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Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97

14 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Leah Adler, the mother of Steven Spielberg who fostered his interest in filmmaking, died Tuesday. She was 97.

Adler, a former concert pianist, died in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Raised during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression with her older brother Bernard, Adler developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of 5. She later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Home Economics.

In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had »

- Mike Barnes

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Oscar Box Office: 'La La Land' Leads Best Picture Nominees With $340.5M Globally

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, Damien Chazelle's La La Land danced past the $200 million mark at the foreign box office, no small feat for an American musical.

That puts the pic's global total at $340.5 million to date, by far the most of any of the nine films competing for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards show. And it bests the $306.8 million earned by the musical Chicago, which won best picture in 2003.

La La Land has been a sleeper hit in Asia, where it has earned $24.5 million in China and a rousing $23.4 million in South »

- Pamela McClintock

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alfie Allen Joins ‘The Predator’ Reboot

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Game of Thrones” star Alfie Allen is joining Fox’s “The Predator,” a reboot of the alien action franchise that launched in 1987.

Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are returning for the reboot as well. Fox has already scheduled “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.

Major plot details are being kept under wraps other than the movie being set in suburbia. “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook replaced Benicio del Toro as the lead back in October. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia MunnSterling K. Brown, and Keegan-Michael Key.

The original “Predator” was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.

Alfie Allen, who »

- Dave McNary

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Cast as Lead in Marvel, ABC’s ‘Inhumans’

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Game of Thrones” star Iwan Rheon has been cast as the lead in Marvel’s “Inhumans” series for ABC. Rheon recently starred as the villainous Ramsay Bolton on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Based on the classic Marvel comic book characters created by by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, “Inhumans” tells the story of a race of super-powered beings who first appeared in Marvel Comics publications in 1965. »

- Daniel Holloway

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Universal & Charlize Theron Land CIA Spy Novel ‘Need To Know’

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has landed Need To Know, with Charlize Theron attached to star in and produce the upcoming novel by Karen Cleveland. The thriller is about a wife and mother who works as a CIA analyst. One morning while digitally searching files in hopes of unmasking a Russian sleeper cell in the U.S., she makes a shocking discovery that threatens her job, her family and her life. Beth Kono, Aj Dix and Theron will produce through their Denver & Delilah Films… »

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The Truth Behind the Infamous 2000 Oscar Heist

21 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

You may recall the story, but you don't know the punchline. In March 2000, 55 Oscars were stolen from a loading dock in an L.A. suburb just weeks before the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony. The disappearance of so many iconic statuettes caused a media frenzy, and a public response came fast. R.S. Owens, which had been making the statuettes since 1982, raced to manufacture a new batch of 55. Roughly 20 factory workers worked 24/7 to re-create the entire inventory and shipped them west in time for the curtain call.

Within days of the theft, Willie Fulgear, an unemployed »

- Scott Johnson

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Hollywood Gender Gap: 2016 Movies Had More Major Female Characters But Fewer Speaking Roles

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While more women played major characters in films in 2016, the percentage of female characters with speaking roles has declined, a new study has found. Women accounted for 37 percent of major characters in the 100 top-grossing 2016 films, up 3 percentage points from the previous year, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University’s annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” study. But despite female-centered hits like “Hidden Figures,” “Ghostbusters” and “Bad Moms,” only 32 percent of the 2,595 female characters actually had speaking roles, down 1 percentage point from 2015. Also Read: »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Oscars: Guide to Hollywood’s Top Viewing Parties (Updating)

20 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

For a guide to the parties with actual nominees — and some trophies floating through after Jimmy Kimmel signs off — click over to TheWrap’s “Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites.” Also Read: Oscar Parties 2017: Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites in Hollywood (Updating) For the industry-affiliated who did not score one of the 3,400 tickets for the Oscars on Feb. 26, these are the top invites during the show away from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Several shiny entertainment industry fiefdoms with varying degrees of affiliation to the 24 awards handed out at the Oscars still want to “touch” the industry’s biggest night. »

- Mikey Glazer

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Seth Meyers Cries, Screams and Panders in ‘Oscar Bait’ Trailer (Watch)

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Seth Meyers, really, really wants an Oscar.

The late night host released a five and a half minute-long trailer on Tuesday night for “Oscar Bait,” a spoof of every trope in the award-winning film handbook.

“This winter — see a film that’s not afraid to pander to your emotions,” a voiceover says. “A film that is shamelessly tied to awards season.”

In the first scene a couple, fallen out of love, sits at the dinner table. Next, Meyers embraces a small child.

“‘Oscar Bait’ checks off all the boxes,” the voiceover continues, “Racial tension, latent homosexuality and a man starring at trains.”

As the trailer continues, more pandering attempts at artistic filmmaking include pretentiously artistic shots of a man’s hand grazing wheat, a long shot of a man playing solitaire and the revelation that Meyers suffers from a rare medical condition — balloon foot. If it pops, he dies.

Meyers screams in a car, cries »

- Seth Kelley

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Jimmy Fallon Unveils Trump News Network to Combat ‘Fake News’ (Video)

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Jimmy Fallon got into the fake news business on Tuesday night when he unveiled a new segment, the Trump News Network. Breaking out his best Donald Trump impression, Fallon told the audience the world needed a news network that told viewers the “truth.” “The only way to ensure that the news you’re watching isn’t fake is if I’m the one delivering it, which is why I’m starting the Trump News Network,” he said. After reporting on “the incident” in Sweden that absolutely (didn’t) happen, Fallon (as Trump) talked about the appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster »

- Joe Otterson

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Watch 'Donald Trump' Turn Anchorman on Personal News Network on 'Fallon'

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Jimmy Fallon satirized President Trump's dismissal of "fake news" Tuesday on The Tonight Show. "It's time for me to take matters into my own abnormally gigantic hands," said Fallon in orange-drag as Trump. "The only way to ensure that the news you're watching is not fake is if I'm the one delivering it."

Trump launched his "24/7 YouTube livestream" called Trump News Network (complete with a hilarious screen crawl at the bottom that simply said "Trump" ad infinitum). The president-newscaster began with a report about an incident in Sweden, noting that »

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Bill Maher Takes Credit for the Fall of Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘You’re Welcome’

35 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Maher has a message for the world: “You’re welcome.” HBO’s “Real Time” host told the New York Times that Milo Yiannopoulos’ recent controversial appearance on his show resulted in the right-wing provocateur’s downfall. “By the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at Cpac. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Maher told the Times about Yiannopoulos, who has had a string of career setbacks since appearing on “Real Time” after comments he made regarding pedophilia surfaced. »

- Brian Flood

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Savannah Guthrie Sets March 3 Return to ‘Today’

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Savannah Guthrie will be back at work on “Today” as of March 3.

The co-anchor with Matt Lauer of NBC News’ morning show announced her return date via Twitter on Wednesday morning. Guthrie has been on maternity leave since Dec. 3. She gave birth  to her second child, son Charles, with husband Mike Feldman on Dec. 9.

Hey, little one, you're not the *only* good reason to wake up early!! I'm headed back to @TODAYshow March 3! Excited to see you all! pic.twitter.com/tEZa9IJEzJ

Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) February 22, 2017

Guthrie has been co-anchor of “Today” opposite Lauer since 2012. She joined the show in 2011 as co-anchor of its 9 a.m. hour and chief legal correspondent.

The 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. hour of “Today” is expected to be replaced in the fall by a new program anchored by Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News anchor who struck a deal to move to NBC in January. Kelly »

- Variety Staff

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Video of Harrison Ford Passenger Plane Incident Released

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Video of Harrison Ford’s incident on Monday when he mistakenly attempted to land on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County while piloting his private plane, has been released. The footage shows Ford flying his Aviat Husky near a passenger plane, before landing on the taxiway.

Ford was allegedly heard on an air traffic control recording at the time saying, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”

Ford’s rep declined to comment on the situation when it was originally reported. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, and issued the following statement on Tuesday after the event took place:

“Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon. The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing »

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Seth Meyers Offers Ultimate ‘Oscar Bait’ Film of the Season (Video)

45 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

One of Seth Meyers’ most recent movie-acting roles was 2011’s “New Year’s Eve,” so go figure that he would provide us with an Oscar-worthy film. Of course, “Late Night’s” (fake) “Oscar Bait” is actually terrible, but that’s the point. The trailer Meyers released on Tuesday has all the trappings of an Academy Awards frontrunner: there’s tons of crying, a rare disease, racial tension, and a man staring at trains, among a slew of other cheap Hollywood tropes. Just wait until you see the self-congratulatory director shots — they’re all here. Also Read: Seth Meyers Feels Bad »

- Tony Maglio

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Watch James Corden's Hilarious Recap of Britney Spears Lifetime Movie

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After James Corden spent his Saturday sick at home, he devoted an entire Late Late Show segment to watching "absolute masterclass" film Britney Ever After. The Lifetime original movie based on Britney Spears' early life and career also portrayed the pop star's romance with *Nsync's Justin Timberlake.

The Lifetime movie portrays Spears as scatterbrained, smiley and addicted to cheeseballs. Equally entertaining is the portrayal of boy band *Nsync, who serenade the singer in "Happy Birthday" in one clip. Corden was particularly amused by the Timberlake character's bizarre lingo. "You »

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Paul Feig, Nina Jacobson and 50 A-Listers Reveal New Campaign to Tackle Hollywood Gender Inequality (Exclusive)

59 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »


Lack of parity for women — behind the camera, in the front office, on the payroll — long has been one of Hollywood's most intractable obstacles. Year after year, new studies reveal the same dreary landscape, with statistics vastly outnumbering solutions and attempts to address the issue scattershot at best. Shortly after becoming president of the non-profit Women in Film in 2011, producer Cathy Schulman was struck anew by this stagnation. "I was standing up in front of a group of people doing yet another speech about the lack of parity in Hollywood, and I felt, 'How could I »

- Rebecca Sun

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Tucker Carlson Battles Anti-Trump Protester Who Compared Potus to Hitler (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fox News Host Tucker Carlson butted heads on Tuesday night with a guest who declared: “Trump and Pence are operating out of Hitler’s playbook, only they have nuclear weapons.” The guest, Refuse Fascism organizer Sunsara Taylor, said that President Trump’s administration is a “fascist regime” — prompting Carlson to ask: “If it’s a fascist regime, how are you on this show?” Also Read: Tucker Carlson Accuses Washington Post of Running 'Russian Propaganda' as News (Video) Taylor addressed Trump directly on Carlson’s program, telling Potus that there are more Americans protesting his presidency that who attended his “Nazi inauguration. »

- Brian Flood

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'Logan' Skips the Comic Book Costume — and That's a Good Thing

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bad news for Wolverine fans who wanted to see Hugh Jackman don the classic comic book costume before he retired as the big-screen version of the beloved X-Men character: Logan director James Mangold says that it isn't going to happen.

"I always feel a certain contingent of fans who are yearning for it," Mangold told Screen Rant when asked about the comic book costume making an appearance in Jackman's final Wolverine movie. "But the biggest block I’ve had — I’m willing to take the heat for it — is that I can never get past, being a writer for »

- Graeme McMillan

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Angelina Jolie Lines Up New Acting, Directing Projects (Exclusive)

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood and Asian royalty rubbed shoulders Feb. 18 at the Cambodian premiere of Angelina Jolie's new directorial endeavor, First They Killed My Father. Adapted from Khmer Rouge survivor Loung Ung’s memoir, the movie tells the story of Ung’s dramatic childhood and features a cast of mostly nonprofessionals, reproducing the nightmare of life under Pol Pot.

Noticeably absent from the low-key affair — held in the Cambodian city of Angkor — were Hollywood A-listers, including Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, who, sources say, paid a whopping $25 million for the Khmer-language release, due out this fall, with an awards-qualifying rollout »

- Tatiana Siegel

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