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'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)
After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.

On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.

Michael Green, who adapted the screenplay for Orient Express, is penning the script, and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.

Death on the Nile, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation...
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Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)
Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join the cast of “Gambit,” Variety has learned. The “Masters of Sex” star will play the female lead in the superhero movie. Details of her part are being kept under wraps.

The X-Men spinoff stars Channing Tatum as Gambit, a ragin’ Cajun whose ability to control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles. He’s also pretty handy with a bō staff. In the comics, Gambit was a member of the Thieves Guild before joining the X-Men. “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski will slide behind the camera on the film. It’s eyeing a Feb. 14, 2019 debut. Fox is releasing the film as part of its continued expansion of the cinematic mutant universe.

Caplan is an Emmy nominee for “Masters of Sex,” the acclaimed Showtime drama about sex researchers that aired from 2013 to 2016. Her film credits include “Cloverfield,” “127 Hours,” “Now You See Me 2,” and “Allied
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees
Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Detroit” and “Mudbound” are among the top film nominees for the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards.

On the TV side, Netflix and OWN dominate the race with multiple noms for “Dear White People,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.”

In music, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z grabbed five nominations apiece. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay landed a nomination in the entertainer of the year category alongside Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and Jay-Z.

The motion picture nominations went to “Detroit,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Marshall,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Detroit” also landed a slot in the indie film category alongside “Last Flag Flying,” “Mudbound,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Wind River.”

Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” are nommed for drama series, vying with Starz’s “Power,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and WGN’s now-canceled “Underground.” The bids for best comedy series went to HBO’s “Ballers,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Dear White People,” HBO’s “Insecure,” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host the Jan. 15 ceremony, to air live on TV One.
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Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86

Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86
Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling

Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling
Quentin Tarantino fans have been wondering what exactly his ninth movie will be about ever since word leaked in July that the project would deal with Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The filmmaker intensified the speculation surrounding the plot of his new film when he told IndieWire, “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.” The answer to what that means has been provided by Vanity Fair, which spoke to someone who has read the script.

Vanity Fair reports the official synopsis as follows: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing.
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Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’

Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’
Ask any diehard Zack Snyder fan, and they’ll swear to you, the extended cut of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” fixes all the problems of the inept theatrical version. It was the silver lining they clung to following the disappointment of that film, and now they’re seeking a new life preserver in the wake of “Justice League.” The film’s rocky start at the box office and dismal reviews have started the finger pointing about where it all went wrong, but it’s clear the mishmash of Snyder and Whedon’s visions didn’t leave either director looking their best.

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‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works

‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works
Jim Jarmusch has been keeping it pretty chill since last year’s release of “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger,” but the director always has a couple irons in the fire. Last month, Tilda Swinton revealed she was gearing up to reunite with the filmmaker on a new project, which is yet to be revealed. But it seems that’s not all the director has cooking up.
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StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'

StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'
StudioCanal, fresh off the U.K. box-office success of Paddington 2, is building on its slate of family titles.

The growing studio is set to adapt Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree, having teamed with Neal Street Productions, the All3Media-owned company behind TV shows such as Penny Dreadful and Call the Midwife and films including Revolutionary Road and Jarhead.

Simon Farnaby — who co-wrote Paddington 2 with director Paul King — will pen the adaptation, with Neal Street's Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown producing.

Magic Faraway Tree — which will be the first-ever feature film based on Blyton's Magic Faraway...
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Charles Manson Dies at 83

Charles Manson Dies at 83
Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital. He was 83.

The California Department of Corrections released a statement reading, “Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.”

Manson returned to the hospital in mid-November after being hospitalized in January. He was transferred out of Corcoran State Prison, where he had been serving nine life sentences. He had been denied parole 12 times.

The shocking murders brought the carefree hippie era of the late 1960s to a dark end, with Manson and his followers becoming infamous cultural figures. Though he didn’t commit the Tate and Labianca murders himself, the Corrections Department said “On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August
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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women
Television icon Charlie Rose has become the latest media star to be accused of sexual misconduct, with eight women telling the Washington Post that the longtime PBS newsman made unwanted sexual advances towards them while they were employees or sought work. “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose told the Post. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that,” he said, adding: “I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)

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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)
Melissa Gilbert spoke out against director Oliver Stone during an interview on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show on Monday, saying the director sexually harassed her when she auditioned for a role in his 1991 movie “The Doors.” Gilbert says Stone wanted her to do a scene he said he wrote just for her which involved saying, “Do me, baby,” repeatedly while on her hands and knees. Gilbert refused to do it and left the audition room in tears. Also Read: Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent” While recounting the incident, Gilbert said she was reluctant to identify.
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards

Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2017 International Emmy Awards on Monday, awarding “Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh and “Marcella’s” Anna Friel in the top acting categories. The awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton on Monday night and was hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani. Among the 12 awards handed out on Monday was the International Emmy Directorate Award, which went to Grupo Televisa President, CEO and Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Other winners included the Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle,” the Norwegian crime drama “Mammon II” and the documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.

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Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars

Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars
With a wide field of potential contenders, the Producers Guild of America made some surprise picks and snubs for its seven nominees for Best Feature Documentary on Monday. The films nominated for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures are listed below in alphabetical order:

Chasing Coral” (Jeff Orlowski, Netflix)

City of Ghosts” (Mattew Heineman, Amazon)

Cries from Syria” (Evgeny Afineevsky, HBO)

Earth: One Amazing Day” (Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, BBC Earth)

Jane” (Brett Morgen, NatGeo)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” (Joe Piscatella, Netflix)

“The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (John Maggio, HBO)

Among the lauded documentaries left off the 2017 PGA nominations were Cannes documentary winner “Faces Places,” directed by Agnes Varda and Jr, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of Brooklyn Hassidim, “One of Us,” and popular Turkish cat documentary “Kedi.”

While the PGA’s feature nominees often align with Oscar contenders,
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‘Cries From Syria,’ ‘Jane’ Among Producers Guild of America’s Feature Documentary Nominees

‘Cries From Syria,’ ‘Jane’ Among Producers Guild of America’s Feature Documentary Nominees
The Producers Guild of America has nominated seven films for its top documentary award — “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts,” “Cries From Syria,” “Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Jane,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee.”

The winner will be named Jan. 20 at the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The PGA is a trade group with more than 8,100 members. The organization has not yet determined the producers of the nominated films.

Nominations in the other film and TV categories will be announced Jan. 5. “O.J.: Made in America” won the PGA’s documentary award this year for Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.

Chasing Coral” explores the disappearance of coral reefs and is directed by Jeff Orlowski. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Neflix in July.

City of Ghosts” centers on the Syrian media activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, directed by [link
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Ex-Relativity Executive Adam Fields Accused of Sexual Harassment

Hollywood executive and producer Adam Fields has been accused of sexually harassing several women while he was working at Relativity Media from 2010 to 2016.

Through his attorney, Fields has denied the allegations and asserted that the accusations have surfaced as a result of a legal battle between Fields and Relativity Media. Fields was fired in September 2016 from his post as co-president of production at Relativity for alleged breach of contract.

Three women told the Hollywood Reporter that Fields allegedly touched them inappropriately, sexually propositioned them and subjected them to lewd behavior. Screenwriter-producer Leslie Dixon accused Fields of unsolicited touching and making a comment about a sex toy while on the set of “Limitless” in 2010.

Former Relatively executive Melissa Philipian accused Fields of promising a promotion if she had sex with him, which she refused to do. An unnamed attorney for Relativity also alleged that Fields made unwanted physical contact with her, adding, “It was
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Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’

Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’
“Jane,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts” and “Cries From Syria” have been nominated as the best nonfiction film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday. “Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” were also nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category. For the first time, the category was expanded from five to seven nominees. The winner will be revealed at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Also Read: 170 Films Enter Oscars Documentary Category,...
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‘The Wolves’ Theater Review: What Happens When Young Women Reveal Their Inner Animal

The most significant thing about Sarah DeLappe’s first play is that it’s set among high school students on a girls’ soccer team and not in a glee club or a yearbook staff or a prom decorating committee. After a successful run last year at the Duke on 42nd Street, DeLappe’s “The Wolves” now performs at Lct’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, where it opened Monday, with Lila Neugebauer again at the helm as director and most of the cast repeating their stellar performances. DeLappe is young enough to have started playing soccer at the age of 8, but for a much.
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China Box Office Passes $7.5 Billion Landmark

China Box Office Passes $7.5 Billion Landmark
Theatrical box office in China passed the symbolic landmark of RMB50 billion on Monday, government sources announced. At existing exchange rates, that is an all-time record of some $7.55 billion.

The figures, issued by the National Film Ticketing Integrated Information Management System, show that the recent resurgence in Chinese cinema-going is continuing. Admissions totaled 1.45 billion to Monday.

The figures already exceed 2016’s full-year total of RMB45.5 billion and point to an annualized growth rate of 15%. That is down from the spectacular 49% gain in 2015, and an improvement on the shock slowdown of 2016, when revenues increased by only 4%. Prior to the restructuring of the film industry in 2001-2, China’s box office was less than RMB1 billion.

The data shows Chinese films enjoying a 52% market share. Some 78 films enjoyed gross revenues over RMB100 million ($15 million). This year’s gross data has not been adjusted to exclude the fees levied by online ticketing agencies.

Top film of
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