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Watch: Steve Carell Tries to Be Funny Again in ‘SNL’ Promo

Steve Carell is the host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, but he’s having a bit of trouble finding his funny bone again in the delightful promo for the episode. If you don’t count the Despicable Me films, it’s been five years since Carell starred in a fully fledged comedy—the outlandish Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The actor has instead been stretching his dramatic chops to incredible results in films like Foxcatcher, Last Flag Flying, and most recently Beautiful Boy, which is what he’s promoting on SNL in addition to his upcoming turn as Donald …
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Richard Linklater to Write and Direct Bill Hicks Biopic

Tony Sokol Oct 25, 2018

Go back to bed, America. Late cult comic Bill Hicks' true roots are exposed as Richard Linklater bares his own.

"Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye," early alternative comedian Bill Hicks observed, probably on a televised special. Movies are a different story, and filmmaker Richard Linklater, who took over ten years to make one coming-of-age flick, is a different kind of director. The Oscar-winnng director of Boyhood will develop, write and direct a movie about Hicks for Focus Features, according to Collider.

This is a passion project for Linklater. Both he and Hicks grew up in Houston, Linklater’s older brother went to the same school as Hicks, and the director has said he regretted he and the comedian never got to work together. According to reports, Hicks was a fan of Linklater’s Dazed And Confused, whichcame out a
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Richard Linklater Directing Biopic on Comedian Bill Hicks for Focus

  • Variety
Richard Linklater Directing Biopic on Comedian Bill Hicks for Focus
Richard Linklater will write and direct an untitled film based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks for Focus Features.

Hicks was raised as a Southern Baptist and began performing comedy in the late 1970s in Texas. He toured extensively during the 1980s, specializing in dark humor and social commentary. A typical joke: “I never got along with my dad. Kids used to come up to me and say, ‘My dad can beat up your dad.’ I’d say ‘Yeah? When?'”

Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. Linklater has said publicly that he regretted that he was not able to work with Hicks, who was a fan of Linklater’s Texas-based coming-of-age movie “Dazed and Confused.”

Hicks was the subject of a 2009 documentary “American: The Bill Hicks Story.” The film, which was screened at SXSW, was produced by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas, and featured
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Bryan Cranston Shares His Two Rules for Starring in a Superhero Blockbuster

Bryan Cranston Shares His Two Rules for Starring in a Superhero Blockbuster
Bryan Cranston has yet to join a comic book blockbuster, but he’s not entirely opposed to the idea. The actor recently told Screen Geek that he has long considered playing the X-Men mutant Mister Sinister should the Fox-owned Marvel franchise ever introduce the character. Cranston said Mister Sinister checks off the two boxes he requires in order to sign on for a superhero film.

“I want to play an antagonist a fraction smarter than the protagonist, never dumbed down to give the hero an easy win,” Cranston said. “That’s frustrating and boring to watch.”

As for the second stipulation, requirement: “I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared like, ‘Well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.’ I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done.
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New York Film Festival’s 56th Edition Showcases Lauded Venice Trio And Another Eclectic Global Lineup

  • Deadline
New York Film Festival’s 56th Edition Showcases Lauded Venice Trio And Another Eclectic Global Lineup
The New York Film Festival lifts the curtain on its 56th edition tonight, with its three tentpole slots devoted to Venice prize winners The Favourite, Roma and At Eternity’s Gate, surrounded by the usual array of eclectic, curated titles from near and far.

Since its debut in 1963, against a backdrop of wildly fluctuating festivals jockeying for supremacy, and a downtown counterpart rising in Tribeca, the Nyff has remained remarkably consistent apart from a major renovation of Lincoln Center. At times over the years, that steady trajectory has struck some regulars as something verging on complacency, but in a culture and film industry marked by upheaval, staying the course has come to be a virtue.

“The great thing about the festival is that it’s always been allowed to stick to the mission of programming,” director Kent Jones told Deadline in an interview. “There’s no pressure from anyone to
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Amazon Studios confirms push into bigger budget films, promotes Julie Rapaport

Slate includes Lucy And Desi, Union.

Seeking to broaden its reach and champion bigger budget films with broader appeal alongside the existing art house slate, Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

In her role, Rapaport will work alongside fellow interim co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman. All three report to head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke. Meanwhile the search goes on to replace Amazon Studios worldwide head of the motion picture group Jason Ropell, who left the company recently.

Rapaport will lead a new division focused on expanding the current film slate with higher budget films
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Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies

Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies
Under new management after the scandal-tainted departure of film and television leader Roy Price, Amazon Studios is now run by ex-NBC executive Jennifer Salke, who has wasted no time overhauling Amazon’s television content. She is now addressing the direction of the movie side. After pushing out Jason Ropell, whose duties have been jointly shared by production head Ted Hope and Matt Newman, head of strategic initiatives and international distribution, Salke is adding a new co-head of movies, promoting Julie Rapaport from within.

Three-year-Amazon veteran Rapaport will lead a new division focused on films appealing to wider audiences as she works alongside fellow Co-Heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman, with all three reporting to Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

Arthouse veteran Hope, who had been running the overall movies division with Newman in the interim, will continue to oversee the prestige titles from emerging filmmakers and established auteurs.
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Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies

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Amazon Studios Goes Mainstream with Julie Rapaport, New Co-Head of Movies
Under new management after the scandal-tainted departure of film and television leader Roy Price, Amazon Studios is now run by ex-NBC executive Jennifer Salke, who has wasted no time overhauling Amazon’s television content. She is now addressing the direction of the movie side. After pushing out Jason Ropell, whose duties have been jointly shared by production head Ted Hope and Matt Newman, head of strategic initiatives and international distribution, Salke is adding a new co-head of movies, promoting Julie Rapaport from within.

Three-year-Amazon veteran Rapaport will lead a new division focused on films appealing to wider audiences as she works alongside fellow Co-Heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman, with all three reporting to Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

Arthouse veteran Hope, who had been running the overall movies division with Newman in the interim, will continue to oversee the prestige titles from emerging filmmakers and established auteurs.
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Amazon Studios confirms push into bigger budget films, hires Julie Rapaport

Slate includes Lucy And Desi, Union.

Seeking to broaden its reach and champion bigger budget films with broader appeal alongside the existing art house slate, Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

In her role, Rapaport will work alongside fellow interim co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman. All three report to head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke. Meanwhile the search goes on to replace Amazon Studios worldwide head of the motion picture group Jason Ropell, who left the company recently.

Rapaport will lead a new division focused on expanding the current film slate with higher budget films
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Amazon Ups Julie Rapaport To Co-Head Of Movies As Studio Looks To Build Wide Audience Feature Slate

  • Deadline
Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to Co-Head of Movies in which she’ll lead a new division that will focus on building a slate of movies geared toward wider audiences. While Amazon Studios vice president Ww head of motion pictures Jason Ropell exited this summer, we understand Amazon is still looking for a replacement for him.

Rapaport will oversee a slate of pics with larger budgets, keeping in Amazon’s wheelhouse for singular cinematic voices.

Upcoming projects for the new division include the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Lucille Ball feature Lucy and Desi, and Union scripted by Robert Schenkkan, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produce, about the head of the post-Civil War infantry tasked with fighting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

In her job as Senior Manager, Development, Production and Acquisitions, Rapaport co-managed the team under co-head Ted Hope and was responsible for overseeing the upcoming Beautiful Boy
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Amazon Studios Taps Julie Rapaport as New Co-Head of Movie Division

  • The Wrap
Amazon Studios on Wednesday announced that it has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of Movies, where she will lead a new division focused on films appealing to wider audiences.

Rapaport will work alongside fellow co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman, with all three reporting to Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.

“Keeping in mind the diverse range of tastes of our Prime Video customers, we are focused on continually expanding our content offerings,” said Salke in a statement. “I want to stress that across series and movies, all divisions hold quality first and foremost as their bar. With Julie joining Ted and Matt, this clears the pathway to further expand our robust movies slate to include more widely engaging stories that audiences will connect with. Julie is a talented and highly respected creative executive and leader and we are thrilled to see her step into this expansive role.”

Salke is,
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Amazon Studios Names Julie Rapaport Co-Head of Movies

  • Variety
Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

She will head the film division with Ted Hope and Matt Newman, but her portfolio will be different. Rapaport, who has been with Amazon since 2015, is being tasked with finding more broadly commercial films.

Her promotion comes at a time of change for the e-retailer’s entertainment division. The film unit has been floundering in recent months, fielding a string of flops that includes “Life Itself,” a critically reviled drama that premiered to a disastrous $2.1 million. It also struck out with the likes of “You Were Never Really Here,” “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” and “Wonder Wheel,” a Woody Allen drama that premiered as the #MeToo movement brought renewed attention on sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker. Amazon’s last major hit was 2017’s “The Big Sick,” an Oscar-nominated comedy that earned $56.4 million globally.

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Cicely Tyson, 93, Makes History as First Black Woman to Receive an Honorary Oscar

Cicely Tyson, 93, Makes History as First Black Woman to Receive an Honorary Oscar
Cicely Tyson is a legend in her own right, and will be receiving a well-deserved award.

The actress, 93, was announced as one of the recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tyson began her career as a model and a theater actress with her first big screen role in 1968’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, starring actor Alan Arkin. Four years later, in 1972, the star received an Academy Award nomination for her leading performance in Sounder.

The star, who has won a Tony, two Emmys,
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Academy announces honourary Oscars, Irving G. Thalberg recipients

Awards to be handed out at Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on November 18.

The Academy board of governors have voted to present honourary Oscars to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

The three Oscar statuettes and Thalberg Award will be presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on November 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work,” said Academy president John Bailey.
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

  • Indiewire
On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cicely Tyson, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin Tapped for Governors Awards

  • Variety
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to present Honorary Awards to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

The honors will be presented at the Academy’s 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work. And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors,” said Academy president John Bailey in a statement released Wednesday.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Irving G.
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Major Arthouse Distributors Face Big Changes, From Fox Searchlight to Amazon: Here’s What It Means for Oscar Season

This has been a good summer at the arthouse, but as Oscar season approaches, it’s clear that the pressures on the specialty film world have never been greater. Fox Searchlight will soon have to prove itself in the Disney hothouse, while Annapurna believes its model can best traditional studios. Amazon is in the midst of a full-scale overhaul, and is looking for a new leader. And everyone’s facing a shrinking specialty market and feels intense pressure from Netflix, which barely engages in theatrical distribution.

Fox Searchlight Has a New Home

Obviously, as Rupert Murdoch’s sale of his Twentieth Century Fox movie and television assets to Disney moves forward, Fox Searchlight is in that mix. So far, Disney executives have been friendly, but current Fox Film chairwoman Stacey Snider wasted no time announcing new multi-year deals — and exalted chairman titles — for 18-year Searchlight veterans Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley,
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Major Arthouse Distributors Face Big Changes, From Fox Searchlight to Amazon: Here’s What It Means for Oscar Season

This has been a good summer at the arthouse, but as Oscar season approaches, it’s clear that the pressures on the specialty film world have never been greater. Fox Searchlight will soon have to prove itself in the Disney hothouse, while Annapurna believes its model can best traditional studios. Amazon is in the midst of a full-scale overhaul, and is looking for a new leader. And everyone’s facing a shrinking specialty market and feels intense pressure from Netflix, which barely engages in theatrical distribution.

Fox Searchlight Has a New Home

Obviously, as Rupert Murdoch’s sale of his Twentieth Century Fox movie and television assets to Disney moves forward, Fox Searchlight is in that mix. So far, Disney executives have been friendly, but current Fox Film chairwoman Stacey Snider wasted no time announcing new multi-year deals — and exalted chairman titles — for 18-year Searchlight veterans Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley,
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Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s ‘The Favourite’ to Open 2018 New York Film Festival

Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s ‘The Favourite’ to Open 2018 New York Film Festival
The 2018 New York Film Festival has announced it will open with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the historical drama will kick off the 56th edition of the festival at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday, September 28.

The Favourite” marks Lanthimos’ return to Nyff following “The Lobster” in 2015. The director’s “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” played Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival last year. His latest stars Weisz as Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough and Emma Stone as servant Abigail Hill, two women who engage in a sexually-charged fight to the death for the position of Queen Anne’s advisor during the War of the Spanish Succession. Colman plays the royal queen after working with Lanthimos on “The Lobster.”

Read More: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Selected as 2018 Nyff Centerpiece Screening,
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