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Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97

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Leah Adler, the mother of Steven Spielberg who fostered his interest in filmmaking, died Tuesday. She was 97.

Adler, a former concert pianist, died in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Raised during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression with her older brother Bernard, Adler developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of 5. She later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Home Economics.

In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had »

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Kyle Chandler to Co-Star as Millie Bobby Brown’s Dad in ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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It’s a Netflix reunion of sorts: Kyle Chandler, star of “Bloodline,” is set to join “Stranger Things” break-out Millie Bobby Brown in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, sources tell Variety.

Chandler will play Brown’s father in the Legendary sequel.

Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project and wrote the script with Zach Shields.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe and Elizabeth Olsen starred in the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards, though sources say only Watanabe is likely to return for the sequel.

Plot details are unknown.

Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” is set for relase on Mar. 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.

Legendary and Warner Bros. announced in late 2015 that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting »

- Justin Kroll

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Oscar Box Office: 'La La Land' Leads Best Picture Nominees With $340.5M Globally

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, Damien Chazelle's La La Land danced past the $200 million mark at the foreign box office, no small feat for an American musical.

That puts the pic's global total at $340.5 million to date, by far the most of any of the nine films competing for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards show. And it bests the $306.8 million earned by the musical Chicago, which won best picture in 2003.

La La Land has been a sleeper hit in Asia, where it has earned $24.5 million in China and a rousing $23.4 million in South »

- Pamela McClintock

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Richard Wright Novel ‘Native Son’ to Become Feature Film

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

Richard Wright’s classic novel “Native Son” is coming to the big screen, with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks signed on to adapt the book for a feature film. Photographer Rashid Johnson will direct the film in his feature debut. Last year, Johnson became the first artist in nearly four decades to be named to the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum. The film will be produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment, which acquired the rights to the 1940 classic. “Native Son,” which elevated Wright to national prominence, follows a 20-year-old African-American man named Bigger Thomas from impoverished. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Rare 100 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes

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Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, horror movie “Get Out,” is receiving rave reviews from critics who are calling the thriller an “unmitigated triumph” and the “most trenchant studio release in years.” In fact, the movie has a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent, based on 27 reviews, all of which are positive. The film is about interracial couple Rose (Allison Williams) and Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who reach a meet-the-parents stage in their relationship, leaving their metropolis for a country gathering hosted by mom (Catherine Keener) and dad (Bradley Whitford). Also Read: Jordan Peele, Allison Williams Thriller 'Get Out' Sets Release Date Chris expects. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alfie Allen Joins ‘The Predator’ Reboot

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Game of Thrones” star Alfie Allen is joining Fox’s “The Predator,” a reboot of the alien action franchise that launched in 1987.

Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are returning for the reboot as well. Fox has already scheduled “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.

Major plot details are being kept under wraps other than the movie being set in suburbia. “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook replaced Benicio del Toro as the lead back in October. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia MunnSterling K. Brown, and Keegan-Michael Key.

The original “Predator” was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.

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Universal & Charlize Theron Land CIA Spy Novel ‘Need To Know’

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has landed Need To Know, with Charlize Theron attached to star in and produce the upcoming novel by Karen Cleveland. The thriller is about a wife and mother who works as a CIA analyst. One morning while digitally searching files in hopes of unmasking a Russian sleeper cell in the U.S., she makes a shocking discovery that threatens her job, her family and her life. Beth Kono, Aj Dix and Theron will produce through their Denver & Delilah Films… »

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‘Atlanta’s Bryan Tyree Henry Joins ‘White Boy Rick’

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Exclusive: Bryan Tyree Henry, who plays ‘Paper Boi’ in FX’s multiple award-winning series Atlanta, has just joined the cast of White Boy Rick, the story of Richard Wershe Jr., who in mid-1980s Detroit at the age of only 14 became an undercover informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies and then established himself as a major drug dealer only to be taken down by the very law enforcement that empowered him. Henry joins other cast members Matthew McConaughey… »

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Buckle Up, ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Rumored Runtime Will Take You On A Long Ride

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With “The Fate Of The Furious” marking the eighth entry in the supercharged franchise, it’s safe to say that Vin Diesel‘s on-screen family has really grown. And if these latest rumors are correct, the upcoming movie will have plenty of space for la familia to jump into the action.

According to Cinemarx,  a Romanian movie listings site (so, grain of salt and all that), “The Fate Of The Furious” will have audiences buckled in for 160 minutes, making it the longest entry in the series.

Continue reading Buckle Up, ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Rumored Runtime Will Take You On A Long Ride at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Truth Behind the Infamous 2000 Oscar Heist

14 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

You may recall the story, but you don't know the punchline. In March 2000, 55 Oscars were stolen from a loading dock in an L.A. suburb just weeks before the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony. The disappearance of so many iconic statuettes caused a media frenzy, and a public response came fast. R.S. Owens, which had been making the statuettes since 1982, raced to manufacture a new batch of 55. Roughly 20 factory workers worked 24/7 to re-create the entire inventory and shipped them west in time for the curtain call.

Within days of the theft, Willie Fulgear, an unemployed »

- Scott Johnson

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Hollywood Gender Gap: 2016 Movies Had More Major Female Characters But Fewer Speaking Roles

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While more women played major characters in films in 2016, the percentage of female characters with speaking roles has declined, a new study has found. Women accounted for 37 percent of major characters in the 100 top-grossing 2016 films, up 3 percentage points from the previous year, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University’s annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” study. But despite female-centered hits like “Hidden Figures,” “Ghostbusters” and “Bad Moms,” only 32 percent of the 2,595 female characters actually had speaking roles, down 1 percentage point from 2015. Also Read: »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Guillermo del Toro Says ‘Hellboy 3’ ‘Will Not Happen… 100 Percent’

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Guillermo del Toro has laid a rumor to rest: “Hellboy 3” will “not happen,” he said on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 21, 2017 In the past few weeks, the filmmaker has teased fans with “Hellboy 3,” putting polls on Twitter about the threequel and writing that he met with Ron Perlman, who is “in for the sit down.” Previously, when asked when fans might expect “Hellboy 3,” del Toro said plainly. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Netflix in talks for worldwide rights to 'The Irishman'

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In what was shaping up on Tuesday night to be a significant development, the streaming giant was understood to be closing in on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob feature.

According to insiders, Netflix is negotiating to acquire worldwide rights to The Irishman in a deal believed to be in the $100m range.

The sum would cover the $50m Stx International reportedly paid last summer for sales rights as well as the Us piece, which currently resides with Paramount.

However the studio’s leadership issues may have weakened its hand, and its dismal Us release of Scorsese’s erstwhile awards hope Silence will have given Netflix further ammunition in its bid for all rights.

Furthermore the role of Gaston Pavlovich, the Mexican producer-financier who runs Fabrica de Cine and boarded The Irishman last year, remained unclear at time of writing.

Reports suggested Pavlovich exited the project after the budget began to escalate, something he managed »

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Costume Designers Guild Awards: Winners List (Updating Live)

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The 19th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards are being handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Deadline will be updating our winners list as the hardware is disbursed. Oscar noms leader La La Land is the favorite to score the trophy for Excellence in Contemporary Film, but the Period Film and Fantasy Film races appear to be wide open. Check out the nominees below. Among the stories to watch tonight is the animated Kubo and the Two Strings vying in the Fantasy Film… »

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'They are heroes': Angelina Jolie honours survivors of sexual violence in Cambodia

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Actor says those now speaking up about forced marriages at Khmer Rouge tribunal will be supported

Angelina Jolie has paid tribute to the survivors of forced marriage under the Khmer Rouge and pledged to continue advocating on behalf of women and girls who suffer from sexualized violence in conflict.

Jolie has spent the past few days in Cambodia, where her new made-for-Netflix film, ‘First They killed My Father,’ premiered on Saturday night in Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat temple complex.

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- Lauren Crothers in Phnom Penh

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Martin Scorsese’s Robert De Niro Pic ‘The Irishman’ Heading To Netflix?

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Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, might be heading to Netflix, which apparently offered $105M for a full buyout of the film this afternoon after its Mexican financier, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine fell out, two sources involved with the project told Deadline. Meanwhile, it is known that Stx already had signed agreements with all output partners to the tune of $50M, with about $40M more accumulated in tax credits and incentives. The… »

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Netflix Buys Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Starring Robert De Niro

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Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro.

Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire.

The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Steven Zaillian has written the script, based on the Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centered on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

Scorsese and De Niro first partnered on 1973’s “Mean Streets,” followed by “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear” and 1995’s “Casino.”

Production on “The Irishman” is expected to start later this year.

The project originated in 2008 at Paramount with De Niro’s Tribeca Productions and De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal along with Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

The book title “I Heard You Paint Houses »

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‘The Detour’ Review: Season 2 Switches Drivers, Keeps Pushing the Boundaries of Family Comedy

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Even after Season 1, it was clear “The Detour” was a deceptive title. Though Nate Parker’s seemingly impulsive but truly diabolical decision to drive (rather than fly) the family from Syracuse, New York to Florida pushed the exceedingly wild story forward, the altered route wasn’t really the focus of a family comedy unraveling more mysteries than most soap operas. Week after week as the Parkers made their lengthy journey south, and new secrets were unveiled about Nate (Jason Jones), Robin (Natalie Zea), and their two kids, Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Jared (Liam Carroll).

But the titular detour wasn’t the road trip itself, nor was it what was uncovered because of it. “The Detour’s” larger purpose was to take us on a trip out of our comfort zone. The TBS original is built to deconstruct our understanding of family comedies and family dynamics in general. Doing so while »

- Ben Travers

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Leah Adler Dies: Steven Spielberg’s Mother Was 97

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Steven Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler, passed away on February 21, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners. She was 97. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Leah's name.  Known as Lee Lee to her family and friends, Adler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Philip Posner and Jennie (Fridman) Posner. At an early age she developed a love of music when she learned piano, later… »

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s ‘The Irishman’ Headed to Netflix — Exclusive

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In a sign of the ongoing power shift in Hollywood, Martin Scorsese’s $100-million gangster movie “The Irishman,” his ninth starring Robert De Niro, has been scooped up by Netflix, which is in the process of closing a deal to release the movie to its 93 million subscribers in 190 countries.

The movie was going to be backed by Paramount Pictures, but with its 12-year chairman Brad Grey heading out the door, Scorsese’s team put together another package. As someone close to the deal put it, “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants.”

We now live in a world where Netflix is in a better position than any major studio to make a Martin Scorsese-Robert DeNiro gangster movie. Netflix would not comment on the deal.

Steve Zaillian adapted “The Irishman »

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