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Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal on DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Shortlist (Exclusive)

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Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal are on the shortlist of actors DC Entertainment is considering pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern Corps,” multiple people with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. The casting process is still in the very early stages, and there are no talks with any of the actors as of yet. DC is considering whether Reynolds, who played Jordan in the 2011 film “Green Lantern,” should return to the role, an insider told TheWrap. His superhero stock soared last year when he starred in “Deadpool. »


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Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings

19 January 2017 2:44 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we »


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‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser

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While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.

With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.

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House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017

The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.”  His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »


- Debra Birnbaum

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Little Hours’

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What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.

Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »


- Peter Debruge

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Writer Responds to Outrage: ‘Mistakes Were Made,’ but ‘No Animals Were Harmed’

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W. Bruce Cameron, author of the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and co-screenwriter of the film — made controversial by a leaked video from the film’s set — has asserted that no dogs were harmed during the shoot.

Cameron, in a statement issued Friday, said the commentary accompanying TMZ’s leaked video of a German Shepard mischaracterizes the incident. TMZ’s story began, “One of the dogs in the upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose” desperately resisted shooting a risky scene, but chilling footage shows filmmakers apparently forcing the animal into rushing water.”

Cameron admits that mistakes were made on the set but adds that TMZ’s version of the events isn’t accurate.

“I found the video we’ve all seen to be shocking because when I was on set, the ethic of everyone was the safety and comfort of the dogs,” he said. “If the people who shot and »


- Dave McNary

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Did Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech Echo ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Villain Bane? (Video)

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Earlier Friday, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. During his speech in Washington D.C., some very perceptive and clever fanboys on social media noticed that the President quoted a comic book villain best known to DC Comics fans as the man who broke the Batman’s back – Bane. pic.twitter.com/dYECwneW1R — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017 The President quoted a line from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and promised to give America back to the people, saying “Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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The Orchard, CNN Films Nab Rights to Sundance Hunting Doc ‘Trophy’

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The Orchard and CNN Films have partnered to acquire North American rights to “Trophy,” a documentary about the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation.

The sale comes on the eve of the doc’s world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film was made by Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, and produced by Lauren Haber and Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films.

The Orchard will handle North American rights, except for broadcast, which go to CNN. An unnamed studio is closing in on international rights to the film, which the producers describe as “a startling exploration” of how the relationship between hunters and conservationists is evolving.

The filmmakers call “Trophy” an investigation of “powerhouse industries” — including not just big-game hunting, but breeding and wildlife conservation within that rubric. “Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries — from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest »


- James Rainey

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'A Dog's Purpose' Writer Says On-Set Video "Mischaracterizes What Happened"

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Two days after a disturbing video was released of a stressed German Shepherd performing a stunt on the set of A Dog's Purpose, and less than 24 hours following the cancelation of the film's premiere after a boycott call by the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals, the author of the eponymous book the film's based on is speaking out.

W. Bruce Cameron, also a co-screenwriter on the upcoming Universal project, released a statement describing the video as "shocking," but casting doubt on the motivation of "the people who shot and edited" the footage, since if "something was wrong, why »


- Gary Baum

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John Turturro Talks ‘The Night Of,’ Crime Scenes, Kalief Browder

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At first, they look like any other subway ad for a certain low-level New York lawyer: A middle-aged man, a cheesy font, a name — John Stone. Unless you noticed the HBO logo in the corner, you wouldn’t know it was promoting HBO’s limited series “The Night Of,” starring John Turturro as one of those low-level New York lawyers who takes on the case of a Pakistani-American college kid from Queens accused of murder (played by Riz Ahmed).

“The lady who works at our house, she was on the subway and saw it, and went to take a picture of it,” Turturro, who lives in Brooklyn, tells Variety. “A guy saw her and said, ‘Do you know that guy?’ She said, ‘Yeah, I work for him,’ and he said, ‘Is he a good lawyer?'”

John Stone was a good enough lawyer, though his client suffered possibly irreparable psychic damage from his time on Rikers Island »


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‘The Path’ Creator Says Hulu Let Her Be ‘Really Brave’ in Season 2

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To leave a religion you’ve dedicated your life to requires quite a bit of bravery. And to tell a story about what faith can do to a person? That might require even more.

But that’s the nature of “The Path,” Hulu’s religious drama about a cult in upstate New York that appears to be well-intentioned but holds secrets and lies all the way up to its highest levels of leadership. The organization, named Meyerism, is shaken after prominent member Eddie (Aaron Paul) begins to have doubts about their belief infecting those around him – like wife, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) – and additional crises of their own.

At the premiere of the second season at the Sundance Sunset Theater Thursday night, the cast and crew gathered to celebrate the dark and pensive show. Those who worked on “The Path” recognized the impact a show like this could have, tackling an issue so many studios shy away from »


- Dani Levy

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Anti-Trump Playlist: 9 Songs Against the New President (Videos)

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Donald Trump is entering the Oval Office with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president since Jimmy Carter. Millions nationwide will march against him the day after he is inaugurated. There’s a lot of rage going around, and it’s being reflected in our music. Here’s a playlist of anti-Trump anthems that have been created since Djt began his road to the White House. Green Day turned the president into a monster in the lyric video for their latest single, “Troubled Times.” The last Republican president inspired Green Day to make “American Idiot.” Who knows what they will make in. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date

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In today’s TV news roundup, the “Transparent” creators’ new show starring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon will premiere in May, social media celebrity Ray Diaz joins TV Land’s “Lopez,” and more.

Dates

Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.

Casting

TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »


- Will Thorne

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Slamdance: FilmRise Takes Powerlifting Doc 'Supergirl'

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Filmrise has acquired the worldwide rights to Supergirl, which centers on Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen and record-breaking, powerlifting phenom.

Supergirl shows Kutin as she navigates religious obligations, cyber-bullying and the pressure to keep her titles.

Jessie Auritt directed the doc, which will screen at Slamdance 2017, having made it's world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Supergirl will make its broadcast debut on the upcoming season of PBS’s Independent Lens.

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- Mia Galuppo

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How Trump’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Fooled Everybody

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President Donald Trump had a “designated survivor” during his inauguration, and he totally gave everyone the slip. A few hours after Trump was sworn in, the truth came out. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch took the role of designated survivor for the inauguration. If the worst had happened, he might have become the 46th President of the United States. Members of the House of Representatives, Senate and Judiciary often attend events like the Presidential Inauguration or State of the Union Address. And lots of government officials in one location brings with it the awful possibility of a disaster or attack that could wipe out the. »


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Kellyanne Conway’s Outfit Mocked: ‘This Is What Happens When the Gays Won’t Dress You’

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The inauguration of  a new president is certainly supposed to be a patriotic day, however Donald Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took the theme to the extreme with her red, white and blue outfit Friday. On such a serious day when the swearing in of the new Potus sparked protests and riots across the country, Conway’s far-out fashion, at least, provided a source of light entertainment on social media. While her Gucci A-line wool coat with cat-head buttons (retailing at $3,600 on Gucci.com) could have looked stylish alone — or perhaps worn on a less official occasion — when paired with a red. »


- Debbie Emery

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Remote Controlled: Dan Stevens on ‘Legion’ Weirdness, ‘Bachelor’ Nick Viall Pleads Patience for Corinne

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Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and senior TV reporter Daniel Holloway in conversation with “Legion” star Dan Stevens about the show’s psychedelic take on the superhero genre — and its differences from his previous TV gig, “Downton Abbey.”

“Remarkably similar,” Stevens joked when asked how the two shows stack up against one another. He added, “They’re fundamentally different things. Although I am in a wheelchair in one of the early episodes.”

Stevens, who played charming aristocrat Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” stars on FX’s “Legion” as David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who learns that what he’s been told his whole adult life are delusions are instead manifestations of a mutant superpower. The series, based on Marvel’s “X-Men” comic books, is »


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The Orchard and CNN Films Acquire Domestic Rights to ‘Trophy’

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The Orchard and CNN Films announced that they have joined forces to acquire North American rights to Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau’s documentary “Trophy.” “Trophy” is produced by Lauren Haber and Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films. The Orchard will handle all North American rights except broadcast, which will be acquired by CNN. A studio is closing international rights to the film. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? A startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation, “Trophy” screens at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Documentary Competition. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Supergirl’ Doc About Pre-Teen Powerlifter Picked Up by FilmRise

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FilmRisehas acquired worldwide rights to director Jessie Auritt’s feature documentary “Supergirl,” the film and TV distributor announced Friday. The film, which screens Saturday at Slamdance Film Festival, follows an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen named Naomi Kutin, who at age nine broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon. As she fights to hold onto her title, Kutin navigates the perils of adolescence — from religious obligations to cyber-bullying and health issues, which could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “Supergirl” will make its broadcast debut on »


- Thom Geier

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Broad Green Pulls Buena Vista Social Club Doc From Sundance

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Oscar nominee Lucy Walker’s forthcoming documentary about revolutionary musicians in Cuba has been abruptly pulled from the Sundance lineup. The untitled project was a pseudo-follow up to the hit Wim Wenders doc “Buena Vista Social Club” about the ensemble from 1999. Sundance officials announced the change early Friday morning, with the film’s distributor Broad Green following up with a statement about delayed post-production. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, »


- Matt Donnelly

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President Trump Initiates Standing Ovation for Hillary Clinton (Video)

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After defeating Hillary Clinton in the election last November, now-President Trump he took a few moments during his inauguration day Friday to honor his former opponent. “I was very, very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were coming today … and I’d like you to stand up,” Trump said at the inaugural luncheon. The room erupted with applause when Hillary rose and she can be seen saying, “Thank you,” as Trump himself clapped loudly with his hands above his head. Also Read: Donald Trump's Inaugural Address: 10 Most Memorable Lines “Honestly, there is nothing »


- Brian Flood

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