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Mandela Effect Movie Happening with Gotham Star Robin Lord Taylor

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You knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. Periscope Entertainment announced today Charlie Hofheimer (24: Legacy, Black Hawk Down), Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire, Halt and Catch Fire), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, The Walking Dead), and Clarke Peters (The Wire, John Wick) have signed on to star in David Guy Levy's psychological sci-fi thriller The Mandela Effect, written by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen and Levy. The film marks their second creative collaboration following Would You Rather. Joshua Fruehling, Levy and Schlachtenhaufen are producing under the Periscope banner.

The Mandela Effect follows a man who becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively misremembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something much larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles. Director and Periscope Entertainment's David Guy Levy said this.

"I'm
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First Meg Photo Has Jason Statham Ready to Fight Sharks

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First Meg Photo Has Jason Statham Ready to Fight Sharks
Principal photography is underway in New Zealand on the science fiction action thriller Meg, being directed by Jon Turteltaub (the National Treasure movies, Last Vegas). The film stars Jason Statham (Spy, Furious 7, The Expendables films). Award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message) has been set to star opposite Statham. In addition to New Zealand, filming on Meg is also being accomplished on location in China.

A deep-sea submersible-part of an international undersea observation program-has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific...with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew-and the ocean itself-from this unstoppable
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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'

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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'
Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix. Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988's Running on Empty. The actor admits he was "so jealous" of Phoenix's rising fame. "It was really hurting my life," Hawke, 45, said of the jealousy while speaking at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night. "Stand by Me
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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'

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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'
Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix. Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988's Running on Empty. The actor admits he was "so jealous" of Phoenix's rising fame. "It was really hurting my life," Hawke, 45, said of the jealousy while speaking at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night. "Stand by Me
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'Snowpiercer' TV Show Happening with 'Avatar 2' Writer

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'Snowpiercer' TV Show Happening with 'Avatar 2' Writer
Producer Marty Adelstein and his Tomorrow Studios company has optioned the rights to last year's indie hit Snowpiercer, to turn it into a TV series adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that screenwriter Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) has been tapped to write the pilot script. No network has been attached to the project at this time. Here's what Marty Adelstein had to say about bringing Josh Friedman on board.

"We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story. As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television."

Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel entitled Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The story is set years after a global Ice Age decimated the planet,
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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool

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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool
The first and most important thing that happened as a result of the staging of "Sticks and Stones" at the Met Theater as part of the Act One Festival was that Scott Swan and I got our first agent. Barbara Baruch worked for Ambrosio/Mortimer, a smaller boutique agency at the time, and from the moment we met her, she seemed like what I imagined an agent to be. She was nurturing, she was a cheerleader, she was a ballbuster, and she was always, always, always in our corner. Our time with her was unfortunately too short, and by the time the agency imploded in accusations of embezzlement, we were already repped by Gersh out of New York. Barbara was first, though, and she was the first one to start pushing people to come see our show and to read our work. The strangest thing about those early days is
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Cannes Review: Documentary 'By Sidney Lumet' Is A Rewarding, Wide-Ranging, Conversation With A Master

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His films don't necessarily have the hip reputations of some of his contemporaries, he wasn't as precious about the work as some other auteurs, and he never won a Best Director Oscar (though he received an honorary one in 2005). But there can be no question that Sidney Lumet was one of American cinema's finest filmmakers, as anyone who has read his seminal book "Making Movies," or just seen one of his many great films, can attest. Over a 50-year career, and almost as many movies (here's our retrospective of his work), Lumet undeniably made some duff films ("The Wiz," "A Price Above Rubies" and "Gloria"), but for every questionable picture, there were two solid classics. Read More: Watch: Sidney Lumet's 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge' Starting with his 1957 debut "12 Angry Men," and ending with the brutal, powerful "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead," with works like "Fail-Safe,
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Watch: Ethan Hawke Does a Philip Seymour Hoffman Impression (And Calls Sidney Lumet Names)

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Watch: Ethan Hawke Does a Philip Seymour Hoffman Impression (And Calls Sidney Lumet Names)
As part of a "Boyhood" talkback at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Ethan Hawke got to reminiscing on his friend and colleague, Philip Seymour Hoffman. The pair first met in the 1990s, when Hoffman was working as a (quick-witted, dry-humored) reader in several of Hawke's auditions, and their friendship grew from there. Hawke also took the time to fondly remember/commend Hoffman for his dedication -- after nabbing the Oscar for "Capote" in 2005, Hoffman didn't rest for a beat; he took his newfound clout and used it to get legendary director Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" made -- and Hawke goes on to tell some pretty amusing stories about their time working together on the film. Watch the clip below to find out exactly what Lumet did that had Hawke dub him "an 83-year old Machiavellian bastard." Read More: Watch 10 Incredible Clips From the Career of the Late,
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Ethan Hawke opens up about stage fright, Robin Williams and a current career high

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Ethan Hawke opens up about stage fright, Robin Williams and a current career high
Telluride — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across a wide spectrum of time. He has two films set to play the Venice Film Festival next week in Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline" and he's here in Telluride with his own directorial effort, an emotional documentary that is ostensibly a portrait of pianist Seymour Bernstein, but on a deeper level is an exploration by Hawke of finding satisfaction in one's art. It's a delicate piece of work that played like gangbusters to a Telluride premiere audience Saturday, rapt as the so wonderfully well-spoken Bernstein rattled off philosophical nuggets throughout a lively Q&A.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Days

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Days
In honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film, A Most Wanted Man, hitting theaters today, we are reprinting David Browne's cover story on the actor's final days from our February 27th issue.

Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing,
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Acting Legend John Hurt And Co-Writer Kelly Masterson Talk Snowpiercer

Many moons past, at an NYC dinner where the soju flowed freely, Director Bong Joon-ho revealed his plans to adapt the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, as an international production. Five years later, Snowpiercer has finally barreled into Us cinemas.  I had the chance to speak with two of its passengers; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead scribe, Kelly Masterson, who co-wrote Snowpiercer's screenplay, and British acting legend (and a xenomorph's best pal), John Hurt.  Both gentlemen sat with me to discuss the ambitious project, including the Weinstein cutting controversy.  John HurtThe Lady Miz Diva:  What is it that brought you to this film?John Hurt:  Well, he's sitting over there {Points at Bong Joon-ho}.  He's as cool as they come.  I guess it was done...

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Snowpiercer: Chris Evans starts an insurrection in new video - watch

Snowpiercer: Chris Evans starts an insurrection in new video - watch
Chris Evans leads an insurrection in a newly-released clip from director Bong Joon-ho's science fiction movie Snowpiercer.

The movie centres on survivors of global warming organising a revolt 17 years after being herded along class lines into a massive train.

Evans plays rebel Curtis Everett, who is shown in the clip hurling a weapon at government official Mason (Tilda Swinton) when she condemns the rioters to death.

Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) adapted the script from the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.

This film is Joon-ho's English-language debut, coming on the heels of critical acclaim for his South Korean movies Mother and The Host.

Snowpiercer opens today in limited release in the Us. Watch a trailer below:
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Train in Vain: How 'Snowpiercer' Became the Summer's Coolest Movie

Train in Vain: How 'Snowpiercer' Became the Summer's Coolest Movie
What would happen if, thanks to an attempt to stop global warming that went awry, our big blue marble were plunged into a new ice age? The result would be pretty much what you would expect: Humanity's survivors would find themselves trapped on a perpetually moving supertrain divided by strict us-vs.-them barriers (plebians in the back, patricians in the front), and the huddled masses would have to fight their way to the front, one bloody siege at a time.

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That's the central idea behind Snowpiercer,
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'Snowpiercer' (2014) Movie Review

Imagine, in an effort to stamp out global warming, humans shot a chemical compound into the atmosphere that not only stopped global warming, but froze the entire Earth, killing ever living organism on it (oops)... every living organism except for those that survived on a train known as Snowpiercer. The Snowpiercer is a train built by a multi-billionaire who doubted the chemical shot into the atmosphere would solve anything and wanted to guarantee his survival, survival that depended on a perfectly balanced ecosystem, an ecosystem he designed and maintains on said train with tracks that manage to circle the globe. All that remains of humanity, that survived the frozen apocalypse, now lives aboard the Snowpiercer. Director Joon-ho Bong (The Host), along with Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), has adapted the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" for the big screen, beginning with a short prelude defining the events
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Good People Trailer: James Franco and Kate Hudson Learn That There’s No Such Thing As Free Money

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Good People Trailer: James Franco and Kate Hudson Learn That There’s No Such Thing As Free Money
The first trailer for Danish director Henrik Genz's English-language film debut is out, and it's an eerie one. Good People stars James Franco and Kate Hudson as Tom and Anna, a couple experiencing money problems. In the teaser, we see them come across a dead neighbor, as well as his hidden pile of cash. The film takes an even darker turn when both the police (led by Tom Wilkinson) and some nefarious characters (including Omar Sy) come looking for the loot, no doubt teaching our leads that found money always comes at a price. The film, which was written by screenwriter Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, will be out later this year.
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Serpico DVD review – Philip French on one of New York's grittiest cop films

(Sidney Lumet, 1973; Eureka!, 18)

An enduringly entertaining thriller, Serpico is important in three related contexts. First, it belongs to a remarkable cycle of police pictures made in the turbulent last years of the Vietnam war. Influenced by the success of Patton and its ambivalent appeal to Vietnam hawks and doves, Hollywood jumped off the youth bandwagon and on to the police paddy wagon with pictures about maverick cops fighting a lonely battle on America's lawless streets.

The most controversial were films on the right – The French Connection and Dirty Harry. The most amenable to liberals was this true story of the quietly idealistic Frank Serpico, an Italian-American hippy type, bearded and hairy, who first attempts to find a modus vivendi in the endemically corrupt New York police before blowing the whistle and nearly paying with his life. One of the grittiest, least romantic movies ever shot in New York, it's incisively edited by Dede Allen,
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Priest at Philip Seymour Hoffman's Funeral: 'I Learned About Humility from Him'

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Priest at Philip Seymour Hoffman's Funeral: 'I Learned About Humility from Him'
The priest who advised Philip Seymour Hoffman on his role as Father Flynn in the movie Doubt presided at the actor's funeral Mass Friday. Fr. James Martin S.J., a Jesuit priest, met Hoffman when he came in to consult on the Labyrinth Theater Company's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which Hoffman directed in 2003. Martin then joined the company as a member, and later advised Hoffman on 2008's Doubt. The two spent time together at New York City's Saint Ignatius Church, where Martin taught Hoffman how a priest celebrates Mass. It was in that same church on
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Philip Seymour Hoffman was the one great guarantee of modern American cinema

In two decades of faultless performances, Philip Seymour Hoffman proved that his particular talent was to take thwarted, twisted humanity and ennoble it

The day after the premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film The Master, I was interviewing the director in the upstairs ballroom of a Venice hotel when Philip Seymour Hoffman walked past our table. The windows were flung open and the place was bathed with light, and the big, rangy actor bounced by gracefully, like a golden lion walking on air. "Phil's actually a really good dancer," Anderson confided, referencing the parlour routine in the middle of The Master, when the title character performs a jig with his nubile acolytes. "You might not think that to look at him, but he seriously is."

I don't know why we should have been surprised. Every good actor possesses a peculiar grace. Even Philip Seymour Hoffman, an ostensibly foursquare American Job,
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Philip Seymour Hoffman obituary

Actor and director who could imbue the many wretches, prigs and braggarts he played with a wrenching humanity

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has died aged 46 of a suspected drugs overdose, had three names and 3,000 ways of expressing anxiety. He was a prolific and old-fashioned character actor, which is not a euphemism for "odd" – it means he could nail a part in one punch, summoning the richness of an entire life in the smallest gesture. And, yes, he could also look splendidly odd, with his windbeaten thatch of sandy hair, porcine eyes and a freckled face that would glow puce and glossy with rage. His acting style was immune to the temptations of caricature. His rise in the 1990s coincided with the emergence of a new wave of American film-makers, and his versatile, volatile talent became integral to some of the most original Us cinema of the past 20 years.

He was
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Philip Seymour Hoffman: a career in movie clips

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died in New York aged 46. We look back over his career in clips

Philip Seymour Hoffman has died aged 46 in New York. Peter Bradshaw's tribute to the actor is here, and Simon Hattenstone recalls interviewing him in 2011. Here's 10 of the best from a virtuosic talent.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Ten great performances? Philip Seymour Hoffman produced scores of them, dealing them out with a lordly abandon, in both lead roles and supporting turns. No shortlist worth its salt should ignore his brilliant early appearances in Nobody's Fool, Hard Eight or Boogie Nights. But, for the sake of brevity, let's start with his brief, delicious masterclass as Brandt, the gloriously obsequious Pa to a boorish billionaire, in the Coens' freewheeling 1998 classic The Big Lebowski. So what if the script gave him few lines to work with? Hoffman's embarrassed, defensive chuckle played like a comic monologue in itself.
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