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13-Year-Old Colorado Boy Meets His Life-Saving Bone Marrow Donor Who Is the Son of Undocumented Immigrant

28 April 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was a meeting they will never forget.

On Thursday night, 13-year-old Ezra Miller, who spent more than a year battling leukemia, and 29-year-old Luis Miranda, who donated the life-saving bone marrow the boy needed to survive, met for the first time onstage at the Dkms 11th Annual Big Love Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, sharing a tearful hug.

“I feel like I have a little brother now,” Miranda, who registered as a bone marrow donor in 2008, tells People. “It’s an honor to play a part in giving him a second chance. It’s a bond that goes beyond words. »

- KC Baker

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Sofia Coppola to Be Honored at Provincetown Film Festival

14 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Sofia Coppola: Photo by Andrew Durham

Sofia Coppola is having a helluva week. The writer-director’s next film, “The Beguiled,” was just announced as part of Canne’s 2017 lineup, and now comes word that the Oscar winner will be honored at this year’s Provincetown Film Festival (Piff), where she’ll be named Filmmaker on the Edge.

“Now in its 19th year, the festival has a long history of honoring filmmakers whose extraordinary achievement, innovation, and vision pushes the boundaries of their craft,” an press release from Piff details. Producer Christine Vachon (“Carol,” “Boys Don’t Cry”) is among those who have previously received the Filmmaker on the Edge honor.

Set during the Civil War, “The Beguiled” centers on a Confederate girls’ boarding school that is thrown into chaos after taking in an injured Union soldier to convalesce. The star-studded cast includes Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell.

Coppola won an Oscar in 2004 for penning the script for the Tokyo-set love story “Lost in Translation,” which she also helmed. “The Bling Ring,” “Somewhere,” and “The Virgin Suicides” are among her other credits.

Piff also announced that Chloë Sevigny (“Love & Friendship,” “Big Love”) will be recognized with the Excellence in Acting Award. Previous honorees include Tilda Swinton, Patricia Clarkson, and Cynthia Nixon.

“During one of the most galvanizing moments for women in recent political history, we are thrilled to honor two women who have already altered the lens through which we see women in Hollywood,” commented Christine Walker, Executive Director of Piff and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “Sofia Coppola is the deft auteur whose imprimatur is unapologetically feminine. Chlöe Sevigny is the fearless iconoclast whose work is remarkable simply because she inhabits it.”

Mr. Roosevelt” will open the fest. Written, directed, and starring Noël Wells (“Master of None”), the comedy centers on a struggling comedian (Wells) “who returns to her college town of Austin, Texas, after a loved one falls ill and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend,” Piff writes. “Mr. Roosevelt” made its world premiere at SXSW, where it won the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award, which recognizes a movie with Texas content.

“We are thrilled to present Noël Wells’ directorial debut for our Opening Night, as it embodies the spirit of our festival, showcasing a smart woman both in front and behind the camera, and is filled with fresh writing and a striking sense of humor,” said Lisa Viola, Piff’s Artistic Director.

Piff runs from June 14-18.

Sofia Coppola to Be Honored at Provincetown Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Magnolia Nabs ‘Lucky’ Starring Harry Dean Stanton (Exclusive)

7 April 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. and international rights to the comedic drama “Lucky,” John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut.

Lynch is an in-demand character actor who has played showy roles in the likes of “Fargo” and “Zodiac.” “Lucky” follows a 90-year-old atheist who goes on an unexpected journey toward enlightenment. The film boasts a star turn by Harry Dean Stanton of “Paris, Texas” and “Big Love” fame. The cast includes David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., and Tom Skerritt.

In a rave review, Variety’s Joe Leydon wrote, “an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that’s important.”


SXSW Film Review: ‘Lucky

Lucky,” which world premiered at SXSW, will be released theatrically by Magnolia later this year.

“‘Lucky’ is an uplifting, beautifully crafted paean to one of the most iconic actors of any era,” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said. “John has truly captured »

- Brent Lang

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Female Directors Rejected from BAFTA Elevate Program Launch #BAFTAsLucky225

7 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Credit: The BAFTA Twitter account

Talk about making lemons into lemonade. More than two hundred women directors have turned their rejection from a prestigious program into an unofficial organization built on mutual support and respect, according to Grazia Daily.

As the source reports, 225 female directors received rejections via email from BAFTA’s Elevate initiative, a program that supports women in “high end TV and features.” (Note: BAFTA is Britain’s counterpart to the Oscars.) However, BAFTA made a mistake and Cc’d everyone on the “Thanks, but no thanks” list instead of Bcc-ing them, giving all the rejected directors access to each other’s names and email addresses.

It’s a snafu on BAFTA’s part, for sure, but it also gave the 225 unaccepted women a chance to comfort one another, network, and organize. “Domestic Policy” writer-director Alicia MacDonald made the first move.

“I contacted two of my director mates who I could see were on the reject email to say ‘commiserations,’” MacDonald told Grazia. “I hesitated before ‘replying all’ — I figured sending a snarky response to BAFTA wasn’t gonna do me any favors but then thought ‘sod it’ and went with ‘Hard luck everyone!’”

“Someone would’ve started the conversation anyway but it was just amazing to watch the flurry of emails that followed — a mix of angry, consolatory, and humorous responses to the gaffe,” she added.

Eventually, the women took their conversation to Facebook and came up with the hashtag #BAFTAsLucky225. Writer-director Diane Jessie Miller (“One by One”) was the first to tweet it:

Some days we get good news, some days we get bad news... and some days bad news turns to good news... #BAFTAsLUCKY225

 — @DianeJMiller

Soon after, #BAFTAsLucky225 took off and reached number nine on Twitter’s trending topics list. Here are a few of our favorite posts:

That moment when you get rejectedfrom @BAFTA and it has Cc'd in all 225 rejected female filmmakers! #oops #baftaelevate #baftaslucky225

 — @evammsig

Big love to the #BAFTAsLUCKY225. Keep at it! #femaledirectors https://t.co/2fifqARMbd

 — @EllieRogers23

I had always hoped to join The Avengers but #BAFTAsLUCKY225 is a pretty sweet club to be in

 — @iamkateherron

“Although it was a mistake… what they have done is incredible! This has brought to the forefront how many talented female directors there are out there,” Miller observed.

Miller is right: There are tons of skilled women directors available. Unfortunately, there is a major disparity between the amount of female filmmakers that can work and those that do work. Citing a Directors UK study, Grazia points out how the number of women directors in Britain has flatlined over the past 10 years. Women represent only 13.6 percent of working film directors in the UK. In effect, that means a man is six times more likely to direct a film than a woman.

And, as we’ve reported, things are still dismal in the U.S. According to a study from USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change (Mdsc) Initiative, women comprised just four percent of directors on the top movies from 2007 to 2016. The study’s authors concluded that there had been “no meaningful change in the prevalence of female directors” in the past decade.

As frustrating as these numbers are, we’re pleased to see women directors pushing back and speaking publicly about their limited opportunities. The 225 unsuccessful “Elevate” applicants could have accepted this disappointment and simply rolled their eyes at BAFTA’s email screw up. Instead, they decided to band together to share their stories, and make sure the public knows just how many gifted women directors there are in need of opportunity.

Female Directors Rejected from BAFTA Elevate Program Launch #BAFTAsLucky225 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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HBO, Rai to Adapt Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ as Drama Series

30 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – HBO and Italian state broadcaster Rai have teamed up on “My Brilliant Friend,” the hotly anticipated drama series based on the first of four “Neapolitan Novels” written by Italian author Elena Ferrante, whose books have legions of fervent fans around the world.

FremantleMedia-owned Wildside and Domenico Procacci’s Fandango are producing the Italian-language series. The plan is to start shooting this summer in Naples for a premiere targeted in 2018.

Italian director Saverio Costanzo (“Private,” “Hungry Hearts”) will direct. Jennifer Schuur (“Big Love,” “Hannibal”) will serve as executive producer on “My Brilliant Friend” for Wildside and Fandango. The international distributor is FremantleMedia Intl.

Costanzo told Variety that Ferrante’s sweeping saga is “very literary but also very cinematographic” and said he planned to stick as closely as possible to the storyline of the book. “The characters really leap out of the book and come alive,” he said. “That makes it easier for us to transpose this cinematographically »

- Nick Vivarelli

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TV News Roundup: Harry Styles to Make Solo Debut on ‘SNL’

28 March 2017 2:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, Harry Styles will play musical guest to Jimmy Fallon’s host on an April “Saturday Night Live,” E! serves up a trailer for new series “What Happens at the Abbey,” and more.


When Jimmy Fallon hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the third time on April 15, he’ll be joined by former One Direction-er Harry Styles as musical guest. The “SNL” gig will mark Styles’ solo performance debut after leaving the boy band in early 2016.

So excited!!! A young heartthrob and Harry Styles will be on SNL together April 15th! #WhenHarryMetJimmy #FallonStylesSNL

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) March 28, 2017

Wgn America‘s pilot “Scalped” has added “Big Love” actor Atticus Todd to its cast in the role of Skunka. “Scalped” will be the first American TV project to have a primarily Native American cast. Todd is represented by Chi Lo of Allen Edelman Management.

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- Oriana Schwindt

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Angela Courtin to Exit Post as Fox Broadcasting Marketing Chief

28 March 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Angela Courtin is exiting her post as exec VP and chief marketing officer of Fox Broadcasting after less than two years with the network.

Sources say the departure was amicable, and that Courtin is leaving to pursue other opportunities. She will remain on for a couple weeks to ensure a smooth transition; the search is currently on for a replacement. At Fox, Courtin was responsible for the net’s overall brand strategy and oversaw on-air and off-air promotion and advertising, national media, multiplatform and affiliate marketing, design and social media.

Courtin joined Fox in July 2015 from Relativity Media, where she spent about a year as chief marketing officer. There, she was responsible for all film, television and sports marketing initiations, plus all branding and advertising campaigns at the digital-age entertainment company. She also launched a new digital division and oversaw Relativity Digital and Madvine, the company’s branded entertainment and consumer products arm.

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- Variety Staff

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James Paxton Remembers His Late Father Bill Paxton: ‘Forever Smiling with You’

25 March 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bill Paxton‘s son is remembering his late father.

On Friday, 23-year-old actor James Paxton shared a touching tribute to his father on Instagram.

“Forever smiling with you,” he wrote, captioning a selfie of he and his father standing courtside at a basketball game.

On March 17, James posted a throwback photo of the two — showing Bill pushing his then-infant son on an oversized toy train.

“I’ll love you forever, Dad,” James wrote. “Could never possibly put into words how I feel about you.”

Bill died of a stroke last month after complications arose during heart surgery to replace a »

- Dave Quinn

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The Flash: House Alum Anne Dudek to Recur as Quirky Future Genius

20 March 2017 1:23 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

House‘s infamous “cutthroat B” has found herself another Flash-y role.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Anne Dudek is set to recur on the CW hit as Tracy Brand, who is described as “a smorgasbord of quirky idiosyncrasies.”

Showing nary a hint of the greatness that people will celebrate her for in the future, Tracy will set out to find the genius she’s destined to one day become.

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The Flash continues its third season this Tuesday at 8/7c, with Episode »

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Chuck Berry Dead at 90: Watch Scenes With His Music in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Back to the Future’

19 March 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 in Missouri, Variety reports. The 90-year-old guitarist was a cornerstone of rock and roll music, with energetic hits from the ’50s such as “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” He is also credited with perfecting onstage swagger, posing with his guitar and rocking out in a way that heavily influenced countless bands, from The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and beyond. Outside of effectively creating rock music, Berry also had a defining impact on the film industry, soundtracking two of cinema’s most iconic scenes and influencing scores of filmmakers and actors.

Read More: Bill Paxton Dead at 61: Emmy-Winning ‘Big Love’ and ‘Titanic’ Actor Passes Away From Surgical Complications

Quentin Tarantino famously used “You Can Never Tell” during the Vincent and Mia dance scene in “Pulp Fiction:”

But even that cultural touchstone is eclipsed by Marty McFly’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode »

- William Earl

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Legendary Musician Chuck Berry Dead at 90

18 March 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rest in peace, Chuck Berry.

The legendary musician died on Saturday, according to the St. Charles County Police Department. He was 90 years old.

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A post on the Missouri police department's Facebook page announced the news, sharing that first responders entered a residence early Saturday afternoon to treat Berry, who did not respond to lifesaving techniques.

"St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques," the post read. "Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m."

"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry," the statement continued. "The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."

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Director of Bill Paxton’s Final Film Gives Touching Tribute: ‘I Lost a Big Brother’

17 March 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In a year filled with shocking and untimely celebrity deaths, Bill Paxton’s passing has been especially devastating for the Hollywood community. His spirit and vitality on and off set has left even those who never knew him feeling as if they’d lost an old friend. 

For his real friends — those who saw his energy and love for life everyday — his death last month at the age of 61 still feels like an impossible mistake. Nathan Morlando, who directed Paxton on his final film shoot for the indie-thriller Mean Dreams, opens up to People about losing a friend and a unique talent. »

- Mike Miller

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See Bill Paxton Transform into a Dirty Cop for One of His Final Films, Mean Dreams

15 March 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bill Paxton took a dark turn in one of his final roles.

The late actor, who died last month, was a master of embodying a wide variety of characters, and his bone-chilling performance as a dirty cop and abusive dad in the Canadian thriller Mean Dreams is no exception.

Pegged as a coming-of-age tale turned crime caper, Mean Dreams — which arrives in theaters on Friday — tells the story of the young romance between two teenagers, Jonas (played by Josh Wiggins) and Casey (played by Sophie Nélisse). When Jonas sees Casey’s dad Wayne, a police sergeant played by Paxton, beating her, »

- Mike Miller

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‘Lucky’ Review: 90-Year-Old Harry Dean Stanton Gives a Performance for the Ages in Wry Comedy Co-Starring David Lynch — SXSW 2017

11 March 2017 2:43 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A wise and wistful love letter from one remarkable character actor to another, John Carroll Lynch’s “Lucky” returns 90-year-old Harry Dean Stanton to the dusty desert environs he shuffled through in 1984’s “Paris, Texas,” and offers the rawboned legend one of the best roles he’s had since. Beginning as a broad comedy before blossoming into a wry meditation on death and all the things we leave behind (a transition that kicks into gear when one of Stanton’s old friends shows up and steals the show), Lynch’s directorial debut is a wisp of a movie, blowing across the screen like a tumbleweed, but it’s also the rare portrait of mortality that’s both fun and full of life.

Co-written by actors Drago Sumonja and Logan Sparks (who worked as Stanton’s assistant on “Big Love”), “Lucky” introduces us to its curmudgeonly title character with the kind »

- David Ehrlich

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Amanda Seyfried In "Vogue"

8 March 2017 1:51 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new revealing images, plus footage of actress Amanda Seyfried ("Lovelace") in a recent issue of Vogue (Australia) fashion magazine:

Seyfried started her career as a young model, then moved on to recurring roles on the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "All My Children".

In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in the teen comedy "Mean Girls", with subsequent supporting roles in independent films, including "Nine Lives" (2005), the crime drama "Alpha Dog" (2006) and a recurring role in the Upn TV drama "Veronica Mars" (2004–2006). 

Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO drama series "Big Love" and appeared in the 2008 musical feature film "Mamma Mia!".

Noted appearances include "Jennifer's Body" (2009), "Chloe" (2009), "Dear John" (2010), "Letters to Juliet" (2010), "Red Riding Hood" (2011) and "In Time" (2011).

Other roles included "Gone" (2012), "Les Misérables" (2012), "Lovelace" (2013), "A Million Ways to Die in the West" (2014) and "Ted 2" (2015).

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- Michael Stevens

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Route One ramps up television production ambitions

7 March 2017 3:02 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Los Angeles-based producer and financier behind recent Sundance feature Landline expands operations.

In a move that signals the company’s intent to ramp up TV operations, CEO Russell Levine has signed a first-look deal with former Televisa and HBO executive Michael Garcia (pictured).

Effective immediately, Garcia will report to Levine and bring in projects for Route One to package and develop. 

The producer arrives from his own company Blackbees Television Company  where he currently serves as an executive producer on the Netflix series One Day At A Time.

Prior to Blackbees Television Company, Garcia was chief creative officer at Televisa USA where he launched the Us television studio and placed three series on TV: Devious Maids on Lifetime, Chasing Life on ABC Family, and Hollywood Heights on Nickelodeon.

Garcia served seven years as a development and creative executive at HBO. He covered The Sopranos and Six Feet Under as a creative executive before he was promoted »

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Bill Paxton's Cause of Death Has Been Revealed

6 March 2017 12:02 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Bill Paxton died at age 61 on Feb. 25 after complications related to surgery, and now his cause of death has been revealed. According to a death certificate obtained by TMZ, the actor died from a stroke that was triggered by valve replacement surgery, which he underwent on Feb. 14 to correct an aortic aneurysm. Shortly after news of Bill's death broke, his family released the following statement: "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable." The actor's long career included memorable roles in Apollo 13, Titanic, Big Love, and more. He is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife, Louise Newbury. »

- Becky Kirsch

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Bill Paxton Died Of Stroke Following Surgery – Update

6 March 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, 12 Pm: Bill Paxton’s death certificate says the actor died February 25 from a stroke, 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to his aorta, The Associated Press reports. The document was first reported by TMZ. Paxton’s death was announced just hours before the February 26 Oscars. Previous,  Sunday, Feb. 26: Actor Bill Paxton, star of film hits like Twister and Near Dark and TV’s Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys, died Saturday due to… »

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Bill Paxton Died Of Stroke Following Surgery – Update

6 March 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update, 12 Pm: Bill Paxton’s death certificate says the actor died February 25 from a stroke, 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to his aorta, The Associated Press reports. The document was first reported by TMZ. Paxton’s death was announced just hours before the February 26 Oscars. Previous,  Sunday, Feb. 26: Actor Bill Paxton, star of film hits like Twister and Near Dark and TV’s Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys, died Saturday due to… »

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Bill Paxton's Death Certificate Reveals He Died of a Stroke 11 Days After Undergoing Heart Surgery

6 March 2017 11:28 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

New details have emerged as to the cause of Bill Paxton's death.

The 61-year-old actor's death certificate was released on Monday, and states that he died after suffering a stroke following surgery to replace a heart valve and correct an aortic aneurysm. The death certificate further notes that Paxton underwent surgery on Feb. 14 and died 11 days later on Feb. 25.

Exclusive: Bill Paxton's Big Love Co-Star Ginnifer Goodwin Remembers the Late Actor's 'Huge Heart'

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker," the actor's family rep told Et in a statement not long after his death. "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew »

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