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Stellar Alumni Reflect on UCLA’s Arts Program

  • Variety
Decades before UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television formally became one of the world’s top-ranking drama departments, the Southern California university’s arts program was synonymous with nurturing artists whose iconic work irrevocably transformed entertainment, and media itself, for the better.

Marking the first time a major university combined the three disciplines under one administration, UCLA Tft was established in 1990, simultaneously building on the history of the school’s storied curriculum, bolstering industry connections to reflect its impact and influence, and developing a network of facilities, instructors and experts to help prepare and accommodate students for a constantly changing entertainment landscape.

Even before 14-time Academy Awards telecast producer Gil Cates became its founding dean, UCLA’s fine arts departments were already part of a considerable legacy, with a list of famous alumni that included James Dean, Steve Martin, Paul Schrader, Francis Ford Coppola, Carroll Ballard, Rob Reiner,
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What We Do In The Shadows’ Jemaine Clement joins ‘Avatar’ sequel

What We Do In The Shadows’ co-creator Jemaine Clement has jumped on board James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequels.

Clement, who takes up the role of marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, will be joining Michelle Yeoh who will play the role of scientist Dr. Karina Mogue, Zoe Saldana, who reprises the role of the Na’vi princess Neytiri. Sam Worthington will also return as the human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully. Sigourney Weaver and bad guy Stephen Lang will be back too. Other newcomers include ‘Game of ThronesOona Chaplin and Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis will be joining the sequels, and Edie Falco is playing the new character General Ardmore. Kate Winslet will also be reuniting with Cameron playing the role of Ronal.

“I’ve loved Jemaine’s work for years and I’m really pumped that he’s joining our cast as Ian Garvin, one of my favourite characters,
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James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Casts Jemaine Clement

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James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Casts Jemaine Clement
Jemaine Clement is joining the cast of James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels. He will play marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin.

“I’ve loved Jemaine’s work for years and I’m really pumped that he’s joining our cast as Ian Garvin, one of my favorite characters,” Cameron said in a statement.

Avatar 2,” the first of four follow-ups, will hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2021, a year after what Fox had planned before it was bought by Disney in March. Disney announced last week that the remaining installments will be released on the same weekend every two years, alternating with “Star Wars” movies with “Avatar 3” arriving in 2023; “Avatar 4” in 2025; and finally “Avatar 5” in 2027.

The 2009 fantasy epic “Avatar” remains the all-time box office champion, with $2.8 billion worldwide. Cameron initially envisioned two sequels, but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists and designers, realized he had too much material and extended
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18 Hot Sales Titles in Cannes, From ‘Moonfall’ to ‘Cherry’

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18 Hot Sales Titles in Cannes, From ‘Moonfall’ to ‘Cherry’
Well, this is it, folks. Time to talk about one of the most important film events of the year — the Cannes Film Festival — and which buzzy titles are up for grabs this year.

There’s a hot package starring Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish titled “Down Under Cover.” Roland Emmerich directs a sci-fi project called “Moonfall.” Newly minted Oscar winner Olivia Colman stars with Anthony Hopkins in a drama called “The Father.” And Anthony Mackie reunites with “Avengers” co-star Samuel L. Jackson in “The Banker,” while the Russo Brothers reteam with Tom Holland for “Cherry.”

This year’s lineup features everything from space odysseys to WWII dramas to rom-coms to political dramas. Some directors are heading back to the Croisette for their sixth time to compete (“Oh Mercy!” director Arnaud Desplechin), while others, like Florian Zeller, are traveling to the French Riviera town for the first time.

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Jimmy Fallon (‘The Tonight Show’) on ‘refreshing’ late night with Puerto Rico, ‘Larry Sanders’ episodes [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Jimmy Fallon (‘The Tonight Show’) on ‘refreshing’ late night with Puerto Rico, ‘Larry Sanders’ episodes [Exclusive Video Interview]
“You never know what bit or what game is going to work,” admits “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. Whether it’s a shot-for-shot parody of Dead or Alive‘s “You Spin Me Right Round” music video with Paul Rudd or donning a grey wig to rap as Bernie Sanders, the late night host is always trying to “think back to the originators of ‘The Tonight Show,'” who would do anything for laughs, when coming up with ideas. Watch our exclusive video interview with Fallon above or listen to the audio version below.

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Fallon has been sitting at the iconic “Tonight Show” desk since 2014, and he always hopes to come up with “something refreshing,” not just for the writers, “but for the audience too. What can you do that’s different, besides just… a monologue and a talk show?
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Hollywood Slow To React To Georgia “Heartbeat Bill” Signing, But Some Production Companies Vow To Boycott State

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Hollywood Slow To React To Georgia “Heartbeat Bill” Signing, But Some Production Companies Vow To Boycott State
Hollywood has been slow in reacting against Georgia’s Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” that prohibits most abortions in the state once doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Signed into law this week, the bill – now one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws – was earlier heavily criticized by many In Hollywood, whose interest In the state stems from the extensive film and TV industry presence thanks to Georgia’s production tax credits. Avengers: Endgame and the long-running TV series The Walking Dead are among the productions that have shot in the state.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who beat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last fall, made the bill’s passage one of his campaign promises. Like in other states that have attempted similar legislation, court challenges are expected. Barring any blocks, the law would take effect in January 2020.

Previously,
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Tribeca audience winner 'Plus One' lands at Radiant Films International (exclusive)

Radiant Films International has come on board Tribeca Film Festival narrative audience award winner Plus One and will screen and launch sales in Cannes.

Radiant Films International has come on board Tribeca Film Festival narrative audience award winner Plus One and will screen and launch sales in Cannes.

Ben Stiller is among the executive producers on the comedy starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid as best friends who, faced with a summer of friends’ weddings, agree the only way they can get through the season is by accompanying each other to every nuptial.

The directing debut from Jeff Chan and
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Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Into Law Amid Hollywood Scrutiny

Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Into Law Amid Hollywood Scrutiny
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” that prohibits most abortions in the state once doctors can detect a fetus’ heartbeat.

The bill, now one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, has been criticized by abortion-rights groups as well as many in Hollywood (fetal heartbeats are detected as early as about six weeks of pregnancy). The film and TV industry utilize Georgia’s extensive production tax credits; Avengers: Endgame is among the recent pics to shoot in the state.

Kemp, who beat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last fall, made the bill’s passage one of his campaign promises. Like in other states that have attempted similar legislation, court challenges are expected.

Several Hollywood entities weighed in on the bill as it wound its way through the Georgia Legislature, including Alyssa Milano
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Tribeca 2019: ‘Reality Bites’ 25th Anniversary Reunion

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On Saturday afternoon the 18th Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ben Stiller’s iconic ’90s movie Reality Bites with a screening followed by a cast and filmmaker reunion. Ben Stiller was joined on stage by stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo, plus writer Helen Childress, producer Michael Shamberg and executive producer Stacey Sher. Ethan Hawke was dressed for the occasion, sporting a t-shirt emblazoned with: ‘Hey, That’s My Bike,’ the name of his Reality Bites character’s grunge band. As the movie’s end credits rolled, singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb made a surprise on stage appearance to perform her hit song from the film’s soundtrack, Stay (I Missed You). You can view her performance on Tribeca’s Facebook page.

Reality Bites. Universal.

During the post-screening conversation, Stiller recalled, “I think I was attached to direct and not act in it, and then somehow somebody suggested,
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See Lisa Loeb Perform ‘Stay’ at Tribeca’s ‘Reality Bites’ Reunion

See Lisa Loeb Perform ‘Stay’ at Tribeca’s ‘Reality Bites’ Reunion
The cast of Reality Bites reunited Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. As the end credits rolled during the special screening, Lisa Loeb made a surprise appearance to sing her “Stay (I Missed You),” the hit single from the Reality Bites soundtrack.

Loeb tweeted of the unexpected performance, “So much fun surprising everyone at the #TribecaFilmFestival 25th anniversary celebration of #RealityBites! The crowd seemed to unite in an ‘ooooohaaaaah.’ Pretty cool singalong!”

Tribeca’s 25th anniversary screening of Reality Bites reunited stars Winona Ryder,
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Lost Boys & Reality Bites Casts Both Reunited Over the Weekend

Lost Boys & Reality Bites Casts Both Reunited Over the Weekend
Over the weekend, two awesome reunions happened, and the photos have been posted online. On one side of the country, those in attendance at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Saturday were treated to a special reunion for the 25th anniversary screening of the Ben Stiller movie Reality Bites, which even featured a surprise appearance from Lisa Loeb performing a song from the movie's soundtrack. Meanwhile, three lead stars from the 1987 vampire movie The Lost Boys were all on hand to meet fans at Fan Expo Dallas 2019, and managed to have a photo snapped of the three all together. Fortunately for us, photos from both reunions have been posted online.

After the Reality Bites screening, Loeb appeared on stage to perform her song "Stay" live for the crowd. Following the performance, director and star Ben Stiller also came on the stage, bringing along fellow performers Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke,
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Ethan Hawke Says He Almost Passed on ‘Reality Bites': ‘I Was Like, Who Is Ben Stiller?’

Ethan Hawke Says He Almost Passed on ‘Reality Bites': ‘I Was Like, Who Is Ben Stiller?’
Ethan Hawke took a trip down Memory Lane this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Reality Bites,” the film that gave him his big start… and, he says, that he almost turned down.

Hawke attended a special 25th anniversary screening of the 1994 cult film, along with Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, writer Helen Childress, producer Michael Shamberg, and executive producer Stacey Sher. He even came dressed for the occasion, wearing a “Hey, That’s My Bike” shirt in homage to the fictional band in the film.

While Hawke had previously appeared in “Explorers” and “Dead Poets Society,” “Reality Bites” was his first shot at a leading role. Stiller, meanwhile, made his directorial debut with the film. But neither would have found that opportunity if it wasn’t for Winona Ryder, who introduced the actors to each other.

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‘Reality Bites’ Reunion: Lisa Loeb Surprised a 25th Anniversary Panel with a Performance of ‘Stay’

‘Reality Bites’ Reunion: Lisa Loeb Surprised a 25th Anniversary Panel with a Performance of ‘Stay’
Reality Bites” enjoyed a 25th anniversary reunion panel at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, and so did its soundtrack. Prior to a post-screening conversation about the 1994 Ben Stiller movie that helped advance the careers of a number of the cast members, Lisa Loeb surprised the audience with an unannounced performance of “Stay (I Missed You),” a song that made her a household name as well.

We surprised the #Tribeca2019 audience at our 25th anniversary reunion celebration of Reality Bites with a special @LisaLoeb performance of “Stay,” the iconic song that closes @RedHourBen’s Gen X touchstone. Check it out: pic.twitter.com/oYJofbChvU

— Tribeca (@Tribeca) May 5, 2019

In addition to Loeb and the crowd had gathered at a special screening to mark 25 years since its Sundance festival premiere and theatrical release a month later, cast members Stiller, Winona Rider, Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke all joined in the celebration.

Not present was cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki,
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Reality Bites Cast Has a 25th Anniversary Reunion While Lost Boys Stars Reunite Too

Reality Bites Cast Has a 25th Anniversary Reunion While Lost Boys Stars Reunite Too
Cue The Knack's "My Sharona!" Are we excited about this Reality Bites reunion? Hey, we are bursting with fruit flavor. Winona RyderEthan HawkeJaneane Garofalo and Ben Stiller, also the film's director, reunited at a 25th anniversary screening of the cult 1994 film at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. The event featured a surprise appearance by Lisa Loeb, who performed her hit ballad "Stay (I Missed You)" off the movie's soundtrack (Hawke also directed her music video). The film depicted a group of Generation X-ers navigating the harsh reality of a post-college world and an unrelenting job market in the '90s. It featured a love triangle...
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Tribeca: Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder Reunite for 'Reality Bites' 25th Anniversary

Tribeca: Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder Reunite for 'Reality Bites' 25th Anniversary
"I have so many emotional feelings right now," Ben Stiller said Saturday afternoon at the 25th anniversary screening of Reality Bites at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film marked Stiller’s directorial debut and skyrocketed Ethan Hawke’s career, and Stiller reunited with Hawke, as well as the film’s stars Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo, screenwriter Helen Childress and producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher for a talkback after the screening.

“It feels like an embarrassing home movie for all of us,” Sher said.

Before the cast and creative team took the stage, Lisa Loeb played ...
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‘Plus One’: A Wedding Season Pact Comedy Is Competent, But Unremarkable [Tribeca Review]

We’re in a rom-com revival, as movies like “Love, Simon” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have zhuzhed up the genre, revealing its diverse and lucrative potential. Netflix has eagerly jumped on board with titles like “To All the Boys I Loved Before,” “Ibiza,” “Nappily Ever After,” and “Someone Great.” Now, a festival entrant: “Plus One,” the Ben Stiller-backed first feature from co-directors Jeff Chand and Andrew Rhymer, recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Continue reading ‘Plus One’: A Wedding Season Pact Comedy Is Competent, But Unremarkable [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist.
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Evangeline Lilly To Topline Mystery Drama Series ‘Albedo’ From eOne, Brad Peyton, Bell Media & Vudu

Evangeline Lilly To Topline Mystery Drama Series ‘Albedo’ From eOne, Brad Peyton, Bell Media & Vudu
In a return to television, Avengers: Endgame‘s Evangeline Lilly is set to star in and executive produce Albedo, an eight-episode mystery drama series from Entertainment One, Rampage helmer Brad Peyton and Bell Media in Canada. Peyton is set to direct and executive produce with Jeff Fierson the straight-to-series project that will be internationally distributed by eOne.

Albedo has been in development at Bell Media since 2016 and is expected to begin pre-production in May. The series will be presented exclusively in Canada on Bell Media platforms and distributed in the U.S. by VOD service Vudu, a subsidiary of Walmart, marking Vudu’s first foray into content.

Co-created and executive produced by writing duo Max and Adam Reid (Sneaky Pete), Albedo is set 150 years in the future. Detective Vivien Coleman (Lilly) is dispatched to the edge of our solar system to investigate a scientist’s mysterious death on board an isolated space station.
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Ben Stiller Admits He's Nervous Before Testifying on Syrian Refugees

  • TMZ
Ben Stiller Admits He's Nervous Before Testifying on Syrian Refugees
Ben Stiller is on Capitol Hill with a stomach full of butterflies ... admitting to us he's nervous to go before lawmakers and testify on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. We got Ben before he went in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday to try to convince legislators to help out Syrian refugees ... and the actor told us he couldn't help but feel nervous about his big moment. Ben's the goodwill ambassador for the
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The CW Renews ‘All American,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘In the Dark’ and ‘Roswell, New Mexico’

  • Variety
The CW has announced a flurry of renewals.

Three of the network’s freshman shows, “All American,” “Roswell, New Mexico” and “In The Dark,” will return for second seasons, as well as “The 100,” which gets a seventh outing. This means that all five of The CW’s first-year shows, including the previously-renewed “Legacies” and “Charmed,” have been picked up for a sophomore run, a first for the network.

The sixth season of “The 100” is set to premiere on April 30, and will see the characters descending to a new planet after being frozen in stasis pods on a spaceship for decades, after escaping an uninhabitable Earth.

The 100,” originally inspired by the young adult novels by Kass Morgan, is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jason Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein. It stars Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco,
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Joe Zee (‘7 Days Out’ producer) on showing the blood, sweat and tears behind high-profile events [Exclusive Video Interview]

Joe Zee (‘7 Days Out’ producer) on showing the blood, sweat and tears behind high-profile events [Exclusive Video Interview]
Producer Joe Zee believes the appeal of “7 Days Out” comes from “that universal feeling of loving and being so passionate about something that we put everything into what we do.” The Netflix documentary series takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the world’s largest events, detailing the blood, sweat and tears that go into mounting them. Watch our exclusive video interview with Zee above.

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The first season details the hard work that goes into the Westminster Dog Show, the Kentucky Derby, the Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show, the League of Legends, Nasa’s Cassini Mission, and the re-opening of Eleven Madison Park. Although we ourselves may never have to plan one of those occasions, “we all know what it’s like to have to gear up for one of our biggest events,” and how awful it would
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