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Variety to Honor Todd Phillips at Palm Springs Film Festival

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Variety to Honor Todd Phillips at Palm Springs Film Festival
Variety will honor “Joker” director Todd Phillips at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 as a part of its annual 10 Directors to Watch brunch, presented by AT&T.

Phillips, who also co-wrote and produced the box office smash, will receive the annual creative impact in directing award.

The prize celebrates Phillips’ work on the groundbreaking Warner Bros. pic starring Joaquin Phoenix. Since the drama’s release, “Joker” has racked up a lengthy list of accolades, namely receiving the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. On Monday, the film garnered four Golden Globe nominations for drama, director, actor and original score.

“Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ is one of the most provocative, celebrated films of the year, with an extraordinary lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix,” Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller said. “Todd’s unique vision and masterful creativity showcases iconic artisan work,
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‘Marriage Story’ is the first Golden Globe nomination leader to miss Best Director in 11 years

‘Marriage Story’ is the first Golden Globe nomination leader to miss Best Director in 11 years
The good news or “Marriage Story”: It led Golden Globe nominations Monday with six. The bad news: Noah Baumbach was snubbed in Best Director, making the Netflix drama the first film since “Doubt” (2008) to top the nomination leaderboard without a directing bid.

While “Marriage Story” made the Best Drama Picture cut, “Doubt” missed the Best Drama Picture lineup back then, with four of its five nominations coming for its actors and the fifth for John Patrick Shanley‘s screenplay. And unlike “Marriage Story,” it wasn’t the sole nomination leader at the Globes; “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Frost/Nixon” garnered five bids each as well.

See Here’s the full list of Golden Globe nominations

Baumbach, who was nominated in screenplay, was in fifth place in our Best Director odds, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association opted to go with Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Todd Phillips (“Joker”), who was in ninth place,
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Why Digitally Resurrecting James Dean for New Movie Is a Contemptible Idea (Column)

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Why Digitally Resurrecting James Dean for New Movie Is a Contemptible Idea (Column)
I want to weigh in on the controversy over last week’s announced plans to digitally resurrect James Dean for a new war movie. This is one of the most contemptible ideas I’ve heard in a long time. I am in full agreement with those celebs — including Chris Evans, Bette Midler and Elijah Wood — who’ve taken to social media to lambaste the move. “I’m sure he’d be thrilled,” Evans sarcastically remarked in his tweet, referring to Dean, who died in a car crash in 1955 at age 24.

Producer and former casting director Wallis Nicita emailed me her thoughts on the issue: “Does Rip mean resurrected individual performance? That’s way too zombie for me. Actors not only have to compete with the living, but now also with the dead. The digital infusion of the CGI James Dean into ‘Finding Jack’ is grotesque, undignified and exploitive.”

I also
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John Patrick Shanley on Returning to Irish Roots With 'Wild Mountain Thyme'

John Patrick Shanley on Returning to Irish Roots With 'Wild Mountain Thyme'
It’s been more than a decade since John Patrick Shanley turned his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play Doubt: A Parable into the five-time Oscar-nominated drama Doubt, starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. With Wild Mountain Thyme — adapted again from his own Broadway play, Outside Mullingar — the writer-director returns to the big screen, swapping a Catholic school in New York for a remote farm in the Irish countryside. Loosely based on his family’s experience on the Emerald Isle, the "lyrical romance," which Hanway Films is selling at Afm, stars Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan as obstinate, star-crossed ...
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Free to become someone else by Anne-Katrin Titze

Ann Roth with Carlo Poggioli and Anne-Katrin Titze on the late great costume designer: “Piero Tosi was the god!” Photo: Virginia Cademartori

Oscar and BAFTA-winning costume designer Ann Roth and Carlo Poggioli who shared a BAFTA Best Costume Design nomination with Roth gave me some insight on their work and personal relationship when I met with them last week. Carlo also assisted Ann on The Talented Mr Ripley and The English Patient.

Ann Roth on Ralph Fiennes as Almásy and Kristin Scott Thomas as Katharine in The English Patient: “I don't think Ralph is a man's man, as they say. She on the other hand, women, everybody, loved her.”

Carlo Poggioli who started out with designers Gabriella Pescucci, Piero Tosi and Maurizio Millenotti (Ruppert Everett’s...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 10 Best Movies (According to Rotten Tomatoes)

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most celebrated actors of his time. Before his tragic death a few years ago, Hoffman was known for a particular style that made him one of the greats. Towards the end of his life, Hoffman found himself gaining more and more traction, with rumors circulating that he was supposed to eventually join several franchises after the conclusion of The Hunger Games trilogy. While his unique style earned him the high praise he often received, certain roles and films will always be remembered a bit more fondly than others. To celebrate some of the actor’s best works over the years, here is our list of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 10 best movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: Ian McKellen's 10 Best Movies (According To Rotten Tomatoes)
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Exclusive Interview – Joseph Quinn on Catherine the Great, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and more

Alex Moreland talks to actor Joseph Quinn about Catherine the Great, working with Helen Mirren, and more… How did you first get involved with Catherine the Great? What was it that drew you to the part in the first place? Well, getting it really! There was an audition process, a fairly standard one. I was […]

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Rami Malek's 10 Best Movies (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

In recent years, Rami Malek has emerged as one of Hollywood's uniquely versatile talents, with a wide range of credits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Short Term 12, and the Night at the Museum trilogy. The furtive, wide-eyed actor has starred in a mix of contemporary independent films as well as big-budget films, working alongside some of Hollywood's most famous actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Casey Affleck.

Related: Mbti® Of Rami Malek's Famous Roles

While many of his fans took notice of Malek in the television series Mr. Robot, where he played elite hacker Elliot Alderson, they had probably already seen him in several films and never noticed. He's been the recipient of several awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Award, The British Academy Film Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actor. The son of two Egyptian immigrants, he's been happy pursuing his theatrical dreams as well as
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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’
Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself in the ambitious drama, which launched in Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reviews and closes the New York Film Festival on Friday. Whatever happens to this movie, it’s Norton’s baby.

At age 50, Norton is always in demand as a canny character actor, but it took nine years to develop, finance and produce “Motherless Brooklyn,” because he wanted to take the helm of a smart, ambitious drama for adults that evokes 50s period film noir New York, complete with a dissonant jazz soundtrack. Whether smarthouse crowds are ready to go there with him remains to be seen.
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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’
Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself in the ambitious drama, which launched in Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reviews and closes the New York Film Festival on Friday. Whatever happens to this movie, it’s Norton’s baby.

At age 50, Norton is always in demand as a canny character actor, but it took nine years to develop, finance and produce “Motherless Brooklyn,” because he wanted to take the helm of a smart, ambitious drama for adults that evokes 50s period film noir New York, complete with a dissonant jazz soundtrack. Whether smarthouse crowds are ready to go there with him remains to be seen.
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Renee Zellweger to get American Riviera Award

Oscar winning star Renee Zellweger will be honoured at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) with American Riviera Award.

The ceremony will take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre. The date is still to be determined during Sbiff's 35th edition, which will run from January 15-25, 2020, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

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"Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply," said festival director Roger Durling.

"In 'Judy', she adds a ferocity that solidifies her as one of the greatest actors of her time," Durling added.

Zellweger, 50, is regarded as one of the outstanding actresses of her generation, starting from Cameron Crowe's 1996 romantic "Jerry Maguire", which made her an overnight star at 26.

She continued the successful streak with 1998's "One True Thing", 2000's "Nurse Betty
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Renee Zellweger To Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award

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Renee Zellweger To Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award
Renee Zellweger, winning high critical and audience praise for her role as Judy Garland in the final months of the singer’s life in Judy, has been selected to receive the American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which takes place in January. The award tribute will take place at the Arlington Theatre during the 35th edition of the fest, which has become known as a popular stop on the long Oscar campaign trail.

“Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply. In Judy – she adds a ferocity that solidifies her as one of the greatest actors of her time,” Santa Barbara Film Festival executive director Roger Durling said.

Judy, from Roadside Attractions and Ld Entertainment, first debuted at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, where Zellweger received repeated standing ovations
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Renee Zellweger Honored With Santa Barbara Film Festival American Riviera Award

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Renee Zellweger Honored With Santa Barbara Film Festival American Riviera Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present Renee Zellweger with its American Riviera Award at the Arlington Theatre.

Zellweger won an Academy Award for Supporting Actress in “Cold Mountain” and was nominated in the Best Actress category for “Chicago” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” She has been the focus of awards conversation this year for her work as Judy Garland in Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions’ “Judy.”

“Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply. In Judy, she adds a ferocity that solidifies her as one of the greatest actors of her time,” said Santa Barbara International Film Festival Executive Director, Roger Durling.

“Judy” is set in 1968 when Garland arrived in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town, 30 years after she broke out in “Wizard of Oz.
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Five Gambling Movies That Were Based on a True Story

Gambling has been around since almost the dawn of time. It’s evolved massively throughout history, especially in recent years. The rise of the internet has made gambling more accessible all over the world, with hundreds of betting sites, online casinos, and poker rooms available on the web nowadays.

It’s only natural that gambling has a special place in the world of popular culture as well. We’ve seen so many books, movies, TV shows, and even advertisements that are somehow related to the topic. Many of them are not exactly realistic and depict a glorified vision of gambling.

Others are based on a true story and are far closer to the real world. Today, we decided to take a look at five excellent gambling movies that are based on a true story. If you like the genre, you will surely enjoy watching these classics.

Casino

Most people believe
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Back to One, Episode 77: Josh Pais

One could easily call Josh Pais a scene-stealer, but that’s not accurate. He actually feeds the other actor in the scene, and they both grow. Check out Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Synecdoche New York with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, and his recent work on Ray Donovan, to name just a few of his dozens of credits. This fall he’s in Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, and Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. In this episode he talks about finding the character in his body, counting on spontaneity, partying in the unknown, creating not recreating, and Committed Impulse, his high […]
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Back to One, Episode 77: Josh Pais

One could easily call Josh Pais a scene-stealer, but that’s not accurate. He actually feeds the other actor in the scene, and they both grow. Check out Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Synecdoche New York with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, and his recent work on Ray Donovan, to name just a few of his dozens of credits. This fall he’s in Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, and Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. In this episode he talks about finding the character in his body, counting on spontaneity, partying in the unknown, creating not recreating, and Committed Impulse, his high […]
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After ‘Judy’ Wows on Opening Weekend, How High Can It Go?

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After ‘Judy’ Wows on Opening Weekend, How High Can It Go?
Renee Zellweger’s musical biopic “Judy” enjoyed breakout box-office success not unlike that of its subject, Judy Garland.

Boosted by Oscar talk for Zellweger’s portrayal of the famed entertainer, “Judy” struck a chord with moviegoers and collected a promising $3 million. That haul is especially impressive considering it opened in just 461 North American theaters, translating to $6,705 from each location and marking the highest screen average of the weekend. If its limited debut is any indication, “Judy” could end up in the category of prestige films that are both loved and seen. Next weekend, the musical biopic will expand to 1,400 to 1,500 screens.

“This is an incredibly promising start and bodes well for its future, both at the box office and during awards season,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore. “If this film started in 2,000 theaters, you’re taking a huge risk. By going between that and a four-theater run,
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Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore Have a Hunger Games Reunion at Paris Fashion Week

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Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore Have a Hunger Games Reunion at Paris Fashion Week
May the odds be ever in your favor!

Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore had a Hunger Games reunion at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night.

The two were photographed greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek and a hug as they prepared for the fashion show to begin.

Lawrence, 29, wore a black floor-length skirt, a black crop top, a black leather jacket, a gold layered necklace and a pearl necklace.

Moore, 58, opted for a rust-colored floor-length dress, which she paired with black open-toed booties and a black purse.

The two Oscar-winning
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Filmmaker Miley Tunnecliffe reaches ‘The Heights’

Miley Tunnecliffe.

Originally intent on becoming an actor, Miley Tunnecliffe studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York followed by a masterclass at the LAByrinth Theater Company, which was co-founded by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

She took up writing to supplement her income as an actor and soon discovered writing and directing were far more satisfying.

Since those acting classes in 2008 it’s been a long and sometimes arduous journey for the filmmaker – and it’s been paying off in the last couple of years.

In 2017 her career got a boost when Screenwest chose her and Aaron Moss to participate in the Bill Warnock Initiative for emerging writers, which included being in the writers room for The Secret Daughter, mentored by Stuart Page, and Mustangs Fc under co-creator Amanda Higgs.

The same year she won the Page Award prize for best TV comedy for Disorder, a pilot about
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Matt Damon And Christian Bale Hit The Oscar Track With ‘Ford V Ferrari’ World Premiere At Telluride

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Matt Damon And Christian Bale Hit The Oscar Track With ‘Ford V Ferrari’ World Premiere At Telluride
The 46th annual Telluride Film Festival got underway Friday afternoon in roaring fashion with the world premiere of director James Mangold’s supercharged, terrifically entertaining Ford v Ferrari. It’s the tale of two combative, distinctly different but eccentric car artists and car makers, played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who take on the task of bringing supremacy to Ford Motor Co. with the fastest car on the tracks at the biggest race of the year, the 24 hours of Le Mans.

If ever there was one this is a true movie movie — a muscular, fast-paced, character-driven, bigger-than-life true story that has all the stuff I love about the craft of moviemaking. It is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on the race track.

Like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it pits two big male movie stars against each other and delivers on every cylinder, an old fashioned example of a pure crowd-pleaser that in my opinion should appeal just as much to moviegoers as it will to Academy members who appreciate the craft of movies on a large scale, those that only belong on the biggest screen possible. That’s Ford v Ferrari.

I predict not only will this become a huge word-of-mouth box office hit for Fox and Disney (which now owns the studio and will be distributing in November in time for the holdiay season), it should also handily figure in numerous categories at the Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Film Editing, Cinematography, both Sound categories, and a few acting nods.

The big question is whether strategists try to split the two leading actors into two categories — a likely scenario with Damon in lead, and Bale just great again in a meaty supporting role as the wildcat, hugely talented driver Ford hates but Damon knows can bring home a win if anyone can in the seemingly impossible race to beat Ferrari at its own game, this after being spurned by the Italian automaker when the Detroit giant tried to take them over. The head of Ford then, in the mid 1960s when this all happened, was Henry Ford II, and he is played to the hilt by Tracy Letts, another cast member deserving of a supporting actor nomination if you ask me.

This ought to be catnip for the Academy because it represents big screen moviemaking at its best. Jon Bernthal is also excellent as a younger Lee Iacocca and Josh Lucas is the guy you love to hate as a goody two-shoes corporate suit trying to impress his boss. Catriona Balfe is also very fine as Bale’s wife, and their scenes together with their son (Noah Jupe) have a real poignancy to them.

A project that has been kicking around for the better part of a decade, Mangold and his writers cracked it and make it work on all levels, from the sensational edge-of-the-seat driving sequences to the human factor of which it never loses sight. With every film, this writer-director reminds me more of one of the greats like Howard Hawks, who could excel in just about every genre and always changed things up knowing the story was king, not genre. Mangold seems to do it all, from drama (Girl Interrupted) to thriller (Identity), musical biopic (Walk the Line), action comedy (Knight and Day), Westerns (3:10 to Yuma) and sci-fi Western elegies like the Oscar-nominated Logan which was the perfect finale for Wolverine which he also directed.

In brief remarks before the film screened for the first time at the festival’s “Patrons Screening” today (which also included media members). Mangold explained this was the first time he had been to the Telluride festival since Walk the Line in 2004. He recalled seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman, who touched his hand and simply said “Beautiful, beautiful” after seeing that movie here. Then he went to a restaurant and sat with Roger Ebert, who had championed his first film, the indie Heavy. It all just reminded him of past friendships — in these cases two people now gone.

“I’m saying all this to get around to the fact that they have race cars playing in the promos making it look like the film might be all about race cars,” he said. “But to me this movie is all about friendship, and friends who we meet as we make things. And that’s how I connected to it more than anything.”

Indeed, even though they were sometimes at loggerheads, Damon’s character Carroll Shelby and Bale’s British race car driver Ken Miles were above all friends, ultimately united in this unique and challenging quest to show off the fastest car in the world and fight all the corporate suits along the way. It is a story that really has it all in so many ways. The Telluride audience seemed to be with it all the way too, and word among those exiting was clearly two thumbs up — a great start to the festival.

Disney which now controls Fox and their movies (recently reportedly tearing up most of the development slate) knows not to mess with this one and has kept the same November 15 release date always planned. The Mouse House knows they have a winner, even if it is a Fox movie all the way. In fact, former Fox distribution president Chris Aronson told me months ago when he was still at the studio and before the merger was finaized that Ford v Ferrari was a winner.

He was right. It is.
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