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'Detroit': Why Questlove Nearly Passed on Writing the Film's Title Track
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Detroit is a relentlessly bleak look at the 1967 riots in the Motor City and, specifically, the Algiers Motel incident, during which three young black men were killed by the police. Questlove and his band The Roots provided the end title track, the searing "It Ain't Fair," which opens with gorgeous a cappella singing by Bilal before exploding into fierce raps by The Roots' Black Thought (aka Tariq Trotter).
The Roots, who are the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, created a song that reflects not only on the '67 riots, but also on »
- Melinda Newman
Deadpool Can Stay R-Rated at Disney, Says Bob Iger
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Disney is ready and willing to get into the R-rated movie business – if the branding is right.
"It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-r brand for something like Deadpool," said Iger. "As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine."
Fox has had big success over the past »
- Aaron Couch
Ryan Reynolds Trolls with Photo of Deadpool Getting Kicked Out of Disney Park
1 hour ago
Deadpool is looking to cause a little trouble the morning that Disney announced it was acquiring his studio, 21st Century Fox.
Ryan Reynolds shared a photo of Deadpool getting escorted out of a Disney park by security, after his character apparently acted in a way not becoming of a Disney guest. Reynolds captioned the photo this way: "Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn." (Read into that what you will.)
Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017
Reynolds has made a few jokes »
- Aaron Couch
Disney Would Pay Fox $2.5 Billion If Regulators Block Acquisition
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The Walt Disney Co. has made a $2.5 billion bet that it will gain approval from regulators to consummate the proposed acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox. That's the termination fee outlined in the deal to create a global content powerhouse.
Now that Disney's Bob Iger and Fox's Rupert Murdoch have made their big announcement, the deal will be reviewed at the Justice Department and possibly by other agencies like the Federal Communications Commission. Particularly scrutinized will be industry consolidation of large production studios, regional sports networks being put under the roof of the company that owns »
- Eriq Gardner
Disney's Bob Iger to Talk to James Murdoch About Possible Executive Role
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Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger on Thursday touted the $52.4 billion deal for 21st Century Fox assets in a morning analysts call shortly after the pact was announced. And he hinted at a future role in the combined entity for 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch.
“James and I have had a lot of conversations about the future of these companies," Iger told analysts during a morning call. He said Murdoch had helped Disney through the recent acquisitions process and will have a hand in integrating the companies over the next few months.
"And during that period »
- Etan Vlessing
Guillermo del Toro on the Urgency of 'The Shape of Water' | Director Roundtable
3 hours ago
Guillermo del Toro joined The Hollywood Reporter's Director Roundtable, alongside Patty Jenkins, Angelina Jolie, Denis Villeneuve, Joe Wright and Greta Gerwig, to discuss why his film The Shape of Water is more relevant now than ever.
"I think that all of us at this table, all the movies that were made were made specifically for now, for one or different reasons because we feel that they were needed now. I feel the urgent, human, political need that you can see the other, and see the beauty and the divine in the other opposed to the fear and the hatred, »
- Kirsten Chuba
Did Vladimir Putin Perform Movie Stunt Work in the 1970s?
6 hours ago
Russia's president Vladimir Putin did stunt work at the Lenfilm movie studio back in the 1970s when he was a university student, his former colleagues said in comments that drew much media coverage across the country.
Putin did stunt work on at least two WWII movies, 1972's Izhora Batallion and 1974's Blockade, Vasily Shestakov, president of the international Sambo combat sport federation, was quoted as saying by Russian network Dozhd.
"We were in Izhora Batallion and Blockade together," said Shestakov, who is known as Putin's sports club mate from years ago. "We were paid good money for that time. »
- Vladimir Kozlov
Palestinian Oscar Submission 'Wajib' Wins Big at Dubai Film Festival
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The Middle East's biggest film event drew to a close Wednesday night, the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival ending with the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Madinat Jumeirah.
Earlier in the day, Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir saw her Nazareth-set drama Wajib win the best fiction feature award, and the film's two co-stars, father and son duo Mohammad Bakri and Saleh Bakri, share the best actor award. Wajib is Palestine's current submission in the foreign-language Oscars race (and Jacir's third submission overall).
Elsewhere, best actress went to Menha El Batraoui for »
- Alex Ritman
China's Youku Inks Licensing Deals With Sony, NBCUniversal
15 hours ago
Youku, the flagship streaming video service of Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group, revealed a pair of major licensing partnerships Thursday with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television.
The pacts will give the Chinese company's users access to hundreds of film titles from the two U.S. studios. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
"By cooperating with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television to show famous Hollywood films on our platform, we can bring richer global content into Alibaba’s entertainment ecosystem," said Yang Weidong, president of Youku. "I am confident that expanding our relationships with more international studios will further enhance our platform’s penetration into the home »
- Patrick Brzeski
Disney-Fox Deal Marks Seismic Shift for Hollywood's Studio System
15 hours ago
It's a good question, and one that will become even more pointed now that Disney has officially unveiled its $60 billion deal to acquire big parts of the Fox empire, including the 20th Century Fox film and television studios, Fox's stake in Hulu and other assets.
The transaction, if cleared by regulators in Washington, D.C., could prove a seismic shift for Hollywood as it »
- Pamela McClintock,Michael O'Connell,Borys Kit