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French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100
Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.
One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.
Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »
- the Associated Press
Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)
The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show.
Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus on the life of the actress and her relationship with Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960.
Leigh won best actress Academy Awards for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). She also won a Tony in 1963 for best actress in a musical for “Tovarich.” She suffered from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, and died at the age of 53 in 1967. »
- Dave McNary
‘NCIS’ Fans Have a Lot of Questions After Maria Bello’s Debut
There is no shortage of action this season on “NCIS,” and apparently plenty of loose ends as well. Tuesday’s installment of the venerable CBS procedural featured the introduction of Maria Bello as Special Agent Jack Sloane, who joined Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team. The episode also featured a storm knocking out power in Washington, D.C., along with the investigation into a kidnapped sailor. Many fans took to Twitter during the episode to ask questions about the show, with a number of queries focused on the chemistry between Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Navy Commander Thomas Buckner (Trevor Donovan »
- Ryan Gajewski
Channing Tatum Halts Development on Sexual Abuse Movie With Weinstein Co.
Channing Tatum is getting out of business with The Weinstein Co.
The actor and producer announced in a joint statement with his producing partner Reid Carolin that the duo are stopping development on a film adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, following the emergence of decades of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The 2013 young-adult novel by Matthew Quick centers on a troubled teenager who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. He first visits the four people closest to him, giving each of them a present. As the day goes on, secrets of his past »
- Ashley Lee
Fox Orders Pilot From Jerrod Carmichael Starring ‘Insecure’ Actor Lil Rel Howery
Scully is showrunner.
The 20th Century Fox Television production for Fox broadcast will follow Rel as a “prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to »
- Tony Maglio
‘I, Tonya’ Teaser: Margot Robbie Transforms Into Disgraced Figure Skater
The footage shows her smoking a cigarette under the arena hallway prior to competition, stubbing it out with her skate, then coming out to the ice with a dazzling smile. In a voiceover, Harding asserts that the American people want someone to love and someone to hate.
“The haters always say ‘Tonya, tell the truth.’ There’s no such thing as truth,” the voiceover continues. “I mean, it’s bulls—.”
The dark comedy centers on Harding’s attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan — aimed at breaking Kerrigan’s leg so she couldn’t compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Harding’s involvement would eventually lead to her being stripped of her 1994 national title and a lifetime ban from the figure skating world.
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- Dave McNary
Roseanne Barr Says She Got Into Drunken ‘Fight’ With Rob Reiner About ‘All That Russian Bs’
Roseanne Barr isn’t pleased with Rob Reiner’s focus on the connection between Russia and the Trump administration, and she apparently isn’t afraid to let him know. The Trump-supporting “Roseanne” star took to Twitter on Thursday to describe a run-in that she says she recently had with the liberal “All in the Family” alum over his involvement with the Committee to Investigate Russia, a website investigating whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win. “I drank too much in NYC and saw Rob Reiner and could not help myself — I went over to him & got into. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Playboy to Feature First Ever Transgender Cover Model
Model Ines Rau will make history next month as the first transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Playboy, in what will be the first issue to hit newsstands since the death of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner. The 26-year-old Rau has modeled for Playboy before, appearing in the magazine three years ago for a special issue that focused on non-binary genders. The transgender actress Caroline Cossey also posed for Playboy in 1981 shortly before appearing in the film “For Your Eyes Only.” A year later, Cossey came out as transgender, and later posed for Playboy again in. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Stars Speak Up on Spirit Day, Against Lgbtq Bullies: ‘Take a Stand’
It’s Spirit Day, and dozens of celebrities are speaking out against Lgbtq bullying and standing with Lgbtq youth by wearing purple and sharing it online. Pledging to “go purple” is a way to visibly show solidarity with Lgbtq youth, who are disproportionately bullied and harassed because of their identities. More than 57 percent of Lgbtq youth feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and the same number did not report instances of bullying because they doubted intervention, according to GLAAD. You, too, can take the pledge online, spread awareness on your social channels, and wear purple in solidarity. »
- Ashley Boucher
'Killing Gunther': Film Review
Only in his hilariously taunting online videos addressed to Donald Trump does Arnold Schwarzenegger seem to be having more fun than in Taran Killiam's violence-infused mockumentary. Playing the titular role of Gunther, a legendary hitman, the veteran action star clearly relishes the opportunity to sing country music, pose in lederhosen and deliver such lines as "My cappuccino is to die for." Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger doesn’t show up until more than an hour into this relentlessly unfunny comedy and by then viewers may have tuned out long before.
The film marks the directorial debut of former Saturday Night Live performer Killian, who »
- Frank Scheck
UTA Signs The Jim Henson Company (Exclusive)
The company responsible for Kermit, Miss Piggy and Grover has signed with UTA.
The Jim Henson Company, which is behind the The Muppets movies, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, signed with the talent agency for a partnership that will focus on expanding the company’s feature and primetime television slate, as well as Vr, gaming and digital initiatives.
“As we become more active in film and primetime, a partnership with UTA’s highly motivated team will bring together our creative and innovative legacy with the top talent in the industry, leading to some exciting announcements very soon,” said CEO, Lisa Henson.
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- Mia Galuppo
Gotham Awards Once Again Remind of the Oscar Season Possibilities
It’s rather wonderful that the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project is always the one to get the awards season ball rolling with its nominations for the annual Gotham Awards. The organization’s process, recognizing a narrow field of categories decided by separate, tight-knit juries, is unusual, and certainly nowhere near the film Academy’s methodology. So the result is often a breath of fresh air before the inevitable avalanche of traditional fall Oscar fare begins dominating the conversation.
Movies like “Good Time” and “I, Tonya” aren’t likely to bask in the glory of best picture status, for example, but here they’re right at home. Nominations leader “Get Out” can grab more headlines before diving headlong into a season where it’s still an Oscar question mark (and perhaps the most exciting one in a year that promises to be filled with them). These and other critically acclaimed indie dramas like “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Florida Project »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nascent Middleburg Film Festival Banks on Rural Charm, Awards Hopefuls
The fifth annual Middleburg Film Festival will run from Oct. 19-22 in the picturesque community of Middleburg, Va. Festival directors Sheila Johnson and Susan Koch boast of their setting, an hour from Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from Dulles Intl. Airport, as well as a starry slate of Oscar contenders and provocative indie gems.
“We’re situated in horse and wine country, which makes for a very intimate setting,” says Johnson, who founded the festival in 2012. Since when it has grown considerably.
“We’re attracting roughly 4,000 visitors, and we’re a completely walkable festival,” Koch says. “We’ll be screening 25 films at various venues all across town, and even if we don’t have a traditional theater in Middleburg, that hasn’t stopped us from putting on a terrific event. Everything from the town’s community center to the library to the performing arts school is retrofitted with Dcp technology for the screenings. When [link=nm »
- Nick Clement
Makeup-Hair Designer Specializes in Bruising Looks for ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Stronger’
Mowat was a big fan of Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner,” released in 1982, so he was psyched when helmer Denis Villeneuve asked him to lead the makeup department for the sequel — a revisiting of the L.A.-based futuristic tale set 30 years later. Mowat overcame initial anxiety over the epic scope of the project and was happy to reteam with the director and cinematographer Roger Deakins, with whom he had worked on “Sicario” and “Prisoners” as well.
“Blade Runner 2049” required every type of makeup application: character, aging, beauty and fantasy. Mowat and Villeneuve met to discuss initial concepts. The designs found inspiration in many sources, including Alexander McQueen’s fashions, Jack Nicholson’s torn nose in “Chinatown” and Rutger Hauer’s bloodied face in the original “Blade Runner.”
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- Marj Galas
George W Bush Shades Trump, Decries ‘Bullying and Prejudice in Our Public Life’ (Video)
Former President George W. Bush had some tough words for Donald Trump on Thursday. During a speech at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Bush took a none-too-veiled swipe at the current president. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone,’ said Bush. “And compromises the moral education of children.’ Though Bush didn’t mention Trump by name, the implication was evident. Also Read: Dennis Quaid Cast as George W. Bush in 'Katrina: American Crime Story' “It is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with protecting and defending democracy, »
- Jon Levine
Watch Jim Carrey Rage Like Andy Kaufman Off-Set in Doc Clip
When Jim Carrey portrayed Andy Kaufman for the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon, he allowed himself to be swept up in the role, acting like the difficult comedian on set and off. He ultimately won a Golden Globe for the performance, but despite the success, the studio never released any making-of footage as DVD extras content. Now, nearly two decades later, a new documentary – Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, which will premiere on Netflix on November 17th – will show how the film was made. »
'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Review: Arthouse Thriller Would Make Kubrick Proud
You could say that director Yorgos Lanthimos gives The Killing of a Sacred Deer the texture and throat-clutching chill of a modern Greek tragedy. You'd be right, of course – the filmmaker hails from Athens; this is his second film in English – but you'd also be short-changing the depth of field of this artist's ink-black comic vision. As he did in The Lobster, a fierce fable about single people who are given 45 days to fall in love or be transformed into an animal of their choosing, Lanthimos puts the protagonist of the mind-blowing, »
Directors Guild of America Leaders to Address Sexual Harassment in Industry
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Directors Guild of America leaders have announced that they will address the issue of sexual assault.
A DGA spokesperson made a brief announcement on Thursday: “The DGA’s National Board of Directors has a long-scheduled quarterly board meeting this Saturday, October 21 in New York City and will be addressing the very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry.”
SAG-aftra, the Writers Guild of America West, and the Writers Guild of America East have already condemned Weinstein following explosive allegations of harassment and assault. The Producers Guild of America moved this week to start the process of expelling Weinstein as a PGA member. All four organizations promised to step up efforts to deal with the issue of sexual harassment and assault.
The DGA has about 17,000 members and represents directors and members of the directorial team, including assistant directors, unit production managers, stage managers, associate directors, »
- Dave McNary
Weeping Gold Star Mother Says White House Never Called: ‘Every Day It Gets Worse’ (Video)
Things took an emotional turn on the set of CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning. Co-host Alisyn Camerota conducted a lengthy interview with Calvin and Sheila Murphy, whose son, Etienne was killed in Syria during a “vehicle rollover incident” in May. From the moment things got going, Sheila Murphy struggled to hold back tears as she recalled her son’s life. “Every day is hard. Every day it gets worse. It doesn’t’ get better. It gets worse because I’m just there looking for my child to come through the door,” she said. “The worst thing I’ve ever »
- Jon Levine
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reaction: Here’s What We Think of Marvel’s Latest Installment (Video)
The embargo on reviews for “Thor: Ragnarok” has lifted, and TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to give you their thoughts on Marvel’s latest. In early reviews, the film starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo had won people over. And TheWrap’s film reporters agree with the accolades. According to Gonzalez and Verhoeven, the film should be lauded for its portrayal of women, as well as main characters, Thor and Loki. Even Hulk is hilarious in the film, and the character and plot arcs work in the third installment of the “Thor” franchise. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Umberto Gonzalez
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