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‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast

‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast
The Broadway play “American Son” is set to be adapted for Netflix.

Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee will reprise their roles in the Netflix production. Kenny Leon returns to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. Washington and Pilar Savone of Washington’s Simpson Street banner will produce.

Washington made the announcement Monday on “The Tonight Show.” Hailing from playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, the story centers on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. Production is slated to begin in February in New York.
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‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture

‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture
If their dismal reviews wasn’t punishment enough, for the 39th year, the Razzie Awards seek to recognize the achievements of the worst movies of the year. And for 2019’s crop of nominees, John Travolta’s “Gotti” and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes & Watson” both received the “honor” of being nominated for Worst Picture of 2018.

Melissa McCarthy might be nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday morning, but on Monday morning, she scored a nomination for Worst Actress for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” and the former also landed among the five Worst Picture nominees. The box office bomb “Robin Hood” and Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” rounded out the nominees.

Even the first family found a way into the nominees, with Donald Trump and Melania Trump both getting nominated for portraying themselves in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” from Michael Moore. And unlike the Oscars,
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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’
Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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Female Directors Shut Out of Oscar Nominations

Female Directors Shut Out of Oscar Nominations
It was an anticipated takeaway from this year’s Oscar nominations announcement, but that doesn’t make it any less unfortunate: Despite a number of worthy contenders to choose from, female filmmakers were shut out of the directing category.

From Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” (an Amazon release that received a Cannes screenplay prize) to Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” (a Sundance entry notably recognized by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. last month), great work from deserving women was certainly on the table. Ramsay, in fact, was — along with “BlacKkKlansman” helmer Spike Lee — the most laureled filmmaker on the critics’ awards circuit after Alfonso Cuarón.

Marielle Heller and Chloe Zhao were other acclaimed players that arguably deserved to make the lineup. Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”), Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”), Mimi Leder (“On the Basis of Sex”) and Josie Rourke (“Mary Queen of Scots”) were options as well.
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Academy Awards: Roma,”The Favourite’ Dominate Oscar Nominations with 10 Each

Academy Awards: Roma,”The Favourite’ Dominate Oscar Nominations with 10 Each
Roma,”a black-and-white, Spanish language coming-of-age drama, and “The Favourite,” a comedy about life in the court of an obscure English monarch, dominated nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, picking up a leading 10 nods apiece. Its competition for the top honor also includes “Black Panther,” the blockbuster comic book film; “A Star is Born,” a rock ‘n roll remake of an oft-told love story; and “Vice,” a scabrous look at the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney.”

“Roma’s” strong morning solidifies Netflix’s position as a major force in prestige filmmaking, not too mention a company that is willing to spend top dollar to promote its films to Oscar voters. It is the first time Netflix has earned a best picture nomination. “The Favourite’s” recognition comes as Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the critically adored film is preparing for life under a new corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company.
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Spike Lee Is Finally an Oscar Nominee for Best Picture and Director

Spike Lee Is Finally an Oscar Nominee for Best Picture and Director
After more than three decades of making films that have collectively established an undeniable cultural legacy, 61-year-old auteur Spike Lee is finally an Academy Award nominee for best picture and director.

It’s as noteworthy a headline as Tuesday’s Oscar nominations announcement is bound to produce. In fact, Lee’s original screenplay notice for the 1989 lightning rod “Do the Right Thing,” which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer, remained his only Oscar nomination to date until this morning, when he picked up three for “BlacKkKlansman.”

The Academy somewhat rectified the years of oversight for landmark achievements like “Malcolm X” and “25th Hour” (considered by some to be one of the very best films of its decade) with an Honorary Oscar in 2015, but Lee’s bids for directing and producing his latest are obviously a long time coming.

For the prolific filmmaker, who also continues to work in the
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‘Roma’ Becomes Netflix’s First Best Picture Oscar Nominee

Netflix is finally in the hunt for Hollywood’s ultimate prize.

The streaming company received its first-ever best picture Oscar nomination on Tuesday for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” a black-and-white exploration of the “Gravity” director’s youth and the life of the nanny who helped raise him. The film received 10 nominations in total, making it by far Netflix’s biggest hit with the motion picture academy to date.

The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company has been focused on awards recognition ever since venturing into the original programming space with the series “House of Cards” in 2013. But while the Television Academy has been receptive to that and other programs like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Stranger Things,” the film community has mostly balked. Maiden Oscar hopeful “Beasts of No Nation” was completely ignored in 2015, while Sundance acquisition “Mudbound” struggled to land a handful of nominations a year ago.

Streaming competitor
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Fox News Anchor Bret Baier and Family Briefly Hospitalized After ‘Major Car Crash’ in Montana

Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his family were hospitalized this week in Montana after their car flipped on an icy road in what he called a “major car accident.” The anchor said in a statement that everyone had left the hospital “banged up, but alive.”

“After a weekend of skiing with my wife and two boys in Montana, driving to the airport Monday morning on icy roads, we were involved in a major car crash. Thanks to a man driving by named Zach who stopped and helped, we were able to climb out of the flipped car. And thanks to the first responders and Montana Highway Patrol — we made it to the hospital quickly,” Baier said.

“We are very grateful to all of those who helped us out. My advice to everyone is to always wear your seatbelt and to count your blessings everyday.”

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Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.

Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.

Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the
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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Becomes First Superhero Movie Ever Nominated for Best Picture

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Becomes First Superhero Movie Ever Nominated for Best Picture
Tuesday morning, 10 years after Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” forced a significant paradigm shift at the Academy Awards, a superhero movie was finally nominated for best picture: Marvel’s “Black Panther.” And it represents a fairly remarkable culmination.

The move from five best picture nominees to 10 (later altered to a system that can produce anywhere from five to 10) was largely owed to the Motion Picture Academy’s infamous dismissal of “The Dark Knight” in 2008. The goal was to find room for deserving popular films in the lineup, and as one of the biggest critical hits of its year, with major recognition from the producers, directors, and writers guilds, Nolan’s Batman sequel certainly qualified.

The change helped, at least at first. Movies like “District 9,” “Up,” “Inception,” and “Toy Story 3” arguably owed their best picture bids to the expanded field. Soon, however, the wide berth gave way for
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Oscars 2019: ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ Lead With 10 Nominations

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Oscars 2019: ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ Lead With 10 Nominations
The Favourite” and “Roma” led the 2019 Oscar nominations with 10 nods each, including Best Picture, on Tuesday morning.

A Star Is Born,” “Vice” and “Black Panther” scored eight nominations each. “BlacKkKlansman” received six nominations. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” each scored five nominations.

The coveted Best Picture nominations went to “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”

Also Read: Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List

Black Panther” is the first comic book-based film to earn a Best Picture nomination. Another cool record: “Roma” has tied the record of 10 nominations held by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” from 2000 for the most nominations received by a foreign language film, and it is also the fifth film to be nominated in both the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture categories. In the acting categories, eight are first-time nominees.

Best Actor nominees include Christian Bale (“Vice
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Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Spike Lee (Photos)

Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Spike Lee (Photos)
Get Out” filmmaker Jordan Peele became only the fifth black director to receive an Oscar nomination for his work in the Academy’s history.

John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood” (1991) • Two years after Spike Lee was passed over for a nomination for “Do the Right Thing,” John Singleton became the first African American to earn a Best Director nomination for his star-studded drama set in South Central L.A. That year, Jonathan Demme won the award for “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Lee Daniels, “Precious” (2009) • Eighteen years passed before a second African American filmmaker was recognized: Lee Daniels, for his gritty portrait of a young woman seeking to overcome a childhood of poverty and abuse. In another Oscar first, Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to win the Oscar, for “The Hurt Locker.”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” (2013) • British director Steve McQueen gritty drama about American slavery picked up nine nominations,
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Irish Animation Studio Lighthouse Names New MD (Exclusive)

Lighthouse Studios has named Claire Finn its new managing director. The animation studio is based in Kilkenny, Ireland, and has just finished work on Amazon series “Bug Diaries,” and started on another kids project for the streamer, the second season of “Give a Mouse a Cookie.”

Lighthouse is a joint venture between Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada’s best-known independent animation studios, and Cartoon Saloon, which is also based in Kilkenny and has had three Oscar nominations.

Finn comes to Lighthouse from London-based shingle Firecracker Films. Her new role sees her tasked with growing the studio’s development slate, expanding production,
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Trump Calls Covington Students ‘Symbols of Fake News and How Evil it Can Be’

President Trump said Tuesday that the students from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School had become symbols of the fake news media in the United States and “how evil it can be.”

“Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,” the president wrote to his more than 57 million followers on Twitter. “They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good — maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”

It was Trump’s second foray into an issue that dominated social media all weekend. On Monday evening, the president tweeted approvingly of Tucker Carlson’s monologue on Covington students, calling out the mainstream media.

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“Looking like Nick
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Televisa Sets Development Pact With Mexico’s Endemol Shine Boomdog (Exclusive)

Mexico’s Televisa and Endemol Shine have inked a new pact for content development, cementing a long-standing relationship of 17 years.

Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog, run by CEO Alejandro Rincon, and Televisa Studios will co-produce a slew of original scripted and unscripted series for the Hispanic markets of Mexico, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Unveiled at Natpe by Patricio Wills, President and Head of Studio of Televisa Studios and Laurens Drillich, President of Endemol Shine Latino, the new agreement encompasses the joint development and production of programs, series and original formats from Endemol Shine Group for Hispanics worldwide.
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