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Oscars: John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda Make Rehearsals Musical

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Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from La La Land, posed like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from the stage for having his cellphone light on.

The creator of Hamilton joined Sting, Justin Timberlake and John Legend for a day of music rehearsals at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Friday. Miranda is nominated for "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. Timberlake is up for "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls. Sting will sing his nominated song from Jim: The James Foley Story, and Legend will perform »

- Associated Press

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'Animals' ('Tiere'): Film Review | Berlin 2017

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A sense-scrambling trip into the Twilight Zone from Polish-born, Swiss-based director Greg Zglinski, Animals was one of the guilty-pleasure fringe delights at this year's Berlin Film Festival. This darkly comic thriller about a married couple's nightmarish alpine retreat pays obvious dues to Hitchcock, Polanski and Lynch, but is too stylish and self-aware to fall into the trap of mere pastiche. As a superior genre exercise, it is assured a healthy festival future, but venturesome distributors may also see the potential in its classy European psycho-horror pedigree.

Even the film's back-story sounds like part of its surreal, macabre plot. Partly inspired »

- Stephen Dalton

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'Drifter': Film Review

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Cannibalistic killers in a post-apocalyptic landscape…are you yawning yet? Such is the unoriginal premise of Chris von Hoffman’s feature debut, which reveals, if nothing else, its director's love and appreciation for genre films. The problem is that his low-budget effort, whose poster might as well be included in the dictionary definition of “derivative,” is nowhere near as good as its endless influences. Viewers would be far better off rewatching a Mad Max or Rob Zombie movie, or any episode of The Walking Dead, than paying hard-earned money to see Drifter.

The bare-bones plot revolves around two outlaw brothers, Dominic (Drew »

- Frank Scheck

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Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman', 'Hillary's America' Top Winners

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Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dominated the 37th annual satirical awards show. The two films combined to "win" in every category except for worst supporting actress, which went to Kristen Wiig for her botoxed fashionista character in Zoolander No. 2.

Director Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Hillary Clinton film took home four Razzies, including worst picture, beating out Batman v Superman, Gods of Egypt, Bad Grandpa, Zoolander No. 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence. D'Souza also earned himself personal honors for worst director and worst actor - D'Souza played himself in the film. D'Souza was a good sport about his "win", »

- Kimberly Nordyke ,Patrick Shanley

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China Box Office: 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Debuts to Massive $33M

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Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has opened to an enormous $33 million on its first day in China.

The Friday haul, which includes some limited previews, gives The Final Chapter claim to the third-largest Hollywood debut ever in the Middle Kingdom, following only Universal's Furious 7 with $68 million (2015) and Legendary's Warcraft at $46 million (2016).

Beijing-based Leomus Films, Constantine's local marketing partner on the release, tells THR they have upped their full-weekend forecast to just shy of $85 million (520 million Rmb).

The film's first day in China is considerably more than its entire North American run, which »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Syrian Cinematographer of Oscar-Nominated Doc Blocked From Attending Academy Awards

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U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, The White Helmets, that has been nominated for an Academy Award.

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" regarding Khateeb.

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- the Associated Press

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'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Joins Steve McQueen's 'Widows'

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Daniel Kaluuya, who stars in this weekend’s acclaimed horror movie Get Out, has been cast in Widows, New Regency’s heist thriller being directed by Steve McQueen, THR has confirmed.

Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez are among those on the cast list for the project, which centers on four women who team up to complete a heist. The story, based on the 1980s British TV series of the same name, starts out with a group of armed robbers being killed during a robbery. Their widows then decide to finish the job their spouses started. Kaluuya will play the hothead brother of »

- Borys Kit

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'Logan' Premiere: Hugh Jackman Thanks Fans for 17 Years as Wolverine

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Hugh Jackman was full of gratitude at Friday night’s New York premiere of Logan, the ninth and final time he has played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.

“This is like a dream,” he told the claw-wearing fans at the Jazz at Lincoln Center screening. “After 17 years, I feel I’ve met every Wolverine and X-Men fan [in the street]. … Honestly, these 17 years would not have been possible without you. I love this character, and I love you guys.”

When introducing the film, director James Mangold thanked Fox for the freedom to execute his vision — “If »

- Ashley Lee

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'X-Men' Producer on Phoenix Saga Rumors and Making Up for 'The Last Stand'

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The Dark Phoenix Saga is expected to make its way back to the big screen, with longtime X-Men writer-producer Simon Kinberg considered the top contender to step into the director's chair for 20th Century Fox.

Kinberg, who insists reports that he will direct are "premature," told Heat Vision on the carpet for a New York premiere of Logan that he does have a few thoughts on how things could go.

"I'm a huge fan of The Dark Phoenix story, and I felt like there was a lot that we didn't do in X-Men: The Last Stand, which was based on »

- Ashley Lee,Aaron Couch

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Oscars: Foreign-Language Film Nominees Condemn "The Climate of Fanaticism and Nationalism"

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Speaking as a group, the six directors whose films have been nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar have issued a statement condemning "the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.”

The group includes Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of The Salesman, who in the wake of President Trump’s executive order attempting to enforce a travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries, said he would boycott Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in protest.

The collective statement was signed »

- Gregg Kilday

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