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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Watch an exclusive clip from The Exception featuring Jai Courtney and Lily James

Coinciding with its release today [read our review here], we’ve got an exclusive clip from the World War II spy drama The Exception featuring Jai Courtney and Lily James. Check it out below, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

Nazi captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney; Suicide Squad, Terminator: Genisys) is sent on a mission to investigate a threat to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Last Station). Arriving at the Kaiser’s secluded mansion, Brandt learns that local resistance and British Intelligence are moving in on the deposed German monarch. As he begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, Brandt finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James; Cinderella, Baby Driver), one of the Kaiser’s maids.

Also featuring Janet McTeer (TV’s The White Queen, The Woman In Black), Ben Daniels (TV’s House Of Cards,
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Watch: World Exclusive Clip From ‘The Exception’ – In Cinemas Now

In cinemas today is The Exception, the new film starring Jai Courtney, Lily James and Christopher Plummer. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year (read our review here), and follows a German soldier who tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

To celebrate the film’s release, we have an worldwide exclusive clip from the film.

Nazi captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney; Suicide Squad, Terminator: Genisys) is sent on a mission to investigate a threat to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Last Station). Arriving at the Kaiser’s secluded mansion, Brandt learns that local resistance and British Intelligence are moving in on the deposed German monarch.
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Lily James, Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney in new clip from WWII thriller The Exception

Signature Entertainment has unveiled a new clip from the World War II thriller The Exception, which is based on the international bestseller The Kaiser’s Last Kiss and features a cast that includes Lily James, Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Nazi captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney; Suicide Squad, Terminator: Genisys) is sent on a mission to investigate a threat to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Last Station). Arriving at the Kaiser’s secluded mansion, Brandt learns that local resistance and British Intelligence are moving in on the deposed German monarch. As he begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, Brandt finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James; Cinderella, Baby Driver), one of the Kaiser’s maids.

Also featuring Janet McTeer (TV’s The White Queen,
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Douglas Booth Boards Netflix’s ‘Gore’ Biopic Opposite Kevin Spacey

Exclusive: British actor Douglas Booth has joined Netflix’s Gore, starring opposite Kevin Spacey who plays the eponymous Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy and also stars Griffin Dunne in the story of the legendary writer. Douglas plays Jamie, a young British writer whose work catches Vidal’s eye. The titular character spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital…
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Douglas Booth Boards Netflix’s ‘Gore’ Biopic Opposite Kevin Spacey

Exclusive: British actor Douglas Booth has joined Netflix’s Gore, starring opposite Kevin Spacey who plays the eponymous Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy and also stars Griffin Dunne in the story of the legendary writer. Douglas plays Jamie, a young British writer whose work catches Vidal’s eye. The titular character spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital…
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Griffin Dunne Joins Kevin Spacey In ‘Gore’ Biopic For Netflix

Exclusive: Griffin Dunne has come aboard the Netflix biopic Gore opposite Kevin Spacey, who is playing the title character Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy. Vidal spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital and a grand villa called La Rondinaia in the Amalfi Coast village of Ravello, where he hosted an array famous faces including Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and…
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Quick Take: Gore Vidal on Film

Variety recently announced that Kevin Spacey is to bring Gore Vidal to our screens in a Netflix original film. Directed by Michael Hoffman (dir. The Last Station), Spacey might be the most perfect casting, and judging by some coded, jovial remarks at the Tony Awards this year, may relish a role like this.

Vidal's life has previously been on screen in documentaries: Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia and Best of Enemies, about his combative relationship with William F. Buckley.

Vidal: Writer, bon vivant, public intellectual and unapologetic homosexual has a rich, albeit chequered history in cinema. Screenwriter for the frenzied Suddenly, Last Summer, debauched bloodbath Caligula and his own notorious novel Myra Breckinridge was adapted into X-rated 1970 film.

And as uncredited writer of Ben-Hur, he was responsible for those lingering glances between Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston - not that Heston ever knew that...
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Kevin Spacey to play Gore Vidal in Netflix biopic

Variety is reporting that two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is set to portray the late American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming biopic entitled Gore, which is being produced by Netflix.

Gore is being directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and will explore the life of the author, playwright and political commentator during the 1980s. The film is currently shooting in Rome, but will soon move to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, where he entertained a host of high-profile friends including the likes of Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mick Jagger.

Kevin Spacey was most recently seen in Edgar Wright’s latest film Baby Driver, while his upcoming films include Rebel in the Rye, Billionaire Boys Club and All the Money in the World – all of which see him portraying real life people in Whit Burnett, Ron Levin and J.
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Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film

Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film
Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is next slated to play Gore Vidal in a new Netflix film about the writer's life. 

Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) is directing the film for Netflix. The project is currently in pre-production in Rome. Andy Paterson is producing. 

Shooting will begin at the end of August in Rome, according to sources, and then move to the Amalfi Coast, where most of the film will take place. 

Vidal purchased his infamous cliffside mansion in Ravello, La Rondinaia in 1972 and moved there permanently in 1993. 

The writer hosted numerous international celebrities in the seven-bedroom...
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Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic

Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic
Kevin Spacey is set to play celebrated American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming Netflix original biopic titled Gore. Michael Hoffman, who directed 2009's The Last Station starring Helen Mirren and James McAvoy, will direct the 1980s-set film with UK producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring) producing. The film is shooting in Italy. Vidal had a love affair with Italy, spending large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the…
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Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)

Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)
Rome – Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, “Gore,” which is in production in Italy.

U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.

British producer Andy Paterson (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) is producing “Gore” for Netflix.

Netflix was not available for comment.

Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo,
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Film Review: ‘The Exception’

Film Review: ‘The Exception’
The Germans may have been the bad guys in World War II, but those we meet in “The Exception” don’t fit the mold at all — which explains the title change in this historically inspired, charitably revisionist adaptation of military veteran Alan Judd’s “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” which marks a tony big-screen debut for British stage director David Leveaux. Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest, “The Exception” pokes fun at Hitler and his lockstep followers, while presenting its German protagonists as charming pacifists who’d rather be feeding the ducks and chasing skirts than waging genocide and world domination.

Mounted in the style of such art-house crowd-pleasers as “The King’s Speech” and “The Last Station” (with which it shares stage-and-screen royalty Christopher Plummer, bookending a career that practically began in uniform as the dashing Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music
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9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time

9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.

What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.

Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942

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Beat Out: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Blossoms in the Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, [link
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Umedia signs first-look deal with Egoli Tossell

Production company expands international portfolio.

Umedia have signed a development/first-look deal with Jens Meurer and Judy Tossell’s production company Egoli Tossell Pictures at the Berlinale.

Under the terms of the deal, Umedia will co-finance Egoli Tossell’s film development slate and have first-look rights to co-produce projects developed.

The pact follows other Umedia deals, including the acquisition of TV production company Be-films and independent production company Nexus Factory.

Previous Egoli Tossell projects include Filth, Carlos and The Last Station.

Adrian Politowski, CEO of Umedia, said: “This is a key part of our group’s growth strategy, and an important step forward as we continue to expand our catalog and production capability.

Umedia and Egoli Tossell have worked together on a number of projects, most recently The Exception with Lily James and Christopher Plummer and this deal is a natural extension of our on-going collaboration.”
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Berlin: Umedia Signs First-Look Deal With Egoli Tossell Pictures

Belgian film group Umedia has signed a development and first-look deal with Berlin-based production company Egoli Tossell Pictures, whose slate includes Michael Hoffman’s Oscar-nominated The Last Station, Olivier Assayas’ Golden Globe-winning miniseries Carlos and Jon S. Baird’s Filth, featuring Split star James McAvoy.

Under the terms of the deal, Umedia will co-finance Egoli Tossell’s film development slate and have first-look rights to co-produce any projects developed.

“This is a key part of our group’s growth strategy, and an important step forward as we continue to expand our catalog and production capability,” said Umedia CEO Adrian Politowski. “Umedia and Egoli Tossell...
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London’s Production Finance Market Tweaks Structure, Reveals Dates (Exclusive)

Film London’s Production Finance Market, which connects film producers with financiers, has said it will make structural changes and has announced its 2016 dates.

The 10th edition of the U.K.’s only film finance market will run Oct. 11-13. The event, which is staged in association with the BFI London Film Festival, is open to producers seeking to pitch projects budgeted at €1million ($1.13 million) and above to financiers.

Last year’s Pfm attracted projects with a collective production value of over €264 million ($298 million), and since its inception over 80 projects have been completed. This year’s event aims to connect more than 80 producers with as many financiers, and is set to facilitate more than 1,500 meetings.

This year sees Micro Market, Pfm’s strand for films budgeted up to €1 million ($1.13 million), fully integrated within the Pfm program, “offering greater business and networking opportunities than ever before.” Micro Market also broadens its
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His & Hers Oscars? Happy 10th to June & Johnny

Ten years ago right about now Reese & Joaquin took the stage in movie theaters with a full sung duet as June and Johnny Cash. Both were Oscar-nominated for their ringed fire as tempestuous country superstar marrieds with Reese going on to win in a strangely non competitive Best Actress year. His & Hers Oscar nominations for lively onscreen marriages aren't anything new of course but they also aren't dependable since one of the partners is often foregrounded while the other is window dressing or is equally brilliant but just not nominated.

But of the ten double nominees who did it best in the intervening years? (I included the divorced couples just to up the numbers). You decide. To make this more exciting, judge the performances Fused. Who wins your vote then? These are your ten options

Lead unless otherwise noted

2005 Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon*, Walk the Line

2005 Heath Ledger & Michelle Williams
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AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls

AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls
With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.

Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.

This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion
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‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

She was the first woman to win an Academy Award for production design, for “Amadeus,” and was also nominated for Oscars in the category for “Ragtime” and “The Untouchables.”

The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton.

Von Brandenstein began her film career in 1972 as a set decorator on “The Candidate” and subsequently worked as a costume designer on “Between the Lines” and “Saturday Night Fever.” She teamed with her husband and fellow production designer, Stuart Wurtzel, on “Hester Street” and moved into art direction for “Breaking Away” and “Ragtime.”

She collaborated with Mike Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Working Girl” and “Postcards From the Edge.” Her additional production credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Simple Plan,” “Shaft,” “The Last Station” and “Albert Nobbs.
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