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Paolo Virzì on Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as Ella and John Spencer: "It is a love story because we were telling the story of two persons who shared an entire lifetime." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the final installment of my conversation at the St Regis in New York with Paolo Virzi on The Leisure Seeker, the director and co-screenwriter (with Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi and Francesco Piccolo), spoke about adapting the book by Michael Zadoorian. He praised the work of production designer Richard A Wright, and we discussed Carole King's It's Too Late (Baby), Chet Baker's silver lining, jealousy and the monologue by Gretta Conroy of The Dead in James Joyce's The Dubliners, filming the Hemingway cats, and the casting of non-professional actors including his on-set translator Lilia Blouin.

The film stars Helen Mirren who will be honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center
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The Best Series Finales of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The Best Series Finales of the 21st Century, Ranked
Series finales are fickle things. Some of them have the power to redeem an entire show, to reframe the audience’s perceptions of what came before. Those massive twists rarely land, so more often than not, TV shows end not with a bang, but with a melancholy whimper.

And then there are the other times when a big series finale swing goes so awry that it can undo many seasons’ worth of goodwill. Recency bias rears its ugly head and some lifelong fans use these last episodes as a reason to sour on a particular show.

That’s why that the best finales don’t always come from the best shows. “Battlestar Galactica,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Dexter,” and more often reached brilliance over the course of their runs, but rang less true with their final notes. Some of IndieWire’s choices below come from shows that wouldn’t
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Breaking Film and TV Industry News — March 1

Breaking Film and TV Industry News — March 1
Thursday, March 1

– Sffilm has announced that acclaimed actor Charlize Theron will be honored during the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival with a special tribute, followed by a screening of her new film, Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” The intimate onstage conversation and the screening will take place Sunday, April 8, at 7:30pm at the Castro Theatre.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be given the inaugural Robert Osborne Award in recognition of his work as a film preservationist and impassioned classic movie fan. The Robert Osborne Award will be given out annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival to a recipient whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come.

The award will be presented on April 26 during opening night of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival.

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to announce Mikhail Baryshnikov,
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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vin Diesel to Present at Helen Mirren Tribute

The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Thursday announced that Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vin Diesel and director Taylor Hackford have been tapped to serve as presenters at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala honoring Helen Mirren, which will be presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center on April 30 at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Baryshnikov and Hackford worked with Mirren on the 1985 Cold War drama White Nights, where Hackford and Mirren, who would later marry in 1997, first met. Diesel and Mirren appeared together in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.

The Chaplin Award Gala is the Film...
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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms First Trailer Is Pure Magic

Richard E. Grant is Shiver, Keira Knightley is The Sugar Plum Fairy, Eugenio Derbrez is Hawthorne and Mackenzie Foy is Clara in Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms.

For some, it’s a annual holiday tradition. Attend a performance of The Nutcracker in December. Choreographer George Balanchine’s production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker has become the most famous stage production of the ballet performed in the U.S. (Mikhail Baryshnikov’s production is the most famous television version).

On Tuesday, Disney debuted the first trailer for director Lasse Hallström’s version The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. Watch Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Hellen Mirren in this magical first look at the movie.

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather
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Rashida Jones Talks Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'It's Great That Women Are Speaking Out' (Exclusive)

Rashida Jones Talks Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'It's Great That Women Are Speaking Out' (Exclusive)
Rashida Jones is encouraging women to speak out against sexual harassment in the wake of the recent allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The actress, who has not worked professionally with the former Weinstein Company executive, spoke with Et's Deidre Behar about the allegations on Saturday at the Los Angeles Dance Project's annual gala.

"I think it's great that women are speaking out," she said. "I just hope that it encourages a culture of continuing to speak out, because I think sometimes these things peak and one person kind of has to be held accountable. But I'm sure there's so many other instances of this in every business, really."

More: Harvey Weinstein Accused of Three Decades of Alleged Sexual Harassment Claims by Ashley Judd and More Women

"And I hope it gives women the backbone that they feel like they need and the support they need to speak out," she continued.

The movie mogul
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Rashida Jones Gets Candid on Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'It'sGreat That Women Are Speaking Out' (Exclusive)

Rashida Jones Gets Candid on Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'It'sGreat That Women Are Speaking Out' (Exclusive)
Rashida Jones is encouraging women to speak out against sexual harassment in the wake of the recent allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The actress, who has not worked professionally with the former Weinstein Company executive, spoke with Et about the allegations on Saturday at the Los Angeles Dance Project's annual gala.

"I think it's great that women are speaking out," she said. "I just hope that it encourages a culture of continuing to speak out, because I think sometimes these things peak and one person kind of has to be held accountable. But I'm sure there's so many other instances of this in every business, really."

More: Harvey Weinstein Accused of Three Decades of Alleged Sexual Harassment Claims by Ashley Judd and More Women

"And I hope it gives women the backbone that they feel like they need and the support they need to speak out," she continued.

The movie mogul was fired from the independent
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Princess Grace Foundation-usa To Present James Cameron With Prince Rainier III Award

The Princess Grace Foundation-usa (Pgf-usa) is proud to announce that filmmaker James Cameron will accept the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for his outstanding contributions to the arts and his exemplary give-back.

Mr. Cameron will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2017. The Foundation will also introduce the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship, a gift awarded annually in support of emerging animators in the film category. The evening will include a special dance performance by past Princess Grace Award winners Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, and Joseph Wiggan.

The 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala celebrates the Foundation’s 35th Anniversary and continues the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco,
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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: How Jessica Lange Made Conniving Joan Crawford Sympathetic — Career Watch

‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: How Jessica Lange Made Conniving Joan Crawford Sympathetic — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jessica Lange, who’s at the height of powers at age 68, revealing depths of emotion as fading Golden Age star Joan Crawford in FX’s mighty Emmy contender “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Bottom Line: Jessica Lange has matured from a gorgeous movie ingenue to a theater and screen character actress with extraordinary range who keeps surprising audiences with what she can make them feel.

Career Peaks: From the start, Lange impressed people even when she was in the clutches of the Dino De Laurentiis incarnation of “Kong Kong.” She followed that up with her performance as a sexy waitress who seduces Jack Nicholson on a kitchen table in Bob Rafelson’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981) and with a weighty dramatic role as the depressed
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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: How Jessica Lange Made Conniving Joan Crawford Sympathetic — Career Watch

‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: How Jessica Lange Made Conniving Joan Crawford Sympathetic — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jessica Lange, who’s at the height of powers at age 68, revealing depths of emotion as fading Golden Age star Joan Crawford in FX’s mighty Emmy contender “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Bottom Line: Jessica Lange has matured from a gorgeous movie ingenue to a theater and screen character actress with extraordinary range who keeps surprising audiences with what she can make them feel.

Career Peaks: From the start, Lange impressed people even when she was in the clutches of the Dino De Laurentiis incarnation of “Kong Kong.” She followed that up with her performance as a sexy waitress who seduces Jack Nicholson on a kitchen table in Bob Rafelson’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981) and with a weighty dramatic role as the depressed
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Mikhail Baryshnikov Granted Latvian Citizenship

Mikhail Baryshnikov, renowned ballet dancer and choreographer, was granted citizenship by Latvia on Thursday. Baryshnikov was born in the Baltic nation when it was part of the Soviet Union, and later became a U.S. citizen. Mikhail Baryshnikov Granted Latvian Citizenship The lawmakers’ decision was unanimous, and was done in recognition of Baryshnikov’s civic involvement and “voicing of political […]

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8 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Big Little Lies” may be turning into some big little disputes offscreen.In this HBO dark family dramedy, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon play suburban moms. It seems there may be some mom drama off-camera, too. (A.V. Club) David Lynch may be reviving “Twin Peaks,” but his weather reports are just as worthy of seeing. Interviews with David Lynch have revealed all kinds of fun facts about this director’s artistic life, including his kooky weather reports, which are filled with more adjectives than you can handle. (Vulture) Five artists reflect on their artistic collaborations with choreographer, Trisha Brown, after her recent passing.Artists such as Mikhail Baryshnikov (of classical ballet and “Sex and the City” fame) and Stephen Petronio, talk about their experience dancing for Brown and the impact she had on their lives as performers. (The New York Times) Paramount Pictures is set to release the George Clooney–directed “Suburbicon” Nov.
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Exclusive Podcast: Half Hour Call w/ Chris King Welcomes Tony-Nominee John Selya

Today's guest is John Selya. John grew up in NYC and trained in the School of American Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre. We talk about John's love for surfing, and he tells a great story about his time working with one of my heroes, Mikhail Baryshnikov. We also talk about how he got started working with Twyla Tharp, and a whole lot more
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Linky Pudding

Buzzfeed It's official Will & Grace (& Karen & Jack) is returning to NBC for a ninth season. The series ended on May 18th, 2006 over 10 years ago but their recent one-off election special got everyone excited again.

Av Club supposedly that long hinted at Eastern Promises sequel will start shooting in only two months and supposedly Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassell will return. We'll believe this when I see it but would be happy to do so

Criterion Ira Sachs on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic Fox and His Friends

Arnaud Trouvé offers up César nomination predictions. If you can read French you'll enjoy it more

THR It's Octavia Spencer for "Woman of the Year" and Ryan Reynolds for "Man of the Year" at Harvard's annual Hasty Puddings celebration. Someone cast them in a rom-com together!

Coming Soon Sony Pictures Animation slate to come from The Smurfs onward

About Last Night a long
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The Scene at Nyff with Naomie Harris and Kenneth Lonergan

Murtada reporting from a weekend at the Nyff.

The New York Film Festival enables local cinephiles to catch a finely curated collection of films that have screened at other festivals earlier in the year. It is also a veritable hotbed of casual sightings of the New York film crowd: there’s Todd Haynes entering the Alice Tully Hall animatedly chatting with his Carol editor Alfonso Gonçalves (who has two films in the festival: Gimme Danger and Paterson). Here's Mikhail Baryshnikov posing with his daughter Anna who’s in Manchester by the Sea; I see Bob Balaban making his way through the security line. And, look, Edie Falco introducing herself to Casey Affleck after the Q and A for his movie.

Lonergan in conversation with Jones

Most interesting though are the stories filmmakers tell as they screen their films...
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Chris Noth Re-Creates Sex and the City's Famous Paris Scene with Andy Cohen as Carrie Bradshaw

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Chris Noth Re-Creates Sex and the City's Famous Paris Scene with Andy Cohen as Carrie Bradshaw
[Youtube "c6klTeeCFjQ"] Andy Cohen makes a gorgeous Carrie Bradshaw! On Thursday, Chris Noth appeared on Watch What Happens Live, and was asked to re-create an iconic scene from Sex and the City - and yes, there was a kiss! Cohen took the role of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) - wig and all - which allowed Noth to relive the moment as Mr. Big. The actor played Mr. Big on the popular HBO series from 1998 to 2004 and went on to reprise his role in the franchise's movies. "Are you moving to Paris?" Noth said while trying to hold back laughter. "When were you going to tell me?
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Watch: Chris Noth Re-Creates Sex and the City's Famous Paris Scene with Andy Cohen as Carrie Bradshaw

Watch: Chris Noth Re-Creates Sex and the City's Famous Paris Scene with Andy Cohen as Carrie Bradshaw
Andy Cohen makes a gorgeous Carrie Bradshaw!

On Thursday, Chris Noth appeared on Watch What Happens Live, and was asked to re-create an iconic scene from Sex and the City – and yes, there was a kiss!

Cohen took the role of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) – wig and all – which allowed Noth to relive the moment as Mr. Big.

The actor played Mr. Big on the popular HBO series from 1998 to 2004 and went on to reprise his role in the franchise's movies.

"Are you moving to Paris?" Noth said while trying to hold back laughter. "When were you going to tell me?
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Neil Patrick Harris Could Be Your New Mentor

The National YoungArts Foundation is accepting applications now through Oct. 14 from performing, visual, literary, and design students ages 15–18. The 2017 winners will receive mentorship from world-class professionals including actor Neil Patrick Harris, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, visual artist Jeff Koons, and others whose expertise span the 10 disciplines YoungArts focuses on: theater, dance, cinematic arts, voice, writing, visual arts, photography, classical music, jazz, and design arts. “On behalf of everyone at YoungArts, I encourage young artists from across the country to apply to our 2017 program. Last year, we received a record number of more than 12,000 applications—now, I am calling upon all parents, teachers, coaches and mentors inside and outside the classroom to support the most talented young artists in their communities, and help them take the leap from aspiring to professional artist,” said Vice President of Artistic Programs Lisa Leone in a statement. Winners are selected by a “blind adjudication process” and will be recognized as finalists,
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Review: "Company Business" (1991) Starring Gene Hackman And Mikhail Baryshnikov; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Edition

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By Doug Oswald

Company Business” features Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov in an espionage thriller directed by Nicholas Meyer. The Cold War is over and a former CIA agent is called out of retirement to exchange an imprisoned Russian agent for a captured American pilot. The movie was released in 1991 just as the Soviet Union ceased to exist and the Russian Federation was born. Old tensions between East and West remain and the movie tries to be a tense “Cold War” style thriller.

Hackman is Sam Boyd, a retired CIA agent who is using his skills as a corporate spy. Mikhail Baryshnikov is Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko, a former Soviet spy serving time in an American prison. Sam is called out of retirement to exchange Pyotr for the American being held by the Russians. Glasnost and perestroika indeed, or so it would appear. Sam escorts Pyotr to the recently reunited Germany
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Academy Awards Film Series: Near-Record-Breaking Oscar Loser Far Superior to Wayne Original

'True Grit' 2010: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges. 'True Grit' 2010 review: 'Far Superior' to 1969 John Wayne Western I've gotten to the point with the Coen brothers where I just expect something wonderful every time they make a movie. For me, that was the case even with an effort like True Grit. For others, however, it was different. When the Coens announced their plans to adapt Charles Portis' novel, heads turned and were scratched by many. After all, not only were the brothers going to adapt a book, something they had done only once before (twice if you count The Odyssey), but they were going to remake a movie made famous by John Wayne in 1969. To many, especially lovers of Westerns, touching True Grit was sacrilege. But the Coens weren't deterred, and thankfully so. Their adaptation of True Grit is not only far superior to Henry Hathaway's 1969 version, it
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