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New Leaf Literary Signs Breakout Author Rena Barron (Exclusive)

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New Leaf Literary & Media, the lit firm behind the Divergent franchise as well as books such as American Honey, has signed hot writer Rena Barron for representation.

Newcomer Barron wrote The Last Witchdoctor, a debut novel that is currently making the rounds and generating buzz in publishing circles. The book was showcased in last month’s PitchWards contest, where it became the most requested Ya manuscript in the online contest’s six-year history, with 43 lit agents going after it.

Set in a West African -inspired fantasy kingdom and having a tone comparable to Wonder Woman, Witchdoctor centers on a a »


- Borys Kit

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'Jumanji' Premiere: Why Everyone Wants to Be The Rock

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An adventure for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. The famous line from the 1995 Robin Williams classic, Jumanji may as well have been Sony's slogan for its Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle premiere in Hollywood on Monday night.

Jungle-themed party, including jungle juice, life-like safari animals and trees galore, check. The chance to jump out of a fake helicopter, check. The film's stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, check. 

The studio recreated an adventure similar to that in the film for every fan in attendance. "It's all about the »


- Brian Porreca

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James Earl Jones Didn't Believe Darth Vader Was Luke's Father

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James Earl Jones wasn't buying it. 

When the beloved actor read his script for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Jones thought for sure Darth Vader was putting Luke Skywalker on when he made the huge reveal. 

In a previous interview unearthed by Heat Vision, Jones said, "When I first saw the dialogue that said, 'Luke, I am your father,' I said to myself, 'He's lying. I wonder how they are going to play that lie out?'" 

In a separate interview, Jones said he was looking forward to voicing Vader once again in The Empire Strikes Back because he wanted to explore the character. George »


- Ryan Parker

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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

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Howard Gottfried, the Oscar-nominated producer who teamed with famed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Network, The Hospital and Altered States, has died. He was 94.

Gottfried suffered a stroke and died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his daughter, Norah Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gottfried earned his Academy Award nomination for producing Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), which did not win the best picture trophy but did take four Oscars — for Chayefsky and actors Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight — amid its 10 noms.

The producer was »


- Mike Barnes

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Film Review

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Star Wars has now occupied a galaxy of its own in the zeitgeist for 40 years and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon; to the contrary, each new year brings a new Star Wars film of one kind or another, so using the word “last” in connection with anything to do with the series seems a bit disingenuous. Rather, this latest, and longest, franchise entry has the decided feel of a passing-of-the-torch from one set of characters, and actors, to the next. Loaded with action and satisfying in the ways its loyal audience wants it to be, »


- Todd McCarthy

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Watch the Transformation of 'The Shape of Water's' Fish-Man in Behind-the-Scenes Video

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"If I told you about her, the princess without voice, what would I say?" 

Guillermo del Toro's latest entry into the annual Awards race, The Shape of Water, harkens back to timeless love stories but with a fantastical twist. Sally Hawkins' Eliza Esposito, who works as a cleaner at an aerospace facility and was rendered mute from a childhood injury, falls for the facility's "asset," hailing from the underwater depths of South America, who del Toro said, "needed to have a nice butt" in order to entice his leading lady to fall for his charms.

The Hollywood »


- Tara Bitran,Arlene Washington

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Zendaya Plays Charades, Talks 'Greatest Showman' Co-Star Zac Efron on 'The Tonight Show'

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Zendaya wasn't allowed to use her singing voice during her visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (Dec. 11). In fact, she wasn't allowed to use her voice at all as she teamed up with Fallon in hopes of defeating actor Billy Crudup and The Roots' Black Thought for a spirited, holiday-themed game of charades.

Zendaya was up first -- she went with the clue behind No. 3, her lucky number -- and was tasked with acting out "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Success. Point: Fallon and Zendaya

Crudup struggled a bit, though, which was surprising seeing »


- Megan Armstrong, Billboard

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Why 'Coco' Composer's Score Had to Be "Born Out of the Story"

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Coco composer Michael Giacchino, 50, was a priority. That meant not only getting the right music for the score but also for the sounds of the environment. "Music is being played in the streets," says the longtime Pixar collaborator on films including Inside Out, Ratatouille and Up, for which he won an Oscar. "We wanted that to feel legit."

Getting there meant a lot of research and attention to detail. "I was very lucky to work with [songwriters] Germaine Franco and Camilo Lara, both of »


- Carolyn Giardina

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'Coco': How Pixar Brought Its "Day of the Dead" Story to Life

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Coco — its Pixar movie (reportedly costing $175 million) set on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead — the normally politically sensitive studio made a slight misstep. It tried to trademark the name Dia de los Muertos. The backlash was understandably ferocious, with a petition against Disney drawing more than 20,000 signatures.

"[It] purely had to do with us not having a title yet," says director Lee Unkrich. "That triggered a bunch of stuff, and it really blew up. It was heartbreaking for me, because we were working »


- Carolyn Giardina

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'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association

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The African American Film Critics Association has unveiled its picks for the top films and TV series of the year, bestowing Get Out with the award for best picture of 2017. Jordan Peele's horror-comedy also earned the awards for best directing, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

The world’s largest group of professional Black film critics also gave acting nods to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand, Last Flag Flying's Laurence FishburneGirls Trip's Tiffany Haddish and Crown HeightsLakeith StanfieldGook, Coco, Detroit, Step and Mudbound were also among the recognized films. ABC's Black-ish and OWN's Queen Sugar were named the top TV »


- Ashley Lee

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MoviePass, Fandor Partner on $90-a-Year Subscription Service for Costco Members

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MoviePass and streaming service Fandor are teaming up to offer Costco customers a new service that will allow members to see as many movies as they want in theaters and unlimited access to Fandor's library for a flat yearly fee of $89.99.

The offer will be available for one week, beginning Dec. 12. The one-time payment of $89.99 covers a year of membership for both Fandor and MoviePass.

Fandor's library of 5,000 titles includes independent films, documentaries, international features and shorts.

In August, MoviePass introduced its new $9.95 subscription plan allowing members to make unlimited trips to the cinema, with »

- Pamela McClintock

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How 'Darkest Hour's' Grand Transformation of Gary Oldman Into Winston Churchill Took $20,000 Worth of Cigars

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Gary Oldman had been asked to play Winston Churchill before. There was the time in 2014, for instance, when his longtime manager and producing partner, Douglas Urbanski, pitched him his own homegrown idea for a movie about the portly, cigar-chomping U.K. prime minister. But Oldman said fat chance. "How the hell was I going to do that?" asks the slender 59-year-old actor of playing such a larger-than-life figure. "It was never going to happen."

Until, that is, it did. Oldman, wearing what may be the most masterful fat suit and prosthetic chubby face ever created for the movies, plays Churchill »


- Alex Ritman

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Oscars: Japan's 'Her Love Boils Bathwater' Offers Its Director a Second Chance

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Her Love Boils Bathwater doesn’t sound like it has Oscar contender written all over it when considering that the filmmaker wasn’t a big movie fan, was fired as an assistant director and dropped out of the film business. But this foreign-language hopeful has won 35 international film awards and made its helmer, Ryota Nakano, one of the most in-demand new directors in Japan.

“I was about 23 or 24 years old when I decided to be a director, after I’d graduated university really late. I wasn’t even a big film fan when I was young,” recalls Nakano, sitting in his »


- Gavin J. Blair

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'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi on the Power of Food in Refugee Documentary 'Soufra' (Guest Column)

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It’s been a sickening fall season with hardly anyone worth rooting for, except those women who were brave enough to open their mouths about sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and beyond. Everywhere it seemed there was only bad news. Luckily, I made it out to the movie theater one Sunday afternoon, prepared to settle into what I expected to be a decent food documentary, nothing more. But what I saw was so much more.

Most of us in America will fortunately never know what it feels like to live as a refugee. Most of us don’t know and haven’t »


- Padma Lakshmi

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33 of Entertainment's Most Powerful Women on What They Wish Men in Hollywood Knew

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As the avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations continues to ravage Hollywood, attention has again turned to the long-standing gender imbalance in the industry.

Indeed, the numbers are stark: Though women comprise 51 percent of the population and outpace men in earning professional degrees, in Hollywood they occupy only 20 percent of all executive jobs and board seats. When it comes to women in creative positions, in 2016-17 they made up only 28 percent of all creators, writers, directors, producers, editors and directors of photography working on TV programs.

In an attempt to move the conversation forward, The Hollywood Reporter asked »

- THR Staff

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Oscars: Czech Republic's 'Ice Mother' Solved an Existential Crisis

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A few years ago, Bohdan Slama had an existential crisis. The Czech writer-director didn't have any projects in the works, and money was running short. Worst of all, he felt like he had no stories left to tell. "I really felt empty. I was really depressed," he recalls. "I thought, 'Am I at the end of my filmmaking career?' "

He started jogging to cope with the stress, and one day, as he was running through the forest, it occurred to him that he might have to ask his parents for help. "In this moment, I started to see myself »

- Shannon L. Bowen

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff

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The Force is getting ready to strike the global box office once again.

Disney and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins opening in select foreign markets midweek before blasting off in North America and other major territories on Friday. That excludes China, where the tentpole doesn't roll out until Jan. 5.

By all accounts, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens should gross $425 million-plus by Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. That includes a North American take in the $200 million range, the best »


- Pamela McClintock

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Matt Kaplan Departs Awesomeness Films, Launches Ace Entertainment (Exclusive)

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Matt Kaplan is leaving Awesomeness after two years helming its film division to establish his own production company, Ace Entertainment, that will focus on making films, television series and digital content for youth audiences. 

Through this new shingle, Kaplan has signed a first-look deal for film with Paramount Players, the six-month-old production division run by Brian Robbins. The deal reunites Kaplan with Robbins, the founder and CEO of Awesomeness who departed the company in February. 

Kaplan tells The Hollywood Reporter that Ace partnered with Paramount Players in part because of the companies' shared focus. "I had an incredible run with »


- Natalie Jarvey

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Entertainment Industry Scores Key Victory in Battle Against European Digital Single Market

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The European Parliament on Tuesday voted to reject major reforms that would have abolished territory-by-territory licensing across the European Union for films and TV series.

The vote of 344 to 265 was taken at a full plenary session of the parliament, the EU's legislative body. The result is a major victory for both Hollywood and the European industry, which had joined forces to fight the proposals to create a so-called digital single market across Europe.

The alliance of German film and TV producers said the decision showed a “clear commitment to European cinema” and assured “financing stability” for future European »

- Scott Roxborough

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Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in David Gordon Green Drama 'Newsflash'

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Seth Rogen is set to portray CBS news legend Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Stronger's David Gordon Green is directing the drama, featuring a script by Ben Jacoby. The film recounts the events of Nov. 22, 1963, as television news stations raced to report the facts of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Texas. Cronkite's producer Don Hewitt, boss Jim Aubrey and young coworker Dan Rather are also characters in the movie.

Greg Silverman, the former Warner Bros. Ww production head who recently launched Stampede Ventures, is producing with Adam Kolbrenner. Production is set to begin next »


- Ashley Lee

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