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Mark Zuckerberg Finally Gets Harvard Degree, James Earl Jones Too! (Photos)

22 hours ago | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook and made billions upon billions, but he never did get a degree from Harvard ... until now. Mark was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree Thursday at what would've been his alma mater if he hadn't dropped out to chase his Fb dream back in 2004. He also delivered the commencement speech to this year's graduating class. Zuck joked, "If I get through this speech today, it will be the first »

- TMZ Staff

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May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star Wars

25 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsMay the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsKurt Anthony5/25/2017 9:30:00 Am

A long time ago in a decade far, far away…

Star Wars blasted into theatres! Later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, George Lucas’s epic space opera was released on May 25, 1977 and has since become one of the most successful media franchises in the galaxy.

Originally set to a budget of $8M (later increased to $11M), Star Wars was met with lightspeed success. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the film’s groundbreaking, out-of-this-world special effects and production design helped to make the sci-fi fantasy a universal phenomenon. A New Hope has since earned over $775M worldwide, proving the Force is still strong with this one.

Strap yourselves in and make the jump to hyperspace with »

- Kurt Anthony

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The Week in Star Wars – First Han Solo set photos, Emperor Palpatine returning and more

21 May 2017 1:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Star Wars returns with news from the set of Han Solo, a possible rumour for Star Wars Rebels and more…

With Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (not the official title) underway, we can expect to see snappers getting some pictures from the set. We had our first official look at the cast a couple of months ago, but this set photo has given us our first glimpse at Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic smuggler. Check out the photo here…

…Looking ahead to this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi now, and the new Japanese poster for the movie has given us one more reason to be excited. According to the poster’s tag line, the second part of the new trilogy will feature “the most shocking truth in Star Wars history”. Check it out here…

…In some rather interesting “what if” news, concept artist Ian »

- Luke Owen

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Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates

16 May 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees on Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, and Edward Zwick at its commencement ceremony on June 5 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Herskovitz and Zwick are graduates of the AFI Class of 1975. The date of AFI’s commencement exercises marks the 50th anniversary of the American Film Institute’s formation in 1967. AFI noted Tuesday that 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Past recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Saul Bass, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Kasdan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler, and John Williams.

Burnett has received six Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards and the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Herskovitz won four Primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Dave McNary

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Rumour: Ian McDiarmid to voice Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Rebels

14 May 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Disney Xd animated series Star Wars Rebels has featured a number of big name cameos from veterans of the galaxy far, far away, including the likes of James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Frank Oz (Yoda), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), and it seems we may soon be able to add another to that list.

According to a report from Star Wars News Net, the previously announced Warwick Davis will not be the only familiar name to guest star in the fourth and final season, as apparently Ian McDiarmid has also taken part in a voice recording session, which was directed by the same person as Davis’ (who the site believes to be Rebels creator Dave Filoni).

While an Ian McDiarmid return as Emperor Palpatine would certainly be welcome, the Sith Lord has already featured in Rebels, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Conan the Barbarian’ at 35: How Darth Vader Helped Arnold Schwarzenegger Beat the Muscle Man Stereotype

13 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films have grossed $1.9 billion in North America. Among his classics are James Cameron’s 1984’s “The Terminator”; 1991’s “The Terminator 2: Judgment Day”; and 1994’s “True Lies,” as well as such hits as 1987’s “Predator” and 2012’s “The Expendables 2.”

His movie catch phrases such as “I’ll be back”; “Hasta la Vista, Baby”; and “Get to the chopper” have become part of the pop culture lexicon.

Schwarzenegger even served as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. And has recently has gone mano y mano in a Twitter feud with President Trump. Guess who won?

But would he have been as big a star — let alone as governor — without his breakout role in John Milius’ “Conan the Barbarian”? The violent, erotic R-rated sword-and-fantasy adventure based on the stories of 1930’s pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard opened in 1,400 theaters on May 14, 1982. Though reviews were decidedly mixed — Variety »

- Susan King

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Watch Will Ferrell Sing “I Will Always Love You” at USC Commencement Speech

13 May 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

You know how I know I had a crappy commencement speech at my college graduation?  Because A. I don’t know the person’s name who spoke at mine and 2. I couldn’t tell you one word from it.  Not that you’d ever remember everything at your graduation commencement speech but it’s nice when you get a celebrity.   I went to Tulane so it would have been nice to have seen Ellen Degeneres the year she came to my Alma Matter.  My brother had James Earl Jones at his and I couldn’t recite one line from the speech but I do remember

Watch Will Ferrell Sing “I Will Always Love You” at USC Commencement Speech »

- Nat Berman

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Teaser trailer for Warning Shot starring Bruce Dern, David Spade and James Earl Jones

8 May 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A teaser trailer has arrived online for director Dustin Fairbanks’ upcoming thriller Warning Shot which stars Bruce Dern, David Spade, James Earl Jones, Tammy Blanchard, Guillermo Diaz, Onata Aprile, Frank Whaley, and Dwight Henry; watch it below…

A single mother and her young daughter struggling to make ends meet until they inherit a farmhouse from their grandfather. When a family business rival sends armed men to take the water rights to the farm’s creek by force, the situation spirals out of control. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Watch David Spade Be Serious in “Warning Shot” Trailer with James Earl Jones

8 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I’ve always been a huge fan of when actors and comedians known for only playing funny parts take on serious roles.   There’s just something fascinating about these guys trying something that’s completely foreign.  And for the most part, I’ve enjoyed seeing funny guys be serious.  Adam Sandler was great in Punch Drunk Love and Funny People.   Steve Martin was awesome in ShopgirlRobin Williams was amazing in every single serious role he ever played.  Jim Carrey in The Truman Show.   Even Will Ferrell killed it in Stranger Than Fiction.  The list goes on and on.   The latest comedian taking

Watch David Spade Be Serious in “Warning Shot” Trailer with James Earl Jones »

- Nat Berman

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Do We Really Need Coming to America 2?

7 May 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 1980s seem to have come back in an odder way than we could have ever imagined. In 2017, we have a President who is a former reality TV star. In the 1980s, we had a President who was a former actor. Today, we have social media running our lives and giving us innumerable ways to compete with each other. In the 1980s, MTV had us under its thumb. It made us compete with one other about being the first to see the new media known as music videos. And now, in 2017, there's talk of Eddie Murphy writing and actually making a sequel to 1988's wildly successful Coming to America, which, like the first movie, will be released by Paramount Pictures.

Today's cinematic landscape is mired in nostalgia. For most of the 1990s and 2000s, we had films that looked back fondly (and not so fondly) at the go-go times of the 1970s. »

- MovieWeb

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Edwin Sherin, Director of 'The Great White Hope' on Broadway and 'Law & Order,' Dies at 87

5 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Edwin Sherin, who directed the original production of James Earl Jones' The Great White Hope to a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for best play, died Thursday in Nova Scotia, the Directors Guild of America announced. He was 87.

Sharin graduated from Brown University and later joined the Armed Forces, serving during the Korean War. Following his success in theater, Sherin went on to direct such films as Valdez Is Coming, starring Burt Lancaster, and My Old Man's Place, with Michael Moriarty, both released in 1971.

His television credits include Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting and L.A. Law. Sherin notably also »

- Patrick Shanley

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Edwin Sherin, Director of 'The Great White Hope' on Broadway and 'Law & Order,' Dies at 87

5 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Edwin Sherin, who directed the original production of James Earl Jones' The Great White Hope to a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for best play, died Thursday in Nova Scotia, the Directors Guild of America announced. He was 87.

Sharin graduated from Brown University and later joined the Armed Forces, serving during the Korean War. Following his success in theater, Sherin went on to direct such films as Valdez Is Coming, starring Burt Lancaster, and My Old Man's Place, with Michael Moriarty, both released in 1971.

His television credits include Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting and L.A. Law. Sherin notably also »

- Patrick Shanley

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‘Warning Shot’ Teaser: David Spade In Dramatic Role In Indie Film With James Earl Jones, Bruce Dern

5 May 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Here’s the teaser trailer for Warning Shot, a dramatic indie that marks the feature directorial debut of Dustin Fairbanks (no, not that family) and stars David Spade, with the script by 2011 Nicholl fellowship quarterfinalist Breanne Mattson. Not a remake of the 1967 film, Warning Shot stars Bruce Dern, James Earl Jones, Tammy Blanchard, Guillermo Diaz, Onata Aprile, Frank Whaley and Dwight Henry in the story of a single mom (Blanchard) who inherits a farmhouse from her… »

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Funko unveils new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Pop! Vinyl figures

4 May 2017 1:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Funko has revealed its second wave of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Pop! Movies vinyl figures which includes Galen Erso, Young Jyn Erso, Weeteef Cyubee and a Death Star Droid along with a new series of Star Wars Classic Galactic Plushies and Mystery Minis; check them out below…

Our Star Wars Rogue One Pop! line would not be complete without these latest additions! This series features the father-daughter pair Galen Erso and Young Jyn Erso!

A member of the Partisans and ally of Jyn Erso, Weeteef Cyubee! Also, a Death Star Droid! Coming this Summer!

Another amazing wave of Galactic Plushies have arrived! These 7-8” high-quality plushies include more Star Wars favorites! This wave features Wicket, R2D2, Yoda, Luke Skywalker and a classic Storm Trooper! These adorable Galactic Plushies are a perfect fit for your home or office! Take them with you on the go! Add them to your collection this Summer! »

- Amie Cranswick

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Newswire: The Sandlot director has a new baseball movie ready to go

3 May 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

For people of a certain age or generation, The Sandlot is one of the finest baseball movies ever made (yes, we’ve seen The Natural). The film unfolds over one glorious summer in the suburbs, where a bookish kid (Tom Guiry) befriends a bunch of noisy, baseball-loving boys. There are some cool adults involved, including James Earl Jones, Karen Allen, and Denis Leary, but the movie is mostly about the boys’ friendship, which is solidified when they plot to retrieve a Babe Ruth-signed baseball from their scary neighbor’s yard. It’s super rewatchable and quotable—just stop and think about how often you utter “You’re killin’ me, Smalls” when you’re exasperated—but writer-director David M. Evans is stepping up to the plate with a new feature.

The new film, Junior Americans, will center on “the first, last and only time a National American Little League team »

- Danette Chavez

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Jon Favreau, ‘Chef’s Table’ Director David Gelb Discuss Capturing Food on Film

3 May 2017 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Foodies and film lovers descended upon the Wiltern Theater Sunday night to celebrate the kick-off of Foodbowl, the L.A. Times’ month-long food festival.

The event, cleverly dubbed Chef’s Fable, featured several notable chefs and the filmmakers who told their stories.

The conversation was moderated by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. It kicked off with a panel on “Chef’s Table,” the popular Netflix food documentary series, now in its third season.

“Chefs just inherently have amazing stories because of all the hard work and all the risk. The creative journey a chef takes makes them great subjects for film,” explained “Chef’s Table” director David Gelb.

“I love the show ‘Planet Earth.’ I thought it was cool to apply that look to food,” Gelb said of his subject matter. “The food is beautiful and its an art form so it should have the same kind of reference in the way it’s captured. »

- Lawrence Yee

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Newswire: TBS is celebrating May the 4th with an all-day Star Wars marathon

2 May 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

May the 4th will soon be upon us, allowing pun-loving sci-fi nerds everywhere to make the same six Star Wars jokes they’ve been making every spring for the last several years. TBS has something special in store to celebrate the milestone this year, though: a marathon of the first six Star Wars films, running all day on the 4th.

In a move that will probably provoke a considerable amount of Kashyyyk kibbitzing, the network has opted to air the films in episode order, starting with The Phantom Menace and ending with Return Of The Jedi, rather than release order, or the more involved fan-created sequences that have cropped up over the years. On the one hand, that’s not necessarily the most satisfying way to watch George Lucas’ saga, forcing viewers to sit through a lot of Hayden Christensen before getting to that sweet James Earl Jones goodness. On »

- William Hughes

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2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More

2 May 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.

The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.

Related: Kristen Bell Shares Dax Shepard's Hilarious Review of 'Hamilton' After Seeing the Musical for the First Time

Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.

Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her »

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Disney Begins Casting on Live-Action ‘Lion King’

2 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The Lion King”It’s going to be a busy year for Donald Glover. Also known as rapper Childish Gambino, Glover has not only put Golden Globe–winning “Atlanta” Season 2 on hold in favor of taking on “Star Wars” icon Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo standalone film; he’s also about to own everything the light touches when Disney adds Pride Rock to its long list of live-action remake locations. The lion stars of the megapopular 1994 animated feature are getting a CGI makeover. The project is set to closely follow the original film that found Mufasa’s brother, Scar, plotting to become the one true king. Like a story out of a PG-rated “Game of Thrones,” Scar is willing to exile, lie, and murder to take the title. »

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John Badham interview: Saturday Night Fever at 40

1 May 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye May 15, 2017

Director John Badman looks back at his disco classic four decades later...

Saturday Night Fever is the film that made John Travolta into a legitimate star, launched the Bee Gees to the pinnacle of pop success and introduced the world to the subculture, music and fashion of disco dancing - specifically the scene in the clubs of the insular blue collar Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bay Ridge. The movie made the scene and music into a national phenomenon that lasted several years, until the disco craze petered out in the early '80s.

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The whole thing was based on a New York magazine article called 'Tribal Rites Of The New Saturday Night', written by a British journalist named »

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