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Hollywood Women Are About to Kick a Lot of Ass on the Big Screen — CinemaCon 2017

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“I’m a bitch!” From the CinemaCon stage, Charlize Theron proudly delivered this assessment of her character in Universal’s “Atomic Blonde,” which she also developed and produced. Her pride is understandable: She’s the abstract for Hollywood’s newest vision of women on screen: They’re hot, fearless, funny and brassy.

It’s a model once hailed as near radical, back when Universal released Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” in 2011 and it went on to earn $288 million worldwide. (Hollywood still seems to be in no rush to put women behind the camera; all of these women-starring films touted at CinemaCon were directed by men.)

Much credit goes to Universal chairman Donna Langley, who shepherded “Bridesmaids” as well as Amy Schumer vehicle “Trainwreck.” She also bet heavily and won when she aggressively chased down the “Fifty Shades of Gray” and “Pitch Perfect” franchises. Now, it’s become a template across all »


- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Isaac to Hunt Down Nazis in World War II Mossad Drama ‘Operation Finale’

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Oscar Isaac is set to hunt down Nazis in Chris Weitz’s upcoming World War II drama “Operation Finale,” which will tell the true story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann.

One of the primary architects of the Holocaust, Eichman helped in planning and executing the mass deportation of Jews in Eastern Europe to the ghettos and concentration camps. He went into hiding after WWII in Argentina, where he was found and brought to justice by Mossad.

Read More: Oscar Isaac to Star in ‘Life Itself,’ a Multigenerational Romance

Isaac will be joining the cast as Peter Malkin, the operative who made headlines for wrestling and capturing Eichmann in May 1960. Chris Weitz, who worked on early drafts of “Star Wars: Rogue One” and directed “About A Boy” and “Twilight Saga: New Moon,” will be behind the camera, and The Hollywood Reporter notes the film has been envisioned in the »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Dante’s Lunch’: ‘Coco’ Short Introduces Us to a Hungry Hairless Doggo — Watch

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Coco” won’t be released until Thanksgiving, but Pixar has just released a new short accompanying its first non-sequel since “The Good Dinosaur” to whet viewers’ appetites. “Dante’s Lunch” introduces us to the hairless doggo who serves as the best friend of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) in the upcoming feature, a musical journey through the Land of the Dead. Watch the two-minute short below.

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After coming across what’s surely a rather appetizing bone, our canine hero is naturally intrigued — what red-blooded pooch wouldn’t be? This would-be meal appears to have a mind of its own, however, and once Dante latches onto it he finds himself being pulled all across his village until eventually meeting the skeleton said bone belongs to. (If internet scuttlebutt is to be believed, this may be Gael García Bernal’s Hector. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Stars Slam Wendy Williams for Past ‘Transphobic’ Incidents

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For its ninth season, which premiered on Friday, March 24, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” moved from Logo to VH1. The premiere episode drew nearly one million viewers, making it the show’s most-watched ever, as reported by Deadline. To celebrate the move to VH1, the network has created “Fierce Friday,” a live viewing party, which airs right before the weekly broadcast, and it’s hosted by Wendy Williams and comedian Ross Mathews.

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However, the news of Williams hosting the live viewing show has been met with criticism from some former “Drag Race” contestants and other members of the drag community. On Monday, New York–based drag performer Stephanie Stone took to social media to remind people of an incident that occurred during a taping of “The Wendy Williams Show” back in 2009.

At the time, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Neruda’: Gael Garcia Bernal Is an Expert Policeman in Exclusive Digital Release Clip — Watch

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Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain had a very, very big 2016, thanks to the release of not one, not two, but three of his singular works to American audiences. From his bold “The Club” to his ambitious “Neruda” and the lauded “Jackie,” last year spelled the start of a brand new beginning for the talented helmer.

Larrain’s singular “Neruda,” styled as a wholly different kind of biopic (something that will surely sound familiar to fans of “Jackie”) features Gael Garcia Bernal as the “expert policeman” Óscar Peluchonneau, who pursues the celebrated poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) after he joins the Communist Party in the late 1940s.

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Not simply a biographical look at Neruda, beyond just a cat and mouse game between two unique men, “Neruda” puts creativity and performance at the forefront, and you »


- Kate Erbland

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‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ Review: ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Meets ‘The Virgin Suicides in Osgood Perkins’ Icy Debut

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The root of evil in “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” isn’t particularly original or deep, but the movie’s twisty plot and eerie atmosphere makes it deeply unsettling anyway. A chilling package of muted performances, disquieting sound design and isolated locations, the directorial debut of Osgood Perkins is a competent exercise in style dripping with tidbits of gothic horror that don’t entirely coalesce into a satisfying whole, but offer plenty of frightening possibilities along the way. For fans of the genre, it’s a juicy melange of the right stuff.

Initially called “February” when it surfaced on the festival circuit in late 2015, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” arrives months after Perkins’ Netflix-released sophomore effort, the moody haunted house thriller “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House,” and together they illustrate the stirrings of a strong genre director searching for the ideal vessel.

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- Eric Kohn

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Director Niki Caro Has a Plan for Fighting Hollywood’s Gender Gap

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Get used to hearing Niki Caro’s name. As the only female director to have not just one, but two studio pictures hitting the big screen over the next two years, including Disney’s much-hyped live-action remake of “Mulan,” the filmmaker is about to be catapulted to a rarefied position in an industry that is not always friendly to placing women behind the camera. That doesn’t mean she’s entirely happy about it.

“That just depresses me,” Caro told IndieWire when asked about her unique upcoming slate. “It’s wonderful for me, but God, I have survivor guilt over this. The fact that I’m working is great and I feel very fortunate, but the fact that so many highly skilled, gifted women are not, it’s shameful.”

But Caro has a plan to combat Hollywood’s gender imbalance behind the camera, and it’s one she’s already putting into action. »


- Kate Erbland

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Universal Surprises With ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Screening at CinemaCon

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Vin Diesel got out of his chair and stood up during Universal’s presentation at CinemaCon on Wednesday to make a surprise announcement: the studio was about to show “The Fate of the Furious” to everyone in attendance.

“The last time I was standing on this stage, I promised you that this would be the best movie you ever saw,” Diesel said. “To prove that, we’re going to show you the whole movie right now.”

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The announcement followed a discussion with cast members including Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. Diesel kicked things off by reflecting on having the opportunity to make an eighth movie in a franchise.

“We’re so fortunate to have this saga continue for so long,” he said. “With that great fortune comes the challenge: How do you continue? »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Trailer and Poster: Is This the End of Pied Piper?

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It just doesn’t get any easier for the Pied Piper team. After innovating the middle-out algorithm and surviving Hooli’s latest attempt to destroy them, it appears the “Silicon Valley” crew are turning against one another in the upcoming season of HBO’s essential comedy. Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) has designed a poster for the show, and a new trailer is available. Both can be found below.

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Season four appears to begin with the revelation that Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is quitting Pied Piper, the company he founded. Among the highlights of the trailer: Erlich (T.J. Miller) mansplaining the concept of mansplaining to two women, a surprise appearance by Haley Joel Osment and literally everything Jared (Zach Woods) says and does. The entire main cast is returning for season four: Middleditch, Miller, Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, »


- Michael Nordine

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Charlize Theron’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ Shows Off Electric New Footage at CinemaCon 2017

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Charlize Theron graced the stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday to talk about Universal’s upcoming action-thriller “Atomic Blonde,” in which she plays the lead role of Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 intelligence collection expert and assassin trained in hand-to-hand combat. Theron also served as a producer on the film, which previewed an extended new clip for the audience at CinemaCon.

Directed by David Leitch, “Atomic Blonde” sees Theron fighting off double and triple agents as she tries to figure out who set her up.

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“Everyone you get close to ends up dead,” says John Goodman in the footage. “The clock is ticking.”

Theron also appears in a racy scene with Sofia Boutella, whom she has to seduce while undercover. “We wanted the film to be provocative in a lot of ways,” Leitch said.

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- Graham Winfrey

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The ‘Twin Peaks’ Theme Song Gets a ‘Seinfeld’ Makeover — Listen

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With the revival of “Twin Peaks” just around the corner, fans of David Lynch’s cult classic are getting very creative online, flooding the internet with memes related to the show. Now, the series’ theme song has gotten a “Seinfeld” makeover, courtesy of musician and “Twin Peaks” aficionado Maximilian Petrosky.

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Petrosky has reimagined the gloomy tune created by Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise for the series and has mixed it with the signature slap bass featured during the opening of Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic show. Listen to the brilliant remix below.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Reunited In First Photos, And It Looks So Eerily Good

Created by Lynch and Marc Frost, the original series followed an FBI agent investigating the murder of a young woman in the town of Twin Peaks. “It’s been a number of »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Big Little Lies’: Why Reading the Book Doesn’t Ruin the Big Reveal on HBO’s Murder Mystery

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Watching the news or using social media is tantamount to asking for spoilers – and so is reading the source material behind some of TV’s biggest shows. That’s particularly true with mysteries based on novels, one of which will generally spoil the other.

But HBO’s “Big Little Lies” proved to be an exception to that rule.

After watching two episodes of HBO’s mystery series, I read the book it was adapted from and, yes, spoiled myself on the ending. But returning to the show a few weeks later, it turned out that juggling both the book and the series at the same time actually enhanced the viewing experience.

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As “Big Little Lies” approaches its finale on Sunday, here’s an examination of why, even in a spoiler-averse culture, mystery series »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Mummy’: Tom Cruise Introduces Frightening New Footage in CinemaCon Video

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Tom Cruise couldn’t make it to CinemaCon this year, but the actor did appear via video from London to introduce some exciting new footage from the adventure-fantasy due out in June.

Cruise introduced the extended clip from what he called Universal’s “bold, romantic, terrifying, epic monster film.” In the footage, his character of Nick Morton and Jake Johnson’s Sgt. Vail fall into a giant hole in the desert that’s been hidden for 2000 years.

“This isn’t a tomb,” says Annabelle Wallis’ Jenny Halsey. “It’s a prison.”

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The Mummy” stars Sofia Patella as an ancient power who returns to present day intent on remaking the modern world into her own. In the footage, Cruise and Wallis are seen floating in a plane that’s falling out of the sky. The pair had to perform »


- Graham Winfrey

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Billy Eichner and Cookie Monster Search for Kindness in ‘Billy on the Sesame Street’ — Watch

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In search of kindness and compassion, Billy Eichner has taken a trip to a new street — Sesame Street, to be precise. The “Billy on the Street” host is joined by Cookie Monster in the new video, which finds him toning down his usual schtick and handing out cookies to anyone willing to answer his questions. 

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That includes Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and other residents of Sesame Street, most of whom are receptive to such requests as how to get to Sesame Street and what Cookie Monster’s favorite letter is. The unsurprising exception is the trash can–dwelling Oscar, who refuses to even answer a question about kindness. You can’t please everyone, it seems.

Read More: ‘Billy on The Street’ Takes on Mel Gibson & Shia LeBeouf »


- Michael Nordine

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‘It’ Trailer Breakdown: The 6 Best Parts That Perfectly Capture the Novel’s Brilliance

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“It” is one of Stephen King’s most well-known properties, and the trailer for the first chapter of the film adaptation has just dropped. While King’s “Dark Tower” series may elicit more love from diehard fans, the general population has been scared shitless by clowns ever since Tim Curry’s iconic take on Pennywise from the 1990 miniseries adaptation.

The initial announcement that “True Detective” and “Beasts of No Nation” director Cary Fukunaga was going to helm the adaptation was met warmly, as he seemed to add gravitas to the material. But after leaving the project, reportedly due to creative clashing with the studio, fans worried the project might lack flair and fall victim to studio bloat.

Read More: Stephen King Has Seen ‘It’ and Says the Filmmakers ‘Have Done a Wonderful Job’

Excitement waxed and waned for months— The kid from “Stranger Things” is in it! Pennywise’s clown design looks weird! »


- William Earl

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Ken Burns’ Next Documentary Will Profile Muhammad Ali

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Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a documentary for PBS about the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away last June. Production of the two-part, four-hour documentary began in early 2016 and the film is expected to premiere in 2021.

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Muhammad Ali’s passing last year gave us reason to celebrate his boxing feats as well as his contributions as an ambassador for human rights, and as a voice and symbol of pacifism,” said Sarah Burns in a statement. “But it’s easy to forget how divisive a figure he was, proudly associating with the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the Army before the Vietnam War had become deeply unpopular. We’re eager to get beyond the archetypes and examine who and what influenced his choices, and how he maintained the courage of »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘A Dark Song’ Exclusive Trailer: Haunted House Horror Gets a Terrifying New Twist in Black Magic Chiller — Watch

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Just a thought: Maybe let’s not try to commune with the dead.

In Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song” — which world premiered at beloved genre fest Fantastic Fest last year — absolutely no one takes that advice, and the results are shocking. The film stars Catherine Walker as Sophia, a grieving mother who will do anything to reconnect with her dead son, who is aided by Joseph (Steve Oram), who promises he can summon the child back to Sophie.

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Through various dark rituals that play out over not days or weeks, but whole months, the pair journey closer to Sophia’s wish — and maybe more. The film’s first trailer makes it clear that this is a wholly new take on both the exorcism drama and the haunted house thriller, and most of the tension »


- Kate Erbland

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‘It’ Trailer: First Look At the Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 Novel Will Leave You Screaming — Watch

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New Line Cinema has release the first teaser trailer for its upcoming horror drama “It.” The clip first premiered on Saturday at SXSW, where attendees also got a chance to preview an entire scene from the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel.

Read More: ‘It’ Trailer Breakdown: The 6 Best Parts That Perfectly Capture the Novel’s Brilliance

Directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), “It” is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, where seven kids, known as “The Losers Club,” will have to overcome life problems, including the bullying from other children. The clique also faces the haunting of a monster that takes the shape of an evil clown named Pennywise (played by Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård). 30 years later, they reunite to stop the clown once and for all. The film stars “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard as a young Richie Tozier.

“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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4 Big Problems the Film Industry Needs to Fix Immediately — CinemaCon 2017

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The movie business may be coming off a record year at the box office with $38.6 billion in revenue in 2016, but underneath those numbers is a film industry with some systemic problems. At the 2017 edition of CinemaCon, the annual trade show in Las Vegas where the studios and exhibitors get together to pat each other on the back, there’s no hiding from the fact that the movies face plenty of uncertainty.

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Disney head of distribution Dave Hollis noted that movie attendance has actually fallen during the past decade, from 1.4 billion tickets to 1.32 billion last year. “Attendance has been more or less flat — not really changing — in the last handful of years,” Hollis said during a state of the industry presentation. “The media environment that we all participate in and that our consumers participate in continues to change rapidly. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor

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Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Get Me Roger Stone.” The film explores the life and career of the longtime Donald Trump advisor, who helped launch his political run.

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“Get Me Roger Stone” features interviews with the infamous political strategist and self-proclaimed “agent provacateur,” as well as with people who have followed and studied his career. The documentary explores the career of the man who sports a tattoo of President Nixon in his back as a badge of honor.

“Those who say I have no soul, those who say I have no principles are losers,” Stone says in the trailer, sounding a lot like Trump. “Those are bitter losers.”

Read More: Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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