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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87

Morgana King, The Godfather Star and Jazz Singer, Dies At 87
Morgana King, who is best known for her role as Marlon Brando’s wife in The Godfather, has died.

News of King’s passing broke Tuesday but the actress died on March 22 in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 87 according to the Washington Post.

The star had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Riverside Country coroner’s office told the Washington Post.

In addition to her appearances in the famed film and a number of other movies, King was a jazz singer.

She performed in a variety of nightclubs for over 50 years and recorded a little over
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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France
Wes Anderson films are truly a genre all their own. His filmography is full of wildly eclectic, and yes, whimsical films that range from stop-motion animated films like “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Isle of Dogs” to eccentric family dramas like “The Royal Tenenbaums.” While they all share a similar style and tone, Anderson’s films are definitely very different. And it looks like his next film is going to fit that mold, as well.
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‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony

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‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony
Sony has yet another reboot in the works. The television studio is developing an update of the ’90s sitcom “Designing Women,” according to TVLine.

The show’s original creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, is attached to lead the reboot.

Designing Women” ran for seven seasons on CBS, before concluding on May 24, 1993, sharing a night with “Murphy Brown.” You know, that other classic comedy about to return to the network.

The series centers around the fictional design firm Sugarbaker and Associates, a witty bully pulpit for caustic social and political humor. The founder of the company is Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), a sharp-tongued but elegant and surprisingly compassionate woman. Her younger sister, Suzanne (Delta Burke), is a former beauty queen who is long on charm but a bit slow on the uptake. Their associates are Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), a recent divorcee,
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Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore’s Apple Space Series

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Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore’s Apple Space Series
Exclusive: Former The Killing and Altered Carbon star Joel Kinnaman, Patriot star Michael Dorman and Damnation co-star Sarah Jones have been tapped as the leads in Apple’s upcoming space drama series from Battlestar Galactica‘s and Outlander‘s Ronald D. Moore.

Dorman has played the lead on the Amazon Studios’ quirky genre-bending spy drama series Patriot whose second season was ordered 16 months ago but is yet to air. Because of the delay, Dorman was able to book a new series. I hear Amazon will likely not make a formal renewal decision on Patriot until Season 2 is released and should they opt to do another season, they will have to work around Dorman’s schedule on the Apple series.

Kinnamon, who played the lead, Takeshi Kovacs, on the first season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon, was recently tapped to star on the upcoming Amazon drama series Hanna in what is currently a one-year deal.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock
Ethan Peck is about to boldly go where Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have gone before.

A veteran TV actor, Peck has been cast to play the iconic Starfleet officer Spock in season two of CBS All Access drama “Star Trek: Discovery.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed at Comic-Con in July that Spock, one of the best-loved characters in the “Star Trek” franchise and in all of science fiction, would appear in season two of “Discovery.” Set to premiere in 2019, the new season, which takes place years before the original “Star Trek” television series, will feature an encounter between the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise.

The child of a human mother and an alien father from the planet Vulcan, Spock serves aboard the Enterprise and is foster brother to Discovery’s second officer Michael Burnham.

Spock was created in the original “Star Trek” series by Nimoy, who also portrayed
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‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe

‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe
Hulu has renewed “Castle Rock” for a second season.

The anthology drama will return with a “wholly original” story in its second year, the streamer’s senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich tells Variety.

“It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them,” he says. “The reaction from the variety of audiences has
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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)

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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)
Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Julianne Moore in Fox 2000’s adaptation of A.J. Finn’s bestseller “Woman in the Window,” sources tell Variety.

Joe Wright is directing with Tracy Letts adapting the screenplay. Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, and Brian Tyree Henry are also on board to star. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing “Woman in the Window.”

“Woman in the Window” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the best-selling adult fiction title of the year. With more than one million copies sold in the U.S., the novel has topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently in print in 38 languages.

Mackie is best known for his roles in “The Hurt Locker” and as Falcon (aka Sam Wilson) in the Captain America films. He will wrap the Netflix remake of the French thriller “Point Blank” before shooting “Woman in the Window,
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TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More

TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More
As we approach the September kick-off date, the Toronto International Film Festival is beginning to round out its already-stacked lineup with new high-profile, awards-caliber films. Earlier today, we reported that new films starring Chris Pine, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart were opening and closing the fest, but now we know some of the other big projects that are joining them.

Leading the way is the international premiere of the Joel Edgerton film “Boy Erased.” That film, which stars Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Lucas Hedges, is getting plenty of awards-season buzz.
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Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)

Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is looking to reteam with his “Hostiles” helmer Scott Cooper on the director’s next pic, “Antlers,” a supernatural horror-thriller set up at Fox Searchlight.

Guillermo del Toro is producing the project with David Goyer and Miles Dale, who produced del Toro’s Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.”

Antlers” follows a teacher (Keri Russell) who takes an interest in a mysterious and withdrawn student. As they become closer, she discovers that the boy is harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.

It is unknown who Plemons will be playing in the film.

Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson wrote the script, which is based on Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy.” Cooper did additional revisions. Kevin Turen and Antosca are exec producing.

Plemons and Cooper have a solid history, going back to Cooper’s mob movie “Black Mass” as well as the recently released western “Hostiles,” which also starred Christian Bale.
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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Actor-writer Eric Bogosian is finalizing a deal to join Adam Sandler in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems for A24. The Law & Order alum will have a key role opposite Sandler, I understand. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the movie, which has a script by the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Produtions and Elara Pictures' Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson
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iLe Sheds Light on Puerto Rico’s Forgotten History in New Video for ‘Odio’

iLe Sheds Light on Puerto Rico’s Forgotten History in New Video for ‘Odio’
After making her dazzling solo debut with 2016’s iLevitable, Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar — better known as iLe — unveils a powerful and heart-rending video for “Odio.” It is the lead single off her untitled album, due later this year.

At age 16, iLe began performing with Calle 13 under the moniker PG-13, alongside her stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar (Residente) and Eduardo Cabra Martínez (Visitante). She rode the international reggaeton wave of the aughts and made global acclaim with hits like 2007 immigrant work song “Pa’l Norte” and 2010’s “La Vuelta al Mundo.” When
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Lionsgate Signs Multiyear Movie Output Deal With Nordisk Film

Lionsgate has entered a new multiyear output deal with longstanding partner Nordisk Film in Scandinavia.

The two companies announced the pact Wednesday. The agreement includes the action comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” the thriller “A Simple Favor,” the Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen comedy “Flarsky,” “The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind,” “John Wick: Chapter Three” and “Chaos Walking.”

“We’re delighted to extend our longstanding relationship with our world-class distribution partner Nordisk Film as we continue to expand Lionsgate’s global footprint,” said Helen Lee-Kim, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President of International. “Scandinavia is a key market, and we look forward to bringing our diverse portfolio of commercially exciting and star-driven event films to moviegoers in the territory.”

Nordisk Film is the leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries and operates the largest cinema chains in Denmark and Norway. Nordisk Film has digital businesses in gift cards,
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New Trump Podcast Imagines Being a Fly-on-the-Wall in the West Wing (Exclusive)

New Trump Podcast Imagines Being a Fly-on-the-Wall in the West Wing (Exclusive)
Like many Americans, R.J. Cutler has been glued to the news ever since Donald Trump defied the pundits and captured the presidency. On a nightly basis, the documentary filmmaker behind “The War Room” will channel surf to catch up on the latest Twitter missives, staff feuds, cabinet secretary scandals, and intimations of Russian collusion all emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“People are so caught up in the stories of what’s going on in the White House,” Cutler told Variety. “After the election happened, I started waking up at three a.m. to listen to ‘Morning Joe’ and not falling asleep
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Phil Lesh to Headline Voter Participation Concert at Apollo Theater

Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends will headline a voter participation benefit concert at New York’s Apollo Theater on September 7th on a bill that also includes the Harlem Gospel Choir, Terrapin Family Band, Nicki Bluhm, Talib Kweli and Robert Randolph. Formally billed as Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Go No Heart: A Benefit for Voter Participation, the event will raise money for Headcount, a non-partisan organization that promotes involvement in democracy. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17th at 12:00 Edt. The show will also be streamed online.
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Yg Recruits 2 Chainz, Big Sean for ‘Big Bank’ on ‘Fallon’

Yg enlisted 2 Chainz and Big Sean to perform their all-star single “Big Bank” on Tuesday’s Tonight Show. Nicki Minaj, who also features on the studio version, did not appear with the trio.

The rappers utilized a minimal stage set-up highlighted by vivid lighting. They walked out one-by-one to applause, with both 2 Chainz and Big Sean playfully embracing Yg during their verses.

The Mustard-produced, marimba-laced cut appears on Yg’s recently issued third LP, Stay Dangerous. All the emcees appeared in the song’s wild video, which features Big
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LevelK Acquires Swedish Dance Drama ‘Feel the Beat’

LevelK has acquired international sales rights to Swedish dance drama “Feel the Beat” which marks the feature debut of actor-turned-director Rikard Svensson (“The Reunion”).

A romantic journey through Stockholm’s swing dance world in the 1930’s, “Feel the Beat” revolves around Adam, who decides to learn how to dance after his wife gets in a tragic car accident, to reconnect with her while she is in a coma. Adam joins the Lindy Hop dance community, but soon finds out that his wife has been unfaithful all along.

“As in a contemporary saga. Dream sequences full of dancing are created with a particular lust, that leads the minds to movies from the 1930s and 1940s, the time when Lindy Hop and other swing forms were created,” said Svensson, who also stars in “Feel the Beat” and produced it with Annette Stavenow Eriksson for Golden Road Pictures.

Anna Sise, Hilderun Gorpe, and Magnus Krepper complete the cast.
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Majority of Republicans Say News Media Are ‘Enemy of the People’ in New Poll

A majority of Republicans said they agree with President Donald Trump’s contention that the media is “the enemy of the people” according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

“Republicans say 51 – 36 percent that the media is the enemy of the people rather than an important part of democracy,” the poll found noting that Gop voters were “the only listed group to feel that way.”

Americans overall had a sunnier outlook with 65% of respondents defending the fourth estate as an important part of democracy.

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The poll additionally found that a majority of Americans thoughts threats against the media inspired by Trump’s rhetoric were overblown, with majorities of independents and Republican voters saying they were not concerned. Democrats said they did worry about Trump-inspired anti-media violence by a margin of 76 – 21.

A healthy majority
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See James Corden Give Paul McCartney a ‘Late Late Show’ Backstage Tour

See James Corden Give Paul McCartney a ‘Late Late Show’ Backstage Tour
As show his appreciation for their viral Carpool Karaoke from Liverpool, James Corden gave Paul McCartney a backstage tour of the Late Late Show in this new video.

“Paul, it was so incredible of you to give us a glimpse into your life when we back together in Liverpool,” Corden told McCartney in the Los Angeles studio. “So I thought I’d return the favor to show you the place where I became a huge success… Welcome to the Late Late Show production office!”

While McCartney’s Liverpool trek was
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Case Study, Hosted by Jamie Glazebrook, To Open 1st London TV Pitchbox

Jamie Glazebrook, executive producer of BBC drama “Peaky Blinders,” will host a case study on the hit TV series, as the opening act of the 1st London TV Pitchbox, a pitching event dedicated to British drama series in development.

Fruit of a partnership between the Raindance Film Festival and online platform Filmarket Hub, London TV Pitchbox takes place Sept. 28 at The Century Club, as part of the Raindance Industry Forum.

Executives from companies such as Sky, Entertainment One, Red Arrow Studios, UKTV and Virgin Media have confirmed they will attend to field the showcased series projects.

The call for projects is still open,
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