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Jessica Biel (‘The Sinner’): Playing Cora was as emotionally draining as ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

Jessica Biel (‘The Sinner’): Playing Cora was as emotionally draining as ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Jessica Biel is coming off her first Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for the USA limited series “The Sinner.” The actress, who is also an executive producer on the series, stars as Cora Tannetti, a young mother who murders a random man in public and has no understanding of why she did so. The series centers on the investigation into her motives, led by Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman).

Audiences were first introduced to Biel as Mary Camden on The WB’s “7th Heaven,” which she starred in for eight years. Since then she has mostly appeared in movies, such as: “The Illusionist,” “Total Recall,” “Blade: Trinity,” “The A-Team,” “Elizabethtown,” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Biel recently spoke with Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria in a video chat, which you can watch above. Read the complete interview transcript below.

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2018 Oscars: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ would be the first cinematography champ to defeat a Best Picture-nominated film in 12 years

After wins this weekend at the American Society of Cinematographers and BAFTA, “Blade Runner 2049” appears to be well-positioned for the Oscars. Nothing is a sure thing with hard-luck 13-time loser Roger Deakins, but if he pulls this out, this would be the first time in 12 years that a non-Best Picture nominee beat a Best Picture nominee for Best Cinematography.

The last film to do this was “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), which edged out Best Picture nominees “Brokeback Mountain” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and non-Best Picture contenders “Batman Begins” and “The New World.” The following year’s Best Cinematography field was comprised entirely of non-Best Picture nominees — “Pan’s Labyrinth” beat “The Black Dahlia,” “Children of Men,” “The Illusionist” and “The Prestige” — so that is the last time a non-Best Picture nominee won the category. Since then, every cinematography champ has vied for the top award.

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Weinstein Company Pulls War with Grandpa, Upside and Mary Magdaline

The Weinstein Company yanked its first three movies of 2018 from its calendar, pulling The War with Grandpa from its February 23 date, The Upside from its March 9 date and Mary Magdalene from its March 30 date. It is believed that these movies were pulled in anticipation of the company being sold off to new owners, in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. None of these films were given new dates as of now, listed as "unset 2018" at the moment. There is no indication yet as to who could be taking over The Weinstein Company, or when they may decide what to do with these films.

The War with Grandpa was set to face Paramount's thriller Annihilation, Orion Pictures' drama Every Day and Warner Bros.' action comedy Game Night, although now there is no indication on when it may open. The movie centers on Peter (Oakes Fegley), who
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The 24 Most Accurate Films About Professions: Anthony Bourdain, Penn Jillette, and More Make Their Picks

Film history is home to dozens of space movies, from “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “Interstellar,” but which happens to be the most accurate? If you were to ask a real astronaut, say former Nasa administrator Charles F. Bolden, the answer would not be Kubrick’s magnum opus but “The Martian,” the Matt Damon-starring survival film directed by Ridley Scott. Bolden is one of 24 professionals asked by The Washington Post to name the most accurate film in his line of work, and it appears “The Martian” does space better than any film of its kind.

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“Most people think about astronaut movies and they want to talk about ‘The Right Stuff,'” Bolden tells The Post. “But ‘The Martian’ is just so scientifically accurate, and it tells this story of what we’re on the cusp of — not just Americans,
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Jessica Biel Anthology Thriller Gets Ordered to Series

Jessica Biel in “Bleeding Heart

Jessica Biel is returning to the small screen. She’s set to topline “The Sinner,” an anthology series that USA Network just ordered to series, the La Times reports. The thriller marks Biel’s first gig as a series regular since she played Mary Camden on the WB/CW’s ensemble family drama “7th Heaven.” Since then, she’s made a career on the big screen and turned up for guest spots on “BoJack Horseman,” “Family Guy,” and most notably, “New Girl.”

“Based on Petra Hammesfahr’s bestselling book of the same name, the first installment of the close-ended crime thriller follows a young mother, played by Biel, who is overcome with a fit of rage and commits an act of violence that she can’t explain,” the source details. Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”) costars, playing an investigator trying to determine the motive for the crime.

In a statement announcing the series, USA Network President Chris McCumber revealed that the show’s “unique perspective intrigued [the network] from the very beginning.”

The pilot was penned by Derek Simonds (“When We Rise”) and directed by Antonio Campos (“Christine”).

In addition to starring in “The Sinner,” Biel will serve as one of its executive producers, as will her Ocean Films banner partner Michelle Purple.

Biel’s film credits include “A Kind of Murder,” “Hitchcock,” “Total Recall,” “Valentine’s Day,” and “The Illusionist.”

“There are always going to be the roles where you play the arm candy or girlfriend or wife; sometimes those are actually great parts, too, but I think it’s important to fight for the roles that really mean something to you, that say something,” Biel has said. “To tell stories that inspire you. You have to find those parts that are fewer and far between.” It sounds like “The Sinner” is going to offer Biel a solid, meaty — and meaningful — role.

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Show Off Incredible Beach Bods on Caribbean Vacation

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Show Off Incredible Beach Bods on Caribbean Vacation
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake make a super fit couple!

The Illusionist star rocked a black bikini as her husband showed off their toned abs and board shorts on Thursday for the couple's Caribbean on vacation.


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The R&R is certainly welcome for the couple, one month after their four-year wedding anniversary -- and the two of them have definitely been showing lots of affection!

Earlier this month, the 34-year-old actress got a visit from her husband, 35, on the set of her upcoming move, Shock and Awe, where they packed on the Pda in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Watch: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Pack on Pda on the Set of Her New Film

Check out the video below for sweet moment.
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Justin Timberlake Responds to Wife Jessica Biel’s Legal ‘I Voted’ Selfie a Week After His Debacle at the Polls

Justin Timberlake Responds to Wife Jessica Biel’s Legal ‘I Voted’ Selfie a Week After His Debacle at the Polls
Jessica Biel is following in her husband’s footsteps by casting her ballot — but didn’t break any laws while doing it!

The 34-year-old actress took to Instagram on Monday to share a selfie collage of herself posing with her “I Voted” sticker, a notable difference from the selfie her husband, Justin Timberlake, took with an actual voting machine.

“When you’re so turnt up about voting that you do a photo shoot with your sticker and think it’s cool but then second guess it,” she wrote, adding “But you’ve already posted, but at least you waited to
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Edward Norton On Why Method Acting Is Misunderstood — Hamptons Film Festival

Edward Norton On Why Method Acting Is Misunderstood — Hamptons Film Festival
Anyone watching movies for the last 20-plus years knows the work of Edward Norton: Whether it’s his Oscar-nominated turns in “American History X” and “Birdman,” his iconic turn in “Fight Club,” or fan favorites “The Illusionist” and “The 25th Hour,” Norton’s ubiquity has made him a fixture in American cinema.

Needless to say, the actor has spent the last two decades building up one hell of a resume, which is exactly why he was honored for a career achievement award at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival. Luckily for everyone at the festival, Norton made some time to talk with storied New York film critic David Edelstein to a crowd of 500 or so people, where he dug into some of his influences and brought up some academic criticisms of acting as an art form today.

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Neil Burger To Direct ‘The Intouchables’ Remake Starring Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart

Neil Burger To Direct ‘The Intouchables’ Remake Starring Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart
Neil Burger has been hired to direct The Weinstein Company’s remake of The Intouchables, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Burger directed the 2006 Edward Norton film The Illusionist, as well as Limitless starring Bradley Cooper, and the Ya adaptation of Divergent. More details on the Intouchables remake, after the jump. Jacob Hall’s original story […]

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‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship

‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship
Though historical drama fans in the United States might have to wait a bit, their UK counterparts will be excited for the next big period drama to take over their TV. The upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria” follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). The series also features Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth (“Equus”) as the Duke of Cumberland, Paul Rhys (“Vincent and Theo”) as Sir John Conroy, and many more.

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The series is created by Daisy Goodwin, who previously produced on such British programs as the UK version of “The Apprentice,” the reality show “How Clean Is Your House?” the five-part documentary “Jamie’s Kitchen,” and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series “Pulling.
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Here’s What It’s Like to Shoot an American Movie In Cuba Today

Here’s What It’s Like to Shoot an American Movie In Cuba Today
Shooting a feature film in Cuba comes with a unique set of challenges that make the usual logistical hurdles of filmmaking seem like nothing. Still, those who have had the opportunity to shoot in the socialist country say they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. As the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba comes to an end, film production in the country is expected to ramp up.

While Hollywood studio productions like “Fast 8” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” claimed to be “making history” earlier this year by being the first American films to shoot in Havana in half a century, two American directors had already shot independent films in Cuba on the heels of the relaxed travel restrictions by the United States government: Bob Yari’s “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” and Ben Chace’s “Sin Alas” (“Without Wings”).

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Woody Harrelson made Mark Ruffalo see green

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Woody Harrelson made Mark Ruffalo see green
If you had Haymitch Abernathy and the Hulk face off, you could easily predict the clear winner. But if you gave Haymitch Professor X’s powers and got him to stay sober for a few days, the Hunger Games champion would probably have the edge. Haymitch and the the big green guy’s real-life alter-egos had a meeting of the minds that had Woody Harrelson making Mark Ruffalo see green. Literally seeing green. (’Cause he's the Hulk, of course.) Harrelson, who learned the art of mentalism for his role in the Now You See Me films, got to try out his new skills on his co-star when the two of them were in New Orleans (where part of the first film was shot). It was during dinner with Keith Barry, mentalist and hypnotism consultant on 2013’s Now You See Me, and consultant for mentalism and other magic on the sequel to the magician heist movie, which hit theaters today. Barry trained Harrelson via Skype at first, then flew out to work with him in Los Angeles. They met at Soho House, where the Ireland-born mentalist hypnotized a large group of people. “And then I said [to Harrelson], ‘Okay, off you go!’” Barry recalled. “He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘You start hypnotizing people!’ As a hypnotist, you have to prepare to fail all the time, and you do fail because there’s various levels of susceptibility, as we call it. But he embraced it, and we just had an absolute blast while we were out and about.” Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me 2. Photo credit: Jay Maidment/Summit Entertainment Cut to a few months later, during Now You See Me’s production in New Orleans: Harrelson had honed his skills well enough to get Ruffalo to forget the number 6 and to see everything as if through a green filter. Barry contends that Ruffalo was genuinely hypnotized, though the actor says he was only pretending to be hypnotized. But, as Barry explained, proficient hypnotists can tell if someone is truly under hypnosis by looking for dilation of pupils and watching the carotid arteries in the neck. “I think Mark doesn’t even know the truth himself,” Barry told me. So I was curious: If mentalists can get people to literally see green, can they change how we see green and red, giving us the experience of different kinds of color blindness? “Yeah, pretty much anything psychological can happen with hypnosis. So, yeah, color blindness is actually quite easy,” Barry said. “I can make myself invisible, float objects around.” Seriously, this dude is Professor X. [I’ll break here to warn you that there’s a Spoiler about the big reveal in the first Now You See Me film a couple paragraphs down.] We’ll have our full video interview with Barry on HitFix next week, but I’ll share one more tidbit from our chat today: His favorite movies about magicians — aside from the Now You See Me movies of course — are The Prestige and The Illusionist (which both came out in 2006). “Those were amazing movies,” he said. “If I was to pick a favorite between the two, I’d probably go with The Illusionist. I just think Ed Norton was amazing in it.” Lesson learned: Hulks make good illusionists. Okay, Eric Bana, when’s your magician movie coming out? Now You See Me 2 opens in theaters today and also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.
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Papa: Hemingway In Cuba – Review

The fact-inspired film Papa: Hemingway In Cuba is a prime example of why a good director matters. As some sage once said, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

The film is first American film shot in Cuba since Castro’s 1959 revolution, and there is so degree of thrill in seeing Hemingway’s home and the actual locations he frequented. In fact, the story takes place in 1959, with true-story basis loaded with dramatic potential. Sadly, producer-turned -director Bob Yari fails to put to good use to those elements, along with a strong cast. Only the most determined Hemingway devotees will get much out of Yari’s dull, pedestrian film.

Giovanni Ribisi plays young newspaperman Ed Myers (a stand-in for the real journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, on whose memoir of his friendship with Hemingway the story is based). Ed writes a fan letter of sorts to his idol Hemingway, whom
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“In order to write about life, you must first live it.” – Ernest Hemingway

The first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, Papa:Hemingway in Cuba is the true-life story of a young journalist who finds a father figure in legendary author Ernest Hemingway. Their relationship began in the late 1950’s when Ed Myers, then a junior reporter at The Miami Herald, wrote a fan letter to his idol. Myers thought he was being pranked when the larger than life Hemingway phoned the newsroom a week later, inviting him to Havana.

”Good letter, kid,” the famous voice growled. ”You like to fish?“

Hidden away at his private estate with his wife Mary, the elusive author mentors Myers in fishing, drinking, and finding his voice while the Cuban Revolution boils up around them. In this turbulent landscape, observing an icon in his twilight years, Myers discovers his strength
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Competition: Win thriller ‘Bound By Blood’ on DVD

Radiant yoga instructor May (Jessica Biel; The Illusionist, Playing For Keeps) has her wholesome life thrown out of balance by the arrival of her long-lost biological sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet of the hit HBO show Girls & Mad Men), a street-smart yet naïve young woman with an abusive boyfriend. May feels compelled to rescue the hapless Shiva and finds herself increasingly drawn out of her sedate world and deeper into Shiva’s chaotic one – with lethal consequences.

Bound By Blood (cert.15) is available on DVD and Digital on Monday 11th April 2016, courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films. And to celebrate the release we have three DVDs to giveaway!

To win a copy of Bound By Blood on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which of the following films did Not star actress Jessica Biel? Was it:

a) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

b) I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

c) Greenberg
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Jessica Biel Signs With Wme

Jessica Biel Signs With Wme
Exclusive: Actress Jessica Biel has signed with Wme. She’ll next be seen in Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which she produced and is starring in opposite Jason Sudeikis, and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. She most recently wrapped A Kind of Murder for Killer Films, starring with Patrick Wilson. She has starred in such films as The Illusionist, The A-Team, Hitchcock, and the Garry Marshall-directed ensemble Valentine’s Day. Biel had been at CAA. She continues to…
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Round-Up: The Witch Alamo Drafthouse Screenings, Night Terrors Trailer, Angelica, The Final Project Clip, The Terrible Two

In just two weeks, Alamo Drafthouses nationwide will host screenings of A24's The Witch. More details on that story after the jump. Also in this round-up: a trailer for Night Terrors, Angelica release details, a new clip from The Final Project, and four images from The Terrible Two.

The Witch: Press Release: "Austin, TX - Feb 3, 2016 - The Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce A24's chilling new horror film The Witch as the latest Drafthouse Recommends title. The film will open at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide with "sneak preview" screenings on the night of Feb. 18th, 2016. In the lead up to that opening date, select Alamo locations will also host free retrospective screenings of witchcraft horror classics to get audiences in the, er, spirit and to set the stage for director Robert Eggers' debut feature and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

And, for a limited time this month,
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Archie Panjabi To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Jury’, Neil Burger To Direct

The Good Wife alumna Archie Panjabi is returning to series television as the star of ABC’s murder trial drama pilot The Jury. Additionally, The Illusionist and Limitless helmer Neil Burger has been tapped to direct the project, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines "the ultimate social experiment" that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: a person's fate is placed in the…
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Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Rumoured For All The Old Knives

A film adaptation of the Olen Steinhauer spy novel All The Old Knives has been on the radar for some time. The project very quickly attracted the attachment of director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent), but little has been heard of attempts to cast the movie – until now. It is suddenly rumoured that award-winning performers Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are in talks for the lead roles.

The reason for so much interest based on so little information is the plot of novel. Far from being the usual Bourne-style espionage thriller, All The Old Knives offers a fresh take on the old genre, mixing romantic intrigue with paranoia and conspiracy – as detailed in the book synopsis.

“Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA’s Vienna station gathered intel during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the
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