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Roger Ebert Documentary ‘Life Itself’ to Premiere at Sundance

Life Itself,” the documentary based on renowned film critic Roger Ebert’s rollicking memoir of the same name, is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19 in Park City, Utah. In a first, the film will be live streamed simultaneously to Ebert’s fans and supporters who sign up at filmmaker Kartemquin’s Indiegogo campaign. The campaign runs through midnight January 13 at Indiegogo.com.

“Roger was always at the leading edge of technology,” said Chaz Ebert, Roger’s wife and the publisher of RogerEbert.com, the movie review site the Eberts redesigned and re-launched last spring. “Kartemquin’s decision to use crowd funding for the project, and to stream the film to fans, fits nicely with Roger’s affinity for technology and his special gift of connecting to his readers across the globe. He would have wanted as many people as possible to join in this historic event.”

In another first, the Sundance Institute and IndieWire.com in conjunction with the Ebert Foundation will host the first six Roger Ebert Film Critic Scholars at the festival. Chaz adds: “The internship program that Eric Kohn at IndieWire.com started a few years ago is brilliant, and I am pleased that Robert Redford saw how to integrate it into the Sundance programs. I look forward to working with Eric and the aspiring critics. Roger loved mentoring emerging journalists and so this is particularly close to my heart.”

The Sundance Institute is the first to establish a film critic’s scholarship in Ebert’s name. Chaz is in talks to establish additional scholarships tied to other film festivals and universities. In addition, Film Independent will acknowledge Ebert at the Independent Spirit Awards March 1 with a grant to an emerging filmmaker.

Steve James, who previously won acclaim for “Hoop Dreams,” is directing “Life Itself” and will be conducting a Q&A afterwards. Says James: “Roger allowed us full access so the film provides an unvarnished glimpse of his ascent as a cultural arbiter, from college newspaper editor and serial dating bachelor to television icon and devoted family man, to his decade-long cancer battle. You couldn’t ask for a better subject.”

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “Money Ball”), “Life Itself” was one of three films selected for special screening before members of the Sundance Institute at the festival, which runs January16-26.

Having the film premiere at Sundance is a fitting venue, Chaz Ebert said, because Roger was an early supporter of Redford’s efforts to establish a presence to showcase independent American cinema. The film is to be theatrically released in 2014. CNN Films has picked up the television rights.

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Robert Redford In Negotiations For Captain America Sequel

Acting legend Robert Redford is in talks to join the cast of the Captain America sequel.

The movie veteran is slated to make his debut in the comic book movie genre as a high-powered government agent, opposite Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Joe & Anthony Russo will start shooting the sequel in May, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sir Paul McCartney Set For French Honour

Sir Paul Mccartney is set to become the latest recipient of France’s top cultural honour.
French President Francois Hollande will pin a Legion of Honour medal on the former Beatle at a special ceremony later this month (08Sep12).
Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, and Lenny Kravitz, who was handed the medal in November (11).
This year’s (12) honourees have included movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Salma Hayek.

Can Demi Moore Rescue Her Career In 2012?

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At her peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Demi Moore‘s career seemed to be unstoppable. After appearing in a string of globally successful blockbuster movies from 1990’s Ghost to 1994’s Disclosure, Moore was one of Hollywood’s most respected and highly-paid actresses. However, after the much-derided Striptease, released in 1996, her star began to wane somewhat. Marred by problems in her personal life, Moore recently announced that she intended to divorce Ashton Kutcher, her husband of six years. However, with a part in the all-star cast of Margin Call, Moore could well be on the right path to getting her career back to its former glory.

She first came to the attention of the movie-going public in 1985, with the release of Joel Schumacher’s coming-of-age drama St. Elmo’s Fire. Now a cult classic, the film featured a cast of Brat Pack stars, including Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Judd Nelson, as well as Moore herself. In her early twenties at the time, the actress played the role of Jules Van Patte, a party girl with a coke habit and an addiction to flashing her cash, a reflection of the burgeoning ‘yuppy’ culture of the day.

St. Elmo’s Fire focuses on a group of friends leaving university and facing the trials of growing up – something that Demi certainly did with the release of Ghost – her next major Hollywood venture. Ghost was a phenomenal success across the globe, grossing over $517,000,000 in box office sales. Aside from the film’s commercial success, it was notable for the steamy scenes between Moore and her co-star Patrick Swayze, which have gone down in cinematic history as iconic love scenes. Moore’s solid performance propelled her into the Hollywood A-list and she began to be cast in serious high profile lead roles, such as the naval investigator and lawyer Lieutenant Commander Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men.

The naval drama became another iconic film of its time, though perhaps its most memorable scene was between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Their court-room scene with Cruise’s lines “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth” has become a notorious movie moment. A Few Good Men was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and, like Ghost, has grossed over $15 million in box office receipts. The credibility of Moore’s career continued to grow and she was soon cast in Indecent Proposal, which raised eyebrows at the time, due to its controversial plotlines.


The film focuses on a newly-wed couple who go to Las Vegas to try and win enough money to finance the building of their dream home. Demi Moore plays the role of the wife who, with the consent of her husband (Woody Harrelson) has sex with a wealthy businessman (Robert Redford). The film caused a stir at the time of its release for its raunchy scenes but only cemented Moore’s status as hot property in Hollywood. Media attention surrounding the actress was also at a peak around this time, not least in part due to her notorious appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. She was photographed for the cover of the popular lifestyle magazine, completely naked bar for a pair of earrings and heavily pregnant at the time. The shot, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz sparked huge debate, mostly centering on whether or not the image was an artistic portrayal of a pregnant sex symbol or whether it was an exploitative example of sexual objectification. Whatever the outcome, the debate ensured that Demi Moore remained a household name whilst she took a brief break from acting to have a child, with her now ex-husband Bruce Willis.

Continuing her trend of appearing in films which sparked debate, the actress starred in the 1994 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel Disclosure, opposite Michael Douglas. The film combines mystery with sexual politics in the workplace, and its star cast ensured its financial success, despite mixed reviews from film critics.

Just a couple of years later, though, the trajectory of Demi’s acting career hit a stumbling block. In Hollywood, it can only take one poorly-received film to turn a career on its head and it seems that could be what happened when Moore decided to take the lead role in Striptease. The ‘sex-comedy’ was largely panned by film critics, despite its respectable cast list, which included Ving Rhames and Burt Reynolds. With the benefit of hindsight and 15 years after its release, Striptease is widely believed as the film that ruined Demi Moore’s career.

Casting a glance over the actress’ CV from 1996 onwards, it looks bleak. It was hoped that G.I. Jane would rejuvenate her credibility and although the film was a financial success at the time of its release, its reputation has not fared well over time and certainly hasn’t retained the popularity of her earlier work, such as Ghost.

Moore may not have slipped from view to such a dramatic extent as some of her fellow Brat Pack actors – her marriage to Ashton Kutcher ensured that she retained a place in the tabloid headlines, if nothing else – but she has struggled to claw back even a fraction of the credibility and Hollywood pulling power that she once had. In recent years, her personal life has overshadowed her professional one. Her directorial debut, Streak, came and went in 2008 without the merest flutter of mainstream interest, whilst her young husband maintained a life in the public eye both behind and in front of the camera.

With the recent news, however, that she intends to divorce Kutcher after his widely-reported infidelity, it seems possible that Moore may be turning her career around whilst she takes control of her personal life. The sympathy that the public will undoubtedly extend her will, no doubt, help revitalise her popularity. Equally, though she can’t possibly have planned it, the release of Margin Call is a timely one. Joining an ensemble cast, including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Paul Bettany, the financial drama was premiered at the respected Sundance Festival and, with a wider release in October 2011, the film already has a handful of award nominations under its belt. The New Yorker went so far as to say that it is “the best Wall Street movie ever made”, which would place it on a pedestal overlooking Oliver Stone’s Wall Street from 1987 and 2010’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Demi’s former co-star Michael Douglas.

Margin Call marks the first time since 2006’s Bobby that Demi Moore has been involved in a film that has attracted serious critical praise. She may have the trouble of divorce proceedings to contend with but Moore is in a prime position now, with her children reaching maturity, to focus on her career choices and rebuilding a reputation that was all but shattered with a few ill-considered decisions in the mid to late 1990s. Margin Call could well turn out to be a very good call, indeed.

And so to the latest news – that Moore has reportedly taken a major role in the forthcoming biopic of adult movie star Linda Lovelace, who will be played by Amanda Seyfried. The actress is set to play the feminist trailblazer Gloria Steinem in a movie that is already being tipped for great things before a single scene has been committed to celluloid. 2012 could prove to be the year that Demi Moore once again became a serious player in Hollywood.

Mary Tyler Moore Honored With 2011 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade – the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.
Moore will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.
In making today’s announcement, Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard said, “Mary Tyler Moore won our hearts as Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, our respect as her production company became synonymous with quality television, our awe as she tackled difficult subject matter in film and on Broadway, and our admiration she turned her public recognition into a catalyst to draw attention to critical and deeply personal health and social issues.  She truly embodies the spirit behind SAG’s Life Achievement Award, and we are honored to proclaim her as its 48th recipient.”
Holder of seven Emmys®, a Tony® and an Academy Award® nomination, among numerous industry and philanthropic accolades, Mary Tyler Moore first rose to prominence when she was cast at 23 as Dick Van Dyke’s wife in his eponymous sitcom, based loosely on the experiences of comedy writer Carl Reiner. Smart, feisty and down-to-earth in capri pants and fashionable tops, Moore’s Laura Petrie was new kind of television wife and mother. The audiences loved her and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded her two Emmys and a nomination during the show’s five-year run.
Following “The Dick Van Dyke Show’s” successful run, Moore combined her acting, singing and dancing talents in 1967 as Julie Andrew’s co-star in the 1920’s film musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” She was Elvis Presley’s final leading lady in 1969’s “Change of Habit” and the same year made her television movie debut in the drama “Run A Crooked Mile.”
When CBS beckoned with the offer to develop her own television series, Moore formed a production company, MTM, with her then husband Grant Tinker. Their groundbreaking comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premiered on September 19, 1970. While other comedies had been set in the workplace, Moore’s chronicled the career, friendships and dating life of a single, thirtyish, spunky, independent, career woman, in the unseen world of local TV news. With a brilliant cast, the character-driven series redefined the meaning of ensemble comedy and of family. In its seven-year run garnered 29 Emmys, including four for its star. Nearly 25 years later Moore was present as TV Land dedicated a statue in downtown Minneapolis depicting the iconic moment in the show’s opening credit’s when a hopeful Mary Richards tosses her hat in the air.
Moore and Tinker’s MTM Enterprises continued to produce an impressive list of landmark comedies and dramas including “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Newhart, “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Hill Street Blues” “The White Shadow” (starring current SAG president Ken Howard) and “St. Elsewhere,” Characters from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” became the focus for several successful spin-offs in the 1970s: “Rhoda,” starring Valerie Harper; “Phyllis,” starring Cloris Leachman; and  “Lou Grant,” starring Ed Asner (SAG’s 38th Life Achievement recipient), which significantly took Asner’s gruff but soft-hearted journalist from TV newsroom comedy into a hard-hitting newspaper-set drama.
Moore showcased her dramatic talent in her Emmy-nominated depiction of TV correspondent Betty Rollin’s battle with breast cancer in the 1978 CBS telefilm “First You Cry.”  In 1980 Moore was nominated for an Oscar® for her riveting portrayal of Beth Jarrett, a bitter mother coping with the death of one son and the attempted suicide of another in the Robert Redford-directed drama “Ordinary People.” The same year she continued to explore painful subject matter onstage in the hit Broadway play “Whose Life Is It, Anyway?” which earned her a Tony for playing a quadriplegic sculptor fighting to determine her own destiny, a role originated by Tom Conti and rewritten for its female star in her Broadway debut.
Other feature films include: “Six Weeks,” opposite Dudley Moore; David O, Russell’s “Flirting with Disaster”; and Peter Calahan’s dark comedy Against The Current, opposite Joseph Fiennes and Justin Kirk, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Moore’s success in telefilms has continued across decades: In 1984, she delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in the ABC television movie “Heartsounds” opposite James Garner (SAG’s 41st Life Achievement recipient),; received a Cable Ace nomination for HBO’s “Finnegan Begin Again” opposite Robert Preston and Sam Waterson; delivered a stunning portrayal of disturbed first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in the 1988 NBC miniseries “Gore Vidal’s Lincoln;” and won her seventh Emmy in 1993 for her performance as a spinster trafficking in illegal adoption in Lifetime’s “Stolen Babies.”
Other telefilm credits include TNT’s “Miss Lettie and Me” and the CBS television films “Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes”; “Snow Wonder”; and “Blessings” based on the Anna Quindlan novel. She and Dick Van Dyke showcased their old spark in a PBS version of D. L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning nursing home-set stage play “The Gin Game,” then reunited with a large number of their former cast mates in TV Land’s nostalgic “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.”
Moore’s television guest roles include: a recurring run as Tea Leoni’s mother “The Naked Truth,” an appearance as Ellen DeGeneres’s Aunt Mary in a Christmas episode of “Ellen,” a recurring stint as a high-strung TV host on “That 70’s Show” and a multi-episode arc in NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle.” This year, on the season premiere of “Hot in Cleveland,” Moore reunited onscreen with Betty White for the first time since “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” sharing a jail cell with White’s character, Elka, who was arrested in the season one cliffhanger.
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Moore returned to the stage in 1987 to star opposite Lynn Redgrave in A. R. Gurney Jr.’s “Sweet Sue” and has performed numerous benefit readings of Gurney’s two-person  “Love Letters,” starring opposite James Earl Jones to benefit, the Poughkeepsie Day School, Patrick Stewart to benefit the Ethical Culture School and Gene Wilder for the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center Association, as well as opposite Gurney himself.
Moore’s first autobiography, “After All,” published in 1995, was a frank exploration of her childhood, personal challenges and career. Her second book, “Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes” is a candid, humorous and illuminating detailing of her battles with the disease since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (then called “juvenile diabetes” for its prevalence among children) in 1970 at age 33. The book includes conversations with remarkable people who live with the disease and those who work on the frontiers of medical research. Moore donated all her profits from “Growing Up Again” to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the world’s leading funder and advocate for Type 1 diabetes science.
Moore has been JDRF’s International Chairman since 1984. She has also chaired JDRF’s biennial Children’s Congress since its inception in 1999, leading up to 200 children with Type 1 diabetes to Washington, D.C. to meet face-to-face with congressional representatives. Moore has been at the vanguard of JDRF’s visit on Capitol Hill, testifying before the House and Senate on behalf of increased National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for Type 1 diabetes, which affects as many as 3 million children and adults. Moore and her husband, Dr. S Robert Levine, have been generous supporters of JDRF’s research programs and in 2003 established JDRF’s “Excellence in Clinical Research Award” in recognition of outstanding diabetes researchers. She herself was honored by JDRF in 2007 with its Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Among many other accolades, Moore received the 1984 Women in Film Crystal Award, was immortalized in 1992 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was presented with the American Screenwriters Association first David Angell Humanitarian Award in 2002 and in 2009 was honored with the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award.