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5 Ways Actors Over 50 Are Shaking Up Their Careers to Avoid the Johnny Depp Curse

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability

Johnny Depp could be considered one of Hollywood’s biggest stars on the planet, but he hasn’t had a hit at the box office in ages and “Mortdecai” has just been added to the list of bombs.

The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »

- Linda Ge

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Thn Interview: Jack O’Connell Discusses His Ee BAFTA Rising Star Nomination

23 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Having made a name for himself on Channel 4’s epic teen drama Skins it was only a matter of time before the film world took notice of Jack O’Connell’. One of his earlier film roles was as the king of the killer chavs in Eden Lake. A film which had O’Connell and his friends stalk middle-class Michael Fassbender and his wife as they went on a relaxing camping trip. Since then O’Connell has graced our screens in a variety of genres with last year (2014 in case you’ve forgotten already) featuring many chances to see Jack on the big screen as he starred in 300: Rise Of An Empire, Starred Up, ’71 and Unbroken.

We recently interviewed Jack O’Connell about his Ee Rising Star BAFTA nomination and the young actor seemed to be taking it all in his stride, apparently happy to speak to a fellow Midlander. »

- Kat Smith

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Julia Roberts to Produce, Star in ‘Batkid Begins’ Remake

23 January 2015 4:53 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Film follows real life story about a Make-a-Wish event for 5-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia

Batkid’s takeover of Hollywood continues.

Julia Roberts is attached to produce and star in a feature remake of the documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World,” it was announced Friday. The doc is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival on Saturday.

Produce alongside partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner, the film tells the real life story about how a Make-a-Wish event for Miles Scott — a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia »

- Linda Ge

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Jodie Foster Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Athena Film Festival

6 January 2015 12:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jodie Foster, who has been acting since the age of three, will be honored with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award during next month's Athena Film Festival, which was founded back in 2010 by the Barnard College Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Indiewire's sister blog "Women and Hollywood." Over the course of her career, Foster has appeared in over 40 films; most notably, "Taxi Driver," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused," having won the Best Actress Academy Award twice for the latter two. She has also taken to working behind the camera as well, directing three features and multiple episodes of the cable dramas "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." Foster is about to enter into production on her fourth feature film as a director, "Money Monster," which stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and "Unbroken" breakout Jack O'Connell. "Jodie Foster is a trailblazer in »

- Shipra Gupta

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Jodie Foster to Receive Athena Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award

6 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Athena Film Festival will honor Jodie Foster with its Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual awards ceremony on Feb. 7.

The festival, in association with Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies along with Women and Hollywood, celebrates Foster for a nearly 50-year career as an actress and filmmaker, including memorable roles in “Taxi Driver” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Her directing work spans both film and television, as she recently helmed episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards.”

Foster joins the roster of the festival’s previously announced 2015 honorees including HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood and producer Cathy Schulman.

The Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership in film, will be held Feb. 5-8 at Barnard College in New York. Foster’s next directorial effort, “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, »

- Kevin Noonan

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