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Ashley Judd to Receive Greenwich Film Fest’s Changemaker Award

Judd in “Divergent”: Summit Entertainment

Actress, activist, and Silence Breaker Ashley Judd will be celebrated for her international work with women and children at this year’s Greenwich International Film Festival. According to People, she will be presented with the fest’s Changemaker Award at a gala on May 31.

The honor is given to artists who use “their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change,” explained Wendy Stapleton Reyes, fest Chairman of the Board.

Judd is being recognized for her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa). The role sees her travelling to nations such as Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Ukraine, and Turkey, and working to help improve the lives of women and children. Judd also serves as global ambassador for Population Services International and Polaris, an org dedicated to ending human trafficking.

Previous Changemaker Award recipients include Renée Zellweger,
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Ashley Judd to Be Honored by Greenwich International Film Festival for Humanitarian Work

Ashley Judd to Be Honored by Greenwich International Film Festival for Humanitarian Work
Ashley Judd will be honored by the Greenwich International Film Festival for helping women and children around the world, People can exclusively reveal.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s honoree Renee Zellweger, who was lauded for her work supporting Als research, Judd is slated to receive the Changemaker Award at the festival’s 4th annual gala on May 31, in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“It is an honor to have been chosen as a Changemaker Award recipient at the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival,” the actress and activist said in a statement. “The festival serves as a great example of how film
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NFL's Giants Recreate Dirty Dancing Lift in Crowd-Pleasing Super Bowl Ad

Nobody puts Obj in the corner.

In a Super Bowl spot that stole the show amid a sea of beer, movie and car commercials, the New York GiantsEli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., et al took us inside the team’s off-season practice facility, where they faithfully recreated iconic dance moves from Dirty Dancing.

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Per AdWeek, the NFL players had the help of Tony-winning Hamilton choreographer Stephanie Klemons — and even the (poorly received) ABC remake’s own Baby declared herself extremely one-upped;

When a football player does
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Freak Show Movie Review

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Freak Show Movie Review
Title: Freak Show Director: Trudie Styler Cast: Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Celia Weston, Laverne Cox, Larry Pine and Bette Middler. Trudie Styler’s directorial feature debut, ‘Freak Show,’ is not about P. T. Barnum’s ostentation of humans with unusual physical features. This is a contemporary coming-of-age tale that utilizes gender identity as […]

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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Film Review: ‘Freak Show’

Film Review: ‘Freak Show’
“Buckle up, darlings,” warns Billy Bloom, the adolescent protagonist of “Freak Show,” with his most salacious Bette Davis sneer. “I’m gonna take you on a little ride I call my life.” For a second, you sense some affectionate irony in Trudie Styler’s well-intentioned but woolly directorial debut: After all, many’s the privileged suburban teenager who has declared their life wilder and wackier than anyone else’s.

It doesn’t take long to realize, however, that “Freak Show” takes Billy (gamely played by British rising star Alex Lawther) entirely at his word. An out-and-proud, drag-loving high-schooler who delights in subverting masculine norms — and wears his resulting social isolation as a badge of honor — he’s certainly a beautiful misfit. Yet Styler’s surface-level adaptation of James St. James’ queer bildungsroman shows us more of Billy’s eye-popping wardrobe than his soul, as his superficially defined exceptionalism tilts ever less endearingly into narcissism; we leave this carnival-colored
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Official Trailer for Underrated Indie 'Freak Show' Starring Alex Lawther

"What am I going to do with you?" IFC Films has debuted an official Us trailer for an underrated indie dramedy titled Freak Show, which played under-the-radar at a few festivals this year after premiering in Berlin. But I'm guessing most people haven't heard of it. Freak Show is about a "fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager" named Billy Bloom, played by up-and-coming young actor Alex Lawther, and his experiences at a public high school. It tells a very peculiar story of how to be who you are and not let it affect you, even if you're a freak or weirdo or whatever. His mother is played by Bette Midler, and the cast includes Laverne Cox, Ian Nelson, Abigail Breslin, and AnnaSophia Robb. This is actually a very entertaining film that is worth seeking out, no really. I first saw this at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the summer, and wrote a review here.
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‘Freak Show’ Trailer: Laverne Cox & Bette Midler Support a Gender-Bending Teen’s Run for Homecoming Queen (Exclusive)

‘Freak Show’ Trailer: Laverne Cox & Bette Midler Support a Gender-Bending Teen’s Run for Homecoming Queen (Exclusive)
Notorious club kid James St. James was canonized in the 2003 film “Party Monster,” which saw an adult Macaulay Culkin return to the screen for the first time since 1994’s “Richie Rich.” In his controversial comeback, based on St. James’ memoir and directed by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, Culkin played a drug-addled party promoter who becomes embroiled in a murder. Fifteen years later comes “Freak Show,” which is based on the eponymous novel by St. James. “Freak Show” has a lighter take on a similar character, although not one without his demons.

From first-time feature director Trudie Styler, “Freak Show” releases its flashy first trailer today.

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Alex Lawther (“The Imitation Game”) plays Billy Bloom, a teenaged version of Culkin’s Michael Alig. The
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Ron Shelton Directing ‘Escape Artist’ Movie on Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones

Ron Shelton Directing ‘Escape Artist’ Movie on Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones
Gold Star Films and Signature Films have hired Ron Shelton to direct “Escape Artist,” a project about Ed “Hacksaw” Jones, whose claim to fame is that he broke out of 14 prisons.

Jones became the first person to ever be put on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list without ever committing a violent crime. The project was announced Friday at the American Film Market.

Gold Star Films co-chairman, Joey Tufaro, Signature Films founder, Marc Goldberg, and production executive Sarah Gabriel are producing the film. John Watson and Kellie Davis will also be producing alongside Gold Star Films co-chairman, Todd Trosclair, who will serve as an executive producer. The film is slated to be shot in the greater New Orleans area.

The story will center on Jones being falsely sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in a chain gang, then escaping and beginning a life on the run as a master escape artist. Described as handsome,
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Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (Exclusive)

Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (Exclusive)
Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards, and Michael Madsen are starring in the independent comedy “Saturday at the Starlight,” currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The project is an ensemble comedy, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy “Dazed and Confused,” set in a roller rink on a single night in the mid-’90s. The story traces a canceled prom, a tween birthday bonanza, and a drug money pick-up gone awry.

The cast that includes Tony Cavalero (“School of Rock”), Booboo Stewart (“Twilight”), Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”), Brenna D’Amico, and veteran comedian Brian Huskey along with newcomers Dylan Summerall and Breaker Novogratz.

Phillip Clark Davis is directing from a screenplay by Jake Disch and Nick Gligor. Producers on the project include Lee Eisenberg (“Bad Teacher,” “The Office”), Linne Radmin, and Jimmy Summerall.

The project is the first feature film from Brat, a digital company that’s released more than a dozen series on YouTube with recognizable
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Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon

Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon
It’s this year’s little indie movie that could. In the last two weeks, audiences have gotten the chance to experience “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, funny, lyrical, heart-wrenching drama about a little girl and her punk-rebel-slattern mother living in a lavender-walled Orlando motel along a tourist strip on the outskirts of Disney World.

Anyone who sees the film is bound to be struck by the extraordinary qualities of its acting. Brooklynn Prince, who plays 6-year-old Moonee, whiling away the summer by getting into the sort of mischief that seems all too genuine in its destructive innocence (even when it involves the soiling of car windshields or the burning of abandoned real estate), gives one of the most vivid child performances in memory. You never doubt, for a moment, that Moonee is a real kid, with true-blue feelings that didn’t come out of a screenwriter’s manual, yet by the
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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17 films to catch at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017

Den Of Geek Aug 22, 2017

Horror Channel FrightFest takes place in London this weekend. Here's our pick of films to look out for...

Summer’s almost over and what better way to welcome in the spooky season than by hiding from the heat in a darkened room, with five days of wall-to-wall horror? Yep, it’s August Bank Holiday and that means the 18th annual London Horror Channel FrightFest is upon us. For some, this is a familiar pilgrimage. Veterans will be used to bloodshot eyes, numbness in the spine, a lack of nutrition and an acute anxiousness every time there’s a loud noise. For others, it may be their first visit and these are things to look forward to. Either way, FrightFest promises probably the biggest, purest, uncut dose of horror you can endure without going insane, complete with special guests, world premieres, live events and at least a couple of parties.
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Abigail Breslin Sued by Ex-Assistant, She Canned and Stiffed Me

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Abigail Breslin blindsided her assistant by canning him out of nowhere and stiffing him on his final paycheck ... according to a new suit. Michael Helms claims he worked as an assistant for the "Scream Queens" actress until she fired him on August 4. Problem is -- he'd already invoiced her for July, but was told he wasn't going to get paid for that month ... according to the docs. Sources connected to Michael tell us Abigail spoke
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Lionsgate Signs Licensing Pact with HBO Europe for Premium Drama Series

Lionsgate has signed a licensing pact with HBO Europe to have a number of premium Lionsgate and Starz titles air on HBO across Central and Eastern Europe, the Nordics and Spain.

The deal was unveiled today by Peter Iacono, Lionsgate’s president of international television and digital distribution, at the start of Natpe Budapest, the four-day TV market.

The package includes leading Starz original dramas “The White Princess” (pictured above), which kicked off in the U.S. in April and garnered high ratings, as well as “The White Queen” and Lionsgate’s series “Graves.”

“With this package of very strong titles from Lionsgate, we are pleased to be providing our dedicated series fans with a new batch of wide-ranging premium programming,” said Ragnhild Thorbech, senior vice president of programming and acquisitions for HBO Europe.

Lionsgate had previously licensed the series “Casual,” “American Lion” and “Dimension 404” to HBO Europe.

Iacono said the deal continued Lionsgate’s “long
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2017 Outfest Lgbt Film Festival Lineup Revealed

The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival will kick off July 6 with Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, a drama about a Yorkshire sheep farmer and his relationship with a Romanian immigrant, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The fest, celebrating its 35th anniversary, will close July 16 with IFC’s Freak Show, Trudie Styler’s directorial debut starring Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler.

Additional gala screenings include the U.S. centerpiece Strangers, written and directed by Mia Lidofsky; the international centerpiece Close Knit,...
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Review: ABC's Dirty Dancing Remake: The Good, The Bad, and The Johnny

The original Dirty Dancing is a favorite movie to women of all ages. The magic of the film was created by the music, the spark between Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, and of course, the dancing. It was a movie we watched when we were young, fantasizing about growing up and falling in love, and we watch it now that we're grown and remember our first loves and those magic summers of our youth. 

Remaking a movie so iconic is a big risk, so I watched this ABC remake with a grain of salt. I knew it wouldn't be the Dirty Dancing of my youth, but I wanted to see what it had to offer. Here's the lowdown. 

The cast: Abigail Breslin (Signs, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland) as Baby Houseman was a perfect fit. She's cute and youthful. She played the naive and inexperienced, yet intelligent Baby really well.
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‘Dirty Dancing’ With Abigail Breslin TV Musical Remake Fails To Impress

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ABC created a remake of Dirty Dancing as a television musical, but the project fell flat. Dirty Dancing ABC Remake Fails The remake aired on Wednesday and featured contemporary performances and a longer runtime. The original film was an hour and 40 minutes, while the new TV version ran for three hours, including commercials. “This thing […]

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Did Not Give Viewers Time of Their Lives: ‘Worst Remake Ever’

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Did Not Give Viewers Time of Their Lives: ‘Worst Remake Ever’
If it’s not broken, why try to fix it? A lot of fans have a major bone to pick with ABC’s new TV musical version of the beloved 1987 classic movie “Dirty Dancing,” which originally starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Wednesday night’s remake, featuring Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin, had people airing complaints on Twitter, and the results are nothing short of hilarious. Some viewers thought up ways other remakes could ruin an original. “Titanic remake: Jack lives!!!” one user tweeted. Others were nearly speechless, simply saying that ABC’s version was the “worst remake ever.” Also
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Dirty Dancing Remake is More Proof Patrick Swayze Needs to be Left Alone

Thank God it’s over. That’s all I can say. You might remember about a month ago I wrote how absolutely wrong it was that Dirty Dancing would be remade into an awful TV movie starring Abigail Breslin. I said it back then and I’m happy to say it now, it’s horrible. I stuck to my guns and didn’t watch one second of this flop. All I did was smile and read all the horrible reviews. I mean seriously. Did anyone even remotely think this would be pulled off? No offense to Abigail Breslin here but she hasn’t been good in

Dirty Dancing Remake is More Proof Patrick Swayze Needs to be Left Alone
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