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16 Pop Stars in Movies Ranked Best to Worst, From Cher to Madonna to Britney (Photos)

16 Pop Stars in Movies Ranked Best to Worst, From Cher to Madonna to Britney (Photos)
Harry Styles: “Dunkirk

The former One Direction-er is one of the desperate British troops stuck on “the mole” in Christopher Nolan’s new World War II movie “Dunkirk.”

Lady Gaga: “A Star is Born

Lady Gaga will star across Bradley Cooper in the upcoming film “A Star is Born,” about a singer who falls in love with an aging rock star. It’s a remake of the 1937 film, which has been remade twice: 1954 with Judy Garland and 1976 with Barbra Streisand. It’s slated for release in September 2018.

Beyonce Knowles: “Austin Powers,” “Dreamgirls

Knowles made her film debut in “Austin Powers Goldmember” as Foxxy Cleopatra. In 2006, she starred as Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls,” for which she nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes.

Jennifer Hudson: “Dreamgirls

Hudson played across Knowles in “Dreamgirls” as Effie White. The performance landed the “American Idol” alum an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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Justin Timberlake Signs With Janet Jackson’s Publicist (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Justin Timberlake Signs With Janet Jackson’s Publicist (Exclusive)
Justin Timberlake has a new press representative. The singer has signed with Sunshine Sachs, the firm that represents Janet Jackson, Variety has learned. He will be handled by Shawn Sachs, Paula Witt and Maggie Faircloth. Witt’s clients include Jackson and Aerosmith while Faircloth reps Solange.

The company’s founder Ken Sunshine first advised Timberlake back in 2004 following the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl that year. Sunshine Sachs declined comment.

Timberlake’s press had previously been handled by M2M Construction. The parting was mutual. He had worked with the same public relations strategist for more than 20 years, starting with his days in *Nsync.

Timberlake recently wrapped the North American leg of his “Man of the Woods” tour where he sold out all 2018 arena dates. He’s currently playing in Europe and heads back to the U.S. on Sept. 19.

In addition, the 37-year-old has a flourishing acting career,
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Justin Timberlake Signs With Janet Jackson’s Publicist (Exclusive)

Justin Timberlake Signs With Janet Jackson’s Publicist (Exclusive)
Justin Timberlake has a new press representative. The singer has signed with Sunshine Sachs, the firm that represents Janet Jackson, Variety has learned. He will be handled by Shawn Sachs, Paula Witt and Maggie Faircloth. Witt’s clients include Jackson and Aerosmith while Faircloth reps Solange.

The company’s founder Ken Sunshine first advised Timberlake back in 2004 following the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl that year. Sunshine Sachs declined comment.

Timberlake’s press had previously been handled by M2M Construction. The parting was mutual. He had worked with the same public relations strategist for more than 20 years, starting with his days in *Nsync.

Timberlake recently wrapped the North American leg of his “Man of the Woods” tour where he sold out all 2018 arena dates. He’s currently playing in Europe and heads back to the U.S. on Sept. 19.

In addition, the 37-year-old has a flourishing acting career,
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Justin Timberlake Announces October Book That Covers His Career, Family Life

Justin Timberlake Announces October Book That Covers His Career, Family Life
Singer and actor Justin Timberlake will have a book out in October, Hindsight & All The Things I Can’t See In Front Of Me, described as an intimate collection of images and anecdotes on his music inspiration.

Out on Oct. 30 through Harper Design, the book will offer a look inside Timberlake’s family life with actress Jessica Biel and professional career. It was co-written with Sandra Bark and designed by Michael Bierut.

“Working on this book was an amazing process for me,” said Timberlake in a statement. “My story has been filled with so many amazing people that have helped me become the artist I am today. Reflecting on those moments, spotlighting some of the important people and places that have informed my music, and getting the opportunity to share my story is something I am very grateful for.”

Timberlake is a Grammy-winning solo recording artist, selling more than 10 million
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‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Pulled From Universal Release Calendar

  • The Wrap
Universal has pulled Chris Pratt’s “Cowboy Ninja Viking” from the release calendar and the project has been delayed indefinitely, the company announced Tuesday.

The movie, was originally scheduled to be released on June 28, 2019, is now undated. The film remains in active development and will be re-dated at a later time to accommodate production scheduling.

The film, based on the 2009 Image Comics graphic novel by Aj Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, is a hard-edged action film starring Pratt as a new kind of assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: cowboy, ninja, and Viking.

Also Read: Priyanka Chopra in Talks to Star With Chris Pratt in Universal's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'

Michelle MacLaren is still attached to direct “Cowboy Ninja Viking” from a script by Dan Mazeau (“Wrath of the Titans”) and Ryan Engle (“The Commuter” and “Rampage”).

An earlier draft of the screenplay was written
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First trailer for Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora starring Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette

Showtime has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama Escape at Dannemora. Based on the true events of the 2015 prison break at the Clinton Correctional Facility, the series stars Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange, and David Morse; watch it here…

Escape at Dannemora is based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a statewide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men. Del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out. Dano plays David Sweat,
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FX Orders New Take on Classic Samurai Miniseries ‘Shōgun’

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FX has resurrected a new take on “Shōgun,” a 10-episode limited series period drama that had originally been set up at sister broadcast network Fox.

Based on the novel by Clavell, and made famous by a 1980 TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, feudal Japan-set “Shōgun” charts “the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance.”

Eugene Kelly and Ronan Bennett will write the series, while Tim Van Patten will direct multiple episodes. Kelly, Bennett and Van Patten will also executive produce with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, Michael De Luca,
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FX Orders ‘Shōgun’ Limited Series Based On James Clavell Novel – TCA

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FX is bringing back Shōgun to the small screen. In what the network describes as In its largest international scale production to date, it has given a 10-episode order to a limited series period drama based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel. The book previously spawned a miniseries on NBC, which aired over five nights in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada, earning multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and a Peabody award.

The FX series has had a blinking green light for more than seven months as the network worked on figuring out logistics for the ambitious project.

“The story of Shōgun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series
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Priyanka Chopra in Talks to Star With Chris Pratt in Universal’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

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Priyanka Chopra in Talks to Star With Chris Pratt in Universal’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’
“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra is in talks to join the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Cowboy Ninja Viking.”

The film, based on the 2009 Image Comics graphic novel by Aj Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, is a hard-edged actioner starring Chris Pratt as a new kind of assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking.

The studio did not indicate what Chopra’s role would be.

Michelle MacLaren is directing “Cowboy Ninja Viking” from a script by Dan Mazeau (“Wrath of the Titans”) and Ryan Engle (“The Commuter” and “Rampage”).

Also Read: Rachel Weisz Warns Against Female James Bond: Women 'Should Get Their Own Stories'

An earlier draft of the screenplay was written by Craig Mazin (“Identity Thief” and “The Hangover II”), with an original draft by “Zombieland” writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.

Cowboy Ninja Viking” is slated for theatrical release June 28, 2019.

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James Franco Eyes First Major Directing Job Since Sexual Misconduct Claims With ‘Inside the World of ESPN’ — Report

James Franco Eyes First Major Directing Job Since Sexual Misconduct Claims With ‘Inside the World of ESPN’ — Report
James Franco is reportedly in talks to direct an upcoming adaptation of James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ 2011 nonfiction book “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” (via Collider). The book provides an oral history of the creation of ESPN, the network that has dominated sports news since its creation in 1979. Collider reports Focus Features is behind the project.

In addition to Franco being eyed to direct, “Halt and Catch Fire” co-creator Christopher C. Rogers is being tapped to rewrite the script. The story centers around the efforts made by ESPN creator Bill Rasmussen and his son, Scott, to launch the 24-hour sports network. Bennett Miller was originally hired to write the screenplay in 2015, which is described as being in the same vein as “Moneyball” and “The Social Network.”

The report is notable since Franco has not announced any major directing projects since being accused of sexual misconduct in January.
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How Trent Reznor Turned His Anger Outward

How Trent Reznor Turned His Anger Outward
Trent Reznor is not a Vegas kind of guy. Yet here is Mr. Self-Destruct, clad entirely in his signature black, a 5 o’clock shadow peeking through at 11 a.m., sitting on the worn leather couch of a green room inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “It’s a nice, dark room,” he says, sipping on some kind of green health drink. The place is bedecked with gaudy rock & roll memorabilia, and photos on the walls sport everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Marilyn Manson flipping the bird. “Rock is not dead,
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Donald Glover and Hiro Murai (‘Atlanta’ and ‘This is America’) could be latest to win VMAs and Emmys in the same year

Donald Glover and Hiro Murai (‘Atlanta’ and ‘This is America’) could be latest to win VMAs and Emmys in the same year
“This is America.” And this is “Atlanta,” too. The song and the FX comedy series both made strong cultural impacts this past spring, and they’ve put Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) and director Hiro Murai in an unusual position: they could come away winners at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys in the same year. But as unlikely as that seems, it’s not unprecedented.

Just two years ago Beyonce was nominated at both awards, and both for the same project: her visual album “Lemonade.” It was nominated four times by the television academy, including Best Variety Special. And it picked up 11 noms at the VMAs, including Video of the Year for “Formation.” She ended up sweeping the VMAs with eight victories, but she was shut out at the Emmys.

Similarly, Justin Timberlake was up for both prizes in 2013. He won Video of the Year for “Mirrors” at the VMAs,
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‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Film Review: Kevin Spacey Stuck in Convoluted True-Crime Remake

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‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Film Review: Kevin Spacey Stuck in Convoluted True-Crime Remake
Across his sporadic and meager filmography, director James Cox has showcased an affinity for the quintessential bad boy in stories laced with toxic testosterone, heavy drug use and gruesome violence. Cox seems to revel in tales about young white men whose reckless ambition pushes them to commit unthinkable crimes and betray their buddies. Even if the results are catastrophic, he somehow portrays their acts not as malicious and reprehensible, but as commendable endeavors gone wrong.

This questionable bro-bravado in ingrained in 2002’s “Highway” (starring baby-faced Jared Leto and Jake Gyllenhaal), his 2003 John Holmes crime drama “Wonderland,” with Val Kilmer as the lead, and the more recent “Straight A’s,” with Ryan Phillippe and Anna Paquin. For his latest, “Billionaire Boys Club,” Cox enlists rising stars like Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton as well as a veteran (Kevin Spacey) who up until recently could have served as a prestigious hook for the enterprise.
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How Chinese wannabe-blockbuster “Asura” became epic for all the wrong reasons

Chinese Fantasy extravaganza “Asura” has broken few records in the past weekend, unfortunately not the kind of records to be proud of.

The film is allegedly the most expensive Chinese film ever made, with the cost of a hefty 750 million Yuan (Us$113.5 million). But “Asura” has also turned into the biggest loss ever recorded as it took in just over Us$7.4 million at the opening weekend and by Sunday night the film was removed from theaters. With the estimated loss of Us$106 million “Asura” is therefore a contender as fifth biggest flop in movie history worldwide (according to Box Office Mojo).

Based on Tibetan Buddhist mythology and rich in special effects, “Asura” is backed by Alibaba Pictures, together with Zhenjian Film Studio and Ningxia Film Group, and it was meant to be the first installment of a franchise trilogy, in the style of Hollywood epics such as The Lord of the Rings.
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David Fincher (‘Mindhunter’) could steal Drama Directing Emmy from reigning champs since voters love A-list filmmakers

David Fincher (‘Mindhunter’) could steal Drama Directing Emmy from reigning champs since voters love A-list filmmakers
This year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Directing is shaping up to be a battle royale between two defending champs that have yet to go head-to-head: “Game of Thrones” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But there’s another past winner waiting in the wings: David Fincher, who’s in the running this year for his Netflix series “Mindhunter.” The TV academy often loves to shower well-known film directors with accolades, as Fincher himself has proven before.

The two-time Oscar nominee (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008 and “The Social Network” in 2010) followed his big-screen successes by winning an Emmy for directing the pilot of “House of Cards” (2013). Now he has returned to the small screen with “Mindhunter,” a serial killer drama about FBI criminal psychologists studying the minds of murderers. He’s on the ballot for the show’s season finale, “Episode 10,” in which the team starts to
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Score New Musical Waves

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Score New Musical Waves
Waves may have just become one of the most interesting movies coming down the pipeline. The project, which is set to begin filming next month, comes from director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) and is described as a "dramatic musical." Perhaps the best part, given the musical element, is that Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and his frequent collaborator Atticus Ross have been tapped to provide the original score for Waves. They are very selective about their projects which means they must have seen something they really grabbed on to here.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross rose to prominence in the movie world with their score for David Fincher's The Social Network. They ultimately scored a Best Original Score Oscar for their work, which led to two more collaborations with Fincher on both The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl. They also worked on the
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Film News Roundup: Toby Kebbell Joins Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’ for Sony Pictures

Film News Roundup: Toby Kebbell Joins Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’ for Sony Pictures
In today’s film news roundup, Toby Kebbell joins Vin Diesel in “Bloodshot,” “Rockbarnes: The Emperor in You” gets a release, and Dana Brunetti unveils a new production company.

Casting

Toby Kebbell will join Vin Diesel in “Bloodshot” for Sony Pictures in the role of Axe with principal photography starting in July.

Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, and Alex Hernandez also star. Dave Wilson of Blur Studios will direct and Neal H. Moritz is producing.

Bloodshot,” first published in 1992, centers on a mortally wounded soldier with powers of regeneration and meta-morphing made possible through nano-machines in his bloodstream. “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton for Valiant. Over its comic-book run, “Bloodshot” totaled 110 issues with more than 7.5 million copies sold.

Kebbell’s credits include “The Fantastic Four,” the rebooted “Planet of the Apes” franchise, “Kong: Skull Island,” “Warcraft,” and “RocknRolla.” The news
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Film News Roundup: Toby Kebbell Joins Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’ for Sony Pictures

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Toby Kebbell Joins Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’ for Sony Pictures
In today’s film news roundup, Toby Kebbell joins Vin Diesel in “Bloodshot,” “Rockbarnes: The Emperor in You” gets a release, and Dana Brunetti unveils a new production company.

Casting

Toby Kebbell will join Vin Diesel in “Bloodshot” for Sony Pictures in the role of Axe with principal photography starting in July.

Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, and Alex Hernandez also star. Dave Wilson of Blur Studios will direct and Neal H. Moritz is producing.

Bloodshot,” first published in 1992, centers on a mortally wounded soldier with powers of regeneration and meta-morphing made possible through nano-machines in his bloodstream. “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton for Valiant. Over its comic-book run, “Bloodshot” totaled 110 issues with more than 7.5 million copies sold.

Kebbell’s credits include “The Fantastic Four,” the rebooted “Planet of the Apes” franchise, “Kong: Skull Island,” “Warcraft,” and “RocknRolla.” The news
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Jonathan Groff (‘Mindhunter’): Emmy Experts say the Netflix G-Man could track down his first nomination

Jonathan Groff (‘Mindhunter’): Emmy Experts say the Netflix G-Man could track down his first nomination
Jonathan Groff is a two-time Tony nominee for his work on Broadway, and his musical theater work even won him a Grammy. But despite a significant TV resume he has yet to be nominated for an Emmy. Now he’s a contender for Best Drama Actor for Netflix’s psychological thriller “Mindhunter.” It doesn’t hurt that the series is directed and produced by David Fincher, who has directed many nominated performances in film and TV.

Groff stars as Holden Ford, an FBI agent in the 1970s who is fascinated by the psychology of serial killers. It’s a far cry from the actor’s previous roles, like “Glee” villain Jesse St. James and lovelorn “Looking” protagonist Patrick Murray. But it’s a change of pace that could appeal to the television academy, who have nominated other G-Men before him like Kyle MacLachlan in “Twin Peaks” (1990-1991) and David Duchovny
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Could Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score to ‘Vietnam War’ Doc Be an Emmys Contender?

  • Variety
Could Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score to ‘Vietnam War’ Doc Be an Emmys Contender?
Could a documentary score win a prime-time Emmy, competing against music from some of the biggest dramatic shows on television?

The answer is yes. It’s happened twice in the past seven years. Last year alone, four documentaries were nominated for their music, and seven others were nominated in the decade prior.

Emmy rules don’t specifically disqualify a score just because it’s been written for a non-fiction film, so composers in that field are eligible to enter the prime-time competition, in either the “composition for a series” or “composition for a limited series, movie or special” categories.

Notes Trent Reznor, who with Atticus Ross composed the score for Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam WarPBS doc: “With ‘Vietnam,’ there was heightened awareness that this was precious material that needed to be treated with absolute dignity, which elevates it beyond a story someone created for entertainment purposes.

“We just try
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