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Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97

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

Leah Adler, the mother of Steven Spielberg who fostered his interest in filmmaking, died Tuesday. She was 97.

Adler, a former concert pianist, died in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Raised during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression with her older brother Bernard, Adler developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of 5. She later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Home Economics.

In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had »

- Mike Barnes

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Oscar Box Office: 'La La Land' Leads Best Picture Nominees With $340.5M Globally

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

Over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, Damien Chazelle's La La Land danced past the $200 million mark at the foreign box office, no small feat for an American musical.

That puts the pic's global total at $340.5 million to date, by far the most of any of the nine films competing for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards show. And it bests the $306.8 million earned by the musical Chicago, which won best picture in 2003.

La La Land has been a sleeper hit in Asia, where it has earned $24.5 million in China and a rousing $23.4 million in South »

- Pamela McClintock

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alfie Allen Joins ‘The Predator’ Reboot

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Game of Thrones” star Alfie Allen is joining Fox’s “The Predator,” a reboot of the alien action franchise that launched in 1987.

Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are returning for the reboot as well. Fox has already scheduled “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.

Major plot details are being kept under wraps other than the movie being set in suburbia. “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook replaced Benicio del Toro as the lead back in October. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia MunnSterling K. Brown, and Keegan-Michael Key.

The original “Predator” was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.

Alfie Allen, who »

- Dave McNary

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Cast as Lead in Marvel, ABC’s ‘Inhumans’

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Game of Thrones” star Iwan Rheon has been cast as the lead in Marvel’s “Inhumans” series for ABC. Rheon recently starred as the villainous Ramsay Bolton on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Based on the classic Marvel comic book characters created by by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, “Inhumans” tells the story of a race of super-powered beings who first appeared in Marvel Comics publications in 1965. »

- Daniel Holloway

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Universal & Charlize Theron Land CIA Spy Novel ‘Need To Know’

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has landed Need To Know, with Charlize Theron attached to star in and produce the upcoming novel by Karen Cleveland. The thriller is about a wife and mother who works as a CIA analyst. One morning while digitally searching files in hopes of unmasking a Russian sleeper cell in the U.S., she makes a shocking discovery that threatens her job, her family and her life. Beth Kono, Aj Dix and Theron will produce through their Denver & Delilah Films… »

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The Truth Behind the Infamous 2000 Oscar Heist

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

You may recall the story, but you don't know the punchline. In March 2000, 55 Oscars were stolen from a loading dock in an L.A. suburb just weeks before the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony. The disappearance of so many iconic statuettes caused a media frenzy, and a public response came fast. R.S. Owens, which had been making the statuettes since 1982, raced to manufacture a new batch of 55. Roughly 20 factory workers worked 24/7 to re-create the entire inventory and shipped them west in time for the curtain call.

Within days of the theft, Willie Fulgear, an unemployed »

- Scott Johnson

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Hollywood Gender Gap: 2016 Movies Had More Major Female Characters But Fewer Speaking Roles

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While more women played major characters in films in 2016, the percentage of female characters with speaking roles has declined, a new study has found. Women accounted for 37 percent of major characters in the 100 top-grossing 2016 films, up 3 percentage points from the previous year, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University’s annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” study. But despite female-centered hits like “Hidden Figures,” “Ghostbusters” and “Bad Moms,” only 32 percent of the 2,595 female characters actually had speaking roles, down 1 percentage point from 2015. Also Read: »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Oscars: Guide to Hollywood’s Top Viewing Parties (Updating)

20 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

For a guide to the parties with actual nominees — and some trophies floating through after Jimmy Kimmel signs off — click over to TheWrap’s “Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites.” Also Read: Oscar Parties 2017: Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites in Hollywood (Updating) For the industry-affiliated who did not score one of the 3,400 tickets for the Oscars on Feb. 26, these are the top invites during the show away from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Several shiny entertainment industry fiefdoms with varying degrees of affiliation to the 24 awards handed out at the Oscars still want to “touch” the industry’s biggest night. »

- Mikey Glazer

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Win Costume Designers Guild Awards

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La La Land,” “Hidden Figures” and “Doctor Strange” have won the feature-film awards from the Costume Designers Guild, which were handed out on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. “La La Land” won in the Excellence in Contemporary Film category, while “Hidden Figures” won in Excellence in Period Film and “Doctor Strange” in Excellence in Fantasy Film. “La La Land” is the only winner also nominated for the costume-design Oscar, along with “Allied,” “Jackie,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Costume Designers Guild winners from the period category go on to win the Oscar for costume design about. »

- Steve Pond

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Mariah Carey Blames ‘Everybody’ for New Year’s Eve ‘Chaotic Mess’

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Mariah Carey is still bitter about the way her 2017 kicked off with that disastrous New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square. She’s already parted ways with her longtime creative director, dancer and tour choreographer Anthony Burrell over the live disaster, and now the diva is blaming “everybody” from the production crew to the backup dancers in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “I don’t even want to bring this up too much, but whatever, we’re obviously talking about it, the New Year’s Eve situation — that couldn’t be helped,” she said in the article published Tuesday. »

- Debbie Emery

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 11 Premiere Date Set at Netflix

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Mystery Science Theater 3000” fans, we have movie sign! On Tuesday, Netflix announced the premiere date for the 11th season of the beloved cult TV series about a man and two robot companions riffing on bad movies. The new season of the series will debut on April 14. The announcement was made at a special preview screening of the first episode in Los Angeles. Also Read: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot Smashes Crowdfunding Record Original series creator Joel Hodgson began a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch the show in November 2015. It raised more than $6.3 million, surpassing the record set by the “Veronica. »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Taboo': We Finally Know What James Delaney Is So Mad About

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(Major spoilers ahead for the seventh episode of the FX limited series “Taboo.”) “Taboo” has been, for long stretches, infuriating for it’s seemingly inexplicable weirdness. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) has been an absolutely crazy person since the start, and the show was slyly holding back why. For a lot of viewers it’s been too much to bear as Hardy’s madman — who, as Lorna Bow (Jessie Buckley) noted a few weeks back, is someone we’re really incapable of truly knowing — has navigated this bleak world of 1814 London. It was simply Delaney’s animalistic drive that kept me watching. »

- Phil Owen

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Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro Gangster Movie ‘The Irishman’ Acquired by Netflix

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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster movie, “The Irishman,” according to multiple media reports. Starring Scorsese favorite Robert De Niro, the crime drama is based on Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.” Production is expected to start later this year and will mark Scorsese and De Niro’s ninth collaboration together, which has included “Casino,” “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.” Also Read: Robert De Niro Doubles Down on Trump Rant: 'Of Course I Want to Punch Him' (Video) Brandt’s book follows revelations from Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran »

- Debbie Emery

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16 ‘Taboo’ Main Characters, Ranked by How Dirty They Are (Photos)

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Taboo” is an extremely dirty show. Like, not just in the “trashy subject matter” kind of way but in the “the Prince Regent of England looks like a toad and Tom Hardy bites people’s throats out” kind of way. And also in the “these are not good people” kind of way. So we’re rating the characters of “Taboo” by dirtiness in all the various kinds of ways, from least to most dirty. 16. George Chichester (Lucian Msamati) The double whammy of apparently being a legitimately good, upstanding person (the only one on the show, among the adults at least), and also being kempt at. »

- Phil Owen

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Watch Richard Linklater's Sharp PSA Against Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

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Acclaimed director and Texas native Richard Linklater directed a sharp new PSA to fight a proposed "bathroom bill" making its way through the Texas legislature.

Dubbed the "Texas Privacy Act," SB6 seeks to ban transgender people from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The diverse cast in Linklater's new spot explains that the bill is not about privacy, but discrimination, and points out the detrimental effects such a policy could have on state businesses ("We damn sure ain't gonna end up like North Carolina," one cowboy says »

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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Heads to Netflix From Paramount

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Martin Scorsese's The Irishman has made the move to Netflix.

The streamer has picked up the rights to the long-gestating gangster movie, which was originally set up at Paramount, sources confirm.

The Irishman will see the director reunite with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Steve Zaillian adapted The Irishman from Charles Brandt‘s book, I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the exploits of Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking Teamsters official with ties to the Bufalino crime family. Shortly before his death in 2003, Sheeran confessed that he killed fellow Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has never been found. He also claimed that it was Hoffa who wanted John F. Kennedy killed.

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- Mia Galuppo

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Netflix Buys Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Starring Robert De Niro

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Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro.

Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire.

The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Steven Zaillian has written the script, based on the Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centered on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

Scorsese and De Niro first partnered on 1973’s “Mean Streets,” followed by “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear” and 1995’s “Casino.”

Production on “The Irishman” is expected to start later this year.

The project originated in 2008 at Paramount with De Niro’s Tribeca Productions and De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal along with Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

The book title “I Heard You Paint Houses »

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‘This Is Us’: Sterling K. Brown Breaks Down the Road to ‘Memphis’ (Spoilers)

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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 116 of “This Is Us,” titled “Memphis.”

Well, we knew it was coming. Ever since that tiny, heartbreaking flashforward in episode five when we saw Randall (Sterling K. Brown) quietly packing up William’s things, including his hat, we knew that William (Ron Cephas Jones) was going to lose his battle with terminal cancer. But we hoped. We hoped against hope that we had more time. Just like Randall.

So he embarked on a road trip with his father to Memphis, to his hometown to learn more about his father’s roots. And what a trip it was. They ate barbecue. They got haircuts. They visited his childhood home. And after a quick visit to Jack’s ashes (cue the waterworks), William gave his son the ultimate gift. More than just a book of poetry, he left his son with a connection to his biological family — the thing »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘This is Us’ Recap: What Happened on the Road to ‘Memphis’ (Spoilers)

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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 116 of “This Is Us,” titled “Memphis.”

Breathe, everyone. Just breathe.

In one of “This Is Us'” most heartbreaking episodes yet, William (Ron Cephas Jones) lost his season-long battle with cancer, while he and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) were enjoying a father-and-son bonding trip to his hometown of Memphis.

For the executive producers of “This is Us,” the decision to finally end William’s life wasn’t an easy one, but it was inevitable.

“We’re like a big family and we don’t want to lose anybody,” explains executive producer Glenn Ficarra, who also directed the episode along with John Requa. “But the beauty of the show is you don’t really lose them. Because we’re always going back in time. So that was the consolation.”

It was a decision they admit they struggled with. “We went through all the stages of death, bargaining »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘This Is Us’ Recap: William and Randall Take One Last Ride

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not watch if you have not watched Tuesday’s episode of “This Is Us,” titled “Memphis”) In the most emotional episode of NBC’s “This Is Us” yet — and that’s saying something — William (Ron Cephas Jones) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) decide to take one last roadtrip to William’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, before he dies from the cancer that’s making him weaker by the day. But first, Randall and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) consult his doctor to make sure he himself, fresh off that heartbreaking mental breakdown in last week’s episode, »

- Linda Ge

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