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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

9 March 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Newcomers often have a chance to shine in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress (see Alicia Vikander and Lupita Nyong’o). So we may see some fresh faces emerge as contenders as the year rolls on. This early in the game, we’re keeping an eye on various heavy-hitter scene-stealers in supporting roles.

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Two highly anticipated actress-director reunions to watch are Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes and Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola. Moore was nominated for Best Actress the last time she worked with Haynes (“Far From Heaven”), and went on to win for “Still Alice.” Never-nominated Dunst plays one of several southern ladies who take in a wounded soldier (Colin Farrell) in Coppola’s remake of “The Beguiled” (Focus Features).

Michelle Pfeiffer makes a comeback in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” (Paramount), while past nominees Michelle Williams and Naomi Watts return in two real-life stories, »

- Anne Thompson

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Paul Sparks Cast In ‘Greatest Showman’; Logan Lerman Lends Voice To ‘Sgt. Stubby’

9 March 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Paul Sparks (The Night Of) has joined the cast of director Michael Gracey's musical biopic Greatest Showman, alongside star Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. The film, produced by Chernin Entertainment and Laurence, follows famous American showman P.T. Barnum (Jackman). Sparks will play James Gordon Bennett, a newspaper critic who had a complicated relationship with Barnum. The actor also has landed a role in Waco, the Spike… »

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T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick Join Kristen Stewart in Thriller ‘Underwater’ (Exclusive)

7 March 2017 12:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: T.J. Miller is in final negotiations to join Kristen Stewart in the deep-sea thriller “Underwater.”

He would also join Jessica Henwick, whose involvement was revealed on Tuesday as well.

Miller stars as entrepreneur Erlich Bachman on the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley,” which begins its fourth season next month. Miller’s other credits include “Cloverfield,” “Deadpool,” “Office Christmas Party,” and the upcoming “Ready Player One.”

British actress Henwick has credits on “Game of Thrones” as Nymeria Sand, X-wing pilot Jess Pava in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and Colleen Wing in the upcoming Netflix series “Iron Fist.”

Will Eubank, who helmed the sci-fi thriller “The Signal,” is directing “Underwater.” The story focuses on an underwater scientific crew forced to go on a dangerous journey for survival following an earthquake, and is described as an underwater version of Michael Bay’s “Armageddon.”

Stewart would play the lead, a jaded crew member. »

- Dave McNary

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Ryan Murphy on 'American Horror Story's' Next Season and Casting the Role of Monica Lewinsky

24 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Popular or on Glee. "I was the P.T. Barnum, razzle-dazzle guy," he says with a chuckle. But with the understated, nine-Emmy winner The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story came a shift in Murphy, 52. Rather than be the kind of showman who shines a light on costumes and sets, he says he's now considerably more interested in putting social »

- Lacey Rose

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Newswire: Hugh Jackman would’ve kept playing Wolverine if he’d joined The Avengers

24 February 2017 6:07 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Despite the fact that Hugh Jackman’s been talking about retiring the sideburns for the last two years or so, Wolverine fans—and studio execs—have had a hard time accepting that Logan will be his last appearance in that role. Jackman’s reconciled himself to the fact, though, and is prepared to let someone like Daniel Day-Lewis assume the adamantle. He’s even shot down the possibility of working a side gig with Deadpool. Yes, it really looks like Jackman’s moved on—but that hasn’t stopped interviewers from asking him what circumstances might change his mind.

ScreenRant talked to Jackman about his final bow, and discussed far-out possibilities, like a Wolverine-Avengers team-up. Jackman, who will play P.T. Barnum in the upcoming Greatest Show On Earth, seemed to really dig that idea, telling ScreenRant:

If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly ...


- Danette Chavez

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Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star in Adventure-Thriller ‘Underwater’

22 February 2017 1:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox is in talks with Kristen Stewart to star in adventure-thriller “Underwater,” produced by Chernin Entertainment.

Will Eubank, who helmed the sci-fi thriller “The Signal,” is directing “Underwater.” The story focuses on an underwater scientific crew forced to go on dangerous journey for survival following an earthquake, and is described as an underwater version of Michael Bay’s “Armageddon.”

Stewart would play the lead, a jaded crew member. The studio is planning to start production in New Orleans in March.

Stewart rose to fame as the lead in the five-film “Twilight” franchise. Her credits include “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “On the Road,” “Still Alice,” “Equals,” and “Clouds of Sils Maria,” for which she won the César Award for best supporting actress, making her the first American actress to win a César. Upcoming projects include “Lizzie” opposite Chloe Sevigny.

Fox-based Chernin is a producer on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for »

- Dave McNary

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Fire Breaks Out on Set of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron Film

15 February 2017 10:13 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Hugh Jackman was reportedly on the set of The Greatest Showman when a staged fire got out of hand early Sunday morning — and about 100 firefighters raced to the scene to put it out.

A rep for movie studio 20th Century Fox confirmed to People in a statement: “There was a small fire on the set of The Greatest Showman. The fire was quickly contained and no one was injured.”

The Fdny confirms to People that it responded to a fire at the Brooklyn Navy Yard just after 5 a.m. on Sunday,

According to the New York Post, Jackman was on »

- Stephanie Petit

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Kids Now Casting: Hugh Jackman Feature ‘The Greatest Showman’

9 February 2017 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Feature film “The Greatest Showman,” in which Hugh Jackman depicts Barnum & Bailey founder P.T. Barnum, is casting young talent for background roles.  The flick seeks nonunion actors ages 9–15 to portray 1800s circus attendees for a shoot slated for March 6 and March 7 in Brooklyn, New York. All performers must have valid New York work permits. Hired actors will be paid $154 per 12 hours of production. See the full listing to learn more or to apply. And check out more jobs for child actors in Backstage’s casting calls, which you can sort by age! Head over to Backstage's YouTube channel for advice actors of all ages can use! »

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Will Musicals See a ‘La La Land’ Boost?

9 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The rap on musicals used to be “audiences don’t want to see people breaking into song.” Now that “La La Land” has charmed audiences by doing just that, what does it mean for the future of live-action screen musicals?

“Whatever musicals come next will have to be good. That’s the test,” says Justin Paul, one of the Oscar-nominated lyricists for “La La Land.” “I have to believe that other studios, other producers, would only be encouraged by the impact of ‘La La Land,’ both critically and at the box office.”

Adds fellow “La La Land” lyricist Benj Pasek: “We feel like our generation has been so primed for musical content. We grew up with the resurgence of Disney animation and all that followed from that. In hindsight, it makes sense that people would be receptive; so many of us grew up with our first stories being told through song. »

- Jon Burlingame

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The Next La La Land?

16 January 2017 6:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here catching us up on a project that is primed to be billed as "The next La La Land." Not only is Michael Gracey's upcoming musical The Great Showman scheduled for release next Christmas (just in time for the holidays and awards season) but it features music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, who'll soon no doubt be credited with single-handedly bringing the original movie musical back to life. 

Focused on the life of P.T. Barnum, the film has suffered through a long development period but is finally shooting here in New York »

- Manuel Betancourt

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Now Casting: Satirical Short ‘Modern Lovers’ and More On-Camera Gigs

13 January 2017 11:30 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Before you head off into the weekend sunset, check out today’s casting roundup. We’ve got four awesome onscreen opportunities, including a romantic short film, Marvel’s “Black Panther,” and more!  “Modern Lovers”A male and female actor, both ages 18–26, are sought for the respective leads in “Modern Lovers,” an upcoming short depicting the “turbulent relationship” of a young couple. The piece will shoot in late January in Los Angeles, California, and will pay $200/each day of filming.  “Black Panther”Marvel’s “Black Panther,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, is casting “international types” for background roles. Seeking male and female talent ages 25–70 for a scene set at the United Nations, the shoot is slated for Jan. 21 in Atlanta, Georgia. Hired actors will be compensated $68/eight hours.  “The Greatest Showman”20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman as circus-founder P.T. Barnum, seeks background talent to depict “wealthy, »

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