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Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)
Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join the cast of “Gambit,” Variety has learned. The “Masters of Sex” star will play the female lead in the superhero movie. Details of her part are being kept under wraps.

The X-Men spinoff stars Channing Tatum as Gambit, a ragin’ Cajun whose ability to control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles. He’s also pretty handy with a bō staff. In the comics, Gambit was a member of the Thieves Guild before joining the X-Men. “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski will slide behind the camera on the film. It’s eyeing a Feb. 14, 2019 debut. Fox is releasing the film as part of its continued expansion of the cinematic mutant universe.

Caplan is an Emmy nominee for “Masters of Sex,” the acclaimed Showtime drama about sex researchers that aired from 2013 to 2016. Her film credits include “Cloverfield,” “127 Hours,” “Now You See Me 2,” and “Allied
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees
Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Detroit” and “Mudbound” are among the top film nominees for the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards.

On the TV side, Netflix and OWN dominate the race with multiple noms for “Dear White People,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.”

In music, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z grabbed five nominations apiece. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay landed a nomination in the entertainer of the year category alongside Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and Jay-Z.

The motion picture nominations went to “Detroit,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Marshall,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Detroit” also landed a slot in the indie film category alongside “Last Flag Flying,” “Mudbound,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Wind River.”

Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” are nommed for drama series, vying with Starz’s “Power,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and WGN’s now-canceled “Underground.” The bids for best comedy series went to HBO’s “Ballers,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Dear White People,” HBO’s “Insecure,” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host the Jan. 15 ceremony, to air live on TV One.
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Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86

Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86
Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling

Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling
Quentin Tarantino fans have been wondering what exactly his ninth movie will be about ever since word leaked in July that the project would deal with Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The filmmaker intensified the speculation surrounding the plot of his new film when he told IndieWire, “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.” The answer to what that means has been provided by Vanity Fair, which spoke to someone who has read the script.

Vanity Fair reports the official synopsis as follows: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing.
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Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’

Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’
Ask any diehard Zack Snyder fan, and they’ll swear to you, the extended cut of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” fixes all the problems of the inept theatrical version. It was the silver lining they clung to following the disappointment of that film, and now they’re seeking a new life preserver in the wake of “Justice League.” The film’s rocky start at the box office and dismal reviews have started the finger pointing about where it all went wrong, but it’s clear the mishmash of Snyder and Whedon’s visions didn’t leave either director looking their best.

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‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works

‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works
Jim Jarmusch has been keeping it pretty chill since last year’s release of “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger,” but the director always has a couple irons in the fire. Last month, Tilda Swinton revealed she was gearing up to reunite with the filmmaker on a new project, which is yet to be revealed. But it seems that’s not all the director has cooking up.
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StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'

StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'
StudioCanal, fresh off the U.K. box-office success of Paddington 2, is building on its slate of family titles.

The growing studio is set to adapt Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree, having teamed with Neal Street Productions, the All3Media-owned company behind TV shows such as Penny Dreadful and Call the Midwife and films including Revolutionary Road and Jarhead.

Simon Farnaby — who co-wrote Paddington 2 with director Paul King — will pen the adaptation, with Neal Street's Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown producing.

Magic Faraway Tree — which will be the first-ever feature film based on Blyton's Magic Faraway...
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Charles Manson Dies at 83

Charles Manson Dies at 83
Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital. He was 83.

The California Department of Corrections released a statement reading, “Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.”

Manson returned to the hospital in mid-November after being hospitalized in January. He was transferred out of Corcoran State Prison, where he had been serving nine life sentences. He had been denied parole 12 times.

The shocking murders brought the carefree hippie era of the late 1960s to a dark end, with Manson and his followers becoming infamous cultural figures. Though he didn’t commit the Tate and Labianca murders himself, the Corrections Department said “On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August
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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)

Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)
Melissa Gilbert spoke out against director Oliver Stone during an interview on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show on Monday, saying the director sexually harassed her when she auditioned for a role in his 1991 movie “The Doors.” Gilbert says Stone wanted her to do a scene he said he wrote just for her which involved saying, “Do me, baby,” repeatedly while on her hands and knees. Gilbert refused to do it and left the audition room in tears. Also Read: Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent” While recounting the incident, Gilbert said she was reluctant to identify.
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‘Marvel’s Runaways': James Marsters on Reality of Lying to Kids — Even If It’s Not About Being Evil

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‘Marvel’s Runaways': James Marsters on Reality of Lying to Kids — Even If It’s Not About Being Evil
James Marsters will readily confess to the difficulties of being a parent. But it wasn’t until he started shooting Hulu’s new series “Marvel’s Runaways” that he got a taste of how much harder raising a kid could be — if you’re evil and super powers are involved, that is. In “Runaways,” Marsters plays tortured genius Victor Stein, father to Gregg Sulkin’s character Chase — one of the six teens on the show who band together after realizing that their parents have been lying to them all their lives about being evil. So, yeah, Marsters is playing a bad guy on the.
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Kevin James Tells Leah Remini to Take ‘More Realistic’ Selfies on ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Set (Video)

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Kevin James Tells Leah Remini to Take ‘More Realistic’ Selfies on ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Set (Video)
Kevin James has some pointers for Leah Remini on how to master the art of the selfie. Remini shared a video to Twitter on Monday of her “Kevin Can Wait” co-star providing his suggestions for how she can improve the photos of herself that she posts to social media. In footage recorded on the set of the CBS comedy, James gave his best impression of Remini posing for the camera. He described her glamorous look, “Hair is blown, and then the wind is blown and stuff like that, but you never look like that .” Also Read: Leah Remini Knocks Hollywood 'Job.
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Here’s Why ‘Big Hero 6: The Series’ Looks Different Than the Movie

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Here’s Why ‘Big Hero 6: The Series’ Looks Different Than the Movie
Big Hero 6” moves to the small screen on Monday night, swapping the 3D animation of the original for a more traditional, hand-drawn look. But other than its new look and different medium, the Disney Xd series aims to retain the key elements that made the original movie such a hit with audiences. From “Kim Possible” executive producers Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, “Big Hero 6: The Series” features much of the film’s voice cast, including stars Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit, and same cultural mash-up world of San Fransokyo. Most important to Schooley and McCorkle, however, was recapturing the film’s.
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40 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein

40 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry. Brett Ratner Six women have accused the director and producer of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner’s lawyer says no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from Ratner. Fallout: Ratner chose to personally step away from all Warner Bros. related activities, and Playboy put Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold.
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Seth Meyers to Host 2018 Golden Globes

Seth Meyers to Host 2018 Golden Globes
Seth Meyers will serve as host of the 75th annual Golden Globes this January. The Late Night star follows in the footsteps of fellow NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon, who emceed the 2017 event.

The Golden Globes air January 7th, giving Meyers just seven weeks to prepare for what's expected to be a tenor-setting awards show: As the Golden Globes arrive before the Oscars and similar events, Hollywood will look to see how the Globes handle the sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the entertainment industry, Variety reports.

The ceremony marks Meyers'
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Variety Announces 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2017

The Whistler Film Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada will host Variety‘s 10 Screenwriters to Watch for the sixth year in a row.

The 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2017, announced Monday, are:

Liz Hannah, “The Post

Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, “Chappaquiddick

Hallie Meyers-Shyer, “Home Again

Maggie Betts, “Novitiate

Tracy Oliver, “Girls Trip

Daniel Stiepleman, “On the Basis of Sex”

Dorothy Blyskal, “The 15:17 to Paris”

Sarah Ruhl, “My Life on the Road”

Samuel V. Franco and Evan Kilgore, “Keeper of the Diary”

John Whittington, “The Lego Batman Movie

The class of 2017 screenwriters will share their personal stories and challenges related to succeeding in today’s film industry and insights behind their upcoming projects at an afternoon conversation on Dec. 2 as part of the festival’s Signature Series. Variety VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos will host the event. Eight of the 10 screenwriters being honored, including two in teams, will attend the festival and be present to accept
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Oscar Contender ‘Jane’ Takes Brett Morgen From Kurt Cobain to Jane Goodall

Oscar Contender ‘Jane’ Takes Brett Morgen From Kurt Cobain to Jane Goodall
This interview with Brett Morgen about “Jane” was first conducted for the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. “Jane,” which recently won the Critics’ Choice Documentary Award as the best nonfiction film of 2017, is the latest in a series of high-profile character studies from director Brett Morgen. But its subject, Jane Goodall, is a far cry from the subjects of his 2015 rock doc “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” or his 2002 film “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” about movie producer Robert Evans. The 83-year old Goodall, a pioneering anthropologist whose studies of African chimpanzees broke new ground,
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'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.

On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.

Michael Green, who wrote Orient Express, is penning the script and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.

Nile, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation in Egypt and becoming involved in...
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Netflix in December: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

Netflix in December: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)
Well, Netflix aficionados: we’ve almost made in through an entire year of clicking “Play Next” and “Yes, I’m Still Here.” Here’s what you definitely need to stream next month, along with titles you will want to re-watch before they’re gone. For the full list, head over here. Coming December 1: “Dark” Season 1 This creepy-looking thriller looks like your next binge. When two kids go missing in Winden, Germany, dark terrors start to repeat themselves, and their disappearance will turn time on its head. Coming December 8: “The CrownClaire Foy returns as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s award-winning drama.
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