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Summer Box Office Set to Cool Down
The summer box office has peaked.
Nothing, not “Fantastic Four” nor “Straight Outta Compton,” will allow it to suck in the rarefied air it was breathing in May and June. Over the next few weeks, domestic ticket sales will struggle to keep pace with the previous year’s numbers.
Although the summer of 2014 was one of the worst in decades, August was uncharacteristically robust. “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” formed a potent duo, jump-starting multiplexes and powering ticket sales for the month past the $1 billion mark for the first time in history.
“‘Guardians’ was obviously one of the biggest movies of the year and there’s nothing here that matches that,” said Phil Contrino, vice »
- Brent Lang
New Woody Allen Movie Adds Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll & More
The cast has been finalized for Woody Allen’s next movie, as usual still untitled and mostly under wraps. Oscar nominee Jeannie Berlin, The Strain‘s Corey Stoll and Ken Stott (the Hobbit movies) join Parker Posey, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis in the film, which begins shooting this month in New York and Los Angeles. Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, and Paul Schneider also have come aboard as co-stars. The pic is being produced by… »
‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy Extended Edition Heading to Theaters This Fall
If you thought you were done with Peter Jackson‘s trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, think again. The Hobbit trilogy will be returning to theaters this fall, but in the longer extended edition format that until now has only been available on home video. Hit the jump to find out when you can catch The Hobbit […] »
- Ethan Anderton
Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Young Pope’ Rounds Out Cast With James Cromwell And Slew Of Top International Talent
After casting Jude Law in the title role as a young conservative American pontiff, and Diane Keaton as a nun, the cast for Paolo Sorrentino-directed TV series “The Young Pope” has been rounded out with a slew of top international talent.
Joining the three-way Sky, HBO and Canal Plus papal production as prelates are:
James Cromwell, who will play Cardinal Michael Spencer, who is Lenny’s mentor; Silvio Orlando, a regular in Nanni Moretti movies, who is set for the role of Cardinal Voiello, the Secretary of State; and Scott Shepherd, who will play Cardinal Dussolier, from South America.
Cecile de France will play Sofia, who is in charge of marketing in the Vatican City; while Javier Camara is set to play Cardinal Gutierrez, the Master of Ceremonies of the Vatican City. Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool”) (pictured) will play Esther, the wife of a Swiss guard, and Italian theatre »
- Nick Vivarelli
'Starred Up' Director David Mackenzie Now Shooting 'Comancheria' With Chris Pine, Ben Foster, And Jeff Bridges
You may have heard about this one already, but for whatever reason it passed by our attention when it was first announced earlier this spring. We had wondered what "Starred Up" director David Mackenzie would be doing next following his terrific, critically acclaimed prison drama. The answer is: a heist flick. Yes, please. Screen Daily reveals that production has started on "Comacheria." Penned by "Sicario" writer Taylor Sheridan, whose script wound up on the 2012 Black List, the film stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges. The story follows two brothers, one an ex-con and the other a divorced father of two kids, who are facing the foreclosure of their family’s West Texas farm. They team for a skillfully-calculated bank robbing spree that puts them on a collision course with two Texas Rangers determined to take them down. This blend of material and talent sounds like potentially terrific stuff, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paige Turns to Brie Bella for Advice Amid "First Real Argument" With Nikki Bella—See the Total Divas Clip!
Uh oh. In the above clip, Paige regrets a comment she made to Nikki Bella while in Europe with WWE. "Nikki is one of my good friends, so I felt bad about the whole situation," she explains. "Do you think Nikki's mad at me?" Paige asks Brie. Apparently Paige made a comment regarding Nikki's liking for fancy things, something that Paige is not a fan of. "Nikki enjoys tea times, she enjoys dressing up and going to fancy dinners, but like people will give her crap," Brie explains. Will the two reunite? Watch the above clip and don't miss Total Divas tonight to see what happens. Tune into a new episode of Total Divas tonight »
Locarno Film Festival Topper Carlo Chatrian Raises The Bar With Mix Of Newcomers And Known Names
Since taking the reins at Locarno in 2013 artistic director Carlo Chatrian has been gradually raising the bar while aiming to “strike a balance in the competition between directors who need this platform for recognition and those who have already attained it,” says 43-year-old soft-spoken Italian film critic, now at his third edition.
This year he’s assembled a meticulously modulated mix across all sections. It ranges from the world premiere of Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash,” toplining Meryl Streep as an ageing rock star, and new works by acclaimed auteurs including Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsagari, and Hong Sang-soo, to potential discoveries such as Iranian film “Paradise,” a first work by Sina Ataeian, that provides a rare non-naturalistic glimpse on contemporary Iran and is produced by Jafar Panahi’s brother, Yousef Panahi.
For the competition Chatrian has secured fourteen world preems, including new pics by name auteurs such »
- Nick Vivarelli
Joel McHale Says ‘Community’ Is Cancelled
NBC’s comedy series “Community” will not move forward at Yahoo Screen, according to star Joel McHale. “All of our contracts were up after six years. All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show,” McHale told Metro Weekly. More to come… »
- Joseph Kapsch
‘I Am Cait’ Ratings Plunge Hard in Week 2
“I Am Cait” stumbled hard in the ratings for its second week, losing more than half of its viewership. Sunday’s episode of the E! series — which chronicles Caitlyn’s transition from man to woman — drew 1.292 million total viewers, TV By the Numbers reports. That’s a far cry from the 2.732 million who tuned in for the July 26 premiere. See video: Caitlyn Jenner Talks Sexual Orientation in 'I Am Cait' Sneak Peek: 'I Don't Know' In the key 18-49 demographic, the sophomore airing of “I Am Cait” posted a 0.6 rating, also considerably off from the 1.2 rating that the »
- Tim Kenneally
One Direction Fans Aren't Sad at All That Zayn and Perrie Broke Up
Another one bites the dust! But this time, no one is surprised. Adding to a string of recent celebrity breakups, One Direction's Zayn Malik has called off his engagement to singer Perrie Edwards. Normally when something this groundbreaking happens to a 1D member (former or not), the fan base goes off. (See Louis Tomlinson's unborn baby for proof).This time around the reaction is just as widespread, but the sentiment is what we thought it would be. At all. In fact, we're hard-pressed to even call it sentiment. It seems that 1D fans aren't exactly shocked by this news, and might even be (gasp!) happy that Zayn and Perrie are no more. We expected to log on to Twitter to all sorts of mournful »
Candace Cameron Bure ‘Pleased’ With How She Handled Raven-Symone Dustup Over Anti-Gay Bakery
After Candace Cameron Bure infamously defended a bakery that refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple during a July episode of “The View,” the actress is speaking out about her argument with co-host Raven-Symoné and its impending backlash. “I was pleased with how I handled myself … There was a lot of difficult feedback to read that was very personal, attacking me, and there was a lot of positive in there as well,” she told HuffPost Live. “I don’t know that I would make the same decisions that the bakers made, as a Christian, but I will. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog Have Broken Up!
Maroon 5 was right: this summer's gonna hurt like a mother--ker. Amid high-profile breakups (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner; Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani), The Muppets' Miss Piggy announced via social media Tuesday that she is no longer with Kermit the Frog. Naturally, the spotlight-loving swine and her former paramour also managed to plug their new half-hour show. "After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Kermit the Frog and moi have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship. We will continue to work together on television (The Muppets/Tuesdays 8 p.m, this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, »
'Community' Canceled After Six Seasons, Says Star Joel McHale
School's out for the students at Greendale Community College. Community has been canceled after six seasons. Star Joel McHale reported the show's demise in an interview with Metro Weekly. “All of our contracts were up after six years,” he said. “All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for
- Kate Stanhope
Stonewall Trailer: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Fights for Gay Rights in Roland Emmerich’s Passion Project
Director Roland Emmerich recently talked to Vulture about the difficulties of getting his passion project, Stonewall, about the 1969 riots that sparked a turning point in America's Lgbtq rights movement, off the ground. It took budget cuts that involved a location change from New York City (the riots' original location) to Montreal and hiring lesser-known actors like War Horse's Jeremy Irvine to make the film possible. But its first trailer stays faithful to the movement's unwillingness to compromise: It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a leader within the gay liberation movement at the historic Stonewall Inn. Alongside Irvine and Penny Dreadful's Jonny Beauchamp, they tell the story of one of the most famous acts of police brutality against New York's gay community. The film opens September 25. »
- Dee Lockett
‘Undercover Boss’ Showrunner Chris Carlson Will Lead All3Media’s Commonwealth Unscripted
Chris Carlson, the showrunner behind CBS reality series “Undercover Boss,” will lead a new production company, Commonwealth Unscripted, that will be part of the large reality-production outlet All3Media America.
Commonwealth will create, develop and sell original unscripted ideas and produce them in partnership with All3Media America. Carlson will continue to serve as executive producer of “Undercover Boss.” Since joining the show in its second season, Carlson has nabbed five Emmy nominations and two wins.
Commonwealth Unscripted becomes the eleventh company under the All3Media America umbrella. The company will be based out of the All3Media America Los Angeles offices.
All3Media America companies include Bentley, Company Pictures, ID-tv, Lime, Maverick, Mme, North One, Objective, South Pacific Pictures and Studio Lambert Associates. The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks, including “Undercover Boss.” All3Media America’s formats »
- Brian Steinberg
Another One Down: Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards End Their Engagement
According to People, Zayn Malik and Little Mix's Perrie Edwards have called off their engagement, which means that, much like Zayn's career, their lives will no longer go in one direction. Zayn reportedly called off the two-year engagement weeks ago, and it's unclear which dating app will obtain his services as a solo sex artist. Regardless, this is the latest incident in this summer's worrying celeb-breakup trend — see Gavin and Gwen, Blake and Miranda, Ben and Jen — and experts fear that if this goes on, the U.S. may face a devastating celebrity-couple shortage by 2025, which in turn could dry up our precious celebrity-baby reserves. Think of the (incredibly famous) children! »
- Nate Jones
It's an adults only party for Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool' debut on 'Conan'
We’ve all seen the trailer for the trailer for "Deadpool" by now, but perhaps we were left wondering if the actual trailer would be -- by necessity – watered-down in order to air on tonight’s episode of "Conan." Fear not Merc With A (Dirty) Mouth lovers – this is indeed a proper red-band trailer. For one night only TBS has changed Conan O'Brien's show's rating to TV-ma… which will clearly keep anyone underage at bay. Take a look at what the show’s official Twitter page had to say below and get ready for Ryan Reynolds to release himself all over the Internet. Tomorrow #Conan premieres the #Deadpool red band trailer. It’s so Nsfw, our TBS rating will be TV-ma. Omg, so many acronyms. — Team Coco (@TeamCoco) August 3, 2015 »
- Roth Cornet
Kermit and Miss Piggy’s 6 Best Lines From ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Panel
The stars of ABC’s upcoming “The Muppets,” Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy made an appearance at the series’ panel during the Television Critics Association’s 2015 summer press tour ahead of the series’ premiere next month. In their first public appearance since their split, which Kermit announced on Twitter Tuesday, the couple fielded questions about their break-up, the reality format of their new show as it compares to their previous projects, and working with ABC, the duo provided no shortage of quips. “It can be tough to work with your ex … Especially when your ex is a pig.” – Kermit When. »
- Reid Nakamura
Carrie Underwood Rocks Daisy Dukes, Flaunts Slim Post-Baby Bod for New Music Video—Watch Now!
Carrie Underwood is one hot mama! The 32-year-old country star was back in her Daisy Dukes Sunday—just five months after giving birth to son Isaiah Michael Fisher—while filming scenes for her upcoming music video. She paired her sexy short shorts with a white top, checkered vest and knee-high fringe cowgirl boots. (You can see Carrie's trim, toned post-baby body in action in the behind-the-scenes clip above!) It's obvious that the "Something in the Water" singer wasted no time getting back into shape post-pregnancy, but it helped that she didn't gain too much excess weight while she was expecting. "While I was pregnant, I did everything I could to try and make smart choices," »
You Won't Believe This Is Matthew McConaughey's Brother: Meet Rooster!
Matthew McConaughey's brother is breaking into show biz. The Oscar winner's sibling Rooster McConaughey appeared on Today this morning, stopping by to chat about his new show West Texas Investors Club, a Shark Tank-style series which sees Rooster and his business partner Butch Gilliam—both self-made millionaires—looking "to invest in the next big thing in their own unique way." From sharing a beer with potential investors ("If you want to get to know a man and look into his soul, have a beer with him") to their unconventional business plan, Rooster is surely entertaining like his movie star brother—but he's definitely his own »
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