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Munich Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Alexander Payne with Retrospective

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Munich Film Festival is to pay tribute to Alexander Payne with a complete retrospective of his movies.

Payne’s last visit to the event was in 1997 when he won the High Hopes Award for “Citizen Ruth,” the predecessor of the festival’s CineVision Award. The film starred Laura Dern as a white trash antihero who becomes a cause celebre when she gets pregnant with her fifth child.

Among the movies to play in Munich this year are “Election,” which was the international breakout role for Reese Witherspoon, “About Schmidt,” starring Jack Nicholson, “Sideways,” which stars Paul Giamatti, “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, and “Nebraska,” with Bruce Dern toplining.

The Munich retrospective will show all Payne’s shorts, features and TV films. On June 26, there will be a gala held in his honor, and the director will also speak about his life and movies at Filmmakers Live in the Gasteig Black Box. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Why Judy Greer Was Almost Completely Cut Out Of Tomorrowland

19 May 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Actress Judy Greer - known for her parts in shows like Archer and Arrested Development, as well as movies like The Descendants and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - has a role in Tomorrowland. but if you blink you.ll miss her. In the movie, she plays the mother of Britt Robertson.s character, Casey Newton, but only briefly appears on screen in a home movie that.s played early in the film. It might strike some as odd that a known actress would have such a small part . but as it turns out she originally had a more significant role that ultimately had to be axed because of first act pacing issues. While recently sitting down to talk with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird, I took the opportunity to ask about Judy Greer.s tiny role, and he confirmed that her role in the movie was larger during »

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All the Ways Shailene Woodley Dominated the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

13 April 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Shailene Woodley was the woman of the night at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. She cleaned up in multiple categories, was honored with the prestigious Trailblazer Award, and remained her effortlessly cool self – from her acceptance speeches down to her outfit. Shall we just bow down now?

Shailene has been recognized for stellar performances in The Descendants, The Spectacular Now, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars, and still remains a grounded role model. Here are all the ways the 23-year-old beauty owned the entire night.

1. She and Ansel Elgort scored the Best Kiss Award for The Fault in Our Stars.

Ansel wasn’t at the show, but Shailene managed to give an epic solo acceptance speech (which is damn near impossible for Best Kiss winners). “If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to kiss your brother, it’s pretty great,” she said. Oh, Shailene.

2. She tipped her hat »

- Taylor Ferber

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Ranking the 2015 MTV Movie Award nominees for Best Kiss

9 April 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The crowning achievement of the MTV Movie Awards is Best Kiss. It's a necessary, telling category. Frankly, a kissing scene is often the most interesting part of a movie. (See: "Talladega Nights," "The Notebook," and "Cruel Intentions," which all won in this category.) How do this year's nominees hold up? We rank them from fifth to first. 5. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Get More: 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News So it's a cute moment. There's quippy dialogue. Evans is in his chill Eddie Bauer gear and Johansson is commanding and stony. But the idea of kissing in public as a masquerade is the stuff of ancient teen movies and, more recently, "Inception." We already had this nomination in 2011 with Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and that was both funnier and more intense.  4. James Franco and Seth Rogen: "The Interview" Get More: 2015 MTV Movie Awards, »

- Louis Virtel

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Sideways Director Alexander Payne May Make A Movie About A 4-Time Lottery Winner

6 April 2015 7:32 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With films like Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska, director Alexander Payne has proven himself a master at deftly balancing comedy and drama in his chosen projects. Now, if all goes according to plan, it looks like he has found yet another vehicle to allow him to do what he does best. That's because he is now in talks to helm a romantic comedy inspired by a true story about a woman who won the Texas State Lottery an impressive four times. The new project is titled Septillion to One, and while Payne is not officially attached just yet, The Wrap says that the film has definitely caught his eye. The script he would be working from is written by Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack, and described as "a cross between Silver Linings Playbook and Ocean.s 11." The story centers on an ambitious former FBI agent working in the fraud »

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Alexander Payne Considers Rolling The Dice On OddLot’s Septillion To One

6 April 2015 5:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The script itself prompted a high stakes bidding game – from which OddLot Entertainment emerged victorious – and now, Academy Award winner Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) is considering taking a chance on Septillion To One. Penned by The Newsroom writer Adam R. Perlman and newcomer Graham Sack, the true tale of a mysterious serial lottery winner has sparked the imaginations of several production companies – all keen to get behind OddLot in pushing the project through to production as soon as possible.

Septillion To One is inspired by the real, and suspiciously fortunate activities of Joan Ginther, who won large sums of money playing the lottery in Texas, and also happens to have a PhD in Statistics from Stanford University. Ginther’s first big win came in 1993, when she picked up half a Lotto Texas jackpot, amounting to $5.4 million. She reportedly moved to Las Vegas in 2001, but continued to return to her »

- Sarah Myles

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Watch Shailene Woodley Grow Up Right Before Your Eyes

31 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Shailene Woodley has been a household name for years. After starring in ABC Family's hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Shailene quickly became the one to watch. And with a slew of hits since the show wrapped in 2013 - including The Descendants, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and Insurgent - the brunette beauty has earned her spot on Hollywood's new A-list. From Shailene's adorable relationships with her hunky costars to her quirky habits, there are many more reasons to love the one-of-a-kind actress. Look back at her stunning evolution from an adorable child star to a confident woman. »

- Caitlin-Hacker

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‘Insurgent': How Foreign Audiences are Driving the ‘Divergent’ Franchise’s Growth

22 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Insurgent” will substantially improve upon the box office numbers of “Divergent” thanks to Shailene Woodley’s rising star and an action-heavy plot that is resonating with foreign crowds.

The latest film in the futuristic adventure series didn’t manage to top the domestic opening of the first chapter, matching its roughly $54 million bow, but it is enjoying robust growth overseas.

Insurgent” picked up $47 million across 76 markets, with major territories such as Brazil, France and the United Kingdom reporting massive bumps on the first film’s numbers. It should end its run with between $300 million and $400 million globally compared to $288.7 million for “Divergent,” which generated less than 50% of its total from international audiences.

“Everybody is smiling at Lionsgate this morning,” said Richie Fay, the studio’s distribution chief. “We’re focused on the overall success of the movie worldwide and the growth and strength of the franchise.”

Apples to apples comparisons are difficult to come by, »

- Brent Lang

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Shailene Woodley to receive Trailblazer honour at MTV Movie Awards

21 March 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Shailene Woodley will receive the MTV Movie Awards' Trailblazer honour.

The Insurgent star will be given the award by her The Spectacular Now co-star Miles Teller during the April 12 awards ceremony, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

President of MTV Stephen Friedman described the 23-year-old actress as "one of the most talented actresses of this generation".

He continued: "Whether baring her soul in emotionally charged roles in The Descendants and The Fault in Our Stars or igniting our imagination in sci-fi blockbusters like Insurgent, Shailene has raised the bar for actresses navigating diverse and challenging roles professionally, while personally remaining down-to-earth and accessible to her fans."

Previous recipients of the award include Channing Tatum, Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

Woodley has starred in films such as Divergent and White Bird in a Blizzard. She will also appear in Snowden, based on the story of CIA employee Edward Snowden.

The 2015 MTV Movie Awards »

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Shailene Woodley Isn't Afraid to Go Barefoot in NYC, Shares Her Recipe for Bone Broth

18 March 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Shailene Woodley is all about marching to the beat of her own drum.

The 23-year-old Insurgent star -- who's become well-known for her unconventional health practices like sunning her private parts and eating clay -- is now singing the praises of drinking "bone broth" in the morning.

During her recent appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, Shailene explained what she finds so appealing about her morning drink of choice, which she says is made from boiled bones and other animal parts brewed anywhere from 24 hours to 36 hours.

"What I think is beautiful about it is you utilize the whole animal," she said. "You're not just seeking out that perfect cut of muscle meat and what not."

Video: Shailene Woodley Has a Very Unique Way of Loving People

She also shared the concoction's health benefits.

"It's known to be helpful with leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome -- leaky gut is when you have tiny little holes in »

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Box Office: ‘Insurgent’ Aims to Beat ‘Divergent’ Debut

17 March 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is hoping that Shailene Woodley’s higher profile and the continued popularity of Veronica Roth’s books will bolster revenues for “Insurgent,” the sequel to last spring’s futuristic adventure “Divergent.”

Pre-release tracking suggests that the Lionsgate release will enjoy a modest bump over the $54.6 million debut of its predecessor, with most analysts projecting “Insurgent” will kick off with between $57 million and $60 million when it unspools Friday across 3,875 screens.

Call it the “Fault in Our Stars” effect. When “Divergent” premiered in 2014, Woodley was a relative neophyte whose biggest previous role had been a well-received supporting part in 2011’s “The Descendants” and her work as a teen mother on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

Now she’s one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, her name mentioned alongside the likes of Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. That’s largely due to the way that “Fault in »

- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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Interview: 'Community' star Jim Rash on The Dean's sexuality, directing and more

16 March 2015 10:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The cast of "Community" has come a long way from where they were when the comedy premiered on NBC in 2009 to where they are now as "Community" begins its latest rebirth on Yahoo. Not to take anything away from the career arcs of Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi or Alison Brie, but Jim Rash's journey from comic day player perhaps best known for a resemblance to Moby to beloved supporting performer, Oscar-winning screenwriter and acclaimed indie director seems like the biggest leap. As the cast of "Community" has shifted in recent years, Rash's Dean Pelton has become increasingly central and as Rash's creative profile has grown, thanks to "The Descendants" and "The Way Way Back," he was able to write an episode in The Lost Dan Harmon-less Season. The sixth "Community" season begins on Tuesday (March 17) on Yahoo and Rash has been able to add TV directing to his »

- Daniel Fienberg

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Shailene Woodley

13 March 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the fastest-rising young stars in Hollywood right now is Shailene Woodley, who become known to teenage girls the world over with her lead role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She followed this up by winning a supporting role as George Clooney’s daughter in Alexander Payne’s 2011 smash hit The Descendants (for which she earned rave reviews), and alongside starring in indie films such as The Spectacular Now and White Bird in a Blizzard, has gone the blockbuster route with the Divergent series and smash hit drama The Fault in Our Stars.

The second entry into the Divergent series, Insurgent, is due for release this coming week, and so what better opportunity to look back at the actress’s life and career, to dig around and discover 13 tidbits you surely didn’t know about her? From the mystery surrounding her cut part »

- Jack Pooley

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Jim Burke Named President of Production of Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Burke has been tapped as president of production of Focus Features.

Also, current Focus Features senior VP of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive VP and will report to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years, and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases. Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable, and I am pleased to announce his promotion, one that he earned by taking stewardship of our production slate while the company transitioned under our new mandate.”

Burke has considerable experience as a producer, having worked »

- Justin Kroll

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Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Schlessel.

“Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases.

Speaking about McLaughlin, he added: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Jim Burke joins Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer and executive named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent. Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases,” commented Schlessel.

He continued: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased to announce his promotion »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Shailene Woodley Learned to Pole Dance for 'Snowden', Praises Edward Snowden

9 March 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If there's one thing Shailene Woodley has accomplished it's the ability to speak her mind, which I can certainly appreciate. She's also managed to star in one of the worst young adult adaptations I've seen in Divergent while also managing to not only continue to impress me as an actress in such dreck, but also in her other features such as her breakout role in The Descendants as well as her work in The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars. Next she's working opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden picture, simply titled Snowden and she had a few thing to say about the picture in which she plays Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. Speaking with E!, Woodley was quick to praise the Nsa whistleblower, "I define a hero as somebody, who against the judgment of other people, if they believe something will positively impact the »

- Brad Brevet

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White Bird in a Blizzard review: Shailene Woodley spreads her wings

6 March 2015 4:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Gregg Araki; Screenwriter: Gregg Araki; Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: 15

Shailene Woodley's star continues to rise on a sharp upward trajectory thanks to The Descendants and the Divergent/Insurgent franchise and it may be because she seems wise beyond her years, bringing with her a kind of soulful ennui with the world. Casting her in this adaptation of Scott Heim's novel is also a clever move by writer/director Greg Araki, but the film is ill-judged in various other aspects.

Araki is particularly fascinated by extreme growing pains, with credits including The Doom Generation (1995) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt drama Mysterious Skin (2004) and at the heart of this story is the tragedy of abandonment. Kat Connors (Woodley) is just getting to grips with her changing body – and the boy next door Phil (Shiloh Fernandez) is »

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Movie Review – White Bird in a Blizzard (2015)

6 March 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

White Bird in a Blizzard, 2015.

Directed by Gregg Araki.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Thomas Jane, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe and Mark Indelicato.

Synopsis:

It’s 1988 and Kat Connors is trying to discover her sexual identity. During the same time, her mother disappears without a trace, turning her life upside down.

I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. A line handed down by parents, teachers, significant others and now me. White Bird in a Blizzard is not infuriating, however it’s incredibly disappointing.

It’s not infuriating simply due to the fact the movie never achieves anything more than mediocrity and although you scoff and tut, you never really care enough to be enraged.

I’ve followed Shailene Woodley’s career since The Descendants. Both The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars ended up in my “Best of the Year” lists. Here, her considerable talents are completely wasted. »

- Gary McCurry

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Sun Valley Festival Celebrates Hollywood Connection

4 March 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a community less than 80 years old, with a population south of 2,000, Sun Valley, Idaho, boasts a rich Hollywood history. It might have to do with being partly the invention of Averell Harriman, who invited celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe to help shine a light on the newfangled resort town in the ’30s.

In ensuing years, a kind of 24-hour party train called the Snowball Special would roll in on Friday night from L.A.’s Union Station, just in time for the glitterati to recover and hit the slopes by Saturday morning.

So when screenwriter Teddy Grennan arrived one summer after getting fired from a job by Fox Searchlight and “moping around town,” the idea of starting a film festival seemed to draw on tradition and give him a sense of purpose.

“I called a couple of friends of mine,” recalls the fest executive director. »

- Steve Chagollan

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