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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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Peter Dinklage on Why It’s ‘the Perfect Time’ to End ‘Game of Thrones’

Peter Dinklage on Why It’s ‘the Perfect Time’ to End ‘Game of Thrones’
Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage thinks the show is coming to an end at the perfect time.

“It’s time,” the actor said at Variety’s Sundance Film Festival studio. “Storywise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”

Dinklage plays fan-favorite character Tyrion Lannister in the HBO mega-hit. Over the course of the show’s run, Tyrion has gone from simple Lannister royalty, to the Hand of the King for the reviled Joffrey Baratheon, to a patricidal fugitive, and now stands as the Hand of the Queen to Daenerys Targaryen. Dinklage added in the interview that it’s never easy saying goodbye to such a beloved character.

“It’s bittersweet when it’s time to move on with everything,” he said. “It’s always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short
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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018

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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018
Ondi Timoner’s 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, “We Live in Public,” will become a feature film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jonah Hill as Josh Harris, the dot-com millionaire who carried out a surveillance experiment with 150 residents at a Manhattan hotel amid Y2K panic.

Bold Films will finance the project, which Timoner will produce with Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Timoner announced the project during an interview at a January 20, Dell-sponsored panel, “Life After Sundance — Building a Career in Indie Filmmaking.”

Timoner also briefly discussed “Mapplethorpe,” her just-completed biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe with “The Crown” star Matt Smith in the lead. She said Sundance accepted the film for the 2018 festival, but it hit “a bump” that prevented its screening.

Read More: Portraying Chaos: Ondi Timoner’s “We Live In Public” (Sundance ’09)

Red Hour Films CEO Nicky Weinstock told IndieWire that “We Live In Public” will be penned
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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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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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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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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Tale’

Thirty years ago, Jennifer Fox won the grand jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for her documentary “Beirut: The Last Home Movie,” engaging with sex-positive and progressively feminist topics in her subsequent nonfiction work, most notably “Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman.” Both a natural extension of Fox’s career to date and a complete about-face, “The Tale” marks her first narrative feature, but only because traditional documentary wouldn’t do it justice, for the incidents it depicts — an investigation into her traumatic first sexual experience — are true, “at least as far I know.”

At least as far as actress Laura Dern is concerned, delivering the coyly phrased caveat in character as Fox’s taller, blonder, but no less independent screen proxy. A longtime supporter of the project, Dern plays Jennifer, a fearless, 50-ish documentary filmmaker interrupted while on location by agitated voicemail messages from her mother (Ellen Burstyn), who sounds really upset after discovering a decades-old
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SAG Awards 2018: Will ‘Three Billboards’ or ‘Lady Bird’ tie the record for the most wins?

SAG Awards 2018: Will ‘Three Billboards’ or ‘Lady Bird’ tie the record for the most wins?
“Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are the only films nominated in three categories at this weekend’s SAG Awards, so they’re the only films with a chance to join an exclusive club. If one of them wins all three categories, it would be only the fourth film to do so and could also give it a boost as it competes for Best Picture at the Oscars.

The Screen Actors Guild first began handing out awards in 1995 but did not give out the prize for ensemble casts until the following year when “Apollo 13” was the inaugural winner. To date no film has come close to sweeping all six of the film categories: for ensembles and stunt ensembles, lead and supporting actors, and lead and supporting actresses. Currently the record for the most wins is three, held by “American Beauty” (awarded in 2000), “Chicago” (2003), and “The Help” (2012). All
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Fisher Stevens, Anthony Kauffman Team for Discovery Documentary ‘Taken By the Tiger’

Fisher Stevens, Anthony Kauffman Team for Discovery Documentary ‘Taken By the Tiger’
Documentary mavens Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman have teamed for a feature-length film “Taken By the Tiger,” about the fast-shrinking population of tigers in the wild for Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

Kauffman (“Born into Brothels”) will direct with Stevens on board to produce the film, which will be shot in remote locations in Asia. The project is part of Discovery Communications’ Project C.A.T. corporate initiative to help repopulate tigers in their natural habitats.

Fisher and Kauffman are producing “Tiger” in partnership with RadicalMedia. Fisher joined the bustling New York-based independent production house last year an Artist in Residence, one of several high-profile creatives who work as a free agent but use RadicalMedia as a home base.

The fascination that tigers have inspired throughout the ages will be a big component of the film. A century ago, some 100,000 wild tigers roamed free in Asia but the population is believed to be under 4,000 today.

“Man’s connection
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‘Eighth Grade’ Director Bo Burnham Calls Out Elsie Fisher’s High School Teacher (Video)

‘Eighth Grade’ Director Bo Burnham Calls Out Elsie Fisher’s High School Teacher (Video)
Elsie Fisher had enough talent to star in the comedy film “Eighth Grade” as a teenager grappling with high school on the horizon but, apparently, she didn’t have what it takes to be in her school play. And that irks “Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham to no end. After the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the 27-year-old director called out Fisher’s teacher in an interview with TheWrap. “Right after we wrapped, went to high school, and she didn’t get a part in her high school play,” said an incredulous Burnham. He then joked “Mr. Donia is...
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2018 SAG Awards Best Supporting Actor showdown: Willem Dafoe (‘The Florida Project’) vs. Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’)

2018 SAG Awards Best Supporting Actor showdown: Willem Dafoe (‘The Florida Project’) vs. Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’)
Willem Dafoe has won a whopping 18 Best Supporting Actor awards from various critics groups for his heartbreaking performance in “The Florida Project.” He was the frontrunner to win this same race at the Oscars for most of awards season. However, he has lost at two key precursor prizes — the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards — to Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”).

Those losses, coupled with Rockwell’s respectable showing in the regional races (eight wins) make him a strong Oscar contender. Dafoe has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor twice before (for “Shadow of the Vampire” and “Platoon”), while Rockwell will be an Oscar rookie.

Dafoe’s loss at the Globes is easily explainable. Rockwell won for playing a colorful villain – beating out Dafoe, who played a character who was the heart and soul of his film. This followed the same pattern of the Best Supporting Actor award the year before.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Nancy’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Nancy’
Christina Choe’s “Nancy” opens on a gray winter in a crumbling town. The strip malls are battered, the dining rooms are dim, and there’s silver in 35-year-old Nancy’s (Andrea Riseborough) hair. At 35, she’s a temp who still lives at home with her mom (Ann Dowd). No wonder she reaches for cheap, black dye — and no wonder she lies to make life more interesting, brandishing cellphone pictures to prove she’s vacationed in North Korea. Anywhere, and anything, is better than here.

When parents Leo and Ellen (Steven Buscemi and J. Smith-Cameron) on the TV news insist they’re continuing the search for their missing daughter Brooke, who was kidnapped from a mall in the ’80s, Nancy picks up the phone and says she might be their stolen child. Only, this time she might be telling the truth. Her mother wasn’t much of a mother. Plus, Nancy looks exactly
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Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’

Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’
Amid awards season recognition as a producer, Amy Pascal has admitted that her 2015 dismissal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably merited.

Pascal made the remark Saturday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills at the Producers Guild of America’s panel discussion featuring the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Pascal is the only producer nominated this year for two films — “Molly’s Game” and “The Post” — and was asked by PGA co-president Gary Lucchesi if she loves being a producer.

“I think I should have gotten fired much sooner,” she said in response, evoking laughter and applause from the capacity crowd.

Pascal stepped down in February, 2015, in the wake of the massive computer hack of Sony Pictures email system, and segued into a producing deal at the studio.

Pascal was asked by “The Big Sick” producer Barry Mendel about what she had learned as a producer since leaving Sony.

“I learned
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