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‘One Day At A Time’ Star Justina Machado Inks With UTA

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‘One Day At A Time’ Star Justina Machado Inks With UTA
Exclusive: Justina Machado, who stars on Netflix’s rebooted Norman Lear series One Day at a Time, has signed with UTA. The series from Lear and Sony TV is underway on shooting its third season which will air in 2019.

Machado, who scored a SAG Award in 2004 as part of the ensemble cast of HBO’s Six Feet Under, more recently appeared on Season 4 of CW’s Jane the Virgin and USA Network’s Queen of the South, and she voices Carmen on Disney Junior’s Elena of Avalor. Her big-screen credits include The Purge: Anarchy and The Accidental Husband. On the stage, she made her Broadway debut in In the Heights and also appeared in A Free Man of Color.

On One Day at a Time, which follows three generations of a Cuban-American family, Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a single mom and military veteran raising two strong-willed, mega-millennial children,
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First image from Swati Bhise’s directorial debut ‘Swords and Sceptres’

Cayenne Pepper Productions released today the first look image of Devika Bhise as Rani Lakshmibai from Swati Bhise’s forthcoming feature Swords and Sceptres, which follows the true story of the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

Revealing one of Rani’s looks, this first image exposes the incredible detail and work which Swati Bhise and her team have put into portraying an authentic version of the historical queen. The intricate costumes with original designs that existed during the period, all custom and individually handmade 14 months in the making, have been created by costume designers Vidhi Singhania, Riyaz Ali Merchant and Swati Bhise with make-up by national award winning make-up supervisor Vikram Gaikwad. The jewellery has been loaned by Gadgil Jewellers known for their heritage jewellery from this period, with uncut diamond jewellery made by Shri Hari of Delhi.
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Ar Rahman to celebrate 25 Years in music with the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” concert in London

Here’s some exciting news! Academy Award (Oscar) two-time winner and five-time nominee, Grammy two-time winner, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner, the legendary Ar Rahman, returns to the Sse Arena Wembley on Saturday 8th July 2017 after seven years with the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” concert.“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” will chronicle Ar Rahman’s musical journey from past to present to future celebrating 25 years of creating his incredible music.

Discussing the forthcoming UK show, Ar Rahman says, “From Roja to Rockstar, Kaatru Veliyidai and more, it has been an incredible musical journey over these last 25 years. I’ve been immensely blessed to have the love and support of my fans, music lovers, friends and well-wishers. It continues to inspire and motivate me. Come, join me on the 8th of July at Wembley, London! Accompanying me is an amazingly talented and energetic team of singers and musicians.”

Popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music,
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'Learning to Drive' – A Conversation with Director Isabel Coixet, and Actors Patricia Clarkson & Sarita Choudhury

I recently sat down with director Isabel Coixet, and actors Patricia Clarkson and Sarita Choudhury at the Crosby Hotel in New York City, to discuss their new film "Learning to Drive." The film, written by Sarah Kernochan, is based on the autobiographical New Yorker short story by Katha Pollit, a long-time political columnist for the Nation.

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

My conversation began with Isabel Coixet and Sarita Choudhury

Isabel Coixet’s award-winning film credits include "Demaisiado viejo para morir joven," "Things I Never Told You,""My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life of Words," "Paris, je t’aime," "Elegy," "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," "Yesterday Never Ends," "Another Me," "Nobody Wants the Night," as well as documentaries, including "Invisibles."

Currently, Sarita Choudhury can be seen on Showtime’s "Homeland." Her film credits include "Admission," "Gayby," "Midnight’s Children," "Generation Um…," "Entre Nos," "The Accidental Husband," "Lady in the Water," "The War Within," "Mississippi Masala," "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love," "She Hate Me," "Just a Kiss," "Wild West," "High Art," "The House of the Spirits," "Gloria," and "A Perfect Murder."

Susan Kouguell: Tell me about the process of how "Learning to Drive" came about.

Isabel Coixet: We started talking about making this film with Patricia and Ben Kingsley when we were making "Elegy" (directed by Coixet, starring Clarkson and Kingsley) and we got along very well and we wanted to make another film together. Patricia discovered the short story by Katha Pollit, and she gave it to me and I thought it was wonderful. And then we got the screenwriter Sarah Kernocha involved. The film is a comedy but not a classical comedy. It was a very difficult film to pitch because you know financiers and producers want something they can put in one box and you can’t with this film. It was a long process. It took nine years.

Some Words Unspoken and the Intimacy of the Camera

Isabel Coixet: There is always this romantic feeling underneath [subtext], I think there is that possibility. You have to be true to your words. If they are true, you will have to stick to your words.

Sarita Choudhury: That’s what happens with people you meet. No you were my inspiration don’t make me your inspiration.

Isabel Coixet: I love Henry James. There is a possibility of romance in the air. My romantic side is always excited when I see something like this.

Sarita Choudhury: I had so few words in the film. In a way, I kept the words because I had to know not to say them. For us the script -- the situational was also in the script; the languidness. It was because Isabel holds the camera. There was a pace created to it. When you’re acting you can feel where the camera is, but when the camera is at the end of Isabel’s hand and she’s moving it, it almost creates an intimacy between you and the camera, and you and the actor. There’s a pace you normally don’t get in film. You didn’t know when she was on your face; you had to keep acting like acting in the theatre.

On The Lack of Women Directors

Isabel Coixet: There are so many articles about it. I’m always afraid to play the victim, to complain too much. I know there is an inequity with men and women directors. This is an issue in the world. I always say, (Coixet smiles) we have to ask for more salary to make up for all these years and maybe if we ask for more they’ll give us the same as a man.

I want to put my words where my mouth is by producing female directors; they are amazing talented people. I’m producing three short films and a feature documentary. That’s what I do.

Sarita Choudhury: I just did a young woman’s short film; there is something about her that’s brilliant. I’ve done two short films. I can’t change the caste system and I can’t do the voluntary work I need to be doing. Film is no different from the world, like Isabel said. That’s our work, to get every woman involved. And if a man is brilliant, let him in too.

I then asked Patricia Clarkson about her involvement with "Learning to Drive."

Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, Patricia Clarkson, has worked extensively in independent films. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for "Pieces of April" and "The Station Agent." Her many film credits include "The Maze Runner," "Last Weekend," "Friends With Benefits," "One Day," "Easy A," "Shutter Island," "Vicky Christina Barcelona," "Elegy," "No Reservations," "All the Kings’ Men," "Lars and the Real Girl, and "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Susan Kouguell: What attracted you to the project?

Patricia Clarkson: I loved the Katha Pollit story in The New Yorker; it serendipitously came to me. I love Wendy, I love this character. I was nine years younger at the time, but I still felt I knew her. I was relentless trying to get this film made with producer Dana Friedman. I found it an equal dose of funny and tragic. I liked the almost commedia dell'arte aspect; this absurd situation and finding the tragic comedy. A woman who is brilliant who lives a great life -- she has everything, but “forgets to look up,” and then meets a man who has experienced tragic loss. They have disparate worlds. I found it a quintessential New York story, but it’s also universal. It’s an independent film, but it’s not independently-minded.

Some Final Words

The disparate worlds about which Clarkson refers to in regard to her character, Wendy’s relationship with Darwan [Ben Kingsley] -- the life of a financially successful New Yorker compared to the immigrant’s struggle, was a thematic element that I further discussed with Coixet and Choudhury. As Choudhury said to me, Coixet’s visual choices of her character, such as the moment when she watches feet walk by her basement apartment window, feeling trapped, underscore the poignancy of this fish-out-of-water situation. Coixet captures these elements with a delicate balance of both drama and comedy.

It was an inspiring morning to speak with these three powerful and talented women, who are committed to sharing their knowledge with the next generation of female filmmakers.

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog
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2015 The Summer of the Most Famous Dead Guy on TV | Geek Girl Navigating the World

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You wouldn’t think a show like “Supernatural” would have anything in common with “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Weeds”. After all, they’re wildly different genres on different networks. Each of these shows did do one thing the same. Every single one of them killed a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

He’s the dad they love to kill, or, at least that’s what happened to both John Winchester and Judah Botwin. Even as a single guy with a thing for Scrabble, he didn’t fare so well, just ask Denny Duquette. Oh, wait. You can’t. They killed him, too. He became, for all intents and purposes, the best and most memorable Red Shirt on TV.

Foolishly, I thought maybe movies would make a difference. “Watchmen” and “Jonah Hex” both proved me wrong. He did stay alive through “Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding”, “Taking Woodstock,” “The Losers,” “P.S. I Love You
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Is there any magic in “Magic City”? – Geek Girl Navigating the World

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On March 31st this year, I had big plans, even though I didn’t have any intention of leaving the house. I got up pretty early, especially for a weekend and immediately turned on my computer and got on the internet. Why? Because the Starz network was offering a free preview of the first three episodes of Magic City and I was bound and determined that I was going to watch it.

By this point in time, it shouldn’t be any surprise that when I geek out over an actor, I geek out over them pretty hard-core. I do my best to keep up with their careers and to watch whatever it is that they’re in to support what they’re doing. Any given fandom is going to have the people that know everything about everything and, I’m afraid, sometimes I do fall into that category. Not
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Jesus Henry Christ Trailer and Poster

The first trailer and poster for the upcoming indie comedy-drama Jesus Henry Chris, based on a short that director Dennis Lee made back in 2003, have debuted online. The film centers on a child genius who sets out to find his biological father, only to discover the he was the result of a sperm donation. [...]

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New Xbox Live releases out now

Here’s the latest releases on Xbox LIve Arcade and the Zune Marketplace. From new games like Amy and Scary Girl to downloadable versions of classics such as GTA IV, the new releases this week feature something for everyone!

Xbox Live Arcade Release Date Ms Points Amy (Namco) 11th January 2012 800 Choplifter HD (Konami) 11th January 2012 1200 Scarygirl (Square Enix) 18th January 2012 800 Haunt (Microsoft Studios) 18th January 2012 800 Doom (Bethesda) (re-release) 18th January 2012 400 Game Add-ons Release Date Ms Points Kinect Sports: Season 2 Midnight Mountain Ski Pack (Microsoft Studios) 10th January 2012 400 Worms Ultimate Mayhem Multi-Player Add-on (Microsoft Studios) 11th January 2012 400 Magic the Gathering 2012: Deck Expansion Pack 3 (Microsoft Studios) 11th January 2012 240 Gears of War 3 Fenix Rising Map Pack (Microsoft Studios) 17th January 2012 800 Saints Row The Third Genkibowl VII (Thq) 17th January 2012 560 Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 – 2012 Weight Control (Ubisoft) 17th January 2012 400 Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 – Cool Down Pack (Ubisoft) 17th January 2012 320 Your Shape Fitness Evolved
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Smash Lands Uma Thurman for Recurring Guest Star Arc

Smash Lands Uma Thurman for Recurring Guest Star Arc
Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Uma Thurman will have a five-episode guest-starring arc on NBC's new musical drama Smash as a famous and somewhat difficult movie star who flirts with the idea of starring in "Marilyn," the musical within the musical.

Thurman also is well-known for her starring role in the cult feature film hit Pulp Fiction (for which she received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations) as well as for Kill Bill Vol. 1, both directed by Quentin Tarantino. She first achieved notice in the film Dangerous Liaisons and Henry & June, and went on to star in other films such as Kill Bill Vol. 2, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Mad Dog and Glory, Beautiful Girls, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Gattaca, Batman & Robin, Paycheck and Be Cool.

More recently, Thurman also starred in the films The Producers, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Accidental Husband and Motherhood. She will star in the upcoming film Eloise in Paris.
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Uma Thurman makes a splash on NBC's 'Smash'

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Uma Thurman makes a splash on NBC's 'Smash'
NBC has landed Uma Thurman for a key arc on the midseason musical drama "Smash."   The network announced on Thursday (December 8) that Thurman has signed on for a five-episode "Smash" arc, playing a famous and notoriously difficult movie star who circles the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical at the show's center.   An Oscar nominee for "Pulp Fiction" and a Golden Globe winner for HBO's "Hysterical Blindness," Thurman is a newcomer when it comes to series television. Her recent feature credits include "Motherhood," "The Accidental Husband" and the upcoming "Bel Ami," opposite Robert Pattinson.   "Smash," on of NBC's major spring...
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The rise of fan-made posters and trailers

The bigger the film, the more likely you are to see the appearance of a fake poster or trailer. We take a closer look at a growing modern phenomenon…

Even as I type these words, Hollywood’s marketing wizards are busily at work. While the respective directors of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises are hard at work on the production of the films themselves, there’s another group of people sitting in an office somewhere coming up with the myriad posters, banners, trailers and TV spots that will promote them.

In the case of X-Men: First Class, out in UK cinemas on the 1st of June, its initial build-up campaign of artwork and character images is almost at an end. In its place, the marketing hype for The Dark Knight Rises has just clicked into gear, with a viral campaign kicked off last Friday with strange chanting noises on a website,
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Colin Firth Career Assessment: My Career Has Just Peaked

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Subject: Colin Firth, 50-year old English actor

Date of Assessment: March 30, 2011

Positive Buzzwords: Underrated, mainstream

Negative Buzzwords: Stiff, posh, bore

The Case: The good news, as accurately declared by Colin Firth in his recent (Best Actor) Oscar acceptance speech, is that his career really has just peaked. The bad news, however, is that in the event of a career peak, a downward slide might be inevitable. In the best case scenario, it is entirely possible Firth could parlay his Oscar win into more exposure for the sorts of roles that he's played before and for which he hasn't yet received proper recognition.

Most of us know Firth as the quintessential Englishman and for good reason. He's quite notorious for his straight-out-of-the-novel portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the six-episode miniseries Pride and Prejudice, in which he performed the classic Regency version of a one-man wet t-shirt contest. Indeed, there's something strange
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The King's Speech and previous Colin Firth films enjoy Oscars boost

The King's Speech continues to bask in Oscars glory, with a huge surge of interest in the film and in all previous titles featuring Best Actor award winner Colin Firth.

The historical drama, which won four Oscars, has experienced a 281 per cent increase in rental pre-orders and is predicted to become the biggest rental title of 2011.

There has also been a major boost for Firth's earlier releases, including a rise of more than 1000 per cent in viewers watching 2008's The Accidental Husband via online streaming.

According to subscription service LOVEFiLM, DVD rentals of Relative Values, a film adaption of the 1950s play, have jumped by 400 per cent, and those for romantic comedy Fever Pitch are up 340 per cent.

LOVEFiLM's Watch Online streaming service has also experienced a boost: The Accidental Husband directed by Griffin Dunne is up by a staggering 1145 per cent and A Single Man based on Christopher Isherwood
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Jessica Biel And Uma Thurman Join Gerard Butler In Playing The Field

In recent years it's been nearly impossible to trust Uma Thurman movies. Sure, she was fantastic in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies, but the rest of her filmography in the time since - which includes winners like My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Accidental Husband, and Motherhood - haven't exactly left audiences climbing over each other to see her next film (none of the eight films starring Thurman released since 2004 have attained a 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes). What's unfortunate is that she is an incredibly talented actress that, seemingly, just hasn't seen a good script in a while. Here's hoping this next project can turn it around. Variety reports that Thurman and Jessica Biel have joined Gabriele Muccino's comedy Playing The Field. The film stars Gerard Butler as a former professional soccer player who decides to coach his son's team in order to better bond with him. At the
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Working Title Developing Astro Rom-Com

Exclusive: The London-based production company is turning Shari Low’s bestselling chick-lit novel A Brand New Me into a romantic comedy. Mimi Hare and Clare Naylor, screenwriters of The Accidental Husband, are adapting the screenplay. Hare and Naylor have written a couple of chick-Lit novels themselves, The Second Assistant and The First Assistant. The deal is something of a family affair for Curtis Brown: Low is represented by Sheila Cowley, while Tally Garner negotiated Hare and Naylor’s deal with Universal Pictures.
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There's Something About Uma

Craig here, asking you all (on her 40th birthday): where is Uma at?

Ah, Uma. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. And despite actually being Tarantino's Bride twice last decade. What is it about Uma? She's widely known and adored by many, yet never seems to (quite) make it to the top of the A-list. The likes of Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Connelly, Angelina Jolie and Hilary Swank - all peers and contemporaries - have bagged themselves Oscars in the last thirteen-or-so years. The simple question is: where's Uma's gold?

She's one of the most uniquely beautiful actresses working, but nowadays, more so than in the early '90s, she doesn't often tend to get the recognition come awards season, or even appear on any of those Sexiest Hollywood Stars lists that crop up year-on-year anymore (although, is this really a fair
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Sam Rockwell is Batman in New Comedy

Back in March, Relativity Media announced that it will co-finance and co-produce an untitled comedy, which will be a series of sketches in the vein of the 1970s "Kentucky Fried Movie." Some of the director on board are Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber), Brett Ratner (X-Men 3), Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk (The Brothers Solomon), and Griffin Dunne (The Accidental Husband). Additional helmers were to be announced shortly. Now comes word that James Duffy will also have a segment and it will be based on his "Robin's Big Speed Date" short film. For his portion, Duffy has already signed on Sam Rockwell as Batman, Josh Hamilton as Superman, Leslie Bibb as Wonder Woman, Justin Long as Robin and John Hodgeman as The Penguin. Check out his original short film to get an idea of what to expect. "Robin's Big Speed Date" Short Film:
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Interview for The Losers

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is one of Hollywood’s great unsung heroes. His already lengthy TV and film career shows Morgan’s already wide range from dramas like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and P.S., I Love You to action-thrillers like The CW’s Supernatural, The Resident and Watchmen to comedies like The Accidental Husband Taking Woodstock. Now, the recently turned 44 [...]
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Interview: The Losers' Badass Leader - Jeffrey Dean Morgan!

About a year ago I talked with Watchmen's The Comedian, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who despite some appearances in an occasional rom-com (e.g. The Accidental Husband), I've recently come to really love as an actor. It was my honor to catch up with Morgan again to talk about The Losers, a new comic book movie where he plays another badass character - Clay, the leader and Operational Control of the ex-cia team The Losers. Our conversation ranges from his career to how awesome it was to shoot this movie and much more. I always love talking with Morgan, he's a great guy to interview and a genuinely nice person as well. Enjoy! Watch our complete interview with The Losers star Jeffrey Dean Morgan: This interview was shot using my Flip Mino camera, so expect a little graininess to the video and soft audio. As for The Losers,
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Tackling 'The Glass Menagerie'

Michael Mosley plays Jim in a new Off-Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie." As the actor describes the iconic gentleman caller, "He has huge heart but not much between his ears. He really thinks he is helping Laura, but he's way off and ends up doing the worst possible thing, compounding an already difficult situation." After all, Mosley says, Jim is in no position to see her again. "I'd like to think that when Jim leaves their home he's learned something: that in the future he'd better shut up and check his impulses." Mosley was determined not to allow Jim to become a prop, which can easily happen; he envisions Jim as a disappointed man, despite his cocky style. And, as much as Jim has affected Laura, she has elicited troubling feelings in him that he can't quite define. "He says to her at one point, 'You make me feel sort of…
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