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Actor Albert Finney Has Passed Away at Age 82

Today we lost an acting legend of the screen and stage, Albert Finney. Finney was born in Salford, England, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Academy in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. He was nominated for Best Actor in the Academy Awards five times, although he never took the award home. His nominations were for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), Under the Volcano (1984), and Erin Brockovich (2000).

Finney also starred in fan-favorites like the musicals Scrooge (1970) and Annie (1982), and one of my favorite films, Big Fish (2003), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Finney’s final roles were in 2012’s Bond film, Skyfall, and The Bourne Legacy. This was just one year after he reportedly beat a cancer diagnosis.

In reading about his life, I saw that he was nominated for knighthood twice,
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Albert Finney Dead At Age 82

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Finney with Audrey Hepburn in Stanley Donen's "Two for the Road".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Albert Finney, who rose to fame and acclaim as one of Britain's generation of actors known as "Angry Young Men", has died at age 82. A chest infection was cited as cause of death. Finney was among an exciting new generation of British actors who burst upon the scene in the 1950s and 1960s, reaping critical praise for their realistic portrayals often of troubled men who were being constrained by socio-economic conditions that afflicted the lower income class in post-War Britain. His star-making role came in director Karl Reisz's "kitchen sink" classic, the 1960 film "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" which reflected the frustrations of the working class. Finney called upon his real life experiences growing up in Northwest England under somewhat spartan living conditions.

As a newly-minted star, he screen tested for director David Lean for
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Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated Star of Tom Jones and Skyfall, Dies at 82

Albert Finney, Oscar-Nominated Star of Tom Jones and Skyfall, Dies at 82
Albert Finney, five-time Oscar-nominee and star of Tom Jones, has passed away. He was 82. According to his family, Finney "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side." Finney died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London of a chest infection. He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011.

Born in 1936, Albert Finney grew up in a lower-middle-class family and was the son of a bookmaker. Finney was eventually accepted to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he cut his teeth acting on the stage. Not long after, Finney transitioned into movies, with his first major role coming Tony Richardson's 1960 classic The Entertainer. Finney, that same year, also starred in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, directed by Karel Reisz, which proved to be his major breakout role. This not only secured his place as one of the key players in
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R.I.P. Albert Finney (1936 – 2019)

Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has passed away aged 82, his family has announced.

“Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side,” reads the announcement. “The family request privacy at this sad time.”

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Finney began his film career in 1960, and would go on to receive five Academy Award nominations – four for Best Actor for Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser and Under the Volcano, and once for Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich.

Finney would also receive two BAFTA Awards, for Most Promising Newcomer for 1960’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Best Actor for the 2002 BBC/HBO TV movie The Gathering Storm, where he portrayed Winston Churchill in a role that also saw him honoured with an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Other credits during his illustrious career include Scrooge,
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Albert Finney Dies: ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Skyfall’ Actor Was 82

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Albert Finney Dies: ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Skyfall’ Actor Was 82
Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney, one of the great British actors of his generation who made a worldwide name for himself in 1963’s Tom Jones and maintained a strong career through 2012’s Skyfall, died Thursday in London. He was 82.

The cause of death, according to The New York Times, was a chest infection. He died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London Thursday afternoon. In 2011 Finney disclosed he was undergoing treatment for kidney cancer.

Among his Oscar-nominated performances were roles in Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and Erin Brockovich.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Finney moved quickly into film, gaining immediate acclaim for his 1960 debut in Tony Richardson’s The Entertainer. With that year’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, produced by Richardson but directed by Karel Reisz, Finney secured his position, along with Alan Bates and Tom Courtenay, at the
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Second Opinion – Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Velvet Buzzsaw, 2019.

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen and John Malkovich.

Synopsis:

A previously unknown painter is discovered by greedy, shallow art entrepreneurs and takes revenge in a satire/horror thriller of the art world.

Jake Gyllenhaal is Morf Vandewalt, a stuck-up art critic, who enters an otherwise boring art exhibit. But as Dan Gilroy slowly unravels this odd satire/horror film, Vandewalt accidentally helps rediscover a disturbed dead artist, Dease. Vandewalt is among the many snobbish art-world denizens including remarkably photogenic women like Josefina (Zawe Ashton), Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo), and Coco (Natalia Dyer) who plan on profiting from re-discovering Dease and awaken Dease’s wrath.

In of itself, the set-up is fairly standard as the monster lashes out at victims dumb enough to disturb its sleep. But while the film has
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Velvet Buzzsaw Review: Art Snobs Face A Bloody Reckoning

Velvet Buzzsaw Review: Art Snobs Face A Bloody Reckoning
Velvet Buzzsaw is a well crafted horror film that ruthlessly satirizes the modern art industry. Hollywood stalwart Dan Gilroy reteams with his Nighcrawler leads, Jake Gyllenhaal and wife Rene Russo, to literally eviscerate the moneyed snobs pushing million dollar artwork. The snide, pompous characters revel in their elitism, but face gory retribution for their selfish misdeeds. The plot wanes considerably by the third act, but Velvet Buzzsaw keeps your attention locked throughout.

Velvet Buzzsaw opens at the chic Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach. We meet a slew of major players in the art world. Jake Gyllenhaal, in skintight designer clothing and a moppet hairdo, stars as influential art critic Morf Vandewalt. He hobnobs with the powerful and cutthroat gallery owner Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo). She's searching the show for the next breakout artist. Cruelly subjugating her lackey employee, Josephina (Zawe Ashton), who arouses a heterosexual lust in the normally homosexual Morf.
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Tony Gilroy & Scott Frank Tell How William Goldman’s Mentorship Left As Lasting A Hollywood Legacy As Oscars & Dialogue

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Tony Gilroy & Scott Frank Tell How William Goldman’s Mentorship Left As Lasting A Hollywood Legacy As Oscars & Dialogue
Exclusive: There are dozens of dialogue lines that made William Goldman an iconic screenwriter — “Follow the money” from All the President’s Men, and “Is it safe?” from Marathon Man among them — but to a legion of top screenwriters whom Goldman helped find their voices, here’s a lesser-known signature line just as memorable: “I’m in the book.”

That is what Goldman said to many young screenwriters who dared ask a legend for help, back when people actually thumbed through the white pages of the New York City phone book. That’s where Goldman left his Manhattan number, which led to tutorials over lunches at places like The Carlyle Hotel, where Goldman held court and spread the gospel of good writing to so many. Even though he wrote many a withering column about movies he didn’t love — the manipulative bookend-ed start and end of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan
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Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Trailer Drags Jake Gyllenhaal Into the Deadly World of Art

Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Trailer Drags Jake Gyllenhaal Into the Deadly World of Art
Jake Gyllenhaal is about to learn that all art is dangerous. He has re-teamed with his Nightcrawler director for something entirely frightening and original. Netflix invites you to watch Velvet Buzzsaw, which exclusively hits the streaming service on February 1, 2019.

Velvet Buzzsaw is a thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich star in the new mind-bending film written and directed by Dan Gilroy.

Velvet Buzzsaw is a new Netflix satirical thriller that embeds itself in the world of Art as seen through the eyes of a Los Angeles critic and collector. Things will never be the same as high priced masterpieces clash with the commerce side of the industry.

Directed and Written By Dan Gilroy,
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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Trailer: Art Will Be the Death of Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Reunion

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Trailer: Art Will Be the Death of Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Reunion
Calling all “Nightcrawler” fans: The official trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” has arrived. The movie reunites “Nightcrawler” writer-director Dan Gilroy with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, but anyone hoping for something similar is definitely going to be shocked by what the trio has in store this time. “Velvet Buzzsaw” is a horror-thriller set in the high stakes contemporary art world where one artist’s paintings make a killing, quite literally.

Starring opposite Gyllenhaal and Russo is a star-studded ensemble that includes Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich. Netflix is bringing the movie to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival later this month, where it will have its world premiere January 27.

Velvet Buzzsaw” is Gilroy’s third directorial effort following “Nightcrawler” and the Denzel Washington-starring “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” which earned its leading man an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Gyllenhaal himself was
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Atlantic Nomad, Platform One Media sign pact

Atlantic Nomad, Platform One Media sign pact
Tony Gilroy to direct series The Book Of Guns.

Atlantic Nomad, the new TV and film production operation led by Simon Mirren, David Wolstencroft and Jamie Carmichael, has signed a first-look deal with Us television production and distribution company Platform One Media.

The first series under the deal will be The Book Of Guns, with an original script by Tony Gilroy, best known as co-writer of most of the Jason Bourne films and director of 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. Mirren, best known for writing and producing such series as Criminal Minds and Without A Trace, will serve as executive producer
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‘Bourne’ Spinoff Series Casts Alums of ‘Sense8,’ ‘Mamma Mia 2’ as Leads

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USA has cast the two leads of its upcoming “Bourne” spinoff series “Treadstone,” the network said Thursday.

Jeremy Irvine, who recently played a young Pierce Brosnan in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” will play J. Randolph Bentley in the series, a spy dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target, but ends up embroiled in an international conspiracy. “Sense8” alum Brian J. Smith will play Doug McKenna, an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself. Both are series regulars.

Treadstone,” a TV spinoff of Universal’s “Bourne” film franchise that starred Matt Damon, will explore the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins.

Also Read: USA Orders 'Bourne' Franchise Spinoff TV Series 'Treadstone'

Irvine is
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Disney Channel’s Skai Jackson Inks With Lighthouse; Donna Murphy To Industry

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Disney Channel’s Skai Jackson Inks With Lighthouse; Donna Murphy To Industry
Skai Jackson, whose just wrapped the final season of her Disney Channel series Bunk’d, has signed with Lighthouse Management & Media. She is also repped by Paradigm, Abrams Artists and Artist & Brand Management. Bunk’d was the spinoff series of Disney Channel’s hit Jessie, in which Jackson starred alongside Debby Ryan, Cameron Boyce, Payton List and Karan Brar. The role earned Jackson an Image Award nomination in 2016, and she reprised in other Dis Channel franchises including Austin & Ally, Good Luck Charlie and K.C. Undercover. Most recently, Jackson was Teen Vogue’s ambassador at New York’s Fashion week and has developed her own clothing line.

Donna Murphy, the two-time Tony winner for the musicals Passion and The King & I, has inked with Industry Entertainment for management. The move comes after she just completed her run as Dolly Levi in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly revival. Her film credits include The Bourne Legacy,
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Jennifer Fox to Produce Oscars Academy’s 2018 Governors Awards

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Jennifer Fox to Produce Oscars Academy’s 2018 Governors Awards
Oscar-nominated producer Jennifer Fox is set to produce the 2018 Governors Awards, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president John Bailey announced Wednesday.

Honorary Awards for the 10th Annual Governors Awards will be presented to publicist Martin Levy, actress Cicely Tyson, composer Lalo Shifrin and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The ceremony will take place on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

“This 10th anniversary of the Governors Awards highlights five diverse artists whose contributions to American cinema endure through changing time and fashion. Jennifer is the perfect choice to help us pay tribute to this year’s honorees,” said Bailey.

Also Read: Academy Adds 'Popular Film' Award, Vows to Shorten Oscars

“The Governors Awards have such a special significance in our industry, because that night is our way of paying tribute to the legends of Hollywood. I’m truly honored to
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Jennifer Fox to Produce Governors Awards

Jennifer Fox to Produce Governors Awards
Jennifer Fox will produce the 10th annual Governors Awards, it was announced Wednesday by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey. 

At the private event, to be held Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, honorary Oscars will be presented to actress Cicely Tyson, composer Lalo Schifrin and publicist Marvin Levy, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for producing will be presented to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Fox has produced or executive produced such films as Michael Clayton, DuplicityThe Bourne LegacyWe Need to Talk About KevinNightcrawler and ...
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Will There Be Any More Bourne Movies?

Speaking from a personal standpoint and definitely on board with some folks I really hope to never see another Bourne movie come out again, but the likelihood isn’t diminished to nothing just yet. Already Matt Damon and a few others are stating that they’d be on board with another film if only to close out the story finally. Though honestly it seems that any one of the movies could have done this and put a nice cap on it without having to keep going and possibly sacrifice the fanbase in the process. The Bourne Legacy was a hard pill to

Will There Be Any More Bourne Movies?
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When Movie Sequels Use Photos of the Original's Stars

Simon Brew Kirsten Howard Oct 10, 2018

When an actor can't return for a sequel, sometimes the filmmakers get creative...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Sometimes, things don't go to plan. A movie has hit big, or a franchise is rumbling on, and you want one of the original stars back for the next in the series. The problem? You either knocked them off in the last film, or the actor concerned isn't available, or they just didn't want to return. That, or you didn't want them, but you're too polite to say.

The solution? The photo! Have characters looking mournfully at an image of said actor, just to remind you that they were once part of that particular parish, and so everyone else can acknowledge them, and then get on with it. At least, that's usually how it works.

Here are a few choice examples. As always, help yourself in the comments.
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USA Network Gives Straight-To-Series Order For ‘Bourne’ Spin-Off Series ‘Treadstone’

The people behind the Jason Bourne franchise, which includes the hits ‘Identity,’ ‘Supremacy,’ and ‘Ultimatum,’ have tried desperately to make the spy films work without the titular character played by Matt Damon. First, they tried with “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, but that crashed and burned, leading to Damon’s triumphant return in “Jason Bourne.” But now, they’re going to try to spin off the franchise yet again, this time on TV.

Continue reading USA Network Gives Straight-To-Series Order For ‘Bourne’ Spin-Off Series ‘Treadstone’ at The Playlist.
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USA Orders ‘Bourne’ Franchise Spinoff TV Series ‘Treadstone’

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USA has given a series order to “Treadstone,” a TV spinoff of Universal’s “Bourne” film franchise that starred Matt Damon.

Treadstone,” will explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. “Treadstone” was one of the four pilots USA ordered in April, but decided to pick it up straight-to-series.

The first season, which begins production in 2019, follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.

Also Read: 'Shooter' Canceled After 3 Seasons on USA

From Universal Cable Productions, “Treadstone” is written and executive produced by Tim Kring. Ramin Bahrani, who will direct the pilot, will also serve as an executive producer. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will executive produce on behalf of Captivate; Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will
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‘Treadstone,’ Drama Set in Jason Bourne Universe, Lands Series Order at USA Network

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USA Network has ordered the drama “Treadstone” straight to series, Variety has learned.

The series, which was originally ordered to pilot back in April, centers on the fictional CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone, which was the program that created superspy Jason Bourne. The covert program uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions. The series will go into production in 2019.

“As the #1 cable entertainment network for the past 12 years, USA Network is delivering a dynamic lineup of big, bold programming – and what could be bigger and bolder than the Treadstone mythology?” said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Treadstone” is produced by Universal Cable Productions. The series is written and executive produced by Tim Kring. Ramin Bahrani will direct the pilot and also serve as an executive producer.
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