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Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)

Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)
With a cast that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, and Common, “Blue Night” is one of the hottest projects at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Variety has an exclusive first look at the film’s moody poster, which features a forlorn-looking Parker in a sea of anonymous city dwellers.

The film follows Vivienne (Parker), a singer in New York City, whose world is shattered after she receives some bad news. It unfolds over the course of a day as she prepares for an upcoming world tour, navigates various personal and professional relationships, and reflects on her successes and failures, all while trying to find a private moment to share with others the news she has received from her doctor.

Blue Night” is Parker’s first film in three years. In addition to her work on HBO’s “Sex & the City” and “Divorce,” Parker has appeared in “Failure to Launch,
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Film Review: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Film Review: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’
If your first instinct upon seeing the title “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is to say, “Well, that’s a mouthful,” rest assured that Mike Newell’s film has you covered, for a secondary character does the very same. Indeed, pretty much everyone in this crumbly oatmeal biscuit of a movie does and says exactly what you’d expect of them: based not on the logic of real life, of course, but the cozy conventions of umpteen twee heritage Britpics before it. For Sunday-afternoon comfort-viewing purposes, it’s no problem that “Guernsey” — which follows the post-wwii escapades of a winsome London writer (Lily James) on the eponymous isle — doesn’t stray from its inevitable course as a town-versus-country love triangle. That it offers no surprises as a nominal wartime mystery, however, is rather more bothersome, particularly as what should be a perky trifle trudges past the two-hour mark.
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Netflix swoops on 'The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society' (exclusive)

SVoD service strikes deal with Studiocanal.

Netflix has taken a host of territories on Mike Newell’s Lily James-starring historical drama The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.

The SVoD service has picked up rights for Us, Canada, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, while Studiocanal will distribute in its territories the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany. The film has now sold out worldwide and the roll-out commences with Australia on April 19, the UK on April 20 and New Zealand on April 25, followed by France on June 13 and Germany on August 9.

Produced by Studiocanal with
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Quote of the Day: Sarah Jessica Parker on the Launch of #TimesUp

Parker in “Divorce”

While promoting the second season of “Divorce” this week in New York City, Sarah Jessica Parker, fresh off the plane from La, where she presented a Golden Globe Award, had a lot to say about being at the launch of #TimesUp. “It was impressive,” she told us. “It has been impressive to watch it come together because we were dubious that it could happen in the time that was presented to us. It was just a very short period of time in which the work organized itself, with a lot of hard work that came from a lot of women. I think that the experience was amazing, and I was so proud to see the enthusiasm [at the Golden Globes] supporting the roll out. That was the official launch of Time’s Up.”

Clearly impacted by the weight of the unveiling of the Time’s Up Initiative, a coalition fighting sexual misconduct,
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To Me, You Are Perfect: Ranking the Stories in "Love Actually"

By Spencer Coile

Every holiday season, we sit down with our favorite festive movies and return to the magic these films have to offer. Some turn to classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life or the various renditions of A Christmas Carol. Others favor Die Hard, Gremlins, or something a bit more contemporary -- The Family Stone, anyone? Regardless, we come back to our favorites for comfort and a jolly mood.

Love Actually, to me, is that Christmas movie. Using the “interwoven lives” structure that so many rom-coms have since used disastrously, Love Actually uses the formula with beautiful effect. The result is a kindhearted, giant hug of a film that always manages to lift the spirits. Put on your holiday hats as we rank the 9 storylines...
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‘Divorce’ Season 2 Trailer: Sarah Jessica Parker Reunites with ‘Sex and the City’ Producer for Revamped New Season

‘Divorce’ Season 2 Trailer: Sarah Jessica Parker Reunites with ‘Sex and the City’ Producer for Revamped New Season
Divorce” is back on the table, and things will be different this time. Don’t worry: Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church are still together (and creator Sharon Horgan is still there, too), but the second season of HBO’s dark comedy brought in a new showrunner to mix things up — and a clever Season 2 trailer shows that even though Frances (Parker) and Robert (Church) are officially split, this “Divorce” is right on track.

Read More:‘Divorce’ Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to HBO in Top Form

Former “Sex and the City” and “The Big C” producer Jenny Bicks is taking over for Paul Simms in Season 2, reuniting the writer with Parker for the first time since their HBO show ended in 2004. Throw in a few additional tweaks — the release date is set for January instead of October, and, even more notably, Church shaved his magnificent mustache for the
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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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'Ray Donovan' Adds Trio to Season 5 (Exclusive)

Ray Donovan is adding to its season cast cast. Adina Porter, Brian White and Lili Simmons are boarding the Showtime drama starring Liev Schreiber.

Porter, an alum of The 100 and American Horror Story, has been tapped to play the role of Vicky Delgatti, a fixer like Ray. She will appear in at least four episodes. White (Scandal, Chicago Fire, The Family Stone) will play Jay, a rapper-actor-producer who is one of the biggest stars in the world. Like Porter, he will appear in at least four episodes.

Meanwhile, Banshee’s Simmons has been cast in the role of...
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Dermot Mulroney’s Star Wars Star Turn: Actor Played Cello on Rogue One Soundtrack

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Dermot Mulroney’s Star Wars Star Turn: Actor Played Cello on Rogue One Soundtrack
In a film teeming with terrific, nostalgia-inducing cameos, Dermot Mulroney has scored the most intriguing walk-on of all on Rogue One.

You just didn’t see him in it. You heard him.

The actor, an accomplished musician, played the cello on the Rogue One score, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It’s a different kind of screen gig for the star, who’s better known for stints on TV shows like Shameless and New Girl, and for his memorable silverscreen roles in My Best Friend’s Wedding and last year’s Insidious: Chapter 3.

“I’m more of a journeyman player,
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‘Rogue One’: Dermot Mulroney Played Cello for Michael Giacchino’s Score

‘Rogue One’: Dermot Mulroney Played Cello for Michael Giacchino’s Score
For those who have watched “Mozart in the Jungle” you’ve probably seen Dermot Mulroney as world-renowned cello soloist Andrew Walsh. The actor, known for such films and series as “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Shameless” and “The Wedding Date,” really is a professional musician who picked up the cello at the age of seven.

As his acting career took off, music was put to the side until he became an established actor. Now, Mulroney’s most recent work as a cellist is being part of Michael Giacchino’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” score, where he held the 11th seat in the cello section, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Read More: ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Season 3 Trailer: Gael García Bernal and Lola Kirke Return To The Orchestra

Mulroney and Giacchino first met at the premiere of the 2005 rom-com “The Family Stone,” which Mulroney starred and Giacchino scored.
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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: 2016 Edition

I’m guessing that you, just like most of us, have always had seasonal favorites when it comes to movies that attempt to address and evoke the spirit of Christmas. Like most from my generation, when I was a kid I learned the pleasures of perennial anticipation of Christmastime as interpreted by TV through a series of holiday specials, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and even musical variety hours where the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and Dean Martin et al would sit around sets elaborately designed to represent the ideal Christmas-decorated living room, drinking “wassail” (I’m sure that’s what was in those cups) and crooning classics of the season alongside a dazzling array of guests. (We knew we were moving into a new world of holiday cheer when David Bowie joined Bing Crosby for
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Legends of the Fall: 12 TV Actors We’re Happy to See Back on the Small Screen

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Legends of the Fall: 12 TV Actors We’re Happy to See Back on the Small Screen
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things

Compared to Adlon’s “Louie” character, the actress’ new role as single mom Sam is just as blunt and borderline provocative but far less intimidating. In fact, she’s kind of adorable in a painfully put-upon but unapologetic way. The semi-autobiographical story has us cringing alongside every embarrassing audition, parental freakout and unfair setback, and yet, Sam’s integrity and backhanded optimism is apparent in that she doesn’t give up, but instead copes (with vodka, but copes nonetheless). Sam is the promise of “Louie’s” Pamela fully realized.

Read More: ‘Better Things’ Trailer: Pamela Adlon Struggles To Make A Living & Raise Three Kids In FX Series Co-Created By Louis C.K.

Kristen Bell, “The Good Place

Bell came of age playing a girl sleuth on “Veronica Mars” and then pulled a 180 by embracing a truly adult role as the ruthless but complex Jeannie on Showtime’s “House of Lies.
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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Turns 10: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt Tell All

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Turns 10: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt Tell All
The moment Meryl Streep read the script for “The Devil Wears Prada,” she knew it would be—in her words—“Yuge.” But despite a truckload of awards and a reputation as the greatest actress on the planet, Streep had always been hesitant to negotiate for more pay. Maybe it was the character Miranda Priestly, a fashion magazine editor so powerful she could terrify underlings without even raising her voice, that pushed her to do it. But the Oscar-winning actress felt emboldened. “The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project,” Streep tells Variety. “There was my ‘goodbye moment,’ and then they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf.”

The Devil Wears Prada” showed Hollywood that it was never wise to underestimate a strong woman’s worth.
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Trailer for erotic thriller Careful What You Wish For starring Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney

Ahead of its Us release next month, a trailer has debuted for director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum’s upcoming erotic thriller Careful What You Wish For which stars Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney; check it out below after the official synopsis…

While working in a wealthy vacation community the summer before college, Doug (Nick Jonas, “Kingdom”, “Scream Queens”) begins an affair with the beautiful young wife (Isabel Lucas, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) of his powerful investment banker neighbor (Dermot Mulroney, The Family Stone, “Shameless”). When the town erupts after a suspicious death, the young lovers become embroiled in scandal, forcing Doug to his limits as he battles deceit and betrayal. Graham Rogers (“Quantico,” Love & Mercy), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), and Kandyse McClure (Seventh Son, “Hemlock Grove”) costar in this steamy thriller.

Careful What You Wish For is set for release on June 10th in the States and features a
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Michael Giacchino Will Score Doctor Strange Soundtrack

Michael Giacchino Will Score Doctor Strange Soundtrack
With just under six months until Marvel's second Phase 3 movie, Doctor Strange, hits theaters, the studio has brought in its composer, Oscar winner Michael Giacchino. The movie will mark his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is no stranger to superhero tales, having composed the scores for Pixar's The Incredibles and Disney's Sky High. While this is his first Marvel movie, the composer has a long history with Disney.

Michael Giacchino won his first Oscar for composing the original score for Disney Pixar's Up, and he was nominated two years earlier for his work on another Pixar classic, Ratatouille. He got his start composing music for video games, such as the game tie-in for The Lost World and another Jurassic Park game, Warpath. He eventually moved on to features with The Incredibles, Sky High, The Family Stone, Mission: Impossible III, Speed Racer, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol,
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Mindy Project: One Good Reason Mindy and Danny Shouldn't Be Together

Mindy Project: One Good Reason Mindy and Danny Shouldn't Be Together
Ho, ho… whoa nelly do we have a problem on our hands.

The Mindy Project closed the first half of its season Tuesday with a Christmas episode that left us feeling more The Family Stone and less It’s a Wonderful Life: After flashing back to her first week at the OB/GYN practice, Mindy realized once more that she’s been allowing Danny to bar her from going after her dreams.

So while he and Leo slept, she snuck out to measure her old apartment — which hasn’t sold yet — to
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Christmas With the Coopers review – more like box-ticking day

This nauseatingly by-the-numbers festive family heartwarmer is an unwanted parcel of predictability

From a producer of The Family Stone, the director of I Am Sam and the writer of Hope Floats (stop screaming at the back) comes this obligatory seasonal star-studded ensemble piece in which a bunch of A-listers plays out a string of intertwining plot threads, all in search of a heavily eggnogged family hug.

At the centre of the box-ticking maelstrom are Diane Keaton and John Goodman as the secretly collapsing couple struggling to give their disparate brood a last hurrah happy Christmas before finally splitting up. Ed Helms is the secretly out-of-work single father in desperate need of a job, Marisa Tomei is the secretly shoplifting sister trying to face up to sibling rivalry, and Olivia Wilde is the black sheep daughter, secretly trying to pass off Jake Lacy’s stranger as her boyfriend. So many secrets!
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A Very Murray Christmas Review

It’s hard to be overtly negative about holiday specials without first coming off like the proverbial Grinch, so let me start out with saying that one of my favorite movies – not Christmas movies, just in the general category of movies – is The Family Stone. I have a very specific level of blindness for sappy yuletide cheer, even of the gloomy kind, that results in essentially anything with a Christmas tree and a Bing Crosby song getting an automatic pass.

So Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmas – premiering on Netflix this Friday, December 4 – does, too; but it’s a pass with an asterisk. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the creator of every movie your annoying Cinema Studies friend wouldn’t shut up about in college, there’s a relaxed, off-kilter edge cutting through the 56-minute special. It’s different and odd, something Christmas specials are often too afraid to accomplish,
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