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Bryan Singer Allegations Part of Upcoming Sex Abuse Documentary from Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker

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

Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg has spent the last two years working on a scandalous new documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood that includes allegations about Bryan Singer, Variety has confirmed.

Michael Egan, who filed a lawsuit this week alleging Singer raped him as a teenager, has been cooperating with Berg on her documentary.

The Daily Mail first broke the story about Berg’s film.

It’s unclear if Egan had been interviewed on camera for the film. Amy Berg, who runs Disarming Films, received an Oscar nomination for her 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil,” about sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church.

She also directed the Peter Jackson-produced recent West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis.”

Berg, who has a feature film at the Tribeca Film Festival (“Every Secret Thing,” written by Nicole Holofcener), could not be reached for comment on this story.

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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Megan Ellison to Develop TV Show about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo

20 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In news that's almost too good to be true, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures announced that it would develop a TV series about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.  Both stars were widely rumored to be bisexual, which adds another potentially interesting layer to the as-yet untitled project. Set during Hollywood's Golden Age, the show would explore Dietrich and Garbo's relationships with topliners like John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. The would-be showrunners are Angela Robinson (True BloodHung) and Alex Kondrake (The L WordHung).  Name your fantasy casting choices in the comments. 

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- Inkoo Kang

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NBC To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of SNL With 3-Hour Special

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

NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 , in celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” The air date comes about eight months before the show originally debuted on the Peacock in the fall of 1975.

Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show’s run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.

“This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”  

The “SNL” anniversary specials often serve as a time capsule of sorts, with major players from the program returning to reprise their old antics. »


- Brian Steinberg

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Laying an Egg at the Box Office

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

Despite the star power of Johnny Depp, “Transcendence” will likely play fourth fiddle in the box office this Easter weekend.

The race looks to be a repeat of last weekend’s sequel showdown between Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Fox’s “Rio 2,” which are each tracking for $25 million-plus.

Rio 2” looks to benefit from the holiday timeframe as the number of children on spring break doubled this weekend from 10% to 20%. The 3D comedy could win this weekend by a beak, as it stands to earn an estimated $27 million-plus — roughly $2 million more than “Captain America.”

“Winter Soldier” has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while “Rio 2” has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Transcendence” is headed for a soft $16 million-plus launch. The sci-fi thriller, which reportedly cost $100 million to produce, may suffer from lackluster word of mouth and poor reviews (pic currently has 19% Rotten Tomatoes meter). “Transcendence” could, »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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James Franco's Ex-Managers Sued for Embezzling Actor's Money

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

Randy James of James/Levy Management and Ken Jacobson have filed a lawsuit against James Franco's recently-fired talent and financial managers Miles Levy and Steve Blatt, claiming that the duo embezzled significant commissions sums for nearly a decade. James and Levy were childhood friends who started James/Levy Management in 1986. The suit, filed Friday in California Superior court, alleges that Levy told James that Franco would no longer pay the firm a 15 percent management commission, but rather 10 percent commission. However, the suit claims that Franco did. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Miley Cyrus Postpones More Shows Due to Illness

23 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Miley Cyrus is postponing two more stops on her Bangerz tour - in Nashville and Louisville - as she remains in the hospital after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics several days ago. And she's not happy about it. "Sick of waking up to needles," Cyrus, 21, Tweeted early Friday morning, adding this hashtag: "#goingthruit." She also added the hashtag "#floydfriday," referring to her beloved dog Floyd, who passed away earlier in the month. In more Tweets, Cyrus lashed out over reports that have skewed the reports of her medical condition. "So many ignorant stories out there no one is »


- Gillian Telling

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James Franco Turns 36! Check Out His #Selfies

31 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

James Franco turns 36 today—that calls for a selfie! We've been seeing a lot of the Broadway star in the media for both great and not so great recent events. The timing couldn't have been worse for the actor as his Palo Alto trailer debuted the same week he got himself into a bit of a scandal. Franco tried to pick up a 17-year-old tourist using social media, and in his film, he plays a soccer coach who hooks up with one of his high school students. Even after the embarrassing incident, Franco hasn't shied away from giving us more of his infamous selifes. The social media king handled the situation by admitting he used bad judgment and has learned his lesson, he even joked and tweeted "I »


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Kate Hudson Turns 35! Look Back at the Birthday Girl's Hot Bikini Body Through the Years

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy Birthday, Kate Hudson! The gorgeous actress turns 35 today—but she certainly doesn't look it! The blond bombshell recently revealed she's a fashion hoarder, and as much as we love to see what she breaks out from her fab closet, some of her best looks show a lot more ksin! We've seen her in many swimsuits over the years, even while pregnant! Kate is one fit mama! The mother of two says she'd eat anything, but by the looks of her bikini bod, that's a little hard to believe. Her perfect physique is no accident: the Oscar nominee works out six days a week! That's some serious commitment! But with a body like that, who wouldn't be motivated to keep it looking »


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Cannes: Asia Voices Disappointment Over Limited Inclusion in Lineup

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

South Korean media headlines Thursday reflected the general disappointment in the local film industry, as Korean films were absent from the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival for the second consecutive year. And China and Japan -- the world's second and third largest film markets, respectively -- had limited news to celebrate, as Japanese director Naomi Kawase's Still the Water was the only Asian film to make the 18-title competition section, and China's Fantasia from Wang Chao is the only Chinese film to compete in the 18-film Un Certain Regard lineup. The art-house directors of Southeast Asia, meanwhile, have

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- Lee Hyo-won, Patrick Brzeski

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Hot Mess Alert! Zosia Mamet in Goodwill Bargain Bin Confusion

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Shoshanna would burst into a fit of a thousand omg's and wtf's if she saw Zosia Mamet in this look. We realize the HBO star is nothing like her TV counterpart, but she might want to take a cue or twenty from the show's wardrobe closet. Apparently, left to her own devices, the New York native ends up shopping at a thrift store for a costume fit for six totally schizophrenic events! We're sorry to say that the only slightly cool component of this set is the scarlet leather jacket. It had a very Johnny Depp feel, and the shape is nice and slouchy. But those red and white patterned pants: way too much! The giant black top: not adding anything. Dirty ankle boots: we know this Glamour columnist can afford a »


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Beijing Market Emphasizes Film Production Detail

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

Beijing — The fourth running of the Beijing Film Market wrapped on Saturday with a quickfire series of set-piece contract signings in front of an array of senior Chinese officials. It was announced that over RMB10 billion ($1.61 billion) of business had been done in the three days April 17-19.

That claim breaks down in RMB3.8 billion ($612 million) for production, RMB3.4 billion ($550 million) for cinema and other construction projects and RMB2.3 billion ($370 million) for ‘film foundation projects’.

As such, Beijing seems to be treading a path towards a different, more generalized, film industry mart, than major rights trading events such as Cannes’ Marche du film, the American Film Market or FilMart.

Housed this year in yet another new venue – the China Millennium Monument exhibition center near the old CCTV headquarters in Haidian, West Beijing – the event saw stands arranged on three circular floors and visitors swing round and round.

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- Patrick Frater

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Film Review: ‘Make Your Move’

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

“East-Meets-West Side Story” might have made a clunkier but more interesting title for “Make Your Move,” a slick, disposable soap opera about a poor white boy and a spirited Korean girl who fall in love despite hailing from rival corners of Brooklyn’s club scene. Wringing yet another variation on the boy-hoofer-meets-girl-hoofer formula that fueled his screenplays for “Save the Last Dance” and “Step Up,” writer-director Duane Adler weaves an overly tangled web of resentment, betrayal and thuggish violence around his attractive two leads (“Dancing With the Stars” champ Derek Hough and pop star BoA), both of whom display almost enough fancy footwork to overcome the cliches they’ve been saddled with. Theatrical biz will be limited, but this amiable time-filler could have ancillary legs, particularly among the Asian-American audiences being targeted.

A genial, tap-dancing ex-con from New Orleans, Donny (Hough) decides to skip out on his parole and hightail it to Brooklyn, »


- Justin Chang

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Maisie Williams talks playing Arya in Game Of Thrones Season 4

3 hours ago | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

In issue 219 of Total Film magazine, Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams discusses how Arya has changed throughout the show so far. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Williams reveals that the character has evolved massively since she first auditioned for the role. "I feel like I'm playing a completely different Arya to the one I auditioned with," the 17-year-old tells Total Film. "She was constantly taking the piss out of [her sister] Sansa, having a laugh and telling it as it is. "Now I feel that's...

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Watch an exclusive Blue Ruin clip - 'The A-Team Gun'

5 hours ago | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Revenge thriller Blue Ruin has been drawing critical acclaim aplenty since its debut at last year's Cannes Festival. So we're happy to bring you an exclusive clip for those horror or thriller fans with a taste for vengeance. The plot follows mysterious outsider Dwight Evans who returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Before long, his surprisingly nifty assassin skills are put to the test as he fights to protect his estranged family. In the clip below, Dwight calls upon an old school friend to grab a gun - one he...

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- Matt Risley

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Tribeca: Patrick Stewart and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Steal the Show on Night 3

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

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Patrick Stewart were two of the stars of the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night, anchoring strong films that made their world premieres half an hour and a couple of miles apart. While Winstead was charming, subtle and quietly devastating in actor/director Chris Messina's “Alex of Venice,” Stewart was gloriously entertaining but also heart-wrenching in Stephen Belber's adaptation of his Broadway play “Match.” “Alex of Venice” screened a little earlier and a little further uptown; directed by Messina, whose day job includes regular roles on “The Mindy Project” and “The Newsroom,” it stars Winstead as the. »


- Steve Pond

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Don't expect 'X-Men' and 'Spider-Man' crossover

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Don't expect "Spider-Man" to team up with "The Avengers" or "X-Men" anytime soon. Antonio Banderas says he just started working on "Puss in Boots 2," James Franco didn't know about his "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" cameo, "Victoria's Secret" TV news, "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf is brining "D.O.A." to A&E, and more.  Catch up in the story gallery below. »


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'American Idol' poll: What was your favorite Dexter Roberts performance?

10 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Country crooner Dexter Roberts is gone on "American Idol," but not forgotten. Vote in our poll below for your favorite Dexter performance. Dexter's farwell song was "Lucky Man" and he explained to our own Tom O'Neil during Friday's webchat, the contestants get to choose their own exit song. "They give us a few songs and we have to pick from that list what song we would want to sing on the show. Sometimes they're good songs and sometimes they're bad songs." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel On "American Idol," Dexter sang close to two dozen hits throughout the competition, beginning with his audition song "Drive" and ending with the song that got him booted "Muckalee Creek Water." He also got to perform two duets during the live rounds -- "Alright" with C.J. Harris during Top 8 Week and "Islands in the Stream" with Jessica M »


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Suspect in Custody After Gunman Reported at L.A. Times Building

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A suspect has been taken into custody after police responded to a report of a gunman at the Los Angeles Times building. No injures were reported, and officers remain on the scene investigating, an Los Angeles Police Department spokeperson told The Hollywood Reporter. The Times reported parts of its downtown building were placed on lockdown after a woman told police a co-worker showed her a bag with bullets in it and said he was depressed. The man, described as in his 20s, was reportedly not a Times employee but rather works for Vxi Global Solutions, which occupies space in

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- Aaron Couch

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Interview: L.J. McKanas talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

10 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Lj McKanas has been a marked man from the start of this "Survivor: Cagayan" season. As the Old Man of the Beauty tribe -- He's 34 -- Lj was selected as his tribe's leader within minutes and he wore that target on his chest for his entire time on a tribe he wouldn't have selected for himself (he self-identified as "Brawn" before the season, but showed his Brains in finding a hidden Idol). After the Tribal shuffle, Lj's "Survivor" time seemed even shorter, as it appeared that the Brawn majority in his new clan would burn through the remaining Beauty outsiders. In a shocker, though, Lj aligned with Trish and took advantage of her anti-Cliff paranoia to remain in the game.  And even after the Merge, Lj's alliance looked like it might be in jeopardy, but Kass' flip made Lj and Tony the two Alpha Males suddenly »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Don Johnson talks Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey

10 hours ago | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

As the female lead in the forthcoming mega-novel adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, there's a whole host of expectation heaped on Dakota Johnson. But there's one famous actor who's definitely got her back - her father, Don Johnson. We recently spoke to the legendary actor about his forthcoming role in gritty noir thriller Cold in July, and he only had words of encouragement and praise for his daughter as she takes on her biggest role yet. "I'm exceedingly proud of my daughter. She's a gifted, gifted actress. I don't speak about the...

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