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Apple’s First Original Comedy Series To Star Kristen Wiig, With Reese Witherspoon As Executive Producer

As it continues to spend heavily on original programs, Apple has picked up its first scripted comedy series. The tech giant's Apple Music platform will be home to a currently-untitled show that will star Kristen Wiig and will feature Reese Witherspoon in an executive producer role.

Details about the project are scant at the moment, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has landed a ten-episode order after enduring a market described as "a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding." As a result, it will get to distribute a comedy that will be based off Curtis Sittenfield upcoming short story collection You Think It, I'll Say It.

Apple, which according to one report has committed at least $1 billion to its original content plans, has made big moves as it looks to catch up with subscription video leaders like Netflix and Amazon. Its upcoming drama lineup will include one project from
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Watch: Video Essay Breaks Down How Steven Spielberg Uses Sound to Immerse You in Action

We all know Steven Spielberg is an extraordinary filmmaker, but it can be hard to quantify the precise elements that make him so exceptional. Of course, that's a multi-faceted answer that includes everything from his rapport with actors to framing to command of storytelling, but a new video essay breaks down one of the more technical elements in his arsenal -- good sound design. Spielberg is currently doing the awards circuit rounds for his timely journalism drama The Post, but for his new video, YouTuber Nerdwriter1 jumps back to Munich to reveal how the director and legendary sound designer …
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'West Wing' Cast to Reunite for Benefit Reading of 'All the President's Men'

'West Wing' Cast to Reunite for Benefit Reading of 'All the President's Men'
The cast of The West Wing will reunite for a special reading of the Oscar-winning screenplay of All the President's Men on Jan. 27, with all proceeds going to the Society of Professional Journalists, the group has announced.

Castmembers Bradley Whitford (who also stars in Steven Spielberg's The Post), Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff, Ed Begley, Jr. and Jeff Perry will head the cast of the event at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles.

The free event, hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on...
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Kristen Wiig Lands Comedy Series At Apple

Apple is busy ramping up of original programming to try and shake up the streaming world, but no one is quite clear on how they’ll deliver that content. Wall Street thinks there’s a chance that the tech company might scoop up Netflix, but Apple certainly already has their iTunes Store to reach customers. Among the shows in development are Steven Spielberg’s anthology series “Amazing Stories,” a drama about a morning show that will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, “Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer, and possibly a space drama produced by J.J.

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Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Angelina Jolie as the recipient of its 2018 Asc Board of Governors Award.

The presentation will be made at the 32nd annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The Asc Board of Governors Award is given to individuals in the industry whose body of work has made “significant and indelible contributions to cinema.” It is the only Asc Award not given to a cinematographer, and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.

“Angelina Jolie sets a high standard,” Asc president Kees van Oostrum said. “She is a true artist, with a strong vision and collaborative spirit. She has also entertained us through her work, but more importantly has brought significant social issues to our attention. For her wide-ranging accomplishments, we are honored to present her with our Board of Governors Award.”

Previous recipients
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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’

Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is poised for a three-peat at the North American box office this weekend, but will face challenges from Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” and heist thriller “Den of Thieves.”

Jumanji” is likely to take in between $15 million to $20 million in its fifth frame, which will lift its total domestic take to around $320 million — making the action-comedy one of the top 60 domestic performers of all time, with plenty of drawing power in the weeks to come. International performance for the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart vehicle has been impressive with $385 million so far.

12 Strong,” produced by Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer, will pose the greater threat, with tracking showing an opening in the $14 million to $17 million range at 3,002 locations — including Imax, premium large format, and Dolby Cinema. Warner Bros. is handling distribution through its output deal with Alcon.

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon star in “12 Strong” in a
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series Produced by Reese Witherspoon

Apple is taking a bite out of Kristen Wiig.

The former Saturday Night Live star is set to headline a half-hour, Reese Witherspoon-produced comedy series for the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A studio is not yet attached.

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Inspired by You Think It, I’ll Say It — an upcoming collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, who will serve as a consulting producer — the yet-untitled comedy, which has been ordered for 10 episodes, marks Apple’s first scripted comedy order. It also marks
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Lebanese Prime Minister Steps In to Overrule Ban on ‘The Post’

Lebanese Prime Minister Steps In to Overrule Ban on ‘The Post’
Rome – A ban in Lebanon on Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” was overruled Wednesday by Prime Minister Saad Hariri in what appears to be the first time a film has surmounted a negative recommendation by Lebanese censors.

Distributor Italia Film, which is handling “The Post” in Lebanon, called the reversal “a big victory” and said they expect to release the Spielberg real-life newspaper drama Thursday as planned.

The Lebanese censorship board had recommended that “The Post” be banned, citing a “boycott Israel” list that includes Spielberg because his Oscar-winning 1993 Holocaust film “Schindler’s List” shot some scenes in Jerusalem. The ban recommendation is also believed to have been made because Spielberg is blacklisted by the Arab League for reportedly donating $1 million to relief efforts in Israel in 2016 during its war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a boycott again Israel in place.

Hariri asked Interior
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Lebanon Reverses Decision To Ban ‘The Post’ Over Steven Spielberg’s Ties To Israel

Lebanon has reversed its decision to ban Steven Spielberg’s new film “The Post” after initially citing the director’s ties to Israel. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Lebanese cinema manager Isaac Fahed said the film will open in the country on Thursday, the ban having been rescinded. “It is not a commercial film and not
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Aarp's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees

Aarp's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees
Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post led Aarp The Magazine's Movies for Grownups Awards nominations with mentions in five categories, including actress (Meryl Streep), actor (Tom Hanks) directing, best time capsule and reader's choice poll.

However, the Fox movie was left out of the best picture selections, which include Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The winners will be honored at a Feb. 5 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire, hosted by Alan Cumming. The annual event will be broadcasted for the first time, airing Feb. 23 on PBS and...
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Lebanon Reverses ‘The Post’ Ban; Steven Spielberg Film To Release This Week

Lebanon Reverses ‘The Post’ Ban; Steven Spielberg Film To Release This Week
In a surprise reversal, Lebanon’s Interior Ministry has overturned a move to ban Steven Spielberg’s awards-season contender, The Post, and will allow the release of the film beginning tomorrow. Despite the movie initially passing the country's government-run screening process, the General Security Directorate had rejected it earlier this week over Spielberg’s ties to Israel. The Washington Post, the paper at the heart of Spielberg’s movie, notes that the filmmaker was…
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Rushes. Republic Rediscovered, Argento on "Suspiria", Tribute to Straub

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGWe found Kiyoshi Kurosawa's semi-serious, semi-tongue-in-cheek sci-fi film Before We Vanish one of the best premieres of last year. The trailer for the American release plays it straight, but captures the wry verve of the film. Highly recommended.We adore the output of Poverty Row studio Republic (Driftwood, The Inside Story, I've Always Loved You), but rarely have had the chance to see the movies on celluloid and looking good. So we'll be front row, center for the Museum of Modern Art's "Republic Rediscovered" series, curated by Martin Scorsese. But just as good as any of those 1940s classics is the trailer for the retrospective, cut by filmmaker Gina Telaroli.The first look at Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, Gus Van Sant's new film, set to premiere at Sundance.
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Time's Up: Who's Giving What

Time's Up: Who's Giving What
Between Dec. 20 and Jan. 7, the Time's Up anti-harassment GoFundMe campaign exceeded its $15 million target, and organizers have raised the goal to $17 million. As dollar figures climb, so does the sense that ranking on the donors list is a new status symbol.

"People are digging through the list to see who gave what," says an insider. Top donors include Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg's Wunderkinder Foundation and CAA ($2 million each); Mark Wahlberg at $1.5 million and Wme adding $500,000 (given in Michelle Williams' name amid the recent furor over unequal reshooting fees)...
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Time's Up: Who's Giving What

Between Dec. 20 and Jan. 7, the Time's Up anti-harassment GoFundMe campaign exceeded its $15 million target, and organizers have raised the goal to $17 million. As dollar figures climb, so does the sense that ranking on the donors list is a new status symbol.

"People are digging through the list to see who gave what," says an insider. Top donors include Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg's Wunderkinder Foundation and CAA ($2 million each); Mark Wahlberg at $1.5 million and Wme adding $500,000 (given in Michelle Williams' name amid the recent furor over unequal reshooting fees)...
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'The Post' Will Now Screen in Lebanon After Government Intervenes

'The Post' Will Now Screen in Lebanon After Government Intervenes
Lebanese moviegoers will now get to see Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed film The Post, after the country's prime minister stepped in to overrule a prospective ban. 

The movie had been transferred to the censorship commission, which reportedly sent the minister of interior a recommendation that the film be banned, citing a "boycott Israel" list that included Spielberg following his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler's List (scenes of which were shot in Jerusalem). 

However, Prime Minister Saad Hariri stepped in, asking the minister to "overrule and reverse the banning recommendations of the commission and authorize the movie to be released," according to...
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Stars Of The Post Join Reporters Without Borders Chairman For Paris Premiere

Peter Price, Chairman of Reporters Without Borders (Rsf USA), joined Rsf President, Christophe Deloire, to welcome Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep to the Paris premiere of The Post.

Meryl Streep, Peter Price, Stephen Spielberg, Christophe Deloire and Tom Hanks attend the Reporters Without Borders (Rsf) premiere of The Post in Paris

Credit/Copyright: L'Agence France-Presse

The film celebrates Rsf’s global mission to protect press freedom through its correspondents in 130 countries. These prominent leaders in the film industry thanked Rsf for its commitment to protecting against what they feels is a deeply critical challenge to press freedom now re-occurring today.

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From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17505-stars-of-the-post-join-reporters-without-borders-chairman-for-paris-premiere

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Movie Review – The Final Year (2017)

The Final Year, 2017.

Directed by Greg Barker.

Featuring Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes.

Synopsis:

A documentary offering an insider’s account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office at The White House. This behind the scenes view reveals the inner workings of the Obama administration as eight years in power draws to a close.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post has a companion piece. Not that it was planned that way but, as his latest juggernaut rolls into town, another film about American politics arrives on the same day. Both have occupants of The White House in the spotlight. For Spielberg, it’s a shadowy Richard Nixon, under siege from the press about how his and his predecessors’ Vietnam War policy. The president at the centre of documentary The Final Year is much more recent. Barack Obama. And he opens
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‘Félicité,’ Touré, Vega Win Big at 2018 Palm Springs Film Festival

Marking its 29th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival closed Jan. 17 after welcoming over 135,000 attendees and screening 180 films from more than 50 countries in the desert oasis town. The Southern California film festival is known as a chance for Academy Award hopefuls to get a little more face time before Oscar nominations are announced and voting begins. The festival kicked off on Jan. 4 with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” from 20th Century Fox (nominated for a bevy of accolades, including six Golden Globe nominations), and held special screenings of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Call Me By Your Name,” and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.” In addition to reminders of awards season frontrunners, the Palm Springs fest draws many attendees for its offering of international titles, which the event has built its reputation on; many of these are Oscar hopefuls
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James Cameron on ‘Avatar’ Sequels: “We Can’t Afford for It Not to Work”

At the TCA press tour in Pasadena this week, James Cameron spoke to journalists about his new project, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. In the upcoming six-part TV series, the director will be exploring the roots of science fiction by interviewing folks like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Will Smith, and more (all in all, around 100 creatives). But when talking about science fiction, both where it started and also where it's leading us, one has to bring up Cameron's Avatar. Though many originally thought that Fox has greenlit all …
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5 reasons to see The Post

5 reasons to see The Post5 reasons to see The PostAmanda Wood1/16/2018 9:00:00 AMMeryl Streep, Tom Hanks, And Steven Spielberg? Working together on one movie? It seems like something out of our wildest dreams, and yet it's somehow very real.  The Post tells the strange but true story of how the Washington Post went against protocol (and the law) to publish leaked government documents about the futility of the Vietnam War. Many directors would be wary to take on such heavy material, but it obviously didn't deter Spielberg at all. Rounding up a best-of-the-best cast, he has crafted a thrilling and rather timely movie about the freedom of the press. We've put together five reasons why we think you should see The Post, out in theatres now.  1. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks at the top of their games

There's been very little that Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks has done
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