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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.

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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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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.

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In ‘That Summer,’ the Stars of ‘Grey Gardens’ Look More Unhinged Than Ever

In ‘That Summer,’ the Stars of ‘Grey Gardens’ Look More Unhinged Than Ever
There are a few ways to think about Edith Bouvier Beale, the fallen ’30 debutante–turned–head-scarf-wearing aristocratic freak who became a cult figure in “Grey Gardens,” the 1975 Maysles brothers documentary that’s now regarded as a vérité classic. When you first see “Little Edie,” she comes off as someone who, if she didn’t exist, John Waters would have had to invent. Swanning around in her too-bright lipstick and Ocd kerchiefs (think Muslim head scarves designed by Coco Chanel), she’s a found-object character, a High Wasp fruitcake dropping breathy pensées that make her sound weirdly worldly and utterly around the bend. That’s why she’s a camp icon.

But how did she get that way? The astounding musical version of “Grey Gardens,” which premiered Off Broadway in 2006, dove deep into Edie’s past and came up with an interpretation of how, exactly, she wound up living with her ancient domineering mother,
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22 Times ‘Solo’ Recycled Moments From the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

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The new Disney era of “Star Wars” is well known at this point for its incessant nods to old “Star Wars” movies, and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” takes that to a whole new level by essentially recycling entire scenes and even borrowing its entire plot from that which came before. Below you’ll find our list of 22 times “Solo” reused, repurposed or just referenced the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

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Film News Roundup: Alice Eve’s Comedy ‘Bees Make Honey’ Set for July Release

In today’s film news roundup, an Alice Eve comedy gets a release, AMC and Dolby celebrate a milestone and Disney teams with Dole to promote good nutrition.

Release Date

Kew Media has set a July 2 VOD release in North America and the U.K. for the dark comedy “Bees Make Honey” from writer-director Jack Eve, starring his sister Alice Eve and father Trevor Eve, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, set in 1935, also stars Hermione Corfield, Joséphine de La Baume, Wilf Scolding, Joshua McGuire, Anatole Taubman and Ivano Jeremiah. Alice Eve plays a character desperately attempting to solve the murder of her husband by recreating the exact circumstances a year later.

Bees Make Honey” is the debut feature film from Jack Eve, whose short film “Lithgow Saint” premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Curzon Cinemas in the UK.

Bees Make Honey” is an Xploseve Production in association with Flexibon Films,
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Ashleigh Banfield Blasts Sherita Dixon-Cole Over Sexual-Assault Accusation Against Cop: ‘You’re Not Helping’

Ashleigh Banfield Blasts Sherita Dixon-Cole Over Sexual-Assault Accusation Against Cop: ‘You’re Not Helping’
The woman who accused a Texas state trooper of sexual assault could soon face criminal charges, after body cam video revealed no evidence of misconduct.

But before she deals with the legal system, Sherita Dixon-Cole was read the riot act by Ashleigh Banfield … on live national television.

“Dear Sherita,” Banfield said directly to the camera Thursday, reading from an open letter she wrote to Dixon-Cole, “you’re not helping.”

Also Read: Ashleigh Banfield Fires Back at Aziz Ansari Article Author Who Insulted Her Looks (Video)

“If you hadn’t noticed, the rest of the country is wrenching and turning and churning through a movement that, when resolved, may just yield a lot of sunshine and goodwill among men and women who are all just trying to get along,” Banfield continued. “Your false accusations of rape against that cop, your viral cry wolf, just brought a dark cloud to our national therapy session,
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China Appoints Wang Xiaohui as Film Bureau Chief

China has appointed high-ranking lawyer and bureaucrat Wang Xiaohui as head of the Film Bureau. The position had been vacant since March.

A reshuffle had been in the cards for a couple of months since the government announced that the State Administration for Press Publishing Radio Film & Television (Sapprft) and the Film Bureau were shifted to be under direct control of the Communist Party’s Propaganda Department. That move is seen as part of a growing government crackdown over media, the internet, and social media.

In addition to the new Film Bureau role, Wang is expected to retain his title as deputy minister of the Propaganda Department. The Chinese Government Network described Wang as 55 years old, hailing from Jilin Province and, after completing a Masters degree in law, starting a career at the Propaganda Department in 1986. In 2014, he served as deputy director of the Central Policy Research Office.

In related appointments,
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Did You Catch Han’s ‘Back to the Future’ Reference?

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Did You Catch Han’s ‘Back to the Future’ Reference?
(Note: This post contains light spoilers for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”)

Lucasfilm’s latest effort to fill out the backstory of well-loved characters from a galaxy far, far away, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” is full of references. The vast majority of them are to “Star Wars” in general — the original movies, the exploits of title character Han Solo, and the old Expanded Universe of comics, novels, video games and more.

You might have missed one movie reference in “Solo” that goes for something different, though. It nudges the audience to remember another classic sci-fi trilogy: “Back to the Future.”

The moment comes late in “Solo,” when Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and his crew fly through the Maelstrom, a big giant space cloud filled with ice and asteroids. As Han takes over flying the Millennium Falcon, he finally gets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) to sit in as his co-pilot, as the
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Does ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Disney and Lucasfilm are quickly turning “Star Wars” into its own cinematic universe. The latest addition to the franchise, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” further branches out from the core tale of the three movie trilogies, filling in the backstory of Han Solo and adding a lot more to the galaxy far, far away.

“Star Wars” is fast beginning to resemble its counterpart, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is well-known for taking multiple stories and characters and slowly weaving them together into one all-encompassing, linked narrative. And a lot of the time, the McU brings stories together with its ubiquitous post-credits scenes.

So if “Star Wars” is taking a page from Marvel Studios in widening out the stories that make up its world, does that mean you should expect a post-credits scene at the end of “Solo?”

Also Read: 22 Times 'Solo' Recycled Moments From the Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy

The answer to that question,
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Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — Here’s What It Means

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Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — Here’s What It Means
(Note: This post contains massive spoilers for the end of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Just putting that out there.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story” fills in the backstory of Han Solo and quite a few other characters. The movie’s biggest twist, however, doesn’t have to do with the events that lead Han to becoming one of the greatest smugglers in the galaxy — it’s about one “Star Wars” character who turns out to be still alive, still influencing the galaxy, and still posing a threat to a lot of people.

That character is Darth Maul, and if you haven’t been keeping up with any of the ancillary “Star Wars” material surrounding the core film franchise — specifically the animated TV shows that he’s prominently appeared in — seeing him again was probably a bit of a shock. Especially since he shows up as the boss of crime
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Morgan Freeman Pulled From Visa Marketing After Harassment Allegations

Following the CNN report in which eight women accused Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment, Visa has decided to pull its marketing materials featuring the actor.

The company said in a statement to multiple outlets: “We are aware of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Freeman. At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured.”

Vancouver public transit system TransLink has also revealed that it has halted using Freeman’s voice on its transit announcements. Vancouver’s transit authority had partnered with Visa on an ad campaign using Freeman’s voice.

“In light of information we’ve learned this morning of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign on our transit system,” TransLink said. “We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”

Vancouver native Seth Rogen offered his services via Twitter,
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‘Star Wars:’ A Boba Fett Movie Is in the Works

Boba Fett is getting his own spinoff.

Disney is developing a “Star Wars” standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett from “Logan” director James Mangold, Variety has learned from several sources.

Simon Kinberg, best known as a writer-producer on the “X-Men” movies, will collaborate with Mangold on the Bobba Fett movie, although it’s unclear what his role will be.

The untitled movie will be a part of the studio’s Star Wars Anthology films, which are being spun off as origin stories. The first anthology film was 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” followed by “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. “Solo” began opening in previews on Thursday night in North America, with forecasts of an debut weekend of $130 million to $150 million.

Variety first reported in August that Disney and Lucasfilm were in development on a spinoff movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi,
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