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Culture Dump #20: 5 Actors who Really want to win an Oscar!

The 90th Academy Awards is just a few months away – and you can tell. The industry has stepped up its game by firing out its best and brightest titles in the hopes of bagging gold – but who’ll come out on top? While Oscar predictions can often be hit and miss, some stars wear their intentions very much on their sleeve when it comes to Academy approval. People like…

Joaquin Phoenix

When actors pick roles the old saying goes: one for them, one for you. Unless you’re Joaquin Phoenix. The Gladiator star seems to have dedicated his entire career to fully immersing himself in characters most likely to land him on the Best Actor shortlist. While he may have only been nominated thrice (Gladiator in 2001, Walk The Line in 2006 and The Master in 2013), you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s happened more, having starred in look-at-me awards fodder Her,
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Paula Abdul To Host Lupus La Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon

The Lupus La Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon will take place this Friday.

Now in its 15th year, the Lupus La Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon is a Beverly Hills tradition. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of fashion and fun, including an exciting silent auction with over 200 designer handbags, donated by top designers and celebrities, as well as an exclusive fashion show from Roberto Cavalli.

The event will also feature lunch, a live auction, awards and more. Funds raised will support Lupus La’s mission to find the causes of and cure for lupus, while providing support, services and hope to those affected by lupus. Preview the handbags and purchase tickets at www.LupusLA.org.

The event will be hosted by Paula Abdul. Additional attendees include Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick; “Silicon Valley”), Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap; Bruce Almighty), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”), Kate Von (“Cutthroat Kitchen”) and more to be announced.
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'Mindy Project' Actress Xosha Roquemore Joins Brian Banks Drama (Exclusive)

'Mindy Project' Actress Xosha Roquemore Joins Brian Banks Drama (Exclusive)
Xosha Roquemore of The Mindy Project has joined the cast of Brian Banks, the drama recounting the true story of the wrongful imprisonment and exoneration of the onetime high school football prodigy.

Tom Shadyac is directing the feature, making it his first directorial project since 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2007’s Evan Almighty. Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear and Tiffany Dupont are also among the cast, and Doug Atchison wrote the script. The project was originally incubated through Amy Baer’s development fund Gidden Media, and Baer will produce alongside ShivHans PicturesShivani Rawat and Monica Levinson. Banks, Justin Brooks and Neil Strum are...
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Tiffany Dupont Joins Greg Kinnear in Brian Banks Drama (Exclusive)

Tiffany Dupont Joins Greg Kinnear in Brian Banks Drama (Exclusive)
Tiffany Dupont has joined the cast of Brian Banks, the drama recounting the true story of the wrongful imprisonment and exoneration of the one-time high school football prodigy.

Tom Shadyac is directing the feature, making it his first directorial project since 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2007’s Evan Almighty. Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear are also among the cast, and Doug Atchison wrote the script. The project was originally incubated through Amy Baer’s development fund Gidden Media, and Baer will produce alongside ShivHans PicturesShivani Rawat and Monica Levinson. Banks, Justin Brooks and Neil Strum are executive producers.

Brian Banks centers on the titular...
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Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’

Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’
The film awards season is barely a few weeks old and it already has a candidate for Mvp: “Battle of the Sexes” and “Last Flag Flying” star Steve Carell.

When Carell first saddled up to prestige projects 11 years ago in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine,” you could swim in the number of stories noting the comedian’s shift into “serious” territory. It was pretty much what you’d expect for someone who had gone from sketch comedy and stealing scenes from Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty,” to dominating air waves with a broadcast sitcom and fronting a major Judd Apatow release, to headlining a high-profile Sundance selection.

A double-dip for indie cred followed soon after with Peter Hedges’ “Dan in Real Life,” but Carell maintained an unpredictable profile. There were humble dramedies (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Way Way Back”) mixed in with glossy studio comedies (“Get Smart,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Jim Carrey to Star in New Showtime Comedy Series ‘Kidding’

Jim Carrey to Star in New Showtime Comedy Series ‘Kidding’
Jim Carrey will star in a new Showtime comedy series in his first regular television role since his days on the 1990’s sketch show “In Living Color,” Showtime announced Thursday.

The half-hour series is titled “Kidding,” in which Carrey will play Jeff, a.k.a. Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. Showtime has ordered a 10-episode first season.

The role further expands Carrey’s relationship with Showtime, as he currently executive produces the dramedy “I’m Dying Up Here,” which was recently renewed for a second season.

The project will also reunite Carrey with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry, who will direct for “Kidding.” Dave Holstein–a writer and producer on both Showtime
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Film News Roundup: Callan Mulvey Joins Chris Pine’s Scottish Drama ‘Outlaw King’

Film News Roundup: Callan Mulvey Joins Chris Pine’s Scottish Drama ‘Outlaw King’
In today’s film news roundup, Callan Mulvey is joining the cast of David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King,” Aldis Hodge will portray football player Brian Banks, and John Travolta’s “Trading Paint” gets financing.

Castings

Callan Mulvey is joining the cast of David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King” on Netflix opposite Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Variety has learned exclusively.

He will be playing the role of Sir John Comyn in the film, which will follow Scottish patriot Robert the Bruce in his campaign to liberate Scotland from the tyrannical reign of England’s Edward II during the 13th and 14th Centuries. Mulvey’s character belongs to a rival clan with their own claim to the throne.

Billy Howle and Florence Pugh are also starring in “Outlaw King.” Mackenzie is directing from a script by Bash Doran. Gillian Berrie of Sigma Films is producing with Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin.

Pine
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Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”

Freeman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear and a Kennedy Center Honor. SAG-aftra made the announcement Tuesday.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless
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Theater Chains Are Accelerating The Death Of Movie Industry -- The Lrm Weekend

  By David Kozlowski   |   18 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #9 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, this week we're featuring some of the most intriguing, powerful, and successful women in Hollywood. Its easy to become fixated on our male action stars, since that's how Hollywood tends to market their films, so we sometimes fail to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our female action stars! But first, we want to discuss the elephant in the room: the dwindling audiences at movie theaters -- we'll explore some problems, one potential solution, and hopefully provide some insight into an issue that's only going to get worse if everything remains status quo.
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Disney Is Desperate And Netflix Is Going To Eat Their Lunch -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 11 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #8 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've got a bunch of cool stuff for you this week. In our editorial we'll examine the big Disney streaming service announcement and what it means for Netflix. We'll also dive into the career of master crime writer Elmore Leonard, assess Chuck Norris' fighting skills, and have some fun with 80s Action movies. Looking forward to your comments and feedback!

Netflix Is Poised To Dominate And It's All Disney's Fault

Disney's big announcement, to pull their films from Netflix and launch their own streaming service by 2019, might look like
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Flashback: Jim Carrey Takes Et to L.A.’s Legendary Comedy Club That Later Inspired ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Flashback: Jim Carrey Takes Et to L.A.’s Legendary Comedy Club That Later Inspired ‘I’m Dying Up Here’
Before Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective or even In Living Color, there was only one way to experience the comedy magic of Jim Carrey: onstage. Over countless late nights in the ‘70s and ‘80s, thousands of people watched stand-up comedians such as Carrey hone their craft at the Los Angeles club The Comedy Store. The beginning of his 10,000-mile journey from Ontario, Canada, to stardom in the U.S. began with a single step on stage at the legendary venue, which serves as the setting of his new Showtime drama, I’m Dying Up Here, exploring the lives and careers of up-and-coming comedians.

“I came here when I was 17, on a bus, basically, and got off at The Comedy Store,” Carrey told Et in 1992, which at the time was just two years into his run on the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. Run by co-founder Mitzi Shore (also mother to the actor Pauley
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10 Times You Heard Morgan Freeman’s Voice But Didn’t Seen Him Onscreen (Photos)

10 Times You Heard Morgan Freeman’s Voice But Didn’t Seen Him Onscreen (Photos)
Morgan Freeman’s voice is hard to miss — sometimes we hear it in commercials, movies and even as our inner guiding conscious. In honor of Freeman’s 80th birthday, here are ten times you’ve heard his voice, but didn’t see him on screen. War of the Worlds Freeman served as the narrator for “War of the Worlds,” a film about extraterrestrials invading Earth and destroying cities starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Batman Begins (Video Game) Morgan Freeman voiced Lucious Fox. The Lego Movie Freeman was the voice of Vitruvius. The Civil War Freeman was the voice of
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The behind the scenes battles of Pirates Of The Caribbean

Mark Harrison May 25, 2017

The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies have not been easy films to make....

As Michael Bolton once belted out: “This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow.” The Pirates Of The Caribbean film was a surprise sleeper hit in 2003, astounding the higher-ups at Disney who had long been sceptical of how a pirate movie, based on a ride at Disneyland, would appeal to audiences.

Off the back of this success, the sequels only got more ambitious and expensive in scale, with their use of practical effects and convoluted character dynamics serving to complicate the adventure format, with mixed results. It shouldn't shock you then, to hear that each of the movies released so far had some serious behind-the-scenes battles to make them shipshape.

The fifth and apparently final instalment, Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales), has had some very public battles before it has even been released,
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Not Only Has Morgan Freeman Played God, He Once Said “I’m God”

When you think of the voice of God who do you think most closely resembles it? Clearly it’s Morgan Freeman. He’s the best voiceman/narrator in the business so it should come as no surprise that Morgan even played God in Bruce Almighty and its sequel. But what you might not know is that Morgan Freeman actually proclaimed to be God at one point in his career. When discussing his religious views in an interview, Freeman said something that most people forget he ever said: In a 2012 interview with TheWrap, Morgan Freeman explained his religious views as follows: “It’s a

Not Only Has Morgan Freeman Played God, He Once Said “I’m God”
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Tom Shadyac to Direct ‘Brian Banks’ Biopic for ShivHans Pictures

Tom Shadyac to Direct ‘Brian Banks’ Biopic for ShivHans Pictures
Producer and film financier Shivani Rawat and her production company ShivHans Pictures have acquired the rights to the project “Brian Banks” and have attached “Bruce Almighty” director Tom Shadyac to helm.

“Banks” tells the real-life story of Brian Banks, an all-American high-school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when falsely accused of rape. Despite furiously maintaining his innocence, Brian was nonetheless railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. Ultimately, with the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012 and he ultimately achieved his NFL dream with the Atlanta Falcons’ pre-season squad in 2013.

“After meeting Brian and hearing his story, I felt compelled to make this movie,” Rawat said. “I’m committed to stories about social justice, which is why this project resonated with me. Tom’s life journey the past
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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie stars

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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am

You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.

Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!

Charlie Hunnam

TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Notable film role: Pacific Rim

Any fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that heartthrob Charlie Hunnam can deliver a smouldering, broody hero on the small screen; but it wasn't until
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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie stars

  • Cineplex
From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am

You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.

Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!

Charlie Hunnam

TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Notable film role: Pacific Rim

Any fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that heartthrob Charlie Hunnam can deliver a smouldering, broody hero on the small screen; but it wasn't until
See full article at Cineplex »

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Barry Sonnenfeld Was Booted Off the Movie, and Now He’s Saved the Franchise

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Barry Sonnenfeld Was Booted Off the Movie, and Now He’s Saved the Franchise
In December 2004, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” hit cinemas nationwide.

Based on the best-selling books by Daniel Handler (under pen name Lemony Snicket), the series starred Jim Carrey — who was as hot as fire after the box office behemoth “Bruce Almighty” and critical darling “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” — and the film entered a marketplace friendly to live-action family fare. Three “Harry Potter” films had already been released, amassing more than $2.5 billion globally, and Carrey himself had carry-d the kid-friendly “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to the highest-grossing film of 2000 just a few years prior.

Yet even with the added star power of Meryl Streep and Jude Law, the $140 million production couldn’t surpass that figure domestically, nor double it worldwide. The film was a flop, with critics pointing to the softened edges of the original source material as one reason why.

While undoubtedly a disappointment to many involved,
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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Barry Sonnenfeld Was Booted Off the Movie, and Now He’s Saved the Franchise

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Barry Sonnenfeld Was Booted Off the Movie, and Now He’s Saved the Franchise
In December 2004, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” hit cinemas nationwide.

Based on the best-selling books by Daniel Handler (under pen name Lemony Snicket), the series starred Jim Carrey — who was as hot as fire after the box office behemoth “Bruce Almighty” and critical darling “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” — and the film entered a marketplace friendly to live-action family fare. Three “Harry Potter” films had already been released, amassing more than $2.5 billion globally, and Carrey himself had carry-d the kid-friendly “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to the highest-grossing film of 2000 just a few years prior.

Yet even with the added star power of Meryl Streep and Jude Law, the $140 million production couldn’t surpass that figure domestically, nor double it worldwide. The film was a flop, with critics pointing to the softened edges of the original source material as one reason why.

While undoubtedly a disappointment to many involved,
See full article at Indiewire »
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