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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Rosie Project’ Eyes Director Richard Linklater

27 July 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony is eyeing “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater to helm Jennifer Lawrence’s dramedy “The Rosie Project.”

The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.

Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s  adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.

Sony acquired the film rights to “The Rosie Project” last year and set it up with Sony-based producers Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan.

Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »

- Dave McNary

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From Clueless to Pulp Fiction, 10 of the best and worst dates on film

21 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.

We’ve compiled some of the best and worst movie dates in honour of the release of TrainwreckJudd Apatow’s latest stars Amy Schumer as a woman afraid of commitment until Bill Hader proves he might just be the one. Trainwreck also stars LeBron JamesTilda Swinton, and Brie Larson.

Catch Trainwreck in Cineplex theatres on July 17th, and see if your favourite movie date made it onto our list!

 

Good: Before Sunrise (1995)

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy partake in a feature-length first date in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. The two twenty-somethings, Jesse (Hawke) and Céline »

- Sasha James and Amanda Wood

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If They Made Before Sunset With Barack and Michelle Obama, It Would Look Like This

14 July 2015 11:18 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Barack and Michelle Obama have a love story made for Hollywood, which is probably why their first date in 1989, on which they saw a screening of Do the Right Thing, is the focus of a new biopic. Richard Tann's Southside With You, a Before Sunset–inspired romance, will attempt to re-create that memorable night. Parker Sawyers plays Barack, and Tika Sumpter, who recently spoke to Vulture about the film, is Michelle. Here's your first look at their version of the Obamas, color-coordinated outfits and all. »

- Dee Lockett

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First Look: Parker Sawyers & Tika Sumpter as Barack & Michelle in 'Before Sunset'-Style Romance

14 July 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Parker Sawyers, known for parts in "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012) and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014), is playing Barack Obama to Tika Sumpter's Michelle Obama (who was Michelle Robinson at the time the story takes place), in a film based on the early romance between Barack and Michelle.  Titled "Southside With You," the project is being sold as a "Before Sunset"-style type of film (in short... man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a specified period of time), which will take place entirely in one day, set during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Edinburgh unveils 2015 line-up

27 May 2015 3:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.Scroll down for competition titles

The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.

Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach BoysBrian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.

Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.

Star power

This year’s Eiff will present »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Parker Sawyers Will Be Barack Obama to Tika Sumpter's Michelle Robinson in 'Before Sunset'-Style Romance

7 May 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Parker Sawyers, known for parts in "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014) and "Monsters: Dark Continent" (2014), has been cast to play Barack Obama in a film based on the early romance between Barack and Michelle Obama.  Titled "Southside With You" - I suppose referring to South Side, Chicago, home to some of the most significant figures in the history of American politics, including Obama - the project is being pitched as a "Before Sunset"-style type of movie (in short, man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a period of time), which will take place entirely in one day during the summer of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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How Do You Prepare to Play Michelle Obama?

30 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Back before she became Michelle Obama, the First Lady trying to get kids to eat their vegetables, she was Michelle Robinson, a young, ambitious lawyer in Chicago. Tika Sumpter, whom you might recognize from Get On Up or Gossip Girl (never forget), will play Michelle Obama in Southside With You, a Before Sunset–style rendition of the first couple’s first date, when a smitten Barack Obama suggested a full day of quality time on a balmy Chicago afternoon in 1989. It’s the date that’s the stuff of legend: a romantic walk, a visit to the Art Institute, and a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. That Barry, such a planner.“I'm nervous because she's Michelle Obama, who is everything every woman wants to be,” Sumpter told Vulture at the Bessie premiere Wednesday night. To prepare for the prestigious role, Sumpter basically took a self-taught college course in future First Lady. »

- Fawnia Soo Hoo

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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'Avengers 2': Are One of These Actresses 'Captain Marvel'?

1 April 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Marvel is getting ready for the L.A. premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron in just a few weeks, with the studio sending out a media alert today that lists the cast members who have been confirmed to attend the red carpet event. Surprisingly, the list includes two actresses who have never been mentioned before as part of the cast, Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy. Disney has confirmed that the actresses inclusion on the cast list was not a mistake, leading many to wonder if either of these actresses are playing Captain Marvel.

A report surfaced last week that Avengers: Age of Ultron will introduce Carol Danvers, to set up the character before her Captain Marvel movie hits theaters November 2, 2018. A few days later, that rumor was shot down by a "source close to the production," but we'll find out for sure in just a few weeks when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters. »

- MovieWeb

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Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy are both in Avengers: Age of Ultron

1 April 2015 2:52 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy apparently both appear in the upcoming Marvel epic Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The actresses' names have turned up on a cast list sent to the press in advance of the Avengers: Age of Ultron world premiere.

A spokesperson for Disney would only confirm that Cardellini and Delpy were intentionally mentioned on the premiere cast list, reports Slash Film.

French actress Delpy is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Before Sunset and Before Midnight, while Cardellini has most recently been seen in Netflix drama series Bloodline.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is Marvel's most star-studded film yet, with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen uniting as the superhero team.

Writer-director Joss Whedon has also enlisted Marvel Studios veterans Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L Jackson for supporting roles. »

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Interview: Director Pierre Morel on Sean Penn, Liam Neeson & His Latest ‘The Gunman’

20 March 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There were basically two careers for Pierre Morel, before he directed the mega-hit “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and afterward. The French-born cinematographer, camera operator and now director is releasing “The Gunman,” an action film that stars Sean Penn. Like “Taken,” the motivations for the action are based in the real world, and “The Gunman” travels to Africa, London and Barcelona on his way to redeeming his soul.

Morel has had an adventurous career, in both European cinema and in notable films, beginning with his days as a camera operator on “The Truth about Charlie” (2002), “The Dreamers” (2003) and “Before Sunset” (2004). He was the cinematographer on “The Transporter” (2002) and Director of Photography on “Love and Other Disasters” (2006). His breakthrough came in 2008, when he directed “Taken.” The film resonated with audiences, and allowed his career to move into a new direction.

Man of Action: Sean Penn in ‘The Gunman,’ Directed by »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

18 February 2015 2:26 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch -  as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

- simonbrew

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Holiday Romance Goes Seriously Wrong in Spring [Trailer]

13 February 2015 9:29 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Of all the films that played Fantastic Fest last year, the one that most intrigued me and which I heard the most buzz about, was Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's Spring.

Written by Benson, the movie stars Lou Taylor Pucci as Evan, a guy whose life at home isn't going so well so he escapes to Italy in hopes of some reprise. There he meets Louise, German actress Nadia Hilker, a woman who might just be the love of his life except... she's hiding a secret.

Described by many as a horror version of Before Sunset, the newly unveiled trailer certainly suggests good things to come from Spring. The movie was already high on the list of titles to see this year and it looks like we'll have a chance to do so in short notice with Drafthouse Films and Film Buff teaming up for [Continued ...] »

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Oscar Track Records for Previously-Nominated Acting Vets

3 February 2015 7:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards acting race is almost evenly divided between veterans and first-time nominees.

Nine of the 20 nominees in the four acting categories are newcomers — four lead actors (Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch), two lead actresses (Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones), two supporting actresses (Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone) and one supporting actor (J.K. Simmons).    

As for the 11 veterans, the number of Oscar nominations between them ranges from 19 to one. Four of them have previously taken Oscars home.

Meryl Streep received her 19th nomination this year for her supporting role as The Witch in Disney’s Into the Woods, the film adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical. She holds the record for most acting nominations ever received and is one of six actors to have won three or more Oscars. Streep was first nominated in 1979 for her »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Waterworld

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Flashback: Richard Linklater's Experimental Approach in 1995's 'Before Sunrise' Was Sundance's Real Breakout Hit

27 January 2015 9:10 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Most Richard Linklater fans can tell you which film – and sometimes which scene – ignited their enthusiasm for the director, whether it was 1991’s influential indie Slacker, 1993’s high-school classic Dazed and Confused or 2003’s comedy School of Rock.

But, it all began with Before Sunrise.

Released 20 years ago this week, Before Sunrise boasted fresh-faced actors and a swoon-worthy premise: An American man (Ethan Hawke) meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train, and they spend one magical evening together in Vienna. That alone was enough to attract my 17-year-old self to the theater, as was the case with many of my peers.

News: Julie & Ethan Reunite 'Before Midnight'

The true magic of Before Sunrise, however, lies beyond the picturesque scenery and smitten gazes. Building upon his gift for crafting relatable and engrossing conversation, Linklater’s characters feel fully formed, discussing everything from philosophy and religion to love and their hopes for the future.

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Oscars: ‘Boyhood’s Ethan Hawke On How Indie Films Survive “Corporate Maelstrom”

15 January 2015 12:38 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ethan Hawke scored his fourth Oscar nomination today for IFC Films’ Boyhood, and his second as supporting actor after 2001’s Training Day. What makes Hawke’s turn in Boyhood sublime is the fact he had to play the character across 12 years on and off; the divorced father of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who grows from 5 to 18 years old. 

How did Hawke jump in and out of character? “When [Best Director nominee Richard Linklater] approached me with this idea, I had a clear idea of what we were trying to do,” Hawke said today after the film picked up six nominations, including for Best Picture. “I had an image in my head of remembering my dad when I was in the sixth grade through my high school graduation; the way he had grown. If I could create a portrait of a grown man over a time period, then that was my job.”

Every time Hawke stepped back into the role, »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke says without the critics, 'Boyhood' would be 'lost'

15 January 2015 8:33 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The last time I hopped on the phone with Ethan Hawke to discuss a nominations haul for "Boyhood," it was just after the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees. At the time, he said it felt like he, Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and the whole team were "crashing the party," and today, seven Oscar nominations later, it still feels that way for the newly minted Best Supporting Actor nominee. "Anyone who is in the Academy is someone who's incredibly passionate about film and has done something to warrant admission," Hawke says. "They're usually extremely knowledgeable and care about movies, so when you get recognition from your peers for something you love, it's great." But Hawke entered rare air Thursday morning. He has now received multiple nominations for acting and writing on four separate projects ("Training Day," "Before Sunset," "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood"). "It's pretty special," he says. "I »

- Kristopher Tapley

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