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Asian Actors In Hollywood: Increased Roles Mark Industry Change

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Asian-American actors and those representing them have seen a sea change in the number of roles that are available to them this year. The revolution is happening in a segment of the acting population that has been widely underserved for years, they say. Perhaps it is the concerted effort on the part of the networks and film studios, the writers who are growing up with a different perspective, and the international influx of money into the marketplace, but several people… Read

Broadway & Film Dancer Vivien Eng Dies At 51 In Hell’s Kitchen Fire

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Eng, a one-time member of the famed Martha Graham Dance Company who appeared in musical ensembles and played a nurse in Lee Daniels’ 2009 breakout film Precious, was found unconscious in her flame-engulfed apartment Tuesday afternoon. She was taken to the burn unit of New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she died Thursday as a result of burns and smoke inhalation. The fire was discovered by Eng’s neighbor and friend, actor Dylan Baker (CBS’ The Good Wife and most… Read

Telluride: Benicio Del Toro Joins ‘Viva’ As Executive Producer Ahead Of World Premiere Today

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EXCLUSIVE: Although he is not here in Telluride, Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro’s presence will be felt as the official start of the film festival gets under way in the early evening hours  in the Rockies. Del Toro has come aboard as Executive Producer of Vivadirector Paddy Breathnach’s new film having its World Premiere here at 5 PM (MT). An Irish production shot in Cuba in the Spanish language, the movie is about Jesus, a young man  growing up in Havana who works as a… Read

‘Black Mass’: Johnny Depp On Playing Whitey Bulger & Transforming For The Audience – Venice

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The Lido has been clogged since before 6 AM local time with fans waiting to catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp. Some of them must have snuck into the afternoon press conference for Black Mass because it was wall-to-wall SRO; the most tightly-packed assembly I've seen across the years in Venice. Depp was joined by co-stars Joel Edgerton and Dakota Johnson along with director Scott Cooper to speak to reporters about the movie which was met enthusiastically by the press this… Read

‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Trailer: Idris Elba As Warlord, Recruiter Of Child Soldiers – Venice

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Here’s a new trailer (above) for Netflix’s child soldier drama Beasts Of No Nation which is hitting the trio of fall film festivals. The Cary Fukunaga-helmed pic debuted in competition here in Venice on Thursday and has received very positive reviews. Idris Elba stars with newcomer Abraham Attah in the story that’s based on the book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. In the film, a boy named Agu is torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an unnamed African… Read

‘Black Mass’ Hailed As Major Return For Johnny Depp; Sienna Miller Role Cut From Film – Venice

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04:  (L-R) Actors Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Johnny Depp and director Scott Cooper attend a photocall for 'Black Mass' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 4, 2015 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Playing out of competition, today’s Venice Film Festival gala entry Black Mass screened for press at an early call this morning with strong applause at the end — twice. Audiences should be cautioned to stick around as there’s a key footnote at the end of the Scott Cooper-helmed crime drama. Johnny Depp has been getting some career best notices for his chameleon-like turn as James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious leader of Boston’s Winter Hill mob who is now serving two life… Read

‘Beasts Of No Nation’: Netflix’s Grim, Gritty Experiment Recruits Lido – Venice

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Cary Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation premiered here tonight in Competition, marking the first high-profile title in the section and a first for Netflix which acquired the film in March for a reported $12M. Previously having toiled in original documentaries, the streaming giant's drama is the first narrative feature the company is launching as a major presence in awards season. From Venice, it will travel to Telluride and then to Toronto — Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos, who has… Read

Steve Jobs Makes His Big-Screen Debut In Alex Gibney’s ‘The Man In The Machine’: Specialty Preview

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Summer is nearly over and swaths of industry and press are already looking to this fall’s releases (and Awards madness) at Venice and this weekend’s Telluride Film Festival, followed, of course, next week by Toronto. This weekend’s overall slate of newcomers is fairly thin with a couple of notable exceptions, particularly, a new doc about a maverick of Silicon Valley. Nearly four years after his death, the public fascination with Steve Jobs continues into perhaps mythical… Read

Alix Madigan Joins Broad Green Pictures From Anonymous Content

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EXCLUSIVEAlix Madigan is joining Broad Green Pictures as head of creative affairs, becoming a key player for the ambitious indie film company. The well-respected Madigan is joining from Anonymous Content, where she was working most recently as a staff producer. Prior to that. Madigan had stints at Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She currently serves on the board of Film Independent. "Alix has years of industry experience, and we are thrilled… Read

Palm Springs Fest Taps Ex-LAFF Exec David Ansen As Lead Programmer

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David Ansen is moving back East, SoCal-style. After four years as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, he will head down the 10 Freeway to the desert to become Lead Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Working with a half-dozen other programmers under Artistic Director Helen du Troit, the former Newsweek movie critic will be tasked with acquiring films for the upcoming festivals from U.S.-based distribution outlets and international… Read

Harriet Lane Novel ‘Her’ Gets Film Treatment; Abramorama & HBO Nab Docu ‘Heart Of A Dog’

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Harriet Lane’s novel Her is getting the film treatment. Jesse Peyronel (Siren) has been set to adapt and direct the psychological thriller about a struggling mother who encounters a sophisticated woman who thinks it is a chance meeting but is far from it. The story is told from both women's alternating points of view, and a past grudge carefully unfurls into a riveting revenge drama. David A. Stern and D. Matt Geller are producing. Peyronel is currently writing the Fox… Read

Hamptons Film Fest Adds Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ To Opening Lineup

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Dividing its opening night in half, HIFF will present the East Coast premiere of Youth on Friday, October 9 at its Southampton venue. The film, from Academy Award winner Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as old friends vacationing in a Swiss luxury resort. Fred (Caine) is a retired composer and conductor, enjoying his retirement and Mick (Keitel) a director planning his final film. While musing about their lives and illustrious careers… Read