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"I'm alright. Scratched and bruise[d]," shares Kelly McGillis.Top Gun actress Kelly McGillis was reportedly assaulted by a stranger who broke into her North Carolina home last week.After a short struggle with the suspect, identified by news station WYFF4 in Greenville as Laurence Marie Dorn, McGillis was able to get ahold of authorities, the actress wrote in a lengthy Facebook post."I'm alright. Scratched and bruise," McGillis, who starred as Tom Cruise's love interest Charlie in the 1986 classic Top Gun, wrote on Facebook. "I feel very thankful it turned out well. But who I feel heartache for is the little girl that was with her. Mental illness takes many hostages. I don't know her name ... but I would like to asked [sic] that you pray for her and her mother."Dorn has been charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery and interfering with emergency communication, according to WYFF4.The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for additional information.Read McGillis' full retelling below:
June 23, 1948 marked the very first Olympic Day. It was held ahead of the London Olympics, the first Games following World War II. On this day every year we celebrate the restoration of the Olympic movement by getting active and learning about Olympic values.Basically, #OlympicDay got the whole world feeling like:The country's official Twitter account sent a strong statement about the power of sport.
Canada is proud to celebrate #OlympicDay, promoting excellence, friendship, respect and peace through #Sport pic.twitter.com/zvjj2h9r8Z
— @CanadaTeam Canada's chef de mission and three-time Olympic medalist Curt Harnett took on Olympic Day by reminding us just how close the Rio Games really are.
Perhaps #OlympicDay is a good time to turn our attention to the hundreds of proud @TeamCanada athletes headed to @rio2016 #43days #7fridays
— @curtharnettWhat better way to celebrate than enjoying some of the memorable Olympic torch moments?
Tweet your favorite unforgettable moment from the @Olympics with #OlympicDay to celebrate the date! 😊👏 pic.twitter.com/KBHh1XdfX6
— @OlympicFlameRio-bound rugby 7s captain Jen Kish spent Olympic Day promoting clean competition.
Today I invite everyone to celebrate #OlympicDay by keeping rugby & other sports clean 👍 pic.twitter.com/hddpkoWqXN
— @jen_kishAthletes past and present were quick to jump on the trending hashtag sharing memories of their Olympic experiences.
Today is #OlympicDay Get active! @Olympics pic.twitter.com/tRGue0IDWc
Out for a stroll on # olympicday. What are you all up to? @olympics #movementismedicine pic.twitter.com/o18d9HfIjz
This is #OlympicDay 23 JuneGet Active and do some Sport @Olympics
Happy #OlympicDay !!! Joyeuse #JourneeOlympique @TeamCanada @OlympiqueCanada pic.twitter.com/T2etMiIrlZ
In 51 days, I will line up on the streets of Rio - excited for my second Olympic experience. Happy #OlympicDay ! pic.twitter.com/LGXUgEy6Dy
Happy Olympic Day!! So proud and honoured to represent such a beautiful country like Canada 🇨🇦⛸ #OlympicDay #Blessed pic.twitter.com/5S2uddmEWw
— @gabby_dalemanIf hair game was an Olympic sport, this girl would be bringing home gold.
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Argentine pianist Martha Argerich and gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples also will be honored at the Dec. 3 gala.This year's Kennedy Center honorees include musicians who span genres including pop, rock, gospel, blues, folk and classical — and an actor known for his extraordinary range.The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts said Thursday that actor Al Pacino, rock band the Eagles, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter James Taylor will be honored for influencing American culture through the arts.For the Eagles, the recognition will be bittersweet. The band was tapped for the honor last year but postponed its appearance because of founding member Glenn Frey's failing health. Frey died in January, about a month after the honors gala.For Pacino, the star of The Godfather trilogy who has long been regarded as one of the great American actors, the honor is arguably overdue. Many of his peers who became leading men in adventurous 1970s Hollywood have already been honored, including Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford.Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter, who's had the job for two years, said she didn't know why Pacino hadn't been selected sooner."When I called and invited him, it was an enthusiastic yes," Rutter told The Associated Press. "You could say all of them are overdue or all of them are exactly at the right moment. We have a great opportunity to recognize people who are still active and yet have accomplished so much."The honorees will be celebrated at a gala on Dec. 3, featuring performances and tributes from top entertainers. The show will be broadcast on Dec. 27 on CBS.Here's a look at this year's honorees:Martha ArgerichBorn in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the pianist was a child prodigy who gave her first concert at age 8 and moved to Europe with her family as a teenager to continue her studies.She made her U.S. debut in 1965 at Lincoln Center in New York. Since then, she has been considered one of the world's most prominent pianists. Her repertoire includes performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. She has won three Grammy awards.Argerich, 75, said in a statement that her mother always dreamed that she would study and perform in the United States."My late mother would be very proud today, and I would like to share this wonderful tribute with her," Argerich said.EaglesOne of the most successful rock bands of all time, the Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums with their signature laid-back sound, and their 1976 greatest hits album is the second biggest-selling album of all time, trailing only Michael Jackson's Thriller.Co-founders Frey and Don Henley began writing songs together while touring as members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band. They co-wrote most of the band's biggest hits, including "Hotel California," and they shared lead-singing duties.While the band's meticulously crafted soft rock is always associated with Southern California, Frey originally hailed from Michigan, Henley is from Texas and Joe Walsh was born in Kansas. Timothy B. Schmit, who joined in 1977, is the only native Californian.The band was active from 1971-1980 before reuniting for a 1994 concert, Hell Freezes Over, that was recorded for a live album. Afterward, the Eagles began touring again."We accept this honor in memory of our comrade and fellow traveler, Eagles founder Glenn Frey," the band said in a statement. "The members of the band hailed from different regions of this great nation and we always felt very fortunate that our music was embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world."Frey's widow, Cindy Millican Frey, will sit with the band during the ceremony, Rutter said.Al PacinoBorn in East Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, Pacino, 76, began to draw notice for his onstage work in the late 1960s, and he won his first Tony award in 1970. With his daring choices and deep immersion into his roles, Pacino was among the 1970s movie stars who redefined what a Hollywood leading man could look and sound like.He had just one major film role to his credit when writer-director Francis Ford Coppola cast him as Michael Corleone in The Godfather. He reprised the role two years later in the groundbreaking sequel, The Godfather Part II, and he received Oscar nominations for both performances.Pacino also starred in two other 1970s classics, Serpico and "Dog Day Afternoon." He worked sparingly in the 1980s but had another string of memorable starring roles in the 1990s, including Scent of a Woman, for which he won his first Oscar after seven previous nominations. Other credits include Heat, Donnie Brasco and The Insider. More recently, he's done memorable work in television, playing real-life figures Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector."I am grateful and deeply humbled by this unexpected and extraordinary honor," Pacino said in a statement.Mavis StaplesStaples, 76, got her start as part of a family gospel band, singing alongside her four siblings with her father, "Pops" Staples, on guitar. Her father was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Staple Sisters' covers of contemporary pop hits became a soundtrack for the civil rights movement. They had No. 1 hits with "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again."In her more than 60 years as a recording artist, Staples has also worked in genres including soul, folk, pop, rock, R&B and hip hop. Prince wrote two albums for her in the late 1980s. She has also collaborated with Bob Dylan — who at one point asked her to marry him — Van Morrison, Bruce Hornsby, Chuck D., Willie Nelson and fellow Chicago native Jeff Tweedy.Her first solo album was released in 1969, and her most recent, Livin' on a High Note, came out this year.She's had some memorable appearances in Washington over the years, performing with her family at Kennedy's inauguration in 1960. She's also performed twice at the honors ceremony, paying tribute to Paul McCartney and Al Green."I never dreamed I would be honored. I'm just an unknown gospel singer. And they're honoring me at the Kennedy Center? Lord have mercy," Staples told AP. "As a gospel singer you don't expect to be honored along with other artists. We are looked to be the lowest on the totem pole."Staples is currently on tour with Dylan and his band."Since I've been on this tour, I said, 'Bobby, I miss you so much, I wanted to see you.' He said, you could have seen me every day if you'd married me," Staples said. "He cracked me up, saying that."James TaylorThe son of a physician, Taylor, 68, was raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., and he developed his signature finger-picking guitar style in part because he was first trained as a cellist. Paired with his warm baritone voice, his lyrical playing was featured on classic songs including "Fire and Rain" and "Something in the Way She Moves."His career got off to a fitful start in the late 1960s as he struggled with drug addiction, and "Carolina in My Mind," which later became one of his signature tunes, didn't sell well upon its initial release. He gained critical and popular success with the 1970 album Sweet Baby James, which featured vocals from Carole King, a Kennedy Center honoree last year. His greatest hits album, released in 1976, went on to sell more than 11 million copies.Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His 2015 album, Before This World, was his first to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. He has previously performed at the honors gala."The prospect of attending the Kennedy Center Honors again, this time as an honoree, is astonishing," Taylor said in a statement. "I am deeply moved to be included in such august company."
Wet weather, traffic clog Glastonbury Festival arrivals
'The picture is improving,' organizers tell fans stuck in hours-long queuesThomson Reuters Posted: Jun 22, 2016 1:47 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 22, 2016 1:47 PM ETRevellers carry their belongings as they arrive at Worthy Farm for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, with grey skies and rain greeting those arriving for the British music fest. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)Grey skies and rain greeted revellers arriving for Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday, with organisers asking drivers to delay their journey due to heavy traffic.Tens of thousands of people are expected at the green-field music festival held in southwest England, where Adele, Coldplay and Muse are among the headline performers over the weekend.Adele, Muse and Coldplay are slated to perform at this year's event. (Associated Press)"The current wet weather and ground conditions are still causing heavy traffic congestion around the ... site. But we're pleased to report that the picture is improving," organisers said on the festival's official "glastofest" Instagram page.
"Our advice for those yet to set off by car/campervan is still to remain where you are for the time being, please ... The longer you leave it the less you will have to queue."Revellers queue at the entrance of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, Britain on Wednesday. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)Those who had arrived at the Worthy Farm site in Somerset lugged belongings through muddy fields and set up tents on wet ground.The festival runs until Sunday.A reveller carries her belongings after arriving at Worthy Farm in Somerset for the Glastonbury Festival, Britain June 22, 2016. REUTERS/- RTX2HJA0 (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)
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Offering a plain and simple apology, actress Selma Blair says she regrets her odd behaviour on a Monday flight from Cancun to Los Angeles."I made a big mistake yesterday. After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret," she said in a statement to Vanity Fair magazine.It is one of the more anguished celebrity apologies for such an incident, with Blair's tone both frank and personal.
"I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry." - Selma Blair, in a statement to Vanity Fair
"I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry," she wrote.She did not detail what she said or did during the flight in her statement.However, witnesses told U.S. media outlets TMZ and People that, following a series of disturbing outbursts en route from Cancun to Los Angeles on Monday, the actress was attended to by nurses and eventually removed via stretcher from LAX.The reports indicated Blair was crying and talking about an abusive man.Apologizes to flight crew, fellow passengersIn her statement, the actress said her son, Arthur, was asleep with headphones on at the time and wasn't aware of the incident. His father, Blair's ex-boyfriend Jason Bleick, was asleep at the time as well, she said.The actress also apologized for inconveniencing the flight crew and other passengers, and she thanked those who came to her aid.Blair is best known for movies such as Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, with her most recent roles including Mothers and Daughters and The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.Many fans offered her messages of understanding and support on social media.A recent Instagram post she shared — featuring a picture of the actress and her son in their plane seats — drew a host of comments that range from general words of encouragement to people saying something similar has happened to them in the past.A spokeswoman for the actress has not responded to requests for comment about the incident or the statement she shared with Vanity Fair.Recent aviation history is rife with examples of well-known personalities behaving badly, with several cases involving the ejection of the celebrity from the flight before take-off. From Courtney Love's verbal abuse to Justin Bieber's pot provocations to the infamous urination incident involving french actor Gerard Depardieu, here's a look at less than A-class on-air behaviour from famous faces.
Courtesy of Warner Bros.The all-star presentation started with DC, leaped to Lego and signed off with 'Harry Potter.'Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros turned it up for the final presentation on the first day of CineEurope in Barcelona, bursting straight into its expanding DC universe with the head of international distribution Thomas Molter promising "at least 10 new movies over the next five years."Crowds were treated to an extended Suicide Squad trailer, an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peak of Wonder Woman, and a short skip to the London set of Justice League where Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill gave a brief video hello.From there it was to the jungle for The Legend of Tarzan, with an action-packed extended look of a (mostly shirtless) Alexander Skarsgard swinging down vines in a film that director David Yates said would "change everything you think you know about this iconic character."There were shots of a gray-haired Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's Sully, telling the story of the pilot who heroically landed the U.S. Airways plane onto the Hudson River in 2009. The film marks the first feature to be wholly shot in IMAX.Both The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck as freelance sleeper assassin with a mind for numbers, and War Dogs, starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as amateur arms dealers, were given exclusive, extended and high-octane previews. Teller and Hill gave a video message in which they attempted to explain the title of their film."What's a War Dog? It's a bottom feeder who makes money from war without actually stepping on a battlefield," said Hill.The growing Lego world, part of the Warner Animation Group (WAG) stable, was given a hearty seal of approval, with a special, Barcelona-themed Lego Batman video from the caped crusader himself, a sizzle reel for the kung-fu themed Lego Ninjago Film and even a mention of Lego 2 from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, despite its release having recently been pushed back to 2019.There was a special preview of Storks, one of the non-Lego WAG offerings, due out September 2016 and with Jennifer Aniston recently announced as joining the voice talent list, plus a glimpse of Smallfoot, about a yeti who believes in humans and set for release next year.Returning to the jungle for an extended preview of Kong: Skull Island saw shots of stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly in action."This is going to be the biggest Kong there's ever been," boasted director Jordon Vogt-Roberts. "Not 10 foot or 30 foot, but a 100-foot ape."After brief mentions of King Arthur, Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the British epic, and Christopher Nolan's now-in-production WWII drama Dunkirk, there was only really one way for Warner Bros. to sign off: with the return to the most successful film franchise of all time.Behind the scenes footage of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them showed J.K. Rowling actively involved on set, with Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell offering their best wand trickery among wizards and muggles alike in 1920s New York. The film is due out Nov. 17.
Wales advanced to the European Championship's knockout stages as group winner after comprehensively beating Russia 3-0 on Monday.Goals from Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale, his third in consecutive games at Euro 2016, ensured that Wales won Group B ahead of England, which could only draw 0-0 with Slovakia.Ramsey opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a quick counterattack, chipping the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. Taylor doubled the advantage nine minutes later after slotting in a rebound, his first international goal. Bale then made it 3-0 in the 67th minute with an audacious shot that makes him the tournament's leading scorer."Overall it was a fantastic performance and we topped the group, which no one would have seen coming," Ramsey said."Our main target was to get out of group, to finish top of the group is a fantastic feeling," he added.For Russia, defeat meant its time at Euro 2016 is over. The team, which only earned one point in a disappointing campaign, will now focus on the World Cup, which it is hosting in two years.Russia, which needed to win the match to have any chance of progressing, took a more attacking posture at the Stadium de Toulouse. But its attacking forays left space for Wales to strike on the counterattack.All of Wales' goals came from crisp movement and deft passing. For Wales' first, James Chester won possession deep in Russia's half and back-flicked to Joe Allen, who threaded the ball behind the defence to Ramsey. The Arsenal midfielder beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over Igor Akinfeev.The second came after Bale dribbled toward the penalty area. Four Russia defenders surrounded the Real Madrid forward, which exposed the team's left flank, into which Taylor entered unmarked. His first effort was blocked by Akinfeev, but Taylor was there to slot in the rebound. Bale's goal came after being put through by Ramsey.Welsh supporters, in a sea of red around the Stadium de Toulouse, chanted "Don't take us home! Please don't take us home!" during the match.At the beginning of the tournament, Wales' first major competition since the 1958 World Cup, probably never imagined their team would win their group.But as the match went on, they confidently chanted "We are top of the league" and now look forward to an encounter in the knockout phase.England 0, Slovakia 0England qualified for the round of 16 at the European Championship after being held to a 0-0 draw by Slovakia on a frustrating Monday night for Roy Hodgson's team.The result meant England finished second behind Wales in Group B.England created but failed to take a series of chances against a very defensive Slovakia side that can still reach the knockout stages as one of the four best third-place teams.Slovakia had never kept a clean sheet in six previous games at a major tournament and had lost its three previous matches against England.With England needing a win to be sure of topping its group and avoiding a potentially dangerous opponent in the last 16, Hodgson took a gamble by making six changes. Captain Wayne Rooney was among those dropped to the bench.Following good performances in a 2-1 win over Wales, Hodgson started Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge up front, with defender Gary Cahill getting the captain's armband.Earning first starts at the tournament were Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Sturridge and Vardy, while Slovakia coach Jan Kozak named an unchanged team from its win over Russia.Wilshere and Lallana looked to have proved Hodgson right with a bright start to the game.Quickly releasing the ball, Lallana and Wilshere soon set a fast tempo, with England enjoying plenty of possession and limiting Slovakia to harmless counterattacks.England first went close in the ninth minute after a scramble in the box when Sturridge could not make the most of Vardy's clever pass and saw his shot blocked by right back Peter Pekarik.After Lallana sent a shot wide from the edge of the area, Henderson had an angled effort blocked by left-back Tomas Hubocan.Slovakia's defenders kept their team in the game, while goalkeeper Matus Kozacik made some decisive saves. He first denied Vardy when the Leicester striker was superbly played through by Henderson in the 17th minute, and then blocked Lallana's fine shot in the 33rd.The pressure continued after the break as chants of "Rooney, Rooney" by the England fans resonated around the stadium.But England was nearly caught out when Chris Smalling failed to control the ball properly with his chest as he made an attempted back-pass, forcing keeper Joe Hart to scramble to the ball to thwart the danger.At the other end, Kozacik made another big save to block an angled shot from Clyne on the break, and England fans finally got what they wanted when Rooney came in for Wilshere in the 56th minute.Hodgson then replaced Lallana with Dele Alli, who had an immediate impact but saw his goal-bound volley cleared off the line by Liverpool and Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel.England continued to push in vain until the end. Sturridge made way for Harry Kane in the final 15 minutes but the siege of Slovakia's area remained ineffective.
The 18th annual Cape Cod film event presented audience awards for best narrative feature to Anne Fontaine's 'The Innocents' and for documentary to 'The Music of Strangers' and 'Political Animals' in a tie.The 18th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival concluded Sunday, with the HBO Audience Awards going, for narrative feature, to The Innocents, and for documentary, in a tie, to The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and Political Animals.Also during the festival, the previously announced 2016 Filmmaker on the Edge Award was presented to Ang Lee, while this year's Excellence in Acting Award went to Cynthia Nixon.A French-Polish co-production directed by Anne Fontaine, The Innocents (Agnus Dei) is a post-WWII historical drama inspired by true events, about a young French Red Cross worker who discovers a Warsaw convent where several nuns raped by Soviet "liberators" are now in the late stages of pregnancy and facing a crisis of faith. The film will be released in the U.S. by Music Box Films.Morgan Neville's The Music of Strangers follows world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his international music collective on their mission to inspire cross-cultural connections. The Orchard has U.S. rights. Political Animals, directed by Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares, is a portrait of four lesbians elected to the California legislature whose tireless work yielded anti-discrimination protection for LGBT people.The John Schlesinger Awards for first-time filmmakers also were presented, going for narrative to actor-turned-director Remy Auberjonois' tense drama about an American female veteran's struggle with PTSD following her return from Afghanistan, Blood Stripe; and for documentary, to Adam Irving's Off the Rails, which follows a young New Yorker with Asperger's syndrome whose obsession with the city's transit system has led to him being jailed 32 times for victimless crimes.Introducing Lee before conducting an onstage conversation with the Oscar-winning director, longtime Provincetown festival patron John Waters said: "Ang Lee may seem like he has sense and sensibility, but look at his career, it's really nuts when you think about it. He's made movies about suburban swingers, gay cowboys and lust-filled assassins. He made a brainy superhero movie, and a great film about Woodstock that I really loved that never even showed the music.""He's the only director that makes me look forward to CGI effects," continued Waters. "Plus he stated the cinematically incorrect opinion that we should stop trying to imitate film stock, but instead embrace digital and make it better than 3D. If that's not 'edge,' I don’t know what is."Waters steered Lee through a personal overview of his career, starting with the two filmmakers' shared admiration of the work of Ingmar Bergman. He then traced Lee's output from the Taiwanese family trilogy that put him on the map — Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman — through his English-language debut with Sense and Sensibility to his upcoming November release, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.Lee spoke candidly about his flops such as Ride With the Devil, Hulk, Taking Woodstock and even the critically adored The Ice Storm, which was a commercial under-achiever. "They are all my kids," he said. "I don't judge these movies by their success or by what critics say. They're all a part of my life."One film that he anticipated was going to be a disaster turned out to be among his biggest successes: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. "Once I had gotten into it and started shooting, I realized I did something that didn't make any sense," Lee confessed. "I made an A-grade B genre movie, when martial arts films are supposed to be trashy; all that wild energy. It cost $12 million and at that time nobody was putting that kind of money into Chinese-language movies."He also discussed his response to the subject matter of Annie Proulx's short story that became Brokeback Mountain, which screened in Provincetown as part of the tribute."I wept at the end of that story," Lee revealed. "Why a straight guy who grew up conservative in Taiwan could be so moved by gay cowboys in Wyoming I don't know. But it haunted me." Both with Brokeback Mountain and Sense and Sensibility, the director suggested that his experience of cultural repression enabled him to relate to those characters.Before screening a trailer for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, the first feature shot in 4K resolution, 3D and 120 frames per second, Lee stressed that despite his fascination with evolving technology in Life of Pi and the new film, his movies have remained anchored in classic storytelling values with an emphasis on performance. "To me it's still really all about faces," he said. "Video comes second. Sometimes an image will hit me, but it's always faces first."Accepting the Filmmaker on the Edge Award, Lee told the Provincetown audience, "I don't really think of myself as 'on the edge,' but I always try to be honest. I want to make movies that are at the center of my heart, and I want to share that with you."In a lively onstage talk with film critic B. Ruby Rich, Nixon also looked back over her career, which began around age 7 when she appeared on the TV panel game show To Tell the Truth. She has continued working for more than four decades across television, stage and screen, most recently in James White and the Emily Dickinson bio-drama A Quiet Passion. She flew in to Provincetown from Atlanta, where she had been shooting the TV movie Killing Reagan, in which she plays former First Lady Nancy Reagan during the assassination attempt on her husband."It's been a hard week, right?" said Nixon, referencing the tragic mass shooting in Orlando the previous weekend, which continues to resonate in the popular LGBT destination of Provincetown. "To end out the week in this haven, especially when I've just come from playing Nancy Reagan in 1981 … it's good to be here."The dates for the 19th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival have been set for June 14-18, 2017.
The company will co-produce the Shanghai-set action-thriller 'Smart Chase: Fire & Earth', in which Bloom is set to star.Orlando Bloom has partnered with China's Bliss Media on a new production venture.The newly formed entity, called BlissBloom Productions, will be jointly run by the actor and Bliss Media CEO Wei Han.Their first project will be the $30 million Shanghai-set action thriller, Smart Chase: Fire & Earth, starring Bloom and directed by French filmmaker Julien Seri (Night Fare).Bloom has a huge following in China, where he is affectionately known as the "elf prince" (jingling wangzi), stemming from his Lord of the Rings role.The announcement was made Friday at the Shanghai International Film Festival.Smart Chase follows a down-and-out private security agent who gets ambushed while attempting to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai.Shanghai-based Bliss Media has become an increasingly active player in projects traversing Chinese and international markets. The company, which has an office in Los Angeles, launched the $150 million Bliss-CODI Film & TV Investment Fund at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The fund is targeting international film and television equity investment, taking the Chinese distribution rights to the projects it backs. Bliss Media previously launched the Yoozoo Bliss Film Fund, a $100 million equity fund designed to finance 10 international productions and Chinese co-productions over five years.Creative Artists Agency (CAA) advised on the formation of both funds and represents the companies.So far, aside from Smart Chase, Bliss has invested in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield; Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, starring Natalie Portman; and is co-financing Michael Mann’s Ferrari.More to come.
One of last year's surprise hits was the critically-acclaimed Lionsgate film Sicario, which wasn't exactly a box office blockbuster, but did fare decently for a September movie, taking in $84 million worldwide from a $30 million budget. Just a month after this thriller starring Emily Blunt hit theaters, Lionsgate announced that a follow-up was coming, and just last month, Italian director Stefano Sollima (Suburra) stepped in to take the helm. While there is still much we don't know about the story, this sequel, entitled Soldado ("soldier" in Spanish), will not be your typical follow-up. The director also teased that a third installment is already in the works.
Last year's Sicario is set in the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, where an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro) who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss. While Emily Blunt is not returning for Soldado, both Benicio del Toro (Alejandro Gillick) and Josh Brolin (Matt Graver) will reprise their roles. Independent caught up with director Stefano Sollima, who teased that Soldado is a standalone movie that uses some of the same characters from Sicario.
"It's not a real sequel. It's absolutely a standalone movie -- a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it's not exactly a sequel; it's something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven't watched the first one."
The director also teased that Sicario 3 is also in the works, and that the studio plans on making three anthology movies "with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world." Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the script for Sicario, returned to write Soldado, which, according to a report from Deadline earlier this month, is quite topical. The plot follows Gillick and Graver as they focus their efforts on shutting down the tunnels between the U.S. and Mexico, which are used to transport drugs, immigrants and even terrorists across the border.
It is believed that production will begin this fall on Soldado, although Lionsgate hasn't solidified a release date quite yet. Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk, Black Label's Molly Smith, Thad and Trent Luckinbill and Edward McDonnell are producing. Stay tuned for more on Soldado as we get closer to production starting later this year.