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‘Band of Brothers’ Writer John Orloff on Writers Guild: ‘Why Are We Fighting Yesterday’s War?’

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‘Band of Brothers’ Writer John Orloff on Writers Guild: ‘Why Are We Fighting Yesterday’s War?’
Band of Brothers” writer John Orloff has called into question the tactics of the leadership of the Writers Guild of America in its long battle with Hollywood agents.

Orloff, in an email to the 10,000 WGA West members, said Wednesday he’s disappointed by the acrimony that the dispute has produced and by the strategic mistakes of the WGA leaders.

“This leadership has asked for our ‘#solidarity,’ but it has not offered it back,” Orloff wrote. “It seems, at least from where I type, this is a case of all animals are equal — but some animals are more equal than others. And this could be toxic for our future collective actions.”

Orloff, whose credits include “A Mighty Heart,” urged members to vote for the Writers Forward Together slate, which is running on a platform that highlights the need for the WGA to resume negotiations with the major agencies after staying away from talks since early June.
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Michael Winterbottom webchat – put your questions to the celebrated British film-maker

The director of BBC’s The Trip and 24 Hour Party People joins us on Thursday lunchtime for a live question and answer session

Michael Winterbottom has been making films for nearly 25 years, and in that time has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most dazzlingly varied film-makers. Winterbottom’s work has encompassed the hypernaturalist migrant travelogue In This World and the bleak Thomas Hardy adaptation Jude; the committed hostage drama A Mighty Heart and the sadistic noir thriller The Killer Inside Me. Along the way he has developed an outstanding creative relationship with Steve Coogan: together they made the Factory Records comedy 24 Hour Party People, the metatextual Tristram Shandy adaptation A Cock and Bull Story, the breezy Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love, and three series (to date) of restaurant-tour comedy The Trip.
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Michael Winterbottom webchat – put your questions to the celebrated British film-maker

The director of BBC’s The Trip and 24 Hour Party People joins us on Thursday lunchtime for a live question and answer session

Michael Winterbottom has been making films for nearly 25 years, and in that time has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most dazzlingly varied film-makers. Winterbottom’s work has encompassed the hypernaturalist migrant travelogue In This World and the bleak Thomas Hardy adaptation Jude; the committed hostage drama A Mighty Heart and the sadistic noir thriller The Killer Inside Me. Along the way he has developed an outstanding creative relationship with Steve Coogan: together they made the Factory Records comedy 24 Hour Party People, the metatextual Tristram Shandy adaptation A Cock and Bull Story, the breezy Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love, and three series (to date) of restaurant-tour comedy The Trip.
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Zoya, Anupam, Anurag, Ritesh among new Oscar Academy members

Filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Ritesh Batra as well as veteran actor Anupam Kher are among the 842 artistes and executives invited as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The invitees, according to the official Oscars' website, have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

The 2019 class is 50 per cent women, 29 per cent people of colour, and represents 59 countries. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2019.

Kashyap, whose credits include "Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Dev.D", acknowledged the invitation with a tweet that read: "#WeAreTheAcademy"

Actress Archie Panjabi, who has Indian roots and has featured in "A Mighty Heart" and "Bend It Like Beckham", has also been invited to join the Academy, as has Nisha Ganatra, a Canadian actress, film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Indian descent.

"What an honour to be part of the Academy!
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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Angelina Jolie movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Girl, Interrupted,’ ‘Changeling,’ ‘Maleficent’

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Angelina Jolie movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Girl, Interrupted,’ ‘Changeling,’ ‘Maleficent’
One of the most famous women in the world, Angelina Jolie, will celebrate her 44th birthday on June 4, 2019. Jolie started acting right out of high school, and despite her outward appearance, she has described herself as an awkward outsider at Beverly Hills High School, where she was teased because by her rich classmates. She lived with her mother in an apartment, and the family existed only on child support from her father actor Jon Voight, who had financial problems of his own. She later transferred to a different school and found her identity as what she describes as “a punk chick with tattoos.”

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She began her career in a series of forgettable films (“Cyborg 2” anyone?) but then suddenly grabbed attention in the TV mini-series “George Wallace.” The series depicted the life of the title character, who was a controversial
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Angelina Jolie movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Angelina Jolie movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
One of the most famous women in the world, Angelina Jolie, will celebrate her 44th birthday on June 4, 2019. Jolie started acting right out of high school, and despite her outward appearance, she has described herself as an awkward outsider at Beverly Hills High School, where she was teased because by her rich classmates. She lived with her mother in an apartment, and the family existed only on child support from her father actor Jon Voight, who had financial problems of his own. She later transferred to a different school and found her identity as what she describes as “a punk chick with tattoos.”

She began her career in a series of forgettable films (“Cyborg 2” anyone?) but then suddenly grabbed attention in the TV mini-series “George Wallace.” The series depicted the life of the title character, who was a controversial governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate. Jolie received very positive reviews as his second wife,
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‘The Wedding Guest’ Film Review: Dev Patel Thriller Is Heavy on Ambience, Light on Actual Thrills

  • The Wrap
‘The Wedding Guest’ Film Review: Dev Patel Thriller Is Heavy on Ambience, Light on Actual Thrills
A thriller without thrills is merely a drama, and “The Wedding Guest” is a dull drama at that. The story of a kidnapping gone slightly wrong, Michael Winterbottom’s latest film is a low, slow boil with no real surprises and an ending that will elicit a “That’s it?”

Dev Patel stars as Jay, the kidnapper in question. He’s a hired hand and not, in fact, the guest at a wedding. We meet him as he’s packing; along with the standard clothes and shoes, he puts in his suitcase a slew of passports. Jay looks stricken as he moves through airport security and onto a plane. He’s traveling from Britain to Pakistan, where he’ll rent two cars and buy two guns.

After a minimum of surveillance of a guarded home, Jay strikes in the middle of the night, abducting a woman named Samira. He puts
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Review: ‘The Wedding Guest’ is a Meandering, Frustrating Thriller

Like the protagonist of his latest film, The Wedding Guest, Michael Winterbottom is a wanderer–cinematically, that is. There are few filmmakers in modern cinema who hop between genres quite like the British helmer. Consider just a few entries from his gobsmackingly lengthy filmography: a Thomas Hardy adaptation (Jude); a war film set in 1990s Sarajevo (Welcome to Sarajevo); a second Hardy adaptation shot in snowy Canada (The Claim); a future-set love story (Code 46); a sexually-explicit anthology centered around songs from the likes of Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand (9 Songs); a documentary based on the work of Naomi Klein and another featuring Russell Brand (The Shock Doctrine and The Emperor’s New Clothes); and a tremendously violent and unsettling Jim Thompson adaptation (The Killer Inside Me).

That list does not even include his greatest works–24 Hour Party People, A Mighty Heart, The Trip, and its follow-ups. The Wedding Guest is,
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First Trailer for Mysterious Thriller 'The Wedding Guest' with Dev Patel

"Do you know who sent me?" IFC Films has debuted the first official trailer for The Wedding Guest, the latest film from director Michael Winterbottom. This adventure thriller follows a mysterious British Muslim man, played by Dev Patel, on his journey across Pakistan and India. He's heading to Pakistan to attend a wedding – armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be. This looks like a dark, suspenseful film with some intriguing twists – maybe – once it gets going. The film's cast includes Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Harish Khannaa, Nish Nathwani, Meherbaan Singh, and Sidhu Manpreet. This all seems a bit odd from the description and setup, but obviously there's more to this than it seems at first glance. Check it out. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Michael Winterbottom's The Wedding Guest, from YouTube: Jay (Dev Patel) is a ...
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Hey, Emily Blunt and Timothee Chalamet: See who else has been snubbed at Oscars despite Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice nominations

This year 16 performers reaped bids at all three key precursor prizes — the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards. Such recognition certainly warrants getting up early on Oscar nominations mornings. But as Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Timothee Chalamet (”Beautiful Boy”) found out reaping bids for that triple crown still didn’t make them sure things in the Academy Awards derby.

They became the most recent of the 23 performers to stumble at the last hurdle and suffer an Oscar snub since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001. Last year, James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) got added to the roster of those saddled with this dubious achievement.

See 2019 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Chalamet should take comfort from the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar three years ago for “The Revenant” after four losses. There were
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‘The Wedding Guest’: Dev Patel Stars In Michael Winterbottom’s Patchy Drama [Tiff Review]

Director Michael Winterbottom (“24 Hour Party People,” “A Mighty Heart“) has had a career filled with ups and downs. His knack for jumping into different genres and has always been commendable, but it makes for a rather patchy filmography. Nevertheless, the 56-year-old filmmaker never cashes it in, always pushing himself with something new and, at times, interesting. Even when he fails, he does so admirably.

Continue reading ‘The Wedding Guest’: Dev Patel Stars In Michael Winterbottom’s Patchy Drama [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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Hey, James Franco: See who else has been snubbed at Oscars despite Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice nominations

This year, 15 performers reaped bids at all three key precursor prizes — the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards. Such recognition certainly warrants getting up early on Oscar nominations mornings. But as James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) found out, reaping bids for that triple crown still didn’t make them sure things in the Oscars derby. They became the most recent of the 21 performers to stumble at the last hurdle and suffer an Oscar snub since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001.

Franco should take comfort from the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar two years ago for “The Revenant” after four losses. There were two instances when he didn’t even reap an Oscar nomination despite having done well in the run-up awards. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in “J. Edgar” (2011) and
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Brad Pitt Says He Can ‘Compartmentalize’ Private And Public Life, Talks Surviving ‘Mistakes’

Brad Pitt gave one of his first TV interviews while promoting his Netflix movie War Machine in India, and casually mentioned a visit he took to the country when producing on A Mighty Heart, which starred his now estranged wife, Angelina Jolie. “We actually shot A Mighty Heart here,” Pitt said at the start of his and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s […]
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Brad Pitt Says He Can 'Compartmentalize' Private and Public Life, Talks Surviving 'Mistakes'

Brad Pitt Says He Can 'Compartmentalize' Private and Public Life, Talks Surviving 'Mistakes'
Brad Pitt gave one of his first TV interviews while promoting his Netflix movie War Machine in India, and casually mentioned a visit he took to the country when producing on A Mighty Heart, which starred his now estranged wife, Angelina Jolie.

"We actually shot A Mighty Heart here," Pitt said at the start of his and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's joint interview with CNN News18’s Rajeev Masand that aired on Thursday. "We explored a lot of the country, fantastic experience."

During the interview, the 53-year-old actor was praised for his 25-year career in the movie business, and when asked about the secret to his success, he credited it in part to "luck" and the ability to "reinvent" himself. Pitt went on to offer up another reason for why he's thrived in the entertainment business. "We survive our mistakes along the way," he noted.

Watch: Brad Pitt Looks Effortlessly Handsome While Promoting War Machine in Tokyo
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Rajkummar Rao To Play Terrorist Omar Sheikh In Hansal Mehta’s ‘Omerta’

Actor Rajkummar Rao, who has proved his versatility with diverse roles in films like Shahid, Queen, Love Sex Our Dhokha (LSD), Aligarh and Trapped, which was screened at Mami, comes across as a meek and mild-mannered person, which is why this piece of news will make you sit up and take notice.

Rao, who had teamed up with Hansal Mehta for Shahid, Citylights and Aligarh, will play a radicalised Britisher of Pakistani origin Omar Sheikh (infamous for killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl) in Mehta’s upcoming film Omerta.

In an interview to a leading daily, Mehta said, “This film is based on the said international fugitive, who was involved in Pearl’s murder, and it covers a host of terrorist activities (including 26/11) seen through the eyes of this person, who was at the centre of it all. After watching ‘A Mighty Heart’ (2007), I wanted to know more about
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Orlando Bloom Snuggled With Katy Perry's Dog One Day Before Their Split

Orlando Bloom Snuggled With Katy Perry's Dog One Day Before Their Split
Well, things just went from 0 to 60. After fans were shocked to learn Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom broke up after two months shy of a year together, it seems the signs in hindsight are equally puzzling. Just a day before the split was confirmed, the actor shared a photo of himself snuggling with his pop star girlfriend's adorable pup, Nugget. The cryptic phrase "A Mighty Heart" was typed over the photo, begging the question—what does it all mean? While the confusion mounts, the two showed little sign of trouble in paradise when they posed for a photo together inside Vanity Fair's 2017 Oscars after-party. However, they did not walk the red carpet together, a moment that...
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Orlando Bloom Snuggled with Katy Perry’s Dog One Day Before They Announced Their Separation

Orlando Bloom Snuggled with Katy Perry’s Dog One Day Before They Announced Their Separation
It might be over for Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, but it’s not over for him and her cute pooch, Butters.

The Lord of the Rings actor took a selfie with the pup one day before announcing his separation from Perry.

A mighty heart,” the actor, 40, captioned the photo.

Miranda Kerr, Bloom’s ex-wife, liked the photo as did Perry.

The former couple dated for more than a year, but both of their reps confirmed to People in a statement on Tuesday that “Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”

The two were reunited at
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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Reunite at Vanity Fair Oscars Party But ‘Didn’t Spend Much Time’ Together: Source

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Reunite at Vanity Fair Oscars Party But ‘Didn’t Spend Much Time’ Together: Source
Katy Perry and boyfriend Orlando Bloom were reunited at the annual Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday after weeks of jet-setting travels apart.

The couple continued their tradition of only posing together inside events, and cozied up for the camera – Perry in a shimmering, bronze gown and still sporting her platinum locks and Bloom in a dapper black tux.

However, an onlooker tells People the duo — who have been dating for more than a year — didn’t haven’t much interaction aside from posing for the photo together and mainly mingled with their own friends.

“Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando,
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