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'Avengers: Endgame' Comes Home: Watch Exclusive Featurette

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You can now pre-order Avengers: Endgame on FandangoNow right here, and you can own one of the biggest films of all-time beginning July 30. Long before he became known as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. established himself as a distinguished actor and presence in Hollywood through a series of roles that may surprise those who only know him as Iron Man. (Yes, that's him in Weird Science, Back to School, Less Than Zero, Chaplin and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, among a number of other memorable...

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Dominic Cooper To Star In Miramax-H&v-Zdf Series ‘Spy City’

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Exclusive: With AMC’s Preacher coming to a close this summer, Dominic Cooper is set to star in the six-part espionage Cold War series Spy City from Miramax and Germany’s H&v Entertainment and Zdf.

Novelist and screenwriter William Boyd is currently writing Spy City. German-Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Alexandre will direct, and Johanna Wokalek and Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin) also star.

Cooper will play an English spy who is sent to Berlin in 1961 to sift out a traitor in the UK Embassy or among the Allies, shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall. The city, declared by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev as “the most dangerous place on earth,” is teeming with spies and double agents. One wrong move could trigger the looming threat of nuclear war as American,
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Slideshow: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. Featured at 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Gala

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | NextJon Favreau, recipent of the Siskel Center Renaissance Award.

Chicago – The annual Gene Siskel Film Center Gala – benefitting the cinema jewel of Chicago’s State Street – took place on June 15th, 2019, and packed some serious super heroism. Each year, the Center honors a special guest with their Renaissance Award, and the 2019 honor went to Jon Favreau. To interview the actor/director at the event was Robert Downey Jr., who just anchored Marvel Studios “Avengers: Endgame,” portraying Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Each year, the Siskel Center celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Ethan Hawke.

“Jon
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Jon Favreau Eyes ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Oscar Nom for Robert Downey Jr.: ‘He Has My Vote For Sure’

IndieWire awards editor Anne Thompson has already gone on record calling Robert Downey Jr.’s Oscar chances for “Avengers: Endgame” a long shot, but one industry name already beating the drum for the 54-year-old actor is Jon Favreau. The filmmaker started the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 by directing Downey in “Iron Man,” and the two reunited for its 2010 sequel “Iron Man 2.” Favreau has also acted opposite Downey as Tony Stark’s friend and personal chauffeur Happy Hogan.

“He has my vote for sure,” Favreau recently told Variety. “I think he was able to discover and explore dimensions of the character over the course of many, many films, which is a bit of its own category. But I have to say that if you look at, especially how it began and how it ended in his performances between the first one and ‘Endgame,’ there was a really thoughtful arc to the character,
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Avengers: Endgame Director Says Robert Downey Jr. Deserves An Oscar

Though the next Academy Awards ceremony is still over nine months away, you may have noticed that some Marvel fans have started campaigning early, taking to social media to push for Robert Downey Jr. to receive an Oscar nod. And as it turns out, Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo is very much on the same page.

In an interview with the Washington Post, the filmmaker went as far as to argue that the Iron Man actor deserves an Academy Award perhaps more than anyone else in recent decades.

“His cumulative body of work from these movies is staggering,” Russo said. “If you look at the work over just even the last four [Marvel] films he’s done, it’s phenomenal. . . . He deserves an Oscar perhaps more than anyone in the last 40 years because of the way that he has motivated popular culture.”

Russo went on to describe some of Downey’s onscreen moments as “heartbreaking,
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Avengers: Endgame Fans Campaigning For Robert Downey Jr. To Get An Oscar

Almost every McU hero got their moment in Avengers: Endgame, but with the possible exception of Captain America, the main player in the ensemble epic was undoubtedly Iron Man. And now that Robert Downey Jr. looks to have hung up the suit once and for all, many fans are arguing that it’s time for the star to get some Academy recognition for bringing Tony Stark to the big screen.

In his decades-spanning career, Downey has received two Oscar nominations – once for the 1992 film Chaplin, then again for his supporting turn in 2008’s Tropic Thunder. Funnily enough, in the latter case, Downey was beaten out by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, in one of the rare instances of a comic book movie being nominated in an acting category. Even Black Panther – which received seven nominations, including Best Picture – saw none of its actors recognized at this year’s Academy Awards.
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Robert Downey, Jr. will be the next ‘Avengers’ superhero to win an Oscar [Poll Results]

Robert Downey, Jr. will be the next ‘Avengers’ superhero to win an Oscar [Poll Results]
We’ve been asking you to vote in our poll over the past week about which “Avengers” superhero will be the next to win an Oscar. With overwhelming results, Robert Downey Jr. is the one you pick with the best chance to take home an Academy Award (not necessarily for “Avengers: Endgame” but for any upcoming role). He has 37% of the vote, taking down Benedict Cumberbatch with 20% and Mark Ruffalo with 19%. We featured 12 of the stars in our poll (full results below).

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” has been dominating the box office since last weekend and probably will for weeks to come. The Disney-branded comic book production company has continued to assemble some of the most highly-regarded actors and actresses in the entertainment industry.

See‘Avengers: Endgame’ 32 character posters

Of course, the newest hero “Captain Marvel” is played by Brie Larson. She already prevailed at the Oscars for “Room” (2015) on her only career nomination,
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Which of these 12 ‘Avengers’ will be the 1st to win an Oscar? [Poll]

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” will dominate the box office this weekend and probably for weeks to come. The Disney-branded comic book production company has continued to assemble some of the most highly-regarded actors and actresses in the entertainment industry. Several have already contended at the Academy Awards, but which of the “Avengers” superheroes is the most likely to be the first Oscar winner? Take our poll below which features 12 of the stars.

See‘Avengers: Endgame’ 32 character posters

Of course, the newest hero “Captain Marvel” is played by Brie Larson. She already prevailed at the Oscars for “Room” (2015) on her only career nomination, so she isn’t listed in the poll. Neither are other past champs in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe of 22 films: Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, William Hurt, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Robert Redford, Tilda Swinton and Marisa Tomei.

SEEThe new ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer tells us absolutely nothing,
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CAA Signs Stage Directors Jamie Lloyd, Sammi Cannold & Warren Carlyle

Exclusive: Stage directors Warren Carlyle, Jamie Lloyd and Sammi Cannold have signed with CAA for representation.

Carlyle, a choreographer as well as director, is currently handling both duties Hugh Jackman’s world tour, and choreographed the new Broadway production of Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase. He won a 2014 Tony Award for his choreography of After Midnight.

Other Broadway choreography credits include Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century and A Christmas Story: The Musical. He directed and choreographed 2012’s Chaplin and 2011’s Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway. TV credits include five seasons choreographing on So You Think You Can Dance, and special choreography for the 68th and 69th Tony Awards.

Lloyd, whose 2008 Royal Court production of The Pride won an Olivier Award, directed the current West End production of Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston. Other British stage credits include Three Days of Rain,
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Avengers: Endgame Star Robert Downey Jr. Celebrates His 54th Birthday

Twenty-two days before the release of Robert Downey Jr.’s presumed McU swan song, the Hollywood A-lister celebrates 54 years on this planet.

While the actor is best known these days as one of the main players the Marvel saga, Downey’s career extends far beyond a single franchise. After making his acting debut at the age of five in the 1970 film Pound, directed by Robert Downey Sr., the star went on to deliver Oscar-nominated turns in 1993’s Chaplin and 2009’s Tropic Thunder. Downey has also worked with such renowned directors as David Fincher (Zodiac), Robert Altman (Short Cuts) and Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers), as well as serving as the star of the Sherlock Holmes series.

That being said, Downey’s filmography has been dominated in recent years by his contributions to the McU. Since helping to kick off the cinematic universe with 2008’s Iron Man, the actor has reprised
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Simon Maxwell’s Motive Pictures Hires Sam Lavender from Film4

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Sam Lavender, who has worked on films including “The Favourite,” “American Animals” and “Lean on Pete” in a 14-year career at Film4 is joining Motive Pictures, the recently-minted TV production outfit launched by Simon Maxwell.

Endeavor Content backs former Channel 4 international drama chief Maxwell’s shingle. Lavender will be an exec producer at the new outfit, working with Maxwell on drama projects for the U.K., U.S., and international markets.

Lavender’s development credits include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “A Most Wanted Man,” and “Shame.” He is currently completing Justin Kurzel’s “The True History of The Kelly Gang” starring George Mackay and Russell Crowe, Rose Glass’ “Saint Maud,” Nick Rowland’s “Calm With Horses,” and Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s “Chaplin.”

“Sam has earned a reputation as a world-class creative executive with an eye for sublime storytelling from singular screenwriters and directors,” Maxwell said. “As long-form drama and
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2019 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

2019 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?
As we’re now about halfway through the Broadway season, there are currently seven productions of musicals set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each musical as well as the awards history of its author, cast, creative types, the opening, and (where applicable) closing dates.

Be More Chill” (previews begin February 13; opens March 10)

In this musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel of the same name, Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High School in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about ‘The Squip.’ Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy’s desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.

With a book by Drama Desk nominee Joe Tracz and a score by Joe Iconis, this production is
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Marvel Cinematic Universe: 10 performances that deserved Oscar nominations

Marvel Cinematic Universe: 10 performances that deserved Oscar nominations
Black Panther” is on track to be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to contend in the top Oscar categories. It may well be the first film in the franchise to reap an acting bid. While that will be a worthy achievement, it is shocking that not a single performance from the first 20 films in the McU merited any attention from the acting branch of the academy.

With that in mind, let’s look back at 10 McU performances that deserved Oscar consideration but didn’t get any starting with Black Panther himself.

Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016 – Best Supporting Actor)

Boseman arguably made more of an impact in “Civil War” than he did in his own solo film, “Black Panther.” Aside from being involved in some of the film’s best action sequences, Boseman carried the loss of T’Challa’s father throughout
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In Memoriam 2018: Gallery of 30 celebrity deaths includes Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin

In Memoriam 2018: Gallery of 30 celebrity deaths includes Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin
With 2018 now ending, Gold Derby celebrates over 30 celebrities who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to these entertainer losses from this past year.

Just a few of the people honored in our special photo gallery:

Actress and director Penny Marshall died December 17 at age 75. She became one of the biggest stars on TV in the 1970s and early 1980s with “Laverne and Shirley.” She then directed such blockbuster films as “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “Awakenings.”

SEERaise a beer to Penny Marshall, who talked like a Bronx truck driver and directed mass-appeal films like a pro

Bernardo Bertolucci died on November 26 at age 77. His 1987 film “The Last Emperor” swept the Oscars, including for Best Picture and Best Director. Other movies in his career included “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Conformist,” “The Sheltering Sky” and “Little Buddha.”

Screenwriter William Goldman died
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Marvel Cinema Universe: 5 performances that deserved Oscar nominations

Marvel Cinema Universe: 5 performances that deserved Oscar nominations
Black Panther” could well be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to garner an acting nomination. While a laudable achievement, this also means that in the first 20 films in the franchise, not one cast member has merited attention from the academy.

Surely that’s ridiculous? Yes, fantasy and sci-fi films don’t typically register with the acting branch. The three films in “The Lord of The Rings” series, which received a combined total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 wins, only managed a singular acting bid – Best Supporting Actor for Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey. That trilogy featured a bunch of other outstanding performances from a brilliant cast (Andy Serkis as Gollum! Andy Serkis as Smeagol! Andy Serkis!).

What makes a performance in a superhero/fantasy film any less deserving of awards than a performance in a serious drama? Skill, technique and talent are used in both genres. With the
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William Goldman, Oscar-winning screenwriter who put words in the mouths of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, dead at age 87

“Who are those guys?”

“Follow the money.”

“Is it safe?”

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

These much-quoted lines are from such films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “Marathon Man” and “The Princess Bride.” But they were the creation of one man, William Goldman, an Oscar-winning screenwriter whose 1983 memoir, “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” is considered one of the best books about what it takes to make a living producing successful movie scripts.

Sadly, his flow of on-screen catchy dialogue has come to an end. Goldman, who once summed up the state of Hollywood creativity in just three words in his book – “Nobody knows anything” – is dead at age 87.

See An in memoriam gallery of 25 celebrities we said good-bye in 2018

He tried to write novels at first, and would do so eventually, but decided to try an original screenplay instead.
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William Goldman, Legendary Screenwriter, Dead At Age 87

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(Goldman with James Caan on the set of "A Bridge Too Far"- 1976)

By Lee Pfeiffer

There's an old joke among writers about the naive young starlet who thought she could make it in Hollywood by sleeping with screenwriters. Indeed, the people who made it possible for hit films to exist by writing the scenarios the actors carried out on screen were often regarded as being very low on the industry totem pole- and relatively low-paid as well. Not so with novelist and screenwriter William Goldman, who elevated regard for screenwriters while demanding- and receiving- the kind of breakthrough salaries that revolutionized the film industry's respect for writers. Goldman has died from cancer in Manhattan at age 87. He was known to be opinionated, abrasive and demanding, but no one questioned his talents. He won Oscars for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men". Among his other
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Rip William Goldman: Robert Redford, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects

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Rip William Goldman: Robert Redford, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects
Hollywood is paying their respects to Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who died Friday at age 87.

The influential writer behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men” and the novel “The Princess Bride” left a mark on Hollywood’s crop of modern writers and directors, who today took to Twitter to celebrate his work and the impact he left on them.

“His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt starstruck seeing him at Knicks games,” actor and director Ben Stiller said in a tweet.

Also Read: William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter for 'All the President's Men,' 'Butch Cassidy,' Dies at 87

“We had a long earlier history and I’m sorry to hear of his passing,” Robert Redford said in a quote to TheWrap.

“I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend,” said Ron Howard in a tweet.
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William Goldman, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Screenwriter, Dead at 87

William Goldman, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Screenwriter, Dead at 87
William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, died Thursday in Manhattan from complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 87. His daughter Jenny Goldman confirmed the news to The Washington Post.

Goldman was born August 12th, 1931 in Highland Park, Illinois. He attended Ohio’s Oberlin College with the goal of becoming a writer, but he was unable to publish any work. After graduating in 1952, he entered the U.S. army and was discharged two years later; after graduating from New
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dead at 87

William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dead at 87
William Goldman, the screenwriter best known for penning “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” has died at age 87. According to Deadline, Goldman’s health had been failing for sometime and he passed away surrounded by friends and family in his Manhattan home. Goldman started his career as a novelist before making the jump to screenwriter with the script for Basil Dearden’s 1965 comedy-thriller “Masquerade.”

“All The President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” are widely considered to be Goldman’s greatest screenwriting achievements. “Butch Cassidy,” featuring the iconic pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, won Goldman the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 42nd Academy Awards. Goldman won over scripts for “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Two for the Road” that year. He earned his second Oscar for “All The President’s Men,” which won Best Adapted Screenplay at the
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