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Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films

Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films
Steven Spielberg is not one of those filmmakers who sits around waiting for projects to develop. There’s rarely a year that passes where he isn’t working on something, and across the past twelve months or so, he simultaneously shot, edited, and released “The Post,” all while juggling post-production on “Ready Player One.” So it goes, the director is now looking to fill up his calendar with something new (or two).

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Dorothy Malone, "Peyton Place" Star and Oscar Winner, Dies at 92

Dorothy Malone,
Dorothy Malone, the matriarch of TV’s Peyton Place who received an Oscar for playing the sex-crazed sister of playboy Robert Stack in the 1956 melodrama Written on the Wind, has died. She was 92.

The big-eyed, dark-haired beauty, who flourished in Hollywood soon after she went platinum blonde in the mid-1950s, died Friday morning in Dallas, her manager, Burt Shapiro, told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been ill for the past few years.

Malone also starred in the biopic Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), playing opposite James Cagney as Lon Chaney’s emotionally charred first wife, and was the moody...
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Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)
Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokemon movie.

In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe — who will slip into a role specifically created for the movie — joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting this month in London.

The concept of Pokemon sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.

Pikachu...
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Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix

Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix
It's been a long road, but Duncan Jones' future-set Noir Mute finally has a release date. The Moon and Source Code director has had a long journey with his sci-fi passion project, intended to be his first film, and Netflix will finally release the film on February 23rd. Alexander Skarsgard stars as a mute bartender who lost the ability to speak after a childhood accident and gets dragged into the "city’s seedy, neon underworld” when his girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh) disappears. Set in the near-future, Mute shares a world with Moon -- the second of a trilogy …
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Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)

Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, perhaps best known for directing the zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later, is in negotiations to helm The Sword in the Stone, Disney's live-action reimagining of the studio's 1963 animated fantasy.

Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, wrote the script for the project, which is being produced by Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book).

Stone was the final movie released by the studio before Walt Disney’s death; it takes a lighthearted and musical view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin.

It was loosely based on T.H....
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of the southern bureau in New Orleans.

Seth Rogen came on board last month to portray Cronkite. David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby’s script. Former Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

The network broke into its broadcast of “As the World Turns” for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite’s announcement of Kennedy’s death: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central
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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53

'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53
Allison Shearmur, who produced the Hunger Games films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, died Friday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 53.

Shearmur was an executive at Paramount and Lionsgate before making a transition to a producer role, becoming involved in some of the biggest movies in recent years.

She spent years in the executive trenches, acting as executive VP production at Universal Pictures and then co-president of Paramount.

On the TV side, her Allison Shearmur Productions was behind an ABC musical remake of Dirty Dancing.

As president of...
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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‘The Catcher Was a Spy': Paul Rudd’s WWII Drama Swings and Misses

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Like many films adapted from biographies of lesser known figures, the story of Boston Red Sox catcher Morris Berg demands the reaction: “That wasn’t already a movie?” But there we were in Sundance on Friday night, lining up for the premiere Paul Rudd’s buzzy drama “The Catcher Was a Spy,” directed by Ben Lewin from a book by Nicholas Dawidoff. Rudd plays Berg, who in this telling is a Jewish closeted homosexual athlete recruited to stop the Nazis from developing an atom bomb. That’s pretty heavy lifting for the most versatile of our male leading men, let alone America’s Favorite Nice...
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'Juliet, Naked': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Juliet, Naked': Film Review | Sundance 2018
For a romantic comedy with counter-culturish roots, Juliet, Naked is served up right over the middle of the plate. A broadly played piece about a 40ish British couple whose lives are upended by a mostly forgotten American cult rock singer, director Jesse Peretz’s film is passably engaging and has its funny moments, but feels almost startlingly mainstream and conventional for an indie film based on a Nick Hornby novel. A modest commercial future looks in store.

Only a lack of viable options keeps childless couple Annie (Rose Byrne) and Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) together. The very attractive Annie is interestingly portrayed...
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Hollywood Reacts to Government Shutdown: ‘An American Travesty’

The Senate failed to get the votes Friday night to keep the government funded, causing it to shutdown at midnight and #TrumpShutdown to trend worldwide. Hollywood stars were among the first to react to the news and, for the most part, they were pretty harsh on President Donald Trump and his administration. Josh Gad took it seriously, tweeting, “A Republican Senate. A Republican Congress. A Republican President. An American travesty,” while Michael Ian Black quipped: “I honestly feel like I work harder than Trump and I barely do anything.” Here are a handful of other tweets: Trumpty-Dumpty Sat on his wallTrumpty-Dumpty Dropped the...
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‘Pity’ Film Review: From Greece, a Mordant Comedy About Tragedy

Pain is not only painful; it’s repetitious. At least that’s the case in director Babis Makridis’ “Pity,” a slow-burn drama about the relentless heartache loss tends to cause. In the beginning we find Giannis (Yannis Drakopoulos) standing inside his home, in front of the door. He’s in a white button-up shirt and horn-rimmed glasses. There’s a knock at the door. A woman enters. She has a homemade Bundt cake. In “Pity,” there is an endless supply of these luscious pastries. It’s one of the few bright spots in Giannis’ otherwise morbid existence. The film trudges through the trenches of his wife’s...
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Former Fox Executive Sues Studio for Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

In the midst of new revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, a former executive at Twentieth Century Fox is claiming that the studio fired her after she complained about sexist comments in the workplace, including when a company-appointed executive coach told her to "lift her skirt."

On Friday former Fox vp of enterprise rights management Denise Stilwell sued Twentieth Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, executive coach Jack Zwissig and his firm Zwissig and Associates for gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and violation of public policy.

She believes her gender was a "substantial motivating factor" in her termination from...
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‘Real Time': Michael Wolff Hints at Current Trump Infidelity Hidden in Bombshell Book (Video)

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Everybody has been talking about Michael Wolff’s best seller “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” since it came out Jan. 5, but the author said there is one thing hinted at in its pages that he is surprised no has asked him about. “Real Time With Bill Maher” kicked off its 16th season Friday night with Wolff, who hinted there was a tidbit near the end of the book that he thought would get tongues wagging. At first cagey, he said it’s something he is “absolutely sure of, but was so incendiary that I just didn’t have the ultimate...
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'Pity': Film Review | Sundance 2018

Even when he's sobbing — one of his cherished pastimes — the unnamed lead character in Babis Makridis' sun-drenched, pitch-black comedy has a robotic quality, stiff-limbed and blank-faced. His ultra-mannered eccentricity might be attributed to his being partly the creation of Efthimis Filippou, the foremost screenwriter of the Greek Weird Wave, with Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer among his credits.

But while the provocative ideas in some of those collaborations with Yorgos Lanthimos devolved into tiresome pretension, Pity offers something far more satisfying. As stylized as Makridis' second feature is, it's grounded in recognizable behavior,...
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‘Juliet, Naked’ Review: Nick Hornby Adaptation Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Charmer

‘Juliet, Naked’ Review: Nick Hornby Adaptation Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Charmer
“Juliet, Naked” didn’t cause a sensation or blow the fuses out the Eccles Theater at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night — but if it’s possible to charm the roof off the place, director Jesse Peretz’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel might just have turned the trick. The film is a lovely low-key comedy with a rock ‘n’ roll heart, with Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke giving us a trio of deftly and subtly drawn performances from Hornby’s deep trough of memorable characters. The writer was clearly part of the reason that buyers packed the Eccles and...
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'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind': Film Review | Sundance 2018
At the start of Marina Zenovich's Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, interviewer James Lipton asks Williams what many have wondered: Does he, as his quicksilver monologues seem to prove, simply think faster than the rest of us? The actor cackles for a moment, as if he wished the explanation were so simple, before breaking into a signature quick-change rant.

Viewers will walk away from this film without knowing the answer to Lipton's question — are the mechanics of Williams' intense and unpredictable riffs even knowable? — but they will likely be refreshed by a cleansing exposure to his talent, a film...
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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Film Review: Buddy Comedy Travels Familiar Path, But the Company’s Great

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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Film Review: Buddy Comedy Travels Familiar Path, But the Company’s Great
It’s not always a compliment to note that a movie feels like the right fit for Sundance. Festival faves often deflate when they reach the real world, unable to survive without the eager enthusiasm of film fans. The Sundance premiere “The Long Dumb Road” is undeniably cut from familiar cloth. But it’s got enough charm to keep it buoyant long after Robert Redford waves the last blogger goodbye. As with all road movies, its success rides on the company we’re required to keep. Happily, our two leads are unflaggingly delightful companions. The trip begins when naïve teen Nat (Tony Revolori, “The...
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