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Matthew Weiner On Directing His 2nd Film: “Everyone Always Knew This Was An Independent Film”

19 August 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After several cast changes and an eight-year journey to the screen, Matthew Weiner’s feature directorial Are You Here finally made its Hollywood premiere last night at the Arclight on Sunset Blvd. This Friday, Millennium Entertainment will unspool the film, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, in limited theaters as well as on DVD.

“Like most of what I do, this is a genre-less film,” Weiner told the audience before the projector rolled, “Laugh where you want to laugh.”

Despite his reputation for creating the monumental, award-winning period TV drama  Mad Men, Weiner’s uphill battle to get Are You Here made further underscores the challenges of getting adult feature dramas off the ground.  With its comedic star wattage cast and a set-up that involves a crazed stoner (Galifianakis) inheriting a farm after his father’s death with his weatherman philandering friend along for the ride (Wilson »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Ex-Focus Co-ceo Andrew Karpen Launches Bleecker Street

13 August 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Breaking: A new major independent film distributor has emerged, just in time for Toronto. Andrew Karpen, the longtime co-ceo of Focus Features, has unveiled Bleecker Street, a New York-based distribution company that has backing from 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava.

Karpen has long been a well regarded part of the independent film strata, but he left Focus last March. That was the final piece of a restructuring by Universal Pictures that began in October with the exit of CEO James Schamus, and saw the closing of the Focus Gotham office when the pieces of Peter Schlessel’s FilmDistrict were combined with Focus. Schlessel took the reins of that company and kept some key Focus executives like Jeb Brody, who has been running point on the label’s biggest film Fifty Shades Of Grey. Schlessel wanted to keep Karpen, but after initially running FilmDistrict with key execs Bob and Jeanne Berney on the opposite coast, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner Set For ‘Mary Shelley’s Monster’ Opposite Jeremy Irvine, Taissa Farmiga

12 August 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: In a new take on the life and lore of Frankenstein authoress Mary Shelley, Game of ThronesSophie Turner (Barely Lethal, Alone) has been cast as Shelley herself opposite Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Stonewall) as Percy Shelley. Scripted by Deborah Baxtrom, Mary Shelley’s Monster tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own “monster” of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring) is attached in a supporting role as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.

The real Shelley first published her Gothic horror classic Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21 after marrying the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Monster envisions her life as “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way,” per producer Rose Ganguzza, who produced »

- Jen Yamato

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New Images from Peter Bogdanovich’s She’S Funny That Way, The Humbling Starring Al Pacino, and HBO’s Olive Kitteridge

11 August 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice.  Briefly: She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots. The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman. Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation »

- Adam Chitwood

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Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sarsgaard to star in provocative NBC miniseries

25 July 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC has enlisted two acclaimed actors to star in its provocative upcoming miniseries The Slap. Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard will headline the complex family drama about what happens after a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. “The seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it,” according to the show’s official description.

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) will play Anouk, a close friend of Hector’s who’s the head writer on a TV show and is now dating the younger leading man. »

- James Hibberd

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‘Scandal’s’ Dan Bucatinsky Talks Emmys, Lgbt Community at Outfest Film Festival

11 July 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scandal’s” Dan Bucatinsky stopped by the opening night of L.A.’s Outfest Film Festival to show support to the Lgbt community and to talk Emmys and his life after “Scandal.”

Bucatinsky won the Emmy last year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “Scandal,” but this year the Academy did not recognize the actor for his role as James Novak.

“I was snubbed,” he laughed. But the actor did give his congrats to former castmates Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Kerry Washington.

“’Scandal’ is something that was one of the most important career moves of my life and it was incredible. The cast will always be family to me,” he told Variety.

But life after “Scandal” looks promising for Bucatinsky, whose TLC show with writing partner Lisa Kudrow “Who Do You Think You Are?” received an Emmy nod yesterday.

Bucatinsky opened the gala last night at »

- Nikara Johns

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Stars Come Out For HBO's "Olive Kitteridge"

10 July 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.

Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .

Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.

Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »

- Garth Franklin

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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“Begin Again”: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine

26 June 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Directed by: John Carney Written by: John Carney Main Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, CeeLo Green, James Corden, and many more… Past Oscar relations: Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich and Capote) have Academy Award nominations, while John Carney’s Once won Best Original Song Here now we have a brand spanking new article in this ongoing series of mine concerning 2014 releases hoping to compete for some kind of Oscar attention as contenders at the impending/upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us is the musical dramedy Begin Again, which looks to use catchy music to hopefully capture the Academy’s attention. This film comes to us from filmmaker John Carney, who blew most of us away a couple of years back with Once. Starring the eclectic cast of Keira Knightley, »

- Joey Magidson

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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‘Thanks for Sharing’ Blu-ray Review (Scanbox Entertainment)

12 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Alecia ‘Pink’ Moore, Patrick Fugit | Written by Stuart Blumberg, Matt Winston | Directed by Stuart Blumberg

Stuart Blumberg, writer of Keeping the Faith, The Kids are All Right and The Girl Next Door, took to the director’s chair for the first time here, with Thanks for Sharing, a story of sex addiction starring the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Alecia ‘Pink’ Moore and Patrick Fugit. It’s a decent cast and Blumberg is a very good writer, so I was interested to see how he faired as a director, and how this mish-mashed, though very good, cast would do under his guidance.

Ruffalo plays Adam, a guy who we meet as he is celebrating his fifth year in sex addiction sobriety. His sponsor, and friend, Mike (Robbins) is also an addict who is juggling his job, »

- Chris Cummings

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Normal Heart

11 June 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014

Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $24.99

Studio: HBO/Warner

Mark Ruffalo (l.) and Taylor Kitsch in The Normal Heart.

When writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of gay men at his home in 1981 to discuss the “gay cancer” that was plaguing their community, he effectively launched a series of events that would change the face of the Gay Rights Movement and American activism. In 1985, he immortalized the events in the groundbreaking drama The Normal Heart, which was later revived on Broadway in 2011, garnering five Tony Award nominations. Three decades after its Off Broadway debut, The Normal Heart arrives as an HBO film starring Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love).

Adapted for the screen by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. »

- Laurence

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Yaya DaCosta Will Play Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic

9 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Yaya DaCosta, a former America's Next Top Model runner-up who has since appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler and The Kids Are All Right, will play Whitney Houston in an upcoming Lifetime biopic directed by Angela Bassett. The biopic plans to cover Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown. According to TMZ, the Houston family isn't thrilled about the adaption: "Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie," said Pat Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and co-executor of her estate. Don't hold your breath for any actual Whitney songs. »

- Lindsey Weber

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Yaya DaCosta To Play Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic

8 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Model-turned-actress Yaya DaCosta has been tapped to play Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of the late singer.

Yaya DaCosta To Star In Whitney Houston Biopic

DaCosta’s first break was in the third season of America’s Top Model, where she was under the tutelage of supermodel Tyra Banks. In the end, DaCosta came in second place in the modeling competition.

Following America’s Top Model, DaCosta picked up a slew of TV roles. She’s since appeared in daytime soap opera All My Children, Ugly Betty, House and Army Wives. Her film credits include The Messenger, The Kids Are All Right and Lee DanielsThe Butler. DaCosta will soon appear again on the big screen in comedy-drama And So It Goes, which stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story will be helmed by Angela Basset, who is making her directorial debut. »

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Emma Watson and Miles Teller Circle 'La La Land'

5 June 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Emma Watson and Miles Teller are in early talks to star in writer-director Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land. Miles Teller starred in Damien Chazelle's breakthrough Sundance hit Whiplash, which took home both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

The story centers on a lonely, aspiring actress (Emma Watson), desperately trying to find her way in Los Angeles, who meets a jazz pianist named Sebastian (Miles Teller). While they both quickly fall for one another, they soon realize that balancing their artistic endeavors and a romantic relationship is not as easy as they thought.

The Wrap managed to obtain Damien Chazelle's "lookbook" for the movie, which includes the following statement about the story from the filmmaker.

"I'd like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis-one that »

- MovieWeb

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ABC commissions supernatural drama

20 May 2014 10:08 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A couple of years ago a friend of filmmaker Tony Ayres gave him a tantalising .what if. proposition: What if there was a small country town in Victoria where people who had been dead for up to 200 years came back to life?

That sparked an idea which he developed with writer Louise Fox and has evolved into Glitch, a six-part supernatural drama for the ABC. Screen Australia has agreed to co-fund the Matchbox Pictures production, which is due to start shooting in October.

The key character is the town.s cop, James, whose wife died from breast cancer two years earlier and reappears. Each episode will introduce a succession of undead characters. No director has yet been announced.

.We don.t often do high-concept supernatural drama in Australia,. Ayres tells If. .It.s my favourite genre. It will be a very Australian spin on the genre. We are looking for emotional truth. »

- Don Groves

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Lisa Cholodenko to Helm New Miniseries 'The Slap'

20 May 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It's been four years since Lisa Cholodenko's Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are All Right" hit theaters, and 2014 will finally see some new material from the director who, like so many others, is bringing her talents to television. Her miniseries "Olive Kittredge" is arriving on HBO later this year -- and has a knockout cast, including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Zoe Kazan -- and now news has landed that she'll be involved in another series with a rather fascinating premise. Cholodenko will direct the first two of eight episodes (and produce the entirety) of NBC's "The Slap," which centers on an upsetting if seemingly minor domestic dispute -- a man slaps another couple's rambunctious child -- that balloons out of control. This is just the type of fodder that Cholodenko excels at (nuanced familial relationships and the fallout from overstepping boundaries) so count us excited. It's based on the 2011 Australian miniseries, »

- Beth Hanna

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Lisa Cholodenko to Helm New Miniseries 'The Slap'

20 May 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's been four years since Lisa Cholodenko's Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are All Right" hit theaters, and 2014 will finally see some new material from the director who, like so many others, is bringing her talents to television. Her miniseries "Olive Kittredge" is arriving on HBO later this year -- and has a knockout cast, including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Zoe Kazan -- and now news has landed that she'll be involved in another series with a rather fascinating premise. Cholodenko will direct the first two of eight episodes (and produce the entirety) of NBC's "The Slap," which centers on an upsetting if seemingly minor domestic dispute -- a man slaps another couple's rambunctious child -- that balloons out of control. This is just the type of fodder that Cholodenko excels at (nuanced familial relationships and the fallout from overstepping boundaries) so count us excited. It's based on the 2011 Australian miniseries, »

- Beth Hanna

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