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Gurinder Chadha’s “Blinded By the Light” Begins Filming

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Shooting is underway for Gurinder Chadha’s next feature. Deadline reports that hybrid musical “Blinded By the Light” has secured UK and Australian distribution from eOne. Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir “Greetings from Bury Park,” the ’80s-set dramedy centers on a Muslim boy growing up in Luton, England. Both the film’s and book’s titles are nods to Bruce Springsteen, as Manzoor’s book emphasizes the impact The Boss’ music had on him.

Chadha and Manzoor, who both serve as producers on the project, met Springsteen back at the 2010 London premiere of “The Promise,” a documentary about the iconic musician. The pair were delighted to learn that he was a fan of “Greetings from Bury Park.”

“I quickly pitched him the film we wanted to make from the book on the red carpet and to our excitement Bruce nodded and said, ‘Sounds good,
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EOne Takes U.K. Rights to Gurinder Chadha’s New Springsteen-Inspired Film, ‘Blinded by the Light’

Entertainment One has taken U.K. and Australian rights on Gurinder Chadha’s new film, “Blinded by the Light,” a comedy drama inspired by rock legend Bruce Springsteen. Cornerstone Films has released a first-look image from the film (pictured), which began production last week, and will introduce it to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

The film, described as a “hybrid musical” that weaves Springsteen’s music and lyrics into its narrative, stars newcomers Viveik Kalra and Nell Williams as its romantic leads, alongside Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon in supporting roles. The movie grew out of a shared passion for Springsteen by Chadha, the director of “Bend It Like Beckham,” and British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

“Blinded by the Light” is based on Manzoor’s 2008 memoir, “Greetings From Bury Park,” which chronicles his experience as a British Muslim boy growing up in 1980s Luton, outside London, and
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Claire Foy Talks 'The Crown' Pay Disparity — 'I'm Not Surprised People Went, "That's a Bit Odd"'

Just days after it was revealed that the The Crown's lead actress, Claire Foy, was paid less than her male counterpart, Matt Smith, for the series' first two seasons, the actress is speaking out about the headline-making story. "I'm surprised because I'm at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary," Claire told Entertainment Weekly. "But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, 'Oh, that’s a bit odd.' But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for," she continued. A few days ago, The Crown's producers publicly apologized to Claire and Matt for their pay disparity.
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The Best Series Finales of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The Best Series Finales of the 21st Century, Ranked
Series finales are fickle things. Some of them have the power to redeem an entire show, to reframe the audience’s perceptions of what came before. Those massive twists rarely land, so more often than not, TV shows end not with a bang, but with a melancholy whimper.

And then there are the other times when a big series finale swing goes so awry that it can undo many seasons’ worth of goodwill. Recency bias rears its ugly head and some lifelong fans use these last episodes as a reason to sour on a particular show.

That’s why that the best finales don’t always come from the best shows. “Battlestar Galactica,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Dexter,” and more often reached brilliance over the course of their runs, but rang less true with their final notes. Some of IndieWire’s choices below come from shows that wouldn’t
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Ffilm Cymru Wales' development fund backs five features

Ffilm Cymru Wales' development fund backs five features
Projects include a new feature from the director of The Passing and Hinterland.

Ffilm Cymru Wales, the Welsh film agency, has backed four feature projects through its development fund.

They include a second feature from Gareth Bryn – director of The Passing (2015) and TV series Hinterland – whose new project The Promise is a psychological period horror set in Wales in 1890.

Two of the five projects are in the Welsh language. Further details are below.

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ head of creative business Kimberley Warner commented: “Ffilm Cymru Wales is proud to attract some of the most exciting and original filmmaking talent in Wales. We’ve seen a 300% increase in the amount of projects in development converting into production over the last three years, which is in no small part due to our Magnifier system of support for talent, as well as our commitment to an inclusive film culture.”

Full project details:

Information provided by Ffilm Cymru Wales

Hijra

A colourful
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Grammys 2018: Check Out the Complete Winners List!

Grammys 2018: Check Out the Complete Winners List!
Awards season continues as the 60th annual Grammy Awards announce the recipients of outstanding achievements in music, taking place on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hosted by James Corden, the show is broadcast live on CBS starting at 7:30 p.m. Et.

Follow People’s full Grammys coverage and check back throughout the night as the winners are announced!

Record of the Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito (Remix)” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

“The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z

“Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album of the Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

4:44 — Jay-Z

Damn.
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2018 Grammys predictions: Legendary Leonard Cohen will finally win more than a year after his death

2018 Grammys predictions: Legendary Leonard Cohen will finally win more than a year after his death
The 2017 Grammy for Best Rock Performance was awarded posthumously to David Bowie for “Blackstar.” In 2018 it looks like there will be another posthumous winner in the very same category, There are two artists in contention who died before these nominations were announced, and according to our latest predictions one of them will win: Leonard Cohen or Chris Cornell.

Cohen died in November 2016 at age 82, but not before releasing his 14th and final album, “You Want it Darker.” He’s up for Best Rock Performance for the title track, and he gets leading odds of 8/13 to prevail. Those odds are based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,800 users who have entered their picks in our predictions center so far. That includes seven Expert journalists from top media outlets, and four of them are betting on Cohen: Glenn Gamboa (Newsday), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Chris Willman
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Get Pumped For the 2018 Grammys With the List of Nominees

Get pumped, because the 2018 Grammy Awards are this weekend! After last year's big wins for Chance the Rapper and Adele, the new set of hopefuls is sure to make for an exciting show. James Corden is set to host the Grammys, which are dominated by nominations for Jay-Z (eight), Kendrick Lamar (seven), and Bruno Mars (six). Read on to refresh yourself on the full list before the Grammys air on Jan. 28! Album Of The Year Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino 4:44 by Jay-Z Damn.by Kendrick Lamar Melodrama by Lorde 24K Magic by Bruno Mars Record Of The Year "Redbone" by Childish Gambino "Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee "The Story of O.J." by Jay-Z "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars Song Of The Year "Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee "4:44" by Jay-Z "Issues" by Julia Michaels "1-800-273-8255 (feat.
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Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey Snubs

Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey Snubs
Two major figures in pop music, songwriter Diane Warren and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, could walk away with their first Academy Awards as a result of today’s nominations in the music categories.

There were no major surprises in the original song race and only one minor surprise in the score category.

Oscar’s music branch confirmed what many pundits predicted going into this morning’s announcement: that “Remember Me” and “This Is Me,” the songs at the emotional core of the animated “Coco” and live-action “The Greatest Showman” respectively, would be nominated.

A win for either on March 4 would give their songwriters a second Academy Award: “This Is Me,” was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won for “La La Land’s” “City of Stars” last year; and “Remember Me” was by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won for another Disney film, “Let It Go” from 2013’s “Frozen.”

If Pasek and
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Chris Cornell's Family Creates Video PSA To Keep The Promise

Chris Cornell's family has released a new PSA video vowing to continue raising awareness for the human rights causes their father was dedicated to set to the backdrop of his current Best Rock Performance Grammy-nominated song, “The Promise.”

Video: Chris Cornell Vows to 'Keep the Promise'

As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee.

The PSA video follows the announcement of the creation of an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice,
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New Scholarship Endowment At UCLA Law Will Honor Soundgarden Leader Chris Cornell

A coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law.

The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the endowment is a fitting tribute to Cornell.

“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” he said.

As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes,
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Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes

Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes
Lord knows, we don’t need another awards show. But the year in film has seen some extraordinary work and though the usual “for your consideration” conversations are valid, they seem insufficient in some cases.

There is a long list of people who are worthy of Oscar consideration, so don’t forget these people when filling out your Oscar ballots, which are due Jan. 12. But let’s also give them special recognition, a round of applause for doing work that was above and beyond.

Wind River

Writer-director Taylor Sheridan and his “Wind River” team deserve awards attention for delivering an entertaining and relevant film. Beyond that, they deserve a salute for wresting control of the movie away from the original distributor, the Weinstein Co. As soon as the story broke on Oct. 5 about that industry bully-rapist, Sheridan and Acacia Entertainment renegotiated everything and made sure that no profits will go to TWC, but instead
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Ed Westwick's Role Recast in BBC's Agatha Christie Drama 'Ordeal By Innocence'

Ed Westwick has been dropped from the BBC's Agatha Christie drama Ordeal By Innocence, which had already been shot and was originally due to air over Christmas.

The actor — who has three separate sexual assault allegations made against him — is being replaced by Christian Cooke (The Promise, Cemetary Junction), with scenes to be reshot later this month.

The news was announced on Friday by co-producers Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited, adding that a new transmission date would be announced in due course.

Ordeal By Innocence also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew...
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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
The Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Song contains 70 different tunes, which a pedant might say isn’t very short at all. Frontrunners have emerged, like “Remember Me” from the “Coco” soundtrack and Sufjan Stevens’ two contributions to “Call Me by Your Name,” but there’s a variety that may not be reflected when the five nominees are announced January 23. Until then, avail yourself of this playlist.

Read More:Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

Read More:Oscars 2018: How the ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Scores Dodged Disqualification

And here’s the not-that-shortlist:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

“Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes”

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

“Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never
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'Legend of the Demon Cat' ('Yao Mao Zhuan'): Film Review

'Legend of the Demon Cat' ('Yao Mao Zhuan'): Film Review
While a much more technically adroit vehicle than his misshapen, CG-laden martial-arts fantasy The Promise (2005), Chen Kaige's Legend of the Demon Cat prioritizes sprawling spectacle over involving storytelling and falls far short of the historical and social allegories with which he made his name — like The Yellow Earth, Sacrifice or Caught in the Web.

And yet the film could have had much more resonance. The story revolves around two scholars who investigate paranormal occurrences in the imperial court and struggle to solve a riddle in a world of illusion. From the emperor and his trusted eunuch all the...
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Oscars: Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas Among Eligible Writers as Academy Announces 70 Best Song Choices

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 70 songs are currently in contention for nominations to the best original song category. That’s down from 93 eligible songs last year, although it represents a substantial increase from lean years like 2010, when the number of tunes making the cut was a mere 40.

Pop-star contributions are peppered throughout the list, including Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker,” Mariah Carey’s “The Star” from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas’ “Home” from Fox’s “Ferdinand.” Other well known performers appearing on the list of songwriters include Sara Bareilles (with a song from “Battle of the Sexes”), Elvis Costello (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Common (“Marshall”), Chris Cornell (“The Promise”), Dierks Bentley (“Only the Brave”), and Ryan Tedder (“An Inconvenient Sequel”).

Awards favorite “Call Me by Your Name” has two songs up for
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Is Oscar Isaac Married? Here's What We Know About His Love Life

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Is Oscar Isaac Married? Here's What We Know About His Love Life
Like Oscar Isaac himself, the actor's dating life has been quite a mystery over the years, and it's about time we worked it all out. Although fans would like to believe that the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor is in fact their boyfriend, he is actually taken . . . but is he married? Although there was never an official announcement, the short answer is that yes, Oscar is married. Before we talk about the lucky lady who is currently attached to the X-Men: Apocalypse actor, let's break down what we know about his past romances. While the Guatemala native has keep his personal life very private since he began acting - and making female fans swoon - he has been linked to at least one woman before his current flame that the press has been able to identify and follow closely. According to numerous publications, Oscar's most public relationship was with Maria Miranda,
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Mark Wahlberg Is 2017's Most Overpaid Movie Star

Mark Wahlberg Is 2017's Most Overpaid Movie Star
It hasn't been the best year for Mark Wahlberg, with his two 2017 movies Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddy's Home 2 both coming in well under expectations, and thanks to his 2016 bombs, he has been named the most overpaid actor of 2017. This comes just a few months after Mark Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017, earning a massive $68 million from a variety of sources including salaries from both aforementioned movies, along with his reality series Wahlburgers and his deal as a spokesperson for At&T. It seems that the actor could be set up to "win" this title two years in a row, since this report doesn't even include Transformers: The Last Knight or Daddy's Home 2 in its methodology.

The report from Forbes reveals that to determine the "most overpaid actor," they looked at the last three films each actor starred in, prior to June 1, 2017, excluding "animated films,
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Oscar Isaac Marks Human Rights Day with a Plea to End ‘Genocide and Mass Atrocity’

Oscar Isaac Marks Human Rights Day with a Plea to End ‘Genocide and Mass Atrocity’
Oscar Isaac is observing Human Rights Day.

For the occasion, observed Dec. 10, the actor recorded a PSA urging viewers to “please support the organizations that work tirelessly to protect and promote our human rights.”

The actor’s video message follows his starring turn in the 2016 movie The Promise, which tells the story of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian genocide at the end of World War I. Since the movie’s release, a slew of celebrities have pledged to “keep the promise” to help displaced refugees and fight for human rights.

The late rocker Chris Cornell — whose family continues to carry
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40 Oscar Isaac Photos That Will Awaken the Force Within You

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40 Oscar Isaac Photos That Will Awaken the Force Within You
Oscar Isaac really has the sexy-smolder look down. The 38-year-old Cuban and Guatemalan actor, who stars in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has conquered Hollywood not only with his incredible talent, but also with his insanely good looks. From his early days in All About the Benjamins to his roles in Robin Hood, Inside Llewyn Davis, and The Promise, Oscar has given us plenty of reasons to swoon. Keep reading for Oscar's hottest moments of all time, and then watch him explain how Harrison Ford nearly sabotaged his Star Wars flight plan.
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