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‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal

‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal
Universal Pictures has entered into a first-look production agreement with writer, director, and producer Malcolm D. Lee and his Blackmaled Productions.

The studio made the announcement three days before the launch of its comedy “Girls Trip,” which Lee directed and produced. The announcement was made by Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production.

“Starting with ‘The Best Man,’ Malcolm has an incredible track record telling resonant stories that make audiences laugh and cry, which he has done brilliantly once again with ‘Girls Trip,'” Cramer said. “We are thrilled to formalize our long-standing relationship with Malcolm by welcoming his company to the lot, and we are excited about making many more films with him, starting with his next film, ‘Night School.'”

Lee said in a statement, “I am extremely gratified to officially be a part of the Universal family. This is a place I’ve always considered my home. They
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‘Girls Trip’ Review: Malcolm D Lee’s Bawdy, Boozy Comedy Showcases a Stellar Sisterhood

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‘Girls Trip’ Review: Malcolm D Lee’s Bawdy, Boozy Comedy Showcases a Stellar Sisterhood
“If I will it, I can have it all.” So goes the million-dollar motto for Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), the bestselling author who centers Malcolm D. Lee’s sprawling, women-gone-wild comedy “Girls Trip.” Ryan’s aspirational thinking is meant to motivate her faithful followers, but it seems as though Lee himself was similarly inspired. Lee’s never had trouble crafting a confidently glossy film (we’ll pretend “Scary Movie 5” didn’t happen), although some of his endeavors (“Undercover Brother”) have been more memorable than others (“Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins”). “Girls Trip,” a raucous ode to African-American sisterhood, may be his most open-hearted effort since.
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Newswire: Dave Chappelle joins the A Star Is Born remake

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have managed to pull in another big-name star for their upcoming version of the much-remade A Star Is Born. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dave Chappelle has signed on to appear in the film, which stars Cooper and Gaga as Hollywood lovers whose careers take rapidly diverging paths.

It’s been a while since Chappelle last dipped into the world of feature films; outside of a small role in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in 2015, he hasn’t been credited for acting in a movie since 2002’s Undercover Brother. It’s not clear how Cooper—who’s also directing the movie, his first—managed to lure him in, but Chappelle will apparently be playing “Noodles,” a blues musician who’s an old friend of Cooper’s fading star. Meanwhile, Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay are also set to star.
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John Ridley to Write, Direct Time-Travel Film ‘Needle in a Timestack’

John Ridley to Write, Direct Time-Travel Film ‘Needle in a Timestack’
Miramax has tapped John Ridley to write and direct the time-travel film “A Needle in a Timestack.”

Based on a short story by Robert Silverberg, “Needle in a Timestack” centers on a devoted husband who will stop at nothing to save his marriage when it’s destroyed by a time-traveling rival.

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Vince Gerardis (“Game of Thrones”) and Matt Kennedy will executive produce. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee the project for Miramax.

Ridley’s current projects include “Guerilla,” debuting on Showtime this Sunday; the ABC News documentary “Let It Fall” about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, also in theaters later this month; and the third season of ABC’s “American Crime,” on which he serves as showrunner and creator.

Ridley won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.” His other film credits include “Ben Hur,
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‘Girls Trip’ Trailer: Four Lifelong Friends Make a Pilgrimage to the Essence Music Festival

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‘Girls Trip’ Trailer: Four Lifelong Friends Make a Pilgrimage to the Essence Music Festival
Since 1994, New Orleans has hosted the Essence Music Festival, the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States, featuring prominent artists and entertainers every year. The new film “Girls Trip” prominently features the Essence Festival as a destination spot and a symbol of unity. The film follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans to explore their respective wild sides and also rekindle their friendships. It stars Queen Latifah (“Chicago”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Magic Mike Xxl”), Regina Hall (“Scary Movie”) and Tiffany Haddish (“Keanu”). Watch a sneak peak trailer for the film below.

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The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of filmmaker Spike Lee. He previously directed the 1999 film “The Best Man” as well as its sequel “The Best Man Holiday.” He also directed the Eddie Griffin vehicle “Undercover Brother,
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Exclusive: Story writer revealed for Dreamworks’ ‘Shrek 5’ – ‘Sky High 2’ coming?

A little over a week ago, we caught up with Trolls directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell. Dohrn and Mitchell are veterans of the world of Dreamworks Animation and have worked on many of their projects. While most of our chat revolved around Trolls, which is released across the Uk this coming weekend, talk soon turned to their future projects.

We spoke of the planned Shrek 5, which looks like it is well on the way at the studio (now part of the Universal family) with a story being worked on by a pretty big name in comedy and animated movies generally.

On Shrek 5 Mike Mitchell commented: “They’ve got a pretty good story. It’s being written by Michael McCullers who wrote all of the Austin Powers films. He came up with a really great idea that they’re exploring.”

Walt Dohrn added: “There’s more story to tell there
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Oscar-Winning Writer To Direct La Riots Film

He’s won both an Oscar and Emmy for his writing. Now John Ridley will get a shot to direct a big budget feature. Broad Green Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are partnering to produce Ridley’s script on the La Riots with the award-winning scribe set to work behind the camera.

Ridley won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave and won an Emmy for American Crime. He does have some experience as a director with the biopic Jimi: All is by My Side (2013) as his last film. In addition, Ridley has directed numerous television episodes. However, it’s his writing talents that have earned him the most acclaim in Hollywood. Those writing credits include Three Kings (1999), Undercover Brother (2002) and Red Tails (2012). His first novel, Stray Dogs, was made into the Oliver Stone film U-Turn (1997).

According to Deadline, a major motion picture about the 1992 La Riots has been kicked around numerous studios for years.
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"Shaft" Reboot To Be A Serious Affair

When word came not long ago that a second reboot of "Shaft" was in the works at New Line, fans of the character bristled when it was suggested the tone of the new film would be more comedic in nature - conjuring up images of a straight out blaxploitation satire along "Black Dynamite" or "Undercover Brother" lines.

Not helping was the hiring of sitcom writers Kenya Barris ("Black-ish") and Alex Barnow ("The Goldbergs") to pen the script about the black private detective. Producer John Davis, who is behind the new Wesley Snipes-led NBC series "The Player" along with the new "Shaft" reboot, spoke with Collider at the Television Critics Association and says the film will very much be dramatic in nature albeit with some scattered lighter moments:

"[He's] just a great character. He's just the greatest badass. You start with an amazing character - a great badass with charisma. He's
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Ratings: Cma Music Festival Rocks Much Less Hard, Zoo Hits Lows

ABC’s broadcast of the Cma Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating on Tuesday night, falling 29 and 37 percent from last year.

As such, the telecast placed third for the night in audience and tied for second in the demo.

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NBC’s America’s Got Talent (10 mil/2.1) led Tuesday in both measures, steady week-to-week. Hollywood Game Night (4.4 mil/1.2) also was flat.

CBS’ Zoo (5.9 mil/1.0) slipped 17 percent and two tenths, hitting and tying season lows.

Fox’s 5th Grader (2.2 mil/0.6) was flat, while a Last Man
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Stitchers Finale: Emma Ishta Talks [Spoiler]'s Uncertain Fate in Season 2

Stitchers Finale: Emma Ishta Talks [Spoiler]'s Uncertain Fate in Season 2
Yes, Stitchers fans, that did just happen.

In the final moments of Tuesday’s season finale, Cameron flatlined on a laboratory table after allowing Kirsten to stitch herself into his memories. But don’t expect star Emma Ishta to offer any words of encouragement about Cameron’s fate next season.

“I got nothing for ya,” Ishta tells TVLine, adding that she hopes Cameron pulls through because of how much his relationship with Kirsten developed over the past few episodes. “I honestly don’t know. Anything could happen.”

If Cameron does survive, Ishta says she’d like to find out more
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Shaft That Reboot Says "Shaft" Writer

David Walker is not happy with news about the upcoming second reboot of "Shaft".

Walker is the writer of Dynamite Entertainment's "Shaft" comic series and the recent novel "Shaft's Revenge," the first official and authorized "Shaft" novel in court decades.

Today he posted an open letter on his website objected to reports from earlier this week which indicated New Line is developing a reboot of the blaxploitation hero with Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow penning the script.

Specifically he's not happy that the new version is said to take the franchise in a more comedic direction, saying that the studio is "more interested in sh--ting the bed, than making a good Shaft movie" and that the film will be a flop that will "ruin the chances of there ever being a decent Shaft movie in the remainder of my lifetime."

Walker says a comedic "Shaft" will essentially just be
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Marvel Plans New TV Show Based on Existing Superhero

Marvel Plans New TV Show Based on Existing Superhero
Marvel is continuing to expand its TV slate, bringing on Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to develop a new TV series for ABC. Entertainment Weekly reports that the writer's deal involves, "reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC," but it wasn't revealed which character will be the focus of this show. The news comes just one week after we reported that ABC and Marvel are developing a spinoff series for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., even though that program hasn't been officially renewed, although it seems likely.

If the project gets a series order, it will be the third Marvel show to air on ABC, following Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this year's Marvel's Agent Carter, which hasn't been renewed for a second season yet either. It's possible that either the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or this new untitled series could serve as a midseason
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How SisQo Predicted 'Thong Song' Being a Hit 15 Years Ago

How SisQo Predicted 'Thong Song' Being a Hit 15 Years Ago
Though it seems hard to believe, Nov. 30 is the 15th anniversary of the release of SisQo's debut album Unleash the Dragon, a.k.a. the record that brought us the crazy catchy track "Thong Song."

The album was an instant smash and sold six million copies in the U.S.

But when Et talked to SisQo back in 1999, he was confident that "Thong Song" was going to be huge. "My next single off of my new album [is] the 'Thong Song,' which is going to be like an international supersmash," he told Et before the single was even released. "It's going to be really big."

The 36-year-old has kept a relatively low profile since the early 2000's, releasing Return of the Dragon in 2001 and then lying low until he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 7 in 2010 and Celebrity Wife Swap in 2013. But, the "dragon" is now coming back in a big way and will be releasing his third
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How SisQo Predicted 'Thong Song' Being a Hit 15 Years Ago

How SisQo Predicted 'Thong Song' Being a Hit 15 Years Ago
Though it seems hard to believe, Nov. 30 is the 15th anniversary of the release of SisQó’s debut album Unleash the Dragon… Aka the record that brought us the crazy, catchy track “Thong Song.”

The album was an instant smash and sold 6 million copies in the U.S.

But when Et talked to SisQó back in 1999, he was confident that "Thong Song" was going to be huge. "My next single off of my new album [is] the 'Thong Song,' which is going to be like an international supersmash," he told Et before the single even was released. "It's going to be really big."

The 36-year-old has kept a relatively low profile since the early 2000’s, releasing Return of the Dragon in 2001 and then lying low until he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 7 in 2010 and Celebrity Wife Swap in 2013. But, the “dragon” is now coming back in a big way and will be releasing his third album, Last Dragon
See full article at Entertainment Tonight »

Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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