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Rodrigo Pla Attacks ‘Monstrous’ Mexican Health Care

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Rodrigo Pla’s “Monster With a Thousand Heads,” which opened the Venice Horizon section, not only tackles corporate abuse in Latin America, it also taps into a global movement of ordinary people questioning authority and demanding change. Written with wife Laura Santullo, and based on her eponymous novel, “Monster,” which Memento Films Intl. has acquired for world sales,… Read more »

Julianne Moore Lists Hamptons Cottage

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SELLERS: Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich LOCATION: Montauk, NY PRICE: $3,495,000 SIZE: (approx.) 1,000 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As was first sussed out by the ever-vigilant kids at Curbed, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich have their pleasantly understated but decidedly stylish, luxuriously fitted and — as far as this property… Read more »

Twitter Promotes Product Exec Ahead of Lightning Launch

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Twitter has a new head of consumer products: Jeff Seibert, who previously was in charge of the company’s developer platform, is now in charge of Twitter’s apps and website. He will be reporting to Twitter’s SVP of product Kevin Weil, according to a Recode report that has since been confirmed by the company. The promotion comes just… Read more »

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Is Fall’s Most Anticipated Movie (Survey)

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Moviegoers are eagerly anticipating Katniss Everdeen’s last act. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final film in the popular series, is the most anticipated fall movie, according to a recent survey by Fandango. That distinction comes with a big caveat. The online ticketer polled 1,000 moviegoers on the films they’re most excited to… Read more »

‘Suicide Squad’ Costume Designer on Creating the Dark Mood

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The young Oksana Nedavniaya thought she would be a concert pianist, but her career took a turn when she attended a costume design panel at Comic-Con about a decade ago. “When it ended, I showed costume designer Isis Mussenden my portfolio,” Nedavniaya says. “I walked away, expecting nothing to come of it.” Weeks later, Mussenden… Read more »

Samsung, Fox Unveil First Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, Discs

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The nascent 4K Ultra HD business got a big boost today in Berlin on Wednesday when Samsung announced the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player and 20th Century Fox president Mike Dunn announced the industry’s first software releases. Ultra HD is the much-ballyhooed next-generation viewing format, with four times the resolution and 64 times as many… Read more »

TV Criticism in the Digital Age Becoming a Matter of Favorites

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In the just-published book “Media Criticism in the Digital Age,” Central Michigan U. professor Peter Orlik explores how criticism is evolving. And while he cites “critic as guide” as a still-vital function, for many, “What should I see?” is being replaced by “What did I see?” even as interest in impartial analysis gives way to… Read more »

Mindy Kaling on New Book ‘Why Not Me?’ and Moving Her Series to Hulu

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You can’t keep Mindy Kaling down. Her show “The Mindy Project,” after being canceled by Fox, was swiftly snapped up by Hulu, with a fourth season in production. And she’s written “Why Not Me?” — a follow-up to her best-selling “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns).” It hits bookstores Sept. 15. When… Read more »

Why Hedda Hopper Belonged on the Journalist Blacklist

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The best news about Hedda Hopper is that few remember her. Hedda was a journalist (of sorts), who famously wore exotic hats and devoted herself to destroying the careers of anyone she identified as being communist, gay or otherwise reprehensible. Among her victims were Charlie Chaplin, Dalton Trumbo and numerous writers and artists caught up… Read more »

Gerard Butler to Star in Drama ‘The Headhunter’s Calling’

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In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, Gerard Butler has boarded workplace drama “The Headhunter’s Calling,” with shooting starting Oct. 26 in Toronto. Voltage Pictures has come aboard to sell international rights and will begin selling at Toronto. CAA is handling the domestic rights. First-time director Mark Williams will helm from Bill Dubuque’s script, which centers on… Read more »

Tom McCarthy Speaks About Opening ‘Spotlight’ In Catholic Italy, How He Cast Michael Keaton, And How Journalism Is Deteriorating

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Tom McCarthy’s new film “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation in 2002 into the priest pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church, is making a splash at the Venice Film Festival where it world premieres this evening after playing positively for the press this morning. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian… Read more »