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Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Picked Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ to End the Season

Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Picked Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ to End the Season
It was the final gut punch delivered in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale:” Tom Petty’s “American Girl” thundering out as Elisabeth Moss’ Offred faced an uncertain future with a defiant smile.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is just one instance of classic Petty tunes punctuating pivotal scenes in movies and TV series. The musician, who died Monday at the age of 66, had a knack for capturing the essence of people, places and emotions in a plain-spoken way that made them a perfect accent for narrative storytelling.

“American Girl” was one of the songs on the playlist in the ear of “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Bruce Miller as he wrote the first episode of the Hulu drama series more than a year ago. Miller has been a fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for years, but it was his kids who more recently reminded him of the musician’s canon.

“They
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Sir Elton John To Be Honored At Elton John AIDS Foundation New York Fall Gala

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Ejaf) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

This year’s gala commemorates the Foundation’s 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Sharon Stone, and others will pay tribute to Elton John’s achievements as a philanthropist and humanitarian. The legendary Aretha Franklin will be the special musical guest, along with performances by violinist Joshua Bell and Broadway’s The Lion King, featuring Heather Headley. Neil Patrick Harris will host the event.

“Elton’s philanthropic endeavors and activism for human rights and the arts have inspired millions and made a positive difference in people’s lives around the world,” said Ejaf Chairman David Furnish. “But without a doubt, Elton’s greatest contribution as a humanitarian is his 25-year commitment to
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Today's 5: Hulk out with Joan Crawford, ol' sport!

Good morning film fans. Make today a good one. We'll help with suggestions as to mental memes and mood boosters for the day.

Five showbiz anniversaries of note today (May 10th) and how to honor each of them 

2013 The Great Gatsby opens in movie theaters. It's yet another hit for Baz Luhrmann and yet another Oscar-winning moment for his wife/collaborator Catherine Martin. It's also, to date, your only chance to see Leonardo DiCaprio in a pink suit.

In its honor today: Listen to that great soundtrack and annoy your friends by calling them "ol' sport" all day!

1977 Joan Crawford dies (as just dramatized on Feud's finale). But like all of the great film stars, she's immortal...

with Clark Gable in Chained (1934)

People have been trying to reduce her or count her out since she first became famous but she held on for decades with an iron grip...
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Secrets of The Silence of the Lambs: Inside the Making of Jonathan Demme’s Killer Horror Classic

Secrets of The Silence of the Lambs: Inside the Making of Jonathan Demme’s Killer Horror Classic
Late director Jonathan Demme’s horror masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs was only the third movie to sweep “The Big Five” at the Academy Awards when it took home trophies for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 1992 ceremony.

More than a quarter-century later, the first horror movie in history to win Best Picture remains a pop culture touchstone. The serial-killer thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins earned more than $272 million worldwide, launched multiple sequels and a television series, and continues to spook new viewers — who may or may not watch with
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From the People Archives: How Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs Was Made — and the Real Serial Killers That Inspired It

From the People Archives: How Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs Was Made — and the Real Serial Killers That Inspired It
Director Jonathan Demme, known for his hit movie The Silence of the Lambs, died Wednesday due to complications from esophageal cancer at the age of 73. Here, People takes a look back at a 1991 story on the making of Lambs and the real-life serial killers and FBI agents that inspired its unforgettable — and horrific — characters.

The cell door opens. Into a dank asylum basement steps Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee dispatched by her driven boss to interview the mad doctor. Clang! The door slams shut behind her. Simultaneously fearful and determined, she makes her way down the dark corridor to confront psychiatrist Dr.
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Aussie producer enlists the stars of 'Creed', 'Cinderella' for first feature

Rachael Fung.

Young Aussie producer Rachael Fung has wrapped production on her first feature, Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson (Creed, Thor: Ragnarok) and Lily James (Cinderella).

Fung has been back and forth between the Us and Oz for years, having been accepted into New York University.s film and television program straight out of high school.

In her first semester, the Sydney native produced a radio drama in her audio class and was hooked..

.I ended up winning a small award for that radio drama and that was all the encouragement I needed to pursue producing full time,. she tells If..

Fung spent the first few years after graduation working on shorts and music videos before landing a job at Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.s company, Bazmark..

.I worked there for four years developing my business and management skills as a producer and they were incredibly supportive when I
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Young Aussie producer enlists the stars of 'Creed', 'Cinderella' for first featu

Rachael Fung.

Young Aussie producer Rachael Fung has wrapped production on her first feature, Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson (Creed, Thor: Ragnarok) and Lily James (Cinderella).

Fung has been back and forth between the Us and Oz for years, having been accepted into New York University.s film and television program straight out of high school.

In her first semester, the Sydney native produced a radio drama in her audio class and was hooked..

.I ended up winning a small award for that radio drama and that was all the encouragement I needed to pursue producing full time,. she tells If..

Fung spent the first few years after graduation working on shorts and music videos before landing a job at Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.s company, Bazmark..

.I worked there for four years developing my business and management skills as a producer and they were incredibly supportive when I
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Applications open for 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship

Australians in Film has opened applications for the ninth annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Established in memory of Ledger, the prize is awarded to an emerging Aussie actor between aged between 18-35 years. The recipient will receive Us$10,000 and two return airfares to La.

Last year's winner, Ashleigh Cummings stars in the upcoming Kiwi feature Pork Pie, distributed by StudioCanal later this year.

Other past winners include Anna McGahan, set to star in Foxtel.s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Ryan Corr (Mary Magdalene, The Water Diviner, Holding the Man), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker, Dark Shadows, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

AiF board member and Heath.s sister Kate Ledger said the scholarship was close to the heart. .

.Seeing the struggles that Heath went through in making that transition with his international career and knowing
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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” and “Warcraft: The Beginning” won for documentary and score.

Hacksaw Ridge” now becomes the favorite to beat “La La Land” in the Oscar battle.

TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Filmmaker and Career Achievement Awards were presented to Guillermo del Toro and Harry Cohen.

64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:

Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr

Hacksaw Ridge

Crosscreek
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G'Day USA gala dinner: stars joke about Trump and each other – in pictures

The G’Day USA program aims to bring together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academia, and the arts, culminating in a gala dinner at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event comes complete with a red carpet to showcase some of Australia’s most recognisable exports in the creative arts, as well as a few ‘honorary Aussies’. Actor Ben Mendelsohn, costume designer Catherine Martin and television producer David Hill were honoured at the dinner

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Cate Shortland’s ‘Berlin Syndrome’ Starring Teresa Palmer Is An Unbearably Intense, Slow Burn Thriller [Sundance Review]

Berlin Syndrome” is a different kind of serial-killer thriller: one that slows the predator/prey process down in order to focus on the clinical and psychological details. Imagine a version of “The Silence Of The Lambs” that’s entirely about Buffalo Bill and Catherine Martin, the woman he traps in his pit. More importantly, imagine if the post-‘Lambs’ wave of movies about murderous madmen cared more about the would-be victims than their tormentors.

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'Silence': How One Man Pulled Double Duty as Scorsese's Production and Costume Designer

'Silence': How One Man Pulled Double Duty as Scorsese's Production and Costume Designer
There's an obvious correlation between production and costume design. In fact, for the past three years, the same film won Oscars in both categories: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Great Gatsby — though only in the case of Gatsby was the production and costume designer one and the same: four-time Oscar winner Catherine Martin.

That type of double duty is not typical for a major Hollywood feature, but this year, three-time Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti handled both tasks on Martin Scorsese's latest film, Silence.

"It's not so unusual, at least here in Italy, that...
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Lynette Wallworth receives Aacta’s Byron Kennedy Award

Aacta has named artist and director Lynette Wallworth as the recipient of this year.s Byron Kennedy Award.

The award, which honours George Miller.s original filmmaking partner and Mad Max co-creator Byron Kennedy, celebrates "outstanding creative enterprise within the screen industry. It is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation, vision and the pursuit of excellence."

Wallworth is known for her use of virtual reality and the mixing of technology with art. Her installations and films have been shown at the World Economic Forum, the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian.

Her documentary.Tender received five Aacta nominations and won the Aacta Award for Best Documentary Television Program at the 4th Aacta Awards in 2014. Her most recent work, Collisions, is a Vr film made with Aboriginal elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan.

.The names of some of the previous winners of the Byron Kennedy Award count amongst my heroes,
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Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ Costs Have Gone Up, To About $16M Per Episode

Exclusive: The Get Down was expected to be an expensive proposition from the get-go and Netflix knew it. The series from Academy Award-winning husband-wife team of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, hip-hop historian Nelson George and iconic rappers Mc Nas and Grandmaster Flash was expected to cost around $11 million per episode for 12 episodes, which all-in would have totaled about $120M. However, Deadline has learned…
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Baz Lurhmann’s Netflix Drama ‘The Get Down’ Is Uneven, But Entirely Vital [Review]

There’s rarely been a better argument for auteur-driven television than “The Get Down.” Though it arrives from a large creative team including Pulitzer-Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nas and Catherine Martin, the Netflix series wouldn’t scream Baz Luhrmann more if his name were watermarked on every frame. The show is at its best when he’s behind the […]

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The Get Down: Netflix Releases Season One Photos of Hip-Hop Series

That is life and destiny. That is the get down! Check out these beautiful production stills from the first season of The Get Down TV show on Netflix. Creators Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis executive produce with Catherine Martin, Nas, Thomas Kelly, and Paul Watters. The Hip-Hop drama series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. The Get Down season one premieres on Netflix, Friday, August 12 at 12:01am Pt/3:01am Et.The Get Down TV series cast includes: Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra-Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz).Read
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The Get Down Review: Baz Luhrmann's Drama Deserves a Pretty Good Rap

The Get Down Review: Baz Luhrmann's Drama Deserves a Pretty Good Rap
Toward the end of Episode 2 of The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s ’70s-set drama about the rise of hip-hop and the fall of disco in New York City, there’s a line of dialogue that hints at the both the undeniable joys and the patented absurdities of the show’s premise and execution.

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“This ain’t Disneyland!” shouts Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore), a famed graffiti artist and sometimes drug dealer-turned-aspiring DJ. “This s–t is the f—in Bronx!”

You wouldn’t expect even the most wide-eyed dreamer to
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)
1. “The Get Down” Season 1, Part 1 (available August 12)

Why Should I Watch It? Baz Luhrmann brings his wild style to the small screen in a story inspired by the creation of hip-hop. I know, I know — you’re already in, but there’s so much more! Made from a carefully curated combination of experienced minds — including Grandmaster Flash, Nas and Nelson George — “The Get Down” chronicles how kids in Queens during the late ’70s blended disco and soul music to create what’s currently the most popular pop music genre. Oh, and did we mention it’s a love story? A handful of newcomers join respected actors like Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito for the 12-hour first season, but we’re only getting six episodes to start with. It can’t all be perfect.

Best Episode: While Luhrmann served as showrunner for the entire first season (and directed a few episodes
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The Get Down: Netflix Releases New Series Trailer

"This ain't Disneyland. This is The Bronx." Netflix has released a new trailer for their upcoming series The Get Down.From Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Nas, the drama explores the dying days of disco and the emergence of hip hop in late '70s New York City. The cast includes Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Jimmy Smits, and Giancarlo Esposito.Read More…
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Inside the Troubled Production of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down,’ Netflix’s Most Expensive Series Yet

Inside the Troubled Production of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down,’ Netflix’s Most Expensive Series Yet
An inside joke on the set of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” proposed an alternate title for the new Netflix series. Because the troubled production had started, stopped, and stalled so many times as scripts were written, tossed, and rewritten, some writers had taken to calling the show “The Shut Down.”

Over the two-and-a-half years since the hip-hop-focused project was set up at Netflix, Luhrmann went through two showrunners, numerous writers, and no small amount of strain with producer Sony Pictures Television. Production of the 12-episode season, the first half of which premieres Aug. 12, went well over the original budget of about $7.5 million per episode and wound up costing at least $120 million overall, with New York state tax incentives factored in, according to sources.

That makes “The Get Down,” Luhrmann’s first TV series, among the most expensive in history. It’s a huge bet even for Netflix, which has disrupted Hollywood with a seemingly limitless
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