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Did 'Ant-Man' Keep Michael Pena Out of 'Suicide Squad'? | Exclusive

22 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

I've been a big fan of actor Michael Pena for the past decade or so, after he started popping up in memorable supporting roles in Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby, Crash and my favorite TV series ever, The Shield. Over the past few years, he's put in some of the best work of his career in two fantastic David Ayer movies, End of Watch and Fury, and his career will hopefully be taken to the next level with his scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man, in theaters July 17. I recently had the chance to sit down with the actor to discuss Ant-Man. Given his strong working relationship with David Ayer, I had to ask if he was ever in contention for a role in the filmmaker's Suicide Squad adaptation, which is currently shooting in Toronto. The actor revealed that, despite getting calls from the director for his past three movies, »

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Film Review: ‘Southpaw’

17 June 2015 1:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You can practically smell the blood, the sweat and the fierce actorly commitment rising from Jake Gyllenhaal’s bruised and tattooed body in “Southpaw,” a bluntly conventional melodrama about a champion boxer forced to undergo a grim crucible of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. Yet the undeniable intensity of Gyllenhaal’s bulked-up, Method-mumbling performance may leave you feeling more pummeled than convinced in this heavy-handed tale of redemption, in which director Antoine Fuqua once more demonstrates his fascination with codes of masculine aggression, extreme violence and not much else. Creakily plotted over the course of its rise-and-fall-and-rise-again trajectory, this partly Chinese-funded production may land enough visceral blows to catch on with audiences on its July 24 release through the Weinstein Co., but seems less likely to attain the prestige-hit status of superior efforts like “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Fighter.”

That didn’t stop exec producer Harvey Weinstein from loudly speculating »

- Justin Chang

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Clint Eastwood's Caitlyn Jenner Joke Will Be Cut From Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards Broadcast

8 June 2015 6:09 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Another controversy for Clint Eastwood. The actor and director joked about Caitlyn Jenner during the Spike TV Guys Choice 2015 awards on Saturday, June 6. Eastwood, 85, was at the awards show in Culver City, Calif., to introduce San Andreas actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. According to reports, the Million Dollar Baby director brought up The Rock in the context of athletes who've made their way into the world of acting, much like "Jim Brown and Caitlyn somebody..." Eastwood, however, appeared to be the only one laughing in [...] »

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Announces Major Expansion

4 June 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is introducing a major expansion to the studio’s popular tour opening July 16, 2015, anchored by the addition of the brand new feature “Stage 48: Script to Screen” (a brand new interactive journey behind-the-scenes of the production process). The announcement was made May 27, 2015 by Danny Kahn, Executive Director, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Additional features of the expansion will include significant enhancements throughout the popular backlot tour.

“These new enhancements will allow our guests to go even further behind-the scenes of the production world and enjoy an insider’s view of Hollywood in a fun, interactive way,” said Kahn. “Stage 48: Script to Screen brings a completely new dimension to the Studio Tour and offers guests an opportunity to see how their favorite movies and TV shows were made – right on the studio lot where so many of them were created.”

This innovative new addition to the Studio Tour, »

- Mike Tyrkus

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5 Actors You Didn't Know Are Veterans

24 May 2015 10:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In honor of Memorial Day, The Hollywood Reporter highlights five veterans-turned-actors that starred in projects including Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Svu). [readmore:790758] Morgan Freeman In 1955, Morgan enlisted in the United States Air Force after turning down a scholarship to Jackson State University. The actor rose the ranks to Airman 1st Class after nearly four years in the service before he left the military to pursue an acting career. He appeared on-screen for the first time in the 1964 TV series Another World and took home the best supporting actor Oscar

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- Natalie Stone

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'The Olympic Auditorium Project' Examines History of Sports Arena Where They Filmed 'Rocky'

21 May 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Olympic Auditorium Project Tweetable Logline: A documentary about L.A.'s late great fight mecca, told through the voices of fighters, musicians, insiders and fans. Elevator Pitch: We're making a feature-length documentary that chronicles the action at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles' late, great boxing, wrestling, roller derby and music arena. The Olympic hosted a who's who of 20th century icons: Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant, Johnny Rotten, Clint Eastwood, Joan Didion and many more. It was home for roller derby and a tribal gathering point of the hardcore punk scene. "Rocky," "Raging Bull" and "Million Dollar Baby" were shot there. And did we mention that »

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Film Review: ‘T-Rex’

12 May 2015 11:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

T-Rex” involvingly charts the path of a teenager from hard-luck Flint, Mich., to becoming the very first Olympics gold medalist in women’s boxing. This first feature from co-helmers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari has been a crowdpleaser at festivals (it just won both a special jury prize and the audience award at San Francisco), and should have a bright future primarily in broadcast exposure.

Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex or Ressa, is a 16-year-old when we first meet her, and the first distaff boxing protegee of local coach Jason Crutchfield, whose own promising boxing career ended when he quit to take care of ill parents. (He trains kids for free, day-jobbing as an electrician.) When she started at age 11, he “didn’t agree with female boxing,” but her evident talent and determination won him over. Now they’ve got their eye on qualifying for Team USA in the first-ever women »

- Dennis Harvey

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Time Machine: Bening Smiles Radiantly Though a Four-Time Oscar Loser

12 May 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »

- D. Zhea

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Morgan Freeman Will Eat, Smoke, Snort Marijuana: "Legalize It Across the Board!"

11 May 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Going green! Morgan Freeman voiced his affinity for marijuana in a bold new interview with The Daily Beast. The Oscar winner, 77, revealed that he is a big supporter of the drug, and regularly uses it in a variety of ways. He championed the medicinal qualities of marijuana, and emphasized the benefits of legalizing it. "They used to say, 'You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!'" Freeman told The Daily Beast. "My first wife got me into it many years ago." The Million Dollar Baby star married his [...] »

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Show-Stopping Bening Channels Channing

10 May 2015 4:23 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice A little Being Julia movie background: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey to the youthful, ambitious wannabe Eve Harrington: sweet, soft-spoken Anne Baxter on the outside; ruthless, poisonous gargoyle on the inside.* More than a decade earlier, in 1937 to be exact, W. Somerset Maugham had written Theatre, a novel about West End diva Julia Lambert. In Maugham's tale, Julia, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, succumbs to her vanity when she falls madly in love with Tom Fennel, a handsome – and deceptively innocent-looking – American half her age. Through Tom's "special friendship" with the renowned Julia, an ambitious young actress, »

- Andre Soares

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Time Machine: Swank in Swanky Feathery Frilly Dress on the Red Carpet

8 May 2015 7:14 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hilary Swank Oscar dress Hilary Swank on Oscars' Red Carpet Pictured above is Hilary Swank, wearing an Oscar dress consisting of (what looks like) tons of frills and feathers, on the 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27. Swank wasn't nominated for anything, but she acted as a presenter of sorts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. How so? Well, she introduced last year's Best Director winner, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), who then presented this year's Best Director Oscar to Tom Hooper for The King's Speech. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has taken home two Best Actress Oscar statuettes. Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999). Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). These were her only two nominations as well. Both times she beat Annette Bening, who was in the running this year once again for her role as a lesbian wife and mother in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, »

- D. Zhea

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Losers on the Road in the Neverland of California Wineries and Neurotic Peter Pan-ish Males

8 May 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sideways' movie, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church 'Sideways' movie review: California winery tour follows conventional road to male maturity With the 1999 Matthew Broderick-Reese Witherspoon vehicle Election, Alexander Payne displayed a flair for satirical comedy the likes of which would have turned Billy Wilder greener (with envy) than the Sideways poster found further below in this commentary. With the 2002 Jack Nicholson star vehicle About Schmidt, Payne demonstrated that his comedic flair could go the way of Wilder's in fluff like Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon: artificial, cutesy, bland.* In Sideways, Payne opted for the safer About Schmidt route – which may explain the film's enormous popularity with critics and audiences alike. For my part, I found his adaptation (with Jim Taylor) of Rex Pickett's novel to be an overlong, moralistic, and thoroughly unconvincing effort. (Warning: This Sideways movie review contains spoilers. »

- Andre Soares

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Time Machine: Academy Award winner Reznor and Wife on Red Carpet

1 May 2015 6:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig at the Oscars Sporting an ultra-cool look, Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig, both members of the hip, experimental band How to Destroy Angels, arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Trent Reznor, formerly the frontman of the alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails, and fellow How to Destroy Angels band member Atticus Ross went on to share the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network. After Reznor's Oscar win, "I want to thank you like an animal" became a Twitter hit – in reference to a similar-sounding line found in the Nine Inch Nails' 1994 song "Closer." Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Oscar 2011 competitors were: Hans Zimmer, at one point the favorite for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for »

- D. Zhea

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Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson to star in David Hare drama

27 April 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in courtroom drama Denial, about Holocaust denier David Irving.

Acclaimed UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) has adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

It follows Lipstadt’s legal battle against British revisionist historian and Nazi apologist David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Million Dollar Baby protagonist Swank is set to play Lipstadt while Michael Clayton star Wilkinson will play a barrister. The production is in the process of casting Irving.

The film marks Hare’s first feature script since 2008 drama The Reader, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin, The Bodyguard) is on board to direct the buzzed-about feature, which will be produced by Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle) and Russ Krasnoff »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Swank, Wilkinson to star in David Hare drama

27 April 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in courtroom drama Denial, about Holocaust denier David Irving.

Acclaimed UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) has adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

It follows Lipstadt’s legal battle against British revisionist historian and Nazi apologist David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Million Dollar Baby protagonist Swank is set to play Lipstadt opposite Michael Clayton star Wilkinson, who will portray Irving.

The film marks Hare’s first feature script since 2008 drama The Reader, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin, The Bodyguard) is on board to direct the buzzed-about feature, which will be produced by Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist) under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Clint Eastwood on Michael Moore Feud, Why He Won’t Do Comic Book Movies

22 April 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Clint Eastwood may be cinema’s best known avenger, but the “Dirty Harry” star won’t be donning a cape and tights to fight crime.

“I read comic books when I was a kid; I don’t read them now,” said Eastwood during a question and answer session about his life and career at the Las Vegas exhibition trade show CinemaCon on Wednesday.

That means he won’t be appearing in a Marvel movie anytime soon. “I prefer adult-oriented pictures,” Eastwood said. “I mean that in the PG-13 or R sense, but that’s as far as it goes.”

Eastwood also revealed that even though he’s world famous, he still buys tickets to see movies on the bigscreen. He most recently made the trip to the multiplexes to see “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and plans to support his son Scott by paying full freight to see “The Longest Ride. »

- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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'American Sniper' Blu-ray and DVD Coming on May 19

15 April 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

From director Clint Eastwood comes American Sniper, arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

A two-time Oscar nominee for his work in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O'Donnell. Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directed American Sniper from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and James Defelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one. »

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Actors-turned-directors: The good, the bad and the unwatchable

11 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?

We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.

The career-changers

Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.

As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »

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