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Jennifer Morrison on Exploring the World of an Outsider in Her Feature Debut “Sun Dogs”

Sun Dogs

Interview by Kelsey Moore Johnson

Jennifer Morrison is an actress, producer, and director. Her acting credits include “Once Upon a Time,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “House.” She’s the founder of Apartment 3C Productions. Her short film, “Warning Labels,” premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “Sun Dogs” is her feature directorial debut.

Sun Dogs” premiered at the 2017 La Film Festival and will be available to stream on Netflix starting April 6.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jm: The actual synopsis description for the film is the following:

Intellectually limited from an accident at birth, Ned Chipley has failed time and time again at achieving his dream of “saving lives.” After a fourth thwarted attempt to join the marines, he pairs up with young runaway Tally Peterson. Together, they surveil a group of young men who they mistake as terrorists. Their misadventures
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Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced

Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced
’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’ is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America.

The retrospective programme for the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 20-July 1) has been announced.

Titled ’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’, the section is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America and will focus on Us cinema from the 1980s.

It will be comprised of three strands. Firstly ’American Woman: Female Directors in American Cinema’ will screen work by female directors from 1980-1990 including Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls and Kathryn Bigelow’s western horror Near Dark.
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Hal Ashby Documentary ‘Hal’ Sells to Oscilloscope for North America

Hal Ashby Documentary ‘Hal’ Sells to Oscilloscope for North America
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Amy Scott’s Hal Ashby documentary “Hal,” which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in 2018. Ashby directed “Harold and Maude,” “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo” and “Being There.” He won an Oscar for editing “In the Heat of the Night” and was nominated for directing “Coming Home” and editing “The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming.” He died in 1988 at the age of 59.

Scott’s portrait uses archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist.

“We cannot imagine a more perfect home for this film,” Scott said. “‘Hal’ is as much a love letter to Hal Ashby as it is a testament to the indefatigable spirit of independent filmmaking, and no one celebrates true independent cinema like Oscilloscope.”

Dan Berger of Oscilloscope said, “As a true film geek,
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O-Scope acquires Hal Ashby documentary

“The world needs more Hal Ashbys,” says Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Amy Scott’s documentary Hal following its recent world premiere at Sundance.

O-Scope plans to release the film theatrically this year after negotiating the deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

Hal Ashby is widely regarded as one of the great overlooked directors and was responsible for Harold And Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home, and Being There, among others.

Scott’s portrait accesses rare archival footage, personal letters and audio recordings to reveal the artist who frequently clashed with the Hollywood machine.
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Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep exclaims ‘Holy mackerel’ winning her 1st Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep exclaims ‘Holy mackerel’ winning her 1st Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ [Watch]
Believe it or not, long before a record-shattering 21 Oscar nominations, there was a time when Meryl Streep was not the queen of the movies. After finishing at Yale Drama School in the 1970s, Streep found steady work on stage and television before her breakout role in 1978’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “The Deer Hunter.” That film brought Streep her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (and first loss) for her performance as Linda, the fiancee of a troubled Vietnam vet (Christopher Walken in an Oscar-winning performance).

The following year she starred in three major films: as the love interest of Alan Alda in “The Seduction of Joe Tynan;” as Woody Allen’s lesbian ex-wife in “Manhattan;” and as the troubled Joanna Kramer opposite Dustin Hoffman in “Kramer vs Kramer.” It was that latter role that brought her a first-ever win at the Academy Awards. The first words exclaimed by Streep were “Holy mackerel!
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2018 Oscars: Christopher Plummer (‘All the Money in the World’) gunning to be seventh person to win Best Supporting Actor twice

2018 Oscars: Christopher Plummer (‘All the Money in the World’) gunning to be seventh person to win Best Supporting Actor twice
Christopher Plummer’s last-minute casting and reshoot for “All the Money in the World” resulted in a third Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for him — all in the last decade and all while he’s in his 80s. Should Plummer upset frontrunner Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), he’d join a small group of two-time champs in the category.

While Walter Brennan holds the category record with three wins — which he bagged in the first five years of the award — six men have bookend Best Supporting Actor statuettes: Anthony Quinn (1952’s “Viva Zapata!” and 1956’s “Lust for Life”), Peter Ustinov (1960’s “Spartacus” and 1964’s “Topkapi”), Melvin Douglas (1963’s “Hud” and 1979’s “Being There”), Jason Robards (1976’s “All the President’s Men” and 1977’s “Julia”), Michael Caine (1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” and 1999 “The Cider House Rules”) and Christoph Waltz (2009’s “Inglourious Basterds” and 2012’s Django Unchained”).

After a
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Hal’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Hal’
In the seven landmark movies he made during the ’70s, from his very first feature, 1970’s “The Landlord” (way ahead of the curve in its post-bleeding-heart racial awareness), up through 1979’s “Being There” (way ahead of the curve in its dryly amused satirical image politics), with the New Hollywood classics “The Last Detail” (1973) and “Shampoo” (1975) coming in between, the director Hal Ashby had an entrancingly shaggy, inquiring, no-fuss style that always revealed the most vulnerable and moonstruck qualities of the characters he showed us. By the time an Ashby movie was over, you knew every last facet and hidden beauty wart of the people on-screen. Their daydreams fused with ours.

So it would seem only fitting if “Hal,” a documentary portrait of Ashby, rustled up a certain stubborn intimacy to reveal who this intensely revered and softly mysterious filmmaker really was. Anyone drawn to the subject will probably go into “Hal” knowing certain basic things about Hal Ashby:
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'Hal': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Hal': Film Review | Sundance 2018
One of the comparatively unsung luminaries of 1970s American cinema receives a very fine tribute in Hal, an in-depth look at director Hal Ashby. Never a household name like Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola or Lucas and without a genuine blockbuster to his credit, the former film editor nonetheless directed seven of the finest and most emblematic films of the New Hollywood Cinema era: The Landlord, Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound for Glory, Coming Home and Being There. Then it was all over. Digging deep into the archives for rare and revealing material to accompany interviews with many of...
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Pete’s 2017 Media Diary

This is the fourth year publishing the list of television, movies, and books that I read throughout the year. It’s always interesting to look back on the content you have consumed with your viewing and reading habits laid out in front of you. It can be pretty scary for those not ready to truly look inside their own mind. For me, my biggest takeaway is always… “I need to read more books”. Looking through my 2017 media diary it’s hard to deny the fact I read zero books. I did however watch plenty of great television, and a few great movies. (Here’s to changing that in 2018).

2017 was the year in which my excitement for new television far exceeded my excitement for new movies. I continued my trend from 2016 where I felt I watched more television than movies. Television had a far larger impact on me, and sure there
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Interview, Audio: Illeana Douglas on Directors & Female Spirit

Chicago – The acting career of Illeana Douglas began with director Martin Scorsese and flourished in her first lead role for “Grace of My Heart” (1996). She is best known today for hosting the “Trailblazing Women” series on Turner Classic Movies, and in Part Three of a three part interview with HollywoodChicago.com, she talks about feminism, the essence of directors she has worked for, plus her grandmother Helen Gahagan, the third female Congress representative in U.S. history.

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Gregory Douglas, the son of 1930s movie star Melvyn Douglas (Helen Gahagan was his wife). She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her grandfather on the set of “Being There” (1979). After high school she moved to New York City to pursue a career. She studied acting while working various jobs, and met Martin Scorsese while
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Interview, Audio: Illeana Douglas on Acting & the Film ‘Grace of My Heart’

Chicago – The acting career of Illeana Douglas began with director Martin Scorsese and flourished in her first lead role for “Grace of My Heart” (1996). She is best known today for hosting the “Trailblazing Women” series on Turner Classic Movies, and in Part Two of a three part interview with HollywoodChicago.com, she talks about her approach as an actor and how early influences defined that style.

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Gregory Douglas, who was the son of 1930s movie star Melvyn Douglas. She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her grandfather on the set of “Being There” (1979). After high school she moved to New York City to pursue a career. She studied acting while working various jobs, and met Martin Scorsese while he was editing “The Last Temptation of Christ.” She made her film debut in
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Interview, Audio: Trailblazing Actress & Film Historian Illeana Douglas

Chicago – Long before 2017, the year of notable recognition for women filmmakers, the actress, producer and author Illeana Douglas launched the film series “Trailblazing Women” on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in 2015. Her goal was to achieve recognition for the pioneering efforts of women in early film history and beyond.

“Trailblazing Women” had its third season in October of 2017, and again Douglas was the host. She has been an advocate for women throughout her show business career, besides having the ancestry cache of her grandfather – Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas – who was a movie star and character actor from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Actress/Author Illeana Douglas in Chicago

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Melvyn Douglas’ son Gregory and his wife Joan. She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her
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Zoë Saldana Shares Sweet Message for Youngest Son Zen's 1st Birthday: 'Our Little Yogi Baby'

Zoë Saldana Shares Sweet Message for Youngest Son Zen's 1st Birthday: 'Our Little Yogi Baby'
Birthday-boy alert!

Zoë Saldana celebrated her youngest son Zen Anton Hilario‘s first birthday on Tuesday, using Instagram to share a heartfelt message to her baby boy for the occasion.

“Happy Birthday Zen Anton Hilario. You came into our lives in the most ‘zen’ way, and today you still continue to be our little Yogi baby,” Saldana captioned the photo, which featured one of her older sons (she and husband Marco Perego-Saldana are also parents to twin boys Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, 3) planting a kiss on his little brother.

“Your Joie de Vie keeps all of us wrapped around your little finger.
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John Legend Says He and Chrissy Teigen Have a 'Few Months to Go' Before Baby: Her 'Belly Is Growing in the Meantime'

John Legend Says He and Chrissy Teigen Have a 'Few Months to Go' Before Baby: Her 'Belly Is Growing in the Meantime'
Chrissy Teigen hasn’t shared her due date publicly, but according to her husband, the arrival of baby No. 2 is still a little ways off.

During a Q&A held at the Lve Wines Tasting event at The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner John Legend revealed that the couple has a “few months to go before officially growing.”

“But Chrissy’s belly is growing in the meantime,” joked Legend, 38, of his model, television host and cookbook author wife.

The couple — whose second child on the way will make a big sister of their daughter Luna Simone,
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The Arid Hilarity of Hal Ashby’s ‘Being There’

By Jacob Oller

The political satire of the Hal Ashby classic is now depressingly desirable. irector Hal Ashby and the Coen Brothers share much of their comedy DNA. Both parties enjoy making situations as dry as possible before sprinkling in a zesting of the absurd to reassure the audience that the only crazy thing here…is everything. In Ashby’s […]

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Model Mama! Pregnant Nicole Trunfio Makes Red Carpet Baby Bump Debut Alongside Husband Gary Clark Jr.

Model Mama! Pregnant Nicole Trunfio Makes Red Carpet Baby Bump Debut Alongside Husband Gary Clark Jr.
Nicole Trunfio‘s maternity style is on point.

Dressed from head to toe in RtA, the 31-year-old model attended the Cfda / Vogue Fashion Fund 2017 Dinner with husband Gary Clark Jr. Monday night in New York City, showing off her growing baby bump under a glittery back pantsuit and furry striped cape. She accessorized with pieces from La Nueva Luna, her new Erth jewelry line.

Clark, 33, was also outfitted completely in RtA, keeping warm under a black jacket and matching leather pants. He topped off the look with a fedora — a signature piece for the singer.

The event marks the first
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The Cinematic Kinship of Richard Linklater and Hal Ashby

The latest stage of Richard Linklater’s freewheeling career takes him back to the 1970s with Last Flag Flying, a 44-years-belated sequel to Hal Ashby’s masterpiece The Last Detail. It’s difficult to call much of anything from Linklater a surprise at this point: he seems as comfortable at the helm of a studio comedy powered by Jack Black’s manic energy as he does a decade-plus-spanning epic about the journey from childhood to adolescence. Last Flag Flying may not stand as one of Linklater’s defining works, but it does signal a kinship with the New Hollywood director, whose run from 1970-1979 was as inspired as any other from that era — before he got burned (and burned-out) and died too young at the age of 59. Ashby and Linklater have a shared ability to make a film built on discursive moments flow narratively, an affinity for counterculture movements or
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Jimmy Kimmel Says Raising Kids with Money Is ‘Tricky’: ‘You Don’t Want to Just Hand Them Everything’

Jimmy Kimmel Says Raising Kids with Money Is ‘Tricky’: ‘You Don’t Want to Just Hand Them Everything’
Parenting has certainly changed for Jimmy Kimmel.

When the talk-show host welcomed his first two children, Kevin and Katie, he was not the star he is today — nor did he have the same income.

Posing for the cover of New York Magazine‘s latest issue, Kimmel told Vulture that he had his daughter when he was 24, and the family struggled to make ends meet. He lost his job doing morning radio in Tampa, Florida, so he had to move the family to Palm Springs, California.

“We moved across the country, and I would work from 4 in the morning till around 11 in the morning,
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How Chris Young Is Moving Forward After Witnessing Vegas Shooting: 'It Was the Most Terrifying Night of My Life'

How Chris Young Is Moving Forward After Witnessing Vegas Shooting: 'It Was the Most Terrifying Night of My Life'
Chris Young was just off stage watching tourmate Jason Aldean perform at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Festival Oct. 1 when a shooter opened fire, ultimately taking 58 lives to become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Being there in Vegas and being backstage when the shooting happened was far and away the most terrifying night of my life,” the country star, 32, tells People in this week’s issue. “Knowing that I got away safely when there were people that didn’t, I don’t know you can find anything more terrifying than that in my life. It’s just terrible.
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Sophia Bush: Women ‘Shouldn’t Have to Work So Hard’ to Feel Equal to Men

Sophia Bush: Women ‘Shouldn’t Have to Work So Hard’ to Feel Equal to Men
Sophia Bush has long used her social media feeds as a place to voice her feelings on hot-button issues like the presidential election and gun control. But in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, she’s spoken up even more about women’s rights and the harassment so many females face on a daily basis.

That’s why the timing was so perfect for Bush to serve as keynote speaker of the Create & Cultivate conference‘s Second Annual Style Summit (in partnership with Simon Malls) in Houston on Saturday, a get-together for women looking to make bold moves in their careers and personal lives.
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