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Paramount names David Sameth head of worldwide marketing

Former Disney and Universal executive served as second unit director on Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.

Source: Paramount Pictures

David Sameth is leaving Disney to join Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing effective February 1.

Sameth currently serves as executive vice-president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar where his credits since 2009 included Coco, Zootopia, Frozen, Toy Story 3, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Finding Dory.

He will report to chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and will oversee the design, development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the studio’s global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said.

“He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our
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'Catch Me If You Can': THR's 2002 Review

'Catch Me If You Can': THR's 2002 Review
On Dec. 25, 2002, Steven Spielberg unveiled breezy caper Catch Me If You Can in theaters, pairing Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

Catch Me If You Can represents a distinct change of pace for director Steven Spielberg. This is a lighter movie than he has made in a long while, and you sense his relief that nothing much is at stake. Catch Me harkens back to movies made in the late '50s and early '60s. It's the age of innocence, before the counterculture, Watergate, all those other "gates" and international terrorism, a time when a...
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Amy Adams Receives American Cinematheque Award, and Michael Shannon Stands in for Meryl Streep

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Amy Adams Receives American Cinematheque Award, and Michael Shannon Stands in for Meryl Streep
Amy Adams is a monster,” Justin Timberlake informed the black-tie crowd in the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom during her American Cinematheque Award Ceremony tribute. “More specifically, a karaoke monster.” When they shot Clint Eastwood’s 2012 “Trouble with the Curve” in Atlanta, Timberlake said the now-five-time Oscar nominee “pretty much bullied me” into a duet of “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.”

After praising her talents, Timberlake conceded, “Quite frankly, I will sing with you anytime. But next time I’m choosing the goddamned song. I have a history with Disney” — referencing his pre-teen years on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” — “and there’s a little Ptsd… Is [Disney Chairman Bob] Iger here tonight? Okay, good.”

Read More: George Clooney Set For AFI Life Achievement Award, Amy Adams Prepares for American Cinematheque Tribute

The evening’s collection of Adams collaborators and admirers — including Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Denis Villeneueve, Kristen Stewart,
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Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award
Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep — twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Chris Messina and Denis Villeneuve take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.

Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.”

As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.

“I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice
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The Full Cast of Jon Favreau's The Lion King Has Officially Been Announced

Director Jon Favreau has assembled quite an incredible cast of actors for Disney's realistic CGI animated remake of The Lion King. Most of the actors on the list we've already known about, but the one big confirmation is that Beyonce will officially be providing the voice of Nala. Here's the synopsis that was released:

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure
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Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Cast Features Beyonce, Alfre Woodard, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver

The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his
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Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced

Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced
The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau's new take on Disney's 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured-but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019. Here's what director Jon Favreau had to say in a statement.

"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyonc&#233 Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba's friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba's wise and loving father,
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Beyonce Joins ‘The Lion King’ as the Live-Action 2019 Film Rounds Out Its Main Cast

Beyonce Joins ‘The Lion King’ as the Live-Action 2019 Film Rounds Out Its Main Cast
It looks like Jon Favreau’s upcoming “The Lion King” adaptation just became an event all by itself. Disney announced Wednesday that Beyonce Knowles-Carter would be joining an already-stacked voice cast, playing Nala in the latest CGI adaptation of a beloved Disney film.

Read More:Jon Favreau’s 7 Rules for Making a Good Movie, from ‘The Jungle Book’ to ‘The Lion King

Though details remain light on how much the new film will mirror its 2-D animated predecessor, the 1994 film featured Nala as the childhood best friend and eventual love interest of the would-be king Simba. Set for a 2019 release, Beyonce joins Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones, reprising his role as Mufasa from the original.

#TheLionKing. 2019.
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Super Mario Odyssey Review

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Super Mario Odyssey is finally out! Read our official review to understand why every Mario fan should buy this game, immediately!

A Simple Proposal You Can Say Yes To

Nintendo’s latest Mario adventure finds our favorite Italian plumber in a giant game of “Catch Me If You Can”, as his mortal enemy, Bowser, has kidnapped Princess Peach, Mario’s one true love, in Super Mario Odyssey. It may sound as if you’ve heard this one before, and frankly you have, but the difference with this game is that there is an actual purpose to Bowser kidnapping Peach. He plans to marry her, despite her protests. It’s not directly explained, but it seems as if he’s doing it to become King of the Mushroom Kingdom. Nevertheless, it’s up to Mario to once again be the hero and save his damsel-in-distress.

The story starts out at a heart-racing pace,
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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own

‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own
It’s only been a few short weeks since Winnie the Pooh got the “Shakespeare in Love” treatment in “Goodbye Christopher Robin” — a film that inspired this critic to lament that “we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories” — which means that we’re already long overdue for another saccharine period fable about the creation of another literary icon. Enter Ebenezer Scrooge, who came to Charles Dickens at a moment when both men were at a low point in their lives.

The year was 1843, the great author (a manic Dan Stevens) was 31, and his massive fame was ebbing in the wake of three consecutive flops. With the winter settling in and a certain lifestyle to maintain, Dickens was in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. There was only one problem: There hadn’t been a Christmas miracle in almost 1,843 years. You see,
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Teaming Up Once Again for Teddy Roosevelt Biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Teaming Up Once Again for Teddy Roosevelt Biopic
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are once again chasing their dream of developing Roosevelt.

The Oscar-winning star is teaming up with his friend and frequent collaborator to create a biopic focused on the life America's 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, according to multiplereports.

DiCaprio would star as the titan of American history while Scorsese would direct, based off a script penned by Scott Bloom. The pair are also set to produce the film with Paramount Pictures.

DiCaprio and Scorsese have reportedly been trying to develop Roosevelt for over a decade, but have run into numerous obstacles as the project lingered in limbo.

News: Martin Scorsese and 'The Hangover' Director Todd Phillips Are Making a Joker Origin Story

This would be the third time DiCaprio has starred in a biopic for Scorsese, following The Aviator in 2004 and The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014 -- both of which earned DiCaprio and Scorsese Oscar nominations.

Together, they've
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Praise Steven Spielberg in First Doc Trailer

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Praise Steven Spielberg in First Doc Trailer
HBO has premiered the first trailer for Spielberg, a feature-length documentary about the renowned filmmaker and master storyteller.

"Every time I start a new scene, I get nervous. And when that verges on panic, I get great ideas," Steven Spielberg says of his craft. "All of my films come from the part of myself that I really can't articulate." Spielberg filmed 30 hours worth of interviews with director Susan Lacy for the film.

The film charts the director's life from a kid making Super 8 films to his association with "movie brats" like George Lucas,
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Kerry Butler, Charl Brown to Tribute Tarantino with The Adam Levowitz Orchestra at B.B. Kings

This coming Monday, The Adam Levowitz Orchestra is bringing full, original renditions of the songs that gave Quentin Tarantino's films their lasting allure and cult status with very special guest star, Tony nominee Kerry Butler Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can.
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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Da Vinci in Upcoming Biopic

Well, this just seems perfect. It has been officially announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the painter/scientist and fellow Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci in a biopic based off of author Walter Isaacson's book called, you guessed it, Leonardo da Vinci. As it turns out, Paramount won an intense bidding war for the project over Universal who was reportedly bringing out the big guns to acquire the biopic. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce the movie for their Appian Way banner.

Deadline reported the news while also sharing that DiCaprio was allegedly named after da Vinci. The story goes that DiCaprio's mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in Italy while pregnant with the superstar actor. Legend has it that DiCaprio kicked for the first time while his mother was looking at the painting and gained a name. It is not clear what painting that his mother was looking at,
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HBO Viewership Unaffected By Leak, Network Concerned About Breach

The internal leak by the overseas HBO affiliate, Star India, did not hurt the viewership of Sunday’s marvelous episode of Game of Thrones. The episode which caused many fans to consider it as the best, or at least one of the best in the shows run brought in just over 10 million viewers, narrowly beating out the Season 7 premiere according to Deadline. The "Spoils of War" appeared online on the Friday before its scheduled Sunday night viewing slot. Despite the leak of the episode, HBO's epic fantasy series showed no loss in ratings as it was the show's most watched episode to date.

Game of Thrones has always been unpredictable, and now with the increased pace of Season 7, the meetings and battles with major consequences are happening far more often, and fans simply can't risk not tuning in. While they could have found the episode online days before, from what we understand,
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Video: Check Out Aaron Tveit in Rehearsal for Barrington Stage's Company

Aaron TveitBroadway's Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal, who returns to Bsc after previously playing 'Matt' in the 2007 production ofCalvin Berger, will star as 'Bobby' in Company, along withEllen HarveyBroadway's Present Laughter as 'Joanne,'Lawrence StreetBroadway's Urinetown as 'Harry,'Jeanette BayardelleBroadway's The Color Purple as 'Sarah,'Kate LoprestBroadway's First Date as 'Susan,'Paul A. SchaeferBroadway's The Phantom of the Opera as 'Peter,'Jane PfitschBroadway'sCabaret as 'Jenny,'James LudwigBroadway's Spamalot as 'David,'Lauren MarcusLittle Shop of Horrors, Sharon Playhouse as 'Amy,'Joseph SpieldennerBroadway's Les Miserables as 'Paul,'Peter ReardonBSC's All My Sons as 'Larry,'Nora SchellSpamilton, Triad Theater as 'Marta,' andRebecca Kuznick Bsc's Fiddler on the Roof as 'Kathy.' Featuring a book byGeorge Furth, music and lyrics byStephen Sondheim, with choreography byJeffrey Page, music supervision byDarren Cohen, music direction byAlex Shields, and direction byJuliAnne Boyd, Company will begin previews on August 10 and is set to open
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