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Inside Michelle Pfeiffer's Life (and Amazing Looks!) at 59

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Inside Michelle Pfeiffer's Life (and Amazing Looks!) at 59
Michelle Pfeiffer‘s return to the spotlight is a welcome one.

This year the three-time Oscar nominee, 59, and perennial beauty icon starred as Ruth Madoff with Robert De Niro in HBO’s Wizard of Lies, tormented Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky‘s creepy thriller mother! and played a mysterious widow in Murder on the Orient Express.

“She’s a beautiful actress in all senses,” her Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh tells People, noting she can have fun with a sexy character but “turn on a dramatic dime and reveal the pain underneath.”

Pfeiffer admits her “comeback year” is a bit
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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - in praise of a profound and moving documentary

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2017

A documentary about Jim Carrey's method antics on the set of Man On The Moon turns out to be a profound and moving must-see, Ryan writes...

Why bother? It's a question occasionally worth levelling at the 'Method' - an immersive, all-consuming kind of acting created by the filmmaker and actor Konstantin Stanislavski. At its best, method acting brings us searing, self-searching performances like Robert De Niro's famous turns in Taxi Driver or Raging Bull.

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On the other hand, method acting can sometimes come across as needy and attention-seeking or, perhaps worst of all, a bit of a waste of time. For David Ayer's Suicide Squad, actor Jared Leto reportedly got so embroiled in his character, The Joker,
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'Night of Too Many Stars': Jon Stewart, Superstar Friends Raise Money for Autism Programs

On Saturday night, a number of actors and comedians gathered at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City to raise money for autism programs as part of Night of Too Many Stars. In support of nonprofit Next for Autism, the event featured stand-up performances, short films and sketches.

The televised event was hosted by Jon Stewart and included appearances by J.J. Abrams, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro, Will Forte, Abbi Jacobson, Ellie Kemper, Jordan Klepper, Howie Mandel, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, Michael J. Fox, Michelle Wolf, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller....
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Night of Too Many Stars: Jon Stewart 'Joins' Game of Thrones, Sam Bee Flips the Bird, J.J. Abrams 'Spoils' Star Wars

Night of Too Many Stars: Jon Stewart 'Joins' Game of Thrones, Sam Bee Flips the Bird, J.J. Abrams 'Spoils' Star Wars
Jon Stewart on Saturday night called on a few famous friends for a very worthy cause.

Night of Too Many Stars brought out a bevy of Daily Show alumni, as well as the likes of Robert De Niro, J.J. Abrams, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Silverman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and many more to raise awareness/money for Next for Autism, a non-profit organization that “transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative programs.”

Last week, HBO — which broadcast the event live from New York’s Madison Square Garden — announced that embattled
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Gary Oldman Nails Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken Impersonations (Video)

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Gary Oldman Nails Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken Impersonations (Video)
Gary Oldman is not only good at channeling Winston Churchill in his new movie, “Darkest Hour,” but he’s also really good at impersonations. During his appearance on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon told the actor that he had heard of Oldman’s secret talent. “I just do them to amuse myself,” Oldman told Fallon. “I don’t need an audience.” Also Read: Gary Oldman to Receive Modern Master Award from Santa Barbara Film Festival He explained that he once drove by Home Depot, which inspired him to do an impression of Robert De Niro, including the facial expressions.
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Nonverbal Woman with Autism on Finding Her Voice and Advocating for Others: 'We Are More Than Just a Label'

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Nonverbal Woman with Autism on Finding Her Voice and Advocating for Others: 'We Are More Than Just a Label'
Carly Fleischmann understands the power of communication because she went much of her life without it.

Diagnosed with autism and oral-motor apraxia, which makes her unable to speak, at age 2, Fleischmann had a breakthrough at 10 years old when she communicated for the first time by typing on a keyboard. Today, the 22-year-old uses technology as her voice for everyday thoughts and feelings. Fleischmann has become the first-ever nonverbal celebrity talk show host, as well as an inspiring advocate for other people with autism.

“My voice is loud and powerful,” Fleischmann tells People via email. “I can share knowledge and compassion
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There is no guarantee that Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will make it to the big screen

It is not a sure thing whether Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will have a theatrical release.

Shooting is already underway for the much anticipated Netflix picture which will see a rare on screen collaboration between two acting legends, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

However, there is no guarantee that this big budget mobster flick will make it to theatres, even though Scorsese all but demanded that Netflix give the film a traditional release in 2019.

And Variety reports that Scott Stuber, Netflix’s film division chief, has assured the director that the movie would receive a minimum two week theatrical window – which would allow The Irishman to qualify for Oscar consideration.

However, the head of publicity over at Netflix, Julie Fontaine, has told Variety that “it’s premature to say anything at this point” in regards to the streaming giant’s distribution plans for The Irishman.

This would be rather upsetting news for Scorsese,
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Netflix’s Scorsese Movie ‘The Irishman’ Now Reportedly Costing $125 Million

Variety are reporting that Martin Scorsese’ crime movie The Irishman has had its budget raised from around $100 million to $125 million. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Ray Romano are set to star in the upcoming feature, which will arrive on the streamer sometime in 2019.

The outlet says that the costly effects, notably de-ageing Robert De Niro 30 years, contribute to the hefty price-tag. Producer Gaston Pavlovich told the trade that the budget is now at $125 million and “could go over that.”

“We quickly realized that that Marty and De Niro really thought that the ageing process was going to be a very important aspect of this film” Pavlovich added. “The traditional [business] model was not going to work with this new vision of the project, and that’s when we entered conversations with Netflix.”

The new budget means that The Irishman will be Scorsese’s most expensive movie he’s made.
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Scorsese's The Irishman Not Getting a Theatrical Release?

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Scorsese's The Irishman Not Getting a Theatrical Release?
It looks like Martin Scorsese's next movie may not get a theatrical release. The Irishman, which has been trying to get off the ground for nearly a decade, was finally picked up by Netflix, who was willing to put up more than $100 million to get the movie made. The movie brings together Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, the later of which has been retired from acting for some time, in the same movie for the first time ever. That's a big deal and has awards potential written all over it. But Netflix is being quiet on whether or not they're going to give it a theatrical release.

Netflix head of film publicity Julie Fontaine recently said, "it's premature to say anything at this point," regarding the streaming service's release strategy for The Irishman. That certainly doesn't mean that a theatrical release is off the table, especially since
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Now Costs $125 Million, Netflix Won’t Confirm Theatrical Release

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Martin Scorsese is currently filming his upcoming gangster movie “The Irishman” in and around New York City with a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Ray Romano, but the answer as to whether or not audiences will get to see the film on the big screen still remains open-ended. Netflix is still refusing to confirm or deny “The Irishman” will be getting a theatrical release. “It’s premature to say anything at this point,” Netflix’s head of film publicity Julie Fontaine recently told Variety.

Read More:‘The Irishman’: 9 Things You Must Know About Martin Scorsese’s $100 Million ‘Goodfellas’ Reunion

Considering Scorsese is an outspoken proponent of theatrical exhibition, it’s surprising the streaming giant is refusing to confirm a theatrical release for the movie. Sources close to production say the negotiation between Scorsese’s team and Netflix resulted in a commitment from the
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Netflix Mum on Theatrical Release for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Netflix Mum on Theatrical Release for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’
Shooting is underway in and around New York on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but there’s no iron-clad guarantee yet that the big-budget mobster film, which is backed by Netflix, will make it to the big screen.

Scorsese, an ardent cinephile, is believed to have asked for a commitment from Netflix that the long-gestating film – which he and star Robert De Niro are passionate about – will have a theatrical run in 2019. Sources familiar with the negotiations say Scott Stuber, Netflix’s film division chief, has assured Scorsese that the film will have a minimum two-week theatrical window. That would at least qualify it for Oscar contention.

But Netflix head of film publicity Julie Fontaine told Variety that “it’s premature to say anything at this point” regarding the company’s distribution strategy for “The Irishman.”

Even if Scorsese gets his wish for some kind of theatrical run, the film will almost certainly go out day-and-date in theatres
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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More

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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored by Museum of the Moving Image at its 31st annual Salute on December 13 in New York. The news was announced by Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and an award presentation, featuring clips from Bening’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues.

Barker said in an official statement, “On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising.
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Will Matthew Weiner’s Sexual Harassment Allegation Sink Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’?

Will Matthew Weiner’s Sexual Harassment Allegation Sink Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’?
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. But another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.

Now the fate of “The Romanoffs” may now be called into question as well, following new allegations against series creator Matthew Weiner. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, harassed her one night while working on a script.

A spokesperson for Weiner said, “he does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague,” while Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Nonetheless, Amazon now finds itself in a much more complicated position with “The Romanoffs” than it did with the Russell series. The Russell show, set to star Julianne Moore, Robert De Niro and Michael Shannon,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Ray Santiago

Ray Santiago is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent who was born in South Bronx, New York, on June 15, 1984. His first acting job was in the film ‘Girlfight’ in 2000. However, he is more famous for playing the role of Jorge Villalobos in the 2004 comedy ‘Meet the Fockers’. He got this role after auditioning for Robert De Niro. Strangely, his acting coach had once said to him that he could play Ben Stiller’s half-Latino son in a movie. He was referring to Santiago’s prominent eyebrows that are similar to Stiller’s. As he is of Puerto Rican

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Ray Santiago
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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Geeta Gandbhir — “Armed With Faith”

“Armed With Faith”

Geeta Gandbhir is a prolific director, editor, and producer. She has co-directed numerous award-winning films, including “I Am Evidence,” “Prison Dogs,” “Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr.” and “A Journey of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers.” She is also currently co-directing and co-producing a “Conversation on Race” series with The New York Times Op-Docs.

“Armed With Faith” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 12. The film is co-directed by Asad Faruqi.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Gg: After 9/11, Pakistan, which is an American ally in the global war on terror, is plagued by both homegrown and international terrorism. The small yet heroic Pakistani Bomb Disposal Unit is on the frontline of defense defusing bombs, navigating land mines, and grappling with suicide bombers, all while dealing with financial hardship and familial pressure. Harrowing and suspenseful, “Armed With Faith” takes us on the ground with this dedicated squad of men who risk their own lives every day for their country.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Gg: Asad Faruqi brought this story to me in 2014. We were working together on a film that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and I were directing, and he showed me some footage he had shot. I was immediately impressed by the men of the Kpk Bomb Disposal Unit — their bravery, wisdom, and empathy.

Sharmeen’s and my work is often vested in challenging false, harmful structural and systemic narratives that keep us isolated from each other as human beings and world citizens, and I felt strongly that the stories of these men, who face death every day to protect their communities and homeland, would resonate with a global audience.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Gg: I hope people leave with a greater empathy for the struggle of the people of northern Pakistan and their fight to curb extremism, and the understanding and that we all play a part in their successes or failures. I hope people leave with a strong narrative that serves as a counterpoint to the racist, xenophobic, anti- Muslim sentiments and legislation espoused by our current government.

I also hope they leave with a renewed sense that all human beings, no matter where they live and what religion they practice, ultimately want and deserve the same things — peace, security, dignity, and a hopeful future for their children. I also hope they leave with a sense having been deeply moved by a powerful film!

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Gg: The logistics were challenging as the film was shot in northern Pakistan. Also, finding translators for the various languages spoken was not so easy.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Gg: We received a grant from the Idfa/Bertha Brit Doc Journalism Fund and we were also funded by the Independent Television Service (Itvs) — and we are so grateful to them for their support.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Doc NYC?

Gg: It means the world! I am a Doc NYC alumni and this is one of my favorite festivals. This is one of the few Us festivals that truly embraces diversity and international films — the curation is superb. It’s also just wonderful for all the hometown folks to have a chance to attend and celebrate. We feel lucky and honored to be part Doc NYC’s vision.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Gg: The best was that each film has its place in the world. There is a festival and a distribution outlet for every film.

The worst advice: Pay yourself later. That never happens!

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Gg: Demand for yourself what a white, male colleague would demand. If you accept less, you will be given less.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Gg: This is an impossible question! As of recent I liked “The Cinema Travellers” by Shirley Abraham (and Amit Madheshiya), Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana’s “A Suitable Girl,” and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “One of Us.” Those are only some that I can think of right now.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Gg: I am optimistic. I do see change coming. However, we cannot stop making noise about it — we can’t rest. The patriarchy won’t shift on it’s own. We have stay loud and in everyone’s face until there is equality and dignity for everyone in our industry.

Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Geeta Gandbhir — “Armed With Faith” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Preacher Creator's The Boys Comic to Be Adapted by Eric Kripke for Amazon

The Boys are coming to Amazon.

The streaming service announced on Wednesday that it has greenlit an eight-episode, live-action adaptation of The Boys, the comic book series by Preacher creator Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

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Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless) will serve as showrunner, while fellow executive producers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen will direct. Ennis and Robertson will be co-EPs.

The logline for the series is as follows:

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group
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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were considered for Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins had competition for the role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, with both Al Pacino and Robert De Niro also considered.

The Silence of the Lambs remains a classic to this day and one of the most iconic thriller’s Hollywood has ever produced. And while it seemed difficult to see anyone else as Lecter after Hopkins rendition of the character, the recent performance by Mads Mikkelsen as the title character in NBC’s Hannibal series has shown there are other ways of successfully bringing the character to life.

Therefore the news from Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster that two legends of the industry Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were also considered for the role is a little easier to imagine.

Revealing the casting gossip to Deadline, she also mentioned that Dustin Hoffman was also being talked about for the part, but
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The Role Of Hannibal Lecter Could’ve Gone To Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Or Dustin Hoffman

If you enjoy movies of a darker nature, then you may agree with us in saying that not only was The Silence of the Lambs one of the best horror/thriller flicks the 1990’s produced, but perhaps one of the greatest of all time. Admittedly, we could probably talk about the many things that made it special all day, chief among which were Anthony Hopkins’ chilling performance as Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill’s legendary dance scene set to “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus – but let’s talk about the good doctor for a moment, shall we?

As you may know, this wasn’t the first of Thomas Harris’ series of books to have been adapted to film, with Manhunter preceding it in 1986. Furthermore, Brian Cox originally inhabited the role of Lecter, although it was spelled “Lecktor” the first time around.

Anyway, when it came time to get the followup off the ground,
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Inside Jimmy Fallon's Close Relationship with His Late Mother Gloria: 'I Lost My Biggest Fan'

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Inside Jimmy Fallon's Close Relationship with His Late Mother Gloria: 'I Lost My Biggest Fan'
On Saturday, Jimmy Fallon lost his no. 1 fan: his mother, Gloria.

Jimmy Fallon’s mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday,” a Fallon family spokesperson told People in a statement. “Jimmy was at his mother’s bedside, along with her loved ones, when she passed away at Nyu Langone Medical Center in NYC. Our prayers go out to Jimmy and his family as they go through this tough time.”

The Tonight Show host told People in a statement, “Today I lost my biggest fan.”

The tragic news came just one day after after Jimmy canceled the Friday taping of his show
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Annette Bening to Be Honored at Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute

Annette Bening to Be Honored at Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute
The Museum of the Moving Image will pay tribute to Annette Bening at its 31st annual Salute on Dec. 13 in New York.

The event will include an award presentation featuring clips from Bening’s career, introduced by her friends and colleagues.

“On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses,” said Michael Barker, co-chairman of the Museum’s board of trustees. “From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising. We at the Museum of the Moving Image have wanted to honor her for some time but there is no question in our minds that this is so obviously her moment.”

Bening is a four-time Oscar nominee, two-time Golden
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