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French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100

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Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »


- the Associated Press

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Blake Lively on Besting Jennifer Lawrence for 'Gossip Girl' Role

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Gossip Girl co-creator Josh Schwartz recently told Vulture that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence almost had her big break on the CW hit series he created with Stephanie Savage courtesy of the Serena van der Woodsen role that eventually went to Blake Lively.

He claimed the mother! star auditioned and "really wanted to play" the part even if he can't recall if he saw the tape or not. "This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she definitely auditioned and was bummed to not get it," he said.

When THR caught up with Lively at the Four Seasons »


- Chris Gardner

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'Thor: Ragnarok': Film Review

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Ragnarök, a prophesied catastrophe in Norse legend, is apparently some kind of a big deal, even by superhero standards. Mainly, though, it's a handy excuse for the latest edition of Marvel-branded sensory overload. One of the most surprising things about Thor: Ragnarok is that it forgoes the umlaut in the title — that winking diacritical mark would have been a nifty signal of the movie's tongue-in-cheek attitude toward its mythology, a comic stance that makes Thor's third outing his breeziest by far.

With Taika Waititi at the helm, the clash-of-worlds CGI extravaganza blasts free of the previous installment's leaden Dark »


- Sheri Linden

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'I, Tonya' Teaser Introduces Margot Robbie As Figure Skater Tonya Harding

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Neon has released the first teaser for I, Tonya, which offers a foul-mouthed introduction to Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding.

The dark comedy centers on the life and career of the infamous Olympic figure skater, who fell from grace after the attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Craig Gillespie directs the dark comedy, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.

The preview includes footage of Harding as she became the first American woman to complete a triple axel jump in competition, as well as shots of an infuriated Sebastian Stan as her volatile husband, Allison Janney as her »


- Ashley Lee

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'Daily Show' Contributor Michelle Wolf Takes on Weinstein, Calls for Gender-Based Solution

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah contributor Michelle Wolf, comically addressed the sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein during the show’s Wednesday broadcast.

Wolf said there is a deeper, underlying issue within the scandal, “This problem is bigger than Harvey Weinstein.”

After The New York Times exposed decades of alleged sexual harassment by Weinstein and more than 40 women have claimed they were either harassed or assaulted by the disgraced mogul, Wolf attributed Weinstein’s actions, in part, to a misconstrued perspective men share.  

“Men don’t know anything that’s going on with women,” Wolf explained. “You think you understand »


- Lexy Perez

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Hollywood Film Awards to Honor 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'The Disaster Artist'

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Blade Runner 2049 and The Disaster Artist are set to receive the producing and screenwriting awards, respectively, at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 5, Dick Clark Productions announced today.

Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will receive the Hollywood Producer Award for their work on Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Additionally, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will receive the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for their work on The Disaster Artist, based on the real-life story of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and starring James Franco.

James Corden is set to »


- THR Staff

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AFI President Emerita Talks Misogyny in Hollywood

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In 1965, when Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation to create the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he vowed to launch a new center that would preserve the history of American film and train its next generation of storytellers. Since the American Film Institute's inception two years later, few people have been as central to its mission as Jean Picker Firstenberg, who served as president and CEO from 1980 to 2007, and is now president emerita. The co-author of a new book, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute (written with James »


- Stephen Galloway

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Box-Office Preview: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2' to Scare Off Big-Budget 'Geostorm'

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Tyler Perry's comedy-horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is tipped to win a crowded race at the box office weekend with a $20 million-plus debut.

Perry, who directed the Lionsgate release, reprises his role as Madea in the follow up to Boo! A Madea Halloween, which launched to $28.5 million in October 2016.

Boo 2 should have no trouble scaring off the competition, including Warner Bros. and Skydance Media's big-budget Geostorm.

Marking Independence Day producer Dean Devlin's feature directorial debut, Geostorm is tracking to open in the $10 million-$12 million range, a dismal start for a film that »


- Pamela McClintock

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Brian Oliver to Produce WWII Spy Thriller 'German Woman' (Exclusive)

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Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired the rights to produce and develop The German Woman, a psychological spy-thriller set in WWII Germany, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Sister screenwriters Hedre and Farin Ven wrote the script, which follows the training of three female British secret agents as they are sent behind enemy lines to pose as Nazi propaganda actresses. During the operation, one agent is singled out as the next German film starlet and catapulted to sudden fame, adding a heightened sense of pressure and commitment, especially when questions of love, loyalty and identity all come into play.

Oliver — who »


- Ashley Lee

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Conde Nast's Dawn Ostroff on Turning Magazine Articles Into Movies and New TV Plans

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Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and a trove of 100,000 articles dating back decades — across film, TV and digital under the banner of Conde Nast Entertainment. "We couldn't utilize a lot of the existing infrastructure because the print side was so different," she says.

While Ostroff's background is in TV, six years later, Cne has found more traction in digital video and film. »


- Tatiana Siegel

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10 Rising Irish Stars to Watch

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A casual glance at the Academy Awards over the past couple of years will show just how far Ireland's homegrown film industry has come.

But behind the big names of Lenny Abrahamson (director of Room), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells) and Ed Guiney (producer of Room and The Lobster), a growing legion of up-and-coming talent is now making a name from itself and ready to burst onto the global stage. 

From a number who saw their projects bow at this year's Toronto, to an animation director many expect to be heading to the Oscars, a filmmaker who smashed »


- Alex Ritman

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'Star Wars' Is Luring Hollywood to Shoot in Ireland

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi could easily be seen as one of the most impressive — not to mention expensive — commercials ever made. But while it may, on the surface, chronicle the latest chapter in the saga of the Skywalker family, the two-minute piece also serves to promote something else entirely: Ireland's growing status in the film world.

Picking up immediately from the climactic end of The Force Awakens, the opening shots show Daisy Ridley's Rey undertaking her all-important Jedi training on the spectacularly craggy island of Skellig Michael off Ireland's southwest coast (other »


- Alex Ritman

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European Film Academy Unveils Nominees for Discovery Award

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A French agricultural thriller, a Bulgarian blast of urban realism and a British adaptation of a 19th century Russian literary classic are among this year's nominees for the European Discovery prize, the best first-film award presented by the European Film Academy.

The Efa on Thursday unveiled the five nominees for this year's Discovery honor, which include Hubert Charuel's Bloody Milk, a thriller set in the French countryside,Ralitza Petrova's Godless, a noir-ish depiction of impoverished brutality in small-town Bulgaria, and William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, which transfers the story of the original desperate housewife from Nikolai Leskov's classic »


- Scott Roxborough

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

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Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun production in Malawi on his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which he will also star.

The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood.

The news was announced Thursday by by Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Potboiler ProductionsAndrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s »


- Alex Ritman

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China's Dmg Offers to Buy 10 Percent Stake in Forbes

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Dmg Entertainment's Chinese affiliate has offered to buy a 10 percent stake in Forbes, the U.S. business magazine and media company.

Along with the minority stake, Dmg would acquire "greater China rights" to the Forbes brand in the proposed deal, helping to fulfill the company's vision of "creating a global, high-level concept entertainment brand," according to a stock market filing from Dmg's mainland Chinese affiliate Yinji Entertainment & Media. 

The filing, issued Tuesday, explains that Yinji is using a Hong Kong-based, Dmg-branded entity to establish a $256 million investment fund with several partners. The fund would then be deployed to acquire full »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Eddie Izzard to Star in Australian Comedy 'The Call Back'

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British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has signed on to star in The Call Back, the feature debut of producer turned writer/director Marion Pilowsky.

Fresh from his turn as Bertie, Prince of Wales  in Stephen Frears Victoria & Abdul, Izzard will play British actor Henry, who is romantically entangled with struggling restaurateur Ronnie, who will be played by Australian Emily Taheny. Also joining the cast of The Call Back are French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin), Luke McKenzie (Wentworth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Tina Bursill (Wish You Were Here), Susie Youssef (How Not To Behave) and Tiriel Mora (Happy Feet).

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- Pip Bulbeck

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Harvard Rescinds Harvey Weinstein's Du Bois Medal

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Harvard University is rescinding a 2014 medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein for his contributions to African American culture.

The school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to revoke the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on Tuesday in light of allegations of sexual abuse against the movie mogul.

Weinstein was given the award in 2014 along with seven others, including Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. It's considered Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies.

The center's leaders said they stand with "the women who have courageously come forward" to fight for »


- the Associated Press

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China's Perfect World Secures $250M for Universal Pictures Slate Financing

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China's Perfect World Pictures has closed a $250 million credit facility with East West Bank and JPMorgan to capitalize the second phase of its ongoing five-year slate finance agreement at Universal Pictures.

In a deal unveiled in January 2016, Perfect World agreed to co-finance 50 films across the Universal slate over a half-decade. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter at the time that Perfect World would be getting a 25 percent share of most, but not all, of the films released by Universal until approximately the end of 2020. The names of the titles that were carved out of the agreement were »


- Patrick Brzeski

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