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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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Tim Blake Nelson Waxes Philosophical on Writing a Play About Socrates

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Tim Blake Nelson Waxes Philosophical on Writing a Play About Socrates
Despite Tim Blake Nelson’s knack for playing folksy characters in films such as “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” in his soul lurks the heart of a classicist. Nelson, who stars in HBO’s “Watchmen” series this fall, has also penned the play “Socrates,” now running at New York’s Public Theater through June 2. Doug Hughes directs, and Michael Stuhlbarg takes on the role of the ancient philosopher. Here, Nelson discusses the life and teachings of Socrates, and the decades-long process of bringing the play to the stage.

How long did it take you to write the play?

I started researching it in the summer of 2015. I have a day job as an actor, and sometimes movie director and screenwriter, so I worked off and on since then. When I was in graduate school, I tried to write this play and failed miserably. I wrote maybe 30 pages and understood pretty
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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel: Author André Aciman Shares Film-Inspired Cover for ‘Find Me’

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel: Author André Aciman Shares Film-Inspired Cover for ‘Find Me’
Whispers of a “Call Me By Your Name” sequel have been around since before the film of the same name premiered in 2017, but a reunion between Elio and Oliver is now on the horizon — in book form, at least.

The original novel’s author, André Aciman, has unveiled the cover for “Find Me,” his follow-up set to hit bookstores for a late October release date. “Find Me” will not only check back in with Elio and Oliver (played by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Luca Guadagnino’s film) after the events of “Call Me By Your Name,” but also explore what has happened to Elio’s father Samuel (Michael Stuhlbarg).

Per the official synopsis, Samuel travels “on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.
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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Author Reveals the Surprising First Details of Book Sequel

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Author Reveals the Surprising First Details of Book Sequel
The status of the “Call Me By Your Name” movie sequel may be in jeopardy, but author André Aciman is moving right along with the publication of the sequel novel this fall. Aciman and publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux have announced an October release date for the “Call Me By Your Name” books sequel, now officially titled “Find Me.” The sequel’s synopsis has also been revealed, and it might come as a surprise to fans as it’s not entirely Elio and Oliver focused.

The “Find Me” synopsis from Fsg reads: “In ‘Find Me,’ Aciman shows us Elio’s father Samuel, now divorced, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train leads to a relationship that changes Sami’s life definitively. Elio soon moves to Paris where he too has a consequential affair, while Oliver,
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‘Traitors’ Producer 42 Hires Literary Manager Eugenie Furniss

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Eugenie Furniss is joining London- and Los Angeles-based management and production company 42 as literary manager, it was announced Wednesday. The company’s slate include movie “Ironbark,” a Cold War thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and TV series “Traitors,” a spy thriller coming to Netflix in the U.S. at the end of the month.

Furniss joins 42 in the London office to expand the company’s offerings in representation and create a book division that represents international authors, both across fiction and non-fiction. She brings with her a wealth of best-selling writers, with a particular interest in stories that translate to other media. Her clients’ work has been adapted for TV, including the hit BBC series “Call the Midwife,” which is filming season nine, the BBC’s “Hotel Babylon,” which aired for four seasons and starred Dexter Fletcher, and ITV’s “Mr. Selfridge,” starring Jeremy Piven.

Most recently Furniss set up and
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Watch the trailer for George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22,’ which will premiere on Hulu just in time for the Emmys

Watch the trailer for George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22,’ which will premiere on Hulu just in time for the Emmys
George Clooney’s Hulu limited series “Catch-22” is dropping just in time for Emmy consideration: Friday, May 17. The streaming service revealed the date Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour, along with a teaser trailer (watch above).

Instead of employing its usual weekly episode release, Hulu will premiere all six episodes of “Catch-22” that day, ensuring that the project is eligible for September’s Emmys by the May 31 deadline.

Based on the acclaimed 1961 Joseph Heller novel and directed by Clooney, the series follows Capt. John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a World War II U.S. Air Force bombardier who is enraged by the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which stipulates that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind.

See Hugh Laurie joins George Clooney’s Hulu series ‘Catch-22’ — is this his ticket to an overdue Emmy?
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Cornerstone Films Boards Elisabeth Moss Psychological Drama ‘Shirley’

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Cornerstone Films has boarded sales on Josephine Decker’s “Shirley,” the psychological drama starring Elisabeth Moss as famed horror author Shirley Jackson, whose “The Haunting of Hill House” was recently turned into a Netflix series.

“Shirley” is based on the screenplay by Sarah Gubbins (“I Love Dick”), adapted from the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell. Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Shape of Water”) plays Jackson’s college professor husband Stanley Hyman.

Logan Lerman (“Indignation”) and Odessa Young (“Assassination Nation”) play a young couple who move in with Shirley and Stanley and find themselves fodder for a psychodrama that inspires Shirley’s next novel.

Cornerstone Films will screen footage from “Shirley” in Berlin as the presales effort gets underway at the Efm. Paradigm and UTA are overseeing North American sales.

U.K.-based Cornerstone is run by Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. “Josephine Decker is one of the most exciting new voices in American cinema and she is,
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Elisabeth Moss Drama ‘Shirley’ Scores Sales Deal With Cornerstone Films, First Look — Efm

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Cornerstone Films has boarded director Josephine Decker’s (Madeline’s Madeline) psychological drama Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss as famed horror author Shirley Jackson with Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) as her Bennington College professor husband Stanley Hyman.

Logan Lerman (Indignation) and Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) play the young couple that move in with Shirley and Stanley in the hope of starting a new life but instead find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Shirley’s next novel. Above is a first look image.

Cornerstone will show first footage at the Efm next week. Paradigm and UTA are overseeing North American sales.

Shirley, which shot last year, is based on the screenplay by Sarah Gubbins (I Love Dick), adapted from the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell and was filmed in upstate New York, including at Vassar College. It is financed by Los Angeles Media Fund and produced by
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Channel 4 releases first trailer for new drama Traitors

Channel 4 has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama series Traitors. Directed by Dearbhla Walsh, it stars Emma Appleton (Clique), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), Brandon P. Bell (Dead White People), Stephen Campbell Moore (The Last Post), and Matt Lauria (Kingdom); watch it here…

The story revolves around Feef Symonds, a bold 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as the Labour party sweeps to victory, defeating Winston Churchill in an unexpected landslide. Her ambition to make something of her life goes unrecognized by her family, and is further complicated by her American lover. Feef agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans, who have a hidden agenda in making sure England’s burgeoning Socialist ambitions don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn
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Los Angeles Media Fund Sets Chiwetel Ejiofor To Adapt, Direct ‘The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace:’ Sundance

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Los Angeles Media Fund Sets Chiwetel Ejiofor To Adapt, Direct ‘The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace:’ Sundance
Exclusive: Just as his feature directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind makes its Sundance Film Festival debut tonight, Chiwetel Ejiofor has been set by Los Angeles Media Fund to adapt and direct The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, based on the bestselling book by Jeff Hobbs. Antoine Fuqua and Rebecca Hobbs are producing, along with Andrea Calderwood and Kat Samick. Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman will produce on behalf of Los Angeles Media Fund, which will fully finance the project.

Growing up outside of Newark, NJ, Robert Peace dreamed of making his single mother proud by escaping his crime-ridden city. He defied the odds and went to Yale on a full scholarship. He was captain of the water polo team and graduated with honors in molecular biochemistry and biophysics. All this promise and potential was
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The 18 Best Movie Moments from 2018

A while back, struggling with the frustrating task of year-end list-making, I jotted down a top ten of the scenes I enjoyed the most from the year. Scenes, not films–for as the task soon made clear, the alternative ranking did not necessarily reflect the top ten features I had begun curating way too early for its own good. The list expanded, and eventually turned into a tradition of sorts: a means to patch together, remember and celebrate some of the year’s best moments in film. Minor spoilers abound, and there’s no guarantee as to whether the order will stay the same after subsequent viewings. But at the time of writing, these are the 18 moments from 2018 I will be treasuring in the months and years to come, and here’s to a 2019 blessed with new great films, and plenty more scenes to marvel at.

18. “Does it matter?” in
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Channel 4 & Netflix Reveal First-Look At Bash Doran’s Period Spy Drama ‘Traitors’

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British broadcaster Channel 4 and Netflix have unveiled the first look at period drama Traitors.

The spy drama, which was formerly known as Jerusalem, stars Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name star Michael Stuhlbarg, Friday Night Light’s Matt Lauria and Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes. Also in the cast are The End of the F***ing World star Emma Appleton and A Streetcat Named Bob actor Luke Treadaway in the six-part series, which was created and written by Masters of Sex and Boardwalk Empire writer Bash Doran. It is directed by Dearbhla Walsh and Alex Winckler.

It’s set in the aftermath of WWII, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. Appleton plays Feef Symonds, a bold and ambitious 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as Attlee’s Labour party sweeps to victory, while Lauria stars as her American
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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More

  • Variety
The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans, and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The starry guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Barry Diller, “Les Misérables” co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Magic Johnson, Ej Johnson, Spike Lee, Fran Lebowitz, Hasan Minhaj, Samuel L. Jackson, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells, Jon Hamm, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lesley Stahl, Iman, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, Alex Witt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joe Morton, and Andrea Martin.

The stakes are high for the Broadway production, with a script by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, after facing opposition from the estate of “Mockingbird” novelist Harper Lee.

Molly Bloom, the real-life inspiration of the Sorkin-directed feature film “Molly’s Game,” was also spotted in the crowd.

“I don’t
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Scott Derrickson to return to the helm on ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel

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The subject of a ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel has been talked about ever since the first landed and even the death of Strange at the finger snapping hands of Thanos can keep the good doctor down. It has been confirmed there will be a follow-up and Scott Derrickson has signed on to return to the helm. There is no word yet that his writing partner C. Robert Cargill will be back to co-write the script.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the good doctor-turned-master of the mystic arts, as will Benedict Wong, who plays his right-hand man, Wong. Rachael McAdams, who played Stephen Strange’s love interest, is thought to be returning as well.

Derrickson also wrote the first, but it’s looking like he might not put pen to paper for the sequel as word is Marvel are currently searching for a new scribe.

Also in the news – Jake Gyllenhaal
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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel
Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel.

The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. “Doctor Strange” centered on Cumberbatch’s surgeon character deciding to practice mystic arts after a career-ending car accident left his hands injured. Instead, he began learning about the astral plane, the hidden world of magic, and other dimensions.

The movie was a solid performer at the box office, grossing $677 million worldwide. “Doctor Strange” also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Disney and Marvel have not yet dated the “Doctor Strange” sequel. Doctor Strange was created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. The
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Call Me By Your Name screenwriter isn’t keen on the idea of a sequel

While director Luca Guadagnino continues to talk enthusiastically about his plans for a sequel to Call Me By Your Name, one person who doesn’t seem to share his appetite for a second movie is screenwriter James Ivory.

Asked during an interview with The Film Stage if he had any involvement with the potential sequel, Ivory – who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the acclaimed coming of age drama – responded:

“I don’t and I wouldn’t want to be involved. I can’t imagine having to make Timothée Chalamet look 45. I mean, that would be horrendous and so fake looking if that’s what they are going to do!”

Ivory also went on to suggest that Andre Aciman, author of the original book, isn’t too keen on the idea either, and could potentially throw a spanner in the works:

André Aciman just laughed at the idea to me.
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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #75. Josephine Decker – Shirley

Josephine Decker‘s Madeline’s Madeline was next level for the filmmaker and so it was no surprise when she joined a project that was already in place in Shirley – which went into production in July in the Catskills with the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman and Odessa Young. Truth be told, I’d be surprised if this gets included in the Sundance line-up – only because this Killer Film’s production could wait until the timing is right instead of rushing the project.

Gist: Based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel and written by Sarah Gubbins, this tells the story of a young couple that moves in with Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her Bennington College professor-husband, Stanley Hyman (Stuhlbarg), in the hopes of starting a new life.…
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Kevin Spacey’s Gore Vidal Film Includes Him Trying to Seduce Younger Man, Will Likely Never be Released

When Netflix severed ties with Kevin Spacey after he was accused of sexual misconduct, one of the projects that got dropped was the actor’s Gore Vidal biographical drama, entitled “Gore.” The film, directed and co-written by Michael Hoffman (“The Best of Me”) from Jay Parini’s book “Empire of Self, A Life of Gore Vidal,” wrapped production in Italy just a few weeks before the first allegation was made against Spacey. Some have wondered if anyone would release the Spacey-fronted feature, but newly released script details make it clear that seems unlikely to ever happen.

According to an in-depth report from Buzzfeed, “Gore” includes “several scenes that would almost certainly strike audiences as difficult to absorb given Spacey’s involvement. Some scenes explore Gore’s complicated and unorthodox attitudes toward transactional sex and sex with very young men, for example, and a graphic scene involves two transgender sex workers.
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Firing Kevin Spacey and Scrapping Gore Cost Netflix Almost $40M

Netflix dropped Kevin Spacey's completed Gore Vidal biopic and lost $39 million. The decision also resulted in years of hard work getting thrown away. Gore was to be Spacey's first major starring film role since taking on House of Cards in 2013, but after allegations of sexual assault became public, Netflix decided to sever ties with the actor completely. A month after the allegations came to light, he was fired from House of Cards and it was announced that the streaming giant was ditching the completed Gore film.

The Gore biopic is based off of Jay Parini's biography, Vidal, Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, which was written over the course of several years with input from Vidal himself. Director Michael Hoffman took a lot of time to develop and craft the film, only to have Netflix scrap it. Simply taking Kevin Spacey out of the film was
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‘Beautiful Boy’: Timothée Chalamet Aims for Another Oscar Nomination by Transforming Himself and the Addiction Genre

‘Beautiful Boy’: Timothée Chalamet Aims for Another Oscar Nomination by Transforming Himself and the Addiction Genre
By the time Timothée Chalamet signed up to play a drug addict for “Beautiful Boy,” the role that would change his life was already in the can. It was “Call Me By Your Name” that would earn him an Oscar nomination, an invite to the Academy, an enviable slew of offers, and a fanbase so dedicated to the young star that they go by the catchy moniker “Chalamaniacs.” The actor was cast in Felix Van Groeningen’s addiction drama “Beautiful Boy” in February 2017, just weeks after Luca Guadagnino’s romantic epic debuted at Sundance, kicking off what would end up being a months-long awards campaign that forever altered Chalamet’s career trajectory.

The part of Nic Sheff offered Chalamet yet another chance to slip inside an emotional role, but Van Groeningen’s big screen adaptation of two books about Sheff’s teenage drug addiction demanded that the actor further stretch himself and his talents.
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