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The Batman Gets Peter Sarsgaard, Is He Two-Face?

  • MovieWeb
The cast of The Batman continues to grow as the movie finally preps for filming early next year. The latest to join the ensemble is Peter Sarsgaard. Sarsgaard will star alongside Robert Pattinson, who was cast earlier this year as our new Bruce Wayne/Batman. Details regarding Sarsgaard's role weren't disclosed just yet, but he may be playing another familiar figure from Gotham City.

According to several reports, Peter Sarsgaard is set to star in The Batman. The news was also seemingly confirmed by writer/director Matt Reeves on Twitter, who shared a gif of the actor with the caption "Oh... Hi, Peter..." followed by a bat emoji. Reeves, who previously directed movies like Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes, has similarly confirmed other recent castings. But who is Sarsgaard playing? While that hasn't been revealed officially, it's expected that the could be playing none other than Harvey Dent,
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Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82

  • Variety
Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82
Ron Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who garnered a Tony for his work in Broadway’s “Angels in America” and played the father of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green on “Friends,” died on Friday. He was 82.

Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed the news to Variety. No further details were immediately available.

Leibman, a native of New York, played Dr. Leonard Green on “Friends” as a no-nonsense father who gave grief to David Schwimmer’s Ross, the romantic interest of Aniston’s Rachel. He received an Emmy Award in 1979 for portraying a reformed convict who became a criminal attorney on the CBS series “Kaz.”

Leibman won a Tony Award in 1993 for playing a fictional version of Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

Leibman broke into the entertainment business in 1956 on the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and made his movie debut in the 1970 comedy “Where’s Poppa?,
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Ron Leibman, Who Played Rachel’s Dad on ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82

  • The Wrap
Ron Leibman, Who Played Rachel’s Dad on ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82
Ron Leibman, the actor who played Rachel Green’s father on “Friends,” Dr. Leonard Green, has died at the age of 82.

His agent, Robert Attermann of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed Leibman’s death to TheWrap.

“We at Abrams Artists Agency are saddened to hear the news of Ron’s passing,” Attermann said in a statement. “Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV and theatre. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica, and his family.”

Over Leibman’s long acting career, which began in the late 1950s, Leibman won a Tony for his role in the 1993 play “Angels in America.” He also won an Emmy in 1979 for best lead actor in the drama series “Kaz,” on which he played the title character, Martin “Kaz” Kazinsky.

Also Read: Shelley Morrison, 'Will and Grace' Star, Dies at 83

Leibman also acted opposite Sally Field as Rueben in the 1979 film “Norma Rae,
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Jill Flint to host the Adapt Santa Project Casino Night Benefiting Adapt Community Network’s Children’s Programs

Edward R. Matthews, CEO of Adapt Community Network, announced today that Jill Flint will host the upcoming Adapt Santa Project Casino Night benefiting the Children’s Programs of Adapt Community Network on December 3rd at the Down Town Association in New York City.

Jill Flint to host the Adapt Santa Project Casino Night

The special event supports Adapt’s education programs for children and will be a night of fun, festivities, & casino games with proceeds supporting Adapt Community Network.

“I am delighted to be returning as host of Adapt Santa Project Casino Night,” says Jill Flint. “Over the years, I have seen the important ongoing work that Adapt provides in many comprehensive ways and I am a big supporter of the programs and services which Ed Matthews and his entire staff provide to thousands of people every year.”

“Jill has been a dedicated and ardent supporter of our agency for many years,
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Danny DeVito to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting

  • Variety
Danny DeVito to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting
Versatile veteran actor and multihyphenate Danny DeVito, whose memorable roles include such projects at TV’s “Taxi” and Miloš Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” will receive a Lifetime Achievement award for acting at the Camerimage International Film Festival, which runs in Toruń, Poland, on Nov. 9-16.

In the awards arena, DeVito shared a best picture Oscar nom with Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher as producer on Steven Soderbergh’s “Erin Brokovich” (2001). He also won a Golden Globe as best actor in a supporting role for “Taxi” in 1978.

Camerimage is a cinematography-focused event and festgoers are sure to ask DeVito about his collaborations with such DPs as Oliver Stapleton on Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” (2016), Dante Spinotti on Curtis Hanson’s “L.A. Confidential” (1997), Donald Peterman on Barry Sonnenfield’s “Get Shorty” (1995), Stefan Czapsky on Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” (1992) and Dean Cundey on Robert Zemeckis’ “Romancing the Stone
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Lawrence Sher (‘Joker’ cinematographer) on visualizing the villain’s ‘descent into madness and chaos’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Lawrence Sher (‘Joker’ cinematographer) on visualizing the villain’s ‘descent into madness and chaos’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I don’t think we knew it was going to become the thing that it’s become,” admits “Joker” cinematographer Lawrence Sher when asked about all the controversy surrounding the film. “We were certainly aware of the fact that there were going to be a lot of eyes on this movie. At the very least, we knew that when you deal with this level of a notorious villain like Joker,” you can’t “live in the shadows.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Sher above.

Directed by Todd Phillips, this Warner Bros. release re-imagines the famous “Batman” villain as a mentally deranged loner named Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), who lives in a crime-infested Gotham City that bears a striking resemblance to the New York City of the late 1970s/early 1980s. In his visual work, Sher wanted to create “a really intimate portrayal of a human being and their descent
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Method Man Joins ‘Waldo’ and Action-Thriller ‘Concrete Cowboys’

  • Deadline
Method Man Joins ‘Waldo’ and Action-Thriller ‘Concrete Cowboys’
Exclusive: Cliff “Method Man” Smith has added two high-profile features to his resume. The rapper-turned-actor recently wrapped Tim Kirkby’s forthcoming action-thriller Waldo and is set for the Ricky Staub-directed Concrete Cowboys starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin.

In Waldo, Smith will appear opposite Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam. The feature based on Howard Michael Gould’s novel Last Looks follows a disgraced Lapd detective (Hunnam), who’s spent the past three years living off the grid. He’s reluctantly pulled back into his old life by a former lover in order to solve the murder of an eccentric celebrity’s wife. Smith will play a rapper who is being investigated by Waldo (Hunnam). The film was adapted by Gould and also stars Morena Baccarin, Dominic Monaghan, Eiza Gonzalez, Clancy Brown, Lucy Fry and Jacob Scipio.

Deadline exclusively reported the announcement of Concrete Cowboys which is inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables,
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Trailer for Anna Kendrick's The Day Shall Come Is a Wild Ride That I'm Not Sure How to React To Yet

We’ve got a trailer for a super crazy movie called The Day Shall Come, starring newcomer Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), and Denis O’Hare, as well as comedian Jim Gaffigan. The film is directed by Christopher Morris, who has directed on the series Veep.

The film looks totally different, and like a really intriguing story. Here’s a rundown for the story it tells:

An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.

I’m extremely interested in this movie, and can’t wait to check it out. Watch the trailer below, and let us know what you think. The Day Shall Come hits theaters on September 27th.
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Natalie Portman Says Negative Reaction to ‘Star Wars’ Prequels Was ‘A Bummer’

Natalie Portman Says Negative Reaction to ‘Star Wars’ Prequels Was ‘A Bummer’
The latest additions to the “Star Wars” cinematic oeuvre have been almost universally beloved (except maybe for “Solo”), but it wasn’t too long ago that expanding the “Star Wars” universe seemed like a terrible idea. While George Lucas is still inexplicably holding firm that Jar Jar Binks is his “Star Wars” favorite character, many fans still remember the crushing disappointment of the polarizing CGI character, and the uneven trilogy that birthed him. There is one person who won’t soon forget the backlash to the prequel films, though not for the same reason.

“It was hard,” Natalie Portman told Empire. “It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed. Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.
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Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Shoots Smash Comedies and Big Blockbusters Alike

  • Variety
Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Shoots Smash Comedies and Big Blockbusters Alike
For cinematographer Lawrence Sher, the focus has always been on the director. That philosophy has carried Sher’s imagery to millions of filmgoers, including his latest work set to hit screens this year: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” directed by Michael Dougherty, and “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips, who has also collaborated with Sher on all three “Hangover” films. “Whatever success I’ve achieved comes from the fact that I care as deeply about the movie as the director does,” says Sher. “My No. 1 job is to take some of the burden and stress off of their shoulders, and I do that with thorough preparation.”

Sher took an unusual route. An economics major at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, he bypassed film school, moved to Los Angeles and started out as a camera assistant on commercials and music videos. He took any opportunity to shoot, took thousands of stills using motion picture stocks,
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Interscope Films Relaunches With Full Slate at Tribeca (Exclusive)

  • Variety
The Interscope record label’s interest in film/music crossover isn’t exactly a secret: With hit companion albums for “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther” and “La La Land,” they’ve seemed to own the soundtrack space at times in recent years. And the company hasn’t completely made a secret of its desire to move into film production. But with three films premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, they’re ready to go on record as officially being in the movie business with the launch of Interscope Films.

Or re-launch, in a manner of thinking. If “Interscope Films” rings a bell of any kind, it may be because you know your history. Before there was a music company by that name, Ted Fields started Interscope Communications (aka Interscope Pictures) in 1982, before it morphed into the music behemoth we know today in 1990 and the filmmaking component eventually dropped away.
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Link Tank: 10 Facts About Peter Dinklage

Spencer Mullen Apr 9, 2019

Peter Dinklage, Zoe Saldana, Unicorn Store, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's why Melisandre will be the most important character in Game of Thrones' final season.

"There are still many players in Game of Thrones who demand our attention as we prepare for the Season 8 premiere. While it’s easy to get caught up in focusing on the big players like Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Cersei Lannister, it’s also worth remembering there’s at least a few key characters working behind the scenes that still have the power to affect the outcome of this epic narrative before the series ends in May."

Read more at Inverse.

Zoe Saldana discussed the James Gunn controversy at a red carpet event.

"Actress Zoe Saldana has a really excellent take on Disney’s surprise restoration of James Gunn to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Much
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Zach Braff to direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola, Florence Pugh attached

Zach Braff is set to get behind the camera to direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola, which is based upon the Black List script from Mike Vukadinovich (Kidding).

As reported by Collider, the film takes place over decades and follows twin rbothers who are separated at a young age and go on to live drastically different lives, but eventually reunite in order to save the Rocket Cola company.

The site goes on to reveal that Fighting With My Family star Florence Pugh is attached to play the female lead, a young woman whom both brothers fall in love with. However, it is possible that Pugh will encounter scheduling conflicts with Marvel’s Black Widow movie, where she is set to star alongside Scarlett Johansson.

The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola will mark Braff’s fourth directorial feature after 2004’s Garden State, 2014’s Wish I Was Here, and 2017’s Going in Style.
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Exclusive: Zach Braff to Direct ‘The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola’; Florence Pugh Circling

Zach Braff is set to direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola for Escape Artists, and Florence Pugh is attached to star, multiple sources tell Collider. Braff will direct from an original screenplay by Mike Vukadinovich (Beetlejuice 2) that was voted to the 2014 Black List, so the script is highly regarded in industry circles. It gives Braff an opportunity to show what he can do with an epic love story that is of considerably greater scope and scale than Garden State. The film, which takes places over decades, follows twin brothers with opposite personalities who are separated at a …
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Bruce Springsteen Declines Sundance Appearance; Didn’t Want To Distract From ‘Blinded By The Light’ Pic Premiere

  • Deadline
Bruce Springsteen Declines Sundance Appearance; Didn’t Want To Distract From ‘Blinded By The Light’ Pic Premiere
The music of Bruce Springsteen fuels Blinded by the Light but tonight the Sundance debut of the Gurinder Chadha directed film did not get a visit from the Boss himself.

“The reason Bruce isn’t here is that he didn’t want to take away from the movie,” Chadha told a packed Eccles Theatre after the screening.

The Bend It Like Beckham helmer also regaled the “Bruce” chanting crowd in their mutual hero’s reaction to Bbtl at a private screening last year. “Thank you for looking after me so beautifully,” Chadha recalled the singer told her. “Don’t change a thing, it’s perfect,” Springsteen added, according to the director

Springsteen’s absence tonight was a bit of surprise as it has been rumored for days the Jersey boy would be showing up at the premiere. At one point, it looked like a video greeting of some sort from
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Ad Buy Helps Garnish ABC’s ‘A Million Little Things’ With Salad Dressing

  • Variety
When ABC drama “A Million Little Things” airs this evening, it may come with a little added flavor.

The newest commercial for Hidden Valley Ranch dressing will appear not only in a commercial break during Thursday night’s broadcast of the program, but in the show itself. Romany Malco’s character Rome Howard will be seen pitching the new spot – designed by real-life ad agency McGarryBowen – to a group of clients in a conference room in a scene within a segment of the program. A full-length airing of the commercial takes place in an ad break following that part of the episode.

The condiment’s cameo is the latest in a widening series of aggressive program integrations Disney has backed over the past few TV seasons. A year ago, Disney struck an advertising pact with Procter & Gamble allowing the talking points of a campaign aimed at African-American consumers to
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The Worst Performances by Great Actors — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What is the worst performance by a great actor you usually love?

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film), The Wrap, Remezcla, MovieMaker Magazine

Collectively, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have been enlisted to enhance films by Almodovar, Spielberg, Larraín, Korine, and, of course, Alfonso Cuarón; in addition to many more efforts by the world’s leading directors. Both have also tried their hand at directing, with Luna having a more notable run behind the camera, and more recently basked in the attention of worldwide mainstream success in the form of “Coco” and “Rogue One.”

Yet, buried underneath that steady stream of good marks and auteur-driven opportunities, most of which this critic has been a champion of, is “Casa de Mi Padre.” Matt Piedmont’s debut feature, a Spanish-language satire starring Will Ferrell,
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Films starring women outperform male-led films at box office, study shows

  • JoBlo
Do you hear that? It's the sound of a select group of movie fans shouting into the void a la the Infinite Abyss featured in Zach Braff's Garden State. The source of their dejected cries stems from a recent study conducted by the Creative Artists Agency and Shift7 which has found that female-led films outperformed male-led cinematic endeavors on all budgetary levels at the box office…
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Evolution of Natalie Portman, From ‘Léon: The Professional’ to ‘Vox Lux’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Evolution of Natalie Portman, From ‘Léon: The Professional’ to ‘Vox Lux’ (Photos)
Since making it onto the silver screen in “Leon: The Professional,” Natalie Portman has continued to impress and succeed under the spotlight, and then some with directing and producer creds. Before “Vox Lux” hits theaters soon, let’s reflect on the actress’s iconic career trajectory.

Leon (1994)

The Israel-born model turned actress first broke onto the film scene at 13 as the Mathilda in “Leon: The Professional.” Delivering a strong performance as a vengeful apprentice for Jean Reno’s skilled Leon, Portman snagged her first major acting credit – and an impressive one at that.

Beautiful Girls (1996)

Portman showcased her ability to work alongside Hollywood bigwigs like Matt Dillon, Rosie O’Donnell and Uma Thurman. As the smart-talking, teenage Marty, Portman charmed people both on and off screen. This was one of the last roles Portman took on before venturing exploring the Broadway stage as the titular character in “The Diary of Anne Frank.
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Natalie Portman Regrets Her Manic Pixie Dream Girl Roles And Finds The Trope “Upsetting”

It’s been almost 15 years since Natalie Portman, playing the character Sam in “Garden State,” uttered the words, “You gotta hear this one song — it’ll change your life. I swear.” That line has been repeated by film fans for a decade-and-a-half as an example of Portman portraying one of the idealistic female companions that populated cinema at the time. The type of woman that would be called the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Continue reading Natalie Portman Regrets Her Manic Pixie Dream Girl Roles And Finds The Trope “Upsetting” at The Playlist.
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