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Aaron Sorkin is Taking Meetings With DC and Marvel

8 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Can you imagine Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince doing a classic walk and talk through the hallways of Wayne Enterprises? How about Spider-Man and Hawkeye exchanging not just a throwaway line or two, but having an epic back-and-forth conversation full of quotable one-liners? Well, the future is wide open, because Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, A Few Good Men) […]

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Lee Daniels Reveals Plans for Oprah's 'Terms of Endearment' Remake and 'Empire' Spinoff

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

That Terms of Endearment remake that Lee Daniels is going to do with Oprah Winfrey? Turns out it'll be a complete makeover.

The Empire co-creator offered plot details at Loyola Marymount's Hollywood Masters series with THR's Stephen Galloway on March 22, revealing that the film — still uncast, except for Winfrey in the Shirley MacLaine role — will be set in the '80s and include a storyline about black men who brought HIV/AIDS to their female partners.

"I've got to tell stories that are important to me, and so many African-American women died," said Daniels. "I want to »


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Title of Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel Revealed

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been unveiled as title of the upcoming sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Oscar-nominated Wreck-It Ralph, Disney announced Tuesday during its slate presentation at CinemaCon.

Directed by Rich Moore (who recently won an Oscar for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston and produced by Oscar-winning Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, the movie is scheduled to open March 9, 2018 and has a returning voice cast that includes John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch

While Disney Animation doesn't have a release in 2017, its sister company Pixar has two films this year. They include the Nov. 22 release Coco, which centers »


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Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas,  Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »


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Academy Chooses to Stick with Accounting Firm Despite Envelopegate

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to continue working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the wake of the massive Best Picture mix-up at last month’s Oscar telecast.

“Last night the Board of Governors met for the first time following what was, in so many ways, the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades. As you may know, the Board meets approximately six times a year to discuss the business of the Academy,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs said in an email to its members. “After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, »


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Golden Globes: HFPA Announces Timetable for 75th Annual Awards

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for next year’s Golden Globes.

Nominations will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

This year’s best picture Globe winners were “Moonlight” and “La La Land.” Top TV honors went to “The Crown,” “Atlanta” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Full timetable below.

Monday, July 10, 2017 — Submission Website for 2018 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries is now open

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms

Friday, November 24, 2017 — Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young

Monday, December 4, 2017 — Final screening date for Motion Pictures

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — Final date for Motion Picture press conferences

Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 8:00p.m.

Monday, December 11, 2017 — Announcement of »


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Vin Diesel Chokes Up While Paying Tribute to Paul Walker at CinemaCon

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vin Diesel choked up while paying tribute to the late Paul Walker at CinemaCon on Wednesday.

He said that he decided to go forward with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise to make good on a promise Walker made that there would be an eighth chapter in the long-running series. That film, “The Fate of the Furious,” opens next month. Universal later surprised the audience by debuting the full movie.

“It was Paul Walker who promised eight,” Diesel said. “It played over and over again in my brain.”

Walker died in an automobile crash in 2013.

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“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” Diesel said. Diesel, who has called Walker his best friend, said the actor continues to live through the characters.

“You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to »


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WGA to Send Strike Authorization Vote to Membership

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Writers Guild of America’s two boards voted unanimously to send a vote to its membership, raising the stakes in the contract wrangling with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East have approved the recommendation from the WGA negotiating committee to conduct a strike authorization vote among members of both guilds who have worked under the AMPTP master contract during the past six years — about 6,000 members i total. The negotiating committee took that step on Friday after ending two weeks of contract talks with the AMPTP. The current Minimum Basic Agreement, jointly negotiated by West and East, expires on May 1.

The strike authorization vote does not mean the writers will automatically walk. But a vote by the membership is necessary before the governing bodies of both guilds can call a strike against the studios. The turnout and vote on the authorization question will also »

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First Look at The CW’s New Superhero Series ‘Black Lightning’

46 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW has revealed the first photo of “Black Lightning, the latest hero joining the network’s stable of super-powered crime-fighting shows.

The image shows Cress Williams (“Hart of Dixie,” “Friday Night Lights”) suited up as Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a Black Lightning, the hero soon to be joining the Berlanti family of superhero series, including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.” The drama is currently shooting in Atalanta.

“Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking … Black Lightning will be that hope,” executive producer Salim Akil said. “And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own superheroes.”

The series will follow Pierce — now retired from his crime-fighting days — who’s pulled back into vigilante life as one daughter is hell-bent on justice and the other is being recruited by a »


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'Annabelle 2' Director Reveals Horror Sequel's Title

47 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Annabelle 2 has a new name.

Director David F. Sandberg shared a new logo ahead of Warner Bros' CinemaCon panel Wednesday, revealing the title is Annabelle: Creation.

The film is a followup to the 2014 Conjuring spin-off, with the news of the new title coming ahead of Warner Bros.' CinemaCon panel later in the afternoon.

Miranda Otto is featured in the New Line sequel to the doll-centric 2014 hit. The spinoff of the Conjuring franchise follows a dollmaker and his wife who, 20 years after the tragic death of their little girl, welcome a nun and several orphans into their home, »


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‘Making History’ Star Adam Pally Arrested for Misdemeanor Drug Possession

50 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Making History” and “Happy Endings” star Adam Pally was arrested Tuesday night in New York and hit with two misdemeanor drug possession charges, a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

A source tells Variety that Pally was seen smoking marijuana with an e-cigarette in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in public view at about 10:46 p.m. When police arrested him, they found that he had a small bag of cocaine, and cited him with the second drug charge. He’s since been released from custody.

He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, and criminal possession of marijuana in the 5th degree. Pally’s ticket requires that he appear in front of a judge within 30 days.

His reps did not immediately respond to request for comment on Wednesday. TMZ first broke the news of the arrest.

Pally is best known for his role as Max Blum on »


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Wesley Snipes' 'The Recall' Gets June Barco Escape, Vr Release Date

52 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wesley Snipes was on hand Wednesday at CinemaCon to help announce that his upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Recall, from Minds Eye Entertainment, will release on June 2 in tri-screen, panoramic Barco Escape theaters.

Also on June 2, Minds Eye in association with SkyVR will debut The Recall Abduction, a 12-minute virtual reality short featuring Snipes that brings audiences into the story through the eyes of co-star R.J. Mitte’s (Breaking Bad) character and will end with a cliffhanger. After a two-week window in Escape theaters, on June 16 it will expand for a limited 2D theater run and VOD release on June 16. It's a unique model, aimed »


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'Fate of the Furious': First Reactions From Surprise CinemaCon Screening

55 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Fast family had a surprise for CinemaCon on Wednesday. 

During Universal's presentation at the Las Vegas convention, the audience of theater exhibitors and a few lucky journalists were treated to a full screening of the franchise's latest film, Fate of the Furious.

Star Vin Diesel was on hand to present the latest Fast feature, along with director F. Gary Gray and stars Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell and franchise newcomer Charlize Theron.

The night before, Disney screened the entirety of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, leading to generally favorable reactions. The first responses for Fast »


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‘Frozen’s’ Original Ending Finally Revealed

58 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Although Disney’s “Frozen” was released nearly four years ago, it’s as fresh in our memories as the lyrics to “Let It Go.” But would the film have been as successful had it retained its original ending?

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the film’s producer, Peter Del Vecho, reflected on the process of creating “Frozen,” and revealed what was originally set to be the animated movie’s conclusion.

“So when we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters. They weren’t even royal,” Del Vecho shared. “So Anna was not a princess. Elsa was a self-proclaimed Snow Queen, but she was a villain and pure evil — much more like the Hans Christian Andersen tale. We started out with an evil female villain and an innocent female heroine, and the ending involved a big epic battle with snow monsters that Elsa had created as her army,” he said.

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Film Review: ‘The Levelling’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From the unglamorous mud of its contemporary English farmland setting to the lyrical interludes as nocturnal animals swim in murky waters and woodland creatures quiver in damp hedgerows, Hope Dickson Leach’s feature directorial debut is startlingly assured. “The Levelling” is an intimate story, waterlogged with guilt, grief and blame, but it explores this dark spectrum with such unsentimental honesty that its tiny moments of uplift, when its repressed characters form tentative connections despite themselves, are magnified and moving. Unlike so many first-timers, Dickson Leach, who also wrote the script, never allows her reach to exceed her grasp: she sets boundary markers around the edges of her territory and doesn’t stray beyond them. Instead she gets her hands dirty, bedding down into these difficult, truculent characters and plunging us deep into the chilly loam of her mournful, atmospheric story.

It starts with an ending. Clover (“Game of Thrones” actor »


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Anne Hathaway Sends Her "Freak Flag Flying" With Monster Movie 'Colossal'

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

People are still having trouble believing that Anne Hathaway — noted lover of rom-coms, show tunes (she won an Oscar for Les Misérables) and Kate Middleton — made a monster movie.

"I’ve gotten a lot of questions today, people being like, ‘Oh, this is a departure for you,’" Hathaway told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday night at the New York premiere of Colossal, wearing a black gown outfitted with a crinoline panel that — from certain angles — obscured the bottom half of her face. “I sort of feel like [it’s] a coming home. I think I’m probably a lot »


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‘Fate of the Furious’ Surprise Screening Revs Up Exhibitors at CinemaCon

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A previously unannounced CinemaCon screening of Universal’s “Fate of the Furious” left exhibitors feeling that the franchise has plenty of gas left in the tank — less than three weeks prior to the April 14 launch.

“There was so much action, which is great, more than even the last,” one said on departing the Wednesday morning screening at Caesars Palace. “It’s going to do very good business.”

The seven preceding “Fast and Furious” films have generated $3.9 billion in worldwide box office with the most recent, “Furious 7,” taking in a stunning $1.5 billion worldwide. The franchise has joined “Jurassic Park” as Universal’s most successful.

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Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, franchise newcomer Charlize Theron, and director F. Gary Gray were on hand to present the film, the eighth in the franchise and first to not star Paul Walker, »


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TV News Roundup: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell to Host Freeform Special ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, “The Bachelor” alumni Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell will host Freeform special “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings,” David Axelrod will bring his podcast “The Axe Files” to television, and more. 

Specials

Ever wonder what it would be like to get married at a Disney resort? “The Bachelor” alumni Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell will help you find out as they host an upcoming special entitled “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings,” which will air on on May 7 at 8 p.m./7c on Freeform. The 90-minute special will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the unique weddings and engagements that take place at Disney Destinations around the world.

CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod will bring his popular podcast, “The Axe Files,” to television for the first time during a one-hour special on CNN at Apr. 1. at 9 p.m./8c. He will be joined by former political rival Senator John McCain to reflect »


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Oscars Add Measures to Prevent Another Best Picture Fiasco

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Academy Awards organizers have instituted a series of measures to prevent the mishap that marred the Best Picture presentation during the 2017 Oscars from happening again.

Following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' meeting Tuesday, the board of governors outlined numerous safeguards, including the addition of a third balloting official in the control room during broadcasts and a ban on PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants using electronic devices during the ceremony, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Following the now-infamous Oscar night gaffe – where Warren Beatty was handed a Best Actress envelope for the Best Picture presentation, »


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Top Bet Programming Execs to Exit Viacom-Owned Cabler

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bet programming president Stephen Hill and his top lieutenant are stepping down from the network, marking the latest transition in the management of Viacom-owned cablers.

Hill, an 18-year Bet vet, announced his departure to staffers on Wednesday. Bet also confirmed that exec VP and head of programming Zola Mashariki would exit along with Hill.

Connie Orlando, senior VP of specials, music programming and news, will head programming in the interim while Bet searches for a successor for Hill.

The timing of Hill’s departure is surprising. Bet on Tuesday launched a new drama series “Rebel” that had mostly favorable reviews (ratings were not immediately available on Wednesday) and traction in social media. In January, Bet scored a big hit with its three-part miniseries “The New Edition Story.”

Hill has headed Bet programming since September 2014. He joined Bet in 1999 and moved up the ranks in various programming posts. He was the driving force behind Bet’s music-related shows »


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