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Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films

Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films
Steven Spielberg is not one of those filmmakers who sits around waiting for projects to develop. There’s rarely a year that passes where he isn’t working on something, and across the past twelve months or so, he simultaneously shot, edited, and released “The Post,” all while juggling post-production on “Ready Player One.” So it goes, the director is now looking to fill up his calendar with something new (or two).

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Dorothy Malone, "Peyton Place" Star and Oscar Winner, Dies at 92

Dorothy Malone,
Dorothy Malone, the matriarch of TV’s Peyton Place who received an Oscar for playing the sex-crazed sister of playboy Robert Stack in the 1956 melodrama Written on the Wind, has died. She was 92.

The big-eyed, dark-haired beauty, who flourished in Hollywood soon after she went platinum blonde in the mid-1950s, died Friday morning in Dallas, her manager, Burt Shapiro, told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been ill for the past few years.

Malone also starred in the biopic Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), playing opposite James Cagney as Lon Chaney’s emotionally charred first wife, and was the moody...
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Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)
Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokemon movie.

In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe — who will slip into a role specifically created for the movie — joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting this month in London.

The concept of Pokemon sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.

Pikachu...
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Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix

Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix
It's been a long road, but Duncan Jones' future-set Noir Mute finally has a release date. The Moon and Source Code director has had a long journey with his sci-fi passion project, intended to be his first film, and Netflix will finally release the film on February 23rd. Alexander Skarsgard stars as a mute bartender who lost the ability to speak after a childhood accident and gets dragged into the "city’s seedy, neon underworld” when his girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh) disappears. Set in the near-future, Mute shares a world with Moon -- the second of a trilogy …
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Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)

Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, perhaps best known for directing the zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later, is in negotiations to helm The Sword in the Stone, Disney's live-action reimagining of the studio's 1963 animated fantasy.

Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, wrote the script for the project, which is being produced by Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book).

Stone was the final movie released by the studio before Walt Disney’s death; it takes a lighthearted and musical view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin.

It was loosely based on T.H....
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of the southern bureau in New Orleans.

Seth Rogen came on board last month to portray Cronkite. David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby’s script. Former Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

The network broke into its broadcast of “As the World Turns” for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite’s announcement of Kennedy’s death: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central
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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53

'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53
Allison Shearmur, who produced the Hunger Games films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, died Friday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 53.

Shearmur was an executive at Paramount and Lionsgate before making a transition to a producer role, becoming involved in some of the biggest movies in recent years.

She spent years in the executive trenches, acting as executive VP production at Universal Pictures and then co-president of Paramount.

On the TV side, her Allison Shearmur Productions was behind an ABC musical remake of Dirty Dancing.

As president of...
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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2018 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 9 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes

The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. That is the night before the Screen Actors Guild does the same. Unlike, the latter, which will air on TNT and TBS, the PGA ceremony is not televised. However, it is an equally important stop on the road to the Oscars.

The PGA Awards has an enviable track record at presaging the eventual Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The guild and the academy have agreed on 19 of the most recent 28 Best Picture champs. Last year, all nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture numbered among the 10 PGA contenders; only “Deadpool” was snubbed by the academy. The PGA prize went to “La La Land” while the Oscar was (eventually) won by “Moonlight.”

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Nominees for the 29th annual edition of the PGA awards in the three film
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'Breaking Bad' at 10: How the Gamechanging Show Redefined TV's Golden Age

'Breaking Bad' at 10: How the Gamechanging Show Redefined TV's Golden Age
O say, do those meth-scented khakis yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Some 10 years ago today, Breaking Bad aired its first episode – and the New Golden Age of Television turned a deeper shade of blue. Its creator, Vince Gilligan, was a veteran of pre-"prestige" genre television – in his case, a writing/producing run on The X-Files – and with his protagonist Walter White, he created a monster more frightening than any faced by Mulder and Scully. This was an everyman who fell
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Hurt Locker’ wins Best Picture after Golden Globes shutout

Oscars flashback: ‘The Hurt Locker’ wins Best Picture after Golden Globes shutout
At this year’s Golden Globes, four films failed to translate any of their nominations into wins. “The Post” had six bids but was blanked while “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dunkirk” each lost three races and ”Get Out” was bested in two. Do these cross-the-board shutouts by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hurt their hopes with the academy? After all, each of these four films is predicted to score multiple Oscar nominations, including bids for Best Picture.

The producers of these pictures need to remember what happened in 2010, the first year that the academy expanded the Best Picture race from five to 10 nominees. “The Hurt Locker,” which had lost all three of its Globe races, won six Oscars including the top prize. It also took home Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

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'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Not since American Splendor explored the curmudgeonly everyman sensibility of comic-book artist Harvey Pekar has the complicated headspace of a cartoonist been entered with such infectious fondness as in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. A return for Gus Van Sant to the loose-limbed chronicles of outsider existences in Portland, Oregon that first put him on the map, like Mala Noche and Drugstore Cowboy, this unwieldy but consistently enjoyable portrait of paraplegic local hero John Callahan is notable for its generosity of spirit and gentleness. For want of a better word, it's disarmingly chill.

In a terrific performance...
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Shines in Disjointed Drama

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Shines in Disjointed Drama
The last time a Gus Van Sant movie premiered at a major film festival, the film was “The Sea of Trees” and the festival was Cannes, where the movie was booed unmercifully at its first screening. So it’s with a degree of relief that we can report that Van Sant’s new film, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” was met with nothing but applause when it premiered on Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. And to be sure, “Don’t Worry” is a far better movie than the inert “Sea of Trees.” Originally in the works not long after...
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'Lizzie’: Film Review | Sundance 2018

After innumerable plays, books, films, made-for-tv series and specials, and even an opera and a musical, you would think popular culture would have exhausted all the options for telling the story of Lizzie Borden, the New England woman who was tried and acquitted for the ax murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. But such is the fascination with Borden and the enigmatic story around her, a gory tale chock-full of intriguing timeline gaps and baffling stray details, that artists keep finding ways to reinterpret it to suit different times and tastes.

The elegantly lurid but compelling Lizzie, written...
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‘The Catcher Was a Spy': Paul Rudd’s WWII Drama Swings and Misses

Like many films adapted from biographies of lesser known figures, the story of Boston Red Sox catcher Morris Berg demands the reaction: “That wasn’t already a movie?” But there we were in Sundance on Friday night, lining up for the premiere Paul Rudd’s buzzy drama “The Catcher Was a Spy,” directed by Ben Lewin from a book by Nicholas Dawidoff. Rudd plays Berg, who in this telling is a Jewish closeted homosexual athlete recruited to stop the Nazis from developing an atom bomb. That’s pretty heavy lifting for the most versatile of our male leading men, let alone America’s Favorite Nice...
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'Juliet, Naked': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Juliet, Naked': Film Review | Sundance 2018
For a romantic comedy with counter-culturish roots, Juliet, Naked is served up right over the middle of the plate. A broadly played piece about a 40ish British couple whose lives are upended by a mostly forgotten American cult rock singer, director Jesse Peretz’s film is passably engaging and has its funny moments, but feels almost startlingly mainstream and conventional for an indie film based on a Nick Hornby novel. A modest commercial future looks in store.

Only a lack of viable options keeps childless couple Annie (Rose Byrne) and Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) together. The very attractive Annie is interestingly portrayed...
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Hollywood Reacts to Government Shutdown: ‘An American Travesty’

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The Senate failed to get the votes Friday night to keep the government funded, causing it to shutdown at midnight and #TrumpShutdown to trend worldwide. Hollywood stars were among the first to react to the news and, for the most part, they were pretty harsh on President Donald Trump and his administration. Josh Gad took it seriously, tweeting, “A Republican Senate. A Republican Congress. A Republican President. An American travesty,” while Michael Ian Black quipped: “I honestly feel like I work harder than Trump and I barely do anything.” Here are a handful of other tweets: Trumpty-Dumpty Sat on his wallTrumpty-Dumpty Dropped the...
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‘Pity’ Film Review: From Greece, a Mordant Comedy About Tragedy

Pain is not only painful; it’s repetitious. At least that’s the case in director Babis Makridis’ “Pity,” a slow-burn drama about the relentless heartache loss tends to cause. In the beginning we find Giannis (Yannis Drakopoulos) standing inside his home, in front of the door. He’s in a white button-up shirt and horn-rimmed glasses. There’s a knock at the door. A woman enters. She has a homemade Bundt cake. In “Pity,” there is an endless supply of these luscious pastries. It’s one of the few bright spots in Giannis’ otherwise morbid existence. The film trudges through the trenches of his wife’s...
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