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Steven Soderbergh Sets Panama Papers Story as his Next Film

Steven Soderbergh Sets Panama Papers Story as his Next Film
Steven Soderbergh’s return to the big screen has been coming off in a big way as he’s released Logan Lucky and Unsane in the past 8 months. Now he’s setting his sights on the infamous Panama Papers story for his next project, and will be titled The Laundromat. The story will focus on the leak of 11.5 million papers, take that number in for a moment, that were leaked by the Panamanian law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca. In fact Panamanian officials strongly protested the use of their country’s name in the scandal long ago as it was

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'A Quiet Place' Hopes to Hold off Newcomers and Return to Weekend #1

'A Quiet Place' Hopes to Hold off Newcomers and Return to Weekend #1
Audiences may already be looking ahead to Avengers: Infinity War, but this weekend could feature an interesting battle among the top three. While we're expecting A Quiet Place to return to the weekend's #1 spot, the race could be a little closer should Rampage hold on better than expected or if Amy Schumer's new comedy I Feel Pretty outperforms expectations. The weekend also sees the release of Fox Searchlight's Super Troopers 2 and Lionsgate's release of Traffik into a moderate number of locations. Beginning with A Quiet Place, the horror/thriller has already brought in nearly $110 million and is poised to top recent horror hits Split and The Conjuring. With Paramount adding another 219 locations for a total of 3,808 theaters, we're anticipating a 36% drop and a three-day right around $21 million. Come the end of the weekend the film should top $130 million domestically. Look for Dwayne Johnson's Rampage to
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‘Masters of the Universe’ Finds New Directors in the Nee Brothers

‘Masters of the Universe’ Finds New Directors in the Nee Brothers
Well, this was unexpected. The long-gestating (and I mean loooong) big screen reboot of Masters of the Universe has finally found its directors and it’s a duo with whom you are almost surely unfamiliar: Aaron Nee and Adam Nee. Variety has the scoop, but there’s not much information beyond the hiring of the Nee brothers for […]

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‘Deadpool 2’s’ David Leitch to Direct Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ (Exclusive)

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‘Deadpool 2’s’ David Leitch to Direct Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ (Exclusive)
Deadpool 2” director David Leitch has set his sights on his next project, signing on to helm Ubisoft’s “The Division” movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

The news comes just months after it was announced that he’s also on board to direct the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Sources stress that the Universal spinoff will shoot first, as that film is already set to go into production this fall, and the hope is that Leitch would move on to prep “The Division” some time in 2019.

“Gold” director Stephen Gaghan was previously attached to helm the video game adaptation, but has since left the project.

Leitch’s producing partner, Kelly McCormick, will produce along with Leitch through their 8711 banner, as well as Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories and Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

Based on the best-selling video game,
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Michelle Williams to Star Opposite Julianne Moore in ‘After the Wedding’ Remake (Exclusive)

Michelle Williams to Star Opposite Julianne Moore in ‘After the Wedding’ Remake (Exclusive)
Michelle Williams will star opposite Julianne Moore in the remake of the Danish film “After the Wedding,” sources tell Variety.

Bart Freundlich is directing from his own script. Joel B. Michaels and Silvio Muraglia are producing the pic.

The film is based on the 2006 Oscar-nominated movie of the same name helmed by Susanne Bier and starring Mads Mikkelsen.

The remake follows the director of an Indian orphanage on the verge of bankruptcy, who discovers that her organization is in contention to receive a large charitable donation from a wealthy American businesswoman, forcing her to travel to New York City, where she is confronted by a past she tried to forget.

Moore will play the rich businesswoman who quickly proves that she is not one to be reckoned with, while Williams will portrayal the orphanage owner.

The movie was announced at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and will start production next month.
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‘First Wives Club’ Reboot Lands Series Order at Paramount Network

‘First Wives Club’ Reboot Lands Series Order at Paramount Network
The First Wives Club” reboot has been ordered to series at Paramount Network, Variety has learned.

The order comes less than two weeks after the network ordered the project to pilot. The half-hour comedy is based on the 1996 Paramount film of the same name, which was itself based on the 1992 book of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. It will follow a group of New York women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood and a little revenge. Paramount Network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes.

Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the screenplay for the hit comedy film “Girls Trip,
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‘Utopia’ Lands Series Order at Amazon, Creator Gillian Flynn Inks Overall Deal at Studio

‘Utopia’ Lands Series Order at Amazon, Creator Gillian Flynn Inks Overall Deal at Studio
The long-gestating American adaptation of “Utopia” has been ordered to series at Amazon, Variety has learned.

In addition, series creator Gillian Flynn has inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios, with “Utopia” being the first project under that deal. Based on the British series of the same name created by Dennis Kelly, “Utopia” follows group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and
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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’

Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’
Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.
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Living Biblically Pulled from CBS Lineup, Replaced by Big Bang Reruns

Living Biblically Pulled from CBS Lineup, Replaced by Big Bang Reruns
CBS might be closing the book on Living Biblically: The freshman sitcom has been pulled from the primetime schedule indefinitely, a CBS rep confirms for TVLine.

Repeats of The Big Bang Theory will run in Biblically‘s Monday timeslot for the next two weeks. The show could return at a later date, but at this point, no further episodes has been scheduled. (A total of eight episodes have aired so far.)

Living Biblically stars Mad Men alum Jay R. Ferguson as a man who decides to change his life by living strictly according to what’s written in the Bible.
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Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)

Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)
Lee Daniels has signed on to executive produce the indie urban drama film Pimp.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, the love story stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and Dmx.

Pimp marks the first film that Daniels — the writer-director-producer behind such hits as Empire, Star, Precious and The Butler — has executive produced. The impetus for his involvement stemmed from wanting to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.

Pimp...
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David Frankel to Direct 'Beautiful Ruins' Adaptation for Fox 2000

David Frankel to Direct 'Beautiful Ruins' Adaptation for Fox 2000
David Frankel is in negotiations to direct the adaptation of Beautiful Ruins for Fox 2000.

The story centers on an American actress who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of Cleopatra, considered the most expensive flop in Hollywood history. In a plotline spanning decades and locations, the actress' narrative intertwines with Elizabeth Taylor, who starred in the real-life version of Cleopatra, and the subsequent love affair between Taylor and Richard Burton.

Sam Mendes will produce the book adaptation via his Neal Street banner, along with Julia Pastor and Karen Rosenfelt. Author Jess Walter will exec produce with Pippa Harris.

Frankel,...
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Jesse Plemons Lands Villain Role Opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ (Exclusive)

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Jesse Plemons Lands Villain Role Opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is setting sail with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in Disney’s “The Jungle Cruise,” sources tell Variety.

Plemons will play one of the film’s villains. As previously announced, Edgar Ramirez and Jack Whitehall are also on board.

Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the movie based on the classic theme park attraction, which operates in several Disney Parks across the globe and takes guests on a guided tour through the rivers of the world. Michael Green (“Logan”) penned the most recent draft of the script, rewritten from screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Disney plans to develop the film as a possible franchise in the vein of its billion-dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

John Davis and John Fox will produce via Davis Entertainment; Beau Flynn will produce with his FlynnPictureCo. banner; and Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia will produce through Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon is co-producing the movie,
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House Arrest Extended for Kirill Serebrennikov, Director of Cannes Film 'Summer'

House Arrest Extended for Kirill Serebrennikov, Director of Cannes Film 'Summer'
In a hearing late on Wednesday, a Moscow court extended house arrest for Kirill Serebrennikov, the director of Cannes official competition title Summer, through July 19, ending his chances of travelling to the festival.

In a move widely criticized in the Russian artistic community, the country's culture ministry sided with the prosecutors and supported their request for the extension of Serebrennikov's house arrest.

The director now won’t be making it to the festival, which runs May 8-19.

The case against Serebrennikov and several other people involved with the theater company Sedmaya Studia, which he used to head, was opened in...
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'United Skates': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

A window onto a vibrant American subculture that is currently endangered (as so many other things are) by real-estate profiteers, Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown's United Skates introduces African Americans who for generations have found a refuge from the world in the roller rink. The subject's connection to early hip-hop culture may help draw attention at fests, but the doc's heart is with ordinary people who have no show-business ambitions. It should open eyes on video, though members of this scene would probably delight in a tour of one-off showings in the urban and rural rinks that remain in operation.

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'Stockholm': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

Recent years have seen a renewed dramatic interest in the chestnuts we all remember from Introduction to Psychology. TV has its Masters of Sex, Sundancers get dueling features about the Stanford Prison Experiment and the cruel discoveries of Stanley Milgram. While we wait for a good biopic on Ivan Pavlov, writer/director Robert Budreau examines the Stockholm Syndrome by reenacting the hostage crisis that gave the phenomenon a name. His Stockholm, which gently massages actual events to serve as a fine vehicle for Noomi Rapace and Ethan Hawke, is far from the first movie to believably show a crime victim coming...
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Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Expert Witness Jokes He’s Unlicensed, Except for His ‘Driver’s License’

Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Expert Witness Jokes He’s Unlicensed, Except for His ‘Driver’s License’
On a day when only expert witnesses testified in Bill Cosby’s retrial, prosecutor Stewart Ryan thoroughly grilled the defense’s toxicology expert Dr. Harry Milman on Thursday. But Dr. Milman’s knowledge of the forensic side of toxicology seemed only tangential, as he at one point cited a Viagra-using perpetrator as an instance of “drug-induced sexual assault.”

Ryan was able to coax admissions out of Milman such as that he’s currently unlicensed, except for a “driver’s license,” Milman joked, and that he has only written three articles for publication regarding his toxicological studies that weren’t about cancer.

Milman has, however, written two fiction books — oddly enough, about a forensic toxicologist who is called as an expert witness.

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In what was probably Ryan’s most merciless cross-examination of the retrial thus far, he continually put Milman at a stammering loss for words regarding his own credentials and explanations of why he testified that Benadryl wasn’t a hypnotic, even though one of his very own citations included a sentence about how new studies are emerging that Benadryl’s active ingredient, diphenhydramine, is in fact being used as a hypnotic.

Citing that Quaaludes, a drug that Cosby admitted to administering to women for sex in the past, had become illegal by 1984, Milman also seemed bewildered when confronted with the fact that prosecutor Kevin Steele’s own office seized “thousands” of illegally manufactured Quaalude pills in a local 2002 case.

Earlier Thursday, Cosby’s defense team’s motion for a mistrial — the team’s fifth such attempt — was denied. Cosby’s team contended that the prosecution’s cross-examination of their witness, Marguerite Jackson, “tainted” the jury by implying that the comedian’s lawyers had “created” her statement.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Retrial: Defense Team's Star Witness Testifies After Being Blocked in First Trial

Judge Steven T. O’Neill struck down the motion as having “simply no grounds for a mistrial” and being raised too late. He also scolded the defense for having just one witness ready for the day — the same day the court would hear testimony from the prosecution’s final witness. Both will be called to testify as expert witnesses.

Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from former Temple University employee Andrea Constand’s accusation that the comedian molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

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‘Scandal’ Finale: Stars Reveal the Weirdest Thing They Ever Did on Shondaland Series

‘Scandal’ Finale: Stars Reveal the Weirdest Thing They Ever Did on Shondaland Series
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you have watched through last week’s episode of “Scandal.”)

Scandal” truly has seen it all. Characters having a sibling-like relationship with their lovers. Top secret spy agencies that operates outside the bounds of the federal government, with the sole purpose of protecting the Republic. And more out-of-the-box ways of committing murder than you could shake a wine glass at.

And ahead of the seventh and final season finale tonight, TheWrap asked Scott Foley, Bellamy Young and Cornelius Smith Jr. — three of Shonda RhimesGladiators — what exactly was the weirdest thing they did on the series. And we got some some weird answers.

The first comes courtesy of Foley, who plays Jake Ballard, a member of that top secret spy agency B613 and Olivia’s on-again, off-again lover.

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“God there is so many things, between being in the hole and getting beaten up by Charlie,” Foley said, noting things that happened to him directly because of his involvement in B613. “But, by the way, the weirdest thing, if I can just say it, was the beginning of Jake’s storyline where he was told to spy and then sleep with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). It was the most bizarre, perverted, weird — especially because [her father] Rowan (Joe Morton) was behind it — incestuous little thing happening there [laughs],” Foley added. “And then to continue for five seasons like, ‘Oh it wasn’t that big a deal. I stalked you and then had an affair. But now we’re cool. And Fitz is my best friend.’ If you break it down and simplify it like that, it doesn’t make any sense. But in the context of the show, for whatever reason, it works.”

Also Read: 'Scandal' Star Bellamy Young Just Got an Email That Said 'Everything Is Changed' in New Series Finale Cut

Young has been with the series since Day 1 as Mellie Grant, who moved from being a first lady with a cheating husband to the first female Potus — who is now good friends with her ex. But her weirdest moment didn’t arrive until this seventh and final season, when being the commander in chief got in the way of her love life. In an episode directed by Tony Goldwyn (who plays her ex-husband Fitz), no less.

“‘My vagina is beautiful, it is welcoming,’ that whole scene I was like, ‘My mother watches this show. I’m not sure I can say that.’ [laughs],” Young said. “But it turned out great. And our sweet Tony directed it, so to make him blush time and time again was fun. But Shonda knows. We learned early on, even if you’re like ‘Eh, I don’t know’ — she’s right, so just enjoy it. Say it and enjoy it and let it land.”

And what about Smith, who since joining the cast as Marcus Walker in Season 4 has moved from the offices of Olivia Pope & Associates to the White House and now to Fitz’s side as he explores his legacy after the presidency? Yeah, he’s still seen more than his fair share of strange situations dreamed up by Rhimes in that time.

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“I haven’t done anything crazy just because of the nature of my storyline and Marcus being kind of in Opa and the White House,” Smith said. “He’s not out here killing folks. He’s not running through the woods. He’s not B613. There hasn’t been anything crazy or shocking until maybe after the fact. No, not for me. But I’ve watched people do things that looked uncomfortable.”

“I know when Guillermo (Diaz) shot the stuff in the water with the car,” Smith said, referencing the episode in which Diaz’s Huck had to think fast to save himself from drowning in a trunk, with a little help from his imaginary friends. “And that’s something where I thought, ‘Only one time,’ [laughs]. Only one time you’re gonna get me in a pool. In a trunk. With water. Talking to a pretend Opa.'”

The “Scandal” series finale airs tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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Natalie Portman Won’t Accept Award in Israel Due to ‘Extremely Distressing’ Recent Events

Natalie Portman Won’t Accept Award in Israel Due to ‘Extremely Distressing’ Recent Events
Natalie Portman will not travel to Israel to accept an award she was scheduled to receive in June, saying she “cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

“Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,” a representative for the “Annihilation” star told the Genesis Prize Foundation, which presents the award.

As a result, the June 28 ceremony in Jerusalem will be canceled entirely, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.

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“We are very saddened that she has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize Ceremony in Jerusalem for political reasons,” the statement said. “We fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”

Portman, who was born in Israel and has duel Israeli and American citizenship, did not specify which “recent events” were the catalyst for her decision, though she is not the first performer to cancel public appearances in Israel due to protests over the country’s ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

Last November, Portman was selected to receive the 2018 Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel,” for her demonstration of “outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish values, such as social justice, tolerance and charity.” At the time, she committed to “re-gift” the $1 million in prize money to charities focused on advancing women’s equality.

Also Read: Natalie Portman on 'Annihilation' Whitewashing Accusations: 'More Diversity in All Films' Needed

“The mission of the Genesis Prize is to create a space where we can cast politics aside and come together to appreciate Jewish accomplishments that continue to contribute so much to human civilization; to contemplate Jewish identity and values and what they mean in the 21st century; to strengthen the bond between the State of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora; and to celebrate pride in being Jewish, and – especially in this 70th anniversary year – in the State of Israel,” the Genesis Prize Foundation statement continued. “We are disappointed that this year we will not be able to fulfill this mission in full.”

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See Denzel Washington Seek Revenge in New 'The Equalizer 2' Trailer

See Denzel Washington Seek Revenge in New 'The Equalizer 2' Trailer
Denzel Washington's character Robert McCall exacts revenge in the first trailer for The Equalizer 2. "They killed my friend. So, I'm gonna kill each and every one of them," he warns in the action-packed clip. "And the only disappointment is that I only get to do it once."

In the sequel to 2014's The Equalizer, Washington reprises his role as a retired special-ops agent. The franchise is an updated take on the 1980s TV series of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, who also helmed the first installment,
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Film News Roundup: Virginia Madsen, Valeria Cotto to Star in Supernatural Thriller ‘Sarah’

Film News Roundup: Virginia Madsen, Valeria Cotto to Star in Supernatural Thriller ‘Sarah’
In today’s film news, Virginia Madsen takes on a supernatural thriller; Jason Wiles, Michael Beach, Lonnie Chavis, and Ryan Merriman star in “Sunny Daze”; and FilmNation takes sales rights to Almodovar’s latest.

Castings

Virginia Madsen and “The Florida Project” star Valeria Cotto will star in the independent supernatural movie “Sarah” with shooting starting in Los Angeles in May.

Tallulah Evans will play the titular role as Sarah. Rachel Crow (“Bumble Bee”), Spencer List, Malaak Hattab, and Daniel Pinder have also been cast. The project centers on a teen harboring a dark secret as she visits her relatives for the summer. Madsen will be playing an occultist in the film.

The screenplay was written by Alexander Garcia, who will also be directing and producing under his Multi-Valence productions banner alongside producing partner Anne Stimac with Stuart Arbury. Shaeda Moghaddam is executive producing.

Madsen received an Academy Award nomination in
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