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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

Steven Soderbergh Sets Panama Papers Story as his Next Film
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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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Wanderland

Wanderland
Though major studios used to crank them out by the truckload, today the movie musical is a fairly infrequent occurrence—not just because they’re commercially risky but because the genre itself is an inherently ambitious undertaking. There have been some moderately successful attempts in recent years at making musicals on an indie micro-budget. But the question lingers of to just what extent audiences are willing to accept a movie where people sing out their emotions sans the traditional accompaniment of dancing hordes and miscellaneous other spectacle.

Endeavoring to find out is “Wanderland,” a second directorial feature for Josh Klausner. His resume is otherwise dominated by broad comedy, but like 1999 debut “The 4th Floor”—a quasi-horror thriller with surreal touches—this is more an exercise in low-key quirkiness set in a slightly alternative universe where everything but our protagonist is a little “off.”

Not quite far off enough, though. If
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'Blue Night': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

Death comes for Carrie Bradshaw. At the start of documentarian Fabien Constant’s first fiction feature Blue Night, New York resident Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker) is told she has a likely malignant brain tumor. (Her doctor is played by former “Grams” Mary Beth Peil; it’s the Dawson’s Creek-Sex and the City crossover you never knew you needed!) Unlike Parker’s most famous character, however, Vivienne isn’t the kind of person who can go gab with doting gal pals or turn her tale of woe into a homiletic gossip column. She’s a moody lounge singer after all (at one point Parker gets to croon a Rufus Wainwright...
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‘Scandal’ Series Finale Recap: The Gladiators Say Goodbye in ‘Over A Cliff’

‘Scandal’ Series Finale Recap: The Gladiators Say Goodbye in ‘Over A Cliff’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Over a Cliff,” the series finale of “Scandal.”

White hats, character deaths, Papa Pope monologues and a boatload of hootch, ABC’s “Scandal” wrapped its seven-season run Thursday night with an hour-long episode featuring the final showdown between the Opa associates and B613, with several callbacks to poignant moments throughout the show’s run.

“Over a Cliff” started off with a bang, literally, with Lonnie Mencken (Michael O’Neill) calling upon Olivia (Kerry Washington) for a late night meeting, in which he promised to get a senate committee hearing
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‘Atlanta': ‘Nothing Can Ever Be The Same Again’ for Alfred After ‘Woods,’ Brian Tyree Henry Says

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Woods,” Episode 8 of “Atlanta: Robbin’ Season.”

Things are about to change for Alfred Miles, aka Paper Boi, as he’s been struggling to keep it “real” rather than give in to the rapstar persona that has made him famous.

In Thursday night’s episode, titled “Woods,” Alfred spends the first half of the episode arguing with his Instagram famous not-girlfriend, who tries to convince him to post more often on social media and develop his brand. “I’m just trying to stay real,” Alfred tells her.

“You’re on the radio and you’re making money,” she says. “You’ve been not real.”

Also Read: 'Atlanta': Why Being Brian Tyree Henry Is 'a Lot of Daunting' Right Now

It clearly rubs Alfred the wrong way. “He’s been fighting so hard to be real,” actor Brian Tyree Henry told TheWrap ahead of the episode’s airing, adding that Alfred doesn’t want to give in to “this rapper persona.” He’s been trying to convey a sense of “I’m a real guy, just like you.”

But later in the episode, he ends up getting mugged at gunpoint and chased into the woods precisely because he’s not real-guy Alfred, but Paper Boi.

“After this episode, he’s going to realize that he’s not [a regular guy] anymore. Nothing can ever be the same again for him,” Henry said. “It forces him to confront a lot of things.”

Also Read: Donald Glover to Host 'Saturday Night Live' Next Month

Henry said that getting mugged and his time wandering around the woods forces Alfred to realize that he “doesn’t know everything about who he is.”

And neither do viewers. “We know everything about Earn’s background, kinda. We know pretty much about Vanessa’s, and we know — well — we know Darius,” Henry said. “But I don’t think that people really know that this is Alfred’s territory, this is his home. I don’t think Alfred has ever left Georgia, ever in his life.”

At the end of the episode, after Alfred has spent hours hiding in the woods, and walking around in circles, he seems to give in to what earlier in the episode he referred to as “that fake s—.” He offers to take a selfie with a fan who recognizes him in a convenience store, and he seems to realize that he can no longer be anonymous in his hometown. As Henry said, he’s learning “how to turn the game on.”

Atlanta” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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Judith Regan Blasts ‘Derogatory Slur’ From Cosby Rep

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Judith Regan Blasts ‘Derogatory Slur’ From Cosby Rep
Book Publisher Judith Regan had harsh words for Bill Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt after he insulted her in highly gendered terms on Thursday. Blasting what she called a “profoundly perverted, misogynistic and frankly, bizarre statement” that was also a “derogatory slur,” Regan added that “it’s no surprise given who he represents.”

On Wednesday, Regan took the stand at Cosby’s sexual assault retrial as a supporting witness for accuser Janice Dickinson. Regan published Dickinson’s 2002 memoir “No Lifeguard on Duty,” and backed Dickinson’s testimony last week that she had originally wanted to go public with her accusations against Cosby in the book.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Retrial: Jurors Hear Comedian's Testimony About Quaaludes and Sex

Then on Thursday, Regan told The Daily Beast that Cosby’s legal team had conducted a “sleazy” and “desperate attempt to smear me,” adding that she found the defense team’s tactics “repugnant.”

Wyatt told The Daily Beast in return that “Saint Peter has been given direct orders from Jesus and His Father, not to let Judith Regan near the pearly gates. However, they have informed Satan that he will have a guest by the name of Judith Regan coming in on a rocket and she’s wearing gasoline stilettos.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian's Expert Witness Jokes He's Unlicensed, Except for His 'Driver's License'

Later on Thursday, Regan responded in a statement condemning what she called Wyatt’s “profoundly perverted, misogynistic and frankly, bizarre statement.”

“In 2001 and 2002 I had many conversations with supermodel Janice Dickinson, who wanted to include in her memoir No Lifeguard On Duty that Bill Cosby drugged and raped her. For legal reasons, and contrary to her pleading with me to include it, we were unable to,” Regan said. “I testified truthfully to this fact yesterday and as a result, Cosby’s spokesman has now issued a profoundly perverted, misogynistic and frankly, bizarre statement alleging that I am going to hell ‘…on a rocket…wearing gasoline stilettos.’ Seriously? His shameful and derogatory slur is representative of this pack of wolves’ predatory views of women. It’s no surprise given who he represents.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Legal Team's Bid for a Mistrial Once Again Denied

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 has said he is innocent.

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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'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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