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JJ Abrams Plans to Take ‘Star Wars’ Franchise ‘Elsewhere’

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With JJ Abrams back in the director’s chair to close out the sequel trilogy on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the writer-director plans to take the final installment in the franchise “elsewhere.”

In a recent interview with the BBC, alongside composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, “Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on ‘Episode IX’ — coming back into this world after having done ‘Episode VII.’ I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were.”

Abrams added, “At the same time, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100

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Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »


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Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)

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Feud: Betty and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh.

The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show.

Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus on the life of the actress and her relationship with Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960.

Leigh won best actress Academy Awards for her portrayal of  Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). She also won a Tony in 1963 for best actress in a musical for “Tovarich.” She suffered from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, and died at the age of 53 in 1967. »


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‘NCIS’ Fans Have a Lot of Questions After Maria Bello’s Debut

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There is no shortage of action this season on “NCIS,” and apparently plenty of loose ends as well. Tuesday’s installment of the venerable CBS procedural featured the introduction of Maria Bello as Special Agent Jack Sloane, who joined Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team. The episode also featured a storm knocking out power in Washington, D.C., along with the investigation into a kidnapped sailor. Many fans took to Twitter during the episode to ask questions about the show, with a number of queries focused on the chemistry between Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Navy Commander Thomas Buckner (Trevor Donovan »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’

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In an interview with the New York Times, Quentin Tarantino has opened up about his knowledge surrounding the sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have come out surrounding his close collaborator Harvey Weinstein.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admitted in the interview that he had known about the allegations long before the explosive New York Times and New Yorker reports that catalyzed the producer’s fall from grace. Tarantino’s former girlfriend, Mira Sorvino, who has since gone public with her own allegations against Weinstein, told Tarantino »


- Erin Nyren

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Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Wish I Had Taken Responsibility for What I Heard’

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Quentin Tarantino says he has known for decades about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misconduct towards women and now says he wishes he had done more and “taken responsibility for what he heard.” “I knew enough to do more than I did,” he told the New York Times. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.” “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work. »


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Ron Burkle Denies That He's Made An Offer to Buy Weinstein Co.

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Despite a report that Harvey Weinstein has told the Weinstein Co. board that Ron Burkle and Len Blavatnik are interested in buying the studio in free fall, Burkle's rep says, "We have not made any overtures." Blavatnik declined comment.

The news of the billionaires' interest in TWC would be a curious twist given that Colony Capital is said to be in negotiations to buy part or all of the studio in which disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein owns a 20-plus percent stake (brother Bob Weinstein owns a similar-sized stake.

Both Burkle and Blavatnik have been in business with TWC in the »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Clay Aiken Shoots Down Report He ‘Could Be President Someday’ (Exclusive)

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Sorry America, Clay Aiken has no plans to run for president. The former “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” star on Thursday shut down some left-field speculation by Christopher Ruddy’s conservative website Newsmax suggesting the out gay singer “could be president someday” and “has all the components of a successful run.” “I will not be available to run for President, as I have decided to retire to a small experimental colony on Venus where I am dedicating my life to growing prize winning space turnips,” Aiken told TheWrap exclusively in his typical tongue-in-cheek fashion. Also Read: Piers Morgan Shreds Clay Aiken Over 'Nonsense'. »


- Jon Levine

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Los Angeles Pd Launches Harvey Weinstein Investigation

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The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. “#Lapd Robbery Homicide Div has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein in 2013. Investigation ongoing,” the Lapd wrote in a Thursday tweet. More to come… #Lapd Robbery Homicide Div has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein in 2013. Investigation ongoing — Lapd HQ (@Lapdhq) October 19, 2017 »


- Itay Hod

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‘Only the Brave’ Taps Trump Digital Guru Brad Parscale (Exclusive)

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Brad Parscale, the digital media director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was hired by the makers of “Only the Brave” to help the action-drama appeal to red-state moviegoers, Variety has learned.

Black Label Media, the film’s financier, retained Parscale to supplement online and social media marketing efforts. Sony Pictures is distributing the $38 million production, which is on track to open to a weak $6 million when it debuts this weekend. “Only the Brave” centers on a crew of firefighters battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013. It was one of the worst wildfires in American history, having killed 19 firefighters.

“Black Label Media used several different data analytics firms and consultants to test new marketing approaches to complement Sony’s marketing efforts on the film with the goal to reach the broadest possible audience,” Black Label Media said in a statement to Variety.

Parscale advised the filmmakers to retain Marcus Luttrell, a former »


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Fox, Russell Simmons Developing Movie About Def Jam Artist T La Rock (Exclusive)

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The life of T La Rock, the first artist signed to Def Jam Records, is getting the big picture treatment.

20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to Joshuah Bearman’s recently published GQ article, "The Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend", which follows Rock's rise as a pioneer and groundbreaker in rap music until a nearly deadly beating that left him in a coma at the peak of his career. The feature will follows the story of his rehabilitation in a nursing home, filled with an unlikely band of patients, caregivers and elderly residents at a Jewish care »


- Mia Galuppo

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AFI Fest: Ridley Scott's 'All the Money in the World' Set as Closing Night Screening

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Ridley Scott's Getty family drama All the Money in the World will close out this year's AFI Fest.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams star in the Scott-directed feature, which follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom.

Kevin Spacey also stars in the TriStar movie, based on the David Scarpa book of the same name.

The Closing Night screening will take place at the Tcl Chinese theater in Hollywood. AFI Fest, which will open with Dee Rees' Mudbound, runs from Nov. »


- Mia Galuppo

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Shia Labeouf Sentenced to Anger Management Over Racist Run-In With Police

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Oft-troubled actor Shia Labeouf has reached a plea agreement stemming from his arrest in Georgia earlier this year, agreeing to undergo anger management counseling, as well as 30 days of mandatory drug counseling. The actor was also placed on 12 months’ probation on Thursday, and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and to perform 100 hours of community service, a representative of the Chatham County, Georgia, district attorney’s office told TheWrap. Labeouf must also write a letter of apology to the police. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Apologizes After Racist Arrest Video Released: 'I Am Deeply Ashamed' Ultimately Labeouf pleaded guilty to. »


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Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (Exclusive)

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With Sean Baker, Trey Edwards, Chris Newman, Ed Lachman, Peter Webber and Mike Hausman among its board members, a new film festival of classic films will unspool from Nov. 10 -13 in Bogota, Colombia.

Dubbed The Classics – Festival of the Films That Will Live Forever, the new film fest is founded by producer Ivonne Torres and Juan Carvajal, co-founder and artistic director of the three-year old Bogota Independent Film Festival, IndieBo.

Buoyed by sell-out crowds at IndieBo last July when the festival screened restored classics via a new pact with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Carvajal said: “I saw how these movie gems – rescued and restored with the support of the Film Foundation – deserved nothing better than to be enjoyed where they belong: the big screen.”

For many moviegoers in Bogota, it was the first time to see such classics as Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” and [link=nm »


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Weinstein Co. Staffers Ask to Be Let Out of Non-Disclosure Agreements

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A group of Weinstein Company staffers sent a lengthy statement to The New Yorker asking the company to allow them out of their non-disclosure agreement and denying any awareness of the dozens of allegations of sexual harrassment against co-founder Harvey Weinstein. “We know that in writing this we are in open breach of the non-disclosure agreements in our contracts.” the staffers wrote. “But our former boss is in open violation of his contract with us — the employees — to create a safe place for us to work. We have nothing to hide, and are as angry and baffled as »


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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Will Close AFI Fest

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AFI Fest has confirmed that Getty kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” (December 8, Sony) starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Kevin Spacey, will close the festival on November 16 accompanied by a tribute to veteran director Ridley Scott. The AFI Fest often launches late-breaking movies such as “Selma” and “American Sniper” into the Oscar race.

“For five decades, Ridley Scott’s tremendous visions of cities, new worlds, histories and science have transformed and influenced not only film, but our culture,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest Director. “We’re honored to be celebrating the artistry of a director whose work has had an indelible influence on cinema culture, and the lexicon of visual style.”

Three-time Oscar directing nominee Scott (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Thelma & Louise”) earned a fourth Oscar nomination for producing “The Martian.”

His latest, “All the Money in the World,” is adapted by David Scarpa from the book »


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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Set as Closing Night Film at AFI Fest

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AFI Fest has set the world premiere of Ridley Scott’s kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” as its closing night film on Nov. 16 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

All the Money in the World,” the story of the 1973 kidnapping in Italy of John Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire John Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Kevin Spacey plays Getty while Michelle Williams plays the part of Gail Harris, the mother of John Paul Getty III, and Mark Wahlberg plays Getty’s adviser.

Harris and the boy’s father eventually convinced the elder Getty to pay a $2.9 million ransom, resulting in the teenager being freed after six months. Scott directed “All the Money in the World” from a David Scarpa script. Sony opens the film on Dec. 8.

Scott will be honored with a tribute prior to the screening with a moderated discussion »


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‘One of Us’ Review: Breaking up With G-d Is Hard to Do

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The biggest issue facing the modern documentary is that there are too many documentaries. This complaint may sound silly or prosaic, but it’s true. Since its creation, the format has never been in such high demand. On streaming services, from Netflix to Amazon Prime to Hulu, documentaries are often the most played and downloaded. The audience is there, and so are the films. Complaining about an embarrassment of riches can only take you so far. The point is: where there’s endless choice, there’s endless mediocrity. Worthwhile stories that are hurried and unfocused, made by people with good intentions but not-so-good. »

- Sam Fragoso

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‘NCIS’ Star Pauley Perrette Explains Her Twitter Hiatus Ahead of Show Exit

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Pauley Perrette’s fans apparently want every possible interaction with her that they can get before she signs off for good from “NCIS.” The actress, who recently announced that the CBS procedural’s currently airing 15th season will be her last, did not tweet at all during this week’s new episode, and some viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Perrette, a typically frequent Twitter user, had tweeted in the evening on Oct. 16 but posted nothing on Oct. 17, when the episode aired. “Woke up looking forward to all my @PauleyP tweets from last night’s #NCIS but there aren’t any, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Jimmy Kimmel Slammed for Diabetes Punchline: ‘It Is an Illness Not a Joke’

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On Wednesday Jimmy Kimmel publicly thanked fellow television star Kelly Ripa for some cookies sent by the daytime host — but in the process included a bizarre remark about diabetes. “Thank you for the cookies @KellyRipa,” he said, adding, “You are sweeter than diabetes #KimmelinBrooklyn” Thank you for the cookies @KellyRipa – you are sweeter than diabetes #KimmelinBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/fywxdqvMI3 - Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 17, 2017 I guess the joke was that the sweetness of her gift and the cookies would be worth the diabetes caused by the sugar intake, or something like that — needless it to say, it wasn’t his A. »


- Jon Levine

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