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Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary

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Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray […]

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‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)

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Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday. Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo) Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, »


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Box-Office Preview: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' to Impress With Possible $20M U.S. Debut

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

Look for Universal and Jason Blum to score another win at the box office this weekend with the micro-budgeted Get Out, a thriller and social commentary on race relations that marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele). 

Pre-release tracking suggests the film, costing under $5 million to make, could approach or cross $20 million in its debut. Universal is being more cautious and suggesting high teens. Get Out, which premiered in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is getting a berth in 2,777 theaters.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Martin Scorsese Criticizes At-Home Movie Viewing Day After Netflix Deal for ‘The Irishman’

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Martin Scorsese explained why watching movies at home is not as good as going to the cinema on the heels of signing a deal with Netflix to distribute his new film “The Irishman.” “The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” Scorsese told the audience at a BFI London event on Wednesday, per Screen Daily. “Now you can see a film on an iPad,” he continued. “You might be able to push it closer to your in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing. »


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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Release Dates Confirmed: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

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Today Disney and Lucasfilm made it official: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity JonesDiego LunaBen MendelsohnDonnie YenMads MikkelsenAlan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker will make its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD debut on April 4th, 2017.

You'll be able to watch Star Wars: Rogue One two weeks prior on March 24th when the first standalone Star Wars film is released exclusively on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. All high definition versions will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

Star Wars: Rogue One was a beast at the box office this past holiday season, earning over one billion at the global box office and proving the Star Wars franchise could stand on its own two feet without the core Skywalker mythology involved.

Bonus features are notably missing any of the deleted and re-shot footage from the third act. »


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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX

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FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.

Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.

The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps »


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Dennis Haysbert to Star in NBC’s ‘Reverie’ Pilot

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Dennis Haysbert has signed onto NBC’s virtual reality thriller “Reverie,” co-starring with Sarah Shahi, Variety has learned.

Reverie” is a drama about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

Shahi will play that former detective, and Haysbert will play Charlie Ventana, an ex chief of police who started his own security company and now works as a liaison for the company, Reverie, a customizable virtual reality program. He hires Mara Kint (Shahi), his former hostage negotiator who quit after a personal tragedy, to enter the consciousness of one of the comatose users in the hopes that she can negotiate his journey back to real life. Charlie knows Mara’s story well and has utmost faith in her, but the pressure is on to keep Reverie alive.

Haysbert starred on “24” and “The Unit,” among »


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Casey Affleck Exposes Circus Tiger Abuse in PETA PSA (Video)

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Warning: Animal abuse footage appears in the video above. “Manchester By The Sea” star Casey Affleck has teamed up with PETA for a new video calling on families to boycott circuses because of their abusive treatment of the animals they bring in to perform under the big top. The new PETA video shows footage of circus trainers keeping tigers in uncomfortably small cages and beating them to force them to perform tricks like jumping through flaming rings. Also Read: 'A Dog's Purpose': Inside 'Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret' About Animals on Set “This industry tears families apart and subjects individuals to a life of. »


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‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Roar to Massive $120 Million-Plus Debut Weekend

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Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is looking at a huge opening of $120 million-plus, according to early tracking three weeks out. One executive familiar with the tracking described it as “‘Jungle Book’ on steroids.” Another tracking analyst even said the film could hit $150 million given that it’s one of Disney’s most beloved tales. The movie stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad and is hitting theaters on March 17. Disney is being more conservative with their estimates, anticipating an opening around $100 million. Also Read: 'Beauty and the Beast' No. 1 in Fandango »


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Oscar Wilde Awards Honors Irish-Hollywood Connection

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Oscar Wilde Awards honoree Martin Short, known for his zingers and stinging observations, was asked if anyone in the current presidential administration is ripe for satire. “Everyone is ripe for satire,” he says, “particularly in this administration. But it’s hard to satirize, hard to go broader than what we have seen.”

Asked if his talk-show character Jiminy Glick would have anything to say about the current Trump administration, Short demurs. “I’m not going there.”

Short feels a connection to the Wilde Awards. “My mother was half-Irish, my father was 100%,” he offers. Short, who has credits going back to 1972, says his father introduced him to film. They watched Ireland-set films such as “The Quiet Man” and “Shake Hands With the Devil.”

And while fans admire his wit, the performer freely admits, “I don’t know that if I could compare to Oscar Wilde.”

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Oscar Nominated Actresses Make Bold and Varied Fashion Choices

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From a rape victim in “Elle” to a crack-addicted mother in “Moonlight,” this year’s nominated female roles are confronting, arresting, and varied. The same can be said for the actresses who play them, who choose to lead, rather than follow, with their choices in both film and fashion.

Viola Davis made a pointed statement on the Golden Globes red carpet. “The bright yellow was a symbol of hope and optimism,” says stylist Elizabeth Stewart of Davis’ Michael Kors gown. “It was very intentional. It feels like we’re living in dark times, and we’ve been choosing colors and dresses that symbolize hope.”

Nicole Kidman, too, is not one to shy from a bold choice. Twenty years after her chartreuse Dior catapulted her to the top of the best-dressed list, the “Lion” nominee had no hesitation about the divisive Gucci she wore to the SAG Awards. “I fell in love with the dress, »


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'Alien' to Get Live Music Treatment for Film Independent at Lacma

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Following December's showing of Welcome to the Dollhouse, the screening-meets-live-music series Film Independent at Lacma: Bring the Noise will present Alien in partnership with dance-pop band Yacht.

The organization has just debuted the cover art — designed by Matt Owen — for the special event screening of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic, scheduled for March 9 at Lacma's Bing Theater. 

In the vein of Film Independent at Lacma’s "Live Read" from filmmaker Jason Reitman, Bring the Noise sees an acclaimed musician or band select a film of their choosing, remove the score and put together a new accompaniment for the film. Hunx and His Punx »


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All Def Movie Awards: ‘I Don’t Have Anything Against’ the Oscars, Russell Simmons Says

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The All Def Movie Awards returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday night to honor films and actors, with the goal of recognizing entertainers who are often overlooked by other award shows. The production, hosted by the digital programming platform All Def Digital and television network Fusion, kicked off at the Belasco Theatre in downtown L.A., just days before the Oscars.

“It’s just about celebrating diversity in general,” mused All Def Digital founder Russell Simmons. “It’s a funny take on an issue that we are all working on, which is to be inclusive and to see each other as the same.”

And a funny take it was. The ceremony, which launched last year following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, was definitely not your typical production. From Snoop Dogg smoking inches away from the main stage to host Mike Epps discussing being arrested four days prior to the live show’s taping, »


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Starz Sets ‘American Gods’ Premiere Date for April 30

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Starz’s “American Gods,” the long-gestating TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, finally has a premiere date: April 30.

Bryan Fuller is at the helm of “American Gods,” with Ricky Wittle starring as protagonist Shadow Moon. Shadow is an ex-con who finds himself in a tug-of-war between America’s old gods — the ones brought here via millennia of immigration, like Ian McShane’s “Mr. Wednesday” (Odin) and Orlando Jones’ “Mr. Nancy” (Anansi) — and the new kids, like Gillian Anderson’s Media. America is intrinsically poor spiritual soil for gods in Gaiman’s world, leading to inevitable conflict among the generations of deities.

Other cast members include Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura, Pablo Schrieber as Mad Sweeney, Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Chris Obi »


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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Brings Down ‘Lego Batman’ in Fandango Ticket Sales

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Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is leading Fandango’s ticket sales ahead of “The Lego Batman Movie” with 80 “Fanticipation” points. Will Arnett’s “Lego Batman” scored 75 points, and “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Great Wall” followed with 69 points and 65 points, respectively. “Get Out” is outselling previous Blumhouse thrillers “The Gift” and “The Visit” at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle, according to a release from the ticketing company. Also Read: Can 'Get Out' Scare 'Lego Batman' Off the Top Box Office Spot? “‘Get Out’ brilliantly tackles the horror of racial tension in America today with a gripping and suspenseful tale that. »


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‘Fake News’ Media More Trusted Than President Trump, Poll Says

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The majority of American voters say they trust the “fake news” media more than President Trump, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. The survey asked participants if they relied on the media or Trump to “tell you the truth about important issues.” Despite the President’s constant attempts to discredit certain news organizations, the survey concluded that 52 percent of voters trust the media over Potus. Only 37 percent said they trusted Trump more than what he commonly refers to as the “opposition party.” Trump and his surrogates have been combative with the media, often referring to CNN as “fake news. »

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Anita Hill: The Need for Female Equality and Diversity in Hollywood (Opinion)

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In this exclusive op-ed, attorneys and activists Anita F. Hill and Kalpana Kotagal discuss why Hollywood needs to embrace women and minorities now more than ever.

It is a difficult time to be a woman in this country. We just elected as president a man whose actions range from shocking disregard for women to brazen attacks on them. The number of women in Donald Trump’s cabinet is appallingly anemic. His repeated and nasty attacks on everyone from Alicia Machado to Elizabeth Warren, along with his and Congress’ regressive agenda, offer a preview of the coming threats to gender pay equity, reproductive rights, and protections from domestic violence and sexual assault, to name just a few.

Perhaps the messages coming out of Washington are not surprising, but as the recent Women’s March and the subsequent organizing demonstrate, politicians are not the sole purveyors of our nation’s ideals. The film industry, »


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‘Empire’ Actor Bryshere Gray to Star in Indie Drama ‘Canal Street’

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Empire” actor Bryshere Gray is starring in the independent drama “Canal Street” with production starting in Chicago, Variety has learned exclusively.

The leading cast includes Yancey Arias, Lance Reddick, Katie Chang, “Bosch” star Jamie Hector and Kevin Quinn. Other cast members are Woody McClain, Harry Lennix, Jon Seda, Will Yun Lee, Michael Beach and Giovanni Watson.

Red Guerilla Entertainment is the film’s production company. “Canal Street” is directed, co-written and exec produced by Rhyan Lamarr, who filled the same roles for his 2016 film “Restored Me.”

Producers are Amir Windom, Adam Key, Charlie Mac, Chris Jamerson, Anita Luckett, Ronique Shaw and Reggie Hunter. Windom is a veteran recording executive who is supervising the music.

Canal Street” is a story about the reasons for the deep-seated divisions within the city of Chicago and the city’s diversity, touching on themes of family, friendship, and forgiveness.

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David Geffen, Samuel Goldwyn and the Search for the "Holy Grail" of Missing Movies

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Porgy and Bess. The 1959 musical, based on the George Gershwin opera, was produced by Goldwyn's grandfather, legendary Hollywood pioneer Samuel Goldwyn. Geffen implied that the mogul's grandson had vowed to set up a showing of the film, but if so it had slipped Goldwyn's mind. In any case, though his family still controlled the rights, Goldwyn did not have a print and did not know how to get one.

Prints of Porgy are beyond rare. "It probably is the most elusive film »


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PactUS Forms Digital Hub Initiative With Gova, Ginsburg Daniels Kallis

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Independent production company association PactUS has formed new partnerships with the multi-platform video network-focused Global Online Video Association and the digital-content law firm, Ginsburg Daniels Kallis Llp. The moves come as part of a new digital-hub initiative by PactUS.

Gova’s members include Jukin Media, Machinima, Maker Studios, NewForm Digital, MiTu and Whistle Sports. Ginsburg Daniels Kallis Llp, which brought the two organizations together, will serve as a resource for both in the digital-hub initiative, which will seek to foster increased mutual understanding and collaboration between digital and linear unscripted-programming producers.

“This initiative brings opportunities to both producers and platforms,” said PactUS president David Lyle. “It helps to level the playing field, giving our members with strong backgrounds in linear television the necessary resources to compete in an evolving digital content marketplace. We are striving to restore this important sector of the dynamic independent production ecosystem back to financial health.”

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