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Rated PG movie podcast

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Back on track with a Rated PG movie podcast. I talk about "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," not as good as the original but bolstered by the veterans Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, and "Unfinished Business," an R-rated comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco.

 

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Let It Snow movie has new name

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Same snow, new title.

“Let it Snow” has a new name. The dramedy, filming in Pittsburgh, is now called “Love the Coopers." 

The movie follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

“Love the Coopers” has a large, star-studded ensemble that includes (in alphabetical order) Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde. It is being described as a drama with some comedic elements.

20150128dsLetItSnowMillvaleLocal01In late January, actor John Goodman arrives for filming at the Lincoln Pharmacy in Millvale. Photo by Darrell Sapp / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

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Redmayne's next transformation

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eddie-redmayne-2-800Here are details on one of Eddie Redmayne’s next projects. Redmayne, of course, won the Oscar for best actor for “The Theory of Everything” but his next role will involve a transformation of another kind. 
 
Working Title Films’ “The Danish Girl,” directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Miserables”) and starring Academy Award winner Redmayne and Alicia Vikander will be released domestically by Focus Features in exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles beginning Friday, Nov.  27, 2015, and by Universal Pictures International overseas. 
 
Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement.
 
“The Danish Girl”  is a love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (being portrayed, respectively, by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe. 
 
“The Danish Girl” has been adapted into a screenplay by BAFTA Award nominee Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The film’s cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard. 
 
When Redmayne talked, briefly, about this at the Toronto International Film Festival, he said he had spoken with Lana Wachowski, previously Larry, about the role and the artist. Redmayne worked with Lana and Andy Wachowski on “Jupiter Ascending.” 
 
Photo of Redmayne with Oscar, backstage, by Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S.

 

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Plummer to leave hand- and footprints at Hollywood landmark

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Some news from TCM about Christopher Plummer
 
somusic1083 028241-pTurner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor actor Christopher Plummer during a handprint-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Friday, March 27, as part of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. 
 
Plummer has starred in more than 100 films and is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA award winner.
 
“Without question, Christopher Plummer is one of the greatest actors of his generation,” said TCM host Robert Osborne, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. 
 
“From Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music to his iconic stage and screen performance as Barrymore and his recent Academy Award-winning contribution to ‘Beginners,’ Mr. Plummer has given some of the most memorable performances of the last half-century, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his illustrious career than with this honor.”
 
This marks the fifth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the Hollywood landmark. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013 and Jerry Lewis in 2014.
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Photo, by Darren Decker/A.M.P.A.S., of Plummer with his Oscar at the Governors Ball after the ceremony in which he was honored for "Beginners." Vintage photo of the theater, a tourist favorite, from TCL Chinese Theatre website.
 

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Charitable donation could win you an invite to Marvel movie premiere

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Wish you could attend a movie premiere? Here's how you could try to WIN a chance to fly to LA and go to "Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron." Here is the press release:

 
Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all to support a great cause.  
 
In this video, Robert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark.
 
By going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA.
 
You’ll kick things off with breakfast at the iconic Randy’s Donuts before launching into an action-packed day including a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, indoor skydiving, and a custom gown or tux fitting before meeting Robert Downey Jr. himself for an epic motorcade arrival at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yes…there will be caviar.
 
And did we mention you’ll be one of the first people on this planet to see the newest release from Marvel’s hit franchise? Yeah, that’s happening. But the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t last forever. 
 
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
 
You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the best day of your lives at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/gown fitting, a pit stop at Randy’s Donuts and caviar tasting with RDJ before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included. Best of all, every entry benefits Julia’s House. 
 
ABOUT JULIA’S HOUSE
 
Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.
 
ABOUT OMAZE
 
Omaze is an online charity platform that raises money and awareness for nonprofits by offering everyone the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite performers, athletes and influencers. Founded by two best friends, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze connects its community of donors to transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit www.omaze.com.
 

VIDEO LINKhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D86GOaIVIIY

 

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