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Dorothy Malone, 'Peyton Place' Star and Oscar Winner, Dies at 92

Dorothy Malone, 'Peyton Place' Star and Oscar Winner, Dies at 92
Dorothy Malone, the matriarch of TV’s Peyton Place who received an Oscar for playing the sex-crazed sister of playboy Robert Stack in the 1956 melodrama Written on the Wind, has died. She was 92.

The big-eyed, dark-haired beauty, who flourished in Hollywood soon after she went platinum blonde in the mid-1950s, died Friday morning in Dallas, her manager, Burt Shapiro, told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been ill for the past few years.

Malone also starred in the biopic Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), playing opposite James Cagney as Lon Chaney’s emotionally charred first wife, and was the moody...
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Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)
Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokemon movie.

In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe — who will slip into a role specifically created for the movie — joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting this month in London.

The concept of Pokemon sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.

Pikachu...
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Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix

Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix
It's been a long road, but Duncan Jones' future-set Noir Mute finally has a release date. The Moon and Source Code director has had a long journey with his sci-fi passion project, intended to be his first film, and Netflix will finally release the film on February 23rd. Alexander Skarsgard stars as a mute bartender who lost the ability to speak after a childhood accident and gets dragged into the "city’s seedy, neon underworld” when his girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh) disappears. Set in the near-future, Mute shares a world with Moon -- the second of a trilogy …
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Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)

Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, perhaps best known for directing the zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later, is in negotiations to helm The Sword in the Stone, Disney's live-action reimagining of the studio's 1963 animated fantasy.

Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, wrote the script for the project, which is being produced by Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book).

Stone was the final movie released by the studio before Walt Disney’s death; it takes a lighthearted and musical view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin.

It was loosely based on T.H....
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of the southern bureau in New Orleans.

Seth Rogen came on board last month to portray Cronkite. David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby’s script. Former Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

The network broke into its broadcast of “As the World Turns” for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite’s announcement of Kennedy’s death: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central
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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Sundance: Filmmakers and Neuroscientists Talk Predictive Data and Marketing at THR, Viacom Panel

At The Hollywood Reporter’s Sundance lounge, the panel "Inside the Mind of Audiences: New Approaches to Movie Marketing," presented in partnership with Viacom, saw a lively discussion that spanned marketing tactics in the digital age and the prediction of audience tastes.

Moderated by THR deputy editorial director Alison Brower, the panel included Viacom senior vp data strategy Kodi Foster and neuroscience professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management Moran Cerf.

Rounding out the panel were directors Crystal Moselle, who is premiering her latest film, Skate Kitchen, at the fest, and Matt Tyrnauer, who is at the fest with his doc about the famed Studio...
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Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer

Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress next week, but she could end up making Oscars history in another category as well as was recently reported by one of our Experts, Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Robbie is also a producer of the film, so if “I, Tonya” also receives a Best Picture nomination she would be the first actress to receive acting and producing nominations for the same film. After a year that saw actresses Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all win Emmys as both actors and producers of TV programs, it would be fitting for Robbie’s passion project to go the distance with a pair of historic Oscar nominations.

It has been an incredible year for female stories, both real and fictional. The “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have shined
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Juliette Binoche Addresses #MeToo, Receives French Film Honor

Juliette Binoche Addresses #MeToo, Receives French Film Honor
An emotional Juliette Binoche received the UniFrance film honor in a ceremony at the country’s culture ministry Friday night, where the Oscar-winner said the award was particularly meaningful for her as she has often felt her work was more widely appreciated abroad.

“I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve been on the road a lot and sometimes I felt I was more loved abroad – because actors are paranoid I’m afraid – but now being recognized here in my home country, it just makes me so happy,” she said.

French directors Claire Denis, Daniele Thompson and Julia Ducournau were on hand to...
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” surprised us by earning the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (four), and it’ll win every category it’s up for according to the combined predictions of over 2,000 users who have made their forecasts thus far. There’s still time to enter or edit your own picks here to influence our odds and potentially win our predictions contest before the prizes are handed out on Sunday night, January 21.

We’re betting on “Three Billboards” to win prizes for its ensemble cast, for the lead performance by Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, and for the supporting turn by Sam Rockwell as a violent racist cop. This would be the third SAG Award victory for McDormand and the first for Rockwell, who is up against his co-star Woody Harrelson as the chief of police in the title Midwestern town.

There are only three other awards
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'Un Traductor' ('A Translator'): Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Un Traductor' ('A Translator'): Film Review | Sundance 2018
The focus of Un Traductor is a little-known chapter in the history of Cuba, certainly one that went unmentioned in most obits for Fidel Castro: After the catastrophic accident at the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear plant, the Caribbean nation opened its highly regarded medical facilities to many of the Russian patients suffering from radiation-related diseases.

The first feature by sibling directors Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso is a handsomely shot Cuban-Canadian production that explores this life-and-death diplomacy through one man's unlikely — and government-mandated — participation in it. Brazilian star Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld, The 33) plays Malin, a professor of Russian...
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Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) at the SAG Awards: Can a real Brit finally win for playing Winston Churchill?

Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) at the SAG Awards: Can a real Brit finally win for playing Winston Churchill?
Everything this awards season has been going Gary Oldman’s way. He’s already won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” And he is currently the overwhelming favorite to win the SAG Award. But are we overly confident he’ll win? No Brit has won for playing the famous prime minister. Check out our gallery above of all the actors who’ve brought Churchill to the small and big screens.

Playing Churchill has proven to be a great way to win an Emmy as Albert Finney (“The Gathering Storm,” 2002), Brendan Gleeson (“Into the Storm,” 2009) and John Lithgow (“The Crown,” 2017) all won in a span of 15 years for their interpretations of the iconic figure. But ironically only an American — Lithgow — also won a SAG Award.

For Finney, who had already won an Emmy and Golden Globe, it was a matter of timing.
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2018 Oscar nominations surprise: Sean Baker, Dee Rees, Denis Villeneuve or… [Poll]

2018 Oscar nominations surprise: Sean Baker, Dee Rees, Denis Villeneuve or… [Poll]
Readers have been voicing their opinion on which actors and actresses are most likely to score out of left field Oscar nominations. And in this unpredictable year, there are plenty of directors hoping that they too can pull off a Hail Mary with the Academy.

The Directors Guild named Greta Gerwig, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, and Guillermo del Toro as their best director nominees. Will the Academy fall in line with the guild? History says that at least one of the top five contenders is likely to miss out. Take a look at the directors who are lacking industry kudos as of late, and let us know which one you think will pull off an Oscar jaw-dropper in our poll below.

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Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread” – Though he has contended for his screenplays four times, Paul
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See Al Pacino Play Disgraced Joe Paterno in Movie Trailer

See Al Pacino Play Disgraced Joe Paterno in Movie Trailer
Al Pacino looks weathered and downtrodden as disgraced college football coach Joe Paterno in the teaser trailer for the upcoming HBO film, Paterno. He stares off morosely as between scenes of players on the gridiron, child molester Jerry Sandusky being arrested and guiding a boy into an elevator, men crying and journalists attempting to question Paterno – all as voices chant "Joe Pat-ern-o" and clap along excitedly. When one of his sons asks, "Dad, did you know about Jerry?" the reason why Pacino is staring off comes into focus.

The film,
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'Clara’s Ghost': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Clara’s Ghost': Film Review | Sundance 2018
It’s almost all in the family with Clara’s Ghost, a comedic mystery featuring members of the Chris Elliott clan, including comedian daughter Abby and actor-filmmaker Bridey, who directs this resourcefully eclectic feature. Unsurprisingly, much of this is off-the-leash, unabashedly man-childish Chris Elliott-style material that frequently veers from mildly amusing to wildly cringe-inducing.

A degree of tolerance for these frequent outbursts of unrestrained, puerile humor eventually reveals a tender portrait of a neglected woman seeking solace in her vivid, perhaps deranged, imagination. The film’s diminutive domestic scale suggests streaming services may offer the warmest welcome, although a theatrical run could strategically...
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Oscars 2018: ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ could make history as first comic book superheroes nominated for writing

Oscars 2018: ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ could make history as first comic book superheroes nominated for writing
It’s been almost 10 years since Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2009 for playing the comic book super villain the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” More and more superhero movies like it have earned critical praise on par with more traditional prestige films. So how is it possible that we’re still waiting for a comic book superhero movie to be nominated for its writing? Two such acclaimed crusaders, “Logan” and “Wonder Woman,” could change that this year.

There have been a few nominated screenplays over the years that were adapted from graphic media: “Skippy” (1931) came from a comic strip. “American Splendor” (2003) was taken from an autobiographical comic book series. “Ghost World” (2001) and “A History of Violence” (2005) both came from graphic novels. But those were all real-world-based stories, and not the fantastic realities of superhero films. And there have been plenty of scripts considered by
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