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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage

Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage
Will Smith’s take on a beloved Disney character came into focus on Tuesday, during the studio’s presentation to U.S. movie theater owners at CinemaCon.

Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff showed exhibitors a behind-the-scenes package from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live adaptation of “Aladdin” — the first time anyone has seen Smith step into the role made famous by the voice work of Robin Williams.

“To state the obvious, no one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” Taff said.
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Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo
It looks like we may be seeing more young Han Solo showing up in the future. Alden Ehrenreich is set to portray the legendary smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which arrives in theaters next month. While there are a lot of questions marks about that movie specifically and the future of the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is prepared to bring Ehrenreich back as Han Solo, as the actor has confirmed he has a three movie deal with the studio.

Alden Ehrenreich has some very big shoes to fill. Really, it's hard to imagine bigger shoes to fill than taking up the mantle of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, but that's what the 28-year-old actor has on his shoulders. In a recent interview leading up to the release of Solo, Ehrenreich was asked about his deal with Lucasfilm. He was clearly a bit unsure if he was supposed to
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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red

Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red
According to a new rumor, Disney is developing a new live-action Snow White spinoff film called Rose Red and they are looking to cast Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in the lead role. It seems like another role that she would be perfect for.

The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later moments of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.

This is definitely an interesting and fresh cinematic approach to taking on the classic fairytale. There's no director attached to the project yet, but apparently, the studio is currently on the hunt for one.
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at CinemaCon that the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on Christmas 2019. He also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will return to reprise his role and Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are also expected to return but that hasn't been confirmed.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a huge success for Sony Pictures. It's made over $956 million dollars, and it recently became Sony's highest grossing domestic release of all time beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Audiences loved this movie and the studio betting that they will all return for a sequel. The upcoming film is already in development and is being written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. There's no director attached to the film yet, but Jake Kasdan directed the Welcome To The Jungle film. I imagine the studio will try to bring the director back on board if they can.
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50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle

50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle
Updated: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony Crackle, the streaming network announced along with other news from its upfront presentation.

According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.

The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes
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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks
Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Also Read: Tina Fey to Host 'SNL' Season Finale

Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'

Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio, taking the stage together tonight at Caesars Palace's Colosseum in Las Vegas, teased exhibitors about their controversial new movie set in the 1960s when the Manson murders rocked Hollywood.

Tatarantino promised that the film is "probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done," referring to his breakthrough 1994 film.

"Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting stars dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford," he said of DiCaprio and co-star Brad Pitt," said Tarantino. "It's very hush hush and top secreat. But I can tell you that Once Upon a...
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Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad

Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad
Bruce Campbell is hanging up his chainsaw for good. According to the actor, he’s retiring from playing Ash vs Evil Dead‘s Ash Williams – a character he’s played on and off again for almost 40 years. When word broke recently that Starz was cancelling Ash vs Evil Dead, fans were understandably crestfallen, but still somewhat hopeful. In the past, […]

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson
Following his Oscar-winning performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sam Rockwell is in negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight and co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the World War II film “Jojo Rabbit,” sources confirm to Variety.

The project is Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok.” The story centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. He discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human.

Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance. Waititi is playing the imaginary Hitler.

Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.

Waititi penned the script and will produce alongside Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley. Production is expected to start this spring.
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Academy Sets Key Dates for 91st Oscars

Academy Sets Key Dates for 91st Oscars
The Academy on Monday announced the key dates for the 91st Oscars, which will be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24, 2019.

The Academy Awards, which were held on the first Sunday of March this year so as not to conflict with the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in February, will move back to the traditional late February spot on the calendar next year.

The Academy's awards season will officially kick off Nov. 18, when it holds its annual Governors Awards.

Nominations voting will begin Monday, Jan. 7, and close a week later on Monday, Jan. 14.

Nominations will be...
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Philip D’Antoni, ‘The French Connection’ Producer, Dies at 89

Philip D’Antoni, ‘The French Connection’ Producer, Dies at 89
Philip D’Antoni, who produced Oscar-winning films like “The French Connection” and “Bullitt,” died at age 89 on April 15. The producer died at his home in New York.

D’Antoni was best known for the 1971 crime drama “The French Connection,” which won three Golden Globes and five Oscars, including best picture. Gene Hackman won for best actor and William Friedkin for best director and the film also won best adapted screenplay and best film editing. Also on the late producer’s resume is the Steve McQueen action flick “Bullitt,” which won an Oscar for film editing.

TV documentaries like “Elizabeth Taylor in London,” “Sophia Loren in Rome,” and the “Proud Land” miniseries made up much of D’Antoni’s early work in Hollywood in the early 1960s. “Bullitt” marked his first feature film producing credit in 1968, and from there he went on to produce “The French Connection” before returning to TV later in life.
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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case

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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case
Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention.

Mack was indicated on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against NXIUM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.

Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack. The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared
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Theater Chief Questions Whether Subscription Plans Like MoviePass Are Sustainable

National Association of Theater Owners president John Fithian broke his silence on the controversial subscription ticket service MoviePass on Tuesday, saying he questions whether any such service is sustainable.

Because of antitrust rules, Fithian couldn't talk about MoviePass directly. MoviePass offers subscribers the chance to see one movie a day for $9.95 per month, while some customers pay as low as $6.95. MoviePass pays theater owners the difference in price.

"Nato won't take a position on a model that involves pricing," Fithian said during a press briefing at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. "We do have three concerns about the concept...
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Lance Bass to Executive Produce Lou Pearlman Documentary for YouTube Red

The story of notorious boy band impresario and accused ponzi schemer Lou Pearlman is coming to YouTube Red. The company announced on Tuesday that it had ordered The Lou Pearlman Project (working title) for later this year, with former *Nsync member Lance Bass on board as an executive producer.

"I just finished shooting a documentary on the life and death of Lou Pearlman, and it was so fascinating," Bass told the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast in an interview that will debut later Tuesday on iTunes and Billboard.com. "One, I'm a documentary filmmaker and it's one of my favorite things that...
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New Saudi Arabia Theaters Could Include Prayer Rooms

Theater owners who are planning on operating cinemas in Saudi Arabia are preparing for the possibility that they will have to construct prayer rooms onsite.

The sole AMC theater that is now open in Riyadh has a prayer room, according to National Association of Theater Owners president John Fithian, who addressed questions about Saudi Arabia during a press briefing at CinemaCon on Tuesday.

Fithian said it is yet to be determined whether prayer rooms will be required in all new cinemas, but that's a real possibility. The current AMC location is a renovated performing arts center that already had a...
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ CinemaCon Footage Shows Han Meeting Lando

Disney unveiled footage Tuesday from its upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” with a key scene between Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian.

The clip, shown to theater owners at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, showed the first encounter between the duo at a rundown and dingy cantina on a snowy planet with an array of other characters, including a creature with more than a dozen eyes. Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra character explains to Solo that Calrissian won his ship playing a card game, prompting Solo to promise that he’ll beat him — and proceeds to do so.

The footage ended with both men wagering their spaceships and Calrissian warning, “You might want to quit while you’re ahead.”

The name of the ship was not unveiled, but in “Star Wars” lore, the original owner of the Millennium Falcon was Calrissian, and Solo won
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Barry Manilow Sued Over Judy Garland ‘My Dream Duets’ Clip

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Barry Manilow Sued Over Judy Garland ‘My Dream Duets’ Clip
Barry Manilow can’t be smiling about this.

“Mandy” singer Manilow and his husband/manager Garry Kief have been hit with a lawsuit by a man who says they’ve been infringing on his copyright by using a clip of Judy Garland to promote Manilow’s album “My Dream Duets.”

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in California by Darryl Payne, who says he’s the sole U.S. copyright owner for “The Judy Garland Show,” produced in 1963 and 1964 and aired on CBS.

Also Read: Barry Manilow Sings Live Duet With Dead Whitney Houston on 'The View' (Video)

The suit says Manilow and Kief engaged in “blatant, intentional and purposeful infringement” on Payne’s copyright on at least one of the episodes. The suit says that Kief “illegally licensed or otherwise authorized use” of audio-video clips from the show, knowing that he didn’t have rights to the work.

According to the suit, Kief is trustee of the Judy Garland Heirs’ Trust, which is also listed as a defendants, as is Kief’s Stiletto Entertainment.

The suit alleges that Judy Garland’s performance of the song “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” was used for the purpose of allowing Manilow to record and/or promote his album ‘My Dream Duets.'”

Also Read: Barry Manilow on Coming Out: 'I Have Not Read One Negative Response'

According to the suit, the clip was used to create a promotional video for the album, and has been used by Manilow during concert performances.

“Manilow’s performance of the duets with Judy Garland at Manilow’s concerts was achieved by displaying either projections or digital replications of the audio-video clips from the Infringed Work on a large screen that the audience could view and listen to while Manilow performed live on stage interacting with the exhibition of the Infringed Work,” the suit reads.

TheWrap has reached out to Manilow and Kief for comment on the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and an injunction preventing Manilow and Kief from infringing on Payne’s copyright.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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'All About Nina': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

'All About Nina': Film Review | Tribeca 2018
An emotionally damaged standup comic finds the catalyst she's not looking for in Eva Vives' All About Nina, a comedy world-set love story that's definitely not a rom-com. Having gone to La in part to escape an abusive lover, our protagonist winds up facing her demons in public at the least opportune moment. The premise offers plenty of room for yet another impressive performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead; balancing its darker moments with humor and warmth, the picture has a broad enough appeal to — finally, movie gods? — get Winstead onto the first-choice lists of top-tier filmmakers. It also establishes...
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