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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)
Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.”

Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing.

In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans.
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Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'

Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'
Kevin Hart will star in the newly announced Universal action-comedy On the Run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Aeysha Carr (Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will pen the movie, which was picked up as a pitch and follows a hitman (Hart) whose assignment goes awry when the target isn’t who he expects. Kristen Lowe will oversee production for the studio.

Girls Trip producer Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions alongside Hart through his Hartbeat banner. On the Run will be the latest in a long partnership for the producer and star, which includes the Ride Along franchise and the upcoming Universal...
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish has joined Ike Barinholtz in The Oath, a satirical thriller Barinholtz wrote and is also directing.

Also boarding the ensemble project are Star Trek star John Cho, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and veteran actor Chris Ellis (Murder in the First). 

QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Get Out, is financing and producing the movie, with 23/34 Pictures, the outfit run by Barinholtz and David Stassen. It begins shooting this week.

The timely script, set in a politically divided America...
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SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List
The 2018 SAG Awards nominees were announced Wednesday, and Fox Searchlight and Netflix led the scoreboard for film and television distributors.

Fox Searchlight landed 7 film nominations, while Netflix scored 19 for television and two for film. Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” carried film with four and three nods, respectively. In television, “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things,” and “Glow” each picked up four mentions.

Here’s the full list of SAG Award nominations. Kristen Bell will host the 24th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21. The ceremony, recognizing top performances in television and film, will air live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a quantified breakdown of which films, series, studios, and networks collected the most accolades Wednesday morning:
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‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Coco” has topped the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning $138.6 million domestically and $263 million internationally.

Disney made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that it still has about a third of the international market to launch in, including Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Dec. 28), Brazil (Jan. 4), Korea (Jan. 11), the U.K. (Jan. 19), and Japan (March 16).

The top international market has been China, which has nearly matched the North American total with $133 million. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only 21% in its third weekend.

The film, which focuses on a 12-year-old boy and the celebration of the Day of the Dead and its music, set a box office record in Mexico with $56.8 million following a late October launch ahead of the holiday.

“Coco” is also getting awards-season traction, winning the best animated feature award from the National Board of
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See First Image of Melissa McCarthy as Celebrity Forger Lee Israel (Photo)

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See First Image of Melissa McCarthy as Celebrity Forger Lee Israel (Photo)
We swear, this is the first photo of Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy playing a world famous celebrity forger. Fox Searchlight released a new still from the upcoming “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” on Wednesday night, that sees McCarthy play biographer and notorious faker Lee Israel. Israel was a successful biographer during her heyday in the ’70s and ’80s, writing tomes on cosmetics empress Estée Lauder and actress Tallulah Bankhead. Her career stagnated in the years following, with a resurgence in the ’90s after unearthing never-seen letters from icons like Dorothy Parker and Noël Coward. Except they weren’t from Parker or Coward.
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Tavis Smiley’s PBS Show Pulled From Air Amid ‘Credible’ Misconduct Allegations

Tavis Smiley’s PBS Show Pulled From Air Amid ‘Credible’ Misconduct Allegations
PBS has “indefinitely” suspended Tavis Smiley’s talk show program after sexual misconduct allegations against the host. “Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by Ts Media, an independent production company,” a PBS spokesperson told TheWrap. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.
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Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by 3 More Women

Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by 3 More Women
Less than two weeks after Russell Simmons announced he was “stepping aside” from his companies in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations, three more women have come forward against the music mogul. Drew Dixon, Tina Baker and Toni Sallie accused the the Def Jam Records co-founder of rape in an explosive New York Times report published on Wednesday. In the piece, Dixon (a former Def Jam Records employee), Sallie (a former music journalist) and Baker (a performer) say Simmons raped them in separate incidents that spanned from 1988 to 2014. These three women join two others who have gone on the record.
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AMC Adding Late-Night Screenings for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

AMC Adding Late-Night Screenings for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
AMC will show “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 2 a.m. Friday at a “significant” number of its Imax and Dolby Cinema locations due to customer demand.

Locations with the late shows include AMC Loews Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, to AMC River Park Square in Spokane, Wash.

Scheduling 2 a.m. screenings is not unprecedented, but it is rare. AMC did so two years ago for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which went on to set an all-time domestic record.

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” will start showing in North America at 6 p.m. Thursday. Additionally, several AMC locations will be showing the movie on a 24-hour schedule from Thursday night into Friday morning, including New York City locations AMC Empire 25, AMC Fresh Meadows and AMC Lincoln along with the AMC Southpoint 17 in Durham/Raleigh, Nc.

AMC may add more locations to the 24-hour list due to its general policy that it will
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'And the Winner Isn't': Film Review

'And the Winner Isn't': Film Review
An ill-conceived effort to promote a "We Are the World"-style charity song leads to an even dicier film project in And the Winner Isn't, Nic Panic's documentary starring Geoffrey Moore, aging son of the late actor Roger Moore. An amateur songwriter who hopes to attract celebrities to appear in a video for his tune, Moore brings his daughter to Los Angeles and grows weirdly (which is not to say entertainingly) obsessed with earning an Oscar nomination for the ditty. The title is hardly a spoiler for this film, whose occasional small flashes of self-mockery will be little enticement at the...
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Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'

Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'
Warner Bros. and New Line have settled a big ticket lawsuit that was brought by an author who claimed The Conjuring franchise infringed his exclusive rights to tell the story of the ghost hunters portrayed in the films — and the studios are close to resolving their counterclaims against him.

Gerald Brittle sued in 2016, claiming The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and the Annabelle spin-offs infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Brittle and New Line released this joint statement Wednesday: "Mr. Brittle has agreed to...
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10 Christmas Movies to Stream for Everyone on Your List (Photos)

10 Christmas Movies to Stream for Everyone on Your List (Photos)
‘Tis the Season to curl up by the fire and chill with some Netflix and your loved ones. But you wouldn’t get the same thing for your brother as you would your grandparents, so why pick the same old holiday standbys that are supposed to be for “everyone?” This Christmas Movie List is a handpicked streaming assortment for each special someone in your life this holiday. For the Kids: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Netflix) Jim Carrey hams it up as the big green Grinch in Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. There’s a lot of Carrey scowling beneath.
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Donald Trump Is ‘Mentally Unfit’ to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says

Donald Trump Is ‘Mentally Unfit’ to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says
President Donald Trump is “mentally unfit” to be U.S. leader, Rob Reiner told Variety at the Dubai Intl. Film Festival, but the director fears the American press is failing to hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions. Reiner, who is best known for “A Few Good Men,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “The Princess Bride,” was at the festival to promote his latest movie, “Shock and Awe.”

“Donald Trump is the single-most unqualified human-being to ever assume the Presidency of the United States. He is mentally unfit. Not only does he not understand how government works, he has no interest in trying to find out how it works,” Reiner said, when asked to compare Trump with President Lyndon Johnson, who was the subject of Reiner’s recently released biopic “Lbj.”

Reiner added: “Lbj – except for the Vietnam War, which is a terrible stain on his legacy – was probably the most effective and successful President as far
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'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture by Chicago Film Critics

'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture by Chicago Film Critics
The Chicago Film Critics Association on Tuesday night announced their winners for the best in film in 2017, crowning Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird as best picture.

The film also was the biggest winner overall, earning a total of four awards, including for lead actress Saoirse Ronan, supporting actress Laurie Metcalf and most promising filmmaker for Gerwig.

The group also favored Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, giving it nods for best actor and most promising performer for Timothée Chalamet, as well as for best adapted screenplay.

Other noteworthy wins include best director for Dunkirk helmer Christopher Nolan and best original screenplay for...
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'Beyond Skyline': Film Review

'Beyond Skyline': Film Review
With strong effects work belying what was surely a tiny budget, Liam O'Donnell's Beyond Skyline finds the first-time director relying on his experience in VFX departments of much bigger Hollywood productions. While O'Donnell would have been smart to hire a screenwriter instead of doing double-duty behind the scenes, the fanboy crowd won't complain too loudly with one of their favorite character actors, Frank Grillo, kicking extraterrestrial ass in a space opera that could plausibly launch a very niche franchise.

Grillo (who had a more three-dimensional toplining role in Netflix's recent Wheelman) plays Mark, an Lapd cop on leave after his...
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What 'Star Wars' Would Look Like Based on Original Concept Art

What 'Star Wars' Would Look Like Based on Original Concept Art
True Star Wars fans are most likely familiar with artist Ralph McQuarrie's concept art drawn for the original film in 1977. While much of the aesthetic that went on to become iconic pieces of popular culture was translated directly from McQuarrie's sketches to the ultimate cut of George Lucas' space epic, there are a number of designs that didn't make the leap onto the big screen.

Well, now viewers can get a taste of what McQuarrie's designs might have looked like had they made it into the final cut. About a year ago, students at the Dave School of digital...
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Tiffany Haddish Joins Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller ‘The Oath’

Tiffany Haddish Joins Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller ‘The Oath’
Girls Trip” star Tiffany Haddish has come on board as an executive producer and star in Ike Barinholtz’s satirical thriller “The Oath,” which will mark his feature directorial debut.

The cast also includes Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”), Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, Chris Ellis, and John Cho. QC Entertainment, which also backed Jordan Peele’s horror hit “Get Out” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” will produce and finance the film, which was unveiled in September.

The movie — set in a near-future America in which citizens are required to take a loyalty oath — follows a man trying to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family. Barinholtz wrote the script.

In addition to Barinholtz, the producers are Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Andrew Robinson, and David Stassen. QC Entertainment and UTA are co-representing “The Oath” for domestic sales.

Haddish starred on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show” then broke out
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Espn President John Skipper Asks On-Air Talent, Reporters ‘to Be Confident’ About Company’s Future

Espn President John Skipper held a summit with over 450 Espn commentators, anchors and reporters on Wednesday to assure them of the company’s future following a year marked by declining subscriber numbers and multiple rounds of layoffs. “At the end of this meeting I want you to be confident about the future of Espn,” Skipper told the staff during the meeting at company headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, Espn Front Row reported. “I want you to feel proud about working here and I want you to feel that your best efforts are needed for that future and to feel that pride.
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Why Carson Wentz, Jamal Lyon and Jack Kline Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

Check out who were the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, a character from “Empire” and a Nephilim on “Supernatural” had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days. The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Dec. 6-12 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. Also Read: Fox Sports Tried to Cast Actors as L.
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‘Greatest Showman’ Cast to Perform Live Trailer During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical

‘Greatest Showman’ Cast to Perform Live Trailer During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya are all participating in a one-of-a-kind marketing experiment from 20th Century Fox, staging a live trailer for their new musical “The Greatest Showman.” The stars will perform a two-and-a-half minute music spectacle in support of the film, during Fox’s live staging of the musical “A Christmas Story Live” this Sunday. Newcomer Keale Settle, who plays the bearded lady in the film about P.T. Barnum, will join them for the stunt. “As we continue to drive innovation in both our programming and ad products, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with our sister film studio.
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