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you wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if i weren't still in this Blog | But cha'aar, Link, ya'aar!

20 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Boy Culture counts down 100 best Golden Girls guest spots - movie stars of yore!

The Daily Beast has an excellent piece on Tammy and Melissa McCarthy's career and body (also body of work) by Teo Bugbee

New Yorker thorough piece on the arguments for and against VOD for indies and the question of "cultural endurance" (I'm against VOD in general but I recognize that's probably because I live in NYC where I can actually see the movies and I think moviegoing is so much more immersive than watching things at home)

Me Says considers Notes on a Scandal (2006) the Whatever Happened to Baby Jane of our time 

Bad-Ass Digest on Exodus: Gods and Kings' 'white men with bronzer' cast. Will it finally crystallize the white-wash problem for people who still don't get it? 

Nathaniel R and have you seen that tacky black&white-in-color poster?

EW Dick Jones the »

- NATHANIEL R

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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, BBC iPlayer (from Jun 16)

16 June 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

Upstream Color: a confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that’s like a cinematic Moebius strip; it must be experienced to be appreciated, even as it defies full understanding [my review] [at Netflix] The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Netflix] Vacancy: Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale are trapped in the creepiest motel ever; the first Hollywood film from Nimród Antal [at Netflix]

recent movies new to streaming

Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Harry Potter' vet joins J.K. Rowling's BBC miniseries 'Casual Vacancy'

6 June 2014 2:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling is joining the real world with the upcoming BBC adaptation of her book "The Casual Vacancy." The cast has been revealed for the BBC One mini-series, which is being produced in association with HBO, and there's at least one "Harry Potter" vet involved. Michael Gambon -- who played Dumbledore in the "Potter" pictures -- leads a cast including Keeley Hawes ("Line Of Duty"), Rory Kinnear ("Penny Dreadful"), Monica Dolan ("Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa"), Julia McKenzie ("Notes On A Scandal"), and newcomer Abigail Lawrie. Based on Rowling's bestselling book, "Vacancy" takes place in the seemingly quite village of Pagford, England, where the death of Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother sets off a chain of events exposing the town's dark underbelly. "Casual Vacancy" is being produced by Rowling and Neil Blair's production company Bronte Film and Television. Paul Trijbits ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Rick Senat will exec produce. »

- Dave Lewis

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The Casual Vacancy Miniseries Cast Announced; Michael Gambon Leads HBO/BBC’s J.K. Rowling Adaptation

6 June 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is currently taking her first crack at scriptwriting by adapting her own book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Warner Bros., another one of her works that has absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter world is firming up on the small screen.  The BBC and HBO are partnering on a miniseries adaptation of Rowling’s first post-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy, and now the cast has been announced for the anticipated effort.  Leading the charge is Dumbledore himself Michael Gambon, who will play Howard Mollison in the adaptation, which revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member.  In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface. »

- Adam Chitwood

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J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' miniseries announces cast

6 June 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Dumbledore and J.K. Rowling are reunited once again! Well, kind of.

The BBC and HBO have announced the cast for the upcoming miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy. Leading the cast is Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Howard Mollison, as well as Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Ashes To Ashes), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Penny Dreadful), Monica Dolan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal), and newcomer Abigail Lawrie.

The story focuses on a local election in Pagford after a sudden death.

Additional cast members include Rufus Jones (Bill, W1A), Keeley Forsyth (Coronation Street, »

- Erin Strecker

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The Casual Vacancy Cast Announced By BBC, HBO

6 June 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though it may not have been met with the critical acclaim or sales numbers of her juggernaut Harry Potter series, British author J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy certainly did not go unnoticed by BBC One and HBO when it hit shelves in 2012. The television networks announced in April that they would be collaborating on a miniseries adaptation of the adult-oriented drama. Now, the impressive cast that the networks has pulled together for The Casual Vacancy, which will run for three one-hour episodes, has been revealed.

Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) will take on the role of Howard Mollison, owner of a delicatessen in the town of Pagford. Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal) will play his wife, Shirley. Rufus Jones (Bill) is playing Howard Mollison’s son Miles, and Miles’ wife Samantha Mollison will be portrayed by Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes). Rory Kinnear (Showtime’s »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Michael Gambon Leads Cast Of J.K. Rowling’s HBO/BBC Miniseries ‘The Casual Vacancy’

6 June 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Harry Potter star Michael Gambon is reuniting with the author on whose books the movies were based, J.K. Rowling. Gambon will topline the HBO/BBC three-part miniseries The Casual Vacancy, the adaptation of Rowling’s follow-up book to the Harry Potter series. Also starring in the mini are  Keeley Hawes (Line Of Duty), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Monica Dolan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Julia McKenzie (Notes On A Scandal), and Rufus Jones (Bil). Directed by Jonny Campbell from a script by Sarah Phelps, Casual Vacancy centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils. Gambon plays Howard Mollison, owner of the Pagford delicatessen; Dolan plays Tess Wall; McKenzie plays Howard’s wife, Shirley Mollison; Jones plays Howard’s son, Miles Mollison; Hawes plays Miles’ wife, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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BBC, HBO Announce Cast for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Miniseries

6 June 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The cast for the BBC and HBO miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” has been announced and will include Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and newcomer Abigail Lawrie.

The BBC One miniseries, being produced in association with HBO, is an adaptation of Rowling’s 2012 bestselling book, which has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. The show will comprise three one-hour parts, with production slated to begin July 7 in South West England.

“Casual Vacancy,” Rowling’s first novel for adults after the blockbuster “Harry Potter” franchise, centers on the seemingly idyllic English village of Pagford. Behind the quaint façade is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, and teachers at war with their pupils.

See Also: HBO, BBC to Produce J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ as Miniseries

Gambon (“The Singing Detective, »

- Todd Spangler

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Beauty Vs Beast: Lions Vs Lambs

27 May 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Ja from Mnpp here - last night I learned that one way to know a specific horror movie has left a deep mark on your brain is if you can identify it down to a scene just by hearing the screams of the actor(s) in said horror movie. It's like Name That Tune, but the nightmare version. I was minding my own business last night watching TV when what should erupt from the other room but horrible, blood-curdling shrieks. Thankfully I immediately knew the shrieks and felt no need to call 911 - my boyfriend was watching The Silence of the Lambs and those were the cries of Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith) as she first gets a good look at the walls of the hole she's been tossed in by her captor Buffalo Bill.

A terrifying moment, to be sure, in a movie filled to the brink with them. And »

- JA

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Beauty Vs Beast: To Covet A Heart

19 May 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Ja from Mnpp here, with perhaps one of the least cut-and-dry editions of our "Beauty Vs Beast" competition yet -- in honor of Cate Blanchett being awesome at Cannes let us compare and contrast the beauties and the beasts (mostly the beasts) within the two wicked school-teachers at the heart of 2006's Notes on a Scandal.

Let's get our moral compromise on...

poll by twiigs.com

 

Well which is it gonna be, folks? The flighty pederast or the cruel closet-case? Choices, choices, choices. And please let us know what your reasons are for choosing what you choose in the comments. It's an up-hill battle loving either of the ladies.

Previously Last week we we were riding in hot on the back of Zac Efron (full stop) ... and Seth Rogen in the comedy-hit Neighbors - where did your loyalties fall? At 60% of the vote we kept it high and tight and Hollywood pretty with Efron, »

- JA

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Hulu Original Series Boss Charlotte Koh Departs Amid Shake-Up

9 April 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Charlotte Koh, head of content development at Hulu Originals, has departed the streaming company. The move comes just more than a week after Hulu hired seasoned TV development executive Craig Erwich. The former president of Warner Horizon was tapped as Svp and head of content March 31, tasked with leading the content and programming strategy for Hulu and Hulu Plus as one of the first major hires by new CEO Mike Hopkins. That move apparently made things more crowded with Koh, who helped launch Hulu originals like animated The Awesomes (renewed for Season 2 to air this summer), comedy The Wrong Mans and docu-series Behind The Mask. (Koh unveiled 17 original series on tap for 2014 in a January blog post.) But that push came at a time when Netflix and Amazon made major strides establishing slates of network-quality comedy and drama series, and the hiring of Erwich signaled Hulu’s intention to become »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Sex in real life isn't like sex on screen – and that's a good thing

18 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Worried your sex life isn't like it looks on TV or in the movies? Don't be. Sex involving food, a piano or gunfire is never as fun as it sounds

When you've been brought up with pop culture as your unofficial guardian, it's easy to assume that you've been lumbered with the world's dullest sex life. You're forever comparing your experiences with those you see on screen, and you beat yourself up when you inevitably fall short.

For instance, not one single person has ever attempted to stab me to death with a pickaxe mid-coitus, like Sharon Stone did to that poor chump at the start of Basic Instinct. No union of mine has ever ended with my partner shooting a baddie in the chest on a moving train at the point of orgasm, like Cindy Crawford did in Fair Game. Nor, to my eternal annoyance, have I ever been »

- Stuart Heritage

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Sex in real life isn't like sex on screen – and that's a good thing

18 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Worried your sex life isn't like it looks on TV or in the movies? Don't be. Sex involving food, a piano or gunfire is never as fun as it sounds

When you've been brought up with pop culture as your unofficial guardian, it's easy to assume that you've been lumbered with the world's dullest sex life. You're forever comparing your experiences with those you see on screen, and you beat yourself up when you inevitably fall short.

For instance, not one single person has ever attempted to stab me to death with a pickaxe mid-coitus, like Sharon Stone did to that poor chump at the start of Basic Instinct. No union of mine has ever ended with my partner shooting a baddie in the chest on a moving train at the point of orgasm, like Cindy Crawford did in Fair Game. Nor, to my eternal annoyance, have I ever been »

- Stuart Heritage

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"Carol" Now Filming

14 March 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

First pics of Cate Blanchett filming Carol based on Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt" (which is sometimes called "Carol" or vice versa). I know everyone thinks I'm this huge Cate Blanchett nerd now that I fell so hard for her in Blue Jasmine but truth: I'm in this for director Todd Haynes. Thank the gods he's returning to the cinema. It's been a long time.

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His last feature film was 7 long years ago, the experimental Bob Dylan picture I'm Not There... which was something of a comedown from his successful mainstream (though not really) breakthrough with Far From Heaven (by far his biggest hit). I'm Not There netted Cate Blanchett an Oscar nomination and her second Golden Globe. Will Carol do the same? The film co-stars Sarah Paulson and Rooney Mara.

This will be Cate Blanchett's second sapphic-lust drama after Notes on a Scandal.

Here I Am! »

- NATHANIEL R

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First guests announced for McM Comic Con / Memorabilia Birmingham

11 March 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!

British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as »

- Phil Wheat

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20 Biggest Movies Of 2015: What Do We Already Know?

8 March 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Now that we’re well into March, most of us movie fans have a pretty good idea as to what we are looking forward to seeing on the big screen this year, whether it’s Godzilla or Gone Girl, Interstellar or Into the Woods. But what about those films that are currently in production with release dates set for 2015?

Even with the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman Vs. Superman pushed back to 2016, 2015 looks to be one of the biggest cinematic years ever, with Disney in particular looking to make huge profits in the wake of their purchasing Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

So what do we know about 2015′s biggest releases? Come with us as we take you through the casts and stories behind next year’s most anticipated films, starting with a literary adaptation that has been a major discussion topic throughout its production, albeit not in a terribly positive sense… »

- Jack Gann

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Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett Earns Best Actress Oscar

2 March 2014 3:52 PM, PST | movies.about.com | See recent About.com Hollywood Movies news »

The Woody Allen controversy didn't affect Oscar voters as Cate Blanchett picked up her second Academy Award for her stand-out performance in Allen's Blue Jasmine. Blanchett's first Oscar win came in 2005 for her supporting role in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, and overall she's earned six nominations for films including Elizabeth, Notes on a Scandal, I'm Not There, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

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Poll: Your Favorite Performance By This Year’s Best Actress Nominees

24 February 2014 7:24 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We have six days ’til the Oscars, and that means we have six more days to celebrate one of the most intimidating, established rosters of Best Actress nominees in years. Together the ladies on this list have been nominated 38 times. That’s a serious nomination number, guys. We’re getting into an Alison Krauss/Grammys situation now. Man. Let’s get Judi Dench a fiddle.

The poll question is simple: What are your favorite movies starring this year’s Best Actress nominees? I’ve selected my responses below. Fight for your own (and mine, if you can get around to it).

Cate Blanchett

Winner: Blue Jasmine

Runner-up: Elizabeth

Tough one. Elizabeth leaves a lasting impression, and re-watching it recently, I was surprised to find how much Blanchett reminded me of her fellow Australian Judy Davis. Even though she looks like an austere hybrid of Gwyneth Paltrow and a California Suite-era Maggie Smith, »

- Louis Virtel

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2014 Oscar Preview: Part 2

22 February 2014 12:19 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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

 

Best Actor Nominees

 

Christian BaleAmerican Hustle

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Win - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2011 – as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused

Bruce DernNebraska

Age: 77

Previously Best Known For:

Freeman Lowell – Silent Running

Asa Watts – The Cowboys

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 1979 – as Captain Bob Hyde in Coming Home

Interesting Fact: One of the few actors to play a character to have killed John Wayne on screen (The Cowboys »

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

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Duplass Bros. Developing Teacher/Student Relationship Drama 'A Teacher' For HBO

12 February 2014 2:24 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the more striking little flicks of last year was “A Teacher,” Hannah Fidell's debut film about a teacher having a liaison with one of her male pupils. It wasn't perfect (read our review), but it was a good piece of work about a difficult subject (see also: “Notes on a Scandal”). And now we're going to see that story unfold on a bigger scale. The folks over at HBO are talking about making it into a TV series, with Fidell back, executive producing and writing, and brotherly polymaths Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass producing alongside Michael Costigan (producer, of all of Ridley Scott's recent movies). What's not clear is if the actors would be returning, or whether the show would focus on different people but the same dynamic. It seems like the project is still getting its ducks in a row, but it certainly is territory ripe for some good drama. »

- Ben Brock

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