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Al Pacino on Greta Gerwig, Burger-Flipping and Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’

8 September 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “The Humbling,” one of his two new movies (along with “Manglehorn”) having their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, Al Pacino plays a legendary actor in career freefall. But talk to Pacino for a while about his characters and his craft, and it’s clear that one needn’t harbor any concerns about life imitating art.

When he first read the script for “The Humbling,” which was adapted by Buck Henry and Michael Zebede from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino called the movie’s director, Barry Levinson, and told him he thought the only way to play the role was to find the humor in it. “I can’t help it: it struck me as funny,” Pacino recalls over lunch at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “This idea of an actor who’s been doing this his whole life wanting to quit because he’s lost his talent »

- Scott Foundas

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18 Free Outdoor Shakespeare Festivals Across the U.S.

12 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still time catch an open-air showing of some of the Bard’s most popular works. Check out these outdoor Shakespeare performances from all over the country and the prominent theater companies producing them. Bonus: They’re all completely free!  Shakespeare in the Park (NYC)This annual celebrity-studded event from New York’s Public Theater is the father of all outdoor Shakespeare festivals. Offering free performances in Central Park throughout the summer, the festival gives New Yorkers a chance to see some their favorite actors live under the stars. Performances are held in an amphitheater built for the purpose; the Delecorte Theater was constructed in 1961 after a court battle with the park, and opened with a performance of “The Merchant of Venice” starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones. This year’s line-up included “Much Ado About Nothing” featuring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe, »

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The Office 11 years on: What Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman and co did next

6 August 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais has confirmed that The Office's David Brent will be heading to the big screen with his own movie, Life on the Road.

So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.

Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.

In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »

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John Lithgow & Annette Bening Lead Al Fresco ‘King Lear’ Into The Wood

5 August 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

No one’s idea of typical summer fare and rarely mounted during the Public Theater’s season in Central Park, Shakespeare’s Matterhorn of a tragedy King Lear arrives at the Delacorte with John Lithgow in the title role and Annette Bening as Goneril, the eldest and most duplicitous of the addled monarch’s three daughters. Bard and Delacorte regular Daniel Sullivan (among his other Free Shakespeare credits is The Merchant Of Venice, which starred Al Pacino and moved to Broadway) directs this lucid but unengaging production. An imposing, if never exactly commanding, Lear, Lithgow follows very recent outings in the role by Frank Langella at […] »

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'Suits' creator talks 'Pound of Flesh' (and what's next)

16 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Suits, “Pound of Flesh,” stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh talks about the “guns-down” hour that gives Sean Cahill (Neal McDonough) and Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts) more ammunition.

Mike didn’t really want to get in bed with Forstman, so he hadn’t officially taken his money yet. In the end, Forstman went behind Mike’s back and got Jonathan to accept it—twisted—and was like, “We’re partners, even if you don’t want to be.” Tell me about casting Eric Roberts. As a viewer, you »

- Mandi Bierly

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Al Pacino’s Salomé and Wilde Salomé to screen at the BFI with special Q&A session

16 July 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

From the press release:

Al Pacino’s Salomé and Wilde Salomé based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to get a UK release as part of a very special event at BFI Southbank, London. The two films produced by Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice) and Robert Fox (The Hours), will be presented together on Sunday 21st September and followed by a Q&A with Academy Award winner Al Pacino that will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. The unique event will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

Salomé is Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work, banned in London in the late 19th Century. This scintillating tale of lust, greed and revenge follows the legend of King Herod and his lust for his young stepdaughter, Salomé, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist. Wilde’s adaptation has spawned multiple stage productions including an opera by Richard Strauss, »

- Luke Owen

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Al Pacino's 'Salome,' 'Wilde Salome' to Screen Back-to-Back in U.K.

3 June 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London –  Al Pacino’s films Salome and Wilde Salome based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to be screened back-to-back and followed with a Q&A with the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker. The two movies will make their U.K. bows as part of a special event at the British Film Institute Southbank complex. The two films, produced by Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice) and Robert Fox (The Hours), will be presented together September 21. Photos: Tony Awards 2014: The Nominees The Pacino Q&A will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland and the

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- Stuart Kemp

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Netflix Casts the New 'Daredevil' for 13-Episode Marvel Series

27 May 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Charlie Cox has been cast as Daredevil in Netflix and Marvel's new series of the same name about a blind superhero who uses his other senses and abilities to fight crime. Cox takes over the tights in this 13-episode, straight-to-series order from the binge-friendly streaming service, according to sources at Variety.  Cox is best known for his role opposite Claire Danes in "Stardust," but also had a recurring role on "Boardwalk Empire." The British actor also appeared in the Al Pacino-starring film adaptation of "The Merchant of Venice" and "Casanova." He also has a small role in the upcoming Dracula origin story with Dominic Cooper, "Dracula Untold." Daredevil is the most recognizable character of the four new Marvel series getting shows on the streaming giant -- Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage are the others -- but he's not necessarily the most popular. Ben Affleck's 2003 film of the »

- Ben Travers

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Netflix Casts the New 'Daredevil' for 13-Episode Marvel Series

27 May 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Charlie Cox has been cast as Daredevil in Netflix and Marvel's new series of the same name about a blind superhero who uses his other senses and abilities to fight crime. Cox takes over the tights in this 13-episode, straight-to-series order from the binge-friendly streaming service, according to sources at Variety.  Cox is best known for his role opposite Claire Danes in "Stardust," but also had a recurring role on "Boardwalk Empire." The British actor also appeared in the Al Pacino-starring film adaptation of "The Merchant of Venice" and "Casanova." He also has a small role in the upcoming Dracula origin story with Dominic Cooper, "Dracula Untold." Daredevil is the most recognizable character of the four new Marvel series getting shows on the streaming giant -- Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage are the others -- but he's not necessarily the most popular. Ben Affleck's 2003 film of the »

- Ben Travers

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Marvel’s Daredevil Series Taps Charlie Cox as Lead [Updated with Confirmation of Cox's Casting and Modern-Day Setting]

27 May 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Fans of HBO's Boardwalk Empire should recognize Marvel/Netflix's recently tapped Daredevil lead, Charlie Cox.  This news comes just a few days after it was reported that Drew Goddard has exited the project (though he'll stay on as a consultant), with Spartacus' Steven S. DeKnight  taking over showrunner duties.  While the drama behind the scenes continues to unfold over at Marvel, Cox is set to step in front of the camera as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer/crimefighter in "modern day Hell's Kitchen."  The series, one of four, is set to run for 13 episodes next year.  Hit the jump for more [including our updated confirmation from Marvel]. Latino Review reports that Cox will lead the Marvel/Netflix series, Daredevil, making him the first actor cast in a role for any of their new shows.  That makes sense, since Daredevil will be the first of the four series out of the gates, with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, »

- Dave Trumbore

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The ‘Fargo’ TV Series Positions the Coen Brothers As Modern Day Shakespeares in Love With Themselves

16 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It may not be the best movie of 1998, as its Best Picture honor claims it to be, but Shakespeare in Love is a delight for any drama nerd with a boner for the Bard. Hardly acceptable as a true account of the inspiration for and writing of “Romeo and Juliet,” John Madden’s film is really just a celebration of the work of William Shakespeare by being a pastiche of themes, tropes and lines from his plays. Another proper title for the movie would be “Mark Norman (and Tom Stoppard) in Love With Shakespeare.” In their script are direct reverential references — some of them nods of foreshadowing for things later to be written, others familiar devices employed as general homage — to “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Merchant of Venice” and more. Some of it is kind of silly if you find that sort of celebratory amalgamation and obvious, literal allusion to be a cheap reduction of an artist »

- Christopher Campbell

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Kata O'Mara Dies

30 March 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

To TV viewers of a certain age, Kate O’Mara was that rare blend of sex appeal, scares and sassiness. So it is with another “S” word, sadness, that we report she has died at the age of 74.Born in 1939, the daughter of an Raf flying instructor and an actress, O’Mara initially considered art following her boarding school education but quickly became a full-time actress. She made her stage debut in 1963 in a production of The Merchant Of Venice, but truly established herself on television.During the 1960s and 70s, she appeared in a slew of guest starring slots on shows such as Danger Man, The Saint, Z-Cars, The Champions, The Avengers, Department S and Jason King. She became known for her sultry performances and her ability to blend beauty with danger. Her most notable roles came with soaps or sci-fi, including ferry drama Triangle, boating soap Howard’s »

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R.I.P. ‘Dynasty’ And ‘Doctor Who’ Actress Kate O’Mara

30 March 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

British actress Kate O’Mara, who was known to many Americans during the 1980s as Joan Collins’ sister Cassandra Morell on ABC‘s Dynasty, died in Sussex, England this morning. She was 74.  A TV vet since the 1960s with credits that included such cult British shows as The Saint and The Avengers, O’Mara was coveted for her portrayal of alluring, pungent personalities, such as The Rani in Doctor Who from 1985-86 and the ruthless businesswoman Laura Wilde in the BBC drama Howards’ Way.  Born in Leicester, UK, O’Mara was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge (The Family Way) and John Carroll. Originally, O’Mara pursued a career as a speech therapist, but she caught the acting bug and made her stage debut at 24 in a production of The Merchant of Venice. After breaking in TV, O’Mara caught the attention of Hammer Studios which cast her in the »

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Kate O'Mara 1939-2014: Obituary of Doctor Who, Dynasty star

30 March 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Born in Leicester on August 10, 1939, Frances M Carroll would go on to become a screen idol under her chosen stage name of Kate O'Mara.

The daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and Raf flying instructor John F Carroll, O'Mara followed a stint at boarding school with enrolment at art school, before achieving her goal of becoming a full-time actress.

Making her stage debut in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 1963, O'Mara soon moved into the popular world of television. Throughout the '60s, she appeared in such iconic series as Danger Man, The Champions, The Saint, The Avengers and Z-Cars.

Moving into the 1970s, O'Mara also found success on the big screen – starring in two Hammer Horror outings, The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein – but it was a return to television for BBC drama The Brothers that made her a household name.

Playing the leading role of tough businesswoman Jane Maxwell, »

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John Travolta To Play "Gummybear"

9 February 2014 9:37 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

John Travolta is set to play Gummybear (aka. Gummibar), the multi-lingual digital character that has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and become an established global brand, in a $30 million CG animated feature film spin-off.

A phenomenon similar to the 'Crazy Frog', the character is known for performing the Gummy bear-related series of songs on various albums with the help of content partners like Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

The 3D feature will be produced in Montreal by Oscar Generale ("Casino Jack"), Transfilm's Jonathan Vanger ("Upside Down") and the UK Spice Factory's ("The Merchant of Venice"). Animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors.

George Gallo ("Bad Boys") penned the script in which Gummy and his friends - a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat and a chameleon -fighting to save an alien planet from destruction. Production is slated to begin on September 29th. »

- Garth Franklin

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John Travolta Is a Gummy Bear

9 February 2014 11:34 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

John Travolta is set to play Gummy Bear, also known as Gummibar in the Us. Since its launch in May 2012 as a multi-lingual character and a virtual band with a library of songs, it has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and has become an established global brand, growing organically. Gummy is averaging over 20 million new users per month over the social networks and is available in 30 languages with major content partners Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

The film will be produced in Montreal for the big screen in 3D/2D and produced by Oscar Generale in La (Casino Jack), Jonathan Vanger of Transfilm (Upside Down, Brick Mansions) in Canada and Spice Factory in the UK (The Merchant of Venice).

The producers are in talks with animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors.

Stealth Media Group has boarded the $30 million animated feature, which »

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John Travolta to Play Gummy Bear

9 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

John Travolta is set to play Gummy Bear, also known as Gummibar in the Us. Since its launch in May 2012, it has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and has become an established global brand, growing organically. Gummy is averaging over 20 million new users per month over the social networks and is available in 30 languages with major content partners Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The film will be produced in Montreal for the big screen in 3D/2D and produced by Oscar Generale in La ( Casino Jack ), Jonathan Vanger of Transfilm ( Upside Down , Brick Mansions ) in Canada and Spice Factory in the UK ( The Merchant Of Venice ). The producers are in talks with animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors. »

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Paradigm Signs Actress Lynn Collins

4 February 2014 2:34 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Lynn Collins. Managed by Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Newman and Stephanie Simon, Collins starred in John Carter and also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She played Portia opposite Al Pacino in the feature adaptation of The Merchant Of Venice. Onstage, she also played Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, and played Juliet in Romeo And Juliet in the Ahmanson Theatre production. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in New York

2 February 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs. Law enforcement officials said the actor was found with a needle in his arm.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man.”

He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee »

- Stuart Oldham and Pat Saperstein

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jo Nesbo To Write Modern Take On ‘Macbeth’; Us-Asia Institute’s Board Taps First Showbiz Rep; More

14 January 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jo Nesbo To Rewrite ‘Macbeth’ For Hogarth Shakespeare Project Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo has been tapped to rewrite Shakespeare’s Macbeth for a 21st century audience. The author of the Harry Hole detective series will take on the Bard’s murderous “Scottish Play” for 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC reported. Nesbo, whose books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is the latest writer tapped by Hogarth Shakespeare to update the Bard’s works; also set for modern adaptations are Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice), Anne Tyler (The Taming Of The Shrew) and Jeanette Winterson (A Winter’s Tale). The Hogarth Shakespeare program is an international publishing initiative from the Penguin Random House imprint. The novels will be released simultaneously in 2016. Dmg’s Chris Fenton Joins Us-Asia Institute Board Dmg Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Chris Fenton has »

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