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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)
After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s tweets from nearly a decade ago came to light. The so-called joke tweets, about pedophilia and rape, were recently resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread, especially from the “Guardians” cast. Cast members including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana asked for Gunn
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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment
Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the…
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to back four months to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday
Crazy Rich Asians” is on track for a dazzling debut.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy is expected to generate $5.3 million on Wednesday, according to early estimates. If projections hold, “Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a weekend total of $19 million and a five-day tally of $27.5 million-plus. Some tracking predicts the movie, which carries a $30 million price tag, could top $30 million over the five-day period.

That should easily be enough to top the domestic box office over fellow weekend openers, Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” and Sony Pictures Releasing-Studio 8’s “Alpha.”

Jon M. Chu directed the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling book of the same name. It stars Constance Wu as an NYU professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. While overseas, she meets his parents and finds out his family is, you know, crazy rich. Gemma Chan,
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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87

Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87
Morgana King, who is best known for her role as Marlon Brando’s wife in The Godfather, has died.

News of King’s passing broke Tuesday but the actress died on March 22 in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 87 according to the Washington Post.

The star had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Riverside Country coroner’s office told the Washington Post.

In addition to her appearances in the famed film and a number of other movies, King was a jazz singer.

She performed in a variety of nightclubs for over 50 years and recorded a little over
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film

Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film
There are two words that will make any “RoboCop” fan, like me, suddenly have faith in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp reboot/sequel — Peter Weller.

For those not familiar with one of the greatest films of all time (you read that right), “RoboCop” stars actor Peter Weller as the titular character, aka Alex Murphy. And if you consider every remake, spin-off, and sequel to the original Paul Verhoeven classic, the quality of the film is equal to the amount of Peter Weller on display.

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Sarajevo Film Festival Signs Gender-Parity Pledge

The Sarajevo Film Festival has signed the 5050×2020 Charter, the latest festival to adopt the plan for narrowing the gender gap.

Organizers in Sarajevo said the move was the festival’s “contribution to the establishment of gender parity and inclusion in the film industry.” Sarajevo director Mirsad Purivatra signed the charter Wednesday.

First introduced this year in Cannes, the charter contains several pledges, such as compiling gender-based statistics on the films submitted and selected for participation and having an equal share of women in managerial positions at festivals.

A large crowd of directors, actresses, jury members, producers and other film industry workers gathered Wednesday on the red carpet in front of Sarajevo’s National Theater in a show of support for the move as well as for the high representation of women in all segments of the festival.

The festival said it was joining the effort for full equality by 2020 and
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Alibaba Pictures to Promote 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout' in China

Alibaba Pictures, the film financing and production arm of Jack Ma's Alibaba Group, is gearing up to give Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible — Fallout a muscular marketing push in China.

The company inked a deal some time ago with Paramount, boarding the film as both an investor and local marketing partner.

Fallout has already earned $457 million and counting worldwide, and it's set to open in China, the world's second-biggest film market, on Aug. 31.

Alibaba says it will be giving the film broad support with both digital and in-theater promotional campaigns, as well as supporting ticket sales ...
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Wong Kar-wai Hires Virginia Leung for Film Sales Role

Wong Kar-wai’s Block 2 Distribution has appointed Virginia Leung, a veteran of the Hong Kong movie business, as its head of international sales.

The company has recently taken a sales role on Pema Tseden’s “Jinpa,” which has its world premiere in the Horizonte section at the Venice festival. That will be followed by the film’s North American launch in Toronto.

The company is also handling international rights to the Jingle Ma-directed mainstream action film “Euro Raiders.” The film stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who for decades was represented by Wong’s Jettone company. The film releases this week in China.

For the past nine years, Leung had been head of sales at Distribution Workshop. She left earlier this year when the firm relocated from Hong Kong to Taiwan. In her new role, Leung will remain based in Hong Kong.

Prior to that, Leung began her sales career with
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‘The Daily Show': We Don’t Need an N-Word Tape When Trump’s Said ‘S— Like This’ For Years (Video)

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‘The Daily Show': We Don’t Need an N-Word Tape When Trump’s Said ‘S— Like This’ For Years (Video)
Roy Wood Jr. doesn’t care if Omarose Manigault-Newman is telling the truth when she says she’s heard a tape of Donald Trump saying the N-word.

“You don’t need to wait for a secret tape to prove Trump is racist. He’s been saying s— like this in public for years,” Wood told Trevor Noah on Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show.”

Wood said what worries him is “whenever Trump crosses a line, it only emboldens people to follow.”

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“The last thing we need is his supporters hearing him say the n-word,” Wood said. “I guarantee you when these Trump supporters hear that, they’re gonna turn Maga hats into Naga hats.

“Wait, N—- America Great Again? I don’t think that works,” Noah interjected.

“No, you’re saying that wrong,
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T.J. Miller Denies Former ‘Silicon Valley’ Co-Star Alice Wetterlund’s Bullying Claims

T.J. Miller Denies Former ‘Silicon Valley’ Co-Star Alice Wetterlund’s Bullying Claims
Former “Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller is defending himself against claims from his co-star Alice Wetterlund that she was subjected to bullying on the set by him and the rest of the mostly male cast.

Wetterlund, who played engineer Carla Walton for two seasons on the HBO series, last month described her experience on the set as “kind of a nightmare.” In a series of tweets, Wetterlund wrote that the cast members who, in her eyes, enabled Miller’s “petulant brat” behavior can “f— off forever.”

During an interview on SiriusXM’s “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts” show, Miller attributed her
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Rare Guitar Signed By Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant Up for Charity Auction

Rare Guitar Signed By Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant Up for Charity Auction
Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Robert Plant are among the all-star cast of 75 living musicians whose signatures grace a rare guitar that is currently up for a charity auction taking place through Thursday. The lot benefits UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit launched by the Who‘s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend that provides support and resources to teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

Brian May, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash, Don Everly, Elvis Costello, Donovan and Dion also signed the handcrafted acoustic guitar,
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Virginia Leung to Head International Sales at Wong Kar Wai’s Block 2

Wong Kar Wai’s Hong Kong-based Block 2 Distribution has appointed industry veteran Virginia Leung as head of international sales.

Prior to joining Block 2, Leung was a director of Distribution Workshop, which she joined in 2008. She had been in charge of the sales of films including Tsui Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain, Ann Hui’s The Simple Life, and Dante Lam’s Operation Mekong. She left the company when its international operation moved to Taiwan earlier this year.

Starting her career in sales in 1995, Leung has previously worked for Media Asia, Universe Films Distribution, and Mandarin Films.

Leung will ...
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Reality TV Personality Lyric McHenry Found Dead at 26

Reality star Lyric McHenry was found dead on Tuesday in New York City, according to a law enforcement report obtained by CNN. She was 26.

A statement from the New York Police Department described that a “26-year-old woman was found early Tuesday morning unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the sidewalk in the vicinity of Undercliff Avenue and Boscobel Place, within the confines of the 44 Precinct.”

There were “no obvious signs of trauma observed,” the statement continued. “Ems responded to the location and transported the aided female to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.”

According to the New York Times,
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Laurel Canyon Music Doc ‘Echo in the Canyon’ to Open La Film Festival

“Echo in the Canyon,” a documentary on the Laurel Canyon music scene, is set to open the La Film Festival on September 20. Andrew Slater’s film about artists including the Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and the Mamas & the Papas will screen at the Ford Theater.

“I’m so proud to be opening the festival with a love song to Los Angeles via Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon,” said Jennifer Cochis, festival director. “We are committed to showcasing documentaries, and premiering this work at the Ford Theatres to be followed by a live musical performance is going to be a once in a lifetime experience.”

The festival will feature premieres of films including “Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl,” “Good Girls Get High,” “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” and Roger Michell’s “Tea With the Dames,” featuring Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith.
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Bella Swan’s House From ‘Twilight’ Is Up for Sale

Bella Swan’s House From ‘Twilight’ Is Up for Sale
There may have been plenty who were bitten by “Twilight” fever, but it takes a serious fan to cough up the $349,000 listed for the house featured in the fantasy film series.

If you’re dedicated enough, you can reside in the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property that protagonist Bella Swan called home. Listed by Sotheby’s International Real Estate, the house was built in 1935 and is located in St. Helens, Ore., and was used as the filming location for many scenes in the film series, which was set in Forks, Wash.

The “Twilight” saga, first a book series, garnered legions of passionate fans who rooted for the forbidden relationship between Kristen Stewart’s Bella and Edward Cullen, an immortal vampire played by Robert Pattinson. The movie series based on the books generated a cumulative $3.3 billion worldwide.

The 2,506 sq. ft. white house boasts a vintage charm, with the original stone fireplace in the
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