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Lena Dunham Joins ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7

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American Horror Story” Season 7 is adding a new “Girl” to its cast.

Lena Dunham is joining the FX horror anthology, co-creator Ryan Murphy announced in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

“Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the American Horror Story family,” he wrote. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!”

Additional details about Dunham’s role have not yet been revealed. The title of “Ahs” Season 7, which Murphy previously revealed will be inspired by the 2016 presidential election, will be announced on Thursday.

Previously announced cast members include “Ahs” veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, as well as franchise newcomers Billie Lourd (who worked with Murphy on “Scream Queens”) and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner. Beyond that, however, Murphy and FX have unsurprisingly revealed little about the upcoming season, with Murphy most recently dropping a clue in the form of a nightmarish bee-filled photo on his Instagram.

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Sandra Bullock to Star in Netflix Thriller ‘Bird Box’

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Netflix has landed the post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” and attached Sandra Bullock to star, sources tell Variety.

Susanne Bier is directing from a script by “Arrival” scribe Eric Heisserer.

The story follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded, and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. Dylan Clark is producing with Chris Morgan and Clayton Townsend. The film was developed by Scott Stuber at Universal, before he moved to Netflix to head its feature film division.

When Stuber left Universal, the movie became one of the first films he wanted to bring over to add to Netflix’s ever-growing slate, which already includes the upcoming supernatural thriller “Bright” starring Will Smith and “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine.

Production on the film is expected to start this fall.

Bullock recently wrapped production on “Ocean’s Eight” and was most recently seen in “Our Brand is Crisis.” Bier »


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'Game of Thrones' Bosses Reteam With HBO for War Drama 'Confederate'

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With the end of Game of Thrones in sight, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have set their sights on their next TV project.

The award-winning duo will re-team with HBO for the drama series Confederate, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama chronicles the events leading to the third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of »


- Kate Stanhope

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Director Jon Watts in Talks for Sequel

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Jon Watts seems to have found a new home at Sony and Marvel.

The studios are in talks with the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director to return for the sequel to the hit film, which has already grossed $472.8 million worldwide.

The second installment, which will again star Tom Holland, will hit theaters on July 5, 2019.

More to come. »


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'Homecoming' Series Starring Julia Roberts Lands at Amazon with Two-Season Order

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Homecoming has found a home.

The podcast turned drama series starring Julia Roberts has landed at Amazon with a two-season pickup. The Universal Cable Productions drama comes from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who will direct and executive produce the show.

Based on the fictional podcast of the same name, Homecoming is a political thriller that centers on a caseworker at a secret government facility. Roberts is set to play the caseworker's supervisor.

The podcast's creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg will write the adaptation and executive produce with Anonymous Content's Chad Hamilton, Alicia Van Couvering and Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg »


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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

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Updated: Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40.  Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of Alias, NCIS, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and… »


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Red West, Actor, Songwriter and Longtime Elvis Presley Confidant, Dies at 81

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Red West, a boyhood friend and member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia" who appeared in many of the singer's movies as well as in Road House, Black Sheep Squadron and Goodbye Solo, has died. He was 81.

West died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

West appeared as a stuntman/actor on dozens of episodes of CBS' futuristic Western series The Wild Wild West in the 1960s and a decade later had a regular role as Sgt. Andy Micklin on another Robert Conrad-starrer, NBC's Black »


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Oscars 2018: Amazon Studios stakes claim with ‘Last Flag Flying,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ ‘Wonder Wheel’

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Last year, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Best Actor, Casey Affleck; Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan) as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.” This year, the streaming service has partnered with various distributors to release […] »


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TLC to Debut Jackie Evancho Special Examining Transgender Issues, Family Values (Exclusive)

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Jackie Evancho made headlines when she agreed to sing the national anthem at President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Now, the teen who rose to fame on NBC’s “American’s Got Talent” is back in the spotlight with her own TLC special.

In “Growing Up Evancho,” TLC will go behind the scenes with Jackie and the Evancho family — including transgender sister Juliet — in a one-hour special set to air Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. Et. The Evancho family includes parents Lisa and Mike, and their four kids — Rachel, 13, Zach, 15, Jackie, 17, and Juliet, 19.

At the time the special was taped, Juliet was planning to move out of her parents’ house to start a life with her boyfriend, pursue her dreams of becoming a model, and continue as an Lgbtq activist. Together, the sisters (pictured below) learn to navigate the challenges of career and family, while also utilizing their platform to speak out against Trump’s rollback »


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‘Carpool Karaoke’ Producer Making Live-Music Series for the BBC

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The BBC is bringing a live-music series back to its flagship BBC One channel, with “Carpool Karaoke” producer Fulwell 73 making a new show that will launch later this year.

James Corden is a partner in Fulwell 73, which produces “The Late Late Show,” but the BBC told Variety that he will not host the new British music series.

For decades going back to the 1960s, music-chart series “Top of the Pops” was a mainstay of the BBC’s weekly schedule, but the pubcaster took the show off the air in 2006. Unlike “Top of the Pops,” which centered on live acts and music videos, the Fulwell 73 show will also feature sketches and interviews, as well as music from the biggest British and international acts. The show launches on BBC One this fall.

“This series will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the biggest and best U.K. and international bands and artists, and »


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Film Review: ‘Mon Mon Mon Monsters’

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All the monsters are in plain sight in “Mon Mon Mon Monsters,” a savagely funny social horror movie about high school teens who capture a flesh-eating ghoul and torture it for their own amusement — and then some. The highly imaginative brainchild of popular Taiwanese author and filmmaker Giddens Ko, “Monsters” paints a disturbing picture of contemporary youth culture while delivering gruesome sights that’ll have horror hounds howling in approval. Though slim in analyzing of what has driven these kids to such extremes, Ko’s vividly decorated and atmospherically filmed exercise in nihilistic horror is a mighty fine ride for those who like this sort of thing. Opening in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore on July 28, the film already has several international fest dates planned, which bodes well for commercial prospects outside the region.

Admirers of Ko’s 2011 debut, a delightful romantic comedy called “You Are the Apple of My Eye,” may »


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Locarno: Swiss Dominik Locher’s ‘Goliath’ Scooped Up by Wide Management (Exclusive)

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Driving into new talent, Loic Magneron’s Paris-based Wide Management has swooped on world sales rights to Dominik Locher’s “Goliath,” the only majority-Swiss film in main competition at this year’s Locarno, Switzerland’s biggest film festival.

Deal excludes Switzerland and is non-exclusive for Germany.

World premiering at Locarno, where Wide, a fixture at the Swiss Festival, will introduce the title to buyers, “Goliath” turns on David (Sven Schelker), a twentysomething who breaks out in panic when girlfriend Jessy (Jasna Fritzi Bauer) tells him that she’s pregnant.

When both are assaulted in a city train and David fails to protect Jessy, his fears of inadequacy as a man take hold, according to the film’s synopsis. Frantic, David inject steroids, work out at the gym, builds his body, self confidence but soon tendency to violence. For Jessy and the unborn child, he becomes a threat.

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21st Century Fox Must Wait for U.K. Decision on Bid for Sky

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The British government said that it would not make a decision on 21 Century Fox’s takeover bid for Sky before Parliament breaks for summer Thursday but added that a decision could be announced “within weeks.”

Culture secretary Karen Bradley said she could reach a decision during Parliament’s summer recess and, having not received any new information or concessions from the parties involved, remains “minded to” refer elements of the deal concerning media plurality to British competition authorities, and to waive the element about whether the Murdochs are “fit and proper” owners of a merged group.

“There was nothing in their representations that, at this stage, has led me to change my mind about the appropriateness of referral,” Bradley told Parliament. “Unless new evidence from other representations changes my mind in coming weeks, the bid will therefore be referred for a Phase 2 review on at least one ground: media plurality.”

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Film Movement Checks Into ‘Hotel Salvation’ (Exclusive)

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New York-based independent distributor, Film Movement has secured U.S. and Canadian rights for Indian festival title “Hotel Salvation.” Written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, the Hindi-language film follows a son faced with his father’s untimely demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation. It stars Adil Hussain (“Life of Pi”), Lalit Behl (“Titli”), Geetanjali Kulkarni (“Court”), and Palomi Ghosh.

Sajida Sharma and Sanjay Bhutiani produced for India’s Red Carpet Moving Pictures with a $165,000 (€150,000) grant from Venice’s Biennale College and a post-production package worth $56,000 from Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund. The completed film premiered at Venice in 2016, where it won the Grand Prix Enrico Fulchignoni and the Unesco Gandhi Medal.

The film has sold widely in other territories it was licensed by the British Film Institute for the U.K. and Ireland, the Dubai International Film Festival for the Middle East, Bitters End for Japan, »


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'The Crown' Helps Boost U.K. Creative Sector Support to Record $900M

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The U.K.'s creative sector welcomed more than £700 million ($907 million) in government support over the last year, according to newly released official statistics. 

The record figure was reached thanks to support for TV shows such as Netflix's award-winning series The Crown, and indie film Lady Macbeth, which both benefited from tax incentives.

"Worth £4.3 billion ($5.6 billion) to the economy, U.K. film is the country’s fastest growing sector, employing over 66,000 people," said British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill.

"The U.K. is one of the world’s most important production hubs and the tax reliefs for the screen industries have »


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Film Review: ‘The Gracefield Incident’

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Though the original “Blair Witch Project” will be coming up on its 20th anniversary soon enough (and “Paranormal Activity” just celebrated its 10th), its curse is still very much with us — that being the curse of the found-footage horror movie, which for every revivifying new example still brings us half a dozen or more films like “The Gracefield Incident,” which recycle genre cliches through an exhausted gimmick deployed strictly for cost-cutting rather than imaginative reasons. There are some unintentional laughs to be had from this hectic, silly, defiantly un-scary mashup of stock “cabin in the woods” and alien-invasion formulae. But that dubious plus won’t be enough to soften the scorn of horror fans who plunk down hard cash for this feeble, somewhat amateurish if enthusiastic retread.

Video-game editor Matthew (producer, writer, director, editor and star Mathieu Ratthe) is driving along with pregnant wife Jessica (Kimberly Laferriere) when they suffer a collision — seemingly due to their oblivious »


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‘To the Bone’ Star Lily Collins on Why the Fashion Industry Needs to Discuss Runway Sizes

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When Lily Collins' new film To The Bone premiered on Netflix last Friday, she was traveling to Italy to take some much-needed time off. The 28-year old actress began her vacation at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest where she accepted the festival’s breakout actor award.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone also stars Keanu Reeves as a doctor specializing in eating disorder treatment. Both Noxon, who penned the film based on her life, and Collins suffered from anorexia and have been outspoken about the disease’s impact on their lives.

Collins tells THR in Ischia that »


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‘America’s Got Talent’: Will Singing Trump take on Spice Girls next? ‘I’ll pass this idea along to my cabinet members!’ [Exclusive]

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The Singing Trump did the unthinkable on “America’s Got Talent” during Tuesday’s Judge Cuts episode by convincing Mel B, a previous naysayer, to apologize for X-ing him last time. Should the Singing Trump take this newfound momentum to the next level by actually performing a medley of Mel B’s Spice Girls songs on his next […] »


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Memento Films International’s Artscope Boards Ilian Metev’s Locarno-Bound ‘3/4’ (Exclusive)

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Artscope, Paris-based Memento Films Intl.’s label for new talent, has boarded Ilian Metev’s eagerly-awaited “3/4,” his follow-up to “Sofia’s Last Ambulance,” which won the France 4 Visionary Award at the 2012 Cannes Critics’ Week.

Set to world premiere early August in the Locarno Cineasts of the Present, the Swiss festival’s more cutting-edge section for younger directors, “3/4” marks Metev’s move into fiction –  though it is said to still very much rooted in the observational documentary approach used winningly in “Sofia’s Last Ambulance.”

Written by Metev and Betina Ip, his editor on “Sofia’s Last Ambulance” and partner at Bulgaria’s Chaconna Films, “3/4”stars an ensemble of non-professional actors, led by Mila Mihova, Nikolay Mashalov and Todor Velchev, who took part in a year-long workshops to create “3/4’s” portrait of a family spending its last summer together.

In “3/4,” Mila, a young pianist, prepares for an audition abroad. Her brother, Niki, »


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Comedic Force Tiffany Haddish Took Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith on a Groupon Swamp Tour

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Haddish treated the stars to the full Groupon experience. »

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