Saturday, August 31, 2019

Telluride: Martin Scorsese Surprise Presenter at Tribute to Adam Driver

Martin Scorsese made a surprise appearance at Adam Driver’s tribute on Saturday night at the Telluride Film Festival before the screening of “Marriage Story.” Scorsese, who directed Driver in “Silence” opposite Andrew Garfield, was introduced to the stage, where he placed one of the festival’s Silver Medallions around the actor’s neck. “What you see before […]

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Italy Records 40% Increase in Summer Box Office as New Strategy Takes Root

Italian and U.S. film industry executives announced Saturday at the Venice Film Festival that this summer’s box office figures in Italy are up by 40% over the past two years as local distributors depart from past practice and release more movies between May and August. This year’s roughly 44% box office rise during that period […]

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Atlas V Launches International Sales, Distribution Activities for VR Content (EXCLUSIVE)

Atlas V, the leading French VR production company behind the Venice-competing “BattleScar,” “Gloomy Eyes” and “Ex Anima Experience,” is getting ready to diversify with the launch of international sales and distribution activities. Boasting of the largest libraries of premium VR, 360 and immersive content in Europe, Atlas V will distribute those three Venice titles along […]

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Taskovski Acquires Venice Classics’ ‘Babenco – Tell Me When I Die ’ (EXCLUSIVE)

London-based sales and production company Taskovski Films has acquired world sales rights to Barbara Paz’s debut documentary, “Babenco — Tell Me When I Die,” which bows in Venice Classics on Sept. 2. Brazilian helmer Héctor Babenco was a commanding presence on the international film scene, directing pics of the caliber of “Kiss of the Spider […]

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Venice Drama ‘Moffie’ Explores Homophobia in South Africa

The year is 1981, and South Africa’s apartheid government is embroiled in a vicious war along the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart is conscripted for two years of mandatory military service—a brutal period of indoctrination as the white minority government seeks to protect its […]

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Venice: Pablo Larrain on How Star Mariana Di Girolamo Took Control of ‘Ema’

Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain likes to tread new ground with each film, but movies with women’s names, and female characters at their center, do seem to have a special appeal for him. After “Jackie,” he’s back in Venice with “Ema,” a portrait of an incendiary lady contending with tragedy in a totally different way than […]

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France’s 3B Productions Developing Projects From Atiq Rahimi, Karim Dridi (EXCLUSIVE)

3B Productions, the French production outfit behind Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Venice opener “The Truth,” is developing the next films of Atiq Rahimi (“The Patience Stone”) and Karim Dridi (“Chouf”). Rahimi, whose latest film “Notre-dame du Nil” will be world premiering at Toronto, is developing with Jean Brehat at 3B Productions and Ron Senkowski (“The Prophet”) the […]

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‘Suits’ Cast Says Goodbye, Thanks “Fantastic Fans” As Series Wraps Production

The final scene has been shot and the cast has exited the set of USA Network’s Suits. The legal drama wrapped production Thursday after nine seasons of triumphs, defeats, and romantic liaisons. As the actors left their made-for-TV law firm the last time, some of the cast members shared tributes on social media. Gabriel Macht, […]

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Film Review: ‘Lyrebird’

What will the moviegoing public make of a film called “Lyrebird”? Oblique but apt, that title refers to an ostentatious Australian bird capable of mimicking the calls of countless other species — the relevance of which may not be immediately apparent to those intrigued by the true, post-World War II story of a notorious Dutch […]

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‘H is for Happiness’ Wins CinefestOZ’s Rich First Prize

Locally-made family drama, “H is for Happiness” won the top prize at the CinefestOZ festival in Busselton, West Australia, on Saturday. The film is an uplifting tale about a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by an unusual new boy at her school and sets out to mend her broken family. Directed by John Sheedy, and […]

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‘Game Day’ Starring Romeo Miller And Elizabeth Alderfer, With Music By Master P Set For Fall Release

Game Day, a basketball comedy-drama from Movie Night Media and Ammo Content, is set to open in limited release this fall. The film stars Elizabeth Alderfer and Romeo Miller. Lisa Zane, Chris Johnson, Fyvush Finkel, Jerod Haynes and Antoine McKay also star. The indie is written and directed by John Susman, and features original music […]

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Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’

Audiences have been comparing Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” to a cocaine rush since it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. I wouldn’t know, but it’s a trip all right: (Adam Sandler), which is not a place most moviegoers would care to spend much time. That’s because most moviegoers are looking for simple escapism, […]

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Dennis Lehane to Write Screenplay for Stefano Sollima’s ‘Colt’ (EXCLUSIVE)

U.S. author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “The Wire”) is attached to write the screenplay for “Colt,” the English-language Western based on a Sergio Leone concept, with Italy’s Stefano Sollima directing and Leone’s children producing. Known in Hollywood for “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and TV series “Gomorrah,” Sollima will be in Venice for […]

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Olivier Assayas on Making ‘Wasp Network’ in Cuba ‘During a Very Tense Time’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Headlined by Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez, “Wasp Network” is world premiering and competing in Venice, but the Cuba-set film was a long-shot to get made because of its political subject and the difficulties in raising financing, director Olivier Assayas said. “Wasp Network” centers on the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during […]

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Gordon Bressack Dies: Writer For ‘Pinky And The Brain’ And Animaniacs’ Was 68.

Gordon Bressack, best known for his work on the animated Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs, has died. He passed on Friday in Los Angeles after a long illness, according to his son. Bressack was nominated for five Daytime Emmys and won three awards, all shared with his colleagues. They included outstanding achievement in animation […]

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Telluride Film Review: Kelly Reichardt’s ‘First Cow’

After reports she was looking to make a movie abroad, Kelly Reichardt returns to the familiar wilds of Oregon with “First Cow,” a loose yet engaging adaptation of Pacific Northwest chronicler (and frequent Reichardt collaborator) Jon Raymond’s novel “The Half-Life” — which, according to the director, was the book that made her want to work […]

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Waves’

In classical Hollywood cinema, most movies rush forward, like a river or roller coaster, along a steady course toward a certain objective. Not so Trey Edward Shults’ brilliant, audacious third feature, “Waves,” whose enigmatic title suggests how its visionary young writer-director sets out to challenge our ideas of how and why things happen in life. […]

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Santa Monica Observer On L.A. Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Death: “You Heard It Here First

The Santa Monica Observer has issued a story following the coroner’s verdict today on the cause of death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a report that largely vindicated the newspaper’s speculation on his cause of death. The newspaper was blasted by the Angels and Texas police after it published an earlier story that […]

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Drops $100 Million on Ron Meyer’s Malibu Mansion

A few days ago, rampant speculation arose about the longtime Malibu estate of NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer. Listed at $125 million and in the final stages of escrow, the house was reportedly set to be acquired by tech billionaire Jan Koum, the co-founder of international messaging service WhatsApp. The property has since sold, and […]

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Film Review: ‘Bennett’s War’

“We’re gonna lose the farm, son!” husks country star Trace Adkins (twice, even) in the trailer for “Bennett’s War,” which then goes on to further suggest the viewer is in for a steaming pile of platitudinous corn, with a side order of flag-waving. And indeed, Alex Ranarivelo’s sports drama has a pretty hokey story gist: […]

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‘Pinky and the Brain’ Writer Gordon Bressack Dies at 68

Gordon Bressack, a prolific Emmy-winning writer of animated television series, has died. He was 68. Bressacks’s filmmaker son James Cullen Bressack confirmed the death in an Instagram post. He wrote, “Words can’t begin to describe how I am feeling right now. You were my mentor, my writing partner, my hero, my best friend, but most […]

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Telluride Film Review: Christian Bale and Matt Damon in ‘Ford v Ferrari’

Most racing movies are about rivals, but not so “Ford v Ferrari,” which, despite its competition-oriented title, is actually the story of two friends, Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles (played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale), who partnered with the Ford Motor Co. to beat Italian sportscar designer Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of […]

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French Industry Veteran Julie Bergeron to Head Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival Market (EXCLUSIVE)

The Red Sea International Film Festival, which is Saudi Arabia’s first international film fest, is ramping up operations with the appointment of French industry veteran Julie Bergeron as head of its nascent market. Ahead of its first edition, to be held March 12–21, 2020, in Jeddah, they’ve also announced funds providing up to $3 million […]

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Valerie Harper: A Fighter Who Left a Complex Hollywood Legacy

Valerie Harper was a fighter, and that may ultimately be her Hollywood legacy. That was true with her career, and also in her 10-year battle with lung cancer. Harper will forever be best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern, her “Mary Tyler Moore Show” character that earned the actress four Emmys and was later spun off […]

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Jason Fuchs Sees Revenue Sharing From Packaging Fees As Key To Ending WGA-Agencies Standoff

Jason Fuchs, an opposition candidate for the WGA West’s board of directors, is urging members to take another look at a proposal from the Association of Talent Agents about sharing revenue from their packaging fees. When their last round of bargaining broke off June 7, the ATA offered to share 2% of their backend fees […]

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Kyle Richards Returning as Lindsey Wallace for ‘Halloween Kills’

Kyle Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” will reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace in the upcoming “Halloween Kills.” Richards appeared as a child actress in John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” in 1978 as Lindsey Wallace — one of the children being babysat by the Annie Brackett and Laurie Strode characters. In the movie, […]

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Andrew Horn Dies: Director Of ‘We Are Twisted F***ing Sister’ Was 66

Andrew Horn, the music documentary filmmaker for We Are Twisted F**king Sister, the story of the world’s greatest bar band and its struggle to reach the big time, has died. He was 66 years old and passed from cancer in Berlin, according to friend Rebecca Lieb. Horn wrote, directed and produced the 2014 documentary about […]

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Matt Damon And Christian Bale Hit The Oscar Track With ‘Ford v Ferrari’ At A Roaring World Premiere – Telluride Film Festival

The 46th annual Telluride Film Festival got underway Friday afternoon  in roaring fashion with the World Premiere of director James Mangold’s super-charged, terrifically entertaining Ford v Ferrari , the tale of two combative , distinctly different, but both eccentric car artists and makers played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale who take on the task of […]

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California Bill Aiming To Attract Film & TV Production From Georgia Paused In Assembly

A bill in the California legislature designed to attract productions from states like Georgia that have passed restrictive abortion laws has been paused in the state Assembly. The legislation, put forth by Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) and known as the Share Our Values Film Tax Credit, was held by Rivas on Friday in the fiscal […]

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Telluride: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Speeds Into Oscar Race After Festival Premiere

Judging from the audience reaction here at Telluride to the world premiere of James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,”  the movie may have just raced its way into the Oscar lane. Interest in the film was high with a full house at the 650-seat Werner Herzog theater that’s erected every year over an ice hockey rink. […]

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Turn Cowboy to Celebrate Their CMA Nominations

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are celebrating their highly unexpected CMA Awards nominations in high style… by Photoshopping their faces onto an image of Brooks & Dunn. “New world, new times…” Reznor wrote as a caption. Eyebrows were raised when the composing and producing duo showed up on this year’s slate of nominees from the […]

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Hollywood Remembers Valerie Harper, ‘A True Comedic Genius’

Celebrities took to social media on Friday to mourn the death of Valerie Harper, who played the Bronx-accented Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its topline spinoff “Rhoda.” The Emmy-winning actress died Friday at 80 years old after being diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2009. Ed Asner, who played Lou […]

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

The first thing to get out of the way is that “Days of the Bagnold Summer” has nothing whatsoever to do with Enid Bagnold, author of “National Velvet” and “The Chalk Garden.” More’s the pity, as Simon Bird’s debut behind the camera, adapted from Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel, could use some of the depth and […]

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Locarno Film Review: ‘143 Sahara Street’

There’s a terrific moment in “143 Sahara Street” when a visitor to Malika’s isolated teahouse in the Algerian desert pretends to be a prisoner on the other side of the metal grated window, and Malika cracks up laughing from the role-play. Before then, Hassen Ferhani’s attractive observational documentary has done pretty much everything we expect […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019

Labor Day is around the corner and following the start of the new month, Netflix will unveil a fresh slate of titles to binge. Revisit the terror in Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” or keep up with the adventures of Princess Bean in “Disenchantment Part Two.” Additionally, “Good Boys” fans can re-watch “Superbad,” which […]

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NBC News Plans Slate of 2020 Election Programming At Texas Tribune Festival

NBC News and MSNBC are planning a series of conversations with a number of 2020 presidential candidates at this year’s Texas Tribune Festival, to be held September 26-28. The network is partnering with the Texas Tribune for the event, which has become a high-profile political gathering, even more so this year with the pending 2020 […]

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Bebe Rexha Drops New Song, ‘Not 20 Anymore,’ for Her 30th Birthday

Bebe Rexha dropped a new song and video, “Not 20 Anymore,” today in celebration of her 30th birthday. The singer gets a second birthday present tonight when she takes the stage for her second hometown show tonight at Madison Square Garden as special guest on the Jonas Brothers’ “Happiness Begins” tour. The performance will found out a stellar week for […]

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Venice: Eco-Doc ‘The Great Green Wall’ Director on a ‘Story of Hope’

“Buena Vista Social Club” meets “The Year of Living Dangerously” is how director Jared P. Scott pitches “The Great Green Wall,” an eco-documentary that shines a light on one of the world’s most ambitious but unsung initiatives to tackle climate change. The film premieres on Saturday in Venice Days, an independent section running alongside the […]

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Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID  — Latido Films has acquired world sales rights outside Spain to “Historias Lamentables,” the new feature from Javier Fesser, writer-director of “Champions,” an extraordinary sleeper blockbuster in Spain, which earned $23.1 million box office last year at Spanish theaters for Universal Pictures International (UPI). “Champions” also went on to be selected by Spanish Academy […]

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ProSiebenSat.1’s Former “Man In Hollywood” Rüdiger Böss Joins ‘Resident Evil’ & ‘Shadowhunters’ Producer Constantin Film

ProSiebenSat.1’s former “man in Hollywood” Rüdiger Böss has joined Constantin Film, the German production company known for the Resident Evil franchise and TV series Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments. Böss left the German broadcaster at the end of last year after 25 years. He was responsible for striking key Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, […]

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‘Teletubbies’ Owner DHX Media Appoints Former Marvel Chief Eric Ellenbogen As CEO

Teletubbies owner DHX Media has appointed former Marvel President and CEO Eric Ellenbogen as CEO. Ellenbogen succeeds Michael Donovan as boss of the Canadian company, which also owns brands including Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise and has a stake in Peanuts. Ellenbogen, who joined DHX Media as a senior adviser in April, has also […]

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Film Review: ‘Vision Portraits’

There’s a difference between sight and vision, and that line is investigated with illuminating intimacy by “Vision Portraits,” Rodney Evans’ documentary about his struggles — and those of three other artists — to continue working in the face of mounting blindness. Bolstered by the writer-director’s own journey, recounted via a collage-like aesthetic that eloquently conveys […]

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Venice Gap-Financing Market Fields Wide Range of Projects

Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic’s upcoming drama about a family trapped in war-torn Srebrenica, Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s postwar film chronicling the rise and fall of a mysterious Czech healer, and Luxembourg helmer Jacques Molitor’s tale of a wealthy and bloodthirsty clan of wine-growing lycanthropes are among the projects taking part in this year’s Venice Gap-Financing […]

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Venice Film Review: ‘Sole’

The old adage about babies having babies gets markedly grown-up treatment in “Sole,” a crisp, reserved debut feature from Italian writer-director Carlo Sironi that examines the concept of parental instinct from an unusual point of view: that of a directionless young man play-acting the role of fatherhood, and finding himself unexpectedly broody in the process. […]

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Filmmaker Sahraa Karimi Defies Odds With Kabul-Set Drama ‘Hava, Maryam, Ayesha’

As the daughter of refugees who fled Afghanistan for a new life in Iran, Sahraa Karimi never lost touch with her parents’ homeland, whose culture and traditions were kept alive in her Tehran household. But as the years passed, and her pursuit of a career in filmmaking took her to Europe, the distance between Karimi […]

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New ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Trailer Is Filled with Machine vs. Machine Action

Paramount has released a new trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, director Tim Miller's direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The film sees the return of Linda Hamilton to the franchise as Sarah Connor along with Arnold Schwarzenegger's everpresent title machine. The two Terminator OGs are joined by newcomers Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, and Gabriel Luna.  Dark Fate welcomes back Hamilton in her third-on-screen role (plus a voice-only appearance in Terminator Salvation) as Sarah Connor and the sixth (more or less) on-screen appearance for Schwarzenegger as the title terror-turned-hero of …

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Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off

The Venice Production Bridge, as the Venice Film Festival’s market is known, is kicking off with more producers, distributors and sales agents attending this year — especially from Asia, even though its core remains firmly European. There are roughly 2,400 industry attendees accredited, which is around 200 more than last year. Market chief Pascal Diot […]

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Venice: Saudi Arabia’s Haifaa Al-Mansour on How Movies and Art Transcend Politics

Trailblazing Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour doesn’t want to talk politics. The oil-rich kingdom’s first female director, who in 2012 broke taboos with ”Wadjda,” about a 10-year-old girl who wants to flout the rules and ride a bicycle, is back in Venice with competition pic “The Perfect Candidate.” The new film focuses on a female […]

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Venice Film Review: ‘5 Is the Perfect Number’

Considering how many graphic novels have been adapted into films, it’s curious that only a precious few graphic novelists have ever directed a movie and, when they do, it’s almost always adapted from their own source material. The list practically begins and ends with Frank Miller (“Sin City” and its sequel), Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis” and […]

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Film Review: ‘Angel of Mine’

Single mom Lizzie (Noomi Rapace) carpools through an idyllic Melbourne neighborhood with the hedgerows in a blur, which is “Angel of Mine” director Kim Farrant’s way of establishing that this woman on the verge of a suburban breakdown can’t see past her nose. Between her divorce, her constant crying, her mental hospital stays and her […]

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Mike Figgis to Head Busan Film Festival Jury

“Leaving Las Vegas” director, Mike Figgis will head the jury of the New Currents competition at the Busan International Film Festival in October. He will be joined by: Karel Och, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF; Samal Yeslyamova, the winner of the best actress award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival 2018 for “Ayka”; […]

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Film News Roundup: Carey Mulligan Joining Ralph Fiennes in Netflix’s ‘The Dig’

In today’s film news roundup, Carey Mulligan books a Netflix role and “Shottas” and “Lost in America” find homes. CASTING Carey Mulligan is in talks to join Ralph Fiennes in the Netflix period drama “The Dig,” set at the end of World War II. Mulligan will portray a widow who believes her land contains buried […]

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ Heading for $20 Million Opening

Brad Pitt’s sci-fi adventure movie “Ad Astra” is heading for a launch around $20 million during the Sept. 20-22 weekend, early tracking showed Thursday. Pitt is playing a man who journeys across the solar system in search of his missing father, a dangerous renegade scientist. Tommy Lee Jones is the father. James Gray directed “Ad […]

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Lindsay Lohan Previews First New Song in 11 Years, ‘Xanax’

Lindsay Lohan premiered a teaser for her latest single “Xanax” on Virgin Radio Dubai’s “The Kris Fade Show,” which according to the podcast host should be released “very, very soon.” The host also shared that the new song by the actress turned dayclub owner is about “anxiety and pressure and taking care of yourself.” The […]

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‘Power Players’ CGI/Live-Action Series From ‘Ben 10’ Team, ZAG Entertainment Set To Fly At Cartoon Network

EXCLUSIVE: Cartoon Network has made a deal with Ben 10 producer Man of Action Entertainment and ZAG Entertainment for Power Players, a new CGI/live-action superhero series that will debut next month. The first six episodes of will preview beginning tomorrow across all Cartoon Network platforms including the CN App and on demand, and the series […]

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‘Mythbusters’ Host Jessie Combs Crash Investigators Still Searching For Clues On What Went Wrong

The jet-powered car that crashed and killed TV personality Jessie Combs is being probed for data in its engine and system information computers, Oregon authorities said today. The data could reveal what happened to cause the fiery crash in Oregon’s Alvord Desert earlier this week that resulted in Combs’s death. The website TopSpeed.com said the […]

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Richard Linklater Will Shoot ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Adaptation for 20 Years

After spending 12 years on his Oscar-nominated drama “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater is ready to try the approach again. Linklater will direct an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” which will be shot over a 20-year period. Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt and Blake Jenner are set to star in the film for […]

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Richard Linklater To Shoot Stephen Sondheim Musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Over 20 Years For Blumhouse

In what is Blumhouse’s most ambitious project yet, Richard Linklater is bringing Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along to the big screen, but will shoot the film over a 20-year time span, starring Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt and Blake Jenner. Principal photography has been completed for the first segment of the film. Linklater shot his Oscar-winning […]

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Oliver Stone to Head Zurich Film Festival Jury

Oliver Stone will serve as the jury president of the international competition at this year’s Zurich Film Festival, it was announced Thursday. The Oscar-winning filmmaker will also present his Showtime documentary series “The Putin Interviews” and the restored version of his 1991 film “The Doors” at the festival. “Oliver Stone is an edgy Hollywood auteur […]

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‘Elite’ Renews for Season 3 as Creators, Cast Reveal Second Season Details

MADRID  —New school term, new mystery. Beautiful young bodies still make out, in ever more surprising combinations, in “Elite” Season 2. But there are greater depths as well to the Netflix Spanish high-school hit “Elite” if the first two episodes and a Madrid press conference involving cast and creators are anything to go by. “Elite” […]

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Film Reviw: ‘Killerman’

Fairly early in “Killerman,” , writer-director Malik Bader (“Cash Only”) more or less announces that he’s seen every gritty ‘70s crime drama that you have, and maybe a few that you missed, and he’s intent on distilling the down-and-dirty essence of those blasts from the past in a derivative yet dynamic mashup. In other words, […]

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William Schmidt Drops Out Of WGA West President Race, Throws His Support To Phyllis Nagy

William Schmidt has dropped out of the race for president of the WGA West and is throwing his support to opposition candidate Phyllis Nagy. He made his announcement tonight at the guild’s Candidates Night forum. With Schmidt out of the running, the presidential race comes down to Nagy vs. incumbent David A. Goodman. Schmidt’s name […]

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

William Schmidt Drops Bid for WGA West Presidency, Supports Phyllis Nagy

William Schmidt has dropped out of the race for the WGA West presidency and support Phyllis Nagy against incumbent WGA West president David Goodman in the upcoming election. Schmidt, whose credits include “Yellowstone,” “Outsiders” and “Charmed,” has campaigned for the past two months in opposition to Goodman’s directive for members to fire their agents if […]

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Taiwan Screens Record Number of VR Projects at Venice Festival

A record number of virtual reality productions from Taiwan will be featured at this year’s 76th Venice Film Festival, raising the hopes of the lackluster film industry in Taiwan, which has been quietly transforming itself into a next-generation content production hub through technological advancement. While Taiwan’s tech giant HTC, which has been developing not only […]

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Conan O’Brien Gives Greenland Its Local Weather Report – We Think

No matter where you go in the world, there are certain touchstones that most people share. One of them is the TV weather report. So when Conan O’Brien paid a visit to Greenland’s television studio, it’s only natural that the celebrity was invited to give the local weather report. The only hangup – it had […]

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‘Yellowstone’ Finale: A Recap & Taylor Sheridan Explains Harrowing Climax And Where Next For His Hit Western

SPOILERS ABOUND! In tonight’s tense season climax of his Paramount Network hit television series Yellowstone, Taylor Sheridan got as close as he could to the old fashioned frontier justice showdowns seen in films from High Noon to Wyatt Earp to Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River. The Ruthless Beck Brothers — played with devilish gusto by […]

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Hugh Grant Skewers “Bath Toy” UK PM Boris Johnson Over Brexit Suspension Of Parliament

Up for his first Emmy nomination for playing a murderous Member of Parliament in A Very English Scandal, Hugh Grant today took a killer aim at perpetually ruffled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the move to suspend the House of Commons and slide in a no-deal Brexit. The Golden Globe winning actor who played […]

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Lawrence O’Donnell Draws Unwanted Spotlight to MSNBC

Lawrence O’Donnell has won distinction during his time at MSNBC for the verbal flourishes and deft monologues he brings to the segments of his 10 p.m. program.  On Wednesday night, he had to use his powers of speech to ward off some of the scrutiny he has drawn. The former “West Wing” writer and Congressional […]

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‘The Bridge’ to Get Second Season for Viu and HBO Asia

Multi-territory Asian streaming service Viu and pay-TV leader HBO Asia have given a green light to the second season of “The Bridge,” their regional adaptation of Endemol Shine’s Swedish drama series. Viu is also expanding its slate of originals with Thailand’s “My Bubble Tea.” A 10-episode second season of “The Bridge,” will begin shooting this […]

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Apologizes, Retracts Trump Finance Story

At the start of his MSNBC show The Last Word on Wednesday, host Lawrence O’Donnell apologized for his report that Russian billionaires co-signed Deutsche Bank loans to Trump, hours after one of the president’s lawyers issued a legal threat and demanded a retraction. O’Donnell said that his single-sourced story was “not ready for reporting” and […]

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Travis Scott Hosts Premiere of Netflix Doc ‘Look Mom I Can Fly’ with Kylie Jenner and Daughter Stormi

Travis Scott’s new Netflix documentary “Look Mom I Can Fly” has officially arrived. The Grammy-nominated rapper hosted a screening in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, debuting the 85-minute film for an exclusive crowd of guests — including his friends and family. Girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi (who is credited as an executive producer in […]

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Oculus Founder Accused of Groping Woman During VR Demo

One of the co-founders of Oculus VR has been accused of groping a young woman during a VR demo. Autumn Rose Taylor alleges that Michael Antonov put his hand up her skirt after offering her a demo at his apartment. Taylor, who is the marketing director of Owlchemy Labs, made the allegation on Twitter on […]

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Bill Hader On How ‘Roma’, Blake Edwards & Andrzej Wajda Inspired The Action-Heavy Season 2 Of ‘Barry’ – Emmys

With four Emmy nominations for his work on Barry this year—comedy series, acting, writing and directing—Season 2 of the HBO series really allowed Bill Hader to show his riveting helming finesse across two episodes: “ronny/lily” and the finale “berkman/block”. In the nominated “ronny/lily”, Hader’s hitman Barry is trying to take out martial arts maven Ronny […]

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Miss Americana’ May Be the Great Protest Song of Our Time (Column)

Does the White House have a Taylor Swift problem? That is not a concern that has kept a lot of presidential advisors awake nights until recently… and maybe it isn’t now, either, given the glib attitude that Kellyanne Conway struck when she appeared on Fox News Tuesday to take a shot at Swift. (It was […]

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How Emmy-Nominated ‘Escape At Dannemora’ Composer Edward Shearmur Got Into Film Scoring Via Pink Floyd – Crew Call Podcast

It always helps to know someone when you’re breaking into showbiz, and a familial connection to Pink Floyd led British-born Edward Shearmur to work with the late two-time Oscar nominated composer Michael Kamen, known for such scores as Brazil and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Handling a variety of tasks for more than a decade for Kamen, […]

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‘Shark Tank’ Star Kevin O’Leary Involved In Fatal Boat Crash That Killed Two

Two people have died following an accident last weekend on a Canadian lake involving a boat owned by longtime Shark Tank panelist Kevin O’Leary. TMZ reported. that O’Leary was a passenger on a boat allegedly driven by his wife, Linda, on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada when the accident occurred. The O’Leary boat smashed into […]

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There Will Be No Wrap-Up Movie for ‘The OA’

“The OA” — which Netflix canceled earlier this month after two seasons, inciting intense fan outcry, a flashmob, and even a hunger strike — has truly crossed its last border: There will be no movie to wrap up the series. A source close to the discussions told Variety that Netflix and the show’s creators, Brit […]

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President Donald Trump: Fox News Is “Hopeless And Clueless,” Threatens To Find New News Friend

Once upon a time, all was good between President Donald Trump and Fox News. He had a reliably conservative outlet that had many staunch supporters of his agenda. But that’s changed, according to Trump. The hiring of former Democratic National Committee chairman Donna Brazile (aka “give Hillary the (debate) questions,” according to Trump), and the […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Ghostbusters’ Returning to Theaters for 35th Anniversary

In today’s film news roundup, “Ghostbusters” tickets go on sale, the AARP sets its awards show and Matthew McConaughey is named a professor. ANNIVERSARY RELEASE Fathom Events and Sony Pictures have started selling tickets to a 35th anniversary presentation of “Ghostbusters” on Oct. 6 and 10 at more than 600 theaters. The screenings will feature an introduction with […]

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Kristen Foster, Head of Music at PMK-BNC, Exits Firm (EXCLUSIVE)

Nearly a month after it was announced that entertainment agencies PMK-BNC and Rogers & Cowan are merging, Kristen Foster, PMK-BNC’s executive VP and head of the music department, is leaving the firm, Variety has learned. Foster started at PMK-BNC in 2007 in New York, moving to Los Angeles in 2011. Her roster has included Stevie […]

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‘Vikings’ Star Travis Fimmel To Topline Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Zone 414’

EXCLUSIVE: Travis Fimmel is set to star in the Andrew Baird-directed sci-fi thriller Zone 414. Written by Bryan Edward, the film marks Baird’s feature film directorial debut. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which will launch at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Zone 414 is set in the near future in a colony […]

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Viacom And CBS Name Anthony DiClemente Head Of Investor Relations For Merged Company

Viacom and CBS have jointly named Anthony DiClemente as EVP of investor relations for the merging company, continuing in the position he has held at CBS since June. DiClemente, formerly a longtime Wall Street analyst, will report to Christina Spade, who was announced earlier this month as CFO of the combined entity. Viacom and CBS […]

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BTS’ ‘Bring the Soul’ Breaks Event Cinema Records Selling 2.55 Million Tickets

South Korean boy band BTS have broken event cinema records yet again with their latest hit “Bring the Soul: The Movie.” Big Hit Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing announced Wednesday that the documentary feature had sold a record 2.55 million tickets across 112 territories worldwide – the widest ever release for an event cinema title. “Bring the […]

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Dear Sebastian Maniscalco: MTV’s VMAs Were a Safe Space Until You Took the Stage (Guest Column)

Dear Sebastian Maniscalco: I have been an MTV loyalist to the core since video officially killed the radio star. And I love the VMAs. For as many years as I can remember, my very hip mama and I deconstructed the cutting-edge performances, the “Moon Man” (now “Person”) victories and epic fashion over coffee the next […]

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Roman Polanski, Gender Parity & Quandary Of Quotas Dominate Venice Film Festival Opening Press Conference

The Venice Film Festival is getting underway today, kicking off with the world premiere of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth. However, before the red carpet rollout this evening, there was some spirited discussion — and a bit of dissension in the ranks — at the annual opening press conference. The panel, led by Venice chief Alberto […]

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Toronto-Bound Epic Documentary ‘Women Make Film’ Drops First Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

The first trailer for Mark Cousins’ epic documentary “Women Make Film,” whose full-length 14-hour version receives its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, has been launched by Dogwoof and Hopscotch Films. Narrated by actresses Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Sharmila Tagor, Adjoa Andoh, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton, and Debra Winger, the film has been divided […]

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‘The Goldfinch’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in spending with “The Goldfinch.” Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $2.97 million through Sunday for 441 national ad airings on 38 networks. […]

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Warner Music Names Mark Fry Vice President of Nordic Region

Mark Fry has been appointed to the newly created post of Vice President, Warner Music Nordics, the company announced today. In this role he will work with Nordcs President Jonas Siljemark to support the company’s teams across the region, and will also continue to serve as managing director of Warner Music Finland, a title he has held […]

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Luca Guadagnino’s ‘The Staggering Girl’ With Julianne Moore Sells To Streaming Service MUBI For World Rights

EXCLUSIVE: Streaming service and theatrical distributor MUBI has picked up world rights to Luca Guadagnino’s short drama The Staggering Girl, which debuted at Cannes. Directed by Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), the short stars Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, KiKi Layne, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller, and Alba Rohrwacher. MUBI has acquired world rights excluding Italy, […]

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Vevo Partners With Vewd to Bring Music Videos to TiVos, Smart TVs

Major label-owned Vevo has struck a partnership with smart TV operating system provider Vewd to bring music videos to TiVo DVRs as well as smart TVs from manufacturers like Sony, Hisense and Philips. The two companies have struck a global distribution deal, meaning that Vevo content will reach consumers in North America, Europe, Latin America […]

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‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ & ‘American Gods’ Help Drive Fremantle Financials In First Half Of 2019

America’s Got Talent: The Champions and the second season of American Gods helped drive revenues and profit at Fremantle. The RTL-owned producer and distribute reported revenue growth of 23.2% in the first half of 2019 to €828M ($747M) from €672M in the same period last year. EBITA was also up significantly from €33M to €52M. […]

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Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ & Maxine Peake’s ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’ Among 10 Films In Competition At London Film Festival

Fanny Lye Deliver’d, starring Maxine Peake, and Honey Boy, featuring Shia LaBeouf, are among the titles competing in competition at the London Film Festival. The 63rd BFI London Film Festival has unveiled the ten films to compete with 60% of the features directed or co-directed by women, while Isabel Sandoval, who directed Lingua Franca, is […]

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Female Filmmakers Dominate London Film Festival Competition Lineup

Works by female directors dominate the lineup for the BFI London Film Festival’s official competition section, it was revealed Wednesday. Six of the 10 films set for the main competition of the festival’s upcoming 63rd edition are directed or co-directed by female filmmakers, including Alma Har’el’s Sundance title, “Honey Boy,” and Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Venice competitor, […]

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hollywood Coalition Wants to Help You Turn off Motion Smoothing on Your TV

Filmmakers and cinephiles alike have long taken issue with motion smoothing and other forms of video post-processing on modern-day TVs. Developed for more fluid video-game play, motion smoothing is being blamed for ruining the cinematic look of movies and TV shows. Now, the industry has united to make it easier for consumers to watch their […]

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Kellyanne Conway Sings Taylor Swift Song While Dissing Her for ‘Losing Handily’ to Trump

Remarkably, Taylor Swift’s poke at the president on the MTV Video Music Awards show for his lack of support for LGBTQ rights legislation hasn’t yet resulted in a Trump twitterstorm. But Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News Tuesday night to defend the administration’s position against the Equality Act … and to give Swift a sick […]

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‘Shark Tank’ Star Robert Herjavec Faces Sharp Loss in Hollywood Hills

Canadian entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec is known for his business acumen, but he isn’t faring so well on the real estate front. The Herjavec Group founder and CEO is so motivated to unload his Hollywood Hills home that he’s now willing to take a six-figure loss on the premises. Scarcely two years […]

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Wednesday’s SAG-AFTRA Election to Cap Bitter Battle Between Gabrielle Carteris, Matthew Modine

One of the most bitter SAG-AFTRA elections in memory concludes Wednesday following strident campaigns by president Gabrielle Carteris and Matthew Modine. Both have accused the other of multiple violations in the battle for the top slot at the performers union, which has 160,000 members. The fracas has been so heated that turnout may rise above […]

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White House Swats Down Taylor Swift’s VMAs Push For Equality Act

One day after Taylor Swift made a public appeal for the White House to acknowledge her petition supporting the Equality Act, the Trump administration has responded, saying the legislation is filled with “poison pills.” Monday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, Swift won the Video of the Year award for “You Need to Calm […]

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‘Before You Know It’ Filmmakers Detail the Journey from Sundance Lab to Theatrical Release



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Leslie Jones To Host ‘Supermarket Sweep’ Reboot For Fremantle With Multiple Networks Pursuing

EXCLUSIVE: As we reported earlier today, Saturday Night Live standout Leslie Jones is leaving NBC’s late-night sketch comedy program after five seasons to pursue a slew of film and TV projects. Deadline can reveal that one of these projects is Supermarket Sweep, a reboot of the classic TV game show, which Jones will be hosting […]

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‘The Irishman’ Will Be 3.5 Hours Long Because Martin Scorsese Can Do No Wrong

Are you sitting down, folks? The New York Film Festival has revealed that Martin Scorsese's The Irishman will boast a running time of... wait for it... 210 minutes. That is exactly 3-and-one-half-hours. You could literally watch Crank and Crank: High Voltage in that time frame, and still have roughly 10 minutes to spare. Now, I know what you're thinking. 3.5 hours? That's a lot of movie. Why are movies so freakin' long these days? Well, normally I would agree, but when it's Scorsese teaming up with Robert De Niro and Joe …

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TrillTV & Kapital Entertainment Sell Comedies To CBS From Writers Ajay Sahgal & Mark Gross

Wendi Trilling’s TrillTV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment have set up two multi-camera half-hour series projects at CBS, a workaholic comedy from writer Ajay Sahgal (Merry Happy Whatever) and a roommates comedy written by Mark Gross (Man With A Plan). Both comedies are produced through CBS TV Studios where Gross is under an overall deal. […]

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Disney To “Vigorously” Fight New $60M Harvey Weinstein Assault Suit From Paz De La Huerta

Almost a year after first taking the much-accused Harvey Weinstein to court, Paz de la Huerta has today added the Walt Disney Company, its former CEO Michael Eisner and current CEO Bob Iger plus Bob Weinstein and Miramax to a revised version multi-claim version of the complaint – and Disney wants out asap. “Defendant Robert […]

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William Sadler and Mike C. Manning To Star In Horror Feature ‘Slapface’

EXCLUSIVE: When They See Us actor William Sadler and Mike C. Manning will stir up some scares in the forthcoming horror feature Slapface written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp. The film is set to shoot later this fall. The pic follows Lucas (August Maturo from The Nun) who lives with his older brother (Manning) after the loss of their […]

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See the First Set Photos of Tilda Swinton, Apichatpong Weerasethakul ‘Memoria’ Shoot (EXCLUSIVE)

Filming kicked off in Colombia on August 19 for Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tilda Swinton-led “Memoria,” the filmmaker’s first feature to be shot outside his home country. Germany’s The Match Factory, which has represented several of Weerasethakul’s  previous films on the international market including 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His […]

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A$AP Rocky Suspended Sentence Stands as Swedish Prosecutor Rules Out Appeal

A$AP Rocky will face no further threat of imprisonment in Sweden after the prosecutor in his assault case announced Tuesday that he would not appeal the court’s decision to give the rapper a suspended sentence. The artist, whose real name is Rakim Myers, and two companions, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were found guilty of assault in […]

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Fremantle Developing Horror Anthology Series With ‘Got Talent’ Star The Sacred Riana

Fremantle is developing an English-language scripted project starring Indonesian magician and illusionist The Sacred Riana after striking a partnership with Indonesian firm Wahana Kreator Nusantara. The American Gods producer is developing horror anthology series The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories is an English-language, inspired by folklore and urban legends. The Sacred Riana got to the quarter […]

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Secures Bali-Set Asian Remake Via PCCW-Owned Digital Platform Viu

Pretty Little Liars is getting an Asian remake after Warner Bros struck a deal with pan-regional digital service Viu. The teen drama, which ran for seven seasons on ABC Family and Freeform, is to be localized in Bahasa and filmed in Bali as part of the Indonesian and Malaysian adaptation. Set in the fictional town […]

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Viu Asian Streamer Sets up Indonesian Adaptation of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Multi-territory, Asian streaming service, Viu is to produce an Indonesian adaptation of U.S. hit series “Pretty Little Liars.” Localized in Bahasa and filmed in Bali, the series follows a group of four estranged undergraduate students whose group fell apart when their former leader went missing. The girls come back together in the face of danger, […]

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Monday, August 26, 2019

MPAA Fires Top Lawyer After Rape Allegations & Arrest

Three days after being arrested by District of Columbia police for the alleged sexual assault and attempt to blackmail a woman he met on an online dating site, the general counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America has been axed from the Hollywood lobbyist organization. “This is to inform you that Steve Fabrizio’s employment […]

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Fremantle Sets up Scripted TV deal With Indonesia’s Wahana

International TV production group Fremantle and Indonesia’s Wahana Kreator Nusantara have agreed a partnership for scripted projects. The first is an Asian horror anthology “The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories,” starring Indonesian magician and illusionist The Sacred Riana. “Bedtime Stories” is an English-language series set around the continent and inspired by folklore and urban legends. Each […]

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TV Review: The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards

There were some strangely mixed messages in the opening minutes of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Swift kicked things off with all the rainbow flamboyance she and a troupe of drag queens could muster for her tolerance-and-pride anthem “You Need to Calm Down.” This was immediately succeeded by host Sebastian Maniscalco, inspirer of […]

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Film News Roundup: Tobin Bell Starring in ‘Mouth to Mouth’ Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

In today’s film news roundup, Tobin Bell, David Walton, Majandra Delfino and Mickey Rourke are cast; “Dark Waters,” “Covers” and “Albanian Gangster” get release dates. CASTINGS “Saw” actor Tobin Bell will star in the independent comedy “Mouth to Mouth,” Variety has learned exclusively. The project will be produced by Dean C. Jones, Starr Jones, and […]

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Top MPAA Executive Steven Fabrizio Fired Amid Sexual Abuse, Blackmail Charges

Steven Fabrizio, a top executive at the Motion Picture Association of America, has been fired following charges of secondary sexual abuse and blackmail. Fabrizio served as general counsel to the trade group, which represents the interests of Hollywood on Capitol Hill. He was charged on Saturday in in Washington, D.C. On Monday morning, MPAA Chairman […]

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Universal Music Refutes Claims of Last Artist in Lawsuit Over 2008 Fire, Requests Dismissal

In court papers filed late Monday, an attorney for Universal Music Group refuted the claims of the final remaining artist filing suit over masters lost in a 2008 fire, providing evidence in the form of emails that the artist in question, Soundgarden, had been informed that masters were lost. The company requests the dismissal of […]

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Conan O’Brien Tours Greenland, Finds Something To Make Trump “More Interested”

By now you’ve probably heard President Trump wants to buy Greenland. While some people think the idea is nuts, Conan O’Brien is intrigued. On Monday night’s episode of Conan, the TBS late-night comedian said he flew to Greenland “on behalf of the United States” for an exploratory mission. “I left Wednesday night and just got […]

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Dave Chappelle Doesn’t Believe Michael Jackson Accusers, Defends ‘Cancelled’ Celebrities

Dave Chappelle doesn’t waste any time wading into controversy in his latest Netflix comedy special: the comedian doubts the Michael Jackson accusers, talks Kevin Hart’s Oscars controversy, discusses Louis C.K. and R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct allegations and makes fun of trans people in “Sticks and Stones,” which dropped Monday. “I don’t believe these motherf—ers,” says […]

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Annapurna Resolves More Than $200 Million in Debt, Pushes Ahead Without Banks (EXCLUSIVE)

Annapurna Pictures has resolved more than $200 million in debt, insiders close to the matter told Variety, after weeks of hardball between top financial institutions and Larry Ellison, Oracle billionaire and father of Annapurna CEO Megan Ellison. Participants in the studio’s revolving credit facility will receive roughly $0.82 on the dollar to cure more than […]

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Eva Longoria Directing Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Movie

Eva Longoria will direct Fox Searchlight’s “Flamin’ Hot,” a biopic about the man who created the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Variety first reported in February, 2018, that Searchlight and DeVon Franklin were set to produce the film “Flamin’ Hot,” which will tell the true story of Richard Montanez, who rose from humble beginnings to being […]

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Can ‘Hustlers’ Really Deliver A Record $26M Live-Action Opening For Jennifer Lopez & STX? – Box Office Early Forecast

While everyone is expecting New Line’s It: Chapter 2 to tee us off into what is expected to be a lucrative fall-holiday season with at least a $90M-$110M start, one shocker that hit tracking last Thursday: STX Entertainment’s Jennifer Lopez-Constance Wu stripper crime drama came on with a hot $24M-$26M projection. Typically we post projections ASAP for […]

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BTS Wins First VMA in Controversial K-Pop Category

To no one’s surprise, BTS – one of the world’s most famous boy bands – won the MTV Video Music Award’s inaugural award for Best K-pop group for their song “Boy With Luv.” The septet didn’t attend the ceremony to accept their Moon Man trophy. While the new category appears to be a nod to […]

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Taylor Swift Opens VMAs With Colorful ‘Calm Down’-‘Lover’ Medley

To say that Taylor Swift brought a lot of plotlines with her to the VMAs is one of the understatements of a hardly understated evening: There’s “Lover,” the critically praised new album; there’s the less-critically praised feud with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, who purchased the rights to Swift’s back catalog; there’s the reunion with […]

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Zooey Deschanel Sells Her Old House in Manhattan Beach

After more than a year on the market and a series of declining prices that started out at an in-hindsight too rosy $5.25 million, “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel and indie film producer Jacob Pechenik have sold their old house, a family-sized Cape Cod inspired residence in affluent Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $4.7 million. Unfortunately […]

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Eva Longoria To Direct Cheetos Movie ‘Flamin’ Hot’ For Fox Searchlight & Franklin Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Multi-hyphenate Eva Longoria has landed the directing job for Flamin’ Hot, the Fox Searchlight biopic about Richard Montanez who created the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. DeVon Franklin will produce the pic under his Franklin Entertainment label, which is currently under a production deal at Fox. Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the job […]

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‘A Moody’s Christmas’: Chelsea Frei To Star In Fox’s Holiday Event Comedy Series

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Frei (Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter), is set as a lead opposite Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins in A Moody Christmas, Fox’s half-hour holiday event series adaptation of the Australian series. Slated to air in December, the single-camera comedy series hails from CBS TV Studios, which will co-produce with Fox Entertainment. Written by […]

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Fab Five Grooming Expert Jonathan Van Ness On ‘Queer Eye’ Season 4, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Controversy & Bringing An End To ‘Gay Of Thrones’

For Jonathan Van Ness, best known as the grooming expert within Queer Eye’s Fab Five, the summer of 2019 came with mixed emotions. Seeing the Netflix reality series pick up six more Emmy nominations was, of course, cause for celebration. Just two months earlier, though, the pop culture aficionado said goodbye to HBO’s Game of […]

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‘Emergence’: ABC To Unveil First Nine Minutes Of Allison Tolman Drama Series Online

ABC said today that the first nine minutes of supernatural drama Emergence will be made available online late Monday night/Tuesday morning. The clip will post at 12:10 a.m. PT on YouTube, ABC.com, Twitter, Facebook and Hulu. We will add the video here once it posts. Written and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Emergence follows […]

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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Producer Shannon McIntosh Sets Martial Arts Movie Slate With UK Firm GFM

EXCLUSIVE: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood producer and Quentin Tarantino regular collaborator Shannon McIntosh has set a four-picture venture with Evolution Pictures, the genre label of UK sales outfit GFM Films. McIntosh Films will team with Evolution on four martial arts action movies, which will be produced by McIntosh and H. Daniel Gross (Halloween: […]

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New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Footage Arrives, Teases the End of an Era

The first Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sizzle reel featuring new footage from the film has been released to the masses. The footage was initially shown at Disney's D23 Expo on Saturday, August 24. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams, and the cast including the Skywalker saga sequel trilogy leads Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) were all on hand to present the footage. [caption id="attachment_781699" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Vanity Fair[/caption] The Rise of Skywalker is the final installment in the sequel trilogy …

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Why Wasn’t Jennifer Lopez Nominated for an Oscar for ‘Selena’?

Twenty two years ago, Jennifer Lopez became a star with “Selena.” The musical biopic about Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the queen of Tejano music whose life was tragically cut short, earned more than $35 million at the domestic box office, solid numbers for an adult drama released in 1997. And “Selena” has had a long post-theatrical life, […]

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Ron Meyer’s $125 Million Malibu House Sells to Tech Billionaire

Even as recession fears continue to plague an increasingly volatile U.S. stock market and high-end real estate transactions grow sluggish, several Los Angeles residential mega-deals have nonetheless been recorded this summer — all neatly in a row. Up in this “unicorn” category’s rarefied air, Uber’s Garrett Camp and Eliza Nguyen paid $72.5 million for a […]

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GMA’s Lara Spencer Apologizes On-Air For Prince George Ballet Joke: “I Screwed Up”

Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer apologized further Monday morning on-air over the comments she made last week about six-year-old Prince George taking ballet. “I screwed up,” Spencer told viewers Monday morning. “The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am deeply sorry.”  She went on to say she’d spoken with […]

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Hollywood Shuts Out Latino Actors, Filmmakers (Study)

Hollywood has failed miserably to provide Latino actors with starring roles in major movies, according to a new study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. To draw its conclusions, the report examined the 100 top grossing movies from 2007 to 2018 and found that only 3% of the films had Latino actors in lead or […]

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Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Fest’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award

Martin Scorsese will receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film Nov. 14 at a black-tie gala dinner, with proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival’s free year-round educational programs. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara. Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman,” will be released […]

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How Jennifer Lopez Learned to Dance Again

Nothing can stop Jennifer Lopez, not even a blackout. On July 13, she was ready for another night of “It’s My Party,” a strenuous two-hour arena-sized reworking of her successful Las Vegas residency. But as she took the stage, a massive power outage in New York City cut all the lights at Madison Square Garden. […]

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USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and NALIP Study Finds Hollywood Fails To Make The Grade With Latinx Representation In Film

The summer movie season is coming to a close and there have been diverse stories sprinkled amongst the films featured in theaters, but one group remains underrepresented: Latinos. In a study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in partnership with National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Wise Entertainment, […]

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Martin Scorsese To Receive SBIFF’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film

Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese, whose latest film is the much-anticipated The Irishman, has been selected to receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  The honor, which benefits SBIFF’s year round educational programs,  will be presented on Thursday November 14 at a Black Tie dinner at […]

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Pop Is Crushing Hip-Hop in 2019, According to Hit Song Study

The number of new hip-hop songs reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 is dropping dramatically in 2019 as opposed to last year, according to “The State of the Hot 100 Top Ten,” a quarterly analysis of the compositional and industry trends issued by analysts Hit Songs Deconstructed. While the study looks at […]

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IFC Midnight Picks Up Berlin & Tribeca Feminist Noir ‘Knives And Skin’

EXCLUSIVE: IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Jennifer Reeder’s coming-of-age thriller Knives And Skin, which played at Berlin, Tribeca, and Fantasia. The deal was negotiated by IFC Films EVP of Acquisitions and Productions Arianna Bocco and acquisitions coordinator Adam Koehler, with CAA/Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers. Next festivals for the feature will […]

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Sandra Oh To Narrate Wildlife Doc ‘She Walks With Apes’ Featuring Jane Goodall For Canada’s CBC

Sandra Oh is to narrate a feature-length documentary about three women who went into the jungles of Africa and Borneo to live with great apes. She Walks With Apes, for Canada’s CBC, features featuring Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, who was the subject of Brett Morgen’s Nat Geo doc Jane. The film […]

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 5 Blazes To Series’ Best Launch Ever As Shelby Family Moves To BBC One

Peaky Blinders blazed back onto UK television on Sunday night, scoring its best-debut ever with an average 3.7M viewers in the overnights. The Cillian Murphy-led series, now airing on BBC One, comfortably won the 9PM slot with a 22.8 share, and peaked at 4M viewers. The six-episode 5th season marks a move to Sundays and […]

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Venice: Cinephil Takes World Sales on HBO-produced Doc ‘Collective,’ also in Toronto (EXCLUSIVE)

Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil has taken world sales on Emmy Award-winning director Alexander Nanau’s “Collective,” an investigation into the tragic 2015 fire in a Bucharest night club, fallout from which toppled Romania’s government. The high-profile doc is screening in Venice and Toronto. Co-produced by Nanau with HBO Europe and Romania’s Samsa Film — and […]

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Donald Sutherland to Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award

MADRID — The San Sebastian Festival has announced the third and final recipient of this year’s Donostia career achievement awards, Canadian actor Donald Sutherland. He will accept his award before the screening of his latest film, Guiseppe Capotondi’s “The Burnt Orange Heresy.” With more than 200 credited performances over the past half-century, Sutherland stands tall, […]

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‘Weathering With You’ Hit Anime Selected as Japan’s Oscars Contender

“Weathering with You,” the hit animation by Makoto Shinkai, has been selected as Japan’s contender for a the International Feature Film Awards at the Oscars, the Japan Motion Picture Producers Association(Eiren) announced on Monday. As of Wednesday last week, “Weathering” had grossed more than $94 million in Japanese theaters. The film is the first animated […]

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China Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Roars to Top With $101 Million Debut

Revving up against a line-up completely devoid of serious competitors, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” roared to the top of China’s box office with a $101 million debut, figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway show — more than four times the haul of the weekend’s second highest grossing title. China is one of the […]

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France’s Mars Films Put Under Court-Ordered Financial Restructuring, Plans to Focus on Production (EXCLUSIVE)

Mars Films, a leading French distribution company that released American indie films such as Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight” in France, has been put under financial restructuring and monitoring for six months by a business court in Paris. The company, which has 23 employees, went into receivership Aug. 1 after it stopped […]

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First Look: Trailer for Venice Critics’ Week Prison Drama ‘El Principe’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“How did you end up in here?” an older inmate asks Jaime, a young man who unexpectedly finds himself in prison. The answer: He killed his best friend. “El Principe” is Chilean director Sebastián Muñoz’s debut feature and has its world premiere in the Critics’ Week section at the Venice Film Festival. Set in Chile […]

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Amazon Prime Video Signs Distribution Deal With Altice Europe (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Prime Video has unveiled its first distribution deal with a telco in France, signing a pact with Altice Europe, which owns leading French internet, mobile and cable-TV provider SFR. The deal will give SFR customers access to the service via their set-top boxes, which is crucial in France, where households still consume content mostly […]

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp On Tonight’s Big Death In Final Season Debut, How Starz Drama Ends & Fear Of Failure

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about tonight’s Power Sixth & Final Season Opener “The final scene of the show is definitely the final scene that I always envisioned,” says Power executive producer Courtney Kemp as the sixth and last season of the Starz drama kicked off tonight with a very big death. After five […]

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‘The Affair’ Final Season: Opening Episode Recap & Creator Sarah Treem Explains How The Show’s Carrying On Without Joshua Jackson

SPOILERS ABOUND IN THIS FIRST EPISODE RECAP AND SARAH TREEM INTERVIEW: Back for its fifth and final season, Showtime’s The Affair comes back with some real surprises. The show was modeled on the varying viewpoints of four main characters: Noah and Helen Solloway, and Alison and Cole Lockhart. Noah (Dominic West) and Helen (Maura Tierney) […]

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‘Power’ Creator Courtney A. Kemp On Why Starz Series Hasn’t Gotten Awards Recognition

“Power” is a top ratings performer for Starz and has a hugely committed fanbase, but the series has lacked in its awards recognition. Other than honors from the NAACP Image Awards, “Power” has not received any awards or nominations from the Emmys, Golden Globes or SAG — something that star and executive producer Curtis “50 […]

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‘Good Morning America’ Host Lara Spencer Slammed By Gene Kelly’s Widow For Mocking Ballet

The widow of famed actor/dancer Gene Kelly has leaped into the fray regarding Lara Spencer’s comments on ballet. Patricia Ward Kelly responded in an open letter after Spencer, the Good Morning America host, mocked young Prince George over his ballet lessons, holding back laughter at the prospect of the six-year-old dancing. “In 1958, my late […]

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Netflix Boards Tony Ayres’ Tech Thriller ‘Clickbait’

Top Australian film and TV creator, Tony Ayres, “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and Christian White have set up “Clickbait,” a new thriller series for Netflix. It probes probing the dangers of social media and the widening gulf between people’s real and virtual selves. The show is to be produced in Melbourne, Australia through NBC […]

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Netflix, Tony Ayres & David Heyman Team For ‘Clickbait’ Thriller Series

Netflix is teaming with The Slap and Glitch’s Tony Ayres and super-producer David Heyman on thriller Clickbait. The eight-episode series is created by Ayres and is an NBCUniversal International Studios production. Shooting will take place in Melbourne. Ayres will also showrun and executive produce the character-based drama via his Tony Ayres Productions, which is backed […]

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‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ Wraps Filming According to Sentimental Ed Solomon Photos

Bill & Ted writer Ed Solomon confirmed filming on Bill & Ted Face the Music had wrapped with a series of commemorative photos and videos on Twitter over the weekend. Solomon has been faithfully documenting the Bill & Ted Face the Music shoot down in New Orleans, Louisiana since filming began in June. The sentimental tweetstorm began on Saturday when Solomon tweeted out two lone director's chairs in front of a green screen, with "Bill" and "Ted" printed on each. Accompanying the photo was the first whiff of confirmation shooting had finished: "Annnnnd... just like that... it's in …

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Kevin Feige and Tom Holland Address Spider-Man’s MCU Exit

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Tom Holland addressed Spider-Man's inevitable exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following a breakdown in negotiations between Disney and Sony Pictures earlier this week. The two studios reportedly failed to reach an agreement over producer credits on future Spider-Man movies. Feige and Holland both sat down with Entertainment Weekly during appearances at Disney's D23 Expo over the weekend to share their thoughts on the result of the Marvel-Sony rift: Spider-Man's inevitable exit from the MCU and what that means both for Marvel and for Holland's future …

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Nathan Fillion Boarding James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’

EXCLUSIVE: We’re also hearing that Nathan Fillion will be starring in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad at Warner Bros. The actor’s role is being kept under wraps. Fillion has a long history of working with Gunn: He played the voice of a monstrous inmate in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bill Pardy in Gunn’s 2006 horror comedy Slither and […]

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Twenty-Five Years Later, Oliver Stone’s ‘Natural Born Killers’ Is, More than Ever, the Spectacle of Our Time (Column)

Works of art that were once radical tend to find their cozy place in the cultural ecosystem. It’s almost funny to think that an audience ever booed “The Rite of Spring,” or that the Sex Pistols shocked people to their souls, or that museum patrons once stood in front of Jackson Pollock’s splatter paintings or […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance Commits $5 Million to Amazon Fires

Earth Alliance, an environmental initiative backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, has committed $5 million toward the preservation of the Amazon rain forest following an alarming surge in wildfires. After launching Sunday, the organization’s emergency Amazon Forest Fund is working to support local partners and indigenous communities in their efforts to protect the sensitive habitats within the […]

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Taylor Swift On Kanye MTV Video Music Awards Interrupt: “That Stuff Doesn’t Happen In Real Life”

The MTV Video Music Awards have had many memorable moments. But none can top Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 awards. The annual awards show heads to Newark, N.J. tomorrow at the Prudential Center. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hosts, with performances by Swift, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and more. Swift and […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Succeeds with $21 Million Opening Weekend

Angel Has Fallen proved to be an unstoppable force at this weekend's box office. The Gerard Butler-led threequel smashed through predictions and earned $21 million domestically. It's come very close in its first weekend take to 2016's London Has Fallen, which earned $21.6 million when it hit theaters, but neither film has managed to crack the success of the film that kicked off the franchise, 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, which earned $30.4 million domestically. There were some notable switch-ups in the box office rankings, too, as new arrivals shuffled around in the …

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‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’ Bolts to Top Weekend Finish; ‘Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool’ Solid in Exclusive Bow: Specialty Box Office

Amazon Studios’ Brittany Runs A Marathon sprinted to a robust start in its first weekend, topping a mid-sized slate of new specialty openers. The Sundance premiere written and directed by feature newcomer Paul Downs Colaizzo and starring Jillian Bell grossed an estimated $175,969 in the three-day, averaging $35,194. Brittany’s opening was cheered on by Q&As in […]

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Disney+ Will Release Episodes Weekly, Not All at Once

In the flurry of all the news about Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ out of D23, something pretty major got lost in the shuffle: how the episodes will be released. While Netflix made popular the “binge model” in which all episodes of a season are released at once, available to watch as quickly as possible, it appears Disney+ will be taking a more traditional approach to its content rollout. Per TVLine, episodes of shows released on Disney+ will be released on a weekly basis, instead of releasing all episodes of a season at once. That means the live-action …

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Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Scores $102 Million Debut in China, Nears $600 Million Globally

Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” returned to first place on international box office charts, thanks to a massive $102 million debut in China. The “Fast & Furious” spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, collected another $120 million overseas, boosting its foreign tally to $441 million. “Hobbs & Shaw” is nearing the $600 million mark globally, […]

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Taylor Swift: Scott Borchetta ‘Has 300 Million Reasons to Forget’ Scooter Braun Warnings

In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Taylor Swift charged that the president of her former label, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, has a selective memory when it came to recalling just how she’s long felt about Scooter Braun, who acquired her catalog when his Ithaca Holdings purchased the record company. “I knew he would sell […]

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Disney+ Series ‘Loki’ Finds Director in ‘Sex Education’ Helmer Kate Herron

Forthcoming Disney+ series Loki has found its director. The news arrived early Saturday morning just as the second day of the 2019 D23 Expo was kicking off. The series will see Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki, the God of Mischief and baby brother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), after he escaped from the Battle of New York in Avengers: Endgame. On Friday, director Kate Herron finally revealed in a tweet that she would be directing Loki. "Secret is out! So happy to say I’m directing #Loki for @MarvelStudios," Herron wrote. "It’s a privilege to continue his story, …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

There’s a statement that’s been attributed to a number of people, to wit: there are three sides to every story. Yours, mine, and the truth. Keep that in mind when trying to determine what to believe on reports emanating from the G7 Summit in France. That’s where President Donald Trump has been this weekend, and […]

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Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Rises to No. 1 With $21 Million Debut

“Angel Has Fallen,” the third chapter in Lionsgate and Millenium’s action franchise starring Gerard Butler, had a stronger opening weekend than expected, collecting $21.25 million during its first three days of release. Those ticket sales were enough to top domestic box office charts, bumping last weekend’s champ, Universal’s comedy “Good Boys,” to second place. Starring […]

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‘Amanda’ Takes Home Best Int’l Film at 15th Sanfic

SANTIAGO, Chile    French director Mikhael Hers’ “Amanda” scooped up the Best Int’l Film award Saturday (Aug. 24) at the 15th Santiago Int’l Film Fest (Sanfic), which reported a 20% audience uptick in the past two years and continues to grow its reputation as the most vibrant and prominent film festival in the Latin America’s Southern […]

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Obamas Unveil Their Summer Playlist – Lil Nas X, Rolling Stones Make The Cut

Forty four is jamming to 44 songs this summer. President Barack Obama shared the former first couple’s summer 2019 playlist today on social media, and it includes 44 songs spanning multiple decades. “With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, […]

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Cruella, Kit Harrington and Black Panther’s Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday. The Anaheim, Ca. set expo brought star power, if not a bit fewer surprises than its streaming sister, as […]

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MTV VMAs Add Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean To All-Star Finale Performance

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards are going heavily hip-hop. The network will close out the kudofest with a New Jersey-themed performance featuring rap pioneers hailing from the Garden State. Among the all-star roster are Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Redman and Wyclef Jean, who moved to Newark from Haiti and later formed Grammy-winning group, […]

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‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Release Date Announced in First Teaser

Netflix has finally confirmed the Breaking Bad movie release date — and it's going to be here sooner than you think. That means it's time to start re-binging the essential episodes, read all of the refreshers, and making sure you do everything else in your power to prepare properly because this new Breaking Bad tale is going to be one tense, wild ride. Both the release date and the official title for the Breaking Bad movie were confirmed in a short teaser released late on Saturday afternoon. The teaser features Skinny Pete (Charles Baker, returning to the role) …

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Film News Roundup: Austin Festival Selects Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’

In today’s film news roundup, the Austin Film Festival selects a Terrence Malick title, “A Day Without a Mexican” gets a sequel and DCR Finance signs a first-look deal. FESTIVAL SCREENING The Austin Film Festival will screen Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” which won the Francois Chalais and Ecumenical Jury awards at the Cannes Film […]

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Emily VanCamp, Kat Dennings, Randall Park Returning To Marvel Universe; Kathryn Hahn and Wyatt Russell Joining – D23 Disney+ Day

Today at D23’s Disney+ session, it was announced that some Marvel faves are returning to the MCU via their upcoming series, with a couple of new faces. Kathryn Hahn will be joining the cast of the Scarlet Witch and Vision series WandaVision which drops in 2021.  Marvel boss Kevin Feige announced today that Kat Dennings and Randall […]

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First ‘Marvel’s What If?’ Footage Reveals Captain Carter, Bucky vs. Zombies, and More



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Ewan McGregor Confirms ‘Obi-Wan’ Series at D23; Filming Expected to Begin Next Year

After much speculation, Disney has confirmed that Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a Disney+ series, the studio announced Friday at its D23 Expo in Anaheim. “We have all the scripts written and we’re ready to start shooting next year," said Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. [caption id="attachment_553927" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Lucasfilm[/caption] The Obi-wan series will be the third live-action show spun-off from the Star Wars universe, following Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian and a Rogue One prequel series that will star Diego Luna as Cassian …

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‘The Muppets’ Short-Form Series Coming to Disney Plus

Kermit, Miss Piggy and co. are coming to Disney Plus. A short-form unscripted series starring the goofy puppets is set to premiere on the forthcoming Disney streaming service in 2020. The news was announced at the Disney Plus D23 Expo event. The announcement came with a brief teaser of Kermit and Joe the Legal Weasel […]

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‘Succession’ Composer Nicholas Britell on Making Music for the One Percent

The Roys, the media empire family at the heart of HBO’s “Succession,” are ridiculously rich. They’re manipulative and cruel. They’re also a bit delusional and absurd. When Nicholas Britell conceived the show’s score, he wanted to capture all of that. “I wrote in this almost late-1700s, dark classical zone,” says Britell, the Oscar-nominated composer of […]

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Blake Lively’s ‘The Rhythm Section’ Moved From Pre-Thanksgiving To 2020

Paramount Pictures has moved back the release of its Blake Lively thriller — again. The Rhythm Section, which had been set to open November 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving, now is set for January 31. It’s the second release-date change this year for the Reed Morano-directed spy film, which still has not generated a trailer. […]

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Samara Weaving and Andie MacDowell Discuss the Horror Black Comedy ‘Ready or Not’



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Blake Lively’s ‘Rhythm Section’ Moved Back to 2020

Paramount Pictures has moved the release date of Blake Lively’s “The Rhythm Section” back two months from Nov. 22 to Jan. 31, 2020, the weekend of Super Bowl LIV. The spy tale, adapted from Mark Burnell’s novels surrounding character Stephanie Patrick, is produced by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson through their […]

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Emily VanCamp, Kat Dennings, Randall Park Will Reprise Marvel Roles in Disney Plus Series

Marvel is bringing back some of the best of its supporting cast and adding some new star power for its upcoming series on streaming service Disney Plus. At the D23 Expo event Friday in Anaheim, Marvel announced that Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as SHIELD agent Sharon Carter in the upcoming action drama “The […]

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Ewan McGregor Confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus Series to Shoot Next Year

Ewan McGregor has confirmed that he will be reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus series centered around the powerful Jedi, after Variety previously reported that he was in talks for the series. At Disney biennial D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday, McGregor provided more details about the prospective show and […]

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‘The Mandalorian’: Watch the First Trailer for ‘Star Wars’ Series

The gunslinging lone warrior — the Mandalorian, as they call him — calls the far reaches of the “Star Wars” galaxy home. Disney dropped the first trailer for the spinoff series during its biennial D23 convention on Friday, finally giving fans a closer look at the franchise’s newest character. “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, who […]

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Ewan McGregor Disney+ Series Shooting Next Year, All Scripts Ready – D23

Lucusfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy made it official to fans today that an Obi-Wan series is coming to Disney+. She brought Ewan McGregor on stage who begged the question to the room: “Ask me if I’m going to play Obi-Wan”, a question he has received backstage at awards shows to reporter phone calls. “We have all the scripts […]

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The Muppets Short-Form Series Officially Coming To Disney+

During Disney+’s presentation at Disney’s D23 event Friday, the company confirmed a short-form series featuring the Muppets. The “unscripted” series, titled Muppets Now, will debut in 2020. The variety show, featuring celebrity guests, harkens back to the classic The Muppet Show, which too featured a celebrity guest in each episode. Disney+ had been trying for […]

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Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Adds Kat Dennings, Randall Park and Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn has joined the cast of Marvel's Disney+ series WandaVision, which will also see Kat Dennings and Randall Park reprise their respective MCU roles as the scientist Darcy from Thor and government agent Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are set to return as Wanda and Vision, the latter of whom died in Avengers: Infinity War and did not come back for Avengers: Endgame. WandaVision is described as a cross between a typical MCU epic and a sitcom, which explains why Hahn has been cast as Wanda's nosy neighbor. Elsewhere, …

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‘The Mandalorian’ Trailer Introduces Pedro Pascal’s Intergalactic Gunfighter

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first trailer for The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars TV show created by Jon Favreau for Disney+. The series stars Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal as a "lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy" after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and before the rise of the First Order in The Force Awakens. The Mandalorian also stars Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito. Favreau penned the series, while high-profile names like Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, …

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Hilary Duff Returning as ‘Lizzie McGuire in New Disney+ Series

Did you think Disney+ was going to turn up at D23 without announcing some new IP content? Heck no! Disney Channel queen Lizzie McGuire is coming back for more life and love and coming of age. Hilary Duff was on hand at D23 in Anaheim, California to announce the return of her iconic early-aughts character, who will headline a new show as a 30-year-old millennial navigating life in New York City. (And anyone who watches Younger can tell you she's excellent at that role.) Original series creator Terri Minsky will return as showrunner, for the series, …

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“Star Wars”, “Avengers” And “Moana” Attractions Being Added By Disney Parks

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP) has outlined plans for three new major attractions at its theme parks, as well as a redesign of the Walt Disney World Resort-adjacent Epcot Center. The plans were detailed in an exhibit at the D23 Expo 2019, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. as part […]

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First Trailer for Disney+’s ‘Noelle’ Brings Kendrick and Hader Home for the Holidays

The first trailer for the Disney+ holiday comedy Noelle has arrived, courtesy of D23. We'll have our thoughts up shortly but wanted to bring it to your attention as quickly as possible. Originally filmed for a theatrical release way back when the two-hander starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader was coming together, Disney slated the Christmasy comedy for a November 2019 release. But that was around the same time that early plans for their high-profile streaming service Disney+ were coming together, so they opted to launch the film on that platform instead. Don't expect to see …

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‘Lady and the Tramp’: Disney’s Live-Action Remake Gets First Trailer (Watch)

Ready your dog-friendly bowl of spaghetti, Disney has debuted the first trailer for its live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. The teaser was released during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim at the Disney + presentation. In addition to Thompson and Theroux, who play the Lady and Tramp, respectively, […]

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Fred Durst Has No Woodstock ’99 Regrets: ‘Limp Bizkit Is an Easy Target So Bring it On’

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is finally talking about Woodstock ’99 — the second anniversary of the 1969 festival that offered throngs of attendees a polar opposite experience to peace, love and mellow music. Now the stuff of legend — and a stellar multi-episode podcast series from The Ringer called “Break Stuff” — riots, fires […]

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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer Reveals the First Look at Disney’s Live-Action Love Story

Disney has released the first trailer for Lady and the Tramp, the live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic about two star-crossed dogs falling in love. Separating itself a bit from the all-digital-all-the-time strategy of Jon Favreau's The Lion King, the Lady and the Tramp update is using actual dogs in the lead roles, voiced by Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me). Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) directs from a script by Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls). Originally conceived as a film with a traditional theater …

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Marvel Sets ‘Moon Knight’ and ‘She-Hulk’ Series on Disney+

Marvel Studios did not mess around when it came to their San Diego Comic-Con announcements this year, so you better believe they're bringing just as much to the stage at the Disney-centric convention D23. During a jam-packed presentation, MCU chief Kevin Feige revealed that Moon Knight and She-Hulk are both getting their own series on the upcoming Disney streaming service. No further casting or creative details were revealed at the time, but Feige teased the She-Hulk series, saying "Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU" and teed up the new …

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bufo Sets Key Cast for Co-Production ‘The Gravedigger’ (EXCLUSIVE)

HAUGESUND, Norway  —   Actor Omar Abdi, who starred in the Ahmed-scripted short “Citizens,” and actress Yasmin Warsame, who made her name as a Canadian model, will topline romantic-tragedy “The Gravedigger,” the latest big screen project from Bufo, the Helsinki-based outfit behind Berlinale winner “The Other Side of Hope.” The film follows a Djibouti gravedigger […]

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Film Review: ‘Jacob’s Ladder’

It’s understandable that someone would want to remake “Jacob’s Ladder,” Adrian Lyne’s 1990 head-trip thriller about a Vietnam veteran haunted by fragmentary nightmare visions. I was far from alone in finding the original to be an overwrought but rather thin “psychological” horror film that was more punishing than pleasurable. And it wasn’t exactly a hit, […]

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Film Review: ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’

Still beloved and routinely revived 55 years after its Broadway debut — including a Yiddish-language version now playing in New York — “Fiddler on the Roof” is a popular phenomenon that shows no sign of subsiding. Max Lewkowicz’s “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” provides an entertaining if hardly exhaustive overview of how the unlikely success […]

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Album Review: Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’

Sitting in a hot tub on “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch stole the sobriquet “love-ah” from the lexicon of acceptable terms of endearment — and, by golly, Taylor Swift is reaching into that oily water and stealing it back. The word doesn’t sound unctuous on her lips as she repeats it in […]

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Film Review: ‘Burn’

There’s more smoke than fire in “Burn,” a reasonably promising single-location thriller that never quite settles on what it wants to be — a straight-up suspense piece, twisty black comedy, oddball character study, etc. “All the above” would be a tall but not impossible order to pull off. The problem is that writer-director Mike Gan’s […]

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner Krista Vernoff Asks Bob Iger, ABC To Drop Sean Spicer From ‘Dancing With The Stars’

The backlash against former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s forthcoming appearance on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars continues to build.  The latest to object is Grey’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff, who posted tonight on Twitter. “I deeply abhor this decision by the company I work for and truly love,” she […]

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Tim Connolly, Former Hulu/Disney Executive, Exits Quibi As Short-Form Streamer Reorganizes

Former Hulu executive Tim Connolly, who headed partnerships and distribution as one of the high-profile executives for Hollywood upstart Quibi, has left the company in what’s been termed a reorganization. His departure was first reported by Business Insider. The advertising partnerships team will now report to Quibi CEO Meg Whitman. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded company seeks […]

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‘Weathering With You’ Heads for $100 Million Box Office Haul

Makoto Shinkai’s animated romantic drama “Weathering with You” passed the JPY10 billion ($94 million) mark in Japan on Wednesday, according to an announcement by distributor Toho. This makes it the tenth-highest earning Japanese film of all time. Since its release on July 19 on 448 screens in 359 complexes, the film has racked up 7.52 million admissions. The […]

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Sarajevo Film Review: ‘Rounds’

Five features (plus a scattering of documentaries) into his career, leading Bulgarian writer-director Stephan Komandarev has resisted cultivating a clear thematic or stylistic throughline to his oeuvre. Yet his latest, the overnight police patchwork “Rounds,” feels surprisingly close to quintessential, pulling as it does plot points, structural models and tonal switches from his previous films […]

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‘Baskets’ Series Finale: Co-Creator Jonathan Krisel On Writing Finale Twice, Killing Martha’s Cast, & “Pushing The Envelope” With Upcoming ‘Sesame Street’ Film

Spoiler alert: This article contains details of tonight’s series finale of FX comedy Baskets.  After four seasons on FX, the Baskets family finally is moving on. Tonight, FX aired the final episode of the oddball comedy created by Jonathan Krisel, Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.—before the latter comedian’s fall from grace and subsequent removal from all his FX […]

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‘One Day At Disney” Documentary Takes A Look At People Behind The House Of The Mouse

A coffee table book, feature-length documentary, and new series spotlighting the behind-the-scenes players who bring Disney stories to life will debut in December. One Day At Disney is a collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney+, the company’s new streaming service debuting in the US in November. The 224-page coffee table book and the documentary […]

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Travis Scott Surprises Fans With Netflix Documentary Reveal, Pop-Up in Houston

Travis Scott just revealed his new Netflix documentary in the most organic way possible: a social media post to his 18.5 million followers on Instagram. The photo consisted of him holding a series of VHS tapes, which turns out to be the trailer for his forthcoming documentary on Netflix titled “Look Mom I Can Fly.” […]

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Film Review: ‘Overcomer’

No matter the setting or circumstances, the solution to every dilemma found in Christian Evangelical films is getting closer to God. That certainly holds true with regards to “Overcomer,” the latest bit of bigscreen proselytizing by writer-director-star Alex Kendrick (“War Room,” “Courageous”). The story of a high school basketball coach who’s forced to take over […]

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‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’: Brandon Routh & Courtney Ford To Depart the CW Drama As Series Regulars

EXCLUSIVE: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow will be bidding farewell to two series regulars during the superhero team-up drama’s upcoming fifth season, Brandon Routh, who plays  Ray Palmer/Atom, and Courtney Fort who portrays Nora Darhk.  “Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family,” series executive producers Phil Klemmer,  Grianne Godfree and Keto Shimizu […]

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SAG-AFTRA Prexy Candidate Matthew Modine Feels He Was Unfairly Sandbagged By LA Times; In Election’s Final Week, Opponent Gabrielle Carteris Dines Out On Impropriety Allegations To Fuel Her Re-Election

EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA presidential candidate Matthew Modine is crying foul over a Los Angeles Times article published yesterday. Curiously timed with one week of voting left in the guild’s election, the article alleged that Modine had accepted in-kind campaign contributions from his “employer” – the for-profit New York Film Academy, on whose board of directors he […]

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The Witching Hour: ‘Knives and Skin’ Director Jennifer Reeder Live at North Bend Film Festival

Welcome to The Witching Hour! Collider’s horror podcast, co-created and co-hosted by Editor and Horror Lead Haleigh Foutch and Senior Editorial Producer Perri Nemiroff. On this week’s episode, we head up to the North Bend Film Festival, tucked away in Twin Peaks territory in North Bend, Washington, for The Witching Hour's first live podcast. In honor of the occasion, we welcome Jennifer Reeder, director of the NBFF Centerpiece Film Knives and Skin to discuss her coming-of-age crime drama. During the chat, we discuss her journey from dance and the art world into filmmaking, …

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‘Ballers’ To End With Season 5 On HBO, Dwayne Johnson Reveals

‘Ballers’ star Dwayne Johnson wrote on social media today that his sports comedy will end after its fifth season, which kicks off Sunday on HBO. “My heart 🖤 is full of gratitude to all of you for rockin’ with us every season,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “You made us HBO’s highest rated comedy for years […]

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‘Ballers’ to End After Season 5 on HBO

“Ballers” is coming to an end after five seasons on HBO. Star and EP Dwayne Johnson confirmed the news via his Instagram. “My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for rocking with us every season. You made us HBO’s highest rated comedy for years and most importantly, you helped create and sustain […]

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How Emmy-Nominated Writers’ Rooms Keep Politics in Mind

In a world filled with elections, social movements and national tragedies, how open should the doors of a writers’ room actually be? For some of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows, those doors are wide open. Before the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sept. 22, the Writers Guild of America, in partnership with Variety and […]

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‘Coming 2 America’ Adds Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais

Oh, say can you see, Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais are Coming 2 America! Deadline has confirmed that the two actresses are the latest names to be added to the Craig Brewer-directed sequel. The Paramount movie features Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprising their roles of Prince Akeem and his BFF Semmi from the 1988 […]

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Beverly Hills Realtor Accused of Stealing From Usher, Adam Lambert

A Beverly Hills real estate agent has been arrested on charges of stealing from the homes of celebrities, including Usher, Adam Lambert and “Real Housewives” star Dorit Kemsley. Jason Emil Yaselli, 32, is accused of encouraging an accomplice, Benjamin Ackerman, to enter homes during open houses in order to steal items. Ackerman allegedly sold the […]

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Inside the Spider-Man Split: Finger-Pointing and Executive Endgames

Spider-Man’s neighborhood has been decidedly unfriendly this week. A private and contentious battle over the onscreen future of the beloved Marvel superhero has spilled out into the public square over the past few days. After making nice for two wildly successful films, Sony Pictures, which holds the licensing rights to the Marvel character, has decided […]

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TV News Roundup: Matt Bomer, Vanessa Bayer, Blythe Danner Returning For ‘Will & Grace’ Final Season

In today’s TV news roundup, NBC has revealed that Matt Bomer, Vanessa Bayer, and Blythe Danner will return for the 11th and final season of “Will & Grace,” and Netflix announces the premiere date for the new Paul Rudd series “Living With Yourself.”  CASTING Matt Bomer, Vanessa Bayer, and Blythe Danner are all set to […]

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San Sebastian Adds Alice Winocour, Malgorzata Szumowska, Sarah Gavron to Main Comp

The Darren Aronofsky-produced Brazilian title “Pacified,” by American director Paxton Winters, Alice Winocour’s French-German astronaut drama “Proxima” and Polish film director Małgorzata Szumowska’s religious thriller “The Other Lamb” are among the six final competition selections for September’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival. Also vying for San Sebastian’s Golden Shell will be U.K. drama “Rocks,” from […]

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Amazon To Develop Drama From Fledgling British Writer After Selecting Finalists For WriterSlam Contest – Edinburgh

Amazon is set to develop a series from a fledgling British writer after setting the five finalists of its WriterSlam contest. The SVOD service has selected five new writers as part of the scheme, run in association with the TriForce Creative Network. Georgia Brown, is Director of European Originals, Amazon Studios, revealed the names and […]

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Hugh Laurie To Front BBC One Political Thriller ‘Roadkill’ From ‘Collateral’s David Hare – Edinburgh

House and The Night Manager star Hugh Laurie is to play a British politician in a four-part drama for the BBC. The actor will star in Roadkill, written by Collaterel’s David Hare and produced by National Treasure and Kiri producer The Forge. The thriller is about self-made, forceful and charismatic politician Peter Laurence (Laurie). Peter’s […]

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Passion Pictures, Barbara Broccoli & Richard Curtis Among Team For Ambitious Paralympics Film

EXCLUSIVE: John Battsek’s Oscar-winning Passion Pictures (One Day In September), James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis are teaming up to make a defining documentary about the Paralympic Games. Provisionally titled Harder Than You Think, the film will chart the history and current standing of the Games, which has grown to […]

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Hugh Laurie to Star in New BBC Thriller ‘Roadkill’ by David Hare

Hugh Laurie, the Golden Globe-winning star of “House” and “The Night Manager,” will play a beleaguered politician in a new four-part thriller for the BBC, “Roadkill,” from acclaimed playwright and screenwriter David Hare. The series is being produced by The Forge (“Collateral”). Laurie stars as Peter Laurence, a charismatic Conservative Party government minister who remains […]

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Jamila Wenske Leaves One Two Films to Head Achtung Panda! in Berlin

German producer Jamila Wenske has left One Two Films to head Achtung Panda!, a Berlin-based film production company. Wenske succeeds former managing director Helge Albers, who left Achtung Panda! to become the new CEO of regional funder Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Wenske partnered with Sol Bondy and Christoph Lange to launch One Two Films in 2010. […]

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Spotify Triples Free-Trial Period on Premium Service

Spotify today extended the free-trial period for its Premium service from one month to three, tripling the amount of time listeners can take full advantage of the streaming giant’s offerings without paying for them. According to the announcement, the offer is “always-on/not limited time,” and will roll out across Spotify Premium plans globally: Individual and […]

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Sky Hands Comedy Drama ‘Brassic’ Second Season Ahead Of Season One Launch – Edinburgh

EXCLUSIVE: Sky has handed comedy drama Brassic a second season ahead of its debut. The series, which launches today, August 22, has already been renewed by the Comcast-backed broadcaster. This Is England star Joe Gilgun, Ripper Street’s Damien Molony and Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan star in the series from by Calamity Films, the company behind Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland […]

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tuva Novotny Questions Monogamy in ‘Diorama’ Pic (EXCLUSIVE)

HAUGESUND, Norway  — Actress-turned-helmer Tuva Novotny thrives on big challenges. Her feature debut “Blindspot,” Norway’s entry for the 2019 Nordic Council Prize, was shot in real-time in one take and illuminates mental health issues. Her sophomore mainstream Swedish pic “Britt Marie Was Here” –slated for a Sept. 20 U.S. release via Cohen Media Group –  […]

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Writer Megan Gallagher On Her Viaplay Supernatural Nordic-Noir ‘Seizure’

With outposts in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Miso Film has become one of the most influential film and TV outfits in Scandinavia. On August 19, the company’s Norwegian arm lifted the curtain on its series venture, the supernatural police drama “Seizure” by premiering the show’s first two episodes at the Haugesund Film Festival ahead of […]

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World Partners Board “a-ha The Movie” as Helmer Tells It All (EXCLUSIVE)

HAUGESUND, Norway  — Pitched at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films confab, Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm’s doc “a-ha -The Movie” won’t hit screens before November 2020, but an array of new production and distribution partners have already boarded the project. Clementina Hegewisch of Neue Impuls and Matthias Greving of Kinescope Film in Germany are now co-producing […]

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Miso Film Norway Unveils ‘Tainted’ Details, Drive to Target Youth Audiences (EXCLUSIVE)

HAUGESUND, Norway  — Miso Film Norge, the Oslo-based arm of one of the most prominent of Scandinavian production outfits whose credits include “1864,” Warrior“ and Netflix’s “The Rain,” has part lifted the curtain on its latest scripted venture, the teen revenge-thriller “Tainted.” The TV outfit produced the 8×30 series in collaboration with Norwegian public broadcaster […]

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Universal Music: Four of the Five Artists Who Sued Us Did Not Lose Masters in 2008 Fire

In a follow-up to an amended complaint filed Friday from attorneys representing Soundgarden, Steve Earle and the estates of Tom Petty and Tupac, Universal Music Group claimed today that three of those four artists did not lose masters in a 2008 fire. The company added that its search for the archives of the one remaining […]

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Conan: “I Think Buying Greenland Is A Great Idea,” Calls HGTV’s Property Brothers For Evaluation

Greenland, a country few thought about before President Trump said he’d like to buy it, is dominating the news. That’s particularly true since the current owners – the country of Denmark – took great umbrage at the President’s ad-hoc offer, deeming it “absurd” in their official comment. That, of course, did not sit well with […]

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Celso Piña, Known as ‘Rebel of the Accordion,’ Dies at 66

Celso Piña, the cumbia music legend known as “the rebel of the accordion,” died of a heart attack on Wednesday in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. He was 66 years old. “Today is a sad day for La Tuna Group, with deep pain we communicate the unexpected departure of a family member, our friend, and […]

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Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes to Perform ‘Señorita’ for First Time at VMAs

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes are performing their hit single “Señorita” live together for the first time at the 2019 Video Music Awards. Cabello received five VMA nominations this year, including Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography and Song of Summer. Mendes received six: Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Art […]

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