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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm

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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm
James Mangold is set to write and direct a “Star Wars” standalone movie based on popular bounty hunter “Boba Fett,” according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry is also in talks to direct an “Obi Wan” movie, although no writers are working on a script.

Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. His travels led him to work for the Empire, collaborate with Darth Vader and take assignments from figures such as Jabba the Hutt, for whom he once captured Han Solo.

The beloved character was primarily played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been closely involved in the creative process for the “Boba Fett” movie,
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Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’

Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’
Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to the thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on the Joan Didion novel.

Anne Hathaway will star in and Dee Rees will direct, produce, and co-write the movie.

Hathaway will portray the hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon, who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point. The film is set to begin shooting this summer.

Bloom introduced the project to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Rees, the director of Netflix’s “Mudbound,” is co-writing the script with Marco Villalobos. “Mudbound” producer Cassian Elwes is also producing “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Jamin O’Brien, Wayne Godfrey, and Robert Jones are executive producing.

Didion’s novel, published in 1996, was set in 1984. It followed McMahon as she left her job as a reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered presidential primaries,
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Hair to Be NBC's Next Live Musical

Hair to Be NBC's Next Live Musical
NBC is getting ready for the Age of Aquarius: The Peacock network has announced that the 1960s classic Hair will be its next live musical event.

Officially titled Hair Live!, the production will be broadcast in the spring of 2019 in front of a live audience. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who’ve served as executive producers on each of NBC’s previous live musical broadcasts, will be EPs on this one as well.

Hair debuted on Broadway back in 1968, and stands as one of the most iconic chronicles of the 1960s counterculture movement. (The production caused controversy for its depictions
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Harvey Weinstein to Surrender to New York Authorities Following Sexual Misconduct Probe

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Harvey Weinstein to Surrender to New York Authorities Following Sexual Misconduct Probe
Harvey Weinstein is expected to be served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and will turn himself in to authorities on Friday, according to the New York Daily News.

The news of an arrest comes after a months-long investigation by New York law enforcement into accusations of sexual misconduct. According to the Daily News, Weinstein faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004.

A grand jury convened several weeks ago was also presented evidence related to crimes of financial fraud, the paper reported, though it is unclear if he will also be charged for any financial crimes.

Also Read: Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)

The Manhattan D.A.’s office and Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, have both told TheWrap they will not comment at this time.
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Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut
Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus in North America, according to early tracking.

The animated film opens in theaters on June 15, nearly 14 years after The Incredibles hit the big screen and turned into an instant classic.

Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and helmed the first film. Along with Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini.

The story follows the Parr brood ...
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‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS

‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS
CBS has pulled the plug on medical drama “Code Black” after three seasons.

Series creator and showrunner Michael Seitzman first broke the news on Twitter.

“Dear #CodeBlack fans, the sad news came today that we were cancelled,” he wrote. “It’s been a true joy to make this show and watch your response every week. Thank you for all of your passion. Truly, our best episodes have yet to air. We hope you’ll watch and enjoy them. We made them for you.”

The series takes place in the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where the high number often outnumbered the
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‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon

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‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon
The new Fab Five are coming back to Netflix really, really soon.

The streaming service announced Thursday that it has set a June 15 premiere date for “Queer Eye” Season 2, just two months after the reboot was renewed for a second installment.

The new “Queer Eye” hit Netflix earlier this year, introducing us to the new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Here’s the official logline for the next batch of episodes: This season, the Queer Eye Fab Five return to the Georgia heartland, forging connections with communities from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from self-love and faith, to immigration and how to make the perfect homemade poke bowls and more!

“These series
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Watch Harvey Weinstein Turn Himself in to New York Authorities (Video)

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Watch Harvey Weinstein Turn Himself in to New York Authorities (Video)
It finally happened: Disgraced Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities in New York City this morning.

The former titan emerged from a nondescript SUV at roughly 7:25 a.m. Et flanked by NYPD officers and surrendered to authorities in lower Manhattan’s first police precinct. The scene drew a frenzy of media attention and hangers on eager to catch a glimpse of Weinstein, who largely retreated from public view after his downfall.

The surrender happened almost a half hour later than expected.

Watch the video of Weinstein’s arrival above.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges in New York City

At least 80 women have accused Weinstein of assault, harassment and inappropriate conduct.

The avalanche of accusations against him, spawned the global #MeToo movement, throwing a spotlight on sexual misconduct in the workplace across industries.

In 2015, the Manhattan district attorney’s office began looking into Weinstein after Italian model Ambra Battilana,
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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’
Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is among those celebrating the disgraced Hollywood producer’s arrest in New York City this morning on sexual assault charges.

“Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell,” the Italian actress wrote on Twitter Friday. “We, the women, finally have real hope for justice.”

Here’s her actual tweet:

Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice. https://t.co/or8qGaNO93

— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) May 25, 2018

Also Read: Asia Argento Condemns Harvey Weinstein During Cannes Awards: 'This Festival Was His Hunting Ground' (Video)

Argento recently made headlines at the Cannes Film Festival last week when she condemned Weinstein ahead of an award presentation.

“I have a few words to tell you. In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Argento began during
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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Police in New York

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Police in New York
Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to police Friday morning following allegations of rape and sexual assault, deepening the downfall of a producer whose taste and bullying persona once defined independent film.

Weinstein, 66, wearing a dark jacket and clutching a few books, turned himself in to police in downtown New York shortly before 7:30 a.m., at a precinct besieged by reporters and news cameras. Manhattan prosecutors are expected to charge Weinstein later Friday with sexually assaulting two women: former actress Lucia Evans, and another alleged victim who has not yet been identified.

Weinstein’s bond is expected to be set at $2 million, according to CNN. The New York Times reported earlier that the former producer would be forced to turn in his passport and to wear a monitoring device.

News crews arrived at dawn Friday at the New York Police Department’s first precinct in Tribeca to capture the arrival
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Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City

Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City
Harvey Weinstein was arrested on Friday in New York City on sexual assault charges stemming from a months-long investigation by the NYPD into multiple women’s accusations of misconduct.

Though the Hollywood mogul has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women, the criminal charges by New York prosecutors stem from the accusations of two women. He was expected to be charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case involving an as-yet unidentified woman, and with first-degree criminal sex act in a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, according to law enforcement officials.

Weinstein’s bond was expected to be set at $2 million. He was also expected to surrender his passport, have restrictions place on his travel and wear a monitoring device as he awaits trial.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A rep for Weinstein said he sought treatment
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James Norton on ‘Gareth Jones,’ Working with Agnieszka Holland and Lessons from History (Exclusive)

Filming is just about to wrap on “Gareth Jones,” Agnieszka Holland’s latest film, about the intrepid Welsh journalist of the title and his efforts to report on the Holodomor, a manmade famine in 1930s Soviet Ukraine. “War & Peace,” and “McMafia” star James Norton plays Jones, and the cast includes Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and Joseph Mawles (“Game of Thrones”). Norton spoke to Variety about working with Holland, the modern resonance of the story, and the recurring Russian themes in his work.

What was your gut feeling when you heard about “Gareth Jones”?

My initial reaction was intrigue and surprise that I hadn’t heard of this guy before. What I love about these kind of jobs, and acting in general, I guess, is that they always give you an opportunity and a reason to embark on a mini-research trip. In my history classes we definitely did the Holocaust,
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Movistar +’s First Woman Director, Mar Coll, Talks Patriarchy, the New Spain

Adding to an ever-growing original series lineup, Movistar +, Telefonica’s pay TV operator, will release the family tragidramedy “Matar al Padre” on May 25. World premiering at Spain’s Malaga Festival, then selected for Lille’s Series Mania, Europe’s biggest TV festival, the miniseries is quite a different proposition to Movistar + other early shows. This time a relatively young director, Mar Coll, conducts through four episodes a highly thorough, almost surgical analysis of the relationships of a upper-class family down the years.

Taking place in Catalonia over four periods between 1996 and 2012, the four-part “Matar al padre” focuses mainly on the character of the father,
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Harvey Weinstein Arrested After Surrendering to Police

Harvey Weinstein Arrested After Surrendering to Police
More than seven months after sexual misconduct allegations involving Harvey Weinstein first surfaced publicly, the disgraced mogul has turned himself into authorities at the first precinct in Manhattan on Friday. Weinstein was arrested shortly thereafter, the NYPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter and is expected to be charged and arraigned later today. He's expected to be charged with rape and a criminal sex act, an official told the Associated Press.

It was the most dramatic twist to date in the downfall of the Oscar-winning producer, whose career began unraveling in the wake of twin exposés in the New York Times and ...
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Red Granite Missing From 'Papillon' Poster

The recently concluded Cannes film festival marked the seven-year anniversary of Red Granite Pictures’ spectacular launch party, the near-legendary beach event where Kanye West sang Gold Digger with Jamie Fox to an audience including the likes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm and Adrien Brody, and Pharrell Williams boldly declared that the new production company – which had just announced The Wolf of Wall Street – was to change the film industry “forever.”

Much did indeed change since that starry launch, but perhaps not the way Red Granite’s founders had envisioned.

On the newly-released poster for Papillon, Red Granite’s bold ...
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European Film Academy, Pen America Call for Release of Ukrainian Director

The European Film Academy, together with several industry bodies, including Pen America, the Federation of European Film Directors, the European Producers Club and national film academies in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the Czech and Slovak Republics, have called on the Russian government to immediately release imprisoned Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov before he dies of starvation in a hunger strike.

Sentsov began his hunger strike 12 days ago to protest both his imprisonment and that of 64 other Ukrainians held in Russian prisons. Claiming their arrest and incarceration to be politically motivated, the director is calling for their immediate release. Sentsov'...
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Venice Festival: 15 Films That Could Make the Lido Cut

Venice Festival: 15 Films That Could Make the Lido Cut
The Cannes film festival was low on star wattage and critical acclaim this year — despite praise for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and Capernaum from Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki — shifting this year's focus, again, to Venice.

The Italian festival is on a major hit streak, having picked the best-picture Oscar winner three of the last four years, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, Thomas McCarthy's Spolight and last year's The Shape of Water from Guillermo del Toro (not to mention Damien Chazelle’s La La Land , which won several Oscars but not for best picture, or ...
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Universal Wins International Rights to James Bond 25

Universal has won the rights to internationally distribute the upcoming Bond 25 film directed by Danny Boyle.

Daniel Craig will return as 007 and Boyle will direct from an original screenplay by John Hodge. The film will begin production December 3, and MGM will release the film in the United States on Nov. 8, 2019 through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures.

Universal will release the film in the U.K. Oct 25, 2019.

MGM will retain digital and worldwide television distribution rights. Universal will also handle physical home entertainment distribution.

“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise,” said Eon ProductionsMichael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. “We will begin shooting ‘Bond 25’ at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and are thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.”

“Under
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James Bond 25 Distribution Rights Go to MGM Domestically and Universal Overseas

MGM has won the domestic rights to release the upcoming 25th James Bond movie, the company announced Thursday.

Universal Pictures will handle international distribution as well as physical home video distribution rights under the arrangement. MGM will retain digital and worldwide TV distribution rights.

Daniel Craig will return for the next installment in the action franchise, his fifth (and most likely last) time playing the British super-spy. His previous four films — starting with 2006’s “Casino Royale” and continuing through 2015’s “Spectre” — were distributed both domestically and overseas by Sony.

Also Read: MGM Teams With Annapurna for Joint Distribution Deal

Danny Boyle will direct the as-yet-untitled new film, which is set for a release in the U.K. on October 25, 2019, followed by a U.S. launch on November 8, 2019. Production is slated to begin in December from a script by longtime Boyle collaborator John Hodge.

The new film will be released domestically
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Harvey Weinstein Scandal: A Timeline of a Hollywood Mogul’s Downfall (Photos)

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Harvey Weinstein Scandal: A Timeline of a Hollywood Mogul’s Downfall (Photos)
A few weeks after the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals brought us most of the films that would be competing for awards this year, Hollywood faced the fact that its culture was broken. It began with bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, leading to his ouster from both his company and the Academy, but it expanded to include Kevin Spacey and many others. It killed some awards movies, helped others and led to a black-clad Golden Globe Awards and a movement that promises to fundamentally alter the way the movie industry goes about its business. As awards season nears its conclusion, here’s a breakdown of four months that shook the industry to its core.

Read original story Harvey Weinstein Scandal: A Timeline of a Hollywood Mogul’s Downfall (Photos) At TheWrap
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