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Robert Pattinson Sent "Crazy Obsessive" Email to Work With 'Good Time' Directors

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Good Time, according to the Safdie Brothers, is their first "movie movie." The creative brothers have been directing and writing films for the past 10 years, but it wasn't until Good Time that they decided to fully engaged with the industry.

"We wanted to make sure we had our language down," Joshua Safdie explained. "It's a thrilling movie that actually thrills."

In turn, the brothers also got to work with their first movie star: Robert Pattinson. "I saw a banner from their previous movie [Heaven Knows What] on a website and sent a crazy, obsessive email saying, 'I know, I know. It's meant »


- April Salud

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'Star Trek' Cast Never Got Residuals for Original Series

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The original crew of the starship Enterprise parlayed their work into a decade's worth of movie deals, convention adoration and other riches. But they have never received residual payments from their time on the 1960s show, according to their captain.

"The series Star Trek that I was in, was so early on, there were no residuals. So none of us ever have received residuals," Shatner said in an interview with IGN's Scott Collura on the Transporter Room 3 podcast.

"That came into being about three years later," continued Shatner, referring to changes in the industry that saw TV »


- Aaron Couch

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Bryan Singer's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Casts Queen Bandmates (Exclusive)

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Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer's biopic about the seminal rock band Queen, has cast Joe Mazzello, Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee at the band members.

Mazzello will play bass guitarist John Deacon, Hardy will play drummer Roger Taylor and Lee will play lead guitarist Brian May.

Rami Malek already is attached to portray legendary frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, which is produced by Graham King's GK Films banner for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow, Revolutionary Road) penned the script with Graham King, Jim Beach and Singer producing. Denis O'Sullivan, Arnon Milchan and Jane »


- Rebecca Ford

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'Mary Magdalene' Release Date Moves to Easter Weekend

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The Weinstein Co. is making some holiday plans and is moving the release of Mary Magdalene to Easter, while The Current Wars will now open over Thanksgiving weekend. 

Mary Magdalene, which will hit theaters March 30, 2018, reunites the creative team behind Lion, including director Garth Davis, and stars Rooney Mara as Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The feature is moving back off an awards-run release date of Nov. 24.

Taking over the Nov. 24 date will be TWC's Current Wars, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse in the race to popularize electricity. 

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- Mia Galuppo

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Media Companies Just Got More Bad News in Gawker Bankruptcy

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For many in the media, a billionaire secretly funding litigation that brought down Gawker.com was bad enough. Some legal observers, however, will point out that Hulk Hogan's $140 million verdict in March 2016 over a sex tape didn't create much legal precedent. On Monday, that might have changed with a new opinion from a New York bankruptcy judge that touches on a hot legal topic. It's a decision that could have the effect of making it easier to sue media and entertainment companies.

First, some background.

The fallout of Gawker's trial loss was Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Most of »


- Eriq Gardner

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Sci-Fi Movie 'Intelligent Life' Taps 'Stranger Things' Director Rebecca Thomas (Exclusive)

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Rebecca Thomas has been hired to direct Amblin Entertainment's sci-fi film Intelligent Life.

Thomas will also do some additional writing on Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s original script. The story centers on a United Nations employee who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman who may be an alien.

The project previously had Ava DuVernay attached to direct with Lupita Nyong'o to star (Nyong'o also is no longer attached). Jay Roach signed on to polish the script late last year.

The Amblin project is being produced by Frank Marshall, Big Beach's Peter Saraf and Trevorrow. Connolly »


- Rebecca Ford

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Gotham Awards: Al Gore, Jason Blum Set for Tributes

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Former Vice President Al Gore and low-budget horror mastermind Jason Blum will receive the humanitarian and industry tributes at this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards, it was announced Monday.

The humanitarian tribute recognizes an individual who has had a profound, transformative global impact through film. Nobel Prize-winner Gore, who in recent years has focused on finding solutions to climate change, starred in the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and this year's follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

The industry tribute is given to an individual whose vision, innovation and contributions have had a significant impact on the »


- Hilary Lewis

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After Criticism, Joss Whedon Fan Site Shuts Down After 15 Years

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A day after Joss Whedon was criticized as a hypocrite "preaching feminist ideals" by his ex-wife, architect Kai Cole, a popular fan site dedicated to the director has decided to say farewell.

Whedonesque.com has operated for 15 years, acting as a message boards for fans of Whedon's work, which ranges from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers movie.

"15 years is a long time and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge," reads the final post on the site. "But now it's time to say goodbye. No more threads after this one, we're closing down."

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- Mia Galuppo

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Solar Eclipse: 25 Crews Will Shoot the Occurrence for Upcoming Large-Format Documentary

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A whopping 25 movie crews will be positioned along the path of totality Monday to photograph the historic solar eclipse for an upcoming Imax large-format documentary about Albert Einstein, with a working title of Einstein’s Incredible Universe, from director Daniel Ferguson and production company Cosmic Picture.

“I scouted about five states along the path of totality” including Oregon, Wyoming and South Carolina, Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter of the plans. “This will include locations over the Grand Teton. I’ll be on Jackson Lake in Wyoming with [the doc's] director of photography Reed Smoot.

“I have never seen an eclipse. The »


- Carolyn Giardina

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Jon Shepodd, the First Paul Martin on 'Lassie,' Dies at 89

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Jon Shepodd, who played the family patriarch Paul Martin for one season of Lassie, has died. He was 89.

Shepodd died Wednesday in London, his daughter, Lynn, reported on Facebook.

During the fourth season of CBS' Lassie in 1957, Ellen Miller (Jan Clayton) sells the farm to Paul and his wife Ruth Martin (Cloris Leachman), and they adopt the orphan Timmy (Jon Provost). Shepodd and Leachman, however, were on the show for only a few months.

"Cloris did not feel particularly challenged by the role," Provost wrote on »


- Mike Barnes

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The Stars of 'Dirty Dancing': Where Are They Now?

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It's been 30 years since Baby and Johnny fell in love during their summer at Kellerman's.

Dirty Dancing hit the big screen on Aug. 21, 1987 and in honor of the beloved film's anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what some of the movie's most notable stars have been up to since they had the time of their lives.

Sadly, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach died in 2009 and 2004, respectively. But read on to see what Jennifer Grey, Kelly Bishop and others are up to now.

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- Rebecca Cohen

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How Well Do You Know 'Dirty Dancing'?

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It was 30 years ago, on Aug. 21, that Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze first twirled into theaters in Dirty Dancing, a spicy summer romance.

Though three decades have passed, fans still remember the famous lift and Swayze’s character insisting that “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

The young lovers meet at Kellerman’s, an upscale summer resort where Johnny Castle (Swayze) works as a dance instructor and Baby Houseman (Grey) is visiting with her family. Baby ends up at a party for the staff and Johnny catches her eye. As she swoons over him during the hot summer days, he »


- Rebecca Cohen

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Berlin Film Festival Reshuffles Panorama Team

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The Berlin Film Festival has reshuffled the team for its Panorama sidebar, with longtime head Wieland Speck shifting to a consultant role and a new team, headed by current program manager Paz Lazaro, taking over the reins together with Michael Stutz and Andreas Struck.

Lazaro, who has been program manager at Panorama since 2006, will be the formal head of the section but will curate the sidebar together with Stutz and Struck.  Stutz will take over Lazaro's title as program manager, and oversee the section's Teddy Award, which honors excellence in gay cinema. Struck will also handle over editorial and »


- Scott Roxborough

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No, Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' Didn't Change the Film Business

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Steven Soderbergh made headlines in 2011 when declaring he was retiring from filmmaking after an enviable two-decade run that began with his first feature, Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), which helped spark the indie film revolution of the 1990s and in turn made Soderbergh the darling of the mainstream Hollywood studio system.

His "retirement" didn't last long. Soderbergh, who has directed such studio blockbusters as Erin Brockovich and the Ocean's 11 franchise, is now back in the trenches with Logan Lucky, a star-studded heist film starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig that he made independently with the specific intention of »


- Pamela McClintock

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Oscars: Bosnia and Herzegovina Selects 'Men Don't Cry' for Foreign-Language Submission

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Bosnia and Herzegovina has picked Alen Drljevic's Men Don't Cry, a drama about the physiological scars still remaining from the Yugoslav War, as its foreign-language film submission for the 2018 Oscars.

Drljevic's debut feature premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this year, where it won a special jury prize and the Europa Cinemas Label award. Men Don't Cry also picked up the audience award at the recent Sarajevo Film Festival.

Drljevic earned his stripes as an assistant director on the films of Golden Bear winner Jasmila Zbanic (Grbavica, On the Path), and Men Don't Cry plays as a more »


- Scott Roxborough

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Oscars: Nepal Selects 'White Sun' for Foreign-Language Category

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White Sun (Seto Surya) has been selected as Nepal’s entry for the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film race.

The second feature from writer-director Deepak Rauniyar revolves around a family divided by bloody war who must come together to put their father to rest. The film is set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and the violent history of Nepal, during which a war between royalists and Maoists cost 16,000 lives between 1996 and 2006.

The film kicks off with the sudden death of Chitra (Prakash Ghimire), the former mayor of a »


- Nyay Bhushan

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Jerry Lewis Remembered by His 'Max Rose' Director: "Unbelievably Complicated and Shockingly Self-Aware"

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Jerry Lewis’s last starring role was in the 2013 drama, Max Rose, in which he played the title character, an aging Jewish jazz musician who questions his whole life when he learns that his late wife of 65 years may have been unfaithful to him. Despite no significant film credits to his name when he first approached Lewis, writer-director Daniel Noah convinced the star to join the film, which was unveiled as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was ultimately released in 2016. Lewis, Noah explains, was looking for that one serious role that »


- Gregg Kilday

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Oliver Stone to Head Jury of Troubled Busan Film Festival

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Director Oliver Stone will lead the jury of the Busan International Film Festival's main competition, New Currents, this coming October, organizers of the South Korean event announced Monday. The 22nd edition of the festival will run Oct. 12-21 in the port city of Busan.

New Currents is a competition that is designed to introduce up-and-coming Asian directors. Other members of this year's jury include Bahman Ghobadi, the Iranian filmmaker known for Cannes-winning No One Knows About Persian Cats among others; Agnes Godard, the French cinematographer who has long collaborated with filmmakers such as Claire Denis and Wim Wenders; Lav Diaz, »


- Lee Hyo-won

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'Death Note': Film Review

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Netflix's adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note marks the latest incarnation of this well-established property, which has seen numerous previous movie, TV and anime treatments in Japan and overseas, but no prior live-action English-language version. With the streamer's global reach, the latest iteration will easily attract a worldwide audience in conjunction with a limited U.S. theatrical run, but building an eventual franchise on the back of director Adam Wingard's latest feature may prove more challenging across such a wide variety of territories and cultures. 

Teenage wish-fulfillment fantasies, while sometimes violent, rarely involve the intervention of a Japanese "shinigami" death god, »


- Justin Lowe

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China Box Office: 'Wolf Warrior 2' Becomes Second-Biggest Single-Market Film Ever After 'Force Awakens'

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Wolf Warrior 2 devoured the competition for a fourth consecutive weekend at the Chinese box office.

The runaway action phenomenon, starring and directed by Wu Jing, added $35.7 million, lifting its local total to an astonishing $768.5 million after 25 days. The blockbuster also climbed higher in the all-time record books, nudging aside Avatar ($760.5 million) to become the second-biggest film ever in a single market. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned more from one territory (($936.7 million, North America).

Hong Kong-Chinese genre vehicle Paradox — the third film in Wilson Yip's Spl action franchise — came closest to unseating Wolf Warriors to date, »


- Patrick Brzeski

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