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Miramax and AOL team up for online streaming service

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Acclaimed Miramax movies, such as The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, and Scream, are among those that might be streamed free as part of a new venture with AOL Inc, the companies announced today.

Miramax will have its own channel on The AOL On Network, which will be available online and other mobile and connected devices. “Creating an ad-supported Miramax-branded channel on the popular AOL On Network is an exciting step as we remain committed to reaching Miramax fans through new and innovative platforms,” said Beth Minehart of Miramax in a statement. “We are delighted to partner with AOL on this digital offering, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' lawsuit suffers setback

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A U.S. District Count judge in California dealt a blow to Quentin Tarantino’s case against Gawker for promoting a leaked online copy of his script for The Hateful Eight. The Honorable John F. Walter ruled on April 22 that Tarantino “has failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement by a third party or facts that would demonstrate either caused, induced, or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement of those third party infringers.”

Tarantino had planned to make The Hateful Eight his next film, but the director angrily vowed to abandon the project after a script leaked online in January. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastian rumored to star as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'; Plus, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, more

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• Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film Blonde. Helmed by Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Blonde is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates which reimagines the life of Norma Jeane Baker, the woman who would later go on to become Marilyn Monroe. When EW reached out for comment, Chastian’s agent would not confirm her involvement in the upcoming film. [The Wrap]

Rachel Weisz (The Lobster) and Toni Collette (Tammy) are set to star in Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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'Foxcatcher' pins down November release date

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Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s drama about disturbed multimillionaire John du Pont and his ill-fated relationship with Olympic-wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, will open in theaters Nov. 14. The film, which originally was slated for a 2013 release, will premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Steve Carell plays Du Pont, an heir to the family’s huge chemical fortune who established an elite training facility for Olympian wrestlers at his Foxcatcher Farm in Delaware. Two of the wrestlers that became close to du Pont were Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and his younger brother Mark (Channing Tatum), who’d both won »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'Star Wars VII' casting 'almost complete' as principal photography nears

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Our view of the coming Star Wars cast is getting better: instead of a big dark blur, we see a big bright blur.

Although pretty much every breathing actor or actress in Hollywood has been rumored for a role in the new trilogy of Star Wars films, Disney studio boss Alan Horn says they are finally getting close to revealing who will be populating that far, far away galaxy.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the chairman of the Walt Disney Studios teased and tantalized without saying a whole lot: Casting, he said, is “almost complete. We’re not prepared to announce it yet, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: Leonardo DiCaprio wanted for Steve Jobs biopic; Plus, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg reunion?

21 April 2014 5:07 PM, PDT

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) is being eyed to play Steve Jobs in the Sony Pictures biopic of the late Apple co-founder, which will now be directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionnaire). The script by Aaron Sorkin was originally intended to be directed by David Fincher, Sorkin’s collaborator from The Social Network, with Christian Bale in talks to star. Scott Rudin will produce. [THR]

Tom Hanks may reunite with his Saving Private Ryan director Steven Spielberg for an untitled Cold War thriller for Dreamworks. Hanks would play James Donovan, an American lawyer hired by the CIA »

- Jake Perlman

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Bryan Singer's accuser names three more Hollywood executives in lawsuits

21 April 2014 4:33 PM, PDT

Michael F. Egan, the 31-year old plaintiff who sued Bryan Singer last week for sexual abuse for events that occurred when he was 15, came forward again Monday to file similar charges against three additional men: former president of BBC Worldwide America Garth Ancier, former president of Disney TV David Neuman, and Gary Goddard, a designer who created theme park attractions for Universal Studios.

None of the new defendants have yet responded to the suit.

Egan’s lawyer Jeff Herman presented the claims Monday during a press conference held in Beverly Hills. He was seated alongside Egan and Egan’s mother, »

- Nicole Sperling

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Eric Roberts talks 'Human Centipede 3': 'It's Really horrible'

21 April 2014 3:23 PM, PDT

Eric Roberts and his spouse Eliza Roberts were guests on Monday’s episode of Entertainment Weirdly on EW’s Sirius Xm channel to discuss their episode of Celebrity Wife Swap, which airs Tuesday. But we couldn’t let the Dark Knight star and onetime Oscar nominee leave without asking him about his upcoming film Human Centipede 3, the third entry of the notorious horror franchise in which people are attached together to form the grotesque titular creature.

Well, we could have let him leave without asking about it. We just didn’t.

“It was far out,” said Roberts. “We have a »

- Clark Collis

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'Fast & Furious 7': Vin Diesel posts photo with Paul Walker's brothers

21 April 2014 2:34 PM, PDT

Universal officially announced last week that Paul Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody would be joining the production of next year’s Fast & Furious 7, helping the production complete their brother’s role in the franchise. Walker’s longtime co-star Vin Diesel just posted an image of himself alongside Walker’s brothers, confirming the family resemblance. (One of the Walker Bros. is even wearing a perfect Brian O’Conner slightly-too-large gray T-shirt.)

Diesel included a very nice message with the picture, so here’s your afternoon cry session: »

- Darren Franich

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'Chef': Jon Favreau shows his son how to cook (and lie to his mother) -- Exclusive Video

21 April 2014 11:34 AM, PDT

Come hungry, leave happy.

That’s probably the feeling you’ll have after seeing Chef, the new movie from writer/director Jon Favreau. It premiered at last month’s SXSW festival in Austin, and EW has an exclusive clip of the food lover’s film.

Favreau stars as Carl, who quits his job as a chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant and decides to open a food truck in Miami to stir up his creative juices, sauces, and more! The cast includes Sofia Vergara as Favreau’s ex-wife and John Leguizamo as his friend who both helps out in »

- Jake Perlman

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Oscars: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron returning to produce 2015 show

21 April 2014 11:02 AM, PDT

It’s an Oscar hat trick for Craig Zadan and Neil Meron!

The powerful producing duo will produce the Oscars for the third time next year, the Academy announced Monday. This year’s show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres attracted the biggest ratings for any entertainment telecast in the last 10 years and generated the most-talked about (and retweeted) selfie ever.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership. »

- Jake Perlman

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Kate McKinnon talks film debut and her favorite 'Saturday Night Live' creations -- Exclusive Video

21 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Kate McKinnon knows her way around a hyper-intense lady.

On Saturday Night Live, the comedian has made a name for herself going all-in on characters that wouldn’t place at the self-awareness Olympics. (“Crazy eyes” is a nickname one could often use to describe her creations.) Now, she’s bringing that energy to Intramural, her first major role in a feature film.

Intramural, a send-up of feel-good sports stories, centers around a group of fifth-year college seniors, led by Caleb (The Office’s Jake Lacy), who attempt to relive the glory days by reuniting the old intramural football team and »

- Erin Strecker

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'Decoding Annie Parker' sneak peek: 'I found a lump in my breast' -- Exclusive Video

21 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT

Loosely based on a true story, Decoding Annie Parker follows one family’s history of breast cancer — and the woman who teamed up with scientists to find out if the disease has a genetic link. The film, directed by Steven Bernstein, stars Samantha Morton as Annie Parker and Helen Hunt as the lead researcher on her case.

And in an exclusive clip from the film, we are taken back to 1974, when a food fight goes horribly wrong after Annie’s sister Joan (played by Marley Shelton) admits she’s found a lump in her breast.

Watch the clip below:

Decoding Annie Parker »

- Samantha Highfill

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Joss Whedon's 'In Your Eyes' available on Vimeo for rental -- Video

21 April 2014 7:05 AM, PDT

Joss Whedon fans got a nice surprise last night when Whedon revealed that April 20 wasn’t just the day his latest film, In Your Eyes, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival: It’s also the day anyone with an internet connection could rent the film for $5.

Whedon wasn’t able to attend the New York screening, but he taped a video message to play after the movie that revealed April 20 was also In Your Eyes’s worldwide release date. “This is exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution, and we get $5,” Whedon explained. »

- Ariana Bacle

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Tribeca Film Festival: Courteney Cox on her 'out there' directorial debut 'Just Before I Go' -- Exclusive Video

21 April 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

Just like film-fest siblings Sundance and Toronto, New York’s Tribeca Film Festival offers an opportunity for filmmakers and actors both new and veteran to debut their latest offerings. And while many of the films on this year’s slate are from up-and-coming talent, actress Courteney Cox is one of the big-name celebs at the festival as she heads behind the camera for her feature-film directorial debut.

Cox — whose comedic timing has been a fixture on Friends and Cougar Town — brought her sense of funny to Just Before I Go. The film features Seann William Scott (American Pie) as Ted, »

- Nina Terrero

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