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Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56

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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »


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Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.

The Tracking Board is reporting that “Girls” duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in talks to write the film.

Continue reading Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig at The Playlist. »


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‘Deadpool 2’ Production Kicks Off, Ryan Reynolds Shares First Photo From Set

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Ryan Reynolds announced the first day of production for “Deadpool 2” with a photo on his Instagram account.

“The sun sets on day 1. Feels good to be back. This dog can hunt,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin signed on as Cable. »


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Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Rick Okon (“Tatort”) will captain the U-612 U-boat in the upcoming “Das Boot” series, with Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), and August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”) also cast in the €25 million drama.

A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.

Sonar Entertainment, Sky, and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion are making the series. Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, are the executive producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and »


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AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4

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AMC has renewed “Better Call Saul” for a fourth season.

Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.

“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”

Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.

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Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations

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

Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” will do anything to get an Emmy nomination. He’ll have star Justin Theroux do anything, at least.

In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.

The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »


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Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season

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Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »


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Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to SyFy channel

26 June 2017 5:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kevin Bacon has revealed that the Tremors reboot which he is developing with Oscar-nominated Whiplash producer Jason Blum is set to be made with broadcaster SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel).

“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.

Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.

He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms. »


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‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script

26 June 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.

New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.

The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.

Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”

The two “Conjuring” films and 2014’s “Annabelle” have combined to gross $897 million in box office worldwide. “Annabelle: Creation »


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Sissy Spacek to Make Return to Stephen King Multiverse in ‘Castle Rock’

26 June 2017 2:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sissy Spacek is making her return to the Stephen King multiverse in the upcoming Hulu series “Castle Rock.” In “Castle Rock” she will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland). Henry is the series lead — a retired professor with fading memories and a complicated history about the town. One of Spacek’s best known roles is thanks to a King work. She starred in the 1976 adaptation of “Carrie,” in which she played the titular, telekinetic high schooler. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. Also Read: 'Moonlight' Star André Holland Cast as Lead Stephen King. »


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New ‘Ozark’ clip showcases Jason Bateman & Laura Linney: ‘We’re not going to the police!’ [Watch]

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Jason Bateman is best known for his comedic roles in projects like “Arrested Development” and “Horrible Bosses,” but he gets to break bad in his upcoming Netflix series “Ozark,” and the streaming service just released a new clip that showcases his performance in a tense dramatic scene opposite Laura Linney. Watch it above. In addition […] »


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‘Okja’ Review: Bong Joon Ho’s Giant Pig Movie for Netflix Is Messy Good Fun

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A South Korean auteur who spikes his love for genre with a wicked black humor and a fanatical attention to detail, Bong Joon Ho is one of the Cannes Film Festival directors most likely to achieve mainstream success to go with his art-house accolades. The dual threat led to a packed house at the early-morning Cannes screening of his new film, “Okja” — which, once it got past a rough stretch as the Netflix logo was booed and then technical problems halted the screening, gave the festival a much needed shot of energy, audacity and sheer weirdness. It also supplied Cannes. »


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How Betty Gilpin Found Her Power on ‘Glow’ Set: ‘I Took Up Space’

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Betty Gilpin, known for “American Gods” and “Nurse Jackie,” has written an essay for Glamour magazine about growing up with no self-esteem and finding body confidence on the set of her latest project, Netflix’s “Glow,” which stands for the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” Also Read: Betty Gilpin Says Shows Like 'Glow' Are a 'Step In The Right Direction' For Women On Screen In the essay, Gilpin describes what it was like going through puberty seemingly over night: “Physically, I went from Justin Bieber to Jessica Rabbit. I gained 30 pounds of thigh, booty, and certified American jugs,” she wrote. »


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TV Exec Who Discovered Roger Ailes Is Facing Sexual Harassment Claims

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The legendary TV executive who gave Roger Ailes his start, and much later produced a show on Fox News, announced on Tuesday that attorney Lisa Bloom is threatening to sue him for sexual harassment.

Woody Fraser, the 82-year-old creator of “The Mike Douglas Show” and many other programs, is attempting to turn the tables on Bloom by preemptively announcing that she is targeting him. According to Fraser, two women have hired the attorney and demanded a significant sum to make the allegations go away. He said they have threatened to go public within the next few days.

“I do not possess the financial resources demanded by Ms. Bloom to prevent a media circus,” Fraser said in a statement. “So, instead, I am going to take away the hammer of publicity and am letting the public know that these unfounded claims are about to be aired publicly, including an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.' »


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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Actor Michael Nyqvist Dead at 56

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He had suffered a long battle with lung cancer. »

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Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama

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Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of the untitled Robert Zemeckis project opposite Steve Carell.

Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.

the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Zemeckis directs and produces from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside »


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Gail Mancuso Directing Road Trip Comedy ‘Besties’ for DreamWorks

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Veteran television director Gail Mancuso will direct the road trip comedy “Besties” for DreamWorks Pictures.

The project has been in the works since last year when DreamWorks picked up the film rights to the script written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell are producing with Tom Pollock as executive producer.

The story follows a woman embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.

Universal would distribute. The project is eyeing late 2017 start.

Mancuso is a back-to-back Emmy winner for “Modern Family” in 2013 and 2014. She has directed over 300 television episodes, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Friends” and “Roseanne.” Mancuso also has received three DGA nominations for directorial achievement in a comedy series.

She is represented by ICM Partners and law firm Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.

Related storiesFox and Paramount Forge Unique Distribution Partnership in ItalyUniversal Dates »


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‘Big Brother’: Top 6 best Male houseguests of all time, from Will Kirby to Derrick Levasseur

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After 18 seasons plus an online-only edition, “Big Brother” returns to CBS on June 28 for a brand new summer of twists, evictions, tears and savvy game play. As we eagerly anticipate the new crop of Season 19 players (make your predictions now), let’s look back at the six male houseguests who played the best […] »

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Will Oscars match last year’s record 683 new members in push for diversity?

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Last year, the motion picture academy extended invitations of membership to a jaw-dropping 683 people (by comparison, the 2015 class of 322 had set a new record). The academy, which had been loathe to disclose the demographics of its membership in the past, made much of the facts that the list of invitees was 46% female and 41% people of […] »

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LinkedIn Co-Founder Shares His ’10 Commandments for Startup Success’

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So, you’ve got the next hot app ready to “disrupt” the tech industry? Before diving head first into your business, you might want to heed the advice of LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. Hoffman is one of the most prominent and affluent venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, with dozens of investments, including in Airbnb, Groupon, and Funny or Die. He also knows firsthand what it’s like to grow a successful startup: He launched professional networking site LinkedIn in 2002, which now has more than 6,000 employees. It also made him extremely rich: As executive chairman, Hoffman netted a cool $2.8 billion when. »


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