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Brie Larson To Play First Female White House Candidate Victoria Woodhull In Amazon Film

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Ben Kopit, who wrote the Warner Bros film Libertine that has Brett Ratner attached to direct, will write the script. Larson will produce alongside Whalerock IndustriesLloyd Braun and Andrew MittmanAnne Woodward is exec producer and… »


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Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

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

Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.

The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.

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The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »


- Dave McNary

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Ivan Reitman Weighs In On Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters,’ Says More Franchise Movies Planned

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

Last year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot wasn’t the massive hit that the studio and filmmakers were hoping for. No matter your thoughts on the finished product, the film just didn’t make enough money to warrant a sequel. But that’s not deterring producer Ivan Reitman from keeping hope alive. He’s not just planning to continue the “Ghostbusters” franchise with another movie, he’s planning on multiple movies.

“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films.

Continue reading Ivan Reitman Weighs In On Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters,’ Says More Franchise Movies Planned at The Playlist. »


- Charles Dean

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Laura Dern In Talks To Join Justin Kelly’s Biopic ‘JT Leroy’

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Exclusive: Laura Dern is in talks to co-star in director Justin Kelly’s biopic JT Leroy, the true story behind writer Laura Albert’s made-up literary persona JT Leroy. If the deal closes, Dern will be joining Kristen Stewart, who was attached to the project early on.

Kelly wrote the screenplay, which is based on Savannah Knoop’s book Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy. Knoop spent six years pretending to be the enigmatic Jt Leroy, a man who identified as transgender. In… »


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‘Young and the Restless,’ ‘General Hospital’ Lead Daytime Emmy Nominations

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The 2017 Daytime Emmy nominations have been revealed, and CBS led the way, with a combined 70 nominations. “The Young and the Restless” led the field with 25 nominations, the most of any single show, and was followed by “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 23. ABC’s “General Hospital” also received 23 nominations. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” received 22 nominations. All four shows with the most nominations are all up for Outstanding Drama Series. “After receiving a record number of submissions, we are thrilled by this talented and gifted list of nominees that will be honored at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards, »


- Linda Ge

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Medium Launches $5 Per Month Membership Program

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Medium is launching a $5-per-month subscription service in order to protect the “need for depth, truth-seeking, and understanding,” the website said Wednesday. “Today, the precariousness of our media ecosystem has never been more obvious — nor has our need for depth, truth-seeking, and understanding,” Medium posted. “It’s time for thoughtfulness to prevail. That means transforming not just the experience around reading and writing, but also the economic model that determines which stories are told, clicked on, and compensated.” Also Read: Medium Spins Off Matter Online Magazine as 'Incubator' Studio The ad-free platform will deliver content that can only be created when writers and. »

- Debbie Emery

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ExxonMobil Lawyers Say Year’s Worth of Emails Missing from Rex Tillerson’s Account

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A year’s worth of email belonging to ExxonMobil’s former CEO Rex Tillerson, now the Secretary of State, cannot be found, the company said in court on Wednesday. The correspondence was sent between 2008 and 2015 under the name “Wayne Tracker,” according to the McClatchy news service. Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, apparently used the account to communicate more easily with others in the company about “a broad range of business-related topics,” the company said. But the existence of the account was not previously disclosed in an investigation into whether ExxonMobil purposefully misled the public and investors about the impact of climate change. »


- Debbie Emery

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Today in Trumpland: Corruption, Collusion, Leaks and More Russia

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Today was a brain-scrambling exercise in trying to follow the corruption that is oozing out of our government. There’s so much happening that those of us with lives and jobs that do not permit 24 hour-monitoring could use a digest. For the record, this litany of underhanded dealing makes our country seems increasingly like a banana republic — run by a strongman and supported by his sycophants — rather than a 240-year-old democracy. It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. It’s worth keeping a running list, and here it is. Also Read: Anti-Trump Tweet Sent From Cabinet Member's Twitter Account You can. »

- Sharon Waxman

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‘Legion': A Complete Chronological Timeline of When Stuff Probably Happened (Photos)

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The trouble with FX’s new “X-Men”-adjacent superhero show, “Legion,” is that it’s never clear what’s real and what isn’t. That makes it tough to keep track of the timeline of the show. With protagonist David (Dan Stevens) hopping around in time between flashbacks and the present, even he isn’t sure when things happened, or if they happened at all. Here’s a list of all the events that happen in “Legion” in order, as near as we can tell, the sixth episode. Spoilers! Oliver and Cary build Summerland Melanie explains that her husband, Oliver Bird, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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China Punishes More Than 300 Cinemas For Box Office Cheating

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese film regulators have punished 326 cinemas for their part in box office fraud. They are the first to be punished under the Film Promotion Law which came into effect at the beginning of the month.

Punishments range from the forced closure of theaters for three months and fines of $145,000 (Rmb 1 million) for the 63 biggest cases, down to fines of $24,000 (RMB200,000.) The 90 theaters caught out in frauds of less than $12,000 (RMB100,000) were given written warnings.

News of the regulatory action was announced via state media on Wednesday. It did not specify the nature of the fraud.

Box office cheating was widespread in China with other cases hitting the headlines in 2014 and 2015. In some cases theaters have colluded with distributors in massive ticket buying operations that are intended to give the impression that a film is enjoying greater success than in reality. In other cases, theaters have stolen receipts.

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- Patrick Frater

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China Punishes 326 Cinemas for Box-Office Fraud

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

China has rolled out a sweeping crackdown on box-office fraud at the multiplex this week, outing some 326 local cinemas for cooking the books. The action marks the first major enforcement of the country's new film law, which went into effect March 1. 

China's media regulator released a public list of offenders on Tuesday, with one official calling box-office fraud a "chronic disease" holding back the healthy development of the film industry.

The offending cinemas have been slapped with screening suspensions and steep fines, depending on the level of their crimes. They also are required to return all misappropriated funds »

- Patrick Brzeski

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How ‘Underground’ Scored That Angela Bassett Cameo

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

In this week’s episode of “Underground,” fans were treated to a flashback sequence that featured none other than Academy Award and Emmy nominee Angela Bassett, playing an early mentor to Ernestine. So how did Bassett end up on the Wgn America drama? All it took was a call from series executive producer and director Anthony Hemingway.

“The role was written with Angela in mind,” Hemingway told Variety. “Angela has been a fan of the show since day one. She comes to our premieres and events, and offers a lot of support. And I’m a friend of the family, her and Courtney B. Vance. It was easy to make the connection and make the call and present to her what this character was and why we saw her as this character. She brings so much gravitas and strength to any role that she does. It was just the right choice.” Hemingway »


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Director Evgeny Afineevsky on Turning 20 Terabytes of Footage Into 'Cries from Syria'

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cries from Syria acts as an overview of the Syrian conflict that has plagued the country for six years. Director Evgeny Afineevsky says he wanted to make a comprehensive overview of the ongoing civil war, while highlighting the human element among all of the fighting and atrocities. 

“I wanted to tell the story through Syrian eyes, through their voices to reconstruct the history,” he explained. “They think that the world abandoned them.” 

In order to paint this broad but personal portrait, Afineevsky spoke with a variety of activist, revolution leaders and refugees, which includes Kholoud Helmi, an editor »


- Mia Galuppo

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Anti-Trump Tweet Sent From Cabinet Member’s Twitter Account

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

A cry for his removal from office isn’t the kind of thing you’d expect a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet to tweet about their boss. But it happened this afternoon, sort of, after the official Twitter account of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was hijacked by an unidentified Department of Transportation employee. The offending tweet came after California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters urged followers on Twitter to “Get ready for impeachment.” “Sue His Very Soul Maxine,” Chao’s account replied soon after. Unsurprisingly, the tweet was very quickly deleted, and the Dot issued a statement soon after blaming “an employee with access to. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Ten Takeaways on Entertainment Marketing From Variety’s Massive Summit

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Marketing gurus from the film, television, and digital worlds were on hand for Variety‘s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit on Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, sharing their experiences in getting the word out to consumers about their projects.

 Being a genius is “now sexy,” according to “Genius” producer Ron Howard, who was half of the keynote conversation at Massive, along with his Imagine Entertainment co-founder and fellow producer on the National Geographic show, Brian Grazer. According to Howard, as the platforms through which to tell stories multiply and become more specific, especially in the world of TV, so the stories become more linked to the platforms themselves. “I knew that the platform, Nat Geo, could actually inform this project and challenge me and the story in important ways,” Howard said “It’s an interesting thing in this moment, it’s the story linked to the platform, »


- Dave McNary and Will Thorne

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Ten Takeaways on Entertainment Marketing From Variety’s Massive Summit

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Marketing gurus from the film, television, and digital worlds were on hand for Variety‘s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit on Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, sharing their experiences in getting the word out to consumers about their projects.

 Being a genius is “now sexy,” according to “Genius” producer Ron Howard, who was half of the keynote conversation at Massive, along with his Imagine Entertainment co-founder and fellow producer on the National Geographic show, Brian Grazer. According to Howard, as the platforms through which to tell stories multiply and become more specific, especially in the world of TV, so the stories become more linked to the platforms themselves. “I knew that the platform, Nat Geo, could actually inform this project and challenge me and the story in important ways,” Howard said “It’s an interesting thing in this moment, it’s the story linked to the platform, which »


- Dave McNary and Will Thorne

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‘Empire’ Season 3 Midseason Premiere: Cookie & Lucious Go Out With a Bang (Spoilers)

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watch the Season 3 midseason premiere of “Empire,” titled “Sound and Fury,” which aired on Wednesday, March 22.

Welcome back to the Lyons den. After a three-month hiatus, Fox’s juggernaut “Empire” returned and the first episode of 2017 did not disappoint when it comes to drama, sex, cat-fights, music, drugs, baseball bats, and broken glass.

If you’re confused by the sentence above, then perhaps you didn’t watch the episode — so beware of spoilers below.

The episode kicked off with Lucious (Terrence Howard) unveiling his new project, Inferno, setting Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) into a tizzy because as co-ceo of Empire, she shouldn’t be caught off guard by any new business dealings.

With Lucious and Cookie at odds, the entire Lyon family visits Jamal (Jussie Smollett) in rehab, and meets his new friend whom he met in rehab, Tory Ash, played »


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Jason Blum Revels in Micro-Budget Moviemaking for Horror Hits ‘Get Out,’ ‘Split’

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

Fresh off smash hits “Split” and “Get Out,” producer Jason Blum admitted Wednesday that he loves making micro-budget movies instead of big-budget tentpoles.

“When you have a movie that doesn’t have to make $100 million, you can take chances in the marketing,” he said at the keynote address at Variety’s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Blum was enthusiastic about Universal’s marketing capabilites, saying the work of making a movie is 50% percent done when you make a good movie and 100% done when it’s marketed right.

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” starring James McAvoy and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, were both made for under $10 million. They have each grossed $136 million domestically with plenty more yet to be banked by Universal. “Split” has also taken in another $120 million overseas.

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- Dave McNary

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See Ewan McGregor as Combative Twin Brothers in New 'Fargo' Trailer

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Ewan McGregor makes his debut in the dual roles of twin brothers Emmit Stussy, the "Parking Lot King" of Minnesota, and parole officer Ray Stussy in the official Season Three trailer for FX's Fargo.

The third installment follows the brothers as tensions mount in their sibling rivalry, which inevitably leads to murder. The new cast includes Carrie Coon as police chief Gloria Burgle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays Ray's girlfriend Nikki Swango and David Thewlis plays loner V.M. Vargas.

In the trailer, Ray tells his brother in a Godfather-styled scene, »


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Judge Orders Netflix to Pay Relativity $800K in Attorney’s Fees

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A bankruptcy judge ordered Netflix to pay more than $800,000 in attorney’s fees to Ryan Kavanaugh’s embattled studio Relativity Media after a legal battle the studio fought with the streaming giant over much of the past year relating to the latter’s plan to stream Relativity films “Masterminds” and “The Disappointments Room” without waiting for their theatrical release. U.S. bankruptcy judge Michael Wiles ruled that Netflix was obligated to pay Relativity a total of $818,547.48, consisting of $795,732.50 in reasonable attorneys’ fees and $22,814.98 in litigation expenses. However, the judge did not order the streaming giant to pay for fees and. »


- Matt Pressberg

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