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David Bowie Will Be Featured on a Series of British Stamps

David Bowie Will Be Featured on a Series of British Stamps
This article originally appeared on EW.com.

The Royal Mail will immortalize the late David Bowie with a series of new stamps, the British postal service announced Wednesday. The series of 10 stamps honor various eras of Bowie’s career and become available to the public in March. According to a press release, it’s “the first time Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure.”

Six of the stamps commemorate the iconic artwork of Bowie’s albums: 1971’s Hunky Dory, 1973’s Aladdin Sane, 1977’s “Heroes”, 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1997’s Earthling, and his final album,
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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!

The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!
Belladonna Of Sadness

Release Date: Coming Soon from Cinelicious Pics Written By: Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Jules Michelet (novel), Eiichi Yamamoto Directed By: Eiichi Yamamoto Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama

When I heard about Cinelicious Pics’ plans to restore and release the long lost 1973 anime Belladonna Of Sadness, I was well and truly excited. I’m a huge aficionado of 70s-era anime, and this baby has been a “holy grail” of sorts for folks like me for a good many years — much desired but damn near impossible to obtain. So that being said, and with those expectations set freakin’ sky high, let’s see if ol’ Belladonna was worth the wait or will it just fill me with sadness of my own!

Belladonna Of Sadness, based loosely (and by that I mean hardly at all) on the French novel La Sorcière by Jules Michelet, tells the brutal tale of Jeanne,
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Meg Ryan, Robert Mark Kamen to Be Honored at Sonoma Film Festival

Meg Ryan, Robert Mark Kamen to Be Honored at Sonoma Film Festival
Meg Ryan will be honored with the Sonoma Salute Award at the 19th Sonoma Film Festival, a five-day program dedicated to the best in film, food, wine and spirits.

During a tribute event in Sonoma, Calif. on March 31, the actress-director will be celebrated with a special screening of “Ithaca,” her 2015 directorial feature film debut. Starring in over 40 films, Ryan’s most memorable acting performances include “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) and “You’ve Got Mail” (1998). More recently, she starred in “In the Land of Women” (2007), “Serious Moonlight” (2009) and episodes of Lisa Kudrow’s Hulu comedy “Web Therapy” in 2013.

Also being honored is screenwriter and Siff supporter Robert Mark Kamen, whose writing credits include the “Transporter,” “Taken” and “Karate Kid” franchises.

This year’s festival — which will present over 100 films — will open with Joachim Trier’s Jesse Eisenberg-starring drama “Louder Than Bombs” and conclude with the French romantic comedy “The Sense of Wonder.
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Sting Shares His Love for David Bowie: My Wife Trudie Styler and I Felt He 'Actually Blessed Our Baby'

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Sting Shares His Love for David Bowie: My Wife Trudie Styler and I Felt He 'Actually Blessed Our Baby'
Even though the fellow English crooners had a lot in common, David Bowie managed to leave Sting in awe. In an exclusive statement to People, Sting reflects on Bowie's death at the age of 69 on Sunday. For Sting, 64, the loss of music's history-making icon brought back a cherished memory he shares with wife Trudie Styler, 62. "The first time Trudie and I met David was during the Serious Moonlight Tour somewhere in the U.S.," Sting says of Bowie's 1983 jaunt. "We were watching the show from the side of the stage, Trudie heavily pregnant with our daughter Mickey." Sting continues, "David
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Odin’s Eye hires Martin Gallery to oversee sales, acquisitions

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Sales exec joins Australian outfit from Pinnacle Films.

Odin’s Eye Entertainment (Oee) has appointed Martin Gallery as Svp of international distribution and acquisitions.

Gallery will be based in Oee’s Sydney offices to oversee sales and acquisitions throughout Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

The appointment follows a three year stint as theatrical director at Pinnacle Films, releasing the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club; Jobs and the Spierig Brothers’ Predestination.

Gallery previously spent 12 years at 21st Century Pictures, rising to general manager overseeing acquisitions, marketing and sales to the Anz marketplace for titles including Source Code, Serious Moonlight and Fahrenheit 9/11.

Gallery said his first market with Oee would be Busan (Oct 1-10).

Oee’s La-based svp of sales and acquisitions, Ildi Toth Davy and Favelle will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) with a soon-to-be announced line-up.
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Meg Ryan Looks Beautiful in Rare Public Appearance

Meg Ryan Looks Beautiful in Rare Public Appearance
No wonder John Mellencamp couldn't let Meg Ryan go! Making her first official public appearance since the 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala in April 2014, the French Kiss actress looked trés chic at Paris Fashion Week Monday. Ryan attended the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015-16 show and was seated in the front row beside model/actress Farida Khelfa. Ryan wore a form-fitting dress and understated makeup. The actress, who hasn't appeared in a movie since 2009's Serious Moonlight, next stars in the movie Ithaca, which she also directed. Based on the 1943 novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, the film stars her son, Jack Quaid, plus Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith, Christine Nelson...
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Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen to Host 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

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Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen to Host 2015 Independent Spirit Awards
Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen will host the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 21, live on IFC at 2:00 pm Pt / 5:00 pm Et, from executive producer Joel Gallen.

Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary

Read the full release from Film Independent:

Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday,
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Meg Ryan Boards Teen Comedy Fan Girl

It’s been some time since Meg Ryan has lit up the big screen in a comedy. After abandoning her 80s persona initiated by her now-synonymous role in When Harry Met Sally, the actress dove into darker projects around the early 2000s. To be honest, who wouldn’t want to star in a gritty Jane Campion drama in just your birthday suit? Still, that was some ten years back, and following a dabble in forgettable fare such as The Women and Serious Moonlight, Ryan could be in line to rekindle her cinematic career with Fan Girl.

Under the direction of Paul Jarrett, the film will apparently follow a by-the-numbers teen movie formula. The story is “about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.
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Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’

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Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’
Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.

Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers.
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Meg Ryan Joins 'How I Met Your Dad' Cast

Meg Ryan is the latest star attached to the How I Met Your Mom spinoff How I Met Your Dad.

Meg Ryan Joins 'How I Met Your Dad'

Ryan, who hasn’t appeared in anything for a number of years, has taken the role of the narrator – voicing the future version of Greta Gerwig’s character Sally, reported Entertainment Weekly. In How I Met Your Mother, “future Ted” was voiced by Full House actor Bob Saget over the course of the comedy series’ nine seasons.

Ryan’s last film role was in 2009’s Serious Moonlight. Since then, she’s made appearances on Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy. For the most part, however, Ryan has been taking the time off to focus on raising her adopted daughter Daisy. The actress appears to be eager to get back into the business these days, with a rumored sitcom in the works
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Meg Ryan to make directing debut with Ithaca

The actor will team with her two-time romcom partner Tom Hanks on Ithaca, a World War II drama in which she will also star

Meg Ryan is directing her first feature film, Ithaca, an adaptation of the 1943 William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy.

She will also star in the film alongside Sam Shepard and Melanie Griffith, while Tom Hanks, who Ryan memorably starred alongside in Sleepless In Seattle and You've Got Mail, will be executive producer. Also starring will be Meg Ryan's son Jack Quaid, best known for his role as Marvel in The Hunger Games movies.

The Human Comedy, written for the Ryan version by Band of Brothers producer Erik Jendresen, is about a teenage telegram delivery boy in small-town America during World War II, witnessing the impact of the conflict on those he delivers messages to. The novel was actually originally written as a screenplay by Saroyan,
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Meg Ryan to make directing debut with Ithaca

The actor will team with her two-time romcom partner Tom Hanks on Ithaca, a World War II drama in which she will also star

Meg Ryan is directing her first feature film, Ithaca, an adaptation of the 1943 William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy.

She will also star in the film alongside Sam Shepard and Melanie Griffith, while Tom Hanks, who Ryan memorably starred alongside in Sleepless In Seattle and You've Got Mail, will be executive producer. Also starring will be Meg Ryan's son Jack Quaid, best known for his role as Marvel in The Hunger Games movies.

The Human Comedy, written for the Ryan version by Band of Brothers producer Erik Jendresen, is about a teenage telegram delivery boy in small-town America during World War II, witnessing the impact of the conflict on those he delivers messages to. The novel was actually originally written as a screenplay by Saroyan,
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Bob Odenkirk Joins 'Fargo' Ensemble; BBC's 'Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell' Starts Casting & More

2013 will close out nicely for Bob Odenkirk, with the actor saying farewell to "Breaking Bad" and soon to be seen in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." While he waits for things to get moving on that Saul Goodman spinoff, he's joining another TV show that is already getting all sorts of attention. FX's Coen Brothers produced "Fargo" series has finalized its cast with Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Joey King and Oliver Platt joining Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton in the show. Plot details thus far are being kept under wraps, but it's another "true crime" story with a Minnesota nice vibe. Production on the 10-episode series gets underway next month, and it will air in the spring. [Variety/Deadline] Remember Meg Ryan? Once the go-to rom-com actress, Meg Ryan has been little seen in recent years, with her last feature role in 2009's movie-you-forgot-about "Serious Moonlight" while more recently she's had
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Bob Odenkirk Joins 'Fargo' Ensemble; BBC's 'Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell' Starts Casting & More

Bob Odenkirk Joins 'Fargo' Ensemble; BBC's 'Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell' Starts Casting & More
2013 will close out nicely for Bob Odenkirk, with the actor saying farewell to "Breaking Bad" and soon to be seen in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." While he waits for things to get moving on that Saul Goodman spinoff, he's joining another TV show that is already getting all sorts of attention. FX's Coen Brothers produced "Fargo" series has finalized its cast with Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Joey King and Oliver Platt joining Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton in the show. Plot details thus far are being kept under wraps, but it's another "true crime" story with a Minnesota nice vibe. Production on the 10-episode series gets underway next month, and it will air in the spring. [Variety/Deadline] Remember Meg Ryan? Once the go-to rom-com actress, Meg Ryan has been little seen in recent years, with her last feature role in 2009's movie-you-forgot-about "Serious Moonlight" while more recently she's had
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Meg Ryan Developing NBC Comedy as Starring Vehicle

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Meg Ryan Developing NBC Comedy as Starring Vehicle
Meg Ryan is bringing her business to the small screen. The “Sleepless in Seattle” star has entered a development deal for a new comedy, which Ryan would star in and executive produce. Also read: Meg Ryan Goes for Comedy in ‘Serious Moonlight’ Ryan will play Rose, a sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational single mom who decides to return to her New York publishing house where she was once a brilliant editor to find that she now works for Brenda, her neurotic 30 year old boss who was once her former intern. Rose must find a way to keep her boss, her teenage kids,
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The Patience Stone | Review

Stone Faced: Rahimi’s Concept Bogged Down By Transparency

As he did with his 2004 film, Earth and Ashes, Afghan filmmaker Atiq Rahimi adapts one of his own novels, The Patience Stone, for his latest feature. A situational drama inspired by a native fable concerning the titular stone, Rahimi proposes a ‘what if’ scenario that unfortunately gets repetitively tiresome, even if its locale grants it a certain compelling fervor. What if a Muslim woman could speak her mind truthfully without fear of consequence, relay her innermost thoughts and emotions to a catatonic spouse that’s kept her under the harsh thumb of his oppression for a decade? Whatever agency our lead protagonist is able to establish for herself, there’s an arid hue of hopelessness surrounding her specific situation, and its dubious streak of fortune makes this feel like science fiction.

In an unspecified Afghan city set during the country’s recent upheaval,
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The Caves of Androzani: Doctor Who classic episode #12

Peter Davison's swansong has everything – powerful atmosphere, great script and fantastic performances – making it the best regeneration episode in Who history

The Caves of Androzani (episode four, 16 March 1984)

Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the past 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at The Caves of Androzani. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.

The Caves of Androzani is another one of those stories where the streams of greatness simply align. Peter Davison's regeneration story is not just his finest story, but the finest of all regeneration stories. And while it was notable for a departure, it also saw the return of one of the show's greatest heroes, in writer Robert Holmes, responsible for more than one of the choices on this list already.

And yet it's strange. This pitch-black political thriller is adored,
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David Bowie - Five Years; Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette – TV review

Bowie? Someone saw him having breakfast once – and it was a beautiful thing

Music documentaries can be quite tedious things, especially if the subject of the documentary isn't taking part – on account of being dead maybe, or simply too mysterious and enigmatic to be involved. So you're left with archive clips, which will be frustratingly short for lovers of the music who will want to hear whole songs. Interspersed with the clips there'll be talk, by people who worked with the subject back in the day. There'll be stories of good times, hedonism and demonstrations of significant chord changes. If the subject of the film is very famous, the collaborator will maybe show off a little about just how well they knew/know them, personally. And music journalists and cultural commentators will be competitively insightful. You know the genre.

Francis Whately's film David Bowie – Five Years (BBC2, Sunday) is all of the above.
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Gideon’s Army | Sundance 2013 Review

Porter Profiles Public Defense With Appreciative Probing

Before dipping her toes into the film world as an executive producer on films like Serious Moonlight and Showtime’s The Green, debuting director Dawn Porter worked as an attorney for ABC Television. So, it’s no wonder that with her first docu feature she approaches the legal system with a critical eye while paying tribute to the men and women that work in the paperwork-filled trenches of lawyership as valiant, but under-appreciated public defenders. Following a trio of Georgia and Mississippi based attorneys as they inventively fight for the freedom of their clients in the face of moral axioms, mounting caseloads and suffocating six-figure student debts, Gideon’s Army veritably asks, with such professional pressure and often thankless clientèle, is justice for all even possible?

With the support of their vehement mentor Jonathan Rapping, young lawyers Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June
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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #22: Dawn Porter Documents the Struggles of Public Defenders in the South in 'Gideon's Army'

Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #22: Dawn Porter Documents the Struggles of Public Defenders in the South in 'Gideon's Army'
Before embarking on her film career, documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter was an attorney at ABC Television. Since, she's gone to work in narrative features as an executive producer for films including "Serious Moonlight," which premiered in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Showtime’s "The Green." She's at Sundance this year with "Gideon's Army." What's It About: "Young public defenders working in the deep south. They have low salaries, large case loads and little help." What's It's Really About: "Idealistic young people who want to help poor people. The criminal justice system is their Goliath and they have very limited tools to fight back. In the end being a good lawyer is not enough - they have to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice." My Chief Challenge: "The actual practice of law is not a very visually interesting thing - its a lot of computer research...
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