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Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in ‘Silent Heart’ Remake

Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in ‘Silent Heart’ Remake
Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, and Mia Wasikowska have signed on to star in “Blackbird,” a remake of Bille August’s Danish-language “Silent Heart,” with Roger Michell directing.

Millennium Films is producing the movie. Producers are Sherryl Clark and Millennium’s David Bernardi. Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger are executive producing.

Mitchell will direct from a script by “Silent Heart” screenwriter Christian Torpe. Shooting is planned for August in London.

Keaton will play a terminally ill mother who brings her family together for one last weekend before she commits suicide. Winslet and Wasikowsa will play her daughters.

In “Silent Heart,” released in 2014, the mother was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was planning to pursue euthanasia with the help of her husband at the end of the weekend. But the decision became difficult to handle for the daughters and brought old conflicts to the surface.
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Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Tales From the Loop’

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Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Tales From the Loop’
Amazon has given a series order to “Tales From the Loop,” a science fiction drama from “Legion” writer Nathaniel Halpern. The project is a co-production with Fox 21 Television Studios.

“Tales From the Loop” is based on the art of Simon Stålenhag, whose paintings blend elements of futuristic science fiction with images of rural life in the Sweden.

“Simon Stålenhag’s paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape. We are looking forward to bringing that to life and sharing it with our Prime Video audience,” said Albert Cheng, co-head of television, Amazon Studios.

Halpern will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Sixth & Idaho’s Matt Reeves (“The Batman”), Adam Kassan (“The Passage”) and Rafi Crohn (“The Passage”) will also exec produce. Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”) will direct the pilot and exec produce the series. Mattias Montero, Johan Lindström and Samantha Taylor Pickett
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‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series in Development at Hulu

‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series in Development at Hulu
The planned series based on Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” has been put into development at Hulu, Variety has confirmed.

The Vampire Chronicles” series follows vampire Lestat de Lioncourt who serves as hero, antihero, and narrator. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will produce. The two companies acquired the rights to the books back in April 2017.

Bryan Fuller was previously attached to the project, but exited earlier this year. Rice will executive produce along with her son Christopher Rice, a best-selling writer in his own right, with Christopher having written the original script for the project. David Kanter and Steve Golin
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Batwoman Series in Development at CW

Batwoman Series in Development at CW
Batwoman could soon be coming to the “Arrow”-verse.

Variety has learned that The CW is developing a series about the DC superhero that would debut in 2019 should it get picked up. News of the development comes after the network announced in May that the character would appear in the annual crossover event between four of the CW’s DC shows: “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.”

In the series, Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and
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‘Rugrats’ Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players

‘Rugrats’ Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players
Nickelodeon is reviving the animated kids series “Rugrats” with a 26-episode order and a live-action film from Paramount Players.

Production has already begun on the new series, though no premiere date or cast information has been announced. Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, creators of the original 1991 series, will return as executive producers.

The movie, which is written by David Goodman and described as a “live-action film featuring CGI characters,” is slated for a November 13, 2020 release.

Also Read: Cyma Zarghami Steps Down as President of Nickelodeon Group

Both projects will feature the original characters Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille and Angelica Pickles, as well as introduce new ones. It becomes the latest Nick project to get a revival, following the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” and upcoming “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim” specials.

Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history,
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Blame ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Rise in Nova Scotia Motorcycle Gangs

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Blame ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Rise in Nova Scotia Motorcycle Gangs
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are blaming former FX crime drama “Sons of Anarchy” for the rise in Nova Scotia motorcycle gangs.

“I can tell you that it’s growing, ever since the phenomenon of ‘Sons of Anarchy,'” Constable Scott Morrison of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia told the Board of Police Commissioners during a recent presentation, according to the Star Halifax. “Where that television show has seemed to almost socialize outlaw motorcycle gang life, more people want to join that life, think it’s a brotherhood, think the camaraderie is there, based on the television show, and they’re joining up.”

“People look at that and they think, ‘Oh that’s an attractive lifestyle. They’re making money, riding their bikes, they’re doing this, they don’t have any problems with anyone,'” Constable Mike Carter of the Nova Scotia Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit added.
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‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Stage Musical in the Works
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” film franchise is getting the stage treatment.

The film is being adapted as a stage musical by Blue Spruce Productions.

Blue Spruce, led by Scott Delman, has acquired the live theatrical rights from Alcon Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment — which teamed on the 2005 movie and its 2008 sequel — and will serve as the project’s lead producer.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcon and Alloy maintain the option to invest in and co-produce the stage project. Both companies retain approval rights and will be involved in the development of the play.

The movies starred Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel, who played best friends about to separate for the summer for the first time in their lives. The four decide to share a pair of jeans that fit them all perfectly over the course of the summer. Both pics were based on
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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 to Have Scenes Set During ‘Breaking Bad’ Timeline, Co-Creator Says

‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 to Have Scenes Set During ‘Breaking Bad’ Timeline, Co-Creator Says
Better Call Saul” Season 4 will have its biggest crossover yet with “Breaking Bad,” the AMC series it was spun off from.

Co-showrunner Vince Gilligan divulged that the upcoming fourth season of “Saul” will enter into the “Breaking Bad” timeline. “We have a subplot that very squarely gets into ‘Breaking Bad’ territory and brings us into the world — or at least points us on a path toward the world — of Walter White,” Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. “I can’t wait for folks to see that.”

Gilligan wouldn’t divulge any further details, only saying that the scenes would at least involve Saul. Saul Goodman first appeared in “Breaking Bad” midway through the second season, in an episode aptly titled, “Better Call Saul.”

Also Read: 'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Teaser: Jimmy McGill Starts to Become a Truly Criminal Lawyer (Exclusive Video)

It’s possible that “Better Call Saul” will show
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'My Friend Dahmer' Filmmaker Tackling Tragic Love Story 'All My Life' for Universal (Exclusive)

'My Friend Dahmer' Filmmaker Tackling Tragic Love Story 'All My Life' for Universal (Exclusive)
Marc Meyers, the indie filmmaker behind My Friend Dahmer, is making the jump to studio filmmaking.

Meyers has closed a deal to direct All My Life, a dramatic comedy based on the true story of a couple’s bittersweet love story.

The movie tells of a man from an Asian background and a Caucasian woman who are engaged to be married when the man finds out he has cancer and only a year to live. The two carry on with their plans to marry anyway, vowing to live life to the fullest until his passing.

The story is based on the real-life ...
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Amazon, TF1 Go Behind the Scenes With French World Cup Team (Exclusive)

Amazon, TF1 Go Behind the Scenes With French World Cup Team (Exclusive)
The coaches and players who went on to lift the World Cup trophy for France will be shown up-close in a new documentary project for Amazon and French channel TF1. Superstar soccer players such as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, plus their now-legendary coach, Didier Deschamps, were followed around by filmmakers who embedded themselves with the soon-to-be championship team as the squad prepared for the tournament.

“Les Bleus 2018, Au Coeur de l’Épopée Russe” is the first project from a newly minted documentary division at Federation Entertainment. Already one of France’s best-known producers, the company has specialized in scripted and kids’ fare,
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Yvonne Blake, 'Superman' Costume Designer, Dies at 78

Yvonne Blake, 'Superman' Costume Designer, Dies at 78
Yvonne Blake, designer of the iconic costumes for the 1978 box-office hit Superman, has died. She was 78.

Blake died Tuesday in Madrid, a spokesperson for the Spanish Film Academy told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been the academy's president since October 2016 but suffered a stroke in January.

She shared an Academy Award with Antonio Castillo for the three-hour-plus 1971 costume drama Nicholas and Alexandra, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. "I suppose all one can say is that if it wasn't for the Russian Revolution, I wouldn't be here," Blake said when accepting her award.

Her work ...
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Jim Jefferies Proposes More Modest Patriotic Song in Light of Actual Situation in America (Video)

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Jim Jefferies Proposes More Modest Patriotic Song in Light of Actual Situation in America (Video)
Jim Jefferies thinks it’s kind of weird how much Americans insist the USA is the “greatest country in the world,” and on Tuesday he suggested we adopt a new patriotic song that reflects a more modest reality.

First, he spent some time putting America’s current state of being in context on Tuesday’s episode of Comedy Central’s “The Jim Jefferies Show.” Including the American education rate, health care quality, and obesity levels.

Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Calls Trump 'a Weak Dumpy Stooge' After Helsinki Summit With Putin

“Maybe the most patriotic thing you can do is just lower your standards a bit. The way to make America great is to admit is has flaws,” Jefferies said. “I mean, all you patriots who seem to love this country so much you also hate immigrants, if you don’t want them to come here, stop telling them
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Stan Dragoti, Director of ‘Mr. Mom,’ ‘Love at First Bite,’ Dies at 85

Stan Dragoti, Director of ‘Mr. Mom,’ ‘Love at First Bite,’ Dies at 85
Stan Dragoti, director of “Love at First Bite” and “Mr. Mom,” died July 13 in Los Angeles. His wife Yolanda reported that he died after complications from pneumonia. He was 85.

In addition to rewatching his films such as “Mr. Mom” and “Love at First Bite,” he loved watching his movie “Necessary Roughness,” Yolanda Dragoti said, “Because he loved football.”

“He got me hooked on Turner Classic Movies, we would watch black and white movies all night long,” she recalled. “He was such a history buff, a film buff. I learned so much from him.”

Born in Manhattan, Dragoti was the son of Albanian immigrants.

He attended Cooper Union College and later the Visual Arts College before working at the New York City advertising agencies Young & Rubicam and Mary Wells Lawrence. He partnered with Charlie Moss to create the “I Love New York” tourism campaign.

Dragoti broke into Hollywood by teaming
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‘The Bold Type’ Boss and Star on ‘Normalizing Conversations About Gun Control’

‘The Bold Type’ Boss and Star on ‘Normalizing Conversations About Gun Control’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Betsy,” episode seven of the second season of “The Bold Type,” which aired Tuesday, July 17.

As Kat (Aisha Dee) advises in the latest episode of “The Bold Type”: “I think when you don’t know much about something, you should explore it.” And that was exactly why showrunner Amanda Lasher wanted to talk about gun ownership and gun control in the seventh episode of the second season of the Freeform drama.

“It’s not easy to tell a story about guns, especially right now,” she admits to Variety.
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Watch Troye Sivan, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea in Dramatic ‘Boy Erased’ Trailer

Watch Troye Sivan, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea in Dramatic ‘Boy Erased’ Trailer
Rising pop star Troye Sivan and the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea join Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the emotional new trailer for Boy Erased.

The film is based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name about his experience at a gay conversion therapy program, which he attended at 19 at the behest of his religious parents. The trailer notably features a snippet of a new song, “Revelation,” which Sivan recorded with Sigur Ros’ Jónsi.

Boy Erased stars Hedges as Garrard, while Kidman plays his mother and Crowe his father,
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Film News Roundup: Halle Berry’s ‘Jagged Edge’ Remake Finds Writer

In today’s film news roundup, Sony hires a former attorney to write the “Jagged Edge” script, “Anderson Falls” rounds out its cast, and “Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks” is sold.

Development

Sony is moving ahead with its remake of “Jagged Edge,” hiring attorney-turned-screenwriter Melissa London Hilfers to pen the script for the Halle Berry-starrer.

Doug Belgrad’s 2.0 Entertainment banner is co-financing the film. Belgrad is producing with Matti Leshem. Berry plays a defense attorney in the pic.

The original 1985 thriller “Jagged Edge” starred Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges. Bridges’ publisher character was accused of murdering his heiress wife. Close portrayed the lawyer for Bridges’ character and Robert Loggia was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a private detective.

Hilfers was a litigator for Cravath, Swaine & Moore before becoming a screenwriter. She’s repped by UTA, and Alan Gasmer and Friends. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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Before ‘Eighth Grade': 17 Cringeworthy Moments From Coming of Age Movies (Photos)

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Before ‘Eighth Grade': 17 Cringeworthy Moments From Coming of Age Movies (Photos)
Bo Burnham’s debut feature film “Eighth Grade” is earning acclaim for its realistic and touching portrayal of growing up today. Of course, Burnham’s movie builds on a long legacy of movies that deal with the awkwardness of coming of age, from John Hughes classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles” to more recent successes like “Lady Bird” and “Call Me By Your Name.” Take a look at some of the most cringeworthy moments from these movies below.

The Graduate (1967)

In this classic coming-of-age story from Mike Nichols, Benjamin Braddock (breakout star Dustin Huffman) has a lot of cringeworthy moments with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). In one scene, he confronts his soon-to-be lover about her strange behavior and then delivers the famous line: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me… aren’t you?”

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

This classic (and raunchy) teen comedy took on teenage
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Can ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Repeat Original’s Runaway Box Office Success?

Can ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Repeat Original’s Runaway Box Office Success?
Ten years ago, while “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man” were ushering us into a new age of superhero blockbuster domination, “Mamma Mia!” was waving the flag for Abba fans and mid-budget movies alike. Now Universal is hoping to repeat that success with the new sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

In 2008, “Mamma Mia!,” which was made on a $52 million budget, earned a modest $27 million opening weekend while serving as counter-programming to “The Dark Knight,” which opened the same weekend.

But while Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” film became a cultural phenomenon and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, “Mamma Mia!” quietly endured for two months at the box office, earning over five times its opening with a domestic run of $144 million.

Also Read: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Film Review: Lily James Makes Up for Near-Absence of Meryl Streep

Overseas, the film found even more success in Australia and
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Streaming Subscribers Overtake Pay-tv Customers for First Time in the U.K.

The level to which Netflix and Amazon are redefining the TV picture has hit home in the U.K. as new data from media regulator Ofcom show subscriptions to streaming services outnumbering those to traditional pay-tv for the first time. Pay-tv revenues also dropped for the first time after years of sustained growth, Ofcom said.

The numbers are sobering reading for pay-tv heavyweight Sky and Britain’s other major pay-tv firm, Virgin. A mitigating factor is that Sky itself has a streaming service, Now TV, and Virgin also offers a range of services beyond pay TV. But the inescapable fact
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The Evolution of Denzel Washington, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘The Equalizer 2’ (Photos)

The Evolution of Denzel Washington, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘The Equalizer 2’ (Photos)
Three Oscars, Three Golden Globes, a Tony, and a lifetime of memorable performances. Denzel Washington has proven that he is one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood today. With his latest film “The Magnificent Seven” out and his expecting Oscar-contending film “Fences” coming soon, let’s look back at his long career.

Let’s start with this picture of him as a kid that was used in a Boys & Girls Club of America ad, just to show you he was born with that steely-eyed gaze.

After getting started in Maryland and Off-Broadway theatre, Washington got his first major role on the 80s hit medical TV show “St. Elsewhere” as Dr. Philip Chandler.

In 1987, Washington earned his first Academy Award nomination playing the famed South African activist Steve Biko in “Cry Freedom.”

Two years later, Washington was officially a major star in Hollywood when he won Best Supporting Actor at
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