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‘Logan’ Post-Credits Scene Confirmed, Hugh Jackman Rules Out Deadpool/Wolverine Movie
“Logan” is wonderfully different. A movie that operates more like a drama or western that anything involving people with special powers, it’s arguably a new classic in the genre (read our review), and pushes the boundaries what the can be done with the superhero movie. James Mangold doesn’t follow any rulebook from Marvel or DC Films….except in one department….
Rumors started surfacing over the past few days that 20th Century Fox had quietly added a few more minutes of additional runtime to “Logan,” prompting speculation that post-credits sting was being added.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Partridge Family’ Star David Cassidy Reveals He Has Dementia
David Cassidy, star of the hit 70s TV series “The Partridge Family,” revealed on Monday that he is battling dementia. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said in an interview with People Magazine, adding that his mother and grandfather had also suffered from the degenerative brain disease. Cassidy, 66, also announced he was retiring from his post-“Partridge” career as a musician to concentrate on dealing with his health. Last weekend, Cassidy struggled to remember lyrics to songs he has been performing for decades and staggered off the stage during a concert in. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Gerald Hirschfeld, Cinematographer on 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Fail-Safe,' Dies at 95
Gerald Hirschfeld, the veteran cinematographer who shot the films Fail-Safe and Young Frankenstein in beautiful black and white, died Feb. 13 of natural causes at his home in Ashland, Ore., a family spokesman said. He was 95.
Hirschfeld was the American Society of Cinematographers' most senior member, having joined the organization in 1951, and he received its prestigious Presidents Award in 2007.
Hirschfeld's first major assignment came for director Sidney Lumet on the taut Cold War drama Fail-Safe (1964), and he brilliantly captured the look of the Universal monster movies of the 1930s with »
- Mike Barnes
Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Social Media Buzz
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated nearly 130,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
Disney released a new behind-the-scenes clip on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The live-action romance, starring Emma Watson, has produced a total of 987,000 new conversations on social media.
Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated 101,000 new conversations last week as director Rian Johnson offered details on Feb. 15 about the movie, explaining that the story will resume from the end of “Star Wars: »
- Dave McNary
First Look: The Cast Of Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’; Arnold Schwarzenneger Likely Not Part Of Cast
“There’s one of two ways we can go,” writer/director Shane Black said in May of 2016. “We use [Arnold] Schwarzenegger or we don’t. And there’s advantages to using him and there’s a story to be told if we don’t, and I’m not going to tell you which one we chose, but we made a choice that I think is cool and we’ll see what happens,” Black said.
- The Playlist
WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV – Complete Winners List
Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Arrival’s Eric Heisserer were the big film winners on Sunday night at the 69th annual WGA Awards, which were handed out at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. On the TV side, FX swept the top categories with Atlanta winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form Adapted. See the full list of winners below, along with video of Jenkins… »
‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards
Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/Adr categories. “La La Land” won in the musical field.
On the television side, “Westworld” won prizes in both the short form and long form categories. “Penny Dreadful,” “The Night Of” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” were also recognized.
- Kristopher Tapley
Shine France COO Bouchra Rejani Steps Down
Paris– Shine France’s COO Bouchra Rejani is stepping down from the Paris-set branch of Shine Endemol.
The company announced plans in October to merge Endemol and Shine operations in France under a newly-branded banner, Endemol Shine France, which has yet to be greenlit by France’s anti-trust board. Endemol France president Nicolas Coppermann is expected to run the new division.
“It has been a remarkable time during which our team achieved so much productivity in different genres for numerous channels — not only in France, but internationally,” said Rejani, who worked at Shine France for 7 years.
Rejani, who will exit later this month, pointed out Shine France produced 203 hours of programming for primetime since launching and reached 256 million viewers in 2015-2016.
During her tenure, Rejani produced French adaptations of “MasterChef,” “The Voice” and “Super Nanny,” as well as dramas such as “Tunnel,” the French makeover of “Bron” which garnered strong ratings on Canal Plus.
- Elsa Keslassy
‘Morning Joe': Cpac Canceling Milo Yiannopoulos Was ‘a No-Brainer’
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has deemed the decision to disinvite Milo Yiannopoulos from the upcoming Cpac conference as a “somewhat of a no-brainer” following the Breitbart editor’s recent comments about pedophilia. American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp explained that Cpac doesn’t mind having controversy on stage, but Yiannopoulos took it too far. “Over the weekend I was made aware of these comments and it just broke through very important boundaries and we felt like the Cpac stage was not an appropriate place for this any longer,” Schlapp said in a statement on Monday. Also Read: Milo and »
- Brian Flood
Korean Cinema Group Lotte on the End of Missile Warning From China
Lotte, the fifth largest conglomerate in South Korea and the second largest player in Korean cinema, has been warned by China that it will be punished if missile deployment goes ahead on land that it currently owns.
China has repeatedly voiced strong opposition to the deployment of the U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile system, which the South Korean government says is necessary to protect it from attack by North Korea. China says that the system’s radar penetrates in to its territory and can be used for spying.
In an editorial, state-controlled news agency Xinhua warned of “severe consequences” and said that Lotte would be “playing with fire” if it goes ahead with a land swap that would lead to the Korean government’s acceleration of Thaad deployment. “Lotte Group is one decision away from becoming an accessory to the act,” Xinhua said.
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- Patrick Frater
Diversity in Hollywood Is a ‘Plus Factor For the Bottom Line’ (Report)
Hollywood is failing to present more diverse casts in movies and television — even though doing so would maximize the bottom line, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.
“The problem, as we have pointed out in earlier reports, is that the Hollywood industry is not currently structured to make the most of today’s market realities,” said Dr. Darnell Hunt, chairman of the center. “The studios, networks, talent agencies, and academies are demographically and culturally out of step with the diverse audiences on which their collective future will increasingly depend.”
The report is the fourth in four years from Hunt. It points out that the nation consisted of nearly 40% minorities in 2015 — the last year examined — and will only become increasingly so in the coming years. It also noted that minorities currently buy 45% of all movie tickets.
“Despite false claims to the contrary, »
- Dave McNary
Lais Bodanzky, Maria Ribeiro on ‘Just Like Our Parents’
Sold by Wild Bunch and produced by Brazil’s Gullane, the company behind “The Second Mother,” one of Berlin’s biggest arthouse sales hits two years ago, Berlin 2017 Panorama player “Just Like Our Parents” forms part of a new cinema of social conscience in Brazil which examines the forces forging a modern Brazil.
But if Daniela Thomas’ “Vazante” turns on miscegenation, and Marcelo Gomes’ “Joaquim” on the consequences of anger against social and economic privilege and corruption, the fourth feature from Lais Bodanzky, one of Brazil’s most reputed women directors, takes on chauvinism. As Homero, the doddery new age artist father of protagonist Rosa puts it, justifying his serial philandering, “sexual encounter is the divine grace of God. This is hereditary. It’s in our DNA, it’s our heritage.”
“Just Like Our Parents” chronicles a woman’s attempt to battle such attitudes and their consequences, the evisceration of »
- John Hopewell
ITN Productions Top Executive Talks First Oscar Nomination, U.S. Expansion
ITN Productions, the commercial production arm of British TV news powerhouse ITN, which is owned by ITV (40 percent), Daily Mail and General Trust (20 percent), Thomson Reuters (20 percent) and Ubm (20 percent), has made a name for itself in the U.K. and beyond with its current affairs, factual, sports and other programming for TV since its launch in 2010.
ITN Productions has been building out its work for U.S. networks and grew its revenue to £32.0 million, or $39.8 million, in 2016, up 35 percent from the £23.7 million, or $29.5 million at current exchange rates, in 2015.
- Georg Szalai
Curt Schilling Defends Milo Before Learning What Actually Happened
Former baseball star-turned-conservative commentator Curt Schilling is apologizing after a botched attempt to defend disgraced alt-right icon and (for now, at least) Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Twitter. Schilling is well-known for ludicrous political commentary, like suggesting journalists should be lynched. But he’s now (voluntarily) eating crow after learning just what it is that has critics so upset with Yiannopoulos. Also Read: Milo Yiannopoulos Denies Defending Pedophilia After Shocking Comments Emerge (Video) Yiannopoulos suffered a string of severe career setbacks in short succession today, stemming from comments he made defending pedophilia in an online video that came to light over the weekend. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
‘Timeless': 9 Mind-Bending Questions That Need Answers in Season 2 (Spoilers)
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the season finale of “Timeless.”) With the first season of “Timeless” now complete, the show has left a lot of dangling threads. NBC hasn’t confirmed it’ll bring “Timeless” back for a second season, but if it does, there will be plenty of time travel conundrums for the Time Team to deal with once they resume hopping through history. Flynn’s in custody, Rittenhouse has the Mothership, and secret villains are revealed. There are also some interesting sci-fi puzzles to deal with in Season 2. “Timeless” has suggested some very interesting things about how time travelers might have already. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Berlin Film Review: ‘Hostages’
If one of the most interesting developments in world cinema recently has been the emergence of a coherent and impressive national new wave in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Rezo Gigineishvili’s “Hostages” perhaps marks a kind of maturation point for the movement. It’s not that the film, a fictionalized retelling of a real-life 1980s hijacking in which seven young Georgians attempted to reroute an airplane to Turkey in order to defect to the West, is any stronger or more powerful than the foundational films of this regional revival, such as George Ovashvili’s “Corn Island,” Zaza Urushadze’s Oscar-nominated “Tangerines” and last year’s stunning Karlovy Vary-awarded “The House Of Others” from Rusudan Glurjidze. If anything, it is considerably more generic and anonymous than those titles, but that in itself is a kind of progress: “Hostages” marks the point at which Georgian cinema has gained in self-confidence »
- Jessica Kiang
Film Review: ‘Lady of the Lake’
Indian documentary director Haobam Paban Kumar makes a promising transition to narrative features with the fantasy-tinged “Lady of the Lake.” Returning to the locale of his 2014 film “Floating Life,” Kumar charts the strained marriage of a middle-aged couple living on the extraordinary phumdis (masses of floating vegetation) in Loktak Lake in northeastern Manipur State. Unfolding against the backdrop of forced evictions and house burnings carried out by government forces since 2011, “Lady of the Lake” is light on plot but makes strong statements about human rights and the corrosive effects of living in a constant state of fear. Though commercial prospects appear slim, festivals with appropriate slots should take a look.
Adapting a short story by co-writer Sudhir Naoroibam, Kumar Kumar sets the scene with images of shacks burning on the phumdis of Loktak Lake while a fisherman watches helplessly from his boat. This arresting sequence is followed by text information »
- Richard Kuipers
‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Nick Gets Down and Dirty on Hometown Dates (and Meets Corinne’s Nanny, Raquel)
Like many elements of the “Bachelor” franchise, the week of hometown dates defies logic. Most self-respecting adults would not bring home a significant other after dating for only a few weeks, while also dating several other people, and expect everyone’s family to be totally chill with the prospect of a marriage proposal in the near future.
These are all hurdles that the each of Nick’s final four’s parents seem to see at first in the distance, but overcome through some combination of time, alcohol, clever editing… or maybe (just maybe) Nick is just that charming. This is to say, it’s hometown date week on “The Bachelor.” The episode covers race, gender roles, romance across international borders, and Raven 0n an Atv. Which is where we begin.
- Seth Kelley
‘Big Little Lies': Who’s Dead and Who’s the Murderer? (Photos)
The central plot of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” revolves around someone’s murder, but the show plays coy with the details, including the identities of both the murder and their victim. The series is a fairly straightforward adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel, but for those who haven’t read the book, here’s a rundown of the possible scenarios. Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) Why she might be dead: It would be pretty surprising if any of the three main women turned out to be the victim, but Madeline clearly isn’t afraid to make enemies. Who probably killed her: »
- Reid Nakamura
Watch Alex Trebek Rap Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar on ‘Jeopardy!’
“Jeopardy!” had Alex Trebek recite rap lyrics again on Monday’s episode, sending Twitter into a frenzy. The syndicated game show is hosting its collegiate-level tournament this week and featured the category “Let’s Rap Kids!” which had the contestants guess the artist from the provided lyrics. Among the songs Trebek was tasked with rapping were “Famous” by Kanye West, “Started From the Bottom” by Drake, “6 Foot 7 Foot” by Lil Wayne and Desiigner’s 2016 hit “Panda.” Also Read: 'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek Raps Drake's 'Jumpman,' Enchants Twitter (Video) “I was just getting into this rap thing,” Trebek said at the end of the. »
- Reid Nakamura
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