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Bryan Singer Lawyer Says Sexual Abuse Lawsuit is ‘Completely Without Merit’
Allegations that “X-Men” director Bryan Singer sexually abused an underaged boy are “completely without merit,” his attorney Martin Singer told TheWrap on Wednesday. Singer said he learned of the lawsuit through a Wrap news alert, and had not otherwise been advised of the action against his client. Also read:‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Boy “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” he said. “It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’ s new movie is about to open in. »
- Sharon Waxman
'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel in the Works at Fox 2000 (Exclusive)
Fox 2000 is ready to have more hot flashes. The studio is developing a sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire, one that would reunite director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams. David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf, is writing the script. Doubtfire starred Williams as a struggling actor and recently divorced father of three who, in order to be closer to his children, takes on the persona of a Scottish nanny, Eupheginia Doubtfire. Hilarity, misunderstandings and family love ensued to the tune of $219 million domestically
- Borys Kit
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg
There's a new bride-to-be on the block! Jenny McCarthy announced on The View Wednesday that Donnie Wahlberg popped the big question (and presented her with a big rock) and she happily said yes. "I just got engaged!" the star said on the show as she unveiled her hidden hand from behind the desk and then proceeded to jump around the set. "It's a yellow sapphire," she explained about the rock. Crying as she told about the proposal, McCarthy said her son Evan helped with the surprise last weekend, and how Wahlberg - who ended up coming onto the TV set »
- Michelle Tan
Open Road Acquires Rights to John Singleton’s ‘Tupac’
The pic will be produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Producers are James G. Robinson, David Robinson, L.T. Hutton, Randall Emmett, George Furla and John Singleton. Executive producers are Afeni Shakur, Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson.
Written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and John Singleton, the biopic chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his wrongful imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.
The pic is expected to begin shooting this summer with casting currently underway.
- Justin Kroll
Will Arnett Files for Divorce From Amy Poehler
Will Arnett is officially ending his marriage to Amy Poehler. CBS's The Millers star, 43, filed divorce papers on April 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting joint legal and physical custody of their two young children, Archie and Abel, along with visitation rights. Married since August 2003, the pair separated in 2012. Following their split, Arnett was linked to Billy Joel's ex-wife, Katie Lee, last August, while Poehler, 42, was has most recently been linked to Nick Kroll, who she began dating early last year. This divorce will be a first for the actress and a second for Arnett, who was previously married to Penelope Ann Miller. »
FX Renews The Americans
FX has renewed The Americans for a 13-episode third season, the network announced today. The Cold War drama is currently halfway through its second season, and while the live ratings are nothing to brag about, the show does much better once you factor in DVR viewers, too. Even though FX has been promising for several weeks that an official announcement was nigh, it's still a relief to know, officially, that everyone will be back for more espionage. More sexy espionage. And presumably more espionage-y sex, too. »
- Margaret Lyons
Jaime King's Pilgrim Lbd: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?
Please, please please don't tell us the Mayflower gang is having a fashion moment. Jaime King's bib-front Valentino dress is making us feel like we're watching a scene out of Zoolander 2! If "Derelict" was hobo gear gone fancy, what does that make this puritan people mess? The fact that we can't come up with a clever name is probably a good sign that this red carpet Halloween costume is not here to stay. Perhaps if John Smith were in the crowd he'd find something sexy about the Hart of Dixie star's style, but we're coming up short. The Lbd is just a boring, long-sleeved look, and the shoes follow suit. Though it would take a fashion miracle to erase the effects of that ridiculous »
Robert Pattinson and 9 other stars with films at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
The last four or five editions of the Cannes Film Festival have been heavy on global movie star power. Sure, it won't always compete with Hollywood fueled Toronto, but the programmers have made sure the paparazzi have had someone pretty to photograph on the festival's legendary red carpet. 2014 is no different. (You could also argue more well known actors have jumped into he prestige game in their off time over the past decade, but, frankly, it's somewhat cyclical.) With that in mind, here are 10 big names who we expect to follow their films to Cannes in just a few weeks. Robert Pattinson The former "Twilight" star has been to Cannes before. He starred in David Cronenberg's drama "Cosmopolis" which premiered on the Croisette in 2012. Now, he's back with another Cronenberg title, "Map to the Stars," and David Michôd's "The Rover" alongside Guy Pearce. Nicole Kidman We've known this one for awhile. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ryan Gosling, Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller Films Headed to Cannes
Ryan Gosling, Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg are among the directors whose films will screen at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, Cannes organizers announced on Thursday morning in Paris. The festival's most prestigious section, the main competition lineup, will feature 18 films, including Jones’ “The Homesman,” with Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank; Miller's “Foxcatcher,” with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carrell; and Cronenberg's “Maps to the Stars,” with Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore; and “Farewell to Language” from legendary director Jean-Luc Godard, who told the festival that he will attend. (The last time he had a film »
- Steve Pond
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' director accused of sex abuse in lawsuit
Honolulu (AP) — A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s. Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," said Marty Singer, who said he is not related to the director. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set for release May 23. It has an all-star cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. It's the »
- Oskar Garcia (AP)
Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will square off with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Michel Hazanavicius for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris.
Fremaux also said that more titles might be added to the selection between now and the festival, which runs May 14-25. The competition, which typically includes around 20 features, currently stands at just 18.
2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup
“Grace of Monaco” (Olivier Dahan)
“Clouds of Sils Maria” (Olivier Assayas)
“Goodbye to »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart are carpet-bound as Cannes 2014 is revealed
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced the lineup for this year's edition at a press conference in Paris this morning. 18 films will compete for the Palme d'Or, including such star-studded entries as Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," Olivier Assayas's "Clouds of Sils Maria" and David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars." More discussion coming; meanwhile, check out the lineup after the jump. Opening Film (out of competition) "Grace of Monaco," Olivier Dahan Competition "Clouds of Sils Maria," Olivier Assayas "Saint Laurent," Bertrand Bonello "Winter Sleep," Nuri Bilge Ceylan "Maps to the Stars," David Cronenberg "Two Days, One Night," Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne "Mommy," Xavier Dolan "Captives," Atom Egoyan "Goodbye to Language," Jean-Luc Godard "The Search," Michel Hazanavicius "The Homesman," Tommy Lee Jones "Steal the Water," Naomi Kawase "Mr. Turner," Mike Leigh "Jimmy's Hall," Ken Loach "Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller "The Marvel," Alice Rohrwacher "Timbuktu," Abderramahne Sissako "Wild Tales," Damien Szifron "Leviafan, »
- Guy Lodge
Watch Live as the Cannes Film Festival Announces Its Lineup (Video)
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival's official selection will be unveiled at 11 a.m. local time in Paris Thursday. Photos: 50 Exclusive Portraits From Cannes 2013 Watch the live feed below as Cannes director Thierry Fremaux presided over the announcement of the main competition and Un Certain Regard film selections. The jury headed by director Jane Campion will decide the winner of this year's Palme d’Or. The Cannes Film Festival runs May 15-25, with the closing ceremony and awards handed out May 24.
- Patrick Brzeski
'American Idol' Top 7: Singer going home is C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts or Sam Woolf
(Pictured left to right: C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts, Sam Woolf) There were no true stand-outs or Omg moments during Wednesday night's "American Idol" performance show in which the contestants chose (rather safe) songs for each other. Alex Preston's version of "The A Team" and Jena Irene's performance of "Creep" seem to be your favorites based on our odds, but let's shift focus and talk about who really blew it. All week long you've been voting for which singer will be sent home from the remaining Top 7 contestants, and the results of Gold Derby's odds are in: This week's eliminated singer will be C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts or Sam Woolf. -Break- Do you agree with the results of our oddsmakers? To cast your votes, simply log into your predictions, click on the "American Idol" button and answer our weekly questions. Or you can vote now by scrolling down to »
Channel 5 Sale Falters as Discovery Withdraws From Bidding: Report
London — An attempt by the owner of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, Northern & Shell, to sell the network appears to have faltered as reports circulated Thursday that one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV group, Discovery Communications, had withdrawn from the bidding process.
Discovery was reported to have tabled a joint bid with Rupert Murdoch-controlled satcaster BSkyB worth £350 million ($587 million). Under the deal, Discovery would take a 70% stake and BSkyB would nab the remaining 30%. BSkyB would add Channel 5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.
A spokesperson at Northern & Shell said earlier this week: “We have a number of bids as expected, which we will evaluate with our advisers over the next few days.”
Other bidders are thought to include Viacom and Nordic TV group Modern Times Group. Northern & Shell had initially sought more than £700 million ($1.18 billion) for Channel 5.
Northern & Shell, which is owned by media mogul Richard Desmond, »
- Leo Barraclough
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Signs Major Content Deal in China
ABC International, the international broadcasting arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC), has expanded its relationship with China’s Shanghai Media Group, announcing a new deal on Thursday that gives ABC International new rights for broadcasting Australian content across China. Under the deal, ABC International will establish an online portal, through which ABC and other Australian media content and services can be offered and presented to other partner Chinese media organizations. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China Many industry watchers believe the deal gives Australian TV the biggest potential access to Chinese audiences of any western broadcaster. According to ABC
- Pip Bulbeck
Jackie Chan’s ‘Dragon Blade’ Cuts Deal With New Fund
The film’s budget is claimed to be a record for a Chinese-financed movie.
The film is backed by Sparkle Roll Cultural Media, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Shanghai Film Group and new film investment group Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund.
Chan will play the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions during the Han Dynasty. The film shoots in Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert, which form the dramatic natural backdrop.
“Dragon Blade” will be released in 3D IMAX in China, and in international markets, on Feb. 19, 2015, the first day of next year’s Chinese New Year holiday period.
The fund is founded by some of the biggest players in the Chinese entertainment sector, including China Film Foundation, Cultural Assets Supervision and »
- Patrick Frater
Nas Thanks Robert De Niro at Tribeca Film Festival: ‘He Plays Me in the Movies’
The opening night selection of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was another music documentary — “Time Is Illmatic.” So does that mean Robert De Niro has a favorite Nas song? “No,” De Niro said, admitting he wasn’t familiar with the rap star’s lyrics. Then he put his finger to his lips: “Shhh!”
The rest of the crowd practically sung along to “Illmatic,” which tells the story of the groundbreaking 1994 album that put Nas on the map. The Wednesday night screening at the Beacon Theater, owned by Madison Square Garden (a perk of the festival’s recent deal with the entertainment giant), was a double feature of sorts. The film was followed by a nine-song concert from Nas, who was introduced by his friend Alicia Keys, playing the piano.
“I only got involved recently,” Nas said, of the Tribeca-financed film. “But I’m happy I did.” He wouldn’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Here's a First Look at Fox's Fake Prince Harry Dating Show
Recently we told you about Fox's fake Prince Harry dating show I Wanna Marry Harry, the Joe Millionaire knockoff in which 12 guileless American woman are transported to a British estate to compete for the attentions of a Prince Harry lookalike. Well, Fox released the trailer today, and it is just as ridiculous — and, in some masochistic way, enticing — as the premise would suggest. By the looks of things, some of these women actually do believe that they are dating the real Prince Harry, while some are just happy to be in England (as one aptly puts it: "Prince Harry, Harry Potter, I don't care.") At very least, it is a terrible reflection on this country's limited access to Hello! magazine. »
- Anna Silman
John Oliver Defines 'Power' at THR's Most Powerful in NY Media Party (Video)
John Oliver may live in America, but it still feels strange for him to be one of the faces of New York, he told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. Photos: Inside THR's Most Powerful People in NY Media Bash When asked what it was like to be a British person on the cover of the New York Power issue, HBO's newest addition replied: “It feels very weird. It feels like I shouldn’t be on the cover of it. But I appreciate it." As for the meaning of the word "power" to the Last Week Tonight host, the self-depreciating Brit
- THR staff
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