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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91
Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.
"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.
In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »
'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short
Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »
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‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series Will Be ‘Recognizable as a Past Event’ to Readers, Says Screenwriter
Not much is known about the different “Game of Thrones” spinoffs in development in HBO, though it has been confirmed that all four are prequels and will feature no existing characters. Courtesy of an IGN interview with Jane Goldman, who’s writing one of the proposed spinoffs, we now know that hers will be “recognizable as a past event” to those familiar with Westeros.
Though she emphasizes that she “can say absolutely nothing” in terms of plot details, the “Kick-Ass” screenwriter responds in the affirmative when asked if her spinoff will feature any magic or supernatural elements. Goldman is developing the show alongside George R. R. Martin, and says that she’s “had the pleasure of going to spend some time with him and working on things »
- Michael Nordine
Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »
‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date
Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.
Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.
Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.
- Dave McNary
John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.
“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”
The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »
- Robert Mitchell
Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel
After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.
The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.
- Justin Kroll
David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle
Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »
Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'
18 August 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
It's a trap! Or maybe not.
The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo."
Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected."
Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »
- Ryan Parker
Game of Thrones Season 8 to Start Filming in October
He said as much while promoting his newest film Shot Caller in an interview with Collider, revealing, "I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After
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- Amanda Bell
‘The Day the Clown Cried': Will We Now See Jerry Lewis’ Never-Released Holocaust Movie?
As the entertainment world mourns the passing of famed comedian Jerry Lewis, one question is on the minds of the star’s many fans: Will “The Day The Clown Cried” finally see the light of day? The 1972 Holocaust drama — which Lewis wrote, directed and starred in as a past-his-prime circus clown in a Nazi concentration camp — was never released in theaters, leading to wild speculation about its tone as well as quality. The star initially hoped the film would allow him to break out of his goofball reputation and show his skills as a dramatic actor. Instead, Lewis publicly »
- Jeremy Fuster
How 'The King of Comedy' Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor
By the late 1970s, Jerry Lewis was becoming perilously close to being a has-been. After decades of celebrity – first in his successful partnership with Dean Martin, then later on his own as the star of comedies like Rock-a-Bye Baby and as the auteur behind epochal hits such as The Nutty Professor – the gifted comic filmmaker and host of the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon started experiencing a series of stumbles. He shelved his much-ballyhooed drama The Day the Clown Cried, about a German clown living in the Nazi concentration camps, »
‘Annabelle: Creation’ Usurps China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ at International Box Office
After three weekends on top of the international box office charts, “Wolf Warriors II” is taking a small step down.
That’s because “Annabelle: Creation” has pulled a week two switcheroo. The latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe” is spending its second weekend of release on top of the international charts with $42 million from 56 territories. Combined with last week’s overseas take and its domestic grosses, the horror movie has now earned $160.7 million worldwide.
Film Review: ‘Wolf Warrior II’
Those are great numbers for the low budget sequel, yes. But when stacked up against “Wolf Warriors II,” it’s a different story. The record-breaking Chinese film should take in an additional $36 million this weekend from six territories. That puts its overseas grosses at $772 million, making it the second highest-grossing movie from a single territory of all time behind “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.” When combined with the spare change it’s made in »
- Seth Kelley
Emmy 2017: Society of Composers and Lyricists hosts panel discussion with 7 composer nominees
The Society of Composers and Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Thursday night with Emmy-nominated composers Gary Lionelli (“O.J.: Made in America”), Mac Quayle (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), Jeff Russo (“Fargo”), Jacob Shea (“Planet Earth II”), and Christopher Willis (“Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special”), Emmy-nominated music supervisor Rickey Minor (“Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” and “Taking the Stage: […] »
- Zach Laws
‘Carpool Karaoke’ Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Intro for Episode Featuring Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner
We now understand how all of the characters in “Game of Thrones” have been getting around Westeros so quickly this season … they’ve been using the carpool lane.
In the clip, the regular intro fans have become accustomed to thanks to James Corden and his “Late Late Show” was replaced by an animated sequence parodying the HBO drama.
Instead of seeing how King’s Landing and Casterly Rock came to be, the new preview actually depicts the construction of Los Angeles — complete with Ramin Djawadi’s score. Williams and Turner can briefly be seen rocking along to Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The pair will also sing along to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” during their segment.
The “Thrones” duo’s episode will be followed by a »
- JD Knapp
‘Patti Cake$’ Disappoints While ‘Wind River’ Opens Solid at Indie Box Office
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$” was one of the most sought after projects in Park City, triggering a bidding war between Focus Features, Neon, Annapurna, Fox Searchlight and The Orchard. Fox Searchlight was the winner, purchasing the film for $9.5 million. It was the second-highest movie buy at this year’s festival, only behind the $12 million Amazon spent to grab the rights to “The Big Sick.” But unlike “The Big Sick,” “Patti Cake$” is not performing up to its price tag. Despite praise from critics for the film and its leading actress, »
- Jeremy Fuster
The French Were Right About Jerry Lewis – He Was a Genius
He’d probably prefer to be tagged for one of the films he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, but “The King of Comedy” is as good a sobriquet for Jerry Lewis as any. And while his brilliant performance in Martin Scorsese‘s acrid 1982 movie about fandom and obsession allowed Lewis to show a darker side of his personality, part of what made his turn as a Johnny Carson-esque talk-show host so brilliant was that it was coming from a performer we had often known to play characters who were adorably clumsy and sweetly innocent. As film critic Danny Peary once. »
- Alonso Duralde
Jerry Lewis’ Life and Career in Photos
Comedy legend Jerry Lewis died on Sunday at age 91. Take a look at his life and career in photos.
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- Seth Kelley
‘Outlander’ newcomer Cesar Domboy on how he would feel if Black Jack were his father [Watch]
“Outlander” returns for its long-awaited third season on September 10 after more than a year’s hiatus, so to help get fans ready for the new episodes, Starz is giving you a chance to get to know French actor Cesar Domboy. He is joining the cast as an older version of Fergus, whom Jamie (Sam Heughan) […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
The Inside Story of Jerry Lewis' Final Interview
Turns out I did Jerry Lewis’ last interview. I wish I had a do-over.
Last year, The Hollywood Reporter decided to do a special package in our end-of-the-year issue on 10 stars who were still working in their 90s called “Creative Until You Die.” The idea was not only to celebrate their longevity but to try get a sense of what made them creative and vital long past a time when most of their contemporaries had retired.
- Andy Lewis
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