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Derren Brown's 11 best TV stunts

Craig Elvy Sep 27, 2017

The crazy world of Derren Brown is not without controversy and debate. Here we revisit 11 of the illusionist's most gripping TV stunts...

Being friends with Derren Brown must be simultaneously fascinating and utterly terrifying. A vastly intelligent natural performer with charisma and charm to spare, Derren has been confounding audiences with his brand of “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship” for something approaching two decades and has successfully pulled-off a remarkable evolution from skilled street magician to performer of increasingly ambitious television events.

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Over time, Derren’s material has become as much about helping and inspiring people as it is shocking them,
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Paramount, Lorne Michaels Developing Autism Book ‘Neurotribes’ as Movie (Exclusive)

Paramount, Lorne Michaels Developing Autism Book ‘Neurotribes’ as Movie (Exclusive)
Paramount has acquired movie rights to Steve Silberman’s science book “Neurotribes” and set up the project with Lorne Michaels at his Broadway Video production company.

Silberman’s book, “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently,” was published in 2015, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, and was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, the Economist, and the Guardian.

“Neurotribes” covers a history of the changing perceptions of autism over the past 80 years, going back to the research of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger. It also explores why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
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Barbra Streisand Started Directing Because She “Couldn’t Be Heard”

Barbra Streisand in “The Guilt Trip”: Paramount Pictures

Barbra Streisand didn’t mince words when Robert Rodriguez interviewed her at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend —of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way. The famously outspoken megastar had some choice words about how women directors are treated in Hollywood and how little things have changed since she made her own directorial debut with 1983’s “Yentl,” a story about a woman (Streisand) posing as a man in order to study the Torah.

According to Variety, Streisand spoke candidly about her lack of directing Oscar nods for “Yentl” and 1991’s “Prince of Tides.” She believes sexism from both men and women stopped her from receiving recognition from the Academy. “There were a lot of older people. They don’t want to see a woman director,” she told Rodriguez. “I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director.”

Streisand’s lack of directing nominations does seem like a blatant snub, as both “Yentl” and the romance “Prince of Tides” racked up a bunch of other nods. “Prince of Tides” in particular was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, which often go hand-in-hand with a directing nod.

As Streisand revealed, her work on Sydney Pollack’s 1973 romantic drama “The Way We Were” was the catalyst for her directing career. She disagreed with Pollack’s vision and was “horrified” when he cut “scenes that [Streisand] felt illustrated why her on-screen relationship with Robert Redford’s character ultimately disintegrated,” Variety details. Her lack of creative control is what drove her to helm her own movies.

“I directed because I couldn’t be heard,” Streisand emphasized.

While she wouldn’t be credited as a director until 1983, Streisand first demonstrated her artistic vision on the 1976 drama “A Star Is Born.” The film, which sees Streisand as a rising music star in a doomed relationship with past-his-prime rock star Kris Kristofferson, was directed by Frank Pierson. But Streisand told Rodriguez that she had the final cut. “That was tough because I was blackmailed into hiring [Pierson],” she said, per Deadline. “I hired him to write and he said he wouldn’t do it unless he directed. I had final cut rights. I told him he could have all the credit, but that he had to allow my vision to be there. He would agree, but then I’d show up and the cameras would be in [the wrong places].”

The “Funny Girl” star also brushed off Rodriguez’s suggestion that her work as a director “shattered a glass ceiling for other female filmmakers,” Variety notes. Acknowledging how few opportunities female directors receive in Hollywood, Streisand responded, “Not enough women are directing now.” In other words, the glass ceiling might have a crack or two, but it’s still very much intact.

Among Streisand’s other directing credits are the 1996 feature “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and three documentaries of her concert performances. She is also set to direct an untitled film about the affair between photographer Margaret Bourke-White and author Erskine Caldwell. She has received two Oscars: one for her performance in “Funny Girl” and another for Best Original Song for “A Star Is Born.”

Fittingly, Streisand was the person who presented Kathryn Bigelow the Oscar for Best Director in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker.” After opening the envelope with the winner’s name, Streisand said, “Well, the time has come,” in reference to the fact that a woman had never received the award before. To date, Bigelow remains the only woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Director.

Streisand was last seen in Anne Fletcher’s 2012 mother-son comedy “The Guilt Trip.”

Barbra Streisand Started Directing Because She “Couldn’t Be Heard” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jennifer Aniston and Anne Fletcher Team Up for Teen Comedy

Jennifer Aniston in “We’re the Millers”

Jennifer Aniston played a Prom Queen and Homecoming Queen in “Friends,” and now she’ll take on the role of a former beauty queen. Variety reports that the expert tiara-wearer has joined the cast of “Dumplin,’” an indie teen comedy directed by Anne Fletcher (“27 Dresses”).

Based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 book of the same name, the Texas-set story follows “a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston) — taking a job at the local fast-food joint,” the source summarizes. “She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back, but when she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant and gaining respect for her mother.” No word on who will play Dumplin’.

Kristin Hahn, who penned Catherine Hardwicke’s next movie, “Stargirl,” adapted the script and is producing along with Michael Costigan (“Stoker,” “Ghost in the Shell”) of Cota Films.

“Dumplin’” marks Fletcher’s first foray into the teen genre. She most recently helmed “Hot Pursuit,” an action comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. “The Guilt Trip,” “The Proposal,” and “Step Up” are among her other credits.

Aniston’s recent films include “Mother’s Day,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” and “Cake,” the latter of which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,” Aniston wrote in a candid essay published by The Huffington Post last summer. On that note, we’re betting “Dumplin’” won’t depict an idealized version of beauty pageants.

Jennifer Aniston and Anne Fletcher Team Up for Teen Comedy was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jennifer Aniston to Star in Teen Comedy ‘Dumplin”

Jennifer Aniston to Star in Teen Comedy ‘Dumplin”
Jennifer Aniston will star in the independent teen comedy “Dumplin'” with Anne Fletcher directing.

Variety first reported in 2015 that Disney acquired the movie rights preemptively prior to publication of Julie Murphy’s Texas-set novel with Michael Costigan producing. Disney decided not to go ahead with the project.

The story centers on a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston) — taking a job at the local fast-food joint. She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back, but when she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant and gaining respect for her mother.

Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation and will produce along with Costigan, who will produce under his Cota Films production company. Costigan was
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Annette Bening joins cast of 'Life, Itself'

Annette Bening joins cast of 'Life, Itself'
NBC break-out This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman directs the drama.

Film Nation and Temple Hill announced that Bening has joined Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Alex Monner on the drama.

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman directs from his screenplay and production has begun in New York City ahead of an anticipated move to Spain in May.

Life, Itself is a multi-generational love story that weaves together characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back.

FilmNation is fully financing and produces and handles international sales while Wme Global represents Us rights.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing with FilmNation, and Fogelman.

Fogelman created two TV shows this season: Pitch, made in cooperation with Major League Baseball for Fox, and the break-out NBC series This Is Us.

His directorial
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Annette Bening Joins Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’

Annette Bening Joins Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’
Annette Bening has joined Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde in the romantic drama “Life, Itself.”

This Is Us” creator and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer Dan Fogelman is directing from his own script.

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FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill are producing the multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades — from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside. Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Alex Monner also star. Principal photography is beginning in New York City and will continue in Spain in May.

FilmNation will fully finance, produce, and handle international sales for the film. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with FilmNation, along with Fogelman. Wme Global will handle the U.S. sale on behalf of FilmNation.

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Boo! A Madea Halloween Beats Jack Reacher 2 at the Weekend Box Office

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Boo! A Madea Halloween Beats Jack Reacher 2 at the Weekend Box Office
The third weekend in October is starting to become the new home for the most crowded frame of the year. Last year, four new movies opened in wide release (The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms, although none could beat The Martian, and two (Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms) didn't even crack the top 10. This year, four more new movies opened in wide release, Lionsgate's new Madea movie Boo! A Madea Halloween, Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil and 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses. While all four new releases did crack the top 10, Boo! A Madea Halloween took the top spot with $27.6 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that, despite opening in the fewest theaters among new releases this weekend (2,260), it easily had the best per-screen average with $12,212. However, this
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Can Jack Reacher 2 Take Out The Accountant at the Box Office?

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Can Jack Reacher 2 Take Out The Accountant at the Box Office?
This weekend is shaping up to be the busiest of the year so far at the box office, with four new movies hitting theaters in wide release. At one point, it was even supposed to be five new movies arriving wide, until Focus Features pushed its highly-anticipated A Monster Calls to an awards season friendly date of December 23. Last weekend's winner The Accountant will now square off against Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil, 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses and Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween. We're predicting that the action-packed sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will come out on top with $20.2 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will debut in approximately 3,500 theaters, the highest roll-out of any other new release, with Ouija: Origins of Evil arriving in 3,100 theaters, Keeping Up With the Joneses debuting in 3,000 theaters and Boo!
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Dan Fogelman’s Romance ‘Life Itself’ Movie in the Works

FilmNation Entertainment has tapped “Cars” scribe Dan Fogelman to direct his romance screenplay “Life Itself” with shooting starting in March in New York and Spain.

FilmNation will fully finance, produce and handle international sales for the film while Wme handles U.S. rights. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, whose credits include “The Fault in Our Stars” and the Maze Runner franchise, will produce with FilmNation.

The story is a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. Producers are currently casting but no actors have been attached.

Fogelman’s writing credits include the three “Cars” movies, “Tangled,” “Bolt,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Last Vegas,” “The Guilt Trip” and “Danny Collins,” which he also directed.

Dan Fogelman has one of the most original voices in cinema today,” said FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner.
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Seth Rogen responds to Katherine Heigl's 'Knocked Up' apology

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Seth Rogen responds to Katherine Heigl's 'Knocked Up' apology
Howard Stern Show regular Seth Rogen was on the show this morning to promote his forthcoming R-rated animated raunch-fest Sausage Party, and reliably dropped a few choice anecdotes in the process, with trademark guffaw in tow. Here are five big highlights from the conversation. 1. He was "hurt" by Knocked Up co-star Katherine Heigl's criticisms of the 2007 film but is nevertheless sympathetic to the actress, who discussed her awkward run-in with Rogen during an appearance on the show back in April. Heigl's critical comments about the Judd Apatow-directed hit -- which saw her slamming the film as "sexist," among other things -- made Rogen feel as if his "trust" was "betrayed" by his co-star, whom he says could have voiced her concerns "at any moment" during filming. "We have a very open process. You have the ability to say anything at any moment," said Rogen. "'I don't like this scene.
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Filming Begins on Dennis Iliadis’ He’S Out There

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He helmed the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left and took viewers to a party they wouldn’t soon forget in 2013’s +1. Now director Dennis Iliadis is hard at work on his latest film, He’s Out There, which has started filming in Canada:

Press Release: Montreal, July 29, 2016 – Principal photography has begun on Screen Gems’ suspense thriller, He’s Out There. Yvonne Strahovski stars, along with Justin Bruening, Anna Pniowsky, Abigail Pniowsky, Julian Bailey and Ryan McDonald. Dennis Iliadis directs, from a script by Mike Scannell. Producers are Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino of Unbroken Pictures. Glenn Gainor is executive producer.

On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare.

Yvonne Strahovski’s film roles include I, Frankenstein, The Guilt Trip and Killer Elite, and she will next
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Post-Bankruptcy Relativity Sets ‘Masterminds,’ Other Release Dates

Post-Bankruptcy Relativity Sets ‘Masterminds,’ Other Release Dates
Relativity Studios, newly emerged from bankruptcy, announced that it will release four films during the remainder of 2016, the first movies to come out of the company since in slipped into Chapter 11 protection last July.

The company founded by Ryan Kavanaugh said that “Before I Wake,” a horror film starring Kate Bosworth, will debut Sept. 9. The movie was directed by Mike Flanagan and also stars Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane and Annabeth Gish. It had previously been set for release on Oct. 16, according to a declaration filed with the bankruptcy court.

Next up, the company slated “Masterminds,” a crime comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, for Sept 30. Jared Hess directed the movie, which was produced by Lorne Michaels (“Baby Mama,” “Mean Girls”) and John Goldwyn (“The Guilt Trip,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”) The company had previously set a Sept. 16 lunch.

The studio chose Nov. 18 for
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What to stream for every possible mood (including dread) on January 1

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What to stream for every possible mood (including dread) on January 1
2016 is coming. No matter what your mood is when the clock strikes midnight, we've got your streaming needs covered for that cold, cold morning of January 1.  Lighthearted acceptance: "Meet the Fockers" (Netflix) I prefer to think of "Meet the Fockers" as a tag team Celebrity DeathmatchRobert De Niro and Blythe Danner vs. Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. Whose wisecracks land hardest? Whose anxiety-inducing jabs make Greg Focker tweak hardest? It's hard to say. I feel like conventional wisdom tells you this movie is inferior to the original, but Dustin and Barbra are wholly original, hilarious characters. Along with "The Guilt Trip," this makes two times Barbra Streisand has played believable, quirky Jewish mothers who don't seem all that much like Barbra Streisand. Unthinkable devastation: "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (Netflix)   Tilda Swinton's kid is a born psychopath. I know we're supposed to find his wrath horrifying,
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Barbra Streisand Returning to Directing with a Catherine the Great Biopic

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Barbra Streisand Returning to Directing with a Catherine the Great Biopic
After keeping busy in the 1970s with films such as A Star is Born and The Way We Were, singer-turned-actress Barbra Streisand has been very selective over the past 20 years, opting to only star in four movies: The Mirror Has Two Faces, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers and The Guilt Trip. But one of those […]

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Barbra Streisand Returns To Directing With 'Catherine The Great'

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She hasn't starred in a film since 2012's "The Guilt Trip" with Seth Rogen, and hasn't directed a movie since 1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces," so it's probably safe to say that Barbra Streisand thinks long and hard before figuring out her next film project. But the legend has lined up a big one for her next effort behind the camera. Read More: Barbra Streisand To Write Memoir About Her Career And Personal Life THR reports that Streisand will direct "Catherine The Great," a biopic about the famed leader. The script, by Kristina Lauren Anderson, topped the 2014 Black List of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays, and it will tell the story of the rise of Sophia Augusta who takes control of her life, her marriage, and her kingdom becoming Russia’s most celebrated and beloved monarch: Catherine the Great. Gil Netter ("Life Of Pi," "The Blind Side") is producing, and
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Streisand To Helm "Catherine The Great"

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Barbra Streisand is set to direct "Catherine the Great," a biopic about the Russian empress from a script by Kristina Lauren Anderson that made last year's Blacklist.

Catherine was born Sophia Augusta Fredericka to German royalty and took power when her husband Peter III was assassinated. She was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 to 1796 and helped modernize the Russian empire - turning it into one of the great powers of Europe.

The project would mark Streisand's first directorial effort in two decades, her last being 1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces ". The singer/actress last appeared on screen in 2012's "The Guilt Trip".

Source: The Wrap
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Barbra Streisand Inks With CAA

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Barbra Streisand Inks With CAA
Exclusive: One of the biggest names in showbiz is switching agencies. CAA said today that it will rep Barbra Streisand in all areas. She’s won a pair of Oscars during her storied career, which includes four Emmys, a Special Tony Award, a boatload of Grammys and many hyphens. Her most recent acting gig was in 2012’s The Guilt Trip opposite Seth Rogen, which she also exec produced. That followed roles in the comedies Meet The Fockers (2004) and its 2010 sequel Little Fockers
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Watch: Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde & More Celebrate The Holidays In First Trailer For ‘Love The Coopers’

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It’s not really a proper fall/winter film season without an earnest home-for-the-holidays movie. Thankfully, CBS Films (remember them?) are releasing “Love The Coopers” which of course looks at several generations of a family convening for the holidays, and conflicts, misunderstandings and hilarity ensue. Read More: Review: 'The Guilt Trip' An Underdeveloped, Cliché Road Trip Comedy Without Much Gas Directed by Jessie Nelson, this holiday confection has quite the cast including Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Alan Arkin and John Goodman. Here’s the official synopsis: Love The Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn to night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit.
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