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Military Documentary ‘Family Mission’ Scheduled for Memorial Day Release

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Virgil Films has acquired North American rights to military documentary “Family Mission” and plans a theatrical release on Memorial Day weekend followed by availability on all platforms, Variety has learned exclusively. The film, directed by Scott Mactavish, centers on 22-year-old Sgt. Todd “T.J.” Lobraico Jr., who was killed by enemy fire in 2013 when his… Read more »

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Sally Field Opens Up to Hailee Steinfeld About Fighting Depression as a Teen

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Los Angeles, USA - 13 Nov 2016

Sally Field revealed that she was “deeply depressed” in her late teens and even once gained 10 pounds in two days. In an emotional interview with Hailee Steinfeld for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” Field talked about her early career and the depression she suffered from during that period. “It took me a long time to get to… Read more »

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How Sally Field Landed Her First Major Role in ‘Gidget’

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Los Angeles, USA - 13 Nov 2016

Before she portrayed “the little girl with big ideas” on the 1960s television series “Gidget,” Sally Field began her acting career auditioning for a role with her mother. In an interview with Hailee Steinfeld for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Field discussed her transition from being the child of working-class actors, to becoming a thesp herself. Her experiences… Read more »

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Hugh Grant Says He Was ‘A Nasty 50-Year-Old’ Before He Had Kids

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Having children turned Hugh Grant from “a nasty, old 50-year-old,” into a “delightful” person, according to the actor. The British thesp, now 56, has four children, the latest born in December 2015. During his one-on-one interview with Colin Farrell for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” Grant discussed his mercurial enthusiasm for acting and his changing views of… Read more »

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Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell on Function of Acting: We’re Here to Entertain, Not for Awards

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Los Angeles, USA - 13 Nov 2016

Should an actor take on roles that function as personally therapeutic and enriching experiences, or act solely to entertain the masses? In a one-on-one interview for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant contemplated this question, and discussed the ways in which a thesp should go about choosing a role. Grant, who recently starred… Read more »

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Alice Drummond, Character Actress Known for ‘Awakenings’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Dies at 88

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Alice Drummond, a veteran stage actress who appeared in films including “Awakenings” and the original 1984 “Ghostbusters,” has died. She was 88. She died on Wednesday at her home in the Bronx due to complications following a fall that she survived two months ago, according to the New York Times. A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island,… Read more »

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Box Office: Disney’s ‘Moana’ Wins Sleepy Friday With $6.5 Million

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“Moana” continues to work its charm for Disney during a slow post-Thanksgiving hangover weekend. The film, now in its second frame, earned $6.5 million at 3,875 locations, raising its domestic total to just shy of $100 million. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earned an additional $5 million during its third weekend in theaters… Read more »

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Cuba’s Patricia Ramos on Rooftop Dreams and Aimless Youth

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Patricia Ramos grew up in a Havana neighborhood where she observed a host of people going on about their lives on the rooftops, almost akin to an alternate city. Her feature debut, “El Techo” (“On the Roof”) turns on three people in their early twenties, who pass the time on a rooftop telling stories and… Read more »

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