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Facing Tough Voting Deadlines, ‘Silence’ Officially Enters the Oscar Race

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It was hard for many to believe because there was no date, there was no poster, no trailer, but it’s true all the same: Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” is officially set for a 2016 release.

An adaptation of the 1966 Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, “Silence” — which stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Ciaran Hinds — has been a passion project for Scorsese for the better part of three decades. On paper, it has all the hallmarks of a prestige awards contender, but “on paper” can steer you wrong. Look at any number of would-be Oscar dramas that went nowhere over the years.

As source told me last month that the film was clocking in at 195 minutes at the time. Word is the studio was hoping Scorsese could cut it down, which is only natural: A 17th Century drama about Jesuit missionaries in Japan is a tough commercial sell as it is. »


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Adam Brody, Amanda Crew to Star in Thriller ‘The Wanting’

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Adam Brody and Amanda Crew are set to star in the thriller “The Wanting” with “The Road” director Yam Laranas helming.

Rob Heydon is producing the adapted screenplay, which was written by “Milton’s Secret” scribe Donald Martin. Sid Ganis and Joni Sighvatsson are executive producing.

The film is based on a short story by Gin de Mesa and Laranas, about an all-American couple whose dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into the “perfect” New England neighborhood. Once settled, they descend into the depths of terror as they struggle to survive a genuine threat from a dark presence that appears to want to end their very lives.

Production is currently underway.

Brody currently stars in the Crackle series “StartUp” and will be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. release “CHiPs.” He is repped by UTA.

Amanda Crew stars in the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” and has »


- Justin Kroll

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Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki Join ‘Peter Rabbit’ Live-Action/Animated Hybrid (Exclusive)

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Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the cast of Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid “Peter Rabbit,” starring Rose Byrne and James Corden.

The film will be directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. The adaptation will be made at Animal Logic, the Sydney-based animation and visual effects production studio behind the global blockbuster “The Lego Movie.”

Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as executive producer. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.

Corden will voice Peter and Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.

With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in »


- Justin Kroll

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Matt LeBlanc to Return as Host of ‘Top Gear,’ BBC Confirms

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Matt LeBlanc will return to host another season of hit automotive show “Top Gear,” the BBC confirmed Monday, as the program braces for heavy competition from a new car-themed series from Amazon featuring “Top Gear’s” former presenters.

LeBlanc signed up for two more seasons, the BBC said. The Sun tabloid reported that the deal was worth 2 million pounds ($2.6 million), but the pubcaster did not comment on LeBlanc’s salary.

The former “Friends” star’s return next year as “Top Gear” front man will be without his original co-host, Chris Evans, who quit earlier this summer amid concern over the show’s slide in the ratings and negative reaction from fans and critics alike to his hosting. Viewership hit a dismal 1.9 million for the 2016 finale in July, the program’s worst results since its 2002 relaunch.

LeBlanc will be joined for the 2017 season, “Top Gear’s” 24th in total, by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, with »


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Herschell Gordon Lewis, ‘The Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

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Horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, known as the “Godfather of Gore” for his bloody exploitation movies that launched the splatter genre in the 1960s with films such as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs,” died Monday at 87.

The Something Weird Video site announced his death.

Blood Feast,” made in 1963 in Miami, was considered to be the horror genre’s first splatter film. Variety called it a “totally inept shocker” that was “an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences,” with a “senseless” screenplay and “amateurish” acting.

His films supplied grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins with titles including “A Taste of Blood,” “The Wizard of Gore,” “The Gruesome Twosome,” “Scum of the Earth!” and “She-Devils on Wheels.”

Beginning in the 1960s, his early films with the late producer David F. Friedman were skewed toward soft-core erotica. Lewis’s other films also took on subjects that were taboo at the »


- Pat Saperstein

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FX Inks Deal With Emmy Winning ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ Writer D.V. DeVincentis

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Following his Emmy win for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX Productions has inked an overall TV production deal with writer/producer D.V. DeVincentis.

Under the new pact, DeVincentis will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for FX Productions. He will create projects for all TV services and platforms. The deal does not include his film work.

“We had a great experience working with D.V. on ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’ His ‘Marcia Marcia Marcia’ episode of Oj was one of the most memorable episodes of television this year. He’s an exceptionally talented writer-producer and will be a great partner with Fxp,” said Nick Grad, who announced the deal today with Eric Schrier, both presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.

DeVincentis commented, “FX’s mission is to make content rooted in ideas and culture as much as entertainment, and »


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Iconic Golfer Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

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Arnold Palmer, one of golf's most formative figures, has died, multiple sources confirm to People. He was 87. Palmer was in Pittsburgh at the time of his death, sources said. The Pennsylvania native won the Masters four times, the British Open twice and the U.S. Open once. In addition, he played on six Ruder Cup teams, and was eventually inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, reported Golfweek. He's also been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. In a statement shared to Twitter, Sunday, the United States Golf Association wrote, "We are »


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Corey Haim’s Movies, From ‘Firstborn’ to ‘License to Drive’ (Photos)

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The child actor first starred in “Firstborn” when he was 13 years old but died before his 2011 film “Decisions” was released. “Firstborn” (1984) Corey Haim had his film debut in “Firstborn” when he was just 13 years old. The film starred Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.Secret Admirer” (1985) Haim starred as Jeff in the 1985 romantic comedy about a love letter left in a locker that turns everyone’s world upside down. Directed by David Greenwalt, the film starred C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Fred Ward and Geoffrey Blake. “Silver Bullet” (1985) Corey Haim »


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Film Review: ‘Big Big World’

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Reha Erdem is one of the most distinctive directors working today: no one else’s films look quite like his (thanks in part to his symbiotic partnership with Dp Florent Herry), nor are anyone else’s movies populated with the kinds of people inhabiting his universe. Erdem conjures characters in broad strokes, exploring the feral nature that lies embedded inside children and young adults who’ve not yet learned how to encase themselves in the norms of “civilized behavior.”  His ninth feature, “Big Big World,” is a counterpart to his beautiful penultimate film “Jin,” as both are largely set in an Edenic forest where animals act as silent spectators in a parallel, unbreachable domain. Unabashedly opaque in a very Erdem manner, the film took home the special jury prize in Venice’s Horizons competition and deserves robust festival and showcase play, though arthouse release is unlikely.

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Seth Meyers to Develop ‘AP Bio’ and Another Comedy Series for NBC

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Talk host Seth Meyers is developing two comedy series for his home network NBC, TheWrap has learned. “AP Bio” is about a former philosophy professor who teaches a high-school advanced placement class where he uses his students to get back at those he feels has wronged him. The writer is Michael Patrick O’Brien. Meyers, who hosts NBC’s “Late Night,” is executive producing with Mike Shoemaker and Andrew Singer. The other series, still untitled, is about a sibling singing group from the 1980s now forced to write commercial jingles. The writer is Amber Ruffin, with Meyers, Shoemaker and Singer again serving as. »


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MTV Revives 'Trl' for One-Day Voting Event

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MTV is reviving its classic Trl brand with a political twist. For National Voter Registration Day, the network will air "Total Registration Live," one-hour special on Tuesday, September 27th at 6 p.m. Et to encourage Millennials to register to vote. The show will broadcast live on MTV, MTV.com, the MTV App, MTV's Facebook and YouTube pages and the Elect This website.

Ty Dolla $ign will perform "Campaign," "No Justice" and "Zaddy" from his new Campaign mixtape. The special will also include appearances from writer-producer Joss Whedon, rapper Vic Mensa, »


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Showtime Releases Political Campaign for ‘Shameless’ Season 7 (Watch)

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Showtime is capitalizing on election season to bring in voters — or viewers — to the upcoming season of “Shameless.”

The marketing campaign for season seven of the William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum series is designed draw parallels to the presidential election.

Key art for the season features the cast in front of an American flag with Macy mirroring Uncle Sam. The tagline reads, “Screwed in the U.S.A.” Meanwhile, the hashtag on the show’s official Twitter page is #KeepAmericaShameless.

Now, the cabler has produced a custom “political spot,” which Showtime has released first to Variety. The trailer will make its TV debut tonight on CBS during the network’s post-coverage of the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“This unique presidential election provides an equally unique opportunity to showcase the always-opinionated character of ‘Shameless” Frank Gallagher adjacent to the first debate,” Showtime’s executive vice president of program marketing and digital »


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Herschell Gordon Lewis, the 'Godfather of Gore,' has died

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Herschell Gordon Lewis, the so-called "Godfather of Gore" who is widely credited with inventing the "splatter" sub-genre, has died. He was 87. During his brief career as a writer, director and producer of low-budget exploitation films, Lewis achieved infamy with titles like Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs! and The Wizard of Gore, the first of which is generally considered the first "splatter" film and was so reviled by critics on release in 1963 that Variety deemed it "an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences." Nonetheless, the film's boundary-pushing nature made it a huge hit with audiences, leading to a new acceptance of onscreen gore and paving the way for more artful filmmakers like Tobe Hooper, Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. Born June 15, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Lewis earned a master's degree in Journalism at Northwestern University and had a varied early career, working alternately as a college professor, TV commercial director and voiceover artist. »


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‘Will & Grace’ Cast Teases Reunion — What’s Really Happening?

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The cast of “Will & Grace” as stirred up a Twitter firestorm with cryptic tweets than began surfacing over the weekend.

The reunion rumors were set off when star Debra Messing posted a group photo on Sunday, posing with her co-stars Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. On Monday, speculation began to center on the sitcom stars filming a video in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in the vein of the similar video released earlier this month by cast members from another vintage NBC series, “The West Wing.”

Only smiling because of where Eric's hand is! @EricMcCormack @SeanHayes @MeganOMullally pic.twitter.com/Sc9kDYgLcN

Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 25, 2016

The chatter grew on Sunday after each cast member posted a photo of themselves appearing to be in character on the set of the former NBC sitcom. McCormack appears to be holding a script in his hand in his photo, while »


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Seth Meyers Developing Two Scripted Comedies at NBC

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Seth Meyers is stepping behind the camera.

The “Late Night With Seth Meyers” host is developing two scripted comedy series with the network he calls home, Variety has learned. Both projects hail from trusted writers with whom Meyers has worked with at NBC.

The first is a untitled single-camera comedy, which comes from writer Amber Ruffin, a writer/actress on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” The project is about a has-been sibling singing group from the 1980’s that now make ends meet by doing what no musician wants to do — writing jingles and performing their old hits at parties. Ruffin will serve as co-executive producer, and Meyers will exec produce with Mike Shoemaker and Andrew Singer.

The second project, titled “AP Bio,” is a comedy about a former philosophy professor who takes a job teaching AP biology and uses his students to get back at the people in his life who have wronged him. “Saturday Night Live »


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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Trailer: Mike Colter and Mahershala Ali Wage War in Harlem [Video]

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Bullets and punches bounce off Luke Cage in a new all-action trailer for the upcoming Netflix show.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” centers around the seemingly indestructible titular character, a former convict played by Mike Colter, who wages a war against gangster nightclub owner Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and organized crime in Harlem.

The new trailer sees Stokes (Mahershala Ali) lay his claim to the Harlem throne.

“This place is my reputation, my legacy, my blood. And when the smoke clears, I promise you, Imma be the king,” Stokes says.

The series is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and also stars Alfre Woodard as a local politician who has to deal with Stokes’ and Cage’s actions, and Simone Missick as a police detective who pleads for Cage’s help. Rosario Dawson — who’s appeared Netflix’s other Marvel series “Dardevil” and “Jessica Jones” — reprises her character Claire Temple in “Marvel’s Luke Cage.”

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TNT Orders Suburban Family Drama Pilot ‘Hinges’

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TNT has given a drama pilot order to “Hinges,” a project from Warner Horizon Television that examines two families of different races living in suburbia.

The project from “ER” and “Criminal Minds” writer Janine Sherman Barrois is based on her short story “The Boom.” She exec produces with “ER’s” John Wells, Anthony Hemingway (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Mark Taylor (“Underground”). Barrios is also working on a second pilot for TNT.

” ‘Hinges’ deals with timely, relevant issues, which not only makes for great storytelling but will also contribute to larger cultural conversations,” said Sarah Aubrey, exec VP of original programming for TNT. “We look forward to expanding TNT’s relationship with John Wells, whose ‘Animal Kingdom’ was one of the summer’s biggest hits, and Janine Sherman Barrois, who is also producing our new dramedy pilot ‘Claws.’ ”

“Hinges” will follow two sets of neighbors whose lives are changed by a scandal »


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Herschell Gordon Lewis, Gore Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

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Herschell Gordon Lewis, the filmmaker behind pioneering gore films such as 1963’s “Blood Feast” and 1964’s “Two Thousand Maniacs!” died Sunday at age 87, a spokesperson for the filmmaker told TheWrap. “It is my sad duty to report that my close friend and mentor Mr. Herschell Gordon Lewis passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. His family appreciate the outpouring of love that is coming in, but ask for privacy during this difficult time,” Lewis’ representative, James Saito, said. “Lewis was responsible for creating the ‘splatter’ film genre of horror, and his films are considered cult classics.” Saito added that. »


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Watch Tony Hale Talk Cracking Up on 'Arrested Development,' 'Veep'

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Tony Hale shows up in not one but two of Rolling Stone's recent 100 Greatest TV Shows list – as the paralyzingly timid Byron "Buster" Bluth on Arrested Development, and as henpecked Potus bag man Gary on Veep. The actor recently stopped by the Rolling Stone offices for an exclusive video interview in which he discusses his tenure on both programs and the difficulties of keeping a straight face around Julia Louis-Dreyfus

"To be on two shows that I think are funny, and I love the material, and I love seeing what they come up with, »


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The Scorsese movie with Kylo Ren and Qui-Gon Jinn as Jesuit priests now has a release date

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You can now start your countdowns for the day you’ll get to see Kylo Ren and Qui-Gon Jinn (oh, and Spider-Man) onscreen as Jesuit priests. Martin Scorsese’s film based on the novel Silence by Japanese author Shusaku Endo is now set for an awards-qualifying December 23 limited release before expanding to more theaters in January. The film is a passion project for Scorsese — he’s wanted to make it since 1991. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver play two young Portuguese priests who are persecuted when they’re on a missionary trip to Japan during the 17th century. Liam Neeson plays their mentor. (Yes, it’s a reprise of sorts of the role in one of his earliest successes, The Mission, when he also played a Jesuit priest.) »


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