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Sherry Lansing on Female Film Execs, Hollywood Movies, Cancer Research, Education, and Mel Gibson

13 July 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sherry Lansing, the former prexy of 20th Century Fox, and chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for 12 years, was at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week with her husband, William Friedkin, who received the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

Lansing, who played a leading role in the success of such films as “Forrest Gump,” “Braveheart” and Titanic,” spoke to Variety about the prospects for talented female executives in international territories, the quality of Hollywood movies today, her objectives in the field of philanthropy, and Mel Gibson.

In 1980, you earned the status of trailblazer when you became the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. Although many female execs have followed in your footsteps Stateside, in international territories it is far less common to find female heads of leading film companies. What are the key factors that would change that and help talented female executives rise worldwide? »

- Leo Barraclough

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Czech Jews criticise Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award

6 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award has been slammed by the Czech Jewish community.

On Friday (July 4), Gibson accepted the Crystal Globe honors at the 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, for his contribution to film, reports Bloomberg.

In a letter to the festival, the Jewish Federation singled out Gibson's 2014 film The Passion of Christ for depicting Jews in "classic stereotypes" as "evil and blood-thirsty" people who were responsible for Jesus's death.

Petr Papousek, the head of the Jewish federation, added: "At the time of increasing anti-Semitism, Mr Gibson's work can be easily used to justify anti-Jewish hatred."

The letter also stated: "By granting this award, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival becomes another of the very arguable platforms that are gradually changing the atmosphere of our country from a traditional, relatively tolerant society" into one "where space is given to hostility, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic ideas. »

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Czech Jews criticises Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award

6 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award has been slammed by the Czech Jewish community.

On Friday (July 4), Gibson accepted the Crystal Globe honors at the 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, for his contribution to film, reports Bloomberg.

In a letter to the festival, the Jewish Federation singled out Gibson's 2014 film The Passion of Christ for depicting Jews in "classic stereotypes" as "evil and blood-thirsty" people who were responsible for Jesus's death.

Petr Papousek, the head of the Jewish federation, added: "At the time of increasing anti-Semitism, Mr Gibson's work can be easily used to justify anti-Jewish hatred."

The letter also stated: "By granting this award, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival becomes another of the very arguable platforms that are gradually changing the atmosphere of our country from a traditional, relatively tolerant society" into one "where space is given to hostility, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic ideas. »

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Mel Gibson Comeback? Gary Oldman Defends Him, Karlovy Vary Fest Awards Crystal Globe

24 June 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mel Gibson hasn't been too much in the news lately--he's a bit of a tarnished commodity--which makes it all the more interesting that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has decided to to award him the Crystal Globe this year. The award, presented to its recipient for an 'outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema,' is the festival's top honor.  Gibson will also present a special screening of "Apocalypto," his controversial --and fabulously shot--2006 follow-up to "The Passion of the Christ," set in the twilight years of the Mayan empire. Of course, Mel Gibson is a two-time Oscar winner: he won best director and best picture awards for "Braveheart," so he's not an unserious filmmaker in any way. But he has acted in just one film a year since 2010--from his performance as a mentally troubled man using a puppet to communicate in Foster's "The Beaver," which was rejected by audiences, »

- Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs

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Emmys: Jodie Foster on Why She Wanted to Direct 'Orange Is the New Black' (Q&A)

3 June 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. There was little that Jodie Foster hadn't done as an actor, director and writer, which is why she jumped at the chance to broaden her résumé last year with two TV directing gigs. Here, the two-time Oscar-winning actress (The Accused, Silence of the Lambs) and feature director (The Beaver) shares the lessons she has learned as a TV newbie and why it's Ok to sometimes just let things happen. How did you get the gig to direct Orange Is the New Black? Interestingly, I

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- Stacey Wilson

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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

8 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather GrahamAnton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

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- Jeff Labrecque

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Mel Gibson in talks to star in action thriller Blood Father

29 March 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson has become attached to Blood Father.

The Hollywood star is in talks to star in the action thriller, reports Deadline.

Blood Father, directed by Jean-Francois Richet and written by Peter Craig, is described as a Taken-style movie about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged, wayward 16-year old daughter, and who must protect her from drug dealers attempting to kill her.

The project will start production in May in New Mexico.

Richet previously helmed the 2008 movie Mesrine about the French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Gibson's classic movie Mad Max has been revamped with Tom Hardy in the title role. Gibson will not be making a cameo in the reboot.

In the last few years, Gibson has starred in Machete Kills, Get the Gringo and The Beaver. He will appear in the third Expendables movie. »

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Mel Gibson Wants Some of That Liam Neeson Money, Joins ‘Taken’-Like Thriller ‘Blood Father’

28 March 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Is there any hope for Mel Gibson? It was almost four years ago that a string of obscene voicemail messages obliterated the actor’s career and then salted the very earth it sprung from. But Gibson hasn’t given up. He’s actually done the opposite, making a new movie every year since 2010 – Edge of Darkness, The Beaver, Get the Gringo and Machete Kills, with The Expendables 3 due out this year. Add another onto that list, because Gibson has just signed onto something called Blood Father. According to Deadline, the film has just put all its major pieces in place: Gibson will star, Jean-Francoise Richet (of Mesrine and 2005′s Assault on Precinct 13 remake) will direct and Peter Craig (The Town) will write the screenplay, based on his own novel. The story sounds just like every other “grizzled old man kills people for some reason” action movie these days: a teenage girl witnesses a murder and »

- Adam Bellotto

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Some positivity about Jennifer Lawrence for a change

25 March 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Maybe I’m nuts, but it seems to me that everyone is out to get Jennifer Lawrence these days, and I’m not sure why. She’s an incredibly talented young actress, reportedly a nice person, and has good taste in the projects she chooses to work on, so what gives? Especially this past year with her Supporting Actress candidacy for American Hustle, it became the sort of situation where it appeared that the world would end if she won a second Oscar. It makes no sense to me, but I figured I’d take this opportunity to praise her a bit and turn the tide back towards respect for the Academy Award winning thespian. It was only a few short years ago that Lawrence was being heralded for her breakthrough work in Winter’s Bone. That first Academy Award nomination she received for that film led to her winning »

- Joey Magidson

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Mel Gibson: Journalist Asks Hollywood To Remove Him From Blacklist

18 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Entertainment journalist Allison Hope Weiner’s public plea to take Mel Gibson off the Hollywood blacklist inspires debate on the nature of Hollywood forgiveness.

Gibson's Anti-Semitic Remarks, Recorded Outbursts

Weiner, a longtime journalist, published the piece on Deadline Tuesday, March 11, partly titled “Hollywood, Take Mel Gibson Off Your Blacklist.” The article was timed to coincide with the 10-year-anniversary of Gibson’s controversial film The Passion of the Christ, which caused a huge uproar among Hollywood elite and viewers due to its version of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which many deemed anti-Semitic. Gibson defended the film against such allegations and claimed The Passion of the Christ was an accurate description of the events as described in the Bible.

Soon after the film’s 2004 release, Gibson’s career began to dwindle. In 2006, Gibson was arrested on a DUI in Florida and reports of the offensive, drunken tirade he leveled at the arresting officers was leaked. »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

12 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »

- ryanlambie

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The Oscars' youngest winners and nominees: Where are they now?

26 February 2014 9:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

There's just days to go before Ellen DeGeneres hosts the biggest event in the movie world's calendar - the 86th annual Academy Awards.

This year's nominees include newcomers Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi, who are recognised for their supporting breakthrough performances in 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips respectively.

Ahead of Sunday's (March 2) glittering ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, we reminisce upon other breakthrough roles from some of the youngest Oscar-nominated stars in history - and what they've gone on to do since - below:

Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon

Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history, picking up the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the tender age of 10 for her role as strong-willed tomboy Addie in Paper Moon (1973), in which she appeared opposite her father Ryan O'Neal.

The actress went on to appear in successful movies such as The Bad News Bears Nickelodeon with Burt Reynolds, and »

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DiCaprio, Breslin and Foster: Breakthrough Oscars stars then and now

26 February 2014 9:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

There's just days to go before Ellen DeGeneres hosts the biggest event in the movie world's calendar - the 86th annual Academy Awards.

This year's nominees include newcomers Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi, who are recognised for their supporting breakthrough performances in 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips respectively.

Ahead of Sunday's (March 2) glittering ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, we reminisce upon other breakthrough roles from some of the youngest Oscar-nominated stars in history - and what they've gone on to do since - below:

Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon

Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history, picking up the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the tender age of 10 for her role as strong-willed tomboy Addie in Paper Moon (1973), in which she appeared opposite her father Ryan O'Neal.

The actress went on to appear in successful movies such as The Bad News Bears Nickelodeon with Burt Reynolds, and »

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Us Secrets & Lies could be headed to Ten

24 February 2014 1:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Network Ten has first dibs on the Us remake of Hoodlum Entertainment.s crime drama Secrets & Lies, which starts shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday. The Disney-owned ABC network commissioned the pilot, which stars Ryan Philippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez and Belle Shouse. The Seven Network has an output deal with Disney but Hoodlum.s Tracey Robertson says Ten has first rights on the remake which, if it.s picked up, will be a 10-episode series. The 6-part Australian series launches on Ten at 8.30 pm on March 3. When ABC commissioned the pilot, it agreed to a series penalty, which means the network will have to pay a hefty fee to the producers if it doesn.t proceed.. The Oz show stars Martin Henderson as Ben, a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Diana Glenn plays his »

- Don Groves

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Christian Slater and Steve Zahn Psychological Manipulate People For Good and For Profit In 'Mind Games'

21 February 2014 8:08 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Writer/producer Kyle Killen has had some bad luck with some good series. "Lone Star," his 2010 drama starring James Wolk as a Texas con-man leading two lives with two different women he was in love with ran for just two critically acclaimed but low-rated episodes on Fox before getting canceled. "Awake," his 2012 NBC fantasy/crime series featuring Jason Isaacs as a cop switching between different realities in which either his wife or his son died in a car accident, fared a little better, lasting a full 13-episode season before getting cut. ("The Beaver," which he wrote and Jodie Foster directed, faced a different sort of challenge by way of its controversy-laden star Mel Gibson.) So while it's a little disappointing, it's hard to blame Killen for choosing to play things safer in his new series, "Mind Games," which premieres on ABC on Tuesday, February 25th, seeing as he's had two »

- Alison Willmore

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Christian Slater and Steve Zahn Psychological Manipulate People For Good and For Profit In 'Mind Games'

21 February 2014 8:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writer/producer Kyle Killen has had some bad luck with some good series. "Lone Star," his 2010 drama starring James Wolk as a Texas con-man leading two lives with two different women he was in love with ran for just two critically acclaimed but low-rated episodes on Fox before getting canceled. "Awake," his 2012 NBC fantasy/crime series featuring Jason Isaacs as a cop switching between different realities in which either his wife or his son died in a car accident, fared a little better, lasting a full 13-episode season before getting cut. ("The Beaver," which he wrote and Jodie Foster directed, faced a different sort of challenge by way of its controversy-laden star Mel Gibson.) So while it's a little disappointing, it's hard to blame Killen for choosing to play things safer in his new series, "Mind Games," which premieres on ABC on Tuesday, February 25th, seeing as he's had two »

- Alison Willmore

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