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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Claymation Origins Story: Watch the Disney-Approved Short Created by a 12-Year-Old

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has already taken in more than $500 million at the box office, but a much smaller project related to the French fairytale is also finding viewers all over the world. “LeFouston,” a two-minute claymation video conceived by a 12-year-old boy recently surfaced at THR and has already received more than 150,000 views.

Read More: How ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is Like Hybrid Disney Remakes ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King

The video is inspired by “Beauty and the Beast” and presents an origin story of how Gaston and LeFou met. It even has an original song. Disney worked with the 12-year-old Robert Nelson as part of a campaign with Tongal and Young Storytellers that gave kids the chance to develop their own shorts inspired by the new film. Nelson’s mentors on the project included director and animator Kevin Ulrich, with music and voices by Trevor Gomes. »


- Graham Winfrey

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial Service — Watch Live

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It’s a sad day for fans of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, as the mother-daughter duo are remembered today with a public memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. The ceremony will be held in a 1,200 seat theater at the cemetery and will feature James Blunt and John Williams’ music.

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“We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you,” Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher announced in a January statement. “The service will begin at 1:00 Pm and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so. There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, first seated basis. There will be room for »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Twin Peaks’ Mysterious Cherry Pie Billboards Appear Across the Country

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With just under two months to go until the May 21 return of “Twin Peaks,” mysterious billboards have popped up around the country with nothing but cherry pie on them. Some billboards have a single slice of pie, while others show a full pie, but missing one slice.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a Secret Even From His Own Cast

The billboards have been spotted in Seattle – where the show’s original pilot, movie and new series were filmed – with additional billboard sightings in Missoula, Mont. (birthplace of David Lynch), and Philadelphia, where Lynch attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

What is the hidden meaning of the billboards? Fans will have to wait until the series airs to find out.

“There are probably a couple more out there, so keep your eyes peeled.. and on the road!” a blog post reads on WelcomeToTwinPeaks. »


- Graham Winfrey

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Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick and More Audition to Be Stephen Hawking’s New Voice in Hilarious Red Nose Day Sketch

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Liam Neeson and Anna Kendrick recently auditioned for the voice role of a lifetime: Stephen Hawking. The pair are just two celebrities from a larger group that took part in a hilarious Comic Relief video in which they lobby the world renowned scientist who suffers from Als to pick them as the person to replace the computerized voice he’s used for more than 30 years.

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“Stephen, it’s me. Surely it has to be me,” Neeson says in the video. “Listen to my voice. It’s deep, it’s sexy, it’s got a tinge of … physics?”

In Kendrick’s audition tape, the actress calls herself “the obvious choice,” ading, “I’m intelligent, kind of, and, I’m young and cool, kind of.”

The project is part of Red Nose Day, a »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 New Trailer: Humankind Faces Off Against Flesh-Eating Beasts

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Death Note’ First Trailer: Adam Wingard Reimagines the Manga Series in Netflix Original Film

Funimation has released another trailer for Season 2 of the manga series, ‘Attack on Titan,’ in which giant beasts attack the city of Shinganshina and threaten to wipe out humankind. Here’s the official description of the series from IMDb.

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaegar vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Protecting what’s left of humanity are three walls — Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sheena — and after breaking through the first wall in season one, it appears that the second wall will also be breached in season two.

Seen in the clip are Eren, Mikasa and Armin fighting back and taking on the beasts, while a handful on new titans attack various Survey Corps. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Justice League’ Trailer: Zack Snyder Gets Another Chance to Save the Dceu, And It Looks Crazy Epic

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The gang is all here! The new trailer for “Justice League” has arrived, and it features some pretty badass new footage of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash teaming up to stop the latest CGI threat bent on destroying the world.

Read More: ‘Justice League’ Behind the Scenes Video: Zack Snyder Celebrates Wrap With 90-Second Clip

Justice League” follows the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” with Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (“Gal Gadot”) rallying up a crew of metahumans to fight Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) in the wake of Superman’s death. Of course Superman won’t be gone for too long, but just how he returns and factors into the plot remains to be seen.

While fans are no doubt curious about how the Dceu will progress in the first big meet-up of its many heroes, the industry is watching “Justice League” even »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Phillauri’ Review: Anushka Sharma Produces a Bollywood Ghost Story That Falls Short of Its Potential

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Anushka Sharma has, over her nine years in Bollywood, proven herself with powerful roles reflecting both exceptional talent and maturity that have heightened our expectations from her as an actress. The chilling thriller “NH10,” the 2015 maiden feature from her production house Clean Slate Films — one of the few in Bollywood companies helmed by a female actor — more than lived up to the company’s mission to tell risky, non-clichéd stories. Setting all that aside, while Clean Slate’s second release, “Phillauri,” has a promising premise, it’s disappointing to see first-time director Anshai Lal’s primarily play-it-safe treatment and lethargic pacing make it an underwhelming watch.

The story opens with Kanan (Suraj Sharma, of “Life of Pi” fame), who, after a three-year stint making music in Canada, has reluctantly returned home to Amritsar, Punjab to wed his high school sweetheart, Anu (Mehreen Pirzada). His trepidation towards the marriage is only »


- Anisha Jhaveri

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Robert Rodriguez Will Direct ‘Escape From New York’

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Robert Rodriguez will direct “Escape From New York,” 20th Century Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 film, Deadline reports. Fox won a bidding war for rights to the project in 2015. Studiocanal owned the rights to the original, which was released by Avco Embassy.

Read More: Watch: Robert Rodriguez’ 1991 Short ‘Bedhead’ Displays Director’s Early Genius

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company will produce. “Luther” writer Neil Cross is writing the script. Carpenter will executive produce the project. Fox aims to breathe new life into the property, with the intention of launching a franchise.

Rodriguez just finished working with Fox on “Alita: Battle Angel,” an action-adventure film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga graphic novels. The script for the film was written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Set in the 26th century, the story follows a female cyborg who’s rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Into the Badlands’: The Hong Kong Secret That Makes the Show’s Amazing Martial Arts Possible

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The “Into the Badlands” set is a fascinating aural environment when the show’s epic fights are filmed.

That’s thanks to the blend of accents amongst the crew — American, English, Irish — as well as the Cantonese instructions being barked out as The Widow (Emily Beecham), Tilda (Ally Ioannides), and their many stunt doubles spin about and spar with each other, filming action so in-your-face that before certain shots, cameramen have to put on lacrosse helmets.

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It’s a blend of sounds that echo the show’s own eclectic nature. “Badlands” has stood out since its premiere in November 2015 as a show that blends genres and boasts one of the most bonkers narratives on television. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where fighting ability might be the only thing that keeps you from a bloody (and we mean Bloody) death, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Nears Deal to Direct, Star in Channing Tatum Musical

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to direct and star in a musical comedy for Universal, Variety reports. Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are already attached to star in the R-rated film, currently titled “Wingmen.”

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Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” writer Michael Bacall reportedly pitched the idea in 2016, starting a heated bidding war among several studios.

The story centers on two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. Sources told Variety the movie will be in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” and “The Book of Mormon.” Other filmmakers who were considered to direct the project included James Bobin, Seth Gordon and “The Book of Mormon” director Casey Nicholaw.

Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce alongside Tatum’s Free Association and Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord Films. Universal senior VP of production Kristin Lowe will oversee the project for the studio. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Bob’s Burgers’: The Most Optimistic Show on TV? Cast and Creator Champion Positivity at PaleyFest

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Fans feed off television for different reasons. You might watch “The Americans” for the thrills or “Veep” to learn a few new insults, but the cast and creator of “Bob’s Burgers” made a compelling case for finding compassion through TV while speaking at PaleyFest Friday night.

“We’re in a moment when you have to make a choice to be optimistic,” creator Loren Bouchard said. “We made that choice with this show. The family itself is optimistic.”

“It’s not a part of the show that we set out explicitly to include,” he said. “But, in this day and age, I find myself thinking it’s an essential element of the show.”

“It’s one of the best parts of ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ that they’re in tough straits.” star H. Jon Benjamin added. “I think that’s the heart of the show: They’re a struggling family that »


- Ben Travers

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Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote

24 March 2017 8:05 PM, PDT

The Writers Guild of America is inching a step closer toward a potential writers’ strike.

The WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members on Friday, recommending that the guild’s 12,000 members take a vote on strike authorization. It did not give a timetable for such a vote, however, and such a vote would not automatically lead to a strike.

Negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers started March 13, but without any movement, the guild is looking to take the next step.

Read More: Another Writers’ Strike May Be Looming — Report

On the last day of these two weeks, the companies’ proposal has barely a single hard-dollar gain for writers,” the letter said. “$51 billion in profits and barely a penny for those of us who make the product that makes the companies rich. But that’s not all. In response to our proposal to »


- Michael Schneider

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Jason Segel Shares Childhood Superhero Dream in Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ — Watch

24 March 2017 2:58 PM, PDT

The Austin Film Festival’s original series “On Story” is known for giving viewers an inside look at the creative process of film and TV, featuring intimate conversations with stars and behind-the-scenes talent. Season seven will have 20 all-new episodes featuring visitors to Aff like Jason Segel, who last year explained his childhood obsession with being a superhero.

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“What we’ve always wanted to do with ‘On Story’ is give a peek behind the magic of filmmaking,” series co-producer and filmmaker Miguel Alvarez said in a statement. “Every week we’re bringing the writers, directors, and actors from our favorite films and television shows to our viewers and we think that’s something special.” The series won a Lone Star Emmy Award for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014.

Aff’s “On Story” will air on »


- Graham Winfrey

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Colin Farrell in Talks to Join Tim Burton’s Live Action Take on Disney’s ‘Dumbo’

24 March 2017 2:49 PM, PDT

Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in the live-action adaptation of the 1941 Disney classic “Dumbo,” which will be directed by Tim Burton. According to Deadline, if the deal goes through, Farrell will portray Holt, a widowed father of two, from Kentucky. In January, it was reported that Will Smith was in early talks to co-star in the film in what seems to be the same role. Eva Green and Danny Devito are also in negotiations to co-star in the project.

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The live-action remake of “Dumbo” is written by Ehren Kruger, who is best known for writing “The Ring” (2002), as well as three of the films in the “Transformers” series: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (2014). Kruger is producing “Dumbo” alongside Justin Springer »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The A.V. Club’ Wants to Be Your Smart TV: How The Pop-Culture Site Is Moving Into the Entertainment News Circuit

24 March 2017 2:39 PM, PDT

A modest studio nestled in a corridor of industrial Chicago is the latest front in the ongoing battle to marry news and pop culture. Here, writers for the Fusion network’s new weekly show, “The A.V. Club,” are discussing how to best taste-test a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

The gag will serve as the cold open for the second episode of the pop-culture website’s eponymous TV show, which premiered March 16 and will air a new episode every Thursday evening. Host John Teti and his writers, Yolanda Carney and Fran Hoepfner, recently learned that Nintendo has coated cartridges for its new gaming system in something deliberately foul-tasting, to prevent children from eating them. “So we’re feeding it to adults,” Hoepfner said.

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Teti laughed at the phrasing. “Let’s remember that,” he noted. (They wound up with, »


- Andrew Lapin

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Why Sundance, SXSW, and Funders Are Falling in Love With This Tiny Collective of Black Women Filmmakers

24 March 2017 2:14 PM, PDT

The New Negress Film Society is small: A five-member collective, formed to feature work by and about black women.

But since its founding in 2013, its members have received filmmaking prizes that include a Gotham Awards grant, the Sundance Institute Director’s Lab, and the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award, and their works have screened at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, and Rotterdam.

That’s an extraordinary return rate for the Brooklyn-based group, which began as a screening of short films organized by filmmakers Ja’Tovia Gary and Kumi James. Today, the group comprises Gary, Frances Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, and Stefani Saintonge. (James left the group when she moved to Los Angeles.)

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“It was such an overwhelming success, and such a life-affirming moment,” said Gary, who said they were inspired by »


- Andrew Lapin

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Melissa McCarthy Explains How ‘SNL’ Offered Her That Game-Changing Sean Spicer Role

24 March 2017 2:04 PM, PDT

It’s safe to say that Melissa McCarthy never expected to play Sean Spicer.

The Emmy-winning actress, however, must have been born to play the role. A friend at “Saturday Night Live” thought she looked enough like the White House press secretary to offer her the gig. In an interview on “Ellen,” McCarthy detailed how that phone call went down.

She also reluctantly acknowledged that she resembled Spicer and had this curious observation: “I look so much like my dad that I feel like my dad and Sean Spicer had a baby, and it’s me, which makes it even stranger.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’: Melissa McCarthy Takes Journalists to Task as Sean Spicer

Getting prosthetics only completed the process. “You mess with your ears and it really changes the shape of your head,” she said. “I got into it because I was like, ‘Can I have eye bags? »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Sinister 2’ Director Ciarán Foy Set to Helm Black List Horror Screenplay ‘Eli’

24 March 2017 1:38 PM, PDT

Irish writer/director Ciarán Foy (“Citadel,” “Sinister 2”) has signed on to helm the psychological horror film “Eli.” The movie will be based on David Chirchirillo’s 2015 Black List script, with a screenplay written by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing.

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The film follows the story of a young boy named Eli, who suffers from an unusual disease. When he gets admitted into a secluded facility for treatment, the boy soon realizes that the place is haunted and that he will not be able to get out.

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Trevor Macy will produce the film under his Intrepid Pictures banner. John Zaozirny will also produce via Bellevue Productions, and Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will executive produce for Broad Green. Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid. »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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John Leguizamo Joins ‘Waco’ Miniseries Opposite Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch

24 March 2017 12:37 PM, PDT

John Leguizamo (“Bloodline“) has joined the cast of “Waco,” the upcoming limited-run series based on the explosive 1993 event in the Texas town.

Paramount Network – which Spike TV will morph into next year – is behind the drama, which will recount the 51-day standoff between the FBI, Atf, and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians, who were suspected of weapon violations. The crisis eventually resulted in a violent shootout.

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Leguizamo will play Atf agent Robert Rodriguez, who was sent into Waco to investigate Koresh’s Mount Carmel and help establish a federal case. Ultimately, Rodriguez created bonds with the people he met. Leguizamo, an Emmy-winning actor, joins an already stacked cast, including Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter“) and Taylor Kitsch (“Savages“).

“The role of Robert Rodriguez is little known, but utterly fascinating as he was the only »


- Michael Gonzalez

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Nicole Kidman and Amy Schumer Join Rebecca Miller’s Intertwining Love Story ‘She Came to Me’

24 March 2017 12:34 PM, PDT

Nicole Kidman, Amy Schumer and Steve Carell have signed on to co-star in the upcoming indie comedy-drama “She Came to Me.” The film is written and directed by Rebecca Miller, the filmmaker behind “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” (2005), “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (2009), and “Maggie’s Plan” (2015), among other titles.

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“She Came to Me” will follow two intertwined love stories, as reported by Variety. However, there are no further details about the Miller’s script.

On Thursday, Variety announced that Schumer had dropped out of Sony’s live-acton film “Barbie”, due to a scheduling conflict. That frees her up to work on this project.

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Kidman —who received an Academy Award nomination for »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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