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Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies

Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies
Danny Leiner, the director of stoner comedies including “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” has died.

Leiner passed away late Thursday night, an individual close to Leiner told TheWrap.

Producer Ross Putman, who produced the 2014 “The Young Kieslowski” with Leiner, announced Leiner’s passing on Facebook.

“Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process,” Putman wrote. “And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished–which he helped champion for years.”

A graduate of Suny Purchase, Leiner’s first feature film was the 1996 comedy “Layin’ Low,” starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. His next feature “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 with Ashton Kutcher
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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’

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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’
Aunt Jackie is in the mood for romance!

Matthew Broderick has been cast as Peter, a new love interest for Laurie Metcalf’s character, on “The Conners,” an ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday. The actor will be making his debut on the “Roseanne” spinoff during the Halloween episode, which airs Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

But before Broderick comes to Lanford, another big guest star will be stopping by, and he’s bringing by a romantic partner too. Yes, Tuesday’s episode, titled “Tangled Up in Blue,” will see the previously-announced return of Johnny Galecki, Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert’s) ex David, who is coming back with new girlfriend Blue (Juliette Lewis).

Justin Long will also recur as Darlene’s new beau, so, drama, drama, drama afoot for the whole Conners family.
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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M

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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M
Friday AM Update after Thursday night Exclusive: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $7.7M in Thursday night previews which began at 7PM, at 3,200 venues, still a fantastic result for a horror pic even though our estimates overshot. Last night’s take bests The Nun‘s $5.4M preview and it’s just under the $8M of Paranormal Activity 3‘s midnight previews. Given the funky, front-loaded nature of horror movies –they don’t exactly leg out like superhero ones– makes this a tricky one to peg in regards to how high it will go. Already we were hearing that advance ticket sales today are enormous, and that’s after last night’s show. We heard there were presales in certain multiplexes that are beating It‘s sales. Already, Fandango reported that Halloween is the best horror pre-seller of the year, well ahead of The Nun.

Should Halloween follow a
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020
Disney has moved “Jungle Cruise,” the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starring vehicle, back nine months to July 24, 2020.

Disney also unset an untitled Marvel movie that was previously set for one weekend after “Jungle Cruise’s” new date on July 31, 2020. “Jungle Cruise” was previously dated for October of 2019.

Dwayne Johnson also tweeted the announcement for the film’s new date, promising an “adventure of a lifetime.”

It’s Official – July 24th, 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.

My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for The Adventure Of A Lifetime.

All aboard…????@DisneyStudios Jungle Cruise

???? ????????❤️???? pic.twitter.com/DNTnqSb3QD

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018

Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) is directing the film based on the Disney World ride, which takes guests on a tour of the rivers,
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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10 Finally Begins Production

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Well this is prettay, prettay, prettay good news: Filming has finally begun on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10.

HBO confirmed to TheWrap production started Friday, 10 months after the premium cable network announced the Larry David-led series had been renewed. No plot details or premiere date was given for the return of the "Seinfeld" co-creator’s neuroses-laced program.

David’s comedy was renewed for a tenth season by HBO last December, with production set to begin in spring 2018 and a yet-to-be-determined debut date yet given. Obviously, something stalled filming for a bit, but hopefully that doesn’t mean you’ll be waiting six years for another season of "Curb" again.
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Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters

Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters
Cate Blanchett came to the Rome Film Festival on Friday to participate in a “Close Encounter” discussion with the fest’s artistic director Antonio Monda.

Blanchett talked about her life’s work, joking that she had to act to find Brad Pitt sexy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and admitting that she was so nervous to receive a phone call to work with Martin Scorsese in The Aviator, that she accepted the role without even understanding that she had committed to play Katharine Hepburn.

When looking at footage from Todd Haynes’ Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel about ...
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‘Halloween’ Stalks ‘Venom’ and October Box Office Opening Record

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‘Halloween’ Stalks ‘Venom’ and October Box Office Opening Record
It was just two weeks ago that “Venom” set a new October box office record for the biggest opening weekend with $80 million. Now, Michael Myers might slice that record to pieces as Universal/Blumhouse’s “Halloween” is closing in on a $80 million record.

After making $Tk million on Friday from Tk screens — including $7.7 million from Thursday previews — early estimates have the sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher earning a $79 million opening. Impressively, unlike “Venom,” “Halloween” is reaching that figure without the extra bump of premium formats like IMAX. If Saturday results can beat expectations, it may be able to crack the $80 million mark.

Even if it doesn’t, this will be by far the best opening weekend for a Blumhouse release, topping the $52.5 million for “Paranormal Activity 3.” The film has earned a B+ on CinemaScore to go with its 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and is expected to leg
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See ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, the Lonely Island Sing ‘Fat’ in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Clip

“Weird Al” Yankovic performed his hit “Fat” with the Lonely Island on the most recent episode of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

The master satirist is joined by Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer in singing the 1988 Michael Jackson parody, one of a handful of tracks Yankovic and the Lonely Island crooned during their voyage. While Samberg serves as the driver for the episode, that didn’t stop him from joining Yankovic and his Lonely Island band members in dramatically singing “Fat” to one another.

“Sitting next to you while you did ‘Fat,
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Watch Wu-Tang Clan Unite for ’36 Chambers’ Tracks on ‘Kimmel’

Watch Wu-Tang Clan Unite for ’36 Chambers’ Tracks on ‘Kimmel’
The Wu-Tang Clan stormed the stage for the closing night of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Brooklyn residency, where the hip-hop collective delivered a pair of tracks from their classic 1993 LP Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Despite some recent bickering among Clan members, the Kimmel performance marked a near-complete reunion for the rap group: The RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Gza, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and, in place of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the rapper’s son Young Dirty Bastard.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough debut album,
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Ellie Kemper’s Irreverent New Book Tracks Her Missteps and Misadventures in Hollywood

Ellie Kemper’s Irreverent New Book Tracks Her Missteps and Misadventures in Hollywood
Ellie Kemper isn’t trying to change the world, but she’s hoping her new book will change your mind about ice cream, at the very least. The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actress is hitting the road this month in support of her debut work, “My Squirrel Days,” which tracks the Missouri native’s journey from awkward adolescence to Emmy-nominated star.

Framed around a series of personal anecdotes and essays, publisher Scribner says “My Squirrel Days” is a “funny, free-wheeling tour” of Kemper’s life. Rather than write a traditional memoir or advice book, Kemper says she wanted to release a
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Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights

Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights
At France’s 10th Lumière Film Festival, Jane Fonda received on Friday night a Lumière Award, presented by filmmaker Costa-Gavras. Earlier, she gave a masterclass to a packed house at Lyon’s Théâtre des Célestins, speaking with Institut Lumiere director and Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux. Here are some of the highlights, translated from French, which Fonda speaks better than she says:

Are you happy with the idea of being a star?

Yes… (pause) I’m stupid, but I’m not crazy. There are people outside who want my autograph. But what does it mean to be a star? On the top of hills and mountains there are antennae. They’re called repeaters. They repeat the signals, the voices of those living in the valleys below – who can’t go across the mountains. I think that stars have the same role. To be like antennae at the top of the mountain
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Charles S. Cohen on the Lumière Festival, Buster Keaton, the Cinema Experience

Charles S. Cohen on the Lumière Festival, Buster Keaton, the Cinema Experience
Lyon, France – Attending the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon for the first time this week, Charles S. Cohen, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, praised the event and its International Classic Film Market (Mifc).

A producer and distributor of independent and arthouse films and the biggest distributor of French films in the U.S., Cohen Media Group also releases restored and re-mastered editions of classic films through its Cohen Film Collection, which includes the Merchant Ivory library and the Buster Keaton catalog.

In town for the Festival premiere of his documentary, “The Great Buster,” directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Cohen described the market as “specialized and highly focused, which is really appealing to me because it allows me to focus on what we take great pride in, acquiring and licensing these wonderful film assets that are really the DNA of Cohen Media.”

The company partnered with the Festival this year
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Malavida Looks to Event Distribution with Jerzy Skolimowski

Malavida Looks to Event Distribution with Jerzy Skolimowski
At Lyon’s Lumière Festival to present “Walkover,” and “The Departure,” Jerzy Skolimowski will be the subject of a five-film tribute at the Cinématheque Française’s Toute La Mémoire du Monde Festival as event distribution emerges ever more as one of the biggest hopes for the classic film business.

Titles screening at the Toute La Mémoire du Monde Festival, which runs March 2019, take in two films from Skolimowski’s raved-about 1960s Polish quartet: 1964 feature debut “Identification Marks: None”; and “Walkover,” with Skolimowski playing a young boxer facing a big fight.

Also in the tribute: 1982’s “Moonlighting,” with Jeremy Irons, decanted by The New York Times to be one of the best films ever made about about exile. It was inspired by the declaration of martial law in Poland in December 1981 but ready for the Cannes Festival where it won bests screenplay in May 1982.

Completing the tribute is 1967 Berlin Golden Bear Winner “The Departure,
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Netflix Cancels ‘Luke Cage’ After Two Seasons

Netflix continues to prune its Marvel properties as, a week after the streaming service canceled Iron Fist, they announced Friday night that Luke Cage would not return for its third season.

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series,” Netflix and Marvel said in a statement (via Variety).

“A lot memories.
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See Blondie Guitarist Chris Stein’s Love Letter to Seventies New York

“I hope I’m able to give a sense of what the vibe was like in New York in the Seventies,” Blondie guitarist Chris Stein says of his new photo book, Point of View: Me, New York City and the Punk Scene, due out Tuesday. “It’s not that long ago, but it seems like a long, long time.”

Chock full of black & white photos of the five boroughs that date back to the late Sixties, the book reflects Stein’s early interest in photography when he was a student
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Creepy 'Halloween' Opening Scene Was Added Late in the Game

Creepy 'Halloween' Opening Scene Was Added Late in the Game
[This story contains minor spoilers for Halloween]

Halloween features one of the more arresting opening sequences of the year, and it only happened thanks to the tight purse strings of budget-conscious producer Blumhouse.

The scene shows a team of British podcasters (Rhian Rees and Aaron Korey) visit Smith's Grove Sanitarium in hopes of landing an interview with Michael Myers, the famed serial killer who hasn't spoken a word since being locked up forty years ago. The audience sees Myers, chained up and standing in the sanitarium's checkerboard-patterned yard. Soon one of the podcasters holds out Myers' mask, and the ...
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Colbert: If Trump Wants Women to Vote Republican He Should Maybe Stop Insulting Them (Video)

Colbert: If Trump Wants Women to Vote Republican He Should Maybe Stop Insulting Them (Video)
Stephen Colbert began his monologue on “The Late Show” Friday night by reminding viewers that the show will be doing a rare live broadcast on the night of the midterm elections on Nov. 6, before sliding into a look at what exactly might be the downfall of Republicans in the House of Representatives.

“Everybody is excited the midterms are 18 days away. Eighteen days away right now. I am giddy with deep concern, because this is America’s first real chance to wash the taste of Trump’s victory out of our mouths,” Colbert joked, grimly. “It’s dark. It’s a dark, earthy taste. It’s mushroom-y, even. It’s really not a great taste. Rinse twice.”

Colbert then noted why things look optimistic for the Democrats.

Also Read: Seth Meyers Returns to 'SNL' Weekend Update, Colin Jost Blames Him for Trump Presidency (Video)

“If the Republicans do lose the House of Representatives,
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Wide Rolls Out Jean-Luc Godard Classics, Takes ‘Versus,’ ‘La Mala Noche’ (Exclusive)

Wide Rolls Out Jean-Luc Godard Classics, Takes ‘Versus,’ ‘La Mala Noche’ (Exclusive)
Jean-Luc Godard, the subject of a film showcase at this year’s Lumière Film Festival in Lyon that includes his latest film, “The Image Work,” remains a hot commodity for Paris-based sales group Wide.

The company, which is attending the fest’s International Classic Film Market with a strong heritage film lineup, recently signed a number of new deals for Godard’s 1962 drama “Vivre sa vie” in major markets in Asia. Wide sold the newly restored 4K version of “Vivre sa vie,” which stars Anna Karina, to Japan’s Zazie Film and Alto Media in South Korea as well as to the China Film Archive.

“We see that the Asian market is really looking into the classics,” said Maxime Montagne, Wide’s head of business affairs and acquisitions, noting that China in particular is looking to put together a catalog of important classics.

The China Film Archive also picked up
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With ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ Canceled, Is Netflix’s Marvel TV Universe Falling Apart? (Commentary)

Friday was a big day for Netflix and Marvel with the 12 a.m. release of the third season of their flagship series, “Daredevil.” But the mood was soured somewhat when it was announced before the day had even ended that “Luke Cage” would not be returning for a third season.

That’s huge news, since Luke and Iron Fist make up half of Marvel and Netflix’s ambitious attempt to do on the small screen with “The Defenders” what it did on the big one with “The Avengers.” And it leaves me wondering a lot about the future — and fate — of the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First, there’s the matter of timing — the frankly wild decision to make this announcement on the launch day for “Daredevil” season 3.

Also Read: Wilson Fisk Gives a Very Trump-esque Speech in 'Daredevil' Season 3

It’s been four months
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