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Keshet Reality Show ‘2025’ Greenlit for Second Season (Exclusive)

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Keshet Broadcasting has greenlit the second season of its lavish reality show “2025,” which pits 12 contestants against each other in a near-future city constructed from scratch in the Israeli desert.

The pilot season, which is having its finale Wednesday, had a solid rookie season. It debuted with respectable ratings, which then dropped for awhile before stabilizing. The network acknowledged that, as a new format, the show and its scheduling required some tinkering as it went along. Still, Keshet said, “2025” finished first in its slot on 17 out of its 21 primetime airings, and defeated “Big Brother VIP” in three out of four head-to-head matchups.

Keshet said the show currently ranks 4th out of the top-10 reality shows that have premiered in Israel since 2017.

The series brings together contestants from different backgrounds who are filmed by 150 cameras and have to play a game of strategy in which their status depends on their popularity and
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Taika Waititi Will Join Ryan Reynolds in Director Shawn Levy's Free Guy

It looks like Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) is going to take a break from directing and appear in Ryan Reynolds‘ upcoming film Free Guy, which is being directed by Stranger Things producer and director Shawn Levy. It’s also reported that Utkarsh Ambudkar has also joined the film.

The story centers around a bank teller (Reynolds) “stuck in his routine discovers he’s a background character in a rather brutal open world, action-adventure video game and he is the only one capable of saving his world.” It’s also said the film is in the vein of The Truman Show.

There’s no information on who Waititi is playing, but he will join the previously cast Jodie Comer, Joe Kerry and Lil Rel.

I love the concept. This could end up being an incredibly fun movie, especially with a cast like Reynolds and Waititi. I hope that they share a lot of screen time together!
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Jim Carrey Says Awards Season Is A ‘Gigantic Clusterf*ck’ He’s Not Interested In

Jim Carrey Says Awards Season Is A ‘Gigantic Clusterf*ck’ He’s Not Interested In
Jim Carrey is expected to pick up his first acting Emmy nomination later this year for his work on the Showtime comedy series “Kidding,” but don’t expect the actor to drop everything so he can vigorously hit the awards season campaign trail. Carrey, who has rarely been an awards darling despite turning in beloved comedic and dramatic performances for decades, recently spoke to Vanity Fair about his annoyance with Oscar season and how campaigning is a game he just has no interest in playing.

“There’s a lot of monkey business that goes on around awards,” Carrey said when a reporter brought up he has yet to earn an Oscar nomination. “[It’s a] gigantic clusterfuck…if you don’t show up to a certain dinner, you screw your chances and all those things. I’ve never been real good at playing that game.”

“The only time I’ve ever felt a
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‘Everybody’s Everything’ Review: Terrence Malick Exec Produces Moving Doc on Rapper Lil Peep

‘Everybody’s Everything’ Review: Terrence Malick Exec Produces Moving Doc on Rapper Lil Peep
The rapper Lil Peep tweeted 15 times on the day he died. At 1:14am: “Nightmares to u is my life to me.” That was followed by a handful of links to music he liked or wanted to self-promote, a fan retweet of some performance footage, and an emoji-filled reference to his stage name, which the 21-year-old’s loving mom had coined when he was a child. Finally, at 5:01pm, he shared a shoutout to his “biggest fan” Nick Bons, an incarcerated felon whose sister had allegedly provided the rapper with drugs. Lil Peep was found dead a few hours later in the back of a tour bus outside the Tucson, Arizona, venue where he’d been scheduled to perform; his body would later test positive for everything from cannabis and cocaine to prescription-grade painkillers like Tramadol and oxycodone.

If the replies to these final posts are any indication, Lil
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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar

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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar
After Olivia Colman upset the heavily favored Glenn Close to win the best actress Oscar on Sunday, Close became the new record-holder among actresses for most Oscar nominations without a win.

Colman gave a gracious acceptance speech, admitting she wished the veteran actress took home the big prize: “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”

Close now has seven nominations and no wins for “The Wife,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Natural.”

Close had been tied with the late Thelma Ritter and the late Deborah Kerr for most nominations without a win, with six. On Sunday, Amy Adams joined Ritter and Kerr for having six nominations without a win following her loss for “Vice.” She was previously nominated for “Junebug,” “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” “The Master,” and “American Hustle.
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Fox Has Parked Ford Vs. Ferrari Movie In Awards Season; ‘Kingsman’ Prequel And ‘Free Guy’ Set For 2020

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20th Century Fox said that it will release James Mangold’s untitled Ford Vs. Ferrari movie on November 15, 2019, putting it squarely into the film awards-season corridor. It had been dated for June 28 and now takes over the mid-month slot previously held by Matthew Vaughn’s next Kingsman movie.

That pic, which will serve as a prequel to the previous two Kingsmen movies, will now be released February 14, 2020.

Fox also solidified another 2020 bow, setting a July 3 release for the Ryan Reynolds-Shawn Levy team-up Free Guy.

Mangold’s Ford-Ferrari movie stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby Carroll and current Oscar Best Actor nominee Christian Bale as British driver Ken Miles and centers on a team of American engineers and designers dispatched by Ford to build a new race car to defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Tracy Letts, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe,
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Could Sam Elliott (‘A Star is Born’) replicate James Coburn’s upset victory at the Oscars?

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Could Sam Elliott (‘A Star is Born’) replicate James Coburn’s upset victory at the Oscars?
The Oscar race for Best Supporting Actor is shaping up to be all Mahershala Ali all the time for “Green Book,” but is there a chance Sam Elliott (“A Star is Born”) could still upset for his role as tortured musician’s manager? It looks like a long shot, but this particular Oscar category often serves as a de facto lifetime achievement award, and as such Elliott could follow a trajectory similar to James Coburn‘s victory for “Affliction” (1998).

Coburn was a veteran actor who had never received an Oscar nomination before, just like Elliott. And Coburn had inconsistent results at precursor events, only earning nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Awards before his Oscar win — and he had lost both of those. Likewise, Elliott has had mixed results, earning nominations at the Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards but missing out at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs.
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Top 20 greatest living actors never Oscar nominated: Donald Sutherland, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey and more

Top 20 greatest living actors never Oscar nominated: Donald Sutherland, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey and more
Jim Carrey once called himself the “Tom Hanks of the Golden Globes” after his second straight victory with the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2000 (for “Man on the Moon” following “The Truman Show”). He could win with that group but somehow couldn’t impress Oscar voters. And he’s not the only actor in that situation. Tour our photo gallery featuring Carrey among the 20 actors who’ve never been nominated for an Oscar. And be sure to also visit our photo gallery for the 20 unfortunate actresses in the same situation.

SEEJim Carrey movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Even Academy Awards hosts such as Billy Crystal and Steve Martin haven’t been noticed by Oscar voters other than seeing them perform on the ceremony stage. They have both received critics awards and Golden Globe nominations in their long careers. Martin has at least received an honorary Oscar, as has Donald Sutherland,
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Top 20 Greatest Living Actors Never Nominated for an Oscar

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Top 20 Greatest Living Actors Never Nominated for an Oscar
Jim Carrey once called himself the “Tom Hanks of the Golden Globes” after his second straight victory with the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2000 (for “Man on the Moon” following “The Truman Show”). He could win with that group but somehow couldn’t impress Oscar voters. And he’s not the only actor in that situation. Tour our photo gallery featuring Carrey among the 20 actors who’ve never been nominated for an Oscar.

Even Academy Awards hosts such as Billy Crystal and Steve Martin haven’t been noticed by Oscar voters other than seeing them perform on the ceremony stage. They have both received critics awards and Golden Globe nominations in their long careers. Martin has at least received an honorary Oscar, as has Donald Sutherland, but alas no individual nomination for either one throughout their careers.

Other Golden Globe film winners have included Colin Farrell (“In Bruges”), Richard Gere (“Chicago
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On cloud 9: Alfonso Cuaron expected to be 9th director to win 2 BAFTA Awards

On cloud 9: Alfonso Cuaron expected to be 9th director to win 2 BAFTA Awards
After becoming the 13th person to win two Directors Guild of America Awards, Alfonso Cuaron is poised to join an even more exclusive group: two-time Best Director BAFTA winners.

The “Roma” director is our odds-on favorite to take home the prize at Sunday’s ceremony, with 31/10 odds over Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”). He previously won for his direction of “Gravity” (2013), for which he also won the Oscar.

Only eight people have double Best Director BAFTA Awards, the most wins in the category. The most recent to join this club was Joel Coen, who took home his second statuette for “No Country for Old Men” (2007) to go with his win for “Fargo” (1996).

See DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories

None of the eight two-time champs have gone on to win the Oscar for both films.
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Keshet Confirms February Bow In Israel Of Ambitious Reality Series ‘2025’ – Natpe

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In a keynote appearance at Natpe, Keshet CEO Avi Nir said 2025, a new reality series that has spawned rumors in the Israeli press in recent months, will begin airing in two weeks.

Backers describe the show as a singular blend of Black Mirror, Westworld, The Truman Show and Monopoly. Earlier this month, Keshet started teasing 2025 on social media, posting and then deleting images of a restaurant, a clothing store and a bank, from the show’s set south of Tel Aviv.

Nir said the show will air four days a week, wrapping in the spring, but for the moment broadcasts are planned only in Israel. “We’ve been approached by everybody” to take the show wider, he said, but no partnerships with other networks have been set.

An entire “gold city” has been built for the show on the outskirts of Yavne, just south of Tel Aviv, with its own
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Bertrand Blier: Love Is the Most Boring Subject of All

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Bertrand Blier: Love Is the Most Boring Subject of All
Paris — In his first feature since 2010’s “The Clink of Ice,” filmmaker Bertrand Blier returns with a somber, existentialist farce reminiscent of the last century’s most celebrated absurdist theater.

Vladimir and Estragon, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, meet Taupin and Foster (Gérard Depardieu and Christian Clavier). One is homeless, the other well off, though that dynamic eventually flips. As they ramble the streets of Brussels, the two are constantly met by legions of script supervisors, who deliver them the latest pages and revisions that will inform their next steps.

As in “The Truman Show,” an all-seeing showrunner lies behind the scenes; as in “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” our protagonists sometimes bristle at the roles they have been cast into.

Still, the film’s premise is less an existential treatise than a malleable platform for a series of monologues, dialogues and testy exchanges. More than anything else, “Heavy Duty
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Kevin Hart to star in Monopoly movie from director Tim Story

After years of rumours, the big screen adaptation of the classic board game Monopoly looks like it’s finally set to pass go, with Deadline reporting that Kevin Hart has signed on to star in the movie, which will reunite him with his Ride Along director Tim Story.

Plot details for the film are being kept tightly under wraps. As Deadline reveals, a previous incarnation of the project has followed a man on a quest to make his fortune, but it’s unclear whether this incarnation will follow a similar path.

Lionsgate is teaming with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures to produce the movie, which has been in development for over a decade and has had Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) and Ridley Scott (Alien) attached at various points.

After dropping out as host of the Oscars following a backlash against past anti-Lgbtq tweets, Hart is currently preparing to go
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Kevin Hart To Join Hasbro's Live-Action Monopoly Movie

Kevin Hart is seeing a lot of success these days. He’s just a fun an enjoyable actor to watch. I especially enjoyed him in his recent film The Upside.

Well, the actor/comedian is now in talks to join another big film project. Lionsgate and Hasbro want him for their live-action adaptation of Monopoly. Variety is also reporting that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct.

Lionsgate and Hasbro have been trying to get this film production off the ground since 2015. The most recent script they have was written by Andrew Niccol and it is “about a boy from the game’s Baltic Avenue embarking on a quest to make a fortune.”

There are no details on who Hart will play in the film, but maybe he’ll be playing a version of the games mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags. Who knows, though, we’ll just wait and see how this film comes together.
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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie

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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie
Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Monopoly live-action movie, which he will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label.

Tim Story is in final negotiations to direct the film and also produce through his Story Company banner. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and oversee the pic with Carli Haney. Story Company president Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will produce as well.

Lionsgate and Hasbro have been attempting to produce a Monopoly movie since 2015, when they hired Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) to write the screenplay about a boy from the game’s Baltic Avenue embarking on a quest to make a fortune.

Hasbro will co-produce the untitled film through its Allspark Pictures label. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Greg Mooradian will serve as producers.

Hart’s currently starring in the comedy-drama “The Upside” with Bryan Cranston. The film led the box office last weekend,
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Keshet Starts Teasing Top-Secret New Reality Show ‘2025’

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After more than a year of speculation in Israeli news outlets, TV broadcaster and production giant Keshet has finally confirmed the existence of its long-rumored upcoming reality show, titled “2025.” The series – which some reports describe as a mashup of “The Truman Show” and “Big Brother” – is expected to pit a varied group of contestants against each other inside an entire fake city constructed for the show.

This week, the network began to tease “2025” and promote it on social media, creating an Instagram profile for it, unveiling the new logo and publishing photos of a restaurant, a clothing store and a bank – before deleting them all. The set has been built on the outskirts of Yavneh, a city south of Tel Aviv. But with the reported premiere date just weeks away, the broadcaster is still releasing few details of “2025,” in keeping with a drawn-out campaign to boost anticipation of the show.
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Michael Douglas Wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical

Michael Douglas Wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical
Michael Douglas won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy — for “The Kominsky Method” during Sunday night’s ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA. It marked the actor’s fourth win from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as a significant victory given the daunting competition.

Bill Hader was the category’s only 2019 nominee yet to win a Golden Globe. Michael Douglas, nominated for “The Kominsky Method,” has three Golden Globes to his name (including the Cecil B. Demille award in 2004) and nine nominations. Jim Carrey has won twice prior — he won in back-to-back years for “The Truman Show” and “Man on the Moon” — to go along with seven nominations, while Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”) and Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) both won once before. In total, the nominees share seven Golden Globe awards and 21 nominations.

For the most part, the nominees’ programs were also well-represented in other fields.
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How Pleasantville Explores Fandom, Nostalgia and Identity

Mark Harrison Dec 26, 2018

Pleasantville is a big-screen treatment of small screen nostalgia, and it's a movie that deserves more attention.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains spoilers for Pleasantville.

When Gary RossPleasantville was released on DVD in the UK, its cover bore a Total Film review pull-quote labelling it as “The Truman Show meets Back to the Future.” It’s the kind of description that sounds bang-on but doesn’t actually do the film any favors. Judging by the numbers, it certainly didn't help its box office performance at the time. Scanning more like a feature-length Twilight Zone story than a knockabout fantasy comedy, this technically brilliant film weaves an interesting teen movie-cum-civil rights drama around a fictional 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.

In the film, high-schooler David (Tobey Maguire) is a child of divorce and a devoted Pleasantville geek, who clearly enjoys retreating into
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Shawn Levy Steps Out of the Director's Chair for Uncharted

Stranger Things director and producer Shawn Levy has been developing a film adaptation of Uncharted with Tom Holland for awhile now. He was supposed to direct the film, but he’s now dropping out of the project.

He hasn’t lost faith in it or anything. There’s no news of creative differences either. The reason he’s dropping out is because another film project he was working on got the green light first, so he’s committing to that.

The movie that he’s leaving Uncharted for is called Free Guy, and it stars Ryan Reynolds. The story for Free Guy is in the “vein of The Truman Show, where a bank teller stuck in his routine discovers he’s a background character in a rather brutal open world, action-adventure video game and he is the only one capable of saving his world.”

With Levy out, there’s an
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Britannia Awards Honor Talent in Front of and Behind the Camera

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Britannia Awards Honor Talent in Front of and Behind the Camera
BAFTA La’s Britannia Awards will honor these showbiz luminaries on Oct. 26 at the Beverly Hilton.

Cate Blanchett

Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film

Blanchett has had a busy year in 2018. The Stanley Kubrick honoree headed the Cannes Film Festival jury, starred on the big screen in female-heist caper “Ocean’s 8,” as well as, “The House With a Clock in the Walls,” and made her Broadway debut in Chekhov’s “The Present,” for which she won a Tony nomination.

At Cannes, Blanchett led a gender equality march up the Palais steps with fellow juror Ava DuVernay, as well as Agnes Varda, Marion Cotillard, Patty Jenkins, Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux and Salma Hayek.

Meanwhile “Ocean’s 8,” in which she co-starred with marquee talent Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson, grossed $296.7 million worldwide in 15 weeks since its June 8 opening. “The House With a Clock in the Walls,
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