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Natalie Portman Shot This Gorgeous James Blake Music Video Just Days Before Giving Birth — Watch

Natalie Portman Shot This Gorgeous James Blake Music Video Just Days Before Giving Birth — Watch
Natalie Portman skipped the Oscars this year because she had given birth to her second child just days before, and for anyone wondering what Portman was up to prior to that, you now have your answer: Shooting a music video for James Blake.

The English musician has premiered the gorgeous black-and-white music video for his song “My Willing Heart,” and it puts a very pregnant Portman front and center as she connects with her unborn child in various locations, including a softly-lit bedroom and a giant pool. Anna Rose Holmer, the breakout director of “The Fits,” shot the video days before Portman gave birth.

Read More: How Natalie Portman Found the Woman Behind the Icon in ‘Jackie

Portman can currently be seen on the big screen in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song.” She worked on new films from Alex Garland (“Annihilation”) and Xavier Dolan (“The Death and Life of John F.
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Pressing World Issues Reflected in Writers Guild Policies

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave the Writers Guild of America some unexpected exposure at the SAG Awards on Jan. 29 after receiving a trophy for lead actress in a comedy series for her work on “Veep.”

Louis-Dreyfus said, “Our sister guild, the Writers Guild, made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreement with it. Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from the nations and of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them, and we will fight for them.”

She did not have time to read the statement, which had been issued a few hours earlier and began, “It is both unconstitutional and deeply wrong to say that you cannot enter our country because of where you were born or what religion you were born into,” said WGA West president Howard Rodman and WGA East president
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Tamika’s Favorites of 2016

2016 was chock-full of big blockbuster releases, many of which either failed to make a sizable profit or were incredibly divisive among audiences. But out of the ashes rose a beautiful flower: the indie film. Yes, independent movies had a wonderful year, some even breaking per-theater records and making their way onto my favorites of 2016 list, which also includes a Denis Villeneuve film, a comic book series, collectibles, an excellent comprehensive horror documentary, and more.

Arrival: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is a beautiful take on language and how communication (or the lack of proper communication) can either doom or ensure our survival as human beings on this planet. The way Villeneuve tells a story is the perfect fit for a film like Arrival because its focus is small but the ideas are big, much like his previous works, Enemy, Sicario, and Prisoners.

My hope is that the takeaway from Arrival
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‘Arrival,’ ‘Passengers’ Composers Explored Bold New Worlds of Sound

‘Arrival,’ ‘Passengers’ Composers Explored Bold New Worlds of Sound
There are many classic science-fiction scores, from the all-electronic “Forbidden Planet” to the all-classical “2001: A Space Odyssey.” So the challenge for today’s film composer working in the sci-fi genre is to find a fresh approach.

For “Arrival,” Iceland-born, Berlin-based Johann Johannsson used the film’s theme of communication between humans and extraterrestrial visitors as his starting point, with much of the music based on unusual vocal sounds. For “Passengers,” set on a spaceship traveling to a distant planet, L.A.-based Thomas Newman employed a hybrid orchestra-plus-electronics approach for the people on board and the crises they face.

Says Johannsson about his third film for director Denis Villeneuve: “I knew from the time I read the script that the human voice would play a big part in the score, and that there would be a lot of writing for voices. But I wanted very unconventional, avant-garde, extended-technique
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‘Friday Night Lights’ Producer Jason Katims Tries His Hand at a Medical Procedural – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Producer Jason Katims Tries His Hand at a Medical Procedural – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Eyewitness’ Producer Adi Hasak Bucks the System and Greg Nicotero Previews ‘The Walking Dead’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Producer Jason Katims is a bit of a remake whisperer, adapting films like “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” into critically acclaimed dramas. But his next show, CBS’ “Pure Genius,” is an original idea that comes from a very personal place.

Augustus Prew stars in the drama as James Bell, a tech billionaire who has built the state-of-the art hospital Bunker Hill – an unconventional facility that utilizes technology and modern tools to treat patients. In the series opener, famed surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace, played by Dermot Mulroney, is recruited to join the facility.

Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton and Brenda Song also star in the show, as part of the team enthusiastically charged with revolutionizing health care. Katims (who’s also behind Hulu’s “The Path
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Jason Dohring Books iZombie Arc — What's His Big Bad Connection?

Jason Dohring Books iZombie Arc — What's His Big Bad Connection?
Veronica Mars fan fave Jason Dohring is finally joining the iZombie fray — and he’s got ties to Season 3’s new antagonist.

RelatediZombie Season 3 Scoop: Dominatrix Liv, Blaine’s Dad, Law & Order Arc and More

The actor will recur on Mars creator Rob Thomas’ undead CW drama as Chase Graves, the brother-in-law of Vivian Stoll, TVLine has learned. (For those who need a refresher, she’s the Fillmore Graves CEO who presented a “Are you with us or against us?” scenario to Liv at the close of Season 2.)

Chase — who makes his debut in Episode 8, titled “Eat a Kinevel” — is
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NBC Developing a ‘Sexy, Contemporary’ Female-Led Adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’

NBC Developing a ‘Sexy, Contemporary’ Female-Led Adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’
NBC and Silver Pictures Television announced on Friday a pilot-script deal for “Twist,” a modern-day adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 19th century novel “Oliver Twist.”

Twist” will explore a “sexy, contemporary” take on the classic tale, according to the network. It will star a struggling, twenty-something female (Twist) who “finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals.”

Founder of Silver Pictures Television Joel Silver and president Rodney Ferrell will serve as executive producers on “Twist.” Writing team Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin, known for the upcoming film adaptation of the game “Fruit Ninja,” have signed on to write the series’ pilot. Both Damiani and Lavin will also executive produce the project.

Apart from “Twist,” Silver most recently produced the film “The Nice Guys,” starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. He is is also currently producing “Suburbicon” by director-actor George Clooney, written
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Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum unveils line-up

Wang Bing, Adam Wong, Pema Tseden and Lav Diaz (pictured) among directors with projects in line-up.Scoll down for full line-up

The 14th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf) (March 14-16) has revealed its full line-up of 31 projects, including new works from renowned filmmakers such as Wang Bing, Pema Tseden and Lav Diaz as well as from new talents.

Hong Kong is well-represented with five projects, including The Way We Dance director Adam Wong’s new project Trains In The Night; 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards best new director Jessey Tsang’s erotic feature The Lady Improper; and Dot 2 Dot director Amos Why’s adaptation of award-winning suspense novel Napping Kid.

Other Chinese-language projects from Taiwan and China include Taiwan actress Rene Liu’s directorial debut Lieutenant Yi, which will be produced by her regular collaborator Sylvia Chang; new director Huang Zi’s From Black And White To Shades Of Grey, produced by Monga
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Joel Silver Sets CBS, Fox Pilots Through First-Look Lionsgate TV Deal

Producer Joel Silver is turning his attention to TV in a big way, grabbing put pilot commitments for dramas at CBS and Fox and cutting a first-look pact with Lionsgate TV.

Silver has recruited Fox 2000 alum Rodney Ferrell as president of Silver Pictures Television. The two drama projects in the pipeline will be produced through the multi-year pact with Lionsgate.

At CBS, Silver Pictures Television is developing “Bathory,” with “Battlestar Galactica” alum David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”) on board to executive produce with Silver and Ferrell. Set in 1600s Budapest, “Bathory” is described as a radical take on vampire mythology following the first known female serial killer, Elizabeth Bathory.

At Fox, “Soar” revolves around a former NBA prodigy turned felon who become the basketball coach at an upscale high school after his release from prison. Todd Slavin and Darren Swimmer, most recently of Syfy’s “Defiance” and “Dominion,” are writing and
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Tracking Shot: Walter Hill, Ry Russo-Young & Alexandros Avranas Shooting in November

“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. This November, we’ve got a fivesome of projects that we feel are worth signaling out, but before we put the focus on those, the previous month was a rather fruitful one for mostly indiewood film productions. Films that we’ll be seeing in 2016 and which are for the most part still filming include: Mark Williams‘ workplace drama The Headhunter’s Calling (with Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina), Philippe Falardeau‘s bio boxing drama The Bleeder (with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss), Taron Lexton’s coming-of-ager In Search of Fellini (with Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maria Bello), Kevin Tent‘s Black List scripted rom-com (with Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Dobrev), Sophie Brooks‘ NYC set Euro-fizzled comedy,
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The Originals' Jason Dohring on Playing Human ('We'll See How Long I Stay'), Will's Possible Romance With Cami

The Originals' Jason Dohring on Playing Human ('We'll See How Long I Stay'), Will's Possible Romance With Cami
After portraying an immortal bloodsucker on the cult fave Moonlight, Jason Dohring is going back to basics as The Originals‘ Detective Will Kinney, a human role that may cause pause for concern.

RelatedThe Originals Premiere: Ep Talks Klaus and Cami’s Hurdle, Hayley’s Surprising Return and That Twisted Prophecy

Given the nature of the CW series (decapitations are pretty much the norm) and Will’s close relationship with Cami (aka the object of werewolf/vampire hybrid Klaus’ affections), it’s no wonder that Dohring is a little apprehensive about his character’s fate on the show (airing Thursday at 9/8c).

Below,
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Shannyn Sossamon: My career didn't just slow down, it 'came to a total stop'

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Shannyn Sossamon: My career didn't just slow down, it 'came to a total stop'
Shannyn Sossamon became something of an "It Girl" in the early noughties with roles in films including "A Knight's Tale," "40 Days and 40 Nights," the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "Rules of Attraction" and "The Order" (her second and final film with the late Heath Ledger, whom she called "a very special spirit" but was otherwise reticent to talk about in a short-form interview), but after giving birth to her son Audio in 2003 she all but disappeared from the spotlight. Since then, Sossamon has popped up in everything from well-received indies ("Wristcutters: A Love Story") to big, star-studded Hollywood com-coms ("The Holiday") to TV series (the cult single-season CBS vampire drama "Moonlight"), though recently her resume is heavy on so-called "genre" work, from the 2008 J-horror remake "One Missed Call" to the 2011 post-apocalyptic thriller "The Day" to this year's buzzy summer series "Wayward Pines" and now "Sinister 2," the sequel to the sleeper
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Sleepy Hollow: Shannyn Sossamon Joins Season 3 Cast as 'Mysterious' New Series Regular

Sleepy Hollow: Shannyn Sossamon Joins Season 3 Cast as 'Mysterious' New Series Regular
Sleepy Hollow is opening a Pandora’s box this fall, and Shannyn Sossamon is going to be waiting inside.

RelatedBlind Item Revealed: Sleepy Hollow, Bones Crossover Eyed for Spring

The Wayward Pines actress is joining the Fox drama in the series-regular role of Pandora, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Pandora is a mysterious new presence in Sleepy Hollow who seeks assistance from Witnesses Ichabod and Abbie.

RelatedFall TV 2015: Your Handy Calendar of 90+ Season and Series Premiere Dates

Sossamon is Sleepy Hollow‘s second major Season 3 hire, following Nikki Reed’s casting as Betsy Ross. In addition to her current role
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Field Of Dreams revisited: why it still hits me every time

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

1989's Field Of Dreams might just be Kevin Costner's finest hour. So why does the film still manage to hit so hard?

"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."

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It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.

Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me,
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Field Of Dreams revisited: why it still hits me every time

1989's Field Of Dreams might just be Kevin Costner's finest hour. So why does the film still manage to hit so hard?

"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."

It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.

Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too
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Recap: How Scandal — and Olivia — Got Their Sexy Groove Back

Recap: How Scandal — and Olivia — Got Their Sexy Groove Back
Is Scandal back to its classic self?

Whereas the previous episode took a significant step in that direction, this week’s hour seemed to complete the long-awaited round-trip, putting Olivia in full, nearly unfettered fixer mode. We had a provocative Case of the Week (an X-rated tell-all by “Kinky Sue,” played by GirlsLena Dunham), and Quinn and Huck (mostly) acting like old-school, not-overly-angsty Gladiators.

RelatedScandal Casts True Blood Alum as Mellie’s Sister

Also, Olivia washed those men right out of her hair and got her groove back, and there was just the right dash of political machinations.
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7 reasons to be optimistic about a Scream TV series

Feature Sarah Dobbs 14 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Sarah argues that MTV's Scream TV pilot could be a great addition to the franchise...

There are lots of reasons to be pessimistic about the proposed Scream TV show. You could see the idea as a cynical cash grab, an attempt to wring the last few dollars out of the franchise after Scream 4 failed to do as well as its predecessors at the box office. You might wonder why you’d bother taking a recognisable brand name and applying it to what sounds like a completely different property anyway. And you might well look at some of Wes Craven’s non-Scream projects over the last decade and wonder if he’s in touch with what a modern horror audience even wants.

But where’s the fun in that? If you’re a horror fan, you’re probably well acquainted with the thrill
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Jason Dohring on Stepping Back Into The Role of Bad Boy Logan Echolls For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie

Jason Dohring on Stepping Back Into The Role of Bad Boy Logan Echolls For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie
Jason Dohring hasn't been resting on his laurels since "Veronica Mars" departed The CW's schedule in 2007, but that doesn't mean he wasn't excited about the opportunity to reprise the role of Logan Echolls, Neptune, CA's resident bad boy, when series creator Rob Thomas used the power of Kickstarter to make a "Veronica Mars" movie. Dohring started his TV career in the mid-1990s, making one-off appearances on a wide variety of series, including "Baywatch," "Picket Fences," "Roswell," "The Parkers," and "Jag," but it was "Veronica Mars" which gave him as his first series-regular role. After the show wrapped its three-season run, Dohring jumped right back into work, serving as a cast member in CBS's short-lived vampire drama "Moonlight," pulled a recurring role on The CW's "Ringer," and popped up as a guest star on -- among other series -- "CSI," "Lie to Me," and "Supernatural." All the while, however, rumblings
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Jason Dohring on Stepping Back Into The Role of Bad Boy Logan Echolls For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie

Jason Dohring on Stepping Back Into The Role of Bad Boy Logan Echolls For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie
Jason Dohring hasn't been resting on his laurels since "Veronica Mars" departed The CW's schedule in 2007, but that doesn't mean he wasn't excited about the opportunity to reprise the role of Logan Echolls, Neptune, CA's resident bad boy, when series creator Rob Thomas used the power of Kickstarter to make a "Veronica Mars" movie. Dohring started his TV career in the mid-1990s, making one-off appearances on a wide variety of series, including "Baywatch," "Picket Fences," "Roswell," "The Parkers," and "Jag," but it was "Veronica Mars" which gave him as his first series-regular role. After the show wrapped its three-season run, Dohring jumped right back into work, serving as a cast member in CBS's short-lived vampire drama "Moonlight," pulled a recurring role on The CW's "Ringer," and popped up as a guest star on -- among other series -- "CSI," "Lie to Me," and "Supernatural." All the while, however, rumblings
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Looking back at the work of David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

Feature Louisa Mellor 31 Jan 2014 - 07:00

A look at the pre-Grimm work of co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, a screenwriting partnership that’s lasted over thirty years…

A poker table in the late seventies, a bathroom in the mid-noughties… television shows have many birthplaces. Had screenwriters David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf not been introduced at a card game over thirty years ago, and had producer Todd Milliner not taken a 2006 shower in which he pondered what existing stories were in need of a modern update for TV, then Grimm might never have existed.

First, that poker game. Greenwalt and Kouf’s friendship began a couple of years before their first official screenwriting credit on 1982’s horror spoof Wacko, a job for which the pair were paid the princely sum of fifteen thousand dollars…

“We did a lot of fun movies back then”

That’s what Greenwalt told Collider
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