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‘Alien: Covenant’ ‘Prologue’ Video Introduces The Colony Ship’s Crew Before Cryosleep

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Teased during the latest episode of Legion on Fox, fans got a new look at Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant in The Prologue: Last Supper video, a short that introduces the crew of the colony ship, Covenant. Set on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter (Michael Fassbender), enjoy one last meal together before cryosleep. The latest chapter in the Alien franchise, follows the crew as they reach the far… »


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UTA Rally Speakers: Gavin Newsom, Jodie Foster, Keegan-Michael Key & More

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UTA has unveiled its speaker lineup for Friday’s United Voices rally outside the union’s Beverly Hills headquarters. The event is supplanting the company’s annual Oscar Weekend party as a way “to express the creative community's support for freedom of speech and artistic expression, and stand against policies of exclusion and division.” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, California Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Reza Aslan, Keegan-Mich… »


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SAG-aftra “Disappointed” In Court Pausing IMDb Age Law

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A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the State of California can’t move forward in enforcing a law that makes it illegal for the entertainment news site IMDbPro to publish actors' ages. At the beginning of the year, IMDb filed a federal lawsuit against then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of Ab 1687, which went into effect January 1. Today, Judge Vince Chhabria found enough to grant the injunction, saying “it’s… »


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Trevor Habberstad Dies: ‘X-Men’ & ‘Doctor Strange’ Stuntman Was 27

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Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator on X-Men: Days of Future Past and Doctor Strange, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 27. Habberstad grew up in the Sand Canyon area of California’s Santa Clarita Valley. His father, Jeff Habberstad, is a second-unit director and stunt-unit coordinator. After completing a film in Hawaii, Habberstad complained to his family of stomach pains, which turned out to be gastric cancer, his father told Khts. About a… »


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Mark Gordon, ‘Narcos’ Helmer José Padilha Unite For Landmark Race Case Pic ‘Arc Of Justice’

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Exclusive: Narcos helmer José Padilha is at the center of a deal by The Mark Gordon Company to give feature treatment to Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2004 nonfiction National Book Award winner by historian Kevin Boyle. The Mark Gordon Company will finance an adaptation that Padilha will direct, with a script completed by Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes. Gordon, Hawk Koch, Borenstein and Matt Jackson will produce and Josh… »


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Martin Wallström Cast In ‘Militia’; Robert Aramayo Lands In ‘Galveston’

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Martin Wallström is set to co-star alongside Jack Huston, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ralph Ineson in Cinestate's thriller Militia. Henry Dunham is directing from his own script, which was on the 2015 Black List. Filming is slated to begin later this year with Dallas Sonnier producing for Cinestate. The story follows the aftermath of a shooting at a police funeral by a suspected militia member. A recluse ex-cop and fellow militia man must interrogate the suspected gunman in… »


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‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & ’13th’ Among Humanitas Prize Winners

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It was a double double win at the Humanitas Prize ceremony today, with Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge taking the top feature film award and Ava DuVernay's 13th and Jim: The James Foley Story sharing top documentary honors. Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation won in the Sundance Feature Film category. (see full winners list below). "I write for my children," Parker told the crowd while accepting his award today at the Four Seasons. "As I write, I always ask myself, ‘What… »


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Corbin Bernsen To Star In Indie Thriller ‘The Russian Bride’

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Corbin Bernsen is set to star in suspense thriller The Russian Bride, co-starring with Russian actress Oksana Orlan and 11-year-old model Kristina Pimenova. Michael Ojeda will direct from his own original script, with production scheduled to begin next month outside Detroit. The indie follows a reclusive billionaire (Bernsen) who brings a young woman and her daughter to the U.S. from Moscow with the promise of giving them both a better life. They soon discover his motives… »


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‘Step’: Fox Searchlight Dates Its $4M+ Sundance Docu Pickup For Summer

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After picking up the hot documentary Step at Sundance for what sources said was more than $4M, Fox Searchlight just slotted the picture for July 7 in select markets. Although the distributor doesn’t acquire a lot of documentaries, it went to the mat for this one, outbidding others for not only the distribution of the picture but also remake rights. The film, directed by Amanda Lipitz, is about a step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, which… »


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Paramount’s Brad Grey Sends His Exit Memo As Viacom Makes It Official

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Paramount’s chairman and CEO Brad Grey has made official what’s been known for a while: He’s leaving the studio after 12 years. He’s just sent a memo to his staff, the day after hosting an intimate party at his home for Paramount Pictures execs who are staying put and other longtime industry allies. Grey wrote that he is handing over most of his duties effective today but is staying “engaged” over the next weeks to “support a smooth transition.” (Read his full memo… »


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Warner Bros & Innovative Artists Settle Lawsuit Over Piracy Of Oscar Screeners

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Four months after Warner Bros sued Innovative Artists over what it called the "blatantly illegal" online distribution of films given out as Oscar screeners, the parties have settled the case — just days before the Academy Awards. Warners’ copyright-infringement suit had claimed that, “Beginning in late 2015, Innovative Artists set up and operated an illegal digital distribution platform that copied movies and then distributed copies and streamed public performances of… »

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Kristen Stewart In Final Negotiations To Star In Fox Movie ‘Underwater’

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Exclusive: Kristen Stewart is in final negotiations to star in 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Underwater, which is expected to go before the cameras next month. The film, to be directed by William Eubank, is about an underwater scientific crew that suffers a life-threatening earthquake forcing them to take measures for survival. Written by Brian Duffield with a revision by Adam Cozad (The Legend Of Tarzan, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Stewart will star as… »


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Ryan Reynolds-Jake Gyllenhall Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Life’ To Close SXSW

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LifeDaniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller about an international space crew that discovers something wonderful on board until it is not, will be the closing title at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival on March 18. With Skydance’s Life, Sony bookends the Austin festival; its TriStar action movie Baby Driver from director Edgar Wright already is set to play March 11. SXSW has served as a prime testing ground for Sony in prior years with such early successes as Sausag… »


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Film Independent & IFC Renew Independent Spirit Awards Deal Through 2020

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Film Independent and IFC have renewed their exclusive agreement for IFC to telecast the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in the U.S. through 2020. The channel has aired the event since 1994. "IFC is the perfect home for the Film Independent Spirit Awards,” Film Independent president Josh Welsh said. “They're smart, irreverent, funny, and just crazy enough to do a live broadcast from a tent on a beach in February. We're thrilled to be renewing with them and look… »


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Audiences Plan To Get Into ‘Get Out’ – Weekend B.O. Preview

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After last weekend’s Presidents Day funk that saw four-day ticket sales of $179.7 million, off 35% from 2016’s holiday record, the box office will continue to rest before its spring awakening March 3. That’s when 20th Century Fox’s R-Rated Wolverine threequel Logan comes to conquer.  What we potentially have again this weekend is another low-cost Universal/Blumhouse genre title, Get Out, busting out over a sleepy period with an estimated $20M-$25M opening at 2,773… »


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‘My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea’ Trailer: Animated Disaster Comedy From Dash Shaw

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Gkids has released a new trailer for the appropriately titled animated film My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea from graphic novelist and director Dash Shaw. Told through a mixed-media animation style, the comedy-disaster features the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky and John Cameron Mitchell. The pic will bow in select theaters April 14. The film follows high school sophomores Dash (Schwartzman)… »


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CAA Signs French Actor-Comedian Kev Adams

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Exclusive: Kev Adams, the French actor, screenwriter and producer who is one of the most bankable actors in his home country, has signed with CAA. He starred in last year’s highest-grossing local-language feature, Les nouvelles aventures d’Aladin (The New Adventures of Aladdin). Adams, who is also a comedian, has about 5M followers on Twitter and also on Facebook and has chalked up 4.5M fans on Instagram. Now based in Los Angeles, he recently completed (with Gad Elmaleh)… »


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Sean Spicer: Donald Trump Will Not be Watching Oscars For “Meryl Streep Moment” On Sunday

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During today’s White House press briefing, in among questions about President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, the federal budget, Syria and other issues, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked whether Trump will be watching the Oscars on Sunday night and how he will react if there is “a Meryl Streep kind of moment.” Noting the rash of anti-Trump speeches that have dominated trophy shows this awards season,  Debra Saunders, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, asked… »


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‘My Abandonment’ From ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director Lands Financing From Bron, First Look

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My Abandonment, a father-daughter story that stars Hell or High Water‘s Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin McKenzie from Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik just landed its financing from Bron Creative and First Look Media which will co-finance and executive produce the film. The new film is slated to start production in April in Portland, Oregon. My Abandonment was adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini from author Peter Rock's novel of the same name. The story follows… »


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Location Managers Guild Nominates ‘Manchester By The Sea,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ Others For Awards

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La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Hidden Figures, Lion, Hell or High Water and other films are all competing this year for the Location Managers Guild International Awards, which recognize the creative use of filming locations that enhances or helps drive the storyline. Stranger Things, The Crown, The Night Manager, Westworld and other TV shows are also up for the award. Winners will be revealed during a ceremony on April 8 in the Steve Ross Theater on the Warner Bros… »


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