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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot

Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot
Chris Pratt is eyeing a new franchise to call his own. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is in early talks to lead a relaunch of Paramount Pictures action franchise The Saint. Deadline broke the news Friday, noting that sources caution discussions are still early on, but the project has been in the works for a while now. Paramount scooped up the book rights for The Saint back in 2016 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce and it seems the studio is now starting to circle in on the lead. In the realm of IP, …
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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For
Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Two and A Half Men," will return to primetime television to play the scheming, evil genius Lex Luthor as a recurring character on the CW series "Supergirl."

The plan is for Cryer to make his debut as Luthor in the 15th episode of the current season which airs in early January. The series switched to Sunday nights in October when it launched its Season Four storyline. The season’s sixth episode, titled "Call to Action," airs this Sunday.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise
The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that WarnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

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‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”

‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”
Adi Shankar made good on his promise to deliver "the best f*cking video game adaptation ever made to date" with "Castlevania," now enjoying its bloody run of two seasons on Netflix. Now, Shankar is upping the ante by taking on not just another video game adaptation, but one from a completely different gaming company and one that will exist under his umbrella of properties in the newly minuted "Bootleg Multiverse." Next up: Capcom's "Devil May Cry." Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a banner that showcases his imaginative and ballsy approaches to pop culture mash-ups and reimaginings of popular franchises, …
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"Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D" Renewed For Season 7 By ABC

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Ahead of its sixth season premiere this summer, ABC has renewed Marvel’s "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a seventh season. It is believed to consist of 13 episodes, on par with Season 6.

The timing of the early renewal is likely tied to the cast’s option coming up. Along with picking up the actors’ options, ordering Season 7 ahead of time would allow for the two shorter seasons to be filmed back-to-back, which helps to reduces costs.

When "S.H.I.E.L.D."'s move to summer was announced in May, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made it clear that Season 6 was not envisioned as a final one.
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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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See Mariah Carey Perform ‘The Distance,’ Talk ‘Glitter’ Justice on ‘Fallon’

See Mariah Carey Perform ‘The Distance,’ Talk ‘Glitter’ Justice on ‘Fallon’
Mariah Carey visited The Tonight Show Friday, the same day her new album Caution arrived, to perform “The Distance” and discuss the Glitter resurgence with Jimmy Fallon.

To celebrate the release of her 15th studio album, Carey delivered a show-stopping rendition of “The Distance” alongside the single’s featured guest Ty Dolla $ign.

During the interview, Fallon asked Carey, the singer behind of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, when it was an appropriate time to begin listening to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and other seasonal songs.
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Weed and Pregnancy: How Cannabis Laws Are Hurting Mothers

Shakira Kennedy was 27 years old and living in Brooklyn when she found out she was going to have twins. While many women experience morning sickness in their first trimester, Kennedy’s unrelenting cycle of nausea and vomiting was so severe that she ended up in the emergency room multiple times throughout her pregnancy. She was treated for a slew of health issues, including dehydration and an inability to keep food down.

“I must have lost over 30 to 40 pounds in my first trimester,” says Kennedy.

Her body was completely depleted, so
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World’

Remember when the words “breaking news” used to refer to the thrill of hearing about world events as they happened? These days, it has become the daily sport of autocrats and elected officials alike, who have realized that discrediting once-reputable journalistic sources — quite literally, attempting to break the news — is an effective strategy in not being held accountable to facts. While it can be scary to realize that such misinformation games occur — and often even originate — at the highest levels of government, there is hope in the form of citizen journalists such as those profiled in Hans Pool’s “Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World,” an exciting look at one such group of self-appointed fact-finders that presents their innovative research techniques as a kind of cutting-edge spy thriller.

When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine, sparking vehement denials that Russia had any involvement, Bellingcat went to
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Tamara Jenkins Talks Writing Process, Worst Feedback and 'Private Life'

Tamara Jenkins Talks Writing Process, Worst Feedback and 'Private Life'
Private Life writer and director Tamara Jenkins received some of the worst feedback of her life on her first movie, The Slums of Beverly Hills.

"I was at the Sundance Lab when I wrote my first movie, The Slums of Beverly Hills [1998]," Tamara Jenkins told the Writer Roundtable. "Hollywood screenwriters come and they read the script," she explained. "You do a mentor session where they tell you what they think. And this man, a male screenwriter, incredibly successful financially, sat me down and he said, 'You can't start a movie with a girl getting fitted ...
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Film Review: ‘Speed Kills’

Film Review: ‘Speed Kills’
There have been many ups and downs in John Travolta’s career, which currently rests in a valley equivalent to the one he’d hit just before “Pulp Fiction” a quarter-century ago. You might think anything would be an improvement after “Gotti.” Yet the new “Speed Kills” not only isn’t appreciably better, it’s also bad in much the same way: another cliché-riddled portrait of an underworld-tied figure the movie seems to celebrate as one ballsy Sob, though viewers may find his personality warrants more fumigation than admiration.

Portraying the high-flying times and violent death of the erstwhile “King of Powerboats,” this slick yet hapless concoction offers Travolta an opportunity to swagger humorlessly, clutching babes and trophies for nearly 100 minutes. What’s not to like? Well, everything — unless you’re the star, who seems convinced that this embarrassingly cloddish biopic-slash-thriller actually flatters both him and its subject.

Travolta’s
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How ABC Pulled Off a Stealth Transition for Channing Dungey and Karey Burke

How ABC Pulled Off a Stealth Transition for Channing Dungey and Karey Burke
Channing Dungey called a meeting Friday of ABC’s top executives and revealed to them that she would step down as the network’s entertainment president. Within an hour, Disney went public with the news that Dungey would be succeeded by Karey Burke, head of programming for ABC’s sibling cabler Freeform.

The news was not a surprise to those who know Dungey, who had been wrestling with the decision on whether to stay at ABC or move on when her contract ended early next year, three years after she was named ABC Entertainment president in February 2016.

But the news
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Academy Cancels Red Carpet Interviews at Governors Awards Due to Wildfires

California’s wildfires have resulted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scaling back Sunday’s red carpet at its Governors Awards event to a photos-only event. “In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” AMPAS announced Friday evening. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for your coverage planning and hope to see you at the next Academy event.” The Governors Awards takes place at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood. Academy Honorary Award will be given to Cicely Tyson, Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will be presented to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
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Billy Corben’s Mlb Doping Scandal Doc ‘Screwball’ Acquired by Greenwich Entertainment

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Greenwich Entertainment announced on Friday, along with rakontur, that Greenwich has acquired U.S. rights to Billy Corben’s “Screwball.”

Screwball” is a surreal documentary detailing the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis Major League Baseball doping scandal.

The film made its world premiere to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and recently played at DocNYC.

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“Billy Corben’s wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream,” Greenwich’s Andy Bohn said in a statement.

Penned by Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”) and David Cypkin, Screwball is a true-crime dramedy investigating Mlb’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Corben and Alfred Spellman produced under their rakontur banner. Greenwich is planning a theatrical release in the spring
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6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

Innovators from across film, television, and digital media gathered at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit Thursday to discuss the state of diversity and representation within the entertainment industry.

Among the event’s keynote conversations and moderated panels were discussions with Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Oscar-winning “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, and actress Eva Longoria Baston, who shared her experience as a female filmmaker and the struggles that come with it. Other topics included the entertainment industry’s disability community, the benefits of unscripted series, and the future of inclusive storytelling.

Here are some of Variety‘s biggest takeaways from the day’s discussions.
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6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

Innovators from across film, television, and digital media gathered at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit Thursday to discuss the state of diversity and representation within the entertainment industry.

Among the event’s keynote conversations and moderated panels were discussions with Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Oscar-winning “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, and actress Eva Longoria Baston, who shared her experience as a female filmmaker and the struggles that come with it. Other topics included the entertainment industry’s disability community, the benefits of unscripted series, and the future of inclusive storytelling.

Here are some of Variety‘s biggest takeaways from the day’s discussions.

1) It’s possible to pump breastmilk while filming.

As a mother navigating the film industry, cinematographer Rachel Morrison said she’s trying to support other new mothers in her field, including one female Dp who discovered a way to pump breastmilk while filming with a handheld camera. Other
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