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Film Festival Roundup: MoMI and India Center Foundation Launch India Kaleidoscope Festival, Palm Springs Announces More Tributes

1 December 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and The India Center Foundation are launching India Kaleidoscope, an “exciting new festival that will present film lovers with a chance to immerse themselves in the unique sights and sounds that make up the Indian regional, independent film landscape.”

The inaugural India Kaleidoscope Festival, taking place December 8 – 11 at the Museum, will feature eight films, including seven new titles that will be making their U.S. or North American premieres and one special presentation of a classic Indian film. Most films will feature directors in person. The Opening Night film is “India in a Day,” an ambitious documentary project initiated by Google and comprised of images shot by thousands of people throughout India, artfully edited by director Richie Mehta »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Moonlight’: How the Transformative Power of An Unexpected Role Changed Naomie Harris’ Career — Consider This

24 November 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

So often, actors and actresses are lauded for undertaking jaw-dropping physical changes to play what frequently amounts to their most important roles. Time and again, performers who are willing to mold their bodies to a part – think Christian Bale in “The Machinist,” Charlize Theron in “Monster” or Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” just to name a very recent few – reap the biggest rewards.

For “Moonlight” star Naomie Harris, her greatest challenge wasn’t of the physical variety, it was the emotional. In order to play Paula, the mother of the film’s central character Chiron, over three different time periods, the British actress didn’t need to make adjustments to her body, but to her own heart.

Harris has worked steadily in both film and television since she was a kid – as a youngster, she had recurring roles on British series like “Simon and the Witch” and “Runaway Bay, »

- Kate Erbland

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Examining Fictional vs. Real-Life Portrayals in the Oscar’s Best Actress Race

9 November 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

At this point the best actress race for the 2017 Oscars is a tight one boiling down to two very talented women: La La Land’s Emma Stone and Jackie’s Natalie Portman. Most critics are put these breakthrough performances atop their projections list — but does history show us anything about a showdown between a made-up character and one based on a real person?

Of the 16 ceremonies that have been held in the 21st century thus far, it is surprisingly an even 50-50 split between wins for a completely fictional character and a real-life character. There have been eight trophies given to each of these two respective types of characters. Given these results, let’s take a look at which roles took home the gold.

For the fictional characters, there are: Halle Berry as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001), Hilary Swank as Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald »

- Carson Blackwelder

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New trailer & posters for ‘Wonder Woman’

4 November 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing) and starring Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) in the titular role, Wonder Woman made her big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but this new film will mark her first time the character has headlined a solo feature – though you’d be hard-pressed to top Lynda Carter’s formidable run as the character on TV.

Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, House of Cards), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).

There’s a lot riding on the success of Wonder Woman, given the less-than-stellar (but surprisingly money-making) reception of BvS and the more recent Suicide Squad. In »

- Phil Wheat

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New Wonder Woman Trailer Raises Hopes Beyond Genre

4 November 2016 6:17 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen is at this point a very dangerous game and as the film has slowly revealed its progress, it hasn’t always been clear that things were going to go well. This has perhaps been especially true because of how goofy Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ended up. Not as a result of Wonder Woman’s appearance, but because the overall film was so bogged down by thematic misfires. The commercial for upcoming titles built into the film didn’t help either.

But, now we get to the latest trailer, and while it spends a lot of time showcasing the visuals and action, it also lets you into the complexities of what looks like one hell of a story.

Now that comic-based movies have taken over, and there’s a clear irony to this, we are actually getting to the kinds of stories »

- Marc Eastman

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Gal Gadot Is Wonder Woman In New Trailer

3 November 2016 8:07 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Check out the first trailer now.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, »

- Michelle McCue

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New Trailer and Posters for Wonder Woman!

3 November 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

While we got a first glimpse of Wonder Woman following this year's Comic-Con, the new trailer from Warner Bros. really opens up the world of Diana Prince and gives us a proper idea of what to expect when the film is released next Summer. Given its World War period setting, Wonder Women doesn't looked to be getting too bogged down in the gritty contemporary realism of certain other Dceu releases and appears happy to exist as a 'superhero' movie, with a healthy dose of suspended disbelief. It will be interesting to see what director Patty Jenkins brings to the table, this being her first feature film since 2003's excellent Monster. A story from Zach Snyder should tie things nicely into the wider cinematic universe and a script from comic writers Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns should ensure it stays true to the source. Check out the trailer below and see what you think! »

- noreply@blogger.com (Martin Macnamara)

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Wonder Woman Trailer #2 Is Here and It's Epic

3 November 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Grab your Lasso of Truth and get ready for some action, because a brand new Wonder Woman trailer has arrived! Warner Bros. has just unleashed the second full-length trailer for one of the most highly anticipated movies in their entire upcoming slate of DC Comics-based movies. We now have even more of an idea of what the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era looks like and it involves a lot of Amazonian warrior awesomeness.

We learned that this new Wonder Woman trailer would be dropping soon, because Trailer Track confirmed earlier in the week that the trailer was attached to the North American release of Doctor Strange. So, the trailer has made its way online as well to the benefit of DC fans all over the world courtesy of Warner Bros. This is the first new trailer we have seen since the first footage debuted at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, »

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Wonder Woman Is Gonna Save The World In This New Kick Ass Trailer

3 November 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has just dropped the new trailer for their upcoming DC Film Wonder Woman. The film hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing).  

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the Star Trek films), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s The FollowingGladiator), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s House of Cards), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter films, The Theory of Everything), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), and Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle).

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Gal Gadot Becomes a Warrior in New Trailer for ‘Wonder Woman’

3 November 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a few bumps in the road, DC is hoping next summer is their saving grace when Wonder Woman finally makes its way to screens. Featuring Gal Gadot in the title role, her character was certainly one of the few highlights in Batman v Superman, so hopefully WB can translate things well to her stand-alone adventure. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), a full new trailer has now debuted, featuring a powerful concoction of well-shot action and entertaining humor.

“It is a big responsibility. We knew we wanted to tell a story that would inspire people: women, men, boys, and girls. And we didn’t want to just show a generic story of a superhero coming of age. We wanted her to be full and whole,” Gadot tells EW. “I feel that I’ve got the opportunity to set a great role model for girls to look up to a strong, »

- Leonard Pearce

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‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer: Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Are Here To Save The DC Comics Movie Universe

3 November 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The DC Comics movie universe truly needs a superhero to save it right now. After the one-two critical beating of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” plus recent news that Rick Famuyiwa is leaving “The Flash” over creative differences with the studio, Warner Brothers is pretty much on their last breath in the eyes of many. The future is already set with movies like “Justice League” already in pre-production, but that doesn’t mean people are actually excited about it. Enter “Wonder Women,” the Amazonian warrior princess who is Warner Bros’ last hope.

Read More: ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer: Gal Gadot Is a Major Badass Warrior in First Look

Fans and critics went crazy for the movie’s first trailer when it premiered at Comic-Con and showed off some seriously badass action and camerawork, and now an official trailer has been released to rev up anticipation even further. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Wonder Woman’ Photo: Zack Snyder Shares Blazing New Look at DC’s Next Superhero Movie

23 October 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Despite the disappointing reception from fans and critics alike that greeted “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earlier this year, hope springs eternal among superhero-movie fans. Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman was well received in the movie, as was this summer’s trailer for the character’s long-awaited standalone film. Now, to keep that train rolling, there’s a new photo of the Amazonian demigoddess (above).

Read More: ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Fights Back Against Anonymous Attack on Film

The picture was shared on Twitter by Zack Snyder, who directed both “Batman v Superman” and “Man of Steel”; he’ll also helm “Justice League,” in which Wonder Woman will likewise appear. The character is celebrating her 75th anniversary this week, an occasion being marked by fans across social media.

Read More: ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer: Gal Gadot Is a Major Badass Warrior in First Look

Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, »

- Michael Nordine

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Count Chocula, Franken Berry, & Boo Berry Masks, Shirts & Socks from Fright-Rags

23 October 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

For many, General MillsMonster Cereals are as synonymous with Halloween as horror movies and jack-o-lanterns. With the holiday quickly approaching, Fright-Rags has released the General Mills Monsters collection. Dress up Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry with limited edition box sets. Each one contains a ventilated mask, an exclusive shirt designed by Christopher …

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*Updated* Fright Rags’ General Mills Monsters Collection Includes Shirts, Socks, Masks & More

21 October 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with the official press release and new images.* If you have fond memories of spending endless Saturday mornings digging into a bowl of your favorite sugary cereal while watching your cartoon pals on the tube, then prepare for the ultimate nostalgia trip courtesy of the folks at Fright Rags, who have released a General Mills Monsters apparel collection that includes shirts, socks, masks, and spoons.

Press Release: For many, General Mills' Monster Cereals are as synonymous with Halloween as horror movies and jack-o-lanterns. With the holiday quickly approaching, Fright-Rags has released the General Mills Monsters collection.

Dress up Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry with limited edition box sets. Each one contains a ventilated mask, an exclusive shirt designed by Christopher Franchi, and a color-changing spoon, all packaged in a retro-style window box. They are limited to 650 sets per character, and you'll save $15 if you order all »

- Derek Anderson

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Wonder Woman at 75: How the Superhero Icon Inspired a Generation of Feminists

11 October 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first time Gal Gadot appeared on the set of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in her full Wonder Woman regalia — eagle-encrusted body armor, knee-high boots, and golden belt and bracelets, her raven hair swept back under a tiara — she was approached by a little girl.

The niece of one of the crew members, the girl wanted to hand-deliver to the Israeli actress a picture she had drawn of Wonder Woman, along with a note.

“She wrote that she wished me luck and she was Wonder Woman’s No. 1 fan,” recalls Gadot. “I keep it with me.”

That encounter during last year’s production of “Batman v Superman,” which marked the movie debut of the decades-old female superhero, was a poignant reminder of Wonder Woman’s enduring prominence in the comic-book canon.

It also underscores the stakes that Gadot, Warner Bros., and DC Comics face as they ready the »

- Brent Lang

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Jennifer Hudson, A$AP Rocky, And Nas Round Out Monster Cast

7 October 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s always nice to get a bit of interesting casting news on a Friday afternoon. John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. is producing the upcoming crime drama Monster (not to be confused with the Charlize Theron serial killer movie, or the upcoming The Monster from director Bryan Bertino). This is a film based on the novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers, about a young man accused of a crime he claims he did not commit. With filming about to begin in New York, the cast has been rounded out to include Jennifer Hudson, and hip-hop artists A$AP Rocky and Nas.

Monster tells the story of teenage honors student and filmmaker Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) who is deemed a monster after being charged with a murder he says he didn’t commit. As Steve fights the system accusing him, he moves from being an »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Empire Recap: Don't Desk, Don't Tell

5 October 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Um, excuse me? Has anyone seen an updated copy of the Empire Entertainment Hr Manual?

Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

I mean, far be it from me to encourage another frivolous lawsuit in this economy, but with executive assistants “multitasking” under Lucious’ desk, random delivery guys showing what Brown can do for Anika, and Shyne using artistic differences as an excuse to choke out Nessa in the studio, it’s only a matter of time before a lesser power in the Lyon family melodrama lawyers up, channels Rihanna and declares, »

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Charlize Theron Has a Fuller Figure for New Film Role as Mother of Three

27 September 2016 8:20 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Charlize Theron is known for her slim frame on the red carpet, but the actress has a curvier figure on the set of her new film. In photos taken during a shoot of Tully in Vancouver, the blonde beauty appears to have gained weight for her role as Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn. Instead of a glamorous fitted gown, her apparel consists of baggy jeans, a T-shirt and a plaid flannel. It's not clear if Theron, 41, is wearing a bodysuit for some extra padding or if she's gained the weight for the Jason Reitman-directed flick, although »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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"Wonder Woman" - Enter Gal Gadot

27 September 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ more footage and images of actress Gal Gadot as 'Diana of Themyscira', in the upcoming live-action 'Wonder Woman' solo feature from "Monster" director Patty Jenkins:

The original 'Wonder Woman' was created by William Moulton Marston, (aka 'Charles Moulton')...

...who saw the educational potential of comic books...

...and in 1941 was hired as a consultant for "National Periodicals/All-Winner Comics" (DC Comics). 

He created his female superhero, in a field dominated by male characters, inspired by his mistress Olive Byrne, who lived with him and his wife in a 'polygamous, polyamorous' relationship.

Having 2 children with both women, Marston said that his women served as independent exemplars for Ww, whose comic book adventures would be illustrated by 'Harry Peter'.

"Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world," Marston said, defending his character's look. »

- Michael Stevens

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Charlize Theron Captivates in ’93 Martini Commercial

23 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Before “Mad Max: Fury Road,” before her Oscar-winning turn in “Monster”—even before “The Cider House Rules,” Charlize Theron was a working actor like any other. Born in South Africa, she modeled in Italy, studied ballet in New York City, and after a knee injury shut down her dancing career, moved to Los Angeles to get into TV and film. It was around that time that Theron appeared as a European bombshell in the martini commercial below, exhibiting a sultry charisma that surely foretold her later success. Read: “How to Nail Every Shot in a Commercial Shoot” With artfully swept blonde hair and a little black dress that ends up stealing the show, Theron captivates even in a simple 60-second spot. The actor’s later roles rarely demanded this level of glamour and magnetic sexiness, but it’s clear—as with all of her subsequent screen performances—she can fit the part. »

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