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Amber Heard Joins Channing Tatum in ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Amber Heard has been cast as one of the new leads in “Magic Mike Xxl,” TheWrap has learned. Also read: Matthew McConaughey Not Returning for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Due to Gus Van Sant Film Channing Tatum returns as the titular stripper, who embarks on a road trip with his stripper friends from the first film, including Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Matthew McConaughey played their ring leader in the Steven Soderbergh-directed original, but due to a scheduling conflict because of his involvement in Gus van Sant's upcoming drama “Sea of Trees” he won't be reprising his role. »
- Jeff Sneider
'Olympus Has Fallen' Sequel Loses Its Director (Exclusive)
London Has Fallen has lost its director. With shooting just six weeks away, Fredrik Bond and Millennium have parted ways over the sequel to 2013’s surprise action hit Olympus Has Fallen. A spokesperson for the company confirmed Bond’s exit, which is due to creative differences. Those differences may be a result of the movie’s accelerated schedule and Bond only coming aboard in August. One insider said prep time was a factor. Bond, a commercials director, was making the leap from the dramatic indie world — he directed the well-regarded Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman — to the big-budget action world.
- Borys Kit
Ang Lee will direct 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
Ang Lee never met a literary adaptation he couldn’t tackle, it seems. The multi-Oscar winner, who’s been largely absent since winning Best Director for Life of Pi, has picked his next project: Ben Fountain’s celebrated 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a group of Iraq war vets, including 19-year-old Billy Lynn, who must endure a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas on their exhaustive “Victory Tour” before they return to the war. TriStar Productions and Film4 announced the news Thursday.
“I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban Say Tearful Goodbye to Her Father in a 'True Family Affair'
Tears flowed as Nicole Kidman and her family said goodbye to her father, Antony, at a funeral in Sydney on Friday. The Oscar winner paid tribute to the clinical psychologist, who died while on a trip to Singapore on Sept. 12, during an emotional speech at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in the Sydney suburb of Lavender Bay. "He was calm, he was wise, he was self-restrained and he was generous," she said in a speech, according to the Daily Telegraph. "He was a good man, a compassionate man, a strong man, a man that was always there for me. He was my thinker, »
- K.C. Blumm
How Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger Are Breaking Their Self-Imposed 'Marriage Rules'
What a difference a year makes. They've only been married for a little over a year, but rumors are swirling that Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are headed for a split - and if the lack of devotion to their own marriage rules is any indication, it just might be true. On Thursday the Canadian pop star was seen out at Hollywood restaurant Dan Tana's, having the second girls' night out without her ring in a month. "She was sipping on white wine, and seemed to be okay," a source tells People. "But she was on her phone a lot. »
Best of the Week: Oscar Bait, Missing Pictures, 'Serena' & More
Awards: Anne Thompson's Updated Oscar Predictions 2015 "Boyhood" Star Patricia Arquette Will Campaign for Supporting Actress Oscar Four Reasons Why Clark Terry Doc "Keep On Keepin' On" Is Oscar Bait Updated: Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Where Are the Missing Pictures? Box Office: "Skeleton Twins" Scores Best Limited Opening Since "Boyhood" Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: "No Good Deed" Tops Weak Field, "The Drop" Scores, "The Giver" Soars News & Features: As TriStar Lands Ang Lee, Who's In Line to Replace Sony's Pascal? Fantastic Fest Preview: 10 Must-See Films How Kevin Kline Helped Israel Horovitz's "My Old Lady" Film Debut It's Not Getting Better for Women in Hollywood, But There Is a Silver Lining "New Girl" vs. "The Mindy Project": One's a Winner Take a "Walk Among the Tombstones" with Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare »
John Travolta Breaks Out Into Song and Dance, Sings "You're the One That I Want" With Abigail Spencer
John Travolta has never met an opportunity to sing and dance that he didn't like. And that's exactly what he was doing behind the scenes while filming his upcoming crime thriller, The Forger. "I was a song and dance girl and he's a song and dance guy," Travolta's co-star Abigail Spencer told me at the Hollywood premiere of her new dramedy This Is Where I Leave You (in theaters now). "I play an undercover agent and we'd be in the park and he'd be in his criminal getup and all of a sudden we'd be doing a time step in the middle of a park in Boston. It was amazing." Even more amazing, singing Grease tunes with Travolta. "It was kind of surreal," »
Toronto Film Review: ‘Boychoir’
A welcome return to feature filmmaking by “The Red Violin” director Francois Girard, this relatively by-the-numbers boarding-school drama distinguishes itself through song, thanks to the exceptional musical talents of the American Boychoir School, preteen sopranos whose otherworldly talent lasts for only a few years at most. The mystery of where that ability comes from, coupled with the urgency to share it, lends urgency to an otherwise generic coming-of-ager sure to delight those seeking spiritually grounded, emotionally uplifting entertainment.
The distressing thing about most talent is that it tends to come with a shelf life, nearly always fading over time. (That means you, Justin Bieber!) From pop stars to Olympic gold medalists, exceptional ability typically has an expiration date, and few fields illustrate that narrow window of opportunity better than that of the boychoir: angelic-voiced young men racing against puberty to make their mark. (The rather drastic Italian “solution” of castration »
- Peter Debruge
Rachelle Lefevre on ‘Reclaim’ Shoot With ‘Shirtless’ Ryan Phillippe, ‘Creepy’ John Cusack: It Was Super Intense (Video)
Rachelle Lefevre accredits the lived-in, realistic feel of her new thriller “Reclaim” to the short but intense 23-day Puerto Rico shoot. “It was an amazing process because everyone was really focused,” Lefevre told TheWrap. “Super intense, long hours, sleep is for cowards… It was that kind of shoot.” The stunning actress sat down for a fun and far-ranging interview with TheWrap's executive Joseph Kapsch in a new episode of “Drinking With the Stars” at Sofitel Hotel's Riveria 31, where she discussed the Lionsgate release, the upcoming season finale of her CBS series’ “Under the Dome” as well as NFL's domestic abuse. »
- Linda Ge
Baltimore Ravens Reportedly Knew Details of Ray Rice Video Hours After Violent Incident
Baltimore Ravens officials had information of the domestic violence involving Ray Rice much earlier than they have publicly said, Espn is reporting. According to the Frontline investigation, Baltimore Ravens' director of security Darren Sanders was given a detailed account of security footage showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee just hours after the incident occurred. He reportedly informed Ravens officials shortly after getting the information. Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted no one in the league had seen the security footage from inside elevator in the Atlantic City casino until it was made public Sept. 8. He has said
- THR staff
Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Secrets and Lies'
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Secrets and Lies" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "Yet another murder investigation into the death of a dead kid." "Well, I think TV has several of these. What makes this one distinctive?" "The dynamic star power of Ryan Phillippe." "Oh." Quick Response: Although "American Crime" is technically about parents dealing with the death of an older child, it's still the last part of a trio with "Secrets and Lies" and "Gracepoint." Of the three, "Secrets and Lies," based on an Aussie series I haven't seen, is the most sensationalistic and the most hollow, the one trying to say the least as both a commentary on family and grieving or American society or whatever. It's also the least involving as a mystery, because after 44 minutes, I don't especially care whether or not Ryan Phillippe's character did or didn't kill the young boy he finds in the woods and since »
- Daniel Fienberg
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Magic Mike 2' continues to grow
Here we are, another week has passed, and it's time for another edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed. Sure, reports say that Matthew McConaughey isn't going to be in "Magic Mike Xxl," but there is also news of a couple of fresh faces joining the franchise, namely Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Ah, but what will their roles be? Elsewhere, as you probably know, Warner Brothers has several unnamed DC Comics projects on their upcoming slate, complete with release dates. Could one of those projects be a "Suicide Squad" movie featuring Harley Quinn? Could that movie be directed by "End of Watch" and "Fury" director David Ayer? Could be, could be. Plus, some music news, like Johnny Depp jamming with Ryan Adams on a Dio tune, and Kanye West may be collaborating with... Lorde? Check it all out here: »
- HitFix Staff
Jimmy Fallon's 40th: James Franco, Seth Rogen and Stevie Wonder Surprise on 'Tonight Show'
Jimmy Fallon celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday's The Tonight Show — with a little help from Seth Rogen, James Franco and Stevie Wonder. The two actors popped out of a cake (shirtless), before Wonder came out from backstage to perform a happy birthday song for Fallon, who said he had no idea who his surprise guests would be. Wonder stuck around for an interview and made Fallon's birthday wish come true by performing. Sept. 19, 11:08 p.m.: Updated with Wonder performance of "All Day Sucker."
- Aaron Couch
E! Remembers Joan Rivers and Her Favorite ‘Fashion Police’ Targets: Kardashians, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez
Fitting for a comedienne of Joan Rivers‘ standing, E! sent the late “Fashion Police” host off in outrageous, outlandish fashion during a 90-minute special called “Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan.” Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers kicked off the show with a heartfelt message before handing the baton to Joan's “Fashion Police” co-hosts Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos, though she tempered expectations that the irreverent and raunchy talk/comedy show would get bogged down in sentimentalism remembering their late colleague. “For the next 90 minutes, we're going to do what my mom loved to do most – laugh,” she said at the. »
- Linda Ge
Paula Patton Goes Glam (and Also Licks Her Makeup Artist)—See the Pic!
Paula Patton sure seems to be doing well, and looking good! The actress has been on the down low throughout her marital troubles with Robin Thicke, but we get a glimpse of the brunette beauty here and there, and the latest photo released is as gorgeous as ever—and we have her makeup artist to thank for that. Makeup artist to the stars Sam Fine posted an Instagram photo aside Patton, where she's looking flawless and, um, licking the side of his face? We don't know why, but hey, who are we to judge? "My weekend is starting off riiiiiight... with a little love from my leading lady #PaulaPatton! #FineWork," Fine captioned the photo. Meanwhile, her estranged hubby was spotted »
Tim McGraw Shares the Secrets to His and Faith Hill's Long Marriage, 18 Years and Counting: Watch Now!
There's a reason that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have one of the most enduring marriages in show business. Or a few of them, actually—and probably some that McGraw wasn't willing to divulge when E! News caught up with him at SiriusXM headquarters to talk about his 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town. "I think, for us, being as normal as possible and raising our family and being in a family situation as much as possible...Certainly it's different because of what we both do, but we try to keep it as much of a family environment that we can," said the 47-year-old country super-star, who has three daughters with Hill. "And most of the time...we try to make that the priority »
Film Review: ‘The Statesman’
, as a marvelously Machiavellian intrigue unfolds from a highly unlikely source — the stalwart, principled, traditional left. Though French to the bone (politicians pitch boules on rural greens), this clever bit of liberal wish fulfillment can perhaps be best appreciated in countries like the U.S., where the strength of the extreme right looms ever larger while the inspiration, cleverness and courage of the left wanes. Skedded for a November release in France, “The Statesman” might prove a seasoned traveler.
A few weeks before the elections, the incumbent president, Vanier (Patrick Braoude), a thin-lipped, humorless, right-leaning opportunist whose popularity has understandably sunk to an all-time low, is willing to climb into bed with any faction that promises re-election. At the point of aligning himself with the reactionary far right, he is persuaded by his advisor (Bruno Solo) to try to win over Robert Bergman (Pierre Santini), a highly respected, now-retired “old lion” of the left, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Co-Author of California Tax Credit Bill: Studios Shouldn’t ‘Pit The States Against One Another’
When news broke earlier this month that the MPAA was planning to hold a summit of film commissioners, the timing stirred concern from some California lawmakers that it was happening right on the heels of the state tripling the size of its tax credit program.
In other words, after California took a major step to being more competitive in its tax credits, would other states be encouraged to up their game as well?
The Sept. 29 summit in Washington D.C. will gather film commissioners to discuss “how to better partner to garner additional legislative and other political support for your jurisdiction’s production incentive program,” according to the invite. An MPAA spokeswoman said that the event had been in the works since July, before California’s state Assembly and Senate passed AB1839, the tax credit bill, on Aug. 29.
But Assemblyman Mike Gatto, principal co-author of AB1839, said he was “very »
- Ted Johnson
Screen Gems Launching Horror-Thriller ‘Scarecrow’ (Exclusive)
Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Bertino wrote and directed “Mockingbird,” which he also produced with Biddle. That title will be released Oct. 6 through Blumhouse’s newly launched Bh Tilt label.
Unbroken is currently in pre-production on “There Are Monsters” with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script.
It’s also developing supernatural horror movie “February” with »
- Dave McNary
Melissa Rivers Confirms That Fashion Police Will Continue On—Get All the Details!
In the above clip from the "Fashion Police: Remembering Joan" special, Melissa Rivers addresses the question everyone has been asking, "Will Fashion Police go on?" "Yes, Fashion Police will continue. We're going to hit pause for a little while, but Fashion Police will be back in January." She went on to say, "I really want to thank all of the Joan Rangers for the outpouring of love and support, it has meant so much to Cooper and me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you." Joan Rivers tragically passed away earlier this month at 81-years-old after suffering from complications while undergoing a throat operation in New York »
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