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Leeds International Film Festival 2014 Review – Birdman (2014)

21 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Birdman, 2014.

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts.

Synopsis:

Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) attempts to distance himself from his famous role as the superhero, Birdman by staging a Broadway play adaptation of Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love‘. In the days leading to the premier, Riggan must overcome his ego and family troubles to ensure he can once again hit the big time.

There’s a scene in Birdman where Michael Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomas, confronts the theatre critic who threatens to shut down his play with a single review, without even seeing it. It’s one of the films best scenes – in a film where it’s difficult to choose just one – as Keaton describes her writing as full of labels and adjectives, with nothing about technique, structure or execution, reducing his »

- Gary Collinson

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'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins Takes the Action Comedy 'Jackpot'

18 November 2014 7:36 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

At one time, Monster director Patty Jenkins was lined up to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but some trouble behind the scenes saw her exit the project and the job ended up going to Alan Taylor. Sadly, that means the director hasn't found another big project since her breakthrough with the film famous for Charlize Theron's serial killer transformation. But she just might have another chance at becoming a household name as THR reports Jenkins will direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens from 2011, an adaptation of a crime story by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters). After winning a huge sum of money in a betting pool, four coworkers begin to double-cross each other over the prize money, and things turn lethal pretty quickly. The script comes from The Expendables and Godzilla scribe David Callaham with Easy A director Will Gluck acting »

- Ethan Anderton

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Patty Jenkins to Direct Action-Comedy Remake Jackpot

17 November 2014 5:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It appears that Monster director Patty Jenkins is now close to making her second feature film in over a decade.  The talented filmmaker was previously attached to helm Thor: The Dark World but subsequently dropped out over creative differences with Marvel.  Her other credits include directing the pilot for AMC’s The Killing as well as episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development, but now THR reports that she’s turning her attention to the action-comedy genre with a remake of the 2011 Norwegian film Jackpot.  Based on a story by crime author Jo Nesbo (Headhunters and The Snowman), the film revolves around four men who win big in a sports pool, only to resort to lethal measures when dividing the winnings proves difficult. The Expendables and Doom scribe David Callaham penned the screenplay, and Will Gluck (Easy A) is producing.  It’s been too long since Jenkins brought her talents to the feature film world, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Amanda Bynes Tattoo Wish List Includes Some Neck Ink

15 November 2014 10:14 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Amanda Bynes' tattoo wish list includes a neck tattoo, but unfortunately after she failed to produce identification, she was denied the new ink recently. The 28-year-old troubled actress, who was recently released from a psychiatric hospital for the second time, almost had a name tattooed on her neck before it was revealed that she didn't have any ID on her and the plan was cancelled. According to the gossip website TMZ.com, Amanda arrived at The Honorable Society tattoo parlor in West Hollywood, California on Tuesday (11.11.14) where she asked to have the name of her rumoured fiance Caleb Pusey permanently etched into her skin. After denying the 'Easy A' actress the ink, an employee of the tattoo parlor told TMZ.com that even if she had identificaton, Amanda - who claimed to be bipolar and a manic depressive on Twitter last week (04.11.14) - would have been expected »

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Heidi Montag: I've Never Met Amanda Bynes, But She Can Come Stay With Me!

10 November 2014 12:37 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

As they say in the South, bless her heart. Many were confused on Thursday, Nov. 6, when former Hills standout Heidi Montag sent troubled star Amanda Bynes a very public invitation to come stay with her on Twitter.  “@amandabynes you are more then welcome to crash in our guest house in Santa Barbara if you need somewhere to stay! Dm me!” she tweeted.  Now Montag, 28, has clarified her tweet in an on-camera interview with Extra, explaining why she reached out to the Easy A star, 28. Noting [...] »

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Amanda Bynes Dyes Her Hair Purple -- See Her New 'Do!

7 November 2014 11:33 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Amanda Bynes switched up her look ... again! The "Easy A" star took to Twitter on Friday to debut her new purple 'do by posting a picture from the salon.  "I dyed my hair violet :D I'm not sure if I like it , and this is a blurry pic but here it is !" she wrote to her fans. It seems strange that the troubled actress had enough money to pay for her beauty treatment, after she revealed that she didn't the funds to pay for a hotel room. Earlier this week, TMZ posted a pic of Amanda sleeping on a couch at the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles."I was not given money for a hotel so I have been staying with friends and I didn't get enough sleep last night so I fell asleep on a couch @ the Beverly center and a paparazzi snuck in and took pictures of me, »

- tooFab Staff

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'Mean Girls' director is back for more high-school drama, signs on for new comedy

7 November 2014 6:02 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The man behind Mean Girls is ready to jump back into the icy waters of high-school drama. Mark Waters, who directed the cool-girl classic that just celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the EW Reunions Issue, has signed on to helm a comedy called #Catfight, EW has confirmed. And as if its name wasn't a big enough tell, the plot is filled with Plastics-level drama. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, the story centers on Lucy, an insecure high-schooler with a single mom who earns a scholarship to a private high school for her senior year and "attempts to »

- Emily Blake

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This Is Why Emma Stone Is Queen of the GIFs

6 November 2014 3:05 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Source: Sony Pictures It's Emma Stone's 26th birthday this week, and though she's still so young, she's already provided us with a treasure trove of memorable movie moments. You know the kind - the moments so good they have been made into GIFs you keep sharing over and over again. To celebrate the versatile actress's birthday, we've got all her best movie GIFs here, ranging from the funny (and there are so many funny ones) to a few fierce and dramatic ones too. Enjoy! Superbad Remember when we all fell for Emma in her debut film? So does Jonah Hill. Source: Columbia Pictures She was so cute, he almost knocks her out. Source: Columbia Pictures Yes, Emma. With laughter. Source: Columbia Pictures The House Bunny She can be glam, but she also makes a great adorable nerd. Source: Columbia Pictures Zombieland This is how one manages to be adorable with a gun. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Watch: Two Final Trailers for 'Annie'

4 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If you've been reading my writing on this site or heard me on the podcast, you know I am a big fan of musicals. However, a musical is a form like any other. It has its highs and its lows. People like to think if I like the form, I like everything within it. Not the case. It would be like saying I like every movie. It is probably the same 30% good/70% bad ratio for any artistic medium. One of the most popular musicals of all time falls in the 70% bad range for me, which is Annie. The musical has already had a film adaptation directed by John Huston and a TV movie adaptation by Rob Marshall. So, instead of trying their hand at something new (such as trying one of the shows on my top ten musicals that should be made into movies), we will be getting yet another version of this story. »

- Mike Shutt

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Bet Your Bottom Dollar on the Final Trailer for the Remake of 'Annie'

4 November 2014 7:17 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Please, take care of our baby. Her name's Annie." That's right, the remake of the classic musical Annie is still a movie that's coming out this winter, in case you forgot with all the excitement for Interstellar hitting theaters this week. Honestly, if you're not already sold on this flick, then you're probably not going to see anything new in the latest trailer to convince you to see it. While it doesn't look terrible, this movie looks painfully sweet, like Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis will give you cavities. And since it's a musical, we know it's not going to be as short as most family films. But will it be worth your time? See for yourself. Here's the last trailer for Will Gluck's remake of Annie direct from YouTube: Watch the most recent trailer for Annie from the United Kingdom right here. Annie is directed by Will Gluck »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: Final Trailer For Will Gluck’s ‘Annie’ With Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis & More

4 November 2014 5:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The sun’ll come out tomorrow, right? It’s been interesting to watch Will Gluck’s career progress. After years in TV, the writer/director/producer jumped into feature films, making his name on irreverent comedies often in the teen genre, including “Fired Up,” “Easy A” and “Friends With Benefits.” The success of those films have led to the development of a dozen big projects too, including “Stealing The Moon” with “The Social Network” and “Moneyball” producers Scott Rudin, Dan Brunetti and Mike DeLuca. But for his next trick, Gluck flipped the script and instead tried his hand at a big-budget, family-friendly musical remake of “Annie.” Starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, and Cameron Diaz, “Annie” is a modern retelling of the Broadway classic, executive produced by Will Smith and Jay-z among others. Here’s the official synopsis: A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations. »

- Edward Davis

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Annie remake: Quvenzhané Wallis stars in new trailer

3 November 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new trailer for Annie has been released.

Written and directed by Will Gluck (Easy A), the new adaptation of the Broadway musical stars Quvenzhané Wallis as plucky foster child Annie, and Jamie Foxx as the hardened tycoon who takes her in.

Having been raised in a foster home by the formidable Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), Annie is adopted by Foxx's Will Stacks in a calculated PR move for his New York mayoral campaign, and gradually forms a genuine bond with him.

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale play Stacks' VP and campaign advisor respectively.

The film will feature the play's original songs as well as music by Jay Z.

Annie will be released on December 19 in the Us and December 20 in the UK. »

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Amanda Bynes Remains Under Conservatorship, Lawyer Dismissed by Judge

1 November 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Amanda Bynes will remain under a conservatorship and a judge dismissed a lawyer she hired for the hearing. A lawyer claiming to represent the 28-year-old actress, who was released from a psychiatric treatment facility in Pasadena, California on Thursday after being involuntarily committed on October 10, asked a judge to remove Lynn Bynes' ability to make decisions on the troubled star's behalf on Friday. But the judge ruled the 'Easy A' star lacked the capacity to enter into a binding contract or hire a lawyer, so he refused to allow the hearing to go ahead. He also ruled that Amanda will remain under her mother's care via the conservatorship, according to gossip website TMZ.com. Despite claiming on Twitter on Friday morning that she planned to fight to regain control of her life, Amanda did not show up to court, but was spotted having lunch in Mel's Drive-In in Hollywood shortly beforehand. »

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Amanda Bynes' Parents Granted Another Temporary Conservatorship

29 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Amanda Bynes' parents are back in control of their troubled daughter's estate.

After her recent DUI arrest and sudden trip to New York City, Amanda Bynes' parents are back in control of their troubled daughter's estate.

Et confirms that Lynn and Richard Bynes were granted a temporary conservatorship of the Easy A actress' finances on Wednesday, and TMZ reports that the parents called out several expensive gifts their daughter gave to strangers as a reason for the conservatoriship.

If this all sounds too familiar, it could be because in 2013 Bynes' mother was given control of her daughter's finances of her daughter while she was undergoing treatment for mental health issues. That conservatorship ended in September.

Photos: Amanda Bynes' Strangest Twitpics

The new decision by the courts comes a day after Bynes' mandatory psychiatric hold at a Pasadena facility was extended to 30 days. The doctors explained on Tuesday that the actress was still "very ill," and »

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Amanda Bynes' Very Own Show Premiered 15 Years Ago – And Et Was There

16 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Back in 2001, we talked to the rising young star on the set of Nickelodeon's 'The Amanda Show.' What went wrong?

It's hard to believe but October 16 marks 15 years since The Amanda Show -- starring a then-13-year-old Amanda Bynes -- first premiered on Nickelodeon.

Airing from 1999 to 2002, the All That spin-off show turned Bynes, now 28, into a star.

But clearly, it hasn't all been smooth sailing from there. In the last month, the troubled actress has made daily headlines with erratic behavior, explosive allegations and – on October 10 – a return to being held at a psychiatric treatment facility, potentially for up to a year.

Video: Amanda Bynes' Psych Hold Extended to 2 Weeks, Hit 'Breaking Point' With Abuse Allegations

Both Bynes' mental health struggles and trouble with the law are well-documented, but when did it all start going south for the troubled child star?

Let's take a look back at a timeline of her troubles »

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Amanda Bynes Mother Lynn Speaks Out on Abuse Charges Against Dad Rick Bynes

13 October 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

The ''heartbroken'' mother of the troubled actress Amanda Bynes has released a statement following her daughter's comments on sexual abuse. Amanda Bynes shocked her Twitter followers last week after she tweeted several messages which alleged that her father, Rick Bynes had sexually abused her growing up. Although she later deleted the messages and posted an apology, the 'Easy A' actress was then reportedly placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for 72 hours, according to TMZ. Now her mother, Lynn Bynes has released a statement to E! News via her attorney, Tamar Arminak regarding the situation. It stated: ''I am heartbroken today for my husband of 47 years. Rick has been the best father and husband a family can ask for. He has never abused Amanda or our other children physically or sexually. ''These accusations are absolutely horrible and could not be further from the truth! These allegations stem from Amanda's mental »

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Emma Stone’s Silliest, Most Oscar-Worthy Faces

13 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

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The highly anticipated film Birdman hits cinemas this week, with Emma Stone getting a lot of buzz for her performance. In honor of the role, we’re taking a look at the actress’ crazy face. Not crazy in the way that it looks — Emma is one foxy lady — but crazy because it seems to be made entirely of rubber. Seriously, some of her facial contortions give even the likes of Jim Carrey a run for their money.

Admittedly, many of her best looks come from Easy A (the Lobster Shack scene, people!), but she’s got a long history of absolutely Going There when it comes to twisting her face for dramatic or comedic effect. From The House Bunny to Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emma’s roles are only as good as the faces she makes while playing them. Kim Kardashian may have perfected Duck Face, but only »

- Kat George

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Amanda Bynes Returns to Twitter, Plans Transfer to Nyu or Columbia

7 October 2014 2:19 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Back at it. Amanda Bynes returned to Twitter on Tuesday, Oct. 7, re-upping her social media presence after a five-month hiatus.  The former child star, 28, took to her verified Twitter account in the early hours of Tuesday morning. "Treat others how you want to be treated," she wrote. "The truth will set you free." Though she had stayed out of the public eye for many months, Bynes has had an eventful couple of weeks. The Easy A actress arrived in New York City on Friday, Oct. 3, [...] »

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Magic in the Moonlight

30 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 16, 2014; Digital Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $34.99

Studio: Sony

Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Emma Stone (Easy A) star in the 2014 romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight is the 44th feature film—44th!!!—written and directed by Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine).

Acclaimed magician Stanley Crawford (Firth), has dazzled audiences across Europe with feats of supernatural amazement, but when it comes to explaining the inexplicable, Stanley is a dedicated skeptic. Enter Sophie Baker (Stone), psychic, soothsayer, and stunning seductress. As Stanley and Sophie embark on misadventures up and down the French Riviera, will they discover proof of a world beyond the laws of physics or have they fallen under the sway of a more earthly chemistry?

Also featuring Marcia Gay Harden (A Cat in Paris), Hamish Linklater (Lola Versus), and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom »

- Laurence

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Recap: 'Outlander' - 'The Wedding' is less important than the honeymoon

20 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last week Claire — and the audience — were subjected to a harrowing experience. We got up close and personal with an honest-to-God psychopath wrapped in a shell of gentility. Black Jack Randall is welcome to die in a fire.  But with the help of Scottish Santa, Claire escaped…and was immediately betrothed to Jamie to save her from falling back into the British army’s clutches. So without further ado, on to “The Wedding!” ************** Full disclosure: By the end of this episode,  I am still solidly Team Frank.  Instead of opening at the wedding, or with a flurry of wedding preparation spearheaded by Mrs. Fitz (because she’s back at Castle Leoch), we open at another wedding. Claire and Frank’s to be precise. Just grind that salt into the wound harder, Starz. Frank and Claire are holding hands and walking past the courthouse when Frank stops. Claire is puzzled »

- Donna Dickens

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