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Bryan Singer to Direct Adaptation of Sci-Fi Classic ‘The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress’

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Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the film rights to classic sci-fi novel “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” and Bryan Singer has come on board to direct the adaptation to be titled “Uprising,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The story follows a lunar colony that revolts against Earth’s rule. Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi novel was published in 1966 and won the Hugo Award the following year. Also Read: Kodi Smit-McPhee Cast as Young Nightcrawler in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ The rights had reverted back to the Heilein estate after previous adaptation attempts by DreamWorks and “Harry Potter »


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‘Independence Day 2′ Casts Jessie Usher as Lead

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Fox has cast “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie Usher in “Independence Day 2″ as the lead. He’s the first castmember attached to the sequel.

Usher will portray the son of Will Smith’s Steven Hiller character from the 1996 original. Smith is not expected to return.

Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm “Independence Day 2,” set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing.

Usher stars in the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” as a basketball player who moves to Atlanta with his family. The show has been renewed for a second season.

Usher’s film credits include Sony’s football drama “When the Game Stands Tall.” He’s repped by Paradigm and Williams Unlimited.

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Kerry Washington Honored by GLAAD

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GLAAD has chosen Kerry Washington as the recipient of its Vanguard Award for her work in promoting equality.

The honor will be presented at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on March 21.

Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Taylor, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, and Sharon Stone.

The organization noted that Washington became the first African American woman to a headline a network TV drama since 1974 when she took on the role of Olivia Pope on the Lgbt-inclusive show “Scandal.” It noted that she has “tirelessly” spoken out in support of full equality for Lgbt people and participated in GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day.

“Throughout her illustrious career, Kerry Washington has consistently brought life to characters that encourage acceptance of Lgbt people,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Her outspoken support for equality, both here at home and abroad, »


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New Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Film Titled ‘Bridge of Spies,’ John Williams Confirmed to Score

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The new Steven Spielberg film, which reunites the director with star Tom Hanks, was referred to early on as the “Untitled Cold War Thriller,” and then shot under the title St. James Place. But when released in theaters, the movie will be called Bridge of Spies — a more colorful title, to be sure, and […]

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Michael Bay's '13 Hours' Finds Its Sniper in 'The Office' Actor (Exclusive)

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David Denman is loading his M4 rifle for 13 Hours, the Benghazi movie that Michael Bay is directing for Paramount. The political drama is an adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the 2012 attack on an American compound in Libya that left U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. The story centers on the special forces team that attempted to rescue Stevens. John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber are already part of the team. Denman will play an elite sniper named Boon. The movie will shoot in Malta and Morocco beginning in April. Denman may be

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Updated: Why Netflix Shelled Out for Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation,' Shunned by Exhibitors

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Update: The ink hasn't even dried on Netflix's latest deal and already four major theater chains have boycotted the day-and-date release of "Beasts of No Nation." AMC, Regal, Carmike and Cinemark have stated that they will not show the film without a 90-day window between its theatrical and streaming premieres. According to Variety, Tim League's indie chain Alamo Drafthouse will, however, be screening the film when it opens simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix later this year. The Texas-based exhibitor fared well screening "Snowpiercer," which had a very short window, last Summer. The four exhibitors that have boycotted the film so far are the same chains that shunned the "Crouching Tiger" sequel when in late 2014 Netflix announced its imminent day-and-date release. Earlier: Netflix has stirred the pot once again with its latest feature film release, Cary Fukunaga's African-set "Beasts of No Nation," by not exactly catering to »


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Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins Star Wars Universe

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The Slayer is coming to Star Wars! Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels for season two, E! News has learned. Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director of the Disney Xd series made the announcement at Lucasfilm's San Francisco headquarters during a Disney Media Sales and Marketing presentation. Gellar will recur in the second season. Her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., is already part of the cast. "We're thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two," Filoni said. "She is a true Star Wars Rebels fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions." Star Wars Rebels also features the voices of Vanessa »


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Inside David and Victoria Beckham's Night Out With Tom Cruise, Guy Ritchie, Kate Walsh and More

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David Beckham and wife Victoria had a star-studded date night! The stunning duo got dressed up in their finest for a luxurious night out at the iconic Wellington Arch in London, where they celebrated the launch of David's whiskey Haig Club on Sunday. The famous couple were joined by a number of other familiar faces, including Tom Cruise, Guy Ritchie and Kate Walsh. "David was very attentive and really cute with Victoria," an eyewitness tells E! News. "The two looked like they were matching and had smiles on their faces the whole night." The former soccer stud also posted a few snapshots from his big night on Facebook. "Great to have my beautiful wife in attendance at my Haig »


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Conrad Hilton to Plead Guilty to Simple Assault for In-Flight Meltdown

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Conrad Hilton will pay for his not-at-all first-class behavior. The hotel chain heir and brother of Paris Hilton has agreed to plead guilty to simple assault in connection with his meltdown last summer on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. The misdemeanor charge could net him a penalty of up to six months in jail, a year of supervised release and a $5,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the plea will be entered on a date to be determined; arraignment is scheduled for Thursday but he still isn't expected to plea at that time. Hilton, 21, was just charged last month with disrupting the international flight on July 31, with the complaint against him alleging that »


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Steve Martin Joins Ang Lee’s Sony Movie ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

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Steve Martin is set to join newcomer Joe Alwyn in Ang Lee‘s next movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, story follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn (Alwyn) and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings the veterans home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show before they return to war in Iraq. Also Read: Steve Martin in Negotiations to Star. »


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‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Reveals Pharrell Williams-Robin Thicke Song Made $16.6 Million

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Experts in the “Blurred Lines” trial agreed on a dollar-figure in excess of $16.6 million in earnings for the song, which is the subject of a copyright dispute between the family of deceased R&B singer Marvin Gaye and singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris Jr. (professionally known as rapper T.I.). Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin III contend that the 2013 song and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” are so similar that the family is owed a hefty percentage of the song’s earnings. Nancie Stern, vice president of Quincy Jones‘ music publishing business and a 30-year music-industry veteran. »


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Mike Epps to Play Titular Star on ABC’s ‘Uncle Buck’ Comedy Pilot

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The Hangover” actor Mike Epps will topline ABC’s upcoming comedy pilot adapted from the classic 1980s film “Uncle Buck.” The actor will star as Uncle Buck alongside Nia Long‘s Alexis on the half-hour project, which focuses on his character’s immature approach to rearing his brother’s kids. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Produced by Will Packer Productions and Universal TV, the “Uncle Buck” pilot is written and executive produced by Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Phil Traill. The ABC pilot is based on John Hughes‘ 1989 comedy, which starred John Candy in the titular role. Will Packer is executive producing, »


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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dead at 64 (Report)

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Daniel von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s clueless, slacker boss on “Seinfeld,” died over the weekend after suffering a long illness, Wlwt, an NBC affiliate in his native Cincinnati, reported Tuesday. He was 64. The actor, whose credits also included “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and “Super Troopers,” also had a recurring role on the sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle,” as Commandant Spangler. The 2009 comedy “London Betty” is von Bargen’s last listed credit on iMDB.com. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 In 2012, von Bargen made news for shooting himself in the head. In a harrowing 911 call, »


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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10 respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box-office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal” lead the 2015 small-screen noms with seven and six respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The Fantasy Film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and anthropomorphic-cgi-bear-film “Paddington, »


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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10 respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box-office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal” lead the 2015 small-screen noms with seven and six respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The Fantasy Film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and anthropomorphic-cgi-bear-film “Paddington, »


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Patricia Arquette on Oscar Speech Fumble: ‘I Would Have Chosen My Words a Little More Carefully’

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When Patricia Arquette gave her now famous, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all” Oscar acceptance speech last month, it seemed as though she could do nothing wrong. Meryl Streep made a “you go, girl” gesture, Jennifer Lopez smiled from ear to ear and pretty much everyone else at the Dolby Theatre looked delighted. And then, everything changed. See photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, Julianne Moore (Photos) Asked to elaborate on her speech backstage, the newly minted Academy Award-winner fumbled her words. One line in particular ignited a tsunami-like backlash. “It’s »


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Oscars: Academy Weighing Return to Five Best Picture Nominees (Exclusive)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is seriously considering a return to its former policy of having only five best-picture nominees, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. That number would be down from a maximum of 10, which are allowed by the current rules. The potential move, which is being pushed by a significant faction of the Academy, would be a radical shift for the 6,000-member organization, and a tacit acknowledgement that its six-year old strategy of boosting the number of best picture nominees has failed. “They tried it and it really didn’t do us

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Jane the Virgin Star Gina Rodriguez Wants to Play a Superhero: "Let's Be Real, I Could Kick Some Ass"

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You can add Gina Rodriguez to the list of actresses wanting to show off their super skills on the big screen. "I would love to be a superhero—that's all I want to do is play a superhero," the Jane the Virgin star tells me. "And let's be real, I could kick some ass. We all know I could kick some ass." As you may recall, Jennifer Lopez told me earlier this year she's up for some superhero screen time, too. "That would be awesome," she said while promoting her thriller The Boy Next Door. "I don't know why somebody hasn't thought about that yet." In October, Marvel announced that female superhero Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers would be getting »


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Why ABC's African-American 'Uncle Buck' pilot shouldn't be titled 'Uncle Buck'

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At this moment, in the world of TV comedy, nobody is doing diversity better than ABC. "Fresh Off The Boat" is one of the best new comedies of the spring, maintaining its creative momentum from a strong pilot and generating a consistently solid audience in a time period that has caused ABC nothing but trouble in recent years. "Black-ish" was one of the fall's better new comedies and after the usual out-of-the-blocks maturation, it has become reliably smart and perceptive, doing a reasonably good job of holding onto that fickle "Modern Family" audience. I didn't have any use for "Cristela," but people I respect have been aggressively and demonstrably on-board for it since Day 1. ABC also has comedies celebrating families from The Heartland ("The Middle"), conservatives ("Last Man Standing"), secular Jews ("The Goldbergs"), intimacy-free gay marriage ("Modern Family") and wealthy snobs in the Hamptons ("Revenge"). As much as I've hated »


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Ruth Wilson Will Not Reprise Her Role on ‘Luther’ (Exclusive)

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Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson will not reprise her role on “Luther,” TheWrap has learned. The actress played the psychotically brilliant Alice Morgan on the U.K.’s gritty crime drama, foil to Idris Elba‘s darkly heroic lead Detective chief inspector John Luther. Elba has reprised his role on BBC America’s new two-part miniseries, which began production on Tuesday and will air in the fall. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Michael Smiley and Dermot Crowley are also returning to reprise their roles, as Benny Silver and Dsu Martin Schenk respectively, but the BBC America two-parter is otherwise filled with new faces. »


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