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John Travolta Receives Variety Cinema Icon Award

John Travolta Receives Variety Cinema Icon Award
John Travolta was honored with Variety’s first Cinema Icon Award at a party on Tuesday night at the Hotel du Cap in Cap d’Antibes in Southern France, following the world premiere in Cannes of his new mob biopic “Gotti.”

Arriving alongside wife and co-star Kelly Preston, daughter and “Gotti” actress Ella Bleu Travolta, director Kevin Connolly, producer Edward Walson, and members of the “Gotti” cast, Travolta said it was a “humbling moment” to be honored by Variety 40 years after his first appearance in Cannes.

The star said the reception to the new film, which will be released June 15 by MoviePass, in conjunction with Vertical Entertainment, “blew me away.”

“There’s nothing like the Cannes Film Festival” to premiere a new film, he said.

With fireworks bursting over the Croisette and 50 Cent performing to a packed terrace outside the Eden-Roc restaurant, the night featured a video montage of the star’s career highlights,
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Salma Hayek, Lionsgate strike first-look deal

Salma Hayek, Lionsgate strike first-look deal
Parties collaborated on The Hitman’s Bodyguard, How To Be A Latin Lover.

Lionsgate has signed a first-look producing deal with Salma Hayek and her producing partner Jose “Pepe” Tamez.

Hayek and Tamez will produce features for Lionsgate through their Ventanarosa Productions, and explore opportunities with Lionsgate-backed production company Pantelion Films.

The partnership comes after a history of successful collaborations between Hayek and Lionsgate, including The Hitman’s Bodyguard and How To Be A Latin Lover. Hayek is set to star in several of Lionsgate’s projects currently in development.

She produced Frida, as well as the Emmy nominated Ugly Betty,
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Salma Hayek Signs First-Look Movie Deal With Lionsgate

Salma Hayek Signs First-Look Movie Deal With Lionsgate
Lionsgate has signed a first-look producing deal with Salma Hayek Pinault, along with her producing partner Jose “Pepe” Tamez.

Under the agreement, announced Thursday, Hayek and Tamez will produce feature films for Lionsgate under Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions banner. Her production company will also explore feature film opportunities with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films venture.

Lionsgate said in the announcement that the collaboration is an extension of the studio’s longstanding relationship with Hayek, which includes the action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and Pantelion Films’ “How to Be a Latin Lover.” Lionsgate and Hayek Pinault are currently working on several feature projects in development and the company will also produce films for Hayek Pinault to star in.

“I’m very grateful to begin this new phase of my partnership with Lionsgate,” Hayek said. “They have built a tremendous rapport with mainstream and underserved audiences alike and their willingness to
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Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award

Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award
Star of upcoming thriller Soldado recently named Un Certain Regard chair.

Benicio Del Toro, who stars in the upcoming Sicario sequel Soldado, will receive the CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award later this month.

Del Toro will receive the honour at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on April 26 in Las Vegas.

It was announced last week that the Puerto Rican-born star will chair the Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes.

“From his commanding breakthrough performance in The Usual Suspects to his Academy Award winning role in Traffic, Benicio Del Toro has captivated audiences for years with thought provoking characters and worldly charm,
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Benicio del Toro Named President Of Un Certain Regard Jury At Cannes 2018

Benicio del Toro has been named as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The festival made the news public this morning via an officia release.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Pennsylvania, he is an artist who knows no boundaries. He is a great admirer of Jean Vigo and Charlie Chaplin and would have loved to have met Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Toshiro Mifune or Humphrey Bogart. When he was 20 years old, he discovered The 400 Blows and the infinite universe of Fellini, Eisenstein, Bergman, Eustache, Kurosawa… The Naked Island of Kaneto Shindô became his go-to film.

At 6 feet 2, Benicio Del Toro always dreamt of becoming a basketball player but became an actor instead. His intense and magnetic presence on the screen makes him sleek and attractive. A chameleon with a thousand faces: a mild-mannered gangster (The Usual Suspects, 1995), an eccentric moustachioed lawyer (Las Vegas Parano,
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'Logan' Writer and Director Re-Team for Corrupt Cop Thriller 'The Force'

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After making history with their Oscar-nominated script for Logan, director James Mangold and co-writer Scott Frank are joining forces again, according to Deadline. In fact, they're re-teaming for a movie called The Force. No, it's not another Star Wars story. The Force is an adaptation of the highly acclaimed and best-selling 2017 novel by Don Winslow (Savages). Frank is currently rewriting the script, which previously was in the hands of David Mamet.  Mangold had already been involved, since a year ago, working with producers Ridley Scott, Shane Salerno (Savages) and Kevin J. Walsh (Manchester by the Sea), and 20th Century Fox has a release date in place for less than a year from now. Mangold is no stranger to the subject of...
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Demian Bichir to Star in Eva Longoria’s ABC Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’

Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir has been cast as the male lead in ABC’s “Grand Hotel” drama pilot, Variety has learned.

The project is described as a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It will center around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. It is based on the Spanish series “Gran Hotel.”

In his first broadcast TV role, Bichir will play Gonzalo Cardenas, described as the handsome and charismatic owner of the Grand Riviera Hotel. Gonzalo’s super-power is his charm.
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Looks Back on His Early Career

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Looks Back on His Early Career
Call Me by Your Name” has received critical acclaim, healthy box office (roughly $25 million worldwide on a production budget of $3.5 million) and four Oscar noms — and screenwriter James Ivory is a huge part of all that. Ivory worked on adapting André Aciman’s novel and was supposed to co-direct the film with Luca Guadagnino. But the producers thought the production worked better with one director, so Ivory bowed out of that role. He first was mentioned in Variety March 21, 1962, for directing the film “The Householder” and since then has helmed dozens of features for Merchant Ivory Films. Recently, he has been working on getting his film “Richard II” off the ground. Ivory talked with Variety about his start in the biz and how a New Yorker born in Berkeley, raised in Oregon and graduated from USC film school became synonymous with period films set in the U.K. and India.

How did you
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A Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film

A Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film
After she earned an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for “The Savages” in 2008, along with a Best Actress nomination for star Laura Linney, writer-director Tamara Jenkins looked forward to a smoother run. Instead, it was a decade before she could make her next film, “Private Life,” a Netflix production starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti that premieres opening night at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

“It took a long time to get the movie made,” Jenkins said. Some of this was her own doing; she and screenwriter husband Jim Taylor have a small child, and “I have my own slow demons, in terms of writing.” And then, displaying her own talent for the dry understatement that often informs her own filmmaking voice: “There’s always this delay.”

It’s not the first time this has happened. “The Savages” came nine years after her first feature, the 1998 Fox Searchlight comedy “Slums of Beverly Hills
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A Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film

A Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film
After she earned an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for “The Savages” in 2008, along with a Best Actress nomination for star Laura Linney, writer-director Tamara Jenkins looked forward to a smoother run. Instead, it was a decade before she could make her next film, “Private Life,” a Netflix production starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti that premieres opening night at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

“It took a long time to get the movie made,” Jenkins said. Some of this was her own doing; she and screenwriter husband Jim Taylor (with whom she wrote another Sundance film, “Juliet, Naked”) have a small child, and “I have my own slow demons, in terms of writing.” And then, displaying her own talent for the dry understatement that often informs her own filmmaking voice: “There’s always this delay.”

It’s not the first time this has happened. “The Savages” came nine years after her first feature,
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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Oliver Stone Accused of Sexual Harassment After Defending Harvey Weinstein

Oliver Stone Accused of Sexual Harassment After Defending Harvey Weinstein
Oliver Stone has been accused of sexual harassment by actress and model Carrie Stevens. Stevens revealed in a Twitter post that Stone groped her while walking out of a party, and the revelation was a response to Stone’s own comments defending Harvey Weinstein against many sexual harassment allegations.

When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!

Carrie Stevens (@CarrieStevensXO) October 13, 2017

Stone was asked to weigh in on the Weinstein scandal during a panel at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, to which he responded: “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either.” He continued by saying the right thing to do would be to “wait and see” whether or not the many accusations
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Blake Lively Had an Unexpected Way of Communicating with Leonardo DiCaprio When They Were Dating

Blake Lively Had an Unexpected Way of Communicating with Leonardo DiCaprio When They Were Dating
Talk about a throwback!

The tenth anniversary of Gossip Girl was commemorated in a deep-dive interview with the cast and creators in Vanity Fair — and revealed some interesting details about Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s short-lived romance.

According to the show’s executive producer Joshua Safran, Lively would send DiCaprio creepy pictures while on set in a way the producer had never seen before.

“When I think about shooting the L.A. episodes, Blake was dating at the time, and she had this thing where she had a doll that she took photos of that she sent to Leo,
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Blake Lively Has "Glamour"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") in the September 2017 issue of "Glamour" fashion magazine, photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg:

Lively is best known for her role as 'Serena van der Woodsen' in The CW drama TV series "Gossip Girl" (2007–12). Lively has also starred in features including "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005), "Accepted" (2006)...

..."The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009), "The Town" (2010), "Green Lantern" (2011), "Savages" (2012), "The Age of Adaline" (2015), and "The Shallows" (2016).

"I went straight from high school to 'Gossip Girl,'" said Lively, "and both were very structured, scheduled environments, so I never had freedom to explore and carve my own path.

"But I can read a four-page scene once and have it memorized. It's a skill you learn in school: disposable cramming.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Blake Lively...
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Fox to Release NYPD Thriller ‘The Force’ in March 2019

Fox to Release NYPD Thriller ‘The Force’ in March 2019
Fox has set a March 1, 2019, release date for police thriller “The Force,” with “Logan” director James Mangold helming.

The project is based on Don Winslow’s novel “The Force” about corrupt NYPD officers. Fox bought movie rights last year to the crime thriller and set it up with Ridley Scott to produce through his Fox-based Scott Free company along with Michael Schaefer and Shane Salerno.

HarperCollins Publishers’ imprint William Morrow is releasing the novel, which centers on a corrupt sergeant at the NYPD’s most elite crime-fighting unit who must choose between his family, his partners, and his life.
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David Mamet To Write James Mangold’s Cop Drama ‘The Force’

Fresh off of his recent success with “Logan,” director James Mangold lined up an adaptation of Don Winslow’s (“Savages”) NYPD corruption novel “The Force.” Now, Deadline reports, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet is in talks to write the adaptation.

The novel, which was just released yesterday, explores a corrupt cop in an elite unit who is being investigated by the feds.

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Author Don Winslow Explains The Wild, Dangerous Moviegoing Experience Of 1970s New York City

While there is a certain nostalgia for the grittier era of 1970s New York City, particularly when contrasted with the increasing gentrification of the city, it’s worth remembering it was hardly a paradise. Crime was rampant, the city could be incredibly dangerous, and not even the sanctity of the cinema could keep you safe.

Author Don Winslow (“The Force,” “Savages“) knows this quite well, and in an interview with The Village Voice he shared what he witnessed working in movie theaters at the time, and it goes far beyond talking and texting during the film:

Read More: New York City Crime Movies: 20 Movies You Need To Watch

I could tell you so many stories.

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Exclusive Interview: Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks The Wall

Coming off a career best performance as serial killer Ray Marcus in Nocturnal Animals, The Wall actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has cemented himself as one of the industry’s top young talents. Still only 26 years old, the English actor has balanced blockbuster roles in Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron with versatile work in Joe Wright’s period romance Anna Karenina and Oliver Stone’s gritty crime drama Savages. No stranger to comic book films, the actor rose to stardom playing the titular hero Dave Lizewski in the Kick-Ass films.

In The Wall, Taylor-Johnson stars as Isaac alongside WWE superstar and recent comedy film standout John Cena as two soldiers in a deadly encounter with an Iraqi sniper. Trapped behind a crumbling stone wall, Isaac must battle wits and marksmanship in a deadly cat and mouse game of survival.

We caught up with Aaron Taylor-Johnson during the press day for The Wall
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Gears Of War Adaptation Locks Down Avatar Writer

There’s been talk of a Gears of War film almost since the time the first game hit the original Xbox back in the mid-2000s. And it makes sense. The game has a very cinematic style, and its hard-action, testosterone-fueled leads very much lends itself to the medium. Of course, like almost every other video game franchise under the sun, there have been some…delays in the development process.

For whatever reason, an actual Gears of War film has had a hard time getting off the ground. Scripts were written, scripts were rewritten, budgets were raised an scaled back, and every so often we get news of them taking another crack at the franchise. It’s all very much par for the course for most video game adaptations.

Related: Tomb Raider - Synopsis & First Look At Alicia Vikander As Lara Croft!

When last we heard (which was last October
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Gears Of War Movie Picks Up Steam After Recruiting Avatar Scribe

Video games are fun. Movies are fun. But when the two combine to produce a live-action feature film – or, by the same token, a tie-in video game in the vein of The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay – the results often range from disastrous to flat-out disappointment.

2016 was no exception, either, after the back-to-back flops of Assassin’s Creed and Duncan Jones’ budding franchise-starter, Warcraft: The Beginning. There have been rumblings of potential sequels for both blockbusters, but without any tangible development in almost six months, the thought of revisiting the Animus – and indeed the mystical realm of Azeroth – is about to be chalked up as wishful thinking.

But if Hollywood executives have been deterred by those box office bombs, it doesn’t show; The Division and the Alicia Vikander-fronted Tomb Raider are just two examples of high-profile video game movies incubating in development, and Deadline brings
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