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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’ (Exclusive)

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

Captain America: The First Avenger” helmer Joe Johnston will journey to “Narnia: The Silver Chair,” a revival of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.

TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.”

The “Narnia” franchise’s three films — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn »


- Justin Kroll

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M Night Shyamalan Unveils ‘Glass’: ‘Unbreakable’ & ‘Split’ Sequel To Star Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, James McAvoy

8 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: In perfect M. Night Shyamalan style, the director teased he would share some “unbelievable news” on his Twitter feed today. And he has not disappointed. The helmer whose latest film, Split, has been a $275M worldwide hit, says his next picture will be the sequel to both that movie and 2000’s Unbreakable. Titled Glass, it will reteam Unbreakable stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, along with Split‘s James McAvoy. Shyamalan says of the “crazy comic book… »


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Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies At 73

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Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker whose career ranged from the David Byrne documentary “Stop Making Sense” to the Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died this morning in New York. He was 73.

The cause was esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, according to a source close to the family. He was originally treated for the disease in 2010, but suffered from a recurrence in 2015, and his condition deteriorated in recent weeks.

Demme maintained a private personal life, but his career was marked by a remarkably versatile creative output that included acclaimed narratives and documentaries films stretching back to the early ’70s. He made his debut with the 1971 biker film “Angels Hard as They Come,” a Roger Corman production during the B-movie producer’s heyday, but his career reached another plane of critical and commercial success with a string of ’80s dramas, »


- Eric Kohn and Zack Sharf

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Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Soars to $6.6M on First Day Overseas

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to a stellar $6.6 million in its first three foreign markets on Tuesday as it began its international assault in 58 territories this weekend, a week ahead of its May 5 launch in North America.

So far, the Disney and Marvel sequel is pacing well ahead of the first film. Guardians Vol. 2 debuted to $4.5 million in Australia, including previews. That's three times more than Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014. It is also the second-highest opening day for any Marvel release behind The Avengers.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’ (Exclusive)

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

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.

The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving L.A.,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Swank will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky“ opposite Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and »


- Joe Otterson

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Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Blessed Virgin,’ Based on True Story of Lesbian Nun

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

Paul Verhoeven’s next project will be “Blessed Virgin,” which will see the director re-team with producer Said Ben Said and actress Virginie Efira from “Elle” on a film about a lesbian nun.

The new French-language project was revealed late Tuesday night in a tweet by Said and confirmed by production company Sbs on Wednesday.

In “Blessed Virgin,” Belgian actress Efira, who had a key role in “Elle,” will play a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. A companion is assigned to assist her through these visions, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic affair.

The film is based on a 1986 book by Judith C. Brown, “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.” Based on candid archival documents, “Immodest Acts” tells the true account of the rise and fall of Sister Benedetta Carlini, abbess of the Convent of »


- Robert Mitchell

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Jeff Goldblum to Return for ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

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

Jeff Goldblum is coming back to the world of dinosaurs and will appear in Universal-Amblin Entertainment’s next “Jurassic World” film.

J.A. Bayona is directing the next installment. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel to the 2015 blockbuster “Jurassic World.” The sequel also stars Justice Smith, James Cromwell, and Toby Jones.

Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s “Jurassic Park” and in 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” but was absent from “Jurassic World.” He played the quick-witted mathematician Ian Malcolm, who managed to survive in both films.

At one point in “Jurassic Park,” he’s told by Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond, “All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!” Goldblum responded, “Yeah, but, John, if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”

Colin Trevorrow, who directed “Jurassic World,” wrote the script for the sequel with Derek Connolly. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Survivor: Game Changers’ episode 10 recap: Did Sarah Lacina play like a criminal in ‘A Line Drawn in Concrete’?

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

Wednesday’s episode of “Survivor: Game Changers,” titled “A Line Drawn in Concrete,” presented police officer Sarah Lacina with her first major chance to play like a criminal and make a big move. Did Sarah take advantage of the opportunity and break up her dominant alliance of six, or did she go along with their plans as the lowest-ranking member […] »


- Marcus James Dixon

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Nicolas Cage Breaks Ankle on the Set of Heist Movie ‘#211’ in Bulgaria

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Nicolas Cage has broken his ankle on the set of upcoming heist movie “#211,” according to media reports. The 53-year-old action star was initially hospitalized in Sofia, Bulgaria, near where the film is shooting, but has since been transported back to Los Angeles for treatment. While it is not currently known how Cage’s injury will affect the production, he reportedly hopes to return to set in about two weeks. Also Read: 'Dog Eat Dog' Review: Nicolas Cage, Paul Schrader Reteam for Empty Crime Drama Millennium Films and Nu Image, the production companies behind “#211” have not yet announced how »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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David Fincher Close to Deal to Direct ‘World War Z 2’ (Exclusive)

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

After previously taking the film off its calendar, Paramount Pictures looks to be moving forward with a “World War Z” sequel, with David Fincher directing and Brad Pitt back to star, thanks to the studio’s new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, according to knowledgeable sources.

While Gianopulos has not officially official greenlit the movie yet, he is expected to do so in coming weeks. This will likely be among the studio chief’s first greenlit movies. Sources say that production would probably begin in the first quarter of 2018.

A spokesperson for the studio has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Variety first reported last summer that Pitt had been courting Fincher to direct the pic and that the director was intrigued by the idea. The plans had to be put on hold while Pitt dealt with his divorce from Angelina Jolie, and were put into question once the studio, »


- Justin Kroll

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules Called 911 Before Fleeing Scene of Deadly Crash (Audio)

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

Former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules called 911 and checked the pulse of the man killed in the deadly car crash he fled from, according to newly released audio recordings. Soules, 35, was taken into custody by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa after the truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor at around 8 p.m. Monday night. According to local station Kwwl, both vehicles went into a ditch. Kenneth Mosher, 66, who was driving the tractor died and Soules fled the scene, leaving his truck behind. On the newly released audio of the 911 call Soules placed before leaving the »


- Linda Ge

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Serena Williams Says She Accidentally Announced Her Pregnancy on Snapchat

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

It turns out Snapchat is just for Millennials … After the world celebrated Serena Williams’ pregnancy announcement last week, the 23 Grand Slam singles titles-holder admitted that she hadn’t intended to share the good news just yet, but committed a social media faux pas. “Well, actually it was an accident. I was on vacation just taking some time for myself and I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’m going,” Williams, 35, said at the 2017 Ted Talks conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Canada Tuesday night. »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Downton Abbey’ Immersive Exhibit to Embark on Multi-Year World Tour

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

Downton Abbey” fans will soon be able to take an immersive trip into the hit series. NBCUniversal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions announced on Wednesday that the two companies would be teaming up on “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” which will explore the world of Carnival Films’ series as well as its post-Edwardian era. The exhibit will embark on a multi-year tour beginning at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on June 17, continuing into other cities around the world, including the U.S., through 2018. Also Read: 'Downton Abbey' Star Maggie Smith Throws Shade Back at Jimmy Kimmel After Emmys »


- Reid Nakamura

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'Whitney: Can I Be Me': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

52 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The phenomenal rise and tragic demise of Whitney Houston is an almost archetypal saga of success, excess and the scarcity of second acts in American lives. But it becomes a little too archetypal in the hands of British director Nick Broomfield, whose new bio-documentary on the late singer is heavy on glib generalizations but light on sharp insights or juicy revelations.

That said, Houston’s enduring superstar glow and a vault full of superlative, previously unseen footage should ensure healthy interest in Can I Be Me, which world premieres in Tribeca this week ahead of its Showtime TV launch later this year. »


- Stephen Dalton

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Dish, Hearst Reach New Retrans Agreement

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

Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a new retransmission consent agreement covering the broadcaster’s 31 local stations.

Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. The deal ends a blackout of Hearst stations on Dish services that began in early March, affecting stations in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla.

Dish has, in recent years, engaged in frequent retrans standoffs with broadcast groups including Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media, Tegna Media and CBS Corp. Hearst, for its part, saw its stations go dark on DirecTV for six days in January while a retrans deal was hammered out.

Tensions between programmers and distributors are rising at a time when both sides are feeling the effects of heightened competition for viewers and new entrants in the pay-tv eco-system, including a number of so-called “skinny bundles,” broadband-delivered channel packages.

Dish and other MVPDs have pushed for the overhaul of FCC rules governing retransmission consent agreements »


- Daniel Holloway

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Eva Longoria on Her ‘Empire’ Role, Directing and Possible ‘Desperate Housewives’ Reunion

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Eva Longoria is the latest star to board “Empire,” making her debut on the Fox juggernaut Wednesday night, playing the powerful character Charlotte Frost.

Longoria’s three-episode stint on “Empire” is one of many projects she’s currently juggling, along with a Fox comedy pilot, “Type A,” which is in contention for the 2017-2018 season, and the upcoming film “Lowriders,” which hits theaters next month. Since her hit show “Desperate Housewives” went off the air, the multi-hyphenate has focused primarily on her jam-packed production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and directing, with credits including episodes of “Black-ish” and “Jane the Virgin.”

Here, Longoria talks to Variety about her special guest role on “Empire” — plus, would she ever consider a “Desperate Housewives” revival?

Why did you want to join “Empire” and how did it come about?

I’ve been a fan of Danny Strong and of course Lee [Daniels] for a long time, and Terrence [Howard] and I have been friends for »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV Industry Braces for Disruption From Possible WGA Strike

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In an internal letter this week, WGA leaders told members who have volunteered to serve as strike captains to be prepared for immediate action should a work stoppage be triggered after the guild’s contract with producers expires at midnight Pt out May 1.

“If it happens, we will be out there on May 2 with signs,” a union insider told Variety.

That dispels any notion that the writers would delay picketing at the start of a strike, a move that had been considered. It also raises the possibility that media buyers and others will have to pass picket lines on their way into the major networks’ upfront presentations in New York.

Contract talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed on Tuesday after a weeklong break. The clock is ticking for negotiators as the contract expires in five days. Sources close to the situation said there were lengthy discussions at the bargaining »

- Daniel Holloway

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