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Paramount is benching “Team America: World Police.”
While indie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse planned to show Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 puppet satire in place of Sony’s yanked “The Interview,” screenings of the cult classic have now been canceled.
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“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Team America 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today,” Alamo Drafthouse’s theater in Dallas tweeted Thursday.
Additional cancellations of the North Korean-themed comedy were then revealed in other cities, including Atlanta. “Team »
- Debbie Emery
Earlier this year Lupita Nyong'o acquired the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning 2012 novel Americanah, signing on to star as Nigerian émigré Ifemelu, as well as produce along with Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. David Oyelowo has also signed on to star as romantic lead Obinze. The book is divine: beautifully written, emotionally complex, swooningly romantic and often bitingly funny. It's also full of razor-sharp insight on immigration and cultural identity, the shifting concept of home, and blackness in America, Nigeria, and Britain.
The project is guaranteed to be a meaty opportunity for Nyong'o and Oyelowo, but is still several steps away from production. Some questions:
1. Should we worry that the project doesn't yet have a script? I'd say no, in part because of my love for the source material, but largely due to the strength of Plan B producing. They've got a respectable filmography, and the last »
- Margaret de Larios
Here's a new clip from Ava DuVernay's awards season contender "Selma," which Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas day initial limited release date for, followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015. Telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic voting rights struggle, the riveting film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. David Oyelowo leads a cast that includes Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Kent Faulcon, Oprah Winfrey and more, in a film produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Alamo Drafthouse was totally going to show “The Interview,” threats or no threats. But now that Sony Pictures has pulled its Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy completely, the Dallas theater is going with Plan B: a free screening of “Team America: World Police.”
The Texas movie house provided a pretty simple explanation for the substitution via Twitter: “Because America, F Yeah,” it wrote.
Sony yanked the Christmas release — and any possibilities of a future offering — of its newest comedy on Wednesday, »
- Tony Maglio
[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Wednesday's winter finale of The 100.]
Did that just happen?
The 100 said goodbye to one of its main characters in Wednesday’s heartwrenching winter finale – and boy, was it emotional.
For much of the episode, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Co. attempted to find a way to spare Finn (Thomas McDonell), who was wanted for killing more than a dozen Grounders. Clarke never found a feasible Plan B. Instead of letting the Grounders have their way with Finn, she was the one who made the fatal cut –killing him with one stab of the knife in the abdomen.
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“We were trying to figure out the most emotionally impactful way to do it,” The 100 executive producer Jason Rothenberg told ETonline. “Part of the reason that it hit so hard and worked so well was because it happens in the same episode where we do flashbacks that tell you how much of a great guy [Finn] is.”
We've got three new casting stories worthy of your attention. In short: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) will now appear alongside Tom Hiddleston in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' recently retitled Kong: Skull Island. Steven Spielberg's upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg has cast newcomer Ruby Barnhill in the lead role. David Oyelowo (Selma) will join Lupita Nyong’o in Americanah for Brad Pitt's production company Plan B. Hit the jump for more details on this casting news. We'll start with J.K. Simmons in Kong: Skull Island. Deadline broke the news of his involvement, though we're not entirely sure what role he'll be playing, but so far he's the only confirmed cast member other that Tom Hiddleston so one assumes it will be a significant one. Simmons is also hot from Whiplash so I doubt he'd take on a marginal character while his bargaining power is high. The film was retitled »
- Evan Dickson
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2013 novel centres around the epic love story of young Nigerians Ifemelu and Obinze.
When Ifemelu leaves to study in the Us, the pair find themselves separated by geography, tragedy and the passing of many years.
Americanah is yet to announce a director, writer or release schedule. »
He may have had only a brief moment in Interstellar, but David Oyelowo has drawn both praise and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming Selma. He’s now set to star alongside an awards veteran, 12 Years A Slave's Lupita Nyong’o, in indie drama Americanah.Adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah is the story of Ifemelu, her early life in Nigeria, her expatriate experience working in America, and her later return to her home country. It's also a love story between Ifemelu and Obinze (Oyelowo), who she leaves behind in Nigeria while she embarks on her odyssey through American class politics.Adichie's most recent book (following the bestsellers Purple Hibiscus, That Thing Around Your Neck and Half Of A Yellow Sun), Americanah was listed as one of the New York Times' ten best books of 2013, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, »
Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the film along with 2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, and now she's just gained a co-star who has had a hell of a year on the big screen in 2014. Variety reports David Oyelowo, who is getting awards buzz for his turn in Selma, is set to co-star in the story of Nigerian immigrants who face struggles in their love. Here's the official synopsis for the book, named one of the best of the year by New York Times: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, »
- Ethan Anderton
An update on the recent announcement that Lupita Nyong’o had optioned film rights to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel "Americanah"... Today brings word that "Selma" star David Oyelowo, fresh off a Golden Globe nomination, has joined Nyong'o, to star in the film adaptation of Adichie's acclaimed novel. As revealed over the summer, Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle ("12 Years A Slave") is producing the project, with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions partnering with Lupita in securing rights to develop Adichie’s novel. Of course Ms Nyong’o, fresh off her own supporting actress Oscar win for "12 Years A Slave," will star in the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Apparently the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is more interested in peace than war — or in superstars coming to their show. The complete shutout of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (both expected to be Major contenders) were eye openers for the foreign based Globe voters across-the-board dismissal of these two films, set in different wars but depicting iconic true-life American heroes. Throw in another total blank for Sony’s big hope, the very fine Brad Pitt-starring World War II drama, Fury and you have a scenario where the Globes appear to be quite battle weary this season – and not a fan of major studio fare this time around. You have to give credit though to the new direction of the HFPA, under 2nd year President Theo Kingman. The group that was vilified for nominating Jolie’s and Johnny Depp’s critically maligned The Tourist just »
- Pete Hammond
It was a big day for Lady O, as her Martin Luther King, Jr. movie, Selma, racked up eight nominations, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor (David Oyelowo), Outstanding Director (Ava Duvernay), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Oprah and Carmen Ejogo) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Andre Holland and Common).
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"When you look at those people walking over the Edmond-Pattison bridge, some of the people we're honoring here today, and you look at people in peaceful demonstrations all over the country, it feels the »
Now it’s getting busy. Awards season, that is. Judging from the frantic calls trying to schedule interviews and other things as various voting deadlines loom, I would say we are in the thick of it. Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back Monday. SAG nominating ballots go out now, and both key precursor verdicts will be announced next week along with AFI’s annual 10 best list coming out on Monday morning. La Film Critics will be announcing their picks on Sunday, then its the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which wound up predicting every eventual 2013 Oscar winner except Makeup and Foreign Film. There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
[Once again, I'm stuck doing a "Survivor" recap as CNN is showing an American city on the brink of revolt and as my Twitter feed is bursting with well-earned outrage and indignation. It's hard to see much value to this, but here it is.] Pre-credit sequence. Eight are left as the castaways return to camp still shaking from the wild-and-crazy Tribal Council. Reed and Alec make it clear to Keith that he tipped Jon off on their plan and was responsible for all of the ensuing chaos. Ego temporarily vanquished, Alec is sad and disappointed. "Oh, there's nothing worse than angry girls," Reed warns them. Over with the girls, Natalie is gloating that she told Jon to play the Idol, saving the day, with Jaclyn trying to take some responsibility as well. Jon insists he was going to play it, which is pretty clearly a lie. Natalie's ticked off with Jon. And speaking of Jon demanding credit for everything, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Related Walking Dead Midseason Finale Post Mortem: [Spoiler] Sounds Off on Killer Twist — ‘I Did Not See It Coming’
“In the letter column of the comic book that I do, I mentioned that there was a possibility early on about making Daryl Dixon’s character gay,” Kirkman explained. “I just wanted to clarify that the »
Warning: The following Q&A contains major spoilers from Sunday’s Walking Dead. Proceed at your own risk.
But only one of the women — professional death-cheater Carol — left the hospital with a pulse.
Sadly, Beth — played by series regular Emily Kinney — was shot to death by the hospital’s self-appointed dictator Dawn before she made it out of the building. Daryl, in turn, whacked Beth’s murderer in retaliation.
Below, an emotional Kinney — who got choked up several »
It’s official: The TV gods have been good to us in 2014.
With the creative comeback of two favorites (Homeland and Revenge), an actual Comeback revival, mercy on The Walking Dead and the return of 24, TVLine has a lot to be thankful for this year. As if that weren’t enough, we’re also grateful for the small screen’s superhero trend — we fell for The Flash in, well… — Parenthood‘s swan song, Once Upon a Time‘s bonding moments and much more.
With this morning’s release of the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, one more piece of the eventual Oscar puzzle is in place, and, as expected, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma and increasingly Whiplash — which all landed Best Feature and Directing noms — seem to be headed toward the same trajectory at the Academy Awards. And although the Indie Spirits announcement is one of the earliest of the season, the actual awards themselves are one of the latest, taking place February 21, the day before the Oscars. There generally is a lot of bleed-over from one to the other, even though Oscar nominations won’t be out for a couple of months and — unlike the Indie Spirits, which supposedly limit eligibility to only films made for $20 million and under — the Academy has everything to consider and more time to do it.
For instance, Sony Pictures Classics had a very good day with a whopping 15 nominations, »
- Pete Hammond
Updated: Following the film's gasp-inducing Australian premiere, "Unbroken" director Angelina Jolie is back in Los Angeles, finished filming "By the Sea" with Brad Pitt and ready for awards season (Pitt is a producer onboard "Selma," picking up Oscar steam). "Unbroken" has started screening for critics but remains under embargo until December 2, at which point we will finally know whether it's simply an Oscar-maybe, or genuine Academy Awards material. If both "Selma" and "Unbroken" get Best Picture nominations, and both get credit from the Producers' Branch as producers ("Selma" boasts six, while "Unbroken" has four), they might be the first married couple ever to compete against each other. It's rare in any category, because so few women are nominated. If Pitt makes the cut as producer, it would mark back-to-back Best picture nominations for him and Plan B's Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner. If »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Look, I know my job doesn’t involve digging ditches under a burning summer sun or tightrope-walking between Chicago skyscrapers like Nik Wallenda. But that doesn’t mean recapping The Good Wife‘s current sixth season hasn’t been a seriously harrowing experience.
I mean, I didn’t think I was embarking on the long, lost Season 7 of HBO’s Oz, and yet now it looks like sweet, pale Cary Agos is just a few days — or maybe minutes — away from fighting for his life in the mean prison yards of the Illinois penal system. I never even watched the pilot of Boardwalk Empire, »
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