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Fatalities Confirmed at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Explosions Heard, Police Say

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Two explosions were heard at Ariana Grande‘s Monday night concert in Manchester, England, according to multiple media reports and Twitter updates. Concert goers were evacuated from the Manchester Arena following a “loud bang” and Greater Manchester Police have warned people to stay away from the venue. A statement from police on Twitter stated: “There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene.” Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017 Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. »


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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy

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The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.

Continue reading Joss Whedon To Guide Post-Production, Direct Additional Scenes For ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy at The Playlist. »


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Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal

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After signing Jordan Peele to a first-look deal following the success of his directorial debut, “Get Out,” Universal has dated his next film for March 15, 2019.

Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.

The pic will face stiff competition from Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” which opens the week before, and Millie Bobby Brown’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which launches the following week.

Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »


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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

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Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »


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A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet

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Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.

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Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’

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Universal has dated “Bride of Frankenstein” for Feb. 14, 2019, with Bill Condon on board to direct.

The pic is the studio’s second entry in its newly announced “Dark Universe,” which kicks off with “The Mummy” — Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella — on June 9.

The studio has also announced a logo for the new initiative (pictured above). A musical theme for “Dark Universe” composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding “The Mummy.”

The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »


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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise

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Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland is attached to another major Sony franchise, joining Shawn Levy‘s “Uncharted,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »


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Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Returning to Cannes Is ‘Less Attractive’ Under New Rule

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Returning to Cannes is “less attractive” for Netflix if its films must play out of competition under a new rule requiring all competition titles to have a theatrical release, Ted Sarandos said early Monday.

Netflix made a splash on the Croisette this year with two movies in the official competition, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But outrage from French exhibitors and others over the selection prompted the festival to issue its new restriction on competition eligibility, effective next year.

Speaking to Variety at Netflix’s late-night bash in Cannes, Sarandos at first said “no” when asked whether the streaming giant would be willing to come back with its films relegated to out-of-competition. But he added quickly: “Well, I shouldn’t say that. It would be less attractive, for sure, because it would affect [Netflix’s] festival strategy around the world.”

Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, »


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Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India

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Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.

The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.

This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.

“‘Dangal’ tells us that an Indian film done well can not only release in China, but be the No. 1. ‘Dangal’ tells us that there is no glass ceiling, »


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Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52

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Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »


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‘The Florida Project’ Cannes Review: Unruly Kids Steal the Show in Heartbreaking Drama

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Sean Baker has made six movies and a couple of TV series, but his ticket to Cannes didn’t become a likelihood until the success of his film “Tangerine” two years ago. He shot that movie on his iPhone on the streets of Hollywood for about $100,000; it grossed almost $1 million, earned four Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations and four Gotham Awards nominations. And since Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar is always looking for hot young American indie directors, it put him in line to head to the Croisette for his new film, “The Florida Project,” which premiered on Monday. While “The. »


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‘Fuller House,’ ‘Last Man Standing’ Executive Producer Marsh McCall Dies at 52

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Marsh McCall, a prolific television writer and producer, died this morning at age 52 of natural causes, his agents confirmed with Variety.

McCall was the executive producer on “Fuller House,” the Netflix revival of the classic sitcom “Full House.” Prior to that, he ran many comedies, including “Just Shoot Me,” “Modern Men,” and “Last Man Standing.” McCall started his career as one of the writers on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in the early ’90s.

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Jeff Franklin, the creator and executive producer of “Fuller House,” issued the following statement:

“Our Fuller House family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our co-executive producer Marsh McCall. He was our brightest shining star, always smiling, and always there with the perfect joke. Beyond his immense talent, he was the happiest comedy writer we’ve seen, and »


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Nicole Holofcener (‘One Mississippi’ director) on blending comedy and tragedy in Tig Notaro series [Exclusive Video]

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“I just jumped on it,” reveals Nicole Holofcener during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) when asked about her involvement with Tig Notaro‘s “One Mississippi.” The comedienne co-created this Amazon original with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”), basing it on her own experiences of returning home following the sudden death of her mother. Holofcener directed the first three […] »


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TV News Roundup: Leah Remini Sets 2-Hour ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ Special at A&E

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In today’s roundup, Leah Remini will air a new Scientology special and the story of Robert Durst’s missing wife heads to Lifetime

Specials

A&E Network will premiere a two-hour standalone special episode from the hit series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” entitled “Merchants of Fear” on Monday, May 29 from 9 to 11 p.m. Et/Pt. In the special, Remini and Mark Rinder explore the history of Scientology’s criticisms via a series of special guests, who describe their personal experiences investigating controversial stories about the Church and how the Church has responded to their work. The special will also feature a sneak peak of Season 2.

Greenlights

Lifetime has greenlit “The Lost Wife of Robert Durst,” a film exploring what happened to Kathie Durst, the missing wife of infamous real estate mogul Robert Durst, whose story and suspected murder of three people including Kathie was popularized by the HBO documentary “The Jinx.” The »


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‘Extra’ Co-Host Tracey Edmonds to Exit Amid Widespread Layoffs

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“Extra” co-host Tracey Edmonds is exiting the show amid widespread layoffs at the syndicated newsmagazine, an individual close to the show told TheWrap. The show also has been renewed for two more seasons, taking it through 2019, the individual said. Nonetheless, producers Telepictures and Lisa G Productions plan to eliminate 15 to 20 employees from the show’s 170-person staff across its offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas. “It’s normal for any business to take a look at production requirements, even on a successful show like ‘Extra,'” the insider said, adding that “Extra” is “constantly evaluating our show and. »


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‘The Keepers': What’s the Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse Cases?

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(Warning: This post contains some spoilers from the Netflix documentary “The Keepers.”) If a newly passed Maryland law had been in effect in 1994, the victims of Father A. Joseph Maskell in “The Keepers” might have successfully sued the Baltimore Archdiocese for $40 million. “The Keepers,” Netflix’s new documentary series, isn’t just about figuring out who killed Sister Cathy Cesnik in 1969. It’s also about a sexual abuse scandal in a Baltimore Catholic high school, in which the man accused, Father Maskell, was never charged. Also Read: 'The Keepers' Filmmaker Has Theory on Sister Cathy Murder, Personal Connection to Case According to director. »


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Why ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba Cheers on Crazy Eyes’ Love Life (Exclusive Video)

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The most difficult part of playing Suzanne, a.k.a. Crazy Eyes, was learning her backstory after having played her for three years, two-time Emmy winner Uzo Aduba told TheWrap. “It was difficult to learn the circumstances that cost her her freedom,” Aduba said. Aduba’s character, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, was adopted by white parents in the suburbs, but has mental issues that have alienated her from her family. In Season 4, audiences learned that Suzanne’s crime was kidnapping a child she became friends with — and that she didn’t realize the implications of her actions. Also Read: Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba Is, »


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‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Steps Away After Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Take Over

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Zack Snyder is stepping away from Warner Bros. tentpole “Justice League” in order to deal with the death of his daughter, sources tell Variety. 

Joss Whedon, who was recently tapped to direct “Batgirl” for the studio, will oversee the remainder of the film, which is currently in post-production.

Snyder’s daughter died of suicide in March and the director, along with his wife Deborah, who is also a producer on the film, have decided to take a break from the film in order to deal with the sudden tragedy.

Filming on “Justice League” had already finished, and Snyder was in the throes of post-production in order to meet the film’s Nov. 17 release date. Whedon will now oversee a handful of reshoots that had already been scheduled prior to Synder’s daughter’s death, as well as the post-production process.

There are no plans to push the release date at this time. »


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Chelsea Handler: Melania Trump Would Be an ‘American Hero’ for Divorcing the President (Video)

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Chelsea Handler really hates Donald Trump. So much so, in fact, that she hopes he doesn’t make it back from his ongoing trip to the Middle East. “I’m hoping they keep him,” Handler said Monday on ABC’s “The View.” The host of Netflix’s “Chelsea” also called the Commander in Chief “a toddler” and “so miserable” during her visit to daytime. Also Read: Swat Heard Around the World: Melania Slaps Back Trump's Hand, Twitter Has Field Day Handler even hopes the President’s marriage fails. “I want Melania to finally just come out divorce him. She would be an American hero, »


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‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi on ‘Magical’ Improv Moments on Set (Exclusive Video)

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Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi can feel it when a particular scene is going really well in the moment. “I think what’s funny is that I can tell in scenes when I am completely, 100 percent comfortable,” the actress told TheWrap. “Because the improv that happens because of it is magical, and I’m just like, ‘How did I think of that? How did they think of that?’ So I just watched a piece of a scene from that episode, where I was like, ‘whoa, not too shabby, Yara!'” Shahidi also discussed which aspect of her character Zoey she got to develop more. »


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