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'La La Land' Director Plots New Musical TV Show 'The Eddy'

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La La Land director Damien Chazelle will direct a new musical TV series called The Eddy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will center around a club in modern-day Paris, its owner, the house band and "the volatile city that surrounds them."

British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne will write The Eddy. Thorne is known for co-writing the This Is England spin-off series with Shane Meadows and creating the supernatural BBC show The Fades. He's also written for the hit teen drama Skins and the original British version of »


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‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director

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Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator: Salvation” director McG will not direct Sony’s upcoming adaptation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” TheWrap has learned.

McG has left the project after circling around it since early last year. Longtime DC Films writer David S. Goyer (“Batman v. Superman,” The “Dark Knight” Trilogy) is still attached to pen the script.

Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has added seven more films to its lineup, including Roman Polanski‘s “D’après une histoire vraie,” Cannes organizers announced on Monday.

Other additions include films by Ruben Ostlund, Santiago Mitre and Barbet Schroeder.

The new additions:

Main Competition: “The Square” by Ruben Ostlund

Out of Competition: “D’après une histoire vraie” by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard: “La Cordillera” by Santiago Mitre “Walking Past the Future” by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings: “Le Vénérable W.” by Barbet Schroeder “Carré 35” by Éric Caravaca

Children’s Screening: “Zombillénium” by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord

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- Steve Pond

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Disney’s ‘Miracle’ Actor Michael Mantenuto Found Dead at 35

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Mantenuto, an actor and hockey player who starred in Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” has died. He was 35.

Mantenuto died on Monday of an apparent suicide, according to TMZ, and was found in his car by police in Des Moines, Wash. TMZ reports that the actor died by shooting himself.

Miracle” tells the story of the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The American’s victory over the heavily favored Soviet team was dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.” The U.S. would go on to beat Finland to win gold. Mantenuto played Jack O’Callahan, a member of the U.S. team who injures his knee, but returns to the rink to take on the Soviets ,and makes a key shot that leads to a U.S. goal. Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson also star in the movie.

Mantenuto’s Hollywood career was limited apart from “Miracle.” He did, however appear in the 2006 TV movie “Dirtbags” and 2008’s “Surfer, Dude.”

After his acting career, Mantenuto joined the military. In a news release announcing Mantenuto’s death, Col. Guillaume Beaurpere wrote, “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force.”

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- Seth Kelley

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'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' premiere cancelled after Vinod Khanna's death

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Legendary Indian actor and producer passed away aged 70.

The Mumbai premiere of Indian blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Indian actor Vinod Khanna.

The revered Bollywood star, producer and politican died today (April 27) aged 70 from bladder cancer.

Producer Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions is distributing the Hindi version of the film, said on Twitter: “As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.”

He added: “His screen presence is unparalleled even today… his super star swag is what we grew up on… Rip #VinodKhanna… thoughts and prayers…”

Khanna, known for his good looks, was one the biggest Indian film stars of the 70s and 80s.

He left showbiz to follow spiritual teacher Osho Rajneesh in 1982 before returning to acting five years later.  

Later, he became a politician, representing Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab four times for the ruling »


- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Box-Office Preview: 'The Circle' No Match for 'Fate of the Furious'

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Be prepared for another quiet frame at the U.S. box office on the last weekend before the summer season kicks off May 5.

The biggest new offering that opens Friday is filmmaker James Ponsoldt's The Circle, an indie thriller about the dangers of the high-tech age that stars Emma Watson, who is coming off her billion-dollar blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, and Tom Hanks. The film is projected to open in the $11 million-$12 million range from 3,163 theaters. 

That won't be enough to drive The Fate of the Furious off the road. The latest installment »


- Pamela McClintock

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Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix

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One of the interesting things about Netflix and their original series is that the passage of what becomes a hit (seemingly: the streaming service still fiercely protect actual viewership figures, but it’s easy enough to tell from social media buzz and the like) is genuinely organic. “Orange Is The New Black” became a much bigger talking point than the infinitely more-hyped “House Of Cards,” “Bojack Horseman” gradually built fans to become a cult comedy, and last year, “Stranger Things” came from almost nowhere to become seemingly the streaming service’s buzziest show ever.

Continue reading Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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Cannes: First Image from André Téchiné’s ‘Golden Years’ (Exclusive)

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Variety has been given the exclusive first image from André Téchiné’s “Golden Years” (Nos années folles), which world premieres as a Screening Gala in Cannes Film Festival’s Tribute to Téchiné. Celluloid Dreams is handling world sales, and the film will be released in France by Arp Sélection.

Téchiné, whose credits include “Rendez-Vous,” “My Favorite Season,” “Wild Reeds” and 2016 Berlinale Competition title “Being Seventeen,” describes the film as both “an odyssey of sexual identity” and “an extraordinary love story.” He co-wrote the script with Cédric Anger, based on the book “La Garçonne et l’assassin” by Fabrice Virgili and Danièle Voldman.

The story centers on Paul and Louise, who get married on the eve of World War I. After two years on the front, Paul injures himself and decides to desert, risking execution. Louise dresses him up as a woman to hide him and he becomes “Suzanne,” a Parisian celebrity, »


- Leo Barraclough

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Film Review: ‘Casting JonBenét’

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What is it that so fascinates people about the case of JonBenét Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty pageant princess who was found murdered in her own basement? Thousands of hours have already been dedicated to covering the story via TV news and true-crime movies, but Australian director Kitty Green’s high-concept documentary “Casting JonBenét” breaks fresh ground, probing the public, rather than family members or suspects (often the same thing).

This enticingly original project — which premiered at Sundance and is now available on Netflix — presents itself as a series of casting-session interviews with actors being considered for the principal roles in yet another film on the subject, and by alternating between their best guesses as to what happened and revelations about details from their personal lives (history of abuse, loss, and sexual perversion), it begins to penetrate why this particular tabloid phenomenon resonated so profoundly with Americans.

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- Peter Debruge

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India Box Office: Will 'Baahubali 2' Set Records?

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

India is bracing for what could be a historic weekend at the box office when Baahubali: The Conclusion opens wide this Friday.

Living up to its name, the first installment of Baahubali (which means "the one with strong arms"), is estimated to have reached a muscular $100 million worldwide when it was released in 2015. While India does not report box-office numbers, Baahubali: The Beginning brought in about $77 million in the country, according to estimates, and is considered among the top three grossers of all time.

In North America, the first film had "a monster opening," New »

- Nyay Bhushan

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Film Review: ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’

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The combo of wink-wink naughtiness and family-friendly sentimentality makes for a wildly uneven farce in “How to Be a Latin Lover,” as a middle-aged male gold-digger attempts a reconciliation with his estranged sister and nephew — when he isn’t busy looking for his next sugar mama, that is. It’s another hand-tooled star vehicle for Mexican TV actor/personality Eugenio Derbez, whose phenomenally popular 2013 comedy “Instructions Not Included” holds the record for being the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States. This follow-up effort, a largely English-language feature, isn’t likely to make lightning strike twice in terms of generating consumer demand. To give it fair due, however, there are some very funny bits and pieces scattered amid the proceedings, along with a few darkly comical gags that appear to belong in a different movie, but are more than welcome here.

Much like Jack Benny, Maximo (Derbez) continues »


- Joe Leydon

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Sony Reports Soft Q4, Full Year Earnings As Foreign Exchange and Writedown Take Toll

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Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai has been criss-crossing the Pacific in recent months, making frequent visits to its Culver City lot as the venerable film studio searches for a successor to outgoing Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. And that’s a priority, as a weak fourth quarter — and year — from the company’s movie studio weighed down its most recent earnings report. Late Thursday night Los Angeles time, Sony reported revenue of $17 billion and earnings of 19 cents a share for the three months ended March 31, which the company classifies as its fiscal fourth quarter. For the full year, the Japanese. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘My Friend Dahmer’

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The premise of “My Friend Dahmer” — a year in the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, the gay cannibalistic serial killer, back when he was a misunderstood high school kid — makes it sound like the indie-hipster version of “Bates Motel”: a “sensitive” prequel to the madness to come. To be sure, the dementia the movie shows us is totally in its embryonic form. Jeffrey, at 17, likes to take roadkill and dissolve it in jars of acid he gets from his chemist father, and his surly blank stare gives new meaning to the term “teenage outcast.” Yet “My Friend Dahmer,” adapted from a true-life graphic novel by John Backderf (who based it on his own high-school experiences with Dahmer), is more than a twisted Afterschool Special. It’s a serious and audacious attempt to dramatize the inner life of a sick puppy when he wasn’t quite so sick.

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- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Grey’s Anatomy': Meredith Committed the Ultimate Betrayal

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”) Ever since the start of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13, everyone and their mama knew that Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) is basically in love with Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) — especially her sister, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Unfortunately, when Dr. Pierce professed her love (Ok, it was more like a strong interest) to Dr. Riggs, he didn’t feel the same and kindly let her down (tore her poor heart into a million tiny pieces and stepped all over them) — another small detail Dr. »


- Rasha Ali

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Orlando Bloom Apologizes After Being Branded Racist Over ‘Pikey’ Comment

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Orlando Bloom has backtracked from comments he made on a British morning radio show this week that sparked outrage and accusations of racism over in the U.K. While promoting “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,” Bloom told BBC Radio 1 “Breakfast Show” host Nick Grimshaw: “I’m still a pikey from Kent, boy, I’m still a pikey from Kent. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of me, boy.” Bloom was making the reference while talking about his character in the Disney franchise, Will Turner, a blacksmith’s apprentice secretly in love with the governor’s daughter. »


- Debbie Emery

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Berkeley Rocked by 100s of Protestors Even Without Ann Coulter There

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Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech at Berkeley for tonight was canceled earlier this week, but that didn’t stop hundreds of protestors flooding the University of California campus. The demonstrators came ready for action — and possible violence — earlier in the afternoon wearing helmets, shields and padding, according to the Washington Post. The authorities also turned out in force, resulting in the conservative and liberal activists mostly just shouting at each other across the street, divided by a police line. Also Read: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech After Threats of Violence: 'Sad Day for Free Speech' Prior to the outbreak, University »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Slack Bay’ Review: Merchant Ivory Meets Monty Python in Period Farce

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It takes all of two minutes for Bruno Dumont’s latest film, “Slack Bay,” to poke fun at his bourgeois protagonists. A car emerges and with it is a woman who stands up, excited. “Ooo! Mussel-gatherers, how picturesque!” She’s spotted several children, spoons in tow, unearthing mussels from the seaside. The woman, Isabelle Van Peteghem (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “Saint Laurent”), is unaware of the peculiarity in front of her: wealthy adults being served by impoverished preteens. Like much of Dumont’s latest commentary on class warfare, the sequence is at once uproarious and depressing. Affluence has become routine for the Van Peteghem family, »


- Sam Fragoso

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‘Dabka’ Tribeca Review: A Scraggly Evan Peters Teams Up With Barkhad Abdi in Somalia

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The pleasingly self-aware and fast-paced “Dabka” begins with narration by journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) telling us that he hates movies where the main character narrates because that means that the screenwriters haven’t done their job to make the story work on a visual basis. While that may be true in some cases, “Dabka” itself is a movie where the brash but insecure voice of Bahadur grounds the story we are watching, and this voice also gives it some tension because we are never sure if his over-confidence might lead to disaster. Based on a true story, “Dabka” begins in. »


- Dan Callahan

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Dabka’

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In the 1980s, what the average North American knew of Somalia he learned from Sally Struthers-hosted feed-the-children commercials. Then came Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down,” which portrayed white actors beset by ululating black guerrillas, and a series of news reports in which Western ships were hijacked by small bands of Somali “pirates.” Each and every one of these depictions simplifies a civilization that, according to writer-director Bryan Buckley’s “Dabka,” needs to be recognized “as the incredibly complex people that they are” — a budding democracy struggling to assert itself among rivals with the power to steal their resources right out from under them.

So, that’s what’s progressive and good about “Dabka.” Unfortunately, best intentions aside, the film itself is a rowdy, often abrasive account of how a lone Canadian journalist had the chutzpah to actually travel to Somalia and investigate a situation that others were to skittish to cover. »


- Peter Debruge

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‘Scandal’: Mellie Is Now President, But There’s Another Shake-Up in the White House

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Scandal” Season 6, episode 12, which aired on Thursday, April 27.

Last week’s episode bid adieu to Elizabeth North, but this week’s wasn’t a somber funeral of any sort. “Scandal” raced ahead with more chaos at the hands of none other than Liz North’s killer, the Mystery Woman (Zoe Perry).

The Mystery Woman continued to threaten and frame just about everyone, and she confronted new president-elect Mellie (Bellamy Young) to demand that she wants the vice president spot vacated. But for who? Peus (David Warshofsky), of course.

Peus showed up at Opa to finally meet Olivia (Kerry Washington), who was in top form this episode. He told her that he wants to be vice president and she laughed in his face and kept up a tough front, but she later realized that if Jake (Scott Foley) doesn’t step down from his veep post, he »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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