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Pam Grier, the Foxy Siren of Blaxploitation, to be Honored at This Year’s St. Louis International Film Festival!

The one and only Pam Grier will be honored by Cinema St. Louis with a ‘Women in Film Award’ when she’s in town for this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Pam’s iconic movie career began when she moved to Los Angeles in the late ‘60s from her native North Carolina at age 18. After a tiny role in Russ Meyer’s Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970), she landed a job as a receptionist for American International Pictures where she was discovered by Jack Hill, an Aip director who cast her in a pair of women’s prison films: The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Soon she was known as the “Queen of Blaxploitation” at a time when film roles for African-American women were, as Grier puts it, “practically invisible, or painfully stereotypical”.

Sliff, which runs Nov. 2nd-12th will kick off with
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Julia Roberts Reprises Her Film Career With James Corden’s “Help” On ‘Late Show’

Julia Roberts became the latest celeb to get the This Is Your Career treatment from James Corden on CBS’ Late Late Show. They acted out snippets from her career, starting with Notting Hill, in which Corden did the worst Hugh Grant impression on record — despite which Roberts said, “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Corden topped that with an even worse Mona Lisa, to help Roberts reprise Mona Lisa Smile. Larry Crowne and Steel Magnol…
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Julia Roberts Reprises Her Film Career With James Corden’s “Help” On ‘Late Show’

Julia Roberts Reprises Her Film Career With James Corden’s “Help” On ‘Late Show’
Julia Roberts became the latest celeb to get the This Is Your Career treatment from James Corden on CBS’ Late Late Show. They acted out snippets from her career, starting with Notting Hill, in which Corden did the worst Hugh Grant impression on record — despite which Roberts said, “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Corden topped that with an even worse Mona Lisa, to help Roberts reprise Mona Lisa Smile. Larry Crowne and Steel Magnol…
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Julia Roberts Acts Out 26 of Her Movies in Under 10 Minutes

Julia Roberts Acts Out 26 of Her Movies in Under 10 Minutes
Julia Roberts has a new movie to promote. But since Wonder isn't in theaters until Nov. 17, James Corden wanted to re-promote some of her past projects—26 of them to be exact—on Wednesday's episode of The Late Late Show. Roberts was game to revisit her previous roles—or, to be honest, "as ready as I'm going to get." In under 10 minutes, Corden and Roberts acted out scenes from Notting Hill, Mona Lisa Smile, Larry Crowne, Runaway Bride, Steel Magnolias, Charlie Wilson's War, Mystic Pizza, America's Sweethearts, Eat Pray Love, Closer, Pretty Woman, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Stepmom, Wonder, Mirror Mirror, Flatliners, Hook, Charlotte's Web, Erin Brockovich,...
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Amblin Partners Taps Jeb Brody as Co-President of Production (Exclusive)

Amblin Partners Taps Jeb Brody as Co-President of Production (Exclusive)
Amblin Partners has enlisted Jeb Brody as its new co-president of production, Variety has learned.

In his new role, Brody will join Holly Bario in overseeing the company’s team of creative executives and will guide films produced under the company’s Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners. Bario has risen through the ranks of Amblin since coming aboard in 2008. The pair will report to Chairman and CEO Steven Spielberg and Co-ceo Jeff Small.

Previously, Brody worked at Alex Kurtzman’s production company Secret Hideout, where he executive produced “The Mummy,” a re-imagining of the classic horror film starring Tom Cruise that stumbled at the box office. He was previously the president of production at Focus Features, where he scored with the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” and helped acquire and produced “Kill the Messenger,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

“We
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Disney-Pixar Introduce the All-Latino Voiced Cast For Coco

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Disney and Pixar's next venture shows the difference between the land of the living and the land of the dead leading up to Dia de los Muertos! The film, entitled Coco, includes an All-Latino voiced cast of who's-who!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. This is the synopsis for Disney-Pixar's Coco, a beautiful adventure set around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Today, Disney proudly unveiled the
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Coco: Pixar Shares All-Latino Voice Cast For Their Upcoming Film!

Diversity is kind of a hot topic nowadays. As citizens of a melting pot of a culture, it’s nice to be represented in mainstream entertainment. And if we’re being honest, it’s not just about diversity, but authenticity. It always rings a bit false when you have a white person portraying a person of color. It’s especially easy to get away with this in animation, where you don’t even see the voice actors.

Studios have gotten away with this practice for years, but in today’s world, they’re making a conscious effort to create films that respect the culture it’s portraying, and part of that has to do with the voice cast. This newer approach is expanding to Coco, the latest film from Pixar inspired by Día de Muertos, a celebration of the dearly departed.

This is obviously a story that’s steeped in Mexican culture,
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Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed

Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed
Disney&#183Pixar's Coco, a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who've moved on to the Land of the Dead. Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael Garc&#237a Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life. Here's what director Lee Unkrich had to say about the story.

"These parallel worlds couldn't be more different. One is the Rivera family's charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they've passed. 'Coco' introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of D&#237a de los Muertos, one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel
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All-Latino Voice Cast Revealed For Disney·Pixar’s Coco

Disney·Pixar’s “Coco,” a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who’ve moved on to the Land of the Dead.

Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life.

“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different,” said Unkrich. “One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. ‘Coco’ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos—one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.”

Added Molina,
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Hidden Figures movie review: triumph of the black girl geeks

MaryAnn’s quick take… The it’s-about-damn-time true story that puts paid to the notion that only white men had the Right Stuff. Often funny, ultimately feel-good, hugely exhilarating. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Once upon a time, such as during the early years of America’s space program, computer meant not “machine very good at doing math stuff superfast” (those were only just starting to roll out) but “person who does manual calculations.” This was considered rather menial labor, particular when a woman did it… and lots of women did it. (Obviously women had to do it: it was menial labor.) Though these women were as smart and as educated as the men they worked alongside, and often did much
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How Emma Stone Got Her Hollywood Ending

How Emma Stone Got Her Hollywood Ending
Emma Stone's favorite place for sushi in Los Angeles is a no-frills spot in a Sunset Boulevard strip mall, tucked alongside a laser hair-removal clinic and a FedEx store. It's here, having barely taken a seat, that she starts telling me about her hiatal hernia. "I can't have spicy foods," Stone says. The issue, it turns out, is that part of her stomach protrudes "into my esophagus," which sounds gnarly but is actually pretty manageable, increased chances of acid reflux notwithstanding. "I was born with it," Stone notes cheerfully.
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Iconic! Tom Hanks to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival!

Palm Springs, CA (November 10, 2016) . The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Tom Hanks with the Icon Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in Sully. The Film Awards Gala will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and hosted by Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 2-16.

.Tom Hanks delivers yet another career-defining performance bringing to life the heroism of airline pilot Captain Chesley .Sully. Sullenberger,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including those in Forrest Gump, Captain Phillips, Castaway, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, the Toy Story films and so many others. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present this year.s Icon Award to Tom Hanks..

Past recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep. In 2014, Hanks received
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Newswire: Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek might play Freddie Mercury for Bryan Singer

Deadline reports that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has been cast as Freddie Mercury in an upcoming Queen movie, potentially directed by Bryan Singer. Singer is in talks to helm Bohemian Rhapsody, now in development at 20th Century Fox. The film was originally over at Sony, where Sascha Baron Cohen was attached to play Mercury; Cohen eventually abandoned the project after arguing with producers—including Queen’s Brian May—about how much of a gritty tell-all the movie should be.

Malek—who’s appeared in films like Larry Crowne and Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb—recently won his first Emmy for his work on Mr. Robot. Singer, meanwhile, has been busy at the head of Fox’s X-Men franchise; his recent X-Men: Apocalypse was one of the studio’s biggest summer hits.
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Exclusive Red-Carpet Portraits: Taraji P. Henson at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – Popular actress Taraji P. Henson (“Hustle & Flow,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) was showcased at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival on October 23rd, 2016, as she walked the Red Carpet and presented highlights from her upcoming film, “Hidden Figures.”

Taraji P. Henson on the Red Carpet at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Hidden Figures” is the untold true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janielle Monae), three African American women in the late 1950s/early 1960s Nasa space program, whose calculations and contributions helped launch John Glenn into orbit. The film will be released on December 25th, 2016.

Taraji P. Henson was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Howard University, where she studied drama. Her breakthrough film role was “Baby Boy” in 2001, followed by “Hustle & Flow” in 2005. She was
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11 Directors Who Followed in Their Dads’ Filmmaking Footsteps (Photos)

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11 Directors Who Followed in Their Dads’ Filmmaking Footsteps (Photos)
As Jonas Cuaron‘s “Desierto” hits theaters — much to his famous father Alfonso’s delight — TheWrap looks at other directors who took their dads’ career lead Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (“Birdman”) is working on a new untitled movie that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s, while his Jonas directed 2016’s “Desierto” and is rebooting “Zorro.” Tom and Colin Hanks Tom last directed “Larry Crowne” while son Colin directed documentary “All Things Must Pass” about the rise and fall of Tower Records. Carl and
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Tom Hanks Set to Write and Star in WWII Drama Greyhound

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Tom Hanks Set to Write and Star in WWII Drama Greyhound
With his new true story adaptation Sully currently playing in theaters, Tom Hanks is lining up his next project, entitled Greyhound. The actor has written the script for Greyhound, and is eyeing the starring role, with Get Low director Aaron Schneider coming aboard to take the helm. Nothing is set in stone at this time, but Tom Hanks' Playtone Pictures is reportedly in talks with FilmNation to provided financing for this drama.

Deadline first reported on this project, which will center on a longtime Naval officer who finally gets to command his own Navy destroyer in World War II. He must fight off his own demons and self-doubts to prove to himself that he belongs in command, while an enemy commander is going through a similar experience. The title of the movie is taken from the name of the ship itself.

Tom Hanks will produce alongside his Playtone Productions partner Gary Goetzman,
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Newswire: Tom Hanks can’t get enough of big boats or World War II

Cementing his role as America’s puttering, typewriter-tinkering dad, Tom Hanks has announced yet another project combining his love of piloting big vehicles and expressing the stoic heroism of the second World War. Deadline is reporting that Hanks has written a script for Greyhound, a nautical drama about an untested U.S. Navy officer given command of a destroyer in Word War II.

In the interest of maintaining a healthy level of skepticism, we should probably note that the last time Hanks wrote his own script, he ended up making the utterly forgettable Larry Crowne. But that was also a self-directed project, whereas Greyhound has managed to lure in Aaron Schneider, helmer of the interesting Robert Duvall vehicle Get Low, to direct. Meanwhile, Hanks hasn’t been formally attached to star, but given that his partner Gary Goetzman is producing, and the current success of Clint Eastwood’s Sully—reportedly
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Tom Hanks Writing, May Star in World War II Drama ‘Greyhound’

Tom Hanks Writing, May Star in World War II Drama ‘Greyhound’
Tom Hanks is developing World War II drama “Greyhound” with “Get Low” director Aaron Schneider.

Hanks has written the script with an eye to star. Gary Goetzman, Hanks’ longtime producing partner at Playtone Pictures, is the producer.

Hanks would be portraying a career officer given command of a Navy destroyer — named “Greyhound” — who has to deal with combat enemies and his own self doubts.

Playtone is in negotiations with FilmNation to finance “Greyhound,” which has a budget in the $35 million range. The project is being packaged by CAA, which reps Hanks and Schneider.

Hanks stars in Warner Bros.’ “Sully,” portraying Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his successful 2009 landing of a damaged U.S. Airways jet on the Hudson River. The biopic-thriller, directed by Clint Eastwood, is performing above forecasts with an opening weekend gross expected to hit $32 million domestically.

Hanks wrote the script for 2011’s “Larry Crowne” with Nia Vardalos, in addition to directing and starring.
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Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Famous people have good stories about Matt Damon

The man, the myth, the legend: Matthewian Johannes Damonocco. (Not his real name, but “Matt Damon” is so generic, we’re going to assume he changed it from something more intriguing.) There’s a constant Sisyphean struggle in Hollywood to be perceived as a fun, friendly, relatable person by the public. Given that 90 percent of actors are essentially sentient bags of need and insecurity, this can be a real challenge for some of the population. But when someone comes along who actually happens to be a legitimately cool human being, it stands out—it’s why Tom Hanks is one of the most universally beloved people on the planet, even after making Larry Crowne.

But Hanks’ mantle of “Nicest Guy In Hollywood” may have officially passed to Damon, as demonstrated by GQ’s new feature, “The Encyclopedia Of Matt Damon.” It’s a compendium of topics related to Matt ...
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