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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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Dave Bautista Was Told He Was Too Young For 'Blade Runner 2049' Role

Dave Bautista Was Told He Was Too Young For 'Blade Runner 2049' Role
Dave Bautista was almost not in Blade Runner 2049 for a very strange reason — he was too young.

Bautista and director Denis Villeneuve recalled the story of how the 48-year-old actor almost missed out on the role of Sapper Morton on the Blade Runner 2049 blu-ray special features.

"The vulnerability that Dave brought to the character was essential for the movie to be a success," Villeneuve said of the importance of casting the right farmer replicant.

Bautista, known also for playing Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, said the experience of playing Sapper was a first for him.

"This was something completely...
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Mark Strong Confirms ‘I’m Playing an Evil Bastard Called Doctor Sivana’ in ‘Shazam’

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Mark Strong Confirms ‘I’m Playing an Evil Bastard Called Doctor Sivana’ in ‘Shazam’
On Sunday, Mark Strong confirmed TheWrap’s reporting the he is playing the villain in “Shazam,” telling Contactmusic that “I’m playing an evil bastard called Doctor Sivana, they are always the best characters to play, the most fun.” Sivana will be Strong’s second time playing a DC Comics villain. The first was Sinestro in 2011’s “Green Lantern,” a film Strong told Contactmusic he thought was “rather good.” However, the film’s disappointing box office led to the cancelation of planned sequels which would have featured Sinestro in a much larger role, “so I feel like I’ve got unfinished business in the DC world.” Strong added. Strong said...
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‘The Emoji Movie’ Was the First Film to Publicly Screen in Saudi Arabia After 35-Year Cinema Ban

‘The Emoji Movie’ Was the First Film to Publicly Screen in Saudi Arabia After 35-Year Cinema Ban
Saudi Arabia made history on December 11 when it was announced the country would officially be lifting its 35-year ban on cinema. The decision caused many to wonder what the first movie to screen publicly would be. Would representatives go with a classic? A superhero film? An acclaimed local indie like “Wadjda”? The real answer it turns out is perhaps the most critically reviled U.S. film of 2017: “The Emoji Movie.”

Reuters reports that the Sony-backed animated comedy “The Emoji Movie” was the first film to screen publicly in Saudi Arabia on January 13. The movie was screened as a double feature with “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” While the country continues to wait for its first movie theater to open sometime in March, authorities have begun sponsoring temporary theater locations. “The Emoji Movie,” for instance,
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Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film

Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film
Hope remains for Edge of Tomorrow 2 to become an actual movie that happens, rather than a long-hoped-for sequel that never materializes. Director Doug Liman’s 2014 sci-fi actioner didn’t explode at the box office, but it earned high critical praise and grew its legion of fans once it hit home video, offering up a smart and refreshingly unique blockbuster that stood in direct contrast to the plainness of other big-budget fare. Liman, stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and writer Christopher McQuarrie all expressed interest and desire to make a sequel, and while it’…
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Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie

Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie
In the rush to report the news that Leonardo DiCaprio was reteaming with Quentin Tarantino for the director’s next film, trade sites were furiously updating their stories after the fact. So, another intriguing nugget about the brewing project got overlooked as it was added later on.

According to Variety, Tarantino is eyeballing Al Pacino for a possible role in his Manson era movie. The story will be set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and center on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business.

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Stunt Coordinator Joel Kramer Accused of Additional Sexual Assault Following Eliza Dushku Allegation

Stunt Coordinator Joel Kramer Accused of Additional Sexual Assault Following Eliza Dushku Allegation
Stunt coordinator Joel Kramer has been accused of additional acts of sexual misconduct following an initial allegation from actress Eliza Dushku. Dushku posted a statement on Facebook alleging Kramer sexually assaulted her on the set of “True Lies” when she was 12 years old. Now stunt woman Laura Albert has told Deadline that Kramer was sexually inappropriate with her 15-year-old sister and her 16-year-old friend on the 1997 set of “Virus.”

“I invited my younger sister to the set as she resided there,” Albert said to Deadline in a written statement. “I wanted her to come to the set in an effort to mentor her, to show her the motion picture industry from the inside, as she had desired to become a makeup artist. One day after we finished work, I had my sister and her friend,
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Brazilian films suffer big drop at local box office in 2017

“The recession that Brazil has been suffering finally reached the cinema.”

Source: Downtown Filmes

‘My Mom Is A Character 2’

Brazilian films sold fewer tickets last year, although the total box office revenue in the country, Brl$2.7b ($844m), represented an increase of 4.7% over 2016.

For lack of a big entry, such as The Ten Commandments - The Movie, which broke the record for admissions (selling 30.1 million in 2016), Brazilian films sold 18.5 million tickets last year, indicating a fall of 38.5%.

As a result, the box office of local films dropped 28.7%, grossing Brl$252,9m ($79m), despite the number of Brazilian titles released being practically the same of the previous year: 154 features films.

“The recession that Brazil has been suffering finally reached the cinema. It stopped the lower social classes from going to the movies, mainly to see Brazilian films and mid-budget movies,” says Paulo Sergio Almeida, director of Filme B, the local theatrical tracking firm which compiled the latest figures.

According to Filme
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Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)

Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)
Plus first image of project starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz released.

Source: Indie Sales

Mademoiselle De Joncquières

Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded French director Emmanuel Mouret’s upcoming 18th century, love triangle comedy-drama Mademoiselle de Joncquières, starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz.

The sales company, which will kick-off sales on the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris this week (Jan 18-22), has released an exclusive first image of Baer and Isaaz in the costume drama.

The film is inspired by a tale in French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Didier Diderot’s classic picaresque work Jacques The Fatalist exploring ideas of fate and free will.

Baer plays the libertine figure of the Marquis des Arcis opposite de France in the role of Madame de la Pommeraye, an attractive, reclusive widow he seduces.

When their relationship comes to a messy end the spurned Madame de la Pommeraye devises an intricate
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Timothée Chalamet: 'I don’t want to profit from my work on Woody Allen's film'

Chalamet is the most high profile male actor to disavow Woody Allen, whose next film, A Rainy Day in New York, he stars in

Timothée Chalamet has become the latest actor – and the most high profile male actor – to publicly disavow Woody Allen, announcing he will be donating his salary from Allen’s upcoming film to the Time’s Up initiative against harassment and assault, alongside other charities.

Chalamet, 22, wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes this month, where he was nominated for his critically lauded role in Luca Guadagnino’s film Call Me By Your Name. His next film, Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, is set for 2018 release.

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New York Film & TV Workers Protest During Mlk Day With Rev. Al Sharpton & Top Empire State Pols

New York Film & TV Workers Protest During Mlk Day With Rev. Al Sharpton & Top Empire State Pols
Lanere Holmes Rollins, a Parking Production Assistant who has cleared New York’s streets for film and TV crews for more than two decades, waited more than three hours to claim Martin Luther King day as her own. She had the formidable challenge of making her case before a packed meeting room in East Harlem after a power posse of the state’s top politicians joined the Rev. Al Sharpton to celebrate the slain Civil Rights leader. The holiday this year marked the 50th…
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Japan Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Wins Fifth Weekend

Japan Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Wins Fifth Weekend
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won its fifth consecutive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the January 13-14 frame, the film made $1.87 million on 142,000 admissions, raising its cumulative total to $59 million on 4.4 million admissions. This is still far from the $105 million recorded by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Japan in 2016.

Holding second place was Fox’s “Kingsman The Golden Circle.” In its second weekend on release, the film earned $1.75 million, lifting its cumulative total to $9.0 million. The first “Kingsman” film, “Secret Service” ended made $8.86 million in Japan in 2014.

The highest-ranking new entry to the top ten, at number six, was “Mazinger Z: Infinity,” a sci-fi anime based on a 1970s comic series by Go Nagai about a super robot built to battle the forces of evil. Released on 152 screens by Toei, the film took in $790,000.

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Florian Munteanu to Play Ivan Drago’s Son in ‘Creed 2’

Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has joined Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed 2,” sources confirmed to Variety, with production expected to start in spring 2018.

Along with Jordan and Stallone, Munteanu also joins Tessa Thompson, who will also return for the sequel, reprising her role as Bianca.

Munteanu is set to play Ivan Drago’s son. Drago, portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in “Rocky IV”, is the character that killed Apollo Creed, Jordan’s father, in a boxing match. Lundgren is also set to reprise role in “Creed 2.”

While plot details are vague, a match between Jordan and Munteanu’s characters seems highly likely.

Steven Caple Jr.will direct from an original screenplay written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (showrunner of “Luke Cage”) based on characters from the Rocky franchise. The film is being produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, and Kevin King-Templeton. Jordan and Guy Riedel will executive produce.

The movie is
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NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List
Ava DuVernay won Entertainer of the Year and “Girls Trip” won best motion picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday night.

Other honorees included “Blackish,” which won outstanding actor and actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who is also hosting the show, while Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” and Omari Hardwick of “Power” won outstanding actress and actor in a drama series.

Sunday night, 47 Image Awards were given at a non-televised dinner, including for Jordan Peele, who won for writing and directing “Get Out.” Click here for more photos of the ceremony.

Complete list of winners follows:

Entertainer Of The Year

Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
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Arnold Schwarzenegger “Shocked” About Eliza Dushku’s ‘True Lies’ Allegations, Calls Her “So Courageous”

Arnold Schwarzenegger “Shocked” About Eliza Dushku’s ‘True Lies’ Allegations, Calls Her “So Courageous”
True Lies star Arnold Schwarzenegger has weighed on the controversy surrounding Eliza Dushku’s allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of that 1994 film’s stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer. Replying to a tweet by co-star Tom Arnold, the former California governor wrote: Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I'm shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her – beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous. https://t…
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‘Creed 2’ Lands Romanian Boxer Florian Munteanu As Ivan Drago’s Son

Back in November last year, we heard that Creed 2 might be looking for someone to play the son of Ivan Drago, the legendary boxer responsible for killing Apollo Creed in the ring at the beginning of Rocky IV in 1985. At the time, an Mma fighter named Sage Northcutt said that he sent in […]

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