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Warner Bros, Greg Berlanti Grow ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Revamp

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Exclusive: Warner Bros is moving forward with a new incarnation of Little Shop of Horrors, with Greg Berlanti set to direct and Matthew Robinson writing the script. This one will be a musical, a fresh version of the 30-year old Frank Oz-directed film. That was based on the Roger Corman-directed 1960 low budget sci-fi campy tale about a clumsy young man who raises a plant, discovers it is carnivorous, and kills to keep it fed. There is a memorable scene with Jack Nicholson… »


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‘Hairspray Live!’: Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande Draw Raves in NBC’s Musical

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

Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande generated major heat on social media for their performances in “Hairspray Live,” NBC’s latest holiday musical production.

The three-hour telecast went off Wednesday night with just a few hitches — some audio glitches, particularly in the outdoor scenes, and some scenes that lacked for lighting. A few stage directions were also audible to viewers. But overall, NBC’s staging of the 1962-set musical inspired by John Waters’ 1988 movie was a crowd-pleaser for tuner lovers.

Star Maddie Baillio, a newcomer with limited experience, held her own against stars Harvey Fierstein (who also penned the teleplay), Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Ephraim Sykes, Andrea Martin and Garrett Clayton.

“Hairspray Live” revolves around a portly white teenage girl’s efforts to integrate the performers on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local Baltimore dance show. Hudson played popular DJ Motormouth Maybelle. Her show-stopping number with the civil rights anthem “I Know Where I »


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Train to Busan’ English-Language Remake Rights Go to Gaumont

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

Hit Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” will be remade in English by French studio Gaumont.

The deal was unveiled Wednesday jointly by Gaumont and the film’s Korean distributor-financier Next Entertainment World. The film premiered in the midnight screening section of the Cannes festival in May and attracted immediate sales and remake interest. Fox and Sony were among the Hollywood studios known to have pursued a deal. Bidders also included Studiocanal and EuropaCorp, two French companies that regularly produce English-language genre fare.

“We are more than happy to start our business with Gaumont, one of the greatest film companies with rich experience in terms of global projects. We hope this opportunity could let Korean films get more attention and be familiar with the audience all over the world,” said Kim Woo-taek, CEO of New.

In Korea, the film was seen as an allegory for the turbulent political situation currently gripping the coountry, »


- Sonia Kil

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‘Good Fight’ Sets Premiere Date on CBS All Access

23 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Good Fight,” the upcoming “Good Wife” spinoff, has an official premiere date on CBS All Access. The original drama series will premiere on Feb.19. The series premiere will be available on-demand on CBS All Access beginning at 8 p.m. Et. In addition, a special broadcast preview of the premiere will air on CBS that same night at 8 p.m./7c. After premiere night, all new episodes will be available weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers. The show picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of “The Good Wife.” In the new series, »


- Joe Otterson

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Adam Driver Confirms Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Is Still Delayed

19 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If there’s one director who really deserves a Christmas miracle, it’s Terry Gilliam. For years upon years, the filmmaker has persistently and stubbornly continued to try and mount “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” and even as each iteration fell apart, he’s managed to always find collaborators to help him try and get the project to the top of the mountain. And this year, it all seemed so promising that it would actually finally happen, until producer Paolo Branco reportedly failed to make good on his many promises, and the production collapsed just as it was going to shoot.

Continue reading Adam Driver Confirms Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Is Still Delayed at The Playlist. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Madonna Twerks, Vogues and Talks Kissing Michael Jackson in Full Carpool Karaoke (Watch)

17 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was teased, then teased again. Now it’s finally here — the complete Madonna carpool karaoke aired Wednesday night on James Corden’s “Late Late Show.”

Together, the two rolled through New York City and belted their way through Madonna’s decades-long catalogue including “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue,” “Ray of Light,” “Music,” “Bitch I’m Madonna” and even tossed in a little musical theater with “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

Madonna did not seem comfortably confined to the passenger’s seat and periodically danced, twerked and lifted her legs up to the ceiling of the car. At one point near the end of the segment it looked as if she might jump out the window. The two also took a few breaks from the hits to make small talk.

“You were friends with Michael Jackson,” Corden prompted at one point. “So you want me to kiss and tell then don’t you?” Madonna »


- Seth Kelley

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Atf: Singapore’s Xtreme Media Wins Inaugural Atf Formats Pitch

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Singapore — Local production company Xtreme Media won the inaugural Asia TV Forum & Market Formats Pitch competition. The company claimed a prize worth $14,100 (S$20,000) comprising a SGD3,500 cash award and Sgd 16,500 customized consultancy package from all3media international.

The winning format “Hit It,” is pitched as a weekly series. Each episode will feature two teams pitted against each other in a series of high-pressure comedic challenges that put a spin on sports. It was rewarded for its originality, creativity and ability to be adapted across the world.

William Lim, executive producer at Xtreme Media, said: “Participating in the inaugural Atf Formats Pitch has been an eye-opener, with many participants sharing new format ideas that we have never explored before. We are honoured to have won the first-ever Atf Formats Pitch as we now have the opportunity to work with a well-established format distributor, all3media International, to further develop our concept.”

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- Naman Ramachandran

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Watch 'Rogue One' Star Riz Ahmed's Epic 'Star Wars' Rap on 'Fallon'

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Rogue One star Riz Ahmed has moonlighted as a rapper throughout his acting career. On Wednesday, he combined both interests in an epic Star Wars-themed freestyle on The Tonight Show. Using the show's random word generator, Ahmed was given three Star Wars words — "Yoda," "Darth Vader" and "Lando Calrissian" — to work into the verse.

"The beat's stripped back, like it's wearing a toga/ The Roots do a lot with a little just like Yoda," Ahmed rapped. He then worked in a couplet about a cheeky rendezvous between Jimmy Fallon »


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Madonna Vogues, Twerks and Splits Her Way Through ‘Carpool Karaoke’ (Video)

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

“Hairspray Live” wasn’t the only musical programming on broadcast television last night: Madonna joined James Corden Wednesday for some pre-recorded “Carpool Karaoke.” The two vogued together through the streets of New York City — in a loaded Range Rover, of course — and Madge twerked on her own from the passenger seat. She also did an impressive in-car split or two, something the “Late Late Show” host tried but failed to match. Later, the Material Girl talks about french-kissing Michael Jackson. Yes, that apparently happened — thanks for the visual, chardonnay! Also Read: Here's How the Grammys Told LL Cool J They're Going With. »


- Tony Maglio

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Zack Snyder Celebrates ‘Rogue One’ With ‘Batman v Superman’-‘Star Wars’ Mashup Trailer (Video)

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

Zack Snyder created a treat for “Star Wars” fans. The “Batman v Superman” director mashed up his DC cinematic universe with the galaxy far, far away to create a trailer for a fake movie called “Dark Side Knight v Superjedi: Dawn of the Alliance,” in which the Man of Steel is a “false Jedi” and Bruce Wayne is turning to the dark side. “In anticipation of ‘Rogue One,’ I wanted to share a little ‘Star Wars’ fan film I made after Jj released his Hunka Junk mash-up…long overdue,” Snyder wrote on Vero, the social media platform he released it on. »


- Greg Gilman

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Iffam: Macao Festival Opens Door for Cultural Exchange

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Actresses Zhang Ziyi and Kara Wai, “Power Ranger,” Ludi Lin, and ace Korean director Kim Jee-woon (“The Age of Shadows”) were on hand to open the first edition of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao.

Held at the Macau Cultural Center, Thursday evening, the opening ceremony also saw a rare reunion of Hong Kong film industry heavyweights, including China Star Entertainment Group’s Charles Heung, wife Tiffany Chan, and Albert Yeung of Emperor Entertainment. They were greeted by the festival’s organizing committee executive vice president Alvin Chau, casino tycoon and owner of Sun Entertainment Culture Limited.

“(This festival) is like a baby, but this baby speaks many languages already—Chinese, Korean Indian, Russian, English… I’m very happy and excited to be part of this baby’s life, and I wish a long and happy one,” said Zhang.

“Macao is a place where cultures from the East and West »


- Sonia Kil and Vivienne Chow

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Watch Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in the ‘Baywatch’ Movie Trailer

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Muscles, red swimsuits and raunchy charisma — the first teaser trailer for “Baywatch,” released Thursday morning, supplies everything one would expect.

“Our team is the elite of the elite,” Dwayne Johnson says in a voiceover over footage of him swimming out to save a burning ship. “We’re the heart and soul of this very beach. We protect what other people don’t want to protect. And we go above and beyond.”

In a bit of meta commentary, Zac Efron’s character arrives on the scene in the trailer to help recoup the “Baywatch brand.” He and Johnson seem to butt heads at first, but ultimately team up to save the beach.

Based on early footage screened at CinemaCon in April, Variety reporters wrote that the film is “a ’21 Jump Street’ style re-interpretation of a venerable television franchise, one that’s not afraid to send up its source material.”

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'Rogue One' Star Riz Ahmed Slays 'Star Wars' Freestyle Rap on 'Tonight Show'

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

In addition to being a bad-ass actor and playing pilot Bodhi Rook in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Riz Ahmed also happens to be a killer Mc.

He proved his skills on The Tonight Show on Wednesday night during the "Wheel of Freestyle" game by slaying a Jedi-level rhyme off the dome.

The London-based Nightcrawler and The Night Of star first described to host Jimmy Fallon the disastrous audition process for the film, describing how he spammed the movie's director, Gareth Edwards, with 14 audition tapes and still getting invited to join the Star Wars family.

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- Gil Kaufman, Billboard

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'Office Christmas Party' Review: Holiday Raunch-Com Is Lump of Sh-t in Your Stocking

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Talk about holiday buzzkill. Office Christmas Party sounded like it would be just the right raunchy timewaster the season needed, an Animal House rager without a thought in its shitfaced noggin. Instead, this pooped party brings you down from all the jokes that don't land and the flop sweat pouring off good actors whose forced cheer is exhausting.

T.J. Miller – so good on Silicon Valley, so lost here – plays Clay, the doofus who's been running the Chicago branch of his family's tech company into the ground. His Grinchy-as-hell sister, Carol »


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‘Laika Experience’ to Return to Universal Studios Hollywood for Holidays (Exclusive)

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“From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience” is coming back to Universal Studios Hollywood for the holidays.

The interactive exhibit, included in the Hollywood theme park’s admission, was a popular attraction at Universal during its initial run in August at the Globe Theatre, and is back by popular demand. It will open on Dec. 21 and will run until Jan. 15.

The “Laika Experience” showcases the unique creative process the Oregon-based studio used in the making of all its stop-motion films: 2009’s “Coraline,” 2012’s “ParaNorman,” 2014’s “The Boxtrolls,” and this year’s “Kubo and the Two Strings.” It features themed rooms with displays of original sets, puppets, and props.

“Kubo,” Focus Features and Laika’s latest stop-motion movie, has been nominated for 10 Annie Awards, including best animated feature, and is among the 27 films on the Oscar animated feature shortlist. It was recently named best animated feature of 2016 by the National Board of Review. »


- Terry Flores

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The Works International Scores Raft of Sales on Erik Van Looy’s Thriller ‘The Prime Minister’

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Erik Van Looy’s anticipated action-packed thriller “The Prime Minister” has been sold by The Works International across a raft of territories.

Shot in English and Flemish-language feature film, the movie was picked up by Trade Media for France, DDDream for China, Aya Pro for Japan, Discovery for Former Yugoslavia and Viswas Films for India. The Works International is in negotiations with buyers from Turkey, Middle East and Italy, with deals soon to be announced.

The company previously inked deals with Square One for Germany, Flins Y Piniculas for Spain, Kinepolis Film Distribution (Kfd) for Belgium and Dutch Film Works for Holland.

Since being theatrically released by Kinepolis Film Distribution across Belgium five weeks ago, “The Prime Minister” has grossed a healthy 2.6 million Euros at the local B.O.

The Brussels-set film follows the story of the Belgium Prime Minister who gets kidnapped while on his way to a summit »


- Elsa Keslassy

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'Ghostbusters' Director Paul Feig: The Best Way to Deal With Internet Trolls (Guest Column)

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

Perhaps no director has faced the wrath of online trolls quite like Paul Feig. Not long after he announced in 2014 that he would helm a female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot, a very vocal minority began a vitriolic assault on the film. Naturally, Feig defended his cast on Twitter, but that only added fuel to the bonfire. By the time the film’s first trailer debuted on YouTube, the internet haters had mobilized, and like-minded bloggers embedded the player on their sites to congregate negativity on Sony's official YouTube channel. As a result, the Ghostbusters teaser was dubiously dubbed the most disliked trailer »


- Paul Feig, as told to Tatiana Siegel

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Box-Office Preview: Can 'Office Christmas Party' Topple 'Moana?'

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

Paramount's Office Christmas Party hopes to party hard this weekend at the North American box office, where it is the only new film opening nationwide.

The ensemble holiday comedy is tracking to open in the high-teens, although Paramount is being more cautious in suggesting $13 million-$15 million. Office Christmas Party, directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, stars Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance and Rob Corddry. Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston co-star.

Office Christmas Party, about a group of employees trying to win over a prospective client by throwing a decadent holiday bash, »


- Pamela McClintock

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TV Ratings: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Down From ‘The Wiz,’ on Par With ‘Peter Pan’

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We may have reached a ratings plateau for live televised musicals. NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” on Wednesday night pulled in a 5.9 household rating in Nielsen’s metered market overnight ratings. That’s down nearly 25% from the household overnights for last year’s “The Wiz Live!” (7.9 rating), and dead on with 2014’s “Peter Pan Live!,” the lowest-rated of NBC’s live musicals to date.

“The Wiz” ended up drawing a 3.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 11.5 million viewers in Nielsen’s live-same-day ratings. “Peter Pan” came in with a 2.4 demo rating and 9.21 million viewers. Fox’s “Grease: Live” at the end of January brought in a 4.3 in the demo and 12.18 million viewers. These were all well below the numbers for the first live musical of the modern TV era, NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!,” which drew a 10.9 household rating in the overnights, and a 4.6 demo rating and 18.62 million viewers for the night.

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- Oriana Schwindt

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Director Roundtable: Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and 4 More on Paralyzing Fears, Cast and Crew Complaints

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

Mississippi Masala, a romantic drama with an international twist starring a young Denzel Washington, hot off his first acting Oscar win for Glory. Twenty-five years later, the Indian-born Nair (Queen of Katwe), 59, sat next to Washington (Fences), 61, who since has become an accomplished filmmaker himself, at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Director Roundtable.

The duo was joined for the hourlong conversation at a Hollywood production studio by a pair of outspoken and often controversial industry figures — Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), 60, and Oliver Stone (Snowden), 70 — as well as two »


- Matthew Belloni and Stephen Galloway

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