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Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)

Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)
Ethan Hawke deserved to kick back after making the rounds for two films at Sundance Friday night, “Blaze,” which he wrote and directed, and “Juliet, Naked,” which he stars in. But Lena Waithe and Issa Rae did anything but that at Showtime’s party at the IMDb Studio for Waithe’s new series “The Chi.” How is Nic Cage so cool? Remember, he is a Coppola. Before a midnight screening of “Mandy,” on Friday night (Jan. 19), Cage and Kevin Smith held the early lead for one of the top shots of the festival so far. What are the Black Eyed Peas doing...
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‘The Crown’: Paul Bettany in Talks to Play Prince Philip

‘The Crown’: Paul Bettany in Talks to Play Prince Philip
Paul Bettany is in talks to play Prince Philip in season 3 of Netflix’s “The Crown.”

The British star has been linked to the role and Variety has confirmed he is being lined up to play Queen Elizabeth II’s husband in the series, which streams around the world on Netflix. He would replace Matt Smith, who has played Philip in the first two seasons.

It would be the latest piece of key casting news after Olivia Colman was confirmed as taking over the role of Elizabeth for the upcoming two seasons from Claire Foy. Helena Bonham Carter will play the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby.

Peter Morgan created the show and has always said that he intended to change key cast members in later seasons, to better portray the main characters as they age.

The show’s producers, Sony-backed Left Bank, has Bettany in its sight and The Daily Mail reports Left Bank
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‘Jumanji’ Is Holding Off ’12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ for Top Box Office Spot

‘Jumanji’ Is Holding Off ’12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ for Top Box Office Spot
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” will be the No. 1 film at the box office for the third straight weekend, as it is estimated to make $19.9 million from 3,704 locations in its fifth weekend in theaters. That amount would push its domestic total to $316 million, passing “Thor: Ragnarok” as the seventh highest grossing film released in 2017. Dwayne Johnson’s long-running action comedy kept its top spot despite a challenge from this week’s new releases, WB/Alcon’s “12 Strong” and Stx’s “Den of Thieves,” which are finishing second and third, respectively. “12 Strong” is hitting its projection target with an...
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Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films

Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films
Steven Spielberg is not one of those filmmakers who sits around waiting for projects to develop. There’s rarely a year that passes where he isn’t working on something, and across the past twelve months or so, he simultaneously shot, edited, and released “The Post,” all while juggling post-production on “Ready Player One.” So it goes, the director is now looking to fill up his calendar with something new (or two).

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Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal
Exclusive: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a…
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Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in four years — he previously debuted “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” at the mountainside gathering. It’s a showy role for Offerman, allowing an actor best known for his comedic turn on “Parks & Recreation” to flex some dramatic muscles.

The deal excludes North American rights and was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Endeavor Content. Sony’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz, and Jon Freedberg negotiated the deal for the studio.

The film co-stars Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette, with original music by Keegan DeWitt, and is set
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'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53

'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53
Allison Shearmur, who produced the Hunger Games films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, died Friday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 53.

Shearmur was an executive at Paramount and Lionsgate before making a transition to a producer role, becoming involved in some of the biggest movies in recent years.

She spent years in the executive trenches, acting as executive VP production at Universal Pictures and then co-president of Paramount.

On the TV side, her Allison Shearmur Productions was behind an ABC musical remake of Dirty Dancing.

As president of...
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World-famous French Chef Paul Bocuse — Known as Monsieur Paul — Has Died at 91

World-famous French Chef Paul Bocuse — Known as Monsieur Paul — Has Died at 91
France’s best known chef Paul Bocuse died in France Saturday morning at the age of 91.

“Monsieur Paul,” as many knew him, passed away outside Lyon, in Collonges where his restaurant the Auberge du Pont de Collonges has held three Michelin stars for over half a century.

Bocuse’s death was announced on Twitter by Gérard Collomb, France’s Minister of the Interior and former Mayor of Lyon.

“Monsieur Paul was France,” Collomb wrote in French. “Simplicity & generosity Excellence & Style of living. The pope of food lovers has left us. May our chefs in Lyon, as in all corners of the world,
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Rise Up! Adele Marches with Jennifer Lawrence as Celebs Take to the Streets for Women's Marches

Rise Up! Adele Marches with Jennifer Lawrence as Celebs Take to the Streets for Women's Marches
Amy Schumer, Amber Tamblyn, Laura Benanti, Halsey, Padma Lakshmi, Whoopi Goldberg, and more joined millions of women (and men) across the world for a second year of the Women’s March.

What began as a simple Facebook invitation to protest the election of president Donald Trump has become that and a whole lot more, with this year’s march also standing as a symbol too of the global movement of #MeToo and Time’s Up.

Last year, sister marches in all 50 states and six continents across the world mimicked the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.. Stars like Katy Perry,
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Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest

Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest
RBG, the documentary about her life and legacy that first screens at Sundance on Jan. 21 — could be the toast of the fest. "Millennials are big fans of hers," says Julie Cohen, who directed the film along with Betsy West. "What they love about her is the contrast between her seriousness of purpose and her lighter side."

Having embraced the hip-hop moniker Notorious Rbg (originally bestowed upon her by an NYU law student), Ginsburg doesn't shy away from the notoriety...
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Fredo Santana, Chicago-Based Rapper, Dies at 27

Fredo Santana, Chicago-Based Rapper, Dies at 27
Fredo Santana, the Chicago rapper who emerged with his cousin Chief Keef, has died at the age of 27, according to media reports. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but the rapper (born Derrick Coleman) posted on Instagram last October that he had been hospitalized with kidney and liver failure. “I’m getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues,” Santana wrote. “Thanks for everyone who prayed for a n— I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.” Also Read: Allison Shearmur, Producer on 'Rogue One,' 'Hunger Games,'...
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’

Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’
Fox has ordered its first pilots of the season — Our People, a single-camera comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran; multi-camera comedy Rel starring Lil Rey Howery and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and Mixtape, a musical drama from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran. All three projects come from Fox’s current sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, which is poised to move to Disney once the proposed Disney-21st Century Fox
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Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order

Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order
ABC has kicked off the traditional pilot season with an order to an untitled single-camera comedy from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Doyle, the untitled comedy is set in the 1970s and revolves around an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades. ABC recently had a single-camera…
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'Jane Fonda in Five Acts': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Jane Fonda in Five Acts': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Near the beginning of Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Fonda and Lily Tomlin indulge in a bit of kitchen-table kibitzing about Hollywood hierarchy as perceived by Vanity Fair. The moment stands out in Susan Lacy's compelling, fluidly constructed documentary, not just for its off-the-cuff irreverence but because it's banter. Otherwise, notwithstanding the talking-head commentary of friends, colleagues and exes, this is very much a first-person story, taking its narrative cues from Fonda's self-searching 2005 autobiography.

Anyone who read My Life So Far won't find anything earth-shattering in this psychological portrait, and more unguarded exchanges like the one with Tomlin would have been welcome, but...
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'Nancy': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Nancy': Film Review | Sundance 2018
A sort of depressed distant cousin to last year’s Ingrid Goes West, Nancy tells a tale of female self-reinvention gone disturbingly awry. But while the earlier film was a joyride — giddy and upbeat even as it made you squirm and sweat — this feature directorial debut from Christina Choe, premiering in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance, is an unabashed downer. The movie’s refusal to ingratiate is admirable, even if you end up wondering whether it was worth all the doom and gloom.

Our eponymous anti-heroine (Andrea Riseborough) lives with her nagging, Parkinson’s-afflicted mother (Ann Dowd, in another of...
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Natalie Portman Says Her First Fan Letter at Age 13 Was a ‘Rape Fantasy’ (Video)

Natalie Portman Says Her First Fan Letter at Age 13 Was a ‘Rape Fantasy’ (Video)
Natalie Portman shared a harrowing story with the crowd at the Woman’s March in Los Angeles on Saturday, remembering that her first ever fan letter at 13 years-old was a “rape fantasy.” The Oscar winner spoke about the “great discomfort” she’s struggled with as a woman in Hollywood, dating back to when she was a teenager. After wrapping her first film role in “The Professional,” she soon realized the pitfalls of being a young woman in the spotlight. “I excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me,” said Portman. She added a...
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‘Lady Bird’: Is Tracy Letts being underestimated for a nomination at 2018 Oscars?

‘Lady Bird’: Is Tracy Letts being underestimated for a nomination at 2018 Oscars?
With all the attention in the Best Supporting Actor race at the 2018 Oscars squarely focused on Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), no one seems to be considering the chance of left-field nominee when the nominees are announced on Tuesday, January 23. After looking through the history of the academy’s biggest surprises, it’s clear that if we get a shocker this year it will be none other than Tracy Letts (“Lady Bird”).

Letts is a well-revered actor and playwright who is also a Pulitzer and two-time Tony Award winner. On top of his performance in “Lady Bird” voters also had the chance to see him in another Best Picture contender, “The Post.” After every precursor group completely ignored him, the question needs to be asked of whether or not Letts can defy the odds and earn the first Oscar nomination of his career.
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Film Review: ‘Un Traductor’

It’s not often a Sundance premiere evokes memories of no less than “Patch Adams,” but unfortunately that comparison is hard to avoid with “Un Traductor.” Siblings Rodrigo and Sebastian Barriuso’s first feature feels maudlin and contrived, even though it’s based on their own father’s experience as a translator assisting Havana hospital staff with Ukrainian patients in a children’s ward after the Chernobyl disaster. This drama’s combination of the slick and crudely string-pulling may seem an awkward fit for Park City, but Brazilian star Rodrigo Santoro’s presence should boost its chances in the more commercial settings where it belongs.

In 1989 Malin (Santoro) is a professor of Russian literature at the University of Havana, living a comfortable life with his art-curator wife, Isona (Yoandra Suarez), and young son Javi (Jorge Carlos Perez Herrera). One day he and other department members are mysteriously relieved of their teaching duties — because, it turns out,
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2018 Oscars scorecard: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Lady Bird’ lead precursors heading into PGA Awards

2018 Oscars scorecard: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Lady Bird’ lead precursors heading into PGA Awards
Breaking down the precursor awards — both nominations and winners — as well as the top Oscar nominations by categories gives us 35 key categories that will determine the strongest Oscar contenders. These races range from the early bird Critics Choice nominations all the way to the Oscars, with stops along the way for the guilds, the Golden Globes and the Baftas.

Different films will have different strengths: some will do well with acting, others with writing and directing and some will pop up here and there. To be a strong Oscar contender, a film needs to be represented across a range of races.

Last year, Damien Chazelle‘s “La La Land” was the leader of the pack, with a total of 31 boxes ticked out of 35; it only missed out on the nomination and win boxes for SAG Film Ensemble and a writing win at BAFTA and WGA for Chazelle. It was the heavy favorite,
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