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Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)

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Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Variety has learned.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.

Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.

“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »


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'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'

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As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’

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Jake Gyllenhaal and “Life” director Daniel Espinosa are teaming up on another movie: “The Anarchists vs Isis[/link].”

Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.

Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, in association with Bold Films, optioned Seth Harp’s Rolling Stone piece, which the film is based on, with both on board to produce along with Espinosa.

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Bold Films Chairman Michel Litvak will also produce, while CEO Gary Michael Walters executive produces.

The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »


- Justin Kroll

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You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens

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A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »


- Carli Velocci

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James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)

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James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up — this time, behind the camera.

The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.

Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.

To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Bob Iger Reveals Young Han Solo’s Age, More ‘Star Wars’ Details

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Disney CEO Bob Iger shed a little more light on the upcoming young Han Solo movie at a USC event Thursday, providing details about the “Star Wars” universe film centered around the pilot iconically played by Harrison Ford. In an interview with USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay — also Iger’s wife — in Santa Monica, he said the still-untitled film, scheduled for release on May 25, 2018, will cover Solo’s life from the ages of 18 to 24 and show him finding the Millennium Falcon, meeting Chewbacca and obtaining his name. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing »


- Matt Pressberg

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Andrew Dice Clay In Negotiations To Join ‘A Star Is Born’ In Key Role

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Exclusive: The Diceman cometh. Andrew Dice Clay, whose acting prowess was on display in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and HBO’s Vinyl, is in negotiations to play the coveted role of Lorenzo in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The role is known to be significant and considered the comic relief in Warner Bros’ remake; Clay will portray Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in what’s said to be a scene-stealing role. A Star Is Born is about a singer (Lady Gaga) who falls in love… »


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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Hits $461 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Disney’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” has notched $461.9 million at the worldwide box office in its first week.

The live-action remake took in $11.4 million in North America on Wednesday, setting an all-time record for earning the most revenue on a Wednesday in March — with $8.4 million, it’s 36% above “Passion of the Christ.” “Beauty and the Beast” has already surpassed the entire domestic run of the live-action “Cinderella,” which totaled $201 million in North America.

Internationally, “Beauty and the Beast” reeled in $21.9 million on Wednesday. It opened in France yesterday with $1.8 million, including previews with a 50% market share, representing the second-biggest opening day of 2017 in the country, behind only “Fifty Shades Darker,” and more than double that posted by “Cinderella” and “Maleficent.”

Beauty and the Beast” also launched in first in Belgium with a 70% market share — the biggest debut of the year in that territory. »


- Dave McNary

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Miles Teller’s War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Awards Season Release

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Universal has given an awards season release date of Oct. 27 for Miles Teller‘s drama “Thank You for Your Service.”

Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.

Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for “American Sniper,” makes his directorial debut. Jon Kilik (“The Hunger Games” series) produces the film, while Ann Ruark executive produces. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Chips’ Is Latest Studio Bro Comedy Crawling With Homophobic ‘Gay Panic’ Jokes

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Warner Bros.’ reboot of the TV series “CHiPs” is the latest mainstream Hollywood film roiling with “gay panic,” or scenes where straight characters are distressed by social or sexual situations involving Lgbtq people. The buddy comedy — set amid the culture of a Southern California police force — seems to endlessly dredge up scenarios where men are confronted with the naked bodies, perceived masculinity and potential desire for other men. Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star as motorcycle cop partners with conflicting personalities: Shepard’s Jon Baker is a sensitive, lean-muscled former pro biker looking for a new career. Pena’s Frank “Ponch” Poncherello is a hyper-masculine, »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Wilson’ Review: Woody Harrelson Lightens Up a Dark Daniel Clowes Character

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Loneliness looms over “Wilson,” adapted from the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) by Clowes and director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”). In an early scene, it literally hangs over Wilson’s (Woody Harrelson) head as he walks past a movie theater showing Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 classic, “Umberto D.” In that sorrowful, Italian neo-realist masterpiece, the elderly Umberto is the embodiment of loneliness, and suffers a near thorough destitution, his only salve the companionship of a pet dog. Wilson, Umberto’s toxic heir, has a dog, too, but his loneliness is self-imposed: Wilson is an obnoxious jerk. Not that you’d know. »


- Dave White

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TV News Roundup: ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Season 3 Guest Stars, Mario Lopez to Host CBS ‘Candy Crush’ Show

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In today’s TV news roundup, Mario Lopez is set to host a new CBS game show based on the popular game “Candy Crush,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” guest stars for Season 3 have been announced and Adrien Brody joins the cast of “Peaky Blinders.”

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Mario Lopez, who currently hosts the syndicated newsmagazine “Extra,” is slated to host CBS’ “Candy Crush,” a game show inspired by the app of the same name. “Candy Crush” is described as having similar elements to shows like “Fear Factor” and “Wipeout.” Production on the series began on today, and the premiere is set for July 9.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has set its guest stars for Season 3, which debuts on Netflix on Friday, May 19: Laura Dern, Daveed Diggs, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin, and Maya Rudolph. Several of the show’s recurring guest stars will also be back, including Fred Armisen, Anna Camp, Mike Carlsen, Josh Charles »


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Riz Ahmed’s ‘Rogue One’ Character Was Originally Nutjob Engineer

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Riz Ahmed was originally going to play a very different character in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” before re-shoots had to happen. Ahmed, who played defecting Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook in the final version of the film, revealed that he was originally cast as a completely different character, according to new details the actor shared with Entertainment Weekly. “His name was Bokan, and he was actually Saw Gerrera’s engineer, living on a planet with a strong electromagnetic field, which meant that electronics were never working,” said Ahmed. “He was actually an Imperial engineer who had been kidnapped and kind of had Stockholm Syndrome. »


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Jay Z, Weinstein Company to Make Trayvon Martin Film and Documentary Series (Exclusive)

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Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company are partnering on an ambitious series of film and television projects about Trayvon Martin, Variety has learned.

The indie label and the rap icon won a heated bidding war for the rights to two books — “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin sparked a national debate about racial profiling and inequities of the criminal justice system that brought about the Black Lives Matter movement. The African-American high school student was killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed race Hispanic man, who was a member of the neighborhood watch in his Florida community. He claimed he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self defense after the two became involved in a physical altercation. Zimmerman’s acquittal »


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Jay Z, Weinstein Company to Make Trayvon Martin Film and Documentary Series (Exclusive)

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Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company are partnering on an ambitious series of film and television projects about Trayvon Martin, Variety has learned.

The indie label and the rap icon won a heated bidding war for the rights to two books — “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin sparked a national debate about racial profiling and inequities of the criminal justice system that brought about the Black Lives Matter movement. The African-American high school student was killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed race Hispanic man, who was a member of the neighborhood watch in his Florida community. He claimed he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self defense after the two became involved in a physical altercation. Zimmerman’s acquittal on a second-degree murder charge inspired protests »


- Justin Kroll and Brent Lang

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9 Times Shondaland Had Us Shook, From McDreamy’s Death to Quinn’s Torture (Photos)

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It’s pretty much impossible to get through any Shondaland series — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” — without balling our eyes out, but here are the top moments where Shonda Rhimes just went too far and had us shook. When McDreamy Died We will never be able to forgive Shonda for this one. McDreamy was on his way out of town when he pulled over to help people who were involved in a car accident. After helping them and finally being on his merry way … Boom! He gets hit by a truck. When Wes Died We never saw. »


- Rasha Ali

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Here’s the Story Behind Lady Gaga’s Guest Appearance on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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As the guest judge in the premiere episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 9, Lady Gaga is everything you want her to be: fabulous, poised, opinionated, covered in glitter, and inspirational. Behind the scenes, the hype was just as real, longtime judge Michelle Visage told TheWrap during a recent interview. “She was really present,” Visage said of Gaga, who appears on Friday night’s upcoming season premiere. “She was really lovely.” Also Read: RuPaul Biopic Series in the Works at Bad Robot, World of Wonder Producers have been trying to get Gaga on the show for about six years, according to Visage, »


- Carli Velocci

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Steve Carell, Amy Schumer, Nicole Kidman to Star in Dramedy ‘She Came to Me’

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Steve Carell, Amy Schumer, and Nicole Kidman will star in the independent dramedy “She Came to Me.”

Schumer just exited the “Barbie” movie to make room in her schedule for this film.

Rebecca Miller is directing from her own script. “She Came to Me” will be produced under Miller and Damon Cardasis’ banner Round Films, alongside Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane, with Melissa Rucker overseeing for Odd Lot.

The script covers two intertwining love stories, set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats.

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Miller’s credits as a director-writer include “Maggie’s Plan,” “Angela,” “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.” She is the daughter of photographer Inge Morath and playwright Arthur Miller.

Carell will be seen next opposite Emma Stone in “Battle of the Sexes.” Schumer is starring »


- Dave McNary

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'Me Before You' Director in Talks to Tackle Disney's 'The One and Only Ivan' (Exclusive)

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Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, is in early talks to direct The One and Only Ivan, Disney's adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

Allison Shearmur, who was one of the producers on Disney’s live-action take on Cinderella, is on board to produce the adaptation.

Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the »


- Borys Kit

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Mike Tyson Has 74 Pigeons – and He Can Tell Them All Apart

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Mike Tyson currently has 74 pigeons, and yes, he can tell the difference between all of them, the former heavyweight champion of the world told TheWrap during a recent interview. Why did that even come up, you ask? Well, Tyson was talking about his lifelong love of birds, which recently took him to South America’s Republic of Suriname to film an episode of Fusion’s “Outpost.” On his “Wild Coast” episode of the program, Tyson traveled to learn about the long-running tradition of songbird contests, where small birds compete against one another in signing battles. The boxing legend even adopted a bird to. »


- Tony Maglio

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