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Did the Writers Guild Sandbag the Studios With Short Talks?

6 hours ago

As the current Writers Guild of America talks were being planned months ago, the union told studio negotiators that two weeks of negotiations would be sufficient to achieve a deal, two knowledgeable sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday. But when talks began, the guild presented a complex and expensive list of proposals that couldn't possibly be handled in such a short time period. 

The mismatch suggests that the union may have intended the resulting quasi-impasse, in order to tee up the strike authorization vote that the negotiating committee called for Friday evening.

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- Jonathan Handel

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'Smurfs: The Lost Village': Film Review

7 hours ago

Sony Pictures Animation has gone back to the well and unapologetically left adults behind for the third entry in their Smurfs franchise. Discarding the combination of live-action and animation that marked the first two efforts, Smurfs: The Lost Village is strictly animated and geared only for younger viewers. The reboot directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) should please its target audience while providing little entertainment value to any adult chaperones who appreciated Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria’s enjoyably over-the-top turns in the first two films.

Co-scripter Pamela Ribon introduces a pronounced feminist theme into the story similar to that »


- Frank Scheck

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Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Conquers With $88M; 'Power Rangers' Pleases With $40.5M

12 hours ago

Nostalgia works in mysterious ways at the box office.

Beauty and the Beast, Disney's live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated film, continued to make history in its second weekend, declining a scant 49 percent to an estimated $88 million from 4,210 locations, the fourth-biggest sophomore outing of all time. And its North American cume of $317 million is the fourth-biggest 10-day total in history. Overseas, Beauty likewise stayed atop the chart, grossing $119.2 million for a foreign tally of $373.3 million and $690.3 million globally.

Lionsgate and Saban's male-fueled Power Rangers, an edgier adaptation of the kids TV »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Life' Screenwriters Share Sequel Details and Offer 'Deadpool 2' Update

13 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Life].

Though they are in the thick of perfecting a script for Deadpool 2, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are taking time to enjoy the latest fruits of their labor.

Life, which features their Deadpool leading man Ryan Reynolds alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, is in theaters now and tells the story of a group of astronauts who encounter the first proof of life outside of Earth.

True to the tradition of films like Alien, this first close encounter is disastrous, »


- Aaron Couch

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'Power Rangers' Director on Scrapped Post-Credits Tease and Surprise Cameos

13 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Power Rangers.]

The new movie Power Rangers put its own spin on the group of teen superheroes, but there were also a few doses of '90s nostalgia included in Lionsgate's reboot.

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers stars Amy Joe Johnson (the original Pink Ranger) and Jason David Frank (the Green Ranger) made a brief cameo during the new film's climactic battle, while the theme song to 1995's Power Rangers: The Movie also made a cheer-worthy appearance.  And at the end of the pic, the moment everyone had been waiting for: a nod to Tommy, the »


- Aaron Couch

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