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Home Again Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Tries to Reboot Her Love Life

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Home Again Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Tries to Reboot Her Love Life
Everyone's talking about Alice in the new teaser trailer for Home Again! Starring Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Lake Bell, this modern romantic comedy from writer and director Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut and from Producer Nancy Meyers (The Holiday, The Intern, Something's Gotta Give) arrives in theaters everywhere this September! In addition to the new trailer, the studio has released the first three images.

Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to
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Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by Bmi

Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by Bmi
Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. is presenting its career achievement laurel, the Bmi Icon Award, to composer James Newton Howard at its 2016 Film & Television Awards, to be held May 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The remarkably prolific film and TV maestro, with almost 150 scoring credits to his name dating back to 1985, has been nominated for a total of eight Oscars in the original song and music categories, which include his work for “The Prince of Tides,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Fugitive.”

His latest score is for “The Hunstman: Winter’s War,” which opens April 22, following his work on the blockbuster that spawned it, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). He’s also scored the entire “The Hunger Games” franchise, and last year’s “Concussion.”

“He is truly one of the most revered film composers in the world because of his masterful chameleon-like skills,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross,
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Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by Bmi

Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by Bmi
Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. is presenting its career achievement laurel, the Bmi Icon Award, to composer James Newton Howard at its 2016 Film & Television Awards, to be held May 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The remarkably prolific film and TV maestro, with almost 150 scoring credits to his name dating back to 1985, has been nominated for a total of eight Oscars in the original song and music categories, which include his work for “The Prince of Tides,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Fugitive.”

His latest score is for “The Hunstman: Winter’s War,” which opens April 22, following his work on the blockbuster that spawned it, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). He’s also scored the entire “The Hunger Games” franchise, and last year’s “Concussion.”

“He is truly one of the most revered film composers in the world because of his masterful chameleon-like skills,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross,
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Oscars: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' wins Best Costume Design

Oscars: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' wins Best Costume Design
As 27 of our 29 Experts predicted, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Costume Design on Sunday night. It had previously won Costume Design honors from BAFTA and Critics' Choice, as well as the Costume Designers Guild prize for Best Period Design. -Break- This was the fourth Oscar win for costume designer Milena Canonero, who received previous honors for "Barry Lyndon" (1975), "Chariots of Fire" (1981), and "Marie Antoinette" (2006). She was also nominated for "Out of Africa" (1985), "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988), "Dick Tracy" (1990), "Titus" (1999), and "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001) for a career total of nine nominations. The film was the 2/13 favorite with 27 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture),  Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Pete ...'
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Three Game-Changing Female Producers Make Sure Passion-Driven Films Hit the Screen

Three Game-Changing Female Producers Make Sure Passion-Driven Films Hit the Screen
Perhaps the least interesting thing about Megan Ellison, Gigi Pritzker and Molly Smith is that these game-changing film financiers happen to be the scions of three of America’s wealthiest families — a status that’s more Trivial Pursuit factoid than it is relevant to their dramatic impact on the current indie movie scene. Indeed, there is a long history of private-sector capitalists who gambled on the film business, from Howard Hughes in the 1940s to the more recent likes of industrialist Steven Rales and fashion magnate Sidney Kimmel — flirtations of varying lengths and intensity, but ultimately, in almost every case, a passing fancy.

What sets Ellison, Pritzker and Smith apart is that the movie business is their business, as well as their all-consuming passion. Financiers they may be, but they’re also creative, hands-on producers with dirt under their fingernails, many notches in their belts, and a keen understanding of
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Oscar Primer: Is ‘The Invisible Woman’ poised to take Best Costume Design?

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

One of the more predictable categories of any Oscar year is Best Costume Design given that the nominees are weeded out so thoroughly that the best/most showy of the final five is usually locked and loaded for the win. But looking a bit deeper into the category, it’s one of the few places that has nominees that are the sole representation for their film, as is the case with The Invisible Woman this year.

Yesterday, I wrote about how bad movies in the tech branches have a reasonable shot of nominations due to how voters view these categories. Which brings us to Costume Design, which historically has been a branch that honors all matter of film. Looking at the history of the category, you can see that a single nomination for a film, like The Invisible Woman is incredibly common. But does that
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Benoît Jacquot/Diane Kruger/Farewell, My Queen: Berlin Film Festival 2012 Opening Night Movie

Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, Farewell, My Queen The world premiere of Les Adieux à la reine / Farewell, My Queen will open the 2012 Berlin Film Festival next February 9. Directed by Benoît Jacquot (Tosca, Villa Amalia, Deep in the Woods), Farewell, My Queen stars Inglourious Basterds' Diane Kruger (as Marie Antoinette), Midnight in Paris' Léa Seydoux, and Army of Crime's Virginie Ledoyen. Adapted by Jacquot and Gilles Taurand from Chantal Thomas’ novel, Farewell, My Queen is set during the first days of the French Revolution, as seen from the perspective of the servants at Versailles. The synopsis below is from the Berlin Film Festival website: Versailles in July 1789. Unrest is growing in the court of King Louis the XVI (Xavier Beauvois). The people are rebelling — a revolution is imminent. Behind the facades of the royal palaces, everyone is thinking of fleeing, including Queen Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) and her entourage.
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Christopher Logue, 1926 - 2011

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"In the week where the film industry honor the six decade career of the late director Ken Russell, comes the announcement of the death of Christopher Logue," writes Rhett Bartlett. "Mr Logue wrote the screenplay for Ken Russell's sole film in 1972 — Savage Messiah," a biopic based on the life of French sculptor Henri-Gaudier Brzeska. "One year before his screenplay, Mr Logue appeared in Ken Russell's 1971 bold film — The Devils, as Cardinal Richelieu, the French clergyman who begins the film by influencing Louis Xiii to raze fortified castles and suppress feudal nobility." Bartlett also notes that Logue appeared as the "Spaghetti-eating Fanatic" in Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky and "made a brief appearance in Jerzy Skolimowski's Moonlighting (1982) and 19 years later in [Charles Shyer's] The Affair of the Necklace. Christopher Logue died on 2 December 2011, five days after Ken Russell."

"'Now hear this' — the three words that Christopher Logue, who has
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Brolin, Swank To Present At Oscars; Meet the Oscars Grand Central Ribbon Cutting with Whoopi Goldberg

Academy Award®-winning actress Hilary Swank and Josh Brolin will be presenters for the 83rd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

Swank has twice been nominated and won in both instances. She took home the Oscar in 1999 for her lead performance in “Boys Don’t Cry” and received her second Academy Award in 2004 for her leading role in “Million Dollar Baby.” Swank is currently producing “Something Borrowed” and will be seen next in “New Year’s Eve.” Her other film credits include “The Affair of the Necklace,” “The Black Dahlia,” “Freedom Writers,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Amelia” and “Conviction.”

Brolin, who received a nomination in 2008 for his supporting performance in “Milk,” can currently be seen in the Best Picture nominee “True Grit.” His other film credits include “No Country for Old Men,” “American Gangster,” “W.,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “Flirting with Disaster.”

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10 Female Characters with the Best Bad Behavior in Film

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Actors have often said that playing a baddy is the most fun they ever had because they can just let loose. No restrictions, no couth, and often no conscience! When women play bad girl roles we end up with characters with behavior running the gamut from harmless rascal to downright dangerous. There’s no denying some of the most unforgettable roles belong to female characters behaving badly.

These characters are vixens, schemers, vengeful, plotting, and femme fatales that are a lot of fun — and shocking — to watch. Whether these females are manoeuvring people like chess pieces on a board, charming the unsuspecting into danger or out of fortunes, getting even, social climbing or just being straight up bad, these female characters are the best of the baddest characters in film.

10. Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind played by Vivien Leigh

Everyone the world over is well acquainted with
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Why Natalie Portman Shouldn’t Want the Oscar: The Best Actress Curse

2010 was a great year for Natalie Portman. She scored a critical and financial hit with Black Swan, and has since been Oscar nominated for her role in the film. She’s also recently engaged and pregnant! With this week’s victory at the SAG Awards (and wins at the Globes and Critics Choice Awards) it is almost guaranteed that Ms. Portman will be taking home an Oscar for her work as troubled ballerina Nina Sayers. However, as within the film itself, there is a potential dark side lurking beneath the golden statue as many of the recent Best Actress winners have befallen an alleged Oscar curse! Here we will take a look at the post-Oscar careers and lovelives of the last 10 Best Actress winners and pose the question: should Natalie Portman even Want to win the Oscar this year?

It’s become difficult to ignore the recent wave of divorces
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Has Hollywood turned Winnie Mandela into Aung San Suu Kyi?

Jennifer Hudson's portrayal of Nelson's ex-wife in Winnie has inspired what appears to be a stunningly disingenuous trailer. Please note: this piece was written in response to the trailer released online whose authenticity the film's producers are now disputing

"South Africa? Are we still doing that?" read one of the YouTube responses to the above trailer – a crisp reminder that, for developing countries chasing the gaze of Hollywood, the Lord giveth less than he taketh away. Only last year, the toe of Africa had but a few short months to bask in the global interest stirred by scrappy sci-fi sleeper District 9 before said interest was swiftly eradicated by Clint Eastwood's Invictus, the "coach Nelson Mandela story" so prodigiously dull even the Oscars turned it down.

Now, in a week when the country hardly lacks for bad international PR, the onscreen outlook for South Africa just got a little grimmer – and once more,
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Actor Hutchings Dies At 71

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British actor Geoffrey Hutchings has died at the age of 71.

The star passed away on Thursday after battling a suspected viral infection.

Hutchings trained at Britain's famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) and began his career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), later winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for his role in popular musical Poppy.

He moved on to movie roles, appearing on the big screen opposite Clint Eastwood in 1990's White Hunter, Black Heart, as well as enjoying turns in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, Topsy-Turvy, Clockwise with John Cleese and The Affair of the Necklace alongside Hilary Swank.

Hutchings' TV appearances included a notable role in Our Friends in the North with Daniel Craig, as well as numerous appearances in British shows such as Holby City, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and EastEnders.

The veteran actor was due to start filming a new series of hit U.K. TV show Benidorm at the time of this death.

Hutchings' agent Roger Charteris paid tribute to the late star, saying, "He never stopped working. Geoffrey was a delight to work with and he was absolutely one of a kind."

He is survived by his second wife, Andi.

Hillary Swank to Be Honored at Hollywood Film Festival

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The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award" at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. "It is a privilege to honor Hilary Swank's extraordinary talent and remarkable career," said Mr. de Abreu.

About Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank will soon be seen starring in the title role of Mira Nair's biopic Amelia, from Fox Searchlight, which is the story of the life of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart. World famous for her aviation triumphs, Earhart disappeared along with her navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island while on her
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Hilary Swank, Molly Smith form 2S Films

Hilary Swank, Molly Smith form 2S Films
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and executive-turned-producer Molly Smith have formed 2S Films and signed a two-year, first look agreement with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment.

2S will develop and produce movies and already has begun putting together a development slate. Two projects on the docket are adaptations based on novels the company has recently optioned for co-production with Alcon:

-- You're Not You, Michelle Wildgen's debut novel about a woman suffering from a fatal illness and an aimless young woman who enters her life as a personal caregiver. Swank and Smith are producing and are in negotiation to co-produce with Di Novi Pictures.

-- Falling Out of Fashion, a first novel by Karen Yampolsky about a young woman who leaves a Georgia hippie commune for New York with dreams of becoming a magazine editor.

2S will produce both projects, currently out to writers, and potentially for Swank to topline.

Swank has a long history with Alcon's co-founders and co-presidents Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, dating back to the 2001 drama The Affair of the Necklace and 2002's Christopher Nolan thriller Insomnia, both in which she starred.

Richardson 'Lies' for Lifetime

Joely Richardson is ready to play con games at Lifetime. The cable network has tapped the Nip/Tuck actress to star in its original movie Lies My Mother Told Me, which is inspired by a true story. Richardson will portray a seductive con artist and single mother who spends her life running from the law. When she remarries and her new husband learns of her secret life as a con artist, she turns to murder to protect her identity and freedom. The movie is scheduled to premiere next year as part of Lifetime's expansion of its original movies franchise from 12 films a year to 19. Lies, produced by Nomadic Pictures for Lifetime, will be directed by Christian Duguay. Randy Robinson is the executive producer, while Matt Dorff wrote the script. Earlier this year, Richardson was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series for her role in FX's Nip/Tuck. Her recent feature film credits include The Affair of the Necklace, The Patriot, Maybe Baby and 101 Dalmatians. She is represented by Artists Independent and UTA.

Brody inks CAA for agency rep

Brody inks CAA for agency rep
Oscar winner Adrien Brody has signed with CAA for agency representation. Brody, who continues to be managed at the Firm by his longtime rep JoAnne Colonna, had been without an agent for several years. The actor won an Academy Award in March for his portrayal of Wladyslaw Szpilman in director Roman Polanski's The Pianist. He is onscreen in Love the Hard Way and will be seen in the fall in Dummy and The Singing Detective. Brody's credits include The Affair of the Necklace, Summer of Sam and The Thin Red Line.

Swank Laughs Off Sexuality Reports

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Swank Laughs Off Sexuality Reports
Oscar-winner Hilary Swank has laughed off reports she starred in a period drama to get rid of her masculine image. The stunning brunette won an Academy Award for her portrayal of transsexual Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry, and has since been hindered by constant media references to her sexuality. Hilary says, "I am a girl. Look at these five-inch heels. I love clothes and make-up. I didn't choose to do The Affair Of The Necklace because I wanted to prove I was a girl. I did it because I loved the story and the idea that something that happened then could happen now."

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