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First Reactions To Aquaman Footage At CinemaCon Call It Epic And Fun

After gearing up with a couple of films apiece over the past two years, the DC Extended Universe is slowing down in order to work out the best path for the future. However, we still have one movie to look forward to in 2018: Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis in his first solo outing.

Pegged for a release this December, James Wan’s standalone (and sub-aquatic!) adventure is undoubtedly one of the most hotly-anticipated comic book releases of the year that doesn’t have the word ‘Avengers’ in the title. And though fans were beginning to grow concerned by the radio silence, Warner Bros. finally showed off some footage earlier tonight at CinemaCon.

At this point, it’s unclear whether or not those of us at home will get a chance to see what was on display – we imagine we won’t – but as we wait
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Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.

Castings

30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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China’s Huading Awards to Return to Los Angeles

China’s Huading Awards will be held in Los Angeles for the third time, in June this year.

The fan-voted awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 19 at The Wiltern. It is the 24th edition of the show, and the ceremony’s third visit to Los Angeles, after previous stops in 2014 and 2016.

The ceremony will honor celebrities in the areas of film, television, music, and more. Categories include best actor/actress in film, best actor/actress in a TV series, best male/female singer, and best director, with separate awards for Chinese and global films.

“Since the beginning, our goal has been to bridge the gap between the Chinese and American entertainment industries. Returning to Hollywood for this show is an important step towards that goal, as the Huading Awards continues to expand its global presence.” said awards founder Wang Haige.

The prizes are awarded following a competition based on public opinion surveys.
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions
Oscar perennial Meryl Streep may be out of the Best Actress contention this year, but she’s got two Supporting Actress possibilities with sequels “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Other Oscar favorites will turn up in supporting roles this year, from Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”) and Kathy Bates as activist attorney Dorothy Kenyon in “On the Basis of Sex” to Saoirse Ronan as the daughter of Annette Bening in a new film take on Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Also going period is British actress Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in “The Favourite.” Amy Adams and Vera Farmiga play political wives Lynne Cheney (“Backseat”) and Lee Hart (“The Front Runner”) respectively, while Amy Ryan and Nicole Kidman are the mothers of troubled sons in “Beautiful Boy” and “Boy Erased.”

Remember, no film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.

Frontrunner

Lupita Nyong
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After ‘I Feel Pretty’ Disappoints, What Should Amy Schumer Do Next?

After ‘I Feel Pretty’ Disappoints, What Should Amy Schumer Do Next?
Amy Schumer is undeniably funny, so why have her two latest films underperformed?

The comedian’s third starring vehicle “I Feel Pretty,” written and directed by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, launched to a soft $16 million last weekend. It’s not a disaster, but it does represent Schumer’s lowest opening for a film yet.

“In terms of her career trajectory, it’s been a declining scale,” box office analyst Jeff Bock said. “It’s a matter of her finding her feet. She’s relatively new on the scene.”

The comedian made her film debut alongside Bill Hader in 2015’s hit “Trainwreck.” The incisive rom-com, written by Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, bowed with $30 million and went on to earn $110 million. That’s an impressive tally, particularly for a genre that has struggled to live up to the glory years of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts. Audiences were familiar
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
At this point, many are ready to hand the Oscar to “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan, given Killmonger’s status as the most layered Marvel villain thus far.

While last year brought the battle of the mothers at the Oscars, a series of fathers could compete in 2019. Matthew McConaughey plays the father of the youngest FBI informant ever in “White Boy Rick.” Steve Carell is the beleaguered dad of a young drug addict (Timothée Chalamet) in “Beautiful Boy.” In “Boy Erased,” Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are the Baptist parents of an outed gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who battles his conversion therapist (writer-director Joel Edgerton).

It will be the battle of the Scorsese vets in “The Irishman,” as Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino vie for supremacy in more ways than one.

Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell could be back in the race as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s “Backseat,
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far
Big Little Lies” was supposed to be a miniseries; it wasn’t supposed to return for a second season. But it proved to be such a big hit that HBO just couldn’t let it go.

After much speculation and a triumphant awards season, HBO made it official and ordered another seven episodes full of mom drama, lies (of all shapes and sizes) and stunning beachfront property.

Since the first season covered the entirety of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, little is known about the direction the second season will take or how the show will build upon the already-told story. But with the series currently in production, we do know some of what “Big Little Lies” Season 2 will look like. Here’s everything we know so far.

Also Read: First Look at Meryl Streep on 'Big Little Lies' Season 2, Courtesy of Nicole Kidman (Photo)

1. Most of the cast is returning

As executive producers in addition to their on-screen roles, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were the first announced to return to Monterey, but they were followed by nearly all of the show’s original cast.

Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz will also star in the second season, and they’ll be joined by Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Iain Armitage, Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Sarah Sokolovic and Merrin Dungey.

2. Even Alexander Skarsgard

Skarsgard’s character Perry, the abusive husband of Kidman’s Celeste, died at the end of the first season, but according to TV Line, he is still expected to appear “in some capacity.”

When asked about the report by People, the actor replied, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not.”

Also Read: Laura Dern Shares On-Set Photo From 'Big Little Lies': 'Madeline and Renata Are Back' (Photo)

3. Newcomers include Meryl Streep and Bonnie’s parents

As though a second season pick up wasn’t surprising enough, “Big Little Lies” shocked everybody when it announced its newest cast member: Meryl Streep.

For the first time on television since 2003’s “Angels in America,” the three-time Oscar-winner will play Perry’s mother Mary Louise Wright, who arrives in Monterey over worry about her mourning grandchildren.

Kidman shared the first photo of Streep in character (complete with one hell of a wig) on Instagram:

First day on the set with Meryl and “my” darling boys! #BigLittleLies

A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman) on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:00am Pdt

And though Kravitz’s character Bonnie saw her role reduced from the book in Season 1, it seems like Season 2 will take a deeper dive into her backstory.

Weeds” alum Martin Donovan and “In the Heat of the Night” star Crystal Fox have signed on to recur in the upcoming episodes as her parents, Martin and Elizabeth, though further character and plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.

Also Read: HBO Exec Apologizes for Saying Network Was 'Raped' by 'Big Little Lies' Cast Negotiations

4. Here’s what the other characters will be up to

Much of the plot remains unknown — as the show will go beyond its source material in Season 2 — but the episodes will be written by showrunner David E. Kelley and are partially based on story by Moriarty herself.

HBO has teased some of the season’s arcs in character descriptions, which you can read below:

Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright: Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.

Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie: Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family.

Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman: While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy.

Laura Dern as Renata Klein: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage.

Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson: Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past.

Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright: Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.

Adam Scott as Ed Mackenzie: Ed is forced to confront major challenges in his marriage to Madeline.

James Tupper as Nathan Carlson: Nathan copes with a complicated turn of events in his marriage and with his eldest daughter Abby.

Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein: Gordon faces the consequences of a big mistake and risks losing everything along the way.

Iain Armitage as Ziggy Chapman: Ziggy starts second grade and continues to be the light of Jane’s life.

5. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman got big pay bumps to return

Because the show was conceived as a miniseries, HBO did not have options for the cast beyond the first season. And, as The Hollywood Reporter reported in January, landing deals for the cast to return came at a steep price for the network.

Witherspoon alone, whose producing slate has exploded in recent months with high-profile projects at Apple and now Hulu, is earning “in the $1 million-an-episode ballpark” for the second season, along with fees for serving as an executive producer and points off the backend. Kidman, also an executive producer, is said to have a similar deal.

That led to a brief controversy for the network when an HBO exec said the company had been “sort of raped” financially by the negotiations, comments for which she later apologized.

6. David E. Kelley will write the show; Andrea Arnold will direct

As noted above, Kelley will write and executive produce the second season, as he did the first. But Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée (who retains an Ep credit) will be replaced by Andrea Arnold.

Arnold won an Academy Award in 2005 for directing the short film “Wasp” and has since gone on to direct a number of acclaimed films including “Red Road,” “Fish Tank” and a 2011 adaptation of “Wuthering Heights.”

Her most recent film, 2016’s “American Honey,” took home the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was hailed by critics as the film that proved Arnold to be one of the industry’s best working directors.

7. It will probably premiere in 2019

HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed in an interview with THR in January that with filming on “Big Little Lies” beginning in March, the show would not be back on the air in 2018.

So fans will have to wait until next year to watch Season 2, along with the final run of “Game of Thrones” and the long-awaited third season of “True Detective.”

8. There’s a dog, and he has great hair

Look at him!

Introducing Jolly. He has the best hair of all the cast !! #BigLittleLies @nicolekidman @hbo

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Nicole Kidman Was Just Named One of the World's Most Influential People

Honestly, is there anything Nicole Kidman can't do? She's (deservedly) won accolade after accolade for her portrayal of Celeste Wright, as well as her role in producing HBO's mini-series Big Little Lies, and now she's winning global praise for her support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements by Time magazine. Releasing their annual top 100 list of their most influential people, Nicole joined the likes of Cardi B, Gal Gadot, and Hugh Jackman on the esteemed list. This comes as no surprise to us — we've known all about Nicole's starpower for decades. But ever-so-humble Nic doesn't claim all the credit for her success — specifically the success of Big Little Lies. Nicole as Celeste in Big Little Lies. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) While recently opening up to The Australian Women's Weekly, the 50-year-old mom-of-four credited her producing partner Reese Witherspoon for being the ultimate wingwoman in Hollywood. "I called Reese
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Chevy Chase Reportedly Lost 110 Pounds After Gastric Bypass Surgery — See Photos!

We're seeing less of Chevy Chase these days — not just because the National Lampoon and Community star's on-screen roles have become scarce in recent years, but because he has lost a lot of weight. In fact, one report has claimed the 74-year-old actor has shed 110 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery, and new photos of Chevy seem to corroborate that assumption! According to Radar, Chevy once weighed 300 pounds but has lost more than a third of that weight through a combination of surgery and rehab. "He went to rehab for the second time to deal with his alcoholism," a source told the site. "The word is he also went in for gastric bypass to limit the food he eats." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The insider continued, "Slowly but surely, the pounds melted away, and he lost 110 pounds. It's true he's looking slimmer than he has in decades. Getting sober was key.
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10 Celebs Who Insulted Ellen De Generes On Ellen

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Ellen Degeneres? This hilarious, outspoken talk show host is beloved by tons of fans, but not by everyone. Even some people who appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show could barely contain their dislike of Ellen. Wendy Williams is constantly competing with Ellen for daytime ratings, and that might just explain their awkward encounter on television. Priyanka Chopra and Ellen started out having great banter, until Priyanka inadvertently insulted Ellen with an offhand comment. Giada De Laurentiis was supposed to teach Ellen and Nicole Kidman how to cook, but she spent more time mocking their dishes than instructing. Jennifer Lawrence not only managed to insult Ellen with her anti-lgbt comments, but many fans as well. Gospel singer Kim Burrell’s comments made Ellen cringe so badly that she uninvited her from appearing on her show as a musical guest.
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"Aquaman" - Leaked Set Footage

Take a look at leaked footage from the set of the DC Comics adaptation "Aquaman", starring Jason Momoa, that "...is going to look very different," according to director James Wan. "It will feel very different, aesthetically, tonally...story-wise...":

"Justice League was only a weekend in Arthur Curry’s life," said Momoa, who plays 'Arthur Curry', the 'Aquaman'.

"This is a totally different beast. In 'Aquaman', you see when his parents met and what happened to them.

"Then the little boy being raised and finding his powers and going through that and never being accepted on either side. And then becoming this man who puts up all these walls.

"You just slowly see this man harden up and be completely reluctant wanting to be king and not knowing what to do with these powers he has..."

"Aquaman has been the joke of the comic book world,
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Jordan Peele Honors Guillermo del Toro in Time 100 Essay: ‘To Watch His Masterpieces Is an Experience in Wonder’

Jordan Peele Honors Guillermo del Toro in Time 100 Essay: ‘To Watch His Masterpieces Is an Experience in Wonder’
Time Magazine has announced its picks for the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, and included among the group is this year’s Oscar winner for Best Director, Guillermo del Toro. “The Shape of Water” visionary is honored by fellow Oscar winner Jordan Peele in the magazine. The “Get Out” writer-director praises del Toro as the “auteur whom artists adore” in a short essay.

“To watch one of Guillermo’s masterpieces is an experience in escapism and wonder,” Peele writes. “To gnaw on the totality of his work reveals an obsession with the eternally forbidden romance between beauty and beast.”

“Guillermo is in love with monsters and lives to show us that we are too,” he continues. “With each fable he weaves, he pushes us closer to acceptance of a primal truth: that we each have a deep connection to the spectrum of otherness.”

Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water
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Roseanne, Gal Gadot, Cardi B and Jimmy Kimmel Make Time's 100 Most Influential List

Roseanne, Gal Gadot, Cardi B and Jimmy Kimmel Make Time's 100 Most Influential List
Can you hear her laughing gleefully already? Roseanne Barr, who recently made a TV comeback with a rebooted, ratings-topping Roseanne, has made Time magazine's 2018 100 Most Influential People list, which was revealed on Thursday. Joining her are the likes of fellow celebs such as Israeli actress and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Cardi B, actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish, talk show host Jimmy KimmelJennifer LopezNicole KidmanHugh JackmanThis Is UsSterling K. Brown and Stranger ThingsMillie Bobby Brown. Barr, aka simply Roseanne, is historically one of the most outspoken and controversial...
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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ansel Elgort

Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ansel Elgort
Tribeca Film Festival may not rival the bidding wars of Sundance or studio tentpoles at SXSW. But it has cornered the market on cast reunions and Q&A sessions. This year is no exception, as the festival has lined up the makers of “Schindler’s List” (including Steven Spielberg), “Scarface” (Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer) and conversations from Bradley Cooper and John Legend. And then there are the movies playing throughout Manhattan, from April 18 through 29. Here are nine titles that could break out on the indie scene.

Mapplethorpe

The Crown” star Matt Smith trades Buckingham Palace for the world of Bdsm with a turn as Robert Mapplethorpe, the famous photography who drew acclaim and provoked controversy for his graphic depictions of underground sex. The film covers Mapplethorpe’s rise from the outer edges of New York’s arts scene to the center of high culture, ending with his tragic death
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Suri Cruise Is Old Enough to Understand Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' Divorce

She's getting older and wiser! Suri Cruise turned 12 years old this month, and that marks the fifth birthday that she celebrated without her father, Tom Cruise. Little Suri has been primarily raised by her mom Katie Holmes ever since her parents divorced in 2012 and now that the preteen isn't a little girl anymore, she's really come to terms with her family's dynamic after her parents' split. "She’s obviously old enough to understand what divorce is, and has to have accepted the fact that she’s in a single-parent family," an insider revealed to In Touch. While it's heartbreaking that Tom has not been a part of Suri's life for five years, that wasn't always the case. Tom was a doting daddy ever since he welcomed his first child with Katie, and he would gush about his little girl any chance he got. It seemed like he was willing to
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Nicole Kidman to Star in Adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s “The Female Persuasion”

Kidman in “Big Little Lies”

Another Meg Wolitzer adaptation is on the way, and this one is headed by Nicole Kidman. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Oscar winner’s production company, Blossom Films, is joining forces with producer Lynda Obst to develop a feature based on Wolitzer’s latest novel, “The Female Persuasion.” Kidman is attached to topline the pic. Upcoming Glenn Close-starrer “The Wife,” set to bow August 3, is also based on one of Wolitzer’s novels.

Released on April 3, “The Female Persuasion” “centers on a shy college freshman named Greer who hopes her life is changed by Faith Frank, a central pillar of the woman’s movement for decades,” EW summarizes. The New York Times best-seller has received strong reviews.

Kidman just won two Emmys for starring in and exec producing HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriaty’s best-selling novel “Big Little Lies.” The murder mystery is
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Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman All Smiles Together Before Acm Awards

The Australian couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were seen together for the Academy of Country Music Awards. Read: Oscars 2018 Best Dressed Slideshow The actress posed alongside her husband before stepping inside for the ceremony. She wore a custom-made all-gold metallic Michael Kors Collection dress sparkled in the light. The dress featured long sleeves and draped all […]

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Kelsea Ballerini Learned This Piece of Marriage Advice From Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Kelsea Ballerini Learned This Piece of Marriage Advice From Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
To be young and in love. Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans are opening up about their lives as newlyweds following their December nuptials in Mexico. Plus, the couple is also revealing the advice that their friends Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban gave them on how to have a healthy relationship, one that can overcome the work-related separation that often comes along with the life of a country star. In an interview with Elite Daily, Ballerini said that part of that advice is having a "two-week rule," meaning that the couple never goes more than two weeks without seeing each other, as Nicole and Keith do. "Instead of going home, I'll fly to him or vice versa. But this is definitely the year of putting in...
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James Wan Explains Why We Shouldn’t Worry About Aquaman Reshoots

Though reshoots are completely normal for most big budget blockbusters, the term takes on a new meaning when it comes to the Dceu – and understandably so. But in the case of Aquaman at least, there’s most likely no reason to worry, as with so long to go before the film hits theaters, WB ordering up a bit of additional photography shouldn’t raise any alarms.

After all, we’ve heard some pretty good things coming from recent test screenings, with only one report pointing to a few minor issues that can easily be fixed up with a round of reshoots. Especially one that’s taking place well in advance of release. And so, the fact that Aquaman is indeed heading back in front of the cameras shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Still, that hasn’t stopped the usual rumors from cropping up online and here to
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General Hospital's Chloe Lanier Reveals the Last Time She Wore a Fake Baby Bump it Didn't End Well! (Exclusive)

It’s probably going to be a while before Chloe Lanier has her own child, but she’s very comfortable playing alter ego Nelle’s pregnancy on General Hospital because she’s had a baby bump before. No, not in reality — when she played homewrecker Penny on the Lifetime series Army Wives! And not only did the actress wear a baby bump, she died in it, too! “It was a real prosthetic bump that Nicole Kidman had worn in a movie,” Lanier told Soaps In Depth. “I felt so cool! They also gave me two little cutlets and a huge push-up bra. I’ve never had [large breasts] and never will, so it was a journey. It was weird — and hilarious!” However, when her Army Wives character met her final fate in a car accident, it was no laughing matter. While Penny perished, her baby miraculously survived through some emergency surgery. “They only had one belly,
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