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Vanessa Williams Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’

Vanessa Williams Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’
Vanessa Williams has been cast in the ABC drama pilot “False Profits” in a series regular role, Variety has learned.

The project, described as a comedic soap in the vein of “Desperate Housewives,” follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business. Williams will play Suzanne, the leader of a highly successful group of saleswomen. She initially tries to befriend Laura (Bellamy Young), but turns ice cold when Laura decides to start a group of her own.

In addition to Young, Williams
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‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Lands Lead Role in ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Lands Lead Role in ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’
Scandal” star Bellamy Young is staying in the ABC family.

The actress, who plays Mellie Grant on the Shondaland series, has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming ABC drama pilot “False Profits.” The project, described as a comedic soap in the vein of “Desperate Housewives,” follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.

Young will play Laura, a single mom with two kids who tries to make the best of a bad situation. Tired of being ten steps behind, Laura signs up for a multi-level marketing scheme for selling cosmetics.

Young has been with “Scandal” since the very beginning, with the show wrapping up its seventh and final season this spring. She will also appear in the upcoming Disney film “A Wrinkle in Time.” She has also appeared on shows like “Scrubs,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Dirty Sexy Money
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Christopher Nolan Makes It Clear: He Won’t Direct ‘James Bond 25’

The second most popular thing everyone likes to speculate about besides who will play James Bond after Daniel Craig, is who will direct the (presumably) final movie featuring Daniel Craig as 007. “James Bond 25” is currently without a title, but it does have a 2019 release date, and the clock is ticking to find someone to go behind the camera. Lots of names have been thrown around — Yann Demange, Denis Villenueve and David MacKenzie were all reported to be frontrunners — not to mention early rumored candidate “Sherlock” helmer Paul McGuigan.
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Knowing and Push Available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital on March 10th

Discover the suspenseful mystery behind global disasters when Knowing arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) April 10 from Lionsgate. Knowing centers around M.I.T. professor, John Koestler, when he links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. Starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995), fans can now experience the sci-fi thriller with four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast. Knowing 4K Ultra HD will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) stars in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller as John Koestler, a professor who deciphers a coded message with terrifyingly accurate predictions about every major world disaster. Looking to protect his family and prevent future calamities,
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Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool – Review

Annette Benning as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner, in Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics ©

Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool is based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name, about his relationship with 40s Hollywood star Gloria Grahame. If one is expecting a biopic on the Oscar-winning Grahame’s career, you won’t find it here. Instead, this is about love and friendship that grew out of a chance meeting and unlikely love affair between an older woman and younger man. Although the affair didn’t last, the fondness did.

Aspiring young actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) did not even know who Gloria Grahame was when he met her at a British boarding house the catered to actors. Grahame was appearing in a local theater and although middle-aged, still beautiful. When she asked the young actor to help her practice her dancing,
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BAFTA Vs. Oscar: How ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Captured Its Hometown Audience

BAFTA Vs. Oscar: How ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Captured Its Hometown Audience
If ever a film typified the difference between the BAFTAs and the Oscars, Paul McGuigan's Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool could well be the perfect case study. Entirely neglected by the American Academy, this loose biopic of the last days of Hollywood film siren Gloria Grahame—based on Peter Turner's 1986 memoir of the same name—punched above its weight at BAFTA to crash the Best Actor categories, male and female, and score an adapted screenplay nod for its writer, Matt…
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Paul McGuigan on ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ and Its Central Love Story

From director Paul McGuigan and based on the book by Peter Turner, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool delves into the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (played magnificently by Annette Bening) in Liverpool in 1978. The affair between the eccentric femme fatale and her young lover quickly became a deep bond, leading Gloria to turn to Peter and his family for comfort at a time that would test the strength of that bond. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, filmmaker McGuigan talked about why he wanted …
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Jamie Bell on ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’, Portraying a Real-Life Romance, and More ‘Tintin’

From director Paul McGuigan and based on the book by Peter Turner, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool delves into the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (played magnificently by Annette Bening) in Liverpool in 1978. The affair between the eccentric femme fatale and her young lover quickly became a deep bond, leading Gloria to turn to Peter and his family for comfort at a time that will test the strength of that bond. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Jamie Bell talked about the appeal …
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Film Review: Annette Bening Proves ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Chicago – George Bailey: “Hey, you look good. That’s some dress you got on there.” Violet: “This old thing? I only wear it when I don’t care how I look.” That is how actress Gloria Grahame (as Violet Bick) was introduced in the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Now she is portrayed by Annette Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The movie is based on a memoir by Peter Turner, who is portrayed in “Film Stars…” by Jamie Bell. Turner was a young actor who had an affair with the much older Grahame near the end of her life in the late 1970s/early ‘80s. He lived in Liverpool, England, and took care of the Oscar winner near her demise. The unusual May/December romance is characterized through Grahame’s deep insecurities, which Annette Bening plays to perfection. It’s also a somewhat claustrophobic film,
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Movie Review – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, 2017.

Directed by Paul McGuigan.

Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham, Leanne Best, Frances Barber, Kenneth Cranham, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Synopsis:

A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

Apparently, getting Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool off the ground and into production has been a long-gestating process upwards to nearly two decades, which is quite a shame considering how tender, genuine, and unique a romantic story it is, playing with generational gapped relationships, Hollywood fading star insecurities, life-threatening cancer, and conflicted emotions. More importantly, Annette Bening taps into some classical Golden Age actress beauty portraying Oscar-winning Gloria Grahame with an appropriately seductive voice, in turn, pulling off an irresistible charm. It’s all crucial to the performance as she locks into an intimate, semi-serious rapport in 1979 with Peter Turner, a 28-year old lad half her
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Annette Bening on ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ and Working with Jamie Bell

From director Paul McGuigan and based on the book by Peter Turner, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool delves into the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (played magnificently by Annette Bening) in Liverpool in 1978. The affair between the eccentric femme fatale and her young lover quickly became a deep bond, leading Gloria to turn to Peter and his family for comfort at a time that will test the strength of that bond. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Annette Bening talked about just how …
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Jamie Bell Thought He Blew A Pivotal Scene In ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’

Jamie Bell Thought He Blew A Pivotal Scene In ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’
We might be entering into another peak phase of Jamie Bell‘s career. After an unfortunate association with the “Fantastic Four” reboot and a four-season run on AMC’s “Turn,” the 31-year-old actor returns with one of his best performances yet in Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.” And, frankly, while the movie has its issues, more people should be paying attention to Bell’s impressive work in it.

Continue reading Jamie Bell Thought He Blew A Pivotal Scene In ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ at The Playlist.
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'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' Review: Annette Bening Brings the Showbiz Pain

'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' Review: Annette Bening Brings the Showbiz Pain
What an astounding actress Annette Bening is. And she’s at her very best in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool playing Gloria Grahame, a screen siren of the 1940s and 1950s. Here, however, we pick up with the actress during her last years, from 1979 to 1981, when she died of breast cancer at the age of 57. Instead of hitting all the familiar beats – fading bombshell desperately holding on to her past glory – Bening brings Graham to thrilling life as the complicated woman she was till the end.

Grahame made her
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Interview: Paul McGuigan and Peter Turner Talk Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Exclusive)

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Interview: Paul McGuigan and Peter Turner Talk Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Exclusive)
Genuine female mavericks always champion equal rights for everyone, no matter what situation they’re contending with, or what era they live in. That’s certainly the case with acclaimed Hollywood actress, Gloria Grahame, who garnered fame in the 1940s and ’50s for her brilliant performances in noir feature films. She not only maintained a compelling sense […]

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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical
Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82.

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers,
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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“Soon to be a major motion picture.” From its publication in 1986, that was what British actor-writer Peter Turner expected of his Gloria Grahame memoir “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” But it took three decades for the May-December romance starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell to finally hit theaters December 29.

This could have been yet another film that never got made. But James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli knew Turner back when the young actor was in love with Grahame, his fellow lodger twice his age at a Primrose Hill rooming house. “I’ve known Peter Turner for 40 years,” said Broccoli. “I met him and Gloria together. It was a special relationship. Sometime after she passed away he wrote the memoir, and gave me the manuscript. I thought it was so beautiful.”

Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam optioned the book shortly after its publication, but the project went into turnaround
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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“Soon to be a major motion picture.” From its publication in 1986, that was what British actor-writer Peter Turner expected of his Gloria Grahame memoir “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” But it took three decades for the May-December romance starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell to finally hit theaters December 29.

This could have been yet another film that never got made. But James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli knew Turner back when the young actor was in love with Grahame, his fellow lodger twice his age at a Primrose Hill rooming house. “I’ve known Peter Turner for 40 years,” said Broccoli. “I met him and Gloria together. It was a special relationship. Sometime after she passed away he wrote the memoir, and gave me the manuscript. I thought it was so beautiful.”

Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam optioned the book shortly after its publication, but the project went into turnaround
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With a ‘Film Stars’ Song in Contention, Rock Star Elvis Costello Reflects on Moonlighting for the Movies

With a ‘Film Stars’ Song in Contention, Rock Star Elvis Costello Reflects on Moonlighting for the Movies
Elvis Costello wrote the closing song for the new movie “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” but it’s a classic from his own canon that director Paul McGuigan planted as an Easter egg for music buffs. Costello’s “Pump It Up” is heard early on in the film to establish the late ’70s time frame, right before a scene that has the American actress Gloria Grahame (played by Annette Bening) meeting her younger Liverpudlian boyfriend (Jamie Bell) for the first time. Just after “Pump It Up” is heard on the soundtrack, the two lovers-to-be dance to “Boogie Oogie Oogie” — a cheeky nod to one of the silliest awards upsets of all time, when the ephemeral disco group A Taste of Honey famously beat Costello for the best new artist Grammy.

“You know what? It didn’t register,” admits Costello, who didn’t get the embedded joke when he first saw the film, and whom the
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ Trailer: Annette Bening Plays a Classic Film Star

Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for the true story drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film revolves around the relationship between Academy Award-winning Oklahoma! and The Bad an the Beautiful actress Gloria Grahame (Annete Bening) and Turner (Jamie Bell) in 1978 Liverpool, at which point Grahame had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was trying to come to terms with her dwindling career. Lucky Number Slevin and Victor Frankenstein filmmaker Paul McGuigan directs this intriguing drama, and the trailer does a fine job of showcasing Bening’s …
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