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ITV Boards Christopher Hampton’s Six-Part Drama ‘The Singapore Grip’

ITV has ordered six-part drama “The Singapore Grip,” which Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”) has adapted from J.G. Farrell’s novel.

An epic story set during World War II, “The Singapore Grip” centers on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. The series follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife, Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoiled son Monty as they live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. Things begin to unravel when Blackett’s business partner’s health deteriorates, leading Blackett to arrange the marriage of his daughter with his partner’s son, Matthew Webb, in order to ensure the future of their firm.

“As a great admirer and, eventually, a friend of J.G. Farrell, I was delighted to be invited to adapt ‘The Singapore Grip,’ a panoramic account of the disastrous loss of Singapore to the Japanese invaders in 1942,” Hampton
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Meryl Streep in ‘A Cry in the Dark’: A look back at her eighth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘A Cry in the Dark’: A look back at her eighth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 8 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

When Meryl Streep first collaborated with filmmaker Fred Schepisi, reaction to their work was decidedly muted. “Plenty” (1985) came and went from theaters in no time, spending all of one week in the box office top 10. In 1987, both Streep and Schepisi had better luck, the former contending at the Academy Award for her turn in “Ironweed” and the latter directing the popular Steve Martin comedy “Roxanne.”

In 1988, Streep and Schepisi gave collaboration another shot. While “A Cry in the Dark,” adapted from John Bryson‘s book “Evil Angels” (1985), was hardly a crowd-pleaser, the picture and Streep’s performance garnered abundant critical acclaim. The film would mark
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Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)

Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)
Plus first image of project starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz released.

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Mademoiselle De Joncquières

Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded French director Emmanuel Mouret’s upcoming 18th century, love triangle costume drama Mademoiselle de Joncquières, starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz.

The sales company, which will kick-off sales on the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris this week (Jan 18-22), has released an exclusive first image of Baer and Isaaz in the costume drama.

The film is inspired by a tale in French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Didier Diderot’s classic picaresque work Jacques The Fatalist exploring ideas of fate and free will.

Baer plays the libertine figure of the Marquis des Arcis opposite de France in the role of Madame de la Pommeraye, an attractive, reclusive widow he seduces.

When their relationship comes to a messy end the spurned Madame de la Pommeraye
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John Malkovich joins Voltage’s 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'

John Malkovich joins Voltage’s 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'
Voltage fully finances; introduced thriller to Cannes buyers last summer.

John Malkovich has joined Zac Efron on the cast of Voltage’s Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile ahead of a January 18 production start.

Joe Berlinger will direct the true-crime thriller from a screenplay by Michael Werwie that won the Nicholl Fellowship first prize and was featured on the Black List.

Ara Keshishian and Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier are producing for the company, alongside Michael Costigan for Cota Entertainment, and Michael Simkin for Efron’s Ninjas Runnin Wild Productions. Voltage introduced the project in Cannes last summer and fully finances, with Jonathan Deckter and Ninjas Runnin Wild’s Jason Barrett on board as executive producers.

Malkovich will play Judge Edward Cowart, the Florida judge who presided over the 1979 trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. The televised trial was a media sensation and ultimately led to Bundy’s death, but not before
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25 Movies You Won't Believe Turn 30 This Year

With the dawn of 2018, a slew of a great movies are turning 30 years old. Take a look back at 1988, when Tom Cruise was king (Cocktail, Rain Man), Bill Murray was Scrooge(d), and Bruce Willis was bringing some Christmas cheer and some ass-kicking to Nakatomi Plaza. Or perhaps you were discovering Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, and Annabeth Gish in Mystic Pizza, or having some Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer. However your cinematic tastes run, we've got a little something here for everyone. And try not to let our list make you feel old (though it probably will).
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10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew

10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew
Yippee Ki-Yay, Christmas movie fans! Die Hard might just be the greatest action film ever made. It's endlessly quotable, made a huge movie star out of Bruce Willis, features one of the penultimate performances from the late Alan Rickman, and launched not only a franchise, but a slew of imitators, as well. Welcome to the party, pal! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Die Hard.

Frank Sinatra could have been John McClane.

Ol' Blue Eyes had first dibs on the role that made Bruce Willis an action star. Die Hard is based on the 1979 crime novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which was a sequel to the 1966 book The Detective. The famous crooner turned actor starred in the 1968 film adaptation of The Detective and was therefore offered the chance to reprise the role of John McClane in the follow-up. Of course, Sinatra was already 73 by then, and said no.
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Video: Rebecca Strips Down for Her Sexiest Song Yet

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Video: Rebecca Strips Down for Her Sexiest Song Yet
When Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom says that Friday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c) features “the sexiest song we’ve ever done”… well, that’s saying a lot. (Sexier than “The Sexy Getting Ready Song”? “We Tapped That Ass”? “Heavy Boobs”???)

In her ongoing effort to annihilate Josh Chan, Rebecca turns to the worst person she knows: her amoral boss, Nathaniel. “Strip Away My Conscience” — which you can watch in full above — is a jazzy, Bob Fosse-style number, with Rebecca doing a striptease for Nathaniel, flanked by scantily clad backup dancers, and tempting him to teach her how to be bad like him.
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Michelle Pfeiffer’s ‘Mommy Lens’ Woke Her Up to Consumer Safety Issues

Michelle Pfeiffer’s ‘Mommy Lens’ Woke Her Up to Consumer Safety Issues
Michelle Pfeiffer didn’t think much about whether or not the cosmetics she used or the food she ate was safe until she became a mother.

“Like a lot of women I was clueless about a lot of these issues until I had children and started looking at the world through their eyes,” the Oscar-nominated star of “Dangerous Liaisons” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys” tells Variety. “I started thinking more about what I bought. I really benefited health-wise from looking at the world through my new mommy lens.”

But even as Pfeiffer realized she needed to know more about toxic chemicals and questionable consumer products, she struggled to find a resource to keep her informed. That’s where Environmental Working Group came in. From shoddy sunscreen to contaminated tap water, the nonprofit research and advocacy group educates consumers and citizens about public safety issues.

“The environment is not remote or separate from us,” says
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Michelle Pfeiffer on Her Hollywood Hiatus and Return to Superhero Films

Michelle Pfeiffer on Her Hollywood Hiatus and Return to Superhero Films
The cinema gods broke the mold when they made Michelle Pfeiffer.

In her greatest performances, as say, Susie Diamond or Catwoman, she’s achingly beautiful and unapologetically ballsy. Whether slinking across a grand piano while crooning “Makin’ Whoopee” or fending off Batman with a bullwhip, Pfeiffer conveys an inner strength, but also a flicker of vulnerability. In the late 1980s and ’90s, few stars blazed brighter. But as the aughts dawned, Pfeiffer stepped away from Hollywood to focus on raising her two children.

“It wasn’t a conscious choice to not work for five years,” Pfeiffer says. “It was just as my kids got older it got harder. They were school age, and I couldn’t schlep all around the world and disrupt their routines. I set down so many restrictions about when and where I could be on location that I became kind of unhirable.”

From 2004 to 2007, for instance, she
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Tiff Review: ‘The Wife’ Provides Glenn Close with One of Her Finest Performances

Playing Joan, the wife of a newly-announced Nobel Prize-winning novelist Joseph (Jonathan Pryce) whose career she has supported while setting her own ambitions aside, Glenn Close gives one of her finest performances in Björn Runge’s latest feature. The actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in the affecting drama, aptly titled The Wife.

Runge’s film opens as the couple first receive news that Joseph has won the prize. They jump up and down on the bed like giddy children as he chants “I won the Nobel Prize.” As the significance sinks in and the full implications bear down, Joan abruptly stops celebrating and leaves the room. Things don’t get any better once they arrive in Sweden in preparation for Stockholm ceremony. Joan is clearly deeply annoyed by something and we can only guess what.

As more and more troubling details gradually spill forth, we learn
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The Truth Behind JFK’s Mobbed Up Mistress — and What She Might Have Known About the Assassination

The Truth Behind JFK’s Mobbed Up Mistress — and What She Might Have Known About the Assassination
President John F. Kennedy‘s tendency toward extramarital romances has been well-documented in the decades since his assassination – but did one of his relationships play a direct role in his untimely death?

Judith Exner famously had a 2½-year affair with JFK, ending in 1962 – just one year before his assassination in Dallas.

Now – ahead of the 18th anniversary of her death at age 65 after a battle with breast cancer – People is looking back on her stunning 1977 memoir, which was full of revelations about the president’s much-debated relationship with the mob.

Life Among the Stars

Exner, the daughter of an architect,
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The Wilde Wedding – Review

With the big end of the year holidays still a couple of weeks away, what kind of big event can gather a big family (or a diverse acting ensemble)? It’s gotta’ be a comedy so a funeral is probably out of the question, although both the British and Us versions of Death At A Funeral are pretty darned hilarious. No, there’s got to be a romantic angle, so the setting should probably be a wedding. Film makers have used them for lots of comedies that are ripe with conflict from all the versions of Father Of The Bride to those big cast showcases like Robert Altman’s A Wedding and the big, big superstar-studded , appropriately named The Big Wedding just three years ago. And like that flick, some of the exes are involved, upping the tension and making for The Wilde Wedding that lives up to its name
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The Wife review – Glenn Close is unreadably brilliant as author's spouse plunged in late-life crisis

As the apparently-perfect wife of a Nobel prize-winning writer, Close gives arguably her best ever performance in an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel

“There’s nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt.” The speaker is Joan Castleman, the charming, enigmatically discreet and supportive wife of world-famous author and New York literary lion Joe Castleman. It is a fascinating and bravura performance from Glenn Close, in this hugely enjoyable dark comedy from director Björn Runge, adapted by Jane Anderson from the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Perhaps it’s Close’s career-best – unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control. Her Joan is a study in marital pain, deceit and the sexual politics of prestige. It’s a portrayal to put alongside Close’s appearances in Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction. This is an unmissable movie for Glenn Close fans. Actually, you can’t watch it without becoming
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Why Michelle Pfeiffer 'Disappeared' from the Spotlight — and Why She's Back (Looking Incredible!) at 59

Why Michelle Pfeiffer 'Disappeared' from the Spotlight — and Why She's Back (Looking Incredible!) at 59
Michelle Pfeiffer, we missed you!

Nearly stealing the show in a slinky, sequined Michael Kors Collection gown at the Venice Film Festival premiere of mother!, the 59-year-old actress is decidedly back in action this year — and reminding everyone why she’s one of Hollywood’s most successful (and sexiest) stars of all time.

In Darren Aronofsky‘s creepy thriller mother!, one of several new roles for Pfeiffer, she plays a visitor who interrupts Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem‘s seemingly idyllic life. Pfeiffer plays a pivotal part — a position she hasn’t been in since taking a break from Hollywood
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Uma Thurman: "DuJour"

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Sneak Peek new revealing images of "Kill Bill" actress Uma Thurman in the Fall 2017 issue of "DuJour Magazine", photographed by David Bellemere, wearing "Dolce & Gabbana", "Emilio Pucci", "Tom Ford" and a whole lot more:

Following appearances on the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of "British Vogue", model Uma Thurman went on to star as a nubile innocent in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988).

She rose to prominence with an Oscar-nominated performance in director Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994)...

...followed by "Batman & Robin" (1997)...

..."Gattaca" (1997), and "Les Misérables" (1998).

Thurman was awarded a 'Golden Globe' award for 'Best Actress in a Television Film' for "Hysterical Blindness" (2002).

She then reunited with Tarantino to play 'The Bride' in both Kill Bill films (2003–2004).

Other acting credits include "Be Cool" (2005), "The Producers" (2005), and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006).

She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her five-episode role in "Smash" (2012) and received critical praise
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Stephen Frears to Receive Award at Venice Film Festival

Stephen Frears to Receive Award at Venice Film Festival
British filmmaker Stephen Frears is to be awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award at this year’s 74th Venice Film Festival. The award celebrates a filmmaker who is considered to have made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.

Stephen Frears seems to challenge the very idea of a monolithic definition of his cinema,” Alberto Barbera, director of the festival, said in a statement. “Along with Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, he is one of the most vibrant and representative exponents of contemporary British cinema.”

Frears, who received Oscar nominations for “The Grifters” and “The Queen,” returns to Venice this year for a fifth time with his new film “Victoria & Abdul,” which reunites him with “Philomena” star Judi Dench. Frears has competed for the Golden Lion at four previous Venice festivals with “Liam” (2000), “Dirty Pretty Things” (2002), “The Queen” (2006) and “Philomena” (2013). All four films won festival prizes, but Frears has yet to claim the coveted
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Venice Festival to Honor Stephen Frears With Glory to the Filmmaker Award

Venice Festival to Honor Stephen Frears With Glory to the Filmmaker Award
The Venice Film Festival's 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award will be presented to English director Stephen Frears at a special ceremony on Sept. 3, before the world premiere of his new film Victoria & Abdul.

The director of films including Philomena, High Fidelity and Dangerous Liaisons will receive the festival’s prestigious lifetime achievement award, which honors filmmakers known for innovation in contemporary cinema. Frears has received two Oscar nominations for best director for The Grifters and The Queen.

Frears has a long relationship with Venice. In 2000 his film Liam won actress Megan Burns the Marcello Mastroianni Award. In...
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Watch The New Trailer For The Wilde Wedding Starring Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart And John Malkovich

Starring together in Stephen Frears’ 1988 drama Dangerous Liaisons, John Malkovich and Glenn Close reunite in the upcoming movie The Wilde Wedding.

Here’s a brand new look at the movie.

In The Wilde Wedding, now-retired film star Eve Wilde (Glenn Close) prepares for her wedding to husband number four, renowned English writer Harold Alcott (Patrick Stewart) after a whirlwind courtship.

At her upstate New York home – in the presence of both Wilde’s first husband, celebrated stage actor Laurence Darling (John Malkovich), and their collective families (Minnie Driver, Jack Davenport, Yael Stone, Peter Facinelli, Noah Emmerich, Grace Van Patten) – the long summer weekend offers the opportunity for everyone to get to know each other a bit more intimately.

As sexual sparks begin to fly, there are unforeseen consequences abound.

Directed by Damian Harris, the film will hit theaters September 15th from Vertical Entertainment.

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Glenn Close to Receive Golden Icon Award at Zurich Film Festival

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It’s time for Glenn Close to add another award to her mantle. The six-time Oscar nominee has taken home multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards, and now she’s set to receive the Golden Icon Award at the upcoming Zurich Film Festival (Zff), Variety reports. The “Damages” alumna will also present her latest feature at the fest, “The Wife.”

Close’s career spans over four decades and includes films such as “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “Fatal Attraction.” “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “Albert Nobbs” are among her more recent features. Her stage credits include “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Real Thing.”

“From her commanding portrayal of Patty Hewes in ‘Damages’ to the glorious Marquise de Merteuil in Stephen Frears’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ via Alex Forrest and Cruella De Vil, Glenn Close has brought her extraordinary presence to countless memorable roles over a truly formidable career,” said Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri in a statement.

An adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name, “The Wife” sees Close playing Joan Castleman, a woman best known as the wife of an incredibly successful writer. Joan has dedicated years of her life to nurturing her husband’s (Jonathan Pryce, “Game of Thrones”) career, but a moment of revelation causes Joan to reconsider their relationship and her future. “The Wife” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Close recently signed on to topline “Sea Oak,” a half-hour Amazon pilot about a woman who comes back from the dead.

Zff runs from September 28-October 8.

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