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Tessa Thompson is Set to Star in a Jewel Heist Film about the True Story of Doris Payne

Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson has landed a great new role that is a perfect film project for her. She will take on the role of Doris Payne, a woman criminal who is best known for her luxury jewelry heists from stores from around the world.

According to Variety, the movie is "conceived as a high-concept action-drama in the vein of Catch Me if You Can and The Thomas Crown Affair." I'm a fan of both of those films, so if this movie ends up being to the level of quality of those films, this movie could turn out amazing.

In her six-decade long career, Payne, who is now 87, would enter jewelry stores posing as a well-to-do woman looking for a diamond ring and ask to see an assortment of items. Using her charm, she would eventually cause the clerk to forget how many pieces were outside the cases and
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Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson to play jewel thief Doris Payne

Variety is reporting that Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson is set to portray Doris Payne in a new heist film described as “a high-concept action-drama in the vein of Catch Me if You Can and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Payne gained notoriety due to a six-decade long career as a jewel thief, dating back to the 1950s, and was the subject of a 2013 documentary entitled The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, which detailed her many crimes and her 2011 arrest and trial for stealing a diamond ring from Macy’s.

After chasing Doris and her story for years— and then keeping this secret for awhile— I’m screaming that this dream is coming true. She is a deeply fascinating woman. So pleased to bring this story to the screen with CodeBlack & Lionsgate. Beyond grateful. https://t.co/GMfigAdwy4

— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) February 13, 2018

In addition to starring, Thompson is also set
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Tessa Thompson to Star in and Produce Biopic of Jewel Thief Doris Payne

Thompson in “Thor: Ragnarok

“Ocean’s 8” isn’t the only female-led heist story in the works. “Thor: Ragnarok” star Tessa Thompson has signed on to star in a biopic about legendary American jewel thief Doris Payne, Variety reports. Currently untitled, the feature will be produced by Thompson and Codeblack FilmsJeff Clanagan. No word on who will pen the script or direct just yet.

Payne is best known for stealing a 10-carat diamond ring worth $500,000 in Monte Carlo in the 1970s. Her criminal record traces back all the way to the 1950s, and includes many arrests — one as recently as 2017. Payne is now 87 years old. She’s “admitted to having used 20 aliases, 10 Social Security numbers, and nine dates of birth,” the source notes.

The untitled pic is described as “a high-concept action-drama in the vein of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair.’”

Payne’s story was
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Tessa Thompson to Star as Doris Payne in Jewelry Heist Movie (Exclusive)

Tessa Thompson to Star as Doris Payne in Jewelry Heist Movie (Exclusive)
Tessa Thompson has signed on to portray Doris Payne, a woman who gained notoriety for her luxury jewelry heists from stores around the world.

Thompson, whose credits include “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Creed,” and “Westworld,” will also produce the currently untitled film with Codeblack FilmsJeff Clanagan. Codeblack is launching the project after having obtained Payne’s life rights.

The film is conceived as a high-concept action-drama in the vein of “Catch Me if You Can” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Codeblack Films’ Candice Wilson will oversee the project.

In her six-decade long career, Payne, who is now 87, would enter jewelry stores posing as a well-to-do woman looking for a diamond ring and ask to see an assortment of items. Using her charm, she would eventually cause the clerk to forget how many pieces were outside the cases and leave with one or two pieces.

Payne’s criminal record dates back to the 1950s. She was arrested
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Best Film Scores of the Century: Listen to a Playlist of IndieWire’s Top Picks

Best Film Scores of the Century: Listen to a Playlist of IndieWire’s Top Picks
Perhaps you’re trying to stay focused for a big creative project. Maybe you need something soothing as you’re going through weekend chores. You could just be an eternal fan of orchestral arrangements. Whatever the reason, there’s always room for a good film score playlist in your life.

Consider this a slight variation of the theme of our recently published list of the best film scores of the 21st century, a collection that includes a couple of household names (Hans Zimmer and John Williams, check and check), some recent favorites (Oneohtrix Point Never’s work on “Good Time” and Tamar-Kali’s lush “Mudbound” soundtrack), and iconic samplings from a trio of Paul Thomas Anderson films.

Read More:The 25 Best Movie Scores of the 21st Century

Below, you’ll find a Spotify sampler of tracks from all of IndieWire’s 25 picks, each with links to the full albums that they were taken from:

Now,
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The 25 Best Movie Scores of the 21st Century

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The 25 Best Movie Scores of the 21st Century
It goes without saying that movie music has come a mighty long way in the last 100 years or so, but the first two decades of the 21st century have nevertheless been an extraordinarily active and evolutionary stretch of time for film scores. Without discounting the bold and formative achievements of old masters like Bernard Hermann and Toru Takemitsu, it’s fair to say that the rise of independent cinema and the challenge of the digital age have provoked a true paradigm shift in how we think about musical accompaniment.

Rock and avant-garde musicians like Jonny Greenwood and Mica Levi have used narrative projects as inspiration to explore new facets of their genius, while more traditional composers such as Alexandre Desplat and Carter Burwell have risen to the challenge by delivering the most beautiful work of their careers. Indeed, some of the very best movie scores in recent memory (including the
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Culture Dump #23: 4 Actors who won Oscars for Roles that Weren’t their Best

2018’s Oscar nominations arrived earlier this week, offering a hopeful change of pace to shake up what most of us have come to expect from Academy voters. While an Oscar statuette is considered the highest praise an actor can receive, they’re not always awarded for the best performance on a star’s resume. Let’s take a look…

Gary Oldman

Let’s not bury the lead here – 2018 is shaping up to be Gary Oldman’s year, with the screen-vet and twice Academy nominated star looking likely to take home an Oscar for his immersive turn as UK Prime Minister and friendliest person you’re ever (not) likely to see on the tube, Winston Churchill. If he does win big, it’ll be no big surprise. Oldman’s made going to the cinema worthwhile for the better part of twenty-five years and while his take on Churchill is impressive, it
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Tom Hanks has now been in Five Oscar nominees for Best Picture without a nomination of his own

Tom Hanks has now been in Five Oscar nominees for Best Picture without a nomination of his own
Tom Hanks used to be synonymous with Oscars, earning five nominations and two wins between 1989 and 2001, but lately he can’t get arrested. It’s not that he’s stopped making Oscar movies. Quite the opposite. Since the last time he was nominated by the academy he has been in five Best Picture nominees without a nomination of his own: “Toy Story 3” (2010), “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011), “Captain Phillips” (2013), “Bridge of Spies” (2015), and now “The Post” (2017).

Granted, “Toy Story 3” was an animated film, and no voice-over actor has ever been nominated for a competitive Oscar. And his role in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was relatively brief and would have been unlikely to register with Oscar voters even under the best of circumstances. But he played leading roles in “Captain Phillips,” “Bridge of Spies,” and “The Post,” and he earned major precursor nominations for two of them.

“Captain Phillips” was his biggest snub.
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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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Paramount names David Sameth head of worldwide marketing

Former Disney and Universal executive served as second unit director on Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.

Source: Paramount Pictures

David Sameth is leaving Disney to join Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing effective February 1.

Sameth currently serves as executive vice-president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar where his credits since 2009 included Coco, Zootopia, Frozen, Toy Story 3, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Finding Dory.

He will report to chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and will oversee the design, development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the studio’s global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said.

“He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our
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'Catch Me If You Can': THR's 2002 Review

'Catch Me If You Can': THR's 2002 Review
On Dec. 25, 2002, Steven Spielberg unveiled breezy caper Catch Me If You Can in theaters, pairing Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

Catch Me If You Can represents a distinct change of pace for director Steven Spielberg. This is a lighter movie than he has made in a long while, and you sense his relief that nothing much is at stake. Catch Me harkens back to movies made in the late '50s and early '60s. It's the age of innocence, before the counterculture, Watergate, all those other "gates" and international terrorism, a time when a...
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Amy Adams Receives American Cinematheque Award, and Michael Shannon Stands in for Meryl Streep

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Amy Adams Receives American Cinematheque Award, and Michael Shannon Stands in for Meryl Streep
Amy Adams is a monster,” Justin Timberlake informed the black-tie crowd in the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom during her American Cinematheque Award Ceremony tribute. “More specifically, a karaoke monster.” When they shot Clint Eastwood’s 2012 “Trouble with the Curve” in Atlanta, Timberlake said the now-five-time Oscar nominee “pretty much bullied me” into a duet of “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.”

After praising her talents, Timberlake conceded, “Quite frankly, I will sing with you anytime. But next time I’m choosing the goddamned song. I have a history with Disney” — referencing his pre-teen years on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” — “and there’s a little Ptsd… Is [Disney Chairman Bob] Iger here tonight? Okay, good.”

Read More: George Clooney Set For AFI Life Achievement Award, Amy Adams Prepares for American Cinematheque Tribute

The evening’s collection of Adams collaborators and admirers — including Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Denis Villeneueve, Kristen Stewart,
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Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award
Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep — twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Chris Messina and Denis Villeneuve take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.

Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.”

As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.

“I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice
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The Full Cast of Jon Favreau's The Lion King Has Officially Been Announced

Director Jon Favreau has assembled quite an incredible cast of actors for Disney's realistic CGI animated remake of The Lion King. Most of the actors on the list we've already known about, but the one big confirmation is that Beyonce will officially be providing the voice of Nala. Here's the synopsis that was released:

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure
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Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Cast Features Beyonce, Alfre Woodard, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver

The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his
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Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced

Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced
The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau's new take on Disney's 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured-but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019. Here's what director Jon Favreau had to say in a statement.

"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyonc&#233 Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba's friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba's wise and loving father,
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Beyonce Joins ‘The Lion King’ as the Live-Action 2019 Film Rounds Out Its Main Cast

Beyonce Joins ‘The Lion King’ as the Live-Action 2019 Film Rounds Out Its Main Cast
It looks like Jon Favreau’s upcoming “The Lion King” adaptation just became an event all by itself. Disney announced Wednesday that Beyonce Knowles-Carter would be joining an already-stacked voice cast, playing Nala in the latest CGI adaptation of a beloved Disney film.

Read More:Jon Favreau’s 7 Rules for Making a Good Movie, from ‘The Jungle Book’ to ‘The Lion King

Though details remain light on how much the new film will mirror its 2-D animated predecessor, the 1994 film featured Nala as the childhood best friend and eventual love interest of the would-be king Simba. Set for a 2019 release, Beyonce joins Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones, reprising his role as Mufasa from the original.

#TheLionKing. 2019.
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Super Mario Odyssey Review

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Super Mario Odyssey is finally out! Read our official review to understand why every Mario fan should buy this game, immediately!

A Simple Proposal You Can Say Yes To

Nintendo’s latest Mario adventure finds our favorite Italian plumber in a giant game of “Catch Me If You Can”, as his mortal enemy, Bowser, has kidnapped Princess Peach, Mario’s one true love, in Super Mario Odyssey. It may sound as if you’ve heard this one before, and frankly you have, but the difference with this game is that there is an actual purpose to Bowser kidnapping Peach. He plans to marry her, despite her protests. It’s not directly explained, but it seems as if he’s doing it to become King of the Mushroom Kingdom. Nevertheless, it’s up to Mario to once again be the hero and save his damsel-in-distress.

The story starts out at a heart-racing pace,
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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own

‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own
It’s only been a few short weeks since Winnie the Pooh got the “Shakespeare in Love” treatment in “Goodbye Christopher Robin” — a film that inspired this critic to lament that “we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories” — which means that we’re already long overdue for another saccharine period fable about the creation of another literary icon. Enter Ebenezer Scrooge, who came to Charles Dickens at a moment when both men were at a low point in their lives.

The year was 1843, the great author (a manic Dan Stevens) was 31, and his massive fame was ebbing in the wake of three consecutive flops. With the winter settling in and a certain lifestyle to maintain, Dickens was in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. There was only one problem: There hadn’t been a Christmas miracle in almost 1,843 years. You see,
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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