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‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury That Turned Her from Iceskating to Acting

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‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury That Turned Her from Iceskating to Acting
When Allison Janney watched Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan compete in the 1994 Olympics — along with 126 million others — she had no idea that she’d eventually earn her first Oscar buzz for playing Harding’s mother. Most of those viewers tuned in because weeks prior, Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged for an attacker to club Kerrigan’s knee with a police baton. But for Janney, it was personal: few know that she was once a serious figure skater herself, sidelined from the sport by a freak accident that occurred when her parents hosted a party.

“There was a game where couples had balloons tied around their ankles and you tried to pop the other couples’ balloons,” said Janney, who portrays Lavona Golden in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” “I was cheating, and had my balloon tied around my knee, because I had a strapless long dress on. Cheaters never prosper!
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‘I, Tonya’: How the Man Who Wrote ‘Hope Floats’ Created the Year’s Most Unexpectedly Empowering Feminist Biopic

‘I, Tonya’: How the Man Who Wrote ‘Hope Floats’ Created the Year’s Most Unexpectedly Empowering Feminist Biopic
There’s little on screenwriter Steven Rogers’ resume to indicate that he was interested in writing something like “I, Tonya,” the year’s most irreverent – and unexpectedly inspiring – biopic that follows the exploits of one of America’s signature fallen stars. After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September (where Neon and 30West acquired it for 2017 release), the film has steadily picked up awards steam, particularly for the mother-daughter performances of Allison Janney and Margot Robbie, who are both nominated for Critics’ Choice and Indie Spirit awards.

“I’m loving this,” Rogers said with a laugh. “Because you don’t get it on every movie, so when you do get it, you just hold it closely. Never one time, ever, when I started to write about Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly, did I think about awards season. The whole experience has been kind of miraculous.”

Rogers isn’t exaggerating.
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Film Review: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Film Review: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’
Women moviegoers, as we know, are egregiously underserved by Hollywood (the fact that half the human race is treated as a demo is an indication of how caveman corporate the thinking is). Yet if women are underserved, mothers are openly ignored. That’s part of what made last year’s “Bad Moms” such a broadly effective and well-tossed comic grenade. It was just enough of a foul-mouthed, let’s-get-trashed-at-the-supermarket party comedy that you might say it snuck into the “women behaving badly” genre.

Mostly, though, it was about something all too real and (in the movies) new: the high-maintenance, low-reward, whatever-you-do-you-can’t-win experience of middle-class motherhood in the age of the Mommy Wars. The movie took a few swipes at how underappreciated mothers are, but mostly it was about how guilty they feel for failing, in one way or another, to live up to their own stressed-out standards of maternal enlightenment. “Bad Moms” saluted
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The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey

The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the saddest show? Which show makes you cry the most? (Old and current shows are all fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I just wrote something on this very topic! And I think these are two different questions. Which show makes me cry the most? In the balance across its entire series run? I think the answer has to be “Friday Night Lights.” I’m a sucker for underdog sports stories in general, but “Friday Night Lights” could make me cry in so many different ways, from what happens to Jason Street in the pilot to what Matt Saracen goes through in
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Julia Roberts Acts Out 26 of Her Movies in Under 10 Minutes

Julia Roberts Acts Out 26 of Her Movies in Under 10 Minutes
Julia Roberts has a new movie to promote. But since Wonder isn't in theaters until Nov. 17, James Corden wanted to re-promote some of her past projects—26 of them to be exact—on Wednesday's episode of The Late Late Show. Roberts was game to revisit her previous roles—or, to be honest, "as ready as I'm going to get." In under 10 minutes, Corden and Roberts acted out scenes from Notting Hill, Mona Lisa Smile, Larry Crowne, Runaway Bride, Steel Magnolias, Charlie Wilson's War, Mystic Pizza, America's Sweethearts, Eat Pray Love, Closer, Pretty Woman, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Stepmom, Wonder, Mirror Mirror, Flatliners, Hook, Charlotte's Web, Erin Brockovich,...
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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets,
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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets,
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Julia Roberts On Turning 50: ‘Some Days Just Need A Tight Ponytail’

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Julia Roberts is turning 50 in October and she’s okay with that. Sitting down with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King on Thursday, Roberts talked about hitting that age milestone and where she’s at in her career now. Related: Susan Sarandon Says She Never Feuded With ‘Stepmom’ Co-Star Julia Roberts: ‘It Was My PR Person Creating […]
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Susan Sarandon Blames Her Publicist for Spreading Julia Roberts Feud Rumors 20 Years Ago

Susan Sarandon Blames Her Publicist for Spreading Julia Roberts Feud Rumors 20 Years Ago
Susan Sarandon is clearing up some 20-year-old rumors. The actress took to Twitter Monday night while fans watched the latest episode of her new show, Feud, and decided to squash one of the biggest feud rumors that surrounded her over two decades: some "beef" with Julia Roberts. The two actresses starred together in the 1998 film Stepmom where speculation evolved that they didn't like each other. However, in her tweet last night, Sarandon claims it was her publicist who actually started all the rumors. "Press printed that Julia & I hated each other during Stepmom, she wrote. "Found out it was my PR person creating rumors. #FeudFX." She included a link...
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Susan Sarandon Denies Julia Roberts Feud on ‘Stepmom’ Set

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Susan Sarandon Denies Julia Roberts Feud on ‘Stepmom’ Set
Susan Sarandon took to Twitter earlier this week to deny nearly 20-year-old rumors that she feuded with “Stepmom” costar Julia Roberts, accusing a “PR person” of “creating rumors” at the time. Press printed that Julia & I hated each other during Stepmom. Found out it was my PR person creating rumors. #FeudFXhttps://t.co/kBfJXz3pOo — Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) April 3, 2017 In the tweet, the actress included a 1998 Entertainment Weekly article in which both actresses addressed the rumors that they hated each other during the filming the movie. “Actually, Susan and I were kinda hoping that people would say we were f–ing.
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Susan Sarandon Finally Settles Rumors She Feuded with Julia Roberts on Stepmom

Susan Sarandon Finally Settles Rumors She Feuded with Julia Roberts on Stepmom
Susan Sarandon dropped some serious Twitter bombshells this week.

As fans watched the latest episode of Sarandon’s new show Feud, the 70-year-old star took to social media to squash nearly 20-year-old rumors of with Stepmom costar Julia Roberts.

“Press printed that Julia & I hated each other during Stepmom,” the actress tweeted on Sunday. “Found out it was my PR person creating rumors.”

Press printed that Julia & I hated each other during Stepmom. Found out it was my PR person creating rumors. #FeudFXhttps://t.co/kBfJXz3pOo

Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) April 3, 2017

Sarandon included a 1998 EW article about the alleged feud,
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Susan Sarandon Says She Never Feuded With ‘Stepmom’ Co-Star Julia Roberts: ‘It Was My PR Person Creating Rumours’

It’s been nearly 20 years since Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts starred in the drama “Stepmom”, but now, the “Feud” star is squashing rumours she ever fought with her co-star on the set of the 1998 film. Sarandon, who stars as screen legend Bette Davis in the series “Feud: Bette And Joan”, was live-tweeting the series’ latest […]
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Susan Sarandon joins Ray Donovan cast for season 5

Following her stellar performance as Bette Davis on FX’s Feud, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon will be making another trip into the world of TV. The iconic actress has signed on to join the cast of Showtime’s hit series Ray Donovan for its forthcoming fifth season.

According to Showtime (via The Wrap), Sarandon will play the recurring role of Samantha Winslow, a strong and focused motion picture studio head. It remains to be seen how Winslow’s path will cross with the titular character, but one would assume that Donovan, a professional fixer for rich and famous Los Angeles residents, will probably end up doing a job for her.

While primarily known for her work in such films as Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking, Stepmom, Arbitrage, Tammy and more, Sarandon is far from inexperienced when it comes to TV. Over the course of her career, Sarandon has popped up
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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link
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10 Fascinating Facts About the Harry Potter Movies

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The eight Harry Potter films were released over a period of a decade, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001 and concluding with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011. Five years later, in 2016, we're set to return to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now that we know the new franchise will span five films (rather than three, as originally planned), we're revisiting the original series - and everything that went down behind the scenes. Out of the hundreds of Harry Potter facts, here are the ones we find the most interesting. Enjoy! We nearly had a completely different cast. While we adore the actors who were selected for the roles, several people were almost cast instead. Ian McKellen was offered the role of Dumbledore, Naomi Watts was intended to be Narcissa Malfoy, Liam Aiken (Stepmom
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Box Office: ‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts Movie’ to Hold Off ‘By the Sea,’ Crop of Female Driven Films

Box Office: ‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts Movie’ to Hold Off ‘By the Sea,’ Crop of Female Driven Films
Most fans of Angelina Jolie Pitt, as she has rechristened herself, will have to wait to see the actress’ latest big screen effort.

By the Sea,” a drama about marital dysfunction that Jolie Pitt directed, wrote and co-stars in opposite her real life husband Brad Pitt, will open this Friday in 10 theaters in a handful of major cities. The film cost $10 million to produce and Universal, the studio behind the project, insists that it was always intended to be an homage to European art films, not a commercial enterprise.

That’s a departure from the previous Bradgelina venture, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” which was one of the biggest hits of 2005, racking up nearly $480 million globally. Expectations are pretty low for this one and critics have been cool, knocking the picture for being a tad precious. But Universal is having a monster year at the box office and betting on Jolie Pitt paid off with “Unbroken,
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Love The Coopers Trailer Takes Christmas Down A Peg

It’s been a while since a film took a real shot at Christmas, outside the camp genre, and if an anti-feel good, holiday movie filled with stars can’t get people to show up, it’s difficult to figure what will.

Love the Coopers has your standard holiday premise, the family is getting back together for Christmas, but this isn’t your average family, except the “joke” is that it is. If it isn’t a pretend boyfriend, or kleptomania, it’s more standard fare, like the trials and tribulations of single fatherhood, but it all adds up to a largely wacky family, and Mom and Dad aren’t a lot better.

Despite the monkey wrenches thrown into the family dynamic, it looks like fairly standard stuff, which could be a result of the writing/directing team of Steven Rogers (Stepmom, P.S. I Love You) and Jessie Nelson (Corrina,
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“Attention All Muggles! We Found Just the Right Young People to Play Harry, Ron and Hermione” – Harry Potter Cast Announced August 21, 2000

“To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Fifteen years ago today, the world met the faces that launched one of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history.

Here’s the official press release:

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint And Emma Watson Bring Harry, Ron And Hermione To Life For Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone”

(August 21, 2000 – Burbank, CA) – Attention All Muggles! Director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman have discovered their Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the thousands of children who cast their names into the hat to play the roles. Young actor Daniel Radcliffe will be the film’s Harry, with newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione, Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of the first in the best-selling series of Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
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Chris Columbus Talks ‘Pixels’, Video Game Licenses, Pac-Man Creator, Return to Amblin Era and John Hughes

Chris Columbus Talks ‘Pixels’, Video Game Licenses, Pac-Man Creator, Return to Amblin Era and John Hughes
While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first […]

The post Chris Columbus Talks ‘Pixels’, Video Game Licenses, Pac-Man Creator, Return to Amblin Era and John Hughes appeared first on /Film.
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Round-Up: The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard Draws Metal Hammer Magazine Cover, I Kill Giants Feature Film, Society Blu-ray / DVD

The latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine was already shaping up to be a special one, with Slipknot's Corey Taylor guest-editing the issue, but it became an absolute dream for metal and horror fans when Taylor asked The Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard to illustrate the cover and participate in an exclusive interview. We take a look at that cover (and the behind-the-scenes process of its creation) in our latest round-up, in addition to details on the feature film adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's I Kill Giants graphic novel and Arrow Video's impressive limited edition Blu-ray/DVD release of Society.

Charlie Adlard's Metal Hammer Magazine: "Charlie Adlard – acclaimed illustrator from the Walking Dead comics – has designed Metal Hammer magazine’s special gatefold front cover with Exclusive artwork of every member of Slipknot. Trust us, it looks badass.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has taken over
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