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The Weinstein Co.’s ‘Leap!’ Jumps Back to Labor Day Release

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The Weinstein Company’s animated comedy “Leap!” will have a nationwide release Labor Day weekend, the company announced Tuesday. The movie was originally slated for an April 21 release. The film follows an 11-year-old orphan (Elle Fanning), who dreams of moving to Paris and becoming a dancer — but faces plenty of obstacles. “Leap!” also stars Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler, along with Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks. Jepsen, Demi Lovato and Sia provided original music for the movie. “Leap!” was directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin and produced in partnership with Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou of Quad Productions, »


- Matt Pressberg

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Ondi Timoner Didn’t Want to Make Documentaries Anymore – Then Came ‘Jungletown’

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Ondi Timoner arrived at Kalu Yala — a town in the middle of the Panamanian jungle — for a short consulting gig. She wasn’t expecting to jump into a multi-year documentary project. She actually didn’t want to film anything, having decided she was going to be leaving documentaries to make feature films. But there was something about the tiny town that compelled her to not just film a documentary, rather a series called “Jungletown.” It wasn’t just that it was a unique town. It was an evolving one. It was new. “You’re looking at a town in its nascent stages, »


- Carli Velocci

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Bret Easton Ellis’ 9 Biggest Feuds, From Meryl Streep to ‘Glee’ (Photos)

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American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis is not one to hold back from airing his often-controversial thoughts — over the years, he’s cultivated the personae of an expert rabble-rouser. Here are seven people (and two TV shows) he’s unleashed his wordy wrath upon. Barbra Streisand Ellis tore into the icon for saying she’s gained weight after Trump’s election. “Really?,” he said on his podcast. “You’re blaming the president for your own problems and neuroses?” Lena Dunham He attacked the “Girls” star for that same reason on the podcast. Dunham famously declared she’s lost weight because of the president. »


- Nigel M. Smith

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NBC’s 2018 Olympics Coverage Will Air Simultaneously in Every Us Time Zone

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For the first time ever, NBC will broadcast all of the 2018 Winter Olympic programming at the same time across all time zones, the broadcast network announced Tuesday. The Xxiii Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, and all events will be be broadcast simultaneously across all Us timezones in daytime, primetime and late night. “Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time, both on television and streaming online,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming, in a statement. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Producers Dealt Blow in Court, Can’t Return to Company

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Despite receiving good news last week, “Duck Dynasty” producers Scott and Deirdre Gurney are still out at their company. A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge denied the Gurneys’ request for an Order to Show Cause on Tuesday, which supports ITV America’s view that they shouldn’t return to the heads of Gurney Productions after being accused of fraud. “We have held from the very beginning that we are extremely confident of success in the merits of our case,” a spokesperson from ITV said in a press release obtained by TheWrap. Also Read: Judge Says 'Duck Dynasty' Producers »


- Carli Velocci

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FilmRise Picks Up Sundance Hit ‘Marjorie Prime,’ Plans Fall Awards Push for Lois Smith

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FilmRise has acquired U.S. rights to Sundance winner “Marjorie Prime” and is planning a mid-summer release and a fall awards push for star Lois Smith, the distributor announced Tuesday. “Marjorie Prime” is a sci-fi drama that stars Smith as Marjorie, an 86-year-old widow who spends time with a holographic likeness of a younger version of her deceased husband, Walter (Jon Hamm). The hologram version of Walter provides companionship and stimulates Marjorie’s memory as she lives with dementia. Michael Almereyda adapted the film from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play of the same name. Uri Singer of Passage Pictures produced. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Kelly Ripa’s 183 Guest Co-Hosted ‘Live’ Episodes, Ranked by TV Ratings (Photos)

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“Live!” has had 67 different guest co-hosts across 183 episodes since Michael Strahan bailed on Kelly Ripa. Here’s how those syndicated TV Ratings stack up so far, per Nielsen. Strahan announced in the spring that he would leave “Live!” for “Good Morning America.” Since then lots of celebrities, from Fred Savage to Jimmy Kimmel, have sat beside Ripa. Some are obviously not available — Kimmel has a late-night show — but others could potentially become Ripa’s new co-host. The question is, who? Here are some of the co-hosts who have joined Ripa, listed by dates they guested on “Live.” Date: May 16, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Disastrous for Free Speech': Lawmaker Pulls Bill to Ban Fake News

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California lawmaker Ed Chau pulled a bill proposing to ban intentionally false stories about elections  after critics called it “disastrous for free speech.” The Monterey Park Democrat’s Assembly Bill 1104 would have make it “unlawful” to publish any intentionally “false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote” for public office or ballot measure – but only on websites.   That means that intentionally false news stories about elections in old-fashioned tabloid newspapers or during television broadcasts would have escaped penalties under the law. Also Read: President Trump Rips ABC, NBC as 'Fake News' Over Russia Stories The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San. »


- Susan Seager

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CAA Promotes 22 Trainees to Agents or Executives

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Creative Artists Agency has promoted 22 trainees to agents or executives at its annual retreat at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California. The agency promoted Chen Jing, based in the firm’s Beijing office, and Los Angeles-based Avi Wasserman, who was formerly on the desk of Nick Styne, to agents in the motion pictures department. Both serve in CAA’s talent group and represent actors and actresses working in film. Wilhelmina Ross, Ishmael Hinson, and Matthew Chazen have been promoted to agents in CAA’s television department. New York-based Chazen is in the alternative – television group, while Ross and Hinson, »


- Matt Pressberg

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March 2017 Is First $1 Billion March in Domestic Box Office History

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March saw the openings of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Logan,” among other tentpoles, catapulting this month to be the first $1 billion March in domestic box office history. Disney’s live-action remake of the 1991 classic, on its own, opened to $170 million and has since grossed $319 million domestically and is expected to hit $1 billion globally soon. Fox’s “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman in his final stint as The Wolverine, opened to $88.4 million and has since grossed $201 million domestically. And other tentpole films “Kong: Skull Island,” “Power Rangers” and “Ghost in the Shell” contributed largely to give »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sony Lands ‘Hunting El Chapo,’ in Talks With Michael Bay as Producer and Director

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Sony has acquired the rights to Cole Merrell’s “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of The American Lawman Who Captures The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord,” an upcoming book about the long and ultimately successful pursuit of the cartel boss, TheWrap has learned. The studio is also in negotiations with Michael Bay to come aboard the project as a producer and potentially direct the film. Will Rowbotham and Richard Abate are producing the movie. 3 Arts represented the book. Matt Milam is overseeing the project for the studio. Also Read: Sony Pictures in Final Negotiations for 'Hunting El Chapo' Merrell, »


- Matt Pressberg

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Here’s How You Can Hack Twitter to Avoid Spoilers

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Here’s an awesome life hack for those of you who seek a spoiler-free Twitter feed: Advanced muting features were initially rolled out on Twitter to combat harassment, but users of the social media platform have discovered that they also serve as a handy tool to avoid spoilers. Users have previously been able to mute tweets from other accounts from appearing in their timeline, but as announced in November, Twitter now allows for muting of specific words, phrases and hashtags. Users can also control how long the effect lasts — for a day, a week, a month or forever. As Vanity Fair pointed out, »

- Reid Nakamura

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Wanda’s AMC Theatres Completes Acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group

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AMC Theatres parent company AMC Entertainment Holdings announced Tuesday that it has closed its deal to acquire Scandinavian chain Nordic Cinema Group for $652 million in cash. AMC also paid down debts of $144 million and $168 million, for a total transaction value of approximately $964 million. AMC, which is owned by China’s Dalian Wanda Group, is the biggest movie theater chain in the world. With the addition of Nordic, AMC is now the first exhibitor to have more than 1,000 theaters and more than 11,000 total screens. Nordic will operate as a subsidiary of Odeon Cinemas Group, the London-based chain »

- Matt Pressberg

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Sean Spicer Steals ‘Russian Dressing’ Joke From Twitter Jokester Mike Huckabee

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer probably thought he zinged reporters pretty good during Tuesday’s daily press briefing, when he said: “Somehow if the president puts Russian dressing on his salad there’s a connection to Russia.” "Somehow if the president puts Russian dressing on his salad there's a connection to Russia." — Instant Spicer classic. — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) March 28, 2017 Unfortunately for Spicer, he wasn’t the first to reference salad dressing in claiming the Russia story is overblown. That honor goes to Twitter’s resident Republican bad joke maker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who made the same zing earlier on March 3. Full. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Reporter on Spicer’s Demand to ‘Stop Shaking Your Head': ‘I Was Roadkill Today’ (Video)

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got heated with American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan during Tuesday’s briefing, telling her to “stop shaking your head.” Ryan eventually told MSNBC that Spicer made her “roadkill” today. Ryan, who told Spicer that he didn’t seem happy before asking a question (at the 26:45 mark in the video above), asked him how the administration might try to “revamp its image” because of what she cited as a series of failures, pointing to Russian ties and wiretapping claims as examples. “I get it, but I’ve said it from the day that I got here until. »


- Brian Flood

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Emmy Rossum Thanks Police After Reported $150,000 Burglary

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Emmy Rossum was shameless in her gratitude for the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday, after her Los Angeles home was reportedly burglarized in a $150,000 heist. The “Shameless” star took to Twitter to share her support for the police, writing, “Thank you to the Lapd. I fully support the police efforts and dedication.” Thank you to the Lapd. I fully support the police efforts and dedication. – Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) March 28, 2017 Rossum’s message of gratitude came following reports that her Los Angeles home was targeted in a burglary last week, with $150,000 in vintage jewelry and other valuables being stolen. Also. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Cara Delevingne Is Luc Besson’s Latest Siren in ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ CinemaCon Trailer

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A new clip of Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” debuted at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, exciting fans with an action-filled, lush and stylish CGI-heavy universe. The clip showed Valerian (DeHaan) and his loyal partner Laureline (Delevingne) having 10 hours to find a threat that is trying to destroy everything the residents of Alpha have built. While Delevingne did some sort of glorified hula-dancing in “Suicide Squad,” here, she’s a bona fide a– kicker, throwing punches and kicking everything into high gear — literally. And Rihanna steals the show as some kind of space performer, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Bret Easton Ellis: Barbra Streisand, Lena Dunham Shouldn’t Blame Trump for Their Own ‘Neuroses’

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Bret Easton Ellis says “childish meltdowns” by Hollywood liberals who still can’t accept Donald Trump’s win are ruining his dinners out with friends — and even hurting his relationship with his boyfriend. In a 35-minute monologue on his latest podcast, the “American Psycho” author says coastal elites who embrace the anti-Trump “resistance” are testing his patience. He talked about a ruined night out at Spago’s, and another dinner spoiled by a millionaire who was furious about “patriarchy.” He also called out Lena Dunham, Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep. “You can dislike the fact that Trump was elected, yes, »


- Tim Molloy

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‘Life in Pieces’ Sneak Peek: Fortune Feimster Returns as Dougie (Exclusive Video)

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Fortune Feimster returns to “Life in Pieces” as Dougie on Thursday’s episode of the CBS family comedy. In a new preview of the episode, titled “Sleepover Dream Light Haze,” Dougie interrupts her roommate Colleen (Angelique Cabral) and Matt (Thomas Sadowski) as they enjoy a nice breakfast and continue to prepare for their upcoming wedding. Dougie goes off after opening the refrigerator to discover that one of her roommates ate her pot roast during the night. They both deny it, but the network’s description of the episode suggests they might not be telling the whole truth: “When Matt and Colleen take a. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Robert Rodriguez to Write and Direct ‘Ugly Dolls’ Animated Film

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Robert Rodriguez’s next project was unveiled at Stx’s CinemaCon panel in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project, titled “Ugly Dolls,” will be based off the toy line of the same name and released May 10, 2019. “Ugly Dolls” will be Rodriguez’s first animated film, inspired by a line of colorful plush monster toys. Rodriguez will also produce through Troublemaker Studios with David Horvath, creator of the toy line, serving as executive producer with Drew Matilsky. Also Read: Eddie Murphy, Elton John Projects Lead Stx Animation Slate Though he is known for darker fare like “Planet Terror” and “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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