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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'
Principal photography underway in Savannah, Georgia.

Armory Films has announced that John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf will join the cast of The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The film directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz centres on Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life.

One day he breaks out and takes to the road to try to find his hero, a retired wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck. Along the way Zak experiences adventure and danger, and joins forces with a desperado crab fisherman and a kind nurse.

The cast also includes newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing and financing the film, alongside Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, T Bone Burnett, Lije Sarki, and David Thies. Burnett will also
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What to Know About Scarlett Johansson's Power-Player Date Kevin Yorn

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What to Know About Scarlett Johansson's Power-Player Date Kevin Yorn
Scarlett Johansson has a new rumored flame — and he’s a well-connected guy.

Johansson was spotted on a night out with Kevin Yorn, a high-profile entertainment lawyer who also happens to represent the actress. The two were seen holding hands in New York City on Friday night as they took a stroll after dining at a nearby restaurant.

Here’s what to know about the accomplished lawyer who represents a few familiar faces.

He started with a criminal-investigator background before dipping his toes in entertainment.

Yorn got his start in the law field at the L.A. County D.A.
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11 Best Lessons Dads in Movies Taught Us

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Dads are great. They watch TV with you. They play catch with you. And, most of all, they impart great wisdom and life lessons. This is especially true of movie dads, who always seem to say the perfect things. Let’s look at some things we’ve learned from movie dads. You Gotta Be Brave Matt Damon's “20 seconds” theory in We Bought a Zoo perfectly encapsulates both the difficulty and ease of finding courage, something every kid – and grown-up...

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Buy a Zoo (Complete With Animals and Zookeepers) on Craigslist

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Buy a Zoo (Complete With Animals and Zookeepers) on Craigslist
This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure

If you’ve been dying to live just like the book “We Bought a Zoo,” now is your chance. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in Crestview, Florida is looking for a new owner.

“Ten acre, well maintained, Usda Compliant Zoo. Turnkey operation with over 90 happy and healthy animals including White Tiger, Bengal Tiger, African Lion, Patas monkeys, bob cats, baboons, wolves, otters, black bear, Fennec foxes, sloth, lemurs, llamas and more,” reads the zoo’s Craigslist ad (yes it’s really available for purchase on Craigslist).

The zoo, which is available for the
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The Edge of Stardom: Hailee Steinfeld and the New Hollywood Kids on the Block

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Author: Matt Rodgers

It feels strange to herald Hailee Steinfeld as a fresh cinematic supernova, considering her Oscar nominated turn as True Grit’s Mattie Ross was as far back as 2010. Since then she has carved out a wonderful niche as a supporting actress, often stealing the films from under the nose of the likes of Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), whilst also sustaining what the kids tell me is a pretty good pop career.

Last year she stepped up to leading lady status with The Edge of Seventeen. It’s the kind of film that should have found a bigger audience, threatening a re-think of most people’s top ten of the year lists. One of those coming-of-age parables that truly reflects what it was/is like to be young, and as the sardonic Nadine, Steinfeld runs the full gamut of emotions; comedic to sympathetic, and always utterly watchable.
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‘Silence’ Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto to Make Directorial Debut

‘Silence’ Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto to Make Directorial Debut
Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, who was nominated for an Oscar for shooting Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” will make his directorial debut with the revenge-thriller “Bastard.”

La La Land’s” Jordan Horowitz is producing through his Original Headquarters company. Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Prods. are executive producing. Topic, First Look Media’s entertainment studio, is financing.

Prieto will direct from an original script penned by Bill Gullo. Production is planned to start in the first quarter of 2018. Adam Pincus and Annie Marter will oversee for Topic.

“Bastard” is set against a looming flood that will ravage the small town of Bird’s Point, Mo.

“It’s an honor to get to make this picture alongside my terrific partners at Topic and First Look Media,” Horowitz said. “Rodrigo’s work as a cinematographer has consistently floored me, and putting him behind the camera to direct Bill’s absorbing script has
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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review: Jessica Chastain Shines In a Solid, Unexpectedly Sweet Holocaust Drama

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review: Jessica Chastain Shines In a Solid, Unexpectedly Sweet Holocaust Drama
We may never run out of movies to make about World War II, the people who lived through it, and the people who didn’t. It may seem a bit obvious given the global scope of the conflict, but the sheer number of narratives that have emerged from the period is truly mind-boggling, bordering on the infinite, and it often feels as though most of them have made their way in front of a camera. The Holocaust alone offers more stories than we could ever hope to pass along — in Niki Caro’s beautifully realized and occasionally stirring “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” even the animals have their own tales to tell.

Adapted from Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name, Caro’s most vivid and complete film since “Whale Rider” relays the remarkable true story Antonina and Jan Żabińska (Jessica Chastain and “The Broken Circle Breakdown” star Johan Heldenbergh
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‘The Gospel Of Kevin’: India de Beaufort, Dustin Ybarra & Chloe East Join ABC Light Drama Pilot

India de Beaufort (Blood & Oil), Dustin Ybarra (We Bought a Zoo) and Chloe East (Liv and Maddie: Cali Style) have been set as series regulars opposite Jason Ritter and Cristela Alonzo in ABC's The Gospel of Kevin, an hourlong drama pilot from veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and ABC Studios. Written/executive produced by Fazekas and Butters and directed by Paul McGuigan, The Gospel of Kevin is a light one-hour about Kevin (Ritter), a down-on-his-luck…
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Jimmy Kimmel Producers Reveal Oscars Secrets – What You Didn’t Know Happened Behind the Scenes

Jimmy Kimmel Producers Reveal Oscars Secrets – What You Didn’t Know Happened Behind the Scenes
As confusion enveloped the Oscars stage on Sunday night, and it became apparent that a mistake had been made in announcing the Best Picture winner, host Jimmy Kimmel’s writers felt another tinge of panic.

“My immediate reaction, when Warren came out and said ‘I read the wrong card,’ was ‘oh my God, Jimmy is going to be blamed for this,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” head writer Molly McNearney said. “Everyone right now thinks Jimmy Kimmel is playing a prank on the Oscars. And this is not good.”

Added her fellow head writer Danny Ricker: “I had to convince my mom that it wasn’t fake!”

As they prepped for Monday’s all-new edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (no rest for the Oscar weary!), McNearney and Ricker took a moment to share with IndieWire some of the evening’s most memorable moments. And there were a bunch – starting with that
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Jimmy Kimmel Producers Reveal Oscars Secrets – What You Didn’t Know Happened Behind the Scenes

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Jimmy Kimmel Producers Reveal Oscars Secrets – What You Didn’t Know Happened Behind the Scenes
As confusion enveloped the Oscars stage on Sunday night, and it became apparent that a mistake had been made in announcing the Best Picture winner, host Jimmy Kimmel’s writers felt another tinge of panic.

“My immediate reaction, when Warren came out and said ‘I read the wrong card,’ was ‘oh my God, Jimmy is going to be blamed for this,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” head writer Molly McNearney said. “Everyone right now thinks Jimmy Kimmel is playing a prank on the Oscars. And this is not good.”

Added her fellow head writer Danny Ricker: “I had to convince my mom that it wasn’t fake!”

As they prepped for Monday’s all-new edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (no rest for the Oscar weary!), McNearney and Ricker took a moment to share with IndieWire some of the evening’s most memorable moments. And there were a bunch – starting with that
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Jimmy Kimmel Keeps Matt Damon Feud Alive at Oscars: ‘He Has No Discernible Talent’

Jimmy Kimmel Keeps Matt Damon Feud Alive at Oscars: ‘He Has No Discernible Talent’
The famous feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon was alive and well at the Oscars on Sunday night with Kimmel clearly getting the better of it.

Kimmel used Damon as a punching bag even more than he did President Donald Trump, who wasn’t spared Kimmel’s barbs.

“Tonight, in spirit of healing and bringing people together, I would like to bury the hatchet with someone I’ve had issues with. I would. Matt Damon,” Kimmel said during his opening monologue. “I’ve known Matt for a long time now. I’ve known Matt so long, when I first met Matt, I was the fat one, okay? It’s true. And we’ve had problems. He’s a selfish person. Those of you who have worked with him know this.”

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Kimmel then reminded the audience that Damon opted not to star in “Manchester by the Sea,
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Jimmy Kimmel’s Funniest Oscar Moments: A Tweet to Donald Trump Earns More Than 200,000 Retweets Within Hours

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Funniest Oscar Moments: A Tweet to Donald Trump Earns More Than 200,000 Retweets Within Hours
Infamous Twitter user Donald Trump was uncharacteristically quiet during this year’s Academy Awards telecast, and host Jimmy Kimmel was having none of it.

During one of the most inspired moments of Kimmel’s stint Sunday night as Oscar emcee, Kimmel came out on stage, phone in hand, and decided to post a Tweet directed at Trump.

“We are more than two hours into the show and Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted at us once. I’m starting to get worried about him,” he said. The result was this Tweet:

Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?

Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017

Within hours, the Tweet had already earned nearly 230,000 retweets, and more than 400,000 likes.

A separate Tweet referencing Meryl Streep, featuring the hashtag #MerylSaysHi, was sent directly to Trump and has been retweeted more than 188,000 times:

@realDonaldTrump #Merylsayshi

Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017

Read More: Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscar Monologue: Making ‘Nice’ with Matt Damon,
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Jimmy Kimmel’s Funniest Oscar Moments: A Tweet to Donald Trump Earns More Than 200,000 Retweets Within Hours

Jimmy Kimmel’s Funniest Oscar Moments: A Tweet to Donald Trump Earns More Than 200,000 Retweets Within Hours
Infamous Twitter user Donald Trump was uncharacteristically quiet during this year’s Academy Awards telecast, and host Jimmy Kimmel was having none of it.

During one of the most inspired moments of Kimmel’s stint Sunday night as Oscar emcee, Kimmel came out on stage, phone in hand, and decided to post a Tweet directed at Trump.

“We are more than two hours into the show and Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted at us once. I’m starting to get worried about him,” he said. The result was this Tweet:

Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?

Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017

Within hours, the Tweet had already earned nearly 230,000 retweets, and more than 400,000 likes.

A separate Tweet referencing Meryl Streep, featuring the hashtag #MerylSaysHi, was sent directly to Trump and has been retweeted more than 188,000 times:

@realDonaldTrump #Merylsayshi

Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017

Read More: Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscar Monologue: Making ‘Nice’ with Matt Damon,
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2017 Oscars: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of the Night

2017 Oscars: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of the Night
The 89th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel at the helm, and the star-studded show was filled with some incredibly close races and a few genuinely surprising upsets -- not to mention a slew of emotionally charged acceptance speeches.

Oh, and it was also the year that they made the most embarrassing mistake in the history of the Oscars when they announced the wrong Best Picture winner!

In honor of Hollywood's biggest night, here are a look at some of the best, worst and absolutely weirdest moments from this year's Oscars.

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Justin Timberlake Kicks Things Off on a Happy Note

Instead of starting the show with a traditional pre-taped comedy montage, the Oscars decided to let the endlessly charismatic Timberlake open the ceremony with a live, energetic performance of his Oscar-nominated song, "Can't Stop the Feeling," and it set
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The 89th Academy Awards Show Review: Jimmy Kimmel Slays on a Shocking, Joyous Oscar Night — Save Two Big Bombs

The 89th Academy Awards Show Review: Jimmy Kimmel Slays on a Shocking, Joyous Oscar Night — Save Two Big Bombs
Moment of truth: The Oscars will always feel long. It’s a three-plus hour awards show built around handing out trophies and listening to speeches. It’s going to drag at times, and the 89th Academy Awards ran way over time. Knowing that this is expected — that the show tends to drag no matter what the host does — only makes Jimmy Kimmel and the producers’ decision to open the show as they did all the more ballsy.

From the moment Justin Timberlake broke into his extremely catchy nominated song, we, indeed, could not fight the feeling. And that feeling was utter exuberance.

And while it kept the feeling flush for a while, the uncontrollable building blocks of the Oscars eventually brought things back down to earth. The speeches weren’t all that surprising, save for a few, and the winners weren’t particularly shocking in the major categories — except
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The 89th Academy Awards Show Review: Jimmy Kimmel Slays on a Shocking, Joyous Oscar Night — Save Two Big Bombs

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The 89th Academy Awards Show Review: Jimmy Kimmel Slays on a Shocking, Joyous Oscar Night — Save Two Big Bombs
Moment of truth: The Oscars will always feel long. It’s a three-plus hour awards show built around handing out trophies and listening to speeches. It’s going to drag at times, and the 89th Academy Awards ran way over time. Knowing that this is expected — that the show tends to drag no matter what the host does — only makes Jimmy Kimmel and the producers’ decision to open the show as they did all the more ballsy.

From the moment Justin Timberlake broke into his extremely catchy nominated song, we, indeed, could not fight the feeling. And that feeling was utter exuberance.

And while it kept the feeling flush for a while, the uncontrollable building blocks of the Oscars eventually brought things back down to earth. The speeches weren’t all that surprising, save for a few, and the winners weren’t particularly shocking in the major categories — except
See full article at Indiewire »

Peta files complaint against leading Hollywood animal talent company

Peta alleges mistreatment of animals by Birds and Animals Unlimited, a claim the talent company describes as ‘fiction’

A complaint has been lodged by the animal welfare pressure group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) against leading Hollywood company Birds and Animals Unlimited, alleging maltreatment of animals and falsification of records.

The Hollywood Reporter has obtained copies of Peta’s complaints, which were sent to the Us Department of Agriculture, the county of Los Angeles and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, against Birds and Animals Unlimited, which has supplied animals for We Bought a Zoo, Anchorman and the Harry Potter films.

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Benji Reboot Begins Shooting, Blumhouse Shares First Photo

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Benji Reboot Begins Shooting, Blumhouse Shares First Photo
It has been quite some time since Hollywood has produced a hit movie centered around an adorable dog, but that may very well change next year. That being said, the movie is coming from a very unlikely source. Blumhouse, the studio behind Paranormal Activity and Sinister, is making a Benji reboot and it is filming right now. The studio also recently announced the cast for the movie, who also have a history with horror flicks.

Deadline is reporting that the cast for the new Benji movie will be headlined by Kiele Sanchez, who is known for her roles in The Purge: Anarchy and the TV series Kingdom. Other members of the cast included Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Will Rothhaar, Angus Sampson and Jerod Haynes. The report also noted that the movie is already in production in New Orleans.

Brandon Camp is taking over the reigns of the franchise from his father Joe,
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‘Benji’ Reboot Sets Cast; Filming Already Underway In New Orleans

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‘Benji’ Reboot Sets Cast; Filming Already Underway In New Orleans
Exclusive: Director Brandon Camp’s retelling of his father Joe Camp’s 1974 Benji movie has unveiled its cast including Kingdom and Purge: Anarchy actress Kiele Sanchez, Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Will Rothhaar, Angus Sampson and Jerod Haynes. Pic, which is already in production in New Orleans, La, also boasts renowned animal consultant Mark Forbes as head trainer whose work has been seen in such movies as We Bought a Zoo, Marley & Me and Dr. and Doctor Dolittle. Also…
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From ‘Master of None’ to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ First-Time Showrunners Make an Impact

From ‘Master of None’ to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ First-Time Showrunners Make an Impact
In the era of peak TV, there’s no single path to becoming a showrunner.

Writers used to work their way up through a system and patiently wait their turn to run their own show. But the proliferation of outlets, increasing demand for bold content, and opportunities to scale a show to specific creative needs have combined to open the door for showrunners of various backgrounds and experience levels.

Six freshman series from the past year made Variety’s TV Producers Impact List with first-time showrunners at the helm: Showtime’s “Billions,” NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” Hulu’s “The Path,” and Wgn’s “Underground.” The only common link among the six is that they don’t conform to traditional notions of TV.

Take “Master of None,” a star vehicle for former “Parks and Recreation” cast member Aziz Ansari, that he created with “Parks” writer Alan Yang. While
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