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Geoffrey Rush Steps Down As President of Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts

Geoffrey Rush Steps Down As President of Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts
The King's Speech star Geoffrey Rush has stepped down as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) following allegations of "inappropriate behavior" during an Australian stage production of the Shakespeare play King Lear. Oscar-winner Rush, who has also starred in Pirates of the Caribbean and Munich, "voluntarily" resigned from the organization after the allegations earlier this week. He was appointed as President of the group in August…
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Why People Are Comparing Meghan Markle to This Famous Socialite

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Why People Are Comparing Meghan Markle to This Famous Socialite
As far as romances go, they don't get much more fairy-tale-like than this: Prince Harry, heir to the British throne, falls in love with American actress Meghan Markle and puts a ring on it. And while no one would ever likely describe Markle as "common," her nonroyal status does in fact make her the latest commoner to stake claim on Kensington Palace. But Markle is hardly the first woman to win the affections of a British prince (and she's not so much a "winner" as an accomplished actress, model, and humanitarian). If you paid attention in your high school British history class (or you saw the 2010 film The King's Speech), then you've likely heard the name Wallis Simpson. In 1931, the twice-divorced American socialite met Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor. When he became king five years later, he refused to end their relationship despite opposition from outraged citizens expressing concern over Simpson's divorcee status.
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Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks Team for Chris Morris Movie

Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks Team for Chris Morris Movie
Anna Kendrick and Danielle Brooks have teamed up for a new movie from Chris Morris, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the currently-untitled project is Morris' second directorial effort, after his 2010 dark comedy Four Lions. It is being produced by See Saw Films and Archer Gray Productions, which previously collaborated on The King's Speech and Mr. Holmes. It is being partly financed by Film4.

Denis O’Hare, Kayvan Novak, James Adomian, Pej Vahdat, Mousa Kraish and Marchant Davis are also among the cast.

Kendrick — who previously starred in Up in the Air, Table 19, The Accountant — ...
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Anna Kendrick To Front Chris Morris Comedy For See Saw Films & Film4

Anna Kendrick To Front Chris Morris Comedy For See Saw Films & Film4
Anna Kendrick and Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks are set to star in the latest directorial effort from Four Lions helmer Chris Morris. I hear that the long-awaited but secretive project was filmed in the Dominican Republic during the summer. It is understood that the untitled film, which would be Morris' second feature as director, is being produced by The King's Speech producer See Saw Films and U.S producer Archer Gray Productions, which has been behind films…
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi Join Swati Bhise’s ‘Swords and Scepters’

Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi Join Swati Bhise’s ‘Swords and Scepters’
Rupert Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) and Derek Jacobi (“The King’s Speech”) have joined the cast of “Swords and Scepters,” the period drama about an Indian uprising against the British East India Company.

Nathaniel Parker (“Stardust”), Ben Lamb (“Divergent”) and Jodhi May (“Defiance”) will also star alongside Devika Bhise (“The Man Who Knew Infinity”) in the movie, which Shiva Sinindo Films is producing with Cayenne Pepper Productions.

Indian choreographer and Cayenne Pepper CEO Swati Bhise (“The Man Who Knew Infinity”) will direct. He co-wrote the script with Olivia Emden and Devika Bhise, who will also star in the leading role. Nagesh Bhonsle, Yatin Karyekar, Milind Gunaji, Arif Zakaria, and Ajinkya Deo will also appear.

The movie will follow the story of Rani Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, who led her army against the East India Company in the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.

“It’s an incredible story about a woman who fought for what she believed in,” Bhise
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Harvey Weinstein: Academy Calls Emergency Meeting Amid Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: Academy Calls Emergency Meeting Amid Allegations
Update: The Academy announced Saturday that they would "immediately expel" Harvey Weinstein, adding that a vote by the 54-member board of governors was "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority," The New York Times reported. The move is a break in tradition for the Academy, which didn't take similar action in the aftermath of scandals involving Academy members like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message
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Colin Firth Gets Better With Age, and Here's the Proof

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Colin Firth Gets Better With Age, and Here's the Proof
For three decades, Colin Firth has been wowing us on stage and screen. With a résumé that spans everything from period dramas to action films, he's proven that there is nothing he can't do (including tackling Abba songs in Mamma Mia). For his role in The King's Speech, he became the worthy recipient of an Oscar for best actor (to add to his trio of SAG Awards, his two BAFTA awards, and his Golden Globe). Not many men have played two Mr Darcy's quite so memorably, and Mr Firth definitely knows how to turn on the charm when it comes to his many outings as a romantic lead. Right now, he's on cinema screens as the impossibly dapper Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and he's never looked better. Don't believe us? Take a look back at his celebrity evolution, including some very memorable roles and red carpet appearances.
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Otd: Yul Marries, Macy Screams, Fellini Premieres

on this day in showbiz-related history...

1944 Yul Brynner marries his first wife, actress Virginia Gilmore, in Los Angeles. They're both in their mid 20s. She's already made 15 movies but he's just starting out with two Broadway shows under his belt. Their marriage will last 16 years and they will have one child together. Rock Brynner (their son) will go on to write a book about his dad and their family history.

1954 Federico Fellini's La Strada premieres at the Venice Film Festival and goes on to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Fellini will go on to completely own that category, winning thrice more with The Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8½ (1963), and Amarcord (1974)

Macy Gray, The King's Speech, and more after the jump...
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Churchill review

Brian Cox gives an excellent performance as Winston Churchill in Churchill. He's the best thing about it...

One of the earliest and most foreboding images in Churchill comes as a put-upon Prime Minister stands by the sea. As the tides gently roll in, his famous Homburg hat blows into the water and when he bends down to retrieve it, the tide appears to him to be reddened with blood. Regrettably, it's the first and last cinematic beat in a film that puts its lead character's inner turmoil upfront.

It's June 1944, and Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) cuts a less impressive figure than he did when he was inspiring the people of Britain as they came under attack from Nazi forces years earlier. In fact, he finds himself listing in the margins of an Allied high command led by Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) as they plan Operation Overlord and the Dunkirk landings.
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Netflix's Shimmer Lake Trailer Unravels a Backwards Mystery

Netflix's Shimmer Lake Trailer Unravels a Backwards Mystery
With just a few weeks until it debuts on the streaming service, Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming indie Shimmer Lake, which is slated to arrive June 9. This dark comedy is set during the aftermath of a bank robbery in a small town, but nothing is as it seems, including the actual format of the movie itself. While we can't exactly tell from the trailer, this movie is told in reverse time.

Netflix debuted the trailer for this darkly comic crime thriller on YouTube today, which follows a local sheriff named Zeke Sikes (Benjamin Walker) hunting three bank robbery suspects, one of whom is his brother Andy (Rainn Wilson). From the trailer's opening moments, we can tell that Zeke is a straight shooter, so to speak, telling his young niece Sally (Isabel Dove) that everyone in town thinks they can do whatever they want with no repercussions.
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J.J. Abrams' Overlord Cast Announced, Is It Cloverfield 4?

J.J. Abrams' Overlord Cast Announced, Is It Cloverfield 4?
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot jointly announced today the complete cast for Overlord, from Director Julius Avery (Son of a Gun). We reported in March that Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell have come aboard to star in the film, with rumors already starting that this film could actually be Cloverfield 4. While the studio hasn't confirmed Overlord's connection to the Cloverfield franchise, the assembled cast is most certainly impressive and diverse.

Joining the previously announced casting of Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell, Overlord will also star Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Dominic Applewhite (The King's Speech), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones), Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), John Magaro (The Big Short), Mathilde Ollivier (The Misfortunes of Francois Jane) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo). The Bad Robot production is produced by J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber, and written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). The Paramount Pictures
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MPAA: Films and TV Shows About Real-Life People Jeopardized by 'Porco' Ruling

Hidden Figures. The King's Speech. Moneyball. The Big Short. Zero Dark Thirty. And on and on...

What these films have in common is that they are inspired by real-life stories about real-life people. And according to the Motion Picture Association of America, such works are now under threat, thanks to a ruling in February from a New York appeals court which revived a lawsuit from the convicted murderer Christopher Porco against Lifetime Television over the ripped-from-the-headlines television movie Romeo Killer. 

On Monday, Lifetime submitted a bid for a re-argument at the appeals court, and sensing danger, the MPAA...
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Mary Poppins Returns Photos Take Emily Blunt on a Magical Bike Ride

Mary Poppins Returns Photos Take Emily Blunt on a Magical Bike Ride
Back in February, production began on Disney's long-awaited Mary Poppins Returns, which has been filming at Shepperton Studios in London. The production has also been filming on location in various areas of London, and over the weekend, new Mary Poppins Returns set photos surfaced, featuring both Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda embarking on a late-night bike ride through the city near Buckingham Palace, and it seems they're joined by a number of young bike riders as well. No details were given for this scene in question, or when it takes place in this story.

Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane.
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'Dance Academy' scribe Sam Strauss preps story of royal mistress 'Sheila'

'Dance Academy' star Xenia Goodwin shooting in New York (courtesy Werner Film Holdings).

Screenwriter Samantha Strauss makes her feature debut this month with Dance Academy, based on the show she created with producer Joanna Werner in 2010..

Earlier feature scripts went nowhere, the writer tells If. "I.d written a film before that had a young female protagonist and that was incredibly difficult to get up. We were told at the time that it.s not a market for Australia."

But the support of StudioCanal and the show's German partner Zdf made a Dance Academy feature possible, and Strauss is thrilled with the result.

"Everything I.ve ever worked on, you just hate everything you.ve ever written and every moment is awful and you can.t imagine what it looks like," she said..

"This is the first experience where. no I shouldn.t say that (laughs). But when we saw the rough cut,
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Review: Don't Drink the Water—Gore Verbinski's "A Cure for Wellness"

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Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film.
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Luke Davies on 'Candy', mature share houses, and the magic of Garth Davis

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(l-r) Angie Fielder, Luke Davies, Dev Patel, Garth Davis and Dp Greig Fraser on-set.

Aussie screenwriter Luke Davies lives in La with director David Michôd, and is repped by UTA's Bec Smith. Both are former If editors, and Davies himself used to contribute DVD reviews to the magazine. We spoke with the honorary old boy on the phone from Bondi, where he was staying on a layover in Oz late last year.

Your path into screenwriting began with Candy, is that right?.

Yeah. I was always obsessed with film but didn.t know how to break in. So I said to Margaret Fink, the producer, that she could option the book if I was allowed to try my hand at the first draft of the screenplay. That was the beginning of the path that led to here.

Had you been reading screenplays before that point or did you just learn on the job?
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Of Heffalumps And Proles: Where Do Oscar Upsets Come From?

Of Heffalumps And Proles: Where Do Oscar Upsets Come From?
Where do surprises come from? If we knew, they wouldn't be surprises. But it's probably worth looking at the slightly less mysterious matter of Oscar upsets, as the 7,000 or so voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cast their ballots between now and next Tuesday. By and large, Academy members are a predictable bunch, especially when it comes to the Best Picture award. Almost everyone knew Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and The Artist were…
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Mary Poppins Returns Begins Shooting, Full Cast Announced

Mary Poppins Returns Begins Shooting, Full Cast Announced
Production on Mary Poppins Returns, the all new sequel to Disney's 1964 film Mary Poppins, has commenced at Shepperton Studios. The film, which stars Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods) and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) and is directed and produced by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.

The film also stars Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter films) with Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).

Mary Poppins Returns introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), Nathanael Saleh (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Joel Dawson.
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Malia Obama Is Pitching Scripts to Execs at Weinstein

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Malia Obama Is Pitching Scripts to Execs at Weinstein
Malia Obama already has one hell of an entry level job as the Weinstein Company's newest intern -- she's picking and choosing scripts to pitch to execs ... TMZ has learned. Our Weinstein sources tell us Malia started work Monday and she's ensconced in the production/development department ... reading through scripts and deciding which ones move on to Weinstein brass. We're told Malia's internship will run through the Spring.  Weinstein gets lots of scripts from top screenwriters and unknowns alike,
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