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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105
Actress Connie Sawyer passed away at age 105 over the weekend, multiple outlets report. She was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.

Among Sawyer’s many roles are as James Franco’s godmother in “Pineapple Express” and as a member of one of the couples interviewed in the documentary portion of “When Harry Met Sally…

She died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House, a community for retired entertainers. A representative for Sawyer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development

'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.

As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any
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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ TV Series Reboot From Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi Gets FX Pilot Order, Sets Cast

‘What We Do In The Shadows’ TV Series Reboot From Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi Gets FX Pilot Order, Sets Cast
A reboot of What We Do In The Shadows is in the works for the small screen. FX has given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy based on the 2014 mockumentary horror film co-written, co-directed and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Clement is attached as writer and executive producer on TV adaptation and Waititi will direct and executive produce. Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen are set to star in the FX pilot, executive produced by…
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Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Finds Its Vince Neil, Mick Mars (Exclusive)

Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Finds Its Vince Neil, Mick Mars (Exclusive)
As the long-gestating Motley Crue biopic The Dirt heads towards a February production start, the film is in the home sweet home stretch of firming up the leads who will play the iconic rock-and-roll hair band.

Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon and The Punisher actor Daniel Webber are in negotiations to star as guitarist Mick Mars and frontman Vince Neil.

If the deals go through, the actors will join Douglas Booth, who is on board as Nikki Sixx, and Machine Gun Kelly, who is due to play drummer Tommy Lee, in the movie that is based on the bestselling...
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'Incredibles 2' Reveals New Cast, Character Details

'Incredibles 2' Reveals New Cast, Character Details
Incredibles 2 has a recruited a few more stars.

Disney started the week by sharing a cast list that includes a few more names, as well as character details for previously announced stars.

Among the newcomers is Better Call Saul's Jonathan Banks as Rick Dicker. He's a government leader who helps the Parr family keep their superhero identities secret as head of the Super Relocation Program. Unfortunately for the superteam, the family is left to their own devices when the division is closed.

Meanwhile, Sophia Bush will play Voyd, a young Elastigirl fan who aspires to be a superhero and has...
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Razzies: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson Among 2018 Nominees

Razzies: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson Among 2018 Nominees
Baywatch,” “The Emoji Movie,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” “The Mummy,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” have been nominated as “worst picture” for the 38th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.

The nominees for the mock awards show were unveiled on Monday, a day before the Academy Awards nominations, with a video called “how to protect humanity from toxic waste.” Winners will be announced on March 3, the day before the Oscars ceremony.

“Welcome to the 38th Razzie Nominees,” the announcement said. “Simply defined, Razzie hazardous waste is material with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment.”

The fifth “Transformers” movie, called “Transformers Xvii: The Last Knight” in the announcement, led the pack with seven noms, including worst picture, worst actor for Mark Wahlberg, worst supporting actor for Josh Duhamel, worst supporting Actress for Laura Haddock, and worst director for Michael Bay.

Other actors on the list included Tom Cruise for “The Mummy
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Oscars: New Rules Unveiled to Govern Handling of Envelopes

Oscars: New Rules Unveiled to Govern Handling of Envelopes
After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business. He grilled the partners who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the dozens of people affected by it: The show's producers, presenters and stage managers, as well as the filmmakers behind La La Land and Moonlight.

In the months that followed, PwC met with the academy many times to come up with new protocols and safeguards to prevent such a blunder in the future. Ryan revealed those six new reforms to The Associated Press....
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Will Ewoks Return in the Han Solo Movie?

Will Ewoks Return in the Han Solo Movie?
Rumors abound that the first Solo trailer is dropping this week. There has been much fanfare over the second Star Wars Story, most of it not good. And there have been a lot of behind-the-scenes images, mostly shared by director Ron Howard. One leaked image clearly shows a taxidermied Ewok behind a glass case. Though it's highly suspect whether or not the Ewok, or others like it will show up in the movie. It's definitely there on set. But we might be looking at one of the many deleted scenes that will forever go unwatched in the Lucasfilm vault.

The image in question was leaked from the set before Ron Howard came in and took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired. Images from this scene were some of the first to come online, giving fans a first look at the movie. And it clearly looks like
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Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own

Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own
She may be turning 90, but animated film, TV and fashion icon Minnie Mouse is as vital as ever.

She has a starring role on a Disney Channel show, tirelessly greets fans at Disney theme parks around the globe, and has inspired top fashion designers well into her octogenarian years. She is a licensing powerhouse. And on Jan. 22, she will receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fittingly, Minnie’s longtime boyfriend, Mickey Mouse, will accompany her when she receives the honor. Mickey was the first cartoon character to get a star in 1978, when he was 50, and was later joined by other Disney toon characters.

Now it’s time for the winsome Minnie with the big bow and polka dot dress to join Tinker Bell, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck and Mickey on the iconic walk. Minnie was unavailable for comment, but Russi Taylor, who has voiced her for more than 30 years
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Peter Jackson Making World War I Feature Documentary

Peter Jackson Making World War I Feature Documentary
Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is making a documentary film about World War I that will premiere at the London Film Festival this fall and also air on the BBC.

The documentary, which doesn't have a title yet, will use original, archive footage from Britain's Imperial War Museums and audio from the BBC archives.

"The film will be broadcast on BBC One following a U.K.-wide premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018," the filmmaker and his partners said Monday in unveiling the project. "The BBC will accompany the film with a ‘making-of’...
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TNT Parts Ways With ‘Snowpiercer’ Showrunner Josh Friedman (Exclusive)

TNT Parts Ways With ‘Snowpiercer’ Showrunner Josh Friedman (Exclusive)
TNT has parted ways with Josh Friedman, the showrunner of the TV adaptation of “Snowpiercer,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Friedman was an executive producer on the project and wrote the pilot, which was shot last year. “Snowpiercer” was ordered to series by TNT earlier this month. A source close to the network cited creative differences as the reason.

The series, based on the 2014 Bong Joon Ho film, takes place seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and centers on a small band of people who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Jennifer Connelly stars as Melanie Cavill, an important first-class passenger and leader who is fascinated by the less fortunate riders on the train. The “Snowpiercer” cast also includes Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Lena Hall.

Friedman had a great
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SAG Awards: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

SAG Awards: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
The Screen Actors Guild usually proves themselves to be creatures of habit: They reward the same stars, year in and year out — following their own patterns rather than setting any new trends.

But the night wasn’t completely by the books. Here’s a look at some of the award show’s biggest curveballs:

Surprise: “This Is Us” (NBC)

Admittedly, this race was a tough one to call: Good arguments could have been made for any of the nominees. But “Stranger Things” was a surprise win last year, and the SAG did it again, crowning the NBC tearjerker. The last time a broadcast series took home the trophy was in 2006 for ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Snub: “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Speaking of “Stranger Things,” the Netflix series went 0-for-4 tonight. Nothing for David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, the stunt team, or the cast — depriving viewers of yet another rousing speech from Harbour and Winona Ryder’s facial
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SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance

SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance
Exclusive: In the biggest deal on the ground at the Sundance Film Festival so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the Next section at the Ray at 6:30 pm, focuses on the relationship between a father and his…
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Big Little Lies Season 2: [Spoiler] Poised to Return

Big Little Lies Season 2: [Spoiler] Poised to Return
The following story contains spoilers about Big Little Lies‘ forthcoming second season… proceed at your own peril

When HBO officially announced last month that it was moving forward with a second season of Big Little Lies, the cabler noted that “most” of the main characters are expected to accompany Nicole Kidman’s Celeste and Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline back to Monterey. Apparently even the dead ones.

RELATEDWhy Big Little Lies Is Switching Directors for Season 2

TVLine has learned exclusively that Alexander Skarsgard — whose abusive alter ego, Perry, was seemingly killed off in the HBO dramedy’s Season 1 climax — is expected to return in some capacity.
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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup
Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, is among five more films added Monday to the competition lineup at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

Unsane” joins “7 Days in Entebbe” and “Aga” as new additions that, though part of the competition slate, will not actually vie for the Golden and Silver Bears. All will have their world premieres at the Berlinale, as will the two titles added Monday that will compete for prizes: “Ang panahon ng halimaw” (“Season of the Devil”) from the Philippines and “Museo” (“Museum”) from Mexico, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

All but one of the 24 competition films have now been selected. Nineteen of the 24 will vie for the Golden and Silver Bears.

“Unsane,” which is set for a March 23 release in the U.S. via Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street, stars Foy as a woman who is sent to a mental institution though it is unclear whether her greatest
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‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award

‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award
Sev Ohanian is having a good Sundance Film Festival. This morning Search, the thriller he co-wrote and produced, landed the biggest money of the festival so far with a $5 million worldwide rights deal from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. And at a Park City ceremony, Ohanian was awarded the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the…
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'Monster': Film Review | Sundance 2018

The HBO series The Night Of told a brutally effective and psychologically layered story of a young New Yorker from a good Pakistani-American family caught up in a nightmarish spiral of criminal justice in which his ethnicity alone rendered him guilty in many eyes. Monster chronicles a similar experience involving a black Harlem high school senior with ambitions to become a filmmaker, who gets charged as an accomplice in a lethal armed robbery. The big difference is that in graduating to features from a busy career in music videos, commercials and photography, director Anthony Mandler can't get out of his...
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'Beirut': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Beirut': Film Review | Sundance 2018
A hostage-rescue story set in the middle of the Lebanese civil war, Brad Anderson's Beirut offers Jon Hamm as a different kind of persuasion merchant, trying to negotiate a friend's release before more powerful men decide he's not worth trying to keep alive. Increasingly tense and benefitting from a well thought-out script by Tony Gilroy, it finds a slim opening for heroics in a place where all parties are tainted. Though not a sure thing commercially, it will play well with fans of John le Carre-sourced films.

Hamm's Mason Skiles begins the film as a happy diplomat in 1972 Beirut,...
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British Competition Watchdog Says Fox Takeover of Sky Not in Public Interest

In a blow to 21st Century Fox, Britain’s competition watchdog has provisionally concluded that the company’s proposed takeover of satcaster Sky would have a negative impact on media plurality, increasing the likelihood that the British government will reject the $15 billion bid.

The Competition and Markets Authority said Tuesday morning that it “has provisionally found that Fox taking full control of Sky is not in the public interest due to media plurality concerns, but not because of a lack of a genuine commitment to meeting broadcasting standards in the U.K.”

It noted that the Murdoch Family Trusts news outlets are watched or read by a third of the U.K.’s population and a deal “would lead to the Murdoch Family Trust (Mft), which controls Fox and News Corporation (News Corp), increasing its control over Sky, so that it would have too much control over news providers in the U.K. across
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