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Film News Roundup: PETA Sponsors Rescued Lion in Jon Favreau’s Name

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Film News Roundup: PETA Sponsors Rescued Lion in Jon Favreau’s Name
In today’s film news roundup, PETA honors Jon Favreau for “The Lion King,” “Tigers Are Not Afraid” gets a theatrical release, a Kirk Franklin biopic is in development and “The Sixth Sense” gets an anniversary showing in Philadelphia.

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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is sponsoring a rescued lion to honor director Jon Favreau’s decision to use computer-generated imagery to create the animals in “The Lion King.”

Disney’s “The Lion King” hits theaters this weekend. PETA selected Louie, who was taken from his mother as a cub in South Africa and forced to perform in film and television productions. Louie currently lives at the Lions Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine, Calif.

“Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ brings to life compelling characters such as Simba, Nala, Pumbaa, and Timon without exploiting a single live animal,” said PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange. “In Mufasa’s name,
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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Kathleen Kennedy Elected Chair of AFI Board of Trustees

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has been elected Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, the American Film Institute announced Thursday.

Kennedy succeeds Sir Howard Stringer, who served in the role since 1999.

“More than 50 years ago, the AFI was created to advance and elevate the art of film, and it has been my privilege to uphold that mission for two decades,” said Stringer in a statement. “I pass the torch to Kathleen Kennedy with great confidence, for she is a visionary who has not only long served as an AFI Trustee, but will also lead the Institute into the future with her signature taste, talent and intellect.”

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“It is a distinct honor to be elected as Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees,” responded Kennedy. “AFI’s commitment to the power of storytelling — coupled
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How Well Did 'Sharp Objects' and 'The Act' Portray a Rare Psychological Disorder?

For a relatively new and rare diagnosis, Munchausen syndrome by proxy has garnered quite a bit of screen time.

The syndrome, in which a caretaker either fabricates an illness for a victim or induces it in them, entered the public consciousness only four decades ago, when British doctor Roy Meadow coined the term in a 1977 research paper. But since it made its major pop-cultural debut in Nancy Wright's 1984 true-crime book A Mother's Trial, it has resurfaced onscreen every few years — on TV shows like The X-Files, Law & Order, Scrubs and True Detective and in films including The Sixth Sense, It ...
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ dream cast: We’d love to see these men in the ballroom, including a rapper, a child star and more [Poll]

‘Dancing with the Stars’ dream cast: We’d love to see these men in the ballroom, including a rapper, a child star and more [Poll]
There’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on “Dancing with the Stars” when the series returns this fall for its 28th season, and ABC entertainment president Karey Burke recently said they’re “going after bigger stars than we have in a long time.” Below is a list of male celebs I think the show should consider inviting to vie for the Mirror Ball Trophy (and check our my female cast suggestions here). Do you agree with my picks? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which (if any) of them you’d most like to see on “DWTS.” And feel free to let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see when the show comes back in September.

Brandon Victor Dixon

After receiving Tony nominations for Broadway’s “The Color Purple” (2006) and “Shuffle Along” (2016), Dixon
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Exclusive: Sarah Paulson on the ‘iconic’ world of Glass for M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Trilogy Finale

M. Night Shyamalan’s twist endings became his trademark following the global success of The Sixth Sense in 1999. His next film, Unbreakable, in 2000 cemented his reputation as rug-puller in chief when it also featured a dramatic reveal at the climax. Fans of David Dunn and his nemesis Mr. Glass (Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson respectively) wanted more, and the director commented at the time that the film was set up to be the first of a trilogy. It took many years for this promised trilogy to come to light, but when it did the reveal came in true Shyamalan fashion.

The final moments of 2016’s Split were audacious in their revelation. This film about a serial killer with a split personality was a secret sequel to Unbreakable, and there was more to come. This year James McAvoy’s Beast, Willis’ Dunn and Jackson’s Mr. Glass came together for
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The Assent Looks Skyward in this Second Film Poster

Tagline: "To the Darkness, We Reqlinquish Our Souls..." The Assent is an exorcism themed horror film. From director Pearry Reginald Teo (Witchville), a new poster has been released for the film, courtesy of production house Bleiberg Entertainment. The graphic shows a child without pupils and looking skyward. And, assent is a Catholic word, in which a possessed person gives consent to an inhabiting demon. As well, this title stars: Robert Kazinsky ("True Blood"), Peter Jason (Escape from L.A.) and Hannah Ward. Being compared to The Sixth Sense and The Exorcist, a preview for The Assent is hosted here. The long synopsis, for the film, mentions three phases of possession. First there is the initial possession, followed by the affliction and finally the assent. At each phase, the demon grows in power, over its host. An exorcism takes place. But, Father Lambert (Jason) may not be able to save the young boy,
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Haley Joel Osment on "Jumping in the Deep End" With Lily Collins For Intense Ted Bundy Scenes

Haley Joel Osment is no stranger to thrillers. After all, the 31-year-old actor has starred in countless of them over the years, including his Oscar-nominated role in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense when he was only 11 years old. Though he is well-known for playing the kid "who sees dead people," his latest film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is a whole new kind of horror.

The Netflix film tells the story of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) through the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who believed he was innocent for many years. On the flip side, Osment plays the role of Kloepfer's coworker and eventual husband, Jerry. Though it's unclear if Kloepfer actually did marry her coworker in real life - Jerry is reportedly based on a romantic love interest of hers named Hank - in the film, the character
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Haley Joel Osment on "Jumping in the Deep End" With Lily Collins For Intense Ted Bundy Scenes

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Haley Joel Osment is no stranger to thrillers. After all, the 31-year-old actor has starred in countless of them over the years, including his Oscar-nominated role in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense when he was only 11 years old. Though he is well-known for playing the kid "who sees dead people," his latest film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is a whole new kind of horror.

The Netflix film tells the story of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) through the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who believed he was innocent for many years. On the flip side, Osment plays the role of Kloepfer's coworker and eventual husband, Jerry. Though it's unclear if Kloepfer actually did marry her coworker in real life - Jerry is reportedly based on a romantic love interest of hers named Hank - in the film, the character
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How Hollywood Is Updating the Afterlife for a Wired, More Secular Generation (Guest Blog)

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How Hollywood Is Updating the Afterlife for a Wired, More Secular Generation (Guest Blog)
It seems that every other show these days is dealing with the afterlife. But the current crop is not about the needy awaiting miraculous help from those seeking their wings. Today’s creators are appealing to the wary, wireless generation, hoping they can help themselves, and others, before it is too late. Call it the Desired Deathographic.

And it seems to be working. Those who should be more concerned with beginnings than endings, may be tuning in to see favorite performers like Daniel Radcliffe, Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne, but they are staying for the touch of proactive spiritualism. God, in various guises, may play a role, but this is not about religion, per se. At least not the traditional kind.

“We have the social media component, [which] has become our own sense of worship, or self-worship,” says Bryan Wynbrandt, one of the creators of CBS’ “God Friended Me,” which features
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Jimmy Kimmel Says Those Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Are A National Emergency

Jimmy Kimmel and Donald Trump don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, they rarely do. On Wednesday night, however, the liberal late night host called upon the president to help in addressing what he calls a “national emergency”: preventing any more leaks from Avengers: Endgame.

The joke was in reference to the four and half minutes of footage that hit the Internet earlier in the week, much to the chagrin of the Russo Brothers. The co-directors have since pleaded with fans not to spoil the film for others, just as they did in the lead-up for Avengers: Infinity War.

Whether or not moviegoers comply with their request remains to be seen, but Kimmel is hoping the highest office in the country can do something to make sure details stay under wraps.

“Hey, this is a national emergency that the President needs to do something about. Have you seen the leaked Avengers footage?
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Glass’ Negative Reviews Made M. Night Shyamalan Cry

Poor M. Night Shyamalan can’t catch a break, can he? To say that the director of Glass has had a tumultuous, up-and-down career within the Hollywood machine would be quite an understatement. Unfortunately, things seem to be on a bit of a downturn for the hit-or-miss director once again after the poor critical reception of his most recent blockbuster, and he took it harder than normal.

During a lecture at the Stern School of business at NYU this week, Shyamalan said that he was in London, in a make-up chair, when he heard the bad news about Glass. “I cried,” he said. “We had great screenings of the movie around the world, so essentially, I wasn’t prepared,” the director continues. He would go on to say how “distraught” he was that day. “Honestly, I was feeling like, ‘Will they ever let me be different without throwing me on the garbage pile?
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Glass Bashing Reviews Brought M. Night Shyamalan to Tears

Glass Bashing Reviews Brought M. Night Shyamalan to Tears
M. Night Shyamalan admits the negative reviews for Glass made him cry. Shyamalan quickly rose to prominence with 1999's The Sixth Sense and was hailed as the next Steven Spielberg. However, things changed just as quickly with 2006's Lady in the Water, which was a disaster. Things started to pick up again for the director with the release of 2016's Split, which saw Shyamalan getting the best reviews since The Sixth Sense. Pressure was mounting for Glass and the director was sure he was continuing his good luck streak after a string of positive and enthusiastic screenings.

Glass was released earlier this year and instantly torn to shreds by critics. M. Night Shyamalan appeared at NYU's Stern School of Business at a Scholar-in-Residence lecture earlier this week and told the story of finding out his latest movie was getting torched. The movie was a box office success, but it was
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M. Night Shyamalan Says Bad Reviews of ‘Glass’ Made Him Cry

M. Night Shyamalan Says Bad Reviews of ‘Glass’ Made Him Cry
With the release of “Split,” M. Night Shyamalan saw his best reviews since the 1999 breakout “The Sixth Sense.” As the surprise sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable,” the 2016 “Split” won over many critics who had become skeptical of his bumpy filmography. But when he completed his trilogy with the January 2109 release of “Glass,” Shyamalan found himself in a familiar place.

“I was in London when I heard the U.S. reviews for ‘Glass’ were poor,” Shyamalan told the NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he delivered the 2019 Ashok C. Sani Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence lecture April 16. “I was in a makeup chair for a TV show, and I cried.”

While “Glass” made nearly $250 million worldwide, it landed the director some of his worst reviews (Rotten Tomatoes: 37%). The filmmaker has always been sensitive to criticism, but he also shared his ability to contend with the backlash, and offered advice for uncertain film students in the room.
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Heathers of Horror: Heather O’Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)

[To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic Heathers, we're celebrating all week long with "Heathers of Horror" special features highlighting our favorite horror performances by women with the same name as the iconic clique from the 1989 dark comedy! Check here to catch up on all of our "Heathers Week" special features!]

The horror genre has a long history of using kids as central plot points, probably because their innocence and inexperience so often contrasts with the kinds of nightmares being presented on screen. Sometimes, young kids are used as creepy killers, from Village of the Damned and The Bad Seed to The Omen all the way to the recent remake of Pet Sematary. Other times, kids are used as a kind of vessel—the ones who can see and connect to a supernatural realm that the other characters can’t. Think The Sixth Sense, or, more importantly, 1982’s Poltergeist.

One of the most iconic of all horror movie kids,
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James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis And Sarah Paulson Star In M. Night Shyamalan’S Comic-book Thriller 20 Years In The Making Glass

Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan completes a mind-bending trilogy created nearly twenty years ago with Glass, a comic book thriller available on Digital via the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on April 2, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on April 16, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Glass is a grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller where the heroes and villains are people first. The thrilling culmination to the trilogy that started with Unbreakable and Split, stars James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis,Sarah Paulson and Anya-Taylor Joy. Go inside the mind of master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan to uncover the connections and references that bring the three films together in one universe. Experience more than sixty minutes of never-before-seen features elaborating on his process and artistic
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New posters for Ted Bundy film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Following last week’s trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, two new posters have been released for the upcoming crime thriller featuring Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) in a police line-up and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) paying him a visit in prison; take a look here…

Ted (Zac Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Lily Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out. That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged.

Directed by Joe Berlinger (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - 6 Facts You Need to Know

Megan Crouse May 24, 2019

A new book reveals some of the secrets of the making of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic!

Of all of the video games in Star Wars history, Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel may be the most memorable. In the rarified air of Star Wars storytelling, where generations of writers and artists raised on the movies vie for the chance to put their own artistic spin on George Lucas’s universe, the ultimate goal is to create work that fans will remember and love for a long time. And few games have reached the storytelling heights of this BioWare RPG, which captures both the feeling of sitting down and watching a Star Wars movie for the first time while also giving fans a completely different and unexpected take on the galaxy.

Set thousands of years before the Skywalker Saga, Knights of the Old
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A New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Has Arrived

A new trailer for upcoming Ted Bundy biopic has arrived. The film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars Zac Efron as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. It is distributed by Voltage Pictures and comes to Netflix on May 3. Stream the new clip below.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26. The project was first revealed back in 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger directed the picture.

The film chronicles the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his longtime girlfiend Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer. For years, she refused to believe that any of the heinous accusations against her lover Bundy. The movie was directed by and The film also features Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Haley Joel Osment, Brian Geraghty, Terry Kinney, Grace Victoria Cox, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), James Hetfield of Metallica,
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile gets a new poster and trailer

With just a month to go until its release, a new poster and trailer have arrived online for director Joe Berlinger’s upcoming crime thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile which stars Zac Efron as the infamous American serial killer Ted Bundy; check them out here…

Ted (Zac Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Lily Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out. That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged.

Directed by Joe Berlinger (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile tells
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