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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46
Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician who fronted ’90s superstars The Cranberries, has reportedly died at the age of 46.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to the BBC. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.

“The best time in my life was the years
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Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film

Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film
Hope remains for Edge of Tomorrow 2 to become an actual movie that happens, rather than a long-hoped-for sequel that never materializes. Director Doug Liman’s 2014 sci-fi actioner didn’t explode at the box office, but it earned high critical praise and grew its legion of fans once it hit home video, offering up a smart and refreshingly unique blockbuster that stood in direct contrast to the plainness of other big-budget fare. Liman, stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and writer Christopher McQuarrie all expressed interest and desire to make a sequel, and while it’…
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Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie

Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie
In the rush to report the news that Leonardo DiCaprio was reteaming with Quentin Tarantino for the director’s next film, trade sites were furiously updating their stories after the fact. So, another intriguing nugget about the brewing project got overlooked as it was added later on.

According to Variety, Tarantino is eyeballing Al Pacino for a possible role in his Manson era movie. The story will be set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and center on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business.

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Idris Elba, Jordan Peele, Kendrick Lamar Win NAACP Image Awards

Idris Elba, Jordan Peele, Kendrick Lamar Win NAACP Image Awards
Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, Jordan Peele and Kendrick Lamar were among the big winners at the gala dinner announcing the non-televised categories at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, which took place on Sunday night at the Pasadena Conference Center. The dinner included the presentation of 47 Image Award categories, with an additional nine categories plus Entertainer of the Year due to be announced during a live telecast on TV One on Monday, Jan. 15. Elba won two awards, one for his role in the Showtime miniseries “Guerrilla” and one for the film “Thor: Ragnarok.” Peele won for writing and...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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Philip Roth Emerges From Retirement to Rip ‘Megalomaniac’ Trump: ‘Massive Fraud’

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Philip Roth Emerges From Retirement to Rip ‘Megalomaniac’ Trump: ‘Massive Fraud’
Novelist Philip Roth has emerged from his retirement to slam President Donald Trump a “massive fraud” and “megalomaniac.” In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times in which he wrote out his answers, the author of “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “The Human Stain” slammed Trump as a “massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac.” Roth addressed comparisons to Trump and “The Plot Against America,” his 2004 novel that presents an alternative history in which the famed pilot and fascist sympathizer Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential...
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Ann Curry to Appear on ‘CBS This Morning’

Ann Curry will return to morning TV for her first television interview since leaving NBC in 2015.

The former “Today” co-anchor is expected to make an appearance on CBS’ “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. She is expected to be asked questions about the firing of former coworker Matt Lauer as well as “We’ll Meet Again,” a new documentary series she is about to launch on PBS.

More to come…

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See Mavis Staples Perform Tender Protest Song 'Build a Bridge' on 'Kimmel'

See Mavis Staples Perform Tender Protest Song 'Build a Bridge' on 'Kimmel'
Mavis Staples delivered a pristine rendition of "Build a Bridge" on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday. The track appears on Staples' latest album, If All I Was Was Black.

The simmering soul tune boasts a pared-down groove of bass, drums and guitar. Onstage, Staples mixed her resonant vocals with the soft falsetto harmonies of her back-up singers. Staples moved effortlessly through "Build a Bridge" – a protest song about unity – flexing her vocal talents with subtle flourishes. "Look around at our country/ At the people we don't ever see/ Standing side by side us,
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New York Times Editor Blasts Aziz Ansari Accuser: ‘It’s Called Bad Sex’

New York Times staff editor Bari Weiss is defending her much-discussed piece in the New York Times that blasted the woman who accused Aziz Ansari of impropriety during a date in a recent story on the website Babe. During an interview with “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Tuesday, Weiss said the anonymous accuser didn’t have a case against Ansari and should have just left his apartment during the encounter. “At any moment in that situation — yes, he’s a celebrity, yes, he has more money, but he has no power of you, he has no power over your...
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Songs for Screens: Apple, Gap Music Supervisor Explains Why 2018 Will Be a Boom Year For Synch

“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Andrew Kahn is doing his best to soak up the Los Angeles sunshine.

Speaking on a balmy Thursday afternoon from his Silverlake apartment, which doubles as the home office of his seven-year-old synch firm Good Ear Music Supervision (or G.E.M.S.), his sun-drenched terrace will likely serve as the closest he’ll come to the outdoors for the better part of the next month.

That’s because music supervisors like Kahn are knuckling down for the deal-making onslaught that only comes in first quarter, when major TV events like the Grammys, Super
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Songs for Screens: Apple, Gap Music Supervisor Explains Why 2018 Will Be a Boom Year for Synch

“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Andrew Kahn is doing his best to soak up the Los Angeles sunshine.

Speaking on a balmy Thursday afternoon from his Silverlake apartment, which doubles as the home office of his seven-year-old synch firm Good Ear Music Supervision (or G.E.M.S.), his sun-drenched terrace will likely serve as the closest he’ll come to the outdoors for the better part of the next month.

That’s because music supervisors like Kahn are knuckling down for the deal-making onslaught that only comes in first quarter, when major TV events like the Grammys, Super
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Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Charity

Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Charity
Actor Timothée Chalamet said he will donate his full salary from Woody Allen's upcoming film, A Rainy Day in New York, to Time's Up, the Lgbt Center in New York and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. "I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," Chalamet wrote on Instagram.

Chalamet's decision to donate his salary comes after his co-star, Rebecca Hall, also announced that she would
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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Keira Knightley on ‘Colette,’ Pushing for Social Change, and if She’ll Ever Direct

Keira Knightley on ‘Colette,’ Pushing for Social Change, and if She’ll Ever Direct
Keira Knightley speaks her mind.

While most movie stars frequently offer up anodyne responses to reporters’ inquiries and deploy an army of publicists and image makers to ensure they never say anything remotely controversial, Knightley refuses to dodge tough questions. She’s ostensibly talking to Variety about “Colette,” a historical drama centering on the legendary French novelist that will premiere Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival, but Knightley is more comfortable holding forth on the topical subjects of feminism, sexism and the lack of opportunities for female directors than she is talking about her creative process.

That’s what makes the 32-year-old actress a natural fit for the title role in the indie production. The mononymous Colette, perhaps best known for her novella “Gigi,” was a barrier breaker. A woman who had romances with women and men, and who rose to the top of belle époque society by writing stories, such as “Chéri
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Canadian Screen Awards: Netflix's 'Anne With an E' Leads Nominations

Netflix's Anne With an E, the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, grabbed a field-leading 13 nominations for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday.

And Sadaf Foroughi's Ava, a coming-of-age drama set in Iran, and Kathleen Hepburn's Never Steady, Never Still, which stars Happy Valley star Shirley Henderson, lead all-comers in the film field, with eight nominations each. The contenders for Canada's national media awards were unveiled at a press conference in Toronto.

Anne With an E, which is produced out of Canada and airs on the CBC here, will compete for best TV drama against Lifetime's Mary Kills...
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