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DC Universe Series ‘Titans’ Finds Its Beast Boy
Ryan Potter has landed the role of Beast Boy in the upcoming DC series “Titans.” The new live-action drama focuses on a band of soon-to-be superheroes recruited from across the DC Universe. Among the characters involved are Dick Grayson, Starfire and Raven.
Potter, best known for voicing Hiro in “Big Hero 6,” plays Garfield “Gar” Logan. As a child, Gar underwent an experimental drug treatment and has become the fun-loving, green-hued Beast Boy, who can reshape himself into any animal of his choosing. »
- Ryan Gajewski
‘House of Cards’ Maryland Set on Lockdown Due to Active Shooter
The area surrounding the “House of Cards” set in Maryland was on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a mass shooting at a nearby office park. Five people were shot and three have died, per local police, and the suspect is still on the loose, according to USA Today. The two wounded are in critical condition. Producer Dana Brunetti told TheWrap that Robin Wright is on set filming the Netflix series today, though Kevin Spacey is off. Also Read: Russian Trolls Studied 'House of Cards' to Spread Fake News During 2016 Campaign Brunetti added that his costume designer told him she cannot get to. »
- Tony Maglio
Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow
Exclusive: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. They dropped a dozen minutes from the running time, moved up a key scene, dropped another, and radically changed the musical backdrop. Sony… »
‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview
For a second weekend in a row, a low-budget movie will take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20 million-$25 million in a crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros/Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film Geostorm, Universal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label Media’s forest firefighter movie Only the Brave »
Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Stays Dominant With Tuesday Night’s Big Twist
“This Is Us” just keeps hitting its fans right in the heart, which is a good thing for TV ratings. It may be bad for the health of loyal viewers, however.
The hit NBC drama was Tuesday’s top show in the key 18-49 demographic again, maintaining 100 percent of last week’s Nielsen number. “NCIS” was primetime’s most-watched series once more, handing CBS another total-viewer victory.
Read more about the bombshell “This Is Us” dropped last night here — you know, if you don’t mind spoilers. »
- Tony Maglio
The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dies at 53 After Brain Cancer Battle
The group announced the news via their website and Facebook page with a message from the rocker’s family.
“Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.
“Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips. »
- Stephanie Petit
Roy Price Resigns as Amazon Studios Head
Days after one of the retail outlet and streaming giant's top producer accused Price of sexual harassment, the executive has resigned as head of Amazon Studios.
More to come...
- Lesley Goldberg
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel
Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”
Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”
A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »
- Kate Erbland
Facebook Messenger Accounts Used by Russian Agents in 2016 Election
More details on Russian agents using social media to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election continue to trickle out, with a Facebook Vice President saying Wednesday its Messenger platform was used by a select amount of pro-Kremlin trolls to spread fake news. “My understanding is that it’s a very small number,” said Messenger head honcho David Marcus at The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. “The way that the platform was used is still being investigated right now on the Messenger side of things, but traditionally if you’re a page, for instance, you cannot message people. »
- Sean Burch
Oscars: Netflix and Errol Morris Defy Convention With Hybrid Doc ‘Wormwood’
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has “run afoul” of the film Academy before, he jokes. After all, his unconventional 1988 cinematic investigation “The Thin Blue Line” apparently violated unspoken dogma within the documentary community that year, yielding one of the most egregious snubs in Oscar history.
Nevertheless, he’s ready to test the organization’s boundaries once again this year, and he’s found an apt partner in a trailblazing platform that’s no stranger to upsetting industry status quo.
Netflix will release Morris’ “Wormwood” as a four-hour, six-part event on the streaming site on Dec. 15. But following the series’ world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September, the director has prepared a non-episodic theatrical version with a single intermission, Variety has learned. Netflix plans to submit that version to the film Academy, and not only for documentary feature consideration, but for all other categories as well.
That in and of itself is not uncommon. But what makes »
- Kristopher Tapley
Las Vegas Shooting Security Guard Recounts Moments Before Attack on 'Ellen'
Jesus Campos, the Las Vegas security guard who was named a key witness in the deadly October 1st shooting that killed 58 people and injured 546, resurfaced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday after he reportedly "disappeared" last week.
Campos canceled several scheduled TV interviews last week and his whereabouts were unclear as of Tuesday, but on Wednesday, the Mandalay Bay security guard recounted the events from his perspective as a guest on DeGeneres' daytime talk show.
According to Campos, he was called up to the 32nd floor of the luxury casino »
Espn Host Sam Ponder Slams Barstool Sports Over ‘Horrific Personal Attacks’ on Women
Sam Ponder isn’t exactly rolling out the welcome wagon to her new colleagues from Barstool Sports. Espn’s “Morning Countdown” host Ponder lashed out at Barstool on Monday, as ESPN2 prepared to launch its late-night offering “Barstool Van Talk.” In a tweet published Monday, Ponder issued a sarcasm-laced welcome to “Barstool Van Talk” personalities Dan “Big Cat” Katz. “Welcome to the Espn family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly),” Ponder tweeted, along with a screen shot of comments she appeared to attribute to Katz. Also Read: Barstool Sports Asks Employees to Waive »
- Tim Kenneally
'Justice League' Poster Brings New Color and a Brighter Direction
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With less than a month before the movie arrives in theaters, Warner Bros.' Justice League has released a new poster showing the superhero team racing into action — and maybe displaying a little sign of the influence Wonder Woman has had on the DC movie franchise as a whole, as well.
The poster, released via Twitter Wednesday morning, is noticeably brighter and more colorful than previous promotional images for the movie, which have bordered on the monochromatic at times: Now, you can actually see the traditional gold and green coloring on Aquaman's costume, and look at the most blue Batman seen »
- Graeme McMillan
Fox Orders Pilot From Jerrod Carmichael Starring ‘Insecure’ Actor Lil Rel Howery
Jerrod Carmichael wasn’t out of a network TV job for long. Fox has ordered a put pilot from the “Carmichael Show” alum for his untitled comedy starring “Insecure” actor Lil Rel Howery. The multi-camera comedy will be executive produced by Carmichael and Mike Scully. Writing and executive producing are Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin Barnett and co-creator Lil Rel Howery. Scully is showrunner. Also Read: Watch Jay-z's Full 'Moonlight' Short Film - Yes, the Black 'Friends' One (Video) The 20th Century Fox Television production for Fox broadcast will follow Rel as a “prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to »
- Tony Maglio
La Film Festival to Move Into Awards Season in 2018
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In a bid to join the fall awards season conversation and raise its profile, the La Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, will move to late September for its 2018 edition. The 23-year-old festival had traditionally been held in June.
Next year's festival will take place from Sept. 20-28, which puts the festival in between the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off just after Labor Day each year and the New York Film Festival, which begins toward the end of the month.
While the La Festival in recent years has focused on spotlighting L.A.-centric films and diverse filmmakers, it »
- Gregg Kilday
See Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen in Hilarious 'Lady Dynamite' Trailer
Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, David Spade, Judd Apatow, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jenny Slate, Judy Greer and Jason Mantzoukas will guest star in Season Two of comedian Maria Bamford's surreal Netflix comedy, Lady Dynamite, which premieres Friday, November 10th. The Lady Dynamite cast also includes Fred Melamed, Mo Collins, Mary Kay Place and Ed Begley, Jr.
In a trailer for the new installments, Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer – who plays the fictionalized Bamford's hard-nosed agent – hypes the season as "so unbelievably inventive and groundbreaking … that alt-comedy Twitter will choke on its own jizz. »
Los Angeles Film Festival Moves to September Next Year
The Los Angeles Film Festival is moving from the summer to late September, Film Independent announced on Wednesday. The move will place the festival in the thick of awards season, and will also put it in direct competition with the AFI Fest, which takes place in Hollywood in November, and the New York Film Festival, which runs from late September to mid-October in New York City. “Film Independent is so proud of the work we’ve done in showcasing new American and international cinema that embraces diversity, innovation and unique perspectives, but the fact is that summer is a challenging time for. »
- Steve Pond
The Los Angeles Film Festival Moves to Fall for 2018, Abandoning Summer
Film Independent has finally succumbed to the challenges of mounting a world-class film festival in the summer. After 23 years, the festival is moving from June to September. The next installment, in continued partnership with L.A.’s Arclight Cinemas, will be held September 20-28, 2018.
Clearly, the festival calendar was unforgiving, leaving Laff an also-ran following Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Cannes, among other festivals on the international circuit. By June, filmmakers were waiting for the higher-profile fall festivals and the siren call of award season. The new late September dates fall right between two competitive fall festivals, Toronto and New York, which if held at the same time next year would overlap. Will there be enough left over for La? Certainly, many Academy members live in Hollywood, but the L.A. awards festival berth has become AFI Fest, which has benefited from late-breaking awards contenders like “American Sniper” and “Selma.”
- Anne Thompson
Movie Ticket Prices Edge Down Slightly to $8.93 for Third Quarter
Average movie ticket prices were slightly down during the third quarter to $8.93 — 2 cents below their all-time high during the second quarter — according to the National Association of Theatre Owners.
Wednesday’s release by Nato, the lobbying arm for the exhibition industry, underlines how expensive it’s become to go to the movies. The figure is 3% more than the 2016 national average of $8.65 and almost a 5% increase from $8.51 in Q3 2016.
The price of tickets in the first quarter of 2017 also set a record with an average of $8.84. The rising prices are due to the increased number of films shown in 3D, Imax, and other premium formats — which come with higher costs.
Top films during the third quarter were Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” New Line’s horror blockbuster “It,” and Warner Bros.’ World War II drama “Dunkirk.” “It,” which was released on Sept. 8, grossed record earnings for the month and helped the industry recover from the worst August in more »
- Dave McNary
How the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Has Rippled Beyond Hollywood
The allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have steadily mounted since a bombshell New York Times story ran in early October. It has inspired droves of women in Hollywood to share their stories, dozens of which have included sexual misconduct claims against Weinstein himself. The renewed focus on sexual harassment served as a catalyst for the #MeToo campaign on Twitter and Facebook — as civilians and stars alike — including those outside of entertainment — have been sharing their stories. Here’s how a lot of it has played out so far among »
- Ashley Boucher
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