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‘Hangover’ Producer Scott Budnick Forms Good Films, Endeavor is Lead Investor (Exclusive)

Scott Budnick, the producer of “The Hangover” movies and “Old School,” has launched Good Films, a film and TV production company that plans to leverage the movies and shows it makes to effect positive social change. Good Films is in the process of raising a $150 million content fund with Endeavor Content as the lead investor.

Budnick made a name for himself as the producer of hit comedies, but he switched gears in 2013, and moved away from moviemaking to get involved in prison reform. He formed the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which provides a support network for formerly incarcerated men and women.

Budnick will serve as president and CEO of Good Films, while entertainment and media finance expert Roy Salter will serve as non-executive chairman of the board and investment committee. A significant amount of the $150 million has been committed.

In an interview with Variety, Budnick said he and Salter believe that entertainment properties are uniquely capable of “changing hearts
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2018 Oscar nominations surprise: Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Stewart, Robert Pattinson or …? [Poll]

2018 Oscar nominations surprise: Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Stewart, Robert Pattinson or …? [Poll]
We previously asked readers which actress they thought would score the most shocking Oscar nomination. A performer who may have garnered early critical support but saw their Oscar hopes dimmed when industry groups forgot about them. And now it’s time to look at which men in the race could pull off a similar feat.

Past examples of men who defied the odds include Tommy Lee Jones (“In the Valley of Elah”), virtually absent from awards chatter, with only a couple small critics groups nominating him. Somehow he muscled his way to a surprise Best Actor Oscar nomination. Industry groups like SAG and BAFTA have similarly ignored plenty of strong performances this year. Take a look at five such actors and vote in our poll below to let us know which actor you think will be this year’s most shocking nomination.

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‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Bpm,’ and ‘Lady Bird’ Lead GLAAD Media Award Nominations — Full List

‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Bpm,’ and ‘Lady Bird’ Lead GLAAD Media Award Nominations — Full List
GLAAD, the world’s largest media advocacy organization for Lgbtq representation, announced the nominees for its 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards Friday. The GLAAD Media Awards honor various branches of media for outstanding representation of the Lgbt community and the issues that affect their lives. On hand to announce live from Park City were “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” star Trace Lysette, accomplished Lgbtq activists in their own right.

Read More:GLAAD Report Finds Lgbtq Characters Are Either Invisible Or Used As Punchlines In Studio Movies

Leading the film nominations were Oscar frontrunner “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Shape of Water.” GLAAD also nominated two gay-themed films that are unlikely to pick up any Oscar nominations, “Battle of the Sexes,” and “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.” The outstanding limited release film category includes “Bpm,” “God’s Own Country,” and “A Fantastic Woman.
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‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ First Look: Zac Efron Works a Mug Shot As Serial Killer Ted Bundy

‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ First Look: Zac Efron Works a Mug Shot As Serial Killer Ted Bundy
The secret is out: Zac Efron can work a wide leg pant almost as well as a camera. The actor released the first image of himself in costume as serial killer Ted Bundy to his Instagram Thursday, bearing the only slightly ominous caption: “Meet Ted.” The star of “Baywatch” and “The Greatest Showman” will take a dark turn from recent comedic fare in the Bundy biopic, titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Shooting began Thursday for the new movie, which is directed by Joe Berlinger, an Emmy-winning director who is best known for true crime documentaries.

Read More:Zac Efron Joins Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’ Opposite Matthew McConaughey — Exclusive

In the black and white photo, Efron is posing for a mug shot, donning a white tee shirt and flared jeans in the style of the period. Awash in a bright light, his gaze is downturned.

The script was written by Michael Werwie,
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Jake Gyllenhaal's Story of How He First Met Heath Ledger Will Make You Miss Him Even More

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Jake Gyllenhaal's Story of How He First Met Heath Ledger Will Make You Miss Him Even More
It's almost been 10 years since Heath Ledger tragically passed away, and one person who's still deeply affected by the loss of his friend is Jake Gyllenhaal. In a recent profile for the February issue of GQ Australia, Jake opened up about the very first time he met Heath. "I was auditioning for Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann had chosen three actors. It was Ewan [McGregor], it was Heath, and me," he explained. "I never met Heath, I only heard about him. They would literally put me in a room and lock the door and Heath would come in and then Heath would be shuffled through the door. I never saw him." Ewan ended up landing the role, but the loss actually helped bring Jake and Heath together. "When Ewan was cast, I finally met Heath and we sort of became friends before Brokeback Mountain based on our mutual frustration. When Brokeback Mountain
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Jake Gyllenhaal Became Friends With Heath Ledger After They Both Lost Out On ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Role

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Jake Gyllenhaal has Ewan McGregor to thank for the former’s friendship with Heath Ledger. It would be easy to assume Gyllenhaal and Ledger first met on the set of “Brokeback Mountain”, but the two actors actually met before that. Both stars were on the shortlist for the leading male role in “Moulin Rouge!” and only
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Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger

Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger
Before Brokeback Mountain there was Moulin Rouge!, and Jake Gyllenhaal has the latter to thank for his friendship with Heath Ledger. The movie star is GQ Australia's February 2018 cover star, in it discussing the origins of his close bond with the late actor and his role in Stronger—the emotional true story of a man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. Turns out Gyllenhaal and Ledger bonded over a "mutual frustration" most aspiring actors share when the role of a lifetime goes to someone else. In the case of 2001's Moulin Rouge!, that someone else was Ewan McGregor. As the 37-year-old...
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How to Watch the BAFTA Awards Nominations Live

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announces the nominations for its 71st Awards on Tuesday morning in London. The event will be live-streamed on BAFTA’s official Facebook page starting Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. GMT (Monday at 11:30 p.m. Pt).

Often considered a bellwether for the Oscars, the nominations will be announced by Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) and Letitia Wright (“Black Panther”). A new host of the awards ceremony — longtime emcee Stephen Fry is stepping down after doing the honors a dozen times — will also be revealed. BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry and chair Jane Lush will both be on hand for the announcement.

Voting opened for BAFTA members in mid-December and closed Jan. 2, shortly before the deadline for Oscar votes.

Like the Oscars, the BAFTAs consider all English-language films, not just U.K. productions, and the buzzed-about movies in the U.S. are part of the awards chatter across the pond
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Timothée Chalamet Reveals How Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Performance Inspired Him To Act

Timothée Chalamet Reveals How Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Performance Inspired Him To Act
Timothée Chalamet has been an award season standout, charming audiences with humble stories about his massive breakout in “Call Me By Your Name.” His Jan. 3 speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, where he received the Best Actor award, was a fantastic introduction to the actor’s backstory, from his family life spent in the NYC ballet world to his brotherly relationship with “Name” co-star Armie Hammer. But perhaps the most interesting moment of the speech was when he revealed how “The Dark Knight” changed his life.

Read More:‘Call Me by Your Name’: Timothée Chalamet is Learning How to Be a Man, Onscreen and Off

“When I was 12 years old, after attending one of my sister Pauline’s [ballet] performances, I petitioned my Mom and grandma to see Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ with me,” Chalamet said. “We went to AMC Empire 25 in Times Square for a 7:30 screening.
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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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How Michelle Williams Got Into Character For All the Money In the World

<p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hKOrhvBSdvc?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Michelle Williams is a critically acclaimed American actress who has become known in recent years for her award worthy performances. She first drew attention for her work in <em>Dawson’s Creek</em> before transitioning into film roles. Michelle Williams has won critical acclaim for the roles she’s played in movies like <em>Brokeback Mountain</em>, <em>My Week With Marilyn</em>, <em>Shutter Island</em>, <em>Blue Valentine</em>, and <em>Manchester by the Sea</em>. Now she will be portraying Gail Harris in <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/all-the-money-in-the-world/"><strong><em>All the Money in the World</em></strong></a>, which comes out on December 25, 2017.</p>
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44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying "Gyllenhaal-alujah!"

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44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying
Jake Gyllenhaal has been in the spotlight for over 20 years, and since his debut in 1991's City Slickers, he's grown into major leading-man material. His breadth of work in films like Donnie Darko, Love & Other Drugs, Brokeback Mountain, and the new biopic Stronger prove Jake's ability to go from sweet to sexy to slightly scary in no time. We've rounded up the photos of him that show off his many (handsome) facets. RelatedThese Jake Gyllenhaal Shirtless Photos Will Give You Life
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger on Blu-ray

Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (2005, Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain) and Primetime Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (2016, Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama, “Orphan Black”) star in Stronger, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand today (December 19) from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the best films of the year” (National Review) and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Stronger is a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Also starring Oscar® nominee Miranda Richardson (1994, Best Actress, Tom & Viv) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), the film chronicles the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, the man who became a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded city.

Now you can own Stronger on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave
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Bifa Winners Announced + More Industry News Out of the UK

Hello and welcome back to the Backstage roundup of news from across the industry. From what’s happening to what’s casting, we pick the most important information for performers. It’s all you need to know and everything you can’t afford to miss! Winners of the Bifa Awards 2017 announced. Rural romance “God’s Own Country” triumphed at the British Independent Film Awards 2017 held in London last week. Recognising the most exciting and innovative emerging filmmakers in the UK, this year also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the awards. It was established in 1998 by Raindance founders Elliot Grove (who we interviewed earlier this year) and Suzanne Ballantyne in 1998. “God’s Own Country” beat Armando Iannucci's “The Death of Stalin” and Michael McDonagh’s “Three Billboards…” to win Best British Independent Film with star Josh O’Connor winning Best Actor for his portrayal of a young farmer in love with a Romanian farmhand.
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The Best TV Ensembles of 2017 Demand Recognition Beyond the SAG Awards

The Best TV Ensembles of 2017 Demand Recognition Beyond the SAG Awards
Judging an ensemble can be tricky, but it all comes down to what, exactly, you’re being asked to assess: Are you quantifiably measuring which cast members give the best individual performances, or are you judging how well a cast comes together overall? Are you counting award-worthy solo turns and rewarding the cast with the most? Or are you measuring the chemistry between a giant team all called upon to help create one specific story?

Read More:The Best TV Lines of 2017: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ and More of the Year’s Most Memorable Quotes

Maybe you’re doing all of the above, you might be swayed toward giving one or the other more weight. Honestly, it seems likely these questions aren’t often consciously considered so much as they’re instinctually chosen by each voter when asked, “Which cast is best?”

So let’s give it a try:
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Cry Me a River: The Radical and Revolutionary Power of Melodrama

Within the first ten minutes of Nicholas Ray’s unimpeachable classic Rebel Without a Cause Jim Stark (James Dean) wails, “You’re tearing me apart!!!!!” This is not an instance where the film crescendos with an emotional breakdown, but begins. Jim Stark is a staggering portrait of apocalyptic masculine adolescence ripping apart a young body through expectations put on him by society and his own self-imposed fears that he could turn into his passive father. Jim Stark is one of the defining characters of cinematic melodrama with his unbridled emotional honesty laid bare for the world to see. He physically cannot keep himself from gnashing, wailing, and screaming in the face of emotions that bubble to the surface. Melodrama opens the lid on these reactions and rides that feeling to cinematic honesty and authenticity. Melodrama is realer than real; a hyper-stylized evocation of feelings that we’re all familiar with as human beings.
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Culture Dump #20: 5 Actors who Really want to win an Oscar!

The 90th Academy Awards is just a few months away – and you can tell. The industry has stepped up its game by firing out its best and brightest titles in the hopes of bagging gold – but who’ll come out on top? While Oscar predictions can often be hit and miss, some stars wear their intentions very much on their sleeve when it comes to Academy approval. People like…

Joaquin Phoenix

When actors pick roles the old saying goes: one for them, one for you. Unless you’re Joaquin Phoenix. The Gladiator star seems to have dedicated his entire career to fully immersing himself in characters most likely to land him on the Best Actor shortlist. While he may have only been nominated thrice (Gladiator in 2001, Walk The Line in 2006 and The Master in 2013), you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s happened more, having starred in look-at-me awards fodder Her,
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Stronger Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 19th

Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (2005, Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain) and Primetime Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (2016, Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama, “Orphan Black”) star in Stronger, arriving on Digital December 5 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 19 from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the best films of the year” (National Review) and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Stronger is a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Also starring Oscar® nominee Miranda Richardson (1994, Best Actress, Tom & Viv) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), the film chronicles the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, the man who became a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded city.

Inspired by the true story, Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who was at the 2013 marathon when
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Golden Globes Nominations 2018: Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkins Among Women Shut Out of Directing Category

There’s no doubting that 2017 has been a strong year for women both onscreen and behind the scenes. Take, for instance, the Primetime Emmys, which saw women dominate with big wins for Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ava DuVernay, Master of None writer Lena Waithe and director Reed Morano.

On the film side, Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Director for The Beguiled, while Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, is the best reviewed movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes. Patty JenkinsWonder Woman earned over $800 million at the worldwide box office, far surpassing the recent wave of DC Comic films. Meanwhile, DuVernay finished production on Disney’s upcoming adaption of A Wrinkle in Time, becoming the first woman of color to helm a $100 million movie.

But when the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced on Monday, women were not among
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