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George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor

George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award winner Diane Keaton cooed over George Clooney’s 18-year relationship with a pig. Laura Dern recalled being stranded in Budapest on their first movie, the never-released “Grizzly II: The Predator,” waiting for plane tickets home. Julianna Margulies thanked Clooney, who just turned 57, for tipping her that her “E.R.” character tested well enough to possibly come back to life, something she did not hear from her own agent.

“You’re the real deal,” she said, choking up, reminding the black-tie crowd that “E.R” arrived after 13 failed pilots. “The most important lessons I learned in this town I learned from George.” Richard Kind described George’s foundation as “the boys,” a motley crew that has hung together for three decades and were led by Clooney — before “E.R.” hit — to spend three days cleaning up East L.A. after the riots.

Yes, George
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George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor

George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award winner Diane Keaton cooed over George Clooney’s 18-year relationship with a pig. Laura Dern recalled being stranded in Budapest on their first movie, the never-released “Grizzly II: The Predator,” waiting for plane tickets home. Julianna Margulies thanked Clooney, who just turned 57, for tipping her that her “E.R.” character tested well enough to possibly come back to life, something she did not hear from her own agent.

“You’re the real deal,” she said, choking up, reminding the black-tie crowd that “E.R” arrived after 13 failed pilots. “The most important lessons I learned in this town I learned from George.” Richard Kind described George’s foundation as “the boys,” a motley crew that has hung together for three decades and were led by Clooney — before “E.R.” hit — to spend three days cleaning up East L.A. after the riots.

Yes, George
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George Clooney: Looking Back on the ‘Extremely Normal’ Man’s Extraordinary Career

George Clooney: Looking Back on the ‘Extremely Normal’ Man’s Extraordinary Career
In 1994 a little show called “ER” premiered on NBC. Created by prolific science-fiction writer Michael Crichton, the series was a medical drama, somewhat in the tradition of “St. Elsewhere,” and focused on the private lives and burgeoning careers of emergency room doctors in Chicago’s County General Hospital. Among the cast members were Anthony Edwards, of “Top Gun” fame, up-and-comers Julianna Margulies and Noah Wyle, and George Clooney, a relatively unknown actor from Kentucky with a smattering of TV credits to his name, including recurring roles on “Roseanne,” the short-lived CBS comedy “E/R” and “The Facts of Life,” on which Clooney played the eponymous “George,” a charismatic handyman with winged hair who eventually quits his job to go on tour with pop star Cinnamon (played by ’90s singer Stacey Q).

ER” became a giant hit, winning numerous Emmy awards, with Clooney its resident heartthrob. If you were in college at the time,
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‘Adrift’: How Twin Brothers Wrote Shailene Woodley a Harrowing Romantic Epic

‘Adrift’: How Twin Brothers Wrote Shailene Woodley a Harrowing Romantic Epic
In “Adrift,” young sailors in love with world travel and each other (Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin) agree to pilot a yacht across the South Pacific for $10,000. They fancy 30 days of watching sunsets. What they get is a Category 5 hurricane.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft recounted the real-life ordeal she and fiancé Richard Sharp endured in Fall 1983 in “Red Sky at Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea.” The self-published memoir was found by identical twin screenwriters Aaron and Jordan Kandell. They abandoned plans for an original maritime tale, wanting instead to adapt Ashcraft’s text, and envisioning their friend Woodley as its indefatigable heroine.

Read More: ‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

When Woodley was 18 and filming Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” in the brothers’ native Hawaii, Jordan’s wife was the teacher hired by the studio to help
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Shailene Woodley Nearly Quit Acting Before Big Little Lies

Shailene Woodley Nearly Quit Acting Before Big Little Lies
Shailene Woodley never set out to be a star. Woodley began her acting career in 2001, at the age of 10, with a handful of minor television roles. She became a series lead by playing a pregnant high school student on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and later found success on the big screen in movies like The Descendants, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Snowden and The Spectacular Now. Though she found herself acting opposite living legends like George Clooney and Kate Winslet, she never forgot a promise she made to herself: "When I was 7, I said, 'The day I'm on the cover of a magazine I'm going to quit,' because I never wanted this industry to get in the way of my...
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Julia Roberts to Present George Clooney With AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute has selected Julia Roberts to present the AFI Life Achievement Award to her longtime friend and colleague George Clooney.

The presentation will take place at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute on June 7 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

TNT will premiere the hour-and-a-half special on June 21. Sister network Turner Classic Movies will also air the special in September during a night of programming dedicated to Clooney’s work.

Roberts has frequently collaborated with Clooney, starring with him in 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” 2004’s “Ocean’s Twelve,” and 2016’s “Money Monster.” She also starred in his directorial debut, 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and in 2013’s “August: Osage County,” which Clooney produced.

Clooney has earned eight Academy Award nominations and two wins for best supporting actor in “Syriana” and for best picture with “Argo.” He received best actor nominations for “Michael Clayton,
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‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks

‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks
Baltasar Kormakur has taken on epics like “Everest,” an action-comedy in “Two Guns” and an atmospheric Icelandic TV drama series with “Trapped.” The director-producer-writer is often drawn to tales of extreme elements and survival. Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin in the true story of a couple who faces tragedy on the ocean, “Adrift” open June 1.
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Celebrities Come Out to Support All It Takes Youth Leadership Fundraiser at Earth Friendly Products

Earth Friendly Products, the maker of Ecos environmentally friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners, culminated its year-long 50th anniversary celebration Saturday night as the presenting sponsor of the All It Takes annual fundraiser for its youth leadership programs.

Kendrick Sampson, Isidora Goreshter and Shailene Woodley

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The “Lasting Legacy” reception and dinner under the stars was held at Earth Friendly Products’ carbon neutral, Platinum Zero Waste-certified headquarters in Orange County, California.

Hollywood celebrities including Storm Reid, Francis Fisher, and Kendrick Sampson joined Shailene Woodley and Lori Woodley, founders of All It Takes, to celebrate the success that the organization has had in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of middle school students. Douglas Smith, Isidora Goreshter and Ricky Garcia of Forever in Your Mind, which performed at the event, were also among the celebrities at the event.

All It Takes Youth Leadership Programs teach young people to create sustainable,
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Fox Searchlight International Promotes Roya Vakili to Svp, Marketing

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Fox Searchlight Pictures International has promoted Roya Vakili to Senior Vice President Marketing, its president Rebecca Kearey announced today.

Vakili was previously Vice President.

Since joining Searchlight in 2006, Vakili has managed all international marketing functions, working across the entire Searchlight slate, including the recent international campaigns for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,”(international box office of $103 million and still in theaters) and “The Shape of Water” (international box office of $131 million and still in theaters).

Also Read: Fox Searchlight Promotes Executives Katie Goodson-Thomas, Taylor Friedman

“Roya has helped to build the campaigns for many of our most successful international box office hits,” Kearey said in a statement. “She covers the whole gamut of marketing for our films, and her consummate creativity has made her an invaluable member of our team.”

Prior to joining Fox Searchlight Pictures, Vakili was the promotions director for two Clear Channel Washington D.C. radio stations, and also worked for Ubisoft Entertainment in San Francisco as an international product manager. She has an Mba from Pepperdine University and an Mfa from the Producers Program at UCLA. During her time at Searchlight, she has worked on the international marketing campaigns for many of the studio’s most successful films, including “Black Swan,” “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “The Descendants” and “Juno.”

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Tribeca 2018: Alexander Payne Reflects On Why Downsizing “Tanked” and Talks Directing Jack Nicholson

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As part of the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca Talks: Director’s Series Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne took to the stage to discuss his career to date which includes seven feature films: Election, Citizen Ruth, Downsizing, The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt and Nebraska. Payne was joined by fellow Nebraskan, comedian and multiple Emmy-winning TV host, Dick Cavett.

Cavett asked Payne about the experience of directing the great Jack Nicholson on About Schmidt. “He made me a better director,” Payne revealed. “There’s a lot of pressure when you’re a director to say the right thing. First of all to figure out what you want, if there’s something you want and then the right thing to say and often you can’t think of the brilliant thing to say, the “actable” verb. You have to give a result or a line reading. Anyway, I would say something
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Angry Birds 2 Heats Up with Leslie Jones and Sterling K. Brown

Angry Birds 2 Heats Up with Leslie Jones and Sterling K. Brown
Leslie Jones, Sterling K. Brown and Rachel Bloom, among others, have been added to the Angry Birds 2 cast, Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment have announced. Angry Birds 2 is coming our way next year. Even if you didn't like The Angry Birds Movie, it's hard not to be a little impressed and interested in the voice cast that has been assembled for the upcoming sequel.

Starting with Leslie Jones, the Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters reboot star has been tapped to voice the movie's villain character. Additionally, Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Eugenio Derbez (Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), Awkwafina (Ocean's 8), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants), Beck Bennett (Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) have all signed on for roles in The Angry Birds Movie 2. Here's what producer John Cohen had to say about the additions to the cast.
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Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'

Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'
Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are adding a new flock of comedic talent to Angry Birds 2.

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) will voice the film’s villain character, while Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Mexico’s breakout Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Post), Awkwafina (Ocean's 8, Crazy Rich Asians), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants, Agents of Shield), Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) have all signed on for roles in The Angry...
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Netflix Acquires Rights to Adaptation of Ya Novel ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has acquired global rights to Awesomeness Films and Overbrook Entertainment’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Based on the best-selling novel by Jenny Han, the film stars “Alita: Battle Angel” actress Lana Condor and “The Fosters” actor Noah Centineo. The pic also stars Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Israel Broussard (“Happy Death Day”), Andrew Bachelor (“The Babysitter”), Anna Cathcart (“The Descendants”), and John Corbett.

Susan Johnson helmed the film with Matt Kaplan, Dougie Cash, and Jordan Levin producing. Brett Bouttier, Robyn Marshall, and Han are exec producing.

The story follows Lara Jean Song Covey, whose love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved — five in all — are mysteriously mailed out. The film is based on the book of the same name and is the first of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy by Han.
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‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Scarface’ to Screen at Tribeca Film Festival

‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Scarface’ to Screen at Tribeca Film Festival
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate the anniversaries of “Schindler’s List” and “Scarface” with retrospective screenings as well as Tribeca Talks discussions featuring big names from the movies.

The screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” honoring the title’s 25th anniversary, will include a conversation with stars Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, and more. Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” meanwhile, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary at the festival with a screening and a discussion with De Palma and leads Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Also lined up for a retrospective event is “In the Soup,” the 25-year-old indie directed by Alexandre Rockwell and starring Steve Buscemi. Tribeca will present the world premiere of the 4K restoration of the indie drama, followed by a panel with Rockwell, Buscemi, and co-stars Sam Rockwell and Jennifer Beals.

In addition, Tribeca has also announced the lineup of filmmakers,
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Gwyneth Paltrow on More Opportunities for Women Directors: ‘Those Doors Are Open to Us Now’

Gwyneth Paltrow on More Opportunities for Women Directors: ‘Those Doors Are Open to Us Now’
Gwyneth Paltrow has won an Oscar for her lead role in “Shakespeare in Love,” created an online juggernaut in her lifestyle website Goop, and now she’s ascended up an Idaho mountain to accept the Sun Valley Film Festival Vision Award.

“I’ve never taken a gondola to accept an award before,” joked Paltrow, standing amidst a crowd of friends, industry insiders and Svff director Candice Pate, who presented Paltrow with the honor during a celebratory dinner Saturday held at the Roundhouse, an historic après-ski restaurant perched midway up Ketchum’s Bald Mountain.

“I have to be in the office every day and I anticipate it being that way for a while,” said Paltrow of balancing the dichotomous aspects of her wildly successful two-pronged career — that of actress and business mogul. “I don’t do a lot of acting right now, so when I do I look for what’s
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Alexander Payne in talks to direct The Burial for Amazon

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) is in talks with Amazon Studios to direct The Burial, a drama based upon the real life exploits of Mississippi personal injury lawyer Willie Gary.

A rags to riches, David vs. Goliath story, The Burial will follow Gary as he takes on the case of Jeremiah O’Keefe, the owner of a local funeral home who claimed to have been swindled by a major funeral conglomerate. Gary eventually won the case, and a $500 million settlement, later reduced to $200 million, earning him the nickname ‘The Giant Killer’.

The Burial was originally developed at Warner Bros., before being picked up by Amazon for its streaming service. Bobby Shriver, Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman are producing.

Payne’s last film Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis, was released back in December to mixed reviews.

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Alexander Payne in Talks for Legal Drama ‘The Burial’ at Amazon

Alexander Payne in Talks for Legal Drama ‘The Burial’ at Amazon
Writer-director Alexander Payne is in negotiations with Amazon Studios to direct the legal drama “The Burial.”

The script, written by Doug Wright, is based on a 1995 case filed by high-profile personal-injury attorney Willie Gary on behalf of Jeremiah O’Keefe, the owner of a local chain of Mississippi funeral homes who alleged he had been swindled by Ray Loewen, head of a funeral home conglomerate. The jury in the case awarded a $500 million judgment to O’Keefe.

The project has been developed by producers Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman through their Double Nickle company. “The Burial” was originally developed at Sony.

Payne won two screenwriting Academy Awards and was nominated for best director for “Sideways” and “The Descendants.” He also received a directing nod at the Oscars for “Nebraska.” His other credits include “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “About Schmidt,” and “Downsizing,”which underperformed for Paramount last year.

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Alexander Payne in Talks to Direct Amazon’s The Burial

Alexander Payne is looking to make a major comeback by making the leap to streaming content. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is in talks with Amazon Studios to helm the legal drama The Burial. Amazon has been looking to add bigger names and more prolific directors to their roster.

Payne won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways in 2005 and then for The Descendants in 2012.
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All the history-making fun facts ‘The Shape of Water’ set with its Best Picture Oscar win

All the history-making fun facts ‘The Shape of Water’ set with its Best Picture Oscar win
“If you are a nominee tonight who isn’t making history, shame on you,” Jimmy Kimmel chided in his Oscars monologue Sunday. “The Shape of Water” doesn’t need to saunter off with its head down because the Best Picture champ made a whole lot of history by taking the top prize, one of four awards it won.

Here’s a list of all the droughts that were ended, records that were set and stats that were killed (say it with me: no SAG ensemble nomination!) by “The Shape of Water” with its Best Picture victory.

See How I knew ‘The Shape of Water’ would beat ‘Three Billboards’ for Best Picture

– First film since “Braveheart” (1995) and second overall to win without a SAG ensemble nomination

– First film since “Braveheart” to win without acting, writing or editing wins

– First film with a female lead to win since “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

– First
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Best Original Screenplay Oscar nail-biter: Not so fast ‘Get Out,’ there’s still ‘Three Billboards’

Since 2010 the Writers Guild of America has correctly predicted the winners of both screenplay races at the Oscars twice. The first time being in 2012 with Woody Allen winning Original Screenplay for “Midnight in Paris” along with Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash winning Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants.” The second time was in 2016 with Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer winning Original Screenplay for “Spotlight” as well as Adam McKay & Charles Randolph winning Adapted Screenplay for “The Big Short.” So what does that mean for this year’s WGA winners, Jordan Peele for “Get Out” and James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name”?

SEEEditors clash predicting Best Original Screenplay: Will Oscar go to ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ … ?

Call Me By Your Name” is essentially a lock for Best Adapted Screenplay according to our combined Oscar predictions. And “Get Out,” which just won the WGA for Original Screenplay, appears to
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