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Brie Larson To Play First Female White House Candidate Victoria Woodhull In Amazon Film

20 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Ben Kopit, who wrote the Warner Bros film Libertine that has Brett Ratner attached to direct, will write the script. Larson will produce alongside Whalerock IndustriesLloyd Braun and Andrew MittmanAnne Woodward is exec producer and… »

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Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

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

Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.

The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.


‘Logan,’ ‘Deadpool’ and Why the World Is Ready for an R-Rated X-Men Film

The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »

- Dave McNary

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Ivan Reitman Weighs In On Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters,’ Says More Franchise Movies Planned

23 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot wasn’t the massive hit that the studio and filmmakers were hoping for. No matter your thoughts on the finished product, the film just didn’t make enough money to warrant a sequel. But that’s not deterring producer Ivan Reitman from keeping hope alive. He’s not just planning to continue the “Ghostbusters” franchise with another movie, he’s planning on multiple movies.

“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films.

Continue reading Ivan Reitman Weighs In On Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters,’ Says More Franchise Movies Planned at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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Laura Dern In Talks To Join Justin Kelly’s Biopic ‘JT Leroy’

22 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Laura Dern is in talks to co-star in director Justin Kelly’s biopic JT Leroy, the true story behind writer Laura Albert’s made-up literary persona JT Leroy. If the deal closes, Dern will be joining Kristen Stewart, who was attached to the project early on.

Kelly wrote the screenplay, which is based on Savannah Knoop’s book Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy. Knoop spent six years pretending to be the enigmatic Jt Leroy, a man who identified as transgender. In… »

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‘Young and the Restless,’ ‘General Hospital’ Lead Daytime Emmy Nominations

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

The 2017 Daytime Emmy nominations have been revealed, and CBS led the way, with a combined 70 nominations. “The Young and the Restless” led the field with 25 nominations, the most of any single show, and was followed by “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 23. ABC’s “General Hospital” also received 23 nominations. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” received 22 nominations. All four shows with the most nominations are all up for Outstanding Drama Series. “After receiving a record number of submissions, we are thrilled by this talented and gifted list of nominees that will be honored at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards, »

- Linda Ge

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Breitbart, InfoWars Under FBI Investigation for Potential Russian Ties (Report)

16 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In addition to investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the FBI is looking into some right-wing websites that potentially helped Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, according to McClatchy. The FBI wants to know if websites like Breitbart News and InfoWars were connected to Russia’s alleged attempt to interfere with the election results in an effort to increase Trump’s chances at beating Clinton. Citing “two people familiar with the inquiry,” McClatchy reported that the FBI wants to know if the sites had any role in “a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories, »

- Brian Flood

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Box-Office Preview: 'Power Rangers' to Battle 'Beauty and the Beast'

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

It is going to be a beast of a weekend in terms of competition at the box office.

Three new films enter the fray — Saban's Power Rangers, Sony's space horror-thriller Life and Warner Bros.' CHiPs — but none are likely to reduce holdover Beauty and the Beast to zero-gravity status.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a live-action adaptation of the 1991 classic animated musical, opened to a historic $174.8 million last weekend and could earn $80 million or more in its second outing. The movie raced passed the $200 million mark on Wednesday for an early global tally of »

- Pamela McClintock

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Isis Claims Responsibility for London Terror Attack, Attacker Identified as British-Born

29 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Isis claims Wednesday’s attack in London was carried out by one of its “soldiers” who “carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition.” On Thursday, the extremist group released a statement to Isis’ Amaq news agency, which it routinely uses to announce its role in deadly attacks. It read, according to Newsweek: ‘The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition.’ The attacker has not been identified, »

- Brian Flood

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Indie Theaters Get Ready for '1984' Trump Protest Screenings

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

On April 4, independent theaters across the country will screen 1984, the dystopian drama based on the bestselling 1949 novel by British author George Orwell

Over 90 theaters have agreed to screen the film, a coordinated effort by the Art House Convergence and United State of Cinema organizations, which "encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.'"

In Los Angeles, two theaters are slated to participate in the protest screening of the film: the Billy »

- Patrick Shanley

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‘Empire': Here’s Your First Look at Demi Moore and Eva Longoria in Glorious Action (Video)

44 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The world of “Empire” is not big enough for both Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long. And now, they’ve both got to share the Fox series with Demi Moore, Eva Longoria And Phylicia Rashad? Good grief. Lee Daniels’ hit hip-hop soap opera returned to the airwaves last night for its spring run. Immediately after the closing credits, the broadcaster ran a first look at the rest of the season — it doesn’t look like the fireworks will flame out anytime soon. Watch the video above. Also Read: Lee Daniels' 'Star' Renewed for Season 2 on Fox “Empire” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Fox. »

- Tony Maglio

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President Trump Rips ABC, NBC as ‘Fake News’ Over Russia Stories

46 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to rip “totally biased and fake news” reports on ABC and NBC related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia interfering with the presidential election. Just watched the totally biased and fake news reports of the so-called Russia story on NBC and ABC. Such dishonesty! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017 FBI director James Comey admitted for the first time on Monday that the bureau is investigating if anyone from the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the election. In addition, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is under fire for his ties to. »

- Brian Flood

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TV Review: Sally Wainwright’s ‘To Walk Invisible’ on PBS Masterpiece

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

In the flood of spring TV options, it would be easy for “To Walk Invisible” to get lost. It shouldn’t be. 

“To Walk Invisible” will no doubt be catnip to a few different subcategories of TV fans: Those who enjoy costume dramas, those who can’t get enough of films about creative types, those who simply appreciate well-made films with strong but subtly conveyed points of view, and those who enjoy the work of Sally Wainwright, the creator of “Happy Valley.”

For those who fall into all four groups, “To Walk Invisible,” which serves up an intense glimpse into the lives of the Brontë sisters, will fly by.

At the outset, it’s important to offer a warning that also applies to the great Netflix series “Happy Valley,” one of the finest offerings in all of television: The Northern accents of the characters take some getting used to. I’ve spent enough time in the U »

- Maureen Ryan

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Malaysia Fines Human Rights Activist Lena Hendry for Documentary Screening

54 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Human rights activist, Lena Hendry was Thursday fined $2,260 (RM10,000) on Thursday after a Malaysian court found her guilty of an illegal film screening.

The court said that she had broken the 1992 Film Censorship Act by screening “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka,” a documentary about genocide in Sri Lanka, at a hall in Kuala Lumpur in July 2013. The 49 minute film was directed by Callum Macrae, and produced by Outsider Films for distributor Channel 4.

Hendry could have been jailed for up to three years for either possessing or screening a film that did not have Censorship Board (Lpf) approval. The magistrate sentenced her to one year in prison or a fine, the maximum possible without elevating sentencing to a higher court. Hendry paid the fine before the 4pm deadline.

The sentencing and fine brings to an end a lengthy legal process. Prosecution began in September 2013 after the »

- Patrick Frater

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Lionsgate, Studiocanal Sign Output Deal for Australia, New Zealand

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

Lionsgate and Studiocanal have signed a long term output agreement under which Studiocanal will distribute films from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label in Australia and New Zealand.

The alliance, announced Thursday, is an expansion of the relationship between the two studios. Studiocanal currently distributes Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment film titles in Germany and Lionsgate handles Studiocanal’s film library in North America.

The announcement was made by Elizabeth Trotman, Studiocanal CEO for Australia and New Zealand, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Patrick Wachsberger and International chief operating officer Andrew Kramer.

The new output agreement will encompass “John Wick: Chapter Two,” starring Keanu Reeves; faith-based drama “The Shack,”  starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer; and the upcoming “Robin Hood,” directed by Otto Bathurst and starring Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton.

Other titles include the firefighting action thriller “Granite Mountain,” starring Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and »

- Dave McNary

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Lionsgate, StudioCanal Sign New Movie Output Deal

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

Lionsgate has signed a multi-year output deal with StudioCanal to get Summit Entertainment titles like John Wick: Chapter Two, The Shack and Robin Hood into Australia and New Zealand.

The latest deal, building on an earlier tie-up between Lionsgate and StudioCanal for Germany, also includes the action thriller Granite Mountains, starring Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller, and the crime thriller Kin, starring Jack Reynor, James Franco and Zoë Kravitz.

Lionsgate also handles StudioCanal’s film library in North America. The Aussie and Kiwi movie output deal was unveiled by Elizabeth Trotman, StudioCanal CEO for Australia and New »

- Etan Vlessing

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Watch Samantha Bee on Trump's Macho Budget Posturing

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Samantha Bee slammed President Trump's proposed budget as senseless macho posturing on Full Frontal on Wednesday night. 

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has praised the proposal he's selling to Congress as a "hard power budget." Bee had another way to describe it. "This kind of looks like when an insecure guy tries to make his penis look bigger by shaving down everything around it," she said.

Bee gave short shrift to Mulvaney's suggestions that this budget "simply reallocates and reprioritizes spending as any family or business would do. »

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Watch James Corden’s Message to His Hometown After London Terror Attack

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

James Corden was born in London, raised just outside, and called the place home for most of his life before coming to America to host CBS’ “Late Late Show.” So when a terrorist attacked London on Wednesday afternoon, killing three people and injuring dozens of others, Corden began his show with a message to the people of his hometown.

It was a brief address, but heartfelt. “I know a lot of people in Britain watch this show; people from Britain work on this show,” he said. “Watching the news today, I felt a really, really long way from home. When something like that happens in your hometown, you don’t have a feeling of being glad that you’re so far away. What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones to stand alongside them. London is a diverse and proud and brilliant city. And one thing is for sure, if »

- Oriana Schwindt

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French Filmmakers Rally Against Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Arts Funding in the U.S.

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

Paris – French filmmakers have rallied in support of American artists against President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Arp – the French guild for directors, producers and authors, chaired by Claude Lelouch and co-presided over by Julie Bertuccelli and Michel Hazanavicius – published an open letter arguing that “Trump’s decision will have tremendous consequences.”

“Public funds for no fewer than 19 cultural entities will be eliminated and federal money for public radio and television merely cut. Such weakening of the American cultural landscape will make the day of big media groups, to the advantage of their commercial purposes and powerful algorithms,” said the Arp, whose board includes Costa Gavras, Nicolas Gessner, Pierre Jolivet, Cédric Klapisch, Gérard Krawczyk, Thomas Langmann, Olivier Nakache, Jean-Paul Salomé, Eric Tolédano and Patrick Braoudé.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Survivor: Game Changers’ power rankings: Brad Culpepper and Tai Trang stay on top after another power play

3 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

It was another epic tribal council on Wednesday’s “Survivor: Game Changers” after host Jeff Probst brought two tribes to the ceremony with the task of voting one player out. After a lively discussion and successful use of a hidden immunity idol, Malcolm Freberg was sent home, bewildered and frustrated. The shocking tribal council and the likely fallout for the remaining […] »

- benutty

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Altice Secures $3.67 Billion in Debt Refinancing for Sfr, Altice International

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

Paris – Patrick Drahi’s Netherlands-based Altice has refinanced a portion of the existing debt of its French telco group Sfr and Altice International, to the tune of 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion) and 863 million euros ($930.5 million), respectively.

“With this latest refinancing transaction totaling 3.4 billion euros ($3.67 billion), Altice Group has now refinanced about 30 billion euros ($32.3 billion) of its debt in the past year,” said Dennis Okhuijsen, CFO of Altice Group.

Okhuijsen said this “refinancing activity clearly demonstrates Altice’s commitment to proactively manage its liabilities across every credit pool, significantly improving its maturity schedule as well as reducing interest costs.”

Thanks to the refinancing, Sfr, which Altice bought from Vivendi in 2014 and merged with its Numericable cable operation, will be able to extend its capital structure from 7.3 to 7.6 years. Meanwhile, the average maturity of Altice International’s capital structure has been extended from 6.7 to 7.0 years.

The refinancing activity strengthens Altice’s cash flow »

- Elsa Keslassy

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