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Kristin Scott Thomas on ‘Darkest Hour’ and Rediscovering Her Love of Film

Kristin Scott Thomas on ‘Darkest Hour’ and Rediscovering Her Love of Film
This seating simply won’t do.

Kristin Scott Thomas, the Oscar-nominated actress, has just plunged into an oversized chair that threatens to completely envelop her slight, 5 foot 6 frame. With a slightly imperious air, she insists we relocate to a sectional couch a few steps away to talk about why she left Hollywood, her on-and-off love affair with the movie business, and “The Darkest Hour,” the film that’s brought her back into the spotlight.

“The Darkest Hour,” the story of the war cabinet crisis that threatened Winston Churchill’s prime ministry in the early days of World War II, is Gary Oldman’s show. He’s already considered to be the favorite to bag a best actor Oscar, but Scott Thomas should not be overlooked. In a few key scenes she etches a fully lived in portrait of Clementine Churchill, Winston’s wife and emotional ballast during those troubled times.

“It was a partnership,
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Hollywood Flashback: In 1998, Scarlett Johansson Was 'Horse Whisperer's' Tomboy Teen

Hollywood Flashback: In 1998, Scarlett Johansson Was 'Horse Whisperer's' Tomboy Teen
The Horse Whisperer, a 1998 weepy directed by and starring Robert Redford. He plays Tom Booker, a Montana wrangler/Zen master who helps a tomboy named Grace (Scarlett Johansson, then 13) and her horse, Pilgrim, overcome the trauma of a riding accident that left her leg partially amputated.

Based on the 1995 best-seller by Nicholas Evans, the movie was the first to feature Redford on both sides of the camera....
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13 films that could be in the running for an Oscar in 2018

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13 films that could be in the running for an Oscar in 2018
Like it or not, the awards race 2018 is already underway.

Painful as it may sound, the awards marathon is at least a 12-month proposition these days. With Sundance in the rear-view mirror, the talk of potential 2018 Oscar candidates is already underway in industry circles.

Below, Screen runs through 13 films that could be heading to the dance this time next year (the Oscars will be held one week later in 2018, on March 4).

Downsizing

Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz (all previously nominated) star in awards perennial Alexander Payne’s social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Currently in post-production, the film is slated for a December 22 release through Paramount, which is financing. Payne’s last six films have been Oscar-nominated.

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Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream director Aronofsky returns to a more intimate setting after 2014 blockbuster Noah with the story of a couple
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Why I Watch The Ref Every Christmas Eve

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Why I Watch The Ref Every Christmas Eve
Every family has their tradition when it comes to the holidays. Ever since I was a kid, we would celebrate with my father's side of the family on Christmas Eve, and then with my mother's side on Christmas Day, a tradition that has remained unchanged to this day. There is one tradition that we added on Christmas Eve night, maybe a decade or so ago, after my younger twin brothers and I would come back to my mom's house after spending the day with our father. We would watch the obscure 1994 R-rated Christmas comedy The Ref. Not It's A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story or A Miracle of 41st Street, but an underrated and underseen comedy starring Denis Leary, post-Remote Control, Kevin Spacey, pre-Oscar win and Judy Davis, post-Oscar nomination. While The Ref may not be as revered as those aforementioned movies, I will always watch The Ref every Christmas Eve,
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Exclusive Portraits: Scarlett Johansson Receives Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award

Chicago – She’s conquered the box office as the top grossing female star of all time, and she’s had a series of big superhero and prestige films. The Gene Siskel Film Center honored Scarlett Johansson with their Renaissance Award, at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago on June 20th, 2016.

Scarlett Johansson on the Red Carpet on June 20th, 2016

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Johansson was born in New York City, and studied acting at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. She made her film debut at the age of nine in “North” (1994), and rose steadily through the ranks as a child/teenage actress in such films as “Manny & Lo” (1996), “The Horse Whisperer” (1998) and “Ghost World” (2001).

She made the transition to more adult roles with the unforgettable “Lost in Translation” (2003), opposite Bill Murray, and further stole the screen in the Woody Allen-directed “Match Point
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Horror Highlights: Seize The Night, Hologrid: Monster Battle, Chaos Theory, Exhibits, Mastersfx

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Werewolves, vampire assassins, and government factions, oh my! After its run on the festival circuit, Seize the Night, starring the film’s director and producer, Emma Dark, will have a limited DVD release. Also: Kickstarter news for HoloGrid: Monster’s Battle, a look at the film Chaos Theory in its entirety, first details on Exhibits, and info on Todd Masters’ (founder of MastersFX) 2016 Daytime Emmy win.

Seize the Night Limited DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Seize The Night has been one of the most talked about short films on the independent horror scene over the past year. In its time on the festival circuit the film has won creator Emma Dark a Mmbf Rising Star award at Ireland’s The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival, garnered favourable reviews from a multitude of respected genre websites including Dread Central, Starburst and UK Horror Scene, and featured in comprehensive national print articles
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Variety’s Artisans Award Recipients at Santa Barbara Film Festival Announced

Variety’s Artisans Award Recipients at Santa Barbara Film Festival Announced
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced today the recipients of the second annual Variety Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray.

The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to the following 2016 Oscar nominees:

Carter Burwell, for original score in the Weinstein Company’s “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes. This is Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination; he has worked with esteemed directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon.

Hank Corwin, for film editing in Paramount Pictures’ “The Big Short” for director Adam McKay. Hank recently won the Ace Eddie Award and the Los Angeles Film
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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Richard Lagravenese to Receive Writers Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Richard Lagravenese to Receive Writers Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Screenwriter and director Richard Lagravenese will receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement, the Wgae announced on Thursday. The award will be presented on Feb. 13, 2016 at the Wgae’s annual awards ceremony, which will take place simultaneously with the WGA, West’s ceremony in Los Angeles. Lagravenese’s screenplays include “The Fisher King,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar, as well as “A Little Princess,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and the HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.” His work as a writer-director includes “P.
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Richard Lagravenese To Receive 2016 WGA Ian McClellan Hunter Award

Screenwriter Richard Lagravenese, the Academy Award nominated writer of Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, will be honored by his peers with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement at the 68th Annual Writer’s Guild Awards, it was announced today. Lagravenese has written seventeen scripts over his career, including Ted Demme’s The Ref, Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County, Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer, Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess, and…
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Richard Lagravenese To Receive 2016 WGA Ian McClellan Hunter Award

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Richard Lagravenese To Receive 2016 WGA Ian McClellan Hunter Award
Screenwriter Richard Lagravenese, the Academy Award nominated writer of Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, will be honored by his peers with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement at the 68th Annual Writer’s Guild Awards, it was announced today. Lagravenese has written seventeen scripts over his career, including Ted Demme’s The Ref, Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County, Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer, Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess, and…
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‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild

‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Richard Lagravenese as the recipient of its Ian Mclellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

The honor will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13.

Richard Lagravenese has been a WGA member since 1986 and written 17 films. He received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay in 1992 for “The Fisher King.”

His writing credits include “The Ref,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Unbroken.” He also directed many of his own screenplays, including “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Five Years” and “Freedom Writers,” which won the Humanitas Prize.

He co-produced and co-directed with Ted Demme the Emmy-nominated film documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir about his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” and wrote and
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Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper

Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper
The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has tapped John Singleton and Chris Cooper for its Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards.

The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.

Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.

Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.

Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Objects Of 'Desire'

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Sneak Peek new revealing images of "Mad Men" actress January Jones and "Blue Crush" star Kate Bosworth in the September 'Desire' issue of "Vs Magazine", with alternate covers featuring "The Giver" actress Odeya Rush, photographed by Francesco Carrozzi and Ellen von Unwerth:

January Jones, best known for playing 'Betty Draper' in the AMC TV series "Mad Men" (2007–2015), is also noted for roles in "American Wedding" (2003), "Unknown" (2011) and "X-Men: First Class" (2011). She currently stars as 'Melissa Shart' in the Fox series "The Last Man on Earth".

Kate Bosworth made her film debut in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998) before landing a lead role as a teenage surfer in "Blue Crush" (2002). She also appeared in the features "Wonderland" (2003), "Beyond the Sea" (2004), "Superman Returns" (2006), "Straw Dogs" (2011) and "Still Alice" (2014).

Odeya Rush is noted for her lead role in the 2014 film "The Giver", earning her a 'Teen Choice Award' as a 'Breakout Star'.

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact,
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Best of Late Night TV: Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Emotional Interview,' Kevin Spacey's Tiger Beat Audition (Video)

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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Robert Downey Jr. was on "The Tonight Show" Monday night, and a couple of other "Avengers" stars were also on the late night circuit for one last "Age of Ultron" push. Rdj had an "Emotional Interview" with Jimmy Fallon -- they were given cues like "fishing for compliments," "Robert doesn't know what a car is," and "Robert smells bacon" and had to act it out. The bacon part was hilarious, but too brief. So good. In his sit-down interview, Rdj talked about having a ball pit at his 50th birthday party. Can you believe he's 50? The lovely Scarlett Johansson was on "Late Show with David Letterman" and said she
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New Jurassic World Trailer Unleashes More Dinosaur Chaos

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Universal has released a new Jurassic World trailer. The franchise’s fourth installment features a fully operational version of John Hammond’s park, which now includes the Hammond Creation Lab, the facility responsibility for combining the genetic traits of multiple species to create the Indominus Rex Jurassic World seems to be following the original films' familiar arc of whether or not to go bigger and bolder with the dinos, where once again, the naysayers are proven correct: it's not a good idea. (The series really is a celebration of pessimism). You can check it out for yourself here, and decide on which side of the line you fall: As for the specifics, Chris Pratt appears to be channeling Robert Redford from The Horse Whisperer, except replace "horse" with "velociraptor." But this human and dinosaur utopia will not last for long, since the lab has gone crazy and accidentally created a massive,
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New poster for The Last Five Years featuring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan

Following the trailer released a couple of months ago, we now have a new poster for musical The Last Five Years, which features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The movie will be showing exclusively in London’s West End at the Empire Cinemas before heading to VOD on May 1st.

Check out the poster below:

Based on Tony Award winning Jason Robert Brown’s hit off-Broadway musical starring Anna Kendrick, The Last Five Years will receive an exclusive two week theatrical run in the heart of London’s West End at The Empire Leicester Square before being released on VOD on 1 May and DVD on 4 May. Tickets are now available for pre-booking for an exclusive two week run only from 17 April.

A touching story of heartbreak and passion, The Last Five Years, based on the hit off-Broadway musical, stars Academy Award® nominee Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in this honest
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Kate Bosworth: I Kept Things Too Bottled-Up in My 20s

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Kate Bosworth: I Kept Things Too Bottled-Up in My 20s
If Kate Bosworth seemed aloof as a young actress, it wasn't because she thought she was all that. In fact, quite the opposite. "I was quite armored for a lot of years," Bosworth, 32, tells The Edit for a story this week. "I had been going through such a hard time [in my 20s]. I felt like it was me and my experience was unique, when actually everyone goes through these challenges." The actress, currently filming 90 Minutes in Heaven with director husband Michael Polish, credits famous friend Helena Christensen - and an influential guidance counselor - with helping her break free from the isolation she felt for years.
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Kate Bosworth: I Kept Things Too Bottled-Up in My 20s

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Kate Bosworth: I Kept Things Too Bottled-Up in My 20s
If Kate Bosworth seemed aloof as a young actress, it wasn't because she thought she was all that. In fact, quite the opposite. "I was quite armored for a lot of years," Bosworth, 32, tells The Edit for a story this week. "I had been going through such a hard time [in my 20s]. I felt like it was me and my experience was unique, when actually everyone goes through these challenges." The actress, currently filming 90 Minutes in Heaven with director husband Michael Polish, credits famous friend Helena Christensen - and an influential guidance counselor - with helping her break free from the isolation she felt for years.
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