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Alicia Vikander in Negotiations to Star in Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’ (Exclusive)

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

Hollywood’s red-hot star Alicia Vikander is in advanced negotiations to topline Wim Wenders’ romantic thriller “Submergence” opposite James McAvoy.

The film is based on J.M. Ledgard’s eponymous novel which ranked second in New York Magazine’s list of the 10 Best Books of 2013.

Penned by Erin Dignam (“The Last Face”), “Submergence” centers on two lovers, immersed in life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles, who find solace in memories of their intense romance the previous Christmas after a chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast. One is enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia while the other is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.

The Swedish-born Vikander currently stars opposite Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” which had a robust bow in the U.S., grossing $185,000 over Thanksgiving weekend, and has earned solid awards buzz since opening at the Venice Film Festival. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Supergirl’ Lands Full First Season Pickup at CBS

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

Supergirl” will be flying high for a full season, as CBS has picked up seven additional episodes of the superhero drama from mega-producer Greg Berlanti, totaling a 20-episode freshman season.

One of the fall’s top-rated new shows, “Supergirl” has averaged 11.24 million viewers a week since it premiered on Oct. 26.

Starring Melissa Benoist as the title character, “Supergirl” follows Superman’s cousin Kara Danvers, who decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be after years of hiding her abilities. Along with Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan and David Harewood round out the cast.

Supergirl” has had faith from the CBS from the get-go. The drama was the first new series to get the greenlight at the network for the 2015-16 season.

The pickup marks the second full-season order for a new CBS drama this fall, following “Limitless,” the action series starring Jake McDorman, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Walking Dead’ Fans Complain About ‘Weak,’ ‘Bland’ Midseason Finale

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

(Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the season six midseason finale of “The Walking Dead”) “The Walking Dead” aired the Season 6 midseason finale on Sunday, and fans were split on the quality of the episode. While some mourned Deana’s death and said the episode left them with their heart in their throat, others described it as “boring” and “weak.” Regardless, AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse drama has left the door open to plenty of action when season six resumes in February, including the unveiling of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the villain Negan. See video: »

- Joe Otterson

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Ron Howard Will Direct a Thrilling Adaptation for the Unreleased Book The Girl Before

15 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Ron Howard's latest project pick-up involves another book-to-screen adaptation, Deadline reports. This one will be based on J.P. Delaney's The Girl Before, a thriller novel (which the trades say might really be best-selling author Tony Strong's) that hasn't come out yet, but is coming soon. The Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House book will tell the story of "a traumatized woman [who] falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it," according to Deadline. "But when she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before." Even though it hasn't been released, something about Girl Before's scaled-back Crimson Peak approach or trendily simple-but-cryptic-Girl title evidently caught Howard's eye (that or he's really trying to busy himself to avoid future Star Wars offers). The director's also reportedly attached to help produce, »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Peter Jackson Will Draw Out the Announcement of Him Directing Doctor Who As Long As He Can Because He Loves Torturing You

4 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Peter Jackson could turn a visit to the dog-food store to buy dog food into an eight-hour, three-part epic adventure, so I don't know why you would expect anything less from any of his other projects. In a video posted to his Facebook wall, the Hobbit director luxuriously teased a potential turn behind the camera on Doctor Who, languorously polishing his Oscars and discussing the shoot schedule he pitched Steven Moffat (one episode, six months, filmed in New Zealand). Jackson had previously been rumored to direct, and, despite a visit from the doctor himself, you'll notice he still doesn't actually say he's doing it. Oh, he's good. Look for Jackson's official conformation Christmas 2015, 2016, and 2017, because that man is going to milk this for all the sweet, sweet anticipation he can. »

- Halle Kiefer

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Christian Slater wrestles with the mysteries of 'Mr. Robot' (exclusive video)

15 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

For Christian Slater, the hardest thing about starring in the hit USA Network series "Mr. Robot" is "holding my cards close and not being able to talk to people about it. "This is one of the TV shows where you would go to the table reads and watch people who didn’t know what was coming and just listen to their reactions and watch their jaws dropping,” he adds in  his exclusive video chat with Gold Derby (watch below). -Break- Exclusive interview: Rami Malek on being an 'unlikely hero' in 'Mr. Robot' (video) “Mr. Robot” is a dark cyber-thriller about Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), an antisocial misfit who is recruited by the shadowy leader of an underground anarchist hacker group (Slater) trying to destabilize and ultimately destroy corporate America. Over the ten episodes of its labyrinthine first season, we as viewers were treated to thrilling reveals about the identities and motivations of the. »

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‘Shallow Hal’ Star Joshua Shintani Dies at 32

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Joshua Shintani, the actor best known from his role in “Shallow Hal” who went by the nickname Li’iBoy, died in Kauai, H.I., according to a Monday report from TMZ. He was 32.

Joshua’s mother rushed him to an emergency room early last week, TMZ reports. Joshua died on Wednesday after doctors discovered he was battling an advanced case of pneumonia.

The actor was in only one film, the 2001 comedy “Shallow Hal” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Shintani played the Hawaiian man who strummed his ukulele to the song “Never Forget Where I’m From” while sitting next to Jason Alexander’s character on a bench.

Director Peter Farrelly was on vacation when he discovered Shintani in Hawaii. Shintani — a senior attending Waimea High School at the time — was playing his ukulele outside a public library. He was then flown to Los Angeles for a screen test and landed the part immediately after. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Dan Mintz: America’s Chinese Entrepreneur Takes Showmanship to Taiwan

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

Dan Mintz, the U.S. executive that is bidding for a $600 million slice of Taiwan’s Eastern Broadcasting Corp., has been able to pull off some pretty cool stunts. Among them Robert Downey rising from Beijing’s Forbidden City, airport meetings conducted in a limousine on the tarmac at Shanghai airport, and persuading Disney and Marvel to set up “Iron Man 3” as a U.S.-Chinese co-venture.

The bid for control of Ebc is one of the New York-born executive’s ballsiest moves to date. The deal, Mintz himself and Dmg (which stands for Dynamic Media Group, not Dan Mintz Group) are likely to come under an unprecedented degree of scrutiny.

For more than 20 years, since co-founding Dmg as an advertising agency in Beijing, Mintz has been actively ‘playing the China card.’ That has meant establishing high-level, long term relationships, or ‘Guanxi,’ within China, long before the recent economic »

- Patrick Frater

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Washington Post Reporter Blasts Obama Administration Over His Iran Imprisonment

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Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is angry at the U.S. government over his imprisonment in an Iranian jail for 496 days, his brother said on Monday. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Ali Rezaian, Jason’s older brother, said the journalist is “very depressed” and angry at the U.S. government since he was sentenced to an unknown prison sentence in Iran over espionage charges. “I think his condition right now isn’t good,” Ali said. “He’s very depressed and he’s mad at pretty much everybody. He’s mad at our government. He’s mad at the »

- Jordan Chariton

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One major question everyone should have about 'The Walking Dead' mid-season finale

28 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Walking Dead” has been suffering from a mess of weird choices this season. From the bizarre way Glenn’s arc was handled to the extremely inappropriate timing of teen angst to sending Morgan from badass to “kill him please” in record time to cramming the entire plot into a 48 hour period, things have been…interesting. But as the mid-season finale drew to a close, something happened that made no sense. Warning: Spoilers For “The Walking Dead” Beyond This Point. Leaving audiences with a cliffhanger for the mid-season finale is expected. With the casting of Negan, introducing his people makes sense. But after watching this scene, can you figure out what Doesn’T make sense? The bikers are definitely hiding around a curve in the road but they aren’t so close that Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham didn’t have warning. They saw the band was armed; they were literally »

- Donna Dickens

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Watch: How Kaufman and Company Crafted the Beautiful 'Anomalisa'

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1,261 miniature faces. More than 1,000 minuscule costumes and props. 118,069 frames of film. Three years. Such is the painstaking work that went into Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop-motion film, "Anomalisa," as seen in this eye-opening featurette. After a big boost from the Indie Spirit nominations, where it received four nods, including Best Feature, Paramount is pushing hard to mount an Oscar challenge to Animated Feature frontrunner "Inside Out." Read More: "What the Indie Spirit Nominations Tell Us About the Oscars" Surveying the tiny, intricate offices and bedrooms that make up the world of "Anomalisa," the video is a paean to the film's handcrafted, homemade aesthetic—and, of course, to the fertile imagination of writer and co-director Charlie Kaufman. "Everything is so small, and detailed, and beautiful," star and Indie Spirit nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh remarks, and from sweaters vests to glasses of red wine, »

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‘Carol’ Filmmakers Fight for Long-Overdue Awards Recognition

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

Going into Monday night’s Gotham Awards, “Carol” is the most celebrated, raved-about and nominated independent film of the year. So why does it still feel like something of an underdog this awards season, particularly when it comes to the Oscars? You can partly chalk it up to the film’s subtlety and understatement, which are sadly not qualities that register with voters very often. And you can add a sobering and surprising statistic about two of the indie icons who helped make the exquisite, ’50s-set romance: Todd Haynes has never been nominated for an Oscar for directing, and Christine Vachon has never. »

- Steve Pond

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Patton Oswalt Joins ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Reboot

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Patton Oswalt has joined the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reboot. Oswalt will play the son of evil henchman TV’s Frank, who was played in the original show by Frank Conniff. His character will be known as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. “You know, the funny thing is that when we launched our Kickstarter, I hadn’t even approached Patton about being on MST3K… but I had thought a lot about getting him involved,” series creator Joel Hodgson wrote on the reboot’s Kickstarter page. Also Read: Felicia Day Joins Cast of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot “Anyway, »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Gets Season 3 Order From Disney Xd

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Disney Xd has renewed “Star Wars Rebels” for a third season, the network announced Monday. The animated series, from executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg will return in 2016. “We are proud to bring our audience a third season of ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ a series that has resonated across generations,” said Marc Buhaj, Disney Xd’s Svp of Programming and General Manager, “The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a Star Wars property, including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. »

- Joe Otterson

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Update: Lionsgate apologizes for extremely white 'Gods of Egypt' casting

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[Update 11/30/15 1:30Pm Edt]: After outcry from both critics and movie-goers, Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have officially apologized for the casting debacle that is “Gods of Egypt.” They addressed the controversy in a statement released to Forbes. From director Alex Proyas: “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.” From Lionsgate: “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.??” Original Article Below: Well, it’s here. »

- Donna Dickens

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‘Superstore’ Review: America Ferrera Workplace Comedy Is ‘The Office’ Meets ‘Family Guy’

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. A hit NBC sitcom taught us that years ago. And when the network’s new workplace comedy “Superstore” debuts with a two-episode sneak preview Monday night, a sizable number of viewers will likely find comfort in just how silly and conventional the freshman series is. A playful cross between “The Office” and “Family Guy,” the show stars America Ferrera of “Ugly Betty” fame and Ben Feldman. He’s best known for his stint on “Mad Men” and NBC’s short-lived “A to Z.” Also Read: America Ferrera Launches Production Company, »

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Rami Malek on being an 'unlikely hero' in 'Mr. Robot' (exclusive)

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Rami Malek believes "Mr. Robot" became a breakout hit TV series because it "struck a nerve with people." In our webcam chat (watch below), he adds, "I don’t know what everybody is yearning for, but it’s something that they could identify with — this cause, this unlikely hero in these times." -Break- In "Mr. Robot," Malek portrays troubled, antisocial tech wiz Elliot Alderson, who connects with the shadowy leader of an underground anarchist hacker group (Christian Slater) in his quest to destroy corporate America. Their impressive performances and their critically hailed TV series are now major contenders for awards from the Critics' Choice, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Screen Actors Guild. According to the latest racetrack odds by Gold Derby editors, for example, Malek is out front to win Best TV Drama Actor at the Globes, while costar Christian Slater and the TV show look like locks for nom. »

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Sinead O’Connor Calls Her Family ‘Child Stealing Murderers’ in New Facebook Post

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Sinead O’Connor has taken to Facebook again after claiming she overdosed over the weekend, this time accusing her family of being “child stealing murderers.” “Jake, Roisin, Jr., frank, Donal, Eimear, I never wanna see you again,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. “You stole my sons from me. Then you had hypocrisy to come to hospital and then not be here when I wake and not pick up phone? I’m shit to you. You’re dead to me. You killed your mother. You stole my sons. You left me alone for twelve weeks! Why did I have to hear it. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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James Deen Subject of More Troubling Allegations: Porn Star Ashley Fires Says ‘He Almost Raped Me’

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James Deen is subject of more troubling allegations from a third female porn actress in wake of his ex-girlfriend, Stoya, claiming he raped her. A second woman — also an adult film star — came forward with sexual assault claims on Monday, along with porn actress Ashley Fires, who told The Daily Beast he “almost raped” her. “The reason I put him on my ‘no list’ was because he almost raped me,” said Fires. “The only time I’d ever seen this guy, he walked into the green room at Kink , picks up Jessie Cox like a caveman, grabs her by the. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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TV Ratings: Kimmel Ekes Another Victory Over Colbert

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

Not unlike the back-and-forth seen with his predecessor, Stephen Colbert is finding some particularly heated ratings competition with Jimmy Kimmel. The race for No. 2 status behind late-night king Jimmy Fallon has been tipping ever-so-slightly in Kimmel's favor for nearly a month now, with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! nabbing its third week on top of (or tying) Colbert's Late Show in the key demo. For the week of Nov. 16-20, Kimmel averaged a .58 among adults 18-49. That put him just a hair above Colbert's .56 rating. Tonight led both shows handily, with

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- Michael O'Connell

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