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The Shack Review

If you’re a movie critic, you shouldn’t make any preconceptions about a film — not even if the Happy Madison logo appears or a title card saying “A Tyler Perry Film” arises. But when breathy radio personality Delilah comes before the “wonderful” film you’re about to see, singing all its benevolent praises before a single slice of celluloid appears, you have good reason to be skeptical.

Based on the phenomenally bestselling novel, The Shack tells a spiritual story of perseverance against and acceptance towards life’s unspeakable cruelties. It’s told through the perspective of Mack (Sam Worthington), a husband and grieving father, fighting to release months upon years of pain and inner torment through one-on-one interactions with Papa (Octavia Spencer), a.k.a God, Jesus (Avraham Aviv Alush) and Sarayu (Sumire), a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, in the titular shack which once housed unfathomable evil. It’s blatantly religious,
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Warner Bros. Dials Up Mitch Albom’s ‘First Phone Call from Heaven’

Warner Bros. is taking “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” buying movie rights to Mitch Albom’s inspirational novel.

The project has been set up with Warner-based Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan.

It’s the first feature film rights deal for Albom, who’s also written similar faith-based titles such as “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “For One More day,” “Have a Little Faith” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” — all of which were made into TV movies.

“First Phone Call From Heaven” is set in a town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife and centered on a grief-stricken single father determined to find out if the calls are hoaxes.

Di Novi’s produced “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “You’re Not You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the upcoming Will Smith-Margot Robbie drama “Focus” for the studio.
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Warner Bros Lands Mitch Albom Novel ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’

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Warner Bros Lands Mitch Albom Novel ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’
Exclusive: Warner Bros has acquired The First Phone Call From Heaven, the bestselling novel by Mitch Albom that was published last November by Harper. Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan will produce. The book opens on a morning in the small town of Coldwater, Mi, when the phones start ringing and the voices say they are calling from heaven. While each call is greeted differently — some with love, some with religious zeal, some with fear — a grieving single father with an inquisitive and hopeful son takes it upon himself to uncover whether these callers are hoaxers, or they are really dialing long distance. Chantal Nong and Cate Adams will oversee for Warner Bros. Albom, who came up a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, has also written bestsellers like Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven, books with a wholesome spiritual tug to them. At a
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Skyfall Earns Top Honors from Cinematographers; Game of Thrones, Hunted, Wilfred and Great Expectations Win in TV Categories

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Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc; Balazs Bolygo, Hsc; Kramer Morgenthau, Asc; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Deakins won the Asc Award in the feature film competition for Skyfall. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s Hunted and HBO’s Game Of Thrones, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ Great Expectations, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s Wilfred. The Asc Award for best feature was presented by Emmy®-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won Asc Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’T There (2002). His other Asc nominations include Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother,
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Lindsay Lohan Relates to Elizabeth Taylor in New Featurette for Liz & Dick

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Lindsay Lohan takes the lead in the upcoming Lifetime movie, Liz & Dick, set to air in the Us in just over a month’s time.

We saw a captivating Lohan grace the poster last month, and now a new featurette has debuted online, giving us a look behind the scenes, in which the actress talks a little about the similarities between Elizabeth Hurley and herself.

“On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood’s most beautiful star, Elizabeth Taylor, fell into the arms of one of the world’s greatest actors, Richard Burton – and she didn’t leave.

Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

The last of the great, extravagant stars, flaunting diamonds,
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Liz & Dick Date Set For November 25th

There may be a lot of truth to the idea that Liz & Dick is (one of) the most talked about movie of the year, but I’m not absolutely sure it’s a claim I would feature.

Good or bad, Lindsay Lohan or no, and if you’re the right crowd, Lifetime or no, there’s no denying that the movie takes on interesting subject matter, and is potentially well worth watching just to catch some glimpse into the lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Of course, I don’t know that it has anything to say that isn’t well-worn material, but it’s worth finding out.

What do you think about this one, and is the movie, wherever it lands, overshadowed simply by the fact that Lohan is in it? I’d like to know where the public is coming down on this one. Will you watch?
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Lifetime’s ‘Liz & Dick’ To Premiere November 25

Lifetime has set November 25 for the premiere of Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton. The story of the couple’s passionate and stormy love affair is executive produced by Larry A. Thompson (Amish Grace) and directed by Lloyd Kramer (Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven). Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) penned the script. A+E Networks will handle international distribution. Liz & Dick will air at 9 Pm on Lifetime. Related: ‘Liz & Dick’ Movie Poster Unveiled Hot TV Trailer: Lifetime’s ‘Liz & Dick’
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Lindsay Lohan is Front and Centre of First Poster for Lifetime’s Liz & Dick

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It’s been a few years since Lindsay Lohan was last seen on our screens, but her return in just a matter of weeks away now, with Lifetime’s Liz & Dick due to air this coming November, telling the story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Lohan takes the lead opposite Grant Bowler, and now the first poster for the movie has arrived, putting Lohan front and centre, with a pair of rather beautiful (albeit edited) purple eyes.

“On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood’s most beautiful star, Elizabeth Taylor, fell into the arms of one of the world’s greatest actors, Richard Burton – and she didn’t leave.

Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Photos from Liz & Dick

Here are several photos of the 26-year-old actress Lindsay Lohan from the Lifetime biopic, Liz & Dick, proving she can still embody old-style Hollywood glamor.

It’s not hard to guess that sometimes troubled Lohan stars as the late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor alongside True Blood’s Grant Bowler, who plays one of Taylor’s many husbands and the man considered the love of her life, Richard Burton.

The film chronicles Taylor and Burton’s fiery romance and will show Taylor over several decades, from their brief initial encounter at a 1954 pool party to their collaboration on the set of 1963s Cleopatra all the way until Burton’s death in 1984 as evidenced by this picture of Lohan as Liz in her later years.

Lohan’s role as Taylor is her first major role since 2010s Machete.

The biopic is written by Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) and directed by Lloyd Kramer (The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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New Images From the Elizabeth Taylor Biopic Liz & Dick, Starring Lindsay Lohan

Though Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) was a much-maligned choice to portray Elizabeth Taylor in her upcoming Lifetime biography, new photos from the production seem to suggest the troubled young actress may actually be a decent stand-in for Taylor. Liz & Dick chronicles the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor (Lohan) and Richard Burton (Grant Bowler) from their brief initial encounter at a 1954 pool party to their collaboration (of all sorts) on the set of 1963's Cleopatra, through their tempestuous relationship all the way until Burton's death in 1984.  Hit the jump for the photos and more on the production. What's interesting about the pictures is how 26 year old Lohan is actually a pretty good ringer for an older Taylor.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  Elizabeth no, but Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf  Elizabeth, yes (Taylor was known to hate being called Liz.  One can only assume she is spinning in her grave
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The Daily Beast: "Liz & Dick: 8 Crazy Scenes from Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor Biopic"

The Daily Beast (or rather me directly) obtained a production draft of Lifetime’s Elizabeth Taylor biopic starring Lindsay Lohan. I pick out eight especially salacious bits from the script. Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "Liz & Dick: 8 Crazy Scenes from Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor Biopic," in which I read Christopher Monger's script and pick out the eight craziest, oddest, most salacious bits of Lifetime's upcoming Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton biopic, Liz & Dick, starring Lindsay Lohan. When considering actresses to play the late, beloved Academy Award–winner Elizabeth Taylor, the first name that comes to most people’s minds likely isn’t Lindsay Lohan. And yet the troubled, talented 25-year-old actress is currently playing Taylor in Lifetime’s made-for-tv movie Liz & Dick, about the tumultuous romance between Taylor and her costar/husband Richard Burton (played here by True Blood’s Grant Bowler
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Kevin Smith Names The Two Parts Of Hit Somebody And Finishes First Script

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Kevin Smith, whose latest movie, Red State, is set to be unlike anything he’s ever done before, has announced that his next film will be released in two parts, and they will be titled Hit Somebody: Home and Hit Somebody: Away, The Playlist report.

He also adds that the two-parter, which he’s said could be his final film, will be a PG-13 rating for Home and an R for Away, roughly the equivalent of our 12A and 18. Brilliant!

How you can have such different ratings might confuse many people, but when you take into account the basic premise of the two parts, things become a little clearer. The film follows the rise of hockey played Buddy McCracken (to be played by Nicholas Braun), with the first part seeing him as a young star and the second part seeing him go pro. I might not know a lot about hockey,
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10 Novels That Should Be Adapted into Films!

Having just finished reading a novel I couldn’t put down, I began to think of how great a film it would make – something I seem to be doing more and more of lately. I often find myself imagining how I would adapt what I’m reading, which director would I put on it, who would I cast, what would I adapt/what would I cut. Even going so far as to thinking about the poster design!

Obviously Hollywood takes literary work as the basis for many of it’s productions and should a novel prove a runaway hit, you can pretty much assume the movie version will soon follow. However, in my opinion, there’s a number of works that would surely make exciting, engaging and impressive films, but have yet to be adapted.

Read on to discover the 10 novels I think should be on the big screen and pronto!
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Hoult… who goes there?

He went from pre-teen "shrimp" in About a Boy to the sexy face of Skins. Now, Nicholas Hoult is set to crack Hollywood. His only problem is working out how he feels about it all

"Oh no. Interview, uh oh. I always panic about these things." Nicholas Hoult does look genuinely apprehensive, which is annoying because he's been perfectly at ease until now. He arrived promptly at the west London studio where he's to be photographed at 9am on this December Monday morning, introducing himself very politely to everyone. He swapped jeans and hooded top for a dapper suit by Tom Ford, the fashion designer whose directorial debut, A Single Man, stars Hoult alongside Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, then chatted away with the make-up artist about his newly shorn head, a crop to cut out hair extensions for his role in upcoming CGI blockbuster Clash of the Titans. But
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The FIve People You Meet In Heaven Movie Review

I recently finished reading the book, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and was amazed at the  way it was written and with the story itself; as a result I went down to my library to find the book title in movie format on DVD and sure enough, it was and boy, I wasn't disappointed. The movie pretty much follows the book to heart and that's a good thing (thank you Martha Stweart for using those words) because the storyline is terrific in my opinion. "Five People You Meet in Heaven" is just about that exactly; what happens when a man name Eddie dies after working for many years at a carn...
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'Five People' a heavenly gift for DP Morgenthau

Despite his relatively young age, cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau is beginning to make a serious mark in a field that has traditionally been dominated by seasoned veterans. The 39-year-old director of photography received his first Emmy nomination Thursday for outstanding cinematography for a miniseries or movie for ABC's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It has been a steady climb for Morgenthau who began shooting features in 1995 in New York. The first kudos from his peers came just months ago when Morgenthau was nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers at the annual ASC Awards for Five People. In the short time since, Morgenthau has continued to build momentum, quickly becoming a go-to guy for television pilots. He shot the pilot for ABC's Blind Justice, more recently, the network's new drama The Evidence, in addition to FX's Over There, an episode of which he is scheduled to direct this month.

Voight Pens Letter Explaining SAG Awards Absence

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Jon Voight has explained to his fellow actors why he won't be attending next month's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in a full-page advertisement. Voight was given the nod in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries category for his role in TV show The Five People You Meet In Heaven - but was also informed he won't be getting an invite to the February 5 ceremony in Los Angeles, because he had previously resigned from the guild and is currently classified as a fee-paying non-member. Resigning from the union is often referred to as seeking "financial core" status, which gives union members an opportunity to resign from full membership but continue to pay the portion of dues which go to contract-related jobs. When members take such steps, they're no longer eligible to participate in a number of guild activities - including attending awards shows. In a letter which appeared in trade publication Variety, Voight says he initially considered financial core status to work on a pal's financially-strapped movie, and went ahead with his plans after SAG used "scare tactics" to shut down his friend's film. He writes, "The SAG board chose to bring me once again what they think is shame, and apparently to warn other actors off joining financial core, by announcing to the press that I was not invited to the ceremony to which my fellow actors nominated me for a union film. All this because of my willingness to uphold the right to our personal pursuit of freedom and liberty... My sorrow comes only for a union that can be a great force, that can accomplish much good, and protect, promote, and nourish the actor in his individual pursuits, but does not yet understand that there will be come that will be happy to follow the union in all its rules and regulations, but there many be some that will differ, and follow a destiny of their own choosing, and that is their right, and that is our country's Constitution. I congratulate all my fellow nominees, and wish everyone the best."

CAS, MPSE turn up sound award nominations

CAS, MPSE turn up sound award nominations
Two prestigious cinema sound societies announced the nominees in their annual outstanding achievement awards. For superlative sound mixing for feature films, the Cinema Audio Society has nominated Miramax Pictures' The Aviator, and Finding Neverland, Universal Pictures' The Bourne Supremacy and Ray and Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man 2. C.A.S. also recognized exceptional sound mixing for television movies and mini-series. This year's nominees include ABC's Five People You Meet In Heaven, and The Hollow, Showtime Network's Something the Lord Made, HBO's Life and Death of Peter Sellers, and A&E Television's Ike: Countdown To D-Day.

Fifteen have shot at ASC trophies

Fifteen cinematographers have been nominated in three television categories for the American Society of Cinematographers' 19th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Nathan Hope and Chris Manley, cinematographers for the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY, respectively, earned noms for excellence in episodic television. They join David Boyd, who drew an ace with HBO's Deadwood for the "Deepwater" episode; Thomas Del Ruth, tapped for the "Gaza" episode of NBC's The West Wing; and Alik Sakharov for The Sopranos' "Long Term Parking" episode. ABC scored three nominations in the network movie/miniseries/pilot category with nominees Michael Goi for Judas, Larry Fong for the Lost pilot and Kramer Morgenthau for The Five People You Meet in Heaven. They join NBC cinematographers Jonathan Freeman for Homeland Security and Clark Mathis for the Medical Investigation pilot.

Voight Not Invited to SAG Awards

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Screen Actors Guild award-nominee Jon Voight will have to watch the ceremony from home next month - because he's been banned from attending. Voight was given the nod in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries category for his role in TV show The Five People You Meet In Heaven - but has also been informed he won't be getting an invite to the February 5 ceremony in Los Angeles because he had previously resigned from the guild and is currently classified as a fee-paying non-member. SAG president Melissa Gilbert has briefed the guild's national board about the situation, reports trade publication Variety. Resigning from the union is often referred to as seeking "financial core" status, which gives members of the union an opportunity to resign from full membership but continue to pay the portion of dues which go to contract-related jobs. When members take such steps, they're no longer eligible to participate in a number of guild activities - including attending awards shows. Voight, who has yet to comment on the situation, was picketed two years ago by SAG when he shot non-union film A Deadly Course.
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