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‘Boy Erased’ trailer: Oscars for Lgbt drama starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe? [Watch]

‘Boy Erased’ trailer: Oscars for Lgbt drama starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe? [Watch]
On July 17 Focus Features debuted the trailer for one of the most anticipated films of the coming awards season: “Boy Erased.” It stars Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) as a young man coming to terms with being gay and Oscar winners Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) as his conflicted, religious parents who hope to cure him of his homosexuality. Get a look at the film above.

The film is adapted from the 2016 memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, and it’s written and directed by Joel Edgerton. He’s best known for his work in front of the camera in past Oscar contenders like “Warrior” (2011), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Loving” (2016). But he also received critical acclaim for his feature directing debut, “The Gift” (2015), a thriller in which he co-starred with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall.

Edgerton hails from Australia, as do Kidman and Crowe,
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Russell Crowe to Play the Biggest Villain of His Career — Roger Ailes — in Showtime Limited Series

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Russell Crowe to Play the Biggest Villain of His Career — Roger Ailes — in Showtime Limited Series
Russell Crowe once played Javert, the antagonist in the film adaptation of “Les Misérables.” But Javert only tore one guy’s life apart. Now he’s taking on the role of a man who tore an entire nation apart.

Crowe has signed on to play Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes in Showtime’s upcoming eight-episode limited series based on Gabriel Sherman’s best-selling book “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” The series will also draw on Sherman’s additional reporting about Ailes and Fox News in New York magazine.

Sherman co-wrote the premiere episode with Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), who is the executive produce with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Showtime and Blumhouse Television (“Sharp Objects”) are producing. The series doesn’t yet have a title; it had previously been developed with the title “Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes.”

“In many ways, the collision between the media
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'Gma' Cast Is "Relieved" Lara Spencer Is Taking a Step Back From the Morning Talk Show (Report)

Fans grew concerned when they didn't see Lara Spencer on Good Morning America yesterday morning — so, did she leave Gma? Not exactly, but you might start seeing less and less of her on the small screen, and everyone at the show is reportedly happy about it. "Staff are relieved that Lara’s schedule is being cut back," an industry insider told Page Six. "She treats staff badly, she yells at people and she makes a lot of extra work for people." It was reported that the 48-year-old is pulling back from her current role to focus on new and unique career opportunities. But sources said she doesn't bring much to the morning series' ratings and it was actually the network that cut back her airtime. "Lara’s good at her job," the source added. "But it’s not like the [ratings] are affected when she’s not on [the show]." (Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Andrew Haigh’s Favorite Films of All-Time

Following his two immensely heartfelt dramas, Weekend and 45 Years, Andrew Haigh’s latest theatrical feature, Lean on Pete, is now in theaters. “Most filmmakers when they make movies are trying to understand themselves and how they fit into the world. Even if the story of Lean on Pete might not seem like it’s a personal story, to me it is just as personal as Weekend, oddly. It says just as much about me as Weekend,” he recently told us. “The weird thing about making films, especially if you make films that are personal to you, is you’re giving something of yourself to the world. It’s a strange feeling, filmmaking to me is anxious, emotional and stressful.”

To celebrate the film’s release, we’re sharing Haigh’s list of his favorite films of all-time, submitted to BFI’s latest Sight & Sound poll and Criterion’s top
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Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Scent of a Woman’

Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Scent of a Woman’
This year Al Pacino may pick up his third career Emmy Award as Best Movie/Mini Actor for the HBO telefilm “Paterno.” He plays the title role of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose successful 45-year career ended after his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was revealed to have been a child molester. Pacino previously won the same prize for “Angels in America” in 2004 and “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010, and he was nominated once more for “Phil Spector” in 2013. But of course, most of Pacino’s career has been in film and not television. In honor of his latest small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Pacino’s 25 greatest films above, ranked from worst to best.

Pacino is an Academy Award winner for his cinematic work, but it took him 20 years and
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Al Pacino Is Giving His Best Performances on the Small Screen, and He Has Been for Years

Al Pacino Is Giving His Best Performances on the Small Screen, and He Has Been for Years
A cinematic tragedy in three sentences:

Al Pacino hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since 1993. Al Pacino hasn’t appeared in a “fresh” feature film that’s grossed more than $5 million in over 10 years. (“Ocean’s Thirteen”) Al Pacino hasn’t starred in a “fresh” feature film that’s grossed more than $5 million in over 15 years. (“Insomnia”)

But don’t worry. This tragedy has a happy twist: In that same time, the iconic star of stage and screen has been delivering impeccable performances filled with nuance and depth to the masses; performances, it could be argued, that are far more focused, affecting, and intricate than the bombastic turn in “Scent of Woman” that won him an Oscar.

Pacino has been absolutely killing it on television.

Yes, television. The medium once thought far inferior to its big screen brother has been embraced by one of its favored sons for decades.
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Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best
This year Al Pacino may pick up his third career Emmy Award as Best Movie/Mini Actor for the HBO telefilm “Paterno.” He plays the title role of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose successful 45-year career ended after his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was revealed to have been a child molester. Pacino previously won the same prize for “Angels in America” in 2004 and “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010, and he was nominated once more for “Phil Spector” in 2013. But of course, most of Pacino’s career has been in film and not television. In honor of his latest small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Pacino’s 25 greatest films above, ranked from worst to best.

Pacino is an Academy Award winner for his cinematic work, but it took him 20 years and
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Interview: ‘Corbin Nash’ casting director & co-producer Carmen Aiello

Searching a world of darkness for a truth he was never ready for, a rogue detective (Dean S. Jagger) is murdered only to be reborn the ultimate killer. Embracing his destiny, vowing vengeance on all that destroyed his family; he is Corbin Nash, Demon Hunter. With the film dure for release on April 20th, I got a chance to sit down with casting director and co-producer Carmen Aiello to talk all things Corbin Nash…

You are the co-producer and casting director for Corbin Nash, how would you describe your role as co-producer for this film?

At first, I didn’t know I was going to co-produce at all, it was just casting the movie. I co-produced the last film that I did which was my first shot at co -producing. It’s very much like theatre out here, where if you find a group of individuals that you can’t
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Director Denis Villeneuve Plans on Making Two or More Dune Films

The director of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve, is preparing to take on a big screen adaptation of another sci-fi classic... Dune. This is a dream project for the director and we recently learned that he is planning on making two Dune films, maybe even more!

While speaking at the Montreal’s Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve for the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois, Villeneuve gave the following update on the project:

"Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more."

That's great to hear! There's a lot of stuff in Frank Herbert's classic novel to cover and tells that story over the course of two or more films makes more sense than trying to cram it all into one movie. As much as I liked David Lynch's film, it really wasn't the best adaptation of the book.

There's a point
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Russell Crowe to Auction Off ‘Gladiator’ Chariot, Other Memorabilia as He Finalizes Divorce

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Russell Crowe to Auction Off ‘Gladiator’ Chariot, Other Memorabilia as He Finalizes Divorce
Russell Crowe is selling more than 200 items of memorabilia he’s collected from films over the years as he finalizes his divorce from his ex-wife.

Listed as “The Art of Divorce” on Sotheby’s Australia, the auction will take place on April 7 in Eveleigh, Australia, after an exhibition of the items from April 4 to April 7.

The auction includes items from “Gladiator” (including a “fully functioning” Roman chariot and a wooden training sword), “Les Miserables,” “Cinderella Man,” “L.A. Confidential,” The Insider” and “Master and Commander.”
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – The Insider Over American Beauty for Best Picture of 1999

Graeme Robertson on why The Insider should have won over American Beauty at the Academy Awards…

The line up for the Oscars celebrating the best of 1999 could arguably be seen as something of a slow year in terms of cinematic brilliance, at least in my opinion. While none of the films nominated is particularly bad per se, many of them are merely just good or decent, but most of them are hardly the heights of brilliance.

The film named as Best Picture of 1999 was Sam MendesAmerican Beauty, a decent film but deeply flawed film that boasts an excellent Oscar-winning performance from (the now disgraced) Kevin Spacey, great visuals and a beautiful score by the always wonderful Thomas Newman. However, while I like American Beauty (although I don’t think I’ll watch it again for a while thanks to Mr Spacey), it really hasn’t aged well in and
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“‘Blade Runner’ was in our DNA,” reveals sound mixer Doug Hemphill about his work on “Blade Runner 2049.” Hemphill and his colleague Ron Bartlett previously collaborated with Ridley Scott on the 2007 final-cut version of the 1982 sci-fi classic, re-mixing the film with all the new bells and whistles available to them. When they lent their talents to Denis Villeneuve‘s 2017 followup they reaped an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing. Watch our exclusive video interview with Hemphill and Bartlett above.

See Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ get Oscar revenge for unforgivable snubs of Ridley Scott’s original classic?

Their experience working on the original years after its release helped inform their work on the sequel. “It was great hearing [Scott’s] ideas,” Bartlett explains, “taking those thematic elements and moving it into this one.” This was especially true when it came to Vangelis‘s iconic score, which “2049” composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch paid
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Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth

Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth
Christopher Plummer had to wait until his eighties to receive any attention from Oscar voters. The long-awaited first nomination for the 2010 film “The Last Station” followed an acclaimed career in “The Sound of Music,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Somewhere in Time,” and “The Insider.” Even with the sympathy vote and at his age, he wouldn’t win that night, losing to Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” for Best Supporting Actor.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

However, two years later, Plummer was offered the plum role of Hal in the indie dramedy Beginners starring Ewan McGregor. It was that role that did bring Plummer his first (and only, so far) Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played an elderly man dying of cancer who reveals to his son that he is gay with a young male lover.

At 82 Plummer
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Deon Taylor to Direct, Produce Police Drama ‘.38’

Deon Taylor to Direct, Produce Police Drama ‘.38’
Deon Taylor and his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith are ramping up on police drama “.38,” with production planned for March in Los Angeles, Variety has learned exclusively.

Producers have started casting and have hired cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who received Academy Award nominations for “The Insider” and “L.A. Confidential.” The project is based on Tim Clemente’s screenplay, set on the gang-ridden streets of St. Louis’ “Bloody Third” district. The story follows a police force over the course of one night through interweaving storylines inspired by actual events with the citizens (both criminals and victims) they are charged to protect.

The film is financed by Smith, Taylor’s longtime business partner and lead investor. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm’s managing principal with over $3 billion in capital under management.

Taylor told Variety that the project is inspired partly by the need to explore the issues of the
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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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Netflix Developing ‘House Of Cards’ Spinoffs

It hasn’t long for Netflix to react to the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault that have levelled at Kevin Spacey. While it was reportedly in the works since the summer, the streaming service announced yesterday that the sixth season of hit “House Of Cards” will be its last. Now, news is emerging that the brand might find new life, but without Spacey’s involvement.

Much like HBO is doing with “Game Of Thrones,” Netflix is developing a handful of spinoffs for “House Of Cards.” At the top of the list is a potential series revolving around Frank Underwood’s ruthless aide Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, with Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider,” “Munich“) penning the script.

Continue reading Netflix Developing ‘House Of Cards’ Spinoffs at The Playlist.
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Michael De Luca, Michael Mann project 'Hue 1968' lands at FX

Premium cable network to adapt Vietnam War book into limited series.

FX has landed the rights to turn Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden’s book Huế, 1968 into a limited event series that will range from eight-10 hours.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca acquired the rights to the book in late April.

The Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal the Tet Offensive by Vietnamese forces. Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, plans to direct several episodes and will produce alongside De Luca and FX Productions.

The network is reportedly planning to begin filming on the series at the end of this year in Asia.

When Screen
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Al Pacino to Play Penn State Coach Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic

Al Pacino to Play Penn State Coach Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic
Al Pacino will portray Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic.

The film, directed by Barry Levinson, focuses on the sexual assault scandal that rocked the university and tarnished Paterno's legacy.

According to Variety, the film's synopsis states, "After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims."

Pacino has been attached to a Paterno film since
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Russell Crowe, David Oyelowo to star in Arc Of Justice

David Crow May 9, 2017

Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo are poised to star in Arc of Justice, a film about a trial involving race, murder, and Clarence Darrow.

Clarence Darrow is certainly one of the most famous lawyers in American history. A leading figure in the Aclu’s infancy, Darrow was the defence lawyer during the first 'Trial of the Century' in 1925 regarding the killers Leopold and Loeb, and he famously defended the right to teach evolution against William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Trial that same year. It hence stands to reason that more films about the legendary figure’s career would eventually make it to the screen beyond the fictionalised account of Scopes in Inherit the Wind (1960).

Thus enter Arc Of Justice, a new budding courtroom drama that explores the turbulent and still vital struggle of race in America during the NAACP’s early days. As according to Variety
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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca line up 'Hue 1968' series

Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal Tet Offensive.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Mark Bowden’s upcoming book Hue 1968, which they will develop into an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, will direct multiple episodes and produce alongside De Luca, the Fifty Shades Darker producer who recently co-produced the Oscar telecast.

Hue 1968 took Bowden, the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down, five years to write and focuses on lives on all sides of the conflict during the pivotal Tet Offensive. Grove Atlantic will publish the book on June 6.

Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mark Bowden’s written a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction,” Mann said. “Bowden
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