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Stranger Things: Alexei's Unadulterated Joy Is Season 3's Best Part

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There are souls that are just too pure for this world, and anyone who watched season three of Stranger Things can testify that one of them is Alexei the scientist, joyfully played by Alec Utgoff. He'll break down complex ideas with fries, detect a real cherry Slurpee, and win carnival games in a hot jiffy. Sure, he might have been working with fishy Russians trying to open the gate to the Upside Down, but he turned out to be a stand-up guy. Without him, Joyce and Hopper wouldn't have been able to figure out the Russians' endgame otherwise. If you wanted to see more of this gleeful character, you're in luck ⁠- Utgoff has a pretty well-rounded filmography under his belt.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, the British actor moved to England
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Stranger Things: Alexei's Unadulterated Joy Is Season 3's Best Part

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A post shared by Alec Utgoff (@alec_utgoff) on Jul 5, 2019 at 12:36pm Pdt

There are souls that are just too pure for this world, and anyone who watched season three of Stranger Things can testify that one of them is Alexei the scientist, joyfully played by Alec Utgoff. He'll break down complex ideas with fries, detect a real cherry Slurpee, and win carnival games in a hot jiffy. Sure, he might have been working with fishy Russians trying to open the gate to the Upside Down, but he turned out to be a stand-up guy. Without him, Joyce and Hopper wouldn't have been able to figure out the Russians' endgame otherwise. If you wanted to see more of this gleeful character, you're in luck ⁠- Utgoff has a pretty well-rounded filmography under his belt.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, the British actor moved to England
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Never Look Away review – epic but uneven melodrama inspired by Gerhard Richter

This fictionalised story of the artist by the director of The Lives of Others lacks a strong central performance to match its ambition

With his Oscar-winning debut The Lives of Others in 2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck made an important movie about the intellectual squalor of postwar East Germany, featuring a Stasi spy whose life of bugging and listening-in betrays his own emotional bankruptcy – and that of an entire ideology. But Donnersmarck’s following film was the lacklustre caper The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in 2010. Now here is his third film, Werk Ohne Autor (that is: Work Without Author – although it has been assigned the English title Never Look Away) which received Oscar nominations for best foreign film and best cinematography.

It’s an unevenly acted and sometimes frankly misjudged sexy-sentimental melodrama of epic length set in Germany of the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s, based on the
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After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity

After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity
Studio heads tend to move around, but in the last 30 years, several have been closely linked to one brand. To this day, Sherry Lansing is Paramount, Ron Meyer is Universal. And until the announcement Wednesday, Amy Pascal was Sony. But now, the former chairman of Sony Motion Pictures is finally leaving Culver City, after 30 years, to continue building her own identity, at Universal.

Pascal rose through the ranks in Hollywood as what was once termed a “d-girl,” someone who developed scripts. She worked as a production executive alongside old chum Scott Rudin at Twentieth Century Fox before landing at Columbia in 1988, where she developed “Awakenings,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Little Women.” In 1994 she took on President of Production for Turner Pictures, then rejoined Columbia in 1996. Working closely with mentors Gareth Wigan, John Calley and finally, Michael Lynton, Pascal took over the chairman role in 2006.

She was known for promoting women filmmakers,
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After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity

After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity
Studio heads tend to move around, but in the last 30 years, several have been closely linked to one brand. To this day, Sherry Lansing is Paramount, Ron Meyer is Universal. And until the announcement Wednesday, Amy Pascal was Sony. But now, the former chairman of Sony Motion Pictures is finally leaving Culver City, after 30 years, to continue building her own identity, at Universal.

Pascal rose through the ranks in Hollywood as what was once termed a “d-girl,” someone who developed scripts. She worked as a production executive alongside old chum Scott Rudin at Twentieth Century Fox before landing at Columbia in 1988, where she developed “Awakenings,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Little Women.” In 1994 she took on President of Production for Turner Pictures, then rejoined Columbia in 1996. Working closely with mentors Gareth Wigan, John Calley and finally, Michael Lynton, Pascal took over the chairman role in 2006.

She was known for promoting women filmmakers,
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Oscar-nominated drama 'Never Look Away' picked up by Modern Films for UK (exclusive)

2018 Venice Competition title is nominated for this year’s foreign-language Oscar.

Modern Films has bought UK rights to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away from Beta Cinema.

The German and Russian- language film premiered in Competition at the Venice Film Festival last year. It is nominated for best foreign-language film and best cinematography at this year’s Academy Awards.

Spanning three decades of 20th century German history, Never Look Away stars Tom Schilling as a young art student who falls in love with a fellow student played by Paula Beer. Her father, portrayed by Sebastian Koch, disapproves of
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Oscar Foreign-Language Directors Find Compelling Stories

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Oscar Foreign-Language Directors Find Compelling Stories
Directors of this year’s foreign-language Oscar nominees felt compelled to tell tales of universal themes.

Capernaum Lebanon

The Oscar race has fueled the ongoing protest against the industry’s sidelining of woman directors, serving up no female-helmed films in the best picture or director categories. That leaves Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki as the only distaff director nominated for a narrative feature film this year. “Capernaum,” a sprawling, dirt-on-the-lens labor of love about refugee children surviving on the mean streets of Beirut, is the most emotionally abrasive contender in the category. Centered on a destitute 12-year-old Syrian boy suing his parents for giving him life, it left many hardened critics weeping in the aisles at Cannes, where it duly won the Jury Prize. Variety’s Jay Weissberg was among them, deeming it “a splendid addition to the ranks of great guttersnipe dramas”; an Oscar nomination was widely predicted then and there.
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Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs ‘Them That Follow’ Foreign Rights (Exclusive)

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up all international rights to “Them That Follow,” a drama about an obscure American Pentecostal sect that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film stars Oscar nominee Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and Walton Goggins (“Justified”). The Orchard picked up domestic rights earlier in the festival.

Them That Follow” centers on a group of snake handlers in the hills of Appalachia whose church services include the century-old tradition of worshiping with the reptiles. In the movie, a pastor’s daughter (Alice Englert) carries on a forbidden affair with a childhood friend (Thomas Mann) that threatens to put her in conflict with her father’s church.

This is the third acquisition made by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The company previously picked up “Tomorrow Man,” a romantic drama with John Lithgow and Blythe Danner, and “Sound of Silence,” a
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Oscar-Nominated ‘Never Look Away’ Arrives In Theaters; ‘The Invisibles’ Appears – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Oscar-Nominated ‘Never Look Away’ Arrives In Theaters; ‘The Invisibles’ Appears – Specialty B.O. Preview
German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmark made a splash in the foreign language box office over a decade ago with The Lives of Others, which took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. He is back again with Sony Pictures Classics for Never Look Away, which is also vying for Oscar this year. Also out in theaters beginning Friday is Greenwich Entertainment’s WWII-era drama, The Invisibles, which was the first pick up for the company back in 2017. And on a decidedly different note, Cinedigm is mixing camp and horror with Dead Ant starring Tom Arnold and Sean Astin.

Also this weekend, Focus Features is taking Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman back to theaters following its six Oscar nominations. The company said the film, which grossed over $48.5M in its initial run in theaters starting last August, will play 168 theaters around the country beginning Friday. Said Focus president Lisa Bunnell, “We
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‘Never Look Away’ Review: Portrait of an Artist as an Abstract Search for Truth

‘Never Look Away’ Review: Portrait of an Artist as an Abstract Search for Truth
Just nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign-Language Film and for the extraordinary cinematography of Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away concerns itself with love and war and the limitless reach of art. These are big themes and easy to bungle over the course of this three-hour-plus epic from German writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. In his third film, after the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others and a misbegotten 2010 merging with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie to create The Tourist — a mega-flop for the ages — von Donnersmarck returns triumphantly to form.
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Interconnecting the layers by Anne-Katrin Titze

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on Milan Kundera: "He says great novels are written where history is kind of alive. In a way, I think that goes for Germany also." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second installment of my conversation with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on his now Oscar-shortlisted Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor), the director of the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others (Das Leben Der Anderen), spoke about his longtime editor Patricia Rommel, who also worked with Angelina Jolie after Jolie starred opposite Johnny Depp in Florian's The Tourist.

Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) with Ellie Seeband (Paula Beer)

Little Kurt Barnert (Cai Cohrs) sees the infamous Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition with his beloved aunt Elisabeth (Saskia Rosendahl). A museum guide (Lars Eidinger) proclaims his Nazi ideology, but neither of them buy it. This sets the tone in Never Look Away, co-produced with Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann,
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Box Office: Can ‘The Upside,’ ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Sink ‘Aquaman’?

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Box Office: Can ‘The Upside,’ ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Sink ‘Aquaman’?
Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston have a Herculean task this weekend: Taking on “Aquaman.”

Hart and Cranston co-star in Stx Films and Lantern Entertainment’s “The Upside,” one of the three movies opening nationwide on Friday that will have to compete with reigning box office champ, “Aquaman.” And unless a new title (the other two releases being Sony’s “A Dog’s Way Home” and Entertainment Studios’ “Replica”) pulls off a surprise, it looks like the King of the Seven Seas will rule yet again.

Warner Bros.’ comic-book tentpole “Aquaman” — starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan — has generated over $943 million worldwide and is well on its way to crossing the $1 billion mark. If the aquatic blockbuster sees a similar decline to last weekend, it could add another $15 million to $18 million domestically in its fourth week of release. “Aquaman” has earned a solid $259 million in the States, but overseas
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Globe-Trotting Filmmakers Find Inspiration From Homecomings

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Globe-Trotting Filmmakers Find Inspiration From Homecomings
You can’t go home again, goes the old saying — and for many Hollywood émigré filmmakers over the years, from Billy Wilder to Milos Forman, it has proved true. But exceptions have always endured, hopping productively between between continents: recently, take Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, fitting in Chinese-language epics like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Lust, Caution” amid glossy U.S. prestige projects, or Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain, who sandwiched the Natalie Portman starrer “Jackie” between homegrown projects.

In this year’s Oscar race for best foreign-language film, meanwhile, a trio of accomplished, globe-trotting writer-directors — all former Oscar winners themselves — are reaping the benefits of returning to native territory after a spell in English-lingo cinema. For Germany’s Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski and Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron, going home has given them the freedom to tell ambitious, sometimes highly personal stories they couldn’t have told abroad.
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Netflix launch first look trailer for 8-part series ‘Medici: The Magnificent’ starring Sean Bean

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A first look trailer has been released for Netflix’s new 8-part drama, ‘Medici: The Magnificent’ starring Sean Bean.

Medici: The Magnificent’ follows the first chapter of the anthology series which focused on Lorenzo’s grandfather Cosimo (played by Richard Madden) and great-grandfather Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman).

The series stars ‘Teen Wolf’s’ Daniel Sharman as Lorenzo De Medici alongside Emmy and Bafta award-winning ‘Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Jacopo Pazzi. The series was directed by ’24’s’ Jon Cassar and Jan Maria Michelini and also stars Sarah Parish (W1A, Broadchurch), Bradley James (Merlin), Alessandra Mastronardi (Master of None), Synnøve Karslen (Clique), Raoul Bova (The Tourist, Under the Tuscan Sun) and Julian Sands (Gotham).

Also in trailers – Kenneth Branagh is a guest in his own home in new trailer for ‘All is True’

Season two picks up 20 years after the first season in 15th century Florence and
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Netflix Unveils First-Look At ‘Medici: The Magnificent’ With Sean Bean & Daniel Sharman

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Netflix has unveiled a first-look at period drama Medici: The Magnificent starring Game of ThronesSean Bean and Teen Wolf’s Daniel Sharman.

The show is the follow-up to Medici: Masters of Florence, which starred Bodyguard’s Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman.

The second season of the Italian drama, which is set in 15th century Florence, takes place 20 years after the first season and is set in the heart of the Renaissance through one of the most important historical figures of all times, Lorenzo the Magnificent. An attempt on Piero de Medici’s life forces his son Lorenzo, played by Sharman, to assume leadership of the family-run bank. Once in power, young Lorenzo, nicknamed The Magnificent, resolves to do things differently, which swiftly brings him into conflict with the head of Florence’s other powerful banking family, Jacopo Pazzi, played by Bean, who will stop at nothing to defeat Lorenzo The Magnificent.
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Netflix Debuts Trailer for 'Medici: The Magnificent,' Starring Sean Bean, Daniel Sharman

Netflix has released the first-look trailer for its upcoming period drama, Medici: The Magnificent.

The eight-part series, centered on the great lords of Florence, stars Daniel Sharman (Teen Wolf) as Lorenzo De Medici alongside Emmy and BAFTA-winning Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Jacopo Pazzi.

Medici: The Magnificent follows the first chapter of the anthology series, which focused on Lorenzo’s grandfather Cosimo (played by Richard Madden) and great grandfather Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman).

The cast also include: Sarah Parish (W1A, Broadchurch), Bradley James (Merlin), Alessandra Mastronardi (Master of None), Synnove Karsen (Clique), Raoul Bova (The Tourist, Under the Tuscan Sun) and Julian Sands ...
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2019 Golden Globe TV nominations forum reactions: Hurray for ‘The Good Place’ bids but what about Ted Danson?

2019 Golden Globe TV nominations forum reactions: Hurray for ‘The Good Place’ bids but what about Ted Danson?
Our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, chimed in with their cheers and jeers for the Golden Globe TV nominations, taking the good with the bad when it came to these 14 categories. They were thrilled by the recognition for “The Good Place” and one of its stars, Kristen Bell, but were outraged that the HFPA snubbed the other, Ted Danson. Likewise, they were dismayed about the shut-outs of “This Is Us” and “The Haunting of Hill House.” (See the full list of nominations.)

Find a sample of forum reactions below. Jump in if you dare:

Best TV Drama Series:

HappyLittleWorkingSong: “Maybe if Hill House misses Drama ensemble at SAG, Netflix will realize that they need to put it in limited, where it has a much stronger chance at nominations.”

Luca Giliberti: “The omission of Hill House is ridiculous, like seriously. SAG, please rescue us.”

Best TV Comedy/Musical
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Golden Globes’ 10 Most Ludicrous Comedy or Musical Picks, From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Green Book’ (Photos)

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Golden Globes’ 10 Most Ludicrous Comedy or Musical Picks, From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Green Book’ (Photos)
Green Book” has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the “Musical or Comedy” category for Best Picture. While eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in a car may seem funny to some, the based-on-a-true-story road trip is more a light-hearted drama than anything else. But this isn’t the only time that a movie strategically played category fraud to get a nomination. Here are 10 other instances that raise an eyebrow:

The Tourist” (2010)

How can we invite Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp to the awards ceremony? Let’s nominate this romantic, action caper with a 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and stick it in the Musical or Comedy category!

The Martian” (2015)

“In your face, Neil Armstrong!” That line of dialogue is just about all it takes to be considered a comedy it seems. And it won!

My Week With Marilyn” (2011)

Maybe someone will make a movie worthy of a Golden Globe that celebrates
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Golden Globes: ‘Cold War’ Gets Cold Shoulder In Foreign Language Race

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Golden Globes: ‘Cold War’ Gets Cold Shoulder In Foreign Language Race
Today’s Golden Globes nominations for the Best Foreign Language Film include some of the leading favorites with potential to be in the mix for the similar category at the Oscars like Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away. But there is one glaring omission. Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white Polish drama Cold War did not make the cut despite plaudits from Cannes and critics bodies.

There’s been a lot of heat on Cold War which was the Best Director laureate in Cannes and has frontrunner status at the upcoming European Film Awards. Star Joanna Kulig is currently spending several weeks in La to talk up the film (and croon), and the 1950s-set romantic drama from Amazon has also scored a Best Foreign Language Film win from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle.

Pawlikowski
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The view from the tree by Anne-Katrin Titze

Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor) director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on Martha's (Ina Weisse) marriage to the monstrous Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), father to Ellie (Paula Beer): "You can sense she has a different spirit but yet she is so subjugated by everything that she can't even dare to live it."

Elements from Gerhard Richter’s life story inspired the role of Kurt Barnert, played by Generation War and Jan Ole Gerster's Oh Boy (aka A Coffee In Berlin) star, Tom Schilling, in the latest film from the director/screenwriter of the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others. In Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor), Germany's Oscar submission for the 91st Academy Awards, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck sets the bar far higher for himself than he did for his Hollywood misfire The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (with Anne-Katrin Titze) on his
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