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Doug Liman Parts Ways With Justice League Dark Movie (Exclusive)

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

Fans of the “Dark Universe,” a.k.a. “Justice League Dark,” comics are going to have to wait a bit longer for the film adaptation, as it just lost its director.

Sources tell Variety that director Doug Liman has left the project. Insiders say the reason is schedule-related, as Liman is also attached to direct Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking,” which recently received a greenlight. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other directors and should have a replacement for Liman lined up shortly.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the adaptation, had no comment.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, “Dark Universe” revolves around a dark Justice League team that consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The film will play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe.

Scott Rudin is producing. Michael Gilio is writing the script.

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- Justin Kroll

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Tom Cruise says he'll start filming the Top Gun sequel in the next year

7 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's been over thirty years since Top Gun blasted into theaters, but it seems that fans are still feeling that need for speed. Talk of a sequel to the Tony Scott film has persisted for some time, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer saying that they've "been trying to make a sequel and we're not going to stop ... what Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the... Read More »


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Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Sony Pictures has slated Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot for a June 7, 2019, release. The studio has also dated “The Nightingale” for Aug. 10, 2018, and an untitled Sony Animation film for July 24, 2020.

Sony has led the charge in adding more female directors to its roster, with Catherine Hardwicke directing its “Miss Bala” remake and Lucia Aniello helming its upcoming comedy “Rough Night.”

Banks will also produce via her Universal-based Brownstone Productions with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman.

“Charlie’s Angels” premiered in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons, with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie. Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, with Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts joining the show in later years.

Sony produced a 2000 movie with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, »


- Justin Kroll

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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor, 89, Battled Cancer

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Roger Moore, the beloved actor best known for playing James Bond in the ’70s and ’80s, died in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was 89.

The star’s children broke the news in a statement uploaded to Twitter, noting that Moore passed away after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

“We are all devastated,” Moore’s family tweeted alongside the statement.

“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” his three children — Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian — wrote in the statement.

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- Char Adams and Ale Russian

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‘Clerks’ Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies at 44

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Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in the 1994 film “Clerks,” has died, the film’s director Kevin Smith said Tuesday. She was 44. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” Smith wrote. “In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life.” Smith went on to recall how, after a night of open auditions, he failed to find the “perfect Caitlin Bree,” so he dropped in at an acting class at Brookdale Community College to scout for talent. Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sailing for $80 Million Launch, ‘Baywatch’ at $40 Million

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

Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is poised to dominate Memorial Day moviegoing, while Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch” should deliver decent results during the holiday.

Forecasts place the fifth iteration of Disney’s “Pirates” franchise at about $80 million at 4,276 North American locations during the Friday-Monday weekend. The international launch — which begins Wednesday — should deliver between $150 million and $175 million.

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” is only the third wide release film in 2017 for Disney, which has so far seen blockbuster results from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with a combined $1.8 billion in global box office so far. The estimated budget for “Dead Men” is $230 million, so Disney needs to see the same kind of ticket sales.

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‘Baywatch’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Dominate Social Media Buzz

Paramount’s “Baywatch” is tracking for an opening at around $40 million at about 3,500 domestic »


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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

22 May 2017 9:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »


- Carmel Dagan

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‘The Voice’ Sings Praises for Season 12 Winner

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “The Voice” Season 12 finale, which aired May 23 on NBC.

The Voice” finally reached the end of Season 12 on Tuesday night, crowning Chris Blue as the winner for Team Alicia. He beat out fellow finalists Lauren Duski, Aliyah Moulden, and Jesse Larsons for the title of the NBC competition. Duski and Moulden from Team Blake placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

This is the first win for coach Alicia Keys, making her the second female to win after Christina Aguilera won with Alisan Porter in Season 9. Keys placed third in her coaching debut during Season 11 with Wé McDonald.

Season 12 of “The Voice” saw the return of coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Keys, however, Stefani was the only mentor to not have a representative in the finale. Stefani and Keys will be replaced by returning coach Miley Cyrus and Season 3 advisor Jennifer Hudson on the panel »


- JD Knapp

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Cannes Facetime: Helmer Sergei Loznitsa, ‘A Gentle Creature’

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

The Kiev-raised, Berlin-based helmer-writer Sergei Loznitsa (“My Joy,” “In the Fog”) returns to the Cannes competition for the third time in a row with his latest feature, “A Gentle Creature.”

What inspired the storyline?

I was inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story “Krotkaya” [“A Gentle Creature”]. It’s about a relationship between a torturer and his victim, who, in Dostoyevsky’s story, happen to be a husband and a wife. One could consider “A Gentle Creature” as a second part of a diptych [the first being “My Joy”]. My intention was to study the mythology of the Russian [ex-Soviet] society, the cultural context, the mentality of the people who inhabit this surreal territory.

You’ve mentioned before that your years traveling through provincial Russia while working for the St. Petersburg Documentary Studios inspired “My Joy.” Did those travels also influence “A Gentle Creature?”

Yes, of course. It [was] during these journeys that I felt the spirit of the country and of its people. »


- Alissa Simon

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Cannes: Cite Films Launches Sales on ‘The Desert Bride’

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

Fulfilling expectations, Paris-based Cite Films has closed key early major territories at this year’s Cannes Film Market on Un Certain Regard player “The Desert Bride,” one of the highest-profile Latin American movies on the Riviera.

Buying distributors include some of the strongest arthouse players in their territories, such as Spain’s Golem, Brazil’s Imovision and Cineart for Benelux.

Switzerland’s Filmcoopi, Greece’s Strada, and China’s Time In Portrait Ent. have also stepped up to the plate for the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, a romantic road movie which is “the feel-good story of a woman’s metamorphosis, the transformation of her life and vision of herself, made delicately step-by-step, about someone who was a bird in a cage and finds her freedom and rediscovers life,” Cité Films founder Raphael Berdugo said at Cannes.

“The Desert Bride” has received “serious interest” from the U. »


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Glocal In Progress Launches at 2017 San Sebastian Fest

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Cannes  — Industry showcase Glocal in Progress will launch at September’s 2017 San Sebastian’s Festival aiming to lend larger visibility to movies made in Europe but not in one of its big-six market languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and German.

Three features in post-production stage will be screened to an audience of producers, distributors, sales agents and festival programmers.

A new activity on San Sebastian’s industry program, Glocal in Progress will run parallel to the festival’s 32nd edition of Films in Progress and the 7th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum.

A call for submissions runs through June 30. International co-productions are admitted if movies are majority European.

European non-hegemonic languages are ones other than English, Spanish, French, German, Italian or Russian, such as the Basque-language movie used in “Aundiya” (pictured), a nineteenth century two brothers drama, one of whom is the tallest man in Europe. It is sold at Cannes by Film Factory Ent. »


- Emilio Mayorga

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‘Becoming Bond’ Director Sees George Lazenby and Daniel Craig as Kindred Spirits

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Every serious 007 fan has a particular film that hooked them on the franchise. For Josh Greenbaum, the writer and director of Hulu’s new docudrama “Becoming Bond,” that film was the Pierce Brosnan blockbuster “GoldenEye.”

“That’s the one that did it for me,” says Greenbaum at a premiere screening at Cinefamily. “As many people my age will attest, the Nintendo game version of that film was huge. It took the movie and turned it into a first-person shooter where you could walk around the sets of a real James Bond film and kill your friends.”

Becoming Bond” tells the unlikely story of George Lazenby, a charismatic Australian fashion model who fibbed his way into starring in the 1969 classic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Though many Bond aficionados consider it one of the best entries in the series, Lazenby stunned audiences around the world when he walked away from »


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‘Becoming Bond’ Director Sees George Lazenby and Daniel Craig as Kindred Spirits

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Every serious 007 fan has a particular film that hooked them on the franchise. For Josh Greenbaum, the writer and director of Hulu’s new docudrama “Becoming Bond,” that film was the Pierce Brosnan blockbuster “GoldenEye.”

“That’s the one that did it for me,” says Greenbaum at a premiere screening at Cinefamily. “As many people my age will attest, the Nintendo game version of that film was huge. It took the movie and turned it into a first-person shooter where you could walk around the sets of a real James Bond film and kill your friends.”

Becoming Bond” tells the unlikely story of George Lazenby, a charismatic Australian fashion model who fibbed his way into starring in the 1969 classic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Though many Bond aficionados consider it one of the best entries in the series, Lazenby stunned audiences around the world when he walked away from the role after just one film.

“My »


- Matthew Chernov

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Former News Corp. Exec David Haslingden Sells Business to Blue Ant (Exclusive)

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Producer, distributor, and channel operator Blue Ant Media has bought Racat Group, the media firm set up by former Fox Networks Group president and Rupert Murdoch lieutenant David Haslingden. Under the cash-plus-equity deal, Haslingden will retain a significant stake in the enlarged Blue Ant.

The agreement gives Toronto-based Blue Ant natural-history producer Nhnz, Australian production company Northern Pictures, and Singapore’s Beach House Pictures. It also gets DirecTV joint-venture kids net ZooMoo and mobile-games business Runaway Play.

The deal has been a long time in the making, Michael MacMillan, Blue Ant CEO, told Variety. “It positions us more deeply in the international market and in content creation,” he said. “We have a significant new shareholder with David, and with Ward Platt and the executives in the Racat Group, we have significantly grown our senior executive team.”

Haslingden will sit on the Blue Ant board. He was president of Fox Networks Group, News »


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‘America’s Got Talent’ Auditioner Claims Tyra Banks Pulled Her Daughter’s Hair in New Lawsuit

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

If there was a contest for picking on children, Tyra Banks would probably take first prize. Or, at least, that’s the suggestion of a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that her daughter was physically manipulated and verbally abused by “AGT” host Banks. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the woman — identified as Jane Doe in the suit — claims that she and her husband auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” in New York in January, performing a song about motherhood, which “held a certain long-term emotional importance” to her minor daughter, identified in. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Awards Its 24th Mirrorball Trophy

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Dancing With the Stars” Season 24 finale, which aired May 23 on ABC.

One couple just danced their way to victory.

After a season full of shocking send-homes, “Dancing With the Stars” awarded its mirrorball trophy to winner Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater Tuesday night. They beat fellow finalists David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, and Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy in order to win Season 24 of the ABC staple.

Jennings joins a line of NFL players who have won the dancing competition, including Donald Driver, Hines Ward, and Emmitt Smith. It was the first win for pro dancer Emma Slater. Had Ross won, he would’ve been the first Mlb player to take the title.

Kordei’s Fifth Harmony bandmates Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui were all in the audience for the live finale and visibly disappointed by the results. Kordei »


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‘The Voice’ Crowns Winner in Season 12 Finale

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s finale of “The Voice”) “The Voice” crowned its Season 12 winner during Tuesday’s finale as the NBC competition show’s most recent run came to an end. Four singers were still in the mix ahead of the big episode: Jesse Larson of Adam Levine’s team, Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden from Blake Shelton’s squad and Chris Blue from Alicia Keys’ group. (Gwen Stefani’s singers had all previously been eliminated.) In the end, only one contestant was left standing, and the winner was Blue! »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Winner Revealed in Stunning Season 24 Finale

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

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars”) After a season full of surprises, “Dancing With the Stars” offered one more shocking result as the latest winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy was revealed during Tuesday’s Season 24 finale. Heading into the two-part season ender of ABC’s long-running dancing competition series, three celebrities were still in the running: Rashad Jennings, Normani Kordei and David Ross. After a star-studded episode full of amazing performances, the winner was revealed: It’s Jennings for the win, with Ross taking second and Kordei in third. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Jon Stewart and HBO Cancel Planned Digital Animated Project

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

Jon Stewart and HBO have canceled a planned digital animated project that would have satirized cable news. HBO confirmed in a statement that the project had been shelved, addingthat it intends to continue developing content with the former “The Daily Show” host. “HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project. We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material. We’re excited to report that we have some future. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Cannes: Fox Korea's 'Warriors of the Dawn' Sets North American Release Date

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Warriors of the Dawn, the upcoming title by Fox International Productions Korea, has pre-sold to multiple territories, Fox announced on Wednesday. The release date for the period epic in North America has also been set for June 16.

The star-studded battle film starring popular South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae (Assassination, Operation Chromite opposite Liam Neeson) has been picked up by buyers from Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan and New Zealand during the Cannes Film Market.

"We are aiming to release the film in at least 30 locations," said a spokesperson for M-Line, which is handling international sales, about the film's »


- Lee Hyo-won

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