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Stephen Colbert Set to Host the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards
Stephen Colbert is taking his talents to the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! This marks the first time the late-night talk show host will emcee the Emmys, which airs live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17. In Monday's press release, CBS Entertainment executive vice president Jack Sussman shared in part, "Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we've seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television's best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert." Colbert echoed the »
Arrested Development's Surprising Season 5 Premise/Format Revealed — It's Going to Be Part [Spoiler]!
Get ready to see the Bluth clan like you’ve never seen them before — and we mean that literally.
Although Netflix declined to confirm/comment, TVLine has learned exclusively that Arrested Development‘s long-gestating fifth season will likely have a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters (played by different actors).
The move, which an insider notes isn’t entirely set in stone, would go a long way in clearing Season 5’s major scheduling hurdle (i.e. corralling the insanely busy cast at the same time »
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Title Announced
The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed.
Disney annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The film stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. The cast also includes the late Carrie Fisher, who died on Dec. 27. The actress, who played Princess Leia Organa, had wrapped shooting in July. Lucasfilm said earlier this month that it won’t digitally recreate Fisher in upcoming movies.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Sundance: Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War
Suburban rapper comedy Patti Cake$ is the latest film to spark a heated bidding war at Sundance. Sources say the film, fronted by newcomer Danielle Macdonald, has crossed the $10 million mark following its world premiere at the festival on Monday afternoon.
Fox Searchlight, Annapurna Pictures, The Orchard and Neon are among those distributors who are in hot pursuit of the hip-hop inspired film.
Macdonald plays an aspiring rapper from New Jersey named Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski in the film, which marks the feature directing debut of Geremy Jasper, who also wrote the screenplay.
Jasper is known for his edgy »
- Tatiana Siegel
Alec Baldwin Sets 'Saturday Night Live' Return as Host
The actor, who has been making appearances all season long as President Donald Trump, is set to host on Feb. 11, it was announced Monday.
This will be Baldwin's record-breaking 17th turn as host. He was previously tied with Steve Martin. In addition to his frequent cameos this season as the new president, Baldwin last hosted in 2011.
Ed Sheeran will return for his second time as musical guest the same evening.
Baldwin will be preceded by Kristen Stewart, who makes »
- Kate Stanhope
Zoolander 2, Batman v Superman Lead Razzie Award Nominations
The two films are up for worst picture, and worst prequel, remake, rip-off, or sequel. Other worst movie Razzie nominees are the Robert De Niro comedy “Dirty Grandpa”; sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence,” starring Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum; fantasy adventure “Gods of Egypt,” and documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”
Described as the “15-years-too-late sequel” in the press release, “Zoolander 2” received eight Razzie nominations, including for its director and star Ben Stiller, as well as co-stars Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Could Fox's 'X-Men' Movies Rescue Its Failing 'Fantastic Four' Franchise?
When it comes to Fox's Marvel licenses, there are two inescapable facts: First, that people really seem to like those X-Men-related movies, with even satellite projects like Deadpool and Logan eliciting excitement from beyond the core fan base. Second, it's apparently impossible to make a good Fantastic Four movie — or, at least, Fox hasn't worked out how to do it, leaving that property essentially dead in terms of a big-screen franchise.
That second one feels particularly sad, when you consider the strength of the characters contained inside the Fantastic Four property. Not the eponymous quartet itself — indeed, it »
- Graeme McMillan
Newswire: Martin Freeman joins the Black Panther cast
Martin Freeman made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War as bureaucrat Everett Ross, a guy who really seemed to have it in for Bucky Barnes. Perhaps that’s what’s prompted him to journey to Wakanda (that is, Atlanta). Freeman was photographed on the set of Black Panther over the weekend, and since he was accompanied by an umbrella holder, we assume he wasn’t just there to gawk at lead cast members Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker.
Ross’ comics backstory has a much stronger connection to T’Challa. Not only did he serve as a diplomatic liaison to the prince, but he also dated someone who dated the Black Panther when he was in his Luke Charles guise. But even if he doesn’t find himself in that capacity, Ross could end up in Wakanda while on »
- Danette Chavez
Sundance Film Review: ‘Unrest’
A largely mysterious condition that reportedly afflicts as many as 17 million people worldwide, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome still flummoxes most physicians, and remains frequently dismissed as a psychosomatic “illness” — including by some nations. Still, it’s hard to buy the “all in your head” diagnosis when seeing the long-term, sometimes entirely bedridden victims of Cfs in “Unrest.” Director Jennifer Brea is one of them herself, and this first-feature documentary chronicles her own struggles while taking in the perspectives of other patients and experts around the globe. Though the “Patient, film thyself” concept is starting to risk overexposure — Sundance alone premieres two such features this year, the other being Als-themed “It’s Not Dark Yet” — “Unrest” is a high-grade example of the form that’s consistently involving, with content diverse enough to avoid the tunnel-visioned pitfalls of diarist cinema.
Narrating her own tale of drastic, inexplicable loss (medical science still doesn’t »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance: Netflix Buys Documentary ‘Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower’
The film is set in Hong Kong as the Chinese Communist Party threatens its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong. Wong, who is now 20, became active in 2011 in the pro-democracy movement, rallying thousands of students to skip school and occupy the streets.
“’Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower is a filmmaking triumph,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentaries. “Piscatella has woven together the complex and inspirational story of an unlikely activist, whose acts of bravery and conviction need to be seen around the world. In an era where we are witnessing heightened civic participation and freedom of expression, we are pleased to offer a »
- Dave McNary
Sundance: ‘Woodpeckers’ Director José María Cabral on Love in Jail, the Dominican Film Boom
The Dominican Republic’s first movie to screen at Sundance, José María Cabral’s penitentiary romance “Woodpeckers” comes with a strong buzz off December’s Ventana Sur, where it sparked a bidding war for world rights – a phenomenon seen rarely these days even at Cannes – won by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, one of the top sales agents in the Spanish-speaking world. Distributors were beginning to queue for the title as Canales and director Jose Maria Cabral confirmed the deal to Variety.
Contending in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition, “Woodpeckers” is an elegy to the resilience of the human spirit, based on Cabral’s spending nine months visiting the Dominican Republic’s Najayo penitentiary and other jail’s pretty much every day, and listening to its inmates.
“The inmates would tell me things, recreate them, I would give them the narrative style of the film, and ask them: ‘I need the character to do this, »
- John Hopewell
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Alum Noah Galloway Teams Up With Tough Mudder
Noah Galloway made history when he became not only the first double amputee but also the first above-the-knee amputee to compete on “Dancing With the Stars.” After coming in third on Season 20 of the ABC dance competition despite never having danced before, the U.S. Army veteran is now setting even more exhilarating challenges for himself — such as competing in Tough Mudder races. Galloway was recently joined by “Friday Night Lights” actor Zach Gilford on Venice Beach, California, to showcase some of the new daunting obstacles set to premiere in 2017. Also Read: ABC Sets 'Dancing With the Stars' »
- Debbie Emery
'Patti Cake$': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Patti Cake$ cooks. A home-grown New Jersey story about a working class girl’s long-shot struggle to make a mark in the rap music scene, Geremy Jasper’s dynamic debut crackles with energy and grass roots authenticity. But it wouldn’t have worked at all without the right leading lady, which it found in Danielle Macdonald, whose rapping seems convincing born of her character’s rough life experience. Although music scene films are often an iffy proposition commercially, this one could gain traction thanks to the strong performances and gritty soundtrack.
Set so near and yet so far away from New York City (the »
- Todd McCarthy
Sundance Film Review: ‘Crown Heights’
In case anyone needs a reminder, the fight against unjust policing in black communities long predates the cases that have dominated headlines in recent years, and Matt Ruskin’s film “Crown Heights” shines a spotlight on one particularly egregious injustice that stretched from the dawn of the 1980s all the way to the start of the current millennium. Essentially structured like a reverse “Law & Order” episode — in which we are first walked step-by-step through the legal travails of an innocent man, then see exactly how the crime was committed and investigated — the film sketches an effective, if ultimately somewhat schematic, picture of the legal system’s countless crevasses and sinkholes into which a blameless person can easily be shoved.
- Andrew Barker
‘Crown Heights’ Sundance Review: True Story of Injustice Lacks Dramatic Power
A gripping true story can be a great starting point for a narrative feature, but a starting point isn’t a whole movie. There’s no denying that the tale of Colin Warner, a man who spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, is a powerful one, but writer-director Matt Ruskin doesn’t give us anything here that a documentary couldn’t do better. The non-fiction route is one we’ve already experienced, both directly and indirectly. The Warner case was the basis of a “This American Life” episode, on which “Crown Heights” is directly based, »
- Alonso Duralde
‘Woodpeckers’ (‘Carpinteros’): Film Review | Sundance 2017
Woodpeckers is too gentle, prosaic and even misleading a title for a high-octane, bruising movie about an impossible love story that takes place across the 200 yards of empty space which divide two Santo Domingo prisons. Raw, intriguing and and energetic despite its flaws, the film fades in dramatic power over its final stretch and doesn’t always do justice to the the potential richness of its subject, but until then, it makes for an authentic, distinctive and watchable blend of the tough and the tender. A documentary/fiction hybrid that’s more effective as the former than the latter, Woodpeckers deserves to »
- Jonathan Holland
'Pandora': Film Review
The Korean thirst for movies about government and corporate malfeasance continues unabated in Pandora, the latest in a string of hit disaster epics to come out of the Rok in the last year or so (Train to Busan, Tunnel). Throwing in a natural catastrophe in the form of an earthquake as well as a nuclear power generator meltdown for good measure, Pandora ticks off all the current societal scares and packs them into one slightly bloated, often shrieking action drama that nevertheless gets the job done despite its worst narrative instincts.
Pandora was a strong performer in December at home »
- Elizabeth Kerr
Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Reclaims Top Spot After Five Months On Release
Tokyo — Megahit animation, “Your Name” reclaimed the top spot at the Japanese box office in its 22nd week on release. For the subdued Jan. 21-22 weekend the film grossed $1.53 million from 124,000 admissions, with Toho distributing.
Martin Scorsese’s Japan-set “Silence” grossed $1.7 million, but appears in fourth place in Japanese charts, which are ordered according to ticket sales. Distributed by Kadokawa, “Silence” sold 105,000 tickets.
“Your Name” has played continuously since August and returned to the top spot for the first time since mid-November. Its cumulative now stands at $207 million from 18.2 million admissions in Japan. Factoring in international grosses, “Your Name” has now earned $290 million from global theatrical markets, overtaking Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” (2001), to be the highest earning anime film of all time.
“Honnoji Hotel” slipped to second place in the weekend chart according to ticket sales. Highest ranking among new releases, at number three, was Sony’s “Shinjuku Swan II” with $1.42 million. »
- Mark Schilling
Is NBC’s ‘Days of Our Lives’ Safe With Hire of New Top Soap Writer?
“Days Of Our Lives” fans who feared their favorite soap opera would be on the chopping block to make room for an incoming Megyn Kelly show may have a little less to worry about, because Emmy-winning daytime drama writer Ron Carlivati has signed on as the soap’s new headwriter. The 51-year-old soap returned from a short hiatus Monday with the big news that the veteran scribe is replacing co-headwriter Dena Hugley, TheWrap has learned. The show’s other co-headwriter, Ryan Quan, will now be a creative consultant, along with Sheri Anderson Thomas, who won an Emmy in 1976 as a member of the. »
- Rosemary Rossi
Mel Gibson Welcomes Baby No. 9
Mel Gibson has welcomed baby number nine to the family.
Son Lars Gerard Gibson was born Friday in Los Angeles, the Hacksaw Ridge director confirmed to People.
This is the first child for Gibson with girlfriend of two years Rosalind Ross.
Gibson, 60, told The Hollywood Reporter about his own childhood during the Director Roundtable last month: "I cut up a lot as a kid. I had these four brothers all around the same age. So I walked on the top of barns where the roof was falling in, and I'd get a hiding for that »
- THR Staff
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