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Dick Smith Dead: ‘Godfather of Makeup’ Dies at 92

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Smith, known as the “Godfather of Makeup,” has died at age 92. Smith’s protege, Rick Baker, tweeted of the legend’s passing on Thursday morning.

The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.

Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) July 31, 2014

The legendary makeup artist was renowned for his realistic transformations in films like “The Godfather” and “Amadeus” — aging Marlon Brando into Don Corleone and F. Murray Abraham into a wizened Antonio Salieri — garnering an Academy Award for his work in the latter alongside Paul LeBlanc. In 2012, Smith was given an honorary Governor’s Academy Award for his contribution to the field, which was presented by Baker. Earlier this year, Smith received the Makeup Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. He also won a Primetime Emmy in 1967 for his work on Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight! »


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Box office preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' aims for a cosmic debut

9 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Lorde Is Curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

17 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Here's a good idea: Lorde is curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack. (She's also written the soundtrack's first single.) To prove that she's the perfect teen for the job, she wrote about the entire thing on her Tumblr: "... to be at the helm of a project like this is easily the most responsibility i’ve ever had, and to me, that says something kind of amazing about the way the world is changing - a globally successful film franchise is allowing a teenager to run their shit. we are opening doors, we are moving walls. this makes me so insanely happy." She did a dark(er) cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the Catching Fire soundtrack: »


- Lindsey Weber

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John Stamos to Armor Up for ABC's ‘Galavant’

9 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Stamos is heading to “Galavant.” The actor and beloved yogurt pitchman has signed on to guest-star on ABC's fairy tale-centered musical comedy “Galavant,” a representative for the network told TheWrap on Thursday. While the actor has so far signed on for just one episode, there is a possibility that he will appear on multiple episodes of the series, which was created by Dan Fogelman. Fogelman told ABC News that Stamos will play a knight and foe to Galavant (Joshua Sasse), who shows up to face off once. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Media Luna Picks Up Samuli Valkama’s ‘No Thank You’

52 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sales company Media Luna has acquired Samuli Valkama’s comedy-drama “No Thank You,” which is based on Anna-Leena Harkonen’s novel “Ei Kiitos.”

“No Thank You” centers on Heli, whose husband is impervious to her charms, preferring computer games to her company. She then meets Jarno, an attractive young man who pays her the attention she craves.

Pic is Valkama’s second feature, and follows debut “Love and Other Troubles,” which premiered in 2012. His short film “Alright Love” won the Berlin Today Award at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.

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- Leo Barraclough

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China's Alibaba Invests in Maker of 'The Hobbit' Mobile Game

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alibaba's spending spree continues with Jack Ma's e-commerce and entertainment giant investing in San Francisco Bay area based mobile games company Kabam Inc.  Alibaba is investing $120 million in Kabam and will also publish a number of the company's free-to-play games across its Mobile Taobao and Laiwang platforms, including  Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon as well as the movie inspired titles The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and Fast & Furious 6: The Game.   List 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 The announcement was made by Kabam CEO Kevin Chou at ChinaJoy, the digital entertainment conference

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- Abid Rahman

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French News, Arts Cable Channels Face Closure as Government Blocks Move to Free TV

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris – France's TV regulator has declined applications from three cable channels to become free-to-air, saying adding new competition could hurt an already struggling TV advertising market. But the decision could force two of the networks to shutter. The three channels are TF1’s all-news network Lci, M6’s arts channel Paris Premiere and CanalPlus’ documentary channel Planete+. They were seeking to move out of their cable berths to become available free-to-air and fully ad-supported. But the government regulators said the French free-tv market at the moment cannot support more channels. Photos Meet 12 of Emmy's First-Time Acting

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‎Chinese Web Giant Tencent Moves Into Online Games, Novels

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Internet publishing business of Tencent, the world's fourth biggest Internet company by revenue, signed an agreement with Giant Interactive on Tuesday to develop games based on popular Internet novels.   The first fruits of the tie up between the Tencent Literature subsidiary of Tencent and Giant is a game based on the Internet novel Ze Tian Ji.  Giant Interactive vice president Peng Cheng summed up the motivation for the deal when he said, "[g]ood stories and IP have their own values for game fans and readers.” For Tencent Literature the deal fall in line with plans to monetize its huge

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- Abid Rahman

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Spanish Industry Divided Over 'Game of Thrones' Recovery Plan

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Madrid – When HBO did an extras casting call for Game of Thrones in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, more than 55,000 people turned up for a shot at 1,000 walk-on roles. News that the phenomenally popular fantasy series will shoot parts of its fifth season in Southern Spain had people in the economically depressed region (where unemployment tops 35 percent) hoping Game of Thrones knights and dragons would ride to their rescue. Spain looks longingly at the Game of Thrones effect in Northern Ireland, where Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said in April the HBO

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- Pamela Rolfe

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Sundance Film Festival Goes to Hong Kong

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The Sundance Institute is partnering with The Metroplex to present the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects, a screening series of new American indies to be held from September 19 to 28, 2014 at the new Metroplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will offer Hong Kong premieres of eight new films from the 2014 Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., with filmmakers on hand. Since 2012 the Sundance Institute, with Aeg Europe, annually presents the Sundance London film and music festival and in 2013 the Institute launched the Los Angeles-based Sundance Next Fest (August 7 to 10).  We'll find out the program for the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects in mid-August. Screenings will span two weekends from September 19 to 28, 2014. »

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Sundance Film Festival Expands to Hong Kong

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The famed Sundance Film Festival is expanding to Hong Kong, the indie film institute announced on Thursday. The festival will debut on September 19 and run through the 28th of the month. John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In our effort to share the best of American independent film with audiences outside the U.S., Hong Kong seemed an excellent location with a rich cinematic history. In partnership with The Metroplex, we look forward to presenting a program of diverse and high quality American independent films.” More to come, here is the official announcement: Sundance Institute and The Metroplex To Present. »


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Sundance Film Festival Expanding to Hong Kong

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The Sundance Film Festival is expanding its reach into Hong Kong through a screening series in September.

The Sundance Institute and Metroplex will present new American independent films,  accompanied by filmmakers and festival organizers at the recently launched cineplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong.

The series Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects series will offer the Hong Kong premieres of eight films that screened at this year’s festival.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In our effort to share the best of American independent film with audiences outside the U.S., Hong Kong seemed an excellent location with a rich cinematic history.”

The program will be announced in mid-August followed by the commencement of ticket sales in late August. The series is being supported by the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau.

Screenings will take place during two weekends — Sept. 19-21 and Sept. »


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Sundance Film Fest Heading to Hong Kong For a New Film Series

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Moviegoers in Hong Kong will get a first-hand taste of the Sundance Film Festival in September. The Sundance Institute and The Metroplex, the newly-opened multiplex in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Bay, announced today that they are joining forces to present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects, which will screen eight films, accompanied by a delegation of filmmakers and Sundance festival brass, from Sept. 19-28. Photos 10 Highest Grossing Movie Sequels The program is similar to other satellite events that Sundance, which takes place in January in Park City, Utah, now sponsors in London, along with Aeg Europe,

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- Gregg Kilday

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Yep, That Leaked Video Was the Guardians of the Galaxy Post-Credits Scene

3 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This post contains major spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy. Come back when you've seen the movie.Yesterday we posted a video (removed soon after) of what appeared to be the leaked Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits scene. Well the first showings just ended, and it turns out yesterday's video was not some big Marvel fake out: Yes, Guardians of the Galaxy's post-credits do feature Howard the Duck, the martial arts-trained, anthropomorphic duck from the planet Duckworld, and no, we do not know if this means that there's going to be another Howard the Duck movie. Speculate away! »


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'Project Runway' recap: Unconventional movie challenge sends one designer home in a huff

4 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The remaining 15 designers on "Project Runway" weren't expecting an unconventional-materials challenge this early in the competition. It brought out the best in some of them and the worst in others. Ultimately, Amanda Valentine, given a second chance on the show after competing in season 11, won the challenge – her first ever – while Carrie Sleutskaya left in angry protest. But did she really deserve to take the fall for a case of poor teamwork? -Break- 'Project Runway' contest: Win prizes by predicting who's in and who's out At the start of the episode, the designers woke up to learn that they would take in a matinee at the Village East Cinemas. There, Tim Gunn announced the week's challenge: contestants would be broken up into teams of three and design cinema-inspired collections using materials from the movie theater. Right away, it was clear Silver Team members Kristine Guico, Korina Emmerich, »


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Spike Jonze Will Guest Star on Girls

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The Wrap reports that Her director Spike Jonze will have a guest spot on the new season of Girls, playing a character called Marcos. We don't know much about the part, but Dunham did Instagram a collage of her and Jonze on set wearing 'Marnie & Desi' pins, so that's a clue. Maybe he plays one of Desi's relatives? We can kind of see the resemblance.. »


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‘Undateable’ Renewed for Second Season by NBC

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Chris D'Elia may be “undateable,” but NBC is banking on the comedian being marketable. The network told TheWrap Thursday that it has renewed D'Elia vehicle “Undateable” for a second season. The sophomore run will have 10-episodes, three fewer than in the first season. See video: ‘Undateable’ Star Slams #YesAllWomen Campaign: It Was ‘Rude’ to Ucsb Victims (Video) “Undateable” premiered in May to the top rating for a summer comedy in five years (1.3) and the most viewers in seven years (3.9 million). That said, those would be soft numbers any other time of year, and there haven't been many comedies launched this summer. »


- Tony Maglio

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Chinese TV Station Head Arrested for Suspected Corruption

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The director-general of CCTV-9, the documentary channel from state backed television giant CCTV, has been taken away by authorities on suspected corruption reports China Daily. Liu Wen was under investigation for economic malpractice in relation to the outsourcing of documentaries shown on CCTV-9 as well as advertising on the channel following a public audit, reported China Daily, citing an article on Chinese business website Caixin.  List 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 CCTV-9, established in 2011, has proved popular with Chinese youth, and the channel is particularly famous for the food documentary sensation A

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NBC renews 'Undateable' for a second season

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It turns out that being held for late May and then burnt off at a rate of two episodes per week wasn't a kiss of death for "Undateable." The multi-cam comedy has been renewed for a second season with the news breaking, as it so often seems to, via Twitter on Thursday (July 31) evening, starting with star Chris D'Elia, followed by executive producer Bill Lawrence, whose optimism for the future of "Undateable" never waned. NBC confirmed the tweets and, indeed, "Undateable" will be back on NBC at some point in the future. The Season 2 order is for 10 episodes. When I interviewed Lawrence and creator Adam Sztykiel in the spring, Lawrence explained that optimism, which seemed somewhat irrational at the time. "I think NBC's gonna win the summer because they're gonna try and win the year and I think they've got a shot right now," Lawrence explained. "And the bar is so low, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Nick Viall Explains Fantasy Suite Experience With Andi Dorfman: Our Intimacy Level Was Way Beyond the "Act of Sex"

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Nick Viall has no regrets. Which is not to say he wouldn't have done anything differently on The Bachelorette if given the chance. "You certainly have to be ready for the unexpected and everyone knows how skeptical I was, but I did try to have an open mind and allowed myself to fall in love," the man who did not end up with Andi Dorfman on the show's season finale this week told E! News' Ali Fedotowsky. "But you know, I think love can be found anywyhere. I didn't really go there looking for love! I was very clear with [Andi] about that." But lo and behold, he did fall in love and he was left with a broken heart, a blindside that prompted him to pointedly confront Andi about »


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