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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date

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Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “Isle of Dogs” got a brand new poster on Tuesday, along with a premiere date — April 20, 2018.

The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.

As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.


Wes Anderson Announces Cast of His Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Watch)

While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.

The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »

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Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner in Talks to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in New 'Lion King'

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Jon Favreau's Lion King may have found its Hakuna Matata. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in talks to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. 

Donald Glover is set to star as Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the 1994 animation as Mufasa.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

In the original animation, Nathan Lane voiced the loud-mouth meerkat and Ernie Sabella tackled the kindly warthog. 

Rogen, who has voiced animated characters in films including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and last year's Sausage »

- Mia Galuppo

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Madonna Doesn’t Approve of Movie About Her Life: ‘Only I Can Tell My Story’

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Madonna has condemned Universal for its planned movie about her life. On Monday, the studio announced it had picked up rights to Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of the famed pop star. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.

Madonna had remained silent on the project until Tuesday, when she took to Instagram to voice her displeasure. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen, »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

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Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.

Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (3D) is final title of previous Wreck-it Ralph Sequel – previously dated on 3/9/18 moves to 11/21/18

A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18

Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18

Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20

Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19

Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20

The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19

Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »

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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks

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Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.

Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.

The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced

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Actors Will Smith and Fan Bingbing and directors Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade will serve on the 70th Cannes Film Festival’s jury, whose full lineup was unveiled by festival organizers Tuesday.

Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.

Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s »

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Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars

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Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.

The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.

Dunaway and co-presenter Warren Beatty were responsible for announcing the night’s final award when she accidentally called out “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.”

“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”

The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.

While the mix-up »

- JD Knapp

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Twentieth Century Fox Delivers ‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ Virtual Reality Experience

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Twentieth Century Fox invited a handful of journalists for an inside look at “Alien: Covenant” on Tuesday morning to celebrate the second prequel in Fox’s “Alien” franchise, which hits theaters May 19. And by that, we mean a real “inside look.” TheWrap strapped on an Oculus Rift headset for a demo of “Alien: Covenant In Utero,” a virtual reality experience from Twentieth Century Fox that puts the viewer in the womb with a Neomorph, a white-headed creature new to “Alien: Covenant” that is born when alien spores are released from pods and enter the bloodstreams of humans. In full — and graphic. »

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Roman Polanski’s Victim Sends Letter to Da: ‘You Have Treated Me With Contempt’

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Roman Polanski’s victim has expressed her outrage to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office over the way she has been treated by legal authorities in a case that has now span 40 years. Meanwhile Polanski’s attorney has been trying to clear the way for the director to return to the United States without any required jail time. In the letter dated April 21, Samantha Geimer (who was identified by Deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee as “the victim” and not specifically by name) wrote: “You and those have come before you have never protected me, you have treated me with contempt, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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What ‘SNL’ Will Do If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week

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Chris Pine is set to host “Saturday Night Live” on May 6 — but not if the Writers Guild of America follows through on its threat to go on strike next week should it fail to reach a new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. NBC’s sketch comedy staple is prepared to go into reruns if writers take to the picket line when the guild’s current contract expires on May 1, TheWrap has learned. Depending on the length of a work stoppage, that could effect the three remaining episodes left on the season 42 schedule of “SNL”: »

- Tony Maglio

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Madonna Appears to Criticize Unauthorized Biopic: "Only I Can Tell My Story"

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A day after Universal acquired the rights to Black List script Blond Ambition, which tracks Madonna's early career, the singer took to social media to express her misgivings.

"Only I can tell my story," wrote Madonna in a pointed Instagram post, which was paired with a photo of the superstar from early in her career. 

She writes: "Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."


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'Thumper': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Jordan Ross’ debut feature proves timely in its depiction of an economically ravaged suburban California community whose young people have increasingly turned to drugs. Unfortunately, the film receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival turns out to be routine crime-driven tale featuring all-too familiar characters and situations. The hand of executive producer Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) is evident in the gritty, atmospheric tension permeating the proceedings, but Thumper fails to overcome its numerous clichés.

The storyline revolves around Kat (Eliza Taylor), a new student at a high school in a town that’s clearly »

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At&T CEO Expects Time Warner Deal to Happen ‘This Year’

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At&T reported first-quarter earnings in line with expectations Tuesday afternoon, but all eyes were on the telecom giant’s proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. On a conference call after the earnings release, At&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson obliged, providing a status update on the mega-merger. “On the Time Warner deal, approval is moving along as expected,” Stephenson said on the call. “The European Commission has approved it, the Department of Justice is now reviewing it.” Because the proposed merger doesn’t involve the transfer of licenses, Stephenson said he doesn’t expect the Federal Communications Commission will find a need to. »

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Madonna Disapproves of ‘Blonde Ambition’ Biopic

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Madonna is unhappy over Universal’s development of the biopic “Blonde Ambition.”

“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”


Watch Madonna’s Fiery, Expletive-Laden Speech at the Women’s March on Washington

Universal had no comment. The studio won an auction Monday for Elyse Hollander’s “Blonde Ambition” screenplay about Madonna’s first album.

“Blonde Ambition” led the 2016 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Hollander’s script received 49 votes among the 250 executives voting. The project details Madonna’s efforts in the early 1980s in New York City to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and »

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Andie MacDowell on Hollywood Ageism, Nude Scenes, and ‘Love After Love’

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Andie MacDowell waited until age 59 to do her first nude scene. As a grieving matriarch trying to get over her husband’s death and re-entering the dating scene in “Love After Love,” MacDowell has several sexual encounters in the indie drama that leave her emotionally and physically baring all.

“I kept making a joke to everybody that I waited until I fell apart before I took my clothes off,” the actress told Variety during an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival where “Love After Love” is debuting. The experience left her advising her actress daughters, Sarah Margaret Qualley and Rainey Qualley, not to wait as long before shedding their clothes on screen.

“I keep telling my girls, ‘you’re so beautiful, you should just do it,'” she says with a laugh. “‘Go. Do it. Don’t wait.'”

Ultimately, getting naked on screen didn’t feel as vulnerable as »

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock Re-Team in Netflix Marriage Comedy ‘The Week Of’

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Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are joining forces in a new Netflix marriage comedy set to debut in 2018. “The Week Of” is set to be filmed in Long Island, New York this summer with “Saturday Night Live” veteran Robert Smigel in the director’s chair. The film tells the story of two fathers — played by Rock and Sandler — whose kids are getting married to each other. The week in the title refers to the time period before the wedding as the two families prepare for the big event. Rock and Sandler — who are both “Saturday Night Live” veterans — »

- Carli Velocci

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Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’

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Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been tapped to voice Timon and Pumbaa in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Lion King,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Mufasa that he voiced in the original. Beyonce is still circling the role of Nala.


Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.

Jon Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, with the studio recently dating it for July 19, 2019.

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, »

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‘Genius’: Geoffrey Rush, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and more attend star-studded premiere of NatGeo limited series

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National Geographic unveiled its first stab at scripted television on Monday night with the premiere of the new limited series “Genius.” Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the program stars Geoffrey Rush as the famous theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Howard directed the pilot, which was shown to thunderous applause for a Los Angeles audience in filled with potential Emmy […] »

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'Psychopaths': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Toward the end of Mickey Keating’s latest horror film, the narrator apologizes “if the violence was too gratuitous and the story was too ambiguous.” It’s a kind enough gesture, really, even if it threatens to make the role of film critic superfluous. Nonetheless, it comes as too little, too late for Psychopaths, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.  

Keating — a rising star in the indie horror film world thanks to such cult favorites as Carnage Park and Darling — goes for broke here. The pic doesn’t so much feature a narrative as a series of »

- Frank Scheck

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Sony Music Splits From Dr Luke Amid Ongoing Legal Battle With Kesha

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Sony Music has cut ties with music producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, TheWrap has learned. After years of calls for Sony to drop the hitmaker following allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse, court documents filed by Sony’s laywers last week show that Gottwalt is no longer the CEO of Sony’s Kemosabe Records imprint and “does not have authority to act on its behalf.” Gottwald established his Kemosabe Records label at Sony Music back in 2011, beginning a years-long relationship between the two companies that generated hits for stars like Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and Kesha. The news comes »

- Reid Nakamura

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