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89 review – on-the-ball doc revisits Arsenal's last-minute glory

Star players and Nick ‘Fever Pitch’ Hornby recall the nail-biting thrills in this nostalgic account of the north London club’s triumphant 1988-89 season

An easy-going, watchable documentary about one of the great feelgood-underdog stories in the history of British sport. After being written off as boring, boring failures, Arsenal Fc triumphed against Liverpool at Anfield in the final match of the 1988-89 season.

It was a uniquely important era that included the horror of Hillsborough and preceded the great resurgence of football with Italia 90. And of course the great Arsenalaissance of ’89 was made mythic by Nick Hornby in his classic memoir Fever Pitch: the 1997 movie version starring Colin Firth actually made the Liverpool v Arsenal match its euphoric finale, in tandem with its romance plot, and there is almost a tension in this film waiting for Hornby to make his talking-head appearance, and then afterwards something anticlimactic, knowing
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Exclusive: 'Younger' Sneak Peek! Kelsey Goes on an Impromptu Getaway With Josh -- and Doesn't Tell Liza

Exclusive: 'Younger' Sneak Peek! Kelsey Goes on an Impromptu Getaway With Josh -- and Doesn't Tell Liza
Is Kelsey warming to the idea of being more than friends with Josh?

On Wednesday's episode of Younger, titled "Fever Pitch," Kelsey (Hilary Duff) escapes from the Big Apple with her publicist pal, Lauren (Molly Bernard), for a spontaneous getaway -- with Liza's ex, Josh (Nico Tortorella), tagging along.

Related: 'Younger' Star Nico Tortorella Teases Season 4 and a Josh-Kelsey Romance

Et exclusively debuts a scene from the episode, where Kelsey -- enjoying the sun in upstate New York -- phones Liza (Sutton Foster) after bailing on an author pitch fest.

During the call, Liza reveals that the pitch fest wasn't a complete "sh*t show," telling Kelsey about a new author (played by guest star Jennifer Westfeldt), whose "amazing," "mature" and "sophisticated" book concept sounded promising and could be Millennial's new savior. When Liza asks if Kelsey is by herself, she tells her she's not but fails to mention the presence of one very important
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Michael Kelly Wants to Play Stephen Miller on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Pauly Shore’s Impression Is Hard to Beat — Watch

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Michael Kelly Wants to Play Stephen Miller on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Pauly Shore’s Impression Is Hard to Beat — Watch
With three senior White House officials gone in the last few weeks — that’d be Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Anthony Scaramucci, for those of you keeping score at home — the Trump administration took the rare step of letting Stephen Miller in front of the cameras earlier this week.

The senior advisor, who grew up in Santa Monica and used his press briefing as an opportunity to lambast “cosmopolitan elitism” and explain why the Statue of Liberty actually has little to do with America’s tradition of immigration, caught the attention of Michael Kelly, the “House of Cards” star who now wants to play Miller on “Saturday Night Live.”

Read MoreAnthony Scaramucci’s Brief Tenure in the White House May Be Made Into a Movie Called ‘Attack of the Swamp Monsters’

“Hey @SNLUpdate if you happen to need someone I’m around. Just sayin,” the actor tweeted earlier this year
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Michael Kelly Wants to Play Stephen Miller on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Pauly Shore’s Impression Is Hard to Beat — Watch

Michael Kelly Wants to Play Stephen Miller on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Pauly Shore’s Impression Is Hard to Beat — Watch
With three senior White House officials gone in the last few weeks — that’d be Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Anthony Scaramucci, for those of you keeping score at home — the Trump administration took the rare step of letting Stephen Miller in front of the cameras earlier this week.

The senior advisor, who grew up in Santa Monica and used his press briefing as an opportunity to lambast “cosmopolitan elitism” and explain why the Statue of Liberty actually has little to do with America’s tradition of immigration, caught the attention of Michael Kelly, the “House of Cards” star who now wants to play Miller on “Saturday Night Live.”

Read MoreAnthony Scaramucci’s Brief Tenure in the White House May Be Made Into a Movie Called ‘Attack of the Swamp Monsters’

“Hey @SNLUpdate if you happen to need someone I’m around. Just sayin,” the actor tweeted earlier this year
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Nick Hornby short-form TV series 'State Of The Union' in the works

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Nick Hornby short-form TV series 'State Of The Union' in the works
Exclusive: Relationship dramedy produced by See-Saw Films will be directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.

See-Saw Films and writer Nick Hornby are teaming up on a TV series about marriage counselling.

State Of The Union will be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and is made up of ten ten-minute episodes.

The series follows a middle-aged couple who meet in the pub before going into marriage counselling each week. Each episode shows the ten minutes before they face the counsellor.

State Of The Union will shoot in London this autumn with the cast and broadcast partner set to be announced soon.

See-Saw told Screen that they expect the show to be aired both online and by a TV broadcaster.

Hakan Kousetta, COO of television at See-Saw, said: “Because it’s a completely different format, it lends itself to something a broadcaster can play with. It’s not just a piece of digital television, it’s a proper
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Nick Hornby, See-Saw Films team for short-form TV series

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Nick Hornby, See-Saw Films team for short-form TV series
Exclusive: Relationship dramedy will be directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.

See-Saw Films and writer Nick Hornby are teamig up on a TV series about marriage counselling.

State Of The Union will be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and is made up of ten ten-minute episodes.

The series follows a middle-aged couple who meet in the pub before going into marriage counselling each week. Each episode shows the ten minutes before they face the counsellor.

State Of The Union will shoot in London this autumn with the cast and broadcast partner set to be announced soon.

See-Saw told Screen that they expect the show to be aired both online and by a TV broadcaster.

Hakan Kousetta, COO of television at See-Saw, said: “Because it’s a completely different format, it lends itself to something a broadcaster can play with. It’s not just a piece of digital television, it’s a proper
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40

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Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40
Evan Helmuth, an actor best known for playing the priest in 2012 horror “The Devil Inside,” has died. He was 40. Helmuth (pictured above left) passed away from complications from a stroke on Monday. “It’s just simply heartbreaking. Such a profoundly kind and beautiful person, friend and actor,” spokesperson David Greene of Chaotik Media told TheWrap in a statement confirming Helmuth’s death. Also Read: Harvey Atkin, 'Meatballs,' 'Cagney & Lacey' Actor, Dies at 74 Along with his famous role in William Brent Bell’s terrifying hit, he also appeared in “Fever Pitch” and “Jobs,” alongside Ashton Kutcher. On the small screen,
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Evan Helmuth, 'The Devil Inside' Actor, Dies at 40

Evan Helmuth, 'The Devil Inside' Actor, Dies at 40
Evan Helmuth, the actor known for his role in The Devil Inside, has died after complications related to a stroke, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He was 40.

Helmuth's most high-profile movie role was the lead in the 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, in which he played Father David Keane. Most recently he also had a role in the 2013 biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher.

His other notable film credits include Garfield and 2005's Fever Pitch where he played the best friend of Jimmy Fallon's baseball-obsessed character. 

Television work formed the bulk of Helmuth's acting credits, and he made appearances on a number of hit shows...
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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40
Updated: Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40. Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of Alias, NCIS, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and…
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Awkward’s Nikki DeLoach Is Pregnant!

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Awkward’s Nikki DeLoach Is Pregnant!
Things got adorably awkward between Nikki DeLoach and her The Perfect Catch costar Andrew Walker when she revealed to him that she is pregnant.

“From the moment he found out, he was, like, ‘Oh I think I’m nauseous too.’ And I’m, like, ‘What are you doing?! No you’re not!’ ” DeLoach tells Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos in a People exclusive clip from Friday’s episode of Home & Family.

On the episode, Matenopoulos discusses the reality of “sympathy pains” — but DeLoach isn’t having any of it.

“He’s telling me … he had back pain when his wife
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Netflix Takes Global Rights for Italian Nick Hornby Adaptation ‘Slam’

Netflix has taken global rights outside Italy to Italian director Andrea Molaioli’s teen pregnancy pic “Slam,” which is based on the novel by the same title by British writer Nick Hornby, known for “High Fidelity,” “Fever Pitch” and “About a Boy.”

The deal is being touted as the streaming giant’s first global launch of an Italian feature film.

Netflix has confirmed it has signed a deal with Indigo Film and Rai Cinema under which starting April 15 it will release “Slam” (pictured) as a Netflix Original in 189 countries.

Produced by Indigo Film, which is the prominent Italian shingle behind Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty,” with financing from Rai Cinema, “Slam” transposes to Rome Hornby’s London-set story about a 16-year-old skateboarding aficionado who is afraid of becoming a father. It stars Jasmine Trinca (“Miele”) and Luca Marinelli (“They Call Me Jeeg”) as the protagonists’ young parents.

Universal
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Drew Barrymore Goes for 3 Guinness World Records on the Tonight Show — and It’s Really Hair-Raising

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Drew Barrymore Goes for 3 Guinness World Records on the Tonight Show — and It’s Really Hair-Raising
This article first appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

All Drew Barrymore needs to make the Guinness World Records list is lipstick, paper, and enormous amounts of hair — plus, a little help from Jimmy Fallon.

Stopping by The Tonight Show to chat about her upcoming Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Barrymore took on three separate Guinness world records live, with the help of the host and her Fever Pitch costar. Fallon decided apart from “holding the record for being one of the coolest people in the world,” the actress needed some technical records under her belt.

Her first challenge: apply lipstick to
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James Schamus, Dorit Hakim to attend UK Jewish film fest

James Schamus, Dorit Hakim to attend UK Jewish film fest
Exclusive: The event has revealed its line-up for 2016.

The 20th edition of the UK International Jewish Film Festival (Nov 5 - 20) has revealed its programme, showcasing more than 80 films including world, European and UK premieres.

The opening night gala held at the BFI Southbank will be a screening of James Schamus’s latest film Indignation, which stars Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman in the story of a working class Jewish student struggling with cultural disaffection and sexual repression in 1950s Ohio.

The line-up of UK premieres includes Maya Zinshtein’s football documentary Forever Pure, which recently had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Eran Kolirin’s Beyond The Mountains And Hills, and Nadav Lapid’s From The Diary Of A Wedding Photographer, which both premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year.

Israeli director Dorit Hakim, whose Moon In The 12th House debuted in competition at Cannes this year, will participate
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‘Our Idiot Brother’ Director Jesse Peretz Will Adapt Nick Hornby’s ‘Juliet, Naked’

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‘Our Idiot Brother’ Director Jesse Peretz Will Adapt Nick Hornby’s ‘Juliet, Naked’
By now, author and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (Brooklyn) has had a few of his novels adapted for the big screen. Since 1997’s Fever Pitch (which starred Colin Firth), we’ve seen adaptations of High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, and a second attempt at adapting Fever Pitch. Another one of Hornby’s stories, Juliet, Naked may soon join that list. Our Idiot Brother director Jesse […]

The post ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Director Jesse Peretz Will Adapt Nick Hornby’s ‘Juliet, Naked’ appeared first on /Film.
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Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Teaches Jimmy Fallon Art of Dramatic Acting (Video)

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Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Teaches Jimmy Fallon Art of Dramatic Acting (Video)
Robert Downey Jr. has been nominated for two Oscars — Jimmy Fallon starred in “Fever Pitch.” The guy who once again wears the Iron Man suit in “Captain America: Civil War” offered the “Tonight Show” host dramatic acting lessons on Thursday night, though none of them really took. Downey walked Fallon through two drills designed to bring out the chops — a door-opening scene and a driving scene. “My dirty little secret is that I’m not actually that good,” the humble blockbuster movie star stated. Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Uses Puppies to Predict the 2016 Kentucky Derby Winner (Video) “I’m a bad actor,
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Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’

Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’
In his 1992 soccer-fan memoir “Fever Pitch,” Nick Hornby recalled his first exposure to one of the great Pelé-led Brazilian World Cup teams, writing: “Brazil ruined it for all of us. They had revealed a kind of Platonic ideal that nobody, not even the Brazilians, would ever be able to find again.” Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s English-language “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” which dramatizes the star player’s first World Cup triumph, tries its best to visually convey just how revolutionary Pele’s arrival on the scene must have felt, but it’s continually hamstrung by an uninspiring, ultra-traditionalist narrative.

Shot in vivid color by “Black Swan” d.p. Matthew Libatique, with skillful editing and a rousingly rhythmic score from A.R. Rahman, the film nonetheless tackles the soccer legend’s early life with all the stolidness of an old-school bootstrap melodrama, yet its younger target audience should be able to appreciate the flash,
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Hugh Hefner's Brother Keith Dead at 87

Hugh Hefner's Brother Keith Dead at 87
It's a sad day for the Hefner family and Playboy. E! News can confirm that Hugh Hefner's brother, Keith Hefner, passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. The longtime Playboy executive was not only a fixture at the Playboy Mansion, but he also had roles in several films like Star 80, Fever Pitch and Evil Town. Keith also was a series regular on the E! hit show, The Girls Next Door, as well as the '60s series Get Smart. TMZ reports that the 87-year-old died at his home in Beverly Hills and had a major role in Playboy bunny training and talent scouting. In fact, Keith has been credited for coming up with the "Bunny Dip"—the signature move that bunnies...
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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‘Brooklyn’ Writer Nick Hornby Says He’s Writing Projects For Spike Jonze, Rosamund Pike & Jason Reitman

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‘Brooklyn’ Writer Nick Hornby Says He’s Writing Projects For Spike Jonze, Rosamund Pike & Jason Reitman
The transformation of Nick Hornby from one of the major literary pioneers with a sort of sensitive Generation X masculinity (as with “Fever Pitch,” “High Fidelity” and “About A Boy”), to an Oscar-nominated screenwriter with particularly well-drawn female leads, is a fascinating one. Hornby made his screenwriting transition and picked up an Oscar nod, with “An Education” a few years back, and followed it up with last year’s “Wild,” before this year’s much-acclaimed “Brooklyn,” which seems all-but-certain to throw him into awards chat again. Read More: Sundance Review: Nick Hornby-Scripted 'Brooklyn' He’s got the Helena Bonham Carter-starring BBC miniseries “Love, Nina” coming soon, but tells Jeff Goldsmith’s Q&A podcast that he’s got some terrific new projects coming up as well. First up is a twenty-minute drama for music video and Vr pioneering director Chris Milk, which he says was “cooked
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Nick Hornby on 'Brooklyn,' Taylor Swift and 'High Fidelity' Sequel

Nick Hornby on 'Brooklyn,' Taylor Swift and 'High Fidelity' Sequel
Nick Hornby is not a casual person. One of the most popular writers to emerge from the U.K. in the Nineties, the author exploded onto the literary scene with tales of overgrown boys whose passions metastasize into lifestyles and prevent them from being functional adults. (You get the sense that Judd Apatow has read ever word Hornby has ever written and taken copious notes.) Fever Pitch (1992) is a winsome, wince-inducing memoir about how the author's obsessive fandom for the Arsenal football club; his first novel, High Fidelity (1995) follows a
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