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Hilary Swank Cast in Danny Boyle’s FX Anthology Series ‘Trust’

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Oscar winner Hilary Swank is the latest big name to join the cast of “Trust,” FX’s upcoming Danny Boyle-directed show about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. TheWrap has learned that Swank will be playing Gail Getty, mother to the kidnapped Getty and the person responsible for paying his multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she’s broke. She will be starring alongside Donald Sutherland, who was cast to play J. Paul Getty, the oil magnate and founder of the Getty family dynasty. However, he can’t help with the younger Getty’s ransom, since he’s »


- Carli Velocci

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New Paramount Boss Keeps it Simple in First Public Comments

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New Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos kept his first public remarks extremely brief as he opened the studio’s virtual reality summit Wednesday morning. He did not share any updates on the studio’s upcoming films or game plan, but pointed to its tradition of technology, mentioning that Paramount won the first technical oscar for “Wings.” “Since the earliest days of cinema, creative storytelling and technology have merged to entertain audiences in new and more exciting ways,” Gianopulos said. Gianopulos also hinted at a future where virtual reality and augmented reality are common in feature films and TV, »


- Matt Pressberg

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Writers Guild East Slams Reality TV Shows as ‘High-Status Sweatshops’

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The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) and nonfiction TV writers-producers testified on workers’ rights on Tuesday at a public hearing, describing labor on reality television as “high-status sweatshops.” “This is how the gig economy works, a system of high-status sweatshops,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, in submitted testimony. “Perhaps worst of all, there is plenty of money in this industry to solve the problems of long hours, low pay, and scant benefits.  The television networks that distribute these shows make enormous amounts of money from advertising and from fees they negotiate with. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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M. Night Shyamalan Announces ‘Glass,’ Sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’

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If you enjoyed “Split,” M. Night Shyamalan has a big surprise for you. The director announced on Twitter that his next project, “Glass,” will be a sequel to both “Split” and his 2000 film “Unbreakable.” “Unbreakable” stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson will star in the upcoming film, along with “Split” stars James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. Universal Pictures has slated the Blumhouse film to hit theaters on January 18, 2019. Also Read: Excellent 'Split' Twist Gives Off Vibe of Early Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (Commentary) “Split” became the first big surprise hit of 2017 back in January, when it grossed. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Bill Block Named CEO of Miramax

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Miramax has named veteran film exec Bill Block its new CEO, the company announced Wednesday. Block, the founder and former CEO of production company Qed, most recently produced the comedy hit “Bad Moms,” which earned $184 million globally. Before Qed, Block served as the president of Artisan Entertainment. “Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman of beIN Media Group and Miramax in a statement. “Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Jonathan Demme’s 10 Best Movies, From ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ to ‘Stop Making Sense’ (Photos)

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The Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died at age 73. “Melvin and Howard” (1980) Demme made his directorial debut on the 1974 Roger Corman flick “Caged Heat” but he really emerged with this road trip drama about a man claiming to be Howard Hughes’ heir. The film won two Oscars, for Bo Goldman’s script and Mary Steenburgen’s supporting performance. “Stop Making Sense” (1984) Demme made some of the finest music concert films in the modern era, including this gem of the ’80s legends the Talking Heads. “Something Wild” (1986) Melanie Griffith charms as a free spirit who “kidnaps” Jeff Daniels’ uptight yuppie. “Swimming to Cambodia” (1987) Demme continued. »


- Thom Geier

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Hollywood Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’

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Hollywood is mourning the passing of “Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday morning at the age of 73. Directors like Edgar Wright and Kevin Smith noted how Demme’s work showcased his wide range and helped people to experience unique stories. “He could do anything,” Wright tweeted. Many also remembered Demme’s kindness and generosity towards others in the industry. “Moonlight” writer and director Barry Jenkins said the last time he saw Demme was when the director was championing for “Moonlight” during awards season. “Such a kind man,” he added. Also Read: Jonathan Demme, Director of 'Silence of the Lambs, »


- Carli Velocci

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Ex-ny Post Reporter Claims Rupert Murdoch Spiked Story About Patriots’ Owner’s Gambling Ties

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Former New York Post writer and columnist Bart Hubbuch penned an article for Deadspin that claims Rupert Murdoch once personally spiked a story that detailed New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s ties to gambling. Hubbuch wrote that “every word out of Roger Goodell’s mouth about legalized sports betting for the past 20 months has been nothing but lip service,” because “Kraft is making money from casino gambling and sports betting, and the NFL knows all about it.” Hubbuck claims he didn’t report the news while employed at the Post due to a direct order from Murdoch. Murdoch, one of the world’s. »


- Brian Flood

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Stephen Colbert’s Tuck Buckford Takes on Alex Jones (Video)

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There’s so much to cover about right-wing personality and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who’s been in the news a lot lately thanks to a public custody battle and lawsuits. So, Stephen Colbert took as many potshots as he could with his character Tuck Buckford on the “Late Show” Tuesday night. First off, Chobani Yogurt filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the “InfoWars” host for saying in an April 11 video that the company was responsible for an increase in crime and tuberculosis in Twin Falls, Idaho, where the company opened the largest yogurt plant in the world in 2012. “To be fair, »


- Carli Velocci

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Ratings: ‘Great News’ Debut Good Enough to Top Time Slot

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Great News” had a pretty good debut, helping NBC win its fifth-straight evening among adults 18-49. NBC also finished first in total viewers last night, though that was also mostly thanks to “The Voice.” Fox ended up second in Tuesday’s key demo, averaging out one-tenth of a ratings point above a three-way tie for third. CBS was runner-up among overall audience members. NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.8/7 and 9.4 million »


- Tony Maglio

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Jonathan Demme, Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies at 73

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Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” died Wednesday morning in New York at the age of 73. Also Read: Hollywood Remembers Jonathan Demme: 'He Could Do Anything' TheWrap has learned that Demme died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. He was originally treated for the disease in 2010, but suffered from a recurrence in 2015. His condition deteriorated in recent weeks leading to his passing. Demme was born on February 22, 1944. His eclectic film career began in the early ’70s, when he made his debut with B-movie mogul Roger Corman on the 1971 biker »


- Nigel M. Smith and Beatrice Verhoeven

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Erin Moran’s Brother Blasts Scott Baio: ‘Scumbag Coward Piece of S—!’

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Erin Moran’s brother has taken to social media to slam his sister’s former “Happy Days” costar Scott Baio after the actor made comments falsely suggesting that “drugs or drink” may have played a role in her death. “Get on your knees and pray I never run into you,” Tony Moran tweeted on Tuesday. In another tweet, Moran alleged that Baio’s wife contacted him to apologize on her husband’s behalf instead of picking up the phone himself. Also Read: Scott Baio Defends Comments About Erin Moran's Death: 'Please Stop Assuming the Worse in Me' #scottbaio. Get »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Morning Joe’ Co-Hosts Spar Over Ivanka Trump ‘Cheap Shot': ‘You Don’t Have to Be So Snotty’

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The “Morning Joe” set probably became extremely awkward during commercial breaks today. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough sparred with co-host Mika Brzezinski Wednesday morning, which will likely make things icy on their next (long-rumored) date night. Scarborough was in the middle of explaining why he’s actually more comfortable with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner having the President’s attention than others close to the Commander in Chief — actual qualifications be damned. “Better her and Jared than, let’s say, some other people who had his ear through the end of the campaign.” Scarborough said. “Things are going better on the National Security Council. »


- Tony Maglio

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Caitlyn Jenner to Seth Meyers: ‘My Loyalty Is Not With Donald Trump’ (Video)

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Caitlyn Jenner continued to defend voting Republican in the 2016 election on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” but it’s not straightforward. She appeared on the late-night show Tuesday night after the airing of her follow-up interview with Diane Sawyer on “20/20,” in which the former Olympic athlete and a long-time Republican said she was disappointed with the party’s handling of Lgbtq+ issues. “My loyalty is not with Donald Trump,” Jenner told Meyers. “My loyalty is not with the Republican party. My loyalty is with my community, and I will fight for this community.” Also Read: Kris Jenner Slams Caitlyn's New Book: 'Everything. »


- Carli Velocci

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‘Basic Instinct’ Director Paul Verhoeven Follows ‘Elle’ With Movie About Lesbian Nun

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Paul Verhoeven is set to make a second French-language film, following last year’s “Elle,” which garnered an Academy Award nomination for its star, Isabelle Huppert. The Dutch director, best known for “Basic Instinct” and “Total Recall,” is set to re-team with “Elle” producer Saïd Ben Saïd on “Blessed Virgin,” a film centered on Sister Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing and erotic visions that lead to a lesbian affair with another nun. Belgian actress Virginie Efira, who starred in “Elle,” will play Carlini. Also Read: Isabelle Huppert, 'Elle' Win France's Cesar Awards The project »


- Nigel M. Smith

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Cannes: Netflix Considers Limited Theatrical Run for Competition Titles in France

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Netflix is considering a limited theatrical run after French movie exhibitors demanded its films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival get a theatrical release. “We are exploring theatrical distribution of these two films in France, for a limited theatrical run, day and date with the films’ release on Netflix,” Netflix said in a statement. “We are thrilled to explore any and all options that will give these films an opportunity to be viewed by as large an audience as possible, on a variety of screens, because similar to French exhibitors, we want to continue to contribute to the development. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sean Spicer Gets Every Woman Pregnant in Stephen Colbert’s Soap Opera (Video)

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President Donald Trump likened White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s media events to a daytime soap opera, so Stephen Colbert turned them into one. “The Late Show” premiered “The Bold and the Babbling” last night, a mashup of real Spicer press conference moments and some particularly dramatic ones from CBS soaps. Spoiler alert: Spicer pretty much gets every actress pregnant. Naturally, the whole thing ends with an epic slap. Also Read: Trump Explains Why He Won't Fire Sean Spicer: 'That Guy Gets Great Ratings' Watch the video above. »


- Tony Maglio

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United’s Latest Controversy: Giant Rabbit Dies on Flight in ‘Strange’ Circumstances

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In the latest controversy to plague United Airlines, a giant rabbit being transported on one of its planes died in the cargo hold while traveling on a flight from London’s Heathrow airport to Chicago’s O’Hare — the same airport where a United passenger was violently dragged off of an overbooked flight earlier this month. Multiple media reports out of the UK say the 10 month-old giant rabbit was being delivered to a new “celebrity” owner. According to The Sun newspaper, the animal, named Simon, was the son of the world’s largest rabbit — a 1.3m-long continental giant rabbit called Darius — and was expected. »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Espn to Lay Off 100 On-Air Personalities and Writers

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Espn will lay off 100 on-air personalities and writers today, a source has confirmed for TheWrap. The large cut comes as the expensive “Worldwide Leader in Sports” hemorrhages subscribers in the cord-cutting era. Readers can find out how Espn is combating that new reality through content by clicking here. Business-wise, a large chunk of cost-savings will be based on the layoffs, which we knew were coming. The job consolidation will include dozens of names sports fans know from television and radio, as well as some reporters, a job that falls under the company’s “Commentators” bin. “We will implement changes in our talent. »


- Tony Maglio

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All 7 ‘Alien’ Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Alien Day is upon us, and “Alien: Covenant” will soon be too. As you prepare yourself for Ridley Scott’s latest prequel-sequel, revisit the films that preceded it in sci-fi’s best franchise. 7.) “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007) Presumably acting under the assumption that the first “AvP”‘s biggest problem was its PG-13 rating, this misbegotten sequel’s creators decided to go for the hard R. Featuring zero compelling characters but plenty of gruesomely hard-to-forget deaths — young children and very pregnant women are among the victims here — “Requiem” might be best understood as a grindhouse-ready B-movie with a $40 million budget. More. »


- Michael Nordine

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