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On this day: Liz's first Oscar, Daffy's debut, and Juliet from the house of Capulet

On this day in history as it relates to showbiz...

1865 Mary Surratt arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln. Robin Wright played her in the movie The Conspirator

1912 Opera singer/actress Martha Eggerth (For Me and My Gal) born in Budapest. She died just a few years ago

1918 Great actor / star William Holden (Picnic, Sunset Blvd, Sabrina, Network)  born in Illinois...
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Robert Redford Announces Retirement From Acting

After having made almost 80 films, one of the all-time greats, Robert Redford, has announced that he’ll be retiring from acting. His career his almost unparalleled in Hollywood, having delivered timeless classics like The Sting, All The President’s Men, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among countless others. Even in his later years he was still doing excellent work in movies such as All is Lost and even Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Redford announced his retirement recently during an interview at the Walker Art Center, saying:

“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” he tells his grandson Dylan Redford in a recent career-spanning interview at Walker Art Center. “At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody.
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The Accountant movie review: by the numbers but outside the lines

MaryAnn’s quick take…

So convoluted, confusing, and overly crammed that it’s overwhelming, and not in a pleasant way. But Ben Affleck’s autistic action hero is fascinating. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s so much going on in the unlikely action drama The Accountant that I think we can be forgiven for wondering whether writer Bill Dubuque (The Judge) and director Gavin O’Connor (Jane Got a Gun, Pride and Glory) are attempting to give us a little taste of what the world must be like for its hero, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck). Wolff calls himself a high-functioning autistic, but he’s not that high-functioning: the tentative control he seems to have over the sensory overload he suffers from is a result of daily desensitization sessions, during which he subjects himself
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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President

‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President
The Hurt Locker” producer Greg Shapiro has joined the independent studio IM Global as president of feature film production.

Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity.

“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team,” Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said on Monday. “We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us even greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”

Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award as a producer on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 drama “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and is producing her untitled project, currently filming in Boston.

Shapiro most recently produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy
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Toby Kebbell Talks Ben-Hur, Chariot Races and Remakes | Exclusive

Toby Kebbell Talks Ben-Hur, Chariot Races and Remakes | Exclusive
One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is one's ability to run into actors, filmmakers and other random celebrities at any time. While I get to talk to actors and filmmakers regularly as part of my job, it's always pleasant when you run into someone in public, who is just genuinely nice and cool. In January, while waiting in a concessions line at a movie theater, I realized I was standing in front of Toby Kebbell. I eventually introduced myself, told him I was a fan, and we had a pleasant and brief conversation. Over the weekend, when we met again to chat about Ben-Hur, I was surprised he remembered our conversation from the "candy line," from more than eight months ago.

I've been a fan of Toby Kebbell's work for quite some time, since his performances as Joy Division manager Rob Gretton in Control and
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Happy Birthday, Robin Wright

Tim here. Robin Wright turns 50 today, and it's my good fortune to wish her a very happy birthday on behalf of the Film Experience. She's entering the decade of her life that generally finds actresses facing the worst odds they ever get from the powers that be in Hollywood (there's that infamous stat that only two women have ever won a Best Actress Oscar in their 50s), but for my tastes, she's never been more interesting than in the past few years.

Indeed, it's been only in this decade that Wright has gotten some of her best-ever movie roles, on top a key performance in the Netflix hit House of Cards, and really gotten to show off as an actress. Some of her best film work, sadly, has been in underperforming movies that most people have never seen or heard of; what better excuse than a birthday to go out
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Triple 9 movie review: ordinary criminals

How did a genre-smashing director make a heist thriller so generic, with characters too unlikable to be engaging but not twisted enough to be intriguing? I’m “biast” (pro): love John Hillcoat’s films, love Ejiofor and Winslet

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A new film from Australian director John Hillcoat should be reason to celebrate. In 2012 he gave us Lawless, a novelistic Prohibition-era tale of corrupt cops and honest criminals. His 2006 outback-set The Proposition was as much horror flick as brutal revisionist Western. In between, in 2009, he went ultra-postapocalyptic in the harrowing The Road. This is a filmmaker who smashes stereotypes in well-explored genres makes us see familiar stories from new angles. He makes B movies feel like prestige dramas.

So what the heck happened with Triple 9? How did Hillcoat manage to make an urban heist thriller feel so,
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Harrison Ford Teams with Natalie Dormer for 'Official Secrets'

Harrison Ford Teams with Natalie Dormer for 'Official Secrets'
After returning to his iconic character Han Solo in last month's blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford has found his follow-up. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the icon has joined Natalie Dormer in the upcoming political thriller Official Secrets. They join a cast that also includes Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany and Martin Freeman.

The plot is adapted from the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell. Natalie Dormer is portraying Katharine Gun, a young British spy who was arrested for leaking information to the press. The information claimed the U.S. engaged in illegal activities to pressure the United Nations Security Council into passing their resolution to go to war with Iraq.

Paul Bettany is playing Martin Bright, the London Observer reporter whom Gun leaked the information to. The
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Strange Magic movie review: bad spell

Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Strange Magic is the first animated feature George Lucas has had a hand in since 1988’s The Land Before Time, and he should have left well enough alone.

Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie.
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My Old Lady movie review (London Film Festival)

A bitterly funny pas de trois character dramedy performed by three compulsively watchable actors. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Kevin Kline’s “old lady” is not what you might perhaps be expecting. He’s a New Yorker who comes to Paris to check out the apartment his recently deceased French father has left him only to discover that Maggie Smith is living there. Turns out his dad got the place on the cheap many years earlier thanks to a peculiar quirk of Parisian real estate: the purchase was such a bargain because it was a viager, which entitles the former owner to continue living in the property and get paid a sort of reverse-mortgage by the new owner until the seller dies. Well, it’s
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Afm: Goldcrest Picks Up ‘Against the Sun,’ Starring ‘Harry Potter’s’ Tom Felton (Exclusive)

Afm: Goldcrest Picks Up ‘Against the Sun,’ Starring ‘Harry Potter’s’ Tom Felton (Exclusive)
London — Goldcrest Films has acquired all international rights to the true-life adventure “Against the Sun.” Pic is toplined by Tom Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” pics, as well as playing in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Fangs of War.”

Against the Sun” tells the true-life story of three U.S. navy airmen who battle for survival after their torpedo bomber crash lands in the South Pacific six weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The film, which also stars Garret Dillahunt (“12 Years a Slave,” “Looper,” Fox hit comedy “Raising Hope”) and Jake Abel (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), will have its market premiere at the American Film Market this November, and is due for release in the U.S. in late January 2015.

Against the Sun” is written, directed and produced by Brian Falk (producer of “Parkland,” “The Conspirator”) and executive produced
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Toby Kebbell To Play Doctor Doom

British actor Toby Kebbell has begun negotiations to play the antagonist Doctor Doom in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot at 20th Century Fox.

Kebbell beat out the likes of Jack Huston and Domhnall Gleeson for the role in the Josh Trank-directed film which stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as the famed super-powered quartet.

The actor has had countless supporting roles in many major Hollywood films in recent years including "War Horse," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "Wrath of the Titans," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Rocknrolla," "The Counselor," "The Conspirator"

He plays one of the simians in the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and recently tormented David Tennant's character in the recent mini-series "The Escape Artist".

Source: Variety
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First Casting Announced for Robert Kirkman’s ‘Air’

The first casting announcements for Robert Kirkman’s Air have been released today with Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou signing on the dotted line. Air tells the story of two custodians (Reedus and Hounsou) who struggle to hold onto their sanity living in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society

Fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ will know all about Robert Kirkman; he’s the mastermind behind the AMC dramatic thriller that seems to leave fans breathless after every episode. Seems he is keeping things in ‘The Walking Dead’ family as Reedus has been playing the role of Daryl Dixon in the hit show since 2010. The actor has also held small roles in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator and horror Pandorum alongside Dennis Quaid but it is his role in Twd that has put him into the limelight.

Djimon Hounsou is a two-time Ocsar nominee for Blood Diamond
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Frozen review: I have chills

The showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie. Disney is finally getting it. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m starved for stories about girls and women

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was a bit a goofy

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh my goddess. Where did Frozen come from? It didn’t come from Hans Christian Andersen, that’s for certain; this bears so little resemblance to his “The Snow Queen” that I wonder why they even bothered with the connection. It did spring from the grand Disney tradition of full-on Broadway-style animated musicals, like we haven’t really seen since the 1990s. But unlike 2009’s throwback The Princess and the Frog, which felt like nothing more than a tired retread of the pursuit-of-romance motif that had long since been laid to rest,
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Blu-ray/DVD Release: The Lone Ranger

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Johnny Depp (The Rum Diary) plays Tonto to Armie Hammer’s (J. Edgar) legendary law man in the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger.

The action adventure film brings Depp back together with the team behind at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Terry Elliott and Ted Rossio. New to the party is co-writer Justin Haythe (Snitch).

In The Lone Ranger, Depp’s Tonto recounts the tales that transformed Hammer’s John Reid from law man to masked vigilante, seeking vengeance after justice failed them.

Also starring are Tom Wilkinson (The Conspirator), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and Barry Pepper (True Grit).

Rated PG-13, the film wasn’t too well liked by critics, who gave it only 30% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were
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The Company You Keep Blu-Ray Review

The first thing that is likely to catch your eye about The Company You Keep, the latest directorial effort from Robert Redford, is the vast amount of star power it contains. I can’t recall having seen so impressive a cast for at least the last several years. Take a look at this list: Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Elliott. These names, most of whom have won or have been nominated for an Academy Award, would be enough to convince most people to give the film a shot, but then again, more details on the film couldn’t hurt.

The plot revolves around a group of ex-radicals known as the “Weather Underground.” A few decades ago, they staged numerous protests and even committed a number of violent acts, including a bank robbery. Years later,
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Interview With James Badge Dale On The Lone Ranger

James Badge Dale. You may not know him by name, but you’re probably familiar with his face. Appearing in shows like 24, Rubicon and The Pacific, and films like Flight, The Grey and Shame, has given the actor an impressive career thus far. Now, with the Summer of 2013 upon us, James Badge Dale is about to gain a whole lot more exposure as he has already appeared in two major blockbusters (Iron Man 3 and World War Z) and has one more on the horizon: The Lone Ranger.

In his upcoming film, James Badge Dale plays Dan Reid, the brother of the titular ranger. Though it’s more of a supporting part, Dale brings his always reliable acting chops to the table and turns in a strong performance, one that helps him to stand out in a star studded cast that includes Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.

Last week, James Badge Dale
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Frozen Trailer Debuts

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Disney has released the first teaser trailer for November’s animated Frozen. The film features the usual impressive vocal cast and comes well pedigreed. Frozen (In 3D) Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure Rating: Tbd U.S. Release Date: November 27, 2013 Voice Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Producer: Peter Del Vecho Screenplay by: Tba

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Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, presents Frozen, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements
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The Cannes Diary: May 23

Note: Film critic Tim Grierson is attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. For Backstage, he’ll be filing occasional diary entries about his thoughts and impressions of the granddaddy of all film festivals. Wednesday, May 22, 11:16pm For too long, Robert Redford has been around but not really present. Overseeing the Sundance Film Festival and popping up to introduce movies on the Sundance Channel, he’s still in the public eye, but for too long he’s seemingly been happy enjoying his emeritus status in the film industry. It’s not like he’s stopped making movies, but unfortunately in the last several years, those movies—“Lions for Lambs,” “The Conspirator,” “The Company You Keep”—have failed to wow critics or do much box office. Everybody regards him as an institution, but it’s hard to say that many people think of him as all that relevant anymore.
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Exclusive: James Badge Dale Talks Coldblood and Spoilers in Iron Man 3

Exclusive: James Badge Dale Talks Coldblood and Spoilers in Iron Man 3
James Badge Dale talks about taking on the role of Coldblood in Iron Man 3, currently playing in theaters everywhere

After making his film debut at just 12 years of age in 1990's Lord of the Flies, James Badge Dale returned to the craft with a string of roles in the early 2000s, appearing on 24 as Chase Edmunds, Rescue Me as Timo Gavin, and The Black Donnellys as Samson. He had a breakout year in 2010, starring in the HBO mini-series The Pacific and the brilliant but short-lived AMC show Rubicon, which lead to impressive turns in The Conspirator, Shame, The Grey, and Flight. This versatile actor returns to the big screen once again in Iron Man 3 as the villainous Eric Savin a.k.a. Coldblood, the Extremis-enhanced soldier who does the dirty work for Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. I recently had the chance to speak with James Badge Dale about his bad-ass bald look,
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