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Bradley Cooper Says American Sniper Role Was Life-Changing

Actor bulked up to play former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

Actor Bradley Cooper says in a new interview with People that playing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper was a life-changing experience.

Cooper, who has been visiting veterans nationwide, admits he has always respected military men and women but never fully realized the toll it can take on their families. He called playing Kyle “life-changing,” and says he’s gratified that people are responding well to the film.

“People were willing to express themselves in a format that they would never do normally,” Cooper adds. “But because they saw Chris’s story, they were willing to say, ‘Thank you for putting a guy I can relate to up there and have it be something right away that I know is accurate.'”

Read more at PEOPLE.

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Emma Watson to Star in Disney’s Live Action Beauty and the Beast

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Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of "Noah" at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London. Anthony Harvey&—Getty Images

"Time to start some singing lessons," the actress says about playing Belle

Harry Potter star Emma Watson’s latest role will be another bookish heroine.

“I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast!” the actress posted on her Facebook page. “My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons.”

The movie will be directed by Bill Condon, who directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

According to a Disney press release, the film will begin filming later this year.

Read next: 10 Things Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle and Harry Potter‘s Hermione Have in Common

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Why TV Is the Perfect Place for Indie Filmmakers

The Duplass brothers, on the set of Togetherness. PRASHANT GUPTA/HBO

It's not just business. Sometimes bigger (as in running time and audience) really is better for the subjects of little films.

If you’ve been following the news out of the Sundance Film Festival, you may have been noticing that a lot of the news there is about something other than film. Namely, TV names, deals and projects appear to be everywhere at the festival this winter.

The festival lineup this year includes two series: The Jinx, a documentary series beginning in February on HBO, and Animals, an animated series from independent filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, which is looking for a distributor. The Sundance Institute has setup a “laboratory” for TV creators, and Sundance founder Robert Redford has been quoted as saying that “television is offering more opportunities … and is advancing farther than major filmmaking.”

As Redford alludes to, part of the dynamic is an issue of business opportunities. There is, arguably, richer potential in landing a TV deal than making an independent movie, shopping it around, and trying to get it attention in theaters. Last fall when her show Transparent premiered on Amazon, Jill Soloway–who got the deal for the show after her movie Afternoon Delight won acclaim at Sundance–told me that indie filmmakers already realize that much if not most of their audience will see their movies on streaming or VOD; why not take the next step?

“It’s a rare, rare movie that’s about humans or about families or about people that can really make it theatrically,” Soloway said. “Independent filmmakers already have their heads around people on their couches watching their movies. For me coming out of Sundance and having Amazon offer this opportunity it felt like I was going to get to make a movie and I already had distribution.”

But I’d also argue that TV is a good match for indie filmmakers for other than economic and practical reasons. TV isn’t just an alternative venue for the kind of storytelling these filmmakers want to do. In many cases, it’s a superior one. As Soloway says, a lot of independent film is about slices of life and the evolution of relationships. You can treat that in a 90-minute movie, but, as in the case of Transparent and its interwoven family stories about sex and identity, you can do a lot more in a five-hour season. It might have made a fine movie, but it was the best TV show of 2014, and it now has a Golden Globe to show for it.

Turn on HBO right now, meanwhile, and you’re essentially watching an indie-film triple feature: Girls, from Tiny Furniture director Lena Dunham; Looking, produced and directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend); and Togetherness, from the abovementioned Duplass brothers. Each show falls into the genre of the not-always-funny-comedy or drama-with-laughs, a category that sometimes irks TV traditionalists accustomed to clearer drama and comedy boundaries–but which is the stock-in-trade of indie film.

Arguably, that entire genre is really the indie aesthetic being transferred over to TV. And the talent has as well: a number of series have employed indie directors like Nicole Holofcener (whose credits include Enlightened and Looking) and Lisa Cholodenko (Olive Kitteridge and NBC’s upcoming The Slap). I’d love to see someone like Holofcener make a series; I love her films, like Friends with Money, but they often deal with precisely the kinds of intertwined relationships and class and status concerns that are perfect for series TV.

I’m not trying to write another triumphalist, TV-is-better-than-movies piece here. The two genres each have their strengths, and each does things better than the other. But I’m glad to see that TV now has both the status and the institutional support to lure in more artists whose stories might be better told in a longer format. Maybe the best hope for independent cinema is to recognize that, sometimes, it’s better off being independent from cinema.

 

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015: See All the SAG Winners

Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles
Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" poses backstage with her awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California Jan. 25, 2015 Mike Blake—Reuters

The SAG Awards are usually treated as an Oscar predictor

The cream of Hollywood assembled at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles late Sunday to discover who will be honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015. The red carpet extravaganza is prestigious in its own right, but it is also a crucial yardstick for the Academy Awards just around the corner. Read TIME’s introduction to the 21st SAG Awards here.

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role

Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role

Winner: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

MORE Exclusive: Watch Ellar Coltrane Reflect After Boyhood Finishes Shooting

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

Winner: Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series

Winner: William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series

Winner: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

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Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries

Winner: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries

Winner: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series

Winner: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series

Winner: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series

Winner: Downton Abbey

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Outstanding performance by a male actor in a motion picture

Winner: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a motion picture

Winner: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture

Winner: Birdman

MORE Michael Keaton Reminds Us: ‘I’m Batman. I’m Very Secure in That’

Lifetime achievement award

Winner: Debbie Reynolds

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Watch This Haunting Seven-Minute Film About China’s Insane Air Pollution

It's haunting and eerily beautiful

Greenpeace East Asia today released a seven-minute film by director Jia Zhangke about China’s toxic air. The impressionistic piece, Smog Journeys, follows two families — one rural, one urban — as they live, play, and work in the country’s polluted northeast.

“When it comes to smog, no matter what jobs we do, it is still a problem we all face,” says Jia in an interview released online.

Jia is one of China’s most renowned filmmakers. His work is famously gritty, filled with tales of alienation and strife, and shot in shades of brown and gray. His last feature, A Touch of Sin (2013), was a critical hit abroad, but was considered too politically sensitive to be shown on the Chinese mainland.

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Here Are the Movies and TV Shows Leaving Netflix in February

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'Batman Returns' is one of the movies leaving Netflix in Feb. 2015. Warner Brothers

You've still got ten days to watch all those Bond movies

Netflix has announced its list of movies and TV due to disappear from its streaming service in February, and some of them will be badly missed.

A slew of Batman and James Bond movies won’t be renewed, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and a number of BBC television classics like Fawlty Towers and Blackadder are out, too.

But every end is a new beginning, and Netflix will be adding titles next month as well. The company never rules out movies returning to its streaming services either.

Leaving Feb. 1

Blackadder: Seasons 1-­4
A View to a Kill
Airheads
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now Redux
Babes in Toyland
Batman & Robin
Batman Forever
Batman Returns
Cocoon: The Return
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Down Periscope
Fawlty Towers: Seasons 1­-2
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia with Love
Goldfinger
Hotel Babylon: Seasons 1-­4
Jane Eyre
Live and Let Die
Mad Max
MASH
MI­5: Seasons 1­-10
Nacho Libre
Never Say Never Again
Red Dwarf: Seasons 1­-9

Revenge
School Daze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
The Juror
Wishmaster
Zodiac

Leaving Feb. 2

Jem and the Holograms: S1-­3
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: S1­-4
Pound Puppies: S1-­3
Transformers Prime: S1-­3
Transformers: Rescue Bots

Leaving Feb. 5

Arbitrage

Leaving Feb. 23

Dredd

Leaving Feb. 28

Ali
Monkey Trouble
Panic Room

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Read next: Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in February

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Jamie Dornan Politely Requests Fifty Shades Fans Not Murder Him Please

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Jamie Dornan speaks onstage about The Fall during the Netflix TCA Press Tour Mark Davis—2015 Getty Images

Pretty please?

Jamie Dornan is asking Fifty Shades of Grey loyalists to please refrain from murdering him on the red carpet, if they don’t mind.

Even if they’re real mad he got the role of Christian Grey. Even if they are incensed he decided to shave his beard — making him akin to a “cupcake with no frosting” — for the part.

“I almost don’t want to put this out there into the ether, but I fear I’ll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere,” he told Details. “Because a lot of people are very angry that I’m playing this character. And I’m a father now, and a husband. I don’t want to die yet.”

Dornan, who probably has no cause for concern (maybe), then added: “And when I do get murdered, people will say, ‘God, isn’t it haunting how he did that interview in Details magazine and predicted his own death on the red carpet?'”

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TIME Behind the Photos

On the Set of Selma with James Nachtwey

Paramount Pictures commissioned photojournalist James Nachtwey

There were moments when I felt I had traveled back in time. The small town of Selma, Alabama looked much the same as it must have looked back in the day when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march to the state capital demanding equal rights under the law for African Americans. The extras playing the marchers were, for the most part, local people, some of whom had participated in the real march. Visually, there was a sense of authenticity, but even more importantly, many of the emotions that fueled the historical event were still very much alive. In reenacting history, the actors were expressing their true feelings about living in the present.

David Oyelowo looked so much like Dr. King I sometimes felt as if I was photographing the man himself. During the filming of Dr. King’s speech in front of the State House in Montgomery, the actor’s words and mannerisms seemed so real there was an electric charge in the air. The response from the crowd of marchers was so genuine it was as if they were hearing the words for the first time, and indeed, the message is as relevant today as it was then.

In photographing scenes from the film I took the point of view I have in my normal work of documenting contemporary history as it happens. There was a tremendous amount of movie-making activity swirling around at all times, with camera crew and lighting technicians, production assistants, set dressers, costume and make-up people performing all the tasks that have to be accomplished to create a convincing world of make-believe. But in very small windows of time existed moments of reality, and I wandered through the set watching and waiting for those moments to materialize. An accumulation of those brief fragments of time created a meta-reality that became a mental point of departure, and I stepped back into history as if in a time machine.

Images from the American Civil Rights Movement had motivated me to become a documentary photographer in the first place, and the values, ideals and working principles of the Movement have continued to inspire me throughout my career.

James Nachtwey is a TIME contract photographer, documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues.

Paul Moakley, who edited this photo essay, is TIME’s deputy director of photography.

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Anne Hathaway Gives Neil Patrick Harris Oscars Hosting Advice

Anne Hathaway hosting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Ca. on Feb. 27, 2011.
Anne Hathaway hosting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Ca. on Feb. 27, 2011. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

She's gotten better at making fun of herself

In a new interview with The New York Times Magazine Anne Hathaway says she doesn’t profess to have much Oscar-hosting advice for Neil Patrick Harris, though she seeks to lead by example—of what not to do.

When asked if she had any words of wisdom for Harris, she replied: “Do the opposite of what I did, and you’ll be fine.” But she wouldn’t go too deep into the details of what went wrong with her 2011 hosting gig alongside human art installation James Franco. “I think it’s so obvious that it doesn’t even need to be identified,” she said. “He’ll be great. He’s a natural host.”

Hathaway was equally blunt when asked about the source of the “vitriol” that followed her Oscar win for Les Misérables. “Oh, I think you can’t answer that and be a self-respecting person,” she said.

Hathaway, whose movie Song One is being released later this month, was more forthcoming when discussing her New Year’s resolution (she’s going to try sober January) and vaping (she doesn’t judge).

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Vin Diesel Suggests He May Have New Marvel Role

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Actor Vin Diesel posted a Facebook photo Sunday of himself standing in front of the words: “Are you inhuman?”

The cast of a film based on the Marvel comic Inhumans, scheduled to come out Nov. 2018, has not yet been revealed, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Diesel has already voiced a human-tree character in Marvel’s, Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.

This is the second time Diesel has hinted at a role in the same Marvel project. In August, he posted a photo to Facebook with the text: “I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman… Haha.”

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