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Greer Garson, Peter Finch, Zoolander, and more...

28 September 2016 6:10 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

1916 Happy Centennial to Best Actor winner Peter Finch (Network), one of only two posthumous acting winners in Oscar history. The other is Heath Ledger. (Curiously they were both Australian)

1924 Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita, 8½) is born in Italy. Becomes one of the all time great movie stars by his mid 30s. His career spans over 50 years of cinema.

1933 Greer Garson weds Edward Snelson, first of three husbands, though the cohabitation is brief. Ten years later she famously marries her screen son in Mrs Miniver.

1934 ...And God Created Brigitte Bardot in Paris

1945 Mildred Pierce opens. Joan Crawford will win Best Actress for this fabulous noir melodrama

1949 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis first film together My Friend Irma

1950 American indie icon John Sayles is born in New York. Among his most famous films: Return of the Secaucus 7, Passion Fish, and Lone Star

1951 Franchot Tone marries Barbara Payton, his third wife, a disastrous marriage for both. »

- NATHANIEL R

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‘Split’ Review: James McAvoy Is the Best Thing About M. Night Shyamalan’s Kidnapping Thriller — Fantastic Fest

27 September 2016 7:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation for unexpected plot twists may falter after “Split,” his second collaboration with Blumhouse Productions. “Split” is burdened with a story that treads dully familiar ground. The kidnapped-girls-in-peril thriller strives for originality with a spin on dissociative identity disorder (Did), but instead it plays like a stale, unfunny retread of “United States of Tara.” Only James McAvoy’s multi-faceted performance saves the movie from complete mediocrity.

After a downright wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are kidnapped in broad daylight: friends Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), and difficult outsider Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch”). Their captor (McAvoy) locks the trio in a windowless room, then proceeds to frighten and baffle them. One minute he’s bespectacled and obsessive about cleanliness, the next he’s presenting as female, and later he acts like a nine-year-old boy.

Read More: ‘Split’ Trailer: James McAvoy Has 23 Different »

- Jette Kernion

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Jill Soloway Aims to Topple the Showbiz Patriarchy With ‘I Love Dick,’ ‘Transparent’

14 September 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There’s a handwritten list of rules on the whiteboard in Jill Soloway’s production office on the Paramount lot.

That there are rules at all in her workspace seems antithetical to her famously subversive nature — but on closer inspection, they convey her creative spirit ever so delightfully: “Be chill.” “Demand inclusion.” “Shift the gaze.” That last directive refers to what’s become her mantra: embracing the female gaze — telling, creating, celebrating stories from a woman’s perspective.

“I think so much of what women first realize when they start to make work is how much of their life they have spent being gazed at, and being used by male protagonists for male storylines,” says Soloway, showrunner and executive producer of Amazon’s “Transparent.” “It’s never on purpose; nobody’s trying to hurt anybody.” But, as she explains, women are often used to drive the narrative. “You become the good girl or the bad girl or »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Toni Colette to Star in Action Dramedy From Kenya Barris at ABC

25 August 2016 3:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The spy dramedy “Unit Zero” from “Black-ish” producers Kenya Barris and Lindsey Shockley has landed at ABC, with Toni Collette set to star and executive produce. “Unit Zero” follows a CIA engineer and single mom, played by the “United States of Tara” alum, as she leads a team of CIA underlings who are thrust into the field as first time spies. The team of zeroes races against the clock to gather intelligence and solve cases of national security. And they succeed partly because no one in their right mind would ever suspect they were spies. The project would mark a return to series. »

- Reid Nakamura

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TVLine Items: Toni Collette Spies ABC Series, Dr. Drew Cancelled and More

25 August 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Toni Collette is spying a return to TV in a CIA-set action dramedy.

The United States of Tara actress will star in and executive-produce Unit Zero, a potential hourlong series for ABC from black-ish producers Kenya Barris and Lindsay Shockley, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedCriminal Relic-Heist Pilot From Blindspot Team Lands at ABC

The project centers around a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom as she leads a team of underlings who are thrust into the field as newbie spies.

Collette’s most recent TV role was on CBS’ short-lived drama Hostages.

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Stream this in the summer: 'In Treatment'

2 August 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a few current shows in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Halt and Catch Fire, and Rectify, plus completed shows in United States of Tara and Flight of the Conchords. (*) Note: with these picks, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Stream this in the summer (and before the final season begins): 'Rectify'

1 August 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a pair of current shows in  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Halt and Catch Fire, plus completed shows in United States of Tara and Flight of the Conchords. (*) Note: with these picks, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Stream this in the summer: 'Flight of the Conchords'

28 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a pair of current shows in  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Halt and Catch Fire, plus a completed show in United States of Tara. (*) Note: with these picks, I'm trying »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Coming Distractions: James McAvoy has multiple personalities in the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split

27 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

James McAvoy gets his United States Of Tara moment and it goes seriously wrong in the trailer for Split, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest. The movie stars McAvoy as Kevin, a dude with multiple personality disorder who kidnaps a trio of pretty teens. One of the young women is played by The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy, clearly looking to claim her scream queen crown. Betty Buckley provides some exposition here, playing a psychiatrist who explains that Kevin has 23 personalities. We meet some of them in this footage: There’s creepy abductor Kevin, stern British lady Kevin, and 9-year-old boy Kevin. More unsettling is talk of something called “The Beast,” accompanied by some monster-drawings.

Shyamalan might be on a roll after The Visit, which The A.V. Club deemed a “comeback.” If nothing else, Split at least looks like a delicious McAvoy performance. It will freak you out in theaters ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Stream this in the summer: 'United States of Tara'

21 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a pair of current shows in  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Halt and Catch Fire, and wanted to shift gears this week to do a completed series. (*) Note: with these picks, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Cannes: Vertical Entertainment Scores North American Rights to ‘The Waiting’ With James Caan (Exclusive)

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to “The Waiting,” starring James Caan.

The thriller, which marks Kasra Farahani’s feature directorial debut, is selling international rights at Cannes. Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment will handle negotiations and screen the movie for buyers.

In addition to Caan,  “The Waiting” stars Logan Miller (TV series “I’m in the Band”), Keir Gilchrist (series “United States of Tara”), Laura Innes and Edwin Hodge (“The Purge”).

The Waiting” centers on two teenage boys who try to convince an elderly neighbor that he’s being haunted. It premiered at SXSW. Vertical Entertainment plans to release the picture theatrically, but when it will debut has yet to be determined.

The film was produced by Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball & Chain Prods. and Anonymous Content. Producers include Trevor White, Tim White, Giri Tharan, Allan Mandelbaum, Rosalie Swedlin and Elana Barry. The screenplay was written by »

- Brent Lang

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Brie Larson

13 March 2016 4:03 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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During the 2016 Academy Awards Brie Larson was catapulted into the limelight, winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her stunning performance in Room. At twenty-six years sold, Larson is one of the youngest females to win the prestigious accolade, and it’s surely a sign of great things to come for her future roles.

But despite this victory, Brie has already had an extensive and extremely varied career, from her fantastic appearance in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to starring in the TV series United States Of Tara all the way to her many child performances. Yet there’s so much more to Brie than merely acting. From a very young age, Larson was experimenting with all kinds of distinct artistic endeavours, excelling in everything from music to animation, nurturing her passion for expression through creation.

Alongside her previous career as a pop star and her penchant for studying mushrooms and designing fonts, »

- Brian Wilson

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Patton Oswalt to Co-Star in Fox Workplace Comedy Pilot Toplined by Judy Greer

11 March 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patton Oswalt has been cast in Fox’s untitled Laura Steinel project, Variety has learned. The comedian joins Judy Greer who will star in the workplace comedy pilot.

The comedy centers around Jane (Greer), who is stuck between managing her human resources department as well as the new CEO, who harbors big ambitions for the small-town New Jersey plastics plant. Oswalt will play the CEO, Sam, who lives life at a higher octave than everyone else and has grand ideas that are hardly suitable for the plant.

Steinel penned the pilot and will serve as a co-exec producer. Jeff Schaffer (“The League”) will direct the pilot, and serve as an executive producer with Sue Naegle (“Outcast”) for 20th Century Fox TV.

Should the pilot go to series, it would mark Oswalt’s return to the broadcast sitcom world as a series regular, since he starred on “The King of Queens” with Kevin James. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘New Girl’ Hits Its 100th Episode: Cast and Creators Weigh in on What’s Next

8 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While meeting new roommates on Craigslist may not be the ideal apartment-hunting tactic, for Jessica Day, it was the best decision she ever made. Since moving into her L.A. loft five years ago, the quirky, sweet lead of Fox’s “New Girl,” played by Zooey Deschanel, has led the show to a landmark 100 episodes.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” says Deschanel, who dropped everything, including developing her own project, to take on the role of Jess. “I loved the script,” she says, “I loved the character and I was like ‘I don’t want anyone else to play her.’ ”

Fresh off success with the 2011 film “No Strings Attached,” “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether never considered that the show could continue for five years. “I always sort of thought (it) was this small, weird show about a bunch of people who aren’t doing a very good job at life, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Brie Larson: Oscar Winner and ... Pop Star? Inside the Actress's Early Career in Music

1 March 2016 10:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Long before she was a Best Actress Oscar winner, Brie Larson had a different title: wannabe pop starlet. Joining the ranks of early 2000s teen queens Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff, Larson nabbed a record deal, releasing tracks like "She Said" in 2005 at only 16. In the music video for "She Said," her highest-charting single from first album Finally Out Of P.E., Larson rocked out on a green guitar while donning the fashions of the day: a zebra-print shirt and frayed miniskirt. Larson even hit the road, joining Teen People's 2005 Rock in Shop mall tour with the likes of Jesse McCartney. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Oscar for ‘Room’

28 February 2016 9:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brie Larson’s “Room” journey began in Colorado at the 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival and culminated Sunday night with an Oscar for best actress. Indeed, Larson even took a moment to thank the fest, along with the Toronto Film Festival (where “Room” won the audience award), for kick-starting the film’s course.

“The thing that I love about movie-making is how many people it takes to make it,” Larson said moments after Eddie Redmayne opened the envelope and announced her name to the Dolby Theatre audience. “Thank you to the moviegoers.”

Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) also competed in the category.

Larson has been a dominant force ever since the first baubles were handed out, starting with a National Board of Review prize to kick things off in December. She picked up awards from critics groups across the country, including those from Chicago, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Best Actress Besties Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan Honored in Santa Barbara

8 February 2016 11:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Santa Barbara, Calif. — The Santa Barbara International Film Festival displayed the proper foresight in late November last year when selecting “Room” star Brie Larson and “Brooklyn’s” Saoirse Ronan as first-time tandem recipients of the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award: Both have remained out in front of the best actress Oscar race in a year marked by a number of female-centric narratives, and they continue to lock horns heading into the Feb. 28 Academy Awards ceremony.

Of course, nothing approaching competitive awareness was on display Monday night as the two ingenues — who have been previously recognized by Sbiff in the Virtuosos sidebar — enjoyed their dual tributes. In fact, they’ve become quite close on the circuit.

Alas, circumstances kept them apart this time — the production of “Kong: Skull Island,” to be specific. The blockbuster sequel has filled Larson’s schedule all season as she has bounced from locations in Vietnam, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Casting Round-Up with Toni Collette, Jared Harris & Clive Owen

29 January 2016 6:47 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I have a trio of casting news for you today, and first up is Toni Collette, who, according to THR, has been cast in XXX 3: The Return Of Xander Cage, joining Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose, The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev and Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The United States of Tara and Little Miss Sunshine actress will play "a... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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Oscars 2016: TV's Bryan Cranston and Brie Larson Score Nods

14 January 2016 5:55 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The big screen will take over the small screen for one evening only when the 88th Academy Awards air Feb. 28 on ABC.

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And based on Thursday’s announcement of Oscar nominees, it’s clear that a handful of TV’s MVPs will infiltrate cinema’s biggest night, hosted by Chris Rock.

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Brie Larson (The United States of Tara), Rachel McAdams (True Detective), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Tom Hardy (Peaky Blinders, the upcoming Taboo), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Revenge, Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival) and Eddie Redmayne »

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Watch: Golden Globe Winner, 'Shape Shifter' Brie Larson on the Challenges of Making 'Room' (Exclusive Video)

12 January 2016 7:13 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Rising indie distributor A24 harbors high awards hopes for Lenny Abrahamson's intense prison escape drama "Room," and so they took the film to world premiere at Telluride, where it popped with audiences and critics, and then to Toronto, where it took home the coveted audience award, which often presages a strong Oscar contender. It's holding its own at the box office, with $5 million in the till so far, before an expected post-Oscar nominations expansion. The film's rising star, Brie Larson, landed Indie Spirit and SAG nominations, and won the prize for Best Actress (Drama) at Sunday night's Golden Globes.  Read More: 'Room' Wins Toronto's Audience Award, Oscar Bellwether Finally, with "Room," Larson, who was so fine as a conflicted social worker in "Short Term 12," after supporting roles in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "The United States of Tara," "The Spectacular Now," "21 Jump Street," and "Don »

- Anne Thompson

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