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If Hollywood Takes a Stand for Abortion Rights, the ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Could Cost Millions

Last month, both branches of the Georgia Legislature passed the “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortions after six weeks, or when a doctor can detect a fetus’ heartbeat; it awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature before becoming law. Led by actress Alyssa Milano, who shoots her dark comedy “Insatiable” in Atlanta, over 100 prominent Hollywood figures have signed a letter warning the state that they would no longer be willing work in Georgia should the bill become law.

This isn’t a token gesture. Georgia, and Atlanta in particular, are crucial parts of Hollywood film and television production, and save studios hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

While it’s not the only state to offer a 30 percent tax incentive program on production costs, it’s the only one that extends the kickback to include the salaries of actors, producers, writers and directors. So when Marvel shot “Avengers: Infinity Wars” and “Black Panther” in Atlanta,
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‘Gotham’ Series Finale Trailer: After 5 Years & 100 Episodes, Fox’s Superhero Show Finally Shows Us Batman

It took 5 seasons and 100 episodes, but Fox’s “Gotham” TV series is set to finally unveil this universe’s version of Batman, as well as fully realize his various villains with their more comics-accurate looks. But at this point, do you care?

In the new teaser for the final episode of the series, “Gotham” shows viewers their first glimpse at the Caped Crusader, and quickly, gives us a taste of what he’ll sound like.

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Vera Farmiga Posts Heartfelt Tribute to ‘Conjuring’ Subject Lorraine Warren, Dead at 92

Vera Farmiga Posts Heartfelt Tribute to ‘Conjuring’ Subject Lorraine Warren, Dead at 92
Following the death of paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, actress Vera Farmiga has posted a heartfelt tribute on social media to the woman who inspired “The Conjuring” movie universe. Farmiga has played Warren in “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2.” Warren’s passing was confirmed by her son-in-law Tony Spera, who wrote on social media Warren died “peacefully in her sleep at home.” Warren was 92 years old.

“My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed,” Farmiga wrote on Instagram in a post accompanied by photographs of the two women together. “From my deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges. I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her.”

Farmiga continued, “She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword of compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so.
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Chloë Grace Moretz Says Her Max Landis Film Has Been Rewritten: ‘We’ve Distanced Ourselves From Him’

Chloë Grace Moretz Says Her Max Landis Film Has Been Rewritten: ‘We’ve Distanced Ourselves From Him’
Chloë Grace Moretz has been outspoken when it comes to supporting the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-harassment campaigns, which led many fans to question her decision to sign on for the upcoming film “Shadow in the Cloud.” The World War II horror movie is written by Max Landis, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. The project was announced at the end of January 2019 with Moretz in the leading role and Roseanne Liang (“My Wedding and Other Secrets”) on board to direct.

In a new interview with The Guardian to mark the U.K. release of “Greta,” Moretz assured fans the project has moved far away from Landis, following the accusations made against him. Although Landis might still have his name on the project, Moretz said “we’ve completely distanced ourselves from him. We’ve rewritten it several times now. His name is kind of far away from the project.
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Netflix Numbers Are Worthless Without Context — and That’s Unlikely To Change

Here’s a strange thought from someone whose job is analyzing movie box office: As a journalist, I want Netflix data. As someone who has followed box office across his entire career, I’m not sure that it would be as meaningful as box-office data. And, it appears that doing so could be harmful to Netflix’s interests.

For Netflix, data means specific viewership totals for their programming as well as box-office performance — two very different issues. So here are the choices and the risks for Netflix.

The prime gauge of Netflix’s success is its number of paid subscribers. They provide these numbers regularly.. Unlike HBO and similar, Netflix can track every time a subscriber watches a program, and how much is viewed. According to Netflix, a viewing is when a member account watches at least 70 percent of one episode of a series, or 70 percent of a film — but
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‘Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation’ Trailer: Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Barak Goodman Brings The Concert To Life In New Doc

Ask anyone that attended the first Woodstock concert in 1969, and they’ll tell you that the festival was something that truly can never be replicated again. Nope, not even at Coachella. The event was supposed to be attended by tens of thousands of people, but by the time the festival began, hundreds of thousands of young people crowded the streets, abandoned their cars, and camped out to enjoy the greatest concert event of all time.

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Watching Leslie Jones Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ Is as Entertaining as ‘Game of Thrones’

Watching Leslie Jones Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ Is as Entertaining as ‘Game of Thrones’
You might love “Game of Thrones,” but you probably don’t love it as much as Leslie Jones does. The “Saturday Night Live” star returned to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to watch the epic drama’s Season 8 premiere, “Winterfell,” which some viewers found uneventful compared to expectations — especially after a nearly two-year wait. Not Jones. “Blasphemy! Blasphemy!” she responded when Meyers pointed out that some fans had called the episode boring.

“Anybody said that, you start unfollowing me right now because you obviously don’t watch ‘GoT’ and you don’t know this is a transition episode,” Jones rightfully pointed out, as not every episode of the show can be a “Battle of the Bastards”–epic event. After the two excused themselves to “levitate” (read: smoke weed), Jones continued her thoughts on the high quality of “Winterfell.”

“Yo, these right here. Look, see this is an important episode. How
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Clint Eastwood Reportedly Interested In Directing ‘The Ballad Of Richard Jewell’ For Disney/Fox

The Ballad Of Richard Jewell” is a film that has languished in the dreaded development hell for years. The true story of the titular man that went from hero to hated in a matter of hours looks to be changing directors yet again. However, this time, Clint Eastwood is the man circling the project, signaling that audiences might actually see the film after years of promises.

Deadline is reporting that Eastwood is the latest director to flirt with the project, and is in discussions with Disney/Fox to helm the biopic.

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“DocsStillSoWhite: Moving From Ally to Accomplice” at Full Frame’s 9th Annual A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy

“DocsStillSoWhite: Moving From Ally to Accomplice” — the title inspired by a curriculum developed by the panel’s moderator Seena (“The Woke Coach”) Hodges — was the second of two diversity-centric A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy discussions presented at this year’s Full Frame. Speaking before an impressively packed house in The Durham Hotel lobby early on a Saturday morning, the upbeat Hodges began by reminding the four panel participants to be mindful of the allotted hour (while wryly apologizing for the “colonial construct of time”). She then asked the two teams of filmmakers — two black producers working alongside two white directors — […]
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“DocsStillSoWhite: Moving From Ally to Accomplice” at Full Frame’s 9th Annual A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy

“DocsStillSoWhite: Moving From Ally to Accomplice” — the title inspired by a curriculum developed by the panel’s moderator Seena (“The Woke Coach”) Hodges — was the second of two diversity-centric A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy discussions presented at this year’s Full Frame. Speaking before an impressively packed house in The Durham Hotel lobby early on a Saturday morning, the upbeat Hodges began by reminding the four panel participants to be mindful of the allotted hour (while wryly apologizing for the “colonial construct of time”). She then asked the two teams of filmmakers — two black producers working alongside two white directors — […]
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‘Vivarium’ First Look: Jesse Eisenberg & Imogen Poots Raise An Otherworldly Baby In A Terrible Subdivision In New Thriller

There’s really nothing that can prepare you for the stress and excitement that comes with buying your first house. You walk into vacant homes and begin to picture what it’s going to look like with all your stuff strewn about. You imagine the paint you’ll use on the walls, and what renovations you may have to make. But in the new film “Vivarium,” the process of buying a house turns complicated and otherworldly for a young couple.

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Cannes Director Talks Record Number Of Female Filmmakers This Year & The Problem With Achieving Gender Parity

The Cannes Film Festival is seen, by many at least, as the standard-bearer for this sort of event. For decades, the pinnacle of film festival achievement was screening at the French festival. However, in recent years, Cannes has found itself falling behind other festivals in a number of areas, particularly in the realm of female representation. That’s why Cannes director Thierry Fremaux is happy to talk about the 2019 lineup and how the festival has selected a record number of female filmmakers to screen projects.

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‘Daddy Issues’ Exclusive Clip: A Queer Artist & Her Insta-Crush Talk About The Female Orgasm In Stylish New Drama

The new film “Daddy Issues” is the perfect example of a film that shows the power of a female filmmaker with a vision. With a plot that, on paper, sounds fairly normal, what director Amara Cash does with “Daddy Issues” is craft a film full of enough heart, style, and attitude that keeps the indie film from feeling like anything you’ve ever seen before.

Read More: ‘Daddy Issues’ Trailer: Director Amara Cash Crafts A Unique Story About A Queer Artist’s Complicated & Scary Love Life

“Daddy Issues” arrives in theaters and VOD today, and in honor of the film’s release, we’re proud to present an exclusive clip from the film, showing you a scene that perfectly encapsulates what Cash does with her feature film directorial debut.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Dead Characters Who Should Be Resurrected Before the Series Ends

‘Game of Thrones’: Dead Characters Who Should Be Resurrected Before the Series Ends
“What is dead may never die,” goes the saying on the Iron Islands, and that certainly appears to hold true on “Game of Thrones.” After the game-changing resurrection of Jon Snow a couple seasons back, the series has firmly established a world where death is not necessarily the end. Now that “Game of Thrones” is coming to a close, it’s the show’s last chance to bring back some beloved or not-so-beloved characters.

The fantasy series has a few built-in ways for people to return from the dead or at least become undead, which is, you know, a return of sorts. Priests of the Red God R’hllor has seen fit to resurrect both Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), the latter a total of six times, although they were slightly changed afterward. Down south in King’s Landing, disgraced maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) took the putrefying body
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Chloë Grace Moretz Was Warned Not To Be Outspoken & Distances Herself From ‘Shadow In The Cloud’ Writer Max Landis

It really is difficult to believe that Chloë Grace Moretz is only 22-years-old. With a film career that spans almost 15 years, the young actress has starred in dozens of projects, including major blockbusters, terrible horror films, great indie dramas, and R-rated comedies. Despite her young age, Moretz is someone that’s been around the block, so to speak, in regards to her filmography. And through it all, she’s continued to be outspoken in regards to social issues and the way women have been treated in the industry.

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Pamela Adlon Is Creating ‘Better Things’ On and Off-Screen

Pamela Adlon Is Creating ‘Better Things’ On and Off-Screen
“I got no sleep and no Emmy!”

It’s the morning after the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, and Pamela Adlon is tired. Walking through the set, amiably grousing to her chuckling crew, the showrunner, director, writer, producer, and star of “Better Things” has been up since the wee hours of the morning, preparing for the day’s shoot in Baldwin Hills — and that’s after staying out late in support of her FX comedy. Sure, she was nominated for acting, but any chance of a personal victory at the Emmys seems secondary to the exposure she can provide the series just by being there.

Actually, individual recognition might be third in line, behind sleep. Despite her jovial demeanor, Adlon is sick. She took Dayquil this morning to help fight off a lingering, week-long cold, and she coughs into a surgical mask while watching takes with a handful of her producers. It
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Quentin Tarantino Drops New Details About His ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Characters

Quentin Tarantino Drops New Details About His ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Characters
Quentin Tarantino is returning to theaters this year with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but much of his new directorial effort remains shrouded in mystery. Outside of a basic plot description, Tarantino is wisely building anticipation for “Hollywood” by keeping fans mostly in the dark. Not even the film’s first trailer gave away any plot specifics.

Speaking to USA Today, Tarantino dropped some brief teases about his new characters. The film’s protagonist, Rick Dalton, is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned acclaim for playing the villain in Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Dalton had a successful career starring on a western television series, but he’s struggling to make it as a movie star.

According to Tarantino, Dalton is “a man full of inner turmoil and self-pity for not being in a better position, career-wise. But as is Rick’s way, he blames everybody but himself.” Sounds like
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‘When They See Us’ Trailer: Ava DuVernay Chronicles The Case & Lives Of The Central Park Five

There is no doubt that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “The 13th“) has quietly been one of the hardest working directors in recent years. Her passion project, “When They See Us” was teased with a stunning, shattering teaser sequence a few weeks back. Now the full-length trailer has arrived, and DuVernay is not holding anything back.

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An activist and filmmaker, DuVernay brings to screen the story of the young men branded as The Central Park Five, chronicling there lives during the high-profile New York City case that shook the nation and their eventual exoneration and release.

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‘When They See Us’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series Takes a Stirring Look at Central Park Five

Following a highly effective teaser trailer in March, Netflix has debuted the soul-stirring official trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us.” The four-part limited series brings the headline-making trial of the Central Park Five to a human level as DuVernay gives a voice to the four teenagers who were falsely accused and convicted of rape.

The official synopsis from Netflix reads: “Based on a true story that gripped the country, ‘When They See Us’ chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The series focuses on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of
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Alex Ross Perry To Write & Direct Feature Film Adaptation Of Stephen King’s ‘Rest Stop’

Alex Ross Perry is definitely a filmmaker that doesn’t like to be put in any sort of box. His early films were these odd, but really fun, comedies like “The Color Wheel” and “Listen Up Philip.” Perry came back with “Queen of Earth,” which is a thriller. He’s also a credited writer on the recent Disney film, “Christopher Robin.” And just last week, his punk rock musical drama “Her Smell” hit theaters.

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