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Disney Hires a Screenwriter For Ice Cube's Remake of The Musical Oliver!

Disney is moving forward with the development of a remake of the classic musical Oliver! which as you know, is based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The project was announced last year and it has also got a solid team of talent on board to bring it to life.

According to Deadline, the script for the film will be written by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games, The Butler). The director of Broadway's Hamilton, Thomas Kail, is set to helm the movie. Then there's the music, which will be handled by Marc Platt, who worked on La La Land. Oh, and I should probably mention that Ice Cube is producing and he's taking on the of the villainous Fagin.

I know you all know the story, but just in case you've been living under a rock since you've been born, the story follows the journey of an orphan
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O’Shea Jackson, Jr. & Pablo Schreiber Interview: Den of Thieves

<p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/55gbgacHI_E?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Pablo Schreiber is most known for his dramatic work on screen and stage. He’s most known for his portrayal of Nick Sobotka on The Wire, George “Pornstache” Mendez on <em>Orange is the New Black</em>, and – most recently – Mad Sweeney in <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/american-gods/"><em>American Gods</em></a>. O’Shea Jackson Jr. is still a relative unknown to the acting scene, but he made his feature film debut in a big way. He played his father, rapper Ice Cube, in the biopic <em>Straight Outta Compton</em>. O’Shea went to go play Aubrey Plaza’s love interest in <em>Ingrid Goes West</em>, receiving much in positive criticism for his role. Both actors will appear together in the upcoming action film, <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/den-of-thieves/"><strong><em>Den of Thieves</em></strong></a>, which was released on January 19, 2018.</p>
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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Danny Strong Hired To Script Walt Disney’s Remake Of ‘Oliver!’

Danny Strong Hired To Script Walt Disney’s Remake Of ‘Oliver!’
Exclusive: Game Change and The Butler screenwriter Danny Strong has been tapped to script a Disney remake of the beloved musical Oliver! which has Thomas Kail, a Tony winner for Hamilton, directing. Marc Platt (La La Land) and Cube Vision’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube (Straight Outta Compton) are producing for the Walt Disney Co. While publicists came forth saying that it was a musical version of a public domain title Oliver Twist, all those who Deadline spoke with said,…
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Movie Review – Den of Thieves (2018)

Den of Thieves, 2018.

Directed by Christian Gudecast.

Starring Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Pablo Schreiber, Evan Jones, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Dawn Olivieri, Brian Van Holt, Jordan Bridges, Eric Braeden, Maurice Compte, Sonya Balmores, Cooper Andrews, Meadow Williams, Kaiwi Lyman, Jay Dobyns, Nick Loeb, Mo McRae, and Jermaine Rivers.

Synopsis:

A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the La County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Believe it or not, I’m always up for a cheesy action romp headlined by Gerard Butler, as he knows his wheelhouse and the extent of his capabilities as an actor. It has gotten to a point where he elevates mostly terrible concepts into dumb fun. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Den of Thieves (the directorial debut from Christian Gudecast,
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5 Reasons to Root for Golden Globe Best Director Nominee Guillermo Del Toro

5 Reasons to Root for Golden Globe Best Director Nominee Guillermo Del Toro
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, garnered a whopping 7 nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The movie, starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones and Octavia Spencer, got nods in the categories of Best Director – Motion Picture, Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, among others. Here are five reasons to keep Del Toro — and his movies — on your radar.

1. His protagonists are courageous female underdogs. The Shape of Water tells the story of a mute, lonely young woman fascinated by a mysterious creature. Elisa (played by Sally Hawkins) works
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Allen Iverson & Baron Davis Crush L.A. Strip Club After Kobe Event

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From Black Mamba to black booty ... After the Kobe Bryant jersey retirement event in L.A., some of the biggest stars in town -- from Allen Iverson to Baron Davis -- hit up the Ace of Diamonds strip club ... and turned all the way up!!!!! Fyi, A.O.D. is a Monday night Only strip club -- featuring some of the most famous booty shakers from around the country ... and there's always a ton of huge stars on the guestlist.
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Ice Cube: Kobe Bryant Over LeBron James 'All Day,' Here's Why

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[[tmz:video id="0_0rfad9qx"]] The Kobe vs. LeBron debate ain't as close as you think -- so says Ice Cube, who told us why it's Bryant "all day" on the eve of his double-jersey retirement. "Just because of his tenacity -- nobody has the killer instinct like Kobe," Cube told TMZ Sports. "I don't think we've seen that since Michael Jordan." It's pretty clear Cube's talking about the Mamba Mentality -- something he says Kobe and Mj had, but LeBron doesn't.
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Matt Barnes: I'm Gonna Make a Billion Dollars in Retirement ... Here's How

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[[tmz:video id="0_38g5rets"]] Newly-retired Matt Barnes says the 'B' in his last name could stand for Billionaire in just a few years ... revealing his master money plan to join the 3 Commas club by the time he's 50.  Barnes was getting ready to attend an event for his new company, Active Dreamers -- which makes NBA pillows and blankets -- when he told us why he's dead serious about getting to that next level of wealth.  There's more ... Barnes says
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Jamie Foxx Celebrates 50th Birthday — with Katie Holmes!

Jamie Foxx Celebrates 50th Birthday — with Katie Holmes!
Jamie Foxx rang in his birthday with a little help from Katie Holmes.

The two celebrated the actor’s 50th birthday with a night out in Los Angeles on Wednesday, a source tells People. Foxx and Holmes — who have never confirmed their relationship — were seen arriving together at Paramount Pictures for his bash.

“They walked in together,” says the source. “They mostly mingled with other guests, and spent very little alone time. It was obvious that Jamie had a great birthday. Katie looked like she had fun as well. She looked gorgeous.”

Beforehand, a few of Foxx’s closest friends
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Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Get Cozy at the Actor's 50th Birthday Party -- See the Rare Pics!

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Get Cozy at the Actor's 50th Birthday Party -- See the Rare Pics!
They may keep a low profile, but rumored couple Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes definitely looked cozy at the actor's 50th birthday party!

Foxx celebrated his big day at Los Angeles' Paramount Studios on Wednesday, where he was not only joined by Holmes, but also A-list friends like Leonardo DiCaprio, Snoop Dogg, Tobey Maguire and Foxx's The Jamie Foxx Show co-star Garcelle Beauvais, as well as his daughters, 23-year-old Corinne and 8-year-old Annalise.

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Though Foxx and Holmes are rarely spotted together, the two weren't shy inside the party. At one point, the birthday boy could be seen touching the actress' left arm as they leaned in close to talk. Holmes had a huge grin on her face and was laughing at something he said during their chat.

An eyewitness tells Et that, inside the soiree, Foxx and Holmes "seemed besotted" with each other. "Jamie kept beckoning for Katie to come up to the stage
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Katie Holmes Did Party with Jamie Foxx at His 50th Birthday Bash

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[[tmz:video id="0_y5djle7g"]] Jamie Foxx was Not flying solo at his huge 50th birthday event -- Katie Holmes was by his side and we've got the video of them flirting like a couple of teenagers. Katie got onstage with her man Wednesday night at Paramount Studios -- and at least for these few moments ... couldn't keep their hands off each other. The couple's been together for 4 years, but we've only seen Pda shots once before. Normally, they avoid all public photos or video.
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Inside Jamie Foxx's Birthday Party With Katie Holmes and Leonardo DiCaprio

Inside Jamie Foxx's Birthday Party With Katie Holmes and Leonardo DiCaprio
Jamie Foxx's 50th birthday party was a star-studded affair, which included a rare appearance from his rumored girlfriend, Katie Holmes.

Foxx celebrated his big day at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, and also performed for his guests onstage, an eyewitness at the bash tells Et. The eyewitness says Holmes sat with Foxx's Django Unchained co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, at a private table surrounded with a few friends to watch the performance.

Holmes was snapped in the crowd, wearing a pearl necklace and sporting her new pixie cut.

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Foxx apparently wasn't shy when it came to their rumored relationship. According to our eyewitness, the Oscar-winning actor sang along to a song with “I love you” lyrics and looked directly into Holmes' eyes.

Other celebrities in attendance were DiCaprio's best friend Tobey McGuire -- who at one point, our eyewitness notes, stood on the booth and sang along with the music -- and Snoop Dogg, who had his own
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Katie Holmes Joins Jamie Foxx for His 50th Birthday Celebration

Katie Holmes Joins Jamie Foxx for His 50th Birthday Celebration
Jamie Foxx had a special plus one for his big birthday—Katie Holmes! In honor of his milestone 50th birthday—or should we say 25 times two—the Oscar winner celebrated in plenty of style. The guest of honor arrived to Paramount Studios in Hollywood for an unforgettable night on Wednesday. The Liv on Sunday-themed bash was held in a backlot with plenty of space for famous faces from all corners of the industry to get their party on. Leonardo DiCaprio and Smokey Robinson were some of the guests mingling in the crowd while rap legends like Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube got busy on stage with a mic in hand. Ever the performer, Foxx could not resist getting up on...
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Jamie Foxx Celebrates 50th Birthday with Ice Cube, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg Concert

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[[tmz:video id="0_q65am149"]] Jamie Foxx might as well have been turning 35 this week instead of 50 by how many old-school hip-hop acts he booked for his birthday bash ... talk about memory lane. Jamie rang in the big 5-0 Wednesday night at Paramount Pictures Studios with a straight-up concert, and he brought out the big guns with guys like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Too Short. The bday boy was onstage for most of the performances -- which included Cube's "Gangsta Gangsta,
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Spider-Man Animated Movie Trailer Is Coming This Saturday?

It looks like we could be seeing the first footage from Sony's upcoming Spider-Man Animated Movie very soon. The movie is going to center on Miles Morales and will be theatrically released in 2018. The movie doesn't even have an official title yet, but producer Chris Miller, one half of the duo Lord and Miller, has teased something is coming soon related to the Spider-Man animated movie.

Chris Miller, who was previously directing the Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm before he and Phil Lord were let go over creative differences, took to Twitter to tease the arrival of the possible trailer. Yesterday, the director tweeted, "Something's coming," but offered no context, leaving fans to speculate on their own. Now, Miller has shared a photo of the log for the Miles Morales Spider-Man movie, with "In 2 days" written on it. At bare minimum, we're getting some sort of reveal related to the movie,
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'Fist Fight' Director Tackling 'Imagine Agents' for Fox (Exclusive)

Twentieth Century Fox’s Imagine Agents is getting more real.

Richie Keen, who directed the Ice Cube-Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight, has come aboard to helm the project that adapts the Boom! Studios comic.

At the same time, Shawn Levy, the director-producer behind Stranger Things and the Night at the Museum movies, has joined the project as a producer while his 21 Laps Entertainment cohort Dan Cohen joins as exec producer.

Michael Keaton, Michael Sugar, and Boom!’s Ross Richie are also producing while Stephen Christy and Ashley Zalta are exec producing. Adam Yoelin is co-producing and overseeing the project for Boom!

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Sharla Sumpter Bridgett Tapped as President of The Story Company

Sharla Sumpter Bridgett Tapped as President of The Story Company
Tim Story’s the Story Company has hired veteran producer and executive Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as president of production for the company.

Story has directed “Barbershop,” the two “Ride Along” movies, the two “Think Like a Man” titles, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” and “Fantastic Four” and is attached to New Line’s “Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, and Alexandra Shipp. His films have grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making him the first African-American director to cross that milestone.

Story is currently a director and executive producer for Showtime’s half-hour comedy series “White Famous,” loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx with Jay Pharoah starring.

“It has been my goal to build a production company where I am able to produce quality film and television projects in addition to my directing career,” said Story, who is CEO. “Sharla’s exceptional taste and ability to develop great material fits seamlessly
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Ingrid Goes West review

Audrey Plaza headlines Ingrid Goes West, that's in UK cinemas now. Here's our review...

There's a clever bit of storytelling early on in Ingrid Goes West, an Instagram social satire, in which Aubrey Plaza's Ingrid Thorburn double taps images on her feed to like them. We're shown this just once, but the act of her staring blankly at her screen and emotionlessly giving the heart to everything she sees goes on for the duration, less like an addiction and more like muscle memory. That incessant tap tap sound effect is the scary heartbeat underlying this dark comedy.

Right after that first time though, she gets out of her car, tearfully gatecrashes a wedding reception and pepper sprays the bride for not inviting her. It transpires that they're not even real life friends, and somewhere in Ingrid's grief over the recent loss of her mother, she's started to invest more
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Second Opinion – Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West, 2017.

Directed by Matt Spicer.

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Pom Klementieff, and Billy Magnussen.

Synopsis:

After inheriting some money from her mother, a millennial heads out to California to try and befriend her Instagram idol.

Whether you care to admit it or not, social media plays a pretty important role in most of our lives these days. Whether it’s to stay in touch with family, keep up with our friends who live further afield, get invitations to events, or just for a good old fashion nose-around – the majority of us are, for want of a better word, addicted to social media to some degree.

Social media, however, comes with its own unique set of problems. As someone who works with teenagers on a daily basis, I witness the horrors that these platforms can create. The constant craving for more like and followers,
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