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Daytime TV may be getting some flower power.
Drew Barrymore and Warner Bros. Television are in early negotiations for a deal that could include a syndicated talk show headlined by the star of such films as The Wedding Singer and Never Been Kissed, The Wrap reports.
Sources tell The Wrap that the daytime chatfest could premiere as early as fall 2017, but it is hardly a done deal. It’s also possible that the pact may instead yield a reality-tv show.
Barrymore — whose production company Flower Films was »
Might Drew Barrymore soon add “talk show host” to her resume?
Barrymore is already in business with Warner Bros. TV’s Shed Media as the narrator of the upcoming NBC unscripted series “First Dates,” also from DeGeneres’ shingle. That show trains cameras on couples who are going on first dates at the same Chicago restaurant.
Sources emphasized that there’s no deal in place for Barrymore on the talk show front yet, but the conversations have been ongoing. If a deal were to come to fruition, DeGeneres would be an exec producer.
A representative for Warner Bros. declined to comment.
- Cynthia Littleton
This Möbius strip of a story by Tom McCarthy is both intriguing and alienating
The feature debut from the Israeli-born, Berlin-based visual artist and film-maker Omer Fast is a slippery, enigmatic adaptation of the novel by Tom McCarthy. Following a young man (Tom Sturridge) along a Möbius strip of a story from a traumatic brain injury through the recovery of his memories, the film invites comparison with Synecdoche, New York, Donnie Darko and Memento. The glossy chill of the tone is both intriguing and alienating – it draws us in, but holds us at arm’s length.
Sturridge’s character – he is never named – receives a massive payout following a freak accident. He uses it to recreate the fragments of memory from a past life – an apartment building, an elderly lady who endlessly cooks liver, a trio of cats on a roof, a boy. All of this is achieved with the help of a super fixer, »
- Wendy Ide
There have been a lot of changes in Orange Is the New Black's fourth season, not the least of which is the massive influx of new Litchfield prisoners. One in particular, Piper Chapman's new bunkmate-turned-bodyguard, probably struck you as familiar . . . and we've finally put our fingers on why. Jolene Purdy, who plays Hapakuka on Oitnb, also played the memorable Cherita Chen in 2001's cult-classic film Donnie Darko. Apparently, when Donnie tells Cherita that things would get better for her, he doesn't foresee her future prison sentence. View post on imgur.com Wondering about other familiar faces from the new season of your favorite Netflix show? Don't worry - we've got info about burly guard Piscatella and young Maria's weirdly familiar friend. »
- Brinton Parker
In 2007, director Richard Kelly released a follow-up to his metaphysical head-scratcher/late-bloomer cult classic Donnie Darko — a paranoid satire titled Southland Tales that was so weird and staggeringly dense that it made his previous film look like a sitcom. The plot, if you can call it that, involved an energy crisis, the ongoing War on Terror and an impromptu sing-along of the Killers' "All These Things That I've Done"; the cast included several Saturday Night Live alumni, Justin Timberlake, a spit-curled Wallace Shawn, and Kevin Smith playing, naturally, a wizard. »
Ambi Group is partnering with Beijing-based SinoLicensing to form Ambi-Sino China — a finance, production and distribution company.
SinoLicensing CEO Chuan “Melody” Bi and and Ambi co-owner Andrea Iervolino will oversee the day-to-day operations. The deal was announced Monday in Beijing.
In addition to expanding Ambi’s distribution to China, Ambi-Sino will finance and produce Chinese original content, co-produce English-language content with Chinese partners, and serve as a local production partner for Ambi’s productions and third-party projects.
Ambi-Sino will be able to exploit the Ambi library, which includes the Exclusive Media library it acquired last year. That acquisition covered remake and sequel rights for about 400 titles, including “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back.”
“These properties, and more, will be considered for local remake opportunities in the Chinese language with cooperation from local and international financing partners, »
- Dave McNary
The 30th anniversary of Aliens got me thinking about Sci-Fi thrillers. Not every one is a home run, but there are so many that are! So while revisitng Aliens, maybe check out some of these other classics, too!
This is one of the most beautiful and most frightening looks at a future that is right around the corner: parents given the ability to genetically manipulate a fetus so that it contains the best traits of its lineage, everyone else be damned. Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Jude Law play the pretty people and those who just miss the mark.
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Scarlett Johansson as an unnamed sexy alien who picks up and seduces men in a creepy black, liquid void. More something to just take in versus a straight-ahead narrative, Under The Skin will get under yours, even if you don’t understand it all! »
- Harker Jones
The 2016 nominees for the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship were unveiled last night in Sydney.
The finalists include Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!), Chloe Bayliss (Backtrack), Harley Bonner (Neighbours), Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Home and Away), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires)..
Heath.s father, Kim Ledger said, "Australian's in Film have encouraged another wonderful group of applicants for the Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2016. I would like to thank all of them, including Matilda and the team at AiF, and further congratulate those excellent aspirants who have managed to »
- Staff Writer
Resurrections. Photoshop face-swaps. Shadow babies. Mystical Kevlar. What exactly can and can’t magic do in Game Of Thrones?
Spoilers for anyone not up-to-date with Game Of Thrones.
The greatest exchange in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is as follows:
Desperate, optimistic Finn: “We’ll figure it out! We’ll use the Force!”
Withering Han: “That’s not how the Force works.”
Finn’s line is so funny because it’s preposterous. We’re right there with Han, shaking our heads and tsking ‘That’s not how the Force works, dummy. Jeez, what a prong’.
Except, Finn isn’t a prong. Having led what we can only assume to have been the fairly sheltered life of a career Stormtrooper, he just doesn’t know the rules. Finn lives in a universe where magic—call The Force what you like but that’s what it is—legitimately exists, »
Can you believe its been fifteen years since the release of Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, the film which launched actor Jake Gyllenhaal? Since then Gyllenhaal, more than some of his peers, has been drawn to some dark and different projects. He has still hit a couple of speed bumps along the way – Prince of Persia: Sands of Time proved that Gyllenhaal isn’t cut out to be action hero, and his attempt at romantic comedies (Accidental Love, Love & Other Drugs) both died at the box office. Unlike most though, Gyllenhaal learns from his mistakes and Demolition is yet another bold choice from the actor. »
- Kat Hughes
THR is reporting that Fran Kranz has been added to the cast of The Dark Tower, joining Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor and Jackie Earle Haley. The Cabin In The Woods and Donnie Darko actor will play Pimli, the right-hand man of McConaughey's The Man in Black. The film adaptation of Stephen King's popular fantasy novel series "will follow a wandering knight (Elba) who is... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Long before Jake Gyllenhaal hit it big as a troubled teen in Donnie Darko or a cowboy romancing Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, he played a bashful young boy in 1991's City Slickers, so embarrassed by his father's humdrum ad job that he introduced him as a submarine commander to his class. But while City Slickers didn't grant Gyllenhaal much screen time, the experience elicits a vivid recollection for the actor even 25 years later. "There's a lot from my childhood that I don't remember, and I remember everything from that," he tells People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle »
- Dana Getz
Jake Gyllenhaal leaped to fame in 2001's Donnie Darko and solidified his reputation through contemporary classics such as Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac. Since the misfire of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, he's gotten acclaim for playing a sociopathic video paparazzi in last year's Nightcrawler and a boxer returning to the ring in Southpaw. Now he's back with Fox Searchlight's Demolition, which opens April 8. The film — about an investment banker wrestling with his wife's death in a car crash — is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. What part of filming Demolition was the most fun? Climbing up the wall
- Ashley Lee
The judges for this year's Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship are Toni Collette, Ledger's Candy co-star Abbie Cornish, head of casting for Paramount Joseph Middleton (Donnie Darko, The Bourne Identity), producer Basil Iwanyk (The Town, Gods of Egypt, Sicario), casting director Sherry Thomas (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) and director Phillip Noyce.
.The Heath Ledger Scholarship is AiF.s flagship education program and represents everything the foundation stands for", said Australians in Film's president Simonne Overend. "This is a potentially life changing moment for a young actor and AiF is thrilled to be able to give this opportunity to someone".
"The incredible group of influential judges assembled to select this year.s scholarship.s recipient is a testament to the level of regard to which the scholarship is held in Hollywood".
.I am happy to be involved in this initiative., said Collette. .I liked Heath very »
- Staff Writer
A hand shakes a Polaroid as it "reverse develops," moments before an ejected shell casing re-enters the gun it was fired from -- the bullet coming back out of the screaming man it was fired into.
As opening scenes go, you don't get much better than "Memento," Christopher Nolan's gripping film. And, as features go, few are as scary-good as this one. A thriller about memory, reality and, um, tattoos, "Memento's" twisty plot more than holds up 15 years later. Some would say it's "The Dark Knight" director's best film.
Forget the pending remake that has everyone crying "too soon;" in honor of the film's 15th anniversary this week, here are 15 things you never knew about this modern classic.
1. The brothers Nolan -- Christopher (pictured) and Jonathan -- came up with the idea for the film while on a 2000 mile road trip, driving from Chicago to Los Angeles.
2. The »
- Phil Pirrello
When Jake Gyllenhaal was 5 years old, he observed two weeks of rehearsals for the 1988 drama “Running on Empty,” written by his mother, Naomi Foner. “I remember sitting with my mom,” Gyllenhaal said on Saturday afternoon at South by Southwest. “We didn’t have a babysitter or anything like that,” so he’d study actors River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton (whom he had a crush on). “I remember River asking questions about things he wasn’t sure about. I remember all these weird things, and I had no idea who I was around.”
“What I saw,” the actor explained, “was a profound respect for the writer. She happened to be my mother. I tried to carry that through.”
Gyllenhaal shared these memories at a Saturday afternoon conversation in Austin moderated by director David Gordon Green, his collaborator on the upcoming Boston bombing drama “Stronger.” Gyllenhaal is at SXSW with the upcoming Fox Searchlight picture “Demolition, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Brothers Grimsby sees Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong as two very different brothers who must team up to save the world. If we've learned anything from Cohen's films, it's that they're incredibly outrageous, daring, and pretty darn funny.
To commemorate the release of the film, for this week's quiz, we're looking at siblings on the big screen. Whether it's real life siblings acting together, or actors portraying brothers and sisters, cinema has definitely seen some of the happier, sadder, crazier, and darker moments of those special bonds.
From Donnie Darko to The Brothers Bloom, and to all of the various depictions of siblings in Wes Anderson's films, whether they're total opposites or identical twins, siblings are some of the most interesting relationships in film. If you have a brother or a sister, we're sure you can relate.
Test your knowledge on these siblings in film with our »
- Adriana Floridia
Exclusive: Indie stalwart seeks investment or buyer amid challenging climate.
UK distribution firm Metrodome Group is seeking new owners or significant strategic investment, the company has confirmed to Screen.
The indie stalwart, which comprises Metrodome Distribution, Hollywood Classics and Metrodome International, has been in talks with potential investors who are understood to include UK and international media companies.
“We are looking at all options,” Metrodome Group CEO Mark Webster told Screen. “We are looking at a sale or strategic investment. There are a number of conversations going on.”
“The distribution business model is changing. We need more vertical integration and scale and a partner or two on the production side. Owning IP and partnerships are increasingly important.”
Current major shareholders include Atp board member Webster, city broker Charles Peel and Dutch holding and investment company Metrodome Bv.
In business since 1995, the company’s distribution arm has handled hit English-language titles including Donnie Darko and Monster as well »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Diverse, awe-inspiring and memorable treasures that have sadly fallen off the radar
The noughties were a tough decade for film music fans. Not only was there the unprecedented loss of four great masters in the form of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris; the nature of the industry itself began to go through some seismic changes, not all of them for the better.
With the art of film scoring becoming ever more processed, driven increasingly by ghost writers, electronic augmentation and temp tracks, prospects looked bleak. However, this shouldn’t shield the fact that there were some blindingly brilliant scores composed during this period. Here’s but a small sampling of them.
Suddenly, it all has to go: the marble kitchen worktop and the double-width range cooker. The $2,000 coffee machine. The hand-blown glass vase. The reproduction French black chest of drawers with matching mirror. Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes a sledgehammer to the lot, smashing his entire life into matchsticks and shards of glass.
Demolition, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild), tells the story of a very individual grieving process. New York investment banker Davis has a perfectly respectable, normal life untila car accident rips his wife away from him. In the wake of the crash, Davis responds not with an outpouring of emotion but instead with quiet fixation. In a hospital corridor, still spattered with blood from the collision, Davis tries to buy a packet of »
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