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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in Drama From 'The Crown' Scribe

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

Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger is set to play Judy Garland in Judy, based on the true story of the stage and screen icon's final concerts in London.

Pathe and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and to be directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold, with production set to start February 2018. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) will produce for Calamity Films

Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sellout shows. It has been 30 years since "the »


- Alex Ritman

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Ashley Judd Sets First TV Interview After Harvey Weinstein Allegation

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ashley Judd, whose sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein helped take down the disgraced power producer, will give her first television interview since the fallout to ABC NewsDiane Sawyer.

‪The interview will air on Thursday across ABC News, including on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight With David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABC News Digital, and ABC News Radio.

Although Judd told Variety in 2015 about her borrowing experience being sexually harassed by a mogul, although she declined to name him at the time. The “Kiss the Girls” actress went pubic with the allegations in an Oct. 5 article in the New York Times, which led dozens of other women to come forward with their own stories about sexual misconduct. The bombshell report chronicled decades of sex harassment allegations and revealed that Weinstein reached confidential settlements with at least eight women, including Rose McGowan.

“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS All Access

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Star Trek: Discovery” continues to live long and prosper. CBS All Access has given a second-season pickup to the latest series in the venerable sci-fi franchise, the streaming service announced Monday. The series premiered last month, and the initial six episodes are currently available to stream on CBS All Access. Season 1 has been divided into two chapters, with the final installment in the nine-episode first chapter debuting Nov. 12, and the six-episode second chapter kicking off in January 2018. Also Read: 'Star Trek: Discovery' Star Jason Isaacs Tells Us Whether Show's Klingons Reflect Trump The “Star Trek: Discovery” launch set a record. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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China Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Wins Weekend With $40M, 'Never Say Die' Crosses $300M

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

Fox's spy sequel The Kingsman: Golden Circle debuted to a strong $40.3 million at the Chinese box office over the weekend.

That's a sizable improvement over the $22.5 million opening its predecessor, The Kingsman: The Secret Service, made in the Middle Kingdom in 2015.

The cheeky action-comedy, again directed by British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, dominated screen shares while also earning $3.5 million on Imax. Worldwide, Golden Circle has brought in $250.3 million from 61 markets.

Viewer reviews in China are mostly positive — the film holds an average score of 7.3 on Douban and 8.4 on Maoyan — suggesting a »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Justin Timberlake to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Justin Timberlake announced Sunday that he will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show next year. The musician made the announcement via Twitter in a video clip with NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon, declaring, “I do halftime!” The network will broadcast the NFL’s championship game on Feb. 4, 2018, from Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium.

The music superstar previously participated in the halftime show for the 2004 Super Bowl, and the moment he tore off part of Janet Jackson’s costume resulted in the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in which one. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops International Box Office With China Debut

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

Spy spoof “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has led the international box office with $48.7 million this weekend — most of that coming from an impressive $40.3 million launch in China.

Fox’s sequel to 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is playing in 62 markets abroad and has now topped $250 million worldwide, including $35 million in South Korea and $30 million in the U.K. The original grossed $286 million two years ago in overseas markets.

The action comedy was directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Taron Egerton. In China, the opening weekend led that market and was 73% ahead of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

With $95 million in the U.S. after five weeks, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is nearing $350 million worldwide. The original wound up with a worldwide total of $415 million.

Warner Bros.Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, is finishing in second place with $36.4 million at 13,000 screens with first-place finishes in 36 territories to lift its international total to $49 million. South Korea was »


- Dave McNary

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‘Only the Brave’ and 2 More Bomb, Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2’ Will Break Even: It’s Another Troubling Box-Office Weekend

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Geostorm,” “Only the Brave,” “The Snowman” — it’s another in a series of terrible box-office weekends. Last year, the same weekend saw three new releases gross a total of $65 million; this year, four new releases totaled $44 million. “Boo 2: A Madea Halloween” performed best, but at the lower end of expectations.

This is a performance that might be expected in January, the dumping ground for loser films. But October is the month where we’ve seen films like “Gravity,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Martian” thrive.

Is it a crisis yet? It’s clear there’s still an audience when a September release like “It” can hit $320 million domestic so far. However, it’s clear that even franchise fans are unreliable.

Read More:‘Geostorm’ Review: Brace for Category 5 CGI Boredom

With a $22 million opening weekend and a $25 million budget, “Boo 2!” could break even: Figure less than $30 million in marketing/distribution costs, »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around

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As expected, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend box office becoming the seventh of eight Madea films to open over $20 million. Meanwhile, it was rough going for the weekend's four other new wide releases as Geostorm, Only the Brave and The Snowman essentially bombed while Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me failed to meet the low end of expectations after strong group sales on opening day. Overall, the top twelve generated just $81.3 million, over $30 million less than the same weekend last year as October is currently pacing ~13% behind last year. With an estimated $21.65 million, Boo 2! finished atop the weekend box office while falling nearly $7 million short of the original's opening one year ago. The film did receive an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, just a notch below the original Boo!'s "A" and it will be interesting to see what kind of run Boo 2! can leg out. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Slays Weekend; Doc ‘Jane’ Bows Solid – Specialty Box Office

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A24's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sailed to the top the Specialty box office in its debut, grossing over $114K in four theaters in another crowded weekend of newcomers. There were over a dozen new limited releases this weekend, though not all reported numbers as of Sunday morning. Brett Morgen's latest documentary Jane about famed primatologist Jane Goodall opened strong in three locations, grossing $55,712. On its heels was Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Wonderstruc… »


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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Director Teases Future Crossover With King Kong, Godzilla Franchise

21 October 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Judging by its trailers, the “Pacific Rim” sequel looks amazing, with “Force Awakens” star John Boyega joining as the new lead — but fans might already have a reason to look forward to the franchise’s films down the line. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” coming out next March, director Steven S. DeKnight shared with Collider that the movie might be followed up with a full-on crossover with King Kong and Godzilla joining in on the action. “I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility ,” DeKnight told Collider. »


- Sean Burch

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Zehao Gao's 'To Kill a Watermelon' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival

21 October 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sha Gua (To Kill a Watermelon), from Chinese director Zehao Gao, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Polish capital.

Also among the winners were French director Joan Chemla, who received best director honors for Si tu voyais son coeur (If You Saw His Heart).

The special jury award went to Allen Dizon and Angelie Sanoy, the stars of Bomba (The Bomb) by Philippine director Ralston Gonzales Jover.

A special mention was given to the Slovenia/Croatia co-production Rudar (The Miner), helmed by Hanna Slak.

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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Miles Teller on That Esquire Interview: ‘I’d Think I Was the Biggest Douchebag Too’

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Thank You for Your Service” star Miles Teller was shaken by that Esquire article that labeled him as “kind of a d-ck,” because contrary to what the article said, he does care what people think about him. “If how that story made me look was how I really was, I’d think I was the biggest douchebag too,” the actor said in a new interview with Vulture. “The main idea in that story was that Miles Teller doesn’t give a rat’s a– what you think of him. That’s really not true. I absolutely do care what people think about me. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Megyn Kelly Slams Bill O’Reilly, Fox News PR Chief for ‘Vindictiveness’ to Harassment Accusers

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Megyn Kelly has unleashed a brutal assault on Bill O’Reilly and her former employer, Fox News, over their handling of sexual harassment claims. Kelly specifically rejected O’Reilly’s recent assertion that there were no internal complaints at the network about his behavior. “O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained,” she said on her NBC show “Megyn Kelly Today.” Speaking directly to the camera, Kelly also took a swipe at Fox News’s fearsome media relations chief Irena Briganti. Also Read: 'Megyn Kelly Today' Ratings »


- Jon Levine

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Bill O’Reilly Complains About Sexual Harassment Scandal: ‘It’s Horrible What I Went Through’

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Bill O’Reilly is opening up about the pain of multiple allegations of sexual harassment he has received over the years — specifically his pain. “It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” O’Reilly told The New York Times reporters Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt. The interview followed a Times news report over the weekend of a previously undisclosed settlement between O’Reilly and Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl totaling $32 million. Also Read: Bill O'Reilly Paid $32 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Claim (Update) The January settlement is the largest known payout to any of »


- Jon Levine

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Says He Tried to "Warn People" About James Toback

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he tried for years to warn people about James Toback, the director who over the weekend was accused of sexual misconduct by more than 30 woman. 

In a lengthy Facebook post published Sunday, the Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director said he personally knew more than a dozen women who accused the Oscar-nominated Bugsy director Toback of sexual harassment. 

"He essentially goes up to women and says, 'Hey, I'm James Toback, and I'm a famous director, and I feel like there's a connection between us.' Then he shows them some article »


- Ryan Parker

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Bebe Neuwirth Thanks CBS for Letting Her Leave ‘Madam Secretary’

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Bebe Neuwirth has left “Madam Secretary” after 70-plus episodes. The series regular actress thanked CBS early this morning on Twitter for letting her out of their contract. Neuwirth, who played chief of staff Nadine Tolliver since the show launched in 2014, was written out of the drama last night. The character left politics to be closer to her son and soon-to-be grandchild. Her tweets are below.

1/3 So grateful for my time @MadamSecretary – a wonderful show where I love the cast, crew, background artists. #lifelongfriends — Bebe Neuwirth (@BebeNeuwirth) October. »


- Tony Maglio

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'Phantom Thread' Trailer Previews Daniel Day-Lewis in His Last Role Before Retirement

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The trailer for Phantom ThreadDaniel Day-Lewis’ last pre-retirement project, has been released.

The drama stars the Oscar winner as Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer who caters to members of high society and the royal family in 1950s London, alongside his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville). He meets a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

The Annapurna and Focus release is helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Day-Lewis in 2007's There Will Be Blood.

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Hollywood Film Awards: 'The Big Sick' to Receive Comedy Ensemble Award

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The cast of The Big Sick, including Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, will receive the Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards.

In addition, Jamie Bell will receive the New Hollywood Actor Award for his recent work in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, and musicians Diane Warren, Common and Andra Day will receive the Hollywood Song Award for the original song "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall. Warren wrote the music; she also wrote the lyrics with Common. The song is performed by Day featuring Common.

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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Sam Shepard Helps Uncover Clues in Clip From Final Film, 'Never Here'

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Sam Shepard died in July, from complications related to Als, but the acclaimed actor and playwright can now be seen in his final film, the psychological thriller Never Here.

Shepard stars with Mireille Enos in the indie — currently in select theaters and on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Google Play — written and directed by Camille Thoman in her narrative feature debut.

The film follows Enos' Miranda Fall, an installation artist whose secret lover (Shepard) witnesses a stranger assaulting a woman. To cover for Shepard's Paul Stark, Miranda tells the police she saw the attack alone and gives »


- Hilary Lewis

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Netflix to Raise $1.6 Billion for Content Acquisitions

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix plans a $1.6 billion offering of senior notes to raise money for content acquisitions and "strategic transactions."

The plans were unveiled Monday as the video streaming giant continues to take on rivals in the digital arena, including Amazon and Hulu. Netflix revealed two weeks ago that it may spend as much as $8 billion on content next year.

The video streaming giant gave no details on the interest rate or the maturity date for its proposed debt offering, which will be determined by negotiations between Netflix and the initial purchasers.

Netflix added it intends to use the proceeds of »

- Etan Vlessing

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