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‘Jumanji’ Is Holding Off ’12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ for Top Box Office Spot

‘Jumanji’ Is Holding Off ’12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ for Top Box Office Spot
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” will be the No. 1 film at the box office for the third straight weekend, as it is estimated to make $19.9 million from 3,704 locations in its fifth weekend in theaters. That amount would push its domestic total to $316 million, passing “Thor: Ragnarok” as the seventh highest grossing film released in 2017. Dwayne Johnson’s long-running action comedy kept its top spot despite a challenge from this week’s new releases, WB/Alcon’s “12 Strong” and Stx’s “Den of Thieves,” which are finishing second and third, respectively. “12 Strong” is hitting its projection target with an...
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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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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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Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in four years — he previously debuted “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” at the mountainside gathering. It’s a showy role for Offerman, allowing an actor best known for his comedic turn on “Parks & Recreation” to flex some dramatic muscles.

The deal excludes North American rights and was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Endeavor Content. Sony’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz, and Jon Freedberg negotiated the deal for the studio.

The film co-stars Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette, with original music by Keegan DeWitt, and is set
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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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Fredo Santana, Chicago-Based Rapper, Dies at 27

Fredo Santana, Chicago-Based Rapper, Dies at 27
Fredo Santana, the Chicago rapper who emerged with his cousin Chief Keef, has died at the age of 27, according to media reports. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but the rapper (born Derrick Coleman) posted on Instagram last October that he had been hospitalized with kidney and liver failure. “I’m getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues,” Santana wrote. “Thanks for everyone who prayed for a n— I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.” Also Read: Allison Shearmur, Producer on 'Rogue One,' 'Hunger Games,'...
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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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Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’

Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’
Fox has ordered its first pilots of the season — Our People, a single-camera comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran; multi-camera comedy Rel starring Lil Rey Howery and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and Mixtape, a musical drama from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran. All three projects come from Fox’s current sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, which is poised to move to Disney once the proposed Disney-21st Century Fox
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Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order

Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order
ABC has kicked off the traditional pilot season with an order to an untitled single-camera comedy from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Doyle, the untitled comedy is set in the 1970s and revolves around an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades. ABC recently had a single-camera…
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2018 Oscars: Will one film sweep both actress awards for the 11th time?

2018 Oscars: Will one film sweep both actress awards for the 11th time?
If our combined Oscar odds are correct, the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories will be dominated by the stars of three films: Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf of “Lady Bird”; Margot Robbie and Allison Janney of “I, Tonya”; and Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer of “The Shape of Water.” And if one pair of co-stars wins, it’d be the 11th time both actress awards went to the same film.

The best chance of this happening is with Ronan and Metcalf. The former sits in second place in lead, behind “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri” star Frances McDormand, with 7/2 odds, while her onscreen mother is the favorite in supporting with 11/5 odds.

But after defeating Metcalf at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice, Janney is watching her stock rise quickly. She stands at 5/2 odds, while her onscreen daughter, Robbie, is in fifth in lead with 8/1 odds.

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SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?

SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?
In what has been one of the most confusing awards derbies in recent memory, we’re on the eve of what could be a make-or-break weekend in the Oscar race for Best Picture. The Producers Guild Awards will be handed out on Saturday night, January 20, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards follow on Sunday, January 21. Neither award has a perfect track record anticipating the Oscars, but your odds go way up if you win both awards.

The PGA Awards have been around since 1990, and 19 out of their 28 previous winners have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars (68%). The SAG Awards first gave out a prize for the best ensemble cast in 1996, and 11 out of 22 of their winners have won at the Oscars (50%). But there have been 10 years when the two awards groups agreed on the winner, and eight of those ended up taking the Oscar (80%). The match-ups are
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Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest

Rbg, the documentary about her life and legacy that first screens at Sundance on Jan. 21 — could be the toast of the fest. "Millennials are big fans of hers," says Julie Cohen, who directed the film along with Betsy West. "What they love about her is the contrast between her seriousness of purpose and her lighter side."

Having embraced the hip-hop moniker Notorious Rbg (originally bestowed upon her by an NYU law student), Ginsburg doesn't shy away from the notoriety...
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2018 Oscars: Did Golden Globes preview another split between Best Picture and Best Director?

2018 Oscars: Did Golden Globes preview another split between Best Picture and Best Director?
In the last five years, the Academy Awards have split up the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. The days of the sweep, it seems, are long past with the helmer of the top prize no longer guaranteed the Best Director statuette. Quite the opposite, in fact; if you win one, its likely you are not winning the other.

Last year, Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land,” while “Moonlight” shocked us all to win Best Picture. The year before that, Alejandro G. Inarritu took home the Oscar for directing “The Revenant,” while “Spotlight” claimed the big award. 2015 was the only year in the past five to marry the two Oscars together, with Inarritu winning both Director and Picture for “Birdman.” In 2014, Alfonso Cuaron won for directing “Gravity” while “12 Years a Slave” was the best film of the year. And in 2013, “Argo” won Best Picture despite
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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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