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Chris Pine joining DC universe, ‘Wonder Woman’ as Steve Trevor

29 July 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Captain Kirk is jumping into the superhero craze.

The Wrap reported on Tuesday that Star Trek star Chris Pine has closed a deal to play the male lead in DC’s Wonder Woman alongside Gal Gadot. The site adds that the role will be Steve Trevor.

Pine was rumored to be weighing an offer to play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman or Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, but according to The Wrap, it seems like there wasn’t really a choice — Pine was always looking at this project. Now, he joins Gal Gadot in the superhero picture that will follow the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (which just had a Comic-Con trailer) and Suicide Squad (which wowed people at Comic-Con with its trailer).

Wonder Woman has been in trouble behind-the-scenes, but seems to be righting the ship following the departure of Michelle MacLaren. Monster director Patty Jenkins is »

- Zach Dennis

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More

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The Television Critics Association summer press tour took place today which means there’s tons of television news coming out of California this evening. HBO president Michael Lombardo dropped one of the most eye raising bits of info: their flagship show “Game Of Thrones” is looking to close up shop after season eight. According to Lombardo, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six.” The HBO president admitted he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now”(previously, the HBO chief said he’d hoped the show would run at least a decade). Makes sense as eight years, plus development is a long time to do one project. Benioff and Weiss have probably earned the clout to do anything they want and could possibly pull off some big feature film work if they so aspired to. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Ex–Top Gear Trio Will Make a Car Show for Amazon Prime

17 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jeremy Clarkson has found his post-punch project: Alongside fellow ex–Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond, the irascible Clarkson has signed on to host a new automotive series on Amazon Prime, which will start streaming sometime next year. It's a savvy move, contractually: The non-compete clause in the trio's old BBC contract apparently only forbade them from signing with a competing British channel for two years, and said absolutely nothing about working with the content-producing arm of an American logistics company. Meanwhile, we now know how Top Gear will hope to survive without the three ex-presenters: BBC Two has tapped Chris Evans (not that one) to host the long-running car show, with Formula 1 driver Jenson Button rumored as a potential co-host. As long as neither of them assault a producer over a lack of hot food, they should be fine. »

- Nate Jones

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Tom Hardy Event TV Series Lands Director

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

The Tom Hardy mini-series “Taboo,” about a 19th century diamond-dealing adventurer, has landed a director. Kristoffer Nyholm, the Danish filmmaker who directed the original Scandinavian version of crime drama “The Killing,” has signed on to direct the first four episodes of the eight-part dramatic miniseries, a representative for the filmmaker told TheWrap on Thursday. The period drama will follow Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) as rogue adventurer James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa in 1813 with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and is bent on avenging his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, Delaney sets out to. »

- Greg Gilman

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Valerie Harper Hospitalized in Maine

14 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night before a performance of her musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” in Ogunquit, Maine.

The Emmy winner, best known for her role as the brazen Rhoda Morgenstern in the ’70s sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Rhoda,” was taken by ambulance from the Ogunquit Playhouse to a local hospital.

The Ogunquit Playhouse said in a statement on Thursday that Harper was hospitalized “as a precaution” after reporting that she was not feeling well.

“She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being,” the Playhouse said.

Harper, 75, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and told she had three months to live in January of 2013. Doctors had successfully removed a lung tumor in 2009, but the cancer cells had moved to her brain. She has continued working and competed on “Dancing With the Stars »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Vacation’ Sequel Hits Road With So-So $3.8 Million First Day at Box Office

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Vacation,” the raunchy sequel to the 1983 comedy road trip classic, took in $3.8 million in its first day at the box office, Warner Bros. said Thursday. There’s still a long trip ahead, but with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate in the front seat of the station wagon, the New Line update took off Wednesday in a style befitting the Griswolds. They may eventually get to the box-office Wally World this weekend — in this case the $35 million or so analysts are projection over the five days — but could lose a hubcap or two along the way. Also Read: »

- Todd Cunningham

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Fuller House Plot Twist—But Is it for the Better?

16 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Have you gotten your fill of Fuller House news yet? No? Good. And this is good news we have to share. The Full House sequel series won't be as depressing. The original premise of the show found Candace Cameron Bure's DJ Tanner-Fuller widowed and expecting her third child, much like how Full House began. But now the show is going even closer to the origins of the show and DJ will already be a mom of three. There's no bun in the oven. "We didn't start it off quite so heavy so some more time has passed than they originally intended," Cameron Bure told The Hollywood Reporter. Does this mean that it's going to be Ok for DJ to jump back into the arms of Steve (Scott Weinger)? Yes, Steve lives! »

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Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Date for First Original Film ‘Beasts of No Nation’

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Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” will hit screens in select U.S. markets on October 16, the same day that it debuts worldwide on Netflix.

Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film in 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres.

“Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.

This allows the Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, to be eligible for Oscar consideration. Its awards season chances were improved earlier this week when the pic was selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

It will go head to head with other awards hopefuls, Steven Spielberg »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Kendall Jenner & Kylie Jenner's First Footwear Collection Revealed—Plus, Sneak a Peek of Their New Apparel Line!

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Given Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner's affinity for rocking sky-high heels, you know this shoe line has long been in the works.   That's right: The Jenner gals are embarking on their latest foray in the fashion world with their first signature shoe line under the comprehensive Kendall + Kylie brand (previously, they collaborated with Steve Madden on a capsule collection of covetable footwear). The eponymous addition isn't just narrowed to shoes, however, with a line of still-unseen bikinis and apparel also set to hit stores spring 2016.    As for that sleek new footwear, the heels are every inch as chic as the sisters themselves. Lace-up black booties, platform shoes and white closed-toed »

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Watch: ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Spectre’ Put Spotlight on Austria as Location Hotspot

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London — Friday’s release of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” will put the spotlight on Austria, one of the principal locations for the Tom Cruise movie, and the country’s 25% production incentive. Later this year, the release of James Bond movie “Spectre” will underscore the attractions of the Central European territory, as Austria provided key locations for that movie too.

Both productions received financial support from Film Location Austria, which offers a production incentive worth up to 25% of the local spend for projects that shoot for at least five days on location in Austria, up to an upper limit of Euros1.5 million ($1.65 million). “Mission: Impossible” received Euros750,000 ($824,000) against a local spend of Euros3 million ($3.3 million), while “Spectre” received Euros1.5 million ($1.65 million), against a local spend of Euros 6 million ($6.59 million). The funding for “Spectre” came both from Film Location Austria, and regional funds.

Mission: Impossible” shot a number of sequences in the Austrian capital, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Film Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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The ferocious rhymes of hip-hop icons N.W.A.’s controversial 1988 anthem “F–k tha Police” scarcely seem to have aged when they blast on to the soundtrack of “Straight Outta Compton,” echoing into a world where the abuse of black Americans at the hands of law-enforcement officials remains common headline news. But if “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression. A conventional music-world biopic in outline, but intensely human and personal in its characterizations and attention to detail, director F. Gary Gray’s movie is a feast for hip-hop connoisseurs and novices alike as it charts the West Coast rap superstars’ meteoric rise, fractious in-fighting and discovery that the music business can be as savage as the inner-city streets. A very smart piece of counter-programming in a »

- Scott Foundas

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Meek Mill responds to Drake diss tracks with his own 'Wanna Know'

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After almost a week of waiting, Meek Mill has finally released a diss track against Drake—and many are saying it fell short of their expectations. The track titled, ‘Wanna Know’, produced by long-time Meek collaborator, Jahlil Beats, finds Meek rapping over numerous beats and includes snippets of what can only be called reference tracks of Quentin Miller ghostwriting for Drake... Read the full story at Radio.com. »

- Claudio E. Cabrera - Radio.com

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Film Review: ‘The 7th Dwarf’

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The moral of “The 7th Dwarf,” driven home by its diminutive hero and a dreadfully repetitive end-credits anthem, is that “size doesn’t matter.” It’s a crass (but kid-friendly!) formulation that also happens to be perfectly true: At half the length or twice the budget, this CG-animated musical mash-up of fairy tales would still be a pretty pathetic excuse for children’s entertainment, short on charm and utterly devoid of magic. A 2014 German production making a brief North American stopover in an English-dubbed version, the film offers a witless recombination of elements from classic Grimm stories and some of the bigger U.S. toon hits of recent vintage — a pandering strategy that seems unlikely to translate into the box office equivalent of true love’s kiss.

Directed by Harald Siepermann (who died mid-production in 2013) and Boris Aljinovic, “The 7th Dwarf” is an animated extension of a franchise that includes »

- Justin Chang

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Watch Ice T Voice ‘Care Bears,’ ‘The Smurfs,’ ‘Dora the Explorer’ for Jimmy Fallon (Video)

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Ice T revealed his cuddly, soft side on Thursday when he did some of his best cartoon voices for Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” The rapper and “Law and Order: Svu” star claimed to have had a prior career as a successful voiceover artist, but when Fallon said he didn’t realize the voices on those cartoons were Ice T as a child, his guest replied: “You just didn’t recognize my voice, now you probably will.” The late-night host then aired a clip of “Care Bears” and challenged viewers to recognize Ice T. Also Read: Tom Cruise »

- Debbie Emery

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Requiem for Relativity – Hollywood Should Mourn the Loss of a Studio

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

Though it’s almost August and a time to relax, Hollywood should mind the bellwethers. It’s a terrible day in the movie industry when an independent studio fails. One less place for filmmakers and screenwriters to sell their projects. One less outlet to champion the magic of long-form storytelling. One less partner for exhibitors to haggle with. One less place for executives and producers to work. The elite club of movie distributors shrinks by one. Also Read: Relativity Bankruptcy Filing Reveals Bleak Financial Picture The missteps that led to Relativity’s bankruptcy had been in the making for years. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Meek Mill's Dis Track for Drake Is Finally Here

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Although he made us wait for a response, Meek Mill did give us something (read: better late than never). The song is called "Wanna Know," and Meek is, in a word, inquisitive. He either really wanted to take advantage here of the there-are-no-dumb-questions mantra, or he really wanted to make a dis track that resembles a "Really?!?" segment from SNL. For example: "I just wanna know, if you ain't write that running through the six shit / Tell us, who the fuck Quentin out here running through the six with?" Good question. "I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller, was it Usher, was it Denzel where you got your flow?" Good question. "You know you fucked up, right?" Meh question. Essentially, Meek is underlining his argument that he believes Drake to be a fraud; he thinks Drake is an amalgam of the real rappers (and singers) who came before »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Caitlyn Jenner Does Her ‘Best Feminine Voice’ for Kim Kardashian in ‘I Am Cait’ Teaser (Video)

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Long before Caitlyn Jenner started transitioning, the former Olympian tried to know what life would be like when the world finally accepted her as a woman. In a new sneak peek for her E! Network docu-series “I Am Cait,” Jenner told her step-daughter Kim Kardashian and family friend Malika Haqq that she’d once tried to order room service using a feminine voice. “I’d be sitting there in my little room, all by my lonesome, and I’d think, Ok! I’m going to try to get my best feminine voice and call down so they say, ‘Yes, ma’am. »

- Kathy Zerbib

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Relativity TV Could Be Prime Target in Post-Bankruptcy Auction

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Relativity Media’s TV division has emerged as a lean asset compared to the studio’s anemic film business, bankruptcy motions revealed on Thursday, making it a prime target for sale at the upcoming auction of the company’s assets. Documents filed by Fti Consulting’s Brian G. Kushner, Relativity’s newly named chief restructuring officer, prove how successful the TV unit has been in driving revenue — especially compared to CEO Ryan Kavanaugh’s lackluster crop of star-studded but underperforming feature films. Relativity TV brought in a $96.6 million in revenues in 2014, and counts a nimble 24 full- and part-time employees on »

- Matt Donnelly

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Montage of Heck Has Added Another New Kurt Cobain Song

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Fans of Kurt Cobain will have the chance to hear another as-till-now-unreleased demo if they go see Montage of Heck in theaters next week. Billboard reports that filmmaker Brett Morgen added the song (probably circa 1991) to the film's soundtrack without compromising anything from the iteration that debuted on HBO; the new track is supposed to have Cobain showing off his falsetto. Billboard had a chance to preview the song, and said it reminded them a little bit of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, but with slightly darker lyrics ("Wonder how I breathe," and "I'm a bad man," for example). Makes sense. Morgen didn't share where the untitled song pops up in the theatrical cut because he doesn't want people to bootleg it — so, yep, you'll probably have to go to find out. The movie, which has been nominated for seven Emmys and already has a slew of other »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice Takes on Gregg Sulkin in Sticky ‘Lip Sync Battle’ (Video)

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Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice took on a rival from across the pond as she competed against British “Faking It” actor Gregg Sulkin on Thursday’s “Lip Sync Battle.” Justice, who gained fame as a child actress on “Zoey 101” and “iCarly” went back to way before she was even born with 80s classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler for the Spike competition show. However, her passionate performance made even host LL Cool J feel a little uncomfortable as the 22-year-old “crawled around” the stage. “My mother is very proud me making it to ‘Lip Sync Battle,'” Sulkin then said, »

- Debbie Emery

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