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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Begins Filming With Cast Full of People Who Haven’t Dropped Out Yet

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Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs — a gigantic game of musical chairs that has seen David FincherLeonardo DiCaprioChristian Bale, and Sony all think differently about their involvement — started filming this week, which means it is now a lot harder for everyone in the cast to quit. Here is the official list of actors who managed to be sitting down when the music stopped: Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as Apple CEO John Sculley, Kate Winslet as Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Michael Stuhlbarg as developer Andy Hertzfeld, and Inherent Vice's Katherine Waterston as Jobs's girlfriend Chrisann Brennan. Universal also revealed that the last of the film's three long scenes will take place in 1998, at the Apple product launch that introduced the iMac. Go get those royalty checks, New Radicals. »


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Christine Taylor to reprise role in 'Zoolander 2' -- exclusive

18 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Zoolander 2 continues to be the sequel that’s sort of happening but maybe not happening but, yes, actually happening. Actress Christine Taylor confirmed to EW that she'll reprise her role as journalist Matilda Jeffries in the sequel to the hit 2001 film, which followed lunkhead supermodel Derek Zoolander (Taylor's husband, Ben Stiller) and his accidental adventures into the seedy, corrupt underworld of male modeling. »


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‘Blunt Talk': First Look At Patrick Stewart In Starz’s Scripted Comedy

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

Blunt Talk,” from exec producer Seth MacFarlane and starring Patrick Stewart, began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. Starz released the first photos from the scripted comedy Wednesday.

The half-hour comedy from Media Rights Capital (Mrc) and series creator Jonathan Ames who is exec producing with MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis was given a 20-episode, two season commitment.

“It was a great first day on the set of ‘Blunt Talk,'” said Ames. “Patrick Stewart was noble, loony, and heroic. And that was before the first shot. Later, in character as Walter Blunt, he was all those things and more.”

The original series, set in L.A., follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news, and the fallout from his unintentional, yet misguided decision making both on air and off. Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, »


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‘Imitation Game’ Director Picks Up Sci-Fi Love Story From ‘Doctor Strange’ Writer

19 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jon Spaihts' Passengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring. But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten […]

The post ‘Imitation Game’ Director Picks Up Sci-Fi Love Story From ‘Doctor Strange’ Writer appeared first on /Film. »


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Maya Rudolph, Jaden Smith Join HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Brothers in Atlanta’

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

HBO has greenlit a new comedy pilot “Brothers in Atlanta,” which features Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith, a spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap.

Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known writing-performing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will write, executive produce and star on the show. “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner.

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Rudolph and Smith are said to be recurring guest stars, should the comedy make it to series. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle »


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Empire Recap: Cookie Continues to Pull Everyone's Strings and Hakeem's Oedipal Complex Is Exposed

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Wednesday's episode of Empire saw a kinder, gentler Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) - but only because she was successfully playing with everyone's strings like the leopard print-wearing puppet master she is. While youngest son Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) still won't give her the time of day, Cookie managed to gain one more client in Tiana (Serayah McNeill) Hakeem's kind-of girlfriend, and orchestrate another in jailed rapper Titan (Jim Beans). Meanwhile, Lucious's (Terrence Howard) old boss, Billy Beretti (Judd Nelson) threatened to bring Empire down should they go through with going public.Hakeem Oh, Hakeem. So spoiled. So simple. So Oedipal. Having »


- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Viacom Net Drops 8.6% Even As ‘Interstellar,’ Cable Fees Boost Revenue

25 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Viacom said profit in its first quarter profit fell nearly 9% despite a 4.4% rise in revenue in the period sparked by box-office results for the Christopher Nolan-helmed “Interstellar” and an increase in the amount of fees the company’s various cable networks collected from cable and satellite operators.

Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to the owner of MTV and Comedy Central fell to $500 million, or $1.20 per share, compared with $547 million, or $1.20 per share, a year earlier. The results were affected by special items, which include a tax expense and pension settlement, as well as the effects of foreign exchange. Stripping out those items, Viacom would have earned $1.29 a share.

Revenue rose to $3.34 billion from $3.2 billion. Wall Street had expected revenue of $3.41 billion.

Wall Street may focus on a 6% decrease in U.S. advertising revenue, as the broader media sector has in recent months experienced advertising declines  thanks to burgeoning »


- Brian Steinberg

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The Most Fomo-Inducing Photos from Uber's Puppy Bowl Office Deliveries

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There's Fomo, and then there's the feeling we get when we are sitting at our desks while other people are playing with puppies in their offices. On Wednesday, Uber put its best paw forward in honor of the Puppy Bowl with an on-demand dog delivery service. The adoptable puppies were available for $30 per 15 minutes in 10 select cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle). Translation: While you were sitting in meetings all day, other people were holding perfectly fluffy balls of fur. In case you weren't jealous enough, we've rounded up the most »

- Alison Schwartz, @alisonbrooke

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Is Downton Abbey Set to End After Season Six?

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Is the end dawning for Lady Mary and the Earl of Grantham?Just as the stars of Downton Abbey - Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt and the others - prepare to shoot season 6 in the spring, speculation has arisen that this could be the popular series' last. The Daily Mirror says writer Julian Fellowes is turning his back on Downton so he can work on a new project for NBC, The Gilded Age, set in 19th century New York. "We wouldn’t comment on speculative stories about our programs," the show's U.K. broadcaster, ITV, says in a statement, »


- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Wilmer Valderrama Is Napping on the Lap of Girlfriend Demi Lovato (Photo)

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It's puppy love times two! Demi Lovato shared a sweet snap of the two most important men in her life: boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and her dog, Buddy, on Instagram Wednesday. "My boys are really sleepy.... And I'm the luckiest woman in the world...." she captioned the snuggly selfie, which shows her looking serenely into the camera as her two guys snooze against her. Lovato, 22, has only recently shared snippets of her under-the-radar romance with Valderrama, 34, crediting him late last year with helping her overcome body image issues that forced her into treatment in 2010. The singer has been significantly less secretive »


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Wilmer Valderrama Is Napping on the Lap of Girlfriend Demi Lovato (Photo)

1 hour ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's puppy love times two! Demi Lovato shared a sweet snap of the two most important men in her life: boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and her dog, Buddy, on Instagram Wednesday. "My boys are really sleepy.... And I'm the luckiest woman in the world...." she captioned the snuggly selfie, which shows her looking serenely into the camera as her two guys snooze against her. Lovato, 22, has only recently shared snippets of her under-the-radar romance with Valderrama, 34, crediting him late last year with helping her overcome body image issues that forced her into treatment in 2010. The singer has been significantly less secretive »


- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Filmax Pounces on Miami-selected ‘Innocent Killers’ (Exclusive)

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barcelona-based Filmax, a Spanish production-distribution-sales force – especially in thrillers and horror fare from Spain’s seemingly bottomless well of new genre auteur talent – has acquired world sales rights to Gonzalo Bendala’s “Innocent Killers,” which it will also distribute domestically in Spain.

“Killers” will have its world premiere at March’s Miami Intl. Film Festival, playing in its Cinema 360º section.

Maxi Iglesias (“XP3D,” “Toledo”), Luis Fernandez (“XP3D,” “I Want You”) and Aura Garrido (“Stockholm,” “The Wishful Thinkers”) star in the murder imbroglio from Seville-based production house Aralan, which marks the feature directorial debut of Aralan partner Gonzalo Bendala.

“A suspenser, echoing elements of Hitchcock,” in the words of Aralan CEO Marta Velasco, “Killers” turns on a university student (Iglesias) who, in dire straits, suddenly receives an godsend offer of money – if he kills his psychology teacher (Miguel Angel Sola, “Night Runner”).

What makes the offer so singular »


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Alpha Violet Primes ‘The Tribe’ Follow-Up ‘Luxembourg,’ ‘Soviet Heroes’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based sales agent Alpha Violet, which sparked a feeding frenzy at Cannes for Ukrainian Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe,” is bringing onto the market at Berlin his follow-up, “Luxembourg,” which won a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award on Tuesday and a Rotterdam Cinemart Arte International Award yesterday.

“Luxembourg” will now be presented at the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express, part of the Co-production Market at the Berlin Festival where Alpha Violet, once more looking East, will also introduce a second title: Russia’s “Pioneer Heroes,” which will world premiere in Panorama.

Produced by Slaboshpytskiy and co-produced by Anna Katchko at Germany’s Tandem Production, “Luxembourg” returns Slaboshpytskiy to the scene of his short “Nuclear Waste,” set in the restriction zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, which exploded in 1986, and which won a 2012 Locarno Silver Leopard, from a Mark Peploe headed jury. In “Luxembourg,” a film noir, which also takes place in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, »


- John Hopewell

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How to Get Away with Murder: 5 Juicy Tidbits from Upcoming Episodes

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While How to Get Away with Murder's midseason finale revealed that Wes (Alfred Enoch) killed Annalise's (Viola Davis) two-timing husband, fans still don't know the central mystery of who killed college student Lila Stangard - whose body was found in a water tank on her sorority house's roof. But we may be closer to getting an answer! Here are a few other tidbits to get you ready for Thursday's winter premiere: The secrets don't stopViola Davis, who won a SAG award Sunday for her performance in the ABC drama, says viewers should remain on the edge of their seats. »


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Australian Academy Awards Shared by ‘Water Diviner’ and ‘The Babadook’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The top film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts was shared by “The Water Diviner” and “The Babadook.”

Both films were by first time feature directors, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Kent, respectively.

Kent also claimed the Aacta award for best direction.

David Gulpilil’s performance in “Charlie’s Country” saw him awarded Best Lead Actor. “Predestination” star Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress. Susan Prior’s performance in “The Rover” earned her Best Supporting Actress prize and Yilmaz Erdogan was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in “the Water Diviner.”

The Railway Man was awarded for Best Adapted Screenplay, while “The Lego Movie,” shunned at the Oscars, took home the Aacta Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation.

The Aacta Award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.”

Further individual prizes went to: Rose Byrne, who collected the Trailblazer »


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Stephen Lambert Inks New Deal With All3Media, Moves Into Drama

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

London — Leading TV producer Stephen Lambert has extended his contract with All3Media until 2020, and has secured extra funding that will enable his production company, Studio Lambert, to enter the drama production arena.

Studio Lambert was launched in 2008 with All3’s financial backing. Lambert’s company was fully acquired by All3 at the end of 2012 when the group launched its U.S. operation, All3Media America, chaired by Lambert, who divides his time between the U.S. and U.K. All3 was acquired by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global last year.

Studio Lambert has thus far produced only non-scripted shows, like multi-Primetime Emmy-winning “Undercover Boss” and BAFTA-winning “Gogglebox,” but it will now launch a drama division in the U.K.

Lambert’s new deal with All3 gives him the funding to launch the drama division. “We are in a golden age of scripted television on both sides of the Atlantic, »


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Gene Hackman Mistakenly Mourned by Twitter After Article Proclaims Him "Gone"

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fear not: Gene Hackman is just fine.  The legendary actor was prematurely mourned by a number of Twitter users following a confusing Grantland headline that read: "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge." Read More Mitt Romney Endorses Gene Hackman to Play Him On Screen One tribute message came from actor Dylan McDermott, who tweeted, "Rest in Peace." The Stalker star later deleted the tweet and wrote about what he perceived to be a "hoax": "People have too much damn time on their hands." Hackman's rep confirmed to ABC News

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Media Luna Bows ‘3 Beauties,’ about Venezuela’s Fixation (Exclusive)

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Colombia boasts 120 beauty contests, Venezuela 600, near two a day, including Miss Tanguita, for under-10s. Days after Colombia’s Paulina Vega, a 22-year-old student, polemically beat out Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell – black, short-haired, intelligent – to become Miss Universe at Sunday’s Miami pageant, German sales company Media Luna is launching onto the international market “3 Beauties.” A satire from Carlos Caridad-Montero, which explores the Venezuelan dream: Beauty, especially of the female kind.

The scribe-helmer’s first feature, “3 Beauties” turns on a single mother, Perla, hell-bent on turning one of her two daughters into a beauty queen. Meanwhile, she ignores her only son. Her obsession leaves all manner of hostages to fortune when her children grow up.

Slaking her own frustrations, and teaching her daughters to vomit after meals, Perla lays it down pretty hard: “A plastic flower never withers,” Perla says, when one confronts a breast and butt job. “A »


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Review: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall lift sitcom-y 'People, Places, Things'

3 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City. Jim Strouse's "People, Places, Things" plays like an 86 minute pilot for an HBO comedy series and even in this age of "TV and Movies Have Achieved Parity," I doubt that's what anybody wants to hear. But if you know me, you know I mean it largely as a compliment.  And what does that mean? Well, not too much happens in "People, Places, Things." It's a low-incident narrative that's supposed to be about emotional truth mixed with humor, but a lot of the comedic beats are being played rather broadly.  It feels as if the basic plot elements and, particularly, characters are in place at the end of the film for an ongoing storyline that might be amusing. Give me this cast and some of these characters on a weekly basis for 10 or 13 half-hour episodes per season and I could grow to really like them. And speaking of growth, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Taylor Swift Trademarks "This Sick Beat" and "Party Like It's 1989"

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Think twice before scribbling "This Sick Beat" on a t-shirt in the future as you could be faced with a legal bill, one that might be difficult to shake it off, shake it off. The Vox, citing legal database Justia, reports that Taylor Swift's legal team have trademarked the phrase "This Sick Beat" as well as "Party Like It's 1989" and "Cause We Never Go Out of Style" all lyrics from her multimillion selling album 1989.  Any use of those phrases, emblazoned on products or otherwise, will require permission from Team Swift, who seem intent on their girl

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- Abid Rahman

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