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'Thor: Ragnarok' Writer Denied Credit by WGA, Cries Foul

13 September 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Set to arrive at the domestic box office on Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok promises a beefy duel between the titular Norse god and former ally The Hulk, but weeks before that main event another fight has broken out, with a result turning less on biceps than on bylaws: A Writers Guild of America credit arbitration committee has denied Stephany Folsom a “Story by” credit despite her work on the film, and Folsom isn’t sitting idly by.

“Marvel gave me ‘story by’ credit on Thor Ragnarok and the writers’ guild denied me the credit due to guild regulations,” »

- Jonathan Handel

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Star Angelica Hale Tells Us Why She’s ‘Very Confident’ About Her Chances

13 September 2017 4:56 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“America’s Got Talent” Season 12 standout Angelica Hale went into Tuesday night’s episode wanting to perform with more confidence, and it appears to have paid off. The 10-year-old singer impressed the NBC variety series’ judges and audience by closing out the show with a rendition of David Guetta and Usher’s 2011 hit “Without You.” “I feel absolutely relieved because, before the show, I tried to be more confident, and I think it worked,” Hale told TheWrap. “Throughout the song, I gained my confidence. I’m very happy with the performance, and I think I did really well.” Also Read: 'America's Got Talent' Star. »

- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Atypical’ Renewed for Second Season at Netflix

13 September 2017 4:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix has renewed the autism comedy “Atypical” for a 10-episode second season, star Michael Rapaport announced on Wednesday. “I wanna tell all the @Atypical @netflix Supporters Atypical is officially picked up for season 2,” the actor wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of a billboard promoting the show. The series stars Keir Gilchrist as an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. Rapaport and Jennifer Jason Leigh co-star as Gilchrist’s parents on the series. Brigette Lundy-Paine and Amy Okuda also star. Also Read: How Netflix Dramedy 'Atypical' Amplifies 'Voices That Are Not Often Heard' Produced by Sony. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday’ Theater Review: Grown-Ups Flounder in Neverland

13 September 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In plays like “Stage Kiss” and “The Clean House,” Sarah Ruhl has established herself as a playwright capable of injecting the fantastical into the mundane, of bringing a kind of magic realism to kitchen-sink dramas. Her promising but underwritten new play, “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday,” which opened Wednesday at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons, starts out as a memory play. A 70-year-old woman named Ann (Kathleen Chalfant) recounts her experience playing Peter Pan on stage as a child in 1940s Davenport, Iowa — and meeting famed actress Mary Martin, who made the role famous. (Ann was inspired by. »

- Thom Geier

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'Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards': Film Review

13 September 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

An affectionate and sometimes vibrantly imaginative biographical sketch, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards could have used more shoes and fewer people. (It has just the right quotient of lizards.) The usual assortment of high-fashion talking heads offer their recollections and tributes, with only a few comments rising memorably above the effusive but vague encomium. But when director Michael Roberts zeroes in on his subject's handcrafted footwear — shoes that Blahnik calls "creatures" and his admirers breathlessly call "Manolos" — the case for Manolo Blahnik's unparalleled artistry comes into focus.

Not a single word is uttered about the »

- Sheri Linden

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Ben Schwartz Joins Kevin Hart in 'Night School' (Exclusive)

13 September 2017 4:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

House of Lies actor Ben Schwartz has joined Kevin Hart in Night School.

Malcolm D. Lee is directing the Universal comedy that counts Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish and Yvonne Orji on the roll call.

Will Packer is producing as is Hart, via his Hartbeat Productions.

Based on a story by Hart, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes with the hope that they'll pass the Ged exam.

Schwartz will play Hart's best friend, an investment adviser who wants to give his pal a job but can't until Hart passes his Ged.

The »

- Borys Kit

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Venice Film Review: ‘Krieg’

13 September 2017 4:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Krieg” means “war,” but in German director Rick Ostermann’s sophomore film, his second to play in the Horizons sidebar in Venice after debut “Wolfskinder,” the war is a cold one. This is literal, with half the film taking place on an icy, isolated Austrian mountaintop, but also figurative in that the conflict between the story’s two separate time frames feels attritional, with the actual catharsis of dramatic confrontation between the two strands remaining frustratingly minimal. The movie is elegantly shot, and lean as a line of sight down the barrel of a long-range rifle. But it fails to cohere internally and its endothermic nature makes it difficult to warm to as a viewer: From allusive beginning to enigmatic ending, “Krieg” remains as remote as a snowbound Alpine hideaway.

That hideaway is a one-time sculptor’s cabin toward which we see a tiny figure struggle through the thick snow in the film’s desolate opening. Arnold »

- Jessica Kiang

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TV News Roundup: Keke Palmer to Star in Season 3 of MTV’s ‘Scream’

13 September 2017 4:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, Keke Palmer is set to star in “Scream,” while numerous additional presenters have been added to the Emmys.


Variety has confirmed that Keke Palmer is set to star in Season 3 of MTV’s “Scream.” Season 3 revolves around Deion Elliot (Rj Cyler), a local star running back whose tragic past comes back to haunt him at the worst time, threatening his hard-earned plans for his future — and the lives of his unlikely group of friends. Palmer will play Kym, a bold and beautiful social activist with a big heart and zero patience for suffering fools. Joining her on Season 3 are Giorgia Whigham, Jessica Sula, and Giullian Yao Gioiello, as well as previously announced Tyga and C.J. Wallace. Brett Matthews serves as the franchise’s third showrunner and executive produces alongside Queen Latifah, Shakim Conpere and Yaneley Arty for Flavor Unit Entertainment. They join original exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein for Dimension »

- Erin Nyren

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Revenge’

13 September 2017 4:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s no more treacherous horror subgenre than the rape-revenge thriller, because the worst examples confuse exploitation for empowerment, answering graphic scenes of sexual assault with a gruesome parade of righteous kills. The small miracle of “Revenge,” an exceptionally potent and sure-handed first feature by French writer-director Coralie Fargeat, is that it adheres to the formula yet feels invigorating and new, a stylistic tour-de-force that also tweaks the sexual politics in meaningful ways. Fargeat brings a rare woman’s perspective to the table, for one, but she also flat-out delivers the goods, operating at the high end of extreme French horror films like “High Tension,” “Martyrs” and, especially, “Inside.” The streaming service Shudder picked up “Revenge” prior to its world premiere at Tiff, and attention from genre fans is assured.

When Jen (Matilda Lutz) arrives by chopper at her millionaire boy toy’s secluded desert villa, she deliberately casts herself as a grown-up Lolita, with »

- Scott Tobias

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2017 Emmy predictions slugfest: Best Drama Series is a photo finish between ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ [Watch]

13 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“This is an incredibly tight race,” Tony Ruiz says at the top of our Best Drama Series slugfest (watch above). Emblematic of the tightness, Riley Chow points out that Gold Derby’s odds overall “have ‘Stranger Things’ in first place, but more people are actually predicting ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to win.” The other nominees are no […] »

- Riley

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‘It’ Almost Included ’80s Horror Villain Freddy Krueger, Director Says

13 September 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Did you know that 1980s horror villain Freddy Krueger almost appeared in New Line’s horror mega-hit “It”? In an interview with Aint-It-Cool-News, director Andy Muschietti noted that Stephen King’s original novel “makes a portrait of childhood in the ’50s. He’s very genuine when he brings all the Universal Monsters to the repertoire of incarnation because that’s what kids were afraid of.” So in re-setting the story in the 1980s, Muschietti said that he and his team did contemplate including big-screen horror monsters from that decade as objects of fear for the young characters — including a certain clawed villain from 1984’s. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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First Photo of David Harbour in ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Revealed

13 September 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Tuesday, a new image of David Harbour’s Hellboy was released, giving fans their first look at the character since the reboot film was announced.

The image was posted on both the film’s official Twitter page and by Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy. Mignola summed up his reaction with a simple, “Holy crap.”

Holy crap… first look #hellboy pic.twitter.com/T63IpVvEHs

Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) September 13, 2017

Many fans were excited about the image and noted the darker take on the character.

Not to be confused with… pic.twitter.com/vUGKfx2fdd

— Kenney Newville (@kennewville) September 13, 2017

So it's rated R, Directed by Neil Marshall, and chief Hopper from @Stranger_Things is portraying #Hellboy.. Yeah I'm so geeked for this! pic.twitter.com/1K3IVL16Jl

— Billy Morgan (@nubbzTWDguy) September 13, 2017

A few fans responded with nostalgia for Ron Perlman’s take on the character.

I dig it but…Ron Perlman…man… »

- Matt Fernandez

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Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Jailed Over Online Bounty for Hillary Clinton’s Hair

13 September 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who was recently convicted of securities fraud, was tossed in jail Thursday after a judge revoked his $5 million bail due to a Facebook post inciting people to grab a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto decided to grant prosecutors’ request to take Shkreli into custody, calling his posting, which offered readers $5,000 for a strand of the former Democratic presidential candidate’s hair, a “solicitation of assault” not protected by the First Amendment. “He does not need to apologize to me,” Matsumoto said. “He should have apologized to the government, »

- Matt Pressberg

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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Will Vanessa Lachey charm her way to the Mirror Ball Trophy?

13 September 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Vanessa Lachey, best known for hosting MTV’s “Total Request Live” and “Entertainment Tonight” and for winning Miss Teen USA in 1998, will compete in season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars” this fall. She is paired with season 18 champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but she faces stiff competition from several of this year’s other stars including […] »

- Cordell Martin

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Box Office: ‘It’ Will Easily Repeat No. 1 Over Newcomers ‘Mother!’ and ‘American Assassin’

13 September 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After “It’s” stunning performance last weekend, there is no question: the killer clown will once again float to the top of the box office charts.

New Line’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel shattered records with a $123 million debut — the biggest opening ever for the month of September. Even with a steep 60% drop, the movie would make about $50 million, which would certainly be enough to top the fresh competition. Since its opening weekend, “It” has earned $8.8 million on Monday and $11.4 million on Tuesday — the later figure is a record among horror movies and for the month of September.


Venice Film Review: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘mother!’

While “It” has been praised by some horror fans for its hard R rating, the MPAA attribution is shared by this weekend’s two new wide release entries. Starting with “American Assassin,” a joint production between CBS Films and Lionsgate. The adaptation of Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the »

- Seth Kelley

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Meet the Viral Video Hero Who Berated a Cop Accused of Pulling a Gun on Him

13 September 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Randell Minott has earned widespread praise for a viral video in which he berated a police officer who, he said, pulled him over and approached with his gun drawn — just because he forget to signal a turn. But Minott also inspired many questions — ones he came forward to address in a detailed interview with TheWrap. The video, shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, fueled discussions about racial profiling and overzealous cops — especially in light of NFL player Michael Bennett recently accusing police of profiling him, and countless cases of unarmed African-American men, like Minott, finding »

- Ashley Boucher

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David Callaham to Write ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel for Warner Bros and DC

13 September 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Expendables” screenwriter David Callaham will write the “Wonder Woman” sequel screenplay, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. The script will be based on a treatment written by DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins. Callaham’s hiring comes on the heels of Jenkins recently closing her deal to the direct the sequel. Jenkins hand picked Callaham to write the sequel. TheWrap previously confirmed that, like “Wonder Woman,” “Wonder Woman 2” will be a period piece, with Princess Diana facing off against the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Also Read: Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct 'Wonder. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Toronto: Men Should Be as "Unsensitive as They Want," Says 'American Psycho' Director

13 September 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mary Harron's long Hollywood career as a director, from I Shot Andy Warhol and American Psycho to The Notorious Bettie Page and Netflix's upcoming series Alias Grace, has inspired women filmmakers following her lead.

But Harron doesn't expect men to be especially sensitive, either as actors in her movies or offscreen. "Men should be as unsensitive as they want," she said Wednesday while in conversation at the Toronto International  Film Festival. "I'd rather know what they think, or what their imaginations are all about. I'm kind of libertarian that way. I want to hear what everyone thinks."

She called her »

- Etan Vlessing

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'The Poet and the Boy' ('Si-e-nui sa-rang'): Film Review | Tiff 2017

13 September 2017 3:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A young and handsome donut-place employee becomes an unlikely source of inspiration for a married, thirtysomething bard in The Poet and the Boy (Si-e-nui a-rang), the feature debut from female filmmaker Kim Yang-hee. Morphing from a somewhat conventional comedy into a poignant tale of suppressed emotions and familial interdependence, this is clearly a first work with several issues, especially in its midsection, that’s nonetheless promising and already makes one wonder what Kim will do next. The film premiered in Toronto in the Next section.

Hyon Taek-gi (Yang Ik-june) is a bespectacled man of letters with a perpetually absent look on »

- Boyd van Hoeij

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Espn Accused of Double Standard for Not Benching Jemele Hill Over Calling Trump a ‘White Supremacist’

13 September 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sarah Huckabee Sanders wants Jemele Hill fired — and she’s not alone. Espn is currently being called out in certain blogs and among many social media users for not punishing the “SC6” anchor, who recently went on a Twitter rant against President Trump. Hill went as far as to call the Potus a “white supremacist,” among other very unflattering things. She also fired shots at Trump’s cabinet and supporters, so imagine how well all that went over on Twitter. For its part, the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” merely slapped Michael Smith’s “SportsCenter” partner on the wrist, releasing the following statement on Tuesday: Espn. »

- Tony Maglio

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