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Kathryn Hahn Is Ready for Another Limited Series With ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ Because 22 Episodes a Season Doesn’t Appeal to Her

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Kathryn Hahn Is Ready for Another Limited Series With ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ Because 22 Episodes a Season Doesn’t Appeal to Her
The days of actors getting props for navigating between film and television projects are long gone. It’s no longer all that impressive to line a resume with movie and shows, simply because the landscape has shifted to include lots more than just traditional theatrical releases and broadcast television. The streaming world is massive, films can still break out on VOD, and the lines have been redrawn. Still impressive, though? Kathryn Hahn, who moves between worlds with such ease that she doesn’t even make a distinction between them.

“I really don’t see the difference anymore, especially with these incredible short order television series, like eight to 10 episodes,” Hahn said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “It’s a movie slot, basically, [that] you’re doing. That’s why I think you’re getting these fabulous, incredible major movie stars that are willing to commit [to these shows]. … You’re able to really
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‘The Happytime Murders’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Valiantly Plays Along in One-Joke Comedy

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‘The Happytime Murders’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Valiantly Plays Along in One-Joke Comedy
There’s a funny idea at the heart of “The Happytime Murders,” a satire of hard-boiled L.A. noir in which most of the hard-luck, low-life characters happen to be puppets. But a movie is supposed to have many ideas, and the one-joke nature of this adults-only spoof wears out the film’s welcome, even if director Brian Henson and his talented crew never let us see the strings.

It’s a concept not unlike the recent Netflix dud “Bright,” which presented a Los Angeles inhabited by orcs (including the city’s first orc cop) and fairies as a way to make ham-fisted statements about race. Here we get private eye Phil Phillips (voiced by Muppet vet Bill Barretta), who had been the Lapd’s first puppet officer, only to get kicked off the force for not shooting a fellow puppet who was holding his partner Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) hostage.
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HBO Orders Comedy ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ Starring Kathryn Hahn to Series

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HBO has given a series order to the comedy “Mrs. Fletcher,” Variety has learned.

The premium cabler originally ordered the project to pilot back in April. The series is described as a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty nest mother (Kathryn Hahn) and her college freshman son (Jackson White).

In addition to Hahn and White, the series will also star: Casey Wilson as Jane Rosen, a married mother of academically gifted twins, she’s Eve’s close friend and a reliable source of emotional support and unsolicited advice; Owen Teague as Julian Spitzer, a high school classmate of Brendan’s who is a smart but underachieving skater who’s stuck in his hometown after graduation, trying to figure out what happens next; and Jen Richards as Margo Fairchild, a transgender woman who teaches Eve’s community college writing course.
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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Pete Davidson, Sydney Sweeney, Machine Gun Kelly & More Join ‘Big Time Adolescence’ From American High

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Pete Davidson, Sydney Sweeney,  Machine Gun Kelly & More Join ‘Big Time Adolescence’ From American High
Saturday Night Live feature player Pete Davidson is set to star in Big Time Adolescence, along with Sydney Sweeney (The Handmaid’s Tale), Machine Gun Kelly (Bright), Griffin Gluck (Why Him?), Thomas Barbusca (The Mick), Emily Arlook (Grown-ish), and Oona Lawrence (A Bad Moms Christmas). The pic hails from American High and will be the directorial debut from Jason Orley, who also penned the screenplay, which appeared on the 2014 Blacklist.

It tells the story of a teenage boy coming of age in his dull suburban town under the destructive guidance of his best friend, a charismatic college dropout (Davidson). Will Phelps, Glen Trotiner, Mason Novick, and Jeremy Garelick are producing the project.

This marks the fourth feature from American High, a newly formed partnership between Jeremy Garelick and Mickey Liddell’s Ld Entertainment. The company will fully finance Big Time Adolescence.
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‘Bad Moms’ Producer Suzanne Todd Hit With Fraud Suit By Scribes Over Comedy

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‘Bad Moms’ Producer Suzanne Todd Hit With Fraud Suit By Scribes Over Comedy
Hangover creators Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are credited as the writers and directors of the 2016 hit Bad Moms but a potentially multi-million dollar suit filed by the authors of I’d Trade My Husband For A Housekeeper is laying blame for fraud on producer Suzanne Todd.

“In 2008, Defendant contacted Plaintiffs after seeing them on The Today Show, informing them that they believed there was significant potential to develop their Books and genre insights into films and television series,” the 10-claim complaint from Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth submitted against the veteran producer in La Superior Court on June 6 says (read it here). “Defendant’s use is indisputable as the Film uses themes and ideas expounded by Plaintiffs in their books and employs plots, scenes and various ideas Plaintiffs provided to Defendant during the Collaboration Period,” they add of the period up until 2011 when the duo and Todd were supposedly in constant contact.
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'Bad Moms' Producer Suzanne Todd Sued by Authors Claiming She Stole Idea

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'Bad Moms' Producer Suzanne Todd Sued by Authors Claiming She Stole Idea
"Bad Moms" producer Suzanne Todd pulled a super bad move by straight-up stealing parts of the script from a popular series of books ... or so claim the coauthors of those books. Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth say they pioneered the literary genre of comedic openness about motherhood. They're suing Suzanne claiming she worked with them for 3 years and then ran off with their plot ideas and character sketches to make "Bad Moms." According to docs,
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Ibiza review – breezy and raucous Netflix comedy is a fun night in

Gillian Jacobs heads up a strong trio of female comic actors in a knockabout trip around Europe that squeezes moments of hilarity into a barebones plot

Last year, in a belated attempt to redress the balance, a party busload of films was released that saw women drinking, partying and casual sexing in ways that have usually been reserved for their male counterparts. There was Scarlett Johansson dealing with the death of a stripper in the dark, intermittently funny Rough Night, Toni Collette and Molly Shannon leaving the kids at home in Fun Mom Dinner, the cast of Bad Moms returning with diminishing returns in A Bad Moms Christmas and Tiffany Haddish transforming into a one woman comic phenomenon in crowd-pleasing box office hit Girls Trip. The results were mixed but the message was clear: the post-Bridesmaids boom in comedies fronted by groups of very funny women was finally happening.
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Vin Diesel to Star in STX’s Action-Comedy Franchise ‘Muscle’

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Vin Diesel to Star in STX’s Action-Comedy Franchise ‘Muscle’
Vin Diesel will star in STXfilms’ new action-comedy franchise, “Muscle[/link],” the company announced Wednesday.

Diesel and One Race FilmsSamantha Vincent will serve as producers along with Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips, who brought the project to STX.

“I’ve known Vin for more than a decade after working closely with him on the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise and I’m excited for him to return to this genre,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms. “‘Muscle’ is the perfect blend of action and comedy that his millions of devoted fans around the world have come to love him for, and we believe has the potential to become his next big, signature franchise.”

Also Read: Vin Diesel Closes Deal to Star in Sony's 'Bloodshot'

Diesel most recently voiced Groot in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” and has starred in and produced the five highest-grossing films in the “Fast” franchise.
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‘355’: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, and Penélope Cruz to Star in Global Spy Thriller from ‘Deadpool’ and ‘The Martian’ Producer

‘355’: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, and Penélope Cruz to Star in Global Spy Thriller from ‘Deadpool’ and ‘The Martian’ Producer
Thursday at Cannes, A-list actresses from five nations courted international and domestic buyers with a ensemble spy film they hope to make in the tradition of “The Bourne Identity.” Deadline reports that Jessica Chastain thought up the idea for “355,” taking the name from Agent 355, an unidentified woman who worked as one of our nation’s first secret agents during the American Revolution. The “Zero Dark Thirty” veteran found an instant champion for the project in Simon Kinberg, her director in next year’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.”

“Cat Woman” and “Harriet the Spy” screenwriter Theresa Rebeck has already penned the script, which Kinberg wants to direct, envisioning a future franchise. With her company Freckle Films, Chastain will produce and also co-star, alongside very famous natives of Spain (Penélope Cruz), France (Marion Cotillard), China (Fan Bingbing), and Mexico (Lupita Nyong’o).

Cruz also stars in the film that opened the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday,
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Disney's One and Only Ivan Begins Shooting, Full Cast Announced

Disney has announced that principal photography has begun on The One and Only Ivan, with filming taking place at Pinewood Studios just outside of London. This film will be a live-action/CGI hybrid, based on the beloved children's book by Katherine Applegate. Disney has not quite yet set a release date, or revealed a production schedule for this highly-anticipated adaptation, but it's possible the studio could be seeking a summer 2019 date, now that filming is under way.

The One and Only Ivan children's book was published in 2012, which became a #1 New York Times' bestseller and took home several awards, including the 2013 Newberry Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." The book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan, a who lives in captivity with a baby elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob, all sharing a communal habitat within a suburban shopping mall.
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The One And Only Ivan Begins Production – Produced By Angelina Jolie And Stars Helen Mirren And Sam Rockwell

Production has commenced at Pinewood Studios outside London on “The One and Only Ivan,” a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Katherine Applegate directed by Thea Sharrock (“Me before You”). The screenplay is by two-time Independent Spirit Award winner Mike White based on Applegate’s award-winning book and the producers are Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie, the late Allison Shearmur and Brigham Taylor.

The One and Only Ivan” stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee and four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston; Ramon Rodriquez; Arianna Greenblatt (“A Bad Moms Christmas”); Indira Varma; and Eleanor Matsuura.

The film features the vocal talents of Angelina Jolie, Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell and Critics’ Choice Award winner Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”). Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Helen Mirren and Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito have also signed on to voice characters in the film.
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Filming Starts on Disney’s ‘The One and Only Ivan’ Starring Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie

Disney has commenced production at the London-area's Pinewood Studios for The One and Only Ivan, a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Katherine Applegate to be directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You). Two-time Independent Spirit Award-winner Mike White turned in the script based on Applegate’s award-winning book. The One and Only Ivan will star Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and four-time Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston, Ramon Rodriquez (Iron Fist The Defenders), Arianna Greenblatt (A Bad Moms Christmas), Indira Varma (…
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‘A Quiet Place’ Roars Back to Top Box Office Spot With $21 Million

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Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” has taken back the No. 1 spot from “Rampage” this weekend, earning a third weekend total of $21.8 million. That pushes the horror film’s domestic total to $132 million, higher than the North American run of “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and making it Paramount’s highest grossing domestic release since “Star Trek: Beyond,” which made $158.8 million in summer 2016.

Rampage” will take second this weekend, pulling away from some unexpected competition with $9.1 million in its second Saturday, an 82 percent bump from Friday. Matinee screenings were a big boost, and the WB/New Line film is now estimated to make $20.3 million in its second weekend, just a 43 percent drop from its $35.7 million opening and giving it a 10-day total of $65.9 million. Internationally, the film continues to be a big hit in China, where it has a total of $106 million and a global total of $283 million.

Also Read: John Krasinski Pegs 'Life on Mars' as Directing Follow-Up to 'A Quiet Place'

In third and fourth are this weekend’s two new comedy releases, Stx’s “I Feel Pretty” and Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2.” “I Feel Pretty” has slowed down slightly with $6 million made on Saturday, bringing its estimated opening to $16.2 million from 3,440 screens. That’s still slightly higher than pre-weekend projections, but lower than the $19.5 million start made by Amy Schumer’s last film, “Snatched.”

Stx’s last comedy, “A Bad Moms Christmas” opened to $16 million back in November and went on to leg out a $72 million domestic run. But it will be a tough road for “I Feel Pretty” to post similar results, as it tries to serve as comedy counter-programming against the likes of “Avengers: Infinity War” in a blockbuster-filled May. “A Bad Moms Christmas” only dropped 31 percent in its second weekend with $11.4 million, and “I Feel Pretty” will likely have to keep its drop off at 50 percent or less to reach a domestic run of over $50 million.

Also Read: 'I Feel Pretty' and the Long History of 'Sexy Baby' Voice on Screen

I Feel Pretty” earned a B+ on CinemaScore and 35 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (Rt). The film was produced by Voltage for $32 million and acquired by Stx for $15 million.

Super Troopers 2” is in fourth with an estimated $15 million, but is in a much better spot financially with a $5 million budget and pre-weekend projections of $8-9 million. This sequel to the 2001 cult film has brought fans of the original back to theaters, earning a B+ on CinemaScore and a 33 percent Rt score.

Universal/Blumhouse’s “Truth or Dare” takes fifth place this weekend with $7.9 million, giving it a 10-day total of $30 million. Lower on the charts, Lionsgate’s thriller “Traffik” opened on 1,046 screens and made $3.9 million.

Also Read: 'Super Troopers 2' Film Review: The Laughs Catch in Your Throat in Kooky-Cop Sequel

Finally, “Black Panther” pushed its domestic total to $681 million on the final weekend before “Avengers” arrives in theaters worldwide on April 27. It also has a global total of $1.32 billion, putting it on the verge of passing the global run of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Meanwhile, it has been joined by “Ready Player One” as one of only two films so far this year to gross over $500 million worldwide. It is also the first Steven Spielberg film since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” to reach that mark, with a domestic total of $126 million, a Chinese total of $207 million, and a global count of $521.6 million.

Read original story ‘A Quiet Place’ Roars Back to Top Box Office Spot With $21 Million At TheWrap
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HBO Orders Comedy ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ to Pilot, Kathryn Hahn to Star

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HBO Orders Comedy ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ to Pilot, Kathryn Hahn to Star
HBO has ordered a pilot for the comedy “Mrs. Fletcher,” with Kathryn Hahn set to play the title role.

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, “Mrs. Fletcher” follows an empty-nest mom Eve Fletcher (Hahn) and her college-student son as they embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. Eve, hoping to jump-start her love life, adopts a sexy new persona and discovers that her world is full of unexpected erotic possibilities.

The show is described as a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on intimate relationships.

Perotta, who wrote the novel that served as the basis for HBO’s “The Leftovers,” will write the pilot in addition to executive producing. Nicole Holofcener will direct and executive produce, with Jessi Klein and Sarah Condon also executive producing.

Hahn recently starred in the Amazon series “I Love Dick” and “Transparent,
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Emoji Movie Tops 2018 Razzie Awards Winners List

Emoji Movie Tops 2018 Razzie Awards Winners List
In what will come as a shock to probably nobody, The Emoji Movie has won the Worst Picture Award at the 2018 Razzie Awards. The T.J. Miller starring movie was destined for the award right from the start when it received an unprecedented zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes during its opening weekend. It has since climbed to a respectable six percent on the popular movie review aggregate website. In a statement, Razzies organizers branded the film a "talking poop opus," which is pretty much true except for the opus part.

The Emoji Movie took home Worst Picture along with a few other honors at the 2018 Razzie Awards. Worst Onscreen Combo also went to the movie, but it wasn't specific and just said that it went to any two Emoji characters on the screen together at the same time. The Emoji Movie also took home the Worst Director Award, which went to Anthony (Tony) Leondis.
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The Emoji Movie Wins Worst Picture at 38th Razzie Awards; Here's The Full List of Winners or Losers

Transformers: The Last Knight may have led the nominations for the 38th Razzie Awards with nine nominations, but The Emjoi Movie came out with the most wins... or losses, depending on how you look at it. The Emoji Movie took home the top prize for Worst Picture, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. Fifty Shades Darker won two awards for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel. I also just have to say that I thought Mel Gibson was fun in Daddy's Home 2, but he won Worst Supporting Actor.

You can check out all of the winners below that have been bolded in the list of nominees. Do you agree with their choices? If not, what do you think the worst of the movies were in 2017?

Worst Picture

Baywatch

The Emoji Movie

Fifty Shades Darker

The Mummy

Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Actress

Katherine Heigl
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2018 Razzie Awards: ‘The Emoji Movie’ ‘Wins’ Four Prizes, Including Worst Picture

2018 Razzie Awards: ‘The Emoji Movie’ ‘Wins’ Four Prizes, Including Worst Picture
Whether or not you agree that “The Emoji Movie” was the Worst Picture of 2017, it’s easy to single out the Razzies as the worst “awards” show. Routinely picking low-hanging fruit that’s already been panned rather than making even slightly bold choices, the 38-year-old institution “honored” the critically reviled “Emoji Movie” with a total of four prizes.

Also singled out were “The Mummy,” for which Tom Cruise was named Worst Actor, and “Fifty Shades Darker,” which was deemed the Worst Sequel, Rip-Off, or Remake. Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” received three nominations but managed to avoid the dubious honor of actually winning. Full list of winners below:

Worst Picture

Baywatch

The Emoji Movie

Fifty Shades Darker

The Mummy

Transformers Xvii: The Last Knight

Worst Actress

Katherine Heigl / Unforgettable

Dakota Johnson / Fifty Shades Darker

Jennifer Lawrence / Mother!

Tyler Perry / Boo! 2: A Medea Halloween

Emma Watson / The Circle

Worst Actor

Tom
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Razzies 2018: The Emoji Movie leads the “winners” of the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards

Despite some stiff competition from the likes of Transformers: The Last Knight, The Golden Raspberry Awards has “honoured” the animated film The Emoji Movie with the Razzie for Worst Picture of 2017.

The tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony, which traditionally takes place every year the day before the Oscars, also bestowed Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Combo on The Emoji Movie. Other “winners” including Tom Cruise (Worst Actor – The Mummy), Worst Actress (Tyler Perry – Boo 2! A Madea Halloween), Mel Gibson (Worst Supporting Actor – Daddy’s Home 2) and Kim Basinger (Fifty Shades Darker).

Check out the full list of Razzie Awards here…

Worst picture

Baywatch

The Emoji Movie

Fifty Shades Darker

The Mummy

Transformers Xvii: The Last Knight

Worst actress

Katherine Heigl (Unforgettable)

Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker)

Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!)

Tyler Perry (Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween)

Emma Watson (The Circle)

Worst actor

Tom Cruise (The Mummy)

Johnny Depp (Pirates of
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2018 Razzie Award winners: Full list of Golden Raspberry winners in all 9 categories include Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson

The 2018 Golden Raspberry Awards announced their winners on Saturday, March 3, on the eve of the Oscars. Now in their 38th year, the Razzies “honor” the worst films of the year and over the years they have celebrated such anti-classics as “Howard the Duck” (1986), “Showgirls” (1995) and “Gigli” (2003), to name a few notorious offenders. Watch this year’s announcement video above, and scroll down for the full list of winners and nominees in all nine categories ranging from Worst Picture to Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel.

See 2018 Oscars: Predictions in all 24 categories at the 90th annual Academy Awards [Photos]

These awards are decided by more than 1,000 voters casting their ballots online from all over the world. But while they chose a lot of familiar faces like the 2017 “Fifty Shades” and “Transformers” sequels in the nominations, they went in some new directions with their winners. “The Emoji Movie” swept all four of its categories,
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