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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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The Voice Recap: Red-Hot and 'Blue'

The Voice Recap: Red-Hot and 'Blue'
In the odd Thursday episode of The Voice, Adam Levine decided to give himself a little time-out rather than risk getting his heart broken once again by a contestant rejecting his offer to join his team. And it was around that time that I started wondering if I didn’t need a time-out, too, since it seemed like, every singer or two, I had a new favorite. I mean, how fickle can one person be? Or does that happen to everybody who watches? (Reassurances welcome.)

RelatedMarch TV Premieres, Finales, Returns, Series Enders and More: Save the Dates

As for the
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Norman Twain, ‘Lean on Me’ Producer, Dies at 85

Norman Twain, ‘Lean on Me’ Producer, Dies at 85
Norman Twain, best known for producing 1989’s Morgan Freeman-starrer “Lean On Me,” died Saturday morning, after a brief illness. He was 85.

Twain initially made his mark off-Broadway, producing Tennessee Williams’ “Garden District” and Maxwell Anderson’s “The Golden Six,” before debuting on Broadway to a critically lauded revival of John Osborne and Anthony Creighton’s “Epitaph for George Dillon.” Some of his other productions included “Bajour,” “Henry, Sweet Henry,” “The Lady of the Camellias,” and “The Apparition Theater of Prague.”

He had critical and commercial success with Nicol Williamson’s acclaimed “Hamlet” as well as “Nicol Williamson’s Late Show.”

After leaving New York, where he graduated from Columbia University, Twain moved to California and launched a film career in addition to his theater work.

His film career began with “Superman,” the television movie based on the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams musical.

Twain also produced “Lean on Me
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Jeffrey Wright Bio: In His Own Words

Jeffrey Wright (born December 17, 1965) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in movies, television shows, and plays such as Shaft, Boycott, Angels in America (both on television and on stage), Cadillac Records and Boardwalk Empire. He’s also well known for his roles as Felix Leiter in the James Bond films […]

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Carmen Ejogo on playing Coretta Scott King for a second time in 'Selma' [Exclusive Video]

Carmen Ejogo on playing Coretta Scott King for a second time in 'Selma' [Exclusive Video]
Carmen Ejogo's life has changed quite a bit since she last played Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. She played the role in the 2001 HBO telefilm "Boycott," about the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and again this year in "Selma," about the 1965 voting rights marches in the titular Alabama city. Ejogo became a mother in the intervening years, which helped her relate to Scott King, whose own life changed dramatically in-between the events of the two films. -Break- Common ('Selma') on the 'Glory' of Martin Luther King & fight for civil rights [Video] "I think the Coretta I got to play in 'Selma' is a much wearier, burdened personality," says Ejogo (watch our interview below). "She was an intellect, an academic, she was a singer, she was a progressive, a feminist, and in some ways by 1965 she had really kind of been
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Casting: Theron, Ejogo, Alonso, Magaro

The Last Space

Charlize Theron is in talks to star in the Sean Penn-directed African drama "The Last Space". Adèle Exarchapoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") also has a small role.

The story concerns human encounters within the refugee camps in Sudan, Liberia. [Source: The Wrap]

Selma

Carmen Ejogo ("Alex Cross," "Sparkle") will play late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo), in Ava DuVernay's "Selma".

Ejogo played Coretta before in the 2001 HBO television movie "Boycott" opposite her real-life husband Jeffrey Wright. [Source: The Examiner]

Paul Blart 2

Daniella Alonso ("Revolution") is attached to play the love interest of Kevin James' character in the upcoming comedy sequel "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2". In the follow-up, Blart (James) is attending a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas where he takes on a group of dangerous art thieves.

Alonso will play Divina Martinez, the hotel general manager who is
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Lifetime Enters Dystopia With Series Order for The Lottery

It isn’t news to most of us that some cable networks have a target audience, whether or not we agree that their programming actually serves that target. A case in point is Lifetime, which calls itself “female-focused” though my remote hasn’t landed on the channel in years. I’ve heard good things about Witches of East End but honestly haven’t checked it out just because it’s on that Army Wives network.

That may change, now that Lifetime is testing the waters of dystopia with its pickup of the series The Lottery. I can see how it would be considered female-skewed, given that the premise is a lottery to determine who will serve as surrogates for the 100 embryos still in existence, but I’m intrigued that they’re calling it a “conspiracy thriller.” Okay, Lifetime, you have my attention.

Lifetime Greenlights Conspiracy Thriller The Lottery Project is
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Dystopian Future Drama ‘The Lottery’ From Timothy J. Sexton Gets Lifetime Pilot Order

Lifetime has given a pilot order to The Lottery, a futuristic conspiracy thriller. Written by feature/longform writer Timothy J. Sexton (Children Of Men, Boycott), Lottery is set in a world destined for extinction as women have stopped having children. When remarkably 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this important scientific breakthrough unfolds, government interests and power begin to dominate one of the most personal and basic elements of humanity — the right to have a family. Oscar-nominated Sexton executive produces with Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break) whose Grady Girl Prods will co-produce with Warner Horizon Television. The order for The Lottery comes on the heels of the green light for Deliverance Creek, a two-hour backdoor pilot from Nicholas Sparks Prods, also produced by Warner Horizon. They join Lifetime pilots Hr and Unreal.
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Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested in Texas After Airport Gun Incident

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Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested in Texas After Airport Gun Incident
So, Ted Nugent's wife walks into an airport ... Shemane Ann Nugent, wife of "Wango Tango" wailer Ted Nugent, was arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Thursday, after a loaded pistol was found in her carry-on baggage, according to an incident report obtained by TheWrap. Also read: Ted Nugent Slams Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott: 'Braindead,' 'Numbnuts,' 'Soulless' Nugent, 51, was arrested after Tsa screeners detected what appeared to be a firearm in her carry-on bag at an x-ray screening point. Asked by an officer if there was anything in her bag that the
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'Blackfish' Clip Accuses SeaWorld of Lying for Years (Video)

'Blackfish' Clip Accuses SeaWorld of Lying for Years (Video)
While SeaWorld employees will tell guests that Orcas live longer under their care, one man featured in the new documentary "Blackfish" says otherwise. "Since Orcas in their pools die young, they like to say that all Orcas die at 25 or 30 years. And of course that's false," the unidentified anti-captivity activist explains. "We knew by 1980, after a half a dozen years of research, that they live equivalent to human lifespans." Also read: Ted Nugent Slams Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott: 'Braindead,' 'Numbnuts,' 'Soulless' "Blackfish," a documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, traces the 39-year history
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Ted Nugent Slams Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott: 'Braindead,' 'Numbnuts,' 'Soulless'

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Ted Nugent Slams Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott: 'Braindead,' 'Numbnuts,' 'Soulless'
Add Ted Nugent to the list of musicians who are distancing themselves from Stevie Wonder's boycott of Florida. "Wango Tango" rocker and outspoken conservative Nugent tore into Wonder's boycott of Florida over that state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws during an interview with Massachusetts radio station Wxbr on Wednesday. Also read: Madonna, Alicia Keys, Rolling Stones Deny Involvement in Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott During an impassioned tirade, Nugent accused Wonder of focusing on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin while ignoring black-on-black violence. Many nasty words were hurled by Nugent in reference
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Bill Clinton Knows You Want It in 'Blurred Lines' Mash-up (Video)

Bill Clinton Knows You Want It in 'Blurred Lines' Mash-up (Video)
"Blurred Lines" is both a party anthem of the summer and the most controversial song of the moment. It's been called "rapey" and overly sexualized by a number of publications. For the latter reason, it was ripe for a sweet YouTube mash-up starring former President Bill Clinton. Also read: Justin Timberlake, Jay-z, Madonna, Kanye West, Others Join Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott (Report) The song boasts lyrics like: "I know you want it/But you're a good girl/The way you grab me/Must wanna get nasty/Go ahead, get at me." So who better to sing it than Clinton?
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Jay Z, Kanye, and More Artists Boycotting Florida

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Jay Z, Kanye, and More Artists Boycotting Florida
Following the news that George Zimmerman was found not guilty, Stevie Wonder announced that he would not be performing in Florida in protest of the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws. This week, a string of celebrities have reportedly also decided to boycott Florida, including Jay Z, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, and more. Wonder first announced his decision at a concert in Quebec City, saying, "I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that - for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world - we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard.
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Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Welcomes Jeffrey Wright

The Manchurian Candidate, Syriana, Casino Royale, Source Code, The Ides of March and the upcoming blockbuster sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, all have one actor in common. That would be Mr. Jeffrey Wright, who has just landed series regular status on HBO’s antiquated hit, Boardwalk Empire.

Wright has flirted with TV work in the past. He was part of the Angels in America cast and appeared in a handful of Homicide: Life on the Street episodes, but his new role is a first. He’s never been a series regular before.

The crime drama is gearing up a fourth season and will welcome Wright as Valentin Narcisse, the man who runs Harlem. I daresay this is a role Wright will really be able to bite into. Deadline calls the character a “Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist [and] student of culture.” Watchers of the top notch Prohibition Era drama know many
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'Casino Royale' Actor Jeffrey Wright Joins 'Boardwalk Empire' as Regular

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'Casino Royale' Actor Jeffrey Wright Joins 'Boardwalk Empire' as Regular
Jeffrey Wright is moving on from hanging out with James Bond to rubbing elbows with Nucky Thompson. Wright, who played Felix Leiter in the 007 films "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," has signed on as a regular for the upcoming fourth season of the HBO hit "Boardwalk Empire." Also read: "Boardwalk Empire Signs Ron Livingston as a Regular He will play Harlem kingpin Valentin Narcisse. The actor is no stranger to HBO, having appeared in the miniseries "Angels in America" and starring in the 2001 HBO film "Boycott," about a public-bus boycott during
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Jeffrey Wright Joins HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ As New Regular

Exclusive: In his biggest series commitment to date, Jeffrey Wright has joined the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as a new series regular for the period drama’s upcoming fourth season. He will play Valentin Narcisse, Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem. Season 4 is currently in production and will debut later this year. This marks Wright’s return to HBO where he has starred in several long-form projects, including film Boycott, in which he portrayed Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., landing an AFI Award, and mini-series Angels In America, which earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe for the role he originated onstage and won a Tony for. Wright recently wrapped The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Only Lovers Left Alive and The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which premiered at Sundance. Boardwalk Empire has been beefing up the cast heading into
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Universal Picks Up Paul Greengrass’ ‘Memphis’ For June Production Start

After Green Zone failed at the box office, Universal Pictures is giving Paul Greengrass another chance. We reported The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum and United 93 director has written and will direct a thriller based on the incidents surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 4, 1968 assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Titled Memphis, Deadline lets us know Universal will finance the production that begins this early this summer. This comes after news Greengrass has stepped away from a fourth Bourne film, to be taken over by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, Duplicity).

Previously: Based on original research by Greengrass, it will look at King’s life during the days leading up to his killing at the hands of James Earl Ray (or so the history books tell us). The last major look at the great civil rights leader’s life took the form of the HBO original movie Boycott, starring Jeffrey Wright as King
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Celebrities Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.Celebs Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. touched so many lives in so many ways. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, some of our favorite celebrities share their thoughts on what he means to them and how he continues to affect our culture.Jeffrey WrightIn 2001, Jeffrey Wright got the role on the top of most actors' wish lists and played Martin Luther King Jr. in the HBO movie "Boycott."KeKe Palmer"I am currently in Atlanta filming a movie and had a little down time so I went to visit Ebenezer Baptist church. Wow, the history that is in that building! "When I think of Martin Luther King Jr., the words 'Ambassador For Peace' come to mind because it was through peace that he accomplished so much. He showed people that love -- not violence -- is the best weapon against haters.
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Paul Greengrass To Write/Direct Mlk Assassination Thriller ‘Memphis’

Having confirmed (awhile ago) that he won’t be coming aboard the fourth Bourne film, Paul Greengrass has jumped on – and then ditched – a number of projects, all remakes: Fantastic Voyage, Treasure Island, Cleopatra. Now, Cinema Blend reports [via Vulture] that Greengrass has written and will direct a thriller based on the incidents surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 4, 1968 assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

The project, titled Memphis, is based on Greengrass’s original research and will look at King’s life during the days leading up to his killing at the hands of James Earl Ray (or so the history books tell us). The last major look at the great civil rights leader’s life took the form of the HBO original movie Boycott, starring Jeffrey Wright as King and which focused on the King-led boycott of public buses in the 1950′s. The period of King’s life Greengrass seems interested
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Jeffrey Wright on Returning to Broadway with 'Free Man'

This season, the Great White Way gets a little more brotherly love as actor Jeffrey Wright and rapper Mos Def reunite on the stage for "A Free Man of Color," a look at politics and race in 19-century New Orleans, by playwright John Guare. Fans are more likely to spot the uber private Wright -- best known for his command turns in films like "Boycott" and "Basquiat" and theatrical masterpieces like "Angels in America" -- biking through his Brooklyn neighborhood than riding in a limo, or hunkered down with his wife, actress Carmen Ejogo, and their two kids at their favorite neighborhood diner, than chopping it up with fellow actors at some Manhattan hotspot...
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