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Laura Linney Joins Viggo Mortensen’s Family Drama ‘Falling’

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Laura Linney Joins Viggo Mortensen’s Family Drama ‘Falling’
Laura Linney, Hannah Gross, and Terry Chen have joined the cast of Viggo Mortensen’s family drama “Falling.”

The movie will be Mortensen’s directorial debut. He’s also producing, wrote the screenplay, and is playing one of the two leading roles in a story about a son’s relationship with his aging father. Production is currently underway in Toronto. It will also shoot in Los Angeles.

Mortensen will portray a man who lives with his male partner, played by Chen, and their adopted daughter in Southern California. Linney will play his sister and Gross will portray his mother. Lance Henriksen will play the father, a farmer whose attitudes and behavior belong to a far more traditional era and family model. He travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with his family as he deals with memory loss.

“Falling” is produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films and Chris Curling
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Disney Retires Fox 2000 Imprint, Lays Off Top Executives Following Acquisition

20th Century Fox is officially owned by Disney, but not everything — or everyone — is coming with it. A day after the $71.3 billion acquisition was made official, one Fox imprint has already been axed: Fox 2000, which recently produced “Hidden Figures” and “The Hate U Give” and was previously responsible for producing the likes of “The Thin Red Line,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Walk the Line,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Joy,” and “Life of Pi,” among many others.

Fox 2000, overseen by Elizabeth Gabler, had been expected to make the transition; the future of her staff (six executives work under her) at Disney is uncertain.

Other layoffs that came down Thursday include Pam Levine, president of worldwide marketing, as well as co-president Kevin Campbell; domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson; international distribution president Andrew Cripps; and chief creative officer Tony Sella, who worked on more than 400 titles, including “Avatar” and the “X-Men
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Conan O’Brien’s Full Archive Is Coming to the Team Coco Website, Starting With the Remotes

To the delight of Conan O’Brien fans, it was announced last year by Team Coco that every clip from “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” would soon be available in one place online. With the original launch date of January behind us, the new plan has emerged: Clips will be uploaded in phases to the Team Coco website, the first of which, “Conan 25: The Remotes,” is coming next Monday, March 25. More than 350 offsite segments will be included.

Here’s how the painstaking process works: “First, we take this shitty tape my brother Neil recorded off his TV and convert it to DVD. Then the DVD is converted to a 3D IMAX film, which we then screen for a hip-hop dance squad who transform it into a bomb-ass routine” explains O’Brien in a new video as visual aides accompany this elaborate transformation. “An artist then watches the dance
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With More Black Stars on TV Than Ever, Where Do Bet, Own, and Other Black Networks Fit In?

African Americans love TV. According to Nielsen, it’s a demographic that watches 37 percent more television than any other. And the TV industry has taken note: Of the nearly 500 scripted series across broadcast, cable, and streaming, at least 60 are headlined by black actors. However, most of them don’t appear on Bet, Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Bounce TV, or TV One: 70 percent of the black-headlined shows run on other networks and streamers. All of which begs the question: As networks with significantly deeper pockets aggressively pursue the African-American audience, do black TV networks risk losing relevance?

Bet head of programming Connie Orlando isn’t concerned by the competition. “Across TV, Svod, and film, Hollywood is waking up to the excellence of black creators and the power of black audiences, something we have done for the past 40 years,” she said. “African Americans are not monolithic. There’s room for
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Disney Says Goodbye To Fox 2000 Division That Birthed ‘Hidden Figures’ & ‘Devil Wears Prada’

In a surprise decision following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios has moved to shutter the Fox 2000 division run by Elizabeth Gabler. The division recently spearheaded Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” as well as “Love Simon” and “The Hate U Give.” Their next release was Joe Wright’s “Woman in the Window” with Amy Adams and Gary Oldman in October.

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot to Be Written and Directed by Macon Blair

‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot to Be Written and Directed by Macon Blair
Two years after making his directorial debut with “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” Macon Blair is stepping behind the camera for Legendary’s “Toxic Avenger” reboot. The actor-turned-filmmaker, whose on-screen resume includes everything from “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room” to “The Florida Project” and “Logan Lucky,” will both write and direct. Variety first broke the news, including the fact that Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michel Herz are producing and Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter of Legendary are overseeing the project.

The former two also directed the 1984 original, a midnight-movie staple that was followed by the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV”. “The Toxic Avenger” tells the tried-and-true story of a 98-pound janitor who falls into a vat of toxic waste (as you do) and, imbued with newfound powers,
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Lupita Nyong’o Used Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Inspiration for ‘Us’ Doppelgänger Voice

Lupita Nyong’o Used Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Inspiration for ‘Us’ Doppelgänger Voice
Jordan Peele’s “Us” requires Lupita Nyong’o to play two roles, one of which is an evil doppelgänger referred to as Red who speaks with a terrifyingly grating voice. The accent Nyong’o adopted for her evil character is hard to forget, and it turns out the actress found inspiration for her vocal work from an unlikely source: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

As revealed in a recent profile of Nyong’o published by The New York Times, Peele included in his script that the doppelgänger’s voice was “scratchy, as if withered from lack of use.” Nyong’o was working Red’s voice and had a light bulb moment while attending a fashion event where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was speaking. Kennedy Jr., an environmentalist and the son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel, suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, described as a “neurological disorder that causes involuntary spasms of the larynx.
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What’s The State Of The ‘Bond 25?’ Cast Members Like Ralph Fiennes Don’t Have A Clue, Cause They Haven’t Even Seen A Script

Sometimes you tell people that the state of a movie is not so rosy, and that despite new screenwriters being involved fairly last minute, others will “carry water” and deliver counter news needed to create a sunnier narrative. In the case of ‘Bond 25,’ the sunny narrative is the film is set to open April 8, 2020. The real state of affairs? Well, things aren’t looking good at the moment, as the script is apparently still unfinished and filming is set to begin next month.

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“I’d Spend 24 Hours with My Family, Fly Back, Sleep for Five Hours and Shoot the Next Day”: Cinematographer Chris Teague on Russian Doll

On the night of her 36th birthday, New York video game developer Nadia (played by the show’s co-creator Natasha Lyonne) stumbles out of a party in her honor and is killed by an oncoming car. Thus begins a cycle of “resets” in the new Netflix series Russian Doll, with each demise bringing Nadia right back to the same birthday party bathroom mirror on the same night. The Groundhog Day comparisons are unavoidable, yet as Russian Doll unfolds across its eight episodes it reveals layers of emotional complexity and existential angst that extend beyond that Bill Murray classic and its Christmas Carol-esque […]
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“I’d Spend 24 Hours with My Family, Fly Back, Sleep for Five Hours and Shoot the Next Day”: Cinematographer Chris Teague on Russian Doll

On the night of her 36th birthday, New York video game developer Nadia (played by the show’s co-creator Natasha Lyonne) stumbles out of a party in her honor and is killed by an oncoming car. Thus begins a cycle of “resets” in the new Netflix series Russian Doll, with each demise bringing Nadia right back to the same birthday party bathroom mirror on the same night. The Groundhog Day comparisons are unavoidable, yet as Russian Doll unfolds across its eight episodes it reveals layers of emotional complexity and existential angst that extend beyond that Bill Murray classic and its Christmas Carol-esque […]
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2019 Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series Emmy Predictions

There isn’t a gigantic pool of potential candidates for Best Actor in a Drama Series this season, but the changing landscape has made things interesting. Last year, Matthew Rhys won for his work in the final season of “The Americans” so he’s out of the running this time around. The second season of “Westworld” won’t debut in time meaning Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris also can’t return to the stage.

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Emily Blunt To Team With John Krasinski & David O. Russell On New Film ‘Not Fade Away’

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? After the runaway success of their big screen collaboration, “A Quiet Place,” married couple/A-Listers Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are teaming up yet again on a new film that doesn’t involve monsters, but does involve the loss of hearing. And to up the ante even more, the duo are bringing along David O. Russell to help.

Read More: John Krasinski Will Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’; Emily Blunt Will Return

According to Deadline, Blunt is attached to star in the film “Not Fade Away,” which will be produced by her husband Krasinski and filmmaker David O.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ TV Spot: Marvel Studios Seems Content With Revealing Nothing Before April 26th

The tight-lipped folks out of Marvel Studios are up to their old tricks – with the latest TV spot for “Avengers: Endgame.” Much like the trailers we’ve had previously, there’s just enough in the short spot to get folks excited, but also keep them completely in the dark.

Since everyone involved with the upcoming sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War,” from its stars, to its writers, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely, to its directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, to Kevin Feige himself, have all kept spoilers to such an extreme minimum over the past several months.

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Noah Centineo Will Declare He Has The Power In New ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Film

To all the toys I’ve loved before…

Noah Centineo, the star of Netflix’s runaway teen rom-com hit, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” is now about to be the face of a major studio franchise, according to Variety. The young actor is apparently set to star as He-Man in a brand-new “Masters of the Universe” remake.

Read More: ‘Band Of Robbers’ Directors Aaron And Adam Nee To Helm Sony’s ‘Masters Of The Universe

For those not aware of the amazing ‘80s toyline/animated series, “Masters of the Universe,” the story follows He-Man (who also poses as Prince Adam), a warrior that has to defend the realm of Eternia from the evil Skeletor.

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Fran Drescher on Performing Stand-Up Comedy For the First Time

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Fran Drescher on Performing Stand-Up Comedy For the First Time
At the age of 61, Fran Drescher has started doing stand-up — and she doesn’t want to do it like a man.

“When I do my half hour,” she told IndieWire, “I want to go deeper into life experience, and find the humor in the darkness and despair. I think there’s a shift in female comics, and the way they tell stories, that include things they’re passionate about — whether it’s sexual orientation or health or relationships. I think as women, we’re starting to develop our own style and not just be like the men. That’s what I aspire to be.”

Drescher’s decades-long resume contains many fascinating roles — writer, actress, sitcom star, diplomat, activist — and now, stand-up comedian, a pursuit that’s technically new to her.

So she’s looking to the modern state of the format, as pioneered by comics like Hannah Gatsby. A woman
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Emilia Clarke Details How She Cheated Death & Survived Two Aneurysms During Her Time On ‘Game Of Thrones’ In Emotional Essay

In 2011, everything was supposed to be great for actress Emilia Clarke. She was one of the stars of HBO’s major new series “Game of Thrones,” and would, overnight, be a known name and instant celebrity. Of course, as it would most anyone else, that prospect terrified the young actress, which caused her a great deal of stress. But little did she know that 2011 would be the beginning of a health crisis she never expected.

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Danny Boyle Opens Up About What Forced Him To Quit ‘Bond 25:’ “It Is Just A Great Shame”

Obviously, it wasn’t part of the plan for Barbara Broccoli and the other heads of the ‘Bond’ franchise to hire Danny Boyle to direct “Bond 25,” only to have him quit the production only weeks later. But alas, that’s exactly what happened, which raised more than a few eyebrows among film fans. Now, months later, with a new director (and writers) aboard the spy film, Boyle finally speaks out about the reasons for leaving the coveted job.

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‘Deadwood’ Movie Gets First Trailer, Emmys-Eligible Release Date

‘Deadwood’ Movie Gets First Trailer, Emmys-Eligible Release Date
It’s been a long journey back to the screen for “Deadwood.” But now fans and awards prognosticators alike have something to pay attention to.

HBO has released the first look at “Deadwood: The Movie,” along with a very carefully timed May 31 release date. Arriving with enough of a cushion after the end of “Game of Thrones,” this continuation of David Milch’s beloved three-season chronicle of the lawless South Dakota town premieres on the last day of the Emmy eligibility calendar.

This sneak peek below features the return of most of the original series’ central cast. Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, John Hawkes and more are back to put a cap on a series that’s stayed dormant since the original series aired its last episode in 2006. The official “Deadwood: The Movie” logline explains that “the indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood.
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‘Tigerland’ Review: Harrowing and Essential Doc Follows Tigers and Those Fighting For Their Survival

‘Tigerland’ Review: Harrowing and Essential Doc Follows Tigers and Those Fighting For Their Survival
You’ll have to wait a while before “Tigerland” introduces its eponymous stars, but like many elements of Ross Kauffman’s emotional, often harrowing new documentary, the eventual reveal will be worth it. The “E-Team” and “Born Into Brothels” filmmaker has always been concerned with shining a light on those in need of help (or common decency), and for his third feature, Kauffman turns his interest toward a threatened animal population and the humans trying to save them. While “Tigerland” takes some time to find its footing, kicking off with an odd kid-voiced monologue that attempts to spell out the historical meaning of the tiger and then looping together two seemingly different stories, Kauffman eventually finds connections that go far beyond the superficial.

Still, it’s the tigers that bind everything, and when Kauffman finally reveals one out in the wild — after plenty of gazing at dusty paw prints, squinting through brush,
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‘Deadwood’ Movie Trailer: Old Rivalries & Wounds Are Reopened 12 Years Later

The time has come. There are no more old movies will all-male casts to be redone with all-female casts, nor are there any more 90s sitcoms with problematic or now entirely irrelevant stars to be rebooted. That is the only explanation for why what was once the most innovative network but has lately devolved into merely a factory of mediocrity (with one smash hit notwithstanding), is making a pretty shrewd decision. HBO is reviving the beloved, and critically acclaimed “Deadwood,” the 2004 – 2006 show that currently sits upon the throne of the “canceled-too-early” category.

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