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'Steve McQueen: American Icon': Film Review

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Fans of Steve McQueen may be surprised at the not so hidden agenda of the new documentary about the legendary actor. Although it dutifully recounts McQueen’s hardscrabble beginnings and his most famous movie roles, the film seems more interested in shedding light on the actor having become a born again Christian late in his life. The film is being shown in theaters nationwide Sept. 28, with an encore screening on Oct. 10.

The film prominently features Greg Laurie, a mega-church pastor, who describes himself as one of McQueen’s biggest fans. Professing to identify with the actor because they both endured »

- Frank Scheck

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Adam Pally Joins Nina Dobrev in Ken Marino Comedy 'Dog Days' (Exclusive)

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Adam Pally has joined the ensemble of director Ken Marino's sophomore feature Dog Days.

Pally joins a cast that includes Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard.

Set in Los Angeles, the comedy follows a group of unwittingly interconnected people brought together by their better halves...their dogs. Pally will play Dax, a guitarist in a struggling cover band, who enjoys a carefree life until his sister goes into labor with twins and forces him to take care of her very large and mischievous dog, Charlie.

Mickey Liddell will produce through his Ld Entertainment banner, along with Jennifer Monroe and »

- Mia Galuppo

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Zurich Film Festival Offers Respite From Fall Fatigue

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The Zurich International Film Festival isn't the biggest or most important industry event on the calendar, but it just might be the nicest.

Taking its cue from the city itself — a hub for international finance and industry that still feels casual and stress-free — Zurich, which runs post-Cannes, post-Venice and post-Toronto, has set itself up as the spot to regroup and recharge after the excess of the festi­val season.

"Zurich is actually ideal for filmmakers because you can combine work with vacation," says festival co-founder Nadja Schildknecht. "You can network, you can do some business, but in a »

- Scott Roxborough

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Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander Join Cast of Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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Aidan Gillen and Tom Hollander are the latest to join Bohemian Rhapsody, according to the official Queen Twitter account.

Rami Malek will play frontman Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, which is being produced by Graham King's Gk Films banner for 20th Century Fox and New Regency.

Gillen and Hollander will be playing Queen managers. Gillen will play John Reid, Queen’s manager from 1975 to 1978, while Hollander will play Jim Beach, Queen’s longtime manager, who took over in 1978.

The duo join Joe Mazzello, Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee, who are playing Queen bandmembers, as well as Lucy Bolton playing »

- Mia Galuppo

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Movie Screening Canceled After Backlash to Director's Plan to Charge White Men Double

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A Canadian film screening where white men were to be charged double at the box office has been canceled by the theater operator. 

Evan Roberts, president of Blue Bridge Theatre Society, which runs the Roxy Theater in Victoria, British Columbia, said Tuesday that he has canceled his facility rental agreement with Shiraz Higgins, the director of Building the Room, ahead of the planned Thursday night screening.

Higgins stirred up a media storm last week after proposing that the Roxy charge white men more to see his documentary about stand-up comics. He initially wanted to charge white males $20 »

- Etan Vlessing

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Hollywood Reporter Parent Takes Controlling Interest in Film Expo Group

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Eldridge Industries, the private investment firm which operates a portfolio of diversified businesses including The Hollywood Reporter, has acquired a controlling interest in Film Expo Group, which produces the film-industry trade shows CineEurope in Barcelona, CineAsia in Hong Kong and ShowEast in Miami and publishes Film Journal International.

Film Expo Group, which will now operate independently, had previously been part of Mediabistro Holdings, which is also controlled by Eldridge Industries.

Film Expo Group, based in New York, will continue to be led by its existing management team, with former president Robert Sunshine taking the reins as chairman and Andrew Sunshine, »

- Gregg Kilday

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Savannah Film Fest: Aaron Sorkin, John Boyega, Robert Pattinson Among Oscar Hopefuls Set for 20th Edition (Exclusive)

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A veritable phalanx of 2017 Oscar contenders — Detroit's John Boyega, The Big Sick's Holly Hunter, Good Time's Robert Pattinson, Beatriz at Dinner's Salma Hayek Pinault, Molly's Game's Aaron Sorkin and Logan's Patrick Stewart, plus the directors of 10 top contenders for the best documentary feature Oscar — will head south to be honored as part of the blowout 20th anniversary edition of the Scad Savannah Film Festival.

The nation's largest university-run film festival will take place from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 on the Savannah campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, just as it has every year since 1997. »

- Scott Feinberg

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Lego Unveils Massive Joker Manor Set From 'Lego Batman Movie'

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This Lego set is no laughing matter.

Lego today unveiled The Joker Manor, a massive building set tied to The Lego Batman Movie that clocks in at 3,444 pieces.

The set, which is to retail for $269.99 and is intended for the 14-year-old-plus age bracket, is a Jokerized version of Wayne Manor straight from the movie. It features a roller coaster encircling the whole building, a huge buildable Joker head with a trapdoor and slide, punching boxing gloves, a rocking Joker sign and rotating big eye tower. And that’s just the outside.

The set also comes with 10 (10!) mini-figures, »

- Borys Kit

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Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'

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Netflix has gathered Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Lewis Black, Kate Micucci and Chris Parnell for its feature comedy The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin. Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. is producing. Production starts this week in New Orleans.

The Last Laugh centers on talent manager and widower Al Hart who reunites with his former client Buddy Green after 50 years. Though Buddy gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian to settle down and have a family, Al convinces him to perform on a bucket list tour of classic stand-up venues across America, »

- Ashley Lee

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Oscars: Philippines Selects 'Birdshot' for Foreign-Language Category

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The Philippines has chosen 24-year-old filmmaker Mikhail Red's Birdshot as its contender for consideration in the best foreign-language film category at the 2018 Oscars.

Equal parts coming-of-age drama and thriller, the film follows the story of young girl who accidentally shoots an endangered Philippine eagle. The film premiered last year at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where it won best film in the Asian Future section. It was later selected for the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at the Goteborg Film Festival.

The Film Academy of the Philippines' official Oscar selection committee announced its choice Tuesday. The organization said its »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Wme Signs ‘The Mermaid’ Co-Writer Lu Zhengyu (Exclusive)

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Wme has signed Chinese actor-filmmaker Lu Zhengyu, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Lu is a protégé of Hong Kong-based superstar director Stephen Chow and served on the writing team for 2013’s Journey to the West and 2016’s The Mermaid, which at $527 million was China’s all-time highest-grossing film until that record was broken by Wolf Warrior 2 last month. Lu appeared onscreen in both Journey to the West and The Mermaid and served as executive director, a position similar to first assistant director in the U.S. but described as having more responsibilities.

In the vein of Chow’s own »

- Rebecca Sun

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Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury

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Trine Dyrholm, the Danish star of such films as The Celebration, In a Better World and The Commune, will head up this year's international feature jury at the Zurich International Film Festival.

Dyrholm is the undisputed queen of Danish cinema, winner of six Bodil awards, the Danish equivalent of the Oscar, for her work, as well as multiple international honors, including a best actress prize last year in Berlin for The Commune, where she played a professional newscaster in 1970s Copenhagen whose attempts to set up a commune in her own home end in disaster. She most recently appeared in Susanna »

- Scott Roxborough

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China's Weiying-Maoyan Merger Creates Monster Movie Ticketing Service

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And then there were two...

The battle for dominance in China's wildly competitive online movie-ticketing market reached a fever pitch Friday when rival Tencent-supported platforms Maoyan and Weiying revealed that they would merge.

The combined Maoyan-Weiying entity will now take on Alibaba's Tao Piao Piao ticketing platform head-to-head, with both companies controlling an unprecedentedly huge share of ticket sales in the world's second-largest movie market.

Analysts estimate that more than 85 percent of all movie tickets are sold online in China. The sector has seen a wave of mergers, acquisitions and startup failures in recent years as deep-pocketed tech giants spent »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Alamo Drafthouse Severs Ties With Harry Knowles Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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The Alamo Drafthouse is severing all ties with Harry Knowles in the wake sexual assault allegations against the Ain't It Cool News founder.

Drafthouse CEO Tim League, already reeling from the Devin Faraci scandal, released a statement on Monday night which said the company had "severed all ties with Harry Knowles and he is no longer affiliated with the company in any capacity."

League added that the company was "striving to better respond to allegations of sexual assault and harassment, and will take actions so those who work at the theater or attend as a guest are not »

- Abid Rahman

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Leads Set for Broadway-Bound 'Pretty Woman' Musical

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The perennially popular 1990 rom-com Pretty Woman, about a Hollywood Boulevard hooker who gets rescued by a wealthy businessman and then rescues him right back, is one step closer to its new incarnation as a stage musical.

Lead producer Paula Wagner has announced plans for a Chicago tryout in spring 2018 before bouncing to Broadway in the fall. Also confirmed are the lead actors taking on the roles played onscreen by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

Samantha Barks, best known as Eponine in the 2012 movie version of Les Miserables, will play down-on-her-luck prostitute Vivian Ward, while Steve Kazee, a »

- David Rooney

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'Marshall': Film Review

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It was a pre-racial-integration case like many others, a poor black man accused of assaulting and raping a wealthy white woman; one person's word against the other's, and guess who wins. But this one was a bit different in that one of the two attorneys for the defense was Thurgood Marshall, in the early 1940s working for the NAACP and two decades later to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall is a solid, straightforward courtroom drama with proud liberal credentials, one that could have been made by Norman Jewison around 1967. But it »

- Todd McCarthy

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What Matters in Hollywood Today

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What's news: NFL TV ratings may be scrutinized more than usual today after Trump escalated his culture war over kneeling players. Plus: SAG-aftra's video game strike has ended, first reviews for the Will & Grace revival arrive and Veep's creator is returning to HBO for a space comedy. — Matthew Belloni and Erik Hayden

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- THR Staff

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Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Film Festival Jury

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Tommy Lee Jones will head the jury at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff), organizers announced Tuesday at the lineup press conference.

Jones will be joined on the jury by Chinese actress Zhao Wei, Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi, French director/writer Martin Provost and local actor Masatoshi Nagase to judge the 15 features in the main competition. 

The opening film will be Fullmetal Alchemist, a live-action take on a popular manga/anime franchise, the first local production to open the event in a decade. Organizers were aiming for a big international film for the 30th edition of the festival, having settled for Florence »

- Gavin J. Blair

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