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The Reinvention of Luke Skywalker

4 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

Star War: The Last Jedi delivers a Luke Skywalker unlike the galaxy has never seen.

Gone is his resolve and his youthful idealism, replaced by bitter, jaded cynicism found only in those who have seen their idealism crumble like so much plaster over the passage of years. Once upon a time, Mark Hamill's Luke stood as a symbol of hope: For characters inhabiting the Star Wars universe, and for fans of the series. In The Last Jedi, he’s a cautionary tale for allowing your own hype go straight to »

- Andy Crump

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The Most Satisfying Twist in 'The Last Jedi'

6 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

The great mystery of Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be boiled down into one question: who are Rey’s parents? The scavenger from Jakku seemed to come from unremarkable stock, but her way with the Force was almost unprecedented. And that film’s co-writer and director, Jj Abrams, does love his fabled mystery box. So when viewers learned that Rey believed she was waiting for her parents’ return, it seemed logical that she (and we) might one day learn her heritage had a twist or turn. The Last Jedi has »

- Josh Spiegel

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Sheila Nevins Stepping Down From HBO Documentary Films After 38 Years

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Sheila Nevins is leaving HBO Documentary Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

News of Nevins' departure was first reported in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, which went online early Saturday.

Sources tell THR that Nevins will be leaving early next year.

The announcement was made in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd that went online early Saturday.

Nevins, 78, has headed up HBO's documentary division since 1979, serving as president since 2004, with HBO having won 26 Oscars on her watch, most recently A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness »

- Hilary Lewis

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What the Disney-Fox Deal Could Mean For Broadway

9 hours ago

Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox is set to impact every sector of the entertainment business, including Broadway, where studio theatrical divisions have been aggressively ramping up. The deal is announced as Fox’s theatrical arm is developing a slew of its screen properties for the stage, leaving the fate of these adaptations in new, but seasoned, hands.

Established in the mid-1990s, Disney Theatrical Productions has set the bar for a hit stage adaptation with the continually thriving The Lion King. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, the 1997 musical based on the »

- Ashley Lee

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'The Last Jedi' Power Duo on the Key to Tackling a New Trilogy and Carrie Fisher’s Performance

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A decade before Disney handed them the keys to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars galaxy, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman met when the Israeli producer got hold of a script for Brick, a teen noir Johnson had been trying to make for seven years. Bergman, now 47, still recalls how smoothly Johnson, 44, handled the first day on the 2005 film, which shot largely at San Clemente (California) High School, the helmer’s alma mater.

“I said, ‘Well, I don’t really need to be here.’ This guy knows what he wants,” the producer says with a laugh. “The world is »

- Aaron Couch

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'Bad Santa' Director Says He Was Also Discouraged From Hiring Mira Sorvino

20 hours ago

Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff is echoing statements made by Peter Jackson that said that he was told not to hire actress Mira Sorvino, saying that he had a similar experience.

On Friday, Zwigoff tweeted, "I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a Click. What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now. I'm really sorry Mira."

In a recent interview with New Zealand's Stuff, »

- THR Staff

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Watch Jodie Foster Reprise 'Silence of the Lambs' Role to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties

21 hours ago

Robert Mueller has hit some roadblocks in his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in the past few weeks — but in a new clip on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, he gets some help from Silence of the Lambs' ace FBI student Clarice Starling.

In a parody that aired on Friday's Late Show, Jodie Foster reprised her iconic detective role and questioned "Hannibal Lecter" (played by host Stephen Colbert) in a scene that mirrored her interviews of Lecter as played by Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 film.

In the clip, Lecter professes that he and »

- Katie Kilkenny

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Paul Haggis Sues Woman Over Alleged Fake Rape Claim

21 hours ago

Paul Haggis is suing a New York publicist who says he raped her, claiming the woman is an extortionist who is capitalizing on the trauma of genuine victims of sexual assault.

The Crash writer-director sued Haleigh Breest in New York State court Friday afternoon, and she followed with her own lawsuit a few hours later.

Breest claims Haggis raped her in his SoHo apartment in January 2013 following the premiere of Side Effects. She says he insisted she come over for a drink, and she relented despite not wanting to go. Breest claims the unwanted sexual advances began »

- Ashley Cullins

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Top Hollywood Execs Unveil Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

22 hours ago

Kathleen Kennedy’s proposed industry commission to combat gender inequality is coming to fruition, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Two dozen top entertainment executives have come together to form and fund the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which will be chaired by Anita Hill. The attorney and Brandeis law professor was one of the first whistleblowers on sexual harassment, when she testified against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court. She sits on the boards of directors for the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Lawyers Committee for »

- Rebecca Sun

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Manhattan's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas to Close

23 hours ago

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, the long-running art-house fixture on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is scheduled to close its doors at the end of January.

“We lost our lease, and they are not willing to extend it,” Ewnetu Admassu, general manager for the six-screen multiplex, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re not closing because of lack of business.”

Located at 1886 Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets since 1981, the six-screen multiplex has been run and programmed by Dan Talbot and wife Toby, operating as a joint venture between the Talbots, France’s Gaumont and Millstein Properties, which owns the building in which the »

- Gregg Kilday

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