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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

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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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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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8 Biggest Shockers From Stormy Daniels Interview About Trump: ‘He Wasn’t Like Fabio’

8 Biggest Shockers From Stormy Daniels Interview About Trump: ‘He Wasn’t Like Fabio’
Porn star Stormy Daniel’s 2011 interview with In Touch — in which the starlet says she had an affair with pre-President Donald Trump back in the mid-2000s — was released on Friday, and several details immediately jump out. And no, not that she says she had an affair with Trump shortly after he married Melania. From sharks to Ben Roethlisberger, here are eight things to know if you don’t feel like reading the full 5,000 word transcript. Trump is no Fabio Also Read: Trump Demands Babies Not Be Born After Nine Months: No, Really, He Said This His doctor might’ve just said he’s in...
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Sundance 2018: Films, Stars & Cultural Moments Gain Early Buzz on Twitter

With the Sundance Film Festival officially under way, Twitter has begun to buzz about the happenings in Park City, Utah.

The public is already taking notice of certain films and stars that are garnering early momentum on social media, becoming Twitter’s top trending Sundance topics.

According to data released to Variety by Twitter, since Sundance kicked off on Thursdays, the top three tweeted-about films are “Blindspotting,” “Lizzie” and “American Animals.”

Blindspotting” was selected as the opening night film, which surely brought extra attention on social media. “Lizzie” stars Chloë Sevigny as Lizzie Borden in a psychological thriller based on the infamous murders of the Borden family. “American Animals” makes its debut Friday at the festival, and the heist movie, based on a true story, stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson.

Per Twitter, the most tweeted-about celebrities from Sundance, so far, are festival founder Robert Redford and Kristen Stewart, who co-stars
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La Times Votes to Form Union by 245-44 Landslide

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For the first time in the paper’s 136-year history, newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times will be represented by a union. By a vote of 245-44, employees voted overwhelmingly to join the newly-established L.A. Times Guild, the guild and several L.A. Times reporters announced Friday on Twitter. The final vote count for the @latguild: 248 in favor, 44 against. A landslide victory, and a historic day for the Los Angeles Times newsroom. ????✊ — L.A. Times Guild ???? (@latguild) January 19, 2018 ???? The Los Angeles Times Has A Union ???? https://t.co/kaaCtxLpRJ — Matt Pearce ???? (@mattdpearce) January 19, 2018 248-44! The @latguild vote...
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Kim Kardashian Names Her New Baby Chicago West, and Twitter Reacts: ‘This Name Hurts My Feelings’

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Kim Kardashian Names Her New Baby Chicago West, and Twitter Reacts: ‘This Name Hurts My Feelings’
Oh, baby; Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gave birth to a Twitterstorm on Friday, after Kardashian revealed the name of their newborn daughter to be Chicago West. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star took to Twitter on Friday morning to make the announcement, posting, simply, “Chicago West.” She subsequently tweeted, “North, Saint & Chi,” referring to the couple’s two other children. Also Read: Kim Kardashian Throws Lamar Odom's Brothel Experience Back at Him After He Digs at Khloe The unusual name does bear relevance to the couple, as rapper West grew up in the Windy City. And a number of Twitter users...
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Here Are the 3 Harley Quinn Movies in Contention at Warner Bros.

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Here Are the 3 Harley Quinn Movies in Contention at Warner Bros.
There’s little question that “I, Tonya” star Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn from 2016’s “Suicide Squad” — but it’s unclear which of 3 films will feature the bat-wielding psychiatrist-gone-mad. Warner Bros. is weighing each of the projects as the next platform for “Robbie,” presently winning acclaim for playing Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” Insiders described each of the 3 films for TheWrap, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the uncertainty around where Harley will turn up next: “Suicide Squad 2.” This would be the most obvious place for the former Dr. Harleen Quinzel to pop up. Gavin O’Connor is expected...
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‘The Final Year’ Film Review: Obama Doc Reminds Us What a Difference a Few Months Make

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“The Final Year” ought to begin with a giant, unmistakable warning for the likely majority of its audience. Since it doesn’t, here’s ours: This is a movie about the last year in President Obama’s tenure. It features empathetic, experienced adults trying their absolute hardest to make the world a better place. And their earnest passion could break your heart. Watching Obama and his staff commit themselves so thoughtfully to their work feels a little like sitting alone on your couch, with your cats, scrutinizing your ex’s wedding video. So if you’re not entirely into your current relationship (which in this case...
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Slamdance Kicks Off, Prepares to Debut Its Russo Brothers Fellowship

Slamdance Kicks Off, Prepares to Debut Its Russo Brothers Fellowship
The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival runs Jan. 19-25 in Utah with 10 narrative films and eight documentaries being showcased, nine of which are world premieres, and with work originating from America, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany and the Netherlands. This is the 24th annual celebration of first-time filmmakers and their passion projects, with the festival having always been seen as the edgy alternative to Sundance, bridging the mainstream and the indie world of filmmaking and storytelling.

“This year’s competition lineup truly embodies who we are as an organization,” says Peter Baxter, who co-founded Slamdance back in 1995 and serves as its president. “We seek to offer that unfiltered cinematic voice and it’s that particular voice that we’re looking to embrace each year. We’re not about hot trends and blockbuster programming, but rather, finding those films that celebrate humanity in a special way.”

The festival’s opening-night attraction is the documentary “Pick of the Litter,” an endearing
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Zach Braff and Alan Cumming to be Honored at 2018 Scad aTVfest

The Savannah College of Art and Design (Scad) has announced the lineup and honorees for the sixth annual Scad aTVfest.

Actors Zach Braff and Alan Cumming have been selected as honorees at this year’s festival. Braff, best known for his role on “Scrubs” for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination and several Golden Globe nominations, will receive the Spotlight Award. Cumming, whose work on “The Good Wife” has won him multiple awards, will be honored with the Icon Award.

The aTVfest focuses on providing both industry professionals and Scad students with a space to discuss industry trends as well as network through pannels, screenings, and workshops. Some of this year’s panels include “Navigating the World of TV Writing,” “The State of New Media,” and “Trends in Branded Entertainment,” along with several below-the-line panels focused on “American Horror Story,” casting, costume design and post-production as well as a juried showcase of student and professional television
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Trump Demands Babies Not Be Born After Nine Months: No, Really, He Said This

President Trump made one of his more confusing slips on Friday, appearing to defy the laws of nature by insisting: “Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.” What he meant to say, apparently, was that the laws in a number of states allow a baby to be aborted in the ninth month. He’s wrong about that, too. Also Read: Reminder: Donald Trump Avoided Vietnam Draft Because His Feet Hurt Trump spoke at an anti-abortion rally, and his words...
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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 Sword in the Stone, the live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1963 animated fantasy.

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

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

It was loosely based on the T.H. White’s novel of the same name,...
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PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling

PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling
Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy, and Charles Roven will all be honored at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20.

Ava DuVernay

Visionary Award

DuVernay, the guild’s Visionary Award honoree, first picked up a movie camera 13 years ago. She was 32.

Since then the L.A. native has completed three narrative features, with the fourth on its way, and two feature-length documentaries, picking up Academy Awards nominations for “Selma” and “13th.” In her spare time she created a television series called “Queen Sugar.” Her upcoming fourth narrative, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” makes her the first African-American woman to direct a film budgeted above $100 million.

“There was no thought in my head when I started that [my career] would ever become this,” DuVernay says. But all the success in a short period of time has not gone to the filmmaker’s head. In part that’s because DuVernay spent 14 years working as an entertainment publicist.

“I rolled
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French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017

French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017
Paris — Fulfilling expectations, after the softest year in a decade in 2016, French film exports bounced back in 2017, with box office for French films outside France near doubling the year before, as French cinema fired on its increasingly well-established three cylinders: a Luc Besson English-language actioner, animation, and comedy.

Provisional box office for French films overseas surged in admissions, up to 80.5 million, and 2016’s €257.5 million ($303.8 million) box office take rose to €468 million ($552.1 million), near exact par for the past decade or “typical” as Gilles Renouard, Unifrance deputy director, called it at the presentation of statistic at the event. The recovery will seem Pyrrhic to some, driven by Besson’s “Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets,” whose €170.9 million ($201.6 million) outside France was not enough to save the film, nor purported franchise, nor, according to reports, the need of Besson’s EuropaCorp’s to find a new investor or owner to slash its debt load.

Figures were announced
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'Super Troopers 2' Red Band Trailer Brings the Team to Canada

'Super Troopers 2' Red Band Trailer Brings the Team to Canada
Broken Lizard is back.

The long-awaited sequel to 2001's cult comedy classic Super Troopers is reporting for duty on April 20, and the new red band trailer promises just as much raucous action as the first film. 

"They've been waiting for another chance," a voiceover introduces as the trailer begins. "They've been waiting for their country to need them again. That time is 'meow.' " 

The plot for the upcoming film centers around a French-Canadian on the Vermont border that technically falls under United States jurisdiction, putting the troopers in direct conflict with the resident Mounties of the Great White...
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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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