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Indie Sales to Show New Film with Catherine Deneuve, Four More Movies at UniFrance Rdv (Exclusive)

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Indie Sales to Show New Film with Catherine Deneuve, Four More Movies at UniFrance Rdv (Exclusive)
Paris-based company Indie Sales will head to the Paris-set industry showcase UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema with five anticipated French movies, including “Welcome to the Jungle” with Catherine Deneuve.

The other titles are the comedies “Enormous” and “Man Up!,” as well as the ecological tale “Fishlove” and the drama “Under the Concrete.” All five films will be having their market premieres at the Rendez-Vous which kicks off Jan. 16.

Co-directed by Hugo Benamozig and David Caiglioli, “Welcome to the Jungle” stars Deneuve as possessive mother and renown ethnologist who sets off to rescue her beloved son, a young and naive anthropology researcher, in the Amazonian jungle. The adventure comedy also stars Vincent Dedienne (“The Rose Maker”), Jonathan Cohen (“Budapest”) and Alice Belaïdi (“Odd Job”).

“Enormous” is wacky romantic comedy directed by Sophie Letourneur and starring Marina Foïs (“Polisse”) as a world-renowned pianist whose pregnancy turns into a nightmare. Foïs stars opposite
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Briga Heelan on the Close-Knit Relationship Between the Women of “Great News”

Heelan in “Great News

Actress Briga Heelan has appeared in the likes of “Love,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Ground Floor,” “Happy Endings,” and “Cougar Town.” But it’s her latest project, the Tracey Wigfield-created, Tina Fey-executive produced NBC comedy series “Great News,” that she describes as truly life-changing. Heelan stars as Katie, a hardworking producer at a small cable news station whose job becomes even more hectic when her mother comes on board as an intern.

During a break from shooting, Heelan spoke to Women and Hollywood about working with the women of “Great News,” motherhood, and the state of show business in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

The second season of “Great News” aired its fall finale last week. It will return in early 2018.

W&H: First of all, congrats on the success of “Great News.” It’s great to see a show (mostly) produced by and about women. But I do have to start with this question: What’s it like to be a woman in Hollywood these days?

Bh: It’s a time where a feeling of unity is starting to emerge in a new way that hasn’t before, making me feel very empowered. We’re in an offensive position in a really exciting way, as opposed to being in a defensive one like before. Now I feel as though as I’m one among many, and the many are very, very strong.

W&H: What kinds of conversations are you having with your peers about what’s going on in Hollywood?

Bh: There is just so much disbelief. We come in every day and something else big and upsetting happens.

But I feel so uplifted and supported by this particular group of women. Andrea Martin and Nicole Richie are the two other women in the show’s ensemble cast. And there’s also Tracey Wigfield — she’s the creator, writer, and [recurs] on the show. I have definitely learned a lot from them as well as my other female colleagues.

Nicole and Andrea have really taught me to own myself in a new way at the age I’m at. I know that I do not have to apologize for things. I’ve also learned to find the joy in both what I’m good and bad at. I’ve also learned to show up. I feel like I show up truly as myself every day because those women let me and support me. They make it such a comfortable environment. I honestly feel like I have women I can tell almost anything to at any given time.

It’s also a great time to be doing comedy. I feel like I have a feeling of safety with those three ladies, and because of that, we can take stabs at insanely funny jokes. We also support one another in the different choices we’re making. There is really a feeling of unity amongst the four of us.

W&H: “Great News” had an episode about sexual harassment in the workplace a few weeks ago. How important is it to you that your show touches on current and relevant issues?

Bh: We went into it not purposefully making anything super specifically topical. But the fact of the matter is that we’re doing a workplace show, and sexual harassment is an element of the workplace.

I really liked how the writers flipped the two roles and Katie was the one asking the pointed questions to the men like, “What were you wearing?” and “What time was it?” These all are questions that when a woman’s asking them, it’s often a joke because of how completely insane we realize it is that these are the questions women are being asked. I loved being the character who got to highlight how absurd it is that we speak that way about sexual harassment.

W&H: You have a long list of TV credits, including roles on Netflix’s “Love,” TBS’ “Ground Floor,” and ABC Family’s “Jane by Design,” as well as “Man Up,” “Happy Endings,” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” How does your experience at “Great News” compare to other shows you’ve worked on?

Bh: I think Katie is a really different character for me. We were finding her throughout Season 1 and I think that coming back to Season 2, there’s a much clearer idea of who she is. I love playing a woman who’s currently finding her voice. I’ve played more confident characters until now, so it’s nice to play someone who’s fumbling a little bit. She is overly confident about some things and viciously insecure about other things. She’s horrible at covering up anything so both of those extremes are at play in her character all the time.

Andrea Martin and Heelan in “Great News”: Tyler Golden/NBC

W&H: Let’s talk about your relationship with Andrea Martin, who plays your mom, Carol. What in particular are you learning from her?

Bh: Andrea has become a very close personal friend. We didn’t meet one another before we were cast. It really was instant chemistry by the end of the pilot episode. We just clicked on a very personal level. She’s somebody I can really be onscreen with, doing our thing, playing mother-daughter. Then offscreen, I can really talk to her. I use her as a mom, friend, and coworker. She and I really delve into all those aspects of our relationship.

There’s also truly never a moment where something amusing isn’t happening. We strike a nice balance with one another. We’re over-sharers, so we’re really chipping away at the boundaries in that way.

W&H: As someone with a young child, how do you balance being a mom and shooting a TV show?

Bh: The most honest answer is that I still don’t know. It’s truly a one-day-at-a-time thing and I think for me, I’m still really learning. It’s kind of backward because I know that keeping this little, beautiful person safe is my №1 priority. It absolutely is. But I was lucky enough to learn before I had her that my own personal foundation had to be strong [so I could] show up for her. Whether it’s stressful at home or at work, I just think about showing up for myself in this moment and that allows me to show up for her.

W&H: How has “Great News” inspired you?

Bh: I truly know I can do a lot now. I have definitely built some confidence in terms of the amount of work that can be on my plate, as well as the amount I can show up for. “Great News” is the most fun I’ve ever had doing anything in my entire life. I realize that life is short and kids grow up quickly, so my goal is to love the company I’m in and respect the company that I’m in.

I would absolutely love to do drama and stage work again, but it boils down to one thing: that I’m excited to work with the company and if there is something to learn there. Comedy, too, is just incredible — to get to show up and just know you’re going to laugh. Each day I know I’m going to work and I’m going to laugh. I’ve never not left this job feeling better than when I showed up. It may all sound fantastical — butterflies and rainbows — but it’s really set the bar for me in terms of how I can feel at work. I want to continue to have that positive feeling and good energy.

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Whatever Happened to Dan Cortese?

Dan Cortese is well known for his role as host of MTV sports and the “mimbo” in the popular television series “Seinfeld.” He played the part of Tony, George’s man’crush. He’s made his mark as an actor with his most recent work as himself as host of “Guinness World Records Gone Wild” television series in 2013. He has a long line of credits in series including “Man Up,” “Castle,” “Surviving Suburbia,” What I Like About You” and many others. Fans are wondering what he’s been up to lately. Here’s an update of where he is now. He’s separated from his

Whatever Happened to Dan Cortese?
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CBS Buys ‘The Out-Law’ Marriage Comedy From Christopher Moynihan

CBS has given a script commitment with penalty to multi-camera comedy The Out-Law from writer Christopher Moynihan and Universal TV, where Moynihan is under an overall deal. CBS Television Studios will co-produce. Written by 100 Questions and Man Up! creator Moynihan, The Out-Law centers on a perpetually positive, Berkeley-born, liberal white-collar doctor and only child, who marries into a loud, cynical, blue-collar Long Island family. Moynihan also exec produces with…
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Ant-Man Hits $400 Million At The Worldwide Box Office

Ant-Man hasn’t been the surprise success that Guardians of the Galaxy was last August when it went on to become 2014’s highest grossing superhero movie, but Marvel’s final Phase 2 release has still had a pretty strong outing at the worldwide box office. After debuting in Japan at #1 with a solid $1.7 million (which is a good start for Western movie), Ant-Man has now sailed past the $400 million mark.

Believe it or not, that $1.7 million opening is bigger than both Captain America: The Winter Solider and Thor: The Dark World, and takes the international box office for Ant-Man up to $223.8 million with $117.6 million from North America for a current total of $401.4 million. The top international markets were the UK ($25.3 million), Korea ($18.9 million), and Mexico ($15.1 million).

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Jolie's 'By the Sea' Gets Hard R, New Scrat Short Film and More in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

We saw the first trailer just last week and today the MPAA delivers the rating for Angelina Jolie's new movie in which she not only directs, but stars in opposite her husband, Brad Pitt, and it seems By the Sea won't only be touting the names of the two high profile celebs, but a strong R-rating along with it for "strong sexuality, nudity, and language." That'll heat up the cinema, though this looks like a bit of a tough drama than some sort of Fifty Shades sex romp. Speaking of... next up is yet another new Nicholas Sparks adaptation, this one is called The Choice starring Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Tom Welling, Benjamin Walker and even Tom Wilkinson. PG-13 rating for this one... naturally. Oh, yeah, and guess where it takes place... If you said a "small coastal town", pat yourself on the back. A couple animated
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Idris Elba Makes History as First Male ‘Maxim’ Cover (Photo)

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Idris Elba Makes History as First Male ‘Maxim’ Cover (Photo)
Actor Idris Elba graces the cover of Maxim’s September issue, the first solo-male cover in the history of the men’s publication. Wearing a dark coat alongside the caption, “Man Up,” Elba’s cover differs significantly from Maxim’s usual covers, which usually features scantily clad women. “We’ve never in U.S. Maxim history had a man on the cover solo,” new editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear told Racked. “This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more badass than Idris.” Also Read: Netflix Sets Date for Idris Elba Film 'Beasts of No Nation
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Idris Elba Is the First Man Ever to Cover Maxim—See the Historic Snapshot!

Idris Elba Is the First Man Ever to Cover Maxim—See the Historic Snapshot!
Maxim, you made a good choice. The mag, which is famous for portraying scantily clad women on the cover, has decided to dip their toes in the male pool and opted to feature a man all by himself for the September issue, marking the first solo-male cover in the brand's history—and they chose Idris Elba. The hunky actor smolders on the cover wearing a dark coat with the words "Man Up" appropriately placed beside him. "We've never in Us Maxim history had a man on the cover solo," new editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear told Racked. "This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more badass than Idris," she said, explaining that actor Idris Elba was...
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Chernin Group, At&T’s Otter Media Venture Invests In Supergravity Pictures

Supergravity Pictures is having a big VidCon weekend. The day before the debut of the feature film studio’s second movie, The Chosen, it has announced a strategic investment from Otter Media, the joint venture launched by The Chernin Group and At&T.

Otter Media, which also owns a controlling stake in top multi-channel YouTube network Fullscreen, will support Supergravity as the studio looks to expand its team and secure additional film deals. The investment will include a co-production partnership, through which we can assume Supergravity will work closely with the Fullscreen Films division, which has produced movies like #O2LForever.

Supergravity’s current lineup includes Man Up, which arrived on Vimeo On Demand in May, and The Chosen, which stars digital media star Kian Lawley. It’s upcoming projects include a documentary produced in partnership with Ray William Johnson.

“This investment gives us the capital to execute our vision
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'Ant-Man' Alternate Ending, Opening and Deleted Scenes Revealed

'Ant-Man' Alternate Ending, Opening and Deleted Scenes Revealed
We get it. Ant-Man changed a lot from it's first draft to its very last, with director Edgar Wright leaving the project after nearly a decade of pre-production work and Peyton Reed coming into replace him. The Marvel adventure was a hit, topping the box office during it's debut last weekend. Though, it is the studio's second lowest opener, earning just slightly more than 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Because it has gone through so many changes leading up to its release, fans have wondered what got tweaked throughout the course of the film's long prep time. Peyton Reed has offered some insight into that, revealing what the alternate opening and ending contained. We also have a strange new TV spot that showcases a deleted scene.

It's hard to imagine the film doing any better or worse at the box office with Edgar Wright attached. While it would have been a decidedly different film,
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Where Are the Women? 79 wide releases in UK in 2015 so far; only 22 have female protagonists

Time for a little mid-year check on the Where Are the Women? project, U.K. edition. (See here for the U.S. version. The numbers are almost identical.)

From January through the end of June, 2015, there have been 79 films that have had wide releases in the United Kingdom. (This list includes a few films that opened at the very end of December 2014 and so had the vast majority of their runs in 2015.) These films are, in rough order of release:

Unbroken

Birdman

The Theory of Everything

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Taken 3

Foxcatcher

Into the Woods

Testament of Youth

American Sniper

Whiplash

Wild

Ex Machina

The Gambler

Mortdecai

A Most Violent Year

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Big Hero 6

Inherent Vice

Son of a Gun

Trash

The Interview

Jupiter Ascending

Selma

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Fifty Shades of Grey

Project Almanac

Blackhat

The Wedding Ringer

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy tops the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 5th June to Sunday 7th June 2015…

Melissa McCarthy’s latest collaboration with director Paul Feig, the action comedy Spy, has topped the UK box office chart in its opening weekend, with the film earning £2,557,824, including £198k in previews. That’s pretty much on par with 2013’s The Heat, which debuted with £2.5 million, but less than the £3.44 million opening for Bridesmaids back in 2001.

Elsewhere in the chart, horror prequel Insidious: Chapter 3 pulled in £1,440,299 to take third place (matching the opening of the first movie but half that of Chapter 2’s £2.88 million debut), while Secret Cinema’s screenings of The Empire Strikes Back earned £304,115 to claim eighth, followed by Bollywood comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do with £212,719 in ninth.

Number one this time last year: 22 Jump Street

1. Spy, £2,557,824 weekend (New)

2. San Andreas, £1,794,747 weekend; £8,334,562 total (2 weeks)

3. Insidious: Chapter 3, £1,440,299 weekend (New)

4. Mad Max: Fury Road,
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Secret Cinema sends Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back into the UK box office top 10

Secret Cinema sends Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back into the UK box office top 10
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back has made a return to the UK box office top 10, thanks to Secret Cinema.

The film, originally released in May 1980, is being shown by the immersive movie theatre company until September 2 after starting screenings last week (June 4).

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Four days of showings took £304,115, enough to see the movie re-enter the chart at number eight.

Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law's action comedy Spy debuted at number one with takings of £2,557,824, knocking San Andreas into second place with £1,794,747.

Horror Insidious: Chapter 3 opened at number three, earning £1,440,299 - half of the opening weekend total taken by Insidious: Chapter 2 in 2013.

The UK box office top 10 in full:

1. (-) Spy - £2,557,824

2. (1) San Andreas - £1,794,747

3. (-) Insidious: Chapter 3
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Melissa McCarthy's Spy topples San Andreas from the top of the UK box office

Melissa McCarthy's Spy topples San Andreas from the top of the UK box office
Spy has topped the UK box office with takings of £2.6m.

Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law's action comedy knocks San Andreas from number one and down to the second spot with £1.8m.

This week's top 5 is completed by Insidious: Chapter 3, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2.

Avengers: Age of Ultron drops to six in its seventh week of release with £341,491.

Elsewhere, Bollywood release Dil Dhadakne Do is a new entry at eight with takings of £310,941.

The UK box office top 10 in full:

1. (-) Spy - £2,557,824

2. (1) San Andreas - £1,794,747

3. (-) Insidious: Chapter 3 - £1,440,299

4. (3) Mad Max: Fury Road - £804,148

5. (2) Pitch Perfect 2 - £743,903

6. (5) Avengers: Age of Ultron - £341,491

7. (4) Tomorrowland: A World Beyond - £310,941

8. (-) Dil Dhadakne Do - £212,719

9. (7) Man Up - £141,170

10. (6) Poltergeist - £132,006

Source: Rentrak
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Henry Simmons Upped to Series Regular for Season 3

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Henry Simmons Upped to Series Regular for Season 3
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to fortify its ranks.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the ABC drama has promoted Henry Simmons to series regular status for Season 3 — on the heels of doing same for series newcomer Luke Mitchell.

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Simmons made his debut as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie in the Season 2 premiere, as part of newly installed Director Coulson’s expanded team. He went on to appear in every episode thereafter, though there was a moment just before the Season 2 finale when it appeared Mack had called it quits,
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Where Are the Women? Man Up

Hooray for a story about a woman, but boo for how retrograde it is. This is a movie about literally nothing except her romantic desperation.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Note: This is not a “review” of Man Up! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Man Up.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

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Henry Simmons Talks S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Captain America 2 Flashbacks, Mack vs. Coulson and Lucy Lawless' Encore

Henry Simmons Talks S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Captain America 2 Flashbacks, Mack vs. Coulson and Lucy Lawless' Encore
This Tuesday on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9/8c), as “the real S.H.I.E.L.D.” makes life difficult for Coulson & Co., flashbacks will reveal to us the experience that first bonded Mack, Bobbi, Isabelle Hartley and Robert Gonzales — circa Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when the organization first was brought to its knees.

Here, Henry Simmons previews for TVLine the illuminating hour, makes a compelling argument to unseat Phil Coulson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director and teases the “return” of Lucy Lawless’ incredibly able agent.

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The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ R Rating Means No Hope of Seeing Jamie Dornan’s Dick

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Am I the only one who’s pissed that Fifty Shades of Grey has officially been rated R? That stuff should be Nc-17 and you know it. If you remember correctly, producers said there would be two versions of the film, one rated R and one rated Nc-17, but now they’re chickening out and bringing my morale way down. You would, Universal.

E.L. James had some freaky action in her books, which is obviously why they are so wildly popular. Shamelessly, we were ready to see it all play out in theaters. In an interview earlier this year, Dornan insinuated that he wouldn’t be shooting full-frontal, and recently compared his junk to “a little bag of grapes” that he tucked away on set. But on some level, I still felt a sliver of hope that we would see something. Anything. Even a millisecond side-peak, Ben Affleck style.

The
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The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ R Rating Means No Hope of Seeing Jamie Dornan’s Dick

Am I the only one who’s pissed that Fifty Shades of Grey has officially been rated R? That stuff should be Nc-17 and you know it. If you remember correctly, producers said there would be two versions of the film, one rated R and one rated Nc-17, but now they’re chickening out and bringing my morale way down. You would, Universal.

E.L. James had some freaky action in her books, which is obviously why they are so wildly popular. Shamelessly, we were ready to see it all play out in theaters. In an interview earlier this year, Dornan insinuated that he wouldn’t be shooting full-frontal, and recently compared his junk to “a little bag of grapes” that he tucked away on set. But on some level, I still felt a sliver of hope that we would see something. Anything. Even a millisecond side-peak, Ben Affleck style.

The
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I'm a Celebrity: Jimmy bids campmates farwell, tears all round

Jimmy Bullard bid farewell to fellow campmates as he became the first star to be voted out of the jungle on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

The former footballer woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in camp before the news of his departure was broken.

I'm a Celebrity's Jimmy Bullard interviewed: 'I can be a bit of a nightmare'

"It's a big day. Woke up lovely and fresh," he told the Bush Telegraph. "It could be my time to go - four to one shot. If you ask me who's gonna go, I haven't got a clue."

He later joked to his fellow campmates: "If I go I'm gonna slaughter you all in the press. Honestly, in there we try to get on but what a bunch of absolute wallies!"

When presenters Ant and Dec delivered the news that Jimmy would be leaving after receiving the fewest votes from the public,
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