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Brie Larson Eyed for Lead in Lionsgate’s ‘Glass Castle’

9 October 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After her critically acclaimed turn in A24’s “Room,” Brie Larson is slowly becoming one of the more popular talents in town and now Lionsgate is hoping she chooses their film as her next project.

Sources tell Variety Larson is in early talks to star in the studio’s adaptation of “Glass Castle.”

The role was intended for Jennifer Lawrence at one point, but when the film could not find its male lead, Lawrence left the project, forcing Lionsgate to look elsewhere.

Lionsgate had no comment.

If Larson does choose to do the film, it would reunite her with her helmer Destin Cretton, who directed the critically acclaimed drama “Short Term 12,” a film where Larson first earned early awards consideration for her perf.

The pic is based on the Jeannette Walls memoir about a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. Walls’ eccentric »

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Greg Berlanti’s ‘Blindspot’ Gets Full-Season Order from NBC

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

NBC has ordered an additional nine episodes of freshman action-drama “Blindspot,” TheWrap has learned. The show has been the number one-rated new series in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, averaging a 2.7 rating, 9 share and 9.6 million viewers overall. The series follows a Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) with no memories of her past who’s found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Also Read: 'Blindspot,' 'Scream Queens,' 'Muppets': See New Fall TV Shows' Delayed-Viewing Rankings for Premiere Week Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately attracts the attention of the FBI, »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Expendables 4’ Secures China Pre-Sale (Exclusive)

9 October 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Upcoming Nu Image / Millennium movies “Expendables 4” and “Security” are headed for China. That follows deals with Steven Paul’s Sp International Pictures on behalf of Ssxh Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution.

The deals cover equity investments in both films and provide Chinese distribution rights. Both movies may use China as a location for some scenes, though it is not expected that there will be enough Chinese elements for them to be considered as full co-productions.

Action thriller, “Security” is now beginning production in Bulgaria at Nu Image studios. It will star Antonio Banderas (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Desperado”) and Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi,” “Schindler’s List”) under the direction of Alain Desrochers (“Nitro”). The budget is pegged at $15m.

“Expendables 4” will shoot in 2016 and be delivered in 2017. Neither director nor cast have yet been announced, though the picture is expected to have maintain its all-action star formula. It is to »

- Patrick Frater

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Gene Allen, Former Academy President, Dies at 97

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

Production designer Gene Allen, a former three-term president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (1983-1985) and an Oscar winner for his work on “My Fair Lady,” died on Wednesday, October 7, from natural causes. He was 97 and lived in Newport Beach, California.

In addition to his art direction Oscar for “My Fair Lady,” Allen received Oscar nominations for “A Star Is Born” (1955) and “Les Girls” (1958). In 1997 he received a Special Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild, where he served as executive director from 1970-1997. He had also served as a vice president of Iatse. He was a member of the Directors Guild of America, having worked as second unit director in addition to production designer for director George Cukor on “A Star Is Born.”

Adg executive director Scott Roth, who succeeded Allen in 1997, said, “Gene Allen displayed verve and brio in his 27 years leading the Art Directors Guild. »

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Disney Channel’s ‘The Lion Guard’ Movie Gets Premiere Date & Teaser

9 October 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Disney’s latest incarnation of its massive franchise The Lion King now has an airdate and a first-look teaser: The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar TV movie will premiere November 22 at 7 Pm on Disney Channel.  The Disney Television Animation pic, which features a voice cast including Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer and Sarah Hyland, is part of a coordinated rollout of the reboot over the next month and serves as the launch point into a new Lion Guard… »

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Shia Labeouf Arrested in Austin for Public Intoxication

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

Shia Labeouf has been arrested again, this time at the Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas, TheWrap has learned. Officers noticed the actor’s bizarre behavior on 6th Street in downtown Austin and he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication around 5:30 p.m. Pt. The crime is a misdemeanor. LeBeouf is no stranger to handcuffs, having been arrested in June 2014 at the Broadway musical “Cabaret” in New York for being drunk in public. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Addiction, Says Rep He pled guilty last September to disorderly conduct, and in March, a »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Extant’ Cancelled After 2 Seasons, Halle Berry To Produce Legal Drama For CBS

21 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After two seasons and one creative revamp, CBS and star Halle Berry have pulled the plug on summer sci-fi drama series Extant. The network is staying in business with the Oscar-winning actress, putting in development Legalease, a drama which Berry will executive produce. "CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the Extant story after last season's exciting and fitting conclusion," said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. "Extant played an… »

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The Supposed Avengers: Infinity War Budget Is Almost Shocking

22 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The budgets for anticipated blockbusters are ballooning. Studios who seek massive financial returns on their event pictures often have to pony up the dough, so that their movie looks more like Gravity, and less like Green Lantern. But how much is too much? If a production costs $1 billion, is that the official designation that too much has been spent? Can a studio possibly recoup that investment?   If we're talking about Marvel's two-part The Avengers: Infinity War, it's wholly possible. And the only reason we're dipping our toe into this discussion is because Bleeding Cool posted some borderline wonky math to conclude that the combined production budget for two upcoming Avengers movies set to drop in 2018 and 2019 will come in at $1 billion. Continuing the alleged breakdown, the site claims that $400 million of that price tag will go to screenwriters, the co-directors (Joe and Anthony Russo), assorted producers »

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Jimmy Fallon, Jeff Daniels, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelly Played Pictionary

34 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Who would have thought that Jeff Daniels and Nelly would make a great Pictionary team? On The Tonight Show, Daniels and Nelly faced off against Jimmy Fallon and Whoopi Goldberg. "I heard you cheat," Nelly said before they began. "You did not hear that," Fallon retorted, unconvincingly. The first phrase Daniels pulled was "High as a kite," which Nelly guessed within 10 seconds, of course. They didn't do so well with the next one but... well, just watch: »

- Greg Cwik

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Katy Perry to Rally Hillary Clinton Supporters in Iowa

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Katy Perry is publicly showing her support for Hillary Clinton. The pop singer, in her first appearance for the 2016 campaign, will rally Clinton supporters on Oct. 24 in downtown Des Moines before the presidential nominee attends the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Clinton's campaign announced Saturday morning. Perry played a hand in rallying supporters for President Barack Obama by playing at numerous events and wearing patriotic dresses she designed herself, including a dress she wore to his rally that had his campaign slogan "Forward" on it and a ballot dress she sported while performing at a Las

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Trevor Noah, Heckling Hugh Hewitt and 5 Other Things Scene and Heard at La’s Politicon

56 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

If you’re a political junkie as well as pop-culture fan, Politicon, a two-day event hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, couldn’t be sweeter if it were covered in chocolate and dipped in caramel. Dubbed the “Comic-Con of politics,” Politicon is all about the entertaining side of politics. More than 8,000 people have bought tickets to the inaugural event … and yes, its founder concedes he couldn’t have picked a better year to launch it if he tried. “We bribed Donald Trump to run just to help Politicon out,” Simon Sidi, the man who came up with idea, told TheWrap. »

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Box Office: ‘Pan’ Falls Short as ‘The Martian’ Orbits $37 Million Weekend

57 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pixie dust is no match for Nasa’s space travel technology when it comes to box office success, apparently: Hugh Jackman starrer “Pan” is turning in disappointing opening weekend numbers while Matt Damon’s “The Martian” continues to soar in its second weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “Pan,” which also stars Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund in director Joe Wright’s take on J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” tallied $5.2 million in Friday receipts, which indicates a three-day total around $17 million, according to studio estimates. The fantasy pic is playing in 3,515 locations and carries a budget of $150 million; earlier estimates had pegged an opening weekend total in the low $20 million range, signaling a tough financial return for the studio.

The Martian,” on the other hand, is exceeding its second-weekend estimates, tracking for a three-day haul of up to $37 million. The Fox release, screening in 3,854 locations, pulled in $11 million on Friday, giving it »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘The Walk,’ Pricey ‘Pan’ Go Splat at Box Office

59 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The pricey prequel to the kids classic “Pan” sank and the tightrope thriller “The Walk” took a tumble in their nationwide box-office debuts Friday. They overshadowed a strong second-week performance by the Matt Damon sci-fi tale “The Martian,” which is heading for $35 million-plus and another win for Fox. Sony’s animated ‘Hotel Transylvania 2” which is on the way to what could be a $25 million third weekend after taking in $5.3 million Friday, behind the nearly $11 million of “The Martian.” Also Friday, “Steve Jobs,” the Universal biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the iconic Apple boss, brought in a strong $175,000 »

- Todd Cunningham

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Seth Meyers's Favorite Trump Jokes For You To Use And Enjoy, As Told at Comic Con

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Running low on jokes to make about Donald Trump? Seth Meyers has you covered. During his New York Comic Con panel yesterday, in conversation with Vulture's own Jesse David Fox, the Late Night host revealed a few of his all-time favorite jokes. Lucky for us (us = humankind), they were all Trump-related. Meyers told the crowd of how weird it is to think back on roasting Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, after the Donald had threatened to run for president, but before it had gotten too real. “He was at the [dinner] and it was right when he was really laying into Obama about not having been born here and not having a birth certificate,” said Meyers. “The first joke I made,” recounted Meyers, “was, 'Donald Trump is running as a Republican, which is funny because I had just assumed he was running as a joke.'” Here »

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Bryan Singer Looks Back at 20 Years of ‘The Usual Suspects’ at San Pedro Fest

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San Pedro, Calif. — Director Bryan Singer reminisced about “The Usual Suspects” Friday night as a 20th anniversary screening of his Oscar-winning sophomore effort kicked off the 4th annual San Pedro International Film Festival. The film has a unique connection to the city as many iconic scenes were shot in and around the area, with iconic scenes taking place at the Korean Liberty Bell and the Port of Los Angeles.

“I only knew it would be better than [my first film] ‘Public Access,’ because I had better actors,” Singer said during a post-screening Q&A. “You have no idea if a movie is going to have any longevity or a cult classic nature. None of that ever occurred to me.”

Indeed, many of the film’s memorable moments happened less by design than spontaneity and serendipity. He recalled, for instance, the oft-mentioned story of actor Benicio del Toro showing up on set with a »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch Stephen Colbert, James Corden's Playful 'Me & My Shadow' Duet

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CBS' The Late Show and The Late Late Show merged Friday night as Stephen Colbert welcomed James Corden onto the 11:35 p.m. program for a chat and an impromptu musical performance. Both Colbert and Corden have roots in musical theatre, especially the works of Stephen Sondheim, so midway through the interview, the hosts decided to duet together, as they are wont to do whenever they're in the same room. This time around, Colbert and Corden delivered a playful rendition of Al Jolson's "Me & My Shadow."

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Jim Carrey Attends Funeral of Late Girlfriend Cathriona White, Carries Coffin

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jim Carrey attended the funeral of his late girlfriend Cathriona White in Ireland on Saturday morning. The actor was seen carrying White's coffin to Our Lady of Fatima Church, in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, the Associated Press reported. He helped walk the casket from the funeral service to the burial grounds of Cappawhite Cemetery where White was buried next to her father, Pat, NY Daily News reported. Carrey was bedecked in all black and appeared somber while holding the coffin with numerous other men. Jim Carrey joins mourners behind the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White to

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Idris Elba on 'Beasts of No Nation' and Making Grown Men Cry

3 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The first time you see Idris Elba in the child-soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, he's emerging out of the jungle brush, cutting through the middle of an army of tiny, machete-and-machine-gun-wielding tweens. Clad in a beret and an outfit that might be characterized as "military dictator summer-casual," he strides up to the young boy at the center of this crowd and asks "Who brought this thing here?" in a booming voice. It's a proper movie entrance, bold and brash, immediately establishing the man known only as "Commandant" as a charismatic, »

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Best of the Week: 'Fargo' Flops, 'Steve Jobs' Soars, and the Film World Pays Tribute to the Late Chantal Akerman

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Alchemy Ups Two Key Execs Arthouse Audit: 'He Named Me Malala' and 'Taxi' Lead Recent Fest Players Belgian Filmmaker Chantal Akerman Dead at 65 Can 'Fargo' Season 2 Top Season 1? Can Wgn America's Stellar 'Manhattan' Finally Break Through? Doc NYC Boosts Doc Oscar Contenders How Screenwriter Drew Goddard Made 'The Martian' Smart, and Why It Needed Two F-Words How They Shot 'Steve Jobs' from Inside Out with Three Different Looks No One Believed Sebastian Schipper Could Make 'Victoria' in One Take Nyff: Ingrid Bergman's Home Movies Brighten Biodoc 'In Her Own Words' Nyff: Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' Celebrates a Stand-Up Man On the Undistributed Near-Masterpieces of the Milwaukee Film Festival Screen Talk: Where 'Bridge of Spies,' 'Where to Invade Next,' and 'Steve Jobs' Sit in Oscar Race 'Steve Jobs' Soars: Danny Boyle and His Cast Ride Aaron Sorkin's Exhilarating Screenplay Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: 'The Martian' Soars, »

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