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Allison Shearmur, ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies at 54

Allison Shearmur, ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies at 54
Veteran Hollywood producer and executive Allison Shearmur, who produced the “Hunger Games” films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” died Friday at UCLA Medical Center of complications from lung cancer. She was 54.

Shearmur worked as an executive at Disney, Universal, Paramount and Lionsgate before becoming a producer in 2011. Her producing credits included “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies,” “Cinderella,” “Nerve” and the upcoming “The One and Only Ivan.” She was an executive producer on “Power Rangers,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Abduction” and a co-producer on the upcoming “Chaos Walking.”

She was an executive producer on the 2017 television movie “Dirty Dancing” through her Allison Shearmur Productions company.

Shearmur, a quadruplet, was well-liked in Hollywood and known as “Alli.” She joined Lionsgate as president of motion picture production in 2008 and oversaw the first two “Hunger Games” movies, then executive produced the final two.

Prior to Lionsgate,
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Michael Nyqvist, John Wick and Dragon Tattoo Star, Dies at 56

Michael Nyqvist, John Wick and Dragon Tattoo Star, Dies at 56
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, best known as the Mikael Blomkvist in the original adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, passed away earlier today at the age of 56. The actor's representative confirmed his passing in a statement that revealed he succumbed to a year-long battle with lung cancer. Here's the full statement from the actor's representative regarding his death.

"On behalf of Michael Nyqvist's representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer. Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him."

Variety posted the full statement on the late actor passing from his family,
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Premiere plays Tribeca title 'The Last Poker Game' with Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino

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Exclusive: Renowned 72-year-old neurologist Howard L. Weiner makes his feature directorial debut.

Premiere Entertainment Group has bolstered its sales slate by taking international rights to Tribeca dramedy The Last Poker Game starring Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino.

The film follows a doctor who gets into hot water after befriending a womanising gambler at his wife’s nursing home.

Maria Dizzia also stars in the film that premiered at the New York Film Festival last month.

Renowned 72-year-old neurologist Howard L. Weiner made his feature directorial debut on The Last Poker Game from his own screenplay. He also produced.

Premiere president and CEO Elias Axume and Rincon negotiated the deal with Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Zac Bright on behalf of the producers.

Peter Pastorelli, Eddie Rubin, and Marshall Johnson of Long Road Film also produced, and Tamar Sela and Walter Klenhard served as executive producers.

“This is a charming, touching, and raunchy
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Taylor Lautner Exits Wme for UTA (Exclusive)

Taylor Lautner has left Wme for UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The actor most recently starred in season two of Fox’s horror anthology Scream Queens, as well as the BBC Three comedy Cuckoo.

Since he found worldwide fame as werewolf Jacob in the Twilight saga, Lautner's credits have included Adam Sandler’s Western spoof The Ridiculous 6, Saban Films’ parkour actioner Tracers, John Singleton’s thriller Abduction and Garry Marshall’s all-star ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day.

Lautner continues to be represented by Untitled and Hansen Jacobson.

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Taylor Lautner Exits Wme for UTA (Exclusive)

Taylor Lautner Exits Wme for UTA (Exclusive)
Taylor Lautner has left Wme for UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The actor most recently starred in season two of Fox’s horror anthology Scream Queens, as well as the BBC Three comedy Cuckoo.

Since he found worldwide fame as werewolf Jacob in the Twilight saga, Lautner's credits have included Adam Sandler’s Western spoof The Ridiculous 6, Saban Films’ parkour actioner Tracers, John Singleton’s thriller Abduction and Garry Marshall’s all-star ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day.

Lautner continues to be represented by Untitled and Hansen Jacobson.

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Run The Tide – Review

Review by Zach Nix

Taylor Lautner, much like previous teen idol Zac Efron, is a young male actor who became a star after appearing in a string of films marketed towards teens, specifically the Twilight franchise. However, and much like Efron, Lautner’s impenetrable stardom eventually ended with his franchise’s conclusion. Therefore, he then began that awkward transitional period as he tried to escape from the teen idol status that he had been labeled with in order to prove his legitimacy as an actor outside of the Twilight saga. His short lived stints with action (i.e. Abduction, Tracers) and comedy (i.e. Grown Ups 2, The Ridiculous 6) certainly didn’t help. However, Lautner’s latest turn in director Soham Mehta’s debut film, Run the Tide, finally showcases him as a dramatic talent to be reckoned with.

The tale of Mehta’s independent family drama has been done in many variations before,
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Movie Review: Run The Tide won’t score Taylor Lautner the prestige his Twilight costars have earned

In the years since the Twilight franchise made them megastars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have worked with a remarkable number of world-class directors: Olivier Assayas, Kelly Reichardt, Woody Allen, Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog, James Gray. The werewolf leg of that love triangle, however, does not appear to be in similarly prestigious demand. Taylor Lautner has headlined a couple of forgettable thrillers (major points if you could recall even the titles Abduction and Tracers), and been part of the ensemble in a couple of Adam Sandler comedies, but nothing on his post-Twilight résumé is even halfway decent, much less impressive. The exceedingly earnest indie drama Run The Tide seems to be Lautner’s stab at respectability, but he’s chosen poorly—this is bargain-basement schmaltz, too blandly folksy even for Sundance. Sheer toothiness can’t elevate drab material.

Thanks to The Force Awakens, the name Rey is ...
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Max Steel Review

For several years now, two of the most financially successful film franchises have been the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Michael Bay’s Transformers series. Those films have cumulatively earned $10.2 billion and $3.8 billion, respectively. So one can’t really blame the folks over at Mattel and Dolphin Entertainment for hoping to combine the superhero storytelling of the former with the built-in appeal of a long-running toy line. Unfortunately, Max Steel reveals just how ill-conceived this approach is in telling an effective story.

Based on the Mattel toys (as well as the 2000 and 2013 animated series they inspired), the film stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath, a teenage boy who soon begins experiencing dangerous energy bursts when he and his mother (Maria Bello) move back to his hometown, where tragedy occurred years earlier. Before long, the truth begins to unravel, and Max encounters a bizarre creature named Steel (voiced by Silicon Valley‘s
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Posterized August 2016: ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

There’s a good mix of independent originals and blockbuster remakes/sequels this month to satisfy young and old. How they’re all going to fend for screens I’m not sure—Finding Dory may finally have to bid us adieu until its home video release in October. So if you haven’t seen it or Star Trek Beyond, go quick. Suicide Squad (August 5) is going to be taking over very soon and I don’t think Batman v Superman‘s relative “failure” will affect its own longevity.
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Fox Casts Taylor Lautner in Scream Queens Season 2

Following the recent announcement that John Stamos will co-star in Scream Queens as a stellar surgeon, it’s now been revealed that Taylor Lautner is joining the Season 2 cast as Dr. Cassidy Cascade:

Press Release: Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga,” “Cuckoo”) has been cast in a series regular role in the upcoming second season of Scream Queens, the comedy-horror series from award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), on Fox, Season Two of Scream Queens graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny mystery will begin once again. Set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation, Lautner is one of the series’ new male leads, playing Dr. Cassidy Cascade, a doctor at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition and becomes
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‘Scream Queens’ Adds Taylor Lautner as Series Regular for Season 2

‘Scream Queens’ Adds Taylor Lautner as Series Regular for Season 2
Fox’s “Scream Queens” has cast “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner as a series regular in Season 2, Variety has learned.

Season 2 of the horror comedy shifts the action from a college campus to a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Lautner will play one of the series’ new male leads, Dr. Cassidy Cascade, a doctor at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition and becomes a suspect when a series of tragic events plagues the institution.

John Stamos is also joining the series in a lead role, while Season 1 stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash are set to reprise their characters from last year’s outing.

In addition to his breakout role in “The Twilight Saga,” Lautner recently starred in the Netflix original film “The Ridiculous Six,” opposite Adam Sandler, and
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Cash Only: Film Buff Steals Away Worldwide Rights For Crime Drama

Tremendous news out of New York today. FilmBuff has announced that they have picked up the worldwide rights to Malik Bader's raw and thrilling Detroit-based crime drama, Cash Only. There will be no shortage of ways to catch the film in the U.S. this spring. They are planning a theatrical release, coinciding with a release on VOD on the same day. Keep an eye out for it and other ways to catch the film in your corner of the globe. Nickola Shreli (Abduction), who also wrote the film's screenplay, plays Elvis Martini, a struggling landlord at the end of his rope. Days away from losing his building to bank foreclosure, he can't pay back thousands in cash borrowed from dangerous the Albanian underworld. His building is in shambles,...

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Lily Collins In "Vogue"

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Take a look @ new images of actress Lily Collins ("The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones") in the January 2016 issue of "Vogue" (Russia) magazine, photographed by David Mushegain:

Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins is noted for roles in features "The Blind Side" (2009), "Abduction" (2011), "Stuck in Love" (2012), "Mirror Mirror" (2012) and "Love, Rosie" (2014).

Collins recently completed work in the "Untitled Warren Beatty Project" about an aging 'Howard Hughes', playing the character 'Marla Mabrey'.

She is currently prepping to star in the TV movie "The Last Tycoon" as the character 'Cecelia Brady'.

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Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper

Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper
The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has tapped John Singleton and Chris Cooper for its Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards.

The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.

Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.

Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.

Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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‘Tracers’ DVD Review

Stars: Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos, Adam Rayner, Rafi Gavron, Luciano Acuna Jr., Josh Yadon, Johnny Wu, Sam Medina, Amirah Vann, Christian Steel, Wai Ching Ho | Written by T.J. Scott, Kevin Lund, Matt Johnson | Directed by Daniel Benmayor

As a movie reviewer there’s nothing more difficult than reviewing an average movie. With terrible movies you can spew forth all the bile and hatred you want, with good (or great) movies you can rave over each an every aspect that got you excited. But with an average movie there’s very often little to say beyond “it’s Ok” – and that’s what Tracers is, just Ok.

Down on his luck Cam (Taylor Lautner) is barely scraping by. Drowning in debt and living out of a garage, he is desperately looking for an out. Cam’s prayers are seemingly answered when he meets the beautiful and mysterious Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos). She
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Aussies to put their stamp on Roots remake

The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.

Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.

Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.

Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly
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John Singleton's drug drama series Snowfall picked up by FX

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John Singleton has not made a theatrical feature since 2011's Abduction. But, he got a taste of small screen directing when he helmed an episode of Fox's Empire earlier this year. Singleton has now developed his own drama series, Snowfall, which has been officially picked up by FX. Singleton co-wrote the series with Eric Amadio and will direct the pilot. Snowfall, originally setup at Showtime, follows the rise of the crack cocaine epidemic. FX recently wrapped two crime-centric series, Sons...
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Are Lily Collins and Chris Evans Dating?

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Are Lily Collins and Chris Evans Dating?
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and the Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in
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Are Lily Collins and Chris Evans Dating?

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Are Lily Collins and Chris Evans Dating?
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in October
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