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Amazon Studios: Joe Lewis Exits As Head Of Comedy & Drama

7 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The executive shakeup at Amazon Studios continues. Just days after studio head Roy Price was fired following a suspension over sexual harassment allegations, also out is his top lieutenant, Head of Half Hour and Drama Series Development Joe Lewis. He is in negotiations for a producing deal with the streaming company. Lewis’ departure also comes on the heels of Amazon’s Head of International Productions Morgan Wandell leaving to join rival Apple in a serious post… »


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Marvel Honcho Kevin Feige Hints ‘Captain Marvel’ Will Lead to Fourth ‘Avengers’ Film

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Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige has offered hints long suspected in fanboy circles, suggesting the upcoming “Captain Marvel” will lead into a fourth “Avengers” film. In an interview with Indie Wire, Feige discussed the plan moving forward after the fourth “Avengers” film and how the Captain Marvel film will play a big role in bringing the current story to a close. “We’re really focusing on ‘Captain Marvel’ and the work that Anna and Ryan are doing,” said the Marvel honcho. “It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Uber Sexual Harassment Movie in the Works With Susan Fowler

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

Good Universe is teaming up with Susan Fowler, who exposed Uber’s sexual harassment problems, for a movie about her experience at the company.

Fowler disclosed the ride-share company’s problems in a Feb. 19 blog post titled “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber.” The post led to an internal investigation and CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation.

Good Universe, which was recently bought by Lionsgate, has hired “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder to write the script. Kristin Burr is producing.

Fowler wrote in her post, “When I joined Uber, the organization I was part of was over 25% women. By the time I was trying to transfer to another eng organization, this number had dropped down to less than 6%. Women were transferring out of the organization, and those who couldn’t transfer were quitting or preparing to quit. There were two major reasons for this: there was the organizational chaos, and there was »


- Dave McNary

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Ray Donovan Renewed for Season 6 — But a 'Big' Change Is In Store

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Ray Donovan has been renewed — and, more importantly, relocated.

Showtime announced Monday that it is bringing the Liev Schreiber fixer drama back for a sixth season, but that’s only half the story. The more interesting news is that after five years in Los Angeles the series is shifting its setting to New York City.

The 12-episode, Big Apple-set season will begin production in early 2018 and debut later that year.

The renewal comes just days before Ray Donovan airs its Season 5 finale (Sunday, 9/8c), an episode that was partially shot in NYC. »


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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'

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Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are set to star in the homecoming drama Ben Is Back.

Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) wrote and will direct the feature that takes place over 24 hours, following the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother, Holly Burns (Roberts), welcomes her beloved son, but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges. 30West and Black Bear will fully finance »


- Mia Galuppo

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in Drama From 'The Crown' Scribe

23 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger is set to play Judy Garland in Judy, based on the true story of the stage and screen icon's final concerts in London.

Pathe and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and to be directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold, with production set to start February 2018. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) will produce for Calamity Films

Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sellout shows. It has been 30 years since "the »


- Alex Ritman

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Ashley Judd Sets First TV Interview After Harvey Weinstein Allegation

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

Ashley Judd, whose sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein helped take down the disgraced power producer, will give her first television interview since the fallout to ABC NewsDiane Sawyer.

‪The interview will air on Thursday across ABC News, including on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight With David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABC News Digital, and ABC News Radio.

Although Judd told Variety in 2015 about her borrowing experience being sexually harassed by a mogul, she declined to name him at the time. The “Kiss the Girls” actress went public with the allegations in an Oct. 5 article in the New York Times, which led dozens of other women to come forward with their own stories about sexual misconduct. The bombshell report chronicled decades of sex harassment allegations and revealed that Weinstein reached confidential settlements with at least eight women, including Rose McGowan.

“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS All Access

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Star Trek: Discovery” continues to live long and prosper. CBS All Access has given a second-season pickup to the latest series in the venerable sci-fi franchise, the streaming service announced Monday. The series premiered last month, and the initial six episodes are currently available to stream on CBS All Access. Season 1 has been divided into two chapters, with the final installment in the nine-episode first chapter debuting Nov. 12, and the six-episode second chapter kicking off in January 2018. Also Read: 'Star Trek: Discovery' Star Jason Isaacs Tells Us Whether Show's Klingons Reflect Trump The “Star Trek: Discovery” launch set a record. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Dora the Explorer Movie in the Works With Michael Bay Producing

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Dora is setting a course for New York City — and this time, she’s going to need a much bigger backpack.

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A live-action, feature-length film based on the Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer is in the works at Paramount Players, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will follow teenage Dora as she moves to the Big Apple to live with her cousin Diego, the titular character in the Dora spinoff Go, Diego, Go!

Though Dora was originally introduced as an eight-year-old girl in 2000, she was »


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Antalya Festival: A Modest Christopher Walken on ‘King of New York,’ His Own Acting Style, and Michael Cimino

36 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Antalya, Turkey —  Veteran character actor Christopher Walken, at the Antalya Fest to screen his 1990 cult hit, Abel Ferrara’s “King of New York,” recalled that his mafia kingpin role – like many of his turns – grew out of his roots in the streets of Queens.

“My old neighborhood when I was kid, that’s where I come from, so the movie was very close to me,” he said, speaking to audiences at the Ataturk Culture Park cinema. “Abel was lucky to have such good actors. It was a highlight of my life.”

As for how he fell into acting on screen, in this case manifesting in himself the distinctive mobster Frank White, Walken confessed, “I don’t know. I became an actor after being a dancer, kind of accidentally.”

Even after 100 roles, Walken admits he still isn’t sure he’s doing things right.

“I don’t think I do it like other actors do it. I just pretend »


- Will Tizard

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Ikebukuro Move Puts Tokyo Market in Growth Mode, says Yasushi Shiina

50 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The relocation of the Tiffcom market from the Tokyo Bay area to a new venue in Ikebukuro, was needed for growth, says Yasushi Shiina, the market’s new chief.

Former director of the Tokyo International Film Festival and executive at media powerhouse Kadokawa, Shiina took over as the CEO of Tiffcom. His first move was to oversee the move to Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City shopping, entertainment and business complex.

“We were holding it in a hotel in Daiba, but the venue was small and our growth was limited for physical reasons,” he told Variety. “The Ikebukuro venue is larger and we can expect expansion in the future.”

Tokyo’s Toshima Ward, where Ikebukuro is located, is seeking to become a city of art and culture. “That plan will greatly change Ikebukuro. They are supporting Tiffcom as a core event for that plan,” Shiina said. “As Ikebukuro builds various cultural infrastructures in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Tiffcom »


- Mark Schilling

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Tolga Karacelik, Director ‘Butterflies’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Tolga Karacelik, was born in Istanbul in 1981. He got a law degree in Turkey before moving to New York to study film, after writing some short stories and poems. His 2010 first feature “Toll Booth,” about a Turkish toll-station worker with a vivid imagination, scored critical kudos on the international fest circuit. He second film “Ivy,” set aboard a stranded cargo ship, premiered at Sundance in 2015, was shown at more than 30 festivals and scored multiple nods.

Karacelic’s upcoming third feature “Butterflies,” which is in the »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Ramin Matin, Producer, Director ‘Siren’s Call’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Ramin Matin studied communication arts at Loyola Marymount in the U.S. before getting a masters in film from Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2005 he co-founded Giyotin Films with Emine Yildirim. They started producing short films and internationally co-produced documentaries before shepherding Matin’s first feature “The Monster’s Dinner” in 2011, a societal satire set in the near future which won prizes in Antalya and several other fests. Followed “The Impeccables,” about two thirty-something sisters confronting their devastating past in the Aegean summer cottage of their »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Muge Ozen, Producer ‘When I’m Done Dying’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Muge Ozen started her career in the film business as a buyer for Turkish distributors D Productions and Mars Entertainment Group before becoming an executive producer, and eventually launching her own production shingle, Solis Film, in 2015. The company is dedicated to producing arthouse films that can travel internationally, favouring female writers and directors

Solis Film’s first project was ”Radiogram,” a first feature by Bulgarian director Rouzie Hassanova set in Bulgaria during the early 70’s when the communist regime considered rock’n’roll a national »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Erol Mintas, Director ‘The Crows’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Writer-director Erol Mintas made a major splash on the festival circuit with his first feature “Song of My Mother” which in 2014 played around the world and scored plenty of prizes, including best film and best actor nods in Sarajevo.

“Mother” is an understated meditation on love memory and the cultural identity of the Kurdish community in present-day Turkey.

“Crows,” which is being presented at the Antalya Film Forum’s Fiction Pitching Platform, appears to be a more ambitious project. It’s about »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Colbert Tries to Figure Out What George W Bush Said to Obama at Disaster Relief Concert (Video)

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No one knows what George W. Bush whispered to Barack Obama that caused him to break out into laughter while Bill Clinton delivered a speech on Saturday at the One America Appeal Concert to raise money for hurricane relief. But Stephen Colbert used the top of tonight’s episode of “The Late Show” to try and figure it out. Well, and also to beg all five surviving former presidents to save the country (presumably from Trump). Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Blasts Trump on Puerto Rico Response: 'National Disgrace' (Video) “It’s nice, it’s really nice that they could all be there together, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Toronto Film Review: Dark Is the Night

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The casualties of being guilty before proven innocent come across loud and clear in “Dark Is the Night,” veteran independent filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr.’s condemnation of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Initially predictable, showing nothing that the news hasn’t already reported, the film gains credibility as it demonstrates how drugs permeate ordinary lives in the Philippines, and hence cannot be eradicated by some quick fix. Nevertheless, seen alongside the heady experimentalism of younger compatriots, such as the politically charged hip-hop musical “Respeto,” Alix’s direction looks stuck in the dreary realism of Filipino slum movies in vogue a decade ago. Nevertheless, given its topical subject, the film should enjoy small-scale distribution in Europe via French art-house co-producer Swift Prods.

Last year, Brilliante Mendoza’s Cannes entry “Ma’ Rosa” exposed his country’s drug problem by showing how “ice” or crystal meth can be bought at mom-and-pop stores, and how police »


- Maggie Lee

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Film Review: ‘My Generation’

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There’s a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had in David Batty’s “My Generation,” a sloppy wet kiss to Michael Caine and British youth culture of the 1960s. Loaded with great footage from the era and accompanied by superbly cleaned-up music tracks from the Kinks, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many others, this love letter-as-documentary offers 85 minutes of good old fun. What it doesn’t do is posit any genuine analysis or even make a head-nod to diversity. But this is Caine’s narrative about the unapologetic working class taking over popular culture, and the writers as well as music mogul Simon Fuller, acting as top producer, have no interest in countering their star’s gleefully empowering chronicle of his youth. Voiceover interviews with such key players of the era as Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithfull, Twiggy and Mary Quant add to the overall feast, making the film an attractive offering for all platforms.

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- Jay Weissberg

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‘Andi Mack’ Stars Reveal Season 2’s ‘Transitions,’ Changed Relationships (Exclusive Video)

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“Relationships build and change” in the second season of Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” star Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi) said in a video exclusive to TheWrap. “I’m really excited to see how each character matures and grows,” she added. Emily Skinner, who plays Amber, points out that viewers may continue to warm to her character, who has competed with Andi for Jonah’s (Asher Angel) affections. Also Read: 'Descendants' Star Cameron Boyce on 'Spider-Man' Role: 'It Doesn't Get Much Better' (Exclusive Video) “Lots of the characters, you’ll see more depth to them,” Skinner said. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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La Times Reporter: Nearly 200 Women Have Reached Out After James Toback Expose

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Nearly 200 additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment by director James Toback, Los Angeles Times reporter Glenn Whipp tweeted on Monday. Whipp is the reporter behind a bombshell report published Sunday detailing claims by 38 women — 31 of which were on the record — who said that Toback had sexually harassed them. One actress said Toback rubbed his crotch against her leg, while another said Toback told her he would “love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes.” Updating again: Since this story published on Sunday, 193 additional women have contacted me to »


- Jeremy Fuster

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