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Laura Linney joins Ian McKellen in Sherlock movie 'A Slight Trick of the Mind' -- EXCLUSIVE

When director Bill Condon asked Laura Linney to star in his new film A Slight Trick of the Mind — starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes — he hadn’t a clue that he was tapping into Linney’s childhood fantasies.

Linney, 50, who will play Holmes’ housekeeper Mrs. Munro, is no casual devotee of Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of novels about the acerbic detective. Rather, she is a devoted, senior thesis-writing, sweatshirt-wearing Sherlock geek. READ FULL STORY

'Love Actually' at 10: Laura Linney, Rodrigo Santoro on having the one story without a 'happy' ending


Ten years ago, Love Actually hit theaters, and with it came an endlessly re-watchable Christmastime collection of love stories that are actually, well, all around us. The film explored 10 separate vignettes — some heartwarming and hilarious, some tragic and heartbreaking – that saw its characters “get the sh–” kicked out of them by love. To celebrate the film’s legacy, we reached out to the film’s cast to talk about their storylines and behind-the-scenes takes.

If you ever see Rodrigo Santoro in an airport, you can bet he’s thinking of one film: Love Actually.

“Every time I walk in the airport, I remember this movie. Every. Time,” he tells EW. “When I walk around, I look at people and observe people. I’m always interested in seeing what they’re going through, and that comes from that movie.”

And anyone who’s seen Love Actually knows what he’s talking about: The opening montage, featuring candid shots of family members and friends greeting loved ones at Heathrow Airport, showed that, as Hugh Grant says in his voiceover, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion love actually is all around.”

Love actually was all around for most of the couples in the film, but only one pair failed to get together and achieve closure in the end (the two don’t even appear in the final scene with the rest of the cast). Santoro’s Karl and Laura Linney’s Sarah came thisclose to reaching their happily ever after, until the ringing of Sarah’s cell phone interrupted it all.

But to Linney, that failure made their story relatable.

“Sometimes life doesn’t allow relationships to happen,” she says. “That’s what the tension of the story was: It was driven by the pull of and the distraction, the worry, the concern, and the fear of not being there for someone else even when it’s against your best interest. And actually, a lot of people over the years have come up to me and said, ‘That was my story.'”

The majority of fans, though, don’t see it that way — Santoro recalls a fan who promised him she would never pick up in the same situation — with most wishing Sarah just ignored the calls.

Even Santoro admits to asking director Richard Curtis after reading the script why he and Linney got the short end of the stick.

“I was like, ‘Richard, we’re the sad ending!’ He goes, ‘Yeah, it’s okay,'” he says. “But it was on purpose, it was meant to be that way because that’s life. It’s not always happy.”

Though the Brazilian actor says filming his scenes with Linney went “smoothly,” he remembers feeling out of place at first as the only actor apart from Lúcia Moniz whose native language was not English. That is, until Linney took him aside and introduced him to the rest of the cast.

“I thought, ‘Wow, all these guys!'” Santoro recalls about seeing the entire ensemble during their first table read, including Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman, who sat across from him. “That was a very intimidating experience because I grew up watching these guys.”

Linney, meanwhile, faced her own challenges while filming in London for Love Actually: The actress was shooting Mystic River at the same time in Boston and had to fly back and forth for weeks. “I felt like I was in some crazy intercontinental repertory theater,” she says.

But when it came time to work with the ensemble, the actress says it “felt like actor camp.”

“It was a remarkable sort of gathering of folks,” Linney says. “Most of the time, moviemaking can be really challenging and it can be really satisfying, but rarely is it fun. And I just remember having a lot of fun on that one, and that’s because of the people.”

Ultimately, both Santoro and Linney say their characters would have moved on 10 years after the events of the film, because the relationship wasn’t meant to work out. (Santoro, for his part, jokes that if audiences desperately need a happy ending, he imagines the couple would have gone to Bali for their honeymoon and traveled around the world because Karl had become “a very famous architect, like doing so well it’s not even funny.”)

Linney notes, however, that just because their vignette ended without a hookup doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fulfilling one — at least for her.

“I got the best kiss!” she says, laughing. “That’s what I think. But it’s true, a lot of times, those things don’t work out, and I’m more than happy to represent that type of story.”

'The Fifth Estate': Laura Linney looks at WikiLeaks from Uncle Sam's perspective -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In The Fifth Estate, which tells the story of Julian Assange’s crusade to expose the dirty secrets of corporations and governments, director Bill Condon tries to tell the story from both sides. There’s the WikiLeaks team of Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Berg (Daniel Brühl), who are taking down Goliath one cyber sling-shot at a time. And then there’s the scrambling U.S. government, represented best in the movie by a mid-level State Department bureaucrat played by Laura Linney. She’s important enough to be able to sign Hillary Clinton’s name on her briefs and smart enough to realize the danger that Assange represents — basically that the genie is out of the bottle.

In an exclusive video for the movie, which opens in theaters on Oct. 18, Linney, Condon, and Stanley Tucci discuss the government’s side of the equation — and how WikiLeaks’ actions impacted those literally and figuratively caught in the crossfire.

Click below for the video: READ FULL STORY

Laura Linney, 'Mad Men' actresses, George Lucas, and more honored by Women in Film

Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.

The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.

“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Laura Linney, James McAvoy circling Benedict Cumberbatch/WikiLeaks movie. Plus: Marisa Tomei, James Corden

• Pssst! Laura Linney and James McAvoy are negotiating to join Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch) in an untitled film about WikiLeaks and its infamous founder Julian Assange. Bill Condon (DreamgirlsThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct from a script by Fringe scribe Josh Singer, based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, and David Leigh and Luke Harding’s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. [TheWrap]

• Marisa Tomei is in talks to star opposite Hugh Grant in an untitled romantic comedy about a down-on-his-luck Oscar-winning screenwriter who falls for the single mom taking his screenwriting course at a small college. Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice) is directing from his script. [TheWrap]

• Tony award winning actor James Corden (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors) is attached to star in School for Santas, a holiday comedy about a father who seeks out his inner Saint Nicholas to repair his relationship with his kids. One Man, Two Guvnors‘ playwright Richard Bean is penning the script. No director is yet attached. [Deadline]

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'The Details': Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks talk raccoons -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Details, out in theaters this Friday, follows the travails of a husband, played by a dopey-faced Tobey Maguire, whose wandering eye and utter boredom with his life leads to infidelity and even darker acts. Check out this clip, below, with Maguire excitedly talking about a guy asphyxiating raccoons to his over-it wife, reading in bed, played by Elizabeth Banks. After the conversation escalates, Banks blurts out, “Don’t deny using a tone when you use a tone. I’m not crazy, I know what I just heard!” To which Maguire replies, “I didn’t call you crazy.” Ah, domestic un-bliss. READ FULL STORY

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