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Will Ferrell joins Netflix for a comedy movie based around the Eurovision Song Contest

Will Ferrell is set to become the latest A-list comedy actor to lead a Netflix feature film, having signed on to star in Eurovision for the streaming service.

Ferrell will also write the movie, based around the Eurovision Song Contest, with fellow Saturday Night Live alum Andrew Steele. His regular collaborator Adam McKay is on board as an executive producer.

Deadline broke the news of the movie, which they speculate might be a deliberate attempt to appeal to an audience outside of the USA. It is obviously those in Europe who will be more familiar with the eponymous competition.

Ferrell’s move to Netflix puts him into the same area as the likes of Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, who have found the streaming service to be a lucrative home for their work.

R-rated comedies in Hollywood have struggled for box office dollars in recent years, so it’s understandable
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Chris Pratt Gets Existential About God and Poop in MTV Movie & TV Awards Acceptance Speech

Chris Pratt Gets Existential About God and Poop in MTV Movie & TV Awards Acceptance Speech
Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award at Monday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, a well-timed honor before “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” claws into theaters this weekend. Still riding high from his role in $2 billion spring juggernaut “Avengers: Infinity War,” Pratt wrote not just a speech but a mini-manifesto that segued from spiritual to scatological and back again.

In between takes at the ceremony — held Saturday night at Santa Monica, Calif.’s Barker Hangar — host Tiffany Haddish even joked, “I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to go to Pastor Chris’ church.”

On hand at to present Pratt’s Golden Popcorn trophy was his former “Parks and Recreation” wife, Aubrey Plaza, and current co-star in the “Jurassic World” franchise, Bryce Dallas Howard. His predecessors include Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, and the “Fast & Furious” ensemble, who shared the 2017 title. Below, read the nine life rules he
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Critic Firing Back: We’re not to blame for mediocre reviews

Tom Jolliffe looks at when filmmakers hit back at critics for mediocre reviews…

Not for the first time and not for the last, a Hollywood star, in this case Mindy Kaling, has accused specifically male reviewers (and even more specifically white male reviewers) of being unfairly biased against her film. There have been an array of negatively reviewed films in the last few years and directors, stars, producers of these films have hissed like cats and scratched back at the critics. They’ve even gone as far as blaming critics for poor box-office numbers.

Rotten Tomatoes as a review aggregator has come in particularly for a lot of vitriol. In the case of Ocean’s 8 which apparently champions the female cause (and that of diversity too) it actually got predominantly favourable reviews. 68% is fairly middling but not to be sniffed at these days, and additionally it’s performed reasonably at the box office.
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Luis Gerardo Mendez Joins Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston in 'Murder Mystery' (Exclusive)

Luis Gerardo Mendez Joins Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston in 'Murder Mystery' (Exclusive)
Nabbing his first English-language role, Luis Gerardo Mendez, one of Mexico’s biggest stars, has joined Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Netflix whodunit Murder Mystery.

Kyle Newacheck, who recently helmed the action comedy Game Over, Man! for Netflix, is directing the feature, which also has Luke Evans in the cast.

The script by Jamie Vanderbilt (Zodiac, White House Down) centers on a NYC cop (Sandler) that finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip when a chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the super yacht of ...
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation gets a new poster

Following a batch of character promo images for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation [check them out here], a new poster has arrived online for the upcoming animated comedy sequel ahead of its release next month featuring Drac, Mavis, Johnny and the gang; take a look here…

See Also: Trailer and images for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship,
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation cast pose with their characters in new promo images

With a little over a month to go until Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Sony Pictures has released a batch of promotional images for the upcoming animated monster movie sequel which sees the voice cast posing with their characters; check them out here…

See Also: Trailer and images for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship,
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12 Takes on Annecy 2018

Annecy, France — France’s Annecy Festival, the world’s biggest animation meet, opens its doors June 11. Here are 12 takes on this year’s edition, and the state of the animation business:

1.Annecy Breaks Attendance Records, Again

This will be the largest Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival ever. One week out, accreditations for its Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa) were tracking 16% up vs. 2017, at 3,500. That’s the biggest attendance, and the biggest’s growth in attendance, on record, said Mifa head Mikaël Marin. Total Annecy attendance – festival guests, students and Mifa participants – was 10% up on last year’s 10,000, another historical record. Quaint, fairy-tale-like town it may be. But in numbers, Annecy is not much smaller than, say, MipTV, thanks of course to a much larger festival.

2. Animation Biz Drivers

So what else is new? Annecy has grown every single year since at least the turn of the decade, said Marin. Various
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Luke Evans joins Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery

Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) has signed on to star alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Netflix’s upcoming comedy Murder Mystery.

The film is being directed by Kyle Newacheck (Workaholics) from a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), and sees Sandler as a New York cop who takes a trip to Europe with his wife (Aniston). On their travels, they are invited to an intimate family gathering on the yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince, and when he is murdered the couple become the prime suspects.

Evans is currently starring in the TV series The Alienist, and has several features on his upcoming slate include Luc Besson’s Anna, the horror Ma, and thriller Angel of Mine, the latter of which is currently in production.

Via Deadline

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Luke Evans Will Join Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in The Netflix Comedy Murder Mystery

Luke Evans has been cast in the upcoming Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Netflix comedy Murder Mystery. The movie comes from Kyle Newacheck (Workaholics), who is set to direct the film from a script by James Vanderbilt.

Up until this point, all we knew about the story was that Sandler plays a New York cop who finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip. Now, thanks to Deadline, we have some new information on the story. While on the flight to Europe, they meet a mysterious man (Evans) who invites them to an intimate family gathering on the super yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. "When Quince is murdered, the couple become the prime suspects in a modern-day whodunit."

This will be Adam Sandler’s sixth movie with Netflix and it reteams him with Aniston after they co-starred in the 2011 comedy Just Go With It. I hope that
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Celebrity Death Hoaxes: 53 Famous People Who Were Reported Dead… But Weren’t (Photos)

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Celebrity Death Hoaxes: 53 Famous People Who Were Reported Dead… But Weren’t (Photos)
Will Ferrell

A fake press release posted on the iNewswire Web site in March 2006 claiming that Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident in Southern California when a wind gust caused him to lose crash into trees.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake

As a joke, two Dallas jockeys claimed a car accident took the lives of pop stars perished, who were dating at the time. “The first thing I did was call Britney,” Timberlake told ABC News in 2001. “Since the beginning, [when] people knew about our relationship, there’s always been things that have been said that were totally not true, but this just, like, took it to a whole ‘nother planet.”

Avril Lavigne

Rumors began circulating in April 2003 that the “Complicated’ singer killed herself after her grandfather’s death. In recent weeks, Twitter gave new fuel to that fire, igniting a conspiracy theory that the Lavigne known today was actually look-alike singer Melissa Vandella.
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Luke Evans Is The Man In Netflix Comedy ‘Murder Mystery’

Luke Evans has been set to co-star in Murder Mystery, the comedy toplined by Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston that is in the works at Netflix. Workaholics hemler Kyle Newacheck is aboard to direct the script from James Vanderbilt. Sandler plays a New York cop who finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip. But a chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the super yacht of elderly…
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Luke Evans Joins Jennifer Aniston in Netflix Comedy 'Murder Mystery'

Luke Evans Joins Jennifer Aniston in Netflix Comedy 'Murder Mystery'
Beauty and the Beast actor Luke Evans will join Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in Netflix comedy Murder Mystery.

The feature follows a New York City cop (Sandler) as he finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip. A chance meeting on a flight with a mysterious man (Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, the couple become the prime suspects in a modern-day whodunit.

Kyle Newacheck (Game Over, Man!) is directing from a script by White House Down writer James Vanderbilt.

Evans, who ...
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Chris Rock to Obamas: "Make Your Money," but Not on Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama's new deal to produce for Netflix has at least one longtime supporter a tad perturbed.

"I don't want to live in a world where President Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score," says Chris Rock, who two years ago signed a reported $40 million deal with the streamer for a pair of stand-up specials and who recently starred opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix film The Week Of.

"I want him above that at all times. Make your money, but I don't want [him] to be involved with that."...
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‘Action Point’ Review: The Most Painful Thing Johnny Knoxville Has Ever Inflicted Upon Himself or His Audience

‘Action Point’ Review: The Most Painful Thing Johnny Knoxville Has Ever Inflicted Upon Himself or His Audience
Johnny Knoxville may be one of the world’s foremost scholars of self-inflicted pain, but he’s never subjected himself (or us) to anything even half as excruciating as “Action Point,” a dismal new comedy that will leave you longing for the relative artistry and sophistication of the “Jackass” glory days. Because, as much as this might look like a “Jackass” movie — as much as it might provide a ridiculously great premise for a “Jackass” movie — this joyless aberration is most definitely not a “Jackass” movie. It feels generous to call it a movie at all.

The basic idea should have been a total slam dunk. Inspired by New Jersey’s famously dangerous “Action Park,” a deathtrap that was forced to close when the owners were buried in an avalanche of personal injury lawsuits, “Action Point” was never going to be anything more than a masochistic playground built on top of a flimsy plot.
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‘The Kissing Booth’: Netflix’s Teen Comedy Sensation Is Sexist and Outdated — Review

Netflix might be trying to corner the market on big-budget spectacles from some of Hollywood’s hottest names — from the $90 million “Bright” to its multi-picture deal with Adam Sandler and Martin Scorsese’s much-hyped “The Irishman” — but the streaming giant has quietly planted its stake in a less ambitious place: romantic comedies. So far this year, Netflix has released six original films that are classified as rom-coms, with at least three more on the way before the year closes out. And it’s on to something here: 2017’s “A Christmas Prince” was such a smash hit for the outfit that it has already prepped a holiday sequel.

Netflix’s newest hit-in-the-making, “The Kissing Booth,” is kicking up similar attention. Unfortunately, the high school-set rom-com is a sexist and regressive look at relationships that highlights the worst impulses of the genre. Netflix isn’t new to the sub-genre of teen rom-coms,
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Henry Winkler on Navigating Hollywood for Decades

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features intimate interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s most exciting awards races, and valuable acting and career advice from contenders! Henry Winkler has been one of the most beloved presences on and off the small screen for almost half a century. As his “In the Envelope” interview makes clear, he’s as delightful as he is wise; if you’re looking for actorly inspiration, you’ve come to the right podcast. Born and raised in New York City and earning his theater training at the Yale School of Drama, Winkler eventually was launched into superstardom in Garry Marshall’s ABC sitcom “Happy Days,” where he starred for years opposite Ron Howard in the iconic role of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, “The Fonz,” the coolest guy on TV. As he describes it,
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The Little Vampire review – toothless family fare

This clunky digimated version of Angela Sommer-Bodenburg’s stories favours zappy distraction over nuance

German author Angela Sommer-Bodenburg’s tales of a pint-size bloodsucker have already generated one half-term timekiller, a Europuddingy live-action adaptation of 2000, chiefly of note for being directed by Christiane F’s Uli Edel. Eighteen years on, there follows this similarly cross-continental digimation, attempting to monetise whatever brand awareness the books have among a new generation, and – more specifically – steal a commercial march on Adam Sandler’s third Hotel Transylvania offering.

Its generically designed, jerkily swaying characters are only the most visible sign we’re in the hands of algorithms, not artisans. The one boon it might offer accompanying adults is a certain pace. It takes under 80 minutes for undead Rudolph (voiced by Rasmus Hardiker) and mortal Tony (Amy Saville) to forge the friendship that sees off ruthless vamp hunter Rookery (Jim Carter). Directors Richard Claus and
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Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro to Star in Netflix Political Comedy ‘First Ladies’

Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro to Star in Netflix Political Comedy ‘First Ladies’
Following a competitive bidding war, Netflix has acquired the hot package “First Ladies,” with Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro attached to star.

The political comedy is being written by Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, based on their original pitch. The story follows America’s first female president (Aniston) and her wife, the first lady (Notaro). When Beverly and Kasey Nicholson move into the White House, they’ll prove that behind every great woman… is another great woman.

Notaro, Allynne, and Aniston are producing along with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, and Betsy Koch for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Chris Henchy is exec producing.

The package expands Notaro’s relationship with Netflix, as her original comedy special “Tig Notaro Happy to Be Here” will debut on the streaming service on May 22. Notaro is also set to direct Ellen DeGeneres’ upcoming Netflix original comedy special.

As for Aniston, the pic marks her second recent collaboration with the studio,
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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Says He’s Spent ‘About $2 Million’ on Drugs in His Career – ‘Easily’ (Video)

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Says He’s Spent ‘About $2 Million’ on Drugs in His Career – ‘Easily’ (Video)
“Crazy,” indeed. Steven Tyler joined James Corden Thursday night for a gross game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” when the Aerosmith frontman revealed that he’s spent “about $2 million” on drugs in his career — adding, “easily.”

“I snorted half of Peru,” the singer and father of actress Liv Tyler said to avoid eating head cheese.

That was the very first question of the game.

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Then it was Corden’s turn. Handed a shot glass full of Vienna sausage juice, the “Late Late Show” host was asked to spill his guts about how much he got paid to do a private “Carpool Karaoke” recently.

“Somebody got in touch with me,” the mortified Brit responded. “I did a private ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for somebody’s birthday. And there is just no way in
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CBS Chief Reveals Reason Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Was Canceled After Just Two Seasons

It seems Kevin Can't Wait. The CBS sitcom starring Kevin James was recently canceled by the network after just two seasons — and now fans of the series want to know exactly why. "The numbers," Kelly Kahl, the CBS Entertainment president, told Deadline in a new interview. "It was a strong show for us, it’s had a lot of decline this year, it was heading in the wrong direction. The numbers were going down as the year went on and looking forward, it didn’t look like a show that was going to be strong enough to anchor a night for us going forward." Kevin Can Wait made headlines after Season 1 when it fired Erinn Hayes, who played Kevin's wife, Donna Gable, on the series. As part of the plot, Donna died, leaving behind her husband and three children. However, the series never really explained how, which left many fans
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