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Johnny Depp’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Halted in Australia (Report)
The film’s star departed Australia for the U.S. on March 10 following an injury that happened in Queensland, though not while shooting.
Filming had continued on scenes not involving Depp, but on Thursday, some 200 crew were told that they would not be working for the next two weeks, according to multiple Australian media reports.
Production is scheduled to pick up on April 15.
- Patrick Frater
Trevor Noah Criticized as Anti-Semitic Due to Twitter History
On Monday Trevor Noah was named Jon Stewart's replacement as host of The Daily Show. By Tuesday, the Internet had uncovered old tweets of his, which critics are labeling as anti-Semitic and sexist. While Noah's past jokes invited backlash, there are people who jumped to his defense as well. The South African comedian alluded to the criticism in a tweet on Tuesday morning, which he quickly deleted. He wrote, "Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter." Here are some of Noah's tweets being revisited: Messi gets the ball and the real
- THR Staff
'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow Lands Hush-Hush Next Project
Colin Trevorrow will direct "Book of Henry" for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment from an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz, author of crime novels and "Batman: The Dark Knight" for DC Comics. "Book of Henry" will begin shooting in New York this September. Hurwitz recently signed on to adapt his novel "Orphan X," with Bradley Cooper producing and possibly starring. Read More: "Jurassic World" Director Trevorrow Sets Record Straight on New Plot Details and Leaks This is about all we know about the mysterious "Book of Henry." Before Universal tapped him to director "Jurassic World," Trevorrow broke out at Sundance 2012 with nifty time travel comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed" starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, a far-cry from the big-budget world of prehistoric creatures. "Jurassic World" has been in the works since the early 2000s, when Steven Spielberg confirmed a new »
- Ryan Lattanzio
‘Furious 7’ Reviews: Is Paul Walker’s Last Ride Alongside Vin Diesel the Best Yet?
“Furious 7,” the latest in a long line of Universal blockbusters starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, is getting a warm welcome from critics ahead of its release this weekend. The sequel co-stars Jason Statham as a new villain, while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns to help a familiar crew execute impossible action sequences directed by franchise newbie James Wan — a filmmaker best known for horror films including “Saw,” “Insidious” and “The Conjuring.” The highly anticipated PG-13 release, which also happens to be Walker’s final film following his death in 2013, has garnered an impressive 83 percent approval rating from »
- Greg Gilman
Lionsgate Launching ‘Hunger Games’ Attractions at Dubai Theme Park
The studio announced Tuesdsay that it has partnered with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring a Lionsgate zone to Motiongate Dubai, opening in October 2016.
The Lionsgate zone will feature theme park attractions and a retail facility inspired by “The Hunger Games” franchise along with a live stage show based on “Step Up: All In” and “Step Up: Revolution.”
“Our franchises are continuing to drive location-based entertainment opportunities around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “We’re proud to partner with the team at Dubai Parks and Resorts to create a thrilling total entertainment experience designed to attract millions of new fans and continue the global expansion of our brands.”
Motiongate Dubai is being planned to draw over three million visits a year »
- Dave McNary
‘Apostle Paul’ Sainted By Warner Bros. With Hugh Jackman
Exclusive: A new faith-based project with A-list stars involved is coming now from Warner Bros. The project, Apostle Paul, is being developed at the studio for Hugh Jackman to star in the role as the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the word. Jackman would produce, along with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck under their Pearl Street banner. A screenplay is currently being penned by Matt Cook (Triple Nine, By Way… »
Fox Renews Comedy ‘New Girl’ For Fifth Season
Just in time for its return to original episodes tonight, Fox comedy “New Girl” has been picked up for a fifth season, the network announced Tuesday.
While not the ratings dynamo it was early in its run, “New Girl” remains a key component of Fox’s live-action comedy roster, so it’s renewal was something of a no-brainer. The show is also set to celebrate its 100th episode during the upcoming 2015-16 season (most likely in November).
“Four seasons in, ‘New Girl’ continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz, Brett, Dave and the entire ‘New Girl’ team. We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for Season Five.”
After airing repeats the last three weeks, »
- Rick Kissell
Nicole Kidman, Ava DuVernay, ‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway to be Honored at Crystal + Lucy Awards
Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway will be among the Hollywood stars honored by Women In Film, Los Angeles at the Crystal + Lucy Awards this year. Celebrating creative and groundbreaking women who excel at their chosen fields, the fundraising dinner to benefit educational and philanthropic programs will take place on Tuesday, June 16, in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California. “The Martian” actress Kate Mara, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toni Howard, partner at ICM Partners will »
- Debbie Emery
Finding Carter's Alex Saxon Reveals Season 2 Is All About "Healing and More Secrets"
Just when you thought things on Finding Carter couldn't get any crazier, the final run of episodes in season one had a shooting, a coma, and another abduction. MTV's kidnapping/family drama was not holding back. "Season two will deal with the fallout from everything that went down at the end of season one," series star Alex Saxon tells E! News. "Plus, now Carter's [Kathryn Prescott] gone for the second time, and Max is worried about her all over again." Quick recap of season one finale: Carter was drugged and abducted by her fake mom Lori (Milena Govich) again, while Max (Saxon) lashed out at everyone after waking up from his coma, breaking up with Taylor (Anna Jacoby-Heron) as a »
San Francisco Film Festival to Host 12 Premieres
A dozen premieres are set for the 58th San Franciso Intl. Film Festival, including North American launches of Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes” and Andrei Konchalovsky’s “The Postman’s White Nights,” which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Organizers unveiled the rest of the slate on Tuesday, including the world premieres of Jason Zeldes’ “Romeo Is Bleeding” and Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Live”; the North American premiere of Albanian-Italian production “Bota”; Henri Fescourt’s silent “Monte Cristo”; and Japanese youth music drama “Wonderful World End.”
- Dave McNary
Film Independent Seals Netflix Deal, Announces 2015 Documentary Lab Fellows
La nonprofit Film Independent has selected 10 filmmakers and six projects for the 2015 Documentary Lab, a five-week intensive program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentaries. Film Independent has also unveiled a year-round partnership with doc juggernaut Netflix ("The Square," "Virunga") to support documentary filmmakers. Netflix is now the official supporter of all Film Independent’s documentary initiatives, including the annual Documentary Lab, the Documentary Competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival and all the documentary elements in Film Independent’s educational programs. Read More: Why Netflix Shelled Out for Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" With Netflix's support, this year's Lab includes a finishing fund for selected projects. The lab is designed to provide creative feedback to filmmakers, and to help them strategize distribution and marketing. This year's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
There Was a Big One Tree Hill Reunion Over the Weekend: See the Epic Pics!
There was a massive One Tree Hill reunion over the weekend and fans need to see the epic pics! Former co-stars Hilarie Burton, Chad Michael Murray, Tyler Hilton, Stephen Colletti, Bevin Mirskey, Antwon Tanner, Cullen Moss, Barry Corbin, Lee Norris, Colin Fickes, Kieren Hutchison, Michael May, Mike Grubbs, Vaughn Wilson and Michael Copon all reunited the other day for the EyeCon Oth event in Wilmington, N.C. Most of the Oth stars took to their social media accounts to post super-cute pics together. "Let's do this again yall!! Best fans of all time. Best friends I could ask for. Been through a lot together! #OTHfam," Hilton wrote with a fun group snapshot. Murray retweeted the »
A User's Guide to Tidal: Is Joining Jay Z's New Streaming Service Worth the Money?
Jay Z dropped yet another bomb on the music business yesterday with his unveiling of the new streaming service Tidal. The announcement was fittingly flashy, with artists like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kanye West, Chris Martin and Calvin Harris taking the stage alongside the rapper. With all the star power that accompanied the launch it's easy to forget that Tidal is actually a product that we'll all be able to use. Which begs the question: Should you actually sign up? For starters you'll need to know the basics of the service. On its face it's just another way to stream music, as opposed to Spotify or the new product Apple is expected to launch. There will be no free »
All of Justin Bieber's Most Painful Reactions at His Roast, Ranked
Justin Bieber was metaphorically kicked in the groin over and over again during his roast on Comedy Central, and to say we enjoyed every minute of it is an understatement. We enjoyed every second of it. And Justin cringing and smiling awkwardly and laughing to mask the pain? It was like a cherry on top of a delicious sundae if that sundae said things like: "Justin, you are the King Joffrey of Pop." (Which, incidentally, we proved to be true last year). Here are the Bieb's responses to all the shots fired in his direction during his roast, labeled accordingly and ranked from least to most painful: 15. The "These Guys Are Hilarious!" face 14. The "Night Is »
Ashlee Simpson Ross Flashes Growing Baby Bump in Tiny Bikini—Plus, Find Out How She Stays Fit!
Ashlee Simpson Ross and her growing baby bump are ready to get some sun! The pregnant star flaunted her bun in the oven while hanging poolside alongside hubby Evan Ross during their vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico, over the weekend. Ashlee rocked a tiny, deep-red string bikini that showed off her killer pregnancy bod. So just how does the 30-year-old stay in such amazing shape?! E! News learns Simpson is a big fan of Cardio Barre, and has been doing the new fitness trend for a couple years now. In fact, she continues to keep up her workout routine, attending a Cardio Barre class two to three times a week now. "She wants to stay fit and strong and maintain a healthy weight. Also to feel good," Richard »
Charlotte McKinney Slams Bruno Tonioli's Controversial Dig: Did the DWTS Judge Go Too Far?
Team Charlotte McKinney! While the gorgeous Carl's Jr. spokesmodel was eliminated on Monday night's episode of Dancing With the Stars, it was judge Bruno Tonioli's controversial comments after her rumba routine that really had the ballroom booing. "Listen my darling, you're never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes," he started off, immediately earning boos from the audience, and a quick retort from host Tom Bergeron, who said, "Neither are you." (And this is why we think Tom is a gift from the small screen gods.) And now, Charlotte is speaking out against Bruno's "uncalled" for comments after struggling to deal »
Netflix-Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Taps Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker
Netflix and Marvel Television has selected Cheo Hodari Coker to serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming series “Luke Cage.” Coker will also write the first two episodes of the series. Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of “Ray Donovan,” and prior to that was a supervising producer on the fourth season of the drama “Southland.” Coker was a part of the “Southland” team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show. Coker’s feature film. »
- Joe Otterson
Justin Bieber, Kate Upton, Grace Helbig and More Celebs Who Gained Major Stardom From YouTube!
Next time your friend threatens to put up a picture or video of you online, let them. You may just become a bagillionare. Countless actors, models and musicians have gained celebrity-status because of their videos on YouTube. One of the most popular YouTube success stories is Justin Bieber, who was discovered online by Scooter Braun. You have to see one of his original videos below! He honestly gives Justin Timberlake a run for his money... And who knew that Kate Upton rose to stardom because of a silly dancing video?! Kate was a struggling and aspiring model until one of her gal pals uploaded a video of her doing the "dougie" at a basketball game and that »
‘Daily Show’ Twitter Controversy: Comedy Central Should Defend Host’s Right to Offend
Comedy Central was probably expecting some public debate Tuesday about the boundaries of irreverent humor. The surprise was which of the network’s properties was the subject of that debate.
Instead of the usual discussion about whether the “Comedy Central Roast” franchise crossed the line in the wake of Monday night’s special with Justin Bieber, which featured several off-color jokes, the focus was squarely on someone who didn’t appear on the program at all: Trevor Noah, newly announced host of “The Daily Show.”
With the ink probably still drying on his freshly signed contract, some of the more controversial tweets from the South African comedian’s account were being labeled anti-Semitic, racist and sexist.
Both the network and the comedian have yet to respond (though he did tweet Monday evening what seemed like a defense–“Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on »
- Andrew Wallenstein
TV Ratings: 'Night Shift,' 'Following' dip as ABC, NBC split Monday
Fast National ratings for Monday, March 30, 2015. "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" led the normal ABC and NBC Monday split. The only meaningful variations included drops for "Night Shift" and "The Following." Also declining on Monday? "Scorpion," "Mike & Molly" and, well, most things. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.5 rating for Monday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.9 key demo rating, followed closely by the 1.7 key demo rating for CBS. Fox's 0.8 key demo rating and the 0.1 key demo rating for The CW trailed. Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 11.81 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/13 share for Monday night. NBC was second with 9.555 million viewers and a 5.9/10, topping the 5.5/9 and 8.55 million viewers for CBS. There was a big drop to Fox's 2.56 million viewers and 1.6/3 and then to The CW's 498,000 viewers and a 0.4/1. 8 p.m. - "Dancing with the Stars" led the 8 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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