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Christopher Nolan to Speak at Cultural Festival in India in December

Christopher Nolan to Speak at Cultural Festival in India in December

Christopher Nolan will visit India in December to address the big annual cultural festival organized by the students of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.The announcement was made via a post on the Facebook page of IIT’s Mood Indigo event, which is billed as one of Asia’s largest cultural festivals. Details, such as any specific topics Nolan may discuss, weren’t immediately disclosed.Read more Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ May Not Be the Awards Juggernaut Everyone ExpectedThe 44th edition of the festival will run Dec. 26-29. Nolan has been confirmed as a speaker for the festival’s literary event section, known as “Illuminati.” The event invites an “elite lineup of people who have an experience to give, a story to tell and something for all of you,” according to the Mood Indigo web site.Last year’s lineup of the literary section included Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.The trip will not be Nolan’s first visit to India as the director earlier visited the country to shoot some scenes in Rajasthan for The Dark Knight Rises.See more ‘Interstellar’ Premiere: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Nolan Hit HollywoodNolan’s trip will come soon after Warner Bros. India will release the filmmaker’s latest movie, Interstellar, in India. The film will roll out starting on Nov. 7.

‘Harry Potter’ Actress Wraps Film Directed With Iris Recognition Software

‘Harry Potter’ Actress Wraps Film Directed With Iris Recognition Software

Evanna Lynch, known to millions of Harry Potter fans as Luna Lovegood, has finished filming Irish drama My Name Is Emily, produced by local outfits Newgrange Pictures and Kennedy Films.The film, a romance and road movie about a teenage girl who leaves a foster home with a friend to find her father, who is locked up in a psychiatric institution, is the debut feature from Simon Fitzmaurice and stars Lynch as title character Emily.Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2008, shortly after his second short film, The Sound of People, screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The disease affects the cells that control voluntary muscle activity, including speaking, walking, swallowing and general movement.Read more London Hotel Creates ‘Harry Potter’ Themed RoomsHe typed the script for My Name Is Emily, alongside his best-selling book It’s Not Yet Dark, using his eyes and iris recognition software. In an unusual approach for cinema, he directed the film using the same method.”Making this film is the realization of a serious amount of work and love from my wonderful producers,” said Fitzmaurice in a statement. “We are surrounded by the most committed group of cast and crew it has been my pleasure to work with. For me, it has been worth every effort just to be here on set in the calm at the center of the hurricane.”My Name Is Emily, which is being distributed by Eclipse in Ireland and has already secured TV slots in Sweden, has been financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI, TV3 and the Irish tax incentive program. Co-production funding is also coming from Sweden and Norway via Garagefilm International and Paradox.Read more J.K. Rowling Reunites Older Harry Potter With Hogwarts Friends in Pottermore Post”After I read the script, it and Emily were all I could think about for weeks. It is so different to anything I’ve read and yet so real and dynamic, and it is an absolute privilege and a joy to have the opportunity to help bring My Name Is Emily to life with Simon and his team,” said Lynch.She added: “Simon is an incredible person, and he is embracing challenges the like that no director has had to contend with before, and it is awe-inspiring simply to be in the midst of that.”

‘V/H/S: Viral’s’ Marcel Sarmiento on Why Found-Footage Horror is "Getting Old"

‘V/H/S: Viral’s’ Marcel Sarmiento on Why Found-Footage Horror is "Getting Old"

‘V/H/S: Viral’s’ Marcel Sarmiento on Why Found-Footage Horror is “Getting Old” – Hollywood Reporter
Marcel Sarmiento directed one of the best-regarded segments in The ABCs of Death, the 26-part horror anthology that will see a sequel in theaters on Halloween. His D Is for Dogfight centers on a man whose fight to the death with a dog takes an unexpected turn. “It sounds absurd,” the director tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m attracted to absurdist ideas. I feel like the truest horror comes from that space — it allows you to do things that would be too weird or scarring if you didn’t have that label of horror.”
Sarmiento is the first director in THR’s Week of Horror series, and he’s switched horror anthologies. He’s one of six directors contributing to V/H/S: Viral, the third installment of a found-footage anthology series that’s featured shorts by directors including horror head-turner Ti West, indie drama helmer Joe Swanberg and The Raid’s Gareth Evans. Viral was released Friday on VOD and will hit theaters on Nov. 21.
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Sarmiento, whose credits include the polarizing Toronto-premiered Deadgirl in 2008 and It’s Better to Be Wanted for Murder Than Not to Be Wanted at All — in which he directed a rising Zooey Deschanel — in 2003, tells THR why he wants to see more day-and-date releases and what could replace found-footage horror.
What’s the concept of your V/H/S: Viral segment?
It was really inspired by an actual viral video I saw where some kid was watching a police chase and then it came by his house. I thought that would be a great start to a story about basically recording everything that’s sort of salacious. In the horror movies I remember from the ’80s, there’s that moment where the two kids in the backseat of a car are going to have sex and you know they’re going to be the next to die. Here, the idea is, it’s the people who whip out their phone and try to record something for your amusement — they’re the next to die.
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When [I was approached to direct], I said, “I’ll do it if I can do something really different.” I came up with a pretty ambitious idea that was way beyond the means that we had, but we went for it. When I had Deadgirl at Toronto, amid all the noise of all the movies that are out there, I learned that if you can be one of the three or four films that people are talking about — even if they hate it — you’ve done your job. I said, “Let’s go for it and shake up the idea of what a wraparound could be.” I appreciated how in the first two, the wraparound is to be a breather between the segments, but I wondered, “What if we did the opposite, and it was a jolt of energy each time.”
What do you think makes the best horror?
I try to look for what’s not inherently horrific and latch onto that. I’m more interested in the horrific circumstances that drive people to do evil, how far they’ll go. I like films without clear monsters or villains because nobody or nothing is totally evil. What’s more interesting is what evil we’re capable of if we’re pushed certain ways.
I was thinking today about the little kid playing the banjo in Deliverance. I don’t think there’s ever been a more effective bad- omen moment in a movie. It’s not a horror moment but it’s fantastically executed. That to me is truly scary.
Where do you think the genre is going?
The genre world is so cyclical. When something is working, they beat it to death until it stops working. I’m guilty of it too being part of V/H/S, but this cheaper-looking, dirtier, found-footage thing, I think it’s really getting tired. People want something much more sophisticated and elevated, which is what I tried to do with Dogfight. I probably wouldn’t do another purposefully found-footage thing. I think it’s getting old.
I wish everything was available immediately as well as in theaters. I can’t tell you how many movies I would pay for if I could just stream them to my TV. It’s not that I don’t like going to the theater, it’s just that there’s so much content out there.
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What’s your advice to independent filmmakers?
People who are younger and hungry should just do it. If I was young today, I would teach myself [graphics software] After Effects and then go make a movie.
Even in 2008, when I did Deadgirl, there was a moment when there was a glitch in the frame, some time like two days before the premiere in front of a thousand people. So I just took the frame out, put it into Photoshop and painted over the glitch, and put it back in and it looked great. It wasn’t even noticeable. I realized you didn’t really need to go to a lab anymore. You can do it all. And now, with new distribution models, you can make a small movie and put it online. You can get away with a lot more on that small screen.
Email: Austin.Siegemund-Broka@THR.comTwitter: @Asiegemundbroka

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Daniel Radcliffe Defends Emma Watson, Talks Sex Symbol Status

Daniel Radcliffe Defends Emma Watson, Talks Sex Symbol Status

Daniel Radcliffe got defensive in a recent interview when he was called an “unconventional” romantic lead — see how he defended Harry Potter costar Emma Watson in his responseThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Daniel Radcliffe Defends Emma Watson, Talks Sex Symbol Status

Actress Marcia Strassman, Who Co-Starred on ‘Welcome Back Kotter,’ Dies at 66

Actress Marcia Strassman, Who Co-Starred on ‘Welcome Back Kotter,’ Dies at 66

Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett CollectionMarcia Strassman in 1982’s ‘Soup for One”Welcome Back Kotter’s’ Epstein, Actor Robert Hegyes, Dies at 60 »Actress Marcia Strassman, known for Welcome Back, Kotter and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, has died. She was 66.Strassman’s death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her sister Julie Strassman and her friend, director Bob Weide. Strassman, who had been battling breast cancer, died Friday at her home in Los Angeles.See more Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014Weide and Cher both posted online about her death. “So sad that a sweet friend, kind person and wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today,” Weide tweeted Oct. 25. Cher tweeted that Strassman was a “funny, talented friend.”Her sister, Julie Strassman, told THR: “She was my idol. She was the funniest, smartest person I knew, and she always made me laugh. She was incredibly talented in everything — not just acting and dancing and singing, but she could also sew and knit — and she was gorgeous. She was an amazing woman and loved by her family and loyal friends of 40 and 50 years.”Strassman’s first major acting gig was playing nurse Margie Cutler on six episodes of M*A*S*H. This led to her landing the co-starring role of Julie Kotter on ABC’s Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975, playing the title character’s wife. The series lasted four seasons.She later appeared on numerous other series, including The Love Boat, The Rockford Files, Tremors, Third Watch and Magnum, P.I. She was a series lead on 21 Jump Street spinoff Booker, which lasted a season.Strassman co-starred in several films, most notably as Rick Moranis’ wife in the 1989 hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and its sequel.The actress also had been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for decades and more recently served on its board.Read more ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ Star Ron Palillo Dies at 63Julie also told THR that her sister also volunteered for a charity called Duets for Cancer for years, long before her own diagnosis.”People sang and raised money and awareness for breast cancer research,” she said. “She was a fighter for the cause for a long time.”Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization, the American Cancer Society or another charitable organization working to fight cancer.In addition to sister Julie, survivors include Marcia’s brother, Steven Strassman, and her daughter, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Collector. “Her daughter was her life,” Julie said. “She also was a great aunt to my daughter, Halley Cohn, and Steven’s son, Jesse.”Weide’s post can be seen below.Oct. 26 at 6:13 p.m. Updated with confirmation from Weide.Oct. 26 at 8:23 p.m. Updated with information and quotes from Julie Strassman.

Rome Film Fest: Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Wins Big

Rome Film Fest: Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Wins Big

Rio de Janiero Film Festival’Trash’Director Stephen Daldry’s Trash took home the BNL People’s Choice Gala Award on Saturday night at the Rome Film Festival. The film was competing against 14 other films, including Mike Binder’s Black and White, Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Steven Soderbergh’s TV series The Knick and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice.Daldry’s first three feature films all earned him best director Academy Award nominations. His latest, Trash, explores the corruption in Brazil’s political and police forces as seen through the eyes of three teenage boys who stumble upon a wallet in a landfill that holds the secret to one politician’s downfall. The film was shot in Portuguese, with English-speaking cameos from Rooney Mara who plays an aid worker, and Martin Sheen who plays a missionary priest.The festival scrapped the standard jury system this year in favor of audience awards modeled after the Toronto Film Festival. The idea was to prove that the Roman public could serve as a testing ground for the larger European audience, particularly for films still seeking distribution. Voting was conducted via tablets outside of the screening halls or on the festival’s website or mobile app.Read more Rooney Mara on Language Challenges in Portuguese Film ‘Trash’Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider took home the People’s Choice Award in Mondo Genere, competing against six other films, including Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum and Kevin Smith’s Tusk.And Zu Ang’s 12 Citizens took home the People’s Choice Award in Cinema Today, competing against 15 other films.Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson took home the People’s Choice Award for Italian narrative cinema, as well as several collateral awards.The only jury prize in the lineup was the debut film prize, awarding director Andrea Di Stefano for Escobar: Paradise Lost and producer Laura Hastings Smith of X+Y.The complete list of awards is as follows:The BNL People’s Choice Award | Gala: Trash by Stephen DaldryThe People’s Choice Award | Cinema d’Oggi: 12 Citizens by Zu AngThe People’s Choice Award | Mondo Genere: Haider by Vishal BhardwajThe BNL People’s Choice Award | Cinema Italia (Fiction): Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan JohnsonThe People’s Choice Award | Cinema Italia (Documentary): Looking for Kadija by Francesco G. RaganatoRead more Neil Patrick Harris Wasn’t Academy’s First Choice to Host the OscarsTaodue Camera D’Oro Prize for Best Debut Film: Andrea Di Stefano for Escobar: Paradise Lost; Laura Hastings Smith producer of X+Y by Morgan Matthews; Special Mention: Last Summer by Lorenzo Guerra SeragnoliDOC/IT Award to the Best Italian Documentary: Largo Baracche by Gaetano Di Vaio; Special Mention: Roma Termini by Bartolomeo PampaloniMarc’Aurelio Lifetime Achievement Award: Walter SallesMaverick Director Award: Takashi MiikeMarc’Aurelio Acting Award: Tomas MilianFarfalla d’Oro Prize – Agiscuola: Gone Girl by David FincherThe SIGNIS Award – Ente dello Spettacolo: Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnsond and Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark by Burhan Qurbani; Special mention: Biagio by Pasquale ScimecaL.A.R.A. (Libera Associazione Rappresentanza di Artisti) for the Best Italian Actor: Marco Marzocca for Buoni a nulla by Gianni Di Gregorio; Special mention: Silvia D’Amico for Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan JohnsonAIC 2014 Award for Best Cinematography: Luis David Sansans for Escobar: Paradise Lost di Andrea Di StefanoAMC Best Editing: Julia Karg for Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark by Burhan QurbaniBest Sound Award – A.I.T.S.: Last Summer by Leonardo Guerra SeragnoliLa Chioma di Berenice Award for Best Hairstyling: Simona Castaldi for Soap Opera by Alessandro GenovesiLa Chioma di Berenice Award for Best Make Up Artist: Fabio Lucchetti for Soap Opera by Alessandro GenovesiAkai Award International Film Fest: Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan JohnsonGreen Movie Award: Biagio by Pasquale Scimeca“Sorriso diverso Roma 2014” Award: Italian film: Biagio by Pasquale ScimecaForeign film: Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark by Burhan QurbaniTwitter: @Aristonla

Rumer Willis: Photoshopping Me to Appear Thinner in Lookbook Was "F—ed Up," "Unacceptable"

Rumer Willis: Photoshopping Me to Appear Thinner in Lookbook Was "F—ed Up," "Unacceptable"

Rumer Willis explained to Us Weekly why she was so upset after being Photoshopped to appear thinner in a lookbook, saying it was “f—ed up” and “unacceptable”This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Rumer Willis: Photoshopping Me to Appear Thinner in Lookbook Was “F—ed Up,” “Unacceptable”

Molly Sims Says She Would ‘Love’ to Have a Daughter

Molly Sims Says She Would ‘Love’ to Have a Daughter

It isn’t always easy finding the perfect fit when dressing for two.

Although Molly Sims announced her second pregnancy in September, the reality of her growing belly only recently set in.

“This week was the week that you know you’re pregnant because you can hardly fit into regular clothes — the belly busters are just not quite working,” Sims joked with reporters at the 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills Monday night.

“It’s a little nerve-wracking. Every time you think, ‘Oh God,’ ” says Sims about dressing her burgeoning bump. “I tried on this skirt this afternoon [and] I couldn’t get it on. I’m like, there’s no way I just had a fitting again.”

Luckily for Sims, it was a quick fashion fix. “For some reason, I had it on wrong … Thank God,” she says of her black Lela Rose skirt.

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But the biggest pregnancy surprise for Sims — who is already mom to 2-year-old son Brooks Alan — is how sick she’s been.

“Morning sickness is an all-day sickness — from morning until night,” explains Sims, who adds this is a very different experience from her first pregnancy. “Normally it was around 4 o’clock in the afternoon ’til like 7.”

One thing that has stayed consistent throughout both pregnancies: her craving for a specific healthy snack.

“I’ve started the apple craze again,” says Sims. “I ate six apples at the end of my [son's] pregnancy every day and I had two yesterday. It’s coming back.”

She adds, “Now [that] the food aversion is slowly going away … Mama wants sugar. I had a double hot chocolate last night [and] marshmallows, and I reheated it two times.”

But, to balance out her sweet tooth, Sims credits her amazing body to Pilates and pre-natal yoga. Plus, the 41-year-old — who opened up to PEOPLE earlier this year about her thyroid condition — says her medication “has really helped” as well.

Although, Sims and her husband, producer Scott Stuber, have yet to find out the sex of their baby, she can’t wait for the big reveal. “I feel like I bond. I can be like, ‘Oh, baby boy’ or ‘Oh, baby girl,’ ” she explains.

As for whether this mommy-to-be is hoping for a boy or girl?

“I’m a boy mama, so I don’t know,” says Sims. “I’d love to have girls. I dream of pigtails and tank tops, but we’ll see.”

– Mariah Haas

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Throwback Thursday: In 1998, John Cleese Offended Stutterers With ‘A Fish Called Wanda’

Throwback Thursday: In 1998, John Cleese Offended Stutterers With ‘A Fish Called Wanda’

Courtesy of Everett CollectionJamie Lee Curtis and John Cleese on the set of ‘A Fish Called Wanda’This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Making the rounds recently to promote his memoir, So Anyway …, John Cleese has attracted attention for his denials of retirement, enthusiasm for death (“Most of the best people are dead”) and ad felinem attacks on Taylor Swift’s lop-eared cat (“Is that a proper cat?” he asked Swift on a BBC talk show. “Or is it damaged irreparably?”). But the pop star is only the latest person to be offended by Cleese, 74, during his nearly five-decade career.Read more John Cleese Quits Movies, Says He’s “Looking Forward” to DeathIn 1979, he and his Monty Python crew were accused of blasphemy (the crucifixion scene in Life of Brian didn’t go over well with Christian groups). And in 1988, Cleese caught flak from the National Stuttering Project, whose members were upset with Michael Palin’s stuttering character in MGM’s A Fish Called Wanda.The Charles Crichton-directed comedy about a band of jewel thieves, which Cleese co-wrote and starred in, grossed $62.5 million domestically ($125 million today) and garnered two Oscar nominations and a win for supporting actor Kevin Kline. Nonetheless, the NSP asked that a scene where Palin is mocked while speaking be cut. (Some scenes were edited when the film aired on ABC.) “We also had a lot of complaints about the Kevin Kline character from the American Association of Stupid People,” says Cleese. “We don’t laugh at perfection.”

Zelda Williams Honors Late "Poppa" Robin Williams With Hummingbird, Birthdate Tattoos

Zelda Williams Honors Late "Poppa" Robin Williams With Hummingbird, Birthdate Tattoos

Zelda Williams got two beautiful tattoos to honor her late father, Robin Williams, who died this past August — see them here and read her sweet messageThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Zelda Williams Honors Late “Poppa” Robin Williams With Hummingbird, Birthdate Tattoos

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