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St. Nick: The Long, Strange and Wonderful Career of Nick Lowe

St. Nick: The Long, Strange and Wonderful Career of Nick Lowe
In January 1990, a couple of months shy of his 41st birthday, Nick Lowe welcomed a BBC film crew into his suburban London row house for an interview. Lowe had a new album to promote, Party of One, but he’d been in the music business for two decades, first in the band Brinsley Schwarz, which wore its Americana influences on its sleeve but never made much of an impression outside the U.K. (or within, for that matter), and then as a house producer at a scrappy independent label called Stiff Records.
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Richard Madden Talks Emotional ‘Bodyguard’ Role, ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending

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Richard Madden Talks Emotional ‘Bodyguard’ Role, ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Bodyguard,” streaming now on Netflix.

In his new BBC thriller “The Bodyguard,” Richard Madden plays a special protection officer tasked with keeping Britain’s Home Secretary safe. But his role isn’t relegated to a stereotypical stoic action hero. His background as an army veteran provides layers of emotion that Madden reveals in different doses.

“Trying to get the physicality right of someone who’s a professional bodyguard and has been in the army for many years…is a completely different challenge,” Madden tells Variety. “And then I suppose in lots of ways it was a great relief playing the more emotional scenes because this character spends so much time covering his emotions or holding them in.”

Here, Madden talks with Variety about playing with ambiguity for his character, the challenged of shooting a suicide scene and how
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Tilda Swinton Never Watched the Oscars Until She Won, and the Ceremony Was Underwhelming for a Hilarious Reason

Tilda Swinton Never Watched the Oscars Until She Won, and the Ceremony Was Underwhelming for a Hilarious Reason
Tilda Swinton is an Oscar winner, but she doesn’t spend her time obsessing over awards — or even tuning in to watch the Academy Awards. The actress recently spoke with Rolling Stone about her acclaimed career and revealed the only time she has ever watched the Academy Awards is when she attended them because she was nominated for “Michael Clayton.” Swinton won Best Supporting Actress at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008, and that’s the only time she’s watched an Oscars ceremony.

“[The Oscar speech]…I have no memory of it, and please don’t remind me of what I said,” Swinton said. “Funnily enough, at that time, I’d never seen the Oscars on the television. I knew that it was a big deal, but it didn’t have any real impact in my life. I remember being a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t more magnificent, [that] it wasn’t in a bigger room.
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‘Bodyguard’ Review: Richard Madden Owns This Addictive Netflix Conspiracy Thriller That Set U.K. Ratings Records

‘Bodyguard’ Review: Richard Madden Owns This Addictive Netflix Conspiracy Thriller That Set U.K. Ratings Records
Political conspiracy thriller “Bodyguard” is Britain’s biggest TV hit in years, and it’s easy to see why. With Jed Mercurio’s suspenseful story and mesmerizing performances by Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, it’s an intoxicating and addictive television cocktail. Ten minutes in, and viewers will want to binge all six hours of the new Netflix-distributed series that examines how the London corridors of power grapple with the increased threat of terrorism.

This is not a remake of the 1992 Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner thriller “The Bodyguard,” although it does feature a hardened private security specialist David Budd (Madden) assigned to protect a high-profile woman, who in this case is the implacable Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes). Both are accustomed to taking charge and forge a wary professional alliance that eventually crosses into the personal.

Madden is already an international star after playing the ill-fated Robb Stark on “Game of Thrones,
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Lawrence Kasdan Will Write and Direct November Road which is Set After JFK is Assassinated

Lawrence Kasdan is pushing the Star Wars franchise off to the side for a new film project called November Road that he will write and direct. The film is based on on an upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney and the story revolves around the period of the JFK assassination. Here’s the description that was provided:

In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated, and all Frank Guidry was supposed to do was get rid of the car – the same car, he realizes, that he had personally delivered to Dealey Plaza a week before. This connects him to the president’s murder and, when other loose ends begin dying all around him, Frank knows he’s next. Hunted by a ruthless hitman hired by his ex-boss,
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Lawrence Kasdan To Script & Direct Film Adaptation Of Lou Berney Novel ‘November Road’

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Lawrence Kasdan To Script & Direct Film Adaptation Of Lou Berney Novel ‘November Road’
Exclusive: Though the past several years have left Lawrence Kasdan focused in space writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Kasdan will now focus on the period surrounding the JFK assassination. Kasdan has made a six-figure acquisition of the film rights to November Road, the upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney. The novel is just being published by William Morrow HarperCollins.

Kasdan will write and direct, and will produce the film with Shane Salerno in a co-production between Kasdan Pictures and The Story Factory. The producers intend to fast-track the project, and for it to be Kasdan’s next film. Distributors are circling and that part of the deal should be made shortly.

In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated,
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5 reasons why I knew Lady Gaga would soar in ‘A Star Is Born’

5 reasons why I knew Lady Gaga would soar in ‘A Star Is Born’
Some singers turned film actors hit a high note by playing a version of themselves, such as Whitney Houston in “The Bodyguard,” bolstered by a safety-net soundtrack of surefire hits. Then there is Cher, who dropped the glam act and proved herself worthy of the silver screen in 1983’s “Silkwood,” 1985’s “Mask“ and especially 1987’s “Moonstruck,” the source of her Best Actress Oscar. As for Madonna, she started out with a bang riffing off her taboo-eschewing personas in 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan.” But save for her sexpot ball player in 1992’s “A League of Her Own” and her dedicated effort to nail the musical intricacies of 1996’s “Evita,” for which she won a Golden Globe, the Material Girl was not all that adept at picking her own big-screen material.

But when I first saw the trailer for the latest version of “A Star Is Born” when it arrived in June,
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Screen unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2018

Screen unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2018
Annual talent showcase spotlights the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers in the UK and Ireland.

Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow 2018, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers in the UK and Ireland.

Now in its 15th year, the annual talent showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers from the UK and Ireland who are primed to make their mark in the industry in the years to come.

The annual showcase has established itself as a key identifier of emerging UK and Ireland talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
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Tokyo Film Festival unveils line-up; new films from Fruit Chan, Gyorgy Palfi and Veit Helmer

Tokyo Film Festival unveils line-up; new films from Fruit Chan, Gyorgy Palfi and Veit Helmer
Total of 16 titles set for this year’s Competition line-up.

Tokyo International Film Festival has announced the 16 titles that will compete in its International Competition, including the world premieres of His Master’s Voice, from Hungary’s Gyorgy Palfi, Fruit Chan’s Three Husbands, Veit Helmer’s The Bra and Liu Hao’s The Poet.

Tiff’s competition line-up will also include the world premieres of two Japanese titles – Junji Sakamoto’s Another World and Rikiya Imaizumi’s Just Only Love (see full line-up below).

Leading Philippines filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza is heading this year’s Competition jury, which also comprises Us producer Bryan Burk,
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The big question: Bodyguard versus The Bodyguard – which is better?

The BBC’s new thriller has got everyone talking, and Channel 5 didn’t let the opportunity to air the 1992 Whitney Houston classic pass it by. But which one should you watch right now?

If you are into fast-paced, high-stakes TV then the BBC’s Bodyguard may be for you. The latest endeavour from Line of Duty maestro Jed Mercurio sees Sgt David Budd (Game of ThronesRichard Madden) take on the job of protecting the home secretary, Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). Kicking off with a standout opener we see Budd thwart a bomb threat on a commuter train. Not long after, he is seconded to protect Montague, who is in the midst of tackling the country’s terror threat.

Hot on the heels of the nail-biting opener on BBC One, Channel 5 decided to get in on the action by airing Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard, where the singer plays Rachel Marron,
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Inside Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's Rocky Marriage: 'It Was More of a Codependency'

Inside Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's Rocky Marriage: 'It Was More of a Codependency'
Both in life and in the new documentary Whitney, Bobby Brown plays a key role in the story of superstar Whitney Houston.

The R&B star, who was married to Houston from 1992 to 2007, was one of more than 60 people interviewed by the film’s director Kevin Macdonald. Though he opened up about their romance, Brown refused to discuss on camera the darker periods in his and Whitney’s relationship, including their long history of drug abuse during their marriage.

In this week’s issue, Houston’s family and friends open up about the ups and downs of the rocky marriage.
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My Love Is Not Your Love: Two Documentaries Misunderstand Whitney Houston's Magic

“It’s about more than the music.” This is what one of the talking heads in Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney insists—that the story of legendary pop vocalist Whitney Houston is about more than her music. Houston’s grisly descent into drugs and addiction certainly has a steeper dramatic arc than the rise-rise, slow fade-and-fall trajectory of her celebrated voice, which was severely damaged by the time she was found face down in a hotel bathtub at the age of 48 in February of 2012.Except, the music is a big part of Houston’s story. Daughter of soul singer Cissy Houston, cousin of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, goddaughter to Darlene Love and unofficial niece to Aretha ‘Auntie Ree’ Franklin, she was born into family of singers. An instantly recognisable mezzo-soprano with a powerful, clean, goosebump-inducing belt, her emotional range could reach celestial highs, buoyed by her trademark melismas and stemming
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45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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‘Whitney’ Film Review: Whitney Houston’s Rise and Fall Captured in Somber, Exhaustive Portrait

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‘Whitney’ Film Review: Whitney Houston’s Rise and Fall Captured in Somber, Exhaustive Portrait
There was something uniquely American about Whitney Houston’s career. Through her non-threatening music and pristine persona, she occupied a place in the country’s consciousness few other black figures had reached before her.

The white mainstream was eager to embrace her, while African Americans concurrently doubted her understanding of their struggles. Yet she often acted as a bridge between the two, as was beautifully exemplified in her emblematic rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl.

Such is one of many conflicting notions that plagued her unparalleled rise to stardom, her troubled private life, and ultimately her untimely death on Feb. 11, 2012. Serving as both a tribute to her privileged voice — for which she’s been dubbed the “best American singer in the last 50 years” — and a thorough examination of the many intimate battles she fought as a result of overwhelming fame and substance abuse, Kevin Macdonald’s documentary
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Whitney – Review

In a Summer of superheroes and rampaging dinosaurs, a documentary has somehow broken through the noise. The Fall and Winter is the usual release time for serious, somber fare like “docs”, but this quiet film, about a man known for being quiet, has gotten critical raves and has been embraced by film goers. I’m talking about the film about Fred Rogers, Won’T You Be My Neighbor?. It’s part of a “sub-genre” of feature docs, one we’ll call the “show biz personality” film profile. There have been several entries in that category exploring the lives of musical performers. And when a career is cut short by tragedy, it gives the film makers a “dramatic hook” to reel in audiences. That was the case three years ago with the compelling feature documentary about jazz/soul songstress Amy Winehouse titled simply Amy. Now comes a look at a life perhaps even more tragic,
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Will ‘Black Panther’ be the first movie soundtrack up for Album of the Year Grammy since ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’

Will ‘Black Panther’ be the first movie soundtrack up for Album of the Year Grammy since ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’
No movie soundtrack has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys since “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” won in 2002. And only two other soundtracks have ever won the top prize: “Saturday Night Fever” (1979) and “The Bodyguard” (1994). But with the announcement that the top four general field categories are expanding from five nominees to eight, things might be looking up for “Black Panther” to end the soundtrack drought.

Panther” is the highest grossing film at the Us box office this year with $699 million taken in. But what really makes the soundtrack a force to be reckoned with is Kendrick Lamar. The rapper is overdue for Album of the Year after recent controversial losses, and he co-wrote every single song on the soundtrack. He also produced six of them and performs on five. Even though soundtracks have fallen out of favor with the Grammys in general, it might be
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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’

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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’
Kevin Costner has returned to the western genre which has so often brought him success. It’s not feature films this time but with the new television series “Yellowstone,” currently bringing excellent ratings to the Paramount Network. Westerns have been good to Costner at the movies, with his most successful winning him two Oscars as producer and director of “Dances with Wolves” in 1990.

Costner almost had a career that ended before it really started. After very small roles in a number of big films such as Ron Howard’s “Night Shift” and the Jessica Lange vehicle “Frances” Costner then got what could have been a star-making role. However, his role as a suicide victim in flashback scenes for “The Big Chill” was cut by director Lawrence Kasdan. The same director wou would later make it up to Costner by casting him in a showy role in the film “Silverado.”

That
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39-year-old mom Glennis Grace wins over ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges with Whitney Houston cover ‘Run to You’

39-year-old mom Glennis Grace wins over ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges with Whitney Houston cover ‘Run to You’
Glennis Grace won over “America’s Got Talent” head judge Simon Cowell with her soaring cover of “Run to You” by the late Whitney Houston. Before surprising the judges and audience with her powerful singing voice, the soft-spoken single mother admitted her 11-year-old Anthony had inspired her to face her fears and audition. At 39, she was not sure if she was too old to try and fulfill her dreams. Watch her “Agt” audition above and judge for yourself.

Watch Mel B presses ‘America’s Got Talent’ Golden Buzzer for 15-year-old singer Amanda Mena

Cowell opened the lovefest with the observation, “I feel like I’m looking at a star already.” While Mel B and Heidi Klum were also enthusiastic, they counselled Grace to bring some of herself into her next performance. It did not to be all Whitney all the time. “Run to You” was a cut from Houston’s Grammy-winning soundtrack to “The Bodyguard.
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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release
In today’s film news roundup, the teen hospital romance “Five Five Apart” gets a release date, Lawrence Kasdan will direct an Anita Bryant movie, and James Ivory joins an Italian film.

Release Date

CBS Films and Lionsgate have set a March 22 release for romance-drama “Five Feet Apart,” starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.

The duo is portraying cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, where strict rules dictate that they must stay five feet apart at all times. As the connection intensifies, so does their willingness to defy the rules that govern every moment of their lives. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Emily Baldoni, Gary Weeks, and Moises Arias also star.

Justin Baldoni is directing from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Producers are Cathy Schulman, whose credits include best picture winner “Crash” and “The Foreigner,” and Baldoni.

Five Feet Apart” is the first title to
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Whitney Houston Doc Serves Up Bombshells, Paula Abdul Shade in First Trailer (Video)

Whitney Houston Doc Serves Up Bombshells, Paula Abdul Shade in First Trailer (Video)
A new documentary about legendary vocalist Whitney Houston, which billed itself as an “unflinching” look at the singer’s rise and fall, released its first trailer on Wednesday and is walking its talk.

From director Kevin Macdonald (“Marley”), the doc was executive produced by Houston’s family and does not shy from the tragic carnival of drug abuse, emotional woe and the dizzying highs of Houston’s journey.

“There were always a lot of secrets,” one Houston pal says in the new trailer. “If you don’t resolve and deal with things, they never go away.”

Also Read: 5 Memorable Whitney Houston Performances (Video)

Footage teases revelations about Houston’s longtime friend and assistant Robyn Crawford and the nature of their relationship, as well as the depths Houston traveled to “lift up” her longtime partner, singer Bobby Brown.

Interviews with her champion and A&R rep Clive Davis and former Epic Records
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