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‘Deadpool 2’ Sets Jack Kesy As Villain: Could He Be Black Tom?

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: 20th Century Fox has set Jack Kesy to play a major villain in Deadpool 2.

While insiders said it isn’t entirely clear which baddie he will play, sources have pinpointed a character called Black Tom. In the comics, he is a nemesis in the X-Men universe, a Dublin-born mutant who can manipulate, bond with, and project energy through plant life. He is also capable of issuing concussive blasts with a wooden object, usually a shillelagh.

The David Leitch-directed Dead… »

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First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The cautious curtain raising for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues this week as Vanity Fair reveals more from their latest issue dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster. And some fresh details have spilled about a couple of a new characters joining the ranks of the franchise.

Most significantly, it’s been revealed that Benicio Del Toro will be playing the enigmatically named DJ (which I’m sure is short for a much longer, more spoilery name), who plays an “unscrupulous drifter,” which the galaxy seems to be filled with.

Continue reading First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Doug Liman Parts Ways With Justice League Dark Movie (Exclusive)

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

Fans of the “Dark Universe,” a.k.a. “Justice League Dark,” comics are going to have to wait a bit longer for the film adaptation, as it just lost its director.

Sources tell Variety that director Doug Liman has left the project. Insiders say the reason is schedule-related, as Liman is also attached to direct Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking,” which recently received a greenlight. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other directors and should have a replacement for Liman lined up shortly.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the adaptation, had no comment.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, “Dark Universe” revolves around a dark Justice League team that consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The film will play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe.

Scott Rudin is producing. Michael Gilio is writing the script.

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- Justin Kroll

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Tom Cruise says he'll start filming the Top Gun sequel in the next year

16 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's been over thirty years since Top Gun blasted into theaters, but it seems that fans are still feeling that need for speed. Talk of a sequel to the Tony Scott film has persisted for some time, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer saying that they've "been trying to make a sequel and we're not going to stop ... what Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

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

Sony Pictures has slated Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot for a June 7, 2019, release. The studio has also dated “The Nightingale” for Aug. 10, 2018, and an untitled Sony Animation film for July 24, 2020.

Sony has led the charge in adding more female directors to its roster, with Catherine Hardwicke directing its “Miss Bala” remake and Lucia Aniello helming its upcoming comedy “Rough Night.”

Banks will also produce via her Universal-based Brownstone Productions with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman.

“Charlie’s Angels” premiered in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons, with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie. Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, with Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts joining the show in later years.

Sony produced a 2000 movie with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Clerks’ Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies at 44

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

Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in the 1994 film “Clerks,” has died, the film’s director Kevin Smith said Tuesday. She was 44. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” Smith wrote. “In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life.” Smith went on to recall how, after a night of open auditions, he failed to find the “perfect Caitlin Bree,” so he dropped in at an acting class at Brookdale Community College to scout for talent. Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sailing for $80 Million Launch, ‘Baywatch’ at $40 Million

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

Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is poised to dominate Memorial Day moviegoing, while Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch” should deliver decent results during the holiday.

Forecasts place the fifth iteration of Disney’s “Pirates” franchise at about $80 million at 4,276 North American locations during the Friday-Monday weekend. The international launch — which begins Wednesday — should deliver between $150 million and $175 million.

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” is only the third wide release film in 2017 for Disney, which has so far seen blockbuster results from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with a combined $1.8 billion in global box office so far. The estimated budget for “Dead Men” is $230 million, so Disney needs to see the same kind of ticket sales.


‘Baywatch’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Dominate Social Media Buzz

Paramount’s “Baywatch” is tracking for an opening at around $40 million at about 3,500 domestic »

- Dave McNary

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'Game of Thrones': Watch the Chilling 'Winter Is Here' Season 7 Trailer

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Winter – and the first official trailer for Game of Thrones' Season Seven – is finally here. And if it's sneak peek at the upcoming "Great War" is any indication, the penultimate season of HBO's massive hit show is going to be a doozy.

In a series of dramatic proclamations, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) boasts that she "was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms," while current Iron-Throne resident Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) promises to defeat "whatever stands in our way."

The most chilling prediction, however, comes from Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham »

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Kim Kardashian Deletes Tweet About Manchester After Backlash

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

Kim Kardashian has deleted a tweet expressing her solidarity with and love for Ariana Grande after an attack at her concert in Manchester Monday night. “Concerts are supposed to be a place where you can let loose and have fun. So scary not to feel safe in this world. Ariana Grande I love you,” Kardashian tweeted. The tweet also included a photo of Kardashian, her sister Kendall Jenner and Grande, taken last year at a Kanye West concert.   Kardashian also tweeted earlier that she was praying for everyone in Manchester. As a mother of two, she also expressed that she. »

- Ashley Boucher

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NBC’s ‘The Brave’ Taps ‘Covert Affairs’ Creators as Co-Showrunners

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

NBC’s upcoming drama series “The Brave” has added Matt Corman and Chris Ord as co-showrunners and executive producers.

Corman and Ord previously created the USA series “Covert Affairs,” which they also wrote and executive produced, in addition to serving as executive producers on The CW show “Containment.” They will work on “The Brave” alongside series creator and executive producer Dean Georgaris.

The pair is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Schenkman.

The Brave,” formerly known as “For God and Country,” revolves around an elite team of military operatives who use advance surveillance techniques to help execute dangerous missions around the world to save innocent people from harm. The series is produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television. Brad Anderson directed and is an exec producer along with Georgaris, Corman, Ord, Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas »

- Joe Otterson

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Review: Abandon Ship!

27 minutes ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Is this really only the fifth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise? It feels like the 50th – bloated, boring, repetitive, draining. (Let me count the ways.) Except for series newcomer Javier Bardem, who brings a dollop of fresh mischief to this paycheck party, Dead Men Tell No Tales has all the flavor of a rotting leftovers.

The story is the same rehash it was the last three times. Back in 2003, Johnny Depp delighted us and the Academy (he nabbed an Oscar nomination, remember) as Captain Jack Sparrow, »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer Teases the Big War Yet to Come (Video)

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

HBO has released the official trailer for the seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” and it teases the big war yet to come. “Enemies to the east, enemies to the west, enemies to the south, enemies to the north. Whatever stands in our way — we will defeat it. We are the last Lannisters,” Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) says. “I was born to rule to Seven Kingdoms, and I will,” Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) says. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs Are All Prequels With No Current Characters, George Rr Martin Says “The Great War is here,” a voiceover says in the trailer. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Alexandra Daddario Joined ‘Baywatch’ for the Penis-Stuck-in-a-Chair Scene (Exclusive Video)

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

Alexandra Daddario wanted to star in the “Baywatch” movie after reading one scene in the script — and it involved Jon Bass’ penis and a chair. “The moment I read this scene in the script I was like, ‘I want to fight to be in this movie,'” Daddario told Beatrice Verhoeven in an interview at TheWrap Studios. “It’s early on in the script, it’s the scene where Ronnie — Jon Bass — gets his dick stuck in an object, and the way I pictured that scene in my mind, it’s even better on screen … He gets his dick stuck. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Freeform Hires Tricia Melton as New Senior VP of Marketing

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

Tricia Melton has been named as the new senior vice president of marketing for Freeform, Variety has learned.

Melton takes over the role from Nigel Cox-Hagan, who announced his resignation at the beginning of May. She will now lead the creative marketing vision for the network and spearhead the strategic execution of all marketing activities across linear and digital platforms. Melton will also oversee all on-air and off-air marketing in addition to integrated marketing, audience development, franchise and brand management, as well as promotional partnerships.

“As Freeform positions itself as the young adult brand for the Walt Disney company, Tricia will lead the way toward a master-brand strategy that combines the best of both linear and on-demand,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Freeform. “Although this is a period of rapid change, we are embracing it as a tremendous opportunity and Tricia’s talents and track record should prove to be a win for us—and most importantly »

- Joe Otterson

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Emmy Preview: Who’s In and Who’s Out in 9 Key Categories

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

It’s that time of year again: Emmy season is upon us, and Variety’s coverage will begin in earnest in next week’s issue. But before we kick off a brand new race for TV’s top trophy, we’re taking a look at nine key categories and breaking down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the race, who might stage a dramatic return and what newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.

Vasya Kolotusha for Variety

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What’s out: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won’t return until the summer, ensuring a new winner will be crowned this year. And PBS’ “Downton Abbey” closed its doors last year.

What’s back: FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” Netflix’s “House of Cards” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” are all eligible again.

Looking to return: Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” had »

- Geoff Berkshire

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 New Trailer Promises War on All Fronts (Watch)

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HBO released the first full trailer for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 on Wednesday.

In the trailer, Cersei tells her brother/lover Jaime that enemies surround them on all sides, but she intends to destroy them all. Meanwhile, we get brief glimpses of Daenerys’ army of the Unsullied and the Dothraki going to battle with Lannister soldiers. Meanwhile, Arya Stark appears to have found her way to the North, where Jon Snow and Sansa rule over Winterfell.

Season 7 will be the penultimate season of the incredibly popular fantasy series. However, five prequel series are currently in the works at the premium cable network, with George Rr Martin recently sharing new details on them with fans.

The new season will debut July 16.

The great war begins 7.16.

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See Spider-Man's New High-Tech Suit in 'Homecoming' Trailer

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Peter Parker shows off his Tony Stark-engineered suit's new tricks in the final trailer for the upcoming blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming.

This isn't your typical comic book Spidey suit: The iconic red-and-blue costume now boasts Iron Man-like vision and AI assistant, "576 possible web shooter combinations," a parachute and, its most insane feature, the spider icon on the superhero's chest has drone capabilities.

The trailer also offers more insight into Michael Keaton's villainous Vulture, with the Birdman and Batman actor portraying a scavenger who cleans up after the Avengers' battles. »

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Miami Man Appearing Like the Joker Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars

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A man whose dyed hair and tattoos make him look like The Joker was arrested after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at passing cars in Miami Tuesday night. 

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29, was arrested and later charged with carrying a concealed firearm, according to Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department records.

Sullivan was taken into custody after it was reported that a man with green hair and tattoos was pointing a gun at cars, according to NBC6 Miami. 

When police located Sullivan, he allegedly had a Smith & Wesson handgun with six rounds in the magazine, the news »

- Ryan Parker

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‘The Crown’ Makeup Designer Aimed For Churchill’s Likeness, Not a Carbon Copy

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

In Netflix’s “The Crown,” BAFTA-nominated makeup and hair designer Ivana Primorac (“Anna Kareninna,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”) was tasked with transforming the slender 6-foot, 4-inch John Lithgow into the plump 5-foot, 6-inch Winston Churchill. The two men of course look nothing alike, but with a little bit of movie magic (and a towering, award-winning performance), Primorac and Lithgow brought the famed Briton back to life.

“What made Ivana’s Churchill makeup so great was how little there was of it,” Lithgow says. “It was important to her (and to me) that it be inconspicuous, lifelike, and not remotely mask-like.”


From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signal Hunger for Leadership

Besides a minimal amount of base and a few liver spots, there were really only three elements to the design: a balding wig, a few extra strands of long eyebrow hair »

- Kristopher Tapley

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From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signals Hunger for Leadership

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

On the big and small screens — from Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” to the upcoming Oscar season entry “Darkest Hour” — Winston Churchill is having a moment. The sheer number of current projects focused on the man who proved to be one of the most stalwart leaders in history is particularly noteworthy given the political unrest and upheaval sweeping the globe.

As the U.K. reels from last summer’s Brexit vote, as France regroups in the wake of an intensely polarized presidential runoff, and as President Trump courts controversy with every new pen stroke and tweet, film and television dramas have found inspiration in the individual who stood up to fascism when no one else would. It’s something actor John Lithgow, who stars as Churchill in “The Crown,” sees as a hunger for nobility in our leadership.

“All these projects were underway long before the storm clouds gathered, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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