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‘Destroyer’ Film Review: Nicole Kidman Is Repulsively Brilliant in Hardcore Action Flick

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‘Destroyer’ Film Review: Nicole Kidman Is Repulsively Brilliant in Hardcore Action Flick
It takes a lot of inner confidence to pull off what Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman have done with “Destroyer.” Here is the noir antihero that our current cinema has been longing for. The genre is traditionally an exclusive realm for steely male icons like Clint Eastwood or even Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained” — but here’s a shatterproof hardcore woman hellbent on making things right once and for all.

When the film begins, Kidman’s Erin Bell is a wrecked woman, someone so repulsive to look at you have to turn away the moment she starts walking toward you. Part of that is the distinctive look the actress has adopted for the role: makeup and wig that makes her look like she’s slept in the desert in a sleeping bag, chewed on charcoal, and not taken a shower for two weeks. Or maybe she’s someone unable to kick a hardcore heroin addiction.
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Look Back at Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Top Secret Relationship

Look Back at Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Top Secret Relationship
It's been almost five years since Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes first sparked romance rumors. Fans will recall the Django Unchained actor and Dawson's Creek star were spotted dancing the night away at the Apollo in the Hamptons benefit back in 2013—about a year after the actress finalized her divorce from Tom Cruise. While Foxx spent years denying the two were anything but friends, fans could sense there was something more. Then, in 2016, their relationship status seemed to be confirmed after Claudia Jordan told the Allegedly podcast Foxx was "very happy" with Holmes. However, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star later retracted her statement and said she...
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John Carter, Film Editor on ‘Friday’ and ‘Lean on Me,’ Dies at 95

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John Carter, Film Editor on ‘Friday’ and ‘Lean on Me,’ Dies at 95
John Carter, a pioneering African-American film editor behind such films as “Friday,” “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” “Lean on Me” and the Academy Award-nominated Martin Luther King documentary “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis,” has died. He was 95 years old.

Carter, the first black member of the American Cinema Editors, died peacefully on Aug. 13 at his home in White Plains, New York, his family reported.

His career spanned four decades, during which he put his editing touch to more than 50 feature films, including 1968’s “Paper Lion,” “The Formula,” starring Marlon Brando and “Karate Kid Part III.” Carter also served as editor for a number of black-centric films, such as “The Five Heartbeats” — a musical drama loosely based on The Temptations and The Four Tops — “Boomerang,” “Set it Off,” “Soul Food” and “The Wood.”

Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shonda Rhimes Remember Aretha Franklin: 'Thank You For the
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Top 10 burning questions we have about the Oscar changes

Top 10 burning questions we have about the Oscar changes
The recently announced changes to the Oscars have many of our forum posters up in arms, but they also raise a number of questions. Below, we count down the top 10 mysteries we’re wondering about in the wake of Wednesday’s news.

1. Will these changes be implemented this year? The 2019 Oscars telecast will be held on February 24 as originally planned, so the show itself won’t move to early February until 2020, but what about the award for Best Popular Film and the shortening of the telecast? Will those changes be made effective immediately, or will it take the academy another year or so to work out the details? For instance …

2. What are the criteria for Best Popular Film? Will the academy judge popularity strictly by box office gross, and if so, what’s the limit? $100 million? $200 million? The academy membership is getting more diverse, both ethnically and internationally, so will
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Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar

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Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar
Exclusive: Sonar Entertainment has set Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction to a first look deal for television and digital platform content. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Michael Shamberg.

Shamberg brings several projects to the table under the new deal. They include adaptions of two best-selling books: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg.

In Am I There Yet? writer/illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew uses essays and illustrations to capture the feelings and comical complexities of millennials. In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? From creating a home in
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Margot Robbie Teases First Look as Sharon Tate in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

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Margot Robbie Teases First Look as Sharon Tate in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Margot Robbie channeled 1960s Hollywood in a new teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Robbie will play Sharon Tate in the star-studded drama that is set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders. The Academy Award nominated actress shared a photo Monday morning on Instagram dressed in a black long-sleeved turtleneck, a white skirt and white leather boots. Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was pregnant when she was killed at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers at her home in 1969.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will portray best friends — one is a former TV star, the other is his longtime stunt double. The two are both struggling to make it in the entertainment industry “at the height of hippie Hollywood,” as Tarantino describes.

The A-list cast also includes Al Pacino as DiCaprio’s character’s agent, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis,
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Omar Dorsey Reveals What Making ‘Queen Sugar’ Is Really Like (Exclusive)

Spend more than a few minutes with Omar Dorsey, and you pretty much get the sense that this is a guy who’s having a great time living an actor's life and enthusiastically embracing every opportunity coming his way. And it’s not just because of his regular role as Hollywood Desonier on Queen Sugar, now in the midst of its third season. And it’s not from his previous role as a killer on Ray Donovan. Or any of the other roles he’s played over the years. It has completely to do with… well, all of it. “It’s mind-blowing,” he laughs in an exclusive interview with Life & Style. “It’s what I want, to share my craft. If I’m playing a bad guy, I want to be the best bad guy in the world. I want to be the most hated person, ‘cause I want to have done my job.
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RZA on His New Film, ‘Black Panther’ and Inclusivity: ‘We Would Love to Have an Easier Path’

RZA on His New Film, ‘Black Panther’ and Inclusivity: ‘We Would Love to Have an Easier Path’
RZA is on the cusp of two professional milestones. This November, his legendary hip-hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan, will ring in its 25th anniversary with a series of Down Under concerts. And early next year, he will bring audiences his third film as a director, “Cut Throat City.”

Born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, the artist began releasing features six years ago. Rather than a career pivot, moviemaking represented coming full circle in the entertainment industry: the very first Wu-Tang album (“Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers”) took its name from the 1978 film “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.” In it, a fugitive college student travels to a Shaolin temple to master kung-fu, plotting revenge on his tyrannical government. During “RZA: Movies, Music, and Martial Arts” — his recent Hall H talk at San Diego Comic-Con — RZA recalled why Liu Chia-liang’s epic resonated for him and his bandmates.

“Being black in America — especially as I
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Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Channel '60s Cool on Set of Quentin Tarantino's New Movie

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Channel '60s Cool on Set of Quentin Tarantino's New Movie
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are hard at work on their latest film — and looking better than ever.

The actors are starring in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film that centers on actress Sharon Tate‘s murder at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers.

DiCaprio and a slim-looking Pitt were seen shooting in a vintage car around Los Angeles. The two appeared to be in a serious scene as Pitt’s character listened intently from behind the wheel while DiCaprio spoke. They were both spotted wearing pitch perfect ’60s clothing with the hair styles and accessories to match.
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Lantern Finally Owns The Weinstein Company’s Remains – Now What?

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The Weinstein Co. is no more. Last week, the production studio finalized its deal to sell to Lantern Entertainment, handing over the keys to its indie kingdom, including a slate of unreleased films and a handful of employees.

But following more than 30 years worth of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against former boss Harvey Weinstein, from a multitude of women, the company swiftly atrophied into a shell of its former self.

So what did Lantern exactly get out of its purchase?

The company paid $289 million to acquire TWC and its assets out of bankruptcy. It walked away with three unreleased films after haggling with filmmakers and producers over the rights to some of the projects, and a whole lot more.

Also Read: Weinstein Co $289 Million Sale to Lantern Closes

The Upside,” a remake of the 2011 French drama “The Intouchables,” starring Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman is arguably
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Jamie Foxx Looks Back at ‘Django Unchained’ and Being Ok With Quentin Tarantino’s Controversial Use of the N-Word

Jamie Foxx Looks Back at ‘Django Unchained’ and Being Ok With Quentin Tarantino’s Controversial Use of the N-Word
Any list of Jamie Foxx’s most memorable roles is not complete without Django Freeman from Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” The movie, released six years ago in December 2012, became the highest grossing title of Tarantino’s career with $162 million at the U.S. box office. Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment (via CinemaBlend), Foxx looked back fondly on the making of Tarantino’s slavery revenge drama.

“Working with Quentin Tarantino is the best,” Foxx said. “Because he’s like a jazz musician. He just plays. And he has incredible disciplines. He says, I only shoot with one camera. I’m a director, not a video selector — so everything he shoots is one camera, it’s lean.”

Foxx remembered seeing Tarantino at clubs and restaurants before being cast as Django and always thinking he would be ready for an opportunity to work with the director if the day came. “I would see
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More "Robin Hood"

Take a look at more new images, plus footage from the latest "Robin Hood" movie, directed by Otto Bathurst, starring Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained") and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey"), opening September 21, 2018:

"...'Robin Hood' returning from 'The Crusades'...

"...discovers 'Sherwood Forest' rife with corruption and evil. 

"Teaming with a band of outlaws he takes matters into his own hands...

"...to set things right with some merry-making along the way..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Robin Hood"...

Find "Robin Hood" Comic Books Here
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Ron Burkle Sues Lantern for Fraud, Breach of Contract Over Weinstein Co Sale

Investor Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies has filed a $6 million lawsuit against Lantern Asset Management claiming that Lantern cut Yucaipa out of an expected payment for the $289 million purchase of The Weinstein Company’s assets.

The lawsuit, filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, claims that Dallas-based Lantern made use of confidential information it had obtained while partnered with Yucaipa.

It alleges that Lantern breached the parties’ written agreement, and that Lantern recently informed Yucaipa that it would not honor an oral agreement.

Also Read: Anthony Bourdain Wanted to See Harvey Weinstein 'Beaten to Death' in Jail

“In fact, it appears that Lantern never intended to honor the oral agreement but fraudulently induced Yucaipa to enter into the oral agreement so that Lantern could use the Confidential Information to become the stalking horse bidder in the TWC bankruptcy,” the lawsuit contends.

Yucaipa, Lantern and former Obama administration official
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Lantern Entertainment Closes $289 Million Acquisition of The Weinstein Co.’s Assets

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Lantern Entertainment today completed its acquisition of The Weinstein Co.’s assets, representing a fresh start for an entertainment company formed from the rubble of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandal.

A library of 270 films, unreleased movies and a slate of scripted and unscripted television shows constitute the foundation of the newly formed studio with the ambitious stated goal of being “one of the pre-eminent homes for talent.”

“Over the last several months, we have immersed ourselves in the formation of Lantern Entertainment,” Co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic said in a statement. “Throughout all our conversations with employees, creatives and industry professionals, we re inspired by the collective commitment and support extended to the launch of our new company.”

The $289 million transaction represents the final chapter for The Weinstein Co., which plunged into financial crisis last fall, after The New York Times and New Yorker magazine published allegations of
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Weinstein Co $289 Million Sale to Lantern Closes

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Lantern Entertainment, a new division of the private equity firm that bought The Weinstein Co. and its assets for $289 million, said on Monday it’s finalized the sale.

The company, in introducing itself to the industry, said Lantern’s mission is “to be one of the preeminent homes for creative talent with an unwavering commitment to compelling content creation and a culture of diverse professionals who will operate this company with the absolute highest level of ethics and standards.”

Lantern bought TWC out of bankruptcy following the studio’s plunge into turmoil in the aftermath of revelations of former head Harvey Weinstein’s 30 years of alleged sexual harassment, assault and rape.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to New Sexual Assault Charges

Lantern co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic are now focused on turning the company’s assets around under a new banner.

“Over the last several months, we
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Weinstein Co. Price Cut Approved, Closing Expected Friday

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Weinstein Co. Price Cut Approved, Closing Expected Friday
A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a $21 million reduction in the sale price of the Weinstein Co., paving the way for Lantern Capital to close the deal on Friday.

Judge Christopher Sontchi overruled objections from celebrities including Quentin Tarantino and Bradley Cooper. Their attorneys had argued that the sale provisions put them at risk of not receiving profit participation payments from Weinstein Co. films, including “Django Unchained” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Lantern, a Dallas-based private equity firm, has agreed to buy the Weinstein Co. for $289 million. Lantern and the Weinstein Co. estate have fought over the last two months over who will be responsible for paying out participations to a long list of A-list actors and actresses.

That issue will now be deferred until after the closing. Lantern will have four months to determine which contracts it wants to assume, and has agreed to pay at least $8.75 million to assume those contracts.
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Quentin Tarantino Rounds Out Cast With Spencer Garrett, Martin Kove, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro, Nichole Galicia, Mike Moh

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Quentin Tarantino Rounds Out Cast With Spencer Garrett, Martin Kove, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro, Nichole Galicia, Mike Moh
Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino has rounded out his cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Spencer Garrett, Martin Kove, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro, Nichole Galicia, Mike Moh, Craig Stark, Marco Rodriguez, Ramon Franco and Raul Cardona.

They play a variety of characters alongside stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Scoot McNairy and Al Pacino.

Garrett, best known for Syfy’s The Magicians and HBO’s Insecure, plays Allen Kincade, TV personality/interviewer to Hollywood’s elite.

Once Upon a Time takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippie Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: Sharon Tate
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Aviron Pictures Taps Francois Martin as Media Strategy Executive VP (Exclusive)

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Aviron Pictures is bolstering its executive roster with four new hires, Variety has learned.

As part of the move, Francois Martin has been named executive VP of media strategy and content distribution. At the same time Jeff Elefterion is joining as executive VP of creative marketing, Louis Spoto is coming on board as executive VP of business affairs, and Julie Gasparich has been tapped as director of field and events.

Aviron formed in 2017 with backing from venture capital firm BlackRock. It’s run by David Dinerstein, the former president of Lake Shore Entertainment and co-founder of Paramount Classics. The studio scored a hit with “Kidnap,” a thriller with Halle Berry that made $30.7 million when it opened last summer, and had another success with “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” a horror film with Christina Hendricks.

“As we celebrate our first year in business and the success of our first three campaigns,
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Hollywood Who’s Who Raise Objections To Weinstein Co. Sale

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Some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors, directors, producers and writers are objecting to the sale of The Weinstein Company to Lantern Capital, raising fresh questions about the Dallas private equity firm’s willingness to make good on the bankrupt company’s contractual obligations.

One document filed today with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court urges the judge not to approve the new, reduced purchase price for The Weinstein Co.’s assets without first extracting a guarantee of payment to those in Hollywood who say they are still owed money by the bankrupt studio.

The list of those still awaiting their checks includes a who’s who of Hollywood elites including Brad Pitt, David O. Russell, George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Rachel McAdams and Robert Di Niro, as well as CAA.

“Lantern has not shown any willingness to pay, or even negotiate, the claims … and instead
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Quentin Tarantino Wants to Block Weinstein Co.’s Sale to Lantern Entertainment Over Unpaid Royalties

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Quentin Tarantino Wants to Block Weinstein Co.’s Sale to Lantern Entertainment Over Unpaid Royalties
Quentin Tarantino, the long-time Weinstein Co. collaborator, filed an objection in Delaware bankruptcy court on Monday in an attempt to block to the studio’s updated sale to Lantern Entertainment.

Tarantino said in a filing that TWC failed to meet the certain requirements under agreements he had for his films “Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained,” and “The Hateful Eight” — including not being paid $4.3 million in royalties and participations.

The objection was filed along with Visiona Romantica, Inc., Jackboot, Inc., Brown 26 Productions, Supercool Manchu Too, L. Driver Productions, Inc. and Cine-Manic Productions, Inc.

Also Read: Weinstein Co and Lantern Entertainment Agree to Sale Terms, Resolving Unsecured Creditor Concerns

Tarantino is attempting to block TWC’s sale to Lantern until he’s paid what he says he’s owed. He said he’s been trying to work with TWC and Lantern to resolve the dispute, but to no avail.

TWC,
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