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Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen Cast in Movie Version of ‘Cats’

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen have been cast in Working Title’s upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical “Cats.” Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of “The King’s Speech,” will direct “Cats,” which is set to begin shooting in Britain in November. The screenplay by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) is […].....»»

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Kathy Griffin Details Fight With Ellen DeGeneres, Talks Fallout From Trump Photo During Comedy Tour

The comedienne who was told she would never work again just played a sold-out show at the Dolby Theatre. Kathy Griffin, who was dropped by her representation, fired by CNN and Squatty Potty alike, and put under a media blackout after she took part in a photo shoot that saw her holding a Donald Trump […].....»»

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Locarno: Intramovies Takes World Sales on Inquisition Drama ‘Menocchio’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Rome-based sales company Intramovies has taken world sales rights on Italian director Alberto Fasulo’s Inquisition period piece “Menocchio” ahead of its world premiere in competition at the upcoming Locarno Festival. Set during the late 16th century in the mountains of the Northeastern Italian region of Friuli, “Menocchio” is based on the true tale of a […].....»»

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Six Thai Cave Rescue Films Now in Development

The number of films being prepared about the recent cave rescue in northern Thailand has risen to six, according to Thai government sources. Thailand’s Ministry of Culture says it expects the military government’s Cabinet next week to approve the establishment of a special committee to oversee all film projects relating to the dramatic mission. “Five […].....»»

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Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden Cast in Movie Version of ‘Cats’

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen have been cast in Working Title’s upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical “Cats.” Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of “The King’s Speech,” will direct “Cats,” which is set to begin shooting in Britain in November. The screenplay by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) is […].....»»

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Iciar Bollain, Isaki Lacuesta, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Carlos Vermut Join San Sebastian Competition

MADRID — New movies from recent San Sebastian Golden Shell winners – Carlos Vermut’s “Quién te cantará” and Isaki Lacuesta’s “Entre dos aguas” – will screen in main competition this year along with Iciar Bollaín’s “Yuli” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “The Realm.” Announcing the complete line-up of Spanish films at San Sebastian in Madrid on Friday, […].....»»

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‘War of the Worlds’ Series Coming From Fox Europe and Africa, Canal+ 

French pay-TV powerhouse Canal+ and Fox’s Europe and Africa arm are joining forces on a series adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel “The War of the Worlds.” The show will follow the classic alien invasion story and place the action in the present day. Running to eight-parts, the drama will start shooting this fall, with […].....»»

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Film Review: ‘Far From the Tree’

Let’s say you’re pregnant. It’s quite possibly the happiest and most anxiety-inducing time of your life. And then the doctor delivers the news: Your baby will be born with Down syndrome, deafness, or dwarfism. How do you react? Or maybe you’ve been a proud parent for years, and somewhere along the way, when your child […].....»»

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Hollywood May Win Quota Concession in China (Report)

The quantity of Hollywood movies imported into China may increase under the terms of a trade deal. The number of films able to be distributed in China on revenue sharing terms could grow from 34 at present to 44, according to news publication The Information. No sources are cited. The publication also says that the […].....»»

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Film Review: ‘Damascus Cover’

Set during the weeks following the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, “Damascus Cover” is, in the strictest sense of the term, a period piece. But Daniel Zelik Berk’s low-key drama actually plays like a throwback to an earlier era — specifically, the mid-to-late 1960s, the heyday of Cold War thrillers in which grim, unglamorous […].....»»

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Hitchcock and Scully Episode of ’Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Announced at Comic-Con

Detectives Hitchcock and Scully will get the spotlight in an episode of NBC’s sixth season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” co-creator Dan Goor said in a lively, freewheeling panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Goor and exec producer Luke Del Tredici appeared in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront along with cast members Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, […].....»»

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Shinobu Hashimoto, Scriptwriter for Akira Kurosawa, Dies at 100

Shinobu Hashimoto, a prominent scriptwriter, director and producer, best known for his work with Akira Kurosawa, died in Tokyo Thursday from pneumonia. He was 100. During the war years Hashimoto studied scriptwriting under Mansaku Itami, a writer and director who was the father of actor/director Juzo Itami. A Hashimoto script based on the Ryunosuke Akutagawa short […].....»»

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Hitchcock and Scully Episode of ’Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Announced At Comic-Con

Detectives Hitchcock and Scully will get the spotlight in an episode of NBC’s sixth season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” co-creator Dan Goor said in a lively, freewheeling panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Goor and exec producer Luke Del Tredici appeared in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront along with cast members Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, […].....»»

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Ousted Paramount TV Chief Amy Powell Denies Making Racially Insensitive Comments

Former Paramount Television president Amy Powell has denied making racially insensitive comments that led to her being fired from the studio today after a 14-year run. Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos told studio staffers in a memo that Powell was terminated Thursday after complaints from other employees sparked an investigation into her remarks. Powell’s remarks […].....»»

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Film Review: ‘Path of Blood’

When criminals wear masks, it lends them a stylized, otherworldly quality. Since we can’t see their faces, we tend to think of their identity as more abstract (i.e., as Evil). The movies have always understood this, and so have the leaders of terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan or Al Qaeda, who project a […].....»»

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‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Creators and Stars Talk Crossover Potential

The casts and producers of “Breaking Bad” and its prequel “Better Call Saul” were at Comic-Con Thursday to reminisce about the former and talk about the future of the latter. In a panel for “Better Call Saul,” creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould teased that the forthcoming fourth season would bring more overlap with “Breaking […].....»»

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Four Men Indicted in XXXTentacion’s Murder

A grand jury in Broward County, Fla., indicted four men in the fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion on Thursday, according to News 10 in Miami. The indictment charges all four suspects with first-degree murder. Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, and Michael Boatwright, 22, were previously arrested in connection with the shooting and remain in jail. Trayvon […].....»»

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Paramount Fires TV Chief Amy Powell for Comments That Spurred Complaints

Paramount Television president Amy Powell has been fired after making statements that were “inconsistent” with the studio’s values, Paramount Pictures said Thursday. Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos told studio staffers in a memo that Powell was terminated Thursday after complaints from other employees sparked an investigation into her remarks. Powell’s remarks were made last week […].....»»

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Kevin Durant Praises LeBron James’ Lakers Move

Kevin Durant might still be celebrating the Golden State Warriors’ most recent NBA championship win, but LeBron James is the new talk of the town. During a keynote Q&A at Variety’s Sports and Entertainment Breakfast on Thursday at the Beverly Hilton, Durant spoke about James’ recent historic signing to the Lakers and his work with […].....»»

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Film News Roundup: Supernatural Romance Movie ‘Hush, Hush’ Taps Kellie Cyrus as Director

In today’s film news roundup, “Hush, Hush” is heading for the big screen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop are cast in Jordan Peele’s “Us,” and Paris Jackson gets a part as a singer. DIRECTOR HIRED Television veteran Kellie Cyrus has been tapped to direct a movie adaption of Becca Fitzpatrick’s bestselling supernatural romance saga […].....»»

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