her career.
ETonline: What was your reaction to being asked to compile a Greatest Hits album?
Dido: To be honest I was a bit taken aback [laughs]. I was in the middle of making another record when Sony suggested I put out »
Audiences can see Jared Leto on Nov. 1 in the role that could win him an Oscar, as Focus Features releases “Dallas Buyers Club.” By a happy coincidence, Leto’s previous film — a mind-bogglingly obscure $44 million sci-fi epic called “Mr. Nobody” — opens the same day via Magnolia Pictures.
“It’s a miracle,” says Leto, who is fiercely proud of both films, but had nearly given up hope that “Mr. Nobody” would ever get a U.S. release. (The crazy ambitious project was Leto’s last acting gig before stepping away to focus on his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.)
Since the Toronto Film Festival, critics have been raving about Leto’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The 41-year-old chameleon slimmed down to 112 pounds to play Rayon, the raggedly charismatic transsexual who helps Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) hustle unapproved meds to HIV-positive men.
Though not an awards contender, “Mr. Nobody” posed an »
- Peter Debruge
Tony Mosher penned the script about a hit man given the order to kill a woman who turns out to be a former lover.
What follows is a "Sliding Doors" style feature - in one version he carries out the order, in the other he refuses and must protect his old flame.
Filming is slated to begin early next year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Somehow, I survived my six-movie day yesterday at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. My mind was amazed to have held firm throughout the day, but my body was basically operating on fumes if today was any indication. I stayed alert and awake through the four films I watched, but there were a couple of moments where I was thankful for the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline for offering an espresso chocolate milkshake. Anything to keep me buzzing. (Sorry for all the buzzing, Fantastic Fest friends. It’s the only way I can stay awake!) As you’ll see from the end of this post, this was my last day at the festival proper. Before I get into what I saw today, I just want to say exactly how much damn fun I’ve had these past few days. I met a lot of Twitter friends in person and, if I’m lucky, »
- Josh Spiegel
It's rare you get a chance to see Claire Danes let loose. The Emmy-winning (and currently nominated) Homeland star, 34, plays an intensive role as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison on Showtime's hit series - so when she filmed her kooky Audi Smart Performer commercial, she enjoyed venturing away from a serious set. "It's nice to just goof off and improvise and be a little silly," Danes told People on Wednesday. "I'm getting ready for a more substantial reprieve from Homeland, which I love and continue to be inspired by - but it would be nice not to be saving the world for a second. »
- Dahvi Shira
To change Americans’ mood on diesel, Audi has turned to an actress who plays a bipolar character: Claire Danes.
The “Homeland” star, who plays a troubled C.I.A. agent in the Showtime series, will help launch Audi of America’s new campaign around its Tdi clean diesel-powered vehicles starting Sunday with a series of spots that will air on TV and online.
The new marketing effort was designed to promote Audi’s return for a third year as the official automotive sponsor of the Television Academy and the Emmy Awards, on Sept. 22, while cleverly tapping into Danes’ character on “Homeland” in a humorous way.
In the “Smart Performer” video, a “Sliding Doors” premise features Danes behind the wheel of an Audi A6 Tdi as her life takes two very different paths, one calm and the other comedically manic. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”), who has helmed shorts for Funny or Die, »
- Marc Graser
With production beginning in 2007, and premiering at the Venice Film Festival in 2009 (after being controversially rejected by Cannes), it has taken four years for Jaco Van Dormael's "Mr. Nobody" to secure a U.S. distributor and a release. (And we actually reviewed the movie when it opened in Canada three years ago). That should pretty much tell you all you need to know about this ambitious folly, but we reckon this new trailer does enough to showcase its rather hokey conceit. Something like a hybrid of "Sliding Doors" and "Cloud Atlas," the film tells the story of Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto), the last mortal human on Earth in 2092, who recounts the events of his life to a newsreporter. What follows is pretty messy jumble of storytelling that essentially finds Nemo detailing two lives: one that would have unfolded had he stayed with his father or mother, following their divorce. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are two possible ways to interpret the below video, which was apparently taken last week but just surfaced on TMZ. Option one: Gwyneth Paltrow was being followed by the paparazzi who recorded this footage, felt unsafe, and attempted to make a quick getaway, at which point she almost collided with a school bus. (In this context, one would assume that the recent L.A. transplant is relatively new to scooter-driving and was not totally aware of her blind spots.) Option two: Gwyneth Paltrow is an inconsiderate, verging-on-dangerous scooter driver. It’s sort of like Sliding Doors, except in both lives she cut off a school bus. Oops. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Richard Curtis's film is a good-natured fantasy romance of such utterable daftness that it's impossible to dislike. Criticising it is like vivisecting a Labrador puppy. All the traditional Curtis items are in place, including a jolly cast of upper-class folk, a wacky/vulnerable kid sister, characters who go into strange Curtis-speak under pressure ("Oh my arsing God in a box!"), and a Hugh-Grant-replicant leading man: 30-year-old Domhnall Gleeson sounds so much like the young Grant I suspected he'd been dubbed. But there are some nice gags and some ingenious narrative turns in Curtis's well-carpentered screenplay.
Gleeson plays Tim, the shy son of eccentric, well-off parents (Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan). At 21, he leaves the family nest in Cornwall to take up his barrister pupillage in London and, yearning for love, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Close your eyes and imagine how different the pop world would be if Claire Danes had not played Angela Chase — Alicia Silverstone had. It almost happened! No disrespect to Silverstone, but that would have been a really different show. From The New Yorker's new profile of Claire Danes: Silverstone auditioned first. [Ed] Zwick, impressed, told [Marshall] Herskovitz, “It’s done. Just cast her.” But Herskovitz thought she was too pretty for [Winnie] Holzman’s messy high-school universe, which included subplots about drug addiction, bullying, binge drinking, promiscuity, and homosexuality. “Alicia is so beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world. People would have been telling her she was beautiful since she was six years old. You can’t put that face in what’s been written for this girl,” he argued. Sliding Doors, you guys. »
- Margaret Lyons
SummerSlam! The biggest party of the summer, and the WWE’s second biggest pay per view event after Wrestlemania. The show which has been running annually since 1988 has always been a highlight for any wrestling fans calendar. That’s not to say that every match has been a classic. In fact, some have been downright stinkers. But hell, would we be able to truly appreciate the all time classic matches like The British Bulldog’s win against Bret Hit Man Hart from SummerSlam 1992 or Edge vs. The Undertaker from 2008 had we not been treated to matches with the likes of Giant Gonzales in? The bad allows us to appreciate the good, and put perspective on it.
So here are the top five worst matches in SummerSlam history. Not an easy list to compile, and whilst it was very hard to include the classic Marty Janetty vs. Ludvig Borga match on »
- David Pustansky
From Monsoon Shootout to a Bollywood take on The Graduate, this year's London Indian film festival offers innovative storytelling that challenge cliches
The London Indian film festival got underway last week with the screening of Monsoon Shootout, a slick Mumbai-set cops-versus-gangsters movie that was well-received at its Cannes film festival premiere. Written and directed by Amit Kumari, it is produced by Anurag Kashyap the brilliant creator of last year's epic masala-western, Gangs of Wasseypur.
Monsoon Shootout is your standard Mumbai thriller, but it is also a tightly scripted and cleverly woven tale. The film explores the three options open to a rookie policeman, (played by newcomer Vijay Varma) when he corners a gangland assassin (played brilliantly by Nawazuddin Siddiqui): let the villain escape; shoot him dead; or put him through Mumbai's corrupt and inefficient judicial system. Each story is told with a grim honesty that manages to veer from »
- Nirpal Dhaliwal
Going on in the UK now and running through the 25th of July is the fabulous London Indian Film Festival. This festival showcases a world of Indian independent films that according to actress and brand ambassador Feryna Wazheir, ‘breaks new ground with its programme, giving young talent a real platform to showcase their work and for audiences to see another side of Indian cinema.‘ You have seen the British-Asian actress, who just signed a cool two-film deal with iRock in India, in the fabulous Sadiyaan – the Bollywood film on the India-Pakistan partition, that also starred Rishi Kapoor, Hema Malini and Rekha. In her second year, Feryna Wazheir says she is ‘delighted and honoured’ to be brand ambassador for Liff. See what else the lovely actress told us in this exclusive interview including her top 5 films she is most excited to see at Liff and more!
Is acting something you always wanted to do? »
- Stacey Yount
Opening tomorrow night and running through July 25th, is the cool London Indian Film Festival. The festival looks Beyond Bollywood and introduces amazing independent Indian films to the UK and has a world of riches for the audience this year. Check out what the festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney told us in this fabulous in-depth interview about the movies and more of the London Indian Film Festival.
All about London Indian Film Festival
I have been working on the BFI London Film Festival for the last 17 years and one thing that struck me every year was that our films, Indian films, just weren’t getting any media attention, distributors weren’t picking them up, nobody was talking about them. The UK vision seem to be if it was Bollywood, then the Bollywood distributors would take care of it and it was anything else they did not understand it. What we »
- Stacey Yount
Get Ready because some of the coolest Indian films are coming to London! Yes, it is only one week until the opening of the London Indian Film Festival. BollySpice is always proud to be a media partner for the festival that brings you films way Beyond Bollywood – a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents. Not only that the esteemed actor Irrfan Khan will give a masterclass and be ‘In conversation’ on Saturday 20th July at the BFI Southbank this is not to be missed!
Festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney says, “This July London Indian Film Festival (Liff), returns to the capital for its fourth edition. Building on last year’s massive success, we are determined to bring you some of the hottest new Indian independent films at venues across London, so there will be screenings near you!
Our Programming team has been scouring »
- Stacey Yount
"A negative reaction was inevitable from the Scottish press," reflects Hannah, unperturbed, who only met Ferris, after production was completed. According to the actor, he was "charming, and pleased with the film".
Hannah plays Tam McGraw, a rival gangster to Ferris's underworld mentor Arthur Thompson Snr (Patrick Bergin in the film). Ferris was sensationally cleared of killing Thompson's son in 1991, after one of Scotland's longest-running criminal trials, and emotions still run high, two decades later.
"When you're trying to tell a true story, all versions are never truthful, so I wouldn't try to control that argument, and some of the facts around this tale are still sketchy, »
- Caroline Frost
Amit Kumar's trigger happy Monsoon Shootout will be the red carpet UK Premiere opening night film of the Fourth annual London Indian Film Festival (July 18-25), Together with O2. This film is a version of Sliding Doors meets a hyper-real cop thriller, which will have you on the edge of your seats. Closing the festival will be a special UK premiere of favourite Bombay Talkies with four magical stories by acclaimed directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap exploring 100 years of Indian cinema, studded with top independent and Bollywood stars. Both films had a triumphant reception at the recent Cannes Film Festival and special guests are expected to both screenings.
Now Europe's largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Feature Simon Brew 28 Jun 2013 - 07:11
Ever watched a big movie, and stopped with a jolt when a star of a British sitcom pops up? Us too...
This feature is all the fault of the late Richard Marner. As the incompetent Colonel in 'Allo 'Allo, he built a performance that was indelible in our eyes. Thus, when he turned up in a big Hollywood thriller as the President of Russia, we unsuccessfully stifled a guffaw. A big guffaw.
And it got us thinking: what other times has a British sitcom star appeared out of the blue in a big movie, causing a sedentary double take from the comfort of our local Odeon? Glad you asked.
Two things. Firstly, this isn't designed to be a complete list, and also, we've covered films made after the actor or actress confirmed rose to prominence in a sitcom. Oh, and another thing: none of »
We are proud to announce that once again we will be partners for the fabulous London Indian Film Festival, the festival that celebrates Indian films in all its forms. Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity. For the first time, the festival is going on tour to Bradford and Glasgow. Running from the 18th to the 25th of July, you will get to see some fabulous films, take part in a cool masterclass and more!
Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director comments, »
- Stacey Yount
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