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Malcolm D. Lee Producing Movie Set In The Double Dutch World For Universal

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Malcolm D. Lee Producing Movie Set In The Double Dutch World For Universal
Exclusive: Malcolm D. Lee is set to produce The Untitled Double Dutch Project at Universal, based off an original idea by Thembi Banks which she will write.

The story we hear will revolve around the journey of a coach and his double-dutch jump rope team.

Banks is currently the co-producer on the Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project for Apple, and she’s a 2018 HBO Directing Fellow, and was a 2017 Directing Fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve.

Lee will produce Double Dutch under his banner Blackmaled Productions. Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

Lee’s Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish fall comedy Night School recently grossed over $101M at the global box office. In total, Lee’s directing canon has amassed close to $600M worldwide. Lee’s Girls Trip last year repped a high mark for comedies at the B.O.
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‘Night School’ VOD Review

Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Keith David, Anne Winters, Taran Killam, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Romany Malco, Ben Schwartz, Rob Riggle | Written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matthew Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg | Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee reteam in the Kevin Hart produced star vehicle Night School. A film which epitomises Hart’s career at the moment as an average simplistic venture into comedy that offers very little in the wake of either originality or personality, yet the recipient of financial success with such a weak time for the genre available for audiences to indulge and celebrate.

Night School is as straightforward and inconsequential, both contextually and conceptually, as one can imagine for such a venture. It is a grab and run sort of operation at the core of production. A cash grab if you will.
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Who Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscars Host?

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Who Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscars Host?
Less than two days after announcing Kevin Hart as its Oscar host, the Academy is already on the look-out for a replacement, following widespread protests about Hart’s homophobic past tweets. Many are turning to “Saturday Night Live” actresses Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig as possible solutions, while others are looking to proven veterans like Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris. See Variety‘s full list of possible host replacements below.

Awkwafina

The rapper-turned-actress claimed the hearts of fans with scene-stealing roles in “Ocean’s Eight” and “Crazy Rich Asians” this past summer. Soon after, she also hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” where she further showcased her comedy chops in skits about a late-night dance battle and an ancient Egyptian team of hair and makeup artists.

Ellen DeGeneres

The three-time Academy Award host would have some big shoes to fill, but considering that they’re her own, it
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Apa Ups Sheva Cohen To Senior Vice President In Talent

Apa has promoted Sheva Cohen to Senior Vice President in the agency’s Talent department.

A Los Angeles native, Cohen began her career during her junior and senior years of college, interning for producer-writer Mike Fleiss, working on the daily syndicated show Extra, and for top youth agent Bonnie Liedtke. Shortly after her graduation from Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cohen started in Apa’s mailroom before joining the agency’s Agent Training Program. She was promoted to agent in 2010.

Cohen’s current list of clients includes Tiffany Haddish, Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter franchise), Dexter Darden (Maze Runner franchise), Bre-z (All-American), Ryan Potter (DC’s Titans), Adeline Rudolph (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and Blair Redford (The Gifted).

“Over the past several years, Sheva has played an instrumental role in the overall growth and success of our talent department,
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Kevin Hart Drops Out Of Hosting The 2019 Academy Awards

A little over 48 hours after announcing he’d be hosting the 91st Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has withdrawn at the telecast’s emcee. After increasing controversy over twitter posts he’d made referencing gay men, homosexuality and the word “fag,” Hart decided the best option was to no longer host the Oscars.

The 39-year-old comedian and star of recent hits such as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Night School” was initially seen as a new host who could not only bring in new viewers but much-needed diversity to the role.

Continue reading Kevin Hart Drops Out Of Hosting The 2019 Academy Awards at The Playlist.
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21 Jump Street Reportedly Being Rebooted with Tiffany Haddish and Awkwafina

It looks like 21 Jump Street may end up getting rebooted again. According to Collider, the studio wants Tiffany Haddish (Night School) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) to star in the film.

If it helps, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return to produce the film, and 22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman will write and direct.

As far as the plot goes, Haddish’s character will play a police officer who goes undercover at a high school as a teacher. At 39 years old, there’s no way she would pass as a student! It’s also explained that she will also be posing as the mother of a new student, who will also be an undercover cop. That role would go to Awkwafina.

Haddish is exploding in Hollywood right now, and according to the report, Sony Pictures is looking to rebuild its Jump Street franchise around her.
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Will comic actor Kevin Hart be the right host to give a ratings boost to a faster-paced Oscar telecast? [Poll]

Will comic actor Kevin Hart be the right host to give a ratings boost to a faster-paced Oscar telecast? [Poll]
I have a pretty good feeling about Kevin Hart getting hired as the 2019 Oscar host. Jimmy Kimmel is a fine fellow and knows how to pull off funny bits, but – as someone would say – he is a bit low energy. Yes, Matt Damon might not be invited to the party this year in the role of the arch-nemesis. But there is a chance Tiffany Haddish might make an appearance with her “Night School” co-star.

At 39, Hart will be one of the younger hosts of Hollywood’s biggest night this decade. Anne Hathaway was 28 when she paired with James Franco, then 32, as emcees for 2011’s live telecast. But age had nothing to do with the awkward way the duo performed their duties. Unlike Hart, who is known for his quick wit in his stand-up act, those actors are used to sticking to a script.

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And the 2019 Oscar host winner is … Rrrriiiipppp … comic actor Kevin Hart

And the 2019 Oscar host winner is … Rrrriiiipppp …  comic actor Kevin Hart
The Hollywood Reporter might have just labeled the position of Oscar host as”the least wanted job in Hollywood,” but thank goodness one movie funny man doesn’t feel that way — Kevin Hart, star of the “Ride Along” and “Jumanji” movie franchises as well as this year’s summer comedy “Night School” opposite Tiffany Haddish.

Hart, 39, broke the news that he would follow Jimmy Kimmel‘s two-time stint as emcee, including 2016’s fabulous flub that led to the wrong Best Picture winner being announced, on his Instagram account. He also shared his excitement about his new gig at the 2019 Oscars that will air on ABC on Feb. 24:

“I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time. … To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced this stage is unbelivable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.
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Kevin Hart confirms 2019 Oscar host gig

Kevin Hart confirms 2019 Oscar host gig
‘I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time’

Us comedian Kevin Hart confirmed on Instagram on Tuesday (4) that he will host the 91st Academy Awards next February.

Hart (pictured at left), who stars opposite Tiffany Haddish in the comedy Night School which has grossed more than $77m since it debuted in late September, becomes only the fourth African-American to host the show after Chris Rock, Whoopie Goldberg, and Richard Pryor.”

“For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…
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Kevin Hart Confirms He Is Hosting the 2019 Oscars: 'I Am Blown Away'

Kevin Hart Confirms He Is Hosting the 2019 Oscars: 'I Am Blown Away'
Kevin Hart has landed his dream gig.

The 39-year-old comedian confirmed on Instagram Tuesday night that he is hosting the 2019 Academy Awards in February. Hart shared a photo of the iconic gold statue with a special message to his fans.

“For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to,” Hart wrote in the caption.

“I am so happy to say that the day
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Kevin Hart Will Host 2019 Oscars Ceremony

Kevin Hart Will Host 2019 Oscars Ceremony
Kevin Hart will host the 91st annual Academy Awards, the actor-comedian announced Tuesday on Instagram.

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will
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Kevin Hart in Consideration to Host 2019 Academy Awards

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Kevin Hart in Consideration to Host 2019 Academy Awards
Kevin Hart is reportedly under consideration to host this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

The Academy has yet to name a host for the awards show, which is set to air on ABC on Feb. 24. Hart has previously expressed his desire to emcee the major TV event, revealing as much in a Variety cover story last year.

“It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career,” Hart told Variety. “It would be great to say I had that moment.”

Despite Hart’s packed schedule, he would no doubt be able to find a way to fit the hosting gig in given his propensity for taking on a heavy workload. The multi-hyphenate most recently starred in the film “Night School” alongside Tiffany Haddish, which opened at number one at the box office when it debuted and marked the biggest comedy opening weekend of
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Kevin Hart In Consideration To Host 2019 Oscars As Academy & ABC Near Decision

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Exclusive: We are in uncharted territory — it’s December, and the Academy is yet to name a host for the 2019 Academy Awards on ABC, which will take place in just over two months on February 24.

I hear comedian Kevin Hart is being considered for the job and could take over emcee duties. Update 5:15 Pm: In an Instagram post, Hart confirmed that he will be hosting the 2019 Oscars, calling it “the opportunity of a lifetime.

The popular comedian had been open about his desire for the gig. Asked on the red carpet at the 2016 Oscars whether hosting the Academy Awards was on his bucket list, Hart said, “Of course it is, but it will happen when it’s supposed to.”

At the same ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, Hart showed a different side with an improvised speech supporting Hollywood diversity while presenting, which was one of the highlights of the ceremony.
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Kevin Hart to Produce Remake of Korean Comedy-Drama ‘Sunny’

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Kevin Hart to Produce Remake of Korean Comedy-Drama ‘Sunny’
Kevin Hart has come on board to produce the comedy-drama “Bye Bye Bye,” a remake of the 2011 South Korean movie “Sunny.”

Universal Pictures has acquired a pitch from Hart’s HartBeat Productions and Cj Entertainment. Amy Aniobi, a writer-producer on HBO’s “Insecure,” will pen the script.

Hart and John Cheng will produce for HartBeat Productions alongside Cj Entertainment’s Francis Chung, who is vice president of global co-productions and head of U.S. production. Jerry Ko, head of international at Cj Entertainment, will executive produce.

Kristin Lowe will oversee the project on behalf of Universal. Carli Haney and Cheng will handle for HartBeat Productions, and Fred Lee and Jihyun Ok will administer for Cj Entertainment.

The movie is a female-driven dramedy about a group of adult friends who reunite 20 years after high school. “Sunny” was one of the highest-grossing movies in South Korea when it was released in 2011.

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Kevin Hart And Tiffany Haddish Comedy ‘Night School’ Hits Blu-Ray In January

Night School, the Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish comedy which made over $76 million at the box office, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 1 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The project centers on Teddy Walker (Hart), a salesman who is trying to get his Ged and find a new job. Teddy’s keeping his night school [...]

The post Kevin Hart And Tiffany Haddish Comedy ‘Night School’ Hits Blu-Ray In January appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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'Fantastic Beasts' sequel opens top of UK box office with strong £12.3m weekend

Mubi release Suspiria posts £163,223 opening.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.29.

RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Nov 16-18) Gross Week 1 Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros) £12.3m £12.3m 1 2 The Grinch (Universal) £3.9m £10m 2 3 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £3m £34.9m 4 4 Widows (20th Century Fox) £880,000 £4.3m 2 5. A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £741,000 £27.1m 7 Warner Bros

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the sequel to the spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise, opened to an impressive £12.3m weekend. The film played in 678 sites, making for an average of £18,141.

That Fri-Sun total places it behind the opening of predecessor Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,
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High Risk, High Reward: ‘Widows’ Will Be a Defining Studio Release of 2018

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Today, 20th Century Fox opens Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” Budgeted at $40 million, its first-weekend projection is $20 million. That suggests a performance similar to several recent mid-budget studio releases like “Outlander” or “The Girl In The Spider’s Web,” most of which failed to make a significant dent (only “Night School” grossed over $50 million).

However, “Widows” stands apart: The director won Best Picture with “12 Years a Slave,” and star Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences.” It also has terrific advance reviews, prime festival placement, real awards possibilities — and its box office success would have a much greater impact on upcoming production decisions.

With roots in fine art, McQueen has made a big impact in a short time. His 2008 debut “Hunger” about Ira member Bobby Sands was a breakout role for Michael Fasssbender (though it did little domestic business). His sex addict drama “Shame,” again with Fassbender, did better but still very niche business.
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'Grindelwald' hits $100m worldwide (update)

Harry Potter spin-off debuts in UK on $4.5m, rising to $4.9m including previews.

November 17 Update: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald has raced to $100m worldwide in three days and reached $74.3m internationally after opening in a further 24 markets on Friday.

The fantasy earned $43m internationally on Friday through Warner Bros Pictures International and now ranks as the top Us title – in most cases the top title – in 79 markets.

China has delivered $28.1m (Rmb 195.9m) from its first two days as Grindelwald’s $12.3m (Rmb 86m) on Friday scored the biggest opening day in the Wizarding World series and followed
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'Grindelwald' climbs to $31m, opens in China on $12.8m (update)

'Grindelwald' climbs to $31m, opens in China on $12.8m (update)
Fantasy flies into 79 markets this weekend.

November 16 Update: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald expanded into 45 new markets on Thursday (15) and added $18.1m as the early running total surged to $31m after two days, and the fantasy sequel ranked number one in 54 out of 55 markets.

Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) executives said on Friday morning (16) that early results from China indicated a $12.8m (Rmb 89m) Friday launch including previews on approximately 22,545 screens that tracked 15% ahead of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by the same stage, and delivered the biggest debut in the Wizarding World films.

Grindelwald debuted in
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'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo

'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo
Fantasy flies into 79 markets this weekend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald grossed $10.1m from 10 international markets in its initial raft of opening days on Wednesday (14) as the fantasy epic heads into a further 45 markets on Thursday. Including Tuesday previews, the overall tally stands st $12.5m.

Elsewhere Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody has crossed $200m, Sony’s Venom has reached $500m, and Universal’s Halloween is on course to clock $100m within the next week,

Returning to the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald opened in France on $2.6m including Tuesday night previews to rank number one with a
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