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Viral ‘Toy Story’ Origin Tale Debunked By Pixar Exec: No Polio For Andy’s Dad

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Well, it did sound a little too good – and too sad – to be true. A viral video explaining the tragic backstory to Pixar’s 1995 hit Toy Story is fake, says Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote all three Toy Story films. “Complete and utter fake news,” Stanton tweeted today, signing off with the hashtag “iwasthere.” Stanton’s tweet came in the wake of a video posted on the SuperCarlinBrothers Youtube page (watch it below) in which a product designer named Mike Mozart says… »


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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $93M In China – International Box Office

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2nd Update, Saturday AM: Contrary to domestic, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to top the opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the international box office. Although the studio is not providing an update today, as Friday estimates came in late yesterday (see below), the unofficial Saturday in China puts the Michael Bay pic at about $93M there so far. That sets it up for an Fss Middle Kingdom bow of around $130M (including previews)… »


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‘Transformers’ Still Rusty At $63M+; ‘Wonder Woman’ Soars Past $300M – Saturday Am Update

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Saturday Am writethru after Friday 3rd Update: Paramount is seeing slightly better numbers on a film that opened this past Tuesday in previews and has been stuck in second gear. The latest pic in its franchise —Transformers: The Last Knight — is on track to take in about $40M+ for the three-day and is looking at a $63.9M five-day, which would be the lowest opening in the series of five films. The last time out, Transformers: Age of Extinction grabbed $100M in its opening… »


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Mad Max In Barstow? Man Channeling The Action Character Arrested For Illegal Weapons

23 June 2017 7:31 PM, PDT

In a case of life imitates art, a man dressed like — and claiming to be — the action antihero Mad Max was arrested in the California desert last night. Big deal, you say? That guy done up like the Joker was busted twice in Florida last month, right? Well, this dude took things to the next level. Jack Lee Ernest, 39, was riding a quad on Old Highway 59 in Barstow at about 11 Pm Thursday when a San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over. But Ernest tried to ride… »


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Bradley Cooper Films ‘A Star Is Born’ Scene At Glastonbury; Johnny Depp Makes Encore Appearance

23 June 2017 6:46 PM, PDT

You might have heard an A-list Hollywood actor who moonlights as a guitarist got in some hot water onstage at England’s Glastonbury Festival on Thursday. Well, another hit the boards tonight, though there was no apology necessary for Bradley Cooper’s onstage appearance. The Oscar nominee was there to film a scene for A Star Is Born, the Warner Bros remake he’s doing with Lady Gaga that’s out in September 2018. Cooper strapped on an electric guitar and “performed” — no… »


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DGA To Elect New President Saturday At Convention

23 June 2017 5:22 PM, PDT

The DGA elects a new president tomorrow at its biennial convention in Los Angeles, and there's a good chance the winner will come from the ranks of its three West Coast-residing vice presidents, as have the past four DGA presidents. If that pattern holds, the next DGA president will be either Betty Thomas, currently the guild's 1st VP; Thomas Schlamme, now the 3rd VP; or Jon Favreau, the 5th VP. The guild actually has four other vice presidents – the national VP and the… »


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‘The Beguiled’ Review: Sofia Coppola’s Female-Driven Civil War Story Ratchets Up The Sexual Tension

23 June 2017 3:03 PM, PDT

Probably one of Clint Eastwood’s lesser-known films, the 1971 Civil War drama The Beguiled would at first blush seem an odd choice for a remake by Sofia Coppola, especially since she had never seen the original. But as I say in my video review above, somehow by taking the focus off Eastwood’s wounded Union soldier character and placing it squarely on the rising tensions — sexual and otherwise — caused by his presence in a school for young women in Virginia, it is one… »


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Maria Dragus Cast In ‘Mary Queen of Scots’; Ned Van Zandt Joins ‘The Iron Orchard’

23 June 2017 1:55 PM, PDT

German-Romanian actress Maria Dragus has secured the role of Scottish noblewoman Mary Fleming, childhood companion of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), in the Josie Rourke-directed period drama Mary Queen of Scots. She joins Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I along with Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston and Jack Lowden in the film from Working Title and Focus Features. Written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, based on John Guy’s 2004 biography The True Life of Mary Stuart… »


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Tommy Lee Jones To Star With Brad Pitt In Deep-Space Epic

23 June 2017 1:21 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Tommy Lee Jones is in final talks to star with Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the working title of the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct for New Regency. Production begins in September. Details are being kept close to the vest, but here’s what I’ve heard: In Ad Astra (which means "to the stars" in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in… »


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How ‘The Immortal Life’ Director George C. Wolfe Honored The Life And Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

23 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

An African-American woman living through the “peak of segregation,” Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, unaware that cells taken from her body would go on to transform modern medicine and history at large. Now known as HeLa cells, Henrietta’s “immortal” cells aided in the development of the polio vaccine, and remain an essential resource for medical research today—and yet for years, Lacks remained anonymous in and outside of the medical field, never… »

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Actor Steven Silver Boards John Stalberg Jr.’s Comedy ‘Beef’

23 June 2017 11:36 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Steven Silver, who co-starred in Netflix’s controversial hit series 13 Reasons Why, has joined Thomas Mann, Jai Courtney and Timothy Olyphant in Beef, the dark comedy directed by John Stalberg Jr. The screenplay comes from Jeff Lock’s 2014 Black List script. The pic follows Jason (Mann), a general manager at a fast food restaurant called Beefy's, who, in hopes escaping his bleak small town, makes a $10,000 bet that was supposed to be a sure thing. When he… »


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Johnny Depp Apologizes For Presidential Assassination Quip

23 June 2017 11:34 AM, PDT

Johnny Depp has apologized for his statement made during his appearance Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, where he joked about presidential assassination. He told People magazine today that he “intended no malice” and “was only trying to amuse.” "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," he said in the statement. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse… »


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Tupac Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ & Lionsgate Hit With Copyright Lawsuit By Journalist

23 June 2017 11:31 AM, PDT

Already slammed by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and longtime Tupac Shakur pal Jada Pinkett Smith, the All Eyez On Me biopic about the hip hop icon is now taking hits from a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed in federal court. Claiming significant portions of the film are based on interviews he did with the now-deceased Poetic Justice star more than 20 years ago, former Vibe journalist Kevin Powell wants the movie that opened June 16 via Lionsgate pulled from theaters. As… »


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Abigail Disney’s Fork Films Gives Out Grants To Help Complete 16 Documentaries

23 June 2017 10:12 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Fork Films has given out grants to 16 documentaries chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants looking to complete films in various stages of development. The grants went projects that promote peacebuilding, human rights and social justice; the focus is to help women behind or in front of the camera complete their films. The total in grant money was $515K this year, and the film company has given out more than $4M in grants and investments to nearly 90… »

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China 3D Fantasy Pic ‘Once Upon A Time’ To Hit U.S. Via Well Go USA

23 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Once Upon A Time, the 3D fantasy romance from China’s Alibaba Pictures that Im Global acquired to handle worldwide sales at Cannes this year. The film will get an August 11 U.S. theatrical bow this summer in the original 3D format, in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. A digital and home video release will follow. Co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers' cinematographer Zhao… »


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White House Condemns Johnny Depp’s Presidential Assassination Remark: “Sad”

23 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

TV news outlets updated their coverage of Johnny Depp’s remarks about presidential assassination, with the White House statement on his rhetoric: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.” The Pirates of the Caribbean… »


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PETA Files Federal Suit To Get Old Chimpanzees Used In Hollywood Films To Sanctuaries, Alan Cumming Supports

23 June 2017 9:44 AM, PDT

PETA has filed a suit against a Missouri facility that it has been warring with since late last year over the housing of a number of chimpanzees — two of  which were used in Hollywood productions — to get these chimps out of cages and into a sanctuary. Actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Battle of the Sexes) is helping spearhead the action with an appearance today at PETA’s offices because he bonded with one of the chimps named Tonka during production of his 1997 film Buddy… »


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Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Opens Against Sundance Hit ‘The Big Sick’ This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

23 June 2017 9:35 AM, PDT

Two big festival films go head to head this weekend in limited release. Focus Features' The Beguiled, which debuted last month in Cannes will open on both coasts via Focus Features. Sofia Coppola won Best Director in Cannes for the feature, which stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The Big Sick by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January… »


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‘Trumped: The Musical’? Ron Howard Hopes Somebody Does It – Cannes Lions

23 June 2017 6:59 AM, PDT

Ron Howard spent time on stage at Cannes Lions today for a discussion with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Wpp CEO Martin Sorrell. While he touched on his new Han Solo movie gig, Howard also talked about how Imagine is evolving; the impact of technology on the business; and a trio of Broadway musicals. While a stage transfer of his 1982 Michael Keaton-starring comedy Night Shift is in the works, there are also discussions about his 1989 pic Parenthood hitting… »


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Ron Howard Talks Han Solo Movie & ‘Star Wars’ Universe – Cannes Lions

23 June 2017 4:46 AM, PDT

Updated With Ron Howard Tweets One day after he was confirmed to be directing Disney/Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard appeared on the main Palais stage here at Cannes Lions. In a discussion alongside New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, there were many subjects touched upon, but the audience was clearly clamoring for comment from Howard on his new gig. Smiling, he called his first foray into the Star Wars universe, “A little opportunity that came my… »


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