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This story first appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. The glitz, glam and behind-the-scenes foibles of Hollywood's golden age get the Coen brothers treatment in , Caesar!, which premieres Feb. 3 in Berlin ahead of its Feb. 5 opening. Chronicling a day in the life of 1950s studio "head of physical production" (aka "fixer") Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin, in a role inspired by and named for a real MGM exec and fixer, see p. 69), the modest Universal release...

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A new commission at the Vatican to combat sex abuse within the Catholic Church kicked off Thursday with a private screening of the Oscar-nominated film , a searing look into the journalists who uncovered the abuses that persisted for decades within the Boston Catholic Church. "The film is extremely worrying about the cover-up of abuse in the Catholic Church, and I think it would be a good moment for the pope to see it," Peter Saunders, an anti-abuse campaigner and member of the commission told the L.A. Times. The commission was set...

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Italian production company AMBI Pictures has confirmed reports that Pope Francis will make his big screen debut in Beyond the Sun, a film meant to spread the message of Jesus`s Gospel to children around the world. The idea for the film is believed to have come from the Pontiff himself and all proceeds from the film will go toward two charities in the Pope's home nation of Argentina that help at-risk children and teenagers. This marks the first time that the leader of the Catholic Church will appear in any feature film. The news was widely reported, sparking a...

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Joseph Fiennes admits he was "shocked" to be cast as Michael Jackson in the upcoming comedy short Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon for British pay TV network Sky. The casting of a white Englishman to play Jackson stirred up great controversy on social media, particularly as the news came at a time when Hollywood is gripped by its own ongoing debate about diversity, or lack there of, crystallized perfectly by the #OscarsSoWhite issue. Speaking to AFP, Fiennes said that he was "shocked that they would come to me for the casting," adding that people should "ask [the producers] as to...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt launched a new project on Thursday with his production company hitRECord and the American Civil Liberties Union. The actor is donating his acting fee from Oliver Stone's Snowden film, in which he plays Edward Snowden, to fund a project about the connections between technology and democracy. Gordon-Levitt announced the news in a YouTube video entitled, "Are you there, Democracy? It's me, the Internet." He asked people to submit videos with their perspectives on technology and democracy and said he's been thinking about the connection between the two while working...

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