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The X Factor 2014: week two as it happened

19 October 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This week, X Factor introduced its contestants to the 1980s and then eliminated two of them. Heres the whole weekend as it happened, with Stuart Heritage.

8.58pm BST

And that really is it. Four down, twelve to go. So, as we say goodbye to Stephanie and Chloe, let me quickly just thank you for coming along and making me miss the first 15 minutes of Homeland because Ive got to read all your comments now.

The liveblog returns next Saturday, for X Factors Songs From The Movies night, where the contestants are almost guaranteed to sing a selection of songs from plays and TV shows and adverts but not from actual films. If this deluge of gibberish inexplicably isnt enough for you, follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage). If it is, though, then who could possibly blame you? See you next week!

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- Stuart Heritage

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Little House on the Prairie Movie Hires Director

13 October 2014 4:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Sean Durkin, the director of Elizabeth Olsen's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to direct a big screen adaptation of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. The show, which aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and starred Michael Landon, focused on a pioneer family living in the 1880s in the American Midwest. It was known for is wholesome values and was loosely based on a series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who based it on her childhood. The project was originally set up for David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), who ended up dropping out. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame) wrote the script. »

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Film Review: ‘Addicted’

10 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Billed as an erotic thriller but playing more like an R-rated daytime soap, “Addicted” marks a rare but dramatically neutered opportunity to explore a black woman’s sexuality onscreen. Based on the breakthrough novel by popular erotica author Zane, musicvid director Bille Woodruff’s adaptation bears the conflicted burden of tempting audiences with its attractive cast in various states of undress, while simultaneously trying to destigmatize the touchy topic of sex addiction. Attempts at serious sensuality in mainstream movies haven’t been a theatrical turn-on for some time now (next year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” looks like a more significant test case), but Zane’s fan base could propel this slick, superficial yet mildly seductive drama to some frisky action in ancillary.

Arriving in theaters sans screenings for critics, the latest release from Lionsgate’s CodeBlack Films division could be glibly dismissed as “Tyler Perry’s Unfaithful,” if Perry »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Directors: Sean Durkin Visits 'Little House On The Prairie', Spike Lee Sets Up New Doc & More

10 October 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Once a rather surprising project on David Gordon Green's plate, the film adaptation of famed TV show "Little House On The Prairie" is now in the hands of an equally surprising name. Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene," the TV  mini-series "Southcliffe" which is worth catching up with), is now the man behind camera for this movie, which has its origins in the children's book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder about a family living in the American Midwest in the 1880s. Abi Morgan ("Shame," "Brick Lane") penned the script, and Scott Rudin will produce. [THR] The ever-busy Spike Lee is back behind the camera, stepping once again into the documentary world. He's making a movie about Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis and "the Taney Dragons and their journey to the Little League World Series." [Wooder Ice] Stephen Chbosky, of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" fame, is shifting gears a bit, going the family. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Martha Marcy' director hitches a ride to a 'Little House on the Prairie'

10 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sean Durkin knows farms. In his spine-tingling, 2011 directorial debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Durkin explored the inner-workings of modern cult life, an organic brainwashing operation set against a lush plantation. John Hawkes' Old McManson was creepy as hell, but the backdrop — just lovely! Durkin has taken time and deviations in putting a follow-up feature together (he recently directed the British mini-series "Southcliffe," which earned him a BAFTA), but his next project is coming to light — and takes him back to the homestead. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Durkin is set to direct a film version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Prairie," previously adapted into the popular Michael Landon-led TV that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983. The books follow a fictionalized version of Laura as she grows up the in the 19th century American Midwest. Scott Rudin is producing the feature project, from a script by Abi Morgan ("Shame, »

- Matt Patches

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Martha Marcy May Marlene Director Sean Durkin to Helm Little House On The Prairie Movie

9 October 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Two years ago, we learned David Gordon Green was in talks to direct a Little House on the Prairie movie.  Green seemed like an odd choice for the children's book adaptation, and he has since moved on.  But producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) is not taking the project in a new direction.  THR reports that Sean Durkin is in talks to direct.  Durkin's lone feature credit is the intense drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is mcuh closer to Green's early work than the 1970s Little House TV series.  I still expect the movie to be a family friendly affair, but the team of Rudin and Durkin---not to mention screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame)---indicates Little House will have higher ambitions than the average kids movie. Hit the jump for the synopsis of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book. The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their »

- Brendan Bettinger

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'Kill the Messenger' (2014) Movie Review

9 October 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Director Michael Cuesta ("Homeland") and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) have gone old school in their approach to telling the story of journalist Gary Webb in Kill the Messenger. The look and feel has hints of '70s journalistic procedural All the President's Men, or perhaps it's best to say this film was most clearly inspired by Alan J. Pakula's 1976 political thriller. Thematically the films hold a kinship, largely in the way we can now look at All the President's Men as a time-capsule piece when it comes to the way investigative journalism used to be treated and respected when compared to today's 24-hour news cycle where journalists are just as likely to be the story as the story itself. In terms of quality Kill the Messenger can't quite stand up to the comparison, but just to make the comparison alone, I think, is saying something. Set in the mid-'90s, »

- Brad Brevet

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Nc-17 Pioneer ‘Henry and June’: Read THR’s 1990 Review

5 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On this date in 1990 a new chapter opened in the history of the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system. Henry and June was the first film to receive the Nc-17 rating, a designation that was intended to allow films with adult subject matter to exist in the theatrical marketplace. That endeavor was not entirely successful — when Steve McQueen’s Shame hit in 2011, Fox Searchlight found itself struggling with the stigma attached to the rating — and The Hollywood Reporter’s original review of Henry and June gives some insight into why that may have come to pass. Philip

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Musical Headed To Japan; Steve McQueen Set For European Film Academy Honor; More

29 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company are bringing Aladdin to Tokyo. This is the first international production of the Broadway musical comedy and is hitting a market where Disney’s feature animation Frozen recently grossed a record-breaking $250M. Performances will begin in May at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20 and features music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Oscar winner Howard Ashman and Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, and Tony nominee Chad Beguelin. Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for Frozen. The Tokyo production will be cast locally and performed in Japanese. This marks the fifth collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company following the successful and current runs of Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Steve McQueen to Receive European Film Academy Award

29 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The awards keep rolling in for director Steve McQueen! According to The Hollywood Reporter, McQueen will receive an award from the European Film Academy for European Achievement in World Cinema. The accolade isn’t just for his directorial skill shown in the Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave;” the award also celebrates McQueen’s entire career, starting with his work as a video artist, which lead to his 2008 film “Hunger,” which made both him and his leading man, Michael Fassbender, huge stars. Fassbender–arguably McQueen’s muse–starred in McQueen’s other films “Shame” and, of course, “12 Years a Slave.” The new award shows just how much of a force McQueen is in Hollywood  [ Read More ]

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12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen to receive European Film Award

29 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve McQueen is to be honoured by the European Film Academy.

The 12 Years a Slave director will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema, reports Variety.

The honour will be given at an award ceremony in Latvia on December 13.

McQueen is best known for his feature films Hunger, Shame and most recently 12 Years a Slave, which won three Oscars in 2014.

The director was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in this year's Directors Guild of America Awards, but lost out to Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron.

Earlier this year, the BBC announced that it was teaming up with the director for an unnamed TV drama. »

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Steve McQueen to receive Efa honour

29 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 12 Years a Slave director will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

British director and artist Steve McQueen is to be awarded an honorary prize by the European Film Academy “in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film’.

The director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Shame and Hunger will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

McQueen will be the guest of honour at the 27th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec 13 in Riga, Latvia. »

- (Michael Rosser)

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'12 Years a Slave' Director Steve McQueen to Get European Film Academy Honor

29 September 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The European Film Academy will honor Steve McQueen with its award for European Achievement in World Cinema. The U.K. director will be celebrated for a career that began making shorts as a video artist before a hugely successful move into feature films, starting with 2008's Hunger, dramatizing the final months of hunger strike by Ira activist Bobby Sands and proving a breakout film for Michael Fassbender, and moving onto Shame, which won numerous international awards. McQueen's third film 12 Years a Slave picked up three Oscars at the last Academy Awards, including Best Film, and has to date earned

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- Alex Ritman

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’12 Years a Slave’ Director Steve McQueen to Receive European Film Award

29 September 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The European Film Academy is to honor “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen with its award for European achievement in world cinema at its awards ceremony on Dec. 13 in Riga, Latvia.

McQueen started out as a video artist making short films, almost exclusively silent and black-and-white. These included the “Bear” (1993), which depicts a brief and unusual encounter between two naked men; the 1997 “Deadpan,” in which a man stands in the middle of a building as it repeatedly collapses around him; and “Drumroll” (1998), for which McQueen fixed cameras to a barrel and rolled the barrel through the streets of Manhattan.

In 2008, McQueen nabbed international recognition with “Hunger,” his debut feature. Starring Michael Fassbender, it dramatizes the last months in the life of Ira activist Bobby Sands in Belfast’s Maze Prison. The film won the Golden Camera and Fipresci Award in Cannes and more than 40 awards worldwide, among them a »

- Leo Barraclough

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Film Noir and Western Leading Lady Audrey Long, Widow of The Saint Author Charteris, Dead at 92

24 September 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Audrey Long, actress in B film noirs and Westerns, and widow of author Leslie Charteris, dead at 92 (photo: Audrey Long publicity shot ca. late '40s) Actress Audrey Long, a leading lady in mostly B crime dramas and Westerns of the '40s and early '50s, and the widow of The Saint creator Leslie Charteris, died "after a long illness" on September 19, 2014, in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Long was 92. Her death was first reported by Ian Dickerson on the website Born on April 14 (some sources claim April 12), 1922, in Orlando, Florida, Audrey Long was the daughter of an English-born Episcopal minister, who later became a U.S. Navy Chaplain. Her early years were spent moving about North America, in addition to some time in Honolulu. According to Dickerson's Audrey Long tribute on the Leslie Charteris site, following acting lessons with coach Dorothea Johnson, whose pupils had also included »

- Andre Soares

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

17 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The Skeleton Twins

12 September 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Skeleton Twins

Directed by: Craig Johnson

Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson

Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: After trying to commit suicide, failed actor Milo (Hader) moves in with his sister Maggie (Wiig), who has her own personal problems.

Who’S It For? Those who like Hader & Wiig, even when they aren’t working with the strongest of material.


Craig Johnson’s The Skeleton Twins is a humdrum dramedy that never comes to life, despite the talents that have been united for its existence. Featuring two evolving “Saturday Night Live” alums and executive produced by Mark & Jay Duplass, the film prods along with its character study into fictional beings whose dimensions are greatly reduced when they are seen as more than just sad people. At its most valuable, The Skeleton Twins is an observation on various experiences of depression, »

- Nick Allen

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The 84th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

9 September 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »

- Joey Magidson

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'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellan Lands at Miramax

3 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).

The film, based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty), is currently in post-production.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.

"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »

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Miramax acquires Mr Holmes

3 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Miramax will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical release of film directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian Mckellen and Laura Linney

Miramax has acquired all Us distribution rights to Mr Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film.

Directed by Oscar-winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr Holmes stars Ian McKellen and Laura Linney.

The film, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher, is currently in post-production.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., chairman of Miramax, described the feature as “a smart, exciting film”.

Producers are Anne Carey of Archer Gray Productions and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Shame).

Executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Christine Langan on behalf of BBC Films, which is also co-financing the film, and [link=nm »

- (Michael Rosser)

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