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‘Green Book’: How the True 1960s Heart-Tugger Made It to the Screen

‘Green Book’: How the True 1960s Heart-Tugger Made It to the Screen
In September, when writer-director Peter Farrelly prepared to world premiere “Green Book” at the first film festival in his 40-year comedy career, he had some strong preview numbers behind him, a thumbs up from Steven Spielberg, and the easiest edit he had ever had. “I didn’t have performance anxiety, I’ve had that before, but not about movies,” he said. “But I wasn’t expecting that reaction, which was crazy. That was a film lover’s crowd. And I didn’t expect the audience award.”

Farrelly and his brother Bobby never planned their Hollywood career. Mostly they wrote their own stuff. “Something About Mary” was an old script they had read 10 years before that was mired in development hell. “There’s a really good movie in there,” they thought. After “Kingpin,” they asked to see it again and “Boom! We’re off,” said Farrelly.

The only script anyone ever
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‘Green Book’: How the True 1960s Heart-Tugger Made It to the Screen

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‘Green Book’: How the True 1960s Heart-Tugger Made It to the Screen
In September, when writer-director Peter Farrelly prepared to world premiere “Green Book” at the first film festival in his 40-year comedy career, he had some strong preview numbers behind him, a thumbs up from Steven Spielberg, and the easiest edit he had ever had. “I didn’t have performance anxiety, I’ve had that before, but not about movies,” he said. “But I wasn’t expecting that reaction, which was crazy. That was a film lover’s crowd. And I didn’t expect the audience award.”

Farrelly and his brother Bobby never planned their Hollywood career. Mostly they wrote their own stuff. “Something About Mary” was an old script they had read 10 years before that was mired in development hell. “There’s a really good movie in there,” they thought. After “Kingpin,” they asked to see it again and “Boom! We’re off,” said Farrelly.

The only script anyone ever
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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)

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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)
Let’s get into the spirit of the World Series excitement with some of the biggest baseball movies that all hit a commercial home run. These are the highest grossing baseball movies of all time, ranked from lowest to highest.

20. “Mr. 3000” – $21.8 million

Bernie Mac plays a former baseball great who returns to the league at age 47 after learning he was just a few hits shy of 3000.

19. “Major League II” – $30.6 million

Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger all came back for the sequel to “Major League,” but Wesley Snipes had become a bigger star, and his role of Willie Mays Hayes was taken over by Omar Epps.

18. “The Sandlot” – $32.4 million

The Sandlot” performed modestly at the box office in 1993, but it found a second life as a cult film on VHS and on DVD a decade after its release.

17. “Bad News Bears” (2005) – $32.8 million

Billy Bob Thornton starred in Richard Linklater
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Green Book review – charming deep south road trip is worth taking

Strong performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali highlight a broadly entertaining crowd-pleaser about racial division in the 1960s

There are many pleasures to be had in Peter Farrelly’s new film Green Book, perhaps not a great surprise when one remembers the unabashed joys of his previous work from Dumb and Dumber to There’s Something About Mary to his underrated remakes of Fever Pitch and The Heartbreak Kid. But it’s more of a shock given that the material edges him into more serious-minded fare than usual in telling the true story behind the friendship of renowned pianist Donald Shirley and his driver Tony Lip.

Related: Destroyer review – Nicole Kidman transforms for bitter noir dirge
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‘Juliet, Naked’ Review: Nick Hornby Adaptation Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Charmer

‘Juliet, Naked’ Review: Nick Hornby Adaptation Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Charmer
Juliet, Naked” charmed the roof off the Eccles Theater at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered there in January, and no wonder.

Jesse Peretz’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel is a lovely low-key comedy with a rock ‘n’ roll heart, with Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke delivering a trio of deftly and subtly drawn performances from Hornby’s deep trough of memorable characters.

Hornby’s books have been adapted into the commercial and critical successes “High Fidelity,” “Fever Pitch” and “About a Boy.”

Also Read: 'The Children Act' Film Review: Emma Thompson Grapples With Conscience in Sluggish Legal Drama

“Juliet, Naked” is the story of Annie, a British woman in her late 30s whose longtime boyfriend, Duncan, is one of the leaders of a somewhat motley online community of music lovers and nutcases that has grown up around the slim but influential output of one Tucker Crowe,
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Berlinale 2018: Isa of the Day: The Exchange

Berlinale 2018: Isa of the Day: The Exchange
The Exchange is offering Drew Barrymore’s produced and starring role in The Stand-in, a romantic comedy, will be directed by Jamie Babbit and produced by Barrymore’s Flower Films and Brian O’Shea who will begin presales at The 2018 European Film Market.

The Golden Globe winning actress Drew Barrymore (50 First Dates) playing a dual leading role. Jamie Babbit, director of the Sundance favorite But I’m a Cheerleader is an Emmy winning Executive Producer and director of HBO’s Silicon Valley. She’s also directed Gilmore Girls, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and HBO’s Girls.

The original script, penned by BAFTA winning writer Sam Bain (Channel 4’s Peep Show, Four Lions) will be produced by Flower Films’ Barrymore, Ember Truesdell, Chris Miller and Nancy Juvonen-Fallon. Tom McNulty (Date Night, 50 First Dates) will be producing for The Exchange. UTA and CAA are handling domestic sales.
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Jimmy Fallon Celebrates 10-Year Wedding Anniversary with Sweet Throwback Picture

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Jimmy Fallon Celebrates 10-Year Wedding Anniversary with Sweet Throwback Picture
Happy anniversary to these two lovebirds!

Jimmy Fallon celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary with wife Nancy Juvonen on Friday — and in honor of the special occasion, the Tonight Show host took to Twitter to share an adorable throwback picture from the couple’s nuptials.

“Honey, remember when the wedding photographed made us pose for a romantic sunset kiss?” he captioned the shot. “That was 10 years ago! Happy Anniversary!”

Honey, remember when the wedding photographer made us pose for a romantic sunset kiss? That was 10 years ago! Happy Anniversary! pic.twitter.com/j1tmJpiru8

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) December 22, 2017

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Jimmy Fallon Shares Sweet Throwback Wedding Pic for 10-Year Anniversary

Jimmy Fallon Shares Sweet Throwback Wedding Pic for 10-Year Anniversary
Jimmy Fallon is still keeping the memories alive after 10 years of marriage!

The Tonight Show host wished his wife Nancy Juvonen a happy anniversary via Twitter on Friday, posting a romantic wedding photo of the two where they can be seen sharing a beachside kiss before a beautiful sunset.

"Honey, remember when the wedding photographer made us pose for a romantic sunset kiss?" Fallon, 43, wrote. "That was 10 years ago! Happy Anniversary!"

Honey, remember when the wedding photographer made us pose for a romantic sunset kiss? That was 10 years ago! Happy Anniversary! pic.twitter.com/j1tmJpiru8

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) December 22, 2017

The former Saturday Night Live star met the Hollywood producer on the set of his 2005 romantic comedy, Fever Pitch, and they got married two years later on Necker Island in the Caribbean.

Fallon recently shared to Et's Cameron Mathison that his daughters, 4-year-old Winnie and 3-year-old Frances, are currently all about their mother.

"It's, 'Mama, read Dada
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89 review – on-the-ball doc revisits Arsenal's last-minute glory

Star players and Nick ‘Fever Pitch’ Hornby recall the nail-biting thrills in this nostalgic account of the north London club’s triumphant 1988-89 season

An easy-going, watchable documentary about one of the great feelgood-underdog stories in the history of British sport. After being written off as boring, boring failures, Arsenal Fc triumphed against Liverpool at Anfield in the final match of the 1988-89 season.

It was a uniquely important era that included the horror of Hillsborough and preceded the great resurgence of football with Italia 90. And of course the great Arsenalaissance of ’89 was made mythic by Nick Hornby in his classic memoir Fever Pitch: the 1997 movie version starring Colin Firth actually made the Liverpool v Arsenal match its euphoric finale, in tandem with its romance plot, and there is almost a tension in this film waiting for Hornby to make his talking-head appearance, and then afterwards something anticlimactic, knowing
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Exclusive: 'Younger' Sneak Peek! Kelsey Goes on an Impromptu Getaway With Josh -- and Doesn't Tell Liza

Exclusive: 'Younger' Sneak Peek! Kelsey Goes on an Impromptu Getaway With Josh -- and Doesn't Tell Liza
Is Kelsey warming to the idea of being more than friends with Josh?

On Wednesday's episode of Younger, titled "Fever Pitch," Kelsey (Hilary Duff) escapes from the Big Apple with her publicist pal, Lauren (Molly Bernard), for a spontaneous getaway -- with Liza's ex, Josh (Nico Tortorella), tagging along.

Related: 'Younger' Star Nico Tortorella Teases Season 4 and a Josh-Kelsey Romance

Et exclusively debuts a scene from the episode, where Kelsey -- enjoying the sun in upstate New York -- phones Liza (Sutton Foster) after bailing on an author pitch fest.

During the call, Liza reveals that the pitch fest wasn't a complete "sh*t show," telling Kelsey about a new author (played by guest star Jennifer Westfeldt), whose "amazing," "mature" and "sophisticated" book concept sounded promising and could be Millennial's new savior. When Liza asks if Kelsey is by herself, she tells her she's not but fails to mention the presence of one very important
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Michael Kelly Wants to Play Stephen Miller on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Pauly Shore’s Impression Is Hard to Beat — Watch

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Michael Kelly Wants to Play Stephen Miller on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Pauly Shore’s Impression Is Hard to Beat — Watch
With three senior White House officials gone in the last few weeks — that’d be Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Anthony Scaramucci, for those of you keeping score at home — the Trump administration took the rare step of letting Stephen Miller in front of the cameras earlier this week.

The senior advisor, who grew up in Santa Monica and used his press briefing as an opportunity to lambast “cosmopolitan elitism” and explain why the Statue of Liberty actually has little to do with America’s tradition of immigration, caught the attention of Michael Kelly, the “House of Cards” star who now wants to play Miller on “Saturday Night Live.”

Read MoreAnthony Scaramucci’s Brief Tenure in the White House May Be Made Into a Movie Called ‘Attack of the Swamp Monsters’

“Hey @SNLUpdate if you happen to need someone I’m around. Just sayin,” the actor tweeted earlier this year
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Nick Hornby short-form TV series 'State Of The Union' in the works

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Nick Hornby short-form TV series 'State Of The Union' in the works
Exclusive: Relationship dramedy produced by See-Saw Films will be directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.

See-Saw Films and writer Nick Hornby are teaming up on a TV series about marriage counselling.

State Of The Union will be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and is made up of ten ten-minute episodes.

The series follows a middle-aged couple who meet in the pub before going into marriage counselling each week. Each episode shows the ten minutes before they face the counsellor.

State Of The Union will shoot in London this autumn with the cast and broadcast partner set to be announced soon.

See-Saw told Screen that they expect the show to be aired both online and by a TV broadcaster.

Hakan Kousetta, COO of television at See-Saw, said: “Because it’s a completely different format, it lends itself to something a broadcaster can play with. It’s not just a piece of digital television, it’s a proper
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Nick Hornby, See-Saw Films team for short-form TV series

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Nick Hornby, See-Saw Films team for short-form TV series
Exclusive: Relationship dramedy will be directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.

See-Saw Films and writer Nick Hornby are teamig up on a TV series about marriage counselling.

State Of The Union will be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and is made up of ten ten-minute episodes.

The series follows a middle-aged couple who meet in the pub before going into marriage counselling each week. Each episode shows the ten minutes before they face the counsellor.

State Of The Union will shoot in London this autumn with the cast and broadcast partner set to be announced soon.

See-Saw told Screen that they expect the show to be aired both online and by a TV broadcaster.

Hakan Kousetta, COO of television at See-Saw, said: “Because it’s a completely different format, it lends itself to something a broadcaster can play with. It’s not just a piece of digital television, it’s a proper
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Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40

Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40
Evan Helmuth, an actor best known for playing the priest in 2012 horror “The Devil Inside,” has died. He was 40. Helmuth (pictured above left) passed away from complications from a stroke on Monday. “It’s just simply heartbreaking. Such a profoundly kind and beautiful person, friend and actor,” spokesperson David Greene of Chaotik Media told TheWrap in a statement confirming Helmuth’s death. Also Read: Harvey Atkin, 'Meatballs,' 'Cagney & Lacey' Actor, Dies at 74 Along with his famous role in William Brent Bell’s terrifying hit, he also appeared in “Fever Pitch” and “Jobs,” alongside Ashton Kutcher. On the small screen,
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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40
Updated: Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40. Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of Alias, NCIS, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and…
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Awkward’s Nikki DeLoach Is Pregnant!

Awkward’s Nikki DeLoach Is Pregnant!
Things got adorably awkward between Nikki DeLoach and her The Perfect Catch costar Andrew Walker when she revealed to him that she is pregnant.

“From the moment he found out, he was, like, ‘Oh I think I’m nauseous too.’ And I’m, like, ‘What are you doing?! No you’re not!’ ” DeLoach tells Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos in a People exclusive clip from Friday’s episode of Home & Family.

On the episode, Matenopoulos discusses the reality of “sympathy pains” — but DeLoach isn’t having any of it.

“He’s telling me … he had back pain when his wife
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Drew Barrymore Goes for 3 Guinness World Records on the Tonight Show — and It’s Really Hair-Raising

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Drew Barrymore Goes for 3 Guinness World Records on the Tonight Show — and It’s Really Hair-Raising
This article first appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

All Drew Barrymore needs to make the Guinness World Records list is lipstick, paper, and enormous amounts of hair — plus, a little help from Jimmy Fallon.

Stopping by The Tonight Show to chat about her upcoming Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Barrymore took on three separate Guinness world records live, with the help of the host and her Fever Pitch costar. Fallon decided apart from “holding the record for being one of the coolest people in the world,” the actress needed some technical records under her belt.

Her first challenge: apply lipstick to
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James Schamus, Dorit Hakim to attend UK Jewish film fest

James Schamus, Dorit Hakim to attend UK Jewish film fest
Exclusive: The event has revealed its line-up for 2016.

The 20th edition of the UK International Jewish Film Festival (Nov 5 - 20) has revealed its programme, showcasing more than 80 films including world, European and UK premieres.

The opening night gala held at the BFI Southbank will be a screening of James Schamus’s latest film Indignation, which stars Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman in the story of a working class Jewish student struggling with cultural disaffection and sexual repression in 1950s Ohio.

The line-up of UK premieres includes Maya Zinshtein’s football documentary Forever Pure, which recently had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Eran Kolirin’s Beyond The Mountains And Hills, and Nadav Lapid’s From The Diary Of A Wedding Photographer, which both premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year.

Israeli director Dorit Hakim, whose Moon In The 12th House debuted in competition at Cannes this year, will participate
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‘Our Idiot Brother’ Director Jesse Peretz Will Adapt Nick Hornby’s ‘Juliet, Naked’

‘Our Idiot Brother’ Director Jesse Peretz Will Adapt Nick Hornby’s ‘Juliet, Naked’
By now, author and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (Brooklyn) has had a few of his novels adapted for the big screen. Since 1997’s Fever Pitch (which starred Colin Firth), we’ve seen adaptations of High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, and a second attempt at adapting Fever Pitch. Another one of Hornby’s stories, Juliet, Naked may soon join that list. Our Idiot Brother director Jesse […]

The post ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Director Jesse Peretz Will Adapt Nick Hornby’s ‘Juliet, Naked’ appeared first on /Film.
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Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Teaches Jimmy Fallon Art of Dramatic Acting (Video)

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Teaches Jimmy Fallon Art of Dramatic Acting (Video)
Robert Downey Jr. has been nominated for two Oscars — Jimmy Fallon starred in “Fever Pitch.” The guy who once again wears the Iron Man suit in “Captain America: Civil War” offered the “Tonight Show” host dramatic acting lessons on Thursday night, though none of them really took. Downey walked Fallon through two drills designed to bring out the chops — a door-opening scene and a driving scene. “My dirty little secret is that I’m not actually that good,” the humble blockbuster movie star stated. Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Uses Puppies to Predict the 2016 Kentucky Derby Winner (Video) “I’m a bad actor,
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