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Esther Scott, Actress in ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ ‘Hart of Dixie,’ Dies at 66

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Esther Scott, Actress in ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ ‘Hart of Dixie,’ Dies at 66
Esther Scott, who appeared in “Boyz N the Hood,” voiced Shodu in the “Ewoks” series and guest starred on dozens of TV series, died Friday in Los Angeles, her representative confirmed. She had suffered a heart attack Tuesday at her Santa Monica home. She was 66.

Born in Queens, N.Y., Scott appeared in at least 73 films and shows beginning in the 1980s. She had recurring roles in “The Geena Davis Show, ” “The Help” TV show and “Hart of Dixie,” and made guest appearances on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Full House,” “Ellen,” “Sister Sister,” “Hart of Dixie” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” In the popular film “Boyz N the Hood,” Scott played the grandmother of Tisha. She voiced the character Shodu in the “Star Wars” animated spin-off “Ewoks.”

Scott was most recently seen as Bridget Turner in “The Birth of a Nation,” based on the story of Nat Turner, who led a
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Robert Pattinson-Margaret Qualley Thriller ‘The Stars at Noon’ Sells to A24

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Robert Pattinson-Margaret Qualley Thriller ‘The Stars at Noon’ Sells to A24
A24 has bought North American rights to the thriller “The Stars at Noon,” starring Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley.

Claire Denis is attached to direct, and wrote the screenplay with Lea Mysius and Andrew Litvack, based on Denis Johnson’s 1986 novel.

The deal was announced Tuesday on the eve of the Berlin Film Festival, where Wild Bunch is launching international sales on the project. CAA Media Finance brokered the domestic deal. Paris-based Curiosa Films is producing “The Stars at Noon.”

The film, set during the Nicaraguan Revolution in 1984, follows a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist who strike up a passionate romance. Their situation soon deteriorates and they attempt to escape the country, with only each other to trust and rely on.

Pattinson is currently shooting “The Batman” for Warner Bros. Denis’ credits include “35 Shots of Rum” and “High Life,” which also starred Pattinson and was bought by A24.

Qualley,
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Dexter Fletcher to Direct Remake of Val Kilmer Action Film ‘The Saint’ at Paramount

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Dexter Fletcher to Direct Remake of Val Kilmer Action Film ‘The Saint’ at Paramount
Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher is set to direct a remake of “The Saint,” the 1997 action film starring Val Kilmer, at Paramount, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Paramount is hoping “The Saint” could kick off a franchise, as the film is based on the globe-trotting 1920s novel series by Leslie Charteris.

Philip Noyce directed the 1997 film that starred Kilmer as Simon Templar, a thief for hire also known as The Saint, who is hired to steal the secret process for cold fusion. But the latest job ends up putting him at odds with a man bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds the secret.

Dexter Fletcher will direct from the most recent draft of the script by Seth Grahame-Smith. Lorenzo Dibonaventura is producing, and Brad Krevoy
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Box Office: 'Parasite' Heads for Huge $50M-Plus in U.S. After Historic Oscar Win

Box Office: 'Parasite' Heads for Huge $50M-Plus in U.S. After Historic Oscar Win
Bong Joon Ho's Parasite continued to make headlines following its historic Oscar best picture victory.

Over the long Presidents Day holiday, the South Korean dark comedy-thriller made its biggest push yet in the U.S., expanding from 1,060 locations to 2,001. The move paid off as Parasite raced up the chart to No. 7 with $6.8 million — the film's top weekend gross to date (indie distributor Neon first opened the film in select arthouse cinemas in early October).

Globally, Parasite celebrated its Academy Award victory by zooming past the $200 million mark for Cj Entertainment despite the ...
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Box Office: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Wakes Paramount From Hibernation

Box Office: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Wakes Paramount From Hibernation
Waiting and hedging its bets proved to be worth it for Paramount.

Over the long Presidents Day weekend, Sonic the Hedgehog zoomed past expectations to a $70 million debut — the studio's biggest domestic opening since Mission: Impossible — Fallout over 18 months ago.

Every Hollywood studio has its ups and downs at the box office, but Paramount has endured a dismal run, topped by big-budget misses such as Gemini Man and Terminator: Dark Fate in late 2019 (both films were produced and co-financed by partner Skydance).

Sonic marks an important victory for Paramount and studio chairman Jim Gianopulos after scoring the ...
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‘Three Billboards’ Director Martin McDonagh Sets Up Next Film at Searchlight (Exclusive)

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‘Three Billboards’ Director Martin McDonagh Sets Up Next Film at Searchlight (Exclusive)
Three years after the release of his Oscar best picture nominee “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” director Martin McDonagh has lined up his next project, an untitled feature film about a friendship gone sour in Ireland.

McDonagh is reuniting with Disney’s Searchlight and the UK-based Film4, the companies behind “Three Billboards” and Academy Award winner “The Favourite” starring Olivia Colman. Searchlight has worldwide distribution rights on the project.

A cast has not been finalized yet on McDonagh’s new film, according to sources, but production is set to begin this year. The movie follows two lifelong pals on a remote Irish isle. At an impasse, one abruptly ends the friendship, resulting in alarming consequences for both.

McDonagh will serve as writer and director, and produce with Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin through their Blueprint Pictures. Executive producers include Diarmuid McKeown, Ben Knight, Daniel Battsek, and Ollie Madden.

Film4 has backed McDonagh his entire career,
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Melissa Leo To Headline Fox Pilot ‘Blood Relative’, Lifting the Cast-Contingency

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Melissa Leo To Headline Fox Pilot ‘Blood Relative’, Lifting the Cast-Contingency
Oscar winner Melissa Leo will play the lead in Fox’s drama pilot Blood Relative, lifting the cast-contingency on the pilot order.

Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Blood Relative is a forensic genealogy-themed crime drama from writer-producer Chris Levinson and producer Liza Chasin, Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, which will co-produce with Fox Entertainment.

Blood Relative is based on James Renner’s 2018 article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries,” about Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press, who have combined their genealogy expertise to push the boundaries of forensic science and help law enforcement identify Joe and Jane Does and track down serial killers.

Written by Levinson and Renner and to be directe by Phillip Noyce, Blood Relative centers on genetic genealogy, the best new tool in crime scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise
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Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86

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Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86
Charles Portis, the author whose 1968 novel “True Grit” inspired two beloved big-screen Westerns, died Monday at the age of 86.

The Arkansas native had struggled with failing health for several years, according to his brother, Jonathan, who confirmed the death to the Arkansas Times.

His biggest success was the 1968 novel “True Grit,” the story of a young farm girl who hires a drunken lawman to catch the outlaw who murdered her father. They go on a quest along with a Texas Ranger to track down the villain, and on that adventure, the strength of their “grit” is tested.

The novel inspired Henry Hathaway’s 1969 film, which earned John Wayne the Oscar for Best Actor. The Coen brothers’ 2010 adaptation, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld, earned 10 Oscar nominations — but went home empty-handed that year.

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Portis’ other work includes comic fiction like “Norwood,
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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Debuts to Winning Numbers

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Debuts to Winning Numbers
American Idol opened its third ABC season Sunday with slightly lower ratings than its 2019 premiere, but it easily led the night's broadcast ratings. NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Good Girls posted modest initial numbers, as did Fox's animated series Duncanville — though they're likely to grow significantly with multi-platform viewing.

Idol premiered with 8.05 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, down about 7 percent in viewers and 12 percent in the demo vs. last year (8.65 million and 1.7). Sunday's installment is ahead of last season's same-day averages of ...
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Canadian Screen Awards: 'Schitt's Creek' Leads Nominations

Canadian Screen Awards: 'Schitt's Creek' Leads Nominations
Eugene and Dan Levy's Schitt's Creek on Tuesday nabbed a field-leading 26 nominations for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, the national film and TV awards.

The Canadian laugher, originally a CBC and then a Pop TV comedy, will compete for best comedy and best comedy writing, with both Eugene and Dan Levy scoring acting nominations alongside stars Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy.

And the CBC's Anne With an E, the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables co-produced with Netflix, grabbed 17 nominations, followed by the Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse-starring Cardinal, a Hulu murder mystery drama originally ...
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Brad Paisley Sets Dates for 2020 World Tour

Brad Paisley Sets Dates for 2020 World Tour
Brad Paisley has announced dates for an extensive tour set to get underway in May. Dubbed the 2020 World Tour, Paisley’s new trek will carry him around North America and into Europe.

Launching with a May 15th performance at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California, the tour will run through late September, visiting well-known spots like the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, and Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In July, Paisley will head to Europe for a series of dates, playing festivals and headlining gigs in Norway, Sweden, Germany,
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Filmmaker Stella Meghie on Crafting ‘The Photograph’ and Being a ‘Romance Film Nerd’

Filmmaker Stella Meghie on Crafting ‘The Photograph’ and Being a ‘Romance Film Nerd’
Stella Meghie loves love. And she’s currently feeling a lot of it.

As “Sonic the Hedgehog” soared to number one over Presidents’ Day weekend, “The Photograph” made a solid $13 million. Catching up with Meghie early Saturday morning after the film’s debut, the writer/director/executive producer admitted she’d been looking at the numbers.

“I’m grateful people seem to like it, but you know, who knows?” Meghie told Variety during a phone conversation. “It’s hard to judge these things on their outcome, especially going back and forth between studio and indie [film], there’s just such different scales of what success means. It’s hard when you’re in the marketplace going up against like $100 million blockbuster films and you’re just like, ‘Where do I land? What constitutes success?’”

Meghie and the film, which carries a reported $15 million budget, also received a great deal of support
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Ja’Net DuBois, ‘Good Times’ Actress, Dies at 74

Ja’Net DuBois, ‘Good Times’ Actress, Dies at 74
Ja’Net DuBois, known for her turn as Willona Woods on “Good Times,” was found dead in her Glendale, Calif. home on Tuesday. Her family told TMZ the actress died unexpectedly in her sleep. She was believed to be 74.

In addition to her role as the Evans family’s neighbor in the ’70s sitcom, she also appeared in a number of notable films and TV programs including “Roots,” Keenan Ivory Wayans’ “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” as Momma Bosley. DuBois was also known for her legendary voice. She composed and sang “Movin’ On Up,” the theme song for “The Jeffersons.
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Pete Davidson Plays College Dropout in ‘Big Time Adolescence’ Trailer

Pete Davidson Plays College Dropout in ‘Big Time Adolescence’ Trailer
Pete Davidson is set to take over streaming services in the next few months.

First, the Saturday Night Live cast member’s Netflix comedy special, Pete Davidson: Alive From New York, will premiere February 25th on the platform. Then, Davidson will appear in a supporting role in the upcoming Hulu coming-of-age film Big Time Adolescence, which released its first red band trailer on Tuesday.

The movie stars Griffin Gluck as Mo, a smart yet naive 16-year-old doing his best to navigate high school under the wing of his best friend Zeke,
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Chika Won’t Stoop to ‘Industry Games’ on New Song

Rising Alabama Mc Chika unveiled a hard-hitting new track, “Industry Games,” set to appear on her upcoming Ep by the same name.

Produced by Sean Momberger, Lido and Ye Ali, “Industry Games” boasts a clattering mix of drums and bass, balanced by a melody of synth pings that echo with a queasy edge. Chika rides this beat with aplomb, unraveling two verses of exceptionally hard bars before deftly switching into a dramatic sing-song as she rebuffs anyone trying to bounce her from her perch: “I can hear the snakes, they hissing,
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Ja’net Dubois, ‘Good Times’ Star, Dies at 74 (Report)

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Ja’net Dubois, ‘Good Times’ Star, Dies at 74 (Report)
Good Times” star Ja’net Dubois has died at the age of 74.

Dubois was found dead at her home in Glendale on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ. Her representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

The actress starred on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” for five years from 1974 to 1979 as Willona Woods, the gossipy divorcee and next-door neighbor of the Evans family. She went on to appear in a number of film and TV projects, including voicing one of the main characters on the stop-motion animated series “The PJs.”

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Dubois’s work on “The PJs” earned her two Emmys for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1999 and 2001. She also earned a NAACP Image Award nomination in 1998 for a guest appearance on “Touched by an Angel.”

Her other credits include “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” Moesha,” “Sanford and Son,
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Check Out ‘The Walking Dead’ Mid-Season 10 Teaser

Check Out ‘The Walking Dead’ Mid-Season 10 Teaser
This post contains spoilers.

In space, no one can hear you scream. But in an underground cave packed with zombies on a munchies run, the odds are much better.

The second half of the 10th season of The Walking Dead launches this Sunday, and, as a teaser, AMC has released the first few minutes of the premiere. Not surprisingly, it picks up at the midseason finale cliffhanger: Our constantly besieged heroes, including Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), have been tricked into sliding into said cave by Alpha (Samantha Morton
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Watch Billie Eilish Perform ‘No Time to Die’ With Johnny Marr at the Brit Awards

Watch Billie Eilish Perform ‘No Time to Die’ With Johnny Marr at the Brit Awards
Last week, Billie Eilish brought her goth sensibilities to the brooding new James Bond theme, “No Time to Die.” Rounding out her recent torch song performances at award shows, Eilish appeared at the Brit Awards on Tuesday to perform the theme alongside her co-writer and brother Finneas.

The duo — Eilish on vocals and Finneas on piano — were accompanied by Johnny Marr on guitar, a keyboardist, drummer and an entire string section, courtesy of Hans Zimmer. “Fool me once, fool me twice/Are you death or paradise?/Now you’ll never
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What’s Next for Lana Condor: Maybe More ‘X-Men’ and Jubilee?

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What’s Next for Lana Condor: Maybe More ‘X-Men’ and Jubilee?
Now that she’s done with Lara Jean Covey and all those boys, Lana Condor wants to kick some ass — and she’s hoping to toss on the yellow jacket and jump back into the “X-Men” universe as Jubilee.

Condor played Jubilee, a.k.a. Jubilation Lee, in the 2016 Fox film “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Fans were hyped that the Chinese-American character would get a chance to shine on the big screen, but her appearance amounted to not much more than a glorified cameo.

Despite Disney-owned Fox now reevaluating the direction of the “X-Men” franchise post “Dark Phoenix,” Condor is holding out hope.

Also Read: “To All The Boys” Star Lana Condor on Jordan Fisher vs Noah Centineo and Saying Goodbye to Lara Jean (Video)

“I think that now is a really good time and I would really like to do her justice because she didn’t have it five years ago
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Watch ‘The Masked Singer’ Judges Fawn Over ‘Adorbs’ Kitty, the ‘Fan Favorite’ of Group B (Exclusive Video)

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Watch ‘The Masked Singer’ Judges Fawn Over ‘Adorbs’ Kitty, the ‘Fan Favorite’ of Group B (Exclusive Video)
Well hello, Kitty! On Wednesday’s “The Masked Singer,” we’ll be introduced to the Season 3 competitors in Group B: Banana, Elephant, Kitty, Taco, Mouse and Frog.

But based on TheWrap’s exclusive clip from tomorrow’s episode, which you can view above, judges Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke have already decided which of those six is the pick of the litter: the “adorbs” Kitty.

In the video, you’ll see the four panelists fawning over the feline, who is dressed in a pink showgirl costume, with Thicke telling her that she’s “already a fan favorite” following her performance of Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman.”

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“I think you did an amazing job with the vocals. You moved great and there’s really no other character quite like her on this season.
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