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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)

Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at Weta Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

The movie is
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9 Emerging Latino Artists Millennials Can’t Get Enough Of

With more than 233 million Instagram followers combined, these Latino entertainers are cementing their names in Hollywood.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Et is paying tribute to this special group of actors and singers, who are not only enriching the creative arts, but also paying it forward.

Related: 9 Inspiring Latino Designers Slaying the Fashion World

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The 24-year-old rapper -- whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar -- is currently dominating the music charts with her debut single, "Bodak Yellow," which recently reached number one on the Us Billboard Hot 100 chart. Born and raised in the Bronx, Cardi B's mother hails from Trinidad and her father is Dominican. In 2015, she joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York for two seasons before leaving the reality show to focus on her music.

Now, Cardi B is slaying the hip hop and social media game (she has 10.7 million followers on Instagram) and is
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April Hernandez-Castillo Welcomes Daughter Lyla Isabela

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April Hernandez-Castillo Welcomes Daughter Lyla Isabela
Actress and author April Hernandez-Castillo is officially a proud mom of two.

Hernandez-Castillo welcomed her second daughter, Lyla Isabela, with husband Jose Castillo on Thursday, March 23, her rep confirms to People exclusively.

Little Lyla was born at 11:57 p.m., and weighed in at 6 lbs., 1 oz. She was 19 inches long.

“We are beyond happy,” Hernandez-Castillo tells People. “Our family has been blessed with another beautiful baby girl.”

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Hernandez-Castillo and her filmmaker and producer husband are already parents to Summer Rose Castillo,
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Fox’s ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Reboot Adds Two to Cast

Fox’s ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Reboot Adds Two to Cast
Gabriel Chavarria and Melia Kreiling have joined the cast of Fox’s “Behind Enemy Lines” television reboot, Variety has learned.

The pair joins previously announced stars Marg Helgenberger and B .J. Britt in the the pilot.

Behind Enemy Lines” is described as a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines. The “distinctly patriotic” show is a multi-perspective narrative that closely follows soldiers on the ground, and the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in DC as they attempt to bring the heroes home safely and under the radar.

Chavarria will play Ziggy Rodriguez, a Navy pilot and the son of lifetime career senior Navy executive, Officer Mateo Rodriguez, who is yet to be cast.

Kreiling will play Shia Irivani, a Naval officer of deep faith, who is strong, principled and a woman of integrity, but
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‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild

‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Richard Lagravenese as the recipient of its Ian Mclellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

The honor will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13.

Richard Lagravenese has been a WGA member since 1986 and written 17 films. He received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay in 1992 for “The Fisher King.”

His writing credits include “The Ref,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Unbroken.” He also directed many of his own screenplays, including “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Five Years” and “Freedom Writers,” which won the Humanitas Prize.

He co-produced and co-directed with Ted Demme the Emmy-nominated film documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir about his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” and wrote and
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Gabriel Chavarria lands lead role in War of the Planet of the Apes

A new report from Deadline has confirmed that A Better Life actor Gabriel Chavarria is in talks to play one of two human leads in 2017’s War of the Planet of the Apes.

The young actor, who made his feature film debut in 2007’s Freedom Writers, is a series regular on Hulu’s series East Los High. He is also set to star in Universal’s 2016 film Low Riders alongside Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight).

War will be the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise, which began in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continued in 2014 with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Rise was a surprise hit when it was released in theaters over four years ago, grossing more than $480 million on a $93 million budget; however, Dawn proved to be an even bigger box office success,
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War Of The Planet Of The Apes Casts Gabriel Chavarria As Human Lead

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At the close of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jason Clarke was seen bidding farewell to Caesar, before squirreling his family away to safety in the face of impending war. That freed up space in the franchise for a new human lead, a hole we’re learning Gabriel Chavarria will fill for 2017’s War of the Planet of the Apes.

Chavarria has some feature credits to his name, including 2007’s Freedom Writers and 2011’s A Better Life, but is best known for his work in TV’s East Los High. I’m not familiar with the show, but did catch him in A Better Life, where he made a solid impression.

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Chavarria is only in his mid-20s, which makes him considerably younger than previous franchise heads James Franco (33 at the time of Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and the aforementioned Clarke
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'War of the Planet of the Apes' Casts 'Lowriders' Star in the Lead

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'War of the Planet of the Apes' Casts 'Lowriders' Star in the Lead
Gabriel Chavarria, who stars in Universal's upcoming drama Lowriders, is being eyed for one of the two main human roles in 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes 3. We reported back in May that the the sequel is now entitled War of the Planet of the Apes, and this movie title has now been confirmed by Deadline. No details were given about his character, but the role was compared to James Franco's role in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The War of the Planet of the Apes title certainly make sense, since last year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes teased an all-out war between the apes and the humans. 20th Century Fox has already set a July 14, 2017 release date for Planet of the Apes 3, which currently has that release date all to itself, although there is plenty of competition around it. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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The Last Five Years Review

In life, there are couples that we hope will always stay together, just as there are romances that are doomed to succeed. From the latter group, it is often due to the poor matching of both people in the relationship. If you despise one half of the union, you secretly hope for their love to dissolve. The same is true for couples in the movies: you want to be rooting for both sides to reach an apex of romantic ecstasy so that you can go home happy.

The main issue with The Last Five Years, a new musical from director Richard Lagravenese (Freedom Writers), is not just that the young male and female protagonists are a bad match, but the actors who occupy those roles are poorly suited for each other. Anna Kendrick is one of the best young actors working in Hollywood today, and also a vibrantly talented singer.
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Gone Girl movie review: proof of wife

Ruins itself as even high-toned cinematic junk food when its justifiable cynicism morphs into something manipulative and dangerously disingenuous. I’m “biast” (pro): love the director and the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is a horror movie about a marriage. The marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne of New York City and North Carthage, Missouri. It’s a horror movie about what happens on their fifth wedding anniversary, when Amy disappears after signs of struggle in their palatial McMansion and Nick is soon believed by the police (and perhaps the viewer) to have killed Amy for various apparent motives that crop up in murder mysteries and real life all too often. It’s a horror movie about what happened to lead up to that terrible day and Amy’s disappearance.
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Telluride: Hilary Swank Angles for Another Shot at Oscar With ‘The Homesman’

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers(2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010).

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Telluride: Hilary Swank Angles for Another Shot at Oscar With 'The Homesman'

Telluride: Hilary Swank Angles for Another Shot at Oscar With 'The Homesman'
Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010). Now, however, she is starring in a film that in no way

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Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Begins Production

Disney has kicked off production on Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic.

The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.

Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day,
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Begins Shooting in Los Angeles

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Begins Shooting in Los Angeles
Disney has kicked off production on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst's 1972 illustrated children's classic. The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.

Steve Carell (The Way, Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine, the forthcoming Foxcatcher) and Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Juno) star as Alexander's upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (Lost, the upcoming Prisoners) as Alexander's older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV's Ray Donovan,
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Hilary Swank: TV movies 'Dying to Belong' and 'Terror in the Family' were 'like my acting class'

Hilary Swank is pleased that cable TV continues to give her movies such strong afterlives.

This month alone, the Cinemax channels are running both of the dramas that earned her Academy Awards for best actress -- "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby" -- and also are featuring her as part of the huge ensemble cast of the comedy "New Year's Eve."

And that's hardly all: Swank also is evident in March showings of "Freedom Writers" (which she also executive-produced) on MTV, "The Core" on IFC, "The Next Karate Kid" on Encore Family, and her pre-Oscars TV movie "Terror in the Family" on The Movie Channel Extra.

"I appreciate all the opportunities I've had," Swank tells Zap2it, "from my early television work until now. Some of that television work might not be the most astute material, but they were great chances for me to grow and to learn as an actor.
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Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman Back Together?

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman Back Together?
Actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are reportedly reconciling after a six-month separation following more than 30 years of marriage.

A source tells People magazine that the couple has quietly been working on their relationship in recent months and have ended the separation. "They love each other -- always have and always will," the source, identified as "a friend of the couple," is quoted as saying.

Pics: A-List Couples Kissing!

The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star, 68, and the former Cheers actress, 64, married in January of 1982 and have three children together -- daughters Lucy, 29 and Grace, 27, and son Jacob, 24.

The couple worked together on the classic sitcom Taxi (1978-1983) and appeared onscreen in the 1996 comedy film Matilda. In 1992, the pair founded Jersey Films, a production company behind many movie hits including Pulp Fiction, Garden State, Erin Brockovich and Freedom Writers.

Related: Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman Separate
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