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

28 January 2015 10:12 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

28 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | 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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Sundance: A24 Picks Up ‘Mississippi Grind’ With Ryan Reynolds

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

A24 has secured distribution rights to gambling drama “Mississippi Grind,” Variety has confirmed.

The film is the latest collaboration from “Half Nelson” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and is another look at people struggling on the edges of society. Ryan Reynolds stars as a charismatic drifter who forms an unlikely bond with a down-on-his-luck gambler played by Ben Mendelsohn. Sienna Miller co-stars as Reynolds’ sometime girlfriend.

The picture debuted to a warm response at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In a review in Variety, critic Justin Chang said the film’s commercial prospects are limited, though he liked the picture.

“The moody, measured intelligence and exceptional skill with actors long evinced by filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (‘Half Nelson,’ ‘Sugar’) once again serves them well in ‘Mississippi Grind,’ a bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie that plays like a conscious throwback to the lost souls and open highways of 1970s American cinema, »


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'Insurgent' Super Bowl ad needs you to know they increased the VFX budget

25 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I don't even know you guys. This is like a fever dream conceived while listening to the "Castlevania" soundtrack. I keep expecting Alucard and Dracula to burst on screen, while Shailene Woodley spirals to her doom, a look of confusion on her (and my) face. [Via MTV] As someone who has seen the first film, but not read the books, is the second one Supposed to look like a malfunctioning Holodeck and the Cheshire Cat decided to trip balls and have a special effects baby? Because that’s what it looks like.   And I can't look away. The “Insurgent” insanity unfolds on the big screen on February 25, 2015. »


- Donna Dickens

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Where Did Grey’s, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder Leave Off?

31 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After what feels like forever, ABC's Shondaland Thursday lineup is finally back with new episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. But where did things leave off way back in November? And is it too late to just start watching now?Grey's Anatomy: Meredith and Derek had been fighting and fighting and fighting, and finally she told him to just go ahead and take that job in D.C., which he does. Sick burn. Avery and April's unborn baby was diagnosed with a likely fatal birth defect, Callie and Arizona were still broken up, Owen was unbearably self-righteous, and Maggie was still bugging Meredith with her mere existence. Can I just jump in?This show has been on for 11 seasons, but … sure. It's easy enough to follow, though starting now seems a little strange. But you do you. Scandal: Oh God, let's see. Olivia »


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Charlotte McKinney's Dad 'Friggin' Loved' Her Carl's Jr. Super Bowl Commercial

31 minutes ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After starring half-naked in a Carl's Jr. Super Bowl commercial, some models might be afraid to get their parents' opinions. Not Charlotte McKinney. "People will be like, 'Oh your dad saw it?' and I'm like, of course my dad saw it! He friggin' loved it," the 21-year-old tells People. "My dad gets a kick out of anything like that." In fact, McKinney's entire family has expressed support and excitement over the ad, which features the Florida native walking through a farmers' market almost entirely nude (she wore a bra and underwear while filming). "They're my No. 1 fans, so they »

- Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Charlotte McKinney's Dad 'Friggin' Loved' Her Carl's Jr. Super Bowl Commercial

31 minutes ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After starring half-naked in a Carl's Jr. Super Bowl commercial, some models might be afraid to get their parents' opinions. Not Charlotte McKinney. "People will be like, 'Oh your dad saw it?' and I'm like, of course my dad saw it! He friggin' loved it," the 21-year-old tells People. "My dad gets a kick out of anything like that." In fact, McKinney's entire family has expressed support and excitement over the ad, which features the Florida native walking through a farmers' market almost entirely nude (she wore a bra and underwear while filming). "They're my No. 1 fans, so they »

- Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Empire’s Audience Is Still Growing

32 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Another week, another stunning Nielsen performance from Empire: Fox’s red-hot hip-hop soap opera drew its biggest audience yet Wednesday, marking four consecutive weeks of ratings growth. According to preliminary same-day Nielsen data, Empire ruled over 11.3 million viewers, up from last week’s overnight audience of 10.9 million and about 15 percent higher than the show’s January 7 premiere tune-in. Among adults under 50, the show’s growth spurt does appear to have ended, with Empire notching 4.3 rating (the same number it did in last week’s preliminary ratings; it ticked up to a 4.4 in final same-day numbers). Fox projects that once DVR replays are tallied, last night’s episode will end up at a 6.1 demo rating, putting Empire on track to finish its freshman season in March as broadcast TV’s No. 1 drama.  »


- Josef Adalian

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We Used Tweets From Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and More Celebs to Create Truly Moving Poetry

41 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hey, there. You look like you need a little more class and culture in your life. Don't worry, you've come to the right place. What's that? You think it's ironic that you've come to a website that has an article about the KFC Double Dog looking for culture and class? There, there. Shut up, you. How about some truly moving and poignant poetry made up entirely of tweets? Intrigued? If you're not, too late! You're stuck here now because you've read over 12 words, and that means you are legally bound to finish this post. Check the fine print on your Internet contract. Anyway, poetweet is a website that pulls tweets from any Twitter account and creates ridiculous poems. We tried it with »

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Tim McGraw to perform Glen Campbell's 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' at the Oscars

42 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you're looking for a potential upset that few if any are really keeping an eye on at the Oscars this year, I'd say watch out for Glen Campbell's original song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me." It's a very meaningful track in a very moving movie, Campbell's final song ever, and I can't imagine there won't be more than a few in the Academy who would love to see the legend — who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease — carry a trophy off into the sunset. Campbell of course can't perform the song on the upcoming show, but Oscarcast producers have lined up some heavy star power to do the honors. The Academy has announced that Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/actor Tim McGraw will perform the song on the 87th Academy Awards. "I'm honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the »


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‘Terminator: Genisys’ Super Bowl Ad Premieres (Video)

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

Paramount Pictures released a new “Terminator: Genisys” Super Bowl ad on Thursday.

The 30-second trailer features Sarah Connor, played by “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke, fighting alongside the original Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. They must do battle with not only a new liquid metal T-1000, but also a younger version of The Terminator himself.

Also Read: 18 Super Bowl Xlix Ads: Watch This Year’s Buzziest Commercials (Video)

In this reboot of the “Terminator” franchise, human freedom fighter John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to protect his mother, Sarah. However, an unforeseen event creates an alternate timeline, »


- Joe Otterson

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Foreign Artisans, Actors Scramble for Immigration Papers Before Pilot Season

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

TV pilot season ramps up this month, luring artisans and actors from around the world to Los Angeles, where they hope to find work on one of the new network series and, if all goes well, score a recurring gig.

But if they’re not United States citizens, they’ll need to deal with immigration law, which can be a frustration worthy of its own TV series for those who aren’t adequately prepared.

Talent both above and below the line face a myriad of confusing regulations and procedures that inhibit their chances of working legally in the L.A. film and television factory.

British writer-director Emma Holly Jones, now in pre-production on her first feature, “Everything Carries Me to You,” advises being organized — a strategy that served her well in obtaining a work visa in 2010, and a renewal in 2013. “I write lists every day,” she says. “The immigration service »


- Dave McNary

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Woody Allen’s Amazon Deal Shows Willingness, But Change Creates Risk

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

Did Woody Allen suffer an attack of angst? Or was he merely feeling it was time for a change?

With his 80th birthday approaching, Woody had been shooting movies (and raising financing) in just about every country in Europe from Italy to Spain, and was running out of propitious locations. So he made a big decision: By signing a deal with Amazon a couple of weeks ago, he was not only shifting platforms, but also casting his lot with a new player in the TV universe. The last time Woody was involved in TV was when he wrote incidental dialogue for Ed Sullivan.

I admire Woody for accommodating change. The media gurus keep reminding us that the ground is shifting beneath us, but I have lately been noticing several examples of resistance to that concept at different levels of the business.

I encountered a producer friend this week who applauded »


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Disney Junior Readies ‘Sofia The First’ Spin-Off

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

Sofia The First” is getting a second – sort of.

Disney Junior is preparing to launch “Elena of Avalor,” featuring a teenaged Latina princess who has been trapped for decades in the signature jeweled amulet that is one of best-known elements of the current kiddie series.  The character of Elena will debut in a special episode of “Sofia The First” that is beginning production now and set to air in 2016. She will then be the center of the new series, produced by Disney Television Animation and slated to debut in the same year.

“What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale,” said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and »


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Al Jazeera English is Growing Fast, But Still Dogged by Challenges

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

Eight years after Al Jazeera English launched as the Arab world’s counterweight to CNN Intl. and BBC World, the Doha-based 24-hour news network, now airing in 130 countries, is still in expansion mode despite a few setbacks — perhaps most notably having three of its journalists jailed in Egypt — and the perception by some that its reporting is biased.

Furthermore, its sister channel, Al Jazeera America, is finding that the U.S. market, after a little more than a year, is proving a tough nut to crack. But difficulties do not seem to be dissuading the deep-pocketed TV news service, funded in part by the Qatari government, from forging ahead.

“As an 8-year-old in a very mature market, there is still clearly always room to evolve,” said Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey recently at the network’s stark state-of-the-art headquarters in Doha. “You want to continuously finesse and challenge your own journalism, »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Play-by-Play on Super Bowl Ad Sales

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

The Super Bowl is TV’s biggest draw, pulling in hundreds of millions of viewers — along with hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising. So why wasn’t NBC able to sell out its commercial inventory for the game as fast as Fox did last year?

NBC said Wednesday that it had finally sold more than 70 30-second spots for its Feb. 1 broadcast of Super Bowl Xlix, and had only a handful of availabilities left in its pre-game coverage. But Seth Winter, NBCUniversal’s top ad-sales executive for sports, noted the process had been tougher than usual.  Fox wrapped its sales for 2014’s Super Bowl Xlviii in the fall of 2013.

That’s not to say the NFL championship has lost its power, and NBC no doubt hopes its coverage will break the record for the most-viewed event on TV, as coverage of the event has for four of the past five broadcasts. »


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NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ Move Creates Drama Over Thursday Lineup

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

The reconstruction of NBC’s Thursday night lineup begins with the kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday. The Peacock has as much at stake in the telecast of the big game on Feb. 1 as do the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

NBC is relocating its most valuable scripted-series asset, “The Blacklist,” from Monday to Thursday in an effort to shore up a night that has become a black hole for the network. “Blacklist” opens the second leg of its sophomore season with the post-Super Bowl airing of a two-part episode. The conclusion will run four nights later when the James Spader starrer settles into its new Thursday 9 p.m. berth.

The move of the show from its familiar Monday 10 p.m. slot is risky, even with a Super Bowl-sized platform to promote the timeslot switch.

“Blacklist” is the anchor of NBC’s new all-drama strategy on Thursday — a radical makeover »


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‘Nightly Show’ Gives Comedy Central Jolt of Energy Post-Colbert

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

The upside-down map of the world and backwards-running clocks on the set on Larry Wilmore’s new “Nightly Show” aren’t the only things askew at Comedy Central. But on Wilmore’s program, that’s intentional.

“Nightly Show” is the noisiest in a series of recent launches on the Viacom-owned network — programs that send ripples across the popular culture. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and even Jon Stewart probably could not make the sorts of pointed asides about racial inequity, sexual politics and cultural oddities that Wilmore, a fiftysomething African-American man, can. During a recent taping, an opening line about the sexual-assault controversy raging around Bill Cosby — “The question will be, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be, ‘Yes’ ” — treads dangerous ground, but the crowd reacts so well that Wilmore cracks up and has to reshoot the segment’s start.

“This show is a little dangerous sometimes,” Wilmore confides »


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Disney Goes Latin With Its Newest Princess

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

Say “hola” to Disney’s latest princess.

Disney plans to add a new princess with a Latin flair to its roster next year, the company said Thursday.

See photos: The Evolution of Zac Efron: From Squeaky Clean ‘High School’ Star to Raunchy Frat King

The character, Elena of Avalor, is described as “inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.” She’ll be introduced during a special episode of Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First,” which is slated for a 2016 premiere.

Following her “Sofia the First” introduction, the character will receive her own animated series, “Elena of Avalor.”

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Mark Wahlberg Plays With Sperm, Breakfast Cereal in First ‘Ted 2′ Trailer (Video)

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

Mark Wahlberg and his foul-mouthed friend are back and raunchier than ever in the first trailer for “Ted 2,” released by Universal Pictures on Thursday.

The sequel follows Ted, the plush, perverted bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, and his attempts to become ever more human. He takes a human bride, but when it comes to procreation, well, there’s a catch.

The trailer starts with Ted asking his pal John (Wahlberg) for a sperm donation to help him father children with a human bride, which naturally leads to a gross-out scene at a sperm bank that leaves Mark covered in human protein. »


- Travis Reilly

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