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Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy makes directing return.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints. »

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Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’

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Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has signed on to play John F. Kennedy in the drama “Mayday 109,” based on the 1943 sinking of Kennedy’s PT boat during World War II.

The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.

Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.

Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »

- Dave McNary

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Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama

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Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of the untitled Robert Zemeckis project opposite Steve Carell.

Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.

the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Zemeckis directs and produces from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside »

- Dave McNary

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Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56

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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »

- Alex Stedman

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Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig

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We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.

The Tracking Board is reporting that “Girls” duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in talks to write the film.

Continue reading Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Deadpool 2’ Production Kicks Off, Ryan Reynolds Shares First Photo From Set

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Ryan Reynolds announced the first day of production for “Deadpool 2” with a photo on his Instagram account.

“The sun sets on day 1. Feels good to be back. This dog can hunt,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin signed on as Cable. »

- Dave McNary

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Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Rick Okon (“Tatort”) will captain the U-612 U-boat in the upcoming “Das Boot” series, with Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), and August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”) also cast in the €25 million drama.

A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.

Sonar Entertainment, Sky, and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion are making the series. Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, are the executive producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and »

- Stewart Clarke

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AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4

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AMC has renewed “Better Call Saul” for a fourth season.

Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.

“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”

Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations

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Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” will do anything to get an Emmy nomination. He’ll have star Justin Theroux do anything, at least.

In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.

The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »

- Ashley Boucher

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Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season

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Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’s’ DeMario Jackson Says There’s a ‘Conspiracy’ Against Him

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Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4 contestant DeMario Jackson told E! News in a segment released on Tuesday that he thinks the allegations against him were part of a “conspiracy.” Jackson told E! during the interview airing Monday and Tuesday that being associated with an alleged sexual assault is “every man’s biggest fear. No man wants to be attached to that. That ruins you for life. That’s something that sticks with you.” “When I have children, they are going to Google their dad’s name, and this is going to appear. That’s my biggest fear,” he continued. Also Read: »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Sports Illustrated Trolls Trump Over Fake Time Magazine Cover

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Sports Illustrated just added itself to a long list of companies who have used their platform to poke fun at Donald Trump as the magazine trolled the Potus via a savage tweet on Tuesday. The mockery came after The Washington Post revealed that Trump had displayed fake framed Time Magazine covers with his face on them at several of his golf courses. The Trump issue contains “several small but telling mistakes” that out it as a fake — such as erroneous text placement and too-narrow border width — says the Post. Also Read: Trump Has Fake Time Magazine Covers Displayed in His Golf Clubs Sports. »

- Ashley Eady

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Jim Carrey Drops Demand That Late Girlfriend’s Mother Pay $372K if He Wins Wrongful Death Suit

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Jim Carrey has dropped a motion demanding that Brigid Sweetman, mother of his late girlfriend Cathriona White, pay him $372,000 should she lose her wrongful death lawsuit against the comedian. Carrey also withdrew a similar motion filed against White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, who filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit. Both motions were filed by Carrey’s attorney on June 23. “Defendant withdraws these motions with prejudice in light of the Plaintiff’s stated claims of indignency and illness,” says the motion, obtained by TheWrap. Also Read: Jim Carrey Lied About STDs in Court Docs, Deceased Girlfriend's Mother Says “Counsel for Plaintiffs. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Billboard flashback: Every Song of the Summer this decade, from Katy Perry to Drake

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It’s almost July, so the race is on the decide 2017’s Song of the Summer. Every year when the mercury rises there’s usually at least one inescapable single that seems to dominate the airwaves, and for several years Billboard has picked a winner from each competitive summer season. Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg owned the […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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‘Claws’ Star Carrie Preston on Playing a Con Artist and ‘Gunning For’ a Lead Role

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Carrie Preston has been playing twisted Southern belles all her life, but as Polly in TNT’s “Claws,” she gets to try something a little different: a fabulist ex-con with an indomitable attitude and a killer manicure. Preston has long been a scene-stealer, in everything from rom-com “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to the vampire soap “True Blood” and legal procedural “The Good Wife.”

Now, as Polly, she’s part of a crew of five women who are also involved with the local West Florida mafia. “That alone was intriguing enough to get me to read the script,” she tells Variety. Her character is a compulsive liar who enjoys her fictional histories more than her depressing real one. But as Preston learned when discovered more about “Claws’” “insane words and incredible characters,” she learned that the story of what really happens to Polly — a story slowly unfolding in “Claws” — is even more bonkers than the stories she »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Anthony Young, Former NY Mets Pitcher, Dies at 51

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Anthony Young, a former New York Mets pitcher who lost a major-league record 27 straight games, has died. He was 51. Young passed away Tuesday in Houston, Texas, after battling a long illness, the Mets said. “We are saddened by the passing of former #Mets pitcher Anthony Young. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the team tweeted. We are saddened by the passing of former #Mets pitcher Anthony Young. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/A938QVq7xc — New York Mets (@Mets) June 27, 2017 Also Read: Play Ball! Congressional Baseball Game Goes »

- Debbie Emery

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Could a Superman ‘Red Son’ Movie Happen?

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The Superman story “Red Son” is one of the most innovative and adventurous in comics history: It imagines what would happen if the future Superman had crash-landed not in Kansas, but behind the Iron Curtain. Though it couldn’t be more timely, given the tension between the U.S. and Russia, it’s probably too wild an idea for a movie studio to attempt. Especially now, with Warner Bros. still trying to nail the right direction for the DC Expanded Universe and continue the recent success of “Wonder Woman” with the upcoming “Justice League.” But tweets from Mark Millar, the »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Big Brother’: Top 6 best Female players of all time, from Danielle Reyes to Rachel Reilly

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“Big Brother” returns to CBS on June 28 for a brand new summer of twists and turns (make your predictions now), so now is the perfect time to look back at the female houseguests who played the best games of all time. Of our six faves listed below, only two went on to win their […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ to Dominate Independence Day Weekend

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The summer box office this year hasn’t been the friendliest to franchise films, but “Despicable Me 3” looks to buck the trend.

In a record 4,529 locations — the widest domestic release ever — Illumination and Universal’s threequel could land in the $90 million-$100 million range this weekend. The studio is estimating slightly lower, around $85 million.

Either way, that’s a win for the franchise, which has grossed over $955 million domestically and $2.7 billion worldwide with the first three installations (including the “Minions” spinoff). “Despicable Me 2” opened this weekend in 2013, and earned $83.5 million. The franchise has historically performed well overseas — this installment has already taken in $20 million internationally from six select territories over the past two weekends.


Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3

Steve Carell plays double duty in “Despicable Me 3” as the series’ protagonist Gru, and now also his twin brother, Dru. The plot centers on the brothers, as they team up for a criminal heist. “South Park »

- Seth Kelley

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Emmy experts say, don’t underestimate His Holiness Jude Law in ‘The Young Pope’

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Under most circumstances Jude Law would be a shoo-in for an Emmy nomination — maybe even a win — for his role as an unorthodox pontiff in HBO’s “The Young Pope,” but as it stands he’s on the bubble for Best Movie/Mini Actor. This is one of the most crowded years for movies and limited […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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