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Venice Film Festival: Martin Scorsese’s 'The Audition' Premiere Canceled
One of the more anticipated screenings of the Venice Film Fest has been canceled this year. Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not debut at the festival, as previously planned. The festival said in a statement: “We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time.” Scorsese stars in the film, which has him pitting his frequent collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro against each other for a leading role in an upcoming film. Brad Pitt also makes an appearance. Oscar-nominated writer Terence Winter penned the script. Venice
- Ariston Anderson
Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Faith-Based ‘War Room’ in Close Race
“Compton” pulled in $3.8 million in Friday grosses, on track for $12 million for the weekend. This means the music drama should hit a total haul of $133 million by the end of the weekend.
Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., the Universal-Legendary release is playing across 3,142 screens. It was made on a budget of $29 million.
Nearly on par with “Compton” is faith-based “War Room,” surprising many with its stealthy box office infiltration. The Christian drama pulled in $3.9 million on Friday across 1,135 screens, on pace for a $10 million weekend haul. Released through Sony’s TriStar label, “War Room” follows a couple who solve their marriage troubles with prayer. The pic stars T.C. Stallings, Elizabeth Becka and Noel Baker.
- Marianne Zumberge
Richard Pryor Pic Set; Oprah Winfrey To Play His Brothel-Owner Grandma, Eddie Murphy “Uncle” Buck, Mike Epps And Kate Hudson As Pryor And Wife Jennifer
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of… »
Woody Allen Already Replaced Bruce Willis With ...
So, Bruce Willis left the latest Woody Allen movie, and though initial reports say it was due to a scheduling conflict, the latest reports are that the Die Hard star got canned. But don't worry if you're super psyched for the neurotic auteur's next film and worried it might be delayed, because they already replaced Willis, and they landed a an A-lister to boot. According to a report from Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film has cast The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell to take over for Bruce Willis. There's definitely a different style moving from one of these actors to the other. This will be Carell's second time teaming up with Allen, as he was also part of the director's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda. Though there is little in the way of details on this latest Woody Allen joint.he.s »
Robin Wright & Ben Foster Split and Call Off Their Engagement Again
Robin Wright and Ben Foster have broken up and called off their engagement for the second time. The Princess Bride and House of Cards star had confirmed in January 2014 she and the X-Men actor were set to marry. E! News learned in November of that year that the two had split. In January of this year, Wright and Foster reunited at the 2015 Golden Globes. On Saturday, E! News learned the two split and called off their engagement a few months ago. Wright, 49, and Foster, 34, have not commented. People had earlier reported that their engagement was off again. The two met on the set of the movie Rampart, which was released in 2011, and began dating months later. After »
The Cast for Lee Daniels's Richard Pryor Movie Is Comically Good
The Richard Pryor biopic has been gestating for a long time. 48 Hours director Walter Hill was set to co-write and direct the movie back in 2005, when Pryor was still alive. Mike Epps gave a killer audition and won Pryor's approval. Pryor died shortly thereafter and the movie went stagnant. Then Epps was supposed to play Pryor in a Nina Simone biopic that's had so many problems it might as well be cursed. Now the Pryor film has finally been green-lit, Deadline reports. Lee Daniels is at the helm, filming a script by Bill Condon and Empire collaborator Danny Strong. The cast is stellar: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, Eddie Murphy Pryor’s father, and Kate Hudson Pryor’s widow. Pryor, the man who once said, “I’m not a movie star, I’m a booty star,” will still be portrayed by Epps, ten years after he initially won the role. »
- Greg Cwik
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway’s ‘Les Miserables’ Star, Dead at 21
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who just this month became the youngest actor and the first African-American to play Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, has died after accidentally falling off his mother’s fire escape, according to BroadwayWorld. He was only 21 years old. Jean-Baptiste usually played Constable and Courfeyrac in “Les Miserables” but he was also the understudy for the role of Jean Valjean, and he recently found himself pressed into duty. The young actor grew up in Brooklyn and was a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace. He performed in a number of regional shows including “Singin’ In the Rain,” “Music »
- Jeff Sneider
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, History-Making 'Les Miserables' Actor, Dies at 21
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an actor who recently made his Broadway debut in the current revival of Les Miserables, died Friday evening after falling from a fire escape at his mother's home. He was 21. Broadway World confirmed the news of his passing in a statement from the company: "The entire Les Miserables family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic — and history — in his Broadway debut. We send our deepest condolences to his family and ask that you respect their privacy in this
- Natalie Stone
Selena Gomez Skips Underwear? Singer Wears Sexy, Daring Dress 2 Days Before 2015 MTV VMAs—See Photos!
Selena Gomez turned heads with a chic and daring look in Los Angeles on Friday night. The 23-year-old pop star was photographed leaving the Nice Guy restaurant in a slinky, sleeveless, cleavage-baring, color-block, Yin and Yang-like black and white David Koma Resort 2016 maxi dress with a thigh-high slit that turned into a larger curved opening, laced up all the way up to her chest with a black cord. No undergarments were visible. She paired the look with a pair of black, strappy sandals. Gomez, who appeared with a friend, was spotted two days before the 2015 MTV VMAs. Her new song "Good for You," featuring A$AP Rocky, is nominated for Song of Summer, as is friend Taylor »
Justin Timberlake, Jonathan Demme Team for 'Space Age' Concert Film
Justin Timberlake will team with director Jonathan Demme for a concert film that will capture the singer's January 2nd performance from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, the final stop on the singer's six-legged, 134-date 20/20 Experience World Tour. According to Entertainment Weekly, Demme will begin editing the still-untitled, independently financed concert film this fall.
"It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film,” Demme said of the performance. The director also compared Timberlake to a "funky" Fred Astaire and added, "There's tremendous dancing in this piece. He's got »
Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Three Years in Egyptian Prison
Three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced to three years in an Egyptian prison on Saturday after being charged with aiding a terrorist organization. Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Australian journalist Peter Greste were sentenced by an Egyptian court. Mohamed was given an additional six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds, which is akin to $640. Greste was deported from Egypt this past February and was sentenced in absentia. According to the Egyptian court, the three defendants were not registered journalists, didn’t have a broadcast license, and they reported “false news.” The terrorist organization they were accused of. »
- Jeff Sneider
Box Office: 'War Room' shocks 'Straight Outta Compton' by winning Friday
Another faith based movie came out of "nowhere" to shock Hollywood at the box office on Friday. That's narrative you'll see in most stories about "War Room's" performance, but it may be more about the entertainment media ignoring the consistent performances of faith based movies more than anything else. "War Room," which was distributed by Sony Pictures division TriStar Pictures, took in $3.875 million on its first day to knock "Straight Outta Compton" from the top spot for the first time in 15 days. "Room" was directed and co-written by Alex Kendrick whose last two films, "Courageous" and "Fireproof," each earned over $33 million during their theatrical runs. Moreover, "Room" looks like it will slightly exceed the $9.1 million "Courageous" earned over its first three days in 2011. As with all of Kendrick's productions, the marketing is aimed at churches and religious groups on a grass roots level which flows under the radar for those covering the biz. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Scott Disick Hangs Out With Kylie Jenner and Tyga at West Hollywood Nightclub—See the Photo!
Scott Disick spent much of Friday night with ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian's sister Kylie Jenner and the teenager's beau Tyga. The three were photographed near the West Hollywood nightclub 1 Oak, which hosted The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness official album release party, around 2 a.m. Kylie, 18, sported a short blue and black wig, sunglasses, a black Moschino crop top, a mid-length white double-breasted jacket and black suege thigh-high boots. Scott, 32, wore a tan jacket over an olive T-shirt, Tyga, 25, sported a blue baseball cap, chains and a black printed T-shirt. Kylie posted a selfie video showing her and »
Kourtney Kardashian Shares Cute Photos With Baby Son Reign as Scott Disick Hangs Out With Kylie Jenner & Tyga
There he is again! Kourtney Kardashian offered another rare look at her littlest love on Friday night. In two photos posted on her Instagram page, captioned "Smiling" and "Serious," the 36-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star holds her and ex-boyfriend Scott Disick's son Reign Disick, who is 8 months old. The baby dressed in a cute, gray T-shirt and striped shorts as he sits with his mom on an outdoor canopy bed. Reign, the youngest of the former couple's three children, is rarely seen in photos. Kourtney last shared a pic of him in June. She and her family more often post photos of her eldest kids, son Mason Disick, 5, who shares a birthday with Reign, »
Amal Clooney Responds to Al Jazeera Journalists' Sentencing: "The Verdict Sends a Very Dangerous Message"
Cairo (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by diplomats, press freedom advocates and human rights organizations. The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. It wasn't immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men, but they are seeking a pardon from President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who
- The Associated Press
Twitter Teaches Angry Actor James Woods the Meaning of 'Hyperbole'
Last month, actor and sometimes political pundit James Woods filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter user "Abe List" for tweeting that Woods used cocaine. Woods says he wants to send a message to "anyone else using social media to propagate lies." Woods's attorneys then followed up with a subpoena to Twitter demanding that they reveal the secret identity of "Abe List" as well as another Twitter user with the handle "T.G. Emerson," who went a step further, calling Woods a "notorious coke fiend and registered sex offender." Now Twitter's attorney, Ryan Mrazik, has written a letter in which he explains to Woods what "hyperbole" is:"The speech at issue appears to be opinion and hyperbole rather than a statement of fact. Further, the target of the speech is a public figure who purposefully injects himself into public controversies, and there has been no showing of actual malice. Attempts »
- Greg Cwik
Russia Kills Its Only Lgbt Film Festival
A few months ago, Louis C.K. went to Russia and he hated it. It's hard to blame him, considering the Russian government's lousy stances on many social and equality issues, and now Russia has taken another step backwards: Moscow Premiere, a charitable film festival and the only festival in Russia to champion films by members of the Lgbt community, has been canceled. Citing economic hardship, Moscow's culture committee pulled funding as the festival was about to begin its 13th year. It will be replaced by a "positive, youth-orientated" festival called the The Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film, which enlightens Russia's youth by prohibiting people under 18 years of age from watching movies that depict homosexuality in any way. Moscow Premiere head, film critic Vyacheslav Shmyrov, told Russian newspaper Noviye Izvestia, “We cannot affiliate to the new festival — not least in terms of our self-esteem.” He said Moscow Premiere, which did »
- Greg Cwik
Mill Valley Film Festival to Debut Two Films
The films will both debut on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the CineArts Sequoia in Mill Valley, Calif., and will be followed by a live on-stage conversation.
“A Light Beneath Their Feet” is a coming of age drama about a college-bound girl dealing with the stresses of her waning high school days and struggling with the decision of attending her dream college or one close to home so that she can care for her bipolar mother. Taryn Manning and Madison Davenport star, with Valerie Weiss helming.
“Angelica” is a Victorian-set supernatural story based on the novel by Arthur Phillips about a young mother who, after the difficult birth of her child, begins to see nightmarish visions threatening her and her child. »
- Jacob Bryant
Andy Samberg Joins Twitter Just in Time for Emmys Countdown
Emmys host Andy Samberg has joined Twitter three weeks in advance of television’s biggest night. For his first tweet, Samberg, who managed to secure @AndySamberg, asked @TheLonelyIsland to follow him. Of course, The Lonely Island is Samberg’s comedy troupe with Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Samberg has nearly 3,000 followers as of 10:20 a.m. and that number is expected to skyrocket throughout the day as his “Saturday Night Live” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fans learn of his new account. Ever the joker, Samberg chose a black-and-white shot of him nervously clutching a variety of liquor bottles for his profile picture. »
- Jeff Sneider
Hulk Hogan Says "WWE Is the Best," Wants to Be "Trump’s Running Mate"
Hulk Hogan isn't upset with former employer WWE and wants to have a vice presidential run alongside Donald Trump. The pro wrestler said, "WWE is the best. No doubt" when TMZ asked if he had hard feelings against them after he was let go in July following surfaced reports that he went on a racist N-word-filled tirade. He denied any grievances: "No, I love those guys. That's my family." When he was questioned about being in the ring with current presidential candidates, Hogan said, "I don't want to be in the ring with any candidates. I want
- Natalie Stone
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