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Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in Warner Bros.’ ‘Jungle Book: Origins’
The studio recently dated “Jungle Book: Origins” for Oct. 21, 2016 — a year and a week after Disney’s rival project opens.
Andy Serkis will direct along with producing with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis’ partner at his London-based production company The Imaginarium. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories about a young boy raised by wolves.
The casting of Cumberbatch is the first for “Jungle Book: Origins.” It is the first feature directing gig for Serkis, although the actor was a second unit director on two of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movies, »
- Dave McNary
Ray J Arraigned for Sexual Battery and Resisting Arrest at Beverly Wilshire Hotel Bar
Ray J found himself in legal hot water on Tuesday. The singer and actor was arraigned on charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery of a police officer and resisting and delaying a peace officer, stemming from a May incident at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel bar during which he allegedly groped a woman. Also read: Ray J Arrested, Clashes With Cops at Beverly Hills Hotel The 33-year-old Ray J, real name Willie Jay Norwood Jr., faces four years in county jail if convicted of all counts, which are misdemeanors. Norwood pleaded not guilty through his attorney, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. »
- Tim Kenneally
FX Renews The Strain
In what could probably be considered a no-brainer type of decision, FX has picked up “The Strain” for a 13-episode second season. Based on a series of books co-written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, “The Strain” follows the Center for Disease Control’s New York-based Canary Team, consisting of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), Dr. Nora …
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- Melanie McFarland
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide Ending After 45 Years – Internet Kills Iconic Print Paperback
Another print icon bites the dust. Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers’ guide which started in 1969 under the title TV Movies. But in recent years the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out on September 2nd is the last and that will be bad news for many industry-ites and film lovers who used it religiously. “An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers. These are not the likely customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have sharply declined in recent years,” Maltin told me this morning. The virtual death of bookstores likely didn’t help the cause either. “We still have a loyal readership. »
- Pete Hammond
CSI: Cyber Recruits Bow Wow as Baby-Faced Hacker Extraordinaire
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The youngster is ordered by a judge to work with Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) “on loan” to assist with a cyber case — or else he goes to prison. Nelson struggles working for the Feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed »
Hot Mess Alert! Has Jared Leto Gone Too Far?
We're starting to get a little worried about Jared Leto. Don't get us wrong, the Dallas Buyers Club star is still smokin' hot with perfect tresses and a beard that must make the cast of Duck Dynasty crazy jealous, but his clothing choices are starting to be a little "lives in a shed in the woods." Although chances are each piece cost the 30 Second to Mars frontman more than a thousand acres of land in those woods! The pants and boots work just fine but the plaid shirt and Grandpa sweater are slightly off. Bold colors on a man are always appreciated, but this is '90s style Bill Cosby (no offense, Bill). We could get behind the cardigan with a black T-shirt or the plaid shirt with a »
China’s Hottest New Director, Han Han Accused of Plagiarism
“The Continent” is a contemporary aspirational tale structured as a road movie featuring two young men form eastern China. Released at the end of July it has grossed $100.1 million in 25 at the box office, making it one of the biggest Chinese films of the year.
Xiao accused Han Han of using ghost writers to produce the screenplay. And he itemized a list of Hollywood and Chinese movies including “Thelma & Louise,” “Easy Rider” and “Love Is Not Blind” that it ripped off.
Xiao described Han Han as “fuelling media hype »
- Patrick Frater
LevelK Acquires Toronto Discovery Player ‘The Little Death’
Haugesund, Norway– LevelK has acquired international sales rights to Josh Lawson’s feature debut “The Little Death” in the run up to Toronto, where the film will make its world premiere in the Discovery section.
Shot in Sydney, “The Little Death” is an edgy sex comedy depicting the secret lives of five suburban couples. It stars an ensemble of up-and-comers, including Damon Herriman (“The Water Diviner”), Bojana Novakovic (“Burning Man”), Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby”) and Josh Lawson (“House of Lies”).
Per LevelK, “The film’s title is a direct translation of la petite mort, the French euphemism for orgasm, and its characters find some eccentric ways to get there as ‘The Little Death’ weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.”
“Sex felt like the obvious choice. It’s the subject we’d all rather be talking about, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Nicki Minaj twerks for Drake in new 'Anaconda' music video
Sir Mix-a-Lot probably never realized that 22 years after "Baby Got Back" became a pop culture sensation a whole new generation would be freaking out over the phrases "My Anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun" or, "Look. At. Her. Butt." Showing she's still a master of the pop zeitgeist, Nicki Minaj has co-opted "Back" and Mix-a-Lot's rap in her new hit single "Anaconda." And for an artist who has no problems using her finest physical asset to her advantage the track's music video is all you can imagine and more. Lots of butt people. Lots and lots of butt. Not only does the music video have Minaj slapping other dancers butts and spraying herself with whip cream (we get it!), but she spends the last third of the piece tweaking and teasing none other than Drake. The hip hop artist sits in a chair while Minaj works her »
- Gregory Ellwood
Nicki Minaj Debuts Twerk-filled ‘Anaconda’ Video
Here, finally, is Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video in all its twerktastic glory. As the teasers suggested, the main set pieces involve Nicki twerking in a jungle and twerking during exercise class, and there's also a scene where she makes a fruit salad. Drake is in it too, briefly, but mainly just as an object to be twerked upon. Such is Nicki's world. »
- Anna Silman
Nicki Minaj Finally Drops Sexually-Charged ‘Anaconda’ Video
After tons of teasing, an endless stream of racy promo pics and a booty bouncin’ teaser clip, Nicki Minaj finally dropped the music video for her single “Anaconda” on Tuesday night. And it's as explicit as you'd expect. See photos: Nicki Minaj Gets Freaky With Drake's ‘Anaconda’ in Steamy Video Sneak Peek The video features 4 minutes, 50 seconds of “Big Butts,” as Sir Mix-a-Lot intones in the sampled lines from his hit, “Baby Got Back.” An anthem to women with curves, Minaj certainly isn't shy about showing hers off. The rapper's buxom backside is front-and-center as she slithers around Drake during a. »
- Jason Hughes
The Foo Fighters Reenacted the Prom Scene From Carrie
Watching people dump buckets of ice water on their heads — heck, even watching celebrities dump buckets of ice water on their heads — can get pretty old after a while. Unless those celebrities happen to be Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, who used their Als ice bucket challenge nomination to stage an elaborate reenactment of the climactic prom scene from Carrie. Okay, so they swapped out the bucket of pig's blood for a bucket of ice water, but otherwise they really committed. Those were definitely real tears from Dave Grohl. A+ effort all around. »
- Anna Silman
Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling to Star in Off-Broadway Play
Emmy nominees Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling are heading to the stage together. The prestige TV dream-team will star in Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy of manners A Month in the Country, starring Schilling as a bored Russian wife named Natalya who falls in love with her son's tutor, much to the annoyance of her unrequited admirer Rakitin (Dinklage). Dinklage's wife Erica Schmidt is directing the play, which will run for a month in early 2015 at the East Village's Classic Stage Company. And then it's straight back to TV, right guys? Promise? »
- Anna Silman
Turner Plans Organizational Restructuring in Next Two Months
Turner Broadcasting System is undergoing a corporate restructuring “in the next two months,” according to a memo sent to staffers by CEO John Martin. It's just the latest step in Martin's ongoing “Turner 2020” initiative that seeks to maximize performance and trim fat by assessing each part of the company and making changes to reduce spending and increase profitability. Turner's latest memo said that Turner will “start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.” Also read: Turner Names Christina Miller President and Gm of Cartoon. »
- Jason Hughes
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Premiere to Feature Live 3D Red Carpet Broadcast
Continuing its tradition of groundbreaking visual presentations, The Weinstein Company's “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is offering the world's first live 3D red carpet broadcast from the film's premiere in Los Angeles on August 19. Beginning at 9:30/8:30c, viewers will have the chance to catch the first-ever 3D red carpet event from the comfort of their homes, as long as they have an Apple TV using the NowLive player on a 3D-compatible television. Non-3D viewers will still be able to enjoy the broadcast in HD. See video: ‘Sin City’ Women Kick Ass in ‘A Dame to »
- Linda Ge
See the Pilot for ABC's My Fair Lady-Inspired Sitcom
The first episode of ABC's millennial comedy Selfie premieres September 30th, and now you can stream the first episode online. Selfie is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady, which stars Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as "Eliza Dooley" a narcissistic social media addict who hires a marketing guru, played by Harold and Kumar's John Cho, to rehabilitate her image after she accidentally stars in an unflattering viral video. Watch the pilot (or just pretend to watch the pilot while you check your Instagram) on Hulu. »
- Anna Silman
Gold Derby TV Awards: Winners will be announced live this Wednesday!
The Emmys are next Monday, but the awards that really count are tomorrow: join us on Wednesday, August 20, at 4:00 p.m. Pt; 7:00 p.m. Et, when we'll announce the winners of the 11th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards during a live webcast you can watch on our home page. -Break- The prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black," which debuted on Netflix last summer, leads all programs with a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Episode, and Ensemble of the Year. On top of those, three of the six Breakthrough Performer of the Year nominees (Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, and Taylor Schilling) are "Orange" stars. -Break- Click here for the complete history of the Gold Derby TV Awards That's well above the next top comedy: "Veep," whose eight bids are a significant leap from the its three in 2013; no other returning series showed a bigger gain. »
Terrence Jenkins, Catt Sadler and Jesse Giddings Get Soaked in Ice Bucket Challenge—Watch Now!
Challenge accepted, Mr. Jason Kennedy! Just a few short days after the E! News host challenged his co-worker to the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, Terrence Jenkins decided to man up for quite the soaking. "First of all Jason Kennedy, I hate you," Terrence joked. "There will be roaches in your dressing room when you get back [from vacation]." Unfortunately, there was no way of getting out of this icy situation as Catt Sadler began pouring the giant bucket of water onto her friend's head. Without any hesitation, Terrence nominated Marlon Wayans, Catt and Jesse Giddings to take the challenge next. And by next, he literally meant right then and there! Ken Baker »
Johnny Depp and Daughter Lily-Rose Team Up for New Film Yoga Hosers
Johnny Depp's next project is going to be a family affair. E! News has learned that the actor will be teaming up with his 15-year-old Lily-Rose for what's being called a "comic book movie," Yoga Hosers . The action-adventure movie starring the Depps will also include fellow famous father-daughter duo Kevin Smith and Harley Quinn Smith. Yoga Hosers is Smith's follow-up to Tusk, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in next month, and is the second installment in his True North trilogy of movies that involve Canadian myths and culture. "People always ask me 'Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?'" Smith said. "This is it—but instead of yet »
Vin Diesel Poses Naked in Racy Shower Photo After Completing the Ice Bucket Challenge—Take a Look!
Vin Diesel sure knows how to turn up the heat after accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge! The Guardians of the Galaxy star took to Facebook yesterday to share a black-and-white, albeit red-hot pic of him sudsing up in a steamy shower. In the photo (that was cropped just before it became Nsfw...sorry!), the ice-free water falls on the 47-year-old actor's naked, chiseled frame while he throws his head back as if to indulge. But before teasing fans with a snapshot of his fresh-and-clean manliness, the action-film hero was doing his part to help raise awareness for Als (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). Dousing ice over his head like a champ in the back of a 4x4, »
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