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Catherine Keener Joins Showtime's Jim Carrey Comedy 'Kidding'

Catherine Keener Joins Showtime's Jim Carrey Comedy 'Kidding'
Catherine Keener is headed to Showtime.

The Get Out actress has been cast in the cable network's upcoming comedy Kidding, starring Jim Carrey. She'll join Carrey in his first series regular role in more than two decades. The project also reunites him with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry, who will helm Kidding.

In the series, Carrey plays Jeff, also known as Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when...
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Curb Your Enthusiasm Renewed for Season 10 at HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm Renewed for Season 10 at HBO
Well this is pretty, pretty, pretty good news.

HBO on Thursday announced that it has renewed Curb Your Enthusiasm for a 10th season. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Season 9 finale.

“We are thrilled that Larry will be back with his uniquely acerbic wit and comedic sensibility,” Casey Bloys, President of HBO programming, said in a statement. Added Larry David, “As I’ve said many times, when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so.”

Production on Season 10 of Curb is set to commence in
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Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar

Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar
Alice Cooper, who was born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948, is best known as being an American actor, songwriter and singer, who has a career that spans more than five decades. His distinctive raspy voice and high-drama stage show featuring dueling swords, deadly snakes, electric chairs and more have earned him the name and reputation of being “The Godfather of Shock Rock.” Now, he is taking on a somewhat different role. Many believe his many years of onstage theatrics are going to help his performance be superior while appearing in the live theatrical production on NBC of “Jesus Christ Superstar!”

Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar
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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal

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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal
Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties and make it possible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include those characters in their cinematic fold.

In response, Fox’s “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself being escorted out of Disneyland with the caption
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ABC Pulls ‘The Great American Baking Show’ & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

ABC Pulls ‘The Great American Baking Show’ & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
ABC has fired The Great American Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini and axed the remaining episodes of his show amid sexual misconduct allegations. “In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to…
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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)
Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.”

Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing.

In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans.
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Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'

Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'
Kevin Hart will star in the newly announced Universal action-comedy On the Run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Aeysha Carr (Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will pen the movie, which was picked up as a pitch and follows a hitman (Hart) whose assignment goes awry when the target isn’t who he expects. Kristen Lowe will oversee production for the studio.

Girls Trip producer Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions alongside Hart through his Hartbeat banner. On the Run will be the latest in a long partnership for the producer and star, which includes the Ride Along franchise and the upcoming Universal...
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish has joined Ike Barinholtz in The Oath, a satirical thriller Barinholtz wrote and is also directing.

Also boarding the ensemble project are Star Trek star John Cho, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and veteran actor Chris Ellis (Murder in the First). 

QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Get Out, is financing and producing the movie, with 23/34 Pictures, the outfit run by Barinholtz and David Stassen. It begins shooting this week.

The timely script, set in a politically divided America...
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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox 19 Years Ago

‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox 19 Years Ago
The Simpsons has done it again. Another prediction by the hit animated Fox series has come true. The progostication came in a Season 10, 1998 episode titled “When You Dish Upon A Star”. A scene in the episode shows the outside of the Fox studio, where “A Division Of Walt Disney Co” is written on a sign in front of the building. #21stCenturyFox pic.twitte…
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‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Coco” has topped the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning $138.6 million domestically and $263 million internationally.

Disney made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that it still has about a third of the international market to launch in, including Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Dec. 28), Brazil (Jan. 4), Korea (Jan. 11), the U.K. (Jan. 19), and Japan (March 16).

The top international market has been China, which has nearly matched the North American total with $133 million. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only 21% in its third weekend.

The film, which focuses on a 12-year-old boy and the celebration of the Day of the Dead and its music, set a box office record in Mexico with $56.8 million following a late October launch ahead of the holiday.

“Coco” is also getting awards-season traction, winning the best animated feature award from the National Board of
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James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie from 'The Hive' Director

James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie from 'The Hive' Director
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is continuing to keep up his horror chops.

Gunn will produce a new horror project to be helmed by David Yarovesky, the director of the 2015 film The Hive. He's a longtime collaborator of Gunn's (Guardians fans will undoubtedly have seen his viral music video "Guardians Inferno," starring David Hasselhoff). The untitled film will be a family affair, with Gunn writing the project with his brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn.

The H Collective is financing the film, and is producing with Gunn and his shingle Troll Court Entertainment. Executive producers include Brian and...
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective
Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn will produce an untitled horror film for The H Collective.

Gunn’s brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn are writing the screenplay. James Gunn will produce the project in between scripting “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and starting production on the Disney-Marvel tentpole, which he will direct next year.

Gunn’s longtime collaborator David Yarovesky will direct the film, and The H Collective will fully finance and produce alongside Gunn and his Troll Court Entertainment. Brian and Mark Gunn, Dan Clifton, and The H Collective’s Nic Crawley will executive produce.

The horror pic is expected to go into production in the spring of 2018. Gunn directed the 2006 horror film “Slither” and the 2010 superhero comedy-drama “Super.” In between 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Gunn also penned and produced the horror film “The Belko Experiment,” which was released in March.

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Oscars Flashback: 1988's 'Roger Rabbit' Won 4 Awards the Hard Way

Oscars Flashback: 1988's 'Roger Rabbit' Won 4 Awards the Hard Way
Who Framed Roger Rabbit wasn't the first film to combine live action with cartoon animation (it had been done around 1920 with the Out of the Inkwell series), but the 1988 Disney/Amblin production was by far the most expensive and successful.

The $50.5 million film ($105 million today) brought in $161 million worldwide ($335 million today) and won Academy Awards for visual effects, sound effects editing and film editing. Plus, animator Richard Williams received a special achievement Oscar. (Despite the big box office, a 1990 Disney profit participation statement The Hollywood Reporter printed in 1992 showed that...
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Patty Jenkins to Be Honored With Creative Impact in Directing Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Patty Jenkins to Be Honored With Creative Impact in Directing Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
Variety will honor director Patty Jenkins at an intimate brunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Jan. 3 as part of the 10 Directors to Watch event.

The “Wonder Woman” director will receive the annual Creative Impact in Directing Award — the first female director to receive the honor. Previous recipients of this award have included Jeff Nichols, Charlie Kaufman, David O. Russell, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The award celebrates her career, from the award-winning first feature, “Monster,” to her most recent work directing Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” which was recently named one of AFI’s Best Films of The Year. Jenkins and the film’s star, Gal Gadot, will also receive the National Board of Review Spotlight Award. Gadot, who will receive the Rising Star Award at the fest’s awards gala the evening before, will present the Creative Impact Award to Jenkins.

Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the
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'The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story': Film Review

'The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story': Film Review
A cheerleading portrait of the co-creator of the blockbuster Chicken Soup for the Soul self-help books, Nick Nanton's The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story presents its subject as a selfless man who lives to inspire others. Light biography is paired with clips of public appearances and copious testimonials, all leaving the viewer with the notion that a bit of positive thinking can turn any life around. Given how successful Canfield is in selling tickets to day-long seminars, there seems to be some audience for the doc's niche theatrical release.

According to IMDb, Nanton and screenwriter Emily Hache have...
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Writers Guild West Warns Fox-Disney Merger Will Be at ‘Expense of Creators’

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The Writers Guild of America West has issued a statement opposing the $52.4 billion Disney deal to acquire 21st Century Fox assets. “In the relentless drive to eliminate competition, big business has an insatiable appetite for consolidation. Disney and Fox have spent decades profiting from the oligopolistic control that the six major media conglomerates have exercised over the entertainment industry, often at the expense of the creators who power their television and film operations. Now, this proposed merger of direct competitors will make matters even worse by substantially increasing the market power of a combined Disney-Fox corporation. The antitrust concerns...
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Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group

Warner Animation Group, the animated film division of Warner Bros. Pictures, has named two senior-level creative executives to lead the animation studio, Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy.

Abbate, a longtime producer with the animation studio, is now executive vice president for Warner Animation Group, and Chris Leahy has been appointed senior vice president.

“Allison and Chris are well-known and well-respected in the animation community and will be key to expanding our operations at Warner Animation Group,” Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer for Warners, said in a statement. “We have ambitious plans for Wag and will rely on Allison and Chris to attract world-class animation talent to help us develop and deliver a robust slate of both animated and live-action/hybrid titles.”

Over a 20-year career in the film business, Abbate has produced several animated pictures, including “The Iron Giant,” which earned her a BAFTA Award in 2000. Her credits also include “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Tim Burton’s [link
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Writers Guild of America West Blasts Disney-Fox Deal as ‘Relentless Drive to Eliminate Competition’

Writers Guild of America West Blasts Disney-Fox Deal as ‘Relentless Drive to Eliminate Competition’
The Writers Guild of America West has issued a blistering attack on Disney’s proposed $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

The WGA West, which reps over 10,000 writers, issued the statement a few hours after the entertainment conglomerates announced the transaction. The guild cited antitrust concerns and said that the six major media conglomerates have exercised control over the entertainment industry for decades, “often at the expense of the creators who power their television and film operations.”

The WGA sounded that theme repeatedly earlier this year during often-acrimonious negotiations on a new master contract, asserting repeatedly that the six companies had generated combined operating profits of $49 billion in 2016.

Here’s the entire statement issued Thursday:

“In the relentless drive to eliminate competition, big business has an insatiable appetite for consolidation. Disney and Fox have spent decades profiting from the oligopolistic control that the six
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Dwayne Johnson Strongly Considering Presidential Run in 2024: ‘I Continue to Listen & Learn As Much As I Can’ (Exclusive)

Dwayne Johnson Strongly Considering Presidential Run in 2024: ‘I Continue to Listen & Learn As Much As I Can’ (Exclusive)
No, it’s not a publicity stunt. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is actually considering running for President of the United States.

The multi-hyphenate superstar, who landed a star on the Walk of Fame this week and is gearing up for the release of his holiday blockbuster “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” has a jam-packed slate of projects lined up through the next presidential election. Yet Johnson says he would “100% consider” running for office.

“I couldn’t do both,” he admits when asked by Variety about his burgeoning career as a movie star, producer and the businessman behind his company, Seven Bucks Productions, which he co-owns with his longtime manager and ex-wife, Dany Garcia. “Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we’re developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021, so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024.”

Though Johnson has political ambitions on his mind, he never set
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Sarah Paulson Debuts Dramatic 'Ocean's 8' Poster

Sarah Paulson Debuts Dramatic 'Ocean's 8' Poster
Every con has its pros... so says the recently debuted poster for Ocean's 8.

Star Sarah Paulson shared the one sheet on Twitter, which sees her posing with co-stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina.

Gary Ross directed the Ocean's franchise spin-off, which follows Debbie Ocean (Bullock) as she assembles a crew to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala.

Ocean's 8 will hit theaters on June 8, 2018 via Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures.

See Paulson's original tweet below.

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