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‘Younger’: Jennifer Westfeldt Set To Recur In Season 4

Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends With Kids) has joined the Season 4 cast of TV Land’s Younger in a recurring role opposite Sutton Foster. Westfeldt plays Pauline, a writer that Liza (Foster) meets at a pitch festival who happens to have a great idea for a book – a fiction novel based on her very real and very unfulfilling marriage. Liza relates and wants to sign her to Empirical, but runs into a snag when she realizes they may have more in common than she thought. Westfeldt…
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Under Fire, Red Granite Declares It Is Still ‘Open for Business’

Under Fire, Red Granite Declares It Is Still ‘Open for Business’
Red Granite Pictures, which finds itself at the center of a massive international corruption case, issued a statement Monday seeking to reassure the entertainment industry that it is still in business.

“Today we announce in no uncertain terms that Red Granite remains open for business, and that everyone involved with Red Granite can confidently continue to do business with us in the wake of the civil lawsuit filed by the government last month,” the company said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a $1 billion asset forfeiture case on July 20, alleging the widespread looting of 1Mdb, a Malaysian development fund. It accuses Red Granite CEO Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysia’s prime minister, of taking some $74 million that traced back to the fund to finance Red Granite. It also accuses Aziz of using looted funds to buy luxury real estate in London, Beverly Hills and New York.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie review: shell schlock

Leaden and witless, though it obviously believes there is humor in its loud, chaotic juvenility. It would be an insult to cartoons to call this cartoonish. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Apparently the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when they debuted way back in the 1980s, were intended as a parody of superhero comics. I picked up this tidbit from the Tmnt wikipedia page. I did not absorb it through some sort of cinematic osmosis while watching the new Tmnt movie, Out of the Shadows. That would have been impossible. Whatever the truth of the long-ago comic-book Turtles, there is absolutely nothing that marks them as satirical here. (This may also be true of the 2014 movie that rebooted this franchise, but I have so far managed to avoid that one. If only that had
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'New Girl' creator on Megan Fox: 'She's funny in a cool way'

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'New Girl' creator on Megan Fox: 'She's funny in a cool way'
A couple of weeks ago, I noted that New Girl had evolved into such an ensemble comedy that it would be just fine during Zooey Deschanel's six-episode maternity leave. So far, we've had two episodes — both of them, like the last few with Deschanel, filmed immediately after production on last season wrapped, so the show could get them done before they lost the star for a while — just featuring the remaining castmembers (plus guests like Fred Armisen, Bill Burr, and Lennon Parham), but the remainder of Deschanel's absence will revolve around the introduction of a temporary addition to the loft: Reagan, a pharmaceutical sales rep played by Megan Fox. Fox has some comedy on her resume, so it's not a complete surprise that she works out quite well in the two episodes I've seen with her. But it's a significant change in the show's usual dynamics, since Reagan is
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Sundance: Cinetic Media Launches Management Division (Exclusive)

Sundance: Cinetic Media Launches Management Division (Exclusive)
Cinetic Media, the scrappy New York-based film and media company run by John Sloss, is launching a management division targeted to multi-hyphenate talent, Variety has learned.

The company already counts directors such as Richard Linklater (“Boyhood), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) and Charles Ferguson (“Inside Job”) among its clients. But it’s looking to expand its management portfolio, hoping to capitalize on a moment in Hollywood when up-and-coming talent may struggle to find a foothold at the traditional agencies and the bigger studios. Cinetic has already added a new manager in New York who specializes in actors: Avi Lipski, formerly of Brookside Artist Management.

Cinetic, which helped pool financing for such high-profile art films as “Boyhood” and “Carol,” has ambitions to be a one-stop shop for those who can direct, produce, write and act as many entertainment industry players are straddling the lines between television, film, and digital media. The major
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Jennifer Westfeldt Walks Dog She Shares With Ex Jon Hamm: See First Photos After Split

Jennifer Westfeldt Walks Dog She Shares With Ex Jon Hamm: See First Photos After Split
And their pup, too! Jennifer Westfeldt was spotted in New York City for the first time since her September split from longtime love Jon Hamm on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Friends With Kids actress, 45, tried to keep a low profile while walking the pair's dog, Cora, around Central Park. She wore a brown skirt, matching tights, and a blue sweater. She also donned sunglasses and a hat. Us Weekly confirmed last month that Westfeldt and the Mad Men alum, 44, had broken up after 18 years together. [...]
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Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox

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Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox
TV shows have found many different ways over the years to work around the pregnancy of their actresses. Sometimes, they do lots of episodes where their characters are always sitting behind a desk, or holding a giant purse, or (in a memorable "Cheers" episode when Shelley Long was pregnant) trapped in an air conditioning duct. "The X-Files" had Scully get abducted, while "Frasier" simply suggested that Daphne had just put on a lot of weight. "New Girl" is taking a multi-pronged approach for its next season. The first five episodes were filmed at the end of production for last season, and to allow the show to resume production while Zoey Deschanel is on maternity leave, Jess will be sequestered on jury duty for a few episodes. And on top of that, the loft will temporarily get a new roommate, played by... ... Megan Fox? Per the press release, "Fox will play 'Reagan,
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Jon Hamm Splits From Girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt After 18 Years

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After having one of the most enduring Hollywood relationships in recent memory, Jon Hamm and longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt have called it quits.

Hamm and Westfeldt, who had been together for 18 years, confirmed the break-up to People, saying in a joint statement that the decision was amicable.

"With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history," the statement said. "We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward."

The "Mad Men" star and the "Friends with Kids" actress had been an enduring symbol of stability in quickie marriage-obsessed Hollywood, and had been together since 1997. But rumors of a split surfaced earlier this year, around the time that Hamm revealed he had entered rehab for alcohol addiction, and though they denied any trouble at the time, the cracks were apparently already beginning to form.

Still, it's shocking to see
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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt split after 18-year relationship

Mad Men actor and Friends with Kids director announce separation ‘after 18 years of love and shared history’ in a joint statement

Mad Men star Jon Hamm and his partner of nearly two decades, film-maker and actor Jennifer Westfeldt, have ended their relationship.

“With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history,” the couple announced in a joint statement to People magazine.

Related: Jon Hamm reveals he went to rehab for alcoholism before final Mad Men season

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt Split After 18 Years Together

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt Split After 18 Years Together
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt have decided to go their separate ways. After months of split rumors, the couple confirmed their breakup in a joint statement to People on Monday, saying, "With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history. We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward." The two began dating in 1997 and starred together in the 2011 film Friends With Kids. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Jon had completed a 30-day stint in a treatment center for alcohol abuse. The Mad Men star credited his longtime love for supporting him through his stay, though rumors of a breakup began circulating the following month; Jennifer and Jon hit back at the reports at the time, calling them "not true." Sadly, this year has been full of celebrity breakups - see all the high-profile pairs that
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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producers Developing Horror Film

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producers Developing Horror Film
Red Granite Pictures (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) is developing an untitled psychological horror film based on an idea from co-topper Joey McFarland, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is centered around a young medical technician as he begins to experience disturbing and unexplainable events while treating a mysterious female patient who suffers from night terrors.

Red Granite’s co-founders and co-chairmen Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland are producers. Seth W. Owen, who wrote the comedy “The Runaround,” will be writing the script.

The Runaround” stars Emile Hirsch, J. K. Simmons and Kristen Schaal and was shot this summer in Los Angeles.

Red Granite produced “Friends with Kids,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Dumb and Dumber To,” “Horns” and the upcoming comedy “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Its development slate includes Western “The Brigands of Rattleborge” and George Washington biopic “The General.”
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Edward Burns Explains How Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and 'Game of Thrones' Influenced His (Great) First TV Series, 'Public Morals'

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Edward Burns Explains How Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and 'Game of Thrones' Influenced His (Great) First TV Series, 'Public Morals'
For the last decade or so, you probably know Edward Burns as one of two people: The first is that charming New Yorkah who pops up in romantic comedies like "The Holiday," "27 Dresses," "Friends With Kids" and even "Will & Grace." He's snagged a few roles as cops in a couple of studio flicks, as well, but he's a tried and true "Prince Charming"-type for anyone who loves a thick Queens accent. That person, though, is Edward Burns, Studio Actor. Far more interesting to the indie community and film fans at large is Edward Burns, Writer, Actor, Producer and Director. Since his debut film, "The Brothers McMullen," took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, Burns hasn't stopped writing — and directing, and producing, and acting and more. He's been pumping out character-driven indie films for two decades now, and helping push VOD distribution into the mainstream along the way.
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Edward Burns Explains How Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and 'Game of Thrones' Influenced His (Great) First TV Series, 'Public Morals'

Edward Burns Explains How Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and 'Game of Thrones' Influenced His (Great) First TV Series, 'Public Morals'
For the last decade or so, you probably know Edward Burns as one of two people: The first is that charming New Yorkah who pops up in romantic comedies like "The Holiday," "27 Dresses," "Friends With Kids" and even "Will & Grace." He's snagged a few roles as cops in a couple of studio flicks, as well, but he's a tried and true "Prince Charming"-type for anyone who loves a thick Queens accent. That person, though, is Edward Burns, Studio Actor. Far more interesting to the indie community and film fans at large is Edward Burns, Writer, Actor, Producer and Director. Since his debut film, "The Brothers McMullen," took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, Burns hasn't stopped writing — and directing, and producing, and acting and more. He's been pumping out character-driven indie films for two decades now, and helping push VOD distribution into the mainstream along the way.
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The Overnight – The Review

Right now the big box office battle is between a genetically modified killer dinosaur and a group of emotions inside the mind of a twelve year-old girl. Of course, I’m referring to Pixar’s smash Inside Out. Now one of the main reasons Joy and the gang are in a frenzy is the recent cross-country move by the family of said, often sad, girl, Riley. Yes, this up-rooting can be truly traumatic for the kiddies. But what about their parents? Are they also worried about making new friends. This new film answers that question with a resounding yes. But it’s definitely not an all-ages romp, for this flick owes little to Disney, and more to Mazursky. The late director Paul to be precise, for this echoes his late-sixties counter-culture cinema classic Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. So, this is a different kind of play date (nudge, nudge, wink,wink
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt Teaming Up Again for New Project

Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt Teaming Up Again for New Project
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt may be reuniting on the big screen. It's been four years since they first teamed up for her directorial debut, Friends With Kids. "There's a couple of projects that we have percolating," the Mad Men star told me at the premiere of his new flick, Minions, adding, "It's one of those things we enjoyed the first time around so hopefully we can find something else to do again." One thing Hamm won't be doing? Starring in Westfeldt's new musical. In fact, she couldn't make it to the Minions premiere because she's in New York doing a workshop of the "brand new musical" with New York Stage and Film. "Literally no one...
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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Jon Hamm Reflects on ‘Mad Men,’ Looks Forward to Funnier Future

Jon Hamm Reflects on ‘Mad Men,’ Looks Forward to Funnier Future
Talk to anyone who knows him, and they will all tell you one thing: Jon Hamm is not Don Draper.

Though he shot to fame as the tortured antihero at the center of AMC’s “Mad Men,” he gravitates to comic roles to show off his lighter side, stealing scenes in “Bridesmaids” and popping up on “Saturday Night Live.”

But the pressure of life in the spotlight may have taken its toll. In late February, he quietly checked himself into the Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for treatment of alcohol abuse. The news broke less than two weeks before the April 5 premiere of “Mad Men’s” final season, in the midst of promotional duties for the show. Hamm’s representatives issued this statement: “With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.
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