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Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights

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Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights
At France’s 10th Lumière Film Festival, Jane Fonda received on Friday night a Lumière Award, presented by filmmaker Costa-Gavras. Earlier, she gave a masterclass to a packed house at Lyon’s Théâtre des Célestins, speaking with Institut Lumiere director and Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux. Here are some of the highlights, translated from French, which Fonda speaks better than she says:

Are you happy with the idea of being a star?

Yes… (pause) I’m stupid, but I’m not crazy. There are people outside who want my autograph. But what does it mean to be a star? On the top of hills and mountains there are antennae. They’re called repeaters. They repeat the signals, the voices of those living in the valleys below – who can’t go across the mountains. I think that stars have the same role. To be like antennae at the top of the mountain
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'The Way We Were': THR's 1973 Review

'The Way We Were': THR's 1973 Review
On Oct. 16, 1973, Sydney Pollack's romantic drama The Way We Were held its premiere in New York at Loew's State 1 theater. The Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford film went on to be nominated for six Oscars at the 46th Academy Awards, winning two for original dramatic score and the title song. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

A number of women film journalists and critics have written at length about the way the American movie has become overfocused on male experience. One actress is virtually carrying the weight for women on the screen these days,...
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Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies

Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies
It might sound contradictory, but perhaps the greatest testament to Jane Fonda’s six-decade career is how many people are unfamiliar with every facet of it. Not everyone who grew up with Fonda as the face of 1980s workout culture is immediately aware of the ambitious artistic extremes of her screen acting career; younger viewers getting to know her through her breezy, Emmy-nominated work in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” may not all be aware of her serious Hollywood history of political and feminist activism. Fonda’s name means different things to different people, though one hopes her most enduring reputation — and certainly the one netting her a career Golden Lion at Venice last year and now a Lumière Award — will be as one of Hollywood’s strongest, most spikily intelligent leading ladies: gifted at her craft, yes, but an actor who also brought her progressive personal politics to bear in her work,
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Will and Grace Returns and Everything Has Changed With New Relationships and Siblings?!

Will and Grace Returns and Everything Has Changed With New Relationships and Siblings?!
Will Truman and Grace Adler...step-siblings? That's what's up in season two (or season 10) of Will & Grace, which begins tonight on NBC. However, it's not the only new dynamic the show is dealing with. Love is in the air, for some of the characters. Will's mom (Blythe Danner) and Grace's dad (Sydney Pollack) are now married, and Jack (Sean Hayes) is about to be married to his fiancé, Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez). And then there's Karen (Megan Mullally), who is getting a divorce from the never-seen Stan after being forced to pick between him and her secret lover, Malcolm (Alec Baldwin).  That's a lot of big changes happening, but the show itself isn't about to totally...
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‘Who Is Michael Ovitz?’ Review: A New Memoir From The Master Of Confession And Concealment

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‘Who Is Michael Ovitz?’ Review:  A New Memoir From The Master Of Confession And Concealment
Michael Ovitz was ever the master of both confession and concealment — the shared confidence that really wasn’t, or the backdoor whisper that had to be denied. When I was pursuing him, in a reportorial sense, for a 1986 Wall Street Journal profile, for instance, he struck a pose of complete resistance. But he also had a certain highly placed studio executive spend two hours of expensive office time answering 50 or 100 detailed questions. Responding by proxy allowed him to say that he hadn’t helped, a fiction he maintains to this day. “Though I’d declined to cooperate with the Journal, I thought the story could help our business,” he writes on page 194 of his new memoir, Who Is Michael Ovitz?, from Portfolio/Penguin.

So it’s hard to know what to make of a book that purports to come clean about perhaps the most complicated and consequential career in modern
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Bill Murray Heard About Dustin Hoffman Being Accused of Sexual Harassment, Says Actor Is a ‘Flirt’ and ‘Really Good Guy’

Bill Murray Heard About Dustin Hoffman Being Accused of Sexual Harassment, Says Actor Is a ‘Flirt’ and ‘Really Good Guy’
Bill Murray spoke up for his friend and fellow actor Dustin Hoffman while appearing in conversation with former talent agent Michael Ovitz at New York City’s 92Y (via Yahoo! Entertainment). Ovitz co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and is responsible for helping both Hoffman and Murray land parts in Sydney Pollack’s 1982 comedy “Tootsie.” Murray interrupted his conversation with Ovitz to praise Hoffman.

“Since we’re talking about Dustin Hoffman, I just want to say: Dustin Hoffman is a great man and a really good guy,” Murray said. “And I heard what happened to him, and Dustin Hoffman is a really decent person. He’s a crazy, like a Borscht Belt flirt, he has been his whole life, but he’s a really sweet man.”

Hoffman was one of several high profile actors accused of sexual harassment last fall. Television producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis alleges Hoffman harassed her and
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Anne Bancroft movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Graduate,’ ‘The Miracle Worker’

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Anne Bancroft movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Graduate,’ ‘The Miracle Worker’
Anne Bancroft would’ve celebrated her 87th birthday on September 17. Born in 1931, the actress had a celebrated career on both the stage and screen, becoming one of the few people to win the trifecta of performance awards. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Bancroft made her Broadway debut in William Gibson‘s “Two for the Seesaw,” directed by Arthur Penn. The role brought her a Tony as Best Featured Actress in a play (1958). The very next year, she re-teamed with Gibson and Penn for “The Miracle Worker,” for which she won a second Tony (Best Actress in a Play in 1959).

Following the stage success, Bancroft, Penn and Gibson adapted “The Miracle Worker” to the big screen in 1962. Recreating the role of Annie Sullivan, a teacher struggling to help the deaf and blind Helen Keller (Patty Duke) learn to communicate,
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‘First Man,’ ‘Front Runner’ and ‘Roma’ Among 2018 Telluride Film Festival Selections

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‘First Man,’ ‘Front Runner’ and ‘Roma’ Among 2018 Telluride Film Festival Selections
The 45th annual Telluride Film Festival will play host to the world premieres of new films from Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased”), David Lowery (“The Old Man & the Gun”), Jason Reitman (“The Front Runner”) and Ed Zwick (“Trial by Fire”), programmers announced Thursday.

Also scheduled are new titles from Oscar-winning filmmakers Damien Chazelle, Alfonso Cuarón and even Orson Welles. Chazelle’s “First Man” will transition from a Venice opening-night bow to the mountains of Colorado alongside Cuarón’s “Roma” and Welles’ finally-completed swan song “The Other Side of the Wind.”

Highlights from the international festival circuit will include Ali Abbasi’s “Border,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” (the first Cannes Palme d’Or winner to screen in Telluride since 2013’s “Blue is the Warmest Color.”)

Telluride co-director Julie Huntsinger calls the lineup of 60 feature films and shorts representing 22 countries “tender and fierce,
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Future of Aretha Franklin Films Remains Unclear, But Producers Optimistic

Future of Aretha Franklin Films Remains Unclear, But Producers Optimistic
Producers on a pair of Aretha Franklin film projects – the still-unreleased 1972 concert film Amazing Grace and the in-development biopic starring Jennifer Hudson – offered some clarity on the future of the films following the Queen of Soul’s death at the age of 76.

Speaking to Variety, producer Harvey Mason Jr. said the long-in-the-works biopic was a “primary creative concern” for Franklin in her final weeks. “She was my partner in doing this and we had a lot of hours invested with her in thinking and dreaming about how it would come out,
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Directors Guild of America to Honor Ang Lee, Nancy Utley, Amy Klobuchar

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Directors Guild of America to Honor Ang Lee, Nancy Utley, Amy Klobuchar
The Directors Guild of America has selected director Ang Lee, Fox Searchlight chairman Nancy Utley, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, SAG-AFTRA senior adviser John McGuire, and costume designer Ann Roth for its annual DGA Honors.

The awards will be held at the DGA Theater in New York City on Oct. 18. The DGA Honors recognizes individuals and institutions that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television, and recognizes the diversity of achievement — in business, government, and labor —required to produce the best entertainment in the world.

“There is nowhere more fitting to celebrate the confluence of entertainment, labor and politics than New York, our cultural epicenter,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. “It’s where a legendary director like Ang Lee, as a budding Taiwanese filmmaker, came to get started – and costume designing great Ann Roth made her mark in film and on Broadway.
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Mira Sorvino Says 'Condor' "Challenges" Viewers to Consider U.S. Government's Mutability

Mira Sorvino Says 'Condor'
The television series Condor is a remake of two titles from the '70s: Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of Condor and the 1974 novel it was based on, Six Days of Condor. Still, according to a star of the At&T original series, Mira Sorvino, the story feels especially “relevant” to our society today.

“I think the writers did a super admirable job,” Sorvino tells The Hollywood Reporter In Studio. “I think they made it so relevant because what it highlights for me is the fact that we may assume, as ...
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The Infant and the Cadaver: Paul Schrader’s Films and Criticism

Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper (1992) is showing June 9 - July 9, 2018 in the United States.Light SleeperPopularly known as the screenwriter of Taxi Driver (1976), Paul Schrader’s work in cinema extends well beyond this seminal collaboration with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, from his beginnings as a film critic to his continued career as a director. When asked how his background as a critic influenced his work as a filmmaker he uses a telling example to outline the two modes of approaching the cinematic medium. Responding cautiously, he explains that for him the analytical impulses of the critic may be"as much for good as bad, maybe in fact more for bad. Because a critic in many ways is like a medical examiner. You know, you open up the cadaver, and you want to see how and why it lived. And a writer, a filmmaker, is, on the other hand,
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Santino Fontana to Lead Broadway-Bound 'Tootsie'

Santino Fontana to Lead Broadway-Bound 'Tootsie'
Dorothy Michaels is back.

Complete casting has been announced for Tootsie, which premieres this fall at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre before opening on Broadway next spring. The new comedy musical is based on the classic 1982 Sydney Pollack film that starred Dustin Hoffman as talented but difficult New York actor Michael Dorsey, who invents the female persona of Dorothy in order to break his professional dry spell and snag a part on daytime soap Southwest General as a feisty hospital administrator.

Stepping into that triple role, as previously announced, is Santino Fontana, a Broadway veteran of such shows as Cinderella, Act One and ...
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French Director Bruno Dumont to Receive Locarno Lifetime Achievement Award

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French Director Bruno Dumont to Receive Locarno Lifetime Achievement Award
French director Bruno Dumont, who over the past two decades has gone from making naturalistic dramas such as “La Vie de Jesus” and “L’Umanité” to directing slapstick comedy, a Joan of Arc-themed musical, and innovative TV series, will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Pardo d’onore Manor lifetime achievement award.

The versatile auteur will also be world-premiering his new TV series, “Coincoin and the Extra Humans,” with a launch from the Swiss fest’s 8.000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande venue Aug. 4. The show, which is the second season of Dumont’s “Li’l Quinquin” series and sees its young protagonist become a French nationalist, is getting a theatrical release in Switzerland and will be playing in September on Franco-German channel Arte.

Born in Bailleul, northern France, in 1958, Dumont made his feature film debut in 1997 with “La vie de Jesus” shot in his hometown and followed up in 1999 with “L’Humanite,
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Condor Review

Condor is a TV series brave enough to ask whether or not a 40-year-old Sydney Pollack/Robert Redford classic should be ten hours longer. Much like Westworld, the answer to that question is a resounding no, unless you’ve got some idea how to mix things up. Like the film, Joe Turner (Max Irons), a mid-level CIA analyst, stumbles into the deepest reaches of dark operations, which results in all of his co-workers being killed. Not only is he on the run, but his boss, Bob Partridge (William Hurt), is convinced that someone in the CIA has to be responsible. With no one to trust, Turner is just trying to stay alive long enough to figure out what’s going on, because suddenly there isn’t much that seems to make sense. The series spins several points on the film’s intro over the course of the first few episodes,
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Condor

Network: Audience. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 6, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Max Irons, William Hurt, Leem Lubany, Angel Bonanni, Kristen Hager, Mira Sorvino, Bob Balaban, and Brendan Fraser. TV show description: From creators Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor is a TV show adaptation of the 1975 James Grady novel, Six Days of the Condor and the 1975 Sydney Pollack feature film, Three Days of the Condor. The spy thriller centers on Joe Turner (Irons), a young CIA Analyst. Something of an idealist, Joe has always felt torn about working for the CIA. After making a big discovery, Joe's
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June TV Premieres: 15 New Shows to Look Out for This Month

June TV Premieres: 15 New Shows to Look Out for This Month
In a few short weeks, at the end of June, we’ll be halfway through 2018.

Anyway, now that Emmys eligibility is over, it’s time to turn to the offerings across broadcast, cable, and streaming that are part of a new calendar. There’s a glut of great TV from this year already, but this upcoming June collection means not only another strong batch of best-of-2018 contenders, but also one with the most diverse ways to watch that we’ve ever assembled for these monthly preview lists.

(By the way, if you’ve missed any of those previous picks, here are some notable TV premieres from February, March, April, and May.)

For now, bring it on, June.

C.B. Strike

After “The Casual Vacancy,” the latest TV adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s work is this serialized detective show starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger. The seven-episode opening season tracks all
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‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch

‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch
Max Irons will soon follow in the formidable onscreen footsteps of Robert Redford. The forthcoming Audience Network series “Condor” casts the second-generation English actor (dad is Jeremy Irons) as avian-nicknamed CIA analyst Joe Turner, the role Redford originated in Sydney Pollack’s 1975 film, the Oscar-nominated “Three Days of the Condor.” Entertainment Weekly debuted the first trailer today, along with production photos.

The TV version adapted material from both the feature and its inspiration, James Grady’s novel “Six Days of the Condor.” Unlike its predecessors, this 10-episode telling is set in Washington, D.C. instead of New York City. Available to DirectTV subscribers, Audience Network is perhaps best known for another show based on a book, “Mr. Mercedes,” overseen by showrunner David E. Kelley.

In the trailer’s opening beats, praying Muslims are unaware that the world is at risk for a weaponized plague outbreak. Its engineer, Nathan Fowler (Brendan Fraser
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Legendary French cinema and Cannes mover and shaker Pierre Rissient dies at 81

Legendary French cinema and Cannes mover and shaker Pierre Rissient dies at 81
Influential figure who championed Clint Eastwood, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Jane Campion and Im Kwon-taek passes away on eve of 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Pierre Rissient, the influential, behind-the-scenes mover, shaker and fixer in the French cinema world and the Cannes Film Festival, has died. He was 81.

French director Bertrand Tavernier, who worked alongside Rissient as a press attaché in the 1960s before turning to directing and was a lifelong friend, broke the news via the Twitter account of the Lumière Institute in Lyon, of which he is president.

“Pierre Rissient died last night,” Tavernier wrote. “His
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Milos Forman (‘Amadeus’) voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s, as orchestrated by you [Poll Results]

Milos Forman (‘Amadeus’) voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s, as orchestrated by you [Poll Results]
Milos Forman, who passed away on April 13, has been voted your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 1980s for his masterwork “Amadeus.” The biopic chronicled the infamous rivalry between Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Much like the film itself being your preferred Best Picture winner of the ’80s, Forman was your choice for the top Best Director winner of the decade in Gold Derby’s recent poll.

Forman won with 22% of the vote, with Oliver Stone (“Platoon”) coming in second place with a respectable 16%. It was a tie for third between James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment”) and Robert Redford (“Ordinary People”) at 11% apiece. Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”) rounded out the top five with 9% of the vote. Next up, Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) came in sixth with 8%, Richard Attenborough (“Gandhi”) came in seventh with 7% and Bernardo Bertolucci (“The Last Emperor”) came in
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