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Sam Mendes To Direct Wwi Film ‘1917’ With Steven Spielberg Set To Produce

It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve had a non-James Bond film directed by Sam Mendes. The acclaimed director of films like “American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition,” and “Revolutionary Road” has been stuck chronicling the adventures of the suave superspy for his most recent films. But his next feature is without James Bond (obviously since Danny Boyle is next on the list) and has the producing power of Steven Spielberg behind it.

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Sam Mendes to Next Direct Wwi Film ‘1917’ for Spielberg’s Amblin

Oscar-winning Skyfall and American Beauty filmmaker Sam Mendes has settled on his next feature film project. Deadline reports that Mendes will direct and co-write the World War I film 1917 for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, with Universal Pictures distributing. It’s a bit of a reunion as Mendes made his feature debut, American Beauty, for Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures, where Spielberg vouched for and protected the young filmmaker throughout the ambitious drama’s production. It went on to win the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor. The logline for 1917 is …
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Review of Becks – Screens June 8th–12th at Webster University

Becks, directed by Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, screens Friday June 8th through Tuesday June 12th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30pm each night.

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Becks begins on an image of great hypnotic quality. As the image slowly fades in we see Lucy (Hayley Kiyoko) ordained in a turquoise light that creates an image that sucks you into the frame and immediately engages you. This image is so important because it is this woman that will hold precedence in the titular character’s mind the whole time that the film plays. We as an audience understand the protagonist, Becks (Lena Hall) because we understand the serendipity of the image she has created of Lucy. Even better, this opening image is followed by Malickian flashes of the relationship that they shared. Throughout the film, these flashes will not only haunt
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Mena Suvari Breaks Silence on Kevin Spacey Allegations: ‘Shocking’ and ‘Really Heart Wrenching’

Mena Suvari Breaks Silence on Kevin Spacey Allegations: ‘Shocking’ and ‘Really Heart Wrenching’
Mena Suvari has broken her silence about the sexual assault accusations against her former American Beauty costar Kevin Spacey.

The 39-year-old old actress, who is starring in Kyle Richards‘ upcoming Paramount Network show American Woman, opened up about the now-disgraced actor during a visit to Megyn Kelly Today on Tuesday.

“I think with everything that I’ve been seeing that everyone’s been going through, it’s shocking,” Suvari said of the allegations. “It’s really heart-wrenching.”

“It’s important to focus on the conversation that’s happening and the healing, the victims — the right thing that’s to come out of this,
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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

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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Exclusive Clip From 101 Films’ Black Label Release – ‘The Grifters’

From director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) and producer Martin Scorsese, comes The Grifters, a taut thriller in which seduction and betrayal could lead to murder. John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank), Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening are amongst the impressive cast.

When small-time cheat Roy Dillon winds up in hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly and alluring girlfriend Myra. Both Lilly and Myra are con artists playing the game in a league far above Roy, and always looking for their next victim. As Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust, the question is who’s conning who?

The film is getting a Blu-ray re-release through 101 Films with a variety of special features, including a feature called ‘Seduction. Betrayal. Murder: The Making of The Grifters’, A brand new feature length documentary on the film’s production, including new interviews with director Stephen Frears,
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Blueprints: "American Beauty"

Last month we dove into one of the most iconic shower scenes in cinema for April Showers. For May Flowers, Jorge takes a look into one of the most famous thematic uses of a flower in film.

American Beauty was at one point supposed to be titled American Rose. This is neither a coincidence nor an appropriate alternative. The film, a satire about American suburbia and the layers of darkness that society hides underneath their pretty but rotting exteriors, heavily uses the recurring image of rose throughout. Not just in the now iconic nude sequence with Mena Suvari.

Roses appear through the script in many key parts, usually in places where a character is putting up a façade for the world, or when they are completely submitting to their darkest impulses. Or when those two collide. Let’s take a look at where the flowers ominously represent both the attachment
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Pulitzer Finalist 'Hitler in Los Angeles' Optioned by 'Silver Linings Playbook' Producer (Exclusive)

Pulitzer Finalist 'Hitler in Los Angeles' Optioned by 'Silver Linings Playbook' Producer (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook) has optioned the feature film rights to Steven J. Ross’ Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America, which was a Pulitzer Award finalist in history this year. THR ran an exclusive excerpt from the book in September.

It tells the incredible but true story of how Leon Lewis, a Jewish lawyer, led a spy ring that included ex-Klansmen and the son of a German general. While law enforcement was busy chasing ineffectual communists, Lewis’ ring stopped several outlandish plots to kidnap or kill prominent Hollywood figures like Al ...
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Annette Bening Has Signed on For a Mysterious Role in Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios has been able to lure some pretty big name, iconic actors into their films. Jeff Bridges, Robert Redford, Cate Blanchette, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Phiffer just to name a few. Now four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening (Regarding Henry, American Beauty) has signed up for her first comic book movie!

The character that Bening is playing is being kept under wraps, but according to THR she is playing some sort of "scientist". That could be anyone, so it's hard to even speculate who she might actually be playing. But, speculate away if you think you might know!

Captain Marvel is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck who directed Mississippi Grind. The most recent script comes from Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider). The film also stars Brie LarsonBen Mendelsohn as the villain, Jude Law as Doctor Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Coulson,
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Becks – QFest St. Louis Review

Becks screens Wednesday, Apr. 4th at 7:00pm at the .Zack (3224 Locust St., St. Louis, Mo 63103) as part of this year’s QFest St. Louis. Ticket information can be found Here.

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Becks begins on an image of great hypnotic quality. As the image slowly fades in we see Lucy (Hayley Kiyoko) ordained in a turquoise light that creates an image that sucks you into the frame and immediately engages you. This image is so important because it is this woman that will hold precedence in the titular character’s mind the whole time that the film plays. We as an audience understand the protagonist, Becks (Lena Hall) because we understand the serendipity of the image she has created of Lucy. Even better, this opening image is followed by Malickian flashes of the relationship that they shared. Throughout the film, these flashes will not only haunt both
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Kristin Stark Promoted at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners

Veteran publicist Kristin Stark has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and communications at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.

The company made the announcemnet Monday through Marvin Levy, executive VP of marketing, and Susan Fleishman, executive VP of corporate communications.

In this new role, Stark will manage all aspects of Amblin’s marketing, working closely with its distribution partners here and around the world. She will continue reporting to Levy and Fleishman on publicity and communications strategies, as well as co-ceo Jeff Small and COO Chris Floyd on her new marketing duties.

“I am so proud of Kristin,” Levy said. “She is a brilliant colleague who continues to demonstrate and expand her executive skills and marketing talents. A phenomenal manager, she has earned the respect not only of all of us here at Amblin but also from the other companies who have worked with her on our projects.
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Tim Robbins movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Mystic River’…

Tim Robbins movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Mystic River’…
Did you know Tim Robbins has never been nominated for an Emmy? The Oscar winner hasn’t been as much of a fixture on television screens as he has been on the big screen, but now he could be recognized by the television academy with a Best Drama Actor bid for “Here and Now.” Created by Alan Ball (“True Blood,” “Six Feet Under,” “American Beauty”), this freshman HBO series centers on a multi-racial family whose bond is fractured when one of their children starts seeing things the rest cannot. Robbins plays Greg Boatwright, a philosophy professor and the family patriarch. In honor of his latest small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen outings. Tour through our photo gallery above of Robbins’s 10 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Robbins won his Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for playing a former child abuse
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Holly Hunter movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Piano’ …

Holly Hunter movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Piano’ …
Holly Hunter missed out on a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Oscars for “The Big Sick” despite reaping SAG, Critics Choice, and Indie Spirit bids, but she’ll have a chance to pick up an Emmy later this year in the Best Drama Actress category for “Here and Now.” Created by Alan Ball (“American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under,” “True Blood”), the HBO series focuses on a multi-racial family whose bond is tested when one of their children begins seeing things which the rest cannot. Hunter plays Audrey Bayer, a therapist and the family matriarch. In honor of her recent small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of the actress’s best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Hunter’s 12 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Despite her recent snub, Hunter has been popular at the Oscars. She won Best Actress for “The Piano
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Tim Robbins movies: Top 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Tim Robbins movies: Top 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Did you know Tim Robbins has never been nominated for an Emmy? The Oscar winner hasn’t been as much of a fixture on television screens as he has been on the big screen, but now he could be recognized by the television academy with a Best Drama Actor bid for “Here and Now.” Created by Alan Ball (“True Blood,” “Six Feet Under,” “American Beauty”), this freshman HBO series centers on a multi-racial family whose bond is fractured when one of their children starts seeing things the rest cannot. Robbins plays Greg Boatwright, a philosophy professor and the family patriarch. In honor of his latest small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen outings. Tour through our photo gallery above of Robbins’s 10 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Robbins won his Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for playing a former child abuse
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Holly Hunter movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Holly Hunter movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Holly Hunter missed out on a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Oscars for “The Big Sick” despite reaping SAG, Critics Choice, and Indie Spirit bids, but she’ll have a chance to pick up an Emmy later this year in the Best Drama Actress category for “Here and Now.” Created by Alan Ball (“American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under,” “True Blood”), the HBO series focuses on a multi-racial family whose bond is tested when one of their children begins seeing things which the rest cannot. Hunter plays Audrey Bayer, a therapist and the family matriarch. In honor of her recent small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of the actress’s best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Hunter’s 12 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Despite her recent snub, Hunter has been popular at the Oscars. She won Best Actress for “The Piano
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Where do the most recent group of Academy Award winners rank all time?

As we begin to fully focus on 2018 releases and eventually what the 2019 awards season will be like, a little more about the most recent Oscars is still required. Mainly, a look at how the winners stack up with previous ones. This time around, I’m tying in all of the major categories together. Yes, all eight of the top prizes will get a rundown today, with the possibility of another piece next week on the technical categories. For now, it’s Picture, Director, the four Acting slots, and both Screenplay categories, which is more than enough to start with. This is going to be fun. Like I mentioned above, before we get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, it’s more of a broader collection. Obviously, we know
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Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]
The past few years have seen various frequent Oscar losers finally winning their award, from Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”‘) to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) to cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”). With another Oscar season come and gone, the great campaign to get other overdue artists their Oscar begins now. From actresses like Glenn Close and Amy Adams to technical masters like composer Thomas Newman and songwriter Diane Warren, there is always someone out there who many people believe is deserving of the elusive Oscar after multiple losses.

A great number of these overdue Oscar nominees have projects coming out in 2018 that could net them their first win. Here are 10 artists that could finally get lucky at next year’s Oscars.

SEEBest Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over

Annette Bening – 4 nominations

Bening’s Oscar nominated performances have been as diverse as her career,
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SXSW Review: ‘Blockers’ is a Hilarious, Empowering Raunch Fest

Blockers doesn’t pull off the impossible so much as it turns the tables on a common formula, finding something fresh, empowering, and hilarious in that time-old story of a group of friends making a pact to lose their V-card on prom night. Directed by Kay Cannon, there are a few more real-world complications for our leads, including Lisa (Leslie Mann), a single mother with an unhealthy obsession with her daughter; Mitchell (John Cena), a buff yet sensitive dad in a committed marriage; and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), a party boy with surprising depth. This studio comedy even finds room for a tender (yet still very funny) coming out story to overbearing parents.

The girls are given their own agency as well. Lisa’s daughter Julie (Kathryn Newton) is dating Austin (Graham Phillips), a good guy with, as we discover in the film’s funniest scenes, an open relationship with his sexually adventurous parents.
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Actress Stephanie Arcila Shakes Up HBO's 'Here And Now' With New Character

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On Sunday’s episode of "Here and Now," the introduction of a new character will resolve a lingering question about a few characters. That new character is played by actress Stephanie Arcila (Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio), and CineMovie spoke to her about the new role and what it was like working with creator Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under, American Beauty), Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins.
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‘The Bachelor’ or Best Picture: Arie Plays Our Oscar-Themed Quiz (Watch)

‘The Bachelor’ or Best Picture: Arie Plays Our Oscar-Themed Quiz (Watch)
The Oscars may be over, but “The Bachelor” still has one episode remaining to determine Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s romantic fate. On Monday night, in part one of a two-night finale, the Bachelor proposed to Becca only to end their engagement weeks later to pursue a relationship with runner-up Lauren.

In honor of both awards season and Bachelor season coming to a close, Variety sat down with Luyendyk for a game of “The Bachelor” or best picture, where he had to decide where a memorable quote was from. Turns out the Bachelor may not be the biggest movie buff, as
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