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Cult Thai Director Blends History With Whodunnit in ‘Francis Chit’

Nonzee Nimibutr, director of cult Thai hits “Nang Nak” and “Jan Dara,” is at the Busan Asian Project Market with “Francis Chit of Siam.” Set in 1864 Siam, as Thailand was then known, the film traces the rivalry between Chit Chitrakanee, aka Francis Chit, the Asian pioneer of wet plate photography, and famous British photographer John Thomson. Photography was considered black magic in the region those days, and when a series of nobles begin dying after being photographed by Chit and Thomson, the pair are prime suspects in the deaths and must join forces to clear their names and find the real killer. “I saw an exhibition of pictures by John Thomson in Bangkok and was fascinated by them,” said Nimibutr. “I did some further research and found Chit. He was the most famous photographer of that time but nobody in Thailand knows him now. That’s why I became interested in his history.” Nimibutr penned
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Hitman's Bodyguard Trailer Teams Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

Hitman's Bodyguard Trailer Teams Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds
If you've been dreaming of the day where Deadpool and Nick Fury trade R-rated barbs on the big screen, you may have to just keep dreaming. But, if you'll settle for Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson cursing and shooting up a storm in a non-superhero movie, then the red band trailer for The Hitman's Bodyguard should be right up your alley, along with a new photo. Fans and exhibitors who attended CinemaCon earlier this month got to see an early screening of this action thriller, the rest of us will have to wait until August 18, and judging from this trailer, this could be a sleeper hit of the summer

The world's top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end
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Patrick Ewing Hugs It Out With John Thompson ... After Replacing His Son (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_3uowut4y"]] Seems everything's cool between Patrick Ewing and John Thompson -- despite the fact he's replacing Jt's son as the new head coach at Georgetown ... because they hugged it out moments ago.  Ewing was on the Georgetown University campus when he ran into his old college coach (they won a national title together in 1984) -- and they embraced.  Of course, Ewing is taking over the program from John's son, John Thompson III -- and people were
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CinemaCon: Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds Hit Target in ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’

CinemaCon: Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds Hit Target in ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’
Lionsgate hit close to a bullseye with exhibitors with a Thursday afternoon CinemaCon screening of the Samuel L. Jackson-Ryan Reynolds action-comedy “The Hitman's Bodyguard.”

“It’s a great performance by Samuel L. Jackson and it should do pretty solid business,” one exhibitor said after the showing at Caesars Palace.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” set in England and the Netherlands, centers on a high-level bodyguard — portrayed by a buttoned-down Reynolds — slowly bonding with Jackson’s wisecracking hitman to take down a Russian dictator, played by Gary Oldman, in exchange for getting his wife (Salma Hayek) out of jail. Oldman’s operatives are seemingly everywhere, supplying endless machine-gun fire; unsurprisingly, Jackson got the lion’s share of the laughs.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” opens on Aug. 16. Hayek came on stage to introduce the film and asserted, “I have
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Cinema Audio Society Announces Sound Mixing Nominees, Including ‘La La Land,’ ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Stranger Things’

The Cinema Audio Society has announced its nominees for the 53rd Annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016 in seven categories.

On the film side, strong contenders like “La La Land,” “Rogue One” and “Zootopia” picked up nods, while television series like “Game of Thrones,” “blackish” and “Stranger Things” also received nominations. For the first year, the Cas is honoring Documentary films, with nods like “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th” rounding out this inaugural category.

Missing from the film nods are more than a few surprises, including “Deepwater Horizon,” “The Jungle Book” and “Silence.”

“We are blessed this year with a rich portfolio of Cinema Audio art applied. As the creative contributions of sound mixing to modern filmmaking becomes more obvious to the world at large, these productions truly represent the talents of our community,” said Mark Ulano, Cas President, of the announcement.

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Westworld’ Land Cinema Audio Society Nominations

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Westworld’ Land Cinema Audio Society Nominations
The Cinema Audio Society has announced nominations for excellence in sound mixing in film and television categories.

Film contenders include “Doctor Strange,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “O.J.: Made in America.”

On the TV side, series like “Game of Thrones,” “Mr. Robot,” “Westworld” and “Black-ish” were recognized, along with miniseries such as “The Night Manager” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced at the 53rd annual Cas Awards on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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Motion Picture — Live Action

Doctor Strange

Production Mixer: John Midgley, Cas

Re-recording Mixer: Tom Johnson

Re-recording Mixer: Juan Peralta

Scoring Mixer: Peter Cobbin

Adr Mixer: Doc Kane, Cas

Foley Mixer: Scott Curtis

Hacksaw Ridge

Production Mixer: Peter Grace

Re-recording Mixer: Kevin O’Connell, Cas

Re-recording
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Tuesday’s best TV: National Treasure; Alex Jones: Fertility and Me; Bricks!

  • The Guardian - TV News
A timely drama follows Robbie Coltrane as a beloved old-guard comedian accused of rape; Alex Jones ponders motherhood at 38. Plus, how the ‘but is it art?’ debate was born in the 70s

Si and Dave enjoy an interesting double life as both the stars of their fairly pedestrian cooking/lifestyle shows, and the subject of endless parodies by Leigh Francis and John Thomson. If only they were as exciting as their sweary counterparts on Celebrity Juice: in this not-misleadingly titled series, they attempt recipes based solely on poultry. Could a trip to cook lemon tagine with rebel Berbers in north Morocco spice things up at all? John Robinson

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Toby Stephens Joins "Hunter Killer"

Following on from news that Starz's critically acclaimed pirate drama "Black Sails" will finish up with its fourth season next year, the show's leading man Toby Stephens has been announced as the co-star of the upcoming action thriller "Hunter Killer" at Millennium Entertainment.

The story revolves around an American submarine commander (Gerard Butler) sent into Russian waters to save the Russian President in the midst of a military coup. Stephens will play Lieutenant Beaman, who heads up the black ops squad.

Peter Craig and Jamie Moss penned the script based on George Wallace and Don Keith's novel "Firing Point". Butler, Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe, Alan Siegel, Tucker Tooley, Mark Gill, John Thompson and Matt O'Toole will produce.

Source: Deadline
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Exclusive: Talking 'X-men: Apocalypse,' 'Star Wars' and More with Simon Kinberg

With X-men: Apocalypse hitting theaters tomorrow, what better way to prep than to have an Exclusive chat with Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer on Star Wars Rebel, X-men: Days Of Future Past, The Fantastic Four and of course X-men: Apocalypse.

Kinberg and I spoke about all things X-men: Apocalypse, and he even clears up some rumors spreading throughout the web. He also speaks about where he sees the X-men franchise going in the future, briefly talks about his involvement in Star Wars, and a whole lot more. 

So lets get to it. It's a bit of a long interview but a good one!

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Lrm: I saw the [X-men: Apocalypse] a few days ago and I really like this film because it had a lot of heart. As a writer,
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Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong star in Grimsby. It might just be the most horrible and funny film of the year (at least so far...)

There’s a bit, late on in Grimsby, when Sacha Baron Cohen’s Nobby gets hold of a gun and finds it surprisingly easy to shoot people. “I understand why you love guns so much,” he tells his brother, Mark Strong’s Sebastian. “It completely detaches you from the guilt of your actions.” The bathos this creates is a good example of how in comedy a big laugh legitimises just about anything, here allowing you to forget quite happily that the main character is no longer a bungling chancer but an actual killer. I felt the same about the rest of it; the fact it made me laugh just about earned it a free pass for being, at times, scabrously horrible.
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Friday’s best TV: Billionaire Boy; Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast; Sherlock; The Big Quiz – Coronation Street v Emmerdale

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An adaptation of David Walliam’s Roald Dahl-esque novel; Oliver and Doherty serve up smashing grub; and 2015’s detective characters throwback to 1895 to play the original people they ripped off. Plus: Team Rovers Return and Team Woolpack go head to head

The BBC once again adapts a David Walliams novel for the festive season. Walliams owes a great deal to Roald Dahl, and this is another tale of a forlorn child in a world of cruel and stupid adults. Elliot Sprakes stars as Joe, whose factory worker dad Len (John Thomson) becomes a billionaire after inventing a new type of toilet roll. But as his dad embraces the bling and a glamorous girlfriend (Catherine Tate), Joe yearns for a normal life and friends. Reliable family fun, with Walliams himself co-starring as a dinner lady. David Stubbs

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See University Challenge's buzzer noise scare the bejesus out of a poor Oxford student

Last night, a University Challenge contestant became internet famous for getting a fright when his teammate buzzed in to answer a question.

Theology student Charlie Clegg - appearing with his St John's College, Oxford teammates - seemed to be quite surprised by the use of the buzzer.

They're loud, those buzzers (watch to the end) #universitychallenge pic.twitter.com/hN68ALHE13

— Nick Thornsby (@NickThornsby) October 12, 2015

It's even funnier than the time a guy rocked up to University Challenge wearing a pleather vest and chunky silver chain combo.

Naturally, Twitter found the whole thing completely hilarious:

Clegg jumping at his mate's buzzer is TV gold! #scaredycat #universitychallenge

Darren Anderson (@73Dpa) October 12, 2015

Clegg jumping at the buzzer on #universitychallenge - does he understand how quizzes work?

— Pip Brace (@Pip_Brace) October 12, 2015

Some lad just got a decent fright from a buzzer on #universitychallenge

— Colmán Mac Séalaigh (@colmanacus) October 12, 2015

Shoutout to Clegg for
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Billionaire Boy

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TV newcomer Elliot Sprakes from Sheffield has landed the title role in Billionaire Boy, the latest adaptation of one of David Walliams' childrens books, which will be screened at Christmas.

The hour-long special is the fourth BBC adaptation of a Walliams novel, and follows the successes of Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and The Boy In The Dress.

Filming begins next week in Sheffield and Rotherham for broadcast this Christmas on BBC One. Local school children from Oakwood High School, Rotherham, have also been cast to appear in the production as Joe’s class mates.

Elliot (represented by Cieka Bailey Associates) plays 12 year old Joe, the son of Len (played by John Thomson) who has made a billion by invented a new toilet roll. Joe appears to have everything he could want but what he really needs is a friend. This is Elliot's first major TV role, he recently filmed a Cbbc pilot Scraps.
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David Walliams is starring in BBC One's Christmas adaptation of his book Billionaire Boy

Christmas isn't far around the corner, and BBC One has announced an adaptation of David Walliams' Billionaire Boy as part of its festive season schedule.

Walliams himself will star in the dramatisation of his 2010 children's book, which tells the story of wealthy 12-year-old Joe, who's on a quest to find something money can't buy – friendship.

The Little Britain star will play the 'dirty and old' dinnerlady Mrs Trafe on the show.

John Thomson, Rebecca Front and Warwick Davis will also star alongside Walliams, while protagonist Joe will be played by newcomer Elliot Sprakes.

Walliams said: "I am thrilled we have put together another all-star cast of comedy greats for this adaptation.

"The script is bigger and better than the book, and I am excited for everyone to see it on BBC One at Christmas."

See David Walliams dress as Queen's Guard to surprise 8-year-old Pride of Britain winner
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Jimmy Carr takes on Joey Essex in Channel 4's Celebrity Benchmark

It's the clash of the titans in Digital Spy's exclusive clip from Celebrity Benchmark, as Jimmy Carr takes on Joey Essex.

Paddy McGuinness hosts the celebrity edition of the Channel 4 game show, which launches a five-part series tomorrow night (September 26) at 7pm.

Jimmy and Joey appear to be very competitive in the game, which could see one celebrity winning up to £50,000 for charity with the help of ten famous 'benchmarkers'.

Joey does have a point though - the question in the video above isn't totally clear and we call shenanigans.

Vic Reeves, John Thomson, Lesley Joseph and Edwina Currie are among the other celebs taking part in the series, which follows its civilian daytime edition earlier this year.
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John Thomson splits from wife Samantha

John Thomson has split from his wife Samantha. The former 'Coronation Street' actor has confirmed he ended his marriage in November last year after 10 years together and says their ''absolute priority'' is the welfare of their children, five-year-old Sophia Melody and 12-year-old Olivia. In a statement, the TV comic said: ''Sadly our marriage has irretrievably broken down. We have now been separated since November 2014 and we are currently in the final stages of a divorce. The priority is the welfare of our children and we ask that you please respect our privacy at this time.'' Meanwhile, Sam said it was
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Joey Essex and Jimmy Carr will take part in Benchmark celebrity specials

Joey Essex and Jimmy Carr will take part in celebrity specials of Channel 4's Benchmark.

Other stars include Amanda Byram, Vic Reeves, Lesley Joseph, John Thomson and Mark Watson.

James Haskell, Edwina Currie and Jason Byrne will also feature.

Each of the five specials, airing on primetime, sees one celebrity hoping to win up to £50,000 for their chosen charity, with help from the ten 'Benchmarkers'.

The Benchmarkers must answer tricky numerical general knowledge questions, with their answers setting the benchmark. The main contestant then has to decide whether the correct answer is higher or lower.

Host Paddy McGuinness said: "You've got the genius of the show itself, combined with the mayhem involved when you throw a bunch of celebrities into the mix. It's going to be brilliant.

"The only thing I'm worried about is how long the recordings are going to take. That, and getting a word in edgeways.
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TV Review: ‘Iverson’

TV Review: ‘Iverson’
The actions of Allen Iverson, a polarizing figure throughout his NBA career, take on deeper meaning within the context of the tension created among white management — and culture at large — by players in a predominantly African-American league. “Iverson,” a feature-length documentary playing on Showtime, zeroes in on this dynamic, approaching its subject with considerable sympathy, from his imprisonment as a teenager to his embrace of hip-hop music and tattoos. While the film suffers from some excesses, starting with its intrusive score, it’s a timely reminder — coming during the NBA playoffs — of a cultural rift that periodically surfaces involving star athletes.

Opening with Iverson’s impoverished upbringing, growing up in Virginia without a father, filmmaker Zatella Beatty dutifully runs through his youth as a two-sport star (football and basketball) seemingly bound for a bountiful seven-figure future. All that is derailed, however, when the athlete and his friends are arrested in a bowling-alley brawl,
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TV Review: ‘Iverson’

TV Review: ‘Iverson’
The actions of Allen Iverson, a polarizing figure throughout his NBA career, take on deeper meaning within the context of the tension created among white management — and culture at large — by players in a predominantly African-American league. “Iverson,” a feature-length documentary playing on Showtime, zeroes in on this dynamic, approaching its subject with considerable sympathy, from his imprisonment as a teenager to his embrace of hip-hop music and tattoos. While the film suffers from some excesses, starting with its intrusive score, it’s a timely reminder — coming during the NBA playoffs — of a cultural rift that periodically surfaces involving star athletes.

Opening with Iverson’s impoverished upbringing, growing up in Virginia without a father, filmmaker Zatella Beatty dutifully runs through his youth as a two-sport star (football and basketball) seemingly bound for a bountiful seven-figure future. All that is derailed, however, when the athlete and his friends are arrested in a bowling-alley brawl,
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TV Review: Espn’s ‘Sole Man’

There’s an epic quality to the story of Sonny Vaccaro, who significantly reinvented the financial dynamics of college basketball, the sports-apparel industry and even the NBA with “sneaker money,” before turning against the system he helped create. Enter “Sole Man,” a documentary devoted to the sports-marketing exec’s remarkable tale, which, in an interesting twist, will be serialized over five nights on the Grantland Website in advance of its Espn debut. Like the best “30 for 30” fare, the project — timed to the Ncaa basketball championship — does a little hand-biting of those who feed the lucrative world over which Espn presides.

Making their directing debuts, Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks (“Straight Outta La”) have an exceptionally colorful leading man in Vaccaro, who famously (or perhaps notoriously) transformed an Oregon running-shoe company named Nike into a powerhouse by handing out free shoes and fat deals to basketball coaches, a number of whom are interviewed,
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