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Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)

Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)
Lee Daniels has signed on to executive produce the indie urban drama film Pimp.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, the love story stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and Dmx.

Pimp marks the first film that Daniels — the writer-director-producer behind such hits as Empire, Star, Precious and The Butler — has executive produced. The impetus for his involvement stemmed from wanting to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.

Pimp...
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Jennifer Garner Turns Herself Into a Meme for Her Birthday

Jennifer Garner Turns Herself Into a Meme for Her Birthday
Jennifer Garner rang in her 46th birthday with plenty of humor.  The beloved actress celebrated her special day on Tuesday and took to social media before the day's end to thank fans for their well wishes.  "I'm having the best birthday and so much of it is because of all of you," she penned. "Thank you for the birthday love!" Like the gift that keeps on giving, the star finished her Instagram post with a meme...of herself! Using the classic saying from The Help, Garner poked fun at herself by combining the quote with a snap of herself, one eye closed, with velcro rollers in her hair. Garner kept the laughs coming when she also shared a photo of the...
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Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post

Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post
Jennifer Garner isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself – even on her birthday.

The actress celebrated turning 46 on Tuesday by posting a meme-worthy photo of herself in the middle of doing her hair and makeup to Instagram.

Garner added captions to the goofy photo, writing that on her birthday, everyone says “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Her photo, in which her hair is still in rollers and her left eye is half-closed, was captioned as the response to the adulation.

I’m having the best birthday and so much of it is because of all of you.
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Aunjanue Ellis and Vanessa Williams Join ‘Miss Virginia’; Christopher Egan, Hanna Griffiths Cast In ‘Brokers’

Aunjanue Ellis and Vanessa Williams Join ‘Miss Virginia’; Christopher Egan, Hanna Griffiths Cast In ‘Brokers’
Exclusive: Aunjanue Ellis (The Help) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) are joining Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Matthew Modine in the independent production of Miss Virginia. Also, Australian actor Christopher Egan, known for his work in Letters to Juliet and Resident Evil, has joined Hanna Griffiths in the new Warren Zide and James Wallace-produced romantic drama Brookers. First, for Miss Virginia: Niles Fitch…
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“Mom” Renewed for Season 6. Will The Show Bring on More Female Directors?

“Mom”

We haven’t seen the last of Christy and Bonnie Plunkett. The mother-daughter duo are set to return for a sixth season on “Mom,” The Hollywood reporter confirms. Anna Farris and recent Oscar winner Allison Janney topline the CBS sitcom, which recently wrapped filming on its fifth season.

Farris plays Christy, a single mom who moves to Napa, California to start over with her two children. Still working on addressing her past of drug and alcohol abuse, she lands a job as a waitress and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Bonnie, who is portrayed by Janney, is also a recovering addict. Janney’s taken home two Emmy Awards for her role on the series, which just celebrated its 100th episode.

“‘Mom’ has been a linchpin comedy for us over the last several years,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said Sunday in a statement. “It’s a fearless series that tackles
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Octavia Spencer To Bring Biopic to the Big Screen with “Mumbet”

Although she has been in the entertainment industry since the mid-1990s, Octavia Spencer only really hit mainstream success when she played Minny Jackson in Tate Taylor’s ‘The Help’ in 2011. For her performance in this movie, Spencer won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Since then, she has risen to prominence and has shown particular skill at portraying figures who were once hidden from the limelight. A perfect example of this was her performance in the 2016 film ‘Hidden Figures’ in which she starred alongside Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson. She has continued with this theme by championing

Octavia Spencer To Bring Biopic to the Big Screen with “Mumbet”
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Octavia Spencer to Exec Produce Alethea Root’s Anti-Slavery Film “Mumbet”

Spencer in “Insurgent”: Lionsgate

Octavia Spencer is making good on her vow to produce stories that will “inspire and educate.” Variety confirms that the Oscar winner is executive producing the anti-slavery historical pic “Mumbet.” Alethea Root’s film tells the story of Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Mumbet, the first African American slave to successfully sue for her freedom in Massachusetts.

Based on Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes’ children’s biography “A Free Woman on God’s Earth,” “Mumbet” is written by Stephen Glantz (“Wunderkinder”). No casting details yet, but Wonderstar ProductionsKim Waltrip and Root of Truth 13 Productions are producing. Joining Spencer as EPs are Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jayne Atkinson, Libby Heimark, and Glantz.

Freeman decided to legally pursue freedom after learning about Massachusetts’ new state constitution, which declared, “All men are created free and equal.” “In 1781, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found slavery to be inconsistent with the
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Octavia Spencer to Executive Produce Anti-Slavery Movie ‘Mumbet’ (Exclusive)

Octavia Spencer to Executive Produce Anti-Slavery Movie ‘Mumbet’ (Exclusive)
Octavia Spencer has signed on as executive producer on the independent anti-slavery movie “Mumbet,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Mumbet” will be directed by Alethea Root (“Part Time Fabulous”) and produced by Kim Waltrip (“Hit & Run”) of Wonderstar Productions and Root of Truth 13 Productions.

The script, written by Stephen Glantz (“Wunderkinder”) is based on the book “A Free Woman on God’s Earth” by Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes. Casting has not been announced.

Mumbet was also known as Elizabeth Freeman, who was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts after hearing the words in the newly ratified state constitution — “All men are created free and equal.” In 1781, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found slavery to be inconsistent with the State Constitution — a ruling to have implicitly ended slavery in Massachusetts.

“This is a woman who risked her life to speak truth to injustice,
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'Salome': Film Review

'Salome': Film Review
2011 was a breakthrough year for Jessica Chastain, in which work done over several years was finally seen by a wowed public: Features she made with directors Jeff Nichols, Terrence Malick and Ralph Fiennes premiered, as did the Hollywood adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help. But at that year's Venice festival, the film elite got a glimpse of work she had done long before: Al Pacino's Wild Salome, a doc in the mode of his Looking for Richard, chronicled the preparations for a Los Angeles staging of Oscar Wilde's Salome in 2006, which starred a then-unknown Chastain in the...
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Kristin Stark Promoted at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners

Veteran publicist Kristin Stark has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and communications at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.

The company made the announcemnet Monday through Marvin Levy, executive VP of marketing, and Susan Fleishman, executive VP of corporate communications.

In this new role, Stark will manage all aspects of Amblin’s marketing, working closely with its distribution partners here and around the world. She will continue reporting to Levy and Fleishman on publicity and communications strategies, as well as co-ceo Jeff Small and COO Chris Floyd on her new marketing duties.

“I am so proud of Kristin,” Levy said. “She is a brilliant colleague who continues to demonstrate and expand her executive skills and marketing talents. A phenomenal manager, she has earned the respect not only of all of us here at Amblin but also from the other companies who have worked with her on our projects.
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Suicide Squad director explains The Joker’s original role in the film’s ending

Before Warner Bros. drastically altered last year’s Justice League with a round of significant reshoots, the studio took its chainsaw to another DC Films release in David Ayer’s 2016 supervillain team-up Suicide Squad.

One of the biggest changes to that film revolved around The Joker, with Jared Leto’s role cut significantly, and the Clown Prince of Crime’s relationship with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn toned down to make it less abusive.

As we glimpsed in the trailers and marketing material, The Joker would also have been more involved in the film’s third act, with the Clown Prince of Crime reappearing after the helicopter crash to confront Task Force X.

Taking to Twitter, director Ayer has revealed his original plans for Leto’s Joker, stating that: “After Joker dropped [Harley] from the [helicopter] and crashed, Enchantress made a deal with him. He was going to take Harley home and
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‘The Big Sick’ Director Michael Showalter Set to Helm Jessica Chastain-Octavia Spencer Holiday Comedy

Earlier this year, it was reported that Universal had won what sounded like a heated bidding war for an untitled Christmas comedy starring Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, who made a notable pair in Tate Taylor's otherwise galling The Help. The basic story, centered on two women trying to get home to their families in time for Christmas Day, is all but identical to John Hughes' holiday favorite Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, with Chastain co-writing the original treatment alongside Kelly Carmichael and Peter Chiarelli, the screenwriter behind the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians adaptation, set to pen the script …
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Michael Showalter to Direct Jessica Chastain-Octavia Spencer Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Michael Showalter to Direct Jessica Chastain-Octavia Spencer Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Hot off the heels of his hit film “The Big Sick,” director Michael Showalter has lined up his next movie: Universal’s holiday comedy starring Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films and fast-tracked, adding Showalter as helmer. Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain will produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a reunion for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an
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Giveaway: Win Pitch Perfect 3 On Blu-ray

Now graduated from college, the fabulous Bellas of Barden University are back for one last call in Pitch Perfect 3. Beca, Fat Amy and the rest of the Bellas are off to face a post a cappella champion world in the high-spirited closing act to the franchise that sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Pitch Perfect 3 arrives on Digital on March 1, 2018 and Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and and via the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on March 20, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with all-new musical performances, a hilarious gag reel, never-before-seen deleted footage and more, the exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features make Pitch Perfect 3 a must-own film.

For the chance to win Pitch Perfect 3 on Blu-ray/DVD, enter your name in the comments sections below.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners
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Poll results: 91 percent of you are confident Jessica Chastain will be the next ‘The Help’ star to win an Oscar

Poll results: 91 percent of you are confident Jessica Chastain will be the next ‘The Help’ star to win an Oscar
Jessica Chastain should clear some room on her shelf. A whopping 91 percent of you believe she will be the fifth actress from “The Help” to win an Oscar since the film’s release in 2011.

The result is hardly surprising since many feel or have thought the two-time nominee should’ve won by now after her breakout 2011 that included six films and her first nomination for “The Help.” Chastain is seeking to join Octavia Spencer, who beat her for “The Help,” Viola Davis (“Fences” [2016]), Emma Stone (“La La Land” [2016]) and now Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) in “The Help”’s golden circle. Chastain, who hasn’t been nominated since 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” has a handful of projects in deck, including “George and Tammy,” in which she’ll play country singer Tammy Wynette.

“You can imagine her as Tammy as you watch her in The Help,” user Colin McNamara wrote.

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Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]

Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]
The Help” is an Oscar machine. While the 2011 drama didn’t win Best Picture, no film has produced more Oscar winners — and all women at that — in the same amount of time since. With Allison Janney’s victory Sunday night for “I, Tonya,” she is the fourth actress from “The Help” to win an Oscar since the film’s release, following Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. Who will be next?

The first thing the other ladies of “The Help” need to know is that you need to be nominated against Spencer or in the same year as her if you want to win. As we’ve noted before, all three of Spencer’s nominations so far have been against her pals from the Tate Taylor film. She won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help,” defeating co-star Jessica Chastain, while Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). Five years later,
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Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’

Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’
“I am so happy,” said Guillermo del Toro as he left the Academy Governors Ball clutching his Oscar, accepting hug after hug. The warmth in the room at Hollywood & Highland was palpable as he won the Oscar for Best Director, the fifth Latin American to do so, and celebrated four Oscar wins for the outsider fairy tale, the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar since “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” in 2004.

In 2007, Academy recognized the artistry and craftsmanship of the beloved Mexican transplant’s Spanish-language nominee “Pan’s Labyrinth” with six nominations and three wins. This year, voters responded to his English-language masterwork “The Shape of Water” with 13 nominations, leading the field, and four Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Production Design and Score.

It also helps that Fox Searchlight knows how to win Oscars. “Shape” marks their fourth Best Picture, including “Slumdog Millionaire,
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Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’

Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’
“I am so happy,” said Guillermo del Toro as he left the Academy Governors Ball clutching his Oscar, accepting hug after hug. The warmth in the room at Hollywood & Highland was palpable as he won the Oscar for Best Director, the fifth Latin American to do so, and celebrated four Oscar wins for the outsider fairy tale, the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar since “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” in 2004.

In 2007, Academy recognized the artistry and craftsmanship of the beloved Mexican transplant’s Spanish-language nominee “Pan’s Labyrinth” with six nominations and three wins. This year, voters responded to his English-language masterwork “The Shape of Water” with 13 nominations, leading the field, and four Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Production Design and Score.

Read More:It’s ‘The Shape of Water’ vs. ‘Get Out’ for Three Top Oscars, and Jordan Peele Will Win
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Allison Janney on Oscar Win: ‘I Did It All by Myself’

Allison Janney on Oscar Win: ‘I Did It All by Myself’
Allison Janney won her first Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday night, sweeping the major awards shows with her unflinching portrayal of Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in “I, Tonya.”

“I did it all by myself,” Janney joked at the opening of her acceptance speech. “Okay, nothing further from the truth.”

She then thanked the Academy and her fellow nominees who “represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession.”

The actress said she was grateful to “I, Tonya” screenwriter Steven Rogers.

“Thank you for the gift of Lavona. I did not see this coming, you did. You give new meaning to the word friend.”

Janney also recognized her “I, Tonya” family (“a cast and crew and bird that elevated my work”), as well as Neon and 30 West.

Joanne Woodward, thank you for your encouragement and generosity that gave me the confidence to think I could pursue a career in acting.
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Allison Janney Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for ‘I, Tonya’

Rounding out her Awards Season on a high the likes of a perfect Triple Axel, Allison Janney has won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance of Lavona Harding in “I, Tonya.” Janney is a first-time nominee and helms a career with over 100 credits. A large presence in film and television, she has been nominated for over ten Emmy Awards, and won seven. Janney is an alum of critically acclaimed shows and films such as “The Help,” “The West Wing,” and “Juno,” to name a few.
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