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Benicio del Toro Confirms ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Villain Role, Reveals When Shooting Begins

9 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Not too long ago, Benicio del Toro confirmed rumors that he was taking a role in the next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy. In addition, reports have indicated that he will have some kind of villain role, though Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed anything. However, del Toro seems to have been given permission […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Sienna Miller Cut From ‘Black Mass,’ Director Scott Cooper Confirms

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

Sienna Miller‘s role was cut from the new Johnny Depp film “Black Mass” that is slated to hit theaters later this month. The film’s director Scott Cooper told the Boston Globe that Miller’s character, Catherine Greig, a girlfriend of Depp’s character Whitey Bulger, was removed from the final cut: “It came down to narrative choices.” Miller spoke to the publication last year about how she prepared for her role of Greig, who lived with Bulger for 16 years and was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping Bulger escape from law enforcement officials. Also Read: ' »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Why You Shouldn't Expect 'Jaws' or 'Back to the Future' Remakes Any Time Soon

6 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter ran a story about the movie production company DreamWorks (founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen) and its pending need to find a new distribution partner. It's a fairly standard industry story, but it generated some misleading headlines thanks to some big name Spielberg movies. So let's look at what is actually happening. - DreamWorks' current contracts with Disney will be ending next year. - DreamWorks is expected to not renew with Disney, but instead seek a partnership elsewhere. - One of the companies DreamWorks may partner with is Universal Studios. Here's the part where speculation got a bit rampant: Universal Studios is where Spielberg directed not just Jurassic Park, but E.T. and...

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- Peter Hall

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Won’t Feature the Hulk for ‘Truly Significant’ Reason, Says Mark Ruffalo

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

Fans of Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk will have to wait a little longer to see him sate his appetite for destruction again. The actor told Italian film site Bad Taste that Marvel decided to cut the big green character from its next ensemble production, “Captain America: Civil War,” which will feature some of the world’s biggest superheroes — and a few new ones — duking it out after choosing sides: Team Captain America or Team Iron Man. “I believed that would be in the film, but at the end, it was evident that they needed to reveal that the Hulk did something. »


- Greg Gilman

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Is Fall’s Most Anticipated Movie (Survey)

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

Moviegoers are eagerly anticipating Katniss Everdeen’s last act.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final film in the popular series, is the most anticipated fall movie, according to a recent survey by Fandango. That distinction comes with a big caveat. The online ticketer polled 1,000 moviegoers on the films they’re most excited to see between September and November, but that excluded a certain blockbuster-to-be because “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” doesn’t hit theaters until December.

The two most recent “Hunger Games” sequels topped Fandango’s list of most anticipated fall releases, making this the third consecutive year it’s topped charts. The first “Hunger Games” was released in March of 2012.

The last “Hunger Games” attracted 36% of the vote. The second and third most anticipated films were the latest James Bond mission, “Spectre,” which 26% of respondents picked, and the Ridley Scott and Matt Damon collaboration, “The Martian, »


- Brent Lang

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Slapped With $5 Million Lawsuit Over Alleged Not-So ‘Natural’ Products

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

Jessica Alba‘s Honest Company is being sued for allegedly not being so honest after all. A consumer named Jonathan D. Rubin filed a class action lawsuit Thursday against The Honest Company Inc. at the District Court of Northern California in San Francisco claiming products described as “natural” actually contain synthetic preservatives, according to legal documents obtained by TheWrap. Included in the list of those accused of being “deceptively and misleadingly labeled and marketed” for containing unnatural ingredients are Honest Hand Soap, Honest Dish Soap, Honest Diapers and Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner. Meanwhile, Honest Sunscreen “is ineffective,” states the lawsuit. “Honest »


- Debbie Emery

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Listen to Janet Jackson's Very Lovable 'Unbreakable'

53 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Janet Jackson unveiled the track list, release date, and titular single from her latest album, Unbreakable, on Thursday. The song (listen below) plays like a pleasantly retro-sounding, long-overdue love letter. To whom? Well, it's hard to listen to the outro and not think she's at least slightly winking at her fans: "Hello / It’s been a while / Lot’s to talk about / I’m glad you’re still here / I hope you enjoy." But Unbreakable, song and album, like much of Janet's prior material, will likely work on various levels. "Themes [of Unbreakable] will include, Janet's views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue," notes a statement on her website. "The album also will mark the »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Broadway Actress Dead From Apartment Fire After ‘Spider-Man 2’ Star Attempted Rescue

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

Vivian Eng, the woman who “Spider-Man 2” actor Dylan Baker attempted to rescue from their burning high-rise apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, has died from her injuries. She was 51. Eng was a dancer in a number of Broadway ensembles including “The King & I,” “Precious,” “Away We Go,” and “Barney Live! New York City.” Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” and work on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” had attempted to rescue his Eng from a fire that broke out in her apartment on Tuesday. Also Read: 'Spider-Man 2' Actor Escapes »


- Debbie Emery

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Selena Gomez Joins Chloe Grace Moretz, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron in ‘Neighbors 2’

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

Selena Gomez has joined the cast of Universal and Good Universe’s collegiate comedy “Neighbors 2,” which sees Chloe Grace Moretz joining Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, TheWrap has learned. Nicholas Stoller is back in the director’s chair, working off a script he co-wrote with Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo are also returning, while new cast members include Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein. Gomez is expected to play a rival to Moretz, who’s the leader of a sorority that runs up against Rogen and Byrne’s family. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Transporter Refueled’ Star Ed Skrein Talks About Doing ’90 Percent’ of His Own Stunts (Video)

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

“Transporter Refueled” star Ed Skrein doesn’t just sound, act and even look like Jason Statham in the latest installment of the popular action franchise he takes over on Friday. The actor told TheWrap while appearing on “Drinking with the Stars” that he does “90 percent” of his own stunts. “The only stuff was some wire stuff where I’m flying across the room and smashing into walls… just the really dangerous stuff,” Skrein told host Greg Gilman. “So look at me, I’m the guy who does the fun stuff, the cool stuff, and then makes my stunt guy do. »


- Wrap Staff

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CNN’s Rachel Nichols on Tom Brady Legal Win: ‘A Lot of Wasted Money on a Few Probably Deflated Footballs’

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

While many in the sports world greeted the nullification of Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension over the “Deflategate” scandal with shock, CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols was not among them. “I’m not surprised because the judge dropped hints along the way that he might go this way, but I’m struck by how big it feels,” Nichols told TheWrap after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman struck a huge blow to the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday by overturning the New England Patriots quarterback’s punishment. The commissioner “put his credibility on the line by pursuing »


- Debbie Emery

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‘The Returned’ Star Rhys Ward Joins Billy Burke, Maddie Hasson in ‘Good After Bad’ (Exclusive)

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

The Returned” star Rhys Ward has booked a key supporting role alongside Billy Burke, Maddie Hasson and Melora Walters in the indie drama “Good After Bad,” which is being executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, TheWrap has learned. Anne-Marie Hess is writing and directing the film, which Matthew Leutwyler is producing under his Accelerated Matter banner. Spurlock is executive producing via his Warrior Poets banner. Burke and Hasson play Wes Thorne and Shelly Ackerman — two people living in opposite worlds. Shelly’s mother (Walters) is off her medication so her home life is in shambles and she’s being bullied at school. »


- Jeff Sneider

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When Will America Cancel Trump TV? (Guest Blog)

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

Donald Trump will go down as the greatest television personality of our time. His poll numbers reflect this fact and nothing more. However, as a result of this strong brand position — and larger-than-life TV persona — his longevity as a political brand may be short-lived. If we consider for a moment Mr. Trump’s very own show “The Apprentice,” which began in January 2004 and changed its format after six season to “Celebrity Apprentice,” we see a trend. This can be used to assess the robustness of the Trump Brand over time. Using this six-season “Apprentice” model that shot 20 episodes »


- John Tantillo

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Will The Force really 'Awaken' for Disney at tonight's midnight sales events?

2 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It has begun. Now is the moment when it goes from the hype of the hypothetical to the actual quantifiable event. Is "Star Wars" worth the $4 billion that Disney paid for it, and will "The Force Awakens" truly return the series to its place at the top of the pop culture pyramid? We won't really know those answers until December 18th, when the film arrives in theaters, but tonight at midnight, in time zone after time zone around the world, the first real test begins. That's right… Force Friday is here. There's no way I'm going anywhere near a store tonight. I was there in 1999 when they did this, and I think a small part of my innocence died watching grown men elbow children out of the way to buy Jar Jar Binks figures for a movie none of them had seen yet. This time, there's a nostalgia factor built »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stars have a message for fans

2 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Are you ready for #ForceFriday? Because "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley certainly want you to be. In case you hadn't heard, in a demonstration of both their marketing might and brilliance, Disney is awakening the "Star Wars" fan fervor with a global toy unboxing and tie-in event that has been dubbed "Force Friday." In honor of this invitation to purchase what is -- in truth -- some pretty amazing merch, the official "Star Wars" Twitter account has unleashed a message from "The Force Awakens" young leads. Take a look below. Incoming #ForceFriday transmission from Daisy Ridley and @JohnBoyega. https://t.co/WJzumblnWV — Star Wars (@starwars) September 4, 2015 Meanwhile, we explore the ins and outs of why Finn has That lightsaber in the video below: »


- Roth Cornet

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Robert Redford’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Splits Critics: ‘Sheer Delight’ or ‘Lax, Lame’

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

With a 49 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are split right down the middle of the road about Robert Redford‘s new film, “A Walk in the Woods,” the big-screen adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling travel memoir. Reviews diverge wildly on the Broad Green Pictures release directed by Ken Kwapis, which made $1.2 million on its opening day Wednesday, and is hiking up towards a $7 million estimate gross for the Labor Day holiday weekend. While some loved the storyline and the fact that both Redford and costar Nick Nolte are returning to the screen together as a writer and. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Hand of God’ Review: Amazon Drama Inspires Little Faith

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

Amazon’s new drama “Hand of God” boasts a stellar cast of veteran and newer actors, yet it fails to compel as it weaves a story of attempted suicide, rape and religious fervor. With a cast including Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”), Dana Delany (“Body of Proof,” “China Beach”), Garret Dillahunt (“Justified”) Andre Royo (“The Wire”) and Julian Morris (“New Girl”), “Hand of God” is packed with proven talent. Though the pilot episode has calculated moments of high drama, it doesn’t make us care about the recently baptized Judge Pernell Harris (Perlman), his coolly detached wife Crystal (Delany), or his daughter-in-law. »


- Diane Gordon

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Venice Film Review: ‘Klezmer’

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

Anyone duped by the title into expecting a folksy knees-up from “Klezmer” has a sober awakening in store: The eponymous Ashkenazi Jewish musical tradition may figure obliquely into this stoic, stolid Polish Holocaust drama, but not in any context remotely resembling a celebration. Indeed, Jews are the truly silent victims in a story that instead takes the viewpoint of morally dubious gentiles, torn between mercy and the promise of blood-stained remuneration when they encounter a wounded, voiceless Jewish refugee in the woods. As his fate is dispassionately determined over the course of a single summer afternoon, playwright Piotr Chrzan’s feature directing debut offers some unusual insight into the perspectives of communities caught between the Nazis and their victims, but his script presses pretty insistently on one glum note. Culturally specific festivals rep the pic’s best avenue of exposure following its Venice premiere.

Indirect comparisons to Pawel Pawlikowski’s »


- Guy Lodge

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