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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72

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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72
Vinny Vella, known for his roles in the 1995 film Casino and HBO’s The Sopranos, among others, has died. His family shared the news on Vella’s Facebook page. Vella died Wednesday from liver cancer. He was 72.

“We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself,” the Facebook statement read. “Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen.”

The statement continued, “Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying – ‘Who’s better than you?’ Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!
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'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release. At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’
Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in Sony’s “Journal for Jordan,” a drama that will be directed by Denzel Washington.

The movie, penned by “Mudbound” screenwriter Virgin Williams, is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son, Jordan, while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was just seven months old, but his spirit lives on in his messages of love to Dana and Jordan.

Jordan will also produce through his Outlier Society banner, while Washington and Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will also produce.

Jordan garnered critical acclaim for portraying the tormented villain Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” the first Marvel movie to score a best picture Oscar nomination. He most recently starred in “Creed II,
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‘The Competition’ Review: A Fascinating Look Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Film School

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‘The Competition’ Review: A Fascinating Look Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Film School
Every year, more than 1,000 wide-eyed wannabes stream through the gates of France’s most exclusive film school, desperate to earn a coveted spot at the famed La Fémis (aka Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son). The odds are not in their favor: Only 60 students are accepted to each class, and those who matriculate are scattered across a variety of disciplines that range from directing and screenwriting to movie theater management.

Rejected candidates are allowed to submit two more times, but the strict age limit — 27 — is one of many respects in which the four-month process is more reminiscent of “American Idol” than it is American academia. The chosen few, on the other hand, are hardly guaranteed success, but they’re invited into a remarkable band of insiders that counts the likes of Claire Denis, Alain Resnais, Céline Sciamma, and Andrzej Żuławski amongst its ranks.

Would those
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” flew to $3 million at about 3,200 North American location on Thursday night.

The figure doubled the preview gross for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which pulled in $1.5 million two weeks ago on Feb. 8.

Universal has predicted an opening weekend for “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — somewhat shy of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made $43.7 million for Paramount, and 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which earned $49.4 million for Fox. The third entry in the franchise is the first DreamWorks Animation title being released by Universal since it acquired the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion.

Other tracking services have estimated that “The Hidden World” could pull in as much as $50 million in its first three days of release. The animated adventure has already earned $181 million since beginning its international rollout in January.
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The Best TV Shows to Binge and Where to Watch Them – February 2019

The Best TV Shows to Binge and Where to Watch Them – February 2019
Whether the polar vortex has passed or not, it’s still pretty cold as winter hasn’t lost its grip on America yet. This makes for the perfect time to cosy up indoors and catch up on overdue TV viewing now. With this time of relatively fewer premieres – but really, TV is year-round now – it’s time to revisit shows you’ve forgotten or those that may have fallen through the cracks altogether.

What you binge now could be an opportunity to prepare you for some of the bigger premieres coming in the spring or fall. This could mean returning shows like the final season of “Jane the Virgin” or the triumphant return of “The Expanse,” which was canceled by Syfy and saved by Amazon. No, the streaming service has not announced a premiere date yet, but it’s best to be prepared.

Also, with so many platforms and more than 500 scripted shows,
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Brie Larson Clarifies ‘Captain Marvel’ Inclusivity Statements: “No one is getting their chair taken away.”

The saying, “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression,” applies a lot these days, but it feels especially–and unfortunately–relevant in the conversations around “Captain Marvel.” Star Brie Larson has made reasonable and refreshing calls for inclusivity in the press access around the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, which some dudes have taken (wrongly) to mean “no white men” allowed in the club house–a club house that they’ve guarded for, oh, pretty much the entire history of film journalism.

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New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ride Title and Opening Date Revealed

We’ve known a new ride is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort for some time now, and some exciting new details have been made official. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the title of the most highly-themed coaster yet, and it’s due to open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park on June 13, 2019. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure replaces the Dragon Challenge coasters in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade area at Islands of Adventure. Dragon Challenge was, of course, a retrofitted ride that existed …
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Trailer Round-Up: ‘Ami’, ‘Wrestle’, ‘Chasing Bullitt’, ‘Discarnate’, ‘Boo!’, ‘Every Time I Die’, ‘Combat Obscura’

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If a trailer for a Marvel movie, or a film about wars in the stars, pops up, we tend to devote a whole post to it. But sometimes, trailers for small films need love to. That’s where a trailer round-up comes in handy. Below, catch trailers for Ami, Wrestle, Chasing Bullitt, Discarnate, Boo!, Every Time I Die and Combat Obscura. Ami What […]

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Woody Allen Sets Return: Director Preparing New Movie to Be Shot in Spain

Woody Allen Sets Return: Director Preparing New Movie to Be Shot in Spain
Woody Allen is reportedly in development on his next feature and is partnering with his “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight In Paris” producer Mediapro. As reported by The New York Times, the upcoming Allen movie is in the early stages of pre-production. Allen will shoot the movie in Spain. Local newspaper El País reports that location scouting has already taken place in the Basque city of San Sebastián.

A Mediapro spokeswoman confirmed to The Times that Allen is already working on the film. Mediapro could not confirm any other details. IndieWire has reached out to the company and Allen’s representatives for further details. When asked by The Times why it was working with Allen, the Mediapro spokesperson cited the company’s long-standing relationship with the writer-director.

“We have a 10-year relationship with Mr. Allen and, like all projects we produce, we judge the creator by its work,” the company said.
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‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Review: A Big, Broad, Charming Caper

More interesting perhaps than Whiskey Cavalier itself is how hard ABC is pushing this series hoping for a hit. They might get it. The show has a charming cast, flashy action set-pieces, and a breezy premise. Sure, it inspires some eye-rolls and makes some bad choices, but there’s also a bomb concealed in a tampon package and frankly, that’s something new. There isn’t much else that’s new about Whiskey Cavalier, which feels retro in both good …
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The Rom-Com Is Dead. Long Live the Rom-Com (Column)

The Rom-Com Is Dead. Long Live the Rom-Com (Column)
The romantic comedy as we’ve known it may well be on its last legs. There is now a whole generation that sees through its synthetic stylings and princess fakery — and, more than that, feels fundamentally insulted by them. Yet “Isn’t It Romantic,” the beguiling meta version of a kitschy-koo romantic comedy, proves (among other things) that Rebel Wilson is a total movie star, and it demonstrates how it’s possible to sustain the battle-weary, peeling-paint rom-com form for at least one movie: Skewer it, bury it, throw dirt on it, and resurrect it, all at the same time.

In “Isn’t It Romantic,” Wilson plays an anxious cynic named Natalie who has grown up watching romantic comedies and rejects every one of their bubble-brained lies. She ticks them off for us, and the film’s pop!-pop!-pop! puncturing of rom-com conventions is drolly satisfying. But it’s
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6 Burning Oscars Questions: From Netflix’s Best Picture Hopes to Marvel’s Awards Ambitions

6 Burning Oscars Questions: From Netflix’s Best Picture Hopes to Marvel’s Awards Ambitions
The 91st Academy Awards are just four days away.

This year’s broadcast, the first in decades without a host, should be a memorable one. For once, comic book movies such as “Black Panther” have been invited to the party and the crop of best picture contenders includes a number of blockbusters such as “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” That’s a change from past telecasts in which awards were frequently handed out to movies that were critically beloved, but little seen. It’s also the first time that Netflix, the streaming giant that’s upending the way people watch movies, has a chance to capture the top honor. The company enters the fray with 10 nominations for “Roma.”

Here’s a look at some of the big questions gripping the movie business as Hollywood gears up for awards night.

1. Can Netflix win the big prize?

The streaming giant
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Final Oscar Predictions 2019: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

I’ve been covering the Oscars professionally for nearly a decade now, and this is hands down the wildest season I’ve ever been a part of. I’m used to close calls between a couple of contenders and smear campaigns that can bring certain films down. But this has been a loud, contentious race that is quite frankly all over the place. Best Picture is pretty much wide open after the various guilds failed to coalesce behind one, two, or even three major contenders, and we’re dealing with an Academy whose voter demographic is in the midst of …
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‘Leaving Neverland’ Review: This Gut-Wrenching Documentary Will Completely Change the Way You Think of Michael Jackson

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Review: This Gut-Wrenching Documentary Will Completely Change the Way You Think of Michael Jackson
For those of us who grew up in the era of Michael Jackson, the rumors were rampant. The tabloids dubbed him “Wacko Jacko”, and speculation ran wild. His odd persona, his changing skin-tone, his aloofness. Who was this man-child superstar? And why did he have such an obsession with children? Children followed Jackson everywhere – […]

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‘Under the Skin’ Director Jonathan Glazer Stuns With Skydiving Apple Ad — Watch

‘Under the Skin’ Director Jonathan Glazer Stuns With Skydiving Apple Ad — Watch
Later this year “Under the Skin” will mark its sixth year since its world premiere at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, and to cinephiles’ disappointment writer-director Jonathan Glazer has not released a directorial effort since then. Fortunately, Glazer returned this week with a brand new commercial touting the Apple Watch. The advertisement is only one minute long, but it’s got enough jaw-dropping visual bravado to tide over “Sexy Beast,” “Birth,” and “Under the Skin” fans over until Glazer’s next feature.

Glazer’s Apple Watch ad stars world champion indoor skydiver and air dancer Inka Titto. The premise of the commercial is relatively simple: Titto is out for a run using her Apple Watch to map out her route and the device takes her from mountainsides to an exhilarating free fall in the sky. Glazer was a regular in the commercial and music video world prior to directing feature films.
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Lupita Nyong’o Is Reportedly Being Courted For Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Bond 25’

The Oscar curse has taken down the careers of many a talented actor after they take home the statuette, but Lupita Nyong’o is certainly not among them. After winning an Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave,” the actress joined two blockbuster franchises in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and Marvel‘s “Black Panther.” Now, she may be adding a third series to her already stellar resume.

Continue reading Lupita Nyong’o Is Reportedly Being Courted For Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Bond 25’ at The Playlist.
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Late Night TV Eviscerates ‘Green Book’ for White Savior Narrative Before the Oscars — Watch

Late Night TV Eviscerates ‘Green Book’ for White Savior Narrative Before the Oscars — Watch
With the 2019 Oscars just days away, late night television programs “Desus & Mero” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” aren’t hiding their shade for Peter Farrelly’s nominee “Green Book.” Both programs aired critical takes of the divisive race relations drama during their February 21 episodes. While “Desus & Mero” took more overt shots at “Green Book” with a parody entitled “The Greenest Book,” both hot takes called out the film’s white-savior narrative and how that storyline has long appealed to the white male-dominated Academy.

Green Book” is nominated for five Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Viggo Mortensen, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. The drama won the Producers Guild of America prize, which has made it a leading contender for Best Picture against Netflix’s “Roma.” Ali is currently the frontrunner to win the Best Supporting Actor prize.
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Inside the 2019 Oscar Parties

Stars party all around Hollywood before, during, and after the Oscars. Here, Variety hits the town to give you the inside scoop on all the star-studded soirées. Keep checking back throughout the weekend for the latest updates…

Variety x Armani Beauty Makeup Artistry Dinner

Sunset Tower, Los Angeles, Feb. 20

Variety and Giorgio Armani Beauty honored makeup artists Molly Greenwald, Patrick Ta, Nick Barose, Beau Nelson, and Tim Quinn during an intimate dinner and presentation. Olivia Munn began working with Ta after discovering him on Instagram. She credited him as one of the few makeup artists who knows how to work with her multi-ethnic features. “As soon as we saw each other, we were like family,” Munn said.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was on hand to toast Barose, who approached the actress after seeing her picture on a poster for her star-making film, 2013’s “Belle.” “I was like, ‘I want to work with her,
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Steve McQueen says he was 'disturbed' by Liam Neeson's revenge comments

‘You never know what’s in people’s minds,’ says director who recently worked with Neeson on Widows

The film-maker Steve McQueen has said he was disturbed by Liam Neeson’s comments about seeking vengeance on a black person after the rape of a friend.

The actor, who starred in McQueen’s film Widows last year, said that as a young man, he had wanted to kill a black person after someone close to him told him said she had been attacked by a black man.
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