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Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir

Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir
Exclusive: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, currently starring as Nakia in Disney/Marvel’s record-smashing, watershed hit Black Panther, has signed on to star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's bestselling debut autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Nyong'o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia, who served as an important figure to her son in his formative years. She was shot in the head by his stepfather while…
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'Jurassic World 3' In the Works, Sets 2021 Release Date

'Jurassic World 3' In the Works, Sets 2021 Release Date
Almost four months before Universal Pictures unleashes Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the studio is making plans for a third installment of the rebooted dinosaur adventure movie series.

Jurassic World 3 will be written franchise newcomer Emily Carmichael along with Colin Trevorrow, the director of the 2015 reboot and co-writer of Fallen Kingdom.

And the studio has set a June 11, 2021 release date for the movie.

Trevorrow is returning to exec produce the new chapter along with Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker behind the original movies in the 1990s.

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are returning as producers.

Plot details are...
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Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series

Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series
Amazon Studios is developing a fantasy drama series based on the novels about an interstellar utopian society by Scottish author Iain M. Banks.

The digital giant has acquired worldwide rights to “Consider Phlebas,” the first novel in the series about a world known as “the Culture.” Dennis Kelly (“Matilda”) is on board to adapt the book for Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment.

“The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make ‘Consider Phlebas’ into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

Published in 1987, “Consider Phlebas” revolves around a war that erupts between the Culture, a highly advanced and progressive society, and the Idirans
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Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99

Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99
Christian evangelist and ordained minister Billy Graham, who is widely regarded as the most influential preacher of the 20th century, died, Wednesday, at his mountaintop home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.

Graham’s spokesman Mark DeMoss confirmed the news on his public relations firm’s website, writing that “Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. Et.”

He had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

Graham spent six decades preaching on television and radio — principally on the Billy Graham Crusades, which he began in 1947. He has said to have reached more than 200 million people throughout
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Alex Garland’s FX Television Series Revealed: ‘Devs’ is a ‘Technology Story’ Set in San Francisco

Alex Garland’s FX Television Series Revealed: ‘Devs’ is a ‘Technology Story’ Set in San Francisco
Alex Garland is Hollywood’s current visionary when it comes to science-fiction, and he’s getting ready to take his talents to the small screen for his first television project with FX. The “Annihilation” director made headlines earlier this month when he said his television show would be in the same vein of sci-fi as his beloved directorial debut “Ex Machina,” and now he has revealed more concrete information to Collider.

Garland’s FX series is titled “Devs,” which is a nod to software developers and teases what the general story is about. According to Garland, the show is set in San Francisco and is only being designed for one season, “self-contained” story, although certain story threads could lend themselves to a follow-up run of episodes.

“It’s about a particular aspect of technology at the moment which is to do with very, very big data and very powerful processing power,
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Twist! Danny Boyle May Direct ‘Bond 25’

Twist! Danny Boyle May Direct ‘Bond 25’
As MGM and Annapurna Pictures move closer to pulling the trigger on James Bond 25, the studios are switching up their plan of attack when it comes to finding a director. Last summer, the studios announced a November 2019 release date for Bond 25, which started a ticking clock of sorts as they secured Daniel Craig to return, then turned their sights to finding a director. Last we heard, ’71 director Yann Demange was the top choice to take the helm, but now Variety reports that Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle is high on MGM’s list to …
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Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio' Enlists 'Paddington' Director

Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio' Enlists 'Paddington' Director
Jiminy Cricket! Walt Disney Studios has found a director for its live-action reimagining of Pinocchio.

Paul King, helmer of the whimsical and acclaimed Paddington movies, has been chosen to direct the movie, with the studio hoping to being production in the fall.

Released in 1940, Pinocchio was the second animated film made by Disney, after 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It adapted the Italian story by Carlo Collodi about a wooden boy puppet crafted by an old carver named Geppetto. The puppet is brought to life by a fairy who says he will become a real boy if...
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‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Gets Premiere Date On Amazon Prime

‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Gets Premiere Date On Amazon Prime
You can bookmark the premiere date for Amazon Prime’s The Dangerous Book for Boys. The streamer said today that its single-camera comedy series from Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Superbad director Greg Mottola will launch Friday, March 30.

Created by Cranston and Mottola based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the series follows the McKenna family as they cope with the untimely passing of Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), their patriarch and a…
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Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ Series Casts ‘Lord of the Rings’ Alum Miranda Otto

Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ Series Casts ‘Lord of the Rings’ Alum Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto has been cast as a series regular in the upcoming Netflix series based on “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Variety has learned.

Otto will play Zelda Spellman, Sabrina’s sterner witch aunt. Proud and devout, Zelda believes there is no greater honor than serving the Dark Lord as a member of the Church of Night. She is the family’s disciplinarian, fiercely protective of Sabrina, and very much Cain to aunt Hilda’s Abel. The role of Zelda was played by Beth Broderick in the multi-camera comedy series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

Otto starred as Eowyn in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and the sequel “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” She has also appeared in films like “The Thin Red Line,” the 2005 version of “War of the Worlds,” and “Annabelle: Creation.” On the TV side, Otto recently appeared in “24: Legacy” for Fox and in Showtime’s “Homeland.”
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eOne Files for Lien Against Weinstein Company, Further Complicating Sale Negotiations

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Legal problems continue to mount for The Weinstein Company as Canadian distributor Entertainment One, which sued the company last month over an advance repayment owed to them for selling the distribution rights to “Paddington 2,” has demanded that a California federal judge place a tax lien on the company. The new filing comes as TWC tries to close a deal with an ownership group led by former U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet that was close to being completed two weeks ago but which has been delayed by a civil rights lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman....
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That Time Woody Allen Spoke to Billy Graham: ‘You Could Probably Convert Me Because I’m a Pushover’ (Video)

That Time Woody Allen Spoke to Billy Graham: ‘You Could Probably Convert Me Because I’m a Pushover’ (Video)
Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist who died Wednesday at age 99, had a long and remarkable career using modern media like radio and TV to promote his religious message. And one of his more unusual encounters with pop culture came in 1969, when he sat down for an interview with Woody Allen for a TV special that aired on CBS. The two debated the Commandments and the existence of God — and took questions from a studio audience about everything from sin to premarital sex to marijuana (neither indulged in the latter, though Graham did confess to coffee as a vice). At...
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Why 'Darkest Hour' Star Gary Oldman Finally Said Yes to Playing Winston Churchill

Why 'Darkest Hour' Star Gary Oldman Finally Said Yes to Playing Winston Churchill
More than 30 years after he broke out playing the emaciated punk rocker Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Oldman, 59, has ventured to the other side of both the waistline and the British class spectrum for Darkest Hour. It took a sizable effort to persuade the actor that he could become Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who led the U.K. through World War II, but the allied forces of producer Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten’s script, Joe Wright in the director’s chair, makeup artist extraordinaire Kazuhiro Tsuji, and a 14-pound fat suit and silicon face mask did the job.

You’d turned...
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Mark Cuban Admits ‘Horrible Mistake’ for Keeping Mavericks Staffer Despite Domestic Violence Incidents

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Mark Cuban Admits ‘Horrible Mistake’ for Keeping Mavericks Staffer Despite Domestic Violence Incidents
Mark Cuban has admitted that it was a “horrible mistake” to continue employing a former staffer despite multiple accusations of domestic violence, and the Dallas Mavericks owner said Wednesday that it was entirely his decision. Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed was fired on Tuesday following the publication of a Sports Illustrated report documenting a “corrosive workplace culture” at the organization — including two accusations of assault against Sneed that his employers failed to act on. “I want to be clear, I’m not putting the blame on anybody else,” Cuban said, taking responsibility in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. “It came...
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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Prove They're a Great Comedy Couple in 'Game Night'

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Prove They're a Great Comedy Couple in 'Game Night'
Farce is a beast to get right in movies. The fact that Game Night hits the mark more often than it hits a wall is cause for cheering. Hell, if you have Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams to play the game-loving marrieds heading a cast of merry pranksters, you're already ahead of the game. I wasn't thrilled that the rowdy Mark Perez script fell into the hands of directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein since they perpetrated the 2015 remake of Vacation on an unsuspecting public. But high spirits carry
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‘The Shape of Water’ Accused of Lifting From Paul Zindel Play in New Lawsuit

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‘The Shape of Water’ Accused of Lifting From Paul Zindel Play in New Lawsuit
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is a ripoff of a play by Paul Zindel, according to a new lawsuit filed by the deceased playwright’s son. The suit, filed in federal court in California on Wednesday against del Toro, Fox Searchlight and others, alleges that “The Shape of Water” infringes on Zindel’s 1969 play “Let Me Hear You Whisper.” According to the suit, the play “tells the story of a lonely janitorial cleaning woman who works the graveyard shift at a scientific laboratory facility that performs animal experiments for military use. There she becomes fascinated by a fantastic intelligent aquatic...
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Screenwriting Competition 'Million Dollar Screenplay Fellowship' Launches

Screenwriting Competition 'Million Dollar Screenplay Fellowship' Launches
College students, start hitting the keyboard.

Producers Jason Shuman (Rebel in the Rye, Lone Survivor) and Zachary Green have launched the Million Dollar Screenplay Fellowship, aimed at college and university students with the goal of finding a new generation of screenwriters.

Launch, announced by the producers Wednesday, will award $100,000 in education grants to eight finalists with the grand prize winner having his or her screenplay produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1 million.

The competition is open to students around the world who are enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college/university or graduate program.

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Roku Rocked After Stock Market Closes: Shares Tank 20 Percent Despite Q4 Earnings Beat

Roku Inc. beat analyst estimates on both revenue and earnings per share when it reported its Q4 earnings on Wednesday — yet its stock was clobbered in after-hours trading. The popular over-the-top device-maker posted sales of $188.3 million and earnings of 6 cents a share for the quarter — passing expectations of about $182 million in revenue and a loss of 10 cents a share. Roku also reported 19.3 million active accounts across its product line — a 44 percent increase year-over-year. But Wall Street is unimpressed with the company’s guidance for 2018, with Roku projecting Q1 revenue between $120-130 million,...
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‘America’s Got Talent’ Judging Panel, Tyra Banks Set to Return for Season 13

‘America’s Got Talent’ Judging Panel, Tyra Banks Set to Return for Season 13
“America’s Got Talent” has re-signed its entire judging panel for the show’s upcoming Season 13, the network announced Wednesday.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. will return as judges, with Tyra Banks also returning as the show’s host.

The popular competition series is coming off a record-breaking Season 12, which was the show’s most-watched ever. In Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings, Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 3.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers per episode. That is up by double digits in both measures compared to Season 11. It has also been the most-watched summer unscripted series for each of its 12 seasons on the air and the number one entertainment show on the broadcast networks in total viewers every week it aired last summer. It has also been used to successfully help launch other shows, with the Jennifer Lopez-produced “World of Dance” launching successfully behind “Agt” Season 12.

Auditions for season
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Paul Thomas Anderson movies: All 8 films ranked from worst to best include ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘There Will Be Blood,’ ‘Phantom Thread’

Paul Thomas Anderson movies: All 8 films ranked from worst to best include ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘There Will Be Blood,’ ‘Phantom Thread’
With eight Oscar nominations to his name Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most celebrated filmmakers currently working. However, he has yet to actually win one of those little golden statues. He earned his latest pair of bids this year for Best Picture and Best Director for the romantic drama “Phantom Thread.” Will it finally be his ticket to victory? And how does it compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of all eight of Anderson’s films ranked from worst to best.

See Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Phantom Thread’) earns 7th and 8th Oscar nominations on 20th anniversary of his 1st for ‘Boogie Nights

Anderson made his feature directing debut with “Hard Eight” (1996), made when he was just 26-years-old. He earned his first Oscar nomination the very next year: Best Original Screenplay for “Boogie Nights” (1997). Another Best Original Screenplay bid followed just two
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'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Reveals the Advice Lupita Nyong'o Gave Him About Fame

'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Reveals the Advice Lupita Nyong'o Gave Him About Fame
From British TV to a small role in 2015's Sicario to the lead in record-smashing cultural phenomenon Get Out, Kaluuya's star trajectory has reached a new peak with his first Oscar nomination, not to mention a role in the movie of the moment, Black Panther. Speaking to THR, the 28-year-old Londoner describes the reaction to Get Out on the Black Panther set, especially from director Ryan Coogler, who knew immediately that things would never be the same for Kaluuya again.

How insane has the past 12 months been? Have you had a moment to sit back and reflect on it...
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