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‘Hook’ Prequel: A Kickstarter Was Launched By Rufio Actor Dante Basco

17 February 2017 7:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Steven Spielberg’s fantasy/action movie “Hook” may soon have a prequel. Actor Dante Basco, who starred as Rufio in the 1991 Peter Pan sequel, wants to make a new film about his character, the leader of the Lost Boys who challenges an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) when he goes back to Neverland.

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Basco has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the short film, titled “Bangarang.” The actor is seeking to raise $30,000 for the film, which tells the story of an orphaned Rufio, before he had the mohawk and before Neverland, when his name was still Roofus.

Below is the official description of the film:

“Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than he is. After his mother is forced to put him into a foster home, he and his rag-tag group of »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Exclusive: James Monroe Iglehart Says Goodbye to Genie and ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway

15 February 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

From sequins to 18th-century ruffles, Aladdin’s James Monroe Iglehart is about to embark on another dream: playing the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. On Sunday, Feb. 19, Iglehart will take his final bow as the Genie on Broadway before moving up four blocks from the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street to the coveted Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th, where he’ll join the cast of the Alexander Hamilton musical starting mid-April.

While the Genie was famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film, Iglehart has been playing the part since Aladdin’s 2011 out-of- town tryouts in Seattle, which eventually landed in Toronto for a pre-Broadway run in 2013. Night after night, the actor has received roaring applause for his show-stopping rendition of “Friend Like Me,” a number that surely helped him win the 2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. 

“It’s the best feeling in the world »

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From Will and Kate to Sexiest Man Alive: Lara Spencer to Host New Series Inspired by Iconic People Covers

14 February 2017 12:40 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Over the years, iconic People covers have helped tell the stories that shaped history — and now, we’re bringing those stories to the small screen.

ABC News and People are teaming up to bring you People Icons, an upcoming limited series inspired by the covers that have made a lasting impact on American culture.

The weekly series will be hosted by Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer and will also feature People and Entertainment Weekly‘s Editorial Director Jess Cagle, as well as other People editors, to share their experiences and expertise.

Each episode will focus on a different theme, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Unbreakable Bond: From Their First Oscars to Life as Hollywood Royalty

14 February 2017 10:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »

From students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts, to Hollywood stars with nine Oscar nominations among them, Casey Affleck, his brother Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have come far. And stayed close through it all.

In 1997, Damon and the elder Affleck’s film Good Will Hunting — which also starred Casey — propelled them to fame and their first walk on the Academy Awards stage. Now, 20 years later, Oscar continues to smile on them: Damon is a nominated producer on Best Picture contender Manchester By the Sea, which features an Oscar-nominated performance from Best Actor hopeful Casey Affleck. In 2013, Ben »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Batman at the Movies – The Films That Never Were

10 February 2017 6:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on the Batman films that never were…

One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.

Batman vs Superman

“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »

- Tony Black

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Ryan Reynolds Gets Showered With Kisses From Drag Queens at Harvard University

4 February 2017 11:46 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ryan Reynolds really knows how to have a good time. On Friday, the Deadpool actor made his way to Harvard University, where he was crowned Hasty Pudding's man of the year. In addition to receiving his Pudding Pot, Ryan appeared to have a blast, participating in funny sketches that found him getting kissed by drag queens. During Ryan's acceptance speech, the father of two said his proudest moment was seeing his older daughter, James, interact with her little sister, Ines. "Just seeing my older daughter be so infatuated with our younger daughter, who's 4 months old . . . Seeing her kiss her and hug her and hold her, it kinda crushed me but would put anyone else to sleep." Hasty Pudding is the third oldest theater organization in the world and performs plays, musicals, and drag shows. The annual award honors performers who have made impressive contributions in the entertainment industry and also includes a roast. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Woah! Hear Joey Lawrence’s New Song with Brothers Matthew and Andy

3 February 2017 2:11 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It appears the Lawrence brothers have blossomed into a band!

Joey, 40, Matthew, 36, and Andy, 29, all rose to fame on television, but now the trio has formed Still Three and released their first single “Lose Myself”—and People has the exclusive first listen to the new track.

“We began this whole thing as three bros just fooling around, doing something we had never done together,” says Joey, who played Joey Russo on the early-’90s sitcom Blossom. “But something special happened and it just felt right.”

“We started out as a musical family—acting kinda redirected us,” says Matthew, who starred »

- Patrick Gomez

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The Lrm Interview with Director Taylor Hackford

3 February 2017 10:54 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

An Officer and a Gentleman, The Devil’s Advocate and Ray are just three of the movies in director Taylor Hackford’s illustrious career, although his one Oscar was for a short film he made much earlier in his career.

For Hackford’s latest movie, The Comedian, he directs Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a veteran comedian and star of a popular old TV sitcom, who is trying to find a new lease on life, which actually ends up with him being thrown in jail for assaulting a heckler. While doing community service, he meets Leslie Mann’s Harmony and he shares with her his love for stand-up, although her father (Harvey Keitel) doesn’t approve of the relationship.

If you ever wondered whether De Niro can do stand-up comedy, you get a lot of opportunities to see him performing mostly insult comedy ala Jeffrey Ross (who was involved »

- Edward Douglas

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Horror Highlights: The Ouija Board Secret, New Episode of Splathouse, Dark/Web, Legion Where?House

30 January 2017 6:42 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Andrea Ricca is a one-man band. He wrote, directed, and edited the short film The Ouija Board Secret, which kicks off today’s Horror Highlights! Also: listen to a new episode of The Splathouse, new images from the anthology series Dark/Web, and photos from FX’s Legion Where?House event.

Watch the Short Film The Ouija Board Secret: “The Ouija Board Secret” is an independent short film that was produced by only one person: the director Andrea Ricca who did the scripting, shooting, acting, editing, special effects, 3d modellation, and animation.

Andrea Ricca is an independent director who has realized, since 1998, some science fiction and horror short movies. They reached 14 million views online and were welcomed positively by international reviews such as the historical “Hammer Film”, the English “SFX UK”, the french “Ecran Fantastique”, “Starburst” and many more (Horror Society, Dread Central, Horror Movie.CA, Harrow In The Head, »

- Tamika Jones

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That Time Police Came While Cuba Gooding Jr. Did an Iconic Jerry Maguire Scene

24 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Cuba Gooding Jr. will show James Lipton the money. And by that, obviously, we mean spill the tea on his career when he stops by Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. The Oscar winner will dish all things The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Jerry Maguire and more, including getting his start as a young break-dancer in Los Angeles and how he convinced Ryan Murphy he was the only one right for the part of O.J. Simpson. Plus, look for Gooding Jr. to dish on what it's like working with other A-list talent such as Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro and Sarah Paulson. In the clip above, Gooding Jr. tells Lipton about a particular crazy time shooting Jerry »

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Our favourite voice work performances in time for The Lego Batman Movie

23 January 2017 7:13 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Our favourite voice work performances in time for The Lego Batman MovieOur favourite voice work performances in time for The Lego Batman MovieAdriana Floridia1/23/2017 10:13:00 Am

Many of us have different opinions on who played Batman best, but we'd be willing to throw out a far left candidate: Will Arnett.

That's right. Will Arnett plays Batman in a whole other way, by voicing Lego Batman. He was such a scene-stealer in The Lego Movie that he got his own spin-off, which has to say something, right?

Arnett is no stranger to voice work as he stars as the titular "Bojack Horseman" on the Netflix series. Playing a horse who once starred on a popular sitcom and now has fallen from grace, this is another voice performance that is so good, it makes Bojack-- an anthropomorphic horse, feel real. We'd argue Arnett does the same with the Lego version of Batman. »

- Adriana Floridia

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For Killer Films, Sundance Is Like Planning a Snow-Covered Wedding

21 January 2017 10:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The organizing starts around Thanksgiving and doesn’t let up through the New Year. For Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, the co-founding producers of the indie powerhouse Killer Films, the Sundance Film Festival is an annual trek through the snow that dates back three decades. The duo have sold 25 films here, from the 1995 Todd Haynes drama “Safe” starring Julianne Moore to 2002’s “One Hour Photo,” featuring an eerie turn from Robin Williams.

To listen to them reminisce about their memories from past visits to Park City is to step into a time capsule. “I definitely have the nostalgia stories of bringing physical cans of film,” says Koffler. “My hands were cold and the metal was cold as I put it on the luggage belt. It was a physical experience that has disappeared.”

This year, Killer Films came to Sundance with four more titles that capture the New York-based production company »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Karen Gillan on Guardians 2, Avengers: Infinity War & her Jumanji outfit

20 January 2017 6:26 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Karen Gillan certainly has a busy year ahead of her, in addition to reprising her role of Nebula in the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, she will also star alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart in Jumanj, the spiritual sequel to the Robin Williams led film of the same name. Gillan is also making her directorial feature debut on an untitled film (previously called Tupperware... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Karen Gillan Reacts to Backlash Over "Sexist" Look in Jumanji Reboot

20 January 2017 10:58 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Karen Gillan signals her Jumanji character is just as unhappy as many viewers are about what they call her "sexist" jungle outfit. The 29-year-old Scottish actress plays Ruby Roundhouse in the upcoming film, which is set for release in December. The movie is a reboot of the hit 1995 dark fantasy adventure flick starring the late Robin Williams, which was about kids whose board game comes to life. In the new Jumanji, four people are sucked into the game's jungle world and must turn into characters to beat it. Gillan's is an Amazonian warrior. Last year, the first photo from the reboot was released and shows Gillan wearing a cropped shirt with »

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In Defense of Celebrity Voice Casting: Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart and Mark Hamill

19 January 2017 3:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The approaching release of a live-action, all-star version of Beauty and Beast makes us nostalgic for the magical age of the animated original. Disney had kicked off a new era with The Little Mermaid, a wonderful musical comedy featuring a strong female character. Beauty and the Beast was the followup, another musical that was a full-blown romantic drama with comic overtones. What both movies had in common was that their voice casts featured lesser-known stars. That started to change when Aladdin was released; even though Robin Williams only voiced a supporting role, he couldn't help but steal the picture with his hilarious antics. Slowly, the world of animated movies changed, with big stars more and more getting cast in leading roles, even those whose voices are not...

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- Peter Martin

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Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ Coming to Amazon as a Miniseries

19 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Years ago, director/genius Terry Gilliam set out to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s brilliant novel Good Omens into a feature film starring Robin Williams and Johnny Depp. It never came to pass. Other versions, including a television adaptation by Terry Jones, briefly appeared before vanishing again. But good things sometimes come to those who […]

The post Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ Coming to Amazon as a Miniseries appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Hector Cabello Reyes on ‘An Indian Tale,’ Directing Actors, Its Characters Connecting With Life

16 January 2017 3:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes his feature debut  directing Belgium’s Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”), France’s Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) and India’s Bollywood and Hollywood actor Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”).

Inspired by Ricardo Darin starrer “Chinese Take-Out,” “An Indian Tale” is an odd couple/second-chance-in-life dramedy, kicking off when Pierre, (Poelvoorde), an irascible, short-fused stand-offish hardware store owner with a compulsive obsession disorder rebuffs the love interest of Jeanne (Lamy), the beautiful and life-loving sister of a client. Then he stumbles across a Bengali immigrant, Ajit (Pitobash), who doesn’t speak a word of French. Pierre does everything to get Ajit off his hands, taking him to the police station, the Indian Embassy and to meet possible relations, but ends up having to put him up in his home, »

- John Hopewell

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She Speaks First returns to Acmi with Alison Maclean's 'The Rehearsal'

15 January 2017 6:44 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Rehearsal.

Ghita Loebenstein is gearing up for another year of She Speaks First, the female-focused film series she founded in 2015..

The series, in which screenings of films made by women are followed by conversations about the space women occupy in cinema, most recently presented Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier at Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image last October..

This Wednesday, She Speaks First returns to Acmi with a screening of New Zealand feature The Rehearsal, directed by Alison Maclean..

Afterwards, Maclean will appear via video-link from La to talk about her film. Kim Krejus, artistic director of 16th Street Actors Studio, will also join the conversation..

The Rehearsal is adapted from the novel by Booker Prize—winning Kiwi author Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries). Variety described the film, which premiered last year at Tiff, as "like Fame redone as a good movie"..

James Rolleston (Boy, The Dark Horse) plays Stanley, »

- Harry Windsor

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Ryan Reynolds Named Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Man of the Year, Posts Hilarious Oscar Campaign Video for Deadpool

13 January 2017 3:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Ryan Reynolds is not letting his latest accolade distract him from his Oscar hopes.

The Deadpool star was named Man of the Year by Harvard University student theater group the Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Friday, meaning he will be roasted, as per tradition, by the student group on Feb. 3 in Cambridge, Mass.

While the honor, given by the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, puts Reynolds in a league with previous winners like Chris Pratt, Neil Patrick Harris and Robin Williams, there’s another special club the actor wants to be a part of above all else. »

- m34miller

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Nancy O’Dell & Deborah Norville Series Picked Up By Reelz -TCA

13 January 2017 8:49 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Reelz has slotted new entertainment-focused series from veteran celebrity reporters/hosts Nancy O’Dell and Deborah Norville for premiere in April. Nancy O’Dell Remembers debuts Monday, April 3. In the series, Entertainment Tonight and former Access Hollywood host O’Dell presents her first-hand accounts of monumental celebrity stories including the passing of Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. With more than 20 years of reporting on… »

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