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Michelle Rodriguez Tells ‘Fast’ Folks To “Show Some Love” To Female Characters Or Else

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With Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious getting its digital release today, original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to tout it — sorta. What it ended up being was a gentle but notable nudge seen by her 3.8 million followers to Universal and the series’ producers to “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.” Rodriguez has always kept up with the boys in Fast And The Furious… »


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Elizabeth Gillies Cast In Untitled Arizona Project Comedy

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Exclusive: Elizabeth Gillies, who stars in the CW’s upcoming Dynasty reboot, has been cast in the untitled Arizona Project, a comedy film to be directed by Jonathan Watson. The pic follows an unstable man who, after losing his home to the housing crash, kidnaps his real estate agent and forces her into a deadly game in his abandoned development. Luke Del Tredici wrote the screenplay. Imperative Entertainment is producing with Rough House Pictures. Gillies last starred as… »


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Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner In Talks To Pen ‘Toni Erdmann’ Redo

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Girls cohorts Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in early talks to pen Toni Erdmann, Paramount’s English-language remake of the German pic that was Oscar-nominated in the Foreign Language category this year. This is early days, we’re told, but this is the project that Paramount is eyeing Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to topline. Gloria Sanchez is producing. The original pic is a bittersweet comedy that revolves around an older man who begins to play pranks on his adult… »


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Chris Miller Channels Han Solo In Twitter Return

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Chris Miller, who with directing partner Phil Lord abruptly parted ways last week with Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars stand-alone Han Solo film six months into production, returned to Twitter today with a message all Star Wars fans would get: Situation normal — Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) June 27, 2017 The reference is to a line from 1977’s original Star Wars, when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca shoot it out on the Death Star during their attempt to rescue… »


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Gail Mancuso Set To Direct DreamWorks’ Comedy ‘Besties’

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Emmy-winning TV director Gail Mancuso has been tapped to direct Besties, a big, female-driven ensemble comedy in the works at DreamWorks Pictures that was written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. DreamWorks/Amblin Partners along with Montecito Pictures beat out two other studios and slapped down low- to mid-six figures for the spec last July. The plot centers on a woman who embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood… »


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‘Baby Driver’ Review: Fast And Curious Flick Driven By Cool Playlist, Hot Wheels & Style For Miles

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Sony’s Baby Driver, the SXSW sensation that aims to be the cool ride of the summer for moviegoers with the need for speed and iTunes at any cost, has much to recommend it. Director-writer Edgar Wright delivers here in style that goes on for days and should have fans dribbling. His output of movies like Shaun Of The Dead, At World’s End and Hot Fuzz has always been a mixed bag for me — enormously promising hipster films that lack total discipline by a helmer who sometimes… »


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Hugh Jackman In Talks To Play Gary Hart In Jason Reitman’s ‘The Frontrunner’

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Hugh Jackman is in early talks to play former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart in The Frontrunner, a new film penned by Jason Reitman that Reitman will also direct. No deal has been sealed on Jackman yet, but the pic centers on the rise an fall of Hart, a Democratic Colorado senator who ran for president in 1984 and was considered a leading candidate in 1988 until media reports surfaced of womanizing and an alleged affair with a former Miss South Carolina… »


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Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’; Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’

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Mena Massoud has come aboard Strange but True, directed by Rowan Athale. He joins Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup in the film about a young woman who suddenly finds herself pregnant five years after the death of her boyfriend. When she confronts his family with the idea that this child could be his, the truth begins to unravel. La La Land producer Fred Berger is producing the film, which was written by Eric Garcia based on the… »


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Michael Nyqvist Dies: ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ & ‘M:i – Ghost Protocol’ Star Was 56

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Michael Nyqvist, who starred as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish versions of The  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequel and went on to appear in a number of Hollywood films, died today of cancer. He was 56. His family confirmed the news to Swedish media. The actor also starred alongside Tom Cruise as lead villain Kurt Hendricks in 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and opposite Keanu Reeves as the leader of the Russian mob in John Wick… »


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‘Despicable Me 3’ To Own Crowded Independence Day Weekend – Box Office Preview

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After its setback with The Mummy earlier this month, Universal will get the studio and the overall domestic box office back on track this weekend with Despicable Me 3, the latest in its beloved Illumination Entertainment franchise, which opens at 4,529 venues in the U.S. and Canada. Unlike last week, when it was Transformers: The Last Knight all day, all the time, two R-rated movies are counter-programming DM3 this weekend: Sony-TriStar/Media Rights Capital’s Baby… »


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George Lucas Museum Gets L.A. City Council Ok

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The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to approve the the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, George and Mellody Barnes’ $1.5 billion project to be built in Exposition Park next to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and USC, where Lucas went to film school. When the L.A. site was chosen in January after overtures from Chicago and San Francisco, the museum board said the facility will generate more than 1,500 new construction jobs and 350-plus permanent jobs with no cost… »

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SAG-aftra Contract Talks Continue Despite Strike Threat

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Negotiations for a new SAG-aftra film and TV contract continued today against the backdrop of a strike threat. The union says it will ask members for strike authorization if a fair deal isn't reached by Friday. On Sunday, the union accused management's AMPTP of demanding "outrageous rollbacks" at the bargaining table. Now, in the first vague inkling of what the main sticking points are, the guild is saying that those demands "will mean more for less – more hours, more… »

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Ed Asner Retracts And Apologizes For Allegations Against SAG-aftra Leaders

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Former SAG President Ed Asner has renounced claims he and a group of actors made earlier this year accusing SAG-aftra's leaders of a long list of financial misdeeds. The accusations, which an independent investigation since has found to be without merit, were contained in a 10-page letter Asner signed in April – shortly before the union began negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "I signed on to this letter, not knowing it would go public, to right what I was led… »


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‘Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort To Play Young JFK In ‘Mayday 109’

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Exclusive: As he prepares to rev up the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver for tomorrow’s opening, Ansel Elgort has been set to play young president John F. Kennedy Jr in Mayday 109, the true story of the future American president’s feats of heroism as a Navy captain during WWII. The film is a co-production between Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo. Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines will produce alongside Flynn and Iwanyk. The producers are… »


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‘Stranger Things’ Ep Karl Gajdusek Sells Sci-Fi Spec To Fox & Producer Michael Ellenberg

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Exclusive: Fox has acquired an untitled sci-fi spec script by Karl Gajdusek, the Stranger Things Ep whose movie credits include Oblivion. Michael Ellenberg will produce in the first film deal for his new Media Res banner. Matt Reilly brought in the project for Fox and will shepherd it. The spec was auctioned under the title Courage, but it won’t be called that. The logline’s being kept under wraps, but it's said to be a character-based sci-fi drama in the vein of Inception… »


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Charlie Hofheimer, Aleksa Palladino, Robin Lord Taylor & Clarke Peters To Experience ‘The Mandela Effect’

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Exclusive: Charlie Hofheimer, Aleksa Palladino, Gotham‘s Robin Lord Taylor and Clarke Peters have been tapped to star in Periscope Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller The Mandela Effect from director David Guy Levy. Production is underway in Los Angeles from a script by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen and Levy. The Mandela Effect, a term coined from instances in which many are certain to remember something a particular way, but it turns out to be incorrect, follows a man who becomes… »


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Craig Zadan And Neil Meron Sign With ICM Partners

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ICM Partners has signed prolific film, TV and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Zadan and Meron are behind NBC’s live musical franchise, launched by the highly rated The Sound Of Music Live!, which was followed by Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray. At NBC, the duo has live productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and A Few Good Men coming up. In the long-form arena, where Zadan and Meron’s recent credits include the miniseries Bonnie & Clyde and the hit Steel Magno… »


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‘I Do … Until I Don’t’ Trailer: First Look At Lake Bell’s Film About The Seven-Year Itch

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When is your wife ovulating? Apparently there’s an app for that. Why won’t your midlife-crisis-addled husband take his boss biker helmet off at a restaurant? (“You do look mentally challenged.”) Why would a couple give their friends a gift that’s illegal to import? (“We have a guy.”) Maybe the biggest question is why do people stay married at all? That’s the premise behind I Do…Until I Don’t, the new film from writer-direct0r-star Lake Bell. The ensemble comedy follows… »


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Hannah Emily Anderson & Brittany Allen To Star In ‘What Keeps You Alive’; Antonio Marziale Cast In ‘Alex Strangelove’

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Hannah Emily Anderson and Brittany Allen, both set to appear in the upcoming Saw sequel Jigsaw, will star in Colin Minihan’s dark thriller What Keeps You Alive. The film pits a female married couple against one another during their one year anniversary. Martha MacIsaac (Superbad) and Joey Klein (12 Monkeys) round out the cast in the pic, which is produced by Kurtis David Harder, Chris Ball, Ben Knechtel and Minihan with financing from Digital Interference. Allen is repped… »


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Edinburgh Film Festival Pic ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ Acquired By Cleopatra

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Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired domestic rights to Modern Life Is Rubbish, the music-driven pic helmed by Daniel Jerome Gill that recently had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Freya Mavor and Josh Whitehouse star in the script from Philip Gawthorne. A 2018 theatrical release is planned. First brought together by their shared love of music, 10 years on Liam (Whitehouse) and Natalie (Mavor) have reached a breaking point. Liam, a struggling musician… »


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