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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer

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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer
In today’s film news roundup, “Three Identical Strangers” is moving ahead, Skeet Ulrich has been cast with Tom Hanks, the “Minions” sequel has been titled and “Vegas Dave” is getting a movie.

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Bohemian Rhapsody” screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write and produce the feature adaptation of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers.”

Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced the project last year, based on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. McCarten was nominated for an Academy Award for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything” and producing “Darkest Hour.”

Raw’s original documentary feature “Three Identical Strangers” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling. It grossed over $12 million at the Us box office and won the DGA Award for Documentary.

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Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: ‘These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color’

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Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: ‘These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color’
Octavia Spencer is taking control.

While it sounds strange to presume that the career of an Oscar-winning actress and producer with over 125 credits is somehow outside of her control, Spencer is taking her sweet-as-pie image and burning it with “Ma.” Well, she’s actually getting it drunk, stalking it, sewing up its lips, and generally terrorizing it, but that’s beside the point.

In the horror thriller, Spencer plays a lonely veterinary aide named Sue Anne who starts partying with a group of high schoolers after they ask her to buy them booze. Sue Anne invites them over to her home, and Ma’s basement quickly becomes the hotspot for teens looking to drink. But as quickly as the fun begins, everything — including Ma — starts to unravel, and eventually the party is over, for everyone.

Spencer, at the film’s premiere in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night, highlighted the
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Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes

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Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes
Exclusive: Tate Taylor (The Help) has gathered an all-star cast for his upcoming comedy-drama Breaking News In Yuba County, including Allison Janney, Mila Kunis (Bad Moms), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black).

Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$), Jimmi Simpson (Date Night) and Keong Sim (Dead To Me) will also star while Oscar-nominee Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County), Golden Globe nominee Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom) and Emmy-winner Wanda Sykes (Bad Moms) are in advanced negotiations to join. Like Taylor’s Oscar-nominated box office hit The Help, this is a cast packed with girl power. Additional names are also expected to join the impressive ensemble.

Shoot is due to get underway in Mississippi next month. Laura Dern was previously aboard but had to drop off for scheduling reasons. Script comes from Amanda Idoko.

Recent Oscar-winner Janney will portray a pencil pusher
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Emmys 2019 comedy predictions slugfest: ‘Maisel,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Good Place’ and many more set to battle [Watch]

“This comedy actress race is so stacked, I think even if we had 10 slots, I wouldn’t know who to put into those 10 slots,” I tell my fellow Gold Derby contributors Riley Chow and Zach Laws as we dissect the comedy acting Primetime Emmy Award races (watch the video slugfest above).

After sitting out last year’s cycle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back in the running with “Veep” having just concluded its seventh and final season. We feel confident that both she and defending champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) are making it a real battle. Regarding other perennial nominees, Laws points out that long-running shows sometimes “lose their bloom” at the Emmys, which may put contenders like Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Allison Janney (“Mom”), Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) on shaky ground. While Chow is keeping
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Stirring Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Sells Around The World For Endeavor Content — Cannes

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Stirring Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Sells Around The World For Endeavor Content — Cannes
Exclusive: Joyous Aretha Franklin music doc Amazing Grace has sold around the world for Endeavor Content.

The stirring Doc NYC and Berlin Film Festival title charts the Queen of Soul’s brilliant 1972 performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. Neon released the film in U.S.

Deals have closed with Metropolitan in France, Weltkino in Germany, You Planet and Caramel Films for Spain, NonStop Entertainment in Scandinavia, Iceland and Baltic States, Paradiso in Benelux, Alambique in Portugal, Seven Films in Greece, and Salim Ramia in the Middle East.

The film has also landed with Edko in Hong Kong, Shaw in Singapore, Jinjin in South Korea, Movie Cloud in Taiwan, Spi International in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Czech, and Captive for airlines.

Neon released stateside on April 5 and StudioCanal released in the UK on May 10 and will launch Australia/Nz later this year.
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Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Debicki, John Sayles Set for Projects From ‘Moonfall’ Backer Agc Studios (Exclusive)

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On Wednesday, Agc Studios founder Stuart Ford, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Harald Kloser unveiled to buyers at Cannes’ Carlton Hotel one of the biggest-budgeted movie projects ever to be offered on the open market: Emmerich’s “Moonfall,” a $150 million sci-fi action-thriller.

To raise “Moonfall’s” finance, alongside partners CAA, Agc Studios by Wednesday morning was “already immersed in a wide range of discussions and negotiations from sources ranging across major studios to the big independents to Chinese and international equity investors, to local Chinese distributors,” Ford said.

Agc held a standing room-only informational meeting packed with a reported 500 international attendees — hailing from Brazil, China, Japan and France, to name a few places — at a chandelier-lined ballroom in the Carlton Hotel, which overlooks the Mediterranean and the Croisette.

The team hopes to finish “Midway,” currently in the final stretch of post-production, by mid-September, then begin prepping “Moonfall” in
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The 10 Best Sitcom Moms Of All Time

TV moms are the glue that hold the medium together. Every great show in history had a memorable mom. From Mary Tyler Moore’s Laura Petrie to Bonnie Franklin’s Ann Romano to Allison Janney’s Bonnie Plunkett, sitcom moms trace the evolution of society and what it means to be a mom.

Related: Bob's Burgers: 10 Best Linda Belcher Quotes

It’s pretty much impossible to get people to agree on their favorite TV mom, but there are a few who are so important their influence cannot be denied. TV may have changed over the years, but great mothers are timeless and unforgettable. With that in mind, here’s our list of the best sitcom moms in TV history.
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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best

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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best
Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to spend time with your mom than a fantastic movie with an Oscar-winning performance. Tour our photo gallery above of the 18 greatest of these films, ranked worst to best. All of them feature winning roles by actresses who play mothers that were pivotal to the plot.

Though there are thousands of these types of films, these performances show a wide array of what it means to be a mother. There’s the courageous mother, the inspirational mom, the loving mother and even the monstrous mother. Lead and supporting actresses include Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand, Brie Larson, Allison Janney, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Joan Crawford and more.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actress Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

18. The Fighter (2010)

On her second Oscar nomination, Melissa Leo took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for her portrayal of the real-life Alice Eklund-Ward,
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Mom: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Seven on CBS?

Vulture Watch

What does the future hold for Christy and Bonnie Plunkett? Is the Mom TV show cancelled or renewed for a seventh season on CBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Mom, season seven. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

A CBS sitcom, Mom stars Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Jaime Pressly, Mimi Kennedy, Beth Hall, and William Fichtner. The series centers on Christy (Faris), a single mom in recovery who has moved back in with her own single mother, Bonnie (Janney), who’s also in recovery. Bonnie’s attempts to make up for her failings can try Christy’s patience. After all, she’s working on her relationships with
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Shia Labeouf's Autobiographical Honey Boy Is Coming to Theaters This November

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Shia Labeouf's Autobiographical Honey Boy Is Coming to Theaters This November
Honey Boy is getting an award worth release date after winning acclaim on the festival circuit. Shia Labeouf has had a rough go of it over the past couple of years, constantly in the media spotlight, but never for the right reasons. He's taken his life experiences as a child actor and turned them into an autobiographical cinematic experience that has been hailed by critics. Now fans of the actor curious to see what led the man down a darker path in Hollywood will get their chance.

Amazon Studios will release Alma Har'el's critically acclaimed&#160Honey Boy in select theaters on November 8, 2019 and will expand in the following weeks. Shia Labeouf wrote and stars alongside A Quiet Place's Noah Jupe and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lucas Hedges. Har'el received the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
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Amazon Studios Will Release ‘Honey Boy’ Starring Shia Labeouf This Fall

Amazon Studios will release Alma Har’el’s critically acclaimed “Honey Boy” in select theaters on November 8, 2019, and will expand in the following weeks. Shia Labeouf wrote and stars alongside A Quiet Place’s Noah Jupe and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lucas Hedges. Har’el received the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

From a screenplay by Labeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. Labeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing
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Shia Labeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ To Sweeten Up Awards Season

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios will launch Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy in limited theaters on Nov. 8 and expand thereafter.

The film which stars and was written by Shia Labeouf based on his own experiences won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Vision and Craft at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Amazon snapped up worldwide rights to Honey Boy for a reported $5M

Filmmaker Alma Har’el, whose feature doc work Labeouf has produced, brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. Labeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father,
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Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes

Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes
Miracle Workers’ Geraldine Viswanathan, Stranger ThingsDacre Montgomery and Pitch Perfect’s Utkarsh Ambudkar are to star in Selena Gomez-exec produced romantic comedy The Broken Heart Gallery. The feature is the directorial debut of Gossip Girl writer Natalie Krinsky.

Jesse Shapira, David Gross and Jeff Arkuss of Room producer No Trace Camping are producing with Juno and 500 Days of Summer producer Mason Novick, while Gomez and her mother Mandy Teefey, who are behind Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why, are exec producing with Josh Clay Phillips.

Endeavor Content is to launch sales of the film at Cannes and are handling worldwide sales with Jamie Feldman of Lgnafc. Production starts in August.

The Broken Heart Gallery follows Lucy, played by Viswanathan, a born collector, who suffers a bad break up with her boyfriend, played by Ambudkar, who also happens to be her boss at the Whitney Museum. Unsure of what to
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Cannes-bound romantic comedy 'The Broken Heart Gallery' finds cast

No Trace Camping serves as financier, producer on Natalie Krinsky debut.

Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs A Marathon) will star in Cannes sales title The Broken Heart Gallery.

Toronto- and Los Angeles-based No Trace Camping is financing and producing the rom-com feature directorial debut of Natalie Krinsky, which is scheduled to start production in August. Endeavor Content and Jamie Feldman of Lgnafc handle worldwide sales.

Selena Gomez, Mandy Teefey, and Josh Clay Phillips of No Trace Camping serve as executive producers, and No Trace Camping’s David Gross, Jesse Shapira, Jeff Arkuss, Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen will produce.
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CBS Season Finale Spoilers: What's About to Go Down?

How will your favorite CBS scripted series conclude for the season?

The Eye network has unveiled some details about what the upcoming season finales will be about. 

Related: CBS Confirms Fate of NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: Los Angeles

We've rounded them all up for you below. 

Fyi: We left The Big Bang Theory out since the synopsis did not give Anything away. We're going into the season series finale of that show without knowing anything. 

1. NCIS "Former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano) pleads with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers and suppliers in the area after his daughter, Emily Fornell (Juliette Angelo), is hospitalized from an opiate overdose," reads the official logline for the season finale. "Gibbs is haunted by the personal aspects of the case and his history with vigilante justice. 16th season finale." 2. Mom "Christy (Anna Faris) has
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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Clemency’ Eyes Awards Season Release Date

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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Clemency’ Eyes Awards Season Release Date
Exclusive: Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, which took the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Award and was acquired at the fest by Neon, will open on Dec. 27, just in time for awards season.

The film stars Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard as prison warden Bernadine Williams, who has become hardened over the years by her job on Death Row. However, one inmate’s fate (Aldis Hodge) has a serious impact on her as she is forced to confront the psychological and emotional demons that her job has created. Woodard and Hodge are already generating Oscar buzz and the pic currently counts 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The pic also stars Richard Schiff and Wendell Pierce.

Clemency was produced by Ace Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions and Julian Cautherley.

Neon recently earned an Academy Award nomination for Border; its upcoming slate also includes: Tom Harper’s Wild Rose
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Broadcast Bubble Shows 2019: What’s Coming Back, What’s Not

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While many broadcast shows have already been picked up for next season, plenty of favorites are still waiting to learn their fates.

Given that the broadcasters are currently evaluating this year’s crop of comedy and drama pilots, some current shows will unfortunately have to shuffle off to that great network in the sky, where they say there are no notes from executives and everything gets a back nine order.

Read on to see which shows will most likely return and get canceled.

ABC

Already Renewed

Dramas

-“The Good Doctor

-“A Million Little Things

-“Agents of Shield”

Comedies

-“The Conners

-“Modern Family” (final season)

Sophomore series “The Good Doctor” has remained one of ABC’s most able performers, with the series averaging a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 in Live+7 this season. That puts it below only “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC’s roster. Freshman drama
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Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto join UK-Italy rom-com 'Love, Wedding, Repeat' (exclusive)

Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto join UK-Italy rom-com 'Love, Wedding, Repeat' (exclusive)
Olivia Munn also among cast of project set to shoot in Rome; Endeavor handling sales.

UK-Italy romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Repeat has added Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn and Freida Pinto to its cast ahead of filming in May.

Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral) has written the screenplay and will direct the project, which follows a wedding where the table seating is rearranged with disastrous and humorous consequences. The film is a remake of 2012 French comedy Plan De Table.

Producers on the project are Guglielmo Marchetti (Black Butterfly) of Notorious Pictures and Piers Tempest (The Wife) of Tempo Productions. Jo Bamford
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‘Love, Wedding, Repeat’: Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto & Eleanor Tomlinson Among Cast Joining Olivia Munn In UK-Italy Rom-Com

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‘Love, Wedding, Repeat’: Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto & Eleanor Tomlinson Among Cast Joining Olivia Munn In UK-Italy Rom-Com
Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto and Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson are set to join Olivia Munn in writer-director Dean Craig’s romantic-comedy Love, Wedding, Repeat, we can reveal.

Joel Fry (Game Of Thrones), Allan Mustafa (People Just Do Nothing), Jack Farthing (Official Secrets), Aisling Bea (Living With Yourself) and Tim Key (This Time With Alan Partridge) are also set to appear in the film. Shoot is due to get underway in Rome in early May.

Guglielmo Marchetti (Black Butterfly) of Notorious Pictures and Piers Tempest (The Wife) of Tempo Productions are producing the UK and Italian co-production. Jo Bamford (The Wife) and Andrea Borella (The Truth About Love Is…) are serving as executive producers. Endeavor Content is handling world sales.

The feature centers on Jack who finds himself juggling brotherly duties to ensure his sister Hayley has the wedding of her dreams while unexpectedly being reunited with Dina (Munn), the woman
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Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto join UK-Italy rom-com 'Love, Wedding, Repeat'

Sam Claflin, Freida Pinto join UK-Italy rom-com 'Love, Wedding, Repeat'
Olivia Munn also among cast of project set to shoot in Rome; Endeavor Content handling sales.

UK-Italy romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Repeat has added Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn and Freida Pinto to its cast ahead of filming in May.

Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral) has written the screenplay and will direct the project, which follows a wedding where the table seating is rearranged with disastrous and humorous consequences. The film is a remake of 2012 French comedy Plan De Table.

Producers on the project are Guglielmo Marchetti (Black Butterfly) of Notorious Pictures and Piers Tempest (The Wife) of Tempo Productions.
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