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Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.

Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy (second from left in the photo) appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.

Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts. When it was converted to sound in 1929, Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.

Landy also appeared in the 1950s version of the comedy series, which was later syndicated for television and re-titled “The Little Rascals.” Hal Roach produced both productions.

In total, “Our Gang” featured over 41 child actors. Actors from the series who are still living include Lassie Lou Ahern, Robert Blake, Margaret Kerry, Sidney Kibrick and Mildred Kornman.

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- Rebecca Rubin

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‘It’ Producer Says Tilda Swinton Was Eyed to Play Pennywise the Clown

17 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Skarsgard is going to be your biggest nightmare come September, when he appears as Pennywise the Clown in the highly anticipated Stephen King adaptation “It.” But a producer on the film said Tilda Swinton was in the running to play the iconic monster. “I swear to God,” producer Barbara Muschietti told Playlist. “We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn’t available, so she didn’t even audition. But of course, we all thought about her.” Skarsgard came in and was eventually cast in the role, and he has since said that he’s scared the child actors on set. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Team Up to Star in TV Series

16 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up for a new TV series that will focus on a New York morning show, Variety has confirmed.

House of Cards” producer Jay Carson is attached to write the script, with Steve Kloves executive producing. Witherspoon and Aniston will also executive produce, with Witherspoon producing through her Hello Sunshine production banner along with her film and television head Lauren Levy Neustadter. The project hails from HBO alum Michael Ellenberg’s newly-launched Media Res banner.

The series is expected to be shopped to networks and streaming services in the coming weeks, industry sources say.

Aniston and Witherspoon previously worked together when Witherspoon guest starred on “Friends” as Aniston’s sister. Witherspoon recently made the jump to TV with the HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” which earned her an Emmy nomination. For Aniston, it would mark her first regular TV role since the end of “Friends” in 2004.

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- Joe Otterson

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Can 'Dunkirk' Hold Off 'Emoji Movie' and 'Atomic Blonde' For Second Weekend at #1?

21 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Not since Wonder Woman seven weeks ago has a film repeat atop the weekend box office. This weekend, Dunkirk is looking to do just that. Christopher Nolan's war drama faces incoming challenges in the form of Sony's animated feature The Emoji Movie and Focus's actioner Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron. Both Sony and Focus are anticipating openings around $20 million for their new releases, which wouldn't likely be enough to top Dunkirk's sophomore session, though both could over perform against those expectations making this a weekend to watch closely. Both the new releases and holdovers alike could provide some fireworks, including Universal's Girls Trip, which returns to the fray following its $31 million opening weekend and "A+" CinemaScore. After debuting with $50.5 million last weekend, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk delivered a #1 opening and is hoping to do the same this weekend. In 2014, following a $47.5 million debut, Nolan's own Interstellar dropped »

- Brad Brevet <[email protected]>

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Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Amazon Studios is moving full steam ahead into film distribution.

The streaming giant behind such films as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick will self-distribute Woody Allen's upcoming film, Wonder Wheel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

It's a significant step for Amazon, which has previously partnered with traditional distributors like Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to put its films into theaters. Amazon's Bob Berney has always played a key role in the marketing of its films, but until now, the company has never had the infrastructure in place to book theaters and physically distribute movies. The company has been quietly building »

- Tatiana Siegel

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Showtime Orders Boston-Set Drama Pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

22 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are bringing their Boston pride to Showtime.

The cabler has picked up a drama pilot “City on a Hill” from the Oscar winners, who will executive produce the project.

Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. The two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.

The pilot will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”), who will serve as executive producer along with James Mangold (“Logan”) and Jennifer Todd (“Memento »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Chris Pine, Wonder Woman Director Reteam for Black Dahlia TNT Series

23 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fresh off the success of summer blockbuster Wonder Woman, star Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins are joining forces on One Day She’ll Darken, a limited series set up at TNT.

The six-episode drama, announced on Thursday, is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, who in 1949 was given up by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. Per the official logline, One Day will follow Hodel as she “begins to investigate the secrets to her past,” embarking down a “sinister trail” leading to notorious Hollywood gynecologist Dr. »

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Box-Office Preview: 'Emoji Movie,' 'Atomic Blonde' to Battle 'Dunkirk'

27 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

If moviegoers ever wanted to hear Sir Patrick Stewart voice the poop emoji, they are about to get their chance.

This weekend, Sony Pictures Animation unfurls The Emoji Movie, based on the popular ideograms that have become their own, popular language. But it remains to be seen whether The Emoji Movie can pass up Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which opened to $50.3 million last weekend, and win the weekend.

The Emoji Movie is tracking to debut in the $25 million-$27 million, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $20 million.

Tony Leondis directed the original film, about an emoji named »

- Pamela McClintock

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George Clooney Warns Paparazzi ‘Will Be Prosecuted’ for Intrusive Twins Pics

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George Clooney said Friday that paparazzi photographers “scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home” last week, in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it,” he said in the statement. More to come… »

- Ashley Boucher

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Oj Simpson ‘Will Not Be a Part of Our Functions,’ USC Says

31 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Whether or not O.J. Simpson is allowed to leave Nevada remains to be seen, but there’s one place in Southern California he’s certainly not welcome. “Right now with USC, what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part of our functions,” the University of Southern California head football coach Clay Helton told the New York Post. Helton did add that he would be “cordial” if he met the college’s former star tailback. Also Read: Oj Simpson Already Has a Job Offer -- at a Brothel When asked about »

- Tony Maglio

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The Incredible Jessica James Is a Breakout Turn for Jessica Williams

33 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s a strong argument for Jessica Williams as a cinematic avatar for a certain kind of city-dwelling, creative 20-something. »

- Emily Yoshida

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George Clooney Lashes Out at Paparazzi Photos of Twins

36 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

George Clooney has fired back at paparazzi pictures of his twin babies with wife, Amal. The pictures were plastered on the cover of France's Voici magazine and are making the rounds online.

“Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home," George Clooney says in a statement. "Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it."

The photos feature blurry images of George and »

- Hilary Lewis

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Box Office: Charlize Theron’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ Explodes With $1.5 Million on Thursday

37 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde” exploded with $1.5 million on Thursday night while Sony’s animated “The Emoji Movie” took in $900,000.

Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity’s spy thriller has been projected for an opening weekend in the low $20 million range  from 3,304 sites. “Atomic Blonde,” which has a $30 million price tag, is set in 1989 Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The film screened at 2,685 North American locations during preview screenings that began at 7 p.m. Thursday while “The Emoji Movie” began showings at 5 p.m. at 2,205 venues.


Film Review: ‘The Emoji Movie

Critics have supported the R-rated “Atomic Blonde,” which has a 76% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Theron portrays a top-level British spy dispatched to Berlin to take down an espionage ring. David Leitch, the co-director of “John Wick,” is the helmer. James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones also star.

The Emoji Movie” expands to 4,069 venues Friday, with »

- Dave McNary

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Donald Trump Is Casting White House Drama Like MTV’s ‘Real World’ (Guest Blog)

37 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Watching the turmoil in the Trump White House over the last week got me to thinking about MTV’s “The Real World.” A long time ago, at the beginning of this crazy century, I wrote a story for Rolling Stone when the show was going into its ninth season and the producers, Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, allowed a reporter in on the “secret” casting process for the first time. As it turned out, the key to casting was to push the line far enough to find crazy and outrageous kids without hiring one who might actually kill anyone (him or. »

- Katherine Marsh

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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Atomic Blonde,' 'The Emoji Movie' and More

41 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Spies and emojis are headed to among what's in theaters this weekend with the releases of Atomic Blonde and the Emoji Movie. Also releasing this weekend is Gerard Butler and Alison Brie in the emotional A Family Man and Marion Cotillard in the romantic drama From the Land of the Moon and Al Gore's plea to battle climate change in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).

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- Arlene Washington

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It Took 36 Years, But Slayer Finally Made Their Late-Night Debut

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Witnessing “Raining Blood” on late-night is truly something. »

- Dee Lockett

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Punches Its Way to $1.52 Million at Thursday Box Office

44 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Focus Features’ “Atomic Blonde” earned $1.52 million at the Thursday previews, while Sony’s “The Emoji Movie” grossed $900,000. “Atomic Blonde” director David Leitch helmed 2014’s “John Wick,” although he was uncredited, which grossed $875,000 at the Thursday box office and went on to earn $14 million its opening weekend against a $20 million budget. “Atomic Blonde” was produced for $30 million and was estimated by independent trackers to earn $20 million this weekend. Based on the novel “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, “Atomic Blonde” stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, a MI6 agent sent to Berlin on the eve of »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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All the Fall Movies We Can’t Wait to See (Screen Talk Episode 158) — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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The summer’s not quite over and most audiences still need to catch up on a lot of its highlights, but pretty soon, it’s going to be old news. The fall movie season is always a dense calendar of Oscar bait, exciting documentaries, and complete discoveries that make the last portion of the year the most unexpected. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson go through their list of movies expected to land on the fall festival circuit (or premiere outside of it) to get a sense for how the next few months could change our perception of cinema in 2017.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes.

You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and »

- Indiewire Staff

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‘Morning Joe': Scaramucci’s ‘Disgusting’ Remarks Ok Since They Were About Bannon (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski said new White House Communications chief Anthony Scaramucci’s comments to The New Yorker were “absolutely disgusting” but she’ll cut him some slack because they were directed at Steve Bannon. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c–k,” Scaramucci said about Trump’s chief strategist during a heated phone call with reporter Ryan Lizza. “I can’t believe he said it. But he said it about Steve Bannon and he is in there for fire everybody, so let’s not kind of trip on ourselves here, »

- Brian Flood

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How 'Dunkirk' Reimagines History

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On May 10, 1940, just a few months after the outbreak of World War II, an aging and alcoholic aristocrat, descended from one of England’s most distinguished military leaders, the first Duke of Marlborough, was summoned back to power after a decade of political exile, and named Britain’s Prime Minister.

At 65 years old, he seemed well past his prime and was thought by many to be one of the great failures of political life, an extremist whose judgment had more often proved wrong than right. A former army officer and war correspondent (whose writing, rather than his war efforts, »

- Stephen Galloway

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