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‘It’ Producer Says Tilda Swinton Was Eyed to Play Pennywise the Clown

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

Bill Skarsgard is going to be your biggest nightmare come September, when he appears as Pennywise the Clown in the highly anticipated Stephen King adaptation “It.” But a producer on the film said Tilda Swinton was in the running to play the iconic monster. “I swear to God,” producer Barbara Muschietti told Playlist. “We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn’t available, so she didn’t even audition. But of course, we all thought about her.” Skarsgard came in and was eventually cast in the role, and he has since said that he’s scared the child actors on set. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Team Up to Star in TV Series

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

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up for a new TV series that will focus on a New York morning show, Variety has confirmed.

House of Cards” producer Jay Carson is attached to write the script, with Steve Kloves executive producing. Witherspoon and Aniston will also executive produce, with Witherspoon producing through her Hello Sunshine production banner along with her film and television head Lauren Levy Neustadter. The project hails from HBO alum Michael Ellenberg’s newly-launched Media Res banner.

The series is expected to be shopped to networks and streaming services in the coming weeks, industry sources say.

Aniston and Witherspoon previously worked together when Witherspoon guest starred on “Friends” as Aniston’s sister. Witherspoon recently made the jump to TV with the HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” which earned her an Emmy nomination. For Aniston, it would mark her first regular TV role since the end of “Friends” in 2004.

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- Joe Otterson

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Can 'Dunkirk' Hold Off 'Emoji Movie' and 'Atomic Blonde' For Second Weekend at #1?

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Not since Wonder Woman seven weeks ago has a film repeat atop the weekend box office. This weekend, Dunkirk is looking to do just that. Christopher Nolan's war drama faces incoming challenges in the form of Sony's animated feature The Emoji Movie and Focus's actioner Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron. Both Sony and Focus are anticipating openings around $20 million for their new releases, which wouldn't likely be enough to top Dunkirk's sophomore session, though both could over perform against those expectations making this a weekend to watch closely. Both the new releases and holdovers alike could provide some fireworks, including Universal's Girls Trip, which returns to the fray following its $31 million opening weekend and "A+" CinemaScore. After debuting with $50.5 million last weekend, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk delivered a #1 opening and is hoping to do the same this weekend. In 2014, following a $47.5 million debut, Nolan's own Interstellar dropped »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'

15 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Amazon Studios is moving full steam ahead into film distribution.

The streaming giant behind such films as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick will self-distribute Woody Allen's upcoming film, Wonder Wheel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

It's a significant step for Amazon, which has previously partnered with traditional distributors like Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to put its films into theaters. Amazon's Bob Berney has always played a key role in the marketing of its films, but until now, the company has never had the infrastructure in place to book theaters and physically distribute movies. The company has been quietly building »

- Tatiana Siegel

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Showtime Orders Boston-Set Drama Pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are bringing their Boston pride to Showtime.

The cabler has picked up a drama pilot “City on a Hill” from the Oscar winners, who will executive produce the project.

Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. The two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.

The pilot will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”), who will serve as executive producer along with James Mangold (“Logan”) and Jennifer Todd (“Memento »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Chris Pine, Wonder Woman Director Reteam for Black Dahlia TNT Series

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Fresh off the success of summer blockbuster Wonder Woman, star Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins are joining forces on One Day She’ll Darken, a limited series set up at TNT.

The six-episode drama, announced on Thursday, is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, who in 1949 was given up by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. Per the official logline, One Day will follow Hodel as she “begins to investigate the secrets to her past,” embarking down a “sinister trail” leading to notorious Hollywood gynecologist Dr. »

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Box-Office Preview: 'Emoji Movie,' 'Atomic Blonde' to Battle 'Dunkirk'

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

If moviegoers ever wanted to hear Sir Patrick Stewart voice the poop emoji, they are about to get their chance.

This weekend, Sony Pictures Animation unfurls The Emoji Movie, based on the popular ideograms that have become their own, popular language. But it remains to be seen whether The Emoji Movie can pass up Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which opened to $50.3 million last weekend, and win the weekend.

The Emoji Movie is tracking to debut in the $25 million-$27 million, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $20 million.

Tony Leondis directed the original film, about an emoji named »

- Pamela McClintock

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June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

26 July 2017 9:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

June Foray, the voice of “The Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.

The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. »

- Terry Flores

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Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Replace Ben Affleck in ‘Triple Frontier’

26 July 2017 5:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mark Wahlberg is in talks to join Netflix’s “Triple Frontier,” TheWrap has learned. The “Transformers” franchise star would replace Ben Affleck in the J.C. Chandor border thriller, two individuals familiar with the project said. Affleck remains a producer on the film, which has also seen exits from actors Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum and originally-attached director Kathryn Bigelow. Also Read: Mel Gibson Is Mark Wahlberg's Womanizing Dad in 'Daddy's Home 2' Trailer (Video) Atlas Entertainment is producing the Netflix original, who inherited the project from Paramount. Wahlberg will next be seen in “Daddy’s Home 2,” and »

- Umberto Gonzalez and Matt Donnelly

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Will Darth Vader Appear in Han Solo Film? A Cancelation Drives Speculation

26 July 2017 6:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lucasfilm has been notoriously tight-lipped on details about upcoming “Star Wars” movies, but a cancellation by one actor at a fan convention may have accidentally revealed that cinema’s most famous villain, Darth Vader, may appear once again in next year’s untitled Han Solo movie. Spencer Wilding, who wore the Vader suit in last year’s “Rogue One” — James Earl Jones, of course, voiced the Sith Lord — was slated to appear at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. However, on Tuesday Wilding was added to the convention’s cancellation list because he was “filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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True Detective Season 3 Inches Closer, Mahershala Ali Confirmed to Star

26 July 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

True Detective is almost back on the case. (Should we crack open a Lone Star beer to celebrate?)

A third season of HBO’s Emmy-winning crime anthology is in the works, the network confirmed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday. Even better news: Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) has officially signed on to star in the third installment, a casting coup that was first rumored last month.

“I have read five scripts for a third season,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys told reporters, “and I think they’re terrific… »

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Venice Lineup: Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Lands on the Lido, Plus Films by Clooney, Del Toro, Kechiche

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

Rome – Darren Aronofsky’s horror thriller “Mother!” and new films by George Clooney and Guillermo del Toro will world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, along with hotly anticipated titles from directors such as France’s Abdellatif Kechiche.

Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, had not been expected on the Lido. The horror film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on Sept. 15.

As previously reported by Variety, Clooney’s “Suburbicon” (pictured), a black comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac, will launch from the Lido. The film is one of three Paramount titles destined for Venice, along with “Mother!” and festival opener “Downsizing” by Alexander Payne. All three movies will also screen in Toronto.

In “Suburbicon,” Damon plays the father in a well-to-do suburban family that finds itself caught in a violent spiral. The actor also stars in “Downsizing,” a social satire in which his character agrees to have »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Shooter Will Be Cut Short Because of Ryan Phillippe's Injury

26 July 2017 6:33 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

An unusual accident off set is affecting things on set for USA's Shooter.

The second season of the thriller was originally set to air 10 episodes, but will not only last eight episodes, according to Deadline. The Season 2 finale will now air Sept. 5.

The decision comes after star Ryan Phillippe broke


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- Tim Surette

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Reese Witherspoon And Jennifer Aniston Are Working On A TV Show Together

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- Jordan Crucchiola

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‘The Daily Show’ Turns Anthony Scaramucci’s Rant to New Yorker Reporter Into Motivational Posters

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The Daily Show” turned the choicest quotes from White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s Wednesday night rant to The New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza into the kind of cheesy motivational posters you might see in a middle school hallway or dentist’s office. The F-bombed filled posters were inspired by a piece published in The New Yorker on Thursday by Lizza that detailed a conversation with Scaramucci in which the new White House staffer unloaded his contempt for Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, advisor Steve Bannon and anyone who is leaking information from the White House. “I’m not Steve Bannon, »

- Ashley Boucher

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Rick Ross Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Comment About Female Rappers, Plugs His New Show

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Rest easy, female rappers; Rick Ross now feels that he could keep his libido in check around you. But he’s still totally hot for self-promotion. Rap impresario Ross, who this week drew criticism after he said that he hadn’t yet signed a woman to his Maybach Music Group label because “I would end up f—ing a female rapper,” has apologized for the comment, calling it “insensitive” and a “mistake I regret.” He also managed to work in a plug for his new VH1 reality show “Signed,” which premiered Wednesday. Also Read: Rick Ross on Why His Label Signs No Women: 'I Would. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Does ‘Runaways’ Connect With the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Sort Of

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Will “Marvel’s Runaways” exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That’s the question for almost every new Marvel property and with the “Runaways,” it’s not too different. Executive producer Jeph Loeb told reporters at TCA on Thursday that the teenagers do exist in the same world as the Avengers, but there won’t be any in-series connections with them — at least for now. “It all lives in the same world, how it’s connected and where it’s connected and what it’s going to be connected to remains to be seen,” he said. “What we’re trying »

- Carli Velocci

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TV News Roundup: ‘NCIS’ Casts Maria Bello as Series Regular

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

In today’s roundup, Maria Bello is joining Season 15 of “NCIS,” and Louis Tomlinson is set to perform at Teen Choice 2017.


CBS announced Maria Bello has joined the cast of “NCIS” as a series regular and will be introduced in the season’s fourth episode. Bello will play an NCIS agent who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army and served two tours in Afghanistan. She built her reputation after joining NCIS as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist. Season 15 of “NCIS” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

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Singer Louis Tomlinson will perform his newly released single “Back To You” with Bebe Rexha live at the Teen Choice Awards 2017. “Back To You” is his debut solo hit after splitting from boy band One Direction. Grammy-winning trio Clean Bandit will also perform their Teen Choice-nominated hit “Rockabye,” as well as a rendition of their single “Symphony” featuring pop vocalist Zara Larsson. Additional »

- Rebecca Rubin

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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Michelle Kwan should compete on ‘DWTS,’ according to one-third of our readers

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Michelle Kwan should compete on “Dancing with the Stars.” That’s according to our readers when we asked them to rate our recent suggestions for who should compete in the upcoming 25th season of ABC’s dance competition series. As of this writing she leads our poll with support from 33% of readers. Check out the complete […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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‘Emoji Movie’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

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Early reviews of “The Emoji Movie” are in, and critics, to put it gently, aren’t giving the film a “Thumbs Up.”

Critics offered generally unfavorable reviews for the Tony Leondis-directed animated comedy voiced by T.J. Miller, James Corden, and Anna Faris. Hitting theaters Friday, “Emoji” is currently averaging a concerning 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.


T.J. Miller, James Corden Tout ‘The Emoji Movie’s’ ‘Feminist Agenda’

The reviews collectively called the movie “meh,” a nod to Miller’s character, and panned the pointless and seemingly unrelated plot. Others called out the unnecessary product integration with Spotify, Candy Crush, and Crackle (owned by the film’s distributor, Sony).

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman:

“The bad news is that ‘The Emoji Movie’ really is meh. There have been worse ideas, but in this case the execution isn’t good enough to bring the notion of an emoji movie to funky, surprising »

- Rebecca Rubin

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