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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… »
'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers
The Lego Batman Movie topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, holding off a trio of newcomers led by Universal's The Great Wall. Fellow new releases, Fist Fight and particularly Fox's A Cure for Wellness, fizzled in their respective debuts as the start of 2017's Presidents' Day weekend saw the top twelve come in 47% behind last year. While that was mostly to be expected, it's a rather significant dip as 2017 is currently pacing 10.4% behind 2016's yearly grosses. With an estimated $34.2 million, WB's The Lego Batman Movie finished #1 by a considerable margin, dropping 35.4% and raising its domestic cume to $98.7 million after ten days in release. The film should top $43 million for the four-day weekend, pushing it over $100 million by end of day Monday. Internationally, Lego Batman is up to $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets this weekend elevating its worldwide total over $170 million. »
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‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards
“Finding Dory” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
“La La Land” is nominated for the sound mixing Oscar this year, along with “Arrival,” Cas nominee “Hacksaw Ridge,” Cas nominee “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
Full list of Cas Awards winners below.
Motion Picture – Live Action
Production Mixer: Steven Morrow, Cas »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff
Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll […]
- Angie Han
‘Toni Erdmann’ Wins Five Awards From International Cinephile Society
The film’s star, Peter Simonischek, was joined by Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Andre Holland (“Moonlight”), and Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) for acting honors, while “Elle” also claimed the adapted screenplay prize.
“Moonlight’s” ensemble cast won a prize, while animation honors went to “The Red Turtle” and “Fire at Sea” won the documentary award.
Related stories2016's Top 10 Films With Box Office, Awards and Critical AcclaimJack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig »
- Variety Staff
Angela Lansbury Joins Emily Blunt in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and will be set in the 1930’s Depression-era London. Michael and Jane are now grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children and their housekeeper, but when he suffers a personal loss, enigmatic Nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters their lives. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on the “Mary Poppins” stories by P. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Donald Glover to Play Simba in Live Action ‘Lion King’
Donald Glover will play Simba in Disney’s live action “Lion King,” The Wrap has learned. I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 The director also revealed on twitter that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the father role he played in the 1994 animated original. Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 After the success of Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” the director is teaming up with Disney to create a live-action version of “The Lion King. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi
The international titles for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” appear to confirm that said “Jedi” are in fact plural. The official Star Wars twitter accounts of France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and more revealed the titles in their respective languages — all of them calling out multiple Jedi. Because of this development, we now know that the title is supposed to mean more than one Jedi, as in, Luke and Rey… and maybe even more of masters of the Force.
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- Umberto Gonzalez
‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves
A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.
The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in »
- Justin Kroll
‘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
Keith Cox to be Named Paramount Network Development President
Keith Cox is set to be named president of development and production for Paramount Network, the relaunched version of Viacom’s Spike TV that is currently in the works, Variety has learned. Cox adds programming responsibilities for the rebranding network to his role as president of development and programming for sister channel TV Land.
Sharon Levy, executive vice president of original series for Spike TV, will depart Viacom. Levy had been with the company for 11 years, and developed series such as “Lip Sync Battle,” “Ink Master,” and “Bar Rescue.”
Deadline first reported Cox’s promotion and Levy’s departure.
Earlier this month, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish unveiled a new strategy for the media company that included rebranding Spike TV as Paramount Network, a »
- Daniel Holloway
Francis Bean Cobain Remembers Her Father, Kurt Cobain, on His 50th Birthday
Francis Bean Cobain paid tribute to her late father on Monday with a handwritten note posted on Instagram. “You are loved and you are missed,” she wrote wrote. “Thank you for giving me the Gift of life.” Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 on Feb. 20. He died on April 6, 1994, at age 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head when his daughter was just one year old. Also Read: Kurt Cobain's Daughter Honors Rock Star on Anniversary of His Death Francis, now 21, was recently named the face of Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2017 ad campaign. Her father was known for his grunge style, »
- Ashley Boucher
‘Lego Batman’ Wins Sluggish Presidents’ Day Weekend Box Office
As expected, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Batman Movie” easily kept hold of the top spot at the box office after a Presidents Day weekend that produced the lowest revenue since 2013. According to comScore estimates, this year’s films were only able to rack up a grand total of $178 million, a 36 percent drop from last year’s Presidents Day, which got a boost from Fox’s R-rated blockbuster “Deadpool.” 2015’s Presidents Day totals were also able to easily pass the $200 million mark without the help of an extra Monday thanks to the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Also Read: 'La La. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Cpac Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos as Speaker Over Pedophilia Comments
The Conservative Political Action Conference has rescinded Milo Yiannopoulos’ invitation to speak at a Wednesday conference following discovered comments from the Breitbart editor on pedophilia which sparked outrage over the weekend. “Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference,” the organization said in a statement. “We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient. It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address. »
- Matt Donnelly
Josh Gad Enlists Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz to Grill Daisy Ridley about ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (Video)
Josh Gad has stopped grilling “Murder on the Orient Express” costar Daisy Ridley about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — instead, he enlisted Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz and Bryce Dallas Howard to do the questioning. “Please don’t say you’re setting me up this time,” Ridley says to Gad, who is filming the interaction for the Instagram video below. “I have no more questions… they do,” he says as he pans the camera to a bunch of people sitting on a couch, including some of her other “Murder on the Orient Express” costars. Also Read: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley to Star in. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
TV Land’s Keith Cox Named President of Development at Paramount Network
Keith Cox, who currently heads development at TV Land, will add oversight of the new Paramount Network, TheWrap has learned. The network’s current Evp of Original Programming, Sharon Levy, will step down from the network, which is currently called Spike and is expected to relaunch under its new name in 2018. Cox will be named president of development and production for the Paramount Network and TV Land, in an official announcement expected to come tomorrow. Also Read: Here's Viacom's New 5-Point Strategic Plan: 6 Brands, 'Deeper Integration of Paramount' Cox was upped to president at TV Land in September 2016, previously having served as executive. »
- Reid Nakamura
14 Trump-Trolling Tweets for Presidents Day
Making a special occasion of an everyday occurrence, the Twitterverse took extra care to let President Donald Trump know that it is not pleased with him on Monday, Presidents Day. “Throughout our 100 years of existence we have held every president accountable,” the Aclu tweeted. “Happy Presidents’ Day.” While many others are taking to Twitter to simply tweet Trump’s “The Apprentice” signature phrase — “You’re fired” — at him. Also Read: Read Aaron Sorkin's Anti-Trump Tirade at WGA Awards Among them is Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who was fired when she refused to enforce his travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries. »
- Linda Ge
Scad’s aTVfest Brings Showrunners, Stars to Atlanta
The boom in television production has lead to a boom in television festivals across the country, as well as internationally: Even film festivals like Sundance and Toronto are now screening TV series as part of their lineups.
But for Paula Wallace, president and founder of Savannah’s College of Art & Design (Scad), her burgeoning aTVfest — which just celebrated its fifth year — stands apart. “It’s the only one affiliated with a major university, which is a preeminent source of knowledge,” she says. “The students have actually studied their work. The professors have actually been in these same roles as the writers and actors in television. That’s why the people in the business like to come to Scad. It’s very much of a familial, mutual admiration.”
Each year, Scad sets a lineup of premieres, screenings, panel discussions, and master classes for aTVfest that recruits an impressive roster of showrunners and stars from across the TV landscape »
- Debra Birnbaum
‘King Arthur’ Trailer Features Buff Charlie Hunnam and Lots of Swordplay (Video)
A buff Charlie Hunnam pulls a sword from a stone and embraces his royal destiny in the new trailer for Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Hunnam has the title role in Guy Ritchies’s frequently delayed new film, which offers an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth and traces Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
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