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Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’
Sweden’s “The Square,” Russia’s “Loveless” and Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” are among the nine films that will advance in the Oscars race for Best Foreign Language Film, the Academy announced on Wednesday. The other films that made the list come from Germany (“In the Fade,” starring Diane Kruger), Hungary (“On Body and Soul”), Israel (“Foxtrot”), Lebanon (“The Insult”), Senegal (“Félicité”) and South Africa (“The Wound”). Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian-language film “First They Killed My Father” did not advance in the race, and neither did the critically acclaimed “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” by Robin Campillo. Also Read: 'In
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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers

‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers
It” director Andy Muschietti is in talks with Russo Brothers Studio to board a movie version of Simon Stalenhag’s illustrated novel “The Electric State.”

The story, set in an alternative 1997, centers on a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot as they travel through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.

Muscietti, who’s attached to direct “It: Chapter 2,” would direct and produce “Electric State” with sister Barbara Muschietti and Rbs principals Joe and Anthony Russo, should the deal go through. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder are also in talks to produce. Julian Angelin of The Salomonsson Agency and Simon Stålenhag will executive
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Mario Batali Out at ‘The Chew’ After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him

Mario Batali Out at ‘The Chew’ After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him
It’s official — Mario Batali no longer has a place at the table on “The Chew.”

An ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday that the celebrity chef after a review of the allegations made against him. “Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on ‘The Chew,'” the spokesperson said.

“While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously.
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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women (Exclusive)

Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women (Exclusive)
Cori Thomas was in high school when she says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room. Melissa Kester was a recent college graduate when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her while recording audio for the film “Ishtar.” A third woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Hoffman assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized.

Speaking to Variety, the women described predatory incidents involving Hoffman that fit into a pattern of alleged behavior that has emerged in the wake of previous sexual-misconduct claims against the now 80-year-old actor.

Representatives for Hoffman did not make him available to provide comment for this story. In a letter to Variety’s owner Penske Media Corp., Hoffman’s attorney Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt called the accusations against the actor “defamatory falsehoods.”

Thomas was 16 years old and a high-school classmate of Hoffman
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener
After a strong performance last month, the December box office is currently pacing ahead of 2016 by 3% while the overall year is still pacing just a bit behind 2016, currently by 4.2%. However, now comes what will surely be the highest grossing domestic release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latest film in the Star Wars franchise is looking to become only the fourth domestic release to ever open over $200 million, sure to assist in closing the year-to-year gap even further. Meanwhile, Fox has chosen to once again offer some counter-programming with the animated release Ferdinand. Two years ago they tried a similar tactic when they debuted the fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Much like 2015, we're anticipating similar results. When forecasting the opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015 it was a rather monumental task as no
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Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg

Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg
A standalone Boba Fett movie has been announced for some time. However, there were some serious doubts about whether the movie would ever get made because the initial director Josh Trank was fired over Fantastic Four. Some sources have claimed that Trank was fired because of his poor behavior on the set for the movie, whereas other sources have claimed that the movie’s poor performance at the box office was the primary factor. Whatever the case, the firing of Trank as well as a prolonged lack of news put the Boba Fett movie into something of a limbo, so much

Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg
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NBC’s ‘A.P. Bio’ Gets February Preview Date, ‘This Is Us’ Midseason Return Moved Back A Week

NBC’s ‘A.P. Bio’ Gets February Preview Date, ‘This Is Us’ Midseason Return Moved Back A Week
NBC has set a February 1 preview date for A.P. Bio, its new comedy from Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien, SNL honcho Lorne Michaels and former SNL-er Seth Meyers.

A.P. Bio will air at 9:30 PM ET/PT February 1 following Will & Grace at 9 PM, then will return Thursday, March 1 in the same timeslot following the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.

In addition, This Is Us will return from its winter hiatus on Tuesday, January 9 at 9 PM, a week later than…
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‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake

‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake
The success of “Good Time” has kicked open some doors for filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, who have spent years solidifying their indie cred. As they shared last month, some very big projects have started to cross their desk, though the duo are being selective about what they choose to do.

“….we’re talking about doing a remake of a movie. It’s weird, a studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing.

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Dwayne Johnson Strongly Considering Presidential Run in 2024 (Exclusive)

Dwayne Johnson Strongly Considering Presidential Run in 2024 (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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‘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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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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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission
Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
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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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‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia’s 6th Macondo Awards

‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia’s 6th Macondo Awards
Pariente” (Guilty Men), an edge-of-your-seat drama-thriller, swept Colombia’s 6th Macondo National Film Awards Thursday night at Bogota’s historic Teatro Faenza in a home-turf industry vote that marks a big local thumbs-up for Colombia’s current foreign-language Oscar submission.

The first feature of Ivan D. Gaona – and marking him out for larger-scale fiction, such is the tension of its banner action sequences – “Guilty Men” walked off with best picture (in the fiction category), as well as directing and screenplay, the latter both won by Gaona, and a total of 9 wins in 16 categories.

Focusing on movies released over the last year, “Guilty Men” faced off for best picture with Juan Andrés Arango’s “X500,” Felipe Guerrero’s “Oscuro Animal” and Juan Sebastián Mesa’s “Los Nadie,” three fest favourites. The fact that three of the four best picture contenders are first features shows how much new talent is still driving much of Colombia’s cinema.

A three-part
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Ecam Pacts with Torino, Rotterdam on First Incubator Projects

Madrid — In a pioneering move, the Ecam Madrid Film School has sealed pacts for movie projects from its startup The Incubator development program to be presented at the Rotterdam Lab and the Torino Film Lab.

The agreements sees up-to-three titles from The Incubator’s first tranche of five feature projects being pitched at next November’s Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, global co-production forum with a special emphasis on up-and-coming directors, and one title presented at the January 2019 Rotterdam Lab, a five-day workshop for emerging producers. The pacts mark the first international outreach deals at the Ecam’s Incubator, launched last month in a pioneering move by a film school to move into real-life feature film project development of five titles. Development initiatives are now common at film festivals – such as indeed Torino and Rotterdam, as Sundance and Tribeca. Their proposing partners are, however, for the most part national or regional state-run film agencies.

Ecam may have
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‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

Andrew Duncan, the producer of awards contender “The Florida Project,” is stepping down from his indie production company amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Duncan launched June Pictures a year ago, and has produced a handful of independent films including “Operator” with Martin Starr, and “Thoroughbred,” a breakout film at the Sundance Film Festival. In a statement, CEO Alex Saks said she has solidified plans to buy out Duncan’s stake in the company.

“In light of allegations of misconduct against our investor Andrew Duncan, I am assuming sole ownership and leadership of June Pictures,” Saks said. “June Pictures is committed to a respectful work environment dedicated to producing quality films. We will continue our projects already in production and development.”

Rumors of Duncan’s alleged sexual misconduct have been circulating for the last couple of weeks. The ouster poses a potential problem for “The Florida Project,” a portrayal of children living in poverty from director Sean Baker (“[link
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Disney-Fox Merger Likely to Kill Thousands of Hollywood Jobs, Analysts Say

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Disney-Fox Merger Likely to Kill Thousands of Hollywood Jobs, Analysts Say
Although President Donald Trump told Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch his $52.4 billion deal with Disney “could be great for jobs,” as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, business experts suggest otherwise. In announcing the deal, Disney said it expects at least “$2 billion in cost savings” derived from “efficiencies realized through the combination of businesses,” without elaborating on what that means. But many analysts say the savings will likely come from job cuts. “There will be thousands of jobs lost,” Btig analyst Rich Greenfield told CNN. “It is hard to see how any meaningful job creation will come out...
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