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Harry Potter Director to Return for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Spinoff (Exclusive)

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

“Harry Potter” filmmaker David Yates has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Sources tell Variety that Yates, who directed several Harry Potter movies including the final “Deathly Hallows” installments, has agreed to return for the first installment of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

No deal has been made but insiders confirm both sides are in negotiations.

Warner Bros. announced the Harry Potter-themed project last September with J.K. Rowling, author of the hit franchise, making her screenwriting debut.

Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a »


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Sandra Bullock and David Gordon Green Team on ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ (Exclusive)

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

After her success in “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock is again orbiting a Warner Bros. project.

Sources tell Variety that Warners has greenlit the political dramedy “Our Brand is Crisis,” which Bullock has committed to star in with David Gordon Green set to direct. The film is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America. 

Bullock had been linked to the project as far back as awards season, but was still weighing her options. Insiders say that following a meeting with Green, who has been in the mix for the directing job for some time, the actress was convinced to join the project on the strength of his vision.

Bullock will also exec produce with George Clooney and Grant Heslov producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner. Peter Straughan penned the script. Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing the project for the studio. »


- Justin Kroll

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TNT Nabs Rights To Lionsgate’s ‘Hunger Games’ & ‘Divergent’ Franchises

21 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

TNT has inked a deal with Lionsgate for network television rights to The Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. The acquisition includes the network premiere windows for the next two Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay – Part 1, which opens in theaters this November, and Mockingjay – Part 2, set for theatrical release in November 2015. The deal also includes network premiere windows for all four Divergent movies, including the first one, which grossed over $150 million at the domestic box office this year, and Insurgent, which is set for theatrical release in March 2015.

In addition, TNT gets a second window to the first two Hunger Games films – The Hunger Games (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), whose network premiere rights are owned by ABC Family.

The Hunger Games is slated to air on TNT for the first time in winter 2015, and the network will add the second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in winter 2016. Both »


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Aaron Paul Creates Scavenger Hunt for Fans on Emmys Day—Find Out How to Win Breaking Bad Memorabilia!

22 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Scavenger hunt, bitch!  In honor of the upcoming 2014 Emmy Awards, which are now just four days away, Aaron Paul has promised to hide Breaking Bad memorabilia around Los Angeles, sending the show's loyal fan base on a wild search around the city.  The 34-year-old actor announced the new via his Instagram page. Currently, the post has received 112,000 likes.  "In honor of the Emmys and the final time Breaking Bad will be up for anything I will be holding a scavenger hunt around L.A. on Monday for all you Breaking Bad fans," the Need for Speed star, who played Jesse Pinkman on the hit AMC series, wrote. "There will be signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action »


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Dating Naked Contestant Sues over Crotch Shot

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From birthday suit to lawsuit. Dating Naked cast member Jessie Nizewitz is suing VH1's parent company Viacom for breach of contract after the network aired uncensored au naturel footage of Nizewitz to shocked viewers of the titillating reality show. The complaint, which was filed in Manhattan, also takes two production companies to task for broadcasting a clip in July during which a shot of Nizewitz's crotch was not blurred out. The model says producers promised non-g-rated glimpses of her body would be appropriately concealed. That's not exactly how it all went down on Dating Naked's third episode, which showed Nizewitz, »

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Dating Naked Contestant Sues over Crotch Shot

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From birthday suit to lawsuit. Dating Naked cast member Jessie Nizewitz is suing VH1's parent company Viacom for breach of contract after the network aired uncensored au naturel footage of Nizewitz to shocked viewers of the titillating reality show. The complaint, which was filed in Manhattan, also takes two production companies to task for broadcasting a clip in July during which a shot of Nizewitz's crotch was not blurred out. The model says producers promised non-g-rated glimpses of her body would be appropriately concealed. That's not exactly how it all went down on Dating Naked's third episode, which showed Nizewitz, »

- Alexis L. Loinaz, @alexisloinaz

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Josh Brolin Dons His Goonies Bandana and Says He's Game For a Sequel (Video)

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Goonies never say die, though their yeses do sometimes come rather begrudgingly. After spending much of his morning Reddit Ama dishing behind-the-scenes stories about the kiddie cult flick, Josh Brolin continued to use his “Sin City 2” press blitz to discuss “The Goonies” — a movie released 30 years ago — on the “Tonight” Show. Also read: George Clooney, Josh Brolin to Star in ‘Hail, Caesar!’ for Coen Brothers, Universal Wearing a throwback red bandana gifted to him by host Jimmy Fallon (and thus bearing a striking resemblance to his teen self), Brolin said he'd be interested in participating in a “Goonies” sequel… »


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TV Review: ‘Doctor Who,’ Season 8

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Introducing a new Doctor is always something of a gamble in the “Doctor Who” universe, but producers have made a savvy choice in Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the iconic time (and space) traveler. Already a seasoned pro and recognizable smallscreen star in the U.K. thanks to Armando Iannucci’s “The Thick of It,” Capaldi couldn’t be more different from the star-is-born discovery of predecessor Matt Smith, rendering comparisons between the two futile at best. This strategic about-face proves its worth in the season premiere — titled “Deep Breath” and written by showrunner Steven Moffat — especially in the immediate rapport Capaldi strikes with sparkling cast holdover Jenna Coleman. Fans shouldn’t fret, the Tardis remains in good hands.

As risky as it sounds to swap out a lead actor on a successful series, the built-in reset button isn’t just a part of “Doctor Who” mythology (the »


- Geoff Berkshire

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Joe Morton, Geoff Stults Join Netflix's 'Grace and Frankie'

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Netflix's Grace and Frankie is flushing out its supporting cast. Scandal Emmy winner Joe Morton, Enlisted's Geoff Stults and Spin City's Barry Bostwick have boarded the comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy centers on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, find they have each other. Stults will recur as Mitch,

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Tom Hardy Crashed This Wedding As Bane

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If you had to have a Batman movie villain crash your wedding, you could do a lot worse than Bane. (Ugh, imagine Mr. Freeze saying, "What's duh matta, cold feet?" over and over.) Well, that's exactly what happened to one couple. Back when The Dark Knight Rises was shooting in Pittsburgh in 2011, they accidentally found their location overlapping with a wedding at a nearby church. Below you can see Bane waving at some bridesmaids. As a Redditor who was there explains, "It basically caused a lot of inconvenience for [bride and groom] and their guests as there were explosions and gunfire on the street during their wedding." To make up for this, the producers parked a Batmobile in front of the chapel and let the couple take pictures with it. Vulture also hears the couple decided to change their vows from "Do you take this woman to be your »


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These Are the 25 Most Gorgeous Moments From the Sin City Comics

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The Sin City movies deserve praise for their daring visuals, but they've got nothing on the original comics. Between 1991 and 2000, legendary (and endlessly controversial) writer and artist Frank Miller cranked out more than 1,000 pages of hard-boiled neo-noir under the Sin City banner. The plots weren't groundbreaking — they all centered around tough guys and slinky dames getting caught up in deadly schemes and brutal fisticuffs. But one thing was inarguable: The artwork was beautiful. Miller played with extreme contrasts and vivid textures in a way that had rarely been attempted in the medium (though he owed a heavy debt to the pioneering quasi-noir of Will Eisner's The Spirit comics of the 1940s), creating visuals as experimental as they were unforgettable. With Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez) hitting theaters this weekend, we revisited the entire Sin City corpus and picked »


- Abraham Riesman

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Warner Bros. Moves Forward on ‘Past Due’ with ‘Trouble with the Curve’ Director (Exclusive)

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Warner Bros. has come on board “Past Due,” setting up the action project with Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood’s longtime producing partner.

The studio acquired Thompson Evans’ Blacklist script as a possible directing vehicle for Lorenz, who made his feature directorial debut on 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve.”

“Past Due” is described as a female version of David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence,” released in 2005 by New Line.

The project is not set up at Eastwood’s Warner-based Malpaso banner. Lorenz is producing and Evans’ manager, Rich Freeman, is executive producing along with Code Entertainment.

Lorenz has produced Eastwood’s films for more than a decade and received Best Picture Oscar nominations with Eastwood on “Mystic River” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” He and Eastwood are currently in post-production on “American Sniper,” which stars Bradley Cooper and is due out at Christmas.

Evans has also written “Eli Webb,” another Blacklist script, »


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Pregnant Zoe Saldana Stuns on Pre-Emmys Red Carpet

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Zoe Saldana is one gorgeous first-time mom-to-be. The pregnant Guardians of the Galaxy star stunned last night at Audi's annual pre-Emmys party at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Saldana rocked an animal Giambattista Valli wrap dress and killer heels. Inside the bash, she and her artist hubby Marco Perego chatted with Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery. When it was time to go, Saldana adorably spoke to Perego in his native Italian before heading out the door while, of course, holding hands. E! News exclusively reported about a month ago that Saldana was expecting twins with Perego. The two secretly tied the knot last summer. "I met my partner when I was in really a »


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Best of Summer: Top Kardashian Moments Tournament—And the Winner Is...

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And the winner is...Kourtney Kardashian's third pregnancy! You've voted all week long in our Best of Summer: Kardashian Moments tournament and Kourtney and her baby news have come out on top! Kourtney went head to head with Kim Kardashian's wedding in the final round, but the older sis and her baby news were voted your favorite. Congrats, Kourtney! In honor of Kourt's win, check out some of her hottest pregnancy pics from the past few summer months. And come back next week for a brand new Best of Summer tournament! »


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Tarantino's ‘Hateful 8' Teaser Basically Just Lists Names of His Characters, Is Still Cool

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The teaser for Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful 8” isn't available yet online, but did debut Thursday night before screenings of “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For.” We saw it. We're going to describe it for you. Spoilers. Also read: Quentin Tarantino's ‘Hateful Eight’ Gets a Bloody Poster and Release Date (Photo) It's all animated. Snow falls over a vast, empty stretch of country. The text tells us that sometime after the Civil War, eight people found themselves trapped by a blizzard. “They soon discovered,” the text says, “they shared a deadly connection.” Also read: Quentin Tarantino's »


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Lauryn Hill Dedicates Song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson

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In the midst of the tragic events still unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., Lauryn Hill uploaded a version of her song, "Black Rage (Sketch)," dedicated to the beleaguered city. Set to the tune of "My Favorite Things," the lyrics, of course, are much more serious than the Sound of Music tune: "Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person / Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up with strings / Black rage can come from all these kinds of things / Black rage is founded on blatant denial / Squeezed economics, subsistence

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Jennifer Lopez Reveals New Relationships 'Just Happen' for Her

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Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart have remained close after their spilt, but that doesn't mean the former couple are planning on giving it a second chance. In fact, Lopez doesn't have a dating plan at all. During a stop by Chelsea Lately on Thursday, the performer, 45, gave host Chelsea Handler some insight into her dating life and techniques. Turns out, Lopez likes to keep it simple when seeking out a new relationship. "I just go on a connection with a person, you know what I mean?" the American Idol judge told Handler. "I don't really plan things out, they just happen. »


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Jennifer Lopez Reveals New Relationships 'Just Happen' for Her

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Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart have remained close after their spilt, but that doesn't mean the former couple are planning on giving it a second chance. In fact, Lopez doesn't have a dating plan at all. During a stop by Chelsea Lately on Thursday, the performer, 45, gave host Chelsea Handler some insight into her dating life and techniques. Turns out, Lopez likes to keep it simple when seeking out a new relationship. "I just go on a connection with a person, you know what I mean?" the American Idol judge told Handler. "I don't really plan things out, they just happen. »


- Kelli Bender

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The Ugly Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Is the Best Looking-Revenge Porn Imaginable

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In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, schlock director Robert Rodriguez and dark-souled graphic artist Frank Miller indulge in the crudest kind of nihilism, but they sure create some purty pictures. This movie, in black-and-white with judicious daubs of color, is the highest-gloss revenge porn imaginable. It’s hard to believe that so much visual elegance has been brought to bear on material so ugly, and yet the disjunction is intentional, and the film is all of a piece. Knowing that everyone will go rotten is meant to free you up to enjoy the spectacle of pinwheeling dismembered bodies and blood that splashes like an Abstract Expressionist’s oil paint. It’s one big, beautiful shit canvas.As in the first Sin City (2005), Rodriguez and Miller fashion everything from scratch, but the actors, who are set down in noirer-than-noir frames. Each of the three story lines is like Film Noir for Dummies. »


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Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deals With Remaining Unions

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The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Thursday that the groups reaching the tentative contracts include camera operators, box office treasurers and scene artists and designers. The contracts must still be ratified, as must the contracts reached Wednesday with the union representing its stagehands and the agreements on Monday between the Met and its orchestra and chorus. Fifteen unions had been negotiating for

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