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Jenna Fischer's First Kiss Scene with John Krasinski Transported Her to a 'New Reality'

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Jenna Fischer's First Kiss Scene with John Krasinski Transported Her to a 'New Reality'
You never forget your first kiss … or in the case of The Office star Jenna Fischer, you never forget your first on-camera kiss with John Krasinski.

In her new book, The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide, the 43-year-old actress presents advice for aspiring actors and reflects on the gig that launched her career: securing the role of Pam in The Office. As fans of the nine-season show know, it was Pam’s connection with her coworker, Jim, played by Krasinski, that became one of the most beloved aspects of the comedy series. According to the book, out Tuesday, Fischer knew she and Krasinski,
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Film About Special Olympics Founder Anne Burke in the Works

Burke: City Club of Chicago/YouTube

The story of the woman who launched the first Special Olympic Games is being made into a movie. “Special” will center on Anne Burke, who was just 24 when she created the inclusive competition in 1968. ShivHans Pictures and production company In Cahoots are joining forces on the project. Deadline broke the news.

“It’s a female underdog story about defying the odds to create an event that brought thousands of disabled children out of the shadows,” the source summarizes, “an event that would grow into a worldwide phenomenon championed by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.”

In CahootsKen Kwapis (“Big Miracle”) will direct “Special” and Matthew Scott Weiner will write the screenplay based on his original pitch. Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson of ShivHans Pictures will produce, as will In CahootsAlexandra Beattie.

Burke, who is dyslexic, had dropped out of college and was working as a physical education teacher at West Pullman Park in Chicago before she created the Games. At a time when anti-war and civil rights protests were dominating the news, “the rights of the disabled were low on the priority list of progress,” Deadline writes. As she established the Games, Burke encountered resistance from reluctant parents of individuals with special needs as well as the prejudiced head of the Olympics commission.

After the inaugural Special Olympic Games, Burke went back to school and eventually earned a law degree. She is now an Illinois Supreme Court Justice.

Film About Special Olympics Founder Anne Burke in the Works 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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The First Special Olympics, A Heroic Woman’s Story Set As Feature From ShivHans Pictures & Ken Kwapis

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Diversity also includes the disabled and now there is a feature film project in development about one woman’s struggle to make sure the disabled were recognized and allowed to participate in their own Olympics during a time when Olympic fever was at its height. Shivani Rawat's ShivHans Pictures has partnered with Ken Kwapis' In Cahoots to produce Special, the story of Anne Burke and the first Special Olympic Games. Kwapis is attached to direct and Matthew Scott
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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so
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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

  • Indiewire
The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so
See full article at Indiewire »

Greg Kinnear to Star in Ken Kwapis' 'Piano Lessons'

Greg Kinnear to Star in Ken Kwapis' 'Piano Lessons'
Greg Kinnear is ready to tickle the ivories.

The Little Men actor is set to star in Piano Lessons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Todd Garner and John Shestack are producing the drama, which will be directed by Ken Kwapis. David Diamond and David Weissman penned the script, which also includes three strong female roles yet to be cast.

The film stars Kinnear as a lawyer who goes to great lengths to save his relationship. After 20 years of marriage, he aims to prove his love to his wife, a music lover, by taking piano lessons from a free-spirited female teacher to learn...
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Greg Kinnear Attached To Star in Ken Kwapis’ ‘Piano Lessons’

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Greg Kinnear Attached To Star in Ken Kwapis’ ‘Piano Lessons’
Exclusive: It’s a beautiful story inspired by true events in the life of one of its filmmakers. Greg Kinnear is attached to star in Piano Lessons, about a husband whose marriage is on the rocks so goes to great lengths without his wife’s knowledge to demonstrate how much he loves her. The project, being produced by Todd Garner and Jon Shestack, will be directed by Ken Kwapis. There are three strong female roles in this one. Kinnear would play a lawyer who after 20 years…
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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the
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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

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When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the
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Kristen Bell, Ted Danson & Mike Schur Find ‘The Good Place’ By Bucking Convention

Kristen Bell, Ted Danson & Mike Schur Find ‘The Good Place’ By Bucking Convention
Mike Schur is in a good place. Make that “The Good Place.” The prolific producer’s latest effort — a high-concept comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson — last summer earned a straight-to-series pickup from NBC and now has scored a Thursday-night slot at 8:30, as announced during the network’s upfront presentation.

It’s a testament to Schur’s track record at Universal Television, where his successes include “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

But this time around, he wanted to do something different.

“It’s really intimidating when every idea you have is being done eight times over at eight different networks,” says Schur. “In my case, I had been working on ensemble office comedies pretty much continuously for 10 years.”

That theme is jettisoned with “The Good Place,” in which the only office in sight is the one in which Eleanor (Bell) wakes up to learn that she’s dead.
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New to Streaming: ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Irrational Man,’ ‘The Shining,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical
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A Walk In The Woods – The Giveaway

A new year, a new contest… Yay!

In this comedy-adventure, A Walk In The Woods, celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson (Academy Award® winner Robert Redford) challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail—2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine—instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson) and their large and happy family. In celebration of the film coming out on Digital HD, On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray on December 29th, Wamg is giving away copies of Bill Bryson’s book A Walk In The Woods. Check out below for rules on how to enter.

The peace and tranquility Bill (Redford) hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek—his long-lost and former friend, Stephen Katz (Academy
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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 28-January 3

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"A Walk in the Woods"

Robert Redford (Bill Bryson) and Nick Nolte (Stephen Katz) take a hike on the Appalachian Trail in "A Walk in the Woods," which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and everything else on December 29. Some of the Blu-ray/DVD bonus features include a featurette on the film's music; the lead actors, director Ken Kwapis, and producers Chip Diggins and Bill Holderman talking about filming on The Appalachian Trail; outtakes; and "Robert Redford's Call to Action PSA," with the legend sharing why it's important to preserve The Appalachian Trail.

"Perfect Guy"

Sanaa Lathan's Leah Vaughn recovers from a painful breakup by jumping into a rebound relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex (Morris Chestnut) returns,
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Actor John Krasinski Will Be Grand Marshal At Aaa Texas 500 Nascar Sprint Cup Series

Film and television star John Krasinski, who stars as a former Navy Seal in the upcoming, real-life motion picture thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has been named the Grand Marshal for the Aaa Texas 500 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway.

Krasinski, an actor, writer and director, will give the command for the Sprint Cup Series drivers of the 43-car field to start their engines in front of a crowd that annually comprises one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas.

“It’s a huge honor to be asked to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Krasinski. “I am really excited to be going to Nascar and seeing Jeff Gordon race for one of his last outings.”

Krasinski will be joined on the Grand Marshal stage by three of the heroes from the CIA annex security team that fought off Islamic militants on Sept.
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"Hannibal" Producer Remakes "Amazing Stories"

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Bryan Fuller, show runner on NBC's now wrapped "Hannibal," is set to write and executive produce a reboot of the 1980s NBC anthology series "Amazing Stories".

Steven Spielberg produced the original series, and directed its "Ghost Train" pilot along with its World War II-themed double-length episode "The Mission," but he is not involved in this remake. Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey however will be involved as executive producers.

The show ran from 1985 to 1987 and produced 45 episodes in total along with five Emmy award wins, one for guest actor John Lithgow. Filmmakers who took a crack at helming episodes include the likes of Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Hyams, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante, Irvin Kershner, Danny DeVito, Ken Kwapis, Kevin Reynolds, Mick Garris and actors like Burt Reynolds, Timothy Hutton and Bob Balaban.

Fuller is also working on the upcoming Starz drama "American Gods".

Source: E! Online
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A Walk in the Woods review: Robert Redford's pleasant ramble through Bill Bryson's book

A Walk in the Woods review: Robert Redford's pleasant ramble through Bill Bryson's book
Perhaps not surprisingly for a man of advanced years, Robert Redford takes a leisurely approach to portraying Bill Bryson, the renowned travel writer whose same-titled book details his attempt to conquer the Appalachian Trail, 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine along the east coast of America.

It's worth noting that Redford is almost twice the age Bryson was when he set off on the hiking trail, but joined by a grizzled Nick Nolte, the spectre of infirmity closing in upon the both of them adds another layer of humour and tension.

Emma Thompson has a small role as Bryson's better half who can sense his feet beginning to itch after they attend the funeral of a friend. It isn't a midlife crisis looming but a late-life one that director Ken Kwapis only hints at to keep the mood light.

Nolte plays Bryson's old travelling buddy, Katz, who has fought a lifelong
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A Walk In The Woods Review – Redford And Nolte’s Curious Carless Road Trip

The ad campaign for Ken KwapisA Walk in the Woods gives the impression that it’s a geriatric version of last year’s Wild: two geezers hike the Appalachian Trail and discover the True Meaning of Life along the way. And there’s a bit of that, to be sure, but the overall tone is comedic rather than revelatory — Grumpy Old Hikers, if you will. I’m not familiar with the memoir on which the movie is based, but I think comedy was the right approach. It’s a decent entertainment, even if there are a few dropped threads and jokes that don’t quite hit the target.

Robert Redford stars as Bill Bryson, a travel writer from New Hampshire who decides to hike the famed 2,000-plus-mile trail after the funeral of yet another close acquaintance. When his wife (the ever-lovely Emma Thompson) informs him that he can’t
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 4; What Will You See?

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 4; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 4. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. WideThe Transporter Refueled Director: Camille Delamarre Cast: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Radivoje Bukvić, Gabriella Wright, Ray Stevenson Synopsis: "Frank Martin is living a less perilous lifestyle, or so he thinks, transporting classified packages for questionable people. Things get complicated when femme fatale Anna and her three accomplices orchestrate a bank heist and the kidnapping of Frank's father. It's all part of a grand plan to take down the human trafficker who victimized her years earlier. Now a pawn in her vengeful scheme, the former special-operations mercenary must use his covert skills to play Anna's dangerous game." A Walk in the Woods Director: Ken Kwapis Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen Synopsis: "When an...
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The Many Faces Of Nick Nolte

This week, Ken Kwapis' A Walk in the Woods gets released in cinemas, an adaptation of Bill Bryson's popular book. Peter Martin had a lot of fun with the film, and in his review here he praises the (un)easy camaraderie between its two stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. A great excuse to have our weekly quiz be about either of those two, as they're both great, and flipping a coin yielded Nick Nolte! In a career spanning over four decades, Nick Nolte has been used as everything: action hero, villain, strong guy, weak guy, moral beacon, and asshole. Results have varied in the past, but just when you expect you've seen the end of him, and you think he'll probably retire into B-films playing...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Robert Redford’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Splits Critics: ‘Sheer Delight’ or ‘Lax, Lame’

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Robert Redford’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Splits Critics: ‘Sheer Delight’ or ‘Lax, Lame’
With a 49 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are split right down the middle of the road about Robert Redford‘s new film, “A Walk in the Woods,” the big-screen adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling travel memoir. Reviews diverge wildly on the Broad Green Pictures release directed by Ken Kwapis, which made $1.2 million on its opening day Wednesday, and is hiking up towards a $7 million estimate gross for the Labor Day holiday weekend. While some loved the storyline and the fact that both Redford and costar Nick Nolte are returning to the screen together as a writer and.
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