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HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Casts Regina King, Don Johnson, Four Others

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Casts Regina King, Don Johnson, Four Others
Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” pilot at HBO has set a number of actors in key roles, Variety has learned.

Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard will all appear in the series, with King in the lead role. King previously appeared on “The Leftovers,” the HBO drama series co-created by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name.

The exact details of their characters are being kept under wraps. Lindelof on Tuesday posted a letter to fans in which he laid out his vision for the series,
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Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’: A look back at her 11th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’: A look back at her 11th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 11 of the 21-part Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

The latter half of the 1990s found Meryl Streep struggling to find a proper follow-up to her sublime, Oscar-nominated turn in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995).

First, there was “Before and After” (1996), a sleepy collaboration with filmmaker Barbet Schroeder and leading man Liam Neeson. The picture, among Streep’s worst box office performers to date, was out of theaters within a month.

A bit more successful was “Marvin’s Room” (1996), a family drama that at last paired Streep with Diane Keaton, plus Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film garnered modest reviews and box office receipts upon opening that December and it was ultimately Keaton,
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Film News Roundup: Shooting Wraps on Nicholas Hoult’s ‘Tolkien’ Biopic

In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on “Tolkien,” the DGA honors two veteran members and Spotlight Cinema Networks moves into event programming.

Production Wraps

Fox Searchlight Pictures has wrapped principal photography on the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. Dome Karukoski is directing from a script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Producers are Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready of Chernin Entertainment, along with Kris Thykier of Archery Pictures. The film focuses on the orphaned author Tolkien, author of the “Lord of the Rings” books, as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school and serves as a British soldier in World War I.

DGA Honors

The Directors Guild of America has awarded Dwight Williams with the 2018 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service
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Adultery is not the answer in Year By The Sea

In Hollywood movies like How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Under the Tuscan Sun, women rebound from bad marriages and midlife crises by romancing younger men. Year by the sea is based on author Joan Anderson’s real life, so it’s not the typical Hollywood version. Karen Allen plays Joan, who takes a break from her marriage by living in a seaside town to focus on writing. She is not interested in the local man who comes courting her, who happens to be her son’s age. “I think in this particular film, honestly, she’s not looking to be involved more
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Viola Davis To Star in and Produce “I Almost Forgot About You”

Davis in “Fences

Viola Davis is teaming up with the director of “Girls Trip.” The “How to Get Away with Murder” star will topline and produce an adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” helmed by Malcolm D. Lee. Shadow and Act reports that Universal snagged the rights to the novel after making “a huge, competitive bid.”

The pic sees Davis playing Georgia Young, a “twice-divorced, successful optometrist. Despite a life, full of great friends, and family, she hasn’t felt a romantic spark in a while, and feeling bored and restless,” according to an official synopsis. “She decides it’s time to change, and goes on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life.”

McMillan is penning the script with Ron Bass (“Rain Man,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”).

Davis won an Oscar earlier
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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Team on ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Team on ‘I Almost Forgot About You’
In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with Viola Davis attached to star.

Girls Trip” helmer Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct and produce along with Davis, who will produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley are also producing.

Ron Bass will adapt with McMillan. The two previously collaborated on the films “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

The story follows Georgia Young, a twice-divorced, successful optometrist whose life looks great on paper, but she finds herself feeling bored and restless and decides it’s time to change lanes. As a result, she finds herself on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life.

The book is a New York Times bestseller published by Crown
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They Never Looked Better: Angela Basset in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”

Angela Bassett is the kind of classy woman that can look good in just about anything she does. Be it horror, drama, film, TV, or anything she’s bound to look as good as she can. But there’s one film in which she looked absolutely radiant that has gone and been forgotten by a good number of people. That’s kind of regrettable really since just watching it you can see that she was at the height of her acting career and managed to peak at just the right time. The film is How Stella Got Her Groove back and watching Bassett

They Never Looked Better: Angela Basset in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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Taye Diggs Shows Off His Bare Butt in Revealing Instagram Pic

Taye Diggs Shows Off His Bare Butt in Revealing Instagram Pic
Taye Diggs is probably following you on Twitter, but you should really be following him on Instagram.

On Friday, the 46-year-old actor got personal for his 213,000 followers on the popular social media platform — revealing his bare behind in a scandalous mirror selfie.

The photo, shared on his Instagram Story, came with no caption or explanation. In it, he wears just a grey short-sleeve T-shirt (tied in a knot in the back), silver chain, black fedora, and a smile.

Hours later, he deleted the image. Digg’s most recent shot is a pic of he and model girlfriend Amanza Smith Brown.
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Terry McMillan’s ‘I Almost Forgot About You’ Film Rights Acquired By Jackal Group

Exclusive: The Jackal Group has acquired the feature film rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel I Almost Forgot About You, which like her other books — Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back — has gotten critical kudos. Gail Berman and Joe Earley will produce the project through their Jackal Group banner. This book will mark the fifth of the author’s to be adapted for a movie and the third to be put on the big screen. I Almost Forgot About You tells…
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Stars of Orange Is The New Black and More Featured in Musical Mockumentary Happy Yummy Chicken

Taryn Manning Orange is the New Black, Hustle amp Flow, Crossroads, Suzzanne Douglas How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Lifetime's Whitney, Emma Myles Orange is the New Black, Child of Grace and Diane Guerrero Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black star in musical theatre mockumentary Happy Yummy Chicken, written by Brandon Monokian and directed by Anna Loyd Bradshaw.
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Snowed in by Winter Storm Stella? Here Are the Best Shows and Movies to Binge During the Blizzard

Snowed in by Winter Storm Stella? Here Are the Best Shows and Movies to Binge During the Blizzard
If you’re one of the thousands of people who are forced to stay home on Tuesday due to Winter Storm Stella, there is a bright spot amidst all that snow —getting caught up on all the things you’ve been meaning to stream.

If you’re looking for ideas — or just don’t know where to start — we’ve put together a handy guide on the best TV and movies to stream on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and more. And we’ve broken them down by your moods — from wishing you were on a sunny beach somewhere (then-teenaged Lauren Conrad
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Santa Clarita Diet: Drew Barrymore's zombie-com is dead try-hard

You might be thinking green juice and clean eating but Barrymore’s new show sees her come back to life as the flesh-eating undead. And boy, is it wacky…

So here we are at the end of the month when, after the false dawn of January’s payday, everyone is still too skint from buying £50-worth of fruit a week for our now crusty and uncleaned NutriBullet to leave the house, and too ashamed to admit that our Dry January ended about 13 days ago. What else to do but sink into the sofa, scroll through Netflix and land on Drew Barrymore’s cherubic face beaming beatifically? Her new show is called Santa Clarita Diet – which sounds wholesome. Maybe it’s about a new wellness trend, like a Chef’s Table for the Deliciously Ella generation? Well … no. Drew’s Netflix debut is the weirdest career U-turn since she appeared in
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Half Century Halle (and other anniversaries)

On this day in history as it relates to showbiz...

1040 King Duncan is killed in battle and King Macbeth succeeds him. Shakespeare fictionalizes everything later for Macbeth. So many theatrical productions and movies follow. Out damn spot!

1932 The 1932 Summer Olympics end. This is the Olympic year when gorgeous Buster Crabbe became a gold medalist (pictured left). Hollywood then snatched him right up for movie serials and action adventure franchises including Tarzan The Fearless

1945 Japan surrenders during Ww II (the six year war will last only two more weeks.) but movie makers all over the world have never stopped telling the war's infinite stories. On that same day Steve Martin is born in Waco Texas. It only takes him another 68 years to get the Oscar he totally deserved

1946 Two actor birthdays: Blacksploitation actor Antonio Fargas who became "Huggybear" on TV's popular Starksy & Hutch and Susan Saint James TV of McMillan & Wife
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Slideshow: Ethan Hawke, A-List Authors Highlight 2016 Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | NextActor Ethan Hawke for his new graphic novel, ‘Indeh.’

Chicago – Actor Ethan Hawke continues his plethora of vocations with the “hawkeing” of “Indeh,” his new graphic novel (co-authored with Greg Ruth) at the 2016 Printers Row Lit Fest in June. He was the celebrity spotlight, but the festival also featured the heavy hitters of the literary world, including notables Terry McMillan (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back”) and R.L.“Goosebumps” Stine.

The Printers Row Lit Fest bills itself as the Midwest’s “Largest Outdoor Literary Festival.” For two days, book buffs get to browse tome tables, meet their favorite scribes and bask in one of the Chicago’s most vital and historic downtown neighborhoods. The area of Chicago was once home to the heart of the printing and publishing industry in the city, and still serves as the host of the annual literature festival.

Photographer Joe Arce was on the scene,
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Here Are All the New Movies Coming to HBO Now in September

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Finished all the titles on your Netflix list? No worries, HBO Now has a whole bunch of new (and classic) movies coming in September. You can watch Reese Witherspoon's Oscar-nominated performance in Wild, see Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, Unbroken, or indulge in some oldies but goodies, like Bring It On and The Faculty. Here's everything you need to know about the movies and shows premiering on HBO Now and HBO Go during the upcoming month - plus the ones that are disappearing! In case you still haven't gotten to all of them, these are the new movies that turned up in August, as well. Saturday night premieres: Sept. 5: Wild Sept. 12: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Sept. 19: Exodus: Gods and Kings Sept. 26: Unbroken Original programming highlights: Sept. 9: Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans Sept. 12: Ferrell Takes the Field Sept.
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Taye Diggs Will Be the Next Hedwig, Takes Over for Darren Criss

Taye Diggs Will Be the Next Hedwig, Takes Over for Darren Criss
Move over, Darren Criss! Broadway already has casted its next Hedwig for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and it's Taye Diggs! Idina Menzel's ex-husband will take over for the Glee alum starting July 22, according to the New York Times. "Taye is fantastic—he has theater cred, he has pop culture cred, he can sing, he can act, he can dance, he's smart and he's sexy," said lead producer David Binder to the Nyt. "That's why we cast him." This wouldn't be Diggs' first appearance on Broadway, as he also appeared in the original cast of Rent. He also has co-starred in films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and TV shows such as Private Practice, so there's no...
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Guys, we need to talk about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in 'Beyond the Lights'

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Guys, we need to talk about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in 'Beyond the Lights'
This morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations made one thing abundantly clear that has been pretty much at the forefront of much of the awards discussion this season: there is room to maneuver in the lead and supporting actress categories. Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") and Naomi Watts ("St. Vincent") each found an angle and made their way in. But there are two performances in one film that frankly deserve to be in the conversation to win each of those categories, yet neither is getting any traction. It's time we talked about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights." First and foremost, HitFix readers aren't new to the banging of this drum as for the longest time, our own Greg Ellwood has been out in front on this title, championing it all the way back at the Toronto Film Festival. For my part, I didn't get around to seeing it until very recently,
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Taye Diggs Joins Topher Grace Musical Comedy ‘One Shot’

Topher Grace’s backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who’s currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, is also producing.

Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the production. Diggs of course got his start originating the character of Benny in 1996′s Tony-winning Rent, a role he reprised in 2005 when the musical was adapted into a film by Sony and Chris Columbus. By then he was well into a film and TV career with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, and a run
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Bww Interview: Angela Bassett Spills about Life at the Freak Show

Angela Bassett. If that name doesn't mean anything to you, shame The Academy Award nominee has appeared in everything from How Stella Got Her Groove Back, to Meet The Robinsons, and most recently, American Horror Story Freak Show. Bassett appeared last season in Coven as Marie Lalaurie, the voodoo queen, and returns this season as Desiree Dupree, the hermaphrodite. Recently, I got the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Angela Bassett, and she answered all of our burning questions about Desiree and the process behind making American Horror Story.
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Angela Bassett on Her American Horror Story Character and the Sensitive Michael Chiklis

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Angela Bassett on Her American Horror Story Character and the Sensitive Michael Chiklis
After a long career on the big screen in movies like Waiting to Exhale, What's Love Got to Do With It, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Angela Bassett has become one of the most recent additions to the troupe of actors that go from season to season to season on American Horror Story.We first saw her in Coven as the snake-charming, witch-cursing New Orleans voodoo queen Marie Laveau, and in this season's Freak Show, she plays the multi-breasted circus performer Desiree Dupree. We caught up with her to talk about subversive horror, playing against type, and shaking her head at the suddenly sensitive Michael Chiklis.I love that you’ve chosen to work on American Horror Story. Does working with an ensemble cast feel very different from some of your other work?I think the great pleasure about it for me is that I started in theater,
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