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‘The Mummy’ Star Sofia Boutella in Talks to Join Jodie Foster for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (Exclusive)

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Sofia Boutella, who wreaks havoc as the titular monster in Universal’s upcoming “The Mummy,” is in talks to join Jodie Foster in Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis.”

Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, which will also finance. Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” will direct from his own script. The logline is under wraps.

Adam Siegel and Marc Platt are producing for Marc Platt Productions. Pearce will executive produce through his Point of No Return production banner.

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The Mummy’ New Trailer Shows More of Sofia Boutella’s Creepy Villain

The project is expected to launch international sales next month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Boutella’s star has been on the rise since breaking out as Samuel Jackson’s henchman in Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The Algerian actress followed that up with a major role »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert

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A revival of the popular sitcom “Roseanne” is in the works with original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert already on board, Variety has confirmed.

The project is currently being shopped to both broadcast networks and streaming services. The original series ran for nine seasons on ABC and was widely praised for its portrayal of working class Americans.

Revivals of old shows are all the rage of late. Fox debuted “24: Legacy” in January, while a new season of “Prison Break” began airing on the network in April. Last year, Netflix debuted a four-episode continuation of “The Gilmore Girls.” In addition, NBC is producing a new 12-episode run of “Will & Grace,” which will air during the 2017-2018 season, while Showtime is preparing to launch new episodes of David Lynch’s cult classic series “Twin Peaks.”

Deadline first reported this news.

More to come…

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- Joe Otterson

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Hits $22 Million Internationally

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has blasted to $22.3 million at 29 international markets, a week ahead of its U.S. launch.

Australia is leading the way with $6.2 million, followed by France with $2.7 million and Italy with $2 million.

Germany generated a $1.5 million opening day on Thursday, the second-highest debut day of 2017 behind only “The Fate of the Furious.” Brazil opened with $1.2 million — nearly double the launch of 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which also bowed on a Thursday.

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Blasts Off Overseas

Taiwan opened with $600,000 and a 62% market share. Netherlands launched with $500,000, the highest opening day of 2017 to date and the second-highest Marvel debut day ever, behind only “Captain America: Civil War.”

The sequel is ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Thor: The Dark World” at the same point in their international runs.

Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 »


- Dave McNary

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Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content

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Lestat is coming to television. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation, the companies announced Friday. “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV, in a statement. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary. »


- Linda Ge

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India Box Office: Will 'Baahubali 2' Set Records?

21 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

India is bracing for what could be a historic weekend at the box office when Baahubali: The Conclusion opens wide this Friday.

Living up to its name, the first installment of Baahubali (which means "the one with strong arms"), is estimated to have reached a muscular $100 million worldwide when it was released in 2015. While India does not report box-office numbers, Baahubali: The Beginning brought in about $77 million in the country, according to estimates, and is considered among the top three grossers of all time.

In North America, the first film had "a monster opening," New »


- Nyay Bhushan

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‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Edges Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Box Office

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The romantic comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover” topped the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle” on Thursday night.

“Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.

Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has topped $171 million domestically in its first 13 days.

The Circle,” from STX and EuropaCorp, opens at 3,163 venues, and is projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. The movie, which premiered on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.

The Circle” is set in the near-future and stars Hanks as the founder of a Silicon Valley social media company, with »


- Dave McNary

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James Gunn Says a Fourth ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Would Follow a Different Group

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Before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has even hit theaters, a third movie in the franchise was announced with the same lead characters. But if a fourth installment winds up getting made, director James Gunn said it would be completely different than the prior three movies. “I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn told the Toronto Sun. “I think that there could be a ‘Guardians Vol. 4,’ but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… Basically the story of this group ends with »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Hacker Threatens to Release New Season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’

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A hacker who claims to have stolen the new season of “Orange is the New Black” is threatening to release the episodes online, unless Netflix pays an undisclosed amount of money, Variety has confirmed.

“We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved,” Netflix said in a statement.

Using the alias The Dark Overlord, the hacker reportedly stole other TV shows in the breach, according to the AP, and may have already uploaded the first episode of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 5 to an illegal file-sharing website.

The F.B.I. is said to be investigating the matter. »


- Variety Staff

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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Reflect on ‘Philadelphia,’ Jonathan Demme at Tribeca Film Festival

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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks were the main event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night (April 28), taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for an hour-long discussion about writing, performing, directing, and even mourning. “The strongest union of our two names is from the motion picture ‘Philadelphia,'” said Hanks, who won an Academy Award for his leading role in the film about being afflicted with AIDS. “God bless [director] Jonathan Demme. We just lost him.” (Demme died earlier in the week at the age of 73, following a long battle with cancer.)

Springsteen also took home an Oscar for the 1993 movie, for Best Original Song. Demme, he shared, first came to asking him to write “more of a rock song.” Said Springsteen: “I tried for a day or so to come up with something, and I didn’t come up with anything. I had some lyrics, and eventually, »


- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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7 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ As Told by Quentin Tarantino and the Cast

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Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown: They all reunited for the 25th anniversary retrospective screening of “Reservoir Dogs” at the Tribeca Film Festival April 28. Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino all got together to reminisce after the 1992 movie screened to a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Here are seven fun facts they revealed.

1. Tom Waits auditioned.

Tarantino let this tidbit slip as he discussed the casting process. “We had the casting director from ‘L.A. Law,'” the director recalled. “A lot of really wild people came in and read the parts. Tom Waits came in and read. I had Tom Waits read the Madonna speech, just so I could hear Tom Waits say those lines. And actually, other than Harvey, he gave me one of the first profound compliments on the script. No one had ever »


- Gordon Cox

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Whitney. “Can I Be Me”‘

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“Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me'” is Nick Broomfield’s documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston, and it’s the rare Nick Broomfield movie in which the filmmaker isn’t center stage. He co-directed it with Rudi Dolezal, and there isn’t a single scene in which Broomfield, with his puckish, dogged delight in stalking interview subjects, invades a room tailed by a crew member holding a boom mike, thrusting himself into the face of Bobby Brown or Clive Davis or Whitney Houston’s relatives or the maid who cleaned her hotel room the night she died. I’m a fan of Broomfield’s conspiracy-theory music docs (“Biggie & Tupac,” “Kurt & Courtney”), but “Whitney: ‘Can I Be Me'” has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.

“Can I Be Me” gets us to know Whitney Houston, to feel her »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Elizabeth Warren Shoots Bill Maher Side-Eye When He Teases ‘They Don’t Like You, Pocahontas’

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Bill Maher gave Senator Elizabeth Warren a little Donald Trump-esque ribbing and all he got back was “side-eye.” The comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time” had Democratic senator from Massachusetts in the hot seat Friday night to talk about her latest book “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” but he couldn’t help but sneak in reference to President Trump once again calling her “Pocahontas” earlier in the day while speaking in front of the NRA. Maher and Warren were talking about the tax plan the Gop presented Friday morning. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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WWE Studios Hopes to Jump Out Of The Ring With Thriller ‘Sleight’

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For much of its 15-year existence, WWE Studios has been mostly known as an outlet for low-budget action and comedy films starring Vince McMahon’s stable of pro wrestlers. But in recent years, the studio has been reaching outside of the ring to produce and distribute films that aren’t related to WWE talent, and this weekend it’s taking its biggest leap yet with “Sleight.” The thriller is WWE Studios’ first Sundance purchase; it is co-distributing with Bh Tilt, distribution wing of Blumhouse Pictures. Directed by newcomer J.D. Dillard from a script he penned with writing partner Alex Theurer, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Luc Besson Slams Far-Right French Presidential Candidate: ‘The Devil is the Devil’

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Director Luc Besson came out swinging against far right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in a lengthy statement posted today to his Facebook account. In the statement, entitled “La Grande Illusion,” Besson was unflinching in his assessment of Le Pen, leader of the Front National political party and recently second runner-up in the first round of the French presidential election. “The devil is the devil and when he pretends to change,” he said, “it’s to abuse us better.” “It’s easy to lay the blame for everything on ‘others.’ Personally, I would like to thank all the North Africans, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Chuck’ Review: Liev Scheriber Transforms Himself into the Boxer Who Would Inspire ‘Rocky’

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Liev Schreiber totally transforms himself into boxer Chuck Wepner in the conventional biopic “Chuck,” a movie about a man known for being able to take many punches. Wepner was nicknamed “the Bayonne bleeder” because he usually lost a lot of blood in the ring without getting knocked out, which is partly why he was picked by promoter Don King to fight against Muhammad Ali for the World’s heavyweight title in 1975. “Chuck” details Wepner’s home life before that famous fight and his relationship with his wife Phyllis (Elisabeth Moss), a postal worker who is continually getting angry about Wepner’s philandering. »


- Dan Callahan

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Strike Watch: More WGA Talks on Saturday, SAG-aftra Eyes Mid-May Start for Negotiations

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and major studios are expected to return to the bargaining table Saturday for a rare weekend session as the sides try to head off a strike that could begin as early as May 2.

The contract wrangling is expected to go down to the wire on Monday night when the current contract expires. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and WGA have been in talks since Tuesday, but there’s speculation that both sides are watching the clock and holding back on their final moves until Monday.

One source said that as of Friday evening the AMPTP was still awaiting a formal response from the WGA on key points in the talks, including residual rates and script fees for Svod programs and the “span” issue involving adjustments in compensation for short-order series that has been a central concern in the negotiations.

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- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton

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Tribeca: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks Salute 'Philadelphia' Director Jonathan Demme

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Tom Hanks spoke with Bruce Springsteen at a Tribeca Film Festival panel on Friday night. The two worked together on the 1993 film Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme. Hanks won the Academy Award for best actor in a leading role and Springsteen also won best original song (for the movie-opening "Streets of Philadelphia"). Their reunion happened to take place just two days after Demme's sudden passing, which Hanks acknowledged right away.

"I think the strongest union of our two names is probably Philadelphia — God bless Jonathan Demme," Hanks said before beginning the hour-long conversation. Springsteen added, "We just lost him. He was »


- Taylor Weatherby, Billboard

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Netflix Held for Ransom: Hacker Threatens to Release ‘Orange’ Episodes (Report)

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A hacker who claims to have stolen the upcoming season of “Orange is the New Black” is threatening to release the episodes online, unless Netflix pays an unspecified ransom amount, TheWrap has learned. “We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved,” Netflix said in a statement provided to TheWrap. According to Associated Press, the hacker uses the alias “The Dark Overlord,” and issued a ransom note in which he or she claims to have stolen shows from other studios. The hacker is. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Wonder Woman’ Ad Spending Outpacing ‘Suicide Squad’

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Cheer up, fanboys — Warner Bros isn’t trying to strangle “Wonder Woman” before it even hits theaters. In fact, five weeks out from release WB is spending more to sell the first live action film featuring the iconic female super hero than it did for its last comic book outing, “Suicide Squad,” TheWrap has learned. On Thursday, a growing chorus of online fans and commentators began openly fretting about what they perceived as a lack of advertising and promotion for “Wonder Woman.”  “The lack of marketing worries me,” wrote Shana O’Neil at SyfyWire. “It worries a lot of people »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Here Are the Whitest Sentences on Twitter

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“Is it spicy?” Jesse Singal, New York Magazine’s writer-at-large, challenged Twitter users to come up with the “whitest sentence” they could think of on Thursday, and users jumped on the opportunity. “This is actually an interesting thought experiment: What is the whitest sentence you can come up with?” Singal wrote, inviting a slew of jokes as well as a few choice quotes from the news and politics. Also Read: Twitter Mocks Fyre Festival Disaster: 'I Never Want It to End' “”I need the Volvo this weekend to drive Duncan to hockey camp at Middlebury,” suggested one user. “Etsy is the best place to stock. »

- Reid Nakamura

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