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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Spot Warns of "Light, Darkness and Something Else"

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A new Star Wars: The Last Jedi ad puts Daisy Ridley's Rey in a tough spot. As she's training with Luke (Mark Hamill), she says she can feel "light, darkness and something else" calling to her. It's that something else that is most intriguing in this spot.

"Resist it Rey," Luke says, before shouting her name, seemingly trying to break her from a trance.

The spot comes as it comes down to just three weeks until The Last Jedi hits theaters. So far Lucasfilm has released two trailers for the film. The Last Jedi is from director Rian Johnson  also stars Carrie »

- Aaron Couch

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'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons

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Director Frank Darabont knows Stephen King, or at least that was the idea sold by the marketing of 2007’s The Mist. Known for directing two of the best King adaptations, 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile, the thought of Darabont doing another King feature implied awards and critical acclaim would follow. But when The Mist debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, audiences were perplexed. The film’s Twilight Zone-esque take on a mysterious event that turns a small town into chaos was dark and contained one of the bleakest (and most divisive) endings on record.

In short, audiences »

- Kristen Lopez

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Does 'Valerian' Deserve a Second Act?

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If we boil down Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to a single word, “bananatown" might do. But even that jam-packed word can’t capture the sheer joy of watching a movie where Rihanna plays a shape-shifting, burlesque dancing alien, where Ethan Hawke plays her good ol’ boy pimp, where finding your lost partner in space law enforcement is as easy (and as gross) as shoving your head up a psychic scyphozoan’s keister, and where you can shop for useless bricabrac across dimensions so long as you remember your plane-shifting helmet. Losing yourself in Valerian’s varied array of space »

- Andy Crump

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'Coco': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters

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Following his solo directorial debut (Toy Story 3), Pixar veteran Lee Unkrich brings Coco to the big screen this fall. With an exclusively Latino cast, Coco incorporates themes from the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos.

The animated adventure follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), an aspiring musician born into a family with a longtime ban on music. When Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead, he encounters Hector (Gael García Bernal), a trickster who joins Miguel on his journey to unveil the truth behind his family history and return home. 

Coco hits theaters Nov. 22. Read on to find out more about »

- Sydney Odman

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Feinberg Forecast: Updated Oscar Standings As 'The Post' Joins the Race

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The listings below reflect how The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the Oscar nominations would look if the race ended today. They are formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from advance screenings), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and voters).

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- Scott Feinberg

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Melissa Gilbert Claims Oliver Stone Sexually Harassed Her During Audition as Revenge

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Melissa Gilbert on Monday told Andy Cohen that Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during her audition for The Doors to get back at her for embarrassing him in a social situation. 

The Little House on the Prairie actress said when she came in to read for the Pamela Courson role (played by Meg Ryan) in the 1991 film, Stone had an additional sex scene he wanted her to read and block.

“He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid," she said. “He got me back and it »

- Ryan Parker

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Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow

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The Disney animated empire will once again dominate the Thanksgiving box office.

Pixar/Disney's critically acclaimed Coco, about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), parades into theaters everywhere Wednesday, following Tuesday-night previews. Disney and Pixar, along with the major tracking services, are projecting a five-day domestic debut of $55 million to $60 million, but there's plenty of room for upside.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year's Moana sang »

- Pamela McClintock

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Oscars: 'Get Out' and 'Dunkirk' Fight to Get Voters' Attention After Early Release

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Get Out opened and immediately struck a nerve, capturing the top spot at the box office with $33 million on its way to a worldwide gross of $253.4 million — not that Academy members necessarily noticed at the time. Then, in late July — as Hollywood folks were fleeing town for far-flung summer vacations — a much bigger movie, the $100 million Dunkirk, hit theaters with a $50.5 million bow and ultimately garnered $525 million worldwide.

Both films debuted to critical cheers. »

- Gregg Kilday

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Writer Roundtable: Jordan Peele, Aaron Sorkin and More Explain Why the Job Feels Like "Exorcising a Demon"

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mother!), 48, liked the idea of breaking bread with writer-director Werner Herzog, with whom he once shared a place at a THR roundtable, and added two other European auteurs, Federico Fellini and Terry Gilliam. German writer-director Fatih Akin (In the Fade), 44, opted for three women, all actresses: Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), 38, chose »

- Stephen Galloway

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There Is Hope for DC After 'Justice League'

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Justice League may not have had a heroic weekend at the box office, but there's certainly a flash of inspiration in the film.

Despite its flaws, there's a growing consensus amongst fans that Ezra Miller’s The Flash is one of the true breakout stars from the film, and it’s easy to see why. Barry Allen provides most of the film’s comedic relief, belting out some of the best one-liners and facial expressions yet seen in a DC film.

In other words, Miller's Flash is to DC what Tom Holland's Spider-Man is to Marvel.

Even as Justice League's poor opening »

- Josh Weiss

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The Cast of 'Anastasia,' Then and Now

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No, Anastasia is not a Disney princess.

Despite the animated character's now canonical status among fans of Disney's princess films of the '90s, Anastasia hit theaters as part of the debut of Fox's animation studio on Nov. 21, 1997. The story is loosely based on the historical mystery revolving around the disappearance of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna after a fateful night in 1916. Fox had previously adapted the story into a live-action film starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner in 1956.

Anastasia went on to earn $139 million, receive two Oscar nominations and even inspire a stage adaptation of the »

- Tara Bitran

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'Anastasia' Was Originally Much Darker and Eyed Woody Allen for Role

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Twenty years ago, the princess who vanished without a trace made her way to movie theaters.

Anastasia hit theaters on Nov. 21, 1997 and faced multiple hurdles on its way to the screen, where it would earn earn $139 million for the short-lived Fox Animation Studios and become its most enduring legacy. The musical loosely based on the life of the ill-fated Russian princess underwent major rewrites in order to lighten the tone for the film, which stars Meg Ryan (Anastasia), John Cusack (Dimitri), Kelsey Grammer (Vlad), and Christopher Lloyd (the villainous Rasputin).

Screenwriter Bruce Graham recalls that while Ryan was »

- Tara Bitran

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eOne Swings to Profit as 'Designated Survivor'-Led TV Gains Offset Lower Film Results

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Entertainment One on Tuesday swung to a half-year pretax profit amid growth at its TV unit that offset lower results at its film division, which is its largest business by revenue.

Toronto-based eOne, which reports its results in pounds, posted a pretax profit of 800,000 euro ($1.1 million), compared with a 2.5 million euro (Us$3.3 million) loss in the first half of 2016. The group's adjusted pretax profit rose 53 percent to 36 million euro ($47.7 million). Revenue for the six months to Sept. 30 fell 1 percent to 396 million euro ($525 million).

Overall film unit revenue fell 20 percent »

- Etan Vlessing

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European Film Awards: 'Lunchbox,' 'No Man's Land' Producer Wins Co-Production Prize

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Croatian producer Cedomir Kolar will receive this year's European co-production prize, the Prix Eurimages, for his decades-long career in the European film industry.

The honor, presented as part of the European Film Awards in Berlin on Dec. 9, rewards excellence in the tricky business of co-productions, where filmmakers in two or more countries pool resources to finance a movie.

Kolar, who worked with Paris-based Noe Productions before setting up his own shingle, A.S.A.P. Films, has proven an master of combining talent across borders to extraordinary effect. His production of Danis Tanovic's anti-war drama No »

- Scott Roxborough

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Sacha Baron Cohen Offers to Pay Fines for Mankini-Wearing 'Borat' Tourists

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It caused a furore when Sacha Baron Cohen first debuted it on the beach in Cannes in 2006, but 11 years on and the mankini – the rather revealing male one-piece swimsuit made famous by the Brit's fictional Kazakh TV presenter Borat – is still creating headlines.

Last week, it was reported that a group of six Czech tourists had been arrested in the Kazakhstani capital Astana wearing mankinis – which have become bachelor party favorites – and fined $67 each for their "indecent" appearances.

A photo published by the BBC showed the group in their brightly colored »

- Alex Ritman

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Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen in Lionsgate Comedy 'Flarsky' (Exclusive)

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Andy Serkis, who is coming off of the release of his directorial debut Breathe, has joined Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in the dark comedy Flarsky.

Jonathan Levine, who directed Rogen in the cancer comedy 50/50, is in the director’s chair for the Lionsgate movie that is currently shooting in Montreal.

Rogen is playing Fred Flarsky, a down-on-his-luck journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush and former babysitter, (Theron), who now happens to be the married Secretary of State.

Serkis will play an international media mogul who employs Rogen’s character.

Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are producing via »

- Borys Kit

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Producers Guild Unveils Documentary Feature Nominees

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The Producers Guild of America on Monday announced the nominees for its award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The nominees include three films that focus on nature and the environment: Chasing Coral, Earth: One Amazing Day and Jane, a portrait of pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall. Two other films examine the civil war in Syria: Cries From Syria outlines the course of the war and the refugees left in its wake, and City of Ghosts tells the story of the citizen journalists who reported on the city of Raqaa while it was under Isis rule.

Rounding out the list of »

- Gregg Kilday

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