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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC.

Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields. Union will also executive produce in addition to starring.

The project had received a pilot production commitment at the network in October.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
There is now a movie about to be released on the Lifetime channel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not sure whether to move on to the next article or simply say congratulations and leave it at that. On one hand it’s a blessed event that should be given a great deal of respect as people all over the globe that care about the union are overjoyed and giving their well wishes to the happy couple. But on a very different note it sounds more like a chance to glorify a couple that have already been made famous and

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Artios Awards: 'Lady Bird,' 'Three Billboards' Among Casting Society Winners

Dunkirk and The Greatest Showman were among the winners at the 33rd annual Artios Awards, handed out Thursday night by the Casting Society of America.

Dunkirk won the award for big budget film, drama, while Greatest Showman took the award for big-budget comedy. Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also were among the film winners.

On the TV side, Atlanta, The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Veep were among the winners.

The awards were handed out in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York, with Tig Notaro hosting at the Beverly Hilton and Bridget Everett serving...
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‘Our New President’ Brings Huge Dose of Fake News to Sundance

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‘Our New President’ Brings Huge Dose of Fake News to Sundance
One day after Donald Trump handed out his Fake News Awards, the Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a film that genuinely sets a new standard for falsehoods — because director Maxim Pozdorovkin’s documentary is based on the Russian propaganda generated during the presidential election that put Trump in power. The film was designed, said the director, to be constructed from “television news footage without a single true statement in it.” “Our New President” screened on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival, and you could argue that playing this kind of movie at an indie film festival is about...
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

“Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18.

Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy award for their work on “The Greatest Showman.”

Lady Bird” casting directors Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths were recognized for feature film studio or independent comedy, and the casting team for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis, and Hannah Cooper, won the feature film studio or independent — drama.

In the television arena, the casting team for Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won for television drama series, HBO’s “Veep” for television comedy series, and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for limited series.

The Casting Society of America’s awards ceremony were hosted by Tig Notaro at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los
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‘Blindspotting’ Film Review: Ambitious Oakland Tale Suffers from Too Many Ideas

‘Blindspotting’ Film Review: Ambitious Oakland Tale Suffers from Too Many Ideas
Having too few ideas has been the downfall of many a film, but sometimes too many can be just as much of a problem. “Blindspotting,” which premiered on opening night of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, puts far more on its plate than it knows how to handle. It’s a story about gentrification, police violence, the rules of being a white person growing up surrounded by black culture, the criminal justice system, institutionalized racism, guns in the home and the semiotics of hair, jolting with jarring artlessness between witty comedy and intense drama. Co-stars and co-writers Daveed Diggs (“Wonder”) and...
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Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on Gop for Government Shutdown, Chip Funding (Video)

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At the top of tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel kicked things off with another chat about an issue he cares about. This time, it was funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Chip), a looming government shutdown, and who is — or is not — responsible if a shutdown happens. First joking that “we’ve reached a point somehow at which North and South Koreans have a better relationship than Republicans and Democrats do,” Kimmel pushed back against the idea Democrats are to blame if a budget bill can’t be passed, leading to a shutdown. “Republicans are in control of the...
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Tom Hardy's 1999 Rap Mixtape Surfaces

Tom Hardy's 1999 Rap Mixtape Surfaces
Tom Hardy is known for his roles in major films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises — and now, his long lost rap career.

Back in 2011, he told BBC that he had a recording deal as a rapper when he was a teenager. Nothing was ever released and his life path soon turned to acting. Just when his music seemed to be gone forever, a full mixtape emerged on Bandcamp on January 8 by Edward Tracy, who produced the songs under the pseudonym "Eddie Too Tall."

The description mentions that the mixtape was "Made in a bedroom" in 1999, and...
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Colin Firth Says He Will Not Work With Woody Allen Again Following Dylan Farrow Interview

Colin Firth Says He Will Not Work With Woody Allen Again Following Dylan Farrow Interview
Colin Firth is the latest actor to speak out against filmmaker Woody Allen.

In a statement to the Guardian, Firth, who appeared in Allen’s 2013 film “Magic in the Moonlight,” became the latest actor to declare that he would not work with Allen again. The actor also spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, who was executive producer on Firth’s film “The King’s Speech,” when sexual assault accusations against Weinstein came to light.

Firth’s statement coincides with the first television interview with Dylan Farrow in which she accused her stepfather of molesting her when she was 7 years old. Farrow previously penned an open letter accusing Allen of assault in 2014 and on op-ed piece in 2017 questioning why Allen has been allowed to continue to work in Hollywood and why the #MeToo movement was seemingly overlooking his actions. Allen has always denied the charges.

Following Farrow’s piece, actors Rachel Hall, Greta Gerwig, Mia Sorvino,
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Freeform Renews ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff ‘Grown-ish’ for Season 2

Freeform has renewed the Yara Shahidi-led “Black-ish” spinoff, “Grown-ish” for a second season, the network announced on Thursday. The half-hour comedy, which follow’s Shahidi’s “Black-ish” character as she ventures off to college, has been picked up for a 20-episode season just a few weeks after its Jan. 3 series premiere. “Grown-ish” has proved to be a success for Freeform, scoring 1.56 million total viewers for its first episode, marking one of the cable network’s highest-rated premieres in years. Also Read: 'Party of Five' Reboot From Original Creators Gets Pilot Order at Freeform First put into development at ABC and then picked up to...
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