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Directors & Their Troops: Jean-Marc Vallee on His ‘Wild’ Bunch

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Jean-Marc Vallee wanted “Wild” to reflect Cheryl Strayed’s book: not “pretty” but raw and real. “And how were we going to get this film as emotional as the book? I was scared. The book is so beautiful, with too many details for a two-hour film. We needed to have a experience that’s emotional, that’s powerful.”… Read more »

Robert Duvall, Alejandro Inarritu Nab Palm Springs Film Fest Honors

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Robert Duvall will be honored with the Icon Award and Alejandro G. Inarritu with the Director of the Year award at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala on January 3. “Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in ‘The Judge,’” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. Regarding Inarritu, who is… Read more »

David Schwimmer Cast as Robert Kardashian in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

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“Friends” star David Schwimmer has signed on as Robert Kardashian in FX’s upcoming miniseries  “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the network announced Friday. Schwimmer will play O.J. Simpson’s attorney, starring opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson. Sarah Paulson is set to portray prosecutor Marcia Clark. The first episode of “The People v. O.J. Simpson”… Read more »

‘Colbert Report’ Bows Out With Series-Best 2.5 Million Viewers

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“The Colbert Report” signed off on Comedy Central with series-high ratings on Thursday night, roughly doubling its recent averages. According to Nielsen estimates, the half-hour finale of the long-running fake-news program averaged 2.48 million viewers overall and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 — building on its “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” lead-in (2.03 million,… Read more »

Yury Bykov’s ‘The Fool’ Wins Top Prize at Les Arcs

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PARIS — Yury Bykov’s “The Fool” has won the Flèche de Cristal award at Les Arcs European Film Festival. “The Fool” (“Durak”), winner of four kudos at Locarno, also won best cinematography for Kirill Klepalov and the Youth Jury Award. The Russian drama follows an ordinary plumber who is up against an entire system of bureaucrats. The… Read more »

‘Birdman’ Star Michael Keaton Admits ‘It’s Unlikely I’ll Have This Experience Again’

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Director David O. Russell hosted an industry screening of “Birdman” Thursday night at CAA, then moderated a Q&A with writer-director Alejandro G. Inarritu and star Michael Keaton. The film, which has already scored multiple nominations from the SAG, Golden Globes and Critic’s Choice Awards, is considered a surefire best picture Oscar nominee. Keaton, who was… Read more »

Sarah Jessica Parker Expected to Return to HBO in ‘Divorce’ Comedy

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Sarah Jessica Parker is eying her return to HBO. The “Sex and the City” star is expected to star in and exec produce HBO’s “Divorce,” although the pilot has not yet been greenlit, Variety has learned. The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. Parker will make up one half of the divorced couple…. Read more »

Five Burning Business Question for the New Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert looked like he enjoyed his Comedy Central curtain call last night, which is good — because he’s got a hell of an encore in the wings. Colbert, known for his spoofish portrayal of a bloviating political commentator on his “Colbert Report” for the past nine years, now must tackle an even more demanding… Read more »

‘Once Upon a Time': Ernie Hudson to Play Poseidon

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“Once Upon a Time” has added yet another character to its ever-growing “Little Mermaid” cast. Ernie Hudson is set to play Poseidon, ABC has confirmed to Variety. Hudson will play the father of Ursula (Merrin Dungey), first reported by Deadline, and will interact with JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who’s reprising her role as Ariel. He’ll make his debut on… Read more »