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Tinashe, Milo Manheim Join Dancing With the Stars and More Season 27 Casting News

Tinashe, Milo Manheim Join Dancing With the Stars and More Season 27 Casting News
Tinashe is going dancing. E! News has learned Tinashe, born Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe, is slated to compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, season 27. We hear she's partnered with Gleb Savchenko. Tinashe has released three albums as a solo artist, Aquarius, Nightride and Joyride, recently released a single, "Like I Used To," in July 2018. She appeared on remixes of Britney Spears' "Slumber Party" and Nick Jonas' "Jealous," and also acts, with roles in The Polar Express, Empire and Two and a Half Men. ABC does not comment on Dancing With the Stars casting rumors. The full cast will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on Good Morning America. However, there are...
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Dwayne Johnson to Star as Hawaiian King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The King’

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Dwayne Johnson to Star as Hawaiian King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The King’
Dwayne Johnson will play Hawaiian king Kamehameha in the historical drama “The King” from director Robert Zemeckis.

Warner Bros. and New Line won an auction for the Randall Wallace script for “The King,” written about the first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Johnson will produce through his Seven Bucks Productions company, along with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Zemeckis is also producing with Beau Flynn through FlynnPictureCo. Wendy Jacobson will executive produce. The studio plans to shoot the film in 2020.

Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian Islands following a series of battles during the 1790s and took steps to ensure they remained a united realm after his death. Johnson had been eyeing the movie in recent years and decided to move forward on it during the filming in Hawaii of his hit comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

Johnson has starred in three New Line titles — “San Andreas,” “Rampage,” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
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Paul Feig to Direct Children’s Movie ‘The Sweetest Fig’ for Fox

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Paul Feig to Direct Children’s Movie ‘The Sweetest Fig’ for Fox
Paul Feig is attached to direct a movie version of the children’s story “The Sweetest Fig,” based on the illustrated book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Producers are Van Allsburg, William Teitler, Mike Weber, Ted Field, and Feigco’s Jessie Henderson. Van Allsburg wrote the original children’s books that served as the basis for “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express.”

“The Sweetest Fig” was published in 1993 and takes place in Paris, centered on a wealthy dentist who lives alone in an apartment with his dog, who he mistreats. The dentist is given two magical figs from an old woman as payment for removing a tooth — and after eating one, discovers that his dreams have come true and plots to become France’s wealthiest man. But his dog eats the second fig, which transforms the dentist into the dog and the dog into the dentist.

Feig’s most recent attachment came
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Alicia Silverstone to star in marriage counselling comedy Judy Small

Alicia Silverstone has been cast alongside Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust) and Rob Corddry (Ballers) in the upcoming comedy Judy Small, which is based upon the novel of the same name by Nancy Doyne.

The film will see Silverstone playing Susan Howard, who along with her husband Bob (Corddry) pay a visit to the marriage counsellor Judy Small (Watkins) in an effort to save their relationship. However, while she appears trustworthy at first, Small ultimately manipulates the couple, putting the two at odds, and bringing their marriage almost to the breaking point.

Producton on Judy Small is now underway, with the film marking the directorial debut of William Teitler, whose producing credits include Jumanji, The Polar Express, Zathura: A Space Adventure and What Maisie Knew.

Silverstone was recently seen on the big screen in Book Club, and also stars as the lead in Paramount Network’s comedy series American Woman.

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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Trailer Highlights Imaginative Mind Of Robert Zemeckis

Director Robert Zemeckis has been one of the most imaginative and refreshing minds in film for nearly four decades. Zemeckis has given us films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and The Polar Express just to name a few; And he continues to bring is unique vision to audiences with Welcome to Marwen. I would try to explain the film but I would not do it any justice. Just watch the new trailer below in which may just be his most imaginative film yet.

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world,
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Now Casting: Voice Optimus Prime or Megatron at Universal Studios + 3 More Gigs

No sacrifice is too great in the service of freedom, or, at the very least, a great acting gig! In today’s roundup, voice Optimus Prime or Megatron at Universal Studios in California. Plus, sing and dance aboard the Polar Express this holiday season, share your bad dating experiences on camera for Buzzfeed, or play the girlfriends of Latino pop artists in a music video. Transformers Voice, Universal STUDIOSUniversal Studios Hollywood is currently seeking vocal talent to portray the Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron. Talent, aged 18 and older, is wanted for the gig. Training will begin in late July or early August. Ongoing seasonal roles will be based in Los Angeles. Professional pay will be provided. Apply here! “The Polar Express” Train Ride (2018)Join the cast of “The Polar Express,” a live, theatrical, and immersive production based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name. The production will feature
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Robert Zemeckis Teaming Up With Alfonso Cuaron And Guillermo Del Toro For Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Lately, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been sticking to films aimed more at adults, such as “The Walk,” “Flight,” and the upcoming “Welcome to Marwen.” However, we can’t forget that Zemeckis is the guy who brought us such family films like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Polar Express.” And it appears that his next project is going to bring the director back to his family-friendly ways.

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L.A. Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’

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L.A. Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’
Before “Big,” before “Bachelor Party” — heck, before even “Bosom Buddies” — Tom Hanks studied theater at Chabot College and performed three seasons in the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, walking the boards in “Hamlet”. But that was all more than 40 years ago, and so much has happened since that it may as well be a different Hanks — one with two Oscars and a formidable serious-actor reputation to his credit — who tackles the tragicomic role of Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ presentation of “Henry IV,” making what is billed as his “Los Angeles stage debut.”

The show itself — technically two separate history plays, mercifully condensed into a single three-hour production that, frankly, could stand to be shorter still — continues to be performed today due not to any particular interest in its eponymous monarch, but as a credit to Falstaff, by far the most amusing in Shakespeare’s great panoply of characters,
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Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone Backed by China-Based Starlight (Exclusive)

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Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone Backed by China-Based Starlight (Exclusive)
Starlight Culture Entertainment is backing a quartet of notable Hollywood filmmakers — Jonathan Liebesman, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Taylor and Robert Zemeckis — as part of its $100 million development fund.

The company is a China-backed firm with offices in Beverly Hills, Calif. It operates under the leadership of CEO Peter Luo, and came to notice in 2016 through a deal with “Aquaman” director James Wan. Starlight then signed deals with F. Gary Gray, Roland Emmerich and Jon M. Chu last year, and invested in the Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall.”

Thursday’s announcement did not identify specific projects or details of the financing. Zemeckis, whose credits include “Forrest Gump,” “The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “Flight” and the Back to the Future trilogy, lavished praise on Luo for his support of filmmakers.

“Under the leadership of Peter Luo, Starlight has created an environment that is incredibly friendly to filmmakers,” he added. “I could not be more
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Deborah Carrington, Stuntwoman and ‘Total Recall’ Actress, Dies at 58

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Deborah Carrington, Stuntwoman and ‘Total Recall’ Actress, Dies at 58
Deborah Carrington, an actress and stuntwoman who appeared in “Men in Black” and “Total Recall,” died on March 23 at her parents’ home in Pleasanton, Calif. She was 58.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Carrington, whose stage name was Debbie Lee Carrington, may be best known for her performance as Thumbelina in 1990’s “Total Recall,” where she played a prostitute. In one of the film’s more violent scenes, she stabbed one of the villains before shooting at police with a machine gun. As a little person, she often played a stuntwoman for child actors, including in “Titanic” and the “Child’s Play” series. Carrington also took on a number of costumed roles across film and TV, from characters in several “Star Wars” films and “Men in Black.”

Born in San Jose, Calif., in 1959, Carrington attended University of California, Davis until she answered a casting advertisement by Little People of America
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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Directors Join Spielberg, Zemeckis, and More as Filmmakers With Two A+ CinemaScores

Hollywood is still bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes to freshen up, IMDb stars to earn, Metacritic rankings to top, and the audience-friendly classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s designed to be as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. By their own admission, they measure “movie appeal,” and high grades often reflect canny marketing or audiences already primed to enjoy a certain film.

This weekend, moviegoers rated two new openers, the gay teen romance “Love, Simon” and the faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine,” the highest CinemaScore possible: a sterling A+. And while it’s telling that this weekend spawned such high marks for such very different films, it also speaks to what happens when Hollywood churns out the films that certain audiences are so eager to see.
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Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]

Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]
Mama always said Robert Zemeckis was the top Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s for his work on “Forrest Gump.” Zemeckis was the top choice in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the ’90s, and no other director came close.

Zemeckis won Gold Derby’s poll with an astonishing 49% of the vote, leaving everyone else in the dust. Steven Spielberg (“Schindler’s List”) came in second at 15%, while Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) was the only other double-digit vote-getter at 10%. Rounding out the top five here were Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) at 9% and James Cameron (“Titanic”) at 8%. Far below the rest we had Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) at 4%, followed by Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”) at 2%. Three directors tied for last in our poll with 1% of the vote each: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”) and Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient
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Jordan Peele jokes about how Get Out can be considered a Christmas movie

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There are almost too many Christmas film classics in the world, from wholesome outings like It’S A Wonderful Life, to children’s movies like Elf and The Polar Express, and even R-rated action flicks like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. The criteria to be considered a Christmas movie are not all that hard to meet, and if you really think about it, even the social thriller Get Out can rank... Read More...
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Elf Is the Top Christmas Movie of the 21st Century

With Christmas just a few days away, many will be breaking out their favorite Christmas movies to watch with their family and friends. FandangoNow, Fandango's premium digital video service, got into the holiday spirit by surveying more than 1,000 movie fans, asking what their favorite Christmas movies were, which were made in the 21st Century, from 2000 and on, and the winner was the 2003 holiday classic Elf. Here's what Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis had to say about this beloved Christmas movie in a brief statement.

"Elf is the most beloved holiday movie in my household because it's a film that makes you feel warm, happy and silly, and everyone needs some of that come the holidays. That, plus Will Ferrell's elf antics will never get old!"

The top 5 holiday movies are rounded out by The Polar Express, Love Actually, which actually got a Love Actually 2 sequel of sorts on
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What to Watch Christmas Weekend: TheWrap’s Holiday TV Viewing Guide

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Christmas weekend is upon us and that means it’s the one time a year you can binge holiday movies to your heart’s content. Yes, it’s the one time a year you can do it without annoying everyone around you. And to make sure you squeeze every last drop out of the holidays, TheWrap has compiled a TV viewing guide to help you on your journey through the weekend. You know “Elf,” and “Christmas Vacation,” and “The Polar Express,” and “The Santa Clause” — and of course you recall that most famous holiday movie of all: “A Christmas Story.
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10 Magical Christmas Movie Soundtracks

Sean Wilson gets ready for the festive season by firing up a playlist of essential seasonal tunes…

What’s a Christmas movie without a sprinkling of musical magic? Many of our favourite festive hits are defined by their soundtracks, so, in the spirit of the season, I’ve rounded up 10 classic scores that never fail to put a smile on our faces.

Home Alone

One simply cannot celebrate Christmas, or indeed compile a Yuletide soundtrack list, without John Williams’ heartwarming masterpiece. A late replacement for Young Sherlock Holmes composer Bruce Broughton, Williams once again demonstrated his ability to redefine practically any genre. Featuring a host of memorable themes, anchored by the whimsical ‘Somewhere in My Memory’, plus some drum-machine laden action material and some truly heavenly original carols (‘Star of Bethlehem’ being the absolute highlight), Home Alone set a new standard for Christmas scores.

Die Hard

Yes, despite all the current internet speculation,
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Jumanji; Welcome To The Jungle – Review

With the new year less than a couple of weeks away, Hollywood has made another flick that may be labeled the dreaded (to some film fans) “R” word. Not the MPAA rating, but rather a “reboot”, or has the marketers love to say a “re-imagining” (perhaps it’s from the same “brain trust” that gave us prequel). The story’s source is a beloved 21 year-old kids fantasy/action flick that was an adaptation of a beloved 13 year-old (now 32) children’s book from Chris Van Allsburg (he also gave us “The Polar Express”, which was also made into a big movie). It soon spawned an animated Saturday morning series, but no real sequel (Allsburg’s “Zathura”explores similar themes and was brought to the big screen by Jon Favreau twelve years ago). And despite what the studio says, there are sequel elements in this new take. That 95 version concerned a long-missing
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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Why do we repeatedly watch trashy films during the festive season?

George Chrysostomou on Christmas viewing habits…

It feels like finally, the Christmas period has rolled around and the collection of assorted chocolate, wine and badly wrapped presents have begun to collect ready for December 25th. And with this season comes the one thing that most people have in common regardless of your religion, traditions or where you live. I am of course talking about the festive film, so called because of its reliance on Christmas comedy, family feuds or Santa in one form or another.

No matter what you do during the month of December, one certainty is that you will turn on the TV to watch a film that you know, deep down, isn’t very good. Yet, this is the fifteenth year you have watched it so why turn back now? (it would have been sixteen in a row except for that year you had to go to the in-laws…
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Canon Of Film: Toy Story

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of John Lasseter‘s seminal masterpiece– ‘Toy Story‘, in honor of the release of Pixar’s latest,‘Coco’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Director: John Lasseter

Screenplay: John Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow from the story by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Jon Ranft

(In case you haven’t seen it for some reason, here’s the trailer for the film)

It’s been over 20 years since ‘Toy Story‘ was first released. In that time, the landscape of film animation has changed so dramatically that you can separate the time difference as before as after ‘Toy Story.’ At one time, every animated feature release by Disney was a must-see event because: A–they were the results of years of painstaking detail and were made
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