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Eddie Vedder Inspired Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star Is Born’ Character: ‘He Was Like, What? Bro, Don’t Do That’

Eddie Vedder Inspired Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star Is Born’ Character: ‘He Was Like, What? Bro, Don’t Do That’
Earlier this year in Philadelphia, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Vedder and their wives watched an Eagles playoff game together. On the surface, it seemed like a simple case of two super famous people hanging out. But they were working on something else.

Cooper confirmed at the premiere of “A Star Is Born” in Los Angeles on Monday that he channeled elements of the Pearl Jam singer’s mannerisms into his portrayal of Jackson Maine.

Apparently the sleuths on Reddit and elsewhere were correct.

“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper told Yahoo Entertainment. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”

Vedder, apparently, was nonplussed by the whole movie thing,
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Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’ Heads To The Heart Of The Holiday Season

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Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’ Heads To The Heart Of The Holiday Season
Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy Second Act from STX is moving out of the crowded Thanksgiving Eve frame of Wednesday Nov. 21 to Dec. 14.

This puts the Peter Segal-directed film in a pre-Christmas weekend as counterprogramming to Universal’s fantasy pic Mortal Engines and Sony’s fanboy animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

We hear Second Act is moving due to some incredible test screenings. Universal’s TIFF winner Green Book, the Viggo Mortensen-Mahershala Ali drama about pianist Don Shirley and his Italian-American chauffeur, landed on Second Act‘s old date of Nov. 21 recently, looking to make a play for women and older audiences.

Second Act is a comedy along the lines of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Lopez plays Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts,
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‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works
Move over, Bruce Springsteen. The rock gods known as Stillwater may be playing Broadway soon.

On Tuesday, producers announced plans for a stage musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.”

Crowe, who won the Academy Award for his original screenplay on the semiautobiographical film, will write the script and co-write the lyrics with Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), who will write the original score.

Also Read: Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute to His 'Almost Famous' Star Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jeremy Herrin (“Wolf Hall”) has signed on to direct the production, though the timing remains unclear.

The producers inlcude Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson.

The 2000 film starred Patrick Fugit as a high school music geek who lands a dream assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to follow an up-and-coming rock band on tour. The film earned four Oscar nominations,
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‘A Star Is Born’ Teaser Finally Features a New Song, Plus Expect ‘Shallow’ to Drop on Friday

‘A Star Is Born’ Teaser Finally Features a New Song, Plus Expect ‘Shallow’ to Drop on Friday
The buzz surrounding A Star Is Born is already through the roof, and the film hasn’t even come out yet. If you’ve yet to catch the film, you’ve only heard snippets of a few songs featured in the trailer. Now, a new A Star Is Born teaser provides us with (part of) a new song from the […]

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The Morning Watch: How to Paint with Tenacious D, Meet Gal Gadot’s Stunt Double & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, find out how to paint with Tenacious D […]

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Black 47 review – brutal revenge amid the horror of the Irish famine

An Irishman deserts from the British army to wreak vengeance on a hated absentee landlord in a shocking but insightful drama

Irish film-maker Lance Daly has taken on the great famine of the 19th century, and its worst year, the “Black ’47”, drawing from it an intestine-snappingly brutal movie that you could call revenge horror, or revenge western. Revenge something, anyway. And this is probably the generic result of seeing the famine not as a sorrowful tragedy, but as a matter of criminal constitutional negligence, with colonial rulers creating a serf class of disenfranchised tenant farmers, whose product was exported and who were made dependent for subsistence on a single, blight-vulnerable strain of potato.

Related: Irish famine film Black 47 wins over the critics
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Indie Sales acquires Romanian drama 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' ahead of Warsaw premiere (exclusive)

Hard-hitting film is inspired by real-life scandal about life-threatening hygiene standards in Romanian hospitals.

Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired world rights to emerging Romanian filmmakers Gabi Virginia Sarga and Catalin Rotaru’s debut feature Thou Shalt Not Kill, ahead of its premiere at Warsaw Film Festival (Oct 12-21).

The film is inspired by a real-life scandal in Romania about terrible hygiene standards in the country’s hospitals and the use of substandard, diluted disinfectants to clean operating surgeries.

Rising Romanian actor Alexandru Suciu stars as a young surgeon who starts a solitary fight against a corrupted system after the sudden
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Starline Boards Igor Voloshin’s Thriller ‘The Cellar’ (Exclusive)

Starline has taken international rights to “The Cellar,” the crime thriller from Russian filmmaker Igor Voloshin (“Bedouin”).

The picture is a three-way co-production between Slovakia’s Furia Film, Russia’s Gate Film, and the Czech Republic’s 8Heads Production. It was largely filmed in the Slovak Republic where it will be released this week through Italfilm.

“The Cellar” stars French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr (“The Big Blue”) as a jobbing musician in a failing marriage who decides to take the law into his own hands when his teenage daughter goes missing. Voloshin regular Olga Simonova (“Bedouin”) stars alongside Barr, with Milan Ondrik (“Eva Nova”), John Robinson (“Elephant”) and newcomers, Simoneta Hladka and Dalibor Stofan providing support.

U.K.-based sales outfit Starline has been building a lineup of world cinema titles that sit alongside its roster of feature documentaries. It recently acquired Tom Collins’ Irish-language period drama “Penance.”

Starline’s director
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Alliance Entreprendre Becomes Shareholder in About Premium Content

Paris-based private equity firm Alliance Entreprendre (Natixis Groupe) has taken a minority stake in About Premium Content (Apc) to allow the company to fast-track its growth.

Apc’s current drama slate includes Movistar Studios’s Spanish-language drama “Gigantes” (pictured), Vox Pictures’s English-language hit series “Keeping Faith,” Dutch crime thriller “Fenix” and the returning Swedish crime thriller “Alex.”

With Alliance Entreprendre becoming a key investor and financial partner, Apc will be expanding its business into the development, financing and distribution of upscale TV shows across drama, kids and documentary. The company will also be co-producing more international drama and scripted series as well as grow its portfolio of English-language series.

Apc’s founders and managers, Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel, will remain majority shareholders in Apc. Nevision also remains a shareholder. Besides Alliance Entreprendre, the company is backed by a pool of financial investors.

“Our aim from inception has been
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Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor to star in 'The End' for Sky, See-Saw

Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor to star in 'The End' for Sky, See-Saw
The 10-part series will start shooting in Australia in October.

UK actress Harriet Walter is set to star with Australia’s Frances O’Connor in The End, a 10-part series about three generations of a family, that wlll start shooting in Queensland in Australia in October.

See-Saw Films is producing the series, a co-production between Sky in the UK and Australia’s Foxtel. It will air on Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK and Ireland in 2019. Endeavour Content is selling the series internationally.

The End is written by Samatha Strauss, who co-created the hit Australian series Dance Academy,
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Judi Dench defends Kevin Spacey, criticising his 'extrusion from history'

Dench takes issue with decision to cut actor out of Getty kidnap film All the Money in the World over sexual assault allegations, and praised his friendship in her time of grief

Judi Dench has defended disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, saying she “can’t approve” of the way he was removed from the recent Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World, about the J Paul Getty III kidnap, and replaced with Christopher Plummer.

Speaking to journalists at the San Sebastian film festival, where she received a lifetime achievement award, Dench said Spacey was “a good friend” and had been an “inestimable comfort” and “kept me going” while they worked together on The Shipping News after the death of her husband Michael Williams in 2001.
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LevelK closes another round of deals for 'Heavy Trip' (exclusive)

Sales include Taiwan, China, Portugal and Spain.

Finnish heavy metal comedy Heavy Trip, has been sold to a raft of territories by sales agent LevelK.

They include Taiwan (Cineplex Development), China (DDDream), Portugal (Filmin), and Spain (Twelve Oaks Pictures). Ascot Elite, which previously bought the film for Germany, has now picked up the film for Benelux as well.

Previously, the film sold to the Us (Doppelgänger Releasing/Music Box Films) as well as PayTV for Eastern Europe (HBO Central Europe). Scanbox released in Finland in March.

The film had its world premiere at SXSW and it will screen at the
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'Neon Heart' lands Danish deal ahead of San Sebastian premiere (exclusive)

Director also reveals plans for his second feature.

Reel Pictures has bought Danish rights to Neon Heart, writer/director Laurits Flensted-Jensen’s debut feature which has its world premiere this week in San Sebastian’s New Directors Competition.

Reel Pictures has a history of supporting new directors with recent acquisitions such as Holiday, Sticks & Stones (Brakland), Christian IV, Heartstone and Cutterhead.

Neon Heart stars Victoria Carmen Sonne from Sundance hit Holiday, as well as Niklas Herskind and Noah Skovgaard Skands. The story follows three people ’chasing life’ – a woman returns home to Denmark after a short-lived porn career in the
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Global Screen Close to Selling Out on Spy Cat Movie ‘Marnie’s World’ (Exclusive)

Global Screen has closed further sales deals for its 3D animated feature film “Marnie’s World,” which is close to selling out worldwide. The movie is written and directed by Oscar winners Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein.

In the film, pampered pussycat Marnie is lured into becoming a secret agent. Marnie teams up with a bunch of runaway animals, and sets off on a dangerous mission to track down a gang of notorious thieves.

Among the latest territory deals are the U.K. (sold to Signature), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Africa (Black Sheep), the Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), Israel (Five Stars Distribution) and Poland (Kino Swiat). The film will be released by Universum Film in Germany in spring 2019. Negotiations are underway with buyers for the U.S. and Australia.

Previously announced deals include France (Septieme Factory), Spain (Flins y Peniculas), China (Vision Film), Hungary (ADService), Latin America (Cdc Film), Portugal (Films4You), Turkey (Tme), Bulgaria
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‘Signal Rock’ Set as The Philippines Oscar Contender

‘Signal Rock’ Set as The Philippines Oscar Contender
The Philippines has selected “Signal Rock” as its contender in the foreign-language section of the upcoming Academy Awards. The film is directed by Chito Rono and stars Christian Bables and Elora Espano.

The family drama documents how the population of Biri Island in the 1990s had to climb a high rock in order to get a mobile phone signal. The film was shot on location over a period of two weeks.

Production was by Regal Films. The film has a commercial theatrical release in The Philippines in August. It will next month play at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea.

The Philippines first put forward films for Oscars consideration in the 1950s, and has consistently selected films in most years since the mid-1990s. To date none have been retained by the Academy for nomination.
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Japan Not Expecting Crazy Rich Business With ‘Asians’

Japan Not Expecting Crazy Rich Business With ‘Asians’
Crazy Rich Asians” will open in Japan this week with distributor Warner Japan betting that the film’s muscular box office in the U.S. and elsewhere will carry over to Asia’s second-largest market. But the odds are against a huge win.

In mid-September, Warner revealed that it would expand the number of theaters showing the film from the originally planned 30 to 75. “Asians” has also been covered extensively in the Japanese media, though its cast is mostly unknown in Japan and its source novel has yet to become a bestselling sensation.

Writing for online lifestyle magazine Wezzy, Kaoru Domoto noted that Warner has localized the title to “Crazy Rich” (Kureiji Ricchi), deciding that “Asians” was not helpful. “Those born as Japanese in this country do not need to think of themselves as ‘Asian’ and are not in the position of a racial minority,” Domoto wrote. “Also, in the past,
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Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo

Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
’Had the judge not sentenced him to prison there would have been a huge outcry.’

Monday’s sentencing of the stand-up comic and actor Bill Cosby to three to 10 years for drugging and molesting a woman was a watershed moment for the formidable #MeToo movement.

Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill delivered the first custodial sentence to a world-renowned entertainer since #MeToo erupted in late 2017 and, legal observers say, it may change the way society views accusers and accused in such cases.

“I am hopeful that the #MeToo movement has made a difference in the minds of the public by educating a great number of people,
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Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks a critical moment for #MeToo

Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks a critical moment for #MeToo
’Had the judge not sentenced him to prison there would have been a huge outcry.’

Monday’s sentencing of the comedian and actor Bill Cosby was a watershed moment for the formidable #MeToo movement.

Not only did Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill deliver the first custodial sentence to a household name since #MeToo erupted in late 2017, legal observers say the jury’s verdict last April and the judge’s sentence this week may change the way we look at accusers and accused in these cases.

“I am hopeful that the #MeToo movement has made a difference in the minds of
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Film Review: Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’

Film Review: Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’
Nothing spoils a family gathering quite like politics, and no movie has captured the way such debates can turn ugly quite like Ike Barinholtz’s “The Oath,” an impressively out-there feature debut in which no-win arguments over a divisive new government policy escalate into a full-blown hostage crisis, turning what should have been a mild-mannered Thanksgiving weekend into a dark and potentially deadly misunderstanding. Part satire, part thriller — and only partway satisfying the potential of a film so boldly overt in its critique of the zeitgeist — “The Oath” kicks off with the all-too-plausible premise that the White House is encouraging all Americans to sign a statement of loyalty to the president, then flashes forward to just days before the deadline.

The administration has given citizens until Black Friday to pledge their allegiance, all but ensuring that families whose political views don’t align perfectly are in for the most awkward Turkey Day of their lives.
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The Good Place actor Kristen Bell: ‘I couldn’t be Stepford if I tried’

She’s made philosophy fun in The Good Place, has a model marriage and still finds time for charity work. No wonder Kristen Bell struggles to keep it all together

Lately, Kristen Bell has been fielding a lot of stymieing questions. At home, her daughters, three and five, have been asking scramblers such as, “Why is Earth?” and “Who made dogs?”. They have also been asking about death, she says, taking a sip of her green smoothie at a health food cafe in Los Feliz. “Are we going to die? When are we going to die?” – questions that dovetail eerily with their mother’s work on the set of The Good Place. In the Netflix sitcom set in the afterlife, each episode sees her character Eleanor – a self-described Arizona trash-bag whose soul is in constant threat of gut-disemboweling damnation – calibrate the least amount of ethical effort to keep herself out of The Bad Place.
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