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Lena Headey in talks for Wind in the Willows film Banking on Mr. Toad

According to Variety, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is in talks to join Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in Banking on Mr. Toad, a biopic of Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.

Banking on Mr. Toad will see Kebbel as Grahame and Headey as his wife Elsie, while Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon) is set to portray Grahame’s friend Frederick James Furnivall. The film will follow the lives of Kenneth, Elsie and their young son Alistair, who struggles with various health problems, and the impact that the Wind in the Willows had on their lives. It will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, with the latter bringing some of Grahame’s characters to live.

Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle) is attached to direct Banking on Mr. Toad from a script by Timothy Haas, who is also producing. Adrien Brody is listed among the producers,
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A gilded cage by Anne-Katrin Titze

Demi Moore as Suzanne Dutchman in Michael Mailer's Blind: "It's a film about perception."

Michael Mailer and producer Jennifer Gelfer discuss the selection of Demi Moore's wardrobe with costume designer Evren Catlin (Liz W Garcia's One Percent More Humid starring Juno Temple, Maggie Siff, Julia Garner, Alessandro Nivola), Dylan McDermott's character not covering up a tattoo, what is real and what isn't, and why Blind (which has a screenplay by John Buffalo Mailer) is not Disney or Nicholas Sparks (Message In A Bottle, A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, Nights In Rodanthe, Dear John, The Longest Ride).

Alec Baldwin stars as Bill Oakland in Blind Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin), a novelist and professor who lost his wife and his eyesight in a crash, meets Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) whose husband Mark (Dylan McDermott) was sent to prison for insider trading. She has to
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Star Sightings: Nicole Kidman Joins Keith Urban on Stage, Khloe Kardashian Snuggles Tristan Thompson and More!

What better way to ring in the new year than with a loved one?

Nicole Kidman surprised Keith Urban on stage as the singer headlined Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday. The father of two put on an incredible tribute to artists lost in 2016, including Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen and Glenn Frey -- with Kidman joining her husband on stage and dancing in the background.

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The same night, Justin Bieber performed poolside at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, taking the stage right before the clock struck 12 to perform his hit songs, "Sorry," "What Do U Mean," and "Boyfriend," before DJs Marshmello and Skrillex joined the singer onstage for "Where Are U Now." As for who was in attendance for Bieber's New Year's performance? That would be Johnny Manziel, Jeremy Piven, Ansel Elgort, Lala Anthony, and Jonathan Cheban.

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Sting Accepts the AMAs Merit Award With a Not-so-Subtle Political Speech About the Importance of Inclusion

Sting Accepts the AMAs Merit Award With a Not-so-Subtle Political Speech About the Importance of Inclusion
Robert Downey, Jr. was right: Sting really does like to give before he receives.  The legendary (and still shockingly youthful) rocker was on hand at the American Music Awards to take home the 2016 Merit Award, but he just couldn't turn down the opportunity to give the people what they want: A Sting concert! After a great introduction by Rdj, he took the stage to perform a medley that included "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," "Message in a Bottle" and the irreplaceable "Every Breath You Take."  The adoring crowd all got to their feet and bopped along, even the young stars like Selena Gomez; after all, it's impossible to have a bad time when...
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Sting Shares Emotional Message While Re-Opening Paris’ Bataclan Theater One Year After Terrorist Attack

Sting Shares Emotional Message While Re-Opening Paris’ Bataclan Theater One Year After Terrorist Attack
One year on from a terrorist attack at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, France, Sting helped re-open the music venue with a sombre and emotional concert on Saturday.

Indie rock band Eagles of Death Metal were in the middle of a sold-out gig at the venue on Nov. 13 last year when terrorists stormed the theater, taking concertgoers hostage and killing 89 people, including the group’s merchandise manager Nick Alexander.

Watch: Paris Attacks: At Least 100 People Killed at Concert Hall

"In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile," Sting told the crowd in French, later writing in English on his Instagram page. "First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theater represents. In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not
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The 50 best alien life forms in the Star Trek universe

Marc Buxton Sep 9, 2016

From Tribble to Andorians, we run down the 50 best alien life forms explored in the Star Trek universe.

The crews of the various iterations of Star Trek boldly went where no one has gone before — and then boldly met a whole lot of alien species.

Star Trek may be the human adventure, but there have been countless non-human beings, critters, menaces, gods, and blobs that have been introduced in the Star Trek universe. From The Original Series to The Animated Series, to The Next Generation, to Deep Space Nine, the Delta Quadrant and Voyager, to the early adventures of Enterprise, to the modern day films, Star Trek has gifted fans with many unforgettable species as the five-year mission slowly turned into five decades of first contact.

There have been vile races bred for combat, omnipotent races that use humankind as puppets, and even a bunch of cute little furry things.
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‘Worst Tinder Date Ever’ Comedy Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is developing “Worst Tinder Date Ever” as a romantic comedy from Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, writers of “Think Like a Man” and “Friends with Benefits.”

Producers are Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan through their Warners-based production company Di Novi Pictures.

The Los Angeles-based story focuses on people who go on a Tinder date that generates several disasters, while the daters fall in love with each other.

Tinder is a location-based dating and social discovery service app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users. The app was launched in 2012, and by 2014 it was registering about one billion “swipes” per day, in which the user uses a swiping motion to choose the photos of other users.

Niija Kuykendall and Julia Spiro are overseeing for the studio. Merryman and Newman wrote the script for Lionsgate’s English-language remake of family comedy “Instructions Not Included,” the top-grossing Spanish-language film released in the U.
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Flashback: 'Office Space' Gleefully Mocks Michael Bolton

Flashback: 'Office Space' Gleefully Mocks Michael Bolton
When Office Space hit theaters in February of 1999, it took in a paltry $4.2 million in its first weekend, landing in eighth place behind such widely-forgotten turkeys as My Favorite Martian, Blast From The Past, Message in a Bottle and Payback. Writer/director Mike Judge had proven himself in television with Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, but this seemed like it would end his foray into movies and live-action work before it really began.

Office Space made such a tiny impact when it opened, it's easy to imagine
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‘Chariots of Fire’ Conductor Harry Rabinowitz Dies at 100

‘Chariots of Fire’ Conductor Harry Rabinowitz Dies at 100
Conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz, who worked on more than 60 films including as the conductor on “Chariots of Fire,” has died at the age of 100, according to the BBC.

Rabinowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1916, and moved to England in 1946 to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He served as head of music at BBC TV Light Entertainment in the 1960s, and as head of music services at London Weekend Television in the 1970s. In 1977 he was awarded a national honor, the MBE.

He composed scores for many TV shows including “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination in 1984.

Rabinowitz worked as a conductor on several films with British director Anthony Minghella, including “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” He also worked on many Merchant Ivory pictures, including James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and “Howards End.
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Nicholas Sparks Productions Shuts Down

Nicholas Sparks Productions, the romantic novelist’s four-year-old film and television production company, is closing down, a spokeswoman for Sparks confirmed.

The company, which was based on the Warner Bros. lot, was set up to adapt movies and TV programming from Sparks’ novels.

Sparks headed the company with longtime publishing agent and creative collaborator Theresa Park. A total of 11 of his 18 novels have been made into movies, led by 1999’s “Message in a Bottle,” 2004’s “The Notebook” and 2010’s “Dear John,” which all topped $100 million at the worldwide box office.

Sparks was a producer on his last four films: 2013’s “Safe Haven” for Relativity, 2014’s “The Best of Me” for Warner Bros., 2015’s “The Longest Ride” for Fox and 2016’s “The Choice” for Lionsgate. “The Choice” underperformed at the box office with $18 million domestically.

The production company also signed an overall deal with Warner Horizon Television in 2015 to create TV series. The company is developing a TV show for the CW based on “The Notebook.”

Sparks’ next book, “Two by Two,” will hit bookstores in October.
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Nicholas Sparks Productions Shuts Down

Nicholas Sparks Productions Shuts Down
Nicholas Sparks Productions, the romantic novelist’s four-year-old film and television production company, is closing down, a spokeswoman for Sparks confirmed.

The company, which was based on the Warner Bros. lot, was set up to adapt movies and TV programming from Sparks’ novels.

Sparks headed the company with longtime publishing agent and creative collaborator Theresa Park. A total of 11 of his 18 novels have been made into movies, led by 1999’s “Message in a Bottle,” 2004’s “The Notebook” and 2010’s “Dear John,” which all topped $100 million at the worldwide box office.

Sparks was a producer on his last four films: 2013’s “Safe Haven” for Relativity, 2014’s “The Best of Me” for Warner Bros., 2015’s “The Longest Ride” for Fox and 2016’s “The Choice” for Lionsgate. “The Choice” underperformed at the box office with $18 million domestically.

The production company also signed an overall deal with Warner Horizon Television in 2015 to create TV series. The company is developing a TV show for the CW based on “The Notebook.”

Sparks’ next book, “Two by Two,” will hit bookstores in October.
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New to On Demand: The Choice

At this point, one has to wonder if author Nicholas Sparks’ novels and their film adaptations are assembled overnight by elves in a workshop somewhere in North Carolina. Sparks has had 11 of his stories made into films, the first being 1999’s Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman. Sparks’ most culturally and commercially significant book-to-screen installment was 2004’s The Notebook (No. 3 of 11) starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It’s been mostly downhill since, with 2014’s The Best of Me and 2015’s The Longest Ride providing cannon fodder for critics and performing … Continue reading →

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Author Nicholas Sparks Thinks ‘The Choice’ Will ‘Speak to an Authenticity That People Will Recognize’

Author Nicholas Sparks Thinks ‘The Choice’ Will ‘Speak to an Authenticity That People Will Recognize’
The author of nearly 20 romance novels, Nicholas Sparks has contributed to the cinematic adaptations of his written works since the release of “A Message in a Bottle” in 1999.

“I’ve always been involved in the script oversight, notes, casting and selection of the director,” Sparks told Variety on Monday at the Los Angeles premiere of Lionsgate’s “The Choice” — which marks the 11th Nicholas Sparks adaptation. “Film is always a very collaborative process. You’ve got a lot of voices — studio voices, producers’ voices, directors’ voices, casts’ voice. I was always one of those voices,” said Sparks, who also foresees being involved in any future adaptations of his novels.

As his dynamic love stories continued to be developed into films, the bestselling author’s involvement in the productions increased; a progression he described as “a natural evolution.” Sparks was credited as a producer for “Safe Haven” (2013), “The Best of Me
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‘Castro’s Daughter’ Movie Adds Maven Pictures (Exclusive)

‘Castro’s Daughter’ Movie Adds Maven Pictures (Exclusive)
Maven Pictures has joined Mankind Entertainment in producing historical drama “Castro’s Daughter,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Maven’s Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler will be joining the production as lead producers with developing producers John Martinez O’Felan, Joe Lamy and Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki, who came on board last July to direct.

The screenplay was redeveloped this year by Mandoki and Nilo Cruz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Anna in the Tropics.” Cruz escaped Cuba as a child. Oscar winner Bobby Moresco (“Crash”) is also credited as a co-writer.

The announcement comes six months after the July 20 resumption of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba.

“Castro’s Daughter” is based on the life story of Alina Fernandez, who was born in 1956 — three years before her father Fidel Castro took power. Fernandez was Castro’s love child with Naty Revuelta, a wealthy socialite who sold her
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Choice In St. Louis

Based on the emotional and inspiring novel by literary superstar Nicholas Sparks, The Choice chronicles the power of love from a young couple’s rocky first meeting to a life-long romance that will be tested as their lives take a turn that neither of them ever anticipated.

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend – until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives.

Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with
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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut

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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut
55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close
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Star Trek Voyager: an episode roadmap

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Our guide to jumping into Star Trek Voyager, if you want to get going quickly...

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to get the overall gist of
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Luis Mandoki Directing Historical Drama ‘Castro’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)

Luis Mandoki Directing Historical Drama ‘Castro’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)
Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki is directing the historical drama “Castro’s Daughter.”

Mandoki is co-producing with Mankind Entertainment’s John Martinez O’Felan and Joe Lamy. Texas-based real estate investor Peter Lamy is providing financing.

The announcement comes on the heels of the July 20 resumption of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro had announced on December 17 that diplomatic relations would resume, 53 years after the countries severed ties.

“Castro’s Daughter” is based on the life story of Alina Fernandez, who was born in 1956 — three years before her father Fidel Castro took power. Fernandez was Castro’s love child with Naty Revuelta, a wealthy socialite who sold her belongings to sponsor and co-finance Castro’s army and allowed her home to be used as a headquarters for planning his coming to power.

She fled Cuba as a dissident in 1993 disguised
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Chris Harrison Was Inspired by "the Godfather" of Romance Novels For His Book

Chris Harrison wears many hats, including TV host, therapist, and crazy-lady wrangler on The Bachelor and its plethora of spinoffs, and now he can add romance novelist to that list. Alas, we had hoped for a tell-all memoir, but we're still pretty excited. I spoke with Chris recently, and he shared a little bit about the book, his inspiration, and what he considers "the Bible of romance novels." Popsugar: How are you doing? Chris Harrison: I'm good; I'm a little busy. I'm a little overwhelmed right now. Life's a little crazy. The book was a bigger project than I ever anticipated. Ps: Yeah, tell me about that. Ch: I wrote a romance novel called The Perfect Letter [out May 19] that has been in the works for about two to two and a half years. I didn't realize what a large undertaking that would be. Mr. Naive, I'll just write a book.
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American Idol: What Should the Top 6 Sing for 'Arena Anthems' Week?

American Idol: What Should the Top 6 Sing for 'Arena Anthems' Week?
Just because American Idol‘s Top 6 will cover “Arena Anthems” next Wednesday (8/7c on Fox) doesn’t mean we want a Jock Jams-type situation. (Not that there’s anything wrong with “Pump Up the Jam,” mind you.)

Thankfully, the parameters for the theme are a little broader than that — essentially “songs that can entertain a massive crowd and are performed by mega superstars.”

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With that in mind, we’ve cooked up some dream suggestions for the six remaining finalists — the better to stop them from offering up the
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