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‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Cast Recalls Performing for Julia Roberts

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‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Cast Recalls Performing for Julia Roberts
Samantha Barks didn’t watch Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s iconic “Pretty Woman” in preparation for her starring role in the new Broadway musical adaptation of the 1990 film.

“It’s so hard to watch it because it’s such a beautiful, iconic performance,” Barks, who plays Vivian Ward, the hooker with a heart of gold, told Variety on Thursday at the musical’s opening night. “You can’t do your own thing for a minute and breathe. We’re lucky we have so many songs to sing, which adds new layers to the character.”

Though Roberts didn’t attend opening night at the Nederlander Theatre, she came to a performance while the show was running previews. The part of Vivian Ward launched Roberts into superstardom, so naturally, Barks said it was “petrifying” performing for her.

“Luckily, I didn’t know she was in the audience,” Barks recalled. “They made a speech [after the performance] like,
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Robert De Niro, Joel Grey, Christopher Walken … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Robert De Niro, Joel Grey, Christopher Walken … ? [Poll]
The 1970s provided many older actors with their first Oscars, particularly in Best Supporting Actor. The decade also included what remains the only instance of an actor winning back-to-back Oscars in a supporting category. So which Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of the 1970s do you like the best? Look back at each year’s winner and be sure to vote in the poll below!

John Mills, “Ryan’s Daughter” (1970) — Mills started the decade off with an Oscar win for playing the town fool Michael who uncovers a secret in “Ryan’s Daughter.” This was Mills’ only Oscar nomination and win, despite a very long career in film and television.

SEEJack Nicholson (‘Terms of Endearment’) blasts off after being voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Ben Johnson, “The Last Picture Show” (1971) — Johnson would win his Oscar for “The Last Picture Show” in which he plays Sam the Lion,
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Viacom to Launch Paramount Network in U.K. in July

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Viacom Intl. Media Networks U.K. announced Friday that it will launch Paramount Network, a free-to-air channel offering a mix of drama, comedy and movies, in Britain on July 4.

The channel will be scheduled and programmed by Britain’s Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programs for Channel 5, which is also owned by Viacom. The U.K. Paramount channel will be the third iteration of Paramount Network after those in the U.S. and Spain. The international rollout is being overseen by Jill Offman, executive vice president of Comedy Central and Paramount Network Intl.

In addition, there are 11 locally scheduled versions of Paramount Channel internationally. Paramount is one of Viacom’s flagship global brands, alongside Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.

Paramount Network will be the British home of various free-to-air premieres, including the seventh season of “Suits,” the drama from creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh,
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‘A Simple Favor’ Teaser: Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively In Thriller From Paul Feig

‘A Simple Favor’ Teaser: Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively In Thriller From Paul Feig
The new teaser for A Simple Favor tells us it’s “from the darker side of director Paul Feig.” And his follow-up to Ghostbusters certainly is a left turn.

The film stars Anna Kendrick as Stephanie, a small-town mommy blogger whose new bestie Emily (Blake Lively) vanishes suddenly — after we hear a snippet of a phone call in which she says, “Stephanie, I need just a simple favor.” Next thing you know, the police are at the door.

So what happened? Where’d she go? That’s what the cops want to know, though they’re not getting many clues from the stylish, booze-soaked and cryptic trailer — visually, it’s something like James Bond meets Catch Me If You Can. One image gives new meaning to “stiletto heel.”

Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart, Rupert Friend and Feig’s old Freeks & Geeks colleague Linda Cardellini co-star in the murder-mystery thriller scripted by Jessica Sharzer.
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Steven Spielberg could direct Leonardo DiCaprio’s Ulysses S. Grant biopic

Having worked together on 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, it is being reported that Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio could be set to reunite on DiCaprio’s Ulysses S. Grant biopic, which his Appian Way company is producing for Lionsgate.

According to Deadline, Spielberg is considering directing the project, which has been scripted by David James Kelly (Robin Hood) and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography Grant.

The film will reportedly detail Grant’s early business troubles and army resignation for drunkeness through his role as Abraham Lincoln’s most trusted general in the U.S. Civil War and his two subsequent terms in the White House, where he championed African-Americans and worked to stamp out the Ku Klux Klan.

See Also: Steven Spielberg becomes first director to gross $10 billion at the worldwide box office

Spielberg, who is coming off the hit sci-fi Ready Player One, will next
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The Week in Movie News: 'Lando: A Star Wars Story' Is a Possibility, 'Deadpool 2' Is Reviewed and More

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News Lando Calrissian could get his own movie: Although the news broke first via mistranslated scoop, Lucasfilm has confirmed they're considering doing a Lando Calrissian Star Wars Story, just not next. here.   Great News A Catch Me If You Can reunion: Steven Spielberg may direct Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time since their 2002 collaboration Catch Me If You Can. This time they'd be teaming up for a Ulysses S. Grant biopic.  here.   Surprising News Howard the Duck lives: Not that we necessarily thought Howard the Duck had perished at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but the Russo brothers have surprisingly...
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Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio May Re-Team for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg has worked with many of the same actors on multiple movies. Leonardo Dicpario has worked with many of the same directors on multiple movies. For some reason, Spielberg and DiCaprio have only done one project together, despite the fact that the movie, 2002's Catch Me If You Can, is among their respective fans' favorites and earned DiCaprio some of his finest lead performance accolades up to that point. Fortunately, there's a reunion in the making for the filmmaker and star. According to Deadline, DiCaprio may play Civil War general turned U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant in an adaptation of Ron Chernow's best-selling biography Grant. And Spielberg is in talks to direct the "epic" biopic. This would be a very different sort...
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Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio May Re-Team for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

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Steven Spielberg has worked with many of the same actors on multiple movies. Leonardo Dicpario has worked with many of the same directors on multiple movies. For some reason, Spielberg and DiCaprio have only done one project together, despite the fact that the movie, 2002's Catch Me If You Can, is among their respective fans' favorites and earned DiCaprio some of his finest lead performance accolades up to that point. Fortunately, there's a reunion in the making for...

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Rumorville: Spielberg and DiCaprio May Team Up Again + More Potential Projects

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. Ulysses S. Grant BiopicNever mind that Steven Spielberg already has a seemingly-full punch card at the moment—there’s always time to add another major project. According to Deadline, the director is currently in negotiations with Lionsgate to collaborate again with Leonardo DiCaprio on a Ulysses S. Grant biopic in which DiCaprio would star. The project has been in the works since last year with DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson producing. The actor also has a busy schedule coming up, as he prepares to star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” This won’t be the first time Spielberg and DiCaprio have worked together,
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg enter talks to reunite on Ulysses S. Grant feature

Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are currently in early talks to reunite on a blockbuster biopic of Ulysses S. Grant for Lionsgate.

The film would be adapted from the Ron Chernow biography after Lionsgate and Appian Way acquired movie rights to Grant towards the end of 2017. Spielberg is said to be more than keen to direct DiCaprio in the biopic which is being adapted by David James Kelly. This would mean it’s the first time DiCaprio and Spielberg have worked together since 2002’s Catch Me if You Can.

DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson will be producing at Lionsgate.

Grant was one of the most complicated military leaders-turned politicians in American history. After resigning from the Army due to alcoholism, he had another turn under Abraham Lincoln, becoming his most trusted Army General. Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy under the supervision of Lincoln.
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Steven Spielberg & Leonardo DiCaprio Could Reunite For Ulysses S. Grant Pic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio may reunite for a new motion picture – a biopic of Ulysses S. Grant, which is being set-up over at Lionsgate. If it happens, it would be their first pic together since 2002’s Catch Me If You Can.

Deadline reports that the film will be based on Ron Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Grant, which is based on the life of military man-turned politician.

Here’s the official book synopsis:

Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Before the Civil War,
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Spielberg and DiCaprio May Reunite for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Spielberg and DiCaprio May Reunite for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio may reteam for a biopic on Ulysses S. Grant. The movie is being set up by Lionsgate and Appian Way. DiCaprio is being eyed to star in the lead role and Spielberg, according to a new report, has his sights set on directing the project. This would mark the first time that the two titans of cinema have worked together since 2002's Catch Me if You Can.

Last November, Lionsgate and Appian Way acquired the rights to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Grant by Ron Chernow. The adaptation is being penned by David James Kelly, who most recently worked on the studio's upcoming Robin Hood, which features Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Despite the fact that both Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio have very full plates already, this new report states that the Grant biopic is a priority for both of them, so they may shift
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Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio To Team Up Again For a Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio To Team Up Again For a Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are looking to team up on another film project together. They are in early discussions to join an epic biopic that will tell the story of Ulysses S. Grant. The movie will be based on the biography written by Ron Chernow, and it will be adapted by David James Kelly, who recently worked in the upcoming Robin Hood movie with Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx.

Spielberg obviously still has some interest in exploring the Civil War. He did a fantastic job with his film Lincoln and I have no doubt that he and DiCaprio would make a solid movie about Grant. I hope this works out because it would be great to see these two talented individuals work together again. The last time they worked together was on the film Catch Me If You Can. Here's a description of the book that the movie will be based on:

Ulysses S.
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Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

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Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to collaborate on a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate.

There’s no deal in place for Spielberg to direct, and Lionsgate had no comment on the report. The Grant project was set up last year at Lionsgate with DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson producing a movie version of the Ron Chernow’s 2017 biography “Grant.”

Grant has been widely recognized as a superior military tactician for leading the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War under the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln, winning key battles at Shiloh and Vicksburg. He won two terms as President as a successor to Andrew Johnson and stabilized the economy along with attempting to remove the last vestiges of slavery, which included working to crush the Ku Klux Klan. David James Kelly is adapting the biography.

Spielberg received his eighth
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Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to collaborate on a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate.

There’s no deal in place for Spielberg to direct, and Lionsgate had no comment on the report. The Grant project was set up last year at Lionsgate with DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson producing a movie version of the Ron Chernow’s 2017 biography “Grant.”

Grant has been widely recognized as a superior military tactician for leading the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War under the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln, winning key battles at Shiloh and Vicksburg. He won two terms as President as a successor to Andrew Johnson and stabilized the economy along with attempting to remove the last vestiges of slavery, which included working to crush the Ku Klux Klan. David James Kelly is adapting the biography.

Spielberg received his eighth
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Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make Ulysses Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make Ulysses Grant Biopic
Sixteen years after they teamed up on “Catch Me If You Can,” Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are in early talks to star in and direct a biopic, respectively, about the life of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, two individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The Lionsgate project will adapt the biography “Grant” by Ron Chernow, with DiCaprio already set to produce through his Appian Way banner after the rights to the book were picked up in November. DiCaprio could also star as Grant, with Spielberg as director. It would be the second film about the Civil War that Spielberg has directed, following 2012’s “Lincoln.”

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Chernow, who also wrote the Alexander Hamilton biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton,” will be an executive producer on the project. Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson will produce with DiCaprio.
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Steven Spielberg Wants to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg Wants to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, two of the most talented folks in the entertainment industry, are looking to team up for the first time since 2002’s Catch Me If You Can. The project: an adaptation of Ron Chernow’s Grant, a massive biography of the American Civil War general and the 18th president of the United […]

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Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Appian Way In Early Talks To Team On Ulysses S. Grant Epic At Lionsgate

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Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Appian Way In Early Talks To Team On Ulysses S. Grant Epic At Lionsgate
Exclusive: Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early discussions to re-team on an epic biopic of Ulysses S. Grant that DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jeniffer Davisson are producing at Lionsgate. I’m told that Spielberg wants to direct DiCaprio in that role in their first collaboration since the 2002 drama Catch Me If You Can.

Lionstate and Appian Way last November acquired movie rights to Grant, the bestselling Ron Chernow biography that is being adapted by David James Kelly. The writer just worked for Appian Way and Lionsgate on Robin Hood, the Otto Bathurst-directed that stars Taron Egerton in the starring role.

Pinning down a time when these two titans will work together is always a challenge. As Deadline revealed last January, Spielberg set Indiana Jones and West Side Story to be his next two films as his followup to The Post and Ready Player One. DiCaprio, who
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Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio in Early Talks to Reteam for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio in Early Talks to Reteam for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, who last worked together on 2002's Catch Me If You Can, are in early discussions to reteam for a Ulysses S. Grant biopic.

It was previously announced that DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle had acquired Ron Chernow's biography, Grant, and would be developing the project with Lionsgate

Robin Hood scripter David James Kelly will pen the feature, which would be produced by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.

It is unclear where this project would fall on Spielberg's already packed schedule. The director is gearing up for the next Indiana Jones movie, which will shoot ...
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Donald Glover Thinks His Lando Movie Should Be Catch Me If You Can in Space

Donald Glover Thinks His Lando Movie Should Be Catch Me If You Can in Space
With just 11 days until Solo hits theaters, Donald Glover has revealed an idea for a new-spin-off featuring his Lando Calrissian character. While, naturally, nothing is set in stone yet, Glover teased this idea during a new interview to promote Solo: A Star Wars Story, revealing that he wants to see how Lando would react in various situations, comparing this spin-off to the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Here's what Donald Glover had to say about this potential Lando Calrissian spin-off below.

"I really just want to see him, like doing all of that. Still doing anything. Like, I think that would just be fun to just see him just like... Because like, we see him change so much... He's just like, I think charismatic and people are like, you know what, you should own this city. You should own Cloud City, like that kind of thing,
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