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The Golden Globe nominations and the usual high-minded howling | Tom Shone

13 December 2012 9:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Complaints over this year's nods were largely lost on me. The Globes have maintained their reputation for shunning snobbery

I've never understood the bad rap of the Golden Globes. So they're boozy, easily corrupted and star-struck. So are half my friends. "The Golden Globes are not taken seriously as artistic milestones and have a history of voting idiosyncrasies," sniffed the New York Times last year. "The group tends to nominate based on star wattage instead of performance, in an effort to orchestrate a red-carpet spectacle."

I would argue that this very lack of high-mindedness is what gives the Globes' taste profile such an uncanny resemblance to that of a sentient adult human. They gave best picture to The Social Network not The King's Speech, to Brokeback Mountain not Crash and to Et not Gandhi.

They rewarded Tom Hanks for Big (1988), rather than waiting for him to catch Aids. They gave »

- Tom Shone

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Starz Eyes Futuristic Detective Drama From 'Chronicle' Producer (Exclusive)

7 December 2012 11:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Starz is heading back into sci-fi territory.  The premium cable network is developing the drama Human Error, set in the near future where artificial humans known as “synthetics" are being phased into the civilian sector. A veteran human detective is paired with one such synth and is tasked with a seemingly simple case that ultimately leads to a larger conspiracy. British screenwriter-playwright Philip Gawthorne will pen the project, with Adam Schroeder (Chronicle, Zoolander, The Truman Show) and Ray Donovan's Bryan Zuriff attached as executive producers. If ultimately ordered to series, Human Error would mark Gawthorne's first stateside TV project. His sci-fi fantasy Assimilation Protocol and rom-

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- Lacey Rose

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Daniel Brühl to Star Opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Bill Condon’s Julian Assange/WikiLeaks Film

28 November 2012 1:12 PM, PST | | See recent news »

We recently reported that James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) was in negotiations to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) in director Bill Condon's Julian Assange/WikiLeaks movie, but it looks like that role has fallen to Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds). With Cumberbatch set to play WikiLeaks founder Assange, Brühl will play his right-hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Domscheit-Berg was a German tech activist who became a spokesman for the organization and wrote the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website, the rights of which were picked up by DreamWorks. Hit the jump for more.  THR reports that Brühl will get the role instead of McAvoy due to a breakdown in negotiations complicated by the actor's commitment to X-Men: Days of Future Past. DreamWorks has fast-tracked the WikiLeaks picture and is looking to start shooting as early as January. The studio also picked up the »

- Dave Trumbore

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Laura Linney In Talks To Join Untitled Julian Assange Project

24 November 2012 12:11 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still in his asylum sanctuary at the Ecuadorean embassy in west London, but the Wikileaks project in development at DreamWorks Pictures, kicks off Berlin and Iceland shoot early next year.

Furthermore, Laura Linney is in talks to the join the project based on two books: ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ by David Leigh and Luke Harding.

Benedict Cumberbatch has already signed on to play Assange, and James McAvoy is rumoured to be circling another key role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the writer of ‘Inside WikiLeaks; Linney has been cast in an unspecified role.

Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is reportedly directing from a script by Josh Singer.

The three-time Oscar nominee, Linney is well known for her roles in The Truman Show, The Savages, »

- Nick Martin

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Official trailer for The Host

19 November 2012 1:28 PM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Based on author Stephanie Meyer's Twilight follow-up, The Host imagines a future where a full scale invasion has left the human race as hosts for a parasitic alien race. As you would expect from Meyer, this interesting premise only serves as the backdrop for a love story between one of the aliens and a human survivor. Coming from writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show/ In Time), this trailer at least paints the movie as something a bit more than 'Twilight with aliens". Ronan is a fantastically talented actress, and I'm intrigued at how this one will turn out. Synopsis: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading ‘soul’ who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of »

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The 13 Ickiest Movie Romances of All Time

15 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Not every romantic movie match was made in heaven. We submit it's quite the opposite in a lot of cases.

This baker's dozen batch of film titles in particular, boasting some shamelessly twisted pairings, has definitely given our gag reflex an unhealthy workout over the years. From incest to incomprehensible deception to just plain strange, there are a lot of different variations of yuck to be experienced within this group.

Some are worse than others, sure, but none are very well-suited for the faint of heart or imagination.

13. 'What Women Want'

Ah, pre-bigotry-slinging Mel Gibson. Those were some good old days, weren't they? Except, of course, for "What Women Want." Gibson's hyper-successful ad man Nick Marshall knows his way around a bedpost, but every female in his life pretty much loathes him. Lucky for him, an accident bestows upon him the desirable ability to read women's minds. Old »

- Amanda Bell

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Integral Film to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep

14 November 2012 1:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Alfred Huermer's Integral Film is set to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep along with Said Ben Said's Sbs Productions, reports Variety. Weir, who directed films like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society, among other greats, helms the film based on the Jennifer Egan novel. The story follows two cousins who are haunted by a childhood prank and now reunite after twenty years to renovate a German medieval castle. Pic will shoot next year on location in Thuringia, Germany and perhaps in Studio Babelsberg, located near Berlin. »

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Integral Film to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep

14 November 2012 1:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Alfred Huermer's Integral Film is set to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep along with Said Ben Said's Sbs Productions, reports Variety. Weir, who directed films like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society, among other greats, helms the film based on the Jennifer Egan novel. The story follows two cousins who are haunted by a childhood prank and now reunite after twenty years to renovate a German medieval castle. Pic will shoot next year on location in Thuringia, Germany and perhaps in Studio Babelsberg, located near Berlin. »

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Retro Review: The Mosquito Coast

13 November 2012 4:37 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Mosquito Coast

Stars: Harrison Ford, River Phoenix, Helen Mirren, Conrad Roberts, Andre Gregory, Martha Plimpton, Dick O’Neill | Written by Paul Schrader | Directed by Peter Weir

The Mosquito Coast was born out of Paul Thoreux’s novel of the same name. The main character, Allie Fox (Harrison Ford), is a forthright “genius” whose disillusionment in Us ideals leads him to move his family away from the “land of the free, home of the brave”. He chooses Belize (whose national anthem is coincidentally titled “Land of the Free”) and the darkened jungles of Jeronimo as their new home. Here they build a new community using the earth and forestation around them, along with devices and materials manufactured by Allie. The drive to help him and his family feel rejuvenated from living off the land is an all too powerful incentive that alienates Allie from his sons, daughters and wife. His son, »

- Piers McCarthy

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The Host New Trailer Features Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger And William Hurt

13 November 2012 12:47 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Check out the first full-length trailer for Stephenie Meyer’s (The Twilight Saga) next film, The Host, where Earth is occupied by a species who erase the minds of their human hosts, leaving their bodies intact. Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the last surviving humans who fights back, risking her life for the people she cares about most – Jared (Max Irons), Ian, (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) – proving that love can conquer all.

I like that the writer of The Terminal and The Truman ShowAndrew Niccol, is directing and writing this sci-fi movie. For those searching out a love story set in the future combined with a Bella and Edward setup, this could be the Twilight/Gattaca mashup you’re looking for.

The Host, starring Oscar-nominated Saoirse RonanMax Irons, Jake Abel and William Hurt, will be in theaters nationwide March 29th, »

- Michelle McCue

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'The Host' trailer: Finally, that 'Twilight'/'Gattaca' mash-up you were asking for!

13 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

If you’re worried that the impending release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 means that there won’t be any more movies about lovesick teenagers with superpowers and glowing eyes, then the trailer for The Host should be a breath of fresh air. On the other hand, if you don’t care about Twilight or melancholy teenagers with massive feelings, you may still be intrigued by The Host, which was adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s novel for the screen by Andrew Niccol, a legitimate sci-fi filmmaker best known for Gattaca and his screenplay for The Truman Show. Then again, »

- Darren Franich

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Laura Linney Goes Crazy for 'The Details' and Remembers Her Wild-Child NYC Past

12 November 2012 9:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Laura Linney can hardly contain her laughter. “Someone once wanted me to play Mother Teresa,” she giggles, working the words out just before cracking into hysterical reminiscence. “It was a long time ago, actually, after The Truman Show. It was a television movie. I just laughed, I laughed for a half-hour. I mean, c’mon. I’m almost 5-foot-8 and very blond. It’s hysterical. They were going to put prosthetic makeup on me. I just had this image of me, you know – she was like 4-10 or something. Tiny, little … it was just so funny.

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- Jordan Zakarin

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The Top Seven ‘Fish Out Of Water’ Movies

12 November 2012 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

In case you didn’t know, fish tend to spend their time in water. This is true of almost all fish, although there are the occasional amphibious fish such as mudskippers. So I guess we could also call ‘fish out of water’ films, ‘amphibious fish’ movies. But nobody would have a clue as to what you were prattling on about. Fish Out Of Water films put us in a situation we can all relate to, and that’s feeling like the outsider where our usual rules as to how we conduct ourselves no longer apply. We’re all slightly odd here at Thn, so we’ve come up with a list of our top seven (told you we’re odd) ‘Fish Out Of Water’ films.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is on a journey to finally lose his virginity at age 40. Along with this ambition, he must give »

- Paul Heath

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Everything We Know About 'The Host' So Far

16 October 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Stephenie Meyer's money-makin' mojo isn't just limited to massive book sales. She's also four for four on resultant box office pillages, and the folks at Open Road Films would love nothing more than for her first non-"Twilight" book-to-screen adaptation, "The Host," to become the next focal point for the rabid attention of her fan base. Rumor has it, Meyer's currently tapping out the long-overdue sequel to her sci-fi novel, too, so there's definitely some franchise potential at play with this story.

As for the first post-vamp adaptation, here's an all-inclusive guide to what we know about the movie so far.

Release Date

March 29, 2013

Star Power

Festival sweetheart Diane Kruger has garnered a faithful indie fan community (though many may be keeping tabs to observe her ever-amazing fashion choices), and she's had her turn with big-budgeters like "National Treasure" and "Troy." Kruger definitely brings some notoriety into play, while »

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10 Reasons Anna Kendrick Is Better Than You

28 September 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

When it comes to Anna Kendrick, believe the buzz. The girl is all that and a bag of chips. Girl crush alert!

Chances are, you've been hearing her name a lot lately, and it's no surprise. From "What to Expect When You're Expecting" to "ParaNorman" to "End of Watch," she's had a lot of flicks make way to the cinema this year, and she's not slowing down just yet.

Her latest is the college a cappella competition movie "Pitch Perfect," in which she not only puts her acting chops on the table but also gives her vocal chords some serious exercise. With her sharp wit, self-deprecating sensibility and sheer talent, the girl's going places at lightning speed (she may even be the newest badass of the "Captain America" franchise).

So, to extol the Anna Kendrick-ness of Anna Kendrick, here are 10 reasons why she's better than you, us and just about everybody else. »

- Amanda Bell

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Psy Revealed Some Very Strange News In Seoul

25 September 2012 5:12 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Seoul, South Korea — South Korean rapper Psy finds his success with "Gangnam Style" so unreal that he wonders if he's being tricked into believing it – like Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show."

Psy said Tuesday in a press conference in Seoul that he cried in disbelief when his song entered the Billboard 100 earlier this month. The 34-year-old now says he'll go topless in joy on a stage if "Gangnam Style" tops the chart. The song's at number 11 this week.

The music video for "Gangnam Style" has more than 270 million YouTube views and counting. People around the world are mimicking Psy's horse-riding dance in the video.

In the 1998 movie "The Truman Show," Carrey plays a man unaware that he lives in a reality television show. »

- AP

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The Top 10 Actors Who Should Return To TV

11 September 2012 10:43 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist


Movies used to be gold standard for actors, with George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio leaving the small screen for the big to achieve great professional and financial success.

However, times are changing, and many actors who left TV to work in movies are coming back, including Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox. Due to the addition of cable and subscription-based original programming, better roles are being created that will give actors a chance for the recognition, awards and job security that movies no longer  provide. Just look at Claire Danes, who returned to TV to star in Showtime’s Homeland, for which she’s nominated for an Emmy.

There are several actors who should return to TV, but not all of them will. Take a look at the top 10 TV stars who’ve left TV but should return:

10. America Ferrera »

- Rachel Bennett

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Sky1 plans Truman Show-style series following families for a year

6 September 2012 4:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stripped reality soap will use Big Brother filming techniques to give a large-scale insight into British life

Many reality TV shows have aspired to be the "real-life Truman show", but a new series from Sky 1 may be the closest yet.

The project will see Sky cameras set up camp in an as yet unidentified town, following the trials and tribulations of a group of families for an entire year.

Sky1's "stripped reality soap" will be filmed using Big Brother-style fixed rig and single cameras and will, according to the broadcaster, "use all the techniques of reality TV and soap opera on a scale never seen before".

It is 14 years since The Truman Show, the Peter Weir film starring Jim Carrey that eerily presaged the reality TV era.

Unlike Truman Burbank, the character played by Carrey, the participants in the Sky show will be aware they are being filmed »

- John Plunkett

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Jim Carrey Moves From CAA To Wme To Rejoin Dan Aloni

23 August 2012 3:11 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The fallout from the exit of Dan Aloni from CAA to Wme Entertainment continues. In a shocker, Jim Carrey has left CAA so that he could rejoin Aloni at Wme. Carrey was built into a superstar at UTA before leaving to join CAA when Aloni left that agency and became CAA agents. Said Carrey: “My work with Dan Aloni reaches back to Ace Ventura and through films like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I have decided to continue that relationship by joining him at Wme. I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at CAA who worked very hard on my behalf.” Carrey continues to be managed by Jimmy Miller and Eric Gold. Since Aloni left CAA, he has brought over all his big clients including Chris Nolan, David Dobkin, Mike Myers, Jay Roach, David Goyer, Tom Shadyac, Michel Gondry, Raja Gosnell, Mandeville Films, »


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Take This Waltz Review

15 August 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Sarah Polley

Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby

Running time: 116minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Margot (Williams) is lost in life and dissatisfied with her marriage to husband Lou (Rogen), and a chance encounter with artist neighbour Daniel (Kirby) leaves her contemplating an affair…

When the trailer for Take This Waltz was released, Thn got an indie itch that needed scratching. Not only did the subject matter send our angst-o-meter off the chart, but there were many intriguing elements that drew us inexorably to the film. The last few years have seen Michelle Williams’ career soar, and Thn wanted to see how the actress had shed the puppy fat of her formative Dawson’S Creek days to become an Oscar-nominated actress. Also Thn is a sucker for comic actors playing it straight (à la Carey in The Truman Show, Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction) so we were curious »

- Joe Upton

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