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New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis

New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis
16-year-old actress Sophia Lillis broke out last year with her starring role as Beverly Marsh in the mega-hit film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and now she’ll be playing an even more high profile literary character. A new report says that Lillis has been cast as the title role in a new Nancy Drew movie […]

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Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message

Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message
It’s looking like lackluster ratings have nailed the final coffin in Starz’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” as the series has been cancelled. Taking to Twitter, Bruce Campbell gave an emotional message that pays respect not just to the series but also to the history of the Evil Dead franchise itself. “Ash Vs Evil Dead has […]
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Avicii Dies at 28

Avicii Dies at 28
Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M In Thursday Previews

‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M In Thursday Previews
Write-thru, 7:44 AM: The preview numbers are beginning to roll in this morning for three new films debuting this weekend: the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and the drama/thriller Traffik about human traffiking.

The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty from STXfilms danced to a Thursday night preview take of $1M after releasing into roughly 2,600 theaters last night at 7 Pm. For comps, the Schumer starring comedy Snatched grabbed $650K in previews last year and went onto a three-day of $19.5M. The comedy, financed by Voltage Pictures and produced by them with Wonderland Sound and Vision, is still on track to open around $15M this weekend and rolls out to 3,440 locations this weekend.

Grosses came in earlier this AM for the guy-driven comedy SuperTroopers 2, which nabbed a big $1.35M in tickets last night as the sequel to the 2001 comedy cult film enjoyed double features in 925 of its 1,850 theaters.
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‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More

‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More
We have reached the point in the Disney/MarvelAvengers: Infinity War” Hype Machine where the actors are doing their press junkets. Based on the sheer size of the cast, secrets and news was bound to slip out of the mouths of these actors. And it looks like Sebastian Stan was one of the first Avengers to fall victim to the dreaded “verbal vomit.”

During an interview with the Independent, Stan let out that there is one scene in particular in ‘Infinity War’ where they have pulled together “everybody.” Now, he prefaces by saying he can’t name names but then proceeds to do just that.
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Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’

Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’
Exclusive: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books for seven figures. Moore is also set to adapt the book, which is set in her native Philadelphia and revolves around two sisters — one, an addict who has gone missing and the other a police officer who must find her. The story…
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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women

‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women
Actress Allison Mack, known for her work on the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday and accused of recruiting women into a purported self-help organization, NXIVM, in which they were required to work and have sex with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, prosecutors said.

U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement Friday that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”

Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March. He traveled there after The New York Times published a report in October about the group branding women. Mack’s involvement with the group has long been a subject of speculation: She can be seen in a series of conversations posted to YouTube last year, smilingly interviewing Raniere about his teachings.

His charges in March involve sex trafficking and conspiring to force labor. According to Donoghue, Raniere, known within the group as “The Vanguard,” created “a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets.”
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The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo

The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo
Attention lovers of liberty: spoilers for the series finale of Scandal lurking below!

Did you really think Shonda Rhimes was going to let Scandal's final episode end without one last squeeze of your tear ducts? The epic series finale, "Over a Cliff," is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. There's the crushing death of a beloved character, the conclusion of Olivia and Fitz's will-they-or-won't-they relationship, and even a jailhouse wedding. But the best moment of all comes in the episode's last few minutes.

Shortly after we see Olivia strutting through the National Mall in her trademark white trench coat one final time,
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Michael J Fox in Recovery After Spinal Surgery

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Michael J Fox in Recovery After Spinal Surgery
Michael J. Fox has recently undergone spinal surgery and is currently recovering, according to the actor’s spokesperson.

Fox, who currently has a recurring guest arc on ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” “recently underwent spinal surgery unrelated to his Parkinson’s,” his rep said in a statement to People. “He is recovering, feeling great, and looking forward to getting back on the golf course this summer.”

The reason for the surgery was not made public.

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Fox was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative nervous system disorder, in 1991. In a recent interview, the actor said he was told he’d only be able to continue acting for up to 10 years.

“It was scary,” he said. “I was 29 years old and so it was the last thing I expected to hear. I thought I’d hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie. And the doctor said ‘You have Parkinson’s disease.’ He said, ‘The good news is that you have 10 years of work left.'”

Since then, Fox has continued to work for more than two decades, with recent roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Wife” and his own 2013 NBC sitcom “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

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10 Works That Influenced ‘Westworld’

HBO’s “Westworld” has made a name for itself as a 22-time Emmy nominated show that garnered the network’s highest ever first season viewership. But the intricate plots, haunting writing and western-future hybrid production design of the genre program do not exist in a vacuum.

Westworld” showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan took inspiration from several other works to build their perfect dystopian theme park, including — but not limited to — the show’s cinematic source material. Here are some of the projects that influenced the hit series.

Westworld” and “Futureworld

While the plot of the premium cabler drama is
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Robert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Robert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]
Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull”) has delivered a one-two punch to all the other Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s. That decade’s first Best Actor winner was also your clear choice for the best of the ’80s, handily winning Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your favorite performance.

De Niro won with 40% of the vote, with last decade’s winner Daniel Day-Lewis (“My Left Foot”) coming in second at 22%. F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”) was the only other winner to earn a double-digit percentage, taking in 11%. Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”) followed close behind at 8% and Michael Douglas (“Wall Street”) and Paul Newman (“The Color of Money”) tied for fifth at 5% apiece. There was another tie further down between Henry Fonda (“At Golden Pond”) and Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”) at 3% each, then William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”) at 2%. Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies”) came in last with just 1% of the vote.
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‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller

Online ticket-seller Fandango is reporting “Deadpool 2” has become the third-largest pre-seller of 2018 at the same point in the sales cycle behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.”

After only one day of sales, “Deadpool 2” tickets are on pace to become the top R-rated preseller in Fandango’s 18-year history, eclipsing 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“Thanks in part to ‘Deadpool’ creator Rob Liefeld’s exclusive FanShop poster offer with tickets, fans flocked to Fandango to reserve their seats as soon as tickets were available,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.

Fox released the final trailer for the Ryan Reynolds sequel on Thursday with Deadpool coming together with Zazie Beetz’s Domino and T.J. Miller’s Weasel to defeat the powerful Cable, played by Josh Brolin. The superhero sequel also stars Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, and Stefan Kapicic as Deadpool’s team of mutants protect a young boy (Julian Dennison) from Cable.
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Tribeca: ‘Home + Away’ Trailer Debut (Exclusive)

“Home + Away,” a new documentary about three student athletes in El Paso, is a film that speaks to our current political moment.

The film follows a group of high schoolers who live their lives in the shadow of the United States’ border with Mexico. They attend Bowie High School, an underdog institution dismissed by its rivals as “that poor Mexican school.” Director Matt Ogens said he was drawn to the project because was looking to make a movie about sports that also touched on socioeconomic issues.

“What’s so unique about the school is that about a quarter of the students have family who live in Juarez, Mexico, and walk across the border regularly to go to school,” Ogens said in a statement. “In some cases, a student’s parents might be in Juarez but they might live with another family member in El Paso part of the time in
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‘American Idol’: Idina Menzel to Mentor Disney-Themed Night (Exclusive)

‘American Idol’: Idina Menzel to Mentor Disney-Themed Night (Exclusive)
For the first time in forever, “American Idol” will host a Disney-themed night on the ABC singing competition. And the contestants will get get a little help from Queen Elsa of “Frozen” herself. Guest mentor Idina Menzel – who voiced the lead character and sang the iconic anthem “Let it Go” in the film — will be on hand to guide the top 10 on the April 29 episode, Variety has learned exclusively.

Menzel will be working with the Idols next week, after America eliminates four contestants on the Monday night’s show (April 23). In this episode, the top 14 contestants will perform solo,
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How ‘The Lego Movie’ Was ‘Ready Player One’ First, and Better (Commentary)

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How ‘The Lego Movie’ Was ‘Ready Player One’ First, and Better (Commentary)
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Ready Player One.”)

If you’re a fan of Steven Spielberg’s hit film “Ready Player One,” I get it. On the surface it’s hard to hate on the idea of a film packed with nostalgic callouts to old pop culture, plus a message of friendship, acceptance, and the value of real life versus escapism.

But that’s on the surface. Ultimately, the larger messages and themes are just backdrop to cool visuals and a ton of references, the references don’t really amount to anything except a list of things audiences probably like, and the film’s characters largely just define themselves mainly by liking that stuff.

But what if we told you there was a far superior version of “Ready Player One” that is all of that and much more, and also came out four years earlier? There is: it’s called “The Lego Movie.”

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Both “Ready Player One” and “The Lego Movie” are epic adventures about playing in a fantasy world populated by characters owned largely by Warner Bros., dressed up in more meaningful messages to dilute the consumerism. And both films feature deliberately uninteresting protagonists who seem defined largely by their interests. But that’s where the similarities basically end.

The main character of “Ready Player One,” Wade (Tye Sheridan), proudly likes the right things — “Back to the Future,” “Buckaroo Banzai,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Shining” and so on. It’s part of his quest to win riches by solving a puzzle at the heart of the online virtual world Oasis, essentially an enormous online video game. But while Oasis is a place where you can supposedly “be anything,” the things that people most often end up being are the creations of other people, and owned by other people.

The mess of characters running around the Oasis — and there’s a lot of them — aren’t made interesting in some way by being used by the players who inhabit them. They’re just quick shots of things you’ve seen before. “The Iron Giant,” the DeLorean from “Back to The Future,” and so on.

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But where liking the right stuff and knowing everything about it is a virtue (and Wade’s whole life) in “Ready Player One,” “The Lego Movie” uses that idea as a jumping off point. The film follows regular guy Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) who, like Wade, likes everything everyone else likes and defines himself by his conformity.

But unlike Wade, Emmet spends the movie figuring out his own identity. The entire plot of “The Lego Movie” is Emmet finding what makes him unique, an idea taken even further when it’s revealed the entire story is a game being played by Finn (Jadon Sand), a real-life kid. The main conflict of the movie — that Lego character President Business (Will Ferrell) wants to destroy the universe with the “Kragle,” a bottle of Krazy Glue — is actually a metaphor for Finn’s father wanting to freeze his Lego sets into permanent finished states. The film eventually has Finn’s father realize that his son is using the toys to create for himself, and to express his individuality.

Meanwhile, even as it makes use of a references to the Warner Bros. stable — DC superheroes, Gandalf from “The Lord of the Rings,” Dumbledore from “Harry Potter” — “The Lego Movie” goes a step further than “Ready Player One.”

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The Lego Movie” jokes that Superman would ghost an annoying fellow hero, that Batman would be an insufferable narcissist, that Gandalf and Dumbledore don’t have time to shepherd every random hero through his or her origin story. These aren’t just shoutouts to random characters, they’re subversions of viewer expectation. Your understanding of the source material is expanded, not just catered to.

Both “Ready Player One” and “The Lego Movie” are ultimately about playing in a preexisting pop culture world. But where “Ready Player One” flashes a picture of a thing you like, “The Lego Movie” bothers to know something about it, and turns it into something new and surprisingly deep. That’s special and, four years later, something that hasn’t fully been duplicated.

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‘It’ Star Sophia Lillis to Play Nancy Drew in Movie Adaptation

‘It’ Star Sophia Lillis to Play Nancy Drew in Movie Adaptation
“It” star Sophia Lillis will play teen detective Nancy Drew in Warner Bros.’ movie adaptation of “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.”

The producers are Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman through their A Very Good Production company, along with Chip Diggins. Filming is expected to start in May. Wendy Williams is executive producing.

The story, first published in 1930, was written by Mildred Wirt Benson. Warner Bros. also made a film adaptation of the book in 1939, starring Bonita Granville.

The story centers on a pair of elderly sisters and their strange experiences in their Victorian-era house, leading to the duo being accused of murder. Nancy must act quickly to save the sisters from jail.

Warner Bros. released 2007’s “Nancy Drew,” starring Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, Josh Flitter, and Max Thieriot. The pic was directed by Andrew Fleming and grossed $30 million worldwide.

Lillis, 16, made her acting debut in 2014 in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Chrissy Teigen Says She Was Reported as Potentially Suicidal After Anti-Sandal Tweet

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Chrissy Teigen Says She Was Reported as Potentially Suicidal After Anti-Sandal Tweet
Oh, dear; it appears that Chrissy Teigen has really stepped in it this time.

Lip Sync Battle” personality Teigen took to Twitter on Friday to say that she had been reported as potentially suicidal, after posting a tweet disparaging the aesthetics of men wearing sandals.

She also asked people to, um, not do that in the future.

Teigen tweeted Friday afternoon asking people to please “stop reporting me for saying I want to die when John wears sandals.”

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“John” would be her husband, singer John Legend.

The request was accompanied by a screen shot of a message reading, “Hello christine teigen, We’re writing to you because a concerned individual has recently alerted us to potentially suicidal or self-harming comments posted on your account.”

Friday’s request came after Teigen tweeted a number of messages expressing her dislike for how men’s sandals look. One such missive came in response to a query from another Twitter user, who asked, “Does John like to wear sandals?”

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“Sure, on the beach, and despite loving him more than I knew I was capable of loving someone, I still want to die,” Teigen replied.

Aside from being reported to Twitter over her anti-sandals agenda, Teigen was also contradicted by none other than Legend himself, who posted a tweet insisting, “I don’t wear sandals! I have tried them before and found they make every outfit worse. At least for me. But carry on with your sandals, everyone!”

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Legend, who recently played the title character in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” further drove his stance home by noting, “I played Jesus and wore sneakers.”

please stop reporting me for saying I want to die when John wears sandals pic.twitter.com/CsobDs4rAJ

– christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 20, 2018

Sure, on the beach, and despite loving him more than I knew I was capable of loving someone, I still want to die https://t.co/oiMMBAnA3J

– christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 19, 2018

I played Jesus and wore sneakers. https://t.co/1ODxtBoqAv

– John Legend (@johnlegend) April 20, 2018

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TV News Roundup: Michael C. Hall’s ‘Safe’ Gets First Trailer, Netflix Release Date

In today’s roundup, Netflix dropped the trailer and announced the release date for new thriller series “Safe,” and multiple characters are returning for Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3.”

Dates

Netflix released the trailer for the new drama “Safe” starring Michael C. Hall and also announced the series will be added to the streaming platform on May 10. The show, from best-selling crime thriller novelist Harlan Coben, stars Hall as a widowed surgeon who discovers dark secrets about the people around him following his teenager daughter’s disappearance. Watch the trailer below.

Casting

Sarah Jeffery, Thomas Doherty, and Dylan Playfair will
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Will Adam Rippon become the first male figure skater to win the Mirror Ball Trophy on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?

Will Adam Rippon become the first male figure skater to win the Mirror Ball Trophy on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?
According to our early “Dancing with the Stars” racetrack odds for its special athletes-only 26th season, Adam Rippon is the man to beat. The 28-year-old figure skater is coming off of an Olympic Games where he won a bronze medal in the figure skating team event with his American teammates (including his “DWTS” rival Mirai Nagasu). His career has also included a 2010 Four Continents championship and a 2016 Us nationals championship. Will he add a Mirror Ball Trophy to his list of accomplishments?

Pros:

Figure skaters are an especially good fit for “DWTS” as they come to the dance floor with plenty of advanced physical training and experience with choreography, music and performing for a live audience. And of course they know what it takes to please a panel of judges. That undoubtedly helped two past figure skaters win the show: Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and Meryl Davis (season 18).

Rippon has already
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Jacob Young Talks ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Status, Plans for New Projects (Exclusive)

Jacob Young Talks ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Status, Plans for New Projects (Exclusive)
The Bold and the Beautiful” star Jacob Young has moved from contract status at the CBS soap to a recurring role.

“I had been talking with my management and my team about this for awhile, and it’s almost as if I kind of manifested it maybe because it felt like it was running its course,” Young tells Variety exclusively about his role as Rick Forrester.

Young shares that the character is “incredibly important” to him, as well as the show, so while he is no longer with the show full time, he is glad to be able to still pop up “here and there.
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