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Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97

2 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

6 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

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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’

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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

12 hours ago | 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 »

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

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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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Netflix Buys Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Starring Robert De Niro

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Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro.

Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire.

The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Steven Zaillian has written the script, based on the Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centered on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

Scorsese and De Niro first partnered on 1973’s “Mean Streets,” followed by “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear” and 1995’s “Casino.”

Production on “The Irishman” is expected to start later this year.

The project originated in 2008 at Paramount with De Niro’s Tribeca Productions with De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal and Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

The “Irishman” title comes from criminal »

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‘This Is Us’: Sterling K. Brown Breaks Down the Road to ‘Memphis’ (Spoilers)

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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 116 of “This Is Us,” titled “Memphis.”

Well, we knew it was coming. Ever since that tiny, heartbreaking flashforward in episode five when we saw Randall (Sterling K. Brown) quietly packing up William’s things, including his hat, we knew that William (Ron Cephas Jones) was going to lose his battle with terminal cancer. But we hoped. We hoped against hope that we had more time. Just like Randall.

So he embarked on a road trip with his father to Memphis, to his hometown to learn more about his father’s roots. And what a trip it was. They ate barbecue. They got haircuts. They visited his childhood home. And after a quick visit to Jack’s ashes (cue the waterworks), William gave his son the ultimate gift. More than just a book of poetry, he left his son with a connection to his biological family — the thing »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘This is Us’ Recap: What Happened on the Road to ‘Memphis’ (Spoilers)

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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 116 of “This Is Us,” titled “Memphis.”

Breathe, everyone. Just breathe.

In one of “This Is Us'” most heartbreaking episodes yet, William (Ron Cephas Jones) lost his season-long battle with cancer, while he and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) were enjoying a father-and-son bonding trip to his hometown of Memphis.

For the executive producers of “This is Us,” the decision to finally end William’s life wasn’t an easy one, but it was inevitable.

“We’re like a big family and we don’t want to lose anybody,” explains executive producer Glenn Ficarra, who also directed the episode along with John Requa. “But the beauty of the show is you don’t really lose them. Because we’re always going back in time. So that was the consolation.”

It was a decision they admit they struggled with. “We went through all the stages of death, bargaining »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘This Is Us’ Recap: William and Randall Take One Last Ride

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not watch if you have not watched Tuesday’s episode of “This Is Us,” titled “Memphis”) In the most emotional episode of NBC’s “This Is Us” yet — and that’s saying something — William (Ron Cephas Jones) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) decide to take one last roadtrip to William’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, before he dies from the cancer that’s making him weaker by the day. But first, Randall and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) consult his doctor to make sure he himself, fresh off that heartbreaking mental breakdown in last week’s episode, »

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C Thomas Howell Joins ‘Ray Donovan’ for Recurring Role (Exclusive)

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C. Thomas Howell has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” TheWrap has learned. The former “Outsiders” star will recur on the upcoming fifth season of the drama, playing Dr. Brogan, the court-appointed therapist for Liev Schreiber’s title character. Howell is the latest actor to be cast on the show, joining “Quantico” alum Graham Rogers, who will star in a season-long arc next year. Adina Porter, Brian White and Lili Simmons will also appear. Also Read: Showtime Partners With Alex Gibney for 'American Jihad' Documentary In addition to his breakout role in “The Outsiders,” Howell »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Everybody’ Theater Review: What’s Really Old Is Almost New Again

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Jaded theatergoers in the mood for something completely different should check out Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s new play, “Everybody,” which opened Tuesday at the Pershing Square Signature Center. It’s loosely based on the 15th-century play “Everyman,” which tells the story of a man who, in his confrontations with God and Death, can’t find anyone, except for Good Deeds, to accompany him on his journey to the afterlife. That’s also pretty much the story Jacobs-Jenkins tells in “Everybody,” and if you’re still intrigued, you should stop reading this review and buy tickets to the Signature Theatre production. Everybody else may continuing reading. »

- Robert Hofler

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Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg’s Mother, Dies at 97

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Leah Adler, the mother of three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, died Tuesday at the age of 97 at her Los Angeles home. Adler, a former concert pianist, was most recently the proprietor of the kosher restaurant The Milky Way on Los Angeles’ Pico Boulevard, which she opened with her second husband, the late Bernie Adler. She was also known around Hollywood for her sharp wit, which she wielded on red carpets and at her restaurant. “I told Steve, if I’d known how famous he was going to be, I’d have had my uterus bronzed,” Adler said in a 1994 Los. »

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Steven Spielberg’s Mother, Leah Adler, Dies at 97

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Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, known for operating The Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by her children. She was 97.

Adler, known as Lee Lee to her family and friends, was born in Cincinnati to Philip Posner and Jennie (Fridman) Posner. She developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of five and later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati.

In 1945, she married Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had four children – Steven, Anne, Sue and Nancy. Arnold Spielberg’s work as an electrical engineer kept the family on the move from Cincinnati to Haddenfield, N.J., where they lived for seven years before relocating to Phoenix in 1957, where she often performed piano solos and owned an art gallery, becoming known around town as “the lady with the Peter Pan haircut.”

In 1964, the family moved to Los Gatos, »

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Facebook in Talks With Mlb to Livestream Baseball Games (Report)

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

It may soon be a lot easier to watch those coveted Dodgers games — or your other favorite baseball team. Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to livestream one baseball game a week during the upcoming season, Reuters reported on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. The move is in line with the social media platform’s push to air more live sports in the future, and to capture the sports fan market that competitor, Twitter, is also trying to nab. Also Read: Craig Sager Has Bet on the Cubs »

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‘SNL’ Vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct Melissa McCarthy’s Fox Pilot ‘Amy’s Brother’ (Exclusive)

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Beth McCarthy-Miller will direct the Fox comedy pilot “Amy’s Brother,” Variety has learned.

McCarthy-Miller, who is best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” has also signed on as an executive producer of the series, alongside Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

“Amy’s Brother” is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof. The half-hour, single-cam laffer was written by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa, who will serve as co-executive producers. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

McCarthy Miller was the director of “SNL” for eleven years, and has racked up numerous Emmy nominations for both “SNL” and “30 Rock.” Her resume is uber impressive in both unscripted and scripted TV ranging from ABC’s “Match Game” to Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” to broadcast sitcoms »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Richard Linklater Directs PSA Against Texas Bathroom Bill (Video)

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The Aclu of Texas has released a new PSA directed by Richard Linklater slamming the Texas Privacy Act. The bill, Senate Bill 6, would block transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, which the ad calls discrimination. As part of the “I Pee With Lgbt” campaign, the ad argues against the assertion that the law would improve privacy and safety. “This isn’t a privacy issue. It’s a discrimination issue,” the ad says. Also Read: Richard Linklater, Robert Downey Jr, Annapurna Partner for 'Man of the People' Film Adaptation “Disguised as a safety issue, the Texas Privacy Act, »

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Karla Souza’s Bilingual ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Will Teach Older Jewish Men How to Love – and You Too (Video)

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“Everybody Loves Somebody” has something for everybody. Star Karla Souza says the “awesome romantic comedy” is part-Spanish, part-English, and all indebted to old Jewish men. Or so director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta told her. “This is an awesome romantic comedy — the director is a fan of Woody Allen,” the actress told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “She said the other day in an interview, I learned how to do movies and how to love people through these older Jewish men and their movies, and now these older Jewish men can see my movie and learn a little bit about love too.” The actress, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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