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‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn to Co-Write Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

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Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn is coming on board to co-write revenge thriller “Widows” with Steve McQueen, who will also direct the film, New Regency announced Friday. Story is set in the aftermath of a heist gone wrong. The four widows of the armed robbers killed in the failed caper join forces to pull off the robbery themselves. The film will be produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films alongside McQueen. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ “After the tremendous success and the amazing journey we experienced together on. »


- Linda Ge

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Patrick Stewart Snorts Coke, Fights Cops in Starz First ‘Blunt Talk’ Trailer (Video)

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Starz released the first teaser trailer for the new Patrick Stewart half-hour comedy series “Blunt Talk” on Friday. Stewart, Charles Xavier/Professor X in the “X-Men” film franchise, stars as hard-partying British journalist Walter Blunt, who is intent on conquering the world of American cable news and is on a mission to guide Americans on how to live, think and behave. The series premieres on Starz in summer 2015 and is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment. In the trailer, doing coke and fighting off the police seems to be all in a day’s work for Blunt, as he works »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Sopranos,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Drea de Matteo Loses Home in NYC Building Explosion

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Drea de Matteo, star of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and the recently wrapped FX biker series “Sons of Anarchy,” is among those who lost their homes in an explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed her New York City building on Thursday. De Matteo tweeted the news on Thursday, first noting that emergency responders were attempting to extinguish the flames caused by the explosion. Also Read: Dead ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Johnny Lewis’ Parents Sue Actor’s Estate “NYC’s finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments,” the actress wrote, posting a picture of the firefighters at work. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Ellen DeGeneres Docuseries ‘First Dates’ Lands at NBC

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NBC has ordered eight episodes of Ellen DeGeneres‘ new docuseries, “First Dates,” based on the British format. The hour-long show will follow eight couples who meet for the first time and find out, along with the audience, whether they have enough chemistry for a second date. The observational documentary series will begin production in July in Chicago. No premiere date is set. Also Read: Inside Ellen’s Empire: How the Queen of Daytime Is Conquering Hollywood “First Dates” is executive produced by Pam Healey and John Hesling for Shed Media, DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman for A Very Good Production, and Tim Carter for Twenty. »


- L.A. Ross

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer: J.K. Simmons Just Wants to Help Sarah Connor

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons just wants to help Emilia Clarke save the world in a new 60-second preview of “Terminator Genisys.” “I want to help you, I do, but I gotta understand,” Simmons tells Clarke, who plays franchise heroine Sarah Connor. “I know what’s going on here has to be really, really complicated.” “We’re here to stop the end of the world,” she says. See video: Arnold Schwarzenegger Hopes to Cure Zombie Daughter in First ‘Maggie’ Trailer Fortunately for “Whiplash” fans hoping to see a nicer side of Simmons, the actor who plays a detective in the sequel, »


- Greg Gilman

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‘Deadpool’ First Look: Ryan Reynolds Channels Burt Reynolds, Lounges in Front of a Fire (Photo)

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Deadpool” is going to be a serious superhero movie that takes itself very seriously, judging by the first official photo shared by star Ryan Reynolds. The titular Marvel superhero is seen lounging in front of a romantic roaring fire, wearing the suit that, according to Reynolds, will be the official costume used in the film. “With great power, comes great irresponsibility,” Reynolds captioned the photo. He later added, “No bears were harmed in the making of this photo. Though many bears likely turned on,” and also shared the original photo of Burt Reynolds draped across a bearskin rug that served as. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Paradise Lost’ Director Bruce Sinofsky to Be Honored at New York Memorial Service

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor the memory of Oscar-nominee and Emmy-award winning director Bruce Sinofsky with a memorial service, the Society announced Friday. Sinofsky, a celebrated documentarian and director, passed away in February from complications brought on by diabetes. He first came to prominence in 1996 when he co-directed “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” with frequent collaborator Joe Berlinger. The film told the story of the West Memphis Three, three teenage boys who were convicted in the brutal murders of three younger boys. See Photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 The film was followed by two sequels, »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Mallrats 2’ Director Kevin Smith Casts Original Lead Jeremy London

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Kevin Smith has convinced original “Mallrats” lead Jeremy London to return for the sequel, and has just four more actors from the 1995 comedy to go until he completes the cast. “T.S. Quint will be there! Jeremy London is going back to the Mall, ya’ll! 8 down, 4 to go! Collect ‘em all,” Smith wrote on his Facebook page on Friday morning. Smith’s announcement comes on the heels of the news that Jason Lee — a regular in Smith’s View Askew movie universe — will return to play Quint’s best friend, Brodie Bruce. See photos: 10 Superhero Sequels That Soared – or. »


- Greg Gilman

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Ratings: ‘Blacklist’ Slips to Series Low as Midseason ‘Bones’ Premiere Rebounds a Bit

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CBS finishing first on Thursday was pretty much a foregone conclusion, with March Madness coverage preempting its regular schedule. Still, that happened. ABC finished second on the night, which also saw Fox’s “Bones” return up from its last original. That said, the December “Bones” fall finale had matched a series low. Speaking of series lows, NBC’s “The Blacklist” slipped to a new valley of its own in primetime. However, the James Spader drama has been regularly growing by the biggest percentages of any Thursday show across the Big 4, last week growing by 75 percent in the key demo in Live + 3 Day. »


- Tony Maglio

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Taraji P. Henson Racial Profiling Claim in Doubt After Video Surfaces

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“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson‘s claim that her son was racially profiled during a traffic stop in Glendale, California last year is in question after police released dash cam video of the Oct. 18 incident. In an edited version of the 40-minute video obtained by the L.A. Times, Marcel Henson is shown running a yellow light at a crosswalk where a pedestrian is attempting to cross. He is then pulled over for that offense. Henson admits to the officer that he has marijuana in the car, and the officer thanks Henson for his honesty. “I appreciate you being honest with me about the weed. »


- L.A. Ross

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Vin Diesel Says ‘Furious 7’ Oscar Chances Hindered by Academy’s ‘Stigma Towards Action Films’

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Vin Diesel thinks that the chances of “Furious 7” being nominated for an Oscar will be hindered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “stigma towards action films.” “Do I shy away from aiming high? No, I don’t,” the actor who previously said the sequel “will win Best Picture” told the Associated Press. “And yet we all know that there’s a little stigma towards action films, we know it, we’ve heard people complain about it.” “We’ve heard Marvel complain about it, we’ve heard DC complain about it, and now Harry Potter, Hunger Games, »


- Joe Otterson

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CNN Politics Continues Hiring Binge, Snags NY Times, Fox News Staffers

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CNN continued beefing up its digital team this week, hiring 5 new staffers for breaking news and political coverage. The network’s digital team hired Gregg Birnbaum over from the New York Daily News as senior editor for CNN Money; Tanzina Vega from the New York Times as a digital correspondent; Karl de Vries from from Fox News as breaking news editor; Teddy Schleifer from the Houston Chronicle to report on money and politics and Alex Lee as associate producer. The hires come after the network snagged veteran Washington Post political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson last week to join as digital’s senior political. »


- Jordan Chariton

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16 Hollywood Stars to Follow on Periscope: Aaron Paul, Shonda Rhimes, Seth Meyers

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Twitter released its live streaming video app Periscope on Thursday, and Hollywood didn’t waste any time jumping on board. Within the first day, Aaron Paul live streamed from a Jack Garratt concert, Al Roker logged on from the Miami Beach centennial concert featuring Andrea Bocelli, “The Voice” offered a backstage tour with Season 7’s Matt McAndrew, Seth Meyers (or someone holding his phone) streamed the “Late Night” show from the set, and Kevin Jonas shared his breakfast with daughter Alena for anyone who wanted to watch. And those are just today’s videos. Newsmakers had access to a beta of the app for a. »


- Lia Haberman

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George Lucas Joins Jon Stewart to Celebrate Fox News ‘Solar Eclipse’ of Accurate Reporting (Video)

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Jon Stewart thinks its cause for celebration when Fox News accurately reports on an issue, and even invited George Lucas to join the party. On Thursday’s “Daily Show,” Stewart kicked off the fiesta with a cake he bought Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to mark the occasion of urging caution only three times in ten years on the air. “They got it right three times in ten years. Those are solar eclipse numbers, people!” Stewart said. “Which is why I think it’s recommended you only watch Fox News through a tiny pinhole poked in a piece of cardboard. »


- Joe Otterson

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Billy Zane Thinks ‘Heartbroken’ Zayn Malik Tweets Are for Him in Hilarious Funny or Die Short (Video)

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Near, far, wherever you are — “Titanic” actor Billy Zane is here for his fans. Or at least the Twitter users that he wrongly believes to be his fans. In a hilarious Funny or Die short, Zane mistakes the recent huge spike in tweets about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction to be an inexplicably sudden outpouring of misspelled support for him. “I had no idea that all of my fans are hysterical 14-year-old girls,” he said. “But I wanted to take this opportunity to read some of your generous, and curiously heartbroken tweets.” Also Read: Zayn Malik Breaks Silence Following One Direction Split. »


- Tony Maglio

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Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell’s ‘Get Hard’ Nabs $1.8 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Get Hard,” the R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, laughed its way to $1.8 million at the box office at late shows Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release is expected to take in around $35 million and top the weekend, but DreamWorks Animation’s family film “Home,” which brought in a strong $650,000 Thursday night, shouldn’t be far behind. It was a promising start for both of the frontrunners. The “Get Hard” number is better than the $1.1 million that “Ride Along,” which paired Hart with Ice Cube in another buddy comedy, managed on Thursday before going on to a »


- Todd Cunningham

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Zayn Malik Breaks Silence Following One Direction Split to Talk Solo Music, Why He Quit

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Zayn Malik has opened up about his split with One Direction, which shocked fans around the world earlier this week. But there’s good news: He’s not done with music. In an interview published in Friday’s edition of U.K. publication The Sun, Malik said his immediate plans are “to write and relax and chill.” While fans like “devastated” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are having a hard time grasping a 1D without Malik, he says he’s “never felt more in control” in his life, and is already working on new music with producer Naughty Boy. According to the Sun, »


- Greg Gilman

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Heavy Hitter in First ‘Southpaw’ Trailer (Video)

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The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama “Southpaw” through Eminem’s official Twitter account on Friday. In the film, Gyllenhaal plays champion prize fighter Billy Hope. Despite making it to the top of the boxing world, Hope nevertheless lets his demons get the best of him, leading to the death of his wife (Rachel McAdams). Consumed by grief and addiction, Hope loses his daughter (Clare Foley) to child protective services and is ultimately suspended from professional boxing. Hope decides to stage a comeback with the help of trainer “Tick” Wills (Forest Whitaker). But can he overcome his past and. »


- Joe Otterson

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Will Ferrell Does Not Want to Talk About the Parrot on His Shoulder (Video)

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Yes, Will Ferrell has a parrot on his shoulder, and no, he is not happy to talk about it. The “Get Hard” star guested on Conan O’Brien‘s TBS show Thursday, complete with a big, beautiful white bird perched on his blazer. The only problem was that Ferrell absolutely, positively did Not want to talk about his fowl friend. “You know Conan, here’s the deal: I’m happy to come on your show, I’m happy to talk about the movie — ‘Get Hard’ — I’m happy to talk about anything,” Ferrell deadpanned. “But I don’t want to talk about my personal life, »


- Tony Maglio

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67th Primetime Emmy Awards to Be Produced by Don Mischer Productions

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Don Mischer Productions will return to produce the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards this fall. Emmy Award-winning producer Don Mischer and partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare were named as the producers of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Friday. The Emmys return to a Sunday night broadcast this year, airing live on Fox on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Et from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. “Saturday Night Live” alum and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Andy Samberg is set to host. Also Read: Emmys Expand Top Categories, Redefine Comedy and Drama “It’s been a great year in television, »


- Debbie Emery

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